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Coral Gables, FL Real Estate News

By Jill Penman, Coconut Grove & Coral Gables Lifestyle Expert!
(ONE SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY)
The Coral Gables Museum, which celebrates historic and environmental preservation, is a cultural experience in the heart of downtown Coral Gables where the old police and fire station once stood at 285 Aragon Avenue. Witness how Coral Gables became the City Beautiful that it is today. Admission to the museum includes exhibits and walking tours where you’ll learn more about Coral Gables architectural heritage with Mediterranean Revival buildings that date back to the 1920’s when Coral Gables became a commercial district.  Adult admission is $7, children ages 6-12 are $3 and children under 6 are free. You can also support the museum by getting a membership which includes lots of benefits like free admission, complimentary and/or discounted admission to a wide variety of programs, gift sho...
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By Jill Penman, Coconut Grove & Coral Gables Lifestyle Expert!
(ONE SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY)
Coral Gables restaurants offer something for every palate and now is a great time of year to go out and explore new restaurants, especially if you are a foodie at heart. One of my favorites is Eating House at 804 Ponce De Leon Blvd. This small restaurant has been the talk-of-the-town since its opening early last year and for good reason. Food Network’s Chopped grand prize winner Giorgio Rapicavoli, a Miami native, and his partner opened this pop-up restaurant which is now a permanent resident. Many of the foods served at this local favorite are meant to be shared and come one by one. Every dish seems to be their specialty. Some of the tastes that are off the charts include pasta recipes like their superb carbonara, chicken and waffles (an all-time favorite) and a definite must-try is th...
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By Jill Penman, Coconut Grove & Coral Gables Lifestyle Expert!
(ONE SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY)
The Andalusia Condo luxury boutique building is located in the heart of Coral Gables offering the best of quiet condominium life along with every benefit of living in the city!   Andalusia is located just one block from Miracle Mile in the central business district of Coral Gables with dining, shopping and the theatre just steps away. The Mediterranean architecture of the 8 story building features a central courtyard that the units overlook.   Coral Gables is known as an upscale Mediterranean-inspired neighborhood with beautiful architecture and delightful amenities.   Condo amenities at Andalusia include a doorman/concierge, French Doors to the courtyard garden with a grand fountain, a game room/billiards, hospitality bar and fitness center.   Andalusia residences feature oversized bal...
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By Phil Stevenson, CRMP, "Mortgage Nerd" in Miami, Florida and Texas
(PS Mortgage Lending 305-791-4874 or 888-845-6630)
Printable Jack-O-Lantern Halloween Stencils It's Halloween again! It doesn't feel all that long ago that we celebrated Halloween but I'm glad it's back, even if the year did go by faster than I anticipated (and I do find myself a little older). Personally, I love Halloween. A lot. The costumes, horror movie marathons and, of course, Jack-O-Lanterns make for a very spooky atmosphere every year. Speaking of Jack-O-Lanterns, I've always wanted to try to make one but never got around it. I don't know if this year will be the year I try but, in the meantime, I'll observe others handy work. Whether you do it free hand or not, making Jack-O-Lanterns seems like a time consuming but rewarding endeavor.  If free hand isn't your thing though, there are always printable Jack-O-Lantern Halloween Ste...
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By Jill Penman, Coconut Grove & Coral Gables Lifestyle Expert!
(ONE SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY)
Nestled in Coral Gables, Florida is an elegant lifestyle center featuring designer shops and exquisite dining. The Village of Merrick Park is a posh shopping mall with over 700,000 sq. ft. of retail space on San Lorenzo Avenue. This three-story shopping center was developed by The Rouse Company and has three anchor tenants – Neiman Marcus, Equinox Fitness Club and Spa and Nordstrom, offering some of the best shopping, dining and entertainment in Miami. There are over 100 stores and restaurants- everything from Tiffany & Co., Coach, Gucci, and Michael Kors to Jimmy Choo for shoe lovers as well as sparkling creations at Swarovski. After an afternoon of shopping, relax at Borders Café or grab a bite to eat at Yard House which is an upscale eatery known for great food, classic rock music an...
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By Phil Stevenson, CRMP, "Mortgage Nerd" in Miami, Florida and Texas
(PS Mortgage Lending 305-791-4874 or 888-845-6630)
Baby Boomers...Living Longer, Not Necessarily Healthier Baby boomers have something else to worry about: their health. On top of depleting government resources, low cash flow, and increasing longevity, baby boomers are now are now more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes than the preceding generation, according an article published by ABC NEWS, based on a study done by JAMA Internal Medicine. The study was in accordance to statistics provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found that Americans spend, roughly, $147 billion on obesity and $177 billion on diabetes. If this is any indication of what's to come, baby boomers are in for a rough retirement. In truth, baby boomers would live in the U.S. have higher chronic disea...
