Miami real estate news and information

Archive for the 'SELLER’S ADVICE' Category

MIAMI REAL ESTATE MARKET SNAPSHOT 2010 FOR PINECREST FLORIDA

real-estate-market

IN RESEARCHING RECENT HOME SALES  AND MARKET TRENDS IN MIAMI, I FOUND THAT THE PROPERTIES THAT ARE SELLING IN 2010 ARE SELLING WITHIN 10% OF THEIR ASKING PRICE – CONSISTENTLY.  IN SOME MARKET SEGMENTS, PROPERTIES ARE SELLING CLOSER TO 3-5% OF THEIR ASKING PRICE. 

THAT MEANS THAT PRICING HOMES PROPERLY IS KEY TO SELLING THEM … AND SELLERS AND BUYERS BOTH NEED TO KEEP THAT IN MIND.

IN PINECREST, FROM JANUARY 2010 THROUGH JULY 2010, THERE WERE  JUST OVER 200 HOMES FOR SALE  ON AVERAGE- IN ANY ONE GIVEN MONTH – THAT INCLUDES ALL LISTINGS, ACROSS THE BOARD, IN ALL PRICE RANGES.  OF THE 200 PLUS HOMES LISTED FOR SALE,  20 WERE SHORT SALES.  182 WERE REGULAR SALES.

WHAT SOLD?  Read the rest of this entry »

To receive my blog posts directly to your inbox, click here to subscribe.

20 TIPS ON HOW TO SELL YOUR HOME FASTER

moving in

20 TIPS  TO HIGHLIGHT  YOUR HOME’S FEATURES. FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT …  STRESS THE MANY STRENGTHS AND SELLING POINTS OF YOUR HOUSE … AND IT WILL SELL.    HERE’S HOW: Read the rest of this entry »

To receive my blog posts directly to your inbox, click here to subscribe.

WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOODS EQUATE TO HIGHER DESIRABILITY IN MIAMI

 

THE  TREND IN SOUTH FLORIDA: 

MIAMI HOME BUYERS ARE LOOKING FOR HOMES WITH EASY PEDESTRIAN ACCESS  TO AMENITIES

 WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOODS LINCOLN ROAD MIAMI BEACH SOUTH BEACH

THERE IS A WEBSITE WALK SCORE  WHERE YOU CAN PLUG IN AN ADDRESS TO SEE HOW ‘WALKABLE”  YOUR PARTICULAR NEIGHBORHOOD OR HOME IS.  IT WILL GIVE YOU DISTANCES, AS THE CROW FLIES, FROM ANY ADDRESS TO THE LOCAL RESTAURANTS, STORES, MALLS, SHOPS.   

HOW YOUR HOUSE OR CONDO IS MARKETED FOR SALE  IS WORTH GIVING SOME THOUGHT TO.  “LOCATION IS EVERYTHING”.  GETTING AROUND WITHOUT A CAR MAKES PROPERTY MORE APPEALING TO HOME BUYERS, ESPECIALLY IN SOUTH FLORIDA.

CONVENIENCE  DOES ADD VALUE… BUYERS WHO ARE LOOKING FOR THAT CAN AND DO PAY MORE FOR HOMES WITH PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO LOCAL AMENITIES: RESTAURANTS, DRY CLEANERS, SHOPS AND BOOK STORES… A BIG SELLING POINT. 

BABY BOOMERS AND FIRST-TIME HOME OWNERS  (WHO COMPRISE A SIZEABLE  POOL OF CURRENT HOMEBUYERS)DO NOT WANT TO BE ISOLATED.  Read the rest of this entry »

To receive my blog posts directly to your inbox, click here to subscribe.

Spring Cleaning

Spring has arrived…now it’s time for the famous Spring Cleaning! Here are some preventative maintenance tips from HGTV to help you get going. Keeping your home in shape will save you the cost of emergency repairs later.

OUTDOOR MAINTENANCE

Divert Water: Check your gutters for build up of leaves, especially if trees hang over your roof. Trapped moisture can lead to moss and mildew and could cause damage to your roof and walls. While you’re checking the gutters, make sure the downspout points 2 to 2.5 feet away from walls.spring clean outside

Check the Roof: Make sure you’re diligent about roof maintenance. Inspect your ceiling for wet spots after the next rainy day. Ask a licensed pro to check out the roof for wear and tear. If shingles are buckling or curling, then it might be time to replace the roof.

Check Your Paint Job: Look for chips or cracks in the paint on the outside of your home. Scrape off falling paint and then sand it down so there’s no rough edges. Power wash the house to brighten it up.

Cut Trees and Shrubs: Overgrown hedges and trees should be trimmed. Leaving them to grow uncontrollably could cause the growth of mildew. Make sure branches are at least 7 feet away from the exterior of the house, helping maintain your roof and siding. Clean up out of control vines because they can crack siding and let moisture and pests into your home.

Love the Lawn: Rake up leaves, pull weeds or dead flowers. Replace the flowers with low-maintenance flowers like begonias or pansies.

