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Helping You Realize Your Dream!

Bob Ashworth photo card 2Sunny SW Florida! You’ve decided to make the move. Either as a buyer coming here or a seller moving in a new direction. My Zillow profile says it all. Put my experience to work for you! Celebrating 10 years with the #1 office in Lee County, RE/MAX Realty Team. Located in Cape Coral, but selling all of Lee County. I look forward to helping you realize your dream.

About Bob Ashworth, RE/MAX Realty

30 years in sales, marketing and Real Estate has given me the skill set required to successfully market your property in the 21st century. Additionally skilled as a ”Certified Buyers Representative” CBR, I’m the real estate pro you want on your side of the transaction whether you are buying or selling. Come see me in beautiful Southwest Florida, and let me help you discover your piece of paradise. I am Your Real Estate Solutions Provider!

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Zillow is the leading real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data, inspiration and knowledge around the place they call home, and connecting them with the best local professionals who can help.

Zillow serves the full lifecycle of owning and living in a home: buying, selling, renting, financing, remodeling and more. It starts with Zillow’s living database of more than 110 million U.S. homes – including homes for sale, homes for rent and homes not currently on the market, as well as Zestimate home values, Rent Zestimates and other home-related information. Zillow operates the most popular suite of mobile real estate apps, with more than two dozen apps across all major platforms.

Zillow launched in 2006 and is headquartered in Seattle.

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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 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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Realtor, CBR, CDPE
Your Real Estate Solutions Provider
239-425-2503
2326 Del Prado Blvd. S.
Cape Coral, FL 33990
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Experience Matters – I Can Help You Sell Your Home!

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Let the SWFL Real Estate Expert Help you Sell Your Home!

Bob Ashworth photo card 2Listening to a radio ad by John Morgan of Morgan & Morgan Law Offices reminded me that I work in a very similar way as Morgan & Morgan.

This particular ad focused on helping people with legal problem while shouldering all the expenses along the way. All of the legal filings, depositions, investigatory work etc. Mr. Morgan claims that he will do all the work necessary to reach successful conclusion to your case, or you owe him nothing!

This is the exact same offer that I pose to everyone of my sellers. I will use my knowledge, skills and experience to market your home. Guide you in contract negotiations, then manage the myriad of items necessary to reach a successful closing on your home, or you owe me nothing!

If you are thinking about selling your home, call me to discuss how my Unique Home Selling System will ensure that you get the most amount of money from your sale in the least amount of time that the market will bear.

If on the other hand you are planning to make a home, land, condo or new home construction purchase you’re in luck. As in virtually all cases, you can take advantage of my experience, tap my knowledge and in general have me help you make the right choice for you and your budget, and the seller or builder / developer, as the case may be, will pay my commission. Why would anyone you pass that up?

The bottom line is there is good experienced professional help available. If you buy or sell a 1/2 dozen homes a year, you may be able to go it alone. If you’re like most people who buy or sell a 1/2 dozen homes in a lifetime, call me to help you. On average I’m helping either a buyer or seller close on a Southwest Florida property 2 or 3 times a month, and have been for over 10 years. Experience matters! Put it to work for you..

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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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Realtor, CBR, CDPE
Your Real Estate Solutions Provider
Southwest Florida, Gulf access, waterfront, Lots, Homes & Condos
239-425-2503
2326 Del Prado Blvd. S.
Cape Coral, FL 33990
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Condo for Sale SE Cape Coral

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4608 SE 6TH AVE 1

Today we want to share with you our latest #SWFL listing – a nice and affordable 2 bedroom condo in SE Cape Coral!

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4608 SE 6TH AVE #2A, CAPE CORAL, FL 33904

$64,900   Beds: 2, Baths: 2, Sq. Ft.: 1,017     Listing #216009725

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Welcome to this affordable 2/2 condo in SE Cape Coral. The home features a convenient location, laundry in unit and low monthly condo fees. This nice affordable condo is ready for a new owner to move right in. Call Bob Ashworth to schedule a showing or get additional information. 239-425-2503 Click here to view more.

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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!

SWFL Real Estate

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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Bob Ashworth
Realtor, CBR, CDPE
Your Real Estate Solutions Provider
239-425-2503
2326 Del Prado Blvd. S.
Cape Coral, FL 33990
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www.BobAshworth.com

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Average Days on Market to Sell a Home

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Home Sales Tips SWFL

Everyone want to know how long it takes to sell a home!

