Zilbert's Miami Beach and South Beach Real Estate Blog

Nov 25 2014

Zilbert’s Real Estate Update: And a Happy Thanksgiving to All

Filed under: Our Condo Listings, Real Estate News

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This is a big holiday week for us in the United States, our annual Thanksgiving week and long weekend. For those of you celebrating Thanksgiving, my staff and I wish you a wonderful and happy time with your families, friends and colleagues. This also starts the busy holiday and winter season for real estate, and today, I wanted to bring you up to date on some of what’s going on in Miami (and New York) real estate. Zilbert will have staff on-hand every day this winter season, including Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. So, reach out to any of us any time, and let us show you how well we take care of our customers.

- Mark Zilbert

Some Zilbert Real Estate News

NEW DEVELOPMENT PROJECT – Hyde Midtown

As we reported last week, the company behind the SLS Hotel chain, and the HYDE lounges and night clubs is collaborating with The Related Group and Dezer Development to build the Hyde Midtown Miami Suites and Residences. This 397 unit luxury tower is getting a lot of attention, and we believe it’s going to be a winner. Midtown Miami is within one of the fastest-growing city areas of Miami, and is adjacent to the Miami Design District, home to Louis Vuitton and a huge host of other luxury brands and restaurants. Learn more about Hyde Midtown by clicking HERE.

NEW DEVELOPMENT PROJECT – Turnberry Ocean Club

Everyone these days is looking for the next great oceanfront resort in Miami. Well, we may have found it in Sunny Isles Beach, the Turberry Ocean Club. Just 154 apartments in a soaring tower on the beach, with amazing architecture by Carlos Zapata. And, don’t miss the jaw-dropping pool and resort deck on level 30. There is nothing else like it. Learn more about Turnberry Ocean Club HERE.

IS YOUR FAVORITE PRECONSTRUCTION CONDO SOLD OUT?

Much to our delight, many of the great, new luxury condos in Miami Beach and Downtown/Brickell/Edgewater are sold out (or close to being sold out). Fear not. We are nearing the time where some unit owners may be looking to resell the interest in their contracts, via simultaneous closings. My team and I have a group that specialize in turning these apartments around, so reach out to me if you intend to resell your preconstruction condo, or are looking for a condo in a building that has little or no inventory left. We do this very well. CONTACT us via our online form.

ZILBERT’S NEW YORK LUXURY CONDOS

Zilbert in New York? What’s that all about? Well, while we do not (yet) have a presence in New York, we have, fortunately, built relationships with some of New York’s most-prominent brokers and developers. There are some secret super-tall, super-luxury condo projects in the works, and Zilbert can refer you to the right people to help you learn about (and purchase) property ahead of the general public. If your budget is $10M or more, and you want to learn of some not-yet-announced condos that will make headlines, let me know. You may just find something very special that you never knew was going to be. And, Zilbert will bring it to you first*. CONTACT us via our online form.

WHAT’S ZILBERT SELLING THIS WEEK?

Zilbert’s 30 superstar realtors are pleased to be the exclusive sales agents on many of Miami’s greatest condos and homes. And, I am always delighted to share our exclusive property list with our clients and our broker colleagues from Miami and around the world. To see what we are offering for sale this week, please visit our latest PROPERTY LISTS.

Additionally, through our local broker networks, we have access to just about everything for sale in Miami. You can see these lists below, each is updated daily. Is there something for you today, perhaps? If so, we will help you find it.

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So, what’s for sale around Miami and the beaches? Well, that’s where my team and I come in. We are here to help buyers find the best properties in Miami, and we have a lot of insight to share.

Here are some places where you can start looking around:

The Zilbert Collection – these condos and homes are part of the exclusive collection of listings marketed by Zilbert, and in many cases represent the best value in luxury real estate. [CLICK]

Miami Preconstruction – these condos are the latest, newest properties being built in Downtown Miami, Miami Beach, Edgewater Miami and other high profile areas. [CLICK]

100 Newest Listings – these condos and homes have just come to market, and sometimes you will find that your best deal can be made on a new property listing. [CLICK]

My Private Collection – in addition to the many properties listed and marketed by Zilbert’s team of high-profile agents, I generally hold a small handful of properties that I market exclusively.

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As always, my team and I are available 7 days a week, and brokers are always welcomed at any Zilbert property listing.

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Links to the Zilbert Lists

 

100 Newest Property Listings:

http://www.zilbert.com/100_newest_listings.asp

 

100 Most Recent Closed Sales:

http://www.zilbert.com/100_most_recent_sales.asp

 

100 Most Recent Contracts:

http://www.zilbert.com/100_most_recent_contracts.asp

 

100 Most Expensive Listings:

http://www.zilbert.com/100_most_expensive_condos.asp

 

100 Most Expensive Sales:

http://www.zilbert.com/100_most_expensive_sales.asp

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Build Out That New Condo!

