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Life is Sweet on the Peaceful Shores of Highland Beach

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 3:18 PM Comments comments (3)

 











 
Highland Beach was named for its uncommonly high sand dunes that offer both protection from the sea and magnificent views. Highland Beach is just three miles long and proud of having it’s own police, fire and emergency assistance departments dedicated to serving it’s relatively small population.
 
 
 


This cutting-edge town installed a state-of-the-art reverse osmosis water treatment facility, drawing directly from the Florida “aquifer“ 1000 feet below the surface. This assures residents enjoy an unlimited supply of pure water. Highland Beach also features it’s own post office and waterfront library, that is chock full of learning resources and social opportunities


 
 
 

  


You will see everything from oceanfront mansions in the tens of millions of dollars to charming Florida-style condos and villas on the intracoastal waterway. A drive down the three mile stretch is customarily peppered with joggers, cyclists and a hearty stream of avid exercise enthusiasts.



 
 
 
 




 
 
You’ll meet a vibrant mix of young professionals, established semi-retired business people, as well as full time retirees in this charming town.





  
 
 



 
 
Just minutes from the posh entertainment, dining and shopping of Boca Raton, Highland Beach is equally accessible to Delray Beach, known for it’s own eclectic stretch of hot spots, just steps from the sparkling shoreline.



 
 
 



Seasonal residents, business commuters and visiting tourists enjoy Highland Beach’s proximity to three international airports, as well as the short drive to the Boca Raton Executive Airport. World renown golf, tennis and polo facilities, along with every imaginable marine resource are all available within a short drive from this conveniently located city.


 
 
 
 
 



Highland Beach consistently ranks as one of the safest cities in the U.S. with approximately 4200 full time residents. There is not one traffic light in Highland Beach which affords motorists an easy, breezy drive along this scenic stretch of Atlantic Coast Line.
 
 



Copyright 2013: Valerie Anne Martinetti
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ahoy!  Located on the 140’ wide Seatan Waterway, your assigned dock accommodates up to a 34’ boat (floating boat lifts are permitted - power included); 
 
Easy Living!  This one level, ground floor home is tiled in all living areas with neutral upgrades throughout including cove lighting in bedroom, halogen task lighting, window treatments and ceiling fans. Newer, tasteful Florida-style furnishings are available. The waterfront pool features a wide water view and balmy breezes ALL YEAR long!
 
 
 
 
 
Location, Location, Location! Nestled in a quiet, 11 unit complex  in Pompano Beach this Ground Floor Home is:
 
- 5 minutes from the area's finest beaches, dining, shopping & entertainment; 
 
 
 
 
   
 - 15 minutes from Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Boulevard & famous Fort Lauderdale  
   beachfront amenities:
    
 - 15 minutes from Fort Lauderdale International Airport and the
        International Port Everglades Cruise Ship Port 
   
 - 30 minute boat ride to open ocean, one fixed bridge (12 ft clearance)
 
 
 
 
 
Versatile!  Snap this unique opportunity up while you can - whether you want a year-round, picture perfect watersports getaway OR a full-time paradise to enjoy the most affordable ocean access lifestyle - this home is priced to sell and ready for immediate occupancy. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fido Approved!  Up to a 20lb furry best friend is welcome to enjoy the boating life with you in this home.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Invest!  You may lease this home and/or dock with restrictions and association approval.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Call/Text or Email Valerie today to schedule a showing 954-609-4228
 
 



Hillsboro Beach: A Charming Beachfront Town with Modern Day Appeal

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (4)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bordered by Deerfield Beach to the North and Pompano Beach to the South, Hillsboro Beach is a highly-prized stretch of beachfront attracting local Floridians and winter residents who long to make their home by the sea.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
At just 3.2 miles, Hillsboro Beach residents enjoy ocean vistas, Intracoastal waterway views or; the most fortunate homeowners enjoy a bit of both. From time shares, co-ops and sleek high-rise condominium buildings to multi-level town homes and spectacular ocean-front mansions, Hillsboro Beach features a housing type to fit every budget and lifestyle.
 
