Where does that “price per square foot” come from?

May 21st, 2016

Pricing properties isn’t as simple as one may think. Taking the sold price and dividing it by the size of the home will give you a figure, but this figure won’t give you the full picture of what you’re paying for or what you should be selling for. All these factors go into this magical “price per square foot” number:

  • One-story home versus two or more stories
  • Length of time on the market (current market conditions are key in pricing of a home)
  • Seller concessions
  • Condition of the property relative to age
  • Size of the land
  • Seller motivation to sell (i.e., foreclosure, short sale, etc)
  • Location of the home (i.e., view, utility easements, corner lot
  • Superior/inferior features as compared to other properties
  • Amenities that are unique to the community or home (pool, gym, parks, etc)

Homeowners can add value to your home by making improvements, whether it be a feature or improving on a necessity such as replacing the roof, but these additions are not necessarily a dollar for dollar value. Improvements can add to the value per square foot, but there is no simple calculation for this, all the above factors play a part. Consider whether the improvements you make are for yourself or the next buyer. If it is for yourself, you can enjoy it regardless of the value return! In the end in order to get the most value for your home when the time comes to sell or buy, you need a Qualified Professional Realtor who understands pricing and market conditions.

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Coral Springs Home Search $300,000-$400,000

May 3rd, 2016
Sawgrass Mural At The Coral Springs City Center

Sawgrass Mural At The Coral Springs City Center

A popular and well established city in Northwest Broward county, Coral Springs is home to a younger population overall. When I moved here in 1985 there were 63,000 residents. Now the city has approximately 124,000 residents. 36 percent of the population was under the age of 18 and that figure is now 26% (20 years later). The senior population was 6% and it is about 9%. The city was home to one of the largest soccer leads in the nation with the majority being girls! That being said there is still an abundance of organized sports teams. At last count over 1000!

Homes are varied in price range and there is single family, multi-family and rental communities. Entertainment for all ages, Restaurants galore and vibrant leadership that looks out to continually make the city the best place to Live, Work and Raise a Family! That is why they say, “Coral Springs is Everything under the Sun!”

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Mortgage Tips for Millenials

May 1st, 2016

Click here to view property quick search.Millennials are the next wave of home buyers, but many feel becoming a homeowner has become more challenging for young people, but your first home is closer than you think! Here are some tips to help millennials (and any potential home buyers!) prepare to purchase your first home.

  • Consistent Employment: Lending companies not only want to see you are employed at the time of a mortgage application, but that you have been employed in the same industry for at least 2 years. If you have moved around every few months, especially within very different fields, it may cause problems in getting your loan request approved.
  • Learn about Mortgage Payments; When trying out a mortgage calculator online many people think they can afford a certain amount. It is important to understand that a mortgage doesn’t solely consist of principal and interest. There is homeowners and other types of insurance payments that need to be factored in. Some communities have homeowners association fees you as a homeowner will be responsible for. Real estate taxes need to be paid as well. All these factors need to be considered when budgeting to buy a home.
  • Watch Your Credit Score: There is a reason everyone tells you to check your credit score and to do things to “build good credit”. Credit is important, and one of the most important factors in getting a good interest rate on your mortgage or even being approved for a loan at all.

Owning a home is a big responsibility, but one that is possible if you prepare and understand the process. It is a big decision, but if the time is right and you found an area you want to live in for some time, it’s often smarter than renting month after month because you can build equity. Owning a home is generally a long term investment, but one well worth it! Your realtor is also a great resource for helping answer questions on the process!


Curb Appeal: What Does a Buyer See?

April 15th, 2016

Curb appeal of a home has always been important – it’s a potential buyer’s first impression of the house. The home’s exterior is a sneak peek of what’s to come in the rest of the house. Here are some tips to help your house get the attention it deserves.



While curb appeal for a drive by is still crucial, almost 90% of buyers will check your listing out online now before checking it out. This means your online photos of your listing can determine whether someone will even give it a chance to look at in person. Find the best time of day for lighting and take a lot of photos so you can choose the best one to post.


Clean the Lawn

The lawn should be mowed, leaves should be raked, and dead plants replaced. A lawn reflects the care that a homeowner has taken with the rest of their house, a potential buyer will think a messy lawn reflects a home that has been maintained.



A power wash can do wonders to your house siding and driveway. Most home improvement stores will rent power washers and it can make your home look fresh and clean.



Painting an entire home can be expensive and time consuming, but some touch ups on the trim and shutters can make a big difference. If the paint is peeling from the corners give it a touch up. A new mailbox or numbers on your home can be a nice finishing touch.


