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Compass R e al E s tat e
Even in a seller’s market, curb-appeal is king. Below are some quick
and quirky ways to gild your garden and liven up your lawn.
T E X T B Y R YA N JA R R E L L
Try watering your lawn less often and more
deeply. Instead of switching on the sprinkler
every day that ends in y, water heavily once
a week. This will help prepare your grass
for drought conditions and scorching, as
well as ensure that the roots are getting
the sustenance they need. Nightly watering
can increase the chance that your grass will
become diseased. Early morning is the best
time, as it cuts down on the amount of water
wasted due to evaporation.
Instead of spending all your hard-earned
cabbage at the latest gardening shop,
repurpose some of that junk kicking around
your house into a hot new planter. Cracked
vase chipping away at your partner’s sanity?
Plop some petunias in there and reap in the
compliments. Old colander woefully outdated
and overly dented? Its pre-cut drainage holes
make it a natural home for some fantastical
flora. Old boots can also be given new life as
a habitat for some hopeful hydrangeas.
As 2017 approaches, we at ONE Sotheby’s
International Realty have our finger on the
pulse as to what the next real estate cycle
means for Miami and its buyers. As a sign of
stability, the luxury residential market has
cooled significantly, shifting to a buyer’s market,
offering consumers a greater selection of
inventory, at least according to the findings in
our 2016 Mid-Year Trends Report. This healthy
slowdown will serve to give buyers more
negotiating power. This stabilization is also
oftentimes called a correction as a reflection
of a strong and sustainable market. So what’s
on the horizon for Miami’s luxury real estate?
A buyer-driven market in the luxury sector
where developers will focus on catering and
delivering carefully thought-out developments
with over-the-top amenities, turnkey services
and buying perks, including access to elite social
clubs, cultural institutions, fine dining benefits
and more. Having had more than 4 years of
price appreciation, it’s about time that prices per
square foot level off a little bit. This will allow
more end-users and local buyers to purchase a
luxury property. It’s a great thing when market
forces can aid both the consumer and the realtor
in putting people in elegant, high-end properties.
People take pride in their house’s outward
appearance, as well they should. But if you can
tuck aside your neighbor’s savage stares and
whispered smears for a few days, leaving your
grass clippings on your lawn has been proven
to return much-needed nutrients back into the
soil, improve soil texture and cut down on the
use of costly chemical fertilizers. The best thing
about this tip? It means doing less work!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
› As President of ONE Sotheby’s
International Realty, Daniel De La Vega has
been instrumental in building the brand in
South Florida since the affiliate was founded
in 2008, managing a property portfolio
totaling $5 billion+; OneSothebysRealty.com.