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Florida’s lack of state or local income taxes will act in our favor, minimizing potential downfalls from the proposed changes By Ross Milroy | November 17, 2017 There has been much recent discussion about how the Trump and House Republican’s proposed tax bill will affect the real estate market, what affect it will have on future home sales and the market as a whole. Miami and the state of Florida falls in a unique position different than many other states, which I will focus on in hopes of breaking down the complexities for...

Hurricanes are a part of life in Miami that homeowners expect and are prepared for By Ross Milroy  |  October 4, 2017   It takes more than some downed trees and wind gusts to scare off Miamians. The same holds true for the vast majority of investors looking to buy in Miami and those who have vacation homes here. There are natural disasters in practically every major city. California has earthquakes, tornadoes in the Midwest, and hurricanes can hit pretty much any coastal city. Hurricanes are just a part of life in Miami. Sadly,...

Neighborhood characteristics to consider when choosing the best property for you and your family   By Ross Milroy  |  August 24, 2017   You’ve come to the conclusion that you want to buy property in Miami. Maybe you want a child-friendly, palm-shaded, low traffic street near the beach. Or perhaps you’re looking for a high rise condo, close to Brickell’s entertainment district – with a pool and amenities.  Or like so many Miami buyers you’re looking for a vacation condo for your family to visit, but one that will also earn income and pay...

By Ross Milroy  |  August 14, 2017 How times have changed since the most recent condo development cycle began in Miami around the year 2012. As developers broke ground, foreign investors were flocking to Miami to take advantage of the weak US dollar and favorable exchange rates. Investors used this advantageous financial market to park their cash with 50% deposits on pre-construction deals at the numerous condo projects being built in Miami. Now, five years later, as these buildings reach farther in the sky, the time has come for many of those...

By Ross Milroy  |  May 11, 2017 Senate Bill 1692 looks to end rampant abuses of power and corruption within our many condo boards in Miami   South Florida has been notorious for some of the most rampant abuses of power and corruption within our many condominium boards. It’s now up to Rick Scott to sign off on Senate Bill 1682 which will allow for individuals to be criminally punished for condo violations – both for the board and those engaging with it. In a mission to control the "mini dictatorships," "totalitarian regimes," as...

Sea Levels Rise, Streets Rise, Taxes Rise -- where does that leave the rest of us as Miami Beach policy continues to discourage new development? By Ross Milroy  |  May 8th, 2017 [caption id="attachment_23390" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Source: Miami Herald[/caption] Mayor Phillip Levine largely centered his 2013 mayoral campaign on the promise of reducing the widespread problem of street flooding and dealing with rising sea levels in Miami Beach. A promise the Miami Beach Commission undoubtedly following through on – but at what cost and is the plan even viable? Before addressing the huge monetary...

From Swamp Land to the Ritzy Bal Harbour Mall By Ross Milroy |  March 21, 2017     Founded by industrialist Robert C. Graham, Walter O. Briggs and Carl G. Fisher, Bal Harbour transformed from swampy land that stretched to the Atlantic to one of the most affluent cities in the country. After filling the swamp, sea walls constructed and a yacht basin put into place, Bal Harbour was officially incorporated as a city in 1946. Developments such as Church by the Sea, the Beach Club and the Sheraton Hotel put this opulent city...

 By Ross Milroy |  March 21, 2017     Challenged with creating harmony and balance between the existing courtyard of the Surf Club Hotel, Richard Meier took on the task of creating a luxury private residence development to rekindle the old-Miami glamour once favored by guests from Sinatra to Churchill. Meier is known for expanding the horizons of contemporary architecture with structures such as the Getty Center, Jubilee Church and the New Harmony’s Atheneum. Surf Club Residences will be equipped with floor-to-ceiling glass to allow in natural light and unobstructed views of the...

 By Ross Milroy |  March 17, 2017     Included in the prestigious list of those who proved victorious on Bravo’s Top Chef competition show, Paul Qui quickly rose to culinary stardom.  Moving on to earn the coveted James Beard Award for ‘Best Chef in the Southwest,' Pao celebrates modern pan Asian cuisine and draws from rustic and comfort food of the Philipinne's spruced up with Japanese and French techniques.  Pao’s menu is eclectic and offers gluten-free, lactose-free and vegan options. Its colorful menu compliments the restaurants sleek and gold interior that is set up for communal style...

 By Ross Milroy |  March 17, 2017   What was once the famous Bal Harbour Club has become the sensational brand-new Oceana Bal Harbour condominiums - an amazing lifestyle ocean front project that combines architecture and contemporary art to create a world-class inhabited museum where artwork can interact with resident’s daily life. The Starchitect behind the masterpiece is Bernardo Fort-Brescia, which founded Arquitectonica — an architecture, interior design and urban planning firm headquartered in Miami, Florida. Surrounded by the Versailles-inspired gardens by landscaper Enzo Enea, residents will enjoy Oceana Bal Harbour’s Olympic style lap pool and...