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By Michael Rasch, Michael Rasch 305-741-1819
(International Property Finder - Property Option)
I scheduled this morning to help the owner clean up for his showing. I had 20 Realtors lined up for 5pm today to see the place and everyone with contract and escrow. I roll up to the place (hour ago ) and a guy greats me with a contract in hand and an escrow letter from his lawyer (full asking price) Full price, as is, no contingencies .... owner looked at me and said "is it really this simple" I said to the owner, no, it's the efforts of hard core Keller Williams Marketing at it's best" but I told my owner, we still have the 5pm unless you want me to cancel that. He said "bird in hand is worth 2 in the bush" everything is now signed and have to cancel all the 5pm appointments Life is getting interesting.
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By Phil Stevenson, CRMP, "Mortgage Nerd" in Miami, Florida and Texas
(PS Mortgage Lending 305-791-4874 or 888-845-6630)
The Biltmore Hotel's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular is going all out again this year with a variety of food, live music and fireworks. The Donald Ross golf course opens its doors at 5:00 p.m. for guests, who will have access to food trucks and beverages for sale throughout the night on the course. Free parking and a shuttle service is available to and from the Biltmore Hotel until 8:30 p.m. when the last shuttle will depart for the Fireworks Spectacular at 9:00 p.m. VIP options are also available. Enjoy the fireworks, an open bar and a full BBQ menu form your reserved seat at a table in the Center Terrace. Prices begin at $1200 for a VIP table that sits a maximum of 10 people. Biltmore Golf Course adult members are $120 and children are $40. Adult resort guests are $150 and childr...
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By JM Padron, CCIM, CCP, CCIM, CCP, International Commercial Broker
(THE JMTEAM NETWORK)
      Coral Gables, Florida. November 16, 2012   The Realtors Commercial Alliance of the Miami Association of Realtors (RCA MIAMI) will hold the annual RCA Super Conference & Commercial Real Estate Expo on November 16, from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM, at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida. More than 15 national, regional and local business and academic speakers will address a wide variety of commercial real estate topics that will focus on South Florida as the market place of the Americas. The event will look at the current state of the region and key global economic drivers, now and in the future. Presenters include Rodolfo Sabonge, Executive VP for Planning & Business Development  Panama Canal Authority, who will talk about the widening of the Panama Canal that will be fi...
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By Stephanie Leon | Miami Lakes Realtor®, Turning For Sale Into SOLD!
(Realty Empire Incorporated)
    Brand New 2010 Old Spanish Mediterranean Dream Home nestled on a serene street in Coral Gables. This 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, 2 Car Garage plus carport luxury home; Featuring a meticulously elegant interior, high-coffered ceilings, travertine flooring w/wood inlays on first floor & wood flooring throughout second floor. Gourmet eat-in kitchen, granite counter tops, wood cabinets, & Butler's Pantry. A large Master bedroom with a lanai overlooking Pool & Spa area completes this dream home. This home will WOW you!!!   Call for additional information and the unbelievable low price.  
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By Kelly Charles
(ONE Sotheby's International Realty)
  Bienviendo a Miami! The most exciting event in the Latino calendar is here! This Sunday up to a million people will gather on Calle Ocho in the Little Havana district of Miami for the biggest Latin street party in the whole of the USA! This year's Calle Ocho festival features performances from glittering stars of the Latino music scene, such as Jencarlos Canela, El Gato y Patty and Ozzi Muniz. There's more to Calle Ocho than Latino music, with 11 stages of everything from Reggaeton to Country. And as it's a Latin festival, there are no shortage of places to find food - including regional favorites from all over the Latin world. The festival culminates the annual Carnaval festival of Latino culture, which includes arts and other events across the city including a beauty contest, golf t...
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Search for all Miami luxury homes for sale and luxury Miami condos. Homebuyers who are looking for luxury real estate in Miami have a wealth of choices.  Those looking for a more tropical living experience have Miami Beach homes and Miami Beach luxury condos for sale.  Those looking for a more urban experience have downtown Miami luxury condos and Brickell luxury condos for sale.  But those who are looking for class and charm have Coral Gables luxury real estate.  Popular events revolve around Coral Gables locales like the University of Miami and Merrick Village Park which both provide great cultural opportunities.  The city prides itself on maintaining its aesthetic beauty, particularly the distinctive landscaping and tree canopies.  All of this keeps the home values at a premium in Co...
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Find the perfect Miami luxury home for sale, featuring Coral Gables luxury real estate. Coral Gables is a lovely city located in Miami-Dade County, just to the southwest of downtown.  Just a few miles from the buzz of one of the most exciting metropolitan areas in the country, Coral Gables real estate exudes none of the hectic atmosphere of the city.  Instead, homes in Coral Gables are located in a city that feels more like a small European village than a South Florida titan of real estate.  In fact, throughout the city one can find one of the largest concentrations of Mediterranean architecture around.  The city is renowned for its characteristic charm found from the Mediterranean flair and attention to aesthetic detail, most notably the tree-canopied streets found throughout the city....
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By David Snell 7045450098, Water Damage, Water Removal, Mold Removal!
