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Coral Gables, FL 33146

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Is Mercury Retrograde?

When I am having a tough week I always wonder if Mercury is retrograde. Today I Googled it, and, as you can see from the picture above, I am clearly not the only one who is asking the same question! No, Mercury is currently not retrograde and, according to www.ismercuryinretrograde.com, Something else must be bumming [me] out . . . That is correct! Appraisals are bumming me out! Those that should come in high have been low, and those that should be low have come in astonishingly high. Maybe we will have better luck when Mercury is retrograde? One can only hope!
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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#6 Company-Wide at EWM Realty International!

I am honored and humbled to announce that I came in sixth company-wide in 2016! I am extremely proud of this accomplishment – especially because it was a tough year for everyone! I have now been in the top 10 at EWM for over 15 years. My clients are truly what have gotten me here, and I greatly appreciate your business, your belief in me, and your continued referrals. Thank you so much!

If you want to see the sales that ranked me sixth at EWM for 2016, click on this link. Additionally, if you need help buying or selling in 2017, please do not hesitate to contact me. Let’s make 2017 the best year yet!

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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Yes, You Really DO Need a Realtor!

I was recently featured in a Miami Herald article about finding the right realtor. I was so happy to be included in this informative piece that answers many of the questions that people have when they decide to buy or sell a home.

People often ask me why they should use a realtor. Whether you are buying or selling, I would say that the answer to that is simple: experience. Some people only buy or sell one home in their lives, and, as a realtor, I do it every single day so I am familiar with the ins and outs of the contract, the market, etc. Aside from experience, another thing that a realtor brings to the table is time. It takes time and effort to buy or sell a home, so let your realtor be the one who organizes showings and makes the calls or writes the emails to negotiate a deal. Focus on your life and let me do the rest!

The Herald gives you many more reasons as to why working with a realtor is a must-do, so go ahead and check it out by clicking on this link. When you do so, take a peek at the second photo in the top slideshow and you will see me and my fellow EWM associate Nick Cachaldora, plus you will get a glimpse of my fabulous listing at 944 Andres Avenue!

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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Coral Gables Guest Houses

“House guests, like fish, begin to stink after three days,” is a Benjamin Franklin quote that we have all heard. It is so true: it is hard to have other people in your home, even when you actually want those “other people” around! Take, for example, a live-in housekeeper or nanny. This situation is so common here in Miami, and I know that my life would be more difficult without my nanny. However, I do not necessarily want to spend my every waking moment at home with her! Fortunately for me, I have a guest house in which she resides.

I have to say that I absolutely adore having a separate guest house, as do many of my friends and neighbors. Not only are they excellent for a live-in, but they are also fabulous for housing in-laws, older kids, or even for their intended users – house guests.

If you have come to realize that the “other people” in your home need their own space, then check out my two fabulous listings with separate guest cottages.

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4100 Palmarito Street is a lovely 4/3 main house with a very private 1/1 guest cottage. The cottage has a living room, kitchenette, large bedroom, bathroom, and even its own washer and dryer. With a covered, private entrance and lovely patio area, it is the perfect setup. 4100palmarito.com

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622 Velarde Avenue is an old Spanish house with its guest quarters behind the sparkling pool. It has a studio-style layout with an open kitchen, updated bathroom, and lots of storage. 622velarde.com

I am focusing here on the guest houses, but the main structures at both of these Gables listings are utterly divine. As soon as you are ready to get the “other people” out from under your feet let me know because I would love to show you either one or both of these properties.

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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State of the Miami Real Estate Market

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I think that people across the board are interested in real estate. Whether I am here in Miami or skiing in Aspen like I was last week, I tend to field at least a handful of market-related questions from curious individuals every day. Lately we have experienced a marked slowdown, so I have been asked about that a lot. People want to know if there is a crash looming, should they buy now, should they sell now? The list goes on, but you get the idea.

First things first, no, I do not think that we are in another crash-type situation. The market feels like it has shifted, but it has not tipped totally over to a buyers’ market. However, many buyers think that we are absolutely in a situation that favors them, while many sellers have dug their heels in on their prices, and this stalemate is causing deals to simply not happen. On the other hand, sellers who price their homes properly from the onset of their listing period are seeing their homes sell quickly – and occasionally bidding wars have happened.

Take a look at the chart above. This tracks non-waterfront Coral Gables homes listed between $1,000,000-$2,000,000 for the period of January 2015 through March 2016. Currently, the list and sale price per square foot are almost equal, which goes to show that well-priced homes in this price range are selling.

Having been in the real estate business for 25 years (I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I started very young!), I love to answer people’s questions about our market. As people have noticed, we have experienced some ups and downs recently, but if you look at the trends over the past year or so, real estate in Miami has fluctuated from month to month. It looks like we are on the upswing right now, so hopefully this positive trend will continue.

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.

As the #7 Realtor company-wide at EWM in 2014, 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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I Am Thankful

EWM was recently recognized as the top broker in Dade County, for the past 12 months, in sales $1 million and above. I also was recognized as the top producer in this same category. I am so thankful to be working with EWM, such a reputable company.


It’s hard for me to believe that I have been working in Real Estate for 24 years already. Born and raised in Miami, I love my city, the people I have grown up with and also the new relationships I have built throughout the years in this business. There’s a quote, “If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.” It’s true and here’s to many more years of success ahead.

Feel free to call me with any questions or real estate advice at 305.798.8685 or visit my website: Luxury Miami Real Estate.

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 20 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.

As the #7 Realtor company-wide at EWM in 2014, 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 Market: EWM on Top

On May 17, 2015 an article on the state of the Miami Real Estate Market as seen by the real estate professionals provided interesting insights — also EWM was rated #1! Read the full article HERE.

