Category Archives: Insights

Advice about homebuying or selling from a Lowell International Realty professional. Curious about whether to update your home before selling or how to price a home with few comps? – this is the category for you.

By Lauren Billingslea Dowlen Luxury Sales Associate ldowlen@lowellinternationalrealty.com     Ten years after a major housing market collapse that triggered a global recession, the U.S. Federal Reserve has taken a long-anticipated step as our economy has strengthened. The bank has begun to raise the Federal Funds rate, the interest rate in which banks lend to...

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  by Lani Kahn Drody   As 2018 begins I am exceedingly optimistic about the future of the Miami real estate market. We are seeing buyers (lots of buyers) just waiting to pounce on the right opportunity.  They are smart and have studied the market carefully. Our favorable tax environment in Florida has been a...

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How to Stage your Home to Sell


Category: and posted on November 9, 2017


Many clients ask us how to best showcase their home to appeal to buyers. According to the National Association of Realtors, nearly half of real estate agents agree that staging increases a sales price by 1-20%. A few hours or a weekend spent on preparing your home for prospective buyers may truly pay off. Honestly...

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2017 has shaped up to be an interesting year for residential sales in South Florida for several reasons specific and not specific to the region. What do you feel has been the most influential positive or negative factor affecting residential sales and why? As the absorption rate of residential property has leveled off this year...

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4301 Monserrate Street, Coral Gables - Historic Home in the Italian Village sold by Lani Kahn Drody

Yesterday, Dona Spain, the city of Coral Gables’ Director of Historic Resources and Cultural Arts Department was the featured guest at our office sales meeting. We invited her to speak to our team of real estate agents about historic home designations and the intricacies of the purchase and sale of homes that are designated historic...

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Real Esatate Report Dade County: Number of homes for sale and sold over the past 10 years (quarterly)

The South Florida real estate market is now eight years removed from the bubble of 2007 and 2008. Miami has recovered much of the value lost during the bubble years and is now in the middle of a boom period signaled by new commercial and residential development, and investment in infrastructure projects. This new wave...

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Our latest overview of the Dade county luxury real estate market is ready for distribution and should be arriving in local mailboxes soon. Lowell International Realty agents have gathered closed sale data for luxury homes in Dade county proper, and in the specific luxury communities we serve. Our team’s analysis has helped to highlight local...

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University of Miami Real Estate Impact Conference

The University of Miami’s annual Real Estate Impact Conference as last month. Many of the biggest names in Miami real estate spoke including: Jeffrey Soffer, co-owner Fountainbleau Resorts; Edgardo Defortuna, Fortune International; Richard LeFrak, CEO of Le Frak Org which is funding development of Biscayne Landing in N Miami; David Forbes, co-developer of Miami World...

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11101 SW 71 Avenue, Miami, FL 33156

After Lani Kahn Drody and Carrie Foote helped a client sell their property in Coconut Grove, Carrie was tasked with helping them to find their next home! After some searching, they came across a home at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in Pinecrest: 11101 SW 71st Avenue. Carrie worked with the listing agent and...

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Can you trust real estate websites?


Category: and posted on November 14, 2013

Carrie Foote, recently wrote about her friends experience using popular real estate websites. Her post contains valuable insight into where big name sites like Zillow and Trulia get their data. The key takeaway is: websites that use official MLS feeds as their data source are usually much more accurate than those that don’t. Deciding which...

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