Monday, September 1, 2014

Say Goodbye to Granite in Your New Venice FL Home

Staging and design of your home can create an emotional connection with a potential buyer, making your home easier to sell, and sell for more money.  So, why not do something new with your counter tops in a new Venice FL home, or in a home you are renovating to sell?

Stone counter tops, especially granite, were once a trend that have now become commonplace. The ubiquitous granite provides plenty of reasons to search for alternatives.  Granite needs special support over long spans because of it's weight, is semi-porous and can be susceptible to staining, and reports are coming out about radiation emissions from granite.

Let's look at some interesting options for your Venice FL new home or remodel.

1) Tempered Glass:

Imagine the interesting backlighting effects you could create.

2) Nanotech material:

Non-reflective, self healing, and anti-microbial.

3) Stainless steel:

A new trend may be away from stainless appliances to stainless counter tops instead

4) Ceramic tile:

An old trend can be refreshed with contemporary glazes and colors

Read the entire article on countertop trends:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Get Your Venice, FL Home Ready to Sell

I've been blogging lately about staging Venice FL homes for sale and how color affects buyer's emotions about a home.

Here's some really good examples of how light colors, and spare use of color, can make any home feel larger and also help a potential buyer imagine their furnishings in a space.

Photos courtesy  See more of their slideshow here:

Light colors soften the transition between the floor and walls
A coat of white paint makes a huge difference: Before versus after, below.

Light colors and minimal decor will help buyers imagine their furnishings in a room, even in an older home.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Guide to Buying a Venice FL Condo

Berkshire Hathaway has partnered with Wells Fargo to bring mortgage services to our customers.

Our local Wells Fargo contact, Justin Grant, sent me a really useful guide to buying a condo.  It covers the basic questions about the the condo loan process, and offers some interesting statistics on condo ownership.

Please click this link to view the guide in PDF format.  If you are interested in getting a mortgage for your Venice FL condo purchase, Justin's contact information is on the first page of the guide.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Get Your Venice FL Home Ready to Sell: Easy Fixes

Are you getting a home ready to sell in the Venice, FL area?

There's a lot you can do to fix up your home so that it appeals to more buyers, and gets you a higher price.

Here's a great tip:  if you have damaged or worn concrete that you think is jackhammer-worthy, try using a product called Deck Over.  It's made by Behr and is for sale at the Home Depot.

Not a pretty sight to a potential buyer.
Pops of color, some landscaping, and voila: backyard oasis on a budget.
Back yard or nuclear waste dump?  Not very appealing....

What a difference Behr's Deck Over makes!

Behr's Deck Over product is thicker than normal paint, and fills in cracks and evens out surface imperfections in concrete and wood decks.

If you're thinking of selling your Venice, FL area home, please contact me.  I not only specialize in pricing your home to sell, I can also help you stage it for maximum effect to attract a buyer (this is my own handy work).

Home for Sale in Stoneybrook at Venice

I just listed a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home for sale in Stoneybrook at Venice for $184,900.

11847 Tempest Harbor Loop in Stoneybrook at Venice
Built in 2010, this home has low HOA fees (approx $450 quarterly), a low CDD fee (approximately $40 monthly), and has a ton of amenities, such as a resort style community pool, clubhouse, exercise facility, and basketball and tennis courts.  Yes, you can even park your car or a boat in your driveway.

Resort style pool in Stoneybrook at Venice
Feature packed clubhouse includes exercise facilities and event rooms
Click here for the complete MLS listing.  This home is easy to show, so contact me or your real estate agent to schedule a viewing today.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Homes in Venice FL: Grand Oaks

The Berkshire Hathaway Venice sales team had a meeting at the new home community Grand Oaks in Venice, FL a couple of days ago.  I was inspired by their design team to blog about how important color choices can be for today's home buyers.

New home community Grand Oaks in Venice, FL

Grand Oaks is a small gated and walled community of 55 homes, located on Venice Avenue near the intersection with Jacaranda.  A brand new Publix is within walking distance, and it's just 3 miles to downtown Venice.  Grand Oaks has no CDD fee, with monthly association and maintenance fees of only $199.  A rare combination for a new home community!

I was especially impressed with one of their model homes, in particular, the color palette and decor.

The Sabal model home at Grand Oaks in Venice
White cabinets never go out of style.
Light, bright, and tone on tone colors increase the visual appeal
Color is used sparingly on an accent wall in the master bedroom

Home sellers and property investors can take inspiration from designers hired by new home builders to help stage or renovate properties to appeal to today's buyers.

The Sabal model home (starting at $291,900) in Grand Oaks was open, bright, and used color sparingly to help create a visually pleasing effect that also made the home appear larger.  When selling a home, remember that color is a very personal choice for a potential buyer.  The spare use of color helps buyers visualize their own decor and furnishings.  

When you're getting a home ready to go on the market, don't underestimate color choices in flooring and kitchen cabinets.  These items are as visually important to a potential buyer as paint color is on walls.  The model home in Grand Oaks successfully used a whitewashed laminate that blended well with the white kitchen cabinets and the neutral wall color.

If you'd like to tour Grand Oaks and purchase a new home, please contact me.  You can also browse new homes for sale in the Venice area on my website,!new-homes-venice-fl/c3hx

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sarasota New Home and Lot Package for Sale in Hyde Park

I've previously blogged about this property for sale at 2440 Hawthorne St. in Sarasota.

Now you can buy the property for the lot value, plus a brand new 3/2 2,881 sq. ft. home with 3 car garage from Vision Homes for a package price of $499,900.

New home and lot package for sale in Hyde Park in Sarasota $499,900

The home details, including elevation, floor plan, and feature sheet, can all be found on my website:!2440-hawthorne-st-sarasota/c17js

The over-sized 15,730 sq. ft. lot is available separately and the future owner can select their own builder.  No deed restrictions, so let your imagination free and be near it all in Sarasota.