2017 is a good year to buy luxury real estate in South Florida, experts say

Here is a great article I found about South Florida Real Estate.  It certainly is a positive read!

It’s a good year to snatch up some luxury real estate.

According to ONE Sotheby’s International Realty’s year-end report, 2017 will be a buyers market thanks to an abundance of luxury options available. Sellers are expected to reduce their prices, particularly in the $1 million to $5 million range.

That is thanks in part to the end of the election season and an increase in consumer confidence, said Anthony Graziano, senior managing director for Integra Realty Resources — Miami/Palm Beach, which produced the report.
south florida movers“I think a lot of people delayed purchasing decisions, waiting to see what was going to happen in the economy and the election and everything else,” Graziano said.

In 2016, Miami-Dade County had 36 percent more single-family homes available in the $1 to $5 million range than in 2012, according to the report. The number of single-family homes in that range was up nearly 25 percent in 2015 over 2012, while prices were lower by 3.5 percent.

“Most of that product tends to be on the waterfront, and as a result, the waterfront pricing took a hit because there is more inventory,” Graziano said.

Miami-Dade prices for non-waterfront properties, both single-family homes and condos, rose in 2016 by 9 percent, he said.

This year, the majority of Miami-Dade single-home sales are expected to be in the under-$1 million market, the report said, forcing sellers for higher-priced homes to bring down their prices.

movers in miamiBrickell, downtown Miami, Edgewater and Midtown continue to lead the market, with almost 60 percent of all new units being delivered in 2017 and 2018, the report said. After 2018, Sotheby’s predicts a shift in new units to Miami Beach, Sunny Isles and Hollywood Beach, followed by a smaller number of boutique units in South Beach, Miami Beach and Surfside.

Also incentivizing buyers this year is the specter of higher interest rates, which are expected to increase twice in 2017.

36 percent Increase in available single-family homes in the $1 to $5 million range in 2016 compared to 2012

“If interest rates are continuing to go up and the market senses that, that’s going to bring people up from the sidelines to buy at this price and lock in my interest rate for five to six years,” Graziano said.

In the condo sector, a slowdown of buyers from Latin America is expected to continue, while domestic buyers and those from Canada and Europe are expected to increase.

“Remarkably, the Miami brand continues to sell worldwide, and long-term trends indicate no reversal in Miami’s fortune as the dominant gateway city along with NYC and San Francisco,” the report said.

Still, the overall condo market is expected to remain choppy. The loss of Latin American buyers will drop waterfront condo prices by another 5 to 8 percent. Non-waterfront condos are expected to drop their prices by 3 percent, making it a good time to buy a resale condo in Miami.

But new units are projected to maintain or increase prices.

If interest rates are continuing to go up and the market senses that, that’s going to bring people up from the sidelines to buy at this price and lock in my interest rate for five to six years.

In Broward County, the single-family-home market is expected to continue its growth from 2016. Broward homes, in large part because of their value, are priced 30 to 50 percent less expensive than comparable homes in Miami-Dade, the report said.

The condo market will benefit from an influx in domestic retirees that will snatch up properties in Broward, instead of Miami-Dade, because the dollar stretches farther, Graziano said.

“People make housing choices and say, ‘You know what? I’m going to go here,’ ” Graziano said. “They don’t have to move to Miami. For them, this is their retirement home, so more people are looking at Broward as an alternative.”

A positive economy — Florida was one of four states in 2016 with 3 percent employment gains — is likely to drive the region to a successful 2017, the report predicts.

“I personally think 2017 is going to be a better overall year [than 2016]” Graziano said.

If you are one of the many people moving in 2017, don’t forget to call Lucky Moving for your moving, storage, and packing needs!

This article is complimentary of the Miami Herald, originally posted here.

Where Do I Even Start In Decluttering My Home?

The number one comment I receive about getting started with a minimalist lifestyle goes a little like this:

I want to live simpler in Fort Lauderdale, but I have no idea where to start!

Or a little like this:

I am so tired of all the clutter of my Miami home, but I have no idea how to get rid of it!

I feel the pain of everyone who has left a comment like this, because I have been there. The good news is there is a way to get past it all, and have a home you love that is completely decluttered!

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Where do I even start in decluttering my home?

Today, we are going to go through a step by step guide to declutter your home, so you can start living the minimalist lifestyle of your dreams! It is going to take some work, but, if you are determined enough, you can do it!

If you have not guessed today’s question, it is:
Where do I even start in decluttering my home?

My favorite place to start in my home is with the one place that stresses me out the most. Jumping in to tackle this place gives me motivation to continue. I am willing to bet that you already know where this one place is, too!

