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July 25, 2022

Ways To Make Moving While Expecting Easier On Moms-To-Be

Easier moving can start with thorough preparation. Not only are expecting moms required to handle the chores of prepping the new place on top of packing the old, but they must always be thinking of what’s OK for the baby. One of the first things to do to help is to consult the doctor. Recommendations on avoiding heavy lifting may already be at the forefront of your mind, but medical experts could offer further advice. This also presents an opportunity to gather necessary medical information and documents to have for a new doctor once the move is complete.

It’s important to listen to your body and stay positive throughout the experience. While stress can’t be completely removed, these suggestions and more like them can help the move be less stressful. For further tips and a handy timeline on moving while pregnant, please see the accompanying resource.

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Posted in News
July 18, 2022

Should You Install a Stamped Concrete Patio?

Building a patio where you can utilize an outdoor living space is a great way to add value and usefulness to your home. An affordable way to create a great-looking patio is with stamped concrete. In addition to being more affordable, it is also long-lasting. It can be a great option if you are looking for budget-friendly ways to create usable outdoor space in your home.

What is stamped concrete?Should You Install a Stamped Concrete Patio

Stamped concrete gives a look that is much like natural stone or brick pavers it could even look like wood planks. After pouring concrete a contractor uses a special stamp to add a texture and pattern to the concrete.

Stamped concrete is becoming a highly desirable trend and as such there are more stencil templates and colors available at a more affordable price as compared to the materials they are made to look like. Stamped concrete can be used to create patios, walkways, pool decking, retaining walls, driveways, and more.

The pros of using stamped concrete to create a patio

Cost/budget-friendly

Concrete comes at a lower price tag as compared to using natural stone or brick pavers with a very similar look.

Easier to achieve a custom look

Several different options that you can go with for stamped concrete and it is very easy to make a look all of your own that is completely custom. With stamped concrete, you can choose different colors textures, and patterns. With the right contractor, you could even create something that people would not be able to tell is concrete.

Easy to maintain

The only upkeep that stamped concrete requires is sweeping and the occasional rinsing with a hose. It is very simple to keep stamped concrete clean. In addition, concrete is much more durable as compared to other materials like natural stone pavers.

Drawbacks of stamped concrete

Cracks

Concrete is a very durable material but it can crack. It does not last forever. Some causes of cracking include land settling and cold temperatures.

This is not an easy DIY

Pouring concrete and then stamping a pattern into it is best done through the work of a professional. It can require some skill and attention to detail especially if you’re hoping to mix a specific color into your concrete. Should you accidentally make a mistake in the stamping pattern it can be difficult to fix.

It can be difficult to repair

Should you come across some cracks or discover a defect in coloration or in the pattern it can be very hard to fix. A crack in a stamp pattern is going to be more difficult to fill in as compared to flat surface concrete.

Does stamped concrete improve resale value?

Stamped concrete gives a nice luxury-looking surface for a lesser price and requires less maintenance than other materials. It can also add curb appeal and an intriguing aesthetic to the home. Every time you add curb appeal to your home you will receive a better return on your investment when it comes time to sell.

The Southeast Florida area has some beautiful outdoor living spaces in most homes. For more information on Jupiter real estate, Palm Beach Gardens homes and all Palm Beach County real estate listings, don't hesitate to contact me at any time. 

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Posted in News
May 12, 2022

3 Gated Communities Near West Palm Beach

3 Gated Communities Near West Palm Beach

West Pam Beach is home to breathtaking homes, many of which can be found within a gated community providing a true life of luxury and security. There are many pros and cons to calling a gated community home, and with so many different communities near West Palm Beach, each boasting their own set of specific amenities and offerings, you can easily find the perfect place to call home.  There are more than 30 gated communities within West Palm Beach and while each provides its own unique style of living and offerings, here are a few of our favorites. 

 

Related: Should I Buy in a Gated or Non-Gated Community?

 

Bay Hill Estates

3 Gated Communities Near West Palm Beach Bay Hill Estates is the perfect place if you enjoy gardening or are hoping for enough space to have your own little oasis. Home to more than 240 luxury single-family homes, you can enjoy one-acre lots allowing you’re a great escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Boasting an 18-hole golf course, 24-hour security, and mature tropical landscaping, Bay Hill Estates is nothing short of perfection. 

