Tips for Selling Your Property in Miami

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on February 1st, 2017

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Is it time for you to sell your current home in Miami, FL? Even though you might love your home, maybe it is time to upgrade and move into a larger place, or maybe you will be moving out of the state and don’t want to hold a rental property. Regardless of the reason you are selling, you need to make sure you have a good idea of how to sell the property quickly and easily.

Right now, things are starting to get a little more difficult for those who want to sell, but that doesn’t have to be bad news. If you utilize some simple “tried and true” tips for selling homes, you can have success with your Miami property.

Make the Home Appealing

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When selling a home in Miami, or any area for that matter, you want to make it appealing to as many buyers as possible. This means you need to remove some of those unique touches from the property. This might involve some repainting, and even removing some decorations that might turn away some buyers. You should also be sure to stage the home before any visits from prospective buyers.

Highlight the best features of the home. For example, if the unit or home has great views, make sure that the windows are open so people see that the minute they walk into the unit. Of course, the home also needs to be clean from top to bottom if you hope to sell it. Even though buyers know that they could repaint or clean the home, you are creating first impressions for people.

They are not going to want to buy a place if it doesn’t wow them the first time they see it. If they were to put in an offer on a home that didn’t wow them, you can be sure they will put in a low offer and may even point out the problems they have with the home when they do.

Understand the Price

Keep in mind that the prices right now are starting to drop. This means you might not be able to get the high price you were hoping for with your unit. You could reduce your price to put it in line with comparable units, or you might want to hold onto the unit until the prices start to go back up. It depends on how soon you feel you need to sell.

Trust in Your Realtor

The real estate agent working with you should have a substantial amount of experience when it comes to selling properties in the Miami area. They can give you a good idea of a realistic price you can ask for the home in the current market. While you could try to charge more if you wanted to, in most cases, this will make the home more difficult to sell. The agents have the knowledge and the tools needed to help you sell your home, so trust their judgement.

How to Choose a Condo in Miami

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on January 2nd, 2017

Sunny Isles Beach condo

If you have been thinking about getting a condo in Miami, make sure you know how to choose the best building and unit for your needs. The following are some of the most important elements to consider when you are choosing a condo in and around the Miami area.

Consider the Location

It’s an age-old cliché in real estate, but it is all about location, location, location. When you are buying a piece of property, think about the location of the building. How close is it to the thing that you want to see and do, as well as the things you need to do? Consider how long it will take to get to work and school for the kids, for example. If you are retired and don’t have kids, then consider how long it will take you to reach the various places you want to visit.

One of the nice things about Miami is the fact that it’s generally easy to get to just about anywhere you might want to go with a quick drive.

Check Out the Amenities

Always take the time to look at the amenities in the units and the amenities in the building. Does it have all the features you want, such as a pool, access to the beach, and a fitness center? What features is it missing, and can you live without those if needed?

Think About Financial Readiness and the Price Range

Buyers must always think about their personal finances as well to make sure they are ready for home ownership. It wasn’t too many years ago that people who shouldn’t have bought homes got in over their head. Be sure you can handle the mortgage and other fees associated with owning a home. Fortunately, in Miami, you can find homes in many different price ranges. Whether you are able to afford high-end luxury Sunny Isles Beach condos, or you are looking for a small one-bedroom unit as a first-time home, chances are good that you can find what you need.

Understand the Condo Rules and Regulations

Keep in mind that the buildings will have homeowners’ associations, and they have their own sets of rules and regulations. Always be sure to go over these regulations before you buy a property to make sure there is nothing that will conflict with the way you want to live. For example, if you have some large dogs that you want on the property, you don’t want a building that only allows dogs up to 20 pounds. Know what you are getting into.

Consider the Future

When you are buying luxury oceanfront condo, think about how desirable the unit and the building might be down the road. Ideally, you want to have something that will be relatively easy to sell when you are ready to move into a new place in a few years.

