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Sept. 21, 2020

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What's my property worth?

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Eric Slifkin, Broker Associate

Eric Slifkin, Team Lead

Your local real estate expert

Are you seeking a home that suits your lifestyle, community, and neighborhood needs? Together with his team, Eric offers home buyers a turn-key approach to finding and purchasing real estate from the Treasure Coast to the Palm Beaches and beyond.

 

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. Whether buying or selling a home on the Treasure Coast we are always happy to meet with you to discuss your wants and needs, no obligation.

This post has been authored by Eric Slifkin, a Broker Associate at Keller Williams Real Estate and the founder of the Slifkin Real Estate Team. Eric and his team of experienced agents serve South Florida and the Treasure Coast, including  Stuart, Hobe Sound, Palm City, Port Saint Lucie, Jupiter, Tequesta, and the Palm Beaches.

 

Sept. 13, 2020

Handle With Care: Moving Tips

Moving Tips

Protecting Your Valuables During a Move

Moving isn't cheap. And really, it shouldn't be. If it is, you might find out how expensive it can get when all of your valuable possessions have been destroyed in the move! Whether you’re hiring a company to help you relocate, or you’re planning a DIY (Do It Yourself) adventure, keep these handy tips in your pocket to protect your goods.

Use the right-sized boxes. Small boxes are ideal for heavy, dense objects (see: books), while larger ones are preferable for lighter items such as pillows and comforters. A large, heavy box is more likely to split or crush other items, so keep an eye on each boxes’ size-to-weight ratio.

Fill until it’s still. If a box is rattling around, you’re risking damage. Fill in the empty space with towels, padding, or other cushioning items to isolate the valuable contents from stop/start or shaking motions.

Pad and side-load dishes. Place bubble wrap or packing paper between dishes and wrap bundles of four or more with extra padding. Be sure to pack dishes on their sides, not flat. This will mitigate the hazard of shattering from an accidental side-impact! Padding in the bottom and top of the box will provide an additional layer of insurance, too.

Don’t flatten out your flat-screen. Spend the money on a special packing box for your flat-screen LCD and/or plasma TV. Having the original shipping box is best, but an aftermarket die-cut, the foam-supported kit will save you the hundreds (if not $1000+) in replacement costs. Also: Don’t lay the TV flat or stack any boxes on top.

Tape in the reinforcements. Taping all the way around the top and bottom edges will provide additional support to the areas where most of the load is distributed.

Keep tiny things with big value to yourself. Anything that’s small and irreplaceable should be set aside and kept with you during the move. This might be your grandmother’s heirloom necklace, vital financial/legal documents, or special family photo collections.

You want all of the items that make a house a home to get there in one piece. Hopefully, these tips will help that happen.  Need an agent to help you find that perfect home for your valuables? Get in touch with us today! 

Eric Slifkin, Broker Associate

Eric Slifkin, Team Lead

Your local real estate expert

Are you seeking a home that suits your lifestyle, community, and neighborhood needs? Together with his team, Eric offers home buyers a turn-key approach to finding and purchasing real estate from the Treasure Coast to the Palm Beaches and beyond.

 

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. Whether buying or selling a home on the Treasure Coast we are always happy to meet with you to discuss your wants and needs, no obligation.

This post has been authored by Eric Slifkin, a Broker Associate at Keller Williams Real Estate and the founder of the Slifkin Real Estate Team. Eric and his team of experienced agents serve South Florida and the Treasure Coast, including  Stuart, Hobe Sound, Palm City, Port Saint Lucie, Jupiter, Tequesta, and the Palm Beaches.

 

Sept. 6, 2020

Staging Helps Sell Homes

Staging

Home Staging Essentials

Have you ever watched HGTV and wondered how every home always looks put together? The answer to this is staging. Home staging goes beyond just cleaning and decorating your home. Staging is the process of adding decor, arranging furniture, and prepping your home to look perfect for listing photos, listing appointments, and open houses. With home staging, potential buyers see precisely where furniture should go and how each room lays out. Without staging, prospective buyers are only focusing on the visible issues the home may have.

