What to Check During a Personal Home Inspection

As most buyers know, once your home search has lead you to “the one”, a home inspection is a must. You can start with your own preliminary inspection prior to submitting your offer. Pay close attention to deficiencies that you are unwilling to repair upon move-in.

Below are 6 things you should focus on when conducting your preliminary inspection. Following this, it is highly recommended that you contact a licensed professional to fully inspect the interior and exterior of your South Florida home…Sherlock Holmes style.

1. Check the Foundation of the Home-  Ensure there aren’t any cracks at the base of the walls or ceilings. This could be a sign of a shifting foundation. Outside of the home check for the same signs to ensure the foundation of the home is sturdy and unobstructed.

2. Check the land- Does the land surrounding the home have adequate drainage? This ensures the land is not highly prone to flooding. Also not gauge how far the drainage is from the home and look for damp, soiled areas.

3. Check the Roof- How old is the roof? Are there trees nearby that could possibly cause damage? Are each of the separate shingles/panels fully secure and intact?

4. Check the General Exterior- Is the exterior paint in good shape? Are the drainage systems fully intact? Are there any loose panels, wires, or obstructions of any sort?

5. Evidence of leaks: Check ceilings, windows, the attic, and the basement for signs of leaks. Look for water stains or dampness.

6. Insulation- Ensure the home has superior insulation to prevent mold and promote a cost-effective, eco-friendly flow throughout the home.

For your professional-

Be sure to have your professional check the electrical wiring, plumbing, and heating/cooling system to ensure each is  functioning properly. This is, of course, in addition to each of the basic items listed above.



Price Reduction on this Luxury Jupiter Florida Home

There has been a price reduction on this stately 4,633 square foot home.

This one of a kind home is located in a great neighborhood with a day dock available. It was built by one of  Florida’s finest custom home builders.

This home features intricate blending of wood textures with a cypress ceiling,sophisticated lighting and wall detailing.

The sequestered fenced in backyard houses a grand 51 foot pool, and expansive backyard with wood decking and lush landscaping.


The interior layout is architecturally exquisite featuring an over-sized gourmet kitchen with field stone cabinets, granite counter tops, and a newly installed wall oven and cook-top. The kitchen overlooks the dining and family room which is surrounded by oversized windows providing ample lighting and a stunning pool view.

The resort-style master bedroom is located on the second floor. It features a wood deck overlooking the pool, a spiral staircase to the patio below, and exquisite plank oak flooring with suspended cypress beams. The brand new master bath with Australian porcelain fixtures adds additional value to this fine home. This master bath also features a custom wood vanity adjacent to an oversized closet and dressing area.

This home will not be available for long. To schedule a showing contact Ray Uzzi today. 561-315-6329.

What are the South Florida Luxury Home Trends of 2014?

South Florida is known for its posh appeal. Homes with famous zip codes from 33480 and 33418 to 33469 couldn’t be more exquisite. Even though the luxe appeal continues, the trends in this fine living area have changed drastically.

So what’s powering these trends in the luxury Florida housing market today?

One contributor is a shift in where these luxury homes are located. While home buyers in the luxury market have a firm appreciation for urban style amenities, such as rooftop views and hotel-like accommodations. There has been a major shift to features like waterfront views, expansive backyards, golf courses, tennis courts, and fitness amenities have seen substantial growth. Perhaps the underlying value of spending time with family, staying healthy and active, and exploring the world outside of your own four walls are propelling this trend.

A huge beneficiary of these current trends in luxury Florida homes could be the adjacent fine dining and entertainment venues that appeal to the families and single homeowners alike interested in enjoying the fine lifestyle that Florida has to offer.

The economic changes of the last four or five years have translated into a whole new set of attitudes about luxury housing.

What does today’s want? Quite a bit! See below:

— Unique styling. Today’s luxury home buyers value exquisite architecture and homes with distinctive styling.

— Amenities. Both Inside and out, fine home buyers desire upscale amenities, such as a massage room, theater room, private boat docking, or resort style pool with an adjacent guest house.

— Technology. Florida’s luxe buyers desire cutting edge technology to maintain their homes at the push of a button. From auto lighting, heating and cooling, to the latest in home security.

— Spa-like bathrooms. Estate homes in South Florida come customary with his and hers bathrooms, oversized jacuzzi tubs, and his and her grooming areas.

— Customizable decor. The days of the formal dining room and inaccessible  living room are fading slowly. Buyers now want casual, customizable spaces that fit their lifestyle. Buyers are looking for functionality that pairs with their style and flair.

— Outdoor oasis. This is a “must have” for many Florida home buyers. Having a private outdoor space that allows you to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. These spaces include screened or covered porches, lanais, or private gardens.

— Community amenities. Buyers today are looking for more than just a home. They are looking for the lifestyle that comes with it. Today’s communities cater to avid golfer, boater, or club member with 40+ hole golf courses, marinas, landing strips, club restaurants, spa and salon services, and much more.

