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UPGRADING TO A LUXURY KITCHEN

A home's heart is its kitchen. Most luxury homes have advanced past having its kitchen be simply functional. In addition, the home’s central room needs to be an upscale showcase, combining functionality with high-end tastes. For those considering designing a new kitchen or upgrading their current one, here is a look at just a few...

EVENTS HAPPENING NOW IN THE PALM BEACH AREA

Looking for some fun events to enjoy in the next few weeks? Here are three to consider… Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show From February 13th through February 17th, the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show will be taking place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center (650 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach). Said to be the largest show of its kind in the country, exhibitors from around...

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UPGRADING TO A LUXURY KITCHEN

A home's heart is its kitchen. Most luxury homes have advanced past having its kitchen be simply functional. In addition, the home’s central room needs to be an upscale showcase, combining functionality with high-end tastes. For those considering designing a new kitchen or upgrading their current one, here is a look at just a few of the many possible upscale additions that can be done... High-end Countertops With the tops...

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LUXURY UPGRADES FOR THE MASTER BATHROOM

According to national surveys, over 63% of the cost of upscale bathroom remodels can be recouped from the sale of the house, with that percentage being even higher in the South Atlantic region. Bathrooms can be so much better than just an area of the home used to get ready for work. More and more homeowners are turning their bathrooms into luxury suites featuring the latest upgrades. Here is a...

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HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS IN PALM BEACH AND BROWARD COUNTIES

Looking for some fun holiday events to enjoy between now and the end of the month? Here are some to consider… Santa at the Galleria Mall It wouldn't be Christmas without a visit to the big man himself, Santa Claus. The Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale has Santa set up on the upper level of the mall, waiting to talk and take pictures with your children. Santa, with his real...

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INSIGHTS INTO SOUTH FLORIDA’S REAL ESTATE LIFESTYLES

We are always looking for new and better ways to serve South Florida’s Real Estate Market. As luck would have it we have found some ideas that need our undivided attention in order to develop fully. So, we are taking a few weeks to develop some of these exciting ideas! We will let you know when we’ve finished working out the kinks.  In the mean time, why don’t you tell us what...

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INSIGHTS INTO SOUTH FLORIDA’S REAL ESTATE LIFESTYLES

LEST YOU FORGET THE INTERNATIONAL BUYER One of my friends requested that I comment about the Profile of International Home Buyer therefore to satisfy my friend’s request I am providing an update for you regarding International buyers’ purchasing trends. According to the National Association of Realtors, for the period April 2013 through March 2014, the total sales volume from international clients accounted for approximately $92.2 BILLION (A 35 PERCENT SALE INCREASE)...

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STAGING SELLS SHORT SALES AND NON-DISTRESSED PROPERTIES… WHY?

Every real estate property can benefit from staging, no matter the size, whether it is a single-family home, a condo, and even if it is well maintained. The reason for staging is the same reason developers have been doing it for years, which is to receive higher offers and sell the property faster. Staging gives a potential buyer the feeling of a lifestyle while providing a mood that buyers can emotionally respond...

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WHAT IS SHADOW INVENTORY?

“What is Shadow inventory?” you ask? To help you understand what shadow inventory is, I would like to first define some other terms that deal with shadow inventories: Short Sale: is any real estate property in which the proceeds from selling the property will fall short of the balance of debts secured by liens against the property. REO: are properties owned by the mortgage lender after a judicial sale date. Distressed properties: are properties...

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SHORT SALES ARE NOT DO-IT-YOURSELF PROJECTS

A short sale is one real estate transaction where the homeowner and the buyer really need to get help from an experienced agent or attorney. Unfortunately, many home sellers, in their quest to find a Realtor® they can trust, automatically turn to a friend who holds a real estate license, or ask friends, family and/or coworkers for a referral to an agent. Going through a short sale without an expert support team is a...

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TOP 10 ULTRA-LUXURY SHORT SALES & REO’S IN SOUTH FLORIDA

  In the month of April 2014, Florida Realtor’s Market Report showed that single family home short sales and REO’s represented only 10.54% and 16.5%, respectively, of the total number of closed sales in the South Florida market. Concurrently, the market report shows that short sales and REO’s in the condo and townhouse market represented 5.6% and 17.5% of closed sales. This shows there are still a number of distressed sales out there. Speaking...

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