Art Basel Month Once Again

November 26th, 2014

Art Basel Month Once Again
December 2-9, 2014

Art Basel Month Once Again

“Art washes
the dust of daily life
off our souls.” -Picasso

Plan a weekend escapade with family, lovers or friends and witness the various beauty and art forms that has been a part of Miami for decades. Art deco and design districts have been transformed from warehouse and factory areas to an epicenter of modern arts and architecture. Every first week or early December, Miami hosts Art Basel satellite fairs that features more than a hundred od the world’s leading galleries. Visit avant-garde art galleries, appreciate some of the world class private art collections and see the world’s largest art museum.

Here’s a list of the 2014 Miami Art Week fairs and festivals:Art Basel Month Once Again

MIAMI BEACH

1. Art Basel Miami Beach
When: Dec. 4-7, 2014
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive in Miami Beach
Tickets: $45 day ticket; $100 permanent pass
More info: artbasel.com

2. Aqua Art Miami
When: Dec. 3-7, 2014
Where: Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach
Tickets: $15 one-day pass; $75 multiday pass
More info: aquaartmiami.com

3. Design Miami
When: Dec. 3-7, 2014
Where: Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, Miami Beach Convention Center
Tickets: $25 one-day pass
More info: designmiami.com

4. Ink Miami Art Fair
When: Dec. 3-7, 2014
Where: Dorchester, 1850 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach
Tickets: Admission is free
More info: inkartfair.com

5. NADA Art Fair Miami Beach
When: Dec. 4-7, 2014
Where: The Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach
Tickets: Admission is free
More info: newartdealers.org

6. Pulse Miami Beach
When: Dec. 4-7, 2014
Where: Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach
Tickets: $20 one-day pass; $25 multiday pass
More info: pulse-art.com

7. Scope Miami Beach
When: Dec. 2-7, 2014
Where: Scope Pavilion, 910 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach
Tickets: $30 general admission
More info: scope-art.com

8. Select Art Fair Miami
When: Dec. 2-7, 2014
Where: 7200-7300 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach
Tickets: Admission is free
More info: select-fair.com

9. Untitled Art Fair
When: Dec. 3-7, 2014
Where: Ocean Drive and 12th Street in Miami Beach
Tickets: $25 general admission
More info: art-untitled.com

MIDTOWN, WYNWOOD & DESIGN DISTRICT

10. Art Miami
When: Dec. 2-7, 2014
Where: Midtown Miami, 3101 NE First Avenue in Miami
Tickets: $35 one-day pass; $75 multiday pass
More info: art-miami.com

11. ArtSpot Miami
When: Dec. 3-7, 2014
Where: Midtown Miami , 3011 NE First Avenue at NE 30th Street in Miami
Tickets: $5 general admission; $25 preview and weekend pass
More info: artspotmiami.com

12. Context
When: Dec. 2-7, 2014
Where: Midtown Miami, 2901 NE First Avenue in Miami
Tickets: $35 one-day pass; $75 multiday pass
More info: contextartmiami.com

13. Miami ProjectWhen: Dec. 2-7, 2014
Where: Midtown Miami, NE 34th Street and NE First Avenue in Miami
Tickets: $25 one-day pass; $35 multiday pass
More info: miami-project.com

14. Pinta Miami
When: Dec. 3-7, 2014
Where: 3401 NE First Avenue in Miami
Tickets: $20 one-day pass; $45 multi-day pass
More info: pintamiami.com

15. Red Dot Miami
When: Dec. 2-7, 2014
Where: Midtown Miami, 3011 NE First Avenue in Miami
Tickets: $15 one-day pass; $25 multiday pass
More info: reddotfair.com

16. Sculpt Miami
When: Dec. 4-7, 2014
Where: 46 NW 36th Street in Miami
Tickets: Admission is free
More info: sculptmiami.com

17. Spectrum Miami
When: Dec. 3-7, 2014
Where: Midtown Miami, 3011 NE First Avenue at NE 30th Street in Miami
Tickets: $10 general admission; $25 multiday pass
More info: spectrum-miami.com

