Haute Partners: The Jills – Twice As Nice

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Dynamic power broker duo, Jill Eber and Jill Hertzberg, better known as The Jills®,  have raised the bar in the luxury real estate market with record-breaking sales and an exemplary commitment to excellence for over 20 years.  The Jills’ roster of clients includes world dignitaries, actors, musicians, celebrities, sports figures and local prominent business leaders, as well as long-time Miami residents, who rely on their expertise, impeccable knowledge of the market and distinct ability to match “one-of-a-kind” clients with “one-of-a-kind” homes.

The Jills’ reputation and commitment to excellence have been widely recognized time and again.  The Wall Street Journal ranked The Jills the #1 Team in America out of all real estate brands throughout the nation in 2012 and last month, they were featured on the front page of the prestigious paper.  This distinction adds to the industry leaders’ various accolades, such as their continuing status as the #1 Team Worldwide out of 85,000 Coldwell Banker Associates for two years in a row.

This recognition comes as no surprise when considering The Jills’ numerous record-breaking sales, such as:  3 Indian Creek for $47 million, the most expensive single-family home sale in Miami-Dade County and most recently, Casa Casuarina, formerly the Versace Mansion, which sold for $41.5 million, for a total of nearly two billion dollars in sales- the highest production on record of any team in Coldwell Banker’s 107 year history.

“Being recognized as Coldwell Banker’s number one sales team worldwide, and generating record-breaking results, speaks to Jill Eber’s and Jill Hertzberg’s exceptional commitment to clients, incredible talents and solid business reputation,” said Clark Toole, the President of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Florida.”

Their newest listing, Star Island’s Shining Star, is a modern 11 bedroom/11 full plus four half bath masterpiece on Star Island, which features floor to ceiling windows, soaring ceilings, an elevator; theatre, infinity pool and gourmet kitchen. The 1,800 square foot master has a separate private second floor pool, gym/spa, rooftop deck and it’s own guest house and cabana. The property is on a 40,000 square foot lot with 100 feet of waterfront views and a $35,000,000 sticker price.

When asked about whether there has been a shift in the real estate market, The Jills explain, “The biggest shift is the reallocation of funds.”  Jill Eber refers to it as ‘capital flight’. “Many foreigners continue to feel safe placing their money in US real estate.  On the domestic front, most sellers understand the unique opportunity present now to sell and buyers recognize that it is also an excellent time to buy.  It has created a perfect balance for both buying and selling.”

The Jills believe that South Florida enjoys an advantage due to the fact that Florida is a homestead state and has no state income tax. “The market continues to accelerate and has returned to the strong sales that we enjoyed pre-recession as more consumers continue to have confidence in the market.  The players in the South Florida market are both foreign and domestic.  While we enjoy a large influx from around the world, we are also seeing a great deal of activity from the Northeast.  Miami is enjoying more than its fair share, we believe, because people are finally recognizing that compared to other parts of the world and even here in the U.S., Miami is still very underpriced for what you get for your money.”

So just what is the secret to their success? “Jill and I share more than the same name. We have the same work ethic and goals and we respect and trust each other implicitly,” says Jill Eber. “We both believe in providing the highest level of service to our clients, and together we can do so.”  Jill Hertzberg echoes, “Working together is very motivational. We are both naturally enthusiastic people and we feed off each other, which makes work fun. That’s power…the power of two.”  We agree.  When it comes to South Florida’s luxury real estate market, two Jills are indeed better than one.

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