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Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort announces details on restaurants, amenities

Slated to open summer 2015, Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort will feature Jimmy Buffett lyric-inspired food and beverage venues including Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, LandShark Bar & Grill, License to Chill Rooftop Bar, Lone Palm Bar and 5 o'clock Somewhere Bar.

Developers also announced that a Margaritaville-inspired upscale dining restaurant named JWB's will also be part of the resort's lineup.

Margaritaville will also have a St. Somewhere Spa with 11 treatment rooms. Services at the 15,000 square-foot spa will include hot stone treatments, aromatherapy, deep tissue massages, Swedish massages, Shiatsu massages, on-site facials, waxing, hair styling, manicures and pedicures.

The resort will also offer 11 meeting and event spaces, including the 100,000 square foot Compass Rose Ballroom. More details will be announced on the resort's beachfront fitness center, water recreation and activity areas and entertainment venues.

Margaritaville is still on track for a summer 2015 opening, developers announced Wednesday.

The $147-million project will take up 5 acres of land at Johnson Street and A1A in Hollywood. Tishman Construction, a AECOM company, joined Coastal Construction and developer Lon Tabatchnick to build the 845,000 square-foot resort.

South Florida Business Journal -Sep 3, 2014


Miami Real Estate

Florida. a top destination for retiring baby boomers

As the baby boomers retire, a significant number follow the same path their parents did – they move to Florida. And historic retirement sites in Southwest Florida continue to draw a significant number of older adults.

RealtyTrac conducted a study on two ends of the age spectrum: the baby boomers and the millennials. To spot trends, RealtyTrac analyzed Census population data between 2007 and 2013 in more than 1,800 counties nationwide to identify shifts in populations, and it overlaid that data with information on median home prices, price appreciation and rental rates.

In Florida, four counties made the top 10 list for baby boomer population growth:

• Charlotte County – Punta Gorda (32.9% were baby boomers in 2013, a 34.3% increase since 2007)

• Citrus County – Homosassa Springs (32.1% boomers, 28% growth since 2007)

• Lee County – Cape Coral-Fort Myers (28.1% boomers, 27.6% growth since 2007)

• Lake County – Orlando-Kissimmee (27% boomers, 26.5% growth since 2007)

No Florida county made the top 10 list for baby boomers moving out or millennials moving in; but it appears that one county, Citrus, is trading millennial residents for baby boomer. Citrus County not only made the top 10 list for baby boomers moving in, but it also made the top 10 list for millennials moving out. In 2003, 12 percent of the population was a millennial, a decline of 26.9 percent since 2007.

While RealtyTrac's statistics don't draw a direct connection between declining baby boomer markets and those on the upswing, many new Florida residents could come from Georgia, which had four cities on the top 10 list of declining boomers: Fulton County (boomer population down 21.9% since 2007), DeKalb County (down 20.1%), Clayton County (down 15.5%) and Cobb County (down 13.7%).

Overall, RealtyTrac notes four trends in their tracking:

• The millennial generation is generally moving from lower-priced to higher-priced markets for both buying and renting, with the tradeoff being more jobs (lower unemployment) and higher median incomes in their target markets.

• Millennials are also moving from counties with a smaller population (average 178,277) to counties with a larger population (average 587,522).

• The baby boomer generation is generally moving from higher-priced to lower-priced markets for both buying and renting, with the tradeoff being lower median household incomes and slower home price appreciation in their target markets.

• Baby boomers are also moving from counties with a larger population (average 809,464) to counties with a smaller population (261,232).


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

National Association of Home Builders:

AHB: $1,000 price increase blocks 200K from buying

Each $1,000 increase in the cost of a new median-priced home price forces 206,000 prospective buyers out of the marketplace, according to a new study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

The number of households affected varies across states and metro areas and largely depends on population, income distribution and new home prices.

In Florida, the NAHB study determined that the median new home price is $319,174, and a buyer needed a household income of $86,902 to qualify for a mortgage. Based on those numbers, a $1,000 increase in the price of a new home would block 8,296 prospective buyers from ownership.

Among all states, the number of households who would no longer be eligible to qualify for a mortgage based on a $1,000 increase ranges from a low of 313 in Wyoming to a high of 18,250 in Texas.

