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Signs Of AReal Estate Slowdown

Realtor.com: Early Signs of a SlowdownBy Suzanne De Vita Home prices and sales are at their speediest yet, but there are indicators of tempering, according to data from realtor.com®.In,

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What Do Buyers And Sellers Need To Be Aware Of This Summer

Ask the Expert: What Do Buyers and Sellers Need to Be Aware of This Summer?Today’s Ask the Expert column features Dan Steward, president of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors.Q: As summer

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A 70 Foot Tree Blocks My View Can I Cut It Down

A 70-foot tree blocks my view. Can I cut it down?STUART, Fla. – June 8, 2018 – Question: I have a question on condominium water views. I have a waterfront condo on the 5th floor. Eight

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6 Ways To Prepare Now For Hurricanes

6 ways to prepare now for hurricanesMIAMI – June 8, 2018 – The worst thing that people who live along coastlines can do is not to prepare for tropical storms and hurricanes.According to the

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LISTING THIS SUMMER THE BEST INVESTMENTS TO MAKE OUTDOORS

Listing This Summer? The Best Investments to Make OutdoorsBy Suzanne De Vita Are you listing this summer? Get your outdoors in shape—it can pay off.According to National Association of

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IS MORTGAGE LENDING FREEDOM AHEAD

Regulatory Relief Bill Passes Congress – Is Mortgage Lending Freedom Ahead?By Liz Dominguez Change is coming to the mortgage industry in the form of lessened restrictions for many community

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SURVEY CHILDREN HAVE A MAJOR IMPACT ON HOME BUYING DECISION

Real Estate Survey: Children Have Major Impact on Home-Buying DecisionHow important is your child’s opinion when in the market for a new home?According to a Harris Poll survey that was

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Complete List Of Foreclosed Properties In Charlotte County

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FLORIDA LAND VALUES STRONG THANKS TO RISING ECONOMY

Florida land values strong thanks to rising economyLAKELAND, Fla. – May 24, 2018 – The residential land market in Florida is extremely strong, according to the latest edition of the "Lay of the

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ICE CREAM COLORS ARE THE 2018 HOME DECOR TREND YOULL WANT TO SCOOP UP

Ice Cream Colors Are the 2018 Home Decor Trend You'll Want to Scoop UpBy Jane Chertoff | Jun 1, 2018 If your home’s been decked out in dark decor and saturated colors for years, it

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10 Most Romantic Places In Florida

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Florida Housing Market Sales Median Prices And New Listings Up In April 2018

Fla. housing market: Sales, median prices, new listings up in April 2018ORLANDO, Fla. – May 24, 2018 – In April, Florida's housing sector reported more closed sales, higher median prices and

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2018 Hottest Backyard Amenity Detached Living Spaces

Forget a pool or a BBQ area on your deck. Something else is trending this year as a must-have backyard amenity, and that's sheds. Yes...you read that right.These aren't your typical sheds where you

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MAY IS NATIONAL MOVING MONTH 7 TIPS FOR A STRESS FREE MOVE

National Moving Month: 7 Tips for a Stress-Free MoveBy Brentnie Daggett According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 40 million Americans—one in nine people—move each year. While the

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11 REASONS WHY YOUR HOME ISNT SELLING

11 Reasons Why Your Home Isn’t SellingBy Charles Muotoh When you first put your house on the market, you might be hopeful for a quick sale—especially if you've put a lot of money

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13 Simple Money Moves You Should Make Before The End Of The Day

13 Simple Money Moves You Should Make Before the End of the DayTHE PENNY HOARDERDECEMBER 1, 2017Renato Arap/Getty ImagesDISCLOSURE:Some of the links in this post are from our sponsors. We're letting

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BEST TIP TO FIRST TIME BUYERS ACT FAST

Best Tip to First-Time Buyers: Act FastDAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018A shortage of homes for sale and rising home prices are making it challenging for first-time buyers, in,

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LOW INVENTORY PUSHES HOME PRICES UP

Low inventory pushes median home price up 5.7% in Q1WASHINGTON – May 14, 2018 – Inventory levels hovering at all-time lows weighed down home sales and fueled faster price appreciation during the

