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Ask the Expert: US Realtor

by Kijner & Sons International Realty



Kijner & Sons International Realty
is pleased to share a recent report from
World First, UK first foreign exchange broker offering currency exchange and international payments to private and corporate clients in the UK and abroad. Laura Kijner, international real estate specialist with KSI Realty in France and Thailand and, Florida Realtor® with Fortune International Realty in Miami, Florida is featured in their July 29th issue on investment and relocation to the U.S.  

To read the full article by David Trumper, see below:

If you’re thinking about moving to the US, you’ll be aware just how many considerations there are – the actual buying of the property is one of the last things you’ll have to sort out!

Florida Realtor Laura Kijner has helped lots of people in their move to the US, and in this edition of ‘Ask the expert’, she explains some of the things you need to consider. 

In the U.S., every state has different rules and regulations, so wherever you are looking to purchase a property, you should get the relevant information.

Investing or buying a vacation home abroad is quite different from actually moving and living overseas!  Usually, people that have successfully moved to the U.S. have conducted their due diligences – they’ve gone to visit, they know the area, maybe they’ve been there for ten years for a month every year. Moving to the U.S. can be a long process. A lot of people don’t realise that getting the proper visa or even a green card is not an easy task.

Ask yourself the right questions

Do you already have the proper structures in place to facilitate your move and the acquisition of a property? Do you have a U.S. bank account? Do you have all the necessary funds available for an investment? How about currency conversion? Are you a cash buyer? If you need a loan, it’s probably best to check with your financial institution at home since, as a foreigner, you are unlikely to have collateral or a credit history in the U.S. You need to be ready, willing and able! And to be so, takes preparation.

Get to know the place and its people

Make sure it’s right for you and your family. Adapting to a new culture and environment takes time. You need to see yourself working and living there for the foreseeable future. If you are moving with your kids, you will need to think about schools and later colleges. Even to run the simplest errand, you are most likely to drive your car around. Do you have a driving license? Are you fine with driving at least an hour a day? Make sure you find a property in a neighbourhood you like, that is safe and convenient, a place where you can easily commute to and from work.

Drive, walk around, check various neighbourhoods, talk to some agents, talk to fellow expats who have moved to the U.S. and who will give you honest feedbacks, talk to an attorney, a wealth manager and a CPA about what’s involved – it’s about just getting that information.

Many foreigners do not know that dual agency is illegal in Florida. A real estate licensee may enter into a brokerage relationship either as a transaction broker – offering limited representation – or as a single agent with prospective buyers and sellers.

See a house you like? Go for it, whoever you’re signed up with

In the U.S., all real estate agents, with no exception, have the same access to the available properties in their market with the exact same conditions. As members of the Miami Association of Realtors, we offer access to the MLS (Multiple Listing System). The MLS is a tool where, in the words of the National Association of Realtors, brokers share information on properties they have listed and invite other brokers to cooperate in their sale in exchange for compensation if they produce the buyer. Sellers benefit by increased exposure to their property. Buyers benefit because they can obtain information about all MLS-listed properties while working with only one broker. Thus, it doesn’t matter where you find your dream property. Even if it’s not listed with the company you signed up with, your real estate agent will call the other agent and they will cooperate with each other to ensure a successful transaction.

The purchase of the property is the last thing we would take care of. You’re not going to put your trousers on when you’ve already put on your socks and your shoes!

Do things in the right order. If you are not ready to take the plunge yet, you can always sign up for listing alert emails on a realtors’ website – like this one. By signing up to alerts like this, you’ll get a good picture of a place’s real estate market – in this case, Miami – from prices to inventory and you will be able to monitor the changes over time. What you see today might not be available 6 months for now when you are actually ready to buy. Be informed!

Finally, there are many costs associated with the acquisition of a property. These costs depend on your own project, the selected property and its location, laws of the State of Florida, of the County and the City as well as on professionals and/or other providers you are likely to select from Attorney to CPA (Certified Public Accountant). Some fees are negotiable, other not. Some are recurring, other not. Most people are first time investors with very little knowledge of the acquisition and relocation process in the U.S. As a consulting firm, we are here to help and we offer tailored packages for a fee for those in need of full assistance.

