Property Insurance Reform to Affect South Florida Waterfront Real Estate Owners

South Florida insurance ratesThe Business Journal recently had an interesting article about how the state’s reforms to Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will ultimately have a huge effect on those living on South Florida’s coasts.

For those of you who aren’t aware, Citizens Property Insurance Corp is a state-run insurer.

According to the recent legislation that the state government approved, protocol for Citizens Property has changed to help reduce enrollment, which officials say will make it less vulnerable during a storm.

This is sure to have a large impact on waterfront property owners all of South Florida!

What South Florida Home Owners Should Know About the Law Change

Under the recent change, residents will be limited to 10 percent annual premium hikes, although new enrollees would have to pass through a number of other insurers before choosing Citizens.

Experts are saying that because of this change, rates will increase overtime since homeowners would need to select private coverage within 15 percent of that offered by Citizens.

Eventually, more insurance providers will be attracted to the area, experts say.

As soon as the Citizens reform was passed, shares from the Fort Lauderdale-based Unviersity Insurance Holdings increased to its highest level in a year.

Universal Insurance Holdings is the largest private insurer in Florida.

Here’s how else the reform will affect circumstances in Florida: Some experts believe Citizens’ policy limit reductions will cause the maximum coverage to decrease from $2 million to $1 million, eventually falling to $700,000.

Some experts think the changes are coming at a bad time and may curb the housing market recovery in South Florida.

After all, investors may think twice if they’re forced to choose private insurance with higher premiums, experts say.

That could in turn call the housing market recovery to slow down or stop altogether.

What’s more, the reform forbids Citizens from covering new coastal construction after July 1, 2014. This may have a direct impact on such South Florida coastal communities.

Still, some experts say the changes to coastal construction coverage may actually end up benefiting the less expensive condominiums in Brickell and Downtown Miami.

South Florida Luxury Real Estate For Sale

What do you make of the recent legislative changes concerning Citizens Property Insurance Corp?

I am always happy to offer straight-forward advice and providing you with such useful home-selling resources as:

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Search For Your Next South Florida Home for Sale With This Brand New Tool!

Thinking about investing in South Florida real estate in Broward or Miami-Dade County anytime soon? Finding your next dream home has never been easier thanks to some new tools I recently added on my South Florida real estate website!

With my user-friendly search tools, you’ll be able to narrow down the list of all available listings in South Florida to specific neighborhoods that interest you.

Continue reading to find out more!

South Florida Properties for Sale

Here in South Florida, there are plenty of fabulous residential communities from which to choose, each of which offer their own unique residential living experience.

Now, you can search for available listings in specific condominium communities with the help of my easy-to-use search tools.

Here are some of the pre-defined searches I’m now offering to interested South Florida home buyers:

Once you’ve done these initial searches, you’ll be able to narrow down your options even more to fit your square footage, number of bedrooms and other home-buying preferences.

Your South Florida Real Estate Expert

As your South Florida REALTOR for life, I am always looking for ways in which to make the home buying process easier for interested home buyers like you.

Specifically, I help home buyers navigating the following markets:

For additional tips and tools on how to effectively navigate the South Florida real estate market, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Scott Patterson, today!

Until next time,



New Luxury Home Listing in Hallandale, Florida!

It’s not every day that a home like the one at 490 Holiday Drive comes on the market!  So when one like this is listed on the South Florida real estate market, it’s a great opportunity for every South Florida home buyer out there!

Here’s a breakdown of what makes this Hallandale home for sale so amazing:

  • Waterfront
  • 6,200 square foot new construction home
  • No previous owners
  • 2 master suites – up and downstairs
  • 5 bedrooms, 7.5 baths
  • Wet bar
  • Billiard room
  • 4 car garage

As if that wasn’t fabulous enough, this Hallandale home also features a library, a formal dining room, an up and downstairs laundry room and spacious walk in closets!

Continue reading to learn more about this incredible South Florida home and why it’s not expected to stay on the Hallandale real estate market for long.

 Hallandale Home for Sale

The house on Holiday Drive in Hallandale is currently listed for $2,997,000, which is a bargain price when you consider all that comes with this home!

Not only is the home elegantly designed with fine fixtures that command attention, but it’s also located in a South Florida community that has a reputation for excellence.

This Broward County city offers its 37,000 residents access to fine cultural amenities, excellent public schools and more – right within its borders!

For instance, Fashion Row is a famous Hallandale district on N.E. First and Second Avenues that offers residents discounts for everything from jewelry to collectibles!

And just down the road at the Community and Culture Center for the performing arts, you can enjoy a performance by the Hallandale Beach Symphonic Pops Orchestra or another famous musical act.

