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New Changes to the Florida Condominium Act

by Kijner & Sons International Realty




On July 1, 2017 several new amendements to chapter 718 of the Florida Condominium Act went into effect. Here is what you need to know if you are looking to rent or buy a condo in the Sunshine State.

  • A unit renter has the right to inspect and receive a copy of the association’s by-laws and rules.
  • The association must issue an estoppel certificate (letter) within 10 business days of receipt of a written electronic request for said certificate.
  • If the estoppel certificate is not delivered within 10 business days from request, no fee may be charged for the preparation and delivery of said estoppel certificate.
  • The estoppel certificate if hand-delivered or sent electronically must be valid for 30 days; and 35 days if sent by regular mail.
  • The fee is limited to up to $250.00. However, for an expedited request to be delivered within 3 business days, the association may charge an additional $150.00. Furthermore, if the owner is delinquent on the payments, the association may charge an additional $150.00.
  • All condominium estoppel certificate must contain the following:
    • Specific assessment information
    • An itemized list of all assessments
    • Regular periodic assessment and frequency
    • Assessments and other moneys to become due
    • If there is a capital contribution fee and the amount
    • Resale fee or any other fee and the amount
    • If there is a right of first refusal to the association or to its members
    • Contact information for all insurances maintained by the association
  • Board of director members are limited to a maximum term of 8 years.
  • Denial of condo documents may be cause for a felony charge.
  • Associations with 150 or more units must post digital copies of the condo documents on its website as of July 1, 2018.

Effective July 1, 2017, Condo Associations and Homeowners Associations will have a limit on the amount they will be able to charge homeowners for an Estoppel Certificate (estoppel letter). The cap is as follows:

  • For Homeowners who are current in their assessments: $250.00
  • For expedited services, to be delivered within 3 days from request: $100.00 extra
  • For Homeowners who are delinquent in their payments: $150.00 extra

This bill also requires certificates to be valid for 30 days if delivered electronically, and 35 days if delivered by mail. This uniformed fee will facilitate accuracy for closing agents when preparing closing estimates for sellers.

If you are looking to rent or buy a condo in Miami Florida, contact us today at info@kijner.com.

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Source: Fortune International Realty

Summer 2017 eNewsletter

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

    

SUMMER 2017 E-NEWSLETTER
    


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LISTINGS OF THE MONTH
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FRANCE
 


   PROVENCE-CÔTE D'AZUR

with our exclusive partner



france@kijner.com
          


Breathtaking Panoramic Sea View
of the peninsula of Giens, the double tombolo
& the island of Porquerolles

Stunning 6 Bed, 3 Bath Contemporary Villa 

with Garden and Swimming Pool

Carqueiranne, Var
at 
3,300,000 euros

     
   
  


Sea View 5 Bed, 4 Bath Luxury Villa 
overlooking the Mediterranean Sea
Gulf of Saint Tropez, Var

at 1,250,000 euros

     



To view all of our current luxury listings for sale in Provence-Côte d'Azur, click 
here.

 

PARIS & SUBURBS

with our exclusive partner



france@kijner.com



We offer tailored-made luxury solutions and unique listings for sale in Paris and its suburbs.
Our dedicated and experienced team offers full concierge and lifestyle services from housekeeping, property management, decoration to apartment hunting.
Contact us today to learn how we can be of assistance!


To view all of our current luxury listings for sale in Paris and its suburbs, click 
here.




THAILAND

New this month!
Some of our latest commercial and retail leases in Bangkok


7 Private Fully Furnished Office Spaces
Can accommodate 17 to 20 staff
Rama IV, Bangkok
starting at 
18,000 THB/month for a 28 sqm space

     
      
  


AVAILABLE ON SEPTEMBER 2017
139 sqm of Prime Commercial Space 
Phrom Phong, Bangkok
at 
180,700 THB/month

     
      

  

381 sqm of Commercial Space
Ratchada Road, Ding Daeng, Bangkok
at 160,000 THB/month

     
      

  

To view all of our current luxury listings for rent and sale in Bangkok, Thailand, click here.





NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK

nyc@kijner.com



We have amazing properties for rent and sale all over Manhattan. Check out our latest condos, coops and townhouses now to find your next home in the Big Apple.

Whether you are looking for a doorman building in the Upper East Side, a walk-up apartment in a brownstone in Greenwich Village or the East Village, a studio in Gramercy, a 2-bed to move-in with a roommate in Midtown or a penthouse suite overlooking Central Park, we have what you need!


