Friday, July 24, 2015

Barbecue and Fire Pit Safety for the Summer

Barbecue and Fire Pit Safety for the Summer

Throughout the United States, the summer months are those months where millions of Americans find themselves enjoying the outdoors or chilling in the backyard. With summer comes barbecues and evenings outside, sitting beside the fire pit. It's important to remember that barbecues and fire pits require a certain amount of safety when in use. To help you in your summer celebrations, keep these safety tips close by when using a barbecue or fire pit this summer.

Barbecue Tips

Grilled food is a true treat, especially when you don't want to cook inside during the warm summer months. Grills should always be used outside, in a well ventilated area. To ensure safety, grills should be stationed away from the home, deck railings and away from any low hanging tree branches or plants. most important thing to remember is to never leave the grill unattended, especially if you have children and pets. The second most important safety item is to remember to keep the grill clean by removing grease and fat buildup. You can also clean or replace any trays that sit below the grill and collect food waste, oil and other grill debris.

Propane Tips

Propane can be found in both liquid and gas form. Naturally odorless, an additive is added to the gas to give it a distinct odor to help people identify when the gas is around. Propane, when stored under pressure, is a liquid. When you hook up a propane tank to a gas grill, the tank is opened which allows propane gas to leave the tank and power the grill. Liquid Propane is very cold, so cold that it can cause freeze burns if it comes into contact with skin. propane is an important part of propane use. A propane tank should always be stored and transported upright, and proper propane storage requires the tank be in a temperature controlled area. If you store a propane tank in an area that's susceptible to high temperatures, there is a risk of the pressure release valve opening and releasing gas, which is a fire hazard.
When transporting propane, make sure the pressure release valve is closed and that there is cap or plug over the valve outlet. Tanks should always be transported in an upright position, sitting on the tank's foot. During transport, the tank should be secured, even if it's empty. You can secure the tank with a safety strap, the seat belt, or some kind of other container to prevent the tank from tipping over.
It's important to remember not to transport more than four propane tanks inside an enclosed vehicle at one time. You can carry more than four if you are transporting the tanks in the bed of a truck and they are secured to prevent escape.

Fire Pit Tips beside a fire pit, enjoying a drink, roasting marshmallows, or just listening to the crackle of the wood can be some of the most enjoyable and memorable moments of the summer. Fire pits are a great outdoor accessory, but they do require an amount of safety to operate. A fire pit should be at least 10 feet away from any structure or combustible surface. Unless the owner's manual says it's ok, do not put a fire pit on grass, a wood deck or in an enclosed deck/porch.
When it comes time to light the fire, be sure to always burn dry, seasoned wood that was cut at least six months earlier. In order to prevent sparks, keeps logs no longer than three-quarters of the pit's diameter. When starting the fire, don't use gasoline, lighter fluid or kerosene as these are not meant for fire pits! Use a fire starter or newspaper and kindling.

Do not light a fire in windy conditions, and it's important to remember to stay up-to-date with burn bans or burn ordinances in your area. If the pit is located in an area near trees or bushes, pick up any leaves or combustible material from around the pit before starting your fire. Keep a bucket of sand, a fire extinguisher or a garden hose nearby in case things get out of control.

