Are you an empty-nester thinking of downsizing?  As a team of top Davie REALTORS®, we’d be glad to help, but we have some advice for you before you make a move.

Make Sure Downsizing is For You

Some Davie homeowners who have been through the process think they got so focused on downsizing that they didn’t think through all the issues and made a decision too hastily.  Here are some of the things to consider when you decide when and how to downsize.

Plan for the Transition

If you’re ready to downsize, there are lots of things to consider.  Here are just a few.


A smaller home doesn’t always cost less.  If you decide you want a townhome or condominium that echoes the amenities you have in your existing home, the price could be more than you anticipate.  In fact, sometimes the smaller home of your dreams could cost more than the home that you’re selling.  You’ll need to decide if you want to pay more and get a mortgage or pay less and close with cash.

A smaller home may require new furniture.  Room sizes in a smaller home may make the furniture you own now look out of place.  Purchasing new furniture can be an exciting opportunity to update your home’s look and feel.  Just make sure to include the cost in your moving budget.

What to Do With All This Stuff?

Don’t be afraid.  Everyone who downsizes goes through the same process of determining what to keep and what to sell or give away.  Many people who downsize balance out the cost of acquiring new furniture and décor by selling items they don’t want to take with them.  Consider holding garage sales or sell items on eBay.

However, it’s never a good idea to get rid of family heirlooms – if you won’t have room for them, give them away to other family members who will cherish them as you do.

While no one looks forward to decluttering their lives, it will serve two purposes.  You’ll need to declutter your home before you sell it, and you’ll decide what’s really important to you in your new surroundings.  Just take it one drawer at a time.

Finding Your New Home

Most people who downsize choose a home that needs less commitment than the home they own, but supports their lifestyle, just in a different way.  It’s not necessary to go the “tiny-house” route unless that’s really your heart’s desire.

Townhomes and condominiums are popular choices for downsizing for a number of reasons.  Many people love the freedom to travel on a moment’s notice without worrying about who will mow the lawn.  And, many communities have security that relieves the homeowners from worrying about leaving their home empty.  Others are delighted that they can keep their new home clean with minimal effort.

If you plan to age in place, you may want to eliminate stairs.  Many Davie condominiums offer one-level living, or a ranch-style single family home would work, also.  Review all the Davie townhomes and condominiums for sale to see what’s available on the market.  And, if you’re looking for new construction, there are several new communities.  For example, one of the Pembroke Pines communities, the Townhomes at Raintree might be of interest to you.

If you’re considering making a move, feel free to call us at 954-242-8030 or send an email.  Our team of experts in Davie homes for sale are ready to help you find just the right home for your needs!

Pembroke Pines real estate

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Pembroke Pines Real Estate: Townhomes at Raintree

Looking for Pembroke Pines real estate? CalAtlantic Homes is actively selling in Raintree, an upscale gated and master-planned community in desirable Pembroke Pines.  The community consists of single-family homes and two sets of townhomes.  Amenities include a community lake and a clubhouse with a community pool.

If you want new construction, but don’t want to wait, there are quick move-in townhomes as of the date of this writing.  These innovative townhomes offer low-maintenance living in beautifully designed two- and three-floor plans.  Each townhome has parking in a private two-car garage.

The Preserve at Raintree

The Preserve offers three floor plans, ranging from 1,891 to 2,604 square feet in size.  The three bedroom, 3.5-4 bath plans offer plenty of room.

The Delmar B floorplan features a guest bedroom, large walk-in closet and full bath on the first floor – perfect for extended family, guests or office space.  The second floor is devoted to an oversized great room with a covered balcony perfect for entertaining.  The great room flows into an upscale kitchen designed with granite countertops, tile backsplashes and a kitchen island.  The design is topped off with 42” cabinets, stainless steel appliances and an adjacent dining area.

