Christie's International Real Estate

The Do's And Don'ts Of Tapping Your Rising Home Equity

14th Jun, 2017

The Do's And Don'ts Of Tapping Your Rising Home Equity

 

If you bought a home recently, it may already have increased in value. Equity growth goes hand-in-hand with pride of ownership (and fun stuff like tax breaks) when it comes to homebuyer goals, so say a big, "Yay!" ...... http://realtytimes.com/consumeradvice/mortgageadvice/item/1003099-20170615-the-dos-and-donts-of-tapping-your-rising-home-equity?rtmpage= FENTON LANG BRUNER AND ASSOCIATES IS THE PREMIER COMPANY ON JUPITER ISLAND. WE ARE HERE TO SERVE YOUR NEEDS FOR JUPITER ISLAND, HOBE SOUND, STUART AND THE TREASURE COAST. CALL US AT 772-546-2381 OR 772-546-4466.


Make That Home Greener: Energy-Efficient Mortgages

6th Jun, 2017

Make That Home Greener: Energy-Efficient Mortgages

 

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Happy Memorial Day

26th May, 2017

Happy Memorial Day

 

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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND WATER ACITIVITIES AT JUPITER OUTDOOR CENTER.

FENTON LANG BRUNER AND ASSOCIATE WISHES YOU A SAFE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. WE WILL BE CLOSED TO OBSERVE THE HOLIDAY ON MONDAY MAY 29TH. FENTON LANG BRUNER AND ASSOCIATES IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE TO ASSIST YOU AT 772-546-2381 OR 772-546-4466.


Travels on the Green Highway: An Environmentalist's Journey

19th May, 2017

Travels on the Green Highway: An Environmentalist's Journey

 

It is impossible to overstate the contribution Nathaniel Reed has made to transforming the culture of Florida. When he arrived more than six decades ago, Florida was continuing a long-held belief that Florida, its land, water, wildlife, other natural resources with few exceptions, were commodities to be used and disposed of at the will of the current generation of state residents. Nathaniel and a small band of his disciples in less than a decade evolved Florida to a new definition - a treasure for which each generation has a responsibility to protect for future Floridians. In culture and politics no victory is assured. Into his personal eighth decade Nathaniel battles frequent relapses into commoditization, his vigor and vision personifying the essential grandeur of natural Florida. This is a book of essays of Nathaniel Reed's memories of behind the scenes events that helped shape this nations environmental laws during a period of environmental renaissance. FENTON LANG BRUNER AND ASSOCIATES IS THE LEADING AGENCY ON JUPITER ISLAND. WE ARE HERE TO SERVE ALL YOUR NEEDS ON JUPITER ISLAND, HOBE SOUND, AND THE TREASURE COAST. CALL US AT 772-546-2381 OR 772-546-4466.


The Danger of the Jupiter Inlet

17th May, 2017

The Danger of the Jupiter Inlet

 

For many, its about timing and luck..... https://www.facebook.com/160240320701864/photos/pcb.1418137801578770/1418136634912220/?type=3&theater


Happy Mother's Day

12th May, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

 

Happy Mother's Day


How to sell without the anxiety

10th May, 2017

How to sell without the anxiety

 

Consumer confidence is running high. Home prices are still rising, especially in the starter home segment where properties are scarce. What’s more, those with solid jobs are more intent than ever on making a purchase. Yet even now, some wannabe sellers are suffering sleepless nights “Selling a house is a tough passage — ridden with lots of uncertainty, even under the best of circumstances,” says Tom Early, a veteran real estate broker. Why does selling a home provoke such anxiety? Because so much is at stake. Many homeowners have the bulk of their wealth tied up in their property. Also, their plans can depend heavily on the success of their sale. But no matter how reasonable, seller apprehensions can undermine prospects for a smooth sale, according to Mark Nash, a real estate analyst and author of “1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home.” “People’s fears make them lose sight of (reality). That can cause them to act against their best interests,” Nash says. Seller anxieties are not uncommon in all economic times. Owners who have little equity can be especially nervous about selling. Even after a buyer is found for a home, many owners worry that their deal could fall through due to financing problems or that the purchaser’s home inspector might discover repairs that could prove costly. “Buyers today are very nitpicky, and so sellers worry a lot about all the repairs and changes they may need to do to get the sale through,” McCall says. ADVERTISING Staying calm is a challenge for many sellers. Here are a few pointers that could help:

