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Miami’s Farmers Markets

October 22nd, 2012 Written By Carol Pawley

One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is go to the farmers market. I love buying the local fresh produce. Here is a list of farmers markets currently open in Miami. Click on each market for more information.


Miami-Dade Metrorail Station Farmers Market

Tuesdays 8am – 5pm Government Center Metrorail Station

Thursdays & Fridays 8am – 6pm Civic Center Metrorail Station


The St John’s on the Lake Market

Thursdays noon – 5pm 4760 Pine Tree Drive Miami Beach, Fl 33140



The Sunset Marketplace

10am – 7pm The Shops at Sunset Place 5701 SW 72 St South Miami, Fl 33143


The Normandy Village Marketplace

9am – 5pm 7802 Rue Vendome, at the Normandy Isle Fountain, Miami Beach, Fl 33141



The Pinecrest Gardens Farmers’ Market

9am – 3pm Pinecrest Gardens parking lot, 11000 Red Rd Pinecrest, Fl 33156


Mary Brickell Village Sunday Market

10am – 5pm Mary Brickell Village 900 Block of South Miami Ave


Lincoln Road Farmers’ Market

9am – 6:30pm Lincoln Rd between Meridian Ave & Washington Ave

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Miami home prices up 18.2%

October 15th, 2012 Written By Carol Pawley

According to a report by Douglas Elliman Florida in conjunction with appraisal firm Miller Samuel, Miami condominium and single-family home prices are up 18.2% for the year to date. Inventory has fallen 24.7 percent to 11,468 from 15,239 in the third quarter compared to the same period in 2011 and sales have rose 1.4%,  Miami activity contiues to climb. The residential price increase was largely driven by condos, with the median condo sales price rising 28.6% year-over-year in the third quarter to $180,000, while the median single-family home price rose 7.5% to $215,000. The report examined  Miami’s coastal communities, from Pinecrest to Surfside.

I keep up to date on the market.  I make sure my clients are well informed so they make the best decisions when buying or selling their home. Please send me an email at or call me at 305-992-6188 if you are interested in buying or selling a home in Miami.

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Pick A Tag: Florida Wants Your Help To Pick A New License Plate

October 11th, 2012 Written By Carol Pawley

Florida plans to ditch its iconic green and white license plate for a new one that will be easier to read & catch drivers who evade tolls. Currently, nearly one in six digital images is declared unreadable at toll booths by the Florida Turnpike Enterprise. Combined with other problems across the state, taxpayers lose at least $7 million a year. The state highway safety agency is forging ahead with a redesigned plate, at a cost of $31 million, that will be easier for cameras and police officers to see. The new change would not come with a new cost to drivers and will be phased in over two years.

After a decade, the current Florida tag is in need of a makeover, with its embossed combinations of six green letters and numbers, lush orange blossom in the center and county names at the bottom. The new tag, fresh off the drawing board, will be flat, with seven bold black letters and numbers segregated against a white background. County names will disappear in favor of the words “Sunshine State” or the state motto, “In God We Trust,” on standard tags. The change would not affect specialty license plates, and motorists would be able retain vanity plates.

Sometime early next year the state will allow Floridians to choose their favorite license plate design in an online poll.

Below are some samples of what the plates might look like. Which one is your favorite?

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Regulators OKs Citizens’ Increases For Homeowners

October 9th, 2012 Written By Carol Pawley


Florida homeowners and businesses with Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will see double-digit premium increases in most cases early next year. Last Tuesday the Office of Insurance Regulation  approved a 10.8%  increase on homeowners’ policies and an 8.8%  increase on dwelling fire rates. Homeowners with sinkhole coverage will see an increase of 21.4% on their bills and those with dwelling fire policies who want sinkhole coverage will get a 44.8%  increase. Most take effect Jan. 1. Rates for wind-only policies take effect Feb. 1.

Citizens’ has been boosting its rates in recent years to reach parity with private commercial carriers in hopes of shedding hundreds of thousands of policies. Originally designed as the “insurer of last resort,” it has instead become the largest policy carrier for homes and businesses in Florida with roughly 1.4 million customers. However, its maximum exposure far exceeds its financial ability to pay claims in a timely fashion without further charging policyholders or assessing non-Citizens insurance buyers, company officials say.

Regulators last month approved another 60,000 policies for removal from Citizens’ and earlier approved 150,000 policies for acquisition by four Florida-based companies beginning in November. Citizens’ policyholders were to be notified of the take-out request Oct. 1, and will have 30 days to accept or reject the offer. If policyholders do not respond, they’ll be “assumed” by a private sector company.

Read more here

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Trick or Treat on Miracle Mile

October 5th, 2012 Written By Carol Pawley

It is time once again to begin crafting those costumes because Halloween on the Mile is back for its 15th annual celebration! Always a family affair, there will be something for everyone, including those members of the furry canine variety. Festivities will take place on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, from 4:00–7:00 p.m.

Events include:

o Trick-or-Treating along Miracle Mile and its adjacent streets

o Storytime and Kids Activities

o Kiddie Costume Contest at the Miracle Theatre

o Doggie Costume Contest

Visit or call (305) 569-0311 for more information.

If you would like more information on events happening in Coral Gables, please contact me at (305) 992 6188 or email me at

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New Resturants To Check Out In Coral Gables

September 26th, 2012 Written By Carol Pawley

Coral Gables has attracted nearly 20 new restaurants, offering everything from fast casual to upscale dining. Several venues opened in recent months and more will be opening soon.

The newest members of the Coral Gables restaurant community include:

  • Bon Fromage – 1533 Madruga Ave. (French)
  • Gourmet Table — 4555 Ponce de Leon Blvd. (Delicatessen & imported foods)
  • Pao Town – 2624 Ponce de Leon Blvd. (Asian)
  • Shake Shack – 1450 S. Dixie Highway (Hamburgers & milkshakes)
  • Zielo – 264 Giralda Ave. (Peruvian, French & Italian fusion)
  • 100 Montaditos – 230 Miracle Mile (Spanish)

 Arriving soon:

Have you been to any of these new restaurants? Share your opinion of them below.

Property Taxes Too High? Deadline to appeal is Sept 17, 2012

September 14th, 2012 Written By Carol Pawley

How do you reduce your property taxes in Dade County? 

By now everyone should have received their 2012 Proposed Property Tax Notice which was sent out by the Office Of  The Property Appraiser.   The deadline to file an appeal for Dade County is Monday  September 17, 2012.  This includes Coral Gables , Coconut Grove,  Pinecrest, Miami Beach  and all municipalities in the county.

If you think your property taxes are too high or if your assessment seems to be above the market value you may be entitled to a tax reduction.  This  applies to commercial as well as residential properties (homesteaded or not).  In order to challenge your assessment you must file a claim with The Value Adjustment Board or call a professional in to do this for you. 

Each year many of my clients ask what they should do.  For the past five years  Tax Savers of Miami, a local company, has successfully obtained reductions on my properties and many of my clients’ residential and commercial properties.   

Don’t wait, time is running out. Log on to for more info.Tax Savers Miami, Inc. is a property tax consulting firm that can assist you in lowering your property taxes, commercial or residential. Here are the numbers;Dade: (305) 740-0118 Broward: 954-458-TAXES (8293).

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