Beachfront Realty, Inc. Review: 3 Stars

Beachfront Realty, Inc. Review


In this Beachfront Realty, Inc. Review, we are going to be talking about one of the most popular real estate companies located in the Miami area. Ed Roberts founded Beachfront Realty, Inc. In 1995. After 20 years, Beachfront Realty, Inc. continues to be one of the fastest growing, most successful, real estate companies in South Florida. Beachfront had over 3,100 closings in 2015 for a total sales volume of approximately $1.2 Billion Dollars.


Beachfront Realty, Inc. Review: Services

In this Beachfront Realty, Inc. Review, I want to talk about their services. When it comes to the services offered by Beachfront Realty, Inc. it’s straight forward. They can assist you in purchasing or selling your residential property. Nothing out of the ordinary for a real estate company. It can be hard to find any kind of variety with Real Estate Companies. With any company that is financially related, it can be hard to make your stake in the industry. All you can really judge them by is their track record and testimonials from consumers.


Beachfront Realty, Inc. Review: Web Presence

One of the things that I judge a company’s legitimacy by is their web presence. Red Flags immediately go up when you type company’s name into google and absolutely nothing comes up. Fortunately, that is not the case in this Beachfront Realty, Inc. Review. When you type their name in on google, you get multiple links to credible sites including The Better Business Bureau and Yelp. Which is a good sign indeed. Plus, there website is easy to navigate and offers all the information you need to make the right decision for your future. That’s another red flag to watch out for. When a company’s site is cluttered with unnecessary information. Or if the website is just a PDF document. I have run into that personally a few times. Here’s a lesson for you. Nobody will take you seriously if your website was made on Microsoft Word.


Beachfront Realty, Inc. Review: Consumer Testimonial

Despite the A+ rating they have on the Better Business Bureau, I found nothing but negative testimonials. Here’s a couple:

“This company is not to be trusted. They gave me a Contract to Lease stating my one year lease would be renewable ONE YEAR, but when I asked for the addendum to the lease mentioning the one year renewal, I couldn’t get it. Finally, minutes after they took me to pay ALL FEES AND DEPOSITS, I was told there would NOT be a renewal addendum signed. Dishonest people.”

“Bad experience. Absolutely unprofessional brokers. It’s one of those companies that will try to screw you in every possible way. Hidden fees all over. Don’t trust a word they say! Having everything in writing is the only way to work with them.”

It really makes you wonder what’s going on there. There seems to be some lack of communication on someone’s part. If the Better Business Bureau knew about those testimonials, I am sure they would change their tune.


Beachfront Realty, Inc. Review: Conclusion

In this Beachfront Realty, Inc. Review, The CFRB gives this Company 3 stars. I am having trouble with some of the inconsistency that I have come across. I trust the Better Business Bureau, but it’s important not to ignore those reviews straight from consumers on other websites. Check Our Reviews page for more insight into trusted companies. Check our site for reviews of all kind. It’s great place to become more knowledgeable about the world of finance, and will shed some light on some of the scams out there. Check out the previous post by clicking here.

Cangiano Estates Ltd. Review: 5 Stars

Cangiano Estates Ltd. Review

In this Cangiano Estates Ltd. Review, I want to talk to you about a company that is taking the East Coast by storm. Whether your corner of the world is in Staten Island, the surrounding boroughs or in Vieterbo, Italy, the team at Cangiano Estates, Ltd has a proven success record for meeting all your real estate needs. In writing this Cangiano Estates Ltd. Review, we found that this full service real estate firm ranks among the top ten producing firms on Staten Island and offers a unique service for buying, selling and renting real estate in Italy. Another thing we found while writing this Cangiano Estates Ltd. Review. The company has made over $84M in Real Estate Sale. They are part of the top 5% of Real Estate Companies in Richmond County. Their websites also states that they have 100% Care for Client. Even though that may not make sense. I think they are trying to say they are fully dedicated to their clients. So, it’s not a real statistic. They currently have 36 active listings, and 89 past sales. Which is pretty great for such a young company. They have an A+ on the Better Business Bureau, along with a BBB Accreditation. Which they received on September 2, 2015.

