What to Expect at your Final Walk-Through before Closing

  When you buy a home for sale on 30A, one of the last things you’ll do before you sit down at the closing table is a final walk-through. Your Realtor® will be there with you, helping you look for issues that you may not have noticed before and determine whether the repairs you negotiated …

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Why More People Are Installing Salt Water Pools in Their Florida Beach Home

  You don’t have put up with the chemical effects of a heavily chlorinated pool at your Florida beach home – you can switch to a saltwater pool. Saltwater pools still require chlorine, but not nearly as much as a standard swimming pool does.     About Saltwater Pools (And Why Your Florida Beach Home …

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Time to Buy?

  It’s time to buy? Wait a minute – isn’t that what everyone was saying in 2003, 2005, 2012 and so on? Actually, isn’t that what we’re supposed to be telling our buyers all the time? After all, that’s how Realtors® make a living. If you ask a real estate agent, it’s always the right …

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Buying A Home: Prepare By Getting Your Finances In Order

If you’re thinking about buying a home, the current real estate market presents some unique opportunities. The economy has been on a roller coaster ride for the past few years, and home prices have gone down. More homes have gone on the market, too, and for buyers, that means more choices (and better deals). Those …

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Go-Big Upgrades That Can Help A Lingering Home Sell At Last

  Traditional wisdom says that spring and summer are the best months for selling a home, but that’s not always the case. Regardless of the season, if your house has lingered on the market, you’re probably looking for ways to freshen its appeal. Perhaps you’re even ready to go big and invest in value-packed upgrades …

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Five Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Real Estate Agent

(BPT) – Want to sell your property quickly? Looking for your dream house? Are you hoping to get the best deal possible during the complex process of buying or selling a home? With so much money – and often, emotion – at stake, going it alone is generally not the best way to reach your …

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Busting first-time homebuyer myths

(BPT) – When buying a first home, most people are making one of the biggest purchases of their lives. Without home buying experience, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. “Buying a first home can be exciting and stressful for most young buyers, especially the financing process,” says Clete Thompson, vice president at imortgage, a …

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Backyard trends: Save money installing your own vinyl fence

If you want the maintenance-free benefits of a vinyl fence but are intimidated by the price tag, you’re not alone. Many homeowners are initially surprised at the cost of a vinyl fence, particularly since the installation costs are generally as much as the materials. Recent trends show that more and more homeowners are saving money …

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With the right approach, former homeowners can get on the path to homeownership again

When the housing bubble burst, a staggering number of Americans were affected – 4.8 million borrowers lost a home to foreclosure while a further 2.2 million gave up their homes in short sales, according to national data by RealtyTrac. The recovery of the housing market has been slow, but the confidence of once-foreclosed-upon homeowners has …

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For a greener backyard, take cues from leading-edge California

(BPT) – From implementing stricter standards for vehicle emissions to creating a state-level agency to administer stewardship of the environment, Californians have always been at the forefront of the green movement. That commitment to the environment even extends to local backyards, where California homeowners are turning to eco-friendly materials, building practices and landscaping to create …

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