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We can sell your Architectural home . . . anywhere in the US

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on April 22, 2014 sells Architectural Homes

Your Architectural Home is SPECIAL

So your home is not the common house found in today’s market. It’s special.  It’s not special simply because you think it is. It is special because of its architecture, its design and its history, and you need to make sure potential buyers understand the difference.

Architectural homes are those designed by a renowned architect or designer, no matter the condition.  Architectural homes fit into a category of their own and do not compare to normal homes for sale. Therefore, they cannot be priced like other homes and they cannot be marketed like other homes.

Appraisers and agents reading this probably think I’m out of my mind, but I have accomplished this time after time and continue to prove that architectural homes are more valuable. There are plenty of people out there willing to pay a premium. However, if you don’t market your special home correctly, they will never find it.

Miamism can sell your Architectural Home for MORE

So how exactly does this work?  Let’s assume you own an Alfred Browning Parker home in Miami and want to sell it. If you are in a rush and need the money, just market it like any other home and get ready to lower your price over and over again because of inspection issues (electrical, wood frame construction, plumbing, roofing, non-hurricane-impact windows, etc.).

If you do have time, keep in mind that finding the right buyer may take a little longer, it will be worth the wait. The right audience, buyers that appreciate Alfred Browning Parker and are familiar with their intricacies, especially inspection issues, can be found using the right marketing techniques. These are buyers who are looking for your home specifically and will be willing to pay what the home is actually worth.

We will market your architectural home to the right audience

Your architectural home will have a story to tell and plenty of people will want to hear it. Every architectural home has one, starting with who it was designed for, how many times it has changed hands, why the location was picked, what interesting features it has, the materials that were used and who chose to remodel and how well they accomplished the project goals.

There’s a reason you love your architectural home and a reason why someone will love it just like you do, or more. You don’t want the naysayers, the ones that will complain and only identify negative issues, or God forbid tear it down or add a hideous addition to it. We understand.

We understand your architectural home and have a passion for it

miamism sells architectural homes

At the same time, you don’t want a real estate agent that will continuously ask for price reductions, that will continuously compare your house to surrounding properties that have NOTHING to do with your home. And most importantly, you don’t want to hire a real estate agent that will not know the product or appreciate it. You are selling a unique product, not a product that came off of an assembly line.

As an architect, I have come to LOVE selling these architecturally significant homes:  from mid-century modern gems, to Spanish Revivals, Florida Vernaculars and even contemporary properties. I will also collaborate with REALTORS® across the country to help them understand your architectural home and market it appropriately. (And by collaboration, I mean I do get paid, either by the seller directly or by a referral fee from the listing agent).

Miamism will sell your architectural home for more

You are not crazy if you think your house is worth more. Contact us and we’ll help you find the right buyer for the right price – no matter where your unique home is located.


El Portal Homes Real Estate Market Report – March 2014

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on April 21, 2014

There are currently  15 El Portal homes for sale: (same as last month)

  • Highest priced listing: $595,000 510 NW 90 St (multi-property listing with 6 houses on almost 1 acre) ($152/sq.ft.)
  • Lowest priced listing: $289,000 8665 NE Miami Court ($268/sq.ft.)
  • Pending Sales: 6 (same as last month)
  • Closed sales in March: 3 (3 less than last month)


The 3 El Portal Homes sold in March were:

  • 222 NW 86 St – 1949 Ranch listed for $315,000 and selling for $300,000 ($150/sq.ft.)
  • 490 NW 89 St – 1954, corner-lot ranch listed for $280,000 and selling for $270,000 ($167/sq.ft.)
  • 500 NW 87  St – listed for $199,000 and selling for $205,000 ($129/sq.ft.)

The average sold price per square foot of  El Portal homes in March came in at  $149 which is considerably lower than February’s average of $192, and $174 in January.  As reported in our El Portal Real Estate Market Report for 2013, the average sold price per square foot was $176 in 2013.

Although the average price per square foot dropped in March, it doesn’t mean that El Portal homes are experiencing a set back in sales, it is normal for there to be some fluctuation and your numbers should not just look at one single month of sales.  What you should be looking at is the fact that the lowest priced listing right now in El Portal is $289,000!!  We were seeing a lot of properties listed in the low $100k’s and that is no longer the case.  For those of you looking to buy in that lower range, either as an investment or for your own residence, it means you need to start moving quickly before you are unable to buy into the area.

To Sell your El Portal Home or if you want to buy, please email us at and we will be happy to help.