1) Don’t listen to uninformed opinions about your situation. As many sellers can attest, once a property goes on the market, its owners often receive a great deal of unsolicited advice from neighbors, family members and friends. But Nash cautions that taking too many opinions into account can jangle a seller’s nerves, especially when the opinions come from people who lack expertise in real estate. “Hearing all these views will only confuse and frustrate you,” he says. If you have questions or concerns about what your listing agent is telling you, Nash recommends you seek a second opinion from another professional in the field. For example, you could ask for advice from the managing broker in the same office where your agent works, or call an agent from another nearby office. Or you could hire an independent appraiser. 2) Formulate an action plan to help address your worries. Therapists who help clients manage their anxieties often make an unusual suggestion: Set aside a brief daytime period during which you can worry actively. In this “worry time,” take pen to paper and itemize your fears. Then list the steps you could take if your fears are realized. For example, perhaps you fear your home won’t sell before you must move. In that case, you could list steps you could take to convert your place into a rental property, if only for a brief period. “What you’re doing is generating options for yourself. That way you’ll have a greater sense of control over your destiny and won’t feel hopeless,” Nash says. 3) Take “time out” breaks. If you’re suffering from a lot of anxiety about your sale, Nash urges you to take a systematic approach to stress management, such as meditation, yoga or formal relaxation training. “If you can break the stress for even 20 minutes each day, you can come back to the issues with the freshness and focus that should increase your chances for success in whatever you do,” Nash says. FENTON LANG BRUNER AND ASSOCIATES HAS BEEN ON JUPITER ISLAND FOR OVER 26 YEARS. WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU WITH ANY OF YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS ON JUPITER ISLAND, IN HOBE SOUND, STUART AND THE TREASURE COAST. CALL US AT 772-546-2381 OR 772-546-4466.


Sunfest 2017

5th May, 2017

Sunfest 2017

 

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Florida's housing market reported more closed sales, higher median prices and increased pending sales in March

4th May, 2017

Florida's housing market reported more closed sales, higher median prices and increased pending sales in March

 

This is according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors.

Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 25,921 last month, up 9.3 percent compared to March 2016.

The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes last month was $231,900, up 10.4 percent from the previous year, according to data from Florida Realtors research department in partnership with local Realtor boards/associations.

The statewide median price for townhouse-condo properties in March was $171,000, up 9.4 percent over the year-ago figure.

March marked the 64th consecutive month that statewide median prices for both sectors rose year-over-year. The median is the midpoint; half the homes sold for more, half for less.

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the national median sales price for existing single-family homes in February 2017 was $229,900, up 7.6 percent from the previous year; the national median existing condo price was $216,100.

In California, the statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes in February was $478,790; in Massachusetts, it was $330,000; in Maryland, it was $251,816; and in New York, it was $242,000.

Looking at Florida's townhouse-condo market, statewide closed sales totaled 11,193 last month, up 11.4 percent compared to March 2016.

Closed sales data reflected fewer short sales and cash-only sales last month: Short sales for townhouse-condo properties declined 29.7 percent while short sales for single-family homes also dropped 33 percent.

Closed sales may occur from 30- to 90-plus days after sales contracts are written.

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CHRISTIE’S INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE HOSTS EXCLUSIVE CONFERENCE IN LONDON

3rd May, 2017

CHRISTIE’S INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE HOSTS EXCLUSIVE CONFERENCE IN LONDON

 

Fenton Lang Bruner and Associates attended the two-day, luxury focused event, discussing the latest trends in real estate and sharing best practices with luxury real estate leaders from around the world.

