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March 27, 2020

How to Sell and Buy Property During a Pandemic

How to Sell and Buy Property During a Pandemic

I've seen a lot of real estate agents and read a lot of articles this week about trying to keep up business as usual during this weird and unique coronavirus outbreak. While a lot of businesses may suffer, and I hope they all pulled through when all of this is over, one industry must go on… And that's real estate.

It can be tough but those that started into the real estate process or listed their homes back when this all began may still need to buy or sell and there are ways to do it. I have recently closed on properties where I didn't even meet one person in the transaction in person. While real estate is all about relationships and connecting with someone that you feel comfortable with, especially when you are sharing vital financial and confidential information, sometimes the deal must go on regardless of the surrounding circumstances.

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For instance, selling a home that is vacant might be ideal for sellers and buyers. As the listing agent, I can show virtual tours, images, and surrounding areas simply by taking a video and offering it to potential buyers.

We can complete a lot of business transactions right now without actually having to see anyone in person.

Not the buyer's agent, the title or escrow company, even the lenders. And buyers can do the same. We are very blessed to live in this day and age with so much technology that we can do all of our signatures online, over the phone, and video chats, face time, and all of this while keeping his many people safe as possible.

I heard one real estate agent said that while we are still doing business, it's just not "business as usual" and that is the wonderful thing about all of this. We can still reach out, we can still see each other, we can still send information electronically, and complete as much as possible.

Buyers may still need to find that home and if sellers remove their home from the market right now, waiting for a better time, they may miss out on providing someone with the home they need to get into right now. A lot of us are sheltering in place but that doesn't mean that we can't still conduct business, help folks buy and sell property, and stimulate the economy helping people get to where they need to be as quickly as possible.

Many lenders are expediting information and processes to close transactions earlier getting people where they need to be as quickly as possible.

If you need to buy or sell a home or property give me a call. I would love to explain to you how we can get all of this done safely with as much intent on your health as possible and yet still sell your house, put money in your pocket, or get you and your family into a home as quickly as possible. We are all in this together and I want to help you however I can.

Additional Tips:  What's Trashing Your Home's Value Right Now?

More:  Going from Renting to Buying is Not Quite the Same Thing

 

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Posted in Real Estate
Jan. 17, 2020

Do Sellers Have Closing Costs?

When buying and selling real estate there are many different costs involved in the transaction. Not only do you have to pay your Realtors or real estate agents a commission for selling the property or facilitating the transaction but there are closing costs on both sides. Real estate buyers will need to pay for mortgage loan fees, courier fees, appraisals, and any points they are paying to lower their interest rate.

But sellers have closing costs two. I've compiled a compilation of answers from real estate professionals on the different types of closing costs incurred by the seller.Do Sellers have closing costs

"Homeowners that choose to sell their property will usually have a commission due to the listing agent. This commission is typically between 2% and 4% of the selling price, not the listing price of the property. Most listing agents will also put in a commission for the buyer's agent, or the agent that brought the buyer. The buyer's agent would usually receive the same amount of commission as the listing agent. So, for instance, most commissions are about 6%, which would be split evenly between the buyer's agent and the listing agent. The full commission is provided by the seller but these commissions can be negotiated and altered. For instance: the buyer's agent could receive 4% while the listing agent only 2% to encourage more activity for buyers agents on the property." [Don Payne]

Sellers will also have escrow settlement charges included in their closing costs. This could be imposed by the escrow or title company. This may also be included in "release charges". "When the seller obtains mortgage financing it usually was in the form of a deed of trust. This is similar to a mortgage but the property is deeded "in trust" to independent trustees who are authorized to sell the property if a default occurs. When the mortgage is paid in full, the trustees are entitled to a nominal "trustees fee" and there is a small government charge to record the trustee's release. These items are always withheld at settlement and deducted from the seller's funds." [Benny Kass]

"Many sellers will have to pay off their mortgage in order to close on a property. Most homeowners don't own their homes outright but will still have a loan do on their property. When they sell the property, the remainder of that loan needs to be paid off. If there are any additional loan such as a lean or a second mortgage, those will need to be paid off as well before the seller can gain the profit from the sale of the home. Your existing lender should be able to give you an approximate payoff figure and a tentative settlement date. You'll need to add daily interest charges until the lender receives the full mortgage payouts. Sellers should also ask if there's a prepayment penalty. Older loans may require the homeowner to pay a percentage of the loan if it's paid off in full prior to the full expiration of the mortgage term. Sometimes this penalty can be avoided or waived if you inquire with the particular lending institution. " [Eve Alexander]

