Top Tips for the Do It Yourself Sarasota Mover

August 27th, 2015

Top Tips for Do It Yourself Sarasota Movers

Moving can be stressful, especially if you’re taking the DIY route. Make sure to have these 10 supplies ahead of time to make packing as easy as possible. Being a Do It Yourself Sarasota Mover can be taxing, but with our help you will be packed and in the new house in no time.

1. Boxes: Heavy-duty, wardrobe & specialty

While some hand-me-down boxes are okay, you’ll also want to invest in new heavy-duty boxes specially made for moving. These kinds of boxes can easily house mirrors, artwork, and your wardrobe.

2. Packing tape

Packing tape can be expensive, but it’s worth it. Cheap tape is often flimsy and unreliable.

3. Moving blankets

These are mostly to protect furniture from jostling around in the moving truck. The more blankets you have on hand the better, so ask friends or family for extra, or visit a thrift store.

4. Stretch plastic wrap

A roll of mover’s stretch plastic wrap that seals to itself is invaluable on moving day. Use it to bundle boxes together, keep plastic bins closed, hold rugs rolled, and keep cabinet doors in place.

5. Bubble wrap

Bubble wrap is useful for keeping breakable plates and bowls secure inside boxes. Use small bubbles for more fragile items and larger bubbles for larger items.

6. Packing paper

Packing paper is a thin, flexible paper that is unbeatable for filling in boxes to keep items from shifting. You can use it much like bubble wrap for less-fragile items.

7. Paper towels

Not only are paper towels useful for spills, but they also can be a packing tool. Stuffing paper towels inside fragile vases or mugs will help keep them protected.

8. Carpet protection

Mover’s carpet protection film is a good investment. When you add in a muddy, wet or snowy moving day, carpet protection is essential.

9. Easy moving sliders and/or a dolly

When you’re moving by yourself, those little disks that you place under furniture to move it across the floor without lifting can be a major lifesaver. You’ll be able to make fewer trips and save yourself a lot of muscle pain.

10. Utility knives

A few high-quality utility knives within arms’ reach are a necessity.

 

The next time you decide to be a Do It Yourself Sarasota Mover, take these ten tips to heart and make the move that much simpler.

 

Why Americans Buy Bradenton Real Estate

August 20th, 2015

Why Americans Buy Bradenton Real Estate

We frequently talk about the financial reasons why purchasing Bradenton real estate is a positive thing. But often, the emotional reasons are even more influential. The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University performs a study every year asking participants for the most important reasons to buy a home.

1. It means having a comfortable place to raise children & provide them with a quality education.

From the best neighborhoods to the best school districts, many keep this in mind as a major reason for choosing the location of their home.

2. You have a safe structure for your family.

Comfort and security are high on the list, which is no surprise.

3. It allows you more space.

Whether your family is expanding, or an older relative is moving in, it’s always important to have plenty of space.

4. It gives you complete control.

Having your own home allows you to do whatever you want in regards to renovations, appliance upgrades, or deciding to adopt a pet.

5. Owning a home allows you to build wealth.

Owning a home is a great financial investment.

Bottom Line

Whether you are a first time homebuyer looking to purchase Bradenton real estate or you’re moving to a new location, now is a great time to consider the reasons you should buy a home.

How To Find A “Good School” in Sarasota

August 20th, 2015

How To Find A “Good School” in Sarasota

We all know that parents want to send their children to the best school possible, which often plays a role in where they will purchase a home. Parents will pay hundreds of thousands more to live in an area with a good school. To determine what Sarasota school may be best for your child, follow these steps:

 

1. Find Out What Kind of Learner Your Child Is

Learning style varies from child to child. Some are visual, some learn in groups, some focus better on their own. Though one school may not focus entirely to one learning style, you may be able to find a school whose approach works best with your child. Be sure to speak with the principle and teachers about how they can accommodate your child’s needs.

2. Make sure the school has the basics

Look into things such as class size, student-teacher ratio, and test scores. These are the best factors for determining a school’s foundation. This foundation is necessary to build and set goals.

3. Look into more than Academic Development

Experts say that holistic education, such as moral, emotional, physical, and psychological development should be focused on as well. Students are more equipped for success when they are taught empathy, self-motivation, and adaptability.

