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David Bennett, Home Buyer in Lawrenceburg, KY

Considering moving to Miami FL looking for a nice quite neighborhood we are in our late 40s and have a small dog

Asked by David Bennett, Lawrenceburg, KY Wed Oct 3, 2012

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Arturo Malave’s answer
Hello David,

There are many beautiful and family-friendly neighborhoods in South Florida. Coral Gables and Aventura are my best choices. Feel free to contact us so we can assit you. You can always use our website (http://www.avexsites.com) to search for real estate in all areas in South Florida. We have thousands of properties with pictures and information about schools.

We at Avanti Way Realty are looking forward to hear from you. We have

Avanti Way LLC


Web Reference: http://www.avexsites.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 9, 2012
I suggest you the the city of Aventura around the golf course ( Country Club drive) it is quiet, lots of green areas and close to Aventura mall. You will love it. I live nearby and I know the area very well.

Jose Guzman
3 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 9, 2012
Hello David:
Consider Miami Shores to purchase/rent a home if you are relocating to south Florida with your dog. It is a family oriented, peaceful and quite area which offers opportunities for a wide range of activities. It has an excellent golf course as well as facilities for other games like tennis, soccer, baseball etc.
Your dog will love it here, too! The city has 11 parks and if your dog likes beaches there is a dog beach only 15-20 minutes away.
Check out our YouTube 'Miami Shores' Playlist. First video shows the neighborhood:

We are a pet-friendly real estate company, members of the Pet Realty Network, proud supporters of the Humane Society of Greater Miami and experts in Miami Shores. We can ensure that you and your dog will find a perfect new home.

Andrea Crilly
Hybrid Realty Group LLC


0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 5, 2012

There are many neighbordhoods in Miami which I'm sure will meet all your needs and criteria. Your best bet is to speak to a few agents/brokers before settling on one to represent you. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Luis Iglesias
D & I International Realty
Principal Broker
(786) 395-0341
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 5, 2012
Mr. Bennett

My name is John B. Anderson and I have been a REALTOR for more than 22 years, in Miami. There are a great deal of folks who may be licensed but are not good choices for a variety of reasons. The best things you can do to assure that you find a great agent are these, ask about experience, be sure that they are familiar with the local market to your desired area, and ask them to show you proof of recent transactions and the corresponding HUD-1 closing statements. This is very important in Miami.

That being said,

Coral Gables is considered close-in to downtown and represents a good value in some ways. The homes and lots will be small and of older construction until the price climbs above $450,000 or so. Truly a beautiful city with much to offer.

South Miami, an excellent value with more size in house and lot and comparable location and quality of life to Coral Gables.

If you want to be a little more relaxed and out of the hustle and bustle without leaving the general area, Palmetto Bay has big homes, big lots, excellent neighborhoods and school [appreciation] without the price premium at time of purchase. [Great Value]

Pinecrest is high-priced and prestigious.

Avoid western locales unless it is desired for your needs as the congestion may affect quality of life.

Experience- over 3-5 years may be very sufficient as long as they closed many deals that correspond with the type of property you are buying. Condos, Townhomes, Single Family residences are NOT the same thing, and forget warehouses and/or rentals- They need to be knowledgeable regarding what you are choosing. Ask about certifications as well, or background. A mother of three who has been at home for the last 8 years and is returning to the workforce as a licensee to make part-time money, well... Look for professional designations/certifications such as GRI. Graduaute Realtors Institute, thats a big one and there are others. [beware some cert.s can be had in a four hour course]

Local knowledge- How long have they been active in the neighborhoods you are searching in? Ask to see sale info. of addresses corresponding in those areas where your prospective agent has made a sale, with details.

The HUD-1 is the real deal! - Many offices are charging JUNK FEES to the buyer. A HUD-1 will show this. Also, what concessions were negotiated in the transaction that may be beneficial to you in yours? i.e. Seller contribution.

