First-Time Buyers: A Guide to Finding Your Dream Home in South Florida

Even for seasoned real estate investors, buying a home can be a challenging process. From the initial search to figuring out the right mortgage options to navigating closing paperwork, buying a home comes with a long list of to-dos. For first-time buyers, the purchasing process can be both stressful and intimidating.

Are you looking for your first home in South Florida and feeling a little overwhelmed? Don’t worry—my team and I are here to provide you with all of the resources you need to find real estate success.

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Narrow Down Your Search

Take a minute to think about your dream home. Is it located right on the beachfront with easy access to waterfront recreation? Does it have a large, private backyard with plenty of room to roam? Or perhaps it comes outfitted with the latest in smart home technology?

Whatever is most important to you in a dream home is completely up to you, but my team can help you narrow down your options. Our specialized search tool was made specifically to help buyers search homes based on certain criteria, so give it a try!

Still need some inspiration since it’s your first time buying? Check out my featured listings ,and see what catches your eye.

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Explore South Florida Areas

You might not initially think so, but finding the right neighborhood is just as important as finding the right home. South Florida is made up of a wide collection of communities, each offering different benefits, from active nightlifes to easily commutable locations.

In the end, narrowing down the ideal neighborhood is a lot like the home search process; it’s all about what’s most important to you. Are you more concerned about the lifestyle of a neighborhood or the location? Would you rather be closer to the beach or your workplace?

Luckily, you don’t have to hit the streets and explore your options for yourself. My team and I offer a variety of in-depth guides to each community around South Florida, so be sure to take advantage of our browsing resources.

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Figure Out Your Finances

One of the trickiest parts of buying a home—especially for first-time buyers—is figuring out your finances. After all, you need to find a trusted lender, decide which mortgage options work best for you, and calculate your budget for monthly payments.

Since I’ve been working around South Florida for years, I can help you find the best lenders with the best rates in the area. I also offer a number of helpful financial calculators that allow you to get a better grasp on what your payments might look like. And when it comes to deciding on mortgage options, my team can help you determine which choice fits your needs.

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Get Answers to Your Questions

If it’s your first time buying, you’re probably going to have a fair number of questions about the process. Not only is that expected, but I have plenty of resources—from FAQs to exclusive buying guides—made to help you get some much-needed answers.

Still not finding what you’re looking for? Don’t hesitate to reach out and give me a call or send along an email. With over 20 years of experience in the area, I’m more than happy to break down the intricacies of buying in South Florida.

Find Your Dream Home with the Scott Patterson Group

Buying your first home can be a daunting process, but when you work with the Scott Patterson Group, you’ll be taken care of. With years of experience, a wealth of local knowledge, and a wide variety of professional skills, my team has everything you need for a successful South Florida real estate experience.

Ready to get started on finding your dream home or have a few questions about local real estate? Don’t hesitate to give me a call!

Hassan Whiteside Possibly Buying A New Home In South Florida This Year

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Miami, Florida- Basketball season is out and the news is in. According to Bleacher Reports article and various other news sources, major basketball star Hassan Whiteside signed a four-year maximum deal with our very own Miami Heat. His new contract will be cashing in a whopping 98 million. WOW. You heard right, 98 million! That is a total of one hundred times more than his current Heat contract. With that being said, Whiteside is expected to put that money to good use and what’s better than real estate, right? There is a plethora of pricey real estate options for him to purchase here in South Florida. Currently, he resides in a two bedroom at 900 Biscayne but will he opt for a more lavish waterfront home? Or chose to stick to the high-rise lifestyle? Heat fans, I want to hear how well you know Whiteside!

Just Listed: Luxury Condo Living at Its Finest in Aventura, FL

6000 Island Dr 2704_06Have we got an amazing South Florida luxury real estate deal for you! Recently, an impressive condominium in the desirable Bella Mare building (also known as the 6000 Williams Island building) listed on the Aventura real estate market.

Located at 6000 Island Boulevard #2704, this incredible condo boasts 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a total of 4,221 square feet of living space.

Listed at $3,495,000, it’s a steal of a deal when one considers all of the amenities offered here. Continue reading to learn more!

