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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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Selling a home can be an extremely emotional process, especially when it's sitting on the market for longer than you'd hoped. For some, the results aren't always a quick sell for exactly the price you imagined. Instead, it's a collection of sleepless nights and a handful of fingernails chewed to the nub. If you're experiencing seller's fatigue, there are a few things you can do to lower your stress level and smooth the home-selling process.

  1. Shoot for showroom polish. While plenty of homebuyers seek out fixer-uppers, most are eager to move in upon closing. This doesn't mean that you need to do a complete remodel or even a refurbishing. However, you do need to make sure that it looks ready to welcome in a new owner. That may mean a few fresh coats
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When you're looking to buy or sell a home, one of the last things you want to have to do is put in more money -- but investing in a licensed home inspection is well worth it. If you're considering an inspection, there are a few things you should know and take into consideration as you choose the right home inspector for you.

  1. First, you should know that the purpose of a home inspection is to help assess the value of the property based on its roof, foundation, heating and cooling systems, plumbing, electrical work, water and sewage, fire and safety issues, as well as insect, water, or fire damage.
  2. Know that the home inspection can be used as a contingency in your purchase offer, which could allow you to back out of an offer free of penalty if
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You’ve spent months checking and re-checking your to-do list. You’ve touched up the paint on your walls, shined your hardwood floors, steam-cleaned your carpets, replaced all the light bulbs in the house. You’ve fixed a leaky faucet. You’ve planted new shrubs. Your house is finally ready to sell, and you are exhausted. Getting your home ready to put on the market is stressful enough; a great Realtor will juggle the intricacies and phases of your home’s sale efficiently and reduce your stress. Here are six signs that you hired a great Realtor.

  1. Your agent listens to you. Any competent agent knows the business of selling homes, but a great Realtor takes time to sit with you in your home to discuss your goals. It’s your house, after all. Chances
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Whenever I help clients sell a home, we identify all the value-added features of the property and work to accentuate them. Oftentimes, a little extra attention to a certain feature can return a big payoff. One thing that many people don't first consider is attic space, but there's a lot of value up in those rafters.

What tends to happen in a Florida home is that the attic gets used for storage and is largely forgotten about, except for around the holidays when we haul out the decorations. But if you're looking to upgrade a home, one of the first places you should look is up. Ultimately, an attic can serve one of two very important roles: energy efficiency or livable space.

Energy Efficiency
Although the Department of Energy has minimum

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Have you recently considered upping the value of your home? You may not be looking to sell, but with the economy looking up, many homeowners are now investing in home improvements.

As a professional Realtor, however, I've seen my fair share of common home improvement mistakes. These mistakes can end up being very hard on your wallet. Not only do you lose money invested in the improvements, but sometimes they can actually decrease the value of a home. I caution anyone who lists a home with me about these approaches to remodeling:

We Can Do This Ourselves!
“I was watching this show on television, and you should have seen what they did to their kitchen! It was so drab and after only a couple of days it looked like a feature in a magazine! It was so

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If you are about to put your home on the market, there is one big question you will undoubtedly have to answer in the process: “Should I try to sell it myself or hire a Realtor?”


There are a lot of factors that can influence your decision to go “For Sale By Owner,” but regardless of what you decide, that decision should be an informed one. To that end, we've put together a pros and cons list for those considering selling their home without hiring an agent.





You won't have to pay a commission fee. Commission fees are generally negotiable and should be factored into your decision on a selling price. By selling the home yourself, you can pocket the full sale price of the home or lower the price by the commission

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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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