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Price Reduced - 2050 NW 125th Te

by Justin Willard

Just Updated May 25th | Drastic price reduction in Pembroke Falls!

2050 NW 125th Terrace in Pembroke Falls

Reduced to $320,000, this beautiful one-story pool home. Close to I75 and shopping.

Features:

  • Bahama roof
  • Pool, patio
  • Fence
  • Formal dining
  • Hurricane Shutters
  • Appliances include dishwasher, garbage disposal, washer, dryer, microwave, refrigerator

Contact Justin Willard at (954) 745-4735 to be the first to see this property at this reduced price.

New Home Listing Alerts for Pembroke Falls

Listing courtesy of Home Sales Realty Group, LLC

1420 NW 144th Ave, Pembroke Pines, Fl

by Justin Willard

Price Reduction Announcement

1420 NW 144th Ave in Pembroke Falls has been reduced to $385,000. A must see clean 2, 644 sq. ft home. Lots of space!1420 NW 144th Ave, Pembroke Pines, FL

Features

 

  • Bright and open Malibu floor plan
  • Water front
  • Tile and laminate floors
  • First-level master suite
  • Pantry, stainless appliances
  • Walk-in Closets
  • Double Front Entry
  • Sliding glass door to relaxing scenic patio

Contact Justin Willard at (954) 745-4735 to be the first to see this property at this reduced price.

New Home Listing Alerts for Pembroke Falls

Listing courtesy of Charles Rutenberg Realty, LLC

Are there still tax benefits in buying in this economy?

by Justin Willard

If you are old enough to remember Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In… "You can bet your sweet bippy".Tax Benefits

OK, granted with the fall in the economy and house values dropping as they have done, certain areas of the tax code have become somewhat ineffectual for most people.  However, having said that, consider these points;

  1. The Purchase: Most of your expenses are not deductible with one major exception and that is interest.  The IRS says you can deduct interest in the year that it is paid.  If you purchase on any day other than the 1st of the month, you will be paying some interest.  Look at line 901 on your HUD Statement.  Further, the IRS says that loan discount points and origination fees are tax deductible to the buyer.  And here is the best part – irrespective of who pays!  This one is a real windfall and a bit unusual and unexpected.
  2. Mortgage Interest: Generally, this is deductible and in the beginning of your mortgage, your monthly repayment is largely interest, so this can start to add up over the year.  There is another deduction, but in the current economy, you may find it useful yet it is worthwhile noting for future years.  You can also claim a deduction for interest on an additional $100,000 of mortgage debt used for any purpose.  This is what's know as your Home Equity Loan and I probably don't need to explain to you why this one is a little redundant at the moment, so keep it in the back of your mind for later.
  3. The Sale: Here is the good news – couple's can sell their principal residence and earn up to $500,000 and pay no federal tax whatsoever (single's get $250,000)  And the bad news at the moment, in this economy that is not likely to help many people.  However, in time, as the economy recovers, this is another huge benefit of buying a home.  Most states recognize the federal exclusion, so you put the cash away tax-free.  You don't have to re-invest, you don't have to be age 55, and you can do this every two years forever.

Disclaimer: Please note, this is not meant as Tax or Financial advice and as always you should consult your Tax Professional before making any decisions.

Now that you have some ideas on what income tax advantages there might be for you, let's look at the market update for this month in Towngate.

Currently there are 19 active listings available for you to choose, ranging from very comfortable 3 bedroom homes up to spacious 5 bedroom homes.  On average, these homes are being offered at the $308,500 bracket giving you a $128 / sq ft price.  Knowing this square footage price is a great way to make estimates as a rule of thumb, but we at The Willard Realty Team are always available to help you work out the finer details.

Since January 1st there has been a total of 19 closings with an average sale price of $240,467.  The lowest selling property during this period sold for $165,375 while the top of the market closed at $328,000.  More recently, in the last 30 days, we have seen 7 closings and these have averaged a sale price of $241,071 showing very little movement in prices from the year to date figures.

