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8 Ways to Appeal to Next-Gen Buyers

41% of next-gen buyers surveyed by Better Homes and Gardens said they’d brag more about a home automation system than a remodeled kitchen.  Many will begin looking for their first home.  Here are 8 ways your home can appeal to them. Well-equipped kitchen Outdoor living  In a Better Homes and Gardens survey, 77% of next-gen buyers said they wanted a relaxed outdoor retreat. Updated …

20 Questions to Ask When Buying a Condo

Considering a condominium?  Take the time to research the community, talk to residents, review the condominium documents and study other data to answer these questions: Condition?  What’s the condition of the unit you’re considering-the building-the entire complex? Common Areas?  Are common areas well-maintained? For Sale?  How many condos are for sale? (A large percentage could be sign of problems.) Owner Occupied?  What percentage of …

7 First-Time Home Buyer Facts

Thinking of purchasing a home?  Are you new to the housing market?  A first-time home buyer perhaps?  If so, here are some facts about first-time home buyers.  See how these compare to you.  35% of all home buyers are buying their first home  32 is the median age of a first time buyer  24% used a gift as a source of down payment  74% …

5 Tips to Avoid Overspending this Holiday Season

Here’s some ideas that will help save you money and keep your shopping as stress free as possible 1. Start Shopping Now.  It seems that retailers are starting their holiday sales earlier and earlier. This is known as Christmas Creep, and it means that you don’t have to wait until after Thanksgiving for the best deals.  Many deals are better before Thanksgiving, then on …

10 Reasons to List With a Realtor

Are you considering putting your home up for sale?  Were you thinking of selling it yourself?  Please read on to see why listing with a Realtor is so much more beneficial.  Price.  Homeowners who sell their homes on their own typically generate $46,000 less than homeowners who work with a Realtor.  Access to Buyers.  Through the Multiple Listing Service, professional contacts and their own …

12 Tips to Make Moving Easier

Plan your move well in advance.  This will help you avoid a last-minute frenzy. Protect critical photos and files.  Store copies on a portable hard drive you carry with you, or upload them to a free cloud server. Photograph your cords.  Take pictures of the connections on your television, sound system, modem and computer so they’re easier to reconnect in your new home. Make …

7 Reasons You Should Buy a Home Now

This is according to Florida Realtor magazine: Rents are rising at a faster pace than home prices.  Especially in central and coastal Florida. Mortgage interest rates are still favorable. In most of Florida, it is still cheaper to buy than rent. We’re nearing the end of the era of low mortgage rates and moderate home prices. Personal income is starting to rise again. Housing …

Time for a Yard Sale?

Are you having trouble finding room in closets?  Is there no room to park your car in your garage? It could be time for a yard sale. Yard sales are a great way to de-clutter and organize your home.  Plus you can make a little cash in the process.  The important thing to remember is that making money comes second, getting rid of stuff …

What’s the Best Return on Remodeling?

Thinking of doing some remodeling of your home?  All projects are not created equal.  Here’s a list of projects, and what they’re estimated to pay, when your home is sold in Florida.  This is according to Remodeling Magazine. Attic insulation has the highest return of 116.9% Stone veneer is next with 92.9% New garage door follows at 91.5% New front door 91.1% Minor kitchen …

St. Petersburg Restoring Seagrass Beds

St. Petersburg has a great environmental project planned to restore several acres of seagrass off North Shore Park.  This is a win-win for the city, financially and for the environment.  The program will protect the area from future destruction, but also sell credits to developers who are destroying seagrass elsewhere.  This is from an article in the Tampa Bay Times. The city of St. …

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