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Living local: A sneak peek into our favorite spots

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Thousands of people flock to Sarasota year round to explore our beautiful beaches, experience our world class performances and kick back in the warm sea green Gulf waters.  I thought you might like to take a sneak peek into what it is like to live in paradise year round and get a glimpse of some […]

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Selling your First Home

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A house is one of the most emotional purchases a person will ever make. The phrase ‘your first home’ carries tremendous weight. It is the vault in which you store all your incubating ideas of marriage and family, of what your daily lives will look like, your bliss, your toils. You work hard and save […]

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Fixer-Uppers: Insider Secrets

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So you have realized that you can’t quite find what you really want in your ballpark budget. You have binge-watched HGTV and come to the conclusion that what you need is a fixer-upper! You want to have some input into the updating, put a personal touch on your space, make this house your own unique […]

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Funding a Fixer Upper

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It always costs more than you originally thought, right? That is one of the challenges of purchasing an older home–the projects. There are all of those things that would really make sense to do before you move in: updating the kitchen countertop (who EVER thought tile was a good idea?), exposing the beautiful Terazzo under […]

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The Inspector’s Report

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The house is everything you always wanted: sunny, close to school and work, around the corner from your favorite cafe. You are ready. You make an offer, hold your breath—and it is accepted! Now comes the chaotic ride between the flurry of activity of the inspection contingency and what feels like empty torturous waiting until […]

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Preparing your Home for the Market

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Have a pre-inspection done by a Home Inspector or General Contractor You will discover everything that a potential buyer would dig up during the inspection contingency and then be able to address the minor issues so that there are no surprises. Go ahead and make all of those small nuisance repairs that you have been […]

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Pricing Strategies

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Whatever you do, please don’t just feed your listing to the highest bidder! Before determining the appropriate listing price for your home, first you need to be sure you understand market value. Looking around at the other homes currently on the market around you can be very misleading, because these are the list prices (and […]

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Selecting a Realtor

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Selling your home or investment property is about moving forward, often out of difficult life transitions. When you are trying to choose a brokerage and an agent to handle the sale of your property, don’t fall for the corporate glitz and glamour. Ads and magazines don’t sell houses. They build brand awareness for the brokerage. […]

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Purchasing A Home, Step By Step

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Step One – Research Obtain free credit report and clear up any issues Visit open houses, do online research, daydream Declutter your existing home, have a garage sale Step Two – Prepare Select a realtor and discuss lenders (sign Buyer’s Agreement) Meet with lender and obtain pre approval letter Set aside funds for deposit with […]