Celebrate America Recycles Day With the SWA

November 16th, 2018

Steve Hollander – Hollander Real Estate
Becky Robinson – Solid Waste Authority

What better way to celebrate America Recycles Day than by watching your garbage get recycled into energy, protecting your identity by shredding personal documents, and safely recycling household hazardous wastes?

Palm Beach County residents will have the opportunity to sort recyclables on the interactive touch table line in the LEED Platinum Education Center, see the 9-ton claw feed trash into the machine in Renewable Energy Facility 2, experience the complex recycling processes at the Recovered Materials Processing Facility, and be witness to how much garbage Palm Beach County residents actually throw AWAY!

FREE PAPER SHRED
As part of the community shred event, residents can bring up to 6 boxes of personal documents for FREE shredding.

RECYCLING BINS
In addition, the Solid Waste Authority will be handing out blue and yellow recycling bins to those county residents who need them.

FOOD DRIVE 
Participants can also drop off a nonperishable food item to be donated to a local food bank. The list of most needed food items is:

  • Hot or cold cereal
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Canned stew and chili
  • Canned fruit
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned meats (tuna, salmon, chicken)
  • Beans
  • Canned vegetables
  • 100% juice – cans or plastic
  • Shelf-stable milk

COLORING CONTEST AWARDS CEREMONY
Winners of the America Recycles Day coloring contest will have their work on display and be recognized with prizes and accolades.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DROP-OFF
As part of the household hazardous waste drop off, residents can safely dispose of home chemicals for proper disposal at the Home Chemical and Recycling Center, 6161 N. Jog Road in West Palm Beach (just 1 mile south of event) from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., safeguarding our environment.

Palm Beach County residents can safely dispose of their old:

  • automotive fluids
  • cleaning products
  • electronics
  • fluorescent light bulbs
  • paints
  • pesticides
  • pool chemicals
  • propane cylinders
  • rechargeable batteries
  • solvents
  • used cooking oils
  • and more!

NOTE: No sharps or old or unwanted prescription medications will be accepted.

America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, is a nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Every year on or around Nov. 15 (America Recycles Day), event organizers educate neighbors, friends and colleagues through thousands of events nationwide.

What: America Recycles Day Celebration Where: SWA Education Center, 6751 N. Jog Road in West Palm Beach When: Saturday, Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cost: FREE!

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Things To Do This Weekend

November 15th, 2018

Steve Hollander – Hollander Real Estate

Clematis By Night – Thursdays
Clematis by Night is the place to be for great live music, a taste of mouth-watering foods and fun people all in the hip ambiance of an energized downtown waterfront. Centennial Square at the end of Clematis Street in Downtown West Palm Beach.
100 N Clematis St. – West Palm Beach, FL 33401  Clematis By Night

Wobble Gobble Party – Friday
Toddlers will have a great time learning about Thanksgiving with a craft, story and games.
4404 Burns Road – Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410   Wobble Gobble Party

Santa’s Arrival – Friday
Join us as we welcome Santa back to The Gardens Mall! The party will begin at 6pm in Grand Court with Santa arriving alongside the Palm Beach Gardens High School Marching Band and many jolly characters! We will have multiple retailer pop-ups, a hot chocolate bar and more!
3101 PGA Blvd – Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410     Santa’s Arrival

Friday Night Live – Friday
Ring in the weekend Friday nights at Concerts in the Court. A different band each week from pop to rock, country to jazz–loud, live and FREE. Come join us in Centre Court at Downtown at the Gardens! 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
11701 Lake Victoria Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410  Downtown at The Gardens

Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival – Friday to Sunday
The festival has been a tradition on the Treasure Coast for 30-years and is considered the signature event of Jensen Beach. The revamped and free admission festival will introduce a “Homegrown” theme that will showcase local artists, musicians, the area’s history, and pineapple themed food, beverages and contests.
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West Palm Beach Green Market – Saturdays
The West Palm Beach GreenMarket is the area’s first and premier green market located on the scenic West Palm Beach Waterfront. You can shop more than 80 vendors featuring the freshest and most unique offerings including local produce, plants, exotic flowers, herbs, baked goods, gourmet foods, teas, coffee and much more.  Free parking in the Evernia Garage during Market hours.
Downtown West Palm Beach, Waterfront Commons  Green Market

Downton Abbey The Exhibition – Now for a Limited Engagement
Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, based on the beloved television show, transports you to post-Edwardian England, where the characters and the iconic house come to life. You’ll be immersed in the fascinating social history, culture, and some of the most memorable moments from the show’s six-season run. 
575 South Rosemary Avenue – West Palm Beach, FL 33401  Downton Abbey The Exhibition

German Beerfest Picnic – Sunday
Live Music, Beer and Brats under the pavilion. It’s Munich Biergarten atmosphere, almost like a little Oktoberfest.
5111 Lantana Road – Lake Worth, FL 33463    German Beerfest Picnic

South Florida Car Swap Meets – Sunday
If you’re looking to buy or sell any hard-to-find classic automotive parts, memorabilia or even a vehicle, then the Swap Meet & Cars 4 Sale Corral is the selling or shopping experience for you!
In the Swap Meet you’ll find everything under the automotive sun from gauges to tires & wheels, vehicle frames to fenders, shop signs to vintage automotive toys and so much more!
And in the Car Corral you’ll find cars and trucks of all styles and years that are ready to cruise and ready to restore.
9067 Southern Blvd – West Palm Beach, FL 33411   South Florida Car Swap Meets

The Gardens GreenMarket – Sundays
At the Market, you can shop an abundance of just-picked, orchard-grown goods, a wide selection of seasonal vegetables and fruits, fragrant herbs, honey, homemade old-fashioned breads, pies, cheeses, sauces, handmade crafts and much, much more. This event is rain or shine.
10500 N. Military Trail – Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410   The Gardens GreenMarket

Honesty is the best policy – especially in real estate

November 14th, 2018

Steve Hollander – Hollander Real Estate
AMI Sun – By Louise Bolger

Good old Benjamin Franklin had it right well over 200 years ago – when you’re dealing with people the best course of action is to be honest. And when you’re selling real estate, it’s more than a good idea, it’s legally imperative.

Traditionally, let the buyer beware was the principle most real estate transactions lived by. It was the buyer who was responsible to inspect the home and discover whether there were any unacceptable conditions or defects before closing. That’s why home inspectors became so important when purchasing a property.

However, in an ever-increasing number of states, courts and lawmakers have held that sellers are in the best position to know all material facts relating to their properties, particularly those that are not visible to the naked eye, and should disclose these to the buyer or face legal liability.

Florida is one of those states that is holding sellers responsible to disclose defects before closing. Since 1985, Florida law has provided that, with some exceptions, the seller must disclose any facts or conditions about the property that may have a substantial impact on the value or desirability of the property that may not be visibly obvious.

To assist sellers in making all relevant disclosures, the Florida Association of Realtors provides a standard form which covers many common property characteristics about which buyers want to know. Although sellers are not required to complete and sign this form, they are still required to disclose all relevant information to buyers, even when they may not be obvious. This can be done either in writing or orally, but to protect their statements sellers should have a written document as proof.

Some of the items contained on the seller’s disclosure form are potential claims, or court proceedings; nature of condominium or HOA association rules; boundary issues; status of any sinkholes; any environmental hazards such as asbestos, lead paint, mold, Chinese drywall; damage from wood destroying organisms; flooding or ground leaks; disclosure of condition of major systems such as central air and heat, plumbing and electrical systems and brands and condition of appliances.

This may be intimidating to homeowners who may be worried about problems they’re not aware of. The law states that you will not be expected to know or learn about or disclose property defects which you have no actual knowledge of. If in the future the buyer of your property discovers a problem after closing, the onus is on him/her to prove that you knew about the defect and did not disclose it. They also would have to justify that the defect has had a substantial impact on the value of the property and that the defect would not have been easy for the buyer to detect. Essentially Florida homeowners are required to disclose only those property defects of which they have actual knowledge.

There are a few facts that do not need to be disclosed to buyers. One is that the property has been inhabited by a person infected with HIV or AIDS or that a murder or suicide has occurred or is suspected to have occurred on the property.

And even if you’re selling your property in an as-is condition, that does not dismiss you from the requirement of full disclosure. You will have to disclose any material defects that you are aware of.

I would encourage sellers to prepare a written disclosure statement to protect them and instill confidence in buyers. Honesty and transparency is the proper way to sell a property, even in those few cases when it may not be required. “Honesty is the best policy” are words to live by.

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Louise Bolger writes about real estate in Castles in the Sand.

We’re Good Here: Boomers Are Staying Put Instead of Downsizing

November 13th, 2018

Steve Hollander – Hollander Real Estate
Trulia’s Blog\Real Estate

But there are reasons Boomers aren’t moving out of their family homes.

Baby Boomers are not ready to let go. The approximately 70 million Americans between 54 and 73 years old are not downsizing into smaller homes—even though Boomers living in empty nests have an average of two extra bedrooms. In 2005, more senior households were moving into multifamily than single-family housing by age 75. In 2016, this inflection point didn’t happen until age 80. In a nation with a very tight housing inventory, that might cause more than a few Millennials and Gen Xers to start asking their parents, “Whyyyyyyy?”

To find an answer, we took a deep dive into Baby Boomers’ housing decisions. Here’s what we found.

Boomers are still working (and parenting).

Baby Boomers have been breaking the generational mold since the Free Love era. Today, they’re working longer as seniors. The proportion of household heads age 65 and over who are still in the labor force rose to 19.3 percent in 2016 from 15.9 percent in 2005.

Boomers’ households function a little differently in another way, too. The children of Boomers have delayed moving out of their parents’ homes. In 2016, 16.1 percent of senior households had younger generations living with them, compared to 14.4 percent in 2005. As retirement and the kids moving out are often triggers for downsizing, it’s no wonder Boomers are sticking with their old digs—many still need them.

Housing inventory is tight. But don’t blame boomers.

Many places across the U.S. are short on housing inventory, and affordability isn’t going in the right direction either. It might be easy to look at Baby Boomers hanging on to their homes and point the finger at them. After all, if they’re not moving into smaller homes, the cause of the bottleneck seems obvious. But we found that in places where housing inventory is most needed—which are also the most unaffordable metros in the nation—seniors are renting, just like the rest of us.

But the stand-still does matter.

But about all of those empty rooms in the metros where Boomers are staying put: There is a noticeable shortage in housing that would be appealing to growing families. This is also true in more affordable metros like Knoxville, Tennessee, where inventory decreased 12.4 percent year-over-year during the second quarter of 2018—even though Knoxville has a high percentage of seniors who are in a position to downsize (66.4 percent).

Boomer movement could bring housing market relief.

Now, the good news. The prolonged Boomer stasis could mean their eventual migration into smaller homes is inevitable and incoming. “While some observers think Baby Boomers are contributing to the inventory crunch by staying in place, others believe Boomers are holding on to their homes to time the market and that a massive sell-off is on the horizon,” says Alexandra Lee, housing data analyst for Trulia’s Housing Economics Research Team.

Just don’t hold your breath for an inventory boom if you’re in a more expensive metro. “The higher the income required to purchase the median home, the lower the proportion of senior households that could downsize,” Lee says.

5 Metros to Watch for an Inventory Boom

If you’ve got the patience to delay your next move, we’ve found five metro areas with the highest percentage of senior households that could downsize (read: retired homeowners without kids under their roof), potentially making space for more inventory to come.

Knoxville, Tennessee

Downsizeable senior households: 66.4 percent

Knoxville is a small city of just under 200,000 that combines the benefits of city life (diversity, a thriving arts and music scene, and great restaurants) with the pros of suburban living (yards, great schoolsaffordability). Since you’re also near the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, there’s also natural beauty no matter where you look. This is even true of Downtown Knoxville—one local raved that you can see panoramic views of the mountains and river from this urban center. Not planning on living downtown? It’s a breeze to visit, with 100 percent of locals reporting that parking is easy to find.

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Downsizeable senior households: 65.9 percent

The Rocky Mountains (specifically, the famous Pikes Peak) make a dramatic backdrop for daily life in Colorado Springs. While this is the city to live in if you love the great outdoors in general, the overall atmosphere of neighborhoods can vary greatly. For instance, only 42 percent of locals in Central Colorado Springs report that the neighborhood is quiet—which might not be a problem for transplants from busy cities whose idea of outdoorsy activities involve walking to restaurants. In Southwest Colorado Springs, the number of locals who report a quiet atmosphere jumps to 81 percent. Though home prices have risen 10 percent year-over-year, an influx of listings from empty nesters might benefit the market.

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana

Downsizeable senior households: 65.2 percent

Indianapolis has a more “approachable” feel that comes through its smaller size. While you can find modern condo buildings here, it’s also a city where you can find charming historic single-family homes mere blocks from the downtown area. (That would be the Near Southside neighborhood, a place where locals say you can easily see wildlife and visit bars.) If you’re looking for a family-friendly neighborhood that’s still accessible to the job opportunities and culture of downtown, take a look at Fountain Square, where 71 percent of locals report seeing kids playing outside, 97 percent say that it’s dog-friendly, and 95 percent say that you can walk to restaurants.

Dayton, Ohio

Downsizeable senior households: 64.1 percent

In terms of affordable cities, it’s hard to beat Dayton. The median sales price of a home is $135,000—and even though the median income is $41,047, the rate of homeownership is 61 percent. The city itself covers over 56 square miles, so neighborhoods can vary greatly in terms of crime, schools, and the types of housing you’ll find. The local trend for families seems to be staying close to the University of Dayton. Eighty-two percent of locals report seeing kids playing outside in the Walnut Hills neighborhood, just east of the University.

Columbia, South Carolina

Downsizeable senior households: 63.7 percent

You’ll find plenty of southern charm in South Carolina’s capital city in the form of grand historic homes and beautiful gardens. Columbia is also home to the University of South Carolina, adding to the employment options here and giving the small city a college town atmosphere. However, Columbia isn’t overrun by students, since the median age here is 37. If you do want a small buffer from the college crowd, take a look at Melrose Heights. Locals particularly highlight the great schools in the neighborhood. Plus, there’s yoga and casual restaurants in walking distance.

Methodology
We used 2005 and 2016 5-Year American Community Survey data for labor rates, household generation composition, moving rates, unit structure type, number of bedrooms, and tenure. Our analysis only looks at households that are not in “group quarters”, which would include retirement homes and nursing facilities. This means that our downsizing estimates are likely understated. Affordability is based on our inventory metrics from the second quarter of 2018, defined as the share of the median income needed to purchase the median-priced home.

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Brie Dyas is a lifestyle expert with a love for all things vintage. She’s appeared on NBC’s Todayand on HuffPost Live as the host of “Throwback Thursday,” a regular series that discussed the best in nostalgic photos and videos. She was the founding editor of HuffPost Home and Stylelist Home and also held positions as a managing editor of HuffPost Style and Stylelist.

Tips to Recover When You Lose out on a Home

November 12th, 2018

Steve Hollander – Hollander Real Estate
Trulia Guides\Buy

Losing out on a home you wanted stings, but these tips help you react in the right way.

It’s easy to get emotionally attached to a home before you even own it. In fact, that’s a key component of successful real estate sales—the agent needs you to envision your family in the home, and to picture all of the great moments and occasions you will celebrate there. Then you will be more motivated to buy that house, perhaps even going beyond your intended price limit.

You want to find a house that you instinctively love, one that feels like home. That’s the ideal—if it all works out. The downside is that you might be in for a letdown if the sale ends up falling through and your would-be dream house slips through your fingers.

For most people, buying a home is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. It is also likely the biggest financial purchase of your life. Such a significant milestone naturally has a lot of emotional ties. But real estate can be tricky and often unpredictable, so you may find yourself on an emotional roller coaster before you finally get the keys to your next place.

How to get over losing out on a home

1. Don’t waste time on what might have been.

Once a house is no longer an option for you, put it behind you and move on. Obsessing over it is just a waste of valuable time—and isn’t great for your state of mind.

