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Foreign Investment, or Lack Thereof

A little while ago I attended the Luxury Portfolio International Summit on Miami Beach. It is a great opportunity to network with my fellow realtors, not to mention it is incredibly educational! One subject that was discussed extensively at this year’s conference was the lack of foreign real estate investment in the United States. Miami is a very international market, so we have certainly felt this change over the past year, and I was interested to learn more about what is happening internationally to cause this shift.

Take a look at this chart, which illustrates why foreign investors have stopped buying property in the US. You will note that, with the exception of China, it has become more expensive across the board to buy property in the US. For example, if you look at Argentina, back in 2007 a $1,000,000 property in the US could be purchased for 3,186,990 Argentinean Pesos. However, in 2016, a $1,000,000 home would cost 16,042,200. That makes a $1,000,000 house a whopping 403.4% more expensive to an Argentinian buyer in 2016 than it was in 2007! Colombia, Peru, Brazil, and Venezuela have all seen their currency rates change, meaning that the Latin American market here in Miami has weakened considerably.

It is not just South Florida that is experiencing this shift in the real estate market: other parts of the US have historically had heavy foreign real estate investment as well. Because property is relatively more expensive right now, the “steals” that foreign investors were purchasing around 10 years ago simply do not exist at this point.

The real estate market is constantly changing, and this is just the latest shift. I am sure that one day in the future I will be writing a blog about how much foreign investment we are experiencing!

If you need help buying or selling a home give Ashley Cusack a call at 305.798.8665, or visit her website at: Luxury Miami Real Estate

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 25 years, consistently puts me at the top of my field. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, let me help you from start to finish with my results-proven: professional marketing, excellent property exposure and comprehensive experience.

Consistently in the top 10 company-wide at EWM for the past 15 years, my focus is on Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Ashley Cusack at {305.798.8685, email and website}. EWM Realtors.

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The Importance of Giving Back

I recently attended the Luxury Portfolio Conference on Miami Beach, and one entire morning was spent talking about giving back. I absolutely love that this topic was given so much importance in a high-end luxury real estate seminar. I have always believed in giving back and find that it is one of the most important aspects of my life, whether I am coaching lacrosse, volunteering with the Junior League Foundation or Beaux Arts, or serving on my church’s vestry.

My high school motto was “what we keep we lose, and only what we give remains our own.” I still believe in this mantra and I continue to try to live that way! I am so glad that the real estate community worldwide is buying into this!

If you need help buying or selling a home give Ashley Cusack a call at 305.798.8665, or visit her website at: Luxury Miami Real Estate

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 25 years, consistently puts me at the top of my field. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, let me help you from start to finish with my results-proven: professional marketing, excellent property exposure and comprehensive experience.

Consistently in the top 10 company-wide at EWM for the past 15 years, my focus is on Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Ashley Cusack at {305.798.8685, email and website}. EWM Realtors.

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Miami Real Estate Insight

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending a market outlook meeting put on by EWM called Insight. The panelists were Alice N. Bravo P.E., the Director of Transportation & Public Works, Miami-Dade County, Dr. J. Antonio Vallamil, Founder & Principal, Washington Economics Group and Ron Shuffield, President & CEO, EWM Realty International.

It was interesting and enlightening. The real estate take away from Ron was that, as realtors, we should be pushing to reduce asking prices. Currently our $1,000,000 + single family home market is carrying a 26 month supply and there has been an 11% decrease in sales. I have said this many times, but below 12 month’s inventory represents a seller’s market, 12-18 month’s supply is a balanced market and over 18 month’s supply is a buyer’s market. In spite of these numbers, I will say, we have experienced a lot of activity in the past few months. Priced well, good houses are selling. The foreign buyers, or lack thereof, really hit us last year. 2 years ago 32% of every buyer was from outside of the country, last year 25% were foreigners. The most dramatic example of this are the Argentinians who would be spending 24% more with their currency value compared to our dollar today versus a year ago.

The good news is the value of luxury we afford in Miami compared to other important cities in the world. A 120 sq meter (1,291 sq ft) condo in Monte Carlo, for example, is a staggering $45,000/sq meter ($4,349/sf), while Miami Beach is $8,180/sq meter ($760/sf). New York is $22,482/sq meter ($2,089/sf) and Downtown Miami is $5,113/sq meter ($475/sf). It makes Miami look like a deal, right?!

