Life’s Surprises: A Gas Station That Has It All!

Ray Zomerfeld asked me to meet him at the gas station for lunch on 17th Avenue and US1 in Miami.

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A Tale of Two Mansions

Imagine an idyllic sanctuary nestled on a private island enclave on Miami Beach, Florida, where fine living, serenity and nature meet. And then envision yourself settling into a haven of pure beauty on the same peaceful island. This is a tale of two mansions.

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Are You Baseling? | Art Basel 2016

Miami, We’re all Baseling
As Art Basel 2016 approaches, the event continues to expand to include more innovative shows in new venues. It is important to be strategic so you can cover everything that you would like to.

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Miami, No Car Needed Part 2: Parking Not Included

In my last blog, I shared 7 public transportation options to help you get around town without a car. Now, I want to let you in on a little known fact about real estate prices:

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Miami, No Car Needed Part 1: 7 Ways to Ride in Style

This is an exciting time to live in Miami and experience the changes in our city as it grows. Each new transportation option is sure to make our lives easier. All we have to do is embrace the ways our city is evolving.

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10 Tips for Creating Propertunity and Relationship Capital

In building relationship capital, I am always thinking about what I can do to be more valuable to my relations, and how and where I can be exposed to new professionals and be able to create a mutually beneficial relationship.
Here are 10 tips that will help you better nurture your existing relationships and build new ones.

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10 Topical Tips for Buying Property in Miami

Whether a buyer is relocating from another state or currently lives here and is buying a home, the steps to purchasing a property are constantly evolving. To avoid a stressful situation and the unknowns of the totally unexpected, I have created 10 tips to buying property in South Florida. Understanding the process and the timeline helps in creating a smooth transaction.

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The Beauty in Giving Back

Aerin Lauder, Granddaughter of Estee Lauder, is a mother of 2, the founder of Aerin, and the Creative Director at Estee Lauder.
She quoted 2 phrases from Estee that really resonated with me:

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A Sky Pool? What Will We Think of Next?!

Cannonball!
Luxe Londoners who reside at the prestigious Embassy Gardens housing development in Nine Elms, located on the south bank of the Thames, will soon be able to fancy themselves a dip in the world’s fanciest pool. Appropriately dubbed the “sky pool,” the 90-foot-long glass basin will be suspended 10 stories above street level, bridging two towers of apartment buildings. It will be the first pool in the world where people can go for a swim in the literal sky.

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Friends Are My “Vitamin F”

Why do I have a variety of friends who are all so different in character? How can I get along with them all? I think that each one helps to bring out a “different” part of me.

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Peer Insights Report : Q&A with Melissa Rubin

Family Office Insights recently featured our Sunset Island II listing in a Peer Insights report. This award-winning, Kobi Karp-designed residence helps occupants reach a Zen-like state with its main architectural feature.

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Ian Schrager’s Take on “The Bubble.”

Did you catch this interview with Ian Schrager on Bloomberg Business? The press speaks of bubbles all the time and it’s great viewing; I believe we will see a correction, but not to the magnitude that we saw during the market downturn. Personally, I feel the impact more in the residential market than the commercial market. When we see a fluctuations in the economies of foreign countries whose citizens invest in our neighborhoods, we will see a shift in our sales. On a positive note, more Americans are buying and we are seeing investors from countries like China and Saudi Arabia come to our market. We also have and will continue to have a new commercial infrastructure component. This will drive people to the area to live and work. What do you think? Is our market booming or busting?...

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6 Superfoods for a Super You in 2016

Try these 6 fun and versatile superfoods that are easy to incorporate into your lifestyle and will help your health.

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Random Acts of Kindness

The year is coming to an end, and I have been reflecting on my personal goals and relationships. This week, I’d like to share an amazing act of kindness bestowed upon me.

