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Have You Set Your Goals for 2014?



Today we are at our lake lot and I wanted to share a few things with you. This is a place that offers inspiration to me and in fact, it’s one of the reasons I wake up every morning excited about what I get to do: help buyers, sellers and team members. What do you have that inspires you? What goals do you have? As we’re now in 2014, it’s important to give a few thoughts to that. Another reason I wake up in the morning is opportunity. I am constantly looking for ways to create opportunities for buyers, sellers and team members.

If you’re looking to buy, sell or a career opportunity, give me a call at (561) 352-3056. Thanks and enjoy the view!

What is Your Special Home Worth?



What is Your Special Home Worth?

Today I want to talk to you about the most common questions I’m receiving right now, “What is my home worth?” The first step that people tend to do is they go to Zillow or an online evaluation site, which is a great starting point. However, if you really want to know what top-dollar is, going to those sites won’t tell you that. Those sites compare your home as being equal to all the other homes in the area and what is you have a special home? You’re going to get cheated. It would be like comparing a giraffe, chimpanzee, a rhinoceros and zebra and saying they were all alike.

If you want to know what top dollar is, give me a call! The Treu Group is committed to getting top-dollar for your special home. Help is only a phone call away at (561) 352-3056.

Thanks and have a great day!

Is Anyone Buying A Home in December?



Delray Beach  Activities
December 5, 2013 6 pm - Delray’s 100 Ft Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 5, 2013 6-10 pm - On the Ave Hoiday Event
December 13, 2013 6:30 pm -? Annual Holiday Boat Parade on The Intracoastal Waterway
December 14, 2013 6 pm - Annual Holiday Parade down Atlantic Avenue

http://www.downtowndelraybeach.com/holiday-festivities       

Performances
11/29/13 - 12/1/13
The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker performances – Presented by Marleen and Harold* Forkas, Boca Ballet Theatre’s beloved version of The Nutcracker features world-renowned guest artists, magical sets and sparkling costumes. Enchanting choreography by Co-Artistic Director Dan Guin, paired with a score by Tchaikovsky, brings this magical tale to life with a cast of more than 100 dancers, including American Ballet Theatre stars Sarah Smith and Roman Zhurbin. Friday, November 29- Sunday, December 1st at Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater, 20101 Lyons Road, Boca Raton, FL 33434. Tickets and more information: www.bocaballet.org

11/29/13 - 12/8/13
Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the Rockettes
Kravis Center in West  Palm Beach, FL.  Tickets Here!Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 / Coming to the Kravis Center and West Palm Beach for the first time ever, this beloved family holiday tradition features dazzling scenery and special effects, glamorous Rockette costumes and a 50-foot LED screen that will enhance the show with breathtaking imagery, including the amazing “New York at Christmas” scene. The RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR , Starring THE ROCKETTES is the perfect show for all ages. Dates: November 29 - December 8, 2013.
Buy Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes Tickets Here!   

West Palm Beach Activities
Thursday December 5
City of WPB Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Downtown Waterfront, 100 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, FL / Holiday Tree Lighting at the CBN Conchy Tonk: See “Sandi” the World’s only 35-foot, 600-ton Giant Holiday Sand Tree come to life in a synchronized holiday sound and light show. Hear National Recording Artist, Randy Houser live, singing his #1 hit “How Country Feels”, “Boots On” and more! Opening act Brooke Eden will start the Conchy Tonk party! See Santa arrive on the Waterfront, and shop for tropical gifts in the Lake Pavilion. Check the Santa Schedule here for all his appearance dates and times. Tree lighting ceremony will take place during the Clematis by Night. Time: 6-9pm.

Clematis by Night
Clematis By Night Looking for the area’s Hot Spot to Chill? Clematis by Night is it! Chill out South Florida style every Thursday night in downtown West Palm Beach from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Centennial Square at the top of Clematis Street. This highly popular, award-winning weekly concert series is the place to be on Thursdays. Since June 8, 1995 the City of West Palm Beach has staged 750 Clematis by Night weekly celebrations on Thursday nights in Downtown West Palm Beach. Enjoy the same Classic Party with a New Spin! The party venue spins 180 degrees to take advantage of the city’s fabulous new waterfront. Each week brings something for everyone – the 1st week of the month is Classic Car Night, the 2nd week is Bike Night and week 3 features fun, funky shops from Northwood Village! For more information, call 561.822.1515 or visit www.wpb.org/clematis-by-night. Click here for local information.

