Zilbert's Miami Beach and South Beach Real Estate Blog

Oct 22 2014

4 Tips for Refinishing Your Hardwood Floor

Filed under: Home Tips

Have you discovered hardwood flooring beneath your carpet? Perhaps your hardwood flooring is already exposed, but it is in need of a refresher. Either way, refinishing your hardwood floor is a great way to give a room a facelift. By keeping these simple tips in mind, you will soon have a lovely hardwood floor that adds beauty and value to your home.

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Tip #1: Expect Imperfections

When working with a hardwood floor, it is important to remember that wood is a natural product. Therefore, there will be imperfections. In addition to encountering knots in the wood, you may also deal with variations in grain and color. For most people, these imperfections are one of the things that makes hardwood floors so beautiful. So, rather than fret about these imperfections, embrace them and appreciate the beauty they add to your home.

Tip #2: Make Repairs

Before you can start refinishing your hardwood floor, you need to make any necessary repairs to the wood. If the wood has become water damaged or stained by pets or water, you may need to replace some of the boards in order to create an attractive floor. The same is true if there are gaps in the floor. Simply refinishing your floor will not take care of these issues. Obviously, repair can be a bit costly and you may need to contact a professional to do this part of the job, but the extra time and money you spend to do the job correctly will be worthwhile.

Tip #3: Keep the Dust Under Control

Refinishing hardwood floors requires a great deal of sanding. Therefore, you should be prepared to deal with quite a bit of dust while doing the job. To keep the dust under control, hang plastic around the work area. This will help prevent the dust from spreading throughout the house. You can also keep dust to a minimum by frequently vacuuming the room and keeping the room’s windows open if possible.

Tip #4: Create a Timeline

Refinishing a hardwood floor involves allowing time for drying and curing. Therefore, you need to work out a timeline that allows you to use your time efficiently while also giving your floor the time it needs to dry between sessions. Keep in mind that a number of things can affect how quickly your floor dries and cures. Things that will affect your timeline include the number of coats of polyurethane you apply, the type of polyurethane you use, whether or not you use stain, the size of the floor and humidity levels. While you may be tempted to rush through the job, be sure to allow your floor to dry and cure thoroughly. Otherwise, you will find yourself having to redo the job within a short period of time. The following are some general guidelines to consider:

  • Tearing up the overlying vinyl, carpet, tile or laminate typically takes one to two days.
  • Sanding typically takes 1 day for every 1,000 square feet.
  • Applying stain and polyurethane generally takes 2 to 5 days to complete, though it may take an extra day or two if it is humid.

After you have applied your last coat of poly, allow the floor to dry for four days before moving furniture back on to it. Generally speaking, it takes around 30 days for the poly to fully cure.

Oct 21 2014

Can You Sell Your House with Unpermitted Changes?

Filed under: Market Updates

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Often, homeowners make changes and upgrades to their home without securing permit. In some cases, permits are not required, but in many cases they are. When you attempt to sell your home, investigations by the buyer’s real estate agent, inspector or legal representation may discover undocumented changes that could hinder the sale. The degree to which this causes difficulties greatly depends on the types of changes made to the original structure, and whether your buyer’s lender will give a loan on property with unpermitted changes.

Sometimes, the changes occurred even before you purchased the home. Since laws may have changed in your municipality over the course of your ownership, changes that did not matter when you bought your home may be questioned when you try to sell it.

If you believe your home has unpermitted construction, there are things you need to know about it:

  • What was constructed? A patio? A second bathroom? A sunroom?
  • When was it constructed? Before you bought the home? After?
  • Was a permit required and is a permit in place that you are not aware of?

Grandfathering

A “grandfather clause” is an exception to a requirement, covenant or restriction that allows those already doing or having something to legally continue to so even if the new restriction would not allow them to do or have it. With regard to an unpermitted home upgrade, if the upgrade was added prior to the change in the law and the law does not require retroactive compliance, then the exception typically is allowed to remain. An obvious exception to this would be a change that posed a danger to anyone living in the home or on the property.