Miamism Best Bar/Hangout – The Broken Shaker

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on April 18, 2014

broken shaker miami

Miamism Best Bar / Hangout

It’s a dear friend’s birthday and she suggests going to a place she heard about, where they serve “hand-crafted cocktails” – we all laugh and make a big joke out of it.  “Hand-crafted” as opposed to what exactly?  “Oh! we must try these hand crafted cocktails!”

We show up at The Broken Shaker and the place is packed!!  There are no tables, there are long lines at the bar and right when we’re giving up and about to walk out, Rick pops his head into one of the bars and asks with a loud and sarcastic tone, “Where can I get a hand-crafted cocktail?”

A super cool dude, who we later find out is one of the owners of the establishment, goes out of his way to explain the place, get us drinks, hooks us up with a table and server and even throws in free cocktails for the birthday girl.  Thanks Gabe for going out of your way and treating perfect strangers with excellent customer service!  And so The Broken Shaker makes it to the Miamism Best List.

The Broken Shaker - Miami Beach via

The place is down to earth, not at all fancy, with cool exterior, garden-like space, and very eclectic crowd – definitely not your typical snooty South Beach bar.  We do recommend that you make reservations if you want a table.

ADDED BONUS:  food is delish!!

Here’s a video about Broken Shaker’s concept – so you can understand the whole “hand-crafted” thing.  Bar Lab is behind the creation:

A great passion for the art of the crafted cocktail and its potential to transform experiences brought Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta together in 2009 to form Bar Lab. Now an internationally recognized management company, Bar Lab specializes in precision management, market branding and the creation of innovative beverage programs.

The Broken Shaker
2727 Indian Creek Drive
(inside the Indian Creek Hotel)
Miami Beach, FL 33140


Surfside Real Estate Market Report for March 2014

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on April 16, 2014

Surfside Real Estate Market Report

Surfside real estate market 2012

There are currently  24  Surfside homes for sale: (5 less than last month)

  • Highest priced listing: $6,750,000 for a waterfront estate at 1236 Biscaya Dr.
  • Lowest priced listing: $499,000 $439,000 for a 3 bedroom / 1 bathroom foreclosure home at 8712 Byron Av
  • Pending Sales: 12 (4 more than last month)
  • Closed sales in March: 4 (same as last month)

The 4 Surfside homes sold in March were the following:

  • 9388 Abbott Av – listed for $975,000 and selling for $925,000 ($412/sf)
  • 8943 Emerson Av – listed for $669,000 and selling for $610,000 ($330/sf)
  • 325 92 St – listed for $595,000 and selling for $565,000 ($284/sf)
  • 9365 Byron Av – listed for $525,000 and selling for $485,000 ($261/sf)

The average sold price per square foot in March was $322, compared to the one February sale of  $311/sq.ft, January’s average of $307, and 2013′s average of $270.  Although there is a great disparity in March’s sales, price per square foot continues to increase in Surfside.  Inventory is limited which plays a huge part on how high properties sell that are ready to move in.  So if are planning to sell, in addition to calling us to list your Surfside Home, keep in mind that homes in great condition are selling much faster and for considerably more money. A good refresher of paint and finishes may really make the difference and will not break your bank.

To sell or buy your Surfside home, please contact us at


A-Rod sells his Miami Beach Condo

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on April 14, 2014

A-Rod sells his Miami Beach Condo

A-Rod has been the center of many Miami real estate conversations in the past few months.  First he sold his Miami Beach home for $30 Million, and now the WSJ tells us that he sold his Miami Beach Condo at Mei for $2.575 Million after purchasing it for $2.1 Million about a year ago.

mei condo miami Beach

The MLS shows it being listed for $3.2 Million on November 11th of 2013 and then reduced to $2.99 Million in January.  The description reads as follows:

Experience the art of ocean front living in this unique 3 bedroom model. Highly sought after 02 line has stunning views of both the ocean and Miami Bay from its oversize wrap around balconies. Interior design and finishes completed by world renowned Briggs Edward Solomon. Top of the line appliances include espresso maker and wine cooler. Enjoy first class resort style services with the luxurious amenities the Mei has to offer. Just minutes away from Sobe, the Design District, Bal Harbor.

A-rod's MEI condo

Mei Condo was built in 2008 and Alex Rodriguez’s residence there has 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, 1,725 sf of living space with a $2,064/month condo maintenance fee.

One thing we cannot dispute, A-Rod has impeccable taste!