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New Construction Shines In South Miami and High Pines!

7530 SW 57th Court

7530 SW 57th Court | LP $2,350,000 | 6 Bedrooms | 5,372 Adj. SF | 27,085 SF Lot

If you want a new home in South Miami or High Pines there couldn’t be a better time or selection than NOW.  There are some stunning homes nearing completion and under construction with beautiful clean, sleek lines, and all except architect Roney Mateu’s modern masterpiece (6485 SW 84th Street) are timeless classics.

South Miami and High Pines are near mirror images of each other with respect to what they offer (see July 10th “To Be Or Not To Be” blog) in so far as proximity, schools, shopping, and the general landscape.  Properties in High Pines are usually priced a little more per square foot than properties in South Miami, but in general the list prices of “new construction” in both areas are almost the same.  I’ve lived in South Miami for over 20 years, sold over 100 homes in the area, and have seen many cycles of “new construction”.  These are fabulous homes!

To learn more about real estate in South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne at [email protected] or at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

Home Sweet Home For Rent in Coral Gables 1220 S. Alhambra Circle

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3 Bedroom | 3 Bath

List Price $4,200/month | MLS No. A1913173

Beautiful, completely renovated, sun-filled, and enchanting; that’s how we describe this residence on one of the prettiest streets in the Coral Gables.  Each bedroom with bath, spacious kitchen with wood cabinetry and granite counters, a great room with fireplace, and a ‘wall of windows’ overlooking a lush, tropical oasis.  Walk to the best schools, markets, and cafes in the South Gables and South Miami.  This rental property is a “10”.


To learn more about real estate in South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne at [email protected] or at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

Thinking About Moving ‘One Last Time’?

 

empty nesterIf you’re thinking about  your retirement or near-retirement years I hope an ELEVATOR is in your thoughts!   I’ve had an onslaught of clients moving out of the Big house with the Big yard and Big maintenance, and opting for comfortable and easy.  These scrutinizing folks want space (#1 request) and high-end appointments (tied for #1), and this often comes in the form of vertical living!

Lesson 1: You never anticipate or prepare for knee and hip surgeries.  Lesson 2: Most master bedrooms in 2-story residences are upstairs! No matter if you are looking at South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove,  Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, or the Ponce & Davis corridors, these ‘empty nester’ residences are often going to have 2 floors, so you have to imagine going up and down the stairs when it’s not going to be so easy!  Is there enough space in the staircase to accommodate a chair lift? Even better, is there an elevator?  If the thought of using an elevator turns your nose up now, just use it for storage while those hips and knees are cooperating. They make great closets!crutches

I have a beautiful home for sale in the Ponce Estates area (adjacent to Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and South Miami) that has it all: lots of space (4,000sf), lovely appointments, and an ELEVATOR!!!  It’s the baby boomer’s luxury.

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7830 SW 48th Court
4 Bedrooms / 4 Bathrooms
List Price: $1.549,000

To learn more about real estate in South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne at [email protected] or at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

EWM #1 in Sales Over $1,000,000!

No one sold more properties over $1,000,000 in Miami-Dade County in 2013 than EWM Realty International.  EWM agents sold 420 single family homes and condominiums in that price range last year, and that was 26% more than our next closest competitor (who sold 334 properties in that same price range)!

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Releasing that information made me want to look back a few years at the prices in Dade County!  In January,  2003 the average price per square foot of a property priced over $1,000,000 in Dade County was $375.  When the market “peaked” in that 2007ish period the average price per square foot was in the $550-$600 range.  By mid-July, 2013, we were looking at about $625 per square foot, and by the end of the year we were in the $650ish price per square foot.  As we settle into 2014 I will be keeping my blog updated with facts and trends,  especially in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, and the Ponce/Road corridors, where I specialize in luxury real estate, both for sale and for rent. 

The Last 10 Years In Luxury Real Estate Sales
($1,000,000 and over)

 To learn more about real estate in South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne at [email protected] or at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

The Grammys, the Emmys, the Oscars, and the Chairman’s Club!

