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March 3, 2022

Abacoa’s Food Truck Invasion is Here!

Abacoa’s Food Truck Invasion is Here!

When exploring Palm Beach, you’ll find a handful of hidden gems and the Abacoa residential district is no exception. In addition to the Abacoa Golf Club, the area is home to the growing food truck trend sweeping the globe and the second Friday of every month you can enjoy ethnic cuisine from around the globe. 

 

Related: Why You’ll Fall in Love with Jupiter

 

In years past to get good food you’d have to find a little hole in the wall restaurant, spend hundreds of dollars at a 5-star restaurant, or sift through dozens of reviews before finding a spot to grab a bite to eat. Luckily, there is an easier way to get great food and when it comes to Palm Beach locals, you can enjoy a large range of different cuisine in the same location ensuring that no matter what you’re craving, your taste buds will be pleased. 

 

Starting at 5:30pm Friday, March 11th, you can enjoy the Food Truck Invasion in downtown Abacoa, 1200 Town Center Dr. Simply bring a place to sit, whether your favorite camping chair, a blanket for a picnic, and your friends and family to enjoy one of the many different food trucks available. You can follow along to see where the Food Truck Invasion will be in your area here. The event ends at 10pm and in addition to enjoying the cuisine you can also enjoy live music from a DJ at the amphitheater. 

 

Related: Explore Abacoa Homes

 

As Palm Beach locals we love to enjoy and share all of the many local events happening in the area, whether small concerts, food truck festivals, family fun hikes and more, when calling Palm Beach home, you’re sure to fill your free time with great events all year long. 

 

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 or Florida Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time and we would be more than happy to assist you. 

Posted in Abacoa
Feb. 10, 2022

What to Look for When Buying a Townhouse

What to Look for When Buying a Townhouse

While the process of purchasing a townhouse is near identical to that of any other home styles, they are often equipped with many different features than that of a single-family home or even a condo. In many cases purchasing a townhome creates a more affordable option for many homeowner hopefuls as well as the possibility to downsize for those looking for a little less space. Just like with other housing styles, there are certain things you want to pay extra attention to when it comes to buying a townhouse. 

 

Related: Why School Districts Are So Important Even if You Don’t Have Kids

 

Understand the HOA Fees and What the Cover

Easily the most important aspect of purchasing a townhome is understanding the HOA fees associated with the building, their reserve accounts, what the fees cover, etc. This helps you budget as well as get a feel for what is your responsibility and what is the homeowner association’s responsibility when it comes to repairs, maintenance, and upkeep. 

 

Assigned Parking and Guest Parking

While many townhomes may have a garage space below the home, pending on the location of the townhouse you may notice that guest parking could be a struggle. Understanding the parking rules is key in your long-term enjoyment. Additionally, if you have multiple vehicles or your townhouse doesn’t come with a garage, makes sure to ask if there is assigned parking and if so, where that space is located. 

 

The Condition of the Roof

Most of the time the roof is covered by the HOA, however much like with the first point, you’ll want to verify this prior to purchase. Even if the responsibility falls on the HOA, you’ll still want to inspect the condition of the roof thoroughly. If it shows sign of needing replacement soon this could be cause for the HOA’s reserve funds to be used, which unfortunately could cause a rise in your monthly dues. 

 

Outdoor Space and Fencing

Many townhomes have a small section of outdoor space, whether a small patio, deck, or small yard, all of which are huge perks that draw attention to the housing style as it still allows homeowners to enjoy some outdoor space with minimal upkeep. One major thing to pay attention to is the fencing in your outdoor space as if it is damaged or shows signs of replacement you generally must get the approval of the HOA as well as your neighbors who may share the fence prior to replacing or upgrading the fencing. 

 

Neighbors

While your neighbors play a huge role in the enjoyment of a home purchase of all styles, when it comes to a townhouse this is especially important as you’ll be sharing a wall with your neighbor and thus, you want to ensure that you all get along and can respect each other’s space as well as quiet hours that may be in place. 

 

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

 

If you’re currently searching for a new home, whether a townhome or other housing style, 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
Feb. 3, 2022

Why School Districts Are So Important Even if You Don’t Have Kids

Why School Districts Are So Important Even if You Don’t Have Kids

When buying a house there are a lot of features to consider, from housing type to the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, location and more, however, one thing that many people seem to overlook, especially if they don’t have children is the school district the home is in. If you don’t have kids, or if your children are grown, chances are, you aren’t concerned with the district your home resides in but would rather focus on the neighborhood and home features that fit into your personal wants and needs, however by ignoring the district you could risk losing a substantial amount on your investment.   

 

Related: Should I Buy in A Gated Community?

