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Why Real Estate Investing Makes (Dollars and) Sense


Turn on the television or scroll through Facebook, and chances are you’ll see at least one advertisement for a group or “guru” who promises to teach you how to “get rich quick” through real estate investing. The truth is, much of what they’re selling are high-risk tactics that aren’t a good fit for the average investor. However, there is a way to make steady, predictable, low-risk income through real estate investing. In this blog post, we’ll examine the tried-and-true tactics that can be used to increase your income, pay off debt … even fund your retirement!

WHY INVEST IN REAL ESTATE?

One of the basic principles of real estate investment lies in this fact: everyone needs a place to live. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent Consumer Expenditures Survey, housing is typically an American’s largest expense.1

But there are other reasons why real estate is a great investment choice, and we’ve outlined the top five below:

1. Appreciation

Appreciation is the increase in your property’s value over time. History has proven that over an extended period of time, the value of real estate continues to rise. That doesn’t mean recessions won’t occur. The real estate market is cyclical, and market ups and downs are natural. In fact, the U.S. housing market took a sharp downturn in 2008, and many properties took several years to recover their value. However, in the vast majority of markets, the value of real estate does grow over the long term.

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index, which tracks U.S. residential real estate prices, released its latest results on August 29 with the headline “National Home Price Index Rises Again to All Time High.”2

Source: ZeroHedge3

While no investment is without risk, real estate has proven again and again to be a solid choice to invest your money over the long term.

2. Hedge Against Inflation

Inflation is the rate at which the general cost of goods and services rises. As inflation rises, prices go up. This means the money you have in your bank account is essentially worth less because your purchasing power has decreased.

Luckily, real estate prices also rise when inflation increases. That means any money you have invested in real estate will rise with (or often exceed) the rate of inflation. Therefore, real estate is a smart place to put your money to guard against inflation.

3. Cash Flow

One of the big benefits of investing in real estate over the stock market is its ability to provide a fairly steady and predictable monthly cash flow. That is, if you choose to rent out your investment property to a tenant, you can expect to receive a rent payment each month.

If you’ve invested wisely, the rent payment should cover the debt obligation you may have on the property (i.e. mortgage), as well as any repairs and maintenance that are needed. Ideally, the monthly rental income would be great enough to leave you a little extra cash each month, as well. You could use that extra money to pay off the mortgage faster, cover your own household expenses, or save for another investment property.

Even if you only take in enough rent to cover your expenses, a rental property purchase will pay for itself over time. As you pay down the mortgage every month with your rental income, your equity will continue to increase, until you own the property free and clear … leaving you with residual cash flow for years to come.

As the owner, you will also benefit from the property’s appreciation when it comes time to sell. This can be a great way to save for retirement or even fund a child’s or grandchild’s college education. Purchase a property when the child is young, and with a little discipline, it can be paid off by the time they are ready to go to college. You can sell it for a lump sum, or use the monthly income to pay their tuition and expenses.

4. Leverage

One of the unique features that sets real estate apart from other asset classes is the ability to leverage your investment. Leverage is the use of borrowed capital to increase the potential return of an investment.

For example, if you purchase an investment property for $100,000, you might put 10% down ($10,000) and borrow the remaining $90,000 in the form of a mortgage.

Even though you’ve only invested $10,000 at this point, you have the ability to earn a profit on the entire $100,000 investment. So, if the property appreciates to $120,000 – a 20% increase over the purchase price – you still only have to pay the bank back the original $90,000 (plus interest) … and you get to keep the $20,000 profit.

That means you made $20,000 off of a $10,000 investment, essentially doubling your money, even though the market only went up by 20%! That’s the power of leverage.

5. Tax Advantages

One of the top reasons to invest in real estate is the tax benefit. There are numerous ways a real estate investment can save you money each year on taxes:

Depreciation

When you record your income from a rental property on your annual tax return, you get to deduct any expenses associated with the investment. This includes interest paid on the mortgage, maintenance, repairs and improvements, but it also includes something called depreciation.

Depreciation is the theoretical loss your property suffers each year due to aging. While it’s true that as a home ages it will structurally need repairs and systems will eventually need to be replaced, we’ve also learned in this post that the value of real estate appreciates over time. So getting to claim a “loss” on your investment that is actually gaining in value makes real estate an appealing investment choice.

Serial Home Selling

Even if you’re not interested in owning a rental property, other types of real estate investments offer tax advantages, as well. Generally, when you own an investment property you pay a capital gains tax on any profits you make when you sell the property.

However, when you sell your principal residence, you are exempt from paying taxes on capital gains (up to $250,000 for singles and $500,000 for couples). The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) only requires that you live in the house for two of the previous five years. That means you can purchase an investment property, live in it while you remodel it, and then sell it for a tax-free profit two years later. This can be a great way to get started in real estate investing.

Section 1031 Exchanges

In addition to profiting off of your personal residence tax free, it is possible to sell an investment property tax free if you do it through a 1031 Exchange. If structured properly, the IRS Tax Code enables an investor to sell a property and reinvest the proceeds in a new property while deferring all capital gains taxes.

Tax-Deferred Retirement Account

It’s a common misconception that you can only purchase financial instruments (i.e. stocks, bonds, mutual funds, etc.) through an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or 401(k). In actuality, the IRS allows individuals to invest retirement funds in real estate and other alternative types of investments, as well. By purchasing your investment property through an IRA, you can take advantage of all of the tax savings these accounts offer.

Be sure to consult a tax professional regarding all tax matters related to your real estate investments. If structured correctly, the profits you earn on your real estate investments can be largely shielded from tax liability. Just another reason to choose real estate as your preferred investment vehicle.

TYPES OF REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS

While there are numerous ways to invest in real estate, we’re going to focus on three primary ways average investors earn money through real estate. We touched on several of these already in the previous section.

1. Remodel and Resell

HGTV has countless “reality” shows featuring property flippers who make this investment strategy look easy. Commonly referred to as a “Fix and Flip,” investors purchase a property with the intention of remodeling it in a short period of time, with the hope of selling it quickly for a profit.

This is a higher-risk tactic, and one for which many of the real estate “gurus” we talked about earlier claim to have the magic formula. They promise huge profits in a short amount of time. But investors need to understand the risks involved, and be prepared financially to cover additional expenses that may arise.

Luckily, an experienced real estate agent can help you identify properties that may be good candidates for this type of investment strategy… and help you avoid some of the pitfalls that could derail your plans.

2. Traditional Rental

One of the more conservative choices for investing in real estate is to purchase a rental property. The appeal of a rental property is that you can generate cash flow to cover the expenses, while taking advantage of the property’s long-term appreciation in value, and the tax benefits of investing in real estate. It’s a win-win, and a great way for first-time investors to get started.

And according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, rents for primary residences have increased 21.9 percent between 2007 and 2015 as demand for rental units continues to grow.1

3. Short-term Rental

With the huge movement toward a “sharing economy,” platforms that facilitate short-term rentals, like Airbnb and HomeAway, are booming. Their popularity has spurred a growing trend toward dual-purpose vacation homes, which owners use themselves part of the year, and rent out the remainder of the time. There are also a growing number of investors purchasing single-family homes for the sole purpose of leasing them on these sites.

Short-term rentals offer several benefits over traditional rentals, which many investors find attractive, including flexibility and higher profit margins. However, the most profitable properties are strategically located near popular tourist destinations. You’ll need an experienced real estate professional to help you identify the right property if you want to be successful in this highly-competitive market.

DOES REAL ESTATE INVESTING SOUND TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?

We’ve all heard stories, or maybe even know someone, who struck it rich with a well-timed real estate purchase. However, just like any investment strategy, a high potential for earnings often goes hand-in-hand with an increase in risk. Still, there’s substantial evidence that a well-executed real estate investment can be one of the best choices for your money.

Purchasing a home to remodel and resell can be highly profitable, as long as you have a trusted team in place to complete the remodel quickly and within budget … and the financial means to carry the property for a few extra months if delays occur.

Or, if you buy a house for appreciation and cash flow, you can ride through the market ups and downs without stress because you know your property value is bound to increase over time, and your expenses are covered by your rental income.

In either scenario, make sure you’re working with a real estate agent who has knowledge of the investment market and can guide you through the process. While no investment is without risk, a conservative and well-planned investment in real estate can supplement your income and set you up for future financial security.

If you are considering an investment in real estate, please contact us to set up a free consultation. We have experience working with all types of investors and can help you determine the best strategy to meet your investment goals.

Our areas of specialization include Sarasota real estate, Osprey real estate, Nokomis real estate and Venice real estate. 

Give Beverly and John a call at 941-321-3916.

Sources:

Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey Annual Report  – https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/consumer-expenditures/2015/home.htm

S&P Dow Jones Indices Press Release –
https://www.spice-indices.com/idpfiles/spice-assets/resources/public/documents/574349_cshomeprice-release-0829.pdf?force_download=true

Durden, T. (2016 November 29). US Home Prices Rise Above July 2006 Levels, Hit New Record High [blog post] ZeroHedge  –
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-29/us-home-prices-rise-above-july-2006-levels-hit-new-record-hig
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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

New Real Estate Market Statistics for April 2017

Market Trends

The new statistics have been released for April 2017. Watch our short videos.

