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Florida housing market shows positive momentum

Florida's housing market reported more closed sales, higher median prices, increased pending sales and more new listings in February, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 18,701 last month, up 19 percent over February 2014.

"Florida's housing market continues to show positive momentum," says 2015 Florida Realtors President Andrew Barbar, a broker with Keller Williams Realty Services in Boca Raton. "Realtors across the state are reporting increased interest from both buyers and sellers – and with interest rates expected to rise in the next few months, now is certainly the time to take action.

"On the buyer front, new pending sales for existing single family homes in February increased 14.7 percent year-over-year; pending sales for townhouse-condo units increased 7.5 percent," says Barbar. "On the sellers' side, new listings for single-family homes rose 5.5 percent year-over-year, while new townhouse-condo listings rose 3.1 percent."

Barbar noted that Februarymarked the 39th consecutive month that statewide median sales prices for both single-family homes and townhouse-condo properties rose year-over-year.

The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes last month was $179,995, up 9.1 percent from the previous year, according to data from Florida Realtors Industry Data and Analysis department in partnership with local Realtor boards/associations. The statewide median price for townhouse-condo properties in February was $143,000, up 8.3 percent over the year-ago figure. The median is the midpoint; half the homes sold for more, half for less.

According to the National Association of Realtors®(NAR), the national median sales price for existing single-family homes in January 2015 was $199,800, up 6.3 percent from the previous yearthe national median existing condo price was $198,300.In California, the statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes in January was $426,790; in Massachusetts, it was $330,000; in New York, it was $240,000; and in Maryland, it was $232,348.

Looking at Florida's townhouse-condo market, statewide closed sales totaled 8,260 last month, up 7.4 percent compared to February 2014. The closed sales data reflected fewer short sales in February: Short sales for townhouse-condo properties declined 47.5 percent while short sales for single-family homes dropped 30.5 percent. Closed sales typically occur 30 to 90 days after sales contracts are written.

"The Florida housing market continues to progress," says Florida Realtors Chief Economist Dr. John Tuccillo. "As we have seen for nearly a year, all the metrics are moving in the right direction. It is difficult to pinpoint any one reason for this – and the reasons differ for different parts of the state. However, in an environment of low interest rates, the robust growth of employment in both the U.S. as a whole and specifically in Florida has made homeownership more accessible to Florida's households.

"Even though it appears the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates around midyear," Tuccillo continues, "the growth in Florida's real estate market will most likely continue at the current or a slightly slower pace." Inventory was at a 5.3-months' supply in February for single-family homes and at a 6.2-months' supply for townhouse-condo properties, according to Florida Realtors.

According to Freddie Mac, the interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.71 percent in February 2015, down from the 4.30 percent average recorded during the same month a year earlier.

From FloridaRealtors.org – March 23, 20

Miami Real Estate

30-year mortgage rate falls to 3.78%

Mortgage Rate Trend Index

Only 25% of industry experts polled by Bankrate.com this week predict rate increases over the short term, with most (42%) expecting further declines. The remaining 33% forecast little change.

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, remaining near historically low levels at the start of the spring home-buying season.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the national average for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 3.78 percent from 3.86 percent last week.

The average rate for a 15-year mortgage, popular with homeowners who refinance, slipped to 3.06 percent from 3.10 percent last week.

A year ago, the average 30-year mortgage stood at 4.32 percent and the 15-year mortgage at 3.32 percent. Mortgage rates have remained low even though the Federal Reserve in October ended its monthly bond purchases, designed to hold down long-term rates.

The Fed has kept short-term rates near zero for over six years, and signaled Wednesday that it's still not ready to start raising them. The statement the Fed issued after its latest policy meeting indicated that it needs the job market to improve further and inflation to rise above low levels before it begins nudging rates up. Even then, the Fed suggested it will do so only very gradually.

To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country at the beginning of each week. The average doesn't include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 percent of the loan amount.

