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May 8, 2020

10 Must-Haves All Buyers Want in a Home

If you're serious about selling your home you're probably looking for every way possible to attract a potential buyer. Buyers change over the decades and today we have more millennial buyers than ever before. Baby boomers are retiring and looking for a place to relax and millennial's are looking for that perfect home to start or continue their family. If you really want to appeal to a wide range of homebuyers here are 10 must-have is that all homes should possess in order to attract homebuyers.

#1. A separate laundry room.10 must haves all buyers want

Donna the days where homeowners want to traipse downstairs to a basement are out to a garage in order to get laundry done. Having a laundry room close to the bedrooms, either upstairs or on the ground floor with enough space to fold clothes and have some storage space is a key component that many home buyers are looking for these days.

#2. Garage storage space.

Space, space and more space. That's what a lot of homebuyers are looking for and if the garage cannot only house one or two cars but may have an additional parking space, cabinets, shelving or workbench, it will appeal to more buyers.

More: How to buy and sell during a pandemic

#3. Eat in kitchens.

Eat in kitchens are a must have for many homebuyers, especially families with children. However, they don't just want to eat in kitchen, they want a formal dining room as well. This is enough space to allow for a small table and chairs, a bench up against a window and a table or some space that the family can have a quick breakfast or lunch in without hauling dishes to the formal dining room.

#4. Walk in kitchen pantry.

This is becoming a huge attraction in many new homes. This is a pantry space that not only will fit all of your dry goods and canned goods but maybe a few appliances, paper towels, dish rags, soaps etc. This walk-in kitchen pantry is probably about the size of that eat in kitchen.

#5. Updated kitchen and bathroom.

If the home is a little bit older, the kitchen and bathroom should be one of the top things to renovate. New countertops, new paint, refinish the cabinets or replace them and new floors all mean an attractive outlook to potential buyers.

#6. Open floor plan.

An open floor plan is a must-have in many new homes and most new construction properties and models will have this type of floor plan. The living room, kitchen, dining room and family room are all connected by one large room. No longer is one of these rooms cut off from the rest of the family.

#7. Home office.

Now, a home office can simply be an additional bedroom but having a space set aside for this is essential to many potential homebuyers today. Using either an attic, a veranda at the top of the stairs or a separate bedroom dedicated as an office will appeal to many buyers.

RElated: Now is a great time to buy because interest rates are so low

#8. Easy maintenance.

Buyers today are also looking for a low maintenance type of home. They want low upkeep features such as hardwood floors as opposed to carpeting, granite countertops and items that don't need a lot of maintenance or fussing. Many of today's buyers grew up with their parents having along honey do list of repairs each weekend and they're trying to find homes that avoid this type of maintenance.

#9. Energy efficiency.

Homebuyers today are looking for energy Star appliances, energy-efficient lighting, windows, doors and proper insulation levels. They don't want to be spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars on wasted energy each year. You might be surprised how many people ask about the efficiency of homes.

More: How to sell a luxury home without listing it on the MLS

#10. En suite master bath.

According to an article in USA Today, buyers will pay an extra 49% or over $2000 extra for a home with an en suite master bath. This type of feature is important to people 35 and older and those that feel that home is their mental sanctuary.

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For more information on staging and setting up your home for today's buyers please contact my office today. I can offer tips, suggestions and how to stage and layout your home for the maximum appeal to the majority of homebuyers.

 

Posted in Real Estate
May 1, 2020

How to Sell a Luxury Home without Listing on the MLS

There are a large number of luxury home owners choosing to forgo the traditional way of selling a home and do what is called a pocket listing. A pocket listing is a home for sale that does not list on the MLS (multiple listing service).

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Reasons why homeowners choose to do a pocket listing include: to keep privacy-some luxury listings are owned by high profile people and for their own safety it is best to have a listing that is not openly advertised, to limit the number of showings creating less cleaning work and keep non serious buyers to a minimum, homeowners are not in a “need to sell” situation and might be just entertaining the idea of selling should the right offer come along, the homeowner may only want to advertise to certain groups of people including realtors in special luxury buying and selling circles to obtain top dollar offers.

