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Come Out to Celebrate Loud and Proud This Weekend at the Stonewall Pride Festival in Wilton Manors

Stonewall-2015-Logo-FinalThis Saturday, June 17, 2017 is the Stonewall Pride Festival and Parade on Wilton Drive. This annual street party brings out thousands of people, gay and straight, to celebrate and enjoy live music and performances plus the parade that starts at 4PM. For those in the gay community, this annual event is a time to reflect on how far we’ve come in achieving equal rights and how much work there is yet to do. But it’s also time to enjoy and celebrate all the diversity that makes up out modern gay community. If you’re gay, or just one of our gay-friendly friends, come out this weekend and celebrate with us. Jeremy and I will be at our NEW RE/MAX Experience office at 1103 NE 26 ST Wilton Manors 33305 from 9 – noon on Saturday and then will be at the RE/MAX Experience booth on Wilton Drive near 21st Court from 2-4 pm. We will have some fun promotional items and “rainbow treats” for everybody who stops by, plus we’ll have a drawing for some $50 Rosies gift cards for all who enter. Don’t let it rain on your parade, we’ll be there rain or shine. See you Saturday!

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Preparing Your Vacation Rental Property for Summer

061016_SummerVacation-900x495About half a million Americans buy a second home each year. If you are like many of these fortunate second homeowners, you may be considering renting your second property this summer to generate extra income. Before you jump into the rental market, be sure to take these steps:

Where to list your rental property
Before you list your unit for renters, you should do research on where renters are finding properties to rent in your region and how much to charge. You’ll want to make sure that it’s legal to rent out your property and understand what steps and payments are required (check with your city and county for regulations). Condominiums and HOAs may limit vacation rentals as well.

It’s important to know how involved you want to be in coordinating with your renters. You can consider listing your property on multiple marketplace platforms or just stick to one. Some second home owners choose to delegate the renting process to a third party property manager. The property manager takes a portion of your income in exchange for finding renters and making sure the home is cleaned and maintained after each use. If you don’t hire a property manager, you’ll have to get the keys to and from renters–consider adding a keycode combination lock to your door, which will make things much easier for everyone.

Seasonal and Vacation Home Property Insurance
Even if you choose to use a third-party marketplace like Airbnb or VRBO, you could still be liable for any injuries or damage to your second home caused by a visitor or renter, and your standard homeowners’ insurance may not apply. You will want to make sure your current insurance covers rental properties (landlord insurance). The policies are often available from most insurance carriers and can be purchased as add-on policies.

Safety Features
You may want to consider installing burglar and fire alarms in your second home if there will be times that the property is unoccupied. While law often requires smoke alarms, an alarm system will notify the fire department and/or police while you are gone. You may also get a discount on your insurance for having these two systems in place.

If you have a pool, make sure that it is secured by either a fence or a safety cover. Small children and animals can quickly drown, and renters may not be aware of the dangers. Before renting out your property, make sure all hazards are mitigated or at least marked. For example, you may want to make sure that any household cleaners or chemicals are stored appropriately.

A good tip is to be overly communicative with signage about how to operate machines like washer dryers, dishwashers, or fireplaces.

Even the most conscientious renter has been known to accidentally damage property. While it is important that your rental property not be bare and empty, too much clutter and tchotchkes can be distracting, prone to loss, and hard to clean.

Tax Tips for Rental Income
If you rent out your home for 14 or fewer days a year, then you do not need to report the rental income because the income is tax-free.

If you rent for more than 14 days, you must report all of your Rental Income, but you can deduct many of your expenses. To deduct your rental property expenses, you must determine which expenses were personal and which expenses are related to the rental property.

If you decide to rent out your property this summer, you should contact an insurance broker and a tax advisor to understand how the rental property will impact your taxes and overall liability.

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Housing Outlook for 2016

Market Outlook 2016What will 2016 bring for the housing market? If the predictions are correct, this year will be great for real estate. This month, I’m sending all our clients the information below about what should be a bright 2016 for homebuyers and sellers. Want to learn more about what this year’s real estate projections could mean for you? Give me a call! And remember, I’m never too busy for any of your referrals.

Want To Sell Your Home For Top Dollar?

Of course you do! And it’s with a little common sense, preparation and the help of a good Realtor you can do just that! The formula for getting the highest selling price for your property  is Proper Pricing, Preparation and Presentation. That’s a lot of alliteration.  But it will serve you well at the closing table! The buyers don’t care about what you want or need to get for your home.  And what other homes in the neighborhood are listed for  is also a poor guide for  what you should list your home for.  Those home haven’t found buyer either.  And don’t look at Zillow for “Zestimates” or you may be leaving thousands of dollars on the table.  If you want to sell you home for top dollar, call me for a complete market analysis comparing what other homes in your neighborhood have actually sold for in similar condition with similar features to make sure we are  priced right from the beginning so we can sell fast and for top dollar. If you’re ready to talk about selling your home, Ken Can Help!

