water view properties: Remodeling Magazine reports that expensive pre-sale Kitchen and Bathroom renovations are not worth the money spent - 01/25/11 02:44 PM
Remodeling Magazine, in partnership with NAR, have published their 2010 Remodeling Cost vs. Value survey, and are warning not to go overboard with pre-selling renovations.The survey reported that remodels done in 2010 will only recoup around 60% of their price when the property sells.  The kitchen and the bathroom are usually the two rooms that people remodel before selling.  Dan Stewart of Pillar to Post Home Inspections suggest that sellers should update the basics,  declutter nad hire a professional cleaning company to make tiles etc. sparkle. Here are a few points of what to avoid and what to do:Kitchen•    Don’t buy … (1 comments)

water view properties: 2011 GREAT AMERICAN REALTOR® DAYS in Florida's capital Tallahassee - 01/21/11 09:58 AM

Florida REALTORS® will hold the 2011 GREAT AMERICAN REALTORS® DAYS on April 12 & 13.  Well over 2,000 real estate agents will descend on Tallahassee to visit their Senators and Representatives. 
This two-day event kicks includes legislative briefings at the Challenger Learning Center near the Capitol, the annual "Taste of Florida" block party on Tuesday night, the agents' visits to their legislators, the Wednesday luncheon for all the attendees in the Plaza Courtyard between the old Capitol and the new Capitol buildings.  Usually the Governor and the Chief Financial Officer of the great state of Florida address the REALTORS® during … (0 comments)

water view properties: Some news from the International Builders Show in Orlando - 01/18/11 04:20 PM
The International Builders’ Show in Orlando this week showcases the latest in home design trends.  A separate laundry rooms and smart storage in unexpected places ranked high in a survey of 2,000 consumers carried out by Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.Other favorites were:•    home office or work space•    outdoor entertaining area•    outdoor living area•    bathroom with a freestanding tub and separate shower stall•    informal easting area close to, or in, the kitchen•    additional storage space with walk-in closet and/or shelvesThe latest décor was international, particularly Asian influenced.  Affordability and energy efficiency ranked highest with 68% of the consumers polled.  The latest … (4 comments)

water view properties: Top Designer David Easton at Miromar Design Center in Estero, SW Florida. - 01/18/11 02:45 PM
Reminder
MIROMAR DESIGN CENTER in Estero, SW Florida
Distinguished Speakers Series
Please click on the date below to register on line or phone (239) 390-5111.
              David Easton, David Easton, Inc.   http:// davideastoninc.com  , New York“Timeless Elegance”Thursday, February 3 at 2 p.m. RSVP by Monday, January 31        A look back at some of his favorite projects…. and a brief glimpse into the future. Named to Architectural Digest’s “Top 100 List” and inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1992, David Easton is considered to be one the world's most sought-after interior designers. Following his presentation David … (0 comments)

water view properties: Green Builders Vision House and ReVision House in Orlando at the International Builders Show - 01/12/11 02:49 PM
The International Builders Show in Orlando,  January 12 - 15, 2011, will showcase two demonstration homes:•    Green Builders Vision House 2011      and•    Green Builders ReVision House 2011These homes will use products to conserve energy and water, and offer good air quality. 
The initial costs of installing new technology are usually more expensive, but the lower maintenance costs will soon save the homeowners money, as well as providing health benefits.The Vision House has interesting, low maintenance landscaping and vegetables growing in patio containers, perfectly suited to busy professional who do not choose to spend hours looking after their backyard. 
The ReVision House … (1 comments)

water view properties: Florida Community Association Network (CAN) has announced its 2011 Legislative "Wish List" - 01/12/11 12:48 AM
The Community Advocacy Network (CAN, www.canfl.com), Florida's leading advocate for residents of  community associations, has announced its “Legislative Wish List”.
Millions of people live in common interest communities in Florida, including condominium, co-op and homeowners associations (HOA).  CAN’s wish list contains a “glitch bill” to settle inconsistencies in existing legislation.In the next few weeks, CAN will be working with legislators to sponsor new bills in the State House and State Senate or include provisions in other bills.  "Following on the Community Advocacy Network's successful 2010 legislative campaign, resulting in the passage of monumental pro-community association legislation last year, our organization will … (0 comments)

