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Native Palm Properties June 2018 Small Business of the Month

by Lisa Castanet

Thank you so much to Lakeland Chamber of Commerce for awarding us the Small Business of the Month, June 2018. 

Stage Your Home to Sell

by Lisa Castanet

Wondering how to stage your home to sell in today's market? Hers are some ideas, courtesy of Florida Realtors
























To earn top dollar and sell your home more quickly, you need to make it stand out from the competition. And one of the best ways to do that is through staging.

4 Reasons to Stage

  1. Your home will shine online. Buyers first found 92% of the homes they visited on the internet. Good staging can make your home stand out before buyers see it in person.
  2. It shows off the potential. 77% of agents say staging makes it easier for buyers to visualize a property as their future home.
  3. It spurs walk-throughs. Customers are more willing to walk through a home that's been staged, according to 40% of agents.
  4. Your home will sell faster. Nearly two-thirds of agents say staging decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market.

Simple fixes Agents Recommend

  • Declutter - 93%
  • Full home cleaning - 89%
  • Carpet cleaning - 81%
  • Remove pets before showings - 80%
  • Make minor repairs - 75%
  • Depersonalize the home - 72%
  • Paint walls - 68%

The 6 Most Important Rooms to Stage

  • Living room
  • Master bedroom
  • Kitchen
  • Outdoor space
  • Dining room
  • Bathroom

Cost of Professional Staging

  • Most stagers charge $300 to $600 for an initial consultation, then $500 to $600 per room per month. ("Local markets may vary" - Lisa Castanet)

​​Realtors' Estimate of Impact of Home Staging on Selling Price

  • About 1/3 of buyer's agents say staging increases selling price by 1% to 5%
  • 13% of agents say staging increases selling prices by 6% to 10%
  • 5% of agents say staging adds 11% to 20% to selling price

Sources: NAR 2017 Profile of Home Staging,,, Barb Schwarz - CA realtor and chairwoman of the international association of home staging professionals.


Sell Your Home 68% Faster With Drone Aerial and Professional Photography. Call or Text us directly!

Lisa Castanet 863-838-1318, Deane Hart 863-860-4257,

Joe Baker 863-409-2293, Andy Hernandez 863-838-6736






















Oak Landing, gated neighborhood in Imperial Lakes Golf Community

by Lisa Castanet

Call or Text Deane Hart directly 863-860-4257

Make this 4 bedroom house in a gated community your next home! Located within the Oak Landing neighborhood of Imperial Lakes, this home has an open split-floor plan and a huge 50'x10' screened lanai. The kitchen features an island, solid-surface countertops and 42" upper cabinets. The new dishwasher was installed April 1, 2016. The kitchen, breakfast area and bathrooms have ceramic tile flooring. The master bathroom is equipped with a garden tub and separate shower along with an oversized master closet. The home is wired for security and the backyard is fully PVC fenced. This house is ready for you to move in. Oak Landing is a gated subdivision within the golf community of Imperial Lakes. A Publix shopping center is also located within Imperial Lakes and the location offers easy access to State road 60 and I-4. Call today to schedule your showing.















How To Sell Above Asking Price

by Lisa Castanet

Best and Worst Listing Terms

by Lisa Castanet

7 Smart Home Devices That Could Pay Off When You Sell

by Lisa Castanet

7 Common Home-Selling Mistakes

by Lisa Castanet

Increase Your Home's Value with These 5 Tips

by Lisa Castanet

Increase Your Home's Value Up to 28% with These 5 Tips

Great curb appeal not only makes your home the star of the neighborhood, it can also improve its value and help you sell if for more. Whether you're thinking of listing your home for sale or just want to make your home look great, here are several ways to increase your homes curb appeal.

1. Make your home exterior look like new.

For many potential buyers, the condition of the exterior of a home can leave a good or bad impression about what they can expect the interior to look like.

