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Sept. 5, 2017

Hurricane Irma Impacts on Pending Real Estate Contracts

The Far Bar Contract has a new change this year that impacts Real Estate contracts with relation to Natural Disasters like Hurricane's. 

The change of the contract on paragraph 5 section b of the contract references Standard G which is below: 

Standard G. Force Majeure

New time frames apply when transaction involves Force Majeure.

Closing may be extended up to 7 days once insurance becomes available and closing services are restored following the Force Majeure.  Previously the contract provided for an extension up to 3 days. 

In the event Force Majeure delays performance of the contract, the parties are now bound to the contract up to 30 days after Closing Date. Previously, the timeframe to extend performance under the contract after a Force Majeure was a negotiable term with a default of 14 days after Closing Date.  

Of course if a property you are buying or selling is impacted by a Hurricane it is best to consult an attorney to learn how your transaction will be affected. 

Posted in Buying , Selling
May 13, 2017

Tesla's New Solar Roof

If Your In The Market For New Roof Tesla Has You Covered

Tesla is coming out with a roofing solution for home owners with it's solar roof panels. At first glance the panels seem very expensive and when you factor in the tax credit and the cost savings of generating your own energy that may not be the case. 

After further review my initial thought was that these panels wold be prone to breaking or cracking and it looks like these solar panels are stronger then some traditional roof tiles. 

Take a peek at this short 1 minute video for everything you need to know. 

  

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Posted in Local News
Jan. 18, 2017

9-Step Down Payment Savings Plan For First-Time Homebuyers

Use These Tips To Budget For And Buy Your First Home

If you’re thinking about buying a home in 2017, saving up for your down payment may seem like a monumental task, but it is doable. According to the National Association of Realtors, 35% of all purchases for 2016 were made by first-time homebuyers, a trend that’s expected to continue this year. If these new homeowners can do it, so can you. The trick is to make a plan to save the money you need for a down payment and follow it.

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Posted in Mortgage Info
Nov. 12, 2016

How An Agent Can Alleviate Stress

Purchasing a home can be a stressful experience, whether you’re a first-time buyer or you’ve been through the process before. But that’s one of the reasons that working with a real estate professional is so worthwhile. With your agent’s guidance, buying a home should be enjoyable, rather than stressful. Here are some of the more unique circumstances where your agent can make your life much easier.

Out-of-town buyers: If you’re looking for vacation homes or moving to a job in a new city, there’s a good chance that viewing homes will be difficult—you could be a long drive or even a plane ride away. With today’s video messaging apps like Skype or Facetime, your agent can walk you through a property virtually. It’s not the same as walking through in person, but it will at least give you an idea about whether a property is worth pursuing further.

When life is just too crazy: If you’re just getting too busy with everything else going on in your life, a good buyer’s agent should be able to recognize the situation and help you take a step back. They can suggest that you take a few weeks off from your home search to recharge, or only focus on properties that exactly fit your wants list.

Inspection issues: You’re dreaming about move-in day, and then some unforeseen issues turn up during inspection. A good agent can work out those issues by negotiating a lower offer—to cover costs of repairs—or by getting the seller to fix the problem.

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Posted in Buying , New Listing
Nov. 6, 2016

Requesting A Flyby-Stuart Air Show

 

Visiting the Stuart Air Show and luckily witnessed a F-18 high speed, low altitude flyby. My girlfriend wondered if the pilot was asking permission to buzz the tower. To this I said "negative the pattern is full" and then laughed and an instant later this video happened.

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Posted in Local News
Nov. 1, 2016

Hobe Sound Real Estate Market Report

November, 2016-Market Report for Hobe Sound, Florida 

This market report will provide you with what is happening with all active, pending, and sold listings in Hobe Sound, Florida. 

You will be able to refine the Hobe Sound Market Report so you are updated with the most relevant information. 

November 2016 Hobe Sound Market Report

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Posted in Market Updates
Oct. 17, 2016

Beautiful Waterfront Listing-Jupiter Florida

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Luxury River Front Living awaits in the sought after gated community in The Islands of Jupiter. Beautiful Saturnia Marble can be found in every room of this 4BR/3.5BA waterfront pool home. This home has a open flowing floorplan with views of Loxahatchee River from most rooms. This home was designed to entertain with a wet bar in the center of the home and a covered Patio just steps away. 

