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September 5th, 2019 12:48 AM
The past few weeks have been full of storm preparations and anxiety for many of us in the state of Florida. Let us be grateful that Dorian missed us here in Broward County, and help those who were not so lucky if you can.

Please remember:  Hurricane season continues until November 30th. The peak of the season is August through October - be prepared for the possibility of a storm landing in our area at any time during the season. As some of you learned with Dorian, we normally have time to prepare thanks to the storm tracking systems in place. We had plenty of time - days, weeks even - to get our homes ready in the event of landfall. When the possibility of a storm begins, keep your gas tanks topped, make sure your non-perishables are stocked, and by now you should have a hurricane kit for the possibility of loss of electricity.

As Florida residents, we know that waiting until the last minute to prepare can cause headaches! Long lines for gas, propane, water, and other supplies, are some of those things you may have experienced this time around. As a reminder from a prior post, do a few things now so that you do not have to deal with long lines and shortage of supplies!

  • Clean and save some empty plastic jugs to fill with water.
  • Write down emergency numbers and any contacts you will need on paper in case we lose internet/cell phone/electricity.
  • Inventory your possessions - take pictures and make a file.
  • Make sure your insurance policies are up to date.
  • Make a hurricane preparedness kit.
  • Make a plan in case you have to evacuate (and don't forget your pet's plan).
Check out this link for lots of great information from Broward County Emergency Preparedness http://www.broward.org/hurricane/

Please note that I do not work for Broward County. I am a well qualified, state licensed, real estate appraiser. I provide appraisals for a variety of purposes for those properties located within Broward County. If you have any questions or are in need of an appraiser, please contact me any time!


Posted by Jennifer Carpenter on September 5th, 2019 12:48 AMLeave a Comment

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Did you buy a home after January 1, 2019 in Broward County Florida? Take advantage of the tax savings you are entitled to with a Homestead Exemption. Do not miss out on any savings you may be entitled to!

NOTE: my office is not affiliated with the Broward County Appraiser's office and you must contact them for further information about your Homestead Exemption (www.bcpa.net).

PRE-FILING FOR A 2020 HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION

If you purchased a new home after January 1, 2019, you may pre-file now for tax year 2020 Homestead and other exemptions. The timely filing period for Homestead Exemption for 2020 is March 2, 2019 through March 1, 2020. The absolute deadline to LATE FILE for any 2020 exemption -- if you miss the March 1 timely filing deadline -- is September 18, 2020. State law (Sec. 196.011(8), Fla. Stat.) does not allow late filing for exemptions after this date, regardless of any good cause reason for missing the late filing deadline. Please click on the following link for more information about Homestead and other exemptions for which you may be eligible http://bcpa.net/homestead.asp.


Posted by Jennifer Carpenter on August 5th, 2019 1:46 AMLeave a Comment

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Are thinking about putting your house up for sale but have no idea how much to list it for? If you are already in the process of marketing your home, or just thinking about it, you may need help with your asking price. If you list too high you may delay obtaining an offer. And if you list too low, you may lose out on your profits.

A professional appraisal report will give you the most current information about your specific market area. Contact Jennifer's Appraisals, Inc. to order an appraisal that will help you in your decision when setting your asking price, and provide you with guidance when negotiating with your buyer. Jennifer Carpenter is a certified residential appraiser and has over twenty years of experience in the Broward County Florida area. Contact Jennifer now!

Posted by Jennifer Carpenter on July 29th, 2019 1:54 AMLeave a Comment

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June 10th, 2019 1:24 AM
Florida residents, did you know? Hurricane season began June 1st and lasts for six months until November 30th. The peak of the season is August through October, but you should be prepared by now for the possibility of a storm landing in our area at any time during the season. With hurricanes, we normally get some time to prepare thanks to the storm tracking systems in place. However, as any Florida resident who has experienced these storms knows, waiting until the last minute to prepare can cause headaches!

So before the storms start brewing out there, do a few things now so that you do not have to deal with long lines and shortage of supplies! Here's just a few tips:

  • Clean and save some empty plastic jugs to fill with water.
  • Write down emergency numbers and any contacts you will need on paper in case we lose internet/cell phone/electricity.
  • Inventory your possessions - take pictures and make a file.
  • Make sure your insurance policies are up to date.
  • Make a hurricane preparedness kit.
  • Make a plan in case you have to evacuate (and don't forget your pet's plan).
Check out this link for lots of great information from Broward County Emergency Preparedness http://www.broward.org/hurricane/

Let's hope for a quiet storm season, but prepared and stay safe!

Posted by Jennifer Carpenter on June 10th, 2019 1:24 AMLeave a Comment

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March 26th, 2019 2:53 AM

Spring is here and South Florida is heating up! If you are new to Florida you might be in for a shock when you get your electric bill in the next few months. For those of you who are used to our very brief cool days, you know that it is important to keep on top of energy consumption. Here are a few things you can do to save money this time of year:

  1. Cool your home at 78 degrees with the thermostat fan on AUTO. For extra savings, set your thermostat to 82 degrees when you are away from home.
  2. Replace or clean your A/C filter on a regular schedule, such as the first of every month to reduce cooling costs. Make sure your a/c line is clean and is not clogged, and hire a professional to conduct an annual maintenance if you are not handy in this area.
  3. Turn off your ceiling fans when you leave the room.  Each fan running all the time is costing you extra every month. And turn off your lights!
  4. Lower your water heater temperature to 120 degrees as recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy. This should save a few dollars every month as well.
  5. Limit the time your pool pump is running to six hours per day through the hot summer months.
These tips should help control your energy consumption costs - take care!

Posted by Jennifer Carpenter on March 26th, 2019 2:53 AMLeave a Comment

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