Sperry Van Ness Sponsors Miami 21 Event!

Miami 21 is perhaps the most elemental change to affect the City of Miami for the past 25 years.  The introduction of a new zoning code based on New Urbanism Principles will add important characteristics to the liveablity of our city. As CCIM President Elect I had the responsibility of chairing and coordinating a recent event on Miami 21 at University of Miami’s Glasgow Hall.  We had the pleasure of listening to Charles Bohl – Moderator, Elizabeth Plyter Zyberk – Creator, Nitin Motwani — Developer, Spencer Crowley – Land Use Attorney at Akerman Senterfit , Cesar Garcia Pons – Miami DDA, Francisco Garcia – Planning Director, and Luis Revuelta – Architect. 

As a fourth-generation Miami native in a family that has sold over 2500 acres of Dade County Pine land since 1928, I can tell you from a historical perspective how Miami has developed from small pioneer roots into the world-class, 24-hour city that it is today. I have seen Miami grow since I was born, and what is perhaps most noticeable over that period of time is that the vacant land is almost all gone, the second most noticeable thing is that on the skyline I can barely see the Centrust Building anymore, I mean the Nations Bank building, I mean the Bank of America Tower, I mean whatever they’ll name it next.  And I really knew that something was up when I heard someone in Kendall call themselves a central location the other day.

 But the truth is Miami can now rub shoulders with the best cities in the world.  We Miamians can boast a great airport, a great seaport, top-flight education, championship professional sports teams, and with our weather and beaches and multi-cultural people—a vibrant lifestyle that is bar none.  Yet, among the hustle and bustle of annual festivals, business conferences, international trade and banking, construction and of course, everybody’s favorite, rush-hour traffic, we hold a special place in our hearts for certain neighborhoods that have provided and continue to provide the great activity, appeal, enjoyment, and wonderful memories that make life grand.  Interestingly enough, it is these neighborhoods that are also the oldest neighborhoods in Miami Dade County.  Yet in spite of their age, they share many characteristics with the “new” urbanism principles upon which Miami 21 is based.  So maybe “New” Urbanism is really “Old” Urbanism.  If you look at Lincoln Road, Miracle Mile, Coconut Grove, and more recently Brickell and South Miami—they all share characteristics that inspire livability, interaction and play with pedestrian friendly pathways and architectural appeal.  This is what Miami 21 is truly about, creating a more liveable and synergistic environment, and it is on the whole, a change for the better.

Please call our office for more information on Miami 21 and request powerpoint slides and a DVD copy of the event.


Sperry Van Ness – Top 10 Brand in the Nation!!!

Our hard work and our honest approach to advising and servicing our clients has been rewarded with another move up the charts.  Sperry Van Ness is the Top Ten Commercial Real Estate brand in the Nation!

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Alternatives to Foreclosure – Part 1 of 5

Even if the government tells you the recession is over, many of you are still feeling it. With over 14% unemployment in Miami Dade County and over 12% statewide, you are not alone. These harsh statistics are well above national averages and they also do not account for underemployment (people who simply stopped applying for unemployment benefits) nor does it account for people who have had their hours and pay checks reduced. If you are a small business owner, you may be feeling it the most, and if you happen to own commercial property that you use for your business, it may be hard to pay your mortgage, property taxes and insurance, while also keeping up with the overhead of your business. If you are an investor in commercial property, small businesses may be your tenants, and your vacancy may have increased significantl and you are likely receiving 1/3 to 1/2 less from your current rent roll.  As a result your investment property may have a negative cash flow. In either case, whether a small business owner or an investor you may be forced to stop making payments, and in some cases your lender may have already taken action.

These are uncharted waters for many, because a recession typically lasts for 2 to 4 years out of a 15 year economic cycle, in which case the majority of the population is trained to handle the boom cycle of the economy. So it is helpful to have someone who understands the process and knows your options, and can navigate these uncharted waters to help mitigate your loss. International Port of Calls around the world require that ships be handled by local tugboat captains who know the local waters and tides, and who understand where the shallows and eddies exist, so that they can provide a safe berth. Likewise in these difficult times, it is best to have a professional who has relationships with your lender and who understands their concerns, their culture, their processes and most importantly their language. Who better to do this than your trusted commercial real estate advisor who knows your property, knows the market, knows additional lending sources, and knows buyers and tenants. A Commercial Real Estate Advisor can act as a third-party communicator to all the various entities involved, which is something your attorney can not do.

