Parkland, FL Real Estate News

By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) report for April shows that builder confidence slipped by two points to a rating of 42 from the March reading of 44. The Housing Market Index (HMI) measures home builder confidence in market conditions for newly built single family homes. A reading of more than 50 indicates better than average confidence, while readings below 50 indicate that home builders have concerns about current market conditions. NAHB Housing Market Index Results For April Home builders expressed concern over a gap between a growing demand for homes and builders' ability to meet the demand for new homes as housing market conditions improve. Top concerns cited by home builders surveyed include: Availability of construction credi...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
Have you ever walked into a home for sale and looked down to see stained carpet or scratched and worn flooring? If so, you would probably agree that it doesn't leave a positive first impression. Imagine if you were a buyer looking at the same floor. The right type of flooring and whether it is well taken care of can make a big difference to buyers. If your floor is questionably clean, here are a few fixes to help remedy the issue to help your home sell quickly. Does your home have hardwood floors? You're in luck. Buyers love hardwood floors and some will pay extra to get them. If your hardwood floors are covered by carpet, painted over or showing anything but the natural wood grain, it's time for an overhaul. With the ability to rent large sanders and other tools, you can either refinis...
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By Ed Poirier, Top 100 Agent - over $350 million in home sales!
(Coldwell Banker Top 1%)
Recent home sale by Ed Poirier in The Greens of Heron Bay, Parkland FL 33076 Ed Poirier of Coldwell Banker has sold another home in Heron Bay. This Dorchester model built by WCI was located right on the beautiful par 3 located on the Heron Bay Golf Club's 5th hole. If you would like more information about resales or new constructino homes currently for sale in Heron Bay please visit HeronBayHomesFlorida.com This home has 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths with an oversized corner lot right on the water & golf course. A large Great Room & Master bedroom highlight this single story home. Comes equipped with a mosquito mist system for relaxing nights out in the backyard. The home in The Greens of Heron Bay also featured a nice eat-in kitchen, tile flooring, custom paint & generator hookup. HERON BA...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
The minutes for the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting held March 19 and 20 were released on Wednesday April 10, 2013. These periodic meetings by the FOMC cover a wide ranging group of topics that impact the overall economy in the United States. The decisions made and acted upon from the FOMC meetings often sway the real estate and residential financing markets. Some highlights of the recent FOMC minutes for the March meeting include: Jobs and Unemployment Gaining Steam The unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent in February. While lower than the average unemployment rate for Q4 2012, the rates of long-term unemployment and part-time employment for economic reasons saw little change, and both measures remained high. This suggests that the economy is improving in some areas, whil...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
If the thought of cleaning your Parkland home this spring doesn't bring a smile to your face, you're not alone. To help you get going, here is a short list of the 6 essential spring-cleaning chores. 1. Store winter clothes. It's time to pack away your winter clothes. (even in Sunny Florida) Coats, sweaters, and bulkier clothing need to be inspected, cleaned and packed away. Store your clothes somewhere clean, cool, dark and dry. 2. Wash window treatments. You'll be surprised at the huge amount of dirt and grime that a thorough window cleaning removes. Wash blinds, launder curtains that are machine washable and send drapes to the dry cleaners. While you're at it, dust the window casings, wash your windowsills and clean any window hardware. 3. Clean carpets and upholstery. You need to dee...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) issued its Job Openings and Labor Turnover report for February on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013. The data was mixed with preliminary figures for all non-farm jobs increasing from 3.62 million jobs in January to 3.93 million jobs in February. This was the highest month-to- month increase in jobs since May 2008. Non-farm jobs increased by 399,000 jobs from 3.53 million in February 2012 to 3.93 million jobs in February 2013, an increase of 10.2 percent year-over-year. More Jobs Means More Opportunities For Home Ownership More jobs generally means higher incomes and stability which enable more families to buy homes and qualify for mortgage loans. Hires between January and February 2013 rose from 4.30 million to 4.43 million hires, an increase of 2.70 percent....
