Archive | May, 2012

3 Nights Discovery Tour At Del Webb

29 May

3 Nights Discovery Tour AT Del Webb

Join Us To Meet Your Future Retirement Community

Explore Stay Program Available!

Enjoy 3 NIGHTS DISCOVERY TOUR AT DEL WEBB NORTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY FOR $150!

2, 3 and 4 night stays

Fully Furnished Private Homes

Complimentary golf cart and beach bikes

VIP Access to all of the amenities including 38,000 sq.ft. Anastasia Clubhouse

Special Needs Accommodations

Welcome New Home Buyer to Riverwood by Del Webb a 55 Plus Resort Lifestyle Community in Ponte Vedra

A Private Coastal Community located 7 miles from the Atlantic Ocean

Choose from 9 decorated models of magnificent floor plans including a variety of two- and three-bedroom homes, ranging from 1,157 – 2,611 square feet.  Home sites available with tranquil nature preserve or water views. Community features a 38,000+ square-foot new Anastasia Clubhouse, a perfect setting for residents to socialize with friends and neighbors and offers indoor and outdoor pools, state-of-the-art fitness center, arts and crafts facilities, multi-purpose rooms, social café, grand ballroom with stage and outdoor courts for tennis, bocce ball and pickle ball.

Riverwood at Nocatee amenities include:

Aquacise: A water cardio and toning workout.

Cardio Low and Tone: This class consists of twenty minutes of low impact aerobic exercise.

Yoga: Gentle Yoga (on the floor) and Chair Yoga.

Hard Core Abs:  The workout includes standing, seated and floor exercises for both women and men.

TechnoGym Orientation:  Sign-ups are handled on a first come basis.

Wellness Orientation:  A one-on-one session with a personal trainer.

Personal Training:  Available upon request.

Group Fitness Punch Cards:  Available upon request.

Sandcastle Spa:  A place for residents to relax and enjoy a rejuvenating massage.

Resort Pool and Spa:  Indoor lap pool & resort outdoor pool and spa

Sawgrass Cafe:  Open Monday-Saturday

Clubs:  Bingo, Bridge, Book, Canasta, Dinner, Genealogy, Bead Buddies, Mah Jongg, Poker, Men’s Club, Women’s Club, Team Trivia, Helping Hands, Arts & Crafts, Bocce Ball, Tennis, Pickle Ball and much more.

Total Homes: 2,000

Sold Homes: 300

A unique Central Park featuring over 100 trees.  Gardening lots available for residents.

State-of-the art Fitness Center, Theater, Ball Room.

About the Author:  Millie Gil has been a successful Licensed Real Estate agent for over 25 years in Florida.  Millie is Vice President of Bold Real Estate Group, a boutique agency committed to concierge personalized service for discerning buyers, sellers and renters of residential and commercial properties.  For more information please forward your request to communityinfo@comcast.net

Servicing:  Port St. Lucie, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Stuart, Vero Beach, Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce, Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Palm Coast, Neptune Beach, Amelia Island, Atlantic Beach, Fernandina Beach, Saint Johns, Saint Augustine, Daytona Beach, Fleming Island and New York real estate.

View thousands of listings  www.Northeast-Florida-Relocation.comwww.BoldRealEstateGroup.com,  www.NewYork-Florida-RealEstate.com, www.PGAVillage-Homes.com, www.TheCascadesAtStLucieWest.com, www.HealthcareRelocationServices.com

Realty Times – Seduce Buyers With The Master Bedroom Suite

11 May

Realty Times – Seduce Buyers With The Master Bedroom Suite.

Serving Locally and Globally.  View thousands of new and resale homes:  www.Northeast-Florida-Relocation.comwww.BoldRealEstateGroup.com,  www.NewYork-Florida-RealEstate.com, www.PGAVillage-Homes.com a Golf Style Private Community,  www.TheCascadesAtStLucieWest.com  a 55+ Resort Lifestyle Community, www.HealthcareRelocationServices.com

Realty Times – CAR Opposes Foreclosure “Reforms”

10 May

Realty Times – CAR Opposes Foreclosure “Reforms”.

Serving Locally and Globally.  View thousands of new and resale homes:  www.Northeast-Florida-Relocation.comwww.BoldRealEstateGroup.com,  www.NewYork-Florida-RealEstate.com, www.PGAVillage-Homes.com a Golf Style Private Community,  www.TheCascadesAtStLucieWest.com  a 55+ Resort Lifestyle Community, www.HealthcareRelocationServices.com

Realty Times – The Benefits of Owning a Home

10 May

Realty Times – The Benefits of Owning a Home.

