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12 Tips For Your Final Walk-Through

by Lisa Castanet

9 Reasons Why Some Homes Sell Faster

by Lisa Castanet

Calling all homeowners that want to sell their home. Here are the 9 Reasons Why Some Homes Sell Faster.....

1. CURB APPEAL.

Realtors named curb appeal the No. 1 factor affecting the amount of time a home is on the market. - Zillow study.

2. LOCAL SCHOOL RATINGS.

Homes linked to good schools sell faster and at a premium. In one study, one in five buyers said they'd pay 6% to 10% above their budget for the right school. - Realtor.com survey

3. MOVE-IN CONDITION.

Homes that can be marketed as move-in condition sell 12 percent faster. - The Wall Street Journal

4. QUALIFY PHOTOS.

Homes that were marketed with professional photos sold faster in one study, and for $3,400 to $11,200 more than homes presented through amateur photos. - Redfin study

5. STAGING.

Staged homes spend 73% less time on the market than non-staged homes. - The Real Estate Staging Association

6. VIRTUAL TOURS.

Adding a virtual tour to marketing decreases sales time by 20% and increases price by 2%. - Paul Carrillo, George Washington University study

7. DESIGN FEATURES.

According to one study, homes marketed with the following features sell anywhere from 38 to 63 days faster: farmhouse sink, subway tile, quartz, barn door, shaker cabinets, pendant light, exposed brick, frameless shower, stainless steel, tankless water heater. - Zillow Digs study

8. PROPER PRICING.

Homes priced around or slightly below market value are almost 50 percent more likely to sell within 60 days than those priced 12 percent or more above market value. - Zillow study

9. THE RIGHT AGENT.

An experienced agent, who knows the market and has a network of potential buyers can help sell a home 32 percent more quickly than an inexperienced agent. - Study by Dr. Bennie D. Walker, Longwood University

 

10 Reasons to list with a Realtor

by Lisa Castanet

Here are 10 Reasons to list with a Realtor (according to NAR)

 1. PRICE.

Homeowners who sell their homes on their own typically generate $46,000 less than homeowners who work with a Realtor.*

2. ACCESS TO BUYERS

Through the Multiple Listing Service, professional contacts and their own database of prospects, Realtors can help you reach the widest range of customers.

3. MARKETING EXPERTISE.

Realtors know the best ways to advertise to attract buyers, plus they can use the marketing muscle of their brokerage to promote your home.

4. TIME.

Realtors have the time and expertise to handle open houses, showings, inspections and the dozens of other tasks that would take you away from your work and regular routine.

5. SALES SKILLS.

Realtors can evaluate your home and suggest improvements to get you maximum value, and they're skilled at handling showings to generate a positive response.


6. EXPERIENCE HANDLING PAPERWORK.

Buying or selling a home involves reams of paperwork that can be hard to understand. Realtors thrive in this world.


7. NEGOTIATION SKILLS.

With years of bargaining experience and expert understanding of the market, Realtors can help you close the deal at the price and terms you want.


8. KNOWLEDGE OF NEIGHBORHOODS.

Realtors know local communities cold and can help you find a replacement home in the nicest neighborhood and with the best schools.


9. KNOWLEDGE OF SERVICE PROVIDERS.

Realtors can refer you to their network of top-quality lenders, lawyers, inspectors and repair people to make sure you get the best result in every stage of your deal.


10. ADVICE AFTER CLOSING.

An experienced Realtor will continue to support you as questions pop up after the deal is done.

 

* The typical FSBO home sold for $184,000 compared to $230,000 for agent-assisted home sales. - NAR 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers

Home Buying Myths Debunked

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 REALTOR.com, 4 Houzz, Houzz & Home-U.S. 06/2016, 5 Houselogic.com

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Selling Tips

by Lisa Castanet

Blackwater Oaks Neighborhood Imperial Lakes Mulberry

by Lisa Castanet

Find homes for sale in the  Blackwater Oaks Neighborhood Imperial Lakes Mulberry

The Blackwater Oaks neighborhood is located in Imperial Lakes Golf Community just off Shepherd Road, in Mulberry FL.  There is a Publix grocery shopping center and Imperial Crown Centre within 2 miles which offers a variety of businesses including a dry cleaners, nail and hair salons, UPS store, Italian restaurant, Chinese restaurant, American Cafe and new Latin cafe coming soon. Imperial Lakes Blvd is nearly 3 miles in length from the main entrance to the end with a sidewalk for walking, jogging or biking along the boulevard.  Blackwater Oaks is just one of several neighborhoods in the Imperial Lakes Community which includes approximately 2000 homes, townhomes and condos.

Blackwater Oaks' Unique Home Sites

The neighborhood of 91 home sites was developed in 2005 and construction of a new model home and 4 spec homes began in 2006. As of October 2013, construction of the last home will be complete. The home sites range from 85 feet wide by 150 feet deep and some are much larger. A typical home site in Lakeland and Mulberry neighborhoods is 70 feet wide by 110 feet deep. Beautiful mature oak trees and natural preserve areas are throughout the neighborhood and 17 Homes are built on Blackwater Lake allowing for nice views of green space, water or wildlife.

