Douglas Elliman Names Jay Philip Parker CEO of Florida Brokerage


Douglas Elliman Real Estate announced today that Jay Phillip Parker, a prominent Florida attorney and real estate entrepreneur, has been named CEO of Douglas Elliman’s Florida brokerage. With a strong background in lending, financing, and title insurance, Mr. Parker is the founding partner of Clear Title Group LLC, a partner in the Law Firm Beloff Parker Jacobs, PLC,  and Managing Partner of Titan Capital, a direct lender with offices in Miami, New York, and Connecticut.

Ms. Grout, who helped to lead Elliman’s foray into South Florida as President  & CEO of the Florida Brokerage for more than three years, will continue to be part of the Douglas Elliman family through her new position at the firm’s parent company, New Valley LLC.

With approximately 250 agents and a presence from Miami to Palm Beach, Douglas Elliman’s Florida Brokerage facilitated a number of high-end and record-setting transactions including Miami-Dade’s most expensive single family home sale in history – the $47 Million estate at Indian Creek, the largest condo bulk buy at the prestigious St. Regis Bal Harbour ($26.4M), and a 27-unit bulk buy at Midtown Miami ($11.4M). The brokerage also represents exclusive sales and marketing teams for prominent new developments including Allan Faena’s Faena House, Ian Schrager’s The Residences at the Miami Beach Edition, and the Disney family fund’s Palau Sunset Harbor.

About Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Douglas Elliman Real Estate is New York’s largest residential brokerage, with over 70 offices in New York CityLong Islandthe Hamptons ,Westchester/Putnam, and South Florida  and more than 4,000 real estate agents and a network of national and international affiliates. They are strategic partners with London-based Knight Frank LLP for residential business in all of their New York markets. Douglas Elliman ranked in the top four of all real estate companies in the nation in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. The company also controls a portfolio of real estate and homeowner services, including Manhattan’s largest residential property manager, Douglas Elliman Property Management, as well as DE Title and DE Capital Mortgage.

Miami Small Urban Buildings: Course, Book (Free!), Exhibit, Bus Tour, Presentation…

Source: Townhouse Center

Source: Townhouse Center

This comes to us via Andrew Frey, Executive Director, the Townhouse Center (via Knight Blog)

Jason Chandler, a licensed architect and an associate professor at Florida International University, writes about a joint studio course with the not-for-profit Townhouse Center that is supported by Knight Foundation.

Miami has built to the sky and horizon with towers and subdivisions but lacks neighborhoods of a middle scale. In other cities—like Boston’s North End or New York’s West Village—those places are often the most vibrant. To help Miami start developing such neighborhoods, Knight Foundation funded an architecture studio course at the Florida International University School of Architectureabout the neighborhood building block: small, adaptable buildings.

This spring semester, students visited and documented small urban buildings in downtown Miami and Savannah, Ga. Then each student designed a new, small, adaptable prototype for Miami. The effort produced more than 100 designs, which have been curated into a book, “Infill Housing.”

The course and book were produced in collaboration with Townhouse Center, a not-for-profit that promotes urban neighborhood development.

“‘Infill Housing’ is an easy-to-follow roadmap of how Miami can draw from the past to develop the small, adaptable buildings that add up to great middle-scale neighborhoods,” said Andrew Frey, Townhouse Center’s executive director.

During the visits to downtown Miami and Savannah, students experienced how small-scale infill buildings create resilient urban environments. The Savannah visit took students far out of the studio, to places and buildings that they had never seen before. Immersing students in cities so that they can experience buildings in person is critical to architecture education. It teaches students to “see” architecture and to appreciate its scale, materials, use and context.

“Infill Housing” was published after two months of culling, editing and formatting. It begins with student drawings of their inspiration—the small urban buildings in Miami and Savannah—and continues with their new designs, interspersed with photos of the students at work in Miami and Savannah. It provides a clear vision of what the students produced and experienced and is available in paperback or as a free e-book.”