Keep in mind that not all Advisors are equal, so be sure to use someone who is currently dealing with banks and assisting their customers in the various stages of foreclosure. Sperry Van Ness is a national platform that is built to service commercial real estate at the highest possible levels. Our Asset Recovery Team is thoroughly versed in the various options that an individual has to mitigate loss.  We can consult with you to solve your commercial real estate needs, so that your business can stay on track and continue to operate. While we are not lawyers, we know the best small-business lawyers and other vendors who are key to forming a successful team to implement your strategy. The longer you wait, the less options you have, and the less time you have to exercise those options.  Call our office now and receive a complimentary valuation of your property and your situation. We can connect you with the right professionals, or if you already have your team in place, we can compliment them with the additional tools and skill sets we bring to the table.   Call Matt at 305-490-6526 and find out more about how you can improve your situation, or if nothing else to talk about the market and the economy, and what is in store for Commercial Real Estate in 2011. 

Stay Tuned for Part 2…

CCIM Outlook Conference 2011

A CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) is one of the top Commercial Real Estate designations and memberships in the world.  As CCIM President Elect for the Miami District I can tell you that we have a great Board and great members in the South Florida market.  We host educational courses throughout the year, but our most important event is definitely the Outlook Conference held every year in January with the purpose of providing a Commercial Real Estate road map for the year to come.  We break down each sector: Industrial, Office, Retail, Multifamily, and an Economic Forecast, as well.  Take a look at the headliners this year and download the program.  2011OutlookConferenceProgram1.12.11

FDIC Real Estate Summit – Sperry Van Ness Sponsors

 Sperry Van Ness recently sponsored another all-star event that included Special Servicers, Receivers, Asset Managers, Workout Specialists and a host of other professionals who are controlling the majority of commercial real estate that is transacting in today’s choppy market.  For more details on what was said, and what we can expect for 2011 don’t hesitate to give our office a call.

Distressed Real Estate Summit - Florida - January 27, 2011

Hi Matthew,

There is Still Time to Register for the Distressed Real Estate Summit!

Pre-registration is still available for the Distressed Real Estate Summit in Miami, FL on January 27.  As part of your registration, enjoy networking opportunities on Wednesday and Thursday to connect with investors, banks, servicers, sellers, and other market participants.

Flying in from NYC?  Flights to FLL for as little as $200 through Hotwire.com.

What You Will Learn – topics covering office, retail, hospitality, multi-family condo and residentia real estate include:

  • Pre-Conference Workshops: When Workouts Don’t Work Out: Litigation, Receivers, Lender Liability and More; and Tax Liens Workshop: GFI Tax Receivables
  • The Real Estate Capital Markets: Where the Debt Capital Is and How to Get It
  • State of the (Distressed) Union: Where We Are and Where We Are Headed
  • Workouts & Recapitalizations: Rescue Financing & Restructuring Options
  • Distressed Retail: Creating Value Through Asset Repositioning in Challenging Times
  • Special Servicing: Unleash the Deal Flow!
  • Hot(el) Pursuit: Distressed Hospitality Properties
  • The Residential Market in Florida and the Southeast
  • Roundtable Discussions: Multifamily/Condo, Working with Banks, Tax Lien Trading Strategy, Bloomberg CRE Data, Distressed Hospitality Properties
  • Office Properties in the Southeast and Florida Markets
  • Predicting and Navigating the Regulatory Landscape
  • Acquisitions: How Carnage Translates into Opportunity
  • Multifamily Properties: Distressed Opportunities in Rentals and Condos
  • FDIC Special Asset Sales
  • Working with and Buying Assets from Banks
  • Cocktail Reception at Marenas Beachfront Resort
Visit the Conference Website to view the full agenda, see the list of speakers, get directions to the venue, book hotel accommodations, and register.

“The Distressed Real Estate Summit is a conference designed by and for commercial and residential real estate executives…the agenda will speak to the issues unique to your area. If you work in this region, make plans to attend to find out who is selling, and what it takes to get deals done in a distressed environment.”

— Fred B. Córdova, III, SVP, Colliers Asset Resolutions Team

This conference is produced by GreenPearl Events



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Thursday, January 27, 2011
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