Thanksgiving Redesign

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With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it’s important to make sure that your home’s interior design is up to par for all those critical family gatherings that are bound to occur. Because lets face it, the holidays are without a doubt a time for joy and happiness, but they can be pretty stressful, as well. Don’t worry; interior design can be a tricky, time-consuming task that sometimes only succeeds with the right amount of testing and, most importantly, patience. So where do you begin with your Thanksgiving home makeover? Well, right here of course!

Decorating your home for the Fall is all about those quintessential warm, colors. But when you have loved ones over for Thanksgiving, why not give them something to talk about (besides all the delicious food) with a combination of interior design techniques that will provide, dare we say, an out of body experience! To begin, incorporate harvest colors and berry tones throughout your homes design and pair it with textures like leather or suede to tie that comforting feel all together. Don’t forget to throw in some still life pictures. Most importantly, appeal to their olfactory senses with some scented candles; why not go for the biggest Fall trend and try out some crackling Pumpkin spice candles.

Granted, however, some of these methods are commonplace when it comes to creating a warm inviting home for Thanksgiving. But some of the most important 2014 Fall trends would prove to brighten up your home in a dazzling way. Start with smaller details like candleholders or iconic detail pieces, one of the latest trends uses mixed materials like a metal base and stone setting above that. Geometric forms have also found their way into many homes in 2014, try your hand at the trend with furniture pieces that have geometric legs or honeycomb wall shelves to give your room a nice twist!

Another neat technique you can try out is to blend an outdoor feel with your indoor living space. Not only will this hot 2014 trend bring your space to life just in time for Thanksgiving, but finding an iconic piece could bring a modern twist to an elegant design, so make sure to make it one-of-a-kind in your home to leave your Thanksgiving guests breathless. Finding all these great pieces will surely benefit your Fall home redesign in time for the holidays, but keeping them true to a color palette will be the defining factor in tying it all together! Try some bronze hues to convey a serene, yet formal atmosphere. And don’t forget, of course, that pop of color for extra points!

Finally, show your creative side with some neat Thanksgiving DIY projects for that big dinner! Whether it’s pumpkin placements or golden acorns, each little detail will breathe new life into the easily forgotten-about spaces. Try placing fall leaves or flowers with warm colors throughout your home, whether it is the Thanksgiving table or bathrooms. All in all, Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks for all that we have and a time for family and friends, so sit back, and enjoy the holiday!



New Miami Projects To Look Out For

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It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that Miami is going through some massive changes at this precise moment! Even amidst all of the climate change cries, Miami proves to stand strong in the real estate market as investors continue to take the risk of helping Miami expand. Not only has the Miami real estate boom been fueling the economy, but it’s also been the cause for new Miami projects to spring up out of the woodwork!

The surge in real estate has caused some of the most exciting new Miami projects to emerge in 2014 alone; however, most of them will not be completed for quite some time. Fisher Island showed some of the most recent new Miami projects with the first apartments springing up on the exclusive island for the first time since 2007. Backed by the demand for real estate, the new apartments appeal to homebuyers who are looking to join the luxurious island. This new real estate addition, however, is the smallest of the exciting Miami projects that are to be launched within the coming years.

One of the most speculated Miami projects is the upcoming Miami World Center. Although the initial proposal came with much opposition, the project promises to be transformative to the overall image of Miami, with over 1 million square feet of retail space, 1,800 rooms dedicated to the Marriott Marquis hotel. Reports suggest that the project is the largest development project that is currently taking place in the United States, generating approximately $1 billion in economic growth for the region. Not to mention, the project will be connecting to another new Miami project!

The new Miami World Center project would be connected to the Miami Central Station. The new project titled MiamiCentral would be a massive change to the downtown Miami scene. Not only would the station boast remarkable architectural design, but further drive the economic growth of the city. More excitingly however, the new project would be the flagship icon of the All Aboard Florida project that promises to connect major destinations of South Florida via train.

These are simply a few among the new Miami projects that will be springing up within the next coming years. Some of which, we’ll see sooner than others. However, one thing is for certain, the new projects will promise to revolutionize the way Miami is viewed as a destination city. Even more so, the combination of the financial growth and real estate success will only continue to amaze Miami natives by cultivating future growth! And we can’t wait!

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Haunted Houses on the Market

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We know what you’re thinking…who on earth would possibly want to buy a haunted house, much less live in one! Well, you’d be pleasantly surprised that haunted houses are a rather strange and unique niche market that doesn’t just appear in the spirit of Halloween. Now, let’s ignore everyone’s burning question about whether ghosts exist or not, because quite frankly, everyone’s opinion differs. So whether you believe in them or not, haunted houses are out there on the market…and they’re stirring up quite some appeal.

