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June 30, 2020

Top 10 Things Home Buyers Want to Know

We can fill in all the fluff we want with legal descriptions and flowery words but really, buyers just want to know these 10 simple things. The better we present them, the clearer it is.

#1. Location and Neighborhood.Top 10 Things Home Buyers Want to Know

Where is the house? Is it a safe neighborhood? What about the schools? Distance to shops and markets? This is what the people want to know.

#2. Price

Obviously, they want to know the price. Some homes come in a price range and that's okay, but they need to know.

#3. Appearance

We want to know how it looks. Is it attractive, a fixer-upper, move-in ready? People obviously want to know what it looks like.

#4. Layout and floor plan.

This doesn't need to be an actual floor plan of the property but several pictures should give you an idea of how the floor plan operates. Is there a bathroom off the kitchen? Is there an additional room with a closet that would be perfect for a den or office space? People want to know the general layout and what to expect.

#5. Total number of rooms.

People basically just want to know how many bedrooms and bathrooms the home has. In many newer homes, 3+ bathrooms are common, but homes in the 1950s really only had one or maybe one and a half bathrooms.

#6. Lot size.

While many people can't visualize the square footage of a lot, saying the lot is a half-acre or quarter-acre may give them some idea as to how big the lot is.

#7. Square footage of the house.

Same with square footage, unless you are familiar with how big a thousand square feet is, people may not be able to visualize how big a home is by the square footage, however, saying that it has a large square footage of over 3000 ft.², does give some comparison.

#8. Community details.

This could go with the neighborhood, but it's important to talk about homeowner association fees and if the community is gated or has its own amenities such as a swimming pool or tennis courts.

#9. Additional features.

If the home has a swimming pool, hot tub or maybe the wine cellar, those additional features are definitely something buyers want to know about.

#10. Contact information for more details.

We can give everybody all the details in the world but if there's no way to schedule a showing of the property for a phone number to be able to answer more questions, it's pointless. Make sure contact information, phone number or email address is front and center. [Adapted by RealtorMag]

 

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June 24, 2020

Should Real Estate Agents Use Drones?

There are a lot of rules and regulations when it comes to drone technology especially in the use of a business. Most real estate agents find it beneficial to use tools and technology that many of their coworkers are simply not using yet. There are pros and cons to the use of drone technology but the pros enough to outweigh the cons?Should Real Estate Agents Use Drones?

The drawbacks of using a drone is that they are not cheap. A good drone that will take pictures or video of an area typically will cost at least $1000 and if you hire a professional drone operator you're looking at several hundred dollars. Does this benefit the client? It depends. If we're talking about a million-dollar home here, using $1000 drone might be very beneficial as the seller expects this type of technology and you should get it back in a commission.

It's also beneficial to get an operator test before flying your own drone. The last thing you want is for it to get stuck in a tree on the roof of the house. The test is not hard and if you hire out the drone technology then you won't even have to take the test yourself. However, if you do hire an operator you want to make sure that they have their certification.

The downside is that the registration process can take several months. So this is something to plan for way in advance. The registration might be inexpensive, but this is likely to go up as more and more drone operators hit the skies.

The FAA commercial drone rules that real estate agency to be aware of. After registering, the drone must have a specific ID number that traces back to the owner. The drone cannot weigh more than 55 pounds and it must have at least one pilot. Other regulations include the drone being flown by an English-speaking pilot at least 16 years of age or older. The drone have to be flown from a stationary point of view and not from under a roof or in a moving the. The drone must be in sight of the pilot at all times and the FAA requires inspection of the drone before flying it. Drones can only be flown during daylight hours and must maintain a height of 400 feet or less.

All these regulations are very reasonable and most homes are far below 400 feet, unless we are talking about a high-rise condominium complex but even then, 400 feet is quite dramatic. Drones also cannot exceed 100 miles per hour.

So you can see the dilemma; there are a lot of rules, regulations, registration and inspections that need to take place before you can even use the drone. And then, are you impeding on someone else's property or privacy by flying over backyards and houses, even if it is innocently taking a good screenshot of the surrounding neighborhood?

Drones might be a great idea but really only in the luxury real estate market and also in an area that benefits from drone technology. If the neighborhood leaves much to be desired most real estate agents are not going to focus or feature the rest of the neighborhood in a flyover video.

It might be a fad right now but it might also be a fact that carries on for some time. The point is to use them responsibly and keep yourself and others as safe as possible.

Need to market your Palm Beach County home? Give me a call! I specialize in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Singer Island, Juno Beach and North Palm Beach.

