Quick Steps for Improving Your Home

Great tips for sellers and landlords!

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Wash Windows – It makes the home seem brighter and only takes a few minutes.

Install a dimmer to instantly create different moods.

Replace doorknobs and light switch face plates & outlet covers. New ones are noticeable!

Select paint carefully. Blue is calming, great for bedrooms. Orange is exhilarating, great for exercise areas!

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Boca Raton Rentals

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Buying a Home in South Florida with FHA? Read This.


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Are you a concerned or frustrated FHA buyer?

In this article, we’re not going to talk about how things were and how the market was… we’re here to talk about how it is  — What we see in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and neighboring South Florida cities with our clients every day.

The Nature of the Beast

FHA loans are insured by a government agency. It is an insurance fund, the loan of which borrowers have to get from an approved Lender. There are other mortgage steps but we’re talking real estate – The appraisal has to be done by an approved appraiser, which will more than likely appraise the home for much less, sometimes several thousand dollars less, even below fair market value, and sellers in this area don’t want to lower their prices to be that low.

What do you do?

Our advice is this: View home purchasing as a business venture. Real estate can easily get emotional, but after you and your agent research and make sure that FHA will be accepted by the seller and the community/HOA if applicable, look at the home as you would a solid investments or business transaction.

Know that it may very well take months and several offers before finally closing on a home. Be sure to research beforehand and during for tips and advise and get more clarity on the details as they are in real-life.

In a bind with your FHA home buying process? Don’t be dismayed. Our team is capable of helping your search.

Call 561-208-1382.

See the link to view our agents. http://www.floridasbestrealty.com/our-agents

Here’s a link for more info on FHA facts from BankRate.com:



Florida’s Best Realty’s Featured Listings – July 2013

Find your Boca Raton Property here!

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In a Bidding War? FBR has Your Bidding Tactics!

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The Bids Are On!

Your offer is one of several. What can you do to compete, and most importantly, win?

Bidding situations are quite common these days with the low inventory and high amount of prospective buyers. Luckily for you, Florida’s Best Realty Agents have you covered.

When it comes to Boca Raton real estate, Florida’s Best Realty is your top choice! Real estate bidding in this area can be tricky, but we’ve got the experience you need to gain the upper hand.

Our tips can help you gain knowledge and gain the advantage you need to close the sale:

Choose wisely. Make sure your real estate agent is a good negotiator and doesn’t simply write and submit the offer. The offer is the very tip of the iceberg. Your realtor should be working on getting information on the seller’s needs and expectations. This means following up, getting more personal interaction, even meeting the listing agent if possible. And yes, our agents do all this!

If it doesn’t convey, just let it lay. Don’t turn off the seller with items such as rugs and lawn care equipment. These things should not be on a competitive offer and your agent should tell you so. Feel free to request and negotiate only AFTER yours is the prime contract. Which leads to our next point…

Make it simple. Simpler, the better & more attractive. The less complicated and nit-picky your offer is, the more likely the seller will consider it. Trivial items (leaky faucets, minor repairs, paint job, etc.) will magically make your offer invisible. These trivial factors will most likely be addressed.

Place a large consideration/earnest money deposit – Show that you’re a serious buyer. Money talks. Cash is king. Confident? Then consider making it non-refundable upon acceptance.

Financing? Know that Sellers and listing agents prefer CONVENTIONAL loans over FHA & VA. If you are a buyer who needs FHA or VA financing, present your highest & best from the get-go.

Do your research and get a strong, knowledgeable team to represent & guide you. Looking online and making a few phone calls can sometimes only get you so far. Ask friends, family and co-workers for recommendations. You can rest assured with Florida’s Best Realty. We’ll lock you into a strong team. From real estate company to your personal agent, to lenders, home inspectors, title company…etc.

We’ve been in Boca Raton for over 13 years and we’re equipped for every challenge and opportunity.

It’s a Seller’s market. Buyers need top notch counseling. Florida’s Best Realty can provide all that and more.


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Boca Raton Waterfront Property – For Sale

800 Harbour Drive, Boca Raton FL 33431



Interested in this or other waterfront property? Call Florida’s Best Realty!