Do Sellers have closing costs"Sometimes sellers are asked to pay the closing costs of the buyer. While this is unusual it's actually required in a VA loan. If the property has been on the market for some time this could be the motivation that buyers need in order to place an offer on the property. It can be quite expensive but if the home is not getting any action, this is a good way for sellers to give in to the buyer in order to get the property sold. However, this can add between $5000 and $10,000 to the closing costs for the seller." [Tina Droessler]

In some cases, sellers might be asked to pay lender points. When buyers apply for financing they can buy down their rate by buying a point. A point is equal to 1% of the home loan. Several FHA and VA loans can put limitations on the amount which a buyer can pay for closing costs but this is where sellers can pick up the additional fees and pay points for the buyer in order to get the property sold. Seller-paid points are tax-deductible for the buyer but there could be negotiation advantages if the seller decides to split points with the buyer. [Todd Blair]

Every real estate transaction is different. I've had real estate transactions where there are government charges including "grantors tax" or a transfer tax. Each state is different as to who actually pays this fee in the transaction and it can be a negotiable item. Because every transaction is different buyers and sellers will have different closing fees and may be requested to pay each other's fees depending on how negotiations go. It's best to understand all of the details before finalizing a transaction.

 

Posted in Real Estate
Dec. 18, 2019

Now is the Time to Buy in Florida!

January and February are the BEST times of the year to buy! 

If you've been on the fence about buying, let me tell you that January and February are some of the best times and NOW is the time to lock in a great rate! Rates are lower in this December than in 7 years! Find out how you can get a great home in Florida! Check out the most popular communities in Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter Florida Below!

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Abacoa 
Located within the town of Jupiter Abacoa is just 3 miles from the beaches and is made up of different communities centered around a downtown area comprised of,restaurants, shopping, schools and a baseball stadium. Florida Atlantic University and Scripps Research Center is also part of Abacoa.  

 

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Abacoa-Valencia. 
Located within the town of Jupiter Abacoa is just 3 miles from the beaches and is made up of different communities centered around a downtown area comprised of,restaurants, shopping, schools and a baseball stadium. Florida Atlantic University and Scripps Research Center is also part of Abacoa.  

 

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Admirals Cove
full service marina , golf courses, tennis courts, and a beautiful waterfront clubhouse with 900 homes tucked around miles of canals with ocean access.  Estates to condos, a boaters/golfers paradise. 

 

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Alton
Alton is a brand-new community located in Palm Beach Gardens Florida. 
 Alton will include 136 acres of lakes, parks, nature preserves and open space with over 2000 single and multifamily homes, up to 700 apartment homes, 300 hotel rooms and over 500,000 ft.² of retail space
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BallenIsles  

An array of neighborhoods ranging from golf villas and patio homes to luxurious estates and is home to 3 magnificent professional golf courses.A gated and luxurious appointed golfing community, BallenIsles County Club homes for sale can be found in 32 unique neighborhoods with nearly 1,500 homes.

 

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Evergrene    

A nature friendly community comprised of 963 residences ranging from 2 to 3 bedroom condominiums to 5 bedroom single family homes.A family community with a broad mix of young families, professionals, and snow birds. The 20,000 sq/ft clubhouse offers great amenitite including a fitness center, adult room, teen room and library.

 

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Frenchmans Creek  

South Florida's premiere golf and country club located in beautiful Palm Beach Gardens. concierge services, two championship 18-hole golf courses, an amazing clubhouse, 17 Har-tru tennis courts, state-of-the-art fitness center and spa with cutting-edge security, and a spectacular array of world-class amenities.

 

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Frenchmans Reserve   
Frenchman's Reserve boasts several different varieties of luxurious home designs and additionally offers an 
18- hole Arnold Palmer Championship golf course with a 3 acre driving range, 7 clay tennis courts, fitness center, dining, guest suites for visitors, and so much more.  

 

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Harbour Isles   

Harbour Isles real estate for sale in North Palm Beach Florida consists of about 100 single-family custom estates resting on the Intracoastal waterway and fingerlings. These luxury North Palm Beach estates offer deep water private docks, resort-like pools, and stunning waterway views 

 

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Jonathans Landing    

A waterfront community with a collection of residences ranging from expansive single-family homes to town homes and condominiums. 3 championship golf courses and Intracoastal access allows this community to beautifully  combine all loved Florida activities. 