For those residents interested in making a day trip elsewhere, they’ll be pleased to find that Hallandale is also conveniently close to plenty of regional attractions, including the Port Everglades facility, Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

As you can see, the lucky home buyer who ultimately invests in the home on Holiday Drive will get more than their money’s worth.  A sophisticated home, a beautiful city and incredible community amenities.

Your South Florida Real Estate Experts

If you think that the new listing at 409 Holiday Drive may just be your dream South Florida home, then contact me, Scott Patterson, today!

As your South Florida real estate expert, I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about this home and even provide you with a personal tour.

Until next time,


Hollywood Historic Home Tour Coming Soon to South Florida

Are you a South Florida resident who has a deep appreciation for historical homes and architecture? If so, I recommend you attend the Hollywood Historic Home Tour on February 26.

During the tour, residents will be able to check out 6 luxurious Lakes homes, as well as several antique cars that will be on display.

I’m excited to report that I will be the main sponsor for the event.

Continue reading to learn more about this annual event, which is now in its 11th year.

Tour Hollywood, Florida Homes

Incorporated in 1925, Hollywood was initially developed in reaction to the South Florida Boom times of the 1920s.

The community was meant to be a “city of dreams,” according to its original founder, Joseph Young.

Today, the community conjures images of luxury single-family homes and high-end hotels whenever it’s mentioned to South Florida residents.

Considered the 9th largest city in the state of Florida, Hollywood  is also known for its family-friendly atmosphere and deep historical roots, especially when it comes to its collection of historical homes.

That rich Hollywood history will be celebrated during the 11th annual Historic Homes Tour.

Here are the details:

  • When: 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 26

  • Where: Event starts at Art & Cultural Center, 1650 Harrison Street in Hollywood

  • Admission: $25  Advance ticket sales by mail available.

  • More Info: Proceeds benefit The Hollywood Historical Society, a 501c3 non-profit cultural organization.

  • Contact: Call 954-673-7739 or visit for more information

Relocating to Hollywood, Florida

Hollywood is a rich city, full of history and personality.

In fact, one of the reasons I love sponsoring the Hollywood Historic Home Tour each year is because it really showcases what makes Hollywood such a special and unique city.

If you’ve been thinking about investing in Hollywood real estate lately and making it your permanent home, be sure to contact me, Scott Patterson, your South Florida real estate expert.

I’ll be happy to tell you about the various residential communities in Hollywood as well as tell you about available listings in the area.

You can even start your South Florida home search today by checking out my user-friendly home search tools. These tools allow you to narrow down your search by price range.

For instance, you can:

Until next time,


Aventura Florida Neighborhood Spotlight on Presidential Estates

Today I will continue my occasional series of impressive South Florida neighborhoods by telling you about the Presidential Estates community.

This high-end community features 176 incredible homes developed by Coscan Homes and the Signature Collection by Brookman-Fels.

These homes, which range from 2,600 to 6,500 square feet, were built between 1998 and 2002.

Homes in Presidential Estates feature between three to seven bedrooms and one to three-car garages. And many of them include private swimming pools!

Residences at Presidential Estates range from $1,000,000 to $3,500,000.

Continue reading to learn more about what this magnificent South Florida neighborhood has to offer to Aventura area home buyers like you!

Live in the Lap of Luxury at Presidential Estates in South Florida

No luxury feature was spared when developers built Presidential Estates in South Florida, as evident by the expansive list of amenities offered to residents:

  • Community parks and playgrounds
  • Four tennis courts
  • A tennis club
  • A community swimming pool
  • Pro Shop and Clubhouse

The community also features a 24-hour manned gatehouse for added privacy.

What’s more, Presidential Estates is an ideal place to call home for families with school-age children.

That’s because this elite Aventura neighborhood is zoned for such high-performing public schools as Benjamin Franklin Elementary and North Miami Senior High.

Buy an Aventura Home for Sale at Presidential Estates Today!

To learn more about what makes Presidential Estates such an amazing place to live – or to inquire about available listings on the Aventura real estate market contact me, Scott Patterson.

As your South Florida real estate expert, I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have as well as provide you with such helpful relocation resources as:

Until next time,


Incredible New Villa Flora Listing in Williams Island in Aventura, Florida

If you’re the kind of discerning South Florida home buyer who values luxury, prestige and elegance, then you’ll be thrilled to learn about the most recent new listing on the South Florida real estate market.

An 8,400 square foot home in the elite Villa Flora community of Williams Island was recently listed on the Aventura real estate market.

There are only 14 homes in this exclusive Aventura community, so it’s a rare treat when one of them becomes available for purchase.

Continue reading to learn more about this magnificent Aventura home for sale and how it can become your dream South Florida home.

Aventura Homes for Sale

The home located at 1524 Island Boulevard  is an impressive architectural feat, even by the high standards set by the gated Villa Flora community.

