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Sept. 20, 2018

10 Simple Ways to Make Buying a Home More Affordable

You want to buy but you just don't know where to start or how. Getting your finances together, looking at homes then pulling the trigger all seems like huge steps, and they are! But you can make it easier and more affordable with these 10 simple steps.

Here's How:10 ways to make home buying eaiser

1. Fix Your Credit Score

Start here before you ever apply for a home loan. Check the history for 12 months to fix any errors and correct any issues before applying. Depending on what you are going to be applying for, VA approved lenders require a credit score of 620 and FHA's 3.5% down payment program requires a credit score of at least 580. Anything over 700 can usually qualify for a conventional loan.

2. Close toward the end of the month.

All prepaid expenses such as mortgage interest, homeowners dues, mortgage insurance, home insurance, and taxes accrue from the date of closing through to the end of the month.

3. Look for low down payment options.

There are several low down payment programs, such as the FHA or other USDA and national and local programs that can offer down payment assistance, grants and credits toward your down payment or the purchase price of your home.

4. Practice paying your mortgage payment.

If you've already started saving for a down payment and you're making monthly rental payments, consider increasing the rental payment to what a mortgage payment would be and put the extra away. This will get you in the habit of making that mortgage payment each month and find out if your finances can handle it.

5. Downsize other major plans.

If you're considering a wedding, vacation or other major financial expenses consider downsizing them in order to save money for a down payment. Cut costs, go on vacation in offseasons or simply find a better deal on things so that you can save money elsewhere.

6. Research the housing market.

Understanding the housing market is a key component to getting the best deal and understanding the market. You certainly don't want to overpay so talking to your real estate agent and finding out about the best deals in the best neighborhoods is a great way to set yourself up for financial success.

7. Adjust expenses.

Do you really need a dream home right off the bat? You may want your dream home to start but actually, starting off with a smaller home, gaining equity and then rolling that into a larger home is really a better way to do things. Your finances are not strained and you can practice the art of homeownership first.

8. Consider a fixer-upper.

You can get a great deal by purchasing a fixer-upper, especially if you are handy with construction. You can do a lot of the work yourself or spend some time and do things gradually, increasing the value and selling it for high equity later on.

9. Get a good real estate agent.

Once you've worked on your finances you want to hire a real estate agent to be your buyers representative. This agent will know the market, help you find the right home and facilitate the transaction. Going with the listing agent on the property means that your needs, budget, and negotiation strategies are not the highest priority. Have your own agent when looking for homes. Need an experienced agent? Start here...

10. Relax and have fun.

Buying a home should be fun but also planning, getting experience and education will make the entire process much less stressful. Contact us today to get started or for answers to any of your home buying questions, we're here every day of the week. [Article derived from GoBankingrates.com]

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Sept. 14, 2018

15 Things All New Homeowners Should Do

15 Things All New Homeowners Should Do

New to homeownership? There are a lot of things to know and keep track of, but I have developed a list of the 15 most important things to know or do as a first-time homeowner.

1. Change address and set up utilities

  • Student loans
  • Credit Card
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Delivery services
  • Insurance Companies
  • Amazon
  • Bills
  • Friends and Family

2. Change the locks

3. Find the emergency shut-off valves to hot water heaters, natural gas, propane, water, and furnaces.

4. Make a home maintenance checklist

  • Test smoke detectors
  • Clean gutters
  • Fertilize
  • Clean dryer vent
  • Clean and replace the furnace filter
  • Sweep chimney

5. Review the home inspection for anything that you want to repair or replace or put on a list for future maintenance

6. Replace furnace filter

7. Clean all ducts and vents in the house for energy efficiency

8. Double check under sinks for leaks

9. Replace burnt bulbs with LED or CFL bulbs

10. Set up Internet and external routers

11. Develop an emergency plan for your family in case of fire, flood, earthquake, or other natural or domestic disaster.

12. Get to know your neighbors for your own peace of mind and safety

13. Trim trees and bushes away from lower windows to maintain safety. 

14. Store all home purchase documents and important papers in a fire-proof safe. 

15. Map out routes to schools, stores, and common services.

Of course, there could a million other things but these are really the most important. Be safe, plan for safety, and move into a home the right way!

