7 Open House Tips by RE/MAX

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7  Things Buyers Can Expect at an Open House

Home Buying Tips SWFLTouring homes can be one of the better parts of the home buying process. For a brief moment you can envision your life in what might be your new home! Still, stepping into someone else’s home, especially during an open house, can be intimidating. Here’s what you can expect:

1. To be asked to sign in.
The agent will ask you to sign in with your contact information so he or she can follow up. Of course you are free to decline.

2. To remove your shoes.
After all, the homeowners has worked hard to make the place sparkle. Tracking dirt onto the carpet or hardwood destroys their effort.

3. (Not) to meet the seller.
Sellers working with an agent usually leave during open houses. This provides you the opportunity to explore free from the distraction of a hovering owner.

4. To scope out the competition.
The number of other people touring the home (and the amount of traffic throughout the day, which you can track on the sign-in sheet if you visit on the late side) can give you a good indication of the level of interest in the property.

5. To wait your turn.
If there are several groups during your visit, wait for them to leave a room before you enter. It’s a great chance to eavesdrop as they may ask the Realtor questions you hadn’t thought of, or comment on features you might not notice yourself.

6. To meet the neighbors.
Chances are, they’ll stop by for a peek. Ask them about the neighborhood. They’re the experts, after all.

7. To hold your tongue.
The Realtor will most likely ask you questions about your home search. Be savvy about what you reveal. Don’t give away any information that could compromise your bargaining power.

Not all homes on the market hold an open house. To expand your touring options, consider working with a buyer’s agent. Talk to Bob Ashworth today about your home buying needs in Southwest Florida. Click here to view original RE/MAX blog post.

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Not all Real Estate Agents are Created Equal

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Should home buyers call the listing agent when making a home purchase?

The short answer is NO!

Cape Coral Home Buying TipsBeyond that, let me start by stating the obvious, that all real estate professionals are not created equal. While you certainly may end up dealing with an agent who is helpful and honest, he or she has made a commitment to represent the seller’s best interest in the sale of their home.

It’s like going to court and using the other side’s attorney. Think about it, you just wouldn’t do it! Oh sure, a few buyers believe that if they deal directly with the listing agent, that they will be able to get the home for a lower amount because the agent will reduce their commission with not needing to pay a cooperating broker. While this may occur, don’t count on it! Though regardless, there is still no experienced real estate pro protecting your interest.

In all honesty, many buyers don’t have any idea the ways in which a good experienced real estate professional looks out for their interest in a contract negotiation. Most buyers think that the price is about the only thing in play. Wrong! Every real estate transaction is about price and terms, including timelines for inspections, appraisal, loan approvals etc. My experience tells me that all buyers need guidance. Even those who don’t think they do. Sometimes especially those who don’t think they do!

Bob Ashworth photo cardIn addition, effective negotiating takes practice. Most people buy or sell one or two, maybe three homes in a lifetime. A full time real estate professional is writing and negotiating real estate contracts every week. If you have your thumb on the pulse of the market and negotiate dozens to hundreds of deals every year, go ahead and make an offer with the list agent. Otherwise, tap into the experience of a good buyers agent assist you with your real estate purchase. The best agents of course are the ones who list and sell homes as well as work with buyers to make a purchase. For instance, I use my experience with buyers on other listings to counsel my sellers on the current mindset of the buying public, and vice versa.

As an added bonus, in virtually all cases, including shopping for a builder to build your new construction home whether it be on your own lot, a lot you purchase, or a home in a developing community; your agent’s commission will be paid by the seller, or builder as the case may be. What many people fail to realize is that the Multiple Listing Service or MLS, is the greatest networking platform ever devised. All Realtor listings get uploaded into the MLS by the listing agent, with a cooperating commission amount clearly displayed to any and all other Realtor’s in that area. While the listing agent may not yet have a buyer for that new listing, maybe one of the thousands of agents associated with the MLS is already working with a buyer looking for a home just like that.

