Thursday, December 21, 2006
Holiday Wishes Come True
Hi everyone, this blog is from the heart and I hope you can join in and share with me. There were some beautiful ladies in Miami Shores and the surrounding communities that would organize a Christmas Coffee every year on the first week of December. They would have a couple of women talk about a life changing experience and how they had found God. When I first heard about it I was a little skeptical but that all changed when I attended my first one. The whole point of the coffee was to help you focus on the things that really matter, to help you realize the true meaning of Christmas, and to put things in perspective. Although they have not had a Christmas Coffee in a couple of years, I still sit down to reflect every year.
Right after Thanksgiving many of us start running like crazy making holiday .....read more
Friday, December 15, 2006
by The Miami Shores Heidi Hewes Chapter of the WCA of The University of Miami
This past Sunday, December 10th 2006, The Miami Shores Heidi Hewes Chapter of the Woman's Cancer Association held its 15th annual "Homes for the Holidays" walking tour. It was a huge success and all for such a great cause.
A group of friends of mine and I made it a tradition to go together to this yearly event. We would meet in someone's house all dressed up and ready to go, and would enjoy looking at holiday decorations, architectural styles and chatting with hundreds of locals. If you have ever been to one of these walks you know how fabulous they are, if you have not, I hope to be able to do the walk justice with my description. . . . . . . read more
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
For anyone that lives in or around Miami Shores, you know that the holidays are filled with special events where the community gets together to share and enjoy. If you have never been to these events, we encourage you to join in. If you miss any, you can look forward to next year. We apologize if we missed any events and would be happy to include them once you contact us.
- December 1 - Tree Lighting Extravaganza at the Miami Shores recreation fields at 6:30 PM. Join hundreds of residents watch as Mayor Al Davis lights up The Miami Shores Christmas Tree, representing holiday cheer! Special appearance by Santa Claus himself as well as the Miami Shores Fire Department with sirens and all!
- December 3 - Children performing "Christmas Musical" at Baptist Church. 6:00 PM
- December 7 - 22nd Annual "Yule Log" - 7:00 PM. Hosted by Miami Country Day School - the program serves as a time of reflection. There will be holiday music, lighting of the Christmas Tree, Menorah, Advent Wreath, Hanukkah blessing and the Passing of the Light.
- December 10 - 15th Annual "Home for the Holidays" Tour sponsored by The Heidi Hewes Chapter of the Woman's Cancer Association of the University of Miami. 5:00 to 8:00 PM - $25 donation. Five beautiful homes will be opened to approximately 500 guests. Raffles will also be sold at the walk.
- December 12 - Holiday Caroling Hayride and Light up the Village -Purchase luminary bags from the Community Center and light up your lawn. Hayride carolers will visit your home between 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Stop by the Community Center by Dec. 8 to sign-up for Hayride Caroling. Sign-up early, space is limited (bring a flashlight, music books provided)
- December 14-15 - 50th Annual "Living Nativity" at Presbyterian Church. The story of Christmas told with live animals and living characters on the lawn of the Church. From 7:30 -9:30 PM
KID CAMPS: **Winter Break Camp will be offered at the Field House between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM** week 1: Dec 26, 27, 28, 29. Week 2: Jan 2, 3, 4, 5. **Kids Day off also at the Field House on December 22 and January 15. **
**The Tennis Center has open play schedule**
**The Aquatic Center has open swim schedule**
www.Miamism.com and we promise to answer all questions or guide you to someone that can. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
For any questions about the community, please feel free to contact RICK & INES,
Saturday, November 25, 2006
We've seen a couple of posts about our lives some years back and it is always so entertaining to see everyone's photos. Starting with Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky's Time for True Confessions , and also Jeff Belonger's How those years fly by. What did you look like 20 years ago...???
I decided to look at Rick and me 14 years ago at our wedding and see if there's such a huge difference - Judge for yourself, other than my huge eyebrows and Rick having a little more hair, I don't think the change is that huge.
So maybe physically we have not changed much but how have we really changed, psychologically, financially, emotionally? If you look back 14-15 years ago, are you standing in the same place? Have you achieved a lot of your goals, has your life taken a totally unexpected turn. Are you happy in your shoes?
