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Sept. 16, 2021

Miami Home Sales are Primarily Cash Sales

Buying and selling Miami real estate is a luxury all on its own, whether you’re buying a new house to call home, looking for a vacation rental or investment property, or you’re ready to sell your home and move on to your next grand adventure, Miami Real Estate is often full of cash sales. Unlike other areas in the country, Miami sees the most cash sales year-round, a huge perk for many sellers as well as buyers. So, what are the reasons that so many buyers and sellers prefer cash sales?

 

Related: Does Writing a Letter Really Help You Buy a House?

 

Less Contingencies

 

Seller’s love all cash offers for many reasons, however one of the main ones is simply the lack of contingencies that are often tied with an all-cash offer. All cash offers are generally ready to purchase the home as is, and the offer is generally free of contingencies making the sale of the home quite simple for the seller. Additionally, these offers also generally require no seller credits or repairs prior to the sale. 

 

Lower Price 

 

When offering an all-cash offer, oftentimes, buyers are able to secure real estate for less than if someone had offered to purchase the home through traditional financing, making all cash sales extremely appealing to buyers who are hoping to purchase real estate in a more affordable price range.

 

Miami Home Sales are Primarily Cash SalesNo Credit Checks

 

This may sound like a red flag; however, this is a huge pro for buyers. Whether for foreign buyers who are looking to purchase a home and start a new life and unfortunately haven’t been able to build up credit yet, or for those who have poor credit scores but have saved up to purchase a home outright.

 

Related: What Housing Styles are the Most Popular in Miami?

 

The last three years have seen a peak in all cash sales in the Miami market, and with the seller’s market continuing to show no signs of slowing, all cash sales are at an all-time high which can make the Miami market even more competitive than other surrounding areas, adding yet another reason to why choosing the right Miami Real Estate Agent is key in securing your perfect Miami home. While all-cash offers are out there, it doesn’t always mean that they’re the best offer for each seller, and likewise, if you plan on purchasing with cash you may still find an uphill battle to purchase a home. So, whether you’re hoping to purchase a home with traditional financing or an all-cash offer, trust your local agent to help you find the home of your dreams. 

 

If you’re currently searching for a new home, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified and local seller’s agent, or if you have any questions regarding Miami Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time. 

Posted in Miami Real Estate
Sept. 8, 2021

What Housing Styles are the Most Popular in Miami?

What Housing Styles are the Most Popular in Miami?

Miami is easily home to some of the most luxurious waterfront homes and estates in the nation, however, it isn’t just the expansive mansions that are popular in the area and many other styles of homes seem to grab buyer’s attention in the Miami real estate market. 

 

Related: Everything You Need to Know About Living in a Tourist City

 

Bungalows

 

Bungalows are among some of the most popular housing in Miami, their small cottage like feel ensures that you feel cozy at home, often accompanied by large verandas and patios, bungalows are the perfect place to enjoy cohesive indoor and outdoor living. 

 

Mission-Style Homes

 

Wildly popular in areas with warmer climates, mission style homes are known for their smooth stucco walls as well as their tile roofing. Often design features such as front courtyards or high arches and walkways are added into the architecture for a true Spanish feel. 

 

Conch Homes

 

Also referred to as “beach houses” or “tropical homes” Conch homes are inspired with tropical sensibilities and often are painted in pastels as well as bold colors to boost vibrancy. The architecture is often referred to as a Victorian feel while still boasting the hints of tropical colors and finishes that make Conch homes perfect for tropical climates and areas. 

 

Related: What Makes Miami so Special?

 

What Housing Styles are the Most Popular in Miami?Mediterranean Revival

 

Often these homes are blended with Mission-Style homes, however, there are a few differences that separate the two styles. Mediterranean Revival homes are often larger than Mission-Style homes and boast the same archways, with more focus on outdoor living spaces as well as wrought iron details throughout both the interior and exterior of the home. 

 

Luxury Condos

 

As with most large cities, luxury condos that boast expansive floorplans, water views, and proximity to some of the city’s best dining, shopping, and entertainment venues remain popular among both first-time homebuyers as well as those looking to upgrade, downsize, etc. as luxury condos can be found in a large range of sizes and budgets, making them versatile in the Miami market. 

 

Related: Buying a Luxury House Vs. Luxury Condo

 

Regardless of the home style that interests you the most, Miami is home to some of the most stunning real estate in the country, whether you’re looking for a high-rise condo that boasts views of the ocean, a small beach bungalow near the beach, or an expansive mission-style home with plenty of space to entertain guests outdoors, Miami has it all. 