If you are looking for a luxury home in South Florida, our experts at Frankel Realty remain at the cusp of current trends in the Luxury Palm Beach County market. Call us today for assistance with purchasing the fine home of your dreams.



Jupiter Price Reduction! Whispering Trails Family Home on .61 Acres

Upgrades galore in this expanded Whispering Trails home. Newly renovated kitchen, baths, floors and roof. Enjoy all the luxurious comforts of home with a private, sound proof theatre room, billiard room and gym in the main house. The grounds feature full court basketball, heated pool/spa, covered patio, summer kitchen, gazebo and custom putting green. Delightful, cozy and private, with Palm Beach County Schools. This home and neighborhood is the perfect place to have fun with your family.
6502 Woodlake Road Jupiter FL 33458 front of house

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What do Florida Realtors Really Think about Home Staging

Is home staging a great way to sell your home in South Florida? Or, is it a complete waist of time and money?

Buyers are looking to buy the home, not the furniture in it. Home staging means additional time and money invested, additional people involved, and maybe even additional stress to pull the staging off well. So why is home staging recommended to sell your home?

Home staging is not the act of adding “personal touches” to the home. Rather, it is a process of defining a space in a universally pleasing way. That will help buyers get the feel of what the home has to offer. The key to a well staged home is to accentuate the home’s assets with simple complementing pieces to fill the space.

Choosing neutral colors and styles is also advisable to appeal to the varied tastes of each visitor. Pushing the envelope with splashes of color and adding artwork that enhances a room can add value any space when done properly. This is why many sellers opt to hire a professional to ensure their staging efforts are not completed in vain.

Hiring a professional can also cut down on costs when it comes to renting the furniture and accent pieces tp fill the home. As most professionals have established long-standing relationships with suppliers that you can benefit from by working with them.

And last, but certainly not least, is to consider the psychology of a sale when home staging. Baking a fresh apple pie or a batch of cookies just before holding your open house can establish a family-friendly welcoming atmosphere for your prospective buyers. Many staging experts will add these additional touches along with positioning each piece according to feng shui methodology to ensure harmony of the layout.

Home staging is the extra addition to your selling efforts that we highly recommend to sell your home faster. This is especially beneficial in the luxury home market where large undefined spaces are in need of the inspirational cues that home staging provides.

If you are looking for assistance in selling your home in the luxury housing market our experts at Frankel Realty are ready to help. Contact us at (561)427-2154 with questions.


Should you be House Hunting during the Holidays?

The holidays are reserved for time with family, giving good tidings, and holiday shopping. But what about home shopping? When looking for the perfect home, timing is key. Believe it or not the holidays is one of the best times to purchase a home for three key reasons. You have the potential to avoid bidding wars, capitalize on eager sellers, and enjoy a speedy mortgage approval.

 1. Avoid Bidding Wars

With less shoppers on the market during the holidays, expect less competition for the home you may be looking to purchase. This is a great way for you to buy a home without entering into bidding wars brought on by multiple offers and should lead to a bigger savings on the purchase price. Allow one of our experts to help you compare prices within your desired area. You can also use the Frankel Realty home search to get to know your market and compare prices in your desired area.

2. Capitalize on Eager Sellers

If a seller chooses to list their home during the holidays it is safe to assume that they are eager to sell their home, possibly even before the new year. For you, this can  translate to a smoother sale, free of negotiations and hold ups on the sellers end. You may also find it easier to negotiate closing costs which can save you 3 to 5 percent of the purchase price. Just be sure all agreements are written in your purchase contract.

3. A Speedy Approval

The mortgage approval process can be the most time-consuming of these three steps. Lenders loads are usually lightened during the holidays. The decrease in volume for them, can mean a faster approval for you. Shorter wait time, allows you to move smoothly from home shopper to home owner during the holidays.

These are the key reasons that home buying during the holiday season is not only permissible, it is recommended. Take advantage of the lack of competition, seller urgency, and speedy lender approvals.

Happy home shopping and Happy Holidays!


Price Reductions in Jupiter Florida

Housing prices are currently on the rise in Jupiter Florida and surrounding areas. Frankel Realty has just reduced the price on a few homes in the area. Be sure to check these homes out as market prices are steadily increasing.

Recent Price Reductions Below:

Admirals Cove Waterfront Rental with Dock – 321 Regatta Dr Jupiter, FL 33477

admirals cove home canal viewLooking for a great luxury rental that won’t break the bank? This awesome waterfront property at 321 Regatta Dr in Jupiter checks all the boxes:

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Top 7 Secrets to Home Selling

1: Price it Perfectly

Pricing your home for sale is the most difficult thing you will have to do in the Selling process.  When you price your home at market value, you expose it to a much greater percentage of prospective buyers and increase your chances for a sale.  More buyers purchase their properties at market value than above market value.  The percentage increases even further when the price drops below market value.  The worst mistake a Seller can make is to chase the market down.  At Frankel, we believe that pricing your home properly is the most important step to getting your home sold as quickly as possible.  Frankel agents are immersed in the local real estate market, living and breathing market fluctuations every day.  Price your home properly and it will sell!

