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Monday, June 13, 2022   /   by Suzanne McGuire

Real Estate Investing for Realtors - Why It Makes Cents!

The first rule of investing is “Invest in what you know”; well Realtors, for us that means real estate. When it comes to Real Estate, there are many ways to get your feet wet and add another spoke to your income/ business wheel.

Passive Real Estate Investment: This works almost like a 401k or other investment vehicle. You invest your funds with other investors in a project or real estate business. The one I’ve seen really working is storage units. Perhaps you can afford to buy and manage your very own storage park. More likely you’d have a few thousand to invest in a project. These investments pay returns the way a stock would, without the risk and volatility of playing the stock market. CROWDSTREET has great information on how to grow this side of your investment portfolio.

Purchasing Distressed Properties: We’ve all seen a property, that with some care and attention (read money), would be great investments. In this market they are becoming harder; ...

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Monday, May 16, 2022   /   by Suzanne McGuire

Top 6 Ways To Select Your Real Estate Professional

Arguably, the most important step in your homebuying or home-selling journey is finding the right Real Estate Agent. According to the National Association of Realtors, 87% of buyers recently purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker, as everyone should. Real Estate agents are there to guide you and simplify your homebuying or home-selling process; they have access to knowledge and resources that you will not be able to find anywhere else. However, finding the right agent for you might be challenging.
Here are 6 steps to ensure you choose the right Real Estate Agent.
1.     Do Your Research In Advance
Many of you will start your home buying or selling journey online. According to the National Association of Realtors, 41% of home buyers start their journey online. You’ll use marketing platform websites to view properties and start looking at homes. These marketing platforms will offer to connect you to an a ...

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Thursday, April 7, 2022   /   by Suzanne McGuire

Why Quarter 2 Is The Best Time To Sell In Southwest Florida

Year over year the data from both Florida Realtors and our local MLS shows more homes are sold in Q2 than any other time of the year. 
January 2019 - March 2019: 3,962 single family homes sold.
April 2019 - June 2019: 5,802 single family homes sold.
That’s a difference of 1,840 homes.
January 2021 - March 2021: 6,443 single family homes sold.
April 2021 - June 2021: 7,835 single family homes sold.
That’s a difference of 1,392 homes.
Historically speaking, this was due to the increased number of closings from people who moved forward with a purchase decision after being here during season. The common thinking is “list during season when people are here”. At the same time, many of these properties are rented and hard to show.
Listing in Q2 means the buyers that are here are ready to decide and get a deal done.
 How will this translate with the supercharged market we’re in now?
More list; ...

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Monday, March 14, 2022   /   by Suzanne McGuire

What’s HOT and What’s NOT - Design Trends in 2022

As we say goodbye to 2021 and embrace 2022, let’s start by saying goodbye to some old favorites; it was a blast barn door. Bye-bye brass. It’s been a slice shiplap. It's been great grey kitchen cabinets.
So much of the modern farmhouse style has had its moment in the sun. That does not mean you can’t embrace your Live, Laugh, Love but perhaps in a new way.
If you are thinking of selling:
Incorporate a few “of the moment” trends into the plan and keep them removable. Do not invest in bold wallpaper. Instead, think in terms of curtains, wall hangings, pillows, and throws. Layer in your style. The home will be “on trend” but ultimately, you want a potential buyer to picture themselves in your home and how they would Live, Laugh and Love.
If your home is outdated:
Use paint in neutrals, consider a pop of color on one focal wall. There are not enough pillows, fabrics, or styles to update a kitchen with appliances, cabinets and countertops that . ...

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022   /   by Suzanne McGuire

How to Increase Your Florida Home Value by 28% Without Breaking the Bank

As 2022 begins, the real estate market is still proving strong. With the value of homes increasing and sellers getting more money for their homes than the usual, now is a more important time than ever to increase your home’s value without breaking the bank. Here are some professional tips on how to do exactly that. 
1. Exterior Paint.
Painting the exterior of your home is a great place to add value. When thinking about paint, consider the harsh Florida environment and choose a Florida Paint. Most professionals use Sherwin Williams. Your homes exterior paint on stucco in Florida lasts roughly 5-6 years but sometimes you can get away with waiting 7 years before repainting the exterior.
Think neutral when painting the exterior of your home! 2022 is all about leaning into earth tones and using nature as an inspiration. Look for variations of green, olive, and forest. Light shades of blue and gray will continue to be a mainstay in exterior design, with more homeowners cho. ...

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