2. Focus on your next opportunity.

One of the best ways to get over a house you wanted is to take the “one door opens when another closes” perspective. For whatever reason, that house just wasn’t meant to be. Think of this as a sign that it wasn’t the right fit for your family. That means your perfect home is still out there, waiting for you to discover it.

3. Reevaluate your approach.

This missed opportunity may be a good time for you to assess your search criteria and buying strategy. Perhaps you weren’t focusing on the most important priorities, so consider whether you need to adjust your search parameters. Also, consider whether your budget is realistic for the type of houses you’re checking out. There’s no sense setting yourself up for disappointment by browsing homes that are way beyond what you can afford.

4. Understand your market.

In certain areas, the chances that your offer (at least, your first offer) will be accepted may be relatively slim. In a competitive marker, sellers may have their choice of offers—and popular homes may go quickly, perhaps at a significant amount above the list price. Knowing the current landscape in your local market helps in knowing whether the odds may be stacked against you—and whether you should prepare yourself that you may have at least a few false starts before you are successful.

5. Choose the right real estate agent.

real estate agent who keeps up with the local market fluctuations will be able to offer insight about how things like for buyers there right now. They may also be able to suggest the best time to look, if there are local trends when inventory tends to be higher. Plus, they can help you narrow your search to houses that would be a realistic possibility for you.

6. Know when you should and shouldn’t haggle.

Everyone loves a bargain, but you don’t want to risk losing out on a great house by trying to haggle when it’s a big risk. If you are truly in love with a house, go in with your best offer first. This is especially important if there are other buyers in the mix. Don’t risk letting the house slip through your fingers if someone else submits a better offer first.

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Why Has Housing Supply Increased as Sales Have Slowed Down?

November 9th, 2018

Steve Hollander – Hollander Real Estate
National Association of Realtors®

According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the inventory of homes for sale this year compared to last year has increased for the last four months, all while sales of existing homes have slowed compared to last year’s numbers.

For over three years leading up to this point, the exact opposite was true; Inventory dropped as sales soared.

NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun shed some light on what could be contributing to this shift,

“This is the lowest existing home sales level since November 2015. A decade’s high mortgage rates are preventing consumers from making quick decisions on home purchases. All the while, affordable home listings remain low, continuing to spur underperforming sales activity across the country.”

Let’s take a deeper look:

Interest Rates

Since January, 30-year fixed mortgage interest rates have increased nearly a full percentage point (from 3.95% to 4.9%). Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the National Association of Realtors, and the Mortgage Bankers Association are all in agreement that rates will continue to increase to about 5.2% over the next 12 months.

“The rise in [mortgage] rates paired with this very strong price appreciation absolutely is slowing housing,” said Fannie Mae’s Chief Economist Doug Duncan.

Even though rates are higher than they’ve been in a decade, they still remain below the average for the 1970s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s!

Mismatch of Inventory

Elizabeth Mendenhall, President of NAR, said it best, “Despite small month over month increases, the share of first-time buyers in the market continues to underwhelm because there are simply not enough listings in their price range.”

Prices of starter and trade-up homes have appreciated faster than their higher-priced counterparts. Over the last 5 years, the lowest-priced homes have appreciated by 47% while the highest-priced homes have appreciated by only 24%.

According to the Institute of Luxury Home Market’s Luxury Market Report, the $1M-and-up price range is now experiencing a buyer’s market. This means that supply (inventory) has finally caught up with demand and buyers are in the driver’s seat when it comes to negotiations. Additionally, many listings in this price range have experienced price cuts in order to entice buyers to put in offers.

Natural Disasters

Although not fully to blame for the national shortage in sales and inventory, natural disasters like Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael, and the wildfires on the West Coast have certainly had an impact.

Bottom Line

Additional inventory coming to market could help normalize the housing market and allow incomes to catch up to home prices. For more information about sales and inventory in our area, let’s get together so we can help you make the best decision for you and your family.

