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HSBC Expat - Expat Explorer Survey 2012

by Kijner & Sons International Realty



Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to share with you HSBC 2012 Expat Explorer Survey which ranks Thailand as the second best place for expatriates thanks, in part, to its exceptional quality of life and booming real estate market. 

According to Dean Blackburn, Head of HSBC Expat, "Asia is increasingly coming to the fore as a top destination for both financial opportunity and life experiences". 

The survey compares 30 different countries worldwide and is based on data collected from over 5,000 expats during 2012. To download the complete survey and its findings, click here or on the image below.


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Sarasota real estate market: January 2013 Sales Up 22 Percent Over Last January

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to announce that "[t]he Sarasota real estate market saw sales leap by 22 percent in January 2013, compared to January 2012 – a great start for the new year, and evidence that the 2012 real estate market boom is continuing unabated". 

A total of 466 single family homes and 160 condos with respective median sales prices of $183,800 and $130,000 sold last month.

Pending sales rose to 1,047, the highest level in 9 months while available inventory remained near the lowest level in a decade at 3,846. Currently, only 470 properties listed for sale on the MLS are either short sales or foreclosures. 

According to SAR President, Roger Piro, "[w]e are seeing some sellers returning to the market to take advantage of the spring buying season, so our inventory level has increased slightly (...). The biggest current trend remains the high level of market activity – foot traffic at open houses, competitive bidding for available homes, and tremendous volume of sales".

To read the full January 2013 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

"The Bangkok Real Estate Market Report": A networking and business event by KSI Realty

by Kijner & Sons International Realty


Kijner & Sons International Realty
is pleased to present you an update on the current Real Estate market conditions of the Bangkok Metropolitan Region (BMR), a business and networking event hosted at the renowned
Pacific City Club on March 20th 2013 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

International property expert and broker owner of KSI Realty Thailand, Marc H. Kijner, in partnership with the Thai Agency for Real Estate Affairs (AREA), will offer investors an in-depth view of Bangkok’s property market. Thanks to real local knowledge, KSI Realty will give you the keys to better understand the pricing and valuation trends for 2013 and teach you how to improve and better manage your real estate investment portfolio. 

To participate to this event, kindly RSVP at or call +66 (0)2 653 2450 before March, 15th 2013. Please note that seating is allocated on a “first come, first serve” basis and maximum seats for this event is 30, so make sure to register early. Participants are also encouraged to send their questions before, during and after the conference by liking KSI Realty’s Facebook page at

KSI Realty’s conference will be followed by a Q&A session. Then guests are invited to pursue the discussion and network during an informal cocktail set in the relaxing decor of the Pacific City Club enjoying unique wines and delicious finger food presented by our sponsor ITALASIA. Video support will be kindly provided by Bluefrog Studio

We look forward to meeting you all at this exciting business and networking event!


To download the March 2013 Pacific City Club's Newsletter, click here.

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Welcome to Cabaret!

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Welcome to Cabaret!
A Photography Exhibition by Simon Kolton


Myrtille Tibayrenc (Toot Yung Gallery), Simon Kolton (Photographer) & Marc H. Kijner (KSI Realty)

Kijner & Sons International Realty
is pleased to share with you the recent artwork of renowned French photographer, Simon Kolton. 

Based in Bangkok, Thailand since 2011 and owner of the Bluefrog Studio, artist Simon Kolton presented a photography exhibition at the French restaurant "Chez Pépin" on February 1st, which featured a serie of backstage shots taken over several nights at the famous Tiffany and Alcazar Cabarets in Pattaya. 

Organized by Myrtille Tibayrenc director of the Toot Yung Gallery, the exhibition was a true success in line with her goal to bring to light contemporary art from Thailand and introduces foreign artists and designers to the Bangkok art scene. 

To watch the exhibition's video, just click here or on the image below.


To look at all the photos from the exhibition, click here

To order a print from Simon Kolton's artwork, click here for pricing. 