Take your time when looking for a property. Your real estate agent can help you find the best place to call home.

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Tips Individual Sales Volume in National Rankings

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on September 1st, 2016

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It was recently announced that in two out of five categories in the 2016 REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal Top Thousand, Sotheby’s International Realty was the number one real estate company. This is no small feat. The report, which comes out annually, tracks the top 1,000 real estate teams and agents according to their sales volume. They also track the top 50 agents and the top 50 teams based on the average sales price. In all, they track the best 1,100 agents and teams nationwide. Hitting the top spot in no less than two categories in 2015, was Sotheby’s International Realty. However, they have quite a few more things to add to their record.

More Impressive Records

In addition to those two top spots, they also had 45 out of 250 sales associates in the REAL Trends Individual Sales Volume category. This is more than any other real estate company in the country. They had the largest number of agents represented in the Individual Average Sales Price category. In fact, 17 out of the 50 were from Sotheby’s International Realty. The company also had the top team for their average sales price rank. Their Beverly Hills team was actually able to bring in an average of $18.3 million per sale, which is impressive, even for that part of the country.

Currently, there are more than 19,000 affiliated sales associates all around the world. Each year, the agents and teams grow and become more successful, all backed by the same powerful brand and all marking their listings on This has helped to provide ample referral opportunities so agents and teams from different corners of the country or the globe help one another find sales. Each of the offices are independently owned and operated, and they have access to some of the best properties available in the world. It’s no wonder that they consistently rank high on the best of lists.

A History of Success

Sotheby’s – (CLICK HERE to view the website) is not a newcomer to the real estate field. They have been around since 1976 with the goal of providing independent brokerages with the referrals and marketing they need for high end luxury properties. The network they’ve put together is designed to bring together the best agents with the best properties and the wealthiest most prestigious clientele on the globe. Today, they are a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp., and they have been since 2004. Only the best companies are able to become affiliates and to have the Sotheby’s International Realty name associated with their firm through the franchise. Those who are able to meet the qualifications are among a very select group of highly talented agents.

They’ve done a good job thus far of taking only the best of the best, as is evidenced from the high rankings they receive each year. To learn more about the Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals List, you can visit, the website or REAL Trends.

Excellent Amenities at Estates at Acqualina

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on August 8th, 2016

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When Estates at Acqualina is finished – (click here to get additional info), it promises to be a fantastic building with a host of amenities and features residents will adore. The two towers will be 51 stories high, and it will only include 90 units. This means that the units are going to be larger than what you will find in many of the other area buildings. The size of the units will range from 4465 square feet to a little more than 5000 square feet.

What Will the Building Offer?

The development will place Estates at Acqualina near Acqualina Resort and Spa as well as Mansions of Acqualina. The building will feature a number of amenities. There are only going to be two units on each of the floors, which helps to provide residents with not only more space but also more privacy. The wrap terraces are a great place to spend some time relaxing with a book and a cold drink, and you will love the panoramic ocean views. Each of the towers will also include a tower suite and a single family home, which will be around 8000 square feet. They also have a two-story penthouse. These are massive, coming in a 13000 square feet.

Residents will also be able to enjoy the 500-square feet of beachfront. It is nice to simply step outside and walk a few steps to the beach so you can enjoy the water. It’s one of the many benefits you will find when you choose to make your home at Estates at Acqualina.

The Residences

Of course, even as much as you love the location and the building, you also need to consider what the residences offer to be sure this is the best choice for your next home. Fortunately, the features in the units will impress. All of the residences have beautiful flooring, and they have smart building technology. This will link each of the residences with amenities in the building. There is also internal audio wiring, lighting controls, climate controls, and a monitoring system for intruders.
The bathrooms and some of the hallways in the unit will have recessed lighting. Everyone can gather around the vent-free fireplace in the family room as well. It’s a nice place to spend some quiet evenings.

