We recently received a client testimonial that we just HAD to share with you. One thing is for us to tell you that our business relies on referrals, and another is for you to read how a satisfied Miami home seller feels about us.
Remember the Alfred Browning Parker home in Schenley Park we recently wrote about? Well, that’s the home seller that wrote this testimonial. Thank you Barbara for trusting us with the sale of your home, it means the world to us.
After an unsuccessful and frustrating attempt to sell my home “by owner” and enduring the sales pitches of several agents vying for my listing, I came upon an on-line article so passionately written that convinced me Ines Hegedus-Garcia was the one for me. And I was right! Ines is so well prepared and professional in conveying reasonable expectations and implementing plans to achieve the best possible results. She expertly and patiently guided me through the process from a seller’s perspective, mobilized her contacts and related professionals, and personally conducted numerous showings of my home—all without disrupting my life and routine. As a direct result of Ines’ efforts, I had an extremely attractive offer within a week of her involvement and closed within two months.Ines advises, consults, protects and defends her clients, ethically and effortlessly guiding them toward the mutually intended and agreed upon goal. She always was prompt, kept me apprised of every detail and even revived the contract that ultimately closed when it (and I) seemed to be falling apart. She was with me—literally by my side—from the time I signed the listing agreement through the time I signed the closing documents. And she remains with me still, following up and ensuring client satisfaction.
I have never met another agent like Ines. I have and will continue to endorse her, something I rarely, if ever, feel comfortable doing. But when one meets someone as professional, personal and honest as Ines Hegedus-Garcia, it would be a disservice not to share her talents with others who need such a force during a very stressful and life-changing experience. I am not exaggerating when I say that I truly could not have done it without her.
To find other Miami real estate client testimonials, please go to the upper horizontal menu bar above (orange), under “ABOUT” and click “testimonials” on the drop-down menu.
Here’s a pen-and-ink rendering I did for the home sellers. Needless to say, the home was magnificent. Call us to sell your historic home or your architecturally significant home, it’s my specialty.
I am honored to share with you my recent interview by Orlando Montiel, from The Montiel Organization and responsible for the popular and prestigious, Miami Real Estate Show.
Orlando has achieved an amazing reputation locally with the Miami real estate industry because of his willingness to help other professionals grow and his passion for empowering others to become their best. Orlando wears many hats including real estate broker, financial advisor, and coach, but most importantly, is a true leader admired by many.
I attended a few of his coaching sessions at The Miami Association of Realtors and became an instant fan. Then we shared the stage at the real estate panel during Social Media Week in Miami when he asked to interview me because of my success with social media.
Although I don’t really share industry news on Miamism and I know that you, as our readers, are consumers and not agents, I wanted to share this so you know a little about how we use the medium and how we’re used as examples nationwide and even internationally.
Let us know what you think!
This week in the MIAMI REAL ESTATE SHOW, Orlando Montiel interviews one of the most influential Real Estate agents in Social Media, Ines Hegedus-Garcia, editor in chief of Miamism.com, Architect & Miami Beach realtor with RelatedISG International Realty.
Ines and her Miamism team became one of South Florida’s first realty teams to capitalize on Internet Marketing. This year alone Ines is projected to close more than $50 Millions in sales, about 80%, which came from Social Media.
The following are some of her professional accomplishments:
During this interview you will learn:
- How to build a strong relationship with clients using Social Media.
- Which platforms perform better.
- How to implement blogging as one of your marketing strategies.
- Importance of applying a/b testing.
- Best strategies to apply when creating content.
- The importance of Social Media in the Real Estate industry.
Great insights from this interview:
- “Consistency is the key to build a strong appearance in Social Media.”
- “It’s all about knowledge and how you use the tools.”
- “If you write about business you don’t want, you’re going to get the business you don’t want, so don’t write about those.”
This interview is brought to you by:
Contact: Ines Hegedus-Garcia at 305.206.9366 or mail to: email@example.com
**originally published Nov/2015
As an architect, I love historic homes and the historic real estate market is one of my favorites. For those of you coming from other places in the US and even Europe or South America, historic homes in Miami will refer to homes built in the early 1900’s all the way to the 50’s (mid-century architecture).
