July 2014

There are 3 blog entries for July 2014.

In our last blog post, Sarasota Property Finders' Pre-Listing Essentials, we talked about how to prepare your home before you put it on the market. The goal is to bring to light many positive aspects that you may not have considered, and to rediscover those attributes that led to your purchase of the home. The idea is that if you can appreciate all the positives about your home, it will be easy to convey these to the listing agent and the prospective buyer. But this exercise also helps you in one of the most important aspects of selling a home: pricing it.


Now that you have a good handle on your home's many selling points, we have a few more tips that will help you establish a price that's right:

Do your homework before setting the price

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It's common sense that before you list your home with an agent and put it on the market, you want to present it in the best light possible. While this sounds like a fairly straightforward task, many sellers are thinking about their next home, so they have a difficult time seeing and accentuating all the positives in the home they are about to list.

What follows should be considered much more than a “to-do” list for preparing your home for the market. It should be used as a catalyst to see your home with fresh eyes and help you picture how different lifestyles could find an ideal home there. Whether you are making small improvements, staging props and furniture, or simply enumerating your home's many attractions for a real estate listing, the goal is

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Considering that Florida is called the “Sunshine State," it's surprising that every rooftop doesn't have some type of photovoltaic solar installation. This is especially true when you compare the rising cost of electricity with the rapidly falling cost and increasing efficiency of solar panels.

In 1977, solar energy cost $76 a watt; today, that same watt would cost you around $0.74. Solar has finally become a very viable consideration for any homeowner who wants to cut energy costs. Over time, those savings can be quite substantial.

Solar Power Is an Investment
First of all, one should consider solar power as an investment rather than a way to save money right away. Unlike traditional electricity, large costs can be involved up front. Over time,

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