Rick and I have read numerous books on business plans, goal setting, tracking and keeping, self improvement, have done seminars (including Tony Robbins' "Unleash the Power within") - but in order to look ahead, it is crucial to look back and to see what you have accomplished, or not. It's important to look back and to scrutinize big changes in your life and see why you made certain decisions and where you could be if things would have been done differently.
If you can look back and analyze your goals and your decision making, then you can look ahead and make the necessary changes to be in the place you want to be. The end of the year is always a good place to reflect and decide on changes, but remember that you don't have to wait to January 1st to start.
Where were you 15 years ago? Where will you be 15 years from now?
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Thanksgiving is such an incredible holiday and although it's just only one day, passes quickly and it seems to be about the turkey, food and desserts, it is so much more than that. We all know all about the Pilgrims and Indians and all the history behind this great day. But let me tell you what an incredible perspective, as a foreigner, I have of this American Holiday Tradition. Getting families together, no matter where you live or what you do, sharing a beautiful evening for the mere purpose of being Thankful is a concept that transcends boundaries and ethnicities.
We try to live our lives to the fullest, work like maniacs, run around and fill our days will all kinds of activities, and most of us ARE thankful for all the blessings that surround us. But taking this single day to sit with family and friends, put everything into focus and acknowledge our blessings is something that I, being born in Venezuela, thank all Americans for sharing with me and my family. We have adopted your holiday into a tradition of our own. Thank you for sharing and have a beautiful THANKSGIVING DAY!
RICK & INES
Friday, November 17, 2006
Cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you may start receiving calls. You will be charged for these calls but can prevent it by registering you cell phone number in the National Do Not Call Regristry.
You can call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222. It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of your time. This will block your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want blocked and cannot call from a different number. You can also go directly to the website to register any numbers.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Every year, the Village of Miami Shores sponsors a Halloween event that brings in people from everywhere around Miami. Our main street in downtown Miami Shores is blocked off (NE 2nd Avenue) from 95th street to 103rd street and the local community sets up booths and sponsors rides for kids in the area. There are some carnival rides, jump houses and obstacle courses as well as a center stage where a Halloween Costume Contest takes place. Over 2,000 people visit this event held between 5:00 and 8:00 PM on October 31 every year, and it’s a great place to see our community in action, working together and enjoying themselves.
This year, Coldwell Banker’s theme was Ghostbusters and we wore t-shirts that read “Who are you gonna call??---Coldwell Banker!” The giveaways included fans for the hot parents, candy, glow bracelets and small toys. Coldwell Banker also sponsored a raffle of a motorized boogie/surf board with proceeds going to the Cares Foundation.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
When you think of South East Florida, you think “MIAMI” , but Miami-Dade County is made up of numerous cities. From the southern most city of Homestead all the way north to Aventura, there are approximately 40 miles. Here’s a brief overview of Miami, Miami Beach, and our cherished Miami Shores.
When you mention Miami, you cannot leave out Miami Beach, an International Mecca for travel, business and to establish a home. From its small hotels with modern lines along lower Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive to its major hotel chains along the beach. It´s Art Deco District and South Beach areas are world-famous. And let’s not forget the beautiful sandy beaches that bring incredible tourism from all over the world. Miami Beach will have its yearly Festival of the Arts to be hosted in 2007 by our own Coldwell Banker.
Lastly – Miami Shores the city that holds our heart, where we live, work and play. Known as The Village Beautiful, it is a small suburban neighborhood centrally located just minutes from Downtown Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach. It´s considered a secret gem that few people know about. Its Real Estate ranges from Luxury Bay front homes (located right on Biscayne Bay) to 1920´s historic architecture. Activities include Golf, Tennis, a great community center and field house offering all kinds of sports and activities for all ages. With its own extremely efficient police force, its own government building or Village Hall, as well as library, there´s nothing Miami Shores can´t offer. Miami Shores is a neighborhood where your neighbors have your keys and kids play on the streets, a true village beautiful.
Miami is a city full of life and passion and once you visit you will want to come back for more. Whether to relax, work, play, fish or party, there is something for everyone to do.