Key Features: 

  • Private Dock- Ocean Access with No Fixed Bridges
  • Spacious Screened Pool and Patio Area
  • Open Flowing Floorplan
  • Safe Gated Community
  • Home Generator
  • Amazing Wide Water Views

To see more pictures including a video walk through of this lovely home click the link below

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Schedule a showing before this beauty is sold! 

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Luxury Realtor

Direct: 561-512-3567

 

 

Posted in New Listing
Oct. 9, 2016

New Listing- Port St Lucie Immaculate Home

Beautiful house with many upgrades including granite counters throughout kitchen and bathrooms, custom master bathroom with dual walk-in sports showers and etched glass over master tub, his and hers custom walk in closets in master suite, trey ceilings with crown molding throughout. Stainless appliances in kitchen. Built-in theatre system with surround sound in living room. State-of-the-art home protection system. Custom adjustable shelving in bedrooms. Finished garage with custom shelving. Circular Driveway & breath taking exterior! Fenced-in backyard with lush palms.

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Posted in New Listing
Oct. 9, 2016

New Listing-Turn Key Port St Lucie Home

Beautiful, Turnkey home with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, 2 car garage with your very own screened in pool! Fully fenced for privacy! Granite countertops in the kitchen with Tumblestone backsplash throughout! Gorgeous porcelain wood flooring throughout the living areas and in both guest bedrooms. As you walk into your master suite, you notice tray ceilings and wait, that's not all! A huge walk-in closet and huge master bathroom suite! There's nothing that need's to be done here! Come unpack your bags and move right in!!

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Posted in New Listing
Oct. 5, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Preparedness Guide

To prepare for the unknown, each home should have a 72-hour Disaster Survival Kit. You will

need to pack some essential items to help you and your family survive, whether you stay at

home or leave it during a disaster. Ensure at least three days (72 hours) supply for each person. Do not forget

pets where applicable!

 

The following is a minimum suggested list of Survival Kit supplies:

Drinking Water:

? One gallon per person/per day in unbreakable containers, Avoid using

containers that will decompose or break,l such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally

active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and

intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people

will need more. ? Don’t forget to add additional water for mixing formula if you have children and for your pets.

Rotate the drinking water each year.

 

Food preparation and sanitation require another two quarts (minimum) per person daily.

Purchased bottled water that has been sealed is best for storage. It meets FDA guidelines for

food and is not as vulnerable to temperature changes as unsealed water

? Tip: Purchase water this year and use it for drinking next year. This allows for rotation on

an annual basis and keeps the water fresh. Yes water can go bad!

 

Water for sanitation use:

? Store extra containers of water to be used for flushing toilets, cleaning, and bathing.

? Purchase water purification tablets (Halazone) to be used if you still have running water but

are told to boil water before using it. This allows you to fill the bathtub and other containers

without purchasing expensive drinking water.

? Tip: Keep plastic containers (milk jugs and other containers) and fill them with water when a

storm threatens. You can put these items in the freezer to keep food cold longer in the event

that the electricity goes out.

 

Non-perishable Food:

? Maintain at least 3-7 days of food for each member of the family.

? Small, preferably single serving cans (should not require cooking or

refrigeration). Dried fruit, peanut butter and jelly, coffee, tea, soft drinks and pet foods.

? Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables. ? Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water).

? Staples – sugar, salt, pepper in water proof containers. ? High energy foods like crackers, granola bars, trail mix.

? Raw vegetables that do not need refrigeration. ? Fresh bread.

 

• Comfort/stress foods – cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops, instant coffee, tea

bags.

• Sterno for cooking.

• Vitamins

• Food for infants

? Paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils

? Non-electric can opener

? Aluminum foil

? Plastic storage containers

? Lots of ice (you can freeze your water supply)

? Pedialyte (to restore hydration if needed)

? Tip: Purchase only items that you like to eat and would eat even without a storm. Rotate

these items by using them Dec-May each year and purchasing new items Jan-May. This

allows you to reduce the cost of buying items for a hurricane kit at one time and keeps the

items fresh. Yes even canned goods have a shelf life!

