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June 11, 2018

New Office Building in Mirasol Town Square

 

New Office Building in Mirasol Town Square

 

A new three-story office building is going up as the final phase of the Mirasol Town Square in Palm Beach Gardens. This office building will be the seventh building at the property located near the PGA Boulevard exit of Florida's Turnpike. Built by John C Bills Properties, this 46,000 square-foot office at 11400 N. Jog Rd. will be asking $21 a square foot and is projected to be completed November 2018.

In addition, there are nearly 112,000 ft.² of offices under construction in the Palm Beach Garden area and with a vacant rate of just 7.3% and an asking rate of just over $29 a square foot, this will be a welcome addition.

Mirasol Town Square features condominiums and generates about $171,000 in annual revenues. Phase I and II was completed in 2012. There are currently 7 structures with 120,000 square feet of space in a two-story structure so this will be the tallest of all the buildings. 

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May 28, 2018

Past Sales Point to Successful Mirasol Real Estate Agent

Mirasol Country Club Homes

Knowing the communities around here is my specialty. As someone in authority might say, "I know Palm Beach County communities. Nobody knows the communities better than me." Okay, okay, that might be going a little too far, but there is something very important in knowing the communities, neighborhoods, the gated areas, and different details about homes, styles, and prices therein.

Mirasol Country Club Homes

It's important to me that when a customer comes and says here is what I want, I can point to several communities and narrow down the search within minutes. If you're looking for a waterfront home I would point you to Admirals Cove or someplace with boat docks and slips. If you're looking for luxury home on the golf course, I would point you to Mirasol or other golf course communities. Perhaps you're looking for golf membership, equity membership, or no homeowners dues at all; this is what I know. I can point you to the right community, area, and even the city for school districts, commute routes, location and amenities. This is the experience I carry with me through each and every transaction. Because I love this County and specifically Palm  Beach Gardens, Jupiter, and Singer Island, I can tell you the right building that would work for your budget, your needs, or the community that would be best suited to your lifestyle and your home price.

Mirasol Country Club Homes

"I'm amazed at how much Todd knows, not just about real estate but the Palm Beach County area. He knows all the gated communities, neighborhoods and commute routes so if you need a knowledgable agent, I think there's no one better in the area. HE is very versed is great negotiating skills and his  communication is excellent. I wouldn't think of hiring anyone else but Todd for this area."

Mirasol Country Club Homes

Take a look at some of the beautiful homes I have sold throughout Palm Beach County and specifically in the Mirasol country club.

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Mirasol Country Club Homes

When you need expert care, a knowledgeable real estate broker, and someone who truly cares about the type of home you need and stays within your budget, give me a call. I have worked with hundreds of buyers and sellers throughout Palm Beach County because this is my passion, I can get my buyers offer accepted even in competitive markets. If you are a seller, we will price the home competitively from the beginning, get the right offers on the table, and help you move on with your life in the most effective and efficient way possible.

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Posted in Mirasol
May 14, 2018

Mirasol Home Buyer - How Satisfied are Misarol Homeowners?

Mirasol COuntry Club

"Todd is an incredible real estate broker. He found our perfect home for us in Jupiter the first day we went looking. He really listened to what we were looking for and paid attention to all of the details. Todd is extremely knowledgeable about the market and was able to negotiate a great deal for my husband and me. His high energy, enthusiasm and business acumen made purchasing our home an extremely pleasant experience. He is also a great source of information for newcomers to the area as he gave us great suggestions on doctors, schools, and fabulous restaurants to visit. You won't find a more knowledgeable and professional broker in the Palm Beach Area."

Mirasol

Getting great reviews from awesome clients is what I live for! And if you plan on moving to Mirasol or the Palm Beach Gardens area anytime soon, I invite you to learn a little more about this beautiful community and our area.

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Mirasol

Mirasol is quickly becoming Palm Beach County's most popular community. It's even more popular than the newer communities of Alton and Sonoma Isles. The floor plans are great, lots are spacious, amenities abound and people just love it here!

 

Mirasol

I believe one of the main reasons people love Mirasol is its variety and location. Close to the beach, shopping, great dining (We have hundreds of amazing restaurants), entertainment and of course, our weather. You can get this Florida weather in any community, but Mirasol has the whole package. We have homes starting less than $400,000 all the way to $4 million estates on the water. It really has something for everyone!

Mirasol Homes

All Images here are from actual listed and sold properties in Mirasol. From beautiful estates on 1 acre to quaint properties less than 2,000 square feet. You still get all the perks and benefits from membership including golf options. Whether you want to live on the course, or be close to the clubhouse and restaurant, let's help you find the perfect Mirasol home.