I am cautiously positive about 2017, as we have gotten off to a great start! Much different than last year!

If you need help buying or selling a home give Ashley Cusack a call at 305.798.8665, or visit her website at: Luxury Miami Real Estate

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 25 years, consistently puts me at the top of my field. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, let me help you from start to finish with my results-proven: professional marketing, excellent property exposure and comprehensive experience.

Consistently in the top 10 company-wide at EWM for the past 15 years, my focus is on Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Ashley Cusack at {305.798.8685, email and website}. EWM Realtors.

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Super Bowl 51!

Although my beloved Miami Dolphins did not make it to the Super Bowl, I am, as always, excited to watch the big game! As a competitive runner I love to see other athletes playing at their peak, and what is the Super Bowl if not an example of that type of athleticism?

I am not going to lie to you and say that it’s all about the game, though. I do love a good Super Bowl ad. Remember the Apple “1984” commercial? I happen to be reading 1984 for my book club, and that Apple spot really hit the nail on the head. More recently, I adored the little boy dressed as Darth Vader who managed to turn on a Volkswagen! I must admit that the Budweiser Clydesdales are always so sweet that they bring a tear to my eye!

In addition to the football and the commercials, I am also intrigued by this year’s halftime show. What will Lady Gaga wear?! And how will they take such an “out there” performer and make her appeal to the masses? Only time will tell! Hopefully something outrageous will come out of the performance – more fodder for my blog!

What is your favorite part of the Super Bowl? The food? The commercials? The halftime show? Maybe it is the chicken wings! Whatever it is, I hope that you enjoy Sunday’s game and the surrounding pomp and circumstance. May the best team win! And may that not be the Patriots!

If you need help buying or selling a home give Ashley Cusack a call at 305.798.8665, or visit her website at: Luxury Miami Real Estate

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 25 years, consistently puts me at the top of my field. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, let me help you from start to finish with my results-proven: professional marketing, excellent property exposure and comprehensive experience.

Consistently in the top 10 company-wide at EWM for the past 15 years, my focus is on Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Ashley Cusack at {305.798.8685, email and website}. EWM Realtors.

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Happy 2017 from Ashley Cusack and Team!

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We wish you a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2017!

The photo above was taken at our annual holiday luncheon, this year we had it at Fontana at the Biltmore. It was a fabulous day! The image shows you some of our amazing behind the scenes people, as well as the usual suspects. From left to right, meet the team:

Melissa Gonzalez helps with our administrative work. Jonathan Malone is our wonderful webmaster. That’s me next to Jonathan, and my mom Ginger Jackson is beside me. Amy Steinhour is our social media guru. Lillian Osborn and Cristina Diez-Arguelles next to her are my in-office team who handle contracts, scheduling, and more. Lastly is Shari Menachem, one of my two affiliated realtors who can help you buy or sell your home! Not pictured are Karen McCammon and Grey Bryan – they were missed sorely at our luncheon.

Clearly being a realtor takes a village!

If you need help buying or selling a home give Ashley Cusack a call at 305.798.8665, or visit her website at: Luxury Miami Real Estate

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 25 years, consistently puts me at the top of my field. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, let me help you from start to finish with my results-proven: professional marketing, excellent property exposure and comprehensive experience.

Consistently in the top 10 company-wide at EWM for the past 15 years, my focus is on Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Ashley Cusack at {305.798.8685, email and website}. EWM Realtors.

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Waterfront Lot Size Discrepancies

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Lately I have had the pleasure of showing several waterfront homes to a buyer. When I show property, I like to give the buyer as much information as possible, so I always hand them the MLS sheet, the tax roll, the listing history, and anything else that I can get my hands on such as a survey or floor plan. Once my buyer zeroed in on a few homes, she really started to analyze the information I had given her and she called me with an important question: why did the lot size on MLS listing sheet almost always reflect a larger number than the Miami-Dade County tax rolls?

Waterfront lots are interesting because, well, they end in the water. Because water is a dynamic force that can rise or become lower, Miami-Dade County does not utilize the entire square footage of a waterfront lot in its tax rolls. Rather, the County will only measure up to what is known as a “survey tie line” to assess this type of property rather than measuring the entirety of the lot, all the way to the water’s edge.

