Friday, June 21, 2013
Tags:   harbor islands, harbor islands homes

First off, the community pool will be completely renovated this summer. While it may feel like summer already, it technically starts on Friday. It will be an inconvenience with school being out, however the results will surely be worth the wait.

Second, more community cameras are being installed for the safety of residents. They will be placed in various common areas. The utility of these cameras is three fold: they will protect your property, document traffic incidents,  keep track of visitors to the community such as contractors and subcontractors.  If you have concerns regarding either of these two pieces of news, be sure to contact the association.


Friday, June 14, 2013
Tags:   harbor island, harbor pointe

We would like to take this opportunity to inform you of some current events in the community. Please note this relates specifically to the sub- community of Harbor Pointe.  If you notice the side of your home has some spots of new paint, it is not your imagination, it is because Capital Painting has painted two swatched inside the maintenance gate. They are marked off with blue tape. The two samples you will see represent the color of the trim and the body that are updates to your homes. The deadline for your response was this past Wednesday, hopefully you all voiced your opinions, since the project will commence on June 17.

The homes will be painted in lot order, starting with lot 1. If you have any questions regarding this process or have concerns, please contact 954-454-1662.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Tags:   hurricane preparedness, south florida, harbor island homes

Hurricane Season has officially started and extends until November 30. Whether you summer in the northeast or are full time residents of South Florida, the best way to protect your South Florida property is to be prepared. For those residents that have a second home in South Florida, there are service providers that can implement necessary precautions so your home is protected, and for those full time residents, we are pleased to offer the following recommendations for preparedness for before, during, and after a storm. We are pleased to offer referrals to property managers that can also assist those out of town clients and for more information and a complete guide, visit or .


  • Purchase non-perishable items such as canned goods, boxed milks, and plenty of bottled water in advance of a storm to avoid last minute rushes to the store.
  • Freeze gallons of water, so that in the event of a power outage, perishable items will last longer.
  • Have a generator installed as soon as possible. If you have not purchased a generator, there are many varieties available and it is best to have them installed well in advance of hurricane season or a storm.
  • If you do not have a generator, have battery powered devices and gasoline on hand.
  • Have your lawn and garden specialists visit to assess whether trees or shrubs need to be excised, in order to reduce the amount of debris that could potentially harm your property in high winds.

Before a Storm:

  • Reduce potential debris by storing lawn and pool furniture safely and pruning tree limbs and shrubs. Licensed arborists are the best choice for larger jobs.
  • Remove hazardous home chemicals to a collection center. If you had recently completed renovations and paint, pesticides, or pool chemicals were left on your property, disposal of these items and disposal of other trash can be scheduled with your county.

During a Storm:

  • Stay Indoors
  • Keep a radio or tv on for weather updates and public service announcements
  • Turn off electricity if there is a flood threatening
  • Use flashlights rather than candles or kerosene.

After a Storm:

  • Remain inside until authorities say it is safe.
  • Be careful of downed electrical wires and fallen objects, report down lines to FPL.
  • Inspect your home for damage and photograph immediately, for insurance purposes.
  • Place debris in right of way.
  • Avoid Standing Water, as it may be deeper than it appears.
  • Call 3-1-1 for information in Miami Dade, for Broward 9-1-1.


Friday, June 7, 2013
Tags:   florida luxury homes, harbor homes, luxury homes south florida

While many new comers to the South Florida luxury marketplace, immediately gravitate to either Miami or Fort Lauderdale, there are truly stunning properties in cities in between the two; Hollywood is a brilliant example. Hollywood Florida has the understated ambience of old Florida, with incredibly diverse shopping and dining along the strip in Young Circle. The world class shopping at Bal Harbour is only a ten minute drive, as is the shopping at the Aventura Mall. Delights of the Atlantic Ocean are naturally moments away, and Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale enjoy the most premier yachting in the nation. In fact, Fort Lauderdale is known as the “Venice of America.”  Given these neighborhood amenities, the real estate has both luxury and privacy to satisfy the most discriminating clientele.

We are pleased to feature the estate 1270 Hatteras Lane in Hollywood for $1.995 million. 1270 Hatteras is a 5 bedroom and 7.5 bath home located on a 10,484 foot lot. Privacy and elegance are paramount in the construction of this home. It is a relatively new construction, built in 2004, and it benefits from the latest in design and functionality.  Within the 5,542 square feet of interior space, there are two levels of formal and relaxed spaces.  The foyer is breathtaking with two story ceilings and has custom gold leaf at the dome. Skylights frame the rooms and create subtle ambience throughout the home. The kitchen is chef ready with top of the line appliances with a kitchen island for preparation. This home is one of the few in Harbor Islands with a stunning master suit with totally separate his and hers baths and closets with a office / sitting room.  The grounds are expertly maintained with subtle landscaping that surrounds the extended patio and pool. Automobile enthusiasts will appreciate a 3 car garage and large driveway.  For more information on this listings and others in this price range and locale, please contact me today.


Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Tags:   luxury homes aventura, luxury homes, luxury homes fort lauderdale, broward county

Last week Broward property owners received some very exciting news; their property values are rising. It was reported by the Broward Property Appraisers office that home value levels are pre-recession.  On average the increase was 3.9%, however coupled with the increase in new construction of 4.4%, which had come to a veritable halt during the recession, the total increase in value tallied in at $132 billion. Cooper City reported the most gains at 8.6%, due to an enormous new residential development, while unincorporated Broward County was the only pocket that reported losses of 8.3%. These numbers are estimates and final numbers will be confirmed on July 1, and property owners can check the property appraiser’s office here, . The role of the appraisal, the appraiser, and home value all are integral in understanding the current real estate marketplace and why buying now, is still a good time in Broward County.

The home values appraisers are using now, are based on sale prices from 2012. 2012 prices are 10% below the current market value on average, if not more. In Broward County the staggering decline in inventory and continued foreign and domestic demand has witnessed gains in market price that are more than 22%, according to the Sun Sentinel. Here is where buyers find some advantage, while sellers may experience frustration. Appraisals are often coming in at lower values because appraisers cannot keep up with the market conditions. In the luxury market, sellers are not accepting financing and contracts are not contingent on the appraisals. At least 70% of transactions in the luxury market are cash. Further, a cash deal does not necessarily mean cash on the table, it can also be through assets and large down payments of around 40-50%. The new structure of payment for condominiums and homes is predicated on sales using cash and not financing. These are all indicators of of a stabilizing market and also a sustainable market.

Next year, appraisals will be based on the 2013 home values, which are nearly all increased and taxes are estimated to increase accordingly. Broward Property Appraiser Lori Parrish released a statement that owners could expect to see only slight increases for next year.  Your tax bills, which are issued in November, will be determined by property value and your local government.  The City of Fort Lauderdale estimated it gained 4.4% to $26 billion in value. All in all, this is still an excellent time for buyer, seller, and homeowner. Remember to check back with our blog regarding tax exemptions in the fall and over the summer!

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