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3400 NE 163rd Street

North Miami, Florida 33160

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Open from 8:00 AM until sundown

Feel mother nature as you explore Florida’s largest urban park at Oleta River State Park. Backtrack to 1922, Big Snake Creek was renamed to Oleta River and on March 1980 under the Former Governor Graham, State of Florida acquired the land of more than 1,000 acres and have it as Oleta River State Park for protection and restoration of natural and cultural values of the property that will be beneficial to Florida’s citizens. The Florida Park Service manages the Oleta River State Park Miami and provides various line of activities. The park is bet known for their miles of off-road bicycling trails, ranging from novice trails to challenging trails for experienced bicyclists mountain bike trailing.

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The Oleta River State Park Miami offers services and provides facilities for a taste of adventure, learning and preservation of nature. Facilities are made to provide utmost memorable experience for the the visitors and locals. At Oleta River State Park Miami, you can go hiking, biking,camping, picnic and celebrating special events. Oleta River State Park Miami have programs that would educate the citizens as well as the kids and at the same time have fun. This is a great way for kids to help restore and preserve nature for the next generation. They also provide picnic areas and grilling station which is perfect for a weekend get-away. The best parts of the park are the nature trails provided for hiking, biking and trekking. Equipment and camping stuffs are for rent so there’s no excuse to miss out the adventure. If a whole day isn’t enough, they have cabins and campgrounds for a comfortable camping and overnight experience. It would be preferable to have a reservation of cabin. If you’re lucky enough, then you’ll get the chance to see manatees or dolphins. Oleta River State Park Miami is surely a place that has everything.




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6 Outdoor Projects You Can Do With Your Kids

6 Outdoor Projects You Can Do With Your Kids

6 Outdoor Projects You Can Do With Your Kids

By: Houselogic

Get your kids outside and spark their creativity with fun, simple home improvement projects. Plus, you’ll boost your curb appeal.

If you’re looking for ways to unplug your children and get them some fresh air, try these engaging outdoor projects. You’ll introduce them to a little pride of home ownership while adding some finishing touches that’ll ramp up your home’s curb appeal.

When making stuff with kids, remember the Keep-It rules:

  • Keep it safe. Use gloves and safety glasses when necessary.
  • Keep it simple. They’ll come away with a sense of accomplishment if it’s a project they can handle easily.
  • Keep it under an hour. Kids’ attention spans are short.

1. Making Stepping Stones

This classic kids’ project never gets old — it’s gooey, messy, and arty. You’ll make the stones using ready-mix concrete or mortar; a 40-lb. bag makes 3-5 stones. Make your own forms with wood, or use old pans, aluminum cake pans, or anything that’ll create a 2-inch-thick stone.

While the concrete is still wet, decorate with beads, tiles, marbles, and polished pebbles. Wait 48 hours until the concrete is dry to remove it from the form.

Cost: A 40-lb. bag of ready-mix mortar is $6.

2. Painting Your Mailbox

Put a little sizzle in your snail mail when you let your kids paint the mailbox.

Un-mount the box and clean it first. When dry, give it a coat of metal primer, then let your kids’ muse take over. Inexpensive craft store stencils help keep designs on track. Take the kids to the store and let them pick out designs. Don’t forget to include house numbers.

Cost: Primer, $5; acrylic craft paints, $20-$40 set of 10 colors; plastic stencils, $1-$2 each.

3. Planting a Shrub That Attracts Hummingbirds and Butterflies

There’s some delayed gratification with this project — the payoff doesn’t happen until the critters find the shrub — but the fun factor is high when they do.

Keep the digging to a minimum — one or two plants are plenty. Make a generous hole and have the kids fill it with outdoor potting soil, and put them in charge of watering as the plant roots in. Hold a contest to see who spots the first wildlife visitor.

Nectar-producing shrubs that attract hummingbirds include Hibiscus, flowering quince (Chaenomeles), and Lantana. Butterflies like butterfly bush (Buddleja) and Potentilla.

