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.

Sales Dropped last month …

Month 11 Sales
November

On December 22nd 2015, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their latest Existing Home Sales Report which covered sales in November. The report revealed that sales:

“…fell 10.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.76 million in November (lowest since April 2014 at 4.75 million)…”

That revelation gave birth to a series of industry articles, some of which quoted pundits questioning whether the housing market was slowing. In actuality, there is one rather simple explanation to much of the falloff in sales last month. It is likely the implementation of the “Know Before You Owe” mortgage rule, commonly known as the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule, which went into effect on October 3. These regulations caused house closings to be delayed by an extra three days in November as shown in the graph below.

GA close a loan

Three days might sound like a minimal difference. However, since there are only approximately 20 days in a month that a closing would normally take place (Mondays through Fridays), losing three days constitutes well over 10% of all closings. These sales are not lost. They are just moved into the next month’s numbers. In a DS News article on the subject also posted on December 22nd,  Auction.com EVP Rick Sharga explained:

“The most likely cause for the weak sales numbers is a delay in processing loans due to the new TRID mortgage requirements imposed by the CFPB. This is the biggest change in mortgage document processing in many years, and there have been numerous reports within the industry of problems implementing the process and the new documentation that comes with it.”

So how is the housing market actually doing?

A better way to look at how well the housing market is doing is to look at the Foot Traffic Report from NAR which quantifies the number of prospective buyers that are actively looking for a home at the current time:GA-future sales

We can see immediately that demand to buy single family homes is increasing over the last few months – not decreasing.

Bottom Line

No matter what last month’s sales numbers show, the housing market is still doing well as demand remains strong.

Call 786.554.8063 or email us George@GeorgeAssal.com, WE are here to facilitate and help you during the process of buying, selling, or renting any real estate needs, which will result in reaching your financial goals quickly and with ease, visit our page www.GeorgeAssal.com .

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.

 

CG trend 07-2014
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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SOLD BY GEORGE ASSAL – 2/2

SOLD BY GEORGE ASSAL – 2/2

If you are considering buying, selling or renting, in Brickell, Coconut Grove, Downtown, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, South Miami, Doral,  please feel free to contact me.

George R. Assal
Broker-Associate® | BBF Member | Property Manager |REO & Short Sale Specialist|English- Español
EWM Realtors® | A Home Services of America Company | 
Brickell Office | 901 S. Miami Avenue, Suite 215 | Miami, FL 33130
C: 786.554.8063|O: 305.329.7635|F: 888.240.5507|
George@GeorgeAssal.com  | www.GeorgeAssal.com

SOLD BY GEORGE ASSAL 5/3

SOLD BY GEORGE ASSAL 5/3

If you are considering buying, selling or renting, in Brickell, Coconut Grove, Downtown, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, South Miami, Doral,  please feel free to contact me.

George R. Assal
Broker-Associate® | BBF Member | Property Manager |REO & Short Sale Specialist|English- Español
EWM Realtors® | A Home Services of America Company | An Affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway
Brickell Office | 901 S. Miami Avenue, Suite 215 | Miami, FL 33130
C: 786.554.8063|O: 305.329.7635|F: 888.240.5507|
George@GeorgeAssal.com  | www.GeorgeAssal.com

SOLD BY GEORGE ASSAL – 4/4.5

SOLD BY GEORGE ASSAL – 4/4.5

If you are considering buying, selling or renting, in Brickell, Coconut Grove, Downtown, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, South Miami, Doral,  please feel free to contact me.