Retroactive permits

If you discover upgrades, retrofits, additions or renovations in your home you should check city records to see if a permit was required for that type of work in the year(s) you believe it was completed. Then, search municipality records to see if permits were in place. If a permit was required, but you do not find one in place, you can either request a retroactive permit, or sell your home “as is” (see below). Many municipalities have a method in place to obtain retroactive permits. Check to see what the total cost of the permitting process will be. You may have to pay for permits, fines, inspections and other fees. The total cost of obtaining retroactive permits may be greater than the return on your investment.

Selling “As Is”

If you do choose to sell your home “as is,” you do not need to disclose to the city building department that you believe you have unpermitted construction. Therefore, until you are certain that you want to file a request for a retroactive permit, take care in your research not to disclose information when you communicate with municipal offices that might trigger an inspection.

On the other hand, in the selling process, fully disclose to your real estate agent items that you know about for certain—that is, upgrades or additions you initiated during your ownership. You do not want a sale delayed or to fall through because a lender requires a permit, and you want to make sure that an appropriate “as is” clause is written into the sales contract.

We can help you determine which items need permitting, which need disclosure and which are fine as they are.

Compliments of Virtual Results

Oct 16 2014

Fearing Buyer’s Remorse?

Filed under: Misc, Real Estate Tips

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Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you’ll make, and many times new buyers worry that they’ll make a wrong decision and then be sorry when it is too late to change it. What if I paid too much for the house? What if the neighborhood isn’t what I thought it was? What if I lose my job and can’t pay the mortgage? What if I hate my neighbors? What if a better house becomes available next week/month/year?

What-if? What-if? What-if?

Second-guessing is normal

First, you need to know that questioning your own decisions is normal. Hundreds of doubts and fears can run through your mind as you come up to the closing period during your home-buying experience. We know this expression of fear as “buyer’s remorse.” Some people have buyer’s remorse when they buy shoes, or a television, or that outfit they saw in the window. Other folks have buyer’s remorse when they purchase a car. So, if you experience buyer’s remorse for smaller purchases, expect the feeling magnify when purchasing something larger … like a car … or a house!

The grass is always greener

If your uncertainty is rooted in the idea that something better may come along next week or next month, you may never find a home to purchase. In actuality, if you create a list of your wants and needs, we can review it with you and help you find the home that fits the most important things on your list. When the uncertainty strikes, we’ll be able to review that list together to help allay your fears by reconnecting you with the reasons you chose this house in the first place. Analyzing both what you fear and what you want can help you sort through the feelings, thoughts and even doubts you’re having about moving forward.

Ways to avoid triggering buyer’s remorse

Sometimes, buyers set themselves up for experiencing doubts by falling into one of these scenarios:

  • Choosing or staying with a real estate agent that does not offer guidance through the process. We answer your questions, walk you through the paperwork, explain the complete process, work out the timeline and myriad other things that help you know what to expect as your home closes. You should feel free to call your agent whenever you have concerns. It’s our job to handle those for you.
  • Talking to family or friends. Of course they mean well, but sometimes family and friends can cause unnecessary doubts to creep in when they question the location, the price you’re paying for your home, the schools nearby, the type of loan you’ve chosen or any of a dozen other things. Unless they are professionals in the market you’ve chosen, their advice may be useful, but incomplete. So, take their questions to your real estate professional. We can address them based on the current market and location of the home you’re purchasing so you can buy with confidence.
  • Keeping your options open. When you’ve made an offer on a home, unless there is a real chance that it will fall through (because of seller demands, loans not approved, low appraisal, problems uncovered by inspections, etc.) you should stop looking at other properties to purchase. Continuing to look is like continuing to date others after announcing your engagement.

Dealing with buyer’s remorse?

