Parkland, FL Real Estate News

By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
The latest Foreclosure Inventory Analysis showed nearly 1.5 million properties were currently in the foreclosure process or being held by banks as Real Estate Owned. This was up 9 percent from the first quarter of 2012, but down significantly from the apex of foreclosure activity -- 2.2 million units -- in December 2010. What Is a Distressed Property? "Distressed property" is a blanket term for homes in foreclosure, short sale or that are REO (Real Estate Owned). Below are definitions of different types of distressed real estate, so that you can be familiar with the terms. Foreclosure: When a homeowner has defaulted on their mortgage for a specified period of time, the bank takes possession of the real estate. Short Sale: A homeowner facing foreclosure may request a short sale from thei...
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By Terri Poehler, Coral Springs Real Estate Agent
(Realtor)
Parkland Florida Homes For Sale Near Park Trails Elementary Every week I am approached about homes for sale in specific school districts. Buyers searching for only the best schools in the county for their little darlings. And for good reason. Broward County Schools work hard for their good grades and are proud to be ranked well. Park Trails Elementary is one of those schools that shines in gaining that achievement. Read more about the scores here. Homes Available In The Park Trails Elementary School District Park Trails Elementary is located at the southeast corner of Trails End and Pine Island Road in Parkland. 10700 Trails End Parkland, FL 33076 (754) 322-7800   Parkland Florida has some of the best schools in Broward County Florida. If you are raising a family and want your children...
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By Terri Poehler, Coral Springs Real Estate Agent
(Realtor)
Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School is one of the leaders in Broward County High Schools and in the state of Florida. It is due to the commitment to excellence on the part of the teachers and staff. There are Advanced Placement and Honors classes for students to reach their highest potential. The schools test scores came in at Reading 73%, Writing 95% and Math 87%. Read more about the scores here. Here are available properties in Stoneman Douglas District Families seek out Homes For Sale in Stoneman Douglas High School District because of it's academic measures. As well as the music and fine arts classes and clubs, the school serves the needs of students for a well-rounded education to prepare them to succeed in their future endeavors.  Terri Poehler -Parkland, FL Real Estate Expert ...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
A clean, uncluttered home is very likely the single most important thing to get your home sold quickly and for top dollar. In fact, a recent survey by HomeGain showed a whopping 568% return on investment for money put toward cleaning and organizing a home for sale! And other experts say that a well-put-together home can shorten the time on market drastically as well. Before your real estate agent lists your Parkland home, it's essential for it to look its best. 7 Tips To Get Your Home In Tip Top Selling Condition Examine your living space and see it as a buyer would — then double check this list of staging tips to make sure you haven't overlooked these important details. Clear out the clutter. Tidy up counter tops, bookcases, garages and closets. Pack up your sentimental items. Personal...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
It's getting close to that time of year again — time to have a garage sale at your home! Here are a few tips to help you have your most successful garage sale ever. Advertise Your Sale In Local Newspapers And Online Many of the habitual Saturday morning garage sale patrons around Parkland and Coral Springs use the paper to plan their treasure hunts. They do this to make sure they hit all of the sales in certain neighborhoods. In the ad, mention your home address, date and time of your garage sale and any big or popular items you'll be selling. Open Your Sale Early It's best to open early, such as around seven in the morning as sales tend to taper off in the afternoon. Don't disappoint early shoppers who are typically your best buyers. They have a busy schedule and a lot of stops to hit....
