Una Residences, luxury residences on the Brickell waterfront

Una Residences will consist of only 135 condos in a 47-story luxury tower. Each unit will feature a private elevator entry, ranging in size from 1,100 to 4,786 square feet. Located in South Brickell, Una will be the first waterfront boutique building to be built in the neighborhood since 2004.

Una Residences Porte Cochere

Una takes its inspiration from the elegant shapes and materials of classic yacht design. Instantly recognizable by the sweeping curve of its dramatic silhouette, the building’s glass surface brilliantly reflects the dazzling sunlight, while the floor-to-ceiling windows take advantage of a coveted setting on Biscayne Bay. From a distance, the iconic tower is recognizable by the smooth, light-metallic surface and striking silhouette that recalls the natural shape of a wave.

Una’s setting in the scenic Brickell waterfront area takes advantage of the natural beauty of South Florida as well as all the conveniences of Miami. Direct waterfront access, walking paths, public parks, and bike routes make it easy to engage with the brilliant landscapes all around. A peaceful, idyllic residential neighborhood with a wealth of dining, cultural, and retail destinations, plus plenty of options for running, cycling, and boating, all just steps from Una’s front door.

Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Una is being developed by OKO Group, in partnership with Cain International.

Una Residences will feature:

  • Unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay and the city skyline
  • High efficiency and noise reducing floor to ceiling exterior glass
  • Three levels of underground parking
  • Three swimming pools including lap pool, family pool , and bayside pool and a Jacuzzi
  • Kid’s splash-pad area & kid’s room
  • Entire fourth floor dedicated to health and fitness curated by the AMAN group including yoga and personal training areas, his and hers dressing rooms, saunas, steam rooms and in door and outdoor massage treatment rooms
  • Movie theater
  • Catering kitchen and private dining room
  • Indoor and outdoor owner’s lounge
  • Private marina with boat slips for sale
  • Exclusive access to the Grand Bay Club in Key Biscayne
  • White glove services
  • Baywalk access

Residential features include:

  • Private elevators and elevator entries into each residence
  • Expansive 10-foot wide terraces with effortless lift and glide floor-to ceiling doors and glass balcony railings
  • At least 10’8″ ceiling heights
  • Chef’s kitchen with Gaggenau ovens, electric induction cooktops, microwave, dishwasher, and refrigerators/freezers
  • The master suites comes with separate his and hers closet and bathrooms
  • Utility room with full-sized washer and dryer
  • Flow-through residences with east-to-west ocean and city exposures on the top floors.
  • Two Penthouses, each with a private pool and 11’7″ to 12’4″ ceiling

Construction is expected in 2019 and completion by targeted to be completed by 2021.

Residences may be secured with 20% of the purchase price at contract.

An additional 10% will be required six months after contract signing, 10% once construction reaches the 25th floor and 10% at top off. The final 50% will be due upon completion in late 2020.

Residences start from $1,035,000.

Click here for an e-brochure about Una Residences and contact me for specific pricing and floor plans.

Maria Lopez, Realtor
RE/MAX Advance Realty
(305) 467-0774
MLopez5020@gmail.com

 

3 Ways to Add Emotional Cues to Make Buyers Feel at Home for a Quicker Sale

There are a lot of ways you can effectively stage your home to snag the attention of potential buyers, but there are often a few extra things you can do to really engage the senses of your guests. If you’re hoping for an instant offer and are pulling out all the stops to sell your home, here are some ways you can emotionally engage with visitors to your home.

Carefully choose your color scheme

You probably already have a distinct color palette in your home, from the couch you’ve purchased to the tone of your paint, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spice it up with a few carefully chosen pieces.

Neutrals like white, brown and grey are a great place to start, but instead of letting the room speak for itself, add a punch of color – like bright pillows or a bold throw – that will add instant appeal and make your home a little more memorable. Just remember that it’s important to use colors and patterns that aren’t too bright, as these can overwhelm your space.

Remove your most personal items

Many homeowners think it’s a great idea to have a lot of personal items around to draw people into their house, but too many items like this can distract your guests and may even make them feel uncomfortable.

Before organizing your open house, ensure that you remove excess personal items like fridge photographs and frayed posters. Instead, stick with items like artwork or coffee table books which will still exude personality but won’t make potential buyers feel like they’re intruding.

Consider the sense of smell

The senses are often drastically under-appreciated when it comes to staging your home, but they can go a long way in getting a lot more interest.

