Don’t Hold A Funeral For Retail Just Yet

It seems like you couldn’t open a newspaper or business journal in 2017 without the headlines screaming, “Retail Is Dead“.  There are lists of store closures for 2018 and many large retailers are on those lists.  Toys R Us, Macy’s and The Gap are just a few that are closing stores and more companies will probably be added as […]

Commercial Real Estate, Investment Real Estate
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Why Amendment 2 Matters To YOU!

Although this year’s elections aren’t until November and every one is pretty tired of politics, I have to take this opportunity before all of the other campaigning starts to talk about Amendment 2 and why it matters to you. Amendment 2 is not a tax cut, it would make a current 10% cap on non-homesteaded […]

Buying, Commercial Real Estate, Selling
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Should Port Miami Keep Their Cranes Or Make Them Flamingos?

Port Miami is the world’s busiest cruise port, surpassing 5.3 million passengers in fiscal year 2016-2017, and a major cargo port.  As such, the port has 260 foot gantry cranes to load and unload ships.  I see the cranes towering over Government Cut every time I drive to and from Miami Beach.  In his book All About Them, branding […]

Florida Life
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5 Reasons To Visit The Miami Design District

If you haven’t been to the Miami Design District lately and still need a 2018 New Year’s resolution, here is an easy one.  Go visit the Miami Design District.  It is so Miami!  In case you need more reasons than that, here are 5: Interesting architecture – Okay, between Miami Beach’s art deco district and an […]

Commercial Real Estate, Florida Life, Investment Real Estate, Luxury Real Estate, Miami Design District, Neighborhood News, Things To Do
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Signing New Commercial Leases in 2018? Remember To Drop The Sales Tax To 5.8%

If you are a landlord signing new leases in 2018, remember that the state sales tax on commercial leases has dropped from 6% to 5.8%.  As a result, the sales tax rate in Miami-Dade County will drop to 6.8% and in Broward it will drop to 5.8%.  Although the drop in rate may not sound […]

Commercial Real Estate, Investment Real Estate
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Happy National Mango Day!

Mangos, delicious as they are or mixed in drinks, salsas, breads, desserts, or just about anything else you can dream up, are also extremely healthy.  Driving around the Villages of Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, you will see mango stands manned by hot, summering students eager to earn extra money or unmanned stands that work on […]

Florida Life, Neighborhood News, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest
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Whisk Gourmet Food & Catering Has All The Ingredients To Attract Millennials & Boomers Alike

  In a recent post about restaurants driving retail traffic, I listed restaurants that have been added to malls and downtowns.  Today’s blog is about one of my favorite local South Miami restaurants, Whisk Gourmet Food + Catering.  A recent blog in OpenTable,  Millennial Dining: How the Share Generation Is Shaping the Restaurant Experience, discusses several […]

Restaurants, South Miami
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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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Thank You For Being Late Is A Must Read

    I just finished reading Thank You For Being Late by Thomas L. Friedman and think it is a must read for every politician, business leader, employee, employer…basically every one who needs to understand what is going on in the world today.  A timely read, it definitely is not a book to speed read […]

Environmental, Florida Life, Hurricanes, Pinecrest
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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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