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Incremental Landscaping Grows Port St. Lucie Home Values

2 Nov

Incremental Landscaping Grows Port St. Lucie Home Values

It’s a guiding principal among Realtors that superior landscaping adds value to any housing for sale. In Florida, different studies arrive at differing answers for how great that incremental increase actually is, but most agree that it lies somewhere in a range between 5% and 14%.

Needless to say, that is huge! Since there isn’t anything like a universal way to define ‘good,’ ‘bad,’ or even ‘average’ landscaping, you can’t pin down its precise value. Nevertheless, what is certain is that in offering any housing for sale, the result will be greatly influenced by the first impression the property makes – its ‘curb appeal’. Landscaping is a great part of that.

The landscaping term covers a wide swath of meanings including just about every part of a Cascades property that isn’t physically part of the house itself. Improving it can be simple and inexpensive – or not!

  • A well-maintained lawn is commonly the first ‘must’ for improving the value of any housing for sale. A messy yard will put off most potential buyers immediately: that can make an otherwise sparkling property seem old and run-down. When you think of landscaping as a frame or prelude to what a home’s interior has to offer…but your buyer has to get past it first!
  • Adding and improving ornamental detail is one of the least expensive and most impactful ways to upgrade housing for sale. Professional landscapers know how splashes of color placed in appealing places can please the eye and distract from features that would otherwise detract from an overall impression. Long story short: be willing to freshen up over-the-hill plantings and planters before they become visual liabilities.
  • Taking the long view, the time/budget tradeoffs are fundamental realities when it comes to more major plant landscaping. A tree planted now can mean a great improvement to any housing for sale five or ten years from now. Just ask a nurseryman what is involved in transplanting a mature tree!

Attractive landscaping adds a welcoming factor to any Port St. Lucie housing for sale. Moreover, there is another real benefit we don’t often think about: the increased pride of ownership that enriches the home owning experience beyond its dollars-and-cents value.

This fall, with inventories trending lower, some homeowners may suspect that now could be the right time to list their Cascades home. If you are one of them, do give me a call to talk strategy and the best way to take seasonal advantage of your own property.

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, an 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

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The benefits of owner financing

29 Aug

There are many benefits for doing an owner-carry installment sale as opposed to conventional financing for both the buyer and seller. Sometimes this type of transaction may benefit only one or the other, but in most cases this contract is “Win/Win” for both parties.

Benefits for the Seller

Most sellers of real property insist on the highest price and all cash. Sellers want a fast closing with little hassle. Sellers also want to pay as little taxes as possible on the gains incurred. In many cases, the seller can have most of his needs satisfied by an installment sale rather than a traditional cash sale. Let’s look at these needs one by one.

1. Highest Price. There is no doubt that a seller can insist on and receive the highest price when offering flexible owner-finance terms. In many cases, the seller can receive more than the fair market value of the property by offering these “soft” terms. People are always willing to pay a premium for non-qualifying financing.

2. Cash. Nearly ever seller says he wants all cash, but few need it. What the typical seller wants is the most net cash from the deal. Often, the seller has to pay closing costs, title insurance, broker fees and the balance of the existing financing. In addition, there may be capital gains tax due to Uncle Sam. In many cases, the sale of a property by an installment sale will net the seller more future yield than any source from which the cash proceeds were reinvested.

3. Fast Closing. Nothing holds up a sale more than new lender financing. In some areas of the country, it can take months for a buyer to qualify and close a new loan to purchase your property. Since most standard real estate contracts contain a financing contingency, you may end up back at square one if your buyer does not qualify. Furthermore, if your house is not particularly nice or unique, it may take you some time to even find an interested buyer. Since you are competing with all of the other houses for sale, you may need to spend thousands of dollars in paint, new carpet and landscaping just getting the house ready for the market.

There are very few “assumable” loans and few sellers are offering “soft terms.” Thus, an owner-carry sale makes your house unique. Furthermore, an owner-carry transaction can be consummated in a matter of days, since there is no appraisal, underwriting survey involved.

4. Tax Savings. On an installment sale, you only pay gains to the extent you receive payments each year. This can be particularly advantageous if you have owned the property for several years. Furthermore, you can combine the installment sale with a Tax-Deferred Exchange for further savings.

