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Miami Chapter - June 2012
Fabulous 2012 Events Attract Master Brokers to Soho Beach House and Vizcayne ...with more to come!

Master Brokers at the Soho Beach House
Rene Gonzalez, Donna Bloom, Emilio Palomo, Alfred Karram, Jr., Helen Jeanne Nicastri, Jeff Morr, and Claudio Faria
This year, Miami Master Brokers from Aventura to Homestead have already enjoyed two fabulous, fun, and enlightening events! Participation in MBF signature events is the greatest single benefit of your membership, and attendees certainly reap the rewards.

In February, members enjoyed a lively and educational panel discussion on "Timeless Residential Design",sponsored by acclaimed architectural interior designer Alfred Karram, Jr. of AKJ Design Concepts at the Soho Beach House in Miami Beach. Following a reception on the hotel's bar patio (where oversized images of Karram's award-winning, ultra-luxurious design work were projected onto nearby buildings), guests were ushered into the nearby Library, where Karram welcomed and thanked the guests for their participation. Karram then joined local architect Rene Gonzalez and Claudio Faria of Ornare Kitchen for an in-depth panel discussion focusing on the importance of quality and timelessness in home design.

Anthony Askowitz, Joel Freis,
Bob Peddicord and Rafael Lopez
Craig Studnicky, Alyce Robertson,
and Christopher Zoller
At the year's second event, held in May, members learned "What's Up With Downtown?",sponsored by Vizcayne. The evening began with a cocktail reception in one of Vizcayne's luxurious penthouses, providing breathtaking views of downtown Miami, Miami Beach, and Biscayne Bay. Afterwards, guests were escorted into the magnificent club room, where International Sales Group principal (and Master Broker) Craig Studnicky welcomed them and introduced the project. This was followed by a comprehensive presentation from Alyce Robertson, executive director of Miami's Downtown Development Authority (DDA). Ms. Robertson covered a wide range of topics that illustrated the city's extraordinary and promising future, including downtown Miami's dramatically improving occupancy rates (up to 93% in 2011); increasingly younger demographics; major projects from international corporations (Resort World Miami and Brickell CitiCentre); and enhanced public transportation options (Miami Trolley and MetroRail's expansion to Miami International Airport). She also discussed the city's numerous cultural outlets; luxury hotel options; burgeoning rental market; and the critical significance of Miami's NAP of the Americas.

"As anyone who attends our events will tell you, they are simply phenomenal, and I feel badly for members who choose not to take advantage of the chance to attend them," said Emilio Palomo, Miami MBF chair. "Our talented and brilliant event chairs - Jeff Morr, Donna Bloom, Pat Klock Parker, and Christopher Zoller - work incredibly hard and deliver extraordinary affairs for their fellow members."

June 2012 BMBF at AlliedLani Kahn Drody Sells former Gov. Jeb Bush's Home - Huffington Post
June 2012 BMBF at Allied Mauricio Barba Reviews Homes That Linger on the Market - The Miami Herald
Ivory Cooks Discusses Waterfront Homes - The Miami Herald
June 2012 BMBF at AlliedJudy Zeder Sells $4.5 Million Coral Gables Home in One Day - Real Deal Miami
June 2012 BMBF at AlliedDora Puig on Miami's Red-Hot Real Estate Market - New York Times

Fabian Garcia-Diaz Named One of the "Best of Miami" - Miami Today

"The Jills" List Former Versace Mansion for $125 Million - Real Deal Miami

Nancy Iliffe On Miami Home Market's Declining Inventory - Miami Agent

Do you have a noteworthy, newsworthy, or $3 million-plus sale? Got a hot tip on a new project or community under development? Have you been quoted in a news article? Please share it with us by replying to this message or emailing us at
Miami's Top Producers Look Back on More Than Twenty Years of Home Sales
That Generated Laughs, Tears, Lessons, and Unforgettable Stories

Elena Blunzter's "Greatest Home I Ever Sold" Slide
Earlier this year, the MBF introduced an extraordinary collection of stories centered around its members' most unique and memorable home sales. "The Greatest Home I Ever Sold" reflects on the past twenty-plus years of Miami's dramatic real estate cycles, and offers readers an assortment of fascinating "horror stories",career lessons, down-to-the-wire thrillers, and laugh-out-loud moments.

The MBF's "Greatest Home I Ever Sold" collection can be found online at:

Each "Greatest Home..." account features the Master Broker's name and contact information, their explanation of what made the sale unique, and photographs of the member and property.

Highlights of the MBF's "Greatest Home I Ever Sold" include:
  • Hilarious Mishaps: Penni Chasens' tumble into the water (with her buyers) as an unsturdy Sunset Islands dock falls to pieces under their feet; while showing a home, Hazel Goldman walks in to find a stark naked seller frying some eggs; Carlos Garcia's cash buyer arrives at the closing table with his wife - but without the necessary funds, only to arrive with it later, revealing that he had lent the money to his mistress and could not talk openly at the original closing
  • A perfect illustration of the 2000's "boom" cycle: Tere Bernace Shelton's three sales of one Cocoplum home at $3.9 million (2003), $6.15 million (2006), and again at $7.5 million (2007)
  • The subsequent down cycle, recounted by Marilyn Potts' touching story of a modest short-sale, made remarkable by the seller's heartfelt appreciation
  • The recent recovery, illustrated by Bill Hernandez's 2010 $5.3 million sale at the Apogee condominium and Judy Zeder's 2010 $9 million sale
  • Melissa Rubin's moving story of an estate sale for a recently deceased artist (and mother of a close friend), in which the buyer purchases the home after seeing a painting left there by the artist, and requests that the painting remain as a tribute
  • The Power of the Internet: Evan Goldman's $1 million sale to a buyer who did not actually see or step foot into the home before purchasing
"Readers of this collection may be surprised by the diversity of homes; it would have been easy for our members to only showcase their largest or most expensive sales, but the finished product wouldn't have been nearly as interesting or enjoyable," said Emilio Palomo, chair of the Miami MBF. "The important thing to remember from all of these stories is that - despite some challenges and strange curveballs - each one is a completed sale, thanks in large part to a Master Broker who knows how to overcome obstacles, and bring a happy conclusion for everyone involved."
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