Thursday, September 15, 2016

3862 NE 171st St unit B North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Property Site:
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 3
Square feet: 1,200
Price: $265,000

For more information about this property, please contact Licia Leal, P.A. & Associates at 305-749-1510 or You can also text 3872324 to 67299.

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MLS ID: A10143613

Monday, May 16, 2016

21378 Marina Cove 17 B Aventura, FL 33180

Property Site:
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3.00
Square feet: 2

For more information about this property, please contact Licia Leal, P.A. & Associates at 305-749-1510 or You can also text 3589493 to 67299.

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MLS ID: A10080069

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

1861 NW South River Dr 803 Miami, FL 33125

Property Site:
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2.00

For more information about this property, please contact Licia Leal, P.A. & Associates at 305-749-1510 or You can also text 3389256 to 67299.

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MLS ID: A10034730

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

18800 NE 29th Avenue PH9 Aventura, FL 33180

Property Site:
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2.00

For more information about this property, please contact Licia Leal, P.A. & Associates at 305-749-1510 or You can also text 3092784 to 67299.

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MLS ID: A2180969

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

21378 MARINA COVE CR 15 B Aventura, FL 33180

Property Site:
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3.00
Square feet: 2,046
Price: $579

For more information about this property, please contact Licia Leal, P.A. & Associates at 305-749-1510 or You can also text 2943050 to 67299.

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MLS ID: A2147752

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Safe and Sound: Why Home Security is Crucially Important for Your Rental Property

 large emphasis on upping the value and desirability for a rental property falls under the category of home improvement. The home improvements that pay off include new bathrooms, kitchens, elaborate sound systems, wine cellars and other various bells and whistles. There is no denying that these types of upgrades will certainly add aesthetic beauty and functional prowess to your rental property. However, there is another home upgrade that many homeowners gloss over or don’t put much stock into: home security. Establishing a safe, up-to-date and fully fleshed out home security plan doesn’t tend to have the glamorous appeal of brand new mahogany and granite counter tops, but the importance of these upgrades can’t be understated.

Current State of Affairs
As of 2014, the United States remains the leader in susceptibility for home invasions and break-ins. This startling statistic is coupled with the fact that a home invasion occurs every 15 seconds – and these home invasions are also primarily occurring right through the front door of a property. With 85 percent of burglaries being facilitated through your main entry, the need for home securityis paramount.

The common perception is that if your property is nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac instead of in an area with an abundance of foot traffic, you are less likely to be targeted. However the opposite is actually true, with households situated in high density locations least likely to be burglarized.

Protecting your Property and Renters
Not only do break-ins cause massive amounts of property damage but they also endanger the tenants in your rental property. When a lease is signed, a renter expects to feel safe in their new living environment, and it is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure this safety by taking the correct precautions. Home safety has rapidly become a big selling point for prospective renters, and this becomes especially true for first-time home renters. Typically backed by a parent or guardian, these types of guarantors will specifically be looking for safety when helping choose a home.

Many renters have horror stories regarding landlords and the lack of safety and home security during their lease periods. Don’t be this landlord! Renters will want to stay in your property if they feel safe and secure. This will eliminate the headache of finding new renters every 6-12 months.

With so many home security systems currently on the market and home security technology hitting new peaks every year, there are no shortage of options to consider.

Tech Trends

Trends in tech are no longer relegated to the James Bonds and CIA agents of the world. Outfitting your property with a comprehensive home security system has never been easier and more available. Gone are the days of running back home when you’ve forgotten to arm the alarm system before leaving the house; with home automation you can control your property from your smartphone or a computer. This also goes hand-in-hand with automatic door locks that feature the same control from your smartphone or computer.

A wireless home system also helps deter against a burglar being able to cut alarm wires to enter the property. Being protected in this way is a huge benefit as the majority of convicted burglars have stated that they flee properties the second they hear the alarm sound.

With these features being a no-brainer in terms of attracting renters and protecting your property, there’s no better time to place more emphasis on home security.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Brazilians search the most for property in Miami, new research shows

ONDAY, 13 APRIL 2015
ImagePotential buyers from Brazil are leasing investment interest in the Miami real estate market which leads the United States in international property sales.
It again led all foreign countries searching for South Florida real estate on the Miami Association of Realtors website in February 2015. The South American country, which topped all global consumers searching in the same period last year, has regularly ranked among Miami’s top foreign buyers.
According to the association the distinction is significant considering Miami has the highest concentration of foreign born residents of any major US city and leads the nation in international real estate sales.
In 2014, Brazilians registered 11% of all South Florida international real estate deals. Brazil had the third most property transactions in Miami and Broward Counties among all global consumers, trailing only Venezuela at 16% and Argentina at 12%.
Brazilians spend the most on South Florida properties among foreign buyers, paying an average of $495,000. On average, Miami’s international buyers paid $444,000 per purchase, compared to $245,000 state wide.
‘Miami is an international city with world-class amenities, and that’s a big draw for Brazilians,’ said Christopher Zoller, 2015 residential president of the Miami Association of Realtors.
‘Typically, the Brazilians moving to South Florida are upper middle class families who want to enjoy their prosperity earned in Brazil as professionals and entrepreneurs,’ he added.
A breakdown of the February figures shows that after Brazil the next most popular nationality searching for property was Colombians, followed by Venezuelans, then Canadians and then Indians. Searches from Argentina, the UK, Russia, the Philippines and Italy completed the top 10.
When it comes to domestic searches, the most came from California, followed by Georgia, then Texas, New York, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina.
Nationally, Miami is consistently one of the top markets for foreign countries searching for property in the US In February Miami ranked as a top five market for 12 of 20 foreign nations searching for real estate on and International.
Miami registered as a top market for real estate consumers in Canada, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, France, Italy, Netherlands, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and South Africa.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