If you’d like to read more about pricing follow this link. http://www.inman.com/2015/03/20/the-one-item-needed-to-sell-a-home-for-top-dollar/?utm_source=20150320&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailyheadlinesam  

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Ken’s Fab Digs Pic – 2709 NW 9th Avenue in Wilton Manors, FL 33311

You won’t find a better value in Wilton Manors! This totally remodeled home is done, done, done.  You’ll love this Three bedroom, Two bath Pool Home with a Remodeled Kitchen Featuring Granite Counters and High-End Stainless Appliances. Neutral Tile Flooring Flows through the Open Floor-plan Living Area. A Third Bedroom with Walls of Windows Overlooking  the Pool has a Cabana Bath and Can Be Used As a Master Bedroom or Den. A Clean and Crisply Landscaped Yard Features a Pool and Hot Tub with a Utility Shed. Newer AC unit, too.   Every Window is Hurricane Impact Rated with Custom Plantation Shutters. Interior Laundry Room off the Kitchen. Carport and Circle Driveway Offer Lots of Convenient Parking. If You Are Looking For The Best Value In Wilton Manors, Call Today to Arrange a Showing of This Really Great Home. Ken Can Help!rvw ba fr - Copy front - Copy ki2 - Copy lr4 pool2

Ken’s Fab Digs Pick: 1920 NE 1st Ter # H-106, Manor Grove Village 2, Wilton Manors, FL 33305

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It’s hard to find a completely remodeled unit within walking distance to Wilton Drive at this price! Totally remodeled from top to bottom and shows like a model in Manor Grove Village Four. From the granite and stainless kitchen with dark wood cabinetry, to the sophisticated master bathroom you’ll fall in love from the moment you walk in the door. Handsome tile floors in the living areas and beautiful carpeting in the bedroom. This corner unit has impact windows and gets lots of light. You can bring your small dog to this pet friendly building. Don’t miss this really special place to call home. Listed at $115,000.

Like to get a better look? Ken Can Help! Call me at 954-567-2222 or email me at kencanhelp@gmail.com to arrange a showing.

Freestanding Professional Office Building. 1318 SE 1st AV, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Located just 2 blocks from Broward General Medical Center and less than one mile from the Broward Courthouse, this truly unique freestanding building is perfect for a lawyer, doctor, dentist or insurance office.  Comprised of 3 offices, a conference room, large administration office, file/storage room plus a charming waiting room with fireplace. The entrance is wheelchair accessible. A lushly landscaped exterior is illuminated with commercial lighting for high viability. There’s ample parking for 5 in front with expansion potential in the rear. Near the new WAVE light rail scheduled for 2014. NFJJYX_still_fvhs NFJJYX_still_at NFJJYX_still_cr NFJJYX_still_ofc

Ken’s Fab Digs Pick: 2600 NW 9th LN, Wilton Manors, FL 33311

This totally remodeled 4 bedroom/2 bathroom home is ready for you to be the first to call home. Beautiful new kitchen with stone counters an new appliances. There’s even a wine cooler. Brand new central air too. Two on-demand tankless hot water heaters, skylights, restored terrazzo floors, screened porch and carport. Minutes to Wilton Drive, the beach or downtown Fort Lauderdale. Pet friendly too.  Fenced yard on a corner lot. All for $1900/month. 2011-08-31 15.28.592011-08-31 15.23.232011-08-31 15.16.372011-08-31 15.15.14

Florida Foreclosures Down 65%

Foreclosure or Short Sale? It's not the end, it's a new beginning!

Foreclosure or Short Sale? It’s not the end, it’s a new beginning!

If you’re still holding out to get that foreclosure bargain, you’re out of luck. Not only is the supply drying up but the locations are less desirable. Many foreclosure listings are now offered at higher list prices than the most recent sold comps in the area since FannieMae Home Path will finance properties without appraisal for as little as 3% down for owner occupied properties. So the foreclosure bargains are gone.  For now.

If you need help navigating this complicated market, Ken Can Help! Give me a call or email me and put me to work for you!

For more details on the most recent Florida Foreclosure stats visit:http://www.floridarealtors.org/NewsAndEvents/article.cfm?p=1&id=296937 

Ken’s Fab Digs Pick: 1915 NE 2nd AV #206-i, Manor Grove Village IV, Wilton Manors, FL 33305

You’ll love this sophisticated 1 bedroom/1 bath unit that shows like a model. Updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and buffet counter with additional counter space. Beautifully remodeled master bathroom. Handsome hardwood flooring  in the living areas and carpet in the bedroom. Large walk-in closet. Cool and breezy screened porch with tile flooring. Tankless hot water heater.  Manor Grove Village IV has a private pool, club room and tennis courts. An easy walk to Wilton Drive all at a great value. Listed at $115,000.

Want to see it for yourself? Ken Can Help! Call me at 954-567-2222 or email me at kencanhelp@gmail.com to arrange a showing.lr ki dr1 by3 mba2 pool tc