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location, halfway between Fort Lauderdale and Miami airports. Spectacular Sunny Isles Condos have replaced the old motels along Sunny Isles Beach. Aventura with its wonderful shopping and entertainment venues, a short distance from the beach, boasts great Aventura condo buildings in an affluent area, known for good services and schools. Surfside Condos are in the middle of a great walking area, a short stripe alongside the ocean. Hallandale Beach Real Estate, offers a blend of old and new buildings on the sand, new shopping centers, the racetrack and casinos, and has become a major player. Hollywood Beach, famous for its boardwalk is a great destination and Hollywood Condos are a great option. Miami Beach Real Estate, all the way down to South Beach has become one of the most valuable in South Florida. In Miami, Brickell condos, a strip south of US1 and downtown Miami close to South Beach, in the middle of the financial sector. North of Downtown Miami, alongside the coast, dozens of new buildings, many of them with great views and luxurious amenities, have populated the area. Coconut Grove Condos and Coral Gables Homes, as well as Key Biscayne real estate, in a coveted and exclusive area.

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Good and bad news for South Florida home sales in June

The market for single-family home sales surged in South Florida during June but the condo and town home market was a mixed bag.

The latest numbers from Florida Realtors show that median single-family home prices grew 5.8 percent to $275,000 in June, compared to the same month a year ago. There were 4,341 homes sold, up 12.2 percent.

That’s similar to the statewide performance, with median single-family home prices rising 5.2 percent and sales up 14.6 percent.

The condo and town home market in South Florida was a different story. While the median sales price jumped 14.3 percent to $149,700, the 4,049 sales were down 0.3 percent.

Statewide, condo and town home prices grew at a more measured 8.5 percent as sales volume increased 3.1 percent.

The state’s other big regions, Tampa Bay, Orlando and Jacksonville, were considerably cheaper than South Florida and had higher percentage sales volume gains.

Florida Realtors Chief Economist John Tuccillo said June was a strong month for sales, although it followed weaker than expected sales in May.

"We are generally seeing slower increases in both sales and prices, and a rising level of inventories,” Tuccillo said. "All of this points to a continued steady, manageable growth in the Florida housing market.”

Broward County’s condo and town home market performed especially well in June, with closed sales up 10.1 percent and the median sales price growing 23.8 percent to $130,000, according to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors. Cash sales accounted for 70 percent of those transactions.

However, Miami-Dade County saw a 3.8 percent decline in condo and town home sales while the median sales price increased just 2.6 percent to $243,700, according to the Miami Association of Realtors. Nearly 69 percent of these were cash deals. These units were sold after a median of 61 days on the market, up 39 percent from a year ago.

The single-family home market in Miami-Dade performed better, with a 9.5 percent jump in sales volume and the median price growing 6 percent to $243,700.

South Florida Business Journal – July 22, 2014

Miami Real Estate

Related Group buys foreclosure judgment on stalled waterfront condo site

A joint venture between Miami-based Related Group and New York-based Related Cos. has the inside track on obtaining a waterfront development site in Hollywood after buying a foreclosure judgment.

PRH 4000 South Ocean, an affiliate of the developers led by Related Group Chairman and CEO Jorge Perez, bought a $15.5 million foreclosure judgment from PNC Bank (NYSE: PNC) that was previously obtained against Chicago-based MCZ/Centrum. It concerns the 2.4-acre parking lot along along the Intracoastal Waterway at 4000 S. Ocean Drive.

The foreclosure auction of that property was postponed last year. Related would need to win that auction using its credit bid to take over the site. It was planned as a condominium, but it’s currently being used as a hotel parking lot.

While Related is best known as a Miami condo builder, it’s been active in the Hollywood area, as well. It’s currently marketing the proposed Beachwalk in Hallandale Beach.

Representatives of Related couldn’t immediately be reached for comment about their plans for the Hollywood site, should they successfully use the foreclosure judgment to gain control of it.

From South Florida Business Journal - May 23, 2014

Among the most luxurious

Hallandale Beach Condos, and Sunny Isles Condos

As an Aventura Realtor and a Hallandale Realtor, I usually recommend the Beach Club as a great option. A new condominium complex right on Hallandale Beach, it consists of 3 buildings right on the sand, on 9 acres and 800 feet of ocean frontage. Tremendous amenities make the difference at the Beach Club in Hallandale. 7 pools, great direct ocean views from the large deck areas, a restaurant, a wonderful spa, a professional two-story gym, modern social areas, the Beach Club Condos are full-service buildings.
Residents of the Beach Club in Hallandale love the overall atmosphere of a world-class beach resort. Beach Club One and Beach Club Three Condos are twin 44- floor structures. Beach Club Two, with 51 floors has some of the best water views. In general, most of the units have either ocean or intracoastal views. As a Beach Club Realtor, I recommend you to check inside the Beach Club Condo units, where top brands appliances, European style kitchens and bathrooms, hurricane-proof windows, complement the overall value.

