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2010 Real Estate Year End Review Video

The year 2010 showed positive signs of growth in the South Florida real estate market.  We sold twice as many homes in 2010 than we did two and a half years ago, according to Ron Shuffield, president of our company, Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell, Inc. Realtors

What does that mean for the Miami Dade and Broward County home buyer?  Lower list prices on South Florida homes for sale coupled with record low interest rates has created an amazing South Florida home buyers market.  And the value on these South Florida homes is only going to rise.

Learn more about why our company’s president believes values on Florida homes will continue to increase through 2011 by watching the video below.

If you’re interested in learning more about South Florida real estate, contact me, Scott Patterson, your South Florida real estate expert, today.  I’ll let you know about all of the available listings in the beautiful communities of  Aventura, Golden Isles, Golden Beach, Hollywood Lakes, Harbor Islands and more!

Changes to Insurance Regulations Impact South Florida Condo Owners

The regulation (Fla. Stat. §718.111 (2008)), effective January 1, 2009, will require Florida condominium owners and their insurers to specifically name their condominium association as an additional named insured. In addition, the minimum amount of loss assessment coverage carriers must provide has been increased from $1,000 to $2,000.

Some of the major implications on South Florida condominium ownership include:

  • Condominium associations may require each unit owner to provide evidence of a hazard and liability insurance.
  • Effective January 1, 2009, unit owner policies must include loss assessment coverage of at least $2,000 per occurrence.
  • Effective January 1, 2009, condominium associations must be listed as a loss payee (additional interest) on all unit owner policies issued. The actual wording includes reference to additional named insured and this wording is up for review in the next legislative session.

Questions About these Changes in the Insurance Regulations?

If you currently own a condo in Aventura, Hallandale, Hollywood, Golden Beach or any other community in South Florida, these changes will impact you. If you have questions about these changes you may leave a question/comment here or email us at or

Guest post written by Janise Holz

Janise L. Holz
Atlass Insurance Group
1300 SE 17th Street
Suite 220
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
Direct: (954)653-2834
Fax: (954)525-0588

Marketing Hollywood Florida Real Estate with High-Tech Tools

In today’s competitive Hollywood, Florida real estate market, home sellers deserve the absolute best in terms of property visibility. You really do deserve the most sophisticated marketing plan for your South Florida property. And sophisticated South Florida buyers are targeting Golden Beach, Hallandale, Aventura and Hollywood luxury neighborhoods with pinpoint accuracy. How is this possible?

National Websites & Smart Phone Tools for South Florida Home Buyers

While it’s important for a South Florida real estate agent to provide typical neighborhood information like area maps, easy to use South Florida MLS property search tool, offer neighborhood information and hyper-local market stats on their personal websites, tech-savvy buyers are using even more creative resources to access South Florida neighborhood listings. In addition to my personal South Florida real estate website at, a few of the creative ways I make sure your listing is exposed to the masses includes the use of high-traffic national websites, smart phone applications and of course, this South Florida real estate blog.

Creative Hollywood, Hallandale, Aventura, and Golden Beach Property Marketing Strategies

Below are a few strategies and tools used to market your Hollywood, Aventura, Golden Isles or Golden Beach property.

What Do You Expect?

What other creative marketing tools and strategies would you expect to see take place if you were to place your South Florida home on the market?

Town of Golden Beach To Undergo Facelift

Golden Beach’s $14.5 Million Dollar Capital Improvement Project

Beginning the month of October Golden Beach will begin construction on their vision for beautifully landscaped, pedestrian friendly streets.  Safety and security.  The project is expected to last nearly 3 years and includes improving Ocean Boulevard with new five-foot sidewalks with concrete pavers and crosswalks, new landscape and lighting as well as 24-hour monitored infrared security system.  The project also calls for installation of new drainage systems and replacement of unsightly overhead utility lines with an underground system providing for a more attractive appearance.  The carefully planned project will be completed half-block at a time.  Improvements to the street include a new sidewalk, expanded driving lanes and new landscaping.  Although there will be some inconveniences the residents of Golden Beach believe it will be well worth it.

I am sure in 3 years Golden Beach will look like a new town and the more polished appearance will only increase Golden Beach’s Property values.

Scott Patterson

Golden Beach Real Estate

City Of Hallandale Approves $85 Million Dollar Retail Project

Hallandale Square Project

600 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd.