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The FNAIM's "32nd Meetings for Real Estate Professions"

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

On 19 February 2013, Kijner & Sons International Realty participated at the "32nd Meetings for Real Estate Professions" organized by the Paris & Parisian Region's FNAIM Chamber for Real Estate Professions* (CIM-FNAIM). 

The FNAIM is the French National Real Estate Federation, which by its number, is the first European organization for real estate professionals. Hosted in the magnificient decor of "La Maison des Arts et Métiers" private lounges, the meetings were followed by a refined cocktail during which French Real Estate specialists met and networked.

Mr. Didier Camandona, President of the CIM-FNAIM, invited prominent speakers from the banking, political and real estate spheres to debate on subjects such as the real estate economic prospects for 2013, condominium management as well as upcoming housing and urban legal bills.

Key speakers included Mr. Pierre Harel (Crédit du Nord), Mrs. Véronique Baco-Reaume (Ecole Supérieure de l'Immobilier), Mr. Jacques Laporte (Foncia), Mrs. Françoise Descamps-Crosnier (Deputy-Mayor, Rosny-sur-Seine), Mr. Jean-Jacques Hyest (Senator-Mayor, Madeleine-sur-Loing), Mr. Michel Frechet (President of the Housing General Confederation), Mr. Ruchard Titin-Snaider (CMI-FNAIM Administrator) and Mr. Jean-François Buet (President of the FNAIM). Video support was provided by TivImmo, the interactive real estate and housing e-channel.







Laura Kijner (KSI Realty)









* Chambre FNAIM des Métiers de l'Immobilier de Paris et la Région Parisienne (C.M.I.)

Meth Lab Detection and Disclosure

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Home-based methamphetamine labs are found in rural, suburban, and urban communities throughout North America, and are increasingly turning up in homes for sale. Site contamination resulting from the presence of a current or former meth lab may pose a serious health threat to people living in and around these properties. Potential health problems include respiratory illness, headaches, dizziness, and skin and eye irritation. Therefore, it is important for prospective property owners to learn about any possible hazards that may exist due to a former meth lab on the site and to determine next steps if signs of contamination are detected.

Disclosure requirements for meth properties vary by state, so agents need to make themselves aware of the laws that apply in their area. In some states, no such disclosures are required, so agents and buyers are at great risk of being in the dark about a property’s true condition.  

How can one determine if a property formerly housed a meth lab?

Many communities do not have systems in place to track properties that were used as meth labs. However, doing a bit of detective work may help to uncover such circumstances. Contact local law enforcement agencies to determine if a seizure of chemicals and lab equipment was made on the premises and if any hazardous materials removal was done. In addition, the local fire department, county health department, or former owners may have information about the property’s history.

Where and how would possible contamination be detected in a home?

A professional home inspector can look for evidence of a former meth lab during the course of the inspection, but there is no conclusive method of determination from a visual inspection. There may be a cat urine odor, evidence of discarded packaging, materials, and equipment, or signs of stains from spillage on counter tops, floors, etc. Contaminants may be found in carpeting, on surfaces such as walls and sinks, and even in drains and ventilation systems, but these can only be identified by professional sample collection and laboratory analysis. Where visual clues indicate the possibility of previous lab use, the home inspector will include this information in the inspection report so that the prospective owner can decide on next steps, which may include scientific testing and professional remediation.

Having a property professionally tested specifically for meth contamination is the only way to determine if it is in fact contaminated. Professional remediation should always be followed by post-testing to ensure that the decontamination is complete. In some areas, the property owner must have the cleanup results certified before the home can be approved for occupancy, though not necessarily in order to sell the home. 

Questions? Comments? Looking to buy or sell a house in Miami or Sarasota, Florida? Contact Kijner & Sons International Realty at


Source: 26th Edition of CRS Consumer Article (February 15th, 2013) - CRS-Pillar To Post Partnership - Article courtesy of Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspection

Happy Valentine's Day!

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons Interational Realty
wishes you a happy Valentine's Day!


