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Tips to get your home ready for a showing

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Making some small improvements to your home prior to showing it to potential buyers can give a great first impression and could make a difference on how quickly you get an offer and how much you may obtain from the sale of your property. Here are 4 tips to get your home ready for your next showing:

Curb appeal

Does the outside of the home makes the prospective buyer want to see the inside? Make your home more inviting with:
- a well-kept lawn
- an inviting porch
- a clean driveway
- flower pots on the backyard
- touch-up on the exterior paints
- a clean roof
- clean trash bins
- a fresh coat of paint for the front door
- clean windows

Simplify

What about a deep cleaning of the interior by hiring a cleaning crew if necessary?
- Beds should be made
- Remove extra furniture and nick-knacks
- Get rid of clutter, old magazines, toys, etc.
- Add new side-cushions to the sofa
- Make room in closets to give the appearance of a more spacious storage area
- Make sure all light bulbs work
- Display new towels, shower curtains and soap in bathroom and kitchen
- Remove excessive personal photos
- Remove small appliances from kitchen counters
- Declutter and clear the garage

Update

New coat of paint inside may increase the value. You may consider replacing non- working items.
- Replace non-working appliances
- Get new hardware on the kitchen cabinets
- Get new kitchen sink faucet
- Have a professional cleaning of carpets or tiled floors

Foresee

It is likely the buyer will have inspections done. Avoid surprises and complications. Know the condition and the repairs that would be essential to the home and use them on the negotiations. Be honest and upfront.

Looking to buy a new home or investment property in Miami, Florida, contact us today at info@kijner.com or visit www.miamihouseforsale.net

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* Tips courtesy of Mrs. Terry Alvarez, Broker at Fortune International Realty in Miami Florida
** KSI Realty's team members (Daniel, Laura and Marc Kijner) are all licensed 
Realtors® in Florida and real estate agents with Fortune International Realty in Miami, Florida

5 pros to buying pre-construction

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

If you have ever wondered between buying a resell property versus a brand new pre-construction unit, here are 5 pros to the latter:

1. Buyers will have ample time to come up with the purchase price. Instead of having to pay all of the required purchase price at once to close, buyers can spread out the deposits, and save for the balance to close usually for the term of 2 years or longer.

2. Buyers will be part, along with all other new buyers/neighbors, of making the history for this brand new community. There will be more flexibility in implementing the rules and customs for that particular community. When buying a condominium, a buyer may contribute in forming the Homeowners Association and participating on the forming of the Board.

3. The property, as well as the common areas, will be all brand new and sparkling. Life expectancy for all appliances and equipment will be longer and usually, cost for repair and replacement of appliances are less for the first 5 years.

4. Buyers get to pick exactly the décor they want without having to compromise for what is already existing. Picking up the details of a brand new home could be the most fun and exhilarating of the home-owning experience.

5. There is a big chance that if a calculated, well-guided investment was made, the % opportunity of price increase is greater than on an existing property.

Looking to buy a new home or investment property in Miami, Florida, contact us today at info@kijner.com or visit www.miamihouseforsale.net

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* Tips courtesy of Mrs. Terry Alvarez, Broker at Fortune International Realty in Miami Florida
** KSI Realty's team members (Daniel, Laura and Marc Kijner) are all licensed
Realtors® in Florida and real estate agents with Fortune International Realty in Miami, Florida

Happy Chinese New Year

by Kijner & Sons International Realty




GONG XI FA CAI



In Chinese astrology, 2018 marks the Year of the Dog,
the eleventh of all the zodiac animal signs in a twelve year cycle.

Did you know?
A dog’s most defining traits are their loyalty, honesty and good nature.
They are committed, tenacious and hard workers.
They are also popular in social circles and good at helping others. 
They seek a good life surrounded by family and friends.
They are true homebodies and 
the definition of
"home is where the heart is"!

With a New Year, comes new beginnings.
If you are in the market for a new home, we are here to help!

In the meantime, all of us at KSI Realty
wish you a prosperous, healthy and lucky Year of the Dog!



      


The Difference Between a Condominium and a Cooperative

by Kijner & Sons International Realty





Many people looking to buy a property in New York City are often debating between investing in a condominium or a cooperative. But what is the difference? Before choosing one over the other, let's review their definition, your ownership rights and what every buyer should know before acquiring such properties.

What is a condominium

A condominium is a real property transaction where ownership rights are fee simple, that is, the broadest form of ownership available. You are allowed to you to use and possess your property and you may own your condo in any form you wish (in severalty, as joint tenancy, as tenants in commons or tenants by the entirety).

With a condominium you own real estate - the space inside the unit - and you share in the ownership of the common elements such as the swimming pool, the walkways or the garage. As such, you will receive a deed to your unit that will include an undivided interest in the common areas. You can learn more about your rights in the condominium bylaws. Subletting is possible with some restrictions depending on the condominium building.

What is a cooperative or co-op?

With a co-op, you own share in a cooperative's corporation, which is not real property but personal property. Since you do not own any real estate, you do not have fee simple ownership rights. You own shares which reflect equity in the corporation and instead of a deed, you will receive a proprietary lease and stock certificates.