The City of Hallandale recently approved plans for a five-story 380,000-square-foot retail project located at the southeast corner of Hallandale Beach Boulevard and Federal Highway (US 1).  Hallandale Square will include approx. 320,000 square feet of retail, 28,000 square feet of restaurants, a 749 seat movie theater and open atrium.  Developers estimate construction to begin late spring.  The pedestrian friendly project will focus on environmentally friendly materials and design.

Whole Foods Market Coming to Hallandale Beach Florida

Whole Foods Market will be coming soon to Hallandale Beach Florida  just around the corner from the waterfront community of “Golden Isles”.  Whole Foods will be one of the anchor tenants along with Cobb Theaters for the Hallandale Square Project which is located just north of the $1billion mixed-use project , Village at Gulfstream Park.  Currently there is an old shopping center where Tony Romas and The Knife restaurant are located along with other offices and retail.

Hallandale, Hollywood, Aventura and Golden Beach Seeing Fast Growth

Hallandale Beach Florida is changing fast and is yet another reason why I think the cities of Hallandale, Aventura, Golden Beach and Hollywood Florida along with sub-communities of Harbor Islands, Hollywood Lakes, Golden Isles, Presidential Estates, Aventura Lakes and Porto-Vita will be some of the key areas for growth and appreciation since they benefit from being “in the center of both market’s of Miami and Fort Lauderdale”.

You may access the City of Hallandale’s Current Development Activity List to find out about the major construction going on in the City.

Developers for Hallandale Square Project: Laura and Irwin Tauber principals of Taubco
Architect for Hallandale Square Project: Behar Font & Partners

Scott Patterson
Aventura Real Estate
Hollywood Florida Real Estate
Golden Beach Real Estate
Golden Isles Real Estate

Premier Waterfront Communities In Aventura, Golden Beach, Sunny Isles, Hollywood and Hallandale

South Florida has much to offer from cultural diversity, fine dining, beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, great weather and the best boating in the US. We are surrounded by water and there is no better way to take advantage of Sunny Florida than owning a piece of premier South Florida waterfront real estate. The Intracoastal waterway shaped South Florida and made it the boating capital of the world “America’s Venice” and navigating the waterway offers the best way to see South Florida from a different perspective.

Waterfront Communities In Hollywood, Hallandale, Sunny Isles, Golden Beach and Aventura!

Hollywood: Harbor Islands & Hollywood Lakes

Hallandale: Golden Isles

Sunny Isles: Golden Shores & Golden Gate

Aventura: Island Estates, Porto Vita & Williams Island

Golden Beach

Thinking of Buying a South Florida Waterfront Property?

What you should consider when thinking about buying a home in South Florida?

1. Are you a boater or are you considering purchasing a vessel in the near future?

2. What is the water depth at the property? The deeper the better and easier it will be for larger vessels to navigate since they usually draw more water. I recommend a minimum of 5 feet low-mean tide. Be sure you know – “What’s the draft of your vessel or future vessel?”

3. Are there any fixed bridges in your area you will be navigating? If so, what is the clearance/height at high tide? Many times fixed bridges are tall enough for about any vessel to get by.

4. Location to the ocean cut, in other words how far will it take you if you have a vessel to get out to the ocean via the inlet.

5. How wide is your dock and the canal, will the length of your dock meet your vessels overall length? Also, typically the wider the canal the more privacy you will have.

6. Is the property located in a wake zone or no wake zone?

7. For the most part, South Florida properties offering open water views have the steepest price tags for obvious reasons like the alluring views and privacy but are not always great in terms of docking your vessel at the property due to the rough seas & wakes from other vessels.

8. Does it have a dock with the correct services: 30, 50 or 100 amp service, water, cable and telephone?

9. Most importantly, is your seawall and dock deeded to your South Florida property?

Owning a Piece of South Florida Paradise Can be Yours!

All and all you almost can’t go wrong buying waterfront properties in the South Florida communities of Aventura, Golden Beach, Hallandale, Hollywood and Sunny Isles. It is one of South Florida’s biggest draw and with no more land being created, it is truly owning a piece of paradise. Money goes to Water!

Are You an Avid South Florida Boater?

What other features or characteristics would you add to this list?

Thanks for the feedback!