Events

Note: All MBF events are for Members Only. Please do not RSVP for any events listed here unless you are an active member.

    Miami Chapter February 2010 Forum Reception

  • Starts2/23/2010 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends2/23/2010 1:30:35 PM

  • Hosted bySt. Tropez, Waterfront Condominiums

  • Location200 Sunny Isles Blvd.

  • Open To:All Members

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    “Palm Beach County – 2010 Real Estate Forecast” - Sponsored by CityPlace South Tower

  • Starts1/27/2010 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends1/27/2010 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byCityPlace South Tower

  • Location550 Okeechobee Blvd.

  • Open To:All Members

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  • CITYPLACE SOUTH TOWER HOSTS
    PALM BEACH MASTER BROKERS FORUM RECEPTION
    AND “2010 REAL ESTATE FORECAST”


    WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- The Palm Beach Master Brokers Forum (MBF), an organization comprised of South Florida’s top residential real estate agents, recently held a special reception hosted and sponsored by CityPlace South Tower, located at 550 Okeechobee Blvd. The event was held in the tower’s stylish ninth floor lounge, and featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and tours of CityPlace South Tower model residences. More than 50 Master Brokers and guests were in attendance.

    The event also included a unique “Palm Beach County – 2010 Real Estate Forecast”, featuring local real estate and banking experts revealing their predictions for the months ahead. These speakers included Brad Hunter, chief economist for MetroStudy, who discussed the county’s real estate market; Rich Campanella, home mortgage consultant for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, who advised on the future of lending; and Aaron Conklin with Architects of Debt, who educated members about the evolving use of short sales and loan mitigations.

    All guests received VIP passes to tour the acclaimed 2010 American Red Cross Designer Show House, housed within CityPlace South Tower. Now in its 34th year, the Show House features more than 15 interior and exterior spaces transformed by acclaimed designers from around the country.

    “We were delighted to offer this fantastic slate of speakers to our members, who absorbed every morsel of information,” said Melanie Buhrman, chair of the Palm Beach MBF. “Our friends at CityPlace South Tower were extremely gracious hosts, and we appreciate them making the beautiful Show House available to our members.”
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    About the Master Brokers Forum

    Established in 1993, the Master Brokers Forum is a unique organization comprised of South Florida's top residential real estate professionals. The MBF provides its members with the opportunity to network and exchange ideas, stay at the cutting edge of the real estate industry and new products, and spearhead the identity of the best of real estate professionalism. Membership is limited to the region's most successful real estate professionals, and is by invitation only. The Palm Beach MBF chapters are generously sponsored by Wells Fargo. For more information, visit www.MasterBrokersForum.com.



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    Aaron Conklin, Architects of Debt; Gayle Clark, Master Brokers Forum; Brad Hunter, MetroStudy; Rich Campanella, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; Melanie Buhrman, Master Brokers Forum

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    Lucille Gioia and Robert Kemp

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    Karen Baker and Judy Doyle

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    Susan Polan, David Craven, and Maria Varona

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    Yvonne Jeck and Marcy Portugal

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    Ann Defries and Jim Balistreri

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    Judy Wheeler and Patti Scott

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    Dana Koch and Robert Kemp

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    2009 Broward MBF Holiday Party - Sponsored and Hosted by Sapphire

  • Starts12/15/2009 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends12/15/2009 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted bySapphire

  • Location2821 North Ocean Blvd in Fort Lauderdale

  • Open To:All Members

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  • SAPPHIRE ONFT.LAUDERDALE BEACH HOSTS

    2009 BROWARD MASTER BROKERS FORUMHOLIDAYPARTY

    More than 75 New Toys Collected forHoliday “Toys for Tots” Program

    The Broward Master Brokers Forum (MBF), an organization comprised ofSouth Florida’s top residential real estate agents, recently celebrated 2009 with its annual Holiday Party.This festive event was hosted by Sapphire condominium onFt.LauderdaleBeach, and chaired by board members Christine Beck and Sandra Tagliamonte.

    The evening began with members enjoying tours of Sapphire’s two beautiful model residences, designed by the award-winning Interiors by Steven G., followed by an elegant cocktail reception on Sapphire’s distinctive pool deck.After a champagne toast and warm welcome from Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Broward MBF, and Jeffery Roberts, president and chief operating officer of the Altman Companies, developer of Sapphire, guests were treated to dinner in the chic clubroom.

    Master Brokers also demonstrated their support of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation by donating more than 75 new toys at this event.

    “2009 was the busiest and most successful year in our chapter’s history, and we were delighted to cap it off with this lovely celebration hosted by our friends at Sapphire,” said Block Ellert.“I also want to applaud our members for sharing the holiday spirit, and donating so many new toys to needy children in our community.”

    The Broward Chapter of the Master Brokers Forum is generously supported by Wells Fargo.

    Sapphire, priced from the $290,000’s, offersFt.LauderdaleBeach luxury living at its best.For more information, please call the on-site Sales and Model Gallery at(954)567-4777, or visitwww.SapphireCondos.com

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    The Broward MBF Advisory Board, with new toys donated to Toys for Tots by Master Brokers.Front row (kneeling): Phil Keagy, Bill Hahne, Jay Feldman, and Steve Spergel.Back row (standing): Jeff Greenberg, Jim Balistreri, Marta DuPree, Michael Briche, Tim Singer, Sue Nelson, Rich Campanella, Marisa DiLenge, Jeff Roberts of The Altman Company (developers of Sapphire), Carolyn Block Ellert, Debbie Anderson, Tom Schon, Liz Caldwell, Christine Beck, and Sandra Tagliamonte.

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    Holiday Party co-chair Christine Beck and Jeffrey Roberts, The Altman Companies

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    Holiday Party co-chair Sandra Tagliamonte

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    Phil Keagy, Liz Caldwell, Zach Finn, and Karen Martin


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    Pat Ruth, Suzanne Wright, Shirley Smith, and Janet Angiulli


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    Guests enjoying dinner in Sapphire’s elegant clubroom

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    Zach Finn and Susan Rindley

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    Steve Roberge, Mike Kimmey, and Eric Miller

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    Jonathan Keith, Debbie Anderson and Marie Vargas


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    2009 MBF Miami Holiday Party - Sponsored by Northern Trust

  • Starts12/2/2009 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends12/2/2009 9:30:00 PM

  • Hosted byNorthern Trust

  • Location700 Brickell Avenue

  • Open To:All Members

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  • NORTHERN TRUST HOSTS MIAMI MASTER BROKERS FORUM 2009 HOLIDAY PARTY

    MIAMI, FL
    – The Miami Master Brokers Forum (MBF), an organization comprised of South Florida’s top residential real estate agents, recently held its annual Holiday Party to celebrate another successful year for the organization. Sponsored and hosted by Northern Trust at its Brickell Avenue location, the Holiday Party brought together more than 100 Master Brokers.

    Chaired by Carole Smith, with committee members Penni Chasens and Darlene Dale (and special assistance from Hazel Goldman), the Holiday Party began with a cocktail reception in the building’s lobby. After moving the festivities to Northern Trust’s elegant dining room, and following comments from Alex Adams of Northern Trust and Emilio Palomo, chair of the Miami MBF, guests enjoyed an evening of dining, networking, and celebrating.

    “We are very grateful to our friends at Northern Trust for hosting this lovely affair, and for their strong support of Miami’s broker community,” said Palomo. “In good times and bad, our chapter has enjoyed outstanding relationships with members of the region’s financial services industry, and appreciates this generosity as our respective industries navigate challenging times.”

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    Hector Vazquez, Darlene Dale, Penni Chasens, and Alex Adams

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    Carole Smith and Wanda Bee


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    Andres Asion, Mitzi Mitchell Burns, Geraldine Brodie, and Stephen Burke


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    Chris Forry, Florence Saade, Nancy Hogan, and Jack McAllister

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    Al Arostegui, Tere Bernace, Teresita Shelton, Nancy Dowson, and Liede DeValdivielso

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    Cecilia Samaja, Emilio Palomo, and Fabian Garcia-Diaz

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    Gloria Marina, Susan Fuhrman, Charlette Seidel, Ivory Cooks, and Pamela Williams

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    Marisa Dilenge, Ron Shuffield, Wendy Levy Jackson, Liede DeValdivielso, and Judy Wolf-Seigel

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    Maggie Buck, Wendy Levy Jackson, and Libby Klein

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    Kari Madera, Penni Chasens, Suzanne Anderson, and Christopher Zoller

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    Property Tax Relief Workshop - Sponsored by Old Spanish Village

  • Starts8/25/2009 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends8/25/2009 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byOld Spanish Village

  • Location180 Palermo Avenue, Coral Gables, FL

  • Open To:All Members

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  • SPECIAL WORKSHOP FOR MIAMI MASTER BROKERS OUTLINES COUNTY’S PROPERTY TAX POLICIES – AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR RELIEF

    Old Spanish Village Hosts Panel Discussion Headlined by
    Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser Pedro J. Garcia


    CORAL GABLES, FL -- September 11, 2009 – While the receipt of their 2009 property tax notices has upset and confused numerous Miami-Dade County homeowners, members of the Miami Master Brokers Forum (MBF) recently took part in a special workshop that clearly explained the reasoning and policies behind the recently-delivered statements. This workshop was hosted for the MBF (an organization comprised of South Florida’s top residential real estate agents) by Old Spanish Village, a new community located in the heart of Coral Gables and inspired by the vision of Coral Gables founder George Merrick.

    Upon arriving at the event, guests toured and enjoyed a reception in Old Spanish Village’s new Showhouse Villa, before moving to the community’s sales center for the panel discussion. The workshop featured a blue-ribbon panel headlined by Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser Pedro J. Garcia; and included Tom Dixon, president of Dixon Commercial Real Estate, a former appraiser who specializes in tax assessment appeals and brokerage; and Danielle Blake, vice president of corporate and governmental affairs for the Realtor Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches. (MBF board members Pat Klock Parker and Christopher Zoller chaired the event, with Parker also serving as the moderator.) Members received detailed information about the rationale behind the county’s assessment policies (including Mr. Garcia’s controversial decision to disregard foreclosure sales when determining a neighborhood's taxable value), how and when to formally contest assessments, and how to retain homestead and portability benefits.