Cost: $10-$30 per shrub; a bag of potting soil is $9.

4. Building a Garden Gate Arbor

It’s easier than it sounds. You’ll find simple DIY kits at home improvement centers that you and your team can put together in 1 to 2 hours. If that challenges younger kids’ attention span limit, let them wander away for a bit, then call them back when it’s done. They’ll love carrying the finished arbor to the garden and setting it in the ground.

Cost: $150-$250 for a wooden kit.

Related: 5 Easy DIY Weekend Projects Under $300

5. Adding Solar Lights

This is one of the easiest projects. Gather up some solar walkway lights — the kind mounted on a stake — and have your kids put them along your sidewalk, paths, and at the edge of garden beds. When the sun goes down, they’ll get a kick out of seeing the lights switch on.

Cost: Outdoor lighting comes in all styles and prices, but you’ll find an 8-pack of solar stake lights under $50 at your home improvement center.

Related: Outdoor Lighting for Curb Appeal and Safety

6. Stacking a Tipsy-Pot Plant Tower

Here’s a great optical illusion that kids will really dig. Stick a ½-inch diameter wooden dowel or piece of copper pipe firmly into the ground or a big pot. Put clay pots of various sizes onto the pipe, threading the pipe through the drain holes. Fill the pots with soil and tilt them at crazy angles — the rod holds all the pots upright. Plant easy-care impatiens or petunias.

Cost: Copper pipe is about $3 per foot; an 8-inch-high clay pot is $4.

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Northblock Office – Midtown Miami

These are work spaces with a sense of style. Nestled above the shops at Midtown, you are truly in the center of it all. Office, Showroom and Gallery spaces with architectural details that you cant find anywhere else, open to an out door promenade that overlooks the city. Unique double-high spaces, floor to ceiling glass encased in satin metal frames define the modern architecture. Open floor plans along with the ability to add a second floor mezzanine gives the flexibility to create a space according to your specific needs. Local shopping, restaurants, ample hassle-free parking and easy access to 195 make this a desirable location.


Peter Spittler is one of the founding principles of FORUM Architects, a nationally recognized architectural design firm headquartered in Cleveland’s Historic Playhouse Square District. FORUM Architects is a group of design professionals, which believes design excellence is intentional, calculated and passionate.

FORUM’s philosophy has been to manage the expert resources of a larger firm with the agility and attitude of a smaller firm. The firm’s organization is structured to serve its projects and clients. These principles have guided Peter’s career and FORUM Architects’ success through a broad range of award-winning residential, mixed-use, corporate, institutional, and healthcare projects in the United States and internationally.



Peter provides a hands-on approach to organizing project teams and providing principal leadership from concept to completion. Peter and his partners has assembled a talented design and management team, which includes Gary Ogrocki, project director for Midblock at Midtown Miami, who also led FORUM’s successful projects at Yale University and the nationally acclaimed new Ohio Turnpike Service Plazas.Peter has completed in excess of one hundred projects throughout North and South America, which include the Mariott Hotel in the Sauipe resort complex in Bahia, Brazil.

Peter’s development background provides added value to his clients in the conceptualization and early assessment of development opportunities, as well as coordinating the efforts of local, state and federal agencies in securing both grants and incentive programs. He is currently leading the effort on a major urban redevelopment in Cleveland’s “Flats” District, as well as a number of residential and mixed use redevelopment projects in Florida, including the Shops at Midtown, Miami. Peter’s design efforts have been recognized locally, nationally and internationally with numerous awards presented by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Society of American Registered Architects (SARA), National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP), Preservation and Historical Societies and the Bi-Annual Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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In Closing: How to Seal the Home-Buying Deal

In Closing: How to Seal the Home-Buying Deal

In Closing: How to Seal the Home-Buying Deal

By: HouseLogic

Sign that paperwork. Write those checks. Get those keys!

The closing. It all comes down to this. The grand finale. Once you have the keys, the house is yours. (Cue: Air horn sound!)

