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As a realtor I like to ponder the question, What makes a home great?"

Answers vary across the full spectrum of location, views, and environment; architecture and curbside appeal; design, floor plan appliances, and finishes; number of stories; ceiling height; exposure; outdoor spaces; storage; and particular rooms like the kitchen or master suite.






When I think back to my childhood and the house where I lived from birth until age 15. The answer is simple.

My mom made the home great. There was no Amazon or Instacart, but she always managed to find time to clip coupons and buy groceries.She grew vegetables in the garden, apples on the tree, and flowers along the base of the house. In the kitchen she baked rhubarb pies, lemon meringue pies, and monster cookies. My mom dusted dust, mopped floors, cleaned and ironed clothes, vacuumed carpets, mowed the lawn, and even shoveled snow on occasion. At meal time she kept the cold food cold and the hot food hot and somehow managed to get the food and everyone to the table at the same time for meals. She took walks through the neighborhood in the evenings and knew every neighbor by name. She even knew how to sew and knit. To this day, I have a white blanket she knitted for me. When I fell she was there to pick me up and tend to my wounds. At bed time she tucked me in and reminded me how much she loved me.

Times have certainly changed, but the answer remains the same. Moms make homes great.

I hope you find time today, to do those things that bring you love, peace, and joy.

Cheers,

Brian C. Smith- EWM Realty International
Edgewater 🚤 | Miami Beach | Luxury Real Estate 🍾
📲 305.318.8200
BrianSmithSouthFlorida.com



 



A lot of people ask me who or what is EWM?



Here is the "short" answer:

EWM Realty International (EWM) is:

  • One of the largest real estate services firms in America and it has 10 locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
  • The local affiliate for Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and is also part of Luxury Portfolio
  • Present at its “London Office”, Mayfair International Realty, which handles the marketing of EWM Realty International’s exclusive listings to potential European buyers throughout the globe.
  • A wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate.
  • The exclusive Miami-Dade and Broward Counties affiliate for Christie’s International Real Estate.


When you list with me you gain access to an incredibly large and powerful real estate network!



Here is the "long" answer:

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 900 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 Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC and Columbia Title of Florida.



EWM is the Miami-Dade and Broward Counties affiliate for Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, the largest broker-to-broker network the world with more than 131,000 associates and 4,500 offices across 70 countries and 6 continents.


Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) is the home of the world's market-leading independent residential brokerages in over 70 countries, with 565 firms and 131,000 sales associates producing 1.1 million global transactions. Our by-invitation-only network is based on the unparalleled performance and trusted relationships that result in exceptional client experiences.



In 1997, 50 of the largest brokerage firms in the United States left a major industry network in order to launch what later became Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® with the goal of controlling their own destiny and creating a network comprised of only the best locally- and regionally-branded firms focused on raising the bar in real estate. Today, we lead the industry in reputation and a long list of metrics related to sales, market coverage, and more. LeadingRE's mantra is "Making the Best Brokerages Better," by providing these leading local brands with world-class business resources and national and global connections.


Additional Highlights

  • More #1 market share companies in top markets than any network.
  • 10 of the top 25 real estate companies in the U.S.
  • Top-rated luxury real estate program.
  • Award-winning learning platform, Institute, recognized by Training Magazine

EWM Realty International is also a member of Luxury Portfolio International, the luxury real estate arm of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, which consists of more than 200 brokerages that handle the marketing and sale of some of the world’s finest estates.

EWM Realty International’s “London Office”, Mayfair International Realty, handles the marketing of EWM Realty International’s exclusive listings to potential European buyers throughout the globe.


EWM is a wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. HomeServices is the largest full-service independent residential real estate brokerage firm by transaction volume, 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 more than 44,000 sales associates spanning 30 states.


EWM is the exclusive Miami-Dade and Broward Counties affiliate for Christie’s International Real Estate, 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 32,000 real estate professionals operating from 46 countries, the affiliate members of Christie’s market the finest residences around the globe.







Brian C. Smith- EWM Realty International

Edgewater 🚤 | Miami Beach | Luxury Real Estate 🍾
📲 305.318.8200

BrianSmithSouthFlorida.com




 



Congratulations to Christian Wilkins, the newest member of the Miami Dolphins. I am by no means an expert at evaluating football talent, but I love his well balanced mix of humility, energy, and swagger and hope he finds a fruitful home with the Miami Dolphins.


Last night’s NFL Draft got me thinking a lot about talent.

How is talent perceived, valued, and chosen?

In the movie Moneyball, Brad Pitt plays the role of Billy Bean, the washed out professional baseball player who many expected would be a tremendous professional baseball player. As manager of the Oakland Athletics, Billy learns from his own failings and disrupts the traditional thought processes on how talent is measured and selected.


