Something’s Gotta Give

Remember the movie Something’s Gotta Give starring Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves?  Well this is nothing about that movie other than I thought of the title today while out on my morning run.  It does have to do with Labor Day, however. Although I normally run shorter routes during weekdays, I decided I […]

Commercial Real Estate, 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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What Do The Election Results Mean For Real Estate?

  The long election  is finally over and the question I am getting asked a lot is, “What does it all mean for the real estate market?”  A recent video put out by the National Association of Realtors sums up the election as follows: In Congress, not much has changed.  Republicans controlled the House and the Senate […]

Buying, Selling
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New Insurance Factors To Consider When Buying Your Home

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about how cheap flood insurance is if you don’t live in a flood zone.  After last Wednesday’s heavy rains, even many of us who do not live in flood zones witnessed flooded streets and front yards.  Before you go out and buy  flood insurance, you need to be […]

Buying, Florida Life, Hurricanes
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Miami Real Estate: Rent vs Buy? That Is The Question…

During a Sunday get together, the rent vs buy question came up and a lively discussion ensued.  The individuals who were pro-renting argued that renting provided: cash flow/opportunity cost:  not having money tied up in a mortgage, taxes, and insurance, allowed more money for investing, travelling, miscellaneous purchases  flexibility:  if they wanted to move into different […]

Buying, Renting in Miami
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Will Association Fees and Hurricane Insurance Derail Housing Recovery in Florida?

Two recent articles in the Miami Herald have me wondering if our fragile South Florida housing recovery is going to hit the skids.  The one in Monday’s business section talks about condo association fees and the one in today’s paper discusses the increase in windstorm insurance.  if you are getting ready to buy, make sure you […]

Buying
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10 Ways to Prepare for Homeownership

So, you have been reading that now is the time to buy and you are ready to take the plunge and purchase your first home.  Before you start surfing the websites and looking at properties, take the following steps to make sure the process goes smoothly once you find your dream home.

Buying
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The Importance of Customer Service

I would think that in today’s economy everyone would be striving to perfect the art of customer service.  I rely 100% on referrals for obtaining listings and buyers and know one of the reasons I do well is because I strive to provide great customer service.  I have had two experiences lately where customer service […]

Florida Life, Home Improvement
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You Have Heard It, But Do You Believe It?

Now is the time to buy a home, really.  If you don’t believe me, read who is saying that buying a home now is a smart move.

Buying
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Remodeling? Consider Changing Your Front Door

According to Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, the biggest return on investment was replacing the front door with a mid-range entry door.  Not only is it the least expensive out of the 33 projects included in the report, it also returns an average national return of 128 percent. Other good remodeling projects that don’t […]

Home Improvement
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