miami beach condos: South Florida Real Estate Locations - 08/17/09 03:08 AM
When people think of South Florida they think of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, but the areas they are really thinking of are quite different form the cities they associate them with. The problem is that there is a barrier island that runs across Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach that creates separate communities and cities for beachfront property.
For instance when people picture Miami they usually picture Ocean Drive with its waterfront cafes and beautiful beach. But the area they are thinking of is located on a barrier island east of Miami known as Miami Beach. Miami … (0 comments)

miami beach condos: Miami Beach Homes - 08/17/09 03:05 AM
When people think of Miami Beach, they think of bikinis, beaches and condos. While there are beautiful beaches, plenty of bikinis and many condos, there is more than “meets the eye” with Miami Beach real estate. Not only are there homes on the main island of Miami Beach, but there are also island homes off the coast of Miami Beach that are considered Miami Beach homes. Communities like South Beach homes, North Bay Road or any home communities in Mid-Beach or North-Beach go largely unnoticed due to their privacy and exclusivity.
But for the ultimate luxury in Miami Beach homes, one … (0 comments)

miami beach condos: South Beach Condos - 08/17/09 03:03 AM
South Beach is a hot place in more ways than one; hot weather, hot people and hot condos for sale. Miami Beach may be a city that has a history of luxury condos, but the community of South Beach pioneers luxury for the entire island. South Beach is generally considered to be south of 17th Street in Miami Beach all the way down to the southern tip of the Southeastern Florida barrier island. Though South Beach is a community, it has sub-community areas like the world famous Ocean Drive located in the heart of South Beach right on the water, South … (0 comments)

miami beach condos: What Economists and Weathermen have in Common - 07/10/09 04:53 AM
Standing in front of a green screen a weatherman or weatherwoman predicts daily, weekly and even monthly weather conditions based on scientific facts, historical recordings and educated guesses. But even with upper-atmospheric pressure readers, satellite imagery and a plethora of data, predicting the weather is a difficult task and weathermen are notoriously wrong in their predictions. This historically inaccurate reporting doesn’t stop people from tuning in everyday and getting information and at time misinformation about the weather for the day. This essentially is the same thing that economists do, providing the lofty service of predicting future events to an information craving … (0 comments)

miami beach condos: Tricks of Quick Home Selling - 07/08/09 02:59 AM
Selling a home in the current real estate market can be difficult, so sellers and real estate professionals have focused their energy of what works when trying to sell a home. Fixing the exterior of a home is pivotal. With so many homes on the market, having a strong exterior appeal is pivotal in selling a home. Gardening, painting, landscaping and adding accessories are all quick things that can be done to increase the exterior appeal of a home for sale.
Another trick is to undercut the competition right from the start. When homes go on the market, they receive instant … (1 comments)

miami beach condos: Why Can’t I Sell my Home? - 07/08/09 02:52 AM
Real estate professionals can break it down to a science saying that a home didn’t sell because the price wasn’t right, the home wasn’t staged correctly or the home went on the market too soon or too late, but the reality is sometimes home just don’t sell right away. Selling a home isn’t a process that should be rushed at any point. The implications of rushing to sell or buy a home can cause decades of repercussions. So what should you do if your home is just not selling, turn up the appeal of your home.
If you can do minor … (0 comments)

miami beach condos: Home Emergencies - 07/08/09 02:50 AM
While buying and selling homes is a difficult task, there are also the later tasks of maintaining a home and making sure it’s safe for its residents. Keeping a home up-to-date from things as serious as reinforcing the infrastructure to things as minor as replacing old fixtures and changing the air filter can boost the quality of a home and the quality of safety for its residents. Beyond basic repairs there are other practices one can employ to assure home safety in case of an emergency.
First of all emergency home kits can be used in a variety of situations and … (0 comments)

miami beach condos: Portofino Tower - 06/08/09 02:24 AM
When the architectural firm of Sieger-Suarez got together to build Portofino Tower in 1997, they knew they were creating a truly special South Beach condo building. This high-rise condo is one of the tallest buildings in Miami Beach and contains 206 luxurious units. Portofino Tower stands at 44-stories high and has a castle-like exterior design with a beautiful blend of coral pink and blue. The colors and design of Portofino Tower mixed with its lush landscaping help the condo blend in with its beautiful natural surroundings.
Portofino Tower prides itself on having resort-style amenities like a four-story lobby, 24-hour security, secure … (0 comments)

miami beach condos: Venetian Island Condos - 06/08/09 02:13 AM
Local South Floridians know the islands as the best place to own a home, but most people are unaware of the fact that the Venetian Islands have incredible condos as well. The Venetian Islands are a string of manmade islands in between Miami Beach and the Miami mainland. These islands were created in the early 20th century and have maintained high levels of luxurious property and popularity throughout their history. The islands considered Venetian Islands are Biscayne Island, San Marco Island, Di Lido Island, Rivo Alto Island and Belle Island.
Though there are condos on other Venetian Islands, Belle Island is … (0 comments)

miami beach condos: Brickell Condos - 06/08/09 02:09 AM
Those familiar with South Florida know that the community of Brickell has some of the most incredible condo buildings located on the best pieces of real estate in Miami. Brickell has a long history and was one of the earliest communities in Miami. Owned by the Brickell family over 135 years ago, Brickell became more of a residential area whereas just north of Brickell has more commercial property. Brickell gained much of its success just decades ago when international banks began operating in Miami’s “Financial District” in the heart of Brickell. Around these international banks sprung scores of luxury high-rise condos … (0 comments)

