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Second-homeowners have options 

Here are four ways to solve second-home maintenance woes:

1. The property management company

Hiring a management company to look after a second home is one option. They can open and close the house, handle rentals (if applicable) and respond to emergencies. In most cases, the company can also arrange for cleaning and hire local maintenance workers to handle repairs so the home is in tip-top shape for the owners’ arrival.

This is a popular choice for owners who live far away and want to rent out their property when not in use. Management companies generally charge a percentage of the rental price, and this can range from 20 percent to 60 percent.

If you’ve stayed in a vacation rental yourself, you know

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7 Home Fixes You Must Complete Before Selling

Prioritize the projects that will bring the most value


The process of getting a property ready to put on the market can seem daunting enough. There’s clearing the clutter, endless amounts of cleaning, organizing and scrutinizing your property with a fine-tooth comb. What needs attention and what can you leave alone?

Welcome to the new world of “fixing to sell.” Gone are the days of throwing it on the market and seeing what happens. Prepping for sale is a highly choreographed dance of repair along with a bit of renovation and presentation.

Don’t ignore these seven areas.

1. Structural and mechanical

It might not be glamorous, but buyers are looking at big-ticket items like the age

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9 Tips For Selling A Home — With Kids Living In It

Parents: don't stress, just follow these helpful hints

Here are the first two ideas for selling your house with children living home.

1. Put your children up for adoption

Be sure your spouse is on board. This tends to be a rather long-term solution.

2. Get them full-time jobs

Please check state laws regarding child labor. 

Should these two not suit you, here are seven more reasonable strategies:

3.  Make packing and moving an adventure

You and your children are going to pack and prepare eventually — so start today. Your children can help by tagging their most cherished items and “helping you” pack the rest.

4. Have a go-and-show plan

It is really important to take

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5 home staging mistakes to avoid when selling your next place

Market the house to the buyers' liking

You would be hard pressed to find anyone with more of an inclination toward home staging than me. In fact, I can think of no better way to present a property for sale. There is evidence to suggest that a properly staged home can sell for more money and in a shorter period.

The only question is: Are you doing it right?

It’s relatively easy to find advice on how to stage a home, but sometimes the most effectively staged homes are founded on the things you didn’t do. Remember, it’s just as import to appeal to prospective buyers, as it is not to scare them away.

Remember, it’s just as important to appeal to prospective buyers, as it is to

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Buyer Beware? Nah, just 10 Things Every Homebuyer Needs to Know

Never bought a home before? Or, bought a home long ago? These tips will help you better understand the home buying process especially in this day and age. 

Know Your Needs

It's important to think of the limitations each locale offers your lifestyle and the perks each has to offer -- before making the commitment to buy. And, the type of dwelling is important. Will you quickly outgrow that studio? Is a Florida cottage the perfect size? Will purchasing a condo allow you to forego the chores of maintenance and enjoy more leisure time?


Weigh The Costs Of Homeownership

There's more to consider than just a monthly mortgage payment. Will you be able to afford the

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 3 Everyday Selling Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Follow these tips for a smooth sale

It pains me to say, but there are too many sellers in the real estate industry who are prone to committing costly mistakes. The sad part, however, is that the majority of the selling mistakes made are entirely avoidable but nonetheless devastating. Don’t fall pray to avoidable mistakes like those who have come before you.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common mistakes sellers make in today’s market and the best ways to avoid making them yourself when it comes time to sell your next home.

Don’t fall pray to avoidable mistakes like those who have come before you. 

Neglecting to secure the property

Security is, and always will be, an issue for

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New Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin
Record Set with 899.6-Pound Blue Marlin
Miramar Beach, Fla. (June 23, 2015) – For the captain and crew of Cotton Patch, the 13th Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic (ECBC) was anything but unlucky. Lance Hill from Orange Beach, Alabama labored for almost five hours on Friday afternoon before reeling in an event record 899.6-pound blue marlin. The record billfish was measured at 134.5-inches with a girth of 74-inches to earn Team Cotton Patch first place and a payout of $195,277 for a tournament that doled out more than $1.5 million in winnings. The Baytowne Marina at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is the host venue for the event which took place June 17-21.
For captain/owner Johnny Dorland, this…
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Real Estate Sales In Sandestin April 2015

SRE was responsible for 51% of listing and 24% of selling these 70 properties in April for 43% of overall business!

Project Name/Subdivision                     Sold Price               Street #                   Street Name                          

BAHIA CONDO                                        $205,000                4413        Grand Sandestin                                    

BAHIA CONDO                                        $350,000                4024        GRAND SANDESTIN                                               

BAHIA CONDO                                        $115,000                4517        Grand Sandestin                                    


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