WILLIAMS ISLAND REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES (11-17-17)

 

WILLIAMS ISLAND REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES

*as of November 17, 2017

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Bellini Williams Island

Bellini Williams Island

Williams Island is the one of the most preferable places in South Florida for its luxurious condominiums built to provide the most elegant living in the South. It is suitably situated at the most accessible area close to the well-known Aventura mall and Bal Harbour shops, and a few minutes ride to the South Beach nightlife and Miami International Airport. The island is apt for skyrise building to appreciate the calming views of Florida waters and vibrant city.

One of the latest and probably the last project built is the Bellini Williams Island that rises up to a 24 story high. An exclusive 70 unit is offered with 4 units per floor and a endless view of the Atlantic beach.

Bellini Williams Island features:

  • Elegant entrance with porte-cochère and 24-hour valet parking
  • Richly appointed lobby with 24-hour front desk staff and concierge
  • Round-the-clock private security and computerized access systems
  • A private elevator entry to your residence
  • Three large bedrooms and 10-foot ceilings throughout “Corner” units with 2,300-2,700 square feet of space and panoramic exposures
  • Wraparound, glass-railed balconies with unobstructed water views
  • Top-of-the-line interior appointments, fixtures and appliances such as Sub-Zero and Poggenpohl

Enjoy the Amenities offered by Bellini Williams Island

  • Landscaped sundeck with resort-style pool and spa
  • Fitness center with Men’s and Women’s locker rooms and saunas
  • Media room for private screenings, plus a kids’ game room and lounge
  • Steps away from the 106-berth Williams Island Marina and Williams Island Club featuring a spectacular health spa, swimming pool, 16-court tennis complex & dining
  • Access to Williams Island Marina

You don’t want to miss another opportunity owning a life that suits your style and needs. Invest now at Bellini Williams Island.

 

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Got Leaky Windows? 3 Low-Cost Tips to Fix Them

 

Got Leaky Windows? 3 Low-Cost Tips to Fix Them

By: Nicolette Toussaint

I used to hang an extra woolly robe in my bathroom because my post-shower route took me past a window so drafty it made me wonder about the etymology of “window.” Turns out it comes from the Anglo-Saxon “vindr” and “auga,” which translates as “wind eye.” How appropriate.

If the “wind eye” focused on you last winter, but you’re not ready to invest in new windows, you can still cut your energy bills if you seal those air leaks — and if you do so now, you’ll prevent cool air from escaping your home this summer.

Here are three low-cost tips to help keep air leaks at bay:

#1. For most windows: Just fill the gaps.

Easier said than done if you’re dealing with old, flaky caulk, weather stripping, or adhesive that’s really tough to remove. But if you don’t clean it off well, your new caulk and stripping won’t adhere well and could peel away before you see any benefits.

However, a common household product, petroleum jelly, removes that adhesive goo quite well. Just rub the jelly over the sticky goo, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe away. Another swipe with rubbing alcohol will remove the greasy film left from the jelly. (This technique, by the way, also works for removing price labels.)

#2. For older windows with rattling panes: Make baffles.

Cut quarter-round pine strips to fit. Use finishing nails and wood glue to secure them just inside the framed glass. Once you’ve caulked and painted the strips to match, they will disappear into the framework and look like part of the original window. It worked wonderfully on my 1920-era casement windows.

#3. If you want window treatments, too: Install waffle shades.

Folding fabric shades that are made with cells that trap air have great insulating properties — so good that some of them qualify for federal energy rebates, which have been extended into 2011. They start at around $50 — still less expensive than new windows—and you get a new look, too.

Leaky windows are a big deal, winter or summer. What ways have you found to fix your windy windows?

Source: houselogic.com

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How to Inspect Windows and Doors to Stop Air and Water Leaks

 

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How to Inspect Windows and Doors to Stop Air and Water Leaks

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon

Inspect windows and doors regularly to stop air and water leaks that mean costly energy and repair bills. We’ll show you how.