What's Going on in the Market in Palm Beach County and Martin County?



Are You Tired of All the Doom and Gloom News?

When you turn on the TV or listen to the radio, you’re most likely greeted by the doom and gloom of the real estate market. Today I’m bringing you the market update for Palm Beach and Martin County so you have the information for yourself.

If you live in Palm Beach County, you are still in a seller’s market with inventory down 22.7%; which is great news. The days on market is down 48.2% or 44 days on market. Even though the market has had changes, it’s completely normal for the market to slowdown in September. Martin County is starting to experience the same great news Palm Beach County has been experiencing for a while. We’re starting to see the days on market diminish 47.3% to only 49 days on market and prices increasing 21.9%. Also, inventory is down 9.3% in Martin County

How can you use this information to win? Historically, inventory starts to fall over the next few months. You may want to consider listing your home soon instead of waiting until January when everyone else decides to put their home on the market. Another piece of information you may not have heard or noticed is that the hedge funds are back after going “M.I.A.” for the last few months. Now they are back and making cash offers on our properties for $350,000 or less, which could account for the 23.5% increase in cash sales in Palm Beach County and 34% in Martin County, making it a great time to consider selling.


If you have any other questions about these statistics, feel free to call me at (561) 352-3056 as I’m always here for you. Talk to you soon!

3 Things You Should Look For in Choosing Your Next Real Estate Agent!



3 Things You Should Look For in Choosing Your Next Real Estate Agent!

When choosing your next real estate agent, there are three important things you must consider. The first thing you must consider is their marketing plan. What are specifically going to do to get your home sold? It’s very important to have a detailed marketing plan that includes social media, video and international marketing from Palm Beach County and Martin County Real Estate.

Secondly, you must look at their team structure. Do they have the top agents in the marketplace that will allow you to get to the closing table? Will they have a marketing division, a closing division and a lender and title partner?

Finally, you need to look at experience. The great thing about the Treu Group is that we have been selling in Palm Beach and Martin Counties since 1989. We have the experience to handle anything that comes up during the transaction and get you to the closing table. We would love to share our team, marketing plan and experience with you. See you soon!

Martin and Palm Beach County Updates



Martin and Palm Beach County Updates

Welcome back to our video blog! A lot of people have been asking me whether we are still in a sellers market. The answer is yes!

Both Palm Beach and Martin Counties are experiencing increasing average sales prices. In Palm Beach County, inventory is at 4.8 months and the average sales price is almost $400,000! Plus, the average days on market has dropped by 45.6 percent to just 49 days.

Martin County trails just slightly. It is a great time to sell in both counties. So, give us a call. We’d love to help you with any of your real estate needs!


10 KILLER Design Tips to Improve the Selling Price of Your Home



10 KILLER Design Tips to Improve the Selling Price of Your Home

1.     Use paint to create the ambiance and style that you desire.  Painting an accent wall is always a great option to add a pop of color as well. 
2.    Use throw pillows and rugs to change the patterns and color schemes in a room. This is great especially if you like to change the look often.
3.    Decorating your table is an easy way to give a polished look to your Dining room.  You can use a runner, a tablecloth, and even a centerpiece to finish the look.  Simply recovering your dining room chairs can make this room more luxurious. 
4.    Update the light fixtures and lampshades.
5.    Add a custom headboard.  This is a great way to give the room your own personal touch, and a great DIY project. Adding texture will add some dimension to the room.
6.    The master bath should be a peaceful retreat. This can easily be accomplished by replacing the faucets, adding trim around the mirror and even as simple as adding luxurious towels and bathrobes.
7.    Do you love to cook?  Consider Re-facing your kitchen cabinets, adding a glass door to a kitchen cabinet to display some of your nicer tableware pieces, or upgrading your counter tops.  A very affordable change to the kitchen is to add lighting to the underside of your cabinets.
8.    Nothing says updated like wood blinds or plantation shutters.  Also, consider adding height and width to your windows and the room by placing your draperies higher than the windows. 
9.    If this is a new home, take your time and furnish your home with quality pieces that will last.  Using neutral colors on the main furniture will make it easy to keep up with the trends.
10.    Bring nature indoors with fresh flowers and plants throughout your home.