Friday, July 17, 2015

How to make your relocation smooth 8 tips for you

If you're in the early stages of relocating to a new community you probably have many questions. It can be hard to know where to begin. That's why I've compiled a short list of tips that can help you remember key steps to a successful relocation.
  • Tip#1: Start Early 
    While time constraints are often beyond your control, it's critical to get the ball rolling as soon as you become aware of the future move. If you currently own a home, you should begin the selling process. If renting, you need to check with your landlord regarding the status of your lease and potential penalties you may incur by moving. And of course you will need to look for a home in your new city. If pressed for time it might be more appropriate to search for a rental before committing to the purchase of a home. A trained real estate professional can be of great assistance in all of these areas. 
  • Tip#2: Clear Clutter 
    Arrange a garage sale, give unwanted items to friends, or donate them to charity. Start organizing for your move and purchase boxes and other moving supplies.
  • Tip#3: Details, Details, Details 
    File change of address forms and make the necessary arrangements for your children at school. Call all your utility companies and schedule the cancellation of service for at least 1-2 days after your planned move date. Remember, many utility companies will charge you an extra billing cycle if not given enough notice.
  • Tip#4: Pick the Right Moving Company 
    Decide how much involvement you need from your moving company (packing, unpacking, etc.) and investigate moving companies. Your real estate agent can provide suggestions. Get a full estimate and ask the moving company representative any questions you may have. Consider the benefits of moving insurance and check with your insurance provider to see what protection they recommend.
  • Tip#5: Don't Forget the Kids 
    Moving can be very hard on your children, but there are steps you can take to help alleviate your children's fears. Communicate with them as to exactly what's going on, and get them involved in the moving process and the search for a new home. If they have a favorite toy, pack it last.
  • Tip#6: Moving Your Pet
    Maintain your pet's daily routine until the day of the move. Take your pet for a routine veterinary appointment and obtain all necessary records. Moving by car is the least upsetting for the animal, but if flying is the only option be sure to plan early. Space for pets on commercial airliners is often limited. You may wish to consider a pet transportation service, which can greatly help your pet with the transition.
  • Tip#7: What About Your Car(s)?
    Your moving company may be able to accommodate your car, but it can be costly given the fact that most general moving companies charge based on gross weight. There are companies that specialize in car shipping. Other services can have your car driven to its destination. Check with your auto insurance company about coverage during transport.
  • Tip#8: Get Settled
    Make a move-in shopping list, check all smoke and security alarms, set up utilities, and start unpacking!
These are just a few pointers to help you organize your relocation. My website has additional resources available, and I'd be happy to help you with any and all aspects of your relocation. Please call me and let me know how I can be of assistance.

Monday, July 13, 2015

A Home buyer's wish list

What type of home are you looking for? There are so many choices that it is important to have an idea of what you want and need before you begin looking. Consider making a checklist of amenities that are essential and those you would like to have in your new home.

The list below may help you clarify your thinking on what is important to you when you are ready to purchase.

  • What neighborhood(s) would you like to live in?
  • What price range do you have in mind?
  • What type of home interests you? (one-story, two-story, split-entry, townhouse, condo, duplex)
  • What style appeals to you? (contemporary, traditional, no preference)
  • Are schools a factor?
  • Do you need to be close to public transportation?
  • How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? How many do you want?
  • What other interior features are important to you? (separate family room, formal dining room, home office, etc.)
  • What about exterior features? Have you considered a garage, yard size, patio/deck, hot tub, view, or waterfront?
  • Are there any special features you are looking for in a home?

When you are ready to start your search, I will be happy to help you find a home that suits your lifestyle.
 My goal is to make this a fun and enjoyable experience.
Please feel free to call or email me when you are ready to start looking.
 I welcome the opportunity to help you.

Mission Bay - Boca Raton FL Marketing Update June 2015

Mission Bay - Boca Raton FL Marketing Update

Located in Boca Raton, Florida, Mission Bay offers the country club lifestyle in a family-friendly community setting within South Florida. The community of Mission Bay is a unique Association of villages, amenities, commercial properties and natural open spaces. Our mission is to maintain and enhance the quality of life and the property values of the community. The Association is committed to doing this effectively through excellence, professionalism and courtesy.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Reviews from past clients is very important when you hire an agent.

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C Nan reviewed Sergio Lucena PA

Best real estate agent ever!
After we first met Mr. Sergio Lucena and talked with him in his office, we knew that he is very professional as a realtor. He knows the marketing especially our area very well and judged sale price accurately. He gave us many valuable suggestions that we didn't think about it as a customer. During the entire process he behave like a family member to try to help and get most benefit from the sale for us which I believe is very important.
Mr. Sergio Lucena went through entire sale process including the closing with us, so we can ask any questions when we needed. Any time if I have questions he responds us immediately without any delay. Also he is a good photographer, the pictures of our property that he took looks very nice than it really is. The pictures are very important as it gives the first impression to the potential buyers. Mr. Sergio Lucena gave us a lot of good advice about how to prepare our property.

Art Sementelli reviewed Sergio Lucena PA
Just excellent work. 
He helped me sell my condo and buy a house closer to work. This was probably the most painless home buying experience I've ever had. Everything happened in a streamlined fashion. I bought the house that matched my criteria, and I'm still astonished at how smoothly everything went.
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What's the first thing a potential homebuyer will notice about your house? 

If your house's front exterior is lacking appropriate ‘curb appeal' it's unlikely that buyers will even make it through the front door. So whether you're getting ready to sell your home or are just looking for an easy way to improve your property value, taking small steps to improve your curb appeal can be a simple, worthwhile investment.

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5 Tips to Sell Your Home IN THE SUMMER!