Serving Locally and Globally.  View thousands of new and resale homes:  www.Northeast-Florida-Relocation.comwww.BoldRealEstateGroup.com,  www.NewYork-Florida-RealEstate.com, www.PGAVillage-Homes.com a Golf Style Private Community,  www.TheCascadesAtStLucieWest.com  a 55+ Resort Lifestyle Community, www.HealthcareRelocationServices.com

Spring Home Maintenance Items That Must Be Performed

10 May

Spring Home Maintenance Items That Must Be Performed

It’s that time of year again.  Spring has sprung and there are chores do be done.  Routine maintenance is a big part of home ownership and hopefully you have a yearly calendar of routine tasks and when they need to be performed.  Deferred maintenance will cause bigger, more expensive problems down the road and could cause you to lose some of your home’s value if left undone for too long.

Here are a few things that I consider to be important spring time routine maintenance tasks.

1.  Clean out and remove dead plant material and leaves from your plant beds.

2.  Trim your trees and thin them out to ensure proper growth and stability.  Make sure you check for any cracked or damaged trunks or limbs as this could create a dangerous situation if not corrected.  When comparing tree trimming companies, make sure they have the proper insurance in case of damage.

3.  Inspect your roof shingles for any damage that may have occurred over the winter months.   If you are not comfortable doing this – hire a professional.  Remember, if you find roof damage, check with your insurance company.  Many insurance companies will pay for the repairs or possibly a new roof if the damage is severe.

4.  Check your gutters and downspouts.  Make sure they are secure.  Clean out any leaves and debris.

5.  Check fence poles and gates.  If your fence poles have loosened up over the winter, wait until the soil is dry then clean out an area around the post and put down some new cement to secure the pole.  Check your gate latches and hinges for proper functioning.  This could be a security issue for your family and your pets.

6.  Clean up all old leaves, debris and plant material that has accumulated over the winter.  Not doing this could ruin your landscaping and could potentially cause a fire hazard during the hot, dry summer months.

7.  Inspect your air conditioning unit inside and out.  Change the inside filter and hose down the outside coils to remove any debris that could overwork your unit.

8.  Close your fireplace dampers if you have not already done so.

9.  Test your sprinklers and timers and adjust the heads where necessary.

10. Check vent blocks and remove faucet covers once you are sure that all freezing danger has passed.

11. Replace your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries then test the units.

12.  Tune up your lawn mower and other lawn equipment for peak performance.

All of these routine maintenance items will keep your home in tip top shape and ready for the new season.  If you are considering selling your home, call your realtor for more suggestions as to what you can do to help spruce up your home for maximum profits.

About the Author:  Millie Gil has been a successful Licensed Realtor for over 25 years in Florida.  Millie is Vice President of Bold Real Estate Group, a boutique agency committed to concierge personalized service for discerning buyers, sellers and renters of residential and commercial properties.  For more information please forward your request to communityinfo@comcast.net

Servicing:  Port St. Lucie, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Stuart, Vero Beach,  Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce,  Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Palm Coast, Neptune Beach, Amelia Island, Atlantic Beach, Fernandina Beach, Saint Johns, Saint Augustine, Daytona Beach, Fleming Island and New York real estate.

View thousands of listings  www.Northeast-Florida-Relocation.comwww.BoldRealEstateGroup.com,  www.NewYork-Florida-RealEstate.com, www.PGAVillage-Homes.com, www.TheCascadesAtStLucieWest

Should You Consider Owner Financing?

10 May

Should You Consider Owner Financing?

So you have lived in your home for a while now and are thinking about selling and moving into something that is better suited to your current lifestyle.  However, you may be wondering if now is the right time to sell.  You have heard all of the rumors about the housing market and how hard it is to get financing.  So what are your options?

Well, here is an option that you may not have thought of – owner financing.   If you have a lot of equity in your home and you do not need that equity to buy another home, then owner financing may be the way to go.

Let’s talk about how owner financing works.