The average fee for a 30-year mortgage was 0.6 point, unchanged from last week. The fee for a 15-year mortgage also remained at 0.6 point.

The average rate on a five-year adjustable-rate mortgage fell to 2.97 percent from 3.01 percent. The fee was stable at 0.5 point.

For a one-year ARM, the average rate was unchanged at 2.46 percent. The fee remained at 0.4 point.

From FloridaRealtor.org – March 20, 2015

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.


Eminent domain used less for economic development

HARTFORD, Conn. – March 23, 2015 – Legal experts attending a conference Friday titled "Kelo: A Decade Later" concluded that eminent domain is being used less frequently today than it was when the famous U.S. Supreme Court case involving the Fort Trumbull neighborhood in New London, Connecticut was decided.

"We definitely lost in the court of public opinion," said David Parkhurst, who at the time of the Kelo case filed a brief in favor of the City of New London's eminent domain taking on behalf of the National League of Cities. "We were hammered … and it took us by surprise."

Clark Neily, a senior attorney at the libertarian-leaning Institute for Justice who argued on behalf of lead plaintiff Susette Kelo during the Supreme Court case, agreed during a Friday panel discussion at the University of Connecticut School of Law's William F. Starr reading room that the tide turned against using eminent domain to take property for private development soon after the June 23, 2005, decision.

Neily, who lost the court case, called the 5-4 Supreme Court decision in favor of taking property to spur economic development "one of the most reviled decisions" in the history of the top U.S. judicial body.

He said several states, including Florida, have passed very strong laws restricting municipalities' power of eminent domain. The change of heart occurred after several Florida cases in which eminent domain laws had been "disgracefully abused," he added.

After losing the Supreme Court case, Neily said his organization decided to focus on state laws, having been given an opening by the high court to fight eminent domain case by case on a grass-roots level. Funded with $3 million in donations by the Castle Coalition, the Institute for Justice combined its legal acumen with a public relations campaign that won over a majority of U.S. citizens and many state legislatures, he said.

'It hurts every time'

"With the exception of New York, every single state … to look at the issue … has resoundingly rejected the U.S. Supreme Court's reasoning," Neily said.

Sitting at a table near the back of the room, Michael Cristofaro, one of the Kelo case litigants, had earlier challenged former New London Law Director Thomas J. Londregan, who argued in favor of eminent domain before the state Supreme Court, on a minor point involving the case. Cristofaro said he came to Hartford to find out if anything had changed in eminent domain law in the past 10 years as a result of the Kelo case.

"It hurts every time I go into that neighborhood now," said Cristofaro, referring to Fort Trumbull. "It hurts to remember what was there."

The New London Development Corp., with the blessing of the City Council, decided to pursue eminent domain in Fort Trumbull when recalcitrant homeowners, led by Kelo, refused to sell their homes to clear the way for an expected hotel and conference center a stone's throw from the Pfizer Global Research & Development headquarters overlooking the Thames River. But after years of fighting homeowners and eventually demolishing many of their homes, the NLDC was never able to put together a development deal for the property.

Property rights important

Today, the barren landscape at Fort Trumbull currently sits as mute testimony to an eminent domain policy that never delivered on its promise.

"All rights are important, and property rights are not a second-class set of rights," Neily said in summarizing his passion for the case.

But not everyone agreed on a blanket policy against eminent domain when hurting cities need an economic infusion.

Debbie Becher, an assistant professor of sociology at Columbia University's Barnard College, said a study she did of property takings for economic development in Philadelphia showed disadvantaged communities earned benefits from eminent domain when abandoned and valueless properties are targeted. It's properties that members of the community are invested in, whether emotionally or economically, that cities need to consider carefully before using eminent domain, she argued.

The Kelo situation is atypical, Becher said, in that it involved a white woman in a well-cared-for home fighting for her right to have the government leave her alone. In most cases, eminent domain is used in down-and-out neighborhoods inhabited by poor minorities, who often do not receive the money they are entitled to, she said.