 

Ibis

Ibis is the umbrella community to more than 30 smaller gated neighborhoods. The 12,000 acres of protected wildlife sanctuary provide a natural environment to enjoy some of Florida’s native wildlife. From a fitness center, tennis courts, golf courses, Mediterranean inspired clubhouse, spa and more, each of the neighborhoods within Ibis allow for resort inspired living with multiple levels of membership to enjoy some of the most luxurious amenities. If you love boating, check out San Cay, one of the many neighborhoods within Ibis. 

 

Related: 2 Pros and Cons When Buying a Home in a Cul-de-sac

 

The Woodlands

If you’re hoping to leave a smaller carbon footprint, then look no further! The Woodlands boasts green homes and provides residents with eco-friendly amenities. Single family homes within the neighborhood provide homeowners with spacious lots, and amenities include three golf courses, tennis courts, gardens, trails, and as a bonus you can even enjoy on-site shopping and dining. 

 

If you’re currently searching for a new home, whether within a gated community or not, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified seller’s agent to assist you, or if you have any further questions regarding Florida Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time. 

May 3, 2022

Our Favorite Restaurants in Palm Beach

Our Favorite Restaurants in Palm Beach

Palm Beach is often known for its sprawling estates, near panoramic water views, high-end boutiques and galleries, powdery white beaches and crystal blue crashing waves, however, the restaurants within Palm Beach are most definitely worth mentioning. With a large range in cuisine, from hearth breakfasts and brunch to laid back dining with twinkling lights, fine dining including 5 course meals and nearly everything in between, we wanted to share a few of our favorite Palm Beach restaurants with you. 

 

Related: Palm Beach Gardens Most Expensive Neighborhoods

 

Galley

The perfect place to unwind next to the fire pit. This Bistro boasts locally sourced meats and ingredients ensuring that the flavors leave you wanting more. As a bonus, their brunch is arguably a favorite amongst locals, and this Sunday they’ll be hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch from 11am-3pm.

 

Our Favorite Restaurants in Palm BeachThe Circle at The Breakers

Calling all Brunch lovers! This restaurant is refined its true elegance and from 30-foot ceilings, views of the ocean, and a stunning dining room that boasts murals, archways and a Rome inspired atmosphere that will leave you breathless, and that’s not including the food! Carefully curated hot and cold brunch items, a la carte options and mouthwatering pastries and crepes might make this one of your new favorites. 

 

Buccan

A little more laid back, Buccan is a great place to relax amongst friends and family or grab a few of their specialty cocktails as the sun goes down. Whether you’re hoping to unwind over some of their local favorites such as Steak Tartare or Tuna Crisps, or you’re looking to grab take out, you can enjoy it all at Buccan.  

 

Related: Living Near the Beach Can Reduce Daily Stress

 

HMF

If you’re looking to get dressed up and enjoy an evening of sophistication and laughter, then look no further! An extensive wine list, cocktails, and mouthwatering cuisine such as Yellowfin Tuna Tartare, Korean Short Ribs, fresh sushi and more, HMF is easily one of the most popular places for locals to gather. 

 

Seafood Bar

Pair the perfect glass of wine with freshly caught seafood while soaking in the stunning ocean views. The Seafood bar has combined the perfect blend of relaxation and sophistication, and with the bar top boasting a stunning counter of aquariums that bring the ocean to life, this restaurant is a true ocean lovers paradise. 

 

If you’re currently searching for a new home, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified seller’s agent to assist you, or if you have any further questions regarding Florida Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time. 

April 26, 2022

Understanding the Meaning Behind “Days on Market”

Understanding the Meaning Behind “Days on Market”

Homes are continuing to sell at a rapid rate, however, as the seller’s market ensues, there may be a few things that buyers have stopped paying attention to out of habit, one being, the listings DOM, or days on market. First and foremost, you must understand what DOM means, and luckily, it’s quite simple. A listings DOM simply represents how long the listing has been active/listed for sale. 

 

Related: Is This Keeping You From Finding Your Next Home?

