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Nov. 24, 2021

Is An All Cash Offer a Done Deal?

Is An All Cash Offer a Done Deal?

When selling a home, receiving any offer is generally full of excitement as it provides the potential of a successful sale. There is nothing worse than choosing to list your home, only to find that months later your home is still on the market, you haven’t received offers, or your home has had multiple offers fall through, which is one of the many reasons that receiving an all-cash offer is often reason to celebrate. 

 

Related: Miami Home Sales are Primarily Cash Sales

 

Generally speaking, when receiving all cash offers this is most likely a sign that the offer is good and there is no risk of the offer falling through, however, this doesn’t mean that the sale is complete as there are still multiple steps that need to be made prior to the closing of the sale. The biggest perk to accepting an all-cash offer is simply the near guarantee that the sale is a done deal, however, contrary to common belief, an all-cash offer can still fall through. 

 

When selling a home, receiving any offer is generally full of excitement as it provides the potential of a successful sale.Contingencies

While you may not risk having the financing of the loan fall through, that does not mean that all-cash offers can’t still contain other contingencies. From inspection contingencies, appraisals, etc. there are other way to lose the offer than just from problems with financing. 

 

Offer Price

You may notice that in some instances cash offers are much lower than those of more traditional financing. The reason for this is simply because the chances of an all-cash offer falling through is much slimmer than that of financed offers. While this doesn’t pose a risk of falling through per say, it does mean that the seller would have to be willing to accept the lesser offer in hopes that it would limit the chances of the offer falling through. 

 

Ultimately, all offers to purchase real estate, whether with traditional financing, VA loans, all-cash offers, etc. all pose a risk of falling through, and while some may have less risks than others you should never bank on the deal closing until the paperwork and contracts are signed. 

 

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

 

If you’re currently searching for a new home, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified 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
Nov. 18, 2021

When Should I Buy a House in Miami?

When Should I Buy a House in Miami?

A common question amongst home buyers is simply, when should I buy a house? While there isn’t a perfect black and white answer to this question, luckily there are a few things to consider that may make your decision on when to buy a little easier. Florida Real Estate, as with many other states, tends to follow a trend where homes are either listed at a higher or lower price, inventory is fluctuating and mortgage rates are changing, so ultimately you have to decide what is most important in your purchase. Is it having the best mortgage rate? The most inventory to tour houses until you find your dream home? Snagging a home at a low price?

 

Related: Scared of Having Buyer’s Remorse? Here’s What to Look Out For

 

While there are no guarantees when it comes to buying real estate or how the market will change, generally speaking the seasons are known to provide solutions to a few of these questions. For example: 

 

  • Listing Price – The median list price in Miami fluctuates pending on the season, with Summer seeing the highest price tags. Winter is generally when you’ll find the lowest list prices, followed by fall and finally spring, so if you’re looking to buy a house, now is a great time to start your house hunting. 
  • Mortgage Rates – For some, it isn’t all about the price of the home, but rather what interest rate you’ll get on your mortgage as it could end up costing or saving you tremendously over the life of your loan. On average, December is the month where you’ll get the best mortgage rates, another reason buying a house now is a great decision. 
  • Housing Inventory – Fall and Winter are notoriously known for lower housing inventory, partially due to great mortgage rates as well as lower list prices, and with the current seller’s market, inventory is even lower than normal. Luckily even with low inventory, as long as you work alongside a reputable realtor®, you can still find the home of your dreams even if that means skipping hours of strolling through open houses. 

 

Related: Miami Home Sales are Primarily Cash Sales

 

The real estate market in Miami is always competitive as many people hope to call the sunshine state home, which is why is it imperative that you work with not only an experienced realtor® but also a local realtor® who maintains knowledge of the local market, ensuring that whenever you choose to buy a home, you are represented well and can find the perfect 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 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
Nov. 9, 2021

Creating The Perfect Backyard for Fall and Winter

Creating The Perfect Backyard for Fall and Winter

As Fall is in full swing and Winter is seemingly right around the corner, you may be wanting to spruce up your backyard so it can be enjoyed even in the cooler months. While midday temperatures remain warm, once the sun goes down in Miami the temperature cools off rather quickly, so adding a few extra features to your outdoor living space can allow you to continue to enjoy your backyard year-round. 

