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Top 12 Apps for Homeowners and Renters

More than 77 percent of people own a smartphone.1 The average person checks their smartphone 46 times a day, with people under the age of 24 checking it an average of 74 times a day.1 We check it while we’re waiting in line and during our leisure time, whether we’re scrolling through social media, reading emails or getting up-to-date on the latest news.

Smartphones are not only a useful tool for communication. With the following apps, you can get organized (whether you plan to buy or sell), save money, learn about the homes in your neighborhood and get inspired for your next renovation project. If you’re like 81 percent of people, you have your smartphone with you during most of your waking hours; let it help you stay organized and make your life easier.3

Apps For Homeowners: Get Renovation Inspiration

These apps not only offer ideas for your next remodel or home décor project, some of them even give you a preview of what your home may look like once it’s finished. 

1.) Houzz (Free)

The Houzz app is the number one app for home design and it’s no wonder; the app gives you access to all the inspiration, blogs and design ideas from the Houzz site on your phone or tablet. The app features View in My Room 3D, which allows you to view products in your home before you buy. Just take a photo of the space and a 3D version of the product will appear. Browse products, save photos of designs you’d like to view later and connect with local professionals in your area. Whether you’re gathering ideas for your next renovation and décor project or you’re just browsing, the Houzz app will satisfy all your design needs.

(Android, iOS) 

2.) iHandy Carpenter ($1.99)

Make sure the photos, shelves, mirrors and other artwork you hang are even and aligned with this helpful app. It’s an all-in-one tool kit that features a plumb bob, surface level, bubble level bar, ruler and protractor. No need to purchase these tools separately; just hold your smartphone up to the wall and the app will take care of the rest.

(iOS, Android) 

3.) Color911 ($3.99)

If you’re thinking of changing the color scheme of your home or want to find the right shades for lamp shades, rugs or throw pillows to match your vintage sofa, the Color911 app provides pre-selected color palettes to match any color scheme. Take a photo of the room or the furniture and the app will create a custom palette full of complementary colors. Write notes about your palette and organize it all into folders to share with family, friends or your design professional.

(iOS)

Bonus Apps for Homeowners:

AroundMe (Free)

Hungry and looking for a local hotspot? Meeting friends at a coffee shop nearby? Or just need to find the closest ATM? AroundMe allows you to search for the nearest restaurants, banks, gas stations, book a hotel or find a movie schedule close to where you live. Open the app and start learning more about your neighborhood. (iOS, Android, Windows) 

BrightNest (Free)

From keeping things clean to making them colorful, Brightnest, developed by Angie’s List, is loaded with suggestions on how to make your home a better place to live. With categories of customized tips (money-saving, cleaning, eco-friendly, healthy, cooking, and creative) there are plenty of great ways to pull inspiration from the app. BrightNest will help you tackle important home tasks with easy-to-follow instructions, a personal schedule and helpful reminders. (iOS, Android, Web) 

Apps For Sellers: List & Sell Your Home Quickly

Are you a homeowner who is thinking of selling? If you’re preparing to sell, you know there are a lot of tasks to complete before putting your home on the market. These apps help you manage your to-dos so you can list and sell your home more efficiently with fewer distractions.

4.) Homesnap (Free)

Using the Homesnap app, you can snap a photo of any home, nationwide, to learn more about it. When you’re ready to sell, snap a few of the homes in your neighborhood to find out their valuation. This app isn’t perfect, which is why you should always consult with a local real estate agent. However, it can give you a general idea of the value of your home compared to others in the neighborhood. (iOS and Android devices) 

5.) Docusign (Free)

Use the DocuSign app to complete approvals and agreements in hours—not days—from anywhere and on any device. Quickly and securely access and sign any documents. The benefit to using the app (over your desktop computer) is you will receive push notifications when a document is waiting for your signature and you can view and organize all your docs on-the-go. Using the easily downloadable app, receive and sign documents for free. You can receive and sign documents for free, but will need a paid account to send documents; pricing starts at $10 a month. (iOS, Android, Windows, Web).

