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Don’t Forget These Selling Points

Don’t Forget These Selling Points

Sure, touting that recent kitchen or bathroom renovation will surely attract the attention of potential buyers. But are there other qualities about your home that might entice someone to take a closer look? Here are some selling points that many sellers frequently forget to mention. Don’t be one of them!

Energy efficiency

Purchasing a home is a huge expense. Many buyers will be attracted to homes that feature energy efficient upgrades that will save them money on their utility costs over time. If you have energy efficient appliances, dual pane widows, new insulation or LED lights in your home, be sure to use that information in your listing.

Green features

In addition to energy efficiency, some buyers will be looking for homes that have environmentally friendly features. These could include recycled or sustainable building materials, an organic garden or a backyard composting station.

Chemical-free home maintenance

Buyers with children or pets may have a heightened sense of awareness about what types of cleaning products they use in their home. Many people today prefer to use organic or chemical-free cleaning solutions on floors and countertops, and if you’ve adopted the same methods, you should let buyers know. This also includes touting any hypoallergenic HVAC or air filtration systems you have in place.

Recent upgrades

While upgrades to the kitchen and bathroom can make a deal, there are other upgrades you shouldn’t fail to mention. Have you recently repaved the driveway or installed a new garage door? Has the roof been repaired or replaced? Did you turn the attic into a usable living space? Have you put in new carpet or flooring? These all deserve to be mentioned in your marketing materials.

Storage space

While it could be argued that Americans have too much stuff, you can be sure most people won’t be letting it go anytime soon. Most buyers place a premium on ample storage space, so you should emphasize it. This includes walk-in closets, a pantry in the kitchen, a storage system in the garage or any built-in shelves or cabinets around the house.

Senior features

Buying a home is a huge undertaking, and some buyers know that they would rather not have to do it again. If there are features that would appeal to buyers looking for a home for the rest of their lives, you should let them know. This could include a lack of stairs, extra-wide hallways, a front door level with the sidewalk, low-maintenance landscaping or even a mother-in-law unit that could double as a space for a caretaker.

Nearby amenities

Lastly, is your home located near amenities like a supermarket, restaurants, or even a state or national park?  Is there a gym that is within walking distance? A popular performance venue just down the road? A commercial district that features every big-box store anyone would ever want to visit? These are all selling points that could appeal to the future tenant of your home.

The bottom line is – if you’re getting ready to sell, don’t overlook some of the smaller details of your home. It could be just the thing that attracts the perfect buyer.

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The Brown Harris Stevens Q2 2016 Miami Market Report

I am pleased to present the Brown Harris Stevens Miami Residential Market Report for the second quarter of 2016. We have developed a streamlined format that gives our customers a snapshot of condo and home sales across the Miami-Dade luxury market. Our review of the market compares Q2 of 2016 with the same period in 2015, and there has been an impressive amount of resiliency in the Miami market.
To download a PDF copy of this report, click on the image below, or click HERE.


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:

  1. The Brown Harris Stevens Miami Collection – these condos and homes are part of the exclusive collection of listings marketed by Brown Harris Stevens | Zilbert, and in many cases represent the best value in luxury real estate. [CLICK]
  2. Miami Preconstruction – these condos are the latest, newest properties being built in Downtown Miami, Miami Beach, Edgewater Miami and other high profile areas. [CLICK]
  3. 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]
  4. My Private Collection – in addition to the many properties listed and marketed by BHS’ 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 Brown Harris Stevens property listing.

Links to the BHSZilbert.com 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

Miami’s Most Expensive Homes.  We’ve Got The List.

Everyone loves to dream about those over-the-top properties, and we are always curious to know what mansions, estates, penthouses and other grand homes are for sale. So, whether you’ve got a massive home buying budget, or just like to peek at the lifestyles of the super affluent, let’s see what’s for sale.

I’ve collected a list of some of the most expensive homes for sale in the Miami area, and what a list it is. Below, you will find the best-of-the-best, both estate homes and exceptional condo residences. Who knows? Maybe your dream home is in this list!

Visit BHSZilbert.com anytime to see more, or just click on any link below.

