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It’s Time For Your Homeowners Insurance Annual Checkup

Ashley Brinson Cusack

      It’s one of those documents most of us stash in a safe or in an out-of-the-way place, the document that you value and simultaneously avoid, your homeowners or renter’s insurance policy. We were all just reminded by Hurricane Irma that it is important to locate your policy and give it a read. The fact is, it’s time for your homeowner’s insurance policy’s annual checkup! Why? Here are just a few reasons: Type of coverage. Is it ACV or Replacement cost? ACV...Continue Reading!

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Daylight Savings Has Ended But Miami’s Window of Opportunity for Planting is Now Here

Ashley Brinson Cusack

    Miami gardening enthusiasts already know this—but for those whose thumbs are anything but green, right now is a special time of year where landscaping is concerned. Cooler temperatures are key, the soil is still holding much of the summertime warmth while cooler air temperatures make for less stress on plants’ roots (and on the gardener doing the planting, too). You don’t have to intend on listing your Miami home anytime soon to find the motivation to replant your garden and...Continue Reading!

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What are those Yellow Bikes?

Ashley Brinson Cusack

      Has anyone else noticed the bright yellow bicycles that have been popping up all over South Miami? It seems like they just fell from the sky one night and were suddenly everywhere! I keep driving past them, so I had to learn more. Fortunately all it took was a Google search for “yellow bikes Miami,” and I learned all about Ofo, a station-free bike sharing service. Unlike Citibikes, which has a fixed point where you pick up and return a rental...Continue Reading!

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Millennials Are Buying Homes Because of Their Dogs – Not Their Children or Marriages

Ashley Brinson Cusack

    This is fur real, believe it or not, roughly one-third of recent homebuyers ages 18 to 36 said a desire to have more room for their pets influenced their decision to buy their first home! As a true dog lover, I get it although I can’t say I have bought a house for my dog, (obviously just outside the millennial window)! A recent survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of SunTrust Mortgage found that 33 percent of millennial...Continue Reading!

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Miami Neighborhood Map

Ashley Brinson Cusack

(Map courtesy of By Comayagua99 at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23038578) There are some South Florida neighborhoods that are easily defined. For instance, Coral Gables has city limits that succinctly mark its boundaries. You could argue that “South Gables” and “North Gables” are looser terms, but US1 pretty cleanly divides those areas. There are other neighborhoods, though, that seem to me to have more nebulous boundaries: where does Silver Bluff end and Shenandoah begin? Well, leave it to Wikipedia to...Continue Reading!

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Pinecrest Market Update

Ashley Brinson Cusack

Earlier this week I blogged about closed sale prices in North Pinecrest between $3,000,0000 and $5,000,000. In that post I mentioned that in the past 6 months, homes between $3,000,0000 and $4,000,000 have closed for significantly less per square foot than their counterparts in the $4,000,000 to $5,000,000 range. That is just a part of the picture, so this week I have run Facts and Trends to show you what has been happening in the high-end Pinecrest market overall. Take...Continue Reading!

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Pricing North Pinecrest Luxury

Ashley Brinson Cusack

I’ve recently been working with a buyer who is looking for homes in the high $3,000,000 to mid $5,000,000 range. She is moving to Miami from another part of the world, so we have been looking at different areas: Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Ponce/Davis, and Pinecrest. These are all great options with lots of lovely homes, so we are narrowing it down to find this buyer’s perfect fit, but Pinecrest has definitely grabbed their attention. When looking at comps, this...Continue Reading!

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Seed Food and Wine Festival

Ashley Brinson Cusack

<div style="margin-left:15px; margin-right:20px; line-height:1.5em"Did you know that there is a food and wine festival going on in Miami this weekend? Yes, Seed Food and Wine Week, which touts itself as the “first conscious plant based food and wine festival in the country” is going on through November 5th. It has a variety of events, including lectures, a 5k run (that I am sorely tempted to do!), and, of course, food-filled parties! It sounds like a lot of fun, and I...Continue Reading!

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The Nitty Gritty on the Gables Styrofoam Ban

Ashley Brinson Cusack

Full disclosure: I eat a lot of Chicken Kitchen. It is a stone’s throw from my office, they deliver very quickly, it is relatively healthy, and I love curry mustard. So yes, I eat it a lot. I’ve noticed that from last week to this one, they have changed the packaging in which they provide their Chop Chop. Because my local Chicken Kitchen is located in Coral Gables, the restaurant has been banned from using Styrofoam containers and is now...Continue Reading!

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Should you Put a House on Your Holiday Shopping List?

Ashley Brinson Cusack

Can you almost hear those sleigh bells ringing? Well, brace yourself. Halloween is next Tuesday—and that means that by Wednesday, holiday advertising will be with us for the duration of 2017. Whether we admit it or not, the Thanksgiving start of holiday season is a thing of the past. Hallmark has already launched its “Countdown to Christmas;” Miami mailboxes are filling with gift catalogs; store windows are only weeks away from being transformed into snow-sprayed winter wonderlands. There are a couple of...Continue Reading!

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