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What to Expect From Your Home Inspection

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Tags:  Miami real estate, Miami Realtor, Miami, Home Inspection, Real Estate, South Florida, Claudia Ramirez

What to Expect When Inspecting

If you’re a Real Estate buyer (new or experienced) who just signed one of the many great Aventura homes for sale in South Florida, then you are headed to one of the most important steps of the closing process, the home inspection. Here's what to expect so that you can handle this part with confidence.

The home inspection is one of the most important parts of the home purchasing process, yet most buyers don’t know what to expect. This is where your listing agent should step in, although more often that not, they aren't as helpful as a buyer should expect. I am always sure to do the proper research required about a property in advance and review with the seller any disclosures and necessary know-all about the property with my buyers, in advance. This is a time where I can point out any issues with the house (faulty electrical, appliances that don't work, leaky windows, et.c) that I might see in advance of closing, which is important to find at this stage in the game so that it can be addressed with the seller and the buyer together before signing, at which point, the buyer will have less leverage.

I always participate side-by-side with my buyer during the home inspection day. Along with standard interior check-ups, the inspector looks at places like the roof to ensure no tiles are missing as having to replace a roof quickly after signing would be super costly for a buyer and should be considered in the total closing costs. Every detail of the house should be looked at and noted on, from cracked grout in the bathrooms to mold under carpet to bigger issues like a wrecked roof or safety issues with an electrical panel.

All issues, questions or concerns that arise during an Aventura home for sale inspection could majorly impact the sale or affect the property’s final value. I take great pride in the inspectors that I work with and I, as my buyer's trusted Real Estate agent, like to work with a referred inspector who I trust and have used before. Typically the inspector will make notes and provide a detailed report within a few days. From there, it is up to your Real Estate to review the conditions and issues with the buyer before presenting any information to the seller to review and/or change the contract, if that's necessary.

For more information on homes available in South Florida, visit me online.

 

Happy New Year!

Monday, January 01, 2018

Tags:  Miami, Miami Realtor, Real Estate, New Year, Claudia Ramirez, Miami real estate

May this year be filled with happiness, success and prosperity for you and your loved ones.

2017 has been an incredible year for me personally and for my clients, followers, friends and family. My Miami Real Estate endeavors were booming in 2017 despite the constant reminder for a bad year in Real Estate. I closed many deals and along the way, met many incredible people and new friends. I ran full and half marathons that I never thought would be possible! Honing in on my love for running was a major personal accomplishment and growth for me. I also had the opportunity to travel to new and exciting places with my family including San Francisco, New York City, Texas, Chicago, Colorado, Spain and Japan (see my post, "what are some of the best places to visit in Japan" for a comprehensive travel guide to Japan).

While this past year is not complete without it's challenges and stressful moments, errr Hurricane Irma, we have all been able to push though to another day, stronger and wiser. Here is to an equally amazing year ahead - happy 2018 everybody! I look forward to every new opportunity life has in store!

Sincerely,

Claudia

 

Miami Real Estate: Why You Shouldn't Ignore Surfside, FL

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Tags:  South Florida, Real Estate, Miami real estate, Surfside, Claudia Ramirez Realtor, Claudia Ramirez, Miami

Why You Shold Live in Surfside, FL

Today on the blog, I would like to share details and in-depth information about the new Real Estate boom happening in Surfside, FL and why you should act on it now. Surfside offers a quaint, beach town vibe with its mile-long, shining and glistening beaches, luxury beachfront hotels, distinctive world-class shopping and culturally diverse restaurants. An abundance of family-friendly outdoor activities including the North Shore State Recreation Area, small bistros, coffee shops and juice bars and casual shopping all create a sort of special charm in Surfside that cannot be matched anywhere outside of South Florida. Surfside offers the perfect compromise between living just outside of the hustle and bustle of South Beach with access to all of the Miami Beach culture, nightlie and offerings just minutes away. Choose how to live your best life in Surfside, FL.

Taking advantage of living in the less-explored Surfside, before the neighborhood explodes, is still possible! Let's explore one of my favorite Miami Real Estate options below, the Solimar Condo.