    “While the steep decline of property values may not have resulted in an equitable amount of tax savings for many homeowners, we appreciate Mr. Garcia taking the time to explain and defend his policies and calculations,” said Emilio Palomo, chair of the Miami MBF. “We are also very grateful to Mr. Dixon and Ms. Blake for their invaluable contributions to the workshop, and to our friends at Old Spanish Village for their generous hospitality.”

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    Iliana Abella, Ralph Demartino, and Mercy Ballina

    Panel moderator Pat Klock Parker; Tom Dixon, president of Dixon Commercial Real Estate; Danielle Blake, vice president of corporate and governmental affairs for the Realtor Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches; and Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser Pedro J. Garcia

    Iliette Oliveros, sales associate for Shelton & Stewart; Nancy Iliffe, director of sales for Old Spanish Village; and Vanessa Ballestas, director of marketing and customer relations, with members of the Master Brokers Forum participating in the workshop

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    "Is the Ice Cracking?: A Fresh Look at the Palm Beach Real Estate Market" - Sponsored by Luxuria

  • Starts6/17/2009 5:30:00 PM

  • Ends6/17/2009 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byLuxuria on the Ocean

  • Location2500 South Ocean Boulevard in Boca Raton

  • Open To:All Members

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  • LUXURIA ON THE OCEAN HOSTS PALM BEACH MASTER BROKERS FORUM DINNER

    Comm. Steven Abrams and Others Discuss “Is The Ice Cracking? A Fresh Look at the Palm Beach Real Estate Market”

    The Palm Beach Master Brokers Forum (MBF), an organization comprised of South Florida’s top residential real estate agents, recently held a dinner and panel discussion focusing on the county’s dynamic real estate market.

    The Trump Group and its extraordinary Luxuria on the Ocean project in Boca Raton hosted the event, which began with an elegant cocktail reception in the poolside lounge. After guests were escorted to the pool area, Michael Goldstein, president of sales and marketing for Luxuria, welcomed the members and guests, and made a brief presentation.

    The panel discussion, " Is The Ice Cracking? A Fresh Look at the Palm Beach Real Estate Market " was moderated by Tony Doris, reporter with the Palm Beach Post. The panelists included Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven Abrams, former mayor of Boca Raton; Gary Hines, senior vice president of the Palm Beach Business Development Board; and Bob Hamilton, an analyst with MetroStudy.

    “Our market has certainly endured a number of challenges and downward pressures in the past twelve months, but these esteemed panelists gave us plenty of reason for optimism as well,” said Melanie Buhrman, chair of the Palm Beach MBF. “We thank them and our gracious host for supporting the broker community in this way.”

    For a limited time, eligible agents in Palm Beach County may apply for membership into the MBF. Membership is limited to agents who have generated more than $5 million per year in residential sales volume in South Florida for five consecutive years, and who conduct business in the spirit of cooperation with fellow Realtors and with strict adherence to the National Association of Realtors Code of Ethics. For membership information, please visit www.masterbrokersforum.com.

    Tony Doris, Palm Beach Post; Gary Hines, Business Development Board; Bob Hamilton, MetroStudy; Commissioner Steven Abrams, Palm Beach County; Michael Goldstein, Luxuria; Melanie Buhrman, Palm Beach Master Brokers Forum

    Jean Tiernan, Linda Reaves, and Mary Gerakopoulos

    Desiree Pearce and Ted Brown

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    "Surviving the New Banking Climate" - Sponsored by ArTech

  • Starts6/10/2009 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends6/10/2009 8:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byARTECH

  • Location2950 NE 188 ST in Aventura

  • Open To:All Members

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  • ARTECH HOSTS MASTER BROKERS FORUM PANEL DISCUSSION ON “SURVIVING THE NEW BANKING CLIMATE”

    ArTech developers Fortune International and Shefaor Development welcomed the Miami Chapter of the Master Brokers Forum (MBF) to their Aventura property on June 10, 2009. South Florida’s elite real estate professionals mingled on the lower-level lobby of the ultra-luxe, tech savvy condo project that runs along the Intracoastal Waterway, lined by its private marina that features slips for yachts up to 110 feet.

    MBF members sipped cocktails and snacked on lite-bites before moving to the 3rd floor community room for a discussion focused on “Surviving the New Banking Climate”. Moderated by MBF board member and Majestic Properties president Jeff Morr, the panel included Ana Cruz-Taura, regional community development director with the Federal Reserve Bank, Calixto Garcia-Velez, region executive with Firstbank of Florida, and Susan Walker, Miami-Dade area sales manager with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Issues such as new lending standards, appraisals, foreclosures, and short sales were discussed among the panelists and guests. ArTech’s Director of Sales, Cindy Darnaby, and End Loan Specialist, George Fraguio, presented highlights of the property’s amenities, as well as details on the sales and leasing opportunities. Following the program, guests enjoyed mini-desserts served in each of the property’s model residences.

    ArTech, the contemporary vision of architect Carlos Ott, breaks through traditional barriers of design to create the first nautical-inspired condominium structure, reflecting its waterfront environment, advanced technology and marina amenities. ArTech boasts more than 40,000 square feet of leisure space. Outdoor amenities include a 177-foot triangular infinity-edge swimming pool, waterfront whirlpool spa, two tennis courts and private marina. Limitless indoor amenities include a state-of-the-art Wellness Center with yoga/pilates, dance studio and spinning rooms; full spa with Turkish bath, massage rooms and saunas; and indoor racquetball court. A community/party room includes billiards, reading and card tables, a 32-seat private movie theater, and a fully functional entertainment kitchen. Marina Homes open to private gardens along the waterfront. Residences are priced from $325,000 to more than $1.3 million. ArTech is located at 2950 NE 188 Street, Aventura. Fortune International and Shefaor Development are the developers of ArTech. For more information, please call 305-466-2600 or visit www.artechmiami.com.

    Donna Bloom, Jeff Morr, Emilio Palomo and Calixto Garcia-Velez


    Cindy Darnaby, George Fraguio and Ana Ziegler


    Fabian Garcia-Diaz and Denise Rubin
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    Broward MBF Spring 2009 New Member Reception - Sponsored by Interiors by Steven G.

  • Starts5/13/2009 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends5/13/2009 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byInteriors By Steven G.

  • Location2818 Center Port Circle, Pompano Beach

  • Open To:All Members

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  • INTERIORS BY STEVEN G. HOSTS BROWARD MASTER BROKERS FORUM NEW MEMBER RECEPTION

    The Broward Master Brokers Forum (MBF), an organization comprised of South Florida’s top residential real estate agents, recently held its Spring 2009 New Member Reception. This event, an opportunity to showcase the organization to new and prospective members, was hosted by Interiors by Steven G. in Pompano Beach.

    More than 30 Master Brokers and guests were treated to a scrumptious array of hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, as well as personal tours of Steven G’s 60,000 square-foot facility, showcasing the finest in furniture, home accessories, and other interior design elements.

    The Broward Chapter of the Master Brokers Forum is generously supported by Wells Fargo.

    Carolyn Block Ellert, Broward MBF chair, with Steven Gurowitz, Interiors by Steven G.

    Joan Henry, Robert Henry, Jay Feldman, and Bill Hahne

    Zach Finn, Susan Rindley, and Eddie Balaban

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    "Expanding Our Horizons: Selling Overseas" - Sponsored by Palmera de Cabarete

  • Starts4/29/2009 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends4/29/2009 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byLauderdale Yacht Club

  • Location1725 Southeast 12th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

  • Open To:All Members

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  • BROWARD MASTER BROKERS FORUM EXPANDS ITS HORIZONS WITH PANEL DISCUSSION AND DINNER SPONSORED BY PALMERA DE CABARETE RESORT & SPA

    Top Real Estate Agents Discuss Exciting Second-Home Markets in the Dominican Republic and Caribbean

    The Broward Master Brokers Forum (MBF), an organization comprised of South Florida’s top residential real estate agents, recently held a dinner and panel discussion entitled “Expanding Our Horizons: Selling Overseas”. This event was sponsored by Palmera de Cabarete (the first five-star resort and spa to be developed in Cabarete on the north shore of the Dominican Republic) at the historic Lauderdale Yacht Club.

    Upon entering the Yacht Club, Master Brokers were treated to entertainment, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the club’s lovely pavilion. Carolyn Block Ellert, Broward MBF chair, began the formal program by thanking the guests and sponsors for their participation, and briefly discussed the opportunities that exist for local real estate agents in overseas markets; particularly in the Caribbean. She then introduced Nancy Harrison, director of marketing for Palmera de Cabarete, and Dean Parsons, the project’s director of sales, for a presentation about Palmera de Cabarete and its exceptional locale on the Dominican Republic. Once completed in 2011, the magnificent $200 million project will be situated on 19.5 beachfront acres in Cabarete, on the north shore of the Dominican Republic. Palmera de Cabarete enjoys 1,000 feet of private shoreline, part of one of the longest expanses of uninterrupted beach in the Caribbean.

    A thought-provoking panel discussion followed, moderated by Mark Lunt, director of the Ernst & Young Miami office’s Hospitality Group. The panelists were Jesse Keenan, senior associate with the Adorno & Yoss Development Group, and Darren Law, president and CEO of Palmera de Cabarete.. Master Brokers were educated about the rising popularity of the Dominican Republic, the government’s efforts to promote tourism and development, and critical details about conducting real estate transactions in that nation and others in the Caribbean.

    “With an extraordinary sponsor, a fabulous venue, and a brilliant panel discussion, this was one the finest Forum Dinners in the history of our chapter,” said Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Broward MBF. “Our members look to these panel discussions for valuable, cutting-edge information they can’t find anywhere else, and this one certainly delivered.”