18. Zones Art Fair
When: Dec. 2-7, 2014
Where: Edge Zones Project, 8325 NE Second Avenue in Miami
Tickets: Admission is free
More info: zonesartfair.org

DOWNTOWN, BRICKELL & COCONUT GROVE

19. Concept Art Fair
When: Dec. 2-7, 2014
Where: SeaFair, Chopin Plaza in Miami
Tickets: $15 one-day ticket; $25 multiday pass
More info: concept-fair.com

20. Fridge Art Fair
When: Dec. 4-9, 2014
Where: Third Street Garage, 300 SW 12th Avenue in Miami
Tickets: $20 VIP tickets
More info: fridgeartfair.com

21. Miami River Art Fair
When: Dec. 4-7, 2014
Where: Miami Convention Center, 400 SE Second Ave in Miami
Tickets: Admission is free with printed pass
More info: miamiriverartfair.com

22. Prizm Art Fair
When: Dec. 4-7, 2014
Where: Miami Center for Architecture & Design, 100 NE First Avenue in Miami
Tickets: Admission is free
More info: prizmartfair.com

23. Art of Black Miami
When: Launching first week in December and continuing year-round
Where: Kroma Art Space, 3670 Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove among other locations
Tickets: Prices vary depending on event
More info: miamiandbeaches.com/events/art-of-black

Source and images: miamiandbeaches.com

There’s more to Miami than its tropical sun, scenic beaches and beautiful skylines. Wanna spend daily walks along MiMo (Miami Modern), interesting street arts and murals? Find your home in Miami now.

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Kitchen Organization Prep Steps for Turkey Day

November 25th, 2014

Kitchen Organization Prep Steps for Turkey Day

By: Home Advisor

Kitchen Organization Prep Steps for Turkey Day

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, you’ll want to prep your kitchen for the work ahead. Don’t wait until the day before to get everything cleaned and organized. Here are some tips from HomeAdvisor to make sure your kitchen’s ready for the big day:

Clean, Clean, Clean!

Clear and clean your countertops, butcher blocks and dining tables to ready them for the slew of groceries, dishes and ingredients to come. Store unnecessary items somewhere out of the way. If you have a countertop microwave that you won’t be using for the holiday, consider moving it to make more room. Also move blenders, drying racks and any other non-essentials that might free up space. Next, wipe surfaces down with a washcloth dipped in soapy water. If you have harsh stains, break out the sponge to scrub them off.

Make Sure Your Equipment is in Working Order

Make sure that any equipment you’ll be using is in working order. This includes everything from your range hood, stovetop, dishwasher and oven to your can opener, electric mixer and corkscrew. If you’re the adventurous type, it might even include your grill. It’s a good idea to perform this exercise even if your appliances are in good condition — just to avoid any last-minute holiday disasters. If you find that any of your appliances are in need of repair or maintenance, you’ll need to call a repair service to see if they can fit you in on short notice.

Pay special attention to items like your sink and garbage disposal, which will get heavy use on Thanksgiving. Run the disposal a few times before the holiday to make sure it is working properly. If it begins to clog, assess whether its one of the few issues you can fix yourself or a major issue that requires plumbing assistance, such as a complete disposal replacement.

Purge Your Storage Areas

If you’ll need additional cabinet or shelving space during the holiday, consider rearranging or purging your storage areas. This is a good opportunity to discard or donate anything you no longer have use for. If you’re making room in the pantry, it’s a chance to get rid of food past its expiration date — or to donate spices and non-perishables you’ll never use to a charity or a local shelter. If an item is useful but will be in your way, find temporary space in a closet or a different room.

Organize Your Fridge

You’ll need to make room in your refrigerator for all the food you’ll have to store before and after Thanksgiving. To make sure your fridge is holiday-ready, empty out the entire refrigerator and repeat the process you used with the cabinets and shelves. Anything that’s expired should go in the trash. What’s left should be placed back as succinctly as possible.

