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Can you believe it?

It’s nearly time for autumn, and that means that the holidays are coming!  Are you ready to welcome visiting friends and family into your new home?  It might seem like you have a lot to do, but relax; I’ve included a handy list of things to take care of before your guests start arriving!

I hope this list is helpful for you, and I hope you’ll give me a call if you need any additional information (about your home or about real estate in general)!  I love to help and very much enjoy being your friend and real estate agent.


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3 Simple home security tips

Home Security Tips


Making sure that your home is secure should be a priority in your life not only because you want to protect what’s rightfully yours, but more specifically because it could be the most important thing that you do for your family and for yourself. Here are some simple home security tips from Spiro Vrouhas that you can implement at little or no cost.


1.)                Lock Your Locks


When it comes to home security, the single most important thing that you can do is to make sure that both your windows and doors are locked.  We no longer live in a time when it’s safe to go to bed at night with the door unlocked or the windows open, so do yourself and your family a favor by double checking those locks and making sure that all latches and hinges are functioning properly.


2.)                Light Your Lawn


What would you do if you were to hear a noise outside, but had no way to see without opening the door?  The proper lighting outside your home is essential as it allows you to view your outside space from the safety of your home’s interior.  “Motion sensor lights are easy and effective tools to secure your property” says realtor Spiro Vrouhas.


3.)                Trim Down

If you have large trees, bushes or hedges in your yard, trim them to a level that will allow you to see out the window without an obstructed view.  If you hear a noise or a knock at the door, you will need to be able to turn on the porch light and glance outside the window before opening the door.  An important rule of thumb is to remove or trim anything that may block your view of the lawn in any way.

I hope these simple home security tips will help protect your most value asset, your family. If you need any advice on buying or selling, contact Spiro Vrouhas for a confidential real estate consultation. 

US Home Sales Report

U.S. home sales dropped beneath analysts’ expectations in December, as the winter freeze slowed down market activity.

Home purchases in December dropped seven percent year-over-year to 414,000, according to data from the Commerce Department. The slowdown was a result of the coldest December in four years coupled with rising interest rates. The cold weather also impacted housing starts, which fell 9.8 percent month-over-month in December to an annualized rate of 999,000.
“I wouldn’t panic, but it’s obviously not a good report,” Michael Hanson, an economist with Bank of America, told Bloomberg News. “I don’t feel like this is the beginning of the end of the housing recovery by any stretch.”

Policy makers from the Federal Reserve, who will begin a two-day meeting tomorrow to discuss changes to the stimulus package, have said that bond purchases will be reduced in measured steps. [Bloomberg News] — Hiten Samtani

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Vornado to sell 1 Park Avenue for $650M: report

Vornado to sell 1 Park Avenue for $650M: report

Vornado Realty Trust is asking roughly $650 million for its 20-story office tower at 1 Park Avenue, Bloomberg News reported, citing unnamed sources.

Adam Spies and Douglas Harmon of Eastdil Secured were recruited to handle marketing for the property at East 33rd Street. The real estate investment trust saved the 925,000-square-foot tower from foreclosure in 2011 after paying $180 million to recapitalize and gain control of it from Norman Sturner’s Murray Hill Properties, as The Real Deal had reported at the time. [more]

Orlando, Florida No. 4 among metro areas for foreclosed mansions

Orlando No. 4 among metro areas for foreclosed mansions

Orlando Florida has had 12 foreclosures of homes in that price range so far during 2013 — up from two the previous year. Miami/Fort Lauderdale/Pompano Beach led the nation with 47.

The number of multimillion-dollar estates in foreclosure during 2013 is relatively small. Nationally, fewer than 200 of those houses had foreclosures in 2013, compared with 1.2 million properties overall. But each of these high-value homes represents a much bigger potential loss for the foreclosing lenderwhen compared with a median-priced home.

Within the Orlando area, Windermere appeared to have the most financially troubled mansions. The Windermere ZIP code — 34786 — was in the Top 10 nationwide. Three houses in that ZIP were in foreclosure this year, up from one in each of the three previous years.

Overall, Florida led the nation for high-end residential foreclosures. The beach-lined state had 67 luxury homes in foreclosure so far this year, up from 17 last year. Statewide, foreclosures in that price range peaked at 99 in 2008 and have dwindled until this year.

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