    Jesse Keenan, Adorno & Yoss; Dean Parsons, Palmera de Cabarete; Sandy Carrier, KWE Group; Nancy Harrison, Palmera de Cabarete; Liz Caldwell, Broward MBF; Mark Lunt, Ernst & Young; Darren Law, Palmera de Cabarete; Carolyn Block Ellert, Broward MBF; Phil Keagy, Broward MBF

    Janet Pearson, Dean Parsons, and Dee Manale

    Browne Pearson and Phil Keagy

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    “The New Dynamics of Property Taxes, Appraisals and Insurance” - Sponsored by Infinity at Brickell

  • Starts3/24/2009 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends3/24/2009 9:00:00 PM

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  • LocationInfinity at Brickell, 60 SW 13 Street, Miami

  • Open To:All Members

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  • INFINITY AT BRICKELL HOSTS MIAMI MASTER BROKERS FORUM DINNER
    Extraordinary Panel Discussion Explores “The New Dynamics of Property Taxes, Appraisals and Insurance”
    The Miami Master Brokers Forum (MBF), an organization comprised of South Florida’s top residential real estate agents, recently held its first Forum Dinner of 2009 at Infinity at Brickell, an extraordinary new luxury condominium in Miami's prestigious Brickell financial district. The dinner was chaired by Pat Klock Parker and Christopher Zoller, with special assistance from Andres Asion.
    More than 100 Master Brokers attended, starting their evening with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the scenic 11th floor pool deck lounge. Guests later participated in a remarkable panel discussion entitled “The New Dynamics of Property Taxes, Appraisals and Insurance”; one of the most enlightening and interactive presentations in the chapter’s history. The panel included Pedro J. Garcia, Jr., Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser; Robert D. Reynolds, president and CEO of Morris & Reynolds Insurance; and Britt J. Rosen, principal of Brittex Appraisal Services, with Zoller moderating. A delicious buffet-style dinner and guided tours of the condominium followed the discussion.
    “Miami’s real estate market has undergone seismic, dramatic changes in recent months, and those of us on the front lines need to constantly educate ourselves in order to serve our clients professionally,” said Emilio Palomo, chair of the Miami MBF Chapter. “We are extremely grateful to these panelists for sharing their knowledge and insight with us, and also thank our friends at Infinity at Brickell for generously hosting the event.”

    Andres Asion, Britt Rosen, Pat Klock Parker, Pedro Garcia, Christopher Zoller,

    Emilio Palomo, and Robert Reynolds

    Wendy Levy-Jackson and Lizzie Padro

    Donna Bloom and Jo-Ann Forster
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    Broward MBF March 2009 Board Meeting - Sponsored by St. Regis Bal Harbour

  • Starts3/18/2009 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends3/18/2009 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted bySt. Regis Bal Harbour

  • Location1170 Kane Concourse, Bal Harbour, FL

  • Open To:All Members

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  • ST. REGIS BAL HARBOUR RESORT & RESIDENCES HOSTS
    BROWARD MASTER BROKERS FORUM ADVISORY BOARD

    The St. Regis Resort & Residences, Bal Harbour, an exclusive five-star resort hotel and condominium under development in Bal Harbour Village, recently hosted an advisory board meeting of the Broward Master Brokers Forum (MBF). The MBF is an organization comprised of South Florida’s elite real estate agents.

    The St. Regis hosted the meeting in its unique sales gallery, located at 1170 Kane Concourse in the Bay Harbor Islands, featuring a replica of the entire nine-acre complex and an exquisite model unit. Prior to their meeting, the Master Brokers were treated to a champagne reception, a briefing on the St. Regis and its unmatched services and amenities, and a tour of the gallery.

    “The St. Regis name is synonymous with exclusive, refined, and luxurious living, and this remarkable project certainly carries on that one-of-a-kind tradition,” said Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Broward MBF. “We salute the St. Regis team for reaching out to the South Florida broker community, and thank them ever so much for supporting our chapter in this fashion.”

    Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Broward Master Brokers Forum, and Emilio

    Palomo, chair of the Miami Master Brokers Forum

    Jim Balistreri, Sue Nelson, Christine Beck, and Tom Schon

    Leeor Bar-Haim, RCRS Realtor Associate at the St. Regis Resort & Residences,

    Bal Harbour, with Bill Hahne

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    “The Real Estate and Financing Crystal Ball: Predictions For...” - Sponsored by Parkland Reserve

  • Starts2/25/2009 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends2/25/2009 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byCenterline Homes

  • LocationParkland Reserve

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  • CENTERLINE HOMES HOSTS BROWARD MASTER BROKERS FORUM DINNER AND PANEL DISCUSSION AT PARKLAND RESERVE

    Top South Florida Real Estate Agents Discuss Future of Real Estate and the Economy

    PARKLAND, FL -- The Broward Master Brokers Forum (MBF), an organization comprised of South Florida’s top residential real estate agents, recently held a panel discussion entitled “The Real Estate and Financing Crystal Ball: Predictions For Tomorrow We Can Use Today”. This event was hosted and sponsored by Parkland Reserve, an extraordinary new community from Centerline Homes.

    Master Brokers were greeted at the Parkland Reserve sales center and treated to cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres. After a cocktail reception complete with music, networking, and introductions to the new community, members made their way to the tented dining area. Phil Keagy, Broward MBF vice chair, welcomed the members with a fun and interactive question-and-answer session, in an informal “game show” format. Master Brokers were asked technical and historical questions relating to the business of real estate, and awarded prizes for correct answers.

    Carolyn Block Ellert, Broward MBF chair, began the program by thanking the guests and sponsors for their participation, and turned the program over to Helen Jeanne Nicastri, founder and chair of MBF, Inc. Nicastri gave a brief history of the MBF, and introduced Deb Marton, vice president of sales for Centerline Homes, and Jeff Auchtor, the company’s vice president of marketing, for a presentation about Parkland Reserve and its unique opportunities for buyers and agents.
    Nicastri then moderated a lively and interactive panel discussion featuring Andrew Britton, senior vice president of Investments for Wachovia Securities; Rich Campanella, president of The Campanella Group/Wachovia Mortgage; and Kenneth R. Trepeta, director of Real Estate Services for the National Association of Realtors.

    “Our members were given a remarkable amount of useful information from this panel of brilliant experts in their respective fields.” said Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Broward MBF. “While no one can be sure what the future holds in the current economic climate, this discussion will help us make better decisions for ourselves and our clients. We thank all of the panelists and the team at Centerline Homes for making it a spectacular event.”
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    Andrew Britton, Wachovia Securities; Phil Keagy, Broward MBF; Carolyn Block Ellert, Broward MBF, Kenneth R. Trepeta, National Association of Realtors; Deb Marton, Centerline Homes; Rich Campanella, The Campanella Group/Wachovia Mortgage; Helen Jeanne Nicastri, MBF, Inc.; and Jeff Auchtor, Centerline Homes

    Nadine Pillinger, Kathy Udvarhley, and Tony Huang

    Broward MBF board members Michael Briche and Liz Caldwell

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    Broward MBF 2009 January New Member Reception - Sponsored by The Atlantic Resort & Spa

  • Starts1/22/2009 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends1/22/2009 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byThe Atlantic Resort & Spa

  • Location601 Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale

  • Open To:All Members

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  • ATLANTIC RESORT & SPA HOSTS BROWARD MASTER BROKERS FORUM NEW MEMBER RECEPTION

    FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – The Broward Master Brokers Forum (MBF), an organization comprised of South Florida’s top residential real estate agents, recently held its January 2009 New Member Reception. This event, an opportunity to showcase the organization to new and prospective members, was hosted by the Atlantic Resort & Spa and chaired by board member Marisa DiLenge.

    More than 30 Master Brokers and guests were treated to a scrumptious array of hors d’oeuvres from Trina’s restaurant, cocktails, and spectacular ocean and city views offered by residences in The Atlantic. The evening featured personal tours of spectacular furnished residences, and special prize drawings at this event.

    The Broward Chapter of the Master Brokers Forum is generously supported by Wachovia.
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    Broward MBF Chair Carolyn Block Ellert welcomes guests

    Tim Singer and Mike Kimmey

    Bill Hahne, Debbie Anderson, Marisa DiLenge

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    Miami MBF Holiday Party 2008 - Sponsored by Old Spanish Village

  • Starts12/10/2008 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends12/10/2008 9:30:00 PM

  • Hosted byMiami Master Brokers Forum

  • LocationOld Spanish Village Sales Gallery, 2901 Ponce De Leon Blvd.

  • Open To:All Members

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    OLD SPANISH VILLAGE HOSTS MIAMI MASTER BROKERS 2008 HOLIDAY PARTY

    Extraordinary Evening Highlighted by Historic Lighting of
    Coral Gables’ First New Entrance Since the 1920s

    The Miami Master Brokers Forum (MBF), an organization comprised of South Florida’s top residential real estate agents, was recently treated to an extraordinary 2008 Holiday Party at Old Spanish Village. Located in the heart of Coral Gables and inspired by the vision of Coral Gables founder George Merrick, Old Spanish Village welcomed more than 150 of South Florida’s elite real estate agents at this remarkable event, which was chaired by Penni Chasens, Darlene Dale, and Carole Smith.

    The evening was highlighted by the formal dedication and lighting of Coral Gables’ first new bridge entrance since the 1920s, located on the perimeter of the pre-constructed community. Inspired by that unique era of Miami history, the lavish affair featured antique automobiles at the entrance to Old Spanish Village, as well as costumed valet drivers. Master Brokers and other special guests enjoyed a lively and festive cocktail hour in the sales center, and were then escorted to the viewing area for the dedication. After comments from Arva Moore Parks, celebrated Miami historian, the Honorable Don Slesnick, mayor of Coral Gables; and Ralph Sanchez, developer of Old Spanish Village; the new bridge was dedicated with fanfare and distinctive lighting. Following the dedication, guests enjoyed a delicious holiday dinner, and a special tribute to Alicia Cervera Lamadrid, who concluded her spectacular four-year tenure as chair of the Miami MBF at this event.

    Antique automobiles on display at the Old Spanish Village sales center

    One of the many costumed valet attendants with Carole Smith and Jo-Ann Forster

    Claudia Lewis, Penni Chasens, Nancy Iliffe, and Al Arostegui

    Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick, with Helen Jeanne Nicastri, chair of MBF, Inc.