Brickell Preconstruction Real Estate News

RealtyTrac releases first-ever disaster ratings

RealtyTrac released its first-ever Natural Disaster Housing Risk Report, which assigns a natural disaster risk score to more than 3,000 county housing markets nationwide.

Scores assigned to each county's housing market were based on risk data for three natural disaster events - hurricanes, tornados and earthquakes - and each county was assigned to one of five risk categories based on their score: Very High, High, Medium, Low, and Very Low.

Of the 3,138 U.S. counties analyzed in the report, 373 were classified as Very High Risk, representing 12 percent of all counties. The total number of housing units in those counties was 10.6 million, 8 percent of total U.S. housing units.

However, Florida - which has a reputation for hurricanes - had no counties in the Very High Risk category. Most of the state, and almost the entire coastline, is Medium Risk. While hurricanes do sometimes target Florida six months out of the year, the state faces largely only one type of natural disaster.

One exception to the rule is upper Central Florida, which has occasional tornadoes. Those counties fall into the High Risk category, along with coastal areas around Cape Coral and Pensacola.

Nationally, 271 counties fell into the Very Low Risk category with 3 percent of total U.S. housing units.

The biggest percentage of counties and housing units fell into the High Risk Category: 1,118 counties representing 47 percent of total U.S. housing units. There were 511 counties in the Medium Risk category, 23 percent of the total; and 865 counties in the Low Risk category, representing 19 percent of the total.

"In the past natural disaster data was technically available, but difficult for buyers and homeowners to dig up; however, now the data is readily available online for virtually any U.S. property, and buyers should take advantage of this," says Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac.

From FloridaRealtors.org - June 18, 2014

Miami Beach Real Estate News

Citizens wants to lower property insurance rates

Nearly seven out of 10 Citizens Property Insurance Corporation personal-lines policyholders would see rate reductions in 2015 under a slate of rate recommendations being considered today by the Board of Governors in Orlando.

Under the rates proposed by Citizens, policyholders with homeowners policies would see an average decrease of 3.2 percent, while mobile-home owners would see an average 3.9 percent.

The 2015 recommended rates will be submitted to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, which must establish rates for Citizens before they take effect.

The lower rates come as a surprise to some observers since Citizens has been trying to raise rates to become actuarially sound, but has been hamstrung by a law that allows it to raise rates no more than 10 percent per year.

"While rates for many policy types and areas have been inadequate in the past, the gradual phasing in of sound rates beginning in 2010 has helped Citizens to attain actuarial soundness in many areas," Citizens says in its 2015 Rate Kit. "Pockets of inadequacy persist, mostly near the coast and for older homes, condos and mobile homes, but the majority of Citizens policyholders will see an actuarially sound rate that is similar to last year's indications or even a bit lower."

From FloridaRealtors.org - June 24, 2014

Hallandale Real Estate News

Trader Joe's A Grand Slam For South Florida Retail

Even though they're about 30 miles and several cities away, the creators of a major live-work-play development in Plantation are excited about the changes to the retail landscape that will come from a gourmet supermarket chain under construction in Delray Beach and set to expand this year across South Florida.

The suits at US Capital Holdings Group, the firm behind the $300 million development at Broward's former Fashion Mall, are applauding the Hawaiian shirt-clad executives at Trader Joe's, the quirky retailer targeting South Florida for growth—at long last in the view of patrons accustomed to shopping at its other stores nationally.

"Not only is Trader Joe's one of the hottest retailers in the U.S., they are such a unique tenant and have such a loyal customer following, they will no doubt attract other higher-quality tenants to the market," said Jennifer Moran, US Capital Holdings Group's director of leasing. "They are a great addition to any mixed-use project."

Brokers say the gourmet grocer with reported annual sales in the $8 billion range from more than 350 stores and a roster of affluent, educated and sophisticated clients attracts other high-end tenants.

The chain has honed its skills at catering to well-heeled customers to such a level that shoppers tell stories of traveling across town—or even farther—to stock up on Trader Joe's fare. When the first South Florida Trader Joe's opened in suburban Miami last October, it snarled traffic in the Pinecrest neighborhood.

Trader Joe's "is a phenomenal brand with a cult following wherever they go," said Barry Wolfe, vice president of investments and senior director of the national retail group at Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services. "You see people signing petitions to bring them in. Nearly 2,300 people signed an online petition by Nadine Whiteman, a Broward woman who launched a Facebook page that garnered 893 likes, thousands of visitors, media attention and strong support for her lobbying effort last year to bring a Trader Joe's store to the Fort Lauderdale area.

It's that strong customer loyalty, often described as cult-like, that draws long lines and celebratory atmospheres at Trader Joe's openings.

"They'll definitely have an impact," Wolfe said. "If you have a shopping center and bring Trader Joe's in, that's a grand slam."