Rick & Ines – http://www.yourpropertypros.com/
Sunday, October 15, 2006
You can now go online and enter two (2) emergency contacts on your FloridaDrivers License (electronically) which can only be retrieved by a policeofficer. This came about as a result of one woman's teenage daughter beingkilled in a car accident and taking over 5 hours to locate the mother to inform her.
This way, if you are in an accident, the police can run thedrivers license and have the emergency info ASAP!!!
Please pass on this information to family and friends.
RICK & INES - www.YourPropertyPros.com
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Sunday, October 01, 2006
We've all heard that the front door is one of the most important elements in a house and it is true. The front door not only echoes the architectural style of the home, but sets the tone for the rest of the home. When we take a new listing, we stress the importance of the approach to the house; a clean walkway free of debris, potted flowers or plants to make a great first impression, clean and visible numbers, nicely painted or finished door, well lit, hardware in good working condition, avoid clutter, and please oh please make it CLEAN! Spider webs are for Halloween (and maybe not even….see Halloween Decorations or DISTRACTIONS?)If you want to add your own personal touch, do it with the entrance matt or a wreath or simply with plants or flowers.
NOTE: All of these doors are in Miami Shores
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Overview of the single family market in Miami Shores FL:
- currently on the market: 174
- under contract: 22
- closed in last 90 days: 33
- lowest price: $302,900
- highest price: $3,995,000
Overview of the condo market in Miami Shores FL:
- currently on the market: 33
- under contract: 14
- closed in last 90 days: 3
- lowest price: $139,500
- highest price: $699,000
Visit http://www.YourPropertyPros.com for more information about Miami Shores Real Estate.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Miami Shores was developed in the early 1920´s at the same time as Coral Gables by The Shoreland Company. Its urban plan includes tree-lined streets, large setbacks, alleyways or service roads as well as a downtown commercial area which is known as "downtown Miami Shores". With its own extremely efficient police force, its own government building or Village Hall, as well as library, there´s nothing Miami Shores can´t offer. Schools include Miami Shores Elementary, Miami Country Day School, St. Rose of Lima School, Miami Shores Presbyterian pre-school, Baptist pre-school, Doctor´s Charter Middle and High School, and Barry University to name a few. Miami Shores is a neighborhood where your neighbors have your keys and kids play on the streets, a true village beautiful.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
We felt the need to clear up a common misinterpretation for everyone who follows Real Estate trends. We are being bombarded by the Media on a daily basis that home sales are dropping. What does this really mean???
This doesn't really mean that prices are dropping. What it means is that less homes are selling. There is so much inventory (so many homes for sale), that buyers have a lot more to choose from and leverage to negotiate, but at the same time, there are fewer buyers.
More inventory, and fewer buyers means less sales. This means that when selling your home, you NEED TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK. You will need an agent, or a team of agents that market more aggressively, that have strong selling and negotiating skills, and that give 100% of themselves all the time, not just weekends, or just part of the week. Before you do yourself a disservice, please make sure the agent you are working with knows the area, and knows what they are doing.
If you choose to sell your house yourself and place a "FOR SALE BY OWNER" sign on your property, be ready to spend a lot of money on marketing in local newspapers, local publications, magazines and different websites as well. But also be ready to show your property with very short notice and usually at inconvenient times. Don't expect the sign in the front of the property, to sell your home.
If you feel like reading what the sales forecasts are, please read the following article by the National Association of Realtors.
Friday, August 04, 2006
Spiritual approach to sell your home?
We are bombarded by the Media everyday telling us that it is a slow housing market. Some sellers are trying new ways to attract buyers into their homes and eventhough some of these methods may seem unconventional, it's interesting to know different options are out there.
We have talked about conventional methods like "staging", "updating" and even "seller incentives", but what about imploring a HIGHER POWER??
Some of these practices involve from burying a St. Joseph statue in the yard of a home, to Feng Shui, to the Indian practice of Vaastu. Dinah Eng, in her Realtor Magazine article, speaks to different real estate professionals who have experienced these approaches.
Let us know if you have had first hand experience using any of these methods, and what the result was and good luck with the sale of your home.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
What will it take to SELL your property in this market?
