Category Archives: Island Estates

The Aventura Mall Expansion Is Underway

Aventura, FL – The beautiful city of Aventura is not only a great place to live in the many communities such as Porto Vita, Island Estates, Aventura Estates and also play golf at The Turnberry Isle Resort & Golf Club but the city is known for one of the nations largest and highest grossing luxury shopping malls in the US., “The Aventura Mall”. To many of us, it has become not only a convenience but staple of our Lifestyle.

The Aventura Mall not only has some of the best shopping around, its also has great restaurants, a movie theater, and an Equinox Gym. Well, if anyone is wondering what all the construction is on the east side of the mall, you can bet it’s going to be big. The new expansion of the mall includes a 315,000 sq. ft. retail wing and parking garage along with a host of destination restaurants and a new state of the art food court.QE5oWH2 Starting to sound good to you isn’t it? To top it all off, renderings have revealed plans for a new Tesla store to be included in the expansion. Let me know what stores you would want to see be included in the expansion in your comments below!

– Scott

4 Standout Features of Our New Island Estates Home Listing in Aventura!

Aventura HomeWe are some thrilled to tell you about a new listing on the South Florida real estate market that is already generating a lot of interest from home buyers!

Located at 3922 Island Estates Drive, this incredible 7,014-square-foot home is truly remarkable, boasting 6 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms.

Continue reading to learn more about this gem of a property on the Aventura housing market.

This Island Estates Home is Full of Desirable Features and Amenities

Here are the top four features of this South Florida home, although honestly, we could make a list twice that long and not even scratch the surface:

  • It sits on the waterfront, giving you breath-taking views every time you look out the window – not to mention easy access to water recreation amenities.
  • It features its own electric gates, offering you both security as well as a stately ambiance.
  • It boasts an expansive gourmet kitchen with every amenity and luxury you could possible need or want including 50-foot slip
  • Its backyard is full of coveted amenities, including an infinity heated pool, covered terrace and a summer kitchen,

Aventura Home 2But the perks of living here don’t just stop there. Here are some additional amenities and features in this home that will surely capture your attention:

  • Large motor court
  • Wet bar
  • Media room
  • Volume ceilings
  • Lovely fireplace
  • Impressive staircase
  • Granite counter tops
  • Built-in shelves
  • Huge windows
  • Elevator

It’s All About Location, Location, Location

Aventura Home 4What’s more, this Mediterranean style home enjoys a great location with the Island Estates community, which is beloved in its own right for offering its residents an exceptional quality of life. For instance, some of the recreational amenities offered on site here include:

  • Access to estate management and concierge services
  • Round-the-clock professionally staffed guard service
  • Memberships available for golf, tennis, Ocean Club, spa and restaurants

Plus, you’ll live close to a number of outstanding amenities that will appeal to all members of your family. These include:

  • Miami International and Fort Lauderdale airports
  • The Community Recreation Center
  • Aventura Founders Park
  • Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
  • Waterways Park and Waterways Dog Park
  • Veterans Park
  • And more!

Could This Be Your South Florida Dream Home?

Aventura Home 5If so, please don’t hesitate to contact us at The Scott Patterson Group today. We would love to answer any remaining questions you might have about this property as well as help schedule a showing for you.

But act now! Excellent homes like these don’t stay available on the South Florida real estate market for long!

Until next time,

Scott

South Florida Real Estate Market Showing Signs of Rebound and Growth

South Florida real estateThere’s reason to celebrate a little for the South Florida real estate market – especially if you’re a home seller with a list price under 1 million.

From a decreasing supply of available homes for sale to rising sales prices – now is a great time to be a Seller  especially if your property is listed under 1 million today. It’s all about “Supply & Demand” which is very price sensitive and it’s very important to understand the market depends on the “List Price” of your property,  the higher the “List Price” the more inventory there is.

Below, I’m going to tell you some of the recent findings from a national index on the health of the South Florida housing market.

Selling South Florida Real Estate

According to a recent market report, South Florida home prices increased by more than 5 percent in July when compared to July 2011 (depending on price range).

That’s not all that has South Florida home sellers excited!

