Monday, July 20, 2015

Realtor.com Presents The Home-Buying Process with Elizabeth Banks

Whether you are a first-time home buyer or you're thinking of buying your next vacation home, the home-buying process sometimes can get a little confusing. I mean, previewing beautiful houses can be a lot of fun, but some steps do get tedious. Finding out what you can afford and searching for a competitively-priced loan isn't always as fun.


Realtor.com presents the home-buying process with Elizabeth Banks. Five creative episodes explaining things in very simple — comical — terms, from finding your dream home and parting with an insane amount of money to tips on getting through so much paperwork at closing.


Episode One is Knowing When You’re Ready. This episode will help you understand the financial impact of buying vs. renting... err sort of.






Episode Two is Mortgage Lending 101. Are you ready to tackle property insurance, taxes and homeowners association dues? You won't learn about any of it in this episode, but you will be inspired to get a good mortgage lender. He or she will help you decide the loan that is best for you.






Episode Three is The Search. In this episode, you learn that you are not alone. Nope, you're not the only couple that disagrees on the main requirements for a home...






Episode Four is The Offer. You may want to watch The Godfather again before watching this episode. Oh, and just in case, look up the word consigliere.







Episode Five is Closing The Sale.  Yay!! You made it. Home sweet home. 





When you're ready to buy a new home or sell your home, give me a call. 

(305) 306-7677

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

#1 Most Popular Attraction is Coming to NW Miami-Dade

The same developer for the number one most popular attraction in the US, Mall of America in Minnesota has proposed an even larger attraction in NW Miami-Dade. According to the chart below, Mall of America had more visitors per year than Walt Disney World!

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Mall of America developer, Triple Five wants to build the 200-acre project where I-75 and Florida's Turnpike intercept in Northwest Miami-Dade County. That's just west of PSN and Miami Lakes!


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The project already won state approval for the land deal earlier this year. Read the Miami Herald article here. So it certainly looks as though AMERICAN DREAM MIAMI, the nation's largest mall is coming. This can potentially revitalize the Northwest Miami area and boost the local economy.



AMERICAN DREAM MIAMI will include hotels and condos.



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AMERICAN DREAM MIAMI will include several amusement parks.


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It will include a water park.


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AMERICAN DREAM MIAMI will also include an indoor ski hill.


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All of this in addition to it being a mega shopping mall!



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This blog isn't going to be a play-by-play on which politician is in favor of the AMERICAN DREAM MIAMI project and which one is against it and why. Nope, you won't get that here. This blog post is for informational purposes. If you own a home in a nearby area, it is important to be informed in order to make the best decision that is right for you. 


If you're thinking of buying or selling in Miami Lakes, Palm Springs North, Country Club of Miami, or even West Miramar and Pembroke Pines, there a few things you may want to discuss with your Realtor. For example, you may want to hold on to your home because maybe you think this massive project will help increase its value. Or perhaps you don't want to be around for the inevitable amount of traffic that is headed your way. Having the right Real Estate Professional on your side will help you get through some very tough decisions. It is also important to have a knowledgeable Real Estate Professional who can properly market your home during such an important time in Northwest Miami-Dade's history!


Give me a call today! I can help. (305) 306-7677

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Did You Know This About NRT and Coldwell Banker?

NRT LLC is the number one residential real estate brokerage firm in the US. According to a study by Real Trends, NRT was #1 across all brokerages. To read the full market leaders report — if you're a numbers person — click here: REAL Trends 500


Did you know? "NRT, a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) that operates under the brand names of Coldwell Banker®, Sotheby's International Realty®, The Corcoran Group® and ZipRealty®, has held the No. 1 spot in the REAL Trends 500 rankings for 18 consecutive years." source


That's right! NRT is the parent company of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Sotheby's International Realty, and The Corcoran Group. Not only did our parent company, NRT top the REAL Trends chart, but Coldwell Banker was the #1 real estate brand! In the Miami/Fort Lauderdale market, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate is number one in dollar volume with $4.17 billion.




I am so proud to be working with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. I can confidently say that I’m a Realtor with a company that has a proven track record of success and a reputation for quality service that dates back to 1906.



When you're ready to sell your house or buy a new home, give me a call. 

(305) 306-7677

Friday, May 22, 2015

What is the Top Occupation in Your City?

