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Ben G. Schachter is the Real Estate Broker and President of Boca Raton-based The Signature Real Estate Companies. Ben’s role is critical to Signature’s day-to-day operations and long range goals and his unique and extremely effective hands-on management style ensures top down quality control and proper delegation of tasks for an extremely diverse organization.
As an undergraduate at The University of Florida, Ben majored in Political Science and gained valuable experience working part-time at a Gainesville real estate brokerage. He quickly concluded that real estate was his passion. Upon graduation in 2000, Ben relocated to South Florida, where he became an integral part of his family’s mortgage banking business. He continued his real estate career, concentrating on the luxury and ultra-luxury real estate markets as well as commercial real estate development, which allowed him to develop valuable experience working hands-on with sophisticated customers from around the world. In 2006, Ben joined The Signature Real Estate Companies and soon became President and one of the firm’s owners. Under Ben’s leadership, Signature has grown to more than a dozen residential and commercial real estate brokerage offices with over 1000 Real Estate Professionals! Signature’s exponential growth is evidenced by its nearly 7,000 annual transactions, which ranked Signature as the #1 real estate brokerage in Boca Raton, #24 in Florida and #321 in the nation for transaction volume according to the 2018 Real Trends 500 Report.
With Ben’s guiding hand, Signature has also successfully ventured into several other real estate related industries, including Signature Title Group, LLC, an attorney-owned and operated title insurance company, Signature School of Real Estate, LLC, a fully-accredited real estate licensing and educational school, Signature Insurance Advisors, LLC, a full-service insurance agency, and Signature Senior Placement, LLC, a senior community placement service.
Ben is a Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker, Real Estate Instructor and Property Manager and has earned the prestigious Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI)® designation. With unrivaled passion, a constant hunger for success, an unmatched support for his co-workers and an aggressive plan for growth, Ben is taking Signature in a very positive direction by focusing on the firm’s industry-first, “Agent Centric” culture that can be seen throughout the organization.
Ben is a loving husband and proud father and lives in Boynton Beach with his wife Jodi, two sons, Max and Brody, daughter, Sloane and the family’s two dogs, London and Aspen.
A persistent and kindhearted REALTOR® gets the job done on time, effectively and with the utmost consideration of a buyer, seller, renter or investor. Maya Allen has a proven track record of excellence.
Hailing from the beautiful State of Oregon, Maya earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminology from Southern Oregon University. She then moved to Washington State and worked as a site acquisition specialist for Pacific Mountain Development and a REALTOR® for REMAX Equity Group and custom-homebuilder Manor Homes in Camas and Vancouver, respectively. She joined the Signature Real Estate Companies in 2018 and immediately “hit the ground running.”
After the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy in Parkland, Maya generously sponsored 50 percent of a major grant to a victim’s family to offset their housing costs while their daughter healed. The family has since returned to normalcy.
“One of my proudest moments came after MSD…When Signature Gives Back presented its REALTORS® with the chance to help, I realized this was my opportunity to give back and make a direct contribution.” Her story has been featured on major social media outlets globally through #ABC, #NBC, #CBS, #Fox, etc. She recently returned from Hong Kong, China and Bali, Indonesia, traveling to support her daughter’s charitable work.
Caring for community is a constant theme for Maya Allen. She’s been a volunteer for CASA, advocating for the humane treatment and positive development of abused and neglected children who would otherwise “languish in an inappropriate group or foster home.” Maya has volunteered with Education Rocks, a global outreach organization that stabilizes and develops the educational path of school-age children. She has a strong history negotiating with legal professionals as well, from her service as a probation officer with Palm Beach County.
With an eye for compliance, Maya is astute in acting as an intermediary in negotiations between buyers and sellers, coordinating projects, and managing land-use applications. She is expert in the Boca Raton/ Delray Beach Lyons-Road corridor, selling The Bridges, Seven Bridges and Boca Bridges, and other South-Florida luxe communities.
Maya is an avid tennis player and well-connected with the Country Club lifestyle. She, in her spare time, enjoys watching her daughter play high school lacrosse (2017 State Championships) and son play baseball. Prior to joining the Signature Real Estate Companies, Maya invested her time in developing her two children, Sarah and Jack, both Honors Students and athletes.