For me, my craft room bothered me the most. I had several half finished projects, things from an old business, office supplies, etc. It all drove me INSANE! I knew that if I wanted to get started the right way, this was the place to start.

Now, I am not expecting you to have it perfectly decluttered on the first attempt. In fact, I am hoping you do not. The purpose of starting here is to get some things out of the way you no longer want. If you feel overwhelmed, call a decent Fort Lauderdale Mover to help.  Once you see this progress, my next step will set you up for success!

The next step is going to be the bread and butter of the entire decluttering process. The original idea is from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. However, I have adjusted it a bit to accommodate better to my surroundings. I also refrain from asking if it brings joy, unless it is clothing or home decor. If I have to look at it or wear it, I want it to bring me joy. If it is a hair clip or spatula, I want it to bring necessity to my life.

Break things down into categories

The piece I took from Marie Kondo’s book is using categories to declutter. It allows you to pull everything within that category from your home and put it into one location. The reason we do this is to see how much we have of a particular category.

Here are a few examples of categories I personally use [or would use]:

  • Shirts [all sleeve lengths and types]
  • Bottoms [again, all lengths and types]
  • Undergarments
  • Bathing Suits
  • Pajamas/Workout Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Accessories
  • Purses
  • Jewelry
  • Books & Magazines
  • Home Decor
  • Kitchen Utensils
  • Kitchen Silverware
  • Cups/Mugs
  • Plates
  • Cooking Pots/Pans
  • Food Storage Containers
  • Pantry
  • Refrigerator/Freezer
  • Kitchen Towels/Cloths
  • Cleaning Products
  • Linens/Blankets
  • Towels/Wash Cloths
  • Beauty Products
  • Hair Products
  • Crafts
  • Junk Drawer
  • Mail
  • Paperwork
  • Office Supplies
  • Kids’ Toys
  • Kids’ clothes [Use same categories mentioned above]
  • Kids’ shoes
  • Kids’ accessories

I am sure there is more than what I have mentioned. If you like to be more specific that is fine. If you do not want to be as specific then group all the clothes in one category rather than shirts, bottoms, undergarments, etc.

You can come up with whatever list you like, just make sure it covers everything in your home.

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Start decluttering!

Now that you have your list of categories, start at the top and get ready to work your way down your list. I like to put things on my bed or on a rug to see everything clearly, but make sure you take it out of its current home to declutter. You do not want the influence of available space while you declutter.

You should also have three designated spaces for the fate of your items. The options should be: Sell, Donate, Toss items in Broward County Dump.

Sell items that are worth your time, such as nice furniture or an expensive purse…
Donate items that are in good condition, but not worth investing your time to sell it.
Toss any trash or items that are not in good enough condition to sell or donate.

In this process, you may ask yourself a few questions to help you determine the fate of that item. Common questions you should ask are:

  • Is this item useful?
  • When was the last time I used it?
  • Is it worth the real estate it takes up in my home?
  • How often do I use this?
  • Would I purchase this in the store right now, if I had the chance?
  • Does this item make my life easier or harder?

Of course, there are many more questions you could ask yourself to determine what happens to that item, but I will leave you with these.
Items that leave you hanging.

There are going to be items you cannot make a decision about the first time you declutter. For these items, I suggest putting them in their own box, putting it out of sight, and allowing it to be there for 30 days. If you have not went into this box for a specific item by the end of 30 days, you can live without it.

I personally keep a just-in-case box for items I think I want to donate or need to donate. About every 30-45 days, I take this box to my local homeless shelter to donate.

Side note: Research your local organizations before deciding where to donate your items. Not that I believe one place is better than the other, but giving organizations unwanted items is the same as deciding where you want to spend your money. Some organizations seem like a great option, but have you looked at where their profit goes? If they are non-profit, have you looked at where they contribute in the community?

I personally chose my local homeless shelter after realizing the company I was donating to was in it for the money rather than the community. Not every homeless shelter is created equal, but mine will accept anything and use it to help someone in need. They even accept glass jars that I want to recycle!

What to do when you finish decluttering. 

If you have worked all the way through your category list, I first want you to do a celebration dance! I mean let us be honest… YOU ROCK!

Second, I want you to gather everything you have chosen to donate, and get it gone! The faster it is gone, the quicker you can have a clutter-free home!

The third thing you need to do is start posting your sell items on whatever medium you choose. I personally love my local facebook groups for this, but choose whatever works best for you!

What is next? 

