Atlantis, FL Real Estate News

By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Coldwell Banker Access Realty)
  What does Baseball, 9/11 and President Bush all have in common? Most people are not aware that a secret service guy dressed as an umpire the night President Bush threw out the first pitch during the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium. Great story. I'm surprised that none of the newspaper guys ever picked up on the "stranger" in the umpire's uniform. Remember this was just after 9/11 ................... If you don't do anything else today, just watch this .... it's great .. Opening World Series Pitch - 12 years ago. This is our country at one of its best moments.... This is a great clip, don't miss it!!
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Coldwell Banker Access Realty)
  The Daily Hot Sheet of palm Beach Real Estate & FL Realtor News Monday, August 12, 2013   TODAY'S TOP STORIES Foreclosure fears less haunting to housing recovery Some experts predicted a new round of foreclosures, but it didn't happen, say mortgage bankers. Fla. still hurting, but much of U.S. is almost back to normal. Read more.   Florida gets federal grant to study sinkholes Starting this fall, the Florida Geological Survey and the Florida Division of Emergency Management will spend three years assessing the risk statewide. Read more.   Congress still considering tax hit for homeowners Lawmakers may be on summer recess, but their staffers continue to toil in D.C. on multiple real estate tax changes, such as the mortgage interest deduction. Read more.   Florida Realtor magazine wins ...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Coldwell Banker Access Realty)
  Million Dollar Home Sales Take A Jump as The Wealthy Return as Buyers Real estate has returned as a favorite topic of conversation at the pair of Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) coffee shops in Granite Bay, a Sacramento, California, suburb where the median income is double the rest of the state. “When the real estate market was booming, people sat in Starbucks and talked about how much they paid for a house,” said Craig Moe, who in June bought a $1.2 million property discounted 25 percent from its sale six years ago. “Now, they talk about how little they paid and what a bargain they got.” Home sales from Los Angeles to Charleston, South Carolina that are priced at more than $1 million are gaining at triple the pace of the broader market, according to real estate research firm DataQuick Inc. We...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Coldwell Banker Access Realty)
  The Daily Hot Sheet of Palm Beach Real Estate & FL Realtor News   Monday, August 5, 2013   TODAY'S TOP STORIES Mortgage closing costs in U.S. up 6% over past year Bankrate.com study: Fla. closing costs increased year-to-year more than most states. A $160K mortgage costs $2,517. Only eight other states paid more. Read more.   Real estate industry cracks down on listing scraping Stealing an agent's listing or rental info and repackaging it as your own (scraping) is cheap and easy to do. And no Realtor is immune. Read more.   Commercial real estate market recovering Brokers say they're still offering concessions to tenants, but they're not as burdensome as before. The outlook is getting brighter. Read more.   Multiple offers put S. Fla. home sellers in control Multiple offers are the Hol...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Coldwell Banker Access Realty)
  The Daily Hot Sheet of Palm Beach Real Estate & FL Realtor News Monday, July 29, 2013     TODAY'S TOP STORIES Pending home sales slip slightly in June That may be good, however. Rising interest rates deterred a few buyers, and an increase in sellers could be the start of a comfortable market balance. Read more.   Job market showing solid, if slow gains Many economists say things aren't as bad as they seem. Tepid economic growth so far this year will only improve as the federal "sequester" fades into history. Read more.   When the bank says no, draft a rebuttal Appraisal too low? To draft an effective rebuttal to the lender, focus on incorrect facts in the first report - not emotions or the appraiser's shortcomings. Read more.   The mortgage rate lock is back in style Mortgage rates fl...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Coldwell Banker Access Realty)
  Atlantis of Palm Beach County, FL Market Stats for June 2013   Stats and facts about Atlantis, Florida, are out for the month of June 2013.  The report is packed with information about the county and the local city mentioned above. In a nut shell the inventory of single family homes available for sale are at a 5.9 month selling point which is down nearly 53.9%from a year ago. That’s a good sign things are loosening up and people are buying. Click on this LINK, for more graphs and stats. Whether you are buying or selling in this hot market of the County of Palm Beach, FL, choosing the right company will save you money, time and many sleepless nights. I not only have 29 years experience as a Realtor, construction was a passion of mine as well. This alone is worth so much more than the a...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Coldwell Banker Access Realty)