Pros of Pocket Listing

  • Less work on the sellers end to prepare a home for listing
  • Less home showings and less likelihood of people coming to your home simply to admire it
  • Possible break on commission from listing agent
  • Specialized marketing to a core audience

Cons of Pocket Listing

  • Not as much exposure to buyers on the market
  • Possible more demanding buyer pool that will be less understanding of the sellers needs
  • Less exposure could mean a lower offer

Selling a luxury home or property

There are benefits and drawbacks to pocket listings, but one thing is for sure if you have a high-end luxury home you want to sell whether on the traditional MLS or off, you want to list your home with an experienced local agent that specializes in luxury properties. These agents take part in what is referred to as a “Top Agent Network.” These agents deal with luxury properties and know what is on the market both on and off the MLS, and can help you market your property in a way that works for you. They will be able to find the best offer from a serious buyer all while giving you as much or little privacy as you need in the transaction.

Related: 5 Keys to Investing in Florida Luxury Real Estate

For luxury home buyers looking to purchase a dream home, seeking out a luxury property buyers agent is a must. The reason to do this is because of pocket listings. Luxury buying agents will also be part of these luxury real estate circles and be able to find you properties for sale that not many people know about. One thing is for sure selling and listing a luxury property or looking to buy a luxury home, you need the right agent on your side.

 

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April 23, 2020

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.

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#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.

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#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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Posted in Real Estate
April 13, 2020

A Buzzworthy Project for Mirasol - Honey for Residents!

A Buzzworthy Project for Mirasol - Honey for Residents!Did you know that the Mirasol Country Club produces its own honey? Mirasol, and affluent country club in Palm Beach Gardens Florida has been given approval to place beehives throughout the 2300 acre community to use the honey for culinary operations, spot treatments, and salon products. This truly is a 'BUZZ-worthy" project.

Mirasol has always been about sustainable management and the club recently launched a "Bee Inspired" initiative in 2019. Last year, the Marsal Gulf Course Maintenance Director Michael Thomas enlisted the help of beekeeper Sierra Malnove to install 20 beehives in remote parts of the community. Since her installation, there have been more than 430 pounds of honey harvested to be used in the club's restaurants from marinades and appetizers, desserts and cocktails, to spot treatments and salon products.

The logo will be indicated with a "Bee Inspired" logo on menus and on products. There will be lip bombs, beeswax products, and salon product lines with additional uses for future harvests still underway. This truly adds value for members and for obvious environmental benefits.

The honey and related products are available to the Mirasol community only right now but many members have indicated they look forward to giving the products as gifts to friends and family.A Buzzworthy Project for Mirasol - Honey for Residents!

Currently, Florida is ranked #3 in the US for honey production with more than 14 million pounds produced in 2018 alone.

Were excited to see where this takes not only the community but the city of Palm Beach Gardens and the environment as a whole. For those concerned about the beehive placement, talk to your HOA management if there are issues such as allergies but for the most part, these beehives are kept in remote places and only accessible by Sierra and her team.

For now, you can enjoy some of the honey inspired dishes at the Grille restaurant such as honey glazed salmon or Panna cotta with the honey syrup. Or stop by the spot to enjoy some "Bee Inspired" skin treatments, lotions, and beeswax products.