This article that came out in Miami Herald’s “Business Monday” section is great in many ways. It gives responses from 105 top real estate professionals about where they see the state of the market and covers other interesting questions everyone is asking. One of the questions asked of these real estate professionals was, “Which real estate company would you choose to buy or sell your own personal residence, if you could not use your own company?” and their number one response was EWM! To be recognized by our industry peers in this way, is probably the greatest honor we could ask for! I am proud to have been a part of EWM for the past 15 years and do believe it is the best real estate company in Miami! Enjoy this article and call me with all of your real estate needs!

If you are looking to list your home or buy a home — let me help guide you, please call me directly at 305.798.8685 or visit my website: Luxury Miami Real Estate.

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 20 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.

As the #7 Realtor company-wide at EWM in 2014, 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 Spring Market Update – March 2014

Ron Shuffield, the president of EWM Realty, circulated a video this week with an update on the Miami real estate market. It’s always worth hearing what Ron has to share!

 

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EWM Realty International #1 in Sales of $1 Million+ Properties in Miami-Dade County in 2013!

A wonderful press release was sent out yesterday confirming that EWM Realty is the leader when it comes to the million dollar market in Miami-Dade County, both in terms of the number of units sold and the dollar volume of units sold. Congratulations EWM! Here is a copy of the full press release:

MIAMI (January 31, 2014) – The year 2013 was a watershed year for million-dollar plus properties in Miami-Dade County, and EWM Realty International, one of the largest real estate services firms in America, and a South Florida exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, was at the forefront of the expansive growth.

The 50-year residential real estate brokerage firm was number one in Miami-Dade County once again last year for the total number of million-dollar-plus residences sold, as well as total dollar volume.

According to data from the Southeast Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service (MLS), EWM had a total of 420 single-family home and condo sales in excess of $1 million for the period of January 1 – December 31, 2013, reflecting $900 million in total sales. That number is 26% higher than its next closest competitor who had 334. The remaining top five brokers had a total of 295, 162 and 96 sales, respectively.

“The sale of million dollar-plus homes and condos grew by 27% in 2013 vs. 2012, “ said EWM President & CEO Ron Shuffield. “The ongoing impact of the international buyer, evolving markets such as China, and a sharp increase in the number of buyers from the northeast, continued to further South Florida’s appeal as a truly global market.”

“Miami-Dade’s million-dollar plus market has been rapidly evolving,” continues Shuffield. “With exponential growth of art and cultural offerings, the region has hit its stride in the global residential real estate arena.”

A recent report from Christie’s International Real Estate, titled ‘Atlantic Insights,’ includes Miami with New York and London as three of the most vibrant world cities currently attracting the globally affluent buyer.

In the period 2003 to 2013, the number of million dollar-plus homes and condominiums that have been sold in Miami-Dade has grown three-fold, from 628 annual sales at year-end 2003, to 1,918 at year end 2013.

As to the 2013 Top Broker Rankings for million dollar plus homes and condos sold in Miami-Dade County, they are as follows:

Rank                                      Broker                                   Total Units Sold in 2013
1                        E WM Realty International                                  420
2                       CB Residential Real Estate                                     334
3                       One Sotheby’s Int’l Realty                                     295
4                       Fortune Int’l Real Estate                                        162
5                       Douglas Elliman Real Estate                                  96

“Our affiliation with Christie’s International Real Estate continues to help expose Miami to the global marketplace,” concludes Shuffield. “Potential buyers from around the globe are consistently viewing our listings, furthering this area’s appeal.”

Founded in 1964, EWM Realty International (EWM) is one of the largest real estate services firms in America. The full-service firm has 10 locations spread through Miami-Dade and Broward counties. EWM’s 800 associates and staff members offer residential and commercial real estate services, corporate relocation, and international services, as well as home mortgage and title closing services through affiliated companies HomeServices Lending, LLC and Columbia Title of Florida. EWM’s annual sales volume exceeds $2.6 billion.

EWM is the exclusive Miami-Dade and Broward Counties affiliate for Christie’s International Real Estate (CIRE), the leading and largest network of luxury, independent, real estate firms in the world, and a subsidiary of Christie’s International PLC, the London-based art auction company founded in 1766.  With more than 25,000 real estate professionals operating from 41 countries, the affiliate members of Christie’s market the finest residences around the globe. EWM was named  the “2012 Global Affiliate of the Year” for the Christie’s Network of luxury brokerages worldwide.

In addition to Christie’s, EWM is one of the principal owners of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (Leading RE), the nation’s largest real estate referral network, comprising more than 500 real estate firms and 140,000 associates marketing residential properties in 30 countries.  Through joint alliances with their member firms, Leading RE provides home buying and selling services to families and individuals relocating throughout the world. EWM is also a member of the luxury division of Leading RE, Luxury Portfolio, which is a collection of 200 firms focused on the marketing of luxury properties throughout 28 countries.

EWM is a wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate.  HomeServices is the second-largest full-service independent residential real estate brokerage firm, and the largest real estate settlement services provider, in the U.S.  Through its affiliation with HomeServices of America, EWM is part of a real estate family of 20,000 sales associates spanning 21 states.  For additional information, visit www.ewm.com.

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 20 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.

As the #3 Realtor company-wide at EWM in 2012 with over $55 Million in sales, 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!

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South Florida Market Update by EWM Realtors President Ron Shuffield

Ron Shuffield, the president of EWM Realty International, shares this thoughts on the South Florida real estate market and what has transpired in 2013. Take a look – it’s always interesting to hear from Ron!

 

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 20 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.

As the #3 Realtor company-wide at EWM in 2012 with over $55 Million in sales, 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!

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