Fall In Love With Our New Aventura FL Listing

6000 Island Dr 2704_14This breathtaking Bella Mare double unit was professionally designed with the most discerning of South Florida home buyers in mind.

Here, prospective home buyers will be impressed by the panoramic ocean, intracoastal, city and bay views – all from the vantage point of the 27th floor of a 30-story luxury condo. With those kinds of views at those kinds of heights, the next residents who live here will be able to enjoy unobstructed views of sunrises and sunsets every day of the year from the comfort of their luxury South Florida condo.

Take a tour of this incredibly majestic condominium and you’ll discover luxury amenity after luxury amenity. These include:

  • Spacious terraces
  • Miele and Sub-zero custom kitchen appliances
  • Built-in Espresso
  • Full-size wine cooler
  • Detailed finishes
  • Built-in shelves
  • Private office
  • Wet bar
  • Crestron & Lutron Home Automation
  • Private elevator with foyer entrance
  • Extravagant walk-in closets
  • And so much more!

And that’s just within your own personal residence! Wait until you hear all that’s offered to residents throughout the community!

The Perks of Living Here Keep Getting Better!

6000 Island Dr 2704_03 (1)When you live in this South Florida community, you’ll feel like royalty every single day of the year!

After all, this condominium community offers such resort-style services  and amenities as:

  • Valet Parking
  • Bike/Jog Path
  • Bike Storage
  • Billiard Room
  • Community Room
  • Exercise Room
  • Heated Pool
  • Marina
  • Child Play Area
  • Tennis

And of course, with its South Florida location, this condominium community also offers residents easy access to trendy restaurants, upscale shopping plazas, the beach and so much more!

Hurry! This Aventura Condo Won’t Be Available for Long!

Condos like this have a tendency to be purchased quickly on the South Florida real estate market.

Thus, if you’re interested in this incredible property, be sure to connect with us at The Scott Patterson Group as soon as possible.

We’ll be happy to help you by sharing you with additional information about this condo as well as answering any questions you might have. We’d also love to assist you if you’re interested in requesting a showing of this property.

Until next time,

Scott

Buying or Selling A $1M Plus Home? EWM in South Florida is Your Expert Resource!

graphic for scottSome South Florida real estate agents close a $1 million home transaction once in a blue moon. And others, like EWM in South Florida, make it a core part of their business model.

Who would you rather work with when buying or selling YOUR $1 million plus home?

It is with great pleasure that we report to you that EWM was recently recognized as THE leading luxury brokerage in Miami-Dade and South Broward counties for listing single family homes over $1 million.

So what exactly does it take to hold this distinguished position in the region? It means:

  • Selling a $1 million plus residence every 13 hours
  • Closing 335 transactions in excess of $1 million each during the first six months of 2015
  • Selling homes at an average sales price of $2,559,020
  • And completing a total of $857 million in luxury sales between January and June of 2015.

Now that we’ve told you what we’ve done to get this distinction, we want to take a moment to share with you how we provide the most excellent luxury home sales services in South Florida.

What We Provide For You as a Luxury Home Seller

When you work with us as a home seller, we will work tirelessly to ensure that your home is being marketed to interested and qualified home buyers and that it fetches the highest price possible on the market.

Some of the specific tools we offer include our marketing plan for sellers, tips for showing your property and tips for pricing your property.

We also offer you access to our valuable home selling blog!

What We Offer to Our Luxury Home Buyers

As a home buyer, we will search high and low for the ideal South Florida luxury home for your lifestyle and price range.

Plus, in addition to thoughtful advice, some of the valuable resources we offer to our buyers online include a guide to South Florida communities, Buyer FAQs and School Information.

20 Most Recently Listed EWM Estates For Sale

Start Working With An Award-Winning South Florida Team Today!

As you can see, when it comes to luxury real estate in South Florida, no one knows it better than our expert agents at EMW!

Thus, when you’re ready to enter the market as a buyer or seller, be sure to connect with us!

Until next time,

Scott

Hot Listing Alert: Our New Ocean Palms Condo in Hollywood FL

Hollywood Listing 2We recently listed a luxury condominium on the South Florida real estate market in Hollywood that is attracting a lot of home buyer attention.