This Aventura home is situated on point lot, the largest lot in the community and provides incredible, unobstructed views of the bay.

Built with the highest-end materials available, this South Florida home features 6,596 square feet of living space, including 6 bedrooms and 7.5 baths.

There are also a number of recreational features provided throughout the home, including:

  • A state-of-the-art home theater
  • Social Room
  • Pub
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Wet bar with built-in grill
  • Large Terrace

The high standards and attention to detail are evident throughout the residence:

  • Custom-made kitchen with top grade appliances
  • Granite counter-tops
  • Hardwood and marble floors
  • Faux and custom wallpaper
  • Elevator
  • Library
  • Three beautifully designed fireplaces
  • 3 car garage
  • Impact windows and doors
  • And more!

Plus, as a resident of Villa Flora, you’ll have unlimited access to all of the recreational amenities right on the property, including:

  • Marina, which accommodates boats up to 120 feet
  • Spa
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Tennis courts

1524 Island Boulevard #13: An Unbeatable Find on the Aventura, Florida Real Estate Market

This incredible South Florida home is currently listed for $4,500,000.

Contact me, Scott Patterson, today for more information on what this home in the Villa Flora community has to offer.

And for additional help on navigating the South Florida real estate market, make sure to check out all of my helpful home buying tools, such as:

Until next time,


Incredible Trump II Condominium Recently Listed on the Sunny Isles Real Estate Market

An excellent South Florida real estate opportunity just became available in Sunny Isles, Florida.

A Sunny Isles condominium owner is selling his Trump Tower II condominium for $1,295,000.

That’s a bargain price when South Florida condo buyers learn about all of the upgrades this condominium has, including all white glass floors and frosted glass interior walls.

Continue read to learn more about this fantastic South Florida condominium for sale, and why it’s not likely to stay on the Sunny Isles real estate market for long.

Sunny Isles, Florida Real Estate

Located in Trump Tower II, the condominium at 15901 Collins Avenue features 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  This beautiful condo is about 2,145 square feet.

Since it was built in 2008, this Sunny Isles condominium has received several luxurious upgrades, including:

  • 32″ white glass floors
  • Floating 11 foot ceilings
  • Customized lighting and sound system
  • Motorized Blinds
  • Built in entertainment center
  • Coral Stone terrace
  • Frosted Glass walls and doors
  • Custom closets
  • And more!

This extravagant condominium is located within Trump II,which features a total of 278 units, ranging from $509,000 to $2,850,000.

Floor plans at Trump II range from 1 to 3-bedrooms and 1690 to 3,323 square feet.

In addition to providing a variety of floor plan options to interested South Florida condo buyers,  Trump II offers residents a number of high-end amenities and features.

Trump II condominium owners have privileged access to such luxurious amenities as:

  • Private outdoor reception areas
  • Grand ballrooms
  • Two floors of multi-purpose rooms
  • Full service valet and car wash on site
  • 24-hour gate security
  • Children’s playground
  • Four professional sized tennis courts
  • An  8,000 square foot spa and fitness center

And thanks to its ideal location, residents at the Trump II are never in short supply of breath-taking views of Miami, Miami Beach and the Atlantic Ocean.

Purchase a Sunny Isles Condominium for Sale Today!

If you’re interested in learning more  about the amazing new condominium at Trump II that just became available – or the South Florida real estate market in general – then contact me, Scott Patterson, today.

But hurry.  Amazing condos like the one at 15901 Collins Avenue, #3407, don’t stay on the South Florida real estate market for long!

Until next time,


New Downtown Miami $3 Billion Dollar Development Expected to Revolutionize Miami Area Real Estate

Everybody on the South Florida real estate market can’t seem to stop talking about Resorts World Miami, a planned development that will feature hotel,  convention, entertainment, restaurant, retail, residential and commercial space.

Back in May, the Genting Group bought about 14 acres of downtown Miami for $236 million.

That price is just a drop in the bucket, however, when you consider that the company is investing  $3 billion for the new development.

Continue reading to learn more about this incredible downtown Miami development – which some say is rapidly becoming one of the top five projects being built in the world.

South Florida Real Estate is About to Get a Major Facelift

The company Genting has big plans for their recently purchased downtown Miami site.  In fact, they hope the development solidify’s Miami’s reputation as one of the leading tourism locales in the world.

What’s more, this project will have a phenomenal impact locally by creating thousands of construction-related jobs as well as permanent jobs.

