What To Do Before Renting Out Your Property

Home Rental Tips

REMA will do everything we can to help you rent your home, but here are a few things you can do to help ensure that your home will be rented quickly to qualified tenants:

  1. Make sure you really want to rent your property. This sounds easy enough, but renting your home to others can sometimes be a difficult decision, even if it’s an “investment-only” property. Handing over your property keys to someone else is surely a leap of faith. We understand the importance of this decision, and we promise to do our best to take care of your investment.
  2. Make sure your property is ready to rent. In today’s economic climate, you may find it difficult to rent out the home “as-is.” Be sure the home is thoroughly cleaned, that all scheduled maintenance inspections has been performed, and that any needed repairs are complete. Not only will this help rent your property, it will also help protect your investment, and it shows tenants that you care about the current condition of your property.
  3. Make a list of the “most appealing attributes.” This will help us market your property as effectively as possible and give us the necessary tools we need to ensure that your property stands out above the rest.


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5 Renovations That Could Hurt Your Home’s Resale

Unlike the homeowner of 25 years ago, today’s typical buyers plan to live in their homes for just five to seven years. So it’s more important than ever to consider resale when making home improvements. Even if you’re a buyer, it’s important to think like a seller, too, from the time you sign the purchase contract through any home improvement or renovation projects. The goal: Think about how your improvements might affect the sale of your home down the road. Below are five home renovation/improvement projects that could actually hurt your home’s resale.

1. Going Overboard On Landscaping or Gardens

A homeowner/seller may have a green thumb and be really proud of the time spent on the garden, the hedges or landscaping. But the next buyer might see it as too much maintenance, especially if you went overboard with your green thumb. Potential buyers may not be willing to pay for it (as part of the home’s overall price), hire a gardener or do the work themselves. This is especially true with Millennials and Gen X-ers. Of course, your property needs curb appeal, and nice landscaping does sell. But it could be just as easy to do a quick, inexpensive yard once-over before going on the market.

2. Converting a Garage Into a Family Room

Converting a garage into a family room may make sense if you don’t have a nice car or you simply want a bigger family room. Some people think a driveway is enough. But this is a huge “no-no” in real estate. A garage is expected, especially in the suburbs. If you take it out, you lose a huge chunk of buyers who simply won’t consider a home without a garage.

3. Taking Out a Bedroom

It’s common today for people to transform a bedroom into a huge master closet or into a home office with a built-in desk and cabinet. If you do, make sure the room can be easily turned back when you put the home on the market. Buyers with kids may need that bedroom. They’ll see the room you converted into a home office or closet as more money they’ll need to spend to turn it back into a bedroom.

A home office is the easiest to undo, as long as you haven’t built in intricate desks, shelves and cabinets. A large closet generally goes within a master bedroom, which includes taking out a door or putting up a wall — all of which is harder to undo.

4. Adding a Swimming Pool

Similar to landscaping, a pool requires maintenance and is an even bigger liability. This is very particular for certain parts of the country. If you’re in the South, in a warm environment, you can get away with it much more easily. A pool would be a common “must-have” on many buyers’ wish lists.

If you’re in an area where it’s only warm a few months a year and pools aren’t common, adding one could be a big mistake. Then again, it’s your home, and if you plan to be there a long time, add the pool. Just know that it may be a turn-off to future buyers. When in doubt, consult your agent.

5. Adding Highly Personalized Colors, Finishes or Fixtures

Often, homeowners put in tile, sinks, vanities, countertops and floor coverings that are hard to replace, and yet are specific to their tastes. For example, you may be obsessed with the Moroccan tile from your Marrakesh vacation last year and want it in your kitchen. But the next buyer may not be so enthusiastic. Similarly, installing ceramic or marble tile all over the floors may be a costly mistake that others won’t want to pay for. Some homeowners assume that because they spent $50,000 in such upgrades, their homes will be worth so much more. But what may be a highly personal touch could make your home look like a “fixer-upper” to others. The end result: You’ll turn off a lot of buyers who don’t like your taste and don’t want to do the work to undo it.



