How Do You Tell a Professional Realtor from an Amature Realtor?

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on July 4th, 2012

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When you need to choose a Miami realtor

it will be important that you choose a professional that you can depend on to work for you. Unfortunately, not all realtors have the same level of knowledge, negotiating skills and professionalism. If you do not know what to look for, you could end up paying more money for an unprofessional realtor’s mistakes. In fact, the realtor that you choose could be the difference between you getting the home of your dreams or not. Alternatively, if you are selling your Miami home, an unprofessional realtor may not be working in the best methods to find a buyer. Just how do you find the right realtor? All that you need to do is know what to look for. In fact, there are simple ways that you can recognize the difference between professional and unprofessional and between high quality and subpar. Below, you will find an easy guide to differentiating between a good and bad realtor.

First Impressions Matter – The Website

As you know, first impressions matter a great deal. This is true in almost any case, including in a realtor. You should be able to find a realtor that puts forth a good first impression.

What is the one place that people will look first in today’s world to find out about a business? It would be the Internet. When you begin looking for realtors, you should be able to find them on the World Wide Web. It is common for almost any type of business to have a web presence, and if a realtor does not, you may want to consider this carefully. After all, if a professional is not willing to invest in a website, it could leave you wondering about their level of professionalism.

When you locate a Miami realtor online

take a look at their website. Is it professional? Does it have a clean, helpful look? If it does not, then this could be a red flag. It is completely acceptable to consider your first impressions when you visit a realtor website.

The Attitude

The next thing you will want to consider is the realtor’s attitude when you speak with them either over the phone or in person. The attitude of a professional should be, well, professional. You should feel that the realtor is treating you as a valued customer and not someone to just shuffle out of the office as quickly as possible. Here are a few things to look for in the attitude of the realtor that you are considering.

• Do they have a professional voice? Do you feel as if they know how to speak with clients, potential buyers and sellers professionally? You need to know that the realtor you choose knows how to be firm and professional in order to protect your interests in all parts of the buying and selling process.

• How does the realtor act about other professionals in the same field? One of the most unprofessional things that a person could do would be to spend time badmouthing other realtors. Unfortunately, you will find realtors like this, and that should be a definite red flag. The only people who would bad mouth colleagues would be someone who is unprofessional, and if they will be unprofessional in this manner, then you must have to wonder what other ways they may be unprofessional.

The Professional Look

Finally, evaluate how the realtor looks. This may not be something that you would have initially considered, but it can be important. The person that you choose should take the time to create a professional look for themselves. After all, someone who is well dressed is a good sign that they will be professional in other ways as well. If you go to a scheduled meeting with a realtor and they show up in jeans in a sweatshirt, this is something that should concern you.

When you need to find and work with top Miami realtor, pay attention to all of the above to make sure you get the best realtor possible. After all, the alternative may cost you dearly. You need to make sure you choose someone who will be looking out for your best interests and will be able to save you money and help you close the transaction in the most professional manner possible.

Sunny Realty Combines Experties With DKOR Interiors To Produce The Most Valued Oceanfront Residences in Miami

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on June 29th, 2012

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Ken Fishel, a New Yorker who was looking for a luxury oceanfront residence was working with Lana Bell of Sunny Realty to purchase a perfect vacation home. Sooner than later he had realized that Turnberry Ocean Colony is a perfect retreat and one of the most luxurious 4 year condo on the ocean.

The apartments at Turnberry Colony Sunny Isles

offer spacious design as well direct ocean views along with the latest appliances and the finest materials. It continues to dominate the Sunny Isles real estate market offering unmatched luxury, gated entrance, 24 hours security, and unmatched amenities.

However, the 3 bedrooms, 2,877 sq.ft. unit needed a face lift. This is when Ivonne Ronderos and Karina Donadel of DKOR Interiors (Miami Inerior Design company) were invited to create that “WOW” factor and an interior design to make Fishel’s vision a reality.

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“Ken brought us a photo of this door that he had found somewhere in New York,” Karina recalls. “It was Tiffany blue and had applied mouldings. We also knew that he had an appreciation for mid-century modern pieces and that he was willing to buy vintage pieces.” With the design direction set, the duo had a few short months to create the desired look for the family’s getaway home.

