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    South Florida Buzz on Real Estate and Events Around Town! (Summer 2016)

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    Summer has been abuzz with sales and closings for our clients including having a fabulous buyer for New York Yankee’s Shortstop Bucky Dent’s house in Boynton Beach!
    Now that was cool!

    We have all enjoyed Boca Festival Days events via The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, White Coats -4 – Care Celebrating the incoming class to FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine and the Kick Off Party for The Rotary Club Downtown Boca’s 2nd Annual Mayors Ball at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.

    Just a reminder if you would like to participate in the Boca Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Mizner Park on September 25th you can sign up for FREE! We would love to have you.

    I have attached some housing stats for you and links to frequently asked questions about real estate. You can find me on Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram and Snapchat!

    We really are lucky to live, work and play in such a beautiful community!

     

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    Michele Bellisari is a 38 Year Resident of South Florida!

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    At The Bellisari Real Estate Group @ RE/MAX Services we know that professional staging should be part of your real estate marketing plan to sell your property. As an ASP and a Realtor I can tell you that staging your property is a small investment with a great return.

    It also gives your property a competitive edge over other listed properties in your community. We can do as much or as little staging as you like. I can offer complimentary staging advice that will help get your property sold faster! Stage your home & standout from the competition in today’s real estate market!

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    Prince Estate & Legacy

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    WHAT IS YOUR BOCA RATON HOME WORTH NOW??

    As a student at University of Florida in the 80’s, yes I am dating myself…I loved Prince, Purple Rain and his amazing music like 1999 and Let’s Go Crazy! It is very sad for us who enjoyed and partied thru the 80’s and those folks that really embraced his cool and iconic style. Started with nothing and was like a shooting star…didn’t let life’s circumstances hold him back!

    As a Realtor that specializes working with inherited properties and the heirs who have to deal with the contents and the real property I am curious what is going to happen with Prince’s estate…what kind of estate planning did he do as he was clearly a meticulous performer and human being. He is not married and has no children so it will be interesting to see who he has appointed to handle his estate and who his designated heirs and charities will be. Many performers and friends have spoken of his giving and charitable heart in life, so in the after life Prince will probably keep on giving.

    The other interesting piece to me is obviously the location of this property…I suspect in his will and I could be wrong, that Paisley Park will be turned into something like Graceland…it is a unique property in the middle of Minnesota.

    Then I think who might be a purchaser of this type of property if it were to be sold?  There is a home for every buyer and a buyer for every home. The recording studio is state of the art so perhaps a music icon? Problem I see is location, location, location…it’s in Minnesota… not exactly on the beaten path of the music industry and without Prince actually “in the house” what kind of draw is that?

    So we wait and see…to be continued…

    Dearly beloved
    We are gathered here today
    To get through this thing called life

    Electric word life
    It means forever and that’s a mighty long time
    But I’m here to tell you
    There’s something else
    The after world

    A world of never ending happiness
    You can always see the sun, day or night

    Here are some pics from his $10 million dollar Paisley Park estate courtesy of the Daily Globe.

    A glass pyramid on top of the complex (pictured), which was built more like a factory than a house, glowed purple when the star was in

    The property also included an extravagant 'lobby' area, where the walls were painted like the sky - blue and white - and large balconies joined the upper floors

     

     

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    Downtown Boca! “Come Early, Stay Late”

    WHAT IS YOUR BOCA RATON HOME WORTH NOW??

    Since coming to Boca in 1978 (my father brought the infamous Waterboggan Waterslide to Lighthouse Point during that time) we have enjoyed all that Boca has to offer. Amazing beaches, shopping, restaurants, schools, friendships, charitable organizations, business and lifestyle!

    Downtown Boca is a 344-acre, pedestrian-friendly district of shops, businesses, restaurants and living spaces. It was here that famed 1920’s architect Addison Mizner established his signature Spanish-Mediterranean style. The magnificent Mizner Park, one of the earliest successful mixed-use developments in the United States, was named after the famous architect, known for traveling between Boca and Palm Beach with his mischievous pet monkey, Jonnie Brown.

    WHAT SETS OUR DOWNTOWN APART?