I will be doing a series of articles identifying the different historic home periods and what to look for when buying.
There are 2 types of buyers of historic homes, the ones interested in historic preservation and finding homes that have not been butchered through the years with the purpose of restoring them to their original state or those buyers that love the charm but really don’t care about preservation or restoration.
Whichever buyer you are, there are some things to look for when buying a Historic Mediterranean Revival Home in Miami:
- How original is the house? has it gone through transformations through the years (additions and renovations) that may have changed the original character of the home.
- Which features are still intact from when the property was built.
- roof – historic Cuban tile
- flooring – hardwood floor/Cuban tile/quarry tile
- bathrooms – original fixtures and tile
- mill-work – baseboards/crown molding/cabinetry/door casings
- metal work – balcony and stairway railings
- stucco – plaster on interior and exterior walls as well as ceilings
- windows – wood casement windows or wooden single or double hung windows
- fixtures (lamps, door hardware, knobs and pulls)
What is the condition of those original features (will you be able to match them or repair them as needed)
- How easy is it to modernize the home without affecting its historical integrity?
- Mediterranean Revival homes did not have central air conditioning, it’s important to study how to effectively install an a/c system with as little interference to original structure.
- 2-story homes usually have a 2-zone a/c system to avoid soffits for a/c ducts.
- you can expect galvanized plumbing and cast iron pipes which with the years do corrode. Most historic home owners replace pipes as they remodel and many times it can be done without tearing out existing finishes.
- electrical systems where fuses in the 20’s and would have to be upgraded to breakers as well as increase panel size for modern living. Keep in mind that wiring would also have to be updated to modern standards since they did use cloth wiring in that period. (which can be a fire hazard)
- If the house has a Historic Cuban tile roof but it needs to be replaced, there are roofing companies that specialize is salvaging as much as the Cuban tile as possible and reusing it with a mixture of hand-made modern tiles. (look at my article on Historic Cuban Tile Roofs).
- I am all for modernizing historic homes to fit today’s living standards, but this can be costly. If you do want to replace windows, make sure you respect the original proportion to the final look and feel of the home is not changed. (look at my article on Using the right window)
- When re-doing bathrooms, visit historic homes to get a feel of what colors and materials were used in the 20’s. Pay attention to rectangular wall tiles placed horizontally and wainscoting as well as beaded boards. Honeycomb floor tiles, black and white schemes as well as natural stone.
- Kitchens have changed quite a bit from the 20’s, specially in scale. It’s not unusual to walk into a grandiose Mediterranean Revival home with a very small kitchen. It is possible to increase the size of the kitchen to modern standards while respecting the scale of the original home. Think of timeless materials, those that will not go out of style in a few years.
- Pay attention to the front door of the home. It is the most ignored feature of a historic home and it should not be. The front door will set the stage for the rest of the home, make sure that front door and hardware matches the period. Those modern doors with an oval stained glass will not be the right door (maybe I’ll do a post on front doors).
- Quarry tile floors came in all kinds of shapes and colors, even when they are dirty and look bad, they can be restored to perfection. The same applies to hardwood floors (which are easier to match to the original if they need to be repaired).
- Pay attention to original hand-painted features throughout the home. There are many Mediterranean Revival homes with hand-painted wood beams, chair rails or stair railings. Many people choose to keep those details and use them as motifs for decoration.
- Keep an eye out for structural flaws. It is typical to see some settling of floors in historic homes and some hairline cracks. A lot of the 20’s homes will need some structural reinforcements and it is common to see some sagging floor joists. To make sure that the structural integrity of the home is intact, we always recommend for a structural engineer to inspect the home, that way you can identify minor or major problems.
- Water intrusion repairs can be a pain, but if done correctly, can save you a lot of aggravation. It is common to see bubbling plaster under window sills or by doorways. Since the plaster used in the 20’s was organic, the only way to totally eliminate the bubbling effect is by removing all the plaster in the area affected and re-plastering. Make sure you use a plasterer that is sensitive to existing textures.
A lot of people love historic homes but they are not aware of the amount of work that it can take to maintain or restore them. The point of these series is to inform you of what to expect when buying a historic home.
