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Appreciative Seller Testimonial

Not only is it a joy selling homes, but then I get  thank you notes that make my day … and this is one of them:

“This brief testimonial should clearly convey the absolutely superlative performance that Vicki Restivo and all of her affiliates demonstrated on our behalf while selling our house in Palmetto Bay.

Vicki went above and beyond what our expectations were and she clearly facilitated everything to do with the process of marketing and selling our house. As individuals who live out of state, she also did an absolutely stellar job of allowing us to perform the entire process in absentia.

Her responses were prompt, thorough, and comprehensive. She gave cogent advice with regards to pricing, staging, and associated repairs and refurbishings that need to be accomplished on our house.

She tailored the pricing commensurate with market demand and expedited a great sale. Her use of technology, text, and the Internet kept us apprised of our pending sale on a perfect timeline.

Vicki’s professional and friendly demeanor were awesome. In our particular case, we were renting our property to tenants. Vicki immediately established sound rapport with our tenants. That was absolutely paramount to our ability to show and subsequently sell our house.

Moreover, whenever we encountered any hurdles that needed to be overcome, Vicki and her colleagues helped us to resolve any issues expeditiously. We were very fortunate to have someone of Vicki’s caliber and experience, especially in the South Florida market.

In closing (Pun intended!): We can pass on no higher endorsement for a real estate agent than what we have for Vicki Restivo. We sincerely appreciate all of her great help and due diligence on our behalf. Thanks & Kudos!

Mike and Claudia Thode – M.C. “Thud” Thode”

When a client takes the time to put their thoughts on paper, it means a lot to me. Thank you Mike and Claudia …. It was a truly a pleasure selling your house and getting to know you!

If you’re thinking of buying, selling or relocating, Alexandra and I would love to help you with your move.  Call any time … 305 793-1365 (Vicki) or 305 632-0164 (Alexandra) The Restivo / Hechtman Team at EWM Realty Int’l  …  email: [email protected]

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Finding the right house for U of M’s Dean of Architecture

Finding the right house for any buyer can be (and often is) challenging …   This  one was unquestionably a challenge,  but worth every single minute.   It took almost a year to find.   And truly, it was such an honor and such a joy (not to mention, quite the education) to get to work with the incoming University of Miami’s Dean of Architecture, Rodolphe el Khoury … Here is a photo of the house,  found in the archives of Coral Gables … a treasured sliver of Miami.   This one-of-a-kind cottage was the perfect ‘find’ for U of M’s Dean of Architecture. 1513_Siena_Ave_photo_c1949 After scouring new construction & high-rises in Brickell… lofts downtown… cottages, bungalows in South Miami, Coral Gables  and Coconut Grove…  modern architectural masterpieces which spanned much of Miami …(and after numerous serious purchase options) Read the rest of this entry »

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Townhome For Sale in Coveted Bridgepoint

Don’t miss this opportunity to live in the sought after Community of Bridgepoint. The two story townhome has 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. It’s a corner unit on one of the least busy streets in the Community. Relax on your back patio on the canal or go for a swim in the Community’s pool. If tennis is your thing, there’s courts to play on and a gym to work out in as well. The guard gate is manned 24 hours a day. bridgepoint front

Bridgepoint is centrally located near the University of Miami and allows easy access to the airport from the freeway that’s close by. It’s a short drive to South Miami, Coral Gables, Pinecrest and even the Grove and Brickell. The townhome is listed at $455,000.

Call the Restivo / Hechtman Team to see it any time!

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Quintessential Grove Cottage … 3741 Kumquat Avenue …. Hidden Tropical Setting


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A taste of Grove life  …  3741 Kumquat Avenue is  listed for sale by Vicki Restivo and Alexandra Hechtman at $637,000. Authentic 1939 Grove Cottage, bathed in filtered sunlight, nestled under a protective oak canopy. Broad wrap-around porch and outdoor lighting. 8 foot high surrounding solid-wood walls & fencing,  and  solid entry gates  hide this charming wood frame cottage and it’s grounds from view… A secret slice of paradise in the heart of Coconut Grove. For more information or to see this or other homes in the Grove, please contact the Restivo Hechtman Team at EWM Realty International 305 793-1365  or  305 632-0164 … [email protected]



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EWM Tops Luxury Home Sales

EWM Stats

EWM ranked #1 in all luxury sales in both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties in the first four months of 2015. This includes every luxury price range … 1M+,2M+,5M+,10M+,15M+ and 20M+.

