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Looking for a Kitchen Remodel Recommendation?

before demoThe best referrals are the kind that come via word of mouth…  ( the tried-and-true variety).    If you’re looking for service provider, a good place to start is by asking someone in the throws of having work done in their own home.  

We received two letters over the past couple of weeks  (from homeowners who recently bought property through us, and  have been doing major  home remodeling projects for  several months now) … I’m going to go ahead and share their recommendation with you : 

before“We have used your list of contractors, that you referred, for several items around the house.  There is one person that is responsible for the kitchen:  Dan Piel from Trimline is beyond belief – much more than “just a cabinet” guy.  He is creative, pays attention to your suggestions, and oversees the entire project from start to finish. He is more than capable, demands perfection from his contractors, and gives unequaled service.  You need to add his name to your list of referrals.  Maybe even mention him to the other agents at EWM.”   Jim – Pinecrest

 

remodeled kitchenContact information: Dan Piel Trimline Kitchen Design – in Miami, Florida –  10001 S. Dixie Hwy  (305) 666-7609

 

Thanks, Jim!   We like to update and revise our list of  Recommended Service Providers (The Restivo’s Little Black Book) … and appreciate your input and feedback… pro and con.  

 

In Miami, pretty much any top realtor will provide you with recommendations of workers and reputable service providers.  And Alexandra and I certainly look forward to working with you whenever you are ready to buy (or sell)  real estate in Florida  (or need relocation advice – moving elsewhere)..  Please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime –  Vicki Restivo (305) 793-1365  –  Alexandra Restivo (305) 632-0164.    

 

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Painting and Landscaping… Are They Worth the Investment?

CIMG2986One of the most frequently asked (home-owner) questions  is how to get the most return on investment on real estate.  Sellers often doubt whether painting and landscaping bring any semblance of a worthwhile return on their investment. 

A picture is worth a thousand words …  or so they say.   Of the homes pictured here, which would you take a second look at ?  Which would you pass by, not seeing the investment potential ?   These are before and after shots… the home is ONE home. Read the rest of this entry »

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STAGING AND DECORATING – TWO ENTIRELY DIFFERENT CONCEPTS -12 STEPS TO SELLING YOUR HOUSE FAST

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 STAGING AND DECORATING DIFFER  –  AND EACH  SERVES AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT PURPOSE.

DECORATING  IS CREATING A  VISUALLY ATTRACTIVE AND COMFORTABLE SPACE IN WHICH TO LIVE  (ENTERTAIN, RELAX, SIT DOWN, SPEND TIME).

‘STAGING’ IS NOT ‘DECORATING’.  INSTEAD, STAGING  CREATES AND DIRECTS THE EYE TO WHAT YOU WANT THE BUYER TO SEE  (FEEL. EXPERIENCE).  STAGING CREATES  FOCAL POINTS FOR POTENTIAL BUYERS.  IN OTHER WORDS, STAGING IS NOT MEANT FOR THOSE WHO WILL BE SITTING.  IT’S PURPOSE IS TO CREATE VISUAL IMPACT  FROM A STRICTLY TRANSIENT ( UPRIGHT POSITION).  BY STAGING A HOUSE YOU AIM  TO INTRIGUE BUYERS AS THEY MAKE THERE WAY THROUGH THE HOME, AND YOU INTENTIONALLY DRAW THEIR EYE (EMOTIONS)  TO WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO REMEMBER.

IN GETTING A HOUSE “READY FOR SALE”,  STAGING IS A PROCESS  THAT BEGINS WITH:

1)  DECLUTTERING.

2) REARRANGING  FURNISHINGS.  DEFINING SPACES.  

3)  POSITIONING ACCESSORIES  AND ARTWORK TO DRAW  THEIR ATTENTION, CREATE A FLOW, AND DRAW THEM THROUGH THE HOME.

IF YOU HAVE LIMITED RESOURCES AND TIME,  PRIORITIZE:

4)  FIRST AND FOREMOST COMES CURB APPEAL

5)  SECOND ARE YOUR KITCHEN AND EMTERTAINMENT AREAS

6)  THIRD WOULD BE YOUR MASTER BEDROOM AND BATH.