 

If you’re currently searching for a new home, regardless of style, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified, local seller’s agent to assist you, or if you have any further questions regarding Miami Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time. 

Posted in Miami Real Estate
Sept. 1, 2021

The Rainy Season is Almost Over in Miami!

The Rainy Season is Almost Over in Miami!

When thinking of Miami, you may be thinking of the long stretches of sandy beaches, nightlife or nearby amusements parks, however, Miami’s rainy season generally isn’t something that comes to mind when thinking of the tourist destination. Miami does indeed have a rainy season, with the most rainfall being between the months of May-September, which means, it’s almost over! 

 

It isn’t uncommon for Miami to have bright sunny skies in the mornings, a huge rainstorm in the afternoon, and then clear skies again by dinner. While many locals are used to the weather “mood swings” tourists are often surprised to see the common mid-day downpours that sweep through the city. While Miami is a hot spot for tourists year-round, summer months as well as the “dry” season are two of the most common times to see tourists flock to the city. 

 

Related: Everything You Need to Know About Living in a Tourist City

 

The Rainy Season is Almost Over in Miami! As we enter into the Holiday Season, with the weather starting to shift, Miami is likely to see many new travelers who are hoping to enjoy the many Miami tourist attractions without the high risk of getting caught in the common mid-day rainstorms. With the weather drying, many people often wonder if that will mean that the weather is going to cool down as well, making some of Miami’s most famous attractions, such as the miles of powdery beaches, less enjoyable. Luckily, Miami is known for having warm weather year-round, meaning even in the drier winter months, you can still enjoy all that Miami has to offer. 

 

With average highs over the next few months still in the low to mid 80’s, it’s easy to see why so many locals as well as tourists choose to get out and explore the city of Miami over the Holidays, whether with a weekend staycation at the beach, family get togethers, or family vacations exploring the many nearby theme parks and destinations, Miami is a hot spot for travel year-round.

 

Related: What Makes Miami so Special?

 

Whether you call Miami home and looking forward to enjoying a day without bringing your umbrella, or you’re a tourist planning your next vacation, Miami is a great city to explore and there is something extra special about exploring Miami over the next few months as the skies stay clear and the sun stays out. 

 

If you’re currently searching for a new home, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified Miami seller’s agent, or if you have any questions regarding Miami Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time. 

Posted in Miami Real Estate
Aug. 25, 2021

Everything You Need to Know About Living in a Tourist City

living in miami

For some, tourist destinations aren’t just vacations stops and many locals call the area home. This couldn’t be truer for the vibrant city of Miami, and while the streets and beaches are often filled with tourists and vacationers, the locals in Miami have found ways to navigate the often-busy city to get the most out of their “vacation living.” Whether you’re new to the area or looking for new tips to enjoy the place you’ve chosen to call home, these key points are easy ways to embrace Miami living. 

 

Weekend Work 

Oftentimes, working the weekends is something that many people see as a downfall, however, many Miami residents prefer it. Why? To put it simply, most vacationers and tourists will plan their Miami vacation over a weekend, making the weekends in the city far busier than weekdays, and with Miami being such a tourist destination, activities and events can be found running on all days of the week, allowing even those with weekend work to enjoy all the city has to offer, with a few less crowds. 

 

Miami BeachesEmbrace Traffic 

As with all large cities, traffic is inevitable. In the sea of taxis and Ubers, you’ll see many locals choosing to commute either on foot or on bike. Not only does this allow you to enjoy some fresh air, but you might even make better time using alternative transportation means, so if you’re planning on moving to Miami, time to invest in some good shoes and a new bike! 

 

Related: Miami Transportation by Foot, Bike, and Public Transportation

 

Support Local 

Sadly, in today’s economy there aren’t very many “mom and pop” stores lining the streets any longer, especially in tourist destinations as the high traffic has brough in many investors and restaurant chains looking to expand. Due to this, locals take great pride in supporting the smaller family-owned businesses, so instead of heading to a restaurant chain, many choose to find the little hole in the wall eateries where they can not only support a family, but also feel like part of it. 

 

Related: Eating Your Way Through Miami

 

With a city as busy as Miami, it’s often hard to remember to take a break from the hustle and bustle and relax. Amongst the events and go-go-go attitude, make sure to take time to refresh, after all, when you call a city like Miami home, you have all the time in the world to explore and enjoy all aspects of, home. 

 

If you’re currently searching for a new home, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified seller’s agent, or if you have any questions regarding Miami Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time. 

Posted in Miami Real Estate
Aug. 20, 2021

Miami Transportation by Foot, Bike and Public Transportation

miami transportation

As with many metropolitan cities around the globe, Miami transportation is a must for both locals and tourists, and luckily the city provides a plethora of transportation options. 