EWM Realty Alone RedEWM announced the 2013 Chairman’s Club members this weekend.  32 EWM agents in Dade and Broward Counties have been given the highest honor, the Diamond Club Level, for selling the most real estate (dollar volume) company-wide, and representing the most selective “top” 1/2 of 1%  of realtors nationwide.  They say a person is judged by the company they keep, and as a member of  the Diamond Club I am honored to be keeping company with these outstanding professionals, especially those selling real estate in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, and the Ponce/Davis corridor.   I not only specialize in real estate in those neighborhoods, but have lived in or been a property owner in each one of them too!Herald for Sherrie to email.indd

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Val Byrne
Working For You!

 

A very special thank you to the Buyers and Sellers who worked with me this past year – it was a complete pleasure, and I am happy to call each one of you ‘friend’.  As they say at my son’s high school (Christopher Columbus High School), Adelante! 2014 is off to a great start!

 

To learn more about real estate in South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne at [email protected] or at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

Star Light, Star Bright, First Star I See Tonight…My Wish is To Live in the Penthouse at the Faena House!

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There are some spectacular condominium developments sprouting in Miami but the proverbial ‘crème de la crème’ is the FAENA HOUSE, one of seven Faena creations in the FAENA DISTRICT MIAMI BEACH.  What is a FAENA DISTRICT?  It’s a $1 billion dream (transported to reality) of Argentinean hotelier/real estate developer Alan Faena, whereby an entire urban development anchored by arts and culture is created.  FAENA DISTRICT BUENOS AIRES was the first, and is a confirmed success.Faena House

Spanning north and south from FAENA HOUSE, which is the epicenter of the project and located at 3209 Collins Avenue, and land locked between Indian Creek and the Atlantic Ocean will be the glorious assemblage of the FAENA SAXONY HOTEL, FAENA ARTS CENTER, FAENA BAZAAR, FAENA GARDENS, a car park, and a marina.   The full-floor penthouse at FAENA HOUSE (LP $50mil) is where my dream begins. Yes, I would leave my haven in South Miami for that gorgeous penthouse with the dreamy private rooftop pool.  White Venetian Terrazo floors, glass walls, and sinfully large balconies are the backdrop, with too many other features to mention, so click here for those details and a millionaires price list.

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FAENA gracefully credits “THE COLLABORATORY” for creating and executing the dream.  Could not have been done without Foster+Partners, Rem Koolhas / OMA, Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Studio Job, and Miami’s own infamous landscape architect, Raymond Jungles.

To learn more about real estate in South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne at [email protected] or at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

 

What to do, What to do… Election Day is Around the Corner in South Miami!

Vote buttonTomorrow is election day in South Miami.  I am still not 100% sure who I will be voting for – every time I get a candidate’s “hate card” I vow not to vote for them, but now they are all generating “hate cards”,  so I’m conflicted.  The winners in this election should be the residents, property owners, and merchants of South Miami, and truthfully, we shouldn’t be subjected to the slime the government folks throw around.  The South Miami government could learn a thing or two about respectfully and productively running a town from the Village of Pinecrest!

Who Will Be The Next Mayor of South Miami?

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Incumbent Mayor
Philip K. Stoddard

Rodney WIlliams

Rodney WIlliams

Commissioner Valerie Newman

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Who Will Be The Next South Miami Commissioner in Group 1?

Donna Shelley

Donna Shelley

Gabriel Edmond

Gabriel Edmond

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who Will Be The Next South Miami Commissioner in Group 4?

Walter Harris

Walter Harris

Horace Feliu

Horace Feliu

Yay or Nay?

Resolution 1

Shall we change the City’s General Elections from February to November of each even numbered year to coincide with the federal government’s general elections and allow the resulting eight month extension of term for elected officials that would be caused by such a change?

Resolution 2

Shall the Charter be amended to make various technical changes, including but not limited to,
(i) adding a preamble,
(ii) making City ordinances effective on the date they are executed unless otherwise specified,
(iii) allowing the City to publish notices in a newspaper of general circulation in the City, and
(iv) specifying that the City Manager shall approve proposed expenditures
in accordance with the approved budget?

Resolution 3 (and the one that will ruffle the feathers in the future)

Shall the Charter be amended to make various substantive changes, including but not limited to,
(i), allowing a majority of Commissioner members present to pass an emergency ordinance,
(ii) requiring the Commission to coordinate all investigations through the City Manager,
(iii) allowing the City Manager to designate an acting city manager in his/her absence for a period of ninety days, and
(iv) changing the procedure for initiative and referendum?