Steven G

Those of you who have spent time in any of Miami’s luxury condos will know the name of legendary designer Steven G. Steven’s company has built-out some of the most amazing condos from the Continuum in South Beach, to the St Regis in Bal Harbour, to many, many more. The company’s 40 year history speaks for itself.

Well, Zilbert has teamed up with the brilliant design team at Steven G to introduce Zilbert at Home by Steven G. With this alliance, we put our clients in touch with a design team that will do everything from help investors finish a preconstruction condo (for about $50K) to help a condo or homeowner gut and rebuild an older condo, with the greatest furnishings. It a very easy way to take a nice condo, and make it magnificent. Pricing is surprisingly-reasonable, often much less than you may imagine. Steven G’s team speak about 12 different languages, and are available 7 days a week to help you. Just like Zilbert!

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The packages that we have put together include:

    • The Preconstruction Package – for investors to finish and resell their investment properties
    • The Landlord Package – for landlords and investors to finish and furnish rental properties
    • The Luxury Build Out Package – for new luxury preconstruction condos, a complete build out and furnishing package for owner-occupants
    • The Luxury Renovation Package – take your great home or condo, and re-think it partially or completely, making it something worthy of showing your friends!

There are many different ways for Steven G to work with you, and you can read more about these programs by CLICKING HERE or visiting Zilbert.com

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So, what’s for sale around Miami and the beaches? Well, that’s where my team and I come in. We are here to help buyers find the best properties in Miami, and we have a lot of insight to share.

Here are some places where you can start looking around:

The Zilbert Collection – these condos and homes are part of the exclusive collection of listings marketed by Zilbert, and in many cases represent the best value in luxury real estate. [CLICK]

Miami Preconstruction – these condos are the latest, newest properties being built in Downtown Miami, Miami Beach, Edgewater Miami and other high profile areas. [CLICK]

100 Newest Listings – these condos and homes have just come to market, and sometimes you will find that your best deal can be made on a new property listing. [CLICK]

My Private Collection – in addition to the many properties listed and marketed by Zilbert’s team of high-profile agents, I generally hold a small handful of properties that I market exclusively.

[CLICK]

As always, my team and I are available 7 days a week, and brokers are always welcomed at any Zilbert property listing.

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MURANO GRANDE APT 2101 For Sale

MURANO GRANDE APT 2101 For Sale. The apartment’s 3990sf of interior space and almost 700sf of terraces makes it one of the largest apartments of its kind in the area. Everything about this apartment is special, from its private elevator arrival foyer to the 270-degree view to the east, north and south. The finishes are superb, and truly well-designed.

ADDRESS: 400 Alton Road Apt 2101, Miami Beach, FL 33139

PRICE: $6,250,000

BEDS/BATHS: 4/4

INTERIOR SPACE: 3990sf (370.7m2)

You can see more photos, and learn about this apartment on my website (http://www.zilbert.com/property.asp?R=A2021794)

JUST SOLD - 405 E San Marino Drive

JUST SOLD – 405 E San Marino Drive, Venetian Islands in Miami Beach – An extraordinary waterfront home on Miami Beach’s Venetian Islands (San Marino Island). A fully-renovated and modernized home with great living, media and entertaining spaces, a massive master suite, pool, dock with boat lift plus many more amenities. Every design detail was made with great taste and style. Extra touches include a full security system, and whole-home electrical generator that provides electricity when local power is down. These great homes are hard to find, and you will love this one. [MORE]

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DO YOU INSTAGRAM?  I’ve recently started becoming active in Instagram, both for real estate, as well as for some fun daily photos.  It’s a great social media tool for a quick visual peek at really cool things.  If you are on instagram, please follow me as @markzilbert, or simply visit my page here:  http://instagram.com/markzilbert

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Mark Zilbert 

President and CEO 

Licensed Real Estate Broker

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Zilbert International Realty

office  +1 305 726 0100

mobile  +1 786 280 0201

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Zilbert International Realty

1129 Fifth Street

Miami Beach, FL 33139

 

NOW OPEN:

Zilbert Realty Store at The Continuum

40 S Pointe Drive, Suite 110

Miami Beach, FL 33139

Tel:  (305) 695-1111

Nov 25 2014

The First Thanksgiving in Your New Home

Filed under: Misc, Your Home

 

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You’ve invited everyone to celebrate Thanksgiving with you in your new home … a joy-filled day with family and friends, good company, great food, celebrating old traditions and creating new ones!  The first holiday gathering in your new home celebrates more than the season, it celebrates the start of special memories in a new place.

To mark your first Thanksgiving in your new home, consider these ideas:

The Decor

Most likely, you’ve spent your decorating budget on long-term furnishings for your new place.

