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Navigating into a new home can be tricky, especially if it’s your first one – it’s time-consuming, confusing, hard work, and when you look around your current place, it’s hard to tell where to start. 

But there are ways to make your move-out process easier, and get your life started at your new home in record time. Take these tips with you next time you find yourself relocating:

  • Know what to part ways with

It’s important to be firm in your assessment of what you need and what you don’t. Keeping clutter around because you “might need it one day” won’t help your move go any more smoothly, and it’ll just take up space in your new home. Consider hosting a garage sale before you move out. You’ll be getting rid of things you don’t need, providing

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As the summer wears on, Stock soars. 

The Naples builder posted strong sales in July across its communities in Southwest Florida, adding on to a 2013 that has seen a 75% increase in sales volume over the previous year. Compared to July 2012, the company’s sales revenue has increased a staggering 133%. In the same timeframe, their number of contracts increased by around 89%, according to Brian Stock, CEO of Stock Development.

The builder has already far surpassed its 2012 sales – so far this year, Stock has recorded 371 sales worth a total of $217.5 million, a 75% increase from last year. Operating in Collier and Lee counties, Stock has homes in nine communities and is one of the most popular builders in the area.

However, they aren’t the only

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As the Naples housing market continues to grow, it shows no signs of slowing down. So if you’re looking to buy in this picturesque city – act fast.

The apparently season-less market in Southwest Florida has shown that a summer slump is nowhere on the agenda. A fast-paced winter in 2012 set the tone for a strong spring, and that trend has sustained throughout the hotter months.

In June, the median price of a home in Naples was 23.2 percent higher – and the supply of homes was lower by 23.1 percent – than either was just six months ago, according to statistics from the Naples Area Board of Realtors.

In the past, summers have been prime time for bargain-hunting shoppers – the only other buyers at that time have been international vacationers and

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If you’re looking into buying at Camden Lakes, they’re cooking up some new homes just for you.

Construction on three beautiful single-family home models has started in the North Naples community, the newest for builder Pulte Homes. Also being built is a brand new sales center – and all projects are slated to grand open in early October, according to Scott Maim, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the South Florida division of Pulte Homes.

In the meantime, homebuyers at Camden Lakes are being formally welcomed at The Quarry Beach Club, located just a few miles down Immokalee Road to the East, and right on the shores of one of The Quarry’s stunning lakes.

Pulte Homes is currently planning to build 150 new homes in Camden Lakes, along with

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If it’s your first time buying or selling a home (or really any transaction that a real estate agent is guiding you on), don’t expect to know everything about the various processes and protocols – that’s what the agent is for.

But while you aren’t expected to be totally knowledgeable on the subject, knowing what makes a good real estate agent can work wonders to your advantage. Hiring someone who is experienced, eager, and hardworking can put more money in your pocket in the long run. Use these tips to snatch up the best real estate agent possible:

Meet agents at an open house

While the purpose of an open house is generally to show off a property to potential buyers, remember that the agent will be there as well, and sees it as a great

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With the opening of their brand new, $10 million clubhouse in January, Wyndermere has seen a record-breaking increase in sales in the first half of 2013. The 39 homes sold so far this year are an astonishing 260% increase of the first six months of 2012.

“Our sales have skyrocketed, which can be clearly attributed to the fact that buyers love the new facilities and the more casual atmosphere of the new clubhouse, all in a great location in heart of Naples,” said Past President Jean Foster, who headed the design committee for the new clubhouse.

But the clubhouse is not the only draw of this luxury community, and is likely not the sole reason buyers are so attracted to it. In late 2011, an enormous, resort-style pool was opened to perfect reviews and a

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If you’re buying property in Naples, add one more plus to your list.

Taylor Morrison, the builder behind such Florida masterpiece communities as The Esplanade at Naples, has been award the title of Builder of the Year by Builder, the leading media brand for residential construction. The company’s clear commitment to creating unique and differentiated family communities throughout the United States and Canada, and providing high-quality, well-built homes for families across both countries made the decision a simple one.

And even more communities are being planned by the award winning company, including in Esplanade Golf and Country Club, The Cove at Loggerhead Marina in St. Petersburg, as well as Arbor Lakes on Palmer Ranch in Sarasota. The West

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First impressions are important, and you don’t want to drive someone away because they’re immediately turned off by your home – no matter what the reason. Ensuring that your home passes inspection under the watchful eyes of potential buyers can be done in a variety of ways, too; there’s no secret code to it, so you’re free to be creative.

Some things seem obvious, and some not so much, but all the tips listed here are designed to give your home the upper hand. Creating a kind, welcoming, and friendly environment for each and every buyer can get your home off the market quickly – and maybe even put more money in your pockets.

  • Don’t trust yourself with the aroma

The biggest mistake most people make when prepping their home is forgetting that they

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Hardly anybody enjoys doing it, but negotiating can play a huge role in big purchases such cars and homes. It’s easy to take the price given and run off with it, but sometimes that price doesn’t reflect how much the purchase is actually worth – or, the person selling is planning on starting high on the off-chance someone does happen to bite.

Talking down an asking price is practically an art, but leaning the ins and outs can net you a lot of cash saved, or beat out any other offers, next time you’re making a big purchase. Here are some things to think about the next time you get down to haggle:

  • Psychology can work in your favor

It’s a common trick used with just about anything for sale: rounding down the price to make it look and sound better.

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The summer is staying hot, and so is Quail West – the luxury Naples community, built by Stock Development and other high-end builders, has reported a continuing rise in sales and construction in 2013, including a huge showing in June.

Last month, the community saw 9 sales totaling $10,425,272 – one by Stock, one by Florida Lifestyle Homes, and one by Fox Custom Builders, including a lot-only transaction. Now, Quail West’s 2013 totals have reached 69 sales with a total volume of $78,068,676, and there are no signs of slowing down. Compare these numbers to the community’s 18 transactions worth $18.9 million in all of 2012, and it’s clear that this elegant, North Naples golf community is on to something.

According to Stock Development, the rest of 2013

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