9 Factors That Influence A Buyer’s Choice In Neighborhoods

The 2012 National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers the 8 factors are as follows: neighborhood quality – 61% convenience to jobs – 43% overall affordability of homes – 39% convenience to family and friends -35% neighborhood design – 26% convenience to shopping – 26% quality of school district – 25% convenience […]

Buying, Selling
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For Florida Real Estate, Homeowners Insurance May Be A More Important Issue Than Taxes

I attended a very informative windstorm insurance session at the Miami Realtors Association this afternoon.  The presentation by Lee Gorodetsky, The Home Insurance Guru and President of L & S Insurance, was my third insurance update of the year because that is how much of a moving target Florida insurance has become. So why is […]

Buying, Florida Life, Hurricanes, Investment Real Estate, Luxury Real Estate
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Short Sales May Cause FICO Scores To Drop

I have written several posts about short sales and the benefits of short selling versus a foreclosure.  An article in the Miami Herald last month stated that a short sale can cause a person’s FICO score to drop by 150 points or more, thereby making it difficult for the seller to borrow in the future.  […]

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Gated Communities in Pinecrest: Arabesque

The lush, gated entrance to these 18 single family homes, is located just off of 77 Avenue in Pinecrest.  The Hollub-built homes were constructed between 1988 and 1993 and range from between 3,000 to just under 4,000 square feet.  Located in northwest Pinecrest, Arabasque has wonderful access to U.S. 1 and the Palmetto, and is […]

Buying, Pinecrest, Selling
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Do You Know Who Your Realtor Is? Make Sure You Aren't Dealing With A Highjacker

I want to preface this blog with the statement that I did not wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.   As a matter of fact, I had a perfect morning.  Woke up before the sun was up, had coffee, read the paper,  had a nice long walk with the dog,  chatted […]

Buying, Neighborhood News, Pinecrest, Selling
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Do You Know Who Your Realtor Is? Make Sure You Aren’t Dealing With A Highjacker

I want to preface this blog with the statement that I did not wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.   As a matter of fact, I had a perfect morning.  Woke up before the sun was up, had coffee, read the paper,  had a nice long walk with the dog,  chatted […]

Buying, Neighborhood News, Pinecrest, Selling
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Are We On The Edge Of Another Building Boom?

With real estate sales increasing and decreasing inventories, many developers are starting to launch new condominium projects.  Many, such as the Porsche Tower in Sunny Isles, are aimed at the uber luxury market.  This building is going to have special elevators to bring the resident and their cars up to the actual condo unit. The […]

Buying, Selling
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100 Edgewater Dr. – Waters Edge Condo On Coral Gables Waterway

Unit 208 is an updated 1 bedroom 1.5 bath that would be great for an investor. Rented until April of 2013.

Buying, Investment Real Estate, Selling
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Two Coconut Grove Homes Both Listed For $1,699,000

I saw two great homes during a Coconut Grove open house.  The one above, listed by Carole Smith and Ken Tate of EWM, is a two-story Old Spanish built in 1924.  It is beautifully restored with a spacious, modern kitchen. The one below is a modern home,  built in 2008 with wonderful open spaces.  It […]

Buying, Coconut Grove
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Gated Communities In Pinecrest: Pinecrest Grove

The entrance to Pincrest Grove is located on 60 Avenue, a short walk or bike ride to the Community Center, library, Pinecrest Gardens, Pinecrest Elementary School, and Wayside Market.  This gated community in Pinecrest consists of 9 single family homes built on one acre lots.  Most of the homes were built in the early 1980’s […]

Buying, Pinecrest, Selling
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