  • To add a little holiday panache, create a centerpiece of beeswax candles, gourds, mini pumpkins and dried leaves.
  • Or place some bare branches in a vase. Have everyone write something they’re thankful for on a paper leaf and tie it to the tree. As you gather for the meal, let everyone choose a leaf to read.
  • A floral basket with late blooms from you new backyard blend nicely with branches of dried berries and white pumpkins.

For more simple and beautiful centerpiece ideas, check out these great options or search on “thanksgiving decorations” on Pinterest to see what others are doing.

Realize, too, that your new home may be décor enough since many friends and family will be seeing it for the first time.

The Feast

Whether your plans include an elaborate spread or simpler fare, everyone loves to get involved. So, let Great Aunt Lydia bring her famous fruit salad, and let the kids make the green bean casserole. Part of the fun is in the doing and the best memories include both the old traditions and the new.

Speaking of new … try a simple new recipe like Sweet and White Mashed Potato Swirl, or an easy make-ahead fresh cranberry Jello salad or a cranberry mimosa. Simplify the day by making some of your meal in a slow-cooker. If you’re adventuresome, try a Cajun-style deep-fried turkey.

If your new home is smaller, consider serving buffet-style. If you live in a warmer clime, perhaps adding a portable outdoor heater can extend your dining area to the patio.

The best advice?

Enjoy the time with family and friends. Don’t make your menu so complex that all your attention is on the meal preparations instead of your guests. If there are ways to minimize the mess — foil pans, paper plates, etc. — and simplify the cleanup, so much the better. You don’t want to miss out on family tag football in your new backyard because you had dishes to do and pots to scrub.

Need a new home for the next holiday?

If you’re not yet in your new home, we can help you find one for the next holiday. Give us a call … we might even help you find a Black Friday special over the holiday weekend and get you well on your way to celebrating next Thanksgiving in your new place.

Compliments of Virtual Results

Nov 21 2014

The Amazing HYDE Midtown Miami Suites and Residences

Filed under: Luxury Condos, Our Condo Listings

If you have been to Las Vegas, Los Angeles and South Beach, you may be familiar with HYDE lounges, the upscale, very-social, totally-cool meeting places for those who love the best of everything. This is a sister brand to the famous SLS hotels. Well, the HYDE brand is now also being extended to luxury condo living. And, we are very excited about this.

Related Group and Dezer Development in collaboration with sbe (Hyde, SLS) are building the HYDE Suites and Residences in the bustling Midtown Miami district. And, this is big news. We’ve already seen huge success with the Midtown 2 and Midtown 4 condos, but now, an extra level of style and sophisticated living is about to arrive. Famed architect and designer David Rockwell is also on tap, designing 60 custom suites that will be managed by sbe on behalf of the owners, with permitted daily rentals. Life at Hyde Midtown Miami is all about great floorplans, superb amenities and a social focus, where neighbors mingle and enjoy being part of the Hyde experience. It also is a great place for investors to have a look at. But, we expect this to be a place that many people will call home.

SALES OF HYDE MIDTOWN MIAMI ARE ABOUT TO BEGIN

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As usual, Zilbert has the heads-up on early sales of this project. If you think you may be interested in owning an apartment at Hyde Midtown Miami, let us know. We will be getting day-one pricing soon, and we can find that perfect apartment for you. If you have missed out on other early sales projects, then now is the time to get involved.

Our Zilbert agents are ready to help you learn more, so just reply to this e-mail if you would like more details. Or, visit our site to see more renderings, floorplans and more. You may visit Hyde Midtown Miami on Zilbert.com by clicking: HERE

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Build Out That New Condo!

Steven G

 

Those of you who have spent time in any of Miami’s luxury condos will know the name of legendary designer Steven G. Steven’s company has built-out some of the most amazing condos from the Continuum in South Beach, to the St Regis in Bal Harbour, to many, many more. The company’s 40 year history speaks for itself.

Well, Zilbert has teamed up with the brilliant design team at Steven G to introduce Zilbert at Home by Steven G. With this alliance, we put our clients in touch with a design team that will do everything from help investors finish a preconstruction condo (for about $50K) to help a condo or homeowner gut and rebuild an older condo, with the greatest furnishings. It a very easy way to take a nice condo, and make it magnificent. Pricing is surprisingly-reasonable, often much less than you may imagine. Steven G’s team speak about 12 different languages, and are available 7 days a week to help you. Just like Zilbert!

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The packages that we have put together include:

    • The Preconstruction Package – for investors to finish and resell their investment properties
    • The Landlord Package – for landlords and investors to finish and furnish rental properties
    • The Luxury Build Out Package – for new luxury preconstruction condos, a complete build out and furnishing package for owner-occupants
    • The Luxury Renovation Package – take your great home or condo, and re-think it partially or completely, making it something worthy of showing your friends!

