Wednesday, June 19, 2019 / by Carl Gentile
Dealing With Hardwood Floor Scratches
Hardwood floors are highly desirable for most homeowners, but they come with their share of challenges when it comes to cleaning, maintenance, and repairs. After a few months or years of heavy use from kids playing with toys and chairs being shuffled around, it may be time for some DIY fixes.
Hiding scratches: If you’ve got a good eye for matching colors, you can actually use crayons or markers or purchase wax sticks from the hardware store to fill-in scratches. Try to match the stain color on your floors, but don’t worry if it’s a little off. If the color is close, once the scratch is filled, it’ll look like a variation in the wood grain.
Polishing floors: You can make a polish solution for your floors from household ingredients. Mix olive oil and vinegar in equal parts, pour it directly into scratches, and then wipe it off after 24 hours. It may take several applications, but this homemade polish will fill a ...
Friday, May 24, 2019 / by Carl Gentile
May - Luxury Real Estate Numbers from April 2019
End of season here in the Palm Beaches usually comes around April 15th, but this year numbers showed different. We saw a 15% increase in number of homes sold from March to April, from 33 to 38 in our luxury market single family homes and a 38% increase from 32 to 44 sold in our luxury condominium category. The Palm Beaches continues to remain as a strong, growing market as people and companies continue to escape high tax states. Inventory continues to drop as a combined total of 14% down from March as season lasts longer and more individuals and families continue to homestead here in the Sunshine State. ...
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 / by Carl Gentile
Luxury Real Estate Market Update
The Palm Beaches - April 2019
March results are in and 2019 is off to a strong start. The number of sold properties has almost doubled since February along with the median sales price! Mortgage rates have settled from a shaky start in 2019 and are at industry low levels once again! Cheap money makes buying your dream home much more realistic! Although a drop in active inventory once again plays a factor in rising prices, as the simple premise of supply and demand comes into play for a third time over the past 12 months in price hikes.
As Florida continues to rise in popularity as a tax shelter and safe haven for individuals coming from high tax states, we continue to see on average close to 1,000 people per day moving to the Sunshine State! Buyers are feeling strong again, but the lack of quality inventory has caused a lengthy increase in days on market for the average property as overzealous sellers take time to come to sense on their propertie ...
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 / by Carl Gentile
Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to use your monthly housing costs to increase your family’s wealth.
Every month that you pay your mortgage, you are paying off a portion of the debt that you took on to purchase your home. Therefore, you own a little bit more of your home every month in the form of home equity. As your home’s value increases, you alsogain home equity.
Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over 100 economists, real estate experts, and investment and market strategists. They are asked to project how residential home prices will appreciate over the next five years for their Home Price Expectation Survey (HPES).
The latest data from their Q1 2019 Survey revealed th ...
Sunday, March 17, 2019 / by Carl Gentile