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            In a competitive real estate market, you always want the "upper hand" or the ability to stand out. Selling your home in the summer is already a challenge, so here are five tips that can improve your chance for success this season. 

Tip 1 - Landscape & Lawn

Something that your grass gets enough of in the summer is sun, and the Florida sun can easily scorch your grass & plant life. The best time to fertilize your grass is right before the summer or right after. Top soil is a great way to revive your grass color. Buyers care a lot about appearance & curb appeal. Take pride and add mulch, rocks, & decorative appeal to your landscape, as well. 

Tip 2 - No Stone Left Unturned

Have your house professionally cleaned before you start showing it. Buyers are turned off by a dirty home. Add fresh paint to the walls. Clean the grout of your tile & bathrooms. Address the clutter in your home! Think of ways to open up your floor plan a little. If a piece of furniture does not fit, remove it. Buyers need to know that the home feels spacious & comfortable.

Tip 3 -  KeepCalm & StayPositive

Have you ever been tense because something you want to happen so badly just hasn't happened yet? Maybe you have heard the expression... "Take a step back and smell the roses." Sometimes, remaining calm & collected is the best posture when waiting to sell your home. Relaxing and going over your plan is a great way to find rest or a NEW perspective. 

Tip 4 - Summer Goodies 

As you know, South Florida in the summer means "hot record temps"! When the buyers come into your home, you want them to have a refreshing experience. Ice water, lemonade, & fresh fruit are all great ways to cool off anyone. If the buyers spend a longer time in your home, they can begin to feel emotionally attached, so this is a great way to create that atmosphere.

Tip 5 - Set a Realistic Price

The most important of the tips would be to price your home effectively. The #1 reason a home does not sell is because of the price. Think ahead and do your homework. You don't want to start off strong & then fizzle out. Take the time and figure out a game plan with us. Make this summer memorable and achieve your vision and goals. 

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Condo or a Single Family Home?

By Sergio Lucena 

If you're thinking about making a move, are you considering buying a condominium or a single-family home?

The number of condominium owners has risen dramatically in the last few years. Condos are a popular option because they are often more affordable, require fewer maintenance and landscaping chores, suit busy lifestyles, and serve well as a first home or downsizing from a larger house. Here are some differences to consider:

  • There are usually fewer maintenance requirements.
  • They can be less expensive than a single-family home.
  • You own the space between the walls.
  • There may be more security with neighbors close by.
  • The exterior of the building, landscaping, surrounding roads, driveways and
    common areas are owned by the condo association, a group made up of all
    unit owners.
  • Special assessments by the association for painting or repairs can add
    significant expense.

Single-Family Homes
  • They usually offer more storage space.
  • You own the interior as well as the exterior.
  • You have to do the maintenance, landscaping and repairs.
  • Unless you live in a gated community, you don't have condo association dues.
  • You don't have to worry about special assessments.
  • You have room to grow plants, flowers, trees, veggies, etc.

Look at your lifestyle and consider how your household may change over the next few years. Will you have enough space in a condo? Or will you be happier in a house with room for a garden?

Buy first or Sell first? The classic dilemma.

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The classic dilemma for many homeowners is whether to buy or sell first. There is no "right" answer. It depends on your specific circumstances.
Most homeowners agree that it's more prudent and less stressful if you sell your existing home before you buy a new one. You can often get top dollar for your home if you are not under pressure to sell. And you're in a better position to negotiate on the buying side of the transaction. If you have to make an offer contingent on the sale of your home, you often lose negotiating leverage.
If you sell your current home and the home you select isn't available when you're ready to move, you may end up with cash in hand in a short-term rental. No one wants to move twice, but it may be well worth it to eliminate risk and have more money to work with.
If you currently own a home I would be happy to provide you with a home valuation so that you know what your home is worth in today's market. If you provide me with some basic information on your home, I'll be able to give you a price range. That range will be determined using the information you provide to establish a list of comparable properties in your area as reported by the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Or I can provide you with a more precise valuation by briefly visiting your home.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Highland Beach Florida Residential Update June 2015

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Boca Raton Residential Report June 2015

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Should You Skip the Home Inspection for a Better Deal?
When real estate markets are moving quickly, sellers sometimes become uncompromising. Why make concessions if your home is leading the neighborhood's Ms. Popularity contest? This may lead buyers, caught in the frenzy of a bidding war, to become reckless, yielding one of the most important aspects of the purchase process: the home inspection.