Property Unit List Price List $/S.F. Bd/Bth Interior Space More
1 Star Island Dr $40,000,000 $5,008 7/8/0 7988 sf
3551 Main Hwy $39,500,000 $2,394 9/8/3 16500 sf
252 Bal Bay Dr $36,000,000 $2,667 8/9/1 13500 sf
5004 N Bay Rd $35,900,000 $2,105 7/10/0 17055 sf
4555 Pine Tree Drive $34,000,000 $2,125 6/7/2 16000 sf
212 W Dilido Dr $32,000,000 $2,783 7/9/2 11500 sf
30 Palm Av $32,000,000 $2,286 8/8/1 14000 sf
5446 N Bay Rd $32,000,000 $2,370 8/8/2 13500 sf
6440 N Bay Rd $30,500,000 $2,033 7/9/2 15000 sf
428 S Hibiscus Dr $30,000,000 $2,609 7/7/1 11500 sf
Surf Club Four Seasons SPH3 $29,950,000 $4,958 4/5/1 6041 sf
4730 N Bay Rd $29,950,000 $2,577 7/8/3 11622 sf
5050 N Bay Rd $29,500,000 $3,423 10/11/2 8619 sf
5930 N Bay Rd $29,500,000 $2,163 9/7/1 13637 sf
Edition Residences PH1602 $27,500,000 $5,242 4/4/2 5246 sf
2318 N Bay Rd $27,500,000 $1,878 8/10/3 14647 sf
6466 N Bay Rd $25,500,000 $2,125 7/8/2 12000 sf
L’atelier PH $25,000,000 $3,147 6/7/1 7945 sf
1800 W 25th St $25,000,000 $2,084 6/7/3 11999 sf
16 Palm Ave $24,995,000 $2,714 6/6/1 9209 sf
2920 N Bay Rd $24,900,000 $2,640 7/7/2 9431 sf
40 Palm Av $24,000,000 $2,238 7/8/2 10726 sf
6480 Allison Rd $24,000,000 $2,257 7/9/2 10632 sf
38 Indian Creek Dr $23,900,000 $1,992 8/10/1 12000 sf
St Regis 1701S $23,750,000 $1,792 7/7/2 13254 sf
190 Palm Av $22,950,000 $1,853 9/7/3 12386 sf
3114 N Bay Rd $22,900,000 $1,991 7/8/1 11500 sf
1435 W 27 St $22,888,888 $2,180 7/7/2 10500 sf
288 S Coconut Ln $21,800,000 $2,015 9/9/2 10818 sf
6385 Pine Tree Dr Circle $21,750,000 $1,797 9/11/2 12101 sf
151165 N Hibiscus Dr $21,250,000 $2,685 6/6/1 7913 sf
271 N Hibiscus Dr $21,000,000 $2,328 7/7/1 9019 sf
55 Palm Av $20,900,000 $1,583 8/10/2 13201 sf
Apogee Condo 2104 $19,975,250 $4,809 3/4/1 4154 sf
W South Beach PH $19,900,000 $5,535 4/5/0 3595 sf
44 Bal Bay Dr $19,900,000 $2,883 5/6/0 6903 sf
Continuum On South Beach 801 $19,800,000 $2,736 6/7/2 7236 sf
1500 Ocean Drive T1 $19,500,000 $2,321 5/6/2 8400 sf
150 Edgewater Dr $19,000,000 $1,606 10/11/2 11833 sf
4385 Pine Tree Dr $18,999,000 $2,896 9/7/2 6560 sf
Faena House 9A $18,500,000 $3,911 5/6/1 4730 sf
Blue Diamond Condo TS4401 $18,000,000 $1,856 8/11/2 9700 sf
Faena House PH-B $18,000,000 $4,242 3/4/1 4243 sf
Portofino 4001 $18,000,000 $4,000 6/6/1 4500 sf
Faena House 6-A $18,000,000 $3,814 5/6/1 4720 sf
432 S Hibiscus Dr $18,000,000 $2,956 5/5/2 6090 sf
28 Star Island Dr $17,950,000 n/a 0/0/0 6090 sf
2305 Lake Av $17,900,000 $1,807 8/9/3 9904 sf
24 S Hibiscus Dr $17,900,000 $1,377 6/6/2 13000 sf
2700 N Bay Rd $17,899,000 $1,541 11/13/3 11614 sf
