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Vicki Restivo Gives Insight For Jane Rogers’ New Book

Jane Rogers is working on a new book about how Seller’s can maximize their home’s sale price and she interviewed Vicki Restivo for some helpful information. Here’s a sneak peek for you!

8 Ways to Prep Your Home for a Sale

When selling a home, everyone has different priorities. Some will look for maximum profit, while others just want to sell as quickly as possible. Whatever you want from your home sale, chances are you will need to do some prep before you put the house on the market. Here are some projects recommended by your REALTOR® Vicki Restivo that you should undertake that can help you sell fast and maximize profit.


Do Your Homework

Start by doing the basic research on your local area. Find out whether it is a buyer or seller’s market, average listing prices in the area, and the average number of days a home tends to be on the market. This will give you an idea of how the sale process will go.


According to Vicki Restivo, homes in Pinecrest, Florida, typically range between $1 million and $3 million, however, new construction homes can be even more expensive. This information tells you that you will need to put in some extra effort to make your house stand out if you want to sell quickly.




Home Repairs

First of all, repair any items that are likely to come up in an inspection report, as they can be less expensively taken care of in advance of listing the house. This is because a handyperson (or a DIY-savvy friend or family member) can do many of the basic repairs, but you will need to hire a licensed professional if the items are noted in an inspection.


Update Your Kitchen and Bath

A full kitchen and bath renovation is tempting, but you don’t have to go that far. According to US News, statistics show that minor remodels and improvements have a much higher return on investment than a full overhaul, and they are likely to be cheaper and faster too. Talk to your real estate agent for their personalized suggestions for your home.


Repaint Interiors

If your walls are looking a bit tired or out of date, a fresh coat of paint can instantly make a room look modern and attractive. Opt for neutrals to attract the widest possible range of buyers, but avoid off-white or eggshell, especially in poorly lit rooms. Light grays and beiges can be a good option, but you should stay away from anything dark entirely.


Check Your Lighting

Make sure your interior lights are bright, and take some time to consider your lighting arrangement. Rooms look most attractive when they are well-lit using a balanced combination of the three main types of light: ambient, task, and accent. You can also use fixture designs and different types of lightbulb to create atmospheres, like cozy, sleek, vintage, or modern.


Clean and Declutter

Start thinking about this step before you even list the house. Start by sorting through all your stuff, trying to get rid of as many unwanted or unused possessions as possible — this will make both staging and moving a lot easier. You should also consider bringing in a professional cleaning service before any showings, or at least do a deep clean yourself.


Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is incredibly important, so take some time to polish up your front yard. Cut grass and fertilize to make it nice and green before listing the house, add mulch, and place some potted plants with simple, colorful flowers as a focal point near the entrance. You’ll be amazed at the difference it can make.


Smart Features

Smart home technology is an undeniable trend, and smart features like Nest and Ring are always perks for buyers. According to NY Magazine, investing in these features will not necessarily translate to an increase in sale price, but it can make the sale go faster by making your property stand out from the rest.


Overall, your prep will depend heavily on the temperature of your market. Houses in hot markets will need less done to them, but they can benefit from upgrades to fetch a higher price. On the other hand, those in cooler markets should prioritize standing out from the competition with distinguishing features and perks. As long as you know your market, you will be able to effectively tailor your projects to what your potential buyers want.


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Despite Seemingly Insurmountable Odds … This Coconut Grove Home Closed!

We closed last Friday … despite the odds.

Okay folks, I can now say that it was SO worth the effort (and the roller coaster ride).  Just look at these faces.


It’s no secret that there is (in fact) a secret:  Having the right team of professionals on your side can make all the difference …  whether you are buying or the selling.   In this case,  the buyer’s  team went above and beyond,  to ensure that this closed …    These buyers got the house that so many others wanted, and tried for.


Warmest congratulations on closing 3609 Solana Rd in Coconut Grove, and getting your dream home, Robby and  Tracy.  You have a beautiful, beautiful home.  It was worth the wait and the sleepless nights, and we are truly delighted for you!

Loved working with everyone on your “dream team” …  the buyer’s (exceptional!) Realtors (Laura Mullaney and Jane Gomez-Mena) – colleagues of ours at EWM Realty International …  and the buyer’s (superb) real estate attorney – otherwise known as “the doctor on call all the time” (Greg Herskowitz).    Thank you, to each of you, for working so tirelessly, navigating the murky waters, and making this work.   Congratulations to everyone, from the Restivo Hechtman Team!

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Stage a Home … Make it Sell Faster & For Top Dollar

Whether imagining an empty space furnished (as opposed to stark & bare) comes easily to you (or not),  staging creates an atmosphere and makes a home all the more appealing to a buyer.


Staging can be virtual or physical.

The goal is simple and it works:  paint a picture, create an atmosphere, & invite the buyer want to live there.

Looking to sell your house or condo for the best terms possible?  We can do that for you!  Call  …  Vicki Restivo & Alexandra Hechtman …305 793-1365 or 305 632-0164 [email protected]    EWM REALTY INTERNATIONAL


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Opportunity to Live in Deering Bay

Amid the turquoise waters & powdery white sand of South Florida lies a hidden secret … & the privilege of living in Deering Bay. Spectacular sunrise & sunset views… ocean, bay, marina, grounds. UNIQUE DOUBLE UNIT. Direct water views. Impact glass. Picture windows. 9 ft ceilings. 2 huge balconies .4 bdrms+ 4 ensuite baths+powder room. Den/Family/Living/Dining & Bfst Nook. Private Elevator.4 parking.2 storage. 24 hr Security Gate.Uncompromising Amenities: Tennis.Golf,.Fine Dining.Private Pool, Gym, Guest Suite in Siena. Optional sports/social memberships. 3 marinas. Waterfront promenade, Rarely Available:4 bedrooms in Siena. Invest in the serenity of Deering Bay. Miami’s Best Kept Secret.

