South Florida Real Estate

September 5, 2023

The Best Ways to Market Your Miami Home For Sale

Whether you’re a first-time seller or an experienced homeowner, listing your home for sale in Miami is a big decision. There are many factors at play that are out of your control – such as interest rates and market conditions –  so it’s important to take full advantage of the aspects you can impact. In short: the best way to market your Miami home is by presenting your home’s best qualities to the right audience. We’ve compiled a list of the best ways to market your home to find the best buyer. Work with Professional Realtors This starts with a team of experienced Realtors – like The Kern Team. A good realtor (or team of realtors) will start with a walkthrough of your […]
August 22, 2023

What is the Best Strategy for Negotiating with Home Buyers?

Whether you have one offer on the table or a bidding war for your property, part of selling your home is negotiation with buyers. Thinking through your strategy and goals helps prevent the process of selling your home from becoming emotional. Working with an experienced Realtor team gives you a buffer, but you’ll still be making all final decisions. So, You Have an Offer… Once offers start rolling in you’ll need to have an idea of how and when you want to respond to them. It’s tempting to reply right away, but it’s not always the best course of action. Letting the buyer’s agent know that all offers will be considered and responded to on a given day is one […]
August 15, 2023

What You Need to Know About Pricing a House

When it’s time to sell your home figuring out what price you want to ask is a big decision. The more you know about what goes into it and how it works the less intimidating it is. Working with an experienced agent means you don’t have to dive into the deep end of pricing, but it’s good to be informed. Start With the Basics Determining the current market value for your home is mostly a matter of location, condition, and comparison. We look at similar homes for sale, or recently sold, in your neighborhood to get an idea of what listing price will be best for your home. If there is a recently sold home of a similar size, condition, […]
August 8, 2023

What’s the Best Determining Factor for the Listing Price for My Home?

If we had to pick one factor that every single homeowner has to consider when deciding on a listing price it would be location. While you’re in the early stages of deciding if you’re ready to sell, looking at how other, similar homes in your neighborhood are priced is a good place to start. When you’re ready to get serious though you’ll need to dig a little deeper. Get a Comparative Market Analysis A CMA is a more formal evaluation of sales and listings within your area. Working with an experienced agent is the easiest way to get expert input about all aspects of listing and selling your home. Creating a custom CMA for your home is one of the first things […]
July 25, 2023

Successfully Split Up Real Estate During a Divorce

A term we’ve been hearing lately is “ethical uncoupling.” It sounds a little fussy, but it is also a good way to describe what a divorce is meant to do. Separate your lives leaving each one as intact as possible while being fair about what each partner will leave the relationship with. This includes any real estate owned within the marriage. Good News: The Kern Team Can Help We want to be clear that we’re not attorneys and are not here to give you legal advice. As Realtors we can offer our expert advice on real estate matters only. What we can tell you is that our experience tells us the simplest way to split up real estate during a […]
July 18, 2023

Selling Your Home in a High Conflict Divorce

Divorce is messy. When there are assets that need to be divided up it gets messier. And when those assets are relatively illiquid and have sentimental value that is likely higher for one party than the other, the propensity for contentious arguments rises considerably.  The most important thing when you’re involved in a high-conflict divorce and dividing up assets that include real estate is to work with one agent who is experienced in selling homes during a divorce. Don’t Hurt Yourself to Hurt Your Soon-to-be Ex It’s happened before — one party is willing to take a loss as long as it hurts their soon-to-be ex more than it does them. The truth is there’s no value in reducing the sale […]
July 18, 2023

Coordinating a Home Sale During a Divorce

Home sales involve a lot of pieces and moving parts, but if you’re going through a divorce, there are a few extra things that need to be coordinated correctly to make sure everything goes smoothly. Working with a Realtor who is experienced in this situation is a must. Where Are You in the Process? Every situation is a bit different, so deciding when the best time to sell your home is something both parties should discuss with their attorneys.  If you already have your divorce settlement agreement in hand it will give direction as to how funds will be distributed once your home closes. It’s a good idea to have both of your attorneys look over the final contract before […]
July 4, 2023

How to Pick a Realtor While Getting Divorced

There are simple ways to ensure that selling your home while in the process of getting divorced doesn’t add to your stress levels. We already know that in can be beneficial to expedite a divorce settlement to sell the home before the settlement is finalized. The best way to accomplish this is to pick the right realtor.  Here is what you need to know when picking a realtor while getting divorced: Finding a Realtor Experienced Working With Divorcing Property Owners  The reality is that homes are often the most valuable asset a couple owns. Even when it isn’t the most valuable, it is still high up on the list and commonly the most contested asset during divorce proceedings. In a […]
June 20, 2023

What Makes a Neighborhood Right for You?

(i.e. schools, green spaces, location, etc) Sometimes you just happen upon a neighborhood that just feels right for you. That’s great, but if you’re moving to a new area, you might not be able to wait to luck into an area you love. It’s good to think through your big wants and needs for a new neighborhood to go over with your real estate team. The Kern Team is very familiar with Miami and South Florida neighborhoods. We’re from here, we live here! Letting us know the things that are important to you will help us find your home. Location & Atmosphere We’ve all heard the adage that location is the most important part of real estate. And it’s certainly true, though […]