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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

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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.

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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Weston Ponzi schemer's luxury items up for auction

by Justin Willard

Hope everyone is enjoying Easter 2011!  After the Easter services and the Egg Hunts with the kids, this little snippet of information might interest you. 

SunSentinel.com reports that Weston swindler Sean N. Healy lived like a rock star, well he did at least for a year.  He went on a spending spree and burnt his way through more than $10 million of ill-gotten money.

How does this interest you I hear you ask?  Well it seems there is a lot more than just homes for sale close to our Towngate community.  Here in Pembroke Pines, in a warehouse, you will find a treasure trove of luxury items, including stacks of Versace china in their original boxes, an impressive collection of signed sports and music memorabilia along with blackjack, craps and roulette tables.

Now that you have found that perfect dream home in Towngate, you might like to pick up a few items to decorate.  Next Wednesday, you could walk away with any one of those luxury items as they are auctioned off to the public.  Attention ladies!  Included in the items being auctioned off are four diamond-encrusted ladies watches designed by socialite Paris Hilton.  Not your style?  Worth a look out of curiosity perhaps.

The auction will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at Moecker Auctions, 6861 SW 196th Ave., Suite 201, Pembroke Pines.  Items can be inspected at that location from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and after 9 a.m. on the day of the auction.  Bids also will be accepted online.  Anyone interested can contact Moecker Auctions at 954-252-2887.

So before you spend all your money, let's review what the market has been doing for Towngate, Florida homes.

Presently we have 28 active listings ranging in size from 3 to 5 bedrooms.  The average listing price is an affordable $276,679.  And for you bargain hunters out there, several listing have had a reduction in their listing price.  On average, we have seen a fall of 9.6% with two properties going against the tide with large increases in listing price.

Looking at the year to date sales we see a total closings of 11 properties with 3 of those being in the last 30 days.

Compare this to last month's market update and you will notice the number of active listings has increased and the average listing price has fallen.

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.

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Americans favor walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods

by Justin Willard

That’s according to a recent study, the Community Preference Survey, by the National Association of REALTORS®.

And of all the homes for sale in Florida, we have some of the finest here in Lido Isles.

The survey also revealed that while space is important to home buyers, many are willing to sacrifice square footage for less driving.  Eighty percent of those surveyed would prefer to live in a single-family, detached home as long as it did not require a longer commute.Lido Isles

Further, the survey revealed that community characteristics are very important to most people.  When considering a home purchase, 88 percent of respondents placed more value on the quality of the neighborhood than the size of the home, and 77 percent of those surveyed want communities with high-quality schools.

Well you will certainly find that here in Lido Isles.  Imagine how relaxed you will feel as you take a stroll along the community sidewalks or the boardwalk that runs for a long stretch beside the picturesque lake.  And how happy will you be knowing your children have excellent choice of schools including Panther Run Elementary, Silver Trail Middle and Everglades High.  Or, for younger children, attend the Alex G Feteke Charter Elementary School located within walking distance of the community.

Ready to move to Lido Isles?  Great!  We have 6 active listings in Lido Isles starting with a 4 bedroom home priced at $392,289 up to a 5 bedroom home at $610,000.  There have been some substantial price reductions in some listings, so be sure to contact us to arrange an early inspection – these will not last.

Closings since the beginning of the year total 3 with an average sale price of $358,333

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.  On the other hand, 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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Where is a good place to eat? Do you like seafood?

by Justin Willard

With 143-acre lake at the center of the community, when if comes to dining why wouldn't you think of seafood?  Just a short distance from this community, located on Pines Blvd you will find Flannigan's Seafood Bar and Grill.  Just imagine how you will feel as you leave your beautiful home to take the family out for an enjoyable meal after a hard day's work.  I think I can hear the grill now!

Keystone Lake offers a good selection of floor plans, one of which is the Athens.  This is a single story home with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a 2 car garage.  Need more detail?  Click on our downloadable and printable floor plans.

The Athens floor plan

Market Update:

Currently there are only two active listings in Keystone Lakes.  You will have the choice of either a 3 or a 4 bedroom home with an average price of just $355,000.

And since the beginning of the year we have only seen one closing.  This was a 3 bedroom home of 1,648 square feet and was on the market for just 56 days.

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.

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Spring Break 2011

by Justin Willard

Aside from spring, of course, when is spring break?

Spring break actually starts for some schools in mid February and starts as late as the second week in April for a few, but most schools take spring break in March.  So -- if asking, "When is spring break 2011?" do ya actually want to know when the big weeks are?  Answer: March 7-18 (especially March 14-18), 2011.

You might find that Towngate is not going to be the epicenter of Spring break 2011, but if you are a homeowner looking to sell or if you are looking for your dream home, we would love to work with you.   Meet just one of our satisfied homeowners and hear what they have to say.

Here is a snapshot of market information in Towngate.

There are currently 23 active listings and if you are looking for a bargain, 10 of these listings have had price reductions of an average of 9.6%.  Don't wait too long though.  These will likely go quickly.

Since the beginning of this year, 6 properties have SOLD with 4 of them being waterfront homes.

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.

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Pembroke Falls Weekly Real Estate Market Update: June 20, 2010

by Justin Willard

Pembroke Falls Homes For Sale

There are currently 34 homes for sale in the community of Pembroke Falls, Pemboke Pines, Florida.   

There are 6, three bedroom homes for sale ranging in size from 1,616 sq. ft to 1,889 sf. & are priced from $278,900 to $350,000. 

There are 22, four bedroom homes for sale ranging in size from 1,914 sq ft to 4,857 sf. & are priced from $399,000 to $799,900. 

There are 6, five bedroom homes for sale ranging in size from 2,758 sf to 3,696 sf & are priced from $359,900 to $699,000. 

If you are interested in purchasing a home in Pembroke Falls and would like to be the first to know when a new homes get listed in the community log on to www.PembrokeFallsListingAlerts.com and start receiving email updates of new homes in Pembroke Falls as they hit the market.

 

Pembroke Falls Homes Sold

There have been 6 sales in the community of Pembroke Falls within the last 30 days.

Of the 6 sales 2 were three bedroom homes and 4 were four bedroom homes.

The first 3 bedroom home located on 16th Street was a Carmel model having 1,889 sf and sold for $295,000. The second 3 bedroom home located on 19th Street was a Rosewood model having 2,009 SF and sold for $299,000.

The first 4 bedroom home located on 133rd Avenue was an Eldorado model having 1,800 SF and sold for $280,000. The second located on 15th Street was a Newport 3 having 2,430 SF and sold for $300,000. The third 4 bedroom home located on 19th Street was an Esplanade model having 2,598 SF and sold for $310,000.  The fourth 4 bedroom home located on 139th Terrace was a Newport model having 2,430 sf and sold for $355,000

The Willard Realty Team’s goal is to keep you up to date with the most recent real estate trends and data for Pembroke Falls so you can make educated decisions about your real estate needs. 

If you are curious about what your home would sell for in today’s market log on to www.pembrokefallsmarketvalues2.com to receive a free over the net CMA of your home.

Feel free to contact us at 954-745-4735 with any questions you may have.

 

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