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  • BUZZ IN REAL ESTATE

    Open House Safety

    Open House Safety Should Be Taken Seriously

    Whether you are a Realtor  with a new listing or a homeowner attempting to sell your home on your own as a For Sale By Owner there is some risk involved when having an open house. As recently as today I was alerted to thieves distracting agents and homeowners at open houses in Broward County, Florida. While this is not new it is not going away any time soon. Open houses can be another way for unsavory thieves to “check-out” different neighborhoods and target homes to break into at a later date or during the open house.

    If you plan to do an open house please do not do your open house alone…period!

    In today’s social media and online world you simply do not know who has seen your “Open House” promo. I have included open house safety tips from the Chicago Association of Realtors geared towards agents holding an open house but same holds true if you are are trying to sell For Sale By Owner or FSBO. Just read between the lines. For entire article just click here. 

    OPEN HOUSE SAFETY TIPS

    [From the Chicago Association of Realtors]

    Start by reminding the sellers to put valuables in a safe and secure place, and ask them to remind neighbors about the open house. Be sure to reaffirm the security code with the sellers and arrive early to survey and double check the entrances. If possible, park in an area where your car will not get blocked in.

    Create a sign-in sheet for visitors, whether electronic or on paper, to not only contact them later but also to be aware of who is in the house at all times. Greeting visitors will help you get to know possible buyers and be aware if anyone suspicious stops by.

    When showing visitors the home, walk behind them and direct them as they go. If possible, avoid smaller spaces like attics and basements where you could become trapped. This way, the potential buyers not only get to explore more on their own, but you get to keep your eyes on the situation at hand at all times.

    Scheduling friends or co-workers to stop by can be another way to ensure safety at your open house. If they can’t make it, communicate frequently with technology by giving them a call during the showing or schedule them to call you. This lets visitors know that others are aware of your whereabouts and could sway them from doing any harm.

    During the open house, don’t be afraid to trust your instincts. If something or someone feels off, take extra precautions. Answering visitors’ questions with follow up questions is a simple way to learn more about them. For example, if they ask “Is this property vacant?” You can follow with, “Are you ready to move in?” or “Are you preapproved?” This allows you to better understand their intentions and where they are in the buying process.

    Good luck and stay safe! 

    PS… I use a multitude of cutting edge ways to market homes I have listed. Open houses are low on my “marketing” list because I leverage and use social media, live video and digital ways to showcase my listed properties to attract a pre approved buyers. Lets face it…shouldn’t it really be a second showing by the time someone comes to see a property if online visuals are compelling, on point and the description is not a snooze fest?  Interestingly I am finding more and more of my home sellers are not keen on the Sunday open house very much these days.  That being said Broker Opens are still popular within our industry for Realtors and Realtor caravans to preview. Interested in more seller tips and suggestions just head over to my YouTube Channel and  if you need a 2018 update on what your home value is click here! 

  • Buzz on Travel, HOME

    How to Choose Your Ride in Boca Raton

    Planes, trains and automobiles and yes limousines — getting to and from Boca Raton should be the least of your worries. When planning your trip to one of South Florida’s most exclusive destinations a little guidance is in order. Traveling by air can always be a tad stressful, but with three major airports surrounding the Boca area, your options are much greater and easier to navigate. The toughest part of a travel day is the transportation to the airport but with the info below, your travel day should be as easy as 1..2..3..

     

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  • HOME

    Hurricane Irma Tips & Preparation

    Boca Raton City Residents Hurricane Preparation

    Don’t forget to be neighborly folks… in a hurricane, everyone is under stress. Check on the neighbors on each side of you before and after the storm. If there are any senior citizens in your neighborhood please check on them to make sure they are okay. Who is the point person or persons in your community? This is a great time to join www.Nextdoor.com to stay in touch with and get updates in your neighbors.

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    Public Safety Alerts: Opt In & Sign Up Before the Next Named Storm

    Hurricane

    In the event of a hurricane or serious emergency, the City’s communication team will keep you updated with public safety alerts. Messaging may include information about city services, available resources and evacuations.

    When Hurricane Matthew threatened South Florida last September, the City sent a Code Red alert message to subscribed Boca Raton residents letting them know when the Emergency Operations Center was activated. Once activated, the City and the Police Department worked together to provide updates on Twitter, Facebook and Nixle. The Citizens Information Center (CIC) opened and began taking calls from residents and providing support and assistance. Boca Raton’s CIC is staffed with volunteers who are available to answer calls before, during and after the storm.

    This year, residents have an additional opportunity for communication and information through AlertPBC. AlertPBC is a Palm Beach County Emergency Notification system that provides all County updates, in addition to City updates. AlertPBC may be especially beneficial for those who live in Boca Raton and work elsewhere in the County, or vice versa.

    Getting the right information to the right people at the right time allows individuals to make informed decisions for themselves, their families and their businesses. To stay connected before, during and after a storm, be sure to sign up and opt in to receive public safety alerts.

