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Happy Thanksgiving from Ben & Mayra Stern

We want to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving. Even though It has been a stressful year for all, with unprecedented challenges, we must try to remember the good things in our lives. Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday. It truly makes us step back and think about the beauty we do have in our lives, the things that we need to be grateful for. We know that it might be hard to find things that we are thankful for when so much is wrong around us, but there is beauty out there. “Heroes arise in the most unexpected places” (quote from the Rent Collector book by Camron Wright). We must look for the helpers:The neighbors that care about us, our circle of friends and family, the total strangers that lend us a hand when we need it most. We must find the strenght to face every day. As the Chinese Proverb says: “To get through the hardest journey we need to take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.”

On another note, the real estate market is doing very well, although everyone has had a very challenging year. We have enclosed a few real estate articles that might interest you. 

Just in! Newly released market reports from Florida Realtors® detailing recent real estate activity in the Palm Beaches. The reports compare year-over-year data for October. Here are statistics on single family homes. Read more here: https://rworld.com/blog/palmbeach-october

Just in! Newly released market reports from Florida Realtors® detailing recent real estate activity in Broward County. The reports compare year-over-year data for October. Here are statistics on single family homes. Read more here: https://rworld.com/blog/browardcounty-october

AMENDMENT 5 AND TAX BENEFITS: WHAT IT MEANS FOR FLORIDA SELLERS. Floridians passed Realtor®-supported Amendment 5, giving sellers up to three years – an increase from two – to transfer accrued property tax benefits to a new home. Read more here: https://rworld.com/blog/amendment5?fbclid=IwAR0RM7yRPCFesu2kHHZb-F12ezr0ZA_DbtUDktI6_97XECpQSOQvnKFLuh0

Home Sales Are on Fire, Up 27% From a Year Ago.“For the fifth consecutive month, existing-home sales continued to be resilient in the face of the pandemic, climbing nearly 27% compared to a year ago, the National Association of REALTORS® reported Thursday. Also reported this week, construction of single-family homes soared to the highest pace since the spring of 2007, as more buyers turned to the new-home market to find homes for sale.” Read more here: https://magazine.realtor/daily-news/2020/11/19/home-sales-are-on-fire-up-27-from-a-year-ago?fbclid=IwAR0-rXG0rHrJmijnzDhYOYDfthB6nJBR18WXJmSzSmPw92mYe_fV6JkMTps

NAR Chief Economist Yun predicts low mortgage rates (3.1%) next year, a 3% home price increase, 9% existing-home sales increase and a 23% surge in new-home sales. Read the article here: https://rworld.com/blog/nar-forecast2021

For more real estate news go to: https://rworld.com/market & https://rworld.com/real-estate-news

Hope you enjoy this info!

Ben & Mayra Stern

Toscana North Condos Virtual Tour Movie 2020 – 3700 S. Ocean Blvd. Highland Beach Florida 33487

Toscana North also known as Toscana Tower I, is located at 3700 S. Ocean Blvd. Highland Beach, Florida 33487Toscana North was the first Toscana Tower and it was built in 2000. Toscana North has 143 condos and 17 floors. Toscana North has 4 floor plans: the Cortona model, the Siena model, the Trevi model, and the Firenze model. Come see what the NEW and improved Toscana North is all about! The Toscana North lobby was renovated in 2019. The MODERN $1,200,000 Toscana North lobby has a Coffee Café and a Game Room with a pool table, a ping pong table, and a poker table! The Toscana North high tech gym was renovated in 2016 and it is more modern and better equipped than the gyms at the other two Toscana Towers. The gym cost was about $560,000. The Toscana North roof was partially replaced in 2019. There were NO assessments to residents for any of these Toscana North improvements! Toscana North is the building closest to the Toscana Beach Club, a HUGE plus! Toscana North has beautiful DIRECT ocean views, Intracoastal views, city views, and gorgeous views to the Toscana resort-style grounds. 

Click on the links below to see the Toscana North floor plans:

Toscana North Cortona Model Floor Plan

Toscana North Cortona Reversed Model Floor Plan

Toscana North Siena Model Floor Plan

Toscana North Trevi Model Floor Plan

Toscana North Firenze Model Floor Plan

Watch the Toscana North Condos Virtual Tour Movie 2020:

For more information about Toscana North Condos in Highland Beach Florida, visit our Toscana website. Click on the following link: https://sites.google.com/site/toscanarealestate/home/toscana-north-condos—toscana-north-highland-beach-florida-condos?authuser=0

Toscana Highland Beach is a three building full service luxury oceanfront community located just south of Delray Beach and North of Boca Raton, on the west side of A1A between the Intracoastal & the Atlantic Ocean. Toscana North, located at 3700 S. Ocean Blvd. Highland Beach Florida 33487has 17 floors and 143 condos. Toscana West, located at 3720 S. Ocean Blvd. Highland Beach Florida 33487,has 16 floors and 118 condos. Toscana South, located at 3740 S. Ocean Blvd. Highland Beach Florida 33487,has 18 floors and 159 condos. In total, there are 422 condos in Toscana Highland Beach Florida.  Toscana condos have 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedrooms. Most condos in Toscana Highland Beach Florida 33487 have 2 huge balconies, and some condos have 3+ balconies. Toscana condos have ocean views, Intracoastal views, city views, and gorgeous views to the Toscana resort-style grounds. Toscana Highland Beach has a private beach club and beach for residents to enjoy year round. The elegant & recently remodeled Toscana Beach Club has beautiful ocean views. The Toscana Beach Club has a social room with ocean views, lockers, a kitchen, showers, and a BBQ area with gorgeous ocean views. The Toscana private beach has lounge beach chairs with canopy, and Toscana attendants that provide residents and their guests with towels and water. Toscana Highland Beach Florida is a 24-hour manned gated community with 2 tennis courts, a bocce ball court, and a shuffleboard court.  Toscana Towers has 3 heated pools and 2 hot tubs with attendant and cabana baths. Each Toscana Tower has a fitness center, sauna, steam room, locker room, billiard’s room, social room, TV room, business center, kitchen, private coded elevator access to each apartment, underground parking, valet parking from 8 am to midnight, 24-hour concierge service & staff, private air conditioned storage, bicycle storage, and on-site maintenance & management. Each Toscana Tower has 2 electric car charging stations! Pets of all sizes welcome, but tenants cannot have pets. Toscana Condos can be rented right after they are bought, twice a year for 90 days minimum each time. This is great for investors! Year round social events for Toscana residents! Toscana is a VERY social community. The Toscana Condo Association Social Committees and the Toscana HOA Social Committees organize events such as: holiday parties, bagel brunches, game nights, trivia nights, Valentine’s Day party, Halloween party, & much more. In addition, residents organize card groups, a Toscana Book Club, and more. There is so much to do when you live in ToscanaToscana residents are required to have a parking space for each car they own or lease. Parking spaces in Toscana Highland Beach Florida 33487 can be purchased (for about $50,000+) or rented (for about $150-$250 per month). The public schools for Toscana Highland Beach Florida 33487 are: J. C. Mitchell Elementary School, Boca Raton Community Middle School, and Boca Raton Community High School. There are also very good private schools close by such as: Pine Crest Preparatory School Boca Raton Campus and St. Andrews School. Florida Atlantic University is just 5 minutes away from Toscana Highland Beach Florida 33487. The price range of Toscana condos is $635,000 to about $3,000,000. The price range of Toscana rentals is about $4,000  to $12,000 per month.  

