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Fri Apr 23, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
Fair Housing laws prevent an agent from answering--Visit a neighborhood several times and at different times of day to get a sense of belonging--look at everything that is important to you. Check out area statistics; real estate professionals are prohibited from “steering”—enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods; so, you should check out demographics on your own to assure your comfort level can be reached. ... more
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Wed Mar 3, 2010
Nereida Figueroa answered:
Tue Mar 2, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
If you are not familiar with areas of interest to you, why not vivit the local police departments--they will gladly answer all your concerns/questions-- you'll be happy you did as you will have heard all the facts firsthand.

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Fri Oct 30, 2009
Diane Loveridge answered:

I lived in Miami Shores for a while and really enjoyed it, so I may be a bit biased, but it gets my vote if you have children. The Shores offers a lot of activities for families, like an easter egg hunt, free picnics, family fun days, concerts, etc. I also always felt safe when I went out running by myself. (I am not sure I would be as happy to do the same in certain parts of Miami Beach). Have you looked at the area east of US1 in Miami Shores? For your price range, you can get pretty close to, if not on the water. Lots of pool homes there as well.

The commute south on I-95 is not the best, but not the worst either. Probably not any worse than on the beach... As far as long term value, no one can offer any guarantees, but both the beach and the Shores are established neighborhhoods that will likely remain popular for a long time to come.

May I send you some listings in Miami Shores or even both areas? That would help you compare what you get for the money. If so, please email me with more specifics, like number of bedrooms and bathrooms, whether you need a garage, big yard, etc., and I'll let you know what is available. Good luck in your decision-making process.

Diane Loveridge
Majestic Properties
(786) 210-3449
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Fri Aug 16, 2013
Ofelia Loret De Mola answered:

According to the Fair Housing Laws implemented by the federal government, no one is allowed to discriminate based on race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, etc. Therefore, that is a question that all Realtors are leery of answering. My suggestion is for you to drive around the neighborhood in which you're interested at various times of the day and both on weekdays and weekends. That way you will get a feel for the "ambience" of the neighborhood and the friendliness of the folks who live there. That is exactly what I suggest to my clients who are relocating and don't know Miami. It's the best way to get acquainted with a neighborhood and, who knows, you may find a favorite restaurant or a fabulous shopping area of which you were not aware. Good luck! ... more
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Thu Aug 27, 2009
Irlenne Laricchia answered:
Hi Andrea,

Condos in Blue lagoon vary in prices but there are some bank owned 1 bdrm condos ranging from 60,000 to 80,000. I could send you a list of what's available for your consideration, just send me an email with your information and I will send you the list.

Below is my information.


Irlenne Laricchia, Realtor-Associate
Shelton and Stewart Realtors
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Fri Jul 17, 2009
Fred Griffin answered:
A more general question / comment about our State of Florida was asked earlier today.

See these answers:

Best wishes to you,
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Mon Apr 22, 2013
RN answered:
Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Miami Beach... there are several neighborhoods. It depends on what specifically you are looking for. More sedate, suburban living--waterfont, ocean, nightlife?

Give me more detail and I'll steer you in the right direction.
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Mon Jun 15, 2009
Audra McCollum answered:
Hi Xnder,

I'm not sure if you're looking to buy or rent, but I imagine you're looking to rent. Coral Gables, home of U of M is a wonderful place to live. Though prices can be a bit steep - I'd say a 2/2 will run you approx $1500-1600 for something modern (central a/c and w/d in unit) or maybe $1000-1300 for a more modest 2/2. If you can survive with a one bedroom, you can get them in the $1000-$1300 range for modern bldg or $600-$1000 in Coral Gables for an older, smaller unit.

If she is working at the Aventura Mall, it sounds like she is in retail. IF she can transfer to another store, she should consider Dadeland Mall which is MUCH closer to Coral Gables and UM. In traffic, U of M and Aventura are about an hour apart. Kind of a commuting nightmare. I'd see if she could transfer to Dadeland (very similar mall to Aventura) or if it's a higher end store, even better, the Village of Merrick Park. Merrick Park has high end stores like Tiffany, Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, but it is located in Coral Gables, not even 5 minutes from U of M. It is a gorgeous place to shop (and work). Best of all, she could travel to work on a hybrid trolley which runs up and down a main thoroughfare in the Gables, called Ponce de Leon. This could even eliminate the expense of a second car (and second car insurance) for you both, not to mention reducing the size of your carbon footprint :)

If she can't transfer, you could consider communities such as the Brickell area which would have a cost similar to Gables pricing, but probably the safest halfway point.

Feel free to contact me for assistance in finding a rental. Hope this info was helpful.