 

When purchasing a home, you want to do your best to make sure that your investment is protected and one of the best ways to do that is to purchase a home in a highly rated school district. On average, homes that reside in desirable districts increase in value by up to 8%. Buyers looking for houses will often pay more than $50 more per square foot for a house that is within their desired school district. Additionally, property value is generally boosted for homes that are near schools as well, thus adding even more to the home’s value. 

 

While the school district shouldn’t be the only factor involved when purchasing a home, should you ever choose to sell your house later down the line, your home will be more desirable to more buyers, driving the list price, and thus sale price, higher than that of homes nearby that reside within a different district. In addition to the value of your home, and thus, resale value, by purchasing a home near a school you are giving future buyers the opportunity to expand their networks with other parents of school-aged students, volunteering within the community etc. which can make your house look even more appealing. 

 

Related: What to Look for in the Perfect Neighborhood

 

Purchasing a home should be an exciting time, and while purchasing within a desirable school district does indeed add extra value to a home, help to protect your return on investment, and help boost your re-sale value potential, there are always other factors to consider when it comes to purchasing a home which is why it’s vital to work with a trusted agent who can take all of your wants and needs into consideration while showing you properties until you find “the one.”

 

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 News
Jan. 26, 2022

Why You’ll Fall in Love with Jupiter

Why You’ll Fall in Love with Jupiter

It’s easy to fall in love with any coastal town, but when it comes to Jupiter Florida there is even more to love. Popular among tourists, those lucky enough to call the area home, whether with a summer home, vacation home, or full-time residence, can live a life of luxury and feel as if every day is a vacation day. So, what’s to love? The easiest answer, everything! 

 

Related: 3 Concerns When Buying Beachfront Property

 

Water Sports

As with many parts of Florida, the Jupiter area is chalked full of different water sports activities. A few of the most common include boating, jet skiing, surfing, swimming and nearly everything else you could possibly imagine which allows those of all interests, as well as skill levels to find a new hobby to enjoy in their free time. 

 

Recreation

With activities such as scuba diving, fishing, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding and more, much like with water sports activities, the recreation options along the beaches are plentiful. However, not all the recreation is found in in the sand and many residents enjoy biking, tennis and even golf at one of the many nearby golf courses. 

 

Beaches

And of course, you can’t forget to mention the miles of sandy beaches. Jupiter stretches further into the Atlantic than any other part of Florida, which creates a near tropical island feel, and with lush foliage, sky high swaying palm trees, and the crystal-clear water crashing on the beach, whether you prefer to grab a book and a beach chair, or want to perfect your sandcastle building, the beaches in Jupiter are simply world-class. 

 

Real Estate

You can’t call Jupiter home without having a home, and luckily the real estate in the area is extremely versatile. Whether you prefer a gated community, golf community, luxury beach condo, private estates, or a waterfront retreat, you are sure to find the perfect home in Jupiter. 

 

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

 

Home to a handful of dining and shopping venues, from waterfront dining to quick service options, small boutiques, upscale shopping, beachfront spas and more, you’ll seldom have to leave the city. Whether you currently call Jupiter home and are looking to either upgrade or downsize or are hoping to move to the coveted Florida city, there is a lot to love about the little town that has captured the hearts of many Floridians. 

 

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 Jupiter or Coastal Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time.

Posted in Jupiter
Jan. 18, 2022

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

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

Buying a home is an exciting journey, especially once you’ve been handed the keys and you walk through the door for the first time as a homeowner. While there are many different decisions you’ll have to make throughout your home buying journey, one important decision, especially when purchasing a home in the Palm Beach Coastal area, is if you would prefer to live in a gated or non-gated community. As with many things, there are many pros and cons associated with both gated and non-gated communities, the key is deciding which option best fits your personal needs and wants. 

 

Related: 3 Concerns When Buying Beachfront Property

 

Should I Buy in a Gated or Non-Gated Community?Gated Community Pros

Easily one of the biggest pros to calling a gated community home is the security that it often provides. With gates, your chances for burglaries are drastically limited, likewise, you often won’t find prowlers throughout the neighborhood as many gates will require some sort of key, code etc. for entry. Additionally, the streets of gated neighborhoods are often less busy than those of other communities making them a safer space for children to ride bikes, people to walk their pets, etc. 

Gated Community Cons

While the gates provide a sense of security for some, for others, this can create a feeling of entrapment or even claustrophobia, and should you have to leave or get home in a hurry, you may face lines at the gate entrances and exits. Another con, due to potential malfunctions in the gate mechanics, the gates may be stuck or non-operational, which could in turn lead to delays or you to be late. Additionally, oftentimes gated communities come with a premium, and thus, the homes within are often more expensive. 