Interested in buying or renting in Toscana? Ben and Mayra Stern, Realtors with Stern Realty and Toscana residents, can show you any Toscana condos for sale or rent. Text us at 561-715-0314 to schedule your FREE Toscana tour!

Interested in selling your Toscana Highland Beach Florida condo? Click on the following link: https://sites.google.com/site/toscanarealestate/home/-did-you-know-toscana-blog?authuser=0

Lets Talk About The Elephant in the Room: Why Do Real Estate Agents Have Such a Bad Reputation?

It is not a secret that the real estate profession is not well respected. We understand why.  We have been in the real estate business for over 25 years. We have met good agents with high integrity and professionalism throughout the years. However, we have also met many agents that lack training, integrity, and honesty. Even more sad, is that many of the agents that do not follow the rules and common ethical practices, are the ones that are, in many cases, more successful than the ones that honor our profession, follow the Realtor’s Code of Ethics, and the law.  In other words, the saying is true: good people finish last. For example…

It is easier to get a listing when agents tell the seller what they want to hear. Many agents tell prospective sellers a price that is unrealistic, so that the property owner is more willing to list with them than with another real estate agent interviewing for the same listing. As nice as it sounds to hear that a seller can get a higher price for their home, not listening to the agents that are being more honest & giving the seller a more realistic selling price, based on the price of actual sold properties, will probably not do the seller any good. The property will sit for months or even years on the market without selling, while it helps other comparable properties sell. Buyers are very savvy these days. With all the information out there, they will know which properties are a better value, and the properties that are priced right, will be the ones that sell. Many overpriced homes will never sell and their listing expires. It has been proven, that if a seller prices their property right from the beginning, it will be sold faster, and in many cases, even for more money than they would have gotten if they overpriced their home. A property that has been on the market for so long makes buyers think that there is something wrong with it, or they will think that the owner is just not realistic, so they will pass and not even bother with that property. A seller might know, that they will be flexible & negotiable once they get an offer, but all those buyers and agents out there do not know that. Standard of Practice 1-3, of The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the National Association of Realtors, states: “Realtors, in attempting to secure a listing, shall not deliberately mislead the owner as of market value.” It is up to the seller whether or not they want to list with an honest agent that told them the truth from the beginning, or with the agent that did not. Unfortunately, most sellers listen to the agent that tells them what they WANT to hear and not what they should hear.

The manipulation of the MLS information is another thing that we see in the industry, meaning the statistics of certain real estate agents look more favorable. When agents overprice a listing just to “get the listing”, it is very common that the property sits on the market for many months and even several years. The excuse given to the sellers when they are asked to reduce the listing price again and again, is that the real estate market has changed. In many cases, the problem with the listing is that it was overpriced from day one and the sellers were helping sell their competition, the properties that were priced correctly.  Therefore, in an attempt for the real estate agent to overcome their terrible statistics of 450+ days on the market, and most likely a terrible Listed Price to Sold Price ratio (if the property ends up selling, it might be 20% – 40% below original asking price), many manipulate the MLS information by removing the listing from the MLS and then inputting the same property in the MLS with a new MLS number and a new price. Because of this, prospective buyers might think that the property is a new listing when in reality, it has been on the market for an extended period of time. If the property ends up selling, the days on the market and lower new listing price will give the agents better statistics. However, prospective buyers these days are very resourceful, and they can find out very easily how many times a property was on the market previously and for how long. This misleading tactic only helps improve the statistics of the agent that plays that game rather than the seller. Manipulating the MLS tactics may “work against the duty of honesty in Article 1, and the ‘true picture’ mandate for all advertising, marketing, and other representations in Article 12,” says Rodney Gansho, NAR’s director of engagement and staff executive to the Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee. Read more here:

MLS Games People Play – Realtor Magazine, March – April 2020 issue

Some agents unfortunately, do not give a copy of the listing agreement to the sellers as required by the Code of Ethics, article 9. Make sure your Realtor gives you a signed copy of the totally executed Listing Agreement right away. We immediately email a signed copy to our sellers. In Florida, you are required to provide your client with a copy of the Listing Agreement signed by all parties. We would be very concerned if an agent did not take the time to go over the listing contract with their client, and give a copy of the Listing Agreement. Clients need to make sure they write the expiration date of the contract on their calendar. This will help keep track of the listing period. If clients are happy with the service this agent is giving, then they could sign a listing extension, if not, the client has the right to find an agent that will give better service and results.