All of the door casings and baseboards are paint grade, and the walls are white throughout. There are floor-to-ceiling bronze tinted impact resistant windows as well as sliding doors to the terrace. The ceilings are 10’6” high, and the double doors to the entry way are 8’ high and lead to a large foyer.

The kitchens have European designed cabinets as well as state of the art appliances. There is a wine station and a wine storage area, dishwashers, a coffee system, a garbage disposal, and center island. The master suite has a midnight bar, a his and hers bathroom, a steam mist shower, and a freestanding tub.

Those who want to live in luxury will find a lot to enjoy when they purchase one of the residences at Estates at Acqualina. Please call One Sotheby’s International Realty Sunny Isles Beach Branch at (305) 336-0457 or visit our website –

Turnberry Ocean Club Offers Real Luxury

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on August 3rd, 2016

Turnberry Club Miami

This upcoming property is going to be located at 1850 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach, one of the most desirable areas to live in all of South Florida. The 52-story building will have 154 units when complete, and the size of the units will vary dramatically. The smallest, which is still quite large by most standards, will be 2750 square feet. The largest of the units will be more than 10000 square feet. CLICK HERE to view Turnberry Club’s details

Amenities to Be Found at Turnberry Ocean Club

One of the main goals of this development is to provide the residents with the utmost in luxury, and the building looks as though it will be able to make good on the promise. The owners at the building will be able to access a private pool and a beach cabana. In addition, they will have access to a private club that offers a number of wonderful features. Some of these features include an infinity edge pool that’s more than 300 feet above sea level, a spa, massage room, wine room, relaxation rooms, and a gym so they can stay in shape. In addition, they will have access to a library, locker rooms, and a private dining area.

The building’s lobby is also going to be spectacular according to the design. The lobby will have a doorman around the clock, as well as a valet. The building will also have security personnel, so you and your family will always feel safe.

What Do the Residences Offer?

The three-bedroom units are 2900 square feet and up, while the four-bedroom residents start at 3635 square feet. Five-bedrooms start at 6695 square feet, while the large six-bedroom units are 10645 square feet. All of the residences also come with a family room and quarters for the staff. The staff quarters have their own full bathrooms.

The closets in the units are walk-in, and the residences have 10’ ceilings throughout, except for the duplex units, which have 20’ high ceilings for the living room and balconies. The balconies are 11’ deep and they overlook the bay. The residences have a summer kitchen along with a barbeque grill. Heading out to the terrace to do some grilling is a great way to spend the day!

The kitchens have all of the appliances you would need including a convection oven, a dishwasher, a built-in gourmet coffeemaker, wine climate storage, and a combination steam oven. The units also have a full size washer and dryer. All of the bathrooms have marble walls and flooring, beautiful fixtures, and a toilet and bidet in all of the master bathrooms.

It is easy to see why Turnberry Ocean Club is quickly becoming one of the most popular places to buy in the area. From the three pools, the private dining areas and bars to the fantastic amenities and features in the units, this building provides residents with some of the most luxurious accommodations in Sunny Isles Beach and beyond. The units go quickly, so if they interest you, be sure to follow up quickly – call our office at (305) 336-0457 or visit our website –

Why Consider Armani Residences in Sunny Isles Beach?

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on July 26th, 2016

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Sunny Isles Beach is one of the best locations in the Miami area for those who are in the market for beautiful luxury condos. There are some great buildings here, and the location is perfect. It’s close to many areas where you might want to visit whether commuting for work or for play. One of the new condominium buildings that has been getting a substantial amount of attention is Armani Residences – CLICK HERE TO VIEW ADDITIONAL INFO, and units are going on sale now for when the development is finally completed.

What Is Available at Armani Residences

The tower will be 60 stories high, and it will feature 260 units. The size of the units will vary greatly – between 1500 and 3000 square feet. You will be able to choose from two, three, and four-bedroom condominiums. All of the units have a flow-through style, as well as 10’ ceilings and unbelievable views of the ocean. They also have oversized balconies. Imagine how nice it will be to sit out on your balcony to enjoy the warm sunshine or the cool evenings. For the largest units available, there will also be a room for the maid to live on premises.

