Join us for a FREE, fun event for the whole family at the first Easter Egg Hunt Hosted by The Greens Village.
Children up to age 12 can hunt for fun-filled Easter eggs (by age group):
• Kids 2 and under - 10:15 am
• Kids 3-5 - 10:45 am
• Kids 6-9 - 11:15 am
• Kids 10-12 - 11:45 am
Enjoy games and prizes, and of course, visit with the Easter Bunny!
Event to take place next to The Greens swimming pool. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of children attending.
There were 19 total sales in Winston Trails in the past 90 days.
December had 10 sales
January had 3 sales
February has had 6 sales to date
1 of the sales was a short sale (6276 Grand Cypress/Nairobi on the golf course)
Thanks for reading the Winston Trails sales update. Call or email if you have any questions.
The Jackson Realty Group
The "REAL" Winston Trails Specialist
Selling Winston Trails since the construction trailer was up!
So, if you are considering renting your Winston Trails home or know of someone who has a vacant Winston Trails home...please give me a call or send me an email. It is obviously a great time to have a home for rent in Winston Trails.
1) What do you charge?
Just this past week was a perfect example of why this method of hiring can cost you tens of thousands of dollars in the end.
Well, there is a sad, but common, ending to this story...the home finally sold last week; for $70,000 less than the original asking price! This much of a price discount is nearly unprecedented in the post-real-estate-collapse years in our community.
That commission savings hiring criteria probably doesn't seem like such a good choice now.
Some other, simple hiring questions would have most likely saved these sellers a lot of disappointment and financial distress. Questions such as:
1) In the past 12 months, how many of your clients have cancelled their agreements with you?
2) What makes you the best agent to sell a home in Winston Trails? (other than being the cheapest)
3) How long have you/your partner had a real estate license?
4) How long has your company been in business?
And there are many more factors other than "how much do you charge"? that are pivotal in the sale of a home.
It boils down to this: When an agent has no other compelling value to offer, they MUST charge less.
We have been selling in Winston Trails since the construction trailer was up and have sold almost 500 Winston Trails homes. If you feel that it would benefit you to consult with us prior to selling your home, please call us at 561 432 5202 or email us.
We recently sold this beautiful Paris model.
It was located in La Gorce on an oversized golf front lot.
We were able to sell this home at full market value for $440,000
We are really good at what we do...and especially so in Winston Trails. If you are considering a sale of your home you really should take the time to meet with us..call us at 561 432 5202 or Email us
Below are Winston Trails homes sold in the past 3 months
- $218,000: Muirfield Village Circle, Copenhagen, cash sale...complete rehab required
- $225,000: Green Island Drive, London model, cash sale
- $242,500: Green Island Circle, London model, cash sale
- $250,000: Green Island Blvd, Montreal model, lakefront, conventional mtg sale
- $256,500: Newport Village Way, Concorde model...completely remodeled, FHA mtg sale
- $277,000: Barton Creek Circle, Nairobi model, conventional mtg sale
- $278,000: La Gorce Circle, Casablanca model, conventional mtg sale
- $287,000: Barton Creek Circle, Nairobi model, VA mtg sale
- $300,000: Prairie Dunes Village Circle, Copenhagen model, pool, FHA mtg sale
- $312,000: Prairie Dunes Village Circle, Cairo model, lakefront, remodeled, conventional
- $325,000: Astoria Drive, Lexington model, pool, golf front, conventional
- $325,000: Lake Nona Pl., Nairobi model, conventional
- $360,000: Lake Shore Village Circle, Venice model, pool, 3 car garage, conventional
- $365,000: Wedgewood Village Circle, Aspen model, top-to-bottom remodel, conventional
- $365,000: Indian Forest Circle, Venice model, lakefront, remodeled interior, conventional
- $414,000: Royal Birkdale Circle, Sydney model, pool, 3 car garage, golf front, conv.
- $425,000: Old Medinah Circle, Sydney model, pool, 3 car garage, golf front, conv.
Winston Trails, Lake Nona cul-de-sac property now available…
Move-in condition, 4 bedroom Nairobi model on one of the biggest lots in Winston Trails!
