Thursday, February 21, 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.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Miami Food Halls, the new gastronomic trend

This is a gastronomic trend in Miami that you cannot miss. A food hall is a space where you can enjoy a wide variety of street food from all over the world. It is a very hipster concept and it is based on the idea of having many options in a single place. It is a kind of market or food fair.

Their gastronomic variety is superb; they are very popular in Singapore, Australia, Denmark and Germany. Besides offering gastronomic diversity, they’re also a cultural meeting place.

How is a Food Hall installed? Generally, in spaces such as large, empty buildings from where the concept is started.

In Miami, these kinds of places are fantastic. With so many cultures to take advantage of, this city boasts of having excellent gastronomy, such as Latin American food ready to be tasted.

Have you already visited and enjoyed great food at a Food Hall?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Ultimate guide to McDonald’s Real Estate

South Florida is home of the company that has given a great impulse to the gastronomic business. We are talking about McDonald’s.

McDonald’s is one of the largest Real Estate companies in the world, it is present in 119 different countries with a total of 33,990 open restaurants. It is estimated that around 69 million customers eat at McDonald’s restaurants every day.

In Miami, McDonald’s business has grown exponentially, increasing its sales every day.

To invest in McDonald’s, you do not need to think much, since the rise of this company is totally undeniable, it has grown and continues to grow.

From this famous franchise’s business model we can learn that:

Although aspiring to become what it is today, McDonald’s may seem naive, its business model leaves us lessons that we can replicate. This will help you to invest.

       You must strive so that your client faithfully believes in the brand and identifies with it.
       Innovation; your business must be able to evolve with your customers.
       You must listen to your clients; your business must be dynamic and you must be willing to change. That communication will make you stand up in times of crisis.

Some of the companies that have used a similar business model and have been successful are Starbucks and Uber.
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