August 2, 2020

Stay Informed: Miami-Dade and Broward Residential Real Estate Report

It’s been an exceptionally different year in residential real estate in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.  Covid-19 has had a dramatic effect on the real estate industry in ways that could not be predicted.  Consumers were of the belief that Covid-19 would adversely impact home values. Surprisingly, what you will see in this report is that […]
April 24, 2020

The Pandemic Effect on Real Estate

The pandemic has triggered a very unpredictable real estate market with unusual dynamics.  Nobody knows what will happen with inventory and pricing. So here are some things to ponder if you are thinking of buying or selling a home. Seller Considerations: Should I Sell? Some sellers are pulling their homes off the market if there’s […]
September 7, 2019

Hurricane Dorian Created Angst for Buyers and Sellers

Hurricane Dorian created quite a bit of angst for buyers and sellers of real estate.  Several days before the Cat 5 storm was predicted to move westward, towards Miami, I received calls from clients with concerns about placing offers, postponing closing dates and possible force majeure. While this anxiety was temporary and we were gratefully […]
August 1, 2018

Myriam Found Her Brickell Waterfront Condo

After one year and countless showings, Myriam found her waterfront condo on Brickell Ave.  This is a most happy closing day for both of us, although moving-in has proved challenging in negotiating condo association elevator rules and narrow hallways that don’t accommodate a queen size bed. The condo at The Imperial is lovely,  the view […]
January 22, 2018

Bloody Good Marys at Norman Van Aken’s THREE

On the way to the Wynwood Women’s March, we stopped for an impromptu brunch at Norman Van Aken’s new restaurant Three.  Mr. New World Cuisine himself was at the counter of the open kitchen working on whatever celebrity chefs do, while his new chef de cuisine, Miguel Massen, was busy in the kitchen.  Miguel hails from […]
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 […]