Self-Contained Amenities and Neighborhood Key in The Conrad Brickell Hotel Sale

Though the pace of commercial real estate transactions in South Florida has slowed down a bit, Miami continues to rack up big sales with the recent purchase of The Conrad Brickell Hotel for $72 million by Mast Capital and Angelo, Gordon and Company.  The 203-room hotel will be managed by HEI Hotels & Resorts, it’s first […]

Brickell/Downtown Miami, Commercial Real Estate, Investment Real Estate, Neighborhood News, Selling
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Collaboration Is Key In Commercial Real Estate

I just completed another successful lease transaction with Andrew Trench and Ryan Holtzman of Cushman and Wakefield.  It is the second office lease we have done together and they are wonderful to work with.  In addition to being the consummate professionals you would expect when dealing with Cushman, they are extremely responsive and readily available.    […]

Brickell/Downtown Miami, Commercial Real Estate
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Restaurants Important In Driving Retail Traffic

  Food has always been important in retail centers; all you need to do is check out the food court at any major mall to see how much space is devoted to food.  Increasingly, more formal sit-down restaurants are what is needed to drive traffic to malls, strip centers, or downtowns.  Dadeland Mall added many dining […]

Brickell/Downtown Miami, Commercial Real Estate, Restaurants, South Miami
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Top 3 Retail ‘Buy’ Markets Are In South Florida

Ten-X’s U.S. Retail Market Outlook listed the top five markets for investors to consider buying retail real estate.  Three out of those five were Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.  Robust employment and increasing population in all three cities are pushing the demand for retail space in all of their respective counties.

Commercial Real Estate, Investment Real Estate, Restaurants
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Autonomous Vehicles Will Change The Urban Landscape

  Last week I attended the Realtors Commercial Alliance meeting Commercial Disrupters, Game Changers, and Market Makers and was fascinated by a presentation by John Dohm  on autonomous vehicles.  These cars are not in the far off future, they are already here and the big players including Google, Tesla, Apple, Audi and most of the car companies […]

Commercial Real Estate, Florida Life
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A Glimpse Of South Florida in 2070

              These two maps show what South Florida will look like if we continue developing the way we are (map on left) and if we build sustainably and conserve more open space and agricultural areas.  The Florida 2070 Report, prepared by 1000 Friends of Florida and the University of […]

Commercial Real Estate, Florida Life
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University of Miami’s College Of Engineering Contributes To Sustainable Construction

I was lucky to be invited to an evening reception and tour of University of Miami’s College of Engineering labs.  Titled Engineering in the 21st Century:  Innovation and Sustainability, the evening started with a brief overview of the engineering program by Dr. Jean-Pierre Bardet, Dean of the College of Engineering and was followed by tours […]

Commercial Real Estate, Environmental
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Miami Office Space In Top Demand

Bisnow’s list of the 10 cities with the highest office vacancy rates does not include Miami, which is one of the most in-demand office markets in the country.  With the exception of some office space at Brickell City Center, there isn’t any new construction of office space due to the high cost of land and […]

Commercial Real Estate
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New FIRPTA Rules Take Effect February 17, 2016

  Two changes made to the  U.S. Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA) will go into effect February 17.  While one affects foreign investment in publicly-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) and should make commercial property in the U.S. more attractive to foreign buyers, the second one affects foreign buyers of […]

Buying, Commercial Real Estate, Luxury Real Estate, Selling
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Majority of Millennials Cite Cost of Living as a Concern

  Bank of America/USA Today Better Money Habits® Millennial Report, provides great insight into the financial concerns of the millennial generation.  As the mother of three millennials, ages 21-25, and a Realtor I am always interested in what reports say drive this group of young adults. Of great interest is the correlation between jobs and […]

Buying, Commercial Real Estate, Investment Real Estate, Renting in Miami
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