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Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

What’s happening in your Neighborhood?

Check out the list of October events happening throughout the month.

Coconut Grove
Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival
Pumpkin patchOctober 4th – 5th from 10 AM – 6 PM
Peacock Park
Tickets: Kids 10 & Under $15 (Includes unlimited Rides) – 11 Years & Up $10

Fun for the whole family with 5,000 pumpkins to choose form the patch, kiddy rides, dress-your-own scarecrow, Pumpkin Food Court, adult pumpkin designing, and the Pumpkin Beer Garden!
For more information coconutgrove.com/coconut-grove-pumpkin-patch/

 

Grovetoberfest
Grovetoberfest beerOctober 18th from 2:30 PM – 7 PM
Peacock Park
Tickets: General Admission $40 – Beer Socialite Package $70

Come celebrate a festival of BEER and choose from over 300 great beers from across the world. Present will be the Kitchen Lab, Miami’s Best Homebrew contest, Beer Tasting 101, and live entertainment throughout the day.
For more information www.grovetoberfest.com/

 

Coconut Grove Seafood Festival
Seafood festivalOctober 19th starting at 11 AM
Peacock Park
Tickets: Pre-Purchase $15 – At the Door $20

Join in the celebration of seafood with bushels of shrimp, oysters, crawfish, lobster, clams and fresh fish. Taste the savory flavors from around the world including countries such as the Bahamas, Jamaica, Latin America, Peru, Asia and more. Also enjoy the “Grove Wharf” which is a farmers market meets seafood.
For more information visit their facebook page www.facebook.com/CoconutGroveSeafoodFestival

 

Pinecrest
Monsters in the Moonlight
Monsters in the MoonlightOctober 31st Starts at 7 PM – Movie at 10 PM
Pinecrest Gardens
Tickets: $75

The all new “Monsters in the Moonlight” will leave you breathless as it gets your heart pounding while you explore the haunted paths of the gardens hoping not to come across the ghost that lives in the Lower Gardens. Enjoy a night of fright with dancing, cocktails by Bacardi, delicious Monster Bites, and the special screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”.

For more information www.pinecrest-fl.gov/index.aspx?page=591

 

Palmetto Bay
Halloween Movie Night
Halloween movie nightOctober 31st
Time TBA
Coral Reef Park

Join the Village of Palmetto Bay as they host Halloween Movie Night under the stars at Coral Reef Park. It will be a fun evening with family and friends including a trick-or-treat event and costume contest. More details to come later.

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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Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Pumpkin Patch Festival

 

pumpkin patch coconut groveCome kick-off Fall with the Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival on October 4th and 5th at Peacock Park from 10 AM – 6 PM.

There will be an impressive pumpkin patch with 5,000 pumpkins to choose from! Also included in the festival will be a variety of fun activities for the whole family. There will be unlimited kiddie carnival rides for the children, a hay and cornstalk maze, a scarecrow village where you get to dress-your-own scarecrow, hay rides, and on-going shows and activities on the main stage!

There is also fun for the Adults with the opportunity to decorate your pumpkin on-site or enjoy the Pumpkin Food Court where you can find savory and sweet pumpkin delights as well as delicious fair food favorites! You can also enjoy the Pumpkin Beer Garden too!

Ticket pricing:
• $15 for Kids 10 & Under (kids entrance includes wristband for unlimited kiddie carnival rides)
• $10 General Admission for Everyone 11 Years & Up
• FREE for Babies Up to 2 years old (does not include any kiddie carnival rides)

For more information visit http://coconutgrove.com/coconut-grove-pumpkin-patch/

 

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.