Call Marshall Sklar: 561 222 5825

Office: 561 208 1382


Highland Beach House for Sale – 1004 Grand Court

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Over 8,000 SF, guest house, 50′ boat dock, no fixed bridges, direct intracoastal access, PRIVATE BEACH CLUB ACCESS! 6 bed, 7 bath estate home in Highland Beach. Located in Grand Cay Estates.

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“Modern class meets old world charm in this Highland Beach courtyard estate, plus detached guest house. Offering the best of waterfront lifestyle in a community known for outstanding security, exclusive private beach club and marina, gated-manned 24/7 security guard & much more.  Boasting over 8,000 square feet, completely upgraded throughout featuring 22-foot ceilings, exquisite decorator finishes throughout, marble floors, crown molding and RARE 50+ ft. dock with NO FIXED BRIDGES. MOVE IN READY!


To receive more details about this stunning home for sale in Highland Beach, contact the agent Marshall Sklar at 561-222-5825 or the office – 561 208 1382




Florida’s Best Realty – Specializing in South Florida Real Estate

First time and experienced Buyers interested in and Sellers of South Florida real estate in Boca Raton & Delray Beach:

Why should you hire an agent of Florida’s Best Realty?


We’ll tell you: Because we will guide you in the best direction, get you the best property in the area negotiate, find you the best deal, make sure you’re taken care of.

We’re you’re Boca Raton real estate pros!

We will work out all the big and little details to make everything run well. You rely on us, and we get the job done. It’s that simple.

We take pride in providing professional, comprehensive service while servicing our clients in their rental, sale or purchase.

We are firm believers in word of mouth referrals and in building a trusting relationship with each of our clients.

We’ve been rewarded for top performance in volume. Florida’s Best Realty placed 13th Top Palm Beach Producer in 2012.

Not to toot our own horn, but we make home buying, selling and renting a quick, smooth process, and the job gets done right the first time.

We love being realtors.

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It’s our passion. We specialize in South Florida real estate to benefit you. Looking for a home in Delray? A townhouse in Boca? A condo in Highland Beach? Call us! We’d be more than happy to help you.

561 208 1382

The Heat is On! Home Prices Go Up, So does Competition


The Market Keeps Heating Up



Simple economics:

Increased demand with very short supply drives prices up.

What is happening in the market now is Exhibit A of this scenario.

Regarding rising home prices:

U.S. home prices – UP 12.1 percent in April from previous year.

This marks the highest increase  since February 2006

More buyers are competing for a smaller pool of homes – just like back in ’06.

prices rose in April 2013  from April 2012 in 48 states. Price also rose 3.2 percent in April from March The previous month-to-month gain = 1.9 percent…

(info from real estate data provider, CoreLogic)

These are the facts.

Regarding the small supply of available homes:

More potential buyers have been seeking to purchase homes. But the number of homes for sale is 14 percent lower than it was a year ago. The supply shortage has contributed to the price increases.


The time to pull the trigger is now, not later.

No lollygagging or thinking things will be different if you wait — they will be, only higher. That goes for here in Boca Raton and Delray Beach and everywhere else.

Have an FHA, VA, Conventional loan?

Put an offer in now. You’re competing with cash. And the saying holds true: Cash is King.


Any questions, you know where to find us! We are the experts who will make sure your deal gets through.

561 208 1382


Homes Are Selling FAST


Buying a House? Expect a Bidding War!

Are you in the market to buy a home in Boca or Delray Beach or any of the nearby cities? Let us tell you it is a challenge — Demand is increasing, but there is very little available on the market. The number of listings has gone down, and the limited supply is swiftly snatched up by the fervent demand.

In our office and across the country, we are seeing eager prospective homeowners and investors buying property as soon as it hits the market, in some cases, without even seeing it.

Now, it is not uncommon for a home to get off the market in less than 30 days.


  • NORMAL – 3-4 Months (90-120 Days)
  • March 2013 – 62 Days
  • April 2013 46 Days

This speed is comparable to the Boom, but there is not much concern for a bubble since back then, it was all easy money, too many loans given on a lenient basis, whereas now, loan standards are more strict.