If you have any specific questions on your historic home, don’t hesitate to contact us. Rick and I have not only owned Mediterranean Revival homes, but we have painstakingly restored them and know what it entails. Having been a member of the Miami Shores Historic Preservation Board for many years, I also have visited many historic homes and I am in close contact with local historians.
*original article published May 29th, 2008*
The Pink House is one of the best known and most photographed residences in Miami. It is a symbol of modern design and architecture and is located in Miami Shores, on Biscayne Bay, and occupies a double lot with over 100′ of open bay water frontage.
Many factors make this house interesting, but its controversy has always intrigued me. Designed by Laurinda Spear and Bernardo Fort-Bescia of Arquitectonica for Spear’s parents in 1976, it’s a series of planes and framed views together with clever climate-minded design which maximizes East/West breezes.
Its color statement received plenty of attention in the late 1970’s when it was built. Neighbors were disturbed by the 5 hues of pink (which were picked not only to reflect the tropical climate, but because those colors were rarely used at the time). The house had to undergo scrutiny from The Village of Miami Shores’ zoning review board to get colors approved. (how does that NOT surprise me!) The board finally demanded that a grove of trees be planted to shield the house from the street.
Its obvious horizontal lines and planes are broken up by Royal Palms mathematically aligned along the front facade. There’s a pool porthole visible also from the front facade. It was designed to be an urban home with a suburban context – conceived as an object in the landscape. The approach is calculated and you follow a sequence from the facade, to a courtyard to the rooms – each room frames the view beyond in a different way.
Follow these links for some interesting articles about The Pink House and Arquitectonica:
They’ve come a long way since flamingo-pink houses and ‘Miami Vice’ (another archived article)
The Pink House – (HGTV killed or archived the article)
- Having a Wonderful Time in Miami
photos courtesy of: http://www.arquitectonica.com• Copyright ©1997-2007 Arquitectonica International Corporation • All Rights Reserved
*article originally published on November 12th, 2007*
Surfside Real Estate Market Report
There are currently 37 Surfside homes for sale: (compared to 34 in August)
- Highest priced listing: $5,000,000 (for the partially renovated, Biscaya Island home with 100′ of water frontage, located at 1332 Biscaya Dr)
- Lowest priced listing:
$669,000 $629,000 (8934 Harding Ave)
- Pending Sales: 3 (compared to 5 in August)
- Closed sales in September: 3 (compared to 2 in August)
- Median Sales Price in August: $759,000
The 3 Surfside homes sold in September were the following:
- 9424 Byron Ave – 3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms + 1-car garage, 1,576 SF on 5,600 SF lot – Originally listed in September 2015 for $720,000, then again in January 2016 for $675,000, had a few price reductions and closed at $555,000 ($352/SF)
- 9172 Abbott Ave – 4 bedrooms + den / 3 bathrooms, 2,130 SF on 5,600 SF lot – listed for $875,000 in January, reduced in price several times and closed at $713,500 ($335/SF)
- 8934 Abbott Ave – 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms, 2,420 SF on 8,400 SF lot – listed in April for $850,000, reduced to $820,000 in June and sold for $773,000 ($319/SF)
The average selling price per square foot for Surfside homes not in the water in August was $335 compared to:
- August $408
- July average $362
- June average $356
- May average $373
- April average $396
- March average $372
- February average $338
- January average $390
- 2015’s average of $350.
Surfside’s real estate market remains steady, no increase in inventory and no increase in demand. Although pricing remains strong, houses are taking longer to sell and those priced correctly are the ones that sell quickly. Testing a market, as a seller, during a correcting market is not a good idea because buyers are holding back and have no urgency. Unless you have an amazing, out of the ordinary product, pricing correctly is the way to go. Overpriced homes will end up selling for less so it is key for you to have a good strategy with your REALTOR.
We are now offering real-time market reports for Surfside, all you need to do is provide us with your contact information (name, address, telephone and email address) and will make sure you get the latest information in order to stay on top of what’s going on in Surfside. The reports look like this: Surfside Real-Time Market Report
To get a FREE, no obligation CMA (comparable market analysis) go to MiamismValue.com and fill in your information.
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