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Achieving multiple professional certifications and surpassing customer expectations has propelled Keyes Company Sunset Office Vice President Carlos Garcia to become Dade County's top producing real estate leader within The Keyes organization. Garcia's cumulative sales volume is more than $575 Million since he launched his Real Estate career in 1995. In recognition of his exceptional success, Garcia was appointed to The Keyes Company's prestigious President's Council. Garcia is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), a graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI), a Certified Relocation Specialist and Luxury Homes Member. In 2010, Carlos Garcia was named Vice-Chairman and Communication Chair for the Master Brokers Forum (MBF) representing the top 250 agents in Miami-Dade County. To better serve his customers with Short Sales and Foreclosure guidance, Garcia obtained his Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation. Prior to launching his career in Real Estate, Garcia served as Vice President of Operations for a major electrical Company in Miami. Carlos has achieved the Number ONE position again in Sales for Miami-Dade County and was awarded the President's Council Award in January 2014 for the 15th consecutive year at the Keyes Annual Awards and has always been ranked amongst the top FIVE sales associates in The Keyes Company which employs over 2,500 sales associates.(press release 2014)

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Updated: Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Hacking The RAST: 35 And a Million Ways To Make It Your Own

Everyone loves a bargain. And at a mere 35, IKEAs famous RAST three-drawer chest is most certainly that. Its also practical, functional, great for storage in practically any space, made of actual wood, and, best of all, easy to transform to match nearly any >

In fact, hacking the RAST is so popular among DIYers, interior designers, and everyone in between, its become a sort of sport with Pinterest boards and websites offering countless images, options, and tutorials.

In honor of cooler fall weather that makes us want to get outside and sand stuff, stain stuff, stud stuff and sexify stuff - without the dripping sweat - we present a few of our favorite things to do with the RAST. Wed rank them from most fave to least fave of all the fave faves, but, truth is, we just cant. Theres no Sophies Choice-ing the RAST.

We love the masculine, equestrian feel the medium stain and leather straps give this version from IKEA Hackers.

If you can stain, sand, stencil, and find the right shade of chalk paint, you can create this fun industrial version from IKEA Hackers. Youll also need to be able to use a jigsaw to create the hand pulls.

Stained black and prettied up with some stainless hardware, the RAST takes on a whole new feel in this creation from Oh Everything Handmade. Push two together, and you have a handsome sideboard.

Dont spend a grand on a modern nightstand. Create your own grand version for a fraction of a fraction using this tutorial from For Me For You.

This glamorous version demonstrated by The Abundant Abode uses yards of nailhead trim, glass pulls, and a slab of marble for the top. If the diamond pattern isnt your thing, go curvy and pull in a deco vibe.

Want a few more ideas for making the RAST your own? Check out IKEA Hackers, Apartment Therapy, and Addicted 2 Decorating.


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Going Exotic: Countertops With Personality

Granite, quartz, marble, concrete - there are so many >

Go exotic, and youll never be worried about someone coming over and pointing out that they have the exact same countertop in their bathroom. Make a smart choice, and even though your upfront cost may be greater, you just might get paid back in the end.

"Indeed, unique kitchen countertops add a wow factor to your home, and just might help increase its value," said HGTV.

Gemstones and geodes imbedded in your countertop are a growing trend and one of the hottest looks in high-end kitchen design.

"If you want to turn your cooking area into something spectacular and full of color, gemstone countertops are a good place to start," said Scottsdale Design Center. "Gemstone countertops are made from semiprecious stones like Hematite, Tigers-eye, and Amethyst embedded in a resin base."

You can choose a material that can be backlit like this onyx countertop from Houzz.

Semi-precious gemstones in earth tones like this agate geode countertop.

Or in a bolder hue that reflects your >

You can go super exotic with granite, but be prepared to pay exotic prices.

Speaking of exotic prices, neither gemstones nor granite nor any other material compares to the priciest one out there.

Pyrolave is a volcanic stone "that is extracted from a volcanic crater in central France," said This Old House. Its said to be both lightweight and durable and coated with a with a tough glass coating. Available in 32 colors, it is a whopping 370 per square foot.

