Coral Gables (Coral Gables, FL)
By Jaime Charouf, CDPE, REO Broker/Owner
(EZ Realty & Investment Group | EZ Funding Group, Inc.)
Miami is known for its tropical beaches and palm trees, but as you all know, Miami has something special for everybody, which is one of the reasons I believe we call it "The Magic City". Come out and spend a beautiful day in Coral Gables visiting the beautiful Biltmore Hotel and learning about some of Miamian history!Tours are given at the Bitmore Hotel every Sunday at 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm. The tour meets at the lobby upstairs.The tour at The Biltmore Hotel is well worth it because it gives you a chance to explore the hotel and its grounds, as well as learn about all its history, and how it came to be! The hotel is full of elegance, golf courses, restaurants, and is known to be one of the spots in Miami that Hollywood Filmmakers have used in some of their movies due to its beauty....
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By Michael Rasch, Michael Rasch 305-741-1819
(International Property Finder - Property Option)
I scheduled this morning to help the owner clean up for his showing. I had 20 Realtors lined up for 5pm today to see the place and everyone with contract and escrow. I roll up to the place (hour ago ) and a guy greats me with a contract in hand and an escrow letter from his lawyer (full asking price) Full price, as is, no contingencies .... owner looked at me and said "is it really this simple" I said to the owner, no, it's the efforts of hard core Keller Williams Marketing at it's best" but I told my owner, we still have the 5pm unless you want me to cancel that. He said "bird in hand is worth 2 in the bush" everything is now signed and have to cancel all the 5pm appointments Life is getting interesting.
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By Kelly Charles
(ONE Sotheby's International Realty)
  Bienviendo a Miami! The most exciting event in the Latino calendar is here! This Sunday up to a million people will gather on Calle Ocho in the Little Havana district of Miami for the biggest Latin street party in the whole of the USA! This year's Calle Ocho festival features performances from glittering stars of the Latino music scene, such as Jencarlos Canela, El Gato y Patty and Ozzi Muniz. There's more to Calle Ocho than Latino music, with 11 stages of everything from Reggaeton to Country. And as it's a Latin festival, there are no shortage of places to find food - including regional favorites from all over the Latin world. The festival culminates the annual Carnaval festival of Latino culture, which includes arts and other events across the city including a beauty contest, golf t...
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By Matt Pici
(Charles Rutenberg Realty LLC)
Coral Gables real estate is rebounding with at least seven new luxury apartment and office buildings being developed around the downtown core.  Many projects proposed during the housing boom in the last decade were put on hold when the economy slowed and the fact that construction is beginning in Coral Gables is a sign that a rebound has begun. Developers and lenders have invested a quarter-billion dollars in financing toward these projects that are either under construction or scheduled to break ground soon.  Over the next three years, more than two million square feet of new space will occupy locations around Ponce De Leon Boulevard.  These new projects could bring up to 1,000 new residential units and dozens of new businesses and restaurants to the area. The affluent population proxi...
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By Vivian Laino
(ISG International Sales Group, LLC )
Coral Gables - Occupancy in 60 Days Perhaps finding the perfect place to live is not as easy as people may think.  But every now and then a great design finds the ideal location to make a home that is perfect for you.  The town homes at Gardens on Valencia are designed with your lifestyle in mind throughout a superbly organized floor plan.  One of the most intriguing parts of the floor plan is how it combines a historic style with modern simplicity.  The features were selected to satisfy even the most discriminating tastes.  Made for those who truly seek something different, new and only for a select few.   • Special Water Features • Private Garden Features:  • Private Elevator • Guest House • Natural Stone and Solid Wood (optional) Flooring • Hurricane Impact and Sound Resistant Windo...
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By Phil Stevenson, CRMP, "Mortgage Nerd" in Miami, Florida and Texas
(PS Mortgage Lending 305-791-4874 or 888-845-6630)
This is a story about a Reverse Mortgage in Coral Gables, Miami, Florida… Many believe that the Reverse Mortgage is for the poor, desperate, or those on the verge of foreclosure.  My grandfather feels the same way, but after years of explanation and my Aunt Uncle, and I offering our support my grandparents used the Reverse Mortgage for themselves.  Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths and misunderstandings about the program.  This blog is not about the program and how it works; rather it’s about different clients of mine who have closed using the program and why they did it.   I March of 2010 a prospective client, whose home is in Coral Gables, contacted me via the internet.  He didn’t give me a phone number to call, instead he left his address and fax number.  Many people do things ...
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By Shannon McGee
(Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate)
It may not be a glorious triumph over this bad economy, but its a start! According to FloridaRealtors.org, existing condo sales in Florida rose by 15% in the third quarter. This is great news for those still waiting to sell their condo, as they may see this as a good chance that the condo they have had on the market for over a year might be close to being sold. However, as with all good things there sometimes comes the bad. The price of these condos actually dropped since 2009 by 21%. In 2009 condos selling for $106,000 now sell for $84,000. But alas, we should always look on the bright side. Closing more sales leads to better market conditions, happy sellers, happy buyers (really happy buyers!), and a happy realtor. It is best not to dwell on the negatives because although the market i...
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