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Recently Sold in Miami Beach


The Restivo Hechtman Team recently Sold 400 Alton Rd #1405 in the Murano Grande on Miami Beach. The unit sold for $900,000.00 at $642.86 per square foot.

It’s a beautiful 2 bedroom 2 bath unit with 18×36 blue limestone floors, alpine snow quartz vanity tops, marble kitchen counters and Majorca limestone floors and walls in the Master Bath, as well as ocean and city views.

The Murano boasts concierge service, tennis court, pool, gym, sauna and 1 eleveator per every 2 units. It’s high rise living with all the luxuries and amenities you could ask for.

Congratulations to our wonderful Sellers and Welcome Home to the happy Buyer!


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Staging a Home Paints a Picture & Invites Buyers to Fall in Love

The difference between a staged versus an empty house, can make the difference between a buyer (or his/or her Realtor!) scrolling right past your listing, or visiting the property, and potentially buying it.


Not everyone has vision.  Many of us don’t.   And even those who are pros at “seeing the potential” are more drawn to/ and attracted to  property listings which are beautifully appointed/ staged and beautifully photographed.


Staging can make the difference between a buyer visiting a property … or not. Staging makes emotional impact …  It tells a story.  And it is the stories and the emotional component that will sell a home.

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Brokers Open in Deering Bay – Today from 1-3 PM

Join us for lunch and check out this beautiful 4 bed / 4.5 bath double unit in Siena at Deering Bay. Located at 13611 Deering Bay Dr. #602/03, this condo features 2 balconies and stunning views from every room. Views of the Marina, the Bay, the grounds and the City Skyline will welcome you home. 9 ft ceilings and private elevator entrance. Deering Bay offers Signature Golf Course, Tennis, Swimming Pools, 3 Marinas and fine dining.

Offered at $1,999,000. Contact the Restivo Hechtman Team for more information or to schedule a private showing at your convenience. We hope to see you there.

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Deering Bay Progressive OPEN HOUSE TODAY | SUNDAY JUNE 24 | 12-2pm

Have you been curious about Deering Bay in Coral Gables?
You are invited to explore the realm of possibilities this Spectacular Resort Community Offers  CONDOS/ VILLAS/ESTATE HOMES OPEN TODAY.
OPEN: 12pm-2pm 
Mention this flyer at the Guard Gate for Access
or phone 305-793-1365
13611 DEERING BAY DRIVE # 602/603
Bay/ Marina & Golf Views
$1,999,000| A10489216
4 Bed| 4.5 Bath| 4,564 sf
Alexandra Hechman – 305.632.0164 / EWM
Vicki Restivo – 305.793.1365 | EWM
$1,299,000| A10394390
3 Bed| 3.5 Bath| 2,757 sf | Golf &Marina view
Adriana de Castro – 305.790.5561 | ONE Sotheby’s
$2,499,000| A10212858
6 Bed| 6.5 Bath| 6,236 sf
Nancy Sanabria – 305.785.4491 | EWM
$3,500,000| A10460713
4 Bed| 4.5 Bath| 5,914 sf
Jill Balli – 305.924.4113 | EWM
$2,599,000| A10413249
5 Bed| 7.5 Bath| 5,470 sf
Rosa Irlanda – 305.772.4002 | Douglas Elliman
$2,600,000| New Home

5 Bed| 4.5 Bath| 10,442 sf lot

$2,800,000| A10484962
5 Bed| 5.5 Bath| 5,360 sf
Claudia Fernandez – 305.733.1769 | ONE Sotheby’s
Beatriz Cajade – 305.392.7535 | Miami Partners

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First Time Open House in Deering Bay

Open House in Siena at Deering Bay

13611 Deering Bay Drive # 602/603

      12-2 PM

Spectacular sunrise & sunset views…ocean, bay, marina, grounds. UNIQUE DOUBLE UNIT with direct water views. Impact glass, picture windows. 9 ft ceilings. 2 huge balconies. 4 bedrooms and 4 ensuite baths plus a powder room.Plus – den, living, dining and family rooms and also a breakfast nook. Private elevator. 4 parking spaces plus 2 storage units.

24 hour security gate. Uncompromising amenities: Tennis, Golf, Fine Dining, Private Pool, Gym, Guest suite in Siena. Optional sports/social memberships. 3 marinas. Waterfront promenade.

Offered at $1,999,000

Presented by:

Vicki Restivo 305-793-1365

Alexandra Hechtman 305-632-0164

EWM Realty International

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Recently Sold in Deering Bay

The Restivo Hechtman Team recently sold 13611 Deering Bay Drive #204 for near asking price, at $1,050,000 – at $361 a square foot.

This beautiful 3 bedroom 3 bath unit boasts a wrap around terrace with views of the water and treetops. The gated community of Deering Bay offers 24 hour security, clay tennis courts and clubhouse, an Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, a restaurant, marinas, and swimming pools. It’s a wonderful place to relax and unwind.

It was a pleasure working with our Sellers and a warm welcome home to the first time home buyer!


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