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June 25, 2018

Tips on Purchasing a Luxury Home

Tips on Purchasing a Luxury HomePotential home buyers who are looking into purchasing a luxury home know exactly what they are looking for. They want something a cut above the rest, something they can enjoy and show off. But if you are looking for a luxury home, you can’t just stumble into finding one. There is a science in knowing what to look for. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Do Your Homework

You don’t want to go blindly into your home search. Instead spend some time researching before you even meet your real estate agent. Think about your price range and the type of house that you are looking for. Then, spend some time researching agents and checking out their websites. Their sites usually have pictures of homes they are currently representing. See if any of them impress you.

Take Your Time

Unless you fall absolutely in love with a home, don’t feel any pressure to rush the home buying process. This is a significant investment, and it should not be taken lightly. You never want to settle for a home only to have buyer’s remorse soon after signing the paperwork. Once you have narrowed down your selection to a couple of houses, do your homework on those properties with a careful eye on potential construction that could hamper the privacy or the views that your new home may offer in the future.

Don’t Rely on Photos

No matter how busy you think you may be, always make it a point to see any potential homes in person rather than relying on photos. Photos can be touched up and taken at angles that can make the house look better and bigger than it might look in person. Another good idea is searching the property on Google Earth, so you can see what’s around the home before visiting.

Home Inspections

Luxury homes are often fancier and more advanced than the typical dwelling, both in the construction and with some of the wiring and electronics that may be included throughout. Find a thorough and highly reviewed home inspector that specializes in luxury homes to ensure that everything is up-to-date.

Think About Resale Value

Sure, you might be in love with your potential home but that doesn’t mean that you will want to stay in it for the rest of your life, so consider a home that brings with it a solid resale value. Consider this: while you might like the gothic architectural features or elaborate ornamentations in a potential home, it doesn’t mean a future buyer will feel the same. Resale is something to keep in mind no matter how much you love the house.

If you are looking for a luxury home in the Palm Beach or Jupiter area, consider the resources provided by Leibowitz Realty Group. We are all about building relationships and ensuring that finding your dream house is an easy and enjoyable experience. Check out our listings today and contact us by calling 561-627-5100 with any questions you may have!

 

April 26, 2018

Parks in Palm Beach Gardens FL

One of the best parts about purchasing a home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida is that you will have immediate access to a long list of parks in the area. Whether you want to find a park where you can walk your dog or find a park where you can get some exercise, there are plenty of options for you. Check out a few of the best parks located in Palm Beach Gardens and think about how great it will be to visit these parks once you buy a home in the area.

Burns Road Community Recreation Campus

Are you looking for a fun place to take your kids or grandkids? This park has everything you’ll need to enjoy yourself on a warm afternoon. From playground equipment and a multipurpose trail to picnic tables and a pavilion, you will have a blast when you spend a few hours hanging out at this park.

Gardens Park

Sitting adjacent to the City Hall Complex, this is the park you’ll want to visit if you have kids or grandkids who play sports. There are fields for youth baseball and softball and all kinds of amenities for those taking in a game, including a concession stand, picnic tables, and so much more.

Lilac Park

This park has something for everyone in it—even your dog! There are baseball and softball fields, exercise equipment, a multipurpose trail, a pavilion, a playground, and a dog park that has a “little dog” area for those with dogs under 30 pounds. Located right off Military Trail, this park is perfect for those who plan to bring their entire families along.

PGA National Park

Don’t be fooled by this park’s name. It’s not just for golfers! The park has baseball and softball fields, a basketball court, a disc golf course, fishing, playground equipment, and so much more. It’s a great place to come to play or to come to enjoy a nice picnic with your loved ones.

 

As you can see, there will be no shortage of parks when you move to Palm Beach Gardens. Leibowitz Realty Group can help you find the home of your dreams in the area. Check out our listings or call us at 561-627-5100 to set up an appointment with one of our experienced realtors.

Feb. 16, 2018

2018 Honda Classic Golf Tournament in Palm Beach County

For almost 50 years now, the Honda Classic has been the premier professional golf tournament in south Florida. Every year, many of the top golfers in the world congregate for a week’s worth of golf and entertainment, and this year will be no different. The 2018 Honda Classic will take place from February 19 through February 25 at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens. Defending champion Rickie Fowler will attempt to win a title for a second straight year, but he’s definitely going to face some tough competition out on the golf course.