4750 N Bay Rd $17,500,000 $2,560 6/6/2 6837 sf
4462 N Bay Rd $17,500,000 n/a 0/0/0 6837 sf
Capobella Condo Units PH-1/2 $16,999,000 $2,130 8/8/2 7980 sf
45 Star Island Dr $16,996,000 $1,604 10/9/3 10598 sf
4330 N Bay Rd $16,900,000 $2,095 6/7/1 8066 sf
2324 N Bay Rd $16,900,000 $2,231 5/6/1 7574 sf
5840 N Bay Rd $16,900,000 $939 7/7/0 18000 sf
Apogee South Beach 604 $16,500,000 $3,972 4/3/1 4154 sf
Setai 3601 $16,000,000 $4,505 4/4/0 3552 sf
4452 N Bay Rd $16,000,000 $2,758 5/5/2 5802 sf
Bentley Bay South PH-B $15,900,000 $2,204 5/5/1 7213 sf
88 Bal Bay Dr $15,900,000 $1,288 7/8/2 12341 sf
5101 Pine Tree Dr $15,000,000 n/a 5/5/0 12341 sf
4340 N Bay Rd $14,995,000 $1,541 6/7/1 9728 sf
306 W San Marino Dr $14,995,000 $2,119 6/6/1 7076 sf
5310 N Bay Rd $14,980,000 $1,838 6/6/2 8148 sf
4745 Pine Tree Dr $14,750,000 $2,117 10/6/1 6968 sf
Fasano Shore Club C-1401 $14,643,720 $3,730 5/5/1 3926 sf
Grovenor House 3201 $14,500,000 $2,054 5/5/2 7061 sf
One Bal Harbour 2604 $14,500,000 $1,864 6/6/1 7779 sf
5711 Pine Tree Dr $14,500,000 $1,798 8/8/1 8066 sf
3575 Stewart Ave $14,500,000 $1,063 9/8/2 13635 sf
5718 N Bay Rd $14,000,000 $2,139 7/6/0 6545 sf
94 La Gorce Cr $14,000,000 $927 9/9/2 15101 sf
369 N Hibiscus Dr $14,000,000 $1,689 8/11/0 8288 sf
The Beach House 0 $13,995,000 $1,983 4/4/2 7056 sf
222 Ocean Dr $13,995,000 $1,983 4/4/2 7056 sf
85 Palm Av $13,900,000 $1,432 8/8/2 9708 sf
14 W San Marino Dr $13,900,000 $2,230 6/6/0 6233 sf
1620 W 21 St $13,900,000 $2,392 5/6/1 5810 sf
34 W Dilido Dr $13,900,000 $2,683 5/5/2 5181 sf
9410 W Broadview Dr $13,750,000 $1,486 5/5/3 9251 sf
Setai Resorts 3709 $13,500,000 $5,355 3/3/0 2521 sf
Ocean House U-0303 $13,100,000 $3,001 4/4/1 4365 sf
1041 N Venetian Dr $13,000,000 $2,159 6/6/1 6021 sf
2740 N Bay Rd $13,000,000 $897 8/10/1 14500 sf
St Regis Bal Harbour PH2888 $12,995,000 $3,980 3/3/1 3265 sf
Faena House 5-B $12,950,000 $3,109 4/5/1 4165 sf
Edition Residences 1404 $12,950,000 $3,477 3/3/1 3725 sf
700 W Dilido Dr $12,950,000 $2,590 5/5/1 5000 sf
Continuum On South Beach 3501 $12,900,000 $4,257 3/4/0 3030 sf
St. Regis 2204/5 $12,900,000 $3,498 4/4/2 3688 sf
6500 N Bay Road $12,900,000 $1,944 6/7/1 6637 sf
1337 N Venetian Wy $12,900,000 $1,862 6/7/1 6929 sf
300 W Rivo Alto Dr $12,750,000 $1,908 5/5/1 6683 sf
Ocean House U-0301 $12,500,000 $2,878 4/4/1 4344 sf
1215 N Venetian Wy $12,500,000 $1,633 7/6/1 7653 sf
820 Lakeview Dr $12,500,000 $1,403 7/8/1 8910 sf
3100 N Bay Rd $12,500,000 $1,190 6/8/0 10500 sf
5465 Pine Tree Drive $12,500,000 $1,454 10/11/2 8598 sf

