Stracuzzi Team – Serving the Community with all their HEART!

Nearly 30 years ago, Patrick Stracuzzi lay in a hospital bed, praying: God, please help me.

Days before, a Mack truck had plowed into Stracuzzi’s two-seater Pontiac Fiero, breaking nine of his ribs, dislocating three others and sending shards of glass through his left hand. It knocked out one of his teeth and wrenched his back. He struggled to breathe, and wondered how he would ever find the strength to return to his construction job, which supported his wife and newborn son.

He prayed silently: God, if you give me another chance at life, I promise I won’t squander it.

Today, Stracuzzi is a top-selling real-estate agent whose team, Stuart, Florida-based RE/MAX Community, is ranked No. 28 in the country and No. 44 in the world within RE/MAX. He is considered a national expert in selling luxury homes and is a renowned speaker who has been flown throughout the country to coach other agents. 

From his focus on his family—three of his four children work with him, and he coached his youngest son’s youth baseball team for years—to his commitment to community service, that hospital-bed promise has led him to build his life from his heart.

Hiring for Heart
After recovering from his near-fatal car accident, Stracuzzi began working solo for a small real-estate company. In his first year, he sold 52 properties—mostly double- or single-wide mobile homes.

He joined RE/MAX about 20 years ago. There, he began selling higher profile properties and attended a RE/MAX conference that he says changed his life. At the conference, he connected to real-estate motivational speaker Howard Brinton, who Stracuzzi describes as his mentor.

From Brinton, who died in 2012, Stracuzzi learned to hire agents for their compassion and heart rather than their resumes, and to carefully delegate work to those agents. As Stracuzzi built his team, he aimed to find agents who would connect with clients on as people rather than customers, and who would be willing and able to dig deep to find what was motivating a prospective buyer.

Stracuzzi’s longtime office manager, Betty Cipra, says Stracuzzi forms personal connections with each agent in his office and each client he serves, describing him as “the most caring person I’ve ever met.” Brinton also instilled in Stracuzzi the importance of paying it forward—both to his family and the wider world.

Family First
Another major part of Stracuzzi’s efforts to keep his hospital-bed promise was his desire to make his family his first priority.

That priority was further clarified by another near-death experience a couple years after his 1986 car accident. The shooting pain in his back had become debilitating, and he consulted a doctor about back surgery. A chest X-ray preceding the operation he planned to have revealed an aortic aneurysm—a lingering injury from the car crash—and doctors recommended he travel to Texas to have it repaired. He had internal bleeding following the surgery, and doctors had to operate again. During the second surgery, he flat-lined, was brought back to life, and awoke to a ventilator and tracheotomy.

When he recovered, he renewed his commitment to not only make his family his first priority, but to spend his time in a way that reflected that priority. These days, his three oldest children work with him, and he schedules his youngest son’s basketball games into his daily calendar with the same prioritization he’d give to a high-profile client. When conflicts arise, he tells clients and colleagues that he has an appointment he simply can’t break. He regularly takes solo trips with each of his children, including a recent trip with his youngest son, Jack, to see an Atlanta Falcons game. “My son told his mom, ‘I wished the day would never end,’” Stracuzzi says. “To me, that’s what life is all about.”



RE/MAX Community
As Stracuzzi’s business grew, he became increasingly committed to community service.  He named his team RE/MAX Community to reflect that goal. 

Years ago, he began hosting an annual customer-appreciation dinner at a local banquet hall. As the number of guests increased, he expanded the celebration to include the entire community, creating an event that has become a cherished tradition in Stuart, Florida. Every holiday season, he hires an ice company to create piles of snow at Stracuzzi Plaza, and serves hot chocolate and cookies as Santa hands out presents.

The many non-profit organizations to receive assistance from Stracuzzi include the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast; Castle, which aims to prevent child abuse and neglect through education; and the Florida Oceanographic Society, which aims to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s waterways.

The proceeds of his new book, “Magic Selling,” will go to the Children’s Miracle Network, which raises funds for and awareness of children’s hospitals. He is a major sponsor of his local youth baseball and basketball leagues; organizes events to raise money for those in need; and loans moving trucks to charities such as the United Way to bring assistance to hurricane-stricken areas. 

After another local RE/MAX agent, Rob Gangi, suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2009, Stracuzzi worked behind the scenes to recruit nationally known speaker Floyd Wickman to speak at a benefit seminar for Gangi, raising more than $30,000 for his family.
“It was a true blessing,” Gangi says. “He’s the kind of guy who has an idea in the morning, puts it on his day’s agenda and accomplishes it by the end of the day. He’s top of the list.”

He also gives more informally. Ryan Watley, who coached youth baseball alongside Stracuzzi, says Stracuzzi routinely sponsored trips for league players and their families to see Florida Marlins games. He also recalls that when Stracuzzi heard that a team member’s bike had been run over, he bought the kid a new one.

“He quietly dropped off the bike one morning without the mom or kid knowing who’d done it,” Watley says. “He doesn’t give for the recognition.” Perhaps most importantly, Stracuzzi says, he aims to maintain a sense of gratitude about the good things in his life.