 I this Cangiano Estates Ltd. Review, we discovered that Cangiano Estates Ltd. set up shop in 2006. It was started by Traci Cangiano, who has been a licensed Realtor/ Broker since 1999. She has been involved in real estate for just about 15 years and she is certainly not a time waster. Her experience, diligence and commitment to client satisfaction both delights and impresses everyone she comes in contact with. She is a professional broker that will spare no effort to successfully navigate you through the often intricate process of making the deal successful.


Cangiano Estates Ltd. Review: Services

Being a Real Estate Company, obviously their services lie in the Real Estate world. That being said, there’s many facets in which a company can specialize in we found while writing this Cangiano Estates Ltd. Review. Fortunately for you, Cangiano Estates Ltd. Specializes in mostly everything. That’s an important thing, and I will tell you why. Let me explain with a scenario in this Cangiano Estates Ltd. Review. You go to a real estate company looking for a commercial property. While they are licensed to help you out with your need, their focus is primarily on residential. So they can help you, but it’s not going to be the same as dealing with someone who specialized in that area would be. Cangiano Estates Ltd deals with everything from Residential, Commercial, Luxury, Investment Properties, even the sale of land. Another thing that I found to be rather interesting is they even operate in a certain parts of Italy.

Though I cannot explain in this Cangiano Estates Ltd. Review how they are able to do business in Italy. Considering all the rules and regulations Europe has when it comes to Real Estate Services. Italy is examining the changes introduced by the new directive of the European Union on real estate business activities. Since 2001, in Italy it is compulsory to hold a secondary-school degree and an insurance cover. It is mandatory to make a training course and pass the relevant exam. This system grants a highly professional approach along with a full client protection.


Cangiano Estates Ltd. Review: Web Presence

When it comes to the presence of Cangiano Estates Ltd, they certainly know what they are doing. I want to explain something in this Cangiano Estates Ltd. Review. A company’s presence on the Web really says a lot about the way it is being run. If a company has been around since the 60’s and they don’t have such a good Web Presence, I don’t usually hold it against them. There is multiple generation gaps between the time the company started and now. It’s hard to keep up. But if you’ve been around for a few years, and are nowhere to be found online, they you’re doing something wrong. Having a Strong Web Presence is key in winning over the Consumers trust. I can’t emphasis that enough in this Cangiano Estates Ltd. Review. 

By strong I don’t just mean having your everywhere. I mean making your online presence accessible and transparent. Cangiano Estates Ltd has an incredible web presence. You can find all the information you need along with their listings, and consumer testimonials in a breeze. They also have a blog that is incredibly informative. It’s definitely worth a read. I read a few of their articles while writing this Cangiano Estates Ltd. Review.

Cangiano Estates Ltd. Review: Consumer Testimonials

Here’s what some folks are saying about Cangiano Estates Ltd. We couldn’t seem to find any negative reviews anywhere in this Cangiano Estates Ltd. Review. Which is not surprising. One consumer wrote in this Cangiano Estates Ltd. Review:

“We chose Cangiano Estates because they are incredibly professional, honest, and knowledgeable. Traci was my realtor of choice because she runs a great company. Greg Sokol was our Listing Agent and walked with us every step of the way.  He was there for all of the inspections, and  He negotiated like a boss with the Selling Agent until we finally found the number we were looking for. Selling a home can be a very difficult and stressful time, but with Cangiano Estates it was a breeze!”

Another Consumer Wrote in this Cangiano Estates Ltd. Review:

“Cangiano Estates was great to work with. They are a very professional and knowledgeable group of people. They really listened to our needs. Cangiano Estates made the experience of being first time homeowners very easy. We were very satisfied with our experience the first time and how smoothly the process went. The second time around went even better. We highly recommend using Cangiano Estates.”

Cangiano Estates Ltd. Review: Conclusion

In this Cangiano Estates Ltd. Review, The CFRB gives this company 5 stars for really setting the bar. Check our Resources page for a list of trusted companies, which have received 4 stars or better. Check Our Reviews page for more insight into trusted companies. Check our site for reviews of all kind. Its great place to become more knowledgeable about the world of finance, and will shed some light on some of the scams out there. Check out the previous post by clicking here.