miami beach condos: South of Fifth Condos - 06/08/09 02:04 AM
There’s a hierarchy of luxury in terms of Miami Beach condos. High-rise condos in South Beach tend to be the most sought-after condos with resort-style amenities and amazing residential features. But, within the South Beach condo community the pinnacle of luxury usually resides in a community of condos known as South of Fifth condos.
South of Fifth condos get their name for being south of Fifth Street in South Beach. Fifth Street is a popular road because it’s right off the exit of the MacArthur Causeway which connects Miami Beach to Miami. North of Fifth Street is the typical sights and … (0 comments)

miami beach condos: First Time Buying Tips - 04/30/09 08:09 AM
Miami Beach homes have never been more affordable than they are now. Median prices have plunged, mortgage rates remain unusually low and the U.S. government is giving first time buyers an incentive to take the step towards homeownership. Like any major investment, especially something as big as a home, it’s important to do your homework.
If you’re looking to buy Miami Beach homes within a short timeframe, it’s probably not the best way to go about things. Always start off by taking into account what you can and cannot afford and how the additional costs of homeownership will affect your finances. … (0 comments)

miami beach condos: How to Save on Closing Costs - 04/30/09 08:06 AM
After browsing through the large selection of Miami Beach condos you’ve finally come across the one you’d like and you’ve already done the research and chosen the best mortgage lender to business with. Before simply signing off on the dotted line, it may be worth your while to take a good look at the closing costs and how can you reduce the amount.
Closing fees can vary between loan-origination and third party fees, the lender can easily explain which fees fall under which category. You’ll usually find these listed as numbers starting somewhere in the 800 range up to the 1300s, … (0 comments)

miami beach condos: Internet Marketing - 04/30/09 08:03 AM
Home sellers, how are you promoting your Miami Beach homes in the current market? We all know that a well devised marketing plan is an essential component in seeing even the slightest hint of potential buyers knocking at the door but how far reaching is your marketing strategy? The internet has become a required complement to a truly effective home marketing plan.
There are numerous free resources available you can use to your advantage when promoting Miami Beach homes. Some popular real estate websites have taken a page from sites like YouTube and have incorporated video into their sites, allowing you … (0 comments)

miami beach condos: Reasons to Consider an Architect - 04/30/09 07:59 AM
Remodeling Miami Beach homes or any home is very common, the differences lie in just how large, time consuming and costly the project in question might be. There are numerous remodeling projects in which one can take the DIY approach and then there are the massive ones which require significant preplanning and can spiral out of control. It’s these types of projects where an architect might come in very handy.
It’s quite understandable that some people would rather opt against hiring an architect to work on their Miami Beach homes since they can be a little expensive but since they already … (0 comments)

miami beach condos: The Right Home for Your Pet - 04/30/09 07:29 AM
Today, dogs have become an integral member of the family and chances are you’ll find at least two living in any South Florida neighborhood. Since many people take their pets into account when searching through Miami Beach homes for sale, it’s important to know what to look out for.
Miami Beach homes with a huge yard are obviously a major plus but they should not take precedent over other important factors when searching for the right home for you and your four legged friend. Put the leash on take your pet for a leisurely stroll the neighborhood and see what happens. … (0 comments)

miami beach condos: Sales Activity in the Month of March - 04/30/09 07:26 AM
March turned out to be a good month for real estate as sales skyrocketed over 100 percent in Miami-Dade County. Once again, it was the reduced mortgage rates, government implemented tax perks, and inexpensive prices for Miami Beach homes that drove buying activity last month.
The month of March continues an eight month streak of home sales increases when compared to 2008. Miami Beach condos as well condominiums in neighboring Broward County also saw encouraging buying activity along with traditional single family homes. Despite this, it’s still best to approach it with a healthy dose of cautious optimism.
One of the … (0 comments)

miami beach condos: A Good View is Good for Value - 03/26/09 03:55 AM
White sandy beaches looking out to the crystal blue ocean, a luminous skyline reflecting off glistening waters, a vast landscape pocked with colorful vegetation, these scenic vistas are some of the most sought-after in the world. If you have a place, or are looking for a place with these sorts of views, it can be a great investment opportunity. Having a great view sells a home like no other. Just like having an amazing master bedroom and bathroom can sell a home on its own, having a great view can do the same.
The fact that great views are so valuable … (0 comments)

miami beach condos: What a Good Realtor Should be Providing - 03/25/09 04:52 AM
 First of all, a good realtor should always meet with the client before working on buying or selling a home for them. Realtors know a lot about home buying, but until they sit down with you and discuss your goals, they can’t really provide you with a quality service.
They should present a marketing plan. There are certain things all realtors do to help sell a home, for instance they put the home in the Multiple Listings Service (MLS), put up a sign in front of the home and advertise the home on their marketing network. But, each home is different … (0 comments)

miami beach condos: Why is Buying a Home the “American Dream” ? - 03/24/09 04:10 AM
It’s said time and time again that property investment is the largest investment made by an overwhelming majority of people. At times the prospect of committing to a $300,000 dollar investment can seem daunting, but it’s not really as difficult as it seems. Often times many people can spend that amount of money after 15-to-20 years of renting and in the end have nothing to show for it. Paying off a home in a lot of ways is the first step to financial success.
A home is a veritable “nest egg” in that its large value becomes your financial stability. If … (0 comments)