AVENTURA REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES (08-16-19)

 

AVENTURA REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES

*as of  August 16,  2019

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Vi at Aventura achieves great place to work certification

By: Community News

Vi at Aventura, a high-end continuing care retirement community, was recently certified as a great workplace by Great Place to Work®.

Led by independent analysts, Great Place to Work® certifications are based on employee responses and feedback through an annual survey of more than 60 questions, which focus on employees’ workplace experiences, happiness and overall satisfaction.

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Decades of research shows workplaces with high-trust cultures see higher levels of revenue, innovation, customer and patient satisfaction, employee engagement, organizational agility, and more.

“This is such a meaningful and impactful certification for Vi at Aventura,” said Renee Garvin, Vi’s Executive Director. “We strive to provide a workplace culture where people are excited about what they do and who they work with, and this designation illustrates that intention perfectly.”

Vi at Aventura is committed to providing team members with meaningful work, an engaging culture, and opportunities to learn and grow as they are the primary drivers of resident satisfaction and quality care. Recognized as a leader in employee development, Vi offers employees a wide range of training and development programs including tuition reimbursement, free language training, an array of company-paid certification courses, robust leadership development programs, and access to Vi’s online university, E-Campus.

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Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Vi operates 10 continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) across the United States. Vi has received a variety of awards and accolades including Chief Learning Officer Magazine’s LearningElite and Training Magazine’s Top 125.

To learn more about employment opportunities at Vi at Aventura, visit www.jobs.viliving.com/.

Vi at Aventura is located at 19333 West Country Club Drive. For more information on Vi at Aventura lifestyle, visit www.miami.viliving.com, call 305-912-0613 or email Aventura@viliving.com.

 

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5 Home Remodeling Projects With Top-Dollar Returns

Home Remodeling Projects With Top-Dollar Returns

5 Home Remodeling Projects With Top-Dollar Returns

Not all home improvements are created equal. These will reward you the most when it comes time to sell.

 

Your home is in the perfect location, came at the perfect price, with the perfect lot. (Yay southern exposure!)

But the home itself? Perfect isn’t the adjective you’d use. But you knew that moving in, and now you’re ready to start making it just right.

But where to begin? How about with data? Data is that friend who tells you like it really is.

Because while any home improvement that brings you joy is priceless, not all add as much home equity as you might expect.

The “Remodeling Impact Report” from the National Association of REALTORS® has tons of data on how much improvements cost — and how much of those costs you can recoup.

Here are the best seven home remodeling projects with equity-building might:

#1 New Roof

If you find yourself sprinting for the buckets when it starts to sprinkle, getting a new roof should be your No. 1 to-do. Measuring rainfall from the indoors isn’t cool. 

The cost: $7,500 

The return: 109% at $8,150

Considering it’s what’s between you and the elements, it’s a no-brainer. 

Not sure if you need a new roof? Signs you might include:

  • Shingles are missing, curling up, or covered in moss.
  • Gritty bits from the asphalt shingles are coming out the downspout. 
  • The sun’s shining through your attic. 
  • You notice stains on ceilings and walls.
  • Your energy bill is sky high.

#2 Hardwood Floors

You flip on the TV to see that your fave home reno-ing duo is it at again, flipping a ranch that’s stuck in the ‘80s. 

They make it to the living room, pull back the dingy carpet to reveal hardwood floors in great condition. They’re psyched — and for good reason. 

Hardwood floors are a timeless classic. Refinishing is a no-brainer. Neither will you regret adding new hardwood floors if you have none.

The cost to refinish: $2,500

The return: 100% at $2,500

The cost to buy new: $5,500

The return: 91% at $5,000 

Related: Should You Refinish Hardwood Floors Yourself?

#3 New Garage Door

No surprise that a garage door replacement project made it onto this #winning list — a new garage door provides a big boost for your home’s curb appeal at a relatively modest cost. 

The cost: $2,300 (for a two-door)

The return: 87% at $2,000

There are options galore, too. A host of factory-finish colors, wood-look embossed steel, and glass window insets are just some of the possibilities that’ll give your doors bankable personality. 

#4 Better Insulation

Insulation is tucked out of sight, so it’s often out of mind — that is, until you’re forced to wear your parka indoors because it’s sooo darn cold. 

The cost: $2,100

The return: 76% at $1,600 (plus the added savings on heating and cooling costs!)