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There are a variety of homes for sale in Parkland, Florida for every need and in varying price ranges. With great weather year round, Parkland is a quiet community situated right on the Eastern coast of Florida and a mere 45 miles North of Miami. To accompany this wonderful weather, the Atlantic ocean is only a twenty minute drive away.    Plentiful public beaches can be found along the coast, with spots for fishing and other forms of recreation. The ocean isn’t the only attraction to this peaceful community. Parkland was designed to be very much like one large park, as its name entails, there are a total of 9 parks that dot this thriving suburb. Only recently were stores allowed to operate here, to preserve the quiet nature of this community. 6 Acre Wood Park is a multi use trail open ...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
When you make an investment in Parkland real estate, it's important to consider your options for turning a profit even before you write an offer. It might be best to rent out the property to cover your mortgage and build equity providing cash-flow with solid rents and demand. Or, you could fix up the home and flip it so that you can sell it quickly for a larger amount than you invested. Both strategies may be appealing options, so here are some important factors to consider before making your decision. Flipping May Lead To Short Term Profits Flipping a house can be tricky, so you will want to have enough experience to know what you are doing, or work with an experienced advisor who can guide you around the most common pitfalls. If you are thinking about fixing and flipping a house, you ...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
Whether you have new neighbors next door or old friends moving across town, a housewarming gift is a great way to show you care. New owners always appreciate anything that relieves the pressures of moving and settling in to an unfamiliar neighborhood. Here are seven fun and easy housewarming-gift ideas for your friends moving into their home.   A Pair of Candlestick Holders Candlesticks are a simple, yet practical gift for a new Parkland home. They're perfect for a mantel, dresser or table. Choose attractive candlestick holders that match the house's décor and include a set of candles to burn. A Homemade Meal Moving and getting settled in a new house takes a tremendous amount of time and effort. This leaves little time to cook nutritious meals. Bring either a takeout or home-cooked meal...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
When looking to buy or sell Parkland and Coral Springs real estate, confusing terminology can leave you feeling somewhat uneasy. From a multitude of numbers to marketing jargon, property listings can provide you with an overwhelming amount of information — and it's hard to know what's important. So, brush up on the terms below and don't get fooled this April. List-to-Sale Price Ratio This is an important number to pay attention to when choosing a real estate professional to sell your home. The percentage is calculated by what a home was initially listed for, divided by the actual sale price. The closer an agent's percentage is to 100, the better. If it's low, that could be an indication that they routinely list homes too high, or you may be in a slow market which would favor the home bu...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
It's a great time to buy a new home because there are still quite a few Parkland homes for sale, and interest rates have continued to stay comparatively low. Whether it's your first time purchasing real estate or you're a seasoned professional, here are a few tips to make shopping for a new house more pleasurable. 1. Get Help Searching through all of the available properties on the market can be mind-boggling. Find a professional real estate agent to help guide you through the homes for sale and select one that meets your family and financial needs. 2. Start Looking Now Finding the perfect house can take longer than you might think, especially if you're looking in a competitive market. If you're looking at getting a good deal on a foreclosure or short sale, then these transactions can t...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
Last week, the S&P/Case-Shiller Index showed home prices gaining 8.1 percent during the 12-month period ending January 2013, marking the largest year-over-year increases since the summer of 2006. The Case-Shiller Index measures changes in home prices by tracking same-home sales throughout 20 housing markets nationwide; and the change in sales price from sale-to-sale. Detached, single-family residences are used in the Case-Shiller Index methodology and data is for closed purchase transactions only. All 20 Case Shiller Index Markets Show Growth Between December 2012 and January 2013, home values rose in all 20 Case-Shiller Index markets, with previously-hard hit areas such as Phoenix, Arizona leading the national price recovery. Another notable gainer was New York, which posted the first ...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
Buying real estate for the first time is a very exciting step in life. It is likely to be one of the biggest financial commitments that you make, so it's very important to navigate the purchasing process wisely. Many first-time home buyers make rookie mistakes that bring on negative consequences and a lot of frustration. Outlined below are common errors home buyers make, so you can learn from their missteps and avoid them yourself. 1. Buying More Than What You Can Truly Afford Just because the bank says that you qualify a certain amount for a mortgage doesn't mean that you have to choose a house at the very top of this price range. Many people get carried away and buy the most expensive house that they qualify for. If something unexpected happens, they may find it difficult to keep up w...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
Have you ever heard the saying, "You never get a second chance to make a first impression?" If you have a Parkland home for sale, it is important to appreciate the significance a first impression has on your potential buyer. When buyers drive up to your property and take their first look at your home, they will instantly be forming ideas about your house and how it might be a fit for their family. When you are trying to entice a buyer to make an offer on your house, you must consider the curb appeal - how your house looks from the outside, or while standing on the curb - of your home for sale. In fact, some surveys show that curb appeal can affect a buyer's decision even more than price or square footage. Below are seven simple and inexpensive things you can do to improve your home's c...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
The National Association of REALTORS® released its monthly Existing Home Sales report on March 21 and gave investors and home sellers something to cheer about. While February sales of existing homes did not meet investor forecasts of 5.00 million homes sold on a seasonally adjusted annual basis, the actual number of existing (previously owned) homes came close at 4.98 million homes sold. This number surpassed January's revised reading of 4.94 million homes sold by 0.8 percent. Sales of existing homes comprise approximately 85 to 90 percent of homes sold in the U.S. Investors watch existing home sales for evaluating housing markets and short-term economic trends related to home purchases such as goods and services associated with home ownership. Existing Home Sales Up For 20 Consecutive...