Perhaps metal is a better option. Stainless steel counters have long been a favorite in the kitchen - especially for professional chefs. But today the trend is moving toward other metals, like this copper countertop that patinas naturally over time.

Or, choose recycled metal, a new trend among eco-friendly homeowners. A growing segment of the countertop market, recycled and earth-friendly materials can help create a unique and beautiful kitchen that is also respectful of the environment. These countertops are made from recycled glass.

And this stunning option from Freshome is reclaimed wood.

You can also stay eco-friendly with paper countertops.

"Paper countertops are often 100 post-consumer recycled cardboard and, as one of the biggest manufacturers, PaperStone, states, "[is] a petroleum-free resin that contains natural ingredients like cashew nut shell liquid," said Home Renovations. "Paper is the greenest of the green countertop materials."

You can get more information about exotic countertops here and more examples of semi-precious stone countertops here.


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Landlords Need To Take Measures Against Foreseeable Harm

Landlords have duties to tenants beyond that of providing habitable premises with working heating and plumbing systems, roofs that dont leak, etc. They also must take reasonable measures to protect tenants from foreseeable harm that might result from conditions on the premises. Such harm includes possible criminal acts.

A decision by Californias Fourth Appellate District Court of Appeal includes an instructive discussion of these matters. The case Vasquez v. Residential Investments from which the discussion arises has facts that range from mundane to tragic.

Abigail Ramirez and her infant daughter lived with Abigails parents in an apartment building owned by Residential Investments, Inc. When the family moved in, a glass pane was missing from an arrangement of glass panes on the top half of the door. A piece of cardboard covered the opening. The tenants made a number of requests that the pane be replaced. They felt that its absence created a security risk. After some length of time, Abigails brother replaced the cardboard with a piece of plywood that he affixed using finishing nails.

Some time later, Abigail, who had recently been living with her boyfriend the father of her daughter moved back into the apartment of her parents. Her boyfriend, Jesus Vasquez, who had heard that Abigail had been seeing someone else, came to the apartment armed with a knife. When he was refused entry, he pushed out the plywood piece, reached through the opening and opened the door from the inside. He then killed Abigail.

The lawsuit against Residential Investments was brought on behalf of the infant daughter. It alleged that the owners were negligent by not replacing the missing pane, and that the negligence was a direct and proximate cause of Abigails death. In defense, the apartment owners argued that property owners have no duty to take precautions against criminal activity that they had no reason to anticipate. The trial court ruled in favor of the defense and granted summary judgment, holding that the incident was not sufficiently foreseeable so as to give the owners a duty to prevent Vasquez from gaining entry to the apartment.

The appellate court reversed the trial courts decision, and sent the case back for trial. The appellate court did not say that the owners were, in fact, negligent; but it did say that it was a triable issue, one that a jury should decide on the basis of the facts of the case.

In its discussion the court noted that the law is clear on the point that there is "a duty by landowners to maintain property in their possession and control in a reasonably safe condition." But then the court went on to acknowledge that this is, at best, a general principle that gives no specific direction. The discussion points out that the determination of duty requires a balancing act in each particular case. A landlord has a duty to exercise reasonable care, but what is reasonable depends on the circumstances, "considering the foreseeability of the risk of harm balanced against the extent of the burden of eliminating or mitigating that risk."

The courts discussion reviewed a long list of landlord liability cases the legal landscape is, of course, littered with them. Of particular note was one in which a landlord had failed to fix a lock to a common hallway, thus making it possible for an intruder to enter and rape one of the tenants. Although rape had never before occurred on those premises, robbery had. The court held that, even though the foreseeability of a rape occurring might have been slight, the foreseeability of criminal activity was stronger. Moreover, the burden of repairing the lock was minimal. Hence, the landlord had a duty to do so; and the failure to do so constituted negligence. He did not have a duty to guarantee the safety of his tenants, but he certainly had a duty to maintain a "first line of defense."

In this decision a ruling from a Georgia court was approvingly quoted: "The landlord is no insurer of his or her tenants safety, but is certainly no bystander." The moral here for landlords -- fix the locks. And take care of other matters that constitute risks of foreseeable harm.

Bob Hunt is a director of the California Association of Realtors. He is the author of Real Estate the Ethical Way.


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