Here’s a look at some other good news that has recently come out about the market:

  • In August, Broward County had fewer than 5,000 single-family homes for sale.
  • When compared to a year ago, Miami-Dade & Broward County’s inventory has nearly been cut by 40-50%.
  • Meanwhile, Palm Beach County’s home inventory was about 6,648 in August, which is 43 percent less than it was a year ago.
  • In Miami, the average price per square foot of Miami area homes was $155, down 4.3 percent from the same period last year.
  • Between July and September, the median sales price for Miami homes was $155,000, up 6.9 percent from the year before.
  • Also during that period, the total number of Miami home sales decreased by 11.6 percent.
  • Broward County’s unemployment rate decreased from 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent between July and August. This is good news for home sellers because it means that more home buyers are in a position to purchase a home.
  • Broward County’s unemployment rate is now better than the national average, which is 8.1 percent.
  • Meanwhile, Palm Beach County’s unemployment rate also fell to 9.6 percent, albeit that’s still higher than state and national averages.
  • Interest rates have continued to fall, with the average 30-year fixed rate falling to a record-setting 3.4 percent recently. Such low rates are sure to attract additional home buyers.

Still, the recent article I read noted that there are some ways in which the housing market can improve even more.

For instance, inaccurate home appraisals have been blamed in recent years for delaying or costing real estate deals.

Experts are now calling for more accurate and consistent appraisals to aid in the housing market’s recovery.

Some are also saying that a slight increase in interest rates may increase home buyer demand since home buyers will feel a sense of urgency to invest before interest rates continue to climb.

Your Dedicated South Florida Real Estate Expert

The South Florida real estate market is a complicated industry with plenty of moving parts that may affect your experience as a home seller.

So for an optimal experience that results in you selling your home in a short amount of time and for a great price, please contact me, Scott Patterson.

I have years of experience working on the South Florida real estate market and I’ll be happy to provide you with invaluable advice, helpful home-selling resources and more!

Start today by requesting my free selling South Florida real estate eBook or a pre-listing package!

Until next time,

Scott

EWM International Realty is now Larger and Better than Ever!

We have exciting news to share with you about our company’s parent company, Berkshire Hathaway.

Berkshire Hathaway has purchased the real estate franchise “Prudential” / Real Living and launch an entirely new brokerage brand for these agents: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

Our South Florida real estate company EWM has been owned by Berkshire Hathaway for the last six years.

This new purchase, however, is guaranteed to make the company even stronger and more responsive to home buyer’s and home seller‘s needs.

Selling Real Estate in South Florida and Around the Country

Berkshire Hathaway has acquired Prudential’s agent network from Brookfield Asset Management.

Next year, Berkshire Hathaway and Brookfield will begin converting Home Services agents over to the new brand as well.

The new company will be based in Irvine, California and will be led by a team of Prudential Real Estate executives.

Here are some more facts of this recent deal:

  • Berkshire’s HomeServices of America (which already owns local brokerages with 16,000 agents in 21 states) will be the majority owner
  • The Prudential and Real Living brands will be eliminated over time.
  • Independent local brokers that HomeServices already owns will not have to switch affiliation but their branding will start to note that they’re owned by Berkshire Hathaway.

Your South Florida Real Estate Expert

By aligning ourselves with this new and improved super real estate company, EWM will have even greater access to real estate resources that will ultimately help you as the buyer or seller!

Thus, we’re quite thrilled about this newly formed real estate company!

If you’re considering entering the South Florida real estate market anytime soon, please contact me, Scott Patterson.

I’ll be happy to assist you as you navigate any one of the following South Florida markets:

Until next time,

Scott

Report: Fewer Homes for Sale Available on the South Florida Real Estate Market

South Florida real estate for saleAvailable homes for sale on the South Florida real estate market have decreased significantly year-over-year, according to a recent article I read.

The Palm Beach Post reported that the available inventory of homes for sale was down 34 percent in September when compared to September 2011.

This is fantastic news for South Florida home sellers in such communities as Golden Beach and Sunny Isles who are hoping to get a great price on their property.