Not only does staging make your home look like an HGTV dream or like it belongs on Pottery Barn's homepage, but it can speed up the sale of your property.

  • 83% of buyers’ agents said a staged home helped buyers visualize the property as a future home, according to NAR
  • 25% of buyers’ agents said potential buyers increased their offer between 1 and 5% on a staged home, according to NAR
  • 85% of houses surveyed sold for 6-25% more than unstaged homes, according to HSR Certified Professional Home Stagers

So now that you know the value of staging, what’s next? Do you hire a stager? Do you do it yourself? Will your real estate agent help? Do you stage virtually? It depends. Every option has its benefits, and some require more time or more money.

DIY Staging

If you’re looking for a more cost-effective option, it may be best to stage your home yourself.

First, you’ll want to start with cleaning, decluttering, and depersonalizing, which is also a great excuse to finally get around to that annual cleaning from earlier in the year that you’ve put off. Each room should only have what is necessary. Throw out anything you don’t need or keep things tucked away in a bin during open houses and showings. You’ll also want to remove any personal photos or decor around your home, including anything religious or political. The less personal your home is, the more a potential buyer will imagine themselves living in your space.

Once everything is clean, you’ll want to start staging the essential rooms first. The kitchen, living room, and master bedroom are what sell your home. Focus on these rooms, and then you can work your way through the additional living spaces.

Hiring a Professional Stager

If you do have more money to spend or don't know anything when it comes to home decor, it’s probably best to hire a professional. Selling your home is an emotional process, so viewing your home objectively when staging can be a difficult task.

As you know, staging can help speed up the sale and potentially get you higher offers. If you weigh the costs vs benefits, you’ll find hiring a professional won’t be as expensive as you think. The average cost for the initial design consultation with a stager can be between $300 and $600. The average price per month per staged room can be between $500 and $600. It’s important to know that some professionals require a contract of 3 months minimum, even if you sell your home within a few days. Most times, you can work with the decor and artwork you already have, but if your home is empty, this can start to add up quickly.

To save money you can opt to hire them for just the main rooms - the kitchen, living room, and master bedroom. If your walls need fresh paint, you can save here by painting them yourself. You can also gather tips and advice during an initial consultation but still decide to conquer some of these tasks yourself.

Virtual Staging

When it comes to marketing, staging makes your home more attractive to buyers. Home staging can be an expensive undertaking, but virtual staging services help buyers see what your vacant property might look like online, complete with furnishings and decor. Virtual staging helps get buyers interested and in the door without the expense of physically staging your property.

Virtual Staging Gets Buyers Interested and in the Door

Vacant Property

Virtually Staged Property

Vacant Property

Virtually Staged Property

Virtual staging allows you to rearrange furniture, add decor, and still make your home look attractive to buyers, but everything is online — and cheaper. Because virtual staging is done on the web or with staging software, you don’t have to spend funds on new furniture, decor, or spend time rearranging everything. This method saves you time and money while still getting the same results as traditional staging. The only required cost is digital software, and most services charge a flat fee per room staged.

What do real estate agents do?

All agents are different. Our focus is on virtual staging, which is cost-effective and puts your house where buyers begin their search- online. Other agents may offer physical staging services or refer you to a trusted professional or company, and some will offer advice, while others don’t provide any resources for staging. If an experienced real estate agent has your success in mind, they will give honest feedback when it comes to home staging advisement.

 

If you’re selling your home soon, staging is something you need to consider. Depending on the current state of your home, some of these options may be better suited for you. Ask a trusted friend for their thoughts on which path you should take. And remember, we’re here to help too.

 

Schedule a call to learn more about how we help home sellers on the Treasure Coast.

