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All Augusta Pointe Floorplans and Site Map

September 30th, 2015

 

All Augusta Pointe Floorplans and Site Map

We now have all of the Augusta Pointe floorplans at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens and the master site plan on our website. If you or a friend would like to view the drawings for the Gardenia, Royal Oak, Berkshire, Allamanda, Azalea, Norwich, Jasmine, and/or Oleander floorplans, click here. We also have the original site map, homes for sale, and 2-year sold history statistics. Enjoy!
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JEFF & CARY LICHTENSTEIN
YOUR HOME IS OUR BUSINESS

7100 FAIRWAY DRIVE, SUITE 44
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL 33418

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Celebrity homes from Beverly Hills to Palm Beach | Never-seen-before photos of your favorite celebrities

September 26th, 2015
Celebrity Homes from A to Z:
Jason Bateman & Amanda Anka’s Green Home | Sandra Bullock’s Wooded Estate | Ben Carson’s Home | Sacha Baron Cohen’s Family-Friendly Estate | Bill Cosby’s Home | Just One of Tom Cruise’s Many Estates | Matt Damon’s Child-Friendly Dream House | Celine Dion’s House | Ernie Els Estate | Will Ferrell’s “Crash Pad” | Matt Groening’s Treehouse of Horror | Tom Hanks’ Medical Warehouse | | What Are They Building Behind Salma Hayek’s Mansion? | Michael Jordan’s Home | Sugar Ray Leonard’s Giant Palace | Rush Limbaugh’s Palm Beach Home | George Lucas’ Mega-Mansion | George Lucas’s Home Infuriates Neighbors and Real Estate Enthusiasts Alike | Rory McIlroy’s House | Elin Nordegren’s Home | Ving Rhames’ Double Mansion Home | Ryan Seacrest’s Big Green Blob | Ryan Seacrest’s Personal Compound | William Shatner/Captain Kirk | Gene Simmons’ and Shannon Tweed’s Home of 30 Years | Spelling Manor | Barbra Streisand’s Oceanside Oasis | Justin Timberlake’s and Jessica Biel’s Love Nest | Donald Trump’s Private Club | Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman’s Garage-less Palace | Vanna White’s Zero-Lot-Line Palace | Venus & Serena Williams’ Mansion | Tiger Woods’ Jupiter Island Home | Tiger’s Sports Complex | Tiger Woods’ Latest Mistress’ New Home

When recording artists, athletes, movie and TV stars, tech giants and even American Idol winners make it big, what’s the biggest way they spend their money? On their house, of course! And who doesn’t love gawking at the dream houses and giant mansions of the superstars that call the many enclaves of LA, Miami, Palm Beach, and other star-studded wealthy enclaves home?

Welcome to the Jeffrealty.com celebrity homes site, where you’ll find original, unpublished, and never-before-seen images of the mansions of the rich and famous, from Beverly Hills to Palm Beach. Get a bird’s-eye glimpse above the security gates and privacy hedges of legendary actors, crazy rock-n-rollers, artists, entertainers, comedians, talk show hosts, and politicians whose homes are bigger, more expensive — and let’s face it – a whole lot cooler than ours!

Don’t know quite where to start? Try these for starters or use the index of celebrity homes below. Click away and dream on, you might find something you like.
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Love the “Trump touch?” See how he turned one of Palm Beach‘s most storied, grandest estates from an historic relic into a swank, must-have membership club.
Golf nut? Who wouldn’t want Tiger Woods’ contemporary castle, located on ultra-secluded Jupiter Island, complete with a customizable waterfront golf course? iger Woods estate home and practice golf course in Jupiter Island Florids
Tennis anyone? A state-of-the-art tennis compound with matching greens and fairway? Check out Venus & Serena Williams’ new BallenIsles compound in Palm Beach Gardens. ttp://www.echofineproperties.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Venus-313-Grand-Key-Terrace-PBG-FL-198.jpg
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Bookmark this page for weekly updates and use our friendly link wheel below to
find your favorite stars’ homes – you won’t find these pictures anywhere else!
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Celebrity Homes from A to Z:
Jason Bateman & Amanda Anka’s Green Home | Sandra Bullock’s Wooded Estate | Ben Carson’s Home | Sacha Baron Cohen’s Family-Friendly Estate | Bill Cosby’s Home | Just One of Tom Cruise’s Many Estates | Matt Damon’s Child-Friendly Dream House | Celine Dion’s House | Ernie Els Estate | Will Ferrell’s “Crash Pad” | Matt Groening’s Treehouse of Horror | Tom Hanks’ Medical Warehouse | | What Are They Building Behind Salma Hayek’s Mansion? | Michael Jordan’s Home | Sugar Ray Leonard’s Giant Palace | Rush Limbaugh’s Palm Beach Home | George Lucas’ Mega-Mansion | George Lucas’s Home Infuriates Neighbors and Real Estate Enthusiasts Alike | Rory McIlroy’s House | Elin Nordegren’s Home | Ving Rhames’ Double Mansion Home | Ryan Seacrest’s Big Green Blob | Ryan Seacrest’s Personal Compound | William Shatner/Captain Kirk | Gene Simmons’ and Shannon Tweed’s Home of 30 Years | Spelling Manor | Barbra Streisand’s Oceanside Oasis | Justin Timberlake’s and Jessica Biel’s Love Nest | Donald Trump’s Private Club | Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman’s Garage-less Palace | Vanna White’s Zero-Lot-Line Palace | Venus & Serena Williams’ Mansion | Tiger Woods’ Jupiter Island Home | Tiger’s Sports Complex | Tiger Woods’ Latest Mistress’ New Home

How using Zestimates and Zillow Can Cost You Thousands

September 26th, 2015

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 Zillow Zestimates are not as reliable as you might think!