Pro tip: Condiments, produce and dairy products should be kept in the drawers or door of your refrigerator to save room on the shelves. Try to fit beverage cans and bottles in the door on the bottom rack. Leave extra room on the bottom shelf for your turkey.

Get Your Dining Table Ready

Once you’ve prepped the kitchen and freed some space on the countertops, you’ll need to clear the dining table to set it for dinner. Clear off any leftover groceries or dishes and move them to the kitchen. Then clean the table and chairs — and run tablecloths, pillows and cushions through the wash as necessary. Next, you can set your table to impress your guests and showcase all of your hard work.

Conclusion

Preparing the Thanksgiving feast can be stressful. And waiting until the last minute to get your kitchen in order can make it even more stressful. Take some time to prep your kitchen in advance of the holiday so you’re ready to tackle the big job without any surprises or disasters. That way, you can cook the meal and enjoy the holiday with your family without a hitch!

***This story was written by Andrea Davis and originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com.

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Capri South Beach

November 24th, 2014

Capri South Beach

1445 16th St Miami Beach, FL 33139

Capri South Beach

Located in one of Miami’s exclusive waterfront residences, Capri South Beach provides convenience, accessibility and a trendy lifestyle that would surely suit you. With just a few minute drive to famous Española Way, family-friendly water parks and recreation centers, chic and trendy restaurants, popular and cool night spots, posh art-deco and stylish shopping centers as well as schools and colleges.

This condo community is composed of 3 distinctive buildings: Marina Grande, Marina Piccola and Ana Capri with 72 fully finished spacious residences on nearly 500 feet of spectacular Bay frontage.

Marina Grande is the main building which features 14 stories with 61 luxurious homes. Offers you your own gated yard and 18-feet ceilings available in select units. This high-rise masterpiece also has four Penthouses with private rooftop terraces and oversized balconies. Marina Piccola on the other hand is a historic masterpiece that features 6 extraordinary residences on 3 floors. While Ana Capri offers you the height of luxury and intimacy as this inspiring 6 story mid-rise building features only 5 extraordinary residences. All 3 buildings are located on Biscayne Bay providing you with unobstructed beautiful Bay and Downtown views.

Capri South Beach

Each building offers different layouts, spacious interior spaces and oversized balconies. This compound is just a few minutes away from the excitement of South Beach.

This unique condo also offers the finest European Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinetry, travertine flooring throughout, floor-to-ceiling windows on select units, built-in european custom closet systems, Penthouses with Rooftop Terraces featuring Summer Kitchens and more!

Their amenities include a sparkling pool & jacuzzi overlooking Biscayne Bay, courtyard areas, fitness center, private spa facility, concierge services, 24-hour valet services and more.

Building Summary
Community: South Beach
Architect: Kobi Karp
Views: Bayfront
Year Built: 2008
Status: Immediate Occupancy
Bedrooms: 1, 2 & 3
Residence Size: 825 – 2575 sq. ft.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Walk Score: 89 (Very Walkable)
Total Residences: 72
Number of Stories: 14
Price Range: $675,000 – $3,895,000

Source: miamicondolifestyle.com and caprisobe.com
Image credit: caprisobe.com

Find your Miami home now on Biscayne Bay! Check out available units at Capri South Beach Condos or see available homes and other available condos in this area. Contact, Ralph Magin, your trusted real estate agent, at 3305-935-2696 or visit www.ralphmagin.com for real estate inquiries.

 

 

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Miami Food Tours

November 21st, 2014

Miami Food Tours

So you’re in Miami for an occasion but don’t have enough time to explore and experience the city? Some of Miami’s culinary experts have taken Miami tourism a level higher and created the Miami Culinary Tours. Taste and savor local Miami dishes as local food experts narrate to you the history, culture and traditions of each place or cuisine visited. You explore, experience and savor Miami in a 2+ hours walk.

