For years we had people tell us that Zillow estimates, made their home be worth this or that. The problem with the estimates that Zillow gives, is that they do not take into consideration many things that a Realtor would know to take into consideration when giving an estimate of value.
- Is the home a foreclosure?
- What is the condition of the home?
- What are the upgrades of the property?
- Does the home back to a main road?
- Does the home have a huge lot?
- Is that floor plan typically more desirable than another in the same community?
- What kind of views does the property have? Does it have a lake or a garden view? By the beach area, a condo on the 15th floor will not sell or rent for the same price as one on the 2nd floor. Does the property have an ocean view or an Intracoastal view, or both? They are stacks of a building that have better views than others.
- Is the property rental price for an annual rental or a seasonal rental? The same property can rent annually for just $6,000 per month, but when it comes to a short term rental during season, the same property can go for $12,000 per month.
So, next time you want an accurate estimate of value, please, contact us! We will tell you what your home is worth based on accurate data and your property specific characteristics.
Thinking of selling?
We know that it is easier to get a listing when you tell the seller what he/she wants to hear. Many agents tell prospective sellers a sales price that is not that realistic so that the property owner is more willing to list with them than with another real estate agent interviewing for the same listing. As nice as it sounds to hear that you can get a higher price for your home, not listening to the agents that are being more honest & giving you a more realistic selling price based on the price of actual sold properties, will probably not do you any good. Your property will sit for months on the market without selling, while you help other comparable properties sell. Buyers in this market are very knowledgeable and computer savvy. Many overpriced homes will never sell, they become expireds. It has been proven, that if you price your property right from the beginning, you will sell it faster, and in many cases, even for more money than you would have gotten if you overprice your home. A property that has been on the market for so long makes buyers think that there is something wrong with it, or they will think that the owner is just not realistic, so they will pass and not even bother. As a seller, you might know that you will be flexible & negotiable once you get an offer, but all those buyers and agents out there do not know that. So, do you want to list with an honest agent that told you the truth from the beginning, or the one that did not?
If you want two honest, full time Realtors, with 20+ years of experience to represent you when selling your property in Palm Beach or Broward County, please, contact Ben & Mayra Stern with Stern Realty Co at 561-715-0314.
We get so many calls of people that are stuck with a real estate agent that gives them bad service, and they can not wait to get out of the contract. We tell this people, that unfortunately, until that contract is either cancelled or expired, there is nothing that we can do to help them sell or rent their property. Please, before choosing a service provider, do your homework.
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Thinking of buying, selling or renting a property in Palm Beach or Broward Counties? Call Ben & Mayra Stern with Stern Realty Co. at 561-715-0314.
South Florida has exclusive golf & country club communities, beautiful Intracoastal waterways and beaches with very luxurious oceanfront condos and waterfront homes.
The prestigious community of Gulf Stream lies in the heart of South Florida’s Gold Coast, between Boynton Beach and Delray Beach. Gulf Stream is only minutes away from Boca Raton’s private executive airport, easy reach of both Palm Beach (16 miles) and Fort Lauderdale (37 miles) International Airports. The Miami International Airport is 58 miles away. Gulf Stream is a very exclusive coastal town with very luxurious homes and condos. Most communities in Gulf Stream have Intracoastal and/or ocean views. Condos like 4001 North Ocean are an asset to the prestigious town of Gulf Stream. Property prices in Gulf Stream range from $450,000 to $13,000,000.
Briny Breezes is a small coastal town located on the east side of Florida, north of Delray Beach and south of Gulf Stream (between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach County, Florida. Briny Breezes is a very simple, low key, type of town with affordable prices. This town is close by to more exclusive cities & towns such as: Delray Beach, Gulf Stream, Ocean Ridge, Highland Beach, Boca Raton, and Boynton Beach. Most of the residential properties in Briny Breezes are mobile home communities located right on Intracoastal canals or on the ocean. Briny Breezes residents can walk to the beach or the Intracoastal. Prices of homes in Briny Breezes range from $70,000 to under $300,000. Coastal living at a fraction of the price!