Thank you for watching and as always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call me at (561) 352-3056

The International Market - How Florida's Market is Better



The International Market - How Florida's Market is Better

Hello, everyone! We are at the beautiful French Riviera today. Steve and I have visited seven countries in the past year to help us learn about the international market and how to reach buyers.

Did you know that one out of every four transactions in Palm Beach and Martin Counties involve either a foreign buyer or seller?

We have learned a tremendous amount while traveling. Florida is still paradise and has substantially lower prices than any other resort area.

Our goal is to market internationally and bring buyers into our Florida marketplace. We know now is the best time to buy and sell with our fantastic interest rates and great prices.

Thank you for watching! Please give us a call if you have any questions about how the international market affects us!

Below are some links for a few homes for sale in Paradise:
5 Milestone Way, West Palm Beach, FL 33415  - West Palm Beach Luxury Home on an Acre
4233 Hunting Trail, Lake Worth, FL 33467 - Lake Worth Home on the Lake with an Acre
10295 Osprey Trace, West Palm Beach, FL 33412 - Ibis Country Club Home with Golf and Water Views
2640 Lake Shore Drive, Riviera Beach, FL 33404 - Waterfront Condo with Intracostal and Ocean Views

Our New Office!



Our New Office!

Hi everyone! I am so excited to tell you about our new office, Treu Group Real Estate. We can’t wait to show you all of our innovative marketing and different ways we can help you now that we have our own real estate brokerage!

You can search for new listings, check the value of your home and so much more on our website www.treugroup.com! If you have any questions please call my personal cell at 561.352.3056! The Treu Group would love to help you!

June 2013 Market Update



Welcome back to our video blog. We have the news you have been waiting for – the June statistics for Palm Beach County and Martin County!

Let’s take a look at Palm Beach County first. If you remember back in May, we had four months of inventory. This made a very strong sellers’ market. We are no at 3.7 months. The market continues to get better and better if you are a seller. Now is the perfect to put your home on the market and take advantage of this moment! Prices in Palm Beach County are up 37% from 2012!



If you are buyer, you may be disappointed about buying in a sellers’ market. Don’t worry! With a great team, we can still help you get to the closing table.

Now, let’s look at Martin County. Martin County is trailing just a little behind Palm Beach County. Martin’s traditional sales increased by 44% from last year and their median sales price is up by 4.2%!



































If you want to know how these stats directly impact your home, give us a call 561.352.3056. We’d be more than happy to help!

What to Do in Palm Beach County and Martin County



Hi everyone thanks for joining me! Today, I’m on Worth Avenue, a great place for shopping. It’s outdoors, beautiful and the sun is shining.

Whether you have lived in Palm Beach and Martin County for a long time or you’re new to the area, there is always something new and fun to discover. We have world-renown beaches in Palm Beach and Martin County. We also have Rapids Waterpark; it has great slides, a wave pool and places to sit and relax.

Below is a list of countless other activities we at the Treu Group love to do and thought you would too!

If you’re looking to make Florida your new home, give us a call. We’d love to help!


Ten Activities for Palm Beach County and Martin County

Theme Parks 

Lion Country Safari - http://www.lioncountrysafari.com/

Wildlife Sanctuaries 

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary - http://buschwildlife.org/
McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary - www.mccarthyswildlifesanctuary.com

Water Parks 

Rapids Waterpark - www.rapidswaterpark.com/index.cfm?
City Water Parks Calypso Bay & Coconut Cove -  http://www.pbcgov.com/parks/aquatics/waterparks/

Outdoor Dining Venues 



Elliot Museum - http://elliottmuseumfl.org/
Flagler Museum - http://www.flaglermuseum.us/

Landmarks

Jupiter Lighthouse - http://www.jupiterlighthouse.org/
Sandaway House - http://www.sandowayhouse.org/

Other Water Activities

Kayaking - http://www.jupiteroutdoorcenter.com/
US Sailing Center - http://www.usscmc.org/

Sweet Shop Stops

Current Market Statistics for Palm Beach County



Welcome back to our video blog! We have the most current market statistics for the Palm Beach County!

Inventory is still low at just 4 months! It is a strong sellers’ market and if you are an equity seller, you will most likely see multiple offers.

What else does the report show us? The best news is the median sales price is up 30%! So if you had your home on the market last year and couldn’t sell, the Treu Group has the plan and the market to get your home sold fast and for top dollar.


