5 Best apps for Home Sellers & Buyers

Welcome to the 21st century where even home buying and selling are made easier with your smart phone. Knowledge is power and you can improve your realty experience with these 5 powerful apps:

  1. Jackie’s Keller Williams app. With this app, you can get free instant access to local homes for sale from any cell phone or tablet. Jackie’s Keller Williams Realty Real Estate Search is available for Android, Iphone or IPad. You will find three ways to get Jackie’s KW app at JackieEllisOnTheGo.com.
  2. Redfin. This app updates every 15 minutes, so you are always getting fresh information! While this app can’t replace a qualified real estate agent, you can optimize your search with a variety of filters.
  3. Zillow Real Estate. With this app, you can easily search for homes for sale or for rent. Get your house listed on this site to reach numerous potential buyers. You can also take advantage of the Video Walkthrough feature.
  4. Realtor.com. The granddaddy of real estate apps is still going strong. With numerous photos and important details such as sales history, this app and site remain important tools for your home buying or selling experience.
  5. Mortgage Calculator at Quicken.com. Having a good sense of how much you can afford is the starting block for your house shopping adventure. You can use this app whether you use Quicken as a mortgage company or not.

Best Happy Hours in Palm Beach County

Need a new hotspot to go with friends? These four locations will keep you busy with happy hours for at least a month!

Smoke BBQ, Delray Beach

Who wants yet another 2-4-1 happy hour? Smoke ups the game with a THREE for 1 happy hour. So you will want to stay awhile – good thing happy hours is noon to 7 pm! Smoke is also known for some of the best chicken wings in the county. Sounds like happy hour in a happy place!

Deck 84, Delray Beach

Happy hour by the water is a reminder of why we live in Palm Beach County. Enjoy the tropical themed indoors or the large outdoor patio where you will find happy-hour pricing on drinks and food from 3 to 6 Monday through Friday.

Kabuki Sushi & Thai, West Palm Beach

Happy hour and sushi – two great things in one great place. Drinks and your favorite raw fish have happy hour prices from 3 to 7 daily, including half-priced select cocktails, $2.50 beers, $4 sake bombs, and sushi rolls or tapas plates priced $4 to $6 apiece.

Rhum Shak, Lake Worth

Casual and fun, with a happy hour that happens every day from 11 to 7. Special prices on beer wine and liquor are paired with different food specials on various days. You will find 49-cent chicken wings on Thursday and $10.95 full rack of ribs on Tuesday. Remember, Alan Jackson sang, “It’s always 5 o’ clock somewhere.” Might as well be at Rhum Shak.

 

Clues to Watch for a Market Shift

The doldrums of the real estate market are long past us. The sellers’ market is hot again. But can that shift? Of course. So when can we expect a shift to a buyers market? Look for these clues:

  • Interest rates on the rise

If interest rates are expected to rise, as they may again, buyers will be motivated to snap up their dream home soon. Once rates do rise, some buyers will cool off. For perspective on the current market, the average 30-year mortgage rate is 4.11% in July 2017, compared to 3.44% a year earlier. Keep an eye on whether those rates start rising further.

  • New homes being built again

More homes available for sale is good for buyers; not so much for sellers. Here in South Florida, new home construction is heating up – and those new homes are competition for the resale market. While today is nowhere near the craziness of the early 2000s era with new developments popping up in every spare lot, the builders are back and new homes are hitting the market in a steady stream.

  • South Florida attractive as always!

As folks retire and crazy winters continue to aggravate, people will keep moving to Florida and buying real estate. Our area was hit hard by the economic downturn nearly 10 years ago, but now we are seeing great success again. No matter the construction or interest rates, Florida homes will always be in demand.

Contact Jackie Ellis for more info on how the neighborhood that you want to sell or buy into is doing.

Summer in South Florida

The heat is on and we are all sweating it here in South Florida. That is no reason to hibernate at home however! You can find plenty to love about summer here in South Florida even in the dog days of summer.