The best way to handle feelings of buyer’s remorse is to talk with your real estate professional. We can address your concerns and answer your questions. Finally, if we determine together that this isn’t the home for you after all, and we can work out the details of cancelling your contract and looking for the right home where you and your family will be happy.

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Oct 14 2014

Zilbert’s Real Estate Update – New For Sale in Miami

Filed under: Market Updates

 

 

 

Here’s a quick update of some of Miami’s newest condos and homes listed for sale. Many homeowners are preparing for the busy selling season that typically starts around U.S. Thanksgiving (November), and these new listings are now getting into place. There are some good options for buyers, so have a look – 100 Newest Property Listings. My other weekly lists can be found further down, including lists of what’s been selling recently.

If the Setai in South Beach interests you, Zilbert’s Jeff Miller and Giorgio Vecchi have an amazing collection of apartments for sale there starting at $2.49M (Preview The Setai). The Setai Residences have access to the resort amenities of the Setai Hotel, and it’s the very best of resort living.


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


 


 

PLAY VIDEO – Catch the Miami Real Estate Minute, a quick update on what’s new and exciting in Miami, hosted by Zilbert’s Arno de Vos


 

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.

405 E San Marino Drive

FEATURED HOME – 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

Oct 14 2014

National Disaster Resilience Competition Provides $1 Billion in Relief Funds

Filed under: Community News, Misc

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Major events such as Hurricane Sandy have made it clear that many parts of the United States remain vulnerable to significant weather events. Despite the advances that have been made in planning for extreme weather events and climate change, many communities are still improperly prepared for these disasters. To address these issues, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has set aside $1 billion to go toward a National Disaster Resilience fund.

The National Disaster Resilience fund will make funds available to communities that have been recently struck by natural disasters. Communities that receive funds will use the money to complete risk assessments and to do the necessary planning to better prepare their communities for future extreme weather events. The funds will also provide relief funding to those communities that have been struck by natural disasters, with the goal being to help rebuild the communities and to help them be better prepared for disasters in the future.

A recent National Climate Assessment has determined that extreme weather events are likely to become more severe in the coming years. Rising sea levels and changing development patterns are putting cities and their citizens at risk for their safety and health. The economies for these at-risk areas are also at risk, as a severe weather incident places a significant financial burden on those cities that are affected. To address these concerns, the National Disaster Resilience competition strives to meet the following objectives:

  • Allocate $1 billion in funds.
  • Create examples of science-based disaster recovery.
  • Institutionalize thoughtful and resilient approaches to addressing future disaster risks.
  • Help communities plan and implement disaster recovery methods.
  • Engage community stakeholders in discussions about the impacts of climate change
  • Help communities define problems, explore options and develop solutions for recovery strategies.

Eligible states and localities are invited to begin applying for the funds right away. Successful applicants will need to show how their proposals tie-in to the disaster from which they are currently recovering. A community that recently suffered from a flood, for example, may propose property acquisition and flood buyouts as part of its recovery efforts. The plan may also include restoration of wetlands in an effort to limit future flooding while also creating a nature preserve or a recreational area.

As communities strive to improve their infrastructure and make themselves more disaster-resilient, real estate agents can take steps to actively promote their listings. Those communities that choose to relocate people who were affected by a natural disaster, for example, may need assistance with finding the right property or properties. By working closely with government agencies as they apply for these funds and work toward putting them to use, real estate agents can be part of a win-win situation.

To be eligible for the competition, the area must have experienced a Presidentially Declared Major Disaster in 2011, 2012 or 2013. In all, there are 67 eligible applicants for the competition. This includes 48 of the 50 states as well as Puerto Rico and Washington, DC. 17 local governments are also eligible. The U.S. Department of Housing has a complete list of eligible states and localities available online. Funding for the National Disaster Resilience fund is being provided by the Community Development Block Grant and the Disaster Appropriation Act, 2013.

