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Will You Take Advantage of the 2017 Palm Beach Market?

Three groups will have big opportunities in the 2017 Palm Beach real estate market. Today I’ll explain how the groups stand to benefit from market conditions.
We believe there’s always a great opportunity to be had in the real estate market, and you just have to position yourself to take advantage of it. That’s why today, I wanted to talk a bit about some of the great opportunities that will be available in the Palm Beach market in 2017.

The first opportunity lies with people currently renting homes. As a renter, your rent payment goes up when your landlord’s costs go up. By buying a house in 2017, you can lock in two things: your interest rate and your property taxes. If you rent, it’s time to get off the fence and into your new home.

Move-up buyers also have big opportunities in 2017. Many homeowners have a home in a seller’s market price range, giving them the perfect chance to move up into their dream home. If you own a house under $400,000, it’s likely the best time for you to take advantage of the record-low rates and the cooling luxury market. You would be selling in a seller’s market and likely moving up to a buyer’s market.

If you rent, it’s time to get off the fence and into your new home.

Finally, the third big opportunity is for those of you looking to buy real estate as an investment to have tenants and positive cash flow.

If you have any questions about how you can take advantage of the market in 2017, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We would love to help you.

Finally, if you take a look in the video above, you’ll see that I’m in an iconic part of Palm Beach. Do you know where I am? Send your guess and you might just win a prize! All you have to do is reply to this email with your guess.

I hope to hear from you soon!

How to Get the Best Mortgage Rates Right Away

Let's talk mortgage rates! What could increasing rates mean for the buying or selling of your home? Mortgage expert, Eric Cantele, from American Academy Mortgage give his take on today's and tomorrow's mortgage rates. December is a great time to be on the market in South Florida, listen to what you should know before listing!

How Is the International Market Affecting South Florida Real Estate?

If you’re a home seller in South Florida, we can help you
understand how the international market is going to affect you.
South Florida is a destination spot for many international homebuyers, but which two countries will affect the real estate market the most?

The biggest impact will come from our neighbors to the east, China. China is planning on investing $21 billion outside of their country over the next few years, and a decent amount of that will be poured into the South Florida market. Not only is South Florida attractive for its stability and opportunity, but our rental market is incredibly strong, making the area very attractive to Chinese buyers.

Canada will be the other country impacting our market trends. Over the past few years, Canadians have been a huge influence on the South Florida real estate market. However, we currently have a currency issue. Because the U.S. dollar is so strong right now, Canadians have to pay 25% more to make the same purchase they would have made a few years ago.

We know how to market
your property to international buyers.

It’s very important that South Florida home sellers are in the know when it comes to the international market. We make sure our clients’ properties are put right in front of international buyers by using our customized marketing approach. We know who the buyers are, where they are located, and how to get your property in front of them.

We are also introducing a new game called “Where’s Lisa?” I will be at different locations in South Florida in our videos, and the first person to guess where I am wins a prize. Simply reply to this email with your answer, or go to our Facebook or Twitter page with your answer followed by #TreuGroupContest. Here are your hints:

  1. Behind me is the Intercoastal waterway.
  2. From this location you can get onto something and go see beautiful homes with holiday lights.
  3. It’s perfect for people of all ages.

If you think you know where I am, don’t forget to reply to this email or go to our Facebook or Twitter page with your answer followed by #TreuGroupContest. In the meantime, if you have any other questions feel free to give us a call or send us an email!

Homes For The Holidays - Changing Rates & Real Estate

Everything you need to know about buying a home during the holiday season. Listen to what Lisa has to say about current interest rates and how this will impact the purchase or sale of your home. Let Treu Group Real Estate bring you home for the holidays!

Treu Tips to Save Money on Your Home

Looking at the principal you owe on your home can be incredibly daunting, but there are some steps you can take to lower the amount. Even if you are just at the point of looking into buying, there are some things you should consider when it comes to what type of mortgage to get. Listen to hear our podcast on saving money and making smart financial decisions in the world of real estate.

3 Great Opportunities in Palm Beach Real Estate

The current Palm Beach real estate market has three amazing opportunities for buyers, sellers, and investors. I will go over each of them today.
There are opportunities all around us, and today, I want to share the three biggest opportunities available in the current Palm Beach real estate market.