Located at 3101 S. Ocean Drive #1102, This gorgeous Hollywood residences offers buyers everything they could possibly want – from panoramic views of the water to the latest kitchen appliances, from spacious bedrooms to upscale detailing throughout.

If you’re in the market for a Hollywood condo, you should check out this new listing before it’s sold!

The Inside of This Hollywood Condo Is a Dream!

Hollywood listingListed at $1,099,000, this South Florida condo boasts 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a total of 2,308 square feet of living space.

Thus, this home really does offer interested home buyers all of the space they could want to live a happy and comfortable life right here in South Florida.

When home buyers step inside this property, they’ll immediately notice the builder’s commitment to excellence.

At every turn, they’ll find sought-after amenities that aren’t just found in any South Florida condo. In fact, these features are reserved for the more upscale residences.

These desirable amenities include:

  • Gourmet kitchen
  • Custom cabinetry
  • Marble Counters
  • Two large wrap-around terraces
  • Bold walls of glass
  • Private custom foyer
  • And so much more!

Plus, your residence offers spectacular views of both the ocean and the Intracoastal waterway!

Built in 2006, this condominium truly is designed for the modern home buyer!

Enjoy Excellent Recreational Amenities On Site!

Hollywood Listing 3Meanwhile, thanks to its 5-star condo setting in Ocean Palms, this residence offers home buyers easy access to such resort-style amenities as:

  • A gym
  • Infinity pool
  • Tennis courts
  • Theater
  • Beach access
  • Pool service
  • And more!

Another benefit to living in the Ocean Palms community is that you’ll be conveniently close to downtown Hollywood, which features numerous specialty shops, dining venues, boutiques and galleries. Life is truly wonderful here in Hollywood!

You’ll also be just a short drive away from all of the shopping and dining opportunities at nearby Bal Harbour Shops and Aventura Mall.

And for those faraway trips, you’ll enjoy convenient access to the Hollywood-Ft. Lauderdale International Airport as well!

Ready to Make This Hollywood Condo Yours?

Hollywood Listing 4If so, then please contact me, Scott Patterson, your luxury South Florida real estate expert.

I would love to assist you by answering any questions you might have as well as providing you with some valuable home buying resources, such as our Buying South Florida Real Estate eBook

And if you’re really interested in this condo, I’ll be happy to schedule a showing of it as well!

Until next time,

Scott

Discover a South Florida Paradise in Weston

WestonIf you’re looking for a gorgeous South Florida community in which to reside, you should consider checking out the master-planned community of Weston.

This contemporary community is highly-desirable by home buyers because it is not only family-friendly but also community-oriented. Plus, it boasts excellent public schools within the area as well as a great location near some fantastic recreational amenities.

Continue reading to learn more about what Weston has to offer buyers.

5 Reasons to Fall in Love With Weston

Here are some of the most oft-mentioned reasons for why people love to relocate to Weston:

This community, which was developed by Arvida/JMB Realty, boasts gorgeous single-family homes and condominiums. These homes were constructed with the latest and greatest interior amenities and features.

Weston has the lowest combined property taxes, municipal taxes and fees in the county, giving residents great deals on real estate in South Florida.

The 27-square-mile community is home to several Fortune 500 companies as well as owner-operated retail establishments and unique restaurants. This makes for a strong and robust local economy. No wonder the city was recognized as the community with the largest job growth in Florida in 2006.

Weston is zoned for some excellent public schools within the Indian Trace Development District as well as the Bonaventure Development District. These schools have been nationally recognized for being high-performing schools that have high graduation rates.

This community boasts 14 incredible park and recreational facilities. And a lot of them host some well-attended community and cultural events throughout the year. In other words, there’s always something going on in Weston.

And this is just scratching the surface of reasons why people love living in Weston!  There are countless more reasons as well, including excellent proximity to Miami as well as the gorgeous landscaping throughout the community.

Interested in Relocating to This South Florida Community?