Would you like to attend this event? Ground tickets, hospitality packages, and more are available at the moment, and when you attend the Honda Classic, it won’t take you long to see why it has turned into such a big event in Palm Beach Gardens. The field is always filled with world-class golfers, and there are also a ton of events that take place throughout the week to keep fans engaged. The Honda Classic has a rich history, and you will be a part of that history when you show up to see what it’s all about.

Outside of hosting the Honda Classic every year, Palm Beach Gardens also serves as Florida’s golf capital.

If you love to golf, then you will love the courses the city has to offer, and you will get to take advantage of the golfing throughout it whenever you want. There are people who flock to this part of Florida from all over the country specifically in search of some of the best golf on the planet. Whether you maintain a full-time residence in Palm Beach Gardens or simply stay during the winter to reap the benefits of the beautiful weather, you will love everything about living here.

Leibowitz Realty Group specializes in finding homes for those interested in living in one of the many luxurious homes located in Palm Beach County. Scroll through the listings we have available now to see what you like. Call us at 561-627-5100 today to schedule a showing or ask questions about any of the homes for sale in the area!

Jan. 2, 2018

Why You’ll Want to Live in Jupiter Florida

Are you looking to make a move to Florida? There are plenty of great cities throughout the state to choose from, but Jupiter, Florida, is quite simply one of the best places to live in the country. It won’t take you long at all to see why Coastal Living once called Jupiter one of the happiest seaside towns in America. It has so much to offer, and you will absolutely love living in Jupiter once you move there.Jupiter Florida Real Estate

While the population of Jupiter has increased by 150 percent since 2000, there isn’t a lot of hustle and bustle in the city. It’s a very easygoing place to live, and you will find it to be low-key enough to slow down and relax. Jupiter is filled with lots of beaches, inlets and waterways, and more, so if you’ve always thought about living near water, Jupiter is the perfect place for you. There are also many parks, art festivals and other events in Jupiter throughout the year.

One of the other great things about Jupiter is that it has a range of different real estate options.

From homes located in gated communities and country clubs to homes located right on the water, you’ll have your choice of luxury homes when you move to Jupiter. Once you settle into your beautiful home, you will see all of the benefits of living in Jupiter and wonder why you didn’t move there sooner.

If you are interested in checking out what Jupiter is all about, Leibowitz Realty Group would love to show you some of the premier homes in the area. You can check out our current listings or call us at 561-627-5100 today to schedule an appointment with us to see some of the homes in Jupiter!

Nov. 1, 2017

Premier Golfing in Palm Beach Gardens

If you love to golf, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida is the place to be since its Florida's golf capital! With plenty of different premium golf courses to choose from, you’re sure to find your favorite spot or enjoy frequenting them all, especially since PGA and LGPA superstars love the Palm Beaches! So what are some of the best courses to visit? If you love to golf, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida is the place to be since its Florida golf capital.

Sandhill Crane Golf Club

Sandhill Crane Golf Club offers a challenging but beautiful course experience! Set in the Loxahatchee Nature Preserve, this Par 72 course was recently redesigned and renovated by golf architect firm Dusenberry Design in 2013. With its new irrigation system, Bermuda fairways, and TifEagle greens, the course is a prime golf destination for residents and visitors alike.

PGA National Resort and Spa

At PGA National Resort and Spa, luxury is the standard and golfing is the lifestyle. Here you’ll find five championship golf courses as well as a world-class spa, private state-of-the-art sports & racquet club and an exclusive private membership club at the heart of this community. PGA National is home to the world-renowned Honda Classic and features the legendary Bear Trap, considered one of the toughest stretches in golf!

Old Marsh Golf Club

Nestled among 456 acres of pristine Florida wetlands, Old Marsh Golf Club is a secluded sanctuary just 20 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport. The Pete Dye-designed, 18-hole championship golf course offers 7,000 yards of golf with TifEagle grass and breathtaking views.

Visiting can be great, but there’s nothing like being part of these luxurious communities. For the best properties in the Palm Beach Gardens area, contact Leibowitz Realty Group and let us help you find your dream home!

Aug. 14, 2017

Trending Features in Luxury Homes

From color to décor, there are many features that go into creating the perfect look for luxury homes. Here are some of the hottest trends in luxury housing features.

