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Real Estate – it’s not going away!

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

The oldest use of the term "Real Estate" that has been preserved in historical records was in 1666. In other words, real estate has been around for a very long time. However, it is not going away! It will be around until the end of time. What a comfort that is. With the slump that is happening, it is a reassurance to know that even if the economy gets bad, real estate is here to stay.

Real Estate is a legal term, according to Wikipedia, that encompasses land along with anything permanently affixed to the land, such as buildings, specifically property that is stationary, or fixed in location. The word “fixed” is the keyword here, meaning unmovable. Real Estate is here to stay!

Wikipedia also states that it has been argued that the word Real is derived from "royal". For hundreds of years the Royal family and/or King owned the land, and the peasants paid rent or property taxes to be on the Royal's land. Today, just like hundreds of years in the past, we pay property taxes, or rent to be on the government's land or the Royal Estate. Isn’t it great to know that even though we do have to pay property taxes our homes are owned by us and not a king or government or royal family!

This article has been a little bit about the history of Real Estate, but thankfully there is a great future for real estate. Make your own future and invest in “Real” estate.

If you are looking for a home or selling real estate in the Sarasota or Miami Florida areas, then we can help!

The Pitfalls of For Sale by Owner

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

If you're planning on selling a house in Miami, there are several ways to go about it. The most traditional, of course, is to work with a real estate agent like Kijner & Sons International Realty to prepare, list, and sell your home. Another option that many people consider is for sale by owner, or FSBO, which bypasses the agent and puts you in charge of all the details.

At first glance, selling a house on your own might seem like a good idea. After all, in this tough Florida real estate market, sidestepping an agent can help you save money or even allow you to reduce the selling price of your home for a faster offer. At the same time, you are in control of the process, and you don't have to work your schedule around someone else's.

However, as most professionals in the real estate business will tell you, for sale by owner homes come with some pretty substantial legwork. In fact, you may even find yourself turning to contract lawyers and home inspectors anyway, since few people have a working knowledge of home sales without a real estate background. To sell your own Miami home, you have to be prepared to:

Sort through potential buyers. Just because someone is looking at your house doesn't mean they might buy it. Many people “window shop” when it comes to houses on the market, and may not have any intention of buying a house at all. Others might not have been pre-approved or pre-qualified for a home loan, and although they may sincerely want to make you an offer, it might not be something they will be able to get a bank to back them up on. And if they do make an offer, your home could be tied up for weeks while the financiers sort through the details only to fall through at the end.

Negotiate the real estate contract. In almost all cases, the sale of a house requires a contract that goes through the hands of the bank, an attorney, a title or escrow company, and a notary. Real estate agents have the right connections and knowledge to push all the paper through without losing sight of those little details that get you the best deal. Unless you're familiar with contract law and the process of buying or selling a home, this could be both costly and time-consuming to do on your own.

Showcase your home properly. One area in which Kijner & Sons International Realty has an advantage is in staging, preparing, and listing your house for sale. Few homeowners have the emotional detachment necessary to make the right changes or to list the home at a price that is reasonable for the market according to home valuation estimates.

Work with other real estate agents. Over 90 percent of people work with a Miami real estate agent when buying or selling a home. This means that the people coming to look at your house might be working with an agent of their own. However, both brokers and agents are less likely to show their clients homes that are FSBO. This can drastically reduce your pool of applicants.

Any chance to save money during the home selling process might seem like a good idea, but as is the case with most things, taking a shortcut isn't likely to yield the best results over the long-term. Selling a Miami house isn't always easy, and it isn't always fun, but when you choose to put your trust in Kijner & Sons International Realty, you can see for yourself just how much better the entire process can be.

Florida Real Estate: Overcoming Buyer's Remorse

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Buying a new home in Miami can be an incredible experience – especially if you're a first-time buyer or if you've finally found the house of your dreams after a long search. You may have spent months finding the perfect home, weighing your options and working with a real estate agent to find the best match. It could be the result of a last-minute decision that was too good to pass up. Either way, it's not uncommon to have feelings of regret soon after the house purchase is finalized. Known as “buyer's remorse,” it's that sensation many people get when they realize they've just made a major commitment to a new home.

If you do find that you're second-guessing your home purchase or condo long after the papers have been signed, it's important to take a step back and evaluate the situation. In almost all cases, buyer's remorse is a temporary feeling that can be overcome in a few easy steps.

• Weigh the pros and cons of the house. This should be done both before and after you make your FL real estate purchase. Every house, no matter how old it is or where it is located, is going to have its benefits and drawbacks. The important thing is not to concentrate too heavily on either one. The balance of the good and bad in the house is what is going to turn it into a home.

