Parkland, FL Real Estate News

By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
Many homebuyers struggle with finding a home that is within their price range, but many of those perusing the market also struggle when it comes to the search. If you’re currently in the real estate market and are having difficulty finding a good selection of homes, here are some ways to expand your search so you can find an opportunity you’re prepared to invest in.Look Over The Old ListingsWhether you do it on your own or enlist the help of your real estate agent, it’s worth looking through the old listings to determine if any old opportunities are still available. There may be many formerly listed homes that have since sold, but homes that have lingered on the market may be open to offers; they may also be more aligned with the current market rates. Instead of taking the listings for ...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
Finding the right home and the right mortgage can take a lot of time and energy, so it’s important to consider whether you’ll be prepared for approval before diving into the process. Whether you’ve had some financial setbacks or you just want to have an idea ahead of time, here are some ways to quickly determine if you’ll be pre-approved for a mortgage.Do You Have A Down Payment?You may have heard that the ideal down payment amount is 20% of the cost of the home, but this doesn’t mean you have to have this amount. However, it is important that you have a significant chunk of change put away so that it can signal to the lender that you’re financially sound and will be able to come up with your monthly payment. A down payment will not only minimize the amount of money you owe the lender e...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
When you’re delving into the market in the hopes of finding your dream home, it’s likely you’ll come across the term debt-to-income ratio. This may not seem important at first, but your DTI is the key to determining the amount of money you can put into your home and just how much you should spend on a monthly basis. If you’re curious about what this means for you, here’s how to calculate it and how it can impact your mortgage.What’s Your DTI Ratio?One of the best ways to determine whether or not a home is affordable for you is to first calculate your DTI ratio. To get this amount, add up all of your monthly payments including any credit card, loan and mortgage payments, and divide this amount by your gross monthly income. The amount you get is your DTI percentage and this will help to d...
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By Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty, Residential Real Estate
(Skye Louis Realty)
To homeowners, foreclosure is one ugly word which must be avoided at all costs. But when financial problems come, it is another dilemma which must be faced bravely and wisely. But do you know that it can be avoided? Here are some tips how. Apply for mortgage modification program Most homeowners get trapped into mortgage payments because of the high monthly dues. Through mortgage modification programs, these monthly payments can be significantly reduced to as high as $1000 or more giving the loan a more stable structure. The government designed several mortgage modifications to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. One program is called Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). This program lowers monthly mortgage payments to as much as 31% of the homeowners pre-taxed monthly gross inco...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
Many millennials are expected to enter the housing market in the next year with the interest rates still low. However, while it may be a good time, it does not necessarily mean that it’s the right time for you to make the investment. If you’re currently weighing your options when it comes to home ownership, here are some things to consider before you decide put the money down.Are You Struggling With Student DebtIt’s possible to invest in a home when you’re still paying down student debt, but if you’re also struggling with a low-paying job and a high debt load, it may not be the right time to buy. Instead of trying to make ends meet to pay a monthly mortgage payment, it might be a better decision to pay off some of your debt, lower your interest costs and consider investing later on. Thi...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
The spring season may be a time of cherry blossoms and longer days, but it’s also common for allergies to ramp up. While you won’t be able to stop the season, there are things you can do to limit the impact of allergies in your home. If you’re wondering what has the greatest impact on your sinus health in the home, here are a few places you’ll want to check out.Have You Looked Under The Bed?Many diligent housecleaners will do a sweep under the bed each time, but for those of us who want to avoid pulling everything out, this area can be a very dusty spot. Next time you clean the house, take the time to remove everything out from under the bed that’s been collecting dust, whether there are old boxes, shoes or things you’ve forgotten about. Dust everything off, vacuum the area underneath a...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