We would love to help you find your next home whether you are considering investing in or relocating to Florida, France, Thailand or Costa Rica!

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VIDEO - Real Estate and Investment Opportunities in Florida and Thailand

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to share with you this fun and engaging video covering Real Estate and Investment Opportunities in Florida and Thailand. Come and learn about 2 top ranked investment destinations and how KSI Realty can help you achieve the dream of a lifetime no matter your investment profile or relocation needs.



Kijner Realty from Video Explaining on Vimeo.


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France - Thailand: Enhanced mutual competitiveness through a strengthened partnership

by Kijner & Sons International Realty


Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Prime Minister of France

Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to share with you some photos from the recent French-Thai seminar entitled "France - Thailand: Enhanced mutual competitiveness through a strengthened partnership". The event was held at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on February, 5th, 2013.

The Economic Department of the French Embassy, the French Foreign Trade Advisors (CCEF), Ubifrance and the Franco-Thai Chamber of Commerce (FTCC) invited influencial businessmen and businesswomen to partake in a seminar on the business relations between France and Thailand in the scope of further ASEAN integration in the presence of Mr. Kittiratt NA-RANONG, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Thailand, Mr. Jean-Marc AYRAULT, French Prime Minister and Mrs. Nicole BRICQ, Foreign Trade Minister of France.  

To learn more about the event, please click here

To download the event's program, please click here


Mr. Kittiratt Na-Ranong, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Thailand & Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Prime Minister of France


Mr. Kittiratt Na-Ranong, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Thailand & Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Prime Minister of France

Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Prime Minister of France

Marc H. Kijner, Broker Owner, Kijner & Sons International Realty (Thailand), Co. LTD & Realtor® with Fortune International Realty (Miami, FL)

Fireplace Maintenance and Safety

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

A wood burning fireplace is an appealing feature of many homes. If you have not replaced your wood burning fireplace with a gas or propane fueled one, there are precautions you should take to stay safe and warm, and to maximize your enjoyment of a cozy fire.

Annual Inspections - Have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional to ensure that it’s obstruction free and clear of creosote – a black, oily substance that builds up on the inside walls of the chimney. Because creosote is highly combustible, a thick accumulation creates a serious hazard that can put your home at risk of a major fire. 

Feeding Your Fire – Use dry, well-seasoned hardwood in your fireplace. Avoid using pine and other oily woods, as these will not burn cleanly. If you choose to use manufactured fire “logs”, do not burn them with real wood to avoid the possibility of flare-ups. 

Plan Ahead - Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations, and flammable materials. Use a metal mesh screen that covers the opening, whether you have glass fireplace doors or not. Leave glass doors open while a fire is burning to ensure good ventilation and airflow.

When to Clean - During periods of heavy use, clean the firebox regularly once the embers are cold. Leave about an inch of ash because it acts as insulation, allowing the coals to heat faster and retain heat longer. Do not use a vacuum to clean up fresh ashes, as embers can smolder for as long as several days after the fire is out, creating a real fire hazard. 

Upkeep - Check that vents are unobstructed and able to do their job. Clean the fan and all air circulation passages. In non-wood burning fireplaces, clean and adjust glowing embers and logs for best appearance. 

Cap Your Chimney - Have a cap installed at the top of the chimney to deter animals from entering, help prevent water damage and keep debris from blocking the opening. A spark arrestor will prevent live embers from escaping the chimney and landing on nearby roofs.

Safety First - Always keep a fire extinguisher on hand in case of emergency. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors with charged batteries. 

Use Common Sense - Never leave the fire unattended. Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed, and keep children and pets away from the fireplace.

Be Community Aware – Many local ordinances prohibit the burning of wood, manufactured logs, or pellets on days or nights when the amount of particulate matter in the air reaches a predetermined level.  Be sure to check with your local air quality district or fire department before lighting your next fire.

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Source: 25th Edition of CRS Consumer Article (January 31st, 2013) - CRS-Pillar To Post Partnership - Article courtesy of Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspection

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