Saturated earth tones

Pantone’s color of the year is Greenery, a yellow-green shade reminiscent of tree leaves in summer. Following this earthy trend, other popular colors this year include Kale, very similar to the color of vegetable; Hazelnut, a warm nude color; and Flame, a bright orange - seen frequently throughout this Palm Beach Gardens home. These colors are most likely to be seen on walls or used as a pop of color.

Mixed metals

Mixing metals is another popular trend this year. Combinations like brass and chrome, and silver and nickel are great for lamps, vases, and other décor items to help achieve the perfect industrial and minimalist look.

Extravagant libraries

To offer some variety and an unexpected departure from the popular modern style, a grand library can be a key home feature. The mixture of sophistication, warmth and high ceilings is stunning and can provide a cozy escape from your day-to-day routine.

Furniture as art

Taking furniture beyond its functional use, some people are choosing to present furniture as works of art. Many factors contribute to the artfulness of a piece of furniture, from how it fits in with the design of the room and the overall aesthetics to its placement and more.

If you’re in the market for as upscale home in Palm Beach County, Florida, contact Leibowitz Realty Group today! With over twenty years of experience in the luxury real estate business, we can help you find your dream home.

Posted in Luxury Homes
May 31, 2017

Summer Closing Preparations for Your Florida Vacation Home

 

 Summer Closing Housing Preperations

After a too-short winter season spent in the beautiful Florida sun, are you heading back up north to spend time in your summer home? Whether you’ve owned a home in Florida for a while or you just recently purchased a luxury vacation home in Palm Beach Gardens, there are a few things you must do to properly prepare your home before leaving.

Before your departure, refer to this handy checklist:

Discontinue or forward any mail

Nothing is more frustrating than not knowing where your mail or deliveries are, so be sure to take care of your forwarding services ahead of time. Also, share your moving date with neighbors and friends so they can help monitor your home.

Change all batteries

Purchase backups if needed, so the person monitoring your home can grab the batteries for a quick fix. Check your smoke detectors, thermostat and alarm before leaving.

Secure entry ways

Check all windows and doors for defects and make sure the locking mechanisms are in good order. You’ll want your home fully secure while you’re away.

Address electrical issues

Power surges, typically from lightning strikes, are a common occurrence in Florida, especially during sporadic rain storms in the summer. The surge can enter your home through your phone, cable or data lines and destroy your electronics. To avoid this, you can unplug everything or contact an electrician.

Think about your home’s temperature and humidity

Dark, cool and moist environments are prime conditions for mold to grow. Try to keep your thermostat between 80 and 84 and allow some natural light to enter your home.

Secure outdoor space

If you have an outdoor area, make sure everything is safe by putting any pool furniture or lawn decorations in a garage or indoors. If you have hurricane shutters, install them or put them in a convenient place in case your neighbor or home monitor needs to put them up in the event of a storm.

Now that your mind is at ease, you’ll be able to fully enjoy your summer and come back to your vacation home safe and damage free next winter. During your time up north, you may even be able to convince friends and family members to join you in Palm Beach County’s elite community. If so, we would love to show them all that the area has to offer. Just have them give us a call at 561-627-5100.

April 5, 2017

Good News for Sellers: Prices Rise as Available Inventory Drops

Buying or selling real estate can be an exciting experience. It can also be an exercise in patience for many buyers or sellers who are waiting for the real estate market to be favorable. If you’re looking to sell, we’ve got good news to you: real estate prices in Palm Beach County have been on the rise as the available housing inventory drops.

Palm Beach County Home PricesThe real estate market – like any market – follows the laws of supply and demand. As more and more people have been seeking homes in our region, the number of available homes decreases. With fewer homes available for sale, prices for properties on the market have continued to increase with buyers competing for a smaller pool of houses.

The median sale price for single-family homes in Palm Beach County has been steadily increasing. In February, median prices rose to $315,000, an increase of 6.8 percent, according to the Palm Beach Post. These price increases in Palm Beach County coincide with a tightening of inventory. Available housing inventory also decreased by 6.8 percent in February to slightly more than 3,000 homes.

A balanced real estate market has an adequate supply of available housing to meet buyer’s demands, but not such a large supply that it begins to decrease home values. In Palm Beach County, the inventory is below that considered ideal for a balanced market. As a result, home prices are on the rise – and that’s great news for sellers!

