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3 Things That May Be Preventing Your Home From Selling

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Selling a home is intimidating. That feeling is worse when you have had your home on the market and it is not selling. Perhaps the neighbor’s house sold in three days, or the market in your city is hot. But your home just will not sell and you do not understand why. Here are some reasons and what you can do about it.

1. Your Home is Cluttered or Has a Funny Smell

Everyone has friends who’s home always looks like it is ready for a magazine shoot. Others are fine with a home that is cluttered. Cluttered counters, unmade beds, dirty cat pans, or general untidiness - nobody judges your home when you are busy and living your life every day. However, when you are selling, it is no longer “every day.” Get rid of clutter, excess furniture, and clothes. Do not simply put things in the closet or basement. Home buyers will look in closets and some even expect those to be neat. Moving is not an excuse for having boxes in your living room.

Ask a friend if you can store a few boxes and pieces of furniture at their house or consider renting a short-term storage space. Whatever it takes, get rid of excess to make your home look as open and as big as possible.

In addition to de-cluttering, your home needs to smell fresh. Clean up pet odors and use neutral air fresheners. Overpowering scents can be just as big of a turnoff as other smells in your house.

Never show your home when it is not looking its best.

2. You Used Dishonest Descriptions and Pictures

When a home has flaws, some homeowners cover them up with exaggerated descriptions and photographs. For example, do not make a two-bedroom house into a three bedroom by calling a large closet a bedroom. Remember, home buyers will go through your home before buying it. If they are looking for a three-bedroom home, your listing might get them to look at yours, but it won’t convince them to buy.

Pictures help sell a home, but make sure they accurately depict your home.

3. Your Home is Overpriced

Buyers do not even look at a home if it is overpriced. Over pricing frequently is accompanied by exaggerated descriptions and pictures, as described above. Buyers disregard overpriced homes, whereas homes priced appropriately can result in bidding wars between buyers.

Every seller wants to maximize the sales price. However, buyers are savvy and know the market. Buyers work with agents to represent their interest and they will tell their clients if the price of a home is unreasonable. Buyer’s realtors will also steer them to other properties if yours is out of their price range.

If You are Considering Listing Your Home

If you are considering listing your home, contact us. At Global Life Realty, we enjoy working with our clients in South Florida. Our experience allows us to value your home to reflect the market and encourage sales. Let us help you with your home selling needs.

 
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Finding the Best South Florida Neighborhood for You

Monday, January 15, 2018

Tags:  VENTAJAS DE INVERTIR EN DÓLARES PARA LOS LATINOS

Finding the Best South Florida Neighborhood for You

Thinking of moving to the Broward County or Miami Dade area? Already in the area, but looking to up grade or downsize your home? Whatever your current situation, if you are looking at South Florida real estate, you should base your decision, at least in part, on the neighborhood you will be living in. Different people have different wants and needs. As such, there is no one perfect neighborhood. Instead, the neighborhood that is right for you will necessarily be “you specific.” However, below are some considerations when choosing your next home.

Consider Your Preferred Lifestyle

One of the many joys of South Florida is the beautiful weather. Your neighborhood is an extension of your home – or can be if you want it to be. When considering where you want to live, consider making a list of your ideal lifestyle. If you want to walk on the beach every day, there are neighborhoods in a wide variety of price ranges that make this goal more achievable. If you require a pool, your options may include the suburbs, but may also include a downtown condo building with a community pool for residents. If you have young children, you may focus your search on neighborhoods with the best schools.

Consider Conveniences that are Important to You

Some people cook dinner every night. Others prefer to eat out. If you enjoy easy access to restaurants, take this into consideration when determining the neighborhoods that might be right for you. Are you willing to drive to the grocery store, or would you prefer to walk? What about the dry cleaners? Your doctor? Your place of employment. Do you enjoy a commute? If you prefer public transportation, some neighborhoods will be a better fit than others. If walkability is important to you, research “walkability scores” by neighborhood.