Now that your home is clutter-free you will have more time for the things that truly matter in your life. You may decide to develop a new hobby, start a new career, make more time for your family, or whatever you decide that makes you happy.

This journey is yours, so live it to the fullest!

I hope this post helped give you some sort of direction to get rid of the excess so you can focus on more important things. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below for me!

I would also love it if you answered this question: What is the one thing holding you back from living the life of your dreams?

Have a fabulous day!

This article was originally published here.

Must-Have Moving Checklist and Tips


My first move was from college back to my parents. In order to graduate, I had to do an internship at my old hometown station and work as a news producer. I spent three months there before I moved again.

My second move was to my first big girl job in Alabama. In Alabama, I had the chance to really focus on my blog. I was posting 2 times a day, every day of the week. My blog was flourishing with new content.

When the opportunity arose to move back to Texas, I jumped for it. This meant after 8 long months in the south, I was packing all my things together to trek back to my home state.

After 10 months in my beloved townhome, I am now moving AGAIN. This time to a more permanent living situation. I am buying a house in the same city I live in now, making my moving distance tiny compared to the last three moves. I am so excited to settle in and become a pack rat, plus my sisters are moving in with me in the summer.

Because I am making such a huge step in my life, I want to include you all in the process. If you have any questions about moving or buying your first home, please leave a comment. I plan to write a few more posts on my experience, and I want to answer as many questions as possible.

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PURGE: My favorite thing to do before a move is purge. I go to every room and create a trash, donate and keep pile. Once I am done with the piles, I revisit the keep pile and scrutinize my decision for keeping each item. I usually get rid of all of my excess junk with this method.

RESEARCH: This is the perfect time to find out what services you need to use for your move. For example, I do not need movers or a rental van, but I do need to hire carpet cleaners. I use online review sites to determine who I narrow down my options, and then I reach out to the company’s to get a quote.

TIME OFF: I always request time off from work as early as possible to ensure I will have time dedicated to my move! Six weeks out usually guarantees that I have my time.


CHANGE ADDRESS: Refer to the infographic above to see a list of things you need to change your address for (and pin for a later move). I also have to change addresses for all of my blogging things like affiliate accounts and sponsored posts accounts. Be sure to think of all the special things you do that will need an address change.

EAT IT ALL: I always write down everything I have in my fridge, freezer and pantry and make a meal plan focusing on the items in the refrigerator. This keeps me from having to waste space on food!

START PACKING: I always start packing early because I am too nervous to wait til last minute. I start with the least used rooms first, and then I make my way to the least used cabinets, and so on. Plus, I always take a photo of each room, so I will know how I decorated for the new house. Also, I create a binder that lists everything in each box, so nothing will get lost (I even take photos of the boxes).

SCHEDULE MOVERS: After you have done your research, it is time to decide on a moving company. I normally use UHaul with my family as the movers, but everyone does it a different way. Just make sure you have your decision and your plan set in stone.


UTILITIES: Refer to the infographic on which utilities you need to make plans for. Remember, this should be adjusted to your lifestyle – just remember to turn off the ones in your current home!

SCHOOL: This is the time to make adjustments and call on your children’s new school. I personally do not have a lot of experience with this because I am not a mother, but three weeks gives you enough time to get everything in order.

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PETS AND PLANTS: Make a plan for how your want to transport your pets and plants. In the past, I have loaded up Schmidt in my car because he is good on the road, and I have put my plants in the passenger seat floor. In this next move, I just have to go down the road, so it will be incredibly simple!


SCHEDULE SERVICES: If you are using any other service besides moving, this is the prime time to make an appointment. I will be scheduling a carpet cleaning at this time, and if you are getting new furniture, make sure you will be at the new home when the delivery is made.

PACK IT ALL: You should be living out of a few suitcases at this point. I always have a weeks worth of clothing and toiletries in a suitcase to use until I make the big move.


CLEAN VEHICLE: You will be using your vehicle to move, and in some cases, you will be in it for an extended period of time. This means you will want it to be clean and functional. I always take my vehicle to get the oil changed and vacuumed before a move.

CLEAN CURRENT HOME: If you are renting and want your deposit back, you need to follow the cleaning guidelines in your lease. I always replace all old bulbs and deep clean the entire place.

SETTLE ALL BILLS/SERVICES: If you owe anything or have any services that are specific to your area, get them settled now! You do not want an old problem to follow you to a new home!


Final walk through of your old home
Walk through of your new home
Plan all immediate home improvements (painting, etc)
Make sure all windows are locked
If you used movers, inspect all your items/report broken items

I hope you enjoyed these tips and this moving checklist! What are your tips?

Original article posted here