Things To Do This Weekend

November 8th, 2018

Steve Hollander – Hollander Real Estate

Clematis By Night – Thursdays
Clematis by Night is the place to be for great live music, a taste of mouth-watering foods and fun people all in the hip ambiance of an energized downtown waterfront. Centennial Square at the end of Clematis Street in Downtown West Palm Beach.
100 N Clematis St. – West Palm Beach, FL 33401  Clematis By Night

West Palm Beach Fall RV Show – Now to Sunday
9067 Southern Blvd – West Palm Beach, FL 33411   Fall RV Show

Friday Night Live – Friday
Ring in the weekend Friday nights at Concerts in the Court. A different band each week from pop to rock, country to jazz–loud, live and FREE. Come join us in Centre Court at Downtown at the Gardens! 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM .
11701 Lake Victoria Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410  Downtown at The Gardens

Veterans Day Ceremony & Concert – Saturday
City of Palm Beach Gardens for a ceremony and concert to honor those who have served and those who are currently serving in the armed forces. Featuring the Palm Beach Gardens Police and Fire Honor Guard and the Florida National Guard’s 13th Army Band.
10500 North Military Trail – Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410  Veterans Day Ceremony & Concert 

Home for the Holidays City Place Tree Lighting Event – Saturday
We’re welcoming you home for the holidays! Celebrate the season with us Saturday starting at 3PM with live musical performances.
700 S. Rosemary Avenue – West Palm Beach, FL 33401         CityPlace Tree Lighting

West Palm Beach Green Market – Saturdays
The West Palm Beach GreenMarket is the area’s first and premier green market located on the scenic West Palm Beach Waterfront. You can shop more than 80 vendors featuring the freshest and most unique offerings including local produce, plants, exotic flowers, herbs, baked goods, gourmet foods, teas, coffee and much more.  Free parking in the Evernia Garage during Market hours.
Downtown West Palm Beach, Waterfront Commons  Green Market

Downton Abbey The Exhibition – Now for a Limited Engagement
Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, based on the beloved television show, transports you to post-Edwardian England, where the characters and the iconic house come to life. You’ll be immersed in the fascinating social history, culture, and some of the most memorable moments from the show’s six-season run. 
575 South Rosemary Avenue – West Palm Beach, FL 33401  Downton Abbey The Exhibition

The Gardens GreenMarket – Sundays
At the Market, you can shop an abundance of just-picked, orchard-grown goods, a wide selection of seasonal vegetables and fruits, fragrant herbs, honey, homemade old-fashioned breads, pies, cheeses, sauces, handmade crafts and much, much more. This event is rain or shine.
10500 N. Military Trail – Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410   The Gardens GreenMarket

Everything You Need to Know About Maintaining & Replacing Your Roof

November 7th, 2018

Steve Hollander – Hollander Real Estate
Brett Boman – Alta Mortgage Bankers

How often do you think about the roof of your home?
It’s something a lot of us take for granted, but it plays a pretty important role in protecting you and your belongings from the elements. To help your roof do its job and to prolong its lifespan, it needs to be maintained and cared for properly. Still, even with the right amount of maintenance, all roofs need to be replaced at some point. Not to worry. Below is a guide that will tell you everything you need to know about keeping your topper in tip-top-shape, from maintaining it to replacing it when the time comes.

A Good Roof: Worth the Investment
Is it worth pumping a bunch of cash into your roof? The numbers say so. The latest Remodeling Impact Report by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) ranks new roofing as the No. 1 project for both appeal to homebuyers and its value to the home for resale. For a new roof, NAR estimates the average cost at $7,500, which seems like a hefty price tag, but it can get you a 109% cost recovery upon sale — so it definitely pays off to take great care of your roof!

Maintaining Your Roof
Just as you would fix a leak in your car’s gas line or a rip in your shirt before it gets any worse, you need to repair and replace parts of your roof that are damaged ASAP. By allowing a damaged roof to worsen, you risk damaging the subfloor and underlayment, the attic, and eventually the interior of your home. This is not a home-care project to skimp on. Here are some tips for keeping your roof in good condition:

  • Each fall and spring, and after any major storms, do a visual inspection to identify any areas where shingles are loose, damaged, or missing. Get these fixed right away! Also, check flashing and the rubber seals around vents.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts regularly. When debris builds up in the gutters, rainwater can’t easily run out through the downspouts, and may back up onto the edges of the roof, making leaks and other damage more likely.
  • Have it inspected by a professional. How often your roof needs a professional inspection depends on a variety of factors, such as the age of your roof, how much tree coverage your house has, and how often your area gets hit with heavy storms. Plan to have your roof inspected professionally every few years.

