Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wishing You All The Best From Our Family to Yours!

Today is the perfect day to take a moment to just say THANK YOU for allowing us to serve you over the years. We greatly appreciate the friendship, the good times and the opportunity to share these moments with you. Here’s to wishing you a Wonderful Thanksgiving Day. May your day be filled with laughter, love, family, good food, good friends and happy times!

All the best to you and yours,

Bob Ashworth Remax Realty Team

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RV Resort Moves Ahead in Cape Coral

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I’m always on the lookout for what’s happening in Southwest Florida right now so I can share it with you. As a SWFL Real Estate Agent it’s my job to educate my clients and help them get exactly what they want and make sure their best interest are being considered in every detail of the purchase or sale. Below is an interesting article I found recently about the Cape Coral Real Estate MarketIf all goes according to plan, Cape Coral could be home to a sprawling RV resort park within the next couple of years. Click on the image or the hyperlink below it to view the NBC2 news video!

CAPE CORAL, FL – A luxury RV resort planned for Northwest Cape Coral moved forward Monday. Engineers say developers want shovels in the ground by next summer.

Supporters hope to turn the piece of land, off Burnt Store Road and Durden Parkway, into a premier destination.

Nearby neighbors explained they’re still cautious of what the $30-million project would mean to their quality of life.

Monday afternoon, life on the city’s northern edge nicknamed “God’s country” went by slow.

Bryan Brown recently moved to the area. He told us the natural feel was a big selling point.

“You can see the stars at night. It just seems untouched,” said Brown. “If you want to get into the mix, you can drive up the street. If you just want to be in the peace and quiet, you have it right here.”

Council members say they hope the 130 plus acre project centered around a lake spurs development along the nearby corridor.

They view the resort as key for the remote area’s economic future.

Project manager Cliff Repperger with Avalon Engineering told us the process to change city codes takes time but they’re optimistic the RV dream will be a reality.

“We hope the process keeps moving forward and doesn’t stall,” said Repperger.

If you’re interested in more details here are a few more articles we found:

Proposed RV Resort Park in Cape Coral creating buzz – Cape Coral.com 

Developer: Resort to Attract ‘Affluent People’

Upscale Motorcoach Resort Proposed for Cape Coral, Fla.

My pledge to you as a home, land or condo buyer is to work with you to identify your wants and needs, and then work to fit those within your budget. I will never try to sell you a property, I will help you buy one; the one that is right for you and your budget.

We invite you to like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and connect with us on linkedin. We hope that you find our website to be a great source of information and visit often. Whether you are looking for Homes for SaleMoving Resources, or even Mortgage Information everything you need is right here.

We will always be available for personal service by phone or email, so feel free to contact us with questions any time! My offices are located on 2326 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral, FL 33990. You can reach me at 239-425-2503 or email me at Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com and you can visit my website at www.BobAshworth.com.

Sincerely,
Bob Ashworth

Positive Trend in SWFL Real Estate

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NAHB: 125 housing markets expand in November

WASHINGTON – Nov. 6, 2012 – The number of U.S. housing markets showing consistent improvement in three key measures of strength expanded by 22 in November to a total of 125, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI), released today. The index identifies metropolitan areas that have improved since their low point during the recession.

It’s the index’s third consecutive monthly gain, but the year-to-year improvement shows the most positive trend. In November 2011, only 30 markets had seen six months of improvement. That number increased over 400 percent in one year.

From October to November, 22 new cities were added to the list, while six markets dropped off the list.

In Florida, only Orlando dropped off the monthly index.

“The solid increase in the number of improving housing markets this month illustrates the degree to which the housing recovery has gained momentum since we initiated the IMI last year,” says NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “Compared to the 30 markets that made the list as of November 2011, we now have 125, which is about one-third of all the markets surveyed for this index.”