And recently, Genting announced that Resorts World Miami will be 3 million square feet bigger than originally announced.  That’s nearly 10 million square feet, filled with such amenities as:

  • 700,000 square feet of convention and meeting space
  • 200,000 square feet of ballroom
  • A super-luxury hotel, a contemporary hotel, a family hotel and a conventional hotel – totaling more than 5,200 rooms
  • Two residential towers with about 1,000 units
  • 250,000 square foot luxury retail center
  • More than 50 restaurants
  • Lounges, bars and nightclubs
  • Possibly even a casino!

According to one recent news article, Resorts World Miami will feature several outdoor terraces as well, including a 1,000-foot-long, 3.6 acre outdoor lagoon on one of the tower’s rooftops.

This project is so amazing, it’s hard to wrap one’s head around it.

But suffice it to say, when complete, this project will not only reshape Miami’s skyline, but the whole South Florida real estate market as well.

South Florida Real Estate Experts

It will still be some time before residents are able to move in to a unit at Resorts World Miami.  If you’d like to learn more information about this amazing development in the interim, however, contact me.

As your South Florida real estate expert, I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have as well as let you know about available listings at some of our other South Florida residential communities, including:

Until next time,


2011 Real Estate Market Report for Hollywood Lakes in Hollywood Florida

Hollywood Lakes is a distinguished single-family home neighborhood located in Hollywood, Florida.

Over the years, this luxury South Florida neighborhood has gained a reputation for its unique eclectic architecture.

Homes in Hollywood Lakes were built starting in 1924, and range from 1,000 to 10,000 square feet.  The Lakes offer’s waterfront properties around Northlake and Southlake but there are also dry lots all in close proximity to the beach and new state of the art amphitheater.

During the first several months of 2011, there has been a lot of activity surrounding Hollywood Lakes homes for sale.

Continue reading to learn more about how Hollywood Lakes homes are faring on the South Florida luxury real estate market.

2011 Sales Data for Hollywood Lakes on the Hollywood, Florida Real Estate Market

Here’s a brief overview of the kind of activity that Hollywood Lakes properties for sale have seen on the South Florida real estate market:

  • Total Sales in 2011 YTD: 36
  • Highest List Price in 2011: $1,998,000
  • Lowest List Price in 2011: 229,900
  • Highest Priced Sale in 2011: $1.9 million
  • Lowest Priced Sale in 2011: $220,000
  • Maximum Square Footage on a Home Sold in 2011: 5503
  • Minimum Square Footage on a Home Sold in 2011: 1301
  • Minimum Days on the Market: 4
  • Maximum Days on the Market: 682

Hollywood, Florida Homes for Sale

In addition, residents are within just a short driving distance of all the high-end shopping and fine dining that Hollywood, Hallandale and Aventura have to offer.

If you’d like to learn more about homes for sale in the Hollywood Lakes subdivision – or any other Hollywood neighborhood – then contact me, Scott Patterson, your South Florida luxury real estate expert, today.

I’ll also  let you know about available listings and answer any questions you might have about surrounding communities, including:

Until next time,


New South Florida Luxury Real Estate Development Coming to Aventura

There’s a new South Florida luxury condominium community coming to Aventura, Florida – and this one is sure to raise the bar when it comes to luxury South Florida real estateBellini at Williams Islandwill feature 70 spacious units – all of which are waterfront.Prices for this amazing South Florida condominium community start at $425 per square foot, with just four units per floor on most levels.

Continue reading to learn more about what this brand new South Florida luxury condominium has to offer interested Aventura home buyers.

Aventura, Florida Luxury Real Estate

Bellini at Williams Island, located at 4100 Williams Island in Aventura, was developed by Martin Margulies.
This impressive 24-story condominium features units that range from 2,235 to 4,974 square feet.
There’s also two penthouses, which combine two units each. Every residence was created using only the finest of materials, including:
  • European cabinetry
  • Granite or quartz counter tops
  • Bosch dishwasher
  • Sub-zero appliances
  • Two-zone air-conditioning systems
  • And more!
Depending on which unit they choose, South Florida home buyers can expect to pay anywhere from $1.35 million to $3.6 million for these amazing condominiums.Prestige and elegance are evident throughout this beautiful Aventura property, where residents have access to such amenities as:
  • 24-hour valet garage parking
  • Concierge services
  • Private elevators
  • Fitness Center
  • Sundeck with resort-style pool and spa
  • A spacious cabana overlooking the Williams Island Marina
  • Media room
  • And more!

Investing in Aventura, Florida real estate

Bellini  will occupy the last remaining residential site at William’s Island, which in and of itself has become synonymous with upscale luxury living.This Aventura condominium is scheduled to be completed in 2011.If you’d like to be one of the lucky few who call Bellini at William’s Island in Avnetura home, then contact me, Scott Patterson.As your South Florida real estate expert, I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have as well as give you more information on Bellini.

While you’re at it, please feel free to check out some of my other helpful South Florida home buying resources, including:

Until next time,Scott