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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)

The information on this web site has been obtained from the public record or the property owner and has not been verified. The information, documents and related graphics, may include inaccuracies or typographical errors and should be independently verified. The Keyes Company and/or Carlos Garcia (Associate) is not responsible or liable for the inaccuracy of the information.

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Updated: Saturday, September 20, 2014


Can a New Home Improve Your Sex Life?

The scene is set. Crackling fireplace. Homemade desert. Candles flickering. Drinks sparkling.

And then the spark that should be igniting between the two of you instead takes place in your old fireplace, sending black smoke into your living room and flames shooting up the chimney and out into your space, which then ignite your drapes and send you running partially clothed for the fire extinguisher.

Well that killed the mood.

You dont have to set the living room on fire to know that your house is in desperate need of repair and renovation. But maybe its just not enough. If youre ready to create a spark in your sex life that doesnt include burning the house down, maybe its just time to move. After all, a new house doesnt just improve your surroundings. It can also have a dramatic affect on your intimacy.

Confidence

A person who is confident in other areas of his or her life is more likely to be confident in the bedroom. If your house is stressing you out and its just time for a clean slate or, more appropriately, a clean house, it could be time to call your REALTOR

Smart is sexy

Making a sound financial decision can boost your confidence. And confidence is sexy.

If there is equity in your home, looking for a new place and considering the rates and other financial details may be something you have already done. But did you add the sexy factor into the equation? You should.

Newer homes are better designed for modern living. Theyre more energy efficient, which can save you money, more open, which caters to the way we live today, they include amenities to help keep us organized and oh god, are you feeling flush, too?

De-stressing

"Everyday stressors -- your job, your kids grades, the leaky bathroom faucethave a more powerful effect on your sex life than you may realize," said MSN. "Being stressed causes your body to produce more of the "fight or flight" hormone cortisol, which your body needs in small doses but can suppress the libido when the body produces an excess."

Decluttered is delicious

"Turns out, cleaning your house and your act in the bedroom arent as different as they may seem," said Refinery 29.

Yep, A house thats been lived in for some time can often look and feel lived in. A whole-house overhaul can help breathe new life into your home, and into your bed.

"Get rid of all the junk that accumulates in your bedroom. Dont use it as a dumping ground for kids art projects, laundry, newspapers, and magazines. No one feels sexy going to bed in a warehouse," said My Home Ideas. "First, get everything up off the floor. Store the things that warrant it and trash the things that dont. Clear off the surfaces of chests and tables, and only replace what is meaningful or pretty. You dont want to see anything that reminds you of chores or obligations. Everything your eye lands on should make you feel >

The problem with that solution is that its often temporary. >

Clean it up to get dirty

A clean house always make you feel better. But a clean, new house? Woah. Excuse us for a minute while we hose ourselves off.

If youre tired of your house, you may be inclined not to try so hard at anything when youre in it. New digs can bring a fresh outlook.

With everything shiny and new, there is excitement. Channeling that excitement into the right places is key...especially when its in a gorgeous new bathroom.

"Lots can go wrong in this room. Hair in the drain or soap scum can make shower sex unappealing. And dont get us started on unpleasant odors," said Good Housekeeping. "Bottom line, keep your bathroom tidy and fresh-smelling so you can enjoy getting clean and dirty in there.

If your bathroom is cruddy, moldy, or so outdated it steals your mojo every time you walk through it, you have two choices: update it, or move.

What to do when only one of you wants to move

"Part of being in a >

If that sounds like a double entendre, its because it is. Give and take works in many ways. Its called reciprocating, and it works both in and out of the bedroom.

New house, new rules

Its important to remember after you move to wipe the slate clean and make any necessary changes/set new rules for how the household runs.

"If you and your partner are both working full-time, keeping the division of household labor equal and ensuring one partner doesnt shoulder the whole burden will make both of you happier in the bedroom and out," said MSN.

A new house, and an equal division of labor? Now thats hot.


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4 Simple Front Porch Decor Tips To Accent Your Entryway
Photo courtesy of Julie Lucero Design

As potential buyers walk up to your home, the front porch should appear welcoming, entrancing and homey. If its dusty, barren and rotted, they may not make an offer. Thus, the best way to increase front porch appeal is to add natural elements to blend it with the yard. Here are front porch landscaping tips to make yours comfortable and welcoming to prospective homebuyers:

1 Outdoor Potted Plants

Potted plants are a great way to enhance the porch decor and accent your entryway as a whole. Its important to give them tender loving care and use plant types that can handle shade, or else they will dry out and wither. Look for perennials and annuals that are drought-resistant and require little maintenance. You might consider putting urns with plants on your steps or around the exterior to draw in visitors.