Atlantis Properties Review: 4 stars

Atlantis Properties Review: Introduction

In this review of Atlantis Properties, we bring to a real estate company located in Los Gatos, CA. Atlantis Properties specializes in Property Management Services, which includes a number of things like single-family homes, town homes, duplex, apartments, and small commercial properties. they offer personalized service to meet your real estate needs. The company manages properties in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties.Their vast experience provides you with current rental market conditions. They maintain memberships in professional associations to keep you educated on legislation in the real estate industry. They pride themselves on knowing the laws that affect everything in the industry.The company is a member of the National Association of Residential Property Managers, the California Apartment Association, the Building Owners and Managers Association and the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®. On top of that, they are accredited by the Better Business Bureau. Holding an impressive A+ rating on their site. They have all that is needed to be considered a healthy company here in California. In this review of Atlantis Properties, we will go over all that you’ll need to know. To help you make the right decision.

Atlantis Properties Review: Services & Web Presence

Like many companies out there that offer similar services, we try to find the reason in which a company would stick out from the rest. Perhaps they’ll have a some sort of specialty that other companies that area don’t. Or maybe they operate in a specific way in their community that has earned the trust of the locals. In reviewing Atlantis Properties, I couldn’t seem to find anything of that nature. Which isn’t a negative thing, It’s just always something I hope for when reviewing a company. I guess you could say the one special thing about the company is their name.

As for their web presence at website user-ability, they certainly know what they are doing. Most People decide whether or not they’re going use a company even before they click on their website. If you type the company name in and all you get sites that have similar names, and you have to search through pages just to find what you’re looking for, you’re less likely to trust the company that you’re interested in. That’s not the case with Atlantis Properties. Their site immediately comes up, and it’s partnered with review pages. Plus the site itself is very user-friendly. Anyone can hop on their and look at what Atlantis Properties has to offer.


Atlantis Properties Review: Positive Feedback

In reviewing Atlantis Properties, We compiled consumer feedback for your benefit. Both Positive and Negative. It’s always interesting what testimonials may reveal about a company. Things that the company may not want people to know. One Consumer wrote, “We rented out a property managed by the Atlantis team a couple of years back. It was easy to reach out to them at times of need (patio door glass shattered on a Friday afternoon, one time and back yard needed extra lights urgently when we realized there was an intruder ). They have been very quick and reasonable both on phone and over email. Being home owners ourselves, we were particular about taking great care of the house all along and got our refund in full, when we moved out recently. ” Another consumer wrote, “Atlantis Properties was referred to me by a coworker back in 2001 to help manage a condo in Fremont. I worked with them for over 13 year until the condo was sold.Over the years they were responsible, alert, and helped get rid of a lot of headache. I would recommend them to anyone needing property management service.” That’s a sign of a good company right there. 13 years of continual service. He probably would have kept using their services if the condo wasn’t sold.

Atlantis Properties Review: Negative Feedback

To counter all of the positive feed back, here is some negative testimonial from past Atlantis Properties customers. One consumer wrote, “Be Careful!!!  Very bad experience with these people.  From the showing, to the deposit, to the final check list.  Everything was just a lie. They only hope nothing goes wrong with the property you’re interested in.  But when things do go wrong, they hide from you.  Don’t return your calls.  This company does not care about you or your property interests.  I highly do not recommend using them!” Another consumer wrote, “It sounds like I might have dodged a huge bullet. I was over in the Santa Cruz area today looking for an apartment.  We had made arrangements to meet for a showing at 5:30 in Aptos, followed by another at 6:00 in Santa Cruz.  I rushed to make it to the apartment in Aptos on time, and waited about 15 minutes before I called to see what was going on.  When they answered the phone, I was told the showing had been canceled. I said it would have been great if someone had called me. I asked if the next showing was also canceled and he said that is why the first one was canceled, because of the second one!!  Duh, I am the second showing!!”


