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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5 Practices to Simplify Your Life

How many mornings do you wake up, make your to do list, work hard and at the end of the day most of that list is still there. We create our own goals and stress levels. With a little thought and planning we can reduce our stress levels. I have been reading a lot and truly working on simplifying my life;focusing on what is most important to me and letting go of what truly may not make a difference overall in my well being. Here are some highlights that I find helpful from the articles that I have been reading throughout this year. Limit the Incoming – Limit what is comes into your life. Paper, mail, etc… Register for the National Do Not Call Registryto limit the incoming phone calls. Sign up to get your bills and financial statements online. Being paperless helps the environment and eliminates the clutter. Have a Home for Everything in Your Space – There is no halfway when it comes to our homes. I find the less chaotic my home is, the more calm I am. Limit What You Allow into Your Life –Our time in life is limited, but we treat it like we will always have another tomorrow, saying “I’ll take that class one day,” or “I’ll start on it tomorrow.” But how much time do you waste checking websites that you don’t enjoy or mindlessly scrolling through social media? Think about the few e-mails, magazines, or TV shows that make you really excited when they arrive. Keep those and get rid of the rest. Trust us…you’ll never miss them. OHIO -ONLY HANDLE IT ONCE – This to me is the Golden Rule. As we do, we feel accomplished and we move on to something else. This is a tip from Erin the Organizer. Surround Yourself with People You Like –Life is too short to be with people that suck the positivity from you. Be with people you like, people you can grow from, or simply have a great time. This for me has been a wonderful revelation and has made a huge difference in my life. These 5 practices have made a huge difference in my overall well-being. Please let me know what you are doing to simplify your...

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Participate in Your Destiny: What Happy Women Know

I recently finished “What Happy Women Know” by Dan Baker, PH.D and Cathy Greenberg, Ph.D. I purchased this book while I was at Canyon Ranch. This book really echoes my own thoughts in many ways and may also speak to you.  Dr. Baker gives real-life examples on a variety of subjects and points out that there are many ways to view a specific situation.  Your own perspective may dictate if you are a victim or living a happy, fulfilled life. It really made me self-reflect and begin to write down daily what and who I am grateful for in my life. I wanted to share some of the wisdom I learned from this book with you. Happy women know they can have meaningful, fulfilling and happy lives regardless of life’s circumstances. Happy women know that good enough is good enough. Happy women flow gracefully into the next decade and the next because they find things to love about themselves throughout their life cycles. Happy women know their worth is not determined by what they have or how they look but rather by successful relationships and emotional well-being. Happy women know that admitting a problem exists is the first step toward changing it. Happy women understand that no matter what they own, they will always feel a bit insecure about having enough and being enough, but they don’t let these feelings rule their lives. Happy women don’t play the comparison game, because they know there will always be someone who has more than they do. Happy women know that possessions are never enough to deliver happiness. Happy women know they can be rich for life if they focus more on what they have than on what they want. Happy women know that if you want to take care of others, you must first-or simultaneously -take care of yourself. Happy women understand that today is all we can be sure of, and they know how to make the most of it. Happy women know that saying no to others gives you the opportunity to say yes to yourself. Happy women know that downtime is not a luxury; it is essential to well-being. Happy women know that taking personal responsibility for what they have and haven’t done leads to...

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The Sea Level Rising

For many years Wayne Pathman and I have worked together on the Board of Governors for the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. He recently visited Amsterdam with a group of civic leaders to discuss water management strategies. Miami Beach has invested millions in new pipes to stop local flooding. However, the sea level will continue to rise, and everyone needs play a part in resource protection and conservation. Wayne has written an incredible article explaining sea level rise, and offered tactics to preserve our communities in the face of it. Please click here if you would like to contact him at his practice to discuss his article. Sea Level Rise: This Time, The Warning’s Real by Wayne M. Pathman Want to continue a discussion with me about this serious topic? I welcome the opportunity to chat with you, please feel free to  contact...

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Opinion: On The Miami Real Estate Market Survey

Recently, the Miami Herald contacted  the top 105 real estate professionals in the Miami-Dade area to complete an anonymous survey about the local real estate market.  The results are intriguing; check them out here: In survey, industry players dish on Miami real estate market by Nicholas Nehamas of the Miami Herald In my opinion, 2015 is a very different market than 2014. International economies impact our real estate market in Miami. In 2014, the press was all about growth in residential and commercial markets. In 2015, we are still experiencing record pricing in the most luxurious condos, as well as in commercial properties. It is the middle price range–from the $500,000 to $1 million dollar range–that is experiencing a slow down. The press speaks of bubbles all the time and it’s great reading; I believe we will see a correction, but not to the magnitude that 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. For example, we are experiencing a slowdown in condo sales in Sunny Isles due to flux in the Russian Economy, a slowdown in Hollywood due to Canadian currency weakening, and in downtown Miami due to slow down of purchases by South American buyers. On a positive note, more Americans are buying and we are seeing investors from different 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 continue to drive people to the area to live and work. I am often asked if this the correct time to sell or buy a property here. When will I get the best deal, or maximize my investment? If only we had a crystal ball. If you are considering selling, this is the right time, especially if you have owned for 5 to 7 years. There is going to be a correction, though our prices in comparison to other global cities are less. I do believe that with all of the negative press that we’ve received, a shift will come in both sale...