STAGED HOMES SELL FASTER AND BRING HIGHER PROFITS.  HERE ARE A FEW TIPS

7)  A SEASONAL WREATH ON THE FRONT DOOR, POTTED PLANTS AND SOME COLOR:  CREATE INTRIGUE AND ENTICE BUYERS INSIDE.  

8) YOUR ENTRY & EXIT SHOULD BE UNCLUTTERED AND OPEN. 

9) COUNTERTOPS  (KITCHEN/BATHS) SHOULD BE  APPLIANCE-FREE  & WITHOUT ANY HINT OF  PEOPLE RESIDING THERE. 

10) WHEN YOU ARE SELLING , THINK IN TERMS OF A ‘MODEL LOOK’ AS OPPOSED TO A ‘LIVED IN LOOK’. 

11) PLAY UP YOUR PROPERTY’S STRENGTHS.  MINIMIZE WHATEVER WEAKNESSES THERE MIGHT BE. 

12) YOU WANT BUYERS TO BE ABLE TO ENVISION LIVING THERE.   HOMES THAT FEEL INVITING ARE  HOMES THAT SELL.

ANYTIME YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS  WANTING TO BUY OR SELL, AND LOOKING FOR AN EXPERIENCED LOCAL REALTOR, WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.  PLEASE CONTACT US  AT 305-793-1365 OR 305-632-0164 OR  LEAVE US A NOTE HERE.

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HGTV Interviews the Restivo Team – Outdoor Living Rooms and Return on Investment

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1) What mistake do you think homeowners make when renovating their outdoor living room?   

MOST HOME-OWNERS DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT A BIG PLUS (AND HUGE SELLING POINT)  “OUTDOOR  LIVING AREAS” CAN BE… ESPECIALLY FOR BUYERS RELOCATING TO MIAMI.  SELLERS  DON’T  THINK OF THEIR YARDS, GARDENS, PATIOS, PORCHES, AS ASSETS BECAUSE THEY DON”T SEE THE ENORMOUS POTENTIAL FOR RETURN ON INVESTMENT.  JUST BY EXTENDING THEIR INDOOR SPACES AND SPILLING OVER INTO THE BACKYARD SELLERS CAN TAP INTO A WORTHWHILE RETURN ON INVESTMENT.  IN MIAMI THE ROI ON OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES CAN BRING UP TO DOUBLE  WHAT  A SELLER’S COST OR OUTLAY MIGHT BE…. A LOT MORE THAN WHAT IT MIGHT  IN MANY OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. 

 HOME-OWNERS  IN MIAMI CAN  CAPITALIZE ON THEIR INVESTMENT (GENERALIZED CLEAN-UP  AND PRESSURE CLEANING PATIO AREAS, PLANTING, WEEDING, AND ADDING FOCAL POINTS) AND BY DESIGNING AND DEFINING THEIR OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES, PROVIDING SHADE AND INTRIGUE AND ADDED VALUE….  UNFORTUNATELY,  THE OUTDOORS IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Home Trends for 2010 in South Florida – What Miami Buyers Expect

 

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Despite a general consensus (at least throughout much of America) that bigger is better, I am finding that home-buyers who are buying  property in South Florida are actually leaning toward less space, cozier environments… more charm.

 What I’m finding that buyers ARE looking for is :

1) An extension to their indoor space … The overwhelming majority of buyers here in South Florida want utilizable, covered, outdoor living areas that are well-defined and elegantly pulled together.  They are looking for clean lines, and comfortably appointed outdoor sitting areas, with splashes of color, greenery… in other words, a blatant declaration that they are now living in the tropics. Since many are exchanging snow shovels for sunscreen and flip-flops, they are looking forward to residing somewhere with 365 days of sunshine (interspersed with occasional/ frequent  rain showers that allow Florida to stay GREEN)…. and wanting to revel in that outdoor life.   Buyers relocating to South Florida want functionally-elegant outdoor space.   They expect covered patios, pergolas, chickee huts, porches, over-sized umbrellas, retractable awnings … All of these lend themselves to SELLING A HOUSE.  Outdoor spaces resonate big-time with these buyers. Read the rest of this entry »

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BANG FOR YOUR BUCK – RETURN ON INVESTMENT: HOME REMODELING 2010 MIAMI

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REMODELING YOUR HOME?  IN ORDER TO MAXIMIZE YOUR INVESTMENT, YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW WHICH  RENOVATION PROJECTS  BRING  THE HIGHEST RETURN ON INVESTEMENT (ROI),  AND WHICH FALL SHORT. 

