Calculating Your Asking Price

 

The best answer is get help from a real estate professional. But, if you only have a few minutes for a video, here are five points to consider.

1. Start With Measurement Learn the average per-square-foot price for recent sales in your neighborhood. That will not set your final price, but it is a baseline buyers will use.

2. Get Comparisons Ask for Comparative Market Analysis – comps – from several agents. Go through each comp with each agent to understand both competitive homes on the market AND each agents potential approach to yours.

3. Market Research. Do your own! – not just online, but in person. That will help you understand your market conditions and the buyers perspective realistically. Markets get hot and cold, up and down, and yours defines the sales envelope for your home.

4. Consider All Terms Price isnt all there is to a sale. Can you close faster? Finance or lease-option the sale yourself? Cover some closing costs? Your flexibility can make sales leverage.

5. It is Not Personal. The hardest tip of all. Most people are emotional about their home. Pricing, in the long run, is going to logical. Theyre buying your house,not your home & memories. Find a real estate professional you like and trustand let them help you through the process.

Applying For A Mortgage: Why So Much Paperwork?

Mortgage-Paperwork

We are often asked why there is so much paperwork mandated by the bank for a mortgage loan application when buying a home today. It seems that the bank needs to know everything about us and requires three separate sources to validate each and every entry on the application form.

Many buyers are being told by friends and family that the process was a hundred times easier when they bought their home ten to twenty years ago.

There are two very good reasons that the loan process is much more onerous on today’s buyer than perhaps any time in history.

The government has set new guidelines that now demand that the bank prove beyond any doubt that you are indeed capable of affording the mortgage. During the run-up in the housing market, many people ‘qualified’ for mortgages that they could never pay back. This led to millions of families losing their home. The government wants to make sure this can’t happen again
The banks don’t want to be in the real estate business. Over the last seven years, banks were forced to take on the responsibility of liquidating millions of foreclosures and also negotiating another million plus short sales. Just like the government, they don’t want more foreclosures. For that reason, they need to double (maybe even triple) check everything on the application.
However, there is some good news in the situation. The housing crash that mandated that banks be extremely strict on paperwork requirements also allowed you to get a mortgage interest rate probably at or below 4%.

The friends and family who bought homes ten or twenty ago experienced a simpler mortgage application process but also paid a higher interest rate (the average 30 year fixed rate mortgage was 8.12% in the 1990’s and 6.29% in the 2000’s). If you went to the bank and offered to pay 7% instead of <4%, they would probably bend over backwards to make the process much easier.

Bottom Line

Instead of concentrating on the additional paperwork required, let’s be thankful that we are able to buy a home at historically low rates.

Tired of renting and/or being a Tenant(s)? Thinking of selling your home?, looking to upgrade?, First Time buyer(s)? Buying your dream home this year? Call us, you know you can count on our help every step of the way while reaching your goal faster, easier and with a smile on your face. 📞786.554.8063 📧George@GeorgeAssal.com 💻 www.GeorgeAssal.com

There is NO Housing Bubble – Most Experts Agree.

There is no doubt that home prices in the vast majority of housing markets across the country are continuing to increase on a month over month basis. The following map (based on data from the latest CoreLogic pricing report) reveals the appreciation level by state:

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These increases in value have caused some to be concerned about a new price bubble forming in residential real estate. Here are quotes from many of the most respected voices in the housing industry regarding the issue:

Nick Timiraos, reporter at the Wall Street Journal:

“Predictions of a new national home price bubble look unfounded for now, according to data.”

Michael Fratantoni, Chief Economist, the Mortgage Bankers Association:

“I don’t really see it as a bubble.”

Jack M. Guttentag, Professor of Finance Emeritus at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania:

“My view is that we are a long way from another house price bubble.”

Rajeev Dhawan, Director of Economic Forecasting Center at J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University:

“To have a bubble, you need to have construction rates higher than the perceived demand, which is what happened in 2003 to 2007. Right now, however, we have the reverse of that.”

Victor Calanog, Chief Economist, Reis:

“The housing market has yet to show evidence of systematic runaway asset price inflation characterized by home prices rising much faster than household income.”

David M. Blitzer, Chairman of the Index Committee for S&P Dow Jones:

“I would describe this as a rebound in home prices, not a bubble and not a reason to be fearful.”

Andrew Nelson, US Chief Economist, Colliers International:

“I don’t think there is a housing bubble.”

George Raitu, Director, Quantitative & Commercial Research, NAR:

“We do not consider the current market conditions to present a bubble.”

Christopher Thornberg, Founding Partner, Beacon Economics:

“The housing market is far from overheated.”

So why have prices been increasing?

