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Yes, You Really DO Need a Realtor!

Ashley Brinson Cusack

I was recently featured in a Miami Herald article about finding the right realtor. I was so happy to be included in this informative piece that answers many of the questions that people have when they decide to buy or sell a home. People often ask me why they should use a realtor. Whether you are buying or selling, I would say that the answer to that is simple: experience. Some people only buy or sell...Continue Reading!

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Coconut Grove and Coral Gables: Live Close to the Action!

Ashley Brinson Cusack

Overall, I would consider Miami to be a driving city. As Miamians we do not necessarily live where we work or play, so most of us experience some sort of a commute because we do not enjoy that “walkability” factor that you might find in a city like New York or San Francisco. As with anything, though, there are exceptions to this rule! I happen to have some listings that are in the heart of downtown Coconut Grove and Coral...Continue Reading!

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Miami Real Estate Insight

Ashley Brinson Cusack

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending a market outlook meeting put on by EWM called Insight. The panelists were Alice N. Bravo P.E., the Director of Transportation & Public Works, Miami-Dade County, Dr. J. Antonio Vallamil, Founder & Principal, Washington Economics Group and Ron Shuffield, President & CEO, EWM Realty International. It was interesting and enlightening. The real estate take away from Ron was that, as realtors, we should be pushing to reduce asking prices. Currently our $1,000,000...Continue Reading!

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Miami Real Estate Market: Fickle Buyers

Ashley Brinson Cusack

The state of the market can be calculated in numbers, but often there is just a feel we have that really reflects the pulse better than any numbers could. Right now we are in a market where there is lots of activity, but you better be ready to react quickly. Buyers are fickle and are jumping right on to something else if they are not getting what they want, or getting it fast enough. We have had two offers in the...Continue Reading!

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Happy 2017 from Ashley Cusack and Team!

Ashley Brinson Cusack

We wish you a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2017! The photo above was taken at our annual holiday luncheon, this year we had it at Fontana at the Biltmore. It was a fabulous day! The image shows you some of our amazing behind the scenes people, as well as the usual suspects. From left to right, meet the team. Melissa Gonzalez helps with our administrative work. Jonathan Malone is our wonderful webmaster. That’s me next to Jonathan, and my mom...Continue Reading!

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Why I Love Living in Coral Gables!

Ashley Brinson Cusack

Let me count the ways! (Sorry, I have been helping my daughter study Romeo and Juliet lately!) But really, I love the services in Coral Gables, like our police department, fire department, and the garbage pick-up. I know, really, the garbage pick-up? Yes, the people that work in all of these departments are helpful, friendly, and you really feel like they are there to take care of you. The garbage people, for example, will move out the way to let...Continue Reading!

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Great Start to the New Year!

Ashley Brinson Cusack

Happy New Year! I hope that 2017 is off to a great start for you – it sure is for me! On the first fiscal day of the year, I had three closings: two in Coconut Grove and one in the Redland. Three more closings are scheduled before the end of the month, which is indicative of the market upswing that we have seen recently. Take a look at the graph above, which depicts months of inventory in Coral Gables, based...Continue Reading!

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Spectacular Coral Gables Home Rental

Ashley Brinson Cusack

Are you looking to rent something spectacular in Coral Gables? Do you have a tenant who has high standards? Good news, I have just the property for you: 701 Camilo Avenue! Located in the Golden Triangle, this home has all of the bells and whistles that you would expect from that classic neighborhood. This absolutely beautiful and updated 4 bedroom / 3 bathroom home is situated on quiet street on a private 15,000+ square foot lot with a...Continue Reading!

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Waterfront Lot Size Discrepancies

Ashley Brinson Cusack

Lately I have had the pleasure of showing several waterfront homes to a buyer. When I show property, I like to give the buyer as much information as possible, so I always hand them the MLS sheet, the tax roll, the listing history, and anything else that I can get my hands on such as a survey or floor plan. Once my buyer zeroed in on a few homes, she really started to analyze the information I had given her...Continue Reading!

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Palmetto Bay Real Estate: 3rd Quarter 2016 Market

Ashley Brinson Cusack

As a realtor, I am constantly asked for my thoughts and hunches about the Miami market, so I like to analyze the various local areas in which I have buyers and/or listings. Right now I am carrying a few houses in Palmetto Bay, so I took a look at what is going on in that neighborhood. In looking for an overall trend, sometimes it is best to take a big-picture approach, so I recently looked back at the past 5 years...Continue Reading!

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