 

By Foot 

While certain areas of Miami will differ, Miami as a whole has received exceptionally high walkability ratings and is currently the 5th most walkable city within the United States. The walkability score within city is 78, which allows for a nice stroll to grab a morning coffee, a walk along the beach, or even a walk to work. Many argue that within the heart of downtown Miami, the best transportation is on food, making walking a great option for those who call the city home. 

 

Related: What Makes Miami so Special?

 

miami transportationBy Bike

The Bike score within Miami has received a score of 60, which is quite high for a downtown area. While many people who call downtown home, may now own their own bike, the city also uses CitiBikes, which gives the option of biking to all Miami residents. With CitiBikes found throughout the city, biking is an extremely common means of Miami Transportation for both locals as well as tourists looking to explore. 

 

Public Transportation

Miami Transportation can be easily attained by one of the many public transportation options the city offers. Whether you take a ride on the Metrobus, Metrorail, or the Metromover, the Miami-Dade County operates a great public transportation system that allows you to easily travel through Downtown Miami as well as visit Miami Beaches. The public transportation within Miami has received a score of 59, which is above average in the U.S.

 

Whether you’re visiting the city of Miami and are looking for the best ways to explore the city, just moved to the area and are searching for the best commuting options, or are simply a local looking at different ways to visit your favorites shops and restaurants, Miami Transportation is among some of the best. 

 

Related: Exploring Downtown Miami in 24 Hours

 

If you’re currently searching for a new home, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified seller’s agent, or if you have any questions regarding Miami Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time. 

Posted in Miami Real Estate
Aug. 11, 2021

Does Writing a Letter Really Help You Buy a House?

buying a house

Writing letters to seller’s has often been the number one go-to if you’re hoping to seal the deal. Tugging at the homeowner’s heart strings, or simply letting them know what you love about their home and how you hope to enjoy it can often be just what you need for your offer to look more appealing than others. While this is still true in some instances, unfortunately in recent months letters haven’t proven to be as successful as they once were. 

 

Because of the near nationwide seller’s market, many sellers are simply becoming overwhelmed with the number of offers that they are receiving, and thus, reading letters is an extra step when sifting and sorting through offers that can unfortunately cause extra stress amongst sellers. While there is nothing wrong with submitting a letter with your offer, the last few years have changed things when it comes to submitting a letter and has caused them to be less effective as they once were. 

 

Related: 3 Tips For Buying in a Seller’s Market

 

buying a houseUltimately, it is up to the seller’s discretion on if they choose to read the cover letters of not, as they are not required to read them at all. In past years it was frowned upon to not read the letters as they were essentially a part of the offer, however people felt as if the letters were an unfair advantage as many families with young children were often chosen over singles etc. which could end up leading to a discrimination issue, even if that wasn’t the intent. 

 

Due to this fear of potential, unintended, discrimination, many sellers in recent years have chosen to forego reading letters when submitted with offers, to ensure that they are making their decisions without and bias or discriminatory claims, even if that was far from their intent. Many agents will still tell buyers to submit a letter, simply to try and pull out all the stops, but often will warn their clients that it won’t necessarily seal the deal or give you a leg up as it once may have. 

 

Related: First Time Homebuyer, 7 Keys to Success

 

If you do choose to write a letter to the sellers, it is recommended that you simply try to highlight features within the home that you enjoy vs. painting a picture of what your family could look like within the home as this removes the unintended idea of discrimination. For example, if the home boasts a large expansive kitchen, instead of mentioning how you can see your kids sitting at the bar and chatting with you while you cook dinner, compliment the size of the kitchen, and share your excitement to have the space to host parties and entertain guests. 

 

If you’re currently searching for a new home, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified seller’s agent, or if you have any questions regarding Miami Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time. 

Posted in Miami Real Estate
Aug. 3, 2021

Pruning Your Palm Trees, What You Need to Know

pruning palm trees

Oftentimes when thinking of tropical landscape one thing that is thought of is palm trees. While palm trees do indeed have some tropical aspects to them, they do require specific care and landscaping to keep them looking their best. If you’ve ever seen a palm tree that hasn’t been trimmed or cut down, they aren’t the most appealing foliage, however, with the right care and maintenance you can enjoy the swaying trees in the beautiful Florida breeze. 

 

First and foremost, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is over pruning. There are a few reasons that over pruning can cause issues with your palm trees. As with any tree, pruning can make your plants/trees susceptible to a long list of pests and diseases that can easily penetrate the trunk and “lifeline” of the plant and could ultimately end in removing the diseased plant completely.

