One of the most exciting parts of being a realtor has been the friendships I’ve made over the years. Being a realtor doesn’t just end the day of closing, it’s a relationship that goes on for years and years.

For instance, take Amonds and Michael. Close to a year ago Amonds walked into an open house I was having in Wilton Manors. The property I was showing just wasn’t right for him and his partner. Later that week, the two of them came to my office at 2227 Wilton Drive where we discussed exactly what they were looking for. I’ll never forget how Michael just sat in a chair while Amonds left the room for a minute.  At that point Michael just started telling me just how much he “loved this guy.”

As their quest continued, they gave me their lists of haves and have nots in a home. I listened closely and started showing them homes in Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale and Oakland Park. Eventually we stumbled on the property they now call home. Every time I drove this couple around I learned more and more about this New York power couple. I learned their likes, their dislikes, where they’ve traveled and their future plans. Each one separately confided in me. I would get calls and emails from one and then the other.

I did eventually find them a home in Fort Lauderdale and a very special one at that.  However, something more than being labeled as “their realtor” was happening.

A friendship was being born.

On October 17, 2015 Michael and Amonds, the gay couple the who “just needed a realtor” were married at the W on Fort Lauderdale beach overlooking the ocean. It was a beautiful and emotional event. My partner and I attended the wedding –  not as their realtor, but as their friends.

This is why I am a realtor. It’s about finding that special home for people. It’s about helping people secure their financial future. It’s about making memories, but most of all, for me, it’s about making friends.

If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Fort Lauderdale or Wilton Manors contact me, Paul Slutsky, Realtor at 954-560-8330 or visit my website at


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