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 You’ve probably done a Google search for “what is my home worth?” or “home value calculator.” According to Forbes, 22% of U.S. homeowners who determined their home’s value used an online estimator. Millennials are the big culprit of utilizing these automated valuation models (AVM) . You can find these on any big lending/bank website, or on sites like Zillow, Redfin or Trulia.


A very important step for when you’ve done your initial AVM calculation is to get a comparative market analysis, or CMA. This will give you various sources to weigh your comparisons to get a comprehensive estimate of the value of your home.

One option provided by the federal government is the FHA House Price Index Calculator. It is a more scientific and calculated

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We’ve discussed the awe-inspiring beauty of Sarasota quite often in our blogs. However, there is more that meets the eye in Southwest Florida. I’d like to introduce you to a hidden gem known as Nokomis. Nokomis, FL sits just north of Venice and south of Osprey. The town harbors a historic and pristine beach in Nokomis Beach; a 22 acre beach park that attracts tourists and locals alike. Nokomis Beach runs into North Jetty Park, right next to the intercoastal waterway—a prime location for fishing, boating and scenic sunsets.

Because of the shape and location of the town, virtually anything you do with be overlooking some type of body of water, whether it be the bay, intercoastal or the Gulf. Let’s be honest, peering out to a body of water while

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Step 1: Pick a day to have the open house

The most typical time you’ll see most open houses are Sunday afternoons. The reason is simple: Most people have free times on Sundays. While this may not come as much of a shock, it is pivotal information to know if you’re looking to buy or sell a home. This doesn’t mean you absolutely must schedule your open house that day, but it will certainly help. Know your area and ask your local Realtor about what time most open houses are.

Step 2: Stage your home the right way

If you’re new to the home-selling game as a first timer, it’s imperative to let your Realtor stage your home or let them partner with a professional interior designer/home staging company to create the best possible ambiance for your

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Sarasota is undoubtedly one of the most incredible hidden gems in the Sunshine State. Not only does our city harbor incredible beach views and sunshine, but it bestows one of the best artsy vibes in the entire country. In its latest issue, AmericansStyle Magazine ranked Sarasota 5th and Bradenton 10th on its list of Top 25 Small Cities for Art. It's the 2nd year in a row Sarasota ranked 5th in this list.

Sarasota has art for the entire family, whether it’s the theater, movies, shows, fine art, museums, or the historic Ringling Circus. Below are just s glance at what you and your family can experience in this magical town.

 

Ringling Museum of Art

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is the state art museum of Florida.  It was

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Seek out a licensed Florida Realtor

I can promise you, that this is single-handedly the most important decision that you will make in the buying process. Especially being new to not only the state, but the country itself, this is a pivotal step to ensure that you have absolutely everything you need for a successful purchase and transition. A licensed Realtor will work diligently with you out of the starting gate to give you a 360 view of the Florida real estate buying process.

 

Browse the market

Being new to the country, no one expects you to know exactly what you’d like, nor would anyone expect you to have any idea of what the market has in store. If there is one thing you need to know about the U.S. housing market, is that it

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 Summertime in South Florida is one of the most joyous times of year anywhere in the world. Hundreds of thousands of tourists’ flock to Southwest Florida each and every year to bring their families for summer vacation. Americans are also uprooting their families and starting new lives here in the Sunshine State each day. If you’ve thought about moving here, have you thought about what you’ll do with your home during the summertime? Not only are there certain weatherizing tips that should be done during the summer season, but summer is a great time to have your home as beautiful as possible for the sunny days and passerbys.

 Make sure your windows are up to date. With the summer comes fun outdoor activities and the beach. However, sometimes we

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The Sarasota area has some of the most beautiful beaches around. It is a booming economic hub. It attracts thousands of tourists and families every year. One of the fastest-growing master-planned communities in the entire country, Lakewood Ranch (LWR) has economically boomed more than 1,500 businesses and 35,000 residents in a mere 25 years. 31,000 acres of restaurants, business centers, educational institutions, and quiet friendly neighborhoods that families have ben enjoying for well over two decades. Right now, LWR residents live in more than 20 individual “villages” and that number is growing by the year.

The draw to LWR is not only the great eats and businesses. If you went up to any LWR resident, they would tell you that the sense of

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Along Sarasota are a slew of barrier islands or “keys” that are full of beautiful scenery, wildlife, restaurants, bars, shops, beautiful white sand, crystal clear water, and much more. These keys attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Many locals flock to these areas as a staycation. They are the perfect spot for relaxing, enjoying the outdoors and even planting roots for you and your family.

Lido, St. Armands & Longboat

Of course, S t. Armand’s circle (if you’re unfamiliar with the name) is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the state of Florida. This giant luxurious round-a-bout is glistening in shops, restaurants, bars, boutique stores and hidden gems within. Not only is this a tourist attraction, but a perfect

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The term “luxury” was once used as a moniker for the 1%. It was to be looked at as virtually unachievable wealth. Today, term is not only held for the rich and the famous, but for those who appreciate the finest of living. Luxury is what you make it.  

Luxury real estate is defined differently across different markets which all hold different property values, median incomes, demographics and geographic layout. The luxury market here in Southwest Florida, for example, would be worlds different from the luxury market in Boise, ID. Of course, nothing against Boise, ID. After all, it is called the Gem State. However, we can’t expect the pricing to be the same, realistically.

Knowing how your market defines high-end housing or luxury properties

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Waterfront homes are undoubtedly one of the most alluring pieces of property one can buy. The breathtaking scenery and ideal locations make these properties a hot commodity. When you start your search for waterfront homes, you want to make sure you are asking the correct questions. There are a myriad of different elements a waterfront property purchase entails and you must make sure you cover your bases.

Know exactly what you are buying.

The term “waterfront” can mean a variety of different things depending on the geographical location you reside. Aqueducts, reservoirs, lakes, ponds, rivers, intercoastal waterways, and ocean front can all be deemed “waterfront” in Florida. You’d be surprised at how tricky wording can get within descriptions of

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