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Budget Breakdown For Your Kitchen Remodel

by Lisa Castanet
























Thinking about remodeling your kitchen? Here's how the pros say you're likely to earmark your money. According to Florida Realtors and sources from National Kitchen and Bath Association.

  • Cabinetry & Hardware - 29%
  • Installation - 17%
  • Appliances & Ventilation - 14%
  • Countertops - 10%
  • Flooring - 7%
  • Lighting - 5%
  • Walls & Ceiling - 5%
  • Design - 4%
  • Doors & Windows - 4%
  • Faucets & Plumbing - 4%
  • Other - 1%


Preparing for a Photo Shoot

by Lisa Castanet

























Here are some ideas on preparing for a photo shoot. We predominately us professional photography in our real estate marketing. These ideas, provided by Florida Realtors and sources from Real Estate Staging Association, National Association of Realtors and Better Homes and Gardens blog offer sage advice for home sellers.

  • Freshen and Clean. Re-paint surfaces that show stains, scuffs or damage. Thoroughly clean house, top to bottom.
  • De-personalize. Put away magazines, toys, newspapers and family photographs. Hide evidence of pets. Remove calendars, bulletin boards and anything that could date the photos (ex. seasonal decorations). Clear photos and magnets from refrigerator door.
  • Accessorize. Add pop to each room with fresh flowers, attractive vases, colorful afghans, new towels, etc. On broad counter tops, display one small, attractive object (ex. unique espresso maker) to provide scale. Outside, replace dead plants and add bright-colored flowers in pots or planted in the ground.
  • De-clutter inside. To make home look spacious, decrease amount of furniture in each room and carefully group what's left.
  • De-clutter outside. Hide empty planters, hoses, trash cans, games, balls, pet houses, etc. Close garage doors and remove cars from driveway and in front of home.
  • Brighten. Before the photo shoot starts, create as much light as possible. Turn on all interior lights, open drapes and blinds and light candles to create warm ambiance.

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.


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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

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