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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!



Get the City of Coral Gables App

January 15th, 2016 Written By Carol Pawley

Gables APP

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Coral Gables new mobile app provides anytime, anywhere access to the City’s programs and services. It can even help you find a parking spot! Read the rest of this entry »

Why 2016 Is A Good time To Buy

December 10th, 2015 Written By Carol Pawley


If you are undecided about buying a home, 2016 may be the year to take action.

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3rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Coco Walk

November 30th, 2015 Written By Carol Pawley


Coco Walk Christmas


Tree Lighting Ceremony starts at 6:30 PM

On Saturday, December 5, from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, don’t miss Coco Walk’s festive Christmas Tree Lighting celebration. Invite the children in your family because this fun holiday event includes a bounce house, popcorn and snow cones, arts and crafts, pictures with Santa Claus, and live performances by the Miami Conservatory of Music, Arts & Mind Academy, and the Coconut Grove Ballet studio.

Want to hear the best part? The event is free! The Coconut Grove Business Improvement District and CocoWalk are sponsoring the celebration. Participants are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to be delivered on December 15 to the children at St. Alban’s Child Enrollment Center.

When: Saturday, December 5, 2015

Time: 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Tree Lighting Ceremony starts at 6:30 PM

Where: 3015 Grande Avenue, Coconut Grove, FL 33133.

The Coconut Grove BID is a Board of the City of Miami dedicated to protecting and enhancing the vitality of Coconut Grove’s commercial core.


Solar Panels Increase Property Value

November 19th, 2015 Written By Carol Pawley

Solar Energy

Homes with solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems are sold at a premium compared to homes without PV systems.

A study released and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that homes with host-owned solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems are sold at a premium compared to homes without PV systems. The lead author of the study is Sandra K. Adomatis of the Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers. The project engaged a team of seven appraisers across six states—Florida being one of them—to determine the value added to homes with host-owned PV systems. Read the rest of this entry »


November 10th, 2015 Written By Carol Pawley


Miami-Dade’s eighth-grade students ranked No. 1 in the nation in Reading

Miami-Dade County Public Schools students continue to turn in remarkable achievement, as revealed by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results.  More than 6,300 students in 143 Miami-Dade County schools participated in this year’s grades 4 and 8 NAEP administration. The NAEP is considered the “Nation’s Report Card”.   In all tested areas, our public schools bucked national and state trends, outperforming other large American cities. Miami-Dade Hispanic students continue to outpace their counterparts nationwide in both Reading and Mathematics, with significantly higher mean scale scores than national public school sample, large city schools, and Florida.

This is great news for our students, our teachers, and the economic positioning of our community.



Miami Vice Theme for This Year’s Party on the Plaza

November 3rd, 2015 Written By Carol Pawley


5th Annual Party on the Plaza is this Friday!

This coming Friday, November 6, 2015, The Coral Gables Museum’s Young Associates present the 5th Annual Party on the Plaza. This year’s theme is Miami Vice, so if you loved the 80’s don’t miss it.

Party on the Plaza will feature fast cars, fast boats, a casino, 80’s cover band, DJs, street art, a champagne bar as well as an open Bacardi bar. You will be able to sample delicious food from Books and Books, BrickTop and El Novillo restaurants, Green Gables Cafe, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Mesa Mar Seafood Table, and Swine Southern Table and Bar.

Pre-sale general admission tickets are $50. VIP tickets are $125. All proceeds benefit the Coral Gables Museum.

The Museum celebrates the civic arts of architecture and provides programming that includes exhibitions, lectures, tours, publications and special events like this one.  You can support the museum by becoming a member.  Individual membership is $50; educators, students and seniors pay $30.

What: Party on the Plaza

When: Friday, November 6, at 7:00 PM

Where: Coral Gables Museum Plaza at  285 Aragon Avenue

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