Non-Gated Community Pros

Affordability is one of the biggest pros to purchasing a home that resides in a non-gated community. Without limited traffic control in and out of entrance and exit gates, you can come and go easily without delay. 

Non-Gated Community Cons

Unfortunately, without gates to secure the perimeter of the neighborhood, non-gated communities are easier targets for theft and burglars, car prowlers, as well as speeding vehicles that can make the streets more dangerous for those enjoying the outdoors of the neighborhood. 

 

Related: 10 Simple Ways to Make Buying a Home More Affordable

Ultimately, you must weigh the pros and cons of each option until you find the home that suits your needs, whether that be your budget, security, safety, etc. It is also important to decide if a gated or non-gated community is a deal breaker when it comes to your home search, and if so, make sure to convey to your agent that you are only willing to purchase a home within a gated or non-gated community as viewing homes that are outside of your preference is a waste of both your time as well as your agents. 

If you’re currently searching for a new home, whether within a gated or non-gated community, townhouse or condo, 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 Coastal Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time. 

Posted in Gated Communities
Dec. 13, 2021

Mixing Metals: Finishing Your Kitchen’s Look

Mixing Metals: Finishing Your Kitchen’s Look

The metals in your kitchen aren’t like your purse and shoes: there’s no rule they have to match. In fact, mixing materials can create a more collected, contemporary, beautiful style — one that’s on trend and timeless. Designer kitchens frequently feature more than one metal, and different metals pull in additional styles to your space. That said, you can’t add anything, anywhere, in the name of mixing metals: the key is intentionality. The resource below, Mixed Metal Kitchen Guide, highlights some specific tips to guide your selection.

When it comes to selecting pieces, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with which finish to use where. Here’s a tip to try: match the finish on your appliances to your sink faucet selection. Because the sink typically sits at the center of the layout, it can pull in the appliance finish and create unity. Likewise, to avoid that dated matchy-matchy look, contrast the finishes on your light fixtures. If the eating area has a metal chandelier, for example, consider glass pendants above the island.

To keep these tips handy, check out the below resource, which highlights eight important guidelines to help you mix metals beautifully.

Infographic created by Gerber.

I am proficient in all waterfront and beachfront homes in JupiterNorth Palm BeachPalm Beach GardensJuno Beach and Singer Island

Posted in News
Dec. 8, 2021

3 Concerns When Buying Beachfront Property

3 Concerns When Buying Beachfront Property

The term “beachfront” always refers to a property with an ocean view and quick access to a sandy beach at the water’s edge. A beachfront property appears to be a fantastic purchase on paper. Yes, beachfront real estate is more expensive, but the benefits outweigh the costs. However, like any other investment, buying beachfront property comes with risks and rewards. The following discussion aims to clarify the critical issues of owning oceanfront property.

1. High cost of investment

It is a daydream if you do not have any genuine investment ideas because you will have to examine your budget and look at realistic options. A lovely rental may appear enticing, but it is out of reach since it is too expensive. However, this does not rule out the buyer’s possibility of purchasing the beachfront property. Consider some alternative vacation rental marketplaces that are still active but are more cost-effective and, in the end, can meet the expectations of consumers.

2. Prone to natural disasters

The vulnerability of beachfront property to natural catastrophes and tragedies is one of the most common considerations when purchasing it. Changes in the climate Hurricanes and flooding can cause considerable damage to your rental property; that is why it is critical to have insurance that covers all potential risks in the event of a disaster that was not even anticipated.

3. Laws and Regulations

It would be much easier to buy a rental property and find a tenant. However, this is not the case because one must understand the laws and regulations that apply to the rental before making a purchase decision or face fines and much more severe consequences. It is indeed a good idea to see if the area allows vacation rentals when looking for a property. Some regions limit the number of days a tenant can stay in a home, so it is essential to know which ones to avoid and which ones are more tolerant. It is better than going back after spending much money, resulting in a higher loss margin.

Final thought

When considering beachfront property, it is crucial to weigh the concerns carefully to determine whether it is a sound investment and other risks associated with the investment in the beachfront sector. It requires a precise clarification of the issues that might also arise in the future; as often reminded, nothing is ever permanent.

However, set just back from the beach are thousands of great properties and we have properties along the Intracoastal Waterway that offer more protection from the waves of the open sea. Regardless, there are a lot of choices when it comes to either beachfront, waterfront or oceanfront in Southeast Florida so feel free to start you search here!