Little Havana Food TourMiami Food Tours - Little Havana

Explore places in this lively, family-friendly Little Havana neighborhood. Learn about Cuban’s cultural heritage as well as many of their hidden gems. This tour visits family-owned restaurants, taste some of the best authentic Cuban dishes as you get the story behind the food you tasted. Meet local Cuban artists and learn about their distinctive work right at their studios.

Wynwood Food TourMiami Food Tours - Wynwood

Another amazing Miami Food Tour takes you to Wynwood Art District. Experience and explore Miami as you dine and discover amazing artworks at the Wynwood Art District. You get to hear stories on the creation of this district, its history and the people who helped create the largest outdoor museum in the world. Get to know the diverse food scene of Miami and the city’s cutting-edge contemporary culture by taking this tour.

South Beach Food Tour
Miami Food Tours - South Beach

Don’t miss this guided tour to SoBe’s tasty treasures. Another art district that offers more than aesthetic but also gastronomic delights. Located right at the heart of Miami, experience the fun and engaging architectural, historical walking tour of this Art Deco Historic District with a culinary twist. This tour offers exclusive array of tasting treats by local food experts. You also get to visit mom-and-pop restaurants and hole-in-the delicious eateries. All the while, you eat and learn dramatic and inspiring history and architecture of Art Deco District. You also get to know which places are locally popular and those that are not. 

Take these unique tours to hear interesting stories, bond with family and friends or meet new people and delight in a one-of-a-kind sumptuous journey.

Source and credits: miamiculinarytours.com

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What Is a Recourse Loan?

November 20th, 2014

What Is a Recourse Loan?

By: Michele Lerner

What Is a Recourse Loan?

If you’ve taken out a mortgage and are paying it back on time and in full, you probably will never pay attention to whether your home loan is a “non-recourse” or a “recourse” loan.

However, these terms become crucial if you’re having difficulty making payments and face the possibility of a short sale or foreclosure.

If you have a recourse loan, the lender can go after your collateral for the loan—namely your home—and your personal assets.

For example: If your loan balance is $200,000, and your home sold for $150,000 in a foreclosure, the lender could demand payment of the remaining $50,000 and possibly garnish your wages to get that money.

State laws drive recourse loan rules

You and your lender have options to work out an agreement if you’re unable to pay your mortgage.

State laws regulate how lenders handle debts that are not paid in full. There are currently 12 states that are “non-recourse” states, where lenders are barred from placing a judgment or lien on assets other than your home to repay your mortgage:

Alaska

Arizona

California

Connecticut

Idaho

Minnesota

North Carolina

North Dakota

Oregon

Texas

Utah

Washington

Even if you live in a recourse loan state, lenders don’t always attempt to pursue full repayment of your loan. An attorney can help you evaluate the consequences of defaulting on your loan.

Options in a recourse loan state

If you’re having trouble making your mortgage payments or if you must sell your underwater home, your first step should be to contact your lender.

You also can talk to a HUD-approved housing counselor who can work with you to identify your options. If you want to sell your home, find a REALTOR® experienced with short sales who can negotiate with your lender on your behalf.

For example, if you can sell your home for $200,000 but you owe $240,000 on your mortgage, the lender may be willing to accept the lower sale price and forgive the additional debt in order to avoid the expense of a foreclosure.

If you want to stay in your home, you may be able to negotiate a loan modification with your lender, particularly since the government’s Making Home Affordable program is encouraging lenders to work with struggling borrowers.

Seek professional advice

If you do end up in a foreclosure, discuss with your lender, a lawyer and a housing counselor what to do if you face a deficiency judgment. A deficiency judgment is legal action to reclaim money after foreclosure proceedings have been completed.

Lenders don’t always request deficiency judgments against borrowers, particularly if they are difficult to obtain in your state.

If you do have a deficiency judgment filed against you, you may have to consider declaring bankruptcy to avoid having your wages garnished. Consult experienced professionals who can help you work through the necessary steps in your locale.

