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.

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!

 

 

4 Advantages of Selling your Home during the Holidays

The majority of home sellers resist putting their home on the market during the holidays.  The list of reasons is many, but among the most popular excuses is the fact that they are busy and will be having guests.  However, if you’re serious about selling your home and you want to get an edge up on the competition, you may want to reconsider.  Here is a list of the reasons why:

  1. Reduced Competition

As previously mentioned, most people do not want to list their homes during the holidays.  In fact, most people simply refuse to do so.  For the small number of homeowners who decide to bite the bullet, the reward can be significant.  Fewer homes on the market always works in favor of the seller.  “The early bird gets the worm.”  If you know you are planning to sell your home after the holidays, why wait?  It’s a good idea to seriously consider moving forward as soon as possible, even during the holidays.

  1. Only Serious Buyers are Looking during the Holidays!

While most are busy shopping, cooking, decorating, and socializing, there will be a number of buyers who are serious about purchasing a home during this time.  No one is out “kicking tires” during this time, so if a buyer is actively looking at homes, this means they are probably ready to make an offer!

  1. Your Home Looks Amazing during the Holidays!

You spend a lot of time decorating and preparing for the holidays.  Your home is a show place that you want to share with family and friends. It’s warm and cozy.  It’s inviting, and it smells fabulous!  Why not take advantage of this, and list your home when it’s actually all dressed up for an open house? Decorate the exterior as well.  Just don’t overdo it!

  1. Buyers Make Decisions Based on their Emotions.

While sellers employ logic and reason, buyers tend to make decisions based on their emotions.  What better time of year, to play on that, than the holidays?  The cozy, inviting atmosphere you’ve created in your home enables the buyer to see what the holidays will look like in their future home.

So, if you’re planning to put your home on the market as soon as the holidays come screeching to a halt, rethink your decision.  Your willingness to take on a little extra during one of the busiest times of year could really pay off!

Still have questions about selling your home?  Visit WhatIsMyHomeProfit.com for a free home value report.

To schedule a no-hassle consultation with one of our Seller Experts call us at 561-965-1225 or visit JackieEllis.com

Buying South Florida Real Estate: Clues of Good Neighborhood

Whether you are buying a primary residence or an investment property in Boca Raton or the Lake Worth area, it’s just as important to identify a dream neighborhood as a dream home. Much of South Florida real estate consists of foreclosures and short sales which can affect a neighborhood, but there are actually upsides of living in an area with some healthy turnover. Just because a home next door is a rental property right now doesn’t mean it will remain one forever. Oftentimes, investors spend a lot of money repairing, fixing up and making a rental property more beautiful to attract good tenants. According to an article by MoneyTalkNews, there are a lot of clues that tell you whether you are buying a home in the best neighborhood.

Getting what you want

Although resale value is paramount, it’s also important that you buy a home in a neighborhood that meets your own criteria. Only you know whether or not you can handle the daily commute, traffic patterns or the proximity to recreation, shops, playgrounds and the beach. If you want a lot of amenities such as a gym, clubhouse and tennis courts, consider a master-planned community. Prepare to pay CDD (community development fees) when buying South Florida real estate in planned developments.

Hearing the buzz of construction

Whether it’s the sound of hammers due to new construction or home improvements, it’s a sign of a healthy neighborhood when there is activity going on. When your South Florida Realtor gives you a tour of different communities, pay attention to whether people are painting, re-roofing, landscaping, putting up new fences and constructing new homes.

Researching school and crime stats

Your Realtor will help you interpret the different data on the schools in the area as well as crime statistics. Other important data that’s important includes how quickly homes are selling and home values. Find out how far the home is from local fire stations and police stations as well as public libraries and schools. Walk-ability is the new waterfront view for a lot of buyers so find a home in a neighborhood with walking and bicycle paths, sidewalks and access to shops and restaurants.

The Jackie Ellis Team handles real estate transactions in Palm Beach County on behalf of buyers and sellers. Whether you are relocating to South Florida or are a longtime Florida resident, let us find you a safe and up-and-coming neighborhood. For more information on South Florida real estate, please contact us.