All of the units will feature state of the art appliances, as well as beautiful cabinetry and flooring. They are promising to be true luxury units, and it is no wonder that people are already so excited about them.

Features of the Building

The building will have three floors of private cabanas, as well as a full service restaurant. This is a nice option for those days when you don’t want to cook or when you feel like having some friends over for dinner and don’t want to deal with the preparation and cleanup. You can also enjoy the beach, as well as the oceanfront pool and sundeck.

You might also want to hit the onsite spa and fitness center. It’s a great way to keep in shape for the pool and the beach. There will be modern pieces of workout equipment at the gym, and the spa will have all of the relaxation treatments that you desire. It’s far better than having to go out of your building just to find a gym and a spa that you can use.

Those who like the idea of living in luxury at Armani Residences will want to act quickly. Even though the units have only come to the market recently, the building is popular, and these are sure to sell quickly. Closing will occur in the first part of 2018.

The location is ideal as well. Those who make their home here, or who use it as a vacation property, will be close to the beach and to many of the places they may want to visit in and around Miami. Whether you are just heading into Miami for a game or you need to commute for your job, you will find that it’s easy when you live in Sunny Isles Beach.

Armani Residences site is located directly across from One Sotheby’s International Realty Sunny Isles Beach Branch, at 18288 Collins Ave, Suite 1. Please stop by our office to obtain a brochure, find out about inventory and prices or call (305) 336-0457.

Porsche Tower Offers Impressive Features

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on July 24th, 2016

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Porsche has always been a name that people associate with elegance and luxury, even though most of the time they are thinking about vehicles. However, Porsche Tower – lives up to the name’s lineage thanks to all of the features and amenities in the building and the residences.

Impressive Features of Porsche Tower

Perhaps the most impressive feature of the tower is the parking system. When you live in most buildings, you don’t like having to get out of your car, walk to the elevators with your bags, and then haul everything up to your unit. With this tower, you can skip some of those steps. When you drive into your parking space, this modern tower’s robotic arms will place your vehicle onto a glass elevator, which will then take you and your car up to your floor in 90 seconds. Small units will have two parking spaces, while the larger units will come with four. The building is made from all glass, so you will be able to see your vehicles from inside.

The tower offers 400 feet of beachfront for you and your family to enjoy. You will also love the landscaped grounds as well as the 24hr monitoring that helps to keep the building and the residents secure.

The building also features a private restaurant and bar that has a lounge and outdoor seating that looks out over the ocean. There are also private wine lockers. You can spend time on the sunset terrace, as well as in the entertainment rooms. The entertainment room features a movie theater with stadium seating, a game room with a virtual racing simulator with four connected cars, and more. The spa and the fitness center are just as impressive. It has cutting edge equipment, as well as a yoga room, rooms for massage treatments, and even a salon.

Features of the Residences at Porsche Tower

Even though the building features are certainly impressive, you are just as interested in what you can expect when it comes to the actual units. Fortunately, they have just as much to offer, and they are true luxury units that are large and spacious with flowing designs.

Once you are inside the unit, you will love the floor-to-ceiling windows, which provide you with wonderful views of the surrounding area. The large kitchens have a center island and a breakfast area, granite backsplashes and countertops, a dishwasher, microwave, and gorgeous wood cabinetry. The stainless steel rimless double sink has a garbage disposal and a spray nozzle.

The master bathroom is just as impressive. It has a raised Jacuzzi, Kohler water closet, glass walled marble showers, double porcelain sinks with a full width mirror, and marble floors.

As you can see, there are plenty of wonderful features within the residence that help to make it the perfect place to call home. When you are looking for the best luxury features and amenities, it is difficult to beat what Porsche Tower has to offer. Check out the units that are available.

