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At what point can you really call yourself an real estate investor? On a daily basis we receive calls from buyers that state they are real estate "investors" looking for a good deal.  But are those buyers qualified to be calling themselves investors at all?  Here are my key conversation points th...
This is a fun, fast paced video that talks about short sales and owing the government.   Short Sale Now or PAY    Please visit our website www.palmelite.com      
Although we all love a great cannonball, an in-ground pool may be your belly flop- worst choice when deciding where to get the biggest returns for your buck in upgrades. Typically it will cost between 25k-50k depending on the size and quality of pool materials before anyone will be able to set fo...
We are changing from summer to fall and for many homeowners this begins to instill fear thinking that without summer they will be unable to sell their home. Many buyers like to get settled in before children begin the school year, many hate to move in the cold, BUT this does not mean that it is t...
Q: Does the health care law impose a 3.8 percent tax on profits from selling your home? A: No, with very few exceptions. The first $250,000 in profit from the sale of a personal residence won’t be taxed, or the first $500,000 in the case of a married couple. The tax falls on relatively few — thos...
  Foreclosures were up 47% in March from a year ago, and up 7% from last month alone, according to Realty Trac,  While foreclosure rates leveled off last year in the second and third quarters, many economists and industry insiders are predicting foreclosures to surge again in coming months. Econo...
  Even the smallest improvements on a property can have a wonderful impact on prospective buyers. These improvements can be inexpensive, affordable, but alter the property for the better. One of the most important areas such as this is THE LAWN. Through the landscaping, an owner can transform a b...
I think Luxury is relative and not absolute. It’s all about the person’s point of view on the particular subject that really matters. Below are the dictionary definitions of luxury! 1.a material object, service, etc., conducive to sumptuous living, usually a delicacy, elegance, or refinement of l...
The four hurricanes that hit Florida in 2004, along with Hurricane Katrina in 2005, set off a building boom that drained domestic supplies of drywall, a board used to create the interior walls of homes. Builders turned to imported materials, much of it from China. But serious problems soon emerge...
There are homes that are hard to insure and there are homes that are hard to finance. Homes in flood plains, adjacent to wildfire zones and in the likely path of hurricanes can be difficult and expensive to insure. When fire or wind risk is high, many homeowners wind up having to buy coverage fro...

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