Around the World in 24 Hours

Real Estate Agent with Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL

Around the World in 24 Hours

This past week I took my buyer around the world in 24 hours.   


The buyer was in Europe.  The bank was in California.  The title company was in Sarasota on the west coast of Florida.   The funds were accidently wired to Canada.  The bank's signature had to come from Jacksonville, which is northern Florida and the house was in Boca Raton, Florida on the east coast.

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Amazing, I know, and this is how it played out.


I got a call from a past client and friend about her friend living in Europe who wanted to buy a home in Boca Raton.  He wanted a home that was walking distance to the beach.  As a Boca Raton real estate agent, I know this is not always an easy task to find when working within a budget, but I set out to find it. 



There was only one bank-owned property on the market that fit his needs that they liked.  It was a fixer-upper with good bones.   The neighborhood was walking distance to the beach, just as he wanted.  The problem was it already had multiple offers.  We submitted an offer only to learn that the bank had just accepted someone else's offer.  We were too late! 



My friend was heartbroken, but I assured her I knew the Boca Raton real estate market would find her another house.



Six days later I got a call at 7:30 am.  It was my friend telling me that the house was back on the market.  I was out walking my dogs thinking, how does she know this.  She told me it was on Listingbook, which I have used for some time, and my friend Philip Faranda wrote a great post on why you should be using it too.  



I ran home, double checked and called the agent.  (I waited until 8:00.)   Yes, it was true.  The previous buyers had five days to inspect and get their deposit in.  They inspected but never sent the money.  The listing agent was still holding our offer and was going to resubmit it - immediately.  Yes!



From this point on, it took 24 hours to seal the deal. 

The funds were mistakenly wired to Canada, where my friend lives, instead of being sent to the title company in Florida.  Accompaning it were tracking forms that were NOT IN ENGLISH.  A paper trail was sent to back this up to the title company, which had to then be translated.  All of this was accomplished in a 24-hour period!

It was an amazing feat, but the house closed yesterday, one week later.  Everyone is thrilled!  When I say I took my buyer around the world in 24 hours, I'm not kidding!   This was truly global!


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If you're looking to buy or sell real estate in Boca Raton or want to know more about the Boca Raton real estate market, please contact me a Boca Raton real estate agent.  I can be reached at (561) 716-7824. 

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Elyse Berman For information about pet-friendly housing in Boca RatonDelray Beach, Highland Beach, Boynton Beach  or Boca Raton real estate market, please contact me.  I am a Boca Raton Real Estate Agent.  I can be reached at (561) 716-7824, by text or email at


Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, e-PRO, of Realty Associates Florida Properties serving South Florida including the cities of Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Wellington, Highland Beach, Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Lighthouse Point, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood Beach and Hallandale Beach.


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Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL

Congratulations to you and your buyer it is amazing what can be completed with technology in today's market.

Mar 13, 2011 11:40 AM #1
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Holy, tear your hair out, Batman! That sounds like a stressful day, glad it ended well!

Mar 13, 2011 11:42 AM #2
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c)
Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Elyse, Looked like it all worked out for you and the buyer. Finding a home in Boca near the beach within a certain budget sounds like it could be difficult, so congrats on pulling this off!

Mar 13, 2011 11:45 AM #3
Les & Sarah Oswald
Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor, SFR, PMC and Investor

Congratulations on closing your world-wind deal. Our world is getting smaller and smaller every day.

Mar 13, 2011 11:48 AM #4
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

way to go Elyse,  what area in Boca did you find the house for the buyer that was near the beach?

Mar 13, 2011 09:08 PM #5
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Elyse, just think how times have changed!  It is a small world that we live in!

Mar 14, 2011 09:20 PM #6
Elyse Berman
Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL - Boca Raton, FL
Your Pet-Friendly Realtor in Boca Raton, FL

Pat,  Thank you.  Technology is amazing today.  It couldn't have been done without it.

Peg,  Thank you.   It was definitely tense, especially with the time differences. 

Larry & Sheila,  Thank you.  I'm thrilled we got this done.

Sarah,  It certainly is! 

Marilyn,  Thanks.  The Estates, Spanish River Land down by the Resort.

Bruce,  We couldn't have done this years ago.  The world is getting much smaller!


Mar 14, 2011 09:50 PM #7
David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect

Congrats on your worldly deal!

Mar 15, 2011 10:19 AM #8
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I love world wind deals even if you have to go around the Globe once or twice. Congrats on another successful deal:))

Mar 16, 2011 09:24 PM #9
Elyse Berman
Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL - Boca Raton, FL
Your Pet-Friendly Realtor in Boca Raton, FL

David,  Thank you!

Endre,  Thanks!  It's amazing that it can be done today. 

Mar 16, 2011 10:43 PM #10
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

WHEW, Elyse, I got dizzy just thinking of all the feats that needed to be accomplished on this transaction.  WTG on your follow through. 

Mar 18, 2011 12:40 AM #11
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