There are many different ways for Steven G to work with you, and you can read more about these programs by CLICKING HERE or visiting Zilbert.com

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instagram-icon

DO YOU INSTAGRAM?  I’ve recently started becoming active in Instagram, both for real estate, as well as for some fun daily photos.  It’s a great social media tool for a quick visual peek at really cool things.  If you are on instagram, please follow me as @markzilbert, or simply visit my page here:  http://instagram.com/markzilbert

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So, what’s for sale around Miami and the beaches? Well, that’s where my team and I come in. We are here to help buyers find the best properties in Miami, and we have a lot of insight to share.

Here are some places where you can start looking around:

The Zilbert Collection – these condos and homes are part of the exclusive collection of listings marketed by Zilbert, and in many cases represent the best value in luxury real estate. [CLICK]

Miami Preconstruction – these condos are the latest, newest properties being built in Downtown Miami, Miami Beach, Edgewater Miami and other high profile areas. [CLICK]

100 Newest Listings – these condos and homes have just come to market, and sometimes you will find that your best deal can be made on a new property listing. [CLICK]

My Private Collection – in addition to the many properties listed and marketed by Zilbert’s team of high-profile agents, I generally hold a small handful of properties that I market exclusively.

[CLICK]

As always, my team and I are available 7 days a week, and brokers are always welcomed at any Zilbert property listing.

∞•∞•

MURANO GRANDE APT 2101 For Sale

MURANO GRANDE APT 2101 For Sale. The apartment’s 3990sf of interior space and almost 700sf of terraces makes it one of the largest apartments of its kind in the area. Everything about this apartment is special, from its private elevator arrival foyer to the 270-degree view to the east, north and south. The finishes are superb, and truly well-designed.

ADDRESS: 400 Alton Road Apt 2101, Miami Beach, FL 33139

PRICE: $6,250,000

BEDS/BATHS: 4/4

INTERIOR SPACE: 3990sf (370.7m2)

You can see more photos, and learn about this apartment on my website (http://www.zilbert.com/property.asp?R=A2021794)

 

JUST SOLD - 405 E San Marino Drive

 

JUST SOLD – 405 E San Marino Drive, Venetian Islands in Miami Beach – An extraordinary waterfront home on Miami Beach’s Venetian Islands (San Marino Island). A fully-renovated and modernized home with great living, media and entertaining spaces, a massive master suite, pool, dock with boat lift plus many more amenities. Every design detail was made with great taste and style. Extra touches include a full security system, and whole-home electrical generator that provides electricity when local power is down. These great homes are hard to find, and you will love this one. [MORE]

 

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Links to the Zilbert Lists

 

100 Newest Property Listings:

http://www.zilbert.com/100_newest_listings.asp

 

100 Most Recent Closed Sales:

http://www.zilbert.com/100_most_recent_sales.asp

 

100 Most Recent Contracts:

http://www.zilbert.com/100_most_recent_contracts.asp

 

100 Most Expensive Listings:

http://www.zilbert.com/100_most_expensive_condos.asp

 

100 Most Expensive Sales:

http://www.zilbert.com/100_most_expensive_sales.asp

 

Mark Zilbert 

President and CEO 

Licensed Real Estate Broker

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Zilbert International Realty

office  +1 305 726 0100

mobile  +1 786 280 0201

fax  +1 786 206 3854

e-mail  mark.zilbert@zilbert.com

website  http://www.zilbert.com

BBM secure pin 79aca5bf

 

Zilbert International Realty

1129 Fifth Street

Miami Beach, FL 33139

 

NOW OPEN:

Zilbert Realty Store at The Continuum

40 S Pointe Drive, Suite 110

Miami Beach, FL 33139

Tel:  (305) 695-1111

Nov 20 2014

Planning a New Landscape Project? Keep These Three Elements in Mind

Filed under: Home Improvement

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Whether you are interested in landscaping your home for your personal enjoyment or because you are trying to increase your home’s value before you put it on the market, understanding how landscaping affects the value of your home is important. After all, if you are going to invest hundreds or even thousands of dollars into a landscaping project, it is comforting to know that you might see a return on this investment.

According to a recent study conducted by Virginia Tech, a home’s landscape is responsible for approximately 15 percent of the total value of the home. Furthermore, certain landscape elements are more valuable than others. While a diversity of plants accounts for 22 percent of the landscape value, plant size accounts for 36 percent and design accounts for 42 percent. Here is a closer look at those three elements and how they can impact the value of your home.

Landscape Design

Developing an appropriate design is the first step in creating a new landscape for your home. No matter how beautiful or valuable the trees, shrubs and plants may be, they will not create an attractive look if they are not in harmony with each other and with your home. Furthermore, a lack of proper planning could lead to serious maintenance issues in the future, making it difficult to keep the landscape looking attractive through the years.

When creating a landscape design, you must first be sure to select plants that are hardy to your climate. You must also be careful to plant trees and other plants with long, aggressive roots away from the foundation of your home. Otherwise, they could cause damage to your house that is costly to repair. You also want to select a mix of plants, shrubs and trees that will provide color and beauty throughout the season, but you must also ensure the end result is not cluttered and unmanageable. If you are not sure how to develop a proper landscape design, you might want to consider hiring a landscape designer to assist.

