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“Your subcontractors were great. Each tradesman and vendor was reliable, professional and organized. Every time we visited the house we saw steady progress and a super clean work site. During the renovation, and even after we moved in, several of our new neighbors stopped by to compliment the renovation, and to thank us for the clean and organized work site.

We are so happy with how the house came out, and the fantastic work that Oxford Universal did. This wasn’t our first experience with renovating, but it certainly was the best. We can’t thank you enough for the honest, professional and personalized service and attention to our project.

– Michael and Wendy Elkin, 630 Camilo Avenue

“I have worked with Eduardo since 2003 and in the countless projects we have worked on together, I have always admired his open book fairness and steady demeanor. When combined with his company’s ability to manage and deliver exemplary construction quality within the timelines he has estimated, Eduardo is the key ingredient for a successful build. Our mutual projects have completed with numerous accolades, awards and most importantly, happy clients that we both maintain friendships with to this day.

– Jason Adams, STRANG Architecture

“Upon my first meeting with Lolly, I told her my housing needs. She is very perceptive and knowledgeable of the Grove market. She zero’d in on the perfect place for me in a matter of a few hours. Very impressive professional realtor!

-John Siegel

Lolly is very professional and doesn’t waste your time. She identifies key steps to get your property rented/sold and advises on that in order to save the property owner time and money. I wholeheartedly recommend Lolly!

-Jackie Valldejuli.

“I am so incredibly grateful for your very generous gift to Miami Waterkeeper today in honor of Give Miami Day, as well as all that you do for the organization year-round. I am humbled by your generosity and continued support of our work. We are so thrilled to have you in our corner.”

– Rachel Silverstein, Ph.D.
Executive Director & Waterkeeper

“We had an excellent experience with Grove Properties and will definitely be recommending their services. Our agent, Mitchell, was highly professional and had our best interest in mind at all times.”

– Connie Kress

“Awesome experience and made a typically painful process of buying a home a pleasant transaction. Came to Melanie with a request to sell my house, find me a new one…all while I awaited the birth of my first child. Went above and beyond to meet my timeline, and prep the house to go on the market and followed it with a aggressive showing schedule that led to multiple offers within the first week. Melanie guarded my families best interest at all times, even if that meant passing on a quick sale and holding off for better. I would absolutely use Grove Properties and Melanie again and I’ve already referred them to others.”

-Brad Hobbs

“We recently purchased a home and Melanie was our broker. We looked in many neighborhoods and at many properties while educating ourselves about this new-to-us market. Throughout this lengthy and admittedly frustrating process Melanie’s patience, professionalism, attention to detail – and sense of humor (this is important) were remarkable. When it came to our chosen house, without Melanie this challenging transaction would have never been accomplished despite our own interest to buy, and the seller’s desire to sell. An extra bonus was that Melanie also helped us with our walk through and the return of our security deposit (from a reluctant landlord) in the apartment we were renting.
Without any reservation, I highly recommend working with Melanie Elder as your broker.”

– Nina Dmitrieff

“Sean and Melanie: The Palmetto Bay property is the eighth property I have bought and of all the real estate professionals I have dealt with, both of you, are by far the best. A credit to yourselves and to Grove Properties. I will recommend you far and wide. The past six months have not been easy and I swear I would have rented had I known at the onset how long and arduous the process was going to be. I appreciated the fact that I never once felt like I was being pressured into a property in order to “be done with it”. Your opinions and explanations on indoor and outdoor design (and plantings) were also invaluable.”

– David Joblin

“Melanie works until the job is done ….I’m tough to please… she’ll find what’s for you…no matter what…She showed me many, many condos till I found what I wanted… wow … such devotion”

– Angela Salas

“I feel so lucky to have had Melanie help me find the perfect home! I was an out-of-town buyer and her help was invaluable. She knew the area well and was great about showing me places that were right for me. Melanie was also very knowledgeable when it came to the cost of any needed repairs or improvements. When we needed something done on the house, she arranged for, met and supervised all work. Melanie was even kind enough to pick up my mail for me between the time I purchased and when I moved.”

