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Ask the Expert: US Realtor

by Kijner & Sons International Realty



Kijner & Sons International Realty
is pleased to share a recent report from
World First, UK first foreign exchange broker offering currency exchange and international payments to private and corporate clients in the UK and abroad. Laura Kijner, international real estate specialist with KSI Realty in France and Thailand and, Florida Realtor® with Fortune International Realty in Miami, Florida is featured in their July 29th issue on investment and relocation to the U.S.  

To read the full article by David Trumper, see below:

If you’re thinking about moving to the US, you’ll be aware just how many considerations there are – the actual buying of the property is one of the last things you’ll have to sort out!

Florida Realtor Laura Kijner has helped lots of people in their move to the US, and in this edition of ‘Ask the expert’, she explains some of the things you need to consider. 

In the U.S., every state has different rules and regulations, so wherever you are looking to purchase a property, you should get the relevant information.

Investing or buying a vacation home abroad is quite different from actually moving and living overseas!  Usually, people that have successfully moved to the U.S. have conducted their due diligences – they’ve gone to visit, they know the area, maybe they’ve been there for ten years for a month every year. Moving to the U.S. can be a long process. A lot of people don’t realise that getting the proper visa or even a green card is not an easy task.

Ask yourself the right questions

Do you already have the proper structures in place to facilitate your move and the acquisition of a property? Do you have a U.S. bank account? Do you have all the necessary funds available for an investment? How about currency conversion? Are you a cash buyer? If you need a loan, it’s probably best to check with your financial institution at home since, as a foreigner, you are unlikely to have collateral or a credit history in the U.S. You need to be ready, willing and able! And to be so, takes preparation.

Get to know the place and its people

Make sure it’s right for you and your family. Adapting to a new culture and environment takes time. You need to see yourself working and living there for the foreseeable future. If you are moving with your kids, you will need to think about schools and later colleges. Even to run the simplest errand, you are most likely to drive your car around. Do you have a driving license? Are you fine with driving at least an hour a day? Make sure you find a property in a neighbourhood you like, that is safe and convenient, a place where you can easily commute to and from work.

Drive, walk around, check various neighbourhoods, talk to some agents, talk to fellow expats who have moved to the U.S. and who will give you honest feedbacks, talk to an attorney, a wealth manager and a CPA about what’s involved – it’s about just getting that information.

Many foreigners do not know that dual agency is illegal in Florida. A real estate licensee may enter into a brokerage relationship either as a transaction broker – offering limited representation – or as a single agent with prospective buyers and sellers.

See a house you like? Go for it, whoever you’re signed up with

In the U.S., all real estate agents, with no exception, have the same access to the available properties in their market with the exact same conditions. As members of the Miami Association of Realtors, we offer access to the MLS (Multiple Listing System). The MLS is a tool where, in the words of the National Association of Realtors, brokers share information on properties they have listed and invite other brokers to cooperate in their sale in exchange for compensation if they produce the buyer. Sellers benefit by increased exposure to their property. Buyers benefit because they can obtain information about all MLS-listed properties while working with only one broker. Thus, it doesn’t matter where you find your dream property. Even if it’s not listed with the company you signed up with, your real estate agent will call the other agent and they will cooperate with each other to ensure a successful transaction.

The purchase of the property is the last thing we would take care of. You’re not going to put your trousers on when you’ve already put on your socks and your shoes!

Do things in the right order. If you are not ready to take the plunge yet, you can always sign up for listing alert emails on a realtors’ website – like this one. By signing up to alerts like this, you’ll get a good picture of a place’s real estate market – in this case, Miami – from prices to inventory and you will be able to monitor the changes over time. What you see today might not be available 6 months for now when you are actually ready to buy. Be informed!

Finally, there are many costs associated with the acquisition of a property. These costs depend on your own project, the selected property and its location, laws of the State of Florida, of the County and the City as well as on professionals and/or other providers you are likely to select from Attorney to CPA (Certified Public Accountant). Some fees are negotiable, other not. Some are recurring, other not. Most people are first time investors with very little knowledge of the acquisition and relocation process in the U.S. As a consulting firm, we are here to help and we offer tailored packages for a fee for those in need of full assistance.

Laura Kijner works with Kijner & Sons International Realty, which specialises in investment opportunities and income producing properties in South Florida.

Source: http://www.worldfirst.com/uk/blog/property-2/ask-expert-us-realtor-2/

Looking to buy a condo or a home in Miami? Looking to relocate to or invest in Florida? Contact us today at info@kijner.com

 

Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to share with you an article published on March 5th, 2013 in French online newspaper "La Tribune" about the Miami real estate market and investment opportunities available to French investors looking to acquire properties in Florida

Laura Kijner, KSI Realty's Communication & PR Director and Realtor® with Fortune International Realty in Miami, Florida was interviewed by French journalist Mathias Thépot from "La Tribune", a renowned French Newspaper for business, financial and economics news. 