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Eric Slifkin, a Broker Associate, is the founder of the Slifkin Team at Keller Williams Realty. Eric and his team of experienced agents serve South Florida and the Treasure Coast, including  Stuart, Port Saint Lucie, and the Palm Beaches.

 

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Aug. 29, 2020

What Your Home's Front Door Says About You

Curb Appeal

Whether we realize it or not, the colors with which we surround ourselves—in our clothes, cars, and homes—reveal a lot about us. We also can convey our personality through our paint choices, and some experts believe that one paint choice specifically—that of our front door—can say a lot about us. So what does your front door color choice say about you?

Red. Regarded as a powerful “punch” color, red is the color of passion. By painting the front door red, the homeowner is saying that the home within is a vibrant place, full of life, energy, and excitement.

Brown. Whether painted or stained, a brown front door looks natural and organic, but it can send mixed messages in terms of color psychology. On the one hand, brown conveys warmth, stability, and reliability. However, certain darker shades of brown signal a desire for privacy, even isolation.

Very likely, the color you’ve chosen for your front door projects the way you want your home to be viewed. But if you inherited the color from the previous owner, or if you want to say something different about yourself and your home, you can quickly change the color, says Zimmer. “It takes only a few hours to prep and re-paint a standard-size front door, and by applying a durable, top-quality paint, you can make a totally different color statement that will last for years.”

Thinking About Resale?

A fresh coat of paint on the front door can enhance your home's curb appeal but If you’re thinking about resale, you’ll want to be tactical about your color choice. You may even decide to take it a step further by painting the entire exterior, which indicates to potential buyers that your home is well-maintained. Other easy projects that improve your home's salability may include additional landscaping, upgraded lighting, faucet replacement, or even adding a firepit. More Home Selling Tips


Eric Slifkin, a Broker Associate, is the founder of the Slifkin Team at Keller Williams Realty. Eric and his team of experienced agents serve South Florida and the Treasure Coast, including greater Stuart, Port Saint Lucie, and the Palm Beaches.

Contact Us today to schedule a free consultation. Whether buying or selling a single property or an entire portfolio, we are always happy to meet with you to discuss your wants and needs, no obligation.

Aug. 29, 2020

5 Tips for Increasing Your Home's Value

 

Increase Your Home's Value BEFORE Listing It

Whether you’re prepping your house to go on the market now or looking for ways to maximize its long-term appreciation, basic home improvement projects can go a long way towards adding function, beauty, and value to your home. Best of all, once you’ve secured the materials, most of these renovations can be completed over the course of a weekend and they don’t require a lot of specialized skills or experience. So get ready to boost your home’s appeal AND investment potential!

Little Things Mean a Lot

Increasing the value of your home before putting it on the market is important and when it comes to home improvements your budget shouldn’t hold you back. Here are a few, simple tips to improve the look and feel of your home fast, all for under $400.00...

Increasing Your Home's Value

1. Low-maintenance lawn care: Overgrown lawns and bushes will cause your home to stand out - in a bad way. For a few hundred dollars, hire a landscaping service to tidy up. Adding plants and trees native to your region will also help boost the home’s curb appeal.

2. Deep house cleaning: Make sure your home says “clean” to potential buyers when they walk in the door. Even if you clean your home regularly, hire a cleaning service for a thorough top-to-bottom scrubbing.

3. Make your home feel bigger: You can’t change the square-footage of your home, but you can make each room in your house feel larger. A sunny room feels more open—replace heavy drapes with vertical blinds or shutters. Also, clear the clutter. Add shelving or storage space to help organize.

4. Replace and update: Faded paint, dated wallpaper, old lighting fixtures, popcorn ceilings, and broken features, such as ceiling fans, could turn many buyers away. Making these changes will add dollar signs to the value of your home instantly.

5. Add money-saving efficiencies: Updates to make your home more energy-efficient are a big bonus for buyers because it will save them money in the long term. Many utility companies provide free energy audits so they can show you how to maximize the energy efficiency of your home. Installing a water filtration system is an inexpensive addition that will also lower the buyer’s grocery bills—no more bottled water.

 

Contact Eric Slifkin to buy or sell a home on the Treasure Coast.

Eric Slifkin, a Broker Associate, is the founder of the Slifkin Team at Keller Williams Realty. Eric and his team of experienced agents serve South Florida and the Treasure Coast, including greater Stuart, Port Saint Lucie, and the Palm Beaches.

 

 

 

Aug. 5, 2020

Investing in Florida Real Estate

Guide to Buying Residential Properties for Investment

Are you looking to buy Florida homes for investment? In the long run, real estate has proven to be a reliable choice for investors. We help individuals, business owners, and professionals reach their real estate investment goals by finding the best deals on Florida residential real estate.

Purchasing a home to rent or flip can be highly profitable, as long as you have a trusted team in place to help complete the acquisition and the financial means to carry the property during renovations and subsequent sale. An experienced real estate team with knowledge of the local investment market can guide you safely through every step of the process.

While no investment is without risk, a conservative and well-planned investment in real estate can supplement your income and set you up for future financial security. If you are considering an investment in real estate, please contact us to set up a free consultation. We have experience working with all types of investors and can help you determine the best strategy to meet your investment goals.

Contact Us today to schedule a free consultation. Whether buying or selling a single property or an entire portfolio, we are always happy to meet with you to discuss your wants and needs, no obligation.

July 24, 2020

Closing Costs in Real Estate

Common Closing Costs for Home Buyers in Florida

The bundle of fees associated with the buying or selling of a home is called closing costs. Certain fees are automatically assigned to either the buyer or the seller; other costs are either negotiable or dictated by local custom.

Closing CostsYour lender must disclose a good faith estimate of all settlement costs. The title company or other entity conducting the closing will tell you the required amount to bring to the closing.

TYPICAL BUYER CLOSING COSTS

  • Down payment
  • Loan origination fees
  • Points, or loan discount fees you pay to receive a lower interest rate
  • Appraisal fee
  • Credit report
  • Private mortgage insurance premium
  • Insurance escrow for homeowners insurance, if being paid as part of the mortgage
  • Property tax escrow, if being paid as part of the mortgage.
  • Deed recording fees
  • Title insurance policy premiums
  • Survey
  • Inspection fees—building inspection, termites, etc.
  • Notary fees
  • Prorations for your share of costs such as utility bills and property taxes

Notes:

About escrows- lenders keep funds for taxes and insurance in escrow accounts as they are paid with the mortgage, then pay the insurance or taxes for you. Note: when financing more than 80% (LTV), escrowed property taxes and insurance are required, which will increase your monthly mortgage payment. 

About prorations – At the closing, certain costs are often prorated (or distributed) between buyer and seller. Because such costs are usually paid on either a monthly or yearly basis, you might have to pay a bill for services used by the sellers before they moved. Proration is a way for the sellers to pay you back or for you to pay them for bills they may have paid in advance. The most common prorations are for property taxes. This is because property taxes are typically paid at the end of the year for which they were assessed. Thus, if a house is sold in June, the sellers will have lived in the house for half the year, but the bill for the taxes won’t come due until the following year. To make this situation more equitable, the taxes are prorated. In this example, the sellers will credit the buyers for half the taxes at closing.

 

Contact us with your real estate questions. Whether buying or selling a home, we are always happy to meet with you to discuss your wants and needs, no obligation.

 

Eric Slifkin, a Broker Associate, is the founder of the Slifkin Team at Keller Williams Realty. Eric and his team of experienced agents serve South Florida and the Treasure Coast, including  Stuart, Port Saint Lucie, and the Palm Beaches.