 
 
 
 
Originally incorporated in 1939, Hillsboro Beach had just nine houses, 4 rental cottages and seventeen voters. At the time, AIA was merely a sand-swept road, connected to mainland Pompano Beach by a hand-cranked bridge. The 2010 census indicated a population of 1875 full time residents in Hillsboro Beach.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This population can as much as double during winter months, when part time residents arrive to enjoy a few months of Florida‘s ever-present bright sunshine and warm waters.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The iconic Hillsboro Lighthouse rests at the southernmost point of Hillsboro Beach. With a height of 136 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, the Hillsboro Lighthouse is the most powerful lighthouse on the Eastern shore of the United States. The Hillsboro Inlet makes this town very attractive to boat owners, giving them quick and safe access to the vast Atlantic Ocean. Sea faring residents can also enjoy a lazy cruise along the Intracoastal Waterway on its western border, with a slower wake and pleasant scenery for miles.
 
 
 
This small peninsula is 900 feet at its widest point and charms all who adore the perks of living steps from the glistening Atlantic Ocean. Hillsboro Beach offers a high quality of life for every budget and represents the best of laid back, beachfront living in Florida.
 
Copyright 2013: Valerie Anne Martinetti
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ahoy!  Located on the 140’ wide Seatan Waterway, your assigned dock accommodates up to a 34’ boat (floating boat lifts are permitted - power included); 
 
Easy Living!  This one level, ground floor home is tiled in all living areas with neutral upgrades throughout including cove lighting in bedroom, halogen task lighting, window treatments and ceiling fans. Newer, tasteful Florida-style furnishings are available. The waterfront pool features a wide water view and balmy breezes ALL YEAR long!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Location, Location, Location! Nestled in a quiet, 11 unit complex in Pompano Beach this Ground Floor Home is:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
-   5 minutes from the area's finest beaches, dining, shopping & entertainment; 
   
 - 15 minutes from Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Boulevard & famous Fort   
    Lauderdale beachfront amenities:
    
 - 15 minutes from Fort Lauderdale International Airport and the
        International Port Everglades Cruise Ship Port 
   
  - 30 minute boat ride to open ocean, one fixed bridge (12 ft clearance)
 
 
 
 
 
Versatile!  Snap this unique opportunity up while you can - whether you want a year-round, picture perfect watersports getaway OR a full-time paradise to enjoy the most affordable ocean access lifestyle - this home is priced to sell and ready for immediate occupancy. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fido Approved!  Up to a 20lb furry best friend is welcome to enjoy the boating life with you in this home.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Invest!  You may lease this home and/or dock with restrictions and association approval.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Call/Text or Email Valerie today to schedule a showing
954-609-4228
 
 
 
 
 

54th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 10:16 PM Comments comments (1)
Calling All Captains!
One of South Florida’s most exciting annual events, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, is slated to run from October 31 through November 4. The largest in water boat show in the world, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show attracts boating enthusiasts from all over the world. Hosting over six locations, visitors revel in a first hand look at everything from spectacular super yachts and sail boats to the latest in personal water crafts along with marine and fishing accessories.
Attendees can watch the evening sky light up as the show opens with a brilliant fireworks display, launched from the roof of the Doubletree Hilton Hotel at 7pm Thursday, October 31, 2013.
 
