Can This Happen To Your Vacant Property?

Tuesday night, CBS 4 reported on a homeowner whose house has been taken over by squatters.  According to the story, the house was sold and when the Realtor went to the final walk through before closing, she found people living in the house.  The people living there claim they were duped and rented the property. […]

Buying, Investment Real Estate, Selling
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Which Is Better Transportation Mode: Rail or Express Toll Lanes on US 1?

The Village of Pinecrest is hosting a town hall meeting at Pinecrest Gardens to discuss the proposed MDX US 1 Express Toll Lane project.  Anyone who travels on US 1 (also known as Useless 1) from Miami to communities south, has experienced the frustrating traffic and knows that relief is needed.  As proposed, the current […]

Buying, Neighborhood News, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest
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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 […]

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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.  […]

Foreclosures
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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 […]

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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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