Source:  Southeast Florida MLS

Need an Air Conditioner But Don’t Have Ducts?

Need an Air Conditioner But Don't Have Ducts?

As scorching or humid summer days approach, you may be second-guessing the purchase of that vintage or historic home you’ve had your eye on. In fact, in many places homes as new as 15 to 20 years may not have air conditioning. If your home doesn’t have ductwork and is missing the attic, basement or crawlspace to add it, what can you do?

In know, I know … visions of unsightly window air conditioners dance in your head and the though of giving up a window makes you wince. Be encouraged … other options exist to see you through the hottest days.

Ductless air conditioners

Used extensively in Europe and Asia, and often seen in hotels in the United States, a mini-split or ductless air conditioner mounts one unit on the inside wall and one unit on the outside wall. The inside unit blows cool air into the room and houses any climate controls and the outer unit that brings in the air and expels the “condensate” or moisture through a drain. Between the two systems run refrigerant lines, the power source and the tubing.

Mini-split systems work great for retrofitting an older home, or for adding air conditioning to a room addition not connected to the main ductwork. In fact, installation typically requires just a three-inch hole for the conduit to pass through. While often the two units mount back to back, if necessary, situating the outdoor unit as far as 50 feet away offers more flexibility. In fact, cooling rooms on the front of your home, but situating the condenser unit I a less conspicuous location allows for installation even in highly regulated neighborhoods.

While the systems themselves cost much more than a window unit—often $1500 to $2000 per 12,000 BTU/hour cooling capacity—energy savings could increase because there is less loss than a typical duct system and less air leakage than a window system. One additional advantage comes from the minimal exposure to pests through the small entry point into the wall.

Portable Air Conditioners

A portable air conditioner is a unit that houses the blower and condenser in a single unit. They expel warm air through a small vent duct placed in an exterior window. Some portable units have two ducts … one to bring in fresh air and one to expel warm air and moisture. Additionally, many have condensation trays similar to dehumidifiers that need emptying on a regular basis.

Some portable units make quite a bit of noise, and others weigh up to 85 lbs., so “portability” may be subjective.

Other options

If your climate’s hot or humid the whole summer, you’ll want to invest in some form of air conditioning, but in more moderate climates with just a couple weeks of hot days, consider cooling with more traditional methods like ceiling fans, tower fans or even better, a whole house fan. A whole house mounts in the ceiling at the home’s highest point … such as above the top of the stairwell landing … pulls air from windows through the house and vents into the attic. Ranging from $200 to $800, a whole house, high capacity fan runs more quietly and efficiently at lower speeds. Even at hotter temperatures, the moving air evaporates perspiration from the skin, allowing inhabitants to feel cooler.

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What Matters Most? Why Location Trumps Everything!

Home Location

Take a lesson from that old real estate adage “location, location, location.” Many seasoned homeowners will tell you that the size of your home and the amount of space you have—including extra living rooms, game rooms, or even acreage — becomes far less important to you in short order if the location is wrong.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • How long is my commute to work? At first blush, the thrill of ownership may overshadow a long commute. Eventually, however, many commuters begin to feel that their families get to live in the home and they just visit for a few hours in the evening and on weekends. If being part of family life is important to you, look for something closer to your work, even if it’s a little smaller.
  • Is it near to my children’s schools? As children progress through school, the number of activities for them to be involved in increases dramatically. If the commute to their school for ball games, drama club, band practice and the like is too long, either you’ll spend all of your family life on the road or your children may miss out on things that could be important to them.
  • How far away is shopping? Living on rural property or in a newer housing development may seem like the perfect opportunity, but if you run short on milk for breakfast, is it an hour round trip to the nearest market? Or, if you choose an urban condo for its great walk score to restaurants and nightlife, do you have to have a vehicle to drive just to find groceries? The inconvenience of far-away shopping affects the enjoyment of your new home.
  • Do I enjoy activities in the nearest community? Whether urban, suburban or rural, your connection to your community affects your satisfaction and contentment with your location. If you prefer the theatre, but live in a community that only celebrates agriculture, your quality of life may suffer. Conversely, if you love the great outdoors, but your city only offers indoor activities, you may need to rethink the location of your home.

