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November 2012 eNewsletter Housing Trends

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

We are pleased to share with you the November 2012 Housing Trends eNewsletter. Just click on the following link http://dkijner.housingtrendsenewsletter.com.

For the Greater Miami Area Market Report, click here.

For the Sarasota Area Market Report, click here

This eNewsletter is filled with local and national real estate and price activity provided by MLSs and the National Association of Realtors, U.S. Census Bureau key market indicators, consumer videos, blogs, real estate glossary, mortgage rates and calculators, consumers articles, and REALTORS.com local community reports.

Real Estate In Florida And Thailand: “Same-Same Or Different” ? (Part 1)

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Marc H. Kijner and Laura Kijner, Realtors® with Fortune International Realty in Miami, Florida and Broker-Owners of Kijner & Sons International Realty (Thailand), Co. LTD in Bangkok are pleased to share with you the 1st part of their co-written article entitled "Real Estate In Florida And Thailand: Same-Same Or Different?" published on 22 November 2012 on Thailand Business News.com.

Thailand Business News.com is a comprehensive news service about Thailand with a business and financial perspective edited in Bangkok by Siam News Network. The news website has a daily average of 3,000 visitors, over 19,000 page views, more than 100,000 hits per day and well over 2,000 articles published in several languages such as English, Chinese, Russian and Hindi.

To read Marc & Laura's full article, click on the image below or here.


Source: http://thailand-business-news.com/real-estate/42175-real-estate-in-Florida-and-thailand-same-same-or-different

Happy Thanksgiving!

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

 

Sarasota Real Estate Market: October 2012 sales jump 24 percent over last year

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to announce that "[m]embers of the Sarasota Association of Realtors® sold 719 properties in October 2012, a robust 24 percent increase over last October's figure of 577 total sales. The sales total was also 10.9 percent higher than in September, when 648 properties changed hands".

A total of 516 single family homes and 193 condos with respective median sales prices of $176,000 and $160,000 sold last month.

Pending sales rose to 954 and available inventory of homes on the market increased to 3,517 compared to last month's 3,460. 

According to SAR President, Laura Benson "(...) the Sarasota real estate market is in full recovery mode, and our members are remaining very busy helping clients buy and sell property (...) This is probably the optimum time to list your home, if you've considered selling during the recent time period. The season is almost upon us, and our winter residents and visitors will begin to arrive soon."

To read the full October 2012 SAR Report and get all the statistics, please click here

To learn more about real estate opportunities in the Sarasota area, contact Kijner & Sons International Realty at info@kijner.com.

Looking up: Ceiling Issues and Maintenance

by Kijner & Sons International Realty


While it may not get the attention of the walls and floors, the ceiling can be an indicator of certain problems affecting a home’s condition, so it’s important to identify and address any issues that arise.

From “popcorn” to plaster, wood to drywall, there are many different ceiling materials in today’s homes. Look for signs of damage no matter what the material. Ceiling stains can indicate water damage from leaking pipes, a bathroom fixture overflow, or a leaky roof. Before any attempt is made to repair water damage, it must be determined if the cause of the leak will continue to affect the ceiling, or if it the damage is related to a single event in the past. If water is dripping from the ceiling, the source of the water will need to be found and stopped, and the ceiling material will need to be thoroughly dried before attempting any repair work. If the damage is severe, a professional contractor specializing in structural drying should be consulted.

Mold is a real threat when moisture is allowed to remain in the ceiling and the space above it. It can take a little as a few days for mold to begin growing inside a ceiling, so acting quickly to get everything completely dry is the best course. In addition to being a health hazard, mold can eventually cause structural damage to the home if left to grow and thrive. Mold removal should be done by a qualified professional who will certify that their work is done correctly.

Minor ceiling cracks are not uncommon and may simply be the result of the home settling. Even older homes can continue to settle for decades. If the cracks are minor, they can be repaired with relative ease. The technique used will depend on the ceiling material. Old plaster ceilings will often sag and crack over time, and can be patched with drywall instead of new plaster. Cracks in a popcorn ceiling can be covered with aerosol sprays made specifically for this use. Major cracking can be due to seismic activity or structural issues and should be assessed by a professional before repair or replacement.

Paying attention to the ceiling can really pay off by allowing the discovery of small problems before they can become big ones – avoiding serious and potentially costly problems down the road for homeowners.

Questions? Comments? Looking to buy a house in Miami or Sarasota, Florida? Contact Kijner & Sons International Realty at info@kijner.com

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Source: 23rd Edition of CRS Consumer Article (November 16th, 2012) - CRS-Pillar To Post Partnership - Article courtesy of Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspection

6 Tips to Protect your Home While Away

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

 

With the holiday seasons upon us, many homeowners will be traveling out of state to visit friends and family, leaving their house unprotected to burglars. Kijner & Sons International Realty would like to share some tips with you on how to protect your home and belongings while you are away.  

1. Set timers on frequently used lights, giving the appearance that you are home. Vary the on/off times to avoide creating a predictable pattern
2. Install deadbolt locks and an alarm system 
3. Stop newspaper and mail delivery or have someone pick up your mail daily
4. Make arrangements for lawn care or snow removal
5. Make sure the premiums for your homeowners/renters and auto insurance policies are paid and won't expire while you are away
6. Have a friend or relative check your home at random times while you are gone

By taking these precautions, you will better enjoy your time away knowing that your home is well protected.

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Source: AAA Magazine, Going Places (November/December 2012), page 72

Saving Energy: Watch Out For Phantom Loads

by Kijner & Sons International Realty


Phantom loads – you may not have heard of them, but they’re almost certainly lurking in your home. Also known as vampire loads or the vampire effect, phantom loads occur when electronic devices continue to draw power even when they are turned off, but still plugged in. Televisions, computers, game consoles, routers, printers, and rechargeable power tools are common culprits; even though they may be turned off, their systems stay in standby mode – using power unnecessarily and wasting money. By some estimates, phantom loads comprise 6% to 10% of residential electricity consumption in the U.S. Even more amazing: according to the U.S. Department of Energy, household electronics in the average home consume 75% of their power while they are turned off. That’s a lot of waste and is easily avoidable.

Power up – and down – with power strips. Plugging devices into a power strip lets you to turn off the power to all of them with one switch. However, because turning off all connected devices may not always be desirable, consider using “smart” power strips. Much more practical than unplugging each device that’s not being used, a smart power strip senses when a printer or TV, for example, has gone into standby mode and will then cut the power to that device completely. Some smart power strips have one or more always-on outlets, which are perfect for your cordless phone base or other items that you need to keep powered up at all times. Using power strips is the most convenient way to minimize phantom loads almost anywhere in the house.

Unplug those chargers. Plug-in chargers continue to draw power even when they are not working to charge your cell phone, Bluetooth device, tablet, or smart phone. Though the amount of energy they use in this state is small, you’re still paying for it on every utility bill.

Think Energy Star. For appliances that need to be plugged in at all times or that would be impractical to turn off, such as refrigerators, freezers, or washing machines, Energy Star approved models will help reduce overall energy consumption in your home.

Limiting phantom loads in your home saves energy resources and can help extend the life of your devices – and will leave you with more money in your wallet at the end of the month.

Questions? Comments? Looking to buy a house in Miami or Sarasota, Florida? Contact Kijner & Sons International Realty at info@kijner.com

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Source: 22nd Edition of CRS Consumer Article (October 31st, 2012) - CRS-Pillar To Post Partnership - Article courtesy of Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspection

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