Ann Ryan's Blog Posts

Miami Spice - Getting the best restaurant deals

During August and September, many Miami area restaurants are offering a special - $39 for dinner and $23 for lunch.  Whether you're in Coral Gables, Doral, Miami Beach, Pinecrest or any of the

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Condos - Why the Year Built is so important

Condos are much more affordable for many buyers, but there are a few quirks that come with buying them that you need to be aware of.First, most banks require a higher downpayment (although I know a

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The Underline

Miami is in the process of building a new "Linear Park, Urban Trail and Living Art Destination." I'm an enthusiastic supporter of the concept, and hope that they really make it as good as the High

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Is Drying Clothes In The Sun An Eyesore

Drying clothes on a line is not something we commonly see in today's world.  Nearly everyone drys their clothes instead in a dryer.There's a recent post in a Facebook group I follow where Doral

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Floating Homes

Could building floating homes be the answer to sea level rise?  I've always believed that Global warming is going to happen, but that we'd develop technology solutions to combat the effects of

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When Do I Get The Keys

When I am writing a contract for my buyers, I only schedule closings for Tuesday - Thursday.  I avoid Mondays because it can be hard to find someone to answer a question that comes up over the

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Appraisals Math Vs Magic

Every homeowner thinks the property they're selling is special and should be worth more than similar neighboring properties.  Every buyer wants to be able to get their next home at a bargain

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When Is The Perfect Time To Sell Your Home

So a seller asked me yesterday if there was a good season to put their home on the market.  In South Florida, that answer is a clear no.  There are tough months to put your home on the

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If These Walls Could Talk

As a Realtor, I see a lot of properties, lately 30 or more a week.  Most of them are unremarkable, but I will remember both the nicest and the ugliest among them.  With older

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Inspection Tips For Sellers

Inspection is one of the two key "tests" of a contract, and a LOT of contracts in South Florida collapse after inspection.  The purpose of this inspection is to verify that the house is in good

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Why Sellers Should Visit New Construction

New construction projects provide a great opportunity to learn about what the "Average" buyer is looking for in the market.  From their kitchen to the yard, developers have spent a lot of time,

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Why Military Renters Are Great For Landlords

So.... there are a lot of great reasons to like military renters if you're a landlord:1) They will generally maintain the place in working order and clean.2) They're much more likely to pay their

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5 Things To Avoid When Selling Your South FLorida Home

1) Pricing the property too high - Unless you have a luxury property, pricing even $10,000 will result in fewer showings.  My goal for an average home is 5-7 showings a week.  If you're

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Keep Your Shoes On Why You Want Buyers To Wear Their Shoes

There's a really wild discussion going on in a realtor group right now regarding whether buyers should be required to take off their shoes during showings. If you're a seller, you want buyers to

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How To Find FHA Friendly Townhomes

Many buyers are looking for low downpayment options.  The most common type of loan available is an FHA loan at 3.5%.  However finding properties which CAN accept FHA loans in Miami isn't

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Bad Credit Stopping You From Buying A Home Tips To Improving Your Credit

- Make at least the minimum payment on all of your bills on time.- Try to use less than 30% of your available credit limits.- Don't apply for new debt - even applying for a new credit card can

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Investing 101

 One of the routine inquiries I get is from beginning real estate investors.  I always start with two questions: 1) are you planning on flipping the property (buying a property that needs

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DO YOU NEED DOWNPAYMENT HELP

What's stopping you from buying a home?  Many buyers aren't aware that it is now possible to buy a condo/townhome for as little as 5% down.  Gone are the times when to buy a $150,000 condo

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