There Is No Substitute for Being There

Once you have narrowed down possible neighborhoods based on your preferred lifestyle and family needs, there is no substitute for actually going into the neighborhood. Plan a trip to the neighborhood both during the week and on the weekend. Consider visiting at different times of day. Are the streets well lit and busy? Are the shops open in the evening? Is there parking available (if you will need parking)? How does the neighborhood feel? Only you can decide what neighborhood is right for you. Being present in the neighborhood will go a long way towards informing you about whether it is a good fit.

We Want to Work with You

At Global Life Realty, we look forward to working with you to find the neighborhood – and the home, that is right for you.

 
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Fun Things to do in Miami Dade and Broward Counties in December

Friday, December 15, 2017

Tags:  VENTAJAS DE INVERTIR EN DÓLARES PARA LOS LATINOS

Can you believe December is already here? Below please find some fun things to do in both Broward County and the Miami Dade area in December. Enjoy!

The Serenity Exhibition

From now until April 30, 2018, the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel is hosting a free art exhibit in Gallery One. Gallery One partnered with Business for the Arts of Broward (BFA) to host “Serenity.” This exhibition features nine local Florida artists. It includes more than 100 works.

The art includes ceramics, fiber art, mixed media, oil, collage, acrylic, photography, Swarovski crystals on Plexiglass, and watercolor. The art itself is for sale. However, the exhibit is free and open to the public.

The PEOPLE of Cuba Today: A Photography Exhibit

The Claudia Castillo art studio is hosting an exhibit of black and white photography by Aurelio Ayala, III. This exhibit highlights the PEOPLE of Cuba Today. Running from December 5, 2017 to January 5, 2018, this exhibit is free and open to the public. The Opening Reception will be held on December 16, 2017, starting at 6:00 p.m.

The Symphony of Lights

Gulfstream Park is hosting a Symphony of Lights now until December 31, 2017. Between 6 and 11 p.m., the Symphony of Lights show features thousands of lights and synchronizes the light show to holiday music every hour on the hour. On Fridays and Saturdays, Santa and Mrs. Claus visit, along with stilt walkers, juggling acts, face painting, and train rides.

Miami Art Week

Between December 7 and December 10, Miami celebrates Art Week with over 20 satellite art fairs within the city. This fair showcases cutting edge art from galleries all over the world. While some galleries charge an admission fee, others offer free admission. The Cities of Miami Beach and Miami have joined forces to offer free shuttle service during Art Week. More information can be found on the City of Miami Beach’s website.

Art of Black Miami

Art of Black Miami offers a spotlight on local, national, and international artists – both renowned artists and aspiring ones, of multicultural heritage. During Miami Art Week, special art installations and exhibits take place around the city.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

The city of Miami Beach offers free fireworks at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Enjoy All South Florida Has to Offer

At Global Life Realty, we love South Florida. We hope you enjoy our monthly list of free things to do in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.

If you are looking for a home in the Miami-Dade or Broward County area, contact us. Let our experienced and dedicated staff assist you in finding the right home in the right neighborhood to meet your family’s specific needs.

 
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How Did Hurricane Irma Impact Home Sales in Miami

Friday, November 17, 2017

Tags:  home sales

Hurricane Irma Strikes

For those of you that don’t remember, Hurricane Irma made landfall in the lower Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm on September 10, 2017. In Miami, Irma brought Category 1 winds. The damage was mostly limited to fallen trees. However, because of the early September arrival of the storm, nearly the entire last month of the third quarter’s sales were affected. In addition to storm preparations, the storm itself, and the aftermath, power wasn’t restored fully until September 19, 2017.

Home Sales Stall Temporarily

The data is in. Hurricane Irma stalled several hundred home sales in the Miami-Dade area in the third quarter. Local buyers and sellers experienced delays for many Hurricane Irma related reasons, during all aspects of home sales, including:

  • Rescheduled appraisals;
  • Rescheduled inspections; and
  • Clearing tree debris.

