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The Value of Homeownership

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Homeownership may be the most important asset-building strategy for individuals. The value of homeownership gives homeowners a feeling of control, a greater sense of security and stability.

Homeownership is typically given a lot of importance and homeowners are generally allowed to do whatever they wish in their homes. Homeowners have the right to make choices and decisions regarding changes to their homes that renters may not be able to make.

Homeownership is a financial goal most families share. There are significant community benefits to homeownership as well. Owning a home gives residents a stake in the community and a sense of “rootedness” in their neighborhoods. Enjoying the privacy that a home brings, making long lasting friendships with neighbors and best of all taking pride in your home. The pride you’ll feel in owning and improving your home is an emotional value that cannot be expressed in dollars and cents. The value of homeownership has been thought to promote thrift, stability, and neighborliness.

Homeownership is thought to be an important element in achieving personal fulfillment. When asked to define the good life, polls have shown that many Americans value owning a home over such factors as an automobile, a happy marriage, an interesting or high-paying job, and good health. The value of homeownership is credited with increasing self-esteem, life satisfaction, and an overall feeling of worth. Owning a home embodies the promise of individual independence but there are also many responsibilities that come with owning a home. The value of homeownership has been thought to pro-mote thrift, stability, and neighborliness.

If you are looking to buy your own home in Sarasota or Miami areas, these are some points to consider when seeing the value of homeownership. Allow us to help you see the value of homeownership.

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Homeownership better than renting in Miami, Florida!

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

According to the just released "2011 Rent vs. Buy Index" by San Francisco based and popular real estate site, nowadays, "it is more affordable to buy than to rent a two-bedroom home in 72 percent of America’s 50 largest cities". This could not be more true than in the great State of Florida where foreclosure rates have been among the highest in 2010 and with Miami ranking as the most affordable city in America for homebuyers, as shown below.

These results were obtained by calculating the price-to-rent ratio for the 50 largest U.S. cities in terms of population using the median list price compared with the median rent on two-bedroom apartments, condominiums, townhouses, lofts and co-ops listed on

To read Trulia's full Press Release, please click here

To know more about purchasing a home in Miami or anywhere else in Florida, do not hesitate to contact us at or visit us at

Condominium prices in Thailand likely to rise by 20-25% in 2011

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

According to a recent survey conducted by the Thai Department of Treasury, "Condominium prices are expected to rise further by 20-25 per cent this year with the number of condominiums seeking new registration are set to increase by more than 100*".

The survey also found that high priced condominiums are located in the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok. They are close to the main lines of the city's mass transit systems (BTS & MRT) as well as the major touristic sites and business streets. There, units are selling for over 200,000 baht per square meter, that is, for over $6,568 per square meter.



PulteGroup January 14th Quick-Off Party

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

On January 14th, 2011 Kijner & Sons International Realty participated in the PulteGroup quick-off party held at the Marina Jack in Sarasota, Florida for the launch of their newly built Centex homes and condominiums in the area. Founded in 1950, PulteGroup, Inc. is America's premier home building company.


Daniel Kijner (Senior Broker Owner of Kijner & Sons International Realty)
& Blake Lapinsky (Sales Coordinator, South Florida Market Centex)


Blake Lapinsky & Sandra Apignani-Waterman of Coldwell Banker (on the right)



View from the Marina Jack, Sarasota, Florida

View from the Marina Jack, Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota Real Estate Market: Sales surge in December 2010 and prices remain stable

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to announce that according to the Sarasota Association of Realtors® (SAR), the Sarasota Real Estate Market enjoyed a nice surge in sales last month with an increase of 27.8%. December 2010 statistics were even better than those of last year with total sales of 681 properties (500 single family homes and 181 condos). Comparing to November 2010, numbers rose not only in terms of median sale prices to $165,000 but also in pending sales at 789.

Overall, 2010 has been a good year with a 12.4% increase in sales comparing to 2009. In addition and for the last two consecutive years, sales in the Sarasota market have steadily risen. These are definitely a clear indication of regained stability in the Sarasota Real Estate Market.

For the full SAR December 2010 report, please click here

In the News: Why Florida is a great place to purchase a house!

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to share with you recent and great news about the various Florida real estate markets we cover!

Did you know that:

Florida's Gulf Coast has made the top 10 Value Travel Destinations in 2011 (To read the full article, click here)

> Sarasota, Florida has some of the finest beaches in the world and has been named #2 in the USA (To read the full article, click here)

> Sarasota-Bradenton market has been named as the most desirable community for retirement (To read the full article, click here)

> Venice Gardens near Sarasota, Florida is one of America's Best, affordable places to raise kids (To read the full article, click here)

> Miami, Florida is one of the celebrity cities on the rise (To read the full article, click here)

For more information about investment opportunities in Florida, do not hesitate to contact us at

December 2010 Florida Chapter CRS Newsletter

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Daniel Kijner, Senior Broker Owner of Kijner & Sons International Realty and CRS Florida Chapter District 13 Vice President, is featured in the December 2010 Florida Chapter CRS* Newsletter. 



* CRS: Council of Residential Specialists:

The energy efficiency diagnostic is mandatory in France

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

As of January 1st, 2011, the “Diagnostique de Performance Energetique“ (DPE) is mandatory if you are selling or renting a property in France (and must be specified in the advertisement). This energy efficiency diagnostic is done by a qualified professional who will issue a certificate that indicates both the level of energy consumption and the greenhouse gas emission level, on a scale of A to G, with G being the least efficient. In addition, the DPE must be accompanied with recommendations on how to improve the building’s energy efficiency.

To learn more about the DPE, click here

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