Drew Kern

April 13, 2021

10 Things To Look For When House Hunting

The great house hunt begins! We’re so excited for you. It really is an exciting time but it can also be tedious, nerve wracking and full of confusion. Don’t worry, you’ll find the right home with enough patience and persistence (and the right realtor!) To help you in your hunt, we put together a solid list of 10 things to keep in mind when looking for a new home. Location You’d think we’d be tired of saying it by now, but we’re not! The three most important things to consider when buying a home are: location, location, location. Think about the safety and comfort of your neighborhood, the amenities nearby and your commute. If you have kids, consider the school […]
April 6, 2021

What’s a Starter Home – Do You Need To Start There?

Starter home vs. forever home? If you’re a first-time home buyer you may be stuck in this mystifying gray area. You know you want a home. You know your price range and your ideal locations. But you just don’t know if you want to settle for a home that might just be a step in the path toward another home, or if you want to seek out that home that you can call yours for the rest of your life. There’s no right or wrong answer. It’s a matter of circumstances, numbers and preferences. It’s a matter of where you’re at and where you want to be. Even armed with all the facts and info, it doesn’t always make it […]
March 23, 2021

Featured Listings in Pinecrest

Pinecrest is a beautiful and charming village in Miami-Dade county. It’s a quiet community with less than 20,000 residents (as of the 2010 census). Perfect for families and people who want to be near the city but prefer a more serene atmosphere, Pinecrest has great schools and a highly desired location. One of our favorite destinations in Pinecrest? Pinecrest Gardens, once known as Parrot Jungle and Gardens, which was one of the first tourist attractions in Miami. It’s really something to see, with over 1,000 varieties of exotic plants and trees, streams, caves and fissures. For those of us who have called Miami home for years, it’s definitely a special spot to see and visit. Take a look at our […]
March 16, 2021

Buying a Second Property for Rental Purposes

Real estate investment remains one of the best forms of speculation and in Miami this holds true. With real estate investments you can typically receive a predictable cash flow, a steady appreciation in value, equity buildup and many great tax benefits. If you’re deciding to buy a second home in Miami for rental purposes, it can be quite the sound investment.   In addition, even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic Miami population has continued to grow and real estate prices continue to rise. In fact, as more and more jobs went remote, young professionals and families have been making the move to Miami, mostly from northern cities, to enjoy the warmer weather and the lifestyle that our city brings. If you’re […]
March 9, 2021

Where to Look in Miami and What to Look For When Downsizing.

The time has come to downsize. You can just feel it when you walk through your home. Maybe you’re an empty nester. Maybe you really wanted the 3,000 sq. ft. home at one point in time but it’s proven too much to maintain. Or maybe you’ve watched enough episodes of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and you’re into the idea of less feeling like more. You might be currently living in the Miami area in a residential spot like Palmetto Bay, Coconut Grove or Pinecrest and you want to find a new neighborhood with an easier to maintain home. Or you might be living out of state or even abroad and you’re ready to make the move to more minimalism […]
March 2, 2021

Should You Buy a Condo or a House?

The Miami market has been hot for years now. Wherever you buy and whatever type of home you choose is nearly guaranteed to be a sound investment. Even with the economic downturn from COVID in 2020, real estate remained relatively stable and there was even an influx of transplants to The Magic City with a demand for homes and condos as the population continued to grow. Beyond the security of a sound investment, there’s a lot more that goes into deciding the on the home that’s right for you. Whether it’s an investment property or your forever home, house hunting is all about finding that Goldilocks zone. We always want to help you fall in love with that home that’s […]
February 23, 2021

Featured Listings in Palmetto Bay

Just south of Miami rests the endearing Village of Palmetto Bay. This town is host to a number of parks that have earned it the nickname “Village of Parks.” Palmetto Bay, with a population of 25,000, is a great place for families, building businesses and those looking for a more serene environment with more space. It is also well-known as one of the best school districts in the Miami area, scoring an “A” under Florida’s A+ Plan. Blending Florida charm with urban sophistication, Palmetto Bay has achieved a great balance between quality of life and growth. 7840 SW 183RD TERPALMETTO BAY, FL 33157  $1,450,000  Beds: 6  Baths: 4  Sq. Ft.: 5,538  Type: Single Family Home Modern renovation at its finest! […]
February 16, 2021

What the Market is Saying So Far in 2021

Miami ranks among the top real estate markets in the U.S. and that trend will continue through 2021. Even with the inevitable hit from COVID, the market rebounded and continues to rise. The forecast is looking great for growth. Although you might be paying more for a home in the Miami area, it’s still a very solid investment and any fears of a housing bubble are unfounded. Growth and demand As always, supply and demand will continue to be a major factor in Miami real estate. The demand will increase as the population is predicted to continue to grow at a rate of 1.53% throughout Florida, setting the stage for home prices to increase. Property prices increase With an increased […]
February 9, 2021

How Your Lifestyle Should Affect Your New Home Selection

Whether you’re the cosmopolitan urbanite or the backwoods recluse, your lifestyle factors into the home that you choose to live in. One person’s castle might be another person’s maintenance headache. Homes come in as many shapes, sizes and locations as there are types of people. What do you need from your home in order to reflect your ideal lifestyle? Let’s take a look at the top factors to consider when matching your house to your lifestyle. Location It’s a bit of a broken record in real estate but location truly is everything. When considering where you want your new home to be, you’ll want to factor in all aspects of location. You’ll want to consider the safety of your neighborhood, […]