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Like any area of business, real estate experiences its peaks and valleys. Therefore, it's a good idea for people looking either to buy or sell to become familiar with its seasonal trends. Since Florida seems to stand apart from other states in so many ways, our season is a little different, offering unique opportunities for buyers and sellers.

Throughout the country, the winter months of December and January are pretty slow in the housing market. The holidays keep people busy and bank accounts somewhat limited, and most folks aren't prone to exploring open houses when it's cold outside. 

But Florida isn't like most of the country. With the mild winters here, people start house hunting after the holidays. According to Trulia, search traffic for

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If you're really looking to embrace the Florida life, there is no doubt that you've entertained the idea of getting a swimming pool. While there are some great benefits to pool ownership, there is also a responsibility that comes along with it. Fortunately, it's not very difficult to maintain a pool, and it's so simple that some people find it sort of meditative.

However, making a few extra steps to ensure that your pool is in good working order makes a big difference. Not properly maintaining a pool can cut its life span in half, or even shorter, and considering that a pool pump can easily account for half of a home's energy bill, it's a good idea to keep it running smoothly. Many Floridians have already invested in solar heating for their pools,

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With the tax deadline looming, I thought it would be good to remind you what you can itemize on your returns, and what you should consider if you're planning to sell your house this year. While many home improvements can't be used for deductions in the year you spend the money, those expenses can help to reduce your taxes in the year you sell your house.

Homeowners are able to claim their home mortgage interest payments, their real estate taxes, and their mortgage points each year, but there are a number of other things that can be deducted as well.

If you have refinanced your home and taken out a second mortgage or equity loan in order to implement some home improvements, all or some portion of the points can be deducted in the current tax

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When you're buying a home, getting a good home inspection is crucial and could save you from a home improvement nightmare. An inspection will cost you a few hundred dollars, but finding out about possible structural damages or other pitfalls make it well worth the money. In order to make the most of this experience, here are a few things to keep in mind then having a home inspection done on a house you may want to buy.

Do Your Own Pre-Inspection

Before the inspector arrives, be sure to spend some time familiarizing yourself with the house. Try the light switches, look for peeling paint, inspect the decks and porches, find out where the electrical panels are, and take a look at the appliances. Make notes of anything you want the inspector to look

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For those who are looking for their dream home, one of the big questions is whether to buy one that's already on the market or build their own. Considering that a home is usually the single largest investment a person can make, it's not a decision that should be made lightly. I want to offer you a few of the bigger considerations to help you make the best educated decision you can.

Consider the Convenience

Purchasing a home that's already built is generally a much simpler process. After you get pre-approved for a home in your price range, you have the ability to shop around and pick out a home you think will work for you. If you have a good realtor working for you, it really helps to streamline the process, and once the deal is closed, it may

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For those who are looking for their dream home, one of the big questions is whether to buy one that's already on the market or build their own. Considering that a home is usually the single largest investment a person can make, it's not a decision that should be made lightly. I want to offer you a few of the bigger considerations to help you make the best educated decision you can.


Consider the Convenience


Purchasing a home that's already built is generally a much simpler process. After you get pre-approved for a home in your price range, you have the ability to shop around and pick out a home you think will work for you. If you have a good realtor working for you, it really helps to streamline the process, and once the deal is closed, it

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Home automation and the Internet of Things is changing the way we live and design our homes.


As we move into the future, it seems more and more apparent that technology is the lead aspect of our everyday lives, especially when it comes to communication. The Internet of Things, or the “interconnection via the Internet of computer devices embedded in everyday objects,” has become so engrained in our daily lives that it seems impossible to live without it, or even choose to communicate without it. Therefore, it should be no surprise that even our homes can be interconnected, as the Internet of Things expands its reach to accomplish even the most mundane activities, such as turning on a light or adjusting the thermostat. Today we will highlight the

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With a real estate magnate moving into the White House, many are wondering about how that will influence the real estate market, and many more are wondering if it's a good time to buy. While some are confident in the direction a Trump presidency will take the economy, others are concerned about his economic-growth plans igniting inflation, which will, in turn, raise mortgage rates. Essentially, if you've been considering buying a home in 2017, now may be the best time to do it.

Housing prices have been on the rise since hitting bottom in 2011, and currently, we're seeing the highest median home prices in ten years, a 40% hike in the last five years alone. Fortunately, low mortgage rates have still managed to keep homes affordable. According to the

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If you’d like to enjoy all that Sarasota has to offer, little can compare with the benefits of downtown living. This choice is especially attractive in a city that has grown by leaps and bounds in density, yet managed to maintain its uniquely breezy, relaxed small town character, all while nurturing a quality of world-class entertainment, dining, and other amenities usually found in a large metropolis. 

Living in Downtown Sarasota primely places you within walking distance from entertainment any night of the week, from a number of weekly locally-organized music events or spots like McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, to the art-deco themed Hollywood 20 movie theater and the Sarasota Opera House, which was recently ranked Sarasota’s 2nd most popular

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Every now and then in the world of real estate, several potential home buyers will come across the very same "perfect house” at the same time. The result is what is commonly known as a bidding war. If you happen to find yourself engaged in competition with another potential buyer over your perfect house, this is how you can increase your odds of winning the bidding war.

1. Get your money in order. Everybody knows that money talks. However, many forget how well cash sings. The more you can put down in the beginning, the better off you're probably going to be. If you do need to get a mortgage, work out as many of the particulars as you can by getting pre-qualified and show the buyer you're ready to move forward.

2. Make the first offer matter. There

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