real estate

October 20, 2020

Downsizing? What to Look For in a Smaller Space.

Owning a home is a major responsibility, and the bigger the home, the more work there is to do. If you’ve decided the time has come in your life to downsize properties, the list of decisions to make may feel just as big, but let’s break it down into some manageable areas to consider. Location – With the COVID-19 pandemic, our lives have all been brought home. And when we haven’t been staying within the walls of our homes, the areas we are exploring are those closest to home. We’ve come to value even more those amenities that are close, walkable, and make our communities feel the way they do. Likewise, when considering options for downsizing, location should remain a […]
October 13, 2020

Flood Zones in Miami are Changing. What Areas Are Most Affected?

We’re not giving away any spoiler alerts here when we tell you that living in Miami comes with risk – risk for flooding, risk for storms, and risk for whatever else Mother Nature wants to throw our way. Already roughly 30 percent of properties in Miami-Dade County fall into a flood risk category, and that percentage is expected to increase nearly 10 percent within the next 30 years, according to data from First Street Foundation, a non-profit organization that assesses flood risk across America. While FEMA has historically been the go-to for assessing flood zone risk, the organization has been criticized for its inability to keep maps accurate amid increasingly changing levels of risk as sea levels rise and climate […]
October 6, 2020

Should School Districts Still Matter When Buying a Home During COVID? Yes.

Talk to nearly any homebuyer, and you can bet the topic of school districts will come up as a component of their search. Why? Whether you have school-age kids or not, the quality of education within a school district has historically had a significant impact on the value of homes within a given neighborhood, and that has certainly not changed today – even in an era when families have become increasingly concerned about the health and safety of sending their children into public school systems during COVID-19. Better home or better school? In many people’s minds, there is a dichotomy set up that makes them believe they have to pick just one: good school or good home. The reality is, […]
September 22, 2020

What Millennials Need to Know About Buying a Home

Millennial home buyers have grown to make up the largest group of home buyers in the US, but they haven’t had it easy. Facing a highly competitive real estate market for the past several years and one that shows no signs of slowing down despite the pandemic, Millennials have had to forge a new path to homeownership that enables them for weather financial crises and economic insecurity while also being able to emotionally withstand bidding wars on the limited selection of their favorite properties. If you’re a Millennial home buyer looking to fulfill your homeownership dream, here are a few important things to know before diving in: Save, save, save – Mortgage rates are unbeatably low, but it’s still important […]
September 8, 2020

Top Tips for Moving During the Pandemic

There is continued good news for South Florida home buyers and sellers despite the uncertainty that continues to swirl amid the COVID-19 global pandemic. While many parts of our economy have taken a hit, in the Florida real estate market, we’ve seen very little slow-down. Home prices are maintaining their values, mortgage rates are at record lows, and buyers and sellers are adapting to new, socially distant ways of buying and selling. This is good news, indeed. But if you’re like others looking to buy and sell during this time of uncharted territory, you will also be faced with the challenge of moving during the pandemic (as if home buying weren’t stressful enough, right?). While moving homes is always a […]
September 1, 2020

Craving Something New for Dinner? Your Best Bets for Take-Out in Coral Gables

Social distancing at home does not have to mean distancing yourself from great food. And fortunately in Coral Gables, we’ve got plenty of top-notch restaurants offering you the best-of-the-best when it comes to take-out options. With seamless ordering systems and slick pick-up options, you’ll be on your way to adding take-out to your meal rotation even more frequently. Threefold Café – Not just for breakfast, Threefold Café serves up fan-favorites like monkey bread, savory smashed avocado, coffee and eggs as well as ready-to-cook family meals, groceries, and all the deliciousness you could ask for. Bulla Gastrobar – Enjoy the flavors of Spain from the comfort of your home when you order from Bulla. Check out their “To-Go” menus for specials on Bulla […]
August 25, 2020

Tips for Finding the Right Realtor for You

For most things in life, we turn to experts to help us navigate the intricacies of whatever challenge we’re up against. If we have health questions, we turn to a qualified medical professional, if we have finance questions, we talk to a financial advisor. The same is true for real estate. Since most of us don’t go around buying and selling houses every day, we turn to someone who does. And like all things in life, there is more than one person who excels in their given profession. So the question then becomes, how do you find the right person to help you? With so many qualified professionals, it can feel overwhelming to even know where to start. Here are […]
August 18, 2020

Pinecrest Featured Listings

The Village of Pinecrest is one of the most beautiful residential areas in South Florida and is known the world-over for its excellent schools and enviable location. If you’re curious about what homes Pinecrest have to offer, take a look at a few of these featured listings and then get in touch to schedule a showing. Featured listings in Pinecrest 7515 SW 122nd St – You’ll be wowed from the moment you drive up to this 7-bedroom, 6.5 bath residence with impressive double-entry doors, volume ceilings, and marble staircase. While the home itself is gorgeous and pristine, the serene and private gardens will simply take your breath away. The 5,875 square-foot home is listed at $2,650,000.     5801 SW […]
August 11, 2020

Ready to Buy? 5 Things to Know Before You Start Your House Hunt

Embarking on a house-hunting journey is a momentous occasion and one that many of us do only a handful (or fewer) times in our life. As exciting as it is, however, it can also come with a dose of trepidation given the large financial commitment that comes with making a home purchase and the mounting pressure you may feel to find “the one.” Rest assured, you will find your perfect home, but before you get too far into the process, it’s helpful to step back and consider some of the big-picture visions you have for your future as well as have a solid understanding of your finances. Important Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy What’s motivating your move? Consider […]