 
A smart stop for all attendees is the Sailfish Pavillion, located outside the Broward County Convention Center. This busy attraction features the Landshark Bar and Grill, daily fishing demonstrations and a fabulous array of marine accessories and boats of every shape and size.
A dazzling display of high end “yacht toys” will delight visitors this year, providing a peek into the world of underwater scooters, amphibious ATVs, flying jet packs and motorized surfboards.
Each day visitors can learn from top pros from the International Game Fish Association’s School of Sportfishing and The Blue Wild at one of the free fishing and boating seminars, as well as workshops for adults and children of all ages.
Like islands on the intercostal waterway, temporary floating structures offer thousands of feet of square footage for merchandise display, sales pavilions and entertainment flotillas. These little islands include floating cocktail lounges from Guzzlers presented by Budweiser, the Superyacht hosted by Palm Harbor Marina and Gosling’s Rum Dark & Stormy Bar. Boat show attendees can kick back with a cool drink and listen to live entertainment amidst the din of the lively crowd. For a sophisticated break from the show, The Club at Seafair is a new show feature which includes a restaurant and cocktail lounge with wide views of all the action.
Transportation to the International Boat Show is provided free of charge with a riverboat ride down the New River to the show from Downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Riverfront complex. Attendees can also ride the Water Taxi for $10 per day to any of the show’s six locations while touring Fort Lauderdale from the water.
Adult admission is $22 at the show, children ages 6-15, $7 at the show (with discounts for online ticketing). For more information, call (954) 764-7642 or (800) 940-7642, or visit ShowManagement.com.
Copyright: Valerie Anne Martinetti, 2013
 
 
 
Ahoy!  Located on the 140’ wide Seatan Waterway, your assigned dock accommodates up to a 34’ boat (floating boat lifts are permitted - power included); 
 
Easy Living!  This one level, ground floor home is tiled in all living areas with neutral upgrades throughout including cove lighting in bedroom, halogen task lighting, window treatments and ceiling fans. Newer, tasteful Florida-style furnishings are available. The waterfront pool features a wide water view and balmy breezes ALL YEAR long!
 
 
 
Location, Location, Location! Nestled in a quiet, 11 unit complex
 in Pompano Beach this Ground Floor Home is:
 
-   5 minutes from the area's finest beaches, dining, shopping & entertainment; 
   
 - 15 minutes from Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Boulevard & famous Fort   
    Lauderdale beachfront amenities:
    
 - 15 minutes from Fort Lauderdale International Airport and the
        International Port Everglades Cruise Ship Port 
   
  - 30 minute boat ride to open ocean, one fixed bridge (12 ft clearance)
 
Versatile!  Snap this unique opportunity up while you can - whether you want a year-round, picture perfect watersports getaway OR a full-time paradise to enjoy the most affordable ocean access lifestyle - this home is priced to sell and ready for immediate occupancy. 
 
Fido Approved!  Up to a 20lb furry best friend is welcome to enjoy the boating life with you in this home.
 
Invest!  You may lease this home and/or dock with restrictions and association approval.
 
 
 
 
Call/Text or Email Valerie today to schedule a showing
954-609-4228
 

The Boating Life in Pompano Beach, Florida

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 3:52 PM Comments comments (3)
Living the boating lifestyleis an exciting way to connect with nature and tune out the day’s concerns. Whether you merely want to cruise the deep blue waters and catch some rays or enjoy sport fishing and water sports, time spent on the open water is engaging for the whole family.
 
 
Pompano Beach, Florida is a town perfectly suited for the boating lifestyle. With its name derived from the Pompano fish, Pompano Beach is a popular destination for fishermen and boater’s from all over the world. Pompano Beach is a little over 22 square miles of land mass with a stretch of pristine beachfront approximately 3 miles long.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Boating enthusiasts don’t have to live directly on the ocean or Intercoastal Waterway to enjoy boating in Pompano Beach, the opportunities are plentiful inland, as well. Deep water canals wind through Pompano Beach leading directly to the Intercoastal Waterway, which opens to the Atlantic Ocean. Along these waterways boaters can travel from one interesting destination to another with ample access to marinas, docks and launching ramps.
 