 

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  • Creating The Perfect Backyard for Fall and WinterFire Pits - Easily the best addition to any backyard in cooler months is a great fireplace. In addition to providing heat, the ambiance is a great way to enjoy cooler nights at home. 
  • Heaters - Much like with a fire pit, portable heaters, often propane heaters, allow you to enjoy your outdoor living space even if the weather is cold without having to bundle up too much.  
  • Outdoor Lights - Oftentimes in winter you’ll notice that the days get shorter, by adding in some outdoor lights you can enjoy your backyard even after the sun goes down. 
  • Outdoor Furniture - No outdoor space is complete without great furniture. While it adds a great aesthetic, the most important part of outdoor furniture in Fall and Winter is comfort so you can sit back and get cozy. Try a deep-seated outdoor sectional, or chairs with great cushions.
  • Blankets & Pillows - Once you’ve nestled into your outdoor furniture, you’ll want to have a comfortable throw pillow or a cozy blanket to enjoy. Try finding a few pillows and blankets that compliment your outdoor space and allow you to get cozy even on cooler days and nights. 

  • Smore Kits - A camping favorite brought right to your backyard! Whether you get a small kit or go for a custom-made kit that includes custom engraved roasting sticks with your family member’s names, this is a great addition to any backyard and can help create lasting family memories. 

 

Related: The Cheapest, Simplest, and Best Home Improvement

 

One of the biggest perks to calling warm climates such as Miami home is the ability to enjoy outdoor activities year-round. Whether your backyard is already Fall and Winter ready, or you need to spruce up the space, these few recommendations are great ways to help you enjoy your backyard all year long. 

If you’re currently searching for a new home, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified 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
Nov. 4, 2021

Winter Fishing in Miami

Winter Fishing in Miami

Miami is surrounded by the crystal-clear warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Swimming with wildlife, both Miami locals and often tourists love to spend their free time out on the open water tossing their line and hoping to reel in a good catch. Whether you’re hoping to fish for sport or to catch a fresh fish to enjoy for dinner, late Fall and Winter fishing in Miami is sure to provide delicious seafood. 

 

While you can find a very broad range of different species of fish within and surrounding Miami, there are a few different things that you might catch more of this Fall and Winter off of Miami and Miami Beach. 

 

Related: Top 3 Most Expensive Neighborhoods in Miami

Deep Sea Fishing

You can find a long list of different species when deep sea fishing off the coast of Miami Beach, and with the weather finally cooling down you may just find one of these at the end of your line: 

  • Winter Fishing in MiamiSailfish
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Kingfish
  • Tuna
  • Amberjack
  • Snapper
  • Sharks
  • Grouper

The four most common fish that Miami locals enjoy this time of year are Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Grouper and Snapper, to try and boost your chances of catching a great prize to bring home, these areas seem to be the best for reeling in your line with success. 

Sailfish

Sailfish are commonly found on the western side of the Gulf Stream, over the deep reef edge, preying on other smaller bait fish that live in the area. Sailfish can be fished for in a variety of ways, from lures, to live bait, and even kite fishing, the options are endless. 

Mahi Mahi

Also found right along the western edge of the Gulf Stream, trolling is the most popular method used for Mahi Mahi fishing. Mahi Mahi often hides under layers of floating debris and weeds. 

Grouper and Snapper

As bait fish start to migrate into the area, Grouper and Snapper become more present in Miami waters. Most caught in areas such as rock piles, shipwrecks, or throughout the reefs. Many of the shipwrecks and reefs where grouper and snapper are most commonly found can reach depths of up to 400 feet, so fishing weights will be needed when hoping to reel in a good grouper or snapper. 

 

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If you’re currently searching for a new home, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified and local Miami Realtor 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
Oct. 28, 2021

What to Grow in Your Garden to Make the Best Tacos

As with many coastal cities, Miami is home to some of the freshest and best tasting seafood in the U.S, including seafood tacos. Among the many ethnic cuisines that can be found throughout the city, tacos are easily a favorite among locals, and most will have a favorite spot to enjoy a good taco and a margarita. The freshness of ingredients plays a huge factor in the overall enjoyment of your meal, and luckily, many of the ingredients needed for the perfect taco can be grown right at home. 