2: Select a Winning Team

Attempting to sell your home yourself or hiring the wrong real estate broker is a home sale killer.  Hiring a professional broker who is well informed about the local market and who understands the art of negotiation is imperative.  Most Frankel agents have their broker’s license and live in the neighborhoods they sell, making them the ultimate authority in your community.  They are well informed of current listings and sale prices in the area, as well as the sales patterns and trends for your community.

3: Lighting Matters

Aside from location, the biggest concern when buyers are searching for homes is lighting. A well lit home gives the feeling of vibrancy, energy and warmth. Now, this does not mean the brighter the better. If you light your home like a stadium at night buyers will run…far, far away.  Rely on natural light as much as possible. Clean your windows, use drapes and lamp shades that diffuse the light, and choose light bulbs that brighten your home in the most natural way.

4: Remove Personal Touches

Do not distract buyers from envisioning themselves in your home. During showings, leave your house.  If a buyer walks in while your children are relaxing on the couch, mom’s cooking dinner, and “life” is happening, they will immediately feel that they are walking into your home… not theirs.  Not only will this hinder them from imagining themselves living there, but they will also feel timid about walking through your home, looking in your rooms, and closets, and spaces. This could literally ruin the sale.  You are moving anyway, so remove clutter, magnets, family photos, and keepsakes.  If you have pets, hide food dishes, litter boxes, and all associated materials from the home.

5: No Extreme Makeovers

It is highly recommended that you fix and upgrade minor things in the home.  This includes fresh neutral colored paint, faucet or cabinet fixtures, and other small repairs. Fully inspect your home to ensure it is fully functional (as if you never lived there). Now, if you choose to conduct a full reconstruction of your entire home, or something close to it, there’s a chance you may not get the return on investment you want.  Keep your upgrades focused on getting top dollar when you sell your home. The best places to spend money are on curb appeal, the kitchen, the master bath and flooring.

6: One Word. Kitchen.

The kitchen is what makes or breaks the sale. We’ve all heard it, and yes, it is true. Great kitchens sell homes! If your kitchen is lacking, focus your biggest efforts here. Should you decide to renovate your kitchen, you will most likely be putting more money in your pocket in the long run.  When addressing your kitchen’s needs, think lighting, modernization and cleanliness.

7: Be Ready to Sell

Your house should be ready to show at all times.  Make sure your home stays cleaned, vacuumed and all beds are made.  If you have to coordinate a place for family or pets to go during showings be sure all arrangements are able to be made quickly to ensure timeliness. It is paramount that buyers don’t feel like they are intruding upon your schedule. You should be as open and welcoming as possible.

Don’t be afraid to go above and beyond to ready your home for buyers. Invest in a home staging expert, bake a fresh apple pie or cookies so the aroma makes buyers feel warm and welcome. If you need help selling your home our Frankel agents can guide you through the process to get your home sold fast and for the highest price possible.

Just Listed in Frenchman’s Reserve!

About This Home

This Magnificent One Story courtyard-style home has fantastic lake and golf views of the 17th hole on prestigious Hermitage Circle in the luxurious Frenchman’s Reserve.

This signature series was expertly constructed by Toll Bros. in 2008. It features four Bedrooms including a private, detached guest suite, spacious closets, and a raised foyer. This interior Designer’s home features numerous upgrades including custom flooring throughout, one of a kind fixtures, designer window treatments, upgraded appliances, extra- private pool and spa, reverse osmosis water system, all impact glass, and more.

About Frenchman’s Reserve

Frenchman’s Reserve resides just 5 minutes from the South Florida Turnpike, and 4 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. This luxury residential community built with the avid golfer in mind. Residents enjoy its lush landscapes, security, and privacy. This community features 392 single family homes and 56 coach homes spread over 400 acres of land. The 45,000 square foot club house includes a full service health club and fitness center, a golf shop, billiards room, lounge area, and library. The club house exterior is home to a resort-style swimming pool, whirlpool, and children’s pool.

The services provided at Frenchman’s Reserve promote a luxury lifestyle that stands second to none. From certified personal trainers to swimming instructors to full service spa and beauty services. The possibilities are endless when living in Frenchman’s Reserve.

Contact Chas Berle today for a showing. This exquisite home won’t last long.

Frankel Realty Group follows the letter and spirit of the Equal Housing Act, and is a member of the Northern Palm Beach County Board of Realtors, the Florida Multiple Listing Service, and National Board of Realtors.  Thomas Frankel is Broker of Record.   Frankel Realty Group and all of its affiliated agents are licensed as either brokers or salespersons by the Florida Real Estate Commission.  Copyright © 2013 Frankel Realty Group, All Rights Reserved. The name Frankel Realty Group and its logo and design are trademarks of Frankel Enterprises or its affiliates.


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