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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.

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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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Six Best South Florida Hiking Trails

While South Florida is known worldwide for it’s sandy beaches, tropical ambiance, and raucous nightlife, under its glitz is a unique landscape, unlike anywhere in the United States. Interconnected waterways reveal lush mangrove forests, mysterious swamps that stretch for miles to the Gulf, and hidden passages that are so close to the city, get feel a world removed. These are the six best hikes in South Florida.Spite Highway Trail, Biscayne National Park
Many people forget that Biscayne Bay, encompassing the waters and mangrove isles jutting beside Downtown Miami, is a National Park, with protected trails, wildlife, and forests on turquoise waters. On Elliot Key, the Spite Trail is a seven-mile walk-able highway, traversing through the center of the key, through mangrove and hardwood forests. Small creatures are plenty, and the bright hue of tropical flowers adds liveliness and color. Elliot Key has campsites, boat docks, and picnic areas leading to a hidden and secluded beach at the far end.Fire Prairie Trail, Big Cypress National Preserve
Big Cypress National Preserve encompasses a large swath of Southwestern Florida. As old-growth trees rise out of the watery landscape, bears, panther, and alligator roam freely near the Tamiami Trail. The Fire Prairie Trail feeds into open grasslands, bordered by dense hardwood forests and teeming with life. Settle down in the secluded campground before following the five-mile out-and-back trail where deer graze on sawgrass, and reptiles crawl across the roads, to nest and cool-down in the nearby canals. This is South Florida’s famed, protected land.Snake Bight Trail, Everglades National Park
Jutting into Florida Bay, the Snake Bight Trail is an easy 1.6-mile boardwalk, bringing hikers between tropical trees, exotic birds, and large alligators. The trail gazes out into Florida Bay, as hikers walk along one of the southernmost points of the continental United States. Flamingo is where most of the backcountry sites are found, and while some of the sites, such as Clubhouse Beach, are accessible by foot, many are found by renting a boat or canoe. Be sure to ask about sleeping on one of the wooden chickee hut platforms built above the water. Pitching a tent or hammock while the gators slither in the water below is not an experience to soon forget.

Alhinga Trail, Everglades National Park
The Alhinga Trail is one of the most famous trails in the Everglades. During the dry season, this short boardwalk, less than a mile long is teeming with birds, fish, and a variety of marsh bound wildlife. The well-maintained trail starts from the Royal Palm Visitor Center, as hikers walk past tropical trees, mangroves, and emerge onto an open marsh. The sunset over the swamp is one of the most spectacular in the state, and the trail is accessible to children and wheelchairs. For wildlife lovers, this is the trail that they want to be on.

Oleta River State Park Trail, Oleta River State Park
While the trails at Oleta River State Park are generally used for mountain biking, the boardwalk that cuts through the forests is excellent for hiking through lush mangrove forests. What makes Oleta River such a popular park is its vicinity, nearly in the center of North Miami. 16-miles of trails spread throughout the park, and the hills slightly rise, with a big drop off at the end, which makes it a favorite of hikers, mountain bikers, and trail runners alike.  In the hustle and bustle of a large city like Miami, Oleta River provides a welcome escape.

Virginia Key, Virginia Key Mountain Bike Park
With over five miles of mountain bike and hiking trails ranging from beginner to advanced difficulty, Virginia Key sits between Key Biscayne and Miami Beach, offering a point of seclusion between two of the most popular places in the city. While the trail is primarily used for mountain biking, it’s wide and varied for hikers or trail runners. The trail ends on pristine beaches overlooking the Miami skyline, and it’s not uncommon to see turtles, dolphins, and a variety of birds flying between Biscayne Bay’s mangrove islands.

by Michael Restivo

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Florida’s Housing Market Report – July 2014

In a recent report release by Florida Realtors, the housing market in Florida had increased inventory and rising median prices in July. The figures show a 5% increase (from July 2013) in single family homes that closed statewide, totaling 22,099. Overall, inventory for single family homes has risen 17.5%. The number of sales shows a lesser number of short sales last month as compared to last year…54.8% less short sales for single-family homes in the state.

According to Florida Realtors,  inventory for single family homes was at 5.5 months supply and townhouses at 5.7 months supply.According to Dr. John Tuccilo, Florida Realtors Chief Economist, “The July numbers look very much like June’s when each is compared to the prior year. This tends to verify our preliminary view that the market is settling into a stable pattern.”