A while back I wrote a blog about why Zillow Is For Idiots. Here a great example of how one seller reaped an additional 30% above the “Zestimate” of their home just by hiring a qualified Realtor rather than settling for Zillow’s online estimate as a selling price.

The PGA National home for sale at 110 Woodsmuir Court we were marketing had a Zestimate on Zillow of $758,000 on October of 2014. The property sold for $1,075,000 a few months later!

Zillow was off by 30%!!!

The new owner also put $150,000 in a new roof and impact glass.  So, did they overpay by 30% + $150,000 — or over 40%?

The answer is an absolute NO.

Here’s why. We had three offers between $1,050,000 and $1,075,000. What Zillow couldn’t see was the house had new floors, with a disasterous step-down in the front taken out. It was decorated to the nines and had beautiful landscaping in all the right places. Proper staging, fixing a major problem, and bringing the outdoors in — along with excellent marketing — did the trick. Now Zillow has increased its Zestimate to $1,024,827.

In this case Zillow wasn’t even a guide! (By the way, It goes the other way, too — I’ve seen the opposite occur where buyers make decisions to purchase because Zestimates are higher than true market value).

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We’re living in a fast paced society where everyone wants instant information. The problem is, Zillow can’t see upgrades, how a house feels, the floorplan, and other major factors influencing a buyer’s decision. Without taking proper care in this crucial step of buying or selling a home, many families let Zillow’s shallow, and quite often, outdated information guide them in deciding what a home is truly worth. But by taking this “point and click” approach, many buyers and sellers potentially, as they say in Vegas, leave a lot of money on the table.

The moral of the story is: Zillow and Zestimates are not as reliable as people think. Rely on a certified Realtor or appraiser with on-the-ground neighborhood experience when evaluating a property. These professionals will help you understand upgrades, monies needed in the house, solvable issues, unsolvable issues, and demands for specific floorplans in the neighborhood. These are issues a certified Realtor or appraiser can offer you and help you keep money in your pocket.

Palm Beach County FHA Approved Single-Family Homes, Townhomes, Condos

September 26th, 2015

Q: Often, we get asked, “How do I know if a property is approved for FHA loans? According to a mortgage lender I use…”

A: The FHA approval list is specifically for condos. Here’s the link to the search. I just put in state and county and search for “approved” projects. There’s not a lot, 40ish I think in all of Palm Beach County.

https://entp.hud.gov/idapp/html/condlook.cfm

If the property is a single family or townhome, it will be eligible for FHA, the only exception being for properties in need of major repair. The FHA program has stricter requirements on the condition of the property than a conventional loan.

It’s up to the listing agent to check the FHA financing box when putting a property on the MLS; sometimes they know about repairs that would come up with the FHA loan.

More commonly, they just don’t check the box or they don’t know enough about the FHA program and think it’ll be tough to close. I’ve run into some people that think FHA appraisers are tougher on value than conventional, but comps are comps; if the property is in good shape, it won’t matter if the buyer uses conventional or FHA financing. Unfortunately for single family or townhomes, you’ll have to call the listing agent to feel them out as to why they haven’t listed FHA as acceptable financing.

Q: Another question that gets asked is if country club and gated communities are eligible for FHA Approved Loan?

A: Yup, potentially any single family or townhome is FHA eligible; however the max FHA loan amount in Palm Beach County is $345,000. And we can’t finance any equity memberships, etc., it has to be verified cash from the buyer.

JEFF LICHTENSTEIN
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JEFF AND CARY LICHTENSTEIN
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21 Lexington Lane W #C | Lexington Green | PGA National

September 20th, 2015

The perfect retreat in the heart of PGA National. Set amid lush landscaping with mature trees along a well-maintained street, this charming 2BR/1BA condominium is located in the heart of Palm Beach Gardens in the very desirable community of Lexington Green at PGA National. Light and open, this appealing home has a sophisticated “Tommy Bahama” feel with crown molding, high-end luxury laminate wood floors throughout, and double-width sliders that open onto a tropical-themed patio. Open and spacious, the living room is framed by double-width sliders that open onto a tropically decorated patio, allowing the room to fill with light. The kitchen has loads of cabinet space, a pantry, and contemporary stainless-steel appliances which mean entertaining and quick clean-up are a breeze. The breakfast nook opens onto the great room and the patio, with loads of natural Florida sunlight streaming in. A generously sized master bedroom offers a large window for lots of light, double closets, and room for a desk. Wake up to sunshine and step onto the patio through the sliding doors. The master bathroom features a Jacuzzi-style tub and a large, one-piece marble countertop with a tasteful cream tile which makes getting ready and relaxing so easy. The guest bedroom has dappled light streaming in from the privacy garden. Matching vertical blinds and generous windows throughout the home keep rooms bright and cool. The patio area is the place to start and end your day in this mini-oasis that includes full-length sliders, two fans, and screens for year-round comfort. Extras include a front garden area, full sliders, screens and double fans on the porch, fans in each room, and pleasing neutral walls, recently painted, as was the ceiling.

21 Lexington Lane W #C

21 Lexington Lane W #C

21 Lexington Lane W #C - Screened Porch & View

21 Lexington Lane W #C – Screened Porch & View

 

 

 


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