Keeping You Current, May 2018 Edition - From the Desk of Madeleine Romanello


Anything is Possible

"As full of spirit as the month of May, and as gorgeous as the sun in
Midsummer." ~ William Shakespeare


#CompassREtreat Washington DC May 2018

My team and I spent the first week of May in lovely Washington DC along with over 800 other Compass agents from all over the US. Not only was this an amazing opportunity for us to network with other agents, build new relationships, and expand our knowledge base, but we were inspired to Dream Big!

Robert Refkin, founder and CEO, introduced the 8 Compass principles of entrepreneurship. I hope you are as inspired by them as we are!

Dream Big: Entrepreneurs refuse to think small. And they don't let anyone, or anything, prevent them from pursuing their dreams. Your ambition is the cap to your potential.

Move Fast: As an entrepreneur, you have to know that if you don't move fast, someone else will. The only people who want you to move slower is your competitors. The future belongs to entrepreneurs who move fast.

Learn From Reality: Every great entrepreneur is hungry to understand the people they serve. Good leaders must be good learners, and, by definition, good learners must be good listeners. It's important to always learn from reality.

Be Solutions Driven: Entrepreneurs think of every challenge as an opportunity. Entrepreneurs believe in solutions, in finding a way, in making the impossible possible.

Obsess About Opportunity: Great entrepreneurs obsess about every interaction, every opportunity to improve the customer experience, make it better and better and better, and once the average person says things are perfect, make it even better than that.

Collaborate Without Ego: Just ask yourself: What sort of person do I want to work with? And then be that sort of person every day, in every interaction. Collaborate without ego.

Maximize Your Strengths: Imagine a world — not a company, an entire world — where everyone did the things they were best at, and most passionate about, all of the time? How fulfilling and exciting and energizing would that be?

Bounce Back with Passion: The true test of an entrepreneur isn’t how you act when things are going great — it’s how quickly and energetically and passionately you bounce back when you hit bottom.

Wealthiest Zip Code in the US?

Need a hint? It's in South Florida! According to a new report by Bloomberg, the richest ZIP Code in the U.S. is...

Click HERE to find out!


1. 7192 Fisher Island Dr #719, $10,260,000

2. 50 S Pointe Dr #3501, $9,300,000

3. 9111 Collins Ave #N519, $7,664,000

4. 100 S Pointe Dr #1706, $6,437,500

5. 350 Ocean Dr #702N, $5,950,000


1. 2305 Lake Ave, $11,02,000

2. 9475 Journeys End Rd, $8,500,000

3. 395 Leucadendra Dr, $8,000,000

4. 820 Lakeview Dr, $8,000,000

5. 6420 Allison Rd, $7,775,000


Memorial Day Events

On Memorial Day, we honor the many men and women who have died while serving our country. There will be many ceremonies and family friendly events happening to show respect to these brave souls that gave their lives protecting this nation's freedoms. See what's happening in South Florida on May 28, 2018.


#Knowledge is Power

DID YOU KNOW? The economy of California is now the WORLD's 5th largest, surpassing $2.7 trillion and out-pacing the entire UK.

• It’s economic output is now surpassed only by the total GDP of the USA, China, Japan and Germany.

• The state has 12% of the U.S. population (about 40 million people) but contributed 16% of the country’s job growth between 2012 and 2017.

• Its share of the national economy also grew from 12.8% to 14.2% over the past 5 years.

• Financial services and real estate grew the most with $26 billion in growth, followed by the information sector - which includes many technology companies - at $20 billion. Manufacturing was up $10 billion.

Banks love doctors....buildings too. They are stable income earners and while many have accumulated lots of student debt, their career stability prospects are solid making them a low risk. Mortgages tailored to doctors have grown more popular in the last few years: Bank of America said it has seen the dollar volume of physician mortgages it issued between 2008 and 2017 increase 9X because of greater awareness from consumers.

DID YOU KNOW? Warren Buffett often quotes Ben Graham's classic "The Intelligent Investor." The book's key tenet is to look at each stock purchase as buying a slice of a business and avoid being distracted by stock price movements. Could the same be true for buying a home in a city/town/neighborhood/building? I think so!

Last, But Not Least

We Honor Our Mothers

Where would we be without our mothers? Not only has she given us life, but she has shaped and guided us from the very first moment of our existence. Who we are, we owe to our mothers.

On this day, we honor all the mothers in our lives, not only the ones that gave birth to us, but to the many beautiful women who have offered their guiding hand with examples of grace, love, and service.

Kid President thinks the secret to changing the world is moms. He may be onto something... for without all of these strong, caring women, the world would certainly be a lesser place.

Until next time,


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With 18+ years of experience in the South Florida Real Estate industry, Madeleine has made her mark as a top agent and broker. Her solid perspective of what is happening in the market along with the cutting–edge resources offered by Compass are the ultimate combination for success.
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