There are so many ways in which you can green up your home and make it more sustainable these days that many people are considering tankless water heaters. While this can certainly be the right option depending on the space you have and the type of water you use, here are some things to consider before you decide to invest in the switch. Maximizing Your Space One of the biggest issues with a traditional water heater is the amount of space it takes up, whether it’s a side closet or a closed-off area in the basement. Fortunately, one of the benefits of tankless water heaters is that they can be wall-mounted almost anywhere in your house so they won’t need their own separate space. The traditional water heater may be bulky and require an area of its own, but your tankless water heater wil...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
Many homeowners consider a fence around their property for a variety of reasons, whether it’s to keep the dog in the yard or to maintain privacy. However, the wrong fence can entirely change the look of your property and make a beautiful yard a bit of an eyesore. If you’re trying to determine what kind of fence will work for your home, here are some tips before you start to dig in the dirt.What’s Your Fence For?Before deciding what kind of material to use, it’s important to know what type of utility you want for your fence. While a stone fence may be elegant and offer a lot of privacy, it can also be quite expensive; on the other hand, a wooden fence may be more affordable but it can deteriorate over time. It’s entirely possible you have a material you’ve already decided upon, but ensur...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
It may seem like the hard part is over once you’ve received a few offers on your home and are preparing for the negotiation process. Unfortunately, anything can happen until the papers and signed and this means that potential homebuyers can back out. If you’re dealing with a wavering bidder and are wondering how you can win them back, here are some reasons they might withdraw and how you may be able to win them over.The Price Is Too HighIt’s possible that when it comes to negotiating, many interested parties will offer to put down a little more than they otherwise would have; however, when it comes to sealing the deal, they may realize the price is a little higher than what they wanted to spend. Instead of letting the negotiations fall through, consider lowering your price slightly to g...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
It’s a very exciting time for most parents when their kids begin to crawl, but it can also be much more difficult to watch over your child and ensure their safety. If your child is starting to get along on their own and you’re preparing to baby proof, here are the main areas and items you’ll want to watch out for.Clearing Away The CribThere’s no place your child is going to spend more time, so ensure that there are no toys left in their crib when they’re going to sleep. You’ll also want to stay away from fluffy blankets that can smother their breathing. It’s entirely likely that you’ll have a lot of stuff to store for your baby, but ensure there are no heavy pieces of furniture in the room that they will be able to pull over or move.In The BathroomIt goes without saying that you should ...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
The best addition to many a family is the beloved pet, but beyond the regular treats and pillows, there are plenty of ways to spoil your pet and let them know how much you love them. If you’re looking for some neat concepts for your favorite pooch, here are some unique ideas you may want to try out.A Relaxing, Personal PlaceMany animals will gravitate towards your new couch, but by giving them their own special spot, you can make them happy and keep your living room looking great at the same time. Instead of a second-hand pillow, buy them their very own bed for their very own corner of the house so they can feel right at home.Make It OrganizedIt’s quite likely that your pet will not be cleaning up after themselves, but by creating a bookshelf or cabinet for all of their toys and treats,...
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By Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty, Residential Real Estate
(Skye Louis Realty)
Visiting a park is a usual part of every individual's recreation time. In Parkland, there are numerous local parks that provide city-wide recreational activities for all ages. The programs and the facilities of these parks assure residents that there could be cost-efficient ways of leisure and bonding without having to leave the premises of the city. 6 Acre Wood Park Located at 6060 Hillsboro Blvd., 6 Acre Wood Park boasts of its quarter mile multi-loop trails. The trails are ideal for biking purposes as well as for nature trekking, leisurely walks, and breeze jogging. Along the trails, you will be treated to signs informing you of the areas indigenous wildlife and flora. Barkland Dog Park The Barkland Dog Park became the city's first dog park when it opened on January 7, 2012. Off 942...
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By Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty, Residential Real Estate
(Skye Louis Realty)
The real estate industry is constantly changing. Preferences do change over time so as with how home buyers look and hunt for the homes they like. In today's world where the young home buyers are starting to penetrate larger than ever, we see this trend happening faster than what was forecast before. With their lives tangled to third screens like mobile phones, tablets, phone tablets and other handheld gadgets - mobile applications for home buyers are gaining tremendous popularity as vital tools to help them find their dream homes. Here are the top reasons why home buyer mobile apps are starting to take over conventional house-hunting methods like yard signs and open houses. Wider scope Mobile technology enhances home buying experience in scopes that are wider than yard signs and open ...