 

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  • Cilantro - Fresh cilantro may be one of the most important ingredients to make a great taco and luckily it is not only easy to grow but doesn’t require much space as it grows well in small pots, allowing even those with a small kitchen garden to have some fresh ingredients. 

  • Tomatoes - Whether you prefer small cherry tomatoes, or larger beefsteak, tomatoes can be grown in a variety of ways and can be accommodating to many different spaces, from pots, to hanging topsy-turny styles planters, you can easily have fresh tomatoes to enjoy. 

  • Green Onion - Another great option for those with small gardens, green onions add the perfect bite to any taco. The best part of green onions is that they can be easily grown from used green onions you may have purchased. Simply cut off the top, or “greens” and then place the white, or bulb, upright in a shallow dish of water, changing the water weekly, the roots will grow and once the green starts to grow, you are ready to re-grow your onion and plant it in a small pot! 

  • Lime - While there are indeed very large lime trees, some variants of lime trees stay quite small and even do well in larger pots, great for patios or even small backyards. Nothing quite beats a squeeze of fresh lime juice on your taco as a finishing touch. 

 

Related: The Rainy Season is Almost Over in Miami!

 

Whether you live in a luxury condo and have a great balcony or kitchen garden or have a large yard with amply space for gardening, there is something special about being able to grow your own food, especially when it helps make the perfect taco. 

If you’re currently searching for a new home, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified seller’s agent to assist you, 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
Oct. 23, 2021

How to Pinpoint a Rental Scam

How to Pinpoint a Rental Scam

Rental scams are unfortunately surfacing more than ever. With the near nationwide seller’s market, we’ve seen a huge spike in rental properties over the last 12 months, making the rental market just as completive as the real estate market. With the rise in rentals, many people have noticed that rental scams seem to be at an all-time high. With the normal pool of renters now expanding to include homeowner hopefuls who are still house hunting, to seller’s who have chosen to rent temporarily after selling their homes, it’s easy to see why rental scams are receiving higher than normal attention. 

 

Once upon a time, these scams could be seen from miles away and you could easily avoid the dangers of playing victim to the scams, however, as the markets evolve, unfortunately so do the scams, making it easier to find yourself tangled in a rental scam. Luckily, there are quite a few red flags to look for when viewing rental listings that could help you pinpoint a scam from a true rental. 

 

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

 

  • Immediate Move In – There are many legitimate rentals that allow for immediate move ins, however, with how competitive the rental market is, immediate move ins seem rare. Any listing that promotes immediate move in, while not necessarily a red flag, should be investigated a little closer than those that provide an exact date of availability. 
  • No Tours Available – In some cases purchasing or renting a home sight unseen happens, however, in nearly all of these cases, a sight unsees purchase or rental is due to the buyer or renter’s preferences and availability, not the property manager or seller. If the rental is not able to be viewed, regardless of the renter’s preference, this is a huge red flag that may lead to a potential rental scam.  
  • Affordability – Living in desirable areas such as Miami comes with a price and naturally, real estate and rentals may cost more than other areas across the U.S. Good deals do indeed pop up on occasion, however, if the price of the rental seems too good to be true, chances are it is. 
  • Grammatical Mistakes – This used to be a tried-and-true way to pinpoint a rental scam, however, as many scams become more “professional” it is harder to easily identify red flags. Make sure to check for all grammatical errors within the listing, punctuation is often used incorrectly in rental scams, so try reading through any listings that seem questionable more than once to identify any grammar that is misused. 

 

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If you’re currently searching for a new home, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified 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
Oct. 15, 2021

Dangers of Palm Fronds in Fall

Dangers of Palm Fronds in Fall

Fall is here! You may see trees changing colors, leaves falling, and be stocking up on all things pumpkin spice, however, Fall in Miami is a little different than other places in the U.S. While you indeed get color changing leaves sprinkled throughout the city, palm fronds are often the biggest hint that Fall has arrived. 

 

Miami is known for its year-round warm weather and Fall is no different. The sun is often still shining and the most you’ll need is often a light jacket on most days, however one main thing that areas such as Miami or San Diego have in common is the Palm Fronds that start to fall once the Fall season hits. During Fall it is more important than ever to try and keep your palm trees pruned, removing all dead fronds timely, as if left unattended, these fronds can fall often more than 50 feet from the sky, which can lead to severe damage or even injuries pending on where they land. 

 

Related: Pruning Your Palm Trees, What you Need to Know

 

Dangers of Palm Fronds in FallUnlike the leaves that often fall and sway down to the ground waiting to be raked, due to palm fronds falling both a great distance, as well as their size, if these hit a pedestrian, parked vehicle, etc. it isn’t a pleasant Fall experience. When trimmed, fronts can reach upwards of hundreds of pounds each, which is one of the main reasons that it is imperative to keep your trees trimmed and maintained at all times, especially in the Fall and Winter months to avoid an unwanted frond from falling. While not all fronds are this large, even smaller fronds that fall in the streets can cause damage to vehicles if ran over. 

 

While most common areas, and highly populated streets within the city of Miami are nearly always meticulously landscaped and maintained, it is important to be aware of the potential falling palm fronds during the Fall months in Miami. Luckily many tropical climates, especially Miami are home to incredible landscaping companies who specialize in pruning palm trees, so if you have trees on your property and aren’t comfortable pruning them yourself, you’ll have a multitude of highly rated landscaping companies to choose from to keep your tropical foliage looking it’s best year-round. 

 

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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 further questions regarding Miami Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time. 

Posted in Miami Real Estate
Oct. 6, 2021

Scared of Having Buyer’s Remorse? Here’s What to Look Out For

Scared of Having Buyer’s Remorse? Here’s What to Look Out For

Buyer’s remorse is often something that many buyers fear when it comes to purchasing real estate. With a home purchase being one of the most expensive and biggest investments of your life, it is easy to see why so many people worry that they may end up regretting their purchase after everything has been finalized and the keys are in your hands. While there is no tell-tale way to ensure you won’t have buyer’s remorse once your home has closed escrow, many homeowners agree, these few things seem to play a huge role in either having or avoiding buyer’s remorse. 

 

School Districts

Whether you have school-aged students or not, there is something about being in a highly rated school district that not only provides a great environment for students, but also the overall feel of the neighborhood. Even if you choose to homeschool, or don’t have students, you’d be amazed at the different vibes put off by neighborhoods in low rated districts vs. highly rated districts, making your choice of districts a huge way to avoid potential remorse later down the line. 

 

Related: If I Homeschool, Should we Still Buy in a Good School District?

 

Scared of Having Buyer’s Remorse? Here’s What to Look Out ForBudgets

Budgeting is a huge way to regret your purchase nearly instantly. Budgets are set for a reason and when looking at homes in desirable areas such as Miami, it is easy to see over the top homes boasting all the bells and whistles, water views, and so much more making it easy to cave and buy a home you love even if it’s above the budget you set. While you may think you can manage the mortgage payment, by purchasing a home above your pre-determined budget you are setting yourself up for a near guaranteed financial hardship in the future. 

 

Related: Top 3 Most Expensive Neighborhoods in Miami

Commute/Transportation

Much like the above point in regard to budgeting, setting your boundaries in regard to commute times is equally as important. There is no point in purchasing your dream home if you’re unable to enjoy it. Likewise, if there are certain areas you enjoy spending your free time, such as the beach, downtown, etc. purchasing a home that is too far away from these places could lead to regret. Instead, try purchasing a home that is close to your place of work, as well as nearby the areas you frequent during your free time. 

 

One of the easiest ways to try and help ensure that you don’t end up with buyer’s remorse is to set strict boundaries and guidelines, make a list of wants and must haves, and above all, communicate all of this information in depth to your agent so that they are able to ensure you are only seeing properties that will fit within your desired budgets, school districts, neighborhoods, etc. 

 

Related: What Housing Styles are Most Popular in Miami?

 

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
Sept. 30, 2021

Top 3 Most Expensive Neighborhoods in Miami

Top 3 Most Expensive Neighborhoods in Miami

Miami is home to some of the most coveted real estate within all the U.S. From sprawling private beach mansions and villas, to luxury condos boasting near panoramic water views, breezy beach bungalows and nearly everything in-between, Miami truly has a home style for everyone to love. Amidst the different home styles, many are left wondering, what are the most expensive neighborhoods in Miami? 

