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Invest in an Inspection Before Buying Miami Real Estate

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

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When buying homes in Miami, a great investment, it’s standard practice to check out equivalent sales in the area to get an idea of value. But what do you do next?

You can do a walk-through and see that the back door sticks, but why? Maybe it because a hinge is loose but it could be much worse. It’s possible with some homes in Miami that something is wrong with the foundation.

It’s unlikely you’ll be able to pinpoint the problem unless you’re a building inspector.

Claude McGavick, a board member with the Florida Association of Building Inspectors, says, “A good home inspector will look at 800 to 1,000 things in a home.” He says inspectors follow standard guidelines that tell them what to look at and how to look at it.

Here are some tips for finding an inspector:

  • Word of mouth is one of the best ways to choose an inspector for homes in Miami. Home inspectors in Florida are not licensed but that will change as of July 1st.
  • Search professional organizations databases. They train their members and giving them inspection guidelines. Here are three places to start:

• Florida Association of Building Inspectors              800-544-3224
• American Society of Home Inspectors                    800-743-2744
• National Association of Home Inspectors               800-448-3942

According to the Florida Association of Building Inspectors, standard inspections involve a visual examination of the Miami real estate property from top to bottom. The inspector will check the heating system, the central air-conditioning system, the interior plumbing and electrical systems, the roof and visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, the foundation, basement and visible structure. The inspector should tell you about any system that may be near the end of its serviceable life or not up to par, and why. It’s very important to pay special attention to the roof and to termite damage of Miami real estate properties.

In general, expect to pay about $300 to $500 for an inspection, says McGavick, who also is an inspector with Home Check Home Inspection Services of Bradenton. The size of the Miami real estate property, the age, special structures and so on can affect the price.

It’s not up to the inspector to tell you whether or not to buy a house in Miami. No house is perfect; you must decide which imperfections and eventual repairs are acceptable.

Bookings Rise, Looks good for South Beach Hotels

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

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Winter looks better for tourism this year.
As Art Basel Miami Beach heralds the unofficial launch of the “high” tourism season this week, demand has finally begun to rise for South Beach hotels and Miami Beach vacation properties. That could signal a turning point for a hotel market besieged by discounted rates and weak demand, trends that have pushed some of the region’s flashiest hotels to the brink of foreclosure.
Severe cutbacks in travel spending haven’t stopped art buyers from driving up hotel rates in Miami Beach this week. The cheapest rooms at the Delano are $825 a night this weekend and $345 next weekend.
After the country’s largest contemporary art show turns off the lights at the Miami Beach Convention Center on Sunday the real test begins.
Peter Sahora, general manager of the Z Ocean Hotel in South Beach says, “It looks like the slide is either slowing down or reversing. We’ll see what happens in January and February.”

The New and Improved Venetian Pool in Miami

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

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The Coral Gables Venetian Pool, which started off as just a rock pit when they were planning to build Coral Gables in the 1920s, underwent a six-month, $730,000 renovation that was completed just before summer of 2009. The Saturday following the Friday grand reopening welcomed 471 guests. The Venetian Pool renovation included new and improved bathrooms, walkways, fountains, roof tiles, concession area, patio furniture and wrought-iron gate.

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Florida Local News: The Effects of Recession on Cosmetic Surgery

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

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Since our economy has gone into recession, plastic surgery procedure popularity has slumped drastically. The more expensive the procedure, the more it has decreased in procedure popularity in requests by patients. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, sales for liposuction went down 19 percent; tummy tucks procedure popularity went down 18 percent;and breast augmentation procedure popularity went down 12 percent.

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Miami-Dade Hotel Taxes Plummet

Friday, August 28th, 2009

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June 2009 brought an 18 percent drop in Miami-Dade hotel taxes. This drop resembles that of the 16.8 percent decline in the 12 months following the 2001 terrorist attacks.

This drop in hotel taxes further complicates the county’s efforts to finance a new baseball stadium for the Florida Marlins. The county is securing future hotel taxes for the nearly $400 million of construction debt they plan to incur. The steep hotel tax decline has forced county officials to rewrite the stadium’s financing plan. The stadium’s future is dependent on the hotel market’s success over the next two years.

If you are planning a trip to Miami, check out the different lodging options from Miami hotels to Miami vacation rentals.