1.  Owner financing will benefit you by helping you sell  your home more quickly and will also benefit your buyer by enabling them to buy a home now instead of having to wait

2.  Seller financing usually means the buyer will secure the largest part of the home purchase through a mortgage company

3.  The buyer then gets a smaller second loan from the sellers

4.  Example:  the buyer may finance 75% of the loan with the mortgage company, put 15% cash down and then ask the sellers to finance the remaining balance

5.  The terms and interest rates on seller carry backs are handled on a case by case basis

6.  The seller generally gets a better return on their investment versus a one to five year CD or Treasury note

If you decide to honor an owner financing option, make sure you protect yourself to the fullest extent.  You must verify the buyer’s income, credit history and job stability before proceeding with the final paperwork.  Put everything in writing!

Owner financing may be just the option you need to help you get into your new home sooner rather than later.  Talk to your realtor about the best way to handle an owner financing deal.  Your realtor will be able to help you through this process and help to make sure everything is handled in your best interest.

About the Author:  Millie Gil has been a successful Licensed Realtor for over 25 years in Florida.  Millie is Vice President of Bold Real Estate Group, a boutique agency committed to concierge personalized service for discerning buyers, sellers and renters of residential and commercial properties.  For more information please forward your request to communityinfo@comcast.net

Servicing:  Port St. Lucie, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Stuart, Vero Beach,  Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce,  Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Palm Coast, Neptune Beach, Amelia Island, Atlantic Beach, Fernandina Beach, Saint Johns, Saint Augustine, Daytona Beach, Fleming Island and New York real estate.

View thousands of listings  www.Northeast-Florida-Relocation.comwww.BoldRealEstateGroup.com,  www.NewYork-Florida-RealEstate.com, www.PGAVillage-Homes.com, www.TheCascadesAtStLucieWest

How To Remove Pet Odors From Your Sub-Floor

10 May

How To Remove Pet Odors From Your Sub-Floor

Yuck!  What is that smell!   That is the last thing you want to hear when you are buying or selling a home.  Pet odors are very tricky and can be extremely  hard to get rid of, if not impossible.   If you have a pet, or you are considering buying a home that had pets, here are some things to consider before you install your new flooring right over the problem.

1.  Sometimes you cannot detect a pet odor until water hits the surface – such as a carpet clean.  Just because the carpet looks clean from the top doesn’t mean that it is.  You have to pull the carpet back and inspect the underside to see if there are stains.  Nine times out of ten, even if you don’t smell anything, if there is pet damage, the smell will come back.

2.  Don’t replace the carpet without replacing the padding also.  You will regret it if you do.

3.  If there were pets in the house, you should always consider treating the sub-floor before replacing the flooring.  If the damage is not severe, there are several cleaners that contain enzymes that actually break down the urine and neutralize the odors.  Try products such as:  Zero Odor, Nature’s Miracle, Odorban, Nilodor or Cat-Off.  There are some homemade treatments you can try; however, your flooring is an awfully expensive item to risk not properly correcting the problem before your flooring is installed.

4.  A flooring company can also offer to “seal the floor”.  Commercial floor sealers can be very effective in correcting pet odors.

5.  If you have a severe pet odor problem, you will have no other choice but to replace the sub-floor -especially if your sub-floor is made of wood.  It is impossible to remove pet damage to a wooden sub-floor that has been saturated with pet urine.  So do yourself a favor, no matter what the cost, and replace the sub-floor.  In the long run the cost is well worth the return!

If you are buying or selling a home and there are pets involved, talk to your realtor about what preemptive measures can be taken to address the situation.  If you are a buyer, you will want to make sure the price of the home reflects the potential damage you may have to correct.  If you are a seller, talk to your realtor about having a professional inspect your carpet so that you have a written inspection you can give to your potential buyer to assure them that there will be minimal damage if any.

Your realtor can help you with how to deal with pet issues and anything else you may need throughout the home buying / selling process.  So take advantage of their years of experience and call your realtor today.

Yuck!  What is that smell!   That is the last thing you want to hear when you are buying or selling a home.  Pet odors are very tricky and can be extremely  hard to get rid of, if not impossible.   If you have a pet, or you are considering buying a home that had pets, here are some things to consider before you install your new flooring right over the problem.

1.  Sometimes you cannot detect a pet odor until water hits the surface – such as a carpet clean.  Just because the carpet looks clean from the top doesn’t mean that it is.  You have to pull the carpet back and inspect the underside to see if there are stains.  Nine times out of ten, even if you don’t smell anything, if there is pet damage, the smell will come back.

