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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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Jan. 24, 2018

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Posted in Real Estate
Jan. 19, 2018

HOA Reserve Fund Issues Become Homeowner Issues

HOA Reserve Fund Issues Become Homeowner Issues

There are a lot of homeowner associations and private communities throughout Palm Beach County such as Admirals Cove, Abacoa, Jonathan's Landing, and some of our newest ones, Sonoma Isles and Alton. With these gated communities come homeowner association dues, which cover common area maintenance, landscaping, management, and usually several amenities such as golf membership, community pool, and the like. But, one of the biggest conundrums to these homeowner associations is the replacing of common elements that they may not have planned for. Many of these communities have been around for 20+ years and it's time for an upgrade. One of the biggest right now is the Ballenisles community upgrades, which will cost thousands of dollars, which will translate to higher fees for residents.

Some of the newer communities such as Alton and Sonoma Isles have already set up homeowner association fees that reflect management on these items. Residents probably won't have to deal with any reserve fund issues for a couple of decades. But on buildings older than about 30 years, replacements of elevators, wiring, and plumbing can be an expensive repair.

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Because of this, many associations may have to update the reserve study so that residents are paying appropriately into the fund to cover any major replacements in the years to come. Other issues such as changes to codes and building requirements may change, increasing prices even more. Green and sustainable building techniques are another layer of complexity to reserve planning and with so much technology, many associations are not only upgrading materials but the technology behind them.

One of the best things about these reserves and planning for it is that it can grow and change as situations and conditions do. It's important to choose an HOA with a board that does annual revisions and updates and stays on top of any repairs so that the repair can be minimal, versus letting it go for a few years until it's a major expense.

Many associations will also use a qualified reserve study professional. These individuals have years of experience and can help plan the reserve funds to the residents and the Association is not brought under any hardships. When choosing an HOA, ask about reserve planning. It's important if you only plan on living in the home for a few years, you never know when that extra assessment or increase might happen.

Call me today for more info on local communities, neighborhoods and clubs around Jupiter and Palm Beach County.

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Posted in Real Estate
Jan. 5, 2018

$200 Million in Renovations to Clubs in Palm Beach County

First Mirasol with $40 million, then BallinIsles with $35 million and then Ibis at $37 million and now Admiral's Cove. Mirasol renovation did what many of the members only clubs in Palm Beach County are trying to do, make their clubhouses more appealing to active adults. These three and now Admirals Cove, are the most expensive projects in northern Palm Beach County in recent years. There are at least 10 communities that afford millions and upgrades in this fast-growing north end of the county. These spacious, new clubs are part of a relentless competition to capture younger clientele and grow their membership.$200 Million in Renovations to Clubs in Palm Beach County

So what does this mean for homeowners? Well, the higher price often comes with substantial fees assessed to homeowners. And younger buyers are especially sensitive to the cost of membership fees. Some homebuyers may have a difficult time psychologically paying less for the actual real estate than the club membership. However, you have to look at the overall picture. Some of the clubs can be very affordable and attractive. Mirasol residents are paying back $30 million in loans with a $175 per month increase in their assessments for golf and tennis memberships. The higher price certainly doesn't turn away a lot of older members, but it might deter some younger members. The average age for most of the communities in Palm Beach County is about 63 but, young professionals are now moving in and there are about 600 children that already live in the community with their families. They're trying to attract a younger generation with all of these upgrades and renovations. The PGA National Resort & Spa recently renovated is 33,000 square-foot sports and racquet club, which was in dire need of some upkeep. Jonathan's Landing charges homeowners between 3000 and $5000 for a one time fee for their 10 million-dollar clubhouse renovation completed in 2016. In places like BallinIsles, no new assessment is expected, only a loan to be paid back over 12 years. 

In the 90s, golf courses didn't need to be as imaginative. A great clubhouse and lounge was all it took to attract buyers but today, people are looking for resort style amenities, restaurants, markets, child care and more. People also want to feel they are getting a good return on their investment and that means keeping up with changes and the competition. 

Learn more about the Admiral's Cove renovation here.

Posted in Admirals Cove
Dec. 7, 2017

What to Look for in the Perfect Neighborhood

Finding the right neighborhood can be easy when you know what to look for. There are so many communities, gated neighborhoods and enclaves around Palm Beach County it can be difficult to know what it is your even looking for. Some neighborhoods have great social calendars while others have resort-style amenities, and still, others are in a great school district zone. What matters to you, matters to you, and it may not matter to someone else. But when it comes to looking for the right neighborhood here are some key points to keep in mind.What to Look for in the Perfect Neighborhood

Create a short list and ask the right questions.