Boynton Beach is a beautiful town located on the east side of Florida, north of Delray Beach and south of West Palm Beach. Boynton Beach is situated across the Intracoastal Waterway from the oceanfront municipalities of Ocean Ridge and Briny Breezes. The scenic Boynton Harbor Marina, located ½ mile south of the Boynton Inlet, is one of the City’s priceless treasures and natural resources. There are beautiful luxury communities recently built that are walking distance to the beach, the marina, and local restaurants. Communities such as Marina Village , CasaCosta and Peninsula on the Intracoastal are an asset to this city that is slowly becoming as special as Delray Beach! Prices in Boynton Beach are very reasonable compared to other more expensive cities such as Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Ocean Ridge, and Highland Beach. In Boynton Beach, you get more for your money! Enjoy the waterfront & beach life for a fraction of the price!
Delray Beach is a beautiful city located on the east side of Florida, north of Ft. Lauderdale and south of West Palm Beach. Atlantic Avenue, which runs through the center of town from I-95 to the ocean, is the longest Main Street in Florida. It is a beautiful street filled with fun shops, fine restaurants and entertainment. There are always festivals, events, and concerts going on in Delray Beach. Delray Beach’s booming art scene has more than 20 galleries located downtown and in the Pineapple Grove Arts District. A1A is the coastal road with stunning views of the ocean as well as prime real estate. Delray Beach was recently awarded “Best of the Road – Most Fun Small Town in America” by Rand McNally, USA Today and the Travel Channel. Delray Beach is also known as “Florida’s Best Beach Town”. Some Delray Beach communities include: City Walk at Pineapple Grove , Coastal House , Court of Delray , Ocean Place – 2155 , Ocean Place Condo , Seven Bridges , Stone Creek Ranch , and The Bridges . Delray Beach has condos & homes by the beach, boating communities, condos & homes by the Intracoastal, golf communities, equestrian communities, 55+ communities, and brand new homes!
The Town of Highland Beach is located in the southern portion of eastern Palm Beach County, which is in the southeastern part of the State of Florida. The Town is 1.1 total square miles and is bounded on the north and northwest by the City of Delray Beach and on the south and southwest by the City of Boca Raton. The Atlantic Ocean lies adjacent to the Town on the east and the Intracoastal Waterway lies to the west. Highland Beach is a residential community with a year-round population of 4,150 which increases to approximately 8,500 during the winter months. The roughly three mile stretch of beach in the Town of Highland Beach provides our residents with a place to relax and recreate. Our beaches also serve as critical nesting grounds for endangered sea turtles. The Town of Highland Beach has a Post Office, Fire Department, Police Station & a brand new Public Library overlooking the Intracoastal. Highland Beach was voted 18th Best City to Live In by Forbes. Highland Beach is just minutes to DELRAY’S famed Atlantic Ave. with its world class shopping and dining establishments, and close to Boca’s downtown. Highland Beach is within 30 minutes of 2 major airports and 15 minutes from the Boca Raton Executive Airport. Highland Beach communities include: 3200 S. Ocean Blvd. , 45 Ocean , The Acreage , Ambassador’s East , Beach Walk East , Bel Highland Condo , Bel Lido , Bel Lido Isle , Bel Lido Manor , Bel Lido Villas , Boca Cove , Boca Highland , Byrd Beach , Camelot on the Atlantic , Camino Cove , Carlton House , Casa Del Lago , Casa Marina , Casuarina , Clarendon , Coronado at Highland Beach , El Dorado , Eleven-O-Four Condo , Highland Beach Club , Highland Beach Isles , Highland Beach Harbour , Highland Ocean House Condo , Highland Towers , Highlands Place , Monterey House , Nassau Cove – Villas by the Sea , Ocean Cove , Ocean Dunes , Ocean Grande Place , Ocean Pines , Ocean Place Estates , Ocean Place Villas , Ocean Terrace , Parker Highland , Penthouse Highlands , Penthouse Towers , Regency Highland , Ridge Condos , Seagate , The Enclave – Delray By Sea , Toscana , Townhouses of Highland Beach , Trafalgar , Villa Costa , Villa Magna , Villa Mare , Villa Maris , Villa Nova , Villas of Highland Beach , Wiltshire House Condo , and Yachtsmans Cove .
Boca Raton is a beautiful city located north of Ft. Lauderdale and south of the City of West Palm Beach in Florida. The city has a population of about 85,000. Boca Raton is known for its affluent social community and high income demographic. According to Forbes magazine, Boca Raton has three of the ten most expensive gated communities in the U.S.: The Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club holds the #1 spot, The Sanctuary takes #6, and Le Lac takes the #8 spot. Boca Raton is famous for its spectacular beaches, the Intracoastal Waterway, golf courses, country clubs, beachfront condominiums & houses, boating communities, Mizner Park, the Town Center at Boca Raton, Boca Raton Resort & Club Hotel and its Boca Beach Club (one of the few 5 start hotels in Florida), and the exclusive lifestyle. Boca is a great family community as well as a paradise for retired people. It is also a boater’s dream!