Article by AOL Real Estate


Spruce Up Your Properties For The Big Moving Season

Spruce Up Your Properties For The Big Moving Season

Posted on 22. May, 2013 by Marc Courtenay in Business

As we all know it won’t be long until school is out and summer arrives. That is traditionally the beginning of the time that owners and renters are more likely to move to new locations. It’s also the time when the vacancy rate can fluctuate and the turnover rate increases. Whether your owner-clients are thinking about selling, raising the rent or just want to fill the vacancies faster, a spring makeover can be a big help. Here are a few simple ideas that can help bring the buyers and the new residents in droves.

First do all that you can to improve the buildings’ “curb appeal.” It doesn’t matter if it’s a house or a multi-family complex, the first impression that a potential buyer or renter receives when they drive by or up to the building can make a huge difference. If that first impression doesn’t say, “You or your potential residents are going to love living here” then get the help of some exterior consultants who can give you ideas. Planting lots of flowering plants, repainting the doors a universally popular color or small touches like quality front door mats can help.

The use of window boxes filled with geraniums, pansies and primroses can give that warm and “homey” look to an older building or house. Painting the front porch, trimming the trees and generally improving the landscaping can work wonders. Instead of spending a lot of money to paint the house or complex try pressure-washing it to see if that will be enough to freshen it up. Clear away any debris, trash and unsightly objects that send the wrong message. Replace damaged or warped screens on windows and make sure those windows are clean!

Patio furniture, play areas, awnings and shutters should also look clean, neatly arranged and well-maintained. Send the message to potential buyers and renters that you take pride in your buildings and you want your residents to enjoy a positive “quality of life” experience. If your houses or apartments are older consult with a company that specializes in renovating without losing the valuable architectural features and elements. It may be worth it to spend the money to remove and replace poorly insulated windows and doors, even if you have to take out a loan to do so.

Interest rates are the lowest in history and home improvement or equity loan money is more available. Now may also be a good time to clean or replace badly-stained carpets and railings. The goal is to take a building that may look old, moldy or dilapidated and to make it look inviting and qualitative. “Staging” is another good idea and there are realtors who are experts at doing just that. It can include some inexpensive but nice-looking patio furniture or updating the light fixtures inside the residences. If you get some second opinions from people who’ve had success at this you’re bound to experience more success yourself. You’ll also attract better prospective owners or renters, and that’s important too.

Ten Summer Moving Tips – Courtesy of Realtor.com

How to prepare for a seamless transition

If you’re moving this summer, the busiest season for moving, you know how daunting it can be. But if you create a blueprint for your move, the transition from house to house will go more smoothly.

Here are 10 things you can do to prepare for a seamless transition.

  • 1. Full serve, partial serve or a do-it-yourself move.  Can you do it alone or should you hire a licensed moving company for a full-service or partial-service move?  This is one of the first and often most difficult questions soon-to-be moving households face. The answer depends on your lifestyle, household size, budget and amount of time you have to get everything accomplished. Get written quotes from at least three licensed moving companies so you know you’re getting the best deal based on your specific moving needs.  Moving yourself or doing a partial-service move?  Packing calculators can make it easier to estimate the amount of boxes and packing materials needed.

  • 2. Plan to unpack BEFORE you pack. Take photos of each room in the new home before you arrive with furniture, plants, appliances and family in tow. Write down on a clip board where each item should go in your next home before packing, and carry it with you on moving day. List out the major items that need to be assembled first. As you place each item in its new room, cross it off the list and you will be one step closer to enjoying your new home.

  • 3. Be strategic about packing.  If you have more than a month to ‘pick up and move’, start early.  Complete a free change of address and schedule utilities ahead of time at Moving.com.  Start packing early.  Whether it’s one room, one cabinet or a drawer at a time, weed through what may be years of accumulation.  As you’re going through your belongings, divide everything into these helpful categories:  donate to charity, give to a friend, recycle, trash, pack now, or keep handy until moving day.  You’ll be surprised at how much you can donate, recycle or give to friends.  And, you’ll not be overwhelmed with the task at hand three days before you move.

