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The Inspection-Ready Home

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

As many of you are heading straight into your busiest time of year, it makes sense to revisit the importance of being prepared for the home inspection. By taking some important steps to prepare the property for inspection, your sellers can avoid some basic problems that might otherwise affect a clean inspection report.

  • Routine exterior maintenance is an easy way for homeowners to keep up with minor problems before they escalate. Even if the home has been well maintained overall, there are some common problems that should be addressed.
    • Prior to the inspection, repair any damaged masonry on steps and walkways, and seal cracks in the driveway. Not only will the home look better, but future problems can be prevented.
    • Recaulk around exterior doors, windows, check flashing, and replace any missing or damaged shingles.
  • Inside the home, relatively minor fixes can improve the home inspection results.
    • Repair leaky faucets and fixtures, and repair grout around tubs and sinks. An electrician should inspect receptacles and switches and make any needed replacements or repairs.
    • Replace any cracked or broken window glass, and loosen any windows that are painted shut.
      If there is a fireplace, have it and the chimney cleaned and checked by a professional.
    •  If the home inspector can’t see into the chimney because of soot buildup, they won’t be able to inspect it and may need to return after it has been cleaned.
  • Homeowners should arrange service appointments for the furnace and central air conditioning so that any issues can be addressed before the home inspection.
    • If the home has battery-operated smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, put in fresh batteries and install additional units if any are missing.

When the day of the home inspection arrives, a few easy steps will facilitate the inspection process.

  • First, the buyers should allow sufficient time for the inspection. A professional home inspection will take two and a half to three hours on average, longer if the home is very large. Most sellers choose not to be present for the inspection, though the potential buyer will usually want to be there. The homeowner will need to provide keys to any locked areas, and allow access to the attic, crawl space, garage, and yard.
  • Be sure that the home inspector has access to components such as electrical panels, the main water shutoff, and gas meter. Move objects from around the water heater, furnace, and central air conditioning unit so that the inspector can reach them unimpeded. In winter, clear walkways of snow and ice for safe access to the home.
  • Make arrangements for pets to be out of the home or contained in a crate for their own safety and that of the home inspector. Dogs in particular can be disruptive, and some may even be distressed by having an unfamiliar person in their “territory”.
  • It is always a good idea to store small valuables and medications out of sight and in a secure location for peace of mind. One option is for the homeowner to simply take them along when they leave during the inspection.

Taking these steps can go a long way in preventing or addressing problems that could negatively affect the inspection. An inspection-ready home presents itself best for evaluation and makes the entire process go more smoothly.

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.

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Information courtesy of Pillar to Post: www.pillartopost.com.

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. 

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KSI Realty NYC Renter's Guide

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons International Realty is thrilled to share with you its New York City Renter's Guide. If you have ever wanted to navigate with ease the maze that is New York City's rental market, this illustrated guide is right for you!

Whether you are from New York yourself or a recent transplant, you will learn some of the most common local leasing terms, know what to expect when putting an application in and how to be fully prepared when looking for your next home in Manhattan. We make the leasing process easy, convenient and fun for you! Contact us now to get you started on your next NYC apartment search.

We have thousands of listings for rent all over the city whatever your budget or needs are. We look forward to assisting you!

Click here to view our latest properties for rent in New York City. For any inquiries, contact us today at nyc@kijner.com or schedule your private consultation at our conveniently located Midtown East office.

Click here to download your KSI Realty NYC Renter's Guide


The 5 Best Places in Your Home to Renovate or Improve

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

With the prime spring selling season heating up, here are 5 surefire ways to get the best bang for your buck and get top dollar for your listing:

1) FLOORING 

  • Remove outdated carpets
  • Replace with either laminate or hardwood flooring or ceramic tiles
  • It’s easier to clean and helps with people who have allergies
  • Also, buyers are specifically looking for updated flooring when they evaluate a potential home

2) FIXTURES & HARDWARE 

  • These include door knobs and handles on all doors, entrances/exits, cabinet hardware, bathroom and lighting fixtures, etc…
  • They are easy to replace and fairly inexpensive
  • You get a great return on investment for not a lot of money
  • If fixtures and hardware are not replaced, it can really date a property and make it appear as if it has not been maintained
  • Remember, everyone has to either touch a door or walk through it! It’s simple and cheap to fix the hardware

3) BATHROOMS 

  • If your client does opt to do a bathroom upgrade, it’s often worth the money, as it’s considered the 2nd most important room in the house 
  • Upgrades can include: new tile and grout, new faucet and hardware, new coat of paint, upgrading or replacing cabinets.

4) KITCHEN 

  • This is the most valuable room in the house, but your clients don’t need to spend a fortune in order to make it look spectacular
  • Simple add-ons such as a deluxe faucet, cabinet door hardware, upgraded or new appliances, new lighting, or adding a backsplash can help jazz up its appearance and functionality
  • They can also rebuild standard cabinetry at half the price (as opposed to custom cabinets or using expensive materials).

5) ADD AN INCOME-SUITE

  • Depending on the city or municipality, if the neighborhood allows for Income Suites, your clients could potentially add 150-160% of equity into their home by putting in an extra suite 
  • This allows the owner to also potentially receive additional income through a tenant 
  • Depending on the specific market or city, demand for double unit homes can rise by more than 25% 


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.

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Information courtesy of Pillar to Post: www.pillartopost.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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Radon: What You Need to Know

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

WHAT IS RADON?

