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Creating an Outdoor Meditation Space

Thursday, April 26, 2018

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Benefits of Meditation

There are many benefits to a regular meditation practice. For example, consistent meditation reduces stress, improves concentration, and slows the aging process. Meditation also increases the number of disease fighting genes in our bodies in as little as a few months. What’s not to love?

Identifying a Meditation Space

Take a few moments to look around your outdoor space. Is there a tree you feel a particular affinity to? Does your balcony have a neglected corner that could be put to good use? You don’t need a lot of space for mediation, however, adding a few items meaningful to you can enhance the experience. Meditation calls for quieting the mind. While many people envision meditators in the seated lotus position, this is not the only position used for meditation. If you have the space to accommodate it, and you are interested, a hammock is a lovely space for meditation. There is no “right way” to identify a meditation space. You just want a place that is easy to get to appealing to your senses.

Adding Objects of Meaning

Once you have identified a peaceful spot, consider adding some items that will enhance your meditation experience. Perhaps you find water soothing. If so, consider adding a fountain or other water element. You may find wind chimes enhance your experience. Consider adding a small rock altar for burning incense.

You may want to install a few paving stones, or you may find you prefer the feel of the earth underneath you while meditating. Some people invest in a few outdoor cushions, making seating more comfortable. You may prefer to meditate seated on a chair or bench.

Creating a space that appeals to you increases the likelihood you will go there and meditate. Take some time to determine what is most appealing to you. And enjoy!

Looking for a New Outdoor Space?

If you are looking for a new outdoor living space, perhaps one that accommodates your desire for an outdoor meditation space, contact Global Life Realty. We can help you find a space that suits you and your needs, as well as the needs of your family. We love South Florida, and we love real estate. This positions us to be the perfect partner for all your real estate needs.Give us a call today.


Timing the Market - What You Need to Know

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

First and foremost, experts say you can’t time the market to perfection. In other words, you will never be able to buy with absolute confidence that the market is at an all time low. Similarly, you will never be able to sell with absolute confidence that the market is at an all time high. That said, there are certain things you should know when buying and selling real estate.

Understanding the Market

There are three types of markets:

  • Buyer’s market, where there are more homes for sale than buyers in the market;
  • Seller’s market, where there are more buyers than there are available homes on the market; and
  • Neutral market, where the number of buyers and sellers is approximately equal.

Home Sales in a Buyer’s Market

In a buyer’s market, buyers can expect lower home prices. Buyers can also request concessions from the seller, such as asking the seller to pay closing costs. Buyers can also request pest inspections, a home warranty, or roof certifications. Buyers have the luxury of extending an offer contingent on selling the buyer’s current home.

When buying in a seller’s market, buyers are at a disadvantage. For example, because multiple offers are common, a home’s list price may be just the starting point for purchase negotiations. Sellers are less inclined to agree to pay for inspections or closing costs. Further, sellers don’t have to agree to contingent offers, as they are likely to also get offers without contingencies.

Home Sales in a Seller’s Market

Conversely, when selling in a seller’s market, sellers are at liberty to ask a higher price for their home, because there are fewer choices for buyers. They are more likely to sell the home “as is,” without inspections or concessions as you might expect in a buyer’s market.

Selling in a buyer’s market ensures a lower price as a rule. Sellers must be willing to make repairs or expect to provide the buyers with money to repair things around the home. Sellers have less control of the transaction, due to market saturation.

Imperfect Timing

While you may never be able to time a home sale to the absolute peak or low point of a market, you can make some educated choices. If you have the luxury of time, you can ensure an advantage, whether you are a buyer or a seller.

If You Are Considering Buying or Selling a Home

If you are considering buying or selling a home, contact Global Life Realty. We are happy to work with you, setting reasonable expectations and discussing your buying and selling goals. South Florida has some of the finest real estate worldwide. From luxury condominiums to family homes, we have access to the perfect property for you and your family.


Does a Pool Increase the Value of Your Home?

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Installing an in-ground pool at your home is a big investment. First, there is the excavation and installation of the pool itself. Next, if there isn’t already a privacy fence, keeping out unwanted pool hoppers and unsuspecting toddlers, this must be erected. (A barrier, either a fence, dwelling wall, or non-dwelling wall that completely obstructs access to the pool is the law in Florida.) Finally, landscaping can increase the cost of a pool.

When selling a home, the fact that there is a pool will be listed by your real estate agent. Obviously, for those looking for a pool on their property, this is a big advantage. The fact you have gone to the time and trouble to install a pool means they don’t have to. This could push your property to the top of someone’s “must see” list. It may even result in a faster sale of your home.

However, there is also a contingent of the population, (even in sunny Florida) who have no use for a pool whatsoever. They may see it as an inconvenience, as it requires ongoing maintenance. They may see it as a liability if they don’t swim and have no others in the family with an interest in swimming. Or they just may see it as an obstacle to their desire for a vast expanse of lawn.

Consider a Different Question

While certain investments, such as a new roof or an upgraded air conditioning system are generally agreed upon as valued improvements, the same cannot be said for installing a pool. Consequently, home owners are encouraged to consider a different question. How much would an in-ground pool enhance the quality of your life right now? Do you see yourself and your family enjoying the pool while you are living at the property? How long do you intend to stay there?

If an in-ground pool will enhance your quality of life by bringing you joy, making your home the logical “hang out spot” for your resident teenager, or provide a relaxing form of exercise, and you can afford it, then by all means, install a pool at your earliest convenience.

However, if you are considering installing a pool just to potentially increase your home’s value, odds are, it isn’t the best investment of your home improvement dollars.

If You Are Looking for a New Home

If you are looking for a new home, contact Global Life Realty. We love south Florida, and we would love to help you find the perfect home for you. Whether you are looking for a property with a private pool, or one that has other features you find attractive, we can help you find the perfect property in a location that suits your needs and the needs of your family.


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