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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bristol Properties International is keenly aware of the real estate mantra: location, location, location. Bristol has adopted its own first rule of real estate, which is safety, safety, safety.

A group of Bristol Agents recently attended workshop on Realtor Safety at the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches; (RAPB) office. The keynote speaker was Andrew Wooten, an internationally acclaimed Safety and Security Consultant. Topics included personal safety in the home, office and car, children safety, social media safety concerns and identity theft prevention.

Bristol Agent, Helve Massakas, says that "one thing that particularly stuck in my mind when Andrew stated that cell phones were unsecured wireless devices! I was overwhelmed with the valuable information I was given that day." Another Bristol Agent, Irene Durocher, said "Andrew Wooten made everyone aware how easy it is to be a victim, whether thru technology or just walking down the street. The world is changing, you must be aware of your surroundings. He was a very motivational speaker and also shared self defense techniques with us."

Andrew Wooten's professional presentation was so anticipated that the event is now recorded into the Guinness Book of World Records for most participants in multiple locations attending a webinar, with 595 participants. Bristol Realtors Louise Morales and Laura Corwin are also thankful to RAPB for the workshop information and are anxious to share what they learned with their customers.

Bristol Properties International takes safety very seriously, as they have strict confidientiality standards and take actions to prevent identity theft. Bristol's offices are designed so that all professionals and their clients are safe and can feel at ease. The staff is regularly trained and updated with the latest safety measures.

Bristol's team of professionals is ready to discuss simple techniques for keeping your home safe. BPI would also be happy to provide a free market analysis and answer real estate questions. Bristol is staffed with seasoned real estate professionals, but always looking for new Realtors to grow our South Florida presence. Call 561-347-1303 in Boca Raton or 239-352-6400 in Naples or Bonita Springs to learn about the Bristol Opportunity.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bristol Properties International is keenly aware of the real estate mantra: location, location, location. Bristol has adopted its own first rule of real estate, which is safety, safety, safety.

A group of Bristol Agents recently attended workshop on Realtor Safety at the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches; (RAPB) office. The keynote speaker was Andrew Wooten, an internationally acclaimed Safety and Security Consultant. Topics included personal safety in the home, office and car, children safety, social media safety concerns and identity theft prevention.

Bristol Agent, Helve Massakas, says that "one thing that particularly stuck in my mind when Andrew stated that cell phones were unsecured wireless devices! I was overwhelmed with the valuable information I was given that day." Another Bristol Agent, Irene Durocher, said "Andrew Wooten made everyone aware how easy it is to be a victim, whether thru technology or just walking down the street. The world is changing, you must be aware of your surroundings. He was a very motivational speaker and also shared self defense techniques with us."

Andrew Wooten's professional presentation was so anticipated that the event is now recorded into the Guinness Book of World Records for most participants in multiple locations attending a webinar, with 595 participants. Bristol Realtors Louise Morales and Laura Corwin are also thankful to RAPB for the workshop information and are anxious to share what they learned with their customers.

Bristol Properties International takes safety very seriously, as they have strict confidientiality standards and take actions to prevent identity theft. Bristol's offices are designed so that all professionals and their clients are safe and can feel at ease. The staff is regularly trained and updated with the latest safety measures.

Bristol's team of professionals is ready to discuss simple techniques for keeping your home safe. BPI would also be happy to provide a free market analysis and answer real estate questions. Bristol is staffed with seasoned real estate professionals, but always looking for new Realtors to grow our South Florida presence. Call 561-347-1303 in Boca Raton or 239-352-6400 in Naples or Bonita Springs to learn about the Bristol Opportunity.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bristol Properties International is a growing, professional boutique-style real estate firm in Boca Raton. Bristol Agent, Cathy Lewis is a top producing Realtor with over a decade of experience serving the South Florida real estate market.

Cathy's professional background began with customer service and sales management, and her commitment to service is evident with the relationships she establishes with customers. Cathy is a Senior Specialist, Green Realtor, Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), and is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS). Cathy says "the CIPS designation provided me with a broader understanding of the needs of international buyers and sellers, specifically the nuances of individual countries. It has given me the confidence to reach out to real estate Agents abroad."

Specializing in the second home, vacation homes and 55+ communities, Cathy is a great resource for buying or selling your next property in Palm Beach or Broward Counties. Call Cathy Lewis or any of the professional associates of Bristol Properties International today at 561-347-1303, visit www.BristolRE.com, or stop by the office at 253 East Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bristol Properties International is a growing, professional boutique-style real estate firm in Boca Raton. Bristol Agent, Ora Lauria is a top listing Agent with over a decade of real estate experience serving the South Florida and New York markets.

