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South Florida's Italian Festival

by The Prestige Properties Team

South Florida's Italian Festival in Downtown Hollywood's ArtsPark at Young Circle.

Saturday, February 25th 2017 from 12PM-9PM

Miami Luxury Home Report - September 2016

by The Prestige Properties Team

miami luxury home

ILHM-Miami Luxury Home Market Report

The charts below show the 7-day and 90-day rolling averages for list price, days on market, and inventory for the metro area's luxury market (e.g. top 10 zips with median prices above $500k).

ILHM-Miami vs National

The charts below compare the ILHM-Miami luxury market with the ILHM National Luxury Market Index and show 90-day rolling averages for Median List Price and Days on Market.

The chart below shows the Altos Market Action Index for the metro area's luxury market and the National Index.

Start your Miami home search here!

The Prestige Properties Team, part of the RE/MAX International Family, grew out of two women’s vision of bringing together over 30 years combined real estate experience, with their love of Miami FL and all of South Florida, into a business that is customer service focused.

ellen and agnes

Ellen Mitchel and Agnes Gray built a team made up of high integrity, multinational, multilingual professionals who are passionate about their work. Their core principal is to provide clients with abundant real estate resources and value. Assisting buyers looking for Miami real estate for sale and aggressively marketing Miami Florida homes for sale.

With its unique blend of cultures, specialized knowledge and a commitment to excellence, the Prestige Properties Team possessing fluency in English, Spanish, Russian, Polish, German, French and some Italian, imparts a great sense of comfort and confidence to sellers, buyers and investors throughout the entire real estate process.
 
Ellen and Agnes’ ultimate goal is to create and maintain relationships that last a lifetime. They invite you to be partners with them in the exciting world of South Florida and Miami Florida Real Estate!

You can reach the Prestige Property Team by calling 954-862-2645 or email.

Montgomery Al Home For Sale: 1810 Grove Hill Lane

by The Prestige Properties Team

Montgomery AL Home for Sale:

1810 Grove Hill Lane, Montgomery AL 36106

MLS #407327

3 Bedrooms | 2.5 Baths | 1,753 Square Feet | Midtown Montgomery

Great investment property with 3 bedrooms in Grove Hill neighborhood!

Make yourself some money on this great investment property in Midtown Montgomery! Home needs lots of work!! Formal living /dining, kitchen open to den with fireplace! Hardwood floors. Three bedrooms and two full tiled baths. Separate laundry, two car detached garage, and a covered rear patio! Beautiful lot near Publix and shopping on Zelda Road!

Marketing by Montgomery AL Realtor Frank Powell, Sandra Nickel Hat Team!

Tips To Spruce Up a Boring Kitchen

by The Prestige Properties Team

Sprucing up your boring kitchen

The kitchen is a place in your Miami home where many hours are spent preparing meals and spending time with family.  If the kitchen is boring and not esthetically pleasing to you or your family, no one is going to want to spend any time there.  Below is a list of a few ways in which you can spruce up a boring kitchen and make it a place you really love to be.  

  1.  One of the first ways you might think about to spruce up a boring kitchen is buying new appliances.  The typical type of appliance these days is stainless steel.  Another type of appliance that folks are using these days are the ones that look just like cabinets.  Whatever type of appliance you decide to buy, you will be helping your kitchen look as good as it possibly can.
  2. Another way to spruce up your kitchen is by changing the paint color.  If your kitchen is older, it is possible that the paint has gotten worn over the years and adding a pop of color with new paint can make all the difference in the world.
  3. Yet another good way to spruce up a boring kitchen  is by changing the cabinets.  You can choose to have all new cabinets put in or you could just change the way they look by painting them.  Antiquing is a popular way to refinish and spruce up furniture.  Antiqued cabinets are very beautiful and can make a kitchen look really nice. 
  4. Buying some new lighting for your kitchen is an easy way to spruce it up.  You can get as crazy as you want with lighting when it comes to making your kitchen an exciting place to be.  Go to your local hardware or lighting store to see what all is available for you to choose from. 
  5. New flooring in the kitchen is another way to make it look updated.  If you currently have laminate you may want to change it to tile, or you could choose to extend the hardwoods from the family room or whatever room adjoins the kitchen into the kitchen.   

