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What is a Home’s Square Footage?

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A home’s square footage can be confusing because it is broken down into three different numbers: the living area, the adjusted area, and the total area. The living area is the actual air conditioned inside area of a house and is the smallest number of the three. Adjusted square footage is larger because it takes into account spaces that are utilized but not necessarily air conditioned, so it adds half of the size of the garage and one third of the size of covered patios to the living area. Total area is the largest of the numbers because it includes the full amount of all covered square footage. Take a look at the architect’s measurement below of 12440 Moss Ranch Road for more clarification.

The spaces shaded by tight dots labeled “conditioned space” in the key are the actual living area, which measures 5,546 square feet. The square area on the bottom right of the larger portion of the sketch that says 541 is the garage, and if you look at the key, the number on the right shows its adjustment to 271 square feet. The remaining spaces that are covered in diagonal stripes are the covered porches and balconies. Their area totals 1980 square feet, one third of which is counted towards the adjusted square footage, bringing that to 659. When you total these numbers you will see that the adjusted square footage of this fabulous home is 6,476.

When a realtor gives you the square footage of a house, chances are that he or she is referring to the adjusted square footage because that takes into account the measurements of all of the areas that are actually used, while not giving full credit to the un-air conditioned areas. However, because most houses have three sets of numbers floating around, the issue can often become confused. For example, the Miami MLS displays all three numbers, Realtor.com utilizes the actual square footage, while Zillow.com tends to show the adjusted, meaning that there is no consistency when a buyer starts their search online. EWM Realty International is actually working to change that and make real estate websites uniform, but in the meantime just give me a call and I can help you understand the facts!

If you are looking to buy or sell a home anywhere in Miami, please call me at 305-798-8685, or visit my 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}. Senior Vice President, EWM Realty International.

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What’s Happening with the Coconut Grove Playhouse?

Photo from Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
If you have lived in Miami long enough, then you have heard about the ups and downs of the Coconut Grove Playhouse. Originally built as a movie theater in 1927, the building was converted to a live theater during the 1950’s. Over the years it has hosted far-ranging acts anywhere from the US premier of Waiting for Godot to stars like Liza Minnelli and even The Late Show with David Letterman! However, it closed unceremoniously in 2006 and was taken over by Miami-Dade County in 2014. Since the closure there has always been speculation as to whether the building will re-open (and as what) or be torn down to make space for something new in downtown Coconut Grove.

Since 2015 Miami-Dade County has been trying to figure out what to do with its historic theater, and just last week there was another vote to revive the Playhouse. It did not pass. According to the County’s website, they will appeal the decision, but it just makes you wonder if anything will ever be resolved with the Coconut Grove Playhouse. As someone who grew up in Coconut Grove, I would love to see the return of the Playhouse. Whether you are for its revitalization or not, aren’t you just ready for a resolution?!

If you are looking to buy or sell a home anywhere in Miami, please call me at 305-798-8685, or visit my 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}. Senior Vice President, EWM Realty International.

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“How’s the Market?” – Insight into Miami’s Real Estate Market

I am often asked about the Miami real estate market, and I am happy to talk about it to anyone who will listen. Today, though, I want you to learn about it from one of Miami’s foremost experts, Ron Shuffield, President of EWM Realty International. He has written a fascinating piece called “Insight,” which analyzes 2018’s market and predicts what is ahead for 2019. Click here to enjoy reading it and let me know if you have any questions.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home anywhere in Miami, please call me at 305-798-8685, or visit my 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}. Senior Vice President, EWM Realty International.

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Guest Post: A Homeowner Contractor in Coral Gables

Hi Blog Readers, this is Ashley’s assistant Lillian taking over for today’s post and for a few more in the coming weeks. If you do not know me then you do not know that I am renovating my house right now (and if you do know me then you know that the renovation is pretty much all I talk about – sorry!). Because I live in Coral Gables this renovation requires permitting and inspections, so I thought I would write a little bit about the process as I live it.

First things first, I am remodeling reluctantly. You see, I had a hot water pipe burst in my master bathroom, and I am using this as an opportunity to update a functional but ugly space. My bathroom is also rather small, so I am expanding it, creating a new powder room, and redoing my closet during the whole process – why not go all in, you know?!