    Alicia Cervera Lamadrid, chair of the Miami MBF; with Ralph Sanchez, president of Ponce Circle Developers LLC

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    Broward MBF Holiday Party 2008

  • Starts12/4/2008 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends3/20/2009 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byFerguson

  • Location2860 N. Federal Highway in Ft. Lauderdale

  • Open To:All Members

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  • NEW FT. LAUDERDALE FERGUSON SHOWROOM HOSTS BROWARD MASTER BROKERS FORUM HOLIDAY PARTY

    FT. LAUDERDALE, FL -- The Broward Master Brokers Forum (MBF), an organization comprised of South Florida’s top residential real estate agents, recently held its 2008 Holiday Celebration. This event was hosted by the new Ferguson showroom, located at 2860 N. Federal Highway in Ft. Lauderdale, and chaired by board member Christine Beck.

    More than 100 Master Brokers enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and giveaways in this beautiful 18,000-square-foot facility, located just south of Oakland Park Boulevard on Federal Highway. Ferguson showrooms are designed with homeowners, plumbers, builders, remodelers, and designers in mind, and this new center features a top-of-the-line selection of plumbing fixtures, kitchen appliances, cabinets, and lighting fixtures arranged in lovely “vignettes”. Ferguson in-house lighting, kitchen, and design consultants were also on-hand to meet with members and answer any questions.

    “This holiday party was a fun and entertaining way to end 2008, and we thank everyone at Ferguson for extending their hospitality to the broker community,” said Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Broward MBF. “Our members really enjoyed visiting the extraordinary showroom, and learning more about the dazzling array of products available to their buyers and sellers.”

    The Broward Chapter of the Master Brokers Forum is generously supported by Wachovia.
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    Chari Miles and Dianne Mattiace

    Kathy Udvarhely, MBF board member Debbie Anderson, and Christine Adler

    Mindy Sobczak, Ferguson; Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Broward Master Brokers Forum; and Rich Campanella, Wachovia

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    Broward MBF December 2008 Board Meeting - Sponsored by Strada 315

  • Starts12/1/2008 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends12/1/2008 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byStrada 315

  • LocationStrada, 315 NE 3rd Avenue

  • Open To:All Members

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  • STRADA 315 HOSTS BROWARD MASTER BROKERS FORUM ADVISORY BOARD

    FT. LAUDERDALE, FL -- January 19, 2009 –Strada 315, an ultra-modern condominium located in the heart of Ft. Lauderdale, recently hosted an advisory board meeting of the Broward Master Brokers Forum (MBF). The MBF is an organization comprised of South Florida’s elite real estate agents.

    Strada 315 hosted the meeting in its lovely social center, featuring a state-of-the-art kitchen perfect for small and large gatherings. Prior to their meeting, the Master Brokers were treated to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, as well as tours of the many residences still available for purchase, plus the scenic pool deck (which provides panoramic views of downtown Ft. Lauderdale.)


    “Strada 315 is an extraordinary project, certainly unlike anything else in this particular neighborhood,” said Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Broward MBF. “We appreciate their support of our organization and look forward to showcasing the property to our prospective buyers.”

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    Broward Master Brokers Forum Advisory Board Members Tim

    Singer, Tom Schon, John Beauchamp, Carolyn Block Ellert,

    Rich Campanella, Phil Keagy, Marta DuPree, Liz Caldwell,

    Marisa DiLenge, Summer Greene,Jeff Greenberg, Sue Nelson,

    Michael Briche, Bill Hahne, Debbie Anderson, and Christine

    Beck

    Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Broward Master Brokers

    Forum, and Robert Kemp, director of sales at Strada 315

    Broward MBF advisory board members Michael Briche and

    Liz Caldwell

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    "FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION: Internet Marketing to Baby Boomers, Generation X-ers, and..."

  • Starts11/3/2008 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends11/3/2008 6:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byHugh's Culinary

  • Location4351 NE 12 Terrace, Oakland Park

  • Open To:All Members

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    BROWARD MASTER BROKERS FORUM DINNER AND PANEL DISCUSSION

    Top South Florida Real Estate Agents Discuss Internet Marketing and New Technology

    OAKLAND PARK, FL -The Broward Master Brokers Forum (MBF), an organization comprised of South Florida’s top residential real estate agents, recently presented a cutting-edge panel discussion entitled “FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION: Internet Marketing to Baby Boomers, Generation X-ers, and Everyone In Between”.

    This event was hosted and sponsored by Hugh’s Culinary, a magnificent, state-of-the-art catering facility in Oakland Park. Summer Greene, regional manager of Prudential Florida 1st Realty and secretary of the Florida Association of Realtors, moderated the discussion, which featured panelists Richard Barkett, chief executive officer of the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale; Christine Hansen, broker and owner of Century 21 Hansen Realty; and Anthony Romeo, founder/owner, KWKLY.com, which offers mobile technology to solutions to Realtors and other industries. Guests learned about the tools and technology available to them from their local Realtor associations, remarkable new features of the updated Realtor.com web site, and the extraordinary rise in mobile technology, particularly the use of “texting” to market homes.

    “When used correctly, Internet technology can help real estate professionals do their jobs much faster, easier, and more efficiently. The challenges we face are figuring out how to manage this new technology as it becomes available, and which tools to use at the right time.” said Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Broward MBF. “This fascinating discussion introduced the seasoned veterans in our organization to some powerful tools already at their disposal, as well as some new advancements which are right around the corner. We thank all of our panelists and the team at Hugh’s Culinary for making it a spectacular event.”

    The Broward Chapter of the Master Brokers Forum is generously supported by Wachovia.
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    Summer Greene, regional manager of Prudential Florida 1st Realty and secretary of the Florida Association of Realtors; Lucy Lail, Prudential Florida 1st Realty; Hugh McCauley, owner and operator of Hugh’s Culinary; Richard Barkett, chief executive officer of the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale; Christine Hansen, broker and owner of Century 21 Hansen Realty; Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Broward Master Brokers Forum; Anthony Romeo, founder and owner of KWKLY.com; and Phil Keagy, vice chair of the Broward Master Brokers Forum

    More than 100 Master Brokers enjoying the panel discussion on Internet Marketing


    Hugh McCauley welcomes the guests to Hugh’s Culinary as Summer Greene looks on

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    Broward MBF 2008 New Member Reception - Sponsored by Las Olas River House

  • Starts6/17/2008 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends6/17/2008 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byLas Olas River House

  • Location100 E. Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL

  • Open To:All Members

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    Unique Networking Event Provided Members a tour of the $10 million Penthouse

    FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (July 16, 2008) - Las Olas River House, a luxury residential condominium on Fort Lauderdale’s sophisticated Las Olas Boulevard, hosted a New Member Reception for the Broward Chapter of the Master Brokers Forum (MBF), an organization consisting of South Florida's elite real estate professionals.

    More than 60 guests attended this unique networking event, which allowed them to tour the 5th Avenue Penthouse, where they were welcomed with champagne. Guests then moved to the Bistro lounge for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. In addition, guests enjoyed live saxophone entertainment by Will Bridges.
    “Our second annual New Member Reception was a fabulous opportunity to introduce prospective members to the organization,” said Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Broward MBF. “This extraordinary property – and the event itself – were indicative of the high-quality sponsorship and networking opportunities we enjoy as Master Brokers.”

    Brilliantly designed by famed Interiors by Steven G., the 5th Avenue Penthouse is a true architectural masterpiece spanning three stories and more than 8,300 square feet. Priced at $10,000,000, some of its highlights include a private foyer with free-form powder room, a dramatic living room with floor-to-ceiling windows and 360 degree views, two master suites, a theater room, a fitness studio and an entertainment lounge. Exquisite finishes and details were combined with unique sculptures and paintings to create a private art collection 42 stories above Las Olas Boulevard.

    With its signature blue-glass exterior, Las Olas River House has set a new standard for sophisticated urban living offering super-luxury residences and amenities in one of the most enviable locations in town. In addition to 24-hour valet and security services, Las Olas River House also features a dramatic lobby, lush pool deck with cabanas and putting green, state-of-the-art spa and fitness center, The Bistro for private events, The Library for a quiet retreat, private dining, boardrooms and five-star concierge services.

    The Private Collection consists of the 8 most exclusive residences, priced from over $1 million to $10 million. The on-site Sales Center is located at 333 Las Olas Way in Suite #210. For more information, please call (954) 467-6999 to schedule a private tour, or visit www.LasOlasRiverHouse.com.

    Premier Sales Group is the exclusive sales and marketing agent for Las Olas River House. Led by Laurie Ingber and Carolyn Block Ellert, Premier Sales Group excels at the sales and marketing of luxury condominium, condominium-hotel and resort developments. With a track record spanning more than two decades, Premier has marketed more than two and a half billion dollars in luxury residential condominium sales throughout South Florida. For more information, call 954-351-5050 or visit www.premiersalesgroup.com.

    The Master Brokers Forum is an organization consisting of South Florida's ELITE real estate professionals. All Master Brokers have achieved a long record of sales success in the region, have committed themselves to the profession's highest ethical values, and continue to educate themselves about their industry and community. For more information please visit www.masterbrokersforum.com or e-mail info@MBFBroward.com.

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    Steve Spergel, Bill Hahne, Bryan Zand, and Marisa DiLenge

    Kent McIntyre, Gladys Castro, Elizabeth Buiani, and Toni Napolitano

    Guests at the Broward MBF New Member Reception

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    "Fractional Ownership - Facts & Opportunities" - Sponsored by Island Gardens Residences, Miami

  • Starts5/12/2008 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends5/12/2008 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byThe Residences at Island Gardens, Miami

  • LocationAdrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

  • Open To:All Members

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  • ISLAND GARDENS, MIAMI, A YACHTING RESORT HOSTS MIAMI MASTER BROKERS FORUM DINNER

    Panel Discussion on “Fractional Ownership - Facts and Opportunities”

    MIAMI, FL - The Miami Master Brokers Forum (MBF), an organization comprised of South Florida’s top residential real estate agents, recently held a dinner and panel discussion focusing on the rising popularity of fractional residence ownership. Fractional investments are an entry to the high-end luxury marketplace and target wealthy clientele who enjoy the affluent lifestyle without the responsibility of full ownership. Currently there are 267 fractional ownership clubs around the world.

    Flagstone Property Group and its extraordinary Island Gardens, Miami, A Yachting Resort sponsored the event at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The evening began with a cocktail reception, followed by the panel discussion and dinner. Mehmet Bayraktar, chairman and CEO of Flagstone Property Group, and Philip Freedman, vice president of residential sales for The Residences at Island Gardens, welcomed the guests and made brief presentations prior to the panel discussion.