Florida markets on the November IMI include:
Cape Coral: 14.5% price increase since trough
Crestview: 3.3%
Deltona: 9.7%
Miami: 8.9%
Naples: 6.8%
North Port: 1.5%
Ocala: 17.1%
Palm Bay: 10.2%
Pensacola: 4.1%
Punta Gorda: 9.0%
Sebastian: 21.6%
Tampa: 7.6%

As a Southwest Florida Real Estate Agent it’s my job to educate my clients and help them get exactly what they want and make sure their best interest are being considered in every detail of the purchase. This blog is all about educating you and empowering you with all the industry news, information, tips and things to consider before buying or selling your home. If you found this article interesting and know someone else that might benefit from it please feel free to share!

We invite you to like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and connect with us on linkedin. We hope that you find our website to be a great source of information and visit often. Whether you are looking for Homes for SaleMoving Resources, or even Mortgage Information everything you need is right here.

We will always be available for personal service by phone or email, so feel free to contact us with questions any time! My offices are located on 2326 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral, FL 33990. You can reach me at 239-425-2503 or email me at Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com and you can visit my website at www.BobAshworth.com.

Sincerely,
Bob Ashworth

Cape Coral Rentals in High Demand!

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As a Real Estate Agent it’s my job to educate my clients and help them get exactly what they want and make sure their best interest are being considered in every detail of the purchase. This blog is all about educating you and empowering you with all the industry news, information, tips and things to consider before buying or selling your home. Here’s an interesting article I found recently about the Cape Coral Real Estate Market! Click on the image or the hyperlink below it to view the abc7 news video!

Rentals in high demand in Cape Coral

ABC-7.com WZVN News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral

CAPE CORAL, FL – Cities hit hard by the housing crisis, like Cape Coral, are experiencing a new problem. There aren’t enough rental units to go around.

Rental properties in Cape Coral are in high demand.

“I have no problem today renting my properties,” said landlord Bill Erbrick.

Erbrick, a retired chemical engineer decided to spend some of his 401k purchasing several rental properties. He and his wife own 8 duplexes in Cape Coral.

Their financial gamble is paying off.

“I can turn them over instantly without advertising just putting a sign out,” said Erbrick.

The rental market has benefited from the housing crisis.

One-time homeowners, forced from their homes due to foreclosure, are forced to rent.

“Our vacancy rate is extremely low right now,” said Elmer Tabor, Broker, Wonderland Realty.

Nationally, vacancy rates hit a 10-year low in 2011 and rent has increased by 4.7-percent since last year.

“I’m trying to charge a market rent. I don’t want my properties to sit idle,” said Erbrick.

Developers, who were once only building single-family homes, are now building rental properties like duplexes.

“We’re also beginning to see the flippers buying from the courthouse steps holding onto those properties as rental properties,” said Tabor.

And realtors say the longer you wait to get into a rental, the higher you can except your rent to be.

My pledge to you as a home, land or condo buyer is to work with you to identify your wants and needs, and then work to fit those within your budget. I will never try to sell you a property, I will help you buy one; the one that is right for you and your budget.

We invite you to like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and connect with us on linkedin. We hope that you find our website to be a great source of information and visit often. Whether you are looking for Homes for SaleMoving Resources, or even Mortgage Information everything you need is right here.

We will always be available for personal service by phone or email, so feel free to contact us with questions any time! My offices are located on 2326 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral, FL 33990. You can reach me at 239-425-2503 or email me at Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com and you can visit my website at www.BobAshworth.com.

Sincerely,
Bob Ashworth

Are you ready to buy?

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Buying a home is a big investment and not something you should decide on without really weighing out all your options and going over all the details. So many times I hear of people making bad decisions and getting the short end of the deal because they didn’t have the right advice or didn’t know what to look for. Thousands of dollars can be left on the table or lost altogether or worse you could get stuck with a home that isn’t what you think you’re buying into. As a Real Estate Agent it’s my job to educate my clients and help them get exactly what they want and make sure their best interest are being considered in every detail of the purchase. This blog is all about educating you and empowering you with all the industry news, information, tips and things to consider before buying or selling your home.

Six signs that say it’s time! 

Figuring out whether you’re ready to buy a house — whether you’re a renter or are aiming to move up or size down — can be a daunting task. But there are signs that will indicate whether you’re ready to take the buying plunge.

