THE REAL DEAL | South Florida’s biggest hotel trades of 2016


From South Beach to Fort Lauderdale, hotel properties were hot tickets in South Florida’s commercial real estate market this year, often fetching top dollar from investors looking to grow their foothold in the region.

Even with news of a possible oversupply in some cities and the Zika virus hurting tourism, the hospitality industry was the grounds for many of South Florida’s priciest real estate deals in 2016. The Real Deal compiled the five most-expensive hotel trades that closed this year for your reading pleasure.

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New Year’s Eve 2017 Events in Miami, Florida

Looking for a New Year’s event to go to? There are many options to choose from but let’s start in our own backyard in Surfside, Florida. Starting at 9pm on December 31st, 2016 enjoy a free fireworks display from the public beach of Surfside that is sponsored by the Surfside Tourist Board. describes a few free events to attend through out Miami Beach and Downtown Miami as mentioned below:

If you’re here with your family or a group of friends and you’re looking for a free and entertaining way to celebrate the New Year, Miami’s got you covered with parties downtown in Bayfront Park and in South Beach.

Ring in the New Year with Mr.305 and Florida ambassador himself, Pitbull, at Bayfront Park. Pitbull’s New Year’s Eve Revolution 2016 is from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and include a dance party, fireworks and a countdown  to midnight with Pitbull as the “The Big Orange” ascends to the top of the adjacent InterContinental Miami hotel.

Looking to celebrate on South Beach? Join the City of Miami Beach New Year’s Eve Celebration, and party on the beach at 9th Street and Ocean Drive. Enjoy free fireworks at midnight.

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Surfside Florida | 3rd Thursdays – M Kotler Real Estate

Surfside, Florida also known as Miami’s uptown beachtown is home to many attractions, shopping and restaurants, but every month it is also has an event called “3rd Thursdays”. These events fall on the third Thursday of every month with each month having its own theme. These themes include Totally 80’s Party, 70’s Party Disco, 50’s Sock Hop and more. Click below to watch some of the videos of previous 3rd Thursday events.

Totally 80’s Party

50’s Sock Hop
As mentioned by earlier this year “There was plenty of entertainment for the whole family including, music, dancing, a costume contests, prize drawings, great eats from gourmet food trucks, children’s activities, and more. Exclusive gifts, seating, refreshments and more was provided at each event in this series for Surfside Circle members.”

Surfside Circle is a program for residents, visitors and anyone else who enjoys the Town of Surfside and would like to receive special promotions and benefits. Download the VISIT SURFSIDE app on your smart device now and register for the Surfside Circle. If you have previously signed up for Surfside Circle program on the web portal, you will need to sign up to the application to continue receiving membership benefits.

You can also go to area attractions section for more information on other activities.


Haulover Beach Park in Bal Harbour, FL | Food Truck Tuesday & More

For this month in December of 2016, M. Kotler is featuring one of our city’s hidden treasures at Haulover Park which includes Haulover Beach among other events and activities.

Haulover Park is on a 99 acres of land that covers 1.4 miles from North Bal Harbour, Florida until you reach Sunny Isles, Florida. It is located between the Atlantic ocean and intracoastal waterways with pristine white sand, picnic areas, sand dunes, open ocean surf and beautiful coastal vegetation.

Haulover Park is also has a variety of recreational activities from fishing, bike rentals (Electric Bike), boat rentals (Haulover Marine Center), Kite Flying (Skyward Kites), Dog Park and Beach (Haulover Beach).

Kite Flying at Haulover Beach ParkOne of Haulover most famous activities is includes Kite Flying as Haulover Park’s location that make it ideal for this activity as mentioned below by Miami-Dade’s Park, Recreations and Spaces:

Recognized as one of the best places for people to fly kites in South Florida, the open space and ocean breezes of Haulover Beach Park make it the ideal location for flying kites.

Skyward Kites has been in operation for over 20 years and boasts the largest selection of kites, windsocks and wind spinners in Miami, from $5 and up; in all shapes and sizes, from diamonds and deltas to Para-foils and box varieties. They can also create a custom kite according to your desired specifications.

With the addition of a state-of-the-art, solar-powered concession trailer in 2009, designed and custom-built by owner Dan Ward, the kite shop now also has ice-cream treats and cold drinks available for purchase. Plan your next birthday party or event with kite-flying fun. Open from 10 a.m. to sunset, seven days a week (closed on Christmas Day) and located on the southeast corner of the Bill Bird Marina parking lot.

Food Truck Tuesdays at Haulover Beach ParkNear the same location for flying kites at Haulover Beach Park you can join with the community every Tuesday night from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Bill Bird Marina for food and fun under the stars. Our food truck round-up features an assortment of foods and treats offered by local food truck vendors along with music and entertainment for the whole family. Parking is free; pets (except for service animals) and glass containers are prohibited.

For more information about this event or if you are a food truck vendor looking to participate visit Moty’s Grill.

If you have any more questions or would like to know more about the neighborhood, feel free to contact us today through our website.

The Real Deal | South Florida’s foreclosure rate dives again in November: report

Cooling residential market or not, South Florida is riding a now years-long trend of falling foreclosures rates.

A newly released report shows that November marked yet another month of evaporating foreclosure activity in the region, bringing down South Florida’s rank to 10th in the nation among major metropolitan areas.

The report, compiled by real estate research company ATTOM Data Solutions, said one of every 786 housing units in South Florida was in some stage of foreclosure last month. While that rate is still relatively high, it’s fallen nearly 18 percent compared to the November 2015.

Of South Florida’s three counties, Miami-Dade had the largest share of distressed properties with 1,479 homes in the foreclosure pipeline last month. Broward came in second with 1,012 housing units, followed by Palm Beach with 657.

Miami was once one of the worst hit in the nation for foreclosures during the housing crash, in no small part because of loose mortgage restrictions and a surplus of condo projects.

As home prices recovered and buyers adopted all-cash purchases, however, the region’s foreclosure rate has steadily fallen over the past few years.

The nation’s top ranked location for foreclosures in November was Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where one in every 341 homes was distressed.

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The Real Deal | Focus on developing downtown Miami intensifies: ULI event

UPDATED Dec. 12, 3:30 p.m.: Downtown Miami, traffic-clogged by day and deserted at night, could soon be transformed into a pedestrian-friendly urban dining and entertainment hub, say planners, brokers and local business owners.

Sandwiched between Northeast Sixth Street to the north, Biscayne Bay to the east, and the Miami River to the south and west, downtown Miami has lagged as development has boomed in nearby Brickell, Wynwood and Edgewater.

But participants at a seminar last week, sponsored by the Urban Land Institute and Akerman LLP said a mix of public and private development is about to bring about big changes to downtown Miami.

Mika Mattingly, executive vice president of Colliers International said, “downtown is finally going to move.” Over the past two years there have been $1.8 billion in transactions in the downtown area with prices per square foot increasing from $82 to $500, she said.

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