As you can see, the installment sale provides many advantages to the seller of real property. Let us now turn to the advantages for the buyer.

Advantages for the Buyer

1. Easy Qualification. The buyer, in many cases, prefers an installment sale to conventional financing because it does not require traditional bank income and credit approval. The buyer may have poor credit because of a divorce or recent bankruptcy. He may be self-employed and cannot prove income. He may be new to his job and cannot meet strict lender guidelines. Even if he could qualify for a loan, the rate will be astronomical if he has poor credit. Furthermore, few conventional lenders offer fixed interest rate loans to people with a poor credit rating.
As you can see, there are many reasons why a buyer cannot (or will not) qualify for a conventional bank loan. The installment sale becomes the perfect solution for him.

2. Credit Rating. An installment sale may give the buyer a chance to improve his credit rating by owning a home and making payments timely.

3. No Loan Costs. One of the biggest benefits for the buyer is that they do not have to pay the costs associated with conventional loans. Points, origination fees, underwriting charges, appraisal, credit reports, title insurance and the plethora of other “junk” fees charged by conventional lenders can amount to thousands of dollars at closing. The buyer is free from these with an owner-carry installment sale.

4. Fast Closing. A buyer can close and move into a property within days, since there is no third party lender holding up the transaction.

Despite the elevated purchase price and interest rate, there are many benefits to a buyer who engages in an installment sale transaction.

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

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

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The 4 Factors That Make Or Break Your Mortgage Loan Application By Bold Real Estate Group

25 May

There are 4 primary factors a loan processor will look at when you’re being considered for a mortgage loan. Many prospective buyers fail to take the time and review those factors that will be considered and this can lead to disappointment.

By having a clear understanding of your financial history you’ll be able to cleverly negotiate your loan terms.

Income & Employment

• What is your gross income?

This question is used to gauge your pre-tax and pre-deduction earnings. This is the baseline lenders use to determine the mortgage amount that you will qualify for.

• Do you make any overtime pay or bonuses?

This question is used to determine if you have any other income that can be utilized toward increasing the approval amount.

• How long have you been employed?

This question is used to weigh stability of your income. Individuals who jump careers every few years are considered to be a higher risk when it comes to loans than someone who has stayed at the same place of employment doing the same type of work for 24 months or longer.

Debt

• What is the minimum amount you pay toward all unsecured loans each month?

This question is used to determine the amount of disposable income a borrower has once all of their monthly financial obligations have been met. Unsecured debt applies to credit cards, personal loans, student loans, car payments or any other monthly payment currently being made to satisfy a debt.

• Do you have any debts in default or collection?

Your credit report will reveal the negatives, however, here is an opportunity to acknowledge extenuating circumstances for any negative debt. Not all negative items are a death sentence when it comes to a mortgage approval. This question is designed to help a loan officer assess your overall financial health,
Credit

Once a lender has pulled a borrower’s credit they may have questions on items that exist on a credit report. The most common questions are to verify and respond to negative items that exist.

Money for Move In

Lenders want to validate available assets that can be applied toward down payments and closing costs when making a home purchase. The more available funds a borrower has to close on a home the less of a risk they are considered meaning that they are more likely to obtain a loan. The following are some of the more common questions that a lender will ask in regard to money for move in.

• Do you have a savings account?

• How much is in your savings account?

• Do you have an IRA or a 401K that you could access for additional funds?

• Do you have a family member that would be willing to provide you funds as a gift for down payment or closing costs?

Lenders questions will vary from one borrower to another based on the buyer’s unique financial situation. However, this information can be utilized as a baseline guide for being prepared when applying for a mortgage.

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

New Incentives To Buy A Fannie Mae Foreclosed Home By Bold Real Estate Group

24 May

Everyone has heard how good of a deal you can get when you purchase a foreclosed home but just how good is “good” and how do you negotiate a good deal?

Finding the Deals

Remember that negotiation dealings will vary depending on the current stage of the foreclosure process.

• First, to get a great deal you should consider fixer-upper foreclosed homes for a higher profit margin. Fix the property up and instantly you’ll increase the value in the home. This type of distressed property can be purchased under market value with a renovation loan to take care of needed repairs.