Put Pinnacle on Your Short List of Buildings to Consider

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on July 14th, 2016

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Pinnacle, located in Sunny Isles Beach – view website details here, has a very appropriate name as it is the pinnacle of luxury and is in an ideal location. The design of the building is beautiful and unlike other towers in the Sunny Isles Beach area. When you are trying to find a beautiful place with great views that has residences that are full of amenities, consider what Pinnacle has to offer.

Features of the Residences

In the unit, you will have floor-to-ceiling tinted glass that allows you to take in the impressive views of the surroundings from many rooms of the house. The foyer has raised ceilings, and the unit is prewired for ceiling fans and cable television. The washer and dryer, from Whirlpool, are soundproofed. The floor plans are available in a number of configurations. You can find one, two, three, four, and five-bedroom units at Pinnacle, all of which have these luxury features.

The kitchen is spacious and has a center island as well as a breakfast area. The countertop and the backsplash are granite, and it includes a sound insulated dishwasher and a built-in microwave oven. The stainless steel rimless double sink from Frankie has a spray hose, as well as a disposal. There is also beautiful cabinetry with under cabinet lighting.

In the master bathroom, you will find a full-width mirror over two porcelain sinks, marble flooring, and high-end fixtures. There is also a raised Jacuzzi whirlpool.

These are some of the most impressive of the features in the residence. You should also consider some of the great features of the building itself to get a better idea of what it will be like to live there.

What Does the Building Offer?

Pinnacle is set on five beautiful landscaped acres, and the building has a number of amenities that help to make it truly special. There are 400 feet of oceanfront with the beach club staff attending it. They can provide you with the equipment you need for water sports and provide other services. All of the grounds are protected with 24hr monitoring.

You can relax in the heated freshwater pool, and then grab a drink or a bite to eat at the poolside café. You can also head to the tennis court to play a few games with family or friends, and you can spend some time in the spa and fitness center as well. It is 8000 feet and has all of the equipment you need to get into shape so you can look great when you decide to head out to the beach.

The building also has a full time concierge who can speak multiple languages. There are also valets, porters, and housekeepers. The building has everything you need to live in luxury.

If you have been searching for a beautiful luxury building in Sunny Isles Beach, you will be hard pressed to find residences that have as much to offer as Pinnacle. It’s a fantastic option for those who want to live in the lap of luxury all year long.

2016 Miami’s Real Estate Market

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on July 11th, 2016

Miami real estate market

To those in the real estate industry, Miami is often thought of as a bastion of luxury properties. People come from all over the world to find their dream homes somewhere in Miami-Dade or Broward County. Although currently the condo market is somewhat idle, that doesn’t mean that this market is falling. Recently there had been some very impressive condos and home sales in Miami showing that the luxury market is still in a very high gear and that Miami real estate is still in demand.

Sunny Isles Beach Condos

Sunny Isles Beach real estate market offers some of the newest and most luxurious condos in the nation. Brand names like Acqualina, Porsche Tower, Regalia, Armani, Ritz Carlton and Turnberry are leading the way with sales of some of the most spacious and luxurious mansions in the skies. Thus, there had been several up-scale sales – a combined unit at Mansions at Acqualina was sold for $16,000,000. The unit offers around 8,000 square feet, over 1,000 square feet balcony and 14 feet ceilings. This unit was purchased less than a month ago by a young real estate entrepreneur.

Regalia is another ultra-luxurious building in Sunny Isles Beach with just one unit per floor, totaling 39 units and make it one of the most unique buildings in South Florida. Most recent sale includes a $9.5M and $10.7m units. In addition, Regalia currently offers the most expensive penthouse in Sunny Isles – a $35M, 10,515 square foot duplex penthouse with 6 bedrooms, private pool deck, exquisitely decorated and and finished with most high-end finishes.