 

Oct 14 2014

Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Value?” (Part 3 of 3)

Filed under: Market Updates

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A common question for prospective home sellers is “How can I increase my home’s value or get a higher selling price?” In our earlier articles on this subject, we discuss low budget and economical fixes and upgrades that can increase the perceived value of your home. In this article, we discuss those higher cost items that only give you a high return on your investment if you have high equity in your home or will lose more money if it doesn’t sell quickly.

Many buyers look for a home they can move into immediately. While the specifics depend on the age and condition of your home, here are the priority renovations that increase your home’s appeal and return on investment potential.

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Kitchen

No matter what the other advantages of your home, if the buyers do not like the kitchen, they are less likely to make an offer. So, if you’re planning major upgrades, head to the kitchen first.

  • Paint, refinish or replace the cabinets. If your cabinets are dated, damaged or dark, consider replacing them or painting them with a lighter, newer version that still fits into the home’s style. If you’ve never painted cabinets, consider hiring a professional since they are more difficult than painting walls, and poorly painted cabinets actually decrease the appeal of your kitchen.
  • Replace countertops. If granite is all the rage in your neighborhood and comparable homes have granite countertops, consider this upgrade. Granite requires professional installation to measure, cut and polish the rock correctly. A less expensive version, granite tile, is easier to install, but has less overall value.
  • Add new appliances. New, matching appliances including ovens and stovetops or ranges, dishwashers, refrigerators, microwaves and refrigerators instantly update a kitchen.
  • Upgrade lighting, fans and fixtures to match the style of your new cabinets and countertops.
  • Kitchen floors with carpeting, vinyl or worn and broken tile should be replaced with new ceramic or other tile, wood, or another new product. Make sure you only replace kitchen floors with flooring that can handle the traffic, spills and constant cleaning that a kitchen requires.

Bathrooms

No new homeowners want to feel as if they are using someone else’s bathroom. Replace the vanity, sink and toilet. Use low-flow toilets, water-saving faucets and other green products. Replace the floor and shower surround with a neutral tile. If your bathroom has a built-in tub/shower replace it or have it professionally refinished to look fresh and new.

Living areas

Carpets harbor dirt, dust mites and stains. Replacing the carpet in major living areas with hardwood increases the visual appeal of your home. As an instant upgrade, hardwood gives your home that updated look. It also attracts buyers that cannot live in carpeted homes for health reasons.

Heating, air conditioning and water heater

These major home appliances often are out-of-sight and out-of-mind, but a new buyer wants to know they’ll work when they need them.

Exteriors

To increase the value of your home, improve the “R” rating and make your home more economical, consider replacing the roof, insulation, siding and windows. If your home has hail or other storm damage, check with your homeowner’s insurance to see if they will cover the replacement. Using better quality, energy-saving products gives your home more curb appeal and buyers know they won’t have to worry about leaks and drafts when weather hits.

Let us help …

We can assess the potential R.O.I. for these and similar upgrades to your home. Call us for an evaluation of your home’s fair market value.

Compliments of Virtual Results

Oct 09 2014

Become a Fan of Fans

Filed under: Market Updates

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Ceiling fans aren’t just about moving air, they are an important part of creating the right atmosphere in your home. Before choosing a fan, consider what you really want it to do.

Smart ceiling fans

Being smart isn’t just for phones. Big Ass Fan company has developed smart residential fans that have motion sensors, can detect ambient air temperature and humidity, and even connect with the Nest Learning Thermostat. These fans are about keeping the temperature and atmosphere in your home at optimum levels using the least amount of energy. With five-ply bamboo blades and an automotive grade paint on its glass-infused composite finish, the Haiku fan works both indoors and outside on patios and gazebos.

Whole house fans

Older homes that don’t have central air-conditioning can be fitted with a whole house fan. These fans, typically installed in ceilings of halls or stairways and venting into attics, draw cool air from open windows throughout the home and can cool skin temperatures by up to 10°F and attic temperatures by as much 40°F. Newer designs offer quiet operation and tremendous energy savings. QuietCool suggests its fans can lower your energy bills and they’re good for the environment.