  1. Fewer people! The snow birds and tourists have left the area, which gives the rest of us some elbow room. Enjoy the less crowded roads and restaurants, and know that as a local, you know the secrets of your hometown.
  2. Lower prices! Take advantage of the savings in the summer. Fewer tourists means the restaurants and entertainment spots offer special prices.
  3. Slower pace! The casual atmosphere of South Florida means less hurry and less worry, and that is doubley true in the summer time. It’s the tropics, enjoy the pace.
  4. Go outside anyway! With sunscreen, a good hat and proper planning, you can still enjoy the outdoors in Florida. Explore nature with a short walk through the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Blowing Rocks Preserve in Tequesta, or the Wakodatahatchee Wetlands bird sanctuary in Delray Beach.
  5. Get out on the water! Let the ocean breezes keep you cool. Try an intracoastal tour out of Delray or Riviera Beach. Or go further out to sea with a sunset tour on a catamaran from West Palm Beach!
  6. Air conditioning! Thankfully modern technology has made long Florida summers more tolerable. Have fun while escaping the heat with indoor trampolines, an afternoon making a painting at an art studio, or hit up the local science museum or art museum.

 

 

Beyond Monopoly: board games about real estate

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Buying and selling real estate isn’t a game… or is it? For most people, buying a property is serious business, as well it should be.

Who knew 10 years ago that we’d all be watching popular TV shows about house hunting and flipping and remodeling! Turns out it is also possible to enjoy the hunt and acquisition of real estate in a board game too. It is always easier to take risks with funny money anyway, right?!

Whether you are starting the house buying process or are settling into a new home, here are a few board games you can break out to “play” at real estate:

For Sale: So you always wanted to be a realtor, huh? Here is a quick fun game about buying and selling houses. Bid for all sorts of houses from a hut to a mansion, and in the second half, sell them at a profit!

Acquire: This game isn’t about buying a house, but becoming a real estate mogul! Control the most real estate and hold the best stocks… and you could win.

Castles of Mad King Ludwig: You can make the castle of your dreams… if you like your throne room next to the stables next to the meat locker. Follow the unusual rules to get the most points for your unique castle!

Machi Koro: You build up a city by acquiring cards that represent different types of buildings, from farms to flower shops to an airport! First one to finish the major buildings for their city wins! It all depends on the roll of the dice.

When you are ready to commit to buying a real house – with a game room for all these new board games – call Jackie Ellis!

 

 

Jackie Ellis’ Pie Day Giveaway 2016!

It’s that time of year again! Jackie Ellis is Giving Away FREE Thanksgiving Pies to our valued clients and our local community!

We will be giving out the pies in the Keller Williams Office Parking Lot on Saturday, November 19! Be sure to register today!

All you need to do is register below…now the hardest decision you will have to make is Pumpkin or Apple!

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We ask that you fill the form out completely and correctly. We will need correct contact information so we can stay in touch with you about the event!

Jackie Ellis Home Selling Programs: “Love it or List it”

screen-shot-2016-05-17-at-6-00-25-pmAt The Jackie Ellis Team, we understand that your investment in real estate is one of the most important lifetime financial investments you will ever make.  With that in mind, our Buyer Guarantee or “Love it or List it” program is sufficiently designed to give you some much needed peace of mind during the home buying process.  Our “Love it or List it” reality programming is tailored to meet our client’s needs, guaranteeing incomparable satisfaction.  So, what does this program consist of, exactly?  A 10 year selling discount!

That’s right!  Our 10 year selling discount is a generous offer, but one that we have not taken lightly.  You may be thinking, “Okay, so what’s the catch?”  Well, there is none!  We make this generous offer to all of our clients because we are so confident that our team of handpicked professionals is dedicated to finding the “perfect home” for you.  And if your home is not everything you expected, or if circumstances, such as job change or job loss does occur, you’re still covered.

Here are the details…..

The First 6 Months after Closing:  Should something happen within the first six months of purchasing your new home, we will sell it for FREE!  Of course, “FREE” can only be applied to the seller side of the commission.  The buyer’s agent will expect their share of the commission.  It is also applied after any other costs such as referral fees.

6 Month to 2 Years after Closing:  If something happens during the first 2 years, we will sell your home for a .3% reduction of the selling side of the commission.  Simply ask your agent for a full outline of our commission structure for complete details.

2 Years to 10 Years after Closing:  Even after 10 years, we will sell your home for a .2% reduction of the selling side commission. This is our unwavering guarantee!

We know there are not many real estate teams with the level of dedication and commitment that The Jackie Ellis Team has for our clients.  We truly want the best for our customers!  To hear more about our “Love it or List it” program, call 561-965-1225 or visit us at www.JackieEllis.com.