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Relocating? Let Me Be “Your Person”

    Moving to a new city can be so exciting and also a bit challenging if you don’t know the ins and outs of the city. I have lived in many cities over the years and always wished I had a go to person to show me the most simple things like where to find the dry cleaner, grocery store, and nail salon.  Sometimes it takes a while to make new friends who can give you an understanding of the neighborhoods in your area, helping you to find the best physicians, museums, restaurants, and theaters. When I began my real estate business, I took the approach that we are lifestyle specialists. I wanted to make sure that every person moving here would have a great start to their new lives. We begin every relationship by understanding what is most important to that person/people and what may be causing the most stress and anxiety with the move. Whether a move for business from out of the country or a move for a person beginning their career, everyone has different priorities and stressors. Truly listening and understanding those triggers makes the moving experience a positive one for all. It gives me a sense of joy to know that our newest neighbors will have all the right tools to begin their lives here. Most recently, I was introduced to a family member of a business associate moving here from Boston. It was during the Jewish holidays and I invited her to share the holiday with my friends and family. Everyone should be with friends during a holiday. This was our first meeting, but I know that this small amount of hospitality made a big difference in her life. Working in real estate has given me the gift to help people and truly impact their lives. My years in the fashion business helped me hone my ability to listen and serve, and now I can apply those skills to the needs of people relocating to the South Florida area. My network of resources and my knowledge of the real estate market has made me a great ambassador to the city for all that I meet. If I can be a resource to you, it would be my pleasure. Contact me either...

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Miami’s 28 Most Anticipated Fall Restaurant Openings

I love food; I know I am not alone. In going through various magazines, I came across this very inclusive list of the newest restaurants to open this year. Miami continues to be a culinary global playground for chefs around the world. Here are the newest to open.  Craft Social Club This new nightlife venue set up shop in the South of Fifth neighborhood, offering luxe drinking options like bottle service and innovative cocktails made tableside. When: September Located: 100 Collins Ave.  Segafredo Bayside The guys from Segafredo L’Originale on Lincoln Road opened this new outpost at waterfront amphitheater plaza Bayside Marketplace. The setting includes a bar and outdoor seating, while the menu focuses on Italian-style tapas and local craft brews. When: September Located: 401 Biscayne Blvd.  One Door East The team behind Valentino Cucina Italiana in Fort Lauderdale plans to open this new tapas bar with chef Giovanni Rocchio offering globally influenced plates in a casual setting. When: late Fall / early Winter Located: 620 S. Federal Hwy. Want to see the rest of the list? Click here. I look forward to trying as many of these restaurants as possible. If you do, please let me know your...

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8 Tips for Doing Business with Professionals from Asia

In 1997, I took my first trip to China. I truly left my heart there and am still in awe of the history, culture, kindness and consideration that the Asian people bestowed on me. Each time I have gone back to Asia, I have admired how the people are aware of other cultures and traditions and go out of their way to ensure that foreigners are made to feel at home. With the shift in our real estate market, we now are seeing more and more people from Asia and the UAE buying property in Miami and making this their home. Next to the United States, China has the most millionaires in the world with 3.6 million (an increase of 2 million since 2014). There is a lot of wealth and capital in China that maybe deployed in the United States. I recently joined AREAA (Asian Real Estate Association of America) as a way to give back to the people that have been so gracious to me throughout the years. There are simple gestures that we can make to help visiting Asian professionals feel at home. Here are  a few things you can do to be ready for Asian visitors, or even perhaps your future Asian neighbors!  Restaurants – Chinese people love their own food. I always give options for meals and more often than not, they will request Chinese cuisine. Here is a restaurant I love. Tony Chan’s Water Club 1717 N. Bayshore Road #131, Miami, FL 33132 (305)374-8888.        This is an upscale, elegant and ideal place to take a client and new friend. Do not discuss business during a meal. It is a time to get to know each other. If you are being hosted, do not eat or drink prior to the host. Learn to use chopsticks and when you put them down, put them on the holder, not on top of the bowl or straight in the bowl. This is considered rude.  The Number 8 – The number 8 has long been regarded as the luckiest number in Chinese culture. With pronunciation of ‘Ba’ in Chinese, number 8 sounds similar to the word ‘Fa,’ which means to make a fortune. It contains meanings of prosperity, success and high social status too,...