4. Focus on Creative Learning

Creative thinking is becoming more essential to finding a job in today’s workforce. A good school should work to foster skills such as creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. Look for schools with highly developed extracurricular programs. These programs will help develop diligence, creativity, and quick thinking.

5. Consider Up-and-Coming and Lower Ranking Schools

Flocking to the popular and well-known schools may contribute to problems with overcrowding and wait-listing. Track the progress of developing schools to see if they may be a great fit.

6. Research Alternatives to Public Schools

Charter schools and magnet schools are great free alternatives to public schools. These schools may infuse their activities and teaching with a specific emphasis, such as multiple intelligence learning.

7. Feel Out the School’s Vibe

Go visit the school as much as possible. You may learn that factors such as test scores may not be as important as you thought. Experience the school before making a decision.

 

Finding a good Sarasota school is hard work, but be sure to focus on what is important to you. Do your homework and make time to visit the schools in your area and you were surely find the perfect fit for your child. This will play a large part in where you purchase your next Sarasota home. Be sure that you pick the school district right the first time to make the most for your children’s future.

What To Know About The Sarasota Mortgage Process

August 13th, 2015

What To Know About The Sarasota Mortgage Process

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Some Highlights:
-According to Freddie Mac, 40% of buyers are putting less than 10% down
-Stick to your budget
-Be aware of your credit score
-Consult a professional to assist you with the process

 

Price Your Bradenton Home For Sale Right

August 6th, 2015

Price Your Bradenton Home For Sale Right

When you are looking to sell your Bradenton home, pricing the property is one of the biggest challenges in today’s market where demand is outpacing supply in many regions of the country. Many agents go along with the idea of pricing sellers’ homes higher than recommended to keep their clients happy. The best agents realize that what’s more important than getting the seller to like them is telling the homeowner the truth.

There is no “later.”

Sometimes sellers think that if their home doesn’t sell for the high price they choose, they can always lower it later. Research has proved that the opposite is true. Homes that go through a listing price reduction sit on the market longer and end up selling for less than  a similar Bradenton home.

In the article by John Knight, recipient of the University Distinguished Faculty Award from the Eberhardt School of Business at the University of the Pacific,who researched the cost to a seller who priced high at the beginning and then lowered the their price, it revealed:

“Homes that underwent a price revision sold for less, and the greater the revision, the lower the selling price. Also, the longer the home remains on the market, the lower its ultimate selling price.”

Also, the approach of lowering the price later can create a negative image in buyers’ minds.

When a price reduction happens, buyers naturally think that  something could be wrong with the house. This results in a buyer making a low-ball offer because they see the seller as highly motivated. These challenges can be eliminated by pricing the house right from the start.

Don’t build “negotiation room” into the price.

Some sellers price their Bradenton home high because they want to have room to negotiate. This actually lowers the number of potential buyers who see the house. If you limit demand like this then it could have a negative impact on the sales price of the house.

For example, if a buyer is looking for a home online, they type in the price range that they are searching for. If they are searching for a home between $200K-$250K and the seller is looking to sell their house for $250K but is listing it as $300K then potential buyers won’t be able to see the listing!

Below is a chart that will help you see this. If you price you Bradenton home higher than its market value, less potential buyers will see your home when searching.

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The best strategy would be to properly price the house from the very beginning and that will bring in multiple offers. This will also force buyers to compete against each other to purchase your house. This will result in a better selling situation because instead of receiving only one offer, you will have more than one offer with buyers fighting to please you.

The Price is Right

You have to truly understand the real estate dynamics in your neighborhood to know what consists of great pricing. Contact your local real estate agent today so that they can take the time to explain what is currently happening in the housing market and how it applies to your home.

5 Reasons To Hire A Sarasota Real Estate Team

July 23rd, 2015

5 Reasons To Hire A Sarasota Real Estate Team

Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite a wild adventure. You need an experienced Sarasota Real Estate Team to lead you to your ultimate goal.

1. What do you do with all this paperwork?

Each state has different regulations regarding contracts required for a sale, and these regulations are constantly changing. A true Sarasota Real Estate Team can guide you through the necessary paperwork to make your dream come true.

