Selling your home, Preparation is the word

Selling your home is a big decision, so lets get it right.  If you have some time before putting your house on the market here are a few steps that will ensure the process goes as smooth as possible and you get the most money for your property.  First lets look at the outside of your house.  Don’t just think curb appeal, think presentation.  In today’s market over 90% of perspective buyers will view your house online before deciding to go and look at it, or worse not to look at it.  So when looking at the outside of your house, think about how the professional photographer will view it.  Yes professional photos are a must, if your agent takes their own photos, you may want to consider another agent.  So lets look at landscaping, if some trimming is overdue, start there.  Landscaping does not bounce back overnight, over grown shrubs take some time before they green up and look good in photos.  Second, pressure wash your home, walkways, pool deck, and driveway.  A dirty house leaves the impression that maintenance was not being preformed.  Remember, you are trying to put your best foot forward and attract as many potential buyers as possible.

Lets move inside.  First impression when someone walks through your door is not with their eyes, its actually with their nose.  So get the odors out, have your home professionally cleaned.  If you have pets like so many of us do, you already know your home can smell of dog or cat.  Amazingly cat odors are more offensive than dogs.  I think I have a fairly sensitive nose, and I can not tell you how many times I have been whispered to that the house smells like cat pee and its a no.  So cleanliness is a must, second air fresheners, third odor eaters.  Here I am talking baking soda, and volcanic rocks. The baking soda can be vacuumed into carpets, or just left in boxes.  The volcanic rocks you put in your air return for the a/c unit.  These are not magic bullets but they are effective.  Next big issue is stuff, or clutter.  I don’t care if you need to rent a storage unit, it is totally worth it.  Nothing makes your home look smaller than it is than to much stuff.  Not just knick knacks, and tchotchkes, but furniture can overwhelm a space or floor plan.  Into the bedrooms, if you or your children have a lot of clothes or shoes, then get those moving boxes with the hanger rod in them and thin out your wardrobe for a couple months.  If your closets look like one of those Halloween pumpkins with the guts puked out of its mouth, than you will have difficulty selling your home.  Again, remember this is about the photographs everyone will see online.  I know its hard, its not about you, its about your home and highlighting all the qualities that had you fall in love with it in the first place.  Once your house is on the market, continue to have a cleaner come in, you definitely do not want the good will you earned in the photos to be lost due to a big regression in cleanliness or organization.

Lastly,  eliminate surprises.  If your home is over ten years old get a home inspection and include the pest inspection.  You may think your home is ready to go, but will a professional?   This can assist on two fronts.  First if there is a repair needed that you do not want to make you can disclose it and offer a credit upfront.  You will be amazed how well that works.  It defuses a potential landmine by being honest and offering a solution.  Second, if it does reveal a defect that lenders would not be willing to lend on, you have the opportunity to make repairs.  This can become more difficult once under contract.  In an As-Is contract your buyer with their quality offer can walk away in the inspection period.  This leads to some sore feelings, and possible anger, and absolutely stress that can be avoided.  Worse, if the buyers do walk away, now this defect needs to be disclosed to all the perspective buyers and at this point you may not get the same quality of offer that you received prior.  So for $400 or $500 dollar investment upfront can truly lead to more money in your pocket and a stress free sale.  For me, I always recommend that, when my job is complete I expect to have a happy client and a new friend.  It sounds trite, but we really do live off the recommendations of our clients.  There is no advertising that can compete with the personal recommendation from a client.

If you have any furthers questions, feel free to contact me at 561-876-4568.  Thomas Traub an agent with Platinum Properties.

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Pizza!!!, Pizza!!!, Pizza!!!

carmelasProbably the most over due post I have ever had.  Maybe because I am selfish and did not want to share.  First let me tell you a bit about myself, I grew up in the Northeast and I am a bit of a pizza snob.  I like thin crust pizza and I do not care for big rings of crust.  Which I call a big doughy mess.  So a couple years ago I took a friend who had no idea what pizza was supposed to taste like to NYC.  She was one of those people who said all pizza was sooooo good.  After a variety of slices, we had a convert.  She said I can’t believe it can taste this good.  Well a year or so later another friend said you need to try Carmela’s.  My initial reaction was to roll my eyes and say sure, but she convinced me it was not like other pizza here in Florida.  So with some reluctance few of us went and tried it out.  Much to my surprise it is fantastic, so good in fact that if you transplanted Carmela’s to the Northeast it would be a thriving restaurant anywhere.