These are just a few ideas for sprucing up a boring kitchen.  Hopefully they will get you started in the right direction for making your kitchen a room that everyone wants to congregate in.

Find out what your Miami Fl home is worth.

The Prestige Properties Team, part of the RE/MAX International Family, grew out of two women’s vision of bringing together over 30 years combined real estate experience, with their love of Miami FL and all of South Florida, into a business that is customer service focused.

ellen and agnes

Ellen Mitchel and Agnes Gray built a team made up of high integrity, multinational, multilingual professionals who are passionate about their work. Their core principal is to provide clients with abundant real estate resources and value. Assisting buyers looking for Miami real estate for sale and aggressively marketing Miami Florida homes for sale.

With its unique blend of cultures, specialized knowledge and a commitment to excellence, the Prestige Properties Team possessing fluency in English, Spanish, Russian, Polish, German, French and some Italian, imparts a great sense of comfort and confidence to sellers, buyers and investors throughout the entire real estate process.
 
Ellen and Agnes’ ultimate goal is to create and maintain relationships that last a lifetime. They invite you to be partners with them in the exciting world of South Florida and Miami Florida Real Estate!

You can reach the Prestige Property Team by calling 954-862-2645 or email.

 

Organizing Your Home in 4 Simple Steps

by The Prestige Properties Team

organizing home

It is almost time for the seasons to change once again as we move from summer slowly into fall.  As the seasons change many people find that they like to get things around their home organized to make the transition seem smoother.  Organizing your home can be made simple with a few of the following tips. 

  1. One way to organize your home is to get rid of “junk drawers” throughout the house. Many times folks tend to throw things they don’t know what to do with into a drawer that soon becomes a drawer full of junk. While these drawers DO keep the junk out of the eye of those that come to visit, you just never know when someone may open one of them looking for utensils or other useful items and you may be embarrassed by them.  Simple fix…..throw out the junk once and for all and have no more junk drawers in your home!
  2. Another great and simple way to organize your home   is to organize and de-clutter your pantry.  Typically there are items in your pantry that you haven’t used in years and they end up just sitting there taking up space.  This is very true for old canned food items that tend to have a shelf life of forever.   Once you get this simple organizing of your pantry complete, be sure not to let it get messy again by throwing away things you don’t use periodically. 
  3. Yet another simple way to organize your home  is to use all of your closet space for things you will actually use instead of just getting things out of the way.   If you have a lot of games for example why not make a game closet just for the purpose of storing all of your family games.  This type of closet will make it more likely that your family may have a game night once a week because you will know exactly where to go to find the games. 
  4. Keeping all of the books in the house in one spot is another great organization tip.  If you have various bookshelves in your home, you can utilize them for other purposes and keep one for only books.  Organize each shelf for books from each family member if you have a lot of books.

Start your Miami home search here!

The Prestige Properties Team, part of the RE/MAX International Family, grew out of two women’s vision of bringing together over 30 years combined real estate experience, with their love of Miami FL and all of South Florida, into a business that is customer service focused.

ellen and agnes

Ellen Mitchel and Agnes Gray built a team made up of high integrity, multinational, multilingual professionals who are passionate about their work. Their core principal is to provide clients with abundant real estate resources and value. Assisting buyers looking for Miami real estate for sale and aggressively marketing Miami Florida homes for sale.

With its unique blend of cultures, specialized knowledge and a commitment to excellence, the Prestige Properties Team possessing fluency in English, Spanish, Russian, Polish, German, French and some Italian, imparts a great sense of comfort and confidence to sellers, buyers and investors throughout the entire real estate process.
 
Ellen and Agnes’ ultimate goal is to create and maintain relationships that last a lifetime. They invite you to be partners with them in the exciting world of South Florida and Miami Florida Real Estate!

You can reach the Prestige Property Team by calling 954-862-2645 or email.

Miami FL Real Estate Market Trends August 2016

by The Prestige Properties Team

miami home buyer

Being a homeowner means that your home is yours – even the things that need fixing. Is a faucet leaking? Are floor boards squeaky? Is a light-switch not working? Those issues are all yours to tackle. But what projects can you do yourself and what ones require the help of a trained professional? Taking on projects yourself can save you time and money. But taking on the wrong projects can lead to unending amounts of stress or end up costing you more money than if you had hired someone in the first place. NAR’s consumer website, HouseLogic.com, lets you know which projects need a seasoned hand and a beginner can undertake.  

