Archive | November, 2012

NAHB: 125 housing markets expand in Nov.

14 Nov
Advertisements

Housing market uptrend expected through 2014

14 Nov

Incremental Landscaping Grows Port St. Lucie Home Values

2 Nov

Incremental Landscaping Grows Port St. Lucie Home Values

It’s a guiding principal among Realtors that superior landscaping adds value to any housing for sale. In Florida, different studies arrive at differing answers for how great that incremental increase actually is, but most agree that it lies somewhere in a range between 5% and 14%.

Needless to say, that is huge! Since there isn’t anything like a universal way to define ‘good,’ ‘bad,’ or even ‘average’ landscaping, you can’t pin down its precise value. Nevertheless, what is certain is that in offering any housing for sale, the result will be greatly influenced by the first impression the property makes – its ‘curb appeal’. Landscaping is a great part of that.

The landscaping term covers a wide swath of meanings including just about every part of a Cascades property that isn’t physically part of the house itself. Improving it can be simple and inexpensive – or not!

  • A well-maintained lawn is commonly the first ‘must’ for improving the value of any housing for sale. A messy yard will put off most potential buyers immediately: that can make an otherwise sparkling property seem old and run-down. When you think of landscaping as a frame or prelude to what a home’s interior has to offer…but your buyer has to get past it first!
  • Adding and improving ornamental detail is one of the least expensive and most impactful ways to upgrade housing for sale. Professional landscapers know how splashes of color placed in appealing places can please the eye and distract from features that would otherwise detract from an overall impression. Long story short: be willing to freshen up over-the-hill plantings and planters before they become visual liabilities.
  • Taking the long view, the time/budget tradeoffs are fundamental realities when it comes to more major plant landscaping. A tree planted now can mean a great improvement to any housing for sale five or ten years from now. Just ask a nurseryman what is involved in transplanting a mature tree!

Attractive landscaping adds a welcoming factor to any Port St. Lucie housing for sale. Moreover, there is another real benefit we don’t often think about: the increased pride of ownership that enriches the home owning experience beyond its dollars-and-cents value.

This fall, with inventories trending lower, some homeowners may suspect that now could be the right time to list their Cascades home. If you are one of them, do give me a call to talk strategy and the best way to take seasonal advantage of your own property.

About the Author:  Millie Gil has been a successful Licensed Real Estate agent for over 25 years in Florida.  Millie is Vice President of Bold Real Estate Group, an agency committed to concierge personalized service for discerning buyers, sellers and renters of residential and commercial properties.  For more information please forward your request to communityinfo@comcast.net

Are you tired of scouring the newspaper and MLS listing sites looking for homes in Florida?   Tired of playing telephone tag with Realtors only to hear the home’s already sold?  Sit back, relax and let Bold Real Estate Group and our team of professional Realtors do the work for you!  Just visit our website and check off the properties yuor’re looking for.  This service is FREE and there’s no obligation!

View thousands of listings  www.BoldRealEstateGroup.com,  www.PGAVillage-Homes.com, www.TheCascadesAtStLucieWest.com, www.Northeast-Florida-Relocation.comwww.HealthcareRelocationServices.com

Cascades Port St Lucie Local Open House Time is Teamwork Time

2 Nov

Cascades Port St Lucie Local Open House Time is Teamwork Time

Home available for seasonal rent!!!!  contact us today at communityinfo@comcast.net

According to the best estimate, something like 45% of home buyers use an open house viewing before making their purchase decision. I think that sounds about right – it might even be higher here in town. With such a high proportion of serious prospects choosing to drop by an open house, it’s important that we – client and agent — get it right. Under-preparing is seldom an issue: we all want to put our best foot forward when we invite the public into our home.

Yet while it may be tempting to go into overdrive for that preparation, overdoing it can be a problem, too – one that can actually turn off buyers. Some guidelines worth noting:

  • Avoid Information Overload.  It’s common practice to set out a few brochures or pamphlets that let potential buyers know something about the area. But if your flier presentation looks like it belongs in the Florida Tourist Welcome Center, or you’ve put together a local restaurant guide that comes off like a comprehensive college prospectus, your buyer may not have enough time to focus on the home while there.
  • Don’t Kill the Mood. Like many agents, I like to try to set a certain ambiance for potential buyers attending an open house. Yet I also know that when a potential buyer walks through a Port St Lucie  home, he or she needs to be able to project a personal image of the future onto it. In practice, this means that soft music is nice — top 40 is too much.  Subtle and neutral details are a plus: too much color or too many photos can be overkill.  To cater to all demographics, be sure the house is clean and uncluttered — as minimalistic as practical.
  • Keep Refreshments to a Minimum. Ensuring that potential buyers feel comfortable in your open house is the goal, so you and your agent need to draw a line between hosting a mini-buffet and being gracious but businesslike hosts.  You want to provide pleasant and positive refreshments, but an elaborate spread taking over the kitchen and wafting all variety of aromas through the house is distracting. I’ve always been a fan of the classic cheese and crackers display (though I’ve sometimes found it appropriate to add a cookbook propped open to bring to emphasize an especially well thought-out kitchen design).

When you plan your own Cascades open house, you and your agent should make the most of the strong points of your offering – being careful not to upstage them. Call me anytime if you are looking for one of those kinds of agents. I am one who will be your strong partner from the moment you list until the last closing doc is signed!

About the Author:  Millie Gil has been a successful Licensed Real Estate agent for over 25 years in Florida.  Millie is Vice President of Bold Real Estate Group, an agency committed to concierge personalized service for discerning buyers, sellers and renters of residential and commercial properties.  For more information please forward your request to communityinfo@comcast.net

Are you tired of scouring the newspaper and MLS listing sites looking for homes in Florida?   Tired of playing telephone tag with Realtors only to hear the home’s already sold?  Sit back, relax and let Bold Real Estate Group and our team of professional Realtors do the work for you!  Just visit our website and check off the properties yuor’re looking for.  This service is FREE and there’s no obligation!

View thousands of listings  www.BoldRealEstateGroup.com,  www.PGAVillage-Homes.com, www.TheCascadesAtStLucieWest.com, www.Northeast-Florida-Relocation.comwww.HealthcareRelocationServices.com

%d bloggers like this: