Monday, August 12, 2019

Top 5 activities you can do with your friends in Miami.



Miami is the perfect paradise to enjoy with the family we choose to have: Friends.

Miami is well known for all the fun, sun and flavor that you can expect from a great vacation, and if you are with your best friends, things do not stop improving.

Therefore, you should make the most of this quality time you will spend with the people you love.

Here is a list of the activities you can do together:

Motorboat:

A 45-minute tour through the waters of Miami.  Fun and incredible. From this tour you will get wet, but will be happy. There will be a team responsible for entertaining and taking care of you, so do not hesitate to consider this option.

Everglades

This national park is famous for being one of the most unique and wild areas in the United States.

Guided tours are organized throughout the length and breadth of the park, you can see crocodiles and all the fauna and flora that live there.

South Beach

Of all the must-see destinations in Miami, the first one is South Beach. Turquoise blue waters, surfers going after big waves, and a sky like no other are some of the features of this paradise.

Little Havana:

A Cuban neighborhood that represents the taste, the colors, and the music of one of the richest continents in culture: Latin America. It features restaurants and shops that are representations of famous places in Havana.

So... Are you ready to enjoy the best of Miami with the best people in the world?

Do not wait any longer and come live here!

Friday, July 5, 2019

Advantages of living near good schools.


When you have a family to watch over, moving in becomes even more complicated.

Not only your interests and expectations need to be met; schooling is the most important stage of a child's social development, so choosing the right school is an essential task.

The advantages of choosing a school close to the area where you live are many. Miami has schools with perfect accessibility.

Among the advantages of enrolling children in a nearby school, we can mention:

The time you can save:

It's not just about the time you could save by not having to travel long distances, but also the time you could sleep, how calm you can wake up in the morning, the time you spend for breakfast. Although these details may seem insignificant, they will greatly influence the mood and energy that children have during the day.

Peace of mind:

If you are considering several properties and one is slightly cheaper but it is further from your workplace and the children's school, consider investing in your peace of mind and that of your children. Later they will thank you.

Saving money:

Although distances in Miami are not so exorbitant, eventually, the shorter the distances you travel, the more money you will save money on transportation or gas for the car.

Miami is an excellent city where to educate your children. In fact, Florida is one of the states with the lowest bullying index in all the United States, so we suggest you consider this state to settle with your family.




Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Miami: the favorite city of the Millennials







Miami is one of the favorite destinations worldwide, it is also a MUST in the United States. It is common for this city to be associated with a limited stay,  vacations or summer enjoyment.

Miami has become much more than a summer full of majestic beaches. Today, it is one of the preferred destinations in the United States to settle and stay. What has surprised many is that Millennials have decided to make this their hometown. Here are some of the reasons why Miami is the preferred city of this generation.

Labor expansion

Miami is a city full of projects. Since it’s a famous tourist destination, there are many projects in development. Even though the unemployment rate fluctuates around 5%, this does not stop the Millennials, because all the possibilities offered by the city are much more important.

Slowing house prices

Getting a property in Florida is a titanic task. Here, the price of real estate is usually high. However, something interesting is happening in Miami that could open the doors to the future of young people. Normally, the prices of real estate in this city rise between 6 and 7% annually; however, this process has slowed down, meaning more investment opportunities for young entrepreneurs.

Weather

The United States has beautiful cities whose climates represent a resounding "No" for many. Miami has an enviable climate. The sun is a constant element during the year and the temperatures are never extreme, so deciding to live in Miami will not be a headache.

Beaches

Even if it seems superfluous, this aspect is one of the favorites of many. Having a space where you can disconnect from everything just a few minutes away from home is an attractive attribute. The sea always brings Miami closer to creative and young souls.

Multiculturalism

It is precisely this multiculturalism that has opened the doors of expansion to this city. Companies from all over the world, with workers from all over the world, living side by side in the same city. The diversity of cultures, languages ​​and physical features makes Miami even more interesting.

Friday, May 17, 2019

NEW PROPERTY OR OLD PROPERTY?