    The panel discussion, "Fractional Ownership - Facts and Opportunities" was moderated by Matthew Haggman, real estate reporter for The Miami Herald. The panelists included John Melicharek; a partner with the Orlando-based law firm of Baker & Hostetler and a specialist in the resort, hotel, travel and leisure industries; Bob Waun, CEO and co-founder of Vacation Finance-America’s First Second-Home Lender, and a pioneer in the field of consumer financing for second and vacation homes; and James Whitteron, a partner with Spring Creek Partners and an innovator in fractional residence development.

    “As Master Brokers, we know the market is always changing, and we always need to be educating ourselves accordingly. The emergence of fractionals in Miami and South Florida is an exciting new phenomenon, and we were delighted to learn from this remarkable panel,” said Alicia Cervera Lamadrid, chair of the Miami MBF. “We thank our friends at Flagstone Development for sponsoring such an informative and elegant affair.”

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    Alicia Cervera Lamadrid, Miami Master Brokers Forum chair; John Melicharek, Baker & Hostetler; Philip Freedman, The Residences at Island Gardens; Donna Bloom, Miami MBF event chair; James Whitteron, Spring Creek Partners; Helen Jeanne Nicastri, MBF Inc. chair; Mehmet Bayraktar, Flagstone Property Group; Matthew Haggman, The Miami Herald; and Bob Waun, Vacation Finance

    Miami Master Brokers Carole Smith and Suzanne Anderson

    Miami Master Brokers Stephan Burke, Berk Boge, Christine Monge, and Wanda Bee

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    "International Investment in South Florida Real Estate” - Sponsored by Minto's Villas By The Sea

  • Starts5/7/2008 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends5/7/2008 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byMinto's Villas By The Sea

  • LocationBlue Moon Fish Company

  • Open To:All Members

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  • MINTO COMMUNITIES AND VILLAS BY THE SEA HOST BROWARD MASTER BROKERS FORUM DINNER AND PANEL DISCUSSION

    LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FL -- August 7, 2008 – The Broward Master Brokers Forum (MBF), an organization comprised of South Florida’s top residential real estate agents, recently presented an extraordinary panel discussion on “International Investment in South Florida Real Estate”. This event was sponsored by Minto’s Villas By The Sea, an oceanside village in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, which hosted a cocktail reception for the Master Brokers at the community’s sales center. Later, the approximately 125 guests were chauffeured to the Blue Moon Fish Company for the panel discussion and dinner.

    Darcie Lunsford, real estate editor for the South Florida Business Journal, moderated the discussion, which featured expert panelists Rich Campanella, president of Wachovia Mortgage/The Campanella Group; Teresa K. Kinney, CEO of the Realtor Association of Greater Miami & the Beaches; John Pinson, president, John D. Pinson, Inc. and past president of FIABCI-USA (the International Real Estate Federation); and Aida Turbow, director of the New Homes Resort International Division, Prudential Florida WCI.

    “The weak U.S. dollar and the fall in South Florida home prices have combined to create sensational opportunities for foreign buyers,” said Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Broward MBF. “These buyers often present unique and evolving challenges to even the most experienced real estate agents, and our members certainly benefitted from the combined wisdom of these esteemed panelists.”

    The Broward Chapter of the Master Brokers Forum is generously supported by Wachovia.

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    Top Row: Rich Campanella, Wachovia Mortgage/The Campanella Group; John Pinson, John D. Pinson, Inc. and FIABCI-USA (the International Real Estate Federation); Brenda Barbosa, Minto Communities; Linda Yonke, Minto Communities; Mike Brown, Minto Communities

    Bottom Row: Fred Rapchik, Minto Communities; Carolyn Block Ellert, Broward MBF; Darcie Lunsford, South Florida Business Journal; Aida Turbow, Prudential Florida WCI; Elizabeth Tripp, Minto Communities; and Teresa K. Kinney, Realtor Association of Greater Miami & the Beaches

    Master Brokers Marisa DiLenge, Liz Caldwell, and Debbie Anderson

    Master Brokers Summer Greene and JoAnn Hostutler

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    "Fractional Ownership - Facts and Opportunities" - Hosted by The Residences at Island Gardens Miami.

  • Starts3/18/2008 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends3/18/2008 9:00:00 PM

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  • LocationPalm Beach, FL

  • Open To:All Members

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  • ISLAND GARDENS, MIAMI, A YACHTING RESORT HOSTS PALM BEACH MASTER BROKERS FORUM DINNER

    Panel Discussion on “Fractional Ownership - Facts and Opportunities”

    PALM BEACH, FL – The Palm Beach Master Brokers Forum (MBF), an organization comprised of South Florida’s top residential real estate agents, recently held a dinner and panel discussion focusing on the rising popularity of fractional residence ownership. Fractional investments are an entry to the high-end luxury marketplace and target wealthy clientele who enjoy the affluent lifestyle without the responsibility of full ownership. Currently there are 267 fractional ownership clubs around the world.

    Flagstone Property Group and its extraordinary Island Gardens, Miami, A Yachting Resort sponsored the event, which began with a cocktail reception, followed by the panel discussion and dinner. Philip Freedman, vice president of residential sales for The Residences at Island Gardens, welcomed the members and guests, and made a brief presentation prior to the panel discussion.

    The panel discussion, "Fractional Ownership - Facts and Opportunities" was moderated by C. Gerald Goldstein, founder of the Palm Beach National Bank & Trust Company, and director/chairman of the First Bank of the Palm Beaches. The panelists included Edward De Valle II, president and CEO of Americans Media Group, a global marketing and media placement agency; Jesse Keenan, a partner with the law firm of Baker Cronig & Keenan, LLP whose projects include both vacation and urban fractional development projects around the U.S. and the Caribbean; and James Whitteron, a partner with Spring Creek Partners and an innovator in the field of fractional residence development.

    “The excitement over fractional residences has gone from ‘buzz’ to phenomenon in a very short time, and we were delighted to learn more about them from this esteemed panel,” said Paula Silberberg, chair of the Palm Beach MBF. “We extend our gratitude to Flagstone Property Group for their tremendous support of the broker community, and for educating us on this fascinating trend.”

    Upper row: Edward De Valle II, Americans Media Group; Paula Silberberg, Palm Beach MBF chair; and James Whitteron, with Spring Creek Partners. Lower row: Jesse Keenan, Baker Cronig & Keenan; Philip Freedman, Flagstone Property Group; Helen Jeanne Nicastri, Master Brokers Forum, Inc.; and C. Gerald Goldsmith, First Bank of the Palm Beaches

    Robert and Sharon Kirkland, Illustrated Properties; with F.F. "Bud" and Carol Adams, Illustrated Properties

    Melanie Buhrman, Palm Beach MBF board member; Annie de la Rosa, Flagstone Property Group; Gayle Clark; Palm Beach MBF board member, and Gary Schwartz, Flagstone Property Group

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    Broward MBF February 2008 Board Meeting - Sponsored by Sub-Zero/Wolf

  • Starts2/26/2008 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends2/26/2008 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byWestye Group Southeast, Inc., exclusive distributor of Sub-Zero refrigeration and Wolf cooking appli

  • Location"The Living Kitchen" in Hollywood's Oakwood Plaza

  • Open To:All Members

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    BROWARD MASTER BROKERS FORUM ADVISORY BOARD

    Exclusive Distributor of Sub-Zero/Wolf Luxury Appliances
    Treats Elite Realtors to Cooking Demonstration in “The Living Kitchen”

    HOLLYWOOD, FL – The Westye Group Southeast, Inc., exclusive distributor of Sub-Zero refrigeration and Wolf cooking appliances for Florida, recently hosted an advisory board meeting of the Broward Master Brokers Forum (MBF). The MBF is an organization comprised of South Florida’s elite real estate agents.

    The Westye Group hosted the meeting at the extraordinary “Living Kitchen” in Hollywood’s Oakwood Plaza, which features seven state-of-the-art kitchen vignettes, a wine preservation room, and an interactive teaching kitchen. Prior to their meeting, the Master Brokers were treated to a cooking demonstration by Will Ratley, corporate executive chef for the Westye Group. Chef Will demonstrated several Wolf appliances, and prepared dinner and dessert for the guests.

    "As Master Brokers, our clients look to us for insight on every possible detail of a home, including the very best luxury home appliances,” said Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Broward MBF. “While our clients are certainly aware of Sub-Zero and Wolf’s sterling reputations, this fabulous demonstration and dinner gave us a deeper understanding of these amazing products. This is information that will further distinguish us as high quality real estate professionals, and we are extremely grateful to the Westye Group for this opportunity.”
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    About The Westye Group
    The Westye Group Southeast, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Sub-Zero built-in refrigeration and Wolf cooking appliances for Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina. The company also distributes in the Caribbean Islands. The Westye Group Southeast operates four high-end showrooms and two distribution centers to service over 300 dealers and builder suppliers in their territory. Each showroom is staffed with a team of appliance specialists to assist consumers, designers, architects and builders select a luxury appliance package customized to their individual needs. Upon selection, clients will be referred to a premier dealer nearest them for continued personal service. The Hollywood, Florida showroom is located at 2 Oakwood Blvd., Suite 120 and can be reached at (954) 927-8477. For more information on The Westye Group, please visit www.westyegroupse.com.

    (Standing, third from left) Rich Campanella, Wachovia;

    (Kneeling) Chef Will Ratley, The Westye Group Southeast.

    Broward Master Brokers Forum Advisory Board Members

    Tim Singer, Jeff Greenberg, Summer Greene, Marisa

    DiLenge, Liz Caldwell, Bill Hahne, Debbie Anderson, John

    Beauchamp, Phil Keagy, Sue Nelson, Jim Balistreri, Carolyn

    Block Ellert, Marta DuPree, Dawn Kirschner, and Tom Schon

    Broward Master Brokers Forum Advisory Board Members

    Jeff Greenberg, Sue Nelson, Debbie Anderson, Carolyn Block

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    Chef Will Ratley prepares dessert


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    Forum Dinner and Panel Discussion on "Financing Challenges in Today's Market"

  • Starts2/4/2008 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends2/4/2008 10:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byNikki Beach Hotel and Resorts

  • LocationSonesta Bayfront Hotel, 2889 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove, FL.