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HomeBuying Millennials Face Fresh Set Of Struggles

>> Home-Buying Millennials Face Fresh Set of Struggles By Suzanne De VitaAn astounding 98 percent of home-buying millennials surveyed for the report are being kept out of the

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THE SURPRISING PASSION BARBARA BUSH AND DOLLY PARTON HAVE IN COMMON

The Surprising Passion Barbara Bush and Dolly Parton Have in Common Shannon Finney/Getty ImagesCan you guess what it is?PERRI ORMONT BLUMBERG May 3, 2018Indeed, Barbara Bush and Dolly Parton

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The Property Brothers Reveal The One Room That Can Drag Down The Whole House

The Property Brothers Reveal the One Room That Can Drag Down the Whole HouseBy Jeanne Sager | May 4, 2018HGTV"Property Brothers" stars Jonathan and Drew Scott meet

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The Five Golden Rules Of Home Staging On A Budget

The Five Golden Rules of Home Staging on a BudgetPosted on  Jan 9 2015 - 9:30am  by  Nick Caruso5.3KWhen you show your home’s best features by staging it effectively,

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5 Rules For What You Can And Cant Take When You Sell Your House

Hands Off? 5 Rules for What You Can—and Can't—Take When You Sell Your HouseBy Wendy Helfenbaum | May 1, 2018 Chiyacat/iStockWhen standup comedian Nathan Brannon moved

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6 Maintenance Tasks You Must Handle Before Selling Your Home

Selling Your Home? Don't Neglect These 6 Maintenance Tasks—or ElseBy Wendy Helfenbaum | Feb 1, 2018iStock; realtor.comIf you're a homeowner, you already know that keeping your

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GET YOUR HOME SOLD QUICK 4 Tips

For Sale: 4 Tips for Getting Your Home off the Market QuicklyPosted on  May 7 2018 - 9:33am  by  Housecall7By Meghan BelnapDo you have a home to sell? Are you ready to

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USING AN ATTORNEY TO CLOSE TOP 5 MYTHS

Using an attorney to close: Top 5 mythsBy Rania SolimanMay 7, 2018 – Should you use a real estate attorney to handle the details of a home closing? While attorneys perform many of the same tasks

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Changing The Lives Of Orphans Around The World

How a U.S. Broker Is Changing the Lives of Orphans Around the WorldPosted on  May 3 2018 - 11:55am  by  Jameson DorisAttending community events and associating one’s

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Spring It On 7 MustDo Home Maintenance Tasks To Tackle This Season

Spring It On: 7 Must-Do Home Maintenance Tasks to Tackle This SeasonBy Holly Amaya | Mar 26, 2018 iStockSpring has officially sprung, and we are psyched. Seriously, we 

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The Pulp Fiction House For Sale

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The SOUTHS Best Towns From Southern Living

The South’s Best Tiny TownsThe smaller the town, the bigger the charm.JAMES T. BLACKThe Ryman Auditorium sees bigger crowds than these picturesque villages. These tiny towns are

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Set The Perfect Easter Table Southern Living

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Across All Buyers Millennials Have The Most Purchases

Across All Buyers, Millennials Have the Most PurchasesBy Suzanne De Vita In housing, generations intersect regularly. Who’s downsizing? Who’s driving the market? Who’s trading up?The

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Surprise Tax Savings For Owners Who Paid PMI In 2017

Surprise tax savings for owners who paid PMI in 2017WASHINGTON – March 21, 2018 – A last-minute, money-saving tax change could be awaiting young homeowners and others who made a low

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Low Inventory Rising Rates And A Bustling Spring Market

Low Inventory, Rising Rates and a Bustling Spring MarketBy Liz Dominguez Spring is here, and, with it, a busy home-buying and -selling season. While real estate markets can vary widely by,

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The Best Bacon According To Southern Living

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What To Consider When Selling Your Home In A Rising Rate Environment

What to Consider When Selling Your Home in a Rising Rate EnvironmentBy Ryan Fitzgerald There are many economic variables to consider when selling your home when interest rates are rising. If

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MORTGAGE RATES FALL FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR

