Best Places to See a Movie

Bucket of Popcorn With Movie Tickets“Going to the movies” has come a long way in recent history!  Movie goers of all ages have come to expect much more from their movie experience than their not-so-distant ancestors.  In Palm Beach County alone, there’s a seemingly never-ending list of great places and unique venues to see a movie, and here’s just a few….

IMAX Theatre in West Palm Beach

Ah, yes!  This is the perfect way to spend an afternoon!  No matter what movie you’re seeing, the thunderous sound combined with the rumbling vibration is simply thrilling.  If you have yet to visit an IMAX theatre, you won’t be disappointed.  The picture is amazingly detailed.  For more information, take a look at http://www.imax.com/theatres/muvico-parisian-imax.

Florida Cinépolis Jupiter

Located at The Shoppes at Jupiter, The first of Cinépolis’s hybrid theatres offer two unique concepts.  For an extravagant movie experience, the luxury cinema offers luxurious seats fit for a king along with dining and full bar service options.  The Cinépolis auditorium offers comfortable seating and access to their gourmet menu and bar located in the lobby.  For information and movie times, see http://www.cinepolisusa.com/jupiter.aspx.

iPic Theatres at Mizner Park

iPic has been busy making a name for itself, and this movie going experience will not disappoint!  You can choose and reserve your seat online, and once you arrive you’ll be escorted to your seat and catered to like none other!  If you enjoy frozen foods that are heated in a microwave, this is not the place for you!  The fresh gourmet entrees and appetizers here will have your inner food critic raving. For information on iPic Theatres, see https://www.ipictheaters.com/#/faq.

Lake Worth Drive-In

Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a little nostalgia (or maybe you’re just feeling like a hermit).  Either way, when you find yourself in one of these moods, a visit to Lake Worth Drive-In is in order.  Evening showings at 8:00 and 10:00 will have you enjoying movie night from the comfort of your own car.  No need to get dressed up!  Don your favorite sweats and t-shirt and be done with it….For information, see http://www.floridaswapshop.com. Yes!  There’s also a swap meet at this location!  See their website for all of the details.

Should I Upgrade My House Before Selling?

Home EquityMaking the decision to sell your home can be a difficult one.  On top of this, you may be pondering whether it is a good idea to upgrade your house before listing it.  The answer to this question isn’t necessarily cut and dry.  So, to help you answer the question, we’ve come up with a list of determining factors that you may want to consider when coming up with your plan of attack.  Furthermore, if you do choose to upgrade, we’ve comprised a list of upgrades which are most likely to pay off in the end.

Your real estate agent can help you with research to determine the following questions:

  • How do other homes in your area compare to yours?

It’s important to be competitive, and the best way to do this is to make sure your home is up to par.  If most of the comparable homes on the market have hardwood floors, and yours still has worn or stained carpet, it may be a good idea to consider upgrading the flooring.

  • What is the current market?

Are homes selling quickly, and are they selling at or near the listing price? If the market is hot, sometimes it is easier to adjust the price a bit rather than completing a renovation.  Your agent will be able to help you decide.

  • What would an upgrade do for your listing price?

If a home is considered to be a “fixer-upper,” buyers will be expecting a bargain.  Certain upgrades can be worth the additional price you will get in the end.

  • How quickly do you need to sell?

Needing to sell quickly may give you the incentive to do everything you can to get the highest price possible in the least amount of time on the market.  Move-in-ready homes, typically, go quickly in a hot market.

Once you’ve done the research necessary and decided to upgrade, some improvements are worth more to buyers.  It’s important to spend your resources wisely.  So, let’s take a look at what may be the most desirable enhancements for your home.

  • The Kitchen

The kitchen is known to be the heart of the home, and it is, without a doubt, one of the best improvements you can make.  Creating a kitchen in which buyers can imagine themselves cooking an entertaining can go a long way!  Instead of doing a complete remodel, you’ll want to target items that need it most.  Appliances, countertops, or flooring are the issues to look at when doing a kitchen upgrade.

  • The Master Suite

Most buyers care more about the master bed and bath than secondary bedrooms and bathrooms.  Creating a room fit for a king could have buyers taking a second look.  New tile and spa-like features in the ensuite can, usually, be easily recouped.

  • Flooring

Worn and dated flooring is one of the first things that most buyers notice upon entering your home.  They immediately start deducting money from their would-be offer.  Most people see flooring as a big hassle and a large out-of-pocket expense.  This is one investment to consider if your flooring is less than attractive.

  • Curb Appeal

You may not think much of how the exterior of your home appears.  Little details can make a big difference here.  Upgrading landscaping and a fresh coat of trim paint are fairly easy and inexpensive.  This upgrade is one that will pay-off quickly.  The more inviting your home is from the outside, the more buyers will want to go inside and keep looking.

Going through with renovations and improvements is a big decision.  Taking the time to research the market in your neighborhood will help a great deal.  With help in making the best decisions in your real estate journey, contact the Scherer Team at 888-300-4431.