The retail chain is notoriously tight-lipped about everything from its suppliers to its branding, and the same goes for its real estate footprint.

"We don't disclose what goes into selection of a location," said director of national publicity Alison Mochizuki, who was mum on every other company plan for South Florida.

But she confirmed the Monrovia, Calif.-based chain plans at least six new stores by the end of this year in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. After it committed to Florida expansion, South Florida customers made cross-state treks to shop at its Naples store.

The company launched in South Florida last October when it opened a 13,500-square-foot branch in Pinecrest. It has stores in the works in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Pembroke Pines, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa, Wellington and Winter Park.

In Boca Raton, the company intends to anchor East City Center, a new mixed-used development with retail and office space owned by PCS Paladin Holdings LLC, with a 12,500-square-foot store at 855 S. Federal Highway.

Three other Palm Beach County launches this year will bring the chain to the southwest corner of PGA Boulevard and Prosperity Farms Road in Palm Beach Gardens, to anchor the Delray Place shopping plaza slated to open in October and add a 12,500-square-foot outlet at the southwest corner of U.S. 441 and Stribling Way in the Village Green Center in Wellington.

In Pembroke Pines, the company announced plans last November for a 12,500-square-foot store at Pines Boulevard and Flamingo Road in the Pembroke Crossing shopping plaza. It would replace Cost Plus World Market, an eclectic Oakland, Calif.-based specialty retailer that sold imported furniture, wine, books and housewares from its hub at 11960 Pines Blvd.Retail Catalyst

Trader Joe's early South Florida foray caused a stir when it opened at 9205 S. Dixie Highway in Pinecrest. Shoppers lined up for low-priced gourmet fare like Fadeaway wines, 16-ounce bags of organic blue corn tortilla chips for $2.99, 8-ounce tubs of crumbled bleu cheese aged for at least 60 days and priced at $3.49, cheddar cheese with caramelized onions, cowboy caviar salsa, 10 freshly cut daffodils for $1.29 and other deals from the store's Fearless Flyer.

Part of Trader Joe's success strategy is the meticulous use of its shelf and store space. While competitors like the Fresh Market and Whole Foods prefer stores ranging from 20,000 to 50,000 square feet, Trader Joe's strategy operates on a smaller scale. Its typical store is about 10,000 to 15,000 square feet, Mochizuki said. About 80 percent of all the company's inventory carries the Trader Joe's brand.

"They're definitely in a class of their own," said Roxanne Register, vice president of CBRE Inc. in Boca Raton and broker for Delray Village Shoppes. "Everybody knows what a draw they are. When they move into a project, it's a catalyst for other retailers to go into that project because of their draw

Years ago, Wolfe saw the chain transform a humdrum 150,000-square-foot neighborhood shopping center in Atlanta to a trendy real estate asset. Before Trader Joe's arrival, the Class C center attracted Chinese fast-food restaurants, lawnmower repair shops, music stores and other mom-and-pop retailers.

"You're not necessarily going to hit a home run with Trader Joe's. They're not a huge tenant. They're not going to pay you a lot of rent," Wolfe said. "It's what happens around them."

Within months of inking the Trader Joe's deal for a 12,000-square-foot spot, brokers were fielding inquiries from RadioShack, Party City, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Pier 1 Imports and other major national and regional tenants looking to follow the grocer. Real estate agents also reported an uptick in interest from local tenants—but this time potential renters were looking to make major upgrades to attract the supermarket's affluent customers.

"Most developers would love to do a deal with Trader Joe's," Wolfe said.

But as Trader Joe's prepares for South Florida expansion, marketers at confirmed sites aren't saying how news of the chain's impending arrival is affecting leasing. Nevertheless, analyts say Trader Joe's entry is shaping the broader retail investment landscape.

Along with high-end grocery brands, Trader Joe's is helping to revitalize the sector, spurring competition for consumer dollars. And as these high-traffic retailers open, developers clamor to create space that will benefit from the anticipated flow of new shoppers. In the case of Trader Joe's, its Florida expansion could be a pioneering strategy.

"It's exciting that we do have a new choice other than Publix," said Brian Bern, senior director of retail leasing services in Franklin Street's Tampa office. "Other brands are paying attention. There are other specialty tenants who are watching Florida and noting there is a lack of specialty brands in Florida. They'll be keeping an eye on Trader Joe's growth and how it's faring in this market."

From Daily Business Review – 4/04/14

Sunny Isles

has seen drastic changes in less than a decade. Once a long strip of motels, built in the 50's, it is now home to magnificent high rise Sunny Isles Beach condos. Almost overnight, shops, cafes, restaurants, have made Sunny Isles a fashionable and coveted location. Large condominiums, built in the 70's, such as Winston Towers, Plaza Americas Condos coexist with the new giant structures: Ocean 1, Ocean 2 Condos, Ocean 3, Ocean 4, the Pinnacle Condos, Turnberry Ocean Colony, Acqualina Condos, The Jade Ocean, The Meridien Condos, Millenium Condominiums, The Trump Palace, Trump Towers, Sands Point Condos, Sayan Condos, are just a few in the growing Sunny Isles Condos' skyline. More affordable but still very good options are La Perla Condos,The King David Condos, Porto Bellagio; across from the beach, the Coastal Towers, Arlen House Condos.