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Since over 96% of Buyers begin their home search online, it is more critical than ever to align your self with professionals who
are committed to a strategic, individually tailored online campaign to get your home sold.

Get more information on what these numbers mean to you. Just get in touch with us – we are here to help

 

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

 

 

 

 

April 17, 2017

I’m a REDM! What That Means for You

Imagine this: you own a home, and you’re getting ready to make a move. To guide you through that complicated process, you decide to work with a real estate agent, and you expect that agent to… what?

According to a survey of recent home sellers by the National Association of Realtors, the number one expectation people had of their agent was for them to “help the seller market their home to potential buyers.”

“Marketing the home” is the process by which agents advertise that the property is for sale, and the point is to bring enough attention to your home to ensure that you get the best deal possible.

Unfortunately, many agents simply follow the same tired, insufficient formula: they will place a “For Sale” sign in your yard, they’ll update your local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) with your property’s information, then they’ll sit back and wait. We often call that the “old” 3 Ps. Place sign, Put in MLS and Pray

In today’s Digital Age, that method won’t cut it. Whereas before we could assume that the majority of home-buyers would be guided to their new homes by buyer’s agents, more and more are finding the homes they end up purchasing online, by themselves — 51% of them as of last year, in fact. This means that we now need to find ways to get in front of the consumer directly.

This is why I’ve committed to earning my Real Estate Digital Marketer Certification®. This intensive course taught me how to promote real estate using the latest digital strategies and tactics so that I can help you get as much money as possible for the sale of your home, in the time-frame that works best for you.

What Can You Expect From a REDM® Agent?

By becoming a REDM®, I’ve learned an entirely new way of marketing real estate. Though of course that will still include putting a sign in your yard and putting your home in their MLS, I can now promise you so much more.

So I like to say we have added to the “old” 3 Ps. Our Digital Marketing Plans include Pricing, Preparation, Professional Photography and a Pre-launch Campaign.

For example, one of the latest and greatest marketing avenues is Facebook. Over a billion people log into Facebook daily and spend an average of 20 minutes on the site once there. That’s a huge audience! The REDM® Certification course gave me extensive practice finding the potential buyers in our area in that crowd and creating advertisements designed specifically to spark their interest in your home.

Another incredibly effective marketing method is online video. Think about your own experience looking at homes online. Despite the number and quality of available photos of the property, sometimes the home still had a different impression in person… for better or for worse. Filming a video of the home and hosting it online is a meaningful way to engage home-buyers who are genuinely interested in your property.

But beyond how to use these specific tools — and perhaps even more importantly — the REDM® course taught me the core principles of marketing and how to apply them across various online marketing and advertising platforms. That means that I’m ready for whatever curveballs our market throws at us and can promote your home online, print, or otherwise.

Curious to see what all we can do to sell your home? Just ask to see our Property Marketing Plan! We’d love to show you how everything I’ve learned can benefit you.

Choose Joy,

Beverly

Increase Your Home’s Value Up to 28% with These 5 Tips

Increase Your Home’s Value Up to 28% with These 5 Tips

Great curb appeal not only makes your home the star of the neighborhood, it can also improve its value and help you sell it for more. Whether you’re thinking of listing your home or just want to make your home the envy of your neighbors, here are several ways to increase your home’s curb appeal.

  1. Make your home’s exterior look like new.

For many potential buyers, the condition of the exterior of a home can offer clues to the condition of the interior. The first place to start when boosting curb appeal is the exterior of your house.

Paint. Paint is the best way to make your home appear newer. While you can paint your home yourself, if it’s large or more than one story, consider hiring a professional. Painting is a fairly inexpensive improvement with between 60 to 100 percent return on investment.1

Maintain your exterior. Over time, weather and the elements can make your home’s exterior appear dull and dirty. Use a pressure washer to clean stains, spider webs and accumulated dirt and grime, or use a soft cloth and a household cleaner to get into those small nooks and spaces. If you have a block home with stucco, consider a fresh coat of high quality paint. If you have siding and  need to replace the siding, you’ll enjoy a 77 percent return on investment.1

Paint or replace garage doors. If your garage doors are in good condition, give them a new coat of paint. If they’re beginning to show their age, consider replacing them. Not only are new garage doors more energy efficient and better insulated than older models, they also have a 91.5 percent return on investment.1

Maintain your fence. Replace rotted or worn posts and panels and freshen it up with a coat of paint. If you have a hedge that serves as your property’s border, keep it trimmed and in good shape.