While working with an architect and designer to maximize what little space I actually do have, we started talking about the Gables permitting process and both of these professionals suggested that I go through it as my own “homeowner contractor,” which is not as scary as it sounds. No, I am not jackhammering my floors or doing finish work, as a homeowner contractor I am simply responsible for getting my permits, providing the actual contractors’ licenses, and scheduling necessary inspections. My architect and designer suggested that I go this route because it would save me some money (did you know that contractors charge 20% or more to do this for you?!) and some time.

So far, I’ve submitted my plans to the building department, received my permits, and just today went to file my notice of commencement. It has been very easy working with the City’s permit counter, and they have really held my hand through the process: they consistently explain each step and tell me what I need to look forward to and/or bring to City Hall on my next visit. Plus no one has made fun of me for showing up to the building department in a preppy sundress instead of paint-splattered overalls or whatever else you’d expect a real contractor to wear!

Right now I have a building permit in my front window, a dumpster in my driveway, and walls of plastic sheeting hanging through the house. Demolition begins tomorrow at 8:00am sharp, and I look forward to giving you an update at the time of my first inspection – I will have to call my friends at the permit desk to see when I need to schedule that!

If you are looking to buy or sell a home anywhere in Miami, please call me at 305-798-8685, or visit my 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}. Senior Vice President, EWM Realty International.

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What a Wonderful Weekend in Miami!

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President’s Day Weekend is a great time to be in Miami. Between the Miami International Boat Show and the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, there is a ton to do over the holiday weekend! While I have been to the Boat Show several times in the past, I have not visited it at its new Miami Marine Stadium location, which I hear is fabulous – and is much more convenient to me than Miami Beach was.

Having grown up in Coconut Grove the Arts Festival has always been near and dear to my heart. Did you know that it was founded in 1963 by Charlie Cinnamon? What was once a quaint little art gathering is now a massive event that finds approximately 120,000 people looking at and buying art, watching live entertainment, and of course eating and drinking!

This weekend is supposed to be sunny with highs just hitting 80 degrees and lows in the low 70’s. I hate to rub it in to out of towners, but between that forecast and these amazing activities, why are you not in Miami this time of year?

If you are looking to buy or sell a home anywhere in Miami, please call me at 305-798-8685, or visit my 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}. Senior Vice President, EWM Realty International.

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This Week’s Mortgage Rate Anomaly

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Time and again I’ve heard that federal interest rates are going to go up, and they have done so recently. That has had many people asking me about mortgage rates, and those have also been climbing of late. For instance, the rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage was at 5.05% in November – an 8-year high. This week, though, a 30-year fixed is back down to 4.75% due to the downturn in the stock market, which has “investors head[ing] to the relative safe-haven of the bond market,” according to Diana Olick of CNBC.com. She continues by saying that “mortgage rates follow loosely the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury,” which explains why rates have been more favorable this week. Read the full article by clicking here.

This week’s downward-trending mortgage rates are great, but I do think that we will see rates increasing overall. As previously mentioned, interest rates are expected to climb, and this will drive mortgage prices higher in the long run. I wish that I had a crystal ball and could tell you how high they might go or how it will impact the real estate market, but as of right now, only time will tell. If you are looking to buy a new home or to refinance your current one, now is the time to act!

If you are looking to buy or sell a home anywhere in Miami, please call me at 305-798-8685, or visit my 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}. Senior Vice President, EWM Realty International.

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Only in Miami!

Photo from Finish My Condo via Curbed.com
I have to admit, I am a sucker for so-called “clickbait,” so when I opened my browser this morning and saw a headline that read “Miami condo owner installs $1.5M Pagani race car as a room divider,” I immediately opened up that story. Honestly, the headline tells you almost everything that you need to know – other than the fact that this car is apparently one of only 15 that were built.

Check out this truly only-in-Miami story from Curbed.com by clicking here.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home anywhere in Miami, please call me at 305-798-8685, or visit my 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}. Senior Vice President, EWM Realty International.

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What is Net Metering?

Do you want Florida Power and Light to pay you for electricity? I’ll bet you do! And it is actually possible with their net metering program. I had not heard of net metering until, at a brokers’ open house at 6262 SW 50 Terrace, a potential buyer asked if the house can go “off grid” with a system of solar panels. I did a little bit of digging to learn more about solar and other renewable energy sources and that is when I learned about net metering.