Blackwater Oaks Community and Homes

The homes in Blackwater Oaks were built by Adams Homes of Northwest Florida or Highland Homes and one home was built by Built Right Homes.  Homes range from 1800 square feet 3 bedroom, 2 baths up to 3000 square feet 4 bedroom, 3 baths.  Between 2012 and 2013, price ranges have been between $175,000 to $235,000. Some homes feature all electric power service and other homes were built offering gas utility service for cooking range, water heater and air handlers.  Homes with gas utility service are individually metered and the gas is piped from large tanks that are located at the end of cul de sacs at Blackwater Oaks Way and Blackwater Oaks Drive which are buried underground. This delivery system limits the number of utility trucks into the neighborhood to service gas customers. The variety of utility services in the neighborhood is yet another unique feature

Living in Imperial Lakes Mulberry and Lakeland area

The best thing about living near Lakeland and in the ImperiaLakes community is the location.  Centrally located off the Interstate-4 corridor and many other intrastate roadways which offers a resident or vacation guest many entertainment and day travel destinations.  We are 35 minutes from downtown Tampa, 45 minutes from Disney, Universal, Sea World, Legoland and other area attractions. ImperiaLakes is within an 1 hour drive to Orlando and 90 minutes drive to area beaches.  There are many shopping centers around the area including Lakeland's Lakeside Village Mall, North Lakeland Mall, Tampa's Westshoreand International Mall, Westfield Mall in Brandon, Orlando's Millenia Mall and dozens of outlet shopping centers.

Adventure seekers can spend their days and weekends at a variety of museums, local and state recreation and water parks.  If you love wildlife, then you will fall in love with all the beautiful and unique animals that live in Florida. Where else can you see Alligators, snakes, frogs and toads, lizards, fish, freshwater and sea turtles, sea gulls, eagles and hawks, Sand Hill Cranes, Great Blue Herons and dozens of other species that live here.

The Blackwater Oaks neighborhood in Imperial Lakes Golf Community is a great place to call home. You will not be disappointed if you end up living here. You can find homes for sale in Blackwater Oaks (if there are any available today) as well as all available Imperial Lakes condos and homes for sale on my website.
 

Get Detailed Market Reports about Blackwater Oaks

If you would like detailed information about Blackwater Oaks homes or Mulberry, Lakeland, Auburndale, Bartow, Winter Haven and our surrounding areas including market trends, recent sales and available properties please visit our website.

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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!

Fairwoods Condos Imperial Lakes Mulberry

by Lisa Castanet

Fairwoods CondominiumsFind similar condos for sale to the Fairwoods Condos Imperial Lakes Mulberry

The Fairwoods condominium complex is located in Imperial lakes Golf Community just off Shepherd Road, Lakeland FL.  When you live or vacation in Fairwoods you can walk to the Publix grocery shopping center and Imperial Crown Centre. You'll find eateries, a dry cleaner, hair and nail salons, the UPS store, a computer repair shop and others. The main Imperial Lakes Blvd is nearly 3 miles in length with a sidewalk for walking, jogging or biking along the boulevard. Imperial Lakes homeowner's associations allow short term rentals in many of the condo complexes. A property owner can purchase a second home and rent it out as a vacation rental condo.  We manage several furnished rental properties for owners who live out of state.

Fairwoods Units Offer Variety

Fairwoods condos complex was built in 1984 and includes ten buildings with a total of 135 individual units. The units with an even number address offer views of Imperial Lakes golf course.  Units with an odd number address offer some views of green space or natural preserve. Each building is 2-story with downstairs or upstairs units that have a private front door entry and assigned parking spaces. There are 3 available floor plans in each building. The downstairs units include Plan "A" which is 2 bedroom, 1 bath with 774 square feet of living space or Plan "B" which is 2 bedroom, 2 bath with 812 square feet of living space. Some downstairs units have double screen porches with sliding doors of master bedroom and living areas.  The upstairs condos are all Plan "C" which is 2 bedrooms, 2 bath with an enclosed sunroom for a total 945 square feet of living area.

Typical sales price range in 2013 has been between $35,000 to $60,000 dollars.

Fairwoods Community Swimming Pool

Unique to Fairwoods condos that other neighborhoods within ImperiaLakes do not feature is a heated community swimming pool and spa with gated, secure entry.  Each unit owner has their private pool card access.  The homeowner's association dues are $221 per month and include maintenance for the exterior of each building, the roof, building insurance, garbage removal, lawn and grounds maintenance and basic cable television service.  The homeowner's association is managed by Above & Beyond Property Management 863-701-8309 which is located at the first entrance into Imperial Lakes Golf Community.

Living in ImperiaLakes Mulberry and Lakeland area

The best thing about living near Lakeland and in the Imperial Lakes community is the location.  Centrally located off the Interstate-4 corridor and many other intrastate roadways which offers a resident or vacation guest many entertainment and day travel destinations.  We are 35 minutes from downtown Tampa, 45 minutes from Disney, Universal, Sea World, Legoland and other area attractions. Imperial Lakes is within an 1 hour drive to Orlando and 90 minutes drive to area beaches.  There are many shopping centers around the area including Lakeland's Lakeside Village Mall, North Lakeland Mall, Tampa's Westshoreand International Mall, Westfield Mall in Brandon, Orlando's Millenia Mall and dozens of outlet shopping centers.