If you are thinking about buying, you’re not alone. So are you ready to make the move? You might be if you:

1. Are familiar with the market. If you’ve been paying attention to how much houses are listed for in the neighborhoods you’re eyeing and have a realistic view of how much a house will cost you, you’re in good shape. But if you’re dreaming about that big corner house with no clue about it’s asking price, you may want to spend some more time becoming familiar with the market and how much houses are going for.

2. Have the money for a down payment and closing costs. The down payment is a percentage of the value of the property. Freddie Mac says the percentage will be determined by the type of mortgage you select. Down payments usually range from 3 to 20 percent of the property value. Also, you may be required to have Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI or MI) if your down payment is less than 20 percent. Closing costs include points, taxes, title insurance, financing costs and items that must be prepaid or escrowed and other settlement costs. You can expect to pay between from 2 to 7 percent of the property value. Generally, buyers will receive an estimate of these costs from your lender after you apply for a mortgage.

3. Know how much you can afford. Freddie Mac says that as a general guide, your monthly mortgage payment should be less than or equal to a percentage of your income, usually about a quarter of your gross monthly income. Also, your income, debt and credit history go into determining how much you can borrow. As a general rule, your debt -credit card bills, car loans, housing expenses, alimony and child support — should not be more than about 30 to 40 percent of your gross income.

4. Know what additional expenses will come with owning a home. This includes homeowners insurance, utility bills, maintenance costs — roofing, plumbing, heating and cooling.

5. Have your credit in good shape and make sure your credit report is accurate. Potential lenders will view your credit history — how much debt you’ve accrued, how many accounts you have open, whether your payments are made on time, etc. — to determine whether they’ll give you a loan. You should get a report from each of the three credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union.

6. You haven’t made any recent major purchases, particularly a vehicle. If you do, you may have a harder time getting a loan — or it could potentially lower the amount you’ll be approved for.

My pledge to you as a home, land or condo buyer is to work with you to identify your wants and needs, and then work to fit those within your budget. I will never try to sell you a property, I will help you buy one; the one that is right for you and your budget.

We invite you to like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and connect with us on linkedin. We hope that you find our website to be a great source of information and visit often. Whether you are looking for Homes for SaleMoving Resources, or even Mortgage Information everything you need is right here.

We will always be available for personal service by phone or email, so feel free to contact us with questions any time! My offices are located on 2326 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral, FL 33990. You can reach me at 239-425-2503 or email me at Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com and you can visit my website at www.BobAshworth.com.

Sincerely,
Bob Ashworth

Avoid Seller’s Mistakes

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Avoiding Seller’s Mistakes

You may have noticed a home in your neighborhood that’s been on the market for what seems like forever.

“What’s the problem?” you wonder. “Is this what lies in store for me when the time comes to sell my home? Is there anything I can do to prevent this same fate from befalling me?” you ask.

The answer is YES! There are almost always some very specific, very preventable reasons why a home just won’t sell. In some cases, it’s because potential buyers can’t come to an acceptable agreement with the sellers. The trick is knowing how to close a deal that meets everyone’s needs and goes to settlement.

Give me a call today at 239-425-2503 and I’ll be happy to help you make sure that you truly avoid the common mistakes some sellers make when negotiating the sale of their homes. Then you will be in the best position possible to plan a selling strategy that has the “For Sale” sign out of your yard in record time! Below ares some important tips for you to keep in mind when selling your home.

Here are Seven Costly Mistakes to Avoid when Selling Your Home!

Mistake 1: Putting the home on the market before it’s ready. Most times this happens because the seller gets impatient or is a procrastinator and has pushed himself up against a moving deadline without getting the pre-sale work done. So it comes on the market with the horrible carpet (that gets replaced during the marketing of the home); or they are painting it while it goes on the market. Presentation is everything — so get the work done before marketing the property.

Mistake 2: Over improving the home for the neighborhood. This happens with additions, bump outs, and upgrades that make the home stick out from among its competitors so much that it’s an anomaly, instead of a nice addition to the community.

Mistake 3: Pricing the home based on what the seller wants to net. This pricing strategy always ends in failure. Sellers can control the “asking” price, but they don’t control the “sales” price. The market does. It doesn’t matter what the seller wants, the price is determined by the black-and-white, matter-of-fact reality of the market.

Mistake 4: Hiring an agent based on non-business factors. Make sure you’re hiring a professional with a proven track record. It might be nice to hand over your largest asset to your nephew who just got his license — but make sure he has a mentor to keep your deal from going south.

Mistake 5: Getting emotionally involved in the sale of the home. This is one of the biggest challenges home sellers face when putting their house on the market. Once you decide to sell your house, it’s no longer a home, but a commodity. It needs to be prepared as a commodity, marketed as a commodity, and priced as a commodity. It doesn’t matter what you “want,” only what the market can bear on pricing. People are going to come in to kick the tires, so to speak, and you can’t get emotional about how they may or may not appreciate the nuances of your home of seven years.

Mistake 6: Trying to cover up problems, or not disclosing them. Most states have a property disclosure/disclaimer form — use it wisely. Just because you disclaim doesn’t mean you cannot be sued later for the leaky basement, or dilapidated heating/air system that’s discovered 30 days after settlement.

Mistake 7: Not getting your ducks lined up before trying to sell. This would involve financing, reading the fine print on your current mortgage to ensure no pre-payment penalties, not listening to the particulars of your local market, etc. If your local market is dictating lower home prices, then lower it early, not later — it will cost you more. If the local market dictates selling your home first, then buying second, do it in that order, or vice versa.

Avoiding these mistakes is not that difficult. There are plenty of resources (like this blog) and we are here to help you step over the pitfalls. Do the research early, and listen to that voice in your head (it’s probably the whispers of the finance, real estate, insurance person who’s warning you of a hole you’re about to step into). Sell well.

We invite you to like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and connect with us on linkedin. We hope that you find our website to be a great source of information and visit often. Whether you are looking for Homes for SaleMoving Resources, or even Mortgage Information everything you need is right here.

We will always be available for personal service by phone or email, so feel free to contact us with questions any time! My offices are located on 2326 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral, FL 33990. You can reach me at 239-425-2503 or email me at Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com and you can visit my website at www.BobAshworth.com.

Sincerely, Bob Ashworth

Home Improvement Mistakes

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Don’t Make Home Improvement Mistakes

Are you investing too much into home improvements? You bet you are if your projects “over-improve” your house for your neighborhood.

As your personal real estate professional, I can tell you exactly when a remodeling project is an “improvement” and when it doesn’t pay. I see the bottom line at resale. (Especially when a huge equity loan drains dollars from my clients’ net proceeds needlessly!).

The FIRST secret to evaluating whether a remodel pays is a comparable analysis of the property in relation to the houses nearby. Will the cost (and aggravation) of the project be returned at resale? After all, an investment that returns 90% is still a loss of 10%.

The SECOND secret is to see if there is an easier way to achieve the same goal. Sometimes getting the features you want is less costly and easier if you sell and move into an entirely new house.

Your real estate agent is just someone who appears when you go to buy or sell a home. You should have my email address and phone number saved on your phone or contact list so you can just pick up the phone or email me with any questions or concerns. I’m here to help you answer questions or get educated on the market, the value of your home, your credit history, mortgage loans, foreclosures, short sales, buying a future home, saving up for your dream home, relocating to this area or selling your current home or condo. You can reach me at 239-425-2503 or email me at Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com – go ahead and save this information now so you have it handy when you need it. And please feel free to pass on my information to anyone you know that has any questions. I’m here to help, it’s what I love to do every day!

Home Improvements: Make The Most Of Them! 

It can sometimes be hard to find inspiration to begin working on a new project around the house no matter what experience you have in home improvement. This article provides you the tricks and tips to prepare you for these new challenges.

One good habit for keeping up with home improvement work, is to allocate a budget for home repairs and upgrades. Dedicating some money to maintaining your home each year will help it stay in better shape in the long run. If you do not use all your budget, carry it over to the following year.

