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10 Things to do before You Sell Your Home

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on February 12, 2016

I love it when a colleague in a different part of the country writes an article that is relevant everywhere!! Bill Gassett, who sells real estate in The Metrowest Massachusetts area, published Ten Things to Do Before Selling A Home. It applies to Massachusetts Homes and it applies to Miami Homes as well. I know I’ve told you these before, but now you get it from someone else’s point of view.

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10 Things to do before You Sell Your Home

Here’s the list, but make sure you go over to Bill’s blog to check out the reasons behind the list.

1. Get your paperwork together
2. Check on the little things
3. Erase evidence of pets
4. Clean up the landscaping
5. Make things less personal
6. Gather estimates on repairs and replacements
7. Remove the clutter
8. Clean
9. Hide the kids
10. Take pictures

The only thing I would add is to consult with your Realtor what buyers in your area are looking for.  I know in Miami Shores, for example, it’s impact windows, newer roof, plumbing and electrical.  If any of those items are old or in disrepair, it doesn’t hurt to get a quote from a reputable contractor in order to be able to negotiate or give credits to buyer prospects, accordingly.

Thank you Bill for the article!


Homestead Exemption Deadline is March First!

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on February 10, 2016

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We remind our clients every year to apply for Homestead Exemption before the March 1st deadline. But March 1 is not just about Homestead Exemption, it’s the deadline to file applications for all property tax exemptions.

Please visit The Property Appraiser’s Website at and learn how to apply online or visit one of the outreach events around the county to assist homeowners.

  • Feb. 20: West Dade Regional Library – 10 AM to 2 PM
  • Feb 23:  Miami Beach Regional Library – 6 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Feb 27: South Dade Government Center – 10 AM to 2 PM
  • Feb 27:  McDonald Center in North Miami Beach – 10 AM to 2 PM

The Property appraiser’s page also offers a tax estimator tool, and tax comparison tool.

If you are thinking of buying or selling real estate in Miami – please contact The Miamism Sales Team and you can also search for properties right from this website on the top right – under “search for your next home” or CLICK HERE.


How is The Surfside Real Estate Market Doing? January 2016

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on February 8, 2016

Surfside Real Estate Market Report

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There are currently  44  Surfside homes for sale:

  • Highest priced listing: $6,950,000 $5,890,000 (contemporary waterfront property at 1292 Biscaya Dr)
  • Lowest priced listing: $649,000 (9149 Emerson Av)
  • Pending Sales: 7
  • Closed sales in January: 2
  • Median Sales Price in January: $743,750

The 2 Surfside homes sold in January were the following:

  • 8858 Dickens Av – 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms with 1,333 SF, on 5,600 SF lot – listed for $625,000 in September 2015 and selling for $625,000 ($469/sq.ft.)
  • 8727 Carlyle Av – 4 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms with 2,776 SF, on 8,400 SF lot – listed for $949,000 in November 2015 and selling for $862,500 ($311/sq.ft.)

The average selling price per square foot for Surfside homes in January  was $390 compared to last year’s average of $350.  Make sure you check out Surfside’s 2015 real estate market report.

Notice that the lowest priced, Surfside home for sale is above half a million dollars.  Inventory continues to be low in Surfside and demand is high.  This is one of Miami’s neighborhoods that will not see a down market, in our humble opinion.  But it’s important to know what buyers are looking for in order to be able to get top dollar for your home.

For a no obligation consultation, not only of price, but condition of your home, please contact us.  Remember I’m an architect and can tell you easy fixes to get the most return on your investment.

Surfside Home of The Month

Miamism Sales Team features the Surfside property located at 1116 88 St.  We’re talking a completely restored 1935 home where charm and character were not only preserved, but highlighted with impeccable taste.

A 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom home with 4,054 sq.ft. of living space, sitting on 12,161 sq.ft. lot with 270′ of bay frontage.  Here’s the marketing description:

This beautiful property sits on 270′ Wide Bay with spectacular South views. Main house & a separate guest house w/total 6 beds & 6 baths, 2 kitchens. Walking distance to the sandy beach. Built in 1935 this 2 story house was lovingly restored keeping the c harm. Wrap around covered porch, outdoor summer kitchen, pool cabana, infinity pool on the bay. Boater’s dream: deep water, no fixed bridges, dock space for 2 mega yachts & lift for smaller boat. Potential to build 9,920 sf.

Asking price is $3,995,000

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This home was originally listed in December of 2015, for $4.75 million, with several price reductions to current price.  The $3.995 million price tag puts it at $985/sq.ft.