Nice work getting this far. You’re almost a homeowner! Let’s run through some questions you may have as you cross the finish line.

What Does “Closing” Mean?

The close or settlement is when you sign the final ownership and insurance paperwork and get the home’s keys.

The closing process technically begins when you have signed a purchase and sale agreement. That agreement should specify a closing date. Typically — from the signing date to the closing date — closing takes four to six weeks. During this time, purchasing funds are held in escrow, where your money is safe until the deal is officially done.

What’s a Closing Disclosure?

Lenders must provide borrowers with a Closing Disclosure, or CD, at least three days before settlement. This form is a statement of your final loan terms and closing costs.

You have three days to review the CD.Compare it to the Loan Estimate you received shortly after you applied for the loan. If you need a refresher on Loan Estimates, you can view a sample version here.)

The point of this formal review process is to ensure there are no surprises at the closing table. If there’s a significant discrepancy between the Loan Estimate and CD, notify your lender and title company immediately. Depending on what the underlying issue is, the closing has to stop and a new closing disclosure must be sent out with a new three-day review period.

There are a couple things on the LE that can’t change by the time you get the CD — namely interest rate and lender fees. Some items can change by only 10% (fees paid to local government to record the mortgage might be one); and others can change without limit, like prepaid interest, because it can’t be predicted at the start of the loan process.

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When Will the Final Walk-Through Happen?

Most real estate sale contracts allow the buyer to walk through the home within 24 hours of settlement to check the property’s condition. During this final inspection, which usually takes about an hour, you and your agent will make sure any repair work that the seller agreed to make has been completed.

During the walk-through, you’ll also double-check that everything in the house is in good working order. Be sure to:

  • Run water in all the faucets and check for leaks under sinks.
  • Test appliances.
  • Check the garage door opener.
  • Flush toilets.
  • Open and close all doors.
  • Run the garbage disposal and exhaust fans.

If the home is in good shape — woo-hoo! Your next stop is the closing table.

If anything is amiss, your agent will contact the listing agent and, in most cases, negotiate to get the seller to compensate you at closing — typically in the form of a personal check — for the costs of fixing the problems yourself.

Worst-case scenario: You have to delay closing to resolve problems. In the unlikely event that happens, your agent will help you address the issue.

Who’s Invited to The Closing?

Certain people will be there. Who, exactly, depends on your state. Typically, you will be joined by:

  • Your agent
  • The seller
  • The seller’s agent
  • A title company representative
  • Your loan officer
  • Any real estate attorneys involved in the transaction

The closing usually takes place at the title company, attorney’s office, or the buyer’s or seller’s agent’s real estate office. FYI: Some states, like California, don’t require an in-person, sit-down closing because they’ve enacted legislation that allows for electronic closings with remote notaries.

Nonetheless, as the home buyer, you’ll have to sign what might seem like a mountain of paperwork — including the deed of trust, promissory note (promising the lender you’ll pay back the loan), and other documents. That cramp in your wrist will be worth it once everything is done.

How Much Will I Pay for Closing Costs?

If you’ve heard people vent frustration with the process of buying a home, then you’ve likely heard complaints about unexpected costs at closing. Let’s unpack what you should expect so you’re not surprised, too.

Closing costs can vary widely by location and your home’s purchase price. Costs are split between you and the seller, but as the buyer you’ll cover the lion’s share. You can generally expect your closing costs to be 3% to 4% of the home’s sales price. So, on a $300,000 home, you can pay anywhere from $9,000 to $12,000 in closing costs. (Meanwhile, the seller typically pays closing costs of 1% to 3% of the sales price.)

You can try to predict closing costs with calculators like Nerdwallet’s, which lets you plug in your mortgage details to get a rough estimate of what your costs will be.