Is anything down? The days on market are down! It is truly a great time to sell!

Remember real estate is local. So give us a call to find out information about your neighborhood market!

13 Tips to Save Money on Your Home


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If you own a home, here are a few tips to save some money on your home.  Some of the tips you have thought of however maybe one or two of the items will help you put a little more in your bank account.

Tips to saving money on your home

1. The best suggestion that I can give is to make just 1 extra payment a year to go to your principal payment.  Doing so will allow you to pay off a 30 year mortgage off 7 years faster.

2. Also consider getting a 15 year loan and making the same extra payment per year.

3. If you haven't done so, get a windstorm mitigation inspection.  This could save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars each year.

4. Have an FP&L energy efficiency test to see how you can save on your utility bills.

5. Close blinds during the day during the summer to keep the home cooler.

6. Do maintenance early as the longer it goes, the more expensive a repair can be.

7. Consider upgrading insulation, appliances and a/c units.  There are rebate programs for a/c and solar energy (water) too.

8. Put a programmable thermostat for your ac.  Ideal ten - 75-78%. Every degree you raise your thermostat, you could result in a 5% savings.

9. If allowed, run your sprinkler off of a lake.

10. Consider adding a ventilating fan in the attic.

11. Review your landscaping to see if you need more shade.  Also make sure you don't have bushes touching the home.

12. Replace your a/c filters monthly

13. When selling, hire the Treu Group to put more money in your pocket.

For more real estate tips, listen to our radio show at www.treugroup.com.

Your Realtor® is On Vacation – But Your Listing Doesn’t Have to Be! Hire the Treu Group!



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Have you booked your vacation yet? And if you are selling your home currently, do you have the peace of mind knowing that while you are enjoying some time off, your agent will be managing everything? What happens if your agent is heading out for a vacation too? What happens if there is a lot of activity on your home while they are gone and worse, what if an offer comes in during that time but no one is available to receive it?

The truth is that for many single, standalone agents this can become a major problem. They don’t have the support system needed to be able to leave on vacation carefree. And if they go anyway, guess who suffers? You!

That’s why when you hire the Treu Group to manage your listing you’re in good hands. We have a team of specialists that are dedicated full-time to handle all the needs that arise when selling a home. When a buyer comes along with an offer – there is usually a very quick response time required. Holiday time or not, our team gets it done.

This week’s video was shot from our vacation site in the Bahamas and during the time we have been on vacation, we have helped five clients get their homes sold. This is while we’ve been on vacation! Our strong team of experienced professionals does what it takes to keep everything moving fast so you get your home sold faster.

To learn more about the benefits of hiring the Treu Group for all your real estate needs, please call Lisa Treu’s personal cell phone number at 561 352 3056. We look forward to working with you!

How Can You Be Sure Your Next Real Estate Transaction Isn’t a Roll of the Dice?



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Is real estate a gamble? In short – YES! If you don’t have the right cards to play with, anything can happen.

When it comes to buying and selling your home – you need to have a strong team on your side. With the Treu Group, we have carefully developed strategies that we know will work to get your home sold, get you the home of your dreams in a tough market and get you the best deal possible.

One of the things we do to make sure we have the best hand is attend conferences throughout the year where other top-producing agents from the country get together. We learn the latest techniques, see what other agents are doing to make client experiences better – and best of all, we convene with others just like us that strive to offer you the most.

Remember, with real estate there is only one set of dice you’ll ever need to roll and that has to do with the team you decide to work with. Choose a strong team and you can rest assured you’ll get multiple offers on your home so you can get top dollar. You can be confident that experienced, knowledgeable agents will guide you to and through the process of how to get your dream home – even in a challenging marketplace.

We invite you to contact us today!


How Inspections Help Buyers Save Money and Sellers Can Get More Money



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Home inspections are a critical part of the process when buying a home. It can be equally as beneficial when you’re selling a home because it provides a look at potential concerns and gives you an opportunity to rectify and issues prior to listing the home.

But in terms of buying a home, the single most important thing to do is to hire a good inspector. For years, the Treu Group has relied on Mark Wahl of WAYPOINT Property Inspection East. Mark has inspected countless properties with us and we wholly trust his recommendations.

To help illustrate how much is involved in an inspection, we walk with Mark as he does one of our newest properties, showcased on our blog and a video (linked at the end of this article). Walking through the home, he shares with us the key areas he evaluates to help his clients make informed decisions about their purchase.

