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  • The Mansions at Acqualina

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Miami, In My Neighborhood in Miami, Investment Properties in Miami  |  July 10, 2012 9:02 AM  |  1,490 views  |  No comments

    A new standard for luxury real estate in North Miami is being built along Sunny Isles Beach.  The Mansions at Acqualina are being developed by LPLA Partners and designed by Luxury Living-FENDI CASA, adjacent to the Aqualina Resort and Spa.

    Acqualina is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, and is AAA's only Five Diamond hotel/resort on the beaches of Miami.  Acqualina is also cited as one of Andrew Harper's top beach and family resorts in Florida and is a Fodor's Gold Award recipient.

    The magnificent entrance will feature a marbled lobby with a 26-foot arched and coffered ceiling.  Amenities will include the world-famous Il Mulino New York restaurant, the award-winning Acqualina Spa by ESPA, Costa Grill and Acqualina Beach Club.

    Construction on this luxury high-rise with 79 “sky mansions” has begun, including the 15,000 sq. ft. “Palazzo di Oro” penthouse.  Pre-construction pricing is starting at $5 million.

    Purchasing a luxury home requires the talent and expertise of a real estate professional who is experienced in handling such sensitive transactions.  The combination of extensive real estate knowledge and unparalleled negotiation skills is exemplified by The Khawly Team – South Florida’s Real Estate Specialists.  Frances Khawly and her team have earned over 25 real estate certifications pertinent to the current real estate market.  If you are interested in consulting a Realtor to sell a luxury home in Miami, FL or buy a luxury home in Miami, FL, contact The Khawly Team online or call Frances Khawly directly at 754.422.2098.

  • Events in Miami, FL

    Posted Under: General Area in Miami, Entertainment & Nightlife in Miami, In My Neighborhood in Miami  |  July 6, 2012 9:19 AM  |  1,630 views  |  No comments

    There are always plenty of family events in Miami, FL every week.  Scroll down to see a list of things to do in the Miami area this weekend:

    Social Fridays at Doral

    When:  July 6 – 31

    Where:  Various locations throughout Doral, FL

    What:  From 8pm – 11pm, the Doral Trolley stops at various entertainment and culinary businesses. As always, the Doral Trolley service is free and runs along a designated route with a concentration of restaurants and other nightly entertainment. The route also includes stops at the hotels, where trolley route maps are available.

    Circo Hermanos Vazquez

    When:  July 6 – July 9

    Where:  Bicentennial Park at 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

    What:  Enjoy an incredible and captivating spectacle!

    Beats After Sunset

    When:  July 6

    Where:  Bass Museum of Art at 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

    What:  This culturally savvy event starts at 8pm and showcases art, music, drinks and food.

    Miami Spa Month

    When:  July 6 – 31

    Where:  Various Locations

    What:  July is Miami Spa Month!  Celebrate by enjoying exclusive discounts at some of the most prestigious spas in the country.

    Venezuelan Festival

    When:  July 8

    Where:  Fair Expo Center at 10901 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33165

    When:  From 1pm – 11pm, celebrate Venezuelan culture and enjoy traditional Venezuelan music, folklore dances, food, arts and crafts!

    If you or anyone you know is ready to sell a home in Miami, FL or buy a home in Miami, FL, contact The Khawly Team.  With over 25 certifications and hundreds of happy clients, they are the proven South Florida Real Estate Specialists.

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  • Miami-Dade Property Values Experience the First Increase in Four Years

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Miami, Home Buying in Miami, Home Selling in Miami  |  July 3, 2012 10:27 AM  |  1,498 views  |  No comments

    As expected, property values for real estate in Miami-Dade have seen their first increase in the past four years.  The increase of two percent may seem small, but the indication is large.  Real estate experts have been predicting this modest recovery since figures began rebounding early in the first quarter.  Now, Miami-Dade homeowners have proof that the worst is behind them.

    “What we are seeing is a recovery period for Miami-Dade County,” Property Appraiser, Pedro J. Garcia said.

    Having said this, homeowners in Miami-Dade might be in for a bit of a surprise when they receive their tax bill, unless the county decides to lower the tax rate.  18 out of the county’s 35 municipalities have higher tax-rolls than they did last year.  The final tax bill is dependent on several other taxing districts, like the Miami-Dade school board and individual cities.

    As long as inventory continues to remain low and demand continues to be strong, home values will continue to increase.  Demand is showing no signs of slowing down either.  Investor interest remains a primary catalyst due to a steady increase in rental rates, and the generous influx of tenants across the board is supporting this increase.  Traditional buyers are attracted to the record low mortgage interest rates and record high affordability.

