Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Venice Real Estate 101: Listen More, Talk Less

I just read an interesting Tweet from my Twitter feed  (follow me here: @sarasota_homes) that is Sales 101, but many in real estate don't put in practice.

People buy for their own reasons, not yours.  Listening to the needs of the customer is key in any sales position.

Lots of Realtors think having a "big personality" and talking a lot is "selling".  I learned a long time ago to let the customer talk, but ask them questions to zero in on what their primary motivations are for buying or selling their property.


So Realtors, talk less, listen more, and sell more.

Manasota Key

For a change of pace, I thought I'd post some pictures of Manasota Key from a morning bike ride this past weekend.

We are definitely getting into fall.  The mainland just off Manasota Key has to be one of the foggiest places on Earth.

These were taken from the south bridge to Manasota Key at Beach Road.





Thursday, September 25, 2014

New Listing: Home for Sale in Gulf View Estates Venice FL

I just listed a home for sale in Gulf View Estates in Venice, FL.

The home is in the sought-after Gulf View Estates neighborhood, just north of Manasota Beach Rd. off Hwy 776.

1444 Roosevelt Drive is a move-in ready 3/2 pool home with rare preserve view for $224,900.  Most every room has a view to the caged pool.  The split bedroom plan includes an open kitchen/family room combination, with separate formal living room and breakfast room.


Take a video tour of this property on my YouTube channel:  http://youtu.be/IO-z4BekyFQ?list=UUN9oQagjL5CDn5DndLXI1UQ


Please contact me to schedule a tour of this home today.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

4 Great Venice FL Home Improvements

Warm year-round temperatures and spectacular natural beauty makes Venice, Florida one of the most desirable real estate markets in the country. You can modernize your home and make it more useful for your needs — and improve its market value — by making a few popular updates.

1. Repurposed Sunroom

The sunroom is a standard feature of many Venice homes. However, these screened porches often need an update to allow them to be used more effectively. Glass enclosure is one method, to add more usable space under air for daily living. Generally, extending the heating and air conditioning system for this remodeling task is not difficult. Another idea uses a series of French doors as the exterior of the sunroom area. This method allows easy access to outdoor areas and creates a classic look for the interior. Making the sunroom more comfortable can allow you to use it as a lovely dining area with a view of the outdoors. You can also use comfortable outdoor furniture to make it a picturesque reading and relaxing area.


2. Streamlined Landscaping

Venice weather conditions can make landscape plants take on a jungle-like appearance. Streamline your outdoor areas with low-maintenance xeriscaping that uses native plants, clever irrigation design and creative materials like stone and gravel to produce a neater outdoor landscape that is easy to maintain and attractive for outdoor strolling.

3. Skylights

With all the Florida sunlight available, why not bring it into interior rooms that need a bit more light. Adding a skylight to a bathroom can bring in beautiful natural light that soothes the spirit and enhances the bathing and grooming experience. A skylight in the bedroom can give a needed boost to available light and helps to improve relaxation. A kitchen skylight makes the whole room brighter for cooking tasks, entertaining and spending time with family.

4. Outdoor Kitchen

Another popular home improvement in Venice is the outdoor kitchen. With Florida’s year-round sunshine and warm temperatures, outdoor entertaining is a natural. You can engage your guests in the food preparation experience while enjoying the fresh air and pleasant temperatures. Good design helps to make outdoor kitchens more functional, with good electrical connections, available water and plenty of storage for cooking equipment.


These four improvements are found in some of the most sought after properties on the market in Venice, FL. They will help you to enjoy your property more while you live there, and make it more valuable when it’s time to sell.

Tim Smith writes for Modernize.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Redecorating Your Home in Venice FL? Avoid the Color Red!

There's a lot of home and condo buyers in the Venice FL area, and over half of them are paying cash.  This suggests two things about our market:

1) Cash buyers are renovating and flipping;
2) Cash buyers are holding and renting for cash flow.

In either scenario, how you stage the property for sale and the colors you pick create an emotional (positive or negative) reaction in a potential new buyer.

One of the things that can create the biggest emotional reaction is paint color.  And there's one paint color you should avoid in FL at all costs:  RED.

This bathroom color may be great in cold Norway, the NE US or Canada, but the color red does not work in Florida.

Red is hot.  Red is danger.  Red means stop.  Florida is hot.  So don't use this color in your home.  Florida home buyers want soothing, cooling spaces after being out in the Florida sun and heat.

The pale green glass tile makes this bath feel more sedate and cool.

If you are selling your home or condo in Venice and have a red room or red accent wall, you will get better results by painting it a neutral or pale pastel color that will appeal to today's home buyers.

Photos courtesy modernize.com


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Another Brokerage Cuts off Zillow

Inman News (one of the real estate industry's leading news providers) posted a story online about another brokerage cutting off their feed of listings to Zillow's website.

Northwood Realty in Pennsylvania has announced they have stopped syndication of their company's residential listings to Zillow.  Northwood Realty has more than 1000 agents that serve the metro Pittsburgh area.