In Fort Lauderdale

some new developments draw out attention. Alongside the New River, the River Grand is an example of posh living. Traditional luxury features, such as expansive social areas, lavishly decorated, billiard ad card rooms, fitness center, blend well with state-of-the-art elements, such as floor-to-ceiling windows, large terraces and balconies, marble and granite generously spread on floors, kitchens, and baths. The Nu-River Landing condominiums attract a younger crowd with modern appearance and architecture, a wonderful roof-top pool area, basket ball courts, and the electronic gimmicks you could ask for as far as high-speed internet, central controlled air conditioned, modern gyms, executive rooms and more. Las Olas Riverhouse is another notable venue on the River, as well as the gorgeous riverfront Symphony Condominiums building. If we want to talk top high-end properties, the Harbourage Place, in Harbor Beach is the place to be. I also like Il Lugano condominiums, a new construction, with boat slips, a boaters' paradise. The two L'Hermitage condo buildings, right on the beach, are some of the most desirable options in Fort Lauderdale real estate.

Hollywood Preconstruction Real Estate Information

Senate bill would bring two casino resorts to Miami, Broward

The Florida Senate on Monday proposed a bill that would bring casino resorts to Miami-Dade and Broward counties, reduce dog racing and bring new regulation to the gaming industry.

In addition to licensing two destination resort casinos in South Florida, the bill (SPB 7052) would reduce the number of dog races conducted at the state’s 13 greyhound tracks, and requires that track owners and trainers report dog injuries, according to The Miami Herald.

The changes would take effect this year under the plan, but it also proposes a constitutional amendment to require voter approval for any additional gambling expansion.

Voters in both counties would also have to give their consent to build a destination casino.

House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, said he will not accept any gambling expansion unless the governor signs off on it and negotiates a new compact with the Seminole Tribe. Any expansion in Florida could negate the state's $230 million-a-year contract with the tribe.

From the Florida Business Journal – Feb. 25, 2014

Sunny Isles Estate News

Searching for Florida properties for sale?