Who represents the client? We represent the seller when we take a listing as “single agents,” unless we bring our own buyer – then we become “transaction brokers” to be fair to both parties involved in the transaction. Sellers should keep in mind, that we reduce our commission if we procure the buyer of the property. Most other real estate agents are transaction brokers from the beginning, even if the buyer comes with a different agent that represents them. The duties of single agency include: loyalty, confidentiality, obedience, and full disclosure, which are not included as transaction broker duties. A transaction broker provides you with a limited form of representation. Why would a seller pay an attorney a high fee to NOT fully represent them? Unfortunately, some agents just “want to make the deal.” While doing that, the agent forgets about their duties to their clients and even tries to make the honest agents on the other side of the transaction, feel bad because making the deal is what drives them, even if what they are doing or saying might be unethical and not in the best interest of their client.

Sellers should be aware of kickbacks so they are not stuck with bad service! We have received so many calls from people throughout the years that are stuck with a real estate agent that gives them bad service, and they can not wait to get out of the contract. We tell these people that unfortunately, until that contract is either cancelled or expired, there is nothing that we can do to help them sell or rent their property. Before choosing a real estate agent, sellers should do their homework. Maybe who someone calls “THE BEST” real estate agent is not really so, but it is just the one that “greases their palms.” They don’t care that the seller will be stuck with bad service and results for years and that the seller will be paying the costly vacant property expenses. Sellers should know that for a real estate agent to give back a kickback to someone unlicensed as a real estate agent for referring them a customer, is not legal in the state of Florida. See Florida Statutes 475.25.

Florida Statutes 475.25 Discipline.—
(1) The commission may deny an application for licensure, registration, or permit, or renewal thereof; may place a licensee, registrant, or permittee on probation; may suspend a license, registration, or permit for a period not exceeding 10 years; may revoke a license, registration, or permit; may impose an administrative fine not to exceed $5,000 for each count or separate offense; and may issue a reprimand, and any or all of the foregoing, if it finds that the licensee, registrant, permittee, or applicant:
h. Has shared a commission with, or paid a fee or other compensation to, a person not properly licensed as a broker, broker associate, or sales associate under the laws of this state, for the referral of real estate business, clients, prospects, or customers, or for any one or more of the services set forth in s. 475.01(1)(a).

For example, in an article that we recently read online, Why you should ignore the hotel concierge’s recommendations, the article states:

But one travel expert has suggested that there are plenty of circumstances where you’re probably better off taking the concierge’s recommendations with a grain of salt. “When you’re asking around for sightseeing or dining advice, avoid hotel staffers. They’re often on the take,” says Time Magazine’s travel expert Brad Tuttle. 

When someone refers an agent to a seller, the seller should make sure that the referral comes from the heart, because that agent gives exceptional service, not because they are getting a kickback for the referral. The best referrals come from an agent’s past customers and people that sellers truly know and trust. To read our customer reviews, please click the following link:  Stern Realty Reviews

While there are some agents that make all other real estate agents look bad, sellers should know that there are many out there that are trying really hard to walk a straight line, be honest, have integrity, and truly care. According to NAR (the National Association of Realtors) research, 76% of the sellers only interview 1 agent. Why is that? Most consumers read reviews online and shop around for at least 3 bids if they want to purchase a car or a dishwasher, but yet, when it comes to their BIGGEST investment, their HOME, they do not shop around. It becomes clear to us, that if more consumers would do their research, they would hire a better agent, and they would not just go with the agent that someone says is “THE BEST,” when they are not, nor the one that tells the seller what they want to hear, without actually having good statistics and multiple stellar reviews. So, if consumers would be more careful with their choosing of an agent, there would be less real estate agents in this business that do not follow The Code of Ethics and the law.  They would not be able to make it in this business and they would have no choice but to go try a different business. If we want to make the real estate profession a more respected profession, not only do agents have to do their part to show they have more professionalism, but in addition, consumers should not enable the bad behavior of the agents, that are less than stellar, by hiring them over the ones that are honest and follow the rules that are in place to protect the consumer.

We hope that you find this read meaningful. We also hope that consumers looking to buy or sell real estate will take the time to do their homework and give a chance to the good real estate agents out there. To all my colleagues that play by the rules, thank you for your professionalism. We can all improve the quality of the real estate professionals together.

Thanks to all our past clients and customers that gave us the chance throughout the years. Your awesome reviews give us the fuel we need to keep going, one customer at a time, with integrity.

Mayra & Ben Stern, Stern Realty


Come live a life of luxury here in Toscana Highland Beach Florida 33487!

Enjoy a live of luxury in the most luxurious community in Highland Beach Florida 33487! Toscana is just 5 minutes away from Boca Raton and Delray Beach Florida.

Bring your #Tesla car that can be charged in Toscana’s #ElectricCarChargingStations , and get ready to enjoy the lifestyle Toscana has to offer: #veuvecliquot on your patio or the beach, relaxation by the 3 pools, a game of #shuffleboard , a #bookclub to mingle with your neighbors, the magnificent #oceanviews and #Intracoastalviews that Toscana has where you can enjoy your #coldbeers , and MUCH MORE!

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Interested in buying, selling, or renting a condo in Toscana? Contact Ben & Mayra Stern, Realtors with Stern Realty and TOSCANA RESIDENTS! No one sells the #ToscanaLifestyle like we do! We live here, we love it here, and we sell #ToscanaCondos with integrity and tons of great customer reviews! Text 561-715-0314 or email us at BenAndMayraStern@hotmail.com .



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Toscana in Highland Beach Real Estate Market Update

Our July 25, 2018 Toscana Real Estate Newsletter is ready to view here! It includes: information about the current real estate market in Toscana, such as Toscana condos for sale, condos sold, condos under contract, Toscana condos for rent, condos rented, statistics, Highland Beach real estate market information, real estate articles, and more!

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Just Listed!
Best deal in Toscana for a furnished seasonal rental with stunning ocean & Intracoastal views!


