Just listed: 2088 Ardley Ct, Juno Beach, FL 33408 for $269,000

Just listed: 2088 Ardley Ct, Juno Beach, FL 33408 for $269,000

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The Square Grouper – The Best Watering Hole In Jupiter

I came across this video on YouTube.  The Square Grouper is one of the most popular places in Jupiter for people of all drinking ages.  It has caught the attention of a few high profile celebrities.  Alan Jackson has been known to give surprise concerts on occasion, he’s even recorded a video there.  Kid Rock has also been known to frequent the bar as well.  What makes this place so popular?  Alcohol helps, but the view from here is the best in the area.  Sit down, have a beer and enjoy the view of the Jupiter Inlet and drift away.  You wont want to leave.  It doesn’t get any better than this!

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Summer Festival on the Jupiter Riverwalk

What: Summer Festival on the Jupiter Riverwalk

When: Saturday, July 25, 12 – 7 PM

Where: Riverwalk Events Plaza, Jupiter, FL

On Coastal Way, directly under the east span of the Indiantown Road bridge along the Intracoastal Waterway (click for directions).

Parking: Along Coastal Way and in the Jupiter Yacht Club parking garage.

Admission: FREE

Info: www.jupiter.fl.us or 561-741-2623

Browse the work of artists and crafters – fine art, jewelry, sculpture.

  • Shop a one-of-a-kind merchants market featuring local merchants with home décor, apparel, accessories and gift items.  Relax and enjoy the tropical cuisine and refreshments of local food vendors.
  • Listen (and dance!) to the island band “The Reel Ting” and enjoy the performances of local dance troupes throughout the afternoon.

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Push to Increase Homebuyer Tax Credit

Great news!  There’s a big push from legislatures and businesses to increase and extend the current homebuyer tax credit.  A number of bills have been introduced into the legislature.  Some of the tax expansions include increasing the homebuyer tax credit from the current $8,000 to $15,000, extend the tax credit time frame from the end of the year, 2009 through to mid 2010, opening up the tax credit to all homebuyers and providing a $3,000 credit to homebuyers who refinance.

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Pricing your Home in a Down Market

Many questions begin to flood a homeowners mind when preparing to list their house for sale.  Should I sod the lawn?  What repairs will I need to make before I list my home?  Should I paint the inside?  All are important questions.  Especially in our current market when homes are sitting for longer periods of time.  However, pricing your home to sell is going to be the most important decision you can make.  We’re in a tough market, but no matter what kind of market, price is always going to determine if and when your home will sell.  Here’s a video from Bankrate.com to help you price your home to sell in a bad market.

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Susanne Quirk is a Realtor® with Cobblestone Realty specializing in residential homes in Jupiter, Juno Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Contact Susanne at (561) 386-0350, e-mail, or visit our website www.CobblestoneFL.com to learn more.

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The Best Kept Secret in Palm Beach Gardens

The Best Kept Secret in Palm Beach Gardens

The Best Kept Secret in Palm Beach Gardens

Anyone that knows me, knows I have a passion for food.  Although not a professional by any means, I love to cook.  In fact, I like everything about food.  I enjoy cooking classes and love to experiment in the kitchen (thankfully, my husband and children are quite forgiving!).  My bookshelves are filled with cooking magazines, books and recipes.  With that said, it is safe to say that dining out is undoubtedly something I thoroughly enjoy.

So, when a sister agent told me about the Marble Slab Creamery, I had no problem making the drive to the Shoppes at Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens for an ice cream treat.  Midtown is such a great place to be.  We have done quite a bit of business there and continue to see it as a great place to live and/or invest.  The local retail shops, eateries and restaurants attract the business professionals during the day and the trendy, hip crowd in the evening.

You’ll find the Marble Slab Creamery next to Pizza Fusion.  I have to admit, I had never heard of it before.  I’ve been to Coldstone Creamery and without a doubt, I was hooked at first bite.  But, I have to say that after my visit, The Marble Slab has become my number one choice.  I met the owner, Harsha and she definitely made the experience a great one.  In talking, we found our favorite ice cream to be the strawberry shortcake sundae.  I told her I was turned onto it at Coldstone Creamery.  She diplomatically shook her head in agreement, smiled and explained that she can make it even better and asked if she could make the sundae the way she likes it.  Not a problem, run with it!

And that she did.  She added her special touch, packaged it a little differently, and added the best tasting ice cream (it tasted just like birthday cake…yummmeee!).  It was a home run.  Mostly, I appreciated Harsha’s sincere customer service and making the trip enjoyable.  When you get a chance, stop in, say hello to Harsha and ask her to whip up a Strawberry Shortcake Sundae.  We like hearing about everyone’s experience.  Feel free to rate your experience by commenting below.

Susanne Quirk is a Realtor® with Cobblestone Realty specializing in residential homes in Jupiter, Juno Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Contact Susanne at (561) 386-0350, e-mail, or visit our website www.TheJunoBeachRealtor.com to learn more.

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Stage Your Home To Sell with Free Help From Robb & Stucky

Staging Your home to SellWe all can agree that the most important decision you can make when selling your home is pricing it to sell.  The price determines whether your home sells or sits on the market.  However, the next important factor after pricing is appearance.  A well designed, functional home where home buyers can easily see themselves living in your home will move off the market fast and for the right price.  Before you list your home for sale with a Realtor® or even if it is already listed and not selling, take inventory of the appearance of your home.

Start at the curb and make sure your lawn is neatly trimmed, any debris and unnecessary items are removed, fill bare rock gardens, paint worn doors must be freshly painted.  Make it look as fresh as your budget allows.  Inside the home all clutter must be removed, excess furniture, pictures, ornaments.  Keep it clean and simple.  This is not the time to display an abundance of personal photos.  Home buyers need to visualize themselves in your home.  Personal photos and items can distract tremendously.  CLEAN your home.  Homes with years of dust, grime in tile grout, layers of dirt around light switches, doors, etc. is a huge turn off to home buyers.  They will not see past the dirt and grime.  They will walk in and right back out.  It doesn’t matter how well priced that home is.  Filth and odor is a turn off!

Next, take into consideration at how functional your home is with the contents within it.  A client and I were viewing some homes yesterday.  One home was vacant and left us feeling uneasy and seemed disjointed.  It just didn’t flow.  When we went to the second home, we found a huge difference.  It was the same floor plan, but having been filled with furniture it really helped improve the flow of the home.  Each room of your home has a purpose and should be staged appropriately to not cause confusion or leaving buyers feeling uncomfortable.

A great way to learn more about staging your home is to visit designer showrooms.  But, before I go any further, I need to explain how home staging differs from interior design before all the professional home stagers come after me for confusing the two.  Staging your home is not the same as designing your home.  Home staging is designing your home to sell.  You are designing for the general buyer not yourself or your family.  An interior designer helps you to design your home to your tastes and needs.  However, I do think as a someone selling their home, you can learn a great deal from the world of interior design on how to take what you have and arrange it to where your home is pleasing and functional for it’s purpose to sell.

I also believe in using all the resources available to you.  One resource is at Robb & Stucky.  The designer showroom off of PGA Boulevard offers free seminars throughout the year.  Take advantage of what the seminars have to offer.  You can take the opportunity to discuss your situation with one of their designers.  You may even take away some ideas for your future home!

If you find you need the services of a professional home stager, call or email me.  I can lead you to some great professionals in the area.

Susanne Quirk is a Realtor® with Cobblestone Realty specializing in residential homes in Jupiter, Juno Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Contact Susanne at (561) 386-0350, e-mail, or visit our website www.TheJunoBeachRealtor.com to learn more.

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