HOME BUYING INFORMATION

January 24, 2023

Upsizing? What to Consider When Buying a Bigger Home

Anytime you start thinking about shopping for a new home, it is an exciting time. People move for many different reasons, and when they do, it’s not uncommon for them to be looking for an upgrade of some kind. A growing family is another very common reason people start shopping for larger homes.  If your current home is starting to feel cramped, upsizing to a bigger home may give you just the breathing room you’re looking for. But before doing so, be sure to first think through some of these more practical parts of moving into a bigger home. Bigger House, Bigger Bills It might seem obvious that a larger house will come with a larger price point. However, it’s […]
January 10, 2023

What’s Happening with the Miami Rental Market?

Miami has been the red hot center of a nationwide rental market boom. In South Florida, rent rose nearly 25 percent between the summer of 2021 and summer of 2022. On top of that, almost 97 percent of rental inventory in Miami-Dade County is occupied. Available properties have multiple applicants all hoping to score a place to live. While rent is up and inventory is down in major cities across the US, nowhere has it been as dramatic of a shift as we’ve seen here.  Expectations for 2023 I expect the rental market will continue to have high prices and high demand throughout 2023, and likely beyond. The storm season we experienced in 2022 factors in to these high prices […]
January 3, 2023

What To Expect in the 2023 Miami Market

Sometimes markets are easier to predict than others, and this one… well, there are a lot of moving parts. I’m certainly no fortune teller and any number of things could impact my best guesses.  At any rate (pun very much intended), I’ll give you my thoughts as of now about what to expect with the Miami real estate market for the upcoming year. Will Housing Prices Go Up or Down? The next several months will be different, a “back to normal” market, but that doesn’t mean a loss of all the gains we have seen over the pandemic price surge. In fact, in most areas of Miami prior to 2019, I would say we were undervalued from a global perspective as […]
December 14, 2022

Looking to Build New? 5 Things to Consider when Looking for Land

Building a new home from the ground up is a wonderful opportunity to create your dream home. Of course, finding the right location is at least half of the challenge. Shopping for land is a very different experience from being in the resale or pre-built housing market. This is far from a comprehensive list of things to consider, but it’s a good start to prepare you for the market. Location, Location, Location Searching for the right location to build a home is a bit different than finding a home in a desirable location. When you’re shopping for a house so much of what makes a location attractive is related to the existing homes and infrastructure. If you want to build […]
December 13, 2022

4 Signs To Know it’s Time to Stop Renting and Consider Buying Property

Have you been casually browsing houses for sale lately? When you find yourself daydreaming about buying a home it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement. As much as we absolutely want to help you find a home to buy, we also want to help you make sure it’s the right time for you. We want all our buyers to go into their purchase with confidence.  In a Good Financial Position You’ll need to have enough cash saved up for a down payment. 20% of the purchase price is the rule of thumb (though there are many exceptions) and a good amount to plan for. You’ll also need some savings set aside to pay for necessary repairs as they […]
November 15, 2022

Interest Rates are Up: What Does this Mean for You?

With all the talk of interest rates and federal interest rate hikes in the news, it makes sense to talk about it and how it impacts our daily lives. Being in the real estate business means these rate changes are something I monitor all the time – even when it’s not making the news. However, it does have a much farther-reaching impact on almost everyone. What Exactly IS the Federal Interest Rate? First, let’s address what it’s not. The Federal Interest Rate is not the rate consumers pay, though it does indirectly affect consumer rates. The U.S. Central Bank sets the Federal Interest Rate which is the rate at which bank-to-bank transactions are made. Every other interest rate in the […]
October 18, 2022

Why Miami’s Single-Family Market and Condo Market Should Be Looked at Separately

If you’re a long-time resident of Miami, you already know that Snowbirds used to be a larger segment of the population, but still exist. We also have a unique housing market largely due to our status as an international city that draws investors from around the world.  Because of these factors, it’s important to evaluate the real estate market in Miami based on the specific type of property and neighborhood you’re looking to buy, rather than as an entire aggregate. What do Snow and Birds Have to Do with the Condo Market in Miami? “Snowbird” is a term used for the part-time residents of Miami who own property – usually condos – but only occupy them during the winter months […]
September 27, 2022

4 Considerations When Buying Your First Home in Miami

A Home’s Location in Miami  You’ve heard it before – location, location, location! The question is which location factors are most important for you and your family? Let’s go over a few.  School districts are likely at the top of your list if you have children, but even if you don’t, it should still be a consideration. Desirable school districts drive prices into higher brackets which might be a deterrent on the buying end, but it will also give you an opportunity for higher resale value later.  Proximity to grocery stores, shopping centers, outdoor activities like biking trails or marinas, and other public use spaces is also good to keep in mind. A neighborhood close enough to access these amenities easily, […]
September 13, 2022

Fall 2022 Coral Gables State of the Market

As we move into the fall of 2022, the Coral Gables market is continuing to trend upward. Fall of 2021 into winter of 2022 saw pricing swings in both directions. However, we are back on the steady upward track we were seeing for much of last summer.  The median sale price in the area is $950K, which is up 8.6% year over year. Homes are being sold in about 32 days on the market compared to 63 days during this same period last year. The number of homes sold, however, is down 35.4%: 104 homes were sold in June of this year, while it was 161 in June of 2021.  What Does It All Mean? The data suggests we are […]