  The Daily Hot Sheet of Palm Beach Real Estate & FL Realtor News Monday, July 22, 2013     TODAY'S TOP STORIES June's national home sales slip, but above year ago NAR: Total existing sales down 1.2% from May, up 15.2% from year ago. Median price up 13.5% over year ago. Fla.'s housing data delayed due to tech issues. Read more.   Fannie Mae: No need to fear rising mortgage rates New research report analyzed historical numbers and found that home sale prices weren't impacted by higher mortgage interest rates. Read more.   Don't let a bad e-signature ruin your business Not all e-signatures are created equal. The top e-signatures comply with the law and have better security, which can protect agents later if a problem arises. Read more.   DBPR explains Fla.'s new association reporting law ...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Coldwell Banker Access Realty)
  The Daily Hot Sheet of Palm Beach Real Estate & FL Realtor News Monday, July 15, 2013     TODAY'S TOP STORIES Under healthcare law, Realtors might be employees Healthcare law obliges a biz with 50-plus employees to offer coverage, but it's unclear if "employees" includes independent-contract Realtors. NAR involved. Read more.   The sight-unseen real estate buyer returns Spurred by tight inventory, developers in cities like New York and Miami are demanding, and getting, millions for homes that have yet to be built. Read more.   Soaring insurance rates shock homeowners nationwide Not just Fla.: If a disaster strikes, nearby homeowners see rate increases. It happened in Northeast after Hurricane Sandy and out West after recent wildfires. Read more.   How to avoid movers' scams Interstate...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Coldwell Banker Access Realty)
  A tribute to my passion of Rock & Roll and this 6 year old drummer   I came across this prodigy Avery Moleck a 6-year old rock & roll drummer a few months ago. He plays in various guest spots along with his own band. Truly a gifted child even if you don’t like hard rock which he seems to have mastered. How anyone plays this well at this age marvels those that spend years of practice. I hope God continues to bless this youngster with even more talent and gives us all an inspiration to work hard at what we can master. Song from Van Halen's album "1984"   Girl Gone Bad      
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Coldwell Banker Access Realty)
  First Bipartisan Senate Bill Introduced to the Housing Finance Committee     A bipartisan group of Senators introduced Tuesday a bill to remake the role of the federal government in mortgage finance. The bill proposes replacing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a new guarantor, the Federal Mortgage Insurance Corp. The FMIC would offer reinsurance of mortgage securities if private creditors ever reached another crisis in the future. The legislation would “require private entities to buy mortgages from lenders and issue them to investors as securities,” Reuters reports. “Private equity would be required to absorb a 10 percent loss of the principal underlying those new mortgage-backed securities if the loans went bad.” Click HERE for more of the story Daily Real Estate News  
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Coldwell Banker Access Realty)
  The Daily Hot Sheet of Palm Beach Real Estate & FL Realtor News July 8, 2013   TODAY'S TOP STORIES Home price gains bring sellers off the sidelines Many owners again have equity and can move. As they do, buyer and seller demand should become more balanced and recent price increases should ease. Read more.   May sees big drop in mortgage delinquencies Jacksonville-based LPS: The number of at-risk mortgages dropped 15% since Dec. 2012, and is now at its lowest level in 11 years - since 2002. Read more.   How to make a Pinterest page for real estate Facebook is still the leading social media network with 67 percent of U.S. Internet users, but Pinterest currently ranks third and use is on the rise. Read more.   What's holding first-time buyers back? In May, these buyers - a critical compo...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Coldwell Banker Access Realty)
  Family Plays Fowl on the 4th of July 2013   We had a little family get together at our famous eating post on the 4th. As you can see there are the two new comers estimated about 6-7 weeks old along with the old timers. The other species (Wood Ducks) has a very unique and colorful head which is prettier up close. They at times can get along and eat together; however there is seniority to the group. Hope you enjoy.      