Plant Size

Generally speaking, adding plants, trees and shrubs of varying sizes is more visually appealing. The same is true of adding plants of varying colors and shapes. Adding a combination of small and big plants will also assist with maintenance, as having too many bushy plants can be difficult to manage. To help make this possible, it is worth your time, money and effort to invest in some mature trees to serve as a focal point in your landscape.

Plant Diversity

In addition to adding plants of varying sizes to your landscape, you should also select a diverse array of plant-types. Rather than planting all shrubs or evergreens, select a mixture of fruit trees, some flowering trees, some bushy shrubs, some evergreens and some perennials to add more interest to your landscape.

Whether you choose to do the job yourself or to hire someone to help with the design and planting of your landscape, you will be sure to be thrilled with the results if you keep these three elements in mind.

Nov 20 2014

Having a Thanksgiving Weekend Open House

Filed under: Real Estate Tips

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To have an open house or not to have an open house over the Thanksgiving weekend: that is the question! Many sellers assume that the Thanksgiving holiday weekends and the week between Christmas and New Years Day are less than favorable times to have an open house. Some real estate agents disagree.

Less competition

Often, because both sellers and their agents assume the holidays are off limits, if you have an open house over the holidays, you’ll have less competition. Typically, the number of open houses during the Thanksgiving holiday is less than half what a normal weekend might have. That means your home may get more exposure than it would with more competition for the same day.

More serious buyers

Since many people have that weekend off, it may be the best opportunity for them to go out and look. When the buyer and seller both are serious, a holiday open house can be effective. When the buyers are motivated, they are more than happy to shirk Black Friday shopping in hopes of finding the right house. A recent survey of real estate agents revealed that two-thirds of them believe a Black Friday home seller is more serious and over sixty-one percent believe Black Friday buyers are more serious.

Year-end timing

If a buyer needs to complete the deal prior to the end of the year for financial reasons, the Thanksgiving weekend is the last opportunity for a big push toward that goal. Homebuyers waiting for their year-end bonuses to add to their down payment often take advantage of the holidays to house hunt.

Proximity

Young couples seeking to relocate nearer to family most often “come home” for the holidays. Since they are in the area anyway, they take the time to see what is available on the market. Exposing your home to buyers during this time may give them the impetus they need to make the move they already want to make.

Winter open house best practices

Holding an open house in winter has both advantages and disadvantages, so here are some best practices to make sure your open house is a success.

DON’Ts

  • DON’T over decorate. While buyers may adore your holiday décor, they also want to be able to see the home’s features.
  • DON’T forget to remove holiday feast leftovers. This includes airing out the smells of cooking from the day before. When a home is closed up in the winter, those stale odors linger even though those living in the home no longer smell them.
  • DON’T hang around. Find a special place to take your family while your agent handles your open house. Buyers, even serious buyers, may be uncomfortable asking serious questions with the homeowner present.

DO’s

  • DO put your pet in a safe place. Strangers in the home can make your pet anxious and potential buyers may find animals frightening or off-putting.
  • DO turn on all the lights. In the winter, the sun sets early, and even a daytime open house may find a cloudy day. Potential buyers prefer light bright rooms. That means windows and blinds should be open as well.
  • DO keep the heat to a comfortable temperature. While your family may prefer it cooler, or you choose to conserve energy by wearing sweaters and extra layers, do not assume your potential buyer will appreciate those efforts.

If you are considering a holiday open house, contact us immediately so that we have advance marketing in place for the best possible turnout.

Compliments of Virtual Results

Nov 18 2014

Tips for Creating an Urban Garden Next Year

Filed under: Home Improvement

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A growing number of people throughout the country are deciding to grow their own vegetables. Whether it is because they enjoy the taste of fresh-grown veggies or it is because they want to ensure their vegetables are free from harmful pesticides, vegetable gardening can be quite rewarding and satisfying.

 

For those who live in the city or in an otherwise cramped space, vegetable gardening may seem like something that is out of the question. In reality, even people who live in an apartment in an area with a relatively harsh climate can still enjoy growing some fresh vegetables at home. All it takes is some careful planning and an understanding what can and cannot be achieved in an urban garden.

 

Tip #1: Look Into a Community Garden

 

A growing number of communities are setting up community gardens. The exact setup of community gardens varies from one community to the next, but most allow residents to select a spot within the garden for growing their own crops. Others open up the entire garden to everyone, with all participating members pitching in to care for the entire garden.

 

Tip #2: Determining Which Crops to Grow

 

If there are no community gardens available for you to use, you will need to grow your own garden within the space that you have. If you are going to grow your crops outdoors, the first thing you need to do is to check your local zoning ordinances and homeowner’s association rules. Once you have determined where you can plant your garden and the amount of space that you have available, you then need to research your plant hardiness zone. With that information, you will be able to determine which plants can be planted in your climate as well as when it is the best time to plant them.

