Upsizing your Home

Upsizing your Home

Upsizing your Home

Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. What may have initially worked fine for a single person, a young couple’s starter home, or a family with a newborn can quickly become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof.

Remodeling and adding to your home is one option for creating more space, but it can be costly, and the size of your property may be prohibitive. That’s when moving to a bigger home becomes the best solution.

WHERE DO YOU NEED MORE SPACE?

The first thought when upsizing your home is to simply consider square footage, bedrooms, and bathrooms. But it’s important to take a more critical approach to how your space will actually be used. If you have younger children (or possibly more on the way), then focusing on bedrooms and bathrooms makes sense. But if your children are closer to heading off to college or starting their own families, it may be better to prioritize group spaces like the kitchen, dining room, living room, and outdoor space—it’ll pay off during the holidays or summer vacations, when everyone is coming to visit for big gatherings.

MOVING OUTWARD

If you need more space, but don’t necessarily want a more expensive home, you can probably get a lot more house for your money if you move a little further from a city center. While the walkability and short commutes of a dense neighborhood or condo are hard to leave beyond, your lifestyle—and preferences for hosting Thanksgiving, barbecues, and birthdays—might mean that a spacious home in the suburbs makes the most sense. It’s your best option for upsizing while avoiding a heftier price tag.

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HOLLYWOOD FLORIDA REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES (11-09-18)

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HOLLYWOOD FLORIDA REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES

*as of  November  9, 2018

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Ocean Palms Hollywood

Ocean Palms Hollywood Beach

3101 Ocean Drive, Hollywood, Florida

Hollywood Florida is one paradise in the city that offers much comfort, leisure and convenience. Beach, parks, restaurants and everything nice at reach in the wonderful city of Hollywood. Have the home in the city now. The Ocean Palms Hollywood Beach is one of the high rise homes located in Hollywood bringing you comfort and leisure. It is located just few minutes away from Sunny Isles Beach.

Ocean palms Hollywood Florida

The Ocean Palms Hollywood Beach is an oceanfront home to many since 2006. The 39 story building has 240 unit for rent or for sale. Enjoy the magnificent city ocean views or the Intracoastal Waterway and equipped with the well maintained facility like the media room, business center and swimming pools that are exclusive for resident’s use. The condominium also offers valet parking and concierge ready to assist anytime. Being close to the beach, explore other water sport offered by the nearby water sports center. Living in the Ocean Palms Hollywood Beach will give you reason why Florida is a hot travel destination from people around the world. Each unit is intricately designed to satisfy your distinctive taste with Rich European wood cabinetry and customized lighting and floors.

Ocean palms Hollywood Florida

You can never go wrong in having this simply magnificent home at Ocean Palms Hollywood Beach. Considering luxury and comfort at your home, you deserve to have this for your home.

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You’ll Be Glad You Did These 4 August Tasks When January Comes

 

 You'll Be Glad You Did These 4 August Tasks When January Comes

You’ll Be Glad You Did These 4 August Tasks When January Comes

Go ahead and get that energy audit. And schedule snow plowing.

Take a few minutes out of your pool time this month to do these four tasks.

Then you’ll have more time to eat popcorn in front of the fire next January.

#1 Call the Snow Plow Now

If you live in snow-prone areas, now’s the time to get your name on the snow-plow contractor’s schedule. By the time your car’s buried in the driveway, their rosters will be full.

#2 Schedule Furnace Service

Get ready for sweater weather — and beat the rush — by scheduling the annual fall service for your furnace now. If you don’t already have one, ask about your HVAC company’s twice-a-year maintenance plan. Often, you can get discounted rates, not just for the service plan, but for larger repairs, too.

#3 Get a Home Energy Audit

Save money this winter by scheduling a professional energy audit now. Not only will you learn where your home is prone to energy loss, your auditor may recommend inexpensive ways to save money (like caulking around the baseboards). Energy.gov has info on how pro and DIY energy audits work. Find energy auditors through the Resiential Energy Services Network.

