stephanie leon: Miami Lakes Ale House Coming Soon!!! - 03/16/11 10:48 AM
"Miami Lakes Ale House" had its soft opening yesterday March 15, 2011.
Miller's Ale House was named as one of Nation's Restaurant News' "Regional Powerhouse Chains" and we now have one in our very own town... 
Located in the HEART of Miami Lakes on Main Street at 15251 NW 67 AVE...
Delicious fresh food, friendly staff and the place to relax and have a good time!
Keep you ears open for a the official Spring Grand Opening!
View Menu Click Here
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stephanie leon: Next month Florida will rollout statewide the Florida Hardest Hit Program - 02/15/11 05:38 AM
(Currently this program in Florida is only available to residents in Lee County.)
If you are not in Florida use the link at the bottom of this page to see if your State has a HARDEST HIT FUND.
The Hardest Hit Fund, announced by President Obama a year ago and expanded to more states since then, largely targets lower-income jobless or underemployed homeowners.Those eligible receive forgivable loans for mortgage payments, or they may tap other programs, such as one to help them get current on mortgage payments. Generally, the loans are forgiven after five years if borrowers stay in the homes and … (0 comments)

stephanie leon: Why do realtors want me to be pre-qualified before they show me houses when I don't know what I want? - 02/09/11 02:28 PM
 
Let me ask you this... would you drive your car without looking at the gas gauge before driving off???
It is the same concept for Realtors.
This is an essential first step in the home buying process. There are more advantages to gaining pre-approval than you would initially surmise.
When the lender hands a borrower a preapproval letter, it means the borrower can:
1. Save time by looking at what you qualify to afford.
2. Spend more time looking at the right homes by narrowing down the price-range. Some properties don't qualify for certain types of financing and it is … (4 comments)

stephanie leon: An Estate Sale In Hialeah - 01/31/11 11:40 AM
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stephanie leon: Leaving an Effective Voicemail Message - 01/17/11 04:47 PM
 

 
Leaving a voicemail message is like making a short public speech with a distinct objective.
Here are some tips to help you convey the right message to your audience:
 
 
 
 
 Plan Your Message: Consider the points you want to make and jot down a few key words. Limit the points to one or two per message.  Get to the Point: A stream of consciousness approach doesn't work. Begin with a purpose. "The reason I am calling is..."  Be Brief: The Octel voicemail system will allow users to leave a three-four minute message (depending on which … (4 comments)

stephanie leon: Finally, I have seen the light… - 12/08/10 05:43 PM
I must say... I am pleased to announce I have seen the light at the end of the tunnel.
The Miami area real estate market price has stabilized.  Yes...You heard it here first...
Now, it is your turn... I am in aw over several recently performed appraisals from unrelated companies, returned to me this month with the great news.  Even some had the greatest news a buyer would want to hear... Your property has appraised higher than the purchase price.
Okay let me just tell you... I was already advising my customers of the current market conditions based on what I … (4 comments)

stephanie leon: Miami's Brickell To Host Art Basel Brickell 2010 - 12/04/10 01:14 AM
Art, Live Performances, Fashion Come Together At This Brickell Event  
Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important art show in the United States, a cultural and social highlight for the Americas. As the sister event of Switzerland's Art Basel, the most prestigious art show worldwide for the past 41 years, Art Basel Miami Beach combines an international selection of top galleries with an exciting program of special exhibitions, parties and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture and design. Exhibition sites are located in the city's beautiful Art Deco District, within walking distance of the beach and many hotels.
 
 When: 12/4/2010  Where: … (0 comments)

stephanie leon: Why does everyone say the real estate market has no buyers? - 12/03/10 02:10 PM

 
I don't get it....When every time I list a REO property I get at least 3 offers in the first 24hrs. On The other side when I am working with a buyer and we place an offer we are up against 5-10 offers. I am not talking about financing offers. I mean cash offers and over $100k.
To me it seems the market does not have enough properties in the areas the buyers want to buy and as such, 10 buyers end up fighting for the winning offer. Leaving the other 9 still on the hunt for a property. Of … (5 comments)

stephanie leon: Now, You Can Listen and Learn From The FLorida Talking Contract!!! - 11/24/10 01:53 PM
The Florida Realtors/Florida Bar Residential Contract for Sale and Purchase, along with two other popular sales contracts, were revised and renamed this summer.
AS-IS Residential Contract for Sale and Purchase (ASIS-1) Comprehensive Rider to Residential Sale and Purchase Contract (CR-1) Some of the changes to the Florida Realtors/Florida Bar Residential Contract for Sale and Purchase include: larger print; the addition of initial blanks at the bottom of each page; a limited hold harmless and indemnity clause for brokers and agents; and several new riders that include an appraisal contingency, an agreement to arbitrate disputes and a short sale rider.FloridaRealtors.org has created an … (3 comments)

stephanie leon: Wow!! What a Steal.... Tell me more... - 11/18/10 02:01 PM

 
 
 
 Peaceful Area in Doral...
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Great location close to airport, shopping and expressway. Mins from the Dolphin Mall and 20 mins to the downtown and the beaches.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 Relax pool side taking in the Miami Sunshine...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Work on you Beach body in the Gym!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Enjoy all the wonderful amenities at Las Vistas in Doral, Fl while living in the central part of … (1 comments)

stephanie leon: Mortgage rates rise to 4.24%, near record low - 11/08/10 02:08 AM

 
As of 11/5/2010
Rates on 30-year fixed mortgages edged up this week to an average of 4.24 percent, still close to their lowest level in decades.
Rates fell last month to 4.19 percent, the lowest average on records dating back to 1971.
The average rate on 15-year fixed loans fell to 3.63 percent this week from 3.66 percent a week earlier.
 
