Buying Real Estate

When Should You Move? Where Should You Live?

Young adults starting their careers and perhaps living on their own for the first time generally move into apartment complexes. After a while, they may move to a larger apartment with more amenities or to a condo that has more space than their apartment. Many couples begin married life in an apartment or condo.moving

Then their lives change. The couple has a baby or plans to have kids — they need more room. An apartment dweller wants to own a dog — he needs a yard and sidewalks. Young people who are well on their way to fruitful careers may be ready to invest in property. These are a few of the factors that cause people to move from a multi-family dwelling into a single-family home of their own.

Once someone makes the decision to relocate from an apartment or condo to a house, how does he or she decide...

How First Time Home Buyers Can Keep Cool in a Hot Sellers Market

Shopping for any home can be stressful on its own, but shopping for your first home when competition is high and home prices are on the rise can be even more so. It is not uncommon right now for buyers to walk into a home and fall in love with it only to find out that there are about a dozen or so other interested buyers trying to compete for the chance to own the same home.How First Time Home Buyers Can Keep Cool in a Hot Sellers Market

Right now, the housing market is a red-hot seller’s market with many homes still receiving multiple offers, although the number of offers on each home has decreased. Many of these homes are also selling for above their listing price and these conditions can have many buyers, especially first-time buyers, losing hope in finding a home....

Do I Need a Buyer's Agent When Purchasing Luxury?

Do you really need a buyer's agent when purchasing luxury property? Is there any difference between a traditional buyers agent and a luxury home buyers agent? What exactly is a buyer's agent, what do they do, and how do they get paid? All of these are very common questions you might consider when purchasing property and they're very valid as well.Do I Need a Buyer's Agent When Purchasing Luxury?

Let's start with the basics of what is a buyer's agent:A buyer's agent is the agent or agency within a real estate transaction that brings the buyer and facilitates the transaction on the buyer's behalf.

This agent is working solely for the buyer and not the seller of any particular property. The needs and interests, as well as financial confidentiality and...

What Millennials Want in a Home

Born between 1980 and 2000, millennials are thought to be a group driven by the technology revolution and fed by avocado toast. Certain characteristics and manners have influenced society’s overall viewpoint of this generation, such as the increase in single-parent families, the higher likelihood of college enrollment — and student loan debt — and many observations on their work ethic. Because millennials are so dominant to the housing market, it is critical that sellers adapt to the increasing demand. Learn more from the accompanying infographic and be prepared with our tips on how to appeal to millennial homebuyers.

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Tips for Choosing the Right Condo on Sanibel and Captiva Islands

Condos are a very highly sought-after real estate choice on both Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Condos are great because they provide a low-maintenance lifestyle allowing many to relax and enjoy the beauty of these great and beloved islands in Florida.

But what makes for a great condo? Here are some things to consider if you are searching for a condo on Sanibel or Captiva Island.

PricingTips for Choosing the Right Condo on Sanibel and Captiva Islands

In most scenarios, a condo will cost less than a single-family home especially if you are right on the beach. In exchange for this lower price, however, condos are going to...

What You Should Know Before Buying A Beach House

Has your dream been to own a beach house? Is Captiva and Sanibel the perfect place for your beach house to be?What You Should Know Before Buying A Beach House

As you begin refining your dreams and finding the perfect spot for your family, you’ll find lots of opportunities in South Florida. One of the reasons most of us live here is because of its beautiful beaches.

Of course, Sanibel and Captiva Island is a great place to live but there are many options surrounding these beautiful barrier islands.  No matter if you choose to invest in one of the beautiful Sanibel communities such as Sanibel Pines, Rocks...

Best Ways to Make Friends in a New Community

When you’ve successfully moved into a new city or town, there is a list of new challenges to face. First, you’ll likely be getting acquainted with whatever new job has brought you to the area. Second, you’ll be adjusting to your new home and getting things decorated the way you desire. Another challenge you may be apprehensive about is making new friends. It can be challenging to know how to make the first move in getting acquainted with the people living nearby; however, it doesn’t have to be that way. Let’s discuss some simple ways to really hit it off well with people in the community and make a positive name for yourself.Best Ways to Make Friends in a New Community

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Why is Earnest Money Important in a Housing Transaction?

Have you ever heard of the term “earnest money” as it relates to buying a home? If you’re interested in buying a new home in today’s housing market, you should be familiar with the term because it can often make or break your chances of getting the home you desire.Why is Earnest Money Important in a Housing Transaction?

Earnest money refers to the money a buyer provides the seller through an escrow account as a way of providing a safety net to the seller should the buyer pull out of a housing contract without a legitimate reason. Typically, this amount adds up to approximately 1-3% of the home...