Modern/elegant furniture. 2 huge balconies! East balcony has ocean & Toscana grounds views. West balcony has long Intracoastal views. This condo has 2 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, and over 2,369 sq. ft. of living area. Bright open floor plan, Saturnia marble floors everywhere! Impact glass windows, custom built-ins, granite counters in the kitchen, custom entertainment center, surround sound, & custom soundproof wall unit. Master suite has closet built-ins, marble master bath w/hot tub, dual sinks, & separate shower. Guest suite w/private bath. Large laundry room. Private elevator entry to each unit. Unit was recently painted. 24-hour manned gated, luxury oceanfront community, with 2 tennis courts, bocce ball court, shuffleboard, and a private beach with beach club. Each Toscana building has a heated pool and hot tub with attendant, cabana baths, fitness center, sauna, steam room, locker room, billiard’s room, social room, TV room, business center, kitchen, private coded elevator access to each apartment, underground parking, valet parking, 24-hour concierge service & staff, bicycle storage, and on-site maintenance & management. Come see what the Toscana Lifestyle is all about! 5 min. away from trendy Delray Beach and famous Boca Raton. Highland Beach is a small exclusive beach town located just south of the City of Delray Beach and north of Boca Raton in Florida. The Town is 1.1 total square miles. This condo is available December 2018 – April 2019. 3 months minimum. $9,500 per month. No pets allowed for renters. MLS#: RX-10450366.
For more information, contact Ben & Mayra Stern, Realtors with Stern Realty and Toscana residents, at 561-715-0314 or by email at BenAndMayraStern@Hotmail.com.
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Another Great Review from a Toscana Customer!

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Stern Realty Reviews: Ben & Mayra Stern, take pride in giving excellent service!

Thinking about using our services? There are many things we can say about the high quality of service we provide to our home seller and home buyer clients, but probably none would be as credible as testimonials from some of our clients themselves. So please take a moment to read the following testimonials from past clients. We hope they indicate our experience and integrity, as well as make it clear how much we enjoy helping people with their real estate needs.

Stern Realty in Highland Beach, FL Reviews: over 25 years of excellent service!

“This letter will serve as our highest recommendation for Mayra & Ben Stern. Over the years, we have worked with many real estate brokers and agents and can say with confidence that Mayra & Ben are truly the best of the best. They have the professional and ethical qualities that make their team extremely successful and effective. They hold themselves to a high level of integrity and are very conscientious and tenacious, always keeping the client’s best interest in mind. They prepared extensive research to assist with defining a fair market value of the property and then, when the time comes, utilizing their market research and analysis, they negotiate effectively with the opposing broker on behalf of their client. ”
Lorene & Michael K. – Toscana North Seller/Unit 504

“When we were ready to sell our condo, we contacted Ben & Mayra Stern to represent us. Based on sales in our building complex we expected to sell in 7 months. Ben & Mayra found a buyer in 2 months thanks to their unbelievable marketing efforts. They walked us through every step and assisted us in getting a lawyer to handle the sale. Whenever we had a question, they were extremely quick to respond. Their knowledge and guidance in pricing our apartment correctly from day one really made a difference. I would recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell in South Florida. Thank you, Ben & Mayra!”
Eileen Swindling – 1107 Toscana North Seller

“My family and I have used Mayra and Ben Stern for rental properties. They are knowledgeable, reliable, warm, friendly and diligent. They provide info about the community, the town and the city. They are hard working and will do a great job for you! Highly recommend them!!!”
Anna T. – Toscana North in Highland Beach, FL

“Ben and Myra Stern have represented us on both the buy and sell side.We found them to be effective, hardworking, reliable and totally trustworthy brokers. They are very knowledgeable about the market and have extensive marketing skills using the internet. It is a pleasure to work with them.”
Eric D. – Highland Beach, FL

“I have known Ben and Mayra Stern for nearly 7 years through their work with my non-profit animal rescue, All For One Pet Rescue. Their support has been invaluable and greatly appreciated. Beyond their dedicated work as a foster family and their financial support of our mission, their business sense and intuition has been of significant benefit to the operations of the non-profit as they are always willing to bring great ideas to the table and tirelessly network the rescue for greater exposure and support. It is a pleasure to work with people who are so very passionate about our cause and are as honest, straightforward, and savvy as Ben and Mayra. Their ethics are beyond reproach and I have no doubt that anyone that works with them in any capacity will experience the same.”
Lisa B. All For One Pet Rescue

“I have used the services of Ben and Mayra Stern to both sell and buy properties. They are the most honest, hard-working real estate agents you will ever come across. They will give you the best information to get your home sold or bought quickly.”
Ellen S. – Highland Beach, FL

“Mayra and ben stern are the most ethical and honest real estate agents I have met. Over the past 30 years I have moved and bought and sold 6 properties so I have experience with many agents, not all good, many self serving. They have offered concrete advice on how to sell my ny property that languished in finding a buyer although they had no financial gain. Their advice was correct, I adjusted the price and it sold very quickly. I would highly recommend them without hesitation to sell/ buy your property.”
Helen M. – Highland Beach, FL

“Ben and Mayra Stern were the listing brokers for the condominium we purchased in Toscana in Highland Beach. They did an excellent job; not only were they highly professional and capable, but also they went above and beyond what other realtors have done in terms of providing support during the transaction, assisting us throughout the transition (including during renovations) and following up with every single concern or issue that arose, even after the closing. Moreover, they provide support for the wider community through a social media page they maintain that offers information about a broad range of Toscana-related topics. I offer my highest recommendation of Ben and Mayra Stern as professional realtors committed to their clients and their community.”
Alexander E. – Toscana North, Highland Beach

“I have used Stern Reality both Mayra and Ben. They are two of the most courteous knowledgeable and helpful people I have worked with. If anyone is looking for a home it is definitely worth giving them a call.”
Pat F. – Highland Beach, FL

“I could not recommend Ben and Mayra Stern more highly. They helped us sell our unit in Toscana and purchase another unit in Toscana. They were the consummate professionals and went above and beyond what any other realtor would have done. The fact that they live in the community made them accessible on a moment’s notice to show our unit. When we wanted to look at other units at Toscana to purchase that were listed by other brokers, we had to go through a whole process just to make an appointment and schedule times for the broker to travel to the community to show us their listing. It was never as easy or or as convenient as it was when we used Mayra and Ben Stern. Why is this important? Many people looking at Toscana are in town for a short period of time and don’t have much flexibility regarding visiting potential properties. With Mayra and Ben living in the community, they made themselves readily available to potential buyers for our unit on a moment’s notice. This made a big difference and got our unit sold in under two weeks for a then record price.”
Peter S. – Highland Beach, FL