Exterior; Roof, Stucco, Structure, Driveway, Electrical Points
Starting with the exterior of a home, Mark investigates the home’s construction, looks closely at the structure, checks the roof in terms of age and condition plus considers the home’s storm readiness. When looking at these areas, they check for cracking, signs of settling, evidence of water or storm damage and impending repairs that may come up in the near to midterm future. They also double check all electrical outlets to ensure they are installed with safety code in mind, such as GFCI outlets where necessary.

Savings Tip: As part of a Windstorm Mitigation inspection, Mark will evaluate the home’s readiness for hurricanes or other strong storms. Not only will this add up to big savings with your homeowners’ insurance premium but also you will receive a discount for the inspection cost when combined with a home inspection.

Windstorm Mitigation Inspections; Shutters, Panels, Impact Glass
As part of a Windstorm Mitigation inspection, the company checks everything from exterior shutters, exterior paneling, impact glass and more to make sure the home is hurricane ready. Once this investigation passes inspection, you can expect savings (as much as half your premium) with your insurance company.

Bathrooms; Plumbing, Wood Rot Evidence, Ventilation Systems
During inspections Mark carefully examines bathroom plumbing systems to ensure proper function. He checks for any leaks, looks for evidence of wood rot or other damage as a result of prior or impending problems and also checks the bathroom’s ventilation systems. During the course of the entire inspection, he also looks at windows in every room, ceilings and support beams, safety features and key aspects of the home and its function. On  your report you will learn if the bathtub seals are effective and if he suspects any leakage beneath the tub based on the floor surface or ceiling from below the bathtub’s location.

Kitchen; Appliance Function, Plumbing, Electrical, Flooring and Cabinetry
As with bathrooms, your inspector will evaluate all plumbing systems and confirm they are in working order. Each appliance is checked for proper operation while floors and cabinets are reviewed in terms of age and quality of installation as well as evidence of wood rot or moisture beneath or nearby these areas. Electrical outlets are also evaluated to make sure they can handle the load from major appliances. Throughout the inspection, Mark also ensures the home’s safety compliance – checking for smoke detectors and CO monitors.

Recalled Appliances Check
One more great service offered by Mark and his team is checking appliances for recalls. He checks the make, model and serial number of each and then submits them to a national database, where then if anything falls under a recall program the buyer (or seller) can then get a free repair if applicable. Most people are not even aware of recall programs for appliances – and they are usually the expensive large appliances such as your fridge, range, washer, dryer, water heaters or even air conditioning systems.

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Mark and his team can be reached by phone or email and you can also visit the company website, linked below:

Mark Wahl, ACI
WAYPOINT Property Inspection East, LLC
561.676.0546
mark@waypointinspection.com
www.waypointeast.com


For a closer look at the house you saw during today’s home inspection demonstration, click the youtube link below. It’s a gorgeous home located in Delray Beach. Also linked below is our blog post with further details about this listing. Call us today if you’d like to schedule a showing.



Click here to learn more. 

Palm Beach County Real Estate Market Report – March 2013



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For the first time in years, like much of the nation, we are seeing a very strong seller’s market. With inventory levels below just five months – sellers have the upper hand and buyers are starting to really feel the heat. Five months of inventory means it would take that much time to sell all the existing homes on the market if nothing changed.

Inventory Levels Low But Slowly Increasing 

This trend does tend to vary from one neighborhood to the next but for the most part, most sellers are enjoying multiple offers, often at or above their list price. Though we are reporting a 14.4% increase in the number of new listings in February as compared to the same time last year, the year-to-date numbers are especially impressive. Overall, our YTD increase in inventory was 16.4% with the number of homes available through February 2012 being 6,025 with this year’s YTD inventory at 7,011 homes.

Median Sales Prices Jump Significantly

As of February 2012 the median sales price in Palm Beach County was $123,000, which compares to this year’s number at $155,000 – a whopping 25.5% jump! Looking at YTD sales, average sales prices went from $120,000 to $155,000 for an overall increase of 29.2%.

Sellers Are Enjoying Faster Sales and More Money

Given the low inventory coupled with high buyer interest, we are currently reporting a very respectable change in the average number of days homes are on the market as well as the list-to-sale ratio. February 2013 versus February 2012 shows a 14.9% decline in the average number of days homes were on the market. Similarly, there was a positive change as to how much money sellers recovered through the average sale, with a 3.1% increase in percent of original list price received.

