When Buying a Home, What is it that Matters Most?

When looking to purchasing a home in South Florida there are so many factors that go into your final decision. But this ONE THING is by far, the most important. Without this, you may find yourself in a house you refuse to call home. This one key factor is not to be taken lightly or overlooked in any way.

It is Location. (Or shall we say… location, location, location.)

Why is location so important? For one, your home is quite a long-term investment and once you’ve chosen  the location… you’re stuck with it.  Now, by location we’re not necessarily referring to which city you’ve chosen – Though our highest recommendation is Jupiter, Florida.  The importance of location is in its proximity to the things you do most frequently, its personality, and of course safety. So important, in fact, that it is better to buy a “bad” home in a “great” neighborhood, than it is to buy a “great” home in a “bad” neighborhood. A fixer-upper in a great location can actually be an ideal investment.


How close are you to the things that matter most? There are so many things you may take for granite until you are too far away to visit them frequently. The obvious consideration is to be sure you are close to work and school. If you are willing to travel a little farther than average to these locations, just be sure you’ve thought through your prospective daily routine.  All of your usual lifestyle pleasures such as entertainment, shopping, and dining should be a comfortable distance. For home owners with children, it can be a huge benefit to remain close to family and friends so there is a support system there for you children. This can be as simple as dropping of the kids to grandma’s date night, or having a family member pick them up from school for you. And of course during holidays and birthdays and every special moment in between having loved ones nearby is a great asset.


What is the personality of the neighborhood? Be sure the neighborhood is one you feel comfortable in. In many cases neighbors can become good friends when the personality of the community is positive. Many communities feature clubhouses or fully featured club memberships that allow you to engage socially in the community restaurant, clubhouse, or gym on a regular basis.

You also want to ensure your property has the features you desire. Popular property features in Florida include waterfront or Intracoastal views, golf course homes, and equestrian properties.


Feeling safe in your neighborhood is of the utmost importance. When residents feel safe they are comfortable when walking or enjoying their entire community outdoors. In many cases, there is a neighborhood watch association which meets frequently to discuss safety measures. None the less checking out the crime rate and related statistics would be beneficial before moving in.

When choosing the ideal location, it is inevitable that your financing will do some of the choosing for your, but with a good great realtor you will be able to get the most for your money. Don’t be afraid to set your sights on a location that meets your specific needs. If you love baseball and you simply must be near Roger Dean Stadium, that’s possible. If the school grade within the area is your deciding factor we can cater to those needs also. Whatever your preference, be sure to take your time with your realtor and to ensure you find the perfect home.


Intracoastal Waterfront Home Listed In Jonathans Landing – Jupiter, FL

3132 Casseekey Island - Jonathans Landing

3132 Casseekey Island - Jonathans Landing

June Mattson with Frankel Realty Group has just listed a custom estate Intracoastal waterfront home located in Jupiter, Florida.  Located on Casseekey Island, one of Jonathan’s Landing most prestigious locations, this home will not disappoint anyone in this price range.  Jonathan’s Landing is a gated country club community.  It offers 3 championship golf courses, 10 har-tru tennis courts, a state of the art 2 year old fitness center and spa,  an on site full service marina with dry dock storage.  The best news is that there is not a mandatory membership requirement.  
Select your own lifestyle membership from none to golf, tennis or social.  This home has a tropical setting with lush landscaping. Living room features an elegant floor to ceiling marble fireplace. formal dining room, crown molding throughout, a gourmet kitchen with huge center island, 5 burner gas range, 2 Bosch ovens, 2 Bosch dishwashers, subzero refrigerator, pantry, breakfast area, built in entertainment center in family room, screened patio, pool and spa, fire pit overlooks spectacular Intracoastal views.   Fabulous home for entertaining.  [Read more...]

South Florida Real Estate and Economy on the Rise – Frankel Realty Group Plays Big Part

An improving state economy, population growth and stronger demand are creating opportunities in the state’s residential, commercial and land markets, according to an experienced Realtor in Florida.

“To succeed in 2012, we need to think about how trends in the national economy tie into our local market,” said Brad Ball, Broker Associate for Frankel Reaty Group in Jupiter, Florida. Speaking on the South Florida residential market, Ball said, “South Florida is such a diverse are, both geographically and culturally, that you really need to do your homework.”

Ball said that key trends affecting the South Florida residential market include strong demand from international buyers, a growing population – 348 people a day net growth in 2010-11 – and an upswing in employment.

Reviewing South Florida’s housing market, Ball said that inventories of for-sale homes have fallen to 7.4 months on average, and just 5.4 months for listings priced under $250,000. He added that lender-owned properties (REOs or “real estate owned”) now constitute about 6 percent of inventory, but 40 percent of sales. Short sales, where the market value of the home is below the mortgage loan value, make up about 31 percent of current inventory and 18 percent of sales.

Ball added that property management and leasing will be an increasingly important segment of the market in 2012, reaching $11 billion or more, due to the large numbers of investor buyers and troubled multifamily buildings with few owners.

For information on your local real estate market, contact the professionals at Frankel Realty Group at 561-427-2154 or visit us on line at www.frankel-realty.com. You can also contact Brad Ball directly at 561-373-8700 or bball@frankel-realty.com. We are ready for your next move.

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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