HOME BUYING INFORMATION

June 8, 2021

State of the Market: Summer 2021

COVID-19, for all the woes it has brought the world, has been a massive accelerator in the South Florida real estate market. Across the country many markets have seen record breaking numbers since the pandemic struck. Florida was near the top of the list with one of the hottest single-family homes and condo markets in the country. With any strong boom, investors and homeowners alike always suspect that a crash is not far off. So, are we nearing that crash? Not a chance. Real estate numbers All the numbers and the data are pointing to a continued strong market and 2021 might be one of the biggest years Florida has ever seen. To put things in perspective, the population is […]
April 20, 2021

Move-In Ready vs. Fixer-Upper: Which Home Purchase Is Right For You

Buying a home is one of the biggest life decisions you will ever make. And for most people it’s the biggest financial decision as well. If you’re at this stage, you’re ready to make this decision, or at least begin the process. At this stage a lot of people are also asking themselves the question: should I buy a fixer-upper or a move-in ready home? It’s a great question. One that doesn’t necessarily have one black and white answer. The truth is, very few homes are going to be perfect from the get-go. They’ll require your personal touch, maybe some paint and TLC and all the furnishings and décor that make a home. But some houses are going to need […]
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 […]
December 22, 2020

Gearing Up for a New Year: Buying and Selling in 2021

When the pandemic hit earlier this year, the world was on edge as we all clung to see what might come next. For real estate, the results have remained very good despite the roller coaster we’re all riding in this pandemic. Homes continued to sell consistently during the spring and early summer months, even if it was at a slightly slower rate than before the pandemic, and as late summer and fall rolled around, buyers continued to face stiff competition for the relatively reduced home inventory on the market. As we look ahead to what 2021 may bring, much is still up in the air (after all, a year ago none of us could have predicted the impact COVID-19 was […]