Radon gas is colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas. It is formed by the breakdown of uranium, a natural radioactive material found in soil, rock and groundwater.

WHY IS RADON IMPORTANT?

It is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. In the United States, the EPA estimates that about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year are radon related and in Canada that number stands at approximately 3,000.

WHAT IS THE RISK OF RADON FOUND IN THE HOME?

Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States and Canada is estimated to have an elevated radon level.

HOW DOES RADON GET INTO THE HOME?

When radon is released from the ground into the outdoor air, it gets diluted to low concentrations and is not a concern. Within homes, it typically moves up through the flooring system and other openings between the ground and living spaces. Your home traps radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a radon problem – this means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. Even if you live in an area with fairly low environmental radon, you could still have significant levels in your home.


WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?

Radon testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. Pillar To Post conducts a short term test using a continuous monitor to provide a snapshot of the home to see if it has elevated levels of Radon. Testing takes approximately 2-3 days and results are provided are interpreted and the report is sent directly to the client.

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.

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Information courtesy of Pillar to Post: www.pillartopost.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. 


Oldies but goodies: living with an older home

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

The charms of living in an older home can be many – history, style, craftsmanship, quirks. But there’s no denying that living in such a home has its challenges. Maintenance can be tricky and expensive, especially if certain systems and features have been neglected over the years. Let’s take a look at some common situations found in many older homes:

  • Energy inefficiency is probably the number one issue with older homes. Most older homes were constructed with single-pane windows; if these windows are still there, they likely don’t fit very well. Replacement windows can be very expensive, but will contribute immensely to reduced energy use and lower heating and cooling costs. Most replacement windows are available in several styles and at different price points, so finding one that suits the look of an older home is easier than ever.
  • Like single-pane windows, poor insulation will also waste energy and money. The most important and easiest area of the home to insulate is the attic, but walls and floors above ventilated crawlspaces should be insulated as well if possible. The attic may already have insulation but it may be inadequate by current standards.
  • If the home has older water pipes, they should be checked to identify the material and determine if they need to be replaced. Some older materials such as galvanized steel, iron, and even lead are still in use today even though new construction does not allow them. Replacement options include copper and CPVC piping.
  • Outdated electrical systems can still sometimes be found in older homes and may not only be dangerous, they can make the house uninsurable in some situations. Even if no danger is present, we use much more electricity in our homes today and the capacity of older systems may be inadequate. Only a qualified electrician should attempt any repairs or updates to a home’s electrical system. 

With careful maintenance and a nod to history, older homes can be comfortable, stylish, and even energy efficient in the right hands.

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.

Holiday and Winter Fire Safety

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Residential fires take their toll every day, every year, in lost lives and destroyed property. The fact is that many conditions that cause house fires can be avoided or prevented by homeowners. Taking the time for some simple precautions, preventive inspections, and concrete planning can help prevent fire in the home – and can save lives should disaster strike. Here are some important recommendations for homeowners:

  • All electrical devices including lamps, appliances, and electronics should be checked for frayed cords, loose or broken plugs, and exposed wiring. Never run electrical wires under carpet or rugs as this creates a fire hazard. 
  • Wood-burning fireplaces should be cleaned by a professional chimney sweep each year to prevent a dangerous buildup of creosote, which can cause a flash fire in the chimney. Cracks in masonry chimneys should be repaired, and spark arresters inspected to ensure they are in good condition and free of debris.
  • If using space heaters, keep them away from beds and bedding, curtains, papers – anything flammable. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use. Space heaters should not be left unattended or where a child or pet could knock them over. 
  • Use smoke detectors with fresh batteries unless they are hard-wired to your home’s electrical system. There are also some newer models with ten-year batteries. Smoke detectors should be installed high on walls or on ceilings on every level of the home, outside each sleeping area and inside each bedroom. Statistics show that nearly 60% of home fire fatalities occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Most municipalities now require the use of working smoke detectors in both single and multi-family residences. 
  • Children should not have access to or be allowed to play with matches, lighters, or candles. Flammable materials such as gasoline, kerosene or propane should be stored outside of and away from the house.
  • Kitchen fires know no season. Grease spills, items left unattended on the stove or in the oven, and food left in toasters or toaster ovens can catch fire quickly. Don’t wear loose fitting clothing, especially with long sleeves, around the stove. Handles of pots and pans should be turned away from the front of the stove to prevent accidental contact. Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher within easy reach.
  • Have an escape plan. This is one of the most important measures you can take to prevent death in a fire. Your local fire department can provide detailed recommendations on escape planning and preparedness. Another excellent resource is www.ready.gov. In addition, all family members should know how to dial 911 in case of a fire or other emergency.
  • Live Christmas trees should be kept in a water-filled stand and checked daily for dehydration. Needles should not easily break off a freshly-cut tree. Brown needles or lots of fallen needles indicate a dangerously dried-out tree, which should be discarded immediately. Always use nonflammable decorations in the home, and never use lights on a dried-out tree. 
  • Candles should be placed in stable holders and placed away from curtains, drafts, pets, and children. Never leave candles unattended, even for a short time.
  • Holiday lights should be checked for fraying or broken wires and plugs. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when joining two or more strands together, as a fire hazard could result from electrical overload. Enjoy your indoor holiday lighting only while someone is home, and turn the lights off before going to bed at night.

 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.

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