Rates on five-year adjustable-rate mortgages fell to their lowest level in at least five years. They averaged 3.39 percent, down from 3.41 percent a week earlier. It is the lowest rate on records dating back to January … (0 comments)

stephanie leon: Ocean View and Ocean Reserve in Sunny Isles Bch, Fl Market Report - 11/02/10 05:24 PM



Ocean View and Ocean Reserve building market data. 19370/80/90 Collins Ave Sunny Isles Bch. (33160)

Click Here to see a  list of all sold properties year to date.
4% of the properties sold were between $91-$100k  and $91k is the cheapest... Sold on 3/26/10
17 % of the properties sold were between $100k-$110k
13 % of the properties sold were between $112k-$120k
15 % of the properties sold were between $121k-$130k
15 % of the properties sold were between $130k-$140k
8 % of the properties sold were between $140k-$150k
30 % of the properties sold were between $150k+  with … (1 comments)

stephanie leon: Here's A Tip For DUM DUM Buyers' Agents - 10/17/10 02:31 PM
 
Here is a tip to those Dum Dum buyers' agents who send their clients to view properties without escorting the prospective buyer. IT IS A VIOLATION. YOU CAN LOSE YOUR LICENSE.  You must escort your customers at all times to view a property. If not your customers are considered trespassing and can have charges placed against them if found in a property unescorted.
Here is what happened to me on Friday. I arrived at my new  REO listing and find a so called investor viewing the property alone. I asked him who he was and he politely replied I am … (2 comments)

stephanie leon: 2010 Miami Lakes Pumpkin Patch - 09/25/10 02:27 PM

 
Guess what it is that time of the year again for the Miami Lakes Pumpkin Patch.
Pumpkin Patch Opens:  October 9 - 31, 10am - 9pm
Where: Miami Lakes United Methodist Church
          14800 NW 67th Ave.          Miami Lakes, Fl 33014
The truck containing over 2,000 pumpkins of all sizes and the pumpkins weigh over 43,000 lbs arrives on Friday, 10/8/10 and Friday, 10/15/10 the whole community is welcome to join in an unload the trucks.  Call ahead to let them know you are coming to help 305-821-7274
 
 

 
 
The whole community is invited for fun and photo … (1 comments)

stephanie leon: You can Stop looking.. This is the Condo for you in Sunny Isles Beach, FL - 09/19/10 03:08 PM
 19380 Collins Ave Unit 1209
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Front Desk
 
 
 
 

 

Sunny Isles Beach, FL
A Beautiful 1/1.5 condo in the HEART of Sunny Isles Beach. This unit is in great condition, spacious bedroom, & bathroom with 2 walk in closets. OceanView conds have all of the amenities: pool, spa, gym, & walking distance to beach, located in the lovely Sunny Isles on Collins Avenue. Great night life/restaurants, close to Aventura Mall. MAKE AN OFFER TODAY. For more information contact: StephanieLeon@avantiway.com  
You can stop looking...This is the … (0 comments)

stephanie leon: South Florida Properties Under $50k - 09/06/10 04:15 PM
A report  recently released by the Miami-based real estate and consultant firm Condo Vultures found 5,400 townhouses and condominiums, and 600 single-family homes in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties have list prices of $50,000 or less. Many of these properties are cash only deals and may sell for over list price. The vast majority of the buyers of these properties are all-cash investors who are focused on accumulating rental properties.
Broward County had the most properties available under $50,000 with over 2,400 listings.
Palm Beach County was the runner-up, listing over 2,100 cut-rate properties.
Miami-Dade County was in last place … (1 comments)

stephanie leon: Must Know Credit Report Tips - 08/25/10 03:41 PM















What is a credit report?

Your credit report is a compilation of your financial transactions, payment history, and personal information summed up into a report. 
What is a credit score?
 A credit score is created using this information and used to determine if you are a good candidate for a loan, credit card and or other service. Typically, the better you score, the less risk you represent.
 
 
   








Stephanie's Must Know Credit Tips
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stephanie leon: All Ways Lead to Hialeah - 08/18/10 06:19 PM

 
 
A promotional billboard welcomes visitors to Hialeah in 1921, making this pretty prairie catch the eye of a pioneer aviator Glenn Curtiss and a Missouri cattleman James H. Bright who saw the city for its great potential in 1921
 
  
At the time, Glenn Curtiss and James Bright could not have imagined how important Hialeah's location would be for transportation.
In 1922, Curtiss and Bright just knew it was the Gateway to the Everglades and the first town west of Miami, FL. They believed in their projection of Hialeah and it was right on. 


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stephanie leon: Did You Know? - 08/16/10 06:36 PM

 
FACT HIALEAH Means: Pretty Prairie
Hialeah, Fl, the "City of Progress" is located upon a larger prairie between Biscayne Bay and the Everglades.
 
Giving it's name Hialeah translated as "Pretty Prairie" or "Upland Parries".
 
The Seminole Indian interpretation of its name, "High Prairie"
 
Now you know.... Hialeah means Pretty Prairie.  
 
 
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stephanie leon: Top 10 States With PRICEY Closing Cost - 08/16/10 04:11 PM

 
Yeah... Let's be happy that Florida is not on this list.
According to a recent survey on bankrate.com closing cost have increased 36.6% since 2009. On average, the origination and third party fees on a $200,000 purchase mortgage added up to $3,741.
The State with the highest closing cost is: New York at $5,623 for the average closing cost on a $200,000 home.
Click the link below to see the runner ups.
Daily News-10 States with Pricey Closing Costs
 
 Click here to see the complete list with all 52 States.
 
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Turning For Sale Into SOLD!

Miami Lakes, FL

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