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Thursday, September 11, 2014

The kitchen is one of the focal points of any home. Whether you are a chef or not, the kitchen is most commonly a place of congregation, even from primitive times of a campfire, where your guests and family come together. Kitchens in homes and condominiums can often be a selling point for a property for sale and there are a number of upgrades that are increasingly popular in kitchen remodels in Fort Lauderdale Real Estate. My preferred kitchen designer is Marco Laterreur, of Creative Concepts by Marco, and has his pulse on these trends. Below are some of my favorite of his designs and items that my buyers and sellers gravitate towards. For your next remodel or to schedule a consultation, please call Marco at 786-586-8760 or visit his website at www.creativeconceptsbymarco.com.

1. The Standout Backsplash: Fort Lauderdale condominiums are increasingly minimal in design, however the sleek kitchen can be a bit cold without a great backsplash. From interesting tile work to mosaics the backsplash can be personal and add depth and warmth to a predominately stainless steel kitchen. Also popular are backsplashes with different textures.

2. Stainless Standard: It is an industry standard in real estate and design for stainless steel to be the preference of choice in appliances for the kitchen. Additionally, clients prefer built-in models that are seamlessly integrated into the cabinet design, especially in condominiums where space is more limited.

3. Lighten Up: The lighting in a kitchen has come a very long way from a ceiling fan with a bulb underneath, today’s lighting trends light backsplashes as if lighting pieces of art and illuminate from beneath the cabinetry to add an appealing ambiance to the cooking and cleaning that occur under their beam. Another of the very popular and chic trends are having specialty hanging lighting over kitchen islands. These add a soft glow and are often works of art in themselves that are easily displayed in a kitchen and a conversation piece.

4. Quartz Appeal: Although Granite has been one of the most popular kitchen countertop options in recent years, it’s not the only surface that is trending now. Quartz (man-made engineered stone countertops) has become the most popular alternative to granite and provides a safer area for food preparation. Quartz countertops are man-made engineered stone formed by combining 90% ground quartz (a natural hard mineral) with 8-10% resins, polymers, and pigments. This forms a very hard granite-like surface. The appearance depends on how the quartz is ground: coarsely ground quartz produces a flecked appearance, while finely ground quartz produces a smooth look. Extremely hard and durable; glossy sheen; non-porous and stain-and-crack resistant; does not require sealing or resealing; wide range of colors; and easy to clean with mild soap, water, and a soft cloth.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fort Lauderdale has some of the best waterfront properties in the nation given its yachting capital of the world reputation, and the neighborhood of Coral Ridge offers even more than waterfront properties with its’ housing the Coral Ridge Country club. Coral Ridge is located in Northeast Fort Lauderdale between Sunrise boulevard and Commercial Boulevard, west of the Intracoastal Waterway. There are homes located on the East Side of Bayview Drive, which are on the water, and within the neighborhood there are smaller subdivisions that are on dry lots. Homes in Coral Ridge are in a variety of styles ranging from modern to Mediterranean and most are located on larger than average lots. What they all have in common is luxury. From wine vaults to expansive pools, to mega yacht docks, these homes are some of the most sought after in Fort Lauderdale.

