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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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Home Prices in the Clearwater Area are Soaring!

Home prices in Tampa Bay are continuing to rise and prices are surging even higher in Pinellas County. The real estate market continues to provide home sellers and buyers with outstanding conditions and encouraging even more attention from surrounding areas. Tampa Bay saw the highest increase out of ALL Florida metro areas with an impressive 20% jump in the month of August whereas Pinellas County soared even higher according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Breaking Down the Numbers

The number of homes sold in June was about the same as the same time in June of 2015. This means that inventory, overall is low. For those who are planning on selling a home right now, that's good news. Home values are on the way up as a direct result of limited inventory. For those planning to buy right now, it’s not a good time to “sit on the fence” and interest rates are already predicted to increase after the election. Anyone schooled in basic economics understand “supply and demand” and right now there are more buyers in the market right now than sellers – this is a key reason you'll want to take action quickly and work closely with a local real estate agent like Christopher Milson. Be sure to you seize the opportunity before the train leaves the station and you end up paying way more than you should have.

When it comes down to location, here are some key facts:

  • Hernando County had the largest increase in home values. It grew...
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