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Daylight Savings – November 2nd

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

How Daylight Savings Time Got Started

Article from www.nationalatlas.gov

Don’t forget to set your clocks backward 1 hour this Saturday night before bed.

Ever wonder how Daylight Savings started? Below is a brief history.

Daylight Savings EndsDaylight Saving Time is a change in the standard time of each time zone. Time zones were first used by the railroads in 1883 to standardize their schedules. According to The Canadian Encyclopedia Plus by McClelland & Stewart Inc., Canada’s “[Sir Sandford] Fleming also played a key role in the development of a worldwide system of keeping time. Trains had made obsolete the old system where major cities and regions set clocks according to local astronomical conditions. Fleming advocated the adoption of a standard or mean time and hourly variations from that according to established time zones. He was instrumental in convening an International Prime Meridian Conference in Washington in 1884 at which the system of international standard time — still in use today — was adopted.”

In 1918, the U.S. Congress made the U.S. rail zones official under federal law and gave the responsibility to make any changes to the Interstate Commerce Commission, the only federal transportation regulatory agency at the time. When Congress created the Department of Transportation in 1966, it transferred the responsibility for the time laws to the new department.

The American law by which we turn our clock forward in the spring and back in the fall is known as the Uniform Time Act of 1966. The law does not require that anyone observe Daylight Saving Time; all the law says is that if we are going to observe Daylight Saving Time, it must be done uniformly.

Daylight Saving Time has been around for most of this century. In 1918, in order to conserve resources for the war effort, the U.S. Congress placed the country on Daylight Saving Time for the remainder of WW I. It was observed for seven months in 1918 and 1919. The law, however, proved so unpopular that it was later repealed.

When America went to war again, Congress reinstated Daylight Saving Time on February 9, 1942. Time in the U.S. was advanced one hour to save energy. It remained advanced one hour forward year-round until September 30, 1945.

From 1945 to 1966, there was no U.S. law about Daylight Saving Time. So, states and localities were free to observe Daylight Saving Time or not.

This, however, caused confusion — especially for the broadcasting industry, and for trains and buses. Because of the different local customs and laws, radio and TV stations and the transportation companies had to publish new schedules every time a state or town began or ended Daylight Saving Time.

By 1966, some 100 million Americans were observing Daylight Saving Time through their own local laws and customs. Congress decided to step in end the confusion and establish one pattern across the country. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 (15 U.S. Code Section 260a) created Daylight Saving Time to begin on the last Sunday of April and to end on the last Sunday of October. Any area that wanted to be exempt from Daylight Saving Time could do so by passing a local ordinance. The law was amended in 1986 to begin Daylight Saving Time on the first Sunday in April.

As one of Miami’s best realtors, you will find that I am honest & knowledgeable with over 10 years of experience selling homes in numerous areas within Miami-Dade. As a Miami native, I not only know but specialize in many neighborhoods including Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Key Biscayne, Miami Beach, High Pines, and South Miami.

If you are considering buying or selling your home and would like to work with an excellent realtor who specializes in any of these areas, feel free to contact me directly at 786-488-9756 or email me at John@JohnSeidel.com today for your consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.

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WHY SELLERS OVERPRICE THEIR HOMES

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Tips for pricing your home right.

Article from Real Times

There’s one piece of advice that every real estate agent on earth will tell you – “If you overprice your home, it will take longer to sell and sell for less money.”

Yet, sellers ignore them, and overprice their homes anyway, hoping their home will be the one to defy market physics. Why do they do it? Lots of reasons:

  • south florida home listings riseThey feel entitled to make a profit
  • They don’t want to bring money to closing
  • They feel their home is superior to other similar homes
  • They want a return on improvements and repairs
  • They want to buy a bigger, more expensive home
  • They want to pay off credit card and student loan debts
  • They want to pay for college, retirement or some other financial goal
  • They think buyers want to negotiate
  • They think real estate agents can get it sold for more if they just work harder

Did you notice that not a single one of those reasons has anything to do with the current market value of the home?