"Kelo is an outlier case when it comes to the history of eminent domain," agreed Thomas W. Mitchell, a professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

He cited a case in Louisiana involving more than 200 buildings that did not garner nearly the attention of Kelo, perhaps because it was in a largely minority neighborhood.

In Connecticut, according to Hartford-based attorney Tim Hollister, eminent domain can be fought on several fronts, including the possibility that a municipality is taking more than it needs or that the use is not for a public purpose. Appeals can be heard on the basis of a property owner not receiving just compensation, he added.

"Eminent domain is a political third rail that is only to be used as a last resort," he said.

From FloridaRealtors.org - March 23, 2015

Miami Beach Real Estate News

Florida one of the most tax-friendly states to earn high income, survey says

It’s the tax season's home stretch and for some Florida taxpayers crossing the finish line will hurt a little bit more than for others, a study says.

Florida is one of the best state's to earn high incomes when it comes to taxes, according to a study released Monday from Washington, D.C.-based WalletHub. But for low-, middle- and high-income families, not all taxes are created equal, indicates WalletHub's " 2015's Best States to Be Rich or Poor from a Tax Perspective" study.

According to the online financial analytics website, Florida is the seventh most advantageous state in the U.S. for high-income earners when it comes to paying taxes. In the Sunshine State, high-income families pay 5.56 percent of total income on taxes while middle-income families pay 7.67 percent and low-income families pay 9.23 percent.

The study did not focus on tax rates, but rather on the share of a person’s income contributed toward various tax obligations to arrive at its rankings.

When the different tax categories – sales and excise tax, property tax and incomes tax – are broken out, the spread between income brackets is most extreme in sales tax as a percentage of income. Low-income families pay 7.32 percent of income for sales tax, middle-income families pay 5.45 percent and high-income families pay 3.14 percent.

The top six most advantageous states for high income earners were Alaska, Wyoming, Nevada, Tennessee, South Dakota and New Hampshire. The least favorable states for high-income earners were New York, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey and Minnesota.

On the flip side, the best states for low-income earners were Alaska, Delaware, Montana, Nevada and South Carolina.

The study used data from the Washington, D.C.-based Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy’s 2015 report to generate estimates of the state-specific tax burdens at three income levels $25,000 (low income), $50,000 (medium) and $150,000 (high) to rank the states.

Mar 23, 2015 – From South Florida Business Journal

Hallandale Real Estate News

Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa will be renamed Diplomat Resort & Spa.

Thayer Lodging Group will drop the 'Westin' and rename its new property The Diplomat Resort & Spa.

The company announced Tuesday night that the former Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa will be part of Hilton Worldwide's new luxury Curio collection of four- and five-star hotels and get its new name in October. The company said it will also spend $100 million in upgrades for its new properties.

“We are pleased to have a property of this stature join the Curio Collection,” said Dianna Vaughan, global head of Hilton's Curio collection in a news statement.

The Diplomat Resort & Spa is listed as an upcoming hotel on the brand's website.

Thayer acquired the Westin Diplomat hotel, spa, beach clubs, marina, golf course and nearby developable parcels in a half-billion-dollar deal last week.

As previously reported, Thayer Lodging Group purchased the 998-room hotel property at 3555 S. Ocean Drive in Hollywood for $460 million, open parcels adjacent from the hotel for $55 million and the Westin Diplomat Golf & Tennis Club for $20 million.

From: Sep 3, 2014 South Florida Business Journal

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

Mega-mall in Northwest Miami-Dade offers promise of jobs, fears of congestion

An aerial view of the proposed American Dream Miami entertainment and retail complex, a massive attraction planned for Northwest Miami-Dade. Backed by the company behind the Mall of the America in Minnesota, it’s described as the largest mall in the United States.