I am proficient in all waterfront and beachfront homes in Jupiter, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Juno Beach and Singer Island

3 Concerns When Buying Beachfront Property

Nov. 23, 2021

Panther National is Integrating Electric Chargers, Solar Roofs and Energy Efficient Homes

Panther National is the assumed name for the new 218 luxury home development in Palm Beach Gardens. Under the design construction of Tesla, this new community will feature solar roofs, batteries and electric vehicle chargers. It's all around Jack Nicklaus designed a golf course in Palm Beach. The development was announced in July partnering Panther National Development with Elon Musk's company, Tesla to provide energy products for 218 homes which will include solar panels, wall connectors for electric vehicles and Power walls, Tesla's energy-storing batteries.Panther National Tesla Homes

Designed by Strang and Tesla

The homes will be designed by Strang Design, a Miami-based architectural company. The community will cover over 2400 acres. This first-of-its-kind modern lifestyle residential community will be originally developed by Swiss-based Send tar Group on a 392-acre land parcel from Avenir Holdings LLC. The land in which Panther National will be built on represents the last remaining opportunity to develop a luxury golf course community in northern Palm Beach County. This is one of the areas and the nation's strongest residential real estate markets right now. The community will be located 20 minutes from the world-class social infrastructure of Palm Beach Island and West Palm Beach. It will offer close proximity to the North County private airport and premier new golfing communities.

This enclave will adjoin a 2000 acre nature preserve along with the new master-planned community and town center. It will feature 218 contemporary single-family estate homes built by Palm Beach is Leading luxury homebuilder Willstrong Construction. Each of the homes will feature floor plans from 4000 ft.² to over 7500 ft.² in three, four, and five-bedroom layouts. The homes will be built around the Jack Nicklaus signature championship golf course offering resort-style amenities such as a golf clubhouse, health and lifestyle club, spa, pool, athletic club, and restaurant.

In addition to these eco-friendly and energy-efficient homes, Panther National is partnering with Tesla to provide clean, sustainable home energy systems throughout the community. These will include the Tesla Powerwall + and Tesla Solar Panel Products.

Construction of the community has already begun with home sales set to commence in the first quarter of 2022. For more information on Panther National and to be notified when preconstruction and pre-sales are available, contact my office below at any time.

Posted in New Construction
June 25, 2021

5 Tips to Know Before Taking Your Own Real Estate Photos

I've had a lot of homeowners asked to use their own photos on the listing and this is worked out great if they are a professional photographer. If you really want to sell the home, those photos can be the first impression that will make or break the sale. If you want buyers to step one total into your home, those photos really better be amazing. When it comes to listing a property, photos are really the first impression that property gives a potential buyer.

Here are five key tips to know before taking your own real estate photos.Real estate photos

#1. Use a wide angle lens.

Whether you are taking the photos, your real estate agent or professional photographer, make sure that they use a wide angle lens. The focus is usually spot on and it's perfect for taking pictures of large rooms and small rooms alike.

#2. Ask about insurance.

If the photographer is moving around your property, especially if you still have furnishings in the home, ask about some type of insurance. What happens if the photographer breaks something in your home?

Related: How to Take Awesome Pictures of Your Home

#3. Ask about the details of the contract.

If you photographer has a contract ask what your responsibility is when it comes to taking photos. Is this simply a 10 to 15-minute photo shoot, going around the entire house taking pictures of each room, or is this a 2 to 4-hour event where you'll need to stage, set up, clean and arrange furniture and furnishings in order to get the best shot. Make sure you understand the details and that there is a contract between the photographer and either the real estate agent or homeowner.

#4. Editing is okay to a degree.

If you're a photographer that's photoshopping and editing the images so that it doesn't even look like your house anymore, there's no point to show that on the real estate listings; that's false advertising. However, many preset editing features on Photoshop and item such as light where you can save a lot of time creating a beautiful photo that anyone would want to display.

#5. Take pictures of what really counts.

Take pictures of the rooms that are really going to sell the house. Taking pictures of the inside of a closet or pantry is probably a waste of the picture unless that feature is phenomenal. You want to see what is actually being advertised, not the furnishings in the house. Yes, furnishings can set the stage and make a beautiful arrangement but don't neglect taking photos of the actual home and bones itself so that people know what they are buying.

Taking professional real estate photos truly is an art just as portraits landscape photos can be. To really sell the house, showcase the home in gorgeous print flyers and online, there's really no alternative to professional photos.

For more information about taking professional real estate photos of your Palm Beach County listing contact Todd Blair today

Our top neighborhoods in the area:

Mirasol Country Club

Abacoa

Admiral's Cove - (Check out the new changes)

Thank you to our guest post this week Jane Goodrich - NY child and family photographer

Posted in Real Estate
May 26, 2021

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]

Our top neighborhoods in the area:

Mirasol Country Club

Abacoa

Admiral's Cove

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