• Check prices in the neighborhood. Your realtor will do comparisons of the most recent six-month period. You’ll want to stay at least 20 percent below the median price of recent sales in that neighborhood.

• Search bank websites since many list their foreclosed properties for sale online.

• Look up government-owned listings. HUD and Fannie Mae, just to name a few, both list their foreclosed properties online. Once you find a home you’re interested in, your agent will make an offer through the representing agent of that property. But the departments warn that the homes are sold “as is” and after the sale is made, the government is not responsible for any repairs or problems.

Negotiating with the seller (banks)

Find important clues to cleverly negotiate with the banks;

• Days on the market: How long has the property been in the market?

• Offers received: How many offers have been received so far? You may not necessarily get an exact figure, but it does not hurt to ask. Is the foreclosed house under contract or are there any pending offers? Was any contract canceled? Was it due to a financing contingency or inspection?

• Condition of the foreclosed property: Age of the house, roof, appliances, air-conditioning unit, water heater, etc.
While a foreclosure seems like a good deal, foreclosures can come with some downsides including homes that have liens against them. It can also be difficult or downright impossible to inspect foreclosed homes in advance of their sale, which means there’s no time to check if the basement is flooded or if there are any appliances left.

So while its harsh, it’s still true that you can benefit from others misfortunes by seeking homes reclaimed by lenders. While foreclosed properties do involve risk the bargains are way-to-good to pass up.

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

Knowing The Real Monthly Mortgage Payment A First Time Homebuyer Will Pay By Bold Real Estate Group

24 May

As a first time homebuyer, you will be exposed to hundreds or thousands of ads everyday; media stories, friends’ advice, and online mortgage calculators that will provide you with partial information. All of these sources will lead you to believe that you can have a larger home loan balance with what seems to be a very low monthly payment. Or they will show you a monthly payment that seems extremely affordable for what you are looking for, trying to hook you to make the purchase.

The underlying truth though is that most of these monthly mortgage payments that you will come across are not completely accurate. Most of the super low mortgage payments that you see advertised are targeted to a specific homebuyer who has perfect A credit and usually do not include Property Taxes or Homeowners Insurance that you will also need to pay for each month.

Marketing departments are very smart and will show these low payments just to generate leads.

The marketing ploys usually have a small fine print that tells a different story. These super low payments will typically require extremely high credit scores in the high 800s and at least a 20% down payment.

If you put less than 20% down, your monthly payment could then also include mortgage insurance to be added to your payment. Look closely in the fine print, if you can locate it and you will see all the requirements to qualify for that payment and what type of loan program it is.

An advertisement does not know what your credit score is or if you plan on putting down a down payment.

Your monthly mortgage payment will typically include Principle and/or Interest payments, Property Taxes, Homeowners (Hazard) Insurance and possibly even Mortgage Insurance. It is important to talk to your loan officer and find out exactly what your TOTAL monthly payment will be and what will be included in that payment.

Keep in mind too, that some neighborhoods will require you to pay a Home Owners Association fee or other Community specific fees each month on top of your monthly mortgage payment. If you are used to renting, you also may not realize all the different utility expenses that you will need to pay as a homeowners instead of a renter.

In order to keep your overall monthly expenses in your comfort zone, it is very important to know your TRUE monthly payments and expenses. You don’t want to buy your first home only to find that it is a financial burden. Buying your first home should be a great point in your life, not a financial nightmare.

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

Do you know about Los Cabos? by Bold Real Estate Group

20 May

May is a lovely month in Cabo and 10 other lovely months except for September when it rains for two to five days. Easter Holidays where unusually late this year. Spring break started last week of March and with the late Easter Holidays we have had about five weeks of family vacation season all ready this year. For the next two months we are hosting investors and retirees scouting for the best buys on properties of all sizes. Mexico has the largest number of US and Canadian retirees. The reasons for the large and growing number of retirees moving to Mexico are weather, lifestyle, easy access and short distance from home, a much lower cost of living, excellent medical and dental services and a friendly and safe environment.