 

If you are going to plant your garden indoors, your garden will be limited by the amount of light that you have available. If you have a large window that faces to the south, you will be able to get plenty of indoor light for your garden. If you do not have such a window, you may need to set up grow lights. Good crops for growing indoors include carrots, avocados, lemons, scallions and microgreens.

 

Tip #3: Make the Most out of Available Space

 

Since your space is limited, you will need to find ways to make the most out of a small amount of space. One way to do this is to build a grow tower that allows your plants to grow vertically rather than spread out over the ground. Grow towers are commercially available, or you can make your own with the help of a plastic drum and PVC pipe.

 

Garden containers can also help you with making your vegetable garden more manageable. For example, hanging baskets, planter boxes, wooden barrels and buckets containing plants can be placed at various locations around your home.

 

Another option is to create a rooftop garden. If you happen to have a flat space on your roof that is easy to access, you can make use of this unused space while also giving your plants great access to the sun they need to grow and be healthy.

 

Nov 18 2014

Moving During Holiday Season

Filed under: Real Estate Tips

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Whether Thanksgiving weekend or the full week between Christmas and New Years, the holidays may be the best time, or indeed the only time, you can plan the move to your new house. Here are some tips to make the transition smoother.

Plan ahead

If you have young children, you’ll want to plan a time of holiday celebration, even if it is less elaborate than you normally would.

  • Spending the holidays in a hotel: If you’ll be in a hotel over the holidays during your move, find one that is planning a holiday celebration. You might work with the hotel staff to schedule a special time to “use” the hotel’s Christmas tree to open your gifts.
  • Make sure you know which restaurants are open or deliver on the holidays. Since cooking utensils may already be packed away, don’t assume your new kitchen will be up and running. If you’re moving to a new city, knowing which restaurants will be open may require some searching on the Internet or a few phone calls.
  • Bring along some holiday spirit. Even if you’re foregoing traditional gift-giving during your move, take stockings and a few decorations with you.
  • If you’re planning to celebrate in the new home, shop online and have gifts delivered to your new home. Arrange with the local postmaster and delivery services to hold your packages until you arrive, or arrange to have them delivered to a relative or the hotel where you are staying.
  • Choose the gift-wrap option during online shopping. The last thing you need is to be looking for tape and scissors in the midst of all your boxes.

Prepare for hidden costs

While some companies charge less to move over the holidays since demand often is lower, others may charge more because paying for movers and drivers on a holiday costs them more. Before choosing your moving company and a holiday moving date, make sure you know what the costs will be when moving over the holidays. Even if the movers are less expensive, some moving costs that could be higher include:

  • Cable/satellite installers may cost more or be unavailable
  • Plumbers and electricians may charge a premium
  • You may not be able to get the lights or heat turned on until after the holiday
  • There may be more breakage from slips and falls on icy driveways and sidewalks when loading or unloading a truck.

Other tips and considerations

If you need to move during the holidays and want to celebrate at the same time, consider leaving one room set up for your celebration while packing up all the other rooms. Alternatively, plan the actual celebration day at a family member’s home or a hotel. Prioritize packing so that non-essentials are packed first, and if space on your truck allows for it use the last-in-first-out rule so that the items you need to celebrate in your new home are readily available when the truck gets there. If you’re moving a long distance and are driving, check along the way to see if you can take advantage of special holiday celebrations, concerts or events in any cities you pass through.

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Nov 14 2014

The Massive Paramount Miami Worldcenter Condo

Filed under: Our Condo Listings, Real Estate News

I am very excited today. Paramount Miami Worldcenter was finally announced, and I have the opportunity to share it with you first. If you have been waiting for an amazing condo to purchase in Downtown Miami, this is it.

Imagine if someone took South Beach’s Lincoln Road Mall as an inspiration, and then created a 750,000 sf retail and entertainment complex in the heart of Downtown Miami, just two blocks from the American Airlines Arena? Well, that’s what we’ve got, and Paramount Miami Worldcenter will be a 55-story, 470 unit luxury condo tower at the center of it all. It’s directly connected to the retail complex, which will be anchored by Bloomingdale’s and Macys. Just browse the photos below and on Zilbert.com to get a clearer picture of how wonderful this will be.

Apartments start at $690,000 for a 1 bedroom, and rise over $1,400,000 for 3 bedrooms. A 10% deposit holds a reservation for you now, and then you can call yourself one of the first owners of a stunning new condo at Paramount Miami Worldcenter. If the Paramount name seems familiar, it’s because these are the same folks who brought us Paramount Bay, one of our greatest condo success stories in recent years.

Visit Paramount Miami Worldcenter on Zilbert.com by clicking here.