You’ve probably heard about some of the haunted houses that are currently for sale, or we should say…you’ve probably seen. Many films revolve around the prospect of a house that is haunted by ghosts, like horror classic Amityville Horror. Most of these houses are classified as being haunted because of their gruesome past, which could put potential owners on edge. Real estate agents abide by a strict ethical code of disclosing pertinent information to tenants such as if a home has had a death occur in it before. But being haunted? There’s a little bit of a gray area that agents hopefully do not ever enter.

Some notable examples of haunted houses that have been on the market include the previously mentioned Amityville house, which was featured in 11 films because of the past owner who shot and killed his entire family. Another example was the Sowden house, which belonged to the prime suspect of the infamous Black Dahlia murder, which was never truly confirmed, but widely speculated about. Even haunted mansions that are listed on the market draw in many buyers curious about the property, like the Blairsden Mansion, an orphanage that was subject to heinous crimes in 1950.

So why go through the trouble of investing in a haunted house? One would assume that having a ghoulish history would mean that there’s a major discount involved, but some suggest that it’s quite the opposite! Potential buyers WANT to live in a haunted house! As a result, the mere idea that ghosts are present can raise the property value of a home! Who would have thought! Buyers are interested because of the potential of creating something unique like a haunted bed and breakfast, which allows for the house to be sold at a remarkable rate! Regardless of how many times it’s been placed on the market. Even television producers want a piece of the action, which was the case with the first season of American Horror Story. The series took place in the gorgeous (and spooky) LA mansion that has been on and off the market for around $5 million! Whatever the reason may be, it’s clearly evident that haunted houses are hot right now! Would you invest in one? Let us know!


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Historic Miami In Danger

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Miami is regarded across the globe as a top travel destination. The sand, beaches and beautiful people are surely appealing enough to draw in tourists and inhabitants from all around the world. But Miami is criticized for one thing (alright maybe a couple of things), the lack of historical elements across the city. Granted, there are a few historical landmarks and trademarks that can be branded as true Miami, but in comparison to major historic cities, Miami tends to fall rather short. That’s not to say there is no history in Miami, that certainly isn’t the problem, however the growing population coupled with the tendency to tear down historical buildings certainly isn’t helping.

Don’t get us wrong, we’re all for the growth of Miami real estate, but isn’t it worth discussing that historical landmarks are haphazardly being removed? Between 2011 and 2012, homeowners removed more homes that predated 1942 than in the past 7 years in total! Many have pushed for any home that was built before this year to go before a committee before any work was to be done on it, but their propositions have been declined. Even past residential historic Miami, the commercial aspect is facing a great deal of danger, as well. Just last month, the historic church on Lincoln Road was being threatened to be torn down to be used for further retail space, however preservation groups immediately tried to appeal any movement whatsoever.

However, it isn’t ALL bad news! On the other hand, there seems to be a number of growing developments, which are actively avoiding historic Miami and promising to bring new job and revenue to Miami, as a whole. For example, a mega mall that has slowly been moving forward to be one of the largest retail destinations in South Florida, spanning over 10 blocks! Further developments like the All Aboard Florida project promises to expand, not just Miami, but Florida as a whole, with the central hub being in Miami as plans go forward to unveil the station hub that is reminiscent of Grand Central Station…with a modern twist of course! Even parts of historic Miami are being protected like the Miami Marine Stadium, which is currently in the process of receiving donations to restore the landmark! In the end, maybe the act of removing and restoring are cancelling each other out when it comes to historic Miami, but one thing is for certain, we should be more mindful of our beloved city’s history! What are your thoughts? Should Miami be more mindful when it comes to historic landmarks?


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Property Value Boosters  

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Changing your homes property value is a make-or-break game, and a tough one at that. It seems like property value killers are waiting around the turn of every corner for the right…err…wrong time to strike. Even factors that you have no control over can reduce the price of your home like closed schools, landfills and foreclosed homes within 250 feet! But to every yin there is a yang, and there are several fixes and hidden gems that can be used to your advantage to bolster the value of your home.

Granted, there are simply some influencers of property value that we cannot change. Plain and simple. A relatable example would be your neighbors. If you have the misfortune of having neighbors who are loud or do not provide decent upkeep to their land and property, the value of your home could be affected in turn. Alternatively, however, if you happen to have great neighbors, the value of your home will without a doubt witness an increase. Not to mention studies have shown that friendly neighbors are even good for your heart! Who would’ve thought!