The truth is that there is a lot of properties for sale, a lot of inventory, triple the amount from last year. This means that if you are selling, you have a lot more competition. If you are not in a hurry and do not really need to sell, then do NOTHING at all.
If you are motivated and don't have a choice, there are several things to do:
- First, price your property correctly (look at closed sales, not active listings).
- But most importantly, OFFER SELLER INCENTIVES!!!
What does this mean? If a real estate agent is working with a customer ready to purchase a property in a certain area, usually, that agent will show properties that will make them more money. That agent will usually show properties that offer bonuses or that pay more commission. Therefore, that agent will most likely show and push for your property if it will make him/her more money.
This is not the time to hire discount brokers that offer less commission. If
you don't want to take our word for it, read the following article by Matthew Haggman from the Miami Herald.
If you have any particular questions about your selling strategy, please do not hesitate to call us at 305.758.2323 or e-mail us at info@YourPropertyPros.com
Monday, May 22, 2006
With the help of coach Rick Alvarez and coach Rick Garcia, the "Rick & Ines" sponsored Marlins had a great season. With lots of effort and improvement from every single player, they managed to have a lot of fun while playing their best.
We are lucky to live, work and play in this great Miami Shores Community, which offers great sports programs for kids of all ages practically year round.
For more information on Miami Shores Recreational Programs, please visit:
or call (305) 795-2233.
Here are some photos of the players in action as well as the spectators:
Friday, May 12, 2006
Home buyers are getting the big breaks in an increasing number of U.S. markets, says Tom Early, president of the National Association of Exclusive Buyers Agents.But even as the market shifts to favor buyers, to get the best deal, buyers must take the right approach. Some advice from Early:
- Stifle the guilt. Some buyers feel guilty about pressing their advantage. Remind them, if the shoe were on the other foot, the seller would show no mercy.
- Be patient. In slow-moving markets, it is sometimes a good bet to simply wait until a stubborn seller sees the light and drops his price.
- A price drop may be just the beginning. When a seller drops the price, it may be a signal that he is facing a deadline and will negotiate still more.
- Take full advantage of a buyer's right to a home inspection. The buyer may find an issue that can be used to his advantage in gaining concessions.
- Insults don't work. Wounding the sellers' pride in their home is never a good tactic. Also making a ridiculously below-market bid may shock the owners into refusing to talk anymore.
If you are a Seller, place close attention to the advice given to buyers because it does impact you directly. Do not get offended by offers, it is better to receive a low offer than no offer at all, you can always counter. Just because you get an offer below your listed price, it does not mean it's a bad offer, it might mean your property is overpriced. Do your homework, look at comparables sales, and don't get greedy, unless you can afford to sit on the property and not sell.
Take a look at Ellen James Martin's article in the Miami Herald: www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/classifieds/real_estate/14511288.htm
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
WHY FENG SHUI???
An ancestral knowledge which originated over 4,000 years ago in China, teaches us how to harmonize not only our bodies, but how to achieve happiness and prosperity. It is the notion that the "spirit" or atmosphere of a place has an effect on your well being.
Some people believe Feng Shui is like astrology and fortune telling, they believe it goes against God and question why people can preach this kind of stuff. Unfortunately, this is a very common "myth". Feng Shui is not about religion, or philosophy and much less about superstition. It is the art and science of living in harmony with the environment. Simply stated by Suzee Miller, Feng Shui Master and professional speaker, "Feng Shui is the study of quantum physics - the flow of organic and inorganic energy in the universe. The primary goal of Feng Shui'ng listings, offices and/or homes is to increase the dynamic flow and accumulation of positive energy. It is this life force that helps us sell properties in record time, empowers us in our careers, and enriches our personal lives."
It might sound far fetched to many of you. But do we go to the gym to our favorite Yoga class? Do we buy incense to incite our senses? How about the lovely fresh flowers we so enjoy as a center piece? Or the color in your friend's dining room walls that makes you feel at such ease. All these things have to do with energy, and how our senses are heightened and influenced by certain things.