Please contact us for more information and we will also be happy to arrange a showing appointment.

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Miami Marine Stadium Restoration Efforts are BACK!

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on February 6, 2016

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Restoration efforts for the Miami Marine Stadium are still in full force!  Back in 2013, we gave you a little history behind the Marine Stadium and explained the restoration efforts.  Since then, a lot has transpired and there are a lot of questions by a lot of people.

Miami Marine Stadium Timeline

Here’s a very brief, oversimplified sequence of events to put you up to date – my apologies if I missed anything important on the way:

  • 1963 – Marine Stadium built
  • 1992 – City of Miami got tired of managing the venue, claimed stadium was unsafe structure
  • 1992 – engineering study came back negative to demolish it and it was abandoned
  • 2008 – Friends of Marine Stadium organization was formed to start awareness and saving efforts
  • 2009 – Marine Stadium made National Trust for Historic Preservation – top 11 endangered structures list
  • 2009 – Marine Stadium added to Worlds Monuments Fund Watch List
  • 2010 – Miami-Dade County Commissioners allocated $3 Million to the stadium to start its historical preservation and return it as a venue for water sports and major concerts.
  • 2010 – Miami City Commission approved the Virginia Key Master Plan, including the stadium.
  • 2012 – Miami City Commission gave Friends of Marine Stadium 6 months to come up with comprehensive plan and 2 year to come up with funding
  • 2013 – Instameet organized by Miamism and National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 2013 – Plan was presented with help of Gloria Stefan and unanimously approved by Miami City Commission
  • 2014 – Friends of The Marine Stadium implodes!
  • 2014 – City of Miami takes Marine Stadium restoration efforts back under their wing
  • 2015 – Boat show approved at Marine Stadium

Miami Marine Stadium Restoration efforts today

So what exactly is going on now?  Although City of Miami has agreed to restore the Miami Marine Stadium, it is not a priority in their “to-do” list and the restoration efforts are moving painfully slow.

Now that the boat show has moved from the Miami Beach convention center to Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin, it’s the perfect time to remind our city commissioners, that we want the stadium restored.

Sign Petition to restore Miami Marine Stadium

The National Trust For Historic Preservation is asking us to sign a petition to show our support and contact our City Commission.

The current restoration efforts are under the wing of The National Trust For Historic Preservation as well as Dade Heritage Trust, with support from the Boat Show.

Miami Boat Show at Marine Stadium

There will be a RESTORE THE MIAMI MARINE STADIUM kiosk during the boat show.

The kiosk will be located in the central courtyard of the Boat Show campus just outside the entrance to the stadium.

The National Trust is working with local visual performance artists to illuminate the structure using projections of vintage stadium footage so that attendees are able to fully appreciate its history and one-of-a-kind architecture.  The light installation will take place on Friday, February 12, through Sunday, February 14, beginning at 4:00 PM and running until 8:00 PM each evening.

Miami Boat Show – February 11-15th

Boat Show at Miami Marine Stadium

We need to bombard our City Commissioners with emails letting them know how important this project is for us and for the city.  We need the project to be moved from the bottom of their priority list to the top!


and spread the word and encourage others to sign.

For more info visit the following:


Miami is The Happiest City to Work in Right Now

By: Ines Hegedus-Garcia on February 5, 2016

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According to, Miami is the happiest city to work in right now.  That’s right, Miami came in at #1!

Is it our climate? our night life? maybe our beaches!

To determine the happiest and unhappiest places to work, fulfillment-focused career site CareerBliss took a look at eight key factors that can influence an employee’s contentment, including work-life balance, an employee’s relationship with his or her boss and co-workers, general work environment, compensation, opportunities for advancement,  company culture, and resources.

Here are the top 5 happiest cities to work in right now:

  1. Miami – average salary $63,825
  2. Jersey City, New Jersey – average salary $78,107
  3. Mountain View, California – average salary $91,733
  4. Brooklyn, New York – average salary $53,907
  5. San Jose, California – average salary $96,209

Miami’s growing technology scene alongside some of the world’s best beaches is in a position to become a major technology hub,” said CareerBliss CEO Heidi Golledge. “With the growth of startups in the area comes high-paying jobs and happier company cultures focused on retaining key employees.

Thank you Chris Umpierre, Director of communications for the Miami Association of Realtors, for the good news!

No wonder we continue to find new homes and offices for people relocating to Miami!!  Contact Miamism Sales Team to help you with your move – choosing area, type of property, proximity to schools, and lifestyle is not easy!!