Its pretty early into 2013, but several trends and easy upgrades to your homes interior are starting to emerge. They are easy and inexpensive to complete and require minimal time to accomplish. Giving your homes interior a fresh update does not require a full scale remodel, and will offer you a fresh look and enjoyment of your castle. Focus on these simple updates in the most frequently used rooms of the home. …continue
With the current inventory levels of resale homes at an all time low in MLS, there becomes a strong need for new construction product to enter the market. Currently there are about 1500 homes in the Cape Coral market and around 3500 in the Fort Myers market. These are the lowest number we have seen in years. Beside the low inventory, property conditions of these homes is not always what a picky buyer is willing to settle for in their purchase.
When considering building your “Dream” home, you need to know the questions and criteria to ask when select a builder, in your target price range.
Here are the key steps:
1] Model Homes & Design Centers.
Here is where the search begins. Get out and visit the model homes and especially the new trend of Design Centers that are cropping up. The model homes are a great place to get ideas and a place to start on your wish list of things you want in your future ”Dream” home. You will need to carry a wire bound notebook for jotting down notes and ideas….dont rely simply on the builders literature. You will meet the builders sales people in the models, and probably not meet the actual builder till your fairly certain of your direction. The Design Centers are specifically for options and features. They offer a variety of flooring….cabinets…faucets…colors…counter tops…etc. for your note book. Most of the custom builders offer Design Centers, since they know the importance of offering options and upgrades. …continue
The home buying and selling actual moving day is usually an ordeal and a challenge at best. No matter which side of the fence your on [buyer or seller] there are challenges to a successful move when the day finally comes. A little preparedness helps avoid disasters. Over the years I have developed a few tips that will help.
WHERE WILL THE MOVING VAN PARK? On the surface it may seem like a silly question but can be serious issue. You assume if you have a driveway it will be no problem. What if it’s an 18 wheel semi tractor-trailer that shows up on moving day? What if you have on street parking, where will it park, if other cars are parked there? What if it has to park a distance away and it rains on move day? Make sure that the salesman handling the paperwork, also covers this important issue with you. …continue
Down thru the years in my real estate career, this question often is asked by buyers. There are many variables that influence the “buy or build” question in our market. I think everyone would like a fresh new home to move into…….but it may not be practical due to their time frame of moving.
I can give you a big picture answer as well as a more detailed explanation of which way to go on that decision, to buy a resale home or to break ground and build that “dream” home. …continue