July 7, 2020

Discover the Basque Vineyard, BC

Develop Your Own Canadian Winery or Hemp Cultivation Enterprise

Overview

The Basque Vineyard, BC is a stunning 12.23-acre property overlooking the majestic Thompson River Valley located on the beautiful sloping hillsides of the Basque region section of the South Caribou. Its southern exposure, sunny arid climate, and gently sloping hills make it a more fertile environment for grape cultivation than the wine country of Spain or France. The potential of this area is limitless.

The Opportunity

Located just south of Ashcroft, BC, this prime 12.23-acre parcel includes a two-bedroom home ready for your own winery, or hemp cultivation (Industrial Hemp Licence issued). Offering the perfect altitude, slope, climate, soil, and sun exposure, the vineyard overlooks the Thompson River and all the natural beauty to go with it.

The climate provides ideal conditions for wine varieties including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Semillon, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Shiraz/Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Gamey Noir, Marechal Foch, and Chancellor. Architect renderings for the wineries as well as soil and water assessments are available. The well provides 20 gallons per minute when last tested. A neighboring 31.01-acre tract is also available.

 

Contact Us to learn more about this investment opportunity. Whether buying or selling, we are always happy to discuss your wants and needs, no obligation.

This once-thriving vineyard produced grapes facilitated by well-draining sandy loam soil, south-facing windswept slopes, and a newly installed water system for irrigation as well as a distribution center that has a purification system.

Improvements

The water pump connects to the water distribution center then up to the highest point of the slope which is prepared to supply gravity-fed irrigation to the whole property (all this without disturbing the topsoil).

In addition to the magnificent landscape and Thompson river views, there is a 1200 square foot 2 bedroom one bath rancher, that boasts Italian ceramic tile flooring, open floor plan, laundry room, sunroom, and Jacuzzi bathtub. As well as a cozy fireplace to warm up to on those crisp autumn evenings where you can sit and enjoy the views.

Basque Vineyard BC

Possibilities

The potential to develop your winery can be effortless; the current owner has had numerous studies completed, from soil suitability, establishing a drip irrigation system as well as consulting with experts to determine which strains of Grapes would do the best with the properties conditions.

The ability to expand your vineyard is also a possibility as the adjacent 31.01-acre property is negotiable. Basque Vineyard BC, Inc. (the managing company of both properties) is also for sale should the buyer needs to acquire it for immigration purposes. Let your imagination run and create the winery of your dreams! Download the Basque Vineyards Site Plan

 

Contact Us to learn more about investment opportunity. Whether buying or selling, we are always happy to discuss your wants and needs, no obligation.

 

Eric Slifkin, a Broker Associate, is the founder of the Slifkin Team at Keller Williams Realty. Eric and his team of experienced agents serve South Florida and the Treasure Coast, including  Stuart, Port Saint Lucie, and the Palm Beaches.

 

June 27, 2020

Relocating to Stuart, Florida

Greater Stuart, Florida Relocation Guide

For those who enjoy outdoor recreation and appreciate an area with natural beauty, the greater Stuart area is a perfect choice for your Florida relocation offering a casual lifestyle with access to a major metropolitan market.

Stuart, Florida Relocation Guide

Real Estate in Stuart, Florida

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that over 43 million Americans will relocate this year alone. A significant number will be moving to and from Florida – particularly the Stuart area of the Treasure Coast, which offers an unspoiled natural environment that creates the quality of life that many of its residents seek. For those who enjoy outdoor recreation and appreciate an area with natural beauty, the greater Stuart area is a perfect choice offering a casual lifestyle with access to a major metropolitan market. Learn more

Stuart Waterfront

Whether you are moving to Stuart from your home up North or points south, we can get you through the complicated real estate process without breaking a sweat. We will not only find you that desirable beach property, boating community, golf community, or equestrian community, we also represent your best interests and negotiate the most favorable terms possible for your purchase. 

