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South Florida Realtor Associate with extensive local knowledge, living in South Florida for over 15+ years.

Looking for a new place wether is renting, buying, leasing to own, or buying and investment property in South Florida real estate? You have come to the right place. I will help you find the perfect real estate property from new construction, single family homes, apartments, town-homes, lofts, condos, and pre-construction developments that will fit your needs in a hassle free process.
Jose Azuaje is very familiar with the areas of Miami-Dade, Broward, and West Palm Beach. 
Looking for a property outside the USA? I can also help you find your dream home anywhere in the world with my extensive network of international brokers.

My goal is to attend to my client's needs in every step of the real estate transaction. Nacido en Venezuela hablo español.
 

Blog

Welcome to my blog, here you can find different articles from how the housing market is doing, to other types of tips relating to the real estate industry.

I also like to feature different developments that are being built or will be built around South Florida. For more detail information on these amazing developments follow the links on the blog articles, or click on New Construction on the top navigation bar of this site.

I also like to read your comments, and if you stumble upon an article you think will be valuable to someone you know please share it, or like it using the buttons at the end of the articles.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Sincerely,

Jose Azuaje

 

For Sale By Owner MUST!

Jose Azuaje

For Sale By Owner Sign (FSBO)

For Sale By Owners aka FSBO is definitely an option when a seller wants to sell their home themselves to save on the realtor's commission. Sometimes this approach can work for a seller, but other times it won't.

On this post, I will provide you some tips that For Sale By Owners can use in order to help them reach their goal of selling their house for the most money possible in the fastest period of time.

Some of these techniques are used by realtors to maximize exposure of the property and For Sale By Owners (FSBO) can utilize some of them as well to help them get it sold on their own.

These are some things you should do before thinking about planting that sign in your yard, not in any particular order.

1. Make sure to establish proper value of your property:

  • Intrinsic value should NOT be considered.
  • Improvements made to the property (consider only improvements, not over improvements).
  • Don't believe everything you hear, what your neighbor told you the house down the street or their house sold for, might not necessarily be accurate information.
  • Do a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) from reliable sources (usually involves a realtor) Zillow and Trulia are NOT accurate sources to provide you a real CMA. If you are in the South Florida area contact me I have not problem providing you a free of charge CMA no strings attached.

2. Have a sign in sheet aka guess registry at the door. Here you want anybody visiting your open house to sign in with their name and contact information. Always follow up on them to see their thoughts of the property (do not take them personally, remember this is valuable feedback).

3. Visit other open houses on your neighborhood; that way you can get a feeling on the market, as well as keeping an eye out for your competition.

4. Put directional signs leading to your open house from any major road, as well as one in front of the house (always check with the city first to make sure it is ok under city's ordinance, and well as with the community for any deed restrictions regarding signs).

5. Make sure your property has proper curb appeal; also that the entrance and the inside of the house is clean, and pleasant for a potential buyer.

6. If possible send your family for a day out on the town, having a house free of occupants is always better for potential buyers; they will feel they have more freedom while touring your property.

7. If you have pets is always better to lock them up in a room by themselves while showings are taking place.

8. Make sure the house has a welcoming smell, use candles or some kind of pleasant extract.

9. Have an advertising strategy, make sure to feature your property in many websites, newspapers classifieds, and flyers as possible; if you are able to put it on the multiple listing service (MLS) do it to expose it to real estate agents who can bring you that buyer, but be fair offer at least a 3% commission to the buyer's agent to better your chances of them bring you a buyer.

10. If you can, have a home inspection prior to putting it for sale. This will help you identify any problems that house might have so you can have them fix; if fixing them is not an option use the inspection findings and report to your advantage, price the property accordingly and fully disclosed the problems with it.

Doing these few things can greatly better your chances of selling the property on your own, which is not an easy task; only 17% of For Sale By Owners are eventually successful of selling their property on their on.

If you have any questions as always do not hesitate to contact me.

Jose Azuaje

 


 

Bonterra - Hialeah

Jose Azuaje

Bonterra Living Room

Bonterra Living Room

Soon to be Hialeah's newest development of single family homes Bonterra is being develop by CC Homes. The Bonterra community itself will be very centrally located with easy access to major expressways, putting you literally within minutes of anywhere in South Florida; great restaurants, shopping in no time, and good schools are all close by. This community is being develop practically down the road from what is going to be the largest mall in America "The Miami Mega Mall"

Bonterra Kitchen

Bonterra Kitchen

CC Homes builds great properties, they are the same builders behind the number one best selling new home community of Monterra Cooper City. Bonterra will have 5 different models to choose from with prices starting at $365,990.

To see all 5 Bonterra models with their variations, as well as floor plans, and property features click anywhere where it says Bonterra on this post.

                                                            Bonterra Fairwood Model

For more information about Bonterra, do not hesitate to contact me.

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The 5 Top Reasons For Buying A Home

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Top 5 Reasons To Buy A Home

Realtor.com conducted a survey on what currently pushes people to buy homes in 2015. Below is a list of the main drivers in today's home-buying decisions.

1."I'm tired of my house" 
This reason topped the charts, the average time in a home has risen since the last recession as more owners have found themselves underwater and faced price declines from 2007 to 2011. After four years of above-average price appreciation, confidence in the market has returned, and together with all time low interest rates give the buyers that added confidence to get into their new home.

2. Interest rates are attractive
The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage reached a low in January at 3.63 percent and continues to average under 4 percent. That's a big discount compared to the average monthly 30-year fixed conforming rate since 1971, which was 8.39 percent. Such a big difference in rates leaves no doubt that interest rates will remain favorable for many months ahead.

3. Home prices are favorable
Today home prices are still about 20 percent beneath the peak at the height of the housing bubble. Even though the price motivation has decrease from 2012, it still remains one of the top triggers.