“Dear Ben and Mayra,
It has been a pleasure working with both of you for the sale of my Toscana unit. You have both been extremely professional, thorough, and very knowledgeable throughout the entire process. In addition, you have also been of the highest integrity, and this is a quality often lacking in realtors and brokers. As a team, you have exceeded my high expectations from listing to closing. Most sellers know that there is quite a lot of competition for listings in Toscana. And any educated seller knows that there is one realtor who has the majority of the listings. Had I not interviewed your team, I would have gone with this realtor, and based on my research, been very disappointed. He creates unrealistic expectations on pricing, and does not show the home personally most of the time. You guys did not promise me a fantasy price for my unit, but a realistic price. You also were present for all showings, and very patient with potential buyers. You were also available on very short notice to show the unit. Because of this, we were able to sell the property on a very timely basis, and for a price very close to asking. At my ripe old age of 63, I have been through many real estate transactions. I can say from the bottom of my heart that you guys represent the highest level of service I have ever experienced. You should both feel very proud of Stern Realty, and your individual efforts. Again, thanks for your attentive and caring service.”
Bill Goldberg – Toscana North Seller/Unit 505

“It is my sincere pleasure to write this letter in regards to the outstanding service provided to me by Mayra and Ben Stern in selling my condominium at 3740 South Ocean Blvd. Highland Beach, FL. The service they provided went above and beyond all my expectations and was truly out of the ordinary. Since my primary residence is out of state, it was desirable that I found a broker that had the ability to pursue and follow up on prospective buyers using pertinent data and timely execution of marketing strategies. Mayra and Ben used expert discretion when it came to communication and information gathering to pinpoint what I needed and when to involve me for necessary decisions and input. Their marketing techniques exceeded even the most seasoned brokers. They use every outlet imaginable including traditional print, lead farming, website ads, and social media. Their methods are seamless and relentless in nature, constantly moving toward that final goal of the sale. My gratitude is boundless for the work they have done for me and I have no reservations whatsoever in recommending them to anyone looking to sell their property quickly, easily and for a maximized profit.”
Gerald Musano – Toscana South Seller/Unit 1609

“Mayra and Ben were wonderful to work with when it came to selling my FL condominium in Toscana, Highland Beach, FL. At our first meeting, they suggested a very fair marketable price for the listing. They were very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions. I had great confidence in them. Among the many things that they did for me were:
· They personally showed the condo (and sold the Toscana Lifestyle) 13 times. They accommodated the showings, even the ones that were short notice, 7 days a week.
· They did tons of online marketing, mail outs, and a Broker’s Open.
· The property was on the market 113 days (a little over 3 months).
· They provided me information about other condos for sale, under contract, and sold, that helped with my decision making about the price.
· Compared to the commission many other real estate agents charge, they saved me about $13,000 (5% vs. 6%, on a $1,300,000 sale).
· They notified me of each showing appointment and gave me feedback each time.
· They gave me regular updates.
· They helped all parties obtain any information they needed, assisted with the appraisal & inspections, scheduling and meeting the charity organization that came to pick up the furniture, meeting with repairmen to fix the sliding glass door locks, & much more.
I would not hesitate to recommend them.”
Elena McTighe – Toscana North in Highland Beach Seller/Unit 601

“Ben & Mayra did it all while we were up North. Their service was excellent, seamless, and detail oriented. Less than two weeks and the condo was sold. Could not be happier.”
Jack Stein, Toscana North in Highland Beach, FL Seller /Unit 1210
“Almost 2 years ago, we were recommended by an employee to use an agent who was supposedly the best in Toscana. One and half years later, with our place sitting vacant, hardly any showings, and no offers, we decided to hire Ben & Mayra Stern, who live right here in Toscana. In only a few short months, they showed our place 17 times during the slow Toscana off season, brought us 4 offers in writing, and were able to get us a full price offer. They helped us with everything, including the inspection, cleaning and emptying our home, the walk through, and the closing, all without us ever needing to go back to Florida. Their service is unbelievable and they saved us over $10,000 in commissions. We could not have sold our place without them. Thank you so much, Ben & Mayra! I want to express our appreciation for everything you have done for us”.
Betty Shames – Toscana South in Highland Beach, FL Seller/Unit 809

“Dear Mayra and Ben, I wanted to thank you so very much for the professional way in which you handled my real estate. I felt very comfortable with you both . I would gladly recommend you to my friends or anyone that needs real estate assistance in the future. Thanks again for all your help and for renting out my place so quickly. Warm Regards.”
Frank Mannarino – Toscana in Highland Beach, FL Owner

“We love Stern Realty-very knowledgeable-honest and friendly.”
Nancy W. – Toscana in Highland Beach, FL Buyer

“Thank you both for all your hard work. The help with the small details was of tremendous value and will never be forgotten. Hopefully we can send business your way.”
Jack S. – Toscana in Highland Beach, FL Seller

“We have used Ben and Mayra on both the buy-side and sell-side of our condo transactions and can highly recommend them for their effectiveness and skills. They are very knowledgeable about the local market and make effective use of on-line technologies in advertising their listings. They are hard working, energetic and accommodating to other brokers – even on short notice. They are very communicative, keeping us informed of all developments and feedbacks. They are very friendly and a pleasure to work with.”
Eric – Highland Beach, FL Buyer & Seller

“We hired Stern Realty as our listing agent for our condo at Toscana in Highland Beach and as an agent for the purchase of a new condo in Florida. We could not have made a better choice. Ben and Mayra were a complete pleasure to work with, responsive, always willing to go the extra mile, and most importantly – nice people! They sold our condo in 10 days and found us a new home. We would highly recommend them to someone looking to buy or sell a home.”
Peter Spirgel – Toscana in Highland Beach, FL Seller and Buyer