The costs of repairing a roof are generally manageable, but they vary widely depending on the type of roof you have. The main points to remember are to hire a professional who is experienced with your type of roof (this is not the DIY Pinterest project you want to dabble in!), and don’t delay getting those repairs done.

When it’s Time for a New Roof
It’s time to replace rather than repair when you’re getting near your roof’s estimated lifespan (see chart here ), you’ve got algae growing up there, or the whole thing is sagging (which is a very big deal and must be addressed immediately). When getting a new roof, you will have the option to tear off the old roof or put the new roof directly on top. The former will most likely save you money in the long run, while the latter is a quicker fix if you’re short on funds. Tearing off the old roof will also allow your roofers to inspect the underlying structure for damage.

Best time of year to install a new roof?
Early fall or late spring. A new roof should be installed when it’s warm out to facilitate the adhesive firming up before cold or wet weather starts.

Roofing Materials
So many choices! From asphalt to slate to solar, the materials you choose for your roof have a lot to do with the cost, installation time, and aesthetics of your housetop. Of course, some roof materials look better on certain house styles and not others. We’ve rounded up some of the most popular materials to help you narrow down your choices and put them in a chart for easy reference.

Whatever type and style of roof tops your home, it’s a big investment that should be well taken care of, not only for the potential ROI, but also for the safety and comfort of your own family.

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Easements: Know Your Property Rights

November 5th, 2018

Steve Hollander – Hollander Real Estate
Trulia Guides\Buy

If you’ve got an easement, your potential new neighbor might have a legal right to a portion of your land.

Picture this: You’ve fallen in love with a gorgeous home on a corner lot in Fort Lauderdale, FL, but on the day of your home inspection, you’re shocked when your new neighbor drives right through your property on their way to work. A chat with the home inspector and an investigation of property records reveals something concerning: There’s an easement on your potential new property. Your neighbor needs to drive on your land to access theirs — and is fully within their rights to do so.

What’s a homebuyer to do? Start by learning the good, the bad, and the ugly about property rights and easements.

  • What are property easements?An easement gives a person or entity a legal right to use someone else’s land. But that doesn’t mean your neighbor can just start growing tomatoes in your yard. An easement is “not a right to possess the property, but rather to use it for a stated purpose,” says Bob Tankel, a Pinellas, FL, attorney who specializes in community association law. For example, a utility company might have the right to dig up a section of your lawn to install or maintain phone, power, and cable (maybe even fiber-optic) lines.
  • What should you know about easements before you buy?Start with the basics: It’s important to know whether there are any easements on a property before you close, where they are, and what type of easements they are. Some easements, for example, remain after you buy the house, but others can be canceled. This depends on whether the easement is an appurtenant easement or an easement in gross.“Appurtenant” means belonging to someone else. So an appurtenant easement is one in which the neighbor sought and now owns the easement, such as in the case of that driveway access. An appurtenant easement stays with the house if you buy it.

    With an easement in gross, you have more say. If, for example, the property has a path that leads to a fishing pond, the original owner might have granted a neighbor access to the property to get to the fishing spot. That’s considered an easement in gross, and it does not remain once the property changes hands. So if you wish to put up a fence (or just don’t want your neighbor traipsing across your property), you have the right to end the agreement — just be prepared for an awkward first introduction with that new neighbor.