6.) Wunderlist (Free)

Designed for use on the Web and mobile devices, Wunderlist is a well-designed to-do list and task management program that makes it easy to create a list and add tasks, due dates and reminders. Organize your ideas or focus into separate lists or create tasks within one list. You can also email them with whomever you collaborate, such as a spouse or your real estate agent. (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Web)

Bonus App for Sellers:

Real Estate Dictionary (Free)

Not sure what all those industry specific terms mean? We always say “real estate” is like a foreign language and you aren’t expected to know it all. Here you can  search thousands of words and phrases from real estate, mortgage, and financial dictionaries for clear, in-depth definitions. This is a handy app for anyone who’s buying or selling and wants to learn more about the process. (iOS, Android)

Apps For Renters: Get Ready to Buy

Not ready to buy a home just yet? These apps will help you get into the perfect rental while you save money, build a budget and get on track for homeownership.

7.) Mint (Free)

Do you know where your money goes each month? Manage your bills, budget and credit score all in one place. Mint is a free app that helps you view your complete financial picture and track your spending. We recommend this app to anyone, but it’s especially useful for renters who need to crack down on their spending in order to save for a down payment. Use Mint to look for areas you can cut spending in order to save a little extra each month. (iOS, Android)

8.) Acorns ($1 a month to start)

Acorns is modernizing the practice of saving loose change with their automated savings tool. The app rounds up your purchases on linked credit or debit cards, then sweeps the change into a computer-managed investment portfolio. Acorns is free for four years for college students and everyone else pays $1 a month until their account balance hits $5,000, then 0.25% of their account balance per year. This is a useful tool for those who have a hard time saving. (iOS, Android)

9.) Neighborhoods & Apartments

Built for the on-the-go apartment hunter, this app from Walk Score takes the hassle out of finding your next home or apartment and helps you live near the people and places you love. They collect listings from top rental listing sites and we like them because they share how walkable each address is, determined by access to public transit, things to do, bike trails, shorter commutes, etc. (iOS, Android) 

Bonus Apps for Renters: 

Wally (Free)

Wally is a personal finance app that helps you compare your income to expenses, so you can understand where your money goes each month, and set and achieve goals. Wally lets you keep track of the details as you spend money: where, when, what, why, & how much. We love how simple it is to set a personalized savings target and scan receipts. (iOS, Android) 

Credit Karma (Free)
If you’re preparing to buy, boosting your credit score is likely a goal you’ve set. Credit Karma is a free app that allows you to safely monitor your score and receive updates on ways you can improve it over time. They provide financial calculators and educational articles to help you better understand what credit is all about. Check as often as you want, and it doesn’t hurt your score.  (iOS, Android, Web)

Apps for Buyers: Find the Perfect Home

When you’re ready to buy, there are several apps that can help you stay on top of the process. Whether you’re browsing online at different neighborhoods and homes and can’t seem to remember where all your saved data and information went or you want to save an important task or a neighborhood or listing clipped from the Web, these apps help you keep it all straight. 

10.) Dwellr (Free)

Dwellr is run by the U.S Census Bureau and provides demographic information about the neighborhoods you are considering moving to. You get a variety of education/school, real estate, transportation, and population statistics to give you an idea of what it would be like living there. If you want to get the feel of a potential neighborhood, then Dwellr may just be the app to help you find the best home.  (iOS, Android) 

11.) Evernote (Free for the Basic version, $34.99 per year for Plus and $69.99 per year for Premium)

Collect ideas, notes and images in one place to access later on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Categorize your notes so you can find them quickly and easily and share them with others in a group notebook. Add the Web Clipper feature to your browser and clip and save articles, blogs and images from the Web. Whether you’re collecting research on a business idea or you’re looking for inspiration for a home renovation, Evernote can help you keep it all together. (Web, iOS, Android) 

12.) Mortgage Calculator (Free)

There are a lot of free mortgage calculators available for download that will help you quickly determine what your monthly payment will be while you’re house hunting. We recommend picking your favorite and using it to help you shop in your price range. These numbers should be used as a guide, work with your agent and mortgage professional to learn exactly what type of loan you’ll qualify for. (Web, iOS, Android)

Bonus App for Buyers: 

Google Maps (Free)

Google Maps is a must-have for anyone who’s house hunting. When you’re ready to visit a property or check out a neighborhood, you can use Google Maps to give you turn by turn directions to the house. You can use their satellite view to get a good idea how far important things like schools, parks, shopping, bus stops, and restaurants are to a home you are interested in and check out the other houses on the street. (Web, Android, iOS,)

Ready to move beyond the app?