George R. Assal
Broker-Associate® | BBF Member | Property Manager |REO & Short Sale Specialist|English- Español
EWM Realtors® | A Home Services of America Company | An Affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway
Brickell Office | 901 S. Miami Avenue, Suite 215 | Miami, FL 33130
C: 786.554.8063|O: 305.329.7635|F: 888.240.5507|
George@GeorgeAssal.com  | www.GeorgeAssal.com

WESTON – FOR SALE – 2/2.5 – GREAT PRICE

WESTON – FOR SALE – 2/2.5 – GREAT PRICE

BEAUTIFUL 2/2.5 WITH AMAZING VIEWS. CAN BE RENTED FOR 4 MONTHS ONLY. BRAND NEW KITCHEN NEW APPLIANCES, WASHER AND DRYER INSIDE THE UNIT, LARGE BALCONY, LAMINATED WOOD FLOORS. GOLF COURSE AND LAKE. ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL TOWN CENTER AND ACTIVITIES. COMMUNITY POOL AND TENNIS.

If you are considering buying, selling or renting, in Brickell, Coconut Grove, Downtown, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, South Miami, Doral,  please feel free to contact me.

George R. Assal
Broker-Associate® | BBF Member | Property Manager |REO & Short Sale Specialist|English- Español
EWM Realtors® | A Home Services of America Company | An Affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway
Brickell Office | 901 S. Miami Avenue, Suite 215 | Miami, FL 33130
C: 786.554.8063|O: 305.329.7635|F: 888.240.5507|
George@GeorgeAssal.com  | www.GeorgeAssal.com

GREAT OPPORTUNI…

GREAT OPPORTUNITY!!! CASH ONLY – Property is located in Bryan Park/Shenandoah area, main house is a 2/2 with 3/3 efficiency building property is being sold is as is conditions, furniture also for sale.

If you are considering buying, selling or renting, in Brickell, Coconut Grove, Downtown, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, South Miami, Doral,  please feel free to contact me.

George R. Assal
Broker-Associate® | BBF Member | Property Manager |REO & Short Sale Specialist|English- Español
EWM Realtors® | A Home Services of America Company | An Affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway
Brickell Office | 901 S. Miami Avenue, Suite 215 | Miami, FL 33130
C: 786.554.8063|O: 305.329.7635|F: 888.240.5507|
George@GeorgeAssal.com  | www.GeorgeAssal.com

GROVE AT GRAND BAY

If there were one place you could live the rest of your life, what would it feel like? Where would it be?

At the edge of Biscayne Bay, discover a restorative retreat for the mind, healthful activities for the body, and elegant spaces for social connection. Find life at home as it should be, naturally in balance.

 

Owners of Grove at Grand Bay’s 97 elegant residences  will enjoy exceptional features, services and amenities

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Grove at Grand Bay has been conceived as a community that speaks to people who seek a home and community that reflects the luxury of well lived. Its setting on the Biscayne Bay waterfront within the elegant Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, is a place of privilege, natural beauty, and historic importance. 

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The developer of Grove at Grand Bay, Terra Group, retained two of the world’s most imaginative and accomplished design firms to create a residential community that embraces and enhances the natural sophistication of this unique setting. BIG Architects has designed the residences and amenity spaces, and Raymond Jungles has designed the property’s landscaping. The expertise of the architectural firm of Nichols, Brosch, Wrust, Wolfe + Associates will ensure faithful implementation of these designs.

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Just minutes from the elegant streets of Coconut Grove, Miami’s finest restaurateurs, elite sporting venues and events, and renowned cultural institutions offers pleasure and excitement.

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Ancient trees line the streets of Coconut Grove, their canopies gently filtering the sun, their deep roots holding the stories of Miami’s most historic neighborhood. The Vizcaya Museum & Gardens and the Barnacle Historic State Park are reminders of this community’s enduring elegance.

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If you are considering listing your Brickell, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Doral, Miami Shores, Miami property for sale please don’t hesitate to contact me.  The market is changing and I would be happy to discuss the current value of your home with you.  I can be reached on my cell at 786.554.8063

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George R. Assal| RealtorAssociate® | BBF Member | Property Manager |
REO & Short Sale Specialist
English- Español EWM Realtors® | A Home Services of America Company |
An Affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway
C: 786.554.8063|O: 305.329.7635|F: 888.240.5507| george@georgeassal.com |www.georgeassal.com