Adrian Reed, Owner/Broker of Fenton Lang Bruner and Associates, exclusive Affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate in Martin County, joined a select group of luxury property specialists from more than 30 countries, at the annual Christie’s International Real Estate Owners Conference in London. The invitation-only event hosted by the world’s leading luxury real estate network took place at The Savoy Hotel earlier this month.

“The annual conference is a rare opportunity available only to our network affiliates to gather with other luxury real estate experts throughout the world and discuss best practices and the latest trends,” says Dan Conn, Chief Executive Officer, Christie’s International Real Estate. The conference featured interactive panel discussions with topics ranging from the influences shaping the property industry to current worldwide factors impacting the luxury real estate market. Attendees participated in breakout sessions on global market trends, best marketing practices, and the evolving usage of technology in marketing luxury real estate.

“We consider ourselves privileged to be among the elite group of luxury real estate specialists qualified to be a Christie’s affiliate since 1995,” Reed states. Fenton Lang Bruner and Associates has the distinction of being the only real estate office on Jupiter Island, and has been bringing buyers and sellers together for more than 70 years. The company has two additional offices in Hobe Sound and Stuart.

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Fun Activity for the Entire Family!

27th Apr, 2017

Fun Activity for the Entire Family!

 

LIGHTHOUSE COVE ADVENTURE GOLF in Jupiter has done a $1 million expansion of its mini-golf course and restaurant.

One of the most highly anticipated changes to the 36-hole mini golf course is the experience at the 13th hole. Golfers will experience underwater sea sounds and find themselves immersed in a cave, which will lead them to a tank filled with tropical fish and a coral reef. Grouper and other new fish will be added in the coming weeks. There is now also a playground and pavilion on the course.

The new additions to the restaurant include more seating for up to 82 customers, a stylish bar with 15 TVs, and the 3,500-gallon saltwater fish tank. The menu also received an upgrade and now offers burgers, ice cream, beer, and wine . These new improvements are impressive for all ages. Great family fun with the kids or grandkids!

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"WE NEED A NEW ENVIRONMENTAL AWAKENING"

24th Apr, 2017

"WE NEED A NEW ENVIRONMENTAL AWAKENING"

 

When he was a boy, Nathaniel Reed's father would sometimes wake him and his brothers at dawn. Gripping long-handled blades, the Reeds would walk their property in Greenwich, Connecticut, scything the bridle paths — an ancient form of mowing.

It's one of Reed's early memories of feeling deeply connected to the natural world.

“My father had a love affair with the woods," Reed, now 83, recalled during a recent interview at his home on Jupiter Island, the town in south Martin County his parents founded eight decades ago.

Those Connecticut fields were often thick with butterflies; so were the hammocks of Jupiter Island he roamed as a child. "It was before DDT and before all the other insecticides that have really reduced the population of butterflies across the world," Reed said. He would go on to play a key role in the federal government's banning of DDT in 1972. It's one bullet point on a long list of environmental accomplishments he recently documented in his new book, "Travels on the Green Highway: An Environmentalist's Journey."

Reed served two presidents (Nixon and Ford) and advised six Florida governors.

He helped craft some of the country's most important conservation laws, including the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. Reed worked to save and expand Redwoods National Park in California and Big Cypress Preserve in Florida's Everglades.

Yet, for all the environmental gains he's had a hand in, Reed laments how much we've lost in recent years — particularly under Gov. Rick Scott's watch in Florida.

“It’s a changed world," he said, "no question about that.”

Advice for Trump Reed arrived in Washington when he was in his 30s, as the country was in the midst of what he calls a "national awakening." It was 1971, the year after the first Earth Day and the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Public consciousness about air and water pollution was elevated.

"Everybody forgets the incredible power of the millions of young people, old people, middle-aged people who turned out on Earth Day — who were dissatisfied with rivers that caught on fire, who were dissatisfied by the smokestacks, who were dissatisfied by the incredibly toxic chemicals that both the federal Naval and Air Forces bases were discharging ... and the chemical companies that were discharging untreated, deadly chemicals into waters of the United States," Reed said. Congress and Reed's boss, President Richard Nixon, could not ignore public demands for better protection. As Nixon's assistant secretary of the Department of the Interior for fish, wildlife and parks, Reed quickly learned Nixon was more political pragmatist than environmentalist.

