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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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To view all of our current listings for rent and sale, 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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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

Electrical Know-How: GFCI and AFCI Devices

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

GFCI and AFCI are specialized electrical safety devices with very different purposes. Let’s take a look at how each is used in the home as well as how they work. 

A GFCI, or ground fault circuit interrupter, is an inexpensive device that is designed to protect people from electrical shock in the home. They should be installed in any area with potential risk for electrical shock with a direct path to the ground, especially areas with plumbing. GFCI receptacles are commonly installed in bathrooms, along kitchen counters, in garages, unfinished basements, outdoor outlets and near swimming pools and spas. A GFCI monitors the electrical current leaving from and returning to the receptacle, which should be the same. If there is a mismatch in the currents, the GFCI will shut off the receptacle immediately, protecting people from serious electrical shock.

GFCIs have various configurations, including the standard GFCI receptacle with “test” and “reset” buttons. Homeowners should test these monthly to ensure proper operation. If the GFCI fails to trip or can’t be reset, it should be replaced. There are also remote GFCIs, which protect standard receptacles in the circuit. These should always have a visible label indicating GFCI protection, because there is no way to tell otherwise that a receptacle is or isn’t protected. Another option is a GFCI breaker, which is installed at the electrical panel and protects the entire circuit. These can be identified by the presence of test and reset buttons on the panel.

An arc fault circuit interrupter, or AFCI, is designed to prevent electrical fires in the home. This is a relatively new type of circuit breaker that detects arcing in an electrical circuit, shutting down the affected circuit before it causes a fire. Arcing can be caused if an electrical cable is punctured or cut by something as simple as hammering a nail into a wall. Other potential causes of arcing include frayed extension cords, loose electrical connections, and old and/or cracked insulation on electrical wires and cables.

An AFCI breaker fits into the electrical panel in place of a standard circuit breaker. AFCI breakers are much larger than standard breakers and have a test button. They may not be available for older electrical panels, so retrofitting with AFCI breakers is not always possible. In addition, old wiring may have been subjected to years of poorly-executed modifications, which AFCIs may or may not compensate for. It is always best to check with a qualified electrician who can assess your panel and electrical components before making the decision to install AFCI breakers.

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.

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. 

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


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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