November 2013

Found 8 blog entries for November 2013.


When you’re selling your home, there are countless little things around that can drive your price down. If you can get an idea of what people want, and what people expect to see, you can get yourself ahead of the game in getting your home market-ready. 

While there are some things that you can’t do anything about (you won’t exactly be moving your entire home to a more desirable location), there are certainly things that you can control. Here are some common threats to your home’s value that you can stave off before you sell:

  • Lack of updates

This is one that can actually do more damage than good sometimes – if you drop a huge amount of money on a brand new kitchen, there is always the chance it doesn’t bring in more money than you

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With its 8th consecutive Community of the Year award in the books for 2013, Paseo has sealed its reputation as being one of the best and most desirable communities in the entire country. And now it has added two more buildings of townhomes to its ranks. 

The new buildings have 6 units in each, and offer a variety of floor plans that come with multiple front porches or balconies for truly enjoying the beautiful Southwest Florida weather. The design of the townhomes places the garages in the rear, giving residents direct access to their front doors and giving the buildings an attractive façade that isn’t cluttered. Brick paver sidewalks stretch around the communities and provide gorgeous lake views as you jog, walk the dog, or just go out for a

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It’s no fluke – for  the ninth consecutive year, the Creek Course at Fiddler’s Creek in Naples has been ranked in prestigious Golfweek Magazine’s “Top 100 Residential Golf Courses throughout the United States.” The hugely popular Arthur Hills-designed course is the only one in Southwest Florida to earn this achievement nine years in a row. 

The Creek Course is an 18-hole, par-72 masterpiece that was designed to be integrated seamlessly with the luxury community of Fiddler’s Creek in which it resides. It plays in perfect harmony with the natural surroundings of the flawlessly maintained landscaping, and the course continuously tiptoes the line between being challenging and being fun for all ages and skill levels.

The course was reviewed by over

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It’s not ideal, but sometimes when the big moving day arrives, good help can be hard to find. If you’re faced with an entire move on your own, or even just a few hours until some heavy lifters can assist you, it may be tempting to call it off and reschedule. 

But there are more things in the average home that can be moved by a single person than you might expect. Using the right technique and strategy, you can clear out the majority of your home or apartment without breaking a sweat. Here’s how:

  • If it can be taken apart, take it apart

This doesn’t mean remove the nuts and bolts on everything you own – it’s as simple and easy as taking the drawers out of a dresser before attempting to move it. There is a lot of extra weight on nearly

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It’s been dutifully there for you, every year, for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter…and if you’re like most people, not much else. 

The average dining room is generally not used for much more than the occasional holiday meal. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it does mean that you probably have that beautiful space in your home that isn’t being used to its full potential. Do you ditch the dining room entirely, or maybe turn it into a more appropriate entertaining area, or even add another bedroom to your home? Anything could work, but the only thing that ultimately matters is what works best for you. Here are a few dining room-conversion ideas to get you started:

  • Strictly entertainment

If you’re the type of person who entertains on

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If you’re getting ready to show your home for the first time, the process can be a little intimidating. Getting your home cleaned up, and knowing just what to clean up and how much, is invaluable knowledge that could give your home the edge over the rest of the market.

There are many common places you’ll want to look when you’re scouring the home for things to tidy up. But there are also several not-so-common places where the clutter can pile up – and here they are:

  • The top of the refrigerator

The space is generally occupied by things that couldn’t find a home elsewhere in the kitchen. So, they’re relegated to the top spot and (generally) forgotten about. There usually won’t be too much to clean up from here, but getting this

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Southwest Florida builder D.R. Horton is finishing up work on two luxurious Edison inventory homes located in Amador, a cozy haven of just 38 Mediterranean-style homes in Fiddler’s Creek. 

The Edison model is a single-story floor plan that offers 1,983 square feet made up of three spacious bedrooms, two baths, and a comfortable den. Some of the standard features that come with these models are gorgeous, 8-foot-high glass panel front door, 42-inch cabinets in the kitchen, beautifully designed decorative finishes, and stately granite countertops. Prices for these models start at just the low-$400s.

The two homes being completed by D.R. Horton are both examples of the builder’s clout and reputation within the community. Between the stock features

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Some people contend that “newer is always better,” but more and more are straying from that mindset and looking for a home with both age and character. Just because newer homes have the advantage of simply being built more recently, doesn’t mean they’re always a better choice.

One downside of such decades-old homes is that they tend to have more maintenance issues than one built recently – same goes for most things, including cars. But, homes that were built in similar eras will suffer from similar ailments, so you can prepare yourself for what is to come. Here are the most common issues for homes built 40 or more years ago:

Pre-1978 homes – Lead paint

1978 was the year that the United States banned the use of lead paint, finally

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