“The home has amazing ocean views, so we wanted to give the main living space an overall white colour scheme with teal accents, which were derived from Ken’s initial inspiration – the door he showed us,” Karina explains. Everything from the TV wall unit to the Regency-style sofas with special nail-head details and the pillows that sit on them were customised for the Fishels. One of the most stressful moments of the project came with the stunning hand-blown glass chandelier. Ivonne recalls, “The chandelier is a vintage 1940s piece made of Murano glass all the way from Italy. It really is exquisite. When we went to assemble it, the stem was nowhere to be found. So they told us that in order to redo the stem, they’d have to sell us an entire second fixture. I couldn’t sleep for days. Finally, we found a local glass blower here in Miami. Thankfully he was able to re-create it and make it so that the chandelier hangs a little lower than the original.”

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Transitioning from public to private spaces, each bedroom features a colour scheme that reflects its inhabitant’s personality. The master bedroom was given a deep, warm red colour scheme, offset with bright white. A larger-than-life quilted headboard and massive mirror add drama, while a Rug Company area rug, Andrew Martin side tables and a custom-made chaise bring the room a touch of class.

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Melissa, Ken’s daughter, chose pink for her room. A velvet headboard, Kartell lamps, which sit on deliberately mismatched night tables (white lacquer and nickel plated) evoke playful femininity. The theme in Ken’s son Bradley’s room is James Bond with a 1960s leather chair from Arne Norwell and Andrew Martin table lamps. The end result is a glamorous home away from home that fuses the allure of old Hollywood with Miami’s laid-back luxury.

For more information on DKOR Interiors please contact Ivonne Ronderos at 305.981.2710.

All Roads Lead To Florida – A Magnet For Global Buyers

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on April 7th, 2012

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A thousand years ago it was said that “all roads lead to Rome”. Today, there are real estate buyers from Rome as well as hundreds of other cities around the world are all buying Miami real estate as well as properties in South Florida.

During the most recent 2012 Real Estate and Economic Forecast Conference in Orlando, John Tuccillo, chief economist of Florida realtors, had said “I think we’ll see a steady and stable stream of international sales this year”. The residential demand is up again this year from buyers from Canada, Latin America, Europe and other parts of the world. Lower prices and favorable exchange rates have promoted purchases in Florida.

International buyers are ideal clients. They buy higher priced properties and most of the transactions are all cash, according to studies done in 2011 – Profile of International Home Buyers in Florida, prepared by National Association of Realtors. In fact, 77% of sales professionals reported that they had worked with an international customer in the preceding 12 months, up from 65% in 2010.

“This number may even be lower than the true number, because many foreign buyers do not use their foreign address” said Lana Bell, owner and founder of Sunny Realty. Many foreign buyers have already established residences in Miami and are looking to upgrade. In addition, many companies are relocating to Florida, including job-creating multinational companies, which is another positive factor for Miami’s international market.

According to 2011 survey, Canada is Florida’s top international market, accounting approximately 39% (up from 36%). In contrast, United Kingdom accounts for 7%, German buyers – 5%. The biggest jumps occurred in Latin America, where Brazil’s share of International market rose to 8% and Venezuela’s to 7% (both had been 3% in 2010).

Overall, foreign buyers were likely to purchase in a resort area or in a central city, like Miami. In Miami, Brazil and Russia are leading sources of international buyers, especially for condominium purchases in areas like Sunny Isles Beach, Miami Beach, Hollywood, Hallandale, Aventura and Bal Harbour. In areas like Key Biscayne, we see buyers from Argentina, Peru and Europe.

“Our agency serving buyers from South Africa, Australia, UK, Norway, France, Brazil, Russia, Canada and Latin America”, says Lana Bell, founder and owner of Sunny Realty. “About 85% of our transactions involved a foreign buyer” said Lana. From luxury Miami homes to stunning Sunny Isles Beach condos the real estate in Miami offers more than anywhere else in the world.

Two words sum up Florida’s appeal for international buyers: vacation and value. With its beaches, golf, tennis, shopping, boating and cultural and tourist attractions, Florida has been a global vacation destination for four decades now. Today, Florida also offers excellent value for international buyers compared with vacation destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.