#5 New Siding

In any color! And never paint again. 

Those are two of the three benefits of vinyl siding. The third, of course, is your home’s value. 

But if long-time homeowners look at you funny when you mention vinyl siding, just tell them that today’s vinyl is way better than what they remember because of fade-resistant finishes and transferable lifetime warranties. 

The cost: $13,350

The return: 75% at $10,000

Want fiber-cement siding instead? It also shows a strong payback of 83%. Although it’s the pricier option — you’ll spend about $18,000 with a payback of about $15,000 — it has one thing vinyl still lacks — the perception of quality.

And quality matters. In a survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), “quality” was one of the most important traits that home buyers focused on when house hunting.

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Whether You Rent Or Buy, Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage!

Whether You Rent Or Buy, Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage!

Whether You Rent Or Buy, Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage!

There are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize, however, that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s.

As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source for small business, explained in their article, “12 Practical Steps to Getting Rich”:

“While renting on a temporary basis isn’t terrible, you should most certainly own the roof over your head if you’re serious about your finances. It won’t make you rich overnight, but by renting, you’re paying someone else’s mortgage. In effect, you’re making someone else rich.”

Christina Boyle, Senior Vice President and head of the Single-Family Sales & Relationship Management organization at Freddie Mac, explains another benefit of securing a mortgage as opposed to paying rent:

“With a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, you’ll have the certainty & stability of knowing what your mortgage payment will be for the next 30 years – unlike rents which will continue to rise over the next three decades.”

As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form of ‘forced savings’ which allows you to build equity in your home that you can tap into later in life. As a renter, you guarantee the landlord is the person building that equity.

Interest rates are still at historic lows, making it one of the best times to secure a mortgage and make a move into your dream home. Freddie Mac’s latest report shows that rates across the country were at 4.22% last week.

Bottom Line

Whether you are looking for a primary residence for the first time or are considering a vacation home on the shore, now may be the time to buy.

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WILLIAMS ISLAND REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES (08-09-19)

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WILLIAMS ISLAND REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES

*as of  August 9, 2019

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Which Comes First… Marriage Or Mortgage?

According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2017 at 57% of all buyers. It is no surprise that having two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to monthly housing costs makes buying a home more attainable.

But, many couples are also deciding to buy a home before spending what would be a down payment on a wedding, as unmarried couples made up 16% of all first-time buyers last year.

If you’re single, don’t fret! Single women made up 18% of first-time buyers in 2017, while single men accounted for 7% of buyers. A recent report pointed to a sense of responsibility and commitment that drives many single women to want to own their own homes rather than rent someone else’s.

Here is the breakdown of all first-time homebuyers in 2017 by percentage of all buyers, income, and age:

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Bottom Line

You may not be that much different than those who have already purchased their first homes. Meet with a local real estate professional today who can help determine if your dream home is already within your grasp.

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Millionaire To Millennials: Don’t Rent A Home… Buy!

Millionaire To Millennials: Don’t Rent A Home… Buy!

Millionaire To Millennials: Don’t Rent A Home… Buy!

In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: “The biggest mistake millennials are making is not buying their first home.” He goes on to say that, “If you want to build real financial security, real wealth for your lifetime, then you need to buy a home.”

Bach went on to explain:

“Homeowners are worth 40 times more than renters. Now, that first home doesn’t need to be a dream home, it can be a very small home. You might literally have to buy a small studio apartment, but that’s how you get started.” 

Then he explains the secret in order to buy that home!

“Don’t do a 30-year mortgage. You want to take that 30-year mortgage and instead pay it off early, do a 15-year mortgage. What happens if you do a 15-year mortgage? Well, one, you pay the mortgage off 15-years sooner, that means you’ll be able to retire in your fifties. Number two, you’ll save a fortune (on potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest payments).”

What will it cost to pay your mortgage in fifteen years? He explains further:

“For fifteen years, you got to brownbag your lunch. Think about that! Brownbag your lunch literally for fifteen years. You can retire ten years sooner than your friends. You’ll have real wealth, because you bought a home – you’re not a renter. And you’ll be financially secure for life.”

Bottom Line

Whenever a well-respected millionaire gives investment advice, people usually clamor to hear it. This millionaire gave simple advice – if you don’t yet live in your own home, go buy one.

Who is David Bach?