"While we embace technology and promote it as a tool fo rour clients, it has become apparent that the level of inaccuracy on Zillow's website is misleading, inaccurate, and outdated," CEO and President Tom Hosak wrote in an email to agents.

I have been saying for a long time that Zillow is a detriment to real estate consumers, and this decision by a large brokerage is further proof of that.

Read the entire Inman article here.

Read more about how Zillow does business on my website:  http://www.davidbarrhomes.com/#!debunking-zillow-sarasota/cftb

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Venice FL Kitchen Design Ideas

I've been blogging about how Venice FL home owners and real estate investors can make the most of their property for today's home buyers by using light colors to help create an open feel in any space.

This kitchen, from modernize.com, is a perfect example.  The light counter tops, cabinets, and wall color all combine to create an appealing, timeless kitchen design.


Notice the spare use of color I have mentioned in previous blog posts.  I also thought the pine flooring was an example of the vintage appeal buyers are searching for, as evidenced by a recent report from Google Trends.

Wood flooring is not the best choice for a Venice FL home, especially if the home is constructed on a concrete slab.  Concrete slab foundations emanate water vapor from the ground, which will cause warping, mold, or decay, of real wood floors.

You can mimic this look by using wood-look ceramic tile, available in Home Depot or Lowe's.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Venice FL New Home Kitchen Design Ideas

Today I took a tour of a home builder's design center and found some interesting contrasts in design elements they are presenting for kitchens in their Venice FL new homes for sale.

One of the trends is for a contrasting cabinet color for the kitchen island space.  The white color of this island makes it seem like it is floating in space against the light floor, retaining the feeling of openness in it's use in an open floor plan.

The builder also provided more traditional cabinet colors and stone counter top colors.  The counter top material on the island in this picture is actually a laminate, with an embossed natural stone pattern.

There are 4 different counter top choices in this kitchen below.  Notice how the dark cabinets draw the eye in, as opposed to a light or a white cabinet that would blend and make the space appear bigger.


Remember, design is a personal choice.  But, if you're preparing a home for resale, or buying a starter home and need ideas to maximize your investment, today's buyer prefers light colors and a vintage feel.  

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Selling Your Home in Venice, FL: 6 Key Trends from Google

If you're thinking of selling your Venice FL home or condo, you've probably heard that 90% of buyers start their search online.

Great statistic, but as with all things web-related, there's a treasure trove of information just below the surface.

Google recently published 6 Key Trends for Homebuyers, showing what home buyers are looking for once they are online.  Some of them apply to the Venice, FL real estate market, and some do not.  Here's the breakdown:

1) Google searches for housing peak in July, with the number of searches at their highest point since 2008.  It's pretty well known that real estate activity in Florida and Venice in particular is highest during our "season", but the national statistics cited by Google help to partly explain why I believe we are becoming increasingly more busy in the summer months as well as "season".

2) Millennials are finally getting ready to buy.  While most people joke about the average age of the Venice resident, the fact is that Venice attracts significant numbers of millennials and families, with affordability being a key selling point for Venice FL real estate for this group of buyers.

With added new millenial buyers entering the market to buy, expect more competition and rising prices for Venice real estate.

3) Buyers are using mobile devices to search for homes.  It's imperative that agents have a website in the first place, and then have either a mobile-designed site or a mobile app available.

Both are available on my website, at www.davidbarrhomes.com for buyers searching for Venice real estate.  It also means that the Open House may be making a comeback, since most mobile searches involved those keywords, and were used to search for homes while buyers were out looking at neighborhoods.

4) Mobile home searches are increasing, driven by downsizing retirees and increasing real estate prices.  More younger people may be moving into the mobile home market than ever before.  I have a financing source for mobile homes that will expand the pool of potential buyers for you.

5) Prospective buyers are thinking about design and looking for ideas, even before they buy.  I am an active blogger about home design trends and staging tips to help sellers make their home appeal as much as possible to it's new owner.  Take a look at some of my past blog post tips for home sellers.

6) Vintage is back.  Luckily, the Venice area has vintage in spades.  Take this cue to uncover and recondition that terazzo flooring, and to spruce up that mid-century home with light, neutral paint colors.  If you have kitchen cabinets in good condition, don't replace, just re-face or paint to emphasize the vintage appeal of your home.

If you're thinking about selling your Venice FL home, I'm on top of the latest home buyer trends to help you sell in the shortest possible time for the highest price.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Home for Sale in Port Charlotte

I just listed a home for sale in Port Charlotte at 20281 Kinderkemac Avenue for $81,500.

This home has great bones:  concrete block construction, newer roof, new windows with hurricane shutters, newer kitchen appliances and new wood cabinets.

The home has a nice open plan with 2 generously sized bedrooms and one and a half baths.

Home for sale at 20218 Kinderkemac Avenue: $81,500

Newer kitchen appliances and wood cabinets

Large enclosed lanai with tiled floors

Open kitchen/dining/living floor plan

Large fenced back yard with mature trees and landscaping
The property is easy to show.  Please contact me for a tour or visit my website for more information.

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:  http://dishwashers.reviewed.com/features/goodbye-granite-the-6-hottest-countertop-finishes?utm_source=TB_paid&utm_medium=cpc