    This improvement in home values is also making it more attractive for home owners to sell their Miami-Dade homes.  If you have been waiting for the right time to sell your property, contact Frances Khawly of the Khawly Team – South Florida’s Real Estate Specialists.  With over 25 real estate certifications, a full-time team of knowledgeable professionals and hundreds of happy clients, you can trust that the sale or purchase of your Miami home is in qualified hands.

    If you are interested in taking advantage of great home values and interest rates, the Khawly Team can also help you search Miami-Dade homes and expertly represent you as an experienced buyer-agent during the home buying process.

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  • Fourth of July in Miami, FL

    Posted Under: General Area in Miami Beach, Entertainment & Nightlife in Miami Beach, In My Neighborhood in Miami Beach  |  June 29, 2012 9:38 AM  |  1,625 views  |  No comments

    This Fourth of July weekend in Miami brings live performances from amazing artists like Coldplay, Maroon 5, Gym Class Heroes, Flo Rida, and so much more!  Scroll down to see a list of various events this weekend and on Independence Day in Miami, FL:

     

    Miami Romance Month

    When:  June 29 – 30

    Where:  Various Locations

    What:  June is Miami Romance Month and Miami Beach is the perfect place to spark a new romance, rekindle an old flame or tie the knot. Stroll along the beach, stay at a luxurious hotel, marvel at the beautiful skyline, and indulge at a candlelit restaurant

    Circo Hermanos Vazquez

    When:  June 29 – July 9

    Where:  Bicentennial Park at 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

    What:  Enjoy an incredible and captivating spectacle!

    Coldplay

    When:  June 29

    Where:  American Airlines Arena at 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

    What:  Enjoy this world-famous band launch its first North American tour in nearly three years!

    iHeart Radio Ultimate Pool Party

    When:  June 29 – 30

    Where:  Fontainebleau Miami Beach Poolside at 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140

    What:  The weekend will feature live performances by popular recording artists Maroon 5, Flo Rida, Gym Class Heroes and Calvin Harris.  There will be a special guest appearance by Enrique Iglesias.

    Miami Spa Month

    When:  July 1 – 31

    Where:  Various Locations

    What:  July is Miami Spa Month!  Celebrate by enjoying exclusive discounts at some of the most prestigious spas in the country.

     

    July 4th Family Celebration!

    When:  July 1

    Where:  Coral Gables Museum at 285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134

    What:  Celebrate Independence Day a little early at this family-friendly event.  There will be activities for the children, sing-a-longs, an American music concert, and cake!  Event goes from 1 to 4pm.  $5 donation.

    Miami Beach Fourth of July Celebration

    When:  July 4

    Where:  8th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

    What:  Live music concerts and fireworks – FREE.

    America's Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park

    When:  July 4

    Where:  Bayfront Park at 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

    What:  Enjoy live music, food and beverages, a free Kids' Zone, and one of the largest fireworks displays in South Florida.  The Park is open all day.  Free Kids' Zone: 3-7 p.m.  Fireworks: 9 p.m.  Free admission.

    Independence Day Celebration & Hot Dog Eating Competition at CocoWalk

    When:  July 4

    Where:  CocoWalk at 3015 Grand Avenue, Miami, FL 33133

    What:  There will be Beer Pong, Kids Pong, Steel Pan music, a Balloon Twister and
    Face Painter, Classic Rock from South Florida's own Deck 52 Band, and the popular 4th annual Independence Hot Dog Eating Competition!

    If you or anyone you know is ready to sell a home in Miami, FL or buy a home in Miami, FL, contact The Khawly Team.  With over 25 certifications and hundreds of happy clients, they are the proven South Florida Real Estate Specialists.

    Image(s): FreeDigitalPhotos.net

  • Miami Real Estate has Global Appeal

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Miami, Home Selling in Miami, Investment Properties in Miami  |  June 26, 2012 8:52 AM  |  1,524 views  |  2 comments

    Miami has always been an eclectic city known for its international flare and cultural diversity within the community.  And now that real estate in Miami is more affordable than it has been in many years, international buyers are flocking to this vibrant metropolis and buying as much property as possible.

    According to DataQuick, foreign mailing addresses were attached to 5.3 percent of homes purchased in the last six months of 2011.  Out of a total population of 5,564,635, this figure accounts for a total of 294,925 Miami homeowners.  If that wasn’t impressive enough, the Miami metro area accounted for 30 percent of Florida’s international buyers’ pool.

    These foreign buyers are coming from various parts of the world, such as Latin America, Europe, and Canada.  Canada represented 70.5 percent of foreign buyers’ addresses, followed by 2.9 percent from Argentina and 2.3 percent from Venezuela – this according to public records data.

    83 percent of Realtors in Miami say that they have worked with an international buyer within the past year.  Half of these Realtors also said they have seen a dramatic increase in the number of foreign buyers just in the past six months alone.

