Starting and Ending Your Electric Service Just Got Easier

Congratulations!  You have purchased or rented your new home.  Now is a busy time with moving, forwarding mail, and starting utilities but  FPL has automated their connection and disconnection for electrical service to make connecting easier.  Properties that have been unoccupied might not have service when you move in, so be sure to get it […]

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Tax Implications For Foreigners Buying Real Estate in Miami, Florida

I work with a lot of international clients who buy and sell real estate in Miami and often recommend they speak to a local attorney and/or CPA to discuss the tax implications of owning property here.  I came across a great article from Bilzin Sumberg Attorneys that addresses tax planning for foreigners buying real estate .

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New Requirements For Listing Short Sales

In order to give short sale properties an opportunity to receive “highest and best” offers, new Fannie Mae guidelines state that each new short sale listing must remain active in our MLS system for a minimum of 5 days and must include at least one weekend.  If you are a buyer making an offer on […]

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Last Week Of Summer Vacation — Things To Do With The Kids

Take time to enjoy the last days of summer by enjoying some of the activities we tend to take for granted as locals.   Pinecrest Gardens – Splash and Play, petting zoo Matheson Hammock – kayak and paddle board rentals Venetian Pool – swim Shark Valley – bicycle ride, nature photography John Pennekamp – snorkeling, […]

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$20 Million In Sales In One Week From EWM Coral Gables Office

Even though this close to the start  of the school year sales should be slowing down, nothing could be further from reality.  Our EWM office had over $20 million worth of sales this week, which represents a total of 31 sales.   5 of the sales went for the asking price and 3 went above asking. […]

Buying, Luxury Real Estate, Pinecrest, Selling
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Eat, Drink and Be Merry! Miami Spice Runs Through September 30

Sorry, I forgot to give you a head’s up that Miami Spice was starting on August 1!  I was so busy planning my eating schedule, that I neglected to post, but you are not too late, it runs through the end of September. I started my Miami Spice circuit by visiting a restaurant that I […]

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Back To School Savings This Weekend With Florida Tax-Free Weekend

  I know you are enjoying your summer vacation and school is probably the last thing on your mind, but you may want to do your back-to-school shopping this weekend.  It will save you money with several items exempt from Florida’s sales tax from August 2-4.  

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What Will Your Closing Costs Be On The Purchase Of Your New Home?

  Congratulations!  You either have the cash, or have been approved for a mortgage, to buy a home or investment property.  Now that you have determined how much you can afford, remember to keep in mind your closing costs, which will run between 3-4% of your purchase price for closings with a mortgage and less […]

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Free Things To Do In Miami In August

Okay, there are a lot of free things to do in Miami that don’t revolve around the beach or window shopping.  In the summer time, free days are offered at a variety of local venues so take advantage and go explore our home town. August 2 Planetarium Star Show 7 p.m. August 3 ArtCenter Studio Crawl August […]

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Selling Your Home? Remember To Include Your Closing Costs In Your Calculations

So, you have decided to take advantage of the seller’s market to sell your home.  When calculating what your proceeds will be, remember to take into account your closing costs, which will run between 6 and 7 percent of your contracted sales price. TYPICAL SELLER’S EXPENSES   Courier (federal express)   Documentary Stamps on the Deed: […]

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