Jackie Ellis Programs: Premiere Preview Package

9points-p3-1In a hurry to sell?  Then The Premiere Preview Package is perfect for you!  We call it P3, and our clients love it!  It’s an aggressive and unique program designed only for the highly motivated!  Yes, it’s extreme but can be very effective when used the right way.

This intense home selling program includes an extensive 10-day home showing plan that consists of 3 open houses combined with local advertising to generate a “buzz.”  Yes, you read that correctly!  3 open houses in only 10 short days.  Needless to say, this is not a program for the faint of heart, and it may not be for everyone.  But if you are on a mission to get your property sold “fast and furious,” we will be happy to implement this program for you!

Of course, along with the P3 package, you will also receive all of the other benefits of listing with The Jackie Ellis Team such as Seller Connection Videos, the 3D & Walking Home Tour, Interactive Home Showcase, and Moving Made Easy, just to list a few.  But the Premiere Preview Package is something you can choose if you are an impatient seller and want the ball rolling as quickly as possible.

To learn more about P3 as well as all of our other Unique Selling Tools and Programs, call 561-965-1225 or visit us at www.JackieEllis.com. One of our experienced and dedicated agents will be happy to share our concepts with you and assist you in creating a personalized plan to help you meet your individual real estate goals.

Jackie Ellis Featured Programs: Builder Trade-In

btipIt’s undeniable that part of living the American dream is trading up, no matter the commodity.  Exchanging cars, motorcycles, boats and, yes, even houses is what continuously makes “the market go around” in the good ol’ U.S. of A!  We’ve all been there, “This is my dream home, and I will never want to move!”  Fast forward two, five, or even ten years, and the story may slightly change.   Evolving lifestyles, changing careers, and growing families always come in to play.  This is where we come in!  When your “once upon a time dream home” no longer fits your needs, you’ll be relieved to hear about The Jackie Ellis Team’s Builder Trade-In Program.

So, you may have to eat your words, but we’ve all been there.   Maybe you’ve decided that a new construction home is the only way that you will be able to get everything you need out of a home.  There’s something to be said for being able to select all of the details and customize your living space to best fit your personal needs.  The Builder Trade-In Program is designed for clients exactly like you.  The Jackie Ellis Team can help you get into your new, upgraded home, all the while helping you sell your old home.

Our team has developed relationships with local builders so that we are able to provide discounts to you for selling your home so that upgrading to a new construction home is simple and uncomplicated.  If you’re concerned because you’ve never worked with a new home builder before, there’s no need to worry.  We have plenty of experience, and we will be there to assist  you each step of the way.

To hear more about our Builder Trade-In Program, call 561-965-1225 or visit us at www.JackieEllis.com.  We look forward to working with you to help you realize all of your real estate dreams!

Jackie Ellis Featured Programs: Hassle Free Home Selling Program

sellinghasslefreeWith the Jackie Ellis Hassle Free Home Selling Program, the biggest advantage to our clients is simple; reduced stress!  This plan is based on three components: Cancel at any time, be free of all advance fees, and agent presentations with “no pressure” attitudes.

Cancel Any Time:  That’s right!  If you’re not happy, at any time, for any reason, you can walk away.  If you don’t feel that we are working for you, you have every right to cancel your contract with us and move on.  But we are certain this won’t be the case.  That’s how committed we are to your real estate goals.  We work harder than most to prove our loyalty and keep our promise to you.  We guarantee a professional working relationship with all of our clients, and this is what keeps them with us and coming back time after time…..not a binding contract.

No Advance Fees:   We, here at The Jackie Ellis Team, will never ask you to pay any advance fees.  Buyer’s agents will never require a “retainer fee” to help you find your dream home.  Likewise, as selling agents, we would never consider asking you to pay any costs or commissions up front.  Any and all fees associated with the marketing and selling of your home will be covered by our team.  We don’t get paid until the transaction has closed!

“No Pressure” Presentations:  We love sharing our proven track record with anyone who will listen.  That’s because we are truly passionate about what we do.  Needless to say, we are enthusiastic about our unique selling tools for sellers as well as our exciting opportunities and programs for buyers.  Developing and perfecting these strategies over time, we enjoy sharing our knowledge and success with potential clients in a relaxed and casual environment with the highest respect and regard for you.  High pressure sales tactics just aren’t our style!

For more information on our programs, specifically designed with you in mind, call 561-965-1225 or visit us at www.JackieEllis.com.