According to an older study from real estate community Zillow.com, sellers often base their asking prices on their original purchase price. In other words, they want to live in the home for a number of years, and then sell it for more than they paid for it so they can meet personal financial goals, such as buying a bigger home or putting more toward retirement.

That’s understandable, considering that typically, homes beat inflation by one or two points, but the market doesn’t always cooperate. Buyers may not like the improvements you made to your home. Your home may have been in a trendy neighborhood when you purchased it, but now buyers are flocking somewhere else.

If you overprice, your home is going to stagnate on the market. The right buyer for your home might not know your home exists if they use price perimeters to search for a home. That means a typical search between $175,000 and $200,000 won’t include your home priced at $205,000.

Buyers tend to search in increments depending on scale – $10,000 increments for $100,000 homes and $100,000 increments for million-dollar homes. Pricing just over a logical range end point like at $255,000 or $505,000 will exclude that home from some search results, say experts.

Setting a high price with wiggle room to reduce the price later is not a successful strategy. You might get some showings, but you won’t get offers. Your home could sit without an offer for a month or two before you take action to reduce the price. Once you reduce the price, buyers tend to think there’s something wrong with the house, sending potential offers even lower.

Instead, price your home just under break points. $249,000 instead of $255,000. Since you’re already expecting to negotiate, a lower price point might get you a full-price offer from a buyer who recognizes that your home is a good buy.

As one of Miami’s best realtors, you will find that I am honest & knowledgeable with over 10 years of experience selling homes in numerous areas within Miami-Dade. As a Miami native, I not only know but specialize in many neighborhoods including Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Key Biscayne, Miami Beach, High Pines, and South Miami.

If you are considering buying or selling your home and would like to work with an excellent realtor who specializes in any of these areas, feel free to contact me directly at 786-488-9756 or email me at John@JohnSeidel.com today for your consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.

Check back with us frequently as we are constantly posting the latest sales, statistics, and local news on Miami’s Real Estate market.

JUST SOLD… before it hit the market

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Blog, Sold, Sold in Coconut Grove | 0 comments

3034 Orange St, Coconut Grove 33133

Coconut GroveJUST SOLD… With its beautifully modern design, this Townhome in Center Grove sold for a great price. The 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath with pool displays it’s sleek and simple design that follows throughout the home. Bedrooms are found upstairs, the spacious light and bright living areas are downstairs. The kitchen is a chef’s delight.

I would like to congratulate my sellers along with the buyers.

As one of Miami’s best realtors, you will find that I am honest & knowledgeable with over 10 years of experience selling homes in numerous areas within Miami-Dade. As a Miami native, I not only know but specialize in many neighborhoods including Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Key Biscayne, Miami Beach, High Pines, and South Miami.

If you are considering buying or selling your home and would like to work with an excellent realtor who specializes in any of these areas, feel free to contact me directly at 786-488-9756 or email me at John@JohnSeidel.com today for your consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.

Check back with us frequently as we are constantly posting the latest sales, statistics, and local news on Miami’s Real Estate market.

Friday Night Events

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Friday Night Events happening in your neighborhood.

 

Palmetto Bay’s Halloween Movie Night

Shotel Transylvaniatarts at 6 PM – Movie begins at 7 PM
Free Admission

This year’s Village of Palmetto Bay’s Trick-or-Treat Party / Halloween Movie Night is themed “Where Monsters Go”. The event will take place at Coral Reef Park and is free and open to the public. There will be various stands for your children to go trick-or-treat making it a safe and fun environment. Whether your child comes dressed in their best costume or you, all who enter with a costume will automatically receive a raffle ticket to win terrific prizes.

The feature film for this event will be Hotel Transylvania. The film will start at 7 PM.

