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Beautifully appointed large one story model with Long Lake views and beautiful sunrises. This home has beautiful upgrades from marble flooring throughout to coffered ceilings. Offering 5 bedrooms 4.5 baths plus office/den, 3 car garage, freeform pool and fenced in yard. This model is very popular and sought after due to its wonderful flow and floor plan. A three-way split offers space, privacy, and room to grow and entertain. Gourmet kitchen with NATURAL GAS cooktop, center prep island, snack bar, and beautiful granite countertops. All bedrooms have their own bathrooms with the exception of two which share a jack and jill bath. Long driveway allows for ample parking and a nice setback of property to show off the beautiful curb appeal. The Equestrian Club is zoned for A-rated schools, is right in front of IPC, close proximity to Global Dressage and WEF, surrounded by bridle path, has natural gas throughout the neighborhood and is comprised of only 149 homes. Shopping, restaurants, hospitals, turnpike, parks, and recreation are just minutes away

Immaculate Home in Wellington

As you enter through the double glass entry doors into this immaculate home, the views and use of space are endless. This home consists of 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, den/office, flex room, oversize/extended 3 car garage on approximately 1/2 acre lakefront lot. This property is private and offers a full home generator, hurricane rated screens around covered patio, natural gas throughout, Zero corner sliding glass doors leading to covered lanai, custom window treatments, crown moulding and light fixtures throughout. The entire yard is fenced in and offers plenty of room for a pool should you choose to add one. Original owners have taken extreme pride in this immaculately kept, gently used home. Castellina is conveniently located to all Equestrian Venues, Shopping, A rated schools and more. The amenities in this gated community are amazing and offer something for everyone. Let this home take your breath away, schedule your private viewing today!

7 bad things that sellers often do

Common mistakes - don't make them! 

It's stressful to sell a home, and many owners try less-than-successful tactics to maximize their profit, including:

  1. Pricing it too high: This is one of the worst errors, say real estate agents. Listing agents provide a comparative market analysis report that shows what listings in the area sold for in recent months and what is currently on the market. It's unlikely that an individual home's selling price will go far outside that range.
  2. Not hiring a Realtor: Another common mistake is thinking that selling a home by yourself is easy. Without the help of an agent or brokerage service that can put a property on the Multiple Listing Service, owners have to market it themselves, and mistakes may make it sit on the market for a long time.
  3. Hiring the wrong agent: Sellers should get referrals from family and friends, and be wary of an agent who agrees to list at the price you want if the market does not support it.
  4. Disclosures: Disclose all major issues and consider hiring a home inspector to spot any red flags. "These facts are always uncovered at some point in the process or, sometimes, after closing," warns Jill Hussar, broker/owner of Hussar Real Estate in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
  5. Listing a home too soon: The home should be good-to-go before the first potential buyer takes a tour.
  6. Not updating: Part of "listing the home too soon" is not taking time to make the house look as good as possible. Some low-cost updates include repainting with neutral colors, cleaning the carpet and adding landscaping.
  7. Jumping at an offer. If you receive more than one bid, take time to carefully consider all offers and don't automatically pick the highest one. Also consider the strength of the buyer's financials and requested closing timeline.

Source: Bankrate.com (08/08/18) Kearns, Deborah

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Yard-Staging Projects That Will Help Sell Your Home: Have You Hit Them All?

First impressions matter—and when you're selling your house, there's nothing quite like the vision of a manicured yard to really wow potential buyers. Like staging the inside of your home, staging your yard takes time, effort, and a little bit of money. But your hard work is sure to impress, and the payoff can be a fast offer.

Here are some of the best projects you can do to stage your yard and get ready for an open house.

#fastsale #yardwork #helpinselling #wellingtonflorida 

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Want hurricane shutters? You’re too late for 2018 season #hurricane #toolate

MIAMI – July 23, 2018 – The Trump administration's recent tariffs on steel and aluminum are affecting the supply of hurricane shutters in South Florida.

