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January 29, 2012

by Susan Koslovsky

January 29, 2012

A WEEK OFF FROM FOOTBALL

by Susan Koslovsky

Last Sunday was clearly a very exciting day in the life of football. The decisions were made for the teams going to the Super Game next week. Screams could be heard from all corners of the country and betting pools went wild. In many instances households were divided and next week’s game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots will prove to be one nail biting chip chomping exhibition. Hopefully the weather in the Midwest will be cooperative and it will be a fabulous event all around. When the fans at home and in sports bars across the country are not screaming and cheering during the game, all will be entertained by the ever anticipated commercials that usually promise great entertainment themselves. Television sales this coming week I have been told will be at an all time high with prices the best you ever see all year long. Keep that in mind if you are in need of a new one. Today you have time without missing a football game. You also have time to take care of all the things you might have been meaning to do but couldn’t tear yourself away from the game. After all even in the age of DVR and TIVO, sporting events are not usually what you would tape because the likelihood of finding out the score by accident is all too likely. Now here is what you really need to do on a beautiful Sunday in January: Take a look at the Sunday Miami Herald Neighbors Section and see what peaks your interest in Real Estate. Take the time to call or text Sid Koslovsky at 305-807-6664 or email him at Skoslovsky@aol.com and ask him his advice on selling your home or apartment. See what he has to say about where you should be looking to buy or invest for a great return on your money. Check out his over 31 years of experience in this town as to where you should consider buying or perhaps first renting if you are considering selling. Today is a great day to take advantage of his time. After a most enjoyable round of golf this morning with the guys he most likes to play golf with, he will be available. But if as you read this paper you feel the need to call him, do so and leave a message. He will return your call at his first opportunity. Or you can call me at 305-807-3370 or the office at 305-945-0000 and the agent on call will also be happy to help you. We are here to service your real estate needs and our record in this town speaks for itself. So, enjoy your morning coffee, relax and read the paper, make your Sunday plans, take the day off from football, and put real estate on the list for the day’s activities.

January 22, 2012

by Susan Koslovsky

January 22, 2012

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS EFFECTIVELY AND GRACIOUSLY

by Susan Koslovsky

How often have you heard someone say that they are not going to celebrate their birthday this year? People have been known to say those words with such conviction, that it appears they believe that because they professed their non desire to acknowledge the day that it actually won’t come and there will be no effects whatsoever. We all know that is impossible and regardless of the extent of your celebration or recognition of the day, your birthday is coming like it or not. Children love to celebrate their birthdays and in fact they look forward to the upcoming day with the most enthusiasm you can imagine. Knowing there is a day, just for you, with no thought or care to the world that besides celebrating the day you were born, there is a mark of the calendar that you are now one year older. Kids are kids, and that is exactly what they want…to be older. Adults don’t really want to be younger, at least not child age again, but they would love some assurance that the time would hold still for awhile and not advance one’s years quite so quickly. Birthdays as we all know are a celebration of life itself. Those special dates single out the individuals born on those days many years ago, and not so many years as well. In an age of so much turmoil, sickness, and difficult times, celebrating birthdays is crucial. If you remove the very thing that shows us that life goes on year after year then what is the legacy you will leave? Birthdays are a day to look forward to and to make the most out of. Wake up on your birthday in a great mood and be determined to have a wonderful day regardless of how the plans for the day pan out. Celebrating birthdays of family and friends makes you responsible for making sure those around you celebrate their special day with the same fan fare as well. How you decide to bring in another year and recognize the milestone in your life and those closest to you is purely personal. Everyone may have an opinion and offer a suggestion of how they would celebrate the big day. As long as recognizing the significance of the day seems to be there, let each and every one make their own choices as to their personal celebration. As we age, celebrating birthdays is a testament to our very existence. When we get together with family and friends to rejoice over someone’s birthday, we take the time to honor that person and wish them added years to their life. You show them that for that day, they are the most important and you bring sunshine and hope for many good years to come. Happy Birthday to some of my January family and friends: David, Dad, Bonnie, Victor, Jonathan, Avichai, Orah, Emunah, Bentzion, Fran, Denny, Julia, and Daniel, just to name a few. Happy Birthday to all.