 

Understanding the Meaning Behind “Days on Market”In general, a home with a high DOM can scare potential buyer away for a few reasons. The higher the DOM, buyers may spark questions such as:

 

  • Is there something wrong with the house?
  • Is the house overpriced?
  • Is the seller unwilling to work with buyers?

 

Even if there is nothing wrong with the home’s price or any damages/issues, as the DOM starts to creep higher, the listing may lose out of traffic, and thus offers. In many instances a listings DOM can speak to how hot the real estate market is, low DOM often means it is a seller’s market, and while this is true for today’s market, a listing with a higher DOM in a hot market can easily raise red flags for buyers. 

 

On the flip side, some people may see a high DOM as an opportunity. Maybe the seller is becoming weary and wants to get the property sold ASAP, this may mean that you could purchase the home for a bargain. It is also important to note, that a listing’s days on market isn’t always “truthful.” This simply means that if a property was listed and received little to no traffic, no offers, etc., the seller and their agent may choose a different tactic. Homes can be removed from the marked/MLS, and then re-listed, often with an adjusted list price which in turn, re sets the DOM back to 0. 

 

Related: Should I Buy in a Gated or Non-Gated Community?

 

With tactics such as that mentioned above often in play, understanding the “true” DOM of a listing is key. Work closely with your agent to learn the full history of the property you are interested in purchasing. 

 

If you’re currently searching for a new home, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified seller’s agent to assist you, or if you have any further questions regarding Florida real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time. 

Posted in Real Estate
April 21, 2022

Palm Beach Gardens Most Expensive Neighborhoods

Palm Beach Gardens Most Expensive Neighborhoods

Florida is home to A-list celebrities, internet tycoons, athletes, CEO’s and so much more making the real estate within the state among some of the most luxurious. While many argue that all homes within Palm Beach County are breathtaking, a few neighborhoods seem to take the cake. While they may be the most expensive neighborhoods in the area, the stunning homes, expansive lots, luxurious features and location are only a few of the attributes that make these neighborhoods sought after by so many. 

 

Palm Beach Gardens Most Expensive NeighborhoodsFrenchman’s Creek

At the top of the list you’ll find the exclusive gated community of Frenchman’s Creek. The private golfing community boasts luxuries in all directions, from expansive custom homes and estates to two championship golf courses, award winning spa and clubhouse and more, it’s easy to see why the median home value teeters around $2.7 million. 

 

Frenchman’s Reserve

Just 2 miles off the beach, Frenchman’s Reserve showers its residents with a plethora of amenities ranging from tennis courts to a spa, private golf course and so much more. With just over 450 homes, this elite neighborhood boasts Mediterranean inspired homes including guest suites for visitors. The median home value within the neighborhood is just shy of $1.9 million, with prices easily reaching into the multi-million-dollar range.

 

The Landmark

 As Palm Beach Gardens only luxury Highrise condominiums, listings within The Landmark generally sell quickly. Only a few miles from some of Florida’s best beaches and right in the heart of some of Palm Beach Gardens' best dining, shopping and entertainment, you’ll seldom have to travel far to enjoy all the city has to offer. The second floor boasts an amenity deck where residents can enjoy a large range of luxurious offerings. 

 

Steeplechase

The community of Steeplechase is the perfect place to stretch out and enjoy the beauty of nature. The immaculately built homes within the gated community all sit on a minimum of 1 acre lots which provides residences with their own tropical oasis to escape the hustle and bustle and truly soak in what it means to own your own slice of heaven. 

 

If you’re currently searching for a new home in one of these neighborhoods or in the surrounding areas, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified seller’s agent to assist you, or if you have any further questions regarding Florida Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time. 

April 14, 2022

Dangers of Adding Sand to Your Backyard

Dangers of Adding Sand to Your Backyard

It’s no secret that homeowners often take immense pride in their homes. The past few years as people have adjusted to being home more often than not, home improvements and renovations seem to be the new norm and one area that many people are hoping to improve is their outdoor living spaces. Having your own little backyard oasis to enjoy a slow morning with coffee and a book, or the ideal spot to host game nights or outdoor movies with friends and family seems like a near perfect home improvement project.