Closing fees often include (but are not limited to):

  • Commission for the buyer’s agent and seller’s agent
  • A loan application fee
  • An origination fee, which lenders charge for processing your loan
  • The appraisal fee
  • A fee for pulling your credit report
  • An underwriting fee, which covers the lender’s costs of researching whether to approve you for the loan
  • A title search fee
  • Property taxes, which are due within 60 days of the purchase
  • A recording fee for filing a public land record with the courthouse

These fees are a bummer. The bright side: Almost all of them are one-time deals.

What Should I Bring? (Other than Champagne?)

At the closing you should have:

  • A government-issued photo ID
  • A copy of the ratified sales contract
  • A homeowner’s insurance certificate
  • Proof of flood insurance, if you’re buying a home in a flood zone
  • A cashier’s check, or proof of wire transfer, to cover the remainder of the down payment and your closing costs

Also, talk to your attorney about anything else you might need to bring depending on your state or personal circumstances (such as a separation or divorce decree, should your relationship status affect the closing).

What Is Title Insurance and Why Do I Need It?

Every lender requires borrowers to purchase title insurance — a policy that protects you and the lender from outside claims of ownership of the property. Wait, you may be asking, some random person could show up and claim they own the house? Sounds crazy, but it happens.

Let’s say a previous owner didn’t pay all of their property taxes. Because those taxes remain against the property, the taxing entity could potentially take your home if you don’t have a “clean” title. Title insurance also protects you from ownership claims over liens, fraudulent claims from previous owners, clerical problems in courthouse documents, or forged signatures.

The title company will perform a comprehensive search of deeds, wills, trusts, and public records to trace the property’s history and verify that you’re becoming the rightful sole owner of the property.

Typically, lenders have a preferred title company they work with, but it’s ultimately the buyer’s decision as to which title company to use. Your agent could offer a few referrals.

Title insurance comes in two forms:

  1. Lender’s title insurance, which (no surprise) protects the lender. It’s required.
  2. Owner’s title insurance, which protects you. It’s optional but recommended because it covers your interest in the property. If the insurance company loses a battle over the title in the future but you purchased owner’s title insurance, you’re fully protected. Owner’s title insurance will also cover your legal fees if you have to defend your ownership rights in court.

Unlike most insurance policies, such as homeowner’s insurance, car insurance, and life insurance, title insurance is paid as a one-time fee at closing. The average cost of title insurance is about $544 for the lender’s policy and about $830 for the homeowner’s policy, according to ValuePenguin data. However, costs can vary significantly depending on the home you’re buying, where it’s located, and how much legwork the title company has to perform.

What If There are Last-Minute Issues? Should I Panic?

For your loan to be approved, it has to go through underwriting. The underwriter’s job is to validate all of your financials — confirming that your income, credit, and debt haven’t changed since you were pre-approved for the loan —  as well as to review the property’s characteristics and appraisal. If everything checks out, your mortgage will be approved.

If something goes wrong during underwriting though, you’ll have to address the problem before you can close on the home. Let’s say your credit score dropped because you recently purchased a car with an auto loan, or maxed out your credit cards.This isn’t necessarily dire, but you may need to delay closing as you work with your lender to take steps to raise your score. (Also, for that reason, it’s a good idea to hold off on big purchases, avoid overusing a credit line, and doing really anything that could result in a credit inquiry until after the closing.)

OK — Can I Celebrate Now?

If you’ve made it through close … YES! Once you’ve climbed that mountain of paperwork and have those keys in your hands, you now officially, finally own a home.

Congratulations! You put in a lot of hard work — including to build relationships with your agent, your lender, and other experts along the way.

Now it’s time to start investing in other relationships. Like with your new neighbors 🙂


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Barry University is one of the prestigious universities in Florida.  The institution provides facilities and training that emphasizes well-rounded education by offering various courses majors, minors, specializations, and elective courses. The university is located in Miami that has a diverse population which is an ideal location for earning a degree.