 

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Juno Beach    

Juno Beach has approximately 378 single family homes and 2070 multifamily homes. About 43% of Juno Beach is county park land or environmentally sensitive lands keeping the area less congested and more valuable. Juno Beach offers a 990ft fishing pier as well as beautiful walking trails, a guarded beach, and children s play area. 

 

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Jupiter Country Club    

Jupiter Country Club is a beautiful golf community with homes designed by America's luxury homebuilder, Toll Brothers. These gorgeous grouping of homes is called the Herritage collection and offers a beautiful courtyard estates, gourmet kitchens and picturesque golf course or Lake views with every home.
Located in  Jupiter Florida, these gorgeous homes offer exquisite home designs, six floor plans to choose from, and home prices starting around $700,000. Spacious great rooms, open studies, gourmet and chef inspired kitchens are all a part of the homes at the Jupiter Country Club. These homes range in size from about 1800 to over 5600 ft.² with world-class amenities and quality craftsmanship
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Mirabella 
Mirabella at Mirasol features 492 homes. There are three neighborhoods offering 12 floor plans ranging in size from 1,860 square feet to 3,525 square feet. Models include 3, 4, and 5 bedroom homes, one and two story many with 3 car garages. There is a 24 hour attended entrance. Additionally, there is an 8,500 square foot clubhouse that features fitness center, heated community swimming pool and 4 tennis courts plus additional amenities like the children's play area. Many of the homes offer large patio and swimming pool areas, plus panoramic lake views.


 

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Mirasol

Exclusive gated community offering finely crafted estates set among nature preserves, lakes, and pristine fairways . Mirasol Country Club has 2,300 acres of land, the Mirasol golf club features 2 golf courses, large fitness complex, resort quality restaurants, spa, card rooms, community pool, golf pro shop, attended security, tennis and tennis pro shop. The total club facilities are 70,000 square feet with the Grand Clubhouse around 50,000 square feet and the sports and fitness center at about 17,000 square feet plus there are 15 clay tennis courts, steam and massage rooms.Additionally there is a 5 mile walking and jogging path. 

 

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Old Marsh    

Old Marsh remains Palm Beach County's lowest density golfing community and is centrally located in Palm Beach Gardens offering luxury custom estates. Fitted with a Peter Dye golf course and blended among natural sanctuaries and lakes these opulent Palm Beach Gardens Florida custom homes rest on about an acre of land 
  
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Old Palm  

Old Palm offers all the amenities of a country club as well as caters to the ultimate golfer. Old Palm Golf Club is known for its 33 acre golf practice facility and for its Raymond Floyd designed championship golf course. There is a 43,000 square foot clubhouse which offers concierge service, guest accommodations, spa and salon services, dining, and a fitness center

 

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Abacoa-Valencia.  

Large homes, townhomes and villas find themselves surrounded  with a panorama of five championship golf courses, lakes, jogging and cycling trails.  

 

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San Michele  

San Michele, a small private community with 90 large estate homes is known for its beauty and quality construction.  Though golf nor a country club is associated with this community its location puts residents close to the finest golf and country clubs of Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter. 

 

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Singer Island    
Singer
 Island offers oceanfront condo living, wide intracoastal and canal front homes, low rise condos on the inlet, and so much more. No matter where you live on the island you are steps away from the beach and the intracoastal. Enjoy activities such as scuba diving, bicycle tours, fishing, sailing, windsurfing, jet skiing, and day cruises. 
  

 

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Singer Island  
Singer
 Island offers oceanfront condo living, wide intracoastal and canal front homes, low rise condos on the inlet, and so much more. No matter where you live on the island you are steps away from the beach and the intracoastal. Enjoy activities such as scuba diving, bicycle tours, fishing, sailing, windsurfing, jet skiing, and day cruises. 
  

 

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Abacoa-Valencia. 
Located within the town of Jupiter Abacoa is just 3 miles from the beaches and is made up of different communities centered around a downtown area comprised of,restaurants, shopping, schools and a baseball stadium. Florida Atlantic University and Scripps Research Center is also part of Abacoa.  

