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June 28, 2018

Rainy Day Funds

Last year, Hurricane Irma barreled through Southwest Florida, causing millions of dollars in damages just in our area. Most people have insurance to cover this damage, but some of the repair work will still need to be covered by money out of pocket. This is commonly called a “rainy day fund” (very literal after a hurricane with lots of flood damage). But, many
June 21, 2018

Zoning Affects Buyers

Zoning is a big trigger word you will hear in the market today. But what does it mean, particularly for new home buyers? Zoning was originally used to predominantly separate residential neighborhoods from industrial ones. But in the past 30 years, communities have used zoning laws in order to prevent new-home booms. That’s because they often want to preserve the look of their
June 14, 2018

Sell with Curb Appeal

Your REALTOR© will tell you that first impressions matter, especially when selling your home. When you plant the For Sale sign in your front yard, it should be in such perfect order that even you would want to buy the house all over again. There are many small, do-it-yourself projects you can do to increase your home’s curb appeal. The best part is
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June 8, 2018

The Real Estate Bubble

We all remember when the real estate bubble in Florida burst in 2008. There were mass foreclosures, declarations of Bankruptcy, and homes selling for far below their original market value. Many people blamed the issue on the “Too Big to Fail” economy of the time. It felt like everything was happening and ending all at once. But, now real estate is again a
You’re ready to move out of your home, and you think you know what it’s worth. You’ve researched the homes in your neighborhood: their tax values, what they’re selling for, and their purchase history. This seems simple enough, right? But, you could be either over- or under-estimating the value of your home. This can add lots of time and expense to your selling