 
 
 
 
Pompano Beach features a wide variety of housing types available to meet every budget and style preference, the best of which include docks to safeguard prized vessels. Residents also have their pick of membership in many Pompano Beach boating clubs where you can share tall tales of seafaring excitement with fellow enthusiasts.
Shore time fun is not limited to the water in Pompano Beach. Residents enjoy annual festivities like the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, St Patrick’s Irish Festival, St Coleman’s Italian Festival, the Pompano Beach Holiday Boat Parade and the Annual Nautical Flea Market.
Another perk of being a Pompano Beach resident is that you are a short car or boat ride from Fort Lauderdale, also known as the Yachting Capital of the World. Fort Lauderdale has been host to the renown Annual Fort Lauderdale Boat Show for over fifty years. Being held this year from October 31, 2013 through November 4, 2013, visitors can see every imaginable boat on display, along with other merchandise, services and activities geared to making the best of the boating life.

If you are looking for a part-time or full-time home to enjoy the boating lifestyle, take time out to visit Pompano Beach, Florida. With sensational weather all year long and exceptional access to many waterways, you can cut through the sea foam 365 days a year in Pompano Beach
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Stuart, Florida: A Progressive Oasis with Old World Charm

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 1:36 PM Comments comments (2)
A gem nestled along the St Lucie River, Stuart, Florida is known as the Sailfish Capital of the World and part of Florida’s famed Treasure Coast. In the 18 century, several Spanish galleons shipwrecked off the coast while carrying untold amounts of gold and silver. Only some of this valuable bounty has since been recovered, giving the region its sparkling name.
Voted America’s Most Beautiful City in 2008, today’s Stuart represents a new frontier in South Florida. Quality of life and a lower cost of living coupled with open spaces and lower crime rates create an oasis for Floridians and snowbirds, alike.
 
Stuart has the added charm of being a city that holds its history in high esteem, lending an architectural diversity to the meandering, tree-lined roadways. The newer housing, shopping, dining and entertainment establishments share the streets of Stuart with pastel-colored clapboard Victorian structures, standing as proudly as they did so many years ago.
 
Whether you’re just visiting Stuart or, a local who enjoys getting out and about, there is no shortage of destinations and activities to suit every whim.
 
Set the stage for an exciting night by visiting the Lyric Theatre http://www.lyrictheatre.com/or the Barn Theatrehttp://www.barn-theatre.com/
 
 
Entertain with education at: The Elliott Museum www.elliottmuseum.org
 
The Stuart Heritage Museum http://www.stuartheritagemuseum.com/
The House of Refuge Museum at Gilbert’s Bar www.houseofrefugefl.org
The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast www.ChildrensMuseumTC.org
 
 
 
 
Sail the Salty Seas on “Lily” the Wooden Schooner http://www.treasurecoastsailingadventures.com/ tour the clear blue waters throughout the day - it‘s easy breezy sailing at its best!
 
 
 
 
A Few In-Town Traditions Include:
 
Gallery Night: 1st Thursday of every month - Stroll through quaint downtown streets while enjoying an eclectic selection of art - www.MartinArts.org
Rockin’ Riverwalk Music Series Every Sunday, 1pm - 4pm and the Musicfest on The Riverwalk the 3rd Friday of each month from 6pm-10pm: Both can be enjoyed in the open air breeze of the Riverwalk Stage - www.HistoricDowntownStuart.com
 
Stuart is a diverse, vibrant and historically preserved city. There is something for everyone in Stuart; from sophisticated single professionals to sprawling families on to savvy business owners, as well as snowbirds and retirees.
I encourage you to visit Stuart and explore the possibilities of full or part time living. Come see for yourself why life is SO GOOD in this sunny, treasure coast destination!
Copyright 2013: Valerie Anne Martinetti
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In the seaside town of Pompano Beach!! 5 minutes from the finest area beaches, shopping, dining and entertainment. Conveniently located, 15 minutes from Fort Lauderdale International Airport and all that downtown has to offer!
 
Part Time Vacation Getaway or Full Time Dream Home - Either Way, It’s a Great Buy!
 
