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About Howard Elfman

Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Howard Elfman started his sales career at the age of 19, covering a 5-state territory for a manufacturing company while attending Penn State University.

In 1989, he moved to Fort Lauderdale and sold software to Fortune 500 and mid-size companies in the region as well as other major players throughout the country.

It was in 1999 as an already avid real estate investor that Howard left the corporate world and entered a fulltime Real Estate career. Soon after, he launched Distinctive Homes Realty, Inc and purchased the Weichert Realtors Franchise for Fort Lauderdale.

Howard specializes in new construction and residential sales in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area and South Florida markets. He is a service-driven and client-focused professional who always puts the needs of his clients first. His experience includes representation of several South Florida developments** and working with local and corporate investors along with his unwavering dedication to day to day home owners and buyers.

With personal sales of thousands of homes and hundreds of millions of dollars in Real Estate,
Howard's expertise has made him a go-to person for the news media to get the pulse of the local market.

He was elected as president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtor Association and currently holds a seat with the Association's Board of Directors. Howard is also a member of the Fort Lauderdale Planning and Zoning Board and past chairman of the Fort Lauderdale Code Enforcement Board. He joined the Board of Directors for Riverwalk Trust, Board of Directors for The Fort Lauderdale Forum, along with many other organizations current and past.

In 2016 Howard was awarded Realtor of the year by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtor Association.

A strong advocate of continuing education, Howard holds the following National Real Estate Designations: ABR, CIPS, CLHMS, CRB, CRS, GRI, SFR & TRC*. He has also served on numerous state and national real estate committees and is a current (NAR) National Association of Realtors Director.

After the sale of his highly successful Real Estate company in 2016, he joined Douglas Elliman Real Estate as a Broker Associate and Director of Luxury Sales with his offices on Las Olas Blvd and at the Ritz Carlton.

*ABR- Accredited Buyers Representative
*CIPS- Certified International Property Specialist
*CLHMS- Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist
*CRB- Council of Real Estate Broker Managers
*CRS- Certified Residential Specialist
*GRI- Graduate Realtor Institute
*SFR- Short Sale Foreclosure Resource
*TRC- Transnational Referral Certification

** Developments include: La Cascade Condominiums, Marbella Townhomes, Villa Escondida Townhomes, Il Lugano Residences, The Ritz Carlton Residences.


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1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Office: 954.568.1117

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