Jupiter Island is the place to be! Get Away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. This secluded area is home to not only the rich and famous, but those who enjoy great views, pristine waters, awesome beaches, and perfect weather. Check out some of the most luxurious homes and condos for rent on Jupiter Island. [Read more...]
How many times have you heard the expression “cash is king”? My bet is way too many times, especially if you’ve been in the market for a home and need to obtain a mortgage. Many buyers have been disheartened by investors with pockets full of cash that swoop in and snatch their dream homes right out from underneath of them. While this is usually associated with distressed sales, other sales where buyers require financing are no exception. Nowadays, distressed or not, any home that is priced well isn’t safe from the dreaded investor. Lucky for you guys, I’ve compiled a small list of ways to avoid getting beaten out by these investors, so you can achieve your goal of buying your dream home.
- Be Prepared! Go to your lender, get prequalified, and have a preapproval letter in your hand before you make an offer on a home. It will be requested anyways, and it’s better to be one step ahead of the game.
- The Early Bird Catches the Worm! A good Realtor (such as myself) can know within a few hours of a home coming on the market. Be the first in line, and the investors won’t stand a chance!
- Get Creative! Don’t just consider homes on the market. A good Realtor (like me) will look for listings that have expired, been cancelled, or have been temporarily taken off the market. Many times, the sellers of these homes still want to sell, and, if their home has been taken off the market, then you won’t have any competitors.
- Be! Aggressive! B-E Aggressive! (So I was a cheerleader at one point, give me a break… ) You mean business, and the sellers need to know that! The days of low-balling have dwindled significantly. Don’t give sellers a reason to hold out for a better offer. Work with a Realtor to find out if the price of the home is indicative of the market, and make a fair offer–don’t try to steal it!
- Get Personal! Write the seller a personalized letter expressing your interest in their lovely home along with a picture of your family. Flattery goes a long way, and if you can add emotion to the mix, then they might just decide they want YOU living in their home!
I don’t know about you, but for a while I’ve been wondering…”Where’s this light that’s supposed to be at the end of this tunnel? This tunnel is starting to look a lot like a cave…” Like many others, I was starting to question a strong recovery. Oh, the joys of being wrong sometimes. Here we are, a few years having passed from the dreaded “end of the world”, and it’s safe to say that we made it through the tunnel.
It’s hard to hold back the excitement, I know.
Homes are now selling faster and closer to their asking price. Throughout the country, homes sold at 98.3% of asking price this past December–up from the January, 2011 figure of 97.1%. Of course, this change is great for sellers, but this is fantastic for buyers as well. With less flexible prices and homes selling more quickly, buyers have a lower chance of losing money on their home purchase. In addition to the rise in home prices, lenders have also started loosening up. The number of conventional loans being written with down payments of 5%-10% increased 6% since this time last year, giving more buyers an additional option from FHA loans. And, now that unemployment is at its all time low of 7.5% since 2008, many more buyers will start entering the market as well.
So, keep jumping in the air like these wonderful people in the picture above. Higher sale prices, more low cost loans, and more jobs means more activity in the real estate market, a better economy, and just happier people in general.
To learn more about homeownership, if you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell a home, or if you just want to talk about the real estate market, please contact me, Lindsay Greene, on my cell at (561) 427-8016 or email me at email@example.com.
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June Mattson of Frankel Realty Group closed on 2 homes in Jonathan’s Landing this week. The first was located on posh Casseekey Island, home to some of the most spectacular custom homes in the community and one of Jupiter, Florida’s most prestigious locations. This Intracoastal Estate estate featured a private dock, formal living and dining room, screened pool and spa and an amazing firepit. Overlooking the waterway with mega-yachts going by this home was purchased for a price just below $2,195,000.
The second home sold in Jonathan’s Landing by June Mattson was in the community of Crosswinds Village. Crosswinds features single family homes bordering the fairways of the “In Town” course. The amenities of the home included, a spacious screened porch, split bedrooms, separate living and dining rooms, 1.5 garage and was listed $425,000.
