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Friday, July 27, 2012

The South Florida housing market has experienced a significant slump the past six years, which has discouraged novice real estate investors. However, with consumer confidence growing, low purchase prices abound, there is no better time to become an investor and look for an opportunity to buy, renovate, or resell for profit.

Bristol Properties International has a team of real estate experts that are experienced and trained to identify investment-grade properties from a flip to a long-term buy and hold strategy. Deborah Bacarella, Bristol Boca Raton's Regional Manager, represents a property in Pine Tree Golf and Country Club that will likely sell to an investor with intentions of gutting the property. She said, "the asking price is for the value of the land, roof, and pool. With a little updating the buyer could see a dramatic return on investment."

Bristol Properties International Agents can assist investors statewide locate the right property in their price range, from luxury communities to inexpensive town homes. Call today to learn more about Bristol's strategies for a successful investment, call (561) 347-1303 in Boca Raton or call (239) 352-6400 in Naples and Bonita Springs.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Bristol Properties International is focused on serving international buyers. Bristol has Agents from throughout the world who speak 15 different languages.

Cathy Lewis, a Bristol Realtor is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), which is a worldwide community of real estate practitioners in over 60 countries whose focus is serving international clientele. As a CIPS, Cathy has alliances with 81 national and regional cooperating associations worlwide, and can locate a network member by specific business, location and spoken language. 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."

Another Bristol Agent, Helve Massakas, attended the Trade Mission Realtor Quest 2012 in Toronto, Canada. The event included 8,000 industry representatives including banks, builders, insurers, and realtors. Helve says, "most people I met believed that Florida is a dream come true with affordable prices and lifestyle."

For more information on buying your dream home or specific international buyer questions, call Bristol Properties International at (561) 347-1303 in Boca Raton, Florida or (239) 352-6400 in Naples and Bonita Springs, Florida.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Bristol Properties International believes that home ownership matters and that there are inherent values that come with owning your own home. Deborah Bacarella of Bristol Properties says, "the benefits to you, your family, and your community are immeasurable and contribute to the fabric of our society."

At the recent 2012 National Realtor's Convention, there was a Realtor rally on the National Mall to demonstrate that home ownership is critical to the economy and to the American identity. In fact, six of the last eight recessions ending only after real estate recovered, so the Association urges policymakers to consider strengthening housing through legislation. The event had over 30,000 participants, including Bristol Properties International.

Moe Veissi, the National Association of Realtor President said, "I truly believe that Realtors are the architects of the American dream." At a time when mortgage rates are at a historical low, home inventory is moving again, now is the time to fulfill your American dream and become a home owner.

For more home buying or selling information go to, call (561) 347-1303 in Boca Raton, or (239) 352-6400 in Naples and Bonita Springs.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Thinking about buying real estate in South Florida? Most people assume you should only target foreclosure and short sale properties. While there are many great deals available when seeking low-priced distressed properties, they often are accompanied with a variety of obstacles to overcome.

Bristol Properties International is staffed with seasoned real estate professionals that can walk you through your home buying options, which goes beyond properties in financial trouble. Bristol encourages buyers to explore all housing options, including new construction.

New construction often has many features that resale homes may not offer. For example, developers use the latest, contemporary styles and offer some flexibility on design during the construction phase. New construction is often cheaper to maintain because of their use of new appliances, which equals few repairs. The appliances and home itself is also cheaper to operate because of the new, strict standards of energy efficiency in construction. Additionally, new construction offers extended warranties.
After five years, most homes begin to require costly maintenance and repair. For a home that is twenty-five years or older, you could realistically spend more than $130,000 to bring that home to "like new" condition. But that does not include redecorating or making structural changes.

Additional benefits to buying new construction are that the developments are designed to create a cohesive neighborhood with consistent layouts and common areas. Also, these developments frequently have a homeowner's association, which helps protect resale value. Of course, the deciding factor could simply come down to the fact that "no one had lived in the house before us, so we won't inherit any problems."

Envision your dream home. Now let the Realtors of Bristol Properties International help you find that dream home, whether new construction or just new to you. Bristol's team of professionals is ready to provide a free market analysis and answer their customers every question on available new construction, resale, or commercial properties. In Boca Raton, call (561) 347-1303 or in Naples and Bonita Springs call (259) 352-6400.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Bristol Properties International was named Real Estate Brokerage of the Year and Entrepreneur of Year in 2011, and just recently Deborah Bacarella, was named Boca Raton's Best Realtor for 2012. Within the last year, Bristol's team grew by 30 agents, who speak over 15 different languages.

What makes Bristol so different? The answer is Bristol Properties International's concierge approach to anticipating their customer's needs, which has led to the creation of the Bristol Family of Services. Bristol is committed to providing a full-service approach to all your luxury real estate needs. It offers in-house personal property sale services, where Bristol auctions fine art, collectables, antiques and other fine items. Lastly, Bristol Financial provides the appropriate insurance protections and financial products to secure your greatest assets.

Stop by Bristol's Boca office at 253 East Palmetto Park Road, and find out why the company has been winning all these awards. Bristol is staffed with seasoned real estate professionals, but always looking for new Realtors. In Boca Raton, call (561) 347-1303. To learn about the Bristol Opportunity in Naples or Bonita Beach, call (239) 352-6400.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

We are sure you have heard the stories or seen news specials about those unwanted treasures, boxed in everyone's attic. Recently, I visited a client's house, while in the midst of a downsize move. I was told to look around and take anything that may have some value; otherwise everything would be thrown in the trash because the clients would not have room in their new place. I packed several boxes of items to take back to the office to save the customers a trip to the garbage, and with the hopes that some of their items would be worth more than initially anticipated.

We listed a large variety of our client's items, anything from Lladro figurines and Daum Crystal to comic strip art that had occupied wall space for the past thirty years. I remember the last thing the customer told me before I placed the final box in my car was, "hopefully we have a little treasure in our junk." Within the first few weeks, Bristol sold nearly all of the offerings and exceeded their price expectations. One item in particular made her day. We opened bidding on a working proof of a 1970's comic book at $9.99 and closed the auction with a final hammer price of $22,100. After thrilling the customer, she thanked us and mentioned, "I guess you found our hidden treasure."
With multiple locations in Southeast and Southwest Florida, Bristol's highly trained, professional staff can assist you by turning your own unknown treasures into cash.
Bristol Trading Company offers a unique twist in the auction business, and makes selling your valuables extremely easy. The company literally handles everything involved in the sale process. Your offerings are processed through our valuation system, professionally photographed, descriptively listed, and placed into the most appropriate auction venue. Bristol manages payment and ships your sold items- then issues you a check. We specialize in marketing fine art, antiques, collectibles, silver, china, fine jewelry and watches, electronics, automobiles, and real estate- from selling a single exquisite item to a complete estate, Bristol Trading Company is the Intelligent, Effortless Way to Auction.

Bristol recently was contracted to sell two series of very rare sculptures commissioned by the Vatican. If you are interested in learning more, call 561-347-1303 right away to learn how to purchase these historical and valuable items.

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