Friday, October 30, 2015

Real Estate Investing | Flipping | Venice FL

Today I toured a home for sale in Venice Gardens in Venice FL.  It was one of the best examples of house flipping I have seen in Venice in quite a while, and it's an excellent value for anyone looking for Venice FL real estate.

With the owner's and listing agent's permission, I'll share some photos of this property.

Venice Gardens is known for 2 bedroom/2 bath homes, with one car garages and concrete block construction.  This one had three good sized bedrooms and has nice curb appeal.

The kitchen is the first thing you see when you enter the home, and it makes quite the impression. The combination of the timeless white cabinets, contemporary cabinet pulls, subway tile back splash, and solid wood counter tops will appeal to today's home buyers and lends a touch of sophistication that won't go out of style.

Like the kitchen, both baths have contemporary sinks and faucets that look far better than a standard out of the box vanity from the DIY retailer.  The double vanity here is a nice surprise, and is a feature most of today's home buyers are looking for, especially when a lot of investors cut corners and choose a larger less expensive single bowl sink instead.

This home has an incredibly bright and inviting enclosed lanai.  The owners did the right thing by tiling the lanai in a tone on tone color scheme, instead of taking a cheaper short cut and staining the concrete slab.  Notice that the wall colors throughout the home are the same shade of gray, creating a feeling of lightness and space.  Gray is the new beige.

The homeowner renewed the existing terrazzo, of which I am a huge fan.  If you don't know about terrazzo, read more about it here on my blog.  One of the big home buyer trends, especially among first time buyers, is vintage items such as terrazzo floors and custom, original moldings.  Terrazzo, besides being highly durable, has no grout lines or patterns to distract the eye and makes the space look larger and lighter. It definitely works well in this home.

This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with 1325 sq. ft. under air is currently for sale for $195,000.  Please take a look at the MLS report and contact me for a tour today.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Selecting a Realtor: Most Important Tip | Sarasota Real Estate

There has been a paradigm shift in how you should approach your choice of Realtor in Sarasota and Venice, or any market for that matter.

The fact is that with more and more real estate information readily available online, buyers and sellers should no longer solely rely on selecting a Realtor with more "years of experience" to help set a listing price or help find the right neighborhoods.

Your choice of a Realtor should come down to one major thing:  computer literacy.

Selecting a Sarasota or Venice FL Realtor
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Besides price, think about what your Realtor is going to be doing for you.  If you're selling, your Realtor will be marketing your home to potential buyers.  Where do the buyers come from? 94 % of them start looking online.  That means marketing to them on the dreaded computer.  Even worse for the computer-challenged Realtor, the choice of matketing is more complicated than ever due to increased mobile device usage.

If you're buying, what will your Realtor do besides touring homes for sale?  They will be writing offers.  We are in a fast paced market and many properties have multiple offers.  Can a Realtor with limited computer skills act quickly enough to get your offer in on time? 

I run into computer-challenged Realtors all the time.  This week I submitted an offer for customers that the listing agent said couldn't be signed by the seller for THREE DAYS because he didn't have a printer.  That is unacceptable with the technology we have available.

What might happen in those three days?  The buyer gets cold feet?  A better deal comes on the market?  

I have also won more than my fair share of multiple offer situations because I submitted complete, clear documents as a buyer's agent, even though my customer didn't offer the highest price.  Why did I win those? Technology.  Banks and private sellers want to work with a buyer's agent who does not submit offers with missing initials, signatures, or documents.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

SW FL's Best Kept Secret | New Homes | Charlotte County

A lot of new home buyers (and most Realtors) are in the habit of  looking for new homes in subdivisions.  They are easy to spot as the land is being cleared, and it's easier for the builders to promote subdivisions as a group of homes with similar amenities.

DR Horton is taking a bit different approach and is offering what I think is one of the best kept secrets in new homes in Sarasota or Charlotte Counties.

DR Horton New Homes South Gulf Cove

During the real estate downturn, South Gulf Cove in Charlotte County was hard hit with foreclosures. Many vacant single family lots dropped drastically in value.

DR Horton is now building brand new single family homes on 10,000 sq. ft. and larger lots on saltwater canals (lock access to the Myakka River/Charlotte Harbor) starting at $185,000, without private pool.

South Gulf Cove has a voluntary HOA.  A similar home in one of DR Horton's subdivisions would start at $250,000 with HOA fee, without boating access.

Please contact me for a list of currently available finished new construction, in constuction, and pre-construction opportunities from DR Horton in South Gulf Cove.