6748 Blue Bay Circle for Sale in Lake Worth, FL 33467

6748 Blue Bay CircleThe Jackie Ellis Team at Keller Williams Realty in Boynton Beach just listed 6748 Blue Bay Circle, a Lake Worth Single Family Home. This home went on the market on July 2 and was listed for $350,000.

The home features a two car garage, three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The home boasts pristine tile floors throughout. Featuring a split bedroom floorpan, one of the most highly desired floor plans on single story homes. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and the master bath has dual sinks, so you never have to share!

The patio and backyard are what really make this home shine! An ideal South Florida backyard! The patio area is partially covered patio and fully screened in, providing optimal coverage to enjoy the gorgeous free-form pool. If that wasn’t enough there’s extra yard space for outdoor activities such as gardening!

6748 Blue Bay Circle in Lakeview Estates is measured at 2,214 square feet, making the price per square foot approximately $158. Lakeview Estates is a beautiful little neighborhood nestled in near Smith Farm and within an excellent school district.

The Jackie Ellis Team is excited to help sell this Lake Worth listing in Lakeview Estates. Jackie Ellis  has a reputation for providing exceptional customer service to clients in Palm Beach County for over 25 years. The Jackie Ellis Team‘s real estate agents get homes in the Boynton Beach area sold on average for $10 per square foot more.

If you are interested in 6748 Blue Bay Circle or in other Palm Beach County real estate listings, Call The Jackie Ellis Team at 561-965-1225 or Visit JackieEllis.com.

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Consider Hurricane and Flood Preparation with Boynton Beach Homes for Sale

named-hurricane-franTransitioning from a home buyer to a homeowner is an exciting experience. However, as you look through and visit properties that you might be interested in purchasing, you also want to consider details regarding hurricane and flood preparation to make sure you invest in the right home.

Keeping the following details in mind when looking at Boynton Beach homes for sale will give you the perspective you need to purchase a home that you will feel safe in for years to come.

Trees and Shrubs

Although overgrown trees and shrubs can look attractive at times, they also become less resistant to wind, which is a major problem during heavy storms and hurricanes. With properties that have a lot of trees and shrubs, you want to make sure you will be capable of keeping them trimmed to a safe degree.

Outdoor Space

Having plenty of outdoor space is great for enjoying the Florida warmth, but it also comes with a lot of responsibility when there is a hurricane warning. Ideally, all outdoor furniture should be brought inside because in heavy winds, they could go airborne and cause damage to property or harm to others.

Storm Doors

As nice as front doors can be, there is no reason to let it be at risk of damage because of heavy rain, wind, or flooding, which makes it a worthwhile investment to get a storm door. It is also worth it to get one for any other exterior doors on your property, but the front door should be prioritized.

If a home you are looking at is already equipped with storm doors, it becomes one less thing you have to worry about when it comes to preparing your home for potential hurricanes and floods.

Hurricane Shutters

While moderate winds are not a problem for most windows, it is when the heavy winds of a hurricane arrive that windows become susceptible to shattering, especially from flying objects.

Buying a home with hurricane shutters means the previous homeowners took the appropriate precautions to prepare their home in the case of a hurricane. It also means you do not have to worry about spending additional money on getting your home properly equipped.

Although it might not be that fun to look out for hurricane and flood preparation in properties, you will find it to be a worthwhile investment of time as it ensures the safety of your family and home.

Contact us for help with buying a home that meets your wants and needs.

Smith Farm Market Report

As the premier real estate professional for Smith Farm, I am often asked about the real estate market for Smith Farm and what it means to its resident homeowners. In August of this year we had over 40 homes on the market. That is double when compared to the same month last year. August also reported 10 homes sold (In Smith Farm and immediate surrounding area). When compared to the same time last year….it remains the same. In a nutshell, inventory is up and sales are remaining the same when comparing year over year.

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What’s the good news? When analyzing the Smith Farm market, we have a 4 month supply of inventory. This clearly indicates we are still in a seller’s market. The even better news is that the average sold price per square foot has increased as of August of this year to $129.00. That is a whopping 8 dollars a square foot more on average when compared to August of last year.

So what does this mean to you if you own and live in Smith Farm? How much is your home worth? Visit WhatIsMyHomeProfit.com or call us today at 561-965-1225.