What pizza should look like

What pizza should look like

Now it has become a staple, at least once a month we go and get a Grandma.  Half cheese and half pepperoni and it never disappoints.  I wish I could tell you more about the menu, but haven’t ventured to far from the pizza.  What I can tell you about, are the salads are fantastic and the right proportion.  The bartender Mike, or the waitress Nina have had everything on the menu and if they recommend it, try it.  All the staff is super friendly at Carmela’s but I am most familiar with those two.  Carmela’s is actually two restaurants in one, on the right side of the building is the brick over pizza side, on the left is the wine bar Italian restaurant side.  I believe you can order anything from either side.  To me the right side is the loud family side with tons of kids and the left is the adult side, not formal but very nice.

Cute saying

Cute saying

So whether you live in Gardens or Port St Lucie it is more than worth the drive to Stuart to try Carmela’s.  It is located on Ocean Blvd about a mile east of Downtown Stuart.  So make a night of it, head to Carmela’s for dinner then out to Terra Fermata or Crush for Music, or maybe Kilwins or Hoffmans for chocolate, or maybe shopping along Oceola.  Either way it makes for a great evening.

 

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Rocky Point Home— 4276 Se Rainbows End—-RX-10081280

Manatee PocketRocky Point in Stuart,  is one of the special places in Stuart.  Geographically it is shaped like a thumb, surrounded on three sides by navigable water ways.  One side is the Manatee Pocket, one side is the St Lucie River, and the last is the Intracoastal Waterway.  From anywhere in Rocky Point is just short boat ride to the Ocean, in fact other than Sailfish Point it has the most convenient access to the Atlantic in all of Martin County.

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One of the things that I really like about Rocky Point is the pride of ownership.  Even though only a hand full of communities are gated, the whole area feels like its inside an HOA.  At the end of Cove Road there is a small park where people go fishing and to watch the boats go by on the Intracoastal.  Leading to it is a great wide sidewalk that is far from the roads edge that you will see dog walkers, bikers, joggers taking advantage of the wonderful setting.  Even if you come just to drive through, take an hour enjoy the great little communities, when you done pull into the Manatee Pocket have lunch or dinner or drinks at Shrimpers, Manatee Island Bar and Grill, Twisted Tuna, or the most unique Grove Dock Bar & Cafe with all its artists shops. Think its better seen than described.

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Now on to my listing, located at 4276 SE Rainbows End, Stuart FL 34997.  The home is located almost at the end of Horseshoe Point Rd in the Rainbow Cove Community.  Its a small self governed community with annual HOA dues of $100.00, approximately 30 homes make up the community.  When I was given this project by the bank, I had the the worst looking house in the neighborhood by far.  I felt bad for the neighbors.  Finally the bank approved the contractors bids and work began fixed up this diamond in the rough.  Landscaping was attended to first, and then the roof was repaired.  Since one valley had leaked the roofing contractors recommend all the valleys be repaired.  This work has been completed and the house is on the market.  The better features of the house are, wood floors through out, all three bedroom are large or oversized, cbs construction, a walk up attic from the garage, huge back yard, part of its fenced for pets.  Some items that need addressing, the kitchen is partway through a remodel, also the master bath is mainly original, and the landscaping needs lots of love.   mls report 4276 se rainbows

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If you are interested in other homes or communities in Rocky Point, contact me at 561-876-4568 or tom@tomtraub.com, I will be happy to help you out.

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A little self promotion- TV Commercial

For the past few weeks, my company Platinum Properties has been running a TV commercial on Comcast featuring some of our agents. I happen to be one of those agents, here is my spot.  You can click the hyperlink  Tom Traub Platinum Properties Commercial.

 Hopefully you approve.

