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Real estate-reveal event draws insiders looking for insights

Miami Herald real estate reporter Rene Rodriguez interviews the members of the Melo Group – brothers Carlos and Martin and their father Jose Luis Ferreira de Melo at the MIami Herald’s Pulse on Residential Real Estate event Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.
Miami Herald real estate reporter Rene Rodriguez interviews the members of the Melo Group – brothers Carlos and Martin and their father Jose Luis Ferreira de Melo at the MIami Herald’s Pulse on Residential Real Estate event Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.

What’s Miami’s next hot neighborhood? Miami real-estate pros discussed that and other predictions for residential real estate in the year ahead at a Miami Herald-hosted event Wednesday in Coral Gables.

“Taking the Pulse of Residential Real Estate” spotlighted key results from the 2018 Real Estate Reveal survey of developers, industry watchers, and Realtors. It is conducted annually by Miami-based polling firm Bendixen & Amandi.

The morning kicked off with a keynote chat with the father-son principals of the Melo Group, which has helped reshape the Miami skyline since the family relocated from Argentina in 2001.

It was followed by the Real Estate Reveal discussion, led by Bendixen & Amandi principal Fernand Amandi and special-projects director Anthony Williams. Panelists were condo specialist Alicia Cervera LaMadrid, managing partner of Cervera Real Estate; Lynda Fernandez, senior vice president of the Miami Realtors Association; and Ned Murray, associate director of the Florida International University Metropolitan center.

About 150 real-estate professionals attended the event, which was sponsored by Merrick Manor and held at its Coral Gables’ sales gallery.

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