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By Rose & Joe LoCicero

By Rose & Joe LoCicero | Agent in Land O' Lakes, FL
  • Discover All Sorts Of Tips That Will Make Your Next Real Estate Venture A Success

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Tampa, Home Buying in Tampa, Financing in Tampa  |  September 14, 2014 4:10 AM  |  65 views  |  No comments
    Buying real estate in Tampa, Florida can be an important part of your life. You need to do all of your research so that you don't wind up losing a ton of money or even losing the chance to buy the real estate that you desire. There are some tips listed below to help you begin.

    Each real estate agent needs to contact their former clients around the holidays or their purchase date anniversaries. If you call them again, they will know how much help you were when they were buying their home. Let them know that you make your income from referrals, and ask them if they could kind mention your name to people they know.

    To make sure you get a good home in Tampa, you should pay attention to details such as appliances. Most people will sell their kitchen and bathroom appliances with their home. Make sure everything functions properly and does not look too old. If anything looks too old, do not forget to include it in your budget.

    Don't let the decor or minor cosmetic issues keep you from buying what would otherwise be your dream home. Simple home improvements like repainting, changing (or just cleaning)carpeting, or upgrading fittings and tiling, could turn something you find ugly, into something that feels like it was a custom built home just for you.

    Check your credit score before looking into buying a home. Lenders will use your credit score to determine whether to give you the mortgage or not and how much to give you if they do. Borrowers with a score of between 720 and 740 are sure to get the best rates available.

    Check with non-profit organizations and community sources for down payment assistance programs. These programs may be able to lend you the money, or give you a grant (free money) in order to purchased a home. They may also provide financing education. Doing a little bit of research and investigating may really pay off.

    Have a contractor tag along wherever you go. These people are the most experienced at pointing out minor flaws that may have costly repairs. If you take a contractor to an open house with you, you will know in advance what major or minor problems may need repairs, thus saving you the costs in the future.

    When looking at houses to buy, look at how you talk about the houses. If you notice that you are always comparing all houses to one particular one, or you keep talking like it is yours, it means that you are most interested in that house. This becomes a big clue that you may have found your dream house.

    Buying real estate can be very rewarding, but it can also be a lot of work. Regardless, if you know what to do and how to buy real estate smarter, you can get the property you want. So, do yourself a favor by doing your research and applying the above tips to your real estate buying.
  • First Time Or Experienced: Home Selling Tips for Tampa, FL

    Posted Under: General Area in Tampa, Market Conditions in Tampa, Home Selling in Tampa  |  September 14, 2014 4:07 AM  |  60 views  |  No comments
    If you own a house, there will come a time when you may have to sell. Selling your house is a complex transaction. However, it is not a difficult process, if you are prepared for what is involved. Here are some things that you should keep in mind if you are thinking about selling your house.

    If you are selling your residence in the fall, use the colors of the season to decorate your house and help you make a sale. Items like pumpkins or mums are nice accents to place in front of your home; they draw potential buyers into your residence and help make a good first impression.

    When selling your home, have a real estate appraisal done before you meet with a realtor. An appraiser uses some of the same information that a real estate agent does, but is an independent assessor of value. An appraiser can give you a reasonable idea of what you can expect for your home, as well as show you proof of his or her findings.

    Another trick to increase your chances of selling your home is to paint all your walls. Choose a neutral color when you do this. It doesn't have to be a basic white or beige, you can mix it up a little. Try a butter color in the living room or a light blue or green in a kids bedroom.

    Few structural features date a house more than popcorn ceilings so removing them would be a good home improvement for people looking to sell their house. The task should take no longer than a weekend and once complete you will have a ceiling that is easier to paint and repair, and a house with an interior that won't turn away potential buyers.

    Maximizing the impact of a good first impression can translate into a sold sign! Most buyers have an image in mind of their dream home and you want that dream realized the minute they lay eyes on your property. Invest in a landscaper or enhance the outside of the home yourself; but make sure everything is mowed, trimmed and aesthetically pleasing at first sight.

    Cleaning your windows goes a very long way in giving your home an updated and fresh appeal. The natural sunlight really opens up dark spaces, and clean windows can hide the fact that the actual hardware may be a little outdated. Buyers will not know that you slaved away for a few hours cleaning and scrubbing, but they are sure to notice a huge difference.

    Instead of defining market value as what buyers are paying for similar homes in your zip code, think of it as what buyers are able and willing to pay. When determining selling price, be sure to make allowances for the availability of short sale and foreclosed homes. A house may be worth it, but only if prospective buyers are willing to pay the price.

    So the process of selling a house requires a lot of planning. As you have read, there are many variables to consider. If you have decided to sell your house, it is never too early to start planning. By giving yourself ample time to prepare, you will be ready to sell when the time comes.

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  • Can't Get Your Tampa House Sold? Follow These Tips And Get It Done!

    Posted Under: General Area in Tampa, Home Buying in Tampa, Home Selling in Tampa  |  August 16, 2014 4:13 PM  |  74 views  |  No comments
    With the wide array of information available to home sellers out there today, there is no excuse for having a property just sit around on the market. Use the tips provided in this article to help move your home and you can become successful in real estate. Whether you're a one-time seller or are planning on frequently selling, these tips will help you.

    Real estate experts agree that a great tip for anyone wishing to sell their home, is to neutralize personal decor, as much as possible. It is important for prospective buyers to be able to picture themselves living in the house and a large volume of items specific and personal to the seller, can make that difficult. Therefore, try to make the home's style, appeal to as wide an audience as you can.

    Before setting a selling price, don't just rely on the real estate agent to tell you what you can set the price at. Look around at recent sales of properties similar to yours to see what the actual sales price was. This will give you an idea of what the market is like and what people are actