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Investment tips

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April 2021 - Jean-Luc Andriot - Blog Post Image

Today’s real estate market is one of the fastest-moving in recent memory.
With record-low inventory in many market segments, we’re seeing multiple offers—and sometimes even bidding wars—for homes in the most sought-after neighborhoods. This has led some sellers to question the need for an agent. After all, why spend money on a listing agent when it seems that you can stick a For Sale sign in the yard then watch a line form around the block?

Some buyers may also believe they’d be better off purchasing a property without an agent. For those seeking a competitive edge, proceeding without a buyer’s agent may seem like a good way to stand out from the competition—and maybe even score a discount. Since the seller pays the buyer agent’s commission, wouldn’t

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January 2021 - Jean-Luc Andriot - Social Media Image

The start of a new year always compels people to take a fresh look at their goals, from health and career to relationships and finance.
But with historically low mortgage rates, increased home sales and price growth, and a tight housing inventory, the time is right to also make some homeownership resolutions for 2021.

Home buyers, is this the year you work to improve your credit score, pay down some debt, or save for a down payment?

Home sellers, we’ve laid out plans for you to get top dollar for your property, including timing your home sale, making your property stand out from the crowd, and investing in your extra living space.

And even if you’re staying put for awhile, homeowners, you can resolve to improve your status quo by evaluating

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September 2020 - Jean-Luc Andriot- Social Media Image

The pandemic has changed the way many of us live, work, attend school and those changes have impacted our priorities when it comes to choosing a home.

According to a recent survey by The Harris Poll, 75% of respondents who have begun working remotely would like to continue doing so—and 66% would consider moving if they no longer had to commute as often. Some of the top reasons were to gain a dedicated office space (31%), a larger home (30%), and more rooms overall (29%).1

And now that virtual school has become a reality for many families, that need for additional space has only intensified. A growing number of buyers are choosing homes further from town as they seek out more room and less congestion. In fact, a recent survey found that nearly 40%

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Video - Looking for ways to take advantage of the lowest mortgage?

Mortgage rates hit an historic low, but the best rates are reserved for prime borrowers. So what steps can you take to secure the lowest possible rate?

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May 2020 - Jean-Luc Andriot - Social Media Image B for Jean-Luc Andriot blog 050420

These days, it seems like everyone’s looking for ways to cut costs and stretch their income further. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce your household expenses without making radical changes to your standard of living. When combined, these small adjustments can add up to significant savings each month.

Here are 20 things you can start doing today to lower your bills, secure better deals, and begin working toward your financial goals.

  1. Refinance Your Mortgage - For prime borrowers, mortgage rates are at or near historic lows. Depending on your current mortgage rate and the terms you choose, refinancing could save you a sizable amount on your monthly payments. There are fees and closing costs associated with

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February 2020 - Jean-Luc Andriot - Social Media Image

Homeownership offers many advantages over renting, including a stable living environment, predictable monthly payments, and the freedom to make modifications.
Neighborhoods with high rates of homeownership have less crime and more civic engagement. Additionally, studies show that homeowners are happier and healthier than renters, and their children do better in school.1

But one of the biggest perks of homeownership is the opportunity to build wealth over time. Researchers at the Urban Institute found that homeownership is financially beneficial for most families,2 and a recent study showed that the median net worth of homeowners can be up to 80 times greater than that of renters in some areas.3

So how does purchasing a home help you build wealth?

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Downsizing Your Country Club Home for Jean-Luc Andriot blog 121619

Boca Raton is a Hub for Empty Nesters and Here’s Why

If you’re at the Gen X age or a boomer, you may be thinking about downsizing your country club or single-family home. Empty nesters are flocking to Boca Raton creating a hub for people just like you. However, there may be some hidden expenses you aren’t thinking about which are outlined in this blog. Another reason you need to read this is to find out why our Palm Beach County city is a hub for those looking to buy property because of lifestyle changes.

Scenario: The kids are married or moved away to college and don’t plan on coming back. Once full, that 5-bedroom with 6-bathroom home seems a waste of space. A smaller space seems more practical. You’re among many people that fit into this life

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October 2019 - Jean-Luc Andriot - Social Media Image

Technology is changing the way we do almost everything, and real estate transactions are no exception. In fact, a new crop of tech companies wants to revolutionize the way we buy and sell homes.

iBuyer startups like Opendoor, Offerpad, and Properly are rapidly expanding into new territories, and now established players, like Zillow, are starting to get in on the action. Also known as Direct Buyers, these companies use computer algorithms to provide sellers with a quick cash offer to buy their home.

While the actual market share of iBuyers remains small, their big advertising budgets have helped create a noticeable buzz in the industry. This has left many of our clients curious about them and how they work.

In this article, we explain their

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Luxury Home Investment 101 for Jean-Luc Andriot blog 070819Boca Raton Luxury Home Investment 101

While the real estate market continues to heed some decent results with low rates, newer homebuyers are still thinking about investing. Since many of the millennials and some 1st time home buyers are seeking affordable solutions for buying a home, the luxury market seems to be more impressive when looking to share the expense with a friend. This article describes the least you need to know about investing in a luxury condo with a friend and is titled “Boca Raton Luxury Home Investment 101”.

Millennials Are Buying More Expensive Homes and Partnering with Friends

According to, their Q1 Generational Propensity Report, Millennials are taking on more jumbo mortgages than the Baby Boomers. While that

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November 2018 - Jean-Luc Andriot - Social Media ImageIt’s a common misconception that you shouldn’t try to buy or sell a home during the fall and winter months.

This is generally considered the “offseason” in real estate. Many sellers mistakenly believe that the cold weather will keep buyers away and that no one is looking over the holidays. Unfortunately, many real estate professionals perpetuate this myth by advising their clients to “wait until the spring” to list their home.

The truth is, homes are bought and sold year round. And while the market is typically quieter during the fall and winter, savvy buyers and sellers know how to use this slow down to their advantage. In fact, depending on your circumstances, now may be the ideal time for you to purchase or list a home.

If you’re in the market

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