  • What are your property rights and easement rights?If you buy a house with an easement, you’ll need to play ball. Let’s say you bought beachfront property (lucky you!) on a public beach. But what if your new property is the only access point the neighbors have to said public beach? You, in this case, would not have the right to block your neighbors from their fun in the sun by putting up a fence. If you did, you would be trespassing upon a right-of-way easement, also called an “easement by necessity,” and you could be sued.
  • What are the limitations on renovations or expansions?If you plan to build a new home or an addition, it’s especially important to know whether there are any easements on a property before you buy. You can find out by looking over your paperwork. “Written easements are contained in deeds, individual documents, on plats, and in condominium and homeowner association documents,” says Tankel. Let’s say your neighbor received an easement for their solar panels. You then cannot renovate, expand, or even plant a tree that would block your neighbor’s sunlight access.
  • Can easements be challenged?“Easements can be challenged by [property] owners under specific circumstances,” says Tankel. You would need to go to court to make that happen. If the easement holder agrees to terminate, it should be easy. In some cases, easements have an expiration date, which also would make ending the easement fairly easy. But other cases are more difficult.For instance, you might have heard of “squatter’s rights.” There’s a legal term for this: “prescriptive easement.” This happens when a person has been openly using their neighbor’s property for a certain length of time (which typically varies by state) without the owner’s permission. This type of easement isn’t on a title report, so buyers would most likely need to do a physical inspection to uncover an easement of this type, according to Tankel. If you see your neighbors sunning themselves on a dock they constructed on your future lakefront property or they’ve put up a fence on your potential land, those would be big clues. “Prescriptive easements can be challenged by allegations that [the land] has been abandoned,” says Tankel. In this case, it might be a good idea to consult with a real estate attorney for advice.

The bottom line on easements

It’s within your control to buy a house with an easement, so do your homework! “Buyers need to exercise due diligence to make sure they know the extent of any possible easements,” says Tankel.

How to Get Wax Out of Carpet and Other Halloween Cleanup Hacks

November 2nd, 2018

Steve Hollander – Hollander Real Estate
Houselogic – by Lisa Kaplan Gordon

Cleaning egg off your house is the first thing to tackle. The wax can wait.

A week ago you were worried about how to get spooky outdoor Halloween decorations into your life, but now you want to get the ickiest holiday of the year out of your house.

Those melting candles, special makeup effects, and sticky treats have taken a toll on your home. Here’s how to get wax out of carpet and other tricks for post-Halloween cleanup:

Cleaning Egg Off Your House

Sun-baked yolks can stain your siding, so get started right away. Hose the mess off the house, spraying above the egg so the falling water can wash it away. If that doesn’t do the trick, wash it off by hand with dish soap and warm water. While learning how to remove egg from house siding, consider if it’s time for a more comprehensive cleaning.

Removing Toilet Paper from Trees

Pull down the paper with a rake or blast it away with a leaf blower. Wet toilet paper is a beast to remove, so wait until the sun evaporates dew. But if there’s rain in the forecast, start removal right away.

Getting Wax Out of Carpet

Trying to remove hot wax will only cause it to spread. Once it has cooled, break up the wax with a dull knife. Cover remaining bits with a paper towel or rag, and press a warm iron to the area. Replace the towel frequently to avoid spreading the wax.

Getting the Ick and Grime Off Doorknobs

After a night of being touched by little sticky fingers, your door fixtures have probably lost some luster. Restore the shine with a spritz of hydrogen peroxide.

Removing Halloween Makeup From Upholstery and Carpet

If only learning how to get wax out of carpet solved all your floor problems. The good news is many commercial carpet and upholstery cleaners can remove makeup, too. Blot the stain starting from its outer edge and working to the center. Always test the cleaner first on a small spot to make sure no color from the carpet is transferred to the white cloth.

Getting Your Porch Clean

All those grimy pirate boots and well-worn ballet slippers can leave a porch filthy. Remove planters and deck furniture, sweep the deck, then spray it down. If your porch is wood, remember that regular deck care protects your favorite place to kick back.

Cleaning Up Candy Wrappers and Other Litter

The leaf blower is your friend. It will corral candy wrappers, litter, leaves, and other debris without breaking your back.

Repairing Damaged Walls

If you decorated inside with a little too much holiday abandon, you might regret all the new holes you created once the festivities are over. Easy fix: Fill the hole with a piece of cosmetic sponge and spackle.

And One Final Tip to Banish Halloween’s Mess…

Halloween costumes lose their appeal around November 2. Don’t let them stick around to clutter the place up. While you’re purging, get rid of summer clothing (and costumes!) you or your kids have outgrown.

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