Make a list of what you are looking to get out of the neighborhood. Do you want to be within a certain school district, close walking distance to the nearest coffee shop, close to your neighbor or do you want more space between houses? Are you looking for amenities or a neighborhood that has no homeowners dues? There are a lot of different details and you may not even know what you want until you start looking out there. Is a gated community important to you? Do you want to be close to a golf course, tennis courts or the community swimming pool? Do you want an active social calendar with there are different events new every night of the week? Are you looking for a good retirement community or one that has school age children? There are a lot of questions but if you start making a list we can narrow down the field tremendously.

How much maintenance do you want?

Are you looking for a maintenance home, perhaps a condominium or townhouse? Or do you prefer to do a little bit of gardening, and love the lush landscaping of Southern Florida? There are several properties that have zero lot lines. This type of homes extends close to the edge of the property lines. This means that there is less yard spaces for fewer yard care responsibilities. This is great for people that tend to travel a lot or just don't want a lot of maintenance.

The location.

How far away do you want to be from work? The nearest freeway? A particular school? Or general shops and markets? Maybe you want to be within 10 minutes from the beach? Take a look at the location, how far you are willing to drive for work and other necessities, and determine a good radius to keep your search within.

What is your current community lacking?

This is a great question to ask yourself because there something that you just wish your community or neighborhood would have. This is definitely something to be looking out in the next neighborhood.

Make a list of what you don't want in a neighborhood.

Obviously it's hard to determine what type of neighbors you'll have and almost impossible to predict that your next-door neighbor will have a barking dog all hours of the night, but, if you can make a note about things that you don't like in a neighborhood or that are not that important to you, we can rule those out when looking through communities.

Finding the perfect neighborhood doesn't have to be hard but it does require a little bit of planning. Understanding exactly what you want out of your neighborhood can go a long way to finding the perfect spot. If you have an idea of your ideal neighborhood to give me a call. Because I know most of the communities around Palm Beach Gardens in Jupiter, we can find something that fits your lifestyle and your budget.

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Posted in Real Estate
Nov. 28, 2017

Best Holiday Events in Palm Beach County 2017

As we say goodbye to Thanksgiving 2017 we look forward to Christmas, holiday events and all that the season brings. Here are some of the best holiday events throughout Palm Beach County this year.

 

CityPlace Snow falls nightly through December 31 except for Christmas Day at CityPlace in West Palm Beach.

The West Palm Beach Holiday Tree Lighting on December 3 at 101 North Flagler Dr. in West Palm Beach starting at 6:00 PM. This is a great way to kick off the holiday season with their 600 ton Sand Tree! Best Holiday Events in Palm Beach County 2017

On December 10 at 51 North Swinton Ave. in Delray Beach is a tree lighting ceremony with the world-famous 100 foot tree. There will be visits with Santa and performances throughout the season.

On December 5 the Martin County boat Parade will take place in Stuart. As well as the Palm Beach holiday boat Parade in North Palm Beach to the Jupiter lighthouse.

December 5 – 12 and December's 14 – 16 is the festival of trees in West Palm Beach at the end Norton Sculpture Gardens, 2051 South Flagler Dr. Members and seniors are $15 with all general admission $20.

The Jupiter holiday parade is happening December 10 at 1:00 PM along the alternate A1A from Center Street to Bridge Road.

December 6 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM is the Palm Beach Gardens tree lighting ceremony at 4404 Burns Rd. Enjoy life music, games and of course a visit from Mr. C.

There will be a menorah lighting in Delray Beach on December 12 at sundown for approximately 5:30 PM at the Old-School Square Park on 96 N. E Second Avenue. 

will feature Christmas trees and a glowing Hanukkah display, live entertainment and more open daily from 6 PM to 10 PM.

From our family to yours have a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa season and happy holidays.

Posted in West Palm Beach
Sept. 19, 2017

What the Real Estate Market is Really Like in Palm Beach County

What the Real Estate Market is Really Like in Palm Beach County

Well, we did it. We survived Irma. Yes, we know it's hurricane seasons but not every year is death-defying. Okay, I'm exaggerating. Living in Florida is a dream and even though we are close to the coast, most years it's a tropical storm from time to time. But this year it was a little more exciting. We only got heavy rain and some wind and very little damage to our area unlike the Keys but it still is a little concerning for those that may not be used to it.