    

To view all of our current listings for rent and sale in New York City, click on the icons above or 
here.

Download your free NYC Renter's Guide here!


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WHAT TO DO AND SEE THIS SUMMER
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"Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve"
Paris, France


     

        


The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, France celebrates from 5 July 2017 to 7 January 2018 the 70th Anniversary of the creation of the House of Dior. 
Be amazed by the impressive exhibition that invites you to discover the universe of its founder and its many famous designers who made Dior, the ultimate French luxury fashion powerhouse adored and revered worldwide.

Learn more and get tickets here


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Miami Spice is Back! 


From August 1st to September 30th 2017, enjoy the yearly restaurant promotion showcasing some of the Magic City's best cuisine. No sign-up or membership required. Just visit your preferred restaurant websites to see if the Miami Spice Lunch, Brunch or Dinner Promotion applies. Bon Appetit South Florida!

 Learn more here.


HAVE AN AMAZING AND SAFE SUMMER!

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France
Thailand
Miami, FL
New York, NY

We specialize in income producing properties 
as well as residential and commercial investment opportunities. 
Contact us today for your private consultation. 

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Is your Florida home ready for showings?

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Your Florida home is hitting the market and you want to make sure your property looks in tip-top condition. As we say, a little goes a long way! Here are some tips that can help you sell faster by making your home more appealing to potential buyers:

CHECK THE ROOF – Doing a roof inspection prior to receiving a contract, may put you in a strong position to negotiate with full knowledge of one of the most important aspects when calculating a purchase price. You will also have the advantage of fixing any possible leaks before the rainy season starts and this will prevent possible damage to the interior ceiling of the home.

CHECK THE WINDOWS AND DOORS – Check the windows and doors for proper closure. Cracks will allow warm air entering the home during the hot months, which makes the air conditioning work harder and will increase the electricity bill. Many buyers ask for an estimate of the monthly electricity bill as reference of the air conditioning working capacity.

DRIVEWAY – Power-wash the driveway, get rid of grime and dead twigs. First impressions are powerful. The driveway would be the first thing a potential buyer sees when visiting the property.

FRONT DOOR – A fresh coat of paint to the front door does miracles for the “look” of the home. The front door is the face of the home, show always a smiling face.

GUTTERS – Have the gutters cleaned. Get rid of leaves and other dirt settled in the gutters. This debris may obstruct the flow of water and may clog the gutters. The excess water may overflow back onto the property or may create leaks.

TRIM AND PRUME – As temperatures start to rise is the best time to trim trees and invest in that landscaping project that is always put aside for the benefit of other updates to the inside of the home. Just a bit of trimming and planting of some flowering will give a majestic look to any home.

GARAGE – Unclutter the garage of all those “precious treasures” that have not been put to use for years. A clean, spacious garage increases the size of the home in the eyes of the viewer.

SMOKER DETECTORS – Most owners do forget to check smoke detectors. Ensuring that the smoke detectors are functional, will demonstrate your interest in all aspects of the family well-being.

Are you looking to buy or sell a property in Miami or Sarasota Florida? Contact KSI Realty today at info@kijner.com.

Search Miami Florida latest listings for sale and register to your daily email alerts at 
http://idx.miamihousesforsale.net/idx/search/advanced. It's easy as 1,2,3!

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Source: tips courtesy of our Miami Broker, Terry Alvarez at FIR

Working with Foreign Buyers

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons International Realty is proud to be featured in the latest edition of The Residential Specialist*, a magazine by the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS). The CRS designation is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers and brokers, a symbol of excellence in residential real estate.

To read KSI Realty's interview in the piece written by Ms. Gayle Bennett and entitled "Working with Foreign Buyers. Tips for increasing your international client base", just scroll down on the iframed article below or click here

To learn more about the CRS Designation, click here.




Are you looking to invest abroad? Ask the specialists! We specialize in both residential and commercial real estate with an emphasis on income producing properties and luxury homes. We are servicing France (Paris and Provence-Côte d'Azur), Bangkok in Thailand and the U.S.A with New York City and Miami, Florida.

Contact us today for your a private consultation at
info@kijner.com.

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Note: *
The Residential Specialist is published for Certified Residential Specialists, General Members and Subscribers by the Council of Residential Specialists. The magazine’s mission is: To be a superior educational resource for CRS Designees and Members, providing the information and tools they need to be exceptionally successful in selling residential real estate.