Miami FL Real Estate Market Trends for August 2016

Miami FL Real Estate - Single Family Homes Sales - August 2016

Date

New
Listings

Sold
Listings

Average
Sales Price

Months Supply
Of Inventory

August 2016

1,784

1,239

$459,261

5.7

August 2015

1,697

1,140

$430,473

4.9

% Change

+5.1%

+8.7%

+6.7%

+16.3%



Miami FL Real Estate - Condo/Coop/Townhouse/Villa Sales - August 2016

Date

New
Listings

Sold
Listings

Average
Sales Price

Months Supply
Of Inventory

 

August 2016

2,268

1,150

$335,120

11.7

August 2015

2,203

1,331

$323,108

8.6

% Change

+3.0%

-13.6%

+3.7%

+36.0%

Statistics furnished by the Miami Realtors Association.

Start your Miami home search here

The Prestige Properties Team, part of the RE/MAX International Family, grew out of two women’s vision of bringing together over 30 years combined real estate experience, with their love of Miami FL and all of South Florida, into a business that is customer service focused.

ellen and agnes

Ellen Mitchel and Agnes Gray built a team made up of high integrity, multinational, multilingual professionals who are passionate about their work. Their core principal is to provide clients with abundant real estate resources and value. Assisting buyers looking for Miami real estate for sale and aggressively marketing Miami Florida homes for sale.

With its unique blend of cultures, specialized knowledge and a commitment to excellence, the Prestige Properties Team possessing fluency in English, Spanish, Russian, Polish, German, French and some Italian, imparts a great sense of comfort and confidence to sellers, buyers and investors throughout the entire real estate process.
 
Ellen and Agnes’ ultimate goal is to create and maintain relationships that last a lifetime. They invite you to be partners with them in the exciting world of South Florida and Miami Florida Real Estate!

You can reach the Prestige Property Team by calling 954-862-2645 or email.

 

Assure Your Pre-Approval is Valid

by The Prestige Properties Team


getting a pre-approval for your mortgage

If you are in the market for a new Miami home then the very first step you need to take even before you begin your search for the perfect place is to get a pre-approval on a loan.  Most Realtors won’t take you seriously about looking for a home until you assure your pre-approval is valid.  There are a few things that need to take place in order for a pre-approval to be a legitimate one.  If your lender tells you that you are pre-approved within just a few minutes you may want to do some investigation to find out if it’s a legitimate pre-approval or not.   Below are a few instructions on what you need to do in order to assure your pre-approval is valid.

  • Submit an application with the lender of your choice
  • Provide all documentation that the lender requires of you
  • Given the go ahead and approval for the lender to pull your credit
  • Your lender must have found that you meet all the credit guidelines. They will look at things such as your debt-to- income ratio as well as your assets. 
  • The lender will have talked with you about what money you need to have together for closing costs as well as what your mortgage payment will be monthly.  Your lender will also go over any or all programs that you may qualify for. 
  • An automated underwriting must be made by your lender before you can move forward with your loan.

If you have a good lender, he or she will talk with you about the different requirements to get a pre- approval and they may even determine that you need to work on a few things first and give it a bit of time before you apply for a pre-approval.  Good lenders will spend the time needed with you to figure out where your finances are so that you don’t end up getting in over your head with a home you cannot afford.  Take your time looking for a lender so that you have a good match and one that you can trust.  After all, buying a home is a big deal and you need to be able to trust those who are leading you into your future and home ownership.

Start your Miami home search here!

The Prestige Properties Team, part of the RE/MAX International Family, grew out of two women’s vision of bringing together over 30 years combined real estate experience, with their love of Miami FL and all of South Florida, into a business that is customer service focused.

ellen and agnes

Ellen Mitchel and Agnes Gray built a team made up of high integrity, multinational, multilingual professionals who are passionate about their work. Their core principal is to provide clients with abundant real estate resources and value. Assisting buyers looking for Miami real estate for sale and aggressively marketing Miami Florida homes for sale.