 

One of the easiest ways to keep your trees healthy is to make sure that you avoid trimming any fronds that still are still green in any way. Only dead, dry, brown fronds should be cut and pruned when at all possible.  Once you feel it’s time to prune your trees, first and foremost it is always important to make sure that you can conduct the pruning safely, and if you aren’t, consider hiring a landscaping professional to help assist you with the job. If you’re pruning on your own, try following these simple steps: 

 

Related: Balcony Gardens

 

  1. pruning pam treesExamine: As tempting as it may be, try not to cut yellowing fronds as these are nourishing the tree before they die, locate any brown and dry fronds to prep for removal.
  2. Plan: As mentioned above, over pruning is a big no no. In addition to potentially causing health issues for your tree, in many areas it is illegal to over prune a palm tree or give them a “hurricane cut.” When pruning, make sure to know the laws within your specific area.
  3. Prune: Time to cut! A few things to keep in mind: always prune from top to bottom, keep the cuts roughly 2 inches from the tree trunk, and only prune the lower branches to help avoid any accidental over pruning. Additionally, always make sure to sterilize your tools prior to use to help avoid infecting your tree with disease and wear gloves as many insects, spiders, scorpions, as well as thorns often call palm trees home.

 

 

Related: Turtle Nesting Season is Upon Us

 

Now that you’ve given your palm a little bit of love, it’s time to enjoy their tropical beauty. When cleaning up, make sure that any fruit or seeds that may have fell during pruning are cleaned up as these could attract pests that could then infest your tree. 

 

If you’re currently searching for a new home, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified seller’s agent, or if you have any questions regarding Miami Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time. 

July 30, 2021

What Makes Miami so Special?

There is just something about Miami that makes people let out a big “ahhh.” Whether it’s the salty ocean air, the swaying palm trees in the coastal breeze, the culture, or the crashing waves, it’s no secret that locals love calling Miami home and tourists come back time and time again. While we can’t seem to pinpoint just one thing that makes the area so special, there are quite a few elements that help make Miami the bustling city that so many people love. 

BeachesWhat Makes Miami so Special?

 

Quite simply one of the largest reasons that Miami is so beloved is due to the powdery white beach and crashing waves. Unlike many other coastal cities, the cities within Miami are world-class and very few beaches within the country can compare. 

 

Related: What You Need for the Perfect Day of Snorkeling in Miami

 

The People

 

When calling a city such as Miami home, often you will realize that the locals have a simpler way of life that allows for stress-free interactions with friends, family and neighbors. The people in Miami are extremely friendly, smile to passers by, and are all around just happy people, 

 

Travel

 

Miami is a hub for travel of all kinds. From cruise ships to flights, Miami provides travel in many forms to multiple different countries and destinations globally. 

 

Nightlife

 

Miami is often referred to as the city that never sleeps, and that’s simply because when the sun goes down the city lights up. From rooftop bars, to underground speakeasy’s, the sky's the limit when it comes to nightlife in Miami. 

Culinary

 

A foodie’s paradise, Miami is home to a multitude of ethnic cuisines. From freshly caught seafood, Italian Bistros, fresh Mediterannean dishes, juice bars, upscale dining and nearly everything in between,  the food in Miami is sure to please those with even the most refined palettes.

 

Related: Eating Your Way Through Miami

 

Shopping

 

Home to some of the largest shopping malls in the state, Miami shopping can range from small beach side shops, outlet’s, family owned boutiques, and large shopping malls with high end stores, ensuring that whether you’re hoping to browse through a local gift shop, or need a new wardrobe, you can find it all within the city. 

 

While the list of reason’s people love Miami could go on and on, these few things seem to be the most commonly talked about amongst both locals and tourists. So, whether you already call Miami home, or are hoping to relocate to the area, Miami is a great place to call home. 

 

If you’re currently searching for a new home, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified seller’s agent, or if you have any questions regarding Miami Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time. 

Posted in Miami Real Estate
July 21, 2021

Can Renters Get Evicted Right Now?

As COVID spread through the globe, many things changed including the ability to evict renters. While there is a lot that went into this decision and continues to go into the current extension of the moratorium, it is looking as if this last extension, ending July 31st, 2021, may be the last extension available to protect renting tenants. 

 

What does this mean? In short, property managers, as well as owners of investment properties etc. have been unable to proceed with evictions, regardless of their current rental circumstances due to COVID related concerns. With this “eviction ban” being lifted, Florida, as well as many other areas throughout the US may see a huge spike in eviction rates as many occupants have fallen much further behind than what may normally be deemed “allowable” per their rental contract. 