So the next time you are going to buy a home, commit yourself to working with a good experienced Realtor. If it’s SW Florida where you’re buying, I’ll be happy to help you. My pledge is that I will never try to sell you a home; I’ll help you buy one. The one that is right for you and your budget.

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Getting the Most Money for your Home!

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Pricing your home to sell for max amount.

There are a number of important factors to selling your home for the highest amount of money possible. Effective marketing of course is important, but so is pricing the home correctly for the market conditions that exist.

Cape Coral Remax Homes for SaleIn my business of listing homes for sale in and around Cape Coral & Lee County, Florida, I encounter sellers all the time who are unwilling to price their home for the market. There’s a plethora of excuses though mostly it’s due to a lack of understanding of what it actually takes to sell a home.

Most sellers think that they have to leave enough room between their list price and the price that they are willing to sell for so that the buyer can feel like they made a good deal in the negotiation. While it’s true that buyers rarely offer what they are willing to pay, they are also expecting the seller to counter offer and meet somewhere in the middle. Let me clarify that by saying somewhere in the middle doesn’t necessarily mean the middle. It just means not the list price, but certainly not the offer price. There’s more to it than that.

Nearly all buyers get to know the market by home shopping for a bit before finding the home they wish to offer on. They are at a distinct advantage over the sellers who typically haven’t actually seen any homes on the market other than their own.

Sellers and buyers for that matter, aren’t necessarily skilled at the art of negotiation. Oh sure most of them think they are, but they don’t know what they don’t know.

A couple of recent scenarios come to mind.

Lee County Home Selling tipsScenario #1

The first one is a nice listing in SW Cape Coral not on a canal but in a desirable neighborhood across from sailboat access to the Gulf of Mexico canal homes. My discussion with the owner prior to listing was about, of course, my marketing plan – My Unique Home Selling System. We also discussed my professional opinion of the homes market value along with data to support my opinion. The opinion was that the home’s fair market value was right around $250,000. Maybe a little more maybe a little less, but not less than about $245,000. I recommended a list price of $259,000, the seller insisted on $269,000. So I listed the home at $269,000 with the caveat that if that price doesn’t work with the buyers after a couple of months that we would have to reduce it to get it sold.

A home priced right is half sold!

So even though this home was just a little overpriced, we never got any offers on it. We had a number of showings. Fifteen plus in fact, but no offers. Finally after nearly 6 months on the market the seller reluctantly agreed to reduce the list price to my originally suggested price of $259,000. Miraculously within 2 weeks we had a good solid offer in hand. A negotiation ensued and we were able to get the buyer to pay $254,000. We didn’t need to wait six months for the same outcome that we could have attained earlier had we priced it right from the start or shortly there after.

So, don’t hire a professional to help you get a job done, then ignore his counselling. It’s just a waste of everyone’s time.

Selling Tips SWFLScenario #2

A recent listing where the seller is motivated to sell but needs to get every last dollar possible as he is forced to sell at a loss. My professional opinion on the value of his home is $114,000 +/-. I indicated that we might need to price it at $119,900 to get activity, but let’s try $125,000 to start as I never want to under price a home. Low and behold 2 weeks into the listing, hundreds of online views by buyers, though not a single showing request.

I advised the client that we should now reduce to the $119,900 price point to stimulate activity. He took my advise and granted the reduction. Within 8 hours we had 2 showings set up. Within the first week at the new price we’ve had 6 more showings with a couple of buyers considering an offer.

How can I help you realize your highest sale price possible? Lets get together for a no pressure market analysis and marketing plan where we can discuss your situation.

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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!

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5 Tips for Better Home Buying

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Top 5 strategies to help home buyers make their best deal 

  1. Home Buying Tips SWFLKnow the market! Knowledge is power. 

The way to negotiate your best deal when buying a home begins with knowing the market well enough to understand what the value of the home is. Knowledge is power! When I work with my buyer clients, every home we tour and don’t offer on moves them closer to understanding what’s desirable, what’s not, and where the value is.