Laura Kijner works with Kijner & Sons International Realty, which specialises in investment opportunities and income producing properties in South Florida.

Source: http://www.worldfirst.com/uk/blog/property-2/ask-expert-us-realtor-2/

Looking to buy a condo or a home in Miami? Looking to relocate to or invest in Florida? Contact us today at info@kijner.com

Sarasota-Bradenton Real Estate Market: May 2015 sales continue record pace

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to announce that according to the Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee, "[t]he residential real estate market in May 2015 for both Sarasota and Manatee counties continued to produce near-record sales, pointing toward another potential record-breaking year in 2015." 

Sales levels were at an historical high in both Sarasota and Manatee counties. As an example, 1,182 properties sold last May in Sarasota county with median sales price up 20% for both single homes and condos - single family homes selling for $230,000 and condos for $210,000. Pending sales dropped to 949 while distressed sales, short sales and foreclosures rose to 15.9% of the total Sarasota county sales.

According to Stafford Starcher, the RASM President, "[o]nce again, the market statistics are clearly showing the strength and vitality of Sarasota and Manatee counties (...). We are living in a golden era for local real estate, and the future continues to look bright." 

To read the full May 2015 Report, please click here

To learn more about real estate opportunities in the greater Sarasota Florida area, contact KSI Realty at info@kijner.com.

May 2015 Housing Trends eNewsletter

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Welcome to KSI Realty's most current Housing Trends eNewsletter!

This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.

Please click here or on the image below to view the Housing Trends MAY - 2015 Newsletter. For the Greater Miami Area Market Report, click here.

 

The Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Association of REALTORS®, the U.S. Census Bureau, Realtor.org reports and other sources.

Housing Trends eNewsletter is also filled with local and national real estate sales and price activity provided by MLSs and the National Association of Realtors, U.S. Census Bureau key market indicators, housing market video reports, blogs, real estate glossary, maps, mortgage rates and calculators, consumer articles, community reports that map shopping, schools, recreation and more.

If you are interested in determining the value of your home, click the “Home Evaluator” link for a free evaluation report. 

Sound decisions can only be made with accurate and reliable information, and we are happy to be a trusted resource for you. Thank you for the opportunity to provide you with this monthly eNewsletter, and we look forward to answering any questions you may have and to the opportunity to be your REALTORS® in the future.

The New TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure

by Kijner & Sons International Realty


As of August 1st, 2015, the Good Faith Estimate and the Truth-in-Lending Disclosure for most closed end residential loans are going away. Those two forms will be combined into a single Loan Estimate, to be given to consumers within three business days of applying for a loan. Additionally, the Closing Disclosure Form will replace the HUD-1 Settlement Statement and the final Truth-in-Lending Disclosure.

Watch this short video courtesy of Stewart Title to learn more about what the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule means and how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) changes impact real estate agents. To watch the video, just click on the image below. 

 


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April 2015 Housing Trends eNewsletter

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Welcome to KSI Realty's most current Housing Trends eNewsletter!

This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.

Please click here or on the image below to view the Housing Trends APRIL - 2015 Newsletter. For the Greater Miami Area Market Report, click here.

 


The Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Association of REALTORS®, the U.S. Census Bureau, Realtor.org reports and other sources.

Housing Trends eNewsletter is also filled with local and national real estate sales and price activity provided by MLSs and the National Association of Realtors, U.S. Census Bureau key market indicators, housing market video reports, blogs, real estate glossary, maps, mortgage rates and calculators, consumer articles, community reports that map shopping, schools, recreation and more.

If you are interested in determining the value of your home, click the “Home Evaluator” link for a free evaluation report. 

Sound decisions can only be made with accurate and reliable information, and we are happy to be a trusted resource for you. Thank you for the opportunity to provide you with this monthly eNewsletter, and we look forward to answering any questions you may have and to the opportunity to be your REALTORS® in the future.

March 2015 Housing Trends eNewsletter

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Welcome to KSI Realty's most current Housing Trends eNewsletter!

This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.

Please click here or on the image below to view the Housing Trends MARCH - 2015 Newsletter. For the Greater Miami Area Market Report, click here.

 


The Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Association of REALTORS®, the U.S. Census Bureau, Realtor.org reports and other sources.