    •Downtown Boca received not one, but 2! International Downtown Association (IDA) Merit Awards for our annual Brazilian Beat Festival and our Pedestrian Promenade and Sanborn Square Arches
    •The American Planning Association named Plaza Real one of its Top 10 Great Public Spaces in the US
    •Movoto called Boca Raton one of the Top Five Best Dressed Small Cities (number two, to be precise)
    •The League of American Bicyclists recognized us among just 11 other cities in Florida as one of the great Bicycle Friendly Communities

    We’re home to a full menu of annual festivals, from the weeklong Festival of the Arts in the spring to the spicy, sensual Brazilian Beat each fall. More than a dozen cultural attractions and art galleries call Downtown Boca home, including the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum, the Boca Museum of Art, and Mizner Park Amphitheater.

    With an ongoing commitment to beautiful aesthetics, promising business opportunities, and pedestrian-friendly initiatives, it’s easy to see why we are Boca’s beauty spot. Downtown Boca, come early and stay late.

    Check out the Downtown Boca Events that are happening weekly, monthly and annually!

    Keep following here for updates on the Downtown Boca Buzz …Like the restaurant announcements of Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria coming to our Downtown along with Juniors Restaurant.

    We have the iconic The Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Residences opening later in 2016 with 164 hotel rooms and suites, 100 condominiums connected by a skybridge, rooftop restaurant with outdoor terrace and bar (that for sure will be a hot spot), a rooftop pool, a spa, a lobby lounge, a cake shop and a club lounge. It also will have a 4,500-square-foot ballroom and several smaller conference rooms.

    The Hyatt Place Boca Raton is at the corner of Palmetto and US1 and has 200 rooms, will include an 8,000 square foot restaurant, as well as 4,000 square feet of space designated for meetings and conferences.

    Keep following the Buzz to see updates on local and Downtown Boca happenings!

    So much going on in Downtown Boca and Boca Raton…if you currently own property click on this link to get your FREE report on Your Own Home’s Value! Go ahead…click:)

    WHAT IS YOUR BOCA RATON HOME WORTH NOW??

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    Single Females Are a Growing Market Force

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    Great article! One thing I warn my buyers about is third parties like well meaning friends or family members who might also have a little envy issues that you are able to buy your first home or condo. It may skew the feedback you get from them.  Just food for thought. If you want a fabulous buying experience, connect with us via text, email or through our website at The Bellisari Real Estate Group!

    DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY, MARCH 02, 2016

    Since the early 1990s, single women have outnumbered their male counterparts, snatching up real estate at nearly double the rate, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. But this year they’re on a roll, and experts don’t expect that to stop anytime soon.

    Single women accounted for 15 percent of all home buyers—the second largest segment of home buyers behind married couples, according to NAR’s 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. Many experts predict their numbers will continue this increase in coming years, particularly as their average incomes have significantly risen over the last few years.

    The median age of single female home buyers is 50, according to NAR. The majority are drawn to single-family homes with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Location matters, too. “They often want to buy to be close to friends or family,” says Jessica Lautz, NAR’s managing director of survey research and communications.

    Mary MacDiarmid, a broker with @properties in Chicago, told The Chicago Tribune she’s worked with several single women purchasing condos. She says about a decade ago, this type of clientele routinely brought their parents to showings. Now, she says they do it on their own: “They’re not looking for someone else’s approval.”

    Source: “2016 Home Buying: All About the Single Ladies?” The Kansas City Star (Feb. 19, 2016) and “Single Women Are Big Homebuyers in Chicago,” Chicago Tribune (Feb. 28, 2016)

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    Freshen Up Your Space This Spring & Add Value To Your Home!

    It is that time of the year and all around the country Spring is upon us! Let the home selling season begin in earnest!

    Many people want to make a change before school next Fall or winter next year. Some of my South Florida peeps are looking to upsize to a country club or a waterfront community or downsize to a condo community or assisted living.

    Never the less, here are some great tips for everyone in regard to adding value to your home and frankly making it a more pleasant environment in general. I walk into many homes that have simply gotten stale or dated and it feels very heavy and depressing.