Although Miami-Dade County does not assess waterfront lots based on their true size, a buyer who purchases such a lot does, in fact, own all the way down to the water’s edge. During the contract period, a buyer’s closing agent will order a survey of the land and that document will show the survey tie line, but will also give credit to the whole lot. Upon selling, owners can then provide that survey to their realtors so that they can list the correct lot size. This is why my astute buyer noticed that the lots in the MLS were, more often than not, larger than reflected in the tax rolls.

If you need help buying or selling a home give Ashley Cusack a call at 305.798.8665, or visit her website at: Luxury Miami Real Estate

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 25 years, consistently puts me at the top of my field. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, let me help you from start to finish with my results-proven: professional marketing, excellent property exposure and comprehensive experience.

Consistently in the top 10 company-wide at EWM for the past 15 years, my focus is on Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Ashley Cusack at {305.798.8685, email and website}. EWM Realtors.

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The Stunning World of Alfred Browning Parker

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I have always loved the homes designed by Modernist architect Alfred Browning Parker, so I am very excited to see HistoryMiami Museum’s new exhibit “The Discipline of Nature: Architect Alfred Browning Parker in Florida.” I have been in – and sold – several of his designs, I have never actually seen his sketches or models, and I look forward to viewing those and other pieces of his work all in one place!

Parker studied under Frank Lloyd Wright, and his work is stunning. It truly fits the Miami lifestyle because he ingeniously brought the outdoors in. His homes feature clean lines and simple, natural materials, plus abundant windows, all of which allow the beautiful nature here in South Florida shine. Though his career started just after World War II, Alfred Browning Parker’s designs still feel fresh and modern – probably because he influenced the next generation of architects, many of whom have adopted elements of his style.

Whether or not you are familiar with the Parker’s designs, HistoryMiami Museum’s retrospective will definitely be worth your time because his work is a treat to behold! Maybe you will be inspired to redecorate in a modernist style, or maybe you will feel compelled to buy one of his homes! If the latter is the case, then I know just the realtor to help!

If you need help buying or selling a home give Ashley Cusack a call at 305.798.8665, or visit her website at: Luxury Miami Real Estate

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 25 years, consistently puts me at the top of my field. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, let me help you from start to finish with my results-proven: professional marketing, excellent property exposure and comprehensive experience.

Consistently in the top 10 company-wide at EWM for the past 15 years, my focus is on Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Ashley Cusack at {305.798.8685, email and website}. EWM Realtors.

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Homes for Sale: Thinking About Pinecrest?

The city of Pinecrest has established itself as one of South Florida’s favorite areas. What’s not to love? The schools are outstanding, there are parks galore, and there are many restaurant and shopping options: it is a fabulous place to be! If you are interested in purchasing a home in this stellar community, then check out my current Pinecrest listings – these are wonderful options for anyone!


6740 SW 133 Terrace is a spectacular 7 bedroom/8.5 bathroom home that was custom built in 2008. It features a magnificent kitchen, beautiful formal living and dining rooms, family room overlooking the porch and pool beyond, plus a second living area upstairs. The master suite is a true getaway with a spa-like bathroom and tons of closet space! The home features a half basketball court, impact glass windows and doors, gated acre lot, and too many other special details to list here. You’ll have to come see it! For more info on the 6855 SW 92 Street listing, go to: 6740sw133terrace.com


6855 SW 92 Street is a North Pinecrest gem with 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in a split layout, and is located on a stunning, gated acre – with a sparkling pool and half basketball court! The home has a lovely courtyard entrance, complete with wrought iron detailing, formal living and dining rooms, eat-in kitchen, sunny family room, and is in the coveted Pinecrest Elementary School district. Move right in and enjoy the Pinecrest lifestyle. For more info on the 6855 SW 92 Street listing, go to: 6855sw92street.com


7845 SW 126 Terrace is situated on an extremely special street lined with oak trees and beautiful neighboring properties. The main house has 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, and has been renovated with great care and attention to detail. Beyond the freeform pool you will find the 1 bedroom/1.5 bathroom guest house that has its own kitchen and living area. With impact glass windows and doors, a new roof, and a huge lot, this is a great home for anyone. For more info on the 7845 SW 126 Terrace listing, go to: 7845sw126terrace.com