***Updated from an earlier version by Herbert J. Cohen.

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Broker Associate – 35 Years Experience
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GRAND CENTRAL MIAMI

November 19th, 2014

GRAND CENTRAL MIAMI
697 N. Miami Ave. Miami, FL
November 19 – November 21

GRAND CENTRAL MIAMI

Miami’s Live Month isn’t over yet. Considered to be an upcoming one of the best platforms of live music in Miami, Grand Central’s open warehouse-like space is perfect for mid-sized live shows and performances. With its spectacular light show, sound system and spacious dance floors, this is the place to go for disco and party-lovers. This week, Grand Central Miami features live performances from various artists.

GRAND CENTRAL MIAMI

Caribou

November 19:

Tonight, Canadian artist Caribou (AKA Daniel Snaith) is playing his best Electronica, IDM, folktronica, neo-psychedelia, shoegazing music. His hits include Our Love, Swim, Odessa and many others.

Wednesday Nov 19, 2014
Doors: 8:00 PM (ends at 11:30 PM)
All Ages
Ticket Price: $20 – $25

GRAND CENTRAL MIAMI

Clockwork Indigo

November 20:

If you’re a hip-hop fan, witness Clockwork Indigo as they have chosen Miami Grand Central to launch their debut tour the Electric Koolade Experience.

Thursday Nov 20
Doors: 7:00 PM
Ages: 18+ years old

Ticket Price:$20-$50

GRAND CENTRAL MIAMI

Zeds Dead

November 21:

Another Canadian duo Zeds Dead will set the Grand Central stage. Enjoy their great electronic music party remix.

Friday Nov 21, 2014
Doors: 11:00 PM

Ticket Price: $30 – $45

Parking lots are available. Visit Grand Central Miami on other nights for their other featured events. Or visit miaminewtimes.com for other events in Miami this month.

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Explore and experience exciting Miami events. Find your home in Miami now. Check out available homes and condo units for sale or visit www.ralphmagin.com. Contact, Ralph Magin, trusted real estate agent, at 3305-935-2696 or visit www.ralphmagin.com for real estate inquiries.

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Broker Associate – 35 Years Experience
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Crowded House? How to Make Your Holiday Guests Comfy

November 18th, 2014

Crowded House? How to Make Your Holiday Guests Comfy

By: Anne Miller

There’s nothing like the holidays to bring people closer … and closer and closer, until the cousins are practically on top of each other sleeping on the living room floor.

But welcoming holiday guests into your home doesn’t mean dodging sleeping bags as you cross the living room—or sticking Aunt Mabel in the corner with a plate on her lap.

Even if you are blessed with a dedicated guest room, finding space for everyone in the bathroom or at the dinner table can take a little maneuvering.

Try these room-by-room ideas for making the parade of holiday guests more jolly.Crowded House -- How to Make Your Holiday Guests Comfy

Bathroom Amenities

Travel-size toiletries: Small bottles and soaps, like those found in hotels or in the drugstore travel section, make a perfect bathroom addition. Store them in a container on a medicine cabinet shelf with a label that invites guests to help themselves. If you have room on the counter or an open shelf, you can also display them nicely in a basket. Consider adding a razor or toothbrush, too, just in case someone forgot theirs. It’s a tiny touch that makes guests feel welcome.

Extra towels and towel bar: This may seem obvious, but if you only have enough towels on the rack for yourself, a guest may hesitate to take what they need. A stand-alone towel bar can be a cheap, temporary addition to your bathroom.

Living Room Space

Mattresses: Air beds have come a long way from your childhood. Better-quality air mattresses have built-in, electric pumps and are elevated to make it easier to get in and out. To go all out, spring for one with a memory foam topper. Whatever model you choose will store easily in a closet or under your bed—and expand quickly for post-party crashing.

Create space: Clear off an end table to give a guest room for the phone charger and other small items. Rearrange a closet so they have room for their suitcase and clothes or get a small clothing rack to help them keep their garments unwrinkled and accessible.

Dining Room Comfort

Creative seating: Don’t hesitate to ask friends to bring a folding chair of their own. The “kids” table is a tradition for a reason: It’s easier to cram small people together. If you have more tiny tushes than chairs, co-opt a ride-on toy or something similar.