 

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Posted in Real Estate
Dec. 4, 2019

Top 10 Tips for Selling a Home During the Holidays

Whether you need to sell your house in December or it's been on the market for a while, you're probably itching to decorate yet your real estate agent says to keep it to a minimum. How do you sell a home during the holidays? There are advantages, actually, to selling this time of year as stressful as it might be. But, here are some top tips for selling during the holidays. - READ: The Ultimate Sellers Guide

#1. Keep decorations to a minimum.Top 10 tips for selling a home during the holidays

Don't cover up your home's most prominent features such as a mantle or the staircase. Minimal decorations, things from nature, and tasteful decor can set the mood for the holidays without being over-the-top.

#2. Make sure your agent has bought and sold properties during the holidays.

You don't want someone that's just going to disappear or go on vacation this time of the year. Have an agent that is willing to work with you throughout the process even if a buyer submits an offer on Christmas Eve.

#3. Remember that buyers this time of year are motivated.

Anyone house hunting during the holidays definitely has to buy. Try to work with your agent to seek out motivated buyers such as those relocating for jobs, tax deadlines, or military personnel that need to buy quickly.

#4. Price it correctly.

This is not the time to haggle with the price. Pricing a home correctly from the beginning means the right buyers will get in the door and the right offer will be on the table. Rather than make small price reductions, price it to sell from the beginning. A good rule of thumb is to price it 5% under your closest competition.

#5. Don't neglect curb appeal.

A lot of deciduous trees may be losing their leaves this time of year but it doesn't mean that you should neglect curb appeal. Spruce up the yard and put a nice wreath on the front door, rake up any fallen leaves, and keep the yards trimmed and mowed.

#6. Invest in professional photography.

Seriously, the photos can make or break a sale and this is the first thing that buyers are going to see, typically online so make those photos amazing.

#7. Consider a video tour.

Shooting a video to her may attract house hunters who don't have the time to physically see the property or may live out of state.

#8. Make your home feel cozy and warm.

You want buyers to linger in the home and envision themselves living there so make it an emotional treat for them with apple cinnamon scent in the air, warm cookies baking, soft music, and the fire going in the corner, as long as it's not a fire hazard if you leave the property.

#9. Offer incentives.

Consider paying closing costs or other incentives that your agent they have up their sleeve to entice buyers to purchase this time of year.

#10. Try and relax.

This can be a stressful time to sell your home but try to relax, enjoy the season with your family, and try not to make any messes that can't be cleaned up within about 30 minutes.

 

MORE:

How to Decorate for Christmas When Your House is on the Market

6 Must-Dos before you List Your House

3 Things Sellers Wish They Knew About Selling

The Hidden Cost of Selling a House

 

Posted in Real Estate
Nov. 22, 2019

5 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Energy efficiency is the key phrase with just about anything you buy that uses electricity or any type of energy. We like to look at how much money we're saving over the course of several months or a year, especially when buying an appliance. But did you know that you can make your home more energy-efficient without revamping the entire construction? Many home buyers are looking specifically for these types of energy-efficient fixes and this could add value to the overall cost of your home.

Here are five ways to make your home more energy-efficient.

#1. Energy-efficient windows.5 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Windows are one of the biggest sources of heat gain and heat loss in a home. For the Florida area, we're also looking at heat intake. The harder our air-conditioners run the more expensive it's going to be on the electricity or gas bill. By replacing the windows or at least weatherizing them, you can save hundreds of dollars a year depending on how much you're losing. Air leakage around the frame can transfer through windowpanes as well. When you choose a window, consider the frame, not just the glass. The material, design and type of glass all affect energy loss.

#2. Upgrade insulation.

Regardless of whether you're trying to keep heat in or cold air in, insulation plays a huge factor. Most homes only have the minimum required insulation or may even fall short of that minimum. By adding insulation to the attic or the crawlspace, you can save yourself a lot of energy and money over the life of your home.

#3. Use smart programmable thermostats.

Programmable thermostats have been around for years but now with new "smart technology," these thermostats sense whether people are home or not. If you choose to go on vacation for a couple of days, these programmable "smart" thermostats can actually recognize that there is no one in the home and either turn the heat up or turn the air conditioning down depending on what is needed to save energy. Plus, many of these thermostats can be controlled by your smartphone so that you can turn on the air conditioning several hours before you get home.

#4. Pay attention to the home's thermal envelope.

