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March 29, 2021

Buying New Construction in Palm Beach Gardens Without a Buyer’s Agent

Buying New Construction in Palm Beach Gardens Without a Buyer’s Agent

If you're thinking about buying new construction or pre-construction throughout the Palm Beach Gardens real estate area you might be considering the benefits of enlisting the help of a buyer’s agent. Of course, you certainly don't need one; you can visit the model showroom and the development without a buyer’s agent and have the assistance and help of the listing agent or the buyer’s agent on duty. They can help you with colors, styles and facilitate the transaction all the way through to closing. Buyer's agents can be the mediator between the sellers or the developers and your negotiating strategies, answering questions along the way in helping you close on time.

But remember, who is this agent really working for?

The buyer's agents and the listing agents that work the model showrooms and homes are working specifically for the developers. They have contracted with the builders and the developers in order to sell these properties. They specifically are obligated to help sell these homes versus other homes. So do you think those buyer’s agents really have your best interest at heart?

When you work with your own dedicated buyer’s agent we have no hidden agenda or ulterior motive on selling one home or property over another. You can walk confidently into the model showroom or home and explain to them that you already have a buyer’s agent. The pressure is now off and you can browse through the colors, accessories and custom details and yet have a buyer’s agent that keeps your negotiating and financing strategies confidential.

It costs you absolutely nothing to use the help of a buyer’s agent, whether on-site or your own. Buyer’s agents that work specifically for a buyer and not through any developer or subdivision have no agenda on which property you buy as long as it's the one you're looking for at a price that meets your budget.

I've worked with many buyers and have saved them thousands of dollars by negotiating for their terms and their price. Remember, the listing agents that sits the model homes are trying to get as much profit for these properties as possible for their developer or builder. Using your own buyer’s agent means your budget is the most important financing tool, not the developers.

So yes, you can certainly buy new construction without the help of your own dedicated buyer’s agent but is it financially wise to do so? Feel free to give me a call at any time to discuss new construction homes and developments throughout Palm Beach Gardens  and how you can save money using your own buyer’s agent.

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Posted in Palm Beach Gardens
March 10, 2021

Should We Buy a New Home or Existing Home?

New Home or Pre-Existing One in Palm Beach County?

If you're considering purchasing a home any time in the near future you may be wondering whether or not a new home purchase, custom-built home, or pre-existing property will work best for your situation and your finances. There are a lot of great communities and new subdivisions around Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter to choose from like Sonoma Isles and Alton. But this may not be the best option for your budget or your family. 

Here are some basic pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages to purchasing a new home versus a pre-existing one.

New homeShould We Buy a New Home or Existing Home?

In a new home, you'll be able to choose the hardware, colors, upgrade options and customize the property exactly the way you want it. You can get in on the purchase at any point whether it's starting from the foundation or putting the final touches on the countertops and trim. You can choose your own lot and build from the ground up with the landscaping as well. You can inspect it as you go and possibly get the closing costs covered by the builder.

The disadvantage of buying a new home is that you won't be able to move into it right away. There is usually a minimum of 4 to 9 months depending on the type of home, in what stage you began buying it, and how many times there are changes. However, some communities have move-in ready homes available, so if you need to get in soon, ask about these options. 

You also may not be able to choose the right home style for the lot that you want. Not every layout works for every lot.  Finding the right lot with the right home design may be a challenge.

Not every layout can be next to each other either. If you're choosing one layout the people next to you may not be able to choose the same layout and vice versa. This could create a challenge and disappointment if you're set on a specific lot with a specific layout.

Pre-existing homes

The advantage to buying a home that already exists is that it's often move-in ready. You can typically move into the home at closing or shortly thereafter, usually within about 30 to 45 days.

Landscaping will also be more mature. This could be an advantage or disadvantage depending on the condition of the landscape.

You might be able to find a home that meets all of your needs including your budget, and possibly one which already has all of the upgrades and customization you want.

The disadvantages to purchasing a pre-existing home are that you don't know how it was previously maintained nor who lived in it and to what extent they took good care of it. Although you should always have an inspection, you might be surprised to know the materials that were used are not up to par or up to code and there might be some changes expected.

Buying a pre-existing home means there could be some allowances and compromises you'll need to make to find a home that meets your budget.

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There are pros and cons to any decision when purchasing a home.  Finding what works best for you, your lifestyle and your budget is challenging to get you on the right track to a satisfying home purchase. Call me today and let's get started finding the best options for your needs and your budget. There are few new developments around the Palm Beach County area and of course hundreds of existing homes and properties for sale.