With its unique blend of cultures, specialized knowledge and a commitment to excellence, the Prestige Properties Team possessing fluency in English, Spanish, Russian, Polish, German, French and some Italian, imparts a great sense of comfort and confidence to sellers, buyers and investors throughout the entire real estate process.
 
Ellen and Agnes’ ultimate goal is to create and maintain relationships that last a lifetime. They invite you to be partners with them in the exciting world of South Florida and Miami Florida Real Estate!

You can reach the Prestige Property Team by calling 954-862-2645 or email.

 

A Few Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Condo

by The Prestige Properties Team

purchasing condo

If owning your own home isn’t on your agenda and you would rather purchase a Miami condo or townhome to make things a bit easier on yourself, you are not alone.  There are several things however that you should consider and think about before purchasing a condo and a few of those things are listed below. 

  1. One thing to consider when purchasing a condo   is who the manager is.  If you have a manager that is easy to deal with then you shouldn’t have any issues, but if you have a manager that doesn’t see eye to eye with you on things you may find yourself wishing you never would have purchased a condo. 
  2. There are fees associated with owning a condo.  You should definitely check into the fees associated with your particular condo before purchasing it.  These fees can range anywhere from $200 to $400 per month or year depending on how upscale the condo is you want to purchase. 
  3. Looking at the condo financial statements is a great way to see if you really want to purchase a condo or not.  For example if the condos financial statements do not include paying for repairs on a broken street light, you may end up seeing the repair costs tagged on to your bill.  Taking these types of things into consideration could sway your decision one way or the other regarding purchasing.  If you find that repairs on such things are not included in a particular condos financial statements you may want to search for a condo that does cover them. 
  4. Knowing the rules of condo living can make or break your decision of purchasing as well.  Some condos don’t allow holiday decorations while others just tell you where to park.  It’s up to you to decide what is most important to you and what rules simply do not matter that much, however knowing the rules is imperative. 
  5. Checking out the condos liability insurance to make sure there are no pending lawsuits against it is also a good idea. 

These things to consider before purchasing a condo are just the tip of the ice berg.  Do your due diligence, ask questions and find out all there is to know about condo living  before sinking your money into a one you are not happy with. If you do all of this and you are satisfied, you will likely enjoy condo living and all it has to offer.  

Start your Miami home search here!

The Prestige Properties Team, part of the RE/MAX International Family, grew out of two women’s vision of bringing together over 30 years combined real estate experience, with their love of Miami FL and all of South Florida, into a business that is customer service focused.

ellen and agnes

Ellen Mitchel and Agnes Gray built a team made up of high integrity, multinational, multilingual professionals who are passionate about their work. Their core principal is to provide clients with abundant real estate resources and value. Assisting buyers looking for Miami real estate for sale and aggressively marketing Miami Florida homes for sale.

With its unique blend of cultures, specialized knowledge and a commitment to excellence, the Prestige Properties Team possessing fluency in English, Spanish, Russian, Polish, German, French and some Italian, imparts a great sense of comfort and confidence to sellers, buyers and investors throughout the entire real estate process.
 
Ellen and Agnes’ ultimate goal is to create and maintain relationships that last a lifetime. They invite you to be partners with them in the exciting world of South Florida and Miami Florida Real Estate!

You can reach the Prestige Property Team by calling 954-862-2645 or email.

 

Write a Winning Offer Letter to Close the Deal

by The Prestige Properties Team

offer letter

If you have found the Miami home of your dreams you may want to do a few things to make your offer letter stand out above all of the others that most likely are coming in.  Today’s housing market is booming and houses are selling quickly.  In order to make your offer seem better than all the others out there, do your part to make your offer letter the best it can possibly be.  Below are a few ideas on how to write a winning offer letter. 

  1.  Showing a bit of sentiment in your offer letter is a great way to pull on the heart strings of the seller.  If for example you grew up in a home similar to the one that you want to make an offer on, write about how this home compares with the house of your childhood and how you want to make your children’s childhood memorable like yours.  These types of things may pull on the heart strings of the seller and sway them to pick you out of all of the other offers they may have coming in and therefore win you the bid. 
  2. Another way to write a winning offer letter is to be very flattering.  Tell the owner’s of the home exactly how much the house spoke to you when you walked inside of it.  Go on and on about how the updated appliances for example shocked and awed you and how the entrance to the house showed grandeur etc etc.  This kind of flattery can get you far when it comes to competing with other folks offers on a home. 
  3. If you happen to know that the seller of a home has dogs then you already know you will get far by commenting how much you look forward to playing in the back yard with your dogs and your family.  Bonding with the owner’s heart strings by talking about how your animals will enjoy their house is a perfect way to win their hearts over others who might not have the same love of animals. 