Mortgage rates fall for the first time this yearWASHINGTON (AP) – March 15, 2018 – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for the first time this year as the spring home buying season

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TOP 11 REASONS YOUR HOME ISNT SELLING

By Charles MuotohWhen you first put your house on the market, you might be hopeful for a quick sale—especially if you've put a lot of money into improving the house over the years and if

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Five Golden Rules Of Home Staging On A Budget

The Five Golden Rules of Home Staging on a BudgetPosted on  Jan 9 2015 - 9:30am  by  Nick CarusoWhen you show your home’s best features by staging it effectively, you

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Transacting Business In The Age Of Wire Fraud

Transacting Business in the Age of Wire FraudThis month’s National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Power Broker Roundtable discusses fraud and security strategies.Moderator Christina Pappas,

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RECIPES EVERY SOUTHERNER SHOULD KNOW HOW TO MAKE

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PRICES STARTING TO TOP OUT

Prices Starting to Top OutBy Suzanne De Vita Home prices are starting to top out, with appreciation decelerating as the market moves toward a peak, according to the Buy vs. Rent Index 

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One Surprising Habit That Could Help You Retire $100,000 Richer Dwight Eschliman—Getty ImagesStart doing this now.ELIZABETH O'BRIEN January 27, 2018 Raise your hand if you follow

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Tax Reform Heres What Could Impact Homeowners Most

Tax Reform: Here’s What Could Impact Homeowners MostBy Liz Dominguez A new year has started, and with it a newly enacted tax policy: the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. While most changes will

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WENDYS IS OFFERING FREE BURGE

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Property Taxes The Highs And Lows

Property Taxes: The Highs and LowsPosted on  Mar 5 2018 - 2:37pm  by  Suzanne De Vita Assorted expenses factor into homeownership. Beyond the monthly mortgage payment,

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Buying For The First Time Look Southeast

Buying for the First Time? Look SoutheastBy Suzanne De Vita Buyers fresh to the market are necessary—often, as a catalyst for other transactions. Currently, first-timers are in limbo, unable

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6 THINGS PROFESSIONAL BURGLARS DONT WANT YOU TO KNOW

6 Things Professional Burglars Don’t Want You to KnowPosted on  Apr 21 2017 - 4:36pm  by  Housecall 813By Krystal Rogers-NelsonEven though a burglary occurs 

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Appraisals Off By A Larger Margin

Appraisals Off by a Larger MarginBy RISMedia Staff Appraisals are off by a larger margin, 0.6 percent below what was expected by homeowners in January, according to the latest Quicken Loans’

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Housing Starts Blow By Expectations

Housing Starts Blow by ExpectationsBy RISMedia Staff Home-building activity blew by expectations in January, with housing starts up 9.7 percent to a rate of 1,326,000, according to the latest

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Equity Growing In Lowest Tier Report

Equity Growing in Lowest Tier: ReportBy RISMedia Staff Buyer demand is highest for starter supply—and entry-level homes are appreciating faster than others as a result, according to an

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Amazon Closes In What Hq2 Means For Housing In The Top 20

Amazon Closes In: What HQ2 Means for Housing in the Top 20By Liz Dominguez Amazon is a step closer to finalizing its HQ2 plans, having narrowed its sights on the top 20 contenders after

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Survey Finds Hidden Costs Of Homeownership

Survey Finds Hidden Costs of HomeownershipBy Taylor Tepper  Share This Post Now!(TNS)—Your day burns brightly on both ends.You prod your kids out of bed at daybreak, get them dressed, fed

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Small Investors Partner Up Share Risk And Reward

Some small investors starting to partner upCHICAGO – Feb. 20, 2018 – As property prices rise, smaller real estate investors are reportedly teaming up with others so they can afford their next

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Mortgage Rates At Highest In More Than A Year

Mortgage Rates at Highest in More Than a YearBy RISMedia Staff Share This Post Now! The average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate is at its highest in more than a year: 4.32 percent, according

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MORTGAGE RATES AT HIGHEST LEVEL IN OVER A YEAR

Mortgage Rates at Highest in More Than a YearBy RISMedia Staff  Share This Post Now! The average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate is at its highest in more than a year: 4.32 percent, according