Every wondered what your neighbors do for a living? According to data from the US Census, every city has its own most popular occupation. For example, in Miami Lakes, Health Care and Social Assistance dominate. Did you know? Out of all the people who live in Miami Lakes, most work in the Health Care industry. Take a look at the chart below to see which career came in second.



According to these Neighborhood reports from Miami Association of Realtors and RPR, the cities of Coral Gables and Weston share the same top Occupational Category. Professional, Scientific and Technical came in first. But in Coral Gables, Education is the second most popular occupation among residents. And in the city of Weston, Health Care and Social Assistance came in second place.





Of the cities I'm highlighting today, Doral's residents live the closest to Miami International Airport, and one of the largest areas for import/export. This entire area is a vital hub for trade. It's no surprise that the leading Occupational category among Doral residents is Wholesale Trade, with Retail Trade a close second.




What do you think is the top occupation in your city? If you'd like a full report these or any cities in South Florida, don't hesitate to call me (305) 306-7677. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Neighborhood Report - Miami Lakes, Florida 1985 and Today

Miami Lakes is one of the youngest cities in Miami-Dade county, incorporating in December 2000. "Urban planners nationwide have consistently praised the Miami Lakes Master Plan for its winding streets, lush landscaping, generous parks, peaceful cul-de-sacs, and controlled mixed use and exclusive business parks." — miamilakes-fl.gov


One well-known Miami Laker, Coach Don Shula, was a long-time resident of Miami Lakes. Today, Miami Lakes is home to Shula’s Steak House, Shula’s Hotel & Golf ClubThe Spa at Shula’s and Shula’s Athletic Club.


Source: Main Street via Facebook


Ernest Graham moved to Florida in the early 1920s. In the early 30s he took over a parcel of "swampland" which he turned into one of the most successful dairy farms in all of Florida. The Miami Lakes Master Plan was started in the early sixties. The plan included single family homes, town homes, schools, shopping, hotels and even a championship golf course.



Source: Main Street via Facebook


In the picture above — circa 1986 — construction was underway for what would be the city town-center known as Main Street. 



Source: Main Street via Facebook

"A twenty–two year old live oak was transplanted from the fourth fairway of the golf course to grace the main circle at Town Center’s Main Street. The twelve thousand pound tree was “walked” to its new location with the help of a forty–five ton crane." source


Source: Main Street via Facebook


Source: Main Street via Facebook

Below is the beautiful oak tree during the Holidays after the traditional lighting ceremony.





As a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate and a member of the Miami Realtor Association, I have access to very detailed neighborhood reports. Below are some Housing Stats and Charts for the Town of Miami Lakes.



Report updated 5/22/2015


Would you like to receive a complete (and most recent) report on the Town of Miami Lakes? Call or text me and I will send it to you! (305) 306-7677

Monday, May 18, 2015

Fisher Island Zip Code Has Third Highest Average Income in America

According to a new map from data compiled by the credit company Experian, my absolute favorite place to live - FISHER ISLAND - has the 3rd highest average income in America.


Growing up as a teenage girl in the 80s, I was convinced that 90210 had to be the wealthiest zip code in America. Back then, I couldn't have imagined that Florida one day would match the glitz and glamour of California, or even New York. But times do change. Florida not only has surpassed New York as the Nation's Third Most Populous State, but Miami's own Fisher Island (33109) is now the third-wealthiest zip code in America!



This very exclusive island - FISHER ISLAND - can only be accessed by yacht or seaplane, or a private round-the-clock car ferry. Residents and guests are greeted by the island's exotic birds like the colorful peacocks that parade around as its protectors.



These colorful creatures even have Bernard Lackner, CEO of Fisher Island Club, tweeting about them.



The exclusivity and tranquility of its private pools and beaches; with its own restaurants and nightlife, it is no wonder the wealthiest people in the world are purchasing their very own luxurious property in 33109.



Wealthiest ZIP Codes in America

If you live anywhere in the world and are looking to purchase property in Miami, Florida my team can help! (305) 306-7677

Friday, May 15, 2015

A New Chapter With Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate


Last week, I had a meeting with the President-Elect of the Miami Association of Realtors. I was so impressed with her. She is an amazing person… and I love that she is a voracious reader. We met at her Coldwell Banker office in Hollywood (FL). Long story short, I’ve decided to align myself with the Coldwell Banker brand.



