September 2013

Found 14 blog entries for September 2013.

 

Lely Resort is getting a brand new addition to its Cordoba development, and it’s everything that people have come to expect from the community and much more – The Triana. 

The flexibility of the Triana floor plan is evident in the many variations buyers have to choose from. Depending on any given person’s preference, the Triana is situated on between 2,092 and 2,125 square feet under air. Plus, the base price is just in the mid-$400s, making it an affordable option considering the quality of the home, the spacious nature of the floor plan, and the countless amenities available in the community and out.

Cordoba is also home to several other inventory residences, including the popular Barcelona, which boasts three bedrooms, three-and-a-half

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According to a 2013 survey carried out by Bankrate, closing costs have risen 6% nationwide from last year, and Florida is no exception. 

The 20th most expensive state in 2012, Florida has jumped to 9th on the list, and the numbers considered don’t even include title insurance, taxes, and other fees. The average closing cost across the country is $2,402, while in Florida that number is slightly bumped up to $2,517.

However, there are several ways you can personally get your closing costs down as low as possible:

  • Talk to the lender

Although fees and taxes aren’t able to be negotiated, the lender may occasionally be open to lowing some of the underwriting and processing fees.

  • Look for a good deal

Don’t just go with the

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Entertaining, relaxing, or using as an extra room.

The Regatta, built by Jacobsen Homes, comes fully installed on a gorgeous, ¼-acre property in the heart of Country Lakes. Just minutes from the Caloosahatchee River and picturesque downtown Ft. Myers, this community of manufactured homes is in a quiet seclusion that emphasizes the beauty of the surrounding landscaping, including a large lake that features as a focal point at the center of the community.  

The model home features a round-top glass front door that creates a welcome environment for visitors and homeowners alike, and boasts box bay windows in the dining room as well as cathedral ceilings throughout. All windows come with two-inch blinds for your privacy, and the custom-painted

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Contrary to popular opinion, if you’re looking to improve the value of your home, all you need is a couple days off and some elbow grease.

You don’t have to empty your savings on a new kitchen, an extra room, or an added car spot for your garage in order to bump up your home’s overall value. Sometimes, the little things can make the biggest difference. Here are some ways you can take you home to the next level on a budget:

  • Clean, clean, clean

It’s not glamorous, but getting your home to sparkle takes only some patience and free time. If your home is considerably cluttered, consider renting out a storage unit for your extra belongings. Or, host a garage sale – you’ll be ridding yourself of stuff you don’t need, and netting yourself some

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After an August that saw 4 sales that totaled more than $3 million, Grey Oaks Country Club has reported that their year-to-date sales volume now exceeds a whopping $57 million. 

The luxury golf community also saw impressive buyer traffic as well, with 38 visitors in the month of August. The sales for this month included two gorgeous coach homes in Traditions at Grey Oaks, a homesite in Miramonte, and a brand-new, custom residence also in the same subdivision.

In 2012, Grey Oaks completed some 56 transactions, totaling $61,034,084, which represented a nearly 300% percent increase from the previous year. The community is well on track to beat that number by the end of 2013.

This heavy demand means that Traditions at Grey Oaks is starting to

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There’s a reason why Southwest Florida is the premier destination, year in and year out, for snowbirds looking for some sun and fun – when the weather is as good as it is here in Naples, the city becomes irresistible.

And if a day on the water isn’t your speed, the local parks are the perfect place to relax and enjoy the warm sun, friendly people, and green grass. There are plenty of parks to see, so here are a few that stick out as some of the best around:

Lowdermilk Park
Located just minutes North of the quaint streets of Olde Naples, Lowdermilk Park combines the beautiful scenery of the Gulf coast beaches with a quiet charm created by lush grass shaded by tall palms. There is both metered and unmetered parking available for everyone, as well as

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If you aren't enlisting the knowledge of a trained real estate agent when you buy a house, it's important that you know the ins and outs of how sellers settle on a price point for what they are selling. They will often get the help of an appraiser for this, but since prices are always negotiable, it isn't necessarily set in stone.
If you want to make sure you're getting a fair price for a home (and give yourself a good idea of where to start the negotiations), here are some quick and cheap tips for figuring out if your dream home is priced like one, too:
• Research similar homes
Looking at homes built in a similar style, around the same time period, and in a comparable location can give you a good idea of what your prospective home is worth. Granted, the

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Taking everything you own from one home to another can be difficult enough as it is, but having to move a pet along with you can only add to the stress. Between the long trip in the car (or even the plane), the extra animal food to take with you, making sure the pet is kept comfortable, and other precautions, you'll be thankful when it's all over.
But there are ways to make the process simpler and easier. Here are some guidelines to follow next time you have to move Fido to a new home:
First and foremost, visit the vet
Before you take your pet anywhere, make sure all of its shots are up to date. It is important that your pet's immune system is running well during something as stressful for it as a big move. Also, if you haven't done this already, consider…
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As anyone will tell you, the kitchen can be a deal-breaker in a new home. Keeping the appliances up to date, making sure you cater to current styles, and keeping everything clean can prove invaluable when you are selling.
But even if you aren't planning on going anywhere, sometimes a kitchen just needs to be touched up. It's one of the most used rooms in any home, and over time will wear out. If you see a remodeling, redecoration, or just a simple kitchen improvement in your near future, keep these style tips in mind:

 

When in doubt, go black-and-white
It's the "ol' faithful" of kitchen designs – modern, sleek, elegant, but also rural, the black-and-white look in a kitchen is a timeless classic that is a safe go-to when you can't make up your

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Listen to the radio for five minutes, and you'll likely hear them – the advertisements for $500, $600, even $1,000 security systems that boast thermal night-vision, Indiana Jones-style arrow traps, and even do your taxes. They're flashy, extravagant, and expensive, but do they really do a better job of keeping your home safe?
It'll always be a priority to keep your home as secure as possible. It's to protect all of your possessions, but more importantly, it's to protect your family. It may seem worth it to spend thousands of dollars for a security system for that reason alone, but oftentimes they aren't the best solutions. Here are several affordable ways you can keep your home, and the people in it, as safe as you can:
Watch your web activity
If you're…
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