Natural energy will escape through the home's exterior but an air filtration system could make your heating and cooling system work harder to maintain climate control. You might want to schedule an energy audit with an HVAC company to point out and correct any noticeable leaks. They will find leaks around door frames and windows, underneath baseboards and around chimneys and vents. This is a great place to start with energy efficiency.

#5. Buy energy-efficient appliances.

Now, I'm not saying you should run out and spend tens of thousands of dollars on new appliances but each time an appliance gives out consider purchasing a better efficiency unit than the one you had before. Over time, these energy-efficient appliances could save you hundreds of dollars a year.

For more information on updating your home's efficiency please contact my office today. I can offer tips and suggestions on what home buyers are looking for and if you're planning on selling provide valuable keys to staging your home and getting it sold quickly.

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Posted in Real Estate
Nov. 12, 2019

Thinking of Selling? What Affects You Right Now

Surprisingly, the interest rates have been going down slightly this year, a contradiction to what some economist predicted. This is great news for both buyers and sellers! However, nothing lasts forever and it will continue to creep, even ever so slowly. Thinking of Selling? What Affects You Right Now

The Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter real estate market is improving greatly and because of this, it will be more expensive to buy a home. This is why I and numerous other real estate professionals feel that your home will most likely sell for the maximum price in 2019 - 2020. 

I know, we all say, that now is the best time to buy, sell - - - whatever! but inventory is very slim especially in the Jupiter area and waiting could result in more homes on the market. There are already new subdivisions like Sonoma Isles and Alton well underway, some of the first of their kind in years, and these will push out many resales over the next couple of years. 

Homebuyers are looking to buy now before interest rates rise too much and the same home will no longer be affordable. With every 1% rate hike, the chances of affording a particular home slip further away for many home buyers and especially first time home buyers. 

This is why buyers will probably be making motivated offers and in some cases multiple offers. Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens are both hot seller's markets right now. Most homes increased in profit this year already and these increases are only set to rise higher in 2020. If you've been on the fence about selling or wonder how much your Jupiter or Palm Beach Garden home is currently worth, don't wait. Because I know the market, pay close attention to the minor fluctuation in market values, supply and demand, I can offer you a more accurate price of what your home may be worth, both now and potentially in 4-6 months should you wait. It pays to trust the experts when it comes to pricing and selling your home for top dollar. So, what are you waiting for?

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Oct. 30, 2019

What's Trashing Your Home's Value Right Now?

The last thing most homeowners want to do is to devalue their property but they may be doing it without knowing it. Whether it's the location, the eyesore of a roof or something on the outside that is deterring buyers, here are 10 items that may be unknowingly trashing your home's value.What's trashing your home's value right now?

#1 Sinkhole.

While this is not quite the norm in southern Florida, we are seeing more and more of these unique sinkholes around the country. They can damage of property or completely take one out. Any of these damages can knock as much as 30% off of the value of a home. You want to make sure that your home structure is sound and that the property around the home is secure and not losing altitude at all. If need be, you might call in an expert to do a survey of the property and make sure there's no loss of ground around the property.

#2 Landfills.

While this is something we cannot change, the location of a home can severely devalue a property, especially if it's near powerplant, multiple power lines or the city dump. It could lower property up to 7.3%, which is why you'll need to emphasize the positive features of the home if you live close to a landfill.

#3 Bad neighbors.

Again, this is something you may not have any control over but messy yards, orders or properties that are just cluttered with "stuff" can really detract from the appeal on the entire neighborhood. Studies show that it can knock up to 10% off of the sale price of your home. Pretty much the only thing you can do without alienating yourself from your neighbors is to put up a fence.

#4 Foreclosures.

Foreclosures around the home can devalue your property as well. If you lived in a neighborhood that had a lot of short sales and foreclosures, those properties are probably in disrepair and may not have recovered. This can bring down the value of all the properties in the neighborhood about 2%.

#5 Fracking.

No, this is in a sci-fi curse word; fracking is a controversial method of extracting shale gas and your property may be threatened by it. We don't have a lot of this in Florida but people in Pennsylvania lost up to 24% of the property value if they lived within about a mile of a fracking well. This is something to consider if you plan on buying in this area as well.

#6 Crime rate and sex offenders.

Properties located next to registered sex offenders can drop up to 12%. Buyers can look up these registered sex offenders and find where they are located in a particular neighborhood in this could be detracting from your property's value.

#7 Advertising.