To read the complete article in French entitled "Immobilier: Miami moins chère que Bordeaux !*", please click here or on the image below.



 

Questions? Comments? Looking to invest in or relocate to Miami or Sarasota, Florida? Contact us at info@kijner.com

* "Real Estate: Miami less expensive than Bordeaux!"

HSBC Expat - Expat Explorer Survey 2012

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

 

 

Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to share with you HSBC 2012 Expat Explorer Survey which ranks Thailand as the second best place for expatriates thanks, in part, to its exceptional quality of life and booming real estate market. 

According to Dean Blackburn, Head of HSBC Expat, "Asia is increasingly coming to the fore as a top destination for both financial opportunity and life experiences". 

The survey compares 30 different countries worldwide and is based on data collected from over 5,000 expats during 2012. To download the complete survey and its findings, click here or on the image below.


 

Looking to invest and/or relocate to Thailand? Contact us at info@kijner.com

VIDEO - Real Estate and Investment Opportunities in Florida and Thailand

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to share with you this fun and engaging video covering Real Estate and Investment Opportunities in Florida and Thailand. Come and learn about 2 top ranked investment destinations and how KSI Realty can help you achieve the dream of a lifetime no matter your investment profile or relocation needs.

 

 

Kijner Realty from Video Explaining on Vimeo.

 

Comments? Questions? Looking to invest in and/or relocate to Florida, Thailand, France or Costa Rica? 
Visit us online at www.kijner.com and contact us at info@kijner.com.
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The Wealth Report

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to share with you the 2011 joint Wealth Report by Knight Frank and Citi Private Bank, which gives us a global perspective on prime property and wealth today.

This report highlights what motivates both the high-net-worth individual "HNWI" (a person whose investible assets, excluding their primary residence, total between $1M and $10M) and the ultra-high-net-worth individual "UHNWI" (a person whose investible assets, excluding their primary residence, are valued at over $10M).

You will also learn more about Asia's ongoing rise as the World's new economic powerhouse and that education is one of the most important factors that encourages wealthy people to buy properties and invest abroad. 

To read the full report, click on the image below. 


If you are looking to invest abroad, buy a property in Thailand, Florida, Costa Rica or France or send your children study in the USA, we can assist you! Just visit our website www.kijner.com to learn more about investment opportunities aborad. Questions, comments, inquire at info@kijner.com, we specialize in wealth management, international consulting, relocation, promotion and development, residential and commercial transactions as well as property management. 

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Source: http://www.knightfrank.com/wealthreport/

Relocation and Moving Tips in Florida

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Want the secret to an easy move? Whether you're relocating just around the corner, renting a moving truck or are packing up the family for cross-country relocation, you'll get the tips you need to survive. Here are some great moving tips to save you time and money.

The key is to stay organized, so check out moving checklists online to help you with your move to the Sarasota or Miami Florida areas. Make a list of questions to ask for either your local moving truck rental business or decide if you need to go with actually hiring a moving company.

Experts in the moving and storage industry say that, you should plan six to eight weeks in advance to book a reputable moving company. Finding that reputable company can be a challenge, however, and a little research should be done before you entrust all of your worldly possessions to professional care. Check out listings online of moving companies that allow you to compare movers and interview moving companies to find just the right one. On interstate moves, charges are based on the weight of the items to be moved, the distance to be moved, packing, and other services. Get two or three estimates well in advance of your move. Be sure to check with the Better Business Bureau about any moving company you are considering.

Renting a moving vehicle or a portable on demand moving crate can be your best and easiest option to make sure your stuff gets moved to the new place the way you want them to. If you choose to rent a moving vehicle, you can rent it the day of the move or the day before. If you really want a lot of time to make sure you can arrange your furniture and household goods in your moving vehicle, then you might consider an on demand storage unit. These units get delivered to your driveway and you have as long as you need to fill it up. Then, when it is full, you call the company and they will come and pick the container up and deliver it to storage or to your new home.

No matter which moving option you choose, you will make things a lot easier on yourself if you weed out all the “stuff” that you haven’t used in a long time and donate it or throw it out. Start packing the items you want to keep but don’t use everyday away well before the moving day. Think about this tip: get wardrobe boxes to pack clothes. By simply hanging clothes inside these boxes, you'll save time both packing and unpacking.

Facing relocation can be scary. Let your Real Estate agents at Kijner &  Sons International Realty ease the pain with packing tips, relocation advice and moving companies that specialize in relocation near and far.

For more information about moving to Sarasota or Miami areas, contact us at info@kijner.com

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