This is good news for the local real estate market, as we have seen the months of inventory in South Florida grow as well and it seems that the market is stabilizing. With fewer short sales and foreclosures closing, the market is getting back to “normal”. Now is a great time to buy or sell. Contact the Restivo / Hechtman Team for help with all your real estate needs.

 

 

 

 

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Defining “Furnished” … What furnished apartments include

With a ‘furnished’ rental,  don’t assume  it will come with much more than just the bare basics.

Some rentals are “staged” (as hotel rooms are)…  with all the bells and whistles …  and all you really need is  just your suitcase.photo 1 (2)

This condo unit in 500 Brickell was a real breath of fresh air …  (in case you’re a landlord looking for ideas).

It had all the trimmings of a high-end hotel suite (and more)  … and since a picture is worth a thousand words, we thought we’d fire away.  (Listed for under $2,300 per month … in Miami … we rented this one bedroom condo unit out quickly)photo 5 (2)

Staged with decorative art, candles, fruit, cheese knives, placemats … soap, towels, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss …photo 5 (3)
The kitchen was equipped with a new blender, toaster, coffee maker,  dishes, plates, bowls, silverware, glasses, wine opener, serving pieces,  cookware, plastic wrap, salt and pepper … pots & pans … It came with an iron & ironing board, linens, bedding, pillows … television …candles…

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New leather couches, area rugs,  runners,  plenty of hangars & storage boxes in the closets, vacuum cleaner, broom and dustpan … decorative shelves and accent pieces…photo 4 (3)

“Furnished” can mean anything from just furniture … to something more like a hotel room.   When you come across a furnished rental with all the bells and whistles,  chances are your landlord probably will be a good one.

Are you contemplating buying, selling, leasing or investing in property in Miami ?    If you’re looking for a top Miami Realtor,  we’d love to chat  with you  … The Restivo Hechtman Team at EWM Realty International…  e-mail:  [email protected]   …  Feel free to call us at 305 793-1365 or 305 632-0164 or connect with us here  anytime.

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Looking for an opportunity to live in Pinecrest? $675,000 – 7330 SW 116th Terrace

Looking for an opportunity to live in Pinecrest?      7330 SW 116th Terrace  …  $675,000.00

7330 SW 116 Te Pinecrest Restivo/Hechtman

FIRST TIME LISTED … This is a house full of love &  a lifetime of memories. The current owners will be downsizing to another city,  to a house directly behind their daughter’s …   coincidentally 50 years to-the-day from when they bought their Pinecrest house.

We wanted to give our blog readers a head’s up on this lovely new Pinecrest listing and invite you to share it with anyone who might be looking for an opportunity in Pinecrest:

7330 SW 116th Terrace:  Some of the house is original.  Every bit of it is immaculate.  It’s situated in north Pinecrest on a tranquil treelined street,  fairly close to Miami Palmetto Senior High School,  with the added advantage of being within the most desirable  PINECREST SCHOOL DISTRIST.   

7330 SW 116 Te Pinecrest Restivo/Hechtman

 

3 bedrooms. 2 baths. (Guest bath has been beautifully redone … Master bath is ensuite and original).

7330 SW 116 Te Pinecrest Restivo/Hechtman

Light, bright  living room/dining room in the front of the house. Paneled Florida room/breakfast room overlooking the garden. Eat-in kitchen with sliding glass doors. Oversized 2 car garage … 15,000 square foot lot…sprinklers … hurricane shutters (accordion).  House is fully tiled throughout.  Bright, cheery, warm and welcoming.  Spacious galley kitchen …  tiled countertops, dishwasher, side by side refrigerator,  new wall oven & sink …  opens through sliding glass doors onto the covered patio.  Located on a tranquil treelined side street, fairly close to Palmetto Senior High.

7330 SW 116 Te Pinecrest Restivo Hechtman

Has a huge, fenced backyard  – great for playing ball.   Screen-enclosed covered patio  AND  an additional wood deck for bar-b-queing.   Fruit and avocado trees, veggie garden.  Accordion shutters. Municipal water. “Pinecrest schools”.

FIRST OPEN HOUSE: WEDNESDAY JULY 30 (12pm- 3pm).

7330 SW 116th Terrace, Pinecrest Florida 33156:  For sale by the Restivo Hechtman Team at EWM Realty International

Vicki Restivo 305 793-1365 [email protected] Alexandra Hechtman 305 632-0164   Showing by Private Appointment … or feel free to stop by either of our two upcoming open houses:

Open House: Wednesday, July 30 (12pm-3pm)

Open House:  Sunday, August 3  (2pm -5pm).

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