Atlantis Properties Review: Conclusion

Can we recommend that you use Atlantis Properties? I think we certainly can. They have proven to be a trusted company. All of the negative encounters consumers had shouldn’t be ignored, but after really most of the testimonials, it appears that the faulty was mostly with the individual who was representing the company, and not the company itself. We shouldn’t thrown away a bunch of apples because a few of them are rotten.  In this review of Atlantis Properties, the CFRB gives this company 3 stars. Check our resources page for a list of trusted companies, which have received 4 stars or better. Check Our Reviews page for more insight into trusted companies. Check our site for other  Financial Planning reviews. its great place to become more knowledgeable about the world of finance, and will shed some light on some of the scams out there.

Makras Real Estate Review: 2 Stars

Makras Real Estate Review: Introduction

In this review of Makras Real Estate we take a look at a company that is a little north of Orange County. Makras Real Estate is a company that provides Real Estate Services in San Francisco and the Bay Area. The Principal of Makras Real Estate is Victor G. Makras, who is a licensed Real Estate Broker. Mr. Makras has been active in the real estate field since 1976 and was elected President of the San Francisco Association of Realtors in 1989, an organization of over 4,000 members. They have achieved a BBB accreditation and a A+ rating for their services they have provided throughout the years. In Reviewing Markas Real Estate, I came across a code of ethics that they strive to abide by. I found this to be rather interesting. Though, I’m sure most companies have a code of ethics they abide by, Markas Real Estate is the first company I’ve come across who actually posts it on their website site. it allows the consumer to understand what they can expect from the company. It’s like every client is giving their own personal measuring stick.

In terms of the services that they offer, It’s all pretty much the same as you’d find anywhere else. What gives a company the upper hand in this industry is not the services offered, but particular location expertise. From the looks of it, Markas Real Estate knows the area well. Well, I certainly hope they would know the area well. They’ve been there since 1976.


Markas Real Estate Review: Web Presence

In reviewing Makras Real Estate we are reminded that having a strong Web presence is incredibly important in today’s world. Especially if a company is planning on succeeding. One big slip up I see all the time is not having a strong web presence. This mistake is mostly common with older company. Companies that built their foundation way back when. When the internet wasn’t even around and business consisted of nothing but papers, pens, and handshakes. When the internet came around and started to become essential to the world of business, a lot of companies didn’t jump on the band wagon. Not jumping on, hurt them greatly. Then there were the companies that did jump on, bur had no actual intention of utilizing this new and amazing tool. So they put of a webpage or too, just so they can say they did something. I’m not going to go as far as saying that the website Markas Real Estate built falls into that category, but it definitely could use some work. It’s incredibly simple and sort of difficult to navigate. Which means it turns people off from doing business with them. It’s definitely not something suitable for today’s consumers.

On top of that, the first few links associated with company are page filled with negative reviews. Which makes things a little confusing. They are BBB Accredited. How can a company with an A+ rating on the BBB have so much negative feedback. Has the Better Business Bureau lowered it standards? I think not.


Markas Real Estate Review: Consumer Testimonial

Here are some testimonials we found while reviewing Makras Real Estate. “The worst building management company I’ve ever had the misfortune of knowing. I signed a lease with three housemates, and Shiela Hagen looked us straight in the eyes and lied to us about the terms. Now, a year after I’ve moved out, they still refuse to take my name off the lease and put the new tenant on. Also, they claim there is a loophole that makes our building not covered by SF annual rental increase laws. They raised our rent every year by 2-3 times the city’s maximum amount. They are unresponsive to  building maintenance issues.
If I’d known what dirt bags they would turn out to be, I would have kept looking until I found another apartment. My advice to anyone considering signing a lease with Makras: Don’t do it.” Another consumer said. “Act like a grown-up with respect and treat people how you would like to be treated. We learned that in kindergarten. Best believe the word spreads fast. No one needs or deserves your attitude. Maybe consider a different career. This one is making you an ugly, nasty person. Glad I read these reviews and chose to not take an apartment with this crooked company. Fellow San Franciscans, Pay attention. Speak up and don’t take this sh!t no more! We pay too much to deal with turds like these people.” After reading these two testimonials, I’ve come to the conclusion that Makras Real Estate is being run by monkeys. No not really, but it certainly sounds like it. What happens to that code ethics that they are supposed to uphold. I guess they dropped it along the way.