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Build Out That New Condo!

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Those of you who have spent time in any of Miami’s luxury condos will know the name of legendary designer Steven G. Steven’s company has built-out some of the most amazing condos from the Continuum in South Beach, to the St Regis in Bal Harbour, to many, many more. The company’s 40 year history speaks for itself.

Well, Zilbert has teamed up with the brilliant design team at Steven G to introduce Zilbert at Home by Steven G. With this alliance, we put our clients in touch with a design team that will do everything from help investors finish a preconstruction condo (for about $50K) to help a condo or homeowner gut and rebuild an older condo, with the greatest furnishings. It a very easy way to take a nice condo, and make it magnificent. Pricing is surprisingly-reasonable, often much less than you may imagine. Steven G’s team speak about 12 different languages, and are available 7 days a week to help you. Just like Zilbert!

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The packages that we have put together include:

    • The Preconstruction Package – for investors to finish and resell their investment properties
    • The Landlord Package – for landlords and investors to finish and furnish rental properties
    • The Luxury Build Out Package – for new luxury preconstruction condos, a complete build out and furnishing package for owner-occupants
    • The Luxury Renovation Package – take your great home or condo, and re-think it partially or completely, making it something worthy of showing your friends!

There are many different ways for Steven G to work with you, and you can read more about these programs by CLICKING HERE or visiting Zilbert.com

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DO YOU INSTAGRAM?  I’ve recently started becoming active in Instagram, both for real estate, as well as for some fun daily photos.  It’s a great social media tool for a quick visual peek at really cool things.  If you are on instagram, please follow me as @markzilbert, or simply visit my page here:  http://instagram.com/markzilbert

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So, what’s for sale around Miami and the beaches? Well, that’s where my team and I come in. We are here to help buyers find the best properties in Miami, and we have a lot of insight to share.

Here are some places where you can start looking around:

The Zilbert Collection – these condos and homes are part of the exclusive collection of listings marketed by Zilbert, and in many cases represent the best value in luxury real estate. [CLICK]

Miami Preconstruction – these condos are the latest, newest properties being built in Downtown Miami, Miami Beach, Edgewater Miami and other high profile areas. [CLICK]

100 Newest Listings – these condos and homes have just come to market, and sometimes you will find that your best deal can be made on a new property listing. [CLICK]

My Private Collection – in addition to the many properties listed and marketed by Zilbert’s team of high-profile agents, I generally hold a small handful of properties that I market exclusively.

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As always, my team and I are available 7 days a week, and brokers are always welcomed at any Zilbert property listing.

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MURANO GRANDE APT 2101 For Sale

MURANO GRANDE APT 2101 For Sale. The apartment’s 3990sf of interior space and almost 700sf of terraces makes it one of the largest apartments of its kind in the area. Everything about this apartment is special, from its private elevator arrival foyer to the 270-degree view to the east, north and south. The finishes are superb, and truly well-designed.

ADDRESS: 400 Alton Road Apt 2101, Miami Beach, FL 33139

PRICE: $6,250,000

BEDS/BATHS: 4/4

INTERIOR SPACE: 3990sf (370.7m2)

You can see more photos, and learn about this apartment on my website (http://www.zilbert.com/property.asp?R=A2021794)

 

JUST SOLD - 405 E San Marino Drive

 

JUST SOLD – 405 E San Marino Drive, Venetian Islands in Miami Beach – An extraordinary waterfront home on Miami Beach’s Venetian Islands (San Marino Island). A fully-renovated and modernized home with great living, media and entertaining spaces, a massive master suite, pool, dock with boat lift plus many more amenities. Every design detail was made with great taste and style. Extra touches include a full security system, and whole-home electrical generator that provides electricity when local power is down. These great homes are hard to find, and you will love this one. [MORE]

 

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Links to the Zilbert Lists

 

100 Newest Property Listings:

http://www.zilbert.com/100_newest_listings.asp

 

100 Most Recent Closed Sales:

http://www.zilbert.com/100_most_recent_sales.asp

 

100 Most Recent Contracts:

http://www.zilbert.com/100_most_recent_contracts.asp

 

100 Most Expensive Listings:

http://www.zilbert.com/100_most_expensive_condos.asp

 

100 Most Expensive Sales:

http://www.zilbert.com/100_most_expensive_sales.asp

 

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Nov 13 2014

What to Know about Fall Leaves and Your Home

Filed under: Home Improvement

What to Know about Fall Leaves and Your Home

This time of year, leaves turn beautiful shades of red, vermillion, orange and yellow. We enjoy their beauty. We take photographs. We collect them. Our children play in them. For a homeowner, however, leaves pose the possibility of damage to their landscaping, their home and their relationships.

Leaves and lawn-care

If you’re new to homeownership, you may not know that while allowing leaves to lay a thick carpet over your lawn is beautiful, a solid mat of large wet leaves, such as those from oak, maple or sycamore trees, can damage your lawn. They promote mold growth, cause moisture to run off rather than seep into the ground, and hide the grass from the winter sun.