    These buyers are attracted to the stability of the United States, relative to the rest of the world, and see a rare opportunity to purchase at low prices.  It is also much easier for a foreigner to buy real estate in the United States than it is in other parts of the world.  In fact, certain countries will not even allow non-residents to purchase property.

    If you would like to search for homes in Miami, contact Frances Khawly and the Khawly Team – Miami’s Real Estate Specialists.  With over 25 real estate certifications, a full-time team of knowledgeable professionals and hundreds of happy clients, you can trust that the sale or purchase of your Miami home is in qualified hands.

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  • Things To Do in Miami, FL

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Miami Beach, Entertainment & Nightlife in Miami Beach, In My Neighborhood in Miami Beach  |  June 22, 2012 10:00 AM  |  1,525 views  |  No comments

    This weekend in Miami, there is plenty to do – from a performance by LMFAO to a Caribbean tasting event.  Scroll down to see the entire list.

     

    Miami Romance Month

    When:  June 22 – 30

    Where:  Various Locations

    What:  Celebrate love during June in Greater Miami and the Beaches — the perfect place to spark a new romance, rekindle an old flame or tie the knot. Stay at a luxurious hotel, stroll along the beach, indulge at a candlelit restaurant, and marvel at the shimmering skyline.

     

    Sorry for Party Rocking Tour Featuring LMFAO and the Party Rock Crew & Special Guests

    When:  June 22

    Where:  American Airlines Arena at 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

    Loco Luau

    When:  June 22

    Where:  North Shore Park and Youth Center at 501 72nd St., Miami Beach, FL 33140

    What:  We'll bring the fun of the Hawaiian Islands to you. Don't miss a night of hula dancing, fire eating, music and rides. Admission is free. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Miami Lyric Opera: Madama Butterfly

    When:  June 23 – 24

    Where:  Gusman Center for the Performing Arts - Olympia Theater at 174 E. Flagler St., Miami, FL 33131

    Summer Cabaret Concert Series

    When:  June 23

    Where:  Deering Estate at Cutler - 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami, FL 33157

    What:  The Deering Estate's Cabaret Concert Series features eclectic and world music artists in an intimate setting. Gates open at 7 p.m.; concert begins at 8 p.m.

    The Morrison Brothers Band

    When:  June 23

    Where:  Tobacco Road at 626 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33130

    Taste of the Caribbean

    When:  June 23 – 24

    Where:  Hyatt Regency Miami at 400 SE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33131

    What:  Consumers can savor the best in Caribbean cuisine at tasting meals as well as attend workshops with leading chefs who will provide insider secrets for enhancing the culinary experience. Taste of the Caribbean is a competition-style event that showcases the region's best chefs, pastry chefs, junior chefs and bartenders and provides education and inspiration through seminars, workshops, tastings and demonstrations.

    If you or anyone you know is ready to sell a home in Miami, FL or buy a home in Miami, FL, contact The Khawly Team.  With over 25 certifications and hundreds of happy clients, they are the proven South Florida Real Estate Specialists.

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  • Chateau Beach Residences – Sunny Isles Beach

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Sunny Isles Beach, Celebrity Homes in Sunny Isles Beach, Property Q&A in Sunny Isles Beach  |  June 19, 2012 12:31 PM  |  1,477 views  |  No comments

    An established developer, Chateau Group, from South America has made landfall in Miami, FL.  The company has planned a luxury condominium complex that will offer world class amenities and quality for its residents.  The complex is scheduled to break ground in September, 2012 for anticipated completion in the Fall of 2014.

    Château Beach Residences will cover one acre on the sought-after coastline known as Sunny Isles Beach, along Collins Avenue.  The 84-unit and 33-story project will feature signature his and her spas with therapies suites, a relaxation terrace with an aromatherapy Jacuzzi, an ocean view fitness center, a wine lounge with private lockers, a cigar bar with humidor boxes, a theatre room, a kids’ club, and a ballroom.

    The units will feature 11-foot ceiling penthouses, standard 10-foot ceilings, floor to ceiling impact glass, private elevators and semi-private elevators in select units, Italian cabinetry, and top of the line appliances.  Standard units will offer 2 – 4 bedrooms, ranging from 2,890 square feet to 4,305 square feet.  Penthouses will offer 8,500 to 9,300 square feet.

    The payment schedule and reservation agreement is as follows:

    • Reservation Agreement:  $150,000
    • Purchase Agreement:  Balance of 30% deposit
    • Pour floor:  20% deposit
    • Top off:  20% deposit
    • Closing:  30% deposit

    If you are interested in learning more about this luxurious condominium, contact Frances Khawly and the Khawly Team – Miami’s Real Estate Specialists.  With over 25 real estate certifications, a full-time team of knowledgeable professionals and hundreds of happy clients, you can trust that the sale or purchase of your Miami home is in good hands.

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