What we are seeing are qualified mortgagor (borrowers) and several cash buyers competing for the sale. Sellers often have at least one offer within the first few hours of placing their property on the MLS,

Where are the builders? Why aren’t we seeing an upsurge in construction in Boca and Delray? There are a few communities springing up, but not many single family homes. They’re actually putting the brakes on and letting prices rise.


If you have any questions, talk with us! We’re available to answer any and all questions, and we’d love to have you as a client.

Our office is located in Boca Raton, off of Yamato & Federal.

561 208 1382


Brazilian Buyers, Sellers & Renters: We Speak Portuguese!


Falamos portugués! We speak Portuguese!

If you speak Portugues, Florida’s Best Realty is able to accommodate you! A member of our team is Brazilian.

We will be able to help you find a rental or a sale or list your property for sale.

Just give us a call! 561 208 1382

It will be our pleasure to assist you!

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Se você fala português, Florida Best Realty, agência de imóveis, pode lhe ajudar. Temos brasileiros na nossa equipe.

Poderemos lhe ajudar a encontrar propriedades para  alugar ou comprar e também colocar seu imóvel à venda.
Chame-nos no telefone 561 208 1382
Teremos prazer em lhe servir.

Florida’s Housing Market is Getting Stronger


We see it everyday – property is flying. Trust us to guide you through this fast-paced, no-b.s. market!

From Florida Realtors:

ORLANDO, Fla. – March 21, 2013 – Florida’s housing market reported more closed sales, rising median prices, increased pending sales, more new listings and a reduced inventory of homes for sale in February, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®.

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Relocate to South Florida

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Ready to relocate to South Florida? Ready for the sun and fun you’ve always dreamed about?

South Florida sells itself. With year-round sunshine and warmth, it’s no wonder that our area is one of the most demanded and popular destinations for tourism and living. There are many job opportunities, growing cities and of course, tons of things to do, taste, see, hear, and smell.

If you are looking to live in South Florida, do not hesitate to contact Florida’s Best Realty: 561 208 1382 or email info@floridasbestrealty.com and one of our agents will assist you.

We make relocation easy. We’ll find a home in your price range and in an area that you will love. We specialize in the region, so you can trust our expert agents as they guide you to the perfect home.

Florida’s Best will be happy to help you whether you are relocating from out of state or if you are a local trying to find your next apartment, condo, townhome, or home. If you’re ready to buy or sell, we’ll help you too! Our experienced professionals will do everything they can to create a smooth and streamlined process, offering advice and confidence.

Live life by the beach – it’s always getting better!

Contact us today. We’d love to hear from you.

Florida’s Best Realty supports JDRF – Walk to Cure Diabetes

JDRF This year my company, Florida’s Best Realty Services,  has chosen to support a very special organization: JDRF. As the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, JDRF raises vital funds that accelerate progress to bring life-changing therapies and a cure to people with this disease.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults at any age. Unrelated to diet or lifestyle, T1D causes lifelong dependence on injected or pumped insulin and carries the constant threat of devastating complications.

As part of my company’s participation, I’ll be taking part in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes along with some my colleagues.  We all agree that JDRF is a superior charity doing unparalleled work and is extremely worthy of our time and support.

I’m asking you to help support my fundraising efforts with a donation. Your tax-deductible gift will help make a difference in the lives of people with T1D.

Donating is quick and easy. Simply click on the link at the bottom of this message “Visit Our Team Page” to donate online.

Please know that more than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. Past JDRF research efforts have helped to significantly improve the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered.

In addition to making a donation, if you are interested in joining me at the Walk you can get more information by visiting walk.jdrf.org or calling 1-888-533-WALK.  I greatly appreciate your consideration and support of this worthy cause. If you have any questions or need any additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Marshall Sklar

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Find Rentals, Sell or Buy! Trust Florida’s Best Realty.

Looking for a home or a willing and able buyer? Our team has got you covered! We specialize in real estate in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and the surrounding area.

Every year, we find and sell hundreds of homes and provide our clients with excellent, swift and effective service. We take pride in our work and know how to navigate the local market.

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Florida’s Best Realty assures our clients with fast, comprehensive service.

Just tell us your needs and we’ll deliver. We work with your budget and your credentials to find you a match!

