Zilbert's Miami Beach and South Beach Real Estate Blog

Dec 19 2014

4 Tips for Obtaining a Mortgage Loan After a Divorce

Filed under: Misc, Real Estate Tips

If you have recently been divorced or if you are in the middle of a divorce, you may be concerned about your future housing arrangements. After all, there is a very good chance that you lost or will be losing the house that you shared with your spouse. Now that you’re financial situation is changing, you may be worried that you will have trouble with getting a mortgage so you can buy a new home. Unfortunately, these concerns are often well-founded. At the same time, this does not mean that getting a new mortgage loan is impossible. In fact, here are 5 tips for getting a mortgage after a divorce.

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Tip #1: Get Your Name Off of the Mortgage

If your ex is keeping the house, make every effort possible to get your name off of the mortgage. Typically, this means your ex will need to refinance the house so it is in only his or her name. This is beneficial to you both because your ex does not need to worry about you making future claims for the house and you no longer have to worry about this huge debt showing up on your credit report. Of course, if your ex does not have the necessary credit rating to refinance the house, this may not be an option. In this case, it may be better to simply sell the house and split the profits. If you have no choice but to let your ex continue to live in the house with your name on the loan, be sure to determine how future profits will be split when the house is sold in the future.

Tip #2: Wait Until the Divorce is Final Before Making a Purchase

Even if you have found the house of your dreams and you have plenty of cash to spare, it is never a good idea to purchase a home while your divorce is still pending. This can cause problems in two major ways. First, if the lender finds out that you are going through a divorce, it could affect your financing because of potential alimony and child support payments. Second, if your soon-to-be-ex discovers you have purchased a home, you may find yourself owing even more money to your ex before the divorce is final.

Tip #3: Make Your Ex Your Roomie

A growing number of divorced and soon-to-be-divorced couples are choosing to continue to live together until they can get their finances squared away. If you had an amiable divorce and can find a way to live together peacefully, but not as a couple, this may be a good route for you to consider for a period of time. Not only will this allow you some time to get your finances in order, but it will also give you some time to deal with the emotions associated with divorce. By getting your emotions under control, you will be less likely to rush into a new housing decision that you might later regret.

Tip #4: Understand How Alimony Affects Your Loan Application

If you are receiving alimony, be aware that most lenders will not allow you to consider this money as part of your income until you have consistently received payments for at least six months. If you are paying alimony, understand that many lenders consider this to be a “debt” and, therefore, you will likely have more difficulty with obtaining a mortgage loan. Therefore, you may have to wait for a period of time following your divorce before you will be able to successfully obtain a new mortgage loan.

Dec 18 2014

Zilbert Introduces You to The New Shore Club (Condos) in Miami Beach

Filed under: Our Condo Listings

 

 

Can you imagine anything more exciting than the chance to own a condo at the brand new, totally-reimagined Shore Club in South Beach? Well, your quest to find something unique and special may be coming to an end. Reservations are now being accepted for one of only about 80 new condo residences to be built at this landmark property.

And, look at the rendering below. It doesn’t exactly look like that main tower at the Shore Club that we know today, right? That’s because the entire site will be stripped down and rebuilt, and The Shore Club will become something even more exciting. And, check out the upper floor residences, with one apartment per floor, and massive covered terraces. There is nothing else like this in Miami.

This sort of luxury living doesn’t come cheap, and you should prepare yourself for sticker shock. But, how do you put a price on something so rare, yet so special? My team and I can make that happen, but you need to move quickly to reserve an apartment here.

Are you ready for Shore Club? Simply let me know by replying to this e-mail, or visit our Shore Club page on Zilbert.com: CLICK HERE

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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.

 

 

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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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

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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

Dec 14 2014

Zilbert’s Sunday Morning View of Miami

Filed under: Our Condo Listings

 

 

I couldn’t resist taking this picture this morning of Biscayne Bay and Downtown Miami (with Star Island and her sisters), from my apartment at Murano Grande in Miami Beach. December is just a beautiful month in Florida, and is always the start of one of the best (and warmest) winter seasons in the country. And, that’s why you should be here too!