- 2 Bedrooms and 2.5 Bathrooms in the Solimar North Building with Ocean and Pool Views

- Open Floor Plan featuring Marble and Hardwood Flooring with a Private Entry Foyer/Elevator Shared by only Two Units

- Building amenities include direct access to the beach, private pool, fitness center, community room and more

- Move-In Ready!! This unit is in Mint-Condition coming preppred with a neutral color palette and window treatments

- Asking Price is $1,479,000 | $1,187 Association Fee | $150 Application Fee

For more information or to schedule a showing, contact me today or visit my listing here.

 

Navigate a Booming Miami Real Estate Market: How?

Monday, October 30, 2017

Tags:  Miami Beach, Miami Realtor, Real Estate Market, Claudia Ramirez, Real Estate

How to Navigate a Booming Miami Real Estate Market

There is no doubt that South Florida is currently experiencing a large increase in residential and commercial Real Estate development. Today I am going to share how one listing in particular is located in the highly desirable city of Sunny Isles Beach but what does that mean for all of the new buildings slated to be built in the next coming years? As an experienced Realtor, I have been navigating the Miami Real Estate market for years and have created a solid understanding on the fundamentals of purchasing, including how to determine what buildings will provide a fully satisfactory experience to each individual client.

Take for example a recent showing that I had with clients at the Trump Tower 3 building in Sunny Isles Beach. The views are phenomenal of sprawling sparkling blue waters however there is a major concern that the new construction next door (Ritz Carlton is currently under renovation and rebuilding) will destroy the view, a top selling point to this Sunny Isles Beach Real Estate gem. The new building that will eventually top off within the next year or so will affect the view from the kitchen, dining room and master bedrooms - all very important spaces in a home. The view from the remaining bedrooms and the living room however will remain unaffected as this unit offers both ocean and intracoastal views.

The views are currently perfect however with a constantly expanding skyline, Miami Real Estate buyers and investors need to be made aware of all development in the area by their Realtor. This is a thought process that not all realtors encompass as some just want to close the deal. If you don’t trust that your Realtor is providing you with all of the necessary information before a sale, it’s time for a change, before you end up in a bad situation that is too late to change.

The Trump Towers 3 Sunny Isles was designed identically to the Trump Tower One and Trump Tower Two however it has been considered to have the most desirable location with unobstructed views. This is why it is very important to have a knowledgeable realtor to navigate this future of building in South Florida. The building amenities are undoubtedly superb, offering 250 ft. of Atlantic Ocean frontage, a gorgeous 3-level lobby and the typical Trump amenities such as elegantly designed interiors, state-of-the-art fitness center, lushly landscaped oceanfront terrace with heated swimming pool and poolside bar, etc. If an unobstructed view is not a priority on your Real Estate shopping list, then the Trump Tower 3 should remain a top contender.

Contact me at (+1 786-514-7189) today for more information or visit me online: myfloridabesthomes.com to schedule a showing.

 

Whom Should You Contact for Buying Real Estate Properties?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tags:  Miami real estate, Real Estate, Invest in Miami, Claudia Ramirez, Live in Miami, Miami Realtors, Miami, Women Realtors Miami

Why It’s a Buyer’s Market Right Now in South Florida

After quite a tumultuous year throughout, between the 2016 presidential election, a Miami-based Zika scare and most recently, dealing with the complications from Hurricane Irma, the Miami Beach Real Estate scene has been, understandably, under some duress and because of that, as a realtor amongst the market, I often get asked if South Florida is a still a good place to invest, rent or buy. Here’s my breakdown according to the numbers I have seen:

- Single family homes have seen a sharp decrease in average sale price per square foot within the last year

- The condo market has also seen a sharp decrease in the amount of units sold

There are a few reasons that we are seeing a drastic decrease in home sales. Hurricane Irma is a large factor and will surely impact the potential future outcome for the coming months. Effects from a natural disaster tend to delay the forward thinking and development of any city, town or state so naturally, it will take time for Miami to get its infrastructure, including the Real Estate market, back on track.