THE BEST RETURN ON INVESTMENT MOST OFTEN COMES FROM HOME RENOVATIONS THAT CAPITALIZE ON BUYER’S EMOTIONSRead the rest of this entry »

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Getting Your House Ready To Sell: Create Curb Appeal in a Day!

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How to create curb appeal – fast.  Invest in a new mailbox.  Make sure the front door is painted and the hardware is appealing.   Add color ( flowering plants in window boxes or  in planters) by the front door.   Replace light bulbs.  Manicure the lawn.  If  need be,  fertilize and use weed killer… Read the rest of this entry »

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HGTV Miami: Want to Sell Soon? Then HGTV is looking for You!

 

We are looking for home-owners  who would soon like to sell…  and … would be willing to have it documented on HGTV.   If  you are willing to share your story … your journey …and would like to sell your home  through us … we would like to talk with you  about listing and selling your house … and applying to have the entire process showcased on TV.

Film Crew

 

HGTV will be filming in Miami for an upcoming  prime-time show, and the producers of HGTV asked  Miami Realtors, Alexandra and Vicki Restivo of EWM Realtors to work with them  on it.   

IF YOU ARE  considering selling your home…. and would  like to list  your house for sale soon…  and possibly have it documented and featured on HGTV …  listed and sold by The Restivo Team with Esslinger, Wooten, Maxwell Realtors…   we would like to talk with you  about applying!   We invite you to call 305-793-1365 or  305 632-0164  … or send us a note here.   You can download the link for the application here.

Filming will document one home sale in Miami…  following an individual/family through the process of selling (listing, pricing, staging, showing the house, selling…).  Homes can be of any price range, style or type. 

We are looking for sellers who are outgoing and energetic  (after all, this is for television)…  and happy to share their story (and the nitty gritty details of it) with the world.  Cameras will capture much of the trials and tribulations… and the rollercoaster ride of selling a house…  the ups and downs of prepping the house for sale, pricing, negotiating, and ultimately selling. Read the rest of this entry »

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YouTube … Return on Investment (ROI) Miami Outdoor Living Spaces … Here’s What Buyers Want

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What are home-buyers looking for?  In Miami, buyers are looking for well-defined outdoor living areas, which serve as extensions to their interior living spaces. Home-buyers (who are ditching snow shovels for sun-screen and year-round outdoor living)  not only expect outdoor living areas, but demand them.  We are seeing more and more home-buyers looking to shelve previous notions that ‘more is better’.  The trend now is toward smaller homes that require less maintenance. 

Yes, buyers still want  renovated/remodeled/updated kitchens and baths … That’s virtually a given in today’s  real estate market.  In Miami though, buyers are increasingly demanding Read the rest of this entry »

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10 TIPS ON GETTING YOUR HOUSE READY TO SELL – CURB APPEAL CHECK-LIST

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 HOW DOES CURB APPEAL AFFECT THE SALE OF YOUR HOUSE?  

EVER BOUGHT A HOUSE  WITHOUT GOING INSIDE?   (IT’S RARE!) EVER DECIDED THAT WAS THE PERFECT HOUSE FOR YOU BEFORE YOU STEPPED INSIDE? (NOT UNCOMMON, ACTUALLY!)

EVER HEARD OF PROSPECTIVE BUYERS WHO WOULDN’T GET OUT OF THE CAR,  and WOULDN’T GO INSIDE BECAUSE THEY DIDN”T LIKE THE FRONT YARD?   (THAT HAPPENS EVERY DAY…. JUST ASK A REALTOR).  

READ  “HOW TO ENTICE BUYERS INSIDE – 10 TIPS” : Read the rest of this entry »

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