An aerial view of the proposed American Dream Miami entertainment and retail complex, a massive attraction planned for Northwest Miami-Dade. Backed by the company behind the Mall of the America in Minnesota, it’s described as the largest mall in the United States.

The question — and, even more so, his own answer — made Omar Olivera sigh heavily. But, yeah, he reluctantly admitted, having a giant shopping mall with a water park, a ski slope and a submarine ride in Northwest Miami-Dade County would be great. Even if it obliterates the pretty, winding canal in which he had just caught a fat bass with his fishing pole.
“If it does a good job of bringing in dollars, I’d say that mall is a net plus, even though it will be sad to lose all this,” Olivera said as he methodically plucked the hook from the fish’s mouth. “I understand people are worried about the traffic it will bring.

But the biggest mall in America is bound to bring a lot of dollars, too.” The canal where Olivera was fishing meanders through an unnamed and unincorporated residential area perched on the eastern edge of Interstate 75. It will be Ground Zero for any fallout if the plans announced earlier this month for the construction of the largest shopping mall in North America come to fruition.

American Dream Miami, as the $4 billion project is called, will include several amusement parks as well as hotels and condos on 200 acres tucked into a triangular area bounded roughly by I-75, Florida’s TuI-75 is currently the edge of civilization in that part of the county.

To its west is the proposed mall site, a mostly empty tract of woods, scrub brush and drowsily grazing dairy cows. To its east lies the nameless suburban subdivision in which Olivera, a 31-year-old salesman who lives a couple of miles away in Hialeah, was fishing.

Many of the residents in the subdivision believe the mall will be a lively addition to a suburban neighborhood nestled along the highway between Northwest 170th and 181st streets — a neighborhood that is lovely and bucolic, but that in their estimation can also be a little dull.

And even those who hate the idea of a 200-acre shopping mall going up a stone’s throw away (provided the stone is thrown by Dan Marino) seem resigned to the idea that it’s futile to resist a project that will inject something between 7,500 and 20,000 jobs into an uncertain local economy.

“The county’s going ahead with it,” concedes Pat Collado, a paralegal who heads the Palm Springs North Civic Association, which includes the neighborhood. “There’s just too much money involved. … We hope they just don’t kill us with traffic so that we can’t move around our own neighborhood.

If organized opposition to the mall should arise, it will almost certainly be due to traffic, because American Dream Miami will bring a lot of it. Triple Five, the multinational company behind the project, says American Dream Miami will be the biggest of its shopping properties, which include the Mall of America near Minneapolis (40 million annual visitors) and the West Edmonton Mall in Canada (30 million).

Right now, the site is served by only one highway exit: Northwest 183rd Street, off I-75 — which raises the specter of a dystopia in which the better part of 40-million-plus shoppers are careening through the surface streets of a neighborhood as they try to reach the mall.

“It’s going to be war!” exclaims day care center operator Angela Ortega, 52, a mall opponent who was standing in her front yard a few blocks from the mall site one recent afternoon, gesturing in frustration at the long line of vehicles exiting from one of the eight schools in the area.
“Look at the traffic we have now. And every day it’s worse.”
Public officials are sympathetic to her complaint. “That’s one of the things we’ve got to hear from the mall developer — how do you plan to get people into your property,” says Miami-Dade Commissioner Esteban “Steve” Bovo, who represents the area. “Right now, 183rd Street is the only option. And if that’s the only way in on the final plan, this thing is dead on arrival as far as I’m concerned.”

Because I-75 and the Turnpike both run alongside the mall site (they intersect just north of it), the solution seems obvious: construction of new exits from those highways. And there’s apparently already been some discussion of just that between Triple Five and local authorities.
A spokesman for Triple Five, which has tried to keep a low profile since the plans for the mall were disclosed earlier this month, refused to comment about potential traffic problems and solutions. But Florida Department of Transportation spokesman Tom Martinelli confirmed that FDOT has been talking with Triple Five for about a year, and the developer has provided detailed estimates about the traffic it expects the mall to generate.