Today, there is a gap between supply (number of houses on the market) and demand (the number of buyers looking for a new home). In any market, this would cause values to increase. Here are some experts’ comments on this issue:

Jonathan Smoke, realtor.com Chief Economist:

“So does that mean we’re in a bubble? Nope, that’s just what happens when demand increases faster than supply.”

Robert Bach, Director of Research – Americas, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank:

“I don’t think the housing market is overheated based on demand and supply fundamentals.”

Mark Dotzour, Chief Economist, Real Estate Center, Texas A&M University:

“We are not in a housing bubble. We are in a situation where demand for houses is much higher than supply.”

Calvin Schnure, SVP of Research & Economic Analysis, NAREIT:

“Given all the demand and little supply the residential market is FAR from overheated.”

Bottom Line

Currently, there is an imbalance between supply and demand for housing. This has created a natural increase in values not a bubble in prices. Don’t let the imbalance bubble to get you, CALL us today 786.554.8063 or email us at George@GeorgeAssal.com, you know you can count on our help every step of the way while reaching your goal faster, easier and with a smile on your face.

The Roads one of Miami’s most prestigious neighborhoods.

The Roads is a neighborhood of Miami in Miami-Dade County, it is a triangular area located south of SW 11th Street, between SW 12th Avenue and SW 15th Road, just west of Brickell.

The Roads is known for its old homes, historic public schools, and its tree-covered streets. The Roads is very close to Downtown and Brickell, but is a historically residential neighborhood. It is also off the normal Miami street grid, and thus all the streets in The Roads are named roads, instead of streets and avenues, as is the case in the rest of Miami. Since 1986, the Miami Roads Neighborhood Civic Association has worked on a variety of projects to support the neighborhood.

The Roads neighborhood is served by the Miami Metrorail at the Vizcaya station to the south and by the Brickell station to the north.

The Roads
The Roads – triangular area located south of SW 11th Street, between SW 12th Avenue and SW 15th Road, just west of Brickell

 

The Roads, originally called “Brickell Hammock” was designed, platted and developed by Mary Brickell in January 1922 days before her death. Mary Brickell had designed the Roads as a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, with wide streets with median parkways and roundabouts with native Miami plants. Mary Brickell gave the streets, parkways, sidewalks, and electric lighting to the City of Miami in 1922. All the properties were sold in a single day on February 1, 1923.

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For Sale – Sold – Pending Sale

The Roads is also an entire off-grid plan section of the city of Miami. The streets and avenues in Miami-Dade County are aligned to a grid, where streets run east-west and avenues run north-south. The roads that run from Broadway to SW 32nd Road are roughly 45 degrees out of alignment with the grid-plan. The avenues running perpendicular to these roads are also 45 degrees out of alignment with their respective avenues coming from the north. The avenues in this section run northeast-southwest rather than the standard north-south that the ones in the rest of the county follow. This causes an abrupt change in numerical designation as they cross SW 12th Avenue (SW 5th Avenue turns west and becomes SW 18th Street, SW 4th Avenue turns west and becomes SW 20th Street, SW 2nd Avenue turns west and becomes SW 22nd Street, etc.) The most well known example of this confusion is when historic Coral Way being SW 3rd Avenue, makes a 45 degree turn onto SW 22nd Street as it crosses over SW 12th Avenue.

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Average Sold Price

 

The Roads is served by Metrobus and Trolley throughout the area, and by the Miami Metrorail at:

  • Brickell (SW 11th Street and SW 1st Avenue)
  • Vizcaya (SW 32nd Road and US1)

Metrorail has stops throughout Miami with service to Greater Miami and Miami International Airport, all Miami-Dade County bus lines, Tri-Rail and Amtrak. The main bus station in Downtown is located next to the Arsht Center at the Adrienne Arsht Center Station.

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Average days on Market

 

 

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ARIA ON THE BAY – It’s all about the atmosphere

Aria on the Bay located in the heart of the Arts and Entertainment District, more specific 1770 North BayShore Drive Miami FL 33137. With 53 Stories into the sky, this project offers in all units, 9-foot glass from floor to ceiling, being the smallest 813 sqft and the biggest over 2,365 sqft plus balcony for the amazing water and city views.

 

ARIA
ARIA Entrance

From this enviable location, residents can enjoy immediate access to the neighboring Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Arts & Science Museums and Miami World Resort for shopping and entertainment along with a myriad of dining options and boutiques. In just 10 minutes one can be enjoying the pristine beaches of Miami, Brickell’s financial district. Design District, Wynwood and Midtown. Miami International Airport, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables.

