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January 19, 2011

Fantastic opportunity in Pinecrest

If you are looking for a home:  with “great bones” and tons of potential for renovations to your taste,  in a wonderful lush and tropical neighborhood,  in an great public school district This home might be the perfect fit. Upon entering the front door you pass through the formal foyer and to the left is the spacious, sunken living room with fireplace, and formal dining room to the right. Additionally, there is the extra long “great room” with a wall of windows and french doors leading to the patio and pool. As if that isn’t already a ton of living space,  there is also a family room off the kitchen as well. New, large impact windows permit streaming light into the house. The home has a split bedroom […]
January 10, 2011

Attention New Homeowners!

Don’t forget to file for Florida’s Homestead Exemption New Year, New Saving! If you purchased your home in 2010, the following information could benefit you, where you want it most…YOUR WALLET. For any new homeowners out there, I hope you all enjoyed your new homes this holiday season. With the tax season ahead of us, now is the time to file for your Homestead Exemption. This is something every homeowner should do with their primary residence, it being a large discount on your taxes-why wouldn’t you? You may be eligible to claim up to $50,000. This exemption is a benefit to you when the end of the year real estate property taxes are calculated. Think of it as Uncle Sam’s gift to you! If […]
January 7, 2011

Chili Cook-off in Cutler Bay

This Weekend… Hot? Cold? Maybe both! This Saturday Miami is expected to have some cool weather, but it’s expected to be hot, hot, hot in Cutler Bay. So hot, that our local fire fighters will be there! Chefs will be coming from all over town to participate in the 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off. Residents, businesses, community groups, and even chefs from our fire department will be showing off their secret recipes. Free Chili! Community Fun Not a big fan of chili? There will also be contests for the best cornbread and salsa. This is a great event to enjoy with friends and family. There will be live music and children activities. Vote for your favorite dishes and help those hardworking chefs win a cash reward […]
January 5, 2011

3 myths about Short Sales

As you will recall in my recent blog, “What is a short sale?”, I explained the basics of short sales. Even though it is popular topic in the news, there is still a lot of mystery and gray area surrounding it. So, it’s easy for misinformation to spread. Today I want to clarify three myths I often hear. Myth #1 In a short sale situation, the bank owns the home. This is incorrect. That is the case with a foreclosure, which is when a lender has repossessed a home from the owner, as a result of continued loan default, and is selling it in order to recover their loss on the loan. A short sale is when a homeowner decides to sell their […]
December 22, 2010

Just Listed in Cutler Bay

Another Opportunity to Live in Serenity This lovely 3 bedroom/ 2 bath Cutler Bay home is located in the Serenity development which is in the north eastern part of Cutler Bay, just south of Palmetto Bay, right off Old Cutler Road. The walled-in community offers privacy and curb appeal and is composed of newer homes. Built in 1998, like other homes in the neighborhood,  it was made “hurricane ready” (post Hurricane Andrew building code) and with an attractive design. The interior features an open layout with bright living areas, volume ceilings, and crown molding throughout. The eat-in kitchen and breakfast area are spacious, open to the family room. Perfect for entertaining. French doors in the living room lead you to the patio, which is quite charming, currently furnished with a little bistro table and […]
December 15, 2010

What is a short sale?

  I can’t tell you how many times I get this question from clients, family, collegues and various others in the course of a week. It is a relatively new concept, only really becoming popular within the last few years, and lately seems to be the situation with a good portion of my listings and those listings that buyers I am working with are interested in buying. A short sale occurs when a seller’s lender agrees to take a payoff for less than balance owed on their loan. Then they either forgive the remaining debt or ask the seller to pay back all or some of the debt, through a promissory note or cash contribution. When a seller chooses to sell […]
December 6, 2010

New Listing in Devon Aire

Great Deal, Great House! This spacious 3 bedroom and 2 bath home is perfect for the first time buyer. Placed on the market just days ago we are getting a lot of interest from potential buyers. 10551 SW 122 Court Miami, FL 33186 Location, Size, and Price Located in the Devon Aire Estates subdivision this home is centrally located and a wonderful place to start a family. Conveniently, The Devon Aire grade school is just steps away so kids can walk to and from school. Devon Aire Park, also just around the corner is a place where neighbors from the community gather and participate in recreational activities. This park offers a tennis court, 3 baseball fields, football field, basketball courts, batting cages, totlot, walking path and more.  The neighborhood is not too […]
December 1, 2010

Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party

This year I’m looking forward to attending the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party. It’s a great event, open to both members of the Chamber and the community.  It will be held Thursday, December 2nd at 5:30PM in the Biltmore Hotel, Country Club Ballroom. Over 25 local vendors are already engaged and will be offering food and beverages for guests to enjoy. Plus this is this a great opportunity to network with business professionals in a festive and cheerful environment.   Probably the most important component of the party is the philanthropic aspect. Each attendee is asked to bring an unwrapped toy for a child or a gift for an elderly individual. These toys and additional monetary proceeds will go directly to deserving charities in the Miami area. Participating charities […]
November 26, 2010

Cutler Bay Charmer

Want to live in a nice, family oriented neighborhood in Cutler Bay?  This is the home for you.   Located in the neighborhood known as “Serenity” situated between Cutler Cay and Saga Bay, both well known Cutler Bay communities east of Old Cutler, you will find a wonderful 3 bedroom, 3 bath home, custom built in 1997. In addition to the already spacious living room and dining room there is an expansive family room. In fact, it’s so large you could section a good portion off  and create a fourth bedroom or a game room, which is how the current owner is using the space. In addition there is a beautiful open kitchen with granite counters that overlooks the ample family room and eat-in area. The backyard has a screened porch, is fully fenced […]