Palm Beach County Real Estate Blog

I Owned This Home Before our Marriage, Isn't it Still Mine?

4 Reasons Why You May Not be able to Keep Your Pre-marital Real Estate Assets

If you owned a home before you were married, you may feel like it still is your home after the divorce. The thing is, "it depends".

What would it depend on?

The first question is, did you have a pre-nuptial agreement? Was the property addressed in your agreement? In most cases, if you owned it before marriage, it would be yours after the divorce unless any of the factors apply:

  • The name of the other spouse was added to the deed
  • The other spouse has been involved with the property
  • The value has increased due to the other spouse's efforts
  • The property was your homestead property while you were married

This is a great question...

Real Estate Lingo 101

7 Common Terms in Real Estate

Every industry has its own language and it can be confusing when buying or selling a home. Many agents speak the lingo however forget that the words don't always make sense to the client. 

There are helpful things to do to prepare before you start viewing homes like save your downpayment, improve your credit score or understand the process is helpful. The exciting news is that you don't have to do this alone. Treu Group team members have a consultative approach...

Six Living Room Design Ideas

Six Ideas For Your Living Room! 

Top Living Room Trends

The living is room one of the most used rooms in your house and its decoration is essential to captivate those who step foot in it while also staying on-trend. 

Read on to discover the latest trends in living room design while also adding some new features...

Things to Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage

Things to Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage

Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! You’re undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new home, but before you make any large purchases, move your money around, or make any big-time life changes, consult your loan officer – someone who will be able to tell you how your decisions will impact your home loan.

Below is a list of Things You Shouldn’t Do After Applying for a Mortgage. Some may seem obvious, but some may not.

1. Don’t Change...

Top 3 Busted Real Estate Myths

Top 3 Real Estate Myths 

Understanding Real Estate

It seems you can’t find a headline with the term “housing affordability” without the word “crisis” attached to it. That’s because some only consider the fact that residential real estate prices have continued to appreciate. However, we must realize it’s not just the price of a home that matters, but the price relative to a purchaser’s buying power.

Homes, in most cases, are purchased with a mortgage. The current mortgage rate is a major component of the affordability equation. Mortgage rates have fallen by over a full percentage point since December 2018. Another major piece of the affordability equation is a buyer’s income. The median family income has risen by 3.5% over the last year.

Let’s...

How to Get Your House Ready to Sell Quickly

7 tips to ensure your home sells

Selling a home is quite hard. Most especially if you’ve owned it for quite some time. For sure there are lots of souvenirs on your cabinets or coffee tables which cause your home to appear cluttered. Or perhaps, you haven't been able to maintain the exterior of your home very well. All these things can hugely impact your home's salability. Here are some tips to get your home sold in no time!

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Is Bigger Always Better?

Is a Bigger House Really Better?

If you are looking for your next home, it’s natural to assume that you should buy the biggest home you can afford. But if not, then there are other ways to maximize your investment that doesn’t include more square feet.

Bigger houses mean more expenses when it comes to repairs, utilities and maintenance. Bigger isn’t always better. If you don’t need 4 bedrooms, then why spend your money? There are many other ways to spend your money. 

View

Homes with a view will always command higher sales prices than those without. Many buyers desire to have water or golf course views to enjoy. It...

Why Hire a Real Estate Agent and Mortgage Professional during Divorce

Top Reasons to Hire a Professional

Matt Weaver from CrossCountry Mortgage talks about a sensitive and emotional topic. Divorce.

Your Trusted Team

Anytime you can have a trusted team on your side it makes it easier to make a challenging situation more manageable. Divorce is one of those times when you have the right experts it brings the results you want. Equally as important as hiring a good lawyer, having a trusted mortgage professional and trusted real estate agent is also imperative, particularly when there's real estate involved. When you hire a real estate agent, having someone that .can remain neutral and focus on your goals is key....

Top 3 Reasons Why You Need to Grow Your Home's Equity

Building Wealth with Real Estate

Real Estate is one of the fastest and most secure ways to build wealth. 83% of wealth comes from real estate equity at retirement. There has been a lot of focus on real estate appreciation over the last couple of years. Today, expert projections still forecast continued growth, just at a slower pace. One of the often-overlooked benefits of rising home prices is the positive impact they have on home equity. Let’s break down three ways this is a win for homeowners.

#1 - Real Estate Move-Up Opportunity

The opportunity in the market is the move-up buyer. With the rise in prices, homeowners naturally experience an increase in home equity. Many homeowners can sell in a seller's...

Top 5 Small Closet Staging Tips

Storage and Staging Tips for a Small Closet

If you are preparing to sell your home, you already know about the concept of staging. While most people think about pretty flowers in the front yard and the perfectly set table in the dining room, the fact is that staging is much more than nice lifestyle elements. Staging is something that should be considered throughout the home; it’s creating a scene in which your buyers can envision themselves living a beautiful life.

One of the most overlooked aspects of staging is the closet. All buyers will open drawers and closets, and when they do, you want them to see a spacious place for their belongings. Here are a few tips for staging your closet to attract buyers.

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