 

Related: Living Near the Beach Can Reduce Daily Stress

 

Especially for those who lie near the coast, the feeling of digging your toes in the sand is second to none and you may find yourself tempted to add a sand feature to your backyard, bringing a small hint of the coast to your backyard. While the feeling of the sand beneath your feet might seem picturesque, there are a few things to consider prior to shoveling sand into your yard, even if it’s just for a small sand box where the kids can perfect their sandcastle. 

 

Pests and Rodents

Unfortunately, one of the main risks associated with a sand box, whether for kids, or as an addition to your backyard, is that it is often seen as a litter box to rodents and even outdoor cats that wander the neighborhood. This can cause your sand to smell, and require a lot of regular cleaning and maintenance, often making is far less enjoyable than you may have initially hoped. 

 

Related: 6 Tips for Creating and Maintaining Gardens in South Florida

 

Cleanliness

Even if you are able to keep the sand itself clean and free of any unwanted messes from the neighborhood felines, sand can be messy. Whether by tracking in into your home, or it spilling into other areas of your yard, due to how small granules of sand are, they can be difficult to clean and contain to one space. Because of this, you’ll want to make sure you are up for sweeping and vacuuming more regularly and putting the sand in a space where some “spillage” would be acceptable without ruining the look of your backyard landscaping. 

 

If you’re currently searching for a new home, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified seller’s agent to assist you, or if you have any further questions regarding Palm Beach Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time. 

Posted in Palm Beach Gardens
April 6, 2022

3 Scenarios When the First Offer Might be the Best Offer

3 Scenarios When the First Offer Might be the Best Offer

The current real estate market seems to be swimming with buyers and thus, it’s not uncommon to receive multiple offerings on your listing, often causing you to week through the offers until you find one to either accept or counter. While in many scenarios you may want to set an offer review date or take your time receiving offers to find “the one,” there are a few scenarios where accepting the first offer might be best.

 

Related: 5 Tips to Know Before Taking Your Own Real Estate Photos

Time Restraints

Do you need to sell your home asap? If so, then you might not have the luxury of waiting around for multiple offers to come in. While it may not be true for all scenarios, if you’re on a tight deadline, sometimes accepting the first offer allows you to take a sigh of relief knowing that the sale will move along within the timeline you had set for yourself. 

3 Scenarios When the First Offer Might be the Best OfferAll-Cash Offer

Unfortunately, even if you accept an offer, it can still fall through, which in turn, can put you back at square one within the selling process. When it comes to all-cash offers (these are exceptionally high in the Florida market) the likelihood of the offer falling through is far less than that of more traditional offers as there is no financing/third party involved that could cause the buyer to lose financing. 

 

Related: Competing With Other Cash Buyers for a Home

 

Inheritance

In the unfortunate event that the home you are selling was inherited due to a death in the family, you might find yourself overly emotional when it comes to the house, and in turn, the sale. In this scenario, sometimes accepting the first offer, regardless of offer amount, can be a great option for sellers to part ways with the home and begin the healing process, moving on from the loss by parting ways with the home and potential heartache of the memories within. 

 

Navigating the real estate market can often be a difficult dance to learn which is one of the many reasons that hiring the right agent is crucial. Regardless of if you find yourself in one of the above-mentioned scenarios, or something else entirely, understanding the meaning behind each offer when selling is key in accepting an offer that meets your personal wants and needs. 

If you’re currently searching for a new home, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified seller’s agent to assist you, or if you have any further questions regarding Coastal Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time. 

Posted in Real Estate
March 31, 2022

How to Move or Pack Delicate or Tricky Items

How to Move or Pack Delicate or Tricky Items

That funky Tiffany lampshade, a unique mirror, the handblown glass the sculpture you got for your anniversary, all of these unique things are tricky to pack and carefully store and the last thing you want is to risk breaking it during your relocation. Here are some moving and packing hacks for those tricky or delicate items when it comes to relocating.

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

Power tools.

First, remove any detachable parts from the tools and use rags or bubblewrap to protect sharp edges. Pack tools securely in a tool caddy or strong box and add extra packing like a newspaper or plastic bags around the tools to stop them from sliding and bumping into each other.

Your television.

Most televisions are pretty large these days and need careful handling. If you can, packet back in the original box and packing but if you don't, like most of us, wrap your monitor and pedestal carefully in a sheet or thick blanket and secure with duct tape or packing tape.