South Florida Homes for Sale

Here’s an overview of recent activity on the South Florida real estate market, according to the real estate analysis firm Zillow:

  • High-priced homes for sale in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties were down 34.4 percent year-over-year.
  • Meanwhile, inventory of homes in the lower-priced tiers were down 33 percent.
  • In that same period, the national inventory of homes for sale has decreased by 19 percent.
  • In Palm Beach County, the inventory of single-family homes had fallen to less than five months in August.
  • When compared to August 2011, Palm Beach County’s home inventory has fallen 57 percent.

On the same day that Zillow released its report, the company RealtyTrac reported that Florida saw the most foreclosure activity in September.

Although some are concerned this may cause a drop in home prices as these foreclosed homes are sold, experts say that it’s more likely that these homes will more than likely be short-sold, which will help preserve prices.

List Your South Florida Home for Sale Today!

As I noted earlier, a drop in available homes for sale is a great sign for interested South Florida home sellers.

That’s because the low supply of available homes will spur even greater home buyer demand, which will ultimately drive up prices.

Thus, if you’re thinking about listing your South Florida property anytime soon, now is a great time to do so!

For expert tips on navigating the market as a South Florida home seller, please contact me, Scott Patterson.

I have years of experiencing helping home owners sell their properties in a number of local communities, including:

Until next time,

Scott

Williams Island, FL Undergoing Major Improvements

The prestigious South Florida community of Williams Island is about to get even better!

According to the most recent news, Williams Island is about to get a new guard gate and monument!

Continue reading to learn more about these recent developments, and how it will complement Williams Island’s existing reputation for excellence.

South Florida Homes for Sale at Williams Island

Williams Island is a luxury community comprised of 8 condo towers, the Mediterranean Village, Villa Flora and  access to Island Estates.

The beautiful residences that comprise Williams Island range anywhere from 2 to 6 bedrooms and come with 1,580 to 5,030 square feet of living space.

This impressive South Florida community also offers its residents a number of recreational amenities, including:

  • Fitness center
  • Indoor pool
  • Tennis courts
  • Hair salon
  • Full service marina
  • And more!

And now Williams Island is about to become an even better place to live!

According to the recent newsletter I read, Williams Island residents voted on April 5 to renovate several amenities in the community, including:

  • Front Gatehouse
  • Porte Chochere
  • Resident Gate
  • Exit Guard House
  • Front entrance sidewalk
  • Signage
  • Landscaping
  • Bus Shelter
  • 183rd Street Monument Sign

As part of the renovation project, there will be an expansion of the present gate house to include additional security equipment and monitoring systems.

What’s more, the renovated gate house will now hold the human resources department.

While construction on the Porte Cochere, front gatehouse and Williams Island monument had already commenced, construction on the resident gate and exit guard house will not be completed until after the Bellini building is constructed.

Your Williams Island Real Estate Expert

As you can tell by the recently approved renovation projects at Williams Island, the community is thriving and constantly striving to better serve its residents.

Even before these renovations began, Williams Island was already a premier South Florida community.

Now, it is bound to be an even more desirable residential community on the South Florida real estate market!

For more information on living at Williams Island – or to inquire about available listings there – please contact me, Scott Patterson, today!

Until next time,

Scott

South Florida Real Estate Summer 2011 Market Update

The median sales price for South Florida homes has steadily increased since the start of the year , according to Ron Shuffield, president of our company, Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell, Inc. Realtors

Here’s some of the recent news that Ron shared with us about the South Florida real estate market:

  • Between January and May of this year, the median sales price in Miami-Dade County rose from $150,000 to $180,000.
  • Between January and May of this year, the median sales price in Broward County rose from $165,000 to $190,000
  • 61 percent of our company’s sales are for either a short sale or a foreclosure.  However, that is down from 67 percent just four months ago.

Ron said he is “cautiously optimistic” about the most recent trends on the South Florida real estate market.

As the inventory of South Florida homes for sale continues to dwindle, prices are expected to increase, he said.

Learn more about the current state of the South Florida real estate market by watching the below video from our company’s president.