This, according to a new report issued by the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system. The good news is, things are expected to return to normal very soon. According to 2017 MIAMI Chairman of the Board Christopher Zoller, “Existing single-family and condos are expected to return to pre-Irma sales levels as Miami homes get re-inspected and stalled transactions finalize. Miami continues to boast a growing population and healthy employment — two fundamentals key for home sales.”

Comparison of Home Sales 2017 to 2016 in the Third Quarter

Third quarter sales data includes declines in single – family and existing condo sales. For example, comparing third quarter sales year over year declined 16.3 percent, from 3,433 to 2,874. Similarly, existing condo sales (not to be confused with new construction sales) declined 9.0 percent in the third quarter, from 3,318 to 3,021.

Median Home Prices on the Rise in Miami

For the 23rd consecutive quarter, median home prices for single family homes increased. Comparing third quarter single family home sales from 2016 to 2017 reveals a 10.6 percent increase in price. This reflects an increase over the state wide average, which posted a 6.7 percent increase in median home prices in the third quarter. In 2016, the median single-family home price was $300,000. In 2017, the median single-family home price was $331,750.

Similarly, the median price for existing condominiums increased from $217,000 to $227,000 from 2016 to 2017. This represents a 4.8 percent increase in price in the Miami area. Statewide, condo-townhome properties increased 7.5 percent over last year’s third quarter. However, the median price for condo-townhomes statewide is less than in the Miami area. Statewide, the median price for condo-townhome properties is $172,000.

National Trends

Despite clearly identifiable reasons for delays in home sales in the third quarter in Miami, home sales are declining across the country. Nationwide, home sales declined 3.1 percent in the third quarter.

Seller’s Market, Buyer’s Market

Based on the number of listings, and the current pace of sales, experts forecast a seller’s market for single family homes. Further, based on the same information, existing condo-townhouses are considered a great deal for buyers.

If You are Interested in Buying or Selling Your Home

If you are interested in buying or selling your home, please consider Global Life Realty. Our experienced team can work with you to list your home or find the home of your dreams.



 
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Fun Things to do in Miami Dade and Broward Counties in November

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Tags:  Broward County, fun things to do in November, Miami Dade County

It&r"https://www.tickeri.com/events/59f64477c3d771000409e18a/miami-beach-salsa-festival-benefit-for-puerto-rico">Miami Beach Salsa Festival occurs. This year, donations, such as water, baby supplies, flashlights, canned food, medicine, batteries, and toiletries will be accepted at the gate to help those in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria. (Note: no clothing can be accepted). Starting at 5 p.m., at the North Beach Bandshell in Miami Beach, this event promises to be fun for the whole family.

Paint by Numbers

A new exhibit makes its debut Thursday, November 11 at Pan American Art Projects in Miami. Admission is free. The exhibit, by artist Ruben Millares, features two works made entirely of small numbers.

Tour the Wolfsonian

At 6:00 p.m. each Friday evening, The Wolfsonian offers a free, 45-minute guided tour of temporary exhibitions or the permanent collection. The collection originated with millionaire Mitchell “Micky” Wolfson, Jr.’s library. Objects from 1885 to 1945 include furniture, works in glass, metal, and ceramics, industrial design objects, rare books, and works on paper, textiles, medals, and paintings. Museum admission is free from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Fridays. The tour is also free.

Broward County

ArtsPark Movie Night

Every Friday ArtsPark, in Hollywood, Florida, offers free, family friendly movies. November movies include Beauty and the Beast, Apollo 13, and Frozen.

First Saturdays

On the first Saturday of each month, the North Beach Art District offers First Saturdays North Beach Art Walk.Starting at 7 p.m., and going to 11 p.m., enjoy street vendors, strolling musicians, and live paintings, along with open galleries in the North Beach Art District.