My sales team and I keep gathering lists of some of the newer property listings in and around Miami, and you can find these lists further below. And, there’s my favorite list, the Zilbert list of what we’ve listed for sale exclusively (brokers are always welcome at a Zilbert property, by the way). This list included Lisa Van Wagenen’s stunning new listing at Paramount Bay, Jeff Miller’s single family home site (where you can build your dream house) on Hibiscus Island, Giorgio Vecchi’s beautiful build-out at ICON South Beach, and my prized listing at Murano Grande. Maybe you can create your own new view, with our help, of course!

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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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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

 

∞•∞•

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!

Steven G 2

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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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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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

 

∞•∞•

Mark Zilbert 

President and CEO 

Licensed Real Estate Broker

zrg_transparent_white

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

Dec 11 2014

Is Painting Cabinets a Good Idea?

Filed under: Home Tips

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Gone are the days of the sticky painted kitchen cabinet that peels, chips and generally looks cheap. Modern paint finishes means you can rejuvenate or renovate your dated kitchen or bath cabinets with just some elbow grease and your own creativity.

Know your product

Like any paint job, painting cabinets is not hard, but it does require some prep work to get the perfectly finished outcome you want.

Before putting brush to wood, there are some steps you just can’t skip:

  • Cleaning: the most important step in your renovation project, cleaning is the one newbies try to skip most often. Your cabinets have years of fingerprints, cooking grease, grime, smoke and other surface contaminants that can keep your paint from adhering. Your local hardware or paint store can direct you to the best cleaners and degreasers to remove that surface gunk from your cabinets. Very old cabinets, or those exposed to tobacco smoke, may need to be cleaned more than once.
  • Sanding: Another step newcomers are prone to skip is proper sanding. Sanding is the hardest step because you need to break the surface of the existing finish. If your surface has nooks and crannies, you’ll want to get in there with some 100-grit sandpaper.
  • Primer: Priming your cabinet doors can make the difference between a classy new renovation and a slapdash cover-up. To make your surface smooth, you need a so-called “high build” sandable primer. One primer, the Eurolux Primer/Undercoat from Fine Paints of Europe can give your doors and drawer-fronts that smooth, glassy look you want. The primer fills the wood grain, so you may need a coat or two for deeply grained woods such as oak.
  • Paint: The best outcomes for kitchen cabinets come from oil-based paints because they are self-leveling. When your cupboard doors are flat on your sawhorses, an oil-based paint will fill in any ridges or imperfections to leave a smooth finish. Unfortunately, oil-based paints can be messy to work with and have toxic fumes. But, while latex paints may not be perfect, they are getting closer. These days you can find 100% acrylic paints that will create a durable finish, so check with your paint specialist to find the right one for you.
  • Specialty Products: The popularity of DIY products has taken some of the extra steps out of the cabinet refinishing process. Although more expensive than the paint and primer method, Rust-Oleum makes a Cabinet Transformation kit that gives you all the products you need to get that smooth finish. They claim it is easy to use, does not require special skills and lets you skip the stripping, sanding and priming steps (but you still have to clean first).

When renovating your kitchen on a shoestring, you can get impressive results if you take your time, use the right products, and follow instructions closely. When done correctly, freshly painted kitchen cabinets can boost your home’s value and up its appeal to homebuyers.

Compliments of Virtual Results

Dec 10 2014

Save Money By Troubleshooting Problems with Your Furnace Before Calling a Specialist

Filed under: Home Tips, Your Home

During the winter months, having problems with your furnace is certainly not something that you want to have to deal with. If you are having problems with your furnace, here are a few steps you can take toward trying to fix it before you have to call in a specialist.

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Cleaning Your Furnace

Many times, furnaces stop working properly simply because they need to be cleaned out. A dirty furnace does not operate efficiently and, in some cases, can even cause your furnace to overheat. If your furnaces does not seem to be operating properly, you should check the filter system, the blower and the motor to see if they need to be cleaned.