I am a paragraph into a blog about net metering and I have not even told you what it is yet, so here it goes. Generally speaking, most houses utilize less electricity during the day because their occupants are out and about at work or school. A house that is connected to FPL’s power grid, then, is sipping less power during those daytime hours than it will be when everyone is home watching tv, charging cell phones, and the like. Well, a house that is both on the power grid and that has its own, say, solar panels might just be using so little power during the daytime hours that the solar panels can create an electricity surplus. Rather than waste the power that the panels are creating, FPL automatically buys it back for its grid. The homeowners are compensated for the electricity that FPL is buying back either as a credit on their bill or by having the same amount of energy deducted from their bill. This sounds like a win for all of the parties that are involved!

My explanation of the net metering process is incredibly simple, but there is a little bit more to it than what I wrote. To learn more, check out net metering frequently asked questions page by clicking here.

If you are interested in seeing 6262 SW 50 Terrace, the spectacular house that started this whole conversation, please feel free to give me a call. I would love to show it to you!

Photo courtesy of HelioPower: www.heliopower.com

If you are looking to buy or sell a home anywhere in Miami, please call me at 305-798-8685, or visit my 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}. Senior Vice President, EWM Realty International.

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New School Year Resolutions

I cannot believe that summer is over and that the school year is underway! Much like we do at the start of every New Year, I think that the new school year is a great time to make resolutions. For this fresh 2018-2019 start, I plan on increasing my social media presence for business. I am going to mix up my workout routine (maybe you’ve seen me at Orange Theory or Yoga House Miami lately – this is an easy resolution for me to follow!). I am going to read my Ransom Everglades Book Club books at a more leisurely pace. I am definitely planning on blogging more! Lastly, I am going to make it a priority to sell more real estate! How are you going to improve yourself this new school year?

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If you are looking to buy or sell a home anywhere in Miami, please call me at 305-798-8685, or visit my 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}. Senior Vice President, EWM Realty International.

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People are Squawking about Bird Bikes!

The Grove has always had a fun vibe and I have noticed a fun, new way to get around. Known as “Bird Bikes,” this new form of transportation is actually in Downtown Miami and Brickell in addition to Coconut Grove. So what are Bird Bikes? They are scooters that are made to help reduce the parking issues in these areas. To use them, you must first download their app, locate a scooter using the in-app GPS feature, then you scan one and go! There is a $1.00 rental fee, plus a fee of $0.15 per minute as you ride. Once you are done riding, you can just leave the bike where it is and at the end of each day an attendant collects and charges the Bird Bikes overnight before returning them to the “wild” the next day.

Although the birds are fun, they have regulations. For example, a rider must be at least 18 and he or she must have a valid driver’s license. The law also states that you have to wear a helmet while riding these, although I have yet to see anyone wear one. Overall, the goals of these scooters are to make all these areas more fun, and eventually to reduce the amount of parking issues. I love this creative way of solving one of our age old problems. Hopefully it works and can be a productive solution to parking, while providing a fun way to get around!

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in these extra-hot areas, or anywhere in Miami, please call me at 305-798-8685, or visit my 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}. Senior Vice President, EWM Realty International.

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Sunset Elementary School District Homes

Are you dying to get your kids into Sunset Elementary School? Well, I have four amazing opportunities for you to do so!


506 Sunset Drive is an elegant estate home with 7 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms situated in three separate but connected structures: the main house, guest house, and 2 car garage with apartment. Fine finishes include the Scavolini kitchen, Italian bathrooms, pool with spa, steam room, and so much more all on a 28,600 square foot oak-laden lot. Click here for more information and photos.


7900 Altamira Street has been expanded and renovated to stunning perfection. The 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom home measures 4,707 adjusted square feet and also includes a 1/1 maid’s quarters. Its 20,000 square foot lot has a gorgeous pool, barbecue area, and plenty of space to play. Beautiful master suite, vaulted ceilings, new kitchen, and so much more! Click here for more information and photos.


6920 Veronese Street spans 3,999 square feet on a stunning 18,500 square foot lot. The split floor plan includes 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The ultra-private master suite has vaulted wood beamed ceilings, an enormous bathroom, and fabulous walk-in closet. This is a wonderful opportunity to renovate and make an already-special property your own. Click here for more information and photos.


7415 SW 56 Avenue is a lovely rental in a close-in High Pines location, just a stone’s throw away from the shops and restaurants of South Miami. The charming home has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and open living spaces. Updated eat-in kitchen, hurricane impact glass windows and doors, and a 9,375 square foot lot. Click here for more information and photos.

Come live in one of these fabulous homes and love sending your kids to Sunset Elementary School!

If you are looking to buy or sell a home anywhere in Miami, please call me at 305-798-8685, or visit my 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}. Senior Vice President, EWM Realty International.

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