Thursday, August 25, 2016

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HIRING A HANDYMAN WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME

Written by Realty Times Staff on Wednesday, 24 August 2016 3:07 pm
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As you get ready to sell your home, you may discover the need to make numerous repairs and updates. But when do you have the time? Most jobs you can do yourself, but others require a little more skill. Maybe it's time to consider hiring a handyman.
According to Angie's List, hiring a handyman can prevent waste and overcharging, as the handyman will only charge you for hours worked. Plus they keep their rates low with low overhead and by not having to pay other workers.
A handyman is someone who can handle small painting and carpentry jobs that can be completed quickly. He typically works alone, charges by the hour plus materials, and in some states is required to be licensed and carry insurance.
If you think you're going to more extensive work, you should consider a contractor. A contractor differs from a handyman by taking larger jobs that require going behind walls, or tearing out and rebuilding areas. Contractors supervise specialized tradespeople such as plumbers, electricians, and craftsmen.
Before you hire a handyman or a contractor, make a list of the jobs you need done. If your list is composed mostly of repairs and some updating like painting, a handyman should suit your needs.
To hire the right person for the job, do the following:
1. Get recommendations from family, friends, or your real estate professional. She may know an individual or company that specializes in "make-ready," a room-by-room clean-up, touch-up and fix-up. You can also contact sites such asHomeAdvisor or Angie's List, to hire workmen.
2. Interview several handymen before making your decision. Make sure the handyman you hire has the experience and equipment to do the jobs you need and is willing to guarantee the work.
3. You want someone you'll feel comfortable having around your family and in your home. Hire only personnel who are bonded and insured.
4. Inspect the work while it's in progress and when it's finished. Most professionals want to do a good job out of pride of workmanship. Handymen also rely heavily on referrals, so if you're pleased, you'll recommend the handyman to your family and friends.
What you don't want to do is leave small repairs undone. Home buyers notice if maintenance has been ignored, and may conclude the home needs greater repair than it actually does.

Friday, August 19, 2016

New Tech All Homes Will Have By 2020

Good Friday Morning! Here is a little real estate update (see below), if you would like any additional, more detailed info, please let me know. Have a great weekend!

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Real Estate Data for Cape Coral
Cape Coral market trends indicate an increase of $19,000 (11%) in median home sales over the past year. The average price per square foot for this same period rose to $127, up from $116.

Real Estate Data for Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda market trends indicate an increase of $1,500 (1%) in median home sales over the past year. The average price per square foot for this same period rose to $130, up from $123.

Real Estate Data for Fort Myers

Fort Myers market trends indicate an increase of $20,000 (11%) in median home sales over the past year. The average price per square foot for this same period rose to $131, up from $120.

Real Estate Data for Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers Beach market trends indicate an increase of $52,500 (16%) in median home sales over the past year. The average price per square foot for this same period rose to $359, up from $307.

Real Estate Data for Naples

Naples market trends indicate a decrease of $1,852 (-1%) in median home sales over the past year. The average price per square foot for this same period rose to $184, up from $183.

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Friday, August 12, 2016


NEGOTIATING WITH HOME SELLERS

NEGOTIATING WITH HOME SELLERS

Written by Realty Times Staff on Thursday, 11 August 2016 2:47 pm
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If you dread the negotiating process when buying a home, never fear. Your real estate agent is an experienced negotiator who helps keep the bargaining from becoming emotional and veering off track.
Your agent must know your desires by heart and have quick access to you if a negotiation point needs to be made. It's important to stick to the strategy you and your agent have agreed upon -- showing the seller how strong your offer is.
First, get preapproved for a mortgage loan. That means your mortgage lender has reviewed your credit history and assets, checked employment and income, examined your debt-to-income ratios, and has preapproved you for a certain amount, terms and interest rate so you know exactly how much you can spend.
Being preapproved shows sellers that you are prepared and able to buy. Before you submit an offer, ask your agent to find out more what the seller wants as far as terms. The more your offer matches up with the seller's requests, such as a closing date, the more likely your offer will be accepted.
Find out when the house will be vacated, if any repairs or improvements are planned, and if the seller has any pressure points such as a relocation deadline. Also, you'll want to review the seller's disclosure of the condition of the property.
Your agent must also find out if other offers are on the table. Your position is stronger if there are no other offers. The seller may be less likely to bend on price concessions or repairs if there are other offers.
Have your agent pull up the most recent CMA (comparable homes recently sold or on the market) within a reasonable radius of the home, so you can sculpt your offer price. Be sure that you are comparing apples to apples in terms of updates, size of the home, amenities, location, schools districts, etc.
Once these steps are made, you are ready to write an offer.
Making the offer
Make yourself think like the seller. It helps you anticipate what the seller will accept in price, terms, and other conditions. By considering the seller's position, you will likely create an offer that is either accepted or strongly considered.
Your offer should be clear on the terms, closing dates, repair requests or other conditions the seller needs to meet and it should be accompanied by a letter from your lender that you are preapproved to buy the seller's home. Include a cover letter summarizing your strengths as a buyer in terms of creditworthiness, flexibility in closing, and the strength of the offer.
Don't insult the seller with an offer that's too low or requires too many concessions. The seller may be nostalgic about his or her life in the house and may not like the idea that you want to remodel.
The only thing a seller can't argue with is a strong set of comparables that show the home is overpriced or out of date. These are homes that have sold that are nearby (within two blocks) and similar in age, size and features. If you can show that a similar home has sold within the last two months for less than the seller is asking, that's good.
Be sure all conditions, repairs, etc. are agreed to in writing. Some sellers may feel that a handshake covers a promise, but it's essential to be clear on paper what is expected and when. A seller's promise to paint should be included as an addendum to the contract and include all details, such as primer, exact color and type of paint, how many coats, and when the work will be finished for inspection.
Negotiating after inspections
The offer is negotiated and accepted, the earnest money is at the escrow agent's office. Now the inspections occur, and this is where the contract negotiations can break down.
No home is perfect, not even brand-new construction. During the inspection process, the inspector is usually required to tell you about any condition of appliances, heating and cooling systems, roofs, electrical and plumbing systems, etc, and if your future home is up to current city codes.
Sellers are usually not required to bring a house completely up to current local building codes. Negotiate a repair only when a system is unsafe or a major repair is needed to make the system operate effectively.
As long as the seller has a reasonable explanation of what your position is and why, and communication remains open, the seller should have as much desire to make the contract work as you do.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Current Real Estate market information for Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Naples

Here is some current Real Estate market information for Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Naples. If you need additional information on these or other areas like Fort Myers Beach, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, or Marco Island just let me know! Have a great week.

Kind regards,
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Terence Trombetti | REALTOR®
FLORIDA COMPLETE REALTY
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​ ​ 
(239) 217-7414

Real Estate Data for Cape Coral

Cape Coral market trends indicate an increase of $8,500 (5%) in median home sales over the past year. The average price per square foot for this same period rose to $125, up from $115.

Median Sales Price in Cape Coral

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Real Estate Data for Fort Myers

Fort Myers market trends indicate an increase of $10,000 (5%) in median home sales over the past year. The average price per square foot for this same period rose to $131, up from $121.

Median Sales Price in Fort Myers

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Real Estate Data for Naples
Naples market trends indicate an increase of $5,000 (2%) in median home sales over the past year. The average price per square foot for this same period rose to $192, up from $189.

Median Sales Price in Naples

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