Best regards,

Audra McCollum
Director - Luxury Division
Interinvestments Realty, Inc.
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Sun Feb 22, 2009
Javier Gonzalez P.A. answered:
All Condo Associations must provide that form of insurance by State law.
There is a new law that unit owners must have individual policies for their own possesions, but all others are part of the Condo association responsibilities.
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Sat Feb 21, 2009
Audra McCollum answered:
Hi Dan,

The condo fees in Miami are different depending on many factors including, but not limited to, the size of the unit, amenities included, etc. Knowing the address on the property would make it easier and I'll be glad to verify maint. fees for you, but I'm going out on a limb with a couple of guesses here - the $602 seems more like a condo fee for a two bedroom unit in a decent building - maybe that price is either excellent or the unit has serious problems. It could also be that the $602 is just a mistake by the Realtor (you know that does actually happen) :) It could be that you're looking at a small, boutique building with luxury amenities, but then the price would be higher, so I doubt that. The other option is that the building has several unit owners who are in default with their maint. payments and therefore the association has decided to raise the maint. fees for all unit owners in order to make up for those who aren't paying. That is an unfortunate possibility.

Feel free to email me the address of the property of interest and I can take a look and see if it's a mistake or what the deal is. My gut feeling is that the price/maint. fee ratio is totally out of whack and there might be a mistake somewhere, but, as I explained above, there could be a true reason for the high fee.

Best regards,
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Tue Feb 17, 2009
Janie Coffey answered:
the Miami-Dade website may not be fully updated, they have quite a backlog and if there are issues they run across with the specific property deed, it could slow down the entry even more. Trulia I believe pulls from professional data (re MLS, etc.) whereas Miami-Dade is the legal recorded documents.... ... more
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Tue Jul 8, 2008
Nice Profile answered:
Contact me today for more information. We specialize in the Mercy Hospital Area and the Coconut Grove area. I would love to help you find the right property in Miami. Prices are at an all time low in the area and sellers are willing to pay part if not all of the closing costs. Frank we have over 560 listings in the area and some of them are bank owned. If you have any questions or would like to see some of the properties near Mercy Hospital, don't hesitate to contact me. I'm sure you will love everything Miami offers. ... more
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Wed Oct 23, 2013
Laura Karambelas answered:
I'm from Chicago and I have a place in Aventura. It's considered N. Miami, just North of Bal Harbour. It's close to the beaches, awesome shopping(Aventura Mall is well known) restaurants and Gulf Stream race course. It takes me maybe 15-20 minutes to drive to South Beach. I absolutely love the location.

I usually fly into Ft. Lauderdale, less crowded than Miami Intl. and a short drive. It's a great place.

If you need an agent down there, I can refer you to one.

Laura Karambelas
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Fri Apr 18, 2008
Nice Profile answered:
Wow, How do we answer this question? The best things about Miami are the people, the beaches, the entertainment, the food, the nightlife, the sun, the climate, and I could be here for ever. Experience Miami. ... more
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Fri Apr 1, 2011
Myke Atwater answered:
Probably not in your or my lifetime!! Jury is still out on what, if any, truth is in the concept of global warming--a comet might hit the earth, too, and some things we simply can't control!! No immediate indication that sea level rise is having any effect on the coastal areas of the US. You probably have more floods in the midwest than we do here in Florida!! ... more
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Mon Mar 24, 2008
Jose Castillo Lic REA answered:
Hello Alexis,

As far as i know there is NO Augustine or agustine street in south beach or miami beach.
the only "A" named streets are as follows, Ari, Aqua, Alton and Abbott.
If you have a specific address i can try and locate that for if if you want?
just contact me at your convenience.
Hope this helps.
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Fri Jan 16, 2009
Ines Hegedus-Garcia answered:
Julio - there is no maximum under the law.
The amount of cimmission is negotiable and arrived by agreement between the broker and buyer or seller. Neither FREC nor Florida law establishes or regulates the amount of commission paid. The sahring of brokerage compensation witha a party to the real estate transaction is allowed as long as there is full disclosure to all interested parties. The commission is disclosed in the purchase contract for everyone to see and the Realtor is prohibited from receiving a kickback or rebate without prior full disclosure.
Hope that helps!
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Tue Feb 1, 2011
Philippe D answered:
The Village of Palmetto Bay is a vibrant community of more than 25,000 residents who enjoy its beautiful surroundings and family-oriented atmosphere. Situated immediately west of beautiful Biscayne Bay, Palmetto Bay offers unique recreational opportunities and bay access for all to enjoy! Additionally, the Village is home to excellent public schools, all of which have annually earned the grade “A” under the State of Florida’s A+ Plan, as well as exceptional private schools.

Village residents enjoy the benefits of an extensive park system composed of six park facilities offering a myriad of opportunities ranging from active to passive, recreation to preservation, ground activities to water recreation, and a soon to be constructed neighborhood library. Its commercial corridor along South Dixie Highway is easily and quickly accessible from any location within Village limits. Restaurants, lodging and markets are a few of the service industries available to our residents and visitors.

You are welcome to visit the Village of Palmetto Bay Real Estate Home Page to search for homes in the area.
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Tue Apr 29, 2008
Frank Arteaga answered:
This beautiful neighborhood is made up of builder's 1/2 Acre lots all well groomed with plenty of room for Boats,Trailers Motor Homes
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