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Things to Do in South Florida in April

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

April will soon be upon us. Below are some fun things to do in April.

23rd Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival’s Student Showcase of Films

This red-carpet awards show April 6, 2018 is held at the World Performing Arts Center at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. It is the largest student film awards show in the state. Burt Reynolds will be presenting the Burt Reynolds scholarship. TV star and rap icon Vanilla Ice will present the Music Video Award. Other surprise celebrity presenters will also participate. This show starts at 10:30 AM, with pre-show festivities starting at 9:30 AM. This event is free and open to the public.

Art Opening, Village Design Art Gallery

Village Design Art Gallery presents Imaginary Conversations by South Florida based artist Jennifer Haley. The opening reception will be held at the Gallery April 7 from 6 PM to 10 PM. The artist relies on multiple media to create abstract works. She seeks to manifest “the merging of her inner and outer worlds, a meditation on the parallel but often conflicting experiences of internal and external identities.”

First EVER Earth Day Film Festival

The first ever Earth Day Film Festival will be held at the Pembroke Pines City Center on April 14, 2018 between 5:30 PM and 9:00 PM. Focusing on South Florida film makers, both narrative and documentary short films are presented. Topics include the environment, sustainability, and the nature of South Florida. Titles include “Poseidon’s Journey,” “Tiger Sharks Fight for Survival,” “Vessel,” “Grace,” and “Home.” Admission is free and open to the public.

56th Annual Delray Affair

The Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 56th Delray Affair from April 13 to April 15, 2018. This is one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the southeast portion of the United States. Including over 500 exhibitors over 12 blocks, you can find artists, crafters, food vendors, and the Islamorada Beer Company. This event has received awards in recognition of the eclectic mix of arts, crafts, and unique products from around the world.

This year, the Delray Affair introduces a beer and wine garden that offers live music on the corner of Atlantic and Swinton Avenue. You can find rock ‘n roll mixologists and a Johnnie Walker cocktail sampling. This year, they are also bringing back local live music. Admission is free.

If You Have Real Estate Needs in South Florida

At Global Life Realty, we love South Florida. We love the neighborhoods and we love the lifestyle. Let us help you find the home of your dreams in South Florida. Contact us today to talk about your family’s needs.

 
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Tips and Tricks for a Fast Home Sale

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tips and Tricks for a Fast Home Sale

Regardless of whether it is a seller’s market or a buyer’s market, there are things you can do to increase your odds of a fast home sale.

Price Your Home Right, The First Time

The first key to a fast sale is making sure you are pricing your home right. Forget what you heard at that cocktail party last week about that house two neighborhoods over. Every neighborhood is different. When it comes to pricing your home, engage an experienced real estate professional. We constantly study the market, looking for tips and trends. We know what sells and how fast. By pricing your home right the first time, you put yourself in optimal positioning for a fast sale. Price too high, and the home will linger on the market. Price too low, and people will wonder what is wrong with it.

Consider Your “Drive By” Appeal

If people don’t come inside, they will never know about your stunning vaulted ceilings, or your fantastic kitchen, or your incredibly relaxing spa. Take some time to consider your drive by appeal. If someone was approaching your home for the first time, would they want to enter, based on the view from outside? Or would they just drive by? Your home’s first impression is made while potential buyers are still in the car. Consider planting something green or flowery. Purchase an attractive mailbox that matches the look of your home. Perhaps your front door needs a fresh coat of paint. Are the children’s toys a distraction? A critical eye from the street can provide valuable information about how others see your home.

Declutter, Declutter, Declutter

There are few things that can make a home look larger, but decluttering is one thing that can. Take some time to remove things from rooms that are unnecessary. Of course, this includes stacks of papers, unpaid bills, and the kids’ artwork. But it also includes extra furniture that you don’t need, your extensive paperweight collection, and excess appliances on the kitchen counter.

Rely on Professionals

Real estate agents are happy to provide professional advice on what you can do to increase the likelihood of a fast sale. Rather than guess, rely on professionals to help you during this time.

If You Are Considering Selling Your Home

At Global Life Realty, we love serving our clients, by helping them put their best foot forward. We look forward to working with you, making sure your home is in top form before putting it on the market. Then we work with our other clients, as well as other real estate agents, to find the perfect buyers for your home. Finally, we look forward to helping you find the next home of your dreams.Contact us today.