  1. Hire an experienced Realtor who is working in your best interest.

Don’t work with a Realtor who is trying to sell you something. Work with one who is helping you buy the home that is right for you and your budget.

  1. Price & TERMS matter.

Once you’ve found the right home for you, it’s time to make an offer.

As a listing agent I see many offers from buyers who were poorly advised by their Realtor or real estate agent.

Let’s face it, the very most important attribute to any offer for both the buyer and seller is the price, though it’s not the only thing! Understanding that there are other valuable components to the offer, can greatly assist the knowledgeable buyer in getting a great deal, even in a hot seller’s market!

  1. Low Offer SWFL housing marketDon’t make a low ball offer.

The seller wants to get the most amount of money for their home as is possible. The buyer wants to pay the least amount of money for the home as is possible. How do I advise my buyers to win this struggle? We structure their initial offer to include terms that the seller will find favorable. In addition, unless you are a hit and run buyer, I advise my buyers to offer a reasonable amount of money for the purchase. Not one that we think the seller will accept, but one that has the seller thinking, “Damn, I don’t want to lose this buyer”. In fact, when advising my buyers who have done a ton of work in seeing dozens of homes before finding the right one for them, I recommend we offer a purchase price high enough where including the favorable terms has the seller actually wanting to execute the contract without delay. Sometimes they will, and you’ll have grabbed a fantastic deal. Most often though the seller will try to squeeze the buyer up just a little, making a fair deal for all.

I see hundreds of offers from buyers and their agent, where even though they wish to buy the home, their offer is weak on all fronts. Their chances of getting a good or great deal are severely diminished as upon first look the seller doesn’t even consider their offer a serious one. We’ve all heard of first impressions, or best foot forward!

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Here’s an example of a typical offer I see from other (mostly inexperienced) agents.

  • List price $259,900 (comparable sales show the home’s current market value at between $240,000 & $250,000)
  • Offer price $219,900
  • Earnest money deposit $1,000, due 5 or even 10 days after contract execution.
  • Inspection period, 15 days
  • Closing 7-8 weeks
  • Contingent on financing.

What apparently most buyers and their agents don’t know it that the seller scoffs at the offer deeming them not a serious buyer.

Understand here that the SW Florida, Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Lee County in general is a huge real estate market with thousands of listings and hundreds upon hundreds of closed sales every month. Buyers in this market come from all over the world, with large numbers of buyers being from New York, NJ, New England, the Mid Atlantic as well as Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Buyers are in competition with other buyers! In fact it’s not just the seller who won’t let you steal their home for grossly under market value, it’s the other buyers in the marketplace who will pay more than you for it, and the seller knows it. This is why I advise my buyers to make strong offers. Not high offers, but not weak offers. Unless of course they don’t care if they get the house. Most buyers however feel an emotional connection to the home they offer on. Typically it wasn’t easy to discover, and once they found it they would like to actually own it. Here is where structuring a strong offer makes all the difference.

Same home scenario, but offering using my Top 5 Home Buying Deal Maker strategy

  1. SWFL Homes for SaleDon’t skimp on your GOOD FAITH earnest money deposit.
  • List price $259,900 (comparable sales show the home’s value between $240,000 & $250,000)
  • Offer price $235,000
  • Earnest money deposit $10,000 or $2,000 within 1-2 days and $8,000 after 10 days depending on buyers liquidity
  • Inspection period 7-10 days max
  • Closing 6 weeks if financing, 2-3 weeks if cash.
  • Contingent on financing as the case may be.

Now put yourself in the sellers shoes! You know your home is worth between $240k & $250k. You love everything in the offer, except the price. Though you think wow this buyer really wants to buy my house! Depending on your motivation, you are tempted to sign the contract as is to not let this rock solid buyer get away. If you do propose a counter offer, the only thing you will address is the actual sales price. Though again, you will do so with caution as you don’t want to lose this buyer.