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Posted in Mirasol
May 7, 2018

June 1 is Hurricane Season. Here's How You Can Be Prepared

Hurricane preparedness week is this week May 6 through the 12th and since hurricane season starts on June 1, here are some things you can do now to be prepared and aware of the upcoming season. While nobody likes to plan for the worse being prepared can give you a sense of security and peace knowing everyone in the family knows what to do. Here are some tips from the National Weather Service on how to prepare your home, your family, your pets, and your neighborhood in case of a hurricane.Prepare for the hurricane season

On average, about 12 tropical storms, six of which become hurricanes over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, or the Gulf of Mexico developed during the hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year. Most hurricane hazards include storm surge, which is the abnormal rise of seawater, and it can travel several miles inland along bays, rivers, and estuaries. Flooding from heavy rains can be possible and of course, winds, which can destroy buildings, homes, roofing material and other items left outside. Tornadoes can accompany a landfall tropical cyclone but it is rare. Dangerous ways can produce a tropical cyclone and waves can cause deadly rip currents, beach erosion, and damage to structures along the coastline. The two biggest issues usually include storm surge and storm tide, so let's talk about safety issues with these two situations.

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Storm Surge

Water goes where it wants to and it can breach levees, pound dams into rubble, and overtake seawalls. While it might seem impossible, there are things homeowners can do to minimize the impact of flooding. You can protect your home's foundation with sandbags. Place the sandbags not only around the foundation but also near in events or openings. Aluminum or glass flood panels around vents can also help.

Water will always travel to the lowest available point. Basements are usually the easiest and fastest places that flood and actually, basements were meant to flood in order to protect the rest of the house. If your neighborhood is prone to flooding of any type, it's important to elevate the furnace, water heater, and electrical panel. Seal basement walls with waterproof compounds and install backflow plugs and valves to prevent water from getting to the rest of the home. These devices can also stop toilets, baths, and seeks from becoming geysers of water. It's also important to know how to turn off the electricity and other utilities.

Consider Buying Flood Insurance.

Check with your homeowner's insurance policy. Most do not cover flooding. You may or may not be able to even get flood insurance if you are in a floodplain so check with your insurance company and find out about protecting your home in other ways than tangible.

Storm Tide

This is where the water level rises during a storm due to the combination of storm surge and the astronomical tide.

Evacuate.

If you receive an evacuation order because of a hurricane storm tide or storm surge, it's a good idea to get your most important belongings and get out sooner rather than later. Surges can even begin to rise a day before the actual storm hits, cutting off valuable escape routes. Don't risk it. It's simply not worth it.

The weather department will be monitoring the storm tides using four approaches for measuring the timing, magnitude, and duration of hurricane storm surge dynamics. They have real-time monitoring, rapid deployment gauges for temporary monitoring, and storm surge sensors. A storm tide sensor collects the water level and barometric pressure every 30 seconds for most sites. There are located on beaches with record wave height every two seconds. The sensors are strapped to bridge piers, power and light poles and other structures along the coastline. The data is able to study the surge flooding including wave height and visualize its interaction with coastal features.

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Posted in News
April 16, 2018

The Housing Market in Palm Beach County

The Housing Market in Palm Beach County

For years now Palm Beach County Florida has been an extremely hot market, especially after the recession of 2007. It's been one of the best places to reside or even have a second home with beautiful beaches and waterways. It's abundant and natural beauty and becomes very attractive to those that want to retire, on a vacation home, or simply enjoy the weather.

It's been growing for most of its modern existence fueled by new development that attracts not only families but retirees from across the country. Over the last 12 months, we've seen property increase steadily since 2012 and sellers are now above water when it comes to equity. Even in the wake of recent hurricanes, real estate transactions and new listings are remaining steadily balanced. Values are up 5% over last year and we anticipate an increase even greater throughout 2018.

Here are some basic stats for the Palm Beach County area:

  • The number of listings on the market is lower than one year ago.
  • The absorption rate is below five months (indicating a balanced market)
  • The sold to list ratio is about 93%
  • Median sales price is up 5%
  • And median list price is up 5% with the average list price of 8%

According to a recent article in My Palm Beach Post, we are still in a seller's market as Palm Beach County house prices slowly increase. The median home price of a single-family home was about $344,000, up 8% from 2017. The number of sales was down 2%, which usually means a decrease in inventory. Realtors counted about a five-month supply of homes according to the article as well and anything short of a six month supply is considered a seller's market. This means that if no more listings hit the market as of today it will take about five months for all listings to be sold. This is a great place to be for many sellers and while most of the market has been shifting to higher-priced homes, first-time homebuyers are still finding a magnitude of homes priced between $250,000 and $400,000. From $300,000 to over $1 million is the sweet spot and the sale of homes between $400,000 and $600,000 jump 19% over the past year. Mansions priced at more than $1 million increased 16%. Condos also rose slightly with the highest price condos being some of the longest listings on the market. A typical condo priced between $600,000 and $1 million took an average about 175 days to sell.

