Miami, FL Real Estate News

By Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
(Majestic Properties)
Do we really need another shopping center in Miami? My answer will always be ABSOLUTELY!!  There are never enough places to shop. The Shops at Mid-town were created as the retail component of the Mid-town Miami project which is known for its "city-within-a-city" concept. So I have to admit that at first I thought the location was pretty scary, but when I heard that West Elm was going to open a store there I was thrilled.  I have been buying West Elm furniture through a catalogue for years and could not wait to walk into a store.You will find several big chain stores like Target, Marshalls, PetSmart, Linens-n-Things, Circuit City as well as other smaller specialty retailers - there are over 600,000 square feet of retail space!I visited the other day and the smaller stores are still empty...
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By Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101, GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(eXp Realty LLC)
Dear John, Please don't hate me for what I'm about to say.  I'm sorry to have to tell you this.  But.....I'm leaving you. Please don't be hurt.  Let me explain. While you were trying to get more for your house than it is worth, I met someone else.  His name is Appropriately.  Appropriately is thoughtful and listens when I make price suggestions.  Approriately is kind and understands that I have his best interest at heart.  Dare I say that Appropriately is also sweet on me....he really likes me!  He values my opinion.  I could tell by the way he didn't argue when I suggested we list his home right below the lowest ones in the subdivision.  Appropriately doesn't suffer from delusions of grandeur and throw his faux cherrywood cabinets and granite countertops in my face. He would never do t...
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By Mold Detection Services and IAQ Testing Company
(Mold Detection Services, Inc.)
http://www.mold-testing-services.com/          305.571.2280Mold Detection Services, Inc. of South Florida, will test or sample for mold in homes, apartments, workplaces, commercial properties, boats, and anywhere else mold grows. Indoor Air Quality, Bulk, Swab, Bio Tape and Environmental Sample results are generated with in 24 - 48 hours. A certified Indoor Environmentalist, utilizing the best equipment available in the industry (Infrared Cameras, Laser Particle Counters, Etc.), will carry out every inspection. We use only digital calibrated, custom made indoor air quality testing pumps to insure you receive only accurate results. Consequently, our clients will receive the highest quality service. Our inspection services include a thorough inspection (utilizing Infared Thermal Imaging, ...
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By Mold Detection Services and IAQ Testing Company
(Mold Detection Services, Inc.)
With all the heavy rains now returning to South Florida, it is very important to make sure your inspection company uses Infrared Technology to detect leaks for your property. FLIR INFRARED CAMERA INSPECTIONS by MOLD DETECTION SERVICES, INC.  305.571.2280Mold Inspections performed with a simple Protimeter Moisture Meter is not going to cut it when it comes to complex water intrusion situations. A protimeter should only be used to confirm the percentage of moisture present in a particular area.   Only Use A Certified Mold Inspection & Testing Company With The Top Equipment! We offer the best Infrared Inspection Services in South Florida.   866.654.6653
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By Mold Detection Services and IAQ Testing Company
(Mold Detection Services, Inc.)
With all the heavy rains now returning to South Florida, it is very important to make sure your inspection company uses Infrared Technology to detect leaks for your property. FLIR INFRARED CAMERA INSPECTIONS by MOLD DETECTION SERVICES, INC.  305.571.2280Mold Inspections performed with a simple Protimeter Moisture Meter is not going to cut it when it comes to complex water intrusion situations. A protimeter should only be used to confirm the percentage of moisture present in a particular area.   Only Use A Certified Mold Inspection & Testing Company With The Top Equipment! We offer the best Infrared Inspection Services in South Florida.   866.654.6653
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By Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101, GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(eXp Realty LLC)
This post was inspired by a post of Maureen Staccato's. No, I am not being facetious.  I really want to know.  Why am I asking something that may seem obvious to most?  Well, here in Florida you don't need to speak English to get your real estate license.  You can take the class in Spanish.  You can take the test in Spanish.  You can speak Spanish to your customers.  You can use a Spanish sale and purchase contract.  But is this beneficial to the consumer? Before I get someone thinking that I am bashing Spanish, let me spell it out clearly: I am not.  I am Latina, born in Cuba.  I speak Spanish fluently.  Hablo Español perfectamente bien.  I have customers who prefer to speak Spanish and we do.  But I use the English documents since not everyone involved in the transaction may understan...
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By Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
(Majestic Properties)
Richard Meier is a very well known and respected architect internationally.  There are tons of books, publications and articles written about him and his buildings have become landmarks all over the world.  When I think of Richard Meier I think of serene white buildings that reflect our modern times, buildings that are true to themselves, monuments in a landscape.  "Richard Meier & Partners aims to deliver thoughtful, original and contemporary architecture that conveys a sense of humanism and purpose while fulfilling programmatic requirements"Some of my favorite projects include The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, The Weishaupt Forum, The High Museum of Art and my all time favorite, The Atheneum.In Miami, we are now fortunate to have one of Richard Meier's projects, The Beach Hous...