Attic fans

Different from whole house fans, attic fans vent hot attic air to the outside, but do not draw air through the living spaces. Typically installed near the gable vent, attic fans can extend the life of your roof by removing trapped moisture from the attic and releasing the buildup of heat that can warp the roof’s structural components. Solar-powered attic fans operate using only solar power and is a green alternative to a standard electric attic fan, but once the sun sets, the fan needs an alternate source of energy. The U.S. Sunlight solar fan compensates for this by allowing the fan to switch between solar and your home’s electrical power when sunlight isn’t available.

Inexpensive fan options

Window fans fit within the window frame similar to a window air conditioner, but use less energy to operate. The most energy efficient way to use them is to use them at night when the outside air is cooler. This method allows for the delay or sometimes eliminates the need to turn on air conditioning during the day. It uses electricity during off-peak night hours too.

Other options include free-standing box, floor, tower or pedestal fans. You can move these portable fans from room to room throughout the day. Hi-end air movers, like the Dyson bladeless fan move air more quietly than traditional fans and consume even less energy, are safer around small children because they have no blades and offer remote control, variable speed and other options.

Fans aren’t just for summer

With winter just around the corner, some homeowners may think they don’t need fans. However, fans can reduce your heating bills just as well as your cooling bills. Make sure your ceiling fans are reversible (look for a switch on the motor housing on traditional ceiling fans). In the winter, operate your ceiling fan clockwise and the blades will push warm air back down into the room reducing the heating requirements. A window fan in lower story windows and be reversed to push cooler air outside and pull warmer air down from the ceiling. Using exhaust fans in bathrooms and laundry rooms during the winter can reduce the buildup of moisture that leads to mold and mildew growth.

When looking at houses, note the locations you can install fans to reduce your energy costs. We can help you find contractors to install whole house and ceiling fans to give your home the best atmosphere for your family.

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Oct 07 2014

Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Value?” (Part 2 of 3)

Filed under: Market Updates

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A common question sellers ask is “What can I do to get the maximum selling price on my home?” Since each home and every market is different, we, as your real estate professionals, can give you specific advice on your home. In general, however, if you’re willing to spend a little bit on some minor upgrades, a higher return on your investment can be significant. We covered the “no-to-low cost” items in part 1 of this series and in this post we suggest some low to medium cost options for improving that selling price.

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If you have a little money to spend, the next items on your list should be these easy improvements:

  1. Paint. In terms of “bang for your buck,” paint is your best friend. Gone are the days when you should paint everything white, but covering smudged or dirty walls with a pretty neutral color (off-whites, grays, creams and earthy tones) brightens your walls, covers over a host of slight imperfections and freshens their look without breaking the bank. A contrasting color on trim and woodwork brings out architectural details. Add a new coat of paint on the ceilings — paint these white or a light off-white— to brighten and light up a room. Paint the front door, too! A bright, cheery front door adds a welcoming touch.
  2. Update light fixtures. Ceiling lights, vanity lights and exterior carriage and porch lights are inexpensive items to update. Often, larger home-improvement stores offer “contractor packs” of multiple light fixtures for a lower price, so you can update all the rooms.
  1. Change out electrical outlets and switch-plates. Simply updating outlets and outlet covers, light switches and switch-plates can give a home an updated appearance. As with light fixtures, electrical components often come in contractor packs. If you are not comfortable changing out the switches and outlets yourself and don’t want to hire an electrician, just change out the covers.
  2. Replace bath fixtures. New faucets, along with towel bars, hooks and other matching pieces bring a brand new look to most bathrooms. Make sure your shower curtains are clean, fresh and neutral. If you have the extra money, changing out the toilet for a new water-saving low-flow toilet is an effective upgrade. Along the same vein, if your lavatory sink is cracked, stained or chipped, you may want to switch it out for a new one.
  3. Kitchen hardware and faucet. Just as simply adding new fixtures improves the bath, a new faucet and fresh, updated hardware on your cabinetry can freshen and upgrade the feel of your kitchen. Make certain that cabinet latches are not broken and drawer glides all work properly. Re-paint painted cabinetry and clean and re-stain finished wood cabinetry.
  4. Fix or replace your front door. Sometimes paint is not enough. If your pets have scratched your front door, or it has dry rot, is swollen, or the layers are separating, consider replacing your door with a new one. In moisture prone areas, or for safety concerns, consider using a steel door, perhaps one with a decorative window. You can even give your steel door a wood look with a faux wood-graining kit.
  5. Upgrade your garage door. Especially if your garage door is visible from the front of your home, consider painting or upgrading your garage door.

Let us help …

We can assess the potential R.O.I. for these and similar upgrades to your home. Call us for an evaluation of your home’s fair market value.

 

Compliments of Virtual Results

Oct 07 2014

Zilbert’s Market Check – October

Filed under: Market Updates

 

 

 

October has arrived! And, as we enter the 4th calendar quarter of 2014, we are seeing a slight increase in real estate buying and selling. We expect that to continue through the end of the year. To see what’s been selling in Miami recently, just visit my RECENT SALES page at http://www.zilbert.com/100_most_recent_sales.asp. And, you can return to this page any day, as this list is updated daily.

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

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.

405 E San Marino Drive

FEATURED HOME – 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

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

Oct 03 2014

Bring Fall Into Your Home This Season With These Simple Home Decorating Tips

Filed under: Home Tips

With fall in full swing, it is time to start thinking about how to bring a bit of the season into your home. With a few simple decorating ideas, you will soon feel the fall both inside and outside of your house.

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Picking Your Fall Color Scheme

One of the easiest ways to bring the spirit of fall indoors is to decorate your interior with a fall color scheme. Yellows, oranges and reds are commonly associated with fall, but your décor does not have to be limited to just these colors.

Gray is a hot color for 2014, and it can be easily incorporated into a fall color scheme. Layering shades of gray is a great way to create a modern look, but you can prevent creating a drab appearance by sprinkling in traditional fall colors along with heavy metals. Metallic colors help to create warmth, depth and interest in a space. Warm metallic gold and bronze accent pieces are the perfect addition for a fall look. If you are interested in creating a more modern look while still celebrating autumn, consider using black, white and gray pieces with brass accents. Gold accents are also easy to incorporate into a rustic, vintage or ethnic décor, even if you only add these accent pieces in small doses.

Choosing Your Furniture

The fall theme can be further extended with the help of furniture with a metallic color scheme. Leather furniture is also a good addition for creating the look and feel of fall. If purchasing new furniture is outside of your budget, you can accomplish the same look with the help of throw pillows.

Throw pillows are relatively inexpensive and can be easily switched out as the seasons change. When looking for throw pillows to create a fall feeling, choose those with deeper colors that are made from more substantial fabrics with added texture. Faux fur throw pillows and those that are tweedy or ruddy are great choices for fall. The same is true of pillows with patterns containing traditional fall colors or those with jewel tones. Plaid prints are also a good choice for fall. Other great colors for fall that are popular this year include peacock blue, indigo, fuchsia and emerald green.

Adding Fall Décor

Of course, fall décor is an excellent way to make your house more seasonable. Accessories made from driftwood is a great way to create the look of autumn. Lamp bases, tables and frames made from driftwood are excellent options to consider. You might even consider putting some driftwood in your firewood holder in order to create an interesting look. Beach glass, dark shells, black sand and other similar pieces can also help you transition from the beach season to the season of changing leaf colors.

Traditional fall décor also remains in style every year. You could simply set a few pumpkins and gourds around your home and on your porch. Or, if you want to be more creative, consider using gilded pumpkins for your décor. Springs of wheat and corn husks can also be used to create a unique fall wreath.