                                              
If you are planning to buy your new home, it is important to ask yourself the following question: Should I buy a new property or an old property? Both offer some benefits worthy of being considered, although they also involve certain risks. Here are some of them.








INVESTMENT

Both new and old properties are expensive. Classic and old-fashioned properties tend to have higher prices due to their location, that is to say, their proximity to busy areas, parks, schools and other amenities. By the same token, depending on their size and luxury services, new properties are also usually expensive, but if the property has not been refurbished, the price could be lower than an old property.

QUALITY AND AMENITIES

Pros

In terms of construction, old properties are resistant. Many of them have survived for decades, and have endured natural disasters, since many of them have been built by artisans who meticulously sought perfection for details.

On the other hand, new properties are also made with the purpose of guaranteeing durability. In this sense, new owners will not have to worry about remodeling. In addition, they offer everyday appliances in good condition and other amenities such as gym, parks, laundry, and doorman.

Cons

The probability that an old property needs to be repaired is high. In the case of houses, chimneys and floors could be inclined. If a house was built before the construction of sewer systems, the latrine can overflow. In addition, they could have flaws in the wiring or electric system.

LOCATION

Unlike new properties, old properties are usually close to entertainment venues. Besides, they are located in central areas of cities.

In conclusion, both options have many strengths and weaknesses. Nevertheless, before making a decision, we recommend to analyze the conditions of the home you want to acquire with a professional, depending on your needs.

Friday, April 12, 2019

INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS 2019







NEUTRAL COLORS

Colors such as white, gray, black, brown, and beige are perfect for your spaces because they work very well with other colors. Neutral colors can be used in two ways, whether to give a smooth appearance to the home -–such as white, beige, ivory or gray – or to give a dramatic atmosphere –such as black.



MINIMALISM

The key to minimalistic decoration is “less is more”. This brings elegance, sobriety and luminosity. Minimalistic decoration is a trend in the world and more and more people choose interiors decorated with little furniture, light colors and meticulously selected objects.




MULTI-FUNCTIONAL SPACES

If you want to decorate a house or a small apartment, functional furniture is your best option since you can benefit from its convenience in making the most of the space and bringing an original look to your home.

“With more and more people adopting the ‘Less is more’ attitude, we are seeing a shift in interior design. For 2019, I predict we will be seeing more multi-functional spaces. The murphy bed has been making a comeback and I think we’ll see even more modernized versions.”

– Alexis Kokolias, Owner, Lexi Interiors






NATURAL MATERIALS




This year, we can see that the use of natural materials has become a trend that provides greater privacy and intimacy to each environment, in order to make them more welcoming. In terms of materials, wood is the major material, with pine, oak, and mahogany being the most eye-catching. They can be used in house structures –such as ceilings or columns–, interior and exterior floors, furniture, doors, and windows.




GEOMETRIC AND TRIBAL PATTERNS

Patterns were commonly used to decorate homes during the 1930s. However, in this year 2019, it is again a trendy style. Geometric patterns –frets, rhombuses, circles, stripes, and even medallions and flowers– can bring a vintage or an elegant look to the home. It can be combined by adding accessories of different ethnic styles, to create an interesting decor. In this case, tribal, African and Native American prints will be your best allies. Combine these details with neutral furniture to create a bohemian look.







Friday, March 22, 2019

PROS AND CONS OF OWNING A BEACHFRONT PROPERTY


Real estate can be one of the most lucrative investments, and buying a beachfront property can bring an excellent return on investment (ROI), a reliable income stream, and access to a delightful vacation spot. Here are some of the benefits:





HEALTH AND WELLNESS

According to livescience.com, living near the beach can be good for your health and well-being. In addition, the beach can be a great gym, since it will allow for training and doing workouts. Activities such as walking, jogging on the beach, and stretching on the sand can improve the joints.