For more information you can visit the Village of Palmetto Bay

 

The Village of Pinecrest “Track or Treat”

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Free Admission

This year the Village of Pinecrest will be hosting a safe and friendly “Track” or Treat event at Evelyn Greer Park located at 8200 SW 124th St. The Village of Pinecrest Parks and Recreation along with other local businesses will be passing out treats to all princesses and knights, witches and superheros, and all other friends who come out to participate in the fun. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information you can visit the Village of Pinecrest

 

Monsters in the Moonlight

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Movie starts at 10PM
Tickets: $75 in advance – $100 at the door

Come and enjoy a night of fright with madness and mayhem in the Parks of Pinecrest Garden. Arrive in your favorite Halloween costume masked and ready to explore the hunted grounds of the Gardens. If you are lucky, you may see the resident ghost who lives in the Lower Gardens.

The event will also include dancing, cocktails and delicious Monster Bites. It all ends with the special screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and a special host.

For more information you can visit the Village of Pinecrest

 

Coconut Groves: Howl-O-Ween at CocoWalk

Kids Howl-O-Ween: 2 PM – 7 PMpumpkin carving tips
Adults Howl-O-Ween: 7 PM – 3 AM

CocoWalk’s Howl-O-Ween begins with children trick-or-treating along it’s storefronts. There will be entertainers such as clowns, magicians, a face painter and more. The Miami Marlins will also be participating with fun activities for the kid’s along with Adrienne Arsht Center giving away Broadway tickets to Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

All this fun begins at 2 PM with a kid’s costume contest at 4:30 PM and ends a 7 PM.

But wait! As the sun goes down and the night begins to settle in, CocoWalk’s courtyard turns into a Halloween Party for the adults. There will be a live DJ, costume parties with an adult costume contest at 9:30 PM, great food and lots of people watching.

For more information you can visit CocoWalk

As one of Miami’s best realtors, you will find that I am honest & knowledgeable with over 10 years of experience selling homes in numerous areas within Miami-Dade. As a Miami native, I not only know but specialize in many neighborhoods including Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Key Biscayne, Miami Beach, High Pines, and South Miami.

If you are considering buying or selling your home and would like to work with an excellent realtor who specializes in any of these areas, feel free to contact me directly at 786-488-9756 or email me at John@JohnSeidel.com today for your consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.

Check back with us frequently as we are constantly posting the latest sales, statistics, and local news on Miami’s Real Estate market.

Real Estate Market Update

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Real Estate Market continues to show signs of growth.

sold listingsDespite the obstacles that appear in our economy, the housing market remains strong.

With the drop in interest rates this week and the Real Estate market growing, now is a great time to Sell or Buy Real Estate.

Inventory still remains low throughout Miami – Dade but the median home prices have increased from last year.

Below are my recent sales that display how well the market is doing.

3160 Shipping Ave, Coconut Grove
8910 SW 197th Ter, Cutler Bay
10001 SW 60th Ave, Pinecrest
2501 Brickell Ave, Miami
4104 Ventura, Coconut Grove
8250 SW 86th Ter, Miami
2610 Country Club Prado, Coral Gables
7000 SW 148th Ter, Palmetto Bay
334 Sarto Ave, Coral Gables

Click on a neighborhood below to take a look at what is happening in your area:

Coconut Grove

Coral Gables

Pinecrest

Key Biscayne

Miami-Dade

As one of Miami’s best realtors, you will find that I am honest & knowledgeable with over 10 years of experience selling homes in numerous areas within Miami-Dade. As a Miami native, I not only know but specialize in many neighborhoods including Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Key Biscayne, Miami Beach, High Pines, and South Miami.

If you are considering buying or selling your home and would like to work with an excellent realtor who specializes in any of these areas, feel free to contact me directly at 786-488-9756 or email me at John@JohnSeidel.com today for your consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.

Check back with us frequently as we are constantly posting the latest sales, statistics, and local news on Miami’s Real Estate market.