Bach is a self-made millionaire who has written nine consecutive New York Times bestsellers. His book, “The Automatic Millionaire,” spent 31 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He is one of the only business authors in history to have four books simultaneously on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek and USA Today bestseller lists.

He has been a contributor to NBC’s Today Show, appearing more than 100 times, as well as a regular on ABC, CBS, Fox, CNBC, CNN, Yahoo, The View, and PBS. He has also been profiled in many major publications, including the New York Times, BusinessWeek, USA Today, People, Reader’s Digest, Time, Financial Times, Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Working Woman, Glamour, Family Circle, Redbook, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Investors’ Business Daily, and Forbes.

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14 Garage Organization Ideas Under $50

14 Garage Organization Ideas Under $50

14 Garage Organization Ideas Under $50

Easy-to-afford solutions for your tools, sporting and seasonal gear (so you’ll have room for your car, too).

If you’ve got a garage, most likely you’ve got waaayyyy more than cars in there. It’s the catch-all place to keep stuff (mostly) out of sight and out of mind.

Put order to the chaos and protect your car’s paint job with simple storage systems and organizing hacks for everything from sports equipment to tools.

Bikes, Skates, and Other Wheels

#1 Hoist bicycles to the rafters with a rope-and-pulley system (starting around $40) that makes it easy to raise the bike and lock safely in place. When you’re ready to ride, release the lock and lower your bike to the garage floor. You’ll need an hour or two and basic tools to secure the pair of pulleys to ceiling joists and thread the ropes. (Similar hoists are available for kayaks or small boats; starting around $25.)

#2 Use a specially designed wall rack to hang helmets and skateboards together;starting around $20. Secure this one to wall joists in less than an hour.

#3 Keep scooters and bikes out of the way with tool hooks installed on a length of 1-by-6-inch lumber. You’ll pay $3 for each pair of vinyl-coated screw-in tool hooks and $1 per foot for lumber. You’ll need only an hour or two to secure the lumber to wall joists and screw the hooks into place along the board.

Sporting Goods

#4 Bring together balls and bats on a convenient wire rack equipped with hangers that hold gloves too; starting around $35.

#5 Stash two pairs of snow skis, poles, and boots in one handy steel ski rack; $45. Securing this rack to wall studs helps it hold the weight of the equipment. If you can’t position it on studs, use wall anchors for a secure installation. You can do the task with or without anchors in an hour or two.

#6 Stow your fishing rods by suspending two wire shelves from your garage ceiling about 5 feet apart, then threading the rods through the openings. Use shelves left over from a project or purchase a 4-foot-by-16-inch vinyl-coated wire shelf for less than $9, and saw it in half crosswise (or clip with bolt cutters) to make two 2-foot shelves. Snip additional wires where you need wider slots to accept pole handles or reels.

Tools

#7 Hang wrenches and bungee cords using an ordinary vinyl-coated wire tie-and-belt rack, available at big box stores; $8.

#8 Hang metal tools on a magnetized rail, keeping items in view and easy to retrieve; starting around $30. Simply screw the rail to wall studs to safely hold the weight of the tools (it’s an idea you may be drawn to.)

#9 Cushion and protect tools by padding your toolbox drawers with a soft, non-slip liner. The open-weave design keeps moisture away and prevents tools from rolling around. Enough material to line eight average-size drawers is $15. Just cut the liner to length to fit and slip it into the drawer.

#10 Organize small items — such as pencils, box cutters, and tape measures — by stashing them in electrical junction boxes; about $2 each (free if you have spares). Purchase a variety of sizes and shapes and secure them to studs or pegboard.

Yard and Garden Gear

#11 Transform an old filing cabinet into storage bins for various yard tools. Remove the drawers, turn it on its backside, and use a couple afternoons to apply paint and pegboard sides. Less than $25.

#12 Mount heavy tools, long-handled implements, and ladders on long steel rails with extruded holes high on the garage wall and secured to studs. Add hooks and pegs on the rail to hang big tools. Two 48-inch rails sell for $22.

#13 Secure a wooden pallet to wall studs to create a pocket for holding long-handled garden tools. To find free wooden pallets, check with local businesses as well as online classifieds, such as Craigslist. Cost: Free.

#14 Use a can rack to keep bottles of fertilizers, repellants, and lubricants upright and easy to retrieve. Rack ($15) prevents cans and bottles from tumbling off shelves.

