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This vacation pad really rocks!

 This is actually a vacation home in Spain that the architects created by digging a hole, then pouring concrete into the hole- using hay to create the hollow center.

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It’s got only one room, with a bed tucked into the corner, but as a vacation home, it certainly is serene!

Whether you’re looking for a vacation home, an investment, or a primary residence- we can find you one that “rocks”! Call us today!

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Sam’s Top Three : Delray Beach

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This perfect location is a short walk from the beach and Atlantic Avenue’s charming shops and restaurants. Residences The art of living is elevated to the cutting edge of modernism in this townhome, winner of the American Institute of Architects Award for Design for Jeffrey Silberstein Architect & Associates, Inc., the architect. Built by GLM Homes, this exceptional residence is refined with sleek limestone floors and transparent walls of glass, this townhome presents a spacious 3-level living. Totaling 5,327± square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3 full 1 half bath. There is a 2-bay garage, plus impact-glass doors and high-tech conveniences including wiring for indoor/outdoor sound systems. A private elevator and luxurious private lap pool, placed atop a dramatic roof-top terrace. In this residence, the main level consists of loft-like open-plan living spaces curtained with light-flooded window walls. The dining area is lined with elegant built-ins which separate the ultramodern kitchen featuring espresso-finished ash cabinetry with maple interiors, Black Velvet granite counters, Sub-Zero refrigerator, microwave oven, Electrolux 6-burner cook-top and Miele hood, and Bosch dishwasher. A stunning glass-and-steel-railed staircase rises to the upper levels. Three bedrooms on the second floor feature the large master suite which opens onto a private balcony and enjoys a serene spa-like bath with Agape tub, Philippe Starck fixtures, Kohler glass-enclosed shower, and Waterworks lighting. Opening to wraparound balconies, the third floor hosts another bedroom plus an entertainment lounge.

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Spectacular Mediterranean Estate Home designed by renowned architect Randall Stofft.
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Luxurious Key West style townhome, close to the beach and Delray’s famed Atlantic Avenue. This 3 story townhome was built in 2006 and features stunning architectural details. Top quality finishes, 4BR/5.1BA , elevator, pool and hot tub, plus wonderful ocean views from large deck. This is a must-see for Delray.
Looking to buy or sell? Call me today! My dedicated team of real estate experts is available 24/7 to help you with all of your needs from Miami to the Palm Beaches!
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8 Ways to Lose Financing

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You’ve found your dream home, gotten the inspection and secured financing- time to start buying furniture and getting ready to move, right? Not so fast. You’ve worked hard to build your credit and save up enough for a down payment, but it’s not time to make it rain all up in Restoration Hardware just yet.

Getting spendy before closing is a big mistake. You see, lenders like to verify, re-verify and triple-verify an applicants’ financials prior to closing, and doing basically anything to change your financials prior to closing can put your loan application in jeopardy. Take these tips from Realtor.com and avoid the following actions to help ensure a smooth closing:

1. Don’t apply for new credit: It may seem natural to apply for a credit card at a home improvement store or a furniture store when you are about to become a homeowner, but applying for credit can lower your credit score. Not only will you lose a few points because of a credit inquiry, but if you are approved for new credit, a lender may worry that you will spend up to your new credit limit and then default on your loan.

2. Don’t close any credit accounts: You may be feeling that this is a good time to get your financial house in order by closing unused credit accounts or transferring your debt to a new credit card with a zero-interest balance transfer offer. While that’s a smart move financially, it’s a bad one for your credit score because you lose points when you have a higher usage of debt compared to your limit on one credit card and to your overall credit availability. Wait until your closing is complete before you make these changes.

3. Don’t move your money around without a paper trail: Your lender will need the most recent bank statements before you go to settlement, so if you have any unusual deposits you will need to provide complete documentation of where the money came from. If possible, it’s best to move the cash you will need for your home purchase into one account before you apply for a mortgage. If not, make sure you have complete and accurate records readily available.

4. Don’t increase your debts: In addition to your credit score, your debt-to-income ratio is extremely important to a loan approval. If you take on more debt you could be in danger of going above the maximum acceptable debt-to-income ratio.