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April 10, 2020

Right of First Refusal | How to Use it in a Real Estate Transaction

In a hot real estate market you'll often find unique contingencies, addendum's and clauses that can alter the traditional aspects of a purchase and sale agreement. The Right of First Refusal is one of those types of documents that you're likely to see in a variety of different markets.right of first refusal

The right of first refusal, also called a kick out clause, is typically given to  buyers that have proposed a contingency in buying the sellers property. This contingency is usually set on their home selling before they can close on the new house. Often times, taking this type of contingency is of great risk to the seller as the home needs to be pulled off of the market waiting for the other home to sell. The right of first refusal is a unique document in that it allows the seller to keep the property on the market waiting for another offer while the buyer strives to sell the property as quickly as possible. If the seller gets another offer before the buyer's home has sold, the seller offers the buyer a "right of first refusal", meaning they will give the buyer anywhere from 24 to 72 hours to pull the trigger on the sellers house otherwise the earnest money will be returned to the buyer and the seller will take the backup offer. This really is a win-win for all as the seller can keep the home on the market and active in the buyers can basically put a "hold" on the property they're trying to buy until their home sells. Really the only drawback is that if the seller does receive another offer in the meantime and that second buyer cannot wait the timeframe needed for the first buyer to make a decision on the right of first refusal.

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Often times this is a great marketing tool for buyers to use if they plan on selling another property. They can find a home, ask about a contingency clause and then put in a right of first refusal, allowing the seller to keep the home on the market. If the buyer's home sells, then the buyer can follow through with purchasing the new home. If the home doesn't sell in the seller receives a new offer, the buyer can cancel the previous offer and either way to their home sells or find a new home to place a similar offer on.

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As a seller, there are certain things you need to look for in this type of clause. You want to know what the buyers willing to pay for the home, which is very standard on most purchase and sale contracts, you need to know if the buyers going to have a home inspection shortly after the approval or if they are waiting and tell their home sells, when the proposed close date is, how long the buyer will have to respond should the seller receive another offer and if the buyer currently has their home listed on the market.

If the buyer does not already have their home on the market this should be a pretty big red flag that the buyer might not be as serious as they should be about selling and purchasing a new home. However, this is where a buyers agent in a listing agent can really do their due diligence. They can communicate back and forth so that time frames, contingencies and all documents are clearly understood.

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While this type of offer is not the norm it also should not be entered into lightly. In a hot market like the Southeast Florida real estate market, houses can be selling quite quickly but this type of offer should only be accepted on a home that is having trouble selling. This might be a short sale home, foreclosure, damaged home or simply an undesirable location. If the seller is having trouble selling their home the buyer might as well. It can leave a lot of unanswered questions as to what type of buyer the seller is dealing with. Is the buyer willing to price the home correctly in order to get it sold quickly? Is the real estate agent listing the home marking it properly?

Right of first refusalThis type of offer is not common but it is a welcome type of offer if the home has not sold in a timely matter or parties or buying and selling at the same time. These simultaneous closings can get confusing but having a seasoned and qualified real estate professional can explain all of the pros, cons, disadvantages and benefits to a right of first refusal clause.

There are other types of right of first refusal such as condominium associations, which can reserve the right to purchase a condominium from a homeowner that might be selling to maintain power over the purchase. This clause is also helpful in land between the homes when the owner of a subdivision sell that particular lot to a homebuyer and there is a vacant lot adjacent to the property. Occasionally, a homeowner will grant a right of first refusal to the person who has already purchased the property.

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Pretty much the only disadvantage to this situation is if the first buyer agrees to go through with the purchase before actually selling their home. If everything looks good and the buyers willing to take that risk, you could end up going to closing with some financial issues on the buyer's end. 

For more information on the right of first refusal, kickback clauses and other tactics to buy and sell real estate with expert negotiation tactics, give me a call today! Let's do this. 

 

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March 31, 2020

6 Tips for Creating and Maintaining Gardens in South Florida

If you're moving to South Florida from pretty much anywhere else in the country you might think that Florida weather is not that great for a lot of gardening, but, it really is all about finding the right plants and those that thrive in this climate. Sure, it's hot and humid, but some plans absolutely love our weather so if you're trying to grow spinach or sugar peas, you might not have a whole lot of luck. But, a few peppers, basil, and artichokes, and your garden could be blooming with life by Midsummer.6 Tips for Creating and Maintaining Gardens in South Florida

Here are six tips for creating and maintaining a garden in South Florida.