Take a close look at your windows, doors, and skylights to stop air leaks, foil water drips, and detect the gaps and rot that let the outside in. You can perform a quick check with a home air-pressure test, or a DIY energy audit.

Luckily, these inspections are easy to do. Here’s how to give your house a checkup:

How to Check for Air Leaks

A home air pressure test sucks outside air into the house to reveal air leaks that increase your energy bills. To inspect windows and other openings:

  • Seal the house by locking all doors, windows, and skylights.
  • Close all dampers and vents.
  • Turn on all kitchen and bath exhaust fans.
  • Pass a burning incense stick along all openings — windows, doors, fireplaces, outlets — to pinpoint air rushing in from the outside.

How to Pinpoint Window Problems

Air and water can seep into closed widows from gaps and rot in frames, deteriorating caulking, cracked glass, and closures that don’t fully close.

To stop air leaks, give your windows a thorough inspection:

  • Give a little shake.If they rattle, frames are not secure, so heat and air conditioning can leak out and rain can seep in. Some caulk and a few nails into surrounding framing will fix this.
  • Look deep.If you can see the outside from around — not just through — the window, you’ve got gaps. Seal air leaks by caulking and weather stripping around frames.
  • Inspect window panes for cracks.
  • Check locks.Make sure double-hung windows slide smoothly up and down. If not, run a knife around the frame and sash to loosen any dried paint. Tighten cranks on casement windows and check that top locks fully grab latches.

Some older windows can be repaired and save you money over new windows. However, if you think you’ll automatically gain energy savings, think carefully — there may be other, cheaper ways to cut utility bills, such as sealing air leaks.

Inspecting Doors for Leaks

  • Check doors for cracks that weaken their ability to stop air leaks and water seeps.
  • Inspect weather stripping for peels and gaps.
  • Make sure hinges are tight and doors fit securely in their thresholds.

Checking Out Skylights

Brown stains on walls under a skylight are telltale signs that water is invading and air is escaping. Cut a small hole in the stained drywall to check for wetness, which would indicate rot, or gaps in the skylight.

To investigate skylight leaks, carefully climb on the roof and look for the following:

  • Open seams between flashing or shingles.
  • Shingle debris that allows water to collect on roofs.
  • Failed and/or cracked patches of roofing cement put down the last time the skylight leaked.

Source: houselogic.com

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How to Choose a Neighborhood

 

How to Choose a Neighborhood

9 key questions to answer when you’re location shopping.

This article was contributed by LaTisha Styles, a millennial finance expert and business coach, who blogs at “Young Finances.”

Location is everything when you’re searching for a home. Finding your dream neighborhood may seem like the easiest part, but once you factor in budget, non-negotiable home features, and proximity to the things you can’t live without, it may be less obvious where you should live.

When it comes to searching for a new neighborhood, here’s what you need to know.

Property Taxes

Property taxes can play a huge role in your overall cost of living. To get a sense of what your property taxes might look like in a particular county, check out this simple property tax map. Also, property taxes for specific homes are typically included in online property listings.

What to consider: How much will my property taxes be?

Safety and Crime

Before you sign on the dotted line, search sites like City-Data.com and CrimeReports to get a sense of the safety level of a particular neighborhood. As with all homebuying decisions, determining what level of crime you feel safe with is all part of the process of choosing a neighborhood.

Your real estate agent can guide you to various resources to help you answer questions about the neighborhood, but can’t voice an opinion about it per the Fair Housing Act. The act aims to provide equal access to housing for all groups of people and to protect against discrimination.

What to consider:

  • What is the crime rate in this particular neighborhood? How about the neighborhood next door?
  • What level of crime do I feel comfortable with? 

Topography and Geography

Land geography can play a role in costs — especially if you’re overlooking a scenic vista or you’re right by the water. On the flipside, look out for flood zones or other danger-prone areas when making a decision.

What to consider: 

  • Do I need special insurance in addition to homeowners insurance?
  • Is this property in a flood zone?