Image adapted from Andrew Turner Flickr

Posted in News
June 17, 2020

The Ultimate Home Sellers Guide

If you simply throw a sign up in the front yard without any preparation or research you might get a few lookee loo's but probably not a serious offer. If you do get a serious offer you would probably get hung up in inspection issues, repairs and replacement if not flat out contradictions on price. I want my sellers to be as prepared as possible and that means taking some responsibility in preparing your home for listing. Probably one of the first things you can do is simply to have a listing presentation. If you're unsure of what to change, fix, repair or replace this would be an ideal first step. I can come to your home and offer tips, suggestions and run the numbers or do the research on what your home is currently worth. I can also run the numbers on what your home could be worse should you make some improvements. Certain items such as location and layout are difficult if not impossible to change but other items such as updates, upgrades, renovations, replacements or major and minor repairs can work wonders when it comes to increasing your homes value.

Before we begin: Is it worth it to sell it yourself?

Ways to increase your home’s valueWhy use a Realtor

Want the Most From your Home Sale? Here’s How

Every home seller wants to get the very most from the profits of their home although not every seller is willing to do what it takes in order to get those profits. In buyers markets, sellers are competing with foreclosures and short sales that may be drastically underpriced. Because of this, many sellers may find themselves underwater, meaning that they owe more on the home than they could sell it for. If you're on the fence wondering if you can get enough for your home there are some things to increase your chances on gaining more of a profit when it comes time to selling. Here are five ways to sell your property for a higher price than your competition.

#1. Correct anything that a buyer would address.

And you may not know exactly what these things are. The best way to know what you need to fix, repair or replace is either have your agent or a trusted friend walk through your home making notes, tips and suggestions. Living in a home for a long time can make us blind to defects and faults in the house. Simple items such as worn door frames, squeaky drawers and leaky faucets can often go overlooked. But, buyers will certainly pinpoint all of these issues and once everything is corrected and fixed, buyers will feel more comfortable purchasing a home at full price.

#2. Lived-in is not livable.

Buyers know that you live in the home but they don't want to see it.  Now is the time to make it look less lived-in. Buyers want to start over in a new home and if they have to fix things, paint walls, replace items, or if the entire home looks too cluttered, buyers see nothing but work ahead of them. Buyers also cannot always see the potential of the house so you have to create the perfect setting for them. Perhaps your couch is old and tattered; maybe your coffee table has too many nicks or scratches in it, or you’re trying to hide that gouge out over in the wall; whatever it is, buyers cannot see past these items so it may be time to completely revamp your furniture and decor. If you can afford it it would be best to hire a stager during the time your home is on the market. Yes, this can get expensive but sellers can usually get several thousand dollars more out of the home simply by having it staged.

Read more: Staging your Home in Palm Beach Gardens

#3. Less is more. 

Since you will be packing all of your items anyway, start now by getting rid of at least half of the items in closets, drawers, cupboards and pantries. Also, don't stack these items in boxes in the garage because buyers will figure out that all of these items came from the house. Rent a storage facility or a pod that can be moved to your new home. Buyers want to see plenty of space, open and free-flowing rooms, and a neat and orderly layout. Also, having less furniture means potential homebuyers have a clear pathway through the property.

#4. Smells can make or break a sale.

Just as we get immune to defects we can also get immune to smells. Our particular odor and smell in our house has become so accustomed to us that we can't smell it anymore, but, home buyers certainly can, especially if you have pets, you smoke, or the home has mildew or mold. This is where having a trusted friend or your agent will come in handy again. Listen to their honest advice about the smell of your home. If you have pets, make sure you remove the litter box and any evidence of cats or dogs during showings. Keep cages and litter boxes clean during the time your homes on the market. Be careful of what you cook the day of a showing. Many foods have very strong smells such as fried foods, eggs, and heavily spiced dishes. Good smell such as baking cookies or cake can add a pleasant smell to the home but make sure that it's not overpowering.

48 Ways to Speed a House Sale#5. Don't neglect to the outside.

Now that the inside smells amazing, everything is fixed, and the home is free and clear of any clutter, don't neglect the outside because this is usually the first impression buyers have about a home. Make sure the cross is nice and green by giving it a good dose of nitrogen, keep bushes and trees well trimmed and patios and stairs free and clear of any weeds or overgrowth. It might also be a good idea to hire a professional landscaper during the time the homes on the market just to keep the outside perfectly cared for.

 

Read more: How to Increase the Profit on Your Home

Choosing the Right Agent

Once you’ve made appropriate adjustments, repairs or a replacement, now’s the time to consider the right real estate agent. Not all agents prefer to help sellers; many prefer just to represent homebuyers. While any real estate agent can handle both sides of the transaction it's best to work with an agent that specializes in helping sellers specifically.  Even though you can use any agent to market and list your home on the local MLS it pays to have someone that understands the process, is proficient in listing and selling property and has the experience and references to back it. This is not the time to use your cousins, best friends husband just because they're trying to get started in the real estate world. Listing agents need to be dedicated, consistent, proficient and experienced when it comes to negotiating terms and price for their seller. Here are some questions to ask your real estate agent:

#1. How will you come up with the asking price?How to choose a realtor

he agent needs to know the neighborhood, the current market, and today's buyers, this is why it is so important to have a listing agent that has also helped buyers so they know what buyers are looking for and what they're willing to pay.