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Boomerang Buyers are Returning to the Market

.   In response to the financial world crashing in 2007/2008, I pursued and received my Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) certification to help people sell their distressed properties. In addition to selling their property in a short sale to avoid foreclosures, we introduced our clients to credit repair solutions to prepare them to purchase property again. It was both a very gratifying and emotional time period as we were able to really contribute to a financial change for our clients. These buyers are called Boomerang Buyers. Per Daren Blomquist, Vice President of Realty Trac, 700,000 of the 7.3 million home owners that went through foreclosure or short sales during the financial crisis are eligible to get a loan and become property owners again. There are many loan products that are making it a bit easier to find a loan that is right for most people’s situations and this time, there are property options from Homestead to Palm Beach county. As the financial crisis impacts non-U.S. citizens in Brazil, Canada, and Russia their buying power decreases. Our market has felt the effects of that this year. Fortunately, moving into 2016 we will see the re-emergence of the Boomerang Buyers. I certainly look forward to working with them again. For all sales and leasing of residential properties please click here to email me, it is my pleasure to share the next Propertunity with...

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Urban Destination: The Edgewater Neighborhood

The Edgewater neighborhood is one of the fastest growing areas in Miami. Within walking distance to Midtown Miami, the Design District, and the Arts and Entertainment District, it is becoming an urban destination. A new and special residential tower in the booming Edgewater area is emerging. The luxurious boutique high-rise residence is named Elysee Residences. Located at 700 NE 23rd Street, this Biscayne Bay waterfront tower is 57 stories with only 100 units. This is a very private property in a neighborhood that is on fire. An architectural gem, as the tower gets taller, the building becomes wider. Because of its proximity to Miami’s art, entertainment and design scenes, the location is perfect for living a true urban lifestyle. The project will break ground in the first quarter of 2016, with completion scheduled for the second quarter of 2018. Elysee will offer spacious three- to five-bedroom residences with den options, as well as duplexes and full-floor penthouses, spanning from 2,660 to 4,000 square feet in size. At a maximum of two units per floor, each residence at Elysee will showcase direct, unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach and the downtown Miami skyline. Preconstruction reservations are underway, with prices ranging from $1.65 million to over $10 million, and averaging nearly $750 per square foot. Designed by Miami Architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia, founder of Arquitectonica, the 57-story glass structure will feature a unique three-tiered telescoping shape marking the tallest residential high-rise in the East Edgewater neighborhood. The design concepts were created by France’s top interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot. The Paris-based designer has been featured on the ELLE Décor and AD100 lists of the world’s preeminent talents in architecture and interior design. Deniot has been acknowledged globally for his eclectic and exemplary interiors. With a portfolio of projects worldwide, from New Delhi to Moscow to Beverly Hills, Deniot has infused his unique style to some of the most important residences in the world. One of his latest projects is the restoration of the respected Chateau Latour winery for French business mogul Francois Pinault. With 343 towers in some stage of proposal, permitting, development and completion, I believe this very intimate building in the heart of an up and coming area is going to set itself apart from many of the other buildings....

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Acknowledge the Good

Every once in a while you come across a piece of wisdom that really resonates with you. I recently had the opportunity to listen to my friend David Lorenzo, owner of Valtimax Consulting. He helps business people make a great living and live a great life. I have worked with him on my own business strategy in the past. What he said was truly thought provoking. I have been working with a client that would like to buy a home and sell his condo. We have been working on strategy to do both for three months. Than in a split second he changed his mind and I was feeling quite blue about it. This was David’s education that I learned. “In a time when you are feeling blue about what is going on around you in your business, implement C.A.P. : C=Client – There are always other clients. He suggested calling several current clients and asking them what you did that differentiates you from the others in your field. This will be uplifting and help you to recognize the great qualities that you have. A=Alternative – No matter what you are facing there are alternatives to get you through the time. P=Person – There is always a person that you can call that will help you look at your business. When we are involved, we may not see strategies that could be implemented to help shift the business.” This is a simple, yet effective strategy when we are feeling a bit blue about where we are in our businesses. For the most part, we are very lucky. I read a quote that I wanted to share by Eckhart Tolle. “Acknowledge the good that you already have in your life. It is the foundation of abundance.” Please feel free to contact me and let me know what you do to find the good in every workday....

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