Property Value

If there have been some sales recently, then you can get a better idea of the potential value of the homes in the neighborhood. Typically, homes of the same type in the same location will sell within a few thousand dollars of each other. When looking at homes, your agent will pull listings of comparable properties, or comps, to see what other similar homes sold for so you can see if the home you’re interested in is priced correctly.

Question(s) to ask:

  • What are the comps in this area?
  • What’s the projected growth rate for this area?

 

School Zones

School zones come to mind when thinking of location, especially if you have children (or plan to have them soon), as they tend to affect home values. If schools are important to you, evaluate the schools in your neighborhood and which homes fall into which district. Additionally, there may be community centers or parks that increase the value of the neighborhood.

What to consider:

  • What school would my child attend if we moved here?
  • Are there parks or community centers in this area?

Using these factors as a guide for finding the right neighborhood can help you evaluate what you care about and make the decision that’s right for you.

Source: houselogic.com

 

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SUNNY ISLES REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES (10-27-17)

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SUNNY ISLES REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES

*as of October 25, 2017

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Ralph Magin

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Porsche Design Tower Miami

18555 Collins Ave Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

The most innovative high-rise comes to Miami as Porsche Design Tower rises in the island of Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach by the developer Dezer Associates. Porsche Design Tower is the projects of Architect of Record – Sieger Suarez that costs up to $560 million. At the height of 641 feet with 57 floors and 132 sophisticated units, residents will experience the most luxurious living as they promise that you’ll never have to step out of your car until you get to be right in front your unit step. This waterfront property offers the great view of the South Florida Ocean and the vigorous city of Miami. What distinguishes Porsche Design Tower is the circular structure and the one-of-a-kind robotic parking system that locates the owner’s car to the unit.

 

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Porsche Design Tower Miami Building Features

  • 200 feet of sugar-sand Atlantic Ocean Frontage
  • Robotic car lift directly to your private sky garage
  • Elegant porte-cochere entrance with 24-hour valet services
  • Exquisitely appointed three-story lobby with full glass car lift observatory
  • 24-hour security services and in house car concierge as well as on-site concierge
  • Ocean front ballroom with kitchen for hosting events.
  • Elevated, lushly landscaped oceanfront terrace with heated swimming pool, pool attendants and food & beverage service
  • Oceanfront state-of-the-art fitness center and resident’s health spa with expensive oceanfront views
  • Multi-purpose clubroom equipped with stadium seating theater, virtual golf and a four seat race car simulation video game
  • Lobby level restaurant enclosed in glass with private wine lockers for each residence
  • Lobby level bar lounge overlooking the ocean equipped with big screen TV and monumental fire place
  • Sunset terrace with two oversize swim spas overlooking the Intracoastal Waterways

 

Porsche Design Tower Miami amenities

  • Private sky garage for each unit
  • Private swimming pool and summer kitchen on oversize terraces creating a luxurious outdoor living environment (except on P’0393 model)
  • Miele appliances, including wine cooler, state of the art induction cooktop, speed-microwave oven and warming drawers
  • Automatic Toto toilets in master bathrooms with integrated bidet functions
  • Poggenpohl designed kitchens with motorized doors and expansive islands
  • Private elevator that opens directly into the residence
  • Panoramic ocean, Intracoastal and/or city view
  • Elegant smooth ceilings rising to 10’ clear and 20’ clear on the duplex
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows optimizing views
  • Premium quality granite or marble countertops in kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Dornbracht design kitchen and master bathroom fixtures
  • Vent-less gas fireplace in living room
  • Private interior elevator on the two-story units

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Can You Afford That House? 6 Easy Ways to Find Out

 

Can You Afford That House? 6 Easy Ways to Find Out

How to make sure your craft beer hobby and monthly mortgage payments can co-exist.

 

This article was contributed by financial expert and blogger Mary Beth Storjohann, CFP, author, speaker, and founder of Workable Wealth. She provides financial coaching for individuals and couples in their 20s to 40s across the country, helping them make smart, educated choices with their money.