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SUNNY ISLES REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES (08-02-19)

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SUNNY ISLES REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES

*as of August 2, 2019

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2019 08-02

Sun-Seeking Families Find Money-Saving Summer Packages in Sunny Isles Beach Miami

Ideally situated between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Sunny Isles Beach is a favorite Florida getaway for families, offering an uncrowded, two-and-a-half-mile stretch of white sand beach, and a delightfully unexpected assortment of family-friendly activities and attractions for a memorable seaside escape.

Special Offers

The Five-Star, multi-award winning oceanfront retreat, Acqualina Resort & Spa, invites families to reconnect this summer with the “Family Escape” package. The package includes daily access to the resort’s state-of-the-art Children’s Center, headquarters of the marquee AcquaMarine program, offering educational marine-themed programming for children ages five through 12; access to the resort’s beachfront basketball court, soccer lawn, foosball and ping-pong tables and oceanfront king-sized chess board for recreational family fun; daily activities for toddlers including bike time on a no-pedal Strider Balance Bike, stretch sessions and relay races on the beach; a $40 spa credit for up to two adults to be used toward a face or body treatment at the on-site Five-Star Acqualina Spa by ESPA; daily buffet breakfast for two (or four when booking a two-bedroom suite) by Il Mulino NewYork; and complimentary Valet Parking daily. Package rates start at $525 per night. To book, visit acqualinaresort.com/accommodations/offers/.

The AAA-rated Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort is offering travelers a “Complete Getaway” package which includes valet parking, resort fee, $50 credit for use at one of five on-site dining outlets, and complimentary full American breakfast for each registered adult. Visitors and locals alike enjoy All You Can Eat Lobster Night at the on-site Kitchen 305 every Wednesday. For a little more than the market price of a single tail, guests can fill themselves with as much Maine lobster as they can palette. Alongside the “main” act, the dinner special includes fresh bread and a choice of two sides. To book, visit newportbeachsideresort.com/offers/

At the Forbes Four-Star Trump International Beach Resort Miami, an upscale enclave on the beach, travelers can enjoy up to $150 daily resort credit plus 25 percent off spa services with the “Everything Under the Sun” package. The newly expanded Planet Kids, a fully interactive on-site program, now offers ecological adventures, chef cooking demonstrations, hands-on crafts and activities, touch tanks, take-home souvenirs, and plenty of fun in the sun for guests ages four through 12. Half and full-day options are available for a fee. To book, visit trumpmiami.com/special-offers.

Solé Miami invites fellow Floridians to discover a slice of paradise in their own backyard with the “Heart and Solé” package exclusive to Florida residents. The package features an array of amenities and perks, including 20 percent off the best available rate; a complimentary room upgrade; daily breakfast for two at BALEENkitchen; $50 resort credit; and complimentary valet parking for one vehicle. To book, visit solemiami.com/hotel-packages.

 

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Summer Events

Additional activities during the summer include the following:

  • Full Moon Yoga – Meditate under the full moon to the sound of the soothing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Located on the beach at Samson Oceanfront Park (17425 Collins Ave.).  Free class (mat not included) and parking. Monday, June 17; Tuesday, July 16; and Thursday, August 15 from 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm. This class is for adults (18+) only.
  • Sunset Yoga – Celebrate the Summer Solstice and International Day of Yoga with a free class (mat not included), led by a professional yoga instructor. Friday, June 21 from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Gateway Park (151 Sunny Isles Blvd.).  This class is for adults (18+) only.
  • Summer Splash – Escape the summer heat with water rides, games and fun for visitors of all ages. This is a free event at Heritage Park (19200 Collins Ave.) on Saturday, July 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Free parking is available at the park.
  • NY NY Dueling Pianos at Gateway LIVE! – Enjoy a night of piano party madness as internationally renowned performers take song requests in a clap-along dueling piano palooza. The event takes place on Saturday, July 27, starting at 7:30 p.m. at Gateway Park (151 Sunny Isles Blvd.). This is a ticketed event ($10), available at ticketleap.com).  Visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair.
  • Beach Bash – Enjoy an evening of live music, games and more at the beachfront Samson Oceanfront Park (17425 Collins Ave) on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. The event is free, and free parking is also available.

Visit SunnyIslesBeachMiami.com/summer for ideas to plan your sunny family escape this summer.

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Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
40 Years Experience Over 3,000 Homes Sold
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