Are you looking for that relaxing, beach-side resort or do you prefer luxury condominiums in South Florida ? Are you looking for a family friendly South Florida condo for sale?
Sunny Isles Beach real estate is one of the most coveted in South Florida. Numerous choices, a long stretch alongside the beach, provide many great options of Luxury Waterfront Condos in Sunny Isles Beach.
We are seeing new construction and pre-construction projects oriented to the high-luxury segment.
The Jade Signature is an outstanding example, as is the Porsche Design pre-construction building, where you will be able to park your car at the door of your apartment, in the highest floors.
Mansions of Acqualina is another perfectly designed sample of Italian art right in front of the beach.
Regalia, a one-apartment-per-floor pre-construction project, is geared to million-dollars buyers.
The Jade Signature will be another great architectural design of Carlos Ott.
Add this to the recently completed or to be completed St Tropez in Sunny Isles, the Jade Ocean and the Jade Beach, the Sole and the 3 Trump Towers.
Now let’s check what is already existing.
Some outstanding buildings: The Acqualina Condos, which is considered as one of the highest quality properties in Sunny Isles Beach . at 17875 Collins Avenue.
The Jade Beach and the Jade Ocean, upscale construction, wonderful architecture, new waterfront Sunny Isles Condos.
The Trump Royale, the Trump Palace, the Trump Sonesta, and the three new Trump Towers at the South end of Sunny Isles Beach are great options.
The Pinnacle with a very distinctive silhouette, on 175th St. and the beach, was for a long time a Sunny Isles landmark, famous for its elegance and luxurious condos.
The Millenium condominiums, built in 2000, at Collins and 187th Street.
On 173th Street, the Ocean Four, recently completed, is the last of a series of luxury condo buildings in Sunny Isles. The Ocean Two and Ocean One condos, at the very North end of Sunny Isles Beach, are a favorite of luxury beachfront condos buyers. Specially Ocean Two with great amenities and common areas. Ocean Three, a few yards down Collins Avenue, on Sunny Isles Beach, are the next of the series.
Turnberry Ocean Colony on 160th Street and Collins had been considered by many as the top of Sunny Isles Luxury Condos. The property is right on Sunny Isles Beach, and its amenities and luxury are second to none.
We should also consider the Oceania series of buildings, of which some are right on the beach in Sunny Isles, and some across the street and facing the intracoastal canals. On 167th Street and Collins, La Perla Condos provide a good option of Sunny Isles Waterfront properties. Sands Point Condos, at the same location are also beautiful beachfront condos. On the lower price range, the Porto Bellagio condos, the King David condos, the Ocean View Condos, the Ocean Reserve; the Winston Towers at 174th Street and Collins, Arlen House Condos, are more affordable alternatives of Sunny Isles Beach properties.
The Poinciana townhomes on the water are a favorite Sunny Isles Beach real estate option. Other South Florida condos near the beach, can be easily found in cities as Aventura, Hollywood Beach, Hallandale Beach, perhaps the Beach Club Condos in Hallandale. Have you narrowed your search down to luxury condominiums to Miami Beach Real Estate? Did you think about South Beach Properties?
Owning a condominium in the Miami Beach area will place you near the famous South Beach area and it world-famous restaurants, bars, discos, Lincoln Road, and Ocean Drive. Luxury condominiums can be found for sale at Millionaire Row, Indian Creek.
Great condo buildings can be found at North Bay Village, a 10 minutes drive from the Beach.
If you would like to be a little closer to Bal Harbour and its famous Bal Harbour Shoppes, you can find many new, as well as well maintained condo buildings in Bal Harbour at now much affordable prices. Bal Harbour Condos on the beach include some newer buildings such as the One Bal Harbour condos, or the venerable Balmoral Condos, all marble and space, with some great Bal Harbour apartments with wonderful water views. The New Harbour House condos, which are a condo conversion, are the result of gutting a rental building and converting it to a condominium community. Driving South of Bal Harbour, Surfside Real Estate is in a coveted location, with good walking traffic, restaurants and stores, as well as its Surfside condominium buildings right on the beach, such as the Waverly Condos, the Champlain Towers Condos, three attractive buildings, right on the sand. A new condo building, the Azure Condominiums, is an good alternative.
Other Surfside Condos to mention: The Wave Condos, the Manatee Condos, the Spiaggia condominium building, which has been completely gutted and redone. Surfside offers a small town setting which also includes some older Surfside single family homes. South of Surfside, Nobe condominiums can be a good alternative. Nobe or North Beach is an area alongside the ocean, with a stretch of restaurants and entertainment places, blending with the North Beach condo buildings. Luxury Miami Beach condos are an exciting blend of modern and old rehabilitated buildings.
The Blue Diamond condos and the Green Diamond condos, the Fountainebleau condos, the Canyon Ranch condominiums, and many other Miami Beach condo buildings are some of the newer Miami Beach condo developments. Great opportunities are waiting for you since the turn of the market has brought to the market many Miami Beach real estate opportunities, Miami Beach foreclosures and Miami Beach short sales.
If you go further South, you will be able to choose between the older, but now affordable condos in South Beach, or if you can afford it, the high-class condo buildings such as the Continuum condos, the Apogee condos, the Murano at Portofino condominiums, the Icon South Beach condos, the Setai condos, the Il Villaggio condos.
Traditional buildings at the cozy location called Belle Isle are an affordable yet wonderful option in South Beach real estate. Close to Lincoln Road and South Beach lively environment, you will be right at the center of the action, living in an affordable Belle Isle condo. We can present you with different alternative of foreclosure deals, short sales opportunities but, in general, motivated sellers constitute some of the best South Beach real estate buying opportunities.
Florida Condominiums for Sale as an Investment . Florida is one of the premier retirement areas in the world. With its temperate climate, variety of Atlantic and Gulf shore beaches, and plethora of pleasure activities, no wonder it's such a desirable place to own a piece of South Florida Real Estate.
Planning your retirement? It is never too early! Do you see retirement a long way down the road but want the security of owning a vacation villa in an upscale environment like in the Sunny Isles Florida area near Aventura?
Owning your own South Florida property will give you the security of knowing there is always a place for family vacations awaiting you. Amidst your busy life, think of how hassle-free your next vacation will be. No more booking those reservations months in advance or trying to find just the right lodging at the last minute or around peak holiday season. Hallandale Beach Condos can also be a great refuge, with all these entertainment venues, such as the Gulfstream race track and Casino, the new Village at Gulfstream, the shops at Diplomat Mall, restaurants for all tastes and budgets, the beach and the stunning views on the intracoastal waterway, the proximity to Aventura Mall and Downtown Hollywood.

Renting Your Luxury Condominium in South Florida

Owning your own piece of Bal Harbour, Florida real estate will give you the option of using it for you and your family when you choose or renting it to some of the millions of tourists streaming to Florida. You can choose either to be in charge of the advertising and renting details or hire a real estate management company to take care of the details for you. Weighing the pros and cons is important. You will take home more profit being in charge of the vacation villa rental yourself but you will also have to deal with the worries that go along with rental properties. Putting yourself in charge, however, will give you the ability to negotiate deals with your customers and will also allow you to offer specials of your choosing at the best price.