2. Ok, so you found your dream house, now what?

According to the Orlando Regional REALTOR Association, there are over 230 possible actions that need to occur during every successful real estate transaction. Make sure that your Sarasota Real Estate Team knows exactly how to guide you through this extensive process.

3. Are you a good negotiator?

Negotiating skills are essential in every real estate transaction. From the buyer, to the home inspection companies, to the appraiser, there are 10+ people that will have to be knowledgeable during the process.

4. What is the home you’re buying/selling really worth?

It is imperative for your home to be priced correctly from the beginning to attract the right buyers and make sure the home sells quickly. You need the assistance of someone who can give you an accurate price estimate of your home.

5. Do you know what’s really going on in the market?

Real Estate Professionals know exactly what’s going on in the market. They’re educated on market trends, and they’ll know how to guide you to a successful purchase/sale.

Contact your Sarasota Real Estate team to see just how simple buying and selling a home truly is. With the right team behind you, anything is possible and our job is to make your transaction that much simpler.

Bottom Line:

A Real Estate Professional will be able to provide fantastic help when you’re trying to buy or sell a home.

Top Reasons To Downgrade As A Bradenton Homeowner Retiree

July 16th, 2015

Top Reasons To Downgrade As A Bradenton Homeowner Retiree

If you are a Bradenton homeowner who is reaching the retirement age, there are many reasons that you may want to downsize instead of staying in the same home you have lived in for quite some time. If you are parents or retirees that don’t have your nest in the home anymore, this may be the best time for you to look in to a new place to live as a Bradenton homeowner.

Here are six advantages to living the “less is more” lifestyle.

1. Smaller house = smaller mortgage

For the most part, a small home can mean a smaller monthly mortgage payment. If you’ve lived in your large family home for a long time and built up sizable home equity, you could possibly cash out and purchase a new smaller, less expensive home. If it all works out well, you could even eliminate a mortgage payment entirely.

2. Reduced monthly expenses

Downsizing your home can also mean that your monthly costs will decrease. Taxes, insurance, utility bills, maintenance and general upkeep should be more affordable.

3. Shed the burden of home upkeep

You could take the opportunity to move somewhere with year-round sunshine or stay in a place that offers all four seasons. Either way you can choose to move into a townhouse or condo in a community where landscaping might be provided. This can mean no more mowing the lawns every weekend!

4. More affordable town

Downsizing is also the perfect time to move to a less expensive area. Try to find a city that gives you more “bang for your buck” so that it will be easy to adjust if you are planning on being on a fixed income.

For example, if you compare the market in West Palm Beach, FL to a place like the Chicago suburb of Naperville, IL, you’ll see that the median sales price of a home in West Palm Beach is around $155,000 compared to Naperville’s median sales price of $355,000. As for the cost of living, West Palm Beach is more affordable!

5. Lifestyle upgrade

You also have the opportunity to relocate to a place that will offer all the new lifestyle amenities that you’re looking for. Whether it’s golf, biking, kayaking or another outdoor activity or being close to restaurants, theaters, and shopping; downsizing allows you to chose the type of lifestyle you want!

6. Less stuff = more life

While you’re downsizing your home think about downsizing when it comes to things in your life. Try to get rid of all the stuff that you don’t need or that you no longer use. This way, you’ll create a better lifestyle that will be easy to manage and maintain.

Being a Bradenton homeowner does have it’s perks and being able to downsize later on in life can help you immensely.

Do We Need 20% Down On Our Bradenton Home?

July 8th, 2015

Do We Need 20% Down On Our Bradenton Home?

A recent survey by Ipsos revealed that home buyers is still slightly perplexed about what is actually necessary to qualify for a home mortgage loan in when looking to purchase a Bradenton home. The study pointed out two significant misconceptions that we want to look at today.

1. Down Payment

The survey stated that consumers overestimate the down payment needed to qualify for a home loan. According to the report, 36% believe a 20% down payment is always required. There are actually several loans with a down payment of 3% or less! Can you imagine owning your new Bradenton home for less than 3% down?

