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State of the Market: Palmetto Bay

Screen Shot 2018-04-02 at 10.38.35 AM There is nothing better than living right next to the ocean, which is why Miami is such a great place to live. But from the Beach to Homestead, there are a wide spectrum of options to choose from. Figuring out the perfect neighborhood for you takes looking at the market and seeing what is best for your family. For mine, Palmetto Bay was the best choice. Why Palmetto Bay? Just a quick drive down picturesque Old Cutler Road or the turnpike, Palmetto...Continue Reading >

How the New Tax Law Will Affect Miami’s Real Estate Market

tax Miami’s real estate market could turn into the Wild West thanks to the new tax law. The massive, complicated tax reform bill was signed into law on December 22, but nobody really knows yet what it will mean for the real estate market in Miami. There are parts of the bill that are clear, while other parts make less sense. This means that it wouldn’t be surprising for the law to undergo changes and corrections over the next few months and...Continue Reading >

Home Maintenance Checklist for This Spring

top-view-or-flat-lay-of-open-notebook-paper-accessories-cube-calendar-and-coffee-cup-on-wooden-background-ready-for-adding-or-mock-up It's such a blissful feeling to step into your brand-new home for the first time. In that moment, we forget about all the upkeep and maintenance that comes with homeownership. That realization will come later. Home maintenance can feel overwhelming chore but it doesn’t have to be. Following a regular schedule of preventative home maintenance is a simple and easy way to keep your house in tip-top shape. Just like regular oil changes for your car keep your engine running smoothly,...Continue Reading >

Why It’s Time to Seriously Consider South Florida for Your New Home: It’s a great place to live

jordan-christian-474856-unsplash For more than a century, we’ve been a fast-growing region because the rest of the country (and Canada too) decides to call it quits by February and move somewhere with better weather. In case you needed further encouragement, here’s why Miami should be on your mind: The weather  Sunshine is great for your mood and overall outlook on life. South Florida has plenty of sunshine and warm weather to go around. Florida is known for getting the most hours of sunlight annually of...Continue Reading >

What You Need to Know About Earnest Money

rawpixel-com-558596-unsplash An earnest money deposit is a huge part of the home-buying process. It can help get you the house you want. With earnest money, you’re telling the seller that you’re serious and committed to buying their house. Without it, you risk losing your dream home to someone who provided earnest money. Earnest money does more than just show your good faith in a transaction; it also helps to fund your down payment. If everything goes as planned, the funds used for your deposit...Continue Reading >

3 Negotiation Tips All Homebuyers Need to Know

ben-white-138762 Buying a home is all about negotiation. Even though you most likely have a realtor to help you through the process (link to previous blog), you should learn some solid research skills to prepare yourself for the negotiation. When you’re buying a house, you want the best price. To get the best deal on the home you’ve always dreamed of, you need to know how to negotiate, when to stick to your guns, and when to wave your white flag and...Continue Reading >

For Sale by Owner Nightmares That Prove You Need a Realtor

douglas-sheppard-522200 It’s tempting to do everything yourself. The sense of satisfaction of doing it on your own, whether you’re changing your oil or fixing a fence, is meaningful. That's why I completely understand when people want to sell their house on their own. The accomplishment of securing a contract on your own feels great…but it often doesn’t make financial sense. The commission on selling a home with a Realtor is often 6%, which adds up to $30,000 for a $500,000 house. And while everyone should...Continue Reading >

Signs It’s Time to Downsize: Smaller homes are sometimes better

nathan-fertig-249917 It is tough to decide to move from your home to a smaller one, especially after you’ve watched your family grow up in your home. It’s often the most practical decision you can make. Here are four signs that you’re ready to downsize from your large family home. It’s too much maintenance If there’s a room that no one goes in except to clean it, it may be time to downsize. Large homes are, at times, difficult to keep up. Big homes...Continue Reading >

4 Home-Buying Compromises to Avoid: Focus on your needs and stick to them

charles-deluvio-453897 A wish list helps you focus your search and keeps you from wasting time. As much focus as your wish list gives you, it’s also likely impossible to check off everything that’s on the list. You want to be a little flexible, but there are some things you’ll want to dig your heels in on. Here are some things you should never compromise on when looking for a home. Getting a Fixer-Upper It’s happened before to our clients and it will happen...Continue Reading >

Hiring a Home Stager? Be Sure to Ask These Questions

luxury-interior-design-living-room-2 In the past, Home Stagers were mostly called-in for vacant homes to help buyers visualize themselves in the home. Over the past few years, we’ve seen that they have become a great resource, especially when you’re trying to sell your home quickly. It’s important to know what to look for when hiring a Home Stager as not everyone who call themselves one is an expert. Here are some questions you’ll want to ask before deciding to work with them. What...Continue Reading >