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Florida Category

New Listing! 4025 Poinciana Ave, Coconut Grove

May 11th, 2016 Written By Carol Pawley

Quintessential Coconut Grove Sanctuary- featuring two story gated residence with 4 bed/ 3.5 baths. Home opens up into formal living & dining area, family room, chefs eat in kitchen with gas stove, and sweeping views of pool area through magnificent French doors. Step upstairs into your expansive master suite that features: walk in closet, personal lounge area, and private patio. Along with the many superb features this home has to offer, you will also enjoy: recessed lighting, 2 car garage, crown molding, shutters, and laundry. If you want an airy home befitting of privacy, sophistication, and minutes from downtown Coconut Grove, this may be the home for you! Check out the virtual tour in the link below.

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Real Estate Agent vs. For Sale By Owner

February 23rd, 2016 Written By Carol Pawley

With recent advancements in technology, virtually any service is available online at the click of a finger. Websites such as Zillow and Trulia allow future homebuyers and sellers to post their homes quickly and easily. In fact, the president of said that in the first quarter of 2015, website traffic had increased by over 200% when compared with the same time period the year before. Then why do so many homebuyers continue to use a realtor and pay an additional 6% commission fee? Lets have a look.

  1.  Better Prices! Real Estate Agents have experience in negotiating competitive prices and have the necessary resources to effectively market your home to achieve the highest selling price. Realtors firmly believe they will help you find the right home at the best price possible, and in 2013, the National Association of Realtors Buyer’s and Seller’s Profile showed the average FSBO home sold for $174,900, while the average home sold with a realtor sold for $215,000. That’s a difference of $40,100!
  2. Access to Qualified Buyers! A good broker will do the background work to ensure that potential buyers are qualified and have sufficient funds to purchase your home. This expertise lowers the chances of the deal breaking down at the end stages of the process. Also, an element of trust is involved when buying a home directly, as not all potential buyers or owners are honest when dealing directly with each other.
  3. Save Time! Time spent during inspections, finding a qualified buyer, and even initially during staging or marketing of a home can be saved by using the skill set of a Real Estate Agent. The value of a home can change quickly depending on the market trend at that moment, and it is essential to list and sell your home when you can benefit the most.

Purchasing a home is often an emotional process, and an important part of the sale is creating an image of the future lifestyle of the homebuyers through photography and virtual tours. Whether FSBO or working through a realtor best suits your needs depends on the situation. But, if you are looking for an experienced Real Estate Agent to help you navigate the market, I can help!



Coconut Grove Art Festival 2016

February 10th, 2016 Written By Carol Pawley

The 53rd annual Coconut Grove Art Festival is bringing artists from around the globe to showcase their incredible work this weekend, February 13, 14, and 15th 2016, in the heart of our own Coconut Grove. The festival is an annual celebration in the Coconut Grove community that cultivates inspirational interactions and exhibitions from a vast array of disciplines including the visual, culinary, and performing arts. The festival boasts an extensive selection of food vendors in it’s Global Food Village, while simultaneously stimulating the ears and eyes of festival goers as they stroll through the hundreds of artist booths along Bayshore Drive. Tickets can be found on the festival website, and those who live in the area can snag a ticket for only $5! Hope to see you there!

The Greatest Boat Show in the World Starts Today!

February 12th, 2015 Written By Carol Pawley

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The Miami International Boat Show, considered the Greatest Boat Show In The World, starts today.  The boat show is Florida’s largest event, it attracts visitors from around the country and around the world.

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Florida is Third Most Populous State in the Nation

January 12th, 2015 Written By Carol Pawley



Move over New York! With a total population of 19.9 million, Florida is the nation’s third most populous state behind California and Texas. California remained the nation’s most populous state in 2014, with 38.8 million residents, followed by Texas, at 27.0 million.   According to Stanley Smith, program director for the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Florida, “The actual ranking is of little consequence. What’s more important are the underlying trends, namely that Florida has been growing substantially faster than New York for many decades.”

Florida has New York to thank in part for its growth, as New Yorkers account for the state’s single largest group of new residents from within the United States. Despite public opinion, adults in the prime of their careers-not retirees-are driving most of Florida’s population growth. Many of our new residents come for employment in medical services, biotechnology, financial services, and other higher paying jobs.

In terms of percentage growth, Florida has ranked as one of the fastest growing states in the nation for more than 100 years. In raw numbers, Florida achieved its No. 4 ranking 34 years ago, when it leaped from 7th place over several Midwestern states.  Now the Sunshine State has jumped to #3 by averaging 803 new residents a day, according to U.S. Census Bureau.


Here are the top five most populous states in the nation:

1. California

2. Texas

3. Florida

4. New York

5. Illinois

Trendy Hotels in South Beach and Beyond

January 2nd, 2015 Written By Carol Pawley


Lobby of EDITION HOTEL, In Miami

South Beach gets a lot of attention for its trendy hotels, but other parts of Miami and Miami Beach are sharing the spotlight these days.

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Most Expensive home on US market in Florida

December 26th, 2014 Written By Carol Pawley

Most expensive home for Sale is in Florida

Most Expensive Home on the Market is in Hillsboro Beach, FL

A 60,000-square-foot mansion listed for $139 million is the most expensive home on the US market. The palace is being built on 4.4 acres on Millionaires Mile in Hillsboro Beach, Florida. It includes 465 feet of beach on the Atlantic Ocean, a 492-foot private dock, and the nation’s first in-home IMAX theater.

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