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Posted on 05/24/2020
What First-Time Buyers Need to Know
Photo by StockEU via Shutterstock Purchasing a home for the first time is often a daunting task. There are many things to know and a plethora of conflicting advice. If you’re new to real estate and the home-buying process, keeping these tips in mind can help make the path to homeownership smoother. Pick the Right Person Choosing a...
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Posted on 05/17/2020
How to Keep Your Kitchen Clean with Little Effort
Photo by Mabel Amber via Pixabay You can walk into some folk’s homes and feel the chaos, while in other homes, all you see is clean. There must be a secret to keeping a house picked up without the aid of a housekeeper, right? Right! People whose homes always appear tidy have habits that keep them that way....
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Posted on 05/10/2020
HVAC Maintenance Tips
Image by ClassicallyPrinted from Pixabay If you own a home with an HVAC unit you may replace filters every once in a while but the maintenance needed for the long-term health of the system is a little more involved. If not identified early, small issues can compound over time and become quite costly to remedy. The most common...
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Posted on 05/03/2020
Quick Tips for Paying off Your Mortgage
Photo by ESB Professional via Shutterstock If the thought of getting a mortgage and being in that much debt is stopping you from buying a home, plan to pay it off. Here’s how you can do it in just five to 10 years. Live well below your means. If you can keep your mortgage payment to below twenty...
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Posted on 04/26/2020
Joyful Homeownership
Photo by Andy Dean Photography via Shutterstock The phrase “the joys of homeownership” is a staple in most households. But sometimes, you think you hear a snicker behind the smile. Now that you’re finally ready to become an owner, you might be wondering if that term is truthful or sarcastic. The answer is “Both.” How can it be...
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Posted on 04/19/2020
Get a Leg Up on the House Selling Competition
Selling a house may prove to be difficult, particularly for those who are competing against dozens of rival sellers in the same city or town. Fortunately, there are lots of things that you can do to gain a competitive advantage over rivals in a fierce housing market. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you get...
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Posted on 04/18/2020
344 Shore Drive, Ellenton, FL 34222 now has a new price of $319,000!
Bring your boat and fishing pole and start living the good life! You'll love having your boat at your own private dock, which is on a canal just a few hundred yards from the Manatee River. The dock has both water and electric making your boating life a breeze. From your dock, you'll reach the wide expanse of the Manatee River in 5 minutes and if you're headed for the Gulf, it's an easy 20 minute ride. Whether you want to fish for Snook, Tarpon or Grouper, or just enjoy being on the water, you'll have easy access from this waterfront home. The home has been nicely updated with engineered wood floors. Two bedrooms, large living room, plus...
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Posted on 04/15/2020
Another Property Sold - 520 Lafayette Court, Sarasota, FL 34236
Under Construction. Central Living by David Weekley Homes is now offering this exceptional move-in ready, Showcase Home in a prime location near downtown Sarasota. In the Enclave at Laurel Park, you can live a luxurious, low-maintenance lifestyle in an intimate community. This 2 story home features a 2 car garage, 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, a half bath and fenced yard. 2 bedrooms with ensuite baths on the first level. Upstairs is the gourmet kitchen, great room, master suite, half bath and a large outdoor living space. Close to top-rated beaches and the Arts and Museum District. Here, you’ll enjoy: A prime location west of the Trail in...
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Posted on 04/12/2020
Factors that Could Break a Home Buying Deal
Photo by Edar via Pixabay Before you sign on the bottom line, know which items are negotiable and which negate the deal entirely. Clearly defining these in advance can save you significant headaches when the buying bug takes over. Your agent will remind you of your non-negotiables and keep you on the right track. Here are some big-ticket...
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Posted on 04/05/2020
Little Changes to Customize Your Luxury Home
Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay When you find the perfect home, you will probably make some changes in the décor since not everyone has the same tastes in colors and textures. Painting the interior, changing carpets and flooring and updating fixtures such as the showers, sinks, tubs and toilets are all updates many people make when moving...
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Posted on 04/04/2020
Another Property Sold - 8729 Bellussi Drive, Sarasota, FL 34238
Enjoy beautiful water views from the enlarged lanai on this better than new home loaded with upgrades. An upgraded kitchen boasts beautiful Quartz counters, high end cabinetry with crown molding, under cabinet lighting, pendant lights, stainless steel appliances including an upgraded gas range and DW. Crown moldings, Tray Ceilings, and beautiful engineered hardwood flooring are just a few of the luxury features. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without a built-in summer kitchen on the extended lanai. Dual sinks in the master bath, large frameless shower, beautiful wall tile, and exceptionally large walk-in closet complete a luxurious master...
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Posted on 04/03/2020
Video Tour - 344 Shore Drive, Ellenton, FL 34222
Bring your boat and fishing pole and start living the good life! You'll love having your boat at your own private dock, which is on a canal just a few hundred yards from the Manatee River. The dock has both water and electric making your boating life a breeze. From your dock, you'll reach the wide expanse of the Manatee River in 5 minutes and if you're headed for the Gulf, it's an easy 20 minute ride. Whether you want to fish for Snook, Tarpon or Grouper, or just enjoy being on the water, you'll have easy access from this waterfront home. The home has been nicely updated with engineered wood floors. Two bedrooms, large living room, plus...
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