“Dear Mayra and Ben:
I could not have found better agents to handle the sale of my condo apartment. I greatly appreciate your concern, guidance and thoroughness. Your help in every respect was above and beyond my expectations. Not only was your performance most efficient, but you made every effort to conclude the transaction to the satisfaction of all involved. It is without hesitation and with pleasure that I will recommend your services to others. Again, many thanks. It was marvelous dealing with you.
Judith Weitzmann – Toscana North in Highland Beach, FL Seller / Unit 1603

“Mayra & Ben are both warm and caring people who possess a tremendous knowledge of the South Florida Real Estate Market! They are such nice people to work with! Thanks so much for all of the great advice and help you’ve given to my kids!”
Jeff C. – Toscana in Highland Beach, FL Owner

“Ben and Mayra are very hard working knowledgeable people. They are very familiar with the local real estate market and are a ‘class act’. We were trying to rent our apartment and did a lot of work to help us in this effort. We unfortunately had to cancel the listing and they were very understanding. ”
Peter Bass – Toscana, Highland Beach, FL Owner

“Although I did not know them when I bought my Florida property 8 years ago the Stern’s were great with accurate and appropriate friendly advice on the sale of two of my Homes in NY over the past two years when I was having difficulty with each of these homes’ sales even though they had no vested / financial involvement in the sales. I listened to their professional advice on proper listing, staging, pricing and subsequent appropriate reduction of the prices based on review of the areas comps. They walked me through the process and steps how to avoid the loss of the sales. They could anticipate every possible roadblock to the closing and advise me how to prevent and / or deal with each issue . They were right on the mark to help me get the offers and subsequent sales. I just closed on my last NY property on 9/29/17 that had been on and off the market for 3 years. If I were to sell my Florida property or purchase a new property here I most certainly would hire them as my agents.”
Helen – Toscana, Highland Beach owner

“As a first-time condo owner, I had a significant adjustment period going from a large single family home to condo living. Even after the transaction concluded, I needed help navigating rules and protocols of condominiums. I asked numerous people for assistance, but it wasn’t until I met the Sterns that I was able to get the resources I needed. While they did not act as my realtor, they were extremely helpful in providing resources making it so much easier to get settled. Their knowledge of the area makes them my go to for almost anything I need. I have never paid them, and I have no plans to sell, yet they continue to provide resources that make my life easier and better. I have never met a realtor who does so much for their community while getting nothing in return. I would have no hesitation in recommending Stern Realty.”
Eileen – Toscana, Highland Beach, FL

“Ben y Mayra,
Ha sido un placer trabajar con ustedes los últimos dos años en los que pudimos rentar nuestro apartamento a un precio razonable y ha personas muy agradables. Ustedes son personas muy profesionales y diligentes en su trabajo y es por eso la efectividad en los negocios. Esperamos poder seguir haciendo negocios con ustedes y con las personas que recomiendan como clientes.
Familia Velez- Toscana West Owner/Unit 907

“Went overboard to help and was able to provide an end product that was very appreciated. Would no hesitate to recommend with 5+ stars. Even went out of their way for many little things that made everything very convenient.” Jonathan Kameros – Highland Beach Landlord
“Services provided were excellent!”
James Fink – Highland Beach, FL Rental

“My wife and I have been extremely pleased with your professionalism along with your prompt help, locating rental property for us. Thank you for always keeping the lines of communication open. We have, and will continue to recommend your company to anyone that wants the name of a realtor that will get the job done. Thank you.”
Paula & Richard Avon – Highland Beach, FL Rental

“Last year we worked with Stern Realty Co. to sell our house in Parkland. They are simply AMAZING! They guided us throughout the entire process, and as you can imagine, we had thousands of questions and worries, and they were there to answer all of them efficiently. They made the process very smooth, and they helped us since the first day with all the necessary tips to sell our property quickly and at a good price. We received 3 offers in the first 2 days after putting our hou…se on the market, and ended up selling for even more money than what we were asking for! Ben and Mayra are seasoned brokers with a vast knowledge of the local market. They won’t make you waste your time. They’re very honest about the market prices, which is something that most realtors lie about. They went above and beyond our expectations. Very professional, very communicative and nice people. We even got recommendations for lawyers, moving companies, inspectors and a plumber. Ben and Mayra are a great team, and they treat clients like friends. Highly recommended company!”
Ana O. – Parkland, FL

“Ben and Mayra were so helpful in our house search! They showed us multiple homes at times that were convenient for us. They always had our backs and were patient throughout the process. We finally found the home that was perfect for us and they were a big part of it. Thank you!!”                                                                                                   Andrew Cooper – Boca Raton, FL Buyer

“Your service has been top-notch. You are a real professional – efficient, concise “on the case”, which is most appreciated! Thank you!”
Virginia H. – Boca Raton, FL Rental

“Realtors who did a superb job! I recommend them to everyone. They are the best. They are the most knowledgeable, professional & always do much more than expected.”
R. Thomas – Ocean Ridge, FL Buyer

“Thank you again for all of your help! You guys are the best!”
Shanan K. – Boca Raton Rental

“Mayra and Ben helped my mother sell her house in less than one week. Mayra was able to sell the house in less time than expected and for more money than expected. The biggest benefit of working with Mayra is that she knows the market and all the necessary steps in the selling process. We had no idea how to sell a house and all the details that you need to consider from picking the right pricing, preparing the house for the pictures, and preparing the taxes and other documents. Mayra was able to connect us to the right people for each steps of the process and she helped us all the way until the end. For us the process was seamless and she delivered. Mayra managed the whole selling process from A to Z. Super recommended!!”
Gerardo Sarmiento – Coral Springs, FL Seller

“ Mayra was a referral from a colleague at the office that worked with her several years ago. This colleague told me that I should have Mayra as my Realtor as she was very responsive and customer oriented. After working with Mayra to buy my first home I can say that “responsive and customer oriented” is a huge understatement, Mayra takes responsiveness to a new level by being almost immediately available to answer any question or concern you might have and her customer orientation is more akin to the care and patience of an old friend or family member than any service provider. I could not recommend anyone better to a first time home buyer. If you want a stress free experience and true outstanding customer intimacy there is no one better than Mayra. ”
Elias Albino & Fernanda Lima – Plantation, FL Buyer

“Mayra, we both want to thank you for helping us find a rental property in Boynton Beach, FL. You worked quickly, and the communication with us was wonderful all along the way. You were professional in every way. We will recommend you when ever we get the chance, and are looking forward to working with you in the future. Thank you so much.”
Elaine and Harvey Stern (not a family member!) – Boynton Beach, FL Rental

“While working at Motorola Mayra and Ben assisted our Company with our expatriate housing. They managed short term and long term rentals as well as purchases and sales for our permanent transfers. The level of service they provide is superior and they always go above and beyond for their customers. They treat every client with TLC and I would recommend their services to anyone who is looking to buy or sell. I always received calls from my expats commending them for the level of service they provided.”
Natasha Maldonado, former Motorola Human Resources employee.