To learn more about real estate in South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne at [email protected] or at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

Are You An Unmarried Couple Thinking About Buying A Home?

I’ve worked with unmarried couples that decided to purchase and settle before marrying; and I’ve worked with couples that will not be marrying – not in the State of Florida, anyway. 

The Miami Herald published a great article last week on this topic. If you are thinking about buying a home with a significant other you should read it!  There are 6 tips that are invaluable:

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1) SWAP FINANCIAL HISTORY

Know about each other’s student loans, credit card debt, retirement accounts, etc.

 

 

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2)  AGREE ON WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD

Determine what each person can (and cannot) contribute.

 

 

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3)  SIGN A CONTRACT

And this is not referring to a Sales Contract! Enlist an attorney and draw up a contract before you buy a property outlining contributing amounts, equity amounts, rights of survivorship, and the unthinkable: what if the relationship dissolves.

 

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4) UNDERSTAND OWNERSHIP OPTIONS

Joint Tenants vs. Tenants in Common

 

 

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5)  REVIEW TAX IMPLICATIONS

 

 

 

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6)  RESET WEDDING EXPECTATIONS

The author suggests there might not be enough money left over for a wedding after purchasing a home.  Hey, wait till you have kids!

 

 

To learn more about real estate in South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne at [email protected] or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

 

MIAMI TODAY INTERVIEWS EWM’S NANCY BATCHELOR AND ME!

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Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and Ponce/Davis Corridor
Homes for Sale vs Sold vs Pended in 2013
$1,000,000 and Over

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Pinecrest Homes for Sale vs Sold vs Pended in 2013
$1,000,000 and Over

Miami Today ended 2013 real estate news with a bang last weekThe December 31st issue recaps a very successful year for Dade County in the luxury real estate market (sales prices of $1,000,000 and up).

Read the article for details but in summary nearly 1 in every 5 single family homes closed in Dade County sold for $1,000,000 or more.  In the condo market about 1 of every 8 properties sold for $1,000,000 or more.  Bringing this reality a little closer to home let’s look at the $1,000,000+ single family home stats in Coral Gables (including the Ponce/Davis corridor), Coconut Grove, and Pinecrest, where I specialize in luxury properties. The graphs represent properties which have sold, are pending a closing, or are for sale on the MLS system.

Another fun fact: real estate agents at EWM Realty International sold a property for $1,000,000 or more about every 17 hours in 2013!  It was an exciting year in real estate and all indications are that the momentum will continue in 2014.

To learn more about South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne with EWM Realty International or www.MiamiRealEstateWorks.com at email at [email protected] or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!

 

A New Year, A New Police Chief in South Miami!

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Raymond “Ray” Martinez

The hunt is on for a South Miami Police Chief.  Former Police Chief Orlando Martinez de Castro was ousted back in the summer (more City drama) and since then Rene Landa has been the Acting Police Chief.

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Rene Landa
Acting Police Chief

Acting Police Chief Rene Landa, a former officer and South Miami Police spokesperson,  is one of two candidates who have been announced.  The other, Raymond “Ray” Martinez, is a 30-year police veteran and the current Miami Beach Police Chief.  I’ve been friends with Ray Martinez for many years.  He is a phenomenal husband and father, a “top cop”, and South Miami should be honored to have him as Police Chief if that comes to fruition.  Ray must be well seasoned in the “politics” of the government and police business, but I chuckle when I think of him sitting in on one of South Miami’s City Meetings – he has never seen anything like it!  I want to be a fly on that wall.

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Steven Alexander, City Manager

There should be a few more candidates named to the list soon.  City Manager Steven Alexander has indicated candidates from Coral Gables and Hialeah are being interviewed.  Under the South Miami City Charter the City Manager appoints the heads, subject to a majority approval from the City Commissioners.  There is a Chief of Police Search Committee involved in this process: Golden Beach Chief of Police Don de Luca, North Miami Assistant Police Chief Leonard Burgess, and Miami-Dade Deputy Police Director Juan Perez are diligently working to find just the right person.

2014 will be a year of “news” at the City of South Miami (aka The City of Pleasant Living).

 

To learn more about South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, contact Val Byrne with EWM Realty International or www.MiamiRealEstateWorks.com at email at [email protected] or by phone at 305-323-6231. Val Byrne – Working For You!