5. Don’t skip a payment or make a late payment: One of the most important elements of your credit score is your history of on-time, in-full payments, so don’t get so caught up in your move that you forget to keep up with paying basic bills.

6. Don’t buy a car: You may be feeling that a new car would be a nice addition to the driveway of your new home. Resist that feeling. Even if you can easily afford a new car, the depletion of your savings or the addition of a new car loan could derail your mortgage application. Wait until after you have moved to switch to a new car.

7. Don’t change jobs if you can help it: While a job change could mean a raise or a path to a better future, it could also delay your settlement. Your lender needs to verify employment and will need paystubs to prove your new income before your loan can go to settlement.

8. Don’t spend your savings: You’ll need cash on hand at the settlement for your down payment and closing costs and your lender may even verify your cash reserves one more time, so make sure the funds stay in place.

Working with the right Realtor can help you avoid common pitfalls and missteps. They’ll know the market and help guide you through the process, which, at times can be very tricky!  If you’re looking to buy or sell in South Florida- call me! My dedicated team of experts is available 24/7 to help you with all of your real estate needs!

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Go BIG and Go HOME: The Sanctuary, Boca Raton

Located on the Intracoastal waterway in Boca Raton is a small, gated private enclave of fewer than 100 homes: The Sanctuary. Passers by can easily miss this prestigious community while driving along Federal Highway. Its  entrance could be described as understated, considering the prices that homes in the community command. Named on the Forbes top 10 most expensive gated communities in the US, The Sanctuary is home to executives and the super-wealthy. Homes in The Sanctuary range from about $1 million to well over $20 million, depending on age, style, lot size, and water access. Homeowners in The Sanctuary often spare no expense when it comes to customizing their home. the sanctuary

The Sanctuary is considered to be one of the most secure gated communities in the area, with guards at both the main entrance and the service entrance, as well as roving patrol within the community.  Security even patrols the waterways of the Intracoastal outside the community by boat.

The Sanctuary in Boca is located directly on the Intracoastal, but buffered by an “island” of protected nature preserve of mangroves which offers privacy to its residents while still providing easy ocean access. Currently there are 23 homes for sale, ranging from an “affordable” $1,500,000 to a whopping $14,900,000!

HOA in The Sanctuary is around $4,700 Per Quarter, and for those handful of homes not on the water in The Sanctuary, dockage is available at the Sanctuary marina, located within the community for an additional fee.

Are you looking for your dream home? Call us today! Our dedicated real estate experts are available 24/7 to help you with all of your real estate needs!

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Celine Dion’s Jupiter Manse & Waterpark Price Reduced by $9.5M

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Via Curbed Miami

Celine Dion has knocked almost $10 million off the price of her Jupiter compound, lazy river, water slides, zero-entry pools and all, according to Gossip Extra. The now $62.5 Million house is 10,000 square feet, has ten bedrooms, and comes with a lot of beachfront on 5 1/2 acres of land.

Maybe looking for something a little smaller? Only 9 bedrooms, perhaps? Call me! My team of dedicated real estate experts are available 24/7 to help you with all of your real estate needs! Call at 954.651.5768 or e-mail me at Sam@DeBianchiRealEstate.com

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Houzz Pic of The Week!

This outdoor dining table/ water feature is so unique! What a gorgeous addition to a modern zen pool area.
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Sam’s Top Three: Lighthouse Point Homes For Sale

Lighthouse point is a community East of Federal Highway in northern Broward county, just a stone’s throw away from Boca Raton and Palm Beach County, and about a 15-20 minute drive to famous Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. In Lighthouse Point, you can find a variety of homes both on the water (canal/ intracoastal) and off, some older and some brand new. Here are my top property picks for single-family homes in Lighthouse Point!

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Are you looking for your perfect property? Whether you’re buying or selling, my team of dedicated experts is here to help you with all of your real estate needs! Call us today at 954.651.5768 or e-mail at Sam@DeBianchiRealEstate.com!

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How to get multiple offers on your home

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Every seller wants an offer on their home. If you’ve bothered to go through the trouble of listing it- you want an offer.  And the truth is, if there are multiple offers on the table, you as the seller are in a much stronger position for negotiating, and you’ll likely get the terms you want (the ones that are most important to you, at least).