 

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

 

#1 Star Island

Home to only 31 waterfront estates, Star Island is highly secured with a guard gate providing privacy to residents. The lots on Star Island all have direct access to Biscayne Bay, with private docks to house yachts, residents of Star Island range from A-list celebrities to professional athletes. Homes in Star Island range in size from 8,000-30,000 square feet, excluding any extra buildings such as guest houses, pool houses, shops, garages, etc. Star Island Real Estate comes with an average price tag of more than $25 million making it the most expensive neighborhood in all of Miami, although seldom will you see a Star Island home hit the market. 

 

Top 3 Most Expensive Neighborhoods in Miami#2 Indian Creek Island

Another private island heavily guarded by security gates also boasts its own private police force that patrols both the island as well as the surrounding water. With just under 40 homes on the island, each home boasts a waterfront lot with access to the Biscayne Bay. The Indian Creek Country Club can be found on the island and is one of the most exclusive and highly coveted clubs in the state, with only 300 members, high initiation fees as well as a member vote to accept new members, Indian Creek Island is the elite of the elite with the average home price of $24.7 million. 

 

Related: What Makes Miami so Special?

 

#3 Gables Estates

Over 150 estates line the 200 acres of shoreline in Gables Estates. With two entrances, both patrolled 24/7 by security, Gables Estates is known for providing security and privacy to residents. Resort inspired landscape and access to Biscayne Bay and the canals of the Intercoastal waterway create a true vacation lifestyle. Due to the community’s high reputation, should you want to purchase a Gables Estates home be prepared to pay a hefty non-refundable homeowner’s deposit, even prior to purchasing your home. While considerably lower than both Star Island and Indian Creek Island, the average Gables Estates home teeters right around $15 million. 

 

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 further questions regarding Miami Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time. 

Posted in Miami Real Estate
Sept. 23, 2021

The Best Neighborhoods to Trick or Treat in Miami

The Best Neighborhoods to Trick or Treat in Miami

Trick or Treating is a favorite activity for many kids as well as adults as the Holiday Season approaches. Whether it’s a first Halloween for little ones, or the annual family get together where you hand out candy to neighborhood children, there is something about the Holiday that Miami locals simply love. While in years past, many locals would stick to the neighborhoods they call home, the past few years have shown that many people are choosing to trick or treat in specific areas, as some neighborhoods are seemingly “better” than others or simply have more houses that are participating in the festivities.

 

Related: The Rainy Season is Almost Over in Miami!

 

So, of course the question that everyone is asking as they start to plan for the upcoming Holiday is simply, where to go?

 

  • The Best Neighborhoods to Trick or Treat in MiamiPinecrest – This neighborhood is surrounded by highly rated public schools which makes the area highly popular with families, which in turn, has created a great neighborhood for trick or treating as multiple houses within the community participate in the festivities, in addition there are often many other events and activities scattered through the community for a little extra fun. 
  • Coral Gables – Known for spoiling trick or treaters with full sized candy bars, this is the neighborhood where you can score big. The door-to-door trick or treating in Coral Gables is a fun activity for kids as well as parents, and with proximity to Miracle Mile you can enjoy the nearby block party as well as browse the shops, many of which will also partake in trick or treating by handing out goodies to children. 
  • Key Biscayne – While there is a small toll to get to this neighborhood, you won’t be disappointed, and the fee will be well worth the reward. The houses here go all out with décor, and you can enjoy looking at each home you pass by in addition to the Halloween festivities throughout the area. 
  • Country Walk – Easily a favorite for those who love the nostalgia of childhood trick or treating, Country Walk is the perfect place to relive childhood memories as you trick or treat through the neighborhood. Country Walk combines the perfect blend of décor, nostalgia, and of course, candy and treats to create what many argue is the perfect Halloween.  

 

Related: The Perfect Fall Décor for Your Front Porch

 

While we still have a few more weeks before Halloween is here, many families who missed out on the festivities last year due to the pandemic are choosing to plan ahead in an effort to ensure that they can enjoy both trick or treating as well as the Halloween festivities and events to the fullest. Regardless of where you go or how you celebrate, stay safe, and of course, have fun! 

 

If you’re currently searching for a new home, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified seller’s agentto represent you, 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