The current real estate market makes this an ideal time to consider selling your home. The market is strong and growing, and prices are rising. If you’re thinking about putting your property on the market, get the help of an experienced Realtor. Leibowitz Realty Group has been helping homeowners sell luxury properties for more than 20 years, and we know what it takes to sell your home at a fair price. Call Leibowitz Realty Group today at 561-627-5100 to learn how we can help you sell your home.

Jan. 30, 2017

Luxury on the Rise in Palm Beach County

Now is the perfect time for luxury homeowners in the Palm Beach area to consider putting their properties on the market. According to Haute Living, prices for these types of homes are skyrocketing – sometimes by as much as 70 percent – meaning it’s the perfect time to sell.

Not only are builders tearing down old homes to build new luxury homes, but Delray Beach in Palm Beach County capped Redfin’s luxury housing price index in the third quarter of 2016, says Haute Living. This growth may be contributed to the fact that Florida residents do not pay income taxes, making the state appealing to young and old alike – beyond the benefits offered by the wonderful neighborhoods, temperate climate and bountiful regional activities.

With such high demand, Palm Beach County residents considering selling their home should take the plunge by finding an experienced realty group to sell their home. Leibowitz Realty Group has specialized in selling luxury homes in the Palm Beach area for more than 20 years. Our family-owned firm will extensively market your home so you receive the best offer and move your property quickly.

If you sell your home with Leibowitz Realty Group, you also get the benefit of our comprehensive real estate marketing plan. Not only will your home be featured in the Palm Beach Post full page ad at least once a month, it may be listed during the seasonal months in national magazines including Palm Beach Illustrated, Jupiter Magazine and The Palm Beacher. Plus, our professional team will take detailed pictures and provide an online virtual tour of your property for potential buyers to view online.

In addition to advertising your property in a variety of print pieces and on our website, Leibowitz Realty Group prints a full-color brochure with the details of your home for clients, brokers and more. These details will also be featured in direct mail pieces and email marketing on a weekly basis. You can even schedule open houses on a weekly or biweekly basis!

Leibowitz Realty Group takes your home sale seriously, working to market and sell your property as quickly and effectively as possible. With such a hot market for sellers right now and the support of a professional group of experienced Realtors, you are sure to walk away with a fantastic deal when selling your Palm Beach County luxury home. To learn more about selling your property with Leibowitz Realty Group, call us today at 561-627-5100.



Posted in Luxury Homes
Dec. 30, 2016

Rate Hikes and Real Estate: What Rising Rates Mean for Housing

Are you thinking about purchasing a home in Palm Beach County, Florida right now? If so, you should be aware of the slightly higher interest rates that are currently affecting the housing market as a result of a decision made by the Federal Reserve to hike up short-term interest rates by a quarter of a percent earlier this month.

Mortgage RatesBut at the same time, this shouldn’t make you reconsider making your purchase. Despite this adjustment on the part of the Federal Reserve, now is still a great time to purchase a home, and if you wait too long, you might see additional interest rate hikes in the future that will make buying a home more expensive than it currently is.

The Federal Reserve interest rate hike didn’t come as a total surprise to most real estate industry analysts – after months of static rates, most financial experts knew it would come sooner or later. While interest rates for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage loan are currently sitting at right around 3.5 percent, Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, predicts rates could reach 4.5 percent within the next 12 months.

“We anticipate that rates may be 4.5 percent by the end of 2017,” he said recently to CBS News, “and that home prices will also march upward by 4 percent.”

Dan Smith, president of PrivatePlus Mortgage, was a bit more reserved, telling Florida Realtors that average rates could rise by as much as half a percent next year.

The Federal Reserve hike means that you will pay a little bit more on a typical 30-year mortgage than you would have prior to the hike, but according to Yun and many others, the homebuyers’ market is still “favorable,” which means you shouldn’t shy away from shopping for homes. If you are in the market for a new house, you can also benefit from the increasing value of homes as well, meaning that while you may spend a bit more, you should also expect to see the value of your investment rise, too. With many expecting interest rates to rise more as the economy continues to rebound from the Great Recession and housing bubble crises, now is a great time to get into a new property and start building your home and equity in real estate.

Leibowitz Realty Group has a large selection of properties available in the Palm Beach County area at the moment. Check out our listings online now or give us a call at 561-627-5100 to schedule a showing with one of our agents today.

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