April 2017 eNewsletter

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

    
 APRIL 2017
E-NEWSLETTER
 



For those of you celebrating, we wish you and your loved ones
a joyful and meaningful holiday season.
Happy Easter, Passover and Songkran!



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LUXURY LISTINGS OF THE MONTH
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FRANCE 


   PROVENCE-CÔTE D'AZUR

with our exclusive partner



france@kijner.com
          


Waterfront 5 Bed, 4 Bath House
with Garden and Terraces

Carqueiranne, Var
at 
2,880,000 euros

     
   
  


Contemporary 8 Bed, 3 Bath Villa 
overlooking the Mediterranean Sea
Bandol, Var

at 1,910,000 euros
Co-Exclusive Listing 

     



Luxury 4 Bed, 3 Bath Villa
with Swimming Pool
 

Hyères, Var
at 
1,630,000 euros   

     



 Highlight of the Month 



Charming 7 Bedroom Villa 
with Swimming Pool and Stunning Sea Views

Carqueiranne, Var
at 1,800,000 euros - PRICE REDUCTION!

    



To view all of our current luxury listings for sale in Provence-Côte d'Azur, click 
here.

 

PARIS & SUBURBS

with our exclusive partner



france@kijner.com



We offer tailored-made luxury solutions and unique listings for sale in Paris and its suburbs.
Our dedicated and experienced team offers full concierge and lifestyle services from housekeeping, property management, decoration to apartment hunting.
Contact us today to learn how we can be of assistance!


To view all of our current luxury listings for sale in Paris and its suburbs, click 
here.


ORLANDO, Florida, USA





KSI Realty is pleased to present The Grove, Resort & Spa
Just 5 minutes to Walt Disney World
and Orlando's newest vacation home resort
2 bed, 3 bath condo units starting from the $260,000s

4 unit types to choose from:
Palm - 2 bed, 2 bath, 1,338 sq.ft/125  with balcony
Birch - 2 bed, 2 bath, 1,468 sq.ft/135  with balcony
Jasmine - 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,468 sq.ft/135  with balcony
Sable - 3 bed, 3 bath, 1,614 sq.ft/150  with solarium and balcony

Learn more by contacting us at info@kijner.com.



THAILAND

New this month!
Some of our latest commercial and retail leases in Bangkok


130 sqm of Prime Retail Space
First Floor of a Community Mall

Sukhumvit, Phrom Phong, Bangkok
at 
100,000 THB/month

     
      
  


180 sqm of Restaurant Space 
Ground Floor of a Prime Shopping and Retail Complex

Petchaburi Road, Bang Kapi, Bangkok
at 
300,000 THB/month

     
      

  


4 Shophouses with 3 Parking Spaces
900 sqm Multi-Use Complex
Ideal for a Guest House, a Hostel, a Co-Working or Office Space
a Spa, a Clinic, a Showroom, etc. 
Sukhumvit, Phrom Phong, Bangkok
at 230,000 THB/month

     
      

  

First 2.5 Floors of a Double Shophouse
270 sqm of usable space
Ideal for a Restaurant, a Pub or Coffee Shop
a Hostel, a Spa, a Clinic, a Showroom, an Office etc. 
Sukhumvit, Thonglor, Bangkok
at 280,000 THB/month

     
      



To view all of our current residential and commercial listings for rent and sale
in Bangkok Thailand, click 
here.


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COMPANY NEWS
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Don't forget to download your free NYC Renter's Guide!






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To view all of our current listings for sale and for rent, click on the desired link
France
Thailand
Miami, FL
New York, NY

We specialize in income producing properties 
as well as residential and commercial investment opportunities. 
Contact us today for your private consultation. 

To unsubscribe from our mailing list, email us at info@kijner.com.


January 2017 eNewsletter

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

    






JANUARY 2017 E-NEWSLETTER



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LUXURY LISTINGS OF THE MONTH
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FRANCE 

   PARIS & SUBURBS

with our exclusive partner


     


Beautiful 2 Bed, 1.5 Bath Duplex
with Cellar and Balcony
Boulevard d'Auteuil, Boulogne-Billancourt
at 2,100,000 euros

paris@kijner.com

      


      


To view all of our current luxury listings for sale in Paris and its suburbs, click 
here.



   PROVENCE-CÔTE D'AZUR

with our exclusive partner


          


Lovely 4 Bed, 4 Bath Villa
with Swimming Pool
Saint Maxime, Var
at 1,300,000 euros

cedric@kijner.com

      

   
         


To view all of our current luxury listings for sale in Provence-Côte d'Azur, click 
here.