In June 1940, a 40 acre tract of lush, tropical vegetation located in Miami Shores was transformed into one of the leading centers of education in South Florida. Founded by the Most Reverend Patrick Barry, Bishop of St. Augustine, and Reverend Mother M. Gerald Barry, prioress General of the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan, and supported by Reverend Monsignor William Barry and Mayor of Miami Shores John Graves Thompson, Barry University offers a supportive atmosphere, intellectual excellence and an 800-year tradition of truth-seeking and dedication to service.

In the years since Barry first opened its doors, the campus has expanded to more than 122 acres and 17 locations throughout Florida, including seven Schools and two Colleges with numerous liberal arts and professional disciplines.

Today, the Barry University community is comprised of nearly 9,000 students, served by more than 2,100 administrators, faculty members and support staff from a wide range of religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The faculty and administration have worked closely together to serve the student population and the local community surrounding the University, where our expansion and growth have kept pace with excellence in education programs.

The tropical beauty of Barry University includes 54 buildings, with indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, spread over 80 of our 122-acre campus. Imagine the ideal South Florida climate combined with natural beauty and an atmosphere conducive to learning and continued personal development.

Barry University has had six Adrian Dominican Sisters serve as president since its inception. They include: Mother M. Gerald Barry, 1940-1961; Mother M. Genevieve Weber, 1962-1963; Sister Dorothy Browne, 1963-1974; Sister M. Trinita Flood, 1974-1981; Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, 1981-2004; and Sister Linda Bevilacqua, July 2004 – present.

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Miami was tranquil that warm September when Barry students returned for the second year, but the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 shattered that tranquility. The war brought fear and uncertainty, along with shortages and rationing, to the campus and the country. But the Sisters at Barry forged ahead with their work. In fact, the Sisters, working in the lab in Adrian Hall, would sometimes become so engrossed in their work that they would forget to close the curtains on the windows facing NE Second Avenue. This lapse would not have created a problem during peace time. However, after the United States entered World War II on December 8, 1941, the law required that blackout curtains be installed on every window in every building on campus. So when the dedicated sisters forgot three nights in a row, the chief of police appeared and, according to Sister Rita Cecile’s taped memoirs, threatened to arrest them if they did not shut the curtains.


Growth was steady in the years following World War II, and by 1950, the student population numbered 290 and was comprised of young women from 20 states and eight foreign countries including Formosa, China, Japan, Germany and Iran. In 1953, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program was established and four years later, the charter class of 19 nurses received their degrees. In 1954, a graduate department was opened with courses leading to the Master of Arts degree with major in English as well as Master of Arts or Science degrees with a major in education.

On the less serious side, a highlight of the 1958 school year was the visit of comic Bob Hope, who received the honorary degree, Doctor of Hilaritatis.



As Barry celebrated the 20th anniversary of its founding in 1960, the student body was almost 800 strong and the institution was accepted as a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Florida. However, in the early part of the decade Barry lost two of its founders. Mother Gerald Barry passed away in November of 1961 and co-founder John G. Thompson died in April of 1962.

Two years later, after mourning the death of President John F. Kennedy, the Barry community celebrated the inauguration of Sister Dorothy Browne, OP, as president on February 5, 1964. She followed in the footsteps of Mother Genevieve Weber, OP, who was named the second President of Barry College after Mother Gerald Barry’s death in 1961.


The fact that the 1960s was a time of dramatic change, one when the established order was often questioned, is perhaps best evidenced by a 1964 commentary in the Angelicus, (formerly the Barry College Digest), in which the editor discussed previously taboo topics, such as standards of dress, sex and the Barry College girl and the value of required retreat.

But not all the changes of that decade were disconcerting. The Monsignor William Barry Library opened in 1967, and the Wiegand Center, housing science laboratories, classrooms and a language center, was completed in 1970.



The 1970s was a time of restructuring and transition for Barry. The Faculty Senate was established in 1972 as the organization through which the faculty would “formally and systematically” participate in the governance of Barry College. After Sister Dorothy tendered her resignation stating that the institution would be “moved forward more effectively by a younger person,” Sister Trinita Flood, OP, became the fourth president of Barry College on July 1, 1974.