HAVE A REST AND RELAXATION LIFESTYLE

A survey by the University of Exeter showed that people living near the sea live with less stress than people who live away from it. Serotonin is the regulatory element of stress and anxiety in the human body, and according to the results of the research, it has been shown that people who live near the sea have higher levels of serotonin.








BUILDING RENTAL INCOME

If you only use your vacation home a few times throughout the year, renting out your beach property can create year-round income opportunities.


Nevertheless, the great disadvantages of owning a beachfront property is that, due to its location, it’s vulnerable to torrential rains, hurricanes, or other natural disasters. These factors should be taken with caution, since they can have a destructive impact on the properties. If, fortunately, your property survives a natural disaster, as mentioned above, there may be subsequent discomforts, such as power outages, food shortages, and floods.


Thursday, February 21, 2019

TOP FIVE BEST CITIES OF THE U.S. TO INVEST IN THIS 2019






   

There are many ways to invest in the US. You can buy stocks of companies with an upward trend or a franchise, or purchase, repair and refurbish, rent, sell, and manage real properties. Either way, the US offers a wide spectrum of business opportunities to improve your quality of life. If you want to invest this 2019, here are five options.



5) Detroit, Michigan





Today, there is a large list of investors who guarantee that buying in Detroit is a safe option. According to Marcelo Schamy –an Argentinian resident of the United States for over three decades, and CEO of IDG Home Detroit, a real estate investment company that is making inroads in the real estate market–,this city began to resurface in 2013, when a group of entrepreneurs decided to change the trend and give the metropolis a new life:

“Detroit has managed to go from bankruptcy in 2013, to being named the 2nd best city to travel to in 2018, from an impressive investment capacity provided by both the institutional community -Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Citigroup, among others-, as well as entrepreneurs such as Dan Gilbert, Steven Schwartzman (Blackstone Funds), the Ilitch family (Little Caesar’s, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers) and many other traditional Detroit families. At the same time welcoming national retailers such as Starbucks, Whole Foods, Google, LinkedIn, Nike, Amazon, Under Armor, Shake Shack, Galaxy Software, and many more for the first time ever.”

4) Boston, Massachusetts





Known as the Athens of America, Boston stands out in the top due to its important institutions focused on scientific, economic, social, and medical research. This city seems interesting and attractive for millennials and immigrants. According to Forbes, Ralph G. DeFranco, a global chief economist, explains that: “With interest rates and home prices both on the rise, first-time homebuyers –largely millennials– may want to consider making the jump from renting to owning sooner rather than late.”  On the other hand, the Boston real estate market has plenty of buyers, and will remain in constant growth over the coming years. It’s enough to take a look at the chart below from Trulia, which plots median sales prices in Boston from 2000 to January 2019.






3) Houston, Texas






Being the fourth largest city in the United States, Houston is one of the best cities to invest in real estate. This city offers a wide international business center and affordable housing, to have access to a high quality of life, education, and a long list of opportunities for Latinos. In fact, Zillow analyzed housing markets in the country, and Houston ranks as the ninth most buyer-friendly housing market, below New York, in first place, Miami, in second, and other Florida cities, Maryland, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.


2) Miami, Florida






Miami is one of the ultimate destinations. One of its main characteristics is the huge variety of real estate products, such as futuristic skyscrapers, office towers, hotels, and luxury shopping centers. It goes without saying that Miami has a large number of immigrant population. In fact, according to Norada Real Estate Investments, a third of residents were foreign born, and it can be said that, in the last decade, opportunities for immigrants have exhibited a growing trend:
 
In 2011, nearly a third of residents were foreign born. However, about half of those become citizens, so we can say that Miami is simply considered attractive to immigrants. However, the Miami housing market is unusual in the number of foreigners buying homes here. Russians, Brazilians, Argentines, Turks, Chinese and British buyers are buying up properties here at a far higher rate than would be expected. Some see the property purchases as a safe investment, while others intend to use the beachside condos as vacation properties. A few bought homes in Miami to flee to in case their home countries became untenable, which explains the large Venezuelan expat community in Miami.

