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Featured Listing: 7199 NW 44th St. Coral Springs, FL 33065

Welcome home to this beautifully maintained 4 bedroom/2 bathroom, centrally located on a private street in amenity filled Coral Springs where there is a park within 1 mile of every neighborhood! With over 2000 square feet of living space along with vaulted ceilings to compliment the natural light that fills this home (while also powering it), you will have no trouble finding a spot to relax. If that wasn’t enough already, you have a large fenced yard with an open pool!

Once inside you will find a large family room adjacent to the main living area which flows nicely into the fully equipped kitchen with loads of counter space. The kitchen features a convection stove and windows overlooking the open pool outside. This home offers a formal dining room in addition to the master suite and three guest bedrooms. Within the very large master suite you will have direct access to the fenced in yard as well as a bathroom with dual sinks and a step-down shower.  

Being that this house is so centrally located within the amenity filled community of Coral Springs, you will always be close to what you love. With a state of the art aquatic center, three golf courses within a 15-minute drive, and being only 13 miles away from the beach, Coral Springs is the perfectly balanced community that everyone can enjoy. To view this home and everything else it has to offer in more detail please check out the photos below of view the complete listing here!

 

Feel the “zen” in this featured listing which is an absolutely beautiful, approximately 2000 square foot 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom townhome in the amenity rich Fairways of Heron Bay!  This home has been meticulously cared for and is ready for you to move right in and feel at home. Pull in to your paved 2 car garage or walk up your gorgeous walk way to the front door. The home features tile and wood flooring and clerestory windows accenting the main living area and a large bay window is the focal point of the dining room. The completed updated kitchen shows off its 42” cabinets are accented by granite & a tumble stone backsplash.  If that wasn’t enough there are also updated stainless steel appliances as well as a newer washer/dryer setup! The upstairs master suite includes wood flooring with bohemian style shutters and a bathroom that has a separate shower and whirlpool tub.

The moment you walk in you will be able to imagine yourself relaxing in the comfortable family room that leads right out to an expanded patio and lush green fenced yard to enjoy the sunshine. The backyard also has both screened and open air areas on its elevated patio. The sunshine is not the only thing you will be able to enjoy in your gated community. Fairways of Heron Bay has everything you need to live the good life including: resort style pools, TWO clubhouses, tennis, as well as optional membership to the golf course. To visualize this home for yourself please check out the photos below and view the full listing here!

Room Dimensions:

Living Room: 14 x 13 Dining Room: 12 x 11 Master Bdrm: 15 x 14

Second Bdrm: 12 x 10

Third Bdrm: 11 x 10 Kitchen: 11 x 11 Family Room: 13 x 11

Patio Balcony: 17 x 13

Many things get better with age…moving is not one of them. Moving at a young age can be fun and exciting, the prospect of a fresh start on the horizon. At an older age moving can mean downsizing or leaving behind a lot of family memories; so it can involve a lot more emotional and physical baggage. Here are a few tips to help the beloved and important seniors in your life move with as little stress as possible.

Enlist loved ones. Gather as many relatives as you can to assist in the move. Surrounding your parents or senior relative with loved ones who are supportive and encouraging can help ease the emotional stress, reduce the pressure on one relative to organize the move, and will make the process more fun!

Do not rush it. Take time to reflect on memories, sort through boxes of old photos, tell stories about the odds and ends you find, and reminisce on the fun family memories that happened in each room. It’s tempting to just start throwing things away and trying to get it over with as quickly as possible, but sharing these memories will keep family memories alive for everyone.

Don’t get a storage unit. Having a storage unit will give you a great excuse to not throw things away that will end up sitting in the storage unit costing you money and never coming out again. Moving is the perfect time to purge unnecessary items and downsize. Let go of items that are no longer important – donate them, give them to relatives, or throw it out.

Make a plan. With any process having a plan always eases the stress of the process. Going into it blindly will cause problems to arise. Know the requirements of the new living space; can you move in at any time? Do you need to reserve the elevators? Will your current couch fit in the new living room?

It’s okay to be sad, there will be a range of emotions experienced in a move at an older age, but also remember moving as a senior does not have to be all sad. This could be a whole new chapter of life. Keep positive and be patient. Most importantly be supportive and don’t focus on the details of the move focus on the loved one you are moving!

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It’s that time of the year again…back to school! Whether you are a parent with kids going to school, you’re a student yourself, or even if your family has nobody attending school currently – the school district you live in can affect your home buying process. Many home buyers will say the school district they live in doesn’t matter to them because they don’t have kids and don’t plan on having any. While that may be the case, living in a top notch school district doesn’t just mean the schools have great teachers and resources, it can affect your homes resale value and other factors as well. Other than resale value why bother researching the school district if you don’t have kids that are going to attend? Here are some reasons that may make you want to take a closer look into the district you’re buying in:

  • A good neighborhood – A good school district tends to point to a good neighborhood. Location is key when shopping for real estate and a good school also can mean great transportation, access to amenities such as parks and more sidewalks for ease of walking access around town, and much more!
  • Home value stability –  Homes in a good school district tend to keep their values a little more stable than areas with poorly rated school districts. It won’t protect you completely but even when the housing market takes a downturn, a top school can lift all nearby home prices.
  • Future Kids – If you don’t have kids now, but do plan on having them in the future while still living in the home you are purchasing school district will be very important. The school is where your child will get an education, play, and make friends.

The main factors homebuyers weigh in when purchasing are price, neighborhood, the square footage of the place, a new or old house, and much more – but don’t forget to research the school district too! In the end you need to always buy the house that is right for you.

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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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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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Save the Date! After a year of anticipation, Friday, October 9th, The City of Coral Springs & the Coral Springs Community Redevelopment Agency invite you to the ArtWalk Grand Opening Celebration! The schedule of events is as follows:

Ribbon Cutting 5:30 p.m.

Beyond Artwork Unveiling 7 p.m.

Local Artists • Live Music • Food Trucks 5-10 p.m.

This outdoor event will feature live entertainment, local art, craft beer from Funky Buddha, food trucks and much more! Proceeds will benefit the Coral Springs Museum of Art.

The ArtWalk is located at 9405 NW 31st Court, between University and Coral Hills Drives. Parking will be available at the Coral Springs Financial Plaza, MedArts in the Springs, and City Hall South lots. NW 31st Court will be closed to vehicles during the event. Bring your family and friends, this will be a great community event and the GreatFloridaHomes Team hopes to see you there!

 

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Whether you are already a homeowner or you are contemplating taking the leap to home ownership, you know it is an exciting but big responsibility! A home is an investment and in order to keep your investment a positive one you need to maintain it. These tips can help you plan for those home improvements.

Prioritize Improvements

Cosmetic Improvements are always the most tempting to tackle first, because you see that peeling wallpaper or funky colored carpeting every day you look around your home. However it is important to consider the improvements that are likely to increase your home’s value, or decrease your expenses.A leaking roof or a dying water heater can cost you more in the long run if you don’t repair in a timely fashion.

Insure Your Home

You will obtain your homeowners insurance as a requirement of your mortgage loan, but it is always recommended to review your coverage occasionally to make sure you are protected where you should be!

DIY or Call in a Professional?

Sometimes you can save money by learning how to do minor repairs yourself. In those cases, take the time to fix those minor problems. When the repair is too much to handle a professional opinion is needed always ask friends and neighbors for references! This will help you find the right person for the job. Price is important, but having the repair done correctly should be important as well.
There is no magic formula to home ownership, but the Great Florida Homes team will provide as many tools as possible to help you be a happy and successful homeowner!

 

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The majority of homeowners when purchasing a house will hear the term “PMI”. “PMI” is private mortgage insurance. Homeowners purchasing a house with less than 20 percent down will most likely have to buy private mortgage insurance — PMI. The purpose of this insurance is to cover the lender in case you default, and it generally adds between $50 to $100 to your monthly payments. you may have to accept this PMI payment in the beginning, but is there a way to get rid of it over time?

To answer it simply, yes! There will come a point where you have enough equity in the home that the bank does not need to charge this anymore. The Homeowners Protection Act gives you the right to request that your lender cancel PMI when you have reached the date when the principal balance of your mortgage is scheduled to fall to 80 percent of the original value of your home. In order to do this you must:

  • Your request must be in writing.
  • You must have a good payment history and be current on your payments.
  • Your lender may require you to certify that there are no junior liens (such as a second mortgage) on your home.
  • Your lender can also require you to provide evidence (for example, an appraisal) that the value of your property hasn’t declined below the value of the home when you first bought it. If the value of your home has decreased, you may not be able to cancel your PMI.*

It may take awhile, but that pesky PMI won’t be around forever! Still have questions about PMI or other home related items? Don’t hesitate to contact the GreatFloridaHomes team!

*instructions from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau http://www.consumerfinance.gov/

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Thinking about moving to Coral Springs? Coral Springs was named one of the top places to work in 2015! WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement, recently surveyed hundreds of workers to determine the best places to work in South Florida and Coral Springs was at the top of the list.

More than 100 employers were nominated and the City of Coral Springs was selected as an Excellence Award Winner in the “Top Workplace 2015”. The City of Coral Springs was recognized on April 23 at the Westin Fort Lauderdale. Coral Springs not only is a great place to work, but a great place to play. Check out just a few of the great upcoming events that the city has to offer:

Family Concert at the Park

May 16th at 7:00PM

Come and enjoy music with your family and friends at Betti Stradling Park for the City’s free Family Concert at the Park.Parking and admission to both events is free. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome, and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Coral Springs Craft Guild Monthly Meeting

May 20th at 7:00PM

The program will be presented by Marcia Wohlfarth, who will speak on “Swedish Weaving”.  Marcia will also demonstrate her art and will display a variety of her creations.  Marcia, a third-generation Floridian, has been crafting most of her life.  She recently learned the art of Swedish Weaving and fell in love with it. The program is open to the public free of charge to anyone 18 years of age or older.

Memorial Day

May 25th at 9:00AM

Please join the City of Coral Springs for a special Memorial Day Ceremony in honor of the brave men and women of our military who have given their lives in service to our nation. The ceremony will be at Veterans Park, located at 8601 Royal Palm Blvd. Join us in remembering all veterans and their families who give so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have today.

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