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The Do’s and Don’t of Buying a Home

Over the past few weeks, the market has transitioned from a seller’s market to a flat market and now into a buyer’s market.  Buyers have been waiting for a few years for their chance to arrive. 

Lucky for you, your time has finally arrived!

Here are a few tips to make sure you get the best experience from your new or first time home buying experience.

1. Find the best real estate agent for you!  It seems like everyone and their brother has their real estate license, but should you really go with your cousin or friend who just passed the test?  Probably not. 
While it might help the agent out, there are many risks involved.  They could miss something on the contract, they do not have the negotiation

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Should I become a Real Estate Agent?

This is a full-time business.  Many people enter this business with the expectation that you can work when you want where you want.  And to a point that is true; however, many people get into this business with unrealistic expectations.  So, should I become a real estate agent? 

There are many sacrifices to becoming a full-time real estate agent.  During the first two years you will need to put in countless hours and hustle to get new clients.  To become successful, it takes complete dedication and with that comes a need of funds for living expenses and marketing.  I would highly suggest that anyone thinking about going into the real estate industry have a 2-year reserve of funds.

This should give you a

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It’s becoming a Home Buyers Market

 Over the past few years, we have seen a gradual increase in home prices, which is an obvious indication of a sellers market.  Lately, sellers have basically been able to name their price and get it; however, times are changing.

There are a number of reasons why we are becoming a homebuyers market.

The Stock Market: There is a lot of volatility in the stock market that is leading to uncertainty.  With all of the ups and downs people just aren’t sure as to whether this is a good time to invest or not.  This leads to uncertainty in the economy.

Canadians are Pulling out:  For our northern friends, they are seeing their currency value against the dollar, which means that if they pull their investments out now

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How to Price Your Home to Sell

You have made the executive decision to sell your home.  Maybe you need some extra room for a growing family, maybe you are empty nesters who are looking to downsize or maybe you just want a change.  Whatever the case, selling a home can be a stressful endeavor.  Here are a few tips to make the process easier and could result in a quicker sale.

Make a list: This list will consist of all of the recent upgrades.  Have you recently had the floors redone?  How about the counters and cabinets?  Have you recently painted the rooms in the home?  Any upgrades both structural and cosmetic should be included in your list.  In addition, make sure to include the age of the roof and the air conditioner.  All of these factors

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Selling a Home by Owner

Selling your home can be a long and exhausting experience.  But at first it may seem like a good idea to sell your home by owner.  After all, you wouldn’t have to pay the seller’s commission and you could pocket more of the sale price, right?  This is absolutely true, but the buyer’s agent will still expect their cut for bringing you the client.  So you would save somewhere between 3 and 6 percent.

Let’s see if saving that commission is actually worth it.

When selling a home by owner, you may want to put a sign in the front yard; that way everyone driving by will know that your home is on the market.

You would probably want to have a couple of open houses to invite people in to take a look around.  Of course, what open

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The Biggest Tip for First Time Home Buyers

Purchasing your first home is an exciting time.  It is almost like a right of passage.  You’ve moved up from living in an apartment; maybe the family has grown and now its time to make the investment.

On the flip side, purchasing your first home can be a stressful and exhausting experience… unless you follow this big tip for first time home buyers.

Find a Qualified Real Estate Agent

Now, this seems like a no brainer; however, you will not believe how many horror stories I have heard from people about how their real estate agent didn’t do anything to help them through the process.

Here is what first time home buyers should expect from their real estate agent:

Step 1: You and the real estate

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3 Tips for Print Marketing in Luxury Real Estate

In the world of luxury real estate marketing, print is everywhere.  Agents will produce brochures, handouts, exposés, mailers; the list goes on and on.  This can all be extremely costly and time cumbersome if the correct attention to detail is not given.

Erica Santiago, Marketing Director of Engel & Völkers Naples – Bonita – Estero has a vast knowledge of print marketing and shares 3 Tips for Print Marketing in Luxury Real Estate.

 

Quality is Key:  Many real estate agents believe the only thing that matters is producing as much print material as possible.  They are constantly sending out mailers and brochures of every property they have listed.  Not only does this cost an exorbitant

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The Orchid a green home for sale in Naples FloridaDo any of you ever ask you if a home is environmentally friendly?  is being "green" part of your decision making?

My guess is that the answer for the most part is no.  However, for a while there I too was oblivious to exactly what an Environmentally Friendly home was and how it could impact my life. That is until I got a Platinum Leed Certified home for sale.  After that I certainly had to brush up on my knowledge base, so I spent some time researching and finally I achieved my "Green Certification" for Real Estate.  

What has this done for me?  Well apart from making me more aware of how we use energy in our homes, going around turning lights off much to my wife's dismay.  It has certainly made me make some more significant changes around my own

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Find out tricks on how to keep cool if your air conditioning goes off . So you decided to make the move to Naples, good choice, Naples is one of the top towns in Southwest Florida.  But if you have moved from a cooler climate, it's good to know what to do if your air conditioning goes out.  Florida summers are known for being hot and wet.  Easy to cope with when you have air conditioning but what happens when your AC goes out!  Here is some help on how to keep your house cool during the summer heat, plus it will help a little with those electric bills.

Close your curtains - silly as this may seem when most of us have double glazed windows these days, this is probably the number one thing to do to help in keeping your home cool.

Make sure you turn your ceiling fan to summer clockwise setting. 

Keep all the inside

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The Dome house used solar power and renewable energy.So your trying to do everything you can to save the planet?  Most people these days recycle and try to do what they can to help save the worlds resources.   Houses are now being built to make the most of naturally occurring power sources such as wind and sunlight, solar panels can help in lowering your bills.  With technology that seems to change every day the world is full of information on how to improve our homes and make the most out of what is available without causing harm to the world. 

So, why is it that in a place like Florida we are not all using solar power ?  After all we have the most sunshine of any state in the USA, there is hardly a day goes by without the sun. Yet, we are still relying heavily on electricity.  Oddly enough, Florida is

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