"Typically the average wait during hurricane season is about four to six weeks, and that's typically what it has been over the last several years," says Charlie Barden with Blue Coast Aluminum. "But this year because of the high demand, the price increase, we are waiting four to six months."

Barden said the shutters are needed for old and new homes alike to protect against fierce storms.

"It's the people who had homes that were built before the (new hurricane) code allowed the houses to be built with shutters. And there are people who are upgrading from a panel shutter to an accordion shutter. They don't want to have to do the panels anymore," says Barden.

If people haven't ordered their hurricane shutters yet, it may be too late to get them in time for this hurricane season, Barden adds.

Other South Florida shutter companies report they are experiencing delays from 14 weeks to six months.

Source: Wptv.com (07/20/18) Rogers, Tania

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Pay off the mortgage? Many factors to consider

Many of us dream of the day we're entirely debt-free and paying off the mortgage can be at the top of the list. Saving for retirement, planning for children's college education, and maintaining a cash cushion for emergencies are just a few items competing for your hard-earned dollars. If you're thinking of paying off your mortgage, understanding recent changes in the tax law, specifically the changes to the "standard deduction," can be a key deciding factor.

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Driverless cars could have big real estate impact

The era of autonomous vehicles is coming quickly, and it could have a bigger real estate impact than simply increasing demand for homes farther from the city limits.

Autonomous vehicles could usher in greater car sharing among families and neighbors. The car could take Dad to work, drive home, take kids to school, drive home, take Mom to work. Since vehicles are self-driving and will come when called, they may not even need to be parked at home and could be parked in a remote lot. Ridesharing services may grow to become a normal option for homeowners.

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Closing on a House Checklist: 6 Things Home Buyers Must Do Before They Move In

Welcome to your Closing on a House Checklist—a rundown of everything home buyers need to do in the 11th hour before they get their hands on those keys. Because when you're approaching the finish line in your home-buying journey, you want nothing to go wrong, right?

That’s why we’ve put together a home closing checklist, which outlines your action points in those few days leading up to settlement. Keep this list handy to know you've done what you need to in order to close the deal.

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Have you talked to your children about managing finances? Here are some tips.

Teaching Smart Money Habits

There's no doubt that teaching your child smart money management habits is vital to their long-term success. But amid all the soccer games, PTA meetings and lunch-packing, the school year can get busy -- making summer the perfect time to start teaching them about money. Here are some great ways to help your child understand finances:

  • Empower them to earn. Start chores young, giving your child small, incremental responsibilities around the house in exchange for money, play time or another reward. Show them that hard work pays off.
  • Encourage them to get a job. When old enough, encourage your kids to get a job. Maybe it's babysitting a next-door neighbor or clearing tables at the pizzeria down the street. Whatever it is, working outside the home helps teach financial responsibility, social skills and time management all in one fell swoop.
  • Try a prepaid debit card. Prepaid debit cards are a great way to teach your kids responsible spending habits without too much financial risk. Consider depositing a small amount onto the card each month and letting them figure out how to budget it week over week. After a few overly indulgent purchases (and a zero balance until the next month rolls around), you can bet they'll start learning how to manage their funds more wisely.
  • Use tech to your advantage. It's no secret that today's kids are tech-savvy, so why not leverage that? You can find apps to help them manage their allowance, learn to invest and save, and establish smart spending habits.

Encouraging your kids to develop smart money management habits can set them up for a lifetime of success -- and maybe even help them buy their first home.

30 Outdoor Kitchen Ideas & Inspirations

As the weather gets warmer, cooking alfresco is so much better than staying cooped up inside your kitchen. Dinner parties get moved to the deck, the barbecue grill gets fired up more and more, and guests naturally gravitate towards balcony doors or backyard chairs to take in the warm, summer air. Upgrade your open-air entertaining with these outdoor kitchen ideas, and turn your backyard, rooftop or balcony into the hottest spot to be this season!

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