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What an Inspection Won't Do

Let's face it: We don't buy homes frequently, so the process can be a bit confusing. The home inspection is one of the most commonly misunderstood processes in the real estate transaction.
Just as a home appraisal won't tell you that the heater is about to go kaput, a home inspection won't tell you what the home is worth. These are two different processes, initiated by two different parties. The appraisal is bank-ordered. The lender uses the appraisal to ensure that the home is worth what you've promised to pay for it.
While a large home inspector training institute likes to claim that the inspection is "all-encompassing," it is far from that. That's not to diminish the value of the process – it is extremely important. But it can't tell you, for instance, what might be growing or breeding behind the walls or if there is a dangerous radon level in the home.
The home inspection is also not a guarantee that the home will be in the same condition when you take possession as it was when the inspection was performed.
The typical investigation by a home inspector is a visual one. He or she will look at the home's roof, structure and major systems, such as plumbing, electrical, HVAC and ventilation. If an inspector can't see an area for whatever reason – access is blocked by the owner's belongings or it's locked – she can't investigate it and therefore won't include it in the report.

What a Home Inspection Provides

Since a home is such a huge investment, it only makes sense to be concerned about its condition. A home inspection may just save you thousands of dollars. More than anything else, a home inspection by a licensed professional provides peace of mind.
The inspector will run the heating and cooling system and investigate the water heater. While in most cases an inspector doesn't have access to the heat exchanger in the furnace, he can tell you the condition of the filter. He has no way of knowing the condition of the wiring behind the walls, but he can test the system for shorts.
The best home inspectors will recommend further inspection by an appropriate contractor. For instance, if he feels there may be a structural problem, he may recommend that you contact an engineer. If he notices evidence of wood-destroying pests, he may recommend that you have the home looked at by a pest inspector.
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Should You Waive the Inspection Contingency?

In a multiple-offer situation, a buyer who waives the inspection contingency is most likely going to prevail. What seller wouldn't relish the thought of a quicker close and fewer headaches, not to mention saving a ton of money if something happens to be wrong with the house?
But, by the same token, cash-strapped buyers need to know if the house they are about to buy has bad wiring, a leaky roof, a heating system on its last legs or anything else that may cost thousands of dollars to repair.
Buying a home without having it professionally inspected is the same as buying it as-is. If you've ever purchased a used car from a private party, you understand that you may be buying someone else's headaches. Even knowing that, the feeling that you may end up on the side of the road with a broken-down car is hard to shake.
Transfer that feeling to what will probably be the largest investment you make in your lifetime, and it's easy to understand why the home inspection has become a routine and vital part of the home-purchase process.

Make it Easy on the Inspector

As a buyer, you have no control over whether or not the seller will clear access to the areas of the home that the inspector needs to see. Ask your agent to add an addendum to the purchase agreement requesting that the seller provide the following:
Clear access to the attic - Inspectors are not allowed to touch or move personal items. If she can't get to the attic access without moving things out of the way, the attic won't be inspected.
An empty dishwasher - Home inspectors run through each cycle but will not do so unless the appliance is empty.
Access to the electric panel - Ask the seller to move boxes or anything else that may be blocking the electric panel.
Clear access to the furnace and water heater.
Plumbing - The water service should be left on. If it is turned off at the main, the inspector will need written permission to turn it on.
A home inspector can't possibly tell you everything that might be wrong with the home you're about to purchase, but you will be reassured that the major systems are in good working order. And that peace-of-mind is something you should never compromise on.

Did you know that professional appraisers use the Multiple Listing Service to determine what your home is worth?

Did you know that professional appraisers use the Multiple Listing Service to determine what your home is worth?
With this new service you can get access to the same information appraisers have.


The Wiener Lucena Global Group at RE/MAX Realty Pros has a network of buyers for you in the US and abroad in addition to our large network of local buyers right here in Florida. This is extremely important when you consider that in 2012, Florida accounted for the largest share at 26% of total U.S. residential home sales to international clients. Nearly all sales were cash and the median price paid by international buyers was significantly higher compared to the overall Florida median price paid.
I promise to provide you with personal attention, market expertise, and counseling on all aspects of your transaction and make the buying and selling process effortless for you. More importantly, I will listen and find solutions that are tailored to you.
Please call us for an appointment and allow us to show you first hand how we will sell your home and get you a great price.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Market update Ponte Vecchio Boynton Beach FL

Market update for Ponte Vecchio 

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