Deerfield Beach is a beautiful city located north of Ft. Lauderdale and south of Boca Raton on the east side of Florida. Deerfield Beach is a trendy, casual, lay back kind of coastal town. The Pier at Deerfield Beach and the Deerfield Beach Boardwalk are always full of tourists and locals. There are many restaurants, stores, and hotels walking distance from the beach. Deerfield Beach has tons of new residential buildings with magnificent views of the ocean. Property prices in Deerfield Beach range from $100,000 to $9,000,000.
Hillsboro Beach is a quiet town on a small peninsula just over three miles long. The exclusive stretch of oceanfront known as The Mile, or Hillsboro Mile, on Florida’s East Coast, has prestigious estate homes. Hillsboro Beach has shopping, entertainment, marinas, golf, water-oriented recreation and superb restaurants within easy reach. Top-rated medical facilities, places of worship, major airports and vital services are just a short distance away. The Hillsboro Inlet opens to the Atlantic Ocean and the rich sport fishing grounds of the Gulf Stream. There are many exclusive waterfront & oceanfront communities In Hillsboro Mile such as: 1200 Hillsboro Mile , 1200 The Ocean , and Ocean Grande Beach & Marina . Property prices in Hillsboro Beach range from $100,000 to $40,000,000.
Parkland is a peaceful and very exclusive city nestled in a serene, wooded environment in Northwest Broward County, Florida. This city was incorporated in 1963. While it is a predominantly residential community, small portions are zoned for commercial and industrial development. Currently, the population is approximately 25,000 and long-term projections anticipate the eventual population to be approximately 35,000. Parkland has luxury houses, townhomes, and condominiums as well as more affordable properties. Parkland is located close to everything, has great parks & public schools. There are currently a few new construction communities in Parkland such as MiraLago at Parkland & Town Parc , Watercrest at Parkland, Parkland Royale (Broward’s only 55 and over new construction community), Osprey Lake , Sawgrass Bay , and Somerset . Parkland communities are: BBB Ranches, Cypress Cay, Cypress Head, Grand Cypress Estates, Heron Bay , Fox Ridge, In the Pines, Parkland Golf & Country Club, Meadow Run, Mill Run, MiraLago at Parkland & Town Parc , Parkland Isles , Parkland Reserve , Parkland Royale , Pine Tree Estates, Tall Pines, Ternbridge, The Landings, Watercrest at Parkland , and Whittier Oaks. Parkland property prices range from $200,000 to $5,000,000.
Coral Springs , Florida is located in Broward County, approximately 20 miles northwest of Ft. Lauderdale and 10 miles southwest of Boca Raton. Coral Springs is situated within about an hour’s drive of Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Boca Raton, and Palm Beach. The city of Coral Springs has many parks and golf courses. University Dr. is the main street with many accessible restaurants and stores. Coral Springs has one of the nicest and biggest gated communities in all of Florida: Heron Bay. Heron Bay is an elegant community with single family homes, townhouses, villas, and condominiums. Part of Heron Bay is located in Coral Springs and part in Parkland. Heron Bay subdivisions include: Tuscany, Villa Sorrento, Mizner Village, The Enclave, The Fairways, The Point, The Falls, Long Cove, L’ Hermitage, Casa del Sol, The Estates, Waterford estates, The Colony, Heron Isles, The Vistas, Heron Cove, The Greens, Edgewood, Heron Estates, Old Brooke, Bay Cove, The Highlands, The Reserves, Greenbriar, The Glen, Meadow Brooke, Creekside, Osprey Lake, Banyan Isles, Sable point, Cypress Pointe, Sawgrass Bay , and Somerset. The Heron Bay Golf Club was named one of America’s 10 best new public golf courses by Golf Digest. Golf Magazine ranks it one of the top 10 daily-fee courses in Florida. The price range of properties for sale in Heron Bay is $200,000 – $4,000,000. Coral Springs has properties that are very affordable, as well as very exclusive, and more pricy homes.
If you are interested in buying, selling or renting a property in Palm Beach or Broward Counties, please call Ben & Mayra Stern at 561-715-0314.