Invest In Miami - 1

Another Factor is our global economy as the value of the U.S. dollar compared to other currencies is low and therefore impacting the amount of foreign investment that Miami is used to seeing. Over the years, investors from countries such as Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and Canada have been scooping up most of the available Miami Real Estate opportunities, accounting for close to 64% of the market. According to the Miami Association of Realtors, foreign investors spent $6.2 billion on residential properties in South Florida last year alone, with Venezuela leading the pack. Venezuelans are looking to move their money out of the country during its period of economic instability by investing in Miami banking.

Invest in Miami - 2

This decrease in sales and increase in inventory can imply both a pro or a con for the Miami Real Estate seeker. There is more inventory which means it’s a buyer’s market. Real Estate buyers have more leverage to negotiate fair market value, and even less than asking price, considering there is low pool of interested buyers to compete against and sellers are looking to unload their properties in four months or less.

For more information, visit myfloridabesthomes.com to see available listings for buyers or those looking to rent. You can also contact me (+1 786-514-7189) today to discuss in more detail or to schedule a showing!

 

How Can You Easily Own the House of Your Dream in Florida?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tags:  Miami Real Estate Claudia Ramirez, Miami, Real Estate, Sunny Isles Beach, Sunny Isles Beach Home

The Boat Lover’s Dream Home

The opportunity to indulge in South Florida luxury living spans way outside of the typical Miami Beach Real Estate market, and today I am going to share how one listing in particular is carving out Sunny Isles Beach. A single-family waterfront (19472 38th Ct., Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160) just steps from the ocean is currently on the market today asking $2,825,000 with a $675 monthly association fee.

Sunny Isles Beach Home

This Sunny Isles Beach single family home is located on an oversized lot and sizes up at 4,056total livable square footage which includes a $100,000 renovation budget for the newly designed pool area. This stunning home has five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two half bathrooms, a gourmet style kitchen with top of the line appliances, hurricane shutters and best of all, a 40 ft. deeded dock.

Sunny Isles Beach Home

The floor plan is open and very spacious which create the perfect opportunity for interior design and decorating overs to take full advantage. The rooms are spread out through two stories including at least one bedroom on the ground level perfect for an older couple with the master bedroom and other bedrooms located upstairs. The open floor plan includes soaring ceilings, plentiful windows and wood floors throughout.

Sunny Isles Beach Home

There’s also the highlight of location for this Sunny Isles Beach Real Estate opportunity. This home is located in the exclusive Golden Gate community, which is gated and protected by security. This particular house is located in the best location with guest parking on the quieter street in the complex. Sunny Isles Beach is located is a neighborhood known for it’s pristine white-sand beaches and endless outdoor activities.

Sunny Isles Beach Home

This home is perfect for the boat lover as the price includes a 40 ft. deeded dock with bay, canal and intracoastal views! If you’re not out on the water enjoying the Miami views, stay in and enjoy the newly renovated pool space.

Sunny Isles Beach Home

Contact me (+1 786-514-7189) today for more information or visit myfloridabesthomes.com to schedule a showing.

 

First Luxury Condo Projects in Hollywood Beach

Friday, August 18, 2017

Tags:  Miami, Real Estate, Hollywood Beach, Miami real estate, Condo, Media Room

Luxury Condo Project Features a Great Deal in Hollywood Beach

The developers of 3101 South Ocean Drive, one of Hollywood Beach’s first luxury condo projects, designed and delivered a project that delivers 240 units, all of which feature ocean views or Intracoastal Waterway views.

Hollywood Beach

Known as the crowning jewel of Hollywood Beach, the location is perfectly planned - minutes North of Sunny Isles Beach and Miami Beach and even closer to the entertainment, dining, shopping, water activities and overall happy and healthy lifestyle of Fort Lauderdale Beach. The photos below show off the amazing amenities and features that this gorgeous piece of Hollywood Beach Real Estate has to offer including more than 240’ of beachfront access, an elevated pool deck that overlooks the ocean, providing a spectacular view for your enjoyment and is surrounded by an expansive sundeck and lushly landscaped tropical gardens. The building also offers a two-story state-of-the-art fitness center, sauna and massage room, tennis court, billiard room, media room and 24-hour concierge and valet parking. All of these amenities allow you to experience the real reason why South Florida is a top luxury real estate destination.