A yard like this is a rarity in Winston Trails. You may not have the opportunity to get a lot like this for years! Biggest lot available in Winston Trails! Real estate value is primarily about location and this one is great! Private cul-de-sac spot...Big roofed and screened patio maximizes your enjoyment of this wonderful yard...one side of your back yard fronts a canal and the other fronts a park-area/playground. New A/C, Tile and laminate flooring...Accordion shutters...move-in condition. Asking price: $335k
Call me directly for a private viewing: 561.602.1258
Thanks for reading…Steve Jackson, The Jackson Group
If you think your home should be marketed like this…please give me a call at 561.602.1258
or email me at email link
In short, some of the hardships and delays that will be caused by this are: longer closing times, no more simultaneous/consecutive closings, unplanned closing delays, just to name a few.
It is called TRID…and below is some information disseminated to us on the subject.
What information should the parties be given about TRID?
All parties in a real transaction must adapt to these changes. As soon as practical, the fact that the loan process will take more time and probably be more cumbersome, at least at first, should be communicated to the parties.
The Mortgage Banker's Association has created a document, Changes to the Mortgage Disclosures and Closing Process, that's designed for buyers and can be provided by you to help familiarize them with the "new normal" loan process.
Additionally, buyers should be advised that requested changes or underwriting decisions made late in the transaction could delay the closing.
Negotiate longer periods of time for transactions
Experts are advising real estate licensees to build more time into the contract for buyers to obtain loan approval and longer periods of time to close the transaction when TRID applies. The lenders must follow a lot of new rules, and new loan processing could take more time than it did in the past, at least at first.
Negotiate shorter periods of time for contract details
Because closing agents need information earlier than they did before in order for lenders to prepare and deliver the Closing Disclosure, consider requiring inspections, repairs, evidence of title and surveys to be completed and delivered earlier in the process.
Communicate earlier in the process
Talk with the closing agent as early as possible about costs, expenses, credits, etc., needed to prepare the Closing Disclosure. The closing agent must provide the closing numbers to the lenders at least two weeks before closing in order for the lenders to prepare the buyer's Closing Disclosure on time. This also holds true for any contract amendments. Get them to the lender as soon as they're fully executed.
Many people have suggested that the parties would benefit from providing an earlier walk-through of the property to confirm needed repairs have been made. This could theoretically avoid last-minute repairs or contract amendments, credits, etc.This will require the likelihood of two walk-throughs, with the second one still occurring the day before/of closing to confirm the condition of the property.
Avoid simultaneous closings
The concern: This will involve multiplying by two the anticipated complexities TRID will likely cause, and the second transaction may fail if the first closing does not occur.
Preparation and delivery of buyer's Closing Disclosure
When a buyer is using a lender, the lender prepares the buyer's side of the new Closing Disclosure. The buyer must receive this document three business days before the scheduled consummation of the transaction (before the buyer becomes obligated on the loan).
For purposes of providing the Closing Disclosure, a business day is any day except Sundays and federal holidays. Where the lender is either emailing or mailing the Closing Disclosure to the buyer, it must be done 7 days in advance of the closing to meet TRID's delivery requirements.
Last minute changes that require a new 3-day waiting period
Under TRID, if the loan product changes, a prepayment penalty is added or the APR changes (as defined by TRID) after a Closing Disclosure has been delivered to a buyer, then the Closing Disclosure must be corrected and a second (new) three day re-disclosure period must pass prior to the buyer becoming obligated to the loan.
Last-minute changes that should not require a new waiting period
Some other changes can be made to the Closing Disclosure without creating a new three-day waiting period if the lender is willing to fund the loan.
Seller's Closing Disclosure
The closing agent prepares the seller's Closing Disclosure, submits it to the lender for review, and the lender ultimately gives it to the seller.
Reminder: It's more likely you'll review a closing statement (probably not the Closing Disclosure) the closing agent prepares for the parties to sign at closing, and from which the closing agent actually disburses. You are encouraged to speak to the closing agents you work with in your markets to confirm their plan on using a closing statement – and their intent to share them with you.
The above are only a few of the new requirements/changes that are now in place.