11800 SW 66 Avenue is a sprawling 5 bedroom/3.5 bathroom home on a corner lot in the peaceful heart of Pinecrest. The foyer entrance leads to spacious formal living and dining rooms, as well as the ample kitchen and family room. The kitchen, family room, and master bedroom all open up onto the deep covered porch and the large pool beyond. This is the Pinecrest opportunity that you have been waiting for! For more info on the 11800 SW 66 Avenue listing, go to: 11800sw66avenue.com


6525 SW 131 Street is located in the desirable Devonwood community. This wooded 40,831 square foot lot features a babbling brook, main house, and guest house. The possibilities here are endless – either start fresh with brand new construction or restore the unique, Frank Lloyd Write-esque house to its original grandeur. For more info on the 6525 SW 131 Street listing, go to: 6525sw131street.com

Come take a look at my listings and fall in love with your new home!

If you need help buying or selling a home give Ashley Cusack a call at 305.798.8665, or visit her website at: Luxury Miami Real Estate

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 25 years, consistently puts me at the top of my field. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, let me help you from start to finish with my results-proven: professional marketing, excellent property exposure and comprehensive experience.

Consistently in the top 10 company-wide at EWM for the past 15 years, my focus is on Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Ashley Cusack at {305.798.8685, email and website}. EWM Realtors.

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Miami Real Estate July 2016 Market Update

The Miami Herald recently ran a piece called “Miami real estate had a really bad month in July.” Ouch. That is not something that, as a realtor, I want to see! However, I know that I put just shy of $6,000,000 worth of property under contract during just that month, so it did not feel quite so doom and gloom to me!

After my shock and dismay at the headline, I actually took a moment to read the article. Sure, there are negatives in there, including the down condo market and the lack of foreign investment, but the real estate market does have some positive things going for it. For example, I think that the fact that the number of foreclosures is down is excellent news because it means that our market has grown healthier in that regard. I have also found that what Ron Shuffield said is true: “the middle of the market is still strong.” Mid-priced listings are in high demand because, at the end of the day, not everyone can afford to spend $1,000,000 on their home.

As always, price does come up in this article. Pricing is up 7.9% for single family homes year over year in July of 2016. I do believe that this will stabilize now that the market has shown evidence of a slow-down. It might be time to revisit pricing with some of my listings that have not received the attention that they merit.

I do realize that this summer has felt slower than summers past, but, in addition to the obvious negatives, there are some positives in our real estate market! Hopefully now that we are all back to school and back in work mode, we will see an uptick in sales here in South Florida.

Click here to read the Miami Herald article

If you need help buying or selling a home give Ashley Cusack a call at 305.798.8665, or visit her website at: Luxury Miami Real Estate

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 25 years, consistently puts me at the top of my field. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, let me help you from start to finish with my results-proven: professional marketing, excellent property exposure and comprehensive experience.

Consistently in the top 10 company-wide at EWM for the past 15 years, my focus is on Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Ashley Cusack at {305.798.8685, email and website}. EWM Realtors.

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Downtown Miami / Brickell: Three Fabulous Condo Listings

If you have been renting an apartment in Downtown Miami, now might just be the time to buy. Interest rates are at historic lows, so this is a prime opportunity to purchase a condo and start building equity in your home, rather than simply shelling out rental payments each and every month! Plus, I have three beautiful new listings Downtown, all of which are extremely competitively priced!

Mint Unit 5207 is penthouse living at its best. This spectacular 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom 2-story unit has views of the Miami River and Downtown that will leave you speechless! It has sleek, clean lines, kitchen with stainless steel appliances and breakfast bar, and gorgeous open living spaces. Upon climbing the floating staircase with glass banister, you will find the spacious master suite with elegant bathroom, as well as the two other bedrooms with their own bathrooms. Mint is a full-service condominium building, offering valet, gym, pool/spa, and great proximity to all that Downtown Miami has to offer! For more info on this listing go to: 92sw3st.com

My other new Downtown listings are both in the Vue at Brickell Condos, which is located near Mary Brickell Village and the Brickell corridor – a great place to call home! Like Mint, Vue is an upscale building with all of the requisite services: concierge, pool, gym, valet, and so much more!