water view properties: 4005 Gulf Shore Boulevard North #302 Naples Florida - Beach Front Condo in "Gulfside" - 01/06/11 02:47 PM
TOES IN THE SAND!
Live in GULFSIDE, a wonderful building on Park Shore Beach in Naples FLorida!Watch the dolphins playing in the Gulf, palm trees swaying in the breeze and wonderful sunsets, from your  balcony!  Go to sleep by the sound of the surf .... This renovated 4th floor condominium on the south-side of the building is preferred by snowbirds as if offers winter warmth and sunsets, or join your neighbors on the beach walk to watch the sun disappear into the balmy waters of the Gulf.
Not a Short Sale, just a realistic Seller, and you could not be much … (2 comments)

water view properties: Cell Phones Numbers will soon be given to Telemarketers - 01/05/11 11:43 AM
 
REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month.
Cell phone numbers are being released soon so telemarketing companies will begin be calling you on your mobile!  This may be good news for agents who wish to buy such lists and make phone calls. I do not make cold calls, and I find the prospect of being called on my cell phone by telemarketers very unappealing!
But we do have a choice - register our cell phone on line by clicking here (National-do-not-call-Registry by the Federal Trade Commission) - it takes about 20 seconds..  You may register up to three numbers per … (2 comments)

water view properties: Can pets cure our ills? - 01/04/11 06:27 AM
As Hal Herzog writes in the New York times, anthrozoology is the new science of human-animal relationships.  
Of course, we all love our pets, but can they really help us overcome health issues? 
A scientist at the University of Pennsylvania found the first evidence in 1980 that animals might provide medical benefits.  Since then many studies have been carried out with varying results.  The Pew Research Center found in 2006 that “ living with a pet did not make people any happier”, and an Australian study did  not come up with any evidence that pet owners live longer.  Research in … (3 comments)

water view properties: You may have to pay more tax on the sale of your high-end home in 2013 - 12/31/10 06:39 AM
From 2013, a new 3.8% Medicare surtax will have to be paid on unearned income:  that includes interest, dividends, rents, royalties and capital gains.  As the profit of a home is treated as capital gain, you may have to pay this new tax when you sell your primary home on which you have made a substantial profit.
This will apply to people who have a modified Adjusted Gross Income of $200,000 (single) or $250,000 (married filing jointly).
Of course, presently a gain of  $250,000 (single) or the first $500,000 (married) will not carry any tax if you have lived in the … (4 comments)

water view properties: British Homeowners cut their Mortgage Debt since 2008! - 12/29/10 11:44 AM
Other country, other customs!
British Homeowners cut their outstanding mortgage debt by 6.1 bill ($91 billion in July, Aug, Sept. 2010, bringing the total money paid back since the second quarter of 2008 to 49.7 billion Pounds (&75 billion). 
Having extended their loans between 2000 and 2006, British homeowners stopped this practive with the onset of the recession in 2007.   Fears of “tough times ahead" made many British homeowners  pay off parts of their mortgages to reduce their monthly payments.Brits pay more taxes than we do in the US,  they basically work 5 months of the year for the … (0 comments)

water view properties: Real Estate Industry Impact of HR 4853 - Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4853) - 12/27/10 04:18 AM
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4853) was signed by President Obama on December 17.
The legislation is not "paid for", thus the extended unemployment payments also contained in the bill will increase  our deficit, but it also does not take any  revenue from real estate (and other industries).
Amongst other provisions, here are some that impact real estate.  The legislation:-•    extends the “Bush Tax Cuts” (6 tax brackets from 10% to 35%) in 2011 and 2012,•    retains the Capital Gains and Dividend Tax Rates of 15% in 2011 and 2012 ( investors with     … (2 comments)

water view properties: Fancy a tax deductable trip to France? - 12/26/10 03:01 PM