Lastly, avoid office with tons of agents, it just means they will hire anybody. Look for a strong office. This does not mean one of the big chains, by any means! Your agent should be very strong on finance, specifically mortgage financing, and some taxation subjects. If not, quack, quack, he/she is a duck.

Next BE SURE you get an attorney on your side, in your corner, to review your contract [a must] and conduct your interests forward through closing. A good real estate attorney will review your GFE to be sure you are getting a good mortgage. And guess what, The cost to have a reputable real estate attornney handle all aspects in a normal transaction may not exceed, as little as $700.00. [minimum needs in a clean transaction, contract review and HUD-1 review, you don't need them to attend your closing if all is handled well ahead of time]

In Good Faith,

John B. Anderson
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 4, 2012
Hello David,

South of Miami such as Coral Gables and Kendall are very nice and quiet areas.
North Miami such as Aventura and Fort Lauderdale are wonderful, peaceful and very pet friendly as well.
I would be more than happy to send you listings for you to view.
I am sure you are also aware that when buying real estate, you do not pay the agent a commisssion, only the seller does, so I would suggest you work with an agent to have the additional help and expertise.

Good luck,

Sophie Bamps
Real Estate Agent
Cell: +1 305 206 8867
Fax: +1 305 443 2226
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 4, 2012
Hallandale/Hollywood is an excellent area for pets and its' homes continue to appreciate in value. There are good restaurants, excellent shopping in Bal Harbour, and it is close to the city. Properties are attached in this link.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 4, 2012
Hello, I can help you with your intentions to move to Florida.

What area of Florida are you considering?
How small is the dog?
Do you want a house or an appartment?
Are you going to rent or buy?

I have plenty of choices for you.

Please call me
Yasmin Navarro
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 4, 2012
Hi David,
If your are planning to buy..... I will definitely recommend two places that are great locations:
You will have the best of two worlds .........bay and a park where you can walk your dog.....and minutes away from Publix, banks, malls. Let me know if you want me to send you photos and information. I will also need your price range, and preferences.....condo or house.?
Please feel free to call me.

Cristina Ziegert
Licensed Real Estate Broker
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 4, 2012
Mr. Bennett,

Please call me I will be happy to help you locate the perfect property for you. After I speak with you I can narrow down the search criteria and email you units for your review so we can narrow down our search. My email is charlie@firstratecorp.com and my office number is 305-662-2572 X11.

Thank You
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 4, 2012
Hello David,

You received lots of feedback from local real estate professionals who know that area very well. You should pick one of them to help you find your new home.

Unless you are a cash buyer, the first thing you should do though is to contact a lender in regards a mortgage loan pre-approval.
With a pre-approval letter in hand you can start your shopping for homes - real estate agents and sellers will take you much more seriously when they see you have your mortgage funding in place.

If there is anything I can do to pre-approve you for the homes of your dreams, please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience.

Best Regards,

Beate Rodriguez
Lic. Loan Originator
NMLS# 299244

Cell: 954.695.4849
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 4, 2012
Hi Mr. Bennett,

My name is Vivian de Marchena, I have been living in Miami for the last 12 years, I moved when I was 40, and I can tell you this is a great place to live.
Besides the dog, do you guys have children living with you also? If the answer is yes, you will also need a neighborhood with great schools.
To determine which area will best meet your wants and needs will be important to know if you will be working and where will your office be as well as other important things like what type of property will you like (townhouse, condo, single family home, etc). Are you looking to rent or buy? Will you like a pool, a tennis court, close to beaches, how many rooms, other amenities?
Every realtor that writes back to you will like to earn your business, including me and we all have access to the same properties. My suggestion to you is pick one, the one that you feel more comfortable with, the one yo feel you can trust and will work hard in your best interest and have that person look for properties and send you those that are to your specifications. It is important to know how soon are you planing in moving and/or buying/renting the property. The way the market is going, there are good opportunities but they don't last long. If you are planing in buying and financing the property (interest rates are very low now), you will need to get pre-qualified as with the offer is needed to present the pre-approval letter or if buying cash, the proof of funds.
If you feel that I deserve a try, you can reach me at 786-406-0503 or by email at vivian@marchena-mena.com.
You can also look for properties on my website http://www.marchena-mena.com.
Wishing you the best of luck and hopping that you decide to give me the opportunity to assist you in finding that great place to live,

Yours truly.