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
The National Association of REALTORS® released its Existing Home Sales report for March on Monday. Sales dipped from February's seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.95 million to 4.92 million existing homes sold in March, a decrease of 0.6 percent month-to-month. This reading was lower than Wall Street's consensus of 5.03 million existing homes sold, but there is also good news. Sales of existing homes are up by 10.3 percent as compared to March 2012. Economists note that existing home sales have performed within a narrow range of 4.90 to 4.96 million since November 2012. This illustrates the impact of lower numbers of existing homes available for purchase in FL and around the country. The National Association of Homebuilders Housing Market Index reports builder concerns include rising ...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
Selling a house in the current market can be tricky, but there are certain mistakes an owner can make that will cause a Parkland home to sit still without a decent offer and cause the listing to go stale. In order to prevent that from happening, make sure you are not making one of the following mistakes when putting your property on the market. Overpricing While your home may hold sentimental value, many times that value does not translate into dollars. Be realistic about your asking price and know the details about your current market. Look at the list price of similar houses on the market to get a rough idea of what you should ask for your property. Make special note of the actual closing sales price as well as the time on market and listing to sales price ratio. A licensed real estat...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
An open house gives you a great opportunity to look more closely at Parkland real estate you might be interested in buying. It also affords you the chance to chat with the real estate agent so you can bring up any issues or hesitations you have with the home. Knowing what to ask can be difficult, so below are examples of questions to ask at the next open house you attend. Why has the seller decided to sell now? If you ask why the seller is moving, you could learn valuable information to help determine your offer -- or possibly whether or not you want to buy the home. Knowing whether the owners are about to go into foreclosure, have experienced trouble in the neighborhood, or if they've retired and completely paid off the home can help you understand how urgently they need to sell their ...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) report for April shows that builder confidence slipped by two points to a rating of 42 from the March reading of 44. The Housing Market Index (HMI) measures home builder confidence in market conditions for newly built single family homes. A reading of more than 50 indicates better than average confidence, while readings below 50 indicate that home builders have concerns about current market conditions. NAHB Housing Market Index Results For April Home builders expressed concern over a gap between a growing demand for homes and builders' ability to meet the demand for new homes as housing market conditions improve. Top concerns cited by home builders surveyed include: Availability of construction credi...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
Have you ever walked into a home for sale and looked down to see stained carpet or scratched and worn flooring? If so, you would probably agree that it doesn't leave a positive first impression. Imagine if you were a buyer looking at the same floor. The right type of flooring and whether it is well taken care of can make a big difference to buyers. If your floor is questionably clean, here are a few fixes to help remedy the issue to help your home sell quickly. Does your home have hardwood floors? You're in luck. Buyers love hardwood floors and some will pay extra to get them. If your hardwood floors are covered by carpet, painted over or showing anything but the natural wood grain, it's time for an overhaul. With the ability to rent large sanders and other tools, you can either refinis...
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By Ed Poirier, Top 100 Agent - over $650 million in home sales!
(Coldwell Banker Top 1%)
Recent home sale by Ed Poirier in The Greens of Heron Bay, Parkland FL 33076 Ed Poirier of Coldwell Banker has sold another home in Heron Bay. This Dorchester model built by WCI was located right on the beautiful par 3 located on the Heron Bay Golf Club's 5th hole. If you would like more information about resales or new constructino homes currently for sale in Heron Bay please visit HeronBayHomesFlorida.com This home has 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths with an oversized corner lot right on the water & golf course. A large Great Room & Master bedroom highlight this single story home. Comes equipped with a mosquito mist system for relaxing nights out in the backyard. The home in The Greens of Heron Bay also featured a nice eat-in kitchen, tile flooring, custom paint & generator hookup. HERON BA...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
The minutes for the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting held March 19 and 20 were released on Wednesday April 10, 2013. These periodic meetings by the FOMC cover a wide ranging group of topics that impact the overall economy in the United States. The decisions made and acted upon from the FOMC meetings often sway the real estate and residential financing markets. Some highlights of the recent FOMC minutes for the March meeting include: Jobs and Unemployment Gaining Steam The unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent in February. While lower than the average unemployment rate for Q4 2012, the rates of long-term unemployment and part-time employment for economic reasons saw little change, and both measures remained high. This suggests that the economy is improving in some areas, whil...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
If the thought of cleaning your Parkland home this spring doesn't bring a smile to your face, you're not alone. To help you get going, here is a short list of the 6 essential spring-cleaning chores. 1. Store winter clothes. It's time to pack away your winter clothes. (even in Sunny Florida) Coats, sweaters, and bulkier clothing need to be inspected, cleaned and packed away. Store your clothes somewhere clean, cool, dark and dry. 2. Wash window treatments. You'll be surprised at the huge amount of dirt and grime that a thorough window cleaning removes. Wash blinds, launder curtains that are machine washable and send drapes to the dry cleaners. While you're at it, dust the window casings, wash your windowsills and clean any window hardware. 3. Clean carpets and upholstery. You need to dee...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) issued its Job Openings and Labor Turnover report for February on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013. The data was mixed with preliminary figures for all non-farm jobs increasing from 3.62 million jobs in January to 3.93 million jobs in February. This was the highest month-to- month increase in jobs since May 2008. Non-farm jobs increased by 399,000 jobs from 3.53 million in February 2012 to 3.93 million jobs in February 2013, an increase of 10.2 percent year-over-year. More Jobs Means More Opportunities For Home Ownership More jobs generally means higher incomes and stability which enable more families to buy homes and qualify for mortgage loans. Hires between January and February 2013 rose from 4.30 million to 4.43 million hires, an increase of 2.70 percent....