A second guest bedroom is located on the third floor and has a private bath.  The master suite is a luxurious and private retreat, complete with walk-in closets, double sinks in the master bath, along with a separate tub and shower.  You’ll think of drinking a cup of coffee and reading the paper in the morning when you see the private covered balcony off the master bedroom.  The Delmar B townhome is priced at approximately $383,000.

The Grove at Raintree

The open-plan townhomes at The Grove at Raintree range from 1,752 to 2,183 square feet.  These are two-story homes with three beds and 2.5-3 baths.  Each townhome has its own two-car garage.

Several Napa model quick move-in homes are available as of this writing.  The Napa offers a large open floor plan.  The first-floor great room extends to a covered lanai.  The large kitchen boasts luxury finishes and a walk-in pantry.  The second floor contains a private master suite with large walk-in closets.  The two guest bedrooms are located at the opposite end of the house and share a bathroom.  Pricing for the quick move-in units ranges from $385,425 to $404,900.

Tips for Buying New Construction

Many people think that buying a new construction home is just like going to a retail store, but people who take that approach find that the sale ends up being more advantageous for the builder than it is for the buyer.

The builder’s representatives are there to work with you, but keep in mind that they’re responsible for protecting the builder’s interest.  Therefore, it’s in your best interest to have your own representation.  In that way, there are professionals on both sides of the transaction to complete negotiations that work for both parties.

In addition, you can work with your own agent to make sure that the Raintree community is the right one for you before you make a commitment.  And, if you find that Raintree isn’t your dream neighborhood, you can work with your own agent to find the one that is!

If you’re ready to explore your options, you can count on the real estate experts on the Teri Arbogast Team to provide the Pembroke Pines real estate information you need to make the most informed decision on your next home purchase.  Call us today at 954-252-8030 or send an email for more information.


The annual 99.9 Kiss Country Chili Cook-Off is celebrating 30 years!

99.9 Chili Cook-Off Celebrates 30 Years

Brad Paisley is headlining the 2015 Chili Cook-Off

The annual 99.9 Chili Cook-Off celebrates 30 years! The Chili Cook-Off is held at C.B. Smith Park located at 900 N Flamingo Rd in Pembroke Pines, FL. The event will take place on January 25, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Everyone who enters the Chili Cook-Off will need a ticket no matter their age. Tickets are being sold for $52 per person. You will also need to purchase a parking pass that is $5 per car. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by going to Once you’re on the website click on the tab that says “Chili” then click on buy tickets/parking. On the next page click on “click here to purchase Chili Cook-Off tickets”. There is a small service fee for each ticket purchased as well as for the parking passes. There are 22,500 tickets being sold so make sure to get yours before they’re sold out!

Brad Paisley is the headliner for this years Chili Cook-Off. Other performers are The Band Perry, Jerrod Niemann, The Swon Brothers and The Cadillac Three. The concert gates will open up at 8:30 a.m. and the concert is from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday January 25th. The parking gates on Pines Blvd will open up at 1:00 a.m. and the parking gates on Taft St. will open up at 6:00 a.m. There is also handicapped parking located on Johnson St. This parking is for anyone who has an official handicapped parking decal.

Some things to know before going to the Chili Cook-Off this year…

You can not bring any cans, coolers, video cameras, flags or flag poles, weapons, umbrellas, backpacks or pets inside the event. There will be food and refreshments available for purchase once you’re inside the Chili Cook-Off. The event will take place rain or shine and there are no refunds.

C.B. Smith Park is close to some beautiful communities in Pembroke Pines, FL.  If you are looking for a home for sale in Pembroke Pines our team has a few agents who are also Pembroke Pines area residents. As local residents and Realtors they have the knowledge of the area to help you find the perfect home and community to fit your families needs! If you have a home you would like to sell contact The Teri Arbogast Team. Whether you’re buying or selling a home in Broward County we will make your real estate experience a pleasant and profitable one.

The 99.9 Chili Cook-Off Celebrates 30 Years and will have some great performers! If you are attending this years Chili Cook-Off have fun and enjoy the concert!



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