 
  Looking for international opportunities for networking in 2011?
  It's always a treat to go to France, and particularly to the Côte d'Azur, the French   Riviera  with its elegant hotels and wonderful restaurants!  
  If you wish to learn more about international real estate why not go attend the   MIPIM Conference in Cannes, France, March 8-11, 2011?
  Network, mingle, and connect with agents from all over the world, promote your   business and learn about real estate in other countries, and all this happens in  CANNES!   You could even combine the conference with a vacation!
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water view properties: How would YOU feel if YOUR backyard disappeared? - 12/22/10 04:01 PM
How would you feel if your backyard disappeared?   And a week before Christmas? 
We have to commiserate with townhouse owners in Sunrise, Florida, where luxury townhouses stay empty this Holiday season after their backyard fell into a canal.  Residents have been told to stay away from their homes.  Many of the Christmas gifts and Christmas trees are locked inside.
Six townhouses have been evacuated and Fire officials have checking the area to find out if the homes will follow the backyards into the canal. 
The incident has been stressful to the displaced families, especially coming so close to the holidays, and … (4 comments)

water view properties: Renowned MIROMAR DESIGN CENTER in Estero, SW Florida, announces 2011 Distinguished Speakers Series - open to the Public - 12/22/10 08:32 AM
The MIROMAR DESING CENTER  in Estero, SW Florida has just announced that they will resume their "Distinguished Speakers" series in January 2011.
Renowned designers and architects from all over the Unites States, including the great-granddaughter of Frank Lloyd-Wright, will give lectures over the next few months that are free of charge to the public.  There will be a chance to purchase books and to have them signed.
If you are interested in booking please call Monica Seif, Assistant Marketing Director, at 239-390-8213, or click on the dates of each lecture below to register on-line. Here are the details:The Distinguished Speaker SeriesOpen to … (0 comments)

water view properties: FEMA Flood Damage Avoidance Checklist - 12/20/10 02:03 PM
There are measures you can take to prevent your home from flood damage.  Obviously, the first thing is to check out your neighborhood’s flood elevation - call your local city or county offices and find out where you can have access to a local flood map.Consider moving essential electrical equipment in  your home above the flood elevation, and get an electrician to connect receptacles to a Ground Fault interrupter.
FEMA’s checklist can be viewed by clicking here.
Obviously it’s also important to make sure you have enough flood insurance – and remember that flood insurance does not come into force for … (1 comments)

water view properties: Bothered by repetitive "unknown" phone calls? - 12/19/10 11:54 AM

Do  you receive calls, usually from out-of-state, when you are notat homeand they do not leave a message, and when you check your caller ID it gives a number but states "unknown caller"?  Do you receive calls from callers who just hang up and when you try and call them back the line is constantly busy?It happened to me (again) this (Sunday!) afternoon, a number called me three times (so far), nobody there.  I entered the number into Google and found some useful websites, see below.These websites enable you to check if other people have been "plagued" by calls from … (5 comments)

water view properties: Condo, co-op and homeowners associations in Florida should join CAN - 12/16/10 11:45 AM
The Community Advocacy Network (CAN) is the leading Florida statewide network to promoting positive community association legislation while advising legislators to resist the urge to micromanage and over-regulate private residential communities. CAN works through its website and email alerts to give association leaders, and residents, the information and resources to help prevent bills which may be harmful to common interest associations and advocate for bills and amendments to bills which improve life in such associations.     CAN members are encouraged to advocate on behalf of their association at every level of government and participate in the legislative process.   My husband is … (0 comments)

water view properties: Miami now has largest REALTOR® Association in the USA - 12/16/10 10:12 AM
Miami Creates Largest REALTOR® Association in the U.S. The Miami Association of REALTOR® is now the largest  in the nation, and its CEO, Teresa King Kinney was recognized on the Inman list of the 100 most influential people in US real estate.  In August, the REALTOR® Associations of Greater Miami & The Beaches, and Miami-Dade Count,y became the Miami Association of REALTORS®.   This month the Northwestern Dade Association joined, bringing the total memberhips to almost 24,000.“We are all about connecting our members to help them do more business and we look forward to even more international partnerships, outreach and expanded marketing … (0 comments)

water view properties: Winter Holidays Safety - 12/09/10 06:29 AM
 
Good advice from Bob and Jeannie.  Every year too many people lose their live and are seriously burnt due to fires caused by candles and faulty electric lights.  Please be careful!
 
Suggestions from the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Fire Protection AssociationHoliday decorating:- Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.- Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.- Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor  or outdoor use, but not both.- Replace any string of … (1 comments)

 
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