2.  Don’t replace the carpet without replacing the padding also.  You will regret it if you do.

3.  If there were pets in the house, you should always consider treating the sub-floor before replacing the flooring.  If the damage is not severe, there are several cleaners that contain enzymes that actually break down the urine and neutralize the odors.  Try products such as:  Zero Odor, Nature’s Miracle, Odorban, Nilodor or Cat-Off.  There are some homemade treatments you can try; however, your flooring is an awfully expensive item to risk not properly correcting the problem before your flooring is installed.

4.  A flooring company can also offer to “seal the floor”.  Commercial floor sealers can be very effective in correcting pet odors.

5.  If you have a severe pet odor problem, you will have no other choice but to replace the sub-floor -especially if your sub-floor is made of wood.  It is impossible to remove pet damage to a wooden sub-floor that has been saturated with pet urine.  So do yourself a favor, no matter what the cost, and replace the sub-floor.  In the long run the cost is well worth the return!

If you are buying or selling a home and there are pets involved, talk to your realtor about what preemptive measures can be taken to address the situation.  If you are a buyer, you will want to make sure the price of the home reflects the potential damage you may have to correct.  If you are a seller, talk to your realtor about having a professional inspect your carpet so that you have a written inspection you can give to your potential buyer to assure them that there will be minimal damage if any.

Your realtor can help you with how to deal with pet issues and anything else you may need throughout the home buying / selling process.  So take advantage of their years of experience and call your realtor today.

About the Author:  Millie Gil has been a successful Licensed Realtor for over 25 years in Florida.  Millie is Vice President of Bold Real Estate Group, a boutique agency committed to concierge personalized service for discerning buyers, sellers and renters of residential and commercial properties.  For more information please forward your request to communityinfo@comcast.net

Servicing:  Port St. Lucie, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Stuart, Vero BeachHutchinson Island, Fort Pierce,  Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Palm Coast, Neptune Beach, Amelia Island, Atlantic Beach, Fernandina Beach, Saint Johns, Saint Augustine, Daytona Beach, Fleming Island and New York real estate.

View thousands of listings  www.Northeast-Florida-Relocation.comwww.BoldRealEstateGroup.com,  www.NewYork-Florida-RealEstate.com, www.PGAVillage-Homes.com, www.TheCascadesAtStLucieWest

How To Recognize A Home That Will Hold Its Resale Value

10 May

How To Recognize A Home That Will Hold Its Resale Value

Buyers who are looking for a new home are often very excited.  It is that excitement that can sometimes cloud their judgment when it comes to buying a home that will retain its resale value.  So what can you do to make sure that your excitement does not overcome your good judgment and common sense?

Here are some things to keep in mind when you are trying to buy a home that will retain its resale value.

1.  Location, location, location!  Is this home on a busy street or does it have some other undesirable factor about it?  If so, make sure the price is adjusted accordingly.

2.  Consider all defects that are not correctable.  Things like location, traffic, floor plan etc. Then make sure the selling price reflects these non -correctable items.  Remember, you may have to sell this home with these same defects in the future.  So you don’t want to be left holding the bag.

3.  Does this home suit your long term needs.  If so and you plan on living in the house for a very long time, then resale value may not be as big of a determining factor for you.

4.  Don’t be bullied.  If you are looking in a hot market, don’t overlook the issues that could cause you to lose money if you have to sell in a future market downturn.

5.  Look for a home that has a broad appeal.  A home that is suitable for most people.  One that has a good floor plan and amenities that the majority of people are looking for is important.

6.  Think about the size and the space.  Is this home going to be very expensive to maintain due to its home or yard?  Are there any other factors that could influence someone’s decision to buy.

7.  It is best to buy a home that is in good condition -one that someone clearly took the time to maintain over the years.  Routine maintenance is a huge factor when it comes to future repairs.

8.  Convenience – how convenient is this home to schools, banks, day care centers, shopping, gas and restaurants.

9.  Look for an easy commute – is this home located in an area where the major thoroughfares are easily accessible.  Is there a bus line nearby etc.

10.  Find a home that has a good resale value and not one that is just a good deal.

Talk to your realtor about buying a home that has a good resale value and they will be able to help keep you on the right track.  Resale value should be one of the major deciding factors when buying a home.  Remember, most people do not live in the same house their entire lives.  So plan accordingly!