Sales are also up; with a positive result looking at YTD closed sales as opposed to February year over year figures.
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This is by far one of the strongest real estate seasons for sellers that we’ve seen in a long time – though interestingly we are in the unique situation of being a favorable market for buyers too because of historically low interest rates. These rates continue to hover at all time lows with the Fed expected to keep them there for at least several months if not through next year.

If these exciting changes spark an interest for you to get in on the action – we invite you to contact our team so we can get to work, getting you top dollar for your home. As mentioned in the video, you can also inquire about the value of your home on www.guaranteedsale.com. And if you’re a buyer who wants to seize the opportunity before prices get even higher – call us today – 561-352-3056.

Due the market improving, sellers are jumping back into the market which is leading to a slight increase of inventory.

Seeing Is Believing; Curb Appeal Makes All the Difference When Selling Your Home



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How many times have you been in awe of a gorgeous property from the moment you set eyes on it? What was it about that home that was memorable? There is a good chance any homes you have seen that do pull you in and keep you interested, have been beautifully landscaped. If not landscaped to perfection, the exterior spaces of the home have at least been enhanced making the home inviting and enticing people to want to see more.

When selling a home, a good first impression is absolutely critical. In fact, with the market as it is these days, many buyers will not even enter a home unless its exterior is aesthetically pleasing. This includes major items like the condition of the lawn and garden and the exterior of the home to smaller details like lighting fixtures, the color of a front door or de-cluttered living spaces.

As you can see in our virtual tour of this absolutely gorgeous featured home, curb appeal provides a glimpse of what one can expect when they enter the home. Careful attention is paid to landscaping, trees, shrubs and flowers as well as exterior lighting, porch décor and entryways.

So if you are considering selling your home – consider spending some time, energy and resources on enhancing its curb appeal. As they say, a buyer will decide within eight seconds whether or not they like a home and you just can’t afford to lose the opportunity that beautiful curb appeal provides.

Contact us today for tips on how you can make your outdoor spaces appeal to today’s buyers!

How Homeowners Can Get the Most Money When Selling In Today’s Market



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What would you say is the number one goal of most home sellers? It’s to get the most money! Yes there may be other motivations but for the most part, sellers want to be able to maximize the return on their investment and what better time than to sell during a seller-controlled market?

Today, despite being a seller’s market there is still quite a bit you can do to ensure that your home gets the most attention from buyers and ultimately the most money. Here are a few tips to follow that almost guarantee you that extra edge over other homes in this marketplace.

To help show you our tips at work, we filmed our video blog at our beautiful listing in Sewalls Point (the Home Tour is embedded below)– stop by and see the home or send someone you know that is looking in the area!

Get the Price Right
Pricing effectively is a key strategy to get more money in your pocket. Despite what many real estate agents advise, falsely raising the price of a home does not add “extra room” for negotiation. Rather, it can be counterproductive. We suggest the price be set carefully and according to what buyers are dictating in the marketplace to some degree. Pricing a bit lower will often generate multiple bids and create an auction environment, resulting in at or more than list price for you.

Set the Stage for Buyers
Keep in mind buyers want to see the house for what it is rather than for how you live your life in the home. Staging allows for the perfect balance between showing a home to be livable and personal while at the same time allowing enough of a blank canvas that a buyer can visualize his or her own lifestyle in the space. As you can see in the video, less is more and clean, simple décor in neutral color schemes allows buyers to imagine their own life in the home.

Keep Your Home Updated
Am important aspect of selling a home successfully is to set it up with custom and updated amenities. Though the buyer willing to buy a fixer might overlook kitchen appliances from the 70s or wood paneling that might seem outdated, the best way to ensure the most exposure of your home is to present an updated style. Buyers these days prefer granite or custom countertops, stainless appliances and wood or ceramic floors in kitchens. They also tend to gravitate to homes with higher-end finishes such as crown moldings, wide baseboards, updated lighting fixtures and today’s color schemes.

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For a custom consultation where we come to your home and share with you more ideas of how you can successfully sell your home for more money – contact us today!


Florida’s Homestead Tax Exemption Saves Homeowners Thousands of Dollars Each Year



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Congratulations on finding the perfect home! There are many benefits to homeownership, which you will keep finding as you continue to live in your home. Among those benefits are some great tax advantages, starting with the homestead exemption.

