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February 26, 2012

by Susan Koslovsky

February 26, 2012

ONE LIFE ENDS AND ANOTHER BEGINS

by Susan Koslovsky

We’re not always conscious of the connection between one life coming to a close and the birth of a baby, unless it happens within your circle of relatives or friends. This past week two dear friends experienced the complete opposite encounter of emotions. One lost her Mom and the other gained a granddaughter. One felt the pain and suffering of deep sorrow and sadness while the other felt pure joy, elation, and gratitude for this new life. Two totally different ends of the spectrum as from black to white, lowest to highest, and worst to best. How bizarre life is. As the closing of one window and the opening of another, one family has to deal with the end of an era and the other will deal with the beginning of one. Such is life. We all go through it on both ends during periods in our lives and simplistically speaking it is just part of the cycles of our lives. But at the same moment to witness two people you know feeling such a different canvas of emotions and such a different outlook on where they are at the same moment in time is a lot to take in if you look beyond the surface. The finality of death is hard to grasp. So many years, especially when the deceased has been fortunate to live a very long life. It’s the only thing that helps us cope as we can justify the loss by how long one has lived. Fortunate, grateful and blessed to have had the deceased as long as you had. Fortunate, grateful and blessed to be given a chance with a new baby who is born. The three same adjectives for both incidents. Hard to believe that you can describe life and death in the same manner. The key is what happens in between the birth and the death. When a baby is born you make plans, fill yourself up with hope and look forward. When a parent dies you make plans, are filled with despair, and look backward. Both give you reason to reflect and go through the emotions that make up our human side. To my dearest friends, my heart and love go out to you both. Fran, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a sweet and gracious lady. I will miss her. She passed on my father-in-law’s birthday so I know life’s connections are eerie. Judi, mazel tov on the birth of your beautiful granddaughter. I loved holding her when she was not even one day old. She was born on my mother’s birthday. Life has such a powerful meaning beyond any of our wildest conceptions.

February 19, 2012

by Susan Koslovsky

February 19, 2012

PREMIER WEEKEND IN SOUTH FLORIDA

by Susan Koslovsky

February has always been known as the BEST month in South Florida. After all, the weather in most of the northern cities experience the coldest temps and the most inclement weather. Best known as President’s Weekend for obvious reasons, the weekend falls just about the middle of the month with many schools offering a mid-winter recess following right after. Families once again flock to this Miami locale as well as the “seasonal snowbirds.” It is the time of year when you KNOW this is the place to be. With so many forms of entertainment from clubs, to casinos, to great restaurants, and the ever famous art and boat shows as well as the food and wine festival, you can be busy from morning to night. The delicious weather and strong sunshine entice you to spend your lazy days on the beach and at the pool. Even those residing here full time take advantage of the festivities going on this weekend. As in any city you can choose to participate in as much of what that city has to offer. Miami is a magical place and has lots to offer for everyone. While you are visiting, or if you have friends and family staying with you for this special time of year, why not consider owning a piece of it all? With so many types of real estate available we are sure we can fit you with something that is right for you. Perhaps it is a luxury condo to use part of the year or maybe you are ready to make South Florida your permanent home? If not, and you want to take a foothold by owning something down here, consider an apartment that would have a low maintenance and one that would easily rent year round. It could act as your investment for sale in the future or merely stay occupied and cover all your costs until you are ready to use it yourself. Maybe you are not ready to take the plunge but would consider a seasonal rental for 2013 when you will try for a few months what it would be like to live in South Florida. People do it all the time: vacation somewhere and wind up owning a home, Stranger things have happened. So, enjoy the days, the nights, the laid back beaches and the glamour of the lights at night. Welcome to South Florida. We are glad you are here.

February 12, 2012

by Susan Koslovsky

February 12, 2012

JUST SO YOU KNOW…

By Susan Koslovsky

After almost 31 years in the same location Koslovsky Realty is planning our next move. All these years we have called Sunny Isles Beach our “home” and watched most of the smaller motels develop into the luxury condos gracing the Eastern coastline. Long before Sunny Isles Beach bore that name, and before we started in the real estate business from a brokerage stand point, our family was in the motel/hotel business. After owning and selling two motels, converting a hotel to condos, and finally transforming the Malibu Motel into a strip center, Sid Koslovsky made the decision to become a real estate agent looking for a more time controlled lifestyle. Or so he thought. So in 1980 he got his real estate license and in 1981 became a broker and established Koslovsky Realty, Inc. Collins Avenue is where we made our mark branching out into Surfside, Bal Harbour, North Miami Beach, Aventura, Highland Lakes and Skylake. We serviced Hollywood and other communities in Broward County as well. Over 31 years we have watched and been revolutionized by the world of computers, cell phones, and the internet. We have weathered many ups and downs as real estate has been affected by the financial market. Dedicated to what we do and especially what Sid Koslovsky loves most, we are still here. Countless offices have come and gone, many have merged with other franchise agencies, and the real estate industry has undergone many growing pains along the way. Almost three years ago we made a decision it was time to plan for a change. Not sure where we would end up, we committed to leave our present location. By the end of April we will say goodbye to our office and our building in Sunny Isles Beach. We contracted with the city and a park in honor of Alex A. Koslovsky will be developed and dedicated marking our family’s history to that unique location. Our professional connection in Sunny Isles Beach will continue as we have made relationships with the Condos up and down Collins Avenue. In addition, we will continue to service Aventura, Highland Lakes, and Sky Lake positioning ourselves more centrally with easier access from our new office at 2580 NE Miami Gardens Drive. We are looking forward to the change, keeping our present relationships in tact while we forge ahead and make plans for the next phase.

February 5, 2012

by Susan Koslovsky

February 5, 2012

WE WOULD PREFER A CONCRETE PLAN

by Susan Koslovsky

Politics is definitely not my thing. I don’t understand it and quite frankly I find the topic a big turnoff when it comes up in social settings as part of the conversation. Everyone is so opinionated and extremely critical of the people whom they do not support. But the part for me when it comes to all this campaigning is the behavior of the candidates on so many levels. There seems to be, and I don’t think I am imagining it or making it up, way too much time spent on attacking the opposing candidate instead of showcasing the great qualities the speaking candidate possesses. Advertising has gotten out of hand and the ads don’t seem to be saying anything except how bad and notorious the other candidate is. When the candidates are not talking ill about the others, they are trying to preach to the voters about what will happen if they are elected. Now after so many years of listening to these “rah rah” speeches and all the hoopla attached to the rallies and benefits the candidates attend, I am not embarrassed to say I am more confused than ever. If you listen closely to what the politicians are saying you will realize they are really not saying anything at all. I am so tired of hearing the speeches about the America we used to live in, where everyone cared about each other, and how we lived with more hope and promises for a better future. The place is still the same, the dreams are still there, and we all want a better present and security for a great future. The problem is those words don’t really say anything concrete. Speeches to would be voters should have more substance and more concrete outlines of plans that will be implemented if the candidate makes it to office. You know, set forward a list, a spreadsheet, a power point presentation and show everyone exactly steps one would take and follow through with. We don’t need cheerleaders; we need those who will follow through based on real plans, listed and explained item by item so we can believe are attainable. This is true for those vying for the Republican nomination as well as the gentleman currently in office. You cannot turn on the TV or radio and avoid the ads, clips of speeches or the ads, and one thing is for sure: after all that jargon and wordy speeches, I am more confused than ever before and nothing has really been explained. My only request: Be real, be honest, make a concrete plan, follow it.