  • Open To:All Members

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    Broward MBF 2008 Annual Meeting

  • Starts1/30/2008 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends1/30/2008 10:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byMercedes Benz of Pembroke Pines

  • Location14199 Pines Blvd., Pines Blvd. just east of I-75

  • Open To:All Members

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    "Portability and the NEW Property Tax Plan" - Sponsored by Echo Partners

  • Starts12/4/2007 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends12/4/2007 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byEcho Partners

  • LocationGovernors Club

  • Open To:All Members

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  • REP. CARL J. DOMINO DISCUSSES “PORTABILITY AND THE NEW PROPERTY TAX PLAN” AT PALM BEACH MASTER BROKERS FORUM DINNER

    Sponsored by Echo Partners Real Estate,
    Developers of the Four Seasons Ocean Residences and the Fairmont Tamarack resort

    The Palm Beach Master Brokers Forum, an organization comprised of the county’s top-producing real estate agents, recently presented its final Forum Dinner for 2007 at the Governors Club of the Palm Beaches. This event was sponsored by Echo Partners Real Estate; developers of the Four Seasons Ocean Residences and the Fairmont Tamarack resort.

    More than 100 guests enjoyed a presentation by special guest speaker State Rep. Carl J. Domino, who discussed “Portability and the NEW Property Tax Plan”.

    Danny Warman, Echo Partners LLC; Kevin Jonas, Echo Partners LLC; Helen Jeanne Nicastri, chair of MBF, Inc.; Rep. Carl Domino; Paula Silberberg, MBF Palm Beach chair; Lucille Gioia, Forum Dinner chair and Melanie Buhrman, MBF Palm Beach vice chair

    Palm Beach MBF Membership chairs Judy Doyle and Karen Baker

    A model of the Four Seasons Ocean Residences

    Palm Beach Master Brokers Joe Harouch, Zeev Greenstein, Holly Hickman, and Lorraine Freed

    Palm Beach Master Brokers Dianne Fox-Jacob, Judith Kaye, May Saxton, and Dolly Peters

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    Miami MBF 2007 Holiday Party and Annual Meeting

  • Starts12/3/2007 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends12/3/2007 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byThe Related Group and Related Cervera Realty Services

  • Location50 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, Florida 12th Floor

  • Open To:All Members

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    Miami Master Brokers Stephan Burke, Maji-Pace Ramos, and Berk Boge
    Miami MBF board members Iliana Abella, Andres Asion, and Donna Bloom
    The view from 50 Biscayne
    Miami Master Brokers and guests enjoy the view and tour
    Miami MBF chair Alicia Cervera Lamadrid addresses the guests
    Master Brokers Forum Advisory Board members
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    Broward Master Brokers Forum Dinner - Sponsored by Four Seasons Ocean Residences

  • Starts11/13/2007 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends11/13/2007 10:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byFour Seasons Ocean Residences

  • LocationMuseum of Art Fort Lauderdale

  • Open To:All Members

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  • BROWARD MASTER BROKERS FORUM PRESENTS
    PANEL DISCUSSION ON SHORT SALES
    Sponsored by Four Seasons Ocean Residences

    FT. LAUDERDALE, FL -- February 6, 2008 – The Broward Master Brokers Forum (MBF), an organization comprised of South Florida’s top residential real estate agents, recently presented a cutting-edge panel discussion on Short Sales at the Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale. This event was sponsored by The Four Seasons Ocean Residences, the world’s most exciting and truly luxurious private ship. To be launched in 2010, The Four Seasons Ocean Residences will continuously circumnavigate the globe in pursuit of fair weather, international events, and natural, historical, and cultural attractions.

    The panel discussion, "Setting Sale with Short Sales" was moderated by Michael Briche, president/broker of Mizner/Bass Realty, and the panelists included Robert Burns, Miami Real Estate Investor Association (MREIA); Lee Honish, a loss mitigator with the Short Sale Genius Team; and Erik Wesoloski, Esq., a real estate attorney with Wesoloski Carlson, P.A.

    Danny Warman, Echo Partners LLC; Robert Burns, Miami Real Estate Investor Association (MREIA); Lee Honish, a loss mitigator with the Short Sale Genius Team; Michael Briche, president/broker of Mizner/Bass Realty and a Broward MBF board member; Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Broward MBF; Phil Keagy, vice chair of the Broward MBF; Lauren Alabaster, Echo Partners LLC; and Marc Wigder, Echo Partners LLC

    Master Brokers Nancy Lozito, David Craven, and Mary Forman

    Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Broward MBF and Robbie Oppenheim, Echo Partners LLC

    Guests enjoy a large-scale model of the Four Seasons Ocean Residences

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    "Property Tax Reform - Smooth Sailing or Stormy Seas?" - Sponsored by Flamingo South Beach

  • Starts10/16/2007 5:45:00 PM

  • Ends10/16/2007 10:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byFlamingo South Beach

  • Location1500 Bay Road, Miami Beach, FL

  • Open To:All Members

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    1500 Bay Road, Miami Beach

    Tuesday, October 16, 2007

    5:45 p.m.: (Note Special Start Time) - Cocktail Reception in the Flamingo Sales Center

    6:45 p.m.: Guests escorted aboard the Biscayne Lady - ALL GUESTS MUST BE PRESENT BY THIS TIME TO BOARD THE SHIP

    9:30 p.m. (*est.): Biscayne Lady returns to port and disembarks

    *Please note that this event will be held aboard a ship, and conditions may change the actual return time. Guests may not be able to disembark until 10 p.m. or even 10:30 p.m. Please consider this and make any personal arrangements prior to RSVPing.

    Moderator: David Sutta - Reporter for WFOR CBS-4

    Panelists:

    * John Sebree - VP of Public Policy for FAR

    * Danielle Blake - VP of Corporate/Governmental Affairs for RAMB

    * Elected Official - TBA

    ** ANNUAL DUES WILL BE COLLECTED AT THIS FORUM! Remember that Annual Dues are $150 and are due on Oct. 30 **

    ** RSVPs FOR THIS EVENT ARE ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED BY TUESDAY, OCT. 9, 2007 **

    ** DUE TO SPACE LIMITATIONS, ONLY THE FIRST 130 RSVPs WILL BE ADMITTED! **

    PLEASE RSVP NOW TO rsvp@mbfmiami.com

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    Broward MBF October 2007 Board Meeting - Sponsored by St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort & Residences

  • Starts10/6/2007 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends10/6/2007 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted bySt. Regis Bal Harbour Resort & Residences, Bal Harbour

  • LocationCarpaccio in the Bal Harbour Shops

  • Open To:All Members

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  • THE ST. REGIS BAL HARBOUR RESORT & RESIDENCES HOSTS BROWARD MASTER BROKERS FORUM ADVISORY BOARD

    MIAMI, FL -- St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort & Residences, Bal Harbour, a partnership between The Related Group and Starwood Hotels & Resorts, recently hosted an advisory board meeting of the Broward Master Brokers Forum (MBF). The MBF is an organization comprised of South Florida’s elite real estate agents.

    St. Regis hosted the meeting at Carpaccio in the Bal Harbour Shops, where Master Brokers were treated to personal presentations from Leeor Bar Haim and other sales executives from the project.

    “We hosted the Miami chapter of the Master Brokers Forum last year, and the response was so positive that we felt compelled to invite the Broward chapter leadership to come and learn about us as well,” said Alicia Cervera Lamadrid, president of Related Cervera Realty Services. “We know that these top producers retain the kind of clients who would be interested in the St. Regis, and look forward to doing business with them in the future.”

    “The MBF is very much a regional organization, and we have a strong record of networking and exchanging business across all three counties,” said Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Broward MBF. “We were thrilled and grateful to have our Broward chapter hosted by a Miami-Dade property, especially one as extraordinary as the St. Regis.”

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    About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts
    St. Regis Hotels & Resorts includes the most celebrated properties in the world. Founded by John Jacob Astor with landmark St. Regis Hotel, New York over a century ago, the company will unveil highly anticipated St. Regis properties in Fort Lauderdale (2007), Mexico City (2008), Punta Mita, Singapore (2007), Mexico (2008), Bali (2008), Anguilla (2008), Costa Rica (2008), Atlanta (2009), Bahía Beach, Puerto Rico (2009), Deer Valley (2009), Macau (2009), Bal Harbour, FL (2010), Lhasa, Tibet (2010), Baha Mar (2011) and that will further enhance the brand's legacy. Personalized service and amenities, enviable locations and luxuriously localized design are recognized worldwide as hallmarks of the St. Regis experience. For more information on St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.stregis.com.

    About The Related Group
    Established in 1979, The Related Group is the nation’s leading builder of luxury condominiums and one of the country’s premier multi-family real estate development firms. Founded by Chairman and CEO Jorge M. Perez, The Related Group has built and managed more than 55,000 residential units throughout Florida. The company ranks as Florida’s top multi-family developer and the largest Hispanic-owned business in the United States; its current development portfolio includes projects valued in excess of $10 billion, with reported sales exceeded $3.2 billion for 2005. For more information, please visit www.relatedgroup.com.

    About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 750 properties in more than 80 countries and 110,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. With internationally renowned brands, Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts including: St. Regis™, The Luxury Collection, Sheraton, Westin, Four Points by Sheraton, W brands, as well as Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.


    Leeor Bar Haim, St. Regis, Bal Harbour sales associate, Gingi Beltran, St. Regis, Bal Harbour sales associate, Michael Briche, Broward MBF board member, and Sabine Otamendi, St. Regis, Bal Harbour sales associate

    Broward Master Brokers Forum Advisory Board Members Marta DuPree, Jim Balistreri, Carolyn Block Ellert, and Debbie Anderson, with Sharon Rauvola, St. Regis, Bal Harbour creative director

    Leeor Bar Haim, sales executive with the St. Regis, makes a

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    Broward MBF April 2007 Board Meeting - Sponsored by The W Ft. Lauderdale

  • Starts4/24/2007 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends4/24/2007 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byThe W Ft. Lauderdale

  • Location17 South Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

  • Open To:All Members

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  • THE W FORT LAUDERDALE HOTEL & RESIDENCES HOSTS BROWARD MASTER BROKERS FORUM ADVISORY BOARD

    MIAMI, FL -- April 24, 2007 – The W Fort Lauderdale Hotel & Residences, an extraordinary luxury condominium hotel project located on Fort Lauderdale Beach, recently hosted an advisory board meeting of the Broward Master Brokers Forum (MBF). The MBF is an organization comprised of South Florida’s elite real estate agents.

