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48 Seminole Dr, Royal Palm Beach, FL 3341148 Seminole Dr, Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411 is a home for sale in Indian Trail Villas.

Indian Trail Villas is a great community in Royal Palm Beach. 48 Seminole Dr is a perfect opportunity to own in this great location. Royal Palm Beach is conveniently located close to Wellington and West Palm Beach. In Royal Palm, you'll be just a short drive from countless dining, entertainment, shopping, and even the beach! 

48 Seminole Dr, Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411 is a 2 bedroom home with lots of great features. The kitchen is updated and contains the washer and dryer. There is not just one patio, but two! There is an open air patio in the front of the home, and a screened patio in the rear. The master suite has its own bathroom, and there is another bathroom off the hallway. 

48 Seminole Dr, Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411

This would be a perfect home for a first time buyer, or anyone looking for a 2 bedroom home in the Royal Palm Beach area. 

Would you like to sell your Royal Palm Beach home? Click here for a free home evaluation!

Are you looking for a new home in Indian Trail Villas? Keep scrolling to see all the listings now available in this community: #indian-trail-villas#

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9716 Plumeria Way, Boynton Beach, FL 334369716 Plumeria Way, Boynton Beach, FL 33436 is now for sale in Cypress Creek! 

Cypress Creek Country Club is a wonderful community in Boynton Beach, and 9716 Plumeria Way is a great opportunity to own! The community of Cypress Creek features its own golf course where you can either choose to join or not. This home would be perfect for any avid golfer, or even just someone who enjoys golfing once every so often. 

This home in Cypress Creek has a great open floor plan, connecting living, family, kitchen, dining, and breakfast area. The master bedroom is a private retreat, located on the opposite side of the home from the other 3 bedrooms. One of these 3 bedrooms also has its own full bathroom! 

9716 Plumeria Way, Boynton Beach, FL 33436, Cypress Creek Country Club

9716 Plumeria Way features a 3 car garage, so there will be plenty of room for everyone's vehicle. There is even additional driveway parking which would be perfect for parties and get-togethers. This home sits on over a quarter acre, which gives you plenty of room to install a pool. 

Would you like to sell your Cypress Creek home? Click here for a free home evaluation.

Want to buy a Cypress Creek home? Scroll down to see all homes currently for sale in Cypress Creek: #cypress-creek-country-club#

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1345 Crystal Way H, Delray Beach, FL 33444 

This condo in Bahia Delray offers an ideal location in east Delray Beach! You are minutes to Atlantic Avenue & the beach too.

This 2/2 is a second floor corner unit that has the upgrades that you desire. The open layout offers a split plan with lots of natural lighting. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances & plenty of cabinets. This property has been freshly painted, new carpets in the bedrooms, has built-in shelving in the closets and even a waster & dryer in the unit.

1345 Crystal Way H, Delray Beach, FL 33444 

Your covered balcony is perfect for dining outside & has a storage closet. Assigned parking spot comes with unit. Living here is like living in a resort in the best city, Delray Beach. There is a clubhouse, pool, fitness center, 2 tennis courts, gated community too.

Great location close to downtown Delray, ride your bike to trendy Atlantic Ave or the beach! There is wonderful shopping nearby, with a Target just around the corner. Close to I-95 making every commute a breeze. Right across from Delray Racquet Club.

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Read on to learn more about 8273 Bob O Link Dr, West Palm Beach, FL 33412!

Welcome to Ironhorse Country Club! This is a gorgeous community near Wellington where membership is not mandatory. You do have the option to join as a tennis, golf, or even just as a social member. You may not need to buy a membership living at 8273 Bob O Link Dr, West Palm Beach, FL 33412. With a gorgeous screened in pool, beautiful French door entry, open living space, and popular split bedroom layout, you'll never want to leave home! There is a 2 car garage and large driveway so you can have plenty of room for all your toys. This is a golf cart friendly community! 