Other considerations:

Of course, one of the biggest reasons to consider location is the future sale of your home. No matter how lovely your home is, or how perfect in every other way, its location can make or break a future sale.

But, if you’re concerned about the environment, the location of your home can leave a larger or smaller carbon footprint. An EPA study points out that a home’s location relative to public transportation, energy sources and the actual housing type significantly affect energy consumption.

Before beginning your home search, take time to reflect on what is most important to you. Then, let your real estate professional in on the secret. He’ll narrow his search to those locations that fit your needs, wants and desires best.

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Zilbert’s EPIC Penthouse in Miami is For Sale

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Whether you are someone who may be looking for a grand penthouse, or just someone who likes to look, I’ve got a treat for you this week! I have launched sales for one of Downtown Miami’s grand penthouses. Located at the EPIC, neatly located on the Miami River between Brickell and Biscayne, PH-5401 is a one of a kind.

The penthouse sits in 4522 sqft (420.1 m2) of living space over two levels, with an incredible private rooftop terrace with plunge pool. There is almost 3000 sqft of private outdoor space. We’ve priced this showcase apartment at $6.150M, which is about $1,360/sqft. Dare I even call this the deal of the week? In any case, you will love this property, and we are now booking appointments with qualified buyers. Brokers are also always welcomed at any Zilbert property.

Click HERE or on any photo below to learn more about this magnificent home.

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PORTOFINO TOWER MIAMI BEACH APT 1803
 

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ST REGIS BAL HARBOUR LPH-7

ST REGIS BAL HARBOUR LPH-7

Zilbert’s Jeffrey Miller and Mark Zilbert have just listed a lower-penthouse apartment in this five-star resort community.  Fully furnished, and offering 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms in 2389 sqft (approx.) of living space.  Listed at $4,595,000. [MORE]

 

PORTOFINO TOWER MIAMI BEACH APT 1803

 PORTOFINO TOWER MIAMI BEACH APT 1803

Zilbert’s Lisa Van Wagenen is featuring this south-of-fifth gem, offering 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in 2340 sqft of living space. It’s an incredible renovation and new design. Listed at $4,395,000. [MORE]

 

W South Beach Unit 1428
W SOUTH BEACH APT 1428

Zilbert’s Dario Stoka has a showcase offering on the ocean at the W South Beach.  It’s three side-by-side W apartments spanning the width of the tower, each of which can be used separately or combined.  A total of 2960 sqft, with three bedrooms.  Listed at $8,950,000.  [MORE]

Marquis Unit 3108

MARQUIS MIAMI APT 3108

Zilbert’s Juan Alvarez has a great deal at Marquis. This 2 bedroom apartment has just been reduced to $820,000, and offers two bedrooms and 1647 sqft of living space. It’s very nicely appointed. [MORE]

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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

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

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Zilbert International Realty

1129 Fifth Street

Miami Beach, FL 33139

 

What’s Zilbert Selling This Week?

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My team and I have been enormously successful in marketing luxury properties in and around Miami Beach this year. It’s a competitive marketplace for brokers, and we have to continually be creative in how we find buyers for our properties. We get about 70,000 visitors to www.Zilbert.com each month, which is quite remarkable. But, we also have built some of the strongest and largest networks both locally and internationally, and since we are focused on building relationships with our clients, we tend to reach a lot of people when we have something to offer.

Today, I would like to focus on the men and women of Zilbert, and some of their extraordinary real estate properties being featured this week. We generally only like to market properties that we consider to be the best of the best, and that doesn’t always mean a high price tag.

My team and I are available to you 7 days a week, and we are always happy to help you learn more about Miami real estate. Let us know how we can be of service.

