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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.


Guide to Securing a Smart Home

by Lisa Castanet

Here is a guide to securing a smart home, courtesy of Florida Realtors.























When a home filled with smart devices changes hands, it can create security risks for sellers and buyers. To help protect yourself, consider the following steps.


  1. Make a list of all smart devices that will stay after the sale, including locks, lighting, thermostats, alarms, streaming video players, modems and Wi-Fi repeaters.
  2. Immediately before closing, reset all devices to factory defaults to wipe away email addresses, credit card numbers and other personal data.
  3. If a device is tied to a personal email, create a free, generic email address (ex. and connect the device to that.
  4. At closing, pass the generic email address and other smart home codes to buyers.


  1. Ask sellers for manuals and manufacturer contact information for all smart devices.
  2. Notify manufacturers of change of ownership and provide new contact information so they can send you updates and security patches.
  3. Update all devices to the latest security software and firmware.
  4. Change passwords and user names of the devices.
  5. Change access codes for door locks, gates and garage door openers.


  1. Include an inventory of smart home devices in the contract to make sure all parties understand what will transfer with the sale.
  2. Make a smart home device reset part of the seller's transaction checklist.

Sources: Online Trust Alliance, National Association of Realtors

Your Polk County FL Home Value - CMA or BPO

by Lisa Castanet

Your Polk County FL Home Value - CMA or BPO

For information on selling your home or the current market value of your home, please call or text one of our experienced Realtors today.

Deane Hart, Broker Associate 863-860-4257, Joe Baker, Realtor 863-409-2293, Andy Hernandez, Broker Associate 863-838-6736 or Lisa Castanet, Broker/Owner 863-838-1318


Polk County Real Estate Market Trends September 2017

by Lisa Castanet

Let's review the latest Polk County real estate market trends as of September 2017.  If you live in Lakeland, Mulberry, Bartow, Auburndale or Winter Haven then you can check out the latest data every month by simply visiting our website and clicking on the linked page with charts and graphs showing detailed sales activity, average sale price, the average days on market and many more facts. 

Keep track every month as this data is updated automatically from our My Florida Regional MLS system's Smart Charts. Typically this data is updated around the 15th of each month for the previous month. You can track monthly data, year over year and see the statistical trend versus the 5 year average. 

If you live in Polk County, Florida then you won't want to miss the latest Polk County real estate market trends for 2017! Just click the links below and follow the link to each zip code.

Lakeland market trends - click Here  

Mulberry market trends - click Here

Bartow market trends - click Here

Auburndale market trends - click Here

Winter Haven market trends - click Here

Your Home Value - Automated Technology

by Lisa Castanet

Your Home Value - Automated Technology

Find out what your home value is......

My Imperial Lakes Golf Community Home Value

My Lakeland Area Home Value

My Christina Area Home Value

My Deerbrooke Area Home Value

My Sundance Community Area Home Value

My Polk Co Rental Home Value

Native Palm Properties 863-647-1679 Call Today. You can also call or text one of our agents.

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

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

Are you ready to purchase a home or looking to sell your home in Lakeland, Mulberry, Bartow, Auburndale, Winter Haven FL?  Enjoy the experience and work with a Realtor. There is a great deal more involved with the purchase and sell of a home than you may think. That's why its a licensed profession. Why not work with an experienced Realtor during the process of buying or selling real estate? Call or Text our Realtors directly. We have many YEARS of experience and work FULL TIME in our professional careers. 

Deane Hart 863-860-4257, Joe Baker 863-409-2293, Andy Hernandez 863-838-6736, Lisa Castanet 863-838-1318. 

Let us put our hard work, experience and knowledge to work for YOUR best interest. We can blend the best of experience and technology together to work for your needs in real estate.

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

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






















How To Sell Above Asking Price

by Lisa Castanet

Best and Worst Listing Terms

by Lisa Castanet

How A Real Estate Transaction Works

by Lisa Castanet

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