Don't worry. We are used to it and it's not as bad as the rest of the country makes it out to be. But all that being said, what about our real estate market - both now and before Irma hit? Will we see lingering impacts from this? 

Summer is really not our strongest market. It's hot and most people choose to buy and tour open houses in the fall and winter. But, school doesn't follow the weather. If people have to move before school starts, the summer is the best time to do that. So all in all, we have a pretty active market year round for different reasons. 

Things change rapidly around here. While much of the country is in a hot seller's market, we have cooled off a bit here; good news for buyers though! Let's take a look at a few of the major cities in Palm Beach County

Palm Beach Gardens: 

Average home price is about $340,000. 

Average days on the market is about 70

Number of properties for sale is 613

Median List Price is $539,000

Market is leaning in favor of buyers. More homes for sale, lower prices, better inventory.

Jupiter:

Average home price is about $335,000

Average days on the market is about 55

Number of properties for sale is 566

Median list price is $547,000

Market is leaning in favor of sellers. Hotter market than surrounding areas, less inventory, fewer days on the market.

Juno Beach:

Average home prices is about $410,000

Average days on the market is about 80

Number of properties for sale is 58

Median list price is $600,000

Market is leaning in favor of buyers. Higher number of listings, lower prices. Prices have actually dropped in this area over the last 6 months. However, not a lot of newer developments. Older, more established developments are popular. 

The surrounding communities of North Palm and Singer Island also are more geared toward buyers right now so it's a great time buy and if you're in Jupiter, it's also a great time to sell! As we get into a little cooler weather, buyers will be looking for homes that have withstood strong winds and storms. Homeowners are urged to have a pre-inspection to check the integrity of the home before listing - trust me, it could really pay off.

Wondering about the value of your Palm Beach County home? Give me a call. I'd love to help find the right home for you or help you sell quickly. 

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Posted in Real Estate
Sept. 5, 2017

Best Way to Prepare Your House for a Hurricane

We were just coming off the heels of Hurricane Harvey only to be hit with Hurricane Irma days later. Nobody wants the reality of what might happen but it's important to understand and be prepared as much as possible.

One of the biggest things to prepare and plan for is to evacuate when you're told to do so even before. There's just no point to risk it if there's any chance of death or injury.

That being said, there are some things to help prepare your home just in case it gets hit.

How to prepare your house for a hurricane

#1. Review your insurance policy. 

Ask your insurance company what they will cover. Many insurance companies will handle general fire or theft but may not have coverage for natural disasters. Also, you might have hurricane insurance but not flood insurance. Many people may not even be able to get flood insurance so it's important to understand what you have, what it covers, and talk to them about your concerns so that you are covered or have a plan of action if you need to.

#2. Take an inventory of your property.

Go throughout your house and take pictures of each room. Take specific pictures of high-priced items or high to get personal materials such as pianos, jewelry, high-end furniture and other items. Make a list of all of these things and have them in the cloud so that you can access them should your home get destroyed.

#3. Secure and seal your roof if you can.

The roof is one of the largest potential openings on the house and wind and water can do a tour of damage to a roof. Try to inspect your roof ahead of time to make sure that all the shingles are secured and that there are no broken or missing tiles. You may have to spend about $500 to seal the roof deck, but it could help.

#4. Consider roof straps. 

Florida requires builders to attaca home's roofof to the walls with metal straps. So make sure that those roof straps are in good working condition and have been installed properly.

#5. Seal windows and doors.

Check the seals around your windows and doors. You might just get a little bit of wind and rain but you certainly don't want any of that coming in through the cracks in and around the windows. This could lead to rot and mildew inside the walls. This also includes sealing any additional holes from electrical wires or cabling coming into the house.

#6. Clear the lawn and deck.

Make sure you're not leaving anything lying around such as lawn furniture, pots, vases, chairs, anything that could be blown around and used as a missile heading toward your windows or your doors and the side of your house. Make sure everything is stored indoors or secured to the ground.

#7. Reinforce your garage door.

Garage doors can blow in and if you have an attic above the garage it can blow up and tear the house apart. Strengthen your existing garage door by installing a vertical garage door brace and reinforcing it with horizontal wooden beams. [Source]

#8. Have an emergency pack ready to go.

This will include all first aid supplies, a battery-powered radio and extra batteries, flashlights and batteries, chargers for your phone, cash, food and supplies for your pets. You may also need about 1 gallon of water per family per member per day.

#9. Put things up that you want to save.

It's hard to prop up couches and chairs, but try to put everything up at least 5 feet or higher in the room to protected as much is possible. Put computers and power supplies up into closets and pick anything up off the floor that you want saved such as books, rugs, shoes, blankets and chairs if you can.

