“Secrets” To Selling Real Estate, West Palm Beach

West-Palm-beach-aerial-photYou’ve taken the plunge, and decided to add your home to our ever-changing list of West Palm Beach homes for sale — congratulations! Finding a good real estate team is the first and most important step on your journey to sell real estate. West Palm Beach has its own unique market; we’ve seen a lot of houses move quickly and a lot sit for a long time. Here are a couple of our “secret” tricks to help you put your best foot forward and make your property stand out among homes for sale in West Palm Beach.

Follow your nose.

We joke that the way to a buyer’s heart it through their stomach, and we’re not above putting out a dish of small chocolates next to our business cards for potential buyers to salve their sweet tooth. But you can be even more subtle: before a showing is a great time to bake cookies! The smell of freshly baked cookies puts a smile on anyone’s face, and will help your home be remembered. Secret #2,433: a few drops of vanilla extract in a cup of water gently boiled on the stove has the same effect, with fewer calories.

Let there be light!

Your home has never been tidier, your walls never cleaner, your windows never more sparkling: time to show it all off by turning on lights, opening all the doors and throwing open the blinds and curtains to let all the light in!

Put Away The Trophies.

Homebuyers want to imagine themselves living in their new home, not your old one. This means any memorabilia you’ve been keeping around needs to go into a box or closet before the showing — let your potential buyer imagine building their own memories!

Palm Beach Gardens Florida Real Estate: Should You Stop Renting and Buy?

PalmBeachGardensRealEstateWe’ve helped a lot of people find homes for sale in Palm Beach Gardens over the years, and we’re seeing an increasing number of buyers come to us who have, for whatever reason, most recently been home renters, not home owners. Whether it was because of a hectic job that kept them on the move, changes in their financial picture that made renting more affordable, or simply a lifestyle choice that has gradually become less attractive, a lot of our buyers have been out of the home ownership game for a long time.

What this means is that they might have forgotten what it means to live in a home that you own, rather than in one of the many Palm Beach Gardens homes for rent; with prices at reasonable levels and the picture of a sensibly-sized mortgage payment in their minds, many buyers are looking at the potential to actually save money by owning Palm Beach Gardens Florida real estate.

But it’s important to take the time to chart out your future expenses accurately; remember, even if the mortgage payment seems like a better deal than rent, you may find yourself covering more of the “fixed” expenses involved with the property than you ever did as a tenant. You might think utility use wouldn’t change between renting a home and owning one, but if you’ve been used to a landlord who covered such expenses within the price of rent, you might be in for a rude awakening. Homeowner’s insurance is a must, and typically is more expensive than renter’s insurance. And of course taxes on the property should be considered as part of your monthly expenses.

However, unlike rent, your mortgage is going toward building equity in your home, and can be considered a great investment in your future. For more information about Palm Beach Gardens Florida real estate and our collection of homes for sale in Palm Beach Gardens, contact us today!

Digital Detective: Learning More about Jupiter Florida Real Estate

jupiter-real-estateWhether you’re looking at a home for sale in Jupiter, or are checking out Jupiter Florida homes for rent, there’s no such thing as too much information. And while there’s a lot to be said for hitting the pavement and walking around a neighborhood, there are a lot of ways to find out a lot about a neighborhood without even setting foot there.

If you have school-age children — or anticipate having them while living in your current home — you’re going to want to know more about the school district that serves the neighborhood. The Florida Department of Education (fldoe.org) ranks its elementary, middle and high schools through a point system based upon grades and standardized test scores. Those rankings are updated every year, and can be a good window into the schools’ performances.

Crime statistics for areas throughout the state are routinely collected and analyzed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (www.fdle.state.fl.us); that data is mapped by the state as well as by independent nonprofit and for-profit agencies. Everything from car break-ins to homicides show up, and can give you an idea whether the neighborhood you’re looking at is improving or declining with respect to crime — a great tool especially when looking at Jupiter Florida homes for rent.

Finally, if picking your Jupiter Florida real estate investment has to do with how easily you can get to and from work, find the home for sale in Jupiter you’re considering on Google Maps (maps.google.com) by typing the address into the search box. Then, come back to that website during the morning and evening commute rush hour, and select the “traffic” overlay option. The map will show you real-time traffic information so you can see whether the route you’d use for your commute is going to be problematic.