Jazz on the Palm

On November 17th, and the third Friday of every month, you can enjoy a free concert at the Waterfront Pavilion in West Palm Beach. Starting at 8:00 p.m., Jazz on the Palm offers two hours of music for your enjoyment. Pack your chairs, blanket, and a picnic and enjoy!

Global Meditation for World Peace

Also at ArtsPark, a free global meditation for world peace. This free event invites participants to direct their thoughts in specific, positive ways, guiding the world towards becoming a more peaceful place to live. This event takes place on Sunday, November 19, 2017 in Hollywood, Florida.

We Love South Florida

We love South Florida. We would love to introduce you to our favorite neighborhoods in Miami Dadeand Broward Counties. At Global Life Realty, we take the time to talk with you and learn what you find interesting and important. Next, we take our intimate knowledge of South Florida to introduce you to homes that suit your chosen lifestyle.

 
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Miami's Thriving Art Scene

Friday, October 27, 2017

Tags:  Broward County, fun things to do in November, Miami Dade County

The art scene is thriving in Miami! From galleries to performance theaters that host local and international talent, you’ll be hard-pressed to see everything Miami has to offer. Events such as Art Basal has put Miami on the map as a leading city for the arts and it is growing. Below are some of the top venues to consider for those who are passionate about the arts.

Performing Arts

Whether you’re looking to enjoy a ballet or broadway show, Miami definitely has something to offer. The Miami City Ballet is featured at the Adrienne Arsht Center, and Broward Center For The Performing Arts with performances year round including an annual production of the Nutcracker. The Faena Theater is also host to it’s very own sexy cabaret style performances. These cabaret performances have an old Hollywood allure and are inspired by some of the most famous European opera houses. This intimate and glamorous venue includes some audience participation so make sure you dress to impress and expect to be greatly entertained! Also, don’t forget to keep your eyes on Miami Broadway’s ever evolving schedule to see an endless slew of Broadway productions such as Chicago, The Bodyguard, The Color Purple, and many more.

Art

For a comprehensive 20 and 21st-century art experience, be sure to visit Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) featuring international art – including modern and contemporary art. After spending a full day at the museum, you can take in the incredible views of Biscayne Bay while dining at Verde, the restaurant at PAMM. If your in the mood for an outdoor international street art experience, Wynwood Walls features murals crafted by graffiti artists and other innovators, and is free of charge. For the serious art collector, you will find plenty of art galleries in the area to browse. To experience where high fashion, design, architecture, and fine dining meet; a visit to Miami’s Design District is a must!

Music

Over the years Miami has become a cultural melting pot with a very heavy Cuban influence. Some of our best places are influenced by this distinct Caribbean island. El Tucan is a modern style cabaret that pays homage to 1940’s Cuban jazz music style and form of entertainment. El Tucan pairs local and renowned cuban jazz musicians with great food and cocktails. You can expect a live 11 piece Latin orchestra as well as Grammy Award winning Pianist, producer and composer Marlow Rosado. You don’t want to miss this unique and entertaining dining experience happening every Friday and Saturday. Situated in little Havana, Ball and Chain, has a diverse musical roster which also features Cuban inspired food and drinks. They are hosts to a variety of local events such as karaoke, salsa, jazz, DJ’s, themed nights, and much more. If you prefer to listen to the classical sounds of the symphony, keeps your eyes on the schedule of Miami’s Symphony Orchestra (or MISO). Last but not least, for those of you who want to experience a large live musical experience, the American Airlines Arena is always the best for hosting today’s top musical artists as well as sporting events.

Comedy

The Comedy Inn, is rated as one of the top 50 comedy clubs in the USA. This venue has hosted some of the worlds most renowned comedians and is sure to make for a very entertaining night! For classic stand-up featuring both national and local comics, the Villain Theater and Just the Funny feature improv and sketch comedy. They also offer classes at both establishments for those of you who are seeking to learn the art of comedy. If you want to be immersed in Miami’s local artists, Artistic Vibes showcases the local talents of comics (through improv or open mic nights) in addition to poets and musicians. These are all great venues you will surely not want to miss!

