Paper & Pancakes Registration 2016

It’s time for another Paper & Pancakes Party!

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You heard right, Paper & Pancakes! We will have a big shred truck in our parking lot for you to bring any paper you need shredded, AND we will be serving free and freshly made pancakes!

The Party is on Saturday, April 30th!
Please RSVP on the form below. 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!

RSVP to the Paper & Pancakes Party!

Should I Update My House Before Selling?

construire une maisonYou’ve made the decision to sell your home, which was probably a tough one to begin with.  Now, you’re faced with the decision of staging it and listing it “as is,” or updating it before putting it on the market.  The answer to the question, “Should I update my house before selling?” is not a “yes or no” question.  Instead, it’s a “maybe,” or “it depends.”  We’ve come up with a few qualifying questions to help you decide.  And, if you do elect to update, we’ve included a list of the best home renovations you may want to complete to get your money back on your investment.  To answer the question of whether you should update your home before selling, you first need to ask yourself (or your real estate agent) the following questions:

  • How is the market in your area?

Is the market hot or cold?  How quickly are comparable homes selling? Are they selling near the asking price, or for thousands less? If the competition is tough, it may be better to update in certain areas.

  • What is the condition of comparable homes?

Attend a few open houses, and look at pictures online of homes in your area.  Do most of them have new hard-wood floors or updated kitchens, etc.?  If so, you might want to consider updating.

  • How fast do you want/need to sell?

If you need to move quickly, you may want to do everything possible to get the highest price in the least amount of time.  Updating may be necessary.

  • How much is your listing price affected?

If you decide to sell “as is,” and your home is a “fixer-upper,” buyers will be looking for a steep discount.  This is something you will need to consider when deciding whether to update or not.

Let’s say you’ve done your research, and you’ve decided to tackle some home repairs or updates.  You’ll want to spend your time and money wisely.  The following upgrades are ones that have proven to be worth both…

The Kitchen

Some people might even say, “You’re not selling your home, you’re selling your kitchen!”  That’s how important the kitchen is.  So, it’s no wonder that it is, without a doubt, the upgrade that pays off.  Of course, don’t go crazy.  Pick and choose which updates you think are most important.  If your appliances are still in good working condition, focus on the countertops and flooring, and vice versa.

Flooring

One of the first things a buyer notices when they walk into a house is the flooring.  Is it dated or worn?  If so, all they see is dollar signs.  Large and airy ceramic or travertine tile and hard wood floors seem to be big sellers at present.  Do your research to see if the investment would be worth it in your case.

The Master Ensuite

Buyers are looking for luxury and a spa-like experience in their master bath.  Wooing them is easy when you do the work for them.  Jetted tubs and double headed showers may be in order.  Recouping the money on this project has proven to be fairly easy in the right markets.

Curb Appeal

Landscaping speaks volumes to homebuyers who do not have the know-how or desire to put in the hard work of planning and planting.  Everyone wants a lush lawn, and maintaining a garden-like front yard is much easier when the work is already done.  Plus, there’s a bonus to this one!  Creating curb appeal makes more buyers want to come inside and take a look!

Again, before you decide to go through with any renovations, research the market in your area; specifically in your neighborhood.  If homes are flying off the market without upgrades, spend your time and money on cleaning and sprucing the house up with fresh interior and exterior paint, and stage, stage, stage! As always if you need help selling your home or for more staging tips the Jackie Ellis Team is always one call or click away! Call us at 561-965-1225 or visit JackieEllis.com

You Don’t Need the Luck of the Irish to Find Great Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

happy-st-patricks-day-celebration-poster_Xyy_2z_LThere’s no doubt that Americans from every descent have embraced St. Patrick’s Day as our own!  For years, we have celebrated this Irish tradition, American style, by covering ourselves with shamrock green from head to toe, putting on elaborate parades, and hunting for leprechauns.  In Palm Beach County, there’s no shortage to the fun you can find around St. Patrick’s Day, and The Jackie Ellis Team has done the hard work for you, we’ve found some great festivities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Here are a few ideas to help you celebrate this light-hearted, happy-go-lucky holiday…

Delray Beach Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

This two day festival has something for everyone.  Events include a Celtic Siamsa Party with Irish dancing and traditional pipe and drum bands, food, beer, live music and a parade featuring World War II Veterans and more.

  • Date: Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12, 2016
  • Time: Friday – 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Saturday – 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Parade time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Delray Beach
  • Website: http://stpatrickparade.com/

Boynton Beach Blarney Bash

This 2nd annual event is for the whole family.  Live music, Irish dancing, face painting, balloon artists, bounce houses, and rock climbing are just a few activities.

Irish Fest 2016 West Palm Beach

The Irish Fest is a two day music and dance festival for the whole family.  Other activities include an Irish Marketplace, artists, crafters, and an international food court.

  • Date: Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13, 2016
  • Time: Saturday – Noon to 11:00 p.m. and Sunday – Noon to 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown West Palm Beach
  • Website: http://www.irishflorida.org/

Lake Worth 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Charity Parade benefits Wheels For Kids.

  • Date: Sunday, March 13, 2016
  • Time: 12 Noon
  • Location: Downtown Lake Worth on Lake Avenue
  • Website: http://wheelsforkids.org

The Dubliner’s St. Patrick’s Day 9th Annual Block Party

The Dubliner’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities include an Irish buffet, live music and entertainment, face painting, and balloons and clowns for the whole family.

O’Shea’s Pub St. Patrick’s Day Festivities

The Irish pub will feature Irish dancers, bagpipers, and The Amadans from Ireland at this block party on Clematis.

  • Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Location: 500 block of Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Website: http://osheaspub.com/

Paddy Mac’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Special event tents and bars will be outside with live music, food, and entertainment.

Roxy’s Pub St. Patrick’s Day Annual Block Party

Roxy’s Pub block party features live music and free “Kegs and Eggs.”

  • Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Location: 309 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Website: http://roxyspub.com/