June 2008
Real Service... Real Results
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Real Estate Trends
Tips for Leaving Town
102A Palm Point 
Laura Cole & Tana Gaskill
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Welcome to the June edition of Neighborhood News.   Palm Beach Gardens is quieting down with many of our neighbors returning to northern homes or beginning summer travels.  So far the weather has been delightful with temperatures and humidity remaining low for this time of year.                        .
We have included a special section with tips on closing up your Florida home for an extended period.  A good idea is to create a "To Do" chore list that you can save.  This will come in handy for future times when you need to close up your property.
BallenIsles was the featured community in the Home Life Section of the Palm Beach Post on January 26th.  We again include a link to this marvelous article below.
Have a lovely summer.
Laura & Tana
Real Estate Trends
102A Palm Point
Inventory is holding with 100 properties currently in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for sale in BallenIsles.  The prices seem to have leveled off and sales have been steady. *
Address                  Bedrooms    Baths       Sale Price
242 Coral Cay Terrace    3              3.0           $   320,000
102A Palm Point Circle    3              2.5           $   360,000
103D Palm Point Cicle     3              3.0           $   389,000
110 Windward Drive        3              3.0           $   473,000
1114 Crystal Drive          3              4.0           $   600,000
74 St. James Terrace      3              4.5            $1,100,000
221 Coconut Key            5              5.0            $1,200,000
*This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by the Realtors Association of the PalmBeaches or its Multiple Listing Services thru 6/3/08.  
To learn more about current Real Estate trends in BallenIsles, click on the link below.
Tips for Leaving Town

1)   Install a humidistat on your A/C and set it to cycle the A/C whenever the humidity exceeds 65%.  This is the most energy efficient method of ensuring no mold or mildew growth.  Check with your service person as to the correct settings for your type of unit.  And don't forget to put clean filters in you A/C units before you leave.  

2)   Water heaters left on in vacant homes are wasteful.  If no one is going to be home to use the water, you can turn it off at the circuit breaker.  The refrigerator can be set to the warmest setting.  The pool heater can also be turned off at the circuit breaker before you leave.

3)   Let trusted neighbors know before you head out of town. That way they know to keep an eye on things while you are away.  Tell them where you will be and when you will be back. Give someone an emergency phone number. Let them know who has a key (do not hide it near the door). Avoid unnecessary anxiety by letting people know if repairs or visitors are scheduled.  

4)   Keep the mailbox clear. Even if you arrange to have your mail "held" at the post office, there may still be door-to-door flyers and weekly circulars that end up outside your house.  Ask a neighbor to occasionally check and clear out your mailbox and front door area.


5)   Make the house look and sound lived in.  Set a timer to turn lights on and off. Maybe include a radio too, tuned to your plants' favorite station.

 6)   Florida is famous for being the lightning capital of the country.  Unplug all electric equipment and appliances such as stereos, TVs, washers, dryers and even the phones.

7)   Have your smoke detectors and burglar alarm checked before you go.  It's a good time of year to have your annual service call.


8)   Make sure your golf cart is fully charged and then unplug it.  Check that the batteries have water too.

9)   Many people advise that you leave closet doors, vanities, drawers and cabinets open to allow for good air circulation.  For the same reason hang all clothing loosely in closets and do not leave them inside plastic bags.

10)  Do not forget the people back home. Send postcards from exotic locations or even bring back a small gift as a "thank you" for watching over your home.

11)  Be sure to let your neighbors know when you are back. This is a good time to offer to watch their homes when they go away, catch up on the latest neighborhood doings and pick up any mail.