Media Room

The thirty-nine floor development was built in 2005 and features 240 residential units ranging from 0-3,500 sqft. Unit #1804 is currently available for sale boasting two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. Enter the unit through private elevator access that leads to an elegant foyer and leads you through double doors into 1,733 sqft. of living space. Your eyes are automatically drawn to the 180-degree Ocean and Intracoastal water views, a truly stunning sight to see.

Hollywood Beach Condo

Priced at $850,000, unit #1804 is the best priced condo in the Ocean Palms condo. The condo has marble flooring throughout, kitchens with Italian-grade cabinetry, granite countertops, hurricane impact windows and even features a master suite with jacuzzi. The Ocean Palms is a pet-friendly building which is a great perk for most families seeking homes in South Florida. With access to beach chairs and beach attendance, this waterfront property provides oceanfront living at it’s best.

For more information or to schedule a showing, contact me today or visit my listing here.

 

Which Are the Best Renovated Aventura Homes that Offer Stunning Views for Under $1M?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Tags:  Miami, Claudia Ramirez, Aventura Home, Aventura, Real Estate, Miami Realtor, Miami real estate

Renovated Aventura Home with Stunning Views for Under $1M

The opportunity to experience world-class living outside of the typical Miami Beach Real Estate market is possible in high-end areas such as Sunny Isles Beach, Bal Harbour and Aventura. A two-story waterfront (3156 NE 212th Terrace, Aventura, FL 33180) with stunning water views is currently on the market today asking just under $1 million - $930,000 to be exact ($375 per square foot).

This Aventura single family home sizes up at 2,482 square feet under air with an additional 361 square feet of lot. The renovated residence has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one half bathroom and a chef style kitchen with granite countertops, brand new GE-profile stainless steel appliances and wood cabinets.

The floor plan is very well thought out as all bedrooms are located upstairs, perfect for new and younger families looking to grow. The windows are plenty which lead to bountiful sunlight and a very bright interior. Elegant marble flooring throughout downstairs and carpeting upstairs. There is a formal dining room space with lake views for the ultimate relaxation. The large master suite includes a sitting area and bathroom with roman tub and bidet for the ultimate luxury. The closet systems have been upgraded by California Closets. For convenience, the upgraded laundry room is located upstairs and the pato has been refinished with new and extended pavers which attributes to their home’s beautiful curb appeal.

There’s also the highlight of location for this Aventura Real Estate option. This home is located in a gated community which provides 24-hour security, and allowed for guest parking just nearby. Within the community is a clubhouse, pool, gym, playground for the kids and walking paths for the dogs. Situated in the heart of the city, you will have quick access to all that Aventura has to offer including the Aventura Mall, boutique style shopping, high end restaurants, marina’s, outdoor jogging paths, movie theatres, great schools and the beach - overall, a gorgeous quality of life. This is one of the best opportunities on the market offering a high-end renovated product with all of the modern day amenities, in which a buyer can just bring their clothes and move right in.

Contact me today for more information or to schedule a showing.

 

Why Choose to Buy a Home in South Florida?

Friday, August 04, 2017

Tags:  Home in South Florida, Luxury Real Estate, Miami Realtor, Real Estate, Miami

Why Millennial’s Should Consider Buying in South Florida

In a recent study put on by realtor.com, only 29% of the home owners in South Florida account for buyers under the age of 35 as opposed to a 38% national makeup. This presents a very interesting point to the South Florida Real Estate market - why isn’t the younger generation interested in buying in South Florida?