” You are reliable, honest and intuitive. These are great skills that aren’t easy to find.” Mónica Coronel – Parkland & Weston client

“Mayra fue nuestra guía en el momento de la venta de la casa. Nos ayudo paso a paso. Siempre estuvo presente cuando la necesitamos. Es una persona que domina cada aspecto del mercado y entiende las necesidades de sus clientes. Gracias por tu ayuda.”
Luis Pestana – Boca Raton, FL Seller

“Mayra has helped us on more than one occasion understand the intricacies of Real Estate. She is trustworthy and dedicated to the interests of her clients.”
Danny Perez – Plantation, FL Buyer

“ Escribo esta recomendación para las personas de habla hispana. Mayra es la mejor Realtor de la zona. Es una persona muy intuitiva ya que supo interpretar nuestros gustos a pesar de la poca información que le pudimos proporcionar, superando nuestras expectativas. La recomiendo un 100%. Muy honesta y sincera. Gracias por ayudarnos!”
Oscar Fuenmayor – Weston, FL Rental

“Ben and Mayra are great to work with! They are knowledgeable, personable, fun and get the job done!”
Kathleen Peterson – Boca Raton, FL Rental

“Hi Ben and Mayra. We wanted to thank you once again for all of your effort during this process. We truly appreciate the many things you did to keep the house presentable and ready for showing. We are grateful to you for making this process so smooth given everything we had going on as well as being across the country. You have certainly surpassed anyone’s expectations. We wish you all the best.”
Joe and Meri Nikolson – Parkland, FL Seller

“We wanted to thank you for the wonderful job you did in selling our home in Parkland Isles. We were very impressed with the efficiency and professional manner in which you handled every aspect – from listing, to showing, through closing. From our first meeting you gained our confidence, as your extensive experience was obvious. Helping us determine a fair selling price, guidance in showing it to its best advantage, arranging all showings based on our convenience, helping with negotiations when we received two full-price offers on the third day, scheduling and attending inspections, communicating with the buyer up to and through closing….the list goes on! The whole experience was a pleasure thanks to your professional and confident manner. We have already spread the word among our Parkland Isles’ neighbors and will continue to give you our highest recommendations.”
Richard & Dorothy Turk – Parkland, FL Seller

“Thank you again for another job well done! It truly has always been a pleasure doing business with you both. We appreciate your “special treatment” and your “old fashioned” neighborhood business manner; it’s nice to know there is still some of that out there. Once again, it was smooth sailing!”
The Castillo Family – Parkland, FL Seller
“We recently listed and sold our home with the Stern’s and their service was great! They were very professional and dedicated in getting our home sold. From the day we listed the property until closing, they both were there every step of the way. We especially liked the weekly status reports which kept us up-to-date on everything going on. We would highly recommend anyone listing a home to consider Ben & Mayra. They won’t be disappointed.”
The Ferbers – Parkland, FL Sellers

“We are so grateful for the excellent service you provided in selling our Parkland Isles home. Your extremely efficient and highly professional service resulted in the sale of our home IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS FOR MORE THAN OUR ASKING PRICE! We are very pleased with the amazing service you provided — it far surpassed our expectations. We have tremendous confidence in your capabilities and have already recommended you to our friends. Please add our names to your list of extremely satisfied customers!!!”
Gladys & Wolfgang Weihrer – Parkland, FL Sellers

“…Mayra & Ben did a great job of keeping me informed. Everything went very smoothly and I am sure it was due to a large part of how thorough and dedicated they both are”.
Dean Ehrlich – Parkland, FL Seller

“Awesome! The perfect word to describe how husband and wife teamwork sold our property in 3 days at list price. Due to the negligence and incompetence of previous Realtors, for 8 months we were preoccupied and unconfidant with our property upholding its value. However, Mayra & Ben rose our hopes with honesty and total professionalism and sold our home for more money than we anticipated. Spectacular performance!”
John & Patricia Porrata – Parkland, FL Seller

“We have sold many homes in the past, and have never had such hard working Realtors help sell our home”.
M. Sheaff – Parkland, FL Seller
“We would like to express our gratitude to Mayra & Ben Stern for all the support and help given to us to successfully complete the sale of our former home in Parkland Isles“.
Maria Luz Caballero and Hernan Mejia – Parkland, FL Seller

“…Your hard work, dedication, brochures and time really made the difference! Having my own real estate license (in another state) I know that you both went “beyond the call of duty”…”
Karen Berg – Parkland, FL Seller

“…thank you for brilliantly handling the listing and sale of our home. Your attention to detail and constant communication made us feel confident in our decision to sign with you. It was fun seeing the review of our home on realtor.com. You did an excellent job providing a detailed description and selected wonderful photos that represented our home well. What amazed us the most is that we sold our home in ONLY THREE DAYS for 98% of our asking price! We have already recommended you as realtors to several of our friends and neighbors. We know that they will receive the same excellent service that we received.”
Deanna Remmich – Parkland, FL Seller

