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Friday, February 08, 2019   /   by Andy Mandel

How Filing for Homestead Can Help You Save Big on Taxes

Homestead was added to the Florida Constitution in 1992, and it protects your primary residence from creditors as well as lowers your taxes. On your homesteaded property, the county will take your assessed value and subtract $50,000 to get your taxable value. For example, if you have a $400,000 home, they’ll base your taxes off $350,000. This is a substantial savings you should take advantage of if you can.

On top of this, it puts a cap on how much the county can increase the assessed value of your home, maxing out at whichever is less: the consumer price index(CPI) or 3%. For example, if you bought a property for $100,000 in 2018 and it’s now worth $125,000, the county can only assess it at $103,000. This compounding effect can build up—if the market keeps rising but your assessed value can only go up by 3% each year, your taxes will stay low.

If you decide to sell, the next buyer will be able to assume your tax base for the remainder of the year. This ...

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Thursday, January 24, 2019   /   by Andy Mandel

2018 Real Estate Market Recap and 2019 Predictions

Today we’ll be going over what we saw in our real estate market throughout 2018, as well as give some predictions for what may be coming in 2019. In our recap, we’ll be focusing exclusively on single-family homes here in Coral Springs, but similar things are happening in the surrounding areas.

New inventory in our market has increased 8% from 2017. We’d been seeing a steady decline over the last few years, and this new change brings good news for buyers. Closed deals fell 4% in 2018, so while more homes are coming onto the market, fewer are selling.

The median home price at the end of 2018 was $405,000—a 5.69% increase year to year. Our days on market is down by about 5 days, and it now takes around 35 days to sell a home. Currently, in January 2019, we have 3.12 months’ worth of inventory. Six months of inventory means a balanced market; anything less is a seller’s market and anything more is a buyer’s.

We’re in the sam ...

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018   /   by Andy Mandel

Help Us Help 75 Families Buy or Sell a Home in 2019

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We’ve set a New Year’s resolution to help 75 families buy or sell a home in 2019, and we need your help to do it.

If you know anyone thinking about making a move in 2019, we would love it if you introduced us to them so we can ensure that they get the best service possible. No matter when they plan on buying or selling, we want to get in touch with them early and help them prepare for this transition.

Thank you so much for your help, and we hope you have a great 2019! If you have any New Year’s resolutions you want to share with us, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d love to catch up.

As always, if you have any real estate questions for us or you yourself are thinking about buying or selling a home in 2019, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We’d love to help.  

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Thursday, December 13, 2018   /   by Andy Mandel

The Mandel Team Hopes You Have a Fantastic Holiday Season

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I hope you have a very happy holiday season this year. Whatever you’re celebrating, I hope you enjoy this time spent with your family, friends, and loved ones. I also want to thank all of our past clients, friends, and supporters who have helped us serve 61 families in South Florida this year. We’re very thankful for all of you this year. 

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018   /   by Andy Mandel

Does It Cost Anything for Buyers to Use a Realtor?

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People ask me all the time whether it costs anything for buyers to work with a Realtor. Usually, the answer is no. In the state of Florida, commissions are typically paid by the seller. This means that having an experienced Realtor by your side, which is an essential component to your success, comes at no cost. Having the guidance of a real estate professional is crucial if you want to earn the best possible deal.

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