1) New York City




It is not a secret that the real estate market in The Big Apple has the most important properties in the world. It is also one of the most expensive to invest in. In fact, a report from Savills Research from last year shows New York City as the third most expensive city in the world. Notwithstanding, New York City real estate is also known for its investment opportunities; this city has many business opportunities. However, Investopedia shows that, in the real estate market, the most effective ways to carry out investments are the three following methods:


·         Invest Through a Turnkey Property
·         Try a REIT
·         Buy a Property Directly

Thursday, January 31, 2019

5 tips for a luscious Miami lawn





By: Henry Walsh

Creating a space that is not only comfortable but also provides essential outdoor access, is an integral part of homeownership. Miami lawns not only add beauty but also put the finishing touches on an entire real estate package. Consider these five tips for a luscious Miami lawn to both sell your home quickly and boost curb appeal.

Clean It Up


This may go without saying, but many homeowners don’t see the unsightly items in their lawn that have gone untouched for months or even years. Take a detailed inventory of your yard and make sure that it is clear of trash, debris, and plant material like twigs, branches, and dead blooms. Cleaning up is the first step to creating a verdant lawn that will become the envy of every neighbor and potential home buyer.

Continue Watering


Miami is known for its ideal climate, making lawns thirsty all year round.  Setting a regular watering schedule for in-ground sprinklers is vital for keeping the lawn green and in optimal health. Consider choosing an extended watering session, 1-2 times per week, to encourage grass roots to grow deep. Doing so will also help your lawn withstand any dry spells in the weather and make it more adaptable to the Miami climate. Watering during the morning hours, usually, before 10 am, is essential. Doing so allows the lawn to soak up as much water as possible before evaporation can occur. Refrain from watering at night as a soggy wet lawn in dark conditions can lead to potential disease and pest infestation.

Green It Up


Many homeowners who put their house on the market want to present the best possible yard for listing pictures and home showings. Using a quick release fertilizer on the lawn will instantly green up the area as well as provide a luscious overall appearance. Quick release fertilizers are usually in spray form and need to be carefully applied to deter any burned areas of the lawn.

Overseed Warm Climate Grasses


According to LawnStarter, the most common grass type in Miami is Bermudagrass, which is a warm-season grass type. Warm-season grass types do well under strenuous heat. However, some varieties can turn brown and go dormant in the winter, creating a problem for residents looking to sell their home this time of year. Overseeding warm season grasses, like Bahia Grass, is an excellent way to green up the lawn during colder months. Use a cool season grass, like Ryegrass, to overseed, encouraging green growth. It is not recommended to overseed St. Augustine or Centipede grass though, as doing so can significantly affect the established lawn.

Keep It Trimmed


Mowing your lawn is incredibly important especially when your home is on the market. Potential home buyers want to see a yard clean-cut and well maintained. Allowing your grass to get long can not only be unsightly but can encourage issues to arise with fungus and pests. Consider mowing the day before a showing or open house to present the best curb appeal possible. If your schedule doesn't allow for regular mowing, try hiring a lawn care company that can do the work for you while your home is on the market. Keeping your lawn in top condition can bring a better offer as well.

Creating a lush lawn in Southern Florida is simple with these five tips. Make sure to clear your yard, and to continue water and mow the lawn on a regular basis. Use a quick release fertilizer to brighten lawns during the growing season and consider overseeding some warm-season grasses during the dormant winter. Each of these five tips will help boost your home’s overall value and increase dier curb appeal when selling your home.



Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Art Basel Miami Beach 2018




Miami is associated with coastline, heat and parties. The truth is that this great city is much more than that. Miami brings together people from all over the world, adventurous spirits and captivating talent, which is why it is always the venue for multicultural events.

Art Basel Miami is one of the most important art fairs in the United States; however, it does not only exhibit American art.

One of the greatest charms of this event is that it shows art pieces from around the world. Its collection is made up of a detailed art selection in more than 220 galleries from North America, Europe, South America, Asia and Africa.