Ora Lauria is originally from Israel and speaks fluent English, Hebrew, Moroccan, and Arabic. Ora moved to the United States twenty-two years ago and has enjoyed great success working with investors from Israel and throughout the world. Recently, Ora has been selling restaurants and other commercial spaces.

As a top listing Agent, Ora develops a personalized plan to efficiently and effectively sell your property. Ora works with both residential homeowners and commercial business owners to successfully sell properties throughout Palm Beach and Broward Counties. Working at Bristol Properties International, an office where colleagues speak a total of fifteen languages creates and international atmosphere that provides Ora the opportunity to serve and attract a global clientele.

Specializing in listing properties, call Ora Lauria or any of the professional associates of Bristol Properties International today at 5614-347-13033, visit www.BrisolRE.com, or stop by the office at 253 East Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bristol Properties International is now serving the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club of Boca Raton. The 'Exceptional Home Team' of Nancy Albert, Laura Corwin and Joanne Straton is an enthusiastic group of women of integrity. With combined over sixty years real estate experience serving Boca Raton and its surrounding areas, the Exceptional Home Team eagerly helps both buyers and sellers.

Nancy Albert says, "Royal Palm is unique in that it offers both golf and yachting, nearby beaches and access to the renowned Boca Raton Resort and Club. It is also one of the only luxury communities without a mandatory equity membership." Joanne Straton, daughter of success Boca Raton real estate broker Frank J. Oliver, intimately knows Royal Palm and has sold countless properties in the development dating back to the first homes sold.

Laura Corwin says, "the homes in Royal Palm are exceptional, and our team's female eye for beauty and enthusiasm set us apart." Call the Exceptional Home Team of Bristol Properties International today at 561-347-1303 or stop by 253 East Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton. For Naples or Bonita Springs luxury properties call 239-352-6400 today.

 

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Keep your emotions in check and your eyes on the goal, and you’ll pay less when purchasing a home. When negotiating a house sale, for every concession you make, ask for something in return.

Buying a home can be emotional, but negotiating the price shouldn’t be. The key to saving money when purchasing a home is sticking to a plan during the turbulence of high-stakes negotiations. A real estate agent who represents you can guide you and offer you advice, but you are the one who must make the final decision during each round of offers and counter offers.

Here are six tips for negotiating the best price on a home.

1. Get prequalified for a mortgage

Getting prequalified for a mortgage proves to sellers that you’re serious about buying and capable of affording their home. That will push you to the head of the pack when sellers choose among offers; they’ll go with buyers who are a sure financial bet, not those whose financing could flop.

2. Ask questions

Ask your agent for information to help you understand the sellers’ financial position and motivation. Are they facing foreclosure or a short sale? Have they already purchased a home or relocated, which may make them eager to accept a lower price to avoid paying two mortgages? Has the home been on the market for a long time, or was it just listed? Have there been other offers? If so, why did they fall through? The more signs that sellers are eager to sell, the lower your offer can reasonably go.

3. Work back from a final price to determine your initial offer

Know in advance the most you’re willing to pay, and with your agent work back from that number to determine your initial offer, which can set the tone for the entire negotiation. A too-low bid may offend sellers emotionally invested in the sales price; a too-high bid may lead you to spend more than necessary to close the sale.

Work with your agent to evaluate the sellers’ motivation and comparable home sales to arrive at an initial offer that engages the sellers yet keeps money in your wallet.

4. Avoid contingencies

Sellers favor offers that leave little to chance. Keep your bid free of complicated contingencies, such as making the purchase conditional on the sale of your current home. Do keep contingencies for mortgage approval, home inspection, and environmental checks typical in your area, like radon.

5. Remain unemotional

Buying a home is a business transaction, and treating it that way helps you save money. Consider any movement by the sellers, however slight, a sign of interest, and keep negotiating.

Each time you make a concession, ask for one in return. If the sellers ask you to boost your price, ask them to contribute to closing costs or pay for a home warranty. If sellers won’t budge, make it clear you’re willing to walk away; they may get nervous and accept your offer.

6. Don’t let competition change your plan

Great homes and those competitively priced can draw multiple offers in any market. Don’t let competition propel you to go beyond your predetermined price or agree to concessions—such as waiving an inspection—that aren’t in your best interest.

Call the real estate experts at Bristol Properties International today for more information on the home buying process and let a Bristol Agent find your dream home! In Boca Raton call 561-347-1303 or in Naples and Bonita Beach call 239-352-6400.

Originally Published: June 04, 2010 By: G. M. Filisko

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