 

INDOOR MAINTENANCE

Fresh Air:Give your A/C unit a little attention. An efficient A/C unit removes moisture from the air in your home, which could cause damage to the foundation if there’s too much. Make sure you change filters monthly. To save money on your energy bill, get rid of dust and dirt (it will save you money on your energy bill). Check the connections for leaks. Makre sure the drain pans are draining properly. If you feel there might be a problem, call a licensed A/C technician.

Windows and Doors: Check all spring cleanwindows and doors for leaks or drafts, especially near corners. Peeling and chipping paint can indicate water intrusion, so look out for that. Seal open areas between the wall and the frame to keep water out. Neglecting these things could lead to hazards like mold growth.

Pest Control: Keep garbage and debris under control on the outside of the home. On the inside, check for gaps and openings where mice and insects could get in. Seal cracks. Use a liner if you’re mulching your lawn.

Plumbing: Check for sweaty pipes, leaky faucets, faulty water drainage systems and clogged drains. Check the washing machine hoses for cracks, dampness or bulges. Look under the kitchen sink for leaks and check the outside of the dishwasher for wetness. Also make sure to check the water heater for corrosion or leaks.

Tiles: Check your tiles for missing grout between the tiles in the bathroom or kitchen. A small crack now can lead to an expensive repair later on. Re-seal soon if need be. Get in the habit of wiping down shower walls and the tub after each use. It will help eliminate scum and soap build up.

Doing these small repairs now will not only make your home feel clean and safe, but it could also help prevent expensive repairs down the road. So go ahead and enjoy your Spring Cleaning.

To receive my blog posts directly to your inbox, click here to subscribe.

EWM Realtors: Buying and Selling Miami!

blue and green living room

Specializing in Selling Miami’s Luxury Properties,    Alexandra and Vicki Restivo of EWM Realtors   offer a unique perspective as a mother-daughter team (with a broad base of expertise!). Read the rest of this entry »

To receive my blog posts directly to your inbox, click here to subscribe.

SELLING AN EMPTY HOUSE REQUIRES CREATIVITY

 

IT’S HARD FOR BUYERS TO ENVISION LIVING IN A HOUSE …IF WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING AT IS ONE EMPTY ROOM AFTER ANOTHER.

stagingI HAVE TO LAUGH WHEN REALTORS POINT OUT :  “THIS IS THE KITCHEN”… “HERE IS THE MASTER BATH”.  YOU MUST BE KIDDING!  THOSE ARE TWO ROOMS THAT ANYONE CAN RECOGNIZE (UNLESS OF COURSE THE HOUSE IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION!).  ALMOST AS BAD IS THE ALL-TOO-FREQUENT COMMENT ‘THIS IS A BONUS ROOM’.  BUYERS HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO WITH A BONUS ROOM!

IF YOU ARE SELLING AN EMPTY HOUSE,  YOU NEED TO MAKE IT MEMORABLE.  HERE ARE SOME QUICK AND SIMPLE WAYS TO DO THAT: Read the rest of this entry »

To receive my blog posts directly to your inbox, click here to subscribe.

Miami Homes For Sale – This May Be the Time To Sell!

arabesqueThere are buyers out there …  looking …  (and not finding!)  ..the house they were hoping for.  Inventory is down.  Homes are selling. 

Though our Blog, MiamiRealEstateCafe  and through our personal connections  we get  property requests from Realtors and buyers (both)  and we may possibly  have a buyer for your property already. 

If you are considering selling your house, please call us.   We can tell you what your house would likely sell for, through a  home valuation,  and that  “CMA” that we will give you, of relevant sales in the neighborhood, will help determine whether this is the right time for you to sell or not.

Please contact us here, or at (305) 793-1365.   We will be happy to help, if this is the right time  for you.

To receive my blog posts directly to your inbox, click here to subscribe.

Our Listings Are Selling…Time To Make Your Move!

Vicki_Restivo_2-1-10_Pinecrest

To receive my blog posts directly to your inbox, click here to subscribe.

WILL A BUYER REMEMBER YOUR HOUSE? FIVE WAYS TO MAKE SURE THEY DO!

 remember this house

I OFTEN HEAR REALTORS SAY:  “RE-PAINT THE HOUSE TO MAKE IT MORE  “NEUTRAL” and  MORE APPEALING TO BUYERS.” 

THERE’S A CERTAIN DEGREE OF VALIDITY TO THAT ” BLANK CANVAS”  THEORY …  BUT   … WILL  BUYERS  ACTUALLY REMEMBER YOUR  HOUSE … OR WILL IT BLEND INTO  UNMEMORABLE SAMENESS?  Here are Five ways to Make  Buyers Remember Your House! Read the rest of this entry »

To receive my blog posts directly to your inbox, click here to subscribe.

Miami Realtor … Rants and Raves ! WHERE DO THESE MIAMI REAL ESTATE PRICES COME FROM?

Breakfast

Not again!   Pricing your house for sale at $763,247.00?  

WHY?   What did you have for breakfast ?  

Who thought up that bit of nonsense?  Who on earth suggested  listing your home for a price NO ONE CAN REMEMBER?  They should be hung out to dry!   Seriously, what market segment  were you afraid of “missing out” on?  Read the rest of this entry »

To receive my blog posts directly to your inbox, click here to subscribe.