(WWW.ExecutiveRestoration.Com)
Have you ever been in a restaurant and your waiter or waitress was serving you and they had nasty  finger nails or they smelled like they have not had a shower or bath? Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Nasty.  How come they are not clean?  Are they lazy or just do not care? When I see this I just excuse myself and do not eat there.  I tell them this before any food is  ordered of course. Any thoughts on this folks? Any one have any similar experience and what have you done?
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By Matt Pici
(Charles Rutenberg Realty LLC)
Coral Gables real estate is rebounding with at least seven new luxury apartment and office buildings being developed around the downtown core.  Many projects proposed during the housing boom in the last decade were put on hold when the economy slowed and the fact that construction is beginning in Coral Gables is a sign that a rebound has begun. Developers and lenders have invested a quarter-billion dollars in financing toward these projects that are either under construction or scheduled to break ground soon.  Over the next three years, more than two million square feet of new space will occupy locations around Ponce De Leon Boulevard.  These new projects could bring up to 1,000 new residential units and dozens of new businesses and restaurants to the area. The affluent population proxi...
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By Jim Poole, Zero Down, USDA Purchase Loans, FHA 203(K) Rehab & VA Streamline Loans
Miami-Dade County Florida Home Buyer Assistance Program Process and Time Line 1.  County sponsored home buyer education class is required. 2.  Home buyer is APPROVED and signs contract for home. 3.  Lender sends Reservation Form with contact to county. 4.  With-in 5 days, home is inspected by county staff. 5.  If necessary, lead based paint assessment is completed. 6.  Lender sends loan package to county. IF NO REPAIRS ARE NECESSARY...... 7.  County approves application package. 8.  County contracted appraiser completes appraisal. 9.  Home buyer meets with home buyer counselor. 10. Mortgage package e-mailed to title company. 11. Home buyer assistance check is released by county after HUD 1 is approved. 12. Closing occurs at the offices of the title company. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE V...
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By Olympus Executive Realty Inc., Home Of The Top Producers
(Olympus Executive Realty INC.)
CORAL GABLES HOTELS, MOTELS & RESORTS FOR SALE IN CORAL GABLES, FL.PLEASE INQUIRE FOR CURRENT STATUS!Contact Kate or Vick,Your Hotel, Motel & Resort Specialist(407)230-7807 / (407)865-2840InvestmentAcquisitions@gmail.com PLEASE CALL FOR CURRENT & UPDATED INFORMATION ON WHAT IS AVAILABLE IN Coral Gables.Are you looking looking for Hotels, Motels & Resorts to add to your local or Global investment portfolio?   We can represent you in acquistion of any  hotel, motel & resort property in the U.S.Bankrupt Properties / Bank Managed Properties / Regular Sale/ Broken Asset.Proper representation is paramount during the procurement process. Contact a specialist familiar with the fundamental knowledge of the hotel / motel / resort world.The foundation of our asset acquisition procurements is the d...
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Are you interested in Buying real estate in Coral Gables, Florida? Have you considered the development called Cocoplum. You can find very nice deals in Cocoplum. This is your chance to make purchase at a fantastic low price. The real estate market in 2005 - 2006 took a dive and it has taken 4 years to stabilize. In many developments / communities in Coral Gables prices at record lows, in some cases lower than what they have been for 10 - 15 years ago.     If you need mortgage to purchase your property in Cocoplum, then you first step is contact your local Florida bank. It is much easier to obtain a mortgage of a single family home verses a condo. If you are in the market for a condo, then your lender needs to check which are the developments that are approved for Fannie Mae or FHA finan...
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By Phil Stevenson, CRMP, "Mortgage Nerd" in Miami, Florida and Texas
(PS Mortgage Lending 305-791-4874 or 888-845-6630)
This is a story about a Reverse Mortgage in Coral Gables, Miami, Florida… Many believe that the Reverse Mortgage is for the poor, desperate, or those on the verge of foreclosure.  My grandfather feels the same way, but after years of explanation and my Aunt Uncle, and I offering our support my grandparents used the Reverse Mortgage for themselves.  Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths and misunderstandings about the program.  This blog is not about the program and how it works; rather it’s about different clients of mine who have closed using the program and why they did it.   I March of 2010 a prospective client, whose home is in Coral Gables, contacted me via the internet.  He didn’t give me a phone number to call, instead he left his address and fax number.  Many people do things ...
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By Michael Sahlman, e-PRO - Miami Beach Florida Luxury Homes
(www.HomesForVIPs.com - Keller Williams Realty)
Cocoplum Real Estate News-Recap 2010 For single family homes in Cocoplum here are the 2010 statistics, newsworthy sales and current listings for sale there. In Cocoplum, there were 24 closed sales in 2010 of which 8 were waterfront properties. The average sale price was $2,221,146, or $365 per square foot. They sold on average for 85% of the list price in 234 days (average days on market). The highest sale was for $4,500,000 located at 7901 Los Pinos BL, which was $399 per square foot and occurred on July 1, 2010. Five houses on Cocoplum are currently in contract or pending sale. With 37 homes currently available for sale, the current absorption rate is about 19 months to sell all of the current inventory. Right now, the least expensive home for sale in Cocoplum is for $1,300,000 locat...
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