Phone: 561.440.1000

Feb. 24, 2021

What Does Equity Membership Mean?

Equity Membership or Mandatory Equity Membership means the country club or community requires membership to join. Most fees are paid once when you purchase a home and you may get some back when you sell the home. Additional fees for golf or social memberships may be required.

Throughout Palm Beach County there are several gated or non-gated communities that offer different levels of membership either for golf equity or just country club membership. Mirasol is one of those communities. There are three categories of equity membership that serve the changing needs of the residents. One of the best things about finding the right home in Mirasol is you can fill out an online survey to list the top priorities for your home. Is it golf, tennis, fitness, or dining? All of these fall into different membership categories that may or may not be available depending on the time of year or a current waiting list.Membership in Mirasol

 

Golf Membership

Currently, there is a waiting list to get on the golf membership but if you purchase a home that already has a membership attached to it, you can skip the waitlist. This membership includes:

  • Unlimited use of golf, tennis, fitness facilities, the pool and spa, dining facilities, and social activities
  • There's a 14-day advance sign up for golf tee times and golf cart fees are required but the greens fees are waived.
  • There is a mandatory seven day advance sign up for tennis but court fees are waived
  • Members are eligible to own a private golf cart
  • Access to the golf facilities, the Esplanade, the salon and spa, and tennis center
  • Unlimited club at tournament access
  • Golf memberships are only available to purchasers of a home that has a golf membership

Sports Membership

  • Unlimited use of tennis, fitness, spa, pool, dining, and social activities.
  • Seven-day advance sign up for tennis but court fees are waived
  • Private golf cart ownership is limited and there is a current waitlist

Golf access November 1 through April 30: 12 rounds of golf per membership reserved five days in advance, payment of sports greens fees and cart fees required, and use of practice facilities available after 12 PM or before a morning teatime reservation.

Golf access May 1 through October 31: unlimited rounds of golfers are 14 days in advance and greens fees are waived, payment of cart fees required for golf tee times, and there is unlimited, unrestricted use of the private facilities.

Social Equity Membership

  • Unlimited use of pool, dining, and social activities year-round
  • May through October access to golf, spa, tennis, and fitness one day per month upon payment of guest fees
  • Social members may purchase a sports equity membership

The sports equity membership is similar to the golf membership but limited only to golf. A few rounds in the winter high season only and the normal access for off-season usage but less days in advance to make a tee time. Membership is mandatory but residents have the choice of either sport, full golf level, or equity membership. These memberships can be transferred to new owners.

All members have access to the full amenities of the area including the security team featuring a full-service team with roving patrol officers and 24 hour staffed entry gates. They have use of the Grand Clubhouse, including three card rooms, a member library, locker rooms, and restaurants. The aquatic center featuring a pool deck with three swimming pools, private cabana, and hot tub and the Sports Complex including basketball courts, playgrounds, open fields, and an air-conditioned recreational building.

Fees

Fees vary depending on the year, these are the most current for 2018 - VIEW CURRENT FEE SCHEDULE

Additional member fees:

Capital contribution common areas – $2000 required with each home purchase

Sports member greens fees – $50

Cart fees – $25

Private golf cart trail fee – $1900 but there are different rates for different categories of membership

Application fee – $250 plus tax

Gate access devices – $25

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Posted in Mirasol
Jan. 25, 2021

Home Inventory Still Hard to Come By in Palm Beach County

Palm Beach, Florida, continues to dominate as possibly the ‘hottest market in the world’ for luxury homes, according to some experts. Known for its gorgeous island getaways for wealthy millionaires and billionaires, Palm Beach is seeing a growing trend among potential homebuyers. Not only do wealthier people continue to move there, but the inventory for much of the homes in the area has also spread continued to spread thin.Home Inventory Still Hard to Come By in Palm Beach County

To give you some perspective, the average home value for that expensive home in Palm Beach was approximately $7 million during the last quarter of 2020. According to a report from Douglas Elliman and Miller Samuel, signed contracts for homes in the region surged by 62%. That’s pretty incredible news as more families look to relocate to states like Florida. Unfortunately, it spells bad news for many more families looking to buy as the report also shows inventory dropping by nearly 80%. Clearly, there is a dynamic interest in living in Palm Beach!

Erin Sykes, recently appointed as Chief Economist for Nest Seekers International, has had her own issues with procuring homes for her clients. She said the following: "I have a client who wants to spend $25-$30 million and there is simply nothing available. I am making calls daily for leads to off-market properties." Think of that! Even though one has the funds to afford a luxury property there, it often cannot be done simply because there aren’t enough homes to go around. Whether it’s single-family units or condos or multi-bedroom homes, the craving is there to buy whatever comes available.