Luxury Condominiums in Aventura

So, you’d rather not take the plunge to own a Florida condominium just yet. That’s alright. Some people could choose to rent first which will give you great insight into location and market. Looking for condominiums to rent in all these attractive areas will produce many results. You will have many options from which to choose, all of which can place you near Disneyworld and other major and lesser-known tourist activities. Along with the various opportunities to rent, Aventura Condos and Sunny Isles Beach Condos can offer wonderful opportunities.
Other similar locations are abundant in South Florida, such as Hollywood Beach Condos, Miami Beach Condos, Hallandale Real Estate and South Beach real estate, and all spots in between within easy driving distance to great beaches, shopping areas, and outdoor activities. Check www.condo-southflorida.com, for other good opportunities in Sunny Isles Beach, Hallandale, as well as the possibility of purchasing Aventura real estate. This could be a great choice since Aventura with its famous Aventura Mall, its restaurants, movie theatres, will always be a favorite.

Sunny Isles Beach presents both level of luxury condos close to the beach. Located on the East Side of Aventura, alongside the beach, Sunny Isles Condos are a blend of brand new luxury condo buildings, and lower-priced beautiful buildings across the street or just a couple of minutes walk to the beach.
Bal Harbour Condos, with the exception of a few new Bal Harbour condo buildings, are mostly in great buildings from the 70's which preserve all their grandeur and luxury, right on Bal Harbour Beach. Surfside Condos give you the opportunity to live in a small city, which has preserved their most beloved wealth, which is the beach. Surfside condo buildings are limited in their height. Surfside streets are friendly and you will notice that it is more of a walking city. Whatever your choice, buying or renting Florida condominiums, you will never regret the once-in-a lifetime opportunity now that prices are at a very low level.

In Hallandale

the three La Mer Condo buildings and the Parker Plaza , right on the beach, have been superbly remodeled. The four Hemispheres buildings on both sides of Ocean Drive are known for a busy social life at the pool deck. The Parker Plaza and Parker Dorado have been partially renovated and are affordable options. The Malaga Towers Condos are a well kept luxury complex on Hallandale Beach. 2080 Condos on the beach attract many foreign buyers. Speaking new construction, the BEACH CLUB is the outstanding value: At the Beach Club you will find great amenities, and beautiful oceanfront pool decks. Their main spa (they have three) is stunning. Wide open ocean and intracoastal views through their floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors. The 2080 Condominiums in Hallandale are a relatively new construction. They offer nice condos right on the beach, and a balance between luxury and affordability. A few blocks away from the Beach, at the Diplomat Shopping Center, the new DUO twin towers are a great addition to Hallandale Condo market. On the Intracoastal canals, at Three Islands and Golden Isles Drive, consider older but affordable and well maintained buildings such as Oceanview Tower Condo, or the Olympus complex. Golden Isles is a waterfront community of luxury million-dollar homes, most of them with a dock and ocean access. Golden Isles is a great option for boaters who need ocean access; a good location at the limit between Broward and Dade, close to Aventura, Gulfstream Racetrack and Casino, convenient entertainment and shopping areas.

South Florida Foreclosures & Short Sale Information

Builders push buyer incentives as sales slow

With home sales starting to slow, builders are giving buyers more incentives to purchase. Some are going so far as to offer tens of thousands of dollars in cash incentives as well as free home upgrades.

The rising cost of new homes – some markets have seen prices soar by double-digit percentages in recent months – and higher mortgage rates have impacted buyer demand. Builders are trying to lure them back, however, by agreeing to pay closing costs, part of the downpayment, or offer a discount on a buyer’s mortgage rate for a year or two.

Some builders are also tossing in some free upgrades, such as appliances, blinds, premium flooring or garage door openers.

Nearly 30 percent of sales managers at 150 homebuilders nationwide say they increased their use of incentives in September, up from 14 percent who said the same a year ago, according to a monthly survey by Wells Fargo Securities.

“Everybody’s giving more incentives today than they were in the summer,” says Mark Ward, managing partner of ForeverHome LLC, a homebuilder in Raleigh, N.C. His company, for example, agreed recently to cover $4,000 in closing costs and swap out carpeting with ceramic tile and hardwood flooring at no additional cost on one of its $295,000 homes.

Another builder, Houston-based David Weekley Homes, is offering up to $20,000 in incentives to buyers who purchase a home in the Tampa, Fla., area by the end of the year.

Some builders aren’t even waiting for customers to ask for incentives and are advertising giveaways upfront, says Kendra Cooke, a real estate professional with Bob Parks Realty LLC in Brentwood, Tenn.

While incentives can generate sales, builders also must be cautious about how many freebies they throw in, since it lessens their profit margins.

“As the market goes through minor gyrations and corrections on a road to a broader recovery, we think that we will have to use incentives on a select basis,” says Stuart Miller, CEO of Lennar.