5 Questions for the First-Time Homebuyer

Usually, a first-time homebuyer picks out a house before lining up financing, but experts say it should be the opposite.

Dan Huss, a mortgage consultant with BNC National Bank in Scottsdale, Ariz., says buyers often call a REALTOR® first and then the Realtor® refers them to a mortgage person.

“The first call really should be to a loan officer,” Huss says. But before you make that first call, sit down and do some hard thinking.

“Establish what you feel you could afford based on your budget,” says Huss. “Once you make that phone call and the loan officer tells you what you qualify for, the temptation to go higher is real.”

Before diving into the housing market, ask yourself these five questions.

How Much Can I Afford?

It may be hard to figure out what you can truly afford. “The very best ratio to have is one-fourth of your income going toward house payments,” says Jessica Cecere, formerly president of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast in Florida.

Cecere says she means net income, or 25 percent of what you earn after taxes—lenders calculate using gross income. “Anywhere between 25 (percent) and 32 (percent) is safe. Anything over 35 (percent) is the danger zone,” she says.

A higher ratio puts you at risk if anything changes, like an increase in insurance costs. “One hurricane in Florida and insurance charges can double,” she says.

Then there is the prospect of job loss. “With 25 percent, even with the loss of one income, you can still keep your home,” Cecere says.

Huss says you should know your financial situation before you approach a lender and borrow accordingly. A 30-year fixed mortgage is preferable. Chart out how high your payments would be at different rates by using’s mortgage calculator.

Once you know what you can afford to pay on the mortgage, you can figure out your housing price range, Huss says.

What Are My Costs Outside the Loan?

First-timers tend to miscalculate the total tab for sealing the purchase and the cost of maintaining a home.

“Have a thorough conversation about down payment costs and closing costs,” Huss says. You need to know the total out-of-pocket costs.

Next, make sure you consider all the monthly charges. Online calculators on realty sites don’t always include taxes, homeowners’ association dues, utilities, and home and mortgage insurance.

They certainly don’t allow for flooring and window treatments, which your landlord covered previously.

If you’re buying a fixer-upper, get several contractor bids so you know what lies ahead.

“You always have to be prepared, new or old, to make any repairs,” Cecere says. If your mortgage is at 25 percent of income, repairs can bring your cost to 30 percent.

“We always say you should have three months of basic living expenses in a very liquid place, and part of that is your house emergency fund,” Cecere says.

Finally, double-check utilities and tax costs to avoid nasty surprises.

What Do I Need in a Neighborhood?

“I always sit down and say, ‘Give me your wish list,’” says Chris Pagano, a Realtor® in Chicago. “What are the must-haves?”

Pagano says the way you live is key. He asks buyers, “What do you do when you come home?” That can help buyers determine whether proximity to a gym, park or good restaurants matters.

He urges buyers to consider how they will get from home to other places. Walking three blocks to a bus stop when it’s 10 degrees can be bone-chilling. If you drive, try it before you buy.

Check out potential neighborhoods at different times of day, Realtors® emphasize.

“Sure, look at the MLS, see the reports, but walk the neighborhood,” says Michael Friedman, a Realtor® with The Grubb Co. in the Oakland-Berkeley-Piedmont area in California.

Will This House Fit My Long-Term Goals?

While you have to make a purchasing decision based on your current financial situation, you should imagine your future personal and work life.

Friedman suggests buyers ask themselves, “Are we going to grow our family?” and “How many bedrooms do we need?”

If you think an elderly parent may move in or you’ll need a home office, include that in your decision. Don’t forget about schools. Sometimes, paying more for a house can be cheaper in the long run. A pricier home in a better school district can be cheaper than a lower-priced home plus private school for 13 years.

“This home will let us go for public school and not pay $50,000 for private school,” may be the thinking, Friedman says.

Am I Truly Prepared to Be a Homeowner?

“Whatever your money attitude is, when you have a home, a lot of your money will go (to it),” says Cecere. “A lot of your time will be spent dealing with your home.”

Make sure you understand what’s involved. You should ask yourself before buying if you have good spending habits. If possible, take a homebuyer class in person or online.

If you’re ready and buy responsibly, experts say homebuying can still be a wise financial move.

“Owning a house is still better than renting,” Huss says. “You should absolutely be able to find a great house for what you can afford.”