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A New Look Coming to North Palm Beach

site plan Water ClubYou may be wondering what going up between PGA Blvd and  US 1 Intracoastal bridge, well its the Water Club.  A new high rise development by Kolter, it will consist of two towers with 73 units per tower and 20 villa style units.  This is a luxury community with prices ranging between 700k and 2M.  The first 63 units are being released now, construction should take approximately two years.  I do not have floor plans on the villas yet, but we have the four floor plans for the 22 story towers.  Floors 2 thru 17 you will have a choice of four floor plans.  The Azure, a 3 bedroom 4 bath 2600 square foot unit with an additional 444 sq ft of terrace.  The Brandeis, a 2 bedroom 2 1/2 bath 1728 sq ft unit with additional 335 sq ft of terrace.  The Cobalt, 2 bedroom 2 1/2 bath 1959 sq ft unit with additional 319 sq ft of terrace.  Finally the Deepsky, a 2 bedroom 2 1/2 bath 1949 sq ft unit with an additional 361 terrace.  The view should be spectacular, with the upper floors having not only panoramic views of Lake Worth and Little Lake Worth, but they should also have amazing ocean views.  My guess would be 6th or 7th and up to have ocean views.  I will do an updated post once the villas and penthouse floor plans are released.

Water Club   The current view of the Water Club property before the construction begins. Some of the features of Water Club will be private elevators, 15 boat slips just to the north of Old Port Cove Marina, gated community, a large resort style pool, and clubhouse, covered parking under the towers, and fitness center.

For additional Questions or to visit the site contact Tom 561-876-4568 or tom@tomtraub.com.

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Bluewater Babes Fish for a Cure—-Phenonenal Event

Bluewater BabesThe weekend of October 4th and 5th was kicked of with a great local event, Bluewater Babes Fish for a Cure at Castaways Square Grouper.  A charity that supports local ovarian and breast cancer patients in need of financial support through the benefiting charities, Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope, H.O.W. Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper, and the Kristin Hoke Breast Health Program.  This was my first year participating and the 5th overall for the event, it includes not only the fishing tournament, but also a costume contest, drink contest and boat decorating contest.  Our team from Platinum Properties participated in everything but the boat decorating contest.  My favorite was the costume contest, the imagination was outstanding, the winners all dressed as Rosy the riveter, I really liked the the boob bees, the ladies dressed as bees and the men as bee keepers, our team kind of combined the drink theme into the costume and took the Platinum Blonde drink and served it as Marilyn Monroe.

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Unfortunately it was a little to late on Friday night when I walked out the docks to view the decorated boats to get good photos, but the creativity was very impressive there as well.

Bluewater BabesSaturday started early with all boats doing a shotgun start from Square Grouper in the inlet.  We started great with Marie catching a black fin tuna within the first hour, but as the weather kept improving our fortunes did not, we failed to land even a single dolphin.  We were not alone stuggling to land fish, the weather was perfect the seas were calm but the fish were not interested.  Great day on a boat, in fact any day on the water beats a day on land.

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Fishing Tournament Winners

Fishing Tournament Winners

As you can see with the totals, not an impressive list of winning fish.  But that did not slow the fantastic time had by all.  The event finished up Saturday night back at the Square Grouper for the awards ceremony and the raffle.  The were tons of great packages to buy tickets for, even a custom Lilly Pulizter girls beach cruiser bike.  Not my style, but impressive non the less.  I know I look forward to next years event, and hope even more boats join with even more sponsors.

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Fabulous Horse Property in Jupiter Farms

9863 165th, Jupiter FarmsCome out and experience all this property has to offer.  This beautiful equestrian property is located in the eastern side of Jupiter Farms on 165th off of Jupiter Farms Road.  It is a 5 acre parcel that is fully fenced into 7 paddocks, one is intended to be a dressage rink.  A stable building was added in 2010, it includes an office, tack room, living quarters,  and 9 standard stables and one rehabilitation stable, and additional storage room.  The structure is approximately 130′ by 24′, owners currently have a commercial boarding license for the stables.

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The barn features two zone air conditioning, one for the office and one for the living quarters.  It also has a separate septic system for the office half bath and full bath in living quarters.  The paddock fencing was completed in 2006, all paddocks have irrigation which draws from the canal.

There is also a 3 bedroom 2 bath home with a pool.  The house was built in 1977 and is in need of serious TLC.  It has roof leaks and open permit on uncompleted repairs.  This home is a perfect candidate for a tear down or a complete remodel, it just waiting for the newer owner to put their personal stamp on this home. We are not including the value of this home in the property, the asking price of $435,000.00 only reflects the the land and paddocks, and stable.