Because smell can provide other positive cues that merely looking cannot, baking some cookies or muffins beforehand can be a powerful means of providing a great first impression and making visitors feels like they’re home. The addition of room spray or music may also mean potential homebuyers won’t mind lingering a little longer.

Successfully staging a home can be a matter of common sense but engaging a buyer’s emotions can go a long way towards making an even better impression.

If you’re preparing to put your home on the market soon, I’d love to be of assistance.  Give me a call at your convenience.

Maria Lopez
RE/MAX Advance Realty
(305) 467-0774
MLopez5020@gmail.com

The Essentials for a Successful Open House

From the cleaning to the organizing to the small fix-ups around the house, there can be a lot of minor details that go into staging a successful open house. However, there are a few essential items you should be sure not to forget about when you prep your home for an influx of potential buyers.

Choose The Right Time

If you happen to be selling your home in the busy season, it’s important to set your open house at a time that gives potential buyers room to breathe.

While weekends are a popular time for open houses, you may want to choose a day or time that is a little different from other homes in your area. This means visitors to your home will be able to take their time and really see the details that make your home distinct and worth a second look.

The Exterior Speaks Volumes

With so much cleaning and so many small maintenance duties, it can be easy to forget about the first thing that guests will see when they show up at your doorstep, the exterior. However, this will provide the initial impression so you’ll want to ensure that it’s a positive one. Before organizing your open house, make sure the lawn is cleared and cut, the hedges are trimmed and your doorway is well maintained.

Make The Marketing Count

If you’ve primed your home for your open house, it’s important to ensure your marketing efforts are up to snuff and will get people through the door. While your real estate agent should feature your home and some professional photos on their website, you should also consider handing out flyers to your neighbors and advertising on social media to reach anyone who might be interested.

Engage All The Senses

It might sound strange, but a house that smells and sounds good in addition to a house that looks good can actually work wonders in swinging a buyer in the direction of your home. While having a clean, clutter-free place is ideal, you may want to consider baking beforehand or even leaving a little music on so people will feel relaxed and right at home.

There are a lot of little tricks that go into a successful open house and it’s important to utilize all of them to get the best results.

If you’re putting your home on the market, let me know and I’d be happy to assist you.

Maria Lopez
RE/MAX Advance Realty
(305) 467-0774
MLopez5020@gmail.com

Why Home Buyers Should Hire Their Own Home Inspector and How to Choose One

When you’ve found the perfect home and you’re preparing for all of the final details to be sorted, there are a few important things that should not be forgotten about.

As a home inspection is among the last steps in the transfer of the home, here’s why it’s very important to find the right person for the job.

Assessing All The Elements

Purchasing a home is among the most important and expensive decisions you will ever make, and for this reason it’s necessary to hire a professional that has experience with how a home should function.

Because there are so many things that make a house run smoothly, the right inspector will be able to assess any major issues for you so that you’re not forced to pay a high price for fix-ups when the deal is already set in stone.

What The Inspector Will Look For

There are a number of things a home inspector will look at that encompass all of the main functioning systems of a house, and this should determine if your home will be a good investment for you. There will be items that need regular or routine maintenance that will be identified, but the most important issues like a cracking home foundation or mold can be a major expense.

From start to finish, a home inspector will be able to give you a written report of any minor and major issues that will help you determine the value of your investment.

How To Find The Ideal Inspector

One of the most important factors when it comes to the right inspector is experience, and no piece of paper can make up for this.

While your inspector should certainly have professional certification from organizations like the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI) or the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), they should have a number of years under their belt and have seen enough to know what to look for.

There are a lot of things to think about when buying a home, but finding the right inspector can go a long way in positively impacting your purchase.

If you’re currently on the market for a home and are considering your options, get in touch with me for a no-obligation consultation.

Maria Lopez
RE/MAX Advance Realty
(305) 467-0774
MLopez5020@gmail.com

 

4 Financial Benefits of Home Ownership

Home ownership may be one of the most familiar goals of adulthood, but there’s more than one reason why so many people flock towards this type of investment and leave the rental market behind. If you’re trying to decide if you should make the big plunge towards buying, here are some benefits of saving up for a down payment and finding the right place to settle in.

It’s More Economical

Many people eschew home ownership simply because it can be hard to wrangle together the funds for a down payment. However, while a monthly rental is money you’ll never see again, the money you put down on a mortgage is being invested back into your home, making for a solid investment you can capitalize on later.

