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how to get your finances in order so you can buy a homeBefore you even start looking for a home, it’s important to get your finances in order. Buying a home is going to be one of the largest financial investments you’ll ever make, after all! Not only will this financially prepare you for homeownership, but it can speed up the entire home buying process, and let sellers know that you're a serious prospective buyer.

Step 1: Follow a Budget

If you don’t already have one, we highly recommend setting and following a budget. You can create a simple spreadsheet, or choose from one of many free templates available online. Not only does this allow you to assess your current financial situation, but it also allows you to plan for your new home expenses.

Factor in your income and estimate your expenses. Some of

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tips for getting multiple offers when selling your home

If you’re like most people who are selling a house in Sarasota, your dream is to get a great offer, and possibly multiple offers, on your home. After all, you live in a tropical paradise with world-famous beaches, upscale amenities, limitless opportunities for outdoor recreation and a perfect climate. What more could people want? Usually a lot, actually. But don’t worry! If you consider what your Sarasota home already has going for it and our tips below, you’ll greatly increase your chances of getting multiple offers when selling your home.

Location, Location, Location!

As is often said when buying or selling a house, location is key. A desirable location is often the first thing that homebuyers look for. If you were savvy enough to buy property

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tips for buying a flipped house

People often believe that purchasing a flipped property is just like buying a brand new or fully-renovated home, and that the house is in tip-top shape and move-in ready. Most homebuyers aren’t aware, however, that a number of house flippers or contractors want to sell as quickly as possible in order to move on to their next flip project. Things may look good on the surface, but a rushed job will most likely result in not-so-perfect workmanship throughout the home. If you’re thinking about buying a flipped house, consider the tips below so you won’t be dealing with any unexpected problems after you close.

1. Look Beyond the Fancy Finishes

Take a closer look beyond the attractive visual façade of a home. As much as you’d like to focus on the

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baby boomer tips for entering the real estate market

Entering the real estate market is daunting for everyone, especially those entering it for the first time, or the first time in a while. The latter is where many Baby Boomers and soon-to-be retirees often find themselves. Most have been homeowners for many years, building equity and finally paying off their mortgage, but are now looking to downsize or relocate as part of their retirement plan.

Home buying and selling processes are quite a bit different than they were even a decade ago. But don’t worry! If you’re a Baby Boomer or retiree who’s been out of the game for a while, simply follow our tips for entering the real estate market below. It’s our sincere hope that they’ll help you to better understand what to expect, and ultimately have the most

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sarasota real estate timing is key

Your home is likely the biggest financial investment of your life, and choosing when to buy or sell a home, one of your biggest decisions. Before you embark on such an endeavor, there are some key things to consider when you enter the Sarasota real estate market, and one of the biggest is timing: when to buy, when to sell, when to list. Becoming a savvy buyer or seller can help ensure that your real estate transaction is as stress-free and successful as possible.

When to Buy a Home in Sarasota

Buying a Home during a Buyer’s Market

The Good News: We tend to see a higher number of homes available on the real estate market during the spring and fall. When supply exceeds demand, this increased inventory provides more options for buyers, thus

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Before you list your home, take the time to do these 7 home improvements

There are many home improvements that you can do yourself, avoiding the high expense of hiring a contractor. Here are some great tips to increase the chances of your home selling fast.

1. Give your home a Deep Cleaning

A home that is not clean is frowned upon by buyers. Dust furniture, wash windows, clean and vacuum floors, and if need be, shampoo carpeting arriving at the property. The kitchen must be spotless. Make sure the tile and grout has been thoroughly cleaned in the Kitchen and baths

2. De-Clutter

Buyers want to picture themselves in the home. It should present a spacious and non- personal appearance. Create 3 piles of items (Donate, Throw, or Keep). Consider

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Selling a home is one of life's biggest decisions. When you're balancing the sale of your current home with the purchase of a new one, you might find yourself a bit overwhelmed. Follow these tips to get your home ready to sell.

1. Find out your home's value

Most homeowners have a relatively good idea of their home’s value. They get fliers in the mail, look at nearby homes for sale online, or even go to open houses. When it comes time to sell however, you need a firm idea of your home’s “market” value. Market value is what a buyer is willing to pay on the open market. Having a reputable local agent from Key Solutions Real Estate assess your home is the first step toward getting a realistic idea of your home’s value.

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Sarasota real estate market report - May, 2015Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the counties were impacted by the real estate bubble and the recession that followed just like the rest of the country. However, though real estate continues to struggle nationally, sale prices are rising and sale numbers are hovering around all-time highs in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Not only is this a good sign for home sellers, it is a good sign for everyone who is living in these counties as an indication of the economic strength of the local area’s economy.

Sale prices in both Sarasota and Manatee Counties have increased significantly in the past year as the area’s economy continues to grow and strengthen. The median sale price of homes in Manatee County grew from $225,000 to $257,111 from May 2014 to May

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Sarasota real estate market report - March 20152015 was already off to a record-setting pace, and the March 2015 Sarasota real estate report showed there has been no slowing down. That's great news to a market that continues to rebound with increased sales in both Manatee and Sarasota Counties. In Sarasota County, closings in March reflect a 14.3% increase over March 2014. That’s the difference between 1,201 and 1,050 sales.

The news gets better!

There was a 43.5-percent increase in real estate transactions in March 2015 when 837 properties closed, thus Manatee County boasts a 10.1-percent sales increase between March 2014 and 2015 when 666 closings morphed into 800. From February to March, there were 34.9-percent more closings, bringing that month’s total to 593.

In Sarasota, during the month of

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Top 5 Myths About Selling Your Sarasota HomeThere is plenty of advice that people can receive about buying and selling real estate. However, not all the advice is true. The fact of the matter is that people can lose money and time due to information that is inaccurate. After talking to our Sarasota Realtors®, we've highlighted five myths in real estate to be aware of. Debunking these myths can help potential homebuyers sell their property.

1. Myth: Potential homebuyers can paint over colors they do not like within a home.

Reality: Homebuyers do not want to take the time to paint walls even though they can. One of the best ways to enhance the look of an interior is to paint walls a neutral color. Such a color can help a home look fantastic when people are looking at photographs on the Internet.

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