One of the biggest driving factors for wealthy people moving to Palm Beach has to do with the lower taxes throughout the state. Many of these individuals are leaving states like New York, California, and Connecticut because their taxes are so high, particularly for the wealthy. Another nice bonus to Florida is the fact that it doesn’t have a state income tax. Even if you’re not in a classification of millionaire or billionaire, living in a state that doesn’t constantly find new ways to take more of your money is always an added appeal.

Another factor that has always been a part of why more and more people continue to move to Palm Beach and Florida, in general, is the amazing weather. As I write this, it’s just shy of 80 degrees in Palm Beach in the latter half of January. Typically, when people reach retirement, they tend to navigate to warmer climates; and the wealthy are no exception.

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Posted in News
Dec. 30, 2020

Admiral's Cove Real Estate Market Report 2020

Admiral's Cove Real Estate Market Report 2020Admirals Cove is an exclusive, waterfront, boating enthusiasts community located in sunny Jupiter Florida. Nearly every home in Admirals Cove is waterfront with a dock, both slip, and access to the Intercoastal Waterway. This nautical paradise of waterfront homes along the tropical natural setting of South East Florida offers first-class amenities, fantastic housing options, private docs, and elaborate waterfront estates. From simple 900 square-foot villas to immaculate 20,000 ft.² estates, Admirals Cove is one of Jupiter Florida's most premier gated communities.

Real estate in Florida has been crazy this year. With a drop in sales in March and April, things have rebounded dramatically making Florida the #4 hottest states for real estate in the country. If you're looking on selling or buying in Admirals Cove in 2021, here's what you should know about the housing market over the last 6 to 8 months.

There are roughly 10 to 25 properties for sale at any given time in Admirals Cove with average days on the market of less than 100. Sales prices are currently about $650,000 on average with an average sale price per square foot at $323. Prices have actually gone down slightly in Admirals Cove but with the lack of inventory, homes typically sell fairly quickly.

Currently, there are 25 listings as of the publishing of this post priced from $500,000-$12,750,000. Sizes range from two-bedroom and two-bath units up to nine-bedroom and 14 bath layouts of nearly 15,000 ft.².

Depending on the type of property and whether or not it's considered a "hot home" properties can last anywhere from 2 to 3 days up to 200 days on the market. The right marketing, pricing, staging, and preparation all play into how fast a home sells in Admirals Cove.

Additional fees living in Admirals Cove

Admirals Cove has several initiation fees as well as dues. From full golf and sports memberships to tennis and social membership, annual dues typically range from $12,000-$22,000 with service charges, goals and validated service charges, marina assessment and capital dues. These dues and fees can change and increase over time. There are so many different types of memberships in Admirals Cove from Marina membership to golf, legacy and even exempt property affiliate memberships. Affiliates are entitled to use all the swimming, fitness, and social facilities of the club and restricted use of the golf and tennis facilities.

For more information on homes for sale in Admirals Cove, a luxury community in Jupiter Florida, browse available listings here or simply contact my office at any time for answers to any of your questions about Admirals Cove and similar neighborhoods in Jupiter Florida.

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Posted in Admirals Cove
Dec. 8, 2020

What to Look for in the Perfect Neighborhood

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

Create a short list and ask the right questions.

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

How much maintenance do you want?

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

The location.

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

What is your current community lacking?

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

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

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

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

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Posted in Real Estate
Nov. 17, 2020

Waterfront Communities in Palm Beach County Florida

WATERFRONT COMMUNITIES

BEACHFRONT COMMUNITIES

Homes Directly on the Water....

PALM BEACH GARDENS AND JUPITER FL WATERFRONT REAL ESTATE - HOMES FOR SALE

 

Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter home to some of the worlds most prestigious waterfront communities.  Aside from the fact that we have some of the best weather in the world year round, the lavishness in this style of living is invaluable.  Each waterfront community or beach community offers a plush, tranquil atmosphere of private living conveniently situated within only a few minutes from town. 

 

Whether you are looking for a new year-round home, summer house , or a vacation home , these communities offer only the best in South Florida golf real estate .  Each waterfront community has been designed to feature customized home and condominium designs in a variety of styles and prices.   Ownership provide social opportunities in addition to casual and formal dining, spas and fitness, libraries, board rooms, card/television rooms, locker rooms, golf and tennis. 