I get asked a lot – How long will it take to sell my home? or What is the average days on the market to sell a home?

Homes for Sale Cape Coral FLWhat is the average days on the market? Is a question on most sellers minds prior to listing their home for sale.

They confuse 90+/-  days of average time on market with meaning that most homes, or more importantly their home will take 90 days to sell. 90 days average means that many homes (the ones that were priced right) sold in the first 2 to 4 weeks on the market, however many others sat on the market unsold for 4, 5, or 6 months or more, which then helps comprise the average days.

If the Realtor that you are interviewing concurs that the average days on the market are, whatever they are, and that yes you should expect to sell in and around that time frame, you need a different Realtor!

Besides who wants average anyways?

Home ValueHere’s the bottom line. A home that is priced right for the current market, well exposed and marketed with good quality photo’s and a virtual tour, should expect to be under contract, or pending sale as some call it, within the first 2-6 weeks max on the open market.

In most markets and certainly here in my market in SW Florida, Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Lee County there is a large pool of buyers anxiously waiting for the right home for them to come on the market. Most buyers do their due diligence of visiting many homes before making a purchase decision. So the supply of homes that is on the market and therefore “unsold” for one reason or another, has been vetted by the pool of buyers. When we list a new home for sale that is priced right, boom! The pool of buyers immediately notice the new listing. If we hit the price right, multiple showings will begin and offers to purchase will follow.

The bottom, bottom line! Most sellers are unwilling to accept what the true value of their home is when they first list it for sale. So, we list a little higher than we should, then after 4-8 weeks when the seller begins to realize that maybe it’s priced higher than the buyers are willing to pay, they agree to reduce it. Homes are not like beef or wine. They don’t need an aging process to make them more enjoyable or desirable.

How many days will your home be on the market? Well that’s entirely up to you.

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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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Bob Ashworth
Realtor, CBR, CDPE
Your Real Estate Solutions Provider
239-425-2503
2326 Del Prado Blvd. S.
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com
www.BobAshworth.com

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Fabulous Waterfront N. Fort Myers Condo for Sale!

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North Star Yacht Club North Fort Myers

Today we want to share with you our latest #SWFL listing –  a fabulous 2/2 Waterfront Condo in North Fort Myers, FL

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Welcome to this 9th floor condo at North Star Yacht Club with spectacular river view. This incredible Capricorn floor plan features a huge lanai facing The Caloosahatchee River, a flowing floor plan with in unit laundry and a spacious den or office. In addition this unit features upgraded stainless appliances, 42″ cabinets and a tiled dining and living area with floor to ceiling windows for a light, bright, open feel. This unit includes 2 parking spots. One outside and another deeded garage space plus 10 x 12 storage area. North Star Yacht Club offers a true waterfront resort lifestyle for the discriminating buyer with a fitness center, billiards room, meeting & card rooms, resort style heated pool and spa. Waterfront restaurants within walking distance, and downtown Fort Myers just a short drive over the Edison Bridge make this a fabulous option for your year round or seasonal vacation. Click here for Virtual Tour
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3426 HANCOCK BRIDGE PKY #903 NORTH FORT MYERS, FL 33903 –   $324,000 – Beds: 2, Baths: 2, Sq. Ft.: 1,786
Click here to view more on this listing.

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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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Bob Ashworth
Realtor, CBR, CDPE
Your Real Estate Solutions Provider
239-425-2503
2326 Del Prado Blvd. S.
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com
www.BobAshworth.com

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Getting the Most Money for your Home!

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SWFL Home Selling Tips

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!

SWFL Real Estate

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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Bob Ashworth
Realtor, CBR, CDPE
Your Real Estate Solutions Provider
239-425-2503
2326 Del Prado Blvd. S.
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Bob.Ashworth@gmail.com
www.BobAshworth.com

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Increase the value of your home – on a budget!

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Increasing the Value of your home

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 increase the value of your home and stay within a budget!

How to Remodel for $5,000 or Less

Want to increase the value of your home, but don’t have the money for a major investment? Make a few smart purchases, add elbow grease, and…presto! Your home has a bright new look and a higher price tag, whether you plan to sell or enjoy it for years to come. Here are some within-reach improvements, and what they might cost.