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Posted in Real Estate
July 18, 2018

The Best Thing about Mirasol Country Club

The Mirasol Country Club is one of the fastest growing and one of the most popular communities in Palm Beach Gardens. Originally developed by Taylor Woodrow, there are about 1200 homes in homesites on two championship golf courses nestled in among natural preserves and lakes. It spread over 2300 acres on property previously owned by the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation. Both of the 18 hole golf courses were designed by Arthur Hills and Tom Fazio.

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But why do people love Mirasol so much?

With the new communities popping up all throughout Palm Beach County including Alton and Sonoma Isles, Mirasol still tends to be the number one community in the county. It has similar amenities to all the other communities and neighborhoods around the area including a beautiful swimming pool, fitness room, clubhouse, golf courses and more. So what makes a Mirasol so amazing?

Mirasol Brunch

  • Maybe it's a Sunday brunch? The Country Club puts on a Sunday brunch at poolside and offers a unique blood he Mary bar with veggies, protein, accouterments, and a variety of different tasty cocktails.
  • Maybe it's camp Mirasol on Water Wednesdays. Check out the sports complex for summer camps for kids of all ages.
  • Maybe it's the nearly 700 pounds of lobsters delivered for lobster night at the club where members and their guests can savor a fantastic feast.
  • Perhaps it's a beautiful breakfast at Revive, which is open for breakfast and lunch and has an extended patio bar and frozen yogurt hours for kids of all ages to enjoy poolside treats.
  • It could be chef Michael specials at the Grille Room. Whether it's a juicy skirt steak and crispy onions, wedge salad, or local seafood, chef Michael can prepare something amazing for all residents and their guests.
  • Maybe it's just keeping your brain alive with amazing game nights such as Jeopardy night, were tables of up to eight people compete against Mirasol's best and brightest.

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Or, maybe people just like the idea of living in a great community on two championship golf courses. You can head out onto the course anytime you want and enjoy the weather, sights, and sounds of your own, private community.

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Mirasol Country Club

Whether it's swimming, social activities, award-winning golf, or just a fabulous home, people love Mirasol. There are so many different choices when it comes to homes as well; from a condominium cottage to a large single-family estate and prices for just about every budget. Mirasol is really where it's at. I'd love to show you some beautiful homes or you can start your search here for free at any time. Browse all available listings for sale or learn more about the Mirasol Country Club and why you should probably be a part of it too.

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Posted in Mirasol
July 12, 2018

The Hidden Cost of Selling Your Home

We all know that selling your home may cost a little bit of money, either in real estate commissions or marketing costs but there are a few hidden costs to selling your home that you might not be aware of. It's important to know all of the details to selling, marketing and advertising your home that extends beyond simply paying your real estate agent to list and facilitate the deal.Hidden cost of selling your home

Here are four hidden costs that you should be aware of when selling your home in Mirasol (or any Palm Beach County Community)

#1. Transfer (or Documentary  Stamp Tax) taxes.

Just as with anything major that you buy or sell there are taxes involved. Regardless of whether or not you own your home outright, you'll need to pay the government to transfer this property. This is paid to either your state, county, municipality or all three. The amount that you pay will be based on where you live the tax rates typically range from .01% up to 4%. For Florida (except for Miami-Dade County) is only .7% currently, which on a $400,000 house the tax would be $2800. One good thing is that many buyers and sellers actually split this cost.

#2. Capital gains taxes.

If you sell your home for a significant amount of money you'll need to pay this capital gains tax. However, this is avoided up to a certain amount. Singles can avoid this tax up to $250,000 and married filing jointly can avoid paying this tax up to $500,000 in profits from the sale of their home. However, in order to clean the exclusion, the property must have been your primary home and you must have lived in the property for at least two years out of the last five years. Also, if you have claimed another home sale exclusion in the last two years you may not exclude another one but you can deduct closing costs, selling costs and realtors fees to lower your capital gains taxes. If you sell your home for over this amount the capital gains tax for short-term is 6.75% in the long term is 5.43% for Wisconsin.

#3. Staging costs.