One theory is that much of the Miami Real Estate development scene is focused on international investors and seasonal second homeowners. In 2016 when the U.S. dollar gained in value against most foreign currencies, we saw a bit of a drop in international sales so the focus on Real Estate Developers is certainly on the rise in South Florida. As a Realtor who focuses on luxury Real Estate options, it is also my duty to present to the public as much about the availability South Florida has to offer and how all the latest buildings and projects can accommodate any lifestyle choice. Miami has seen a strong population growth as well as job creation trend within the last few years so that alone is expected to attract millennial buyers as rapidly as other cities in addition to properties that cater to fine standards and accessibility. Two of my favorite options at the moment are Brickell City Centre and Chateau Beach, and here’s why I believe millennials should be considering them:

Brickell City Centre is located in the heart of downtown, Miami. The location could not be more desirable as you can choose from the beach, the intracoastal and/or city life, providing options for Millennial’s to enjoy the relaxed lifestyle, the fast-paced or both! Nearby to the Perez Art Museum Miami, the Adrienne Arscht Center for the Performing Arts, the American Airlines Arena, Biscayne Millennium Park and an abundance of dining options (choose along the water or take it inside) and retail shopping options complete the perfect setup. In addition to all of Miami’s existing perks, Brickell City Centre is a city development within itself so if you’ve ever dreamt about being able to plan “staycations" on the weekends, investing now in the Brickell City Centre is the perfect opportunity!

Another appealing option for potential Millennial buyers in South Florida is the Chateau Beach in Sunny Isles Beach. One of the most luxurious zip codes in all of Florida, Sunny Isles Beach is often alluring to the second home owners and wealthy but with the demands of savvy lifestyle available at their fingertips, the younger generation is not ruling out any monetary or traditional restrictions. The Chateau Beach Residences offers a lifestyle composed of luxurious, stylish, healthy and gracious living.

For more information visit www.myfloridabesthomes.com or to schedule a private showing, contact me (+1 786-514-7189) today!

 

Why Buy the Coral Gable Real Estate Properties?

Friday, July 14, 2017

Tags:  Miami Realtors, Miami real estate, Real Estate, Coral Gables Living, Coral Gables Pool Night, Florida, Coral Gables, Miami

A Modern Approach to “Gables Living

For those homebuyers who are familiar with South Florida Real Estate, you are most likely familiar with the prestigious reputation associated with Coral Gables and the lifestyle that is implied with it’s location. Coral Gables is known for its classically elegant home design, safe school systems, charming neighborhoods, and historically rich culture. Coral Gables Real Estate offers the opportunity to explore perks such as a access to waterfront for boating and swimming, luscious landscapes, golf courses, museums, numerous parks, the Miami International Airport, well-known restaurants, boutique shopping, gated communities and also high-rise style downtown living, such as Merrick Manor.

Merrick Manor is a new Coral Gables Real Estate opportunity slated to bring a Mediterranean 10 story villa-style building with 227 residences. The units will start at one bedrooms and go all the way up to five bedrooms, ranging from 550 sqft. to over 3,000 sqft., which is a lot of great space! In addition to one of the most obvious perks, the location, Merrick Manor will offer the below modern amenities making sure to hold it’s own in the South Florida luxury Real Estate market.

- 24-hour security, concierge and valet services

- State-of-the-art fitness center

- Resort style pool including a BBQ area, summer kitchen and outdoor bar and restaurant for residents to enjoy

- Lush landscaping and garden seating

- Innovative and modern business center

- Club lounge area to socialize and relax plus news cafe

- Pet-friendly community

- Amazing location: just a 4-minute walk from Merrick Park which features over 115 world class retail shops and dining experiences, such as Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Luis Vuitton, Nordstrom, Villagio, Yard House and the Equinox fitness club and spa.

Coral Gables Real Estate is on the rise and Merrick Manor is a beautifully appointed residential option. Residences are delivered “designer ready”, curated by famed Miami design firm, Interiors by Steven G, to personify the Spanish architectural style that Coral Gables is best known for through elegant and sophisticated interior design. Kitchens are delivered with Italian-style cabinetry, white quartz countertops and waterfall island, Bosch appliances and Grohe and Duravit plumbing fixtures. Every unit features a washer and dryer and the bathrooms come equipped with porcelain tiles throughout, a soaking bathtub and German style fixtures and finishes. Merrick Manor is re-defining the Coral Gables Real Estate experience, offering a long term value proposition to the strategic location.

For more information, visit me online or contact me today: (786) 514-7189

 

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