From FloridaRealtors.org - Oct. 15, 2013

Hollywood Beach Condos

have always been very popular with Canadian snowbirds. There are several condominium buildings in Hollywood, Florida, either on the beach side of Ocean Drive, or across the street, facing the Intracoastal Waterway. Can we mention on this side the Allington Towers condos, the Hallmark condos. On the beach side, right on the sand, let's mention The Wave condos as one of the well designed condo conversions on Hollywood Beach, as well as the Tides Condos, and the Residences of Hollywood. The Quadomain condo towers are also affordable buildings. The luxury developments of Diplomat Residences Condos, and Ocean Palms Condos and the Trump Hollywood appeal to buyers seeking the best options close to the Hollywood Broadwalk. A special mention to the Ocean Palms condos, a new luxury Hollywood building. Right on the Broadwalk, practically on the sand very few but deserving your consideration are buildings as La Playa Condos, or the Baker Tower condos.

Conveniently located in Hallandale, Golden Isles is a gated community of 304 single family homes. Most are waterfront lots with deep water docks, on wide canals, and easy access to the Ocean. Amenities in Golden Isles include a park, tennis center, playground. For boaters, Golden Isles waterfront homes are some the best choices in Florida. Golden Isles offers a family neighborhood with superbly landscaped homes, many with beautiful architectural designs. Golden Isles is a short distance from Haulover Cut, and easy access to both Ft. Lauderdale and Miami airports. Aventura Mall is a 5 minutes drive, Hollywood Circle with its dining and entertainment venues, Gulf- stream Racetrack & Casino, Mardi Gras Dog Track/Casino, the shops at Diplomat Mall, are exciting options. And of course: Hollywood Beach boardwalk and the cafes and bars on the intracoastal you can reach by car or with your boat and sip a drink while watching a magnificent South Florida sunset.

What is exactly my function as a Florida real estate agent?

Essentially matching buyers with their ideal property. Taking account of age, motivations, way of life, and many other considerations, I must make sure that my client will effectively enjoy living in his Florida property. Regardless of the potential of investment gains which are an important factor, if I know that my client will use the Florida Condo or Florida home only as a Florida rental property, I will direct him differently than another client who is primarily looking for a South Florida vacation home or Florida vacation condo. The education of my real estate clients starts by giving them a chance to discover within all South Florida real estate locations, what better fits their needs. Not only bargain price are essential; Florida Real Estate Agents should always make sure that their clients will enjoy their new home, or if it is a Florida Investment Property, make the most of their new South Florida Property to maximize their future profits or income generation. Showing my clients the tremendous quantity of real estate South Florida Realtors are offering through the Florida MLS system on my website, I make sure buyers of South Florida real estate will get the most valuable MLS information. While I assist my clients with their Aventura real estate needs, I always try to locate the best Aventura Condos or Aventura Homes. Sunny Isles Condos and Hallandale Condos are also on the top of my priorities. Choosing an Aventura Condo, or some luxury Sunny Isles Beach luxury condo without the help of a South Florida area specialist is not the best recipe for success.
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Henry B. Nathan is an experienced Hallandale Realtor and Sunny Isles Beach Realtor, and has a great knowledge of both Dade County real estate and Broward County real estate. Since I am strategically located in Hallandale Beach, I will of course enlighten you with the best Hallandale real estate opportunities; especially the magnificent Beach Club Condos in Hallandale. And at the same time, I can show you the best Hollywood homes for sale, or Hollywood Beach Condos

United Realty Group - Henry B. Nathan is a specialist in Foreign Buyers.
If my client is a seller looking to sell his South Florida Condo or South Florida home, I can offer him the most advanced technology and methods, and an outstanding exposure to get his South Florida Condo or Home on the market in the shortest delay, conveniently displayed to the largest quantity of South Florida property buyers.

Although I specialize in Hallandale Florida real estate, I can assist my clients with any and all of their needs in the South Florida area. Prices kept their descending tendency during 2008 and beginning of 2009, in Miami real estate, as well as Miami Beach Real Estate. In Brickell Short Sales and Brickell Foreclosures, there are many great opportunitiesWhy not make the most of the present buyers' market? I can search on your behalf all of the South Beach real estate for sale, as well as Surfside real estate, to find the best deals in South Beach foreclosures and short sale propertie. With prices being reduced so quickly, not only Miami Beach real estate sold as short sale or foreclosure is attractive; Very often, we are finding motivated sellers of South Florida real estate who understand the buyer's market and are ready to negotiate incredible opportunities to purchase real estate in Miami.

I am constantly educating our customers on the fact that they should not assume that real estate in Sunny Isles is best purchased as Sunny Isles short sales or a Sunny Isles Foreclosures. South Florida Short sales and Foreclosures situations could have many pitfalls. I have seen buyers locate Hollywood-Florida properties and Hollywood Beach real estate situations where a seller wants to cash in the small equity still available in his property, and is just not in a distressing or foreclosure condition. Many South Florida oceanfront properties are being gradually absorbed by out-of-town buyers taking advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity to own an oceanfront luxury condo in South Florida. Even new homes in Pembroke Pines, or homes in Weston, or Coral Springs homes can be acquired in the same manner. The best real estate in Aventura will not usually be a foreclosure property, but motivated sellers with Homes for sale in Aventura . In Sunny Isles Beach, we have noticed the same pattern. And so many great Sunny Isles luxury condos, on the beach, or across the street from the beach are being sold at prices often half of what they were a couple of years ago.