#4 Plant Trees

Trees increase home value, so give yours the best start by planting them at the right time. In zones 4-8 (which is most of the United States), that’s late summer and early fall. This gives them time to establish roots before next summer’s heat and drought.

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AVENTURA REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES (11-02-18)

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AVENTURA REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES

*as of  November 2,  2018

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One Island Place Condos - Aventura

One Island Place Condos

3801 NE 207th St Aventura, FL 33180

One Island Place Condos has 2 residential towers, each is 30-story high. It’s design is modern and classic with its glass architecture providing large windows and sliding glass doors. Each of the 112 residences feature an open balcony with year round bay breeze. The place is pet-friendly, has well-kept parks exclusive to residents only. Some of the exciting amenities are billiard room, tennis courts, swimming pool, and more.

One Island Place Condos - Aventura

Both towers are nicely located along intracoastal and Aventura waterways allowing each side of each tower access to great views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Golden Beach or the beautiful residential places within the area. It’s location also provides convenient accessibility to theaters, malls, restaurants, golf courses, parks and more!

The spacious interiors feature sleek and updated designs providing comfort to families or group of friends and individuals. Each well-designed units are available in 2, 3, 4 and 5-bedroom floor plans.

One Island Place Condos - Aventura

Building Summary

  • Community: Aventura
  • Views: OceanIntraCity
  • Year Built: 1991
  • Status: Immediate Occupancy
  • Bedrooms: 2, 3, 4 & 5
  • Residence Size: 2240 – 7340 sq. ft.
  • Pet Friendly: Yes
  • Walk Score: 40 (Car Dependent)
  • Total Residences: 225
  • Number of Stories: 29
  • Price Range: $100,000 – $5,900,000

There’s more to condo living than just convenience and accessibility. Get more out of condo life and wake up everyday to a magnificent waterfront and skyline views right from the comfort of your own home.

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5 Disasters That Always Leave New Homeowners Clueless

 

5 Disasters That Always Leave New Homeowners Clueless

5 Disasters That Always Leave New Homeowners Clueless

Like what to do when a tree falls.

You know what to do if someone is having a heart attack, or you hear an intruder — call 911!

But what about those other *emergencies* — the ones where you’re not sure who to call?

Here are five home- (and sometimes life-) threatening emergencies that often baffle new homeowners. (Plus, if you fill out this worksheet and post it somewhere visible — as well in your phone contacts — you’ll be super prepared).

#1 Skillet Grease Catches Fire

DON’T. THROW. WATER.

It’ll only feed the fire. Instead, the National Fire Protection Association recommends smothering skillet flames by carefully sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave it covered until everything’s cool; removing the lid too quickly can allow the fire to spark back up.

If you reach for a fire extinguisher, make sure it’s Class B or ABC — using the wrong type could spread the flames. And if you have any doubt about safely fighting the fire, get everyone out and call 911.

#2 Water Main Break

Maybe your yard is constantly soggy.

Or you have no water pressure.

Or your latest water bill seems awfully high. (Insert your go-to explicative here.)

All can point to a water main break.

Call your utility provider pronto and ask them to turn come out and turn off the water — they may use a special tool, known as a water key — because that flow of water can leak into your basement if you don’t stop it. And the water company can charge you for all that water leaking out.

The utility company will also determine if the break is their problem (in the main line) or yours (the pipe between the municipal line and your home).

If it’s on your property, it’s on you to fix it (surprise!). You’ll need a plumber.

And you’re going to need to dig a trench yourself for the new piping, or pay someone to do it. Labor can cost hundreds, even thousands. And until you fix it, you won’t have water in your house. (Repeat expletive now.)

The most common cause of water main breaks is tree roots. If you’re looking at your yard now and see trees that might cause this problem for you, hire an arborist who can help you figure out what to do — because you could hurt your home’s value if you take down the tree.

#3 A Carbon Monoxide Detector Beeps

Get everyone out. Now. Do not pass go, do not grab your valuables, do not try to find the cause of it, or even call 911 (at least not yet).