  1. Pay attention to the small details.

The small details tie your home’s exterior together and help it stand out from others in the neighborhood.

Paint front door, trim and shutters. This inexpensive improvement adds brightness to a home, whether you choose a bold color, a neutral tone or classic white.

Install new door fixtures and be sure they match in style and finish and complement the style of your home.

Update your house numbers. Make sure potential buyers and guests can find your home. If the numbers have faded or need an update, replace them. If choosing a metallic finish, make sure it matches the finish of your exterior light fixtures.

  1. Tend to your driveway and lawn.

Well-landscaped homes may sell for between 5.5% and 12.7% more than other similar homes and studies show it may also add up to 28 percent to your home’s overall value.5

Place a border along your driveway or walkway made of brick, stone, pavers or another hardscape element to add visual interest to a plain driveway.

Maintain your green space. If you have grass, a well-maintained, green lawn makes your home look inviting and picturesque. However, in many parts of the country, water conservation is becoming more important. Xeriscaped landscapes incorporate drought-tolerant vegetation that thrives in warm, dry climates, such as lavender, sage, wisteria and agave, with water-saving drip irrigation and mulch. Xeriscaping has a cost savings of 36 cents per square foot annually through reduced irrigation and maintenance costs.3 Additionally, these landscapes are virtually maintenance free, which makes it an attractive option for busy buyers.

Include trees and shrubs to create texture and add interest to your landscape. Planting a few types of trees and shrubs of varying heights, widths and flowering times boosts your home’s curb appeal year-round.

  1. Make it feel inviting.

It’s no secret that emotions play a role in a person’s decision to purchase a home. Stage the outside of your home to evoke warm feelings.

Stage your porch or lanai. If you have a front porch or rear lanai, make it feel more inviting by including seating, such as a chair or loveseat, an outdoor rug and a small table. If space is an issue, incorporate small decorative touches, such as a festive wreath or potted plant.

Hang flower boxes on your front porch railings and/or below your windows. If you don’t want to affix flower boxes to your home, purchase nice planters and containers and place them around your porch or on your front steps.

Choose flowers and plants that bloom at different times of the year for year-round appeal. For example, bulbs not only bloom all spring, they also multiply and come up every year. Perennials often flower for most of the year and will prevent you from having to replant them every year.

If you don’t have a green thumb, choose low maintenance plants and flowers. Flowers such as lavender, rosemary, and zinnias are a few low-maintenance and drought-tolerant options.

  1. Boost Your Online “Curb Appeal.”

For those interested in selling, it’s important to know the effect online curb appeal has on a home. The better impression your home gives online, the more likely buyers will want to see it in person. Here’s how to get your home ready for its listing debut.

Stage your home. Staging shows your home in its best light and helps potential buyers picture themselves living there.

Hire a professional to take photos. A photographer has the skills and equipment to shoot your home in the best light and make it look its best.

Include a short video tour of the home. Videos are becoming a popular way to give buyers a glimpse of the home before they step foot in it.

Before you start a home project, keep these four things in mind:

  1. Why are you renovating? In other words, is your intention to update your home and get it show-ready or do you want to sell it for more money? Don’t fall into the trap of undertaking major renovations that may not pay off when you sell. If your home is in good shape, a few inexpensive updates may be enough to make your home attractive to buyers.
  2. The style of the neighborhood. Whenever you renovate your home, make sure the project fits with the style of the neighborhood and rules of the homeowner association. For example, an HOA may limit the choice and number of trees you can plant on your property. Similarly, a tall hedge border may not fit in in a neighborhood of low, picket fences.
  3. Permits. If you’re planning an extensive exterior renovation, you may need a permit from your municipality or other authority.
  4. Budget. A budget keeps your project’s costs and scope in check. Make a list of the improvements you’d like to make, set a realistic budget and stick to it. If you’d like advice on improvements you can make to boost your home’s curb appeal, give us a call.

Are you thinking of boosting your home’s curb appeal or renovating your home before you list? Do you want help making your home more appealing to potential buyers online and in-person? Give us a call at 941-321-3916 and we’ll help you present your home in its best light.

 

Sources: 1. Remodeling, 2016 Cost vs Value Report

  1. Realtor Mag, September 22, 2016
  2. REALTOR.com
  3. Houzz, Houzz & Home-U.S., June 2016
  4. Houselogic.com

 

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.

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