One level, ground floor 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom features ceramic tile in all living areas with neutral upgrades throughout including cove light in bedroom, halogen task lighting, window treatments and ceiling fans. Newer, tasteful, Florida-style furnishings are available.
 
 
 
Waterfront pool features wide water views and balmy breezes ALL YEAR long!
 
 
 
 
 
Assigned Dock Accommodates Up to 34’ Boat - Located on 140’ Wide Seatan Waterway, 30 minutes to ocean, one fixed bridge (12 feet clearance)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pets up to 20lbs are welcome
 
Home or Dock can be leased with restrictions and association approval
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ready for Quick Closing & Immediate Occupancy
 
Hurry, Hurry! Call or Text Valerie - This Slice of Paradise Will Sell Fast!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Call Me Today to See This Affordable Boater's Paradise
954-609-4228

Making A Success of Your Rehabbed Purchase

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 7:27 AM Comments comments (4)
It is common to find newly rehabilitated or, rehabbed homes on the market that were previously bought as foreclosed properties by investors. These homes are renovated and re-enter the residential real estate market with the investor in position as the seller. A reputable investor will have performed all renovations and improvements to code with proper permitting and paid all contractors in full. Is this always the case? Well, not always. However, don’t let that deter you. There are a few simple precautions potential buyers can take to assure their purchase of a newly rehabbed property will be unencumbered by incomplete or non-existent permitting and free of any shoddy workmanship or outstanding liens from contractors.
 
 
 
 
Make Friends in High Places- Contact the Homeowner’s Association to introduce yourself and express your interest in buying the property. Not only can you ask if there are any outstanding fees still due on this property, you can also gain information about the homes history from the very people who govern the community.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Call in an Expert- A home inspector will be your saving grace in this situation as his expertise is well worth the fee charged to safeguard the buyer from potentially costly and long-standing issues. The inspector can catch inexpensive cover ups that could potentially be hiding costly issues. An experienced home inspector will know if the workmanship and materials used are up to par, installed correctly and will perform as per their warranty. Mold can be an issue with homes that have remained vacant for long periods of time and your inspector can identify potential trouble spots. A home inspector will have the knowledge, experience and advice to help you proceed as an educated buyer of any home, including one that was once a distressed property.
 
 
 
Get it in Writing- If there are structural improvements or additions to the home insist on proof they are up to code and all permitting has been satisfied. In addition, request for proof that all contractors are paid in full. You can also visit the local city and/or county government agencies and ask for assistance in confirming there are no issues outstanding on the property. Your attorney can assist you in reviewing the title insurance policy to confirm that the foreclosure itself was properly and fully concluded, free of any outstanding issues.
 
 
 
 
Speak to Those Newsy Neighbors- If you see curious on-lookers from adjacent properties, offer a friendly handshake and introduce yourself. These neighbors probably knew the previous owners and observed the home throughout the foreclosure and rehab process. They may offer unknown information that could encourage or discourage your decision to buy the previously distressed property.
 
 
 
 
 
 
As the saying goes, “caveat emptor,” let the buyer beware. Distressed properties that return to market as newly improved homes can be a fantastic purchase, nearly like a new home. With a bit of legwork, you can forge happy new beginnings in a rehabbed home, resting assured you’ve made an intelligent purchase, likely to bring you many satisfying years as a homeowner. 
 
Copyright 2013: Valerie Anne Martinetti
 
 

Hang Ten Home Buyers - Surf is Still Up for Home Ownership!

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 12:47 PM Comments comments (1)
 
I have some good news … because we had a few interest rate spikes, qualified home buyers do not need to abandon the idea of home ownership. You did not miss the boat! Interest rates are still lower than they’ve been in nearly 50 years. Think about that for a minute. That is not an opinion, that is reliable data all qualified home buyers need to consider before they give up their goal of home ownership. Interest rates have not been this low in nearly 50 years.
 