If you would like further information on homes for sale in Jonathans Landing or anything related to Jonathan’s Landing Real Estate, contact June Mattson at 561.222.0640 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. To search MLS for homes in Jonathans Landing, go to our website at www.frankel-realty.com/jupiter/jonathans-landing.
Are you looking for things to do in Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida? Well things are really heating up for a season of great music and fine art. Downtown at the Gardens, an outdoor cultural and shopping place in Palm Beach Gardens, presents LIVE music every Friday and Saturday nights from 7 to 10 pm at their “Centre Court.” The music will definitely move you as the weekend nightlife will feature Rock ‘n’ Roll, Smooth Jazz and Acoustic Guitar. The listening is easy when you relax and dine at one of the Centre Court’s restaurants; Grimaldi’s Coal Fire Pizzeria, The Yard house or The Dirty Martini. If you prefer to spend the night, the Hilton Gardens Inn is just a short walk from all the action.
Here is your next ”don’t miss” activity…
Art in the Gardens, at the Downtown at the Gardens, October 13 to 14th, 10am to 5pm. Featuring over 70 artists, live music and entertainment. This is just the beginning of many more events to heat up our winter season.
For more information on any of these events or future events call or email June Mattson of Frankel Realty Group at 561.222.0640 or email her at email@example.com. To search available home for sale in Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens, go to our website at www.frankel-realty.com.
Rickie Folwer now has a new house in Jupiter. He joins a long list of professional golfers and celebrities that call this coastal paradise home. But what is so great about Jupiter and why is it such a haven for names like Ernie Ells, Jesper Parnevik, Celine Dion and Michael Jordan? In fact, Wikipedia shows over 30 famous celebrities and athletes living in Jupiter. Jupiter’s best attraction is its vast amounts of outdoor activities for luxurious living including boating, fishing, diving, paddleboarding, jet-skiing, golf, tennis and an amazing social life. For golfers though, Jupiter and the surrounding areas of Palm Beach County offer literally hundreds of outstanding golf courses to play and very mild Winters. [Read more...]
Pending home sales in Jupiter and South Florida bounced back in June, matching the highest level in the past two years and well above year-ago levels, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). Every region saw monthly and annual gains.
“The housing market is clearly superior this year compared with the past four years,” said Brad Ball, Broker-Associate for Frankel Realty Group in Jupiter, Florida. “The latest increase in home contract signings marks 13 consecutive months of year-over-year gains. Actual closings for existing-home sales have been notably higher since the beginning of the year, and we’re on track to see a 9 to 10 percent improvement in total sales for 2012.” [Read more...]
Florida’s existing home and existing condo sales continued its positive upswing in November, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Existing home sales increased 11 percent last month with a total of 12,993 homes sold statewide compared to 11,664 homes sold in November 2010, according to Florida Realtors.
“It’s really clear that two things are happening in Florida real estate,” said Florida Realtors Chief Economist Dr. John Tuccillo. “No. 1, sales are moving upward – not by a large increase, but definitely, positively on an upward trend. Second, prices are stabilizing. Now, it doesn’t mean that prices have turned around but they are stabilizing, and that’s vital for the market to gain equilibrium.
“The more important factor is that sales are increasing and in large part, that’s due to lenders becoming more educated on how to deal with distressed properties more effectively and in a more timely manner – and that’s helping the Florida real estate markets recover.”
Seventeen of Florida’s metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) reported higher existing home sales in November; 10 MSAs had higher existing condo sales.
For more information on homes and condos for sale in Jupiter, Florida visit our website at www.frankel-realty.com and tour our available inventory. We help buyers and sellers with waterfront and golf condos for sale from the high $200′s to just under $10Million. Or reach out by phone to Brad Ball, Broker Associate for Frankel Realty Group at 561-373-8700.