Getting ready to list or buy, invest and/or lease? Maya is resourceful, vigilant and methodical in creating a pleasurable Real Estate experience for her customers and their families…One where customers also become valued referral sources.
The advantages of living and working within the same Country Club community can reap great benefits for buyers and sellers who truly desire a complete and realistic picture of its social, recreational and lifestyle amenities..
As an active Gleneagles Country Club resident and on-site Gleneagles Country Club Real Estate Agent for the past nine years, Susan Altbach brings to the table a familiarity and knowledge of one of South Florida’s premier luxury clubs. This New York native and LIU/ Southhampton Graduate successfully listed and sold Real Estate in the Greater New York area before permanently relocating to South Florida in 2006.
Susan’s previous business experience includes working for NY Telephone, Mitsubishi International in the Commodities Sector and Liberty Mutual where she served as an Assistant Adjuster and 20 years residential sales experience in upstate New York as a broker-owner and associate broker.
She prides herself on her negotiating skills and her commitment, dedication, and willingness to go the extra mile to finalize a transaction for her many happy and satisfied clients over the years.
An avid golfer and a former Club Champion, Susan remains a active supporter of Cancer Research organizations and fundraising events hosted by Pap Corps, and Play for Pink.
Greg Anders is a retired United States Air Force pilot, now a licensed real estate professional, with his unique sense of humor, his passion for people, his patience and understanding he has a chosen the career that suites him well. Although new to the profession he has take flight immediately, becoming a extremely knowledgeable of the local market already has assisted a number of customers with buying and renting property.
Clara Cristina Arango brings her keen eye for design details and her competitive, athletic edge to her Real Estate career. Expert in home staging and new-home design, Cristina lends to her Real Estate “chops” a can-do attitude and a passion for success in working with the most discerning of customers/clients.
Starting her professional career as Head of the Design Department for textile giant, Fahilos, S.A., Cristina not only learned the real-world application of design, she cultivated strong relationships with special clientele. Blending these talents in design instruction means she’s a strong advocate and adviser to those choosing options with new-construction floorplans and interior design/decor.
Cristina compares her Real Estate career to her tennis mentality. “I love playing doubles because it’s about partnering, and I like the game and the strategy.” She plays at Division I and considers herself “extremely competitive,” a quality homebuyers and sellers have come to strongly value at the negotiating table.
A native of Colombia, Cristina completed her high school education in Medellin before coming to the U.S. to study at Pine Manor College in Boston, MA. She completed her undergraduate studies at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellin, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design. Furthering her passion for all things design, she pursued her Master of Fine Arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA.
Christina has volunteered with Hugs and Kisses, an organization helping terminally ill cancer patients with medical bills; Cristina designs jewelry and has coordinated fashion fundraisers to make a difference in the quality of these patients’ lives.
Because of her design talents, Cristina has the unique ability to “see the bones” of a home and help buyers determine their best home options. On the listing side, Cristina effectively stages a home for prompt sale at list or above-list price.
“Out of respect to my customers, I listen intently and honor their requests, while educating them about Real Estate in South Florida.” Cristina is disciplined in her own life staying fit, healthy and—most importantly---READY to attend to her customers’ needs.
Whether you’re buying, selling, renovating or renting, Cristina can provide you organized and excellent results, making your next home your most enjoyed.
Potential buyers, sellers, investors, and renters need look no further when seeking a knowledgeable, results-oriented Real Estate professional. Christine Araujo is a most trustworthy and industrious South Florida Realtor with a customer-focused, client-based commitment to providing the highest quality service throughout the entire transaction process from contract to closing.
Originally from Brazil, Christine received her law degree from Candido Mendes University and became an attorney. She relocated to the United States in 1992, initially settling in the Fort Lauderdale area before moving to the Southwest, becoming a Summa Cum Laude student and a Master of TESOL degree recipient from Arizona State University.
Christine is your quintessential local neighborhood Realtor having lived in South Florida for over 20 years.