NEW YORK, NY, USA


We have amazing properties for rent all over Manhattan. Check out our latest condos, coops and townhouses for rent now to find your next home in the Big Apple. Whether you are looking for a studio, a 2-bed to move-in with a roommate or a penthouse suite to enjoy gorgeous city views, we have what you need!

Interested to buy an apartment in NYC? Contact us directly at nyc@kijner.com

     
   


BANGKOK, THAILAND

We know Bangkok inside out. Our expert team of residential and commercial real estate specialists will assist you with all your relocation and investment needs. Whether you are looking for retail or office space, an undeveloped plot of land, an investment property in a modern condominium or a luxury Thai villa, we have it all! Let's talk about your search criteria and we will offer you hand picked and custom solutions. 

For special inquiries or to list a property with our agency, contact us at thailand@kijner.com


  
  

 
 



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COMPANY NEWS
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A NEW PRESIDENT FOR THE FRAMCO




We are beyond thrilled and honored to announce that our very own Senior Broker Owner, Daniel Kijner, has been elected President of the French American Business Council of West Florida (FRAMCO), an affiliate to the Network of French American Chambers of Commerce. 

The news came in early January, and Daniel who has previously held positions such as Treasurer and Vice President of the FRAMCO, will strive to serve the community at large to strengthen French American Business and Cultural relationships.

FRAMCO is proud to participate in fostering development and improvement of economic, commercial and educational relations between France and West Florida. FRAMCO seeks to create business added-value services and support for its members, companies or individuals, keen to develop their activities and network between France and West Florida.

Click here to read the full article.

                   


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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
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For more information and to apply for a position, click on one of the following links:
Monster.com
Indeed.com

                   


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To view all of our current listings for sale and for rent, click on the desired link
France
Thailand
Miami, FL
New York, NY

We specialize in income producing properties 
as well as residential and commercial investment opportunities. 
Contact us today for your private consultation. 




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A New President for the FRAMCO

by Kijner & Sons International Realty




Kijner & Sons International Realty
is beyond thrilled and honored to announce that its very own Senior Broker Owner, Daniel Kijner, has been elected President of the French American Business Council of West Florida (FRAMCO), an affiliate to the Network of French American Chambers of Commerce.

The news came in early January, and Daniel who has previously held positions such as Treasurer and Vice President of the FRAMCO, will strive to serve the community at large to strengthen French American Business and Cultural relationships.

FRAMCO is proud to participate in fostering development and improvement of economic, commercial and educational relations between France and West Florida. FRAMCO seeks to create business added-value services and support for its members, companies or individuals, keen to develop their activities and network between France and West Florida.

FRAMCO is a member of CCI France International which regroups and manages 115 International Chambers of Commerce with more than 32,000 members in more than 85 countries and represents the first private network of French companies in the world. As a privileged partner of international French companies, the CCI proposes different services before, during and after the companies' implementation on their foreign markets.

Additionally, FRAMCO members and guests are invited to attend numerous social and networking events organized in various locations from casual to upscale venues throughout the year. From celebrating Bastille Day to enjoying a gourmet French meal, from playing pétanque to wine tasting Beaujolais Nouveau, everyone is welcomed. Join today to make new friends and mingle with driven and like-minded entrepreneurs from all over the Tampa Bay area.

With about 274 million French speakers worldwide, FRAMCO is also pleased to count among its long time friends, active members from French speaking countries. At FRAMCO we are proud to promote Francophonie and what unites us all beyond our love for the French language, culture and values.

To contact Daniel and learn more about upcoming FRAMCO events and how to become a FRAMCO member, send your inquiry at framco.president@gmail.com.



December 2016 eNewsletter

by Kijner & Sons International Realty



FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

   



LUXURY LISTINGS & INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES
OF THE MONTH


MIAMI, Florida - USA


PRE-CONSTRUCTION
ARIA ON THE BAY
 
An upcoming luxury waterfront condominium 
offering 648 grand residence units
featuring over 20,000 sq.ft of commercial spaces
in the Omni-Edgewater District
starting from the low's $400,000

      
         


NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK - USA


PRE-CONSTRUCTION
ZAHA HADID - 520 WEST 28TH
A luxury boutique residence
offering 39 residences from 2-bed units to 5-bed penthouses
managed by Related Management
starting price at $4,895,000

      
     