But perhaps the biggest change to the Barry campus came on October 17, 1975 when the Board of Trustees voted to admit males to all undergraduate departments. Men had been accepted into graduate programs since 1954, but now – after 35 years – Barry was truly coeducational.

Another big development came in February of 1978 when Barry College launched a $12 million endowment and capital funds campaign. This represented a dramatic departure from earlier years when the bulk of the college’s operating budget came from tuition and fees paid by the students, the contributed salaries of the Adrian Dominican Sisters and gifts and grants.


The beginning of the 1980s was an exciting time at Barry. On November 13, 1981, Barry College officially became Barry University and Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, OP, PhD, was installed as the school’s fifth president and the first president of Barry University. Florida Governor Bob Graham also proclaimed November 13 as Barry University Day.

Working with the Executive Committee of the Administration, Sister Jeanne set ambitious goals for Barry’s future, including raising the quality of student life, expanding Barry’s commitment to Florida and probing religious issues of the time.

Committed to helping students, faculty and staff live the Barry mission, she devised the “midnight shakes” test. According to her theory, someone could steal into a Barry person’s bedroom, shake that person awake and ask, “What is your mission?” thereby eliciting the prompt response, “Our mission is to offer a quality education, ensure a religious dimension and provide community service within a caring environment.”

Growth continued at a brisk pace. In the 1984-1985 year, the Andreas School of Business and a 96-bed residence hall represented the first new construction on campus in 14 years. The School of Podiatric Medicine, which has now graduated nearly 1,000 podiatric physicians, was established the next year.

At the same time, Barry athletics made great strides as the university became a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division II, built a new outdoor athletic facility, and added a full-time athletic director, six coaches and a trainer to the staff.


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By the time Barry University marked its 50th anniversary in 1990, the ratio of faculty to students remained 14 to 1, but everything else had changed. The past decade alone had brought enormous changes to Barry’s campus. Enrollment had soared from 1,750 in 1981 to 5,900. Undergraduate majors had doubled from 25 to 50. In 1981, Barry University had awarded 475 degrees and in 1990, the number awarded was 1,316. In 1981, there had been no doctoral candidates; in 1990 Barry University graduated 46. To accommodate the growing student population, buildings on campus increased from 16 to 40.

In fact, not only was the student population growing, it was also diversifying. Barry was now serving more international and minority students. Students were older and males accounted for 38 percent of the enrollment.

Led by Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, the 1990s was also a time when Barry raised its profile in South Florida and across the nation. Sister Jeanne became the first woman ever appointed to the Orange Bowl Committee and brought nationwide publicity to Barry University when she was profiled on the CBS Evening News in “The Best People” segment.

During this time Barry also continued to advance its mission to serve its neighbors and the community. When Hurricane Andrew struck South Florida on August 24, 1992, everyone pitched in from the campus ministry office to the maintenance department. The Barry Hurricane Andrew Relief Fund and the daycare center were established. The university also offered room and board to the military personnel brought in to provide security and to assist with the rebuilding.



Barry University marked its entrance into the third millennium by successfully completing an enormous undertaking. The first commencement at Barry University School of Law was held on January 15, 2000. The ceremony was a source of pride to all those in the Barry community who had worked diligently to help the university acquire the Law School in 1999. More reason to celebrate came in fall of 2006 when, just seven years after being acquired, the Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law received full accreditation from the American Bar Association’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.

The Law School continued to make its mark on the national scene in 2007 when it received a grant from the Eckerd Family Foundation to start the Juvenile Justice Center (JCC). The Center trains lawyers and law students to represent children accused of crimes in Florida’s juvenile delinquency system. In 2008, the JCC received a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to participate in the newly created Models for Change Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network (JIDAN). In this role, the JCC works in partnership with the JIDAN to pursue reforms that strengthen juvenile indigent defense systems.