A legal background has enhanced her ability to negotiate the best price and monetary value for her clients. Her penchant for detail in regard to listing agreements, financing instruments and contracts and her ability to communicate this vital information has today made her one of Signature International's “go to” agents of choice.
Christine continues to collaborate with the best in class at Signature International while adapting to the latest technology and gaining the required knowledge necessary to successfully complete a Real Estate transaction in the ever-changing South Florida marketplace.
In addition, Christine’s tri-lingual language expertise as a fluent speaker of English, Portuguese and Spanish has attracted many international investors looking to do business in South Florida.
Christine's empathic listening and unstoppable determination to make a difference and “go the extra mile” for her clients truly defines her exemplary work ethic.
As a buyer and seller of her own residences and owner of long term rental properties in Florida and Brazil, Christine understands and can relate to this important decision-making process where she can offer much needed possibilities and answers to her clients throughout their search for what matters most to them in their real estate pursuits.
As your trusted professional Real Estate advisor, my ultimate focus is your total satisfaction. Having worked in the service industry I know the value of customer service and it is my goal to provide you with superior customer value. My background in Business Consulting and Education has provided me with valuable toolkit to represent my clients with nearly all their Real Estate needs. Whether you are buying, selling, renting or investing in Real Estate I am at your service. I look forward to the opportunity to working with you on your Real Estate. Thank you.
Mark Askinazy brings decades of sales and marketing experience to Signature Commercial Realty.
After attending Voorhees Institute of Technology and majoring in Tool and Dye Engineering Design, Mark built a business manufacturing two and four drawer metal filing cabinets. After growing its sales to include major national retailers like Target, Ames and Jamesway, Mark successfully sold the business to pursue opportunities in the burgeoning voicemail / answering service industry. Within a few short years, starting with no customer base, Mark grew his new company into one of the largest answering services in Manhattan with more than 5,000 active accounts. Sensing the looming threat posed by cellular phones growing in popularity, Mark sold the business to a major telephone company in 2000. Since that time, Mark has owned and operated two eight-family apartment buildings in Brooklyn, New York while also owning and operating three different full service car washes in New York and New Jersey and also brokering the sales of multiple other car wash and oil service businesses to others in the Tristate area.
Mark also served as the Vice President of Palma at Mizner Country Club's Homeowner's Association from 2010-2015. After selling his multiple business in New York and moving to Florida as a full-time resident, Mark is utilizing his experience as a business owner to assist his clients with the purchase and sale of commercial real estate.
Mark is a current member of Florida Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, Beaches MLS and is a licensed Florida Real Estate Agent.
Amy Awerbuch has truly experienced the world of Real Estate from many unique perspectives – from marketing home furnishings for a major Midwest Design Center, to selling and listing high end residential properties and owning and managing an Arizona luxury vacation rental.
Since joining Signature Florida in 2018 as a Broker-Associate, Amy has today become an agent of choice among South Florida buyers and sellers seeking an agent who will provide both outstanding customer service and exceptional Real Estate expertise.
This multi-talented Michigan native studied Textiles at Arizona State prior to earning a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications marketing from Wayne State University in Detroit. She would later work for the Michigan Design Center, gaining valuable experience marketing furniture and textiles to local designers and architects.
As a licensed Michigan Realtor, Amy built a successful career renovating houses and selling residential properties and vacant land for Real Estate One- Max Broock Inc. in Bloomfield Hills.
The natural beauty and allure of the Southwest would eventually lead her back to Arizona where for two years she “lived her dream”- operating a five star luxury vacation home before turning her “casita” into a year-round rental property.
Amy prides herself as an exceptionally committed and astute listener- an unselfish, hard-working and committed Real estate professional who clearly relates to her clients’ needs and concerns through the entire transaction process from showing and negotiation to contracts and closing.
As a property owner herself, Amy understands those sensitive and emotional issues surrounding the vital and life-changing decisions to buy and sell residential Real Estate.
Amy Awerbuch brings to the table an enthusiasm and expertise for home designing, decorating, and staging and a true sense for how a property can best fit the needs of its present and future occupants.
Her life-long passion for riding and dressage has made her an appealing choice for equestrian clients who are looking to purchase or sell area horse properties.
