Real Estate Blog

In this week's video, Amy offers some advice about what to do with real estate assets in Palm Beach County if a loved one passes away. It's not an easy topic, but it's something many of our clients encounter. Proper advanced estate planning is a good idea, and we can connect you with an attorney who can help. However, if the planning wasn't done in advance, that's okay. We can help in that case, too.

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Is home staging important when selling a home in Palm Beach County?   Noreen's answer in this quick video: Sometimes! Not every home needs staging, but if yours does, we will work with you every step of the way. Minimal clutter, less furniture, neutral colors, and few personal items are advisable. The living room, master bedroom, and the kitchen are the key areas that buyers look at. Watch to learn more!  

 

   
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This is a guest post written by one of our preferred providers, Ann Griffith of Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation. You can reach Ann and her partner Ruby Teich at 323-620-6800 or via email at ruby.teich@lowrateonline.com.  

As an experienced mortgage lender, I talk regularly with people at all stages of the home buying process. Based on the many conversations and relationships I’ve had over my career, the most common mistake people make when buying a home is NOT having a complete plan in place before shopping.  

These days, the internet has made so much information available to home seekers, but the thing that is sometimes missing is the guidance that brings all of that information together into a buying strategy. (That is certainly where the

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Buying or selling a home in Delray or Palm Beach County? Our video series helps keep you in the know!

A client submitted this excellent question: Is a seller obligated to make repairs that were discovered during the home inspection? Amy's answer involves an overview of the types of contracts and the role they play here, and offers advice about the way this plays out in practice.

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Let's start with some good news for our November 2017 market report.  For the majority of Florida - the parts that did not suffer a direct impact from Irma - the market has recovered.

Interesting when we review the market report for Palm Beach county we see that the average sale price ($526K) and the median sale price (330K) have both increased significantly. Because both average and median figures have increased, we can comfortably say that our prices have gone up. For those who are interested in “why” there is such a variance between median and average in Palm Beach, we offer this analysis: Understand that the median is literally a set of numbers of which half are higher and half are lower. In this case, that figure is $330K.  Palm Beach County, as

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Can I buy a home without a Realtor? In this video, Amy addresses this great question from a buyer.   Her major points: You can buy a home without a Realtor, but it's not a good idea! Finding the perfect home for you is not the hardest part. The harder part is getting you to the closing table and into your new home. Who is getting your offers noticed? What happens when an issue comes up in inspection? What happens when there's a problem with the appraisal? Who is negotiating all this? Who is reviewing title? Who is making sure your cash to close is ready to go and liquid? Our job is to foresee the items that come up and help you before it becomes an issue.  

 

   
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NerdWallet.com just published this roundup of 10 housing and mortgage trends to watch for in 2018. We think it's right-on and worth sharing. Below find a summary and a link to the full article!

Overall they project that the US housing market will improve in the following ways:

  • Home prices will climb, but not as fast
  • Home buyers will have a greater selection by end of year, as inventory will increase
  • Homeowners will have more equity in general, so they will be able to borrow more from it as needed

But, there will be increased challenges in 2018, especially for buyers, because mortgage rates are likely to rise, reducing affordability.

Here are the 10 housing and mortgage trends to expect in 2018. for the full article, click here: 

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Oh wow! The team is SO EXCITED to have been recognized by Keller Williams as #7 -in the WHOLE South Florida Region - for all closed units in November of 2017.

Qw want to say a big thank you to our clients for choosing us to handle your very personal and important real estate transactions.  We are constantly aware that what we do together impacts your lives and your families. We always have your interests in mind and we thank you for your faith in us!

And, thank you as well to our preferred vendors (who help us get these deals to the closing table!), and to our friends and family for everything you do for us. You all help us help people make their real estate dreams real! We are so grateful. 

 

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Buying a home in Palm Beach County? It's a competitive market for buyers. How can you make your offers stand out?

Trusted relationships with listing agents, deposits with offers, closing timeframes, inspection periods, assignable contracts... and more. In this video, Amy lists a few of the strategies that she and Noreen use to get their home buyers' offers to the top of the list. Take a look!

 

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