If you’re thinking of buying or selling your home, or know someone who is, keep us in mind because we’re happy to help! Give Beverly and John a call or text to 941-321-3916, or send an email

Source: 1. Pew Research Center, January 12, 2017 http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/01/12/evolution-of-technology/

  1. Deloitte, 2016 global mobile consumer survey: US edition https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/technology-media-and-telecommunications/articles/global-mobile-consumer-survey-us-edition.html
  2. Gallup, July 9, 2015 http://www.gallup.com/poll/184046/smartphone-owners-check-phone-least-hourly.aspx

 

 

 

Just Sold – 413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL

We have SOLD this home and we are ready to sell yours next.

If you are thinking of selling and/or buying give us a call and we will see if we can be of help to you.

What Has a State Park in Your Backyard and is a Short Drive to the Beach?

Savor this private and peaceful setting with the 1400 acre Oscar Scherer State Park as your rear neighbor.413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275 back yard

Discover this updated home in popular Sorrento East, a very friendly neighborhood.  This home offers 6 rooms, with a sensible split plan.
The foyer leads to a formal living room and dining room, however you may use the rooms however it suits you.

413 Rubens Dr_Nokomis_FL_34275_dining_room

413 Rubens Dr_Nokomis_FL_34275_living_room

The kitchen has just been updated with new maple cabinets, Hawaii granite counters, stunning back-splash, new sink and faucet. The kitchen has a bright breakfast nook and is open to the family room.413 Rubens Dr_Nokomis_FL_34275_kitchen

The kitchen/family room and living room all spill over onto the spacious lanai –  and provide ideal places to entertain family and friends.

The master bath has new maple cabinets, Hawaii granite counters, linen storage, new tub, tile, plumbing fixtures and Travertine floor.

Master bedroom at 413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275

The main bath has a new shower stall with tile up to the ceiling, new fixtures and new shower door.

413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275 bedroom 2

Surround yourself with nature on the screened lanai or paver patio and enjoy the fenced yard teeming with butterflies and birds.
413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275If you like to walk early in the morning you will see awe-inspiring sunrises and likely meet your neighbors out walking with their dogs.
413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275

Then be sure to head over to the beach for stunning sunsets – just 5 miles away.
Sunset Nokomis Beach Nokomis FL

Nokomis is conveniently located between Sarasota and Venice.
413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275
Offered at $267,000. Call us for a private showing – 941-321-3916

Bringing Families Together is Our Joy

Nokomis FL real estate. Waterfront home recently sold by Beverly Bowen and John Schnackenberg

Want to hear a wonderful story? This story starts with a family in the cold northeast – Pennsylvania specifically.

A couple of years ago a young couple contacted us about one of our listings and we met them and showed it to them. The wife had been an “Apache” helicopter pilot in Desert Storm and we so appreciated her service to our country. That initial house was not right for them however we continued to work with them showing more houses, writing a few offers and eventually finding them the right house, complete with a pool. Soon after they had a baby and then the fun starts.

The wife’s father came for a visit and of course, loved it here. “Paradise” he calls it and we agree. Serendipity – we had listed a house within walking distance of his daughter and new grandbaby. We helped him buy it last year and he is loving it.

The next chapter is when his other daughter and her husband decided they love it here too. They have a little daughter the same age as the other grand-daughter. Their dream was to give up the big house in the cold Pennsylvania weather and have a house here on the water, with a pool, near the beach. So we helped make that happen just recently and now all 3 families live quite close to each other.

Pool at Waterfront home in Nokomis FL

The grandparents now get to enjoy the 2 toddler girl cousins playing together and growing up together.

They have all been such a joy to be with and to work with – we would love to clone them.

Our work helping families is very rewarding. This story really has no end.

Our relationships continue to flow and to grow.

So who is next – whom do you know that does not want to spend another cold winter up north? Or what other families can we bring together?