Prospective buyers form opinions about a home in seconds. Giving them a reason to have a positive attitude from the start will help make your home go from “for sale” to “sold”. Always ask your realtor for tips as well to make your curb appeal go up!

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Enjoy Your Community!

April 2nd, 2016

South Florida is a beautiful place to live and we need to work together to keep it that way! Earth Day is right around the corner and a great reason to do something good for your community. To celebrate Arbor Day, the City of Coral Springs will be hosting EarthFest on Saturday, April 16 at Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EarthFest features wildlife exhibits, guided tours, plant giveaways for Coral Springs residents, children’s activities and refreshments. The Sawgrass Nature Center is located at 3000 Sportsplex Dr. For more information, call 954-344-1117

After enjoying Earthfest, you can continue to enjoy the great outdoors at the Family Concert Series! Come and enjoy music with your family and friends at Betti Stradling Park. Solid Brass, featuring classic rock, will perform on Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m. Parking and admission to both events is free. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome, and refresh­ments will be available for purchase. Please refrain from bringing glass con­tainers, alcohol and pets. Betti Stradling Park is located at 10301 Wiles Road. For more information, call 954-345-2200.

However you want to celebrate Earth Day, the Great Florida Homes team hopes you enjoy the natural beauty of South Florida!

“The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” —Lady Bird Johnson


Spring has Arrived!

March 23rd, 2016

The first day of spring was this past weekend, March 20th, and while South Florida residents don’t tend to notice too much of a climate shift as other parts of the country it is still a good time to do some Spring cleaning! Doing a deep cleaning every few months is necessary to keep your home maintained. Here are some tips to get you started on your spring cleaning:


Windows: Clean the inside AND outside! Tackle all those spots you haven’t had the time to really scrub.

Kitchen: Cabinets and counter tops get some serious use every day, especially depending on how well your exhaust hood above your stove works, there can be a lot of grease build up. Use a “cabinet cream” on your cabinets to remove residue. For your counters remove all items, toasters, bread boxes, etc – and make sure to get all those crumbs that have been hiding!

Refrigerator: Cleaning out your refrigerator can be a process, but it is important to do. Take out all the shelving you can and soak in warm soapy water. Wipe down all inner surfaces and outer!

Wood Floors: Wood floors are tricky, and while you may want to mop them every week this can sometimes ruin them. It is better to wet clean only every few months, in between cleanings just spot clean and sweep!

Walls: Keeping paint looking fresh can be tough, but a new paint job isn’t always necessary. Take a wet rag or sponge with very mild soap and spot clean any marks on the wall – this can give the room a whole fresh look by just removing a few spots!


Whatever spring cleaning job you decide to tackle good luck and when you’re finished you can reward yourself with some Florida sunshine! ☀☀☀☀


Happy St Patrick’s Day!

March 17th, 2016

Happy St Patrick’s Day! There are tons of great ways to celebrate the holiday this weekend in Broward County. See just a few of the ways you can get into the spirit below:


Fort Lauderdale Parade and Festival

305 S. Andrews Ave., Ste 300, Fort Lauderdale FL

Fort Lauderdale will be hosting its annual parade Saturday, March 12 at 11 a.m. The event has no cover and will feature plenty of floats and bead throwing. Visit stpatsftl.com for more details on the event.


Downtown Hollywood Parade and Festival

Take a stop in Downtown Hollywood (Hollywood Blvd. and Harrison St. between 19 and 21 Ave.) on Sunday, March 13. Starting at noon and ending at 6 p.m., Hollywood will feature its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade complete with floats, bands,bag pipers, UV the U2 Tribute Band and more. Nearby restaurants will offer traditional Irish food as well. Visit stpatricksparade.com for more details on the event.


Delray Parade and Festival

Swing by Delray Beach to see their St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March 12. The parade is a 501c3 non-profit organization featuring over 60 WWII Veterans leading it. The festivities start at 11 a.m. and end at 7 p.m. Visit stpatrickparade.com for more details on the event.


Not feeling the luck of the Irish this weekend? Come check out  The Walk of Coral Springs – Coral Springs Festival of the Arts and Gardenfest! This is a great place to support your local community and have a fun weekend with friends and family!


Festival of the Arts

The 12th Annual Festival Of The Arts will highlight some of America’s finest artisans and contemporary crafters. There will also be exciting performing arts events including fine dance, theatrical, and literary presentations.


Whatever your plans are, we hope you have a fun and safe weekend in Broward County!