Residents that spend at least six months and one day in their homes here in Florida are qualified to claim homestead on their property. Our government gives owners of their own property great tax breaks when it is their primary residence.

Homestead Tax Exemption Deadline Fast Approaching
If you closed on your property on or prior to December 31, 2012 – there isn’t much time to apply for the homestead tax exemption. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2013 in order to receive homestead tax advantages for the current year.

To apply, click on the following links below. You will find information about the homestead exemption, how to complete the process as well as a fillable PDF form that makes it simple and convenient.





  
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As always, if you have any questions about this or any real estate related matter – we are right here and ready to help! 

5 Things You Should Do When You Move Into a New Home



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Moving into a new home can be an extremely exciting time in a person’s life.  However, it can also be incredibly hectic.  There are some things that can be placed on the back burner during the move in process.  With these five easy tips on moving into a new home, you can be sure to back your house as safe and cost efficient as possible. 

Change the Locks

At closing time, the seller of a house turns over the keys to the new owners.  Many times, though, the previous owner will have given a spare key to a friend or neighbor in case of emergency.  Enlist a locksmith to come to the house and change all of the locks and get new keys made.  This final transition from one owner to the next will give the new homeowner peace of mind. 

Reprogram Your Garage Door Remote

Along with changing the locks of your home, reprograming your garage door remote will ensure the safety of your house.  Depending on the brand of remote, steps in reprograming it may differ, but the process is simple for nearly all brands.  Most remotes have a “Learn” button, which you must hold until the indicator light blinks.  While the indicator light blinks, press the button on your remote.  This should reprogram your garage door opener remote.  If this does not work, contact your remote manufacturer or local hardware store for assistance. 

Change Your Home’s Air Filters

Most air filter manufacturers recommend that you change the HVAC air filters once every month. Due to the increased amount of activity of moving furniture in and out of the house, a larger concentration of dust will collect in the ventilation system.   In order to improve the air quality in your home and increase heating and cooling efficiency, make sure you change your air filters right when you move in.

Install New Batteries in Smoke Alarms

When a person is selling their home, there are many different procedures they must do to ensure that it is ready for sale.  Often times, during the stress of the home selling process, the smoke alarms are forgot about.  Ensure the safety of your home and family by changing the batteries in the smoke detectors when you move into a new house.  This cheap and quick home improvement has the potential to save your family’s life.


Reprogram Your Security System

 If you have a security system in your new house, it is a smart idea to reprogram it. If there is a number-code or word-code for the system, make sure that you choose a code that the whole family can easily remember, especially if you have young children. 

Palm Beach County Market Update – Nov 2012



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One thing everybody seems to be talking about in Palm Beach County is real estate. With the New Year here, the fiscal cliff crisis resolved and things looking up for much of the country – many people are looking at buying or selling real estate. Interestingly, it’s a great time for buyers and sellers alike! Here are some statistics plus a link to more stats and a great resource where you can get an in-depth report on your neighborhood.

Inventory Levels Indicate Strong Sellers’ Market
At last check, in November 2012 the number of months’ inventory on hand was just 4.7 months. What that means is that if nothing were to change, it would take 4.7 months to sell the current (at the time in November) inventory. In some areas we are seeing just one to two months of inventory.

In a sellers’ market, we typically see things like multiple offers coming in on properties, price wars and artificially inflated sale prices. With this market, homeowners can finally jump off the fence and list their home with the reasonable expectation that it will sell for top dollar, quickly and with the least amount of hassle.

Unprecedented Increase in the Number of Pending Sales
Year over year, we saw a 66% increase in pending sales. This indicates a very strong marketplace with an upswing of activity that is projected to continue in the coming months and year. For buyers, this is an excellent time to be investing in real estate. Interest rates continue to hover at all-time historic lows but Palm Beach County is seeing rising prices.

For sellers, there couldn’t be a better time to list a home. Not only can you expect top dollar but also most homes are selling quickly. In fact, some homeowners will be glad to find that they may not be underwater as they once thought they were.

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As always, we welcome the opportunity to assist you with all your real estate needs, whether buying or selling a home. Feel free to contact me directly on my personal cell number at 561 352 3056.

Also, as mentioned in the video, you can visit www.palmbeachcountyrealestatevalues.com for comprehensive market reports about your neighborhood.