Test the soil

Before you go planting vegetation that just doesn't like your soil, test your soil. Order online a test soil kit or visit a local garden center and ask them what type of soil is best for growing the type of plants you desire. You can even test on soil's pH without a soil kit by collecting one cup of soil from different parts of the garden, separating it, and adding 1/2 a cup of white vinegar. If the soil fizzes you have alkaline soil and most plants thrive in slightly acidic soil with a pH of 5.5 to 7 so depending on how alkaline or acidic your soil is, you'll need to add more nutrients to get where you want it.

Buying plants

Obviously, you can go to any big-box store or even your local hardware store and find plants but what type of plants work best for your environment? It's best to contact a local nursery it's been around for years. They will know the best plants for your soil and your location and also give you tips and advice on what plants to use for getting the most out of whatever garden you are creating. Whether it's a vegetable garden or flower garden, experts at garden centers will typically have great suggestions for native plants and landscaping options.

6 Tips for Creating and Maintaining Gardens in South FloridaWatering

Watering can be challenging for South Florida homeowners as we all need regular drinks from time to time. But, water can cost money and there may be local restrictions depending on your community. Having a fixed irrigation schedule might help but it can be expensive as well. Consider using xeriscaping, which uses native plants and flowers that are literally built to thrive in the weather and offer drought-tolerant roots. Good air occasion is always key and consistency is important. Short, and frequent watering encourages shallow root systems, which is bad for just about any plant or grasses. During the hottest time of year run the irrigation two times a week or even three times it is been extremely dry. In the winter, one week on average should be sufficient. Morning is often best as the water has a chance to soak into the earth without it creating and growing fungus by watering at night.

Fertilizing

unfortunately, a lot of Florida soil has no nutritional value so it's important to fertilize your plants, flowers, and vegetation regularly. Controlled-release fertilizer is a simple 14 – 14 – 14, balanced fertilizer that can be used on just about any plants. Liquid fertilizer likes a 20 – 20 – 20 and a plant can take up the fertilizer easier and quicker. Again, talk to your garden specialists, preferably not at a big box store to get the right amount of fertilizer for the type of plants you're growing.

Weed control

With all of the extra watering you'll be doing, weeds will absolutely love your soil and there's really not a whole lot you can do because this is a year-round maintenance necessity. Mulch will definitely help because it blocks the light that weeds need and retains moisture in the soil. However, be careful not to bury the plants and trees with too much mulch. Mulching too close to a plant's base prevents it from drying out between watering. Groundcovers and we do mats also make excellent weed control options. Of course, once you have weeds, the only option is to pull those suckers up.

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Plant issues

bugs, critters, and pests can be a nuisance for South Florida gardeners. It's important to monitor your plants constantly in case you find fungus, other issues, or problems that need to be addressed right away. Neglecting your plants for days or even weeks will cause the problem to spread. Stress, insects, and disease are all problems for plants. Plants can experience stress under cold winter snaps, sitting in wet soil for too long or lack of irrigation. You want to treat any fungicides with a spray or drench but again, ask your garden professional on the type of issue your plant is having and take pictures when you go in so they know exactly what they are looking at. Chewing and sucking insects can be a nightmare such as caterpillars, cutworms, aphids, and more and by the time you see these, they've probably been there a while wreaking havoc on your plants and leaves. Keeping your plants well fed and watered regularly is the best defense against insects but there may be some natural insecticides that you can use, Neem oil or a similar product, and stay on top of it until the problem is completely eradicated.

Now is a great time to start prepping your garden and landscape for flowers, vegetation, and any other plantings you plan to do this spring and summer. There are so many home remedies for planting and gardening that you may not even have to leave your home. Match up pictures with issues you find online and see if you can tackle any plant problems with the DIY touch.

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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.

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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.

 

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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

 

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