Buying in the Winter? It’s Easier than You Think!

Many people believe that have to buy or sell their homes during the peak real estate season—but this is a common myth that you shouldn’t fall for! When you live in sunny South Florida, buying a home in the winter can be a breeze. It may come as a surprise, but here’s why you shouldn’t let the season stop you from buying.

Less Competition

Person with keys buying in the winter

When it comes to real estate, supply and demand is the name of the game. Most people are looking to buy a home from May to August, but don’t fall prey to all the hype. In Florida’s hot market, it’s easy to be swept away by the competition. If you want to move during peak season, be prepared to be outbid and go against thousands of other buyers.

Want to take things at your own pace? Buying in the winter allows you to peruse the market without rushing. Homes sit on the market for much longer, so you won’t have to schedule a showing the day the home lists (unless you want to!). Less competition also means less stress, which will make the process that much simpler.

Prices Are Lower

Money, check book, and wooden house

As I mentioned before, lower demand means a higher supply. When it comes to real estate, that means buyers have more room to negotiate a lower price with motivated sellers. This is definitely the case in the winter—although you’ll have fewer homes to choose from, you could get a great deal that you wouldn’t find during the summer.

On average, home prices take the biggest dive in January, with November and December close behind. You can save tens of thousands of dollars if you time your move right—and sellers are often eager to work with a motivated buyer.

More Flexibility

Agent and client looking over a contract

Imagine not having to compete with hundreds of other people to book a moving company, find a lawyer to handle the closing, and handle all the other details of buying a home. Buying in the winter means you can avoid all of these hassles, which will make a stressful process a whole lot smoother.

Because fewer people are making a move during the colder months, you might even get a deal on a moving service. And because you’re in the South Florida area, you won’t have to deal with inclement weather or tons of snow! Even real estate agents are less swamped during his time of year, so there’s a good chance that your home search will be a breeze.

Thinking About Buying in the Winter?

There are so many reason to consider buying your next South Florida home during the colder months. Ready to take your next steps? Give me, Scott Patterson, a call. I’m here to be your all-in-one South Florida resource, and I have tons of buyer info to help you navigate the process. Just give me a call with any questions—I’d love to chat!

Get in the Fall Spirit with These Seasonal South Florida Celebrations

Although we may not have autumn’s quintessential crisp temperatures and changing leaves, we still have plenty of fall fun in South Florida.

From Oktoberfest celebrations to food festivals to book fairs, you’ll find something happening pretty much every weekend! Check out a few of the top upcoming highlights, and add them to your schedule!

Miami Carnival

Feathers.

When: October 11th – 15th

Where: Locations vary

What: A celebration of Brazilian and Trinidadian culture, the Miami Carnival is one of the most lively and colorful events in the region. You can expect parades, live music, dancing, arts and crafts, and tons of food and drinks. The most popular parts of the carnival include the Junior Carnival and J’Ouvert!

Oktoberfest Miami

Oktoberfest.

When: October 11th – 13th, 18th – 20th

Where: German American Social Club on Miller Drive

What: Celebrating its 62nd year, Oktoberfest Miami is the longest continuously-running Oktoberfest in the country! Come one of the two weekends for authentic German beer food, music, and more.

Grovetoberfest

Beer.

When: October 12th

Where: Regatta Park

What: If you’re a fan of craft beer, then you won’t want to miss Grovetoberfest. With over 500 craft beers, tons of tastings, and live music, it’s one of the largest celebrations of its kind!

Cardboard Boat Race

Paper boat.

When: October 12th

Where: City of Hollywood Marina

What: Grab a team, assemble a boat, and see if you have what it takes to stay afloat for the Cardboard Boat Race! Boats can be built on or off site, and cardboard will be provided. The winners of the race get trophies and bragging rights! Check out some of the designs from last year, and get to building.

South Beach Seafood Festival

Seafood.

When: October 22nd – 26th

Where: South Beach

What: Named by USAToday as one of the Top 5 Specialty Festivals in the country and rated as the Best Seafood Festival in the US by the Travel Channel, the South Beach Seafood Festival is a can’t-miss. In addition to some of the best flavors in the country, you can also expect live music, games, demos, and plenty of drinks.

Miami Beach Pop Festival

A concert.

When: November 8th – 10th

Where: South Beach

What: Jack Johnson, Chance the Rapper, T-Pain, The Roots, Maggie Rogers—this three-day music festival is bringing in some big names. No matter what your favorite genre is—from dance and hip hop to pop and rock—you’ll probably find a familiar name on the lineup.

Miami Book Fair

Books.

When: November 17th – 24th

Where: Locations vary

What: Close out the season by curling up with a perfect book at the Miami Book Fair. For eight days, you can explore vendors, authors, and all things literature.

Explore Life in South Florida

Whether you hail from Hollywood or Miami, you’ll find that our area of South Florida is always busy with things to do. The best way to explore it all? Find your new home in one of our unique communities!

Take some time to get to know more about the South Florida area, and browse my buying resources for more information. Ready to get started? Just give me a call!

Find a Home for Fido: The Top Pet-Friendly Properties in South Florida

Pets play a pretty important role in our lives. In fact, 68% of households in the country own a pet! Since so many people have a four-legged family member, it makes sense that you’d want to move somewhere that works for them, too.

Luckily, there are plenty of beautiful South Florida homes and condos that are not only pet-friendly, but also surrounded by resources like dog parks, pet stores, and groomers. Take a look at a few of the top pet-friendly communities in the area, and let me know when you’d like to see a few listings in person!

Diplomat Oceanfront

A dog on a beach.