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For additional information call Tom at 561-876-4568

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Carlin Park—Heart Paracours

Heart Parcourse Carlin ParkFor years I have gone to Carlin Park, but until the other day I had no idea they had a cool little workout course.  A friend asked me if I would like to do the Heart Course, what Heart Course. To me Carlin Park was just an ocean park with pavilions and tennis courts and tons of beach.  To my surprise on the west side of A1A is about a 1 1/3 wood chip track with 20 workout stations along the way.

Heart Parcourse Carlin Park Heart Parcourse Carlin Park Heart Parcourse Carlin Park  The first few stations are designed to get you stretched out and limber, then it moves in to some more physically demanding stations. Nothing outrageous, sit ups, pull ups, step ups,  and push ups.  There are also stations that are more agility based, and a you finish with a test of balance on a low balance beam like structure.  There are 20 stations in all the are cut out along the track, the track is measured with signs each quarter mile. Much of the track is tree lined so you get some shade along the way, plus being along the ocean there is usually a nice breeze, all in all it is the most enjoyable work out trail I have ever experienced in a park setting.  I hope to see you all out there enjoying a great little workout.

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Coming Soon to Market—-7675 159th Court North, Palm Beach Gardens

7675 159th Court North  A once beautiful property in Palm Beach Country Estates will be coming to market shortly.  This now bank owned home will be hitting the market in the next few days, its a 3 bedroom 2 bath with office on over sized 1.6 acre lot.  There is a lot to love about this property, its once magnificent landscaping is being brought back in shape.  Fabulous screened in pool and hot tub to enjoy from large linai.  The home also features a 2007 built cbs garage that is 45 feet deep and 32 wide and has 10 ft high garage doors.  This is truly a must see property, just to take it all in.  The lot is extra wide and deep backing up to the canal, it features mature landscaping and fruit trees, a wide variety of palms.  There is also a big beautiful concrete circle driveway.

7675 159th 7675 159th 7675 159th 7675 159th 7675 159th 7675 159th  There are also some challenges with this home, being a foreclosure there are some maintenance issues.  This 2144 sq foot home is frame with T111 siding, there are numerous places where it needs attention.  The master bath needs some tile work, and the carpets need replacing in nearly every room.  But finding a home with all the bonus features in the extremely desirable Palm Beach Country Estates will be nearly impossible.  Palm Beach Country Estates is an equestrian large lot community located off of Donald Ross just to the west of I95 and the Turnpike, it has amazing access to Abacoa and also PGA Blvd with the Jog Rd extension.  It is rural living with suburban access to shops, restaurants and major highways.

Call for additional information and pricing, Tom 561-876-4568.

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Great Jupiter Farms Pool Home on Rare corner Lot—-RX-9958290

12335 165th Road NorthThis is a must see home, located at 12335 165th Road North between Mellen and Alexander.  It is an extremely well maintained Jupiter Farms property includes bonus square footage.  This new listing will not disappoint. From the dramatic circle entrance driveway, to the beautiful manatee shaped pool, the lot is nice and deep and has access from 123rd trail for the side load garage and room in backyard for additional out building to house toys or stable.  The property is completely fenced, and features mature landscaping and over a dozen of coconut palms.  This 3 bedroom 2 bath and 2 car garage home is 1850 square feet under air, but feels larger due to the bonus square footage the enclosed Florida room provides. The complete square footage of the home is 2696. The home is a split floor plan with bedrooms on either side of the great room.  The great room has cathedral ceilings and includes the kitchen, family room, breakfast area, cozy fireplace, and wet bar.  This beautiful home is eligible to all buyers whether cash, conventional, FHA or VA financing.

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As always Jupiter Farms has fantastic access to both I95 and the Turnpike, has community based A rated Jupiter Farms Elementary School.  Jupiter Farms is adjacent to Riverbend Park, in my opinion one of the most spectacular parks in the area.  And if you have not kayaked or canoed the Loxahatchee River shame on you, just a few minutes down the river and you are in original unspoiled Florida with Cypress trees that are older than our nation.

For more information please contact me at 561-876-4568 or tom@tomtraub.com.

 

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