Our listings include apartment rentals in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Deerfield Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, as well as sales in these cities. Feel free to browse online or simply call us and we’ll be happy to help.

Take a look at a few of our current listings on our site OR on Zillow: www.zillow.com/profile/FloridasBest/

If you are looking for South Florida properties, please call us. We’ll pin point that ideal home! If you want to sell, we’ll market it with fervor and sell fast.

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Why Home Prices are Rising

Right now, listings are here today, closed before tomorrow.

Investors and regular folks can’t get houses fast enough. New, resale and distressed homes are here in the morning, gone by the afternoon, especially in busy South Florida. Literally. We’re seeing it first hand.

Want to sell your home in South Florida? Now is the time. This is your textbook definition of “seller’s market”.

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Many cities throughout the country are facing housing shortages due to the fact that there is little to no investment in residential projects. No one wants to invest where the return will be so little. Residential investors are holding out for increased market prices, while the ecstatic demand of any and all available houses – old, new, distressed – is driving prices up.

Economists theorize that the housing market is held back by: 1. developers that are stuck due to lack of funding/land and 2. Potential sellers who are stuck in mortgages.

First time home buyers are not interested in foreclosure-related homes, which are now at their lowest level in four years, so investors continue to pick them up in bulk. There’s high, high demand from “organic” prospective homeowners who are seeking nice houses to move into. Home prices are responding to the increased demand nationwide.

If you’re ready to sell, don’t hesitate to contact Florida’s Best Realty. We’ll make sure you get into the market the right way and reap the rewards!

Buying? We’ll here for your house hunt! Don’t wait another moment. Inventory is flying off the shelves!


Sellers & buyers! Call Florida’s Best Realty at 888 912 3544 today.

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So you want to Call Delray Beach Home?

Delray Beach Florida is the perfect combination of sun, fun, relaxation, good food and good times. People come here to restore and cherish the azure waters, the night life and its beautiful people. Delray can be described as cool and calm, beachy yet sophisticated. With all it has to offer, properties within the city of Delray Beach are in high demand. If you want to live here, you have to act fast. Delray Beach real estate is a hot commodity!

It is easy to fall in love with the beauty and no-fuss attitude of this city, which is probably why you are searching for Delray Beach properties.

If you’re looking for the perfect Delray Beach homes for sale or a Delray Beach rental, you’ve come to the right place!

See all of Florida’s Best Realty’s listings, below. And call us. We’ll find you a Delray Beach home.


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We Are Top Palm Beach Realtors!

Florida’s Best ranked 13th Top Palm Beach Producer, September 2012

Looking for reliable Palm Beach realtors? Look no further than us.

Here’s a fun fact: in the September 2012 TrendGraphix Top Producers report, Florida’s Best Realty Services ranked 13th place out of 50 Palm Beach County brokers.




We’re top Palm Beach realtors, and we’re ready to service you.

Call 561-208-1382 or email info@floridasbestrealty.com now to find out how we can help you find a new home, condo or apartment or sell your current one.

NOTE: If you’d like a .pdf version of the entire Sept. 2012 report, please contact us.

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Is the Florida Housing Market Bubbling?

Housing Market: Bubble Trouble?


Here we go again. As prices rise, so do concerns. Here’s why:

Historically, stable market prices generally rise three to four percent every year. In 2002, prices were rising around 7 percent, which grew to 8 percent in 2004, then exploded to 12 percent in 2005. As we all know, by 2007, prices fell throughout the nation. This was the first time in our history that this happened.

According to a report by CoreLogic, prices are now skyrocketing back up, with home prices growing around 8 percent since this past December.

Florida has a lot of activity in its distressed home market. Investors can’t seem to buy them fast enough, and their increasing demand is hiking up the prices. Most have a lot of liquidity and are eager to take advantage of increased demand for rental properties. As the market recovers, it relies heavily on metropolitan areas in Florida as they have led recovery in the past (2011), but we’re not seeing exponential spikes in home prices, though they definitely are increasing.

Our state’s market is experiencing a slow, steady increase in prices and it is expected to have more homes in the inventory as foreclosures open up again. Foreclosures were at a bit of standstill due to the “robo-signing” committed by banks, but are now being cleared and pushing through.  The more homes available, the more even the supply-demand and gradual increase of home prices.