The Diplomat is a high-rise, oceanfront building in Hollywood, filled with resort-style amenities and stunning views. The building is pet-friendly, so you’ll be able to enjoy it all with Fido by your side!

Just north of the building, you’ll find the Hollywood Dog Beach, which is open on the weekends and features some pretty prime beachfront, all for your four-legged friend. An added bonus: on your way home from the beach, you can also swing by the nearby Pet Supermarket and pick up a few treats!

Trump Royale

Dogs at a dog park.

A 55-story condo tower that juts out above the rest of Collins Avenue, the Trump Royale building offers a lifestyle like no other, including luxurious amenities, oceanfront views, and pet-friendly units.

You won’t have to wander far from home to find some green space for your pup. Heritage Park is just a stone’s throw away and features a leash-free dog zone, perfect for making a few new friends. If your pet needs a little style boost, Le Chien’s grooming services are just down the road!

Golden Pointe

A dog with a toy.

Located in Aventura, Golden Pointe is a gated townhome community perched along the Intracoastal Waterway. Not only do these homes offer plenty of space for your pet to roam around in, but you’ll also have a slice of outdoor patio space, as well!

When it comes to location, pet owners won’t find a much better option than the townhomes at Golden Pointe. Just down the road from the neighborhood is the Waterways Dog Park, which features 1.5 acres of off-leash space, doggie water fountains, and a shaded patio. Take a two-minute trip north of the park, and you’ll find all of the supplies you need at Petco!

For a local shopping option, Aventura Pups is a few extra minutes away.

Harbourwood Villas

A dog in a park.

A laid-back, townhome-style village, Harbourwood Villas is home to beautiful properties, coveted amenities, and either canal-front or garden-front views. It’s the perfect place to raise up your four-legged friend!

Just minutes away from your front door, you’ll find ample wide-open green space at Joseph Scavo Park, including a dog park area for both large and small dogs, and Petco is just down the road!

Find Your Home in South Florida

Whether you’re moving with your four-legged friend or not, you’ll find plenty of top-notch home options in South Florida, from luxurious condos to expansive townhomes. Take some time to explore the area and neighborhoods, and narrow down your search.

Ready to get started or need a few recommendations? Just give me a call!

Sun, Sand, and Serenity: South Florida’s Top Beaches

Florida’s expansive coastline makes it perfect for ocean-lovers looking to live near the sun and sand. With so many different spots to choose from, it may seem overwhelming, but one part of the state stands out from the rest—right here in South Florida.

In our opinion, you can find some of Florida’s best beaches on the southern coast. Next time you’re planning a beach day, here are some of the top spots to check out!

South Beach

People enjoying one of South Florida's top beaches.

Sometimes it’s hard to choose between a beach that’s buzzing with things to do or one that’s more private. In South Beach, you get the best of both worlds! With crystal-clear waters and bright sand, you’ll never want to leave South Beach’s gorgeous shores. Well, maybe you will when you discover the awesome dining and shopping options that are right nearby in Miami!

This beach is perhaps one of the most popular Miami spots for both locals and tourists. After spending the day on the shore, we recommend exploring Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, a farm-to-table favorite. Looking to shop? Hit up Fifth and Alton, a cool indoor shopping mall that has all your favorite stores.

Hallandale Beach

Umbrellas on a shoreline.

Just south of Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach is a fantastic community with gorgeous shorelines for you to explore. If you ask locals, the best way to experience this beach is on a high-rise condo right next to the shore. Take some time to soak up the sun and relax, and enjoy some of the most pristine water in South Florida.

When you’re ready for more fun, why not test your luck at one of the local casinos? Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino features both games and a horse racing venue that hosts the Florida Derby and Pegasus World Cup. The Big Easy Casino is another fun spot to check out—let’s hope the odds are in your favor!

Hollywood Beach

A beach.

If you’re looking for more than just sun and sand, you’ll find it here—one of Hollywood Beach’s coolest features is a 2.5 mile boardwalk! Stroll along the boardwalk and explore some of the coolest shops and restaurants just a stone’s throw away from the shore. Want to try your hand at some sports? The historic Garfield Street paddleball courts are open to all who want to give it a shot!

Of course, don’t forget to actually check out the beach. One of Florida’s highest-rated beaches, Hollywood Beach features both a charming town and a well-kept coastline that’s kept visitors coming back for one hundred years! With plenty of events going on year-round, you’ll want to become a Hollywood local!

Sunny Isles Beach

Coastline at one of South Florida's top beaches.

Located on a barrier island, Sunny Isles Beach allows you to enjoy the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Intercoastal Waterway on the west. With plenty of beach access, you could spend all day relaxing in the sun or taking a dip in the sea. However, there are plenty of other things to do, too!

The newly built Newport Fishing Pier is just off the beach and is the perfect spot to take in the water or go fishing. If you’re more into shopping, there are plenty of spots to explore nearby. The Aventura Mall is only a short drive away and has a movie theater, over 50 restaurants, and countless luxury shops for your perusal. The mall also has a free guided art tour, which showcases the mall’s private contemporary art collection.

Ready to Become a South Florida Native?

With so many gorgeous beaches to explore, it’s no wonder so many people want to call South Florida home. Now that you’ve read about South Florida’s top beaches, are you ready to call this phenomenal place home?

If it’s time for you to make your move, contact the Scott Patterson Group today. We’d love to help you find your dream home on the Florida coast! Looking for info on buying or selling your home in South Florida? Explore our website and give us a call—we’d love to chat about the real estate process!

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.

A beautiful house on a beach.

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.

An aerial view of Miami.

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.

The calculator app on an iPhone.

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.

People talking in front of a laptop.

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

South Florida luxury real estate

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