 
In the United States, we are beginning to nudge into the 4 percent interest rate range. Even if interest rates reach 5%, this is still historically quite low. What does this mean when it comes to buying a home? We don’t need to over-react and run scared that we’re somehow going to get ripped off if we buy a home now. What it means is, we can still borrow money at considerably low rates, right here, right now.
 
If you think you missed the opportunity a few months back when rates were lower, you are only considering one factor and one factor alone, interest rates. There is more to the home purchase equation than interest rates.
 
 
An encouraging shift is that more inventory is now showing up as active sales. Home buyers are enjoying the benefit of a consistently increasing amount of homes to choose from in today’s residential real estate market. When rates were lower, inventory was also lower; giving potential buyers less choice and frequently forcing compromise.
 
So, you see, there is another side to this trend … rates are admittedly slightly higher yet, home buyers have more reasonably priced properties available to them; which could likely mean a more satisfying overall experience as a buyer.
 
Since home prices are not shooting up sky high and inventory is more plentiful this can considerably offset the less favorable trend toward slightly higher interest rates. Buying a home in this market with the currently attractive fixed rates can still prove to be an essential and smart investment.
 
 
 
 
Once you do a little leg work and learn more about your current financing options you may be inspired to call your REALTOR and visit local homes for sale. There may just be an opportunity in the waiting for you to ride the wave as a smart, saavy home buyer!
 
 
 
 
 
Copyright 2013: Valerie Anne Martinetti
 
 
 

South Florida Homeowners Freshen Up Pools with Fresh New Ideas

Posted on August 25, 2013 at 4:22 PM Comments comments (4)
 
As Labor Day approaches, most of our neighbors to the north are savoring these last few weeks of sun and fun around the family pool. Before long, tarps will cover once sparkling blue pools, soon to be covered by the amber leaves of Autumn.
 
 
 
 
Not here! It‘s pool season all year long in South Florida which is just one of the benefits of life in the Sunshine State. There are many new design styles and technological innovations for the backyard pool; below I highlight just a few:
 
 
 
Earthy Enhancements: More and more, pool designers are incorporating rock features, waterfalls and even torches and fire pits to add dramatic flair. From subtle and romantic to exotic backyard grottos; fountains, stone water slides and natural flame lighting are being featured more commonly in South Florida back yards.
 
 
Color my World: LED advancements have brought the light show, to the pool! LED lighting is energy efficient, available in a myriad of colors and can be synchronized between features like spas, landscaping and the pool itself.
 
Take the Plunge: Pool entries are changing, traditional steps or ladders are being replaced with infinity edges, wading areas, tanning shelves, swim up bars and the gentle slope of zero-entry pools.
 
Everything Old is New Again: Colorful tiles are making a comeback in pools today. Glass tiles are especially popular as they come in a generous range of colors and unique textures like swirls and bubbles.
 
 
A Pinch of Salt: The soft-water feeling of a Salt Water pool, is something unique and memorable. Containing only approximately 1/10 the salt experienced in the ocean, salt water pools are increasing in popularity and contrary to what you may think, they do not sting your eyes. Although slightly more expensive to build, salt water pools are less costly to maintain.
 
 
 
Since you’ve got 365 days a year to enjoy your South Florida pool, increase the fun and get creative! Check out some of the cutting edge design and technology features available today when sizing up, how to freshen up, your very own backyard oasis!
 
Copyright 2013: Valerie Anne Martinetti

Low Inventory: A Buyer’s Plight. What Now?

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 7:07 AM Comments comments (0)
 
If you are financially-qualified and motivated to buy a new home yet, frustrated with low inventory don‘t get discouraged. Stay positive!There are a steps you can take to increase your chance of finding a new home sweet home!
 
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BUY Florida Real EstateDuring this inventory squeeze, buyers are best served to cast the widest net possible when establishing their home search criteria. One way to bring more homes into contention is to open your mind to neighborhoods you may not have considered in the past. This doesn’t necessarily mean a compromise. In searching new areas, you may find a community you actually like better than the subject of your original search.
 