Click here to learn more about 8273 Bob O Link Dr, West Palm Beach, FL 33412

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314 Tuxedo Ln, West Palm Beach, FL 33401If you love city life this is the perfect home for you! Walk everywhere and enjoy all that West Palm Beach has to offer in a tranquil setting. Living here you can take full advantage of all Florida lifestyle has to offer. Fully updated kitchen with enough space for any gourmet chef. 2nd floor has an open floorplan with huge family room, dining area and kitchen. Large master with 2 huge walk in closets, luxurious bathtub and separate shower. Enjoy gorgeous views from your 3rd story patio in master. Additional bedroom on 3rd floor has its own bathroom with gorgeous walk in shower. Guest bed on first floor that can be used as an office or tv room. 2 car garage with lots of space, in addition to some off street parking. The beautifully landscaped community of Magnolia Court has a lot to offer!
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If you're thinking of buying, the 5 Steps to buying a home is important to understand. Lisa Treu will be discussing the 5 Steps in detail on the radio show.  

  1. Getting pre-approved from a lender that is well respected in the area. 
  2. Meeting for a brief Consultation. We would rather ask you 100 questions and show you 5 homes than ask you 5 questions and show you 100 homes. 
  3. Selecting the right homes.  
  4. Negotiating to get the outcome you want. As soon as you find the right home, you will want to timely make an offer. 
  5. Now the fun starts - contract to close. When you hire Treu Group Real Estate, you have all of the experts you need to get to the closing table.  

Treu Group's latest radio show is now available here on our blog! If you are in the process of buying a home, thinking about buying a home, or planning on making a big real estate purchase in the near future, this show is a must-listen! We have taken the complicated buying process and broken it down into 5 easy steps. Treu Group Real Estate is a family of agents who cares about your family. It is important to us that our clients understand the buying process so you'll know what to expect during a time in your life that can be stressful. Treu Group Real Estate is here to take the pressure off of you when you're making that next big purchase. Interested in more information? Click here to listen to all of our past radio shows.

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14882 Via Porta, Delray Beach, FL 33446Welcome home! 14882 Via Porta, Delray Beach, FL 33446. Enter this villa and be wowed. The high ceilings and abundant natural light let you feel like you're in a huge building! This villa is deceptively spacious with open floor plan and popular split bedroom floor plan. The chef's kitchen will make every meal feel special. There is an open den off the entrance which could be used for an office or converted to an additional bedroom. The open living area looks out onto the sunny lanai where you'll love taking the breeze or even dine al fresco. If dining out is your thing, you won't have to go far for Villagio Reserve's poolside Cafe. The amenities in this community are phenomenal with pools, tennis courts, fitness room, demo kitchen, arts and crafts room, dance studio and even more! You'll also love the proximity to bustling Delray.

14882 Via Porta, Delray Beach, FL 33446.

14882 Via Porta, Delray Beach, FL 33446

This home is in a prime West Delray location. It's close to lots of great shopping including Delray Marketplace. The Villages of Oriole Plaza is just across Hagen Ranch Rd, which has a movie theater, Publix, multiple banks and places of worship. All of your errands can be accomplished in a short convenient trip across the street. If you enjoy nature you'll love visiting nearby Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Stretch your legs and take in the natural landscape surrounding the boardwalk at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands. If city life is more your thing, make the quick drive down Atlantic Ave to bustling downtown Delray Beach, where there is a constant stream of social and cultural events. There is something for everyone at this great location!

14882 Via Porta, Delray Beach, FL 33446.

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7664 Great Oak Dr, Lake Worth FL 33467

7664 Great Oak Dr, Lake Worth FL 33467 located in the community of Smith Farm is an amazing value. 

This 5 bedroom, 3 Bath Smith Farm home has all of the space that you desire and an ideal layout. With 3054 a/c sf, you have all of the space that you desire. There is plenty of room for entertaining with a large formal living and dining area.  If your home is where good friends gather, then the open kitchen, family room area is going to be perfect.  There is room for several people to be in the kitchen while still being part of the party. 

This Smith Farm home has one bedroom and bath on the first floor and an oversized master retreat and 3 additional bedrooms upstairs. 

