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4 Things NOT to Do When Putting Your Home on the Market

June 2020 

So you've decided to put your home on the market. Congratulations! Hopefully, you've brought a rockin' REALTOR® on board to help you list your spot, and together you've done your due diligence on what to ask for. As you start checking things off your to-do list, it's also important to pay mind of what not to do. Below are a handful of things to get you started.

Don't over-improve.
As you ready your home for sale, you may realize you will get a great return on your investment if you make a couple of changes. Updating the appliances or replacing that cracked cabinet in the bathroom are all great ideas. However, it's important not to over-improve, or make improvements that are hyper-specific to your tastes. For example, not everyone wants a pimped out finished basement equipped with a wet bar and lifted stage for their rock and roll buds to jam out on. (Okay, everyone should want that.) What if your buyers are family oriented and want a basement space for their kids to play in? That rock-and-roll room may look to them like a huge project to un-do. Make any needed fixes to your space, but don't go above and beyond—you may lose money doing so.

Don't over-decorate.
Over-decorating is just as bad as over-improving. You may love the look of lace and lavender, but your potential buyer may enter your home and cringe. When prepping for sale, neutralize your decorating scheme so it's more universally palatable.

Don't hang around.
Your agent calls to let you know they will be bringing buyers by this afternoon. Great! You rally your whole family, Fluffy the dog included, to be waiting at the door with fresh baked cookies and big smiles. Right? Wrong. Buyers want to imagine themselves in your space, not be confronted by you in your space. Trust, it's awkward for them to go about judging your home while you stand in the corner smiling like a maniac. Get out of the house, take the kids with you, and if you can't leave for whatever reason, at least go sit in the backyard. (On the other hand, if you're buying a home and not selling, then making it personal is the way to go, especially when writing your offer letter. Pull those heart strings!)

Don't take things personally.
Real estate is a business, but buying and selling homes is very, very emotional. However, when selling your homes, try your very best not to take things personally. When a buyer lowballs you or says they will need to replace your prized 1970s vintage shag carpet with something “more modern,” try not to raise your hackles.

Diary of 'Having a House Built in Florida'

I'm working with a buyer having a home built by Maronda Homes.  We did the contract in March of 2016.  Construction started in July.  --  FYI - THIS IS NORMAL!  Not to worry.  --  Once construction actually starts, things move rather quickly, UNLESS the weather is bad.
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- Central Florida's Housing Market Is HOT!

Home Sellers ---   I NEED Your Help!  There are more Buyers than there are home to sell them in Clermont Florida!  Home inventories are very low.  If you know anyone considering selling their home, please have them contact me.  I will sell it for the Most money possible.  Lets talk.
Home Buyers ---   Unlike Orlando, Clermont still has room to grow.  In Clermont you can brand new home built especially for you and if you qualify, you can still get 100% USDA Financing in much of Lake County.  That's right! ..... and it gets better.  If you finance with the builder, usually, the builder will pay your closing costs!  So you can actually buy a New Home for NO money out of your pocket.  Call or text me for more details.

 - TUCKER OAKS - Oakland/ Winter Garden Townhomes

I showed a townhome in Tucker Oaks today.  A Real Nice community.  Built about 2013 so it's only 4 years old.  Two story 3-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath, a nice open floor plan offering 1638 sq.ft. of living area and a 2-car garage.   HOA fees are only $200 a month.  The unit I showed backed up to water so there are no real neighbors.  Townhomes in Tucker Oaks are selling for in the $220's and up.  Located between Winter Garden and Clermont, about a mile from the Florida Turnpike and close to Lake Apopka and the West Orange Trial.  

 - Kings Ridge Retirement Golf Community Homes  

I showed a couple homes for sale in Kings Ridge today.  I know Kings Ridge very well, my wife's mom has lived in there for over 10 years.  You can buy a home in Kings Ridge starting around $175,000 and up.  This is my favorite of all the 55+ Retirement communities in the Clermont area.  Not only is it close to Disney World, it has 36 holes of golf, it's gated, it has a beautiful clubhouse,  two community pools and enough activities to keep everyone busy.  What I personally like most about Kings Ridge is you can get on your golf cart and go to the Publix grocery store and many other businesses that you have private access to.  None of the other Active Adult communities in the area have simple access to shopping and restaurants like Kings Ridge does.   
2 April 2017 

 - Duplex Being Built on Lake Minneola by Yacht Club

New Duplex is being built across the street from Clermont Yacht Club with views of Lake Minneola. 3-Bed/ 2-Bath/ 3-Car Garage according to the sign. I'm told their going for $285,000. I will post more as I find out.
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April 1, 2017 

 - Clermont Yacht Club

Showed two townhomes today in Clermont Yacht Club. Yacht Club is a Beautiful community across the street from Lake Minneola.
March 30, 2017 

 - Sold Home in Sawgrass Bay and near the Citrus Tower 

Closed on Gene & Elaine's Villa near the Citrus Tower and then closed on the home they purchased in Sawgrass. Welcome back to Florida Gene & Elaine!
March 30, 2017  

 - Sold Home in Park Ridge, Minneola

I've been working with Rose's son Edwin for almost 3 years while Rose sold her home in New York. She finally sold her home up there and bought a home in 'Park Ridge'. Welcome to sunny Florida Rose.
March 24, 2017 

 - Crestridge by LGI

Went to visit the new LGI community in Groveland off Cherry Lake Rd. Crestridge neighborhood is just getting started, Residents of Crestridge like all the walking trails and green area behind every home. Prices starting in the $220's. Call or text me for more information about Crestridge.
March 22, 2017 

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