I never asked you to put yourself in the shoes of the seller on the first offer of $219,900 with low money down, but trust me, the seller no longer thinks that they might be selling their home to you after receiving your weak offer. That being said, if you as the buyer really did want this home, you’ve now got your work cut out for you. Hopefully the seller will counter offer! Many will not! If they do it’s certain that they will counter all of your terms and maybe reduce the sale price from their list price by a thousand or two. This is how the seller will begin to know whether or not you really do want the house. But now it’s game on and you’ll need to step up. Once you start to step up, the seller knows they’ve got you. With me as their agent we’re going to drag you up to the upper end of the value range.

SWFL Homes for Sale Cape CoralThe rock solid $235k offer without a doubt will negotiate the better deal.

I don’t work with many hit and run buyers, although I have helped a few. One in particular made several low unattractive offers, one at a time with no counter offers from sellers until he had exhausted every home that he found appealing. He then had to double back and engage in negotiations with the very first home he offered on as it was his favorite. You guessed it! The seller ate him for lunch! He ended up paying top dollar as he was now getting very close to moving with no place for his family to go.

Cash is king! Though using my strategies can help you negotiate a great deal even when your offer is contingent upon financing.

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!

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We invite you to like us on facebook, connect with us on Google+, 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.

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Good News for FL Homeowners Underwater

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Florida reopens program for underwater homeowners

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – May 14, 2014 – Florida housing officials are reopening a program intended to help homeowners who owe far more on mortgages than their houses are worth.

The Florida Housing Finance Corporation announced this week that the online application for the Florida Hardest-Hit Fund Principal Reduction program (HHF) will re-open on Thursday beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Last year the program accepted 25,000 applications but only extended aid to more than 2,400 homeowners. Nearly $102 million out of an available $350 million has been spent.

Florida homeowners who have remained current on their mortgages but missed out on the opportunity to apply for the program last fall will be allowed to apply. Homeowners could get a break up to $50,000 if they qualify.

First-mortgage eligibility requirements

• Legal Florida and U.S. resident who lives in the home
• Current on the monthly mortgage payment or 60-plus days late on a first mortgage within the past 24 months
• Property purchased prior to Jan. 1, 2010
• Unpaid principal balance up to $350,000
• Loan-to-value ratio greater than 125%
• Total household income less than 140% of the area median income (AMI) as provided by HUD.

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The online application will be available at the official Florida HHF Principal Reduction website. Click here to view original article. 

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5 Great Home Tips in Honor of Earth Day

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Earth Day Home Tips

Since it’s almost Earth Day – April 22nd, we decided this was the perfect time to share some tips on how to be more eco-friendly and cut back on waste and energy consumption. And what better place to start than in our homes? Below are some great tips we found and in honor of Earth Day we share them with you here in our blog!

1 laundryTip 1: Save Energy By Washing Your Laundry in Cold Water Only

Almost all of the energy used by a washing machine goes towards heating the water, so by simply turning down the temperature, you can really make a dramatic impact on energy use. In fact, washing in cold water costs 5 to 10 times less than using warmer settings

 Tip 2: Save Water By Using As Little Water Possible To Wash Your Dishes

If you have a newer dishwasher, chances are it uses less water than you would hand-washing. Modern dishwashers use only about 3 to 10 gallons of water per load. Some easy tips for your dishwasher: scrape plates instead of pre-rinsing, use energy-saving options when you can, and only wash full loads.

If, however, you don’t have a dishwasher or would rather wash by hand, try to assess how much water you’re currently using and see if there’s any way to cut back. If you wash by filling up the sink or wash bins, figure out how much water they hold and how many times per day you wash. Or, if you just wash under the running faucet, keep in mind that faucets use about 2 gallons per minute.

Home tips Earth DayTip 3: Save Waste and Water By Switching From Bottled to Filtered Water

The bottled water industry is extremely wasteful. It involves millions of barrels of oil each year and the process actually wastes water. Since bottled water is often consumed on the go, most bottles do not actually end up getting recycled. Fortunately, for most of us reading this article, water flows directly into our homes — an amazing gift when you consider all of the places in the world where that is not the case. So why not get yourself a filter and a reusable bottle and fill up from the cheapest and most convenient place — your faucet.