    W Fort Lauderdale hosted the meeting in its beautiful Welcome Center, located in The Gallery at Beach Place, and featured guided tours of the amenities and design elements available to buyers. Master Brokers were also treated to personal presentations from sales executives Lisa Whitaker and Peter Hall, as well as from John Yanopoulos, developer of the W Fort Lauderdale.

    “It was a pleasure hosting the Master Brokers Forum Advisory Board and informing them of the exciting initiatives underway at the W Fort Lauderdale,” said Yanopoulos, president of DYL Group. “We’re thrilled to have the support of such an elite group of brokers and look forward to working with them.”
    “We are especially grateful to this developer and project for their support of the broker community,” said Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Broward MBF. “The W is going to be a sensational property, and a major factor in the renaissance of Fort Lauderdale Beach.”

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    About the W Fort Lauderdale Hotel & Residences
    The residences at W Fort Lauderdale offer buyers the opportunity to revel in the sought-after W experience. W’s signature amenities include 24/7 access to a truly unique concierge service, which adheres to W’s world-renowned Whatever/Whenever® service philosophy, offering residents whatever they want, whenever they want it. Residents and guests will also have access to an ocean-view bar, a one-of-a-kind oceanfront infinity-edge pool, 15,000 square-feet of meeting facilities and impressive SWEAT® fitness center. Other lifestyle services available to residents will include personal chefs, limousine transportation, housekeeping packages, laundry service, pet care and in-residence botanical care.

    One and two-bedroom luxury condominiums are priced from $975,000 to over $1.9 million. W Fort Lauderdale is being developed by DYL Group and will be managed by W Hotels Worldwide, the fastest growing luxury hotel brand in the world.

    For more information about W Fort Lauderdale Hotel & Residences, call 954-462-1633 or explore www.wfortlauderdaleresidences.com.

    About DYL Group
    DYL Group specializes in building real excitement and is responsible for bringing the very first W Hotel to the state of Florida! Be it hotels, resorts, luxury high-rises, residential condominiums, retail or mixed-use projects, DYL Group is one of South Florida’s most experienced developers. With corporate offices in both Miami and Fort Lauderdale and an impressive history of combining functional style with attractive architecture, DYL Group is a fusion of energy and ideas, creating a vision for the future. DYL Group is the perfect match for W Hotels – and the master of creating great escapes. For more information, visit www.thedylgroup.com.

    Lisa Whitaker, W Fort Lauderdale Hotel & Residences sales executive; Lucrecia Lindemann, director of sales for DYL Group, John Yanopoulos, president of DYL Group; Peter Hall, W Fort Lauderdale Hotel & Residences sales executive; and Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Broward MBF

    Broward Master Brokers Forum Advisory Board Members Marta DuPree, Tim Singer, Bill Hahne, Marilynn Obrig, and Debbie Anderson

    Broward Master Brokers Forum Advisory Board Members

    Michael Briche, Marisa DiLenge, Christine Beck, and Tom

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    "Moving Forward - Improving Infrastructure to Improve Business" - Sponsored by Icon Las Olas

  • Starts3/26/2007 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends3/26/2007 10:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byIcon Las Olas

  • Location500 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Ft. Lauderdale

  • Open To:All Members

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  • ICON LAS OLAS HOSTS BROWARD MASTER BROKERS FORUM DISCUSSION ON SOUTH FLORIDA INFRASTRUCTURE

    As concerns about transportation, health care, and other “quality of life” issues continue to grow in South Florida, the Broward Master Brokers Forum (MBF) recently held a panel discussion focusing on the region’s evolving infrastructure. ICON Las Olas, The Related Group’s signature project in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, hosted the event for the MBF; an organization comprised of South Florida’s top residential real estate agents.

    During the cocktail reception, members of the MBF enjoyed the opportunity to visit the ICON Las Olas sales center, located at 500 E. Las Olas Blvd. Bill Hahne, sales manager for the project and a Broward MBF board member, made a brief presentation and welcomed the members and guests.

    The panel discussion, "Moving Forward - Improving Infrastructure to Improve Business" was moderated by Mark Schumacher, former WPLG Ch. 10 news anchor and current director of the Chris Evert Children's Hospital Foundation. The panelists included:
    • Allan Siegel - Community Outreach Coordinator, Broward County Aviation Department
    • Joe Scott - CEO, Broward General Medical Center
    • John Hart - President, John Hart Consulting (former Broward County Commissioner and "People for Progress" Campaign Manager)

    “Today’s home buyers are exceptionally savvy, and think beyond just the homes and immediate neighborhoods they’re considering,” said Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Broward MBF. “Every day, real estate agents are questioned about schools, traffic, and hospitals, and this discussion provided us with information we need to do our job more effectively.”
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    About the Master Brokers Forum
    Established in 1993, the Master Brokers Forum is a unique organization comprised of South Florida's top residential real estate professionals. The MBF provides its members with the opportunity to network and exchange ideas, stay at the cutting edge of the real estate industry and new products, and spearhead the identity of the best of real estate professionalism. Membership is limited to the region's most successful real estate professionals, and is by invitation only. The Broward MBF is generously sponsored by Wachovia. For more information, visit www.masterbrokersforum.com.

    About Icon Las Olas
    ICON Las Olas is a 42-story, 272-unit luxury condominium project under development in the heart of downtown Ft. Lauderdale on the only piece of land that abuts both The New River and Las Olas Boulevard. The project features seven floor plans—1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedrooms—ranging in size from 870 square feet to more than 3,300 square feet. Prices are from $500,000’s to more than $2 million. ICON Las Olas is a partnership between The Related Group and Rabina Properties LLC. For sales information call 954-462-5001.

    About The Related Group
    Established in 1979, The Related Group is the nation’s leading builder of luxury condominiums and one of the country’s premier multi-family real estate development firms. Founded by Chairman and CEO Jorge M. Pérez, The Related Group has built and managed more than 55,000 residential units throughout Florida. The company ranks as Florida’s top multi-family developer and the largest Hispanic-owned business in the United States; its current development portfolio includes projects valued in excess of $10 billion, with reported sales of more than $3.2 billion for 2005.

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    1.Joe Scott, Broward General Medical Center; Allan Siegel, Broward County Aviation Department; Carolyn Block Ellert, Broward MBF; Phil Keagy, Broward MBF; John Hart, John Hart Consulting and former "People for Progress" campaign manager; Mark Schumacher, Chris Evert Children's Hospital Foundation; and Bill Hahne, sales manager for ICON Las Olas and Broward MBF board member

    2.Maria Scarola, sales associate for ICON Las Olas, with fellow Broward Master Brokers Bob Messina, JoAnn Hostutler, and Debbie Caro.

    3.Broward MBF board members Marilynn Obrig and Jeff Greenberg, with Miami Master Broker Melissa Rubin

    4.Broward Master Brokers Nancy Lozito and Mary Forman


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    Broward MBF January 2007 Board Meeting - Sponsored by Las Olas River House

  • Starts1/30/2007 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends1/30/2007 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byLas Olas River House

  • Location100 E. Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL

  • Open To:All Members

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    Broward MBF November 2006 Board Meeting - Sponsored by Trump Las Olas

  • Starts11/29/2006 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends11/29/2006 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byTrump Las Olas

  • Location515 Seabreeze Blvd., Suite 101, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

  • Open To:All Members

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  • Mike Briche, Marta DuPree, Liz Caldwell, Marisa DiLenge, and Jeff Greenberg

    Honey Dietrich, director of fractional sales, leads a presentation of Trump Las Olas

    Broward MBF Advisory Board

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    "Media Coverage of the South Florida Real Estate Market" - Sponsored by WCI Communities

  • Starts10/10/2006 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends10/10/2006 10:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byWCI Communities

  • LocationParkland Golf and Country Club

  • Open To:All Members

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  • WCI COMMUNITIES HOSTS BROWARD MASTER BROKERS FORUM DISCUSSION ON "MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE SOUTH FLORIDA REAL ESTATE MARKET"

    A panel discussion featuring some of South Florida’s most influential real estate reporters and editors was held at the latest meeting of the Broward Master Brokers Forum (MBF). The event was hosted and sponsored by WCI Communities at the Parkland Golf & Country Club.

    During the cocktail reception, members of the MBF – all of whom are top-producing real estate agents – were introduced to WCI Communities’ various projects in South Florida, including Parkland Golf & Country Club, Heron Bay, Oceanside, and Bristol Bay. Mark Smietana, vice president of sales for WCI Communities, made a brief presentation on the company’s behalf, and welcomed the members and guests.

    The panel discussion, "Media Coverage of the South Florida Real Estate Market" was moderated by Chris Wren, executive director of the Ft. Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority. The panelists included:
    • Matthew Haggman, Miami Herald Real Estate Reporter
    • Darcie Lunsford, South Florida Business Journal Real Estate Editor
    • Paul Owers, Sun-Sentinel Real Estate Reporter
    • William Plasencia, South Florida CEO Magazine Editor

    “This was the most interactive panel discussion the MBF has produced to date, and we hope that it helped bridge the disconnect between the media coverage we’ve been reading and the reality we’ve been experiencing,” said Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Broward MBF. “We would like to extend our gratitude to WCI for hosting this event and to our esteemed panelists for handling each of our challenging questions with much dignity.”
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    About the Master Brokers Forum
    Established in 1993, the Master Brokers Forum is a unique organization comprised of South Florida's top residential real estate professionals. The MBF provides its members with the opportunity to network and exchange ideas, stay at the cutting edge of the real estate industry and new products, and spearhead the identity of the best of real estate professionalism. Membership is limited to the region's most successful real estate professionals, and is by invitation only. The Broward MBF is generously sponsored by Wachovia. For more information, visit www.masterbrokersforum.com.