This is not always a must but it can bring more profit to the sale of your home and a faster sale. Sprucing up your home and staging ahead of listing can get more buyers in the door and potentially more offers. Of course, you can do some of the work yourself but even spending a little bit of money getting a consultation can put you in the right direction on your own personal home staging. On average, sellers can spend about $1800 to stage a home if they choose a professional. This can add anywhere from a $2000 or more to the sale of your home, so it may be worth a look into.

#4. Certificate of occupancy.

In some counties and states, the seller must obtain a certificate of occupancy, stating that the property is safe and suitable for living. This certificate is required whenever there is a change in the occupancy of a home, condominium or apartment. Each county and city is different so be sure to check with individual rules and requirements with where you live. Often times this certificate of occupancy is only required when the home is originally built and not when it is purchased or sold but again, make sure that you are up to code before transferring ownership.

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Each community and neighborhood in Palm Beach County is different so please contact my office today. I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have or do some research on what your home is currently worth and how quickly it would sell in today's market.

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June 25, 2018

Best Restaurants Closest to Mirasol

PGA Boulevard, located just south of the Mirasol Country Club, is chock-full of restaurants, markets, entertainment, and more. You don't have to go far for a great restaurant in Mirasol but here are some of my favorites.

Best Restaurant Closest to Mirasol

The Coolinary Cafe - Nope, I didn't spell that wrong, this is really what it's called and they are phenomenal. We had down there at least once or twice a month, grab a cocktail and some delicious appetizers. If you are old-school, you have to try their deviled eggs, they are phenomenal! Fried chicken and waffles, delicious burgers, and really good desserts. This is your neighborhood restaurant and a perfect go-to any night of the week.

Salutes Market – just outside of the entrance to Mirasol is a fabulous restaurant open for lunch and dinner. This wine bar features small plates of items such as pulled barbecue chicken egg rolls with a fabulous aioli dip, pork belly and waffles with warm peach slaw,

Kabuki - for those that love sushi, you have to check out Kabuki. They have the typical rolls and nigiri, but they also have unique items such as octopus and conch salad, noodle dishes, tie spring rolls and fried rice dishes.

Christopher's Kitchen – located at 4783 PGA Boulevard, this vegetarian and vegan restaurant is a great place to get some delicious vegetarian fare. From mushroom tacos to spinach artichoke dip, flatbread pizzas, their own mac & cheese and C K burritos, Christopher's Kitchen is a great place to go for some delicious food that makes you feel healthy inside and out.

Talay Thai - this local Thai food restaurant has amazing dishes like their venous clams in a spicy broth, grilled salmon on a bed of brown rice, deep-fried red snapper, lobster pad Thai and other familiar dishes. If you're looking for a taste of Thai food, you have to try this place just a few minutes outside of Mirasol.

The Lunchbox – for a quick bite to eat, sandwich or rap, the Lunchbox makes a great place. Try their homemade tuna salad or a veggie wrap with fresh ingredients, crisp vegetables, and flavorful sauces.

So, these are our favorites and they're just outside of Mirasol's entrance, so make sure you check out one of these or, is there a place you like to go just outside of Marsal? Leave a comment with your favorite Mirasol area restaurant.

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June 20, 2018

Camp Mirasol Sports Complex

Camp MirasolIn the Mirasol Country Club has a variety of fun activities, lots of recreational facilities, and even a sports complex but did you know they have a camp? With nearly 400 kids and young adults living in Mirasol, the club has chosen to provide amenities and services for this unique population. In 2013, the club renovated the formally unused space into a state-of-the-art sports complex for members of all ages. This 2400 square-foot recreational building offers dozens of programs for the communities children and grandchildren including a multipurpose function space for activities, events, and summer camps. There's a comfortable lounge with television, video games, and a computer station.

Outside the building is a fantastic green space for sports and other activities and it's completely covered in hearty synthetic turf so there's no need for pesticides or other chemicals to keep the lawn green. The area is perfect for sports and kids as well as our respiratory systems.