If your home is for sale or you are considering selling your home (or you are buying a home) MAKE SURE that your agent is aware of all TRID related requirements and possibilities for delays.
Thanks for reading,
561.602.1258, Email me
- “If you buy a house from me…I will sell your house for free”!
- “If we don’t sell your house…we’ll buy it ourselves”!
- “We’ll list your house and only take 1%”!
- “__________________________________”! (fill in the blank yourself)
Unbelievable! This unfortunate seller…they thought they’d be smart and save money on commissions by hiring a gimmick company. But boy…did they end up paying.
A properly consulted, marketed, represented, and negotiated Winston Trails home sale will be at about 96-97% of asking, this poor home seller got less than 86% of what they were planning on!
There is a reason we have sold almost 500 Winston Trails homes, have been selling in here since the construction trailer was up, and continue to get referrals from past Winston Trails clients. Meet with us if you’re thinking of selling…there really is no substitute for the extensive experience we have.
Thanks for reading!
561 602 1258
From the insightful Dr. Housing Bubble blog:
What a difference a decade can make. Over the last two decades the number of U.S. households has grown by 25 percent. But the growth has come in two distinctive waves. Between 1995 and 2005 nearly all of this growth came in the form of new homeowners. However, the subsequent decade saw something very different. Most of household growth between 2005 and 2015 has come in the form of renter households. It should come as no surprise that new home buying still remains weak. With this new trend unfolding, it shouldn’t come as a shock that multi-unit permits are surging as builders place their bets on rental Armageddon. While a few people can’t wait to dive into mega debt for a crap shack, others are simply renting either out of necessity or by choice. In fact, renting over the last decade has been the choice many have made (out of necessity or free will) contrary to the crap shack enthusiasts trying to talk up their poorly built piece of junk as some kind of diamond in the rough. Builders with deep pockets are betting on a continuation of the rental trend. It should also be no surprise that this decade saw a major surge of the “single family home” as rental unit.
Two decades with two different stories
We have witnessed continued household growth in the U.S. Household formation has increased by 25 percent over the last 20 years. However, each half of the last 20 years has seen growth come from two very distinct categories.
The homeownership boom followed by the renter boom:
The chart above is as clear as day. You have the last hurrah leading to peak homeownership followed by a massive shift to renting as millions upon millions of Americans lost their homes to foreclosure. You need to remember what this has done to consumer psychology. Never in our lifetime have we witnessed a countrywide housing bubble. Housing before this recent crash never suffered one year of negative price growth. Not one. So this put a major dent into the untouchable perception of housing as a sure bet. It also didn’t help that over 7 million Americans actually lost their home to foreclosure. We now have a nice group of revisionists talking about these people “strategically walking away” but in reality, this was a small subset. The majority lost their home because when the economy contracted, cut wages and lost jobs couldn’t cover the mortgage payment. Research has shown that people will prioritize debt payments in crisis and housing gets pushed up to the top of importance. So losing a home is a big deal and certainly most people lost it for this obvious reason. But you have to live somewhere. Where did these people go?
A large part of the single family home inventory got sucked up in the investor orgy to convert them into rentals. This took an already low supply of homes and made it lower. And builders simply did not build new homes in large quantities because new home sales continue to be pathetic:
Why not build new homes if supply is so low? The answer is clear and that is new potential households have weaker wages and new homes cost more. Why would builders construct an expensive product when the demand based on household income is for rentals? It is also the case that younger households watching mom and dad stressing their minds our to make the mortgage payment has left an indelible memory on their mind. Homeownership isn’t all that it is cracked up to be. Millennials certainly don’t have the taste for home buying like the Taco Tuesday baby boomer generation…People simply can’t afford to buy even with the Fed holding rates near zero.
Excluding foreclosures, there are only 19 homes on the market in Winston Trails today…and only 1 larger than 2400 sq. ft.! (there are 4 distressed sales). That is out of more than 1800 homes. Inventory has not been this low in quite a while.
If you have one of the larger homes in Winston Trails and are thinking about selling…now may be a good time. Typically the buyer traffic slows down after school starts, but there are always buyers interested in purchasing a home in our community. We are blessed to be in A rated school districts from elementary through high school…that continues to makes our community desirable to the family demographic.