Instant Tax Deductions

The interest that you pay on your mortgage payment can be one of the most tumultuous aspects of purchasing a home, but you may not know that you actually have the ability to deduct many associated costs on your taxes. From origination fees to property taxes, there are plenty of costs that go along with your home that can be claimed for a refund when tax time comes!

Paying A Lower Price

The real estate market fluctuates every day, but one thing is for the certain: the median price of a home is on the rise. While low inflation rates may not be ideal if you’re selling, they can mean a better deal if you’re delving into the market for the first time. Just remember, it’s important to buy a home you can afford as anything that goes beyond your budget is not a solid investment.

A Built-In Savings Account

It may be important to have liquid assets outside of the equity you have in your home, but many people struggle to pay off their home and save money at the same time. While saving outside of your monthly mortgage payment is still important, putting money down on a home is an act of investing, and it’s one you’ll likely make a solid profit on when you decide to sell.

There can be many financial benefits to renting in the short term, but purchasing a home is a more solid financial decision when it comes right down to it. If you’re considering a home and would like to know more about your options, give me a call at you convenience.

Maria Lopez
RE/MAX Advance Realty
(305) 467-0774
MLopez5020@gmail.com

5 Cheap Decor Ideas to Brighten up Your Bathroom

Due to their size and the amount of work it can take to renovate them, bathrooms can be one of the least favorite rooms in the house for many people. However, there are little things you can add to instantly improve the look of this space. Instead of ripping out the tub or repainting, consider the following decor items for a much-needed boost.

Pick a Plant

A plant that can stand the heat of your bathroom is an instant way to add a new and natural element to an old, underappreciated space. With the addition of a deep, rich tone of green that will provide a pleasant scent and a unique shape, this is an instant, economical pick-me-up.

Double sink bathroom

Add A Candle (Or Two)

Given the lovely scent that emanates from them and the dose of added color, candles can instantly change the appearance of a dram bathroom space. By adding one or two atop the toilet or on a cabinet, your bathroom will be a little closer to the spa experience.

Splurge On Fancy Bottles

If you’re a fan of beauty and bath products, there’s a good chance that you like to stock up on items like bath bubbles and shampoos; fortunately, items like these can make for a space that’s instantly appealing. The next time you’re at the drugstore, splurge on some beautifully packaged duds for some unexpected sophistication.

Replace Your Old Mirror

It may not seem like a mirror switch out will make much of a difference, but swapping out this stale household staple for a funkier version can completely change your bathroom. Whether you buy a new mirror with a funky frame or paint your old one a bold color, this will instantly revive the entire room.

Buy Some Colorful Towels

It may be a simple fix-up, but having a set of old towels hanging around can instantly downgrade the look of your bathroom. If your bathroom is a neutral color and you’re looking for a little dress-up, accenting with a set of colorful towels will instantly switch up the mood.

From the tiles to the tub, the idea of renovating a bathroom can seem like a huge undertaking, but there are little decor items you can add that will really change its look. If you’re renovating your bathroom and are preparing to put your home on the market, contact me for more information.

Maria Lopez
RE/MAX Advance Realty
(305) 467-0774
MLopez5020@gmail.com

Hidden Homeowner Costs

Budgeting for buying a home can be difficult enough when you’re just weighing mortgage options and a purchase price. But there are many other factors that go into the cost of homeownership. Some of them are one-time expenses that you’ll pay during the home buying process, while others will be recurring costs for as long as you own the home.

Closing costs

There are several smaller fees that add up to a rather large sum when you’re going through the closing process-loan fees, attorney fees, underwriting fees, and more. They typically add up to 2-5% of the purchase price. For a $300,000 home – roughly the national median – that’s in the neighborhood of $10,000, so be sure to budget for it.

Appraisal

Your lender will require an appraisal, and the appraisal fee (a few hundred dollars) comes out of your pocket.

Inspection

The few hundred dollars you’ll pay for a home inspection is money well spent, but it’s something you have to keep in mind during the purchase process. You’ll have the peace of mind of knowing the house is free from any major issues, and you’re making a smart, solid investment.

Insurance

Although homeowners insurance isn’t legally required, it’ll almost certainly be required by your lender. Further insurance, such as flood insurance, may also be required (depending on your location).

Home Owners Association

If you’re living in a property or community with shared spaces, you’ll almost certainly have an HOA fee. This pays for things like trash removal, maintenance of common areas, and for recreational facilities like gyms and swimming pools.

If you’re in the market for a home and are considering your options, reach out to me and I’d be glad to help you.

Maria Lopez
RE/MAX Advance Realty
(305) 467-0774
MLopez5020@gmail.com