If so, then please take a moment to learn even more about this community by checking out my recently updated Weston community page. You’ll learn about even more reasons to fall in love with this South Florida community.

And when you’re ready to purchase your own Weston home on the market, then make sure to contact me, Scott Patterson, your dedicated South Florida real estate expert.

I’ll be happy to talk with you about what you’re looking for in a home and will then work hard to find all available listings in Weston that match those criteria.

Until next time,

Scott

Hurry! Our One-of-a-Kind Hollywood Lakes Home Is Sure to Sell Quickly!

Hollywood LakesAre you the kind of South Florida home buyer who prides yourself on being a discerning buyer with impeccable tastes? Are you looking for a piece of real estate in South Florida that really stands out and makes a statement?

If so, then you’re sure to fall in love with our recent listing at 1136 Tyler Street in Hollywood Lakes.

This incredible residence is truly unique, with a distinctive character and a warm charm that’s evident from the street!

Continue reading to discover why we don’t expect this piece of Hollywood, Florida real estate to stay available for long!

4 Reasons Our Hollywood Lakes Home for Sale is So Desirable

Hollywood Lakes 2First, this home boasts a whopping 4,982 square feet of living space, including 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. This will give the next owners plenty of room to grow!

Second, this home features top-of-the-line kitchen appliances as well as a sophisticated design created to attract modern buyers.

Third, this home features the sought-after guest cottage, perfect for entertaining out of town guests or enjoying some quality time with the in-laws.

And fourth, this home boasts a large and lushly landscaped backyard that included a heated-salt water swimming pool, summer kitchen and covered terrace. Talk about luxury!

But wait! There’s More!

Hollywood Lakes 3Here are some other interior features in this home that are sure to grab your attention:

  • Oversized double lot
  • Home office
  • Personal gym
  • Marble flooring
  • Wood flooring
  • And more!

Every room you walk through in this house, you’ll be able to notice the builder’s fine attention to detail and dedication to quality.  There are plenty of gorgeous homes in the Hollywood Lakes community but this one certainly stands out as being the best of the best!

You’ll Love Living in Hollywood Lakes

Hollywood Lake 4This distinctive and historic neighborhood (located conveniently off the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean) has been making home owners quite happy since it was first established in 1925 by Joseph Young.

This family-friendly community boasts single-family homes, apartments and hotels and is a great place to set down roots!

Meanwhile, you’ll live just minutes away from such incredible communities as Aventura and Golden Beach. Plus, Fort Lauderdale is just 15 minutes away and Miami is 25 minutes away!

Is This Your South Florida Dream Home?

If so, then please take a moment to contact me, Scott Patterson, your #1 South Florida Realtor®.

I would love to assist you by helping you schedule a showing of this property, which is currently priced at $1,449,000.

I’ll also be happy to answer any lingering questions you may have about this property as well as offer some valuable home buying resources!

Until next time,

Scott

Sears Proposes Replacing Aventura Mall Store with Village

aventura renderingA major redevelopment could be on its way to Aventura, Florida, according to a recent article I was reading.

Evidently, Sears recently submitted a development proposal to the City of Aventura. In that proposal, Sears is recommending replacing its current store location at Aventura Mall with a little village.

This village would be comprised of retail, office and even hotel space.

Currently, Sears occupies two stories at Aventura Mall. But under the new plan, Sears would only occupy 20,000 square feet within the 250,000-square-foot village.

Developers want to call the project “Esplanade at Aventura.” If it is approved, industry analysts are already saying it would be better than the existing Piazza at Aventura Mall where Cheesecake Factory is located.

What Do You Think About Sears’ Plans?

Do you think it would be a good addition to the mall? Do you think it’s a wise business decision on the part of Sears? Would you rather see Sears stay the way it is?

I would love to hear your thoughts!

I’ll also make sure to keep you posted as these proposed plans go forward.

Meanwhile, if you’re considering entering the market anytime soon as an Aventura home buyer or home seller, make sure to contact me, Scott Patterson.

I’m your dedicated South Florida real estate expert and I will work hard to get you the results you want on the local housing market in Aventura!