Experts suggest keeping your lawn clear of leaves. Here are some options to consider:

  • Raking. This historic method of dealing with leaves is still the preferred method for some lawns. If you have specialty turf, lightly raking and removing leaves protects your lawn from damage. Bag leaves or ad them to your compost pile. Remember that paper bags will decompose much more quickly than plastic ones. If your city offers leave removal, be sure to utilize the appropriate process required.
  • Mulching. Many mowers have mulch settings that chop the leaves into smaller bits that you can leave on the lawn to decompose naturally, and add nutrients to the soil.
  • Blowing. Many gardening professionals prefer blowing leaves out of flowerbeds and lawns with power blowers into large piles to then “vacuum” them up with large machinery and haul them away. Typically, you would hire a professional to do this since purchasing the equipment for yourself might be cost prohibitive.

Leaves and gutter-care

Blowing and falling leaves create problems for your gutters. Once most of the leaves have fallen, you should have your gutters inspected for clogs. A clogged gutter is more than just an inconvenience. It can cause water and ice to back up under your roof creating leaks and other damage. When rainwater overflows a clogged gutter or plugged downspout, your fascia and soffits are endangered, too. Water backing up a downspout may dislodge or warp gutters, pulling them away from your house. When water spills down the sides of your home, it damages windows, walls and even your foundation.

Consider a professional gutter-cleaning service, especially if your home has more than one story. You might investigate gutter guards if your property is particularly prone to leaf buildup. Your local gutter professional can help you determine what works best in your situation.

Leaves and relationships

Most municipalities consider leaves to be a natural product, so while a homeowner might be responsible for damage to a neighbor’s home from a falling branch, that is not the case with falling leaves. So, when the leaves from your yard blow into your neighbor’s yard, he may not have a legal claim, but it will strain your neighborly relationships. Make sure to talk to your new neighbors about the leaf situation. If she finds them a nuisance, you might offer to rake her yard as well. The best neighbors come up with a solution together.

    Compliments of Virtual Results

Nov 11 2014

5 Tips for Being a Successful Landlord

Filed under: Real Estate Tips

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If you are planning to buy property as a rental investment, it is important for you to have a clear understanding of your responsibilities as a landlord. To help ensure your investment runs smoothly, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Tip #1: Be Aware of Fair Housing Laws

Fair Housing Laws are in place to prevent discriminatory practices, but some landlords are surprised to discover what is considered to be discriminatory. Namely, asking certain questions can be a violation of Fair Housing Laws, particularly if the questions are related to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, familial status or disability.

Furthermore, while you can ask an applicant if he or she has been convicted of a crime, you cannot ask if the person has ever been arrested. To ensure you are asking questions that are legal under the Fair Housing Laws within your state, develop a standard list of questions to ask every tenant and get the list approved by an attorney.

Tip #2: Don’t Skimp on the Lease

In an effort to save yourself some money, you may be tempted to use a generic lease agreement that you find on a legal website or at the library. While this may seem like a good idea, the reality is that these do-it-yourself leases typically do not reflect current laws and may not contain laws that apply to your state or your specific situation. As a result, you may find yourself lacking protection or you may actually create a legally binding contract that puts more responsibility on you than necessary. Therefore, it is in your best interest to hire an attorney to create a lease that is specifically meant for use with your property and in your locality.

Tip #3: Put Everything in Your Contract

If your tenants are entitled to use of any amenities, such as use of a swimming pool or of a designated parking space, make sure this is included in the contract. Similarly, if you plan on making improvements to the property, do not share this information with your tenants. Even verbally discussing improvements could get you into trouble if you fail to provide what you have promised.

Tip #4: Keep the Property Properly Maintained

As a landlord, you are legally required to ensure the property is clean, safe and livable. The standards and guidelines vary from state to state, but all require that you provide running water, adhere to building codes and maintain common areas. You must also provide trash receptacles, smoke detectors and adequate lighting in dark areas.

Tip #5: Return Security Deposits in a Timely Manner

Many landlords get themselves into trouble when they take too long to return a former tenant’s security deposit. Keep in mind that the security deposit does not belong to you and that you are only entitled to keep part or all of it if your tenant fails to pay rent, damages the property or fails to abide by the contract. If there are no issues with the property and if the tenant was up-to-date on rental payments, return the security deposit promptly. If repairs are necessary, keep a record of the costs and send an itemized list of expenses to the tenant along with the balance remaining from the security deposit.

Even if you do follow all of these tips, it is possible that you could find yourself in legal trouble. Therefore, it is important to purchase a landlords insurance policy to provide you with an extra layer of protection. While an insurance policy will not protect you from all legal troubles, it will provide you with liability coverage in the event that someone is injured or someone’s property is damaged on your property.