But is Florida’s housing market showing risks of a bubble?

Florida’s housing market is currently occupied by:

  • Confident consumers that have regained financial stability because of bettering employment rates
  • Investors who are likely to prefer to profit now than wait for the market to stabilize and rent the properties they’ve acquired (flip). What’s more, these investors are yet again leading the sales.
  • Potential buyers who are eager to move, and therefore, list their homes
The market can go either way from here. Prices impact sales, which lately aren’t strong. Most experts are predicting prices will increase this year, but prices can either go up where the market or down where the market is struggling if sales do not increase.

How We Compare to Other Markets:

States that have prices in double digits because of investor demand and drying up inventories include Arizona, Nevada and California.

Phoenix home prices are up 26%, and “REO Saturation” (the share of sales that is Real Estate Owned, or foreclosed) is at 17 percent. During the crash, it was around 50.

In Las Vegas, REO Saturation is at 38% and prices are up 15% annually. With the supply drying up, the bidding is getting higher, leaving owner-occupants and first-time home buyers out of luck and options.


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We have yet another way to connect with you – Pinterest!


For those of you who are wondering, we explain:

What is Pinterest?

It is a great way to connect with brands, companies and interests you love. Browse through pictures, add descriptions and create your own themed boards. You can get really creative, and you can always add images from a website or upload them from your computer.

Our Pinterest boards capture great home decor ideas, show some of our listings and provide info about our team and office, reveal some South Florida Fun and just for fun – we share pictures we love of what South Florida Life means to us – sun, fun, and the ocean.

We’d love to connect!


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International Buyers Actively Purchasing South Florida Real Estate

A number of South Florida homes are being sold to foreign buyers, including purchasers from Canada, China, Russia and Brazil, other South Americans and Eastern Europeans. Luxury, high net worth properties are being snatched up by affluent foreign buyers.

From Boca Raton to Naples, beautiful, private and secure homes. And they are paying cash since financing can be a hassle. South Florida real estate is a hot commodity as more and more opulent buyers are taking advantage of home prices and rare opportunities.

Steve Gara from the Examiner.com writes, “From July 2011 to June 2012, foreigners accounted for 19 percent of the home sales in Florida, led by Canadians, according to a report by Florida Realtors, a statewide trade group. In that year, sales to foreigners in the state reached an estimated $10.7 billion — out of a total of $58 billion. Canadians accounted for 31 percent of those foreign purchases, putting them in the top spot. In comparison, Russians only made up 2 percent of the sales, so it remains a small market overall.”

Florida is paradise, pure and simple, and it is known the globe over. If you’re interested in knowing more about South Florida real estate, contact us! We specialize in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach and more.

Call Florida’s Best Real Estate at 888-912-3544

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Best Places to Live in Florida – from CNN Money





Money whipped up yet another list of Best Small Cities in America for 2012, based on strong job opportunities, great schools and low crime rates. Only a handful of Florida cities made the cut, including Coral Springs at Number 96 and Weston comes in at Number 62. It’s no surprise that both are in South Florida!

Money notes that Coral Springs has a young population (27% of the city’s population is under 18) and points out Weston‘s affulent and outdoorsy constituents.

Have you been researching a great South Florida city to call home? Look no further. We’ll have the right location and home for you!

Florida’s Best Realty is passionate about connecting our clients with the home that addresses their desires and just feels right. Whether renting or buying, you can count on us!

Want to see what we have? Here’s a bit of a taste: Check out this hot listing in Coral Springs! Beautiful 4/2 Single Family home. View Florida’s Best Realty’s Coral Springs Home for Sale now.

Get to know us! Florida’s Best Realty – your South Florida Real Estate Specialist- is at your disposal.

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Real Estate 2012: Closing on a Good Note

According to the article “Real estate ending the year on an upswing” from nj.com, the housing market continues its rebound from the crisis.

Indices from the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price  indicated that home prices were up 4.3 percent in October from a year earlier, marking the largest 12-month increase since May 2010.