There is a screened in patio spanning the entire length of the home too! It is a great place to read a book, enjoy a cup of coffee or entertain. 

The home has been priced so that you can make the upgrades that you desire.  Imagine the fun of making this home yours. 

See all Smith Farm homes for sale


Smith Farm (click on Smith Farm to learn more about the community) has all of the amenities that you desire including a manned security gate, a stunning entrance, resort style pools, soccer fields, basketball, tennis and more.  There are great schools too. You will love calling this home. 

Want to learn more including schools, restaurants, shopping & more?  You can see what is nearby so you can discover what it would be like to call Smith Farm home.  Click on the address to see all of the information about 7664 Great Oak Dr, Lake Worth FL 33467

Would you like to see this Smith Farm home?  Call your Smith Farm Real Estate Agent at 561-376-2424 to make your appointment today. 

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Buying vs. RentingDoes it make sense to buy or rent?  That is a great question that every renter should ask.  90% of wealth comes from their primary home.  That should get all of our attention if we are looking to create wealth.  Before you do anything else, you should own your own home. 

There are times when renting might make sense.  If you are planning on moving away in less than 3 years, renting might be a good option.  Or if retirement is approaching and you are not sure of your long term plans.  Even if you are looking for a new career and relocating is an option.  If this is not you, then you should strongly consider buying in south Florida.   Otherwise you are helping another person become wealthy.

The other challenge with renting is that rentals are on the rise.  Why?  It is because of supply and demand in part. There are more people wanting to rent than there are rentals.  The second reason is that certain fees are higher, like taxes, so it is passed on to the tenant.  What's worse is that it will continue to increase since investment properties don't have the tax savings benefit of the Save the Homes.  Landlords can expect their taxes to increase which means that rental rates will need to go up just to maintain the same profit for the landlord.

When buying a home, you deserve to have someone on your side.  Treu Group Real Estate represents our buyers as a buyer's agent.  You might be asking, "Doesn't everyone?".  The simple answer is no.  There are 2 ways an agent can represent a buyer, as a Single Agent or a Transaction Broker.  How do I know how I am being represented?  If you have not signed an agreement, you are by default working with a Transaction Broker.  So what is the next step to buying a new home?  Call us to schedule a time to meet to discuss the process, what you can expect when working with us and your housing needs.  We look forward to helping you find your new home. 

Congratulations on the decision to be a homeowner!

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If you are like most buyers, you will be obtaining a mortgage.  It is a critical set in obtaining the keys so you can move into your new home.  So what is the big deal?  Getting a mortgage is step one of making your dreams come true. 

Florida is number 1 for mortgage denials.  This isn't something that we want to be #1 in as it means that buyers and sellers are disappointed and closings don't occur.  17% of applicants get denied.  Wow, that is a big number.  Imagine that you have found a home you love, you're already decorating in your mind and packing only to hear NO. 

So what do you do if you want to buy a home to have your loan approved?  There are steps to improve your chances of having your loan approved.

  1. Check your credit on a free credit score site like  This will give you an idea and a range of your credit score.
  2. Pay down your credit cards below 30% - all cards.  Many people pay off one and leave higher balances. 
  3. Don't change anything financial like jobs, closing credit lines or opening credit lines.
  4. If your income is commission or bonuses discuss with your lender.  You will need a history to allow this to be counted as income.
  5. Make sure you have reserves as required by your lender.
  6. Use a great lender that will do a pre-approval, not a pre-qualification.  Make sure the lender has reviewed, credit, your income, tax returns and your expenses.  Almost all issues could have been anticipated by a proper pre-approval. Too many buyers wait to get pre-approved until after they find a home and then they lose it. 

So what do you do now?  Let Treu Group Real Estate help you.  We will get you pre-approved for your loan and then schedule a time to meet for a consultation.  Spending a few minutes up front allows you to  save hours and more importantly get you to the home of your dreams. 

Need more tips?  You can listen to a radio show discussing obtaining your mortgage. 

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