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Landscaping is the first thing that potential buyers see when they arrive at your home, and it can have a positive or negative impact. Your landscaping even reflects well or poorly on other homes that are in your neighborhood — which is why many homeowner's associations have such strict landscaping rules. So landscaping is definitely an important aspect of your home, but just how much does it affect your home's value?

Economist John Harris says that good landscaping can increase your home's value by up to 28 percent. A study completed by Clemson University suggested that even taking your landscaping from good to great can increase the value of your home by between six and seven percent. However, this doesn't mean that you should complete huge landscaping jobs simply to sell a house, unless you bought the house at an extremely low price, you aren't likely to get back the money that you put into the landscaping.

If you are going to improve your home's landscaping in order to increase the overall value of your house there are a few things that you should consider. Trees add the most value to your home. In fact, the National Tree Benefit Calculator will even tell you how much your trees are worth. More importantly, trees scan save you money and help conserve energy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy three properly placed trees can save households between $100 and $250 per year. In addition to trees, you...

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The Best Real Estate Website in Pinellas County

Better Technology Specific to Real Estate

While 90% of all real estate buyers utilize the Internet as their primary resource, the technology in real estate websites has really fallen short. Buyers have had no choice but to settle with using the large national websites that only get their information from agent submissions and other 3rd party resources. The reason most buyers choose these sites is because they are eye-appealing, easy to search and rank well in the search engines. The problem with these big sites is they are not nearly as accurate or up-to-date as a website with a direct MLS data feed.

Did you know, 84% of all buyers deem listing photos to be the most useful feature on a real estate website? Well my site has every photo and I display them larger!

Luckily, the times are changing and my real estate clients have something new. This website is state-of-the-art with a direct MLS data feed. There are many tools for buyers and sellers alike. Take a look at some of the features I have to offer you:

Eye-Appealing & User Friendly

As a primary reason for the success of the large national websites, real estate clients like websites that look good and are easy to use. My website has been planned, laid out, designed and programmed by experts in the industry to ensure you as my client, has the best online real estate experience. Did you know, 84% of all buyers deem listing photos to be the most useful feature on a real estate website? Well my site has...

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How Will Trump Affect Real Estate Sales?


In July the U.S. Census Bureau announced that the homeownership rate in this country had hit its lowest level since the government began measuring the stat in 1965. Then candidate Donald Trump jumped on the news with a tweet suggesting the figure proved his most consistent message: the economy is failing you.

American homeownership rate in Q2 2016 was 62.9% - lowest rate in 51yrs. WE will bring back the 'American Dream!' 

In a nation in which homeownership is largely seen as synonymous with the American dream, it's easy to see why a change candidate would highlight the record low rate. But at the time economists urged Americans--and candidates--to look beyond the eye-popping headline number. It turned out the decline in the rate had not been due to fewer people owning homes, but to more people forming households in rental properties. In other words, the dip may actually be a (good) sign that more young people are striking out on their own. Trump, a billionaire by way of real estate development, should understand this.

Four months later the homeownership rate has ticked a bit higher to 63.5% (no tweet from Trump on that news) and Trump has been elected president. When it comes to the housing market, like so much else, Trump's victory raises more questions than answers. Where does the president-elect really want to see interest rates go? What does he think about a push to dismantle Fannie Mae and Freddie...

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Single Parent Home Buying: What to Think About


Single parents can do very well raising their family. And, home ownership is readily available and possible in many situations. If you are thinking about the opportunities and benefits of buying a home as a single parent, there's a lot to plan for. Before you make that move and buy a home, consider these key factors first.

  • How much space do you need? The more space you have, the more maintenance and upkeep you'll need to consider.
  • What type of local amenities matter to you? You may want a park that's within walking distance or you may want to be able to pick up and drop off your child at a school that's close by.
  • How long is the commute to and from work? Don't assume this. Instead, drive it to and from work at your normal times to see what's realistic.
  • If you have smaller children, you may need to consider day care providers that are nearby. Think about other needs as well such as the religious organizations, shops, and services nearby.
  • When buying a home, consider the amount of renovation needed. For many home buyers that are single head of households, it's important to choose a home that allows you to move in easily and quickly.

Every situation is different. However, if you plan to buy a home as a single parent, you'll need to consider your individual needs very carefully. Work with a local real estate agent that really does understand your needs and the overall scope of...

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