You might not think advertising would devalue a property but items such as large billboards, multiple political advertising, and industrial areas can detract from your home's value and deter homebuyers. Communities that have implemented strict Billboard controls have had higher median incomes, lower poverty rates, and lower home vacancy rates.

#8 Poor schools.

The southern Florida area has a lot of great schools but they are those pockets of school that may not have as great of ratings. These may have large class sizes, not as much budgeting or simply in a shadier part of town. This can detract from your home's value unbeknownst to you and out of your control.

#9 Odd renovations.

This might be something that you can control. If your home has an odd layout, bathroom right off the kitchen or unusual walk-throughs, it might be time for remodel to increase your home's value.

#10. Odd coloring.

While you want your home to stand out in the neighborhood as being attractive you don't want to be the odd duck out with strange house colorings, odd front lawn ornaments or excessive paraphernalia out front. You want to be able to fit into the general look of the neighborhood but still stand out just a little by improving the look, rather than going so opposite from your neighbors that is an eyesore.

So what can you do if your home has any of these problems? The idea is to de-emphasize the negative and emphasize the positive and the good features of the home. Perhaps you have a pool in the backyard, a nice fenced, quiet yard with a great outdoor living space, an updated kitchen, anything on the interior that would want a homeowner to spend more time inside instead of focusing on the negative outside. This is really one of the only ways that you can increase the value of your home instead of losing it from external sources out of your control.

For more specific tips on your home and how to emphasize the positive or to discuss concerns you may have on external sources devaluing your home feel free to give me a call at any time

 

 

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Posted in Real Estate
Oct. 16, 2019

Halloween Events Around Palm Beach County

Pumpkins are lining porches, the ghosts are in the windows, and I've seen a rogue broomstick flying through the air, yes, it's Halloween season and there are a lot of really fun hollowing events going on around Palm Beach County this year. Here are some of our favorites.Halloween Events Around Palm Beach County

October 18 Spookyville at South Florida Fairgrounds – October 18 through the 31st at 9067 Southern Blvd. in West Palm Beach Florida is an old-fashioned Halloween for families and children 12 and under. There will be safe trick-or-treat's, contests, rides, games, haunted houses and more.

October 25 Halloween at the Y – on Friday, October 25 from 6:30 PM to 9 PM at the DeVos- Blum family YMCA of Boynton Beach you can grab your favorite costume and had to the YMCA for this year's theme Toy Story Land. Little ghosts and goblins are welcome to join in the hayrides, activities, haunted houses, and trick-or-treating.

October 18 at the River Center in Jupiter Florida is the Madcap science Lab and Halloween Party. Grab your lab coat and safety goggles for fun activities such as trick-or-treating, science experiments, campfire and s'mores, crafts and games and even a hayride.

October 26 is the Fall festival at the Garden Districts Parks on Saturday from 6 PM to 9 PM located at 5101 117th Court N. in Palm Beach Gardens. There will be live music, inflatable's, outdoor movie screens, photo booths, food trucks, trunk or treat, and lots of crazy adventures. Dress up in your best costume and come prepared to eat and have fun all evening.

Spooky Sharkey Hollowing Party on October 26 from an 11 AM until 3 PM at the shark wake Park. Enjoy a costume party, DJ, trunk or treat, and more located at Okeeheelee Park at 1440 Eshleman Trail in West Palm Beach Florida. This event is free and open to the public.

Halloween at the Addison presents "Neon Nights" – on October 31 starting at 7:30 PM at 2 E. Camino real in Boca Raton Florida is a fantastic open bar, live entertainment, and delicious catered event. Tickets are $110 for early birds and $125 for general admission. VIP tickets available as well and include food, open bar, and entertainment. There will be glow-in-the-dark seem events styled by Daniel Events.

Boo at the Zoo – October 18 from 9:00 AM until 9 PM enjoy this 21st annual Spooktacular with safe and fun trick-or-treating event for kids of all ages. This is happening at the Palm Beach zoo at 1301 Summit Blvd.

There's plenty more to check out around Palm Beach County but these are some of our favorites. For a list of all hollowing events going on around Palm Beach County click this link.

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Oct. 4, 2019

Top Mistakes Most Buyers Make on Home Inspections

Top Mistakes most home buyers make

Nobody wants to make a mistake so if you can prevent them before they occur then you can be ahead of the game and march confidently into homeownership. Having a home inspection is a huge part of the home buying process. Here are some top mistakes many buyers make on their home inspection.