4. "I've got more money to spend"
Active homebuyers say an increase in income is their primary trigger for buying a home now, reported a 24% of the buyers surveyed by Realtor.com

5. A change in family circumstances
A change in family circumstance was the main reason of buying a home that was represented by 18% of the buyers of the Realtor.com survey. More people are expanding their families: Births rose last year and are expected to grow again this year as well.
 

The Mansions - Doral

Jose Azuaje

The city of Doral Florida will soon be welcoming its news addition, The Mansions

This amazing enclave of only 66 luxury residents will be like no others. The Mansions 66 families will have a different array of options letting their families really built their own one of a kind Mansion.

The developers with do this by offering The Mansions residents fully customizable floor plans, you can start your journey by choosing one of the 35 floor plans available with a 100 options.

The Mansions are not only beautiful, but smart as well; many functions can be activated by iPads or other personal devices. For a more detail list of functions see my complete Mansions write up, along with more pictures.

Customization by appointment only, to schedule your visit contact me at any time.

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Botaniko - Weston

Jose Azuaje

Getting home to your own little forest, yes that is one of the adequate descriptions for the spectacular Botaniko Weston. 

A very tastefully done luxury community being develop by the Terra Group, its lucky residences will be emerged into natural greenery with lakes, miles of private walking, jogging, and biking trails that intertwine with the perfectly manicured landscaping.

Botaniko will be located on a portion of the Bonaventure golf course in the city of Weston Florida.

Arriving to your home that emerging feeling will not stop, it will only flourish; the size of the lots at Botaniko will be astonishing, up to 26,000 square feet. 
The homes themselves are simply amazing, Botaniko Weston will have a beautiful collection of 10 different floor plans that can sure meet the most sophisticated needs, 5 will be designed by architect Chad Oppenheim, and 5 by architect Roney J. Mateu.

For a complete breakdown of all floor plans and renderings see my complete article of Botaniko Weston here.

Unlike anything else! There is absolutely nothing like Botaniko currently in the city of Weston, which has practically reached its limits as far as residential real estate construction; this is most likely the last chance to own new construction real estate on this amazing city.

The true meaning of saving the best for last, Botaniko by the Terra Group will give a magnificent closing to residential construction in the city of Weston Florida.

Any questions about this marvelous development, or to reserve your lot do not hesitate to contact me.
 

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Rent To Own? Yes!

Jose Azuaje

RentToOwn

A new program through Home Partners of America allows future buyers to lease a home with the option to buy later at a predetermined price.

This is great news for future buyers that need to fix a couple of things before getting qualify for a mortgage, or need some extra time to save up for a downpayment. It takes out the added pressure of competing with renters and buyers in a red-hot real estate market.

Another great advantage that users of the program offered by Home Partners of America will benefit from is that it removes the process of moving and having to find a new home.

Many home buyers that were hit hard by the housing bust aren't taking advantage of the current economy low interest rates and real estate market because they can't qualify for a mortgage. With some exceptions, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government agencies that back more than half of all home loans, require a borrower who completed a short sale to wait four years for another federally insured mortgage. A foreclosure requires a seven-year wait.

By 2022, more than 300,000 South Floridians who lost their homes during the bust will have cleared up their financial issues and become eligible to buy again, show reports from RealtyTrac Inc. These buyers should be able to own again, as long as they've rebuilt their finances and secured steady jobs.

To reach those potential owners, Home Partners launched its lease-to-own program in 2012 and moved into South Florida last summer, so far investing $18 million in purchasing 58 homes. Residents can qualify for the program by proving they have sufficient income and no excessive debts.

Next, the new potential owners will choose real estate agent of their choice to help them find their new home. Home Partners negotiates with the seller, paying cash in hopes of securing the deal.

Once the sale has been completed, Home Partners may even repaint or make other minor cosmetic changes to the property. The tenant moves in and rents the home but is under no obligation to renew the lease or to buy the property.

So what if the prospective owner wishes to buy the home? The new resident can buy the home at any time by paying 5% above Home Partners' total acquisition costs, including renovations. Home Partners is not a lender so the buyer will have to obtain their own financing in order the purchase the property.

If the new resident just wishes to rent the own until they are ready to buy years down the road, the rent will increase annually at 3.75%

This program provides rent and purchase price security that is added piece of mind on this market.

Is The Current Generation Taking Longer To Buy Their First Home?

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ThinkingOfBuyingAHome

The short answer is yes. Currently Generation Y or Millennials (people ranging from birth years 1980 to 2000) are currently taking longer to dive into their first home purchase than their predecessors. 

The average age for a first time home buyer now days is 33 years old, which is on the upper edge of the Generation Y population. The previous generation had an average age of 3 years younger when they first bought a home.

So why is this happening to Generation Y? Below are a few of the reasons:

  • The average first time home buyer now rents for 6 years prior to buying a home, up by 2.6 years for the 1970s.
  • Rents keeps raising making hard for them to save up a down payment, and get qualified for a mortgage.
  • They are facing adulthood from marriage, children, to a stable career later on in their life.
  • House prices and income ratio, their purchase price is now substantially more, relative to their income, than it was decades ago. First-time buyers are paying a median price of $140,238 nearly 2.6 times their income. In the early 1970s, the starter home was just 1.7 times income.

All of these reasons show why home ownership among the United States population have declined, the amount of people in the United States population that owns their own home is at a all time low in 48 years.

Generation Y (Millennials) are still very interested in buying a house, but are delaying that decision to later years on their life as they mature into adulthood. A great opportunity for them is having some of the lowest interest rates in history, so hopefully we will start seeing a raise on the amount of home ownership amount this group.