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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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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If your home is outdated: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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Thursday, February 25, 2021   /   by Marketing Dept

A New Bird is Nesting in Southwest Florida

Just like birds migrating south for the winter, human residents of cold northern climates desire to escape for a life of warm weather and tropical paradise....
Going back over 100 years, Florida has enjoyed the yearly 'snowbird' flock including famous birds like Henry Ford and Thomas Edison - both of which maintained winter homes in Southwest Florida. 

With 2020 in the history books and more people able to work remotely, Southwest Florida has welcomed a new bird into the nest. The Sunbird.
You’ll recognize a Sunbird because they are here from late October-June, escaping the most intense Florida weather for cooler climates up North, not necessarily in their home state. 
The Sunbird desires freedom, more elbow room, and they come to Southwest Florida with an attitude of “if not now, when”. They are opting for more space, lifestyle, and higher price points.
When they head North for the summer, many sunbirds are opting for smaller, easy to maintain ; ...

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Thursday, June 20, 2019   /   by Marketing Dept

4 Tips For Buying A Home In A Hot Market

When a market is hot, finding and buying a home can feel like an uphill battle. In a seller’s market, homes go quickly. They can be on the market one day and gone the next. And on top of the challenge of finding a home, most homes (especially the desirable ones) have multiple offers, making it harder to get into the home of your dreams.

But buying a home in a hot market isn’t impossible! You just have to approach it strategically and stack the deck in your favor to find – and successfully buy – the right home for you and your family.

Here are four tips for buying a home in a hot market that will put you a step ahead of the home-buying competition:

1. Make Your Offer As Attractive As Possible


When faced with multiple offers, sellers are going to go with the offer that’s the most attractive, both in offer amount and the actual terms of the offer. So if you want to stand out from other potential homebuyers and make an impact on th. ...

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019   /   by Marketing Dept

11 Ways to Sell Your Home Faster (WITHOUT Dropping the Price)

From leaving the house for showings and open houses to having to keep the place spotless at all times, having a home on the market can be a nerve-wracking endeavor. Once you’ve made the decision to sell, you want to know that you won’t be in this anxiety-filled limbo forever. You want to hand over those keys, collect your check and move on — literally!
So, without lowering your asking price, what can you do to sell your home in a hurry? The following are 11 strategies that will help your property sell quickly without your wallet taking a heavy hit.
1. Declutter.
Few things detract from the beauty of a home quite like clutter. Though straightening and organizing is rarely the way most homeowners want to spend their days, it makes a huge difference. We’re not just talking about scrapping the junk mail either. Rid your entryways and mud rooms of extra coats, bags, and boots. Keep those countertops clear, and don’t forget to straighten up inside the kitch ...

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