Give us a call or message us so we can see if we can help. 941-321-3916

413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL Updated Nokomis Home for Sale

What Has a State Park in Your Backyard and is a Short Drive to the Beach?

Savor this private and peaceful setting with the 1400 acre Oscar Scherer State Park as your rear neighbor.413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275 back yard

Discover this updated home in popular Sorrento East, a very friendly neighborhood.  This home offers 6 rooms, with a sensible split plan.
The foyer leads to a formal living room and dining room, however you may use the rooms however it suits you.

413 Rubens Dr_Nokomis_FL_34275_dining_room

413 Rubens Dr_Nokomis_FL_34275_living_room

The kitchen has just been updated with new maple cabinets, Hawaii granite counters, stunning back-splash, new sink and faucet. The kitchen has a bright breakfast nook and is open to the family room.413 Rubens Dr_Nokomis_FL_34275_kitchen

The kitchen/family room and living room all spill over onto the spacious lanai –  and provide ideal places to entertain family and friends.

The master bath has new maple cabinets, Hawaii granite counters, linen storage, new tub, tile, plumbing fixtures and Travertine floor.

Master bedroom at 413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275

The main bath has a new shower stall with tile up to the ceiling, new fixtures and new shower door.

413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275 bedroom 2

Surround yourself with nature on the screened lanai or paver patio and enjoy the fenced yard teeming with butterflies and birds.
413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275If you like to walk early in the morning you will see awe-inspiring sunrises and likely meet your neighbors out walking with their dogs.
413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275

Then be sure to head over to the beach for stunning sunsets – just 5 miles away.
Sunset Nokomis Beach Nokomis FL

Nokomis is conveniently located between Sarasota and Venice.
413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275
Offered at $267,000. Call us for a private showing – 941-321-3916

Coming Soon! 413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275

What Has a State Park in Your Backyard and is a Short Drive to the Beach?

Discover this updated home in popular Sorrento East.

This home offers 6 rooms, with a sensible split plan.

Savor this private and peaceful setting with the 1400 acre Oscar Scherer State Park as your rear neighbor.

The kitchen has just been updated with new maple cabinets, Hawaii granite counters, stunning back-splash, new sink and faucet.

413 Rubens Dr_Nokomis_FL_34275_kitchen

The kitchen has a bright breakfast nook overlooking the yard which is open to the family room.

413 Rubens Dr_Nokomis_FL_34275_family_room

They both spill over onto the lanai - and provide ideal places to entertain family and friends.

The split plan provides for a private, master bedroom

Master bedroom at 413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275

The master bath has new maple cabinets, Hawaii granite counters, linen storage, new tub, tile, and Travertine floor.

The second bedroom has it's own bath

Bedroom 2
Guest Bath

Surround yourself with nature on the screened lanai or paver patio and enjoy the fenced yard teeming with butterflies and birds.

413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275

If you like to walk early in the morning you will see awe-inspiring sunrises and likely meet your neighbors out walking with their dogs.

413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275

Then be sure to head over to the beach for stunning sunsets and the drum circle - Nokomis Beach is just 5 miles away. 

Sunset Nokomis Beach Nokomis FL

Nokomis is conveniently located between Sarasota and Venice.

Kayaks at Jetty at Nokomis Florida

This home will be offered at $272,000

413 Rubens Dr Nokomis FL 34275

 

 

 

 

Another Brand New Home JUST SOLD

Just Sold Another Brand New Hous

We helped some very dear clients purchase this brand new home in Bellacina by Casey Key in Nokomis Florida. We are thrilled for them and it was an absolute pleasure working with them again.

It has 2 bedrooms plus a den, 2 1/2 baths and a tandem garage that holds 3 cars. Other great features include a formal dining room, a covered lanai with a casita, a nook off the kitchen and a flexible room. The kitchen opens into a large great room which allows for being part of the group while keeping an eye on what’s happening with food preparation.

Residents of Bellacina by Casey Key will enjoy access to a wide array of private amenities that are part of the company’s signature Esplanade brand. The centerpiece of the gated community will be a beautiful resort amenity center with a planned fitness center, gathering room, catering kitchen and library. Plans for outdoor amenities include a heated lagoon pool and spa, a dog park, lighted bocce and sports courts, a fire pit and a park. A full-time lifestyle manager will be on-site to organize and plan special events and activities for residents.

