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July 2012 eNewsletter Housing Trends

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

We are pleased to share with you the July 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.


A weekend In Koh Samui

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

 

 

Located off the east coast of Thailand, Koh Samui is the second largest island after Phuket and attracts over 1.5 million tourists a year. It is a gorgeous place with natural resources, coral reefs, beaches, and coconut trees.

Koh Samui is a great getaway island as it is only an hour flight from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport. The island has beaches on the north, south, east and western regions. One of Koh Samui’s largest, most infamous and popular beaches located on the eastern coast is called Chaweng Beach. There, you will find countless hotels and resorts, restaurants and bars. The beach is approximately 7 kilometers long and white sand lines the beach. On Chaweng and in other areas of the island, you can rent a motorcycle just about anywhere and see all of the wonderful sites like temples, gorgeous views, rock formations, and much more. During the day, people usually go boating, diving, snorkeling, and even jet skiing.

Samui is definitely a great place to go with your family and friends to just kick back and relax. Young people can do countless daily activities and at night, everyone can enjoy the miraculous bars and clubs along Mango Street in Chaweng.

Sarasota Real Estate Market: June 2012 Sales in second quarter at highest level since 2005

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to announce that "[w]ith 864 closed sales transactions in June 2012, the Sarasota real estate market achieved the highest level of quarterly sales in seven years, with 2,604 sales from April through June".

According to the Sarasota Association of Realtors® (SAR), a total of 603 single family homes and 261 condominiums sold with respective median sales prices of $178,500 and $195,000. Pending sales dropped to 860 and available inventory of homes on the market to 3,816.

According to SAR President, Laura Benson, "Sarasota is clearly the place to be if you work in the real estate industry. Agents [...] are very, very busy trying to keep up as the buyers explore our market for the best deals."

To read the full June 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.

Storage in Smaller Home

by Kijner & Sons International Realty


More and more homeowners are downsizing, especially as they enter retirement years. Average new home sizes have scaled back from previous years. While this often means getting rid of - or acquiring fewer - belongings, there is still a need for accessible, efficient storage throughout the home. Making better use of existing space is a leading trend in home design and usage patterns throughout the home in both remodeling and new construction.

Most people use a back or garage entrance to the home rather than the front door. These entryways are now incorporating “drop zones”, where everyone can unload their backpacks, shoes, bags, sports gear, and outerwear. Baskets under benches provide both seating and storage. Some drop zones incorporate shelves or cubbies for each family member’s gear. A tray or shallow box for mail keeps it visible but doesn’t let it pile up too high. As a high-traffic area, a drop zone should be well organized and systematic in order to really work. If one system doesn’t quite function well for a particular family, it will always be better to try another arrangement until settling on one that really works.

Home offices are another area where storage is at a premium as functionality changes. These spaces are now used not only as an office, but for homework, projects, and more. Effective storage can now mean adding shelving and drawers to a closet to replace hanging rods. A dresser can be used to store project materials for easy access. With multiple users, this multi-function room, like the drop zone, needs to have a workable system that everyone can follow.

In the kitchen, pantry space has become more important as more people cook and eat at home. In large homes, a pantry might even be a separate room with plenty of space for storing everything from china to dog kibble. Newly popular smaller homes, generally with smaller kitchens, need to at least accommodate kitchen staples and larger, bulky items that aren’t often used such a large mixing bowls, seldom-used small appliances, and serving pieces. Pantry shelving for food items should be somewhat shallow so that everything is easy to find and reach. This type of shelving can even be added to a niche in the wall between two studs.

Home sizes may indeed be shrinking. But with efficient, practical storage solutions, even a smaller home can accommodate the needs of almost any family.

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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Source19th Edition of CRS Chapter Newsletter (July 12th, 2012) - CRS-Pillar To Post Partnership - Article courtesy of Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspection



MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to share with you the second edition of the MasterCard Global Destination Cities index. The report which places respectively Paris, France 2nd and Bangkok, Thailand, 3rd on their list of Global Top 20 Destination Cities by international visitors, also shows that "despite sluggish economic growth around the world, the number of people traveling abroad continues to increase". 

To read the full report, please click on the image below.

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Sourcehttp://newsroom.mastercard.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/MasterCard_Global_Destination_Cities_Index_2012.pdf

June 2012 eNewsletter Housing Trends

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

We are pleased to share with you the June 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.

Save Energy and more with smart appliance choices

by Kijner & Sons International Realty


Who hasn’t oohed and ahhed when watching home improvement shows or thumbing through the latest home design magazines? Perhaps no room gets more attention than the kitchen, and deservedly so. It’s where the family gathers for all kinds of reasons – not just cooking and meals, but homework, bill paying, TV watching, and everyday conversation. But beyond the cosmetic improvements everyone talks about, there is real opportunity in upgrading your kitchen appliances. They’ll look great, work better, and save you money and energy over time.

Not only does a new refrigerator or dishwasher change the look of the kitchen, advances in energy saving technology mean that these appliances are more efficient than ever and can save both energy and money. For proven energy efficiency, look for Energy Star rated appliances, which are available at almost all price points. In order to meet Energy Star qualifications, a new refrigerator must use at least 20% less energy than non qualifying units. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, replacing a refrigerator from the 1980s – and yes, there are plenty of those still out there – can result in savings of more than $100 on your utility bill each year. That adds up quickly over just a few years. And while you may be tempted to put that old unit in the garage for extra refrigerating capacity, this defeats the purpose of upgrading the first place. Most appliance retailers will remove and properly dispose of your old refrigerator; in many communities the components are recycled to avoid contributing to landfill mass.

The dishwasher is another appliance that lends itself to upgrading. Newer Energy Star qualified dishwashers not only save energy, but use far less water than their older counterparts. EPA figures show that a dishwasher built before 1994 wastes 10 gallons of water per cycle. Switching to a new dishwasher will help that, but choosing an Energy Star qualified model means use an average of 33% less water than new, non-qualifying dishwashers. Think washing by hand is a better way to go? Consider this: using a fully loaded Energy Star dishwasher instead of hand washing can save more than 5,000 gallons of water each year!

With some research and solid information in hand, you can make smart choices for replacement appliances that will save you time, energy, and money in the long run.

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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Source18th Edition of CRS Chapter Newsletter (June 30, 2012) - CRS-Pillar To Post Partnership - Article courtesy of Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspection

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