Housing Trends eNewsletter is also filled with local and national real estate sales and price activity provided by MLSs and the National Association of Realtors, U.S. Census Bureau key market indicators, housing market video reports, blogs, real estate glossary, maps, mortgage rates and calculators, consumer articles, community reports that map shopping, schools, recreation and more.

If you are interested in determining the value of your home, click the “Home Evaluator” link for a free evaluation report. 

Sound decisions can only be made with accurate and reliable information, and we are happy to be a trusted resource for you. Thank you for the opportunity to provide you with this monthly eNewsletter, and we look forward to answering any questions you may have and to the opportunity to be your REALTORS® in the future.


Happy Easter!

by Kijner & Sons International Realty


KSI Realty wishes you a Happy Easter!
May the Easter bunny bring you lots of chocolate and may it be a wonderful time
spent with your friends and family this Spring.


KSI Realty vous souhaite de Joyeuses Fêtes de Pâques
Nous espérons que le lapin de Pâques vous apportera de délicieux oeufs en chocolat
et d'heureux moments à partager en famille et avec vos amis en ce début de Printemps. 

   


Florida Realtor Magazine April 2015

by Kijner & Sons International Realty




Kijner & Sons International Realty
is honored to be featured in the April 2015 issue of the Florida Realtor Magazine.

Florida Realtors® with Fortune International Realty in downtown Miami and international real estate specialists with offices in Bangkok, Thailand and Paris, France, brother-sister team Laura Kijner and Marc Kijner were recently interviewed on the ever-growing demand from Southeast Asian and Mainland Chinese investors for Florida real estate investment opportunities. With a dynamic property market and as one of America's best places to work and live, Miami has become a major investment hub for foreign buyers alike wanting to be part of the city's real estate boom. Marc and Laura offer their clients tailored-made solutions based on trust, presence, professionalism and a true understanding of each person's unique culture, project and needs when it comes to investing abroad. 




To read the full Florida Realtor® Magazine April 2015 issue, click here.

Looking to invest in Miami Florida? Looking to buy a home in Brickell, a villa in Coral Gables or a condo on Miami Beach? Looking for an income producing property in Miami-Dade or Broward County, Florida? Contact us today at info@kijner.com

Greater Downtown Miami - Annual Residential Market Study Update

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to share with you the "Annual Residential Market Study Update" for the Greater Downtown Miami. This report was prepared by Integra Realty Resources (IRR), the largest independent commercial real estate market research, valuation and consulting firm in North America, for the Miami Downtown Development Authority's (Miami DDA) this February 2015.

To learn more about IRR's latest research and findings on the state and evolution of the Downtown Miami's Residential Real Estate Market, click here or on the image below.


This detailed report will show you Downtown Miami's current condo market and resale options as well as the ever growing demand from Chinese investors who are slowly replacing South American and European foreign buyers thanks to a stronger Chinese Yuan and increased purchasing power. 

Are you looking to invest in a Downtown Miami condo or a Miami house? Are you looking to relocate to Brickell, Miami Central Business District (CBD), Edgewater, Midtown, Wynwood or Overtown? Contact KSI Realty today at info@kijner.com



February 2015 Housing Trends eNewsletter

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Welcome to KSI Realty's most current Housing Trends eNewsletter!

This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.

Please click here or on the image below to view the Housing Trends FEBRUARY - 2015 Newsletter. For the Greater Miami Area Market Report, click here.

The Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Association of REALTORS®, the U.S. Census Bureau, Realtor.org reports and other sources.

Housing Trends eNewsletter is also filled with local and national real estate sales and price activity provided by MLSs and the National Association of Realtors, U.S. Census Bureau key market indicators, housing market video reports, blogs, real estate glossary, maps, mortgage rates and calculators, consumer articles, community reports that map shopping, schools, recreation and more.

If you are interested in determining the value of your home, click the “Home Evaluator” link for a free evaluation report. 

Sound decisions can only be made with accurate and reliable information, and we are happy to be a trusted resource for you. Thank you for the opportunity to provide you with this monthly eNewsletter, and we look forward to answering any questions you may have and to the opportunity to be your REALTORS® in the future.

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