Cleaning your filter is the easiest of all of these tasks, as it simply involves pulling out the old filter and either cleaning it or replacing it with a new one. This should be done at the beginning of the heating season as well as about once every month. To check your filter, pull it out and hold it up to the light. If it looks clogged, it is time for a new one. You can determine the size of your replacement filter by looking on the side of the one that is currently in your furnace. The replacement filter will have an arrow indicating the direction of airflow through the filter. The arrow should point toward the blower and away from the return-air duct.

To clean the blower, you will first need to remove the panel that covers your filter. These panels are typically held in place on hooks or with a series of retaining screws. You may need to slide out the fan unit, which is typically held on with screws, before you can reach the blower. You can then clean away any dirt that you see in this area as well as any dirt that you find around the motor.

Repairing the Pilot Light

Furnace problems are sometimes caused by issues with the pilot light. To address this issue, you will first need to locate the pilot light assembly. You can typically gain access to the assembly by pulling out a door of the furnace housing or by removing the panel that covers the pilot light and burners. The reset buttons, thermocouple and gas valves are usually in the same housing as the pilot light controls. If your pilot light has gone out, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for relighting the light. These instructions are usually fastened directly to the furnace.

If you are unable to find specific instructions for relighting your furnace’s pilot light, turn the valve to the OFF position. Wait three minutes before switching it to the PILOT setting. Next, hold a lighted match to the pilot opening while pushing the RESET button. Continue to depress this button until the pilot flame is burning brightly. Finally, set the valve to the ON position.

If the pilot flame still will not remain lit, you may have a clog. In this case, you should turn the valve back to OFF in order to clean the opening with a fine piece of wire. If this does not solve your problem, you may have an issue with your thermocouple. In this case, it may be best to contact a service professional. The same is true if your furnace uses an electrical system to ignite the gas.

Dec 09 2014

New Gadgets for Your Wish List

Filed under: Misc

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As you think about gift-giving this season, don’t forget to give your new home a gift of its own. Advancements in technology mean that your home can be smarter, cleaner, cooler or the hottest thing on the market. Here are some ideas for you that are available now or may be coming on the market in the future. Get them on your wish list early.

Here are some ideas for you.

  • Floor plan light switch: This ingenious little device allows you to control the lighting for your entire homes from a single switch. The floor plan light switch designed by TaeWon Hwang for Yanko Design creates a floor plan of your home on a single panel, allowing you to choose from one location which rooms to light up and which to leave in the dark.
  • Transparent television: Have you ever wished that the television didn’t dominate the décor? Well, now you can have a television that doesn’t upstage the house. Designed by Michael Friebe for German television maker Loewe, and using technology that combines LCD and TOLED displays, the Invisio television is virtually clear when not in use, but offers full color viewing when activated.
  • Solar-powered media player: Named the Eclipse by maker Sony, this attractive gadget may block some of the light from your living room window, but that’s because it’s harnessing all that solar power to operate a wireless, environmentally friendly multi-media player. You can stream music, play podcasts, sync to your smartphone and other Bluetooth devices, all without using electricity.
  • Concerned about security? The iTouchless Bio-Matic Fingerprint Door Lock uses your fingerprint to lock and unlock your deadbolt. This system is perfect for single or multiple users with up to 150 unique fingerprints encoded. As a backup system, you can use a passcode too, and during power failures there are backup keys. These door locks are available now for both right-hand and left-hand doors.
  • If getting in shape is on your list, check out this elliptical-machine office desk: Paring an adjustable-height office desk with a semi-recumbent elliptical trainer, you can exercise and pay bills at the same time in your home office. The desk adjusts from 27″ to 47″ just by pressing a button, so you can switch from the trainer to your favorite office chair with ease. Average users could burn up to 4000 calories during the workweek and not skip a beat.
  • Want music to sing to in the shower? Check out the Kohler Moxie showerhead with wireless speaker. It can stream your playlists, news and other audios into your shower via Bluetooth. The water-resistant speaker is easily removable from the showerhead for recharging.