But don’t be discouraged; there are still many different tactics that you can implement in order to raise the value of your home, which one you choose is entirely up to you, however, and depends on your financial situation, as well as the layout and condition of your home. Lets begin with one of the most obvious choices, redoing your kitchen! While redoing your entire kitchen can be an ongoing and lengthy project, a quicker step to take would be to make over your cabinets. Now this doesn’t necessarily mean replacing them entirely, in some cases, you can simply slap on a fresh coat of paint to give your kitchen a quick facelift and, ultimately, raise your property value.

Most people seem to forget that when someone is considering making a purchase, they envision themselves fitting into whatever they plan to buy. Homes are no different, if your buyer can’t see himself or herself…or anything else because of all the clutter a home has, your value will decrease. So make sure you declutter your home and make you space viewable. But don’t get too caught up on the inside of your house that you completely ignore the outside. Your homes landscaping and greenery can play a big part of raising your property value. The addition of a garden can even raise your homes price by up to 25%!

In the end, increasing your property value is a tricky situation, as a whole. It can go one-way or another and ultimately, is an investment, but one that usually pays off. So take the first step and plan some weekend projects to get yourself started on that higher price for your home on the market!

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Foreign Investment and Miami Real Estate

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Miami’s expanding skyline could easily be attributed to a number of possible contributors. One might think that it is due to a population growth or a stabilizing economy, and therefore, real estate market. Both answers are correct. But what if we told you that it was primarily due to foreign investment, which has helped Miami a tremendous amount in terms of it’s real estate growth, and well, skyline development. Initially, the Miami downtown area had very slow, stable growth, but within the past years has quite literally skyrocketed. This doesn’t simply just happen everywhere, in fact, many cities have been pushing for foreign investment, but have fallen flat. So why Miami?

Miami is a major tourist destination, the city attracts dozens in pursuit of beauty, luxury, and of course…beaches. But this barely scratches the surface as to why it has witnessed such rapid growth because of foreign investors. The main reason– because it is considered to be the “Capital of Latin America” by many. Studies by the Miami Downtown Development Authority suggest that 90% of new condo demand in the downtown area is primarily from foreign buyers.

The large influx of foreign attention can be traced back to several distinct variables that make Miami the prime destination for them to place their investment money for safekeeping. From a financial standpoint, Miami offers low prices and low interest rates as opposed to Latin American destinations. However, from an aesthetic perspective, the potential of investing in Miami is absolutely boundless. Not only does Miami promise a beautiful permanent or vacation home, but the prospect of the United States and the opportunity for a better lifestyle are major perks, as well. Not to mention the biggest drawing factor of Latin American suitors, the culture which is a vibrant infusion of both Latin and American!


Essentially, this has a huge trickle down effect on both Miami Real Estate and the quality of living within the area. A combination of demand from both domestic and foreign buyers have allowed for the real estate market to reach record levels of sales in 2014. Not to mention the city growth itself like the recent approval of SkyRise Miami which is calling for foreign investors to back the project by granting them an EB-5 visa, a green card for foreigners who invest $500,000 to $1 million in the United States. At this rate the growth caused by foreign investors shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon and will ultimately contribute.foreign investment


Crowdfunding Real Estate: An Emerging Trend

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We’ve all seen examples of crowdfunding in it’s various forms. Usually posts are circulated around Facebook and share the users story in order to gain some donation from friends willing to help. The tactic to raise money can be used to gain support for college tuition, gadget development, surgery costs, or even to buy a new bicycle! Crowdfunding can essentially be used for anything and when backed by the massive power of social media available at everyone’s fingertips, the trend is quickly catching on and taking new shapes. It’s newest face? Real estate.

So how exactly does crowdfunding work? Essentially it’s asking for funding for an idea, project, or virtually anything imaginable and giving back a small thank you contribution to those who support your crowdfunding proposal. Therein lies the challenge when it comes to real estate crowdfunding…giving back. But with this bigger challenge lies a possibility for a greater reward. When a contributor invests in a real estate project, they are given a piece of ownership to the business venture. In the event that the crowdfunded real estate project is successful, the benefactors could garner a major return.

Just in the last year alone, a handful of real estate crowdfunding websites have sprung up and raised massive amounts of supporters backing the projects. Even real estate pros are taking notice of the crowdfunding techniques and giving it a try on their own like Jay Massirman, who has been in the real estate business for over 30 years. Massirman decided to try his hand at crowdfunding for an Orlando project although it would be his first time using the technique to gain support. In the end, who’s to say that crowdfunding for real estate won’t be a massive success? Although it is too early to tell right now, the idea of owning a piece of a successful piece of realty is enough to drive influential investors to the idea.crowdfunding