2. FICO Scores

The survey also reported that around 60% of the respondents believe they need a fantastic credit score to purchase a home, with 45% thinking a “good credit score” is over 780. The average FICO scores of approved conventional and FHA mortgages are actually much lower.

Bottom Line
If you are a potential purchaser who is ready and excited to buy but not sure if you’re financially able, meet with someone who can help you sort through your options. We are here to help you purchase the Bradenton home of your dreams, but do not let the down payment be a factor. In 2015, 20% may still be the norm when it comes to real estate, but it does not mean that you must do this every time.

Feel free to contact your Bradenton home realtors today for any questions you may have on the process to getting your dream home purchased. Our team of professionals is here night and day to help you out through the entire process and our end goal is to make sure you are the happiest you can be in your new home. Let us know how we can make that dream a reality and how we can help with any real estate questions you may have now or in the future.

How To Recycle Water in your Sarasota Home

July 2nd, 2015

How To Recycle Water in your Sarasota Home

Protecting yourself against potential droughts can help to increase your potential water saving is in your Sarasota home.

If you live in a state suffering from drought, you’ve probably seen your water bills increase. Here’s a water-saving strategy that you probably haven’t thought of: Take a shower. Brush your teeth. Do your laundry. It’s called greywater recycling. And it really works.

What’s greywater, anyway?

“Greywater” refers to gently used household wastewater—like the runoff from doing laundry or washing dishes. (Toilet wastewater is referred to as “blackwater”.)

In a greywater system, used water gets sent through a second set of pipes to water your outdoor plants. And since the biggest household use of water is for irrigation, this can have a large impact on your expenses. It also helps the environment!

How much you’ll spend & save

A study commissioned by the city of Santa Rosa, CA, reported that a “laundry-to-landscape” greywater system would save 15 gallons of water per person/day. Recycling greywater from bathroom sinks and showers saves an additional 25-50 gallons of water per person. It’ll also save about $400 a year on water bills.

DIY types who know their way around the plumbing aisles of Home Depot can get a greywater system going for a few hundred dollars over the course of a weekend thanks to this free guidebook created by the city of San Francisco. For those unfamiliar with plumbing, it’s best to hire a professional.

Go easy on the soaps—and yourself

Jerrard suggests that newbies start with the laundry-to-landscape system. Because the water comes straight from the washing machine, no plumbing lines have to be cut. Because of this, no permit is required in many states.

Be conscious of what’s in your greywater, though. Trees and soil can deal with most natural soap products, but cleaning products that are filled with salt and other chemicals can be a problem.

Greywater can be in a gray zone, legally

If you live in Vermont and want to help the environment, you’re out of luck. Greywater systems are legal in only 19 states, including the West Coast, Texas, and much of the Southeast.

In addition, each state has its own byzantine greywater codes, and individual municipalities may have their own restrictions.

With all the permits and paperwork involved, is it worth it? For those who have taken the plunge, the answer is yes. And the benefits of greywater recycling go beyond decreasing your water bills and helping to fight the current drought.

“It gives you more awareness of how you’re using water, gives you more control of your water, and it makes things more visible,” said Mark Vallianatos, who installed a greywater recycling system in his Los Angeles home two years ago.

You may not see that all too much in your Sarasota home, but the more you are prepared for the worst, the better off you will be.

Top Reasons To Buy A Bradenton Home Now

June 25th, 2015

Top Reasons To Buy A Bradenton Home Now

Here are four fantastic reasons to consider buying a Bradenton home today.

1. Prices Will Continue to Increase

The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report projects an increase in home values over the next five years to be between 11.8% and 26.7%.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Rise

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have started to increase. Most experts predict that they will begin to rise even more over the next year.

3. Either Way You’re Paying a Mortgage

As a recent paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains:

“Households must consume housing whether they own or rent. Not even accounting for more favorable tax treatment of owning, homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord plus a rate of return. That’s yet another reason owning often does—as Americans intuit—end up making more financial sense than renting.”

4. It’s Time to Take the Plunge

Look at the reason you are buying a Bradenton home and decide whether it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a comfortable place for your children to grow up or you want to have control over upgrades, maybe it’s time to take the plunge.

Bottom Line

If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a Bradenton home this year, buying sooner rather than later is a smart choice.