FORECLOSURES AND SHORT SALES IN SOUTH FLORIDA. Many of our international and domestic clients are asking about Hallandale real estate and Hallandale short sales opportunities; as well as real estate in Aventura and Aventura foreclosures. While it is true that a buyer's market has created a substantial amount of inventory in the form of both short sale properties (properties in which the home value is less than the outstanding mortgage loan.) and foreclosures, this does not necessarily mean they are a good buy. However, they constitute a good field for a search of South Florida foreclosures and South Florida short sales.

Of course, the condition of the property is an important factor. Imagine a seller who is almost sure to end up losing his condo. It often happens that the property is neglected during these long months of uncertainty. No money will be invested by its owner and repairs will be reduced to a minimum. It's not as often as you imagine, but homes could sometimes be deliberately damaged or stripped of accessories and appliances. These are issues that affect the marketability of the property; and while they have to be factored in when presenting an offer for a South Florida Short sale, they can also be a great negotiating asset. Banks do not want to invest a penny in a distressed property. Therefore, many prospective buyers will refuse to even consider a property where they would have to invest time and money to fix and repair. That will automatically limit buyers presenting offers. And a smart real estate investor knows that for every dollar spent repairing a home, he might get a reduction of two or three dollars in the purchase price. In all cases, if you are shopping for a South Florida short sale you better be prepared to be patient. If you are in a hurry or have limited resources, most short sales are not going to work for you.

They typically require far more effort on the part of all parties involved and can be very cumbersome and frustrating. In the Sunny Isles Beach area there are many Sunny Isles Beach Condos going through this process right now. They range from Luxury waterfront condos in Sunny Isles, luxury homes in Golden Beach, Waterfront homes in Golden Isles, to Miami Beach or South Beach Condos. The economic downturn has affected homeowners in all parts of South Florida and at all price levels. I try to recommend that our clients look to purchase homes that are not South Florida short sells but great values directly from motivated sellers. These are usually the best prospects for finding great Hallandale Real Estate, and good values in all South Florida real estate. If you think you might be a candidate for purchasing a short sale property or a foreclosure please let me know. I have a good experience in both selling and buying these types of properties in Aventura and Hallandale, as well as Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood Beach.

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Mortgage Rates for 30-Year Loans Increase for a Second Week

Mortgage rates for 30-year loans climbed for a second week, cutting into affordability as the housing recovery shows signs of cooling.

The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage was 4.33% this week, up from 4.28%, Freddie Mac said today. The average 15-year rate rose to 3.35% from 3.33%, the McLean, Va.-based mortgage-finance company said.

While the job market is improving, higher prices and borrowing costs are making it more expensive to own a home. Monthly payments on a median-priced three-bedroom home—including mortgage, insurance, taxes and maintenance—rose an average of 21% in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, according to an analysis of 325 U.S. counties by RealtyTrac released today. Mortgage rates jumped to a two-year high in August from near-record lows in May, Freddie Mac data show.

"The cost of financed homeownership is becoming dangerously disconnected with still-stagnant median incomes," Daren Blomquist, vice president at Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac, said in the report.

Starts for single-family houses slumped in January, in part because of unusually harsh weather in much of the U.S. Builders began work on 573,000 homes at an annualized rate last month, down 15.9% from December and the fewest since August 2012, Commerce Department data issued yesterday show.

Confidence among homebuilders dropped in February by the most on record as snowstorms on the East Coast limited prospective buyer traffic, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo sentiment gauge released this week.

From Bloomberg News – Feb. 20, 2014

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Study: U.S. has most of world’s affordable markets

The U.S. has the most major markets in the world where buying property is considered affordable, according to the Demographia International Housing Affordability Study, an analysis of 360 cities in nine countries.

Pittsburgh leads the pack in affordability among major cities around the globe. Other affordable major U.S. cities that topped the list were Detroit; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Rochester, N.Y.; Atlanta; Buffalo, N.Y.; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Indianapolis; and St. Louis.

Of the 360 worldwide markets evaluated in the study, 95 were labeled “affordable” (of which 84 were in the U.S.). On the other extreme, 67 metros in the study were labeled “seriously unaffordable markets” (23 in the U.S., led by San Francisco).

The study showed that those who pay the most in the world for housing are often getting the least as far as house size.

“The smallest houses are in the most expensive market (Hong Kong), while the largest houses are in the United States, which has the best major-market housing affordability. (Ireland has the best overall housing affordability),” according to the report.

From Florida Realtors.org - Jan. 24, 2014

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