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8 Tips to Guide for Your Home Search

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to share with you 8 tips for our home search whether you want to buy in Sarasota or Miami Florida

1. Research before you look. Decide what features you most want to have in a home, what neighborhoods you prefer, and how much you’d be willing to spend each month for housing.

2. Be realistic. It’s OK to be picky, but don’t be unrealistic with your expectations. There’s no such thing as a perfect home. Use your list of priorities as a guide to evaluate each property.

3. Get your finances in order. Review your credit report and be sure you have enough money to cover your down payment and closing costs. Then, talk to a lender and get prequalified for a mortgage. This will save you the heartache later of falling in love with a house you can’t afford.

4. Don’t ask too many people for opinions. It will drive you crazy. Select one or two people to turn to if you feel you need a second opinion, but be ready to make the final decision on your own.

5. Decide your moving timeline. When is your lease up? Are you allowed to sublet? How tight is the rental market in your area? All of these factors will help you determine when you should move.

6. Think long term. Are you looking for a starter house with plans to move up in a few years, or do you hope to stay in this home for a longer period? This decision may dictate what type of home you’ll buy as well as the type of mortgage terms that will best suit you.

7. Insist on a home inspection. If possible, get a warranty from the seller to cover defects for one year.

8. Get help from a REALTOR®. Hire a real estate professional who specializes in buyer representation. Unlike a listing agent, whose first duty is to the seller, a buyer’s representative is working only for you. Buyer’s reps are usually paid out of the seller’s commission payment. 


Source: The National Association of Realtors® (NAR)

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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Unclutter Your Home and Get It Ready to Sell

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

It is very important to make a great first impression to the potential buyers of your home. Every seller wants their home to sell fast and bring top dollar. Does that sound good to you? Well, it's not luck that makes that happen. It's careful planning and knowing how to efficiently unclutter your home that will excite buyers. Here is how to prep a house and turn it into an appealing and marketable home.

Get rid of those items that have been sitting around for years without being used or even handled. This is the hardest thing for most people to do because they are emotionally attached to everything in the house. After years of living in the same home, clutter collects in such a way that may not be evident to the homeowner. However, it does affect the way buyers see the home, even if you do not realize it. Buyers and real estate agents should see your house in its best condition from the very first day it's on the market.

Here are a few approaches to take to unclutter your home and get it ready to sell. Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room's purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don't want buyers scratching their heads and saying, "What is this room used for?"

Another way to unclutter your home and get it ready to sell is to make those minor repairs and best of all, make the house sparkle! Only do one room, or even one small area, at a time so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Your best friend is the trash bag; when in doubt, throw it out. Many find it easier to use boxes to sort items, so you don’t have to find a home for everything as you unclutter. Most important, be quick and decisive when sorting. Tell yourself:
• If you don't need it, why not donate it or throw it away?
• Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.
• Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.

If you are getting your house ready to sell in the Sarasota and Miami Florida areas, then take a step back and pretend you are a buyer. Let a friend help point out areas where you can unclutter your home and let Kijner & Sons International Realty help you to get your house ready to sell.

Easy steps for first time homebuyers in Miami, Florida

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

First time homebuyers can make serious mistakes, however with these tips and Kijner & Sons International Realty’s help, you can get through buying your first home in Miami with ease.

Don’t make a frivolous offer on the house you want. The market is definitely a buyers market, but that doesn’t mean that houses in great neighborhoods are getting several offers. Put in some research to figure out what a good offer is, don’t try to shortchange the seller. Houses in Miami are desirable, so make sure you put in the right offer so you can get the house of your dreams.

Don’t guess at how much you can afford. Ask for help, find a broker or banker, they can help you. Also take into consideration that the cost of buying a house is more than the sticker price. There are costs to owning a home in Florida.

Not taking the neighborhood into consideration is a major mistake. Make sure to spend time in your new neighborhood before buying the house. Understand the atmosphere, and the good and bad things you will experience while living there.

Finally take the time to find an agent that works for you. Most people in Miami don’t think you need one, but having an agent represent you during the home buying process is a surefire way to get it done quickly and correctly.

Following these easy steps can help first time homebuyers in Miami Florida get the perfect house without making a serious mistake.

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

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