Another milestone in Barry’s history came on June 30, 2004, when Sister Jeanne retired after more than 20 years of service. She was succeeded by Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, who became not only the sixth president of Barry University but the first alumna to hold that position. Since her days as an undergraduate student, Sister Linda’s career in higher education has been linked to the University. She has held many leadership positions at Barry including Dean of Student Affairs, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the School of Professional And Career Education.

During the 2008-2009 academic year, Sister Linda oversaw the final stages of the reorganization of the University’s academic division into two colleges and seven schools: the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the Andreas School of Business, the Adrian Dominican School of Education, the Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law as well as the Schools of School of Professional And Career Education (PACE), Human Performance and Leisure Sciences (HPLS), Podiatric Medicine and Social Work.

Always respected for its service to the South Florida community, Barry’s ties to community partners were revitalized and strengthened during the past decade. In 2008, for example, the Barry Institute for Community and Economic Development (BICED) was formed under the auspices of the School of Business. BICED provides need-based information and business skill development specifically targeted to select Miami-Dade communities.

The face of the campus also changed dramatically in the first decade of the 21st century as several building projects were completed during this period, including O’Laughlin Hall, in 2000, Kolasa Hall in 2002, the Landon Student Union in 2004, Benincasa Hall in 2005 and the Silvester Tower in 2006. The development of the “west 40,” a 40-acre tract of land west of North Miami Avenue continued with completion of Phase I of the Institute for Community Health and Minority Medicine. With its three-phase development plan, the Center houses classroom, research and clinical facilities used to train tomorrow’s health care professionals and to conduct research on diseases that disproportionately affect minority populations and underserved communities.

The history of Barry University is a witness to the rise of an institution that develops globally competitive individuals who are making the loud sound of success.  

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The Ins and Outs of Setting a Price for Your Home

The Ins and Outs of Setting a Price for Your Home

 The Ins and Outs of Setting a Price for Your Home

By: HouseLogic

It’s a big decision with a lot of factors, but don’t worry — you have backup.

Everything has value. Especially your home.

And when it comes to selling your home, assigning a price to that value is complicated. You made memories there. You’ve got a major financial interest in the place, too.

Buyers think of value, but they’re more concerned with price. And your home’s price is one of its most attractive — or unattractive — features. The right price can attract buyers, quickly. The wrong price may mean the house sits on the market, which can create the vibe among buyers that there’s something wrong it. (If the home buying process is Instagram, think of a wrongly priced home as a photo that isn’t getting any likes.)

It’s your agent’s job, as the real estate expert — mining his or her expertise and knowledge of the market — to determine the best price for your home. But it’s your house. You need to have your own idea of how much your property is worth. Here’s how to get it.    

Work With Your Agent

This is crucial. Your agent brings the right mix of industry expertise and knowledge of your local market to the table.

To understand whether your agent is pricing your home properly, read through each of the steps below. Use what you learn about your home’s fair market price to evaluate any price your agent recommends.

Throughout the pricing process, a good agent will:

  • Listen to your needs
  • Take into account your research
  • Use his or her knowledge of the local market to help you pick the best asking price

You’re a team. It’s in both of your interests to price your home correctly — a timely, profitable sale is win for everyone.   

And Yeah, You Should Also Check the Internet

Pricing a home is both art and science. To understand what will inform your agent’s pricing decisions — and to be prepared to bring your own educated input to the conversation — start with a pricing research phase.

This includes taking advantage of online estimating tools — but only to an extent. Property websites like® and Redfin enable you to plug in your home’s address to see approximately how much your house is worth. They base their estimates on your home’s square footage and real estate data they’ve collected, such as recent home sales in your local market.

But those results are estimates based on generalized factors, not your unique situation. If at any point the price you see in an online calculator doesn’t align with what your agent suggests, prioritize the agent’s advice.

Online estimators also have a reputation among real estate professionals for misleading buyers and sellers alike with less-than-optimal pricing information. But as a starting point, they have their utility.   