In addition, the sports complex has a regulation-size basketball court and a fully equipped playground. Even if you have little ones, there's a forgiving "fall zone" to cushion any accidental falls. There's a gazebo, pickleball courts, bocce ball courts, and even a hard surface tennis court. The tennis court has been approved by the United States Tennis Association and its regulations for juniors offering more desirable conditions for tournaments.

The club's personal kids camp program with several different camps each year. Kids ages 4 – 12 are invited to join us for winter, spring, and summer camps. They include mornings of tennis, active games, swimming, lunch, more activities and games after lunch and kids fit program top by certified fitness instructors. There's field trips, giant waterslides, bouncy houses and much more. All of this is included in your membership with Mirasol Country Club.

If this isn't enough to bring you and your family to Mirasol, don't forget there's also plenty of stuff for the adults. Fantastic dining, fabulous golf, superior recreational facilities and much more. To learn more about the Mirasol country club, recent renovations, and of course, all the homes for sale, click on the links below or if you'd like a personal tour give me a call today.

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June 11, 2018

New Office Building in Mirasol Town Square


New Office Building in Mirasol Town Square


A new three-story office building is going up as the final phase of the Mirasol Town Square in Palm Beach Gardens. This office building will be the seventh building at the property located near the PGA Boulevard exit of Florida's Turnpike. Built by John C Bills Properties, this 46,000 square-foot office at 11400 N. Jog Rd. will be asking $21 a square foot and is projected to be completed November 2018.

In addition, there are nearly 112,000 ft.² of offices under construction in the Palm Beach Garden area and with a vacant rate of just 7.3% and an asking rate of just over $29 a square foot, this will be a welcome addition.

Mirasol Town Square features condominiums and generates about $171,000 in annual revenues. Phase I and II was completed in 2012. There are currently 7 structures with 120,000 square feet of space in a two-story structure so this will be the tallest of all the buildings. 


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May 28, 2018

Past Sales Point to Successful Mirasol Real Estate Agent

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Knowing the communities around here is my specialty. As someone in authority might say, "I know Palm Beach County communities. Nobody knows the communities better than me." Okay, okay, that might be going a little too far, but there is something very important in knowing the communities, neighborhoods, the gated areas, and different details about homes, styles, and prices therein.

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It's important to me that when a customer comes and says here is what I want, I can point to several communities and narrow down the search within minutes. If you're looking for a waterfront home I would point you to Admirals Cove or someplace with boat docks and slips. If you're looking for luxury home on the golf course, I would point you to Mirasol or other golf course communities. Perhaps you're looking for golf membership, equity membership, or no homeowners dues at all; this is what I know. I can point you to the right community, area, and even the city for school districts, commute routes, location and amenities. This is the experience I carry with me through each and every transaction. Because I love this County and specifically Palm  Beach Gardens, Jupiter, and Singer Island, I can tell you the right building that would work for your budget, your needs, or the community that would be best suited to your lifestyle and your home price.

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"I'm amazed at how much Todd knows, not just about real estate but the Palm Beach County area. He knows all the gated communities, neighborhoods and commute routes so if you need a knowledgable agent, I think there's no one better in the area. HE is very versed is great negotiating skills and his  communication is excellent. I wouldn't think of hiring anyone else but Todd for this area."

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Take a look at some of the beautiful homes I have sold throughout Palm Beach County and specifically in the Mirasol country club.

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When you need expert care, a knowledgeable real estate broker, and someone who truly cares about the type of home you need and stays within your budget, give me a call. I have worked with hundreds of buyers and sellers throughout Palm Beach County because this is my passion, I can get my buyers offer accepted even in competitive markets. If you are a seller, we will price the home competitively from the beginning, get the right offers on the table, and help you move on with your life in the most effective and efficient way possible.

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Posted in Mirasol
May 14, 2018

Mirasol Home Buyer - How Satisfied are Misarol Homeowners?

Mirasol COuntry Club

"Todd is an incredible real estate broker. He found our perfect home for us in Jupiter the first day we went looking. He really listened to what we were looking for and paid attention to all of the details. Todd is extremely knowledgeable about the market and was able to negotiate a great deal for my husband and me. His high energy, enthusiasm and business acumen made purchasing our home an extremely pleasant experience. He is also a great source of information for newcomers to the area as he gave us great suggestions on doctors, schools, and fabulous restaurants to visit. You won't find a more knowledgeable and professional broker in the Palm Beach Area."