 
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Recently Purchased a Home? Trendy Colors for Your Bathroom

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Now that you have purchased your home, you want to make it yours. The easiest and least expensive way to accomplish that is to paint your bathroom. It is also small enough that it can be a quick, afternoon project.

Remember the Color Wheel

No matter what approach you take, consider the color wheel. Color schemes are from the color wheel. Colors that are across from the color wheel go together, such as purple and yellow. Colors next to each other, such as green and blue are too close and do not go together as well, often clashing. The color wheel provides good information and answers to color questions.

Use Two Neutrals

One popular color scheme involves mixing two neutral colors.Neutral color schemes create an atmosphere of serenity and calm in your bathroom. When using multiple colors, the rule of proportions applies. For two colors, use a 70% / 30% mix.

Consider Three Colors

In this scheme, use one neutral, one rich and one accent color. Again, applying the rule of proportion, use a 70/20/10 break down. The lightest color should be 70% or the decor, the second lightest 20% and the boldest 10%.

Two Contrasting Bright Colors

If you prefer a more energetic look for your bathroom, use modern, bright colors. Complementary bright colors, such as orange and blue are invigorating.

Organic Colors

Organic colors soften the hard edges found in modern bathroom.

Dark Colors

Dark colors feel warm and rich. They offer contrast when balanced with a brighter color for trim and fixtures. You may also consider using a brighter color for your bathroom accessories.

Consider the Rest of Your Home

Your bathroom is only one aspect of your home. Be inspired by the other colors of your home. For example, take an accent color that appears in another room of your home and make it the dominant color in your bathroom. Your rooms will keep their own identity, but it will improve and feel and flow of your home.

Do not worry about this decision -- have fun! If you do not like your choice, you can always change it in a few months.

Looking for a New Home of Your Own?

If you are looking for a new home of your own, contact Global Life Realty. We love south Florida. We would love the opportunity to share our knowledge and love of the area with you. Contact us today.

 
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Getting Ready to Show Your Home: Organizing Tips

Thursday, March 01, 2018

If you are even thinking of selling your home, you should know less is more when showing your home. A well organized home just sells more quickly. To some people, organization comes naturally. However, for many of us, organization is a challenge. Below are some organizing tips for your closets and your bathroom that can help you get going.

Organizing Your Closets

If you are hiring movers, bear in mind you will be paying someone by the pound to move your things. Go into your closets and start sorting. Consider categories such as keep, donate, and toss. With each item of clothing ask yourself, “Does it fit?” “Do I wear it?” (As a general rule of thumb, if you haven’t worn it in 18 months, get rid of it!) If the answer is “No” to either question, ask yourself, “Would someone else wear this?” If the answer is yes, put it in the donate pile. If the garment is hopelessly out of date, torn, missing buttons, or stained, toss it. Thinning out your clothes reduces the likelihood of having an overstuffed closet.

Next, organize your clothes by color group. Most retail stores organize clothing by color, using ROY G BIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet). This provides a guide that is easy on the eyes, and familiar to the viewer.

Consider what else is present in our closet. You may rest assured when people are viewing your home, they will want to view your closet spaces. Do you have piles and piles of shoes on the floor? Consider using the same method, asking yourself, “Do I wear these shoes?” and “Do they fit with my current wardrobe?” if the answer to either question is “No,” again consider whether the shoes would be best donated or thrown away.

Organizing the Bathroom

While many people keep their prescriptions in their bathroom, this may not be the best choice when you put your home on the market. Consider gathering your prescriptions and moving them to another location, such as a dresser drawer, or nightstand. While closets are fair game during a home viewing, the interior section of furniture is not. This step preserves your privacy and clears space. If you have small children, consider gathering tub toys and storing them in a bucket under the sink. Group non- prescription medications, such as pain relievers, antacids, and allergy medications, and place them in a basket or bin for organized storage. Finally, consider using a makeup organizer to store such items as swabs, cotton balls, hair brushes, and the like.

If You are Considering Selling Your Home

If you are considering selling your home, please consider contacting Global Life Realty. Let us lend our expertise in staging your home, identifying problem areas, and creating a plan going forward. We love South Florida and we love helping people buy and sell their homes.

 
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