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By Ray Sanchez
(Windstorm Consultant)
SAVE UP TO 40% ON PROPERTY INSURANCEWind Mitigation Inspections are a valuable inspection service that may reduce your windstorm insurance.Insurance discounts are available for building features that reduce damage during high wind events. The discounts are justified because stronger, more wind-resistive structures have lower windstorm losses, which mean reduced costs to insurance companies.Most existing structures have one or more wind resistive construction features and may qualify for some insurance discounts.
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By Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
(Majestic Properties)
Para todos aquellos que buscan agentes de bienes raíces en Miami, dedicados a dar buen servicio profesional y personal, Enrique y yo los podemos ayudar.Miami es una ciudad Internacional donde a veces es fácil conseguir profesionales que hablan español, pero otras veces no.   Nosotros nos dedicamos a ayudar a clientes Hispanos residentes y también extranjeros.  Trabajamos con inversionistas de muchos países y nos encargamos de todos los detalles de compra y venta. encontramos propiedadespreparamos contratos para la compra y ventapresentamos y negociamos esos contratos manejamos la transaccióncoordinamos inspecciones y avaluos nos mantenemos al tanto de todos los detalles de compra y venta comunicamos todos esos detalles a nuestros clientes coordinamos las fechas de cierre entre prestamis...
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By Janie Coffey, Uniting Extraordinary Homes w/ Extraordinary Lives
(First Coast Sotheby’s International Realty)
All over the country wildfires are raging.  To some this might be scary, a novelty, interesting or bizarre.  Here in South Florida, it is a seasonal thing.  Every year, in varying degrees, wildfires break out in the Everglades due to the dryness and the natural cycles of the environment here, some of the fires are natural occurrences,clearing out underbrush and allowing the Everglades to grow better, and some of the are due to man's carelessness.  Most Miamian's, even as far East as Miami Beach, know when the Glades are on fire as a thick gray smoke rolls across the land and settles in.   The smoke can be so bad that we have advisories on the news warning people to stay indoors if they have sensitive lungs, athsma, etc.Here's a weather description from www.Wunderground.com -            ...
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By Janie Coffey, Uniting Extraordinary Homes w/ Extraordinary Lives
(First Coast Sotheby’s International Realty)
Tax Strategies for Horse Property Sellers  Many, if not most of us, know about the capital gains savings that homeowners can benefit from when selling their primary residence.  If the homeowner has occupied the residence for at least two of the previous five yeas, they can exclude up to $250,000 in capital gains from the profit of the sale for single persons or $500,000 for married persons.  This does NOT mean that you must OWN the home for five years, just live in it for at least two of the previous five years.  This also does NOT mean that the capital gain is on the SALE price, it is on the gain.  Your tax accountant can help you determine your gain, but is roughly the selling price less the purchase price PLUS any improvements.  There are many details to determining this and your ac...
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By Investor Realty Group, Local Expertise with a Global Reach
(Investor Realty Group, LLC)
The article "In Florida, a Home Market Still in Flux" was written by Ernest Beck."Property auctions may provide a way for sellers to recoup some, but usually not all, of their investment..." 
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By Mold Detection Services and IAQ Testing Company
(Mold Detection Services, Inc.)
Mold Detection Services offer mold consulting services that will help you through your mold problems from start to finish. We will not perform the remediation because that would be a conflict of interest, however we will make sure the company you hire gets the job done right! Our Certified Mold Clearance Testing and Post RemediationInspection Services will protect you.We offer Infrared Camera inspections, Laser Particle Counter inspections, Fiber Optics and many other options for you mold inspection needs. We even have certified Mold Dogs for the really hard cases no humans can figure out.Don't be fooled by all the new fly by night companies sprouting up each day claiming to understand mold. The mold inspetors that are running their business out of their garage carry no insurance and ar...
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By Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101, GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(eXp Realty LLC)
I love living and selling real estate in the Miami Redlands.  And while there are great places to eat in the Redlands, and I will post about them, I am not posting about a place that is right in the Redlands right now.  Latin American Cafeteria has several locations throughout Miami.  The closest one to the Redlands is the one on Eureka Drive (Just a few minutes east at 11370 SW 184th Street).  I still can't figure out if all the Miami Latin American restaurants have the same owner or are even related, but the two I've eaten at (this one and the one on Sunset) seem to have the same menu and generally the same atmosphere.  It's a no-frills type of place with a large counter and tables.  Fill your tummy quickly and pretty cheaply. If you're ever visiting Miami, make sure you stop at a Lat...