Get ahead of the crowd - be the first to hear about new listings and sign up for our email service.  Let us do the work for you and keep you informed via email.  You can opt out at any time.  Or perhaps you are thinking of selling.  Then you will want an analysis of your approximate home value delivered direct to your inbox so you can make an informed decision.

Call now on (954) 745-4735 and speak with Justin or Claudia Willard for first hand advice.

Spring Valley School District

by Justin Willard

One of the nice things about moving to Spring Valley is the quality of our schools.  New homeowners with school-aged children will have the opportunity to enroll their children in Silver Palms Elementary, Walter C. Young Middle or Charles W. Flanagan High Schools.Silver Palms Elementary

Silver Palms Elementary is located at 1209 NW 155th Avenue and is already preparing for the end of school year on June 9th.  Being a forward thinking establishment, the school has implemented a summer program to bridge the learning gap between June and August.  They definitely live up to their mission statement "to involve and inspire the entire school community." 

If your child attends Walter C Young Middle School, you will have taken part in a Parental Survey.  This is an annual event and your responses help the school in the development of the School Improvement Plan.

And for our graduating students over at Charles W Flanagan High School, tomorrow night and next week are Awards nights in the Auditorium.

Underclass Awards Night May 17, 7.00pm and Senior Awards Night May 24, 7.00pm

 

If you are not already a homeowner in Spring Valley, you probably want to be so let's look at this month's market update.  The Spring Valley weather is perfect this time of year, so we invite you to come and inspect our listings.

Currently there are 14 available listings in Spring Valley of 3 and 4 bedroom homes.  These range in size from 1,637 to a roomy 3,014 sq ft.  The average asking price for these homes is $302,629.  That calculates out to an average of $136 / sq ft.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been 11 closings and average Days of Market is sitting at just slightly over 80 days.  These 3 and 4 bedroom homes have been closing with an average sale price of $254, 036.  However, in the last 30 days one property has closed with a sale price of $260,000 for a 4-bedroom home of 3.091 sq ft.

With these great prices and the amenities of the Spring Valley, it is no wonder More Americans Flock to the South and West

Do you have any questions or comments?  Come and join the conversation and 'like' our fan page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Or, you can always contact Claudia Willard directly.

Call now - 954.745.4735

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Local Shopping Center and Mall

by Justin Willard

If you are out and about, enjoying the beautiful Pembroke lakes and now you would like to indulge in a little retail therapy that the City of Pembroke Pines has to offer, why not try The Shops at Pembroke Gardens.The Shops at Pembroke Gardens

The Shops at Pembroke Gardens is a distinctive open-air center offering unique shopping and dining.  As a resident or visitor to Pembroke Isles, it is conveniently located at Pines Boulevard.  There you will find notable retailers, including Ann Taylor Loft, Barnes & Noble, Sephora, and White House | Black Market, as well as restaurants such as BRIO Tuscan Grille and Village Tavern.

The Shops at Pembroke Gardens is located just east of I-75 in Pembroke Pines on 145th Avenue.  From the Club Pembroke Isles, via Pines Blvd it is less than 15 minutes away.

So, whether you are shopping for something at Pembroke Gardens or something a little larger like one of our featured properties for sale in our beautiful gated communities, we invite you to drop by our office.  We love to have visitors and we love to tell you about the current market not only in Pembroke Isles, but also in anyone of our communities.  We pride ourselves on being the local experts for the City of Pembroke Pines.

Reviewing last month's Market Update for Pembroke Pines, we see this month that inventory has held steady with 11 active listings.  These still comprise a good selection of 3 and 5 bedrooms and square footage from just over 1000 sq ft up to a roomy 3,500 sq ft.

5 of these listings are showing a price reduction of an average of 6%, indicating if you were in the market last month seeking to buy, then perhaps you should call us on (954) 745-4735 to take a second inspection.