Lamps

Lampshades are best transported in a box and if possible, nest several shades together so that it can protect each other. Wrap with paper towels or plain paper but never newspaper as the print could come off on the shades.

Aquariums.

Place the tank on top of the strong box that's larger than the tank and line the base with bubblewrap. Aquariums are pretty heavy even without water so place layers of cardboard on top of the tank and add more packing to the box until it's full. Make sure you put fragile on the box.

Lawnmowers.

Remove all oil and gas from the mower before packing to avoid leaks and spills. Clean the mower, and wipe off all the grass to avoid the spread of quarantined plants and grasses.

Related: Are You Ready to Own a Home with a Large Yard?

Odd shaped items.

Wrap these items in bubble wrap or paper and secure it well with tape. Pack one or two items that are fragile in with other items for cushioning such as blankets, towels, and clothing. Pack fragile glass items in the center of a box filled with soft items.

If you're concerned about movers damaging your precious items during packing and relocation, simply pack them yourself to ensure that you have a good cushion.

If you're searching for a new home in the Palm Beach area, are ready to sell your home and need the help of a trusted, local agent, or if you have any further questions regarding Palm Beach Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time. 

Posted in Real Estate
March 25, 2022

Is This Keeping You From Finding Your Next Home?

Is This Keeping You From Finding Your Next Home?

Buying a home can be compared to finding the love of your life. You go on many outings, blind dates, meet and greets, online stalking, and first dates to determine if you want to continue down a path of relationship hopefully leading to a commitment. Whether this is your first home or your seventh the long process of searching can be discouraging.

Sometimes we are the ones holding ourselves back in the process with our expectations, beliefs, and maybe even fear of taking action to move forward. Let’s look at five things that may be keeping us from finding the right home.

Related: What to Look for When Buying a Townhouse

 

Seeing a Home “as-is”

 

This doesn’t mean taking a home at its face value and being happy with it. Instead, it means looking past the current “as-is” state of a home and seeing what it could be. You may walk into a home to find an ugly paint color or carpet that has lived out its life. These are things that can be easily changed and would surprise you how the home can look completely different with a few touch-ups. Many buyers pass up amazing homes because they are seeing a home in ugly clown makeup and can’t look past it instead of seeing it at its full potential.

 

Not Working with a Great Agent

 

A large percentage of buyers begin their home search flipping through online listings but employing the help of an agent can help you to find what you are truly looking for much faster. A great local agent will also be aware of listings that have not yet come on the market. it is a huge time saver to interview agents and hire an expert in the neighborhood you want to live.

 

Loose Parameters

 

When spending large amounts of money, it can be easy to compromise for a smaller property at a smaller price or stretch the budget too thin for what seems to be a dream home. Later you may find yourself regretting your purchase. When making large and life-altering purchases you need to sit down and decide what you truly want.

Before you start shopping the best thing you can do is write up a list of needs, nice to have, and dream amenities. When you have these items laid out you will know why it is you are searching for a certain number of rooms and bathrooms. Clearly define your living needs so you know what things can be compromised and what can’t, and you don’t end up hating a home with only one shower where mom never gets a warm bath. The list will also help you to define what you can be a little more flexible with.

 

Related: 3 Concerns When Buying Beachfront Property

 

Only Thinking About Current Life Needs

 

There is a time and place for living in the moment, but buying a home is not one of them. It’s wise to think about future needs when purchasing a home. The home you purchase now will need to suffice for life many years down the road. Do your homework about a neighborhood and find the future plans for development, this will help you determine if this is a place you will want to be for years to come.

 

Not Getting an Inspection

 

In today’s competitive market buyers are letting go on contingencies in contracts when they make offers on a home. Letting go of an inspection can be a costly mistake especially if the new mortgage payment will be at the top of your budget. An inspection helps you to get the best feel for the health of the home without ripping the walls open to inspect the innermost workings. It is akin to having a mechanic check out a used vehicle before purchase.

As a seasoned Realtor® I can help you achieve all your Palm Beach Coastal Real Estate needs. Whether you’re looking to buy, sell, or have questions regarding Palm Beach Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time. 

Posted in Real Estate