This fair is a large-scale event of such importance that it is a brand in and of itself, and its realization determines the beginning of Miami Art Week.

This fair is held on the first days of December in the city of Miami. On this occasion, the event lasted from December 6 to December 9. Miami's warm weather and the cultural diversity that characterizes this city could not be more in tune with the spirit of the fair.

Just like every year, Art Basel Miami 2018 had interesting programs with special exhibitions and events involving music, film, architecture and design.

This contemporary art exhibit did not only bring together artists and collectors but also great movie stars, singers and artists. This year, one of the great stars was Leonardo Di Caprio.

Next year, Art Basel Miami 2019 will be held on different days. It will start on Thursday, December 5, until Sunday, December 8.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

How to Feng Shui Your Outdoor Space



By: Henry Walsh

Many homeowners in the Miami area enjoy spending much of their time at home outdoors. Creating a Feng Shui outdoor living space makes sense for those wanting to make the most of their outdoor areas. Consider these tips on how to Feng Shui your outdoor space to make it a more peaceful and comfortable space this season:

Understand the Elements
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese system of laws that pertain to the energy that items produce within an area. There are five elements to consider when designing your outdoor space: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. While you may choose to include all of the items into your outdoor area, the most critical Feng Shui elements in an outdoor space include those natural resources of wood, earth, and water. Use all of these elements in a literal sense, like building a wood fence, but you can also use the elements within certain aspects of the space like furniture and decorations.

Include Water
Water is an essential element in Feng Shui, based on the earth’s need for water as a resource. With water being one of the resources, this means that every Feng Shui outdoor space should include some water feature. Water is so essential that if you can only choose a few items to utilize, make sure that water is the first one. Water symbolizes abundance and is best when placed in the North of the outdoor space. Other spots are also available depending on what kind of energy you want to attract to your area.

Use Directional Placing
Feng Shui principles focus on the use of direction to the five elements. Using directions means that you should not only know which direction your outdoor space faces but also be aware of what items to place in certain spots. Water features should be set on the north side of your outdoor space, but could also be placed in the wood element direction of East and Southeast, since wood is nourished by water. Place outdoor furniture in the Southwest corner of your outdoor space in order to build relationships that are important to the earth element. Metal accents can be placed within the West to Northwest areas of the space as well.

Plant According to Color
Color is also an essential part of Feng Shui and relates to the directional aspects of the practice. A Feng Shui garden would include blue or black featured plants to the North to coincide with the water element. Green or brown colored plants would be planted in the East for the wood element. Red and orange plant varieties would be in the South for the fire element, while white, silver, or gold colored plants would be in the West for the metal element. The earth element includes those plants of yellow or beige coloring that should be placed in either the southwest or northeast parts of the garden.

Use Natural Colors
The outside living space of your home should bring harmony to the area around it, meaning that it should naturally fit in with the hues of brown and green of the grass types and tree varieties that surround your outdoor space. Feng Shui focuses on harmony within the space and nothing should stand out too abruptly. However, one of the most important aspects of Feng Shui is to have a brightly colored entrance to the space in order to invite positive energy. This can be done by choosing a favorite non-natural colored paint for the area in which you enter your outside living area.

Incorporate Natural Shapes
Another way to bring positive energy into your outdoor space is to mimic those shapes that are found in nature. You will rarely see straight vertical or horizontal lines in life, but will find curves, circles, and odd shapes with odd angles instead. These types of shapes and lines are encouraged in a Feng Shui outdoor space as they help positive energy. Even if you do need to use straight lines in a porch or fencing materials, consider shaping the space into a curved area rather than one with 90° angles.

Choosing to use Feng Shui principles in creating your outdoor living space is a smart way to make the area more comfortable to use. While becoming a Feng Shui master takes years of careful practice, you can begin to incorporate many of these essential principles when trying to Feng Shui your outdoor space.

Henry Walsh is a gardening writer and eco-conscious living advocate. He recently began his homesteading journey after many years of incorporating the principles into his urban lifestyle.
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