Elbow room: All the food to feed all those people can take up a lot of table space, adding to a crowded feel. Invest in a nice tray table to sit next to the dining table. You can use it to hold water pitchers, condiments and a larger passing dish, all within easy reach of the host.

If you buffet, smaller tray tables provide a convenient place for guests to place their glasses or plates—even if they’re not sitting at the table. You can probably find uses for them year-round, too.

Kitchen Snacks

Prepare for snack time: Put a bowl with fruit on a counter, next to some napkins. Place a few glasses and mugs out as well. Coffee or tea? Arrange some by the appropriate pot.

In other words, don’t make early risers or night owls go hunting in your cabinets or wonder what is permissible to nibble on between meals.

Entryway Safety

Easy access: Check the door for squeaky hinges and the lighting for dead bulbs. Remove any leaves, ice or snow on the walkway. Make sure you have umbrella storage or room for coats—and a place to put shoes, perhaps a rack, if you ask guests to remove them.

Some of these fixes, like the bulbs, are routine maintenance items you might just forget in the seasonal rush.

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Yacht Club at Portofino – Miami Beach Waterfront Condos

November 17th, 2014

Yacht Club at Portofino – Miami Beach Waterfront Condos
90 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139



Yacht Club at Portofino - Miami Beach Waterfront Condos2

Who doesn’t love a quiet relaxation by enjoying an amazing view and after a day’s work right at the comfort of your own abode? The Yacht Club at Portofino offers an amazing high-rise luxury lifestyle at an affordably priced home for you.

Delight everyday to marvelous unobstructed sky views, ocean, bay and city views. This waterfront condo also offers a year-round bay and ocean breezes for you to enjoy.

This high rise condo has 12 different floor plans and is developed in sizes ranging from 783 to 1,212 sq ft with one-bed and 2-bedroom layouts. It’s conveniently located at South East corner of Miami Beach providing easy access to famous Miami Beach landmarks, business districts, malls, restaurants, parks and just a few walks to the Atlantic Ocean and the famous Ocean Drive and the South of 5th Street of South Beach. With the condominium’s location that’s only a few minute drive to nightlife hot spots and with its easy access to the marina, it befits your fast-paced and active lifestyle. With its resort-feel and incredible views, it also caters to the hardworking and laid-back individuals.

Yacht Club at Portofino - Miami Beach Waterfront Condos

Yacht Club at Portofino – Building Amenities & Features
Bayside swimming pool
24-hour security services
Full service concierge and valet parking
Fully equipped fitness center
Bayside tennis court
Club room for the use of residents
On-site theatre room
Billiard table
Fully equipped business center
Floorplans for Yacht Club at Portofino Condos

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Love life and live in an affordable and convenient luxury. Find your Yacht Club at Portofino condo unit now! Check out available homes and condo units within the city. Contact, Ralph Magin, trusted real estate agent, at 3305-935-2696 or visit www.ralphmagin.com for real estate inquiries.

 

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Broker Associate – 35 Years Experience
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VIZCAYA MUSEUM AND GARDENS

November 14th, 2014

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129 

VIZCAYA MUSEUM & GARDENS

An art collector and agricultural industrialist, James Deering, built and completed the entire Villa Vizcaya during the early 1916 to 1920. Though the mansion was his estate and his Florida home back then, it was so named as Vizcaya after an explorer and industrialist, Vizcaino.

As an art collector, Deering acquired artifacts from Europe. He also commissioned sculptures, murals and architectural elements from US-based contemporary artists to make this property an extraordinary European-inspired estate that’s modeled from centuries’-old Italian country villa. The whole estate is 50 acres that sits the Main House, a 10-acre garden, native forest and a historic village.

VIZCAYA MUSEUM & GARDENS 1

The Museum consists of the Main House which has 34 grand rooms displaying over 2,500 art objects and furnishings. The 10-acre garden is also European-inspired formal gardens on Biscayne Bay. The garden grows a significant orchid collection totaling 2,000 specimens and 25 acres of endangered primary growth forests. While the historic village originally was the area for horticulture during Deering’s times. Now, the village was revitalized and currently houses the Miami Science Building.