Currently as of April 2016, the median sales price of $739,000. The home value index is about $270,000.

If you're planning on selling or even buying throughout Palm Beach County it's important to understand what's going on in the market so they can make informed decisions and not undervalue or overprice your home. As a buyer, it's important to understand how the market is going so that you know when to buy and how much to offer.

For more information on Palm Beach County, real estate, and the housing market browse my website and view all market updates for different cities throughout Palm Beach County or simply give me a call today.

Posted in Real Estate
April 6, 2018

The 2 Major Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

Most people don't think about buying a house until someone else mentions how easy it is. We tend to think in one perspective until someone else points out another. For instance, I remember a Disneyland commercial several years ago where they literally gave you the cost of a Disney vacation for a family of four. They said it was about $1200 for everything, the hotel, the flight, and entrance to the park. You see a mom and dad looking at the computer and then at each other saying, "well we could do that". When we don't know how much something costs we think that it's more than we can afford. But when you actually see the costs and you understand the process, it makes it much more obtainable. For instance, considering buying a half a million-dollar home light seem crazy but when you price it out as a $2500 a month mortgage payment, it might sound much more obtainable, especially if you are paying that it rent anyway. Or, if you're paying less, jumping up a few hundred dollars might not seem that bad.The 2 Major Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

I firmly believe that we are scared of what we don't know. The more we know, the more unafraid we become of it and more confident we become in general. Because of that, here are two major myths the tend to be holding back homebuyers.

#1. You need a 20% down payment.

Unless you are a repeat buyer and have a huge chunk of equity to put down on another home, most first-time homebuyers don't have the 20%. We are often unaware of the option to take out low down payment mortgages. Only 19% of consumers believe lenders would make loans with a down payment of 5% or less and over 30% of homebuyers think that lenders expect the 20% down payment. But, this is just not the case. There are so many different options out there nowadays where you can have a 3.5% down payment and even then there are options to help with the down payment. Don't let the 20% scare you. Find out what you can afford by talking to a lender.

#2. You need a 780 FICO score or higher.

This is also not the case. You don't have to have perfect credit to buy a house. 53% of homebuyers actually fall between 600 and 750 on the credit score scale. Only 12% of homebuyers are over 800. Most can get a great loan even if you have a credit score less than 700. Don't let this number frighten you. Even if you've had bankruptcies, short sales, or foreclosures in the past, the timeframe for reapplying is getting shorter and shorter. The only way to find out is to talk to a lender about your options. Most are happy to help you set up a plan to get your credit score back on track and offer you great down payment options.

Again, the more we don't know the more it scares us so educating yourself and finding out exactly what you can afford might really surprise you. Give me a call today and let's discuss your options.

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Posted in Real Estate
March 22, 2018

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of New Construction

New construction is everywhere across Florida and because we are one of the hottest real estate markets in the country, new construction is inevitable. People always want the newest and the best and especially if they can be the first one in a new home, all the better… Or is it? Yes, new construction means no one else has lived in this home prior to you moving in and you have the newest and shiniest of everything but is that enough to make new construction more valuable then resale homes?

Before jumping in on a new construction home it's important to understand the pros and cons to a new construction.The Good, Bad, and Ugly of New Construction

#1. Everything is new. Obviously. When you get a brand-new home it's built just for you and no one else's lived in it before. You also have the newest materials, appliances, finishes and fixtures.

#2. No one else has tested it. It's like getting a brand-new car, no one else has worked out the kinks or bugs yet. So even though you have a brand-new dishwasher it could be a lemon. Maybe that faucet needed to be recalled or that material wasn't really what you had in mind. Buying new construction means you are the first one testing all of these new things out.

#3. Are you buying a model home or custom designing one? Depending on when you get into the buying process of a new home, you could be designing it custom from the ground up or you could get in on the tail end of construction. New homes in Alton and Sonoma Isles are not only being built to customers but tracked homes are being built as well. How custom do you want the home? Do you want to make decisions on every little detail what you want it almost done for you? This is something to consider when buying new construction.

#4. You may have to buy it without seeing it first. Like I mentioned before, you're technically buying a product that's not complete yet. You might have pictures, renderings, floor plans and maybe even a virtual tour, but you won't actually see the home until it is completed. That may or may not be an issue for you.

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#5. Prices can vary. You may have agreed to buy the home at a certain price but that also included certain materials and finishes. If you want to upgrade, add a bedroom, add more space, etc. that's going to increase the price upon final closing. Plus, I wouldn't expect a price reduction if you choose not to go with certain high-end things. Those prices may be set in stone.