1. For the move-up buyers: If you have a home in the $300,000 to $400,000 price range, now is the time for you to move up into that dream home. You have the unique opportunity to sell your home at top dollar and then move up into a less competitive price range. Not only will you have more homes to choose from, you may also get a better deal!

2. For the investors: I have a list of really great deals. Many of these happen to be foreclosure properties. These properties range from $200,000 all the way up to the luxury market, so there is truly a deal for everyone. To help make it easier for you, we are starting a VIP Investor Program that our clients can use free of charge. To sign up, click here.

Now is a great time to sell for top dollar and move up into a less competitive market.

3. For the sellers: If you have a home to sell and your home is priced at or below $500,000, you can get multiple offers on your home and sell for over asking price. We have also been negotiating great terms for sellers in this price range. You can get post-occupancy agreements and a lot of other perks that you couldn’t get under other market conditions.

No matter which opportunity you choose, we always want to help you get that competitive advantage in the real estate market. If you have any questions about buying, selling, or investing in a home, just give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help you!

Latest Real Estate Update

Home values are on the rise! Everything you need to know about buying or selling a home in Palm Beach County. Home values are rising which could be both good or bad news. Tune in to get the latest updates on home appreciation, renting vs. buying, and property tax.

Come Be a Santa’s Helper With Us

Our second annual “Santa’s Helper” event is coming up. We would love for you to join us for this special event.
Halloween and Thanksgiving are right around the corner, and Christmas and Hanukkah will be here before you know it. We are already getting in the holiday spirit by planning our second annual “Santa’s Helper” event. The inaugural event last year was a ton of fun, so we thought we should reach out to you and give you the details on year two.

With this event, we’ll be able to help 50 local children right here in Palm Beach County who may not have much under their tree if it wasn’t for this event. We are excited to take them and their families to Target, give them a gift card, and allow them to shop for their toys and maybe even buy mom or dad a little present. This isn’t about the necessities; it’s about making Christmas and Hanukkah special for these children.

If you would like to be part of this event, there are a couple different ways you can help out. One way is by being one of our 50 shopping buddies. Our shopping buddies last year all had a wonderful time and many of them will be back this year. As a shopping buddy, you’ll be able to take some kids around the store and help them spend their $100 gift card, which is covered by other donations.

This is about making the holidays special for these kids.

The second way you can participate is by donating. Any donation you give is appreciated. If you’d like to adopt a child and cover their entire $100 gift card, you can do that. If you would just like to give a few dollars so we can help more kids, you can do that too. Once again, any donation is appreciated. We are always happy to help give back during this time of year.

The Santa’s Helper event will be held on December 1st at the Boynton Beach Target. Helpers will arrive, meet their child, shop, and enjoy the true meaning of the Holiday season. We would love for you to join us.

To sign up to be a Santa's Helper, click here. To donate or sponsor a child, click here. If you have any other questions for us, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.

Financing Tips

Learn how you can increase your chance of getting your dream with the right lender. Understanding the mortgage timeline is critical especially as we are heading into the end of the year. There is still time to close by the Holiday season or the end of the year to qualify for the homestead exemption.

Saving Thousands of Dollars on Property Taxes

Since market values have gone up 9.5% on our taxes for homes
in the past year, you need to know how to budget for your tax amount.

Property taxes are an important part of our budgets when we’re buying a new property or looking at how a property cash flows. This past year, our market values went up 9.5% on our proposed taxes for our homes. What does that mean? If your property was homesteaded, it likely means absolutely nothing. For example, for my primary home, the market value actually went up $125,000, and yet, my assessed value only went up $2,000. If you own an investment property or a commercial property, however, you don’t have that benefit. You may be a little shocked this year when you get your tax bill, but you can make that payment in November. The other person who might be a little shocked this year is the one who purchased a home last year, especially if that home had the “save the home” benefit. You may have budgeted for a lower tax amount or had a lower tax amount in your escrow account, and now you’re having to make up for last year, plus your lender will adjust your escrow account for next year.

It’s not important what the taxes are today, but what they’ll be in the long term.