This National Historical Landmark offers tours and exhibits for the art, history and nature-lovers. Audio tours can also be purchased in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Haitian Creole.

The estate also now has Vizcaya Cafe and Shop for those who wants to grab a bite before or after the tours. See the stunning Biscayne Bay view, explore the grand collection of arts and learn its history. They’re open daily from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The place is now available for rental to host any event too.

Create special memories in Miami. Find your home here now! Check out available homes and condos for sale within the city and purchase a worthy investment. For real estate inquiries, call 305-935-2696 and look for Ralph Magin, your trusted realtor or visit www.ralphmagin.com for real estate inquiries. 

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Negotiate a Real Estate Offer

November 13th, 2014

Negotiate a Real Estate Offer

By: Realtor.com Team

Negotiate a Real Estate Offer

Home sellers who have chosen the right REALTOR®, prepared their home for sale and priced it right are strongly positioned for a smooth real estate transaction, but perhaps the most complex moment in the sales process comes when you get an offer for your home.

Whether you have one offer or several to consider, you should take a moment to congratulate yourself that you’ve got a buyer interested in purchasing your home.

How to Evaluate Purchase Offers

Ideally, the potential buyer or buyers have offered you full price or more, along with the perfect terms for the sale. However, the reality is that not every offer will be immediately acceptable. You’ll need to carefully evaluate each offer and begin a negotiation with the buyers and their agent.

Your REALTOR® should be your partner and educate you on the terms of the offer and help you understand the offer in the context of the housing market in your area. You will need to know whether you’re in a balanced market with equal numbers of buyers and sellers or one in which buyers or sellers have the upper hand. You’ll also need to estimate whether home prices are rising or falling in your community.

Before you begin to analyze any purchase offer, the most important step is to determine whether the buyer can fulfill the terms of the contract with financing. Your REALTOR® can check on the pre-approval letter that should be included with any offer by consulting with the buyer’s agent and the buyer’s lender.

What Factors Should You Consider in a Purchase Offer?

Once you know the buyer can legitimately qualify for a loan, you should begin to evaluate the offer by looking at these factors:

  • How close is the offer to your asking price?

  • Will your home appraise for the contract price?

  • How large is the earnest money deposit that accompanied the offer?

  • Has the buyer asked for assistance with closing costs?

  • Has the buyer asked you to make repairs or to give a credit for home improvements?

  • Is the requested settlement date appropriate for your needs?

If you’re not immediately satisfied with the offer or are uncertain about whether to accept it, consider your options:

  • Are there other offers?

  • Can you wait for more offers to come in?

  • How will you handle it if no other offers come in after a particular deadline?

Making a Counteroffer

As a seller, you have the options of accepting the offer as is, declining the offer, or making a counteroffer. Your REALTOR® can give you specific advice about your negotiating stance based on your home and your market, but generally you will need to be prepared to compromise on some aspect of your home sale.

Your negotiations can go more smoothly if you have a clear sense of your own priorities, such as a particular settlement date, the ability to rent-back your home from your buyers, or a minimum price that you need to achieve to meet your financial goals. Your REALTOR® should have prepared a document showing you net proceeds at different sales prices that can make it easier to understand the value of different offers.

Negotiations proceed best when both you and your buyer respect each other’s needs and interests and come to an appropriate compromise with the help of your REALTOR®s.

Source: Realtor.com; Image credit: homeownerpedia.com

For real estate inquiries, contact Ralph Magin, trusted real estate agent, 3305-935-2926. Check out available homes and condo units for sale or visit www.ralphmagin.com.

Ralph Magin, GRI, CRB - Keller Williams Elite Properties Broker Associate – 35 Years Experience 305.935.2696 Fax 305.328.9267 RalphMagin@yahoo.com www.RalphMagin.com

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