Related: Ready to Price and Sell Your Mirasol Home

#2. How long does it take you to sell a property?

If the agent has only listed one or two properties a year and those properties are still on the market, this may not be the best agent for your needs. Agents that can sell properties within 60 to 90 days or so and can do that with several properties throughout the year are usually a good bet.

#3. How will you market my home?

Some amateur agents simply think that you can list the home on the local MLS and buyers will flock to it. This is simply not the case. Agents need to market the home not only on the local MLS but to potential buyers and their agents. Because I have numerous contacts with potential buyers and their agents I can get your home in front of numerous if not hundreds of buyers within the first week on the market.

#4. How will you communicate with me?

If your real estate agent list your property and then completely drops off the face of the earth it can be very difficult to communicate when or if you get an offer. Ask how the real estate agent will communicate with you either by text, email, phone, in person or all of the above.

Showings and Offer

Once your home is on the market you will get numerous buyers touring your home. It's best to leave the property while buyers and their agents browse your home so they don't feel pressured or uncomfortable with the seller lingering around them. Yes, you may want to answer certain questions they have but that's what your listing agent and their buyers agent is for. We are the mediators between buyer and seller for any questions or negotiations. It's best to have your home in a show ready state within about 30 minutes. This means you should pack up about half of the items in your home, store them neatly either in the garage or a storage space and be ready to show the home within 30 minutes of a phone call. This can be difficult with kids but not impossible. Remember to put things away after use and clean up any messes right away. You might even consider hiring a professional housecleaner while your home is on the market at least once a week. This can help with the deep cleaning and keep things nice and tidy.

Important: Should I Listen to Feedback?

When an offer does come in your listing agent will call you with the terms and price. You have the ultimate authority to accept, reject or negotiate the offer. The longer a home sits on the market the lower the offer might be. This is why it is so crucial to get the right listing price right out of the gate. You'll get the right buyers and the most profit by pricing it correctly from the beginning. Your listing agent will go over all of the terms of the offer and then it's up to you whether you want to counter offer, reject or accept the offer.

sold home, closingTry not to feel emotional or insulted by a lowball offer; buyers are always hoping to get the best deal so you never know by being unemotional, you can negotiate across the board with the right buyer. Counter offers and negotiations can go on for several days or even weeks, especially if were dealing with a bank or a short sale situation.

Try not to get frustrated but understand that this is a very large investment purchase and it can take time. Once both buyer and seller have mutually agreed upon the listing price and terms the contract is now in place and buyers will have an inspection completed.

Try not to get too nervous during the inspection time as the buyers just want to verify their investment. This is also a negotiation time as buyers may come back with specifics on repairs or replacements. You may either agree, reject, or negotiate these requirements and tell mutual acceptance has happened on both sides again.

Once the inspection contingency is satisfied the process moves on to closing. Buyers will finalize any financing and this is a great time to finish packing up for the big move. Your closing agent, which could be title, escrow or even your brokerage, will call you for final signing. Be sure to ask any questions during this time so you feel confident about what you are signing and understand everything involved. If something seems amiss be sure to question it.

Conclusion

Selling a home can be stressful but without much knowledge and understanding of the process and your responsibility in all of it, it can be easier and as stress-free as possible. But, again, it all comes down to choosing the right agent to help you facilitate the transaction, set the right price from the beginning, and help you close on time. Feel free to call if you have any other questions.

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Posted in Real Estate
June 9, 2020

The 3 Most Popular Communities in Palm Beach County

The three most popular communities in Palm Beach Gardens in Jupiter Florida continue to be Abacoa, Admirals Cove, and Mirsol. These three master-planned subdivisions continue to maintain high property values, a wide range of home prices, and offer perks unlike any in the area. Here's why these are the most popular communities in Palm Beach County.