Paint. Take a good look at the exterior paint. Does the paint appear to be "chalky"? Does the stucco or brick have mildew or chips? A good pressure wash on the exterior walls, driveway and walkways can help. Consider the last time the home was painted and think about a fresh painting. The Florida sun is harsh on exterior painted surfaces. You can paint your home yourself, or consider hiring a professional painter. Painting is a fairly inexpensive improvement with between 60 to 100 percent return on investment.1

Siding. Weather and time can have can leave your siding looking dingy and there may be parts that getting little sun which can cause mildew to build up. Talk a walk around your home and imagine what a good exterior pressure wash would look like. If you need to replace the siding, you could enjoy a 77 percent return on investment.1

Garage Door. If your garage door is in good condition, try a fresh coat of paint along with painting the exterior. If they are older or damaged then get a quote to repair or replace the garage door. This could have a 91.5 percent return on investment.1

Fences. Replace rotten or worn fence posts and panels. If you have a wooden fence, consider replacing it with a vinyl fence. Keep shrubs and hedges trimmed back away from the fence as these can cause damage or decay.

2. Keep the small details in mind. Take a good look at all the special details including the front door. Its the little things that can make your home stand out among the competition. Think about a new color to paint the front door or shutters that would really make the curb appeal "Pop"! What about new door handles, door knocker or lighting fixtures for entry and coach lights. What about new address numbers? All this goes a long way to spruce up the appearance of the exterior and invite potential buyers to come inside for a better look.

3. Lawn and landscape. Well-landscaped homes may sell for between 5.5% and 12.7% more than other similar homes and studies show it may also add up to 28 percent to your home's overall value.Is you lawn lush and green? Is the irrigation system maintained and working, set to approved watering days. The past several months have been so dry with little rain. It is important to take care of lawns with regular watering so it doesn't begin to die out. Replacing sodding can be expensive. Another option may be to consider xeriscape landscape. Xeriscape is a style of landscape design requiring little or no irrigation or other maintenance. Xeriscaping has a cost savings of  36 cents per square foot annually through reduced irrigation and maintenance costs.If your community has a Homeowners Association, you may need to request approval for a change in landscaping or plants and submit plans and pictures.

4. Make your home say "Welcome". Do you have a front porch you can decorate with outdoor furniture?  Perhaps you have an area where you can plant colorful flowers. Window boxes, planters and containers with pretty plants or flowers can add so much appeal.

5. Online Curb Appeal. You you may know, may buyers are looking online long before they start driving by homes for sale. If you are thinking about listing your home for sale the first impression is very important so that potential buyers are drawn in by the home's nice appearance and professional looking photographs.

Are you thinking about the best ways to boost your home's curb appeal or just thinking about some general improvements to add to the beauty of the exterior and overall value of the property. Give us a call and we'll help you evaluate your home's curb appeal to help present in the best shape possible.

Call or text our Realtors today - Deane Hart 863-860-4257, Joe Baker 863-409-2293, Andy Hernandez 863-838-6736, Valerie Castanet 863-640-6103 or Lisa Castanet 863-838-1318

Sources: 1 Remodeling, 2016 Cost vs Value Report, 2 Realtor Mag, 09/22/2016, 3, 4 Houzz, Houzz & Home-U.S. 06/2016, 5






The 3 Ps of Selling Your Home

by Lisa Castanet

Do You Know What the 3 Ps of Selling Your Home Are?

Are you curious about your home's value? I want to give you some tips on how you can increase the resale value of your home.

The best way to get the highest possible sales price for your home is to work on the 3 Ps of listing your home for sale:

  1. ​Preparation - doing what it takes to get your home "Ready to Sell" so that buyers will value your home's features and imagine a "Lifestyle" for their family.
  2. Price - avoid the mistake of falling in "Limbo Land", a place where homes sit on the market too long and buyers think there MUST be something wrong with it.
  3. Promotion - Know a buyer's behavior when they are looking for a home to purchase and have a knowledgeable PRO marketing your home. Over 96% of buyers start their home search online. 

Your "home listing" for sale must be seen everywhere online that is possible. ​​We have researched and implemented the latest marketing techniques in the real estate industry. Real Estate marketing and selling homes has transformed over the past 10 years. We can show you how using a combination of the old, tried and true traditional marketing methods with the latest, incredible techy marketing methods needs to be used to sell your home. 

If you'd like to learn more about the 3 Ps of home selling and how we can help you, just contact us directly. Call 863-647-1679 or Call or Text 863-838-1318 today!

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