We had a very good summer in here, with prices maintaining their gains and days on market falling. Since the beginning of our community, the variations in sales activity have been extremely predictable…but even with a bit of a slower time ahead of us, the low inventory, especially of the larger homes, bodes well for sellers.
Thanks for reading!
And give me a call or send me an email with any questions about our market in Winston Trails.
Your Neighborhood REMAX…Right across the street next to Winn Dixie
Winston Trails Homeowners,
There is a Winston Trails Foundation, Inc. Board of Director Meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 7PM. The meeting will be held at the Swim & Racquet Center. The agenda will include approval of the seal coat proposals for 2015, Channel 63, and possibly approval of the repair work for the pool at the Swim & Racquet Center. Sign-In will start at 6:30 PM and homeowners may be required to show photo identification. All homeowners are welcome and encouraged to attend.
According to the FBI, property and mortgage/property fraud is the fastest growing white-collar crime in the US.
Criminals file fake deeds making it appear that they own homes they actually have no ownership interest in. They can then defraud potential tenants or buyers out of money by renting out the house they don’t own or actually selling a house they don’t own!
Below I have included a link that gives you the ability to receive notification should anyone file/record a document in Palm Beach County using your name (or your business name). This is a free service!
Keeping an eye on your property records is one important way to protect yourself from fraud.
Thanks for reading my blog.
Steve Jackson, REMAX 360
561 602 1258
I live in Winston Trails and I get a real estate postcard from this one agent at a rate of about 1/week! Owners see that and must think…”she must be good”…and can then end up like the poor sellers below who will wonder why nobody is looking at their beautiful Winston Trails POOL home.
When a buyer or agent does a search for a pool home in Winston Trails…this will be invisible.
I have found that when an agent has a ‘big team’, things like this happen and fall through the cracks. The ‘big team’ agents sometimes won’t even come out to the initial appointment, instead sending a “specialist’ (what make them a specialist?), they tend to be ‘numbers driven’, not customer service driven, passing off almost all communications and processes to newbies. I have heard of one agent who does not even give clients her cell phone number!
Just be careful who you hire to sell your home…what you don’t know can hurt you badly.
Thanks for reading my blog!
561 602 1258
A pristine, move-in-condition, Paris model on a big, interior lot will be coming to the market in the next week. It is a true 5 bedroom (not the model with a loft), granite, stainless…It will be offered at $350,000.
There is a great deal of competition this time of year for the larger homes…so if you or someone you know has an interest in this type of home in Winston Trails, have them call me at 561 602 1258 and get the opportunity to see this home before it hits the MLS.
Dear Fellow Presidents, Board Members, and Residents
You all know me as the Comcast guy. I am the Regional Manager for Comcast Bulk Services in Palm Beach County. I am also a long term resident of WT (17 years) and have the privilege of serving Bermuda Dunes Village as its Association President. I do my best to attend all Foundation meetings and contribute, as needed, in a positive and professional manner.
Upon receiving and reading the Foundation letter sent to residents this week about our bulk cable services, I am shocked and dismayed by the false and misguided statements made about Comcast's technical capabilities (Coaxial vs. Fiber Optics) and the proposal to WT to continue to be the provider of choice for our residents. It is now clear that the "Cable Committee", consisting of just two members..Brad Bastien and Guy Buzelli, have unilaterally decided on the merits of Hotwire's offering WITHOUT allowing Comcast to respond with its own competitive value proposition. It appears that the "Committee", was motivated from the beginning of the negotiations to "get rid of Comcast". They did not negotiate in good faith and filtered information to the board that led them to agreeing to switch to Hotwire.
Getting the facts straight:
The section of the Foundation letter comparing Coax Cable and Fiber Optic is wrought with mis-information and lacks any level of credible technical claims. It's obvious the statements made (see below) are written to pander to ignorance and fears about the future of content distribution to end users. Such fear and ignorance is a cornerstone of ill-fated decisions made in haste and lacking proper scrutiny. After all, isn’t the real challenge of content providers today and into the future to deliver content to all consumer devices, not just TV's in the home? TV’s now stand in the company of smart phones, lap tops and tablets. It’s a fact, and our children and grandchildren prove it every day, that our lives today and tomorrow revolve around our ability to access content Anywhere, Any time, and via Any device. This ability should be hallmarks by which we consumers measure a provider’s capability and value.