Aria Lifestyle
Aria Lifestyle

Building Features:

.-2-Curved Sunrise and Sunset pools, .-Jacuzzi overlooking Biscayne Bay Expansive sun deck and lounge area, -.Expansive Indoor/ Outdoor social room with bar 24-Hour concierge and on-site monitoring,.-Controlled-entry garage with assigned parkingValet parkingStreet-level retail and office spaceHigh-speed wireless internet in social spaces, .-State of the art Gym and Yoga StudioOutdoor fire pit with custom seating, .-BBQ area with summer kitchen featuresGreat room with social areas including pool tables and flat screen TV’s, .-Private spa and massage treatment areasBlow-dry, .-manicure and pedicure stationsChildren’s PoolGame room and libraryScreening room/ theatreTeen lounge and Kid’s Playroom, .-Business center with conference room and offices.

Location / View
Location / View

 

Residence Features

1 to 3 bedroom+Den grand residences, .-Spacious, open-plan living, dinning and kitchen areas, .-Modern custom-designed cabinetry and European-style kitchens!Private elevator access on select units.

Aria From The Water
Aria From The Water

 

Floor Plans

ARIA Floor Plans

 

ARIA Units description

 

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Coral Gables a City Where Homes for Sales Keep Increasing

As the Real Estate market continues to build up in South Florida, Coral Gables luxury homes and condominiums properties are getting listed for sale at more than $1M, the highest number of 2014 sales was in June, representing a 21.4% increase over May and an incredible 278% increase when compared to January. When it comes to luxury real estate sales in South Florida, summer is anything but slow season, maybe not especially when prices increased alongside the number of properties sold.

The average price per square foot for a property sold in June was $476, up $13 from May and a full $85 per square foot from January. In fact, 55 properties were sold or under contract for sale in June, representing over 25% of the entire available inventory.

 

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34 properties sold in June 33 of these were single-family homes.

 

Two projects are currently in pre-sale in Coral Gables:

-Merrick Manor, a 10-story, 180-unit development located adjacent to the famous Village of Merrick Park.

-Antilla Coral Gables, a 5-story, 45-unit project located in the northeastern corner of Coral Gables.

(If you need more info regarding either of this projects please contact me directly as I have direct communication with the developers)

For those that don’t know, Coral Gables is one of the nation’s earliest planned communities with a centralized business district, and is home to the iconic Biltmore hotel, one of only three national landmarks in Miami-Dade County. Coral Gables also has world-class shopping along Miracle Mile and the Village of Merrick Park, a diverse spectrum of art galleries, theaters and lots of fine dining establishments.

As a result, Coral Gables will continue to have in-demand properties that sell for a premium and should remain a sound investment.

Coral Gables City Hall at night
Coral Gables City Hall at night

 

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Real Estate Market Report | January – June 2014

Investing in South Florida Real Estate? Here is all the information you need as Comparative Review of the Real Estate Market in South Florida. If you are undecided but interested in Investing South Florida real Estate and might already know that is time to buy, contact me immediately I will guide you to the right direction

Click here to view the Real Estate Market Report | January – June 2014

 

 

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11 Properties SOLD in the past 30 days in Palmetto Bay Area

11 Properties SOLD in the past 30 days in Palmetto Bay Area

I’m a local Real Estate Agent in Miami, I’ve been very successful in finding buyers and getting homes sold in your area, I would like to show you how I can do the same for you.

Houses are selling, and in fact now is a critical time to rely on a professional with a proven track record like mine. With the correct plan of action your house should be sold quickly and get the most money the market is offering. Let’s talk as soon as possible, you can reach me at 786.554.8063 or send me an email George@GeorgeAssal.com you can also visit http://www.GeorgeAssal.com

8 Properties SOLD in the last 30 days in the Doral Area

8 Properties SOLD in the last 30 days in the Doral Area

I’m a local Real Estate Agent in Miami, I’ve been very successful in finding buyers and getting homes sold in your area, I would like to show you how I can do the same for you.

Houses are selling, and in fact now is a critical time to rely on a professional with a proven track record like mine. With the correct plan of action your house should be sold quickly and get the most money the market is offering. Let’s talk as soon as possible, you can reach me at 786.554.8063 or send me an email George@GeorgeAssal.com you can also visit http://www.GeorgeAssal.com

18 Properties SOLD in the last 30 days in the Coral Gables area

18 Properties SOLD in the last 30 days in the Coral Gables area

I’m a local Real Estate Agent in Miami, I’ve been very successful in finding buyers and getting homes sold in your area, I would like to show you how I can do the same for you.

Houses are selling, and in fact now is a critical time to rely on a professional with a proven track record like mine. With the correct plan of action your house should be sold quickly and get the most money the market is offering. Let’s talk as soon as possible, you can reach me at 786.554.8063 or send me an email George@GeorgeAssal.com you can also visit http://www.GeorgeAssal.com