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5 Factors That Decide Your Credit Score

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Did you know that credit scores in the US range between 200 and 800, with scores above 620 considered desirable for obtaining a mortgage? Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to give you examples of factors affecting your score:

1. Your payment history. Did you pay your credit card obligations on time? If they were late, then how late? Bankruptcy filing, liens, and collection activity also impact your history.

2. How much you oweIf you owe a great deal of money on numerous accounts, it can indicate that you are overextended. However, it’s a good thing if you have a good proportion of balances to total credit limits.

3. The length of your credit history. In general, the longer you have had accounts opened, the better. The average consumer's oldest obligation is 14 years old, indicating that he or she has been managing credit for some time, according to Fair Isaac Corp., and only one in 20 consumers have credit histories shorter than 2 years.

4. How much new credit you have. New credit, either installment payments or new credit cards, are considered more risky, even if you pay them promptly.

5. The types of credit you use. Generally, it’s desirable to have more than one type of credit — installment loans, credit cards, and a mortgage, for example.

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Sources: & the National Association of Realtors® (NAR)

Monthly Forum of the Thai Appraisal Foundation

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to share with you photos from the Monthly Forum of the Thai Appraisal Foundation held on April 28th, 2011 at the Agency for Real Estate Affairs (AREA) in Bangkok, Thailand.

Mr. Daniel Kijner, Senior Broker Owner of Kijner & Sons International Realty, Broker Associate with Re/Max Platinum Realty in Sarasota, Florida and CRS Designee at both the national and state level was invited as a keynote speaker by Dr. Sopon Pornchokchai (President of the Thai Appraisal Foundation) to address a large audience comprised of professionals, experts and researchers from our industry on "Innovation in Contemporary Real Estate".

Also in attendance, were Ms. Laura Kijner, Communication and PR Director of Kijner & Sons International Realty and Mr. Fabrice Loré from Five Stars Real Estate (KSI Realty's exclusive partner in Thailand). 

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Mr. Fabrice Loré & Mr. Daniel Kijner









Mr. Daniel Kijner


Ms. Laura Kijner, Mr. Daniel Kijner & Dr. Sopon Pornchokchai

Common First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons International Realty would like to share with you 5 common mistakes people usually make when looking to buy their first house, whether considering the Sarasota or Miami Florida area: 

1. They don’t ask enough questions of their lender and end up missing out on the best deal.

2. They don’t act quickly enough to make a decision and someone else buys the house.

3. They don’t find the right agent who’s willing to help them through the homebuying process.

4. They don’t do enough to make their offer look appealing to a seller.

5. They don’t think about resale
before they buy. The average first-time buyer only stays in a home for four years.


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Happy Easter!

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons International Realty wishes you an egg-cellent Easter!

Mark your calendar!

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons International Realty will be participating in the upcoming Monthly Forum of the Thai Appraisal Foundation* in Bangkok, Thailand on April 28th, 2011. During this forum entitled "Innovation in Contemporary Real Estate" experts and industrialists will be invited to share on modern tools and projects to help professionals broaden their perspective on real estate.

Daniel Kijner, Senior Broker Owner of Kijner & Sons International Realty, Broker Associate with Re/Max Platinum Realty in Sarasota, Florida and CRS designee at both the national and state levels, has been invited by Dr. Sopon Pornchokchai**, President of the Thai Appraisal Foundation to address the audience on innovation in real estate projects.  

"The Thai Appraisal Foundation conducts monthly forum to promote knowledge about the property valuation and real estate professions to the general public. By doing so, it aims at providing unbiased information to all people with the understanding that knowledge is not private property". 

For more information on this event, contact us at

For the full program of this month's forum and to register, please click here.


* The Thai Appraisal Foundation is dedicated to fostering higher standards of professional practice in the fields of property valuation, urban land studies and related areas; at the same time it aims to provide a forum for free and uncensored discussion of any important issue affecting appraisers in Thailand. The Foundation has an ongoing commitment to research in the properly field and it actively disseminates information and important news, including relevant international valuation issues, for the benefit of the properly profession in particular and the Thai public in general. Its independence guarantees unbiased information undistorted by any commercial motives.

For more information on the Thai Appraisal Foundation, please click here

** For Dr. Sopon Pornchokchai's complete profile, please click here

Sarasota Real Estate Market: Sales Reach Highest Level in Six Years

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to announce that according to the Sarasota Association of Realtors® (SAR), March 2011 total property sales in the Sarasota area reached 800, the highest level since September 2005 when sales started to decline. To further prove the forecasted recovery of the Sarasota market, price rose in double digits for both single family homes and condos while pending sales hit 1,208 (the highest level in six years) and inventory dropped to 5,501 (the lowest level in six years).

There was 580 closings on single family homes with a median sales price of $159,250 and 220 closings on condos with a median sales price of $173,000. In terms of sales, this represents respectively a 23% and a 10% increase from last month. 

