Look for These 6 Red Flags when Buying a Home in South Florida

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It’s easy to fall for a property at first site. But sometimes your first impression can cause you to overlook the signs that warn you, “Slow down. Danger ahead.” Whether you are looking at a home for the first time of reviewing the inspection report on a property you’ve made an offer on, pay attention to the following red flags …

Don’t Be Surprised by Closing Costs when Buying a Home in South Florida

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Do you know how much your home purchase is really going to cost you? Hopefully, you have already done some calculations to figure out what price range is within your budget. But you don’t want to forget to about the cash you’ll need up upfront to secure your new purchase. Closing costs vary from state to state, and depending on …

Should You Buy a Second Home in Florida? Answer These Questions to Find Out.

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Owning your home is a smart way to build equity and create more stability in your life. But what about buying a second home? Does it offer the same advantages for buyers? A second home can be a great way to put down roots in your favorite vacation spot or start a real estate investment portfolio. This is particularly attractive …

Keep Your Cool (And Save Money) with these 6 Energy Efficient Upgrades

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We’re blessed with excellent weather in South Florida. Warm winters and relatively cool summers allow us to go the whole year without fretting over energy costs. But energy efficiency should be a top priority for any homeowner. There’s no need to throw money out the window when you can caulk that window and save the cash for something more exciting …

Are You Ready for the 2017 Hurricane Season in Florida?

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Believe it or not, it’s that time again: hurricane season. While it’s easy to grow complacent in the calmer seasons of winter and spring, Florida residents, especially those of us near the coast, should be diligent once the new season of storms hits us. Whether you are a seasoned hurricane veteran or this is your first year to experience a …

Strengthen the Curb Appeal of Your South Florida House this Summer

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Does the front of your home look like it could be the setting of a Stephen King novel? If children rush past your yard while exchanging fearful whispers, it might be time to review your curb appeal. With summer coming soon, it’s a great opportunity to get your home ready for the market. Try these tips to ensure potential buyers …

Is Your Realtor Staging Your Home Incorrectly?

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Staging your home is one of the most effective ways to ensure that it sells quickly and for top dollar. A savvy Realtor can help guide you through the staging process, from choosing a stager to the finishing touches. Unfortunately, an inexperienced agent can accidentally sabotage your home staging by making mistakes. Avoid the following common missteps in the staging …

How the Fed’s March Rate Hike Affects Homeowners, Buyers, and Sellers

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After months of hinting, the Federal Reserve announced an increase in the benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percent in mid-March. The change in rates has not disturbed the stock market and mortgage lenders. As for the housing market, expectations are that mortgage rates will hit the 4.5 – 4.75% range by the end of the year. Here’s how …

5 Tax Deductions Every Homeowner Should Look Into Before Filing

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For most of us (except for accountants) tax season isn’t a joyous occasion. However, sometimes there’s some good news for homeowners built into it. Check out these deductions to see if your home can minimize your bill from Uncle Sam. 1) Mortgage Interest The mortgage interest deduction is the most familiar perk for homeowners when it comes to filing your …