• Personalize the space as soon as possible. Many times, the reasons behind buyer's remorse have very little to do with the house itself and more to do with your feelings about it. It is an unfamiliar place, with few of the associations you're used to. Start with just one room and make it yours, whether you do it with paint, decorations, or a bookshelf full of all your favorite knickknacks. Having at least one place where you feel completely at ease will help you feel better about the house as a whole.

• Address the flaws, one at a time. Perhaps you didn't realize that the hot water tank only offered five minutes of hot water. Maybe you didn't accurately measure the living room, and your beloved leather couch set won't fit in the space. It's possible you even failed to notice that the dark patch on the ceiling is actually a plumbing problem. Getting a house inspection prior to the sale will go a long way in helping you avoid these problems, but even the best inspection won't find every single little flaw in the house. The best thing to is to try not to focus on the “what-ifs” of the home purchase and put your mind to the tasks at hand. With a clear head, figure out the costs associated with repairs or figure out how you might adjust your “perfect” setup to make the space livable. Many of these types of problems will arise over time anyway – no house is perfect, and even the newest models will inevitably get hit by wear and tear.

• Stop searching for other Miami homes for sale. When you're buying a home, you're most likely pouring over magazines, constantly checking Internet real estate listings, or even hitting the streets themselves in order to find the perfect residence. This can be a hard habit to break, especially if you're afraid you didn't make the right choice. However, avoid the temptation to keep looking. Chances are, those houses aren't as perfect as you think they are, and they're just holding you back from loving your new home.

• Take time to relax and enjoy. Buying a home is a big step, and it can also be a stressful one. Take a brief vacation. Spend a weekend not doing home improvements or moving your belongings. Remember why you fell in love with the house in the first place.

By the time you settle into your new home and your regular routine, any feelings of buyer's remorse are going to be long gone. As long as you do your homework ahead of time and work with a Miami real estate agent you trust, you can rest assured that your home will be the right one for you, and in time, you'll wonder how you were ever able to consider living anywhere else.

What is the best place to live as an expat?

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

According to a recent study conducted by HSBC, Thailand is the best place to live abroad as an expat! In deed, the quality of life and the ease of integration are two of the main motivations for people to call Thailand home*.

To read the full article in French, click here.


For more information about investment opportunities in Thailand, do not hesitate to contact us at or visit


*Source: "Quel est le meilleur pays pour s'expatrier?", L', 11/05/2010

Sarasota, Florida MLS Monthly Statistics (September 2010)

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

“Property sales decline in September; distressed sales keep damper on prices”

To read more about The Sarasota Association of Realors® September 2010 report and learn about property sales and prices in the Sarasota real estate market click here.

For a complete listing of homes for sale in the Sarasota, Florida area, go to

Bon Appétit! Thailand

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

For all seafood lovers out there, we have the perfect place for you in Bangkok.

At the Seafood Market and Restaurant you can satisfy your craving for lobster, crab, shrimp, prawn, sashimi, oyster, octopus, fresh fish...and the list goes on and on. 

Don't really feel like going home and cooking? No problem. You will be escorted to the restaurant where everything you have selected will be prepared the way you want and brought to your table in no time. 

Bon Appétit!

Seafood Market and Restaurant
89 Sukhumvit Soi 24 (Kasame)
Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey
Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Tel.: + 66 (0)2 66 11 25 29


BTS: Phrom Phong

Mark your calendar!

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Daniel Kijner, Senior Broker Owner of Kijner & Sons International Realty, will be participating in the next International Roundtable/Global Business Update. This event is organized by the Sarasota Association of Realtors® International Council Steering Committee and will be held on November 10th, 2010 from 8:30 am.

Bon Appétit! Thailand

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

If you are looking for some French goodies here in Bangkok, whether you are starving for something as simple as a warm baguette, great salads or sandwiches, we have the place for you! Start the day with a croissant or pain au chocolat, grab lunch between two meetings or just unwind after 5 with a glass of wine, some cheese and cold cuts at "Café Tartine".

Bon Appétit!

"Café Tartine"

Athenee Residence

65 Wireless Road (entrance Soi Rumarudee)

Bangkok, 10330, Thailand

Tel.: +66 (0)2 168 5464 

BTS: Phloen Chit


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The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing's annual Leaders in Luxury conference

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Daniel Kijner, Senior Broker Owner of Kijner & Sons International Realty, recently joined 100 top professionals at invitation-only luxury real estate conclave in Austin, Texas.

To learn more about the annual Leaders in Luxury (LIL) conference, please click here for the Press Release. 


by Kijner & Sons International Realty

We are pleased to announce that Daniel Kijner, Senior Broker Owner of Kijner & Sons International Realty and Broker Associate with Re/Max Platinum Realty, has just been elected Vice Chair of the CRS® International Committee Council of Residential Specialists (November 2010 to November 2011).

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