We’re getting a lot of calls from buyers and sellers who are confused about taxes, especially those who’ve just made their purchase. If this includes you, here’s my advice:
  1. If you already own a home and it’s not homesteaded, and it’s now a financial challenge for you, give us a call and let’s look through your options. Maybe that property that did create cash flow is no longer the right option.
  2. If you just purchased a new home, make sure you file for homestead exemption. That will save you thousands of dollars in the future, plus provide other benefits.
If you’re in the home buying process, it’s not important what the taxes are today; focus on what they’ll be in the long term. What you need to do is look at the current owner’s market value versus the assessed value. If there is a differential, your taxes will likely go up in the future. That’s OK as long as you budget accordingly. 

This is important to remember if you know your escrow account might be a little short. You can set that money aside and you won't be as surprised next year when you receive a higher tax bill. So, go ahead and file for the homestead if you can. If you sold a home in Florida and purchased another home in Florida this year, you have another benefit called “portability.” That means you take some of your benefits of that previous home—the tax savings—and bring it to your new home. If you're interested in learning more about property taxes and homestead exemption in Florida, click here. If you have any more questions about property taxes, give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!

Latest Real Estate Market Update

The latest real estate update with the latest statistics including the hot and cool areas in Palm Beach County.  Listen to learn the strategies and best opportunities to position yourself to win when buying or selling real estate.  If you are a move up buyer now may be your time to shine. Homes in the luxury market are having a harder time selling, and that is why you need the right price and the right marketing! We are also noticing some neighborhoods are in finally in recovery, and there are less distress sales. This is important to those who are thinking of selling their home in the near future. With fewer short sales and foreclosures many sellers are no longer underwater.  Please check us out at for real time updates on homes for sale in your area.

The 4 Valuable Lessons I Learned in Greece

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Today I wanted to switch things up a bit and share with you the four lessons that I learned while on vacation in Greece. There are lessons all around us everywhere we go.

The first is to be open-minded. One thing I was really concerned about was the cuisine because I wasn't sure if I'd like it. I didn't like Greek yogurt, but what I discovered was that I just had never had great Greek yogurt. In Greece, we enjoyed fresh Greek yogurt every morning, and it was delicious! Imagine if I had been unwilling to try something new— I would have missed out on discovering one of my new favorite things.

The second thing I learned was to be willing to try something new. We also rented scooters and ATVs in Greece, which scared me a bit because we weren't familiar with the area, and honestly, they drive a little bit crazy over there. We decided to try something new, though, and we got to see parts of Greece that we would never have gotten to see if we hadn't been willing to just give it a try.

Always be willing to try something new.

Another thing I learned was to treat everything like an adventure. Even something like getting lost can be fun. Look at life that way— what are you doing in the moment, and how can you make it fun and exciting instead of just looking at what's wrong.

Finally, the fourth thing I learned was to set big goals and allow yourself to dream bigger. My husband and I were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary, and we thought back to our honeymoon. It was very different than this trip; it was a very short weekend trip, which we thought was wonderful at the time. Because we've allowed ourselves to think big and dream big, we were able to take this amazing trip.

I hope you'll take these four lessons I've learned and give them a try to create something amazing for yourself. If you have any questions for me, please don't hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I'd love to keep this conversation going!

Property Taxes and Your Palm Beach County Home

Palm Beach County proposed property tax notices are out. The question we get most is: will my taxes go up?  It really depends on where you live. Lisa Treu and Brian Mudd welcome in this episode the Appraiser Gary Nikolits to discuss property taxes and how property owners may be impacted by the latest changes and updates.

Tips on Preparing to Buy a New Home and Opportunities in a New Market

In this ever changing market you need to pay close attention to tips on how to make buying a home easier for you. Lenders look closely at credit history, scores and work history. Now is the time where there are opportunities in the luxury market for move up buyers. Investors are now looking to buy for long term. More people are now buying for cash flow, and making the market more competitive.

See My Latest Endorsement from Real Estate Guru Barbara Corcoran

I'm proud to serve the Palm Beach County real estate market and call it home. I'm also very proud to be the only agent in Palm Beach County with the endorsement of Barbara Corcoran. You may have seen Barbara on ABC's hit show "Shark Tank," where she has invested her own money into more than 20 businesses and shepherded them to success.

Barbara is one of the most renowned names in all of real estate, which is why I'm proud to share her my latest TV commercial with you. Barbara is big believer in the Treu Group Guaranteed Sale Program and I'm happy to have her on my side!

Won't you take 30 seconds and check out my latest TV commercial, featuring Barbara Corcoran?

