One of the most asked questions this summer in luxury real estate has been, “What exactly are high net worth individuals seeking in their summer homes?” While each buyer is unique, there are several trends to keep in mind when working with these discerning clients. Our friends at Wealth-X took a look at a report by Christies, Luxury Defined, and shared with us their findings. We coupled these tips with our own research, as highlighted in our recent Luxury Market Report, to give you a greater insight into the luxury summer home market.

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Hurricane season peaks in September. Do you have the right insurance?

property insurance coverage in hurricane-prone Florida


ORLANDO, Fla. – Aug. 21, 2018 – Keeping up with property insurance coverage in hurricane-prone Florida can be tricky, to say the least.

To help sort things out as summer and the storm season heat up, we spoke with Locke Burt of Ormond Beach-based insurer Security First and Doug Iannarelli of travel club AAA’s insurance division.

Question: What do I need?

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New Listing: 107 Rivo Alto Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

1936 Art Deco estate on the Venetian Causeway’s most exclusive island Rivo Alto. High ceilings and deco architectural features preserved including archways, Ziggurats, original Spanish tile, original wood floors, 1936 doors, moldings and bathrooms. All bedrooms have on suite baths. 4 bedrooms (2 master suites) + a Florida room, formal dining, large kitchen and family room with fireplace. Possible separate guest quarters as 2 car garage has A/C, high ceilings and private front & rear entrances all next to a huge utility room. Fabulous eat in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters and gas stove. Updated electric, plumbing, roof and A/C’S. Room for pool. Large corner lot. Underground utilities. Walk to Lincoln Rd and Sunset Shops cafes & nightlife. Call for a private tour!
Directions:Venetian Causeway to West Rivo Alto Drive and go South. House is on the left
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Trend 1: Wallpaper is Back

With digitally printed paper being produced by small boutique wallpaper companies, gone are the days of wallpaper being something only found in your grandmother’s guest bedroom. Wallpaper is back, and it is better and bolder than ever!

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255 W Rivo Alto Dr Miami Beach, FL 33139-1269


Located on the coveted Venetian Islands, this beautifully renovated 3BD/3BA home on a corner lot features an open floor plan w/ top of the line finishes. The main living area offers flow-through layout w/ exposed beams, fireplace & abundant natural light. Open kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances is perfect for entertaining. Unwind in your relaxing family room complete w/ built-in entertainment center & wood detailed ceilings. French doors open up to heated saltwater pool & private backyard. Bedrooms feature bamboo flooring & tranquil, updated bathrooms. Other features include spacious den/office w/ plenty of storage, built-in surround sound system, hurricane impact windows, & plantation shutters throughout. Enjoy living in close proximity to the shops and restaurants of Sunset Harbour!

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Luxury Home Trends in 2018



Amid remarkable architecture, superior craftsmanship and exceptional design, finishes are often the distinguishing factor that individualize one luxury home from another. In 2018, high-end homeowners are adopting more manageable and sustainable materials that require less maintenance and can better withstand everyday use.

This year is perhaps the most we’ve seen manufactured materials in affluent homes. Products such as luxury vinyl and porcelain tiles mimicking wood grain textures are becoming more prevalent. Additionally, stone finishes that echo marble and onyx have been developed so well that it has become difficult even for real estate experts to differentiate the authentic from the replica.

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Summer Showcasing Tips Which Help Get Your House Sold


Summer brings to mind many images of happy days. Perhaps it’s sitting on the patio sipping cocktails with friends under an umbrella. Maybe you think of cookouts with the entire family while the kids run around the lawn, or possibly you dream of warm summer nights around a bonfire with someone special. Whatever summer brings to mind, you can be sure that these are all things potential buyers will be considering as the days continue to heat up. It’s important to keep the season in mind when preparing a home for a showing.

Here are a few tips and tricks to suggest to your clients to help create a summertime space that sells
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