 

Related: Why is the Rental Market so Competitive Right Now?

The typical eviction in the state of Florida generally takes 1-3 days pending on circumstances, which could leave many Florida residences scrambling for a place to stay, and in turn, could potentially cause rental prices to increase due to supply and demand. 


While many people believed that this “ban” was not needed, a shocking 6.4 million American households found themselves behind on rent at the end of March 2021, with an astounding 3.2 million people facing possible eviction if the moratorium had not been put in place. 

Unfortunately, as evictions begin to take place at the beginning of next month, the courts are expected to be overrun with eviction filings, and many officials are requesting that any steps to avoid eviction be taken by both the renters and property owners. While many are fighting for an additional extension, many property owners are taking evictions to court in hopes of a favorable ruling, challenging the CDC’s ability to place the ban. 

 

Related: What is a Leaseback?

Many people are hoping for a long-term solution to the current rental crisis, and not a “band aid” fix that will only cause renters to face new deadlines time and time again. As with all legal matters involving renters and real estate, it is vital that you conduct the proper research, and when needed, ask for a professional's help to understand the current laws, how they may affect you, and how to proceed. 

If you’re currently searching for a new home, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified seller’s agent, or if you have any questions regarding Miami Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time. 

Posted in Miami Real Estate
July 15, 2021

Exploring Downtown Miami in 24 Hours

When thinking of visiting tourist destinations such as Miami, often you’ll find yourself packing your schedule full of different events, sites, and tours, and still won’t feel as if you’ve explored as much as you’d hoped. While you could indeed spend weeks, even months exploring Miami and all the great city has to offer, we’ve culminated a list of the “must do’s” in downtown Miami to help you get the most out of your short visit to the “Magic City.”

 

Related: What You Need for the Perfect Day of Snorkeling in Miami

 

Morning

You can’t start a morning in Miami without enjoying the sandy beaches. Quiet mornings are the perfect time to take a leisurely stroll along the coast. We suggest South Beach, specifically South Pointe Park or South Pointe Pier as both provide stunning views of the surrounding areas and generally aren’t overly crowded in the mornings. Now that you’ve woken up a little and enjoyed the views of the coast before the day warms up too much, you can enjoy a freshly squeezed juice or acai bowl from Under the Mango Tree to fuel your day.

Afternoon

While a short drive away, Little Havana is simply a must. Normally less than a 30 minute drive from South Beach, Little Havana boasts authentic flavors and traditions of Cuba where you can immerse yourself in the culture, flavors and arts. Spend your afternoon strolling through the streets of Calle Ocho. The center of Little Havana, the streets of Calle Ocho are lined with brightly colored shops boasting trinkets, clothing, handmade cigars, spiritual stores, and often even live music is played in the streets that can easily transport you to the markets of Cuba. Enjoy window shopping, exploring murals, parks, and the Paseo de las Estrella’s. 

It’s no secret that Miami weather is hot and humid, and knowing so, it’s only fair to treat yourself to a cold treat. Unlike many other more Americanized sweet shops in the area, the unique flavors of a Azucar Ice Company pay homage to Cuban artists and a staple flavor, Abuela Maria, is a mix of maria’s cookies, cream cheese and guava, authentic flavors with natural sweetness, sure to keep you coming back for seconds.     

Evening

Start your evening by exploring the dozens of rotating art exhibits within the Wynwood Art District. Art from all over the world has been showcased along the walls of Wynwood, ever evolving, the district is constantly boasting new pieces allowing for each visit to be unique. Multiple breweries and shops can also be found within the Wynwood Art District, enjoy wandering in and out of shops, stopping to take in the beauty of a piece of art, and then grabbing a beer at the first brewery you come across during your stroll. 

 

Related: Eating Your Way Through Miami

Only a short drive away, Mandolin Aegean, often called “the blue door” can be found within the Design District amongst a large handful of different shops where you can find the perfect attire to enjoy the rest of your evening within Miami. Mandolin Aegean is best known for its colorful plates and authentic Greek and Turkish delicacies. 

Nightlife

Miami comes to life at night and when the sun goes down, the city wakes up. Often people tell you to simply follow the music and lights to find the most popular hangouts, and while this is true in many cases, there are a few places worth mentioning when it comes to your night cap. From a classy speakeasy at Floyd, rooftop parties at Club Space, or a quieter evening enjoying a beer and live music at Gramps, found just outside of Downtown, it’s easy to see why Miami is often referred to as the city that never sleeps when experiencing Miami nightlife. 

If you’re currently searching for a new home, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified seller’s agent, or if you have any questions regarding Miami Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time. 

Posted in Miami Real Estate