January 15, 2012

by Susan Koslovsky

January 15, 2012

THE YEAR TO PURGE, CLEAN OUT, AND ORGANIZE EFFICIENTLY

by Susan Koslovsky

Since the beginning of each year brings new plans, new hopes, and lots of motivation and enthusiasm, why not make the beginning of the year a time to “go with the flow” and “get with the program?” Counting back the number of years you are advised to save necessary papers and receipts, purge your home, your office and your overpaid storage spaces with the oh too many boxes and files you dared and were too scared to part with. Take the time to reminisce and review maybe for sentimental value and save only what you must. Be brave and bold and shred away. Lighten your load and get a better grip on what you should be keeping and organize yourself so anything and everything will be in easy reach if you should need to access that information. This is not an easy task and should not be attempted by the faint at heart or when you cannot devote a decent amount of time to the project. This can be an overwhelming feat and should not be expected to be completed all in one sitting. Tackle one area at a time, from the past, and the present to planning for the future. With each file that is reviewed and reorganized you will feel empowered and freer. Take the time to tackle this task with pictures on your cameras and computers as well. As we live in the digital world and so many of us rarely print out every picture we take, it is easy to lose or misplace where our favorite photos have gone. Get your pictures organized by date or by event, and make sure they are saved in a secure place on an external hard drive and even a DVD for safe keeping. The start of the New Year is a good time to check on credit cards reviewing balances, credit limits, and even rewards you may not have followed. Who knows what surprises you may find with points having accumulated that you forgot you had. Check on the expiration dates for driver’s licenses, passports, and protection plans for your electronic equipment. Nothing is worse than thinking you have time still to go when the expiration date has come and gone. It’s overwhelming, I know, and it’s easier to look away, say I’ll attend to it later, and deal with it at a later date. The truth is if you” bite the bullet” and take the time now you will save yourself time and lots of stress later when you need to put your fingers on information in a hurry. Shred, shred, shred. I cannot stress that enough. No one wants crucial account numbers, addresses, and phone numbers to fall into the wrong hands. It may seem like no big deal but the consequences can be frightening. Start slowly, gain speed and in no time you will find yourself updated and in order. Be patient, lighten your load, and start 2012 knowing everything is right where it belongs.

January 8, 2012

by Susan Koslovsky

January 8, 2012

SO HOW WAS YOUR FIRST WEEK OF THE NEW YEAR?

By Susan Koslovsky

With a much-anticipated New Year on the horizon, everyone was scrambling around to complete projects from updating finances, to cleaning out closets, to making plans for the holidays, and thinking long and hard to make good choices for New Year’s resolutions. Now that one week has passed since we rang in 2012, how has the first week of the New Year treated you? Hopefully the year began with good thoughts, good plans, and lots of motivation. Everything is very exciting when it is new and fresh. We all love new beginnings and the hope and possibilities they bring. The weather in South Florida has been glorious and we even had that always anticipated “chill” we experience a few times each winter. Everyone had a chance to bring out the sweaters and jackets they long to have a little taste for, and the sky couldn’t have been bluer. While much of the country has their usual cold and blistery weather that they repeat year after year, we can be grateful to live in such a fabulous climate. As we like to call it “the chamber of commerce” weather, that is what brings visitors year after year to sunny South Florida. As the streets were so over crowded with cars through the holiday and still seem to be that way during peak hours, those of us who are lucky enough to live here all year long, had to be patient as we drove through town. Tourists bring money, and that adds to the revenues for merchants we hope will have successful seasons. Unfortunately, businesses cannot rely on its year round residents alone, and look forward with much anticipation to the non-Floridian regulars to frequent the malls, restaurants, and local hot spots. The real estate business is part of the same scene as well. Especially in South Florida, we know there are many visitors who are snowbirds, or possible investors who will help relieve the area of many properties available for sale. For those who truly want to become regulars to this tropical climate boasting so many vacationing and entertainment spots, this is the year to make the decision and BUY. Tell your friends, your family, and anyone who will listen. Prices are great, interest rates are at an all time low, and the weather is spectacular. There are places available in all price categories, properties in all sorts of condition from all finished to those fixer uppers for the creative adventurists. The first week of this year should have been a bird’s eye view for all of us, that South Florida is the place to call home. That was easily reinforced in the first week of the New Year. If it was for you as well, make the decision to BUY and make South Florida your home or your home away from home. Call us and we will take you in the right direction.

January 1, 2012

by Susan Koslovsky

January 1, 2012

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

by Susan Koslovsky

With 2012 right around the corner, it seems hard to even think about writing about anything else. After the realization settles in that a new year with a new date is about to start, the inevitable challenge comes to light. It’s time to face the perpetual task of making a new year’s resolution. This is a commitment that an individual makes to one or more personal goals and a lifestyle change that should be interpreted as an advantage. The New Year’s resolution is a plan you set out to make in anticipation of the New Year that you will accomplish in the coming year.
You must create a plan when you set your goal. If the resolution is to have resolve then the plan must have very clear guidelines telling what you do when. The key is to formulate it as quickly as possible and commit to the resolution by writing it down in a journal. Your resolution will not get accomplished in one day, but rather systematically over the year. As time passes your plan will change and that is to be expected. Life has a funny way of throwing us unexpected things and only flexibility will help us revise and get through. Goals can be achieved in small increments and the success will come at the end. Resolutions are our way of saying we want to make a change in our lives and not just picking something we promise ourselves to accomplish. This change in behavior stems from a “spring cleaning” of the mind in some sense. We clean out the cobwebs of our less favorable behaviors and make plans to convince ourselves that a change is possible. With most good cleaning projects, healthy change is a lot of hard work. Often times a complete overhaul is necessary and much basic groundwork must be done before the changes can take place. Years and years ago, the New Year began in March with the planting of new crops. Later on it was switched to January 1st. It was believed that whatever you did on the New Year had an effect all year long. So making sincere resolutions is a great way to start the New Year. Each and every person has to decide for himself or herself what a meaningful resolution is. Some are health related, others business or social topics. This coming year the top 5 resolutions are: 1.Be financially-savvy; 2.Read at least one book per month; 3.Eat properly; 4. Get enough sleep; 5.Keep a journal of awesome moments. Make a resolution with commitment and thought, and do your best to change and make it work. Happy New Year.