Chandler and Frey will present the book at a LAB Miami book talk on Oct 10 at 7 p.m.  The students’ work will be exhibited at BFI in Miami from Nov. 1-17.  Chandler and Frey will lead one of BFI’s Weird Miami bus tours on Nov. 10, taking riders through exemplary—but sometimes overlooked—Miami urban neighborhoods. To register please click here:


Proposals Are In For Prime Overtown Real Estate

All Aboard Florida and BDB Miami have put together their own proposals for a prime piece of real estate that sits within close proximity of the proposed All Aboard Florida station in Overtown. The developers will present their proposals on Wednesday September 4 from 5pm-7pm at Camillus House.

 Here are the respective proposals:

All Aboard Florida
BDB Miami

The SEOPW CRA shall host a public presentation of the top two ranked proposal received in response to the CRA’s request for proposal No.13-002 development of Blocks 45 and 56.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 
5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Camillus House
1603 NW 7th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136


Attendees must stop at the security gate, press #001 and inform the guard you are attending the SEOPW CRA meeting. All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information please contact the SEOPW CRA office at (305) 679-6800 

Overtown CRA


Introduction to Urban Commercial Real Estate Development for Non-Developers


The University of Miami ‘s School of Architecture is offering a one-day introduction course to Urban Commercial Real Estate Development on Nov 16th from 9am-2pm:

Real estate developers orchestrate the talents of many team members and balance the interests of a variety of constituents. As a creator of the urban landscape, the developer must navigate the challenging waters of complex public policy, private needs and desires and the constant risks and responsibilities associated with building a superior environment.

This intensive introduction to real estate development will communicate the basic skills necessary to be a successful developer and examine the required capabilities. You will be asked to participate in discussions and share your ideas on the challenges of real estate development. This is an interactive seminar with your comments, questions and ideas as an essential ingredient. This seminar offers the keys to the core issues facing real estate developers today such as:

What type of developer do you want to be?

How developers make money
Assessing the real value of land
Understanding land use, zoning and other public policies
The keys to successful development
Managing risk
How to conduct a preliminary financial feasibility
Important financial terms and ratios
Key aspects of developing each property type
The integrated stages of development
The different types of leases
How to borrow money
Details of joint venture structures
Purchasing notes and distressed properties

Who should attend?
Real estate brokers and associates
Mortgage brokers
Financial advisors and planners
Public officials
Real estate owners
Property managers

Course Prerequisites

None.  This course is designed to be accessible to individuals with little to no experience with urban development.

 Learning Objectives

  • Identification and understanding of basic skills required for developers
  • Recognizing common pitfalls of urban commercial developers
  • Discovery and application of solutions to common problems


Stephen Nostrand, UM MRED+U Adjunct Professor

Stephen Nostrand is CEO of Colliers International’s South Florida office. Colliers is one of the largest global real estate service companies. Stephen followed in the footsteps of his family and joined the commercial real estate world 40 years ago. His dad spent 60 years with one of the largest commercial real estate companies in the northeast United States and his brother is a real estate developer in the mid-west. Mr. Nostrand has been involved in all aspects of the real estate business including development, leasing, sales, financing and managing. Mr. Nostrand is a professor in the Masters in Real Estate Development + Urbanism program at the University of Miami.


Private Sector $ 375
Group (3+ from same company) $ 325
Public Sector/Nonprofit $ 275
Students and Faculty* $ 175

* Student/faculty must provide copy of ID or class registration.

Required Materials

Optional: Calculator


Register and save $25 for early bird registration by November 1, 2013.
To pay by check/money order:
Click here to download registration form
To pay by credit card  click here.

* If you are paying by credit card, in order to receive early bird and other discounts, you must pay the full fee up front. Email to request refund with the proof of group, public sector, student/faculty.


University of Miami School of Architecture
1223 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146
Rinker Classroom (Click here for a map)
Parking Information