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There are a variety of homes for sale in Parkland, Florida for every need and in varying price ranges. With great weather year round, Parkland is a quiet community situated right on the Eastern coast of Florida and a mere 45 miles North of Miami. To accompany this wonderful weather, the Atlantic ocean is only a twenty minute drive away.    Plentiful public beaches can be found along the coast, with spots for fishing and other forms of recreation. The ocean isn’t the only attraction to this peaceful community. Parkland was designed to be very much like one large park, as its name entails, there are a total of 9 parks that dot this thriving suburb. Only recently were stores allowed to operate here, to preserve the quiet nature of this community. 6 Acre Wood Park is a multi use trail open ...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
When you make an investment in Parkland real estate, it's important to consider your options for turning a profit even before you write an offer. It might be best to rent out the property to cover your mortgage and build equity providing cash-flow with solid rents and demand. Or, you could fix up the home and flip it so that you can sell it quickly for a larger amount than you invested. Both strategies may be appealing options, so here are some important factors to consider before making your decision. Flipping May Lead To Short Term Profits Flipping a house can be tricky, so you will want to have enough experience to know what you are doing, or work with an experienced advisor who can guide you around the most common pitfalls. If you are thinking about fixing and flipping a house, you ...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
Whether you have new neighbors next door or old friends moving across town, a housewarming gift is a great way to show you care. New owners always appreciate anything that relieves the pressures of moving and settling in to an unfamiliar neighborhood. Here are seven fun and easy housewarming-gift ideas for your friends moving into their home.   A Pair of Candlestick Holders Candlesticks are a simple, yet practical gift for a new Parkland home. They're perfect for a mantel, dresser or table. Choose attractive candlestick holders that match the house's décor and include a set of candles to burn. A Homemade Meal Moving and getting settled in a new house takes a tremendous amount of time and effort. This leaves little time to cook nutritious meals. Bring either a takeout or home-cooked meal...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
When looking to buy or sell Parkland and Coral Springs real estate, confusing terminology can leave you feeling somewhat uneasy. From a multitude of numbers to marketing jargon, property listings can provide you with an overwhelming amount of information — and it's hard to know what's important. So, brush up on the terms below and don't get fooled this April. List-to-Sale Price Ratio This is an important number to pay attention to when choosing a real estate professional to sell your home. The percentage is calculated by what a home was initially listed for, divided by the actual sale price. The closer an agent's percentage is to 100, the better. If it's low, that could be an indication that they routinely list homes too high, or you may be in a slow market which would favor the home bu...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
It's a great time to buy a new home because there are still quite a few Parkland homes for sale, and interest rates have continued to stay comparatively low. Whether it's your first time purchasing real estate or you're a seasoned professional, here are a few tips to make shopping for a new house more pleasurable. 1. Get Help Searching through all of the available properties on the market can be mind-boggling. Find a professional real estate agent to help guide you through the homes for sale and select one that meets your family and financial needs. 2. Start Looking Now Finding the perfect house can take longer than you might think, especially if you're looking in a competitive market. If you're looking at getting a good deal on a foreclosure or short sale, then these transactions can t...
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By Jon Klein, Search Parkland Homes for Sale - Parkland FL
(Real Living 1st Choice Realty)
Last week, the S&P/Case-Shiller Index showed home prices gaining 8.1 percent during the 12-month period ending January 2013, marking the largest year-over-year increases since the summer of 2006. The Case-Shiller Index measures changes in home prices by tracking same-home sales throughout 20 housing markets nationwide; and the change in sales price from sale-to-sale. Detached, single-family residences are used in the Case-Shiller Index methodology and data is for closed purchase transactions only. All 20 Case Shiller Index Markets Show Growth Between December 2012 and January 2013, home values rose in all 20 Case-Shiller Index markets, with previously-hard hit areas such as Phoenix, Arizona leading the national price recovery. Another notable gainer was New York, which posted the first ...
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