Thank you again for your time. If you have any questions at all about our Guaranteed Sale Program, please feel free to call or email us today!

Updates in Real Estate in Palm Beach: Tips and Advice to Sell Your Home.

In this fluctuating market, traditional subdivision are selling faster and easier than luxury homes. It is really important for sellers to have the three factors right: price, condition, and marketing to reach a successful closing. It is also imperative for high-end property owners to do something especial to stand out. Having the help of an agent that knows and understand those changes in the market can make all the difference. Join Lisa Treu and Brian Mudd while they share the most reliable market analysis and the best advice to get your home sold fast and for the most money.

Fun Things to Do in Palm Beach County

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People ask me all the time what my favorite things to do are in and around Palm Beach County. There is so much to do that I don’t know if I’ll be able to get to it all, but I’ll try.

One place I love to go that’s great for the whole family is Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf. They have two 18-hole courses, which are both beautifully maintained. They are North Palm Beach County’s premiere mini-golf courses. After you’ve played a round, you can go have a burger or ice cream sundae at their fast casual restaurant inside. They do corporate events as well as children's parties.

South Florida has no shortage of great restaurants. One of our favorites is Rocco’s Tacos. They even have multiple locations in the area, so you’re never too far from one. They make delicious tableside guacamole. U-Tiki is a great place too. They are right on the water, so you can arrive by car or boat.

Another great restaurant is Guanabanas. At this place, you’ll enjoy beautiful views, outdoor dining, and great entertainment. When you’re done eating, you can head on down to their dock and hop on a paddleboard or kayak, which you can rent right there.

If history is more of your thing, check out the Jupiter Inlet Museum. It’s an amazing place, and you can even take a tour of the lighthouse.

Many of our beaches are world-famous.

One of my favorite parts about Palm Beach County is the abundance of shopping, restaurant, and entertainment options available. Harbourside in Jupiter, Downtown West Palm Beach, and City Place in Clematis are all great hotspots. Downtown Delray Beach is a great place, too, and has some of the most beautiful beaches around.

Lion Country Safari is Florida’s only drive-thru safari where animals roam free and humans roam in cars. It’s really a special place.

Our tour wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the beach. Many of our beaches in the area are world-famous. There are quiet beaches, touristy beaches, or pet-friendly beaches. You’ll love it.

If you have any questions for us about any of the places we’ve talked about today, give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.

Technology, New Trends and Real Estate: The Impact of Millennial Buyers in Real Estate

One of the main challenges that many real estate agents face these days is the growing demands on technology, new trends, and creative marketing. Innovation is an always-changing subject. What works today may not work tomorrow as the millennial buyers are changing the way real estate agents communicate and market properties. Pokémon Go popularity is a great example and the question that we are always asking ourselves is "How will the new craze impact real estate?". Treu Group Real Estate is committed to having the latest technology, the best tools and a team that can create innovative ideas and adapt to the fast paced changes out there. We are always ready for whatever comes next.

Technology for the Home: What Upgrades May Increase the Value of Your Property?

Technology is all around us, and in the past years has become an important part of our lives and everyday activities. The technology advances have not left behind homeowners. Every day we see more and more products and systems for homes in the market, and with mainstream usage comes accessibility. Using technological upgrades in our homes is easy, affordable and convenient. With over 350 million mobile device users in the United States alone and Millennials in charge of technology trends, smart systems and smart technology for the home is becoming part of the everyday standards for homeowners.

Ready to Get App Happy?

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Your smartphone can be a great ally to you whether you’re buying, selling, or simply owning a home. We are excited to share with you a few of our favorite “home” apps that will help you do everything from scheduling a plumber to remodeling your kitchen. Here are our favorites:

1. Treu Group Real Estate. This is our very own free app in the app store. It has all of the local companies that we know and trust. Whether you need a good local contractor, or want a restaurant or doctor's recommendation. We even have some of the various charities we support on there.

2. Handy. Handy is an app where you can get a handyman or home cleaner to come over and do necessary work on your home. We have also given you a referral code so you can save on your first cleaning.

3. Pinterest. This app isn’t just popular for brides to be and home chefs, it can also be used to update your home. There are so many great home improvement ideas on the site. In fact, we recently did an update in our kitchen and the idea came directly from Pinterest.