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Coldwell Banker Access Realty)
  The Daily Hot Sheet of Palm Beach Real Estate & FL Realtor News Monday, July 1, 2013   TODAY'S TOP STORIES Fla. ‘pocket listings’ legal, but avoid problems It's OK to withhold a listing from the MLS, but it's tricky. Sellers must understand the potential problems, and it could be questioned under fair housing laws. Read more.   Will higher interest rates chill hot housing market? Buyers, investors, builders and homeowners will see an impact, but it may not be significant. It depends on rate changes over the next few weeks. Read more.   Realtors knock on doors to find listings Too many buyers are chasing too few homes. Some agents hope to gain an edge by going door-to-door to identify ready-to-sell homeowners. Read more.   New law allows longer homestead rentals in Fla. Homeowners now ...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Coldwell Banker Access Realty)
  Florida A Florida senior citizen drove his brand new Corvette convertible out of the dealership. Taking off down the road, he pushed it to 80 mph, enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left. “Amazing,” he thought as he flew down I-95, pushing the pedal even more.   Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a Florida State Trooper, blue lights flashing and siren blaring. He floored it to 100 mph, then 110, then 120. Suddenly he thought, “What am I doing? I’m too old for this!” and pulled over to await the trooper’s arrival.   Pulling in behind him, the trooper got out of his vehicle and walked up to the Corvette. He looked at his watch, then said, “Sir, my shift ends in 30 minutes. Today is Friday. If you can give me a new reason for speeding – a reason I’ve never bef...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Coldwell Banker Access Realty)
  The Daily Hot Sheet Of Palm Beach Real Estate & FL Realtor News Monday, June 24, 2013   TODAY'S TOP STORIES 30-year FRM has highest one-day increase on record Last week's Freddie Mac survey, which wraps on Wed., found a slight decline. But after Thur. and Fri., Mortgage News Daily called it "worst week ... on record." Read more.   Foreign buyers see U.S. as profitable investment NAR report: Home sales to out-of-country buyers made up 6% of year-to-date transaction value with 23% of sales in Fla. Read more.   5 questions small-business owners should ask Mid-year checkup: Running a business is a day-to-day job, but brokers and agents should look at the big picture and ask five key questions at least biannually. Read more.   Role reversal: Online retailers seek physical sites Mature onli...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Coldwell Banker Access Realty)
Atlantis of Palm Beach County, FL Market Stats for May 2013   Stats and facts about Atlantis, Florida, are out for the month of May 2013.  The report is packed with information about the county and the local city mentioned above. In a nut shell the inventory of single family homes available for sale are at a 6.6 month selling point which is down nearly 56.9%from a year ago. That’s a good sign things are loosening up and people are buying. Click on this LINK, for more graphs and stats. Whether you are buying or selling in this hot market of the County of Palm Beach, FL, choosing the right company will save you money, time and many sleepless nights. I not only have 29 years experience as a Realtor, construction was a passion of mine as well. This alone is worth so much more than the avera...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Coldwell Banker Access Realty)
  The Daily Hot Sheet of Palm Beach Real Estate & FL Realtor News Monday, June 17, 2013     TODAY'S TOP STORIES Fla. loses status as top state for mortgage fraud Index bumps Fla. to second place while Calif. moves up in 1Q 2013. Nationwide, however, the index of mortgage fraud moved a bit higher. Read more.   U.S. homebuilder confidence soars to 7-year high It's also the first time in seven years that a majority of homebuilders are optimistic about future sales - a sign of strength for impending economic growth. Read more.   Over 12,000 Fla. corporations may have paid fake fee New scam? Fla. A.G. Bondi sues, alleging that Fla. Center of Corporations sent official looking docs to corporations demanding an extra state fee up to $54. Read more.   High court to hear housing discrimination c...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Coldwell Banker Access Realty)
  Buyers in Palm Beach Co. look to Winston Realty, Inc. for Hot Properties   Buyer’s today's hot market is causing multiple offer situations on hot areas or competitively priced listings that create bidding wars and make it increasingly difficult to purchase certain newly listed homes.   However, sometimes the banks and other sellers price listings slightly above the market creating the exact opposite effect of having no activity, these are listings you can often get substantial discounts off the asking price because of the lack of competitive buyers.   You are most likely to get a great deal if you present a fair offer.   Please call or email for a list of these types of properties that have high days on market, we will help you submit an offer and hopefully get these bought on your he...
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Coldwell Banker Access Realty)
  The Lighter Side Of Giving A Swimming Lesson   With summer around the corner and swimming being the favorite past-time, this is a cute video all would enjoy. Sent by a good friend and nature lover too shows the lighter side of a good lesson being taught. Notice the continued attempt just like a good instructor would give to make sure the pupil will be well versed.    
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By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Coldwell Banker Access Realty)
How To Be A Better Negotiator In Four Easy Steps   Negotiating is something everyone does, but only a number of us do well. Below are a few tips to help you negotiate better so you can feel confident with the process and be satisfied with the outcome.   Number one:, be prepared. Know the other person's needs along with yours too. By asking questions that uncover the individual's true motivation such as "Why do you want that?" and "Why is that important to you?" When asked a question, consider responding in a tactful way: Ask, How would you like me to answer that?" Be relentless but to invasive in collecting information wherever you can. Number two: Listen more and talk less has always been a rule of thumb! Leverage and master the long pause. Allow the points to settle a bit for maximum ...
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