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…..And Then Came Remy.

Mid May, the path of my life changed forever when I was given the opportunity to adopt my delicious rescue dog. I named him Remy, like Remy Martin. It was my way of having a French dog as I love Paris so much. He is an 8 month old Havapoo. After hours of love and many visits to Petco, I was ready to live my life with my new puppy. Of course I want him to socialize with other dogs, play off the leash and listen (I know I am asking a lot). This is where Leby Gonzalez enters the picture. She owns Rocco’s Pack. They train with love and no pain. She offers a variety of classes as your pet advances such as beginning puppy socialization classes, leash walking, how to entertain your dog when you are at work, advanced training classes, boarding and weekend retreats. Her packages are flexible to allow you to choose the classes that you believe will impact your dog the most. I have been taking classes with her since Remy entered my life and his behavior has noticeably changed. He used to be intimidated by other dogs and now he plays with them. He used to sit while I was trying to walk him and now he walks beautifully. I can even let him off his leash so he can run around playing catch. He has a lot of puppy energy! Some classes I do privates and others I am with other puppy owners giving us all an opportunity to meet new people and allow our dogs to adjust to a life filled with lots of scents, stimulation and other dogs. If you or your friends are thinking about getting a dog of any age, a meeting with Leby is well worth your time. She can be contacted at (786) 309.5109 or via her website at lebsica@roccospack.com. Do you have a new pet? How is it going for you two? I welcome the opportunity to chat with you; please feel free to contact me....

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The A + E District is Born

In addition to the condo buildings that have been announced in this area, there is also a rebirth fueled with group yoga in the parks, live art, craft fairs and farmers markets. Nir Shoshani and his partner Ron Gottesman are the developers behind this very cool trend in the area. Shoshani and Gottesman have created these events to support their vision of an Arts and Entertainment (A + E) District.  To attract their audience of the young and hip, the developers branded the concept A+E, and the free parties all feature millennial-friendly brands like Whole Foods and Pabst Blue Ribbon. The Omni, or A+E, neighborhood is centrally positioned between three highways and near the Metromover, connects to downtown, Wynwood and Edgewater, and is only a short drive from South Beach. The monthly events, which began in November 2014, are on 14th and North Miami Avenue. Vendors sell jars of raw local honey, bunches of heirloom tomatoes and pieces of handmade jewelry. Singers belt out songs on a small stage and visitors grip cans of cold PBR. A+E’s growing number of monthly events happen at the Filling Station Lofts, the Canvas space or the grassy lot at 14th and North Miami Avenue. The Miami International Film Festival offered free screenings of foreign films during a series called Movies Under the Stars. They projected movies onto a screen at the Canvas lot. “Café de Flore,” a film from the director of “Dallas Buyers Club,” played in March to a packed audience who happily sat on lawn chairs and munched on free popcorn. At “Rooftop Unplugged,” an acoustic music series that showcases Acker’s picks of local musicians, indie-funk groups like The Robby Hunter Band and Elastic Bond perform poolside atop the Filling Station Lofts’ roof. “Bonfire Under the Moonlight” gives people a chance to roast s’mores in the Canvas lot while listening to sets from groups like Suenalo and Grammy-nominated, Afro-Cuban funk band PALO!. Small lines form around three food trucks, while a larger line waits for mixed drinks and beer. Most recently, I left the new Publix on 17th and Biscayne and realized that the vacant lot next door has been turned into tennis courts and across the street people were playing soccer. We are so lucky to...

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Thank you, Chelsea Clinton, for Reminding Me of What is Important

Recently I had the fortune to go to a breakfast benefit for the United Way of Miami-Dade. Over 1,000 women gathered to support the organization’s work in education, heath and financial literacy in our county. Chelsea Clinton was the keynote speaker. During the several dynamic hours that I attended this gathering, I came away with two very good lessons. I learned that 50% of the people in Miami live below the poverty line. This means that 50% of our population in Miami-Dade cannot afford basics like food, clothing, shelter, medical attention and schooling. These statistics were very eye-opening for me. They brought me back to my grateful practice of really focusing on what I am truly blessed with and showing appreciation for it. They also reminded me not to focus on what I don’t have and to focus on what I do. In theory, this is a simple concept but not always that easy to execute. Every morning, I write in my journal what I am truly grateful for in my life.  These items are as simple as the ability to walk on the beach, a special friend that I may have seen, an introduction to a new client, or the time I spend with my mother. I believe we each have so much to appreciate. This breakfast really reminded me of how special my life is. Chelsea Clinton holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford, a MPhil from Oxford, a MPH from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, and a Doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University. She could have ridden on her parent’s successes, but instead, through her family foundation, she is creating opportunities for women all over the world. All of us have an incredible opportunity to make a difference in the world, whether we have families that pave the way or we pave our own ways. Everything is doable once we decide that we want to do it. The experience of being in a room with over 1,000 dynamic women was very special; the take-away, priceless!!!! Now it’s your turn, what do you think? I welcome the opportunity to learn more about how you feel, please feel free to contact...

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