So how can this help you??? It can help you achieve the ultimate balance with simple arrangements of colors, materials, sounds, furniture placement, use of light, gardens, nature and more. By redirecting energies - repositioning furniture - changing lighting - adding mirrors and beautiful plants, you might be able to achieve just that. It can help sell a "stagnant" property that has sat on the market for a while without movement. It can help you sleep in a bedroom that you have not been able to relax in since you "re-decorated". It can even help you cure a "sick house".
Can you do this yourself??? It takes years of experience to get it right, but it can't hurt you to buy a couple of books and learn to do it yourself.......but your best bet is to hire a Feng Shui consultant or better yet, a Feng Shui Master to assess your home or place of business and start making changes.
Here are some websites that can help you to get started:www.fengshuitimes.com
If you are planning on trying it out on your own, start small, with simple items and don't resort to generalizations (like store bought Feng Shui products placed exactly as "instructions" tell you). You could start seeing changes which will seem unbelievable.
Monday, March 20, 2006
Coldwell Banker's Senior Vice President, Gus Rubio, writes the following:
Congratulations to our dedicated Sales Associates for making Coldwell Banker the #1 residential real estate company in Miami-Dade in 2005. We also thank you, our customers, for making Coldwell Banker your first choice in real estate. When you begin to consider buying or selling a home, please contact one of our offices for the exceptional services you expect in the style you deserve.
Thanks to the support of our customers and friends, we received the International Diamond Society Award, which represents the Top 13% of all Coldwell Banker Sales Associates Worldwide!......not bad for a couple of rookies.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
WHAT’S HAPPENING TO THE REAL ESTATE MARKET?
We get approached on a daily basis by people asking us if “the real estate bubble has burst”.
The Reality is that something was bound to happen. The Market was so hot that we could not hold inventory. Houses would sell in just days and in some cases just hours after being listed. It was a seller’s market where sellers could inflate prices and could get what they asked for and fast!
Historically, Real Estate has ups and downs influenced by supply and demand, interest rates, and economic conditions. There are shifts from "seller" to "buyer" markets and transitional periods.
We believe we are in one of those transitional periods where the Market is stabilizing. Click on this link for a great article from the Miami Herald’s writer Douglas Hanks III.
What does this mean to you as a SELLER? – There are a lot more properties for sale, which means more competition, and your property will most likely not sell as fast. If you price your property above market price, it might sit for a while, so be careful how high you price your home, unless you are willing to wait.
What does this mean to you as a BUYER? - There are a lot more properties to choose from, and there is more room for negotiation. Don’t be afraid to look at properties that are a bit above your price-range, knowing you may be able to get certain properties for less, especially those that have been for sale for some time.
In Miami Shores in particular, we are seeing a pattern where some agents are overpricing homes to the point of absurdity knowing that when push-comes-to-shove, they will have to negotiate down quite a bit. So when it comes to buying or selling, make sure you hire a Realtor who will work for your best interest, not just their bottom line. Work with someone who really understands your needs, and your current situation, someone that knows the area well – Don’t take risks on a Shifting market……..unless you are willing to gamble.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
- Check your credit report for accuracy and completeness
- Use the Internet wisely
- Educate yourself on mortgages and mortgage fraud
- hire the right real estate professional
- Know your home's value
- Protect yourself and your home
- understand the purchase contract
- hire the right real estate professional
How to Choose the right real estate professional:
- do your research
- get referrals from friends and relatives
- interview at least 3 agents
- make sure the agent you choose is a Realtor
For the complete article, please follow this link:
Remember that we are always ready to provide a no obligation market analysis of your home. So if you are thinking of buying or selling, or know someone who is, please give us a call or send them our way. We appreciate referrals.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Friday, February 10, 2006
Welcome to our Newsletter! Here you will find fun and hopefully useful information on South Florida's Real Estate Market, our experiences and our opinions. Your comments are not only welcome, but also appreciated. We live, work and play in Miami Shores, but also work the surrounding areas. Feel free to ask and request information. We will write about Feng Shui, Architecture, Taxes, our kids, How to stage properties, For Sale By Owners, and other "HOT" topics. We will give you tips and advice and look forward to your regular visits.
We want to give thanks to our extremely talented photographer, Roy Llera, for the "blog" idea. So check out his website at www.RoyLlera.com, you will not be disappointed.