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Home Improvements With Your Tax Refund

March 11th, 2016

Are you getting a tax refund this year? We have discussed how to maximize your refund, now let’s put that refund back to work on your house! The average tax refund is between $2,500 to $3,000. Even if your refund wasn’t quite that much there are lots of ways to put that money to use in your home. It may not pay to redo the entire kitchen, but here are 5 things it will cover.

  • Add a back splash or paint a room! Fresh walls can transform any room in the house.
  • Swap out an old shower head. This may seem like a silly improvement, especially if your old shower head is still functioning, but swapping out old shower heads can reduce your home’s water-heating costs by about $150 a year!
  • Taken out a home equity loan for a home improvement project recently? Use this money to pay it down and save on interest!
  • Replace drafty windows.This will help your AC stay so your house stays cool, especially with the hot Florida summer right around the corner!
  • Organize your closet. Get new shelving or bins, find a system that keeps your clothing organized.

It may be tempting to use that refund money for a vacation or use small amounts of it here and there throughout the year, but your home is one of the biggest investments you will make in a lifetime – why not take care of it? Your home will thank you!


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Show Your Community Love!

March 2nd, 2016

There are some great events coming up in the Coral Springs community that are all about giving back! Show your appreciation for your community by attending a local event.


What? Help Bob Levinson Rally
When? March 5 at 2PM
Where? Center for the Arts

City officials encourage residents to attend the Help Bob Levinson Rally on March 5. Coral Springs resident Robert (Bob) Levinson has been held hostage in Iran since March 9, 2007. Levinson was  captured while visiting Kish Island, Iran, and is the longest held hostage in American history. Special guest speaker will be U.S Representative Ted Deutch.

“I want to thank everyone in Coral Springs and all over the country who are supporting our family’s efforts to raise awareness about Bob’s case.  We will never give up until he is back home in this community that he loves,” Levinson’s wife, Christine, said.

For more information, please visit the family’s Facebook page. The Center for the Arts is located at 2855 Coral Springs Drive.


What? Our Town America
When? Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 13
Where? Sportsplex

Our Town America will be coming to the Sportsplex on Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 13. This three-day arts, entertainment and business festival will feature events geared towards family fun and include live entertainment, food court, amusements, arts and crafts, merchant booths, classic car show, games, and the traditional Miss OurTown America Beauty Pageant. As always, festival admission is free, but there is a $5 parking fee per car, $25 Wrist Bands All Day. For more details, visit www.ourtownamerica.org.


What? Give where you live
When? March 18
Where? Coral Springs Community!

Join City staff for a day to work together on meaningful service projects! On Friday, March 18, City staff will be volunteering at several projects throughout the community. Local organizations and students are invited to join the City’s efforts and “Give where you Live.” Volunteering will take place within Coral Springs from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Projects include making pillows for WWII Veterans, street clean up, lawn and shrubbery clean-up for low income seniors, food collection, and providing lunches for children in need. Service hours will be provided to students as it is a day off from Broward County Public schools.  Students are also encouraged to collect non-perishable food items from their neighbors to replenish local food banks.

To sign up, visit www.CoralSprings.org/volunteer and fill out a form or emailvolunteer@coralsprings.org, and include your name, phone number and the project you would like to work on. For more information, call 954-346-4430.




This weekend has gone to the dogs!

February 24th, 2016

Animal lovers should come out this Sunday, February 28th, for the 6th Annual “Art 4 the Animals” event. The eventis a pet adoption day produced by Florida Humane Society, a non-profit, 501C3 no-kill animal shelter located in Pompano Beach. The Florida Humane Society generously offers to share 25% of the day’s proceeds with two no-kill animal rescue groups that attend the event and win the most votes in the Art 4 the Animals online poll.

The event will be hosted by volunteers, as well as students from our local area schools, from Noon – 4PM.  Artists and students of all ages may donate artwork and photography to be put up for sale at the event. Any size work and any medium is welcome – including sculpture, paintings, drawings, stained glass, photography and jewelry.  

The event will include animals available for adoption from more than 25 shelters and pet rescue groups from the South Florida area plus live music, a pet fashion show, police K-9 unit demo, pet photography, fabulous raffle prizes and so much more! Great family fun!

College and High school students can sign up prior to the event to volunteer for community service credit.

For every pet that is adopted, space becomes available for one more homeless animal to get a second chance at life.

For more information contact: Adriana Mattei at (754) 368-1476 or Barbara Cooper at Center Academy (954) 575-1231. Hope to see you all there!