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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Another Reason I Love South Florida: Easy Access to Other Countries

I love the fact that South Florida has three great airports, making it easy to travel anywhere in the world for business and pleasure.  MIA in Miami and FLL in Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale have flights at affordable prices, especially if you use the Hopper app.  My most recent trip took me to Liberia, Costa Rica where […]

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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7 Of Forbes’ Top 20 Cities to Invest In Are In Florida

Forbes’ 2016 top cities to invest in is out and seven of the best investment cities are in Florida.  Two, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, are in South Florida.  The Fort Lauderdale Metropolitan Statistical Area and Divisions (MSAD), which includes Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach, has a three-year home price growth forecast […]

Buying, Investment Real Estate, Selling
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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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Thank You Local Merchants For Making 2015 Holiday Season Stress-free!

I am blessed to live in Miami, but it inevitably means lots of entertaining friends and family from out of town over the holidays.  I had people arrive 2 weeks before Thanksgiving and the last of them leave back to colder climates tomorrow.  This year, I decided to go way out of my comfort zone, […]

Florida Life, Things To Do
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Florida Home Prices Projected to Increase 9.3% in 2016

CoreLogic, is projecting overall U.S. housing prices to rise 5.2% next year.  Florida is projected to increase by 9.3%, which is the second highest increase in the nation, just behind California at 10.8%.

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