Navigating the South Florida Real Estate Market

 

If you’re interested in entering the South Florida real estate market as a home buyer or home seller, contact me, Scott Patterson, your South Florida real estate expert, today.

Whether you’re an interested South Florida home buyer or a South Florida home seller, I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have as well as provide you with a number of helpful South Florida real estate resources to help make navigating the market easier.

Until next time,

Scott

Scott Patterson featured on Fox News Today On South Florida Real Estate Story

When the last developable island goes on the market, it’s big news here in South Florida.

My listings of the 8-acre island in Aventura, FL was recently a cover story in the Miami Herald.

Now, a national cable news program is covering this amazing opportunity on the South Florida real estate market as well!

Fox News Broadcasting Live from North Island in Aventura, Florida All Day Today

I’m thrilled to announce that Phil Keating of Fox News will be broadcasting a story on South Florida Real Estate live from North Island at Island Estates all day today.  This coverage will also feature interviews with yours truly as well as aerial views of North Island.

The program will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.  Fox news will be doing Liveshots every few hours.

Tune in at approx. 11 a.m. every few hours until 8pm to  see one of the best pieces of property available on the South Florida real estate market today.

South Florida Real Estate

Thinking about selling your South Florida home?  I can help!  Not only do I have experience selling single-family homes and condominiums in South Florida, I can also say I have experience marketing entire islands on the South Florida real estate market!

Contact me, Scott Patterson, your South Florida REALTOR,  to learn more about all of the amazing South Florida home seller services I provide, including:

Until next time,

Scott

 

New South Florida Real Estate Website Unveiled to Help South Florida Home Buyers and Sellers

I  have some exciting news for interested South Florida home buyers and home sellers. We recently redesigned our website to make it easier for you to navigate the South Florida real estate market!

Here’s a look at some of the features we recently added or improved:

Personalized South Florida Real Estate Service

I strive to give every interested South Florida home buyer and home seller the best service possible.   That’s why we also added some of these social features to our website that helps us stay connected to you:

Thinking About Entering the South Florida Real Estate Market?

With our newly designed website, it’s never been easier to navigate the South Florida Real Estate market!

Contact me, Scott Patterson, your Aventura area real estate expert today, to learn more about what we can do for you.

Until next time,

Scott

High End Real Estate Sales Making a Comeback in the Aventura Florida Real Estate Market

A new record was recently broken in the South Florida real estate market when I closed on 3903 Island Estates Drive in Aventura in December, it became the highest priced sale on an Aventura single family home since 2006 and the 2nd highest priced sale for a single family home ever.

This gorgeous 6 bedroom, 8.5 bathroom new construction home sold for $4,350,000 in December, it was a cash transaction.

Luxury Home Sales Picking Up in South Florida

Our recent closing on 3903 Island Estates Drive illustrates a larger trend in the Aventura real estate market.  Wealthy home buyers are returning to the luxury housing market en masse.  Why? Because this is the perfect environment for buying a luxury South Florida property:

  • A stronger stock market has boosted home buyer confidence
  • Low interest rates have created a buyer’s market in Aventura, Florida
  • Signs abound that prices for luxury properties have bottomed out , giving South Florida home buyers yet another reason to enter the market.

All of this has led to an increase in home and condo sales in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.  In December, there were at least 5 condo sales in Palm Beach County that sold for more than $2 million.  Twenty-five houses also sold for more than $2 million in Palm Beach County.

In Miami-Dade County, at least 10 homes and 15 condos sold for more than $2 million in December.

The spike in real estate activity can be largely attributed to foreign buyers such as Canadians and Brazilians wanting to take advantage of the low prices on condos, said Ron Shuffield, president of our company, Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell, Inc. Realtors. That factor definitely played a role in the recent sale of 3903 Island Estates Drive: the buyer was Brazillian.

Buying an Aventura, Florida Property For Sale

Given the allure of buying a high-end property in Aventura, it’s easy to understand why the inventory of luxury properties for sale is falling.  Contact me, Scott Patterson, today to learn about available listings in Aventura, as well as our other beautiful South Forida communities, such as Hallandale and Golden Beach.