Budgeting for your home improvements should be done in the beginning of the year. This is because after the holidays you will have a better assessment of your spending. This is because a lot expenses make you really stressed and you will be likely to overcompensate when it comes to your budget, that is why budgeting at the start of the year helps this problem.

The best home improvement you can do for the exterior of your home is to add a fresh coat of paint. Paint is your homes first line of defense as well as the most significant factor of curb appeal. A good color choice will make the home into a fantastic one.

When renovating, a smart homeowner will spend his money on good quality materials and fixtures instead of expensive decor and furniture. Pricy furniture and high-end artwork is going to go with you anyway once you move, so spending more on what’s staying is going to add more value to the actual home. Attractive and durable fixtures remain in the house and add quite a bit to the home’s resale value.

We invite you to like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and connect with us on linkedin. We hope that you find our website to be a great source of information and visit often. Whether you are looking for Homes for SaleMoving Resources, or even Mortgage Information everything you need is right here.

We will always be available for personal service by phone or email, so feel free to contact us with questions any time! My offices are located on 2326 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral, FL 33990. You can reach me at 239-425-2503 or email me at Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com and you can visit my website at www.BobAshworth.com.

Sincerely,
Bob Ashworth

Why Settle Down in Southwest Florida?

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Southwest Florida

If you’re wondering what Southwest Florida has to offer you as a home owner we’ve put together some great information for you here today! This emerald corner of Florida is one of the country’s most appealing places to live. The subtropical climate makes the outdoors the centerpiece of life—for recreation, sport and, of course, dining and entertainment. By day, there are golf courses, beaches, boating waters and boulevards of shops to explore. And by night, restaurants, clubs and theaters from Fort Myers to Naples light up the shoreline. This is Southwest Florida, perhaps the last true paradise on the gulf coast.

Historic, enchanting, subtle elegance and a captivating mix of cottages, updated residences and spectacular new construction. White sandy beaches, the glistening Gulf of Mexico, world renowned golf courses and the mysterious and wild Everglades. All of this and more, is what you can find in Southwest Florida. Whether you are looking for a place to retire, a vacation property or a year round residence, southwest Florida has a variety of properties and lifestyles to meet your needs. Shopping is great, schools for kids are ideal and you can find plenty of family neighborhoods to fit your specific wants and needs.

Southwest Florida spreads a blanket of sand and warmth along the state’s southernmost Gulf of Mexico shoreline. Starting around Port Charlotte in the north and tripping along a continuum of cities and beach towns all the way to the Everglades, Southwest Florida is a beautiful place to turn a vacation into a lifestyle for anyone seeking sun, water sports, wild treasures, topnotch golf, world-class shopping, fresh seafood, and some of the finest homes.

Southwest Florida is known for the best beaches in the world; they populate maps of Southwest Florida from one end to the other. Thanks to our tropical Florida weather, playing outdoors happens year-round on the beaches and beyond. Whether your idea of fun and adventure means a hole-in-one, pulling in a feisty 100-pound tarpon, or whizzing through the Everglades alligator wetlands, you will find the perfect tropical lifestyle that’s meant for you in SW Florida.

Fort Myers

Fort Myers is known as The City of Palms and was made famous by Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Impressed by the tropical climate and natural beauty, Edison spent his winters in Fort Myers as thousands of visitors do each season today. Fort Myers is located on the Caloosahatchee River, and is the oldest city in Lee County. Historic downtown brings back the flavor of old Florida.

Sanibel and Captiva Islands

Sanibel, “The Shelling Capital of the Western World,” with more shell variety than any other single beach in Florida. Thick, lush foliage covers the island, half of which is a natural preserve. With miles of bicycle paths, abundant nature, watersports, sandy beaches and breathtaking sunsets, Sanibel and Captiva Islands are an endless tropical playground. Sanibel is tethered to the mainland by a causway (toll) punctuated with pull-offs and picnic spots where sailboards dressed like butterflies skitter in the breeze.