PRE-CONSTRUCTION
FIFTEEN AT HUDSON YARDS - 640 WEST 28TH
A creative haven at the heart of 28 acres of cutting edge, architecture and culture
offering 5 residential options from 1 bed units to duplex penthouses
managed by Related Management

starting price at $3,795,000

      



LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - USA


CO-BROKERAGE
9233 SWALLOW DRIVE
Luxury 5 bed, 8 bath villa
with koi pond, private zen garden and yoga deck
at the prestigious Doheny Estates

at $14,250,000

      
     


CO-BROKERAGE
1895 RISING GLEN ROAD
Magnificent gated 5 bed, 9 bath estate
with private elevator, home theater and infinity pool
at $15,950,000

      
     



CO-BROKERAGE
1290 BEL AIR ROAD
Romantic 3 bed, 3.5 bath villa on Billionaire's Row
offering stunning mountain and canyon views
with mature landscaping and swimming pool

at $7,550,000

        
     




FRANCE

Provence - Côte d'Azur
cedric@kijner.com

Courtesy of KSI Realty Exclusive Partner




Completely Renovated XIX Century Castle
8 en-suite bedrooms/bathrooms
with landscaped park, swimming pool and 400 sqm of terraces
in Le Lavandou, Var
at 8,950,000 euros

      
         


Entirely Renovated 3 Bed, 2 Bath Apartment
in a private luxury residence
with garden and swimming pool
in Hyères, Provence

at 745,000 euros

      
         
 




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To view all of our current listings for sale and for rent, click on the desired link
France
Thailand
Miami, FL
New York, NY

We specialize in income producing properties
as well as residential and commerical investment opportunities.
Contact us today for your private consultation. 


November 2016 eNewsletter

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

   


LUXURY LISTINGS & INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES OF THE MONTH


NEW YORK, NY - USA


CO-BROKERAGE
Fully Furnished 2 Bed, 2 Bath Unit
with Stunning City Views
at Trump Tower Residence
in Midtown Manhattan, New York
at $5,200,000

      
         


ORLANDO & SEBRING, Florida - USA


INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN ORLANDO, FL
Vacation Home Resort Minutes to Disney World
offering full service hotel facilities
with concierge service, daily house keeping and shuttle to Disney

2 bed, 2 bath with balcony starting at $264,900
3 bed, 2 bath with balocny starting at $294,900
3 bed, 3 bath with balcony starting at $309,900

GUARANTEED 10% LEASEBACK FOR TWO YEARS

      
     
Inquire today at info@kijner.com   



INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN SEBRING, FL
Waterfront Resort Style Living
offering 69 elegantly appointed condominium residences

with an exclcusive 36 boat slip marina

3 bed, 2 bath and 3 bed, 3 bath units
priced from the mid $150,000s to the low $300,000s

6% CAP RATE ON THE FIRST YEAR

      


   
         
Inquire today at info@kijner.com  



FRANCE


Kijner & Sons International Realty
is proud to present some of its unique properties for sale in France, courtesy of its exclusive partners, My Home Connexion Immobilier in Paris and Immocoach on the French Riviera.

Paris & Suburbs
paris@kijner.com




3 Story Loft/Workshop in Raw Concrete
with a Private Terrace 
close to Bastille
in Paris 11th District
at
1,298,000 euros

      
           
      


2 Bed, 2 Bath Loft/Workshop with Cellar

close to Porte de Champerret
in Paris 17th District
at 
896,000 euros (PRICE REDUCTION)

      
           
      



Provence - Côte d'Azur
cedric@kijner.com





Contemporary 5 Bedroom Villa
with an independant guest house
on a landscaped garden
in Bormes-Les-Mimosas
at 
2,620,000 euros

      
             
   


12 Bed, 12 Bath
House
with a winter garden and a heated swimming pool
in Grimaud (Gulf of Saint Tropez)
at 
2,995,000 euros

      
                 


Renovated 3 Bed, 2 Bath Apartment
on the ground floor of a luxury residence
with a swimming pool
in Hyères, Provence
at 
745,000 euros

      
           
     



EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP WITH THE CYPRUS INVESTMENT PROGRAM


CYPRUS CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT

      
         



The Cyprus citizenship program offers the most simple and efficient means of obtaining EU citizenship, it is the only direct EU citizenship program as it has absolutely no residency requirement and passports are issued in just 3 months. Investors and their families can obtain full EU rights, including the ability to live and work in any EU country practically immediately! 