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By Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty, Residential Real Estate
(Skye Louis Realty)
Home buyers have grown wiser such that it is not only the quality of the house they are buying that they scrutinize. They also consider local factors that can greatly affect their ways of lives if they decide to push through with the home purchase. If you are eyeing the city of Parkland in Florida to be your next home city, evaluating the schools that serve it should also be in your checklist - especially if you have children. Here are the top schools that serve the city. Elementary The pre-elementary and elementary grades are the formative years of study. During these years, the basics of reading, writing, arithmetic, science, and other subjects are taught and injected to your children. As such, only the best schools should be training them and preparing them for higher grades. In the...
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By Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty, Residential Real Estate
(Skye Louis Realty)
Whether you're a retired or current member of the military or one that has served the nation as a veteran of war, being house poor is something that you would not want to earn as part of your badges? It is a badge that degrades whatever valor or prestige that bravery has earned you. To spare you from this embarrassing badge, the veteran home loan has been designed especially for you. However, it is a home financing scheme that you must use wisely - otherwise, you'll be defeated into a war that involves money, strategy, and patience. The tips in the succeeding paragraphs attempt to explain how the VA home loan helps you not become one of those house poor. It doesn't require you for a down payment. One of the biggest advantages linked with a VA loan is the absence of cash out on the down...
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By Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty, Residential Real Estate
(Skye Louis Realty)
Stigmatized properties are those properties that have unfavorable conditions that make them less attractive for selling. Under this group are homes where murders or suicides are committed, where there are previous owners with serious medical conditions, or those homes believed to be haunted. What if your house happens to be haunted and you want to sell it? Do you think this is possible? Here are some tips to help you sell that ghost-inhabited house of yours. Image courtesy of Haunted America Tours   Find special buyers for your special house Stigmatized as it may be, but it is a special property too. Why? Because it can have a special market. True enough, there are buyers who will be interested in buying haunted houses. There are people who capitalize on haunted experiences for busines...
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By Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty, Residential Real Estate
(Skye Louis Realty)
Shopping for a home is unlike shopping for a dress or any other thing. It can possibly be the biggest purchase that you'll ever make in your lifetime. Thus, it involves a great decision-making skill to make sure you'll have no regrets in the end. The 7 important steps below are simplified to help you decide during your home selection process. Always consider your current situation. You are not buying a house just because you want to. There are reasons that motivate you to embark on this life-changing decision. Do you want a house because you want to exercise your independence or because you are thinking of your family's future? Are you doing this as an investment for your retirement or because your family is expanding? You should also consider your current financial situation. Will you...
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By Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty, Residential Real Estate
(Skye Louis Realty)
Home buyers have different preferences and readiness when it comes to buying a house. Some want to buy during the summer season while others during the colder months. Some want near the year's end while others want it first quarter. 2017 is just on the second month of the first quarter, and if you are mang those who are thinking of buying a house - February could just be your best month to do this. According to the latest data analysis of ATTOM Data Solutions, February tops the best months to  buy a house. This data is in a record of 16 years spanning from 2000 to 2016.Image courtesy of realtyrac.comThe ATTOM report revealed that home prices during February falls 6.1% less per square footage than any average for other months. With this revelation hone buyers can only take advantage of t...
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By Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty, Residential Real Estate
(Skye Louis Realty)
Are you a serious home buyer? If you are, you should be aware that you should not only be concerned with the price associated with the house. You should also know that comfortable living is not confined to the four corners of the house. The neighborhood is also a critical element to meet desirable living. By the time you are near to closing the deal with your seller, you should have made your research about the neighborhood you'll soon be part of. For some years or even decades, the neighborhood will become witness to your ups and downs. It will be part of the memories you and your family will create. Know where the schools are. If you have schoolers, you should know where the nearest schools are - both public and private. This will help you decide on where to send your kids later on a...
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By Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty, Residential Real Estate
(Skye Louis Realty)
Buying a house is a very big decision. For many first time home buyers, it can be very heart-pounding. In fact, many are afraid to take the first steps toward realizing their dream houses.To serve as guide, here are 5 important steps that first time home buyers can follow to at least ease them with some of the hassles and stresses associated with it.Be aware of your credits.Stick to the fact. Owning a home is a very big purchase. Normally, it will involve your savings just fr the opening costs like down payment. How about the monthly mortgage fees? This is where your credit history will play huge part.For this, it is very important to be aware of your credits. Know what your credits are and how are they being reported. Deal with any errors and discrepancies. It is your right. If you thi...
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