Miami’s art scene is thriving with options for entertainment! There are a plethora of diverse and gifted artist. Which one will you choose? To find out about events throughout MIAMI and BROWARD, connect with me. I’ll be more than happy to tell you all about some of my favorite local venues located in South Florida. We at Global Life Realty are all about helping to create your local lifestyle. Enjoy!

 
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Home Inspectors – The Questions Every Soon-To-Be Home-Buyer Should Ask

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tags:  Broward County, fun things to do in November, Miami Dade County

Home sellers go to plenty of effort to ensure their home is presented well. Usually cleaned, tidy, and occasionally staged, homes-for-sale can often look perfect on the surface. However, it’s important to look beyond the visual presentation to ensure that the functionality of the home’s structure, electrical, plumbing, etc. are move-in ready too.

While your Realtor (myself included) may provide you with a recommended home inspector, it is important that you ask relevant questions to feel comfortable too. Below are important questions to ask a potential home inspector.

Can you provide a four-point inspection?

A four-point home inspection is often required by insurance companies. This structured inspection helps the insurer to understand the condition of the home they intend to insure. During a four-point inspection, the inspector will inspect the HVAC (or heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system, the electrical, the plumbing and the roof. While this often satisfies the requirements of the insurers, a four-point inspection can be completed quickly. A comprehensive home inspection – that which tells you, the buyer, the overall condition of the home to make an informed purchasing decision – can take upwards of three to four hours. In other words, don’t rely solely on a four-point inspection when making a purchasing decision.

Are you certified?

To avoid the risk of having just anybody with handyman skills coming to inspect the home, ensure your inspector is certified. Membership with national or state associations often includes the requirements of adhering to a certain level of service and code of ethics. Ask your inspector if he/she is certified and if so, by whom. In Florida, some of the common associations may include:International Association of Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI), and Florida Association of Building Inspectors (FABI). In addition to certification, utilize web search and entities like the Better Business Bureau to read reviews on a potential inspector.

Are you insured?

Many home buyers would correctly assume that a home inspection has small risk on the part of the home inspector. Sadly, accidents happen during inspections, so having an insured inspector is incredibly important. As an example, a home inspector could fall from a ladder or injure someone backing out of the driveway. Having no insurance would leave no coverage for medical bills. In addition, insurance coverage can also protect a home buyer in the event a home defect (that was reasonably obvious through inspection) but was not reported by the home inspector. An inspector with insurance is safer choice for the seller, home buyer, and Realtor too.

Do you provide additional warranties following move-in?

While it’s not entirely common for an inspector to offer a warranty, it’s a good idea to ask. Some home inspectors may offer limited warranties with an extra cost. Keep in mind that a home inspector who fails to report a defect that was relatively obvious is liable, but a warranty for things that can’t be observed like a furnace breaking down shortly after move-in would add an extra layer of comfort when purchasing a home.

Finding a home inspector who is certified, insured, offering a warranty, and can satisfy your insurance company through a four-point inspection are all crucial when considering a home purchase. Your inspector’s final report will act as a gauge indicating important components of the value and condition of the home by looking beyond the surface and into the functioning systems.Contact me with any questions regarding home inspectors and home inspections.

 
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Everything You Need to Know about Barre - Miami's Latest Fitness Craze

Friday, October 13, 2017

Tags:  Broward County, fun things to do in November, Miami Dade County

Fitness enthusiasts are likely familiar (at least in some part) with spin, Pilates, yoga, and Crossfit to name a few. Barre, however, is relatively new to mainstream fitness, with studios popping up everywhere. Ballet-inspired with some elements of Pilates and yoga too, Barre classes develop sculpt, slim and stretch the body. In most cases, ballet experience is not required, and classes are suitable for both men and women. For those craving a results-driven workout, here is everything you need to know.