Hold on tight Florida, Irma is coming for us. But, we can try to be as prepared as possible both for our own safety initially and for the rebuilding of our homes later on. But, let's all pray we don't have to go that far.

Posted in Real Estate
Aug. 29, 2017

Best Advice for Home Sellers 2017

I know we're not done with 2017 and I'm sure there will be more amazing tips and tricks but so far, these are my favorite posts for home sellers. If only everyone knew these things! But alas, that's what I'm here for! Take a gander at some of the best advice for sellers in 2017 so far. 

3 Things Sellers Wish They Knew Before Selling a House

We all know more after going through something than before. Don't you want to learn from other people so you don't have to make all the mistakes yourself?

 

 

buy or sell first?

Should We Buy First or Sell First?

 

 

The ongoing dilemma. If you sell first will  you be able to find a house and if you buy first and your house doesn't sell right away will you be stuck with two mortgages?

 

 

 

When Should I Reduce the Price of My Home?

Some advice off-site but very good info here. When SHOULD you reduce the price? At all? Never? Every week? Or only when it doesn't sell for a few months?

 

 

stubborn sellerHow to Negotiate With Stubborn Sellers

I know this is more for buyers but hey, don't be a stubborn seller. 

 

sellers disclosureHow Much Do I Really Have to Say in the Disclosure?

Yes, you really have to disclose that you put up that shed without a permit. I know you don't like it but you don't want things to come back and bite you later.

 

 

 

 

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And then there's the buy and sell at the same time. Total chaos, right? well, it doesn't have to be. 

Posted in Real Estate
Aug. 25, 2017

Simple Ways to Budget-Friendly Relocation

Moving can be an expensive process. I'm not even talking about selling the house or buying another one, but simply the process of relocation. Packing up, renting trucks, gas to move to another place and then restock a new home. That can really add up. There are ways to keep a big move from breaking your budget but it does take some planning on your part beforehand. Here are some simple ways to a budget friendly relocation.

simple ways to budget friendly moving

#1. Clear out clutter first.

Before packing up everything and moving it to the new location only to discover you don't want half of the stuff, is a waste of time and energy. Clear out clutter ahead of time by donating, throwing things away or selling a lot of items. Once you really start digging in closets, garages and cupboards, you find things that you haven't used in years. It's time to toss those things and not just move them from one place to another.

#2. Find out how to get free boxes.

Put an ad out on Craigslist for free boxes. You would be surprised how many people are trying to get rid of the boxes once they have moved. You can throw a request out on Facebook or any of those free marketing sites. Plus, you can check with major retailers and liquor stores for their empty boxes.

#3. Use your personal items to wrap other personal items.

No need to spend a lot of money on bubble wrap or packing when you have it all already in your house. Use clothes and towels to wrap dishes and fragile items. Use blankets to wrap around delicates and things that you want to keep safe and unbreakable. Use what you already have us packing material but, remember to label it.

#4. Label it.

Just like I said above, label everything including the packing material you used in the box. It might be a box full of dishes but if you have wrapped each dish with all of your towels, you may never find your towels unless you label the box.

#5. Should you hire movers?

Moving on your own does require a lot of time and planning but, you know how to pack your items and you know if they are going to be safe or not. Using a mover is a risk that you may or may not be willing to take. Movers can move boxes into the truck and then move the truck for you or they can do it all from dumping everything in a drawer in a box and packing it up and going. If you don't have the time or ability to move yourself you might consider hiring movers but, get a lot of references and referrals because poor movers can damage a lot of your personal things.

#6. Make a moving budget.

Get a few quotes, write down your projected budget, and see how much things will really cost. Don't forget to include gas from one place to another, especially if you are moving long distance. Whatever your budget is, you should increase it by at least 20% to cover any unexpected expenses.

#7. Report a change of address and transfer utilities.

Before you even move in it might be a good idea to start moving mail over to your new location if you can. Make a note of all of your expenses, bills that you've received in the mail and your utilities so that you can check them off as you go.

Remember, moving expenses can be deducted if your move is work-related. If the move is 50 miles farther from your old home than your old job location was from your home you can deduct a lot of your moving expenses but there are eligibility requirements. Be sure to check with your tax accountant on the details of deducting moving expenses.

When you're ready to move, whether it's across town or across the state, contact my office. I'd love to help you find a home in the Palm Beach County area or help you sell your home quickly and for as much money as the market can bear.

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