Cape Coral

Sun splashed days and balmy nights mean funtastic playtime fantasies come true in Cape Coral. Sandcastles, beaches, boats and bait fill leisure time in this coastal community that boasts more than 400 miles of canals, plus lakes and a mega-river. The city has a water-filled treat of its own design. Sun Splash Family Waterpark offers more than two dozen wet and dry attractions on 15 tropical acres. Loll in a tube while gentle currents take you on a sightseeing voyage around the park. Or grip the sides and grit your teeth while you pitch and plummet in Cape Fear’s 225-foot black tunnel. Prefer less orchestrated activities? Drift down to the Yacht and Racquet Club and let the kids frolic at the riverfront while you drop a line from the pier nearby.

Naples

Naples offers residents and visitors alike a luxurious and laid-back lifestyle that defines this truly unique community. The city is renowned for gorgeous beach sunsets, magnificent waterfront homes, sumptuous dining, world-class shopping, a vibrant arts scene and abundant outdoor activities including excellent year round boating and fishing not to mention the large number of outstanding public and private golf courses. Naples is sure to please.

Marco Island

Marco Island is graced with miles of white-sand beaches, luxurious real estate, beautiful year-round weather, sumptuous restaurants, fine shopping, dining, lively entertainment, attractions and plenty of recreational activities from boating and fishing, to golf and tennis, and more. All set amid the stunning subtropical beauty that is unique to Southwest Florida’s Gulf coast. Marco Island, Florida is an unforgettable paradise where memories are made and life is enjoyed.

Bonita Springs

Ideally located between Naples and Fort Myers, the community of Bonita Springs offers the unique and inviting Old Florida lifestyle of a charming small beach town. Beautiful beaches along with the sparkling Gulf of Mexico and the natural beauty of Estero Bay offer sun-lovers and anglers the ultimate paradise. Relax and enjoy all that Southwest Florida has to offer with a range of delightful neighborhoods, communities and residential real estate.

Buying a home is a big investment and not something you should decide on without really weighing out all your options and going over all the details. So many times I hear of people making bad decisions and getting the short end of the deal because they didn’t have the right advice or didn’t know what to look for. Thousands of dollars can be left on the table or lost altogether or worse you could get stuck with a home that isn’t what you think you’re buying into. As a Real Estate Agent it’s my job to educate my clients and help them get exactly what they want and make sure their best interest are being considered in every detail of the purchase.

My pledge to you as a home, land or condo buyer is to work with you to identify your wants and needs, and then work to fit those within your budget. I will never try to sell you a property, I will help you buy one; the one that is right for you and your budget.

We invite you to like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and connect with us on linkedin. We hope that you find our website to be a great source of information and visit often. Whether you are looking for Homes for SaleMoving Resources, or even Mortgage Information everything you need is right here.

We will always be available for personal service by phone or email, so feel free to contact us with questions any time! My offices are located on 2326 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral, FL 33990. You can reach me at 239-425-2503 or email me at Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com and you can visit my website at www.BobAshworth.com.

Sincerely,
Bob Ashworth

Upgrading Your Kitchen?

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Upgrading the kitchen is on many homeowners’ “to do” list. And for good reason. A minor kitchen remodel ranks fourth on the list of the top 10 home improvement projects that deliver return on investment, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2010-11 Cost vs. Value Report.

But whether you’re in it for the investment, or just to freshen up the space in your home where people spend the most time, a new kitchen look could be a fun, impactful improvement to your house. Some may start with a weekend project and a $40 can of paint, while others will jump into a $50,000-plus remodel. Either way, one thing is for sure – you can’t go wrong with a beautiful, highly functional kitchen.


A Simple Refresh

If time or budget constraints limit you to changing just a few basic elements of the kitchen, focus on things that make the most impact. Even novice do-it-yourself homeowners can complete many of these items on their own:

* Paint the walls. Painting always tops the to-do list when a mini makeover is in order. It’s an affordable, high-impact way to change the decor of a kitchen. If you’re not changing out cabinets or countertops, be sure to select a color that complements those major elements.

* Add new accessories. Switching out the small decor details in a kitchen can make the room feel entirely new. Maybe its replacing bar stools at the island, re-upholstering pillows or a bench cushion, or even hanging a few new pieces of art or photos on the wall.

