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April 13, 2010

Spring is in the Air at Fairchild Tropical Gardens

Spring time is South Florida is the perfect time to enjoy Fairchild Tropical Gardens .  Looking for a perfect date night? Some place different than the usual? Fairchild Tropical Gardens is one of South Florida’s largest outdoor gardens.   Throughout February, March and April Fairchild is hosting “Thursday nights at Fairchild”.  There will be wine tastings, outdoor movies and art lectures. There is even a dog-friendly event. So bring Fido and enjoy a night out with someone special. To see more details go to: http://www.fairchildgarden.org/
March 12, 2010

Deering Estate’s 6th Annual Seafood Fest, March 28, 2010

The 6th Annual Deering Estate Seafood Festival is here! Invite your friends and family and kick back Caribbean style with music from the Bay Roots Reggae Band. The event will take place on March 28, 2010 from 11-6 pm so bring a blanket and plan on spending the day. Enjoy the following activities in one of South Florida’s most beautiful settings: South Florida’s freshest fish and seafood Cooking demos by local celebrity chefs Art exhibits Li’l Shrimp kids zone Pontoon boat rides Historic tours of the Deering Estate Money raised from the event benefits the Deering Estate foundation. Tickets are $15 for Adults. Children 4-14 are $5 and children under 4 are free. Deering Estate Foundation members are FREE! If you […]
March 12, 2010

Family home in Palmetto Bay…just listed

So you want to buy a home in Palmetto Bay… I just listed a house this week at 14500 SW 84 Court in Palmetto Bay and within the first few hours of it going live on the market we had two showings set up for that same day. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, plenty of living space including formal living/dining rooms. A large kitchen with tons of counterspace and an island with sink. Good sized bedrooms. Screened, partially covered patio and pool. Big yard with fruit trees.  A garage with enclosed utility/laundry area. Great location. This house is just simply “comfortable,” a perfect family home. It appears that we are starting to notice a decrease in the inventory in this neighborhood and others nearby, meaning fewer homes […]
March 6, 2010

Food and Fun at Taste of Pinecrest Sunday March 7

The Eighth annual Taste of Pinecrest returns on Sunday March 7 at Pinecrest Gardens . The hours of the event are 11-5 p.m. With lots of delicious food and fun this is sure to be a great event for the whole family! All the proceeds from the event will go drectly to Pinecrest’s five public schools: Pinecrest Elementary, Howard Drive Elementary, Palmetto Elementary, Palmetto Middle School and Palmetto Senior High. There will be delicious tastings offered by Catering by Les, Clarabelle’s Cupcakes, Cold Stone Creamery, Crepe Maker, Daily Bread, Dream Dinners, Giardino Salads, Guadalajara Mexican, Kaliapy, Roasters ’n Toasters, Sergio’s, Smoke & Spice, Smoothielicious, Trattoria Luna and more. There will be games and rides and activities for kids of all ages.   […]
February 26, 2010

Under contract in just 4 days!

Wow….that was fast! I just listed a home for sale in Palmetto Bay last week and the following day I had three showings lined up. That same night I received an offer from one of the interested buyers and we had an executed contract the following day.   When a home goes under contract that quickly it’s the result of pent up demand in the area and fantastic pricing. We are all looking forward to a smooth closing. If you are interested in selling your home I would be happy to speak with you regarding the listing process and the current real estate market in your neighborhood. Contact me today.
February 3, 2010

Fresh Fruit + Fresh Air = South Florida Farmer’s Markets

  Coral Gables Farmer’s Market Anniversary Coral Gables Farmers Market is celebrating its 20th year. Located on the steps of City Hall and Merrick Park, this outdoor green market offers a little something for everyone. There are a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, prepared foods, baked goods, and decorative flowers and plants. Farmer’s Market Hours This weekly Farmer’s market is open each Saturday, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., and runs from Jan. 16 and continues through Mar. 27. There is something for everyone including: gardening workshops, cooking demonstrations, and even children’s activities. All the workshops and activities are free to the public. For more information visit Coral Gables Tribune.
February 3, 2010

Housing Market Trends for Miami-Dade County

Almost everyone is curious about what is going on in the real estate market in Miami. That goes for residents and out-of-towners alike. And with the consistently changing market it’s important to stay on top of the housing market trends. The best way to do this is to look back over the past year and compare the numbers of today with those of 1 year ago: In December 2008 there were 14,988 single family homes for sale in Miami-Dade County. In December 2009 there were 8,271. That’s a 44.8% decrease in the amount of homes for sale. Looking at activity levels, for the end of 2008 there was an average of 625 sales per month compared to 807/month in 2009. […]
February 3, 2010

Interested in interest rates?

It’s a major incentive for buyers right now. Business Week published an article in December titled “If you don’t buy a house now, you’re stupid or broke.” The article basically noted the historically low interest rates we are now experiencing.  Rates are currently around 5%, the lowest they’ve been in 40 years.  Here’s a look back so that you can see where we’ve been… Average of 9% in the 1970s 10% in the 80s and early 90s 7-8% for much of the 90s 6% only over the last couple of years You have to understand the impact the rate has on purchasing a home. Every quarter point change is equivalent to approximately $6,000 for every $10,000 borrowed over the course of a […]