 

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THE PENTHOUSE AT BENTLEY BAY

THE PENTHOUSE AT BENTLEY BAY

Zilbert’s Jeffrey Miller has once again brought us something spectacular. 6000 sqft, 5 bedrooms, private rooftop with pool, and more. Listed at $18,900,000. [MORE]

 

THE SETAI APT 3609

THE SETAI APT 3609

Zilbert’s Jeffrey Miller is famous for selling at Setai South Beach, having produced some of the greatest sales in history there. His next magnificent offering is this 2521 sqft apartment, with 3 bedrooms and direct ocean views. Listed at $15,000,000. [MORE]

 

NORTH BAY ROAD HOME

NORTH BAY ROAD HOME

Zilbert’s Bento Queiroz has just listed a spectacular home along Miami Beach’s famed North Bay Road. 6421 N Bay Road offers 3567sqft, 4 bedrooms and has a pool. Listed at $2,595,000. [MORE]

 

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Giorgio Vecchi’s ICON SOUTH BEACH Collection

Zilbert’s Giorgio Vecchi is the king of ICON South Beach. We’ve got four different properties for you to see today, each one offering something special. Click on any of the four images below, to learn more about these luxury condos, smack in the heart of South Beach.

Apt 3301

Apt  2803

Apt 2902

Apt 3207

 

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The Style of the W SOUTH BEACH

Zilbert’s Dario Stoka and Jeff Miller have a collection of W South Beach condos available, and each one is worth having a look at. Click on any of the images below to learn more about each unit.

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The Always-Popular Waverly South Beach

Zilbert’s Dario Stoka and Lisa Van Wagenen are showcasing three of the nicest apartments at The Waverly, one of South Beach’s greatest mid-priced condos. Click on any image to see details about each of the three units.

The Waverly Apt 701
 

The Waverly Apt 1008
 

The Waverly Apt 2902
 

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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

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

 

What’s Been Selling in Miami?

 

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We’ve been seeing a steady flow of property sales this month, and some impressive properties have been changing hands. My sales team has logged record deals at The Setai, Murano Grande, Ocean House and some other very popular buildings. Our eyes are on the stronger US dollar, but we haven’t noticed any particular decline in sales, despite some non US buyers having a higher cost of purchase (with a currency that has dropped in value). As I always believe, our warm weather and spectacular condo views create a solid, sustainable demand. And, in some cases, we are seeing limited inventory.

I have included a list of the most recent property sales below, and our Zilbert sales are highlighted in yellow.

My team and I are available to you 7 days a week, and we are always happy to help you learn more about Miami real estate. Let us know if we can be of service.

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The Most-Recent Condo and Home Sales (newest ones show first)

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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

Mark Zilbert 

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How Important are Rain Gutters to Home Maintenance?

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If you’ve owned a home for a while, you know that water entering the home can be at least a hassle and at worst a cause of major destruction. Not only should keeping water from sneaking into those tiny cracks and crevices be a priority, it could make the difference between owning an asset and owning a money pit. One of the primary ways to protect your home from undesirable moisture is installing gutters.

Benefits

Most people think that the sole purpose of rain gutters is to direct water coming off the roof toward downspouts to keep it from dripping on their heads over doorways. The value of gutters is much more that that, however. Not only that, water moving off a roof can roll under the drip edge of the roof and seep under soffits and eaves, weakening the wood. It seeps between the joints or masonry and the framework, exposing your home to mold and other damage. If subject to freezing temperatures, the water inside the wood freezes and swells, causing internal damage to beams, joists and framing.

When water is controlled, instead of just pouring off of the roof slope, it can:

  • Prevent damage to siding.
  • Prevent staining on brickwork.
  • Preserve overhead garage doors and exterior doors from damage.
  • Stabilize soil and the home’s foundation.
  • Prevent sidewalks, patios and driveways from settling and landscaping from erosion.
  • Protect basements and crawlspaces from flooding.

Doing gutters right

There is much more to gutter installation than simply hanging them from the eaves. In order for gutters to function correctly, they need to have the correct pitch. In general, the gutters should drop one inch in slope for every ten feet in length so that the water runs toward the downspout rather than pooling up in a low spot.

Check your gutters to make certain they are correctly sloped by placing a hose at the closed end of your gutter and allow the running water to gently flow into and through the gutter. Water should only flow toward the downspout.

Downspouts matter too

Make certain that your downspout actually direct the water away from the structure of your home. Optimal would be extending the terminal end of the downspout several feet away from your home’s foundation or onto a concrete or vinyl downspout extension. Alternatively, install underground drainage that leads away from your home’s foundation to the street gutter, or to a drywell.

