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March 8, 2022

7 Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

Buying a home is often be the most important financial decision people will make in their lives – which is why it’s important to do your research and get the details right the first time. After working in Miami’s real estate market through all the booms (and busts) of the last 20+ years, we figured it would be a good idea to share some tips that will help you navigate this difficult (but very exciting process): Start Saving Up Early for Your Down Payment: While there are some options to buy a home with little or no down payment (the most common ways are through the VA for veterans or through an FHA program), most buyers in Miami are buying a […]
February 15, 2022

What You Need to Know About Flood Zones When Buying in Miami

Flood zones are defined as areas that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) determined to be at a higher risk of flooding or heavy rainfall – and it should come as no surprise that these zones are just about everywhere in Miami. When buying a home or property in Miami, there are some things you should know about flood zones, risk, and overall flood safety that will make your life a lot easier: Know Your Zone It’s crucial to find out exactly what flood zone your home falls in so you can be as prepared as possible should any unfortunate situation arise. Different flood zones correspond to different risk levels – for instance, if you live in ZONE AE, your home is […]
February 8, 2022

Best Locations in Miami for Families with High Schoolers

When it comes to finding a neighborhood that’s right for your family, just about everyone can agree that a safe location, great nearby schools, and friendly neighbors are crucial. When it comes to having high schoolers, there’s a few more things to take into consideration before deciding on a location that’s right for everyone. Miami has a large number of magnet and Choice schools, in addition to charter schools, with a variety of programs that may be right for your high schooler. Don’t forget: every high schooler’s needs are different, so consider yours when reading the below. CORAL GABLES: Coral Gables is a very popular choice with families who have high schoolers, and there’s no doubt why. Considered to be one of […]
February 1, 2022

What to Consider Before Putting In an Offer on a Home You Plan to Renovate

If you’re in the market for a fixer-upper, it can be an exciting time to think about paint colors, shiny new appliances, and designing rooms. But before you get carried away with the enthusiasm, there are a few things you should know and look for when you plan to renovate a home in the Miami area. One of the first things to consider is the location in which you want to buy a property. Depending on your goals for renovation – whether you plan to sell the house to another family or live in it yourself – the location of your house is always important. This will help you set your budget as home prices can vary widely by neighborhood.  […]
January 25, 2022

Condo vs. Single-Family Home: Which is the Right Move for You?

The time has come for you to start looking for a home and somewhere to call your own. Whether you are simply tired of renting, or ready to start investing in your own property, buying a place of your own seems like the logical next step. But what type of home is right for you? Thankfully, Miami has a lot to offer when it comes to types of homes available to buyers – from condos and duplexes to town homes and single-family homes. Better yet, the city also has a wealth of different types of homes within each of those categories that can satisfy your needs as well as your wants.  When To Consider a Condo Living: For homebuyers, whether it is […]
January 18, 2022

Should You Buy a Move-In-Ready Home or Look for a Renovation Project?

So, you’ve made the decision to buy a new home. That’s big. No matter if you are a first-time homebuyer or an empty-nester looking to be a last-time homebuyer, making the move to a new home is always a big decision. So, congrats.  Now, that you’re here – there’s a question to consider that doesn’t always top everyone’s list when they are writing out all their wants for a new space. Oftentimes, we start jotting down location, number of rooms, and cost. All are very important details – but typically should come after asking yourself: are you looking for a move-in ready property or a renovation project? This is a big question as it can help determine the direction of […]
January 11, 2022

Recent Sales Around Miami

While it may come as a surprise to naysayers, the Miami real estate market is still going strong. With many families escaping the north and a new influx of professionals leaving California behind in favor of our beaches, restaurants, and – surprisingly – less traffic, the market continues to show growth and demand. When looking to buy or sell a property, one of the first things to consider is what the comps are for recent sales in the area. As for Miami, the numbers still show a seller’s market.  We’ve compiled a list of a few recent sales to give you a sense of what homes in the Miami area are selling for. As always, if you have questions about […]
January 4, 2022

Miami’s Best Kept Secrets: Our Favorite Local Spots Around Town

It’s officially wintertime in Miami, and unlike the North with snow and brutally cold temperatures, we get to spend January enjoying our city to the fullest – especially as the winter months bring about some favorite seasonal eats and activities. Did we mention that we can stay nice and warm while we do it, too? It’s no wonder why Miami is the envy of the country!  This season, we would be remiss if we didn’t share some of our favorite spots and activities that are fun for the whole family.  Miami’s Best Kept Winter Season Secrets:  1) Knaus Berry Farm:  Started in 1956, Knaus Berry Farm is a local favorite that we all keep going back to year after year […]
January 4, 2022

House Hunting Tips For First Time Home Buyers

Finding your starter home is not for the faint of heart. In fact, for most first-time home buyers the very term “starter home” can be, well, a non-starter. When you are looking to purchase your very first property – we want to look at it as a place we can call our own – and oddly enough, forever.  Home buying is perhaps one of the most personal life purchases. It’s your safe space, your haven. It is an extension of you and to some degree, it becomes another member of your family. That’s why you hear so many people talking about “the home they brought their kids home to.”  Starter homes are big deals. As such, so is the decision […]