3 Reasons Why You’ll Love My New Hollywood Florida Home Listing

HollywoodAre you the kind of South Florida home buyer who is unsatisfied with anything less than stellar? If so, then you should definitely check out my new listing on the Hollywood Florida real estate market.

This breath-taking property, located at 1295 Hatteras Lane, features an incredible 4,930 square feet of living space, including 6 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms.

Listed at $2,350,000, this home is a top-notch home on the South Florida real estate market.

Top 3 Reasons Why This Home Is Catching The Eyes of Buyers

Hollywood2Here are three of the best features you’ll find in this gorgeous estate home:

  • A gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops and top-of-the-line appliances
  • An excellent location within the Harbor Islands subdivision of the Harbor Pointe community, which is well known for being family-friendly and community-oriented.
  • A spacious and lushly landscaped lot that includes a heated pool and spa, a barbecue area and a fabulous 1 bedroom/1 bathroom guest house.

Other excellent amenities you’ll enjoy when you purchase this home include:

  • Custom entry doors
  • Volume ceilings
  • Custom finishings
  • Impact windows and doors

Hollywood3Built in 2006, this home also features luxurious marble flooring throughout.

Plus, thanks to your location within Harbor Point, you’ll enjoy such fine community recreational amenities as:

  • Boat facilities
  • Community Clubhouse
  • And more!

Meanwhile, it’s Hollywood address means you’ll live in one of the most elite communities on the South Florida real estate market. This puts you within minutes of such fine amenities as upscale boutiques, 5-star restaurants and so much more.

What Are You Waiting For? Request A Showing of This Hollywood Home Today!

Hollywood4If this sounds like the kind of home that you could envision yourself living in, then please contact me, Scott Patterson, your dedicated South Florida REALTOR.

I would love to assist you by answering any questions you may have and also scheduling a home showing of this property.

Until next time,

Scott

City of Miami Continues to Be a Hot Spot for International Buyers

Miami Home Selling 3If you’re a foreign buyer weighing whether to invest your dollars, chances are that there is one U.S. city at the top of your list: Our thriving city of Miami.

For the last several years, I’ve told you about how foreign investors have been flooding the US housing market, mostly attracted by our exchange rate as well as the incredible properties they can own for such a great price here.

But there’s no other city that has even touched the level of attention that Miami has received from these investors. It’s certainly remained a hot market for foreign investment.

Why Miami Is The Place to Be

What makes Miami’s market so active? For one, this world-renowned city is currently undergoing a bit of a condo construction boom, with luxury developments popping up everywhere!

And who’s behind that development? You guessed it: Investors from across Europe as well as Latin America and Asia.

In fact, according to the Miami Downtown Development Authority, 90 percent of sales were international in downtown Miami recently.

Still, it is worth noting that, according to the Miami Association of Realtors, June existing condo sales were down 3.8 percent from last year.

Who Could Blame These International Buyers, Either?

After all, Miami is an incredible place to live.  Imagine living in an internationally-acclaimed city where you can revel in the cultures of dozens of nations, all on the same block!  Here you can sunbathe at one of our pristine beaches or simply enjoy sweeping views of the waterfront from your high-rise condo.

What’s more, this city has a bustling local economy, which means you’ll have access to a steady jobs market.

And thanks to its location, you’re just a short distance from a number of popular and unique restaurants and boutiques.  And a cruise to the Caribbean or a flight to Central America is exceptionally easy thanks to Miami’s waterfront location.

If there was ever an ideal place to call home, it would be Miami!

What This Means for You as a Local South Florida Buyer

Home Selling 2The real estate market in Miami is highly competitive right now because you’re not only competing with local buyers – you’re competing with international buyers who often have cash on hand to use.

This could result in a multiple offers situation or worse – being priced out of the condo you want to purchase outright.

That’s why it’s paramount to work with an experienced South Florida real estate expert like me if you want to enjoy a successful outcome on the local housing market.

Here’s Where I Can Help!

So contact me, Scott Patterson, today for help navigating the Miami and South Florida real estate markets.

I have years of experience helping buyers just like you and I would be more than happy to assist you by providing valuable resources and straight-forward advice.

Until next time,

Scott