One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from my client Lipton Toyota is the importance of brand loyalty. The Toyota brand is second to none in brand trust and brand recognition. The Coldwell Banker brand, in my opinion, evokes a similar kind of brand loyalty. Working with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate makes me proud. I can confidently say that I’m a Realtor at a company with offices in 51 countries and territories, and a reputation for quality service that dates back to 1906.


Tufel Media Digital Marketing LLC is still going strong. By leveraging my time with a team of such tremendously talented individuals, and with the incredible resources available from a premier real estate organization, I expect to provide an unprecedented level of customer service to ALL of my clients.


If you or anyone you know is looking to buy a new home, sell your house or relocate, give me a call. (305) 306-7677



Friday, April 4, 2014

Supporting Jim Wahlberg On His Boston Marathon Run

I am so excited to promote this! 

Jim Wahlberg, who attends a local Church that is near and dear to my heart (you can see the Church in the video below), is running the 2014 Boston Marathon to raise $100,000 to benefit the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester.

Please consider joining Lipton Toyota in supporting Jim Wahlberg's run. You can donate at https://www.fundraise.com/wahlberg.

This is a post I put together on my blog for Lipton Toyota. You can view my original post here.

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markwahlbergyouthfoundation.com
We, at Lipton Toyota, are very proud to support our friend, Jim Wahlberg’s 2014 Boston Marathon Run! 

Jim Wahlberg is a Film Producer and Executive Director of The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation. The Youth Foundation, named after his brother Mark Wahlberg, has an important mission to improve the quality of life for inner city youth through a working partnership with other youth organizations.

Lipton Toyota's donation to Jim’s Boston Marathon Run will benefit the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation as well as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester.

"Our goal is to remove and eliminate barriers that prevent youth from succeeding. Our mission is to assist youth in order to ensure that no child is limited or prevented from attaining their lifetime goal or dream due to financial circumstances. Through the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, we will provide financial and community support to assist in making the dreams and ultimate potential of inner city youth become a reality." — The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation


Established in 1974 as the Colonel Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is dedicated to making a positive impact on the youth and their families in the community.

The Boys & Girls Clubs Provide:
  • A safe place to learn and grow.
  • Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals.
  • Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences.
  • Hope and opportunity.

Jim Wahlberg is running the 2014 Boston Marathon to raise $100,000. If you would like join Lipton Toyota in supporting Jim's run, you can donate at https://www.fundraise.com/wahlberg.




The Boston Marathon is right around the corner, taking place on Monday, April 21st.

Join Lipton Toyota in cheering for Jim Wahlberg!


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Oh, and a quick side note... Have you watched the Wahlbergs' new show on A&E, Wahlburgers? It's very entertaining! I absolutely love their MOM! I'm a big Alma fan!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology, a post I put together for Lipton Toyota

Here's a cool blog post I put together for Lipton Toyota. You can view my original post on their website here and on their blogger here.

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Introducing the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV). The same hybrid technology at the heart of the Prius but with a hydrogen and fuel cell stack.

Oh, and it only emits WATER VAPOR.

With a driving experience that’s on par with a gasoline engine. It’s not just the next movement in automotive technology; it’s the next big movement towards a better future.



The Fuel Cell Vehicle is anticipated to have an EPA driving range rating of approximately 300 miles. And a refueling time as low as three minutes, which is roughly the same as a gasoline vehicle.




The Fuel Cell Vehicle is emission-free. As in no CO2, no greenhouse gas produced, no emissions. The only by-product is water vapor.



Hydrogen gas is fed into the fuel cell stack where it is combined with oxygen. The electricity produced by this chemical reaction is used to power the electric motor and to charge the battery.




It’s simple science. Our fuel cells generate electricity from hydrogen, a fuel that can be produced from a variety of renewable sources like solar and wind power.



Toyota has been working on hydrogen fuel cell technology for more than 20 years. How far has Toyota engineering come? What if YOUR car could provide power to your home during an emergency? When fully fueled, the Fuel Cell Vehicle has enough juice to power a small house for one week!



The Fuel Cell Vehicle hits US roads in 2015! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates!


source: http://www.toyota.com/fuelcell/


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Feel free to connect with them on Facebook and Twitter. I manage all their social media sites, and if you know me, you know I'll always follow back! Let's have a conversation over at Lipton Toyota. ;-)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Lipton Toyota: Where Are The Muppets Now?