Nixon told him: "I don't give a darn about environmental issues. I've got too many things on my plate — but what I want from you ... is the best environmental record, a better environmental record than Jack Kennedy had. And don't get me in too much trouble," Reed recalled.

Reed played to those instincts. He crafted a DDT ban that would hold up in court. He worked to outlaw 1080, a poison used to kill coyotes across the West.

"The marvelous thing — the thing that will probably never happen again — is the Congress was so keen to get our input," Reed said. The legislation he worked on gave the federal government powers of enforcement where it lacked them before. It's something Reed sees slipping today.

If he were advising President Donald Trump, he would offer this guidance: "America does not want to go back to an era of dirty water and dirty air." To avoid that, he said, the federal government must have laws with teeth. "Enforcement is a tool that must be in the presidential quiver," Reed said. "You have to enforce environmental laws, you have to — or they're negated, ignored.

Florida's rise and fall In 1969, Reed became the first environmental adviser to any governor in the history of Florida. His appointment by Republican Claude Kirk was heralded by the Miami News as "Gov. Kirk's smartest move." Working with state leaders, Reed cracked down on the practice of discharging raw sewage into Florida's waters.

Later, he would advise Governors Reubin Askew and Bob Graham, both Democrats. Reed praised them for their willingness to temper Florida's growth with commonsense environmental policies. Reed believes no modern Florida governor has done more to erode environmental protections in Florida than Scott, who severely cut funding from the state's five water management districts — including the South Florida Water Management District, the state's lead agency in Everglades restoration.

"It's petty nonsense, and the Legislature allowed it to happen," said Reed, who supports plans for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee that would store, treat and move water to the Everglades.

Florida once stood as a model for managing water needs to balance environmental and economic concerns. "Now we're pathetic," Reed said.

He's hopeful, however, that Florida lawmakers will embrace Senate President Joe Negron's proposal to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee in the Everglades Agricultural Area. If connected with cleansing marshes, it would alleviate harmful releases of Lake Okeechobee water to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries. "It's going to go down to the very last day of the Legislature," Reed predicted.

His political instincts still look shrewd. With about two weeks left in the legislative session, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran is holding back on an endorsement of Negron's plan.

Reed will be 84 in July. Yet he's still calling out politicians for reneging on environmental protections Florida voters have demanded. Asked if the country needs another environmental awakening, Reed does not hesitate: "Absolutely." His voice takes on a romantic lilt as he describes a large, new colony of wood storks in the Everglades. "Magical," Reed said of the birds. "That's why I get out of bed."

His advice for this generation's aspiring crop of activists: Be knowledgeable. Be accurate." And be excited about what can be done.

Treasure Cost Newspaper Sunday Edition April 23, 2017, Eve Samples , eve.samples@tcpalm.com Published 2:01 p.m. ET April 20, 2017 |Updated 5:25 p.m. ET April 20, 2017. FENTON LANG BRUNER AND ASSOCIATES IS THE LEADING BROKER ON JUPITER ISLAND. WE ARE HERE TO SERVE ALL YOUR NEEDS ON JUPITER ISLAND, HOBE SOUND, STUART AND THE TREASURE COAST. CALL US AT 772-546-2381 OR 772-546-4466.


Earth Day at the Hobe Sound Nature Center

21st Apr, 2017

Earth Day at the Hobe Sound Nature Center

 

Come out and celebrate the Earth, our home, on Saturday April 22nd at Hobe Sound Nature Center. Scheduled activities include our annual "Hook Kids on fishing Clinic" from 9-11am. The clinic is open to all kids ages 6-12 with a parent. Students receive fishing poles, tackle and attend mini-sessions to learn fishing basics.

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GO GREEN AT THE FAIRGROUNDS!

19th Apr, 2017

GO GREEN AT THE FAIRGROUNDS!