Need a house to be home to your tech gadgets?

We can help you find a home that is perfect for your level of techy-ness. Give us a call and we’ll help you find a home for the New Year.

Compliments of Virtual Results

Dec 06 2014

Zilbert.com’s 13,867 Condo Canvas at Art Basel Miami 2014

Filed under: Community News, Our Condo Listings

 

 

 

Art Basel Miami 2014

 

Hello, from Art Basel Miami 2014, where our city is alive with art festivals, parties and meeting people from around the world. Our Zilbert.com website has been loaded with 13,867 condos and homes for sale, each one something a little special.

But, look what we’ve done to make our home page its own piece of art. Imagine seeing Zilbert.com projected onto a brick wall near you! It’s a whole new spin on a web business going “bricks-and-mortar”. Well, as you know, we’re both on the web and in two beautiful offices, so we are always happy to see you at our 5th and Alton or Continuum offices. Or, simply come by www.zilbert.com to have a peek at what’s going on. And, maybe one of those 13,867 properties should be yours. We can help.

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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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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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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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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

 

∞•∞•

Mark Zilbert 

President and CEO 

Licensed Real Estate Broker

zrg_transparent_white

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

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Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Dec 04 2014

Lighting a Fire in Your New Fireplace

Filed under: Home Tips, Misc

Lighting a Fire in Your New Fireplace

As the weather chills, snow falls and socializing moves indoors, what could be more inviting than a warm cup of cocoa in front of a bright crackling fire? If your new home has a wood fireplace, here are some basics on fireplace care.

Hire a chimney sweep

Not just characters in Mary Poppins tales, chimney sweeps are professionals trained to protect your fireplace and your home from damage, debris and hazards. Certified chimney sweeps inspect your fireplace for damage to the brickwork and mortar, cracks in the tile flue liners, blockages such as bird, raccoon or squirrel nests, a build of leaves, soot, creosote and other potential causes of house fires and smoke damage.

  • Hire a chimney sweep before you light the first fire.
  • If your certified chimney sweep suggests repairs to your fireplace or chimney, do not ignore their advice.
  • Have your chimney inspected at least once a year.
  • Make sure smoke alarms are working correctly and have fresh batteries. You should have a smoke detector on every level of your home, inside each bedroom and outside the sleeping area. All alarms should be connected so that when one alarm is triggered, they all sound.
  • Test your carbon monoxide detector. If you do not have one, get one installed.
  • Install a chimney cap to keep birds and small debris out of the chimney and fireplace.
  • Keep the damper closed when the fireplace is not in use. Not only does this keep debris from falling into your fireplace, it keeps the heat from escaping through the flue.

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Once you know your fireplace is safe to use, learn how to light a fire. While you may find several “sure-fire” ways to do the job, make sure to follow all safety procedures when doing so.

  • Open the damper.
  • Prime the flue. If your chimney is on the outside of the house, you’ll need to warm it up before lighting the fire to avoid smoke descending into the room. If your fireplace has a gas pipe, turn on and light the gas for a few minutes until the flue warms and you feel the air drafting into and up the chimney before you add wood to the fire. If you do not have a gas starter, here are instructions for safely priming your flue.
  • Experts suggest building an “upside down” fire for a cleaner, longer lasting fire. To set up your upside down fire, stack larger fuel logs on the fire grate. Place smaller logs on top of these, and then place kindling and twigs on top of the stack. Lastly, top of your fire with balls of scrunched up newspaper or other tender. Light the fire from the top. As the paper burns, the smoke will exit the chimney while the paper lights the twigs and kindling. As the kindling forms coals, it will like the smaller logs and they in turn will light the larger logs.
  • Allow an ash bed to form under the grate. An inch or two of ash insulates your fireplace and keeps the fire burning hotter. However, don’t allow too much ash to build up, since that will dampen your fire and make it harder to light the next time.