These are just a few ways to make your offer letter stand out above all of the rest of the offer letters on the home of your dreams.  In this market you have to do the best you can to make yourself and your family stand out above the rest.  If you follow these guidelines for writing a wining offer letter  you might just find yourself winning the bid!  

Start your Miami home search here!

The Prestige Properties Team, part of the RE/MAX International Family, grew out of two women’s vision of bringing together over 30 years combined real estate experience, with their love of Miami FL and all of South Florida, into a business that is customer service focused.

ellen and agnes

Ellen Mitchel and Agnes Gray built a team made up of high integrity, multinational, multilingual professionals who are passionate about their work. Their core principal is to provide clients with abundant real estate resources and value. Assisting buyers looking for Miami real estate for sale and aggressively marketing Miami Florida homes for sale.

With its unique blend of cultures, specialized knowledge and a commitment to excellence, the Prestige Properties Team possessing fluency in English, Spanish, Russian, Polish, German, French and some Italian, imparts a great sense of comfort and confidence to sellers, buyers and investors throughout the entire real estate process.
 
Ellen and Agnes’ ultimate goal is to create and maintain relationships that last a lifetime. They invite you to be partners with them in the exciting world of South Florida and Miami Florida Real Estate!

You can reach the Prestige Property Team by calling 954-862-2645 or email.

 

Simple Ways To Organize Your Home

by The Prestige Properties Team


It is almost time for the seasons to change once again as we move from summer slowly into fall.  As the seasons change many people find that they like to get things around their home organized to make the transition seem smoother.  Organizing your Miami home can be made simple with a few of the following tips. 

  1. One way to organize your home is to get rid of “junk drawers” throughout the house. Many times folks tend to throw things they don’t know what to do with into a drawer that soon becomes a drawer full of junk. While these drawers DO keep the junk out of the eye of those that come to visit, you just never know when someone may open one of them looking for utensils or other useful items and you may be embarrassed by them.  Simple fix…..throw out the junk once and for all and have no more junk drawers in your home!
  2. Another great and simple way to organize your home   is to organize and de-clutter your pantry.  Typically there are items in your pantry that you haven’t used in years and they end up just sitting there taking up space.  This is very true for old canned food items that tend to have a shelf life of forever.   Once you get this simple organizing of your pantry complete, be sure not to let it get messy again by throwing away things you don’t use periodically. 
  3. Yet another simple way to organize your home  is to use all of your closet space for things you will actually use instead of just getting things out of the way.   If you have a lot of games for example why not make a game closet just for the purpose of storing all of your family games.  This type of closet will make it more likely that your family may have a game night once a week because you will know exactly where to go to find the games. 
  4. Keeping all of the books in the house in one spot is another great organization tip.  If you have various bookshelves in your home, you can utilize them for other purposes and keep one for only books.  Organize each shelf for books from each family member if you have a lot of books. 

View Miami homes for sale here!

The Prestige Properties Team, part of the RE/MAX International Family, grew out of two women’s vision of bringing together over 30 years combined real estate experience, with their love of Miami FL and all of South Florida, into a business that is customer service focused.

ellen and agnes

Ellen Mitchel and Agnes Gray built a team made up of high integrity, multinational, multilingual professionals who are passionate about their work. Their core principal is to provide clients with abundant real estate resources and value. Assisting buyers looking for Miami real estate for sale and aggressively marketing Miami Florida homes for sale.

With its unique blend of cultures, specialized knowledge and a commitment to excellence, the Prestige Properties Team possessing fluency in English, Spanish, Russian, Polish, German, French and some Italian, imparts a great sense of comfort and confidence to sellers, buyers and investors throughout the entire real estate process.
 
Ellen and Agnes’ ultimate goal is to create and maintain relationships that last a lifetime. They invite you to be partners with them in the exciting world of South Florida and Miami Florida Real Estate!

You can reach the Prestige Property Team by calling 954-862-2645 or email.

 

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