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What to Watch Out for at a Home Showing
Posted on 12/03/2019
What to Watch Out for at a Home Showing
Shopping for a home is an exciting time for any hopeful homeowner. After weeks of scouring listings looking for the perfect home in the ideal location for you and your family, it can seem like you’ve found the needle in the haystack. When it’s time to go visit that home, it’s easy to put on rose-colored lenses and overlook...
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Simple Tips for Moving Day Safety
Posted on 11/26/2019
Simple Tips for Moving Day Safety
Moving day; you’ve waited months for this day to arrive, working hard to make sure you, your family, pets, and belongings are ready for the big move. With all of the preparations and various people involved, it’s easy for moving day to become dangerous. To ensure that you and your family have a safe and smooth moving day, I’ve...
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4671 Oak Forest Drive E #6, Sarasota, FL 34231 is now new to the market!
Posted on 11/20/2019
4671 Oak Forest Drive E #6, Sarasota, FL 34231 is now new to the market!
Spacious 2 BR/2BA VILLA with a 1-car garage. Inside utility with washer and dryer, new hot water heater and newer A/C. Large screened/tiled lanai. Split plan with plenty of closet space. This maintenance free community allows you time to relax by the heated pool, get some exercise on the tennis court or hang out with a good book or friends for a get-together in the clubhouse. PET FRIENDLY community. 2 small PETS are WELCOME! Live here year round or enjoy as a winter retreat. Oak Forest is a hidden gem in one of Sarasota's best locations. Close to Siesta Key and situated on 20+ acres tucked away in an enclave of beautiful mature oaks and...
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Should You Get a Reverse Mortgage?
Posted on 11/19/2019
Should You Get a Reverse Mortgage?
Photo by 3D Animation Production Company via PixabayIf you’re retired, own your own home and have trouble making ends meet, a reverse mortgage may seem like the answer to prayers. You get to stay in your house and you’ll have some extra cash to see you through. Before you run to the nearest lender, however, consider the downside...
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Rent or Buy: Which Is Cheaper?
Posted on 11/12/2019
Rent or Buy: Which Is Cheaper?
With rent prices soaring in many areas of the U.S., renters are starting to consider whether now is the right time to start saving for a down payment on a home. Depending on where you live and what your timeline is for buying a house, you might be wondering the same thing. So, in today’s post, we’re going to...
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Quick Money Saving Techniques for a Mortgage Down Payment
Posted on 11/05/2019
Quick Money Saving Techniques for a Mortgage Down Payment
Buying a home will likely be one of the largest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. While this may seem scary at first, it’s worth noting that buying a home can also be a valuable financial investment. When it comes to preparing to buy a home, many people just wait until they run out of room in...
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Key Signs That Now Is a Good Time to Apply for a Mortgage
Posted on 10/29/2019
Key Signs That Now Is a Good Time to Apply for a Mortgage
For many individuals, the homebuying journey often begins with getting pre-approved for a mortgage. Because if a buyer has a mortgage, he or she can enter the real estate market with a budget in hand. Ultimately, there are many signs that now may be the perfect time to apply for a mortgage, and these include: 1. You're ready to...
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How to Reduce Allergens in Your Home
Posted on 10/22/2019
How to Reduce Allergens in Your Home
During the winter season, many people are forced to stay indoors, exposing them to different kinds of allergens like pet dander, dust, and mold. These indoors allergens have a lot of adverse health effect like stuffy nose, sneezing, teary, itchy or red eyes, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, wheezing, coughing, and Itching. One of the ways...
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Creating a Home Gym from Nothing
Posted on 10/15/2019
Creating a Home Gym from Nothing
Just because your new house doesn’t have room for a gym doesn’t mean you can’t get a workout there. Items all over your home make perfect gym props, so all you need is a little floor space—no special rooms required. Built-in Workouts The most natural workout in your home is to use the stairs. If you have more...
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4610 Oak Forest Drive E #29, Sarasota, FL 34231 is now new to the market!
Posted on 10/10/2019
4610 Oak Forest Drive E #29, Sarasota, FL 34231 is now new to the market!
** DON'T MISS THIS ONE!! Beautifully updated, 2 BR/2BA VILLA with a 2-car garage. Updates include porcelain tile throughout the living area, an extended lanai with pavers overlooking a peaceful green space, totally renovated kitchen with new cabinets and appliances, updated baths and custom window treatments. Open floor-plan features vaulted ceilings, skylights, inside utility and a multi-purpose bonus room that can be used as an eat-in kitchen, family room, office or den. This maintenance free community allows you time to relax by the heated pool, get some exercise on the tennis court or hang out with a good book or friends for a...
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Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips
Posted on 10/08/2019
Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips
Keeping a swimming pool clean isn't a full-time job if done correctly and regularly. Maintenance is most often crucial in the summer months since that is when swimming pools find the most use. After making the financial investment in a swimming pool, there is a need to make sure that it remains in perfect condition all year round....
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Why You Should Consider Professional Staging
Posted on 10/01/2019
Why You Should Consider Professional Staging
As recently as 20-25 years ago, most people thought “staging” was for the theater and model homes. The idea of professionally temporarily decorating a home to sell it was not on the average homeowner’s radar. All that changed with the advent of TLC, HGTV, and other networks dedicated to home buying/selling and renovating shows. If you’re selling a...
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