    1. Text your zip code to 888777 to receive Nixle public safety alerts from the Boca Raton Police Department.
    2. Sign up for Code Red to receive emergency alerts for City residents from the City of Boca Raton.
    3. Sign up for AlertPBC to receive Palm Beach County alerts that include Boca Raton alerts and other cities you choose.
    4. Follow the City of Boca Raton on Facebook & Twitter.

    Visit our Hurricane Information page for Hurricane Planning Guide, videos and other resources.

    Courtesy: City of Boca Raton Website

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    Plan and prepare for the storm and receive important emergency information.

    Check out PBC DART, the free Palm Beach County Emergency app for Android and iOS.

    App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pbc-dart/id526473189?mt=8

    Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th with the peak period from early August through the end of October. Although
    the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting a below-normal hurricane season this year,
    they also caution that coastal areas may not have it all that easy. According to a comment made by the Federal Emergency Management
    Agency’s (FEMA’s) Deputy Administrator, Joseph Nimmich, “It only takes one hurricane or tropical storm making landfall in your community
    to significantly disrupt your life!” As part of our Hurricane Preparedness Kit, here are several tips that homeowners and renters can take before a hurricane strikes:

    1. Have a basic emergency kit, which includes battery-powered radios, flashlights,
    water, non-perishable food, a first-aid kit and prescription medications.

    2. Keep a written list in a plastic bag of important phone numbers. This can include numbers of family members
    in other states, local emergency management and shelters, hospitals, your homeowner’s insurance rep. or for renters,
    the landlord or property manager.

    3. From very early on, homeowners should verify their property insurance to see how much coverage they have,
    and if necessary, increase coverage especially for personal property. Renters should obtain renters insurance on their
    personal belongings.

    4. Know your evacuation route, have alternative living arrangements and keep your car fueled should an evacuation
    be necessary. Storing extra cans of gasoline in a safe place is also a plus.

    5. Homeowners should make sure that there are storm shutters to cover all windows and sliding glass doors. If
    you cannot install them, make sure you have someone lined up early who can complete the installation.

    6. Renters should review their lease to verify who is responsible for installing storm shutters. If you are responsible
    for the installation of the shutters, make sure you know where they are located and verify that there are sufficient
    shutters to cover all glass windows and doors.

    7. Have surge protectors on all major appliances, televisions, computers and other major electronic equipment.
    Also, generators are excellent for diminishing the damage that can result from abrupt power outages.

    8. Secure or remove potential windborne objects around the home such as garbage cans, barbecue grills, yard furniture
    and kids’ outdoor toys.

    9. Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.

    10. Determine how and where to secure your boat, RV, and additional vehicles. There are also a number of online resources you can
    visit, including the National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.govFEMA , and Palm Beach County Emergency Management

    PAGE INFO PROVIDED BY TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS IN SUPPORT OF THE REALTORS OF ST. LUCIE COUNTY 2016

    This is for information purposes only. Please rely on city, county, state and federal information on official websites for any hurricane related updates.

     

    Let’s all remember that we are all in this together!

  • #SoooBoca, BUZZ AROUND TOWN

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

    South Florida Buzz

    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! See what else is new in the South Florida Buzz!

    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!

    Guess who became an Accredited Staging Professional?

    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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    Real Estate Articles click on the links below:

    Why Single Ladies Are Buying On Their Own

    Why Rent, When You Can Buy!

     

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    FAQs Answered by the Pros

    What steps should I take to prepare my home for sale?

    There are several things you need to know before listing your home for sale!
    A frequently asked question from home seller’s before listing is what steps should
    be taken before listing their home. Not properly preparing a home for sale can
    put a home owner at a huge disadvantage.

    The expression “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” is absolutely
    true when it comes to selling a home. When selling a home you must be sure that
    your home presents itself in the best possible light.

    Making sure clutter is at a minimum, freshly painting rooms, installing new carpeting,
    or ensuring odors are non-existent are just a handful of things that should be done
    before listing your home for sale.
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    Tired of renting? With mortgage ratings going up now is the time to get your ducks
    in a row, get a pre-approval and start looking for your dream home or condo!

    Beat Out Other Buyers To Hot New Listings!

    Michele is a member of:

    Downtown Rotary Club Boca Raton
    Boca Walk to End Alzheimer’s Committee
    City of Boca Raton Downtown Advisory Committee
    ESRN – Elder Services Resource Network
    SRES – Senior Real Estate Specialist
    CSHP – Certified Senior Housing Professional
    P.R.E.P. – Probate Real Estate Professional
    ILHM – Institute for Luxury Home Marketing

    If your property is currently listed please note we do not solicit other agents listings.

  • #SoooBoca

    Prince Estate & Legacy

    Prince Estate

    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! He accumulated an amazing estate and left behind an incredible legacy!

    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 afterworld

    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.

    Prince Estate

    Prince Estate

     

     

  • #SoooBoca

    Single Women Are a Growing Market Force

    Single Women Article

    Great article on Single Women in the real estate market! 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)

     

    Check out what women in the Boca area are up to HERE

  • #SoooBoca

    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 - Spring

    Photo compliments www.mossbuildinganddesign.com

    Compliments of www.wowbathroomideas.net

    color affects your sleep - Spring

    Find more Tips HERE!