 

Real estate in these waterfront resort communities begins with town homes and villas starting around $240,000, but opportunities expand to large luxury estates and luxury condominiums  exceeding 2 Million.  There are a variety of spacious floor plans designed to cater to any active Florida lifestyle. These elite residential communities are filled with an assortment of the most satisfying details such as large entertainment and living areas, wet bars, fireplaces, secluded garden patios, vaulted ceilings, private garages, pools, cabanas, spas, magnificent views, and more.

 

Some of the most popular of these water communities are Jupiter Island, Harbour Isles, Singer Island and Admirals Cove.  Each waterfront community is garnished with its own unique atmosphere, but each one is operated with the most intelligent and accommodating staff and includes a full list of luxurious amenities. 

To find out more about these Palm Beach Gardens waterfront communities or Jupiter beach communities  simply click on the appropriate links above.

Posted in Real Estate
Nov. 17, 2020

Gated Communities in Palm Beach County

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Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter home to some of the worlds most prestigious gated communities .  Aside from the fact that we have some of the best weather in the world year round, the lavishness in this style of living is invaluable.  Each gated community offers a plush, tranquil atmosphere of private country club living conveniently situated within only a few minutes from town. 

 

Whether youre looking for a new year-round home, summer house, or a vacation home , these communities offer only the best in South Florida golf real estate .  Each gated community has been designed to feature customized home designs in a variety of styles and prices and offers club memberships.   Real estate in these gated communities begins with town home, villas and condominiums starting around $200,000, but opportunities expand to large luxury estates exceeding 2 Million.  There are a variety of spacious floor plans designed to cater to any active Florida lifestyle. These elite residential communities are filled with an assortment of the most satisfying details such as large entertainment and living areas, wet bars, fireplaces, secluded garden patios, vaulted ceilings, private garages, pools, cabanas, spas, magnificent views, and more.

 

Some of the most popular of these gated communities are San Michele Estates, Steeplechase, Islands of Jupiter and Mirabella at Mirasol.  Each club community is garnished with its own unique atmosphere, but each one is operated with the most intelligent and accommodating staff and includes a full list of luxurious amenities. 

To find out more about these Palm Beach Gardens gated club communities or Jupiter country clubs simply click on the appropriate links below.

 

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Posted in Real Estate
Nov. 3, 2020

Best Dog Parks in Jupiter Florida

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

Dog parks in Jupiter

F.I.N.D Dog Park:

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

Dog Beach:

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

 

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

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Oct. 27, 2020

Not Every Realtor Likes to Sell New Homes

But this is why you need an agent that does.....!Why Realtors are scared of new construction

 With the real estate boom going on in many places around the country, new homes and new construction is on the rise. However, many real estate agents don't even like selling new construction but it really comes down to knowledge, experience and information. Most homebuyers don't know a lot about new construction so they need to go with an agent that is very familiar with the home buying process of new construction, home inspections, and the sometimes unique situations the new construction and new homes can bring.

When it comes to buying new construction, buyers have the satisfaction of knowing they will be the only one to have lived in the home so far. This fresh approach to home living is a exciting experience but unless you have a buyers agent that is very familiar with new construction, homebuyers could find themselves frustrated with the builder, aggravated with the inspection and overall disappointed with the purchase.

New construction should not be this way.

This is why you need a qualified, experienced and knowledgeable buyers agent when it comes to purchasing new construction. Many real estate agent simply stay away from new construction for a variety of reasons including:

  • The simply don't know how to find new homes
  • They don't know how to add value to the service and negotiate price with developers
  • They may have a fear of not being paid if they take their buyer to the sales office
  • They don't know what to expect from the on-site agent
  • They don't understand how to qualify their buyers for these new homes
  • There unfamiliar with the on-site agent and how to negotiate their commission and treat the agent professionally.

This is why it is so extremely important to go with a real estate agent that understands new homes, new construction and can deal with the on-site developers, real estate agents and builders.

The Palm Beach Gardens in Jupiter Florida area has numerous new construction communities popping up including Alton and Sonoma Isles. These two brand-new communities are currently building out and if buyers go with the on-site agent they may be pressured into negotiations, terms and pricing that they're not comfortable with.

Going with an unbiased buyers agent that does not work specifically with the developer of the community means that your needs, terms and price are confidential and at the top of our priority list. When you need to buy new construction contact an agent that is familiar with all the details that surround new home purchases.

Contact me today to learn more about these two new home communities or other similar new construction properties throughout Palm Beach County.

Posted in Alton, Sonoma Isles