January 21, 2017

One Sale Leads to Another – Relationships in Real Estate Deals

As real estate deals go, this one was a triple double.  I was tremendously fortunate to represent the buyers and sellers in a transaction that closed today. I’ll tell you about the home in a minute as I’m more interested in relating why relationships, not to mention open houses, are so important in the real estate business. I met the sellers about […]
October 29, 2016

How to Calculate Your Real Estate Tax Portability when Downsizing Homes

So often, I’m asked how to calculate the real estate tax savings or tax portability when downsizing homes.  Here’s a clear and simple example that I provided to one of my sellers in Pinecrest.  Use it as a template for your own numbers. Take a look at the chart.  If you own a home that has a current market value of $2,300,000 with […]
July 10, 2016

A Zen Real Estate Deal

I’ve worked with great clients before, helping them buy and sell property, but this transaction was straight out of the Zen book of real estate deals. I was holding my first open house when a family of three stepped past the red front door, glanced around the room and proclaimed , “we are buying this house.”  I immediately liked them!  Fifteen […]
June 24, 2016

A Peruvian Cobaya this Guinea Pig Loved

  My first adventure into the COBAYA dining experience did not disappoint.  For those of you unfamiliar, it is a mystery dining club of sorts.  Sign up on the email list, receive an announcement with the date for the next dinner, respond in the affirmative and pray that you win the lottery.  You are notified […]
March 25, 2016

Charming New Home for Sale in Biltmore Heights

I just listed a delightful 3 bedroom 2 bath family home on a quiet, tree-lined street in the Biltmore Heights section of Miami.  Biltmore Heights is a wonderful neighborhood nestled between Coral Gables and South Miami. This 1,649 square foot home features pergo and tile floors and a living room, dining room, family room, laundry room and updated kitchen.  Beautiful wood cabinetry and granite counters […]
November 1, 2015

Pho Long Hy Vong

After 36 years, the final night of pork rolling cakes, calamari salad, best pho in the world, beef and fresh rice noodles and spicy fried chicken was nothing short of delicious delirium.  Despite the Friday early seating, the spirited diners were jubilant to snag a table for the last supper (perhaps).  The eight and ten o’clock diners were no doubt mightily disappointed that the early birds […]
May 4, 2015

Guide to Brunch and Adventure on Mother’s Day

Brunching is definitely in order on Mother’s Day. But after champagne and Eggs Sardou, what will you do? The Brunch Mother’s Day at the Deering Estate at Cutler’s annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 10, 2015 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Enjoy a variety of appetizing dishes and desserts provided by Chef David Schwadron Catering and Event […]
April 27, 2015

Performance Art Incites Love and Hate

 I attended a Nadia Beugre dance performance this past weekend on Stage Black Box at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium. Nadia, choreographer and dancer, performed Quartiers Libres, a French expression meaning “free territory” or “limitless space”.  It was strange and unfamiliar, confusing and angry and expressive, wild and intense.  Everything about the performance screamed freedom from oppression, from the tangled microphone cable strangling […]
April 27, 2015

Upward Trend for Miami Real Estate

The momentum is palpable.  The Miami real estate market is steaming up with international and domestic buyers looking to live in a global city with world-class amentities. Here’s a brief market update on single-family homes and condominiums year over year in March, 2015. Miami sales are up 10%. Miami single family homes and condos continue to sell […]