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Florida Utility Bills May Be Getting Cheaper

Fla. utility bills may be getting cheaperTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Feb. 9, 2018 – Utility companies will owe less tax after the recent tax overhaul, and many are planning to pass those savings on

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Mote Marine Announces Plans For New 130 Million Aquarium In Sarasota

Mote Marine announces plans for new $130 million aquarium in Sarasota Officials with the Mote Marine Laboratory on Feb. 8, 2018, announced plans for a new $130 million aquarium to be located

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Foreign Buyers Spend 7billion In S Florida 2017

Foreign buyers spent $7.1 billion in S. Fla. last yearMIAMI – Feb. 9, 2018 – Foreign homebuyers spent $900 million more on South Florida homes and purchased more local residential properties in

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PROTECT YOURSELF FROM CYBER CRIME AND IDENTITY THEFT

Cyber Crime: Protecting Yourself and Clients Against Identity TheftPosted on  Jan 30 2018 - 2:51pm  by  Liz Dominguez 3Identity theft is defined as the fraudulent

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3 Fla. cities in top 10 for increase in millennial residentsORLANDO, Fla. – Jan. 30, 2018 – Millennials make up a quarter of the nation's population and are expected to have a huge influence

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3 Fla. cities in top 10 for increase in millennial residentsORLANDO, Fla. – Jan. 30, 2018 – Millennials make up a quarter of the nation's population and are expected to have a huge influence

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FLORIDA CONSUMER SENTIMENT SOARING IN 2018

Florida consumer sentiment soars entering 2018GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Jan. 30, 2018 – Consumer sentiment among Floridians started the year at its highest level in 16 years, increasing 2.3 points in

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HOW RECENT BUYERS PURCHASED THEIR HOME

Infographic: How Recent Buyers Purchased Their HomeBy RISMedia Staff Demand and home prices are increasing, but that has yet to keep homebuyers out of the market. Here is how they did it: 

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GOLDMAN SACHS IS BACK And So Is The No Doc Loan WATCH THIS

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What’s ahead for Fla. real estate?ORLANDO, Fla. – Jan. 16, 2018 – Real estate helps to fuel Florida's growth, and figuring out what lies ahead in 2018 is a key question for policymakers,

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Welcome To My Real Estate Page For The Best Deals In SW Florida

Good Morning- Check out my webpage for the most up to date real estate deals and recently reduced properties in SW Florida. Is this site user friendly and easy to navigate? https://www.facebook

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What The 20 Most Popular Home Renovations Are Really Worth In 2018

By Judy Dutton | Jan 11, 2018Getty Images; realtor.comPlanning to remodel your kitchen, add a master suite, or undertake some other pricey home renovation in 2018? Watch

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5 Reasons Itll Pay To Sell Your Home Early In 2018

By Holly Amaya | Jan 10, 2018Getty Images; realtor.comIt's been nearly a decade since the Great Recession delivered the worst housing crash in modern memory. But these days, the

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Millennials And Silent Generation Agree Walkability Wins

Millennials and the Silent Gen Agree: Walkability WinsBy Suzanne De VitaMillennials are not the only generation preferring proximity to restaurants and retail.Americans born between the mid-1920s up

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We Are Here To Complete Each Other And IM HERE FOR YOU

II have been a licensed realtor in SW Florida for 13 years, I know the market well and am here to assist you with your LAND OR HOME search or relocation needs.  I also believe in

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New Tax Law Could Change Your HELOC Deduction

‘Tappable equity’ at record high, but tax law could change impactJACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jan. 8, 2018 – Jacksonville-based Black Knight's monthly Mortgage Monitor found that homeowners'

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Experts 2018 Mortgage Rate Expectations

Experts: 2018 mortgage rates to surpass 4.5%NEW YORK – Jan. 5, 2018 – The recently passed tax bill could cause the Federal Reserve's rate increases to come faster, and mortgage rates are

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Lenders Approved Lower Credit Scores In 2017

Study: Lenders approved lower credit scores in 2017PLEASANTON, Calif. – Jan. 3, 2018 – To attract a larger pool of potential first-time homebuyers, some lenders are making it easier to get a

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