Dual citizenship offers an effective tool for international tax planning and provides financial privacy for banking and investment. It improves personal security, enables freedom of movement and allows access to the best healthcare and education opportunities.

Cyprus citizenship may be obtained through a secure property investment, the financial criterion is as follows: 2,500,000 investment in residential real estate (the investment can be in a single property or portfolio).

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM

  • Citizenship granted within three months
  • No physical residency requirement
  • Passports issued to the investor, their spouse and dependent children up to age 28, provided they are in full-time education
  • Cyprus allows dual citizenship
  • All nationalities eligible
  • No language requirement, medical test or interview
  • Exit strategy after 3 years
  • Citizenship is passed on by descent, thus offering a legacy to future generations
  • No tax consequences, unless you opt to become tax resident in Cyprus
  • Pure investment, no donation required


BENEFITS OF CYPRUS EU CITIZENSHIP

  • Unrestricted right to live, work, travel and study anywhere in the European Union
  • Visa-free travel to 158 countries
  • Free trade within EU, business access to 500 million EU citizens
  • Cyprus has no inheritance tax, has a highly favorable corporate tax structure and a comprehensive double tax treaty network
  • Cyprus offers a great place to visit/live, it enjoys a strategic geographical position, offers excellent worldwide connections, has excellent infrastructure, a pleasant climate and is highly stable
  • Establishment and free movement of services and goods

Learn more today by visiting our dedicated Cyprus page with our extensive residential property portfolio here


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To view all of our current listings for sale and for rent, click on the desired link
France
Thailand
Miami, FL
New York, NY

We specialize in income producing properties
as well as residential and commercial investment opportunities.
Contact us today for your private consultation. 

Fire Prevention - Tips and Reminders for Staying Safe

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Fire Prevention Week falls during October, and this month is a great opportunity to review fire safety and preparedness for your home and family. Preventing a fire in the first place can mean the difference between safety and devastation.

Cooking is the most common causes of house fires, and as a daily activity the potential for problems is high if care is not taken around the kitchen. While cooking, never leave cookware on the stove unattended. It can take just moments for hot oil or grease to flare up, and a pan of forgotten food can go up in flames. Baking soda can be used to put out a small kitchen fire if caught right away – keep a package close at hand for ready use. Avoid wearing clothing with very long or loose sleeves while cooking as they can easily catch fire if they make contact with an open flame or hot burner. Keep towels and flammable pot holders away from the stove. 

Electrical cords and appliances should be kept in good repair, and any damaged wires or sockets should be replaced right away. Don’t overload electrical outlets – use power strips only when necessary and make sure they are properly rated. Electronics and small appliances should be unplugged when not in use to avoid potential problems.

Keep the dryer vent hose free of lint and other buildup, as dryer heat can easily spark a fire there. Check and clean the hose at least once a year for best results. Depending on how and where the hose is installed, the process can be as simple as using your vacuum cleaner to remove buildup. Bonus: the dryer will also run more efficiently with a clean hose. There are also professional services that will clean your venting system for a nominal charge. Never leave the house while the dryer is running – if a fire should start, you will only discover it too late.

Should a fire occur, fire extinguishers need to be easily accessible to the kitchen and laundry areas. Make sure any extinguisher is labeled for use on the three common types of fires – grease, paper/wood, and electrical. These multipurpose extinguishers are labeled as “A B C rated.” Using the wrong type of extinguisher on a particular fire can make the situation worse and can even be life-threatening. Water should never be used on an electrical fire or on grease fires as this will just cause the fire to worsen. 

Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home and outside all sleeping areas. The newest types of residential smoke detectors have 10-year batteries, and many are available in updated, low-profile designs. If your smoke alarms use replaceable batteries, change the batteries once a year; many people use the transition from Daylight Saving Time as a reminder to do this task. Hard-wired smoke alarm systems should be inspected according to the installer’s or manufacturer’s instructions.

Make – and practice – a family escape plan. Make sure each family member knows how to quickly get out of the house to safety in the event of a fire. The National Fire Protection Association recommends having two ways out of the house, in case smoke or flames make one of the exit routes impossible to use. Smoke can fill a house within minutes, making it difficult or even impossible to see the way out. With preventive measures, you can lower the chances of a fire, but careful planning can help you and your family survive if the worst happens.

Questions? Comments? Are you looking to buy or sell a house, a condo, a coop or a villa in Miami Florida or New York City? Contact us today at info@kijner.com.

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