The Studio

Every studio will differ from set-up, size, and students per class. As the name implies, most studios have a bar, like those seen in a ballet studios, and in most cases, at least one wall is fully mirrored. Some studios will feature rubber matting, requiring bare feet, while others feature carpet and ask for socks (and, in some cases, sticky socks in particular). Expect to use equipment which may include, Pilates balls, Pilates blocks, fitness bands, and small hand weights. Instructors are usually very hand-ons ensuring students are executing exercises safely and correctly, as such, classes are small.

The Exercise

Following a warm-up, barre classes will work through both strengthening and stretching almost every part of the body. Exercises are conducted at the bar, some on the floor, and some while standing. Seemingly simple at first, even pulsing 2 lbs arm weights for a long duration can truly burn – strengthening while not bulking the muscles.

The Cost

Depending on the studio, pricing and payment will vary. Barre classes may already be included in the price of monthly membership in larger fitness clubs. Expect to pay more at private studios. Classes range from $21 per class and are often slightly discounted when building a monthly or punch-card package. While private studios are most costly than fitness clubs, the attention from the instructors is generally better too.

The Results

Attending a Barre class once can likely be disappointing as the exercises are challenging. Burning muscles and limited flexibility can make it challenging to push through. However, with consistent attendance, Barre classes will transform your muscular endurance, core strength and flexibility, all the while toning your body from head to toe.

Locations

Barre studios are popping up all over Miami. Whether you’re a resident or visiting, be sure to check out some of the studios in downtown Miami; they include, Barre Elements, Pulse163, BarreBox, Pure Barre Miami, and The Bar Method.

Considering a new neighborhood? Best to ensure that fitness amenities essential to you are accessible. To get a sense of fitness options in your existing or future neighborhood, connect with me – I’ll be happy to help.

 
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A Miami-Dade County Market Update

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Tags:  Broward County, fun things to do in November, Miami Dade County

When reviewing real estate market activity, there are many statistics to consider to evaluate the overall health and trend of any given market. Leveraged here are the stats and information as reported by the Miami Association of Realtors for July 2017 (the most recent officially reported month). It should be noted that to account for seasonal fluctuations in the real estate market July 2017 will be compared to July 2016. Below, I explore various statistics as they pertain to condos & townhomes, then single-family homes in Miami-Dade County.

Closed Sales

Closed Sales reflect the number of sales transactions which closed during the month.

Condos and Townhomes saw an increase of 2.5% in 2017. Where 1,132 sales closed in July 2017, only 1,104 closed in July 2016; this was different from single-family homes that saw a decrease of 1.0% in closed sales. 1,117 sales closed in July 2017, where 1,128 sales closed in July 2016.

Cash Sales

The number of cash sales are indicative of those buyers who pay entirely with cash and do not use financing; this may be an indication of investor participation as homeowners are more likely to finance a portion of their purchase.

Condos and Townhomes saw a slight increase of 0.8% in cash sales; 638 in July 2017 compared to 633 in July 2016. Single-family homes saw a more significant drop. 259 cash sales were reported in July 2017, where 319 cash sales took place in July 2016 – an 18.8% drop.

Median and Average Sale Prices

Both the median and average sales prices are considered statistically since either stat on its own can be skewed by less-than-typically volume or selling prices.

The median selling price for condos and townhomes remained unchanged at $225,000, while the average sale price increased from $337,237 to $367,652, an increase of 9.0%. Single-family homes saw an increase in both measures; the median sale price increasing 12.0% from $299,000 to $335,000 and the average selling price of single-family homes rising slightly (1.7%) from $479,624 to $487,782.

Dollar Volume

Dollar volume is the total value of all closed sales.

Condos and townhomes saw a notable increase in dollar volume. Where $372.3 million was reported in July 2016, $416.2 million was reported in July 2017 – an increase of 11.8%. Less significant was dollar volume as it pertained to single-family homes; $541 million in July 2016 and $544.9 million in July 2016 – a 0.7% increase.

New Listings

These are the number of properties just listed on the market – this stat does not include properties removed from the market and relisted.