Though, we must be fair to Makras Real Estate. Not all of the reviews were negative. Here’s a positive one. “I’m pretty sure others who gave bad review to Makras Real Estate have their reasons, but to me, everything always went fine. We had some minor issues with the unit (a broken store, broken window, small stuff) and they always responded and fixed the issues quickly. Replacing the broken window took a little more time than expected due to their regular window company, so they pay us a pizza as an apology. So 5 stars because Pizza!” Even the person who had a positive experience acknowledges that there were issues.


Makras Real Estate Review: Conclusion

So can we recommend you do business with Makras Real Estate? Well, we can definitely say that they do have quite a bit of experience, and a good rating with the BBB. At the same time the majority of people online are saying to run the other direction. So it’s definitely a gamble. Whether that gamble is worth taking or not, we say no. There’s a ton of other companies out there that are far more trustworthy that offer the same services.

In this review of Makras Real Estate  the CFRB gives this Real Estate Company 2 stars. Check our resources page for a list of trusted companies, which have received 4 stars or better. Check Our Reviews page for more insight into trusted companies. Check our site for other  Financial Planning reviews. its great place to become more knowledgeable about the world of finance, and will shed some light on some of the scams out there.

Tips For Choosing A Real Estate Company/Agent

We know that a huge part in most adults life, whether they’re single or married, is finding a home. A place where you can call your own. A humble abode in which you can be proud of. If you’ve ever bought a home before, you know exactly how hard it is to be a first time buyer. You want the best you can possibly find for the greatest price.  You’re so determined to find that deal, that overlook a few things, and trust a few too many people. Then you end up settling for a home that is still okay, but isn’t exactly what you want. You ended up with that house, because you’re young and naive, and were probably strong handed into a deal by a real estate professional who was really just interested in the big fat commission they’re going to make off of you.  When hopping into the house hunt for the first time, you have to remember to cover your bases. You have to be smart, and vigilant. You are a fish in the ocean, and all the sharks want to eat you. Here’s a few tips for choosing a real estate company or professional, so you don’t get taken advantage of.

1. Research

I wasn’t sure if i should save this for last, because it is probably the most important. It’s also the most obvious things to do, but you would be surprised by the amount of people who don’t research and just sort jump in and hope for the best. Which isn’t really the safest things to do. The first thing to look for would be how long the company/agent has been around for. If they’re still fairly new, and don’t have a lot of clients it could mean that they are using you as practice, which isn’t good if you’re looking for the best possible service. The best thing to do is find  someone who is engaged in a specific area and price range. They also need to have a strong market presence.

2. Check the Licensing

This is a great way to find out if a specific agent is actually licensed, and if there have been any disciplinary actions or complaints towards the agent/company you’re considering.

3. The Right Credentials 

Depending on what you’re looking for, there is different areas that real estate agents specialize in. Kind of like how some doctors specialize in one thing and other doctors specialize in another. It’s sort of the same with real estate agents. There’s 3 main designations that fall under this umbrella. CRS “(Certified Residential Specialist), In addition to their general training, these agent specialize in residential real estate. ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative)  These agents completed additional education in representing buyer’s in a transaction. SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist). These agents completed training in helping buyers and sellers in the 50-plus age range.

4. Talk with Previous Clients

After all you’re research, if you’re still not convinced or if you’ve still go a funny feeling, check to see what previous clients have to say. What better way to get insight, that by talking to someone who has experienced what you’re about to experience. You don’t even have to talk to anyone. In this day and age most testimonials are all online.

5. Look at their current listings

You can look at how closely the agent’s listings mirror the property you want to buy or sell. Are they in the same area? Is the price range similar? And does the agent have enough listings to indicate a healthy business, but not so many that you’d be just another number.

There you go folks! a few tips for you. Hopefully they will help steer you in the right direction. Happy House Hunting. Check Our Resources page for a list of trusted companies, which have received 4 stars or better. Check Our Reviews page for more insight into trusted companies.


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