Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sellers Great Way To Welcome Buyers

This just says come right in and relax. Blue is such a calming color and says welcome.  Just find a great blue paint that you like and do one wall. Find a thrift shop cabinet and replicate the color above and "Wala" you have a beautiful entry. Keep the details simple, stacked books a select few decorative items.

Are you more the traditionalist?  Then try this look. It's been given an eclectic twist with the Starburst Chandelier and the great leopard print rug. The antique armoire gives that homey feel. Who wouldn't feel welcome in this house?

Grey, calming but yet with a modern edge. The high gloss white mirror and beaded chandelier look fabulous. The antiqued grey console with the matching lamps finishes the look.

Sellers, these are just a few good ideas to welcome Buyers into your home. All these images are courtesy of It's my go to site for anything design for your home, interior or exterior. Make you home welcoming and see the offers come in.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

3 Great Homes in Coral Gables Under $500,000

In my humble opinion these are three of the best priced homes in Coral Gables. All under $500,000 and in good condition. But you be the judge:

Up first listed at $498,000 521 San Lorenzo. This is a 3/1 in good condition and would make a lovely starter home. The kitchen is updated.

This somewhat mid-century modern is located at 1418 Cordova Street and is listed at $480,000.  Love the wood floors, white walls and wood beamed ceilings as pictured  below. 
1101 Cortez Street asking $450,000 for a 3/3 with great curb appeal and as you can see the back yard is a welcome retreat.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

What's My Home Worth??

"A funny thing happens in real estate. When it comes back, it comes back gangbusters."
                                                                                                     Barbara Corcoran
There are many ways to find out what your home is really worth. Some are free and some you'll have to pay for. One easy way is to contract several Realtors that work in your area and ask for a CMA or Comparable Market Analysis. They will bring the most current sales along with the current listings to give you an idea what your home might sell for. In most states you could do this on your own by checking the "Property Appraisers" website for your county. I'm in Miami Dade and it's extremely simple to go to the appraisers site to see what has sold, when it sold and what it sold for. That's great information.
Depending on why you need to know "What Your Home Is Worth" you may want to consider the professional advice of an appraiser. This could be money well spent. The skills and tools that an appraiser uses to formulate the value of your property are more detailed and accurate than a CMA. 
For the most basic of findings you can use the many websites that offer calculations based on their sources. Sites such as Zillow with their z-estimate, Trulia and maybe worth looking if you just need a general idea.

If you need that question answered and you live in Miami, give me a call and I'll help in determining your value.

Tip:  Price per square foot is the Holy Grail for estimating real estate values. There are other factors but in the end it comes down to square footage.