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Posted on 05/24/2020
Buying a Home on a Contingency
Photo by DraganCFM via Shutterstock It’s always a quandary: can I buy my new home and sell my old house so that the timing of both matches? Well, yes! There are several ways to do this. Here’s a breakdown of how it can work. Buy a Home on a Contingency. Just what is a contingency? It’s an agreement...
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Posted on 05/17/2020
What You Should Know Before Investing in Raw Land
Image by Pexels from Pixabay Some of the best real estate investments are raw land purchases. The idea is to buy raw land in an up-and-coming neighborhood, sit on it, and then sell it to a developer who will do anything to get their hands on it. But while this sounds great, there are a few caveats that...
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Posted on 05/10/2020
How Conforming Loan Limit Increase Affects the Jumbo Market
Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay If you bought a house that was over $484,350 prior to 2020, you had to get a jumbo loan, which is a non-conforming loan. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) increased the limit on conforming loans to $510,400 in most areas. The FHFA also increased the loan limit to $765,600 in some...
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Posted on 05/03/2020
How Conventional Home Sales are Different from Luxury Transactions
Photo by AVANTECTURE on Unsplash Buying a luxury home is about more than just finding the right mortgage. Whether you are buying or selling, you should know that there are some key differences in the way that high end luxury homes are sold. Discovering the differences in the way that the luxury home market operates can ensure that...
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Posted on 04/26/2020
Choosing the Right Contractor
Photo by Michal Jarmoluk via Pixabay Home décor and styles change all the time. One of the main things to remember before getting ready to completely remodel is choosing the right contractor. Although there are many contractors in the area, making sure they are able to do the job correctly makes all the difference. What are some things...
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Posted on 04/19/2020
Create and Maintain a Beautiful Hanging Basket
Photo by PublicDomainPictures via Pixabay Hanging baskets add personal enjoyment as well as curb appeal to any home. If you're the creative type, you may prefer to make your own rather than purchase ready-made hanging baskets from home and garden retailers. However, DIY hanging baskets sometimes fail to thrive. The following tips and tricks help ensure that your...
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Posted on 04/12/2020
FSBO or Sell with an Agent?
Photo by Paul Velgos via Shutterstock If you’ve never sold a home, you might not understand the complexities of what your agent provides for you. You could be tempted to sell your home on your own. After all, with the availability of the Internet, how hard could it be? According to most research, FSBO (For Sale by Owner)...
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Posted on 04/05/2020
Market Trends in Northeast Florida
Photo by Tumisu via Pixabay Northeast Florida has seen some serious interest in the past year, raising the average sale price enough to cause speculation — especially as rumors of a recession swirl around. But housing bubbles aren't necessarily easy to predict. If they were, no one would ever buy at their height on purpose! We'll look at...
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Posted on 03/29/2020
Hardy House Plants That Won't Die
Photo by Pushok via Pixabay Do you buy plants for your home – just to find them shriveled up and browning just a few short days later? You may be purchasing plants that require too much care – or that are known for being tricky to keep alive. Whether you’ve been cursed with a black thumb, have a...
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Posted on 03/23/2020
Video Tour - 131 Bluff View Drive #210, Belleair Bluffs, FL 33770
Highly desirable Port Belleair unit now available. This updated two bedroom, two bath unit is ideally located to shopping, dining and the world famous Gulf Beaches. Upon entering, the open floor plan allows for any furniture configuration. A newly installed kitchen offers granite counters, stainless steel appliances, center island with storage and new lighting. The new tile floor flows throughout the unit. The guest suite with attached full bath, walk in closet and Murphy bed also doubles as a den or home office. The master suite offers a walk in closet and renovated bath with huge walk in shower and rain head. The master suite lies...
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Posted on 03/23/2020
131 Bluff View Drive #210, Belleair Bluffs, FL 33770 is now new to the market!
Highly desirable Port Belleair unit now available. This updated two bedroom, two bath unit is ideally located to shopping, dining and the world famous Gulf Beaches. Upon entering, the open floor plan allows for any furniture configuration. A newly installed kitchen offers granite counters, stainless steel appliances, center island with storage and new lighting. The new tile floor flows throughout the unit. The guest suite with attached full bath, walk in closet and Murphy bed also doubles as a den or home office. The master suite offers a walk in closet and renovated bath with huge walk in shower and rain head. The master suite lies...
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Posted on 03/22/2020
Adding Outdoor Living Spaces to Your Home
Photo by Randy Fath on Unsplash Outdoor living areas give you opportunities to spend more time outside during the year. Instead of a traditional patio or deck, consider adding an elaborate outdoor living room, kitchen and dining area. These are a just a few ideas to think about including in your high-end outdoor living area, so you’ll have...
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