"This study highlights the real effects that building regulations have on housing affordability," says NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly. "Local, state and federal government officials need to know that higher regulatory costs have real consequences for working American families. Oftentimes, these government regulations end up pushing the price of housing beyond the means of many teachers, police officers, firefighters and other middle class workers."

Based on national mortgage underwriting standards and incorporating the latest income distribution data from the American Community Survey and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the report contains detailed results for more than 300 metro areas.

The analysis found that an $833 increase in fees paid during the construction process – such as the price of a construction permit or an impact fee – adds an additional $1,000 to the final price of the home.

Measured by local metro areas, the number of households who would be priced out of the market based on a $1,000 increase range from a low of 19 in Napa, Calif. to a high of 5,742 in the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. area.

Looking at affordable metro areas, where roughly 50 percent or more of households can afford new homes, the priced out effects are typically large and can often disqualify thousands of new homebuyers.

The impact of a $1,000 increase is less severe among some metro areas, but mainly those where the average buyers could not afford a new home in the first place. NAHB cites one Florida city among those – Sebastian-Vero Beach – where less than 15 percent of all household

From FloridaRealtors.org – Aug. 5, 2014


Miami Beach Real Estate News

Foreclosure filings jump in South Florida in August

Lenders ramped up foreclosure filings across South Florida in August, compared to the prior month, according to RealtyTrac.

The tri-county region had 6,854 foreclosure filings in August, up by 17.1 percent from July. The biggest increase was in Broward County, at 54 percent with 2,343 filings. Miami-Dade County saw a 16 percent increase to 2,838 while foreclosure filings declined 11.3 percent in Palm Beach County to 1,673.

Compared to August of 2013, foreclosure filings in South Florida were down 9.5 percent.

RealtyTrac counts new lawsuits, judgments and repossessions as foreclosure filings.

South Florida ranked fifth among metro areas with one out of every 359 houses having received a foreclosure filing in August. The two worst markets were Macon, Ga. and Atlantic City, N.J., which is losing half of its casinos.

Florida had the highest state foreclosure rate at one in every 400 houses. That’s nearly three times the national average.


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

7 reasons renters don’t become homeowners

NEW YORK – Sept. 10, 2014 – Many households, particularly among younger professionals, prefer to keep renting even though monthly rental costs continue to surge. What's driving the sluggish transition to homeownership?

A survey of 344 renters from the New York Federal Reserve's Survey of Consumer Expectations finds that many renters have the desire to own a home, but access to credit remains a big hurdle that prevents them from buying. About two-thirds of renters surveyed said they thought it would be somewhat or very difficult for them to get a mortgage; only about 5 percent thought it would be easy.

The following are the top reasons renters gave for postponing a decision to buy a home:

″ Not enough money saved or too much debt (55.7 percent)
″ Don't make enough money (52.7 percent)
″ Credit isn't good enough (41.4 percent)
″ Don't want the upkeep that comes with homeownership (28.6 percent)
″ Don't want to be tied down to certain area (24.1 percent)
″ Renting is more affordable than buying (23.6 percent)
″ Don't want to tie money up in a house (18.7 percent)

"We see that the main reasons preventing renters from becoming owners are weak balance sheets (low savings or high debt), low income and lack of access to credit," economists with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said in the report. "Some cite inherent advantages of being a renter (such as low upkeep and more flexibility), but notably, few say that they do not want to own because they are concerned that house prices might fall."

About 60 percent of respondents said buying property in their ZIP code is a good investment; only 12 percent thought of it as a bad investment.

"Current renters are as bullish on housing as current owners – or perhaps even slightly more so," the report notes. "This optimism is also reflected in expectations about future house prices."

Renters have slightly higher expectations for home-price growth than owners. Renters expect home prices in their ZIP code to rise by 5.4 percent over the next year; homeowners expect a 3.8 percent rise.

"These findings suggest that with a stronger economy and eased credit standards, flows into homeownership would pick up," the authors note. "However, one caveat is that many potential buyers with relatively low credit scores – 35 percent of renters in our sample think that their credit score is below 680 – might now be discouraged."

If discouraged, these renters believe they would not be granted credit, so they may not apply for a mortgage after credit standards ease.

Source: "Why Aren't More Renters Becoming Homeowners?" Federal Reserve Bank of New York (Sept. 8, 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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