August 2015

Found 4 blog entries for August 2015.

How to Sell a Home Surrounded by Distressed PropertiesThe 2015 real estate market continues along a strong stride, carrying-over near record-high sales volumes from last year in Sarasota County. In fact, the first seven months of 2015 clearly demonstrate a quite stable, but growing market. Should the pace last through the remaining months of the year, new record sales figures will be reached, making 2015 the most successful historically. That's a big feat, fighting-off fears of years past, when median prices and values deflated significantly.

In the latest statistics compiled by the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee, median prices for single family homes reached $219,500 for Sarasota County, besting July 2014 by an impressive 9.2 percent. Conversely, median condo prices dropped to $190,000 from

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biggest home inspection mistakesYou spent what seems like an eternity finding the right home for you. The journey started with hours of online searching, picking plenty potential properties from a plethora of listing descriptions. You never thought you'd find so many choices, became a bit overwhelmed, and successfully narrowed your list down to a manageable number. Then, you began to drive by a few of the longshot contenders, even going so far as to see inside. Eventually, it wound-up as a choice between a top few, and, you saw each one, perhaps more than once.

Before you made a final decision, you acted on the advice to visit the homes on different days and different times. The neighborhoods and homes were quite comparable to one another, and, the asking prices lined-up with market

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do these seven things before moving dayLeaving a home that you've lived in for years is generally a bittersweet experience. On one hand, you're ready and excited for the next chapter in your life, but on the other hand, you're saying goodbye to a placed filled with memories. In most instances, the change is a positive one and filled with expectations. You look forward with enthusiasm to the future and feel a renewed sense of purpose.

Unfortunately to get to where your new locale, you'll have to move. Perhaps one of the most dreaded things in life, moving is a big deal. It requires quite a bit of preparation, takes-up a lot of time, costs money out-of-pocket, and, disrupts your day-to-day life in a big way. You spend an inordinate amount of time looking for boxes, have to purge as much stuff

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Tips to Make a Small Kitchen Look LargerIf there's one room in the house that gets the highest amount of foot traffic and use, it's certainly the kitchen. Used for a variety of reasons, primarily for meal preparation, cooking, and serving, but also, for a gathering place, a little stop to go through the mail, and where calendars hang, showing a litany of things to do throughout the month. In addition to all of these, it serves as the hub of entertaining, from small, casual get-togethers with a couple of friends, to the place where family congregates.

Unfortunately, though most homeowners and buyers prefer a large, open space, with plenty of working room and all the best in energy efficiency, space-saving appliances, that's not always a reality. Some properties just don't have all that much

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