 
Another way to see more inventory may involve your search criteria for housing type. If you are looking for higher density housing, like a town home; add zero lot line homes and villas to your home search. A slight tweak to your housing type criteria will yield more inventory to consider and possibly, a better fit in the long run. 
 
 
Another option is to ask your REALTOR to include “active contingent” listings in their MLS search. This listing designation indicates the seller of the property has accepted an offer but there are a few unresolved issues. Most often, contingencies are ironed out within one to three weeks. Contingencies may include stipulations like the home appraisal being required to meet or exceed the sale price; there may be costs for repairs under negotiation or time durations allowed for buyer inspections might be at issue.
 
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In many cases, there is enough motivation on the part of both the seller and buyer to resolve contingencies and the property will receive a “pending” status indicating a closing is soon to follow. However, this is not always the case. If a contingency cannot be resolved, buyers will most often walk away and the property returns to market.
 
If you are interested in a property listed as “active contingent,” you can ask your REALTOR to inquire frequently about any changes to the status, hoping it may come back to market. Or, you can also have your REALTOR submit a back up offer. If a home is particularly desirable, there may be multiple back up offers. In the event the primary offer falls through, the seller will then consider all back up offers and you could potentially have an opportunity to own a home that you once thought was off market.
 
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Eventually, available home inventories will rise, bringing more homes to market for sale. Until then, buyers will benefit by being flexible as to neighborhoods and housing types and open-minded to submitting back up offers. These approaches will increase the amount of homes matching your search criteria and maybe, finding that cozy home sweet home is closer than you think!
 
Happy House Hunting!
 
 
Copyright 2013:Valerie Anne Martinetti

Buyers Are Confident - Rates Are Still Low

Posted on August 2, 2013 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Home Sales Are Up 2013
 
A highly regarded industry source, the S&P/Case-Shiller real-estate index, released encouraging new figures; the best news since the peak of the bubble in 2006!

Home prices in South Florida are up an average of 14% this year. Lets all share a collective
, Yay!

That is good news as it pertains to home equity for current owners. This encouraging index also offers an opportunity for current home buyers to invest at a time when the market is on an upswing, increasing their confidence and potential for building equity.
 
 
There are many reasons individuals opt to purchase a home, as opposed to leasing. In addition to the good news from S&P/Case-Schiller real estate index, here are a few good reasons why it may be a good time to give your landlord notice: 
 
 
 
Security - Buying a home is a big step toward establishing roots in a community. The stability of being an owner in a new neighborhood brings a secure sense of being part of a community. You have a vested interest in not only your own home but in the surrounding area, as well.

Enhanced Freedom - You can paint the walls any color you choose, add fixed decorator touches like moldings, flooring and window treatments. Homeowners can install anything they choose from booming audio/video centers to built in furniture or their favorite appliances. Whether adding a built in swimming pool or new bathroom fixtures, home owners enjoy newfound freedom and flexibility in truly personalizing their homes.

Tax Deductions - Dependent upon your equity, as well as type and duration of ownership, there can be many tax breaks to take advantage of from mortgage interest and green improvements to those associated with property tax. Your tax professional can work with your banker to assure you make the best decisions during the financing process.

Equity Loans - Your home is often your largest investment. As you build equity in your home, you can borrow against that equity with a line of credit. Interest rates on equity loans are frequently far lower than traditional consumer credit cards and often deductible come tax time.
 
 

To start the process of considering whether home ownership is right for you, begin with a qualified REALTOR along with your accountant and banker. These experts can help you determine many factors from the best neighborhoods for your lifestyle and budget, to what type of loan best suits your income and goals.
 
 
 
 
The market is currently building momentum. South Florida home values are up 14% this year, that is the best 12 month gain since mid 2006! After you’ve determined purchasing a home is right for you, join the other confident buyers who are shopping the exciting possibilities of home ownership in South Florida.

Copyright 2013: Valerie Anne Martinetti

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