Adventure seekers can spend their days and weekends at a variety of museums, local and state recreation and water parks.  If you love wildlife, then you will fall in love with all the beautiful and unique animals that live in Florida. Where else can you see Alligators, snakes, frogs and toads, lizards, fish, freshwater and sea turtles, sea gulls, eagles and hawks, Sand Hill Cranes, Great Blue Herons and dozens of other species that live here.

The Fairwoods Condos in Imperial Lakes Golf Community is a great place to call home. You will not be disappointed if you end up living here. You can find condos for sale in Fairwoods (if there are any available today) as well as all available Imperial Lakes condos and homes for sale on my website.
 

Get Detailed Market Reports about Fairwoods

If you would like detailed information about Fairwoods condos or Mulberry, Lakeland, Auburndale, Bartow, Winter Haven and our surrounding areas including market trends, recent sales and available properties please visit our website.


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Fairway Oaks Imperial Lakes Mulberry

by Lisa Castanet

Find similar homes for sale to the Fairway Oaks Imperial Lakes Mulberry

The Fairway Oaks and The Reserve at Fairway Oaks neighborhood is located in Imperial Lakes Golf Community just off Shepherd Road, in Mulberry FL.  There is a Publix grocery shopping center and Imperial Crown Centre within 2 miles which offers a variety of businesses including a dry cleaners, nail and hair salons, UPS store, Italian restaurant, Chinese restaurant, American Cafe and new Latin cafe coming soon. Imperial Lakes Blvd is nearly 3 miles in length from the main entrance to the end with a sidewalk for walking, jogging or biking along the boulevard.  Fairway Oaks is just one of several neighborhoods in the Imperial Lakes Community which includes approximately 2000 homes, townhomes and condos. 

Fairway Oaks’ Unique Home Sites

Fairway Oaks Imperial Lakes Mulberry includes 111 homes built between 1992 and 2006 and 3 vacant lots. The Reserve at Fairway Oaks consists of 34 home sites and as of this blog date should start construction by year end. Many homes offer either preserve, lakefront or golf course views with some homes offering a combination of these views.  A truly unique feature when you can find a neighborhood that offers such a pretty setting and enjoyable views.

Fairway Oaks Community and Homes

The homes in Fairway Oaks, phase one were built by Arthur Rutenburg Homes and other custom builders.  The homes in phase one generally range from 1344 square feet to 3187 square feet with 2 bedroom, den or  3 to 5 bedrooms and 2 to 3 baths. The Reserve at Fairway Oaks is built by Highland Homes.  Homes range from 1469 square feet up to 2487 square feet with 3 to 5 bedrooms and 2 to 3 baths.  In 2013, price ranges in the have been between $134,000 to $235,000 and for The Reserve at Fairway Oaks pricing begins in the $160s for preserve lots and $180s for lakefront.

One of the most desirable neighborhoods in the entire Imperial Lakes Golf Community. The Homeowners association in this neighborhood is second to none. For the original phases of the neighborhood, the home owner’s dues include lawn mowing and edging and lawn spray pest service, basic cable.  The Reserve at Fairway Oaks is a new phase under construction and does not include lawn care but this can be added if a homeowner would like.  The main entrance gates are closed during daylight hours offering protected access to property owners. Are you a dog lover? You'll definitely use the nearby dog park and enjoy sunset strolls around this friendly neighborhood.

Living in Imperial Lakes Mulberry and Lakeland area

The best thing about living near Lakeland and in the Imperial Lakes community is the location.  Centrally located off the Interstate-4 corridor and many other intrastate roadways which offers a resident or vacation guest many entertainment and day travel destinations.  We are 35 minutes from downtown Tampa, 45 minutes from Disney, Universal, Sea World, Legoland and other area attractions. Imperial Lakes is within a 1 hour drive to Orlando and 90 minute drive to area beaches.  There are many shopping centers around the area including Lakeland's Lakeside Village Mall, North Lakeland Mall, Tampa's Westshore Mall and International Mall, Westfield Mall in Brandon, Orlando's Millenia Mall and dozens of outlet shopping centers.

Adventure seekers can spend their days and weekends at a variety of museums, local and state recreation and water parks.  If you love wildlife, then you will fall in love with all the beautiful and unique animals that live in Florida. Where else can you see Alligators, snakes, frogs and toads, lizards, fish, freshwater and sea turtles, sea gulls, eagles and hawks, Sand Hill Cranes, Great Blue Herons and dozens of other species that live here.

Faiway Oaks neighborhood in Imperial Lakes Golf Community is a great place to call home. You will not be disappointed if you end up living here. You can find homes for sale in Fairway Oaks Imperial Lakes Mulberry (if there are any available today) as well as all available Imperial Lakes condos and homes for sale on my website.
 


 

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Mulberry FL 33860
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