Kitchen Upgrade Tips$2,500: Update Kitchen Appliances Home buyers gravitate to the kitchen first, and even minor redos can return more than 100% of your investment when it comes time to sell. In the meantime, save a bundle by buying energy-saving models when they’re on sale.

$1,300: Re-floor a Main Room Toss that stained carpeting. A lush-looking floor can make a huge difference. Laminate flooring won’t stain or absorb dust or dander like carpeting, and you can get hickory, chestnut, walnut and teak look-alikes for around $1.99 per square foot.

Garage Space Savers$550: Garage Storage Most buyers will pay more for extra breathing room. You don’t need to add square footage, however, if you’re making the most of what you’ve got. Use a storage shelving system to hold gear, tools and gardening equipment.

$200: Refresh Kitchen Cabinets Top off your kitchen update with a new coat of paint. You can also add new knobs and pulls for a crowning touch.

$200: Make Your Closet a Home Office Skip a pricey addition with a cute, multipurpose space. Remove the closet door and clothes rod. Install one deep shelf to serve as a desktop and one or two shallow ones for files and supplies.

Home tips$200: Accent Key Walls This quick do-it-yourself project can be done for the price of a few gallons of paint. A single wall in a vivid hue gives a dramatic, upscale touch.

$50: Clean Bathroom Grout Grout and caulk not only look ugly as they crack and stain; they also fail at locking tiles in place and preventing water seepage. Cleaning and regrouting are both easy DIY projects.

Did You Know?

54%of homeowners surveyed say that they’re renovating or decorating to increase their home’s value.

70%of kitchen designers requested energy-efficient LED lighting for new projects.

A garage door replacement can be a good investment. It recoups an impressive 76% of the cost in resale value, on average.

Click here for original Allstate article.

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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!

Bob Ashworth

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.

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Realtor, CBR, CDPE
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239-425-2503
2326 Del Prado Blvd. S.
Cape Coral, FL 33990
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Is it cheaper to Rent or Buy?

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Cheaper to own than rent regardless of mortgage rate

Trulia’s Winter 2013 Rent vs. Buy Report looked at homes for sale and for rent on Trulia between Dec. 1, 2012, and Feb. 28, 2013, and compared the costs, factoring in transaction costs, taxes and opportunity costs. For home-ownership costs, study authors assumed a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, 20 percent down, itemizing tax deductions at the 25% bracket and a stay of seven years in the home.

Overall, buying a home is 44 percent cheaper than renting nationwide – down just slightly from 46 percent in 2012. In each of the 100 largest metros, buying is more affordable than renting, though it ranges significantly – from 70 percent cheaper to buy than rent in Detroit to only 19 percent cheaper in San Francisco.

Florida Real EstateIn the 10 Florida markets checked by Trulia, savings ranged from 40 percent to 60 percent. The include: 

  • Miami: 43% cheaper to buy
  • Fort Lauderdale: 53% cheaper to buy
  • West Palm Beach: 56% cheaper to buy
  • Cape Coral-Fort Myers: 45% cheaper to buy
  • North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota: 51% cheaper to buy
  • Lakeland-Winter Haven: 55% cheaper to buy
  • Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville: 50% cheaper to buy
  • Orlando: 51% cheaper to buy
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg: 55% cheaper to buy
  • Jacksonville: 54% cheaper to buy 

Individual own-versus-rent savings will vary depending on details, but Trulia posed an adjustable map on its website.

Visitors can change the map to suit their circumstance by choosing the mortgage rate they expect to pay (3.5%, 4.5% or 5.5%), their IRS tax bracket (none, 15%, 25%, 35%) and the length of time they expect to be in the house. The map then changes its buy-versus-rent estimates based on input.

For example, changing a Miami buy-versus-rent decision to a three-year stay, 15 percent tax bracket and 5.5 percent mortgage interest rate makes it wiser to rent for a 1 percent savings.

“People who didn’t buy a home last year may have missed the bottom of the market, but they haven’t completely missed the boat,” says Jed Kolko, Trulia’s chief economist. “Buying remains cheaper than renting in all 100 large metros. Even buyers who can’t get today’s lowest mortgage rates will still find that buying makes more financial sense than renting in nearly all local markets – so long as they can get a mortgage in the first place.”

Rent vs Buy

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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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.

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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.

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