The location of this new community is particularly appealing. Casey Key Beach is approximately three miles away, with Venice Beach and Siesta Key Beach also nearby. Everything you could want and more is within easy driving distance, including top medical facilities, golf courses, public beach access points, airports, major shopping centers and cultural venues, as well as a variety of retail stores for daily errands.

John and I have both completed courses in new construction and we each have the designations, RCC – Residential Construction Certified and CNHS – Certified New Home Specialist. We also both have experience in construction and remodeling.

Be sure to contact us if you or anyone you know is considering purchasing a new home so we can guide you through the process.

JUST Sold – Another BRAND NEW Home

Just Sold - Brand New Home in Calusa Park

JUST SOLD – We are celebrating with more happy clients! We brought the buyers to this BRAND NEW home in Calusa Park. They are over the moon excited. It has 3 bedrooms, plus a den, two baths, gorgeous kitchen, two car garage, a lanai, paver driveway, and tile roof. The gated community has a heated pool and includes lawn care. It is just a minute to the Legacy Bike Trail.Calusa Park Community PoolCalusa Park Community Pool

Calusa Park Community PoolBoth of us, John and Beverly, hold the designations CNHS (Certified New Home Specialist) and RCC (Residential Construction Certified). We also have experience in the construction industry. If you are interested in a new home, be sure to contact us so we can help you through the process. We must accompany you to the new home sites the first time, so that we can be of service.

We also offer a free HomeFinder Service that our clients just love. A unique benefit of it is up-to-the-minute accurate home searching. We can set it up to sift and sort through new listings to locate homes that meet your exact specifications in your preferred area. You will be emailed the information and aware of the homes even before others see it. There is no cost to you.

As you receive this information, you can

  • Study the property descriptions.
  • Read the remarks regarding the property
  • Check out the photos.
  • Compare the property with others in the area.
  • Drive by the property.
  • Look at the neighborhood.

When you want to know more about or see a specific property, you can request

  • The price of comparable homes that have recently sold in the neighborhood.
  • A private showing.

To receive this beneficial service call our automated help line and request our FREE Homefinder Service. Call (941) 451-5224 extension 70.

Let us help you decide if this is a good time for you to make a move. We strive to exceed our clients expectations with 5 star service and a smile.

Calusa Park Community PoolWe look forward to helping you make your next chapter a delightful reality. Call us for a FREE consultation at (941) 321-3916.

Find the Best Nokomis Homes for Sale

We just love the convenient location of Nokomis FL. Nokomis is a charming town with a small town flavor graced by a beautiful beach – right on the sparkling Gulf of Mexico.

Nokomis is situated between the cities of Venice Florida and Sarasota Florida and our visitors and residents are able to enjoy the benefits of both locales. Each city has it’s own flavor, and both have beaches, cultural activities, restaurants, shopping, golf, water sports, and year round farmers markets. There is no shortage of things to do.

Nokomis has easy access to the Interstate – I-75 directly off Laurel Road.

The Nokomis lifestyle often revolves around our wonderful beaches, area golf courses and fabulous restaurants.

Nokomis Beach is a public beach on Casey Key that is usually not as crowded as the beaches to the north on Siesta, Lido and Longboat Keys.

Nokomis Beach

Nokomis Beach

 

You will find Nokomis beach has lifeguards, free parking, concessions, rest rooms and picnic tables. Don’t miss out on our drum circles held in the evenings on Wednesdays and Saturdays to celebrate our unforgettable sunsets.

Water activities include swimming, fishing, boating, shelling, beach combing, hunting for shark’s teeth, snorkeling and sailing. There are parks with boat launches at the North Jetty and at Blackburn Point.

The popular Legacy Bike Trail runs through Nokomis and we are proud to have such wonderful neighbor organizations as In Stride Therapy and Venice Challenger Baseball.

Nokomis homes for sale will offer you a wide variety of homes to choose from. We have waterfront neighborhoods on the bay and the creeks, we have new gated communities, golf course communities and older neighborhoods with larger lots and mature trees. Let us help you find the perfect place for you.