“I say, ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you’ when I appreciate someone,” Stracuzzi says. “I believe that I’m here for one reason: To serve others with all my heart.”


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Company Spotlight: Uptown Real Estate Group- Houston, TX

Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, offers residents a wealth of benefits. Situated in a prime location, the city boasts an international atmosphere, vibrant arts scene, booming economy, and high quality education.

LUXURY ON HIGH Mariana Saldana is the President and CEO of Uptown Real Estate Group, Inc. , A Small boutique Real Estate Firm that has been selling to Foreign Nationals for the last 30 years. Her specialty is in homes and high rises in The Galleria and Uptown Area that now includes The River Oaks District, which has attracted people from all over the world.  The company provides personal concierge services to help the clients settle into the new homes in this beautiful city.  

BELFIORE The European-style high-rise building, created by well-known developer Giorgio Borlenghi, features 11 foot ceilings and floor-toceiling glass windows which reveal magnificent views of the city. This palatial 26 story property houses an elite community of 46 residences flanked by corner terraces. Residents enjoy private elevator access and their own private entry lobby, hidden underground parking garage, and 24-7 personal and business services. It’s no wonder that Belfiore is the most extraordinary high-rise condominium property in Houston.

ARABELLA Stylish, high-rise living at Arabella offers a short stroll to River Oaks District, the Galleria, theaters. Its lobby, reminiscent of a jewel box. Their haute, award-winning architectural aesthetic has graced some of Manhattan’s most striking condominiums.

THE WILSHIRE For those who want to reside in the fashionable and luxurious River Oaks District, The Wilshire is just a block away. Every aspect of its inspired architecture, thoughtful design, and modern efficiencies simplifies the lives of residents while rewarding them with a richly layered luxury lifestyle and creates undeniably welcoming and livable spaces in its 96 residences, spread across 17 stories. 

MARIANA SALDANA

Uptown Real Estate Group, Inc.

713.629.7771

mariana@uptownhouston.com

www.uptownhouston.com



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Posted by: Nicole Slaughter-Graham
Posted on: 9/6/2016 at 9:47 AM
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Mitchell Prime Properties on the Prowl- North Carolina

By: Stephanie Cavanaugh

John-Mark M. Mitchell is selling a haute property. One of the largest homes ever constructed in the Triad area beautifully situated in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 

Recently refreshed and updated, price is reasonable at $3.3 million. “There’s a two-story solid stone turret with a fireplace in the foyer,” Mitchell says. “The owner bought land in Tennessee just to acquire the stone. That’s the level of detail throughout the home.”  

Marketing a virtual palace is not an unusual event for the number one luxury home specialist in North Carolina’s “Triad,” the area that includes  Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point.  What’s rare is that this is collaboration between Mitchell Prime Properties, Foreign Cars Italia and Windsor Jewelers with the purpose of raising funds for Cancer Services, Inc. research. “It’s a way of bringing attention to the property, and giving back to the community,” he says. “A first for the region.”

Mitchell is all about being in real estate’s forefront. Profiled numerous times, recognized by Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate International, he was lionized as a “game changer,” by Fortune Magazine this past January, and represented the only real estate firm owner to be featured. Fitting, as a lion named Mitch is his company logo. 

His renown is so considerable that last year he collaborated with Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, co-authoring a best selling book, part of the Soul for Success series. Now at work on a solo effort, The Art of Selling Well, Mitchell laughs, “I feel I’m a melting pot of information. I’ve read almost every book and taken numerous seminars for twenty years. It seems there’s always a better way to do things.” 

Like giving back, building relationships, and encouraging success. 

“We believe in the daily reflection of constant  improvement and the happiness and fulfillment that comes with always helping others get what they want in life.  Our company believes that there is an art to selling …..and as a group we believe in the art of selling well.”

The result?  This company of 12 luxury brokers have average sales prices that are more than double the competition.  "I ONLY CREATE LEADERS IN THIS COMPANY" says Mitchell.  "I hire brokers that would be successful on their own --I am a Lion trainer in the business"  

Hear them Roar.

JOHN-MARK M. MITCHELL
Mitchell Prime Properties
Cell: 336.682.2552 Office: 336.722.9911
johnmark@GoMitch.com
www.GoMitch.com

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Mountain Sky Properties in Virginia

The pristine blue skies and mountainside views make the Virginia hillsides an enticing and inviting place to live. With so many beautiful communities to choose from, having a knowledgeable and seasoned real estate agent makes all the difference. 

Mountain Sky Properties, an agency servicing twelve counties in Virginia, has unprecedented knowledge of the Virginia terrain and what each area offers to it’s residents.

“We have full-time, career agents and three offices to serve twelve counties. And we have a full-time marketing director, web developer and professional photographer on staff to make sure all of our listings get the exposure they deserve.” says the company’s founder, Cindy Stuart. Mountain Sky was started in 2006 and two additional offices were opened in 2010. The agency is full-service and belongs to two Boards of Realtors; Southwest Virginia and the New River Valley. 

