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Buying & Selling your home

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How to find an affordable condo on Siesta Key

Beachfront properties are a desirable commodity that much is for sure. As with most real estate options in high demand, the price for a waterfront property can typically range from $400,000 to a million, depending on the size and location. With those kinds of prices, it’s easy to see why waterfront properties are so exclusive.

However, what if you could snag a beachfront bargain at a much lower cost than typical Siesta Key properties? Here are some tips and tricks to get the most bang for your buck when searching for a beachfront property in Siesta Key, FL.

Look for the Unexpected

Most buyers looking for waterfront properties in Siesta Key are looking for condos or houses along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. These are the properties that go

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how to find a vacation home in Siesta Key, FL

Everyone dreams of owning a beautiful piece of property at some point in his or her life. For many, this achievement comes after years of saving and determination to make this dream come to fruition. When it’s finally time to buy the vacation property you’ve always envisioned, here are a few things to consider before you begin your search:

Think About What You Want In A Vacation Residence

When you think about your vacation home, do you envision it as a getaway from your everyday life? Or is it more of a gathering space for your friends and family? Will it be just for you, or do you hope to rent it out while you’re away? All of these questions are important to consider prior to your search because they’ll help you identify what kind of property

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Buying a home for retirement in Florida

Like many of life’s great events, many dream of the day they’ll buy their retirement home –and they should! They’ve worked hard over the years, built up their equity and saved where they could, all for the chance to spend their days of retirement in their dream location. Unfortunately, some big mistakes can make this idyllic train of thought come to a screeching halt, but not if you know how to avoid them.

Here’s what you and your spouse should consider if you’re hoping to purchase a retirement home in the near future:

Make A 5 Year Plan

He dreams of a home near the golf course, but she dreams of being close to the sea. Regardless of where you want to live, you’re going to need to have your finances in order to really start looking. First and

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Preparing to sell your home in SarasotaThe economy is definitely on an upswing, and people are more financially secure to purchase properties now than they have been in recent years. Mortgage rates are extremely low, so the buyers are out there! Let’s help you get your home listed and maximize your selling options with the tips below.

Here are four things to consider if you're thinking about putting your Sarasota property up for sale.

Price Your Home Competitively

When you determine the price, it’s best to look at the current market values in your neighborhood. Look at the other prices that houses in the area *sold for. Consider your square footage, the number of rooms and the overall condition of your room. Of course, you will want to take into account that you may have added to your

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Sarasota Mortgage Approval TipsIf you’re ready to buy a home in Sarasota, then let us be the first to say congratulations! Now that you’ve put your mind do it, it’s time to get your finances in order to make sure that you can make this dream a reality, and the biggest first step is applying for the ‘m’ word —a mortgage. Whether it’s your first home, second home, or another investment property, the basic rules for mortgage approval will still apply. You need to have excellent credibility with your previous and existing lenders, and prove that you can afford to take on the responsibilities of another large loan.

To help highlight this process for you, we’ve put together a handy infographic to outline what you should do and shouldn’t do when applying for a mortgage.

The Do’s of

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Buying Sarasota Real Estate

When meeting with clients, one of the things we share with them is that they can make changes to the home, but unless they want to physically move the house, they can do absolutely nothing to change the location.

How To Buy a Great Home in Sarasota at a Lower Price

When it comes to buying residential property, keep in mind that neighborhoods change over time, mostly for the better.

There could be a home that is perfectly situated in the best neighborhood, in the best school district in town. However, if it is on a street that has heavy automobile traffic, or if it is right in front of a shopping mall, that home's value may be less, compared to other homes in the area.

In a good location, should you buy the best or somewhat undesirable

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millennials & boomers buying a condoBuying a condo as opposed to a single-family home can be an excellent real estate option for both millennials and baby boomers alike. Owning a condo provides many of the same benefits as owning a single-family home, such as building equity and receiving tax incentives. There are some important things to consider when you’re deciding between buying a condo and a home, however, which we’ve outlined for you below.

Pros of Buying a Condo vs. Buying a Single-Family Home

Financial Feasibility

For young individuals entering the real estate market for the first time, coming up with the down payment and getting qualified for a loan are just two pieces of the home ownership puzzle that can seem overwhelming. Buying a condo instead of a single-family home

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Buying a house is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make in your lifetime, ripe with excitement and new possibilities. It’s also a time-consuming, multi-step process, full of unfamiliar lingo and legal jargon. As such, the home buying process as a whole can be both thrilling and daunting at the same time. To help make sure your experience is more the former than the latter, we’ve broken down the home buying process so that you can learn how to buy a home in Sarasota in five easy steps.

Step 1: Gather Your Troops

Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent

Regardless of whether or not you’ve purchased real estate in the past, you’ll have a much more enjoyable and successful experience with the right people in your corner. The first member

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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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