More Miami Luxury Real Estate: Aston Martin and The WorldCenter

November 9, 2016 § Leave a comment

Miami has long been known as a prime market for luxury real estate. Despite the most recent turmoil in the city’s luxury market, the general trend is an increase in Miami real estate valuations. This is by in large due to the market’s adapatation to a new wave of buyers. Two new additions to the skyline are set to make their appearance in the coming years. Here’s a look at them.

The Aston Martin Residences

Aston Martin designs cars and yachts, did you know that they are also in the architecture game?

In 2014, the Coto family of Argentina purchased a small site of land off of the Miami River. At the time and still to this day, the land is regarded as the highest price per sq. ft. of undeveloped land in South Florida. Now on that land a new luxury property is set to be built; one that will join the ranks of Porsche, Armani, Fendi, and Missoni-backed properties in the city; one that will be built in partnership with Aston Martin.

You might know of Aston Martin as the producer of James Bond’s cars in every Bond movie since Goldfinger or maybe you already own one of their cars yourself?  In partnership with Coto, Aston Martin will be building the Aston Martin Residences—a 66-story condo tower replete with fitness centers, multiple lobbies, and a spa. It’s part of the companies initiative to be present “in all of the cities where it’s important to be,” says Katia Bassi, vice president of the company.

Signifying the city’s inextricable ties to the ocean, the skyscraper’s sail-shaped form was conceived by local firm Revuelta Architecture in collaboration with Argentina-based Bodas Miani Anger.

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The Coto family, the Argentinian backer of the project is banking on three things working in the developments favor: brand appeal, an excellent location right on the Miami River and Biscayne Bay, and the ability of the Coto family to finance the project without a construction loan…

For the full blog, go to RaananKatzMiami.net.

Think Miami, Think Architecture: Part 1

October 12, 2016 § Leave a comment

Florida is a puree of a number of cultures. In many ways, it is a microcosm of the United States. People from all over the world have contributed to the state’s history: native peoples, originally; eventually the Spanish, French, and English; later on the Caribbean and African slaves that were brought to work on the land; and now a large population of immigrants from all across Latin America. No city epitomizes this fusion of cultures better than Miami, which magically sprang out of nothing at the dawn of the 20th century to become the booming metropolis it is today. In Miami one can find colorful tropical buildings, concrete government bastions, glimmering skyscrapers, structures with their roots very much in Spanish heritage, and of course the head-turning Art Deco that Miami has grown to be known for.

Over the years I’ve grown to be fond of a number of buildings throughout Miami that really stick out to me as being representative of the city. Here is a list of some of my favorites…

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Knowing the Buyer: Part 1

September 7, 2016 § Leave a comment

If you’re going to make it anywhere in real estate, you have to understand how to interact with your potential buyers. They are more than just dollar signs. They are human beings that need your help. You need to do everything you can to help them. Easier said than done! Here’s are several things to keep in mind when confronting a buyer.

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Never Underestimate

You should strive to have as good of a relationship as you can with your buyers. After all, trust is essential to any any real estate success. The thing is that many other real estate agents will be trying to build up that same level of trust with your buyer. Seldom will you be the sole agent that a buyer is peaking with…

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Achieving Success through Grit, Goals, and Gratefullness

August 2, 2016 § Leave a comment

When I first started RK Centers many years ago, it was just me, an investment of funds that I had earned through my basketball career, and an idea. Today RK Centers is one of the largest commercial real estate companies on the East Coast. How did I get from where I started to where I am now? No doubt a lot of factors went into it: persistence, grit, commitment, a dedication to putting tenants first, and no small amount of luck. Looking back at the success I’ve had, one thing sticks out as absolutely critical. Goals. This isn’t some trite inspiration soundbite. It’s the honest to god truth. Creating goals, writing them down, looking at them every day, and keeping them in mind has been absolutely essential to achieving what I have…

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A look at some of the greatest #miamihea

July 7, 2016 § Leave a comment

A look at some of the greatest #miamiheat players of all time http://raanankatz.net/2016/07/07/top-4-miami-heat-players-of-all-time/ http://ow.ly/i/l0sL0

Top 4 Players in Miami Heat History

May 11, 2016 § Leave a comment

The Miami Heat are a successful NBA franchise that has seen many great players wear the red and black uniform. Since being founded in 1988, they have won three NBA Championships and are are looking to add another one to their trophy case this season. Below you will find the top four players in Miami Heat history.

Lebron James

Even though the King returned to his hometown last season, he is still recognized as one of the best players to ever put on a Miami Heat uniform. During his four years with the team he lead them to four straight NBA Finals appearances, winning 2 of them. Jame also won two regular season and Finals MVP’s to go along with his impressive championship rings. 

Dwyane Wade

The former Marquette star was drafted by the Miami Heat as the 5th pick in 2003 NBA Draft and since then he been nothing short of greatness. He is the Heat’s all-time leader in points, assists, steals and free throws. In 2006, Dwyane Wade led the Miami heat to their first ever NBA Championship and in my opinion was one of the greatest individual Finals performances I have ever seen. He averaged an astonishing 35 points a game to defeat the Dallas Mavericks in six games. Wade has won three NBA Championships to go along with a Finals MVP, NBA scoring title, and 12 All-Star Game selections. An impressive resume to say the least. When he retires, he will go down as one of the best players to ever play the for Heat.

Alonzo Mourning

Morning was a fan favorite in the ten seasons he played for the franchise. His passion and heart for the game of basketball was never unnoticed.  This guy gave it his all each and every time he stepped foot the hardwood.  The dominant center won consecutive Defensive Player of The Year awards with Heat and is the Franchise leader in blocks with 1, 625. In 2009, his number 33 was retired in the rafters in front of a sell-out crowd at American Airlines Arena.

Tim Hardaway

Hardway only spent five seasons in South Beach, but they were truly special. Hardway was known for his incredible ball handling skills as he had one of the best crossovers in the game. In his first season he led the Heat to their best season in franchise history at the time with 61 wins. His number 10 was also hung in the rafters due to his incredible play with the Miami Heat Organization.

Raanan Katz on Miami Heat History

March 31, 2016 § Leave a comment

During the mid-1980s, the National Basketball Association (NBA) decided to increase the number of teams playing the game. As part of a two-phase league expansion that took place between 1988 and 1990, the NBA introduced the Orlando Magic, the Charlotte Hornets, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Miami Heat. It cost each franchise $32.5 million to enter the arena.During its first five campaigns, the Miami Heat did not have a winning season, although it remained close to a “break even” point for most of those years.
The team hit a milestone during the 1991-1992 season when it made the playoffs, but it lost to theMichael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls. Fourteen years later, the Miami Heat reached another important marker as it won its first NBA Championship under head coach PatRiley. In 2012, with star player Lebron James, the club repeated this feat and defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder to again become league champions.
About the Author:An Israeli basketball player, Raanan Katz aspired to join the NBA. After spending sometime with the Atlantic City Sea Gulls, Katz focused his career on property development, establishing RK Centers. In 1986, he became one of the original owners of the Miami Heat and continues to support the team as a Limited Partner.