Since the beginning of this year, 10 properties have closed with an average selling price of $260,481.  Over this period, the average days on market is 94.8.  More recently, in the last 30 days, there have been 4 closings averaging $300,850 and the days on market is greatly reduced at 25.25.

To learn more about this community, contact the experts at The Willard Realty Team.

Want to be the first to hear about our new listings?  Let us do the work for you and keep you informed via email.  Or get an analysis of your approximate home value delivered direct to your inbox.

Call now on (954) 745-4735 and speak with Justin or Claudia Willard for first hand advice.

Pembroke Falls Helth Fair

by Justin Willard

Pembroke Falls Health and Wellness Day

Pembroke Falls - Health and Wellness Day

On Saturday, June 4th, 2011, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, the community of Pembroke Falls, located in Pembroke Pines, FL will host a Health and Wellness Day.  Residents will have the opportunity to engage many valuable services such as:

Cholesterol Screening

Blood Pressure Screening

Osteoporosis Risk Assessment

Smoking Prevention

Healthy Organic Cooking Demo

Yoga Demonstration by Janet Wampler

Water Safety Demo by Just Swim

 

Kids Corner

Teddy Bear Clinic

Poison Prevention

Child I.D.

Bounce House for Fun and More!

 

Don't miss the chance to get and stay healthy at Pembroke Falls.

 

Event sponsored by Memorial Hospital Miramar and The Willard Realty Team: Clauida & Justin Willard, Keller Williams Elite Properties.

If you would like to know more about the community of Pembroke Falls please visit our web site at www.PembrokeFallsRealEstate.com

Pembroke Falls Memorial Day Celebration

by Justin Willard

Memorial Day Celebration Pembroke Falls 2011

 Pembroke Falls

 Memorial Day Celebration

 2011

Join us on Monday, May 30th

at the Pembroke Falls Clubhouse Pool

from 12:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.

for our annual Memorial Day Poolside

Music Party!

FREE

 
LIVE D.J. - Fun & Games

Live Karate Demo by our award

winning Pembroke Falls Class!

 
Giveaways sponsored by

The Willard Realty Team:

Claudia & Justin Willard
  

 

Keller Williams Elite Properties

  

 

 To learn more about what makes Pembroke Falls a great place to live please visit www.PembrokeFallsRealEstate.com

8 Ways to save money on electric bill

by Justin Willard

Summer is coming and the days are warming up in Laguna Isles and many of us are thinking, how to save money on your electric bill.  Thanks to American Home Shield, here are 8 tips.

1. An air conditioner set at 70 degrees can cost twice as much to operate as one set at 78 degrees.  Raise the thermostat by 2 degrees above its normal setting.  You’ll still be comfortable, and your pocketbook will thank you.

2. Set the thermostat to 80 degrsave money on electric billees when you’ll be out of the house for several hours and lower it when you return.  However, don’t shut the air conditioner off; it’s less efficient to cool the house back down than to leave it set at a higher temperature.

3. A ceiling fan uses about as much energy as a 100-watt bulb, but it can make a room feel up to eight degrees cooler.  In summer, blades should turn counterclockwise, pushing air downward to create a cool breeze.

4.  Keeping windows closed and curtains drawn during the day can reduce cooling costs by 30%.

5. Lights, computers, and televisions all generate heat.  Turn them off when they’re not in use.

6. Get your air conditioner serviced before you need to turn it on to avoid the rush in service calls made to air-conditioning repair companies on the first hot day of the year.

7. Create shade for the outdoor part of your AC unit, but keep the area around the exterior unit clear of leaves, bushes, and other obstructions to ensure adequate airflow.

8. Clean or replace the air filter monthly.  Clogged, dirty filters block airflow and make a unit work much harder.  A clean filter can save up to 10% on your bill.

Source: American Home Shield

Now that you can save money on your electric bill, let's look at the market update for Laguna Isles!