#6. An in-house lender may get you a better price. Often these subdivisions and newer communities will have their own in-house lender that can offer incentives, cashback, or reduced interest rates. It's important to check out what they can offer and compare with other lenders in the area.

#7. Make sure you understand what lot you are getting. You may love the house but when it's all said and done you may hate the lot it sits on. New homes are usually released in phases so it's important to understand where your home is going to be and you get the right home site for your needs. Do you want to be close to the entrance, close to parks, or do you want to be more private so that people are not walking by your front door every day?

#8. Amenities may not be available yet. Building a new home usually means they will build some houses first and then work on the amenities. It may be several years before that clubhouse is completed or the swimming pool gets put in. Are you willing to wait? It's important to ask when these items will be built.

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Of course, I always recommend having your own real estate agent and not going with the agent on-site. Their primary goal is to sell that house, not necessarily to find the best house for you. Having your own agent on your side means your tastes, budgets, and needs will be the top priority. Have someone that's on your side, not the builder side.

For more information on new construction or to see what's currently available in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, and surrounding cities give me a call. BROWSE ALL NEW CONSTRUCTION COMMUNITIES

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Posted in Real Estate
Feb. 28, 2018

Best Dog Parks in Palm Beach Gardens

 

 Just south of Jupiter Florida is the town of Palm Beach Gardens where there are even more parks to explore with your pups. All are great but here are some of the ones that fans seem to love.

Lilac Park Dog Park:

This park is a playground for your pet. There are two sides of the park that are fenced for safety, one is for large dogs and the other is for small dogs. In addition to the two yards, there is also an agility course for dogs to play on. The course includes a ramp and some tunnels and a square hoop to jump through. The ground of the course is grassy with patches of dirt so watch out for muddy paws if it starts to rain. But if the park gets too hot there are covered areas and dog bowls that will fill up to quench your pet’s thirst.

Wellington Dog Park:Best Dog Parks in Palm Beach Gardens

This park has three different off-leash areas, small, medium and large with plenty of room for your pets to run and play. Wellington Dog Park is made more unique by the large dirt pile for dogs to play on and a series of concrete tunnels for your pet to explore. This is another park where your dog is sure to get dirty but don’t worry, the dog park comes with a place to hose off after a day of playing. And there are plenty of water bowls for thirsty dogs to rehydrate at and if they get tired there are picnic tables and covered areas to relax at.

Lake Ida Dog Park:

Located on the shore of Lake Ida, this dog park is great for the whole family. There are two dogs runs both with plenty of space to run and play. If you want to give your dog some on-leash time there is a walking trail that goes around the park. There is a place to wash off your dog and plenty of places to grab a quick drink. This is a nice park with plenty of shade and places for owners to sit while their dogs play. Though the park is on the water it is not recommended that you allow your dog to swim due to possible alligators and water vehicle use.

 

No matter which park you go to it is important that you supervise your dog. One aggressive dog can ruin a day at the park and risks the lives of other animals and owners. If you notice a dog behaving aggressively remove your dog from the situation and if an attack happens to report it. The parks benefit from responsible owners, too many aggressive dogs or not picking up after your pet can result in people not wanting to use the park anymore. 

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Posted in Palm Beach Gardens
Feb. 16, 2018

Best Dog Parks in Jupiter Florida

Taking your dog for a walk around the neighborhood is an easy way to get exercise for both you and your dog. But being able to go out to a dog park is a great way to let your furry friend get exercise while meeting new friends. So here are some of the best dog parks in Jupiter Florida.

Dog parks in Jupiter

F.I.N.D Dog Park:

This is one of the top dog parks in the city. There are two fenced in areas that are off-leash so pups can run and play. One of the areas is for larger breeds and the other is for smaller dogs to ensure the safety of the dogs. For hot days there are hoses to fill up bowls and puppy pools so your dog can take a quick dip if they get too hot. And there are places to sit for the pet parents and shady spots to keep cool. If you want to take your pooch for a walk, there is a walking trail and access to the beach for more play time, but those areas are not off leash so make sure to keep a hold of your pooch.

Dog Beach:

Looking to have some fun in the sun, sand, and surf? Then head on over to this dog park. Dog Beach is one of the few beaches in Florida that allows for off-leash dogs. The dogs are allowed to roam free throughout a section of the beach but are asked to stay out of the lifeguarded areas and away from bathrooms. Parking is available near the beach and there is no fee to use it. Owners should supervise their pets at all times to make sure that they are not disturbing anyone. The park is also not segregated by breed size so owners should keep close eyes on their pets. Owners are also asked to pick up after their dogs so that the beach remains clean for other people to use.

 

There are plenty of things to do in Jupiter Florida with your pups. From dog parks to off-leash beaches, and even doggy surf lessons there is something for everyone here. 

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