About the Author:  Millie Gil has been a successful Licensed Realtor for over 25 years in Florida.  Millie is Vice President of Bold Real Estate Group, a boutique agency committed to concierge personalized service for discerning buyers, sellers and renters of residential and commercial properties.  For more information please forward your request to communityinfo@comcast.net

Servicing:  Port St. Lucie, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Stuart, Vero Beach,  Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce,  Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Palm Coast, Neptune Beach, Amelia Island, Atlantic Beach, Fernandina Beach, Saint Johns, Saint Augustine, Daytona Beach, Fleming Island and New York real estate.

View thousands of listings  www.Northeast-Florida-Relocation.comwww.BoldRealEstateGroup.com,  www.NewYork-Florida-RealEstate.com, www.PGAVillage-Homes.com, www.TheCascadesAtStLucieWest

A Step By Step Guide To Buying A Home by Bold Real Estate Group

10 May

A Step By Step Guide To Buying A Home by Bold Real Estate Group

Do you ever wonder if homeownership is right for you?  Well, let me ask you this;  do you dream about doing your own yard work, home repairs, puttering around in the garage.  If so, then homeownership may be for you.  No one really dreams about paying a monthly mortgage, property taxes, insurance etc.  But actually being a homeowner definitely makes those things very well worth it.

This is your opportunity to have the American Dream of owning your own home.  Putting down roots and starting a family or expanding your current family.  However, the home buying process can seem a bit overwhelming, especially if you have never bought a home before.

Here is a step by step guide to help you in your home buying  journey.

1.  Talk to Millie an experienced Realtor who will help you learn what you need to know about the home buying process.
2.  Decide if you want to keep renting or if you are ready to buy
3.  Check your credit and begin improving your credit score
4.  Make a budget and determine exactly how much you can afford to spend on your new home.  Don’t forget that there will be closing costs and other associated fees in addition to the purchase price of your new home
5.  Study the different types of mortgages and how they work and then decide which one is right for you
6.  Think about where you want to live.  What location is best for you and your family
7.  Do you want to buy a conventional home, a foreclosure, a fixer-upper etc.
8.  You will also need to decide on a mortgage company, home inspector and possibly a real estate attorney or a financial advisor depending on your situation
9.  Research the area you have decided to buy a home.  Drive through the neighborhood at varying hours, check the current prices of the available homes and notate their condition.
10.  Check the crime statistics for that neighborhood
11.  Does the neighborhood have the conveniences you are going to need, such as child care, your bank, your favorite grocery stores and restaurants etc.
12.  How far is your chosen area from where you work now and where you may potentially be working in the future?
13.  Talk to your chosen realtor about supplying you with some home listings that meet your specified criteria
14.  Once you have looked through the home listings, let Millie know which ones you would like to look at
15.  After you have chosen a house, your realtor will help you submit an offer
16.  Be prepared to negotiate the deal
17.  After your offer has been approved, you will need to set up a home inspection
18.  You will now need to get your mortgage loan approved
19.  Set a closing date and then close on your new home
20.  Now all you have to do is get moved and enjoy the home of your dreams

This seems like a lot to go through and it is;  but all you have to do is call Millie and let her do the rest.  Millie  will walk you through each and every step  of the home buying process and let you know exactly what to do and when.  So don’t sweat the details and stay in close communication with Millie and they will make sure things go as smoothly as possible every step of the way!

About the Author:  Millie Gil has been a successful Licensed Realtor for over 25 years in Florida.  Millie is Vice President of Bold Real Estate Group, a boutique agency committed to concierge personalized service for discerning buyers, sellers and renters of residential and commercial properties.  For more information please forward your request to communityinfo@comcast.net

Servicing:  Port St. Lucie, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Stuart, Vero Beach,  Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce,  Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Palm Coast, Neptune Beach, Amelia Island, Atlantic Beach, Fernandina Beach, Saint Johns, Saint Augustine, Daytona Beach, Fleming Island and New York real estate.

View thousands of listings  www.Northeast-Florida-Relocation.comwww.BoldRealEstateGroup.com,  www.NewYork-Florida-RealEstate.com, www.PGAVillage-Homes.com, www.TheCascadesAtStLucieWest

Realty Times – Five Musts Before You List Your Home

10 May

Realty Times – Five Musts Before You List Your Home.

Serving Locally and Globally.  View thousands of new and resale homes:  www.Northeast-Florida-Relocation.comwww.BoldRealEstateGroup.com,  www.NewYork-Florida-RealEstate.com, www.PGAVillage-Homes.com a Golf Style Private Community,  www.TheCascadesAtStLucieWest.com  a 55+ Resort Lifestyle Community, www.HealthcareRelocationServices.com

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