Home Inspections#1. Not inspecting new construction.

Many home buyers feel that if it's new construction there can't be anything wrong with it. They'd rather save that few hundred dollars and not have the inspection. However, just because it's new construction doesn't mean it's perfect. Many homebuyers are notorious for not having new construction inspected. They assume everything is okay and up to code. However, some inspectors can find hundreds of mistakes in a new construction home. You cannot rely on your builder or contractor to make sure that everything is done correctly. Having that unbiased home inspector go through the entire home and property will give you peace of mind.

 #2. Not showing up for your own inspection.

While this is not a requirement it is a crucial part of the home buying process. While we don't recommend hovering over the inspector and simply stepping back to let him do his job, we do recommend being there to ask questions, find out as much as you can and understand the general construction of your home. Written reports after the fact may leave you with many questions and confusion so being there at the time to get your questions answered can put you in a much better position later on. It is optional for your real estate agent to be present during the inspection but you can certainly ask your agent at any time if they feel they need to be present during the inspection.

 #3. Choosing the wrong inspector.

As a professional and experienced real estate agent in the Palm Beach County area I have seen far too many homebuyers use a family member, friend or even just a handyman to look through a house. The problem with this is that this is a huge investment you are purchasing so you need to choose someone that understands all of the nuances, construction and materials of the property. We recommend several qualified and reputable real estate inspectors throughout Palm Beach Gardens in Jupiter Florida but you are welcome to choose whomever you want. However, not using a skilled, knowledgeable and seasoned home inspector could cost you later on.

 #4. Not taking recommendations seriously.

The job of the home inspector is to lay out all of the issues in an unbiased manner. They are not to be alarmists or scare you out of buying the home but simply explain any issues of concern. The problem comes when you don't take serious recommendations into account. No matter how much you love the home, if there are serious hazard or safety issues, this is something to consider. Other items, such as a missing plug-in plate or light switch plate, missing baseboard or a rip or tear in a window screen is not that big of a deal, but larger issues such as a leaking roof, crumbling foundation or faulty wiring are things not to overlook.

#5. Understanding the home inspector does not know everything.

Most home inspectors know a little bit about a lot of different items, and they have too in order to provide accurate information to the best of their ability. However, they don't know everything and they cannot predict every faulty issue or future breakage that will occur.  You cannot hold them responsible for missing items that will happen later in the future.  The best that they can do is to provide accurate information on what condition the property is currently in.

Buying a home should be fun but you'll also want to take into consideration these crucial steps in the home inspection process. Learning as much as you can about your investment can put you steps ahead in saving for future replacements. 

 For more information feel free to contact us at any time. Stay tuned to our website and our blog for local listings, events, news and information about real estate throughout Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Juno Beach.

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Sept. 2, 2019

How Homeowners Can Recover From Hurricane Damage

Hurricanes on Florida's east coast are nothing new but when we get reports of a pretty serious one, we start to look at our insurance policies, battening down the hatches, and what to do after a hurricane. Here are a few ways homeowners can recover from any hurricane damage.How Homeowners Can Recover From Hurricane Damage

If your home is damaged what do you do first?

When it's safe to do so, make any temporary repairs to prevent further damage of possible. This might mean putting tarps over holes in the roofs or plywood over broken windows.

Document as much as possible to ease your claiming process Make sure you understand what your policy covers and take pictures of everything.

Limits of your homeowner insurance policy depend on property damage from wind, but flood damage may not be covered through a standard homeowners policy even though flooding is a pretty common effect of a hurricane. Homeowners should consider purchasing separate coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program.

Renters policy may only cover renters possession inside while the landlord can ensure the building's structure. Any damage to personal vehicles from wind and flooding is typically covered under your auto insurance policy.

What might not be covered?

Lost wages, temporary housing, or money to cover living expenses while your home is being prepared may not be covered so it's important to understand your policy and have a backup.

Be aware of scammers. Scammers come out in droves after damage from natural disasters. You'll want to contact your insurance company before signing anything and only work with licensed and insured contractors. Make sure you get more than one estimate and get everything in writing. As for identification from sales representatives and never pay a contractor in full or assign a completion certificate until the work is completed.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA can provide various forms of financial assistance after a disaster but it must be declared a federal disaster first. Visit the disaster assistance.gov and enter your address and they can point you toward FEMA disaster recovery centers.

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