 

If you’re considering purchasing a home, you’ve likely already considered how much you have available for a down payment, what an ideal mortgage payment would be, and how much home you can actually afford based on your monthly income. But what about your lifestyle?

 

#1 Travel

Travel is an important goal for many people. Think about the travel goals you have for yourself:

 

  • Where do you want to go?
  • What do you want to see?
  • How long are your ideal trips?
  • How much money would you need on an annual basis to make your travel goals possible?
  • Is this already factored into your budget or will you need to cut back on travel to fund your monthly mortgage payment and home expenses?

 

There are no right or wrong answers, but it’s important to reflect on your priorities.

 

#2 Green Thumb?

Do you love gardening, being outside, and all things landscaping? If you purchase a home with a lawn and don’t enjoy the upkeep, you could be looking at an extra $100 or more a month for professional landscape maintenance. Are you willing to skip the lawn in favor of hardscaping to reduce costs?

 

Bottom line: Factor hobbies and services into your monthly budget to see if the numbers still work out in the black.

 

#3 Pool Time.

How dreamy would it be to buy a home with a pool!? Before the dream becomes reality, add up the costs of pool maintenance and servicing, energy, and insurance (along with liability if you have small children) and you may be better off heading to the neighborhood swimming hole.

 

Pools can be a lot of fun, but they come with a lot of work. Factor time and money into your future plans when buying a home with this special feature and, once again, ask yourself if the numbers add up to support your other financial goals.

#4 Children

If you’re buying a home and plan to start a family in the next few years, don’t just consider the amount of mortgage you can afford under your current expenses. Factor in daycare costs and then determine what your cash flow will look like. You may have to adjust the amount of home you’re looking to purchase.

 

#5 Entertainment

Chances are you enjoy dining out, going to concerts and sporting events, and seeing movies. If you need to rein in these activities to make room for your mortgage, home expenses, and savings, aim to strike a balance that won’t leave you feeling restless.

After all, you’re likely choosing a 30-year mortgage, and three decades is a long time to feel deprived. If necessary, reduce the amount of home you purchase so you can enjoy yourself in the ways that are important to you.

#6 Retirement

If you’re in your 20s, you should try to save 10% of your income; in your 30s, you should be saving 15%. If you need to cut back on your retirement savings to make a home purchase work, think hard about when you’ll be able to get back to your ideal contribution levels and how much you may be losing out on during that time.

Although home ownership can help build long-term wealth, it’s important to also maintain retirement savings for future security.

Source: houselogic.com

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Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
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NORTH MIAMI BEACH REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES (10-20-17)

NORTH MIAMI BEACH REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES

*as of October 20, 2017

 

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Greynolds Park

17530 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach, FL 33160, USA

Greynolds Park is an urban park in North Miami Beach that was once a 249 acre rock quarry.The park is named after A.O. Greynolds, the head of Ojus Rock Company, who deeded the land over to Miami-Dade County Parks Department in 1936. It has a relatively intact hardwood hammock and mangrove forest. The hammock at Greynolds is one of the last well-protected natural areas of northern Miami-Dade County.

The Tequesta Indians used the Oleta River, which runs along the east side of the park, as a source of transportation. In the years following, the Seminole Indians used the land along side the river as a trading post and a source of supplies for early Miami-Dade County settlers. Later, Seminole Indians and now eco-tours are offered of the rookery, mangrove boardwalk, observation mound, paved path and historical boathouse.

The parks’ woods are lined with several hiking trails that lead to grand oaks, tropical plants, wild flowers, colorful butterflies, and a host of creatures including owls, bats, and raccoons. Park settings and unique facilities, including beaches, are accessible and affordable for team building,meetings and recreational events for kids. There is a huge playground, shelters for parties, kayaking, camping and canoe launching are also to be found. Kayak, canoe and paddle boat rentals are available on weekends and holidays. It provides a wide variety of distinct settings and amenities to suit everyone’s needs.

Greynolds Park operates from sunrise to sunset. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Sunday. Boathouse is by reservation only, you may contact 305-945-3425 for more details

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Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
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