“So right now the department is in the process of evaluating those preliminary traffic projections,” Martinelli said. “Based on that, we will make some recommendations from an engineering angle.” He said it’s too early to provide any details.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, a strong supporter of the mall, said “some kind of interchange” will be built. “But you’ve got to do it so people who want to get into the mall can do it without going east into the neighborhoods along I-75.”

Complicating the discussion is the locally infamous “bridge to nowhere” on 170th Street, long a point of contention in the neighborhood. Built in the mid-1980s for reasons nobody can exactly remember, the bridge extends 170th Street — a two-lane residential street running along a canal and a hiking path — over I-75 and into the area where the mall will be built. Once it passes over I-75, the street turns from pavement into a dirt road, then peters out altogether a couple of hundred yards before it reaches the Turnpike.
Vitriolic complaints from residents that road builders planned to link the road to the Turnpike and turn it into a major thoroughfare persuaded chastened officials to block it off years ago. Residents, however, routinely hop the fence to hike or bicycle on the other side — which is how they know that signs of development began to appear in the area last year.

Commercial-grade sewer pipes, fire hydrants and even street signs were being installed along the dirt roads inside the area, reviving ancient fears about hooking up 170th Street to the Turnpike. “It sure looks like they’re getting it ready for the freeway and the mall,” says Arasay Lopez, 39, an insurance agent who lives nearby. She supports the mall — “a waterpark we could walk to with the kids, that would be so cool” — but is worried that her street will be turned into what amounts to a freeway off-ramp. Actually, the construction work going on inside the potential mall site has nothing to do with either the mall or the turnpike — it’s the start of preparations for an unrelated industrial park. But it does underline a central reality:

Whether it’s American Dream Miami or something else, development is coming to the area.
“Regardless of this mall, development is already happening on the west side of I-75,” Gimenez notes. “That’s inevitable. What we’ve got to do is make sure it isn’t negative for the people who live on the east side.”
Nobody wants it to be negative for the traffic flows along the two busy highways, either. About 120,000 cars a day already pass the proposed mall site every day, according to FDOT studies, with that number projected to double in the near future even if American Dream Miami isn’t built.

One possibility is some form of mass transit. “What about shuttles?” wonders Bravo, who warily supports the mall if the traffic impact can be blunted. “At Disneyland, they send out vans to get visitors from hotels and whatnot. That might work pretty well. What about buses? Could we have a bus stop at the mall?”

Many of these questions will be aired in a series of at least five public meetings required for the land-use amendments and zoning changes necessary before construction on the mall can begin. Triple Five must also arrange financing for the project and do the massive design work on what it wants to build. Even if everything goes smoothly, officials believe it will be two to three years before ground is broken on American Dream Miami construction.

That’s a long time in which potential obstacles can appear, but there’s a relatively widespread consensus that the mall is nearly inevitable.

“It’s hard for me to doubt a guy who’s already done this twice and is on his third venture in New Jersey,” says Bravo, referring to Eskandar Ghermezian, the feisty head of the family-owned Triple Five conglomerate. “He’s not here just to entertain conversation. I think he wants to do this and he will do this.”

That will be fine with Joe Perez, a 52-year-old plumbing salesman who lives near the American Dream Miami site. “I’m all for it,” he says. “I think we need some more activities around this area, especially for kids. It’s pretty rural back there.” And the traffic? “It’s already as bad as it can get,” Perez shrugs. “This is Miami.
From The Miami Herald - March 30, 2015 ”

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.

Henry B. Nathan
is a Real Estate Agent at United Realty Inc.

You can call me at (954) 296-6741 for your inquiries about purchase or sale of properties in the areas of Aventura, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, South Beach, Miami Beach, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and surrounding areas.

South Florida Real Estate Information

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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