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Congrats to you both …. Enjoy your very first home!


Buying a first home is a HUGE milestone  … and it was such fun to be part of YOUR first home-buying experience!    WHAT A BEAUTIFUL new home you have …  I’m thinking about all the memories you’re going to have in that new house ….   and I loved seeing your posts on Facebook today about it

I’m realizing just how fast you found your dream home, and closed on it, and moved in.    You found it in literally just a week, and not even one month later, it’s  yours.  That was really fast!   Congratulations on surviving (so graciously!)  the roller-coaster experience of buying your first home …  You got through all the  ups and downs, and never missed a beat (and …  never stopped smiling!).


You breezed right through those negotiations, pushed away whatever  fleeting twinges of buyers remorse you may have had (or  maybe you never really never had any!  Most buyers have a moment or two of second-guessing… but it’s entirely possible that you skipped that step entirely.).   Read the rest of this entry »

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Waterfront for Sale … Because Owner is Being Relocated

The last thing our clients expected was to be relocated within days of buying their Miami house …    They’d just found their dream home …  right on the water …  in a guard-gated community.    Almost the moment they bought it  (the ink still wet!)  they got a phone call, offering them a relocation… out-of-state …  an opportunity that was impossible not to accept.

Bottom line …  Someone else will benefit from them being relocated …  Another family now has the unique opportunity  to live here:


If you or someone you know is looking for a really special waterfront home, we just listed this at $510,000.00  … and Alexandra and I would be delighted to arrange to show it to you.

The views are B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L …  and the sunsets (literally!) can take your breath away….  Tropical, breezy, balmy Miami!

Resort-style living…   Gated Community….  State of the Art Clubhouse … Junior Olympic Sized Pool  … 2 Gyms/Fitness Center … Sauna … 4 Tennis Courts (lighted) … Basketball Court … Security Guard and Patrol …  Lakefront home at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac …  on an oversized lot with large fenced side yard … Five bedrooms … Four baths … Two Story Home …  Granite counters … Tile and Wood Floors …  $510,000.00.  Cutler Cay.

18862 SW 77th Court, Cutler Bay,  Florida

I watched this gated community of Cutler Cay  as it was being built …

I drove through Cutler Cay  during the early construction phase  and I mapped out the roads before they were marked (three flat tires and lots of fun exploring …

before those roads were paved  … before and during groundbreaking,  during the  early construction in ’05 -’06) …

and this was the one property that I’d earmarked (even then!) as the best location on Cutler Cay Lake.   For more information or to set up a private viewing,  contact me any time:  305 793-1365  [email protected]  Vicki Restivo EWM Realtors



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Congratulations To Our Pinecrest Sellers

We are so pleased for our wonderful clients whose Pinecrest home closed this week.  Congratulations!

9800 SW 71 Avenue SOLD  (within about 4% of list price …).

The house sits directly across from Royal Palm Tennis Club  … and sold for $604,000.00 …  (Four bedrooms… pool… canal in the back…).

We really enjoyed helping the Strauss family relocate … and it’s a pleasure to welcome our  new neighbors, the Paz family, to Pinecrest.  Congratulations to both buyers and sellers!

Alexandra and Vicki Restivo   … EWM Realtors

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Optimist, Pessimist, Realist … or Opportunist?

I love this particular quote, and would absolutely love to know who spoke  it: 

“Dear Optimist, Pessimist and Realist  – 

While you guys were busy arguing over the right price for the house, I bought it.  

Sincerely yours, 

The Opportunist”

The  battle these days centers aroung  home values … where they are … and who has their finger on the pulse.  Bottom line ?    The people getting deals … they are the opportunists.  

This current real estate market is one for opportunists  …  both buyers and sellers …  Contact the Restivo Team  at EWM Realtors if you’d like to take advantage of the market.  305 793-1365 – direct line.   – Or you’re welcome to send us a note here:  [email protected]   We are local real estate professionals and we not only know the Miami real estate market, but we can help you make the most of it.

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SOLD 3 Homes on ONE BLOCK … 3 Wonderful Families … 16601 SW 78 Ct … NOW LISTED FOR SALE!

We sold homes to 3 WONDERFUL families on this  BEAUTIFUL  tree-lined block in Palmetto Bay.

And we just listed a LOVELY HOME FOR SALE there … and hope  it’s exactly what you’ve been hoping might come on the market!  This is a tropical Miami home with Mediterranean elegance … priced well… and ready to move-in!


It happens to be on one of our favorite streets in north Palmetto Bay …   a great neighborhood …  a really good place to raise a family.

16601 SW 78 Ct  is  on a quiet street with very little traffic …  and with a lush tree canopy  … The house has a circular paved drive …  is on a corner lot  …  in an area of North Palmetto Bay known for it’s top rated schools. Read the rest of this entry »

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South American Companies Again Looking to Relocate to Miami

Patrick O’Connell, in charge of Corporate Relocation for EWM Realtors,  indicates there’s a significant rise in relocations into Miami.

South American Companies are again looking to relocate to Miami.   That’s good news for those selling condos as well as single family homes …  and beneficial as well to investors who need to lease there investments to stable, solid tenants.

If you are considering buying, selling, relocating, investing or renting out property you currently own … we would love the opportunity to assist you!   [email protected]   You’re welcome to call anytime:  Our direct numbers are 305 793-1365   and    305 632-0164   Vicki and Alexandra Restivo EWM Realtors.

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Pinecrest Homes SOLD IN 2011 … SELLING AGAIN NOW!

Homes in Pinecrest that  SOLD in 2011  are SELLING AGAIN now. 

If bought a home at the height of the market, and think you can’t sell it again now, this may give you a broader perspective:

12800 SW 80 Ave               7/29/11    $710,000           $999,000

8145 SW 133 St                     6/15/11     $475,000           $789,000

12800 SW 80 Av                  4/15/11     $299,000           $445,000    

Each of these three homes closed within the past year, and are each again listed actively for sale at a higher price than their most recent sales price.   The owners have updated/renovated/staged …. and are reselling them. 

In Pinecrest there are currently 35 homes under contract.

If you are considering selling, we would love to talk with you about listing yours, because we have sold all our inventory…   and we need more listings!  We know the real estate market,  the South Florida neighborhoods, and are top real estate experts specializing  in Pinecrest, Coral Gables and Miami.  The Restivo Team at EWM Realtors  305 793-1365.  Contact us by phone or email ([email protected]).


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One of the reasons you subscribe to and read  our real estate blog  is for information… insight  … and opportunities like this one ( a  STEAL!):

7900 SW 132 Street in Pinecrest Florida just came on the market, listed for $475,000.  

It beats any other listing I’ve come across in recent months … for value… price… It’s an absolute  gem of an opportunity.   It’s a three bedroom home, updated BEAUTIFULLY  by owners who had absolutely no intention of leaving or moving … but who  now happen to find themselves  relocating unexpectedly.   The house has everything:  New aluminum roof, exquisite kitchen, hardwood floors,  new windows … charming street … curb appeal… one car garage … light, bright and welcoming … and beautifully maintained…. and a price tag that makes it a steal!

I have no doubt but that it will go very fast.  It is listed by Carrie Foote through  Lowell International Realty…. and I would love to show it to you …  if you want an incredible move-in ready home  (at an unheard of price!).  Feel free to contact Vicki or Alexandra Restivo on either of our direct numbers 305 793-1365  or 305 632-0164 …   The Restivo Team at EWM Realtors will be  more than happy to arrange to show it to you.  At this price. this home will get scooped up at warp speed.  I have NO doubts about that, whatsoever.   It’s fabulous!

Vicki Restivo, Realtor … Our Real Estate Website and Blog:    Direct line:  305 793-1365  EWM Realtors   … [email protected]   ….   Emails went out last night to all  our buyers whose criteria would indicate that this house might be the RIGHT one …  Please let us know your specific criteria for a home, and we will  update you  as well … with new listings as they come on the market.

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Coconut Grove Home to be Auctioned December 17th – ON SITE

 This  Grove home at 3659 Bayview Road will be auctioned off – on site – at 11am  on Saturday, December 17, 2011 …   Whether you are looking to buy or sell, or are just interested in stopping by to see what’s going on, this may well prove to be a rather entertaining day in Coconut Grove!   Unlike in other parts of our country, there have been relatively few homes auctioned off, on site, in Coconut Grove.

Currently the home is  listed in the MLS for $869,000.00   According to all indications, the house  will go to the top bidder who comes in at/or above $790,000.00  –  There will be a 10% buyers premium  added …   and the MLS does stipulate that the top bidder needs to be prepared to sign a contract on the spot …  and that it be an as-iscash only sale…  It does allow for 3% commission to any selling agent.  Read the rest of this entry »

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When is the RIGHT Time to Sell?

I just got off the phone  – I’ve had a number of similar inquiries recently, from homeowners asking if now a good time to list (and sell)  … or  whether they should wait until after the first of the year.

That question about  ‘When to move’ is certainly a personal one.  Spending the holidays in the home you’re in now …  or starting NEW  holiday tradition elsewhere …   it’s not an easy decision. 

That said,  what I can say is that the majority of homeowners who ARE selling now tend to be serious sellers (given the current real estate environment).  And… most of properties listed for sale right now (whether they are condos or single family homes)  that are priced-well  do tend to sell  quickly.   It is a good time to be a buyer…. especially if you can recognize the good deals when they come around …  and are in a position to take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves.   

Now through Thanksgiving, and then again starting January 1st, are Read the rest of this entry »

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