Understanding Real Estate Market Shifts from a Seller’s Perspective

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Everyone seems to be creating a buzz around the possible market shift in real estate.  Article after article about the coming change in the market forewarns sellers and buyers of possible good fortune or impending doom.  But what does this really mean for the average consumer?  Would we recognize a shift when it begins, and what signs should we all expect?  Below is a list of a few certainties that may help us decipher the next market shift.

Listings

A change in listings will be the first tell-tale sign.  The number of listings on the market in any given area will gradually grow as the number of sales begins to decline.  This domino effect will create lower listing prices.  For this reason, keeping close tabs on the current market is a must.

Market Split

At the beginning of a market shift, you may first see a split by price point.  Typically, entry level homes will continue to stay in the seller’s market while higher end or luxury homes begin to shift.

Lenders

As the market shifts, wage growth becomes almost stagnant, leaving buyers struggling to afford the higher priced listings.  Lenders are then forced to become more aggressive with creative financing to keep buyers in the game.

What Can You Do?

For sellers, when the market shifts out of a seller’s market into a buyer’s market, adjustments will need to be made.  There are two easy steps…..

Price

Make sure your listing price is comparable and competitive.  A market shift tends to amplify an overpriced listing. Let your experienced agent guide you.  Most agents have successfully maneuvered through previous market shifts and will be able to help you do the same. You’ll want to make only one price adjustment, so you want to get it right the first time.

Condition

Make sure your property is in tip-top shape!  Buyers will be picky like never before.  Be proactive to eliminate concerns.  Have your home show ready at all times.  You’ll need to be on your toes to stay ahead of the competition.

If and when the market shift happens, it could bring with it a large number of expired or cancelled listings.  If you find yourself in this position and you need a fresh approach to listing your property, please reach out to us.  As always, if you will be buying or selling in the near future we would be happy to meet with you for a free consultation.  Contact the Scherer Team at 888-300-4431.

7 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

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This is the year!  The year that you’re finally going to do it!  Get organized, lose weight, get out of debt, the list goes on and on.  But you’re not the only one with a list of goals to check off.  Your home has its own resolutions for the New Year, and you’re just the one to fulfill them.  In fact, you can get in shape together!  Here are 7 ways you can get started….

Organize Your Home…..Let’s face it – it’s time to declutter!  The best way to tackle this task is to create ample space for storage.  This is where you can put your creativity to use!  Now, more than ever, there are storage solutions to every problem space.  Everything from covert furniture, high shelves, and under staircase areas can be used to store your “must keep” belongings.  Of course, if you don’t absolutely need it you must donate or sell it.  You and your home will look and feel better once this step is complete!

Create A Budget…..Not only is budgeting a necessity for a well-run life, it’s also crucial for a well-run home!  An annual budget for maintenance as well as upgrades will prevent financial surprises when major replacements or repairs sneak up.  Think large kitchen appliances, HVAC, roofing, or even new flooring.  These expenses can add up, but you’ll be ready later in the year if you’re proactive from the beginning.

Lose That Extra Baggage…..While you’re busy shedding those extra pounds from the previous year, it’s also a good time to trim down the extra costs your home may be scarfing down.  Trimming energy use will have you feeling more energized, and it’s easier than you may think!  Whether you can do-it-yourself or you need to call in a professional, it will be well worth the time and money to check the HVAC systems and ductwork.  Maintenance of these areas by sealing and insulating them can improve the operation and effectiveness by about 20%.  On an annual basis, this really adds up!

Stop Smoking……Improve the quality of your air, that is!  Poor quality of air is an environmental hazard which negatively affects your overall health.  Get started on this one as quickly as possible, as the issue is even more problematic during the winter months when doors and windows are locked down tight.  Contaminants like pollen, mold spores, dust and even viruses can almost shut down your system.

Improve Family Time….A family that works together, stays together!  But make sure the work is actually fun.  To encourage a win-win relationship between work and fun (and checking off your “to do” list, you may want to think about engaging the whole family in some light hearted chores such as planting a garden.  Too much?  At least consider planting some shrubs or a tree.  Make sure everyone gets involved from the beginning though.  Part of the fun is picking out your new addition, naming it, planting it and, of course, caring for it.

Get Your Drinking Under Control…..Yes, it’s true, your home may be thirsty, but enough is enough!  With around 400 gallons of water a day for the average household, there’s plenty of room for improvement!  Simply installing items such as low-flow showerheads can result in better showering experiences as well as savings.  Low-flow toilets will also prevent unnecessary water from being flushed away!

Exercise!…..There’s benefits in store for both you and your house with this one.  Combining calorie burning with your DIY projects will have you and your home in shape in no time.  After all, doing it yourself can burn more calories than going to the gym!  For instance, painting walls inside your home burns about 135 calories an hour.  Planting shrubs with the family? That will burn about 240 calories per hour!  Cleaning gutters – a whopping 270 calories per hour….again, the list goes on and on!

Again, we, here at The Scherer Team, wish you a Happy New Year! We look forward to working with you in 2017!  Call 888-300-4431 to schedule your complimentary consultation, today.