Billy Bean challenges his scouts’ measures of talent. Traditionally scouts in baseball made mistakes by looking at the wrong stats, personal appearance, and other traits that have a low correlation to success as a baseball team.


By re-evaluating his strategy, the 2002 Athletics with less than $45 million in salary, competed with larger market teams such as the New York Yankees who spent over $125 million that season. As a result the Athletics made it to the playoffs in 2002 and 2003.

70% of sellers list with the first real estate agent they speak to.

When sellers pick a realtor do they make the same mistakes as traditional baseball scouts?

On a daily basis these are common errors I see sellers make and it costs them a lot of time and money:

  • Picking a realtor who has more listings than he or she can handle.
  • Settling on a realtor who lives and works across town from the listing.
  • Choosing a lazy realtor who doesn’t actively market his or her listings.
  • Selecting a realtor completely based on physical looks vice ability to correctly value a property.


What questions should a seller ask a realtor?

  • How many active listings do you have on the market?
    If you are going to be a number vice a priority, find another realtor.

  • Where are your listings located?
    Make sure the realtor focuses on where your home is located.

  • What is your marketing plan?
    Find a realtor who will clearly lay out a marketing plan that includes action items like open houses, broker opens, print marketing, and digital marketing.
  • What are the best comparable homes that sold in the past year or two year timeframe?
  • What value do the comps support for my home? Ensure you are realistic about the value of your home.


Click here for a Free Home Evaluation.

Click here to see my offering for Coaches and Professional Athletes.


Brian C. Smith- EWM Realty International
Edgewater 🚤 | Miami Beach | Luxury Real Estate 🍾
📲 305.318.8200



 



 

How is the Market?

EWM answered.

Enjoy reading EWM- Insight- Real Estate Outlook- Miami-Dade & Broward 2019.

Brian C. Smith- EWM Realty International
Edgewater | Miami Beach | Luxury Real Estate
305.318.8200
BrianSmithSouthFlorida.com



 

Homeowners,

If you are considering selling your home...keep reading.

Here are great questions to ask your realtor when you list your home. 🗣

1. How many listings do you have right now?
Where will my listing sit as a priority relative to those listings? ☝️

2. How big is your reach/network in each area 🕴🕴🕴🕴:

+ Contacts- buyers
+ Real Estate Agents
+ LinkedIn Connections
+ Facebook Friends + Instagram Followers
+ YouTube Subscribers

Today the Co-Founder of GUESS?, Inc- Paul Marciano, connected with me on LinkedIn. 🤩😎


I spend time each day growing my network, so that when you list with me, I can quickly get your property in front of a very large number of local 🍊, national 🇺🇸, and international buyers 🌎 🇻🇪 🇦🇷 🇧🇷 🇨🇴 🇫🇷 🇪🇨 🇮🇹


3. How many open houses and broker opens will you execute? 🔑

4. What is the value of my property? 💰

Unfortunately, too many sellers focus only on question 4 and even when they have the correct value, they list too high.

Please click this link for a free home evaluation.

Cheers,
Brian C. Smith- EWM Realty International
Edgewater 🛥 | Miami Beach ⛱ | Luxury Real Estate 🍾
📲 305.318.8200

BrianSmithSouthFlorida.com

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Edgewater is home to the #1 board on this list --> JETSURF !!!

Call me today to help you find your dream home on Biscayne Bay!


Brian C. Smith- EWM Realty International
Edgwater | Miami Beach | Luxury Real Estate
305.318.8200
BrianSmithSouthFlorida.com



 

Right now is a great time to hurricane proof your home and perform preventative and corrective maintenance before temperatures rise and hurricane season hits.



While many upgrades will never pay for themselves when you sell your home, I highly recommend making the installation of impact glass a top priority if you live in South Florida. It could save your life, your home, and your possessions and could also lower your insurance costs.

JCAB is one provider of this type of service.




Brian C. Smith- EWM Realty International
Edgewater | Miami Beach | Luxury Real Estate
305.318.8200
BrianSmithSouthFlorida.com



 

When we look back 10 years from now, will this be the list of best in each sport?

Hockey- Gretzky
Basketball- Jordan
Baseball- Ruth
Football- Rice

Golf- Nicklaus / Woods / Snead---toss up
Tennis- Federer
Boxing- Ali
Swimming- Phelps
Marathons- Gebrselassie
Ultra- Karnazes / Jurek---toss up
Sprinter- Bolt
NASCAR- Iwuji

Get it Jesse!

https://www.jesseiwuji.com

Brian C. Smith- EWM Realty International
Edgewater | Miami Beach | Luxury Real Estate
305.318.8200



 

Vets, military service-members, doctors, 1st repsonders, police, fire.

I love helping heroes!

Check out what these heroes did to save a helpless child dangling from a chairlift high above the ground.





Brian C. Smith- EWM Realty International
Edgewater | Miami Beach | Luxury Real Estate
305.318.8200




 

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