Getting great reviews from awesome clients is what I live for! And if you plan on moving to Mirasol or the Palm Beach Gardens area anytime soon, I invite you to learn a little more about this beautiful community and our area.

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Mirasol is quickly becoming Palm Beach County's most popular community. It's even more popular than the newer communities of Alton and Sonoma Isles. The floor plans are great, lots are spacious, amenities abound and people just love it here!



I believe one of the main reasons people love Mirasol is its variety and location. Close to the beach, shopping, great dining (We have hundreds of amazing restaurants), entertainment and of course, our weather. You can get this Florida weather in any community, but Mirasol has the whole package. We have homes starting less than $400,000 all the way to $4 million estates on the water. It really has something for everyone!

Mirasol Homes

All Images here are from actual listed and sold properties in Mirasol. From beautiful estates on 1 acre to quaint properties less than 2,000 square feet. You still get all the perks and benefits from membership including golf options. Whether you want to live on the course, or be close to the clubhouse and restaurant, let's help you find the perfect Mirasol home.

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May 7, 2018

June 1 is Hurricane Season. Here's How You Can Be Prepared

Hurricane preparedness week is this week May 6 through the 12th and since hurricane season starts on June 1, here are some things you can do now to be prepared and aware of the upcoming season. While nobody likes to plan for the worse being prepared can give you a sense of security and peace knowing everyone in the family knows what to do. Here are some tips from the National Weather Service on how to prepare your home, your family, your pets, and your neighborhood in case of a hurricane.Prepare for the hurricane season

On average, about 12 tropical storms, six of which become hurricanes over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, or the Gulf of Mexico developed during the hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year. Most hurricane hazards include storm surge, which is the abnormal rise of seawater, and it can travel several miles inland along bays, rivers, and estuaries. Flooding from heavy rains can be possible and of course, winds, which can destroy buildings, homes, roofing material and other items left outside. Tornadoes can accompany a landfall tropical cyclone but it is rare. Dangerous ways can produce a tropical cyclone and waves can cause deadly rip currents, beach erosion, and damage to structures along the coastline. The two biggest issues usually include storm surge and storm tide, so let's talk about safety issues with these two situations.

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Storm Surge

Water goes where it wants to and it can breach levees, pound dams into rubble, and overtake seawalls. While it might seem impossible, there are things homeowners can do to minimize the impact of flooding. You can protect your home's foundation with sandbags. Place the sandbags not only around the foundation but also near in events or openings. Aluminum or glass flood panels around vents can also help.

Water will always travel to the lowest available point. Basements are usually the easiest and fastest places that flood and actually, basements were meant to flood in order to protect the rest of the house. If your neighborhood is prone to flooding of any type, it's important to elevate the furnace, water heater, and electrical panel. Seal basement walls with waterproof compounds and install backflow plugs and valves to prevent water from getting to the rest of the home. These devices can also stop toilets, baths, and seeks from becoming geysers of water. It's also important to know how to turn off the electricity and other utilities.

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Check with your homeowner's insurance policy. Most do not cover flooding. You may or may not be able to even get flood insurance if you are in a floodplain so check with your insurance company and find out about protecting your home in other ways than tangible.

Storm Tide

This is where the water level rises during a storm due to the combination of storm surge and the astronomical tide.


If you receive an evacuation order because of a hurricane storm tide or storm surge, it's a good idea to get your most important belongings and get out sooner rather than later. Surges can even begin to rise a day before the actual storm hits, cutting off valuable escape routes. Don't risk it. It's simply not worth it.

The weather department will be monitoring the storm tides using four approaches for measuring the timing, magnitude, and duration of hurricane storm surge dynamics. They have real-time monitoring, rapid deployment gauges for temporary monitoring, and storm surge sensors. A storm tide sensor collects the water level and barometric pressure every 30 seconds for most sites. There are located on beaches with record wave height every two seconds. The sensors are strapped to bridge piers, power and light poles and other structures along the coastline. The data is able to study the surge flooding including wave height and visualize its interaction with coastal features.

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