Some people say you should open windows first and even press “reset,” but the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) says to get the hell out.

The risk justifies their advice. This deadly gas, which is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, will kill you. Full stop.

What’s more, small, hard-to-detect fires are often the source of CO. Once you’re outside, that’s when you need to call 911, which is trained to detect both. And let them know if anyone is experiencing symptoms of CO poisoning (headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and lethargy).

The fire department can help determine the cause, which can be anything from clogged air filters to a faulty gas appliance, or even a defective detector.

#4 Hail Damages Your Roof

If your gutters have dents and pings from hail, there’s a good chance your roof does too, even if you can’t see it.

You need to call a roofer fast. And your insurance agent. Because if your roof is damaged, so are your neighbors’ roofs. And they’re going to be calling, too. Delaying could mean waiting months in line (giving leaks time to develop, causing even more damage) and could give cause for your insurance company to deny the claim.

Even if you’re unsure, a professional roofer or insurance agent can discern the true marks of hail damage because it’s not always easy to see. And what may seem harmless enough, like a few granules missing from asphalt shingles, could actually lead to worse damage later.

#5 A Tree Falls

High winds, ice, or disease can bring down even the mightiest tree. If everyone is safe, and it didn’t damage your house, garage, or another big-ticket item, breathe a sigh of relief.

But be prepared to handle the clean-up and repairs without your insurance company’s help. Most policies won’t pay out if it didn’t strike a structure. If something small is covered, like a smashed fence or cracked patio, check your deductible before making a claim. You may have $800 worth of damage and a $500 deductible, but making a claim to get that $300 could cost you that much or more in the long run. Because even filing one claim on your insurance, can increase your rates.

It’s best to save claims for much larger disasters that run into the thousands.

No matter how you pay for it, pests love a good fallen tree, so get it outta there ASAP. Chop it up yourself, call in some pros, or let friends and neighbors know there’s free firewood available to anyone willing to haul it away.

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Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
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WILLIAMS ISLAND REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES (10-26-18)

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WILLIAMS ISLAND REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES

*as of October 26, 2018

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Island Shoppe at Williams Island

Island Shoppe at Williams Island

Shop for the active lifestyle in you. The Island Shoppe at Williams Island offers wide selection of brand names NIKE, Adidas, Eleven, Scandal, Anatomie…and many more! They have clothes, jewelries, accessory items  and more. This is the best place to shop for yourself or find the perfect gift for the coming holiday season.

What’s more? You can charge your phone while you shop, gift wrapping available per request, the “Grab and Go” area offers selection of salads, pastas and sweet treats.

Don’t miss this month’s offer until October 31:  Trick or Treat Halloween Sale. Spin the Jack-O-Lantern ang get a chance to win 50% off retail prices.

Island Shoppe at Williams Island

The Island Shoppe is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm and Saturdays & Sundays from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Contact them at 305-937-7850 or 305-466-3572  or send them an e-mail at islandshoppe@williamsislandclub.com.

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Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
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Create an Evacuation Plan for Your Pets

Create an Evacuation Plan for Your Pets

Create an Evacuation Plan for Your Pets

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids, but far fewer have considered one for their pets. Take these steps to add your pets to your evacuation plan.

Assign pet evacuation to an adult. Everyone should know how to act during an evacuation, and that includes assigning one parent or adult to the pets. This allows the other parent and the children to focus on their part of the evacuation plan, so there’s no confusion during a high-stress moment when time is of the essence.

Keep evacuation maps and pet carriers readily accessible. If you need to evacuate, you should know exactly where every important item is. If you pets require carriers, keep them in a place that you can access easily.

Practice your plan. Include your pets in your home evacuation drills. It’ll help you see how they will respond and make changes to your plan if necessary. Getting your dog out of a window may not be as simple as you think!

Be prepared in case you get separated from your pets. No matter how much you drill your evacuation plan, it’s possible that a dog or cat will run off while you’re focusing on keeping your family safe. A microchip or a GPS-compatible tag can help you find your pets once it’s safe to return to the area.

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Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
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