“…I would like to say that having you as the listing realtors for the sale of our home in Parkland Isles made the process enjoyable. You always kept your word about anything that you said to us. You did such a great job of advertising our home that it was sold only four days from the time that we signed a contract with you. We were also able to negotiate a sale price that worked for us, especially in light of the fact that the price we received was the highest to date for our particular model. During the sale process you answered any question posed by us. You always returned our calls in a timely fashion. We had a great experience with two professionals from the time of listing until the time of closing. We could not have gotten any better service. We wholeheartedly recommend you two to list any of our former neighbor’s homes in Parkland Isles”.
Neil & Michele Fogel – Parkland, FL Seller

“Thanks again for a wonderful job! I would recommend you HIGHLY to anyone that was thinking of putting their house on the market! You were very professional and were always available to answer any of our questions”.
Katie Swenson – Parkland, FL Seller

“ …During the time of the sale of my old house in Parkland Isles and throughout and after the purchase of my new house also in Parkland Isles, I found Mayra & Ben to be exemplary in every aspect of business. The two are absolutely the best I have ever worked with on the purchase and sales of 6 other homes.”
Michael Swann – Parkland, FL Buyer & Seller

“…Ben and Mayra have been excellent realtors to work with. They have helped us on more than one occasion to look for new homes and have recently helped us with the sale of our home in Parkland Isles. They are easy to get a hold of, up to date on what is happening in the market and most of all know what they are doing. We can strongly recommend Ben and Mayra as realtors and have been more than happy with the help and services they have provided. They are a great team and we have loved working with them and will continue to work with them as the need arises in the future.”
Jim & Melinda Caldwell – Parkland, FL Seller

“…We have sold 5 principal residence homes since our marriage 34 years ago… and we must say that working with you two has been a pleasure. Never any pressure on us to modify or change anything we requested is a big plus in our minds – just good sound advice coupled with working with us to make sure all aspects of this sale came to fruition was a testament to your professional and personal desire to “make things happen” for your clients. All in all – we have to tell you that you rate a 2 thumbs up with us!”
Bob & Jessi Lieberman – Parkland, FL Seller

“ Dear Ben and Mayra: Thank you for being so helpful in the purchase of a beautiful house. You guys kept in touch with us every step of the way. We felt very well oriented and confident through the whole process…We would definitely use your services if needed either in sale or purchase”.
Hidalgo & Ivette Batista – Parkland, FL Buyer

“… I just wanted to send a quick thank you for helping me purchase my home. You two did everything you could to make this purchase happen. It was a great experience and could not have gone better. You were so on top of everyhting I asked. I will certainly use you both again and will give your name out as often as I can.”
Robin Meinders – Parkland, FL Buyer

“…We can’t thank Mayra & Ben enough for all your help in selling our home… Mayra for your thorough research behind a record appraisal, and Ben for everything from offering assistance with repairs to calming our nerves during a stressful move. Your combined utmost professionalism with personalized attention, and for that we gladly recommend your services to potential sellers or buyers in Parkland Isles!”
The Omenson Family – Parkland, FL Seller

“…We wanted to thank Mayra & Ben again for the wonderful job they did selling our Parkland Isles home. Their professionalism, organization and confident, calm demeanors made, what can be a stressful experience, a very pleasant one. One of the things that impressed us the most was how quickly they responded to any question or issue that arose. We have bought and sold many homes and have the stories, none of them good, to tell. Stern realty Co. was by far the best experience we had, but the first one that didn’t inspire more moving stories!”
Sandy and John Costello – Parkland, FL Seller

“Both Yasemin and I also want to Thank You. Not only was it a pleasure doing business with you, it was also our pleasure seeing you in a most professional manner. Well done from both of us and we hope that our paths will once again cross for all the best reasons. We like doing business with good people and creating a friendly and positive relationship, as I feel we have done here. Good job and thanks for being there when we needed you the most. Do stay in touch.
Frank and Yasemin Pressley – Parkland, FL Seller

“Mayra helped us get the right house for our needs. She will help you with all the questions that may arise during the search and negotiation of your house. Thanks Mayra!”
Gerardo Sarmiento – Coral Springs, FL Buyer

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Zillow Zestimates Are Usually Not Accurate


For years we had people tell us that Zillow estimates, made their home be worth this or that. The problem with the estimates that Zillow gives, is that they do not take into consideration many things that a Realtor would know to take into consideration when giving an estimate of value.

  • Is the home a foreclosure?
  • What is the condition of the home?
  • What are the upgrades of the property?
  • Does the home back to a main road?
  • Does the home have a huge lot?
  • Is that floor plan typically more desirable than another in the same community?
  • What kind of views does the property have? Does it have a lake or a garden view? By the beach area, a condo on the 15th floor will not sell or rent for the same price as one on the 2nd floor. Does the property have an ocean view or an Intracoastal view, or both? They are stacks of a building that have better views than others.
  • Is the property rental price for an annual rental or a seasonal rental? The same property can rent annually for just $6,000 per month, but when it comes to a short term rental during season, the same property can go for $12,000 per month.

So, next time you want an accurate estimate of value, please, contact us! We will tell you what your home is worth based on accurate data and your property specific characteristics.

Thinking of selling?

We know that it is easier to get a listing when you tell the seller what he/she wants to hear. Many agents tell prospective sellers a sales price that is not that realistic so that the property owner is more willing to list with them than with another real estate agent interviewing for the same listing. As nice as it sounds to hear that you can get a higher price for your home, not listening to the agents that are being more honest & giving you a more realistic selling price based on the price of actual sold properties, will probably not do you any good. Your property will sit for months on the market without selling, while you help other comparable properties sell. Buyers in this market are very knowledgeable and computer savvy. Many overpriced homes will never sell, they become expireds. It has been proven, that if you price your property right from the beginning, you will sell it faster, and in many cases, even for more money than you would have gotten if you overprice your home. A property that has been on the market for so long makes buyers think that there is something wrong with it, or they will think that the owner is just not realistic, so they will pass and not even bother. As a seller, you might know that you will be flexible & negotiable once you get an offer, but all those buyers and agents out there do not know that. So, do you want to list with an honest agent that told you the truth from the beginning, or the one that did not?

If you want two honest, full time Realtors, with 20+ years of experience to represent you when selling your property in Palm Beach or Broward County, please, contact Ben & Mayra Stern with Stern Realty Co at 561-715-0314.