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By Investor Realty Group, Local Expertise with a Global Reach
(Investor Realty Group, LLC)
 In today's ever changing real estate marketplace, Auctions have become an increasingly viable solution to buy and sell real estate. Auctions offer numerous benefits for Sellers, Buyers and Developers... For the Seller, these benefits can include:Provides a proactive alternative to traditional selling methodsChoosing an acceptable selling price.Accelerated and enhanced marketing that stands out and attracts potential buyersCreating a energetic environment and marketplace that encourages potential buyers to bidChoosing your date of saleReceiving numerous bids from pre qualified/pre approved buyers.Satisfies need to sell quicklyEliminates drawn out and often tricky negotiationsCreates an environment for "Getting the deal done!" Visit my website or call to know more!Thank you.
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By Investor Realty Group, Local Expertise with a Global Reach
(Investor Realty Group, LLC)
Real Estate Auction, July 28th 2007 - Ft Lauderdale Airport Hilton (I95) . Motivated Sellers · Stagnant Listings · Commission paid by Buyer · Up to 3% commission to Broker/Agent · Sold "As Is" · Multiple offers through bidding process · Closing 30-45 days   • Intensive marketing campaign Do you have listings that represent motivated sellers and no buyers or offers?I am a Licensed Real Estate Broker and Licensed Auctioneer(AU3595), who understands the challenges that we face in today 's real estate market.I am seeking partnerships with Brokers/Agents to work together with that will enable customers the opportunity to sell their properties utilizing the competitive bidding process. The upcoming Real Estate Auction will be heavily promoted/advertised and properties will be spotlighted to m...
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By Janie Coffey, Uniting Extraordinary Homes w/ Extraordinary Lives
(First Coast Sotheby’s International Realty)
We live on the edge of the Everglades, really the edge... (if you look at the map of the Everglades linked to the left, we are just North of Chekika just South of US 41)  walk about 300 feet up the road and there you are, prarie and hammocks of the Everglades Park, (per Websters - a hammock is a fertile area in the southern United States and especially Florida that is usually higher than its surroundings and that is characterized by hardwood vegetation and deep humus-rich soil)... At night, after the mooing of the cows going home for the night or the whinny of the occasional stallion, things are pretty quite here.  The other night however, late into the night, the dogs started to bark, and bark...and bark.  The neighbors dogs were barking, our dogs were barking, we couldn't sleep.  My h...
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By Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101, GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(eXp Realty LLC)
On Sunday, May 13, 2007, Mother's Day, Miami Mothers can get a free breakfast entree at participating McDonald's Restaurants.  This promotion is probably taking place throughout the continental United States but I'll let your local REALTOR® let you know if you're not in Miami.     Mothers must be accompanied by a child in order to qualify for the free breakfast.  Now we all know you're not going to let the poor kid go hungry but it's still a pretty neat thing McDonald's is doing.  The breakfast you do pay for shouldn't cost you more than 3 times the free one.  =) Free breakfast is available only during regular breakfast hours and only on Mother's Day 2007.
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By Janie Coffey, Uniting Extraordinary Homes w/ Extraordinary Lives
(First Coast Sotheby’s International Realty)
The possibilities to enjoy your horse in Florida are almost endless.... There is almost an endless list of ways you can have fun with your horse(s).  No matter what your lifestyle, budget, etc, you will find something that you enjoy.  Due to the wonderful year-round pleasant weather, we can enjoy our horses in all seasons in Florida.  Many disciplines cross over one another, you do not need to do just one.  Follow the links to connect with other people in your area and enjoy! Trail Rides and Camping Dressage Jumping Hunter/Jumper Eventing Rodeo Paso Fino Polo  Steeplechase  Arabian Endurance Reining Natural Horsemanship  Vaulting When selecting your horse property, the type of riding that you do (or intend to do) is important because it will dictate many aspects of your land layout and ...
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By Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101, GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
(eXp Realty LLC)
My friend Gwendolyn graduated with high honors today.  Today she achieved a dream she has had for many years.  She's not one to rest on her laurels.  She's now working on the next one. I met Gwendolyn a few years ago at church.  She had just moved to Miami from Trinidad & Tobago.  I would see her walking to church with a smile on her face.  Considering that almost everyone drives in Miami, that smile was worth more than most.  Gwendolyn has no car.  She takes the bus everywhere, including to the senior home where she would volunteer regularly, as well as school and work.  Anyone who has ever had to wait for a bus in the Miami heat can tell you it's no fun.  But I've never heard Gwendolyn complain about it. Gwendolyn has 4 grown kids back home.  She misses them terribly and hopes to be a...
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