Amy enjoys playing golf, organic gardening, and spending quality time with her family and grandson Max.
Berna is a proud Florida REALTOR® for “Signature Real Estate Companies” going in a very positive direction by focusing on local and international clients.
Representing Central Florida homeowners and future homeowners specializing in Lake, Polk and Orange County. Berna’s creative, enthusiastic, and caring personality is perfect for matching each client’s desires as well as skillfully featuring a home’s unique presence and character.
Raised on the City of Miami, Berna understands the numerous benefits of life in sunny Florida with its variable weather, culture, and diversity. Whether you want a quaint vacation home in town or an exceptional luxury residence by the lakes, Berna knows everything there is to know about locations, value, property types, pricing, building requirements and zoning with the cooperation of accredited providers and our official State Departments.
An important part of her role as a REALTOR® she is a social media and technology devotee by building businesses via social media, creator and owner of the one-stop “All you need guide” www.relo2fla.com offering “Relocation Services” to families and businesses from all over the world that are planning to establish within the Florida Estate.
Berna is a loving wife and proud mother living on top of the amazing “Hills of Clermont” a Florida Jewel overlooking the City of Orlando.
I successfully earned my Real Estate license at Gold Coast School of Real Estate and happily joined Signature International Real Estate Company in Boca Raton, Florida. I believe passionately in bringing to the table the expertise of a dedicated, enthusiastic and committed professional.
As a south Florida native, traveling throughout many Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County neighborhoods; I’ve learned how vital and relevant demographics of real and personal property can be. I bring to the table “behind the scenes” knowledge that I now pass on to my growing referral network of buyers, sellers, renters and investors.
I enjoy communicating, interacting and educating my clientele about real estate contracts and the law. I strive to appeal to those seeking a most qualified personable, trustworthy and attentive agent. I am an enthusiastic and creative “people person” with a unique standpoint of the real estate industry from both a public and a private perspective
Tamara Balbirer is a licensed real estate professional and member of the National Association of Realtors. She lives in Boca Raton, along with her husband, Louis, and children.
As it is for many REALTORS®, real estate is not her first career. Prior to becoming a Realtor, she was employed by AT&T. Her career with AT&T began as a software developer, then continued through a range of functions including system testing, hiring and technical training of new employees, then into management after a few years and completing her Master’s Certificate in project management.
As a Realtor specializing in residential properties in Palm Beach County, she brings energy, dedication, and personal knowledge to her customers. She has the technical background to creatively market your property for sale on the internet as well as encourage other agents to choose your home from the many available on the MLS. Her love of “the hunt” for the perfect home to match a buyer’s desires is her forte’.
Together, you and Tamara can find the perfect home for you. Please don’t hesitate to call her to market your property for sale or to partner with her to find your next home.
DIRECT: 561-706-3946 | EMAIL: TAMARA@SIGNATUREFLORIDA.COM
Buyers and Sellers searching for a knowledgeable, dedicated and caring Real Estate professional need look no further than to Susan Barkoe.
Susan remains one of Signature Florida’s most experienced Sales Agents, bringing to the table a thorough understanding and knowledge of today’s South Florida residential sales marketplace.
For the past 25 years, this NYU Graduate and Forest Hills, New York native has successfully listed and sold properties throughout Broward and Palm Beach Counties, earning the admiration of her many satisfied clients and the respect of her industry peers.
Susan was a resident at the prestigious Boca Bath and Tennis Club and the Broken Sound Country Club where she listed and sold many luxury residences. She successfully marketed high end beachfront properties and becoming a multi-million dollar sales producer for the Arvida and Coldwell-Banker Real Estate companies.
Her friendly demeanor upon initial contact with buyers and sellers as the “go to floor time agent” has continually made her a top hiring choice of area Real Estate companies.
Susan’s reputation for outstanding customer service, along with a penchant for details, and a desire to do the necessary research for her clients, remains important to her as does staying in close contact with her many satisfied clients.
Outside of Real Estate, Susan has raised two children, served as a volunteer for The American Cancer Society, and has been a member of a Professional Business Women’s Networking Group.