Currently there are 7 active listings in this beautiful gated community.  You will have a choice between 3 and 4 bedroom homes, priced to suit a quick sale.  Listing prices range from a low of $245,000, which is an incredible $68 / sq ft up to a higher, yet still affordable $398,000.  The average size of these homes is approximately 2,500 sq ft.

Three homes have had reductions in their listing price, dropping on average 2.5% however there was one property that has had an 8.5% increase.

Since the beginning of this year we have seen a total of 4 closings with an average selling price of $315,625 achieving 93% of the listing price.  Days on market have been just a little shy of 55 days.  At the moment, closings have been a little quiet with no closing in the past 30 days.

Get ahead of the crowd - be the first to hear about new listings, sign up for our email service.  Let us do the work for you and keep you informed via email.  You can opt out at any time. Or perhaps you are thinking of selling.  Then you will want an analysis of your approximate home value delivered direct to your inbox so you can make an informed decision.

Call now on (954) 745-4735 and speak with Justin or Claudia Willard for first hand advice.

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Love letters reveal innocent times...

by Justin Willard

As we look at the market update this month, it is always nice to look to our past and see what it reveals.

Elizabeth Taylor's love letters to William Pawley, 90, now of Pembroke Pines, Florida, on display. Photo: REUTERS

Back in 1949, a young Elizabeth Taylor and her mother were on holiday in Miami Beach as guests of millionaire William Pawley Senior, a US ambassador to Brazil and aviation entrepreneur.  Mr. Pawley Senior had a son, also named William, and Elizabeth and the young William spent many an hour poolside as Elizabeth fell "head over heals" in love!

Now a month or so after Elizabeth Taylor's passing, the "never-before-seen" love letters are up for auction.  William Pawley, 90, now of Pembroke Pines, Florida, kept Taylor's letters and has now decided to sell them.  He told collectors at a viewing on Tuesday ''I have never got over Elizabeth.''

The bundle of letters are written on pink, blue and ivory paper - some on Taylor's MGM studio stationery, or on her private stationery, embossed with Elizabeth at the top.

According to Bobby Livingston, the auction company's vice-president of sales and marketing, before Taylor's death, the letters were valued between $US25,000 and $US30,000.  You can bid on these love letters at RRAuction.com

OK, back to the real world!  What is happening here in Keystone Lake this month?

There are 3 active listings comprising all of three bedroom homes averaging 1.760 sq ft in size.  Expect to find these homes asking $268,000 or $153 / sq ft.

The year-to-date closings have totaled 4 properties, with an average sale price of $244,250.  These have mostly been 3 bedroom homes of 1,895 sq ft.  Two of these closing have occurred in the last 30 days with a higher average sale price of $252,500.

As was mentioned in last month's market update, Keystone Lakes offers a good selection of floor plans, one of which is the Athens.

Want to be the first to hear about new listings?  Let us do the work for you and keep you informed via email.  Perhaps you are thinking of selling.  Then you will want an analysis of your approximate home value delivered direct to your inbox.

Call now on (954) 745-4735 and speak with Justin or Claudia Willard for first hand advice.

1571 NW 139th Ave Returns to Active Status

by Justin Willard

1571 NW 139th Ave, Pembroke Pines, FLRenovated Kingston Model in Pembroke Falls!

This beautiful home at 1571 NW 139th Ave has just been returned to Active status with an lowered price of $445,900.

Features include recently upgraded marble tile, wood floors, upgraded kitchen cabinetry, Whirpool stainless steel appliances, upgraded bathrooms, granite countertops, chandeliers, fixtures and more. Large back yard with gorgeous lake views.

Contact Justin Willard at (954) 745-4735 to be the first to see this property which has returned to the market.

New Home Listing Alerts for Pembroke Falls1571 NW 139th Ave, Pembroke Pines, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listing courtesy of Exit Metroquest Realty

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