Stay safe and warm

Enjoy your new fireplace, but stay safe as well. If you need recommendations for a professional chimney sweep, let us know.

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Dec 03 2014

Zilbert’s Scoop: Shore Club Miami Beach Condo Sales Program Begins

Filed under: Luxury Condos, Our Condo Listings

 

 

The Shore Club

Art Basel Week is well under way in Miami, and what an exciting time to be here. By the way, if you happen to be in Miami this week, our Zilbert sales team is on hand to show properties every day this week, and into the weekend.

I have a big scoop for you, if you haven’t yet heard. The famous Shore Club in Miami Beach is going condo! Well, a certain portion of it is. The current 309-room hotel will be redesigned as an 80-85 condo facility, with about 100 further hotel rooms. And, as of today, Zilbert can help you get a reservation to purchase one of these amazing new condos.

We are not able to publish too much information yet, however, if you are interested in purchasing a condo, please let me know immediately. We will then contact you, and further explain the project and the process. With only 80 apartments being offered, this could be something that becomes the big talk of Art Basel week. We don’t have prices yet, but I can pretty-much promise you that this will be a super-premium condo purchase (similar to Setai pricing).

Are you ready for Shore Club? Simply let me know by replying to this e-mail, or visit our Shore Club page on Zilbert.com: CLICK HERE

 

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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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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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President and CEO 

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Miami Beach, FL 33139

Tel:  (305) 695-1111

Dec 02 2014

5 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

Filed under: Real Estate Tips

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Are you considering purchasing your first home? Being a first-time homebuyer can be both exciting and overwhelming. To help make the process go as smoothly as possible, here are some tips for first-time homebuyers to keep in mind.

Tip #1: Wait Until You Are Ready

Homeownership has many advantages, but it is also something that should not be rushed in to. If you anticipate relocating within the next few years or if you are not financially stable at this time, it would be better for you to wait before making a purchase. The same is true if you do not have the money saved up for your down payment, to cover closing costs or to handle the other expenses that are associated with making a house purchase. Be honest with yourself about your current lifestyle, your career and your goals before determining if now is the right time for you to buy.

Tip #2: Get Your Finances Under Control

Even if you feel financially ready to purchase a home, it is important for you to get your finances in order before you start looking for a house. Not only will this help you to better determine if you are truly ready to make a home purchase, but it will also increase your chances of being approved when you apply for a loan. Meet with a mortgage broker or banker in order to begin the process of determining how much you can afford to pay toward a house and how much cash you will need for closing.

Tip #3: Improve Your Credit

Your credit score will have a significant impact on whether or not you are approved for a loan as well as the interest rate that you receive. The better your credit score, the better terms you can expect to receive on your loan. Pay down your current debt as much as possible, make sure you are making payments on time and check your credit report to ensure the information it contains is accurate. Even the smallest error can have a significant impact on your score.

Tip #4: Know What to Look For

When looking for the right house, keep in mind that you are very unlikely to find a house that perfectly suits your personal taste and needs. Some changes, however, are far easier to make than others. Things such as paint colors, carpet and appliances are easy to change. Other factors, such as whether or not the home has enough space to suit your needs and the location of the home, are far more difficult to change. Resist the temptation to purchase a home that looks perfect if it is not in the right location. Similarly, don’t automatically turn down an otherwise perfect home simply because it does not have granite countertops. Countertops are easy to change, but location is not.

Tip #5: Familiarize Yourself with the Area

A certain neighborhood may seem perfect, but certain aspects of the area may not be favorable for you and your lifestyle. If you are buying a condo or a home that is governed by a homeowners association, for example, you need to familiarize yourself with the rules in order to determine whether or not you are willing to abide by them. It is also a good idea to visit the neighborhood during different times of the day – particularly during the time you would normally commute to work and in the evening when you would typically be trying to sleep – in order to determine if the neighborhood suits your schedule and lifestyle.