So allow me to respond to the statements made in this section of your letter:
1. "Our current TV service is provided ... through a coaxial cable system which was installed at the time WT was built over 20 years ago."
A statement like this infers that the system built then has never been maintained, repaired or upgraded. That the cable is "old" and thus cannot accommodate today's demands for data and content.
Fact: Over the years, Comcast has operated a robust and technically superior cable system as required by its cable franchise and FCC specifications. It is NOT a coax only system. It is a Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC) system containing both Fiber and Coax. AS for WT, the many Fiber Nodes within WT are engineered to scale signal and data capacity many times over. Over the years, the coax segments under our streets and through our neighborhoods (spans) have been replaced, repaired and/or upgraded as needed to ensure delivery of the full portfolio of Comcast services offered. Yes that includes High Definition TV on all TV’s throughout the house, Telephone service, Home Security, and the fastest Internet available. Here's a fact not to ignore: Comcast currently has almost 80% of WT homes as Internet subscribers. Yes, that means well over 1500 homes in WT are COMCAST Internet subscribers…all delivered via Comcast’s HFC system. How could it be that Comcast’s facilities are old and “obsolete” when so many of our neighbors are being served today the broad array of advanced products and services?
2. "This technology (Coax) has been around for over 30 years, is obsolete and has no room for expansion or upgrading. The Coaxial signal is shared by all users…"
Fact: Coax delivers with no problem any and all broadband services today and WELL into the future. COAX IS NOT OBSOLETE!!! It is a highly capable medium to technically serve as a backbone of many company and government networks. Coax is still widely relied upon, in conjunction with fiber, to serve the bandwidth needs of our society. Also, the signals delivered to each household in WT are NOT shared. Each house, depending on its cable subscriptions, is provisioned with the required bandwidth to deliver its subscribed services. One household’s use is exclusive and independent of its neighbors.
3. “Fiber Optic technology is the latest and greatest…”
Fact: Fiber has served major network carriers, including Comcast, for at least 25 years along with coaxial and other copper mediums to connect end users reliably and efficiently. Most Service Provider network back bones are fiber driven and while the recent trend is for providers is to extend fiber connections closer to end user devices (i.e. TV’s, Computers, Telephone), quality of service is still in large part contingent on the medium it connects to (inside home wiring). As the saying goes, “only as strong as the weakest link.” As for Cat 5E cabling, which is nothing more than copper telephone wire, is no better than coax cabling that connects fiber to end user devices.
Facts about Comcast’s proposal to Winston Trails.
Comcast HAS made it clear to the Cable Committee,” if fiber is what you want then we’ll build it”. However, the committee expressed their concern about likely disruptions due to property wreck out and the laying of cabling across the community. At the time, the Committee informed Comcast that they would be favorable to a proposal for upgraded services without fiber. However, since then, the Committee sought no additional proposal from Comcast for Fiber to the Home (FTTH) configuration and went silent on requests for additional information.
FACT: In the past two years, Comcast have converted large scale communities to FTTH. All new build communities are now being built with Fiber exclusively. Existing communities are regularly being reviewed for fiber upgrades. WT is one that Comcast has agreed to UPGRADE>
What to Consider:
Comcast current Bulk Agreement expires April 2017. Twenty Two months remaining.
Comcast will continue to advance and scale its product line (increasing internet speeds, X1 Video Platform – Emmy Award Winner). Subscribers will have complete choice of service type and level. Not so with Hotwire.
Comcast is THE largest Internet Service Provider (ISP) in the country. Carrier Class network and leading edge service platform provides the FASTEST internet and Award Winning Video. Comcast OWNS favorite cable channels and the entire library of content from Universal Studios. Hotwire uses multiple networks for its internet service and is a member of a satellite consortium to resell satellite Video programming. It owns ZERO content.