2 Comfortable Furniture

Another entrancing view is to install comfortable furniture on your front porch. Depending on the square footage, you can arrange a space with a loveseat, ottoman, coffee table and a rocking chair or other single seating space. It will be like an outdoor living room for people to >

  • An outdoor rug to make it stylish
  • Outdoor pillows to go on the couch or loveseat
  • Outdoor art like statues, paintings or wind chimes
  • Curtains to go around the exterior window frames

Outdoor swing Photo courtesy of Artificial Grass Inc.

3 Porch Swing

One of the most reminiscent and picturesque pieces of front porch decor is a swing. Its >

4 Reinvigorate the front door

Regardless of what you do with the front porch, the front door also has to look and sound inviting to potential buyers. If the door is creaking and makes a jarring sound, you can have it repaired for a low cost. If the paint is peeling off and represents a visual eyesore, it will detract from appeal. In this case, you should consider hiring a professional to repaint the door a bright color. Other ideas to consider are adding new house numbers and installing a door knocker or doorbell. This will complete the appeal of the front porch and makes the entryway ready for buyer walkthroughs.

Photos courtesy of DesignMine

Andrea Davis is the editor for HomeAdvisor, which helps homeowners find home improvement professionals in their area at no charge to ensure the best service in the shortest amount of time.

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Should HOA Board Members Be Paid?

Question: I am an old lady 80 that lives in a townhouse condominium. There are 95 units, and my condo fee is 325 a month. It was recently raised by 25 and it appears that the Board plans to raise it again.. Our officers decided they should be paid a monthly fee. There are several other complexes in our area where the condominium fee is lower, and their officers do not get paid. Our President is awarded gift certificates from the board for anything he does. In all of my life I have yet to hear of a volunteer given a salary. Have times changed that much?

Answer: No, times have not changed; greed and incompetence has been with us forever.

This is a common complaint raised by elected board members. "We work hard, the hours are long and the pay is zero. Why not pay us for our dedicated service?"

The first thing you should do is review your legal documents. In a condominium, those documents include The Declaration and the Bylaws. Oversimplified, the Declaration creates the association, and explains what constitutes the common elements and the units. The Bylaws are the Constitution of the Association. It covers such issues as how many Board members there should be, what constitutes a quorum to hold a legal meeting, and how assessments are to be determined. The Bylaws also spell out the rights and responsibilities of the unit owners.

The following language is often found in the Bylaws: "A Director shall not receive compensation from the Association for serving on the Board of Directors, but a Director may be reimbursed for actual out-of-pocket expenses incurred by him or her in the proper performance of his or her duties."

If your Bylaws contain this prohibition, the Board cannot unilaterally decide to pay themselves. Condominium law is very clear: if something is in the Bylaws, it can only be changed by a vote of all of the unit owners. Typically, a super-majority vote -- usually either 66 2/3 or even as high as 75 percent -- is required to amend the Bylaws. There is a valid reason behind this requirement. Unit owners want the security that their legal documents cannot be changed by a small cabal of owners -- or even by the Board of Directors. It is difficult -- often impossible -- to amend those documents.

Accordingly, if your legal documents contain such a prohibition, your Board is acting improperly. What can you do about it?

There are many options. First, you should send each board member a letter, and attach a copy of the >

Next, you should contact other owners, and see if they will join you in protesting the boards decision. They can send similar letters to the board. They can also initiate a recall petition, whereby the unit owners will seek to throw those board members out of office. Your Bylaws will contain language as to the procedure for such a recall.

Finally, if the board is not willing to abide by your legal documents, you have the right to complain to a governmental agency or file a lawsuit. For example, in Montgomery County, Maryland, you can file a complaint with the Commission on Common Ownership Communities. In other counties, you would have to file with the States Attorney Generals office.

Even if there is no such prohibition in your legal documents, I do not believe that the Board has the legal authority to pay themselves without taking a vote of the membership. The board members were initially elected by all of you on the basis that they would serve without pay. Their decision now will cost all of you more money -- and this can be painful, especially in associations where there have been a lot of foreclosures and a lot of delinquencies.

While I appreciate the concerns of board members who work hard, they serve on the board because they want to do the right things for all of the unit owners. They also want to protect their own investment. In my opinion, to allow board members to be compensated for their service will open the door to owners who only want to serve for the money -- and not for the best interests of the association.


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