Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Must-do activities in Miami this summer

Summer comes around and it’s time to enjoy the vacation lifestyle you deserve! If you are planning a relaxing and incredible escape for the next three months, Miami is the right place to experience diverse adventures, cultures and folkways under a never-resting sun of summer.

We prepared the top 8 must-do activities in Miami this summer 2018.

1.    Biscayne Bay Sunset Cruise: start your summer in a state-of-the-art cruise across Biscayne Bay at sunset. Enjoy the stunning views in a slowly and relaxing voyage to Miami’s horizon. This activity is great for couples, but the catamaran is also family-friendly.

On this cruise, you ride along the virgin nature of Florida and the shore of Miami, with views of Millionaire Row and the Art Deco District.

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2.    Helicopter Tour: meet Miami from a different point of view. This breathtaking trip takes you from Amelia Earhart Park, flying over the Atlantic Ocean, North Miami Beach, and so on. Besides, you can discover the history of Miami through the expert narration of the local pilot.

3.    Everglades Tour: the most famous sightseeing cruise in Miami. This airboat ride takes you through the Everglades’ wild beauty and shows you replicas of Native American culture. You can also meet the emblematic animal species of Florida, such as soft-shelled turtles, wading birds, panthers, deer, and alligators.

4.    Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Coconut Grove: also known as Villa Vizcaya, it was the residence of a businessman named James Deering, owner of the Deering McCormick International Harvester fortune.

This architectonic jewel from the 19th century is now open to the public. It includes extensive Renaissance gardens, native woodland landscapes, enigmatic statues, and European village structures. Besides, inside it you can discover an extensive collection of historical furniture and artwork.

Villa Vizcaya is a place to meet Florida’s historical roots and mindset, as well as the origins of Miami’s high-end urban style.

5.    Miami Bike rentals: discover Miami on your own while doing morning exercise. Take a relaxing ride through boardwalks and hot streets of South Beach. This is an activity you shouldn’t miss in summer.

Here is a map of all the bike rentals in Miami.

6.    Zoo Miami: this is a must-do activity if you are taking vacations with family. Zoo Miami is the oldest zoo in Florida, and it gathers a tremendous selection of tropical animal and plant species. It also features interactive experiences, such as giraffe feeding, Lostmans river ride, night safari, and citizen science.

7.    Miami Swim Week: It starts on July 12. A showcase of the latest in swim and wear. If you are a fashion lover, you’ll be delighted with several events such as Miss Bikini United States, Art Hearts Fashion, and Cabana Show.
8.    Colombian Independence Day Festival: this mega rumba will take place in Wynwood Marketplace on July 20. It gathers renowned musical groups from Latin America, arts, craft, and traditional food.

At Doral Riches, we can help you find the best place to settle in Miami during these summer days.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

What should you know about buying a house?

Buying a house is one of the biggest commitments anyone can make in their lifetime. Knowing which decisions to make –and understand the timing when to make them–, how to calculate taxes and more. Doral Riches can offer you the right solution. Just follow this advice.

1.    Find a trusted realtor: Not everyone wants to find a reliable realtor, but don’t close the door to that option. A smart realtor can help you protect your investment while he can help you find the best options based on what you’re looking for.

2.    Educate yourself: Remember that everybody will have an opinion, but at the end of the day, you make the final choice. That’s why you should read and ask experts about important topics: mortgages, taxes, market trends, contracts, and more.

3.    Know your neighbors: Know where you’re moving, what is close to, and even what type of people lives there. If you’re looking to expand your home, it might be important to take into consideration if more children live in the neighborhood, for example.

4.    Accept that renovations will take time: Now that you have a home, the excitement to decorate is huge. But decorations will take time. Take into consideration what needs to be done right away: bathrooms, kitchen, have basic furniture. Those marble pieces can wait for a while!

5.    Hidden costs: This is a topic that should be taken into thought. Buying a house is not limited to the cost of the house itself. It’s important to add maintenance cost, insurance, homeowner association fees, and more.

6.    Think about your future: Is the house you want now the house you’ll want in the next 5 years? Are you planning to get married? Have kids? The life you’re having now might not be the same one you’ll have in 2 years. If you’re still uncertain, then you should keep looking before committing.

7.    Consider renting as a test drive: If you still have any questions, then you could try renting in or near your desired area to test the waters before investing.

At the end of the day, we know that can be overwhelming to read and research about buying a home, but that time, investigation and most importantly money will be rewarded into precious memories. In Doral Riches, we have a team of professionals ready to guide you through the process of choosing and investing in a property. Contact us today!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The most common mistakes before investing in real estate

Real Estate is a field where preparation and research are required to make a successful deal. Doral Riches is a team of professionals, and during all our experience, we’ve taken some advice and tips regarding the Real Estate and Property business. Can you identify the most common mistakes?