EWM sold over one half billion dollars of luxury properties in these four months!

The Restivo Hechtman Team specializes in the Luxury Market. Let us help you buy or sell in Miami. Let’s get started today!

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It’s a one shot deal … how to sell your house to a prospective buyer

Often, you get one shot to impress a buyer.  Buyers make their decision to buy (or not),  within a few seconds of arriving at the front door.

Painting, pressure cleaning,  fixing what needs fixing, installing new fans,  landscaping … those quick fixes tend to pay for themselves in spades … in terms of price and days on the market.  And that’s true even when the buyer fully intends to renovate or update.

By pressure cleaning, painting, changing out fans, and adding some landscaping, a 4 bedroom home that the Restivo Hechtman team listed in Palmetto Bay at 15425 SW 89th Ct went under contract within weeks,  just shy of the full  $590,000 list price.


Readying it wasn’t really much of a challenge (although it could have been, with the owner living out of state and the house being tenant occupied).  The rapport  between seller and tenant made  spiffing  it up pretty easy …. and if these tenants ever need a reference from me, I will happily give them one!   Spiffing up (like staging) can easily increase the sales price and shorten the number of days a house is listed.










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First Quarter 2015 – EWM Ranks #1

Selling a million dollar plus listing every 15 hours in South Florida …. EWM Realty International Ranks #1 in Sales – Q1 – 2015 in Business Monday.

The Restivo Hechtman Team is proud to be part of EWM and among the experienced experts in Million Dollar sales.We are dedicated to helping you buy or sell your home in South Florida.

Don’t wait, let’s get started today!


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Warmest Congratulations to the Trimboli Family on the Sale of Your Pinecrest Home !

trimboli2It was a privilege to share in your journey, Bill and Helen Trimboli … Alexandra and I wanted to thank you both, for allowing us to list and sell your home of 50 years, and for allowing us to get to know you, and be touched by your story.

It’s your story, and the stories like yours …  the reasons why people move from one home to another …  and the people themselves… that make selling real estate fun.

Many of you who follow our Miami Real Estate Cafe  blog  and many of you who live in Pinecrest and have known the Trimboli family for decades will miss them, and the wonderful neighbors that they were.

Bill and Helen … after 50 years of being the neighbors everyone hopes to find… (good ones!) … we are sad to see you go.  Happy  60th wedding anniversary too …  (coincidentally enough,  the same day that your home of 50 years SOLD and CLOSED) …  50 years to the day from when you originally purchased that house.

trimboli1 Makes for a good story!   And the St. Joseph photos add to it!  When you asked me whether I’d heard the superstition of  St Joseph … the wive’s tale about burying a small plastic statue of Saint Joseph in the yard… to help ‘sell your house’,  I remember telling you that houses like yours sell themselves …  that it was just be a matter of bringing in the right buyer.

Whether St Joseph helped,  I don’t know … but I do know that the right buyers bought your house…  and they are happy.  You, the buyers, and their Realtor (Wendy Armstrong, a colleague of mine at EWM) were a pleasure to work with.

Alexandra and I loved watching you plant that good luck charm, the little plastic statue of St Joseph in your front yard, head down under the drip line of our “FOR SALE”  sign.   Thank you for the smiles,  and for having entrusted Alexandra and me with the sale of your house.  We enjoyed helping you sell and move (… right next to your daughter) and we know how fortunate she and your new neighbors are to have you!

SOLD by Vicki Restivo and Alexandra Hechtman:

7330 SW 116th Terrace, Pinecrest Florida 33156

$585,000  … The  Restivo Hechtman Team of EWM Realty Int’l


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Market Update – Fall 2014

Here’s an update on the Miami Real Estate Market, from EWM President Ron Shuffield…

Market Update Fall 2014


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Progressive Brokers Open Wednesday

Please join us for a Progressive Brokers Open this Wednesday, September 24,  in the St. Thomas area of Historic South Miami, from 12-4.

The prices range from $775,000 to $2,550,000.

 The Restivo / Hechtman Team will be at 7411 SW 66 St from 1-4 pm.

Stop by all these homes and join us for lunch! Refreshments will be served.

Check out the flyer for details, as each home will be open at different times…  Brokers Open




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