Los Cabos has been and steadily gaining in popularity with retirees in the high, medium and lower price range. Los Cabos is very unique in almost every way. Located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, the two cities are connected by a 22 km. four lane highway. Los Cabos enjoys the best weather, the locals are friendly and many speak English, it is very safe and offers lots of activities. We have two marinas, a number of the best golf courses in the world, world class fishing, fine dining, nightclubs, English speaking movie theatres, art walks in the art district with 14 galleries and many organised events from horse back riding to whale watching, even witness baby whales coming into this world.

The special advantages of Los Cabos include easy access with direct flights from many US and Canadian cities, or you can even take a safe and scenic drive here. Cabos offer retirees the best in every budget. You can live very well and enjoy life on a modest pension or live a lavish life if you have the income to spend. You do it all in Los Cabos. Medical insurance including airlift is available. Food and gasoline are very inexpensive and you need air conditioning only in August and September. The government subsidises the cost of electricity and there is no heating cost. By the way, if you need to keep active and like to work, you can start your own business, if that’s what you would like to do.

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

Cascades Listing Reduced For Quick Sale! By Bold Real Estate Group

20 May

$227,499

CASCADES PORT ST. LUCIE HOME REDUCED FOR QUICK SALE!

2 Bedrooms & 2 Baths, Den/Office, 2 Car Garage, Lakeview

Call For Community Tour of Cascades at St. Lucie West (772) 224-1634 or (772) 224-9011

If you’re looking for an incredible lifestyle clubhouse, please come to preview a gorgeous Ruby model home in the unique Cascades lifestyle community.  This beauty possess two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a lovely Den/Office, formal dining room, living or family room overlooking a wide lake, nicely done kitchen with large size cabinets, large breakfast area inclusive with table, chairs and built-in angled extra seating with cushions, new gas heater in March, 2011, gas range, gas interior heat, plenty of closet space, two car garage, screened lanai overlooking the lake and exotic birds.   This beauty is a rare find!

Rent or Buy and experience the lifestyle you deserve.  The Cascades at St Lucie West is a premier resort lifestyle active 55+ community featuring Mediterranean-style architecture and beautifully manicured grounds.

The Cascades offers it’s own 9-hole golf course, 10 lighted Har-Tru Tennis Courts, a  26,000 sq.ft. Clubhouse, outdoor pool & spa, fitness center, sauna, multi-purpose ballroom, media room, library, and card and billiards rooms available to enjoy year round, yoga classes, tai-chi classes, water aerobics, bridge class, bocce, scrabble, games, computer class, music & performing arts club, art and crafts, ballroom dancing, theater, travel clubs, mah jongg, Canasta,  book club, poker club, weekly events and much more! Gated entry with 24-hour controlled access for privacy. St Lucie West is the location of the New York Mets spring training program. The community is conveniently located, minutes away from theaters, houses of worship, great restaurants, movie theaters, post offices and hospitals.  Contact Bold Real Estate Group for a complimentary tour and let us welcome you to your dream home.  Your best investment opportunity is at The Cascades! Short Sales, Foreclosures and Rentals available. Single family homes priced as low as $134,900

Having the right real estate agent means having an agent who is committed to helping you buy, sell or rent  your home with the highest level of expertise in your local market. This commitment level has helped me build a remarkable track record of delivering results.

Nothing is more exciting to me than the gratifying feeling I get from helping people meet their real estate needs. You can count on me to always do what’s in your best interest. I pride myself on being honest, trustworthy, and knowledgeable in the real estate market. I know how important it is to find your dream home. Therefore I will make it my responsibility to help you achieve those goals.

Whether you are an experienced investor or a first time buyer, I can help you in finding the property of your dreams. Please feel free to browse my website or let me guide you every step of the way by calling or e-mailing me to set up an appointment today.

Concierge: Bold Real Estate Group will provide concierge services including set up of excursions and area information.
Dining and Shopping: Residents will find an enticing selection of restaurants in the area, ranging from light meals and fast food to gourmet dining. Nearby shopping venues include mainstream consumer retail outlets, shopping mall and specialty boutiques.
Health Care: Three nearby hospitals, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, St. Lucie Medical Center and Martin Memorial Health Systems provide complete modern medical care including 24-hour emergency services. Martin Memorial’s St. Lucie West Walk-In Clinic is located in the St. Lucie West area.

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

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