Tip 4: Save Energy and Waste By Switching from Regular Batteries to Rechargeables

Rechargeable batteries embody one of our favorite principles: reuse. While traditional batteries can only be used once, rechargeable batteries, as the name implies, can be used again and again. By using the same batteries over and over again, you cut back on the waste created by disposable batteries. When your rechargeables are eventually used up, though, it is important to recycle them. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, any batteries “can cause serious harm to human health and the environment if they are discarded with ordinary household or workplace waste.” Find out where to recycle batteries (and almost anything else) at Earth911.

Tip 5: Save Waste By Buying in Bulk

Packaging has gotten a bit out of control these days. More and more we’re seeing items that are wrapped with layer upon layer of unnecessary materials. One way to combat that problem is to buy necessities in bulk. If it’s something you use a lot, it’s worth it to upgrade to a larger size or multi-pack. This tip isn’t just relegated to wholesale stores either, although that’s a good place to start. Bring your own containers to stores like Whole Foods, where you can buy items like beans and grains in bulk–and skip the packaging all together!

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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!

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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.

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2014 – The Year to Buy!

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Home Buying Tips

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. Today I would like to share this article on why 2014 is the year for you to purchase a home in Southwest Florida if you haven’t already!

Why 2014 is a good year to buy a home

If you didn’t buy a home in 2013, you may be kicking yourself now. Home prices climbed nationally an average of 13.6 percent in the past 12 months, according to Tuesday’s release of the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index.

Don’t make the same mistake in 2014, suggests Benjamin Weinstock, real estate attorney and partner at the firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek in Uniondale, N.Y.

Market forecasters predict that 2014 will be another year of gains for the real estate market, even though the rapid pace of sales in 2013 cooled off a bit at the end of the year. On Dec. 30, The National Association of Realtors said its pending home sales index, based on contracts signed last month, rose 0.2 percent in November, below the 1 percent rise forecast.

Home prices are expected to rise about 5 percent next year, says Weinstock. Higher mortgage rates will dampen the pace of both sales and price gains, but not bring them to a halt. The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage is expected to rise from 4.5 percent to 5 percent in the next year.

Even aside from expected price gains, buying a home is almost always a good investment in the long run, says Weinstock. Tax benefits are not to be overlooked.

“When one rents, at the end of the year he or she has a pile of 12 cancelled rent checks,” Weinstock says. “However, the homeowner has a pile of 12 cancelled mortgage checks that are nearly fully tax-deductible in most cases.”

Editor’s note: If you’re shopping, you may want to keep your eye out for the latest design trends in homes for 2014 while you’re at it. Click here to view original article.

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5 Budget Friendly Home Renovation Tips

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As a real estate agent I’m always on the lookout of great articles to share on my blog with recent industry news, valuable information, Tips, Do’s and Don’t and How To’s that will help you the home owner make better choices and get more of what you want. Today I’d like to share this article from Allstate on how to renovate your home and stay within a budget!

5 Best Home Renovations For Under $5,000

Regardless if you own or rent, your home is at the center of your universe. It’s where you eat, sleep, socialize and store all the things that matter most.

Money Saving TipsSo why does it look like such a mess? I’m guessing two reasons: time and money, or the lack thereof. In other words, your busy life keeps you from taking the time to be organized and implementing the latest interior design trends, and the plethora of other demands on your wallet prevent you from hiring someone to do the job for you.

Fret not, because we’ve compiled a list of five efficient ways to spruce up your home without breaking the bank.

1. Paint it out

It’s easy to take the small things for granted. Applying a fresh coat of paint is one of the simplest and cheapest ways to take an old room from drab to fab… provided that your new coat’s color is indeed fab. If you’re not blessed with an eye for color coordination, snap some pictures of the rooms you want to repaint, take them to a local home improvement store and ask for some help. There’s no shame in admitting you don’t want your dining room to have the color palette of a Warhol painting and need assistance to avoid that fate.