According to SAR president Michael Bruno, “agents [in Sarasota] are very busy showing properties and writing contracts, and people are excited about our strong market rebound. Obviously, we haven’t seen numbers like these in several years. There is a buzz in the local market that’s reaching out to buyers across the nation and even internationally.”

To read the full March 2011 SAR Report and get all the statistics, please click here.

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Investing and residing in Costa Rica

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

You are planning to invest or move to Costa Rica soon but cannot seem to find relevant information on living and retiring, purchasing properties, ensuring clear title, using a corporation, closing costs, property taxes or obtaining a residency status over there. Then, Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to share with you some detailed answers to these common questions courtesy of its Costa Rican partner, Il Costa Rica Properties*

To get the answers, please click here

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* To learn more about Kijner & Sons International Realty's partners, please visit the page "Our Ancillary Network". 

Our Conference during the Spring 2011 Paris Real Estate Trade Show

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to share with you the powerpoint presentation used for its conference during the Spring 2011 Paris Real Estate Trade Show and entitled "Investir à l'International: Qualité de vie, profitabilité et sécurité au Costa Rica, en Floride et en Thaïlande" ("Investing abroad: quality of life, profitability and security in Costa Rica, Florida and Thailand"). 

Keynote speakers:

> Daniel Kijner (Kijner & Sons International Realty)
> Marc H. Kijner (Kijner & Sons International Realty)

> Anthony Olson (Anthony Olson, P.A. Immigration Law Firm)

> Marguerite Petit (Anthony Olson, P.A. Immigration Law Firm)
Alexandre Dupont (Law Solutions LTD.)

> Fabrice Loré (Five Stars Real Estate)

> Ivette Loaiza (Il Costa Rica Realty Group)

To download the conference in a pdf format, please click here.  


Disclaimer: Information and data in the presentation are as of March 2011. They are an estimate, not binding and likely to change over time. Please see a licensed and certified professional and seek legal counseling should you wish to invest in either Florida, Thailand or Costa Rica. 

Relocation and Moving Tips in Florida

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Want the secret to an easy move? Whether you're relocating just around the corner, renting a moving truck or are packing up the family for cross-country relocation, you'll get the tips you need to survive. Here are some great moving tips to save you time and money.

The key is to stay organized, so check out moving checklists online to help you with your move to the Sarasota or Miami Florida areas. Make a list of questions to ask for either your local moving truck rental business or decide if you need to go with actually hiring a moving company.

Experts in the moving and storage industry say that, you should plan six to eight weeks in advance to book a reputable moving company. Finding that reputable company can be a challenge, however, and a little research should be done before you entrust all of your worldly possessions to professional care. Check out listings online of moving companies that allow you to compare movers and interview moving companies to find just the right one. On interstate moves, charges are based on the weight of the items to be moved, the distance to be moved, packing, and other services. Get two or three estimates well in advance of your move. Be sure to check with the Better Business Bureau about any moving company you are considering.

Renting a moving vehicle or a portable on demand moving crate can be your best and easiest option to make sure your stuff gets moved to the new place the way you want them to. If you choose to rent a moving vehicle, you can rent it the day of the move or the day before. If you really want a lot of time to make sure you can arrange your furniture and household goods in your moving vehicle, then you might consider an on demand storage unit. These units get delivered to your driveway and you have as long as you need to fill it up. Then, when it is full, you call the company and they will come and pick the container up and deliver it to storage or to your new home.

No matter which moving option you choose, you will make things a lot easier on yourself if you weed out all the “stuff” that you haven’t used in a long time and donate it or throw it out. Start packing the items you want to keep but don’t use everyday away well before the moving day. Think about this tip: get wardrobe boxes to pack clothes. By simply hanging clothes inside these boxes, you'll save time both packing and unpacking.

Facing relocation can be scary. Let your Real Estate agents at Kijner &  Sons International Realty ease the pain with packing tips, relocation advice and moving companies that specialize in relocation near and far.

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5 Steps to Home Ownership

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Know what you want. Before you start looking at houses you need to decide what you want and need for your new home. Has your lifestyle changed? Does Florida fit your needs or is and do you like the schools? The answers to these questions will help you find the perfect home.

Get a realtor. Buying and selling a home is far more complicated then you may think. Kijner & Sons International Realty can help you get through the process smoothly. You will receive information about the current market condition in Sarasota or Miami, and the strategies that need to be applied to negotiations. Information you wouldn’t be privy to if you didn’t have a realtor.

Choose a home. No aspect of the home buying process is more complex, personal or variable than bargaining between buyers and sellers. Deciding on a home is a huge decision, and you want to make the right one. Ask yourself if this is THE home for you. Then figure out if you can really afford the home.

Make an offer. In practice, the offer depends on the basic laws of supply and demand: If many buyers are competing for homes, then sellers will likely get full-price offers and sometimes even more. If demand is weak, then offers below the asking price may be in order. In Florida it's best if the realtor contacts the seller with the offer.

What’s next? Moving in. The sellers leave the house ready to be painted and cleaned for you, not spotless. The house is the single largest asset that most people own so Enjoy your new home in FL!

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