Comcast is willing to continue to be the bulk provider of choice in any capacity the community desires as follows:
VIDEO ONLY - continue to serve WT with Basic Digital Video. Keep rate as low as possible. Negotiate short term. Hotwire does not deliver video only. They MUST HAVE multiple services committed to for LONG TERM – TEN YEARS
DOUBLE PLAY – Upgrade Video to X1 Video Platform. Add High Speed Internet service. Competitive pricing and terms vs Hotwire.
Finally, if WT chooses to not bulk with any provider, please know Comcast will continue to provide all its services to residents with promotional offers as it does with thousands of communities across the nation. Comcast will gladly compete with ANY available provider household by household. Hot wire will NOT build out a network to compete. They want a guaranteed customer base loaded up with multiple services!!!
DON’T let the Cable Committee (two people) decide for you.!!!! You have a say as a WT Homeowner and member of the Association. Let them know you wish to stay with a provider that is an industry leader, abundant with service options and price bundles, proven long term reliability, Disaster recover expertise, along with award winning products and services. Please let your thoughts and opinions be heard at the Tue June 9th meeting. See you there.
Speechless: The Kardashian’s are now house flippers
“No more neighbors, friends whose past Real Estate experience is renting an apartment or buying a starter house, or stay-at-home moms flipping houses locally; young, flamboyant Realtors on reality, cable TV shows selling multi-million dollar trophy properties to those from abroad with briefcases of cash that until this year bought a lot relative to the ‘weak’ US dollar; 20-something Silicon-kids paying $2,000/sq ft for a house they could buy 20 miles away for $500; large, institutional private equity firms buying 10s of thousands of single-family houses for rental purposes — sight unseens using computer programs — thinking a 3% yield is acceptable long-term and somehow, someday economies of scale will emerge; or individual / “family-style” speculators committing lending fraud at a pace that rivals 2006 chasing their share of the “easy money” in Real Estate, are needed to prove to me that Bubble 2.0 is not just a monster, greater in intensity and energy than Bubble 1.0, but will end the very same way…”
The above is just the opening paragraph for a great post by Mark Hanson…take the time to read the entire (not too long, but extremely important) post here!
If you own a home and are thinking about selling in the near future…you have to read this.
If you are considering getting in on the new ‘HGTV flipping’ craze…you have to read this.
Even if you are a ‘buy and hold’ investor…you have to read this.
Thanks for reading my blog!
Steve Jackson, 561 602 1258
In a bit of a rare occurrence, there are currently NO WINSTON TRAILS RENTALS on the market!
If you are thinking about renting your Winston Trails home please give me a call soon as we have several clients looking for rentals.
As I am sure you know, Winston Trails is in a very desirable school district and this is the time of year that families with school-aged children tend to move.
Thanks for reading,
561 602 1258
Us poor Winston Trails residents…we get bombarded by real estate agent postcards almost daily. Some of them look really nice, and you see those smiling faces every week. Lots of tactics and gimmicks…but you assume that the information is for real…don’t you?
Well, the latest salvo touts a “SOLD FOR ASKING PRICE” in bold letters. Now, even if I wasn’t an agent I would assume that to mean that the asking price is what the home sold for…seems plain enough. But the home in question was on the market at $250,000 and sold at $245,000. Close…no big deal, right?…but not what was advertised.
Another very important ‘missing’ element was that this home, not a short sale or foreclosure sale, sold for only $122/sq. ft.! When the average Winston Trails sale in the past 6 months (excluding foreclosures and short sales) was $143/sq. ft.…
That’s 15% below the average price/sq. ft. in Winston Trails…You’ve got to believe that any agent…even a brand new one, could sell a home at full price (or close) when it is priced 15% below the average price/sq. ft. This home, in perfect shape, at average price/sq. ft. would have brought $285,000. I personally know that the home needed $20,000 +/- in updating, etc…but it sold at only $245,000.
Just a warning…be careful what you believe in regards to all of the real estate related mailings you get. If it seems too ‘slick’, ‘gimmicky’, etc…go with your gut.
Thanks for reading,
561 602 1258
This is also a great opportunity to view the quality of our marketing if you are thinking of selling your home. Our video is an actual professionally done video...not a bunch of still photos put to music like most agents pass off to their clients as a home video.