The 2011 survey found that 41% of foreign buyers purchased a property as a vacation home, 23% intended to rent it, 25% planned a dual use and 6% bought it for a retirement home. While many foreign buyers prefer easy to maintain condos, others buy single family homes and some purchase multiple properties in the same location. “We attract international buyers in many different ways”, says Lana Bell of Sunny Realty. “I speak Russian, but my agents speak Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Hebrew, so there is never a language barrier between us”.

We can expect a continued pattern of strong activity in the international sector, led by demand from Latin America as well as other emerging markets, according to Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the NAR (National Association of Realtors). Follow the trends in foreign currencies, because exchange rates are definitely a driver for international buyers, and Florida continues to be seen as a desirable place to buy.

The Latest, Ultra Luxury Ocean Front Condominium In Sunny Isles Beach Miami Florida

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on March 22nd, 2012

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When it comes to luxury oceanfront condo development

“Chateau Group” is a seasoned, veteran developer. Their portfolio includes several prestigious buildings in Buenos Aires and Punta del
Este, as well as a growing land portfolio in South Florida, but now the plan is to build a new ultra-luxury Chateau Beach Residences condominium tower in heart of Sunny Isles Beach and 174th Street, next to Sampson Park. The proposed 33-story Chateau Beach Residences will house 85 private residences ranging in size from 1,500 sq. ft. to more than 9,000 sq. ft., priced between $750 to $800 per sq. ft..

All residences of the Chateau Beach Condo

will offer floor-to-ceiling glass, most amazing panoramic ocean and city views. Some residences will even have two stories with very deep terraces and a private swimming pool. No matter which unit you choose, you will enjoy a unique lifestyle, world-class service and amenities. Some of the amenities are oceanfront fitness center with the latest equipment machines for cardio, weights and pilates. There’s also a spa with a relaxation terrace overlooking the ocean. The wine lounge offers private wine lockers for residences. Additionally, there’s a cigar bar offering humidors boxes and a home theater. The entire property offers full concierge services.

If you’re ready to reserve your unit at the Chateau Beach, the pre-sale is in full progress right now, with already over 25 deposits collected. The expected construction will begin in September 2012, and will take about 2 years.

For additional information and/or to submit your contract, please contact Lana Bell at 954-336-1016 or send an email to

Sunny Realty’s New Real Estate Cart

By Sunny Isles Real Estate Expert on September 23rd, 2011

Simplifying Real Estate Transactions for Residential and Commercial Clientele

Sunny Realty recently announced the launch of their Real Estate Cart tool, the first of its kind to become available to Miami residents!

With Sunny Realty’s NEW “Real Estate Cart”, you can save listings for sale, rent, commercial properties, as well as buildings, by property type and/or neighborhood area. All searches then become available in an organized fashion, stored within your private account.

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The Real Estate Cart creates an easy place to interact and monitor these saved items with your spouse, business partner, clientele, fellow agents, friends, or anyone else involved in your “property hunt” process. You can access your account from anywhere on the Sunny Realty site, by simply clicking the “My Saved Listings” button, located above the Google’s Translate Languages. There is a “SAVE THIS LISTING”, or “SAVE THIS SEARCH”, or “SAVE THIS BUIDLING” link on every page, making it easy to store real estate finds and/or selections.

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Upon successfully creating your Real Estate Cart account, you will see the following 6 tabs upon initially logging in:

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1. Sales –Saved listings for properties currently available for sale.
2. Rentals – Saved listings for properties currently available for rent.
3. Buildings – Saved buildings or areas
4. Searches – Properties that have been previously searched for will be saved here for review.
5. Alerts – For your convenience, Sunny Realty has created an automated email alerts system that will instantly send email notifications based on chosen criteria. Users can sign up to receive automatic email alerts, ensuring that they will receive the most up-to-date MLS listings in the Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, Florida.

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For example, if you are looking for a 3 bedroom condo in Trump Towers, at or below $1,000,000 in price, The Sunny Realty Cart system will automatically send you an email notification, every time a new 3 bedroom condo meets your criteria.

Buyers will never miss a listing again!!!

6. Settings – This tab allows you to update your personalized account settings.
Sunny Realty’s new Real Estate Cart not only simplifies the property search process, but enables you to search, sort, store, and modify your preferences as needed. Plus, with the Cart’s advanced email notification system, you will always be the first one alerted to the deal you are seeking, giving you the edge needed to stay ahead of your competition.

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