Coral Ridge is not only an incredible neighborhood within the limits, but also the area cannot be beat. It is minutes from Downtown Fort Lauderdale and the shoppes at Galleria. The Coral Ridge Country Club is located in Coral Ridge and is one of the most exclusive private clubs in South Florida and offers an incredible wealth of family friendly and adult amusements. The club has casual and gourmet dining in addition to award winning golf and tennis facilities. Each season there are a variety of special nights for the family to enjoy. For more information on Coral Ridge homes for sale or if you would like to list your Coral Ridge home, contact me today!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Now is one of the best times to sell your Fort Lauderdale condo, the values are up and the inventory is very low, making buyers act quickly when condos come on the market. Fort Lauderdale is an extremely popular place to buy considering the incredible weather, boating, and access to all of the South Florida hot spots. If you are thinking of selling a condo there are a number of factors to consider. Below are the top three items to consider when listing your condo, if you are looking to sell your condominium but are unsure the value in today’s market, contact me directly!
1. Best Foot Forward: Features to Enhance. Condo buyers are looking for hassle free living, without the burdens of a single family home. Playing up the amenities such as fitness centers, bbq’s, business centers, and pools are a major selling point and should definitely be accentuated in selling.
2. Your Ideal Price, and Your Bottom Line: When setting a price for your condo you must consider the market and the reasonable asking price for your property. If you are serious about selling you must make your property competitive on the market. A competitive market price is determined by the other condos in the same line with the same amenities or at the very least very similar upsells. Conversely, if you are trying to sell your condo you should do a simple upgrade in terms of paint and removal of clutter.
3. Full Disclosure: If you have some items that are deficient in terms of the property value, disclose, disclose, disclose. Your discretion and honesty during the selling process is paramount to the close. Should there be something that a buyer would hesitate about, come clean about it, since it is generally public knowledge to begin with. Full Disclosure also applies to Assessments: It is also incredibly important that the seller is aware of any proposed assessments that may have been discussed or mentioned on the Board meeting agendas for the prior 12 months. Absentee owners who do not pay attention to important building mailings, must do their due diligence to find out from the office what is going on in the building; and properly disclose these discussed items to the listing agent and on the Condo Disclosure prior to listing the condo for sale.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

As a full time dedicated, experienced Realtor in the Fort Lauderdale Luxury waterfront marketplace, one of my most sold buildings is The Berkley South Condominium. In the past 7 years, I have sold 77 properties in The Berkley South, and it continues to be one of the best values in the area. There are a total of 199 residences in The Berkley South, and it is located in the Central Beach Alliance neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale. Residences are moderately priced and ideal for those looking for second homes or first time home buyers. Residences are available in studio, one, and two bedroom configurations. If you are looking to sell your Berkley South listing there could not be a better time as the inventory is quite tight in Fort Lauderdale and there are only 7 available listings currently in the building.
More things to love about the Berkley South building is that it is investor friendly, it allows pets, and its close proximity to the beach. It is located within the well sought after Bayview Elementary School district and is very close to the most popular restaurants on the Intracoastal Waterway with water taxi pickup throughout the day, just south of Galt Ocean Mile. The lobby was recently remodeled and the amenities include 24 hour concierge, underground secure parking, heated freshwater pool and deck area, tennis court, fitness rooms, and much more. If you are looking to sell your Berkley South condominium, please contact me today for a market consultation!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

One of the most common mistakes a realtor can make is not having a professional photographer take images of their listings. There are several reasons why professional photography is vital for the quick sale of a listing. Firstly, these images ultimately save time for sellers and buyers' agents from the get go, since they accurately represent a home. Some photography that agents will use is older photos of the home or shot from angles that make spaces appear larger than they are. In these instances buyers' agents will schedule a showing and effectively waste clients time, if the pictures were misleading. Second, professional photos will make your home look better and show it in the correct light, which will attract the correct buyer for the property.
I always advise my sellers to create a clean canvas as much as possible before the professional photographer shoots a property. Removing clutter, taking personal photos down, or art that is of a particular taste shows the property as someone else could envision it. Additionally, removing personal effects and miscellaneous clutter will make a space appear larger. The best time of day to photograph properties varies depending on what direction the home faces and the amount of natural light coming through the windows. If you are looking to sell your home or would like a consultation on what your home is worth, please contact me today!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I reported on the Aquavita, Aquamar, Aqualuna, and Aquablu new developments in Fort Lauderdale and the incredible rush to buy preconstruction in South Florida, and the Wallstreet Journal also discussed the developers mad dash to buy all available land. The statistics they released for Miami reflect largely what is a trend in Fort Lauderdale as well, and that is the market is 100% back.

This time around it is here to stay as well, since developers seeded out speculators through the adoption of the Latin American style of financing, which is nearly always in cash and is across the board at least 50% down. All waterfront land is being bought and the price of condos built from 2003-2008 have increased an incredible 75%. Developers are willing to pay millions for acres of unbuilt land and the demand for these new condos is not slowing whatsoever with many new developments selling out before even breaking ground. If you are interested in a new construction condominium or are a developer looking for representation in a vacant lot sale, please contact me today

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