Buying a Home
Buying a home or condo is an exciting and complex adventure. It can also be a very time-consuming and costly one if you're not familiar with all aspects of the process, and don't have all the best information and resources at hand.
One of our specialties is representing the best interests of our buyers throughout the home buying process. Our comprehensive, high-quality services can save you time and money, as well as make the experience more enjoyable and less stressful.
If you're like most people, buying a home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. Why not take advantage of our experience as local luxury market experts for Toscana Towers, Highland Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and other surrounding coastal cities, to make the most informed decisions you can, every step of the way?
Thinking of Buying a New Construction Home?
There are many new developments in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Ben & Mayra have a list of all the new communities in the area. Why use a Realtor to buy new construction?
1.- It does not cost you a penny to use a Realtor when buying a home in Florida, the seller or the builder pays our commission, and the price you pay for the new home will always be the same regardless if you use a Realtor or not to represent you.
2.- The sales person at the sales office represents the builder, not you, the buyer.
3.- Ben & Mayra Stern can give you very objective advice about the home you are thinking of buying, the community, and the city.
4.- We will help you out when selecting a lot that will be better for re-sale value, and a model that will be more desirable and easier to sell when the time comes.
5.- We will give you the pros and cons about buying new construction vs. resale properties. We can show you resale homes too so that you can compare them with the new homes.
6.- We will assist you when picking out upgrades that will keep their value better for resale purposes.
7.- We can give you information about surrounding schools, houses of worship, businesses, parks, restaurants, etc.
8.- We can assist you by recommending licensed inspectors, designers, attorneys, etc. who can give you advice throughout the many faces of pre-construction.
9.- We will be there throughout the whole process from beginning to end, which may save you thousands dollars in costly mistakes.
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. 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.
“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 appraisalRoboto; inspections, scheduling and meeting the charity organization that came to pick up the furniture, meeting with repairmen to fix the sliding glass door locks,Roboto; 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 BenRoboto; 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, BenRoboto; 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
“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
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