Let us be Your Search Engine

Even if you know the difference between Stuart, Palm City Hobe Sound, and Jensen Beach, finding a property that suits your Real Estate needs and tailored to your lifestyle can be a daunting task. There are multitudes of real estate agents competing for your business. An Internet search for “Stuart Florida Real Estate” yields hundreds of real estate web sites with properties and selling and buying tips galore. You could spend days and weeks scrolling through real estate listings and driving through neighborhoods to find the perfect home – or you could ask us to do the looking for you! We offer a full range of relocation services, beginning with an extensive client consultation and ending with a successful transaction.

Downtown Stuart  Waterfront

Don’t Buy a Home Without our Assistance!

Relocation can be a very stressful process for you and your family. The time and effort required to get things done can be overwhelming. We understand what you are going through and can handle much of the work involved to help you through this experience – at no cost to you. We are knowledgeable in all aspects of real estate for buyers, sellers, and relocation. Why not put our experience to work for you?

Predecision Services

If you are relocating to the Treasure Coast for career purposes, our predecision services will help you evaluate your living situation before accepting a relocation assignment. Predecision counseling includes an analysis of our local real estate market, a review of destination area costs, and a tour of potential homes.

Short Term Housing

Looking to rent? Contact us for furnished or unfurnished Stuart, Florida rental homes, villas, and condos available for annual lease or short term rental. We offer a great selection of home rentals located in the heart of the Treasure Coast, convenient to Stuart area restaurants, theaters, golf, beaches, and shopping as well as West Palm Beach and Orlando area attractions. Learn More

Eric Slifkin, Broker Associate

Eric Slifkin, Team Lead

Your local real estate expert

Are you seeking a home that suits your lifestyle, community, and neighborhood needs? Together with his team Eric offers home buyers a turn-key approach to finding and purchasing real estate from the Treasure Coast to the Palm Beaches and beyond.

 

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. Whether buying or selling a home on the Treasure Coast we are always happy to meet with you to discuss your wants and needs, no obligation.

This post has been authored by Eric Slifkin, a Broker Associate at Keller Williams Real Estate and the founder of the Slifkin Real Estate Team. Eric and his team of experienced agents serve South Florida and the Treasure Coast, including  Stuart, Hobe Sound, Palm City, Port Saint Lucie, Jupiter, Tequesta, and the Palm Beaches.

 

June 16, 2020

Waterfront Condo in Wellington, FL

Discover Mayfair at Lake Wellington

3-Bed / 2-Bath + Garage for $309,900 • RX-10601407

Enjoy wide water views from every room! This 3-bed/2-bath first-floor carriage home commanded a significant builder premium when new and is uniquely situated on the nicest corner lot in coveted Mayfair at Wellington.

Mayfair at Wellington

This home features an open plan, screened lakefront porch, private covered entry, Corian counters, maple cabinets, tumbled stone backsplash, 10-foot ceilings, accordion hurricane shutters, attached garage, large ensuite master with separate shower with walk-in spa. Learn MoreMayfair at Wellington

Property Highlights:

  • Lakefront property with garage
  • Private covered entry and storage closet
  • Screened-in porch with panoramic water views
  • 55+ community with gated access, pool & clubhouse

Mayfair at Wellington

Eric Slifkin, Broker Associate

Eric Slifkin, Team Lead

Your local real estate expert

Are you seeking a home that suits your lifestyle, community, and neighborhood needs? Together with his team, Eric offers home buyers a turn-key approach to finding and purchasing real estate from the Treasure Coast to the Palm Beaches and beyond.

 

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. Whether buying or selling a home on the Treasure Coast we are always happy to meet with you to discuss your wants and needs, no obligation.

This post has been authored by Eric Slifkin, a Broker Associate at Keller Williams Real Estate and the founder of the Slifkin Real Estate Team. Eric and his team of experienced agents serve South Florida and the Treasure Coast, including  Stuart, Hobe Sound, Palm City, Port Saint Lucie, Jupiter, Tequesta, and the Palm Beaches.

 

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