    About WCI Communities
    WCI Communities, Inc., named America's Best Builder in 2004 by the National Association of Home Builders and Builder Magazine, has been creating amenity-rich, master-planned lifestyle communities since 1946. Florida-based WCI caters to primary, retirement, and second-home buyers in Florida, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia. The company offers traditional and tower home choices with prices from the low-$200,000s to more than $10 million and features a wide array of recreational amenities in its communities. In addition to homebuilding, WCI generates revenues from its Prudential Florida WCI Realty Division, its mortgage and title businesses, and its recreational amenities, as well as through land sales and joint ventures. The company currently owns and controls developable land on which the company plans to build over 21,500 traditional and tower homes.

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    1. Matthew Haggman, Miami Herald real estate reporter; Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Broward MBF; Walker Duvall, Wachovia senior vice president; Darcie Lunsford, South Florida Business Journal real estate editor; Chris Wren, executive director of the Ft. Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority; Mike Tarhini, vice president of Homebuilding for WCI Communities; Mark Smietana, vice president of sales for WCI Communities; Marisa DiLenge, Broward MBF board member; Paul Owers, Sun-Sentinel real estate reporter; and William Plasencia, South Florida CEO Magazine editor

    2. Christine Beck, Broward MBF board member; with Master Brokers Joann Snyder; Tom Schon; and Susan Nelson.

    3. Judy Simpson learns about WCI Communities from representative Amy Zych, WCI Marketing.

    4. Panel moderator Chris Wren, executive director of the Ft. Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority, listens to an answer from Matthew Haggman, Miami Herald real estate reporter. The other panelists are William Plasencia, South Florida CEO Magazine editor; Darcie Lunsford, South Florida Business Journal real estate editor; and Paul Owers, Sun-Sentinel real estate reporter

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    Broward MBF June 2006 Board Meeting - Sponsored by Isles at Lago Mar

  • Starts6/20/2006 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends6/20/2006 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byIsles at Lago Mar

  • Location673 Vista Isles Drive, Sunrise, FL

  • Open To:All Members

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    Marisa DiLenge, Jeff Greenberg, Liz Caldwell, and Phil Keagy

    Tim Singer and Juan Castellanos, Sales Director at Isles at Lago Mar

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    Broward MBF May 2006 Board Meeting - Sponsored by ICON Las Olas

  • Starts5/1/2006 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends5/1/2006 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byIcon Las Olas

  • Location500 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Ft. Lauderdale

  • Open To:All Members

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  • Broward MBF vice chair Phil Keagy and chair Carolyn Block Ellert

    Mathy Chesnick of ICON Las Olas

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    Broward MBF January 2006 Board Meeting - Sponsored by Global Development Group/Acqua M

  • Starts1/24/2006 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends1/24/2006 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byAcqua Marina

  • Location211 Hendricks Isle, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

  • Open To:All Members

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  • Marisa DiLenge, Marilynn Obrig, Liz Caldwell, Carol Hallenbeck

    Marilynn Obrig, Paula Lowenstein-Boano, Gabriel Boano, and Tim Singer

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    Broward MBF July 2005 Board Meeting - Sponsored by Coconut Grove Residences on Fort Lauderdale Beach

  • Starts7/26/2005 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends7/26/2005 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byCoconut Grove Residences on Fort Lauderdale Beach

  • Location1200 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • Open To:All Members

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  • Marta DuPree; John Beauchamp, Bobbie Mogul

    Developer Ron Mastriana with Broward MBF chair Carolyn Block Ellert

    Liz Caldwell, Christine Beck, Karen Martin, Marilynn Obrig, Tim Elmes, Sandra Tagliamonte

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    Broward MBF April 2005 Board Meeting - Sponsored by Las Olas River House

  • Starts4/19/2005 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends4/19/2005 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byLas Olas River House

  • Location100 E. Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL

  • Open To:All Members

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  • LAS OLAS RIVER HOUSE HOSTS BROWARD MASTER BROKERS FORUM BOARD MEETING

    FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – April 19, 2005 - Las Olas River House, Ft. Lauderdale's tallest and most talked-about residential condominium, recently hosted an advisory board meeting of the Broward Master Brokers Forum (MBF), an organization comprised of the county's top-producing luxury real estate agents.

    The evening began with an elegant cocktail reception and introductions from Philip C. Freedman, director of sales for Las Olas River House, and Jamie Helman, executive vice president of Tarragon South Development Corp., the property's developer. Freedman and Helman then led the board on a private tour of the River House's remarkable luxury units. After the tour, the MBF board sat down to business – and a delicious catered supper – in the property's magnificent sales center, overlooking the New River.

    "We could not imagine a more beautiful setting for our young organization to hold its board meeting," said Carolyn Block-Ellert, chair of the Broward MBF and broker/owner of Premier Sales Group. "The board greatly appreciated the hospitality extended by our friends at Las Olas River House, as well as the opportunity to learn more about this outstanding property."

    "While all the board members were certainly familiar with the Las Olas River House, some had not experienced the breathtaking views and superb amenities for themselves," said Helman. "We were thrilled to showcase the property to this elite group of real estate professionals."
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    Bill Hahne, MBF event chair, with Heather McDonough, sales associate for Las Olas River House

    MBF board members Carolyn Block-Ellert (chairperson); Helen Jeanne Nicastri (founding chairperson); Liz Caldwell (membership chairperson); and Philip C. Freedman, director of sales for Las Olas River House

    MBF board members Karen Martin, Soryl Cohen, Phil Keagy, Jeff Greenberg, Steve Spergel, Marilynn Obrig, and Tim Singer

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    Broward MBF March 2005 Board Meeting - Sponsored by WCI/Parkland Golf and Country Club

  • Starts3/21/2005 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends3/21/2005 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byWCI Communities/Parkland Golf and Country Club

  • Location10001 Old Club Road, Parkland, FL

  • Open To:All Members

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  • Mark Smietana, vice president of sales for WCI Communities; Marta DuPree; Phil Keagy

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    "How High is High?" - Launch Event Sponsored by Gallery One Resort Residences

  • Starts3/16/2005 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends3/16/2005 10:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byGallery One Resort Residences

  • Location2670 East Sunrise Blvd. in Ft. Lauderdale

  • Open To:All Members

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    Gallery One Resort Residences Hosts First Event for Real Estate Networking Group

    FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – In 1993, a group of Miami real estate agents assembled in the wake of Hurricane Andrew to exchange information and assist each other professionally. Calling itself the Master Brokers Forum (MBF), over time, the group evolved into Miami-Dade County's leading network of top-producing luxury real estate agents. Today, Master Brokers are respected throughout the industry for their expertise and professionalism, and are frequently hosted by Miami's top real estate developers at dinners and special events. Membership is limited to the county's leading agents, based on sales volume and adherence to professional ethics.

    This year, the organization officially expanded into Broward County. The launch event for the Broward MBF was held March 16 at Gallery One Resort Residences (the DoubleTree Guest Suites Galleria), located at 2670 East Sunrise Blvd. After a festive cocktail reception on Gallery One's scenic pool deck, guests moved inside to enjoy dinner and a panel discussion entitled "How High is High?",moderated by Hugo Ottolenghi, real estate editor of the Daily Business Review. The panelists included Andrew Britton, senior vice president of Wachovia Securities; Jason Robertson, chairman of the High Rise Council of South Florida; and Dean Trantalis, vice mayor of the City of Ft. Lauderdale.

    "This event was a wonderful way to introduce our new organization to the community," said Carolyn Block-Ellert, chair of the Broward MBF and broker/owner of Premier Sales Group. "We are so grateful to our friends at Gallery One, Wachovia, and everyone who participated in the panel."

    For a limited time, eligible agents in Broward County may apply for membership into the MBF. Membership is limited to agents who have generated more than $5 million per year in residential sales volume in South Florida for five consecutive years, and who conduct business in the spirit of cooperation with fellow Realtors® and with strict adherence to the National Association of Realtors Code of Ethics. For membership information, please contact Liz Caldwell at 954-515-0100.

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    (bottom row) Gary Koenig, sales director for Gallery One; Hugo Ottolenghi, real estate editor of the Daily Business Review; Alicia Cervera Lamadrid, chair of the Miami Master Brokers Forum (top row) Ben Shmul, president of DSI Communities, developer of Gallery One; Helen Jeanne Nicastri; honorary chair of the Miami MBF; Walker Duvall, senior vice president of Wachovia Wealth Management; Andrew Britton, senior vice president of Wachovia Securities; Jason Robertson, chairman of the High Rise Council of South Florida; Carolyn Block-Ellert, chair of the Broward MBF; and Comm. Dean Trantalis, vice mayor of the City of Ft. Lauderdale

    David May, sales agent for Gallery One; Andrea Greenberg, vice president of marketing for Fortune International Realty; Gary Koenig, sales director for Gallery One

    Bill Hahne, event chairman for the Broward Master Brokers Forum; Helen Jeanne Nicastri; honorary chair of the Miami MBF; Hugo Ottolenghi, real estate editor of the Daily Business Review; Alicia Cervera Lamadrid, chair of the Miami MBF; Ben Shmul, president of DSI Communities, developer of Gallery One; and Carolyn Block-Ellert, chair of the Broward MBF

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    Broward MBF January 2005 Board Meeting - Sponsored by NuRiver Landing

  • Starts1/10/2005 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends1/10/2005 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byNuRiver Landing

  • Location511 SE 5th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

  • Open To:All Members

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  • Isabel Picot, Bill Hahne, and Helen Jeanne Nicastri

    Phil Keagy, Carolyn Block Ellery, Jeffrey Lax, Isabel Picot

    Liz Caldwell, Jeffrey Lax, Marta DuPree

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    Broward MBF November 2004 Board Meeting - Sponsored by Avenue Lofts

  • Starts11/29/2004 6:00:00 PM

  • Ends11/29/2004 9:00:00 PM

  • Hosted byHooper Development - Avenue Lofts

  • Location425 N. Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

  • Open To:All Members

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  • Liz Caldwell, Alan Hooper, and Soryl Cohen

    Peter Barkin, Sandra Tagliamonte, Carolyn Block-Ellert, Steve Spergel

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