Know Your Local History

What your home’s listing price should be largely depends on what similar homes, or “comps,” recently sold for in your area. To price your home, your agent will run the average sales prices of at least three comps to assess your home’s value.

What constitutes a comp? A number of factors, including a home’s:

  • Age
  • Location
  • Square footage
  • Number of bedrooms and bathrooms

Agents will look into the difference between each comp’s listing price, and the price it sold for. He or she will consider price reductions and why they happened, if relevant. All the while, your agent will also rely on inside knowledge of housing stock and the local market. That nuanced understanding is invaluable, particularly when measuring the unique aspects of your home with raw data about comps.

When selecting comps, agents generally look for properties that sold within a one-mile radius of your home, and in the past 90 days. They find these homes using the multiple listing service (MLS), a regional database of homes that agents pay dues to access.

Size Up the Competition

In addition to recently sold homes, your agent will also look at properties that are currently for sale in your area. These listings will be your competition. But because listing photos don’t always tell the full story, a good agent will check out these homes in person to see what condition they’re in and to assess how your home sizes up.

You can do the same. For additional perspective, you can also get in touch with your local association of REALTORS®. Ask if they have information to offer about your neighborhood and the local market.

Understand the Market You’re In

The housing market where you live can greatly impact your pricing strategy.

If you’re in a seller’s market, where demand from buyers outpaces the number of homes for sale, you may be able to price your home slightly higher than market value.

But if you’re in a buyer’s market, where buyers have the advantage, you may have to price your home slightly below market value to get people interested.

You can see local market trends by checking the online resource®. It offers charts that display important housing market data, such as a city’s average listing price, median sales price, and average days a home is on market. It’s a lot of information. At any point, you can ask your agent to help you make sense of how your local market will influence your home’s price.

Put Your Feelings Aside

As previously mentioned, many sellers think their home is worth more than it is. Why? Because memories. Because sentiment. Because pride.

But you have to stay objective when assessing your home’s value. Buyers, after all, won’t know your home’s personal history. What makes your home special to you may not be something that entices them. Read: They may want to convert that craft room you worked so hard to perfect into a man cave.

The lesson: As much as possible, set aside your emotional attachment to your home. It will make it easier to accept your agent’s realistic, clear-eyed calculation of its price.

Remember: It’s All Relative

As you and your agent are talking price, the local market may throw you a curveball or two.

In some markets, for example, it could make sense to price your home slightly below its fair market value to spark a bidding war.

Of course, there’s no guarantee a pricing strategy such as this will pay off. Similarly, there’s no one-size-fits-all playbook. Your home should be priced for its own local, or even hyper-local, market. Period. Confer with your agent before you decide to try any market-specific pricing tactics.

Be Savvy With the Dollar Amount

Pricing your home requires careful attention. In some cases, fair market value may not be precisely what you should list it for — and the reasons can be subtle.

For example, if comps show that your home is worth $410,000, setting that as your asking price can backfire — the reason is that buyers who are looking online for properties under $400,000 won’t see your home in search results in that case. This explains why many agents use the “99” pricing strategy and, for example, list $400,000 homes for $399,000. The idea is to maximize exposure.

Have a Heart-to-Heart With Your Partner

Not the sole decision maker in your household? Talk to your partner about your home’s price before it’s listed. You can use this worksheet as a guide for that discussion.

The reason isn’t just to foster the kind of open communication that’s important to any relationship. It’s that if you’re not on the same page about price or the other things that are important to you about sale, each subsequent step of the selling process will be impacted by that tension.

Keep Your Head in the Game

You’ve considered your agent’s advice, and the two of you have agreed on the right price for your home. Hey, champ! Your house is on the market.

Even after the listing date, price should be an ongoing discussion between you and your agent. Markets are fluid, so it’s possible that you’ll have to make tweaks.

In any case, it’s important to to stay in continuous dialogue with your agent, the MVP of Team Sell Your House. Together, keep your eyes on the price.

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