Howard is a top producing Real Estate Broker in the South Florida market since 1999 having personal sales of thousands of homes and hundreds of millions of dollars in Real Estate. Howard’s expertise and knowledge has made him a go-to person for the news media to get the pulse of the local market.  

Howard specializes in residential and new construction sales in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. He is consultative, service-driven and client-focused. His experience includes working with local and International Buyers and Sellers, representation of several South Florida developments, representation of institutional (REO) investors such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Caliber Home Loans and others, along with his unwavering dedication to day to day home owners and buyers at all price levels. 

He is well respected and serves in his industry as a Florida Realtors District Vice President, National Assoc. of Realtors Board of Directors and past president of Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtor Assn. and Realtors of the Palm Beaches along with being honored as 2016 Realtor of the year. 

Howard is very involved in his local community where he Vice Chairman of the Fort Lauderdale Planning and Zoning Board and past Chairman of the Fort Lauderdale Code Enforcement Board. He serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations such as Riverwalk Trust, The Fort Lauderdale Forum, The Broward Housing Council, along with volunteer leadership with many other organizations current and past including Broward County Governor for Toastmasters International. 

Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Howard Elfman started his sales career at the age of 19, traveling a 5-state territory for an automotive parts manufacturer while attending Pennsylvania State University. 

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

It was in 1999 as an already avid real estate investor that Howard started a fulltime Real Estate career. Soon after, he launched Distinctive Homes Realty, Inc and purchased the Weichert Realtors Franchise for Fort Lauderdale and grew the organization to upwards of 50+ agents and staff and later sold his Weichert Franchise in 2016 

Howard is currently the Broker/Owner of Distinctive Homes Realty, Inc. In Fort Lauderdale 


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 serves on numerous state and national real estate committees.