Whether you are looking for a vacation home along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a hunting retreat that joins the Jefferson National Forest, lakefront home on Claytor Lake, farm with endless pasture land, horse property within minutes of several horse trails or a single family home in the fast pace market of Blacksburg, Mountain Sky Properties is here to help you with all of your real estate needs.  

Many of the communities they serve still have that small town charm that can be so hard to find in the 21st century. "We strive to offer the the face to face service of a small town company while taking full advantage of the technology capabilities of a major corporation."

One of their listings that really caught our eye was in Rocky Gap, Virginia, which features over 7000-square-feet of floor space situated on 269 acres. On the property, the estate features two ponds and a creek with an old grist mill. The home is equipped with eight bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. A very unique feature is that over 5000 square feet of living space reside on one level, making that level fully self-sustaining. The home is priced at $949,999. 

MOUNTAIN SKY PROPERTIES, INC.

276.228.8882

www.swvarealty.com


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Posted on: 6/30/2016 at 9:24 AM
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J. Milton & Associates: Sunny Isles, Miami, Florida

By Gary P. Hochman

J. Milton & Associates, Miami’s premier real estate development company, is pleased to announce construction on the highly anticipated Parque Towers at St. Tropez project, which will serve as the official gateway into the City of Sunny Isles Beach together with the all-new Gateway Park and expanded St. Tropez Towne Center. Unsurpassed amenities await those global connoisseurs who select Parque Platinum at Parque Towers as their home. Parque Platinum – with residences available in Penthouse, Tower Suite and Lanai Residence configurations – is the élite class of ultra-luxury living at the already-luxurious Parque Towers condominiums, just steps from the ocean in Sunny Isles Beach. These are truly spacious high-rise estate homes, ranging from approximately 1,800 to 9,150 square feet, and are competitively priced between $1.2 and $5.8 million.

Virtually every detail of the residences has been evaluated within the context of the six-star service standard, presenting a level of service unlike anything ever offered within a residential environment. Parque Platinum has redefined the service standard with a full concierge staff to satisfy your every need, a private theater, entertainment area that accommodates up to 200 guests, hotel-style guest suites, exclusive wine lovers’ retreat, and private limousine service for residents. Other bespoke amenities include the most current and advanced security platform, including palm imprint and retina-scan recognition systems; six-star vigilant absentee maintenance program for complete security of your residence as you travel; units styled with elite upgraded finishes and appliance packages featuring top-of-the-line Wolf and Subzero appliances. New owners can opt to bring in their own design teams, or work with our award-winning and nationally recognized interior design group. Delivery of finished units is anticipated to be in December 2017.

REincentive Concierge Facts: This Property has the lowest cost per square foot of any new project in Sunny Isles Florida.   Two 26story towers with total of 160 units per tower. Parque Towers will offer 2 floor plan options: 2 and 3 bedroom units, ranging in size from 1799 SF to 9,150 SF. Parque Towers is a high end project, with amazing amenities and services.  

This project qualifies for several different incentive programs offered exclusively via Regency Realty Services.

GARY P. HOCHMAN

Regency Realty Services

561 .307.3110

ghregencyrs@gmail.com

www.reincentive.com


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Posted by: Nicole Slaughter-Graham
Posted on: 6/28/2016 at 9:36 AM
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An Extra Edge in Houston's Luxury Market

By Nicole Slaughter-Graham

With a robust, thriving luxury real estate market, the Houston, Texas area has long attracted some of the finest REALTORS® and affiliates in the industry. 

The area offers the trifecta when it comes to what REALTORS® crave: an abundance of luxury properties, the right clientele and resources. One such resource is the Greater Houston Luxury Home Connection, an organization which brings together industry professionals. The organization provides monthly networking, education and access to an entire network of support. 

2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the organization, which will be celebrated by members in the summer. Carrie Ousley, one of the original members of the group, has been hosting  the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing Training classes, which are a requirement for membership. “The designations offered through the class are nationally and internationally recognized,” she states in an interview. “Associating with this organization and working toward and/or having the “Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist” designation, helps brand the REALTORS® in the Luxury Market.”

The many networking opportunities have kept Weldon Rigby involved for 10 years as well. “We decided we wanted to have a monthly luncheon where we could exchange ideas, and it’s turned into a great networking opportunity,” he states. “All the folks in our group have undergone extensive training on luxury products and practices, and if I need something, I can call any of them.” This year, the organization has seen its largest member base since the group’s inception, which provides REALTORS® and affiliates with even more resources and networking opportunities.

David Young, another original member notes the hard work of the group’s board, “Our board, which was set up about four years ago, worked tirelessly to increase membership and reach out. It’s made all the difference.”

When it comes to providing a unique and ultimately unprecedented resource for REALTORS® , the Greater Houston Luxury Home Connection has Houston, Texas covered. 

Greater Houston Luxury Home Connection

info@greaterhoustonluxury.com

www.greaterhoustonluxury.com


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Posted by: Nicole Slaughter-Graham
Posted on: 6/28/2016 at 8:58 AM
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