1.    Start without a business plan: When you have a project in mind, sometimes the excitement takes over and you can make any type of mistakes. If you don’t present a short-term or long-term plan, you can appear unprofessional. It’s important to have your objectives clear, know your market and your audience, the investment needed to start your project, and the solutions to possible problems in the future.

2.    Not knowing your strengths and weaknesses: Analyze this internally: what skills should be improved or which ones should you use more? It’s important to work with the resources you have.

3.    Everyone has something new to bring to the table: If you think that everything is done and you have nothing new to propose, then you’re wrong. Even though it seems there’s a formula, trust your potential and your talents.

4.    Lower your prices: Some clients think that a business is completely negotiable if you lower your prices. While for some it’s the only solution, it’s smarter to find a differential in your business and offer the type of negotiation that doesn’t have a comparison.

5.    Procrastinate: Change your focus all the time, not doing everything on time. While it’s easy to move dates around when there’s so much going on, it’s important to set dates and times when an activity will start and end, since this leaves a good impression in customers.

Although doing business in Real Estate can be intimidating at first, by finding your own style and knowing your strengths you’ll have a great advantage. Doral Riches is here to help you during the process; all you have to do is contact us.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Spring Break in Miami – What to do?

Spring Break is just around the corner. Those days where you can let go of a busy routine and just enjoy some time off with your family and friends. The amount of activities can be overwhelming, and some of them require to have booked months ahead. If you still don’t know what you want to do, we’ll offer you some options so you can enjoy the best Spring Break of your life in Miami!

If you’re a nature lover, the first activity you can enjoy is visiting some of our best beaches. Here, you can enjoy a lovely sunbath, a time of relaxation, or you can even socialize with the rest.

Now, if you prefer the quietness and privacy pools can offer, there are places like The Miami Beach EDITION, an exclusive pool designed by Ian Schrager. Following the trend of 1950s Art Deco, you can enjoy not one, but two private pools and a bar. You can also book a few days in The Confidante, heated and private pools with a “remote island” treatment.

After a long day lounging in a pool, you can enjoy the best nightlife Miami has to offer: pool parties like the Full Moon Swim at Broken Shaker, celebrated every year on a Full Moon, or the Meet Me Upstairs, hosted in the beautifully designed SLS Brickell. But what’s Miami Beach without some of the most extravagant clubs? Basement, Story, Ora, Trade, Score are some of the options if you’re ready to party.

On the other hand, Miami has options if you’re coming with your family. You can visit museums, like the Frost Museum of Science and the Miami Children’s Museum, or take tours around the city; you can see animals up close in the Zoological Wildlife Foundation, or create some artsy memories at the Wynwood Walls.

Enjoy Miami the way you prefer, but when you start to plan out, choose Doral Riches to rent a place for you, or start to invest in a second home, so you can enjoy an eternal Spring Break in sunny Miami. Contact us!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

How to run a successful open house?

At Doral Riches, we encourage all of our clients to find new ways to promote their homes for potential buyers, and one of the best ways to do it is by hosting an open house. Many other real estate companies advise against it, but what they are actually trying to do is making themselves indispensable. At Doral Riches, we are well aware that the more help you can get, the better, and at the end of the day, we are only trying to help you sell your home; that’s why we decided to write this article and give you some pointers about how to host your own open house.

Marketing and showing your own house takes time and research, but if you already decided that you want to do it, these useful tips might help you. Open houses are usually held on non-holiday Sundays, but this doesn’t mean you can’t hold yours another day. Saturdays might work too, but Sundays usually work a little better because people tend to be less busy.

One great way to start would be by going to other open houses in your neighborhood and see what your competition is doing. Hearing real estate agents talk about the features of the home they are promoting and checking how the audience reacts to the sale pitch is a great way to learn what to say and what not to say when you hold your own open house. Another great tip is to check when other open houses are held nearby, so you can host yours the same day, that way you could get more traffic from potential buyers interested in your neighborhood.

Get your home ready! Every inch of your place should be spotless and clean, especially the kitchen and the bathroom. Make sure that some natural light gets in, everything will look much better with daylight. If anything is broken, you should definitely fix or replace it before getting anyone into your home. Also, try to reorganize your furniture to make your home seem more spacious.

Once you’ve managed to get potential buyers into your home, there are some things you should definitely do, like handing out brochures with all the details of your home. What you should include: address (of course!), asking price, square footage, photos of the interior and exterior, description of the property, number of bathrooms and bedrooms, any upgrades you’ve made, amenities in the building or neighborhood, school information, and your contact information (including the URL address to the site where your home is published). You should also prepare a sheet where your guests can write their names, phone numbers, email addresses and other means of contact.

Be a good host and offer simple snacks, like cookies, water and maybe juice of any kind. Remember not to be over your guests’ shoulders the entire time, give them space to look around and explore your home. And at Doral Riches, we will always recommend that you let one of our professional realtors help you plan and host the entire event. 

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