Vivian de Marchena
Realtor Associate
Fortune International Realty
2401 S Douglas Rd
Miami, Fl. 33145
Cell: 786-406-0503
Ph: 305-460-6749
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 4, 2012
Good morning David,

There are many safe neighborhoods in the Miami Area including Miami Beach, which would be ideal for young people and a dog.
What are you looking for? a house or a condo? What is the price you have in mind.? Let me know and I will be happy to email you a list of properties matching your criteria, without any obligation.

Call me at 305 705 9105 or email me at yolande@yolandecitro.com

Look forward to hearing from you!
Yolande Citro
305 705 9105
Web Reference: http://www.yolandecitro.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 4, 2012
It all depends where you are going to work and how much time you are willing to spend travelling to and from work.The other factor is your budget.There are many great areas and a small dog should not be a problem.
Rosie Morot-Gaudry
Realty World Center
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 4, 2012
Welcome to Miami, Sunshine City. If you are looking a Condominium or a Single Family Home or other kind of property, more than glad to provide information about prices in Kendall, Westchester, Coral Gables, Doral, South Miami, Palmetto, Brickell, etc. 305 519-3199
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 4, 2012
I will be happy to assist you. There are many choices in Miami. Condo, Single Family ? realtorelsa@gmail.com
cell: 305-801-8626
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 4, 2012
With it's year around tropical climate, the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal waterway and diverse culture South Florida offers residents most architecturally, unique home designs, a pampered casual lifestyle with access to a world class fabulous dining choices, as well as family comunities with reknowned college, campuses and A+schools. The city of Fort Lauderdale or Venice of America is made up of great well planned neighborhoods.
Let me know if I can assist in selecting your new home in South Florida.


Maria Cipollone
Century 21 Tenace
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 4, 2012
Hi, David,
You have a wide range of choices in south Florida . Please check out http://www.Juliesellsjupiter.com, call / text: (561)827-6789 or email: julier6789@gmail.com
Julie Rosenthal, Broker, ABR, GRI, TRC, EcoBroker, CAM
Property Brokers International
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 4, 2012
Thank you for your inquiry. From Miami-Dade to Broward counties you have many nice quiet neighborhoods that are diverse and life style oriented. To learn the characteristics of these neighborhoods visit http://www.MiamiFreeHomeInfo.com, click neighborhood profiles. You can also give us a call to learn more 786-704-8482.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 4, 2012
Hello David, I hope this can help.
The Doral area is a great community, nice and quite and they just build a very nice and large dog park with separate areas for big and small dogs, people is friendly and polite around here, I do not have a dog but my kids and I go to this dog park very often just to look and play with the dogs.
There are also many walking-jogging tracks around this beautiful city and morning and evening you will see people exercising.
This city has A+ schools and good restaurants.

I am a Realtor and I can help you find a nice apartment or house for you.

There are many other cities in Miami like Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami or if you like the beach, the list is big, Sunny Isles, Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, etc...

I will be happy to help you find a nice place in Miami, this city offer everything it is just a matter to know what exactly are you looking for.

Nadia Carrera
Homes 4 You, LLC
305 7536437
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 3, 2012
Hi David,
Welcome to South Florida. There are plenty of South Florida neighborhoods that you can live in. You have the Miami Shores ares with older and larger homes, Miami Beach that is near the water and close to the beach, Sunny Isles which has a abundance of condos and beach life living with restaurants,nearby shopping malls etc. aventura mall, bal harbor.

You have Broward County which has Fort Lauderdale waterfront communities and inland Davie that has home that sits on acres of land. If you let me know wtaht you price range is I can email you so homes and providse you with link to see what various South Florida Communites have to offer. Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Thank you,
Tamika Moses
Keller Williams Realty Partners SW
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 3, 2012
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