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By Terri Poehler, Coral Springs Real Estate Agent
(Realtor)
Coral Springs Approved Short Sale Here is an approved short sale in beautiful shape. It's inside the gates of Heron Bay. Heron Bay in Parkland & Coral Springs Florida has been one of the choice communities for years. Heron Bay is amenity rich with a plush golf course and lifestyle living many work to duplicate. There are two manned gates, north and south. Two clubhouses filled with enough to do for weeks making the enjoyment of life very convenient. Many of the homes in Heron Bay show off large premium lots, designer kitchens and panoramic golf & water views! This is an approved short sale for $390,000. It is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath one story built in 1998 with almost 3,000. square feet. It's in the Mizner section of Heron Bay. It features many upgrades, including a seperate guest suite! Ho...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
You've finally made the decision and are moving to a new city. And while a move can be an exciting new adventure - new work, new friends, new life experiences - moving to a new home is a big deal, especially for a young child. They might not understand what is happening, and even feel apprehensive, overwhelmed or stressed during a move. However, there are ways that you can help your children adjust and make the transition of moving to a new house easier. Here are a few tips to help you, and your little ones, beat the moving blues. Talk to your children before the move and explain what is happening — why you are moving and where you will be going. Be straightforward and answer all their questions. From sadness to excitement, your children will have emotions associated with the move. Thes...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
The first sign of mold you notice may be a musty smell in your home. After looking around, you spot what looks like mold -- don't panic! You can remove unhealthy mold from your house without it costing a small fortune. Check To Be Sure It's Really Mold Mold can look many different ways, which depends on the type. Some are grayish-white or black and can look like a dirty smudge. If you're in doubt that a spot is mold, you can do a test with chlorine bleach. Simply put a drop on the spot. If the color immediately fades away, you have mold. Mold Infestation Usually Means Leaks Too Mold needs moisture to grow. If you find mold, you know that you probably also have a water problem in your Parkland home. So first, you'll need to find the source of the leak and repair it. After that, you can b...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
The Federal Reserve's statement after yesterday's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting left no doubt as to the Fed's dual commitment to keeping long term interest rates down and encouraging economic growth. No changes to the Fed's current bond-buying program were made during today's FOMC meeting. The Fed's monthly purchase of $85 billion in bonds and MBS works by boosting bond prices, which typically helps with keeping mortgage rates lower. The Fed reaffirmed its position that it will not withdraw or reduce monetary easing until the unemployment rate is substantially lower. Unemployment Rate Improving Nationally Fed predictions for the national unemployment rate improved; December's outlook for 2013 estimated the unemployment rate at between 7.4 to 7.7 percent; the Fed now expec...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
Staging is the art of preparing your home for sale before showing it to prospective buyers. The point of staging is to highlight the house's strengths, downplay its weaknesses and make it more appealing. With the right decorating techniques, you can win buyers over the moment they step through the door. Below are a few staging tips to help make your house irresistible to potential buyers. Put Everything Away The first step is to put away anything that is not essential. This will open up the house so that it appears more spacious. Even if you have to rent a storage unit, finding a new home for all of your family's projects and collections should clear some space and help buyers imagine their own belongings in your home for sale. Pay special attention to entryways and narrow hallways to i...
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