Buying Real Estate

Home Inspection is Important When Buying a Sanibel Home Post Hurricane

Home Inspection is Important When Buying a Sanibel Home Post HurricaneAs March comes to an end and April is quickly upon us, we thought we would take a minute to mention that April is Home Inspection Month. With this coming up we would like to highlight the importance of conducting a home inspection when you purchase a Sanibel Island home. We are just over 2 and a half years post-hurricane, and it is worth mentioning that all Sanibel and Captiva Island homes have recently withstood Hurricane Ian. For this reason, making sure you hire the right inspector is even more important when purchasing a Sanibel or Captiva home. 

The Importance of Home Inspection on ANY Home

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Reasons to Buy a Sanibel Home Even If Interest Rates are High

Reasons to Buy a Sanibel Home Even If Interest Rates are HighMany people dream of buying a home on Sanibel Island but somehow put their dreams off because interest rates have remained higher than expected for some time. Though they have come down slightly, and given buyers a little bit more purchasing power, they are still relatively high as compared to the pre-pandemic mortgage rates that seemed somewhat normal.

And even though rates have come down slightly cautious homebuyers are still concerned about where mortgage rates could go as they took us on a roller coaster ride...

Obtaining Sanibel Homeonwership Goals in 2024

Obtaining Sanibel Homeonwership Goals in 2024If you have plans this year to buy or sell a home in Sanibel it is a good idea to be knowledgeable of how you can make your goals a reality. It is important to understand the current real estate market conditions, explore the why behind your real estate goals, and work with a trusted local real estate professional to ensure you are truly on the right track of turning ideas from goals into reality. 

Factors to Help You Define Your Sanibel Real Estate Goals in 2024

Examine Your Goal and the Reason You Made It

You have made plans or started with the thought process of buying or selling a home on the island for a reason. Exploring exactly...

Tips for Purchasing a Sanibel Golf Course Home

Tips for Purchasing a Sanibel Golf Course HomePurchasing a Sanibel Island golf course home is a dream for many homebuyers. Before you go shopping and sign on the dotted line for a purchase it is a good idea to know all you can about golf course living to make sure you will actually love living on the border of the greens. Here are some good things to consider when thinking about buying a Sanibel golf home. 

Grounds Maintenance Happens at All Times Even Early Morning

If there is ever a place that needs consistent landscaping maintenance it is a golf course. A course is only worth playing when it...

Are Mortgage Rates Still Expected to Fall for Sanibel Buyers Despite Recent Increases?

Are Mortgage Rates Still Expected to Fall for Sanibel Buyers Despite Recent Increases?Hopeful Sanibel Island homebuyers saw a window of hope in the cost of buying a Sanibel home through the help of a mortgage when interest rates took a slight decrease and headlines predicted even larger ones on the horizon. 

In the last few weeks, however, the Fed hiked rates and mortgage interest rates rose again. This has led some homebuyers to question if the original forecasting and expectations of real estate and financial experts will ring...

Helpful Tips For Moving With A Pet

Moving can be a stressful time for the entire household, including furry family members. With all the noise, changes in routine, and general hustle and bustle of a move, it’s easy for a pet to become overwhelmed. To make this big adjustment less of an ordeal for your pet, there are certain steps you can take before, during and after the transfer. Below are a few tips and tricks to help pets feel less anxious during a move.

For additional tips for moving with pets in tow, please see the accompanying resource.

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Not Often Thought About but Important Aspects of Living Near the Beach

 Buying a home on or near the beach on Sanibel Island is a dream come true for many Not Often Thought About but Important Aspects of Living Near the Beachhomebuyers. But when it comes to purchasing a home near an ocean shore there are some more things to consider as compared to purchasing a traditional landlocked home. The environment is ever-changing and because of this, there are some things to make sure you check out before you make your purchase of a Sanibel Island beach home

Some of these things you may already be aware of or have heard about in passing advice from others when mentioning that you are shopping for...

Why Mortgage Pre-Approval is So Important

Why Mortgage Pre-Approval is So ImportantBefore beginning to shop for homes it is important that potential homebuyers have a clear financial picture of their personal income and whether they will need the help of a lender to make a home purchase. When mortgaging a home it is always best to have a clear picture of what that mortgage will look like before searching for a potential home to purchase. The best way to do this is with mortgage preapproval. When it comes to home shopping some home buyers make the mistake of not looking into a clear mortgage plan or settling for prequalification.

How is mortgage preapproval different from mortgage prequalification?

Both mortgage ...

The Year 2022 is Still a Great Time to Purchase a House

The Year 2022 is Still a Great Time to Purchase a House Mortgage rates and home prices have increased quite significantly over the last year. This has some people wondering if they should hold off on home buying. Even though it may be more expensive to purchase a home than it was when mortgage rates were around 2% it still can be a good time to purchase at home.

It is impossible to pick the perfect time to purchase a home by measuring factors in the housing market. This may seem like it is a bit off but if you look at the last 50 years of real estate market data the right time to purchase a house is always currently if you are within the financial ability to do so. The St....

4 Common Homeowner Mistakes

4 Common Homeowner MistakesThere are a lot of things to think about when you become a homeowner. One of the most important is making sure that you don’t make any common mistakes.

What are the most common mistakes?

The most common mistake that homeowners make is not budgeting for repairs and maintenance. It’s important to remember that your home is a long-term investment, and you should plan accordingly. Set aside money each month so that you’re prepared when something needs to be fixed.  This leads to another common mistake is neglecting to update your home. As time goes on, your home will start to show its age. You might not think it’s a big deal now, but eventually, it will become an issue....