Lipton Toyota: Where Are The Muppets Now? 

Have you wondered what the Muppets have been up to lately?
Here is a blog post I put together for Lipton Toyota. It's a recap of The Muppets road trip to the premier of their new movie, Muppets Most Wanted.

To view the entire post, click here. The Muppets are so adorable! I'm sure you'll find really fun photos to pin for your Pinterest!



Saturday, September 21, 2013

Using Pinterest as a business.

As a social media manager and speaker, I teach my clients the difference between using Pinterest as a consumer and using Pinterest as a brand and a business.

If you're using Pinterest as a brand, you should be sharing high quality content that others will love and want to share. This is very different from using Pinterest as a consumer and re-pinning other people's pins just for fun.

"Re-pinning" as a business is okay, but when you are re-pinning make sure you make it part of your strategy.  It shouldn't be the only way you share on Pinterest. As a business, it is crucial that you provide your followers with unique and original pins.

I'd love to connect with you on Pinterest. Follow my personal account as well as my client accounts. We follow back!

http://www.pinterest.com/lilitufel/
http://www.pinterest.com/albumcrafters/

http://www.pinterest.com/albumcrafters/weddings/

http://www.pinterest.com/adeleanddenise/

http://www.pinterest.com/adeleanddenise/luxury-listings/


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Build Your Dreams!

If you don't build your dreams,

someone else will hire you to build theirs.



Monday, August 5, 2013

Mark Harrow Private Investigator Mysteries




There is a piece of all of us in Mark Harrow PI‬. How many times have you asked yourself if what your doing for a living was worth it? How many times had you considered moving into something else, for any reason? 

Mark Harrow is college graduate who had once pursued the dream of making a living in civil engineering. In the course of that quest, he got fired a few times, quit some other non-producing positions, married once and went through a divorce. His world was a roller coaster of success and defeat. He toughed it out all the way to age 38 when he decided to chuck it all and become a private investigator, something he wanted to do for himself, not what society, friends or family thought he should be doing.

The Torrance File is a slick, sexy ‪#‎whodunnit‬ featuring plenty of plot twists and turns. 

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Torrance-Private-Investigator-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00CZ2J2YG/

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Torrance-Private-Investigator-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00CZ2J2YG/file

Saturday, February 9, 2013

An afternoon with Lili Tufel learning to make money with social media



Business owners, entrepreneurs, moms and dads who want to learn more about social media and how you can make money by converting online followers into clients. 


Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 2 - 5PM
2642 W 84th Street
Hialeah, FL 33016
Near Palmetto Hospital
 Click to get directions

I will share an afternoon teaching you step-by-step my easy-to-apply secrets. 

Who is Lili Tufel? I am the author of SAND: The Colonel's Daughter. My action adventure novel hit #1 on Amazon US, Amazon UK and Amazon France. I have an entrepreneurial spirit, a sales background and a love for teaching. I’m a mom. I home-schooled my kids for 3 years and I continue to teach and mentor teenagers at my church. I helped manage a company that was sold to an e-commerce business for millions of dollars. I’ve been a Realtor and have listed and sold a million-dollar-home in nine days. Currently, I'm the owner of Tufel Media, the trusted social media content manager for small businesses. Click here to view our client portfolio. 

Are you looking for a career change? Have you ever thought about becoming a social media consultant for small businesses? This class is for you. 

Do you already have a product or service and are looking to reach more clients? This class is for you. 

I'll show you how to optimize your accounts on different platforms: 


  • LinkedIn I'll show you my method to getting so many endorsements and connections. 
  • Twitter How I reached 16,000+ followers in a short period of time and how I've turned followers into paying clients. 
  • Facebook I'll walk you step by step in building a Business Page that is compliant with Facebook rules and builds your branding. 
  • Wordpress Blogging made easy. I will show you the pattern set by the best bloggers online. I will go over both platforms, Worpress and Blogger. You don't need to spend thousands of dollars on a website. I'll show you how you can do it yourself. 
  • Google+ Optimizing your posts. I'll go over the difference with Google local pages. 
  • Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr I will go over branding and the importance of tags. 
  • Beginner's Photoshop You don't need to be a graphic designer to learn the basics. 
  • Do's and Don'ts, safety, etiquette 

It is important that you don't feel overwhelmed. Once you understand the different platforms, you will be able to make a more informed decision. And you'll know which social networks you want to focus on according to your niche. 