Home Lighting2. Get some light

Dimness is great for romantic dinners… but not so much for cooking, doing laundry, taking showers and all the other things you do at home most days. Practical matters aside, low light also makes everything look kind of dingy. So brighten up your life! It’ll change everything, and with a $5,000 budget, a half-day’s worth of time and a trip to an affordable retailer, you’ll be able to outfit your entire home, no sweat.

Important: Remember to treat lights like furniture. They should be functional and fashionable. The monstrosities you had in your college dorm won’t work anymore.

3. Caulk and tile

Bathroom renovation can seem awfully unappealing, especially if you only have one. The prospect of navigating around a demolition zone every time you want to brush your teeth or take a shower isn’t something anyone wants to think about, but with a little planning, your worst washroom fears can be easily avoided.

Start by re-caulking around sinks, showers, toilets and tubs to get rid of unsightly grime. Then pick out some affordable new tiles for the floor, and you’ll be in business. Sure, new sinks and toilets are great — and probably within range for a $5,000 budget (provided you didn’t go with marble flooring) — but caulk and tile is probably all you’ll need to make an impact. Unless you’ve got plenty of experience, though, hire a professional to do the job. It may be relatively cheap, but it sure ain’t easy.

home organization4. Clean up your act

Simple and free. The perfect combo. Yes, all you’ll need to do to clean up your house is…clean up your house. Set aside a weekend and collect all the useless items cluttering up your abode. (You probably don’t need any electronic device made before 2000, and that cargo-pocket phase you went through? Mistake.) Throw out the junk, sell anything that might yield more than $5 at a yard sale or on Craigslist, and revel in the new-found order you’ve created.

5. Knobs, pulls, and counters

Kitchen renovations and panic attacks usually go hand in hand, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The most expensive part of doing your kitchen over is replacing astronomically priced appliances — a superfluous expense as long as they’re clean and functional. New cabinet knobs, drawer pulls and counter-tops can all be installed on a very reasonable budget, and will rejuvenate even the stalest of kitchens, panic-free.

Click here to view the original article from our friends at Allstate.

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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!

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6 Saving Money Home Tips

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Home Investment Tips

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. Today I would like to share some valuable tips with you on how to save money and make the most of your home investment.

6 Tips To Help Save Money at Home

A house is probably the biggest investment most people will ever make. And equally, the money spent in day-to-day living in a house probably adds up to be some of the greatest expenses for most people. Here are some tips for reducing the expenses of having a home:

energy-star-applianceReplace old appliances with new ones. New appliances require an immediate outlay of cash but the reduction in utility cost may astound you. Look for appliances that rate the government’s Energy Star label at www.energystar.gov. Saving energy is saving money. Any appliance 15-20 years old should be replaced.

• Insulate your home. Insulation material isn’t particularly expensive but paying someone to put it in your home can be. So learn how to insulate your home yourself and you’ll see a reduction in heating and air-conditioning costs for as long as you own the home.

• Learn to do it yourself. The homeowner, with a minimum of risk, can do many home projects. There are lots of do-it-yourself annuals, online videos, and assistance from home improvement retailers.

Home Tips SWFLReview homeowners insurance. A periodic review of your homeowners insurance may save money also. One way is to increase the deductible. If additional computers, big screen televisions, etc. have been purchased, a review provides an opportunity to include them. If stolen or damaged, having these items listed on your homeowner’s insurance policy will save money if there is any need for replacing.

• Order wholesale or manufacturer direct. Anything from furniture to wallpaper, paint, decorations, carpet, etc. can be ordered online, via telephone, or mail.

• Yard care. Plant shade trees where they will protect your home from hot summer sun and winter winds. Buy flower bulbs in bulk by mail. And if you shop early, most mail order bulb sellers will give you an additional price break. Plant shade trees where they will protect your home from hot summer sun and winter winds. Improving the curb appeal of your home will also have benefits when it’s time to sell.

Click here to view the full article from our friends at Republic Mortgage Home Loans.

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