    We at The Bellisari Real Estate Group can help you with a list of contractors and vendors that we like and use (living here for 38 years helps in that area:) We also work with stagers and interior designers who charge a consulting fee simply to help you stage your home and use furniture and items you already own in your home. 

    I personally am going to be redoing my office and master bedroom, decluttering, selling some furniture that doesn’t work for me anymore and jumping on Pinterest and Houzz for design and concept ideas. You can follow my  Boca House boards if you click on the link.

    As a garage sale, thrift store, estate sale enthusiast I enjoy my “flea market” finds to replace and update the look of my home. Some of those finds include mirrored chest of drawers, an acrylic dining room base and table top, white bedroom furniture for my daughters room and the list goes on.

    So take a look at this list and see what you might want to do to “increase” the value of your home.  Not expensive tips and not to be done necessarily at the same time but you get the idea.  Here’s to a happy Spring home selling (or home buying) season! Remember with The Bellisari Real Estate Group “One Call Handles It All” and we are happing to help you with the sale or purchase of your home. We are never to busy for your referrals!

    We offer a  Free Report on Selling Your Home and a Free Market Value Report if you are thinking of making a move.

    Michele Bee Adding Value to Your Home

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    12 Things I Have Learned Since 2010

    Life Can Turn Upside Down In a Flash

    Lets just say that July 4th Weekend 2010 was a game changer for our family when my husband had an accident. Yup, it happened and it was not good. I am not one to put negative stuff out on social media as my personal opinion is everyone has their problems and I don’t need to add my Debbie Downer posts out there to the Facebook highway.

    Family health issue, housing market crash and banking crisis…oh ya, it was a real fun time, said no one ever!  For quite some time it was all we lived and breathed…talk about exhausting. I put my real estate business aside as the market sucked anyway unless you were doing short sales and foreclosures (and I missed that boat)to take care of personal business…which took almost 2 years to work through. Folks it was very challenging for me and our family emotionally and financially…flash forward to 2016 and my guy IS healthy and doing great…with a lot of hard work, good friends and guidance from smarter people than myself we now call ourselves the “come back kids” lol.  So here is my hit list of what I have learned that really came about in 2013:

    1. Faith and hope were key to moving forward through our bump in the road.
    2. FEAR sucks the life out of you…so just stick it in a box!
    3. Listening…and I mean listening to others who really had my best interest at heart.
    4. Weeding out the people that were just distractions…period.
    5. Forgiveness was for me and nobody else.
    6. Learn to heed the signs and PIVOT quickly when things are going sideways.
    7. That I really loved my career choice and just needed to tweak it so it worked for my work life plan…vs just all work and thus burn out. So I began focusing more on the listing side of my business to “control” my time more effectively (so I could spend it with my family) so I had a good mix of listings and buyers vs just buyers. And…taking a leap of faith and moving to Re/Max Services in 2013 which was pivotal…you know that feeling you get when you are grounded? That was how I felt when I moved there and re – started my real estate business.
    8. That I could be 50 and really business plan for the life I truly wanted vs settling for what I thought I was only capable of doing.
    9. That my inherent and authentic self loves to help people when they are in a shitty, yup said the word, situation and “want” help and I have the type of brain that is really good at working through the details that they can’t due to grief, depression, frustration, health issues, divorce, death etc when they are having to sell their most important financial asset…their home.
    10. That niches in business rock and to not be afraid to put the niches that I have successfully grown out there big time!
    11. That no matter how much success I have, without true joy in my life it is all just like a black and white photo.
    12. That I am who I am…a straight shooter… how you perceive what I say is your problem… I take care of my clients like family…I love my friends like family and hold them closer then ever before… I believe that everyone deserves a second chance… that family comes first…and I will always have multiple dogs in my house:)

    If you don’t like what is happening in your life, you are the only one who can change it…period. Having kick ass people in your life who tell you, Ok, enough of the pity party, lets move on, you can do better than this is like having angels from above just pick you up and dust you off. I was lucky, but I also listened, and that was probably the most important time in my life that I shut the hell up and just did what people smarter than me told me what to do. Here is to a New Year and to a Happy February 2016!!

    Peace,

    Michele BeeChristmas 2015