“We’re in no rush to move- let’s price it high” is something that will lead you down a negative path. It’s a common situation that results in price reductions, frustrated clients, sellers and realtors. Even if sellers start out acknowledging and understanding that the price they’ve set is high, deep down, they’re still expecting offers.

If you want your home to sell, and sell quickly, here are a few simple tips to get people in the door and making an offer:

1. They have good pictures.  You don’t need to hire a professional photographer- but if you do- it’s likely an investment that will pay off big time.  The internet is how buyers and realtors alike preview properties, and a first impression is everything. You want to draw people in, get in the door and get them to fall in love. Please, don’t use a smart phone.

2. They are priced right. While pricing isn’t an exact science (there’s a lot to perceived value as buyers make purchases from both emotional and rational decision-making) you can use the comps to get a very good idea of price range. If you price on the lower end of that price range, you’re bound to get a lot of attention, and you poise yourself for multiple offers, which could potentially drive the price up.

3. They show well.  Potential buyers develop an attachment to a home, even more so now than a few years ago. They want to imagine themselves in a home, and not just feel like a guest. The last step to getting multiple offers on your home is to give buyers what they want. If you can afford it, cosmetic upgrades, even small ones, like new light fixtures, a fresh coat of paint or some fresh potted plants out front make a big impact for buyers. It gives the impression that the home is well maintained and is appealing and welcoming for potential buyers.

Lastly, make sure you work closely with a reputable local agent. They will be able to help guide you through the process and avoid costly pitfalls as well as advise you on the Pros and Cons of different offers once they start to roll in.

If you’re looking for someone to represent you or your property- call me! My team of dedicated real estate experts are available 24/7 to help you with all your real estate needs! Call 954.651.5768 or e-mail at Sam@DeBianchiRealEstate.com.

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Go BIG and Go Home: Baltus House Miami

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Already under construction in between Miami’s iconic design district and prestigious Bay Point is Baltus House at 4250 Biscayne Blvd. It’s one of Miami’s newest luxury condo buildings located 5-10 minutes away from most of Miami’s main attractions like South Beach, Miami Beach, Downtown, Wynwood Arts District and is steps away from Miami’s famous design district- currently home to some of the biggest names in fashion retail.

The 15- story Baltus House will have 167 luxury contemporary condominium residences with stunning city and bay views. Units also come with optional interior design and furniture packages- because what good is a fashionable address, without a fashionable apartment?

Residence types and sizes range from a 520-620 sq. ft. studio to 1 Bed/1 Bath units 700-800 sq.ft., 2 Bed/ 2 Bath units from 1020-1040 sq.ft. and 3 Bed/ 2 Bath units from 1520-1720 sq.ft.

Additionally, some units come with oversize balconies that add up to 860 sq.feet!

When you enter Baltus House, you’re greeted by an impressive elegant lobby, accented with artwork from acclaimed artist Lluis Barba. Also on display is a permanent curated collection of art throughout the buildings’ public spaces. The amenities also, are top notch. The 7th floor amenities deck gives residents an amazing view of the bay and city from the heated pool and cabanas, as well as the state-of-the-art fitness center. Then on the roof, entertaining is easy with a full summer kitchen, 2 spas and lounge area overlooking the Miami skyline.

And would you expect anything less? Baltus House is designed by international award-winning firm Arquitectonica.

The developer is now accepting reservations with a 10% deposit. Interested in Baltus House? Call me! My team of dedicated real estate experts are always here to help you with all of your real estate needs! Selling East Fort Lauderdale, Miami and the Palm Beaches!

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Houzz Pic of the Week!

This week on my Houzz Pic of the Week is a stunning white traditional home with a modern twist. The homes’ silhouette and peaked roof may make it look classic french countryside, but the all-white exterior and cutouts for doors and windows make this home anything BUT traditional.

No matter what your style, DeBianchi Real Estate is here to help you with all of your real estate needs! From buying to selling, leasing or renting- we’ do it all and we’re here to help 24/7. Call me at 954-651-5768 or e-mail at Sam@DeBianchiRealEstate.com

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