Open House Coconut Grove

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in Blog, Coconut Grove Real Estate, Listings | 0 comments

Sunday, September 28th from 1 – 3 PM

Excellent Location & Luscious Courtyard

Coconut Grove Real Estate For Sale

4 Bedrooms

2325 Lincoln AveBeautiful Spanish style architecture with luscious tropical courtyard entrance in excellent location close to Kennedy Park, Fresh Market and Coconut Grove. Upon entrance into the vast living and dining room you are greeted by the light and bright ambiance along with the high ceilings, beautiful Travertine floors found throughout the first floor and the stunning Brazilian IPE wood staircase that stands as the focal point. Stroll through to the family room and open kitchen that overlook the tropical pool and patio area. The kitchen boasts beautiful wood cabinetry, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. There are four bedrooms and three full bathrooms upstairs. The half bath is located downstairs. The upstairs has gorgeous wood floors throughout except in the bathrooms which have marble flooring. The bathrooms also have wall to wall marble. There is a large walk-in closet in the master suite as well as an open balcony overlooking the pool area.

2325 Lincoln AveOther features of the home include:
• 4th Bedroom is a Large Office/Den
• Full Hurricane Impact Windows & Doors
• High Open Ceilings
• Crown Molding Throughout
• Laundry Room Upstairs
• 1 A/C Unit Upstairs
• Separate A/C Unit Downstairs
• 1 Car Garage 13 x 24 FT w/High Ceilings
• The Approximate Living Area Per Appraiser is 3,450 Sq Ft

Pool is a Saltwater System

 

Property details: 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,450 sq ft, 6,515 lot size

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2325 Lincoln Ave, Coconut Grove, FL 33133

New Price: $1,295,000

(Click here to view a video presentation of this Coconut Grove Real Estate For Sale)

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.

5 Factors Raising Your Home Insurance Premiums

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Tips when shopping for home insurance

Article by Realtor.com

home insuranceHomeowner’s insurance: if you’re buying a home, you have to have it to protect yourself—and your savings—from life’s big surprises. But the insurance premiums don’t always come cheap.

Your premiums will affect how much you pay for the cost of homeownership each month, but by how much depends on several factors.

There are some things you can do to keep your costs down without sacrificing the coverage you need.

1. Coverage Amounts and Deductibles

At a basic level, your coverage amount and deductible will have a big impact on how much you pay monthly.

Your coverage level is the maximum amount you can use to repair or replace damage to your home and possessions—and to cover medical expenses after an accident. The deductible is the amount you pay for damage after making a claim, before the insurance kicks in.

The higher your deductible, the lower your insurance premium.

To keep your costs low, make sure you aren’t over- or under-insured. While having less insurance coverage than you need could hurt you in the long run, having too much will raise your monthly premiums.

Keeping a high deductible will lower your monthly costs, but you’ll have to pay it upfront before getting assistance if you file a claim.

2. Home Age, Features and Materials

The age of your home, property features and even building materials can affect your homeowner’s insurance premiums.

For example, since older homes tend to develop problems in these areas more frequently than newer ones:
■Electrical wiring
■Plumbing
■Roofing
■Foundation

Some renovations to ward against common problems may keep your insurance down, but check with your provider first.

Certain features of your home (regardless of its age) can also impact upon your insurance premiums—like swimming pools and hot tubs—and can raise your rates, while other features can get you a discount. For example, adding an alarm system, gated entrances and security fences may benefit your premiums.

Insurance costs may also be linked to the materials used in the construction of the property. For example, wood shingles or siding could be considered a greater risk than those made from other materials, as they can catch on fire more easily and can contribute to water problems.

3. Location

Some home insurers use data about which neighborhoods have more claims than others, and they increase their rates accordingly.

They also often look at the distance of your home from the nearest fire station and whether the area is prone to earthquakes and flooding (in which case, the policy may not include coverage without an additional rider and premium).

Consider these factors and their impact on the cost of your homeowner’s insurance before purchasing your home.

4. Pets

While some states, such as Michigan and Pennsylvania, have laws prohibiting insurance providers from blacklisting customers due to the breed of their pet, insurance providers in other areas may still raise your rates—or deny you all together—if your pet is on their restricted list.

To combat this, shop around with different insurance companies. Many “pet-friendly” insurance companies do not deny customers based on their pets and may offer better rates.

5. Credit Rating

Your credit score can affect your home insurance premiums.

Often, homeowners with lower credit scores will pay higher insurance premiums.

To avoid the ding, keep your credit scores in check by paying your bills on time and avoiding high debt accumulation.