– Christine Discenza

“For a family coming from New York, dealing with real estate in Florida is quite a challenge. Melanie Elder was our third agent in a month period. We were very happy with Melanie’s professionalism and personal attention. She is a first class real estate professional. We received her personal attention on a daily basis. She was always available for questions, and made us feel like we were her only client. She is gifted, talented and knows her market. We found our home within 10 days . We were totally impressed and would recommend Melanie to anyone who wants to find their dream home quickly and not leave money on the table.”

– Bojana Brkovic

“Melanie was so responsive and knew the market better than anyone. Within 2 months of talking with her we had closed on our place. We are so happy! I would highly recommend this agent and your company.”

– Pam Uguccioni

“My wife and I have worked with Oxford/Marcelo and his group for many years in his capacity as a builder and real estate agent.  Besides being a talented, efficient and moral partner in the different deals we’ve been involved with, he and his group have made the process of renovation, buying, and renting exciting and fun.”

– Dr. Kenneth Broad & Dr. Amy Clement

“I have known Marcelo and the Fernandes family for over 30 years. In 2001, I decided to ignore the saying, “you should never do business with friends” and our family contracted with Oxford Universal to build our home on Alfonso Avenue. Not only was our home built ahead of schedule, below budget and the quality and details far exceed our expectations, but our friendship grew stronger. In 2009, I once again turned to Oxford to gut and completely remodel another home. Again, the experience was the same and I love my new house! I encourage anyone who is looking to buy, sell, or build a new home to call Marcelo Fernandes.”

– Ms. Galia Pennekamp

“[ Marilda ] We want to thank you for your generous amount of time (2 days) you devoted to us for our search in the Miami area. We made a special trip and you always kept us informed about the itinerary including times and locations. It was a tight schedule and I think you showed us at least 20 condos, some of our choosing and the more appropriate ones were your suggestions.  You answered all of our questions and your knowledge of the area is extensive. You spent time driving to various parts of Miami to orient us and provide perspective. I recommend you to anybody looking for a true professional and please, feel free to use my name and contact info.  Thank you for everything, ” 

– Robert Schultz

“ [ Marilda ]  Estamos muito contentes com a nossa aquisicao e principalmente, por ter tido a sua assistencia imbativel. Foi o destino ter comprado um imovel tao gostoso e mais que tudo, estar construindo nesta fase da vida, uma amizade duradoura.”

 – Elisabete Nordskog Vallandro Do Valle

“MARILDA FERNANDES has been an amazing and relentless help for us to find initially a home to buy, but then to rent. She has gone miles out of her way to please us and has been very patient to try to understand our needs, likes, interests and objects in finding a suitable and nice home. Marilda is not only a great and hard working professional, but a warm and wonderful person to know. She has my highest recommendations. Thank you Marilda.”

 – Nicole Kasten

Ms [Marilda ] Fernandes and Grove Properties were instrumental in helping me acquire my home in 2008 and they provided the same service and expertise in helping me to sell the same house in 2015. Should I need a real estate agent and company in the Miami area I will certainly come back to Marilda Fernandes and Grove Properties.”


 – Rod Sherenco

“My husband and I used Marcelo to buy our first house in Miami. We were living in NY at the time and spent almost 6 months back and forth with Marcelo. We looked at countless homes. He was always a professional and a calming force during a stressful time. He found us the perfect home and then did the renovation on it as well. We could not have been happier. In fact, we used him for the sale of our home recently, and will absolutely use him when we are ready to buy or build next time around. I cannot say enough positive things about Marcelo, Oxford and Grove Properties. A true find in a very large and sometimes questionable business.”

 – Kimberly Rodriguez

“My wife and I purchased our first home in C. Grove from Marcelo 9 years ago when we moved back to Miami from NYC. He and his Company then helped renovate and project manage what was to become our home for the next 8 years. Marcelo did such a good job that he just finished selling this home for us. He and his family are wonderful, professional, smart and honest people to work with. There aren’t many like this in Miami. We would highly recommend Marcelo and Grove Properties to anyone wishing to buy, sell, build and/or renovate their home.”

– Eddie Rodriguez

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