4. iHandy level free. Who has a level anymore? Well, if you have a smartphone, you don’t need one. This app works great for hanging art or pictures up on the wall.

5. Encircle. This app will allow you to document and store information about all of your valuables in case of a future insurance claim.

6. Houzz interior design ideas. If you’re looking for ways to spruce up your home, this app has plenty of them.

7. iScape free landscape designs. If you’re going to be doing some outdoor landscaping, before you go out and make it happen you can use this app to see what the before and after will look like. You’ll be able to get an idea of how things will look without making a commitment.

These are just a few of our favorite apps.

These are just a few of our favorite apps. If you have any questions about any of them or if you’re looking to buy or sell, give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!

Tales of Two Markets: Analyzing the Latest Statistics in Our Real Estate Market.

In a market defined as a Seller’s Market we are experiencing a divided scene with separation being around the $500,000 threshold. For those selling or buying under this line the market is showing quick sales and multiple offers. For those selling with a price tag over the mentioned level, the market shows a slower panorama with fewer buyers and more inventory available and by consequence property prices are getting higher. Join Lisa Treu in this episode of the Real Estate 911 podcast where the latest data and statistics are analyzed to understand the two markets we are experiencing in the area.

Can You Still Get Financing After a Foreclosure?

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One of the common questions I get from my clients is how quickly can they enter back into the real estate market if they have suffered through a short sale, deed-in-lieu, foreclosure, Chapter 7 bankruptcy, or Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

You need to know a few things first. Depending on the type of loan product you used and which of the four procedures you went through, your time away from being allowed to purchase will vary.

However, most people can enter back into the market in two to seven years in order to get financing.

Non-traditional financing may be a valid option for you.

One other option if you’re almost done with your waiting period is to use non-traditional financing. The interest rate for these loans will be a bit higher, but you can qualify one day after a foreclosure or a short sale. That way, you can get into a home, and then refinance after your waiting period is over.

Last but not least, don’t forget to check out one of our favorite restaurants in Palm Beach: Old Key Lime House. Come and enjoy the great views, amazing food, entertainment, and a nice cocktail if you’re in the mood!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Staged For Success: Importance of Home Staging and Tips to Sell Your Home for the Most Money

Over 95% of realtors believe that staging directly impacts your chances of getting your home sold for the most money. Accompany us while Lisa Treu shares her professional tips to increase your home’s appeal and positively influence the value of the property through staging. This Treu Real Estate 911 podcast brings you the best professional advice while coaching you about the latest trends in the Real Estate market.

Why Are People Moving to Florida?

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Today, I wanted to give you the first video in a series we're covering about why people are making the move to Florida.

One of the benefits we have here in South Florida is the ease of travel. We're seeing people thinking of moving to Florida because they have business flexibility, they're retiring, or maybe they're moving their whole company. Why? Well, we have three airports, which not only gives you plenty of options, but very competitive flight rates as well. Let's take a look at the three.

A benefit of South Florida living is ease of travel.

In West Palm Beach, we have PBI (Palm Beach International) which is a great airport with many options, and is easy to get in and out of. Our second airport is in Ft. Lauderdale - Hollywood International. It has a bit more to offer for flight times and travel options, and a few more airlines, like Jet Blue. If you like to travel internationally, you have MIA (Miami). If you live in Palm Beach County though, you may be thinking you don't want to go down to Miami. Let me tell you though, my latest experience was really easy! I was able to get on the tri-rail here in Palm Beach County that took me all the way to the airport. It saved me a lot of money and I avoided driving in rush hour traffic.

I want you to stay tuned for more information. Don't hesitate to give us a call with any real estate questions you may have - we'd love to help you!

Our App Helps You Navigate Florida Businesses

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At Treu Group Real Estate, we’re always looking for ways to make your life a little bit easier. Whether you’re buying a home, selling a home, or you already own a home, one of the most common questions I get from new Florida residents is, “Who should I use for . . . ?” 

I get questions for everything from plumbers to manicurists. Now, you can access this information right away with our new mobile app. Simply go to the app store, search for Treu Group Real Estate and download our free app! You will have access to all the resources we recommend to our clients.

You can download the Treu Group Real Estate app for free!

If you are a business owner or know of a great business you think should be included, just reply back to this email. Tell us why you recommend this company. We would love to help support local business owners. 

If you have any questions, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you.