A cooperative is a not-for-profit corporation, a joint venture with its shareholders, formed for their benefit and governed by them. As such, the cooperative is the one owning the land, the building and all rights and interests. In short, you have a right to occupy your unit and use the common areas and facilities. And of course, unlike with buying a condo unit, we will need to submit a thorough application known as a board package that is unique to each co-op. This package will be reviewed, approved or denied by the co-op board based on a variety of personal and financial documents including but not limited to your purchase application, a contract of sale, employer and personal reference letters, your income tax returns, a financial statement listing assets and liabilities...Finally, subletting is much more restricted and is some occasions, not allowed.  

What is a Condop?

Some of you might have heard of a hybrid between a condominium and a cooperative known as Condops? What is it you ask? 

A condop is a mix-used building where the residential portion (co-op) is separate from the commercial component (condo). This form of property is appealing to many developers or sellers for tax reasons. They retain ownership of the non-residential space in the building that they use for commercial purpose. In a condop, a buyer will receive co-op corporation share and a proprietary lease. Condops are usually based on the 80/20 rule where 80% of the building is used for residential purpose and the remaining 20%, for commercial purpose.

Do you have additional questions? Are you looking to buy a condominium or a cooperative unit in New York City? Contact our Manhattan office today at nyc@kijner.com

Storage in a smaller home

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

While “tiny houses” take storage planning to an extreme, your typical smaller home still needs accessible, well-planned storage to make it both efficient and livable. 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. It’s a great idea for these entryways to incorporate “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 a dedicated shelf or cubby 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 best 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 often used not only as an office, but for homework, projects, and more. Effective, multi-purpose closet storage can be accomplished by replacing hanging rods with shelving and drawers. A dresser can be repurposed 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 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 relatively 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.

Smaller homes aren’t going away, and continue to be popular as starter homes and with downsizers. But with efficient, practical storage solutions, even a smaller home can accommodate the needs of almost any family. 

Are you looking to sell or buy a house, a condo, a villa or an apartment in Miami Florida or New York City? Do not hesitate to contact us at info@kijner.com or visit us at www.kijner.com

How Can Foreigners Purchase Properties in Thailand?

by Kijner & Sons International Realty






One of the mos
t common questions our office receives from prospective investors is: How can Foreigners purchase properties in Thailand?

Kijner & Sons International Realty's Bangkok Office is pleased to offer you this pdf guide answering some of the most recurring questions asked by foreign investors looking to acquire properties in the Land of Smiles. Our guide will cover the following subjects:

> The type of real estate properties in Thailand
> The difference between leasehold and freeholder properties 
> Condominium ownership
> Payment instruction for the purchase of a condominium in Thailand
> Home ownership
> Transfer of ownership

To download KSI Realty's guide, please click here!

Do you have more questions? A special query? We can help! If you are looking to invest in or move to Thailand, contact us at info@kijner.com

You can also look for our latest properties for sale or for rent by visiting www.rentsukhumvit.com/en now!

NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

 

Daniel Kijner, Senior Broker Owner at Kijner & Sons International Realty participated at the recent Realtors® Midyear Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington D.C. This event enables NAR members to take an active role to advance the real estate industry, public policy, and the association by attending for example special issues forums and committee meetings.

This year's legislative activities included a Rally to Protect the American Dream where "an estimated 15,000 Realtors® from every state in the country and invited members of Congress converged on the grounds of the Washington Monument to make their voices heard on behalf of homeowners, real estate investors, and those who aspire to homeownership"*.

 

For all the photos, check KSI Realty's Facebook Page and Album by clicking here.

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Sources:
NAR Midyear Meetings & Trade Expo (Washington, D.C.,14-19 May 2012)

*NAR News Releases, 17 May 2012: Realtors® Raise Awareness at Real Estate Rally

The Value of Homeownership

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Homeownership may be the most important asset-building strategy for individuals. The value of homeownership gives homeowners a feeling of control, a greater sense of security and stability.

Homeownership is typically given a lot of importance and homeowners are generally allowed to do whatever they wish in their homes. Homeowners have the right to make choices and decisions regarding changes to their homes that renters may not be able to make.

Homeownership is a financial goal most families share. There are significant community benefits to homeownership as well. Owning a home gives residents a stake in the community and a sense of “rootedness” in their neighborhoods. Enjoying the privacy that a home brings, making long lasting friendships with neighbors and best of all taking pride in your home. The pride you’ll feel in owning and improving your home is an emotional value that cannot be expressed in dollars and cents. The value of homeownership has been thought to promote thrift, stability, and neighborliness.

Homeownership is thought to be an important element in achieving personal fulfillment. When asked to define the good life, polls have shown that many Americans value owning a home over such factors as an automobile, a happy marriage, an interesting or high-paying job, and good health. The value of homeownership is credited with increasing self-esteem, life satisfaction, and an overall feeling of worth. Owning a home embodies the promise of individual independence but there are also many responsibilities that come with owning a home. The value of homeownership has been thought to pro-mote thrift, stability, and neighborliness.

If you are looking to buy your own home in Sarasota or Miami areas, these are some points to consider when seeing the value of homeownership. Allow us to help you see the value of homeownership.

For more information on buying a home in Florida, do not hesitate to contact us at info@kijner.com or visit us at www.kijner.com

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