Mirasol Country Club

Mirasol Country Club

This community sits just north of PGA Boulevard and Palm Beach Gardens Florida. Nearly every home is either a waterfront or golf course front home. The golf course winds in and through the community and there are several smaller neighborhoods within the master-planned community of Mirasol, each touting the name of the street the house resides on. In the center is the Country Club at Mirasol featuring multiple sports and recreation activities, restaurants, a massive, recently redesigned clubhouse, swimming pool, and resort-style amenities. This is been touted as one of the most prized golfing communities in South Florida with 25 separate residential neighborhoods or villages. It features over 2300 acres of tropical landscape and two golf courses and is gated for security and luxury. This is a highly landscaped, lush and tropical community with equity membership for all residents. Learn more about the Mirasol Country Club here.

most popular communities in Palm Beach County

Abacoa

The luxury community of Abacoa is in Jupiter Florida just north of Donald Ross Road and minutes to the beach, world-class golfing, and multiple sports fields and courts. With over 2000 acres of Florida nature in the heart of Jupiter, Abacoa always comes in at one of the top communities in the county. It offers traditional real estate neighborhoods with a Town Center featuring restaurants, shops, and entertainment. Abacoa is practically like its own little village with 16 unique communities ranging from single-family homes, patio homes, carriage homes, townhouses, and condos. There's also a variety of styles and prices to serve a diverse group of homebuyers. Abacoa has excellent schools with dozens of recreational activities and an activities coordinator perfect for clubs, groups, events, festivals, and volunteer opportunities. Browse all of the micro-neighborhoods and learn more about Abacoa real estate here.

Admiral's Cove

Admirals Cove

Admirals Cove is for the sea-loving homeowner and everyone. Life on the water, unique waterfront living and a boater's paradise is definitely what Admirals Cove is all about. Nestled in Jupiter Florida, this nautical community offers a wide range of waterfront homes from luxury to single-family starter homes. Whether you're looking for a condominium or a luxury estate on the water with a dock in your backyard, you'll find a wide range of home styles, architecture, and layouts to suit all. Admirals Cove features championship golf courses allowing for some of the best golf views and challenges in the world. It offers one of the most private and elite country clubs in Jupiter. Plus, with the newest renovations to the clubhouse, spa and salon, Marina, and tennis facility, homeowners are getting the best of the best in Jupiter Florida. Check out more of the amenities and homes for sale in Admirals Cove here.

For more information on homes for sale in any of these three most popular and highly desirable Palm Beach County communities, contact my office at any time. All three images above are actual listings from the MLS in these communities

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Posted in Mirasol, News
June 3, 2020

How to Sell Your Luxury Home Without a Price Drop

How to sell your luxury home without a price drop

Is it possible to sell a home without any price drops? I’m not just talking about selling a home at the lowest possible price but a fair market price without reducing it. Is it possible? Selling luxury homes can present unique challenges. Because these homes typically appeal to a narrower pool of buyers, they can tend to sit on the market for some time. But, with the right strategy, you can get the price you want in less time. Here is how to sell your Palm Beach County home without reducing the price.

#1. Understand what you are up against.

Many luxury homes can undergo significant price drops throughout the marketing lifespan but most luxury homebuyers know exactly what they want in their price range so selling specifically to them takes experience. Understanding who is buying, where their buying, and how their mind and for how much means that you can set yourself up for success from the minute the home hits the market.

#2. Working with an agent that understands the luxury market.

I have sold homes in Palm Beach County for years and understand exactly what luxury home buyers are looking for and how to price your home. Affluent homebuyers occupy a particular niche and these sellers and buyers expect expert, top-shelf customer service. Understanding these buyers and sellers means that I can directly communicate with buyer’s agents and their buyers to pull together a real estate transaction that’s a win-win for both.

#3. Staging and photography are key.

This is not the type of listing that you’ll test the market with and if it doesn’t sell then start doing the marketing tasks you should have done to begin with. No, we need quality photos that tell a story, expert staging, and marketing that’s ready to hit the ground running from the beginning.

#4. Focus on high-end features and things that make your home stand out.

Does your home have a 3000-bottle wine cellar? Perhaps our resort-style swimming pool complete with spa, outdoor shower, and water features… Whatever it is, that’s what needs to stand out. You need to show buyers the value of what they are paying for. If your home looks like every other home, buyers are not going to see enough of a difference to justify the value. Whether it’s the view, amenities on-site, the location, or the materials, make sure you highlight why your home is worth what you are asking.

#5. Show off the lifestyle.

What entices wealthy homebuyers from other states is the lifestyle that we portray. If you’re buying from out-of-state, we want to emphasize how amazing living in Florida can be. Not only do we have lower taxes than a lot of states, but the lifestyle, in general, cannot be beaten or compared to just about anyplace else. Homebuyers are not just buying a house, they are buying a way of life and by appealing to these buyers with exactly what they’re looking for, you vetted value to the home and urgency to the purchase.

I would love to offer more of my expertise on how to market and sell Southeast Florida luxury homes. This is my home and I know the luxury market inside and out. Let me help you market your home through my proven strategies providing you with top dollar when selling.

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Posted in Real Estate
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.

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#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).

Selling a luxury home or property

 

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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Posted in Real Estate
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.

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.

More: Real estate buying and selling advice for seniors

#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.

Related: Should you buy first or sell first?

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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