 

Baby Needs:

? Special foods (enough for several days)

? Formula (enough for several days)

? Extra diapers

? Medicines (get a copy of prescription)

? Blankets

? Diaper Rash Ointment

? Baby Wipes

? Powder

? Bottles

? Pacifier

? Favorite toy/blanket

? Medicine dropper

? Diaper-rash ointment

 

Sanitation

? Toilet paper, towelettes, soap, baby wipes, liquid hand

sanitzer

• Liquid detergent

• Feminine supplies

• Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo etc.)

• Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses) 

• Plastic bucket with tight lid

• Household chlorine bleach, disinfectant

• Plenty of absorbent towels

First Aid Kit

• Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car.

• Adhesive bandages various sizes -- Sterile gauze pads (various sizes)

• Germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer

• Non-latex gloves -- Adhesive tape -- Anti-bacterial ointment -- Antiseptic spray

• Cold packs (non refrigerated type) – Scissors – Tweezers -- Rubbing alcohol

• CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield -- Thermometer, Safety pins.

Non-Prescription Drugs

• Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever, Benadryl, peroxide

• Anti-diarrhea medication, Antacid (for stomach upset)

• Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)

• Laxative

• Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)

Prescription Drugs

• Heart and high blood pressure medication

• Insulin (enough for a 30 day supply)

• Hearing Aid and extra batteries

• Prescription drugs

• Denture needs

• Contact lenses and supplies

• Extra eye glasses

• Tip: If your insurance will allow, get a 90 day supply of prescriptions and have at least a 30 day supply on hand. 

Clothing and Bedding

Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.

• Sturdy shoes or work boots

• Towels

• Rain gear 

• Blankets or sleeping bags

• Pillows

• Hat and gloves

• Sunglasses

• Tent

• Lawn chairs

Entertainment

• Games

• Books

• Cards

• Extra batteries for games, Coloring books, crayons.

Miscellaneous

• Wind-up or battery-operated clock

• Paper, pencil

• Needles, thread

• Camping utensils

• Map of the area (for locating shelters) and returning to the area.

• Cash or traveler's checks

• Tip: Have enough cash to sustain you through a 2 week period. Without electricity, most

businesses (if open) will not accept credit cards and may not accept traveler’s checks.

• Emergency preparedness manual

• Citronella candles

 

Tools and Supplies:

Masking and/or duct tape

Handsaw Razor knife Ax or chain saw

Nails and screws Ladder Portable generator Wheelbarrow

Bucket/mop, broom Fire extinguisher Hammer Screwdriver

Pliers/wrenches Rope caulk All purpose cleaner Sandbags

Shovel, rake Plywood Plastic sheet/drop cloth Bleach

Tarps to cover roof Portable a/c unit BBQ grill Extra filled propane tanks

Utility knife Fire extinguisher: small

canister ABC type

Compass Tape, duct tape

Signal flare Battery operated radio

with extra batteries

Bug repellant Sun screen

(2-3) Flashlights with extra batteries and bulbs

Matches in a waterproof

container

Shut-off wrench to

turn off household

gas and water

Whistle 

 

Not evacuating and staying home?

? Ensure you have enough food, water, medications, and other supplies in your survival kit

to last at least 2 weeks.

? Turn refrigerator to coldest setting and keep closed.

? Turn off propane tanks.

? Unplug small appliances.

? Fill bathtub and other containers with water for cleaning and flushing. Additional water is

stored for drinking.

? Cover all windows and other openings with hardened protections. If you do not have

manufactured shutters, cut plywood and secure to protect the windows.

? Close all interior doors and brace outer doors.

? Select an interior room to use as a safe room.

? Plan as though you were evacuating and have enough cash on hand to sustain purchasing

of gas, food, and other supplies in the days following the storm.

? If you have a generator, ensure you have enough gas on hand to sustain usage for

several days.

? Ensure you have sufficient medications in case you are confined to your home for several

days. Post-storm there may not be any electricity and pharmacies will probably closed

even with a minor storm.

? Plan to cook on a camp stove or grill in the days immediately after the storm

passes. 

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