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Miami Airport Passenger Reviews

Friday, August 28th, 2009

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Miami International Airport Miami - Airport Passenger Reviews

Skytrax has added a site in which travelers and prospective travelers may find guidance pertaining to Miami International Airport. Basically, the site is a forum where previous travelers who have visited Miami International Airport can write Miami Airport Passenger Reviews about their experience as well as rating the airport on a 5-star system. You can find information such as airport ranking for Miami International Airport, as well. The site is filled with travelers’ opinions in Miami Airport Passenger Reviews as well as tips in hopes that other travelers may benefit.

Of course, the site is also one in which you may post your own Miami Airport Passenger Reviews so that other travelers may be well-informed. You can find this informative Miami Airport Passenger Reviews site at airlinequality.com/Airports/Airport_forum/mia.htm

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Miami Beach tourism, Miami’s Guide

Friday, March 27th, 2009

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Miami Beach tourism is still suffering even through the high season. Miami Beach hotel revenues and occupancy numbers are decreasing even more quickly than they did after September 11th. Miami Beach tourism suffered a great deal after September 11th due to people’s reluctance to fly. Miami’s Guide will guide you in the right direction and help you find everything you need for the perfect trip.

Revenue for Miami Beach hotels in February 2009 was low and occupancy rates dropped between 10 to 73%. Miami Beach hotel room prices declined an average of 15% to $180 per night. Aside from the global decline, Miami Beach tourism is also suffering because of the increased hotel room supply. There are 10% more Miami Beach hotel rooms this year than last year. Despite the decrease in numbers, Miami Beach tourism gets along well compared to other US top tourist destinations. Vacationers in Miami Beach take advantage of incredible deals on accommodations and usually prefer to stay in Miami Beach vacation rental properties. Miami Beach hotels averages per room are the highest in the country. Use Miami’s Guide to make educated decisions and save while traveling.

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Finnegan’s River St. Patrick’s Day Party

Monday, March 16th, 2009

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Finnegan’s on the River is ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Miami with the best themed party in Miami. Guests will be as Irish as they will ever be on Tuesday’s party starting at 4PM at Finnegan’s River. They’ll enjoy beer, live music, a DJ, a bag piper and a green-dyed pool. Enjoy the interior bar, raw sushi bar and a menu with bar classics such as spicy wings and spinach dip with chips.

Special for St. Patrick’s Day, corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie will be added to the menu. For more information, call 305-285-3030.

For other information on Miami events or venues, visit the online Miami Guide. If you will be visiting Miami from somewhere else, take a look at the cheap but high-quality Miami vacation rentals and Miami holiday homes.

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Miami International Boat Show, Events in Miami

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

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The economical crisis is hitting the boating industry and Miami boating events extremely hard as seen by the rapid disappearance of boat buyers. Some analysts had anticipated that the wealthy would not be impacted by the crisis and that the yacht and mega yacht segment of the market would be unscathed.

It is time for those analysts to go back and rewrite their reports. Visitors on Florida vacations will normally be preparing now as the Miami Boat Show approaches at this dire time. Some billionaire boat owners have been impacted more than others. The Russian oligarch Abramovitch, a yacht collector, lost most of his fortune in the past few months. His fortune dwindled from about $80 billion to $3 billion.

Large yacht manufacturers and Miami boating events have begun to feel the effects quite intensely. The Italian Ferreti is restructuring its debts and the French Rodriguez is said to be on the verge of bankruptcy.

The 68th Miami Boat Show will be challenged by our current economy. Out-of-towners can find deals for their Miami boating events vacations by booking a Miami Beach vacation rental.

Winter Miami Spice, Miami restaurants

Friday, February 6th, 2009

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Due to the economic struggle that industries are currently facing, Miami restaurants are slashing prices in order to lure customers. Miami Spice, a month-long event where top Miami restaurants offer discounted meals, normally takes place in the summer because it is considered the slow season.

Now, the new Winter Miami Spice by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau has come into effect and will run from January 12th to February 12th. Over 30 Miami restaurants will participate in Winter Miami Spice and offer a fixed menu for lunch for $23 and dinner for $36. For more information on Winter Miami Spice, visit ilovemiamispice.com.

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