Vue Unit 3402 includes 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and wide open living areas with views from every room. This corner unit has a wide balcony with Bay and city views that are stunning both day and night. The kitchen, with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, is open to the living/dining areas so that the cook is always in on the action! The master suite has an enormous walk-in closet, and the guest bedroom is spacious. This listing also includes a true laundry room and 2 parking spaces. For photos and specs on this fab condo go to: vuebrickell3402.com

Vue Unit 2314 is also a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom corner unit that features a wrap-around balcony affording vistas of Downtown Miami’s twinkling lights. The foyer entry leads to the living/dining room and beautiful kitchen, while the split floorplan offers both bedrooms a sense of privacy. With wood and marble floors, cool, modern lighting, and a washer/dryer in the unit, this is the perfect home in the sky! Like the other unit at the Vue, #2314 comes with its own 2 parking spaces, which is so rare for a Downtown condo. See the photos and floor plan here: vuebrickell2314.com

If you have been leasing an apartment, it is high time to consider purchasing, and these fabulous units are a wonderful opportunity at a variety of price points. Give me a call today, I would love to show them to you!

If you need help buying or selling a home give Ashley Cusack a call at 305.798.8665, or visit her website at: Luxury Miami Real Estate

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 25 years, consistently puts me at the top of my field. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, let me help you from start to finish with my results-proven: professional marketing, excellent property exposure and comprehensive experience.

Consistently in the top 10 company-wide at EWM for the past 15 years, my focus is on Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Ashley Cusack at {305.798.8685, email and website}. EWM Realtors.

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Olympics Inspiration!

If you know me, you know I love sports! I love to play sports and I love to watch sports! So, when the Olympics roll around, summer or winter, I am addicted! I love watching athletes that have worked as hard as they have to be the best at what they do. I wish I could give that dedication to a sport and see it realized in the Olympics. Alas, I think my opportunity has passed, but the inspiration these kids (some not kids at all) give to us all is amazing. At a time when the world can’t get along, our nation is divided by two struggling parties and people overall just don’t seem to be acting in a way we would be proud of, the Olympics are there to show us something completely different.

I have been moved by Abbey D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin, the runners that fell over each other and then helped each other up and encouraged the other to finish-this is the biggest race of their lives! Watching Bolt and De Grasse laugh together as they crossed the line in the semi-finals and seeing most everyone showing sportsmanship and respect to their fellow athletes as they win or lose! I just love this and wish we could carry this spirit with us throughout the year! These people are competing for all they know and for all they have worked so hard for, yet they can see the bigger picture.

Some of my favorite stories have been the success of the American girl’s gymnastics team, the Final Five! Watching Michael Phelps come back and win his 23rd medal, while feeling much more like a team member, watching Usain Bolt entertain the crowd while winning gold in the 100 and 200 for the third straight Olympics, and finally watching Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross lose against the Brazilians (I didn’t love that), only to come back and fight like crazy and with pride to win the bronze the next day. So many life lessons in all of these stories! My kids are tired of hearing me drone on about all there is to learn here!

And then there is Ashleigh Johnson, the girl’s water polo goalie who is a graduate of Ransom Everglades School, where my children go. She is competing for the gold medal with her team today. She is the only African American on the team and the only girl that, not only did not grow up in California, but does not play for a California school, she plays for Princeton. She grew up in the Redlands, not the hotbed of waterpolo! With hard work and determination she has become what many are saying is the best goalie in the world! How cool is that! What a lesson to my privileged children.

So as the Olympics come to an end, I am saddened to have to wait two more years to stay up too late and cheer like crazy, but hopeful that we will remember all the good that these amazing athletes have shown! I recognize how sappy this all sounds, but I really do believe we can take a lesson and try to be the achievers and good sports we have seen from so many of these Olympians. These Olympics came at the perfect time and have changed our headlines for a couple of weeks! Thank you to all of the athletes that have completely entertained the world with your positive and uplifting stories and athleticism!!

If you need help buying or selling a home give Ashley Cusack a call at 305.798.8665, or visit her website at: Luxury Miami Real Estate

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 25 years, consistently puts me at the top of my field. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, let me help you from start to finish with my results-proven: professional marketing, excellent property exposure and comprehensive experience.

Consistently in the top 10 company-wide at EWM for the past 15 years, my focus is on Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Ashley Cusack at {305.798.8685, email and website}. EWM Realtors.

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