  • 4. Moving is NOT child’s play. Plan ahead. Consider daycare on moving day, or get help from a friend or family member.  Provide lunch or some other appropriate thank you gesture if you do call in a favor. If that’s not an option, prioritize setting up safe places for your children to play in the new home on moving day so they’re not underfoot.  This will help everyone remain happy and calm on moving day.

  • 5. Don’t fight with Fido. Sometimes we forget that all the packing and constant in-and-out of visitors is stressful for animals. Consider checking your pet into a daycare facility, or setting up a time for a friend to take them or check them into petday care. Don’t let your four-legged best friends get lost in the shuffle and remember to make day-of moving arrangements.

  • 6. Keep track of small parts. Some items need to be broken down into pieces when moving, but do you know what to do with the small screws and washers that you end up with? Rather than tape them to the furniture, which can result in losing them, put everything in a baggie that is clearly marked and sealed. Keep all of the separate baggies together in one box on moving day and personally take it with you to your new home.

  • 7. Take pictures of electronic hook-ups. Hooking up TVs, DVRs, home theater systems and computers can be challenging. Before unplugging any wires for the move, take a photo of the connections, print them out and label them in detail. This will create fewer headaches when setting up technology in the new home. Keep track of all loose wires using baggies or boxes that are clearly labeled, and personally carry these easy-to-lose items on moving day.

  • 8. Packing cleaning products and toxins. Products such as detergents, pesticides and paint are heavy and unwieldy to pack. Dispose of as many as possible before the move in an eco-friendly way.  Call your city’s waste disposal department for guidance on proper disposal. For items that must be transported, pack them in a small box within a larger box for protection against leaks. Don’t overstuff boxes with these items! Consider marking these boxes in a different color, and seal them extra tight. Keep them separate from the rest of the boxes, particularly if you have kids and pets.

  • 9. Consider getting full value insurance protection. If using a professional mover, it may cost a few dollars extra, but it provides peace of mind and eliminates later annoyances. Investing in full value protection means any lost or damaged articles will be repaired or replaced, or a cash settlement will be made at current market value, regardless of age. It’s important to note that the required minimum coverage of 60 cents per pound would not cover the replacement cost of more expensive items such as a flat screen TV if damaged in transit.

  • 10. Know your rights. If using a professional mover, research your rights as a consumer with either the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for interstate moves or contact the state agency within the state in which you reside for moves within state. Also, enlist the help of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) or local law enforcement if the moving company fails to live up to its promises or threatens to hold your belongings hostage. FMCSA requires interstate movers to offer arbitration to help settle disputed claims.
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Two Complimentary Tickets to This Weekend’s Fort Lauderdale Home Design & Remodeling Show

Two Complimentary Tickets to This Weekend's Fort Lauderdale Home Design & Remodeling Show

Click here for two complimentary tickets to this weekend’s Fort Lauderdale Home Design & Remodeling Show – May 25-27, 2013 @ the Broward County Convention Center.

Broward County’s largest one-stop marketplace for home improvements, interior design, home accessories, landscaping, outdoor luxury living and more!

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Check Out Some of the Services REMA Has to Offer!

Check Out Some of the Services REMA Has to Offer!

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Top 10 Home Improvements That Pay You Back $$





If you’re planning to sell your house any time soon, home improvements that build property value should be on your to-do list. It’s a buyer’s market, and between tighter purse strings and plenty of properties to choose from, shoppers want homes that are move-in ready and free of the need for home improvement projects that will add to their own bottom lines.

Click here to read which home improvements put more cash in your pocket.

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Join Our Winning Team Today!

Join Our Winning Team Today!

Agents, REMA is looking for hardworking, dedicated and professional individuals who are looking to build networking relationships across South Florida.

Call us today to learn how we can help you be a part of the winning team!