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.

 

Photos

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.

 

Powerwashing

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.

 

Paint

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! ☀☀☀☀

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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.

 

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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!

 

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Happy 2016 Tax Season!

February 16th, 2016

On January 19th the IRS officially opened up the tax season and is now accepting 2015 tax returns! It may not be the most exciting time of the year, but there can be some benefits to filing your tax returns, especially if you are a homeowner. It was rumored that many home-ownership tax deductions were going to be done away with, but in mid-December, Congress passed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015.

Items you can still deduct thanks to the Act:

  • Mortgage Interest
  • Property Taxes
  • Private Mortgage Insurance – *extra tip* you may even be able to deduct PMI for a second property (as long as it is not a rental unit)
  • Did you become a homeowner in 2015? Look at your closing documents to find things like your mortgage points or loan origination fees – both of which are tax deductible!
  • Do you work from a home office? Some home office items can be included as well.
  • Did you make energy efficient upgrades to your home? Maybe new storm doors, energy-efficient windows, insulation, air-conditioning and/or heating systems? You may be eligible for the energy credit on your tax returns

Still not sure what you can or cannot deduct for this year? check out the IRS tax information for homeowners guide here.

If you get a big tax return this year, using it on home improvements can be a great investment!

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Get Active!

January 26th, 2016

Still haven’t started on your New Year’s resolution to be more active this year? There are tons of upcoming events in Coral Springs that will motivate you to be active and healthy!

Registration opens for Coral Springs Basketball

Saturday January 30th, 2PM-4PM

Mullins Park. 10000 Ben Geiger Dr., Coral Springs, Florida 33065

There are leagues for all ages! Cost for the season is $110. Bring a copy of your birth certificate and proof of Coral Springs address for registration. Non-Coral Springs residents are welcome as well, but must obtain a supply sports card – which can be purchased at the Coral Springs gym. Not interested in playing, but still want to be involved? Coaches and sponsors are still needed and appreciated! The Coral Springs Basketball club is run strictly on volunteers! Check out more information on their website: www.csbhoops.com

Concert at the Park

Saturday January 30th, 7PM

Betti Stradling Park, 10301 Wiles Road, Coral Springs, Florida

Come and enjoy music with your family and friends at Betti Stradling Park for the City’s free Family Concert at the Park. Orange Sunshine, featuring music from the 60s, will perform on Saturday, January 30 at 7 p.m. Parking and admission to event 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.

Coral Springs Farmers Market

Sunday, January 31st, 9AM-1PM

ArtWalk, 9405 NW 31st Court, Coral Springs, Florida 33065

What better way to be healthy than buy some fresh produce at the Farmers Market? The new Coral Springs Farmers’ Market will feature 40+ vendors selling fresh and organic produce, herbs, flowers, delicious breads, baked goods, as well as a variety of gourmet foods, including olive oil, fresh mozzarella, jams, honey and more.

Family Fun Day and Car Show

Saturday, Febrauary 6th 10AM-2PM

Downtown Coral Springs, 9400 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, Florida 33065

Admission is free, so bring the entire family for a day of fun. There will be music, food trucks, vendors, bounce houses and entertainment. There will be a nominal fee for some of the activities. For those interested in showcasing their vehicles, pre-register for $15 or $20 on the day of the event. Trophies will be awarded to winners in multiple categories. Businesses can also register to set up a 10′ x 10′ booth for $40. Anyone interested in sponsoring the event should email nlyon@coralsprings.org. For more information, call 954-345-2119.

 

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Join the City of Coral Springs in honoring Martin Luther King Jr

January 14th, 2016

Join the City of Coral Springs in honoring Martin Luther King Jr this weekend. Below is a schedule of events for the weekend.

Award Ceremony

Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive

Thursday, January 14, 2016 • 5:30 p.m.

Come see the Student Art & Literary Exhibits with Keynote Address by Andrew Holmes,Former MLK Scholarship Recipient. Tickets are $5 per person and are available at City Hall. Call 954-344-1063 for more information on the event.

 

Unveiling and Dedication of Coral Springs MLK Monument

Northwest Regional Library, 3151 N University Drive

Friday, January 15th, 2016 • 4:00 p.m. Sponsor Reception • 6:00 p.m.

The Coral Springs Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee is very proud to announce that we are erecting a Monument to demonstrate our commitment to equality and peace after having completed 25 years of celebrating the legacy of Dr. King in our community.

The impressive three-dimensional monument, designed by resident and Sculptor/Artist, Dari, will be permanently installed at the Northwest Regional Library on University Drive in Coral Springs, Florida. This prominent location will attract the much-deserved attention, recognition and respect Dr. King merits, as many families with children visit the Library daily. You can read more about the monument and the dedication program here.

 

Leadership/Diversity Day

Coral Springs Charter School Gymnasium • 3205 N University Drive

Monday, January 18, 2016 • 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

On Monday, January 18– the King Holiday – the Committee hosts a Diversity & Leadership Workshop for high school and middle school students. The event, which will be held at the Coral Springs Charter School Gym, begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. This is a “Day On, Not a Day Off” and offers students to learn what Dr. King stood for by participating in interactive activities and listening to a motivational speaker. Students interested in attending should sign up at their respective schools.

 

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