Bring pen and paper, your smart phone, your laptop! Be ready to take lots of notes! 

Seating is limited! Reserve your seat now.



$137 Only $97 if you register early.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Relating to Your Audience through Sports



Relating to Your Audience through Sports

By John Enfield




This year, I watched the Super Bowl online and was amazed at the major role that social media played in the experience. In all of the pre-game hype and build-up, one thing struck me especially: the CBS Sports Twitter poster said that over five million tweets had been posted about the game that day and the game hadn’t even started yet. I’m sure that at least five million and more tweets went out during and after the game. On top of that... read the entire blog post here.

John Enfield is Social Media Manager at Tufel Media and manages accounts for a variety of businesses. He is Chapter Master of Clark County Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures Guild in Las Vegas. He’s a computer tech, horticulturalist, movie buff and bookworm.

Follow him on Twitter at @dukethepcdr


A note from Lili Tufel:

Hi there! 

I just want to jump in here and thank John for being an amazing contributor to the Tufel Media blog. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to fill out our contact form. 

I'd love for you to visit me on Twitter and say hello. I look forward to hearing from you. You can find me at: @Lili_Tufel 

Talk to you soon! God bless.

Thursday, January 31, 2013



Getting Ready for Graph Search on Facebook: 

Privacy Part 2 

by John Enfield



The Timeline and Tagging features of Facebook will become even more important once Graph Search is made widely available. What Graph Search is able to see will depend on what relationship the user has with you through Facebook (public, friend or friend of friend) and on the settings of your Facebook Account.  


Let’s take a look at the settings 
that you can change on your Facebook Account 
to take control of what people will find.

Click here to read the full article.

John Enfield is Social Media Manager at Tufel Media, managing accounts for a variety of businesses.

Follow him on Twitter at @dukethepcdr

Monday, January 28, 2013

Why You Might Be Breaking Facebook Rules And Not Know It



Here's an excerpt from my guest blog post:

Thank you so much, Linda for inviting me to be your first guest blogger. I am truly honored. Linda and I met while we were both indie publishing our first novel. She went on to publish again and continues to write regularly. I’ve taken a different path. I started a new business, Tufel Media. I still consider myself a writer and will always write because it’s embedded in my genes, yet I’ve not published my second novel and my writing has slowed quite a bit. After some reflection, I realized that this one thing, the business of writing books doesn’t define me. I have an entrepreneurial spirit, a sales background, a love for teaching. I’m a mom. I homeschooled my kids.  I continue to teach at my church. I helped manage a company that was sold to an e-commerce business for millions of dollars. I’ve been a Realtor and have listed and sold a million-dollar-home in nine days. There are so many other elements that make me who I am. Social Media is second nature to me. I found that because I was able to navigate social networks with ease, I could help others who were struggling. After trying to help a few business owners, I found that they’d rather pay me to do the work for them. And that’s how Tufel Media began.


Find out how you might be breaking Facebook rules and not know it. Check out the entire post here...

Friday, January 25, 2013

Getting Ready for Graph Search on Facebook: Privacy


Getting Ready for Graph Search on Facebook:
Privacy

by John Enfield

Have you heard about the new update coming to Facebook? It’s called ‘Graph Search’ and it is being beta tested with small groups of desktop PC users first, but will eventually be available to everyone. You can sign up to be on the waiting list for the beta test by going to https://www.facebook.com/about/graphsearch, but in the meantime, you can adjust your account settings so that you will have some control over who finds you with Graph Search.

With Graph Search coming out, it is important to go to each Page you have created in your Facebook account (they are listed on the left side of the main screen you see after you log in under the heading “Pages” and below the “Favorites” and “Adverts” headings) and make sure that the information in the “About” and “Map” sections of your pages, especially the business-related ones, is complete, current and accurate. The more accurate it is, the more easily people will find your page. This is also where a professional media manager can help by making the ‘About’ put your best foot forward. This is what people first see when they consider ‘Liking’ your page.

This is a two part blog. In the first part, we’ll look at changing the basic privacy settings. Part two will be about changing Timeline and Tagging settings.

Part 1: Adjusting your Facebook Privacy

After you log in, look at the blue bar across the top of your Facebook pane check out the full post here. 

John Enfield is Social Media Manager at Tufel Media and manages accounts for a variety of businesses.

Follow him on Twitter at @dukethepcdr