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March 2016

Found 37 blog entries for March 2016.

Selling a home in today’s market requires a knowledgeable professional, a REALTOR®, leading the way. Gone are the days when you made up an asking price, threw a sign in the front yard, and watched as Buyers fought over the right to be the next owner. Today, you must price the property correctly and present it in an inviting manner. Then, and only then, might you attractive someone willing to buy.

The following are ten rules to follow if you want to be successful selling your property:

  1. Hire a REALTOR® (there is a definite difference between a REALTOR® and a real estate licensee) who is knowledgeable of your community.
  2. Look at your property as if you were seeing it for the first time. Go outside and look at the landscaping, condition of the
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No matter if you're in a buyer's or seller's market, there are a few critical steps you can take to make a smarter purchase. Since buying a home is likely the biggest single investment you will ever make, being prepared will help you make a better purchase. Here are our best tips to buying a home.

Know your buying power

What is your buying power? It is the combination of your credit-worthiness and how much you can realistically pay for a home.

First, you need to understand the hidden costs of buying a home. You will need to save not only for the down payment of your home - which is typically between 10%-20% of the offer price - but also for any additional transaction fees, such as transfer tax, PMI, title insurance, and legal fees.


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I hear the word "just" all the time. 

"Oh, it's just a quick meeting."

"It's just a Toyota."

"I'm just a Realtor."

"It's just a one story home."

I am going on record and saying that for the rest of 2016, I am going to do my best to eliminate the word "just' from my vocabulary. 

What's wrong with a quick meeting? Make the most of it and it won't be "just" a quick meeting. It's an awesome 15 minutes you get to spend with that one person or group of people to accomplish something. Rock it!

What's wrong with Toyotas? Did you know that only 9% of the world even owns a car?  9%! Your Toyota is not just a Toyota. It's a modern miracle that got you from your one-story home to your son's tee-ball game in under 10 minutes. You realize that when

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Estero, Florida is located on the Gulf Coast of the peninsula. Estero is sandwiched along Florida’s Gulf Coast between Naples to the south and Fort Myers to the north. For many years, Estero was a citrus community. Today, it lays claim to Florida Gulf Coast University and serves as a relaxing destination.

Visitors will be calmed by the nearby beaches and intrigued by Estero’s Mound Key Archaeological State Park. Rising more than 30 feet above the water, miles from shore, ancient shell mounds transform the landscape of Estero Bay. Made of bones, shells and pottery pieces, this is believed to have been the ceremonial center of the Calusa Indians. Access to the site is by boat only, but the journey is well worth it.

The village is home to 18,000

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WASHINGTON (AP) – March 24, 2016 – Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week after three straight weeks of increases. The decline could be a spur to prospective buyers as the spring home buying season gets started.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage slipped to 3.71 percent from 3.73 percent last week. The benchmark rate is above the 3.69 percent level it marked a year ago.

The average rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages eased to 2.96 percent from 2.99 percent last week.

After the Federal Reserve's decision last week to keep a key interest rate unchanged in light of global economic pressures, prices of U.S. government bonds have risen sharply. That has pushed down the

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Belleaire, Florida is a town located on the West coast of Florida in Pinellas County. Originally founded as a snowbird vacation spot, Belleair's beauty quickly caught the interest of more permanent residents. It all began with the construction of The Belleview Hotel in January 1897. Its location was on a peninsula west of Tampa Bay which was to become Pinellas County in 1912. Guests at the Belleview enjoyed the amenities of regal, rustic living; yachting on Clearwater Bay, horseback riding in the piney woods south of the hotel; golfing, tennis, skeet shooting and bicycling.

This town has lots to offer from golfing, bicycling, and beach visiting. 

To Do:

1. Clearwater Beach-


2. Clearwater Marine Aquarium- home to Winter

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Lauren Hough and Cornet 39. © Sportfot


WELLINGTON — Lauren Hough, coming off knee surgery in February, and Cornet 39 won the Saturday Night Lights’ $130,000 Engel and Volkers Grand Prix at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

The pair topped a 10-rider jump-off field with the fastest round of 35.98 seconds to pocket $42,900 in the featured class of the Winter Equestrian Festival’s 11th week of competition.

The U.S. rider sustained a knee injury on Jan. 24 from a fall while schooling a horse at her Wellington stables. She underwent arthroscopic surgery Feb. 3 to repair a meniscus tear and slowly worked her way back to the winner’s circle.

Cornet 39, a 12-year-old Oldenburg, was part of the winning Nations’ Cup for the U.S. in Ocala a few weeks ago.

“He has been

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Orlando population growth No. 1 among large regions

Posted by Neil Hamilton on Mar 24, 2016 4:20:01

Orlando is the fastest-growing of the country’s 30 largest regions, according to new population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The region added more than 60,000 net new residents in the twelve months ending July 1, 2015 (166 per day), growing total population by 2.6 percent to 2,387,138. The numbers come just a week after revised labor market data confirmed Orlando’s status as America’s No. 1 employment center for job growth in 2015.change-in-population-3-24-16-1.jpg

Formerly the 26th most populous region in the United States, Orlando now places 24th. The Villages in neighboring Sumter County is again the nation’s fast-growing region of all 381 regions

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Engel & Völkers Delray Beach sold a property in record time this week. With a 12 day time frame, John A. Dunning acquired the buyer through a referral from one of his clients. The $9,200,000 property boasts a contemporary architecture, and a Delray Beach water front view that was priceless to the buyer. 

For more information on Delray Beach properties contact:

Engel Völkers, Delray Beach                                     

900 East Atlantic Avenue, Suite 14                                    

Delray Beach, Florida



Phone: +1 561-362-2888  



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Aspen City Council Passes Emergency Ban on All New Commercial Land Use Applications

  The Aspen City Council is at it again with emergency measures to halt new commercial development in Aspen.  Unlike in 2012 when their attempt at an emergency ordinance to bring building height limits down to 28' in the downtown core failed (and subsequently passed through normal legislative processes allowing a rush of new applications before the new law went into effect), the Council unanimously passed an ordinance preventing any new commercial land use applications for new developments or expansions (lodging districts are exempt). 

The cited impetus for the moratorium is to give city leaders adequate time to revamp the land-use code to match the Aspen…
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