There were 2,126 new listings in July 2016 and 2,328 new listings in July 2017 – a 9.5% increase. Single-family homes saw a similar increase – 1,623 new listings in July 2016 and 1,772 in July 2017 – a 9.2% increase.

Inventory

Inventory is simply the number of homes currently listed for sale. This number will grow when the number of closed sales are lagging behind those newly listed.

The condo and townhome inventory grew 7% with 14,092 active listings in July 2016 and 15.077 listings in July 2017. Single-family homes, however, saw a slight decrease in active listings. Where 6,300 new listings were reported in July 2016, only 6,187 were reported in July 2017 – a 1.8% decrease.

Statistics are helpful in identifying trends and in some cases giving insight into what lies ahead. Unfortunately, though, they are often reporting for large areas, where smaller macro areas like neighborhoods might demonstrate unique trends. If you’re interested to know the value of your home or get a sense of the market activity in your neighborhood or a neighborhood you’re considering, please connect with me.

 
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Start Planning Now for an Epic 2017 Halloween Celebration

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tags:  Broward County, fun things to do in November, Miami Dade County

In the midst of deciding how to celebrate Halloween? Look no further. Listed below are some of Miami’s hottest Halloween Events – with a little something for everyone. To avoid the disappointment of a sell-out, buying your tickets early is highly recommended.

The Little Lighthouse Foundation’s - Nightmare on the Beach

The 8th Annual Nightmare on the Beach, known this year as Dark CarnEvil Halloween, is on Friday, October 27th, 2017 from 9PM to 2AM. Expect 1,200 attendees, live entertainment, cocktails, and decadent catering. All proceeds raised are in support of The Little Lighthouse Foundation – a non-profit corporation assisting children in South Florida with educational, financial, and medical hardships.

Halloween Yacht Party

On Saturday, October 28, 2017, climb aboard the South Beach Lady, a 125’ luxury yacht, for an adult only Halloween Party. Departing 12:30AM and returning at 4AM, this 4-level yacht will feature VIP areas, flat screen TVs, a DJ booth and much more. Included with admission is a light buffet with cash bars available for drinks. As this event sells out every year, be sure to get your ticket now.

31st Annual Sundowner Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

The Sundowner is one of Miami’s most notable Halloween parties with proceeds supporting the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Spend an evening with DJ A-Train and hosted by NBC 6’s Roxy Vargas. Dance the night away with three stages of live music to choose from. Best to get your tickets now. This year’s celebration, falling on Saturday, October 28th, 2017, from 8PM to midnight.

Zoo Boo at the Miami Zoo

Included in the price of regular admission, families and kids under 12 can trick-or-treat in the Miami Zoo. Occurring between 10AM and 4PM, on October 28th and 29th. Expect music, games, and costume contests too. Buy your tickets online to save some time.

The Monster Ball

Situated in Little Havana, the Ball & Chain is a Bar & Lounge is known for the liveliest entertainment. This Friday, October 27th, Ball & Chain presents two showings (8PM and 9PM) of Monster Ball. Performers will dress in their spookiest attire to bring a modern Miami version of Monster Mash. Spend the rest of the evening dancing the night away to live music on one stage or DJ’d music on the other.

House of Horror Haunted Carnival

For those looking to start early with their Halloween celebrations, starting October 5th through to November 4th, Miami International Mall will host the House of Horror Haunted Carnival. Included with admission are regular attractions and rides. Attractions specific to the House of Horror include 1455 Asylum, where late into the evening visitor might dare to walk the halls of the old asylum; Gates of Phobia – a 3D experience that puts you up close and personal with all of your biggest fears; Circus Freak Show – a stage performance of the circus’ most bizarre talents; and Freak Emporium – a gallery of the most haunted artifacts.

Have kids? Looking for somewhere fun to trick or treat? If you want a sense of great neighborhoods for trick-or-treating, connect with me and I’ll gladly offer a few suggestions.

 
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