Category Archives: What Buyers Need to Know

Kitchen Trends for 2016

Homes with all-white kitchens look great in magazines, but a recent survey found they’re not popular with home buyers because of upkeep. So, before you paint your kitchen, replace your counter tops or install new cabinets, use these helpful hints … Continue reading

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Home Improvements Are Expensive

Home improvements are expensive, but some remodeling projects are better investments than others. Many people think kitchens and bathrooms are the best remodel investments and that is true, to a point. What you’ll get back on your investment depends on … Continue reading

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Permit Needed????

People always want to know when a permit is required. Below is from a City website on the West Coast of Florida. It pretty much applies to the entire State, although each County or City may have some different requirement. … Continue reading

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Arrange Your Wall Art Like the Pros

Though it seems like an easy enough task, hanging art can devolve into an exercise in frustration. How do I hang it securely? How high should I mount it? How close should it be to furniture? Here are the basics … Continue reading

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ZILLOW “Zestimates” vs. Reality

The spring and summer real estate selling season is upon us, and home values are steadily on the rise.  With the continued activity in the marketplace, a number of people are placing their properties on the market and/or searching for … Continue reading

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The 2016 Color Trends Are ..

If you like to stay up to date on the latest in home design, you may be interested to hear the color trends predicted for 2016. From Benjamin Moore’s Simply White to Behr’s Ivory Keys, the leading color trend is … Continue reading

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Things to Know Before Buying a Historic Home

The charm of history beckons you from that historic home of your dreams. Intricate trimmings, charming architectural detail, and a story behind the whole thing all make a historic home an alluring package deal for buyers. Before you buy, take … Continue reading

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ALERT – Branch Aluminum Wiring in homes built 1965-1975

February 8, 2016 Subject: FYI – Branch Aluminum Wiring The bulletin from Citizens regarding Branch Aluminum Wiring (which may be present in homes built between 1965-1975) is pretty much the standard for most insurers. During the Vietnam war, there was … Continue reading

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FHA Condo Community Approval Link

Not all condo communities are approved for FHA financing.  To determine if the condominium association you are interested in is on “the list“, the link below will allow you to search the HUD.GOV, US Department of Housing and Urban Development … Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments When Applying For A Mortgage

1. Thou shall not change jobs or become self employed 2. Thou shall not buy a car, truck, or van unless you plan to live in it 3. Thou shall not use your credit cards or let current ones fall … Continue reading

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