 

GO GREEN EARTH DAY PLANT SALE MARTIN COUNTY FAIR GROUNDS SATURDAY APRIL 22, 2017 FROM 9AM TO NOON

THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA /IFAS MARTIN COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS ANNUAL SALE WILL OFFER AFFORDABLE ORCHIDS, NATIVES AND ORNAMENTALS.

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GOING GREEN......

17th Apr, 2017

GOING GREEN......

 

Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to both a structure and the using of processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. In other words, green building design involves finding the balance between homebuilding and the sustainable environment. This requires close cooperation of the design team, the architects, the engineers, and the client at all project stages.The Green Building practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings which was Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Other certificates system that confirms the sustainability of buildings is the British BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) for buildings and large scale developments. Currently, World Green Building Council is conducting research on the effects of green buildings on the health and productivity of their users and is working with World Bank to promote Green Buildings in Emerging Markets through EDGE Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies Market Transformation Program and certification.[4] Although new technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures, the common objective of green buildings is to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by: • Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources • Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity • Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation A similar concept is natural building, which is usually on a smaller scale and tends to focus on the use of natural materials that are available locally. Other related topics include sustainable design and green architecture. Sustainability may be defined as meeting the needs of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.[6] Although some green building programs don't address the issue of the retrofitting existing homes, others do, especially through public schemes for energy efficient refurbishment. Green construction principles can easily be applied to retrofit work as well as new construction. Reducing environmental impact Globally buildings are responsible for a huge share of energy, electricity, water and materials consumption. The building sector has the greatest potential to deliver significant cuts in emissions at little or no cost. Buildings account for 18% [8] of global emissions today, or the equivalent of 9 billion tons of CO2 annually. If new technologies in construction are not adopted during this time of rapid growth, emissions could double by 2050, according to the United Nations Environment Program Green building practices aim to reduce the environmental impact of building. Since construction almost always degrades a building site, not building at all is preferable to green building, in terms of reducing environmental impact. The second rule is that every building should be as small as possible. The third rule is not to contribute to sprawl, even if the most energy-efficient, environmentally sound methods are used in design and construction. Buildings account for a large amount of land. According to the National Resources Inventory, approximately 107 million acres (430,000 km2) of land in the United States are developed. The International Energy Agency released a publication that estimated that existing buildings are responsible for more than 40% of the world’s total primary energy consumption and for 24% of global carbon dioxide emissions. The concept of sustainable development can be traced to the energy (especially fossil oil) crisis and environmental pollution concerns of the 1960s and 1970s. The Rachel Carson book, “Silent Spring”, published in 1962, is considered to be one of the first initial efforts to describe sustainable development as related to green building. The green building movement in the U.S. originated from the need and desire for more energy efficient and environmentally friendly construction practices. There are a number of motives for building green, including environmental, economic, and social benefits. However, modern sustainability initiatives call for an integrated and synergistic design to both new construction and in the retrofitting of existing structures. Also known as sustainable design, this approach integrates the building life-cycle with each green practice employed with a design-purpose to create a synergy among the practices used. Green building brings together a vast array of practices, techniques, and skills to reduce and ultimately eliminate the impacts of buildings on the environment and human health. It often emphasizes taking advantage of renewable resources, e.g., using sunlight through passive solar, active solar, and photovoltaic equipment, and using plants and trees through green roofs, rain gardens, and reduction of rainwater run-off. Many other techniques are used, such as using low-impact building materials or using packed gravel or permeable concrete instead of conventional concrete or asphalt to enhance replenishment of ground water. While the practices or technologies employed in green building are constantly evolving and may differ from region to region, fundamental principles persist from which the method is derived: siting and structure design efficiency, energy efficiency, water efficiency, materials efficiency, indoor environmental quality enhancement, operations and maintenance optimization and waste and toxics reduction. The essence of green building is an optimization of one or more of these principles. Also, with the proper synergistic design, individual green building technologies may work together to produce a greater cumulative effect. On the aesthetic side of green architecture or sustainable design is the philosophy of designing a building that is in harmony with the natural features and resources surrounding the site. There are several key steps in designing sustainable buildings: specify 'green' building materials from local sources, reduce loads, optimize systems, and generate on-site renewable energy.

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