Other Factors

While it won’t apply to everyone, other factors can also influence your rate:
■Operating a business from your home
■Living in an area prone to natural disasters
■Owning expensive items that require extra coverage

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.

How to Pick Paint Colors

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

Paint has remodeling power when you use it to emphasize a room’s best features or play down the flaws.

 

Article by HouseLogic

Choosing the right paint colorEvery home suffers a few negatives, but not every solution requires pricey structural changes. Paint is an often-overlooked, low-cost remodeler’s remedy for common complaints with interiors, offering the chameleon-like ability to lighten, warm, enlarge, erase, or attract attention.

“Paint is a powerful tool that can enhance the architectural character and intent of space,” says Minneapolis architect Petra Schwartze of TEA2 Architects. “As you choose your paint, think about what the experience in the room should be.”

More Schwartze advice:
Always sample paint colors on a few walls. Don’t be shy about painting a few large swaths on walls and trim to consider the effect of natural and artificial lighting. Add samples to opposite sides of a room to judge the paint color from different angles.
Check the space with the samples in place and watch how the paint color changes at different times of the day.
Evaluate your reaction to the proposed colors: Does the space feel cozy or is the openness enhanced?

How to enlarge space with color

Painting walls white, cream, pastels, or cool colors (tinged with blue or green) creates the illusion of more space by reflecting light. Paint trim similar to walls (or use white on trim) to ensure a seamless appearance that visually expands space.

White or light colors lift a ceiling; darker shades can have a similar effect if you select a high-gloss paint sheen, which reflects light and enhances space.

Employ a monochromatic scheme to amplify the dimensions of a room. Select furnishings in one color and paint walls and trim to match. Lack of contrast makes a room seem more spacious.

Make walls appear taller by extending wall color onto the ceiling. Create a 6- to 12-inch-wide border of wall color on the entire ceiling perimeter, or wherever walls meet the ceiling.

Vertical and horizontal stripes of alternating color can make a room grand. While vertical stripes enhance room height by drawing the eye upward, horizontal stripes lure your gaze around the perimeter, making walls seem further away. Use similar light colors for low-contrast stripes, and your room will look even larger.

Creating intimacy

When a space feels cavernous, draw walls inward and make it cozy with warm colors (red-tinged) because darker hues absorb light. Similarly, a dark or warm color overhead (in a flat finish) helps make rooms with high or vaulted ceilings less voluminous.

Give peace a chance

The right paint choice can lend tranquility to a bathroom, master suite, or other quiet, personal space. A palette of soft, understated color or muted tones help you instill a calming atmosphere. Some good choices include pale lavenders, light grays or greens, and wispy blues.

Define your assets

Call out notable features in a room with paint. Dress crown mouldings and other trims in white to make them pop against walls with color. Make a fireplace or other feature a focal point by painting it a color that contrasts with walls.

“Using a higher sheen of paint on woodwork, such as baseboards and door or window casings,” says Schwartze, “creates a crisp edge and clear transition from the wall to the trim.”

Hide flaws

Not everything should stand out in a space. Using a low-contrast palette is a good way to hide unappealing elements or flaws. Conduit, radiators, and other components painted the same color as the wall will seem to disappear.

Selecting low-sheen or flat paint colors also helps hide flaws. Unless walls are smooth, avoid using high-gloss paint because it reflects light and calls attention to an uneven surface.

What’s the cost?

As a DIY job, painting a 12-by-12-ft. space costs about $150, including paint, primer, brushes, drop cloths, and other painting tools and supplies. A professionally painted room using high-quality, brand-name paint costs $200-$400.

 

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.

Sale in Historic Country Club Prado, Coral Gables

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Blog, Housing, Sold in Coral Gables | 0 comments

2610 Country Club Prado, Coral Gables, Florida 33134

1926 Country Club Prado

 

6 Bedrooms
4.2-1/2 Baths
4,248 Sq. Ft
18,000 Sq. Ft Lot

Sales Price: $1,230,000

2610 Country Club Prado

 

Just sold this GORGEOUS 1926 Old Spanish home in HISTORIC Coral Gables Country Club Prado, located South of Coral Way. This home features a large living room, formal dining room, family room plus a sunny Florida room, eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, 5 bedrooms upstairs, one powder room downstairs, one powder room upstairs, a 17’ X 36’ pool, and a detached 1 bedroom, 1 bath guest house over a 2 car garage.