Single-Family Homes In Miami

Miami offers some of the most advanced and luxurious private homes. The sales of single-family homes have been holding very steady. In fact, so far only three fewer transactions happened this year than in 2015. However, nonetheless, once again, the prices actually went up. The single-family homes that sold cost 10.3% more than they did the year before, at a median of $270,221.
For the most part, these past few months have been a mixed bag for the residential market here in Miami-Dade County. Single-family homes may have gone up a bit this year and their performance has been very strong. This is despite high prices bringing more homes into the market.

The 4.7% increase to single-family homes inventory—6,557 houses—has not presented a challenge to the market’s performance.

Furthermore, the floodgates have been opened in terms of the supply of existing condos, something that also could have threatened the performance of the residential home market but didn’t.
To be precise, there were 13,853 units on the market in June, a bump of 11% over the year before.

A Booming Price Range

Putting all of this into perspective helps too. Across the country, the residential market is definitely cooling, which makes the performance of this type in Miami-Dade County all the more impressive.

That being said, there is a particular price point where the market truly is booming here, at least for now.

Single-family homes priced between $200,000 and $600,000 went up 18%, seeing a total of 583 transactions in June of 2016. That represents nearly half the homes sold during that month.
Condos also had their sweet spot. For them, it was between $150,000 and $300,000. This price point saw an 8.6% jump for a total of 403 units sold. That amount is almost 38% of all multifamily sales for June.

There are all kinds of reasons that could explain why Miami-Dade County real estate seems to be so volatile at the moment. A big one, though, is the strong American dollar, which is now keeping foreign investors at bay. These buyers have long provided a constant stream of money into the area in exchange for real estate.

Of course, we’re also in a shifting economy. The good news is that, while our country’s economy is settling from years of turbulence, at least Miami real estate remains some of the most sought-after in the entire world.

Real Estate in Sunny Isles Beach

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on July 7th, 2016

Sunny Isles real estate

Are you looking for a new place to call home? Whether you are trying to find a place to live full time or you are looking for a vacation home or even a rental property, you can’t settle for less than the best. When it comes to locations, Sunny Isles Beach in Miami is one of the best options to consider. Buyers in the US, as well as buyers from out of the country, love what this area offers – see all Sunny Isles condos for sale here.

Close to Everything

One of the reasons that so many people want to live in this area is because Sunny Isles Beach is close to literally everything that you could possibly want or need in the Miami area. You will be just a short drive from the city of Miami, as well as the city of Fort Lauderdale. The airports are close by, and the beach is just steps outside most of the condo towers in the area. You are going to be close to Bal Harbor Shoppes, Aventura Mall, downtown Miami, and more. Shopping, dining, and entertainment is always just a few minutes away.

Real Estate Is Selling Briskly

Over the past several years, real estate sales have picked up in many places around the country. One of the areas that has continued to impress in terms of sales and development is Sunny Isles Beach. The location, as well as the fabulous developments and buildings in the area, help to make it perpetually popular. With the number of new developments in the area, it appears as though the trend of a good real estate market in the area will continue.

You Have Many Options

Buyers who are interested in real estate in Sunny Isles Beach have a number of options available. Some of the most popular towers and complexes from which they can choose include Acqualina, Jade Beach, Jade Signature, Trump Palace, and the upcoming Muse. This is just a tiny sample of the many buildings and developments in the area. If you are looking to buy quality real estate and you want to live in luxury, take the time to see which buildings have units for sale. You are sure to find several potential residences that will work well for you and your family.

You can locate traditional condo buildings in the area, as well as ultra-modern towers that have the latest smart home technology incorporated into the units. Whether you are single, married, have a large family, or you are just looking for a vacation property that you rent out during other parts of the year. Sunny Isles Beach is the place to look.

Choose a Good Real Estate Agent

When you are looking for properties in the Sunny Isles Beach area, make sure you are working with a high quality real estate agent with a great reputation in the business. Lana Bell and her team have the experience and the dedication you need to help you find the perfect luxury condo to call home. You want to have a beautiful home, and the right real estate agent can help you find it.