As we mentioned in our blog entry, Pending Home Sales Rise to Five Year High, pending home sales have consistently gone up along with consumer confidence and home prices. The industry is excited to see that pre-owned homes have been selling rapidly, as shown by figures from the National Association of Realtors.

Over 100 experts (real estate experts, economists, financial strategists, etc.) collaborated on Zillow’s Expected Home Price Survey with positive speculation. Home prices are expected to rise up to 3 percent in 2013.

According to Trulia, house sales are 73 percent back to normal (pre-crisis levels), delinquency and foreclosure rates are 41 percent back to normal and housing prices are 37 percent of the way back to normal.

Stay tuned! We’ll be sharing more information and new data about real estate conditions.

At Florida’s Best Realty, we’re feeling very optimistic about home sales in South Florida in the coming New Year. We want to be your go-to crew for your real estate journey in this fantastic area. Whether you are buying or renting properties and South Florida real estate, our experts will be delighted to make sure you get the very best outcome and have a great experience.

Florida’s Best Realty is always by your side.

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Pending Home Sales Surge to Five Year High | by Diana Olick, CNBC Real Estate Reporter

Greetings, South Florida!
We’d like to share some great points from this article from Thursday, 29 Nov 2012 by Diana Olick, CNBC Real Estate Reporter wrote this article on her section, CNBC Realty Check.
“Buyers are coming back to the housing market in ever greater numbers, as an industry index measuring contracts to purchase existing homes surged 5.2 percent in October from September.The monthly gauge of pending home sales from the National Association of Realtors was also revised higher in September and is now up 13.2 percent from October of 2011. This is a forward looking indicator for closed sales one to two months from now.“We’ve had very good housing affordability conditions for quite some time, but we’re seeing more impact now from steady job creation and rising consumer confidence about home buying now that home prices have clearly turned positive,” wrote Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the NAR in a release. Pending home sales are now at the highest level since March of 2007 and have risen, on a year-over-year basis, for 18 consecutive months. The activity, however, varies from region to region, and the Realtors say the Northeast, which saw a 0.1 percent drop in sales month-to-month- did see some impact from Hurricane Sandy.

Signed contracts also declined in the West, 1.1 percent in October month-to-month and are up just 0.9 percent from a year ago.

Pending home sales surged in the Midwest, up 15.6 percent month-to-month and up 20 percent from a year ago. They were also higher in the south by 5.5 percent sequentially and by 17.4 percent from a year ago.

Realtors continue to warn that while this housing recovery seems to be gaining steam, changes to the mortgage interest deduction, as well as other potential hits to the economy from the so-called “fiscal cliff,” could derail the momentum.”
Florida’s Best Realty thanks Ms. Olick CNBC for this fantastic article on the improving market!

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South Florida Home Prices Are Up!

Looking for the right opportunity to buy or sell in South Florida? Florida’s Best Realty is pleased to tell you that things are looking up! So dive in with us. We have what it takes to help you navigate South Florida real estate.

Throughout our region, home resales have risen and prices are increasing and stabilizing.

This October, we experienced exciting growth in Miami-Dade and Broward. Houses are spending less time on the market, sales are up on both single-family homes as well as townhomes and condos.

Expect to see a continual rise in prices. If you’re not in now, you better hurry! These significant upticks mean availability doesn’t last long. You’ve got to be active before someone takes up a dream property.

Interested in browsing for housing? We feature incredible properties throughout South Florida.

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Short Sales…….There’s Really Nothing Short About Them!

With the real estate meltdown occurring in 2005 sellers found just about any way they could to unload distressed homes without incurring judgements, liens and the fear of banks forever controlling their financial future. One solution to all of the above is the “short sale”, which to put into simple terms, is an agreement between a lender and a borrower to allow the borrower the ability to sell a home at less than the principal balance owed. So, for instance, if you bought a home in 2005 for $100,000.00 and it is now worth $50,000.00 in 2012, you would be left with a few choices. One, you could ask for a principal reduction (simply asking the lender to cut your balance owed on your home). From my experiences, this hasn’t worked, and most borrowers who attempted to go down this route ended up getting foreclosed on. Option B is a refinance; however, with negative equity (the value of a home vs. what is owed on it)