Buying and Selling Tips

In a crazy market, your Realtor is your best-bet therapist for prep and personal calm

If you want to survive the house hunt, you may need a little psychological preparation and support. Getting cozy now with your trusted South Bay Realty associate will not only deliver that personal therapy but also insure smooth navigation of these choppy waters. Check out these tips……

Current hot market transforms buyer’s haven into seller’s market, but…..

Despite that, a seller concession keeps coveted $’s in your pocket! A credit for closing costs encompasses the seller receiving less net incomes in exchange for crediting the buyer monies at closing. Read more……

Should I rent or buy? This useful calculator helps you cut to the chase!

This handy rent vs. buy calculator is the perfect tool to help you compare the cost of renting or buying a home over time. Because buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make, realtor.com® makes it easy to see if whether buying a house is a better deal than renting, while considering costs, such as down payment, mortgage rate, income tax and inflation rate. Read more…..

Oh-No! My South Bay Real Estate Agent is on her way……..

She’ll be here in less than an hour with a hot prospective to see the place and, of course, it’s a mess! Ahhh….. I just remembered, I have a quick clean to-do list from “Better Homes & Gardens” that targets the “most visible areas of the house – showcasing its best qualities”. Keep this list handy for these impromptu visits and get that place sold!

The Time for Canadians to ride the Florida tide is now!

As Canadian spring-breakers flock south to keep warm, they should be investment portfolio-mindful of the affordable housing that awaits them. In particular, residential investment in Southwest Florida is continuing its up-and-to-the-right trajectory despite a stronger US dollar. Continue reading >>

Seller Tips: Quick and Easy Bathroom Changes for Under $100

When you decide to sell, it’s really important to take a look at your home with an objective eye. After de-cluttering, the next step is to look for simple and inexpensive ways to brighten it up for upcoming photography and showings. We’re not talking about remodeling, but simply making your home look its best with a few tweaks. Continue reading >>

What is the difference between a Pre-Approval and a Pre-Qualification Letter

If you are just starting your home search, it is a good idea to meet with a lender early in the process so that you know exactly what price range you should be searching in, especially in a market where inventory is tight. This allows you, as the buyer, to be laser focused in your search, and poises you to be able to make an offer quickly with pre-approval letter in hand which will give you a better competitive edge against other buyers who may be paying cash.

Many buyers may not know that there is a difference between a pre-approval letter and a pre-qualification letter, but they are very different.

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Kitchen and Bathroom Remodel – Cost to Resale Value in Naples, Florida

Remodel Magazine recently published a very in depth regional study which compared the cost of popular remodeling projects versus resale value.  The study includes data from the Naples/Fort Myers metropolitan area and is broken down by mid-range vs. upscale projects.

Have you ever wondered what your return on investment might be for a kitchen or bathroom remodel?  Is it worthwhile to take on these projects before selling your home in hopes that it will set it apart from others and bring higher offers? Continue reading >>