* Change the faucet. Often underestimated, the kitchen faucet has a lot of influence in the overall style of the room. Choosing a more up-to-date pull-down or pull-out faucet not only improves the look of the room, but can add significant convenience and functionality.

“Faucets in the kitchen are much more than what they used to be,” says Kevin McJoynt of Danze, a manufacturer of decorative plumbing faucets and fixtures. “They play an important role in setting the decor and focal points of any kitchen.”

A Full Remodel

Homeowners throughout the country are staying in their homes longer than they once did. Because of that, significant remodeling projects tend to rise to the top of the priority list. If you’re in it for the long haul (or even to ensure you get that return on investment), a complete kitchen remodel could be for you.

When the entire room footprint is your canvas, the possibilities are exciting. While a contractor is recommended for most of these projects, make sure you’re involved in exploring the options that will help you use this space as wisely as possible (yet provide beautiful decor in the process):

* Install display shelves. This hot kitchen trend is an eye-catching alternative to hanging wall cabinets. Taking down cabinets is a pretty simple task for two and hanging the shelves is even easier.

* Evaluate the flow of the workspaces. Adding more water sources to your room could improve efficiency and ease. Consider a simple, yet beautiful faucet on the island for prep, a pot filler by the stove to help while cooking, and a hard-working faucet at the main sink for clean-up.

* Mix and match your surfaces. Replacing countertops is one of the most noticeable changes to any kitchen venue. Quartz surfaces are a popular choice, providing a unique combination of quality, hygiene and a look of natural stone. Selecting a lighter color surface for the perimeter and a darker, bolder color for the island is a great way to add another design element to the room.

“With today’s growing popularity in cooking and a rise in the number of at-home chefs, kitchen flow and workspace needs are critical aspects to consider when completely remodeling your kitchen,” adds McJoynt. “The sink and faucet choices for each of these areas can play a big role in the functionality and enjoyment of the space.”

Manufacturers such as Danze offer a wide range of faucet styles in various functional designs, according to McJoynt. So, whether you’re looking to enhance a traditional decor, add sleekness to a contemporary professional-grade room, or something in between, leveraging faucets and other elements can help set the tone for the entire room.

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We will always be available for personal service by phone or email, so feel free to contact us with questions any time! My offices are located on 2326 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral, FL 33990. You can reach me at 239-425-2503 or email me at Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com and you can visit my website at www.BobAshworth.com.

Sincerely,
Bob Ashworth

Attracting More Buyers

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Today We Bring You Tips to Attracting Buyers to Your Home

The worst thing that can happen when selling a home is watching it sit on the market, week after week, month after month, with no one making a purchase offer. Buyers may look at the home but they simply don’t come through with a contract. For sellers, every extra month on the market is another wasted mortgage payment they could be making toward a new house.

Why does this happen? Most often, it’s because the sellers have priced the home above the market. Reducing the price is usually necessary.

There are other ways to bring buyers to the contract table. They’re called “incentives,” and you can use them to ensure the fast sale of your home by plugging them into your marketing plan at the outset.

Description is Key! When it comes to writing a description to help you sell a house, picking the right words can make all the difference. The reality is that you are in direct competition with experienced wordsmiths who know how to fill a buyer’s mind with beautiful mental images.

The right description drives house hunters and real estate agents to schedule a viewing, as well as positively influencing their first impression of your property.

A dull description puts you in danger of having your home passed over in a heartbeat. This is especially true if there are a lot of listings in your area and house hunters are quickly combing through the possibilities.

My experience will ensure that you sell your home quickly at the right price. Please give me a call for a FREE consultation.

We invite you to like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and connect with us on linkedin. We hope that you find our website to be a great source of information and visit often. Whether you are looking for Homes for SaleMoving Resources, or even Mortgage Information everything you need is right here.

We will always be available for personal service by phone or email, so feel free to contact us with questions any time! My offices are located on 2326 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral, FL 33990. You can reach me at 239-425-2503 or email me at Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com and you can visit my website at www.BobAshworth.com.

Sincerely,
Bob Ashworth