I’d like to congratulate my seller as well as to the new buyers who plan on restoring a part of Coral Gables History in to a Grand Beauty.

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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.

Downtown Miami Art Days

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Full weekend of culture at Downtown Art Days

Article by Coconut Grove Grapevine
Art Days Downtown MiamiDowntown Miami Art Days is coming to the downtown Miami from Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21.

Over 170 events will take part in this third annual event; it’s a really packed weekend for art and culture lovers. Sort of a mini Art Basel.

There are not only exhibitions and art projects, but there are walking and bike tours, art parties and family events all in and around Downtown Miami.

Venues include the Adrienne Arsht Center, Bayfront Park, Brickell Metrorail Station, the Freedom Tower, Museum Park, the Perez Art Museum and lots of smaller galleries and venues.

Start at “the Hub” at A1A Miami Center for Architecture & Design at 100 NE 1st Avenue and make your way around.

We’re lucky in the Grove that we have two Metrorail stations, so that’s the easiest way to avoid parking nightmares downtown.

The Art Days Bicyling Events are a big part of the weekend and lots of riders are excited about the History on Wheels tours and the Cultural Trail, also BeachedMiami has a Bike Tour where you’ll take a bike tour to downtown Miami’s finest art spaces. Enjoy a private tour of the CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals private collection) and take in a “sensory scent experience” created by artist Nick Lobo. Harnessed dancers will be up and down the walls of Miami-Dade College. Meet at the CIFO’s bamboo-lined courtyard (1018 N. Miami Avenue).

For more info, visit their the here: dwntwnarts.com, dates and times will be listed.

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.

Increased Interest Rates Likely in Miami

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Even a 1 percent increase would hurt homeowners

Article by the Real Deal

raising interest ratesInterest rates are set to rise, experts say. And that increase will likely have a negative effect on mortgage lenders and borrowers and hinder home value appreciation, a local mortgage-lending firm told Miami Today.

However, local economists and bankers said a slight increase in interest rates would benefit some banks.

According to reports, the federal funds rate may rise in mid- to late-2015.

“I think it gives the Federal Reserve more reason to be cautious and not raise interest rates too quickly,” said Richard Dailey, president and CEO of Apollo Bank.

In practical terms, the owner of a home valued at $222,800, the median value for Miami-Dade according to Zillow, currently pays a monthly mortgage of about $1,746 including escrow and insurance. In other words, roughly 43 percent of the area’s median monthly gross income.

If interest rates rise by 1 percent, then 47 percent of the homeowner’s monthly gross income would be dedicated to mortgage payments, according to the newspaper.

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.

Coconut Grove Grapevine Blog

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

CoconutGroveGrapevine.blogspot.com

Coconut Grove Grapevine

The Coconut Grove Grapevine is a great site to check out for the latest happenings in the Grove, Coral Gables, Brickell and more. They keep up-to-date on the current events as well as politics. They are also a great resource to find out all the local things to do.

The Coconut Grove Grapevine is published and read daily by movers and shakers in Miami, local neighbors and tourists who are interested in Coconut Grove.

 

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.

Majority of Florida Home Sales Still All-Cash

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

In June, 51 percent of all homes were brought with cash

Article from the Real Deal

Home Equity Credit LineCash still rules South Florida home sales. In June, Florida ranked No. 1 in the nation in cash home sales, according to CoreLogic.

Some 51 percent of all closings in the state were paid for with cash in June, according to the Miami Herald.

And cash deals accounted for 58.7 percent of home sales in the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall area in June, and 58.5 percent in the Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach area, the CoreLogic data showed.

Nationally, cash sales fell to 33 percent of total home sales, the lowest level since September 2008, when the financial crisis struck.

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.