Sometimes, the end of the downspout gets damaged or smashed. When this happens, water and debris can back up into the downspout and gutter, rendering them useless and setting up your home for potential damage.

Maintenance

Make certain gutters are clear of leaves and debris. Schedule cleaning gutters into your spring and fall schedules. After a major storm, even if your roof has not sustained major damage, clear shingle residue from gutters to avoid problematic buildup.

Conclusion

If you’re looking at a home to buy, make sure the home has gutters installed. If you want to increase the value of a home you’re selling, installing gutters gives buyers peace of mind about potential water problems.

Compliments of Virtual Results

Little Decorator Details That Can Hinder Your Home Sale

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We get it … you want your home to be uniquely you … you want it to express your personality … you want colors that make you happy! But wait!  Now you want to sell this home and move on to a new canvass on which to express yourself. Which of your personal touches will add to your home’s resale value and which ones might distract lookers or detract from its appeal to buyers?

  • Funky exterior colors: Unless your home is a Victorian with historic paint combinations or a unique custom home in the country, most buyers prefer colors that match or blend with the neighborhood. While they want the home to stand out for its design, they don’t want a home perceived to be out of step with its peers. If you want your home to stand out, make sure its curb appeal is based on well-cared-for landscaping, a color that blends, but is perhaps deeper or lighter than neighboring homes, and beautifully contrasting trim.
  • Trendy exterior décor: Fountains, statues, gazing balls, bird baths, gnomes and outdoor wall and patio hangings certainly may express your personality and make your home stand out from its neighbors, but buyers want to put their own stamp on the place. Once you put your home on the market, consider removing these personal touches. One place you can let your individuality show is with the color of the front door. Choose a color that makes you happy … but follow your agent’s advice when getting ready to sell, and change out your preferred color for one that attracts buyers.
  • Poor landscape decisions: If, in the early days of your home’s life, you plant trees whose roots may grow under the foundation or buckle the walkways, a buyer will be concerned about costly foundation repairs. Similarly, vines growing on brick walls may look beautiful, but if they’ve been there for a very long time a savvy purchaser will suspect damage to the masonry. Similarly, that koi pond may have seemed like a great idea when you installed it, but a buyer may be concerned about expensive maintenance and upkeep.
  • Complicated interior wall coverings: Wallpaper trends come and go and are the most quickly outdated of interior designs. Flocked damask quickly becomes yesterday’s decorator trend for formal spaces and that border you loved in the kitchens is so last year. Removing well-hung wallpaper, trims and boarders is a messy, time-consuming project that risks damage to the walls underneath. If you know that you’re going to sell your home in a few years, consider using paint to express yourself instead of wallpaper. You can create a border with a stencil, use a faux process on a wall or simply use a variety of colors. Then, when time comes to sell, just paint over your creativity with a beautiful neutral color.
  • Mismatched fixtures: During your tenure in your home you may replace single doorknobs, switch plates, faucets and light fixtures for trendy ones that do not match each other without thinking much of it. For example, you may have a Disney-themed switch plate and light fixture in your daughter’s bedroom. When you get ready to sell, however, consider replacing them all with matching neutral fixtures.

Other mistakes buyers don’t like:

  • Painted brick: Both indoors and outdoors, buyers prefer exposed natural brick. If your brick is already paint, of course, you don’t need to sandblast it, just make sure it is a neutral color. But, if your brick is not painted, leave it alone.
  • Along the same line, buyers prefer neutral mortar colors—in both brick and tile—overly bright or wildly contrasting colors.
  • Poorly maintained pools and hot tubs: Whether in-ground or aboveground, pools and hot tubs are an iffy investment when it comes to selling your home. Buyers typically worry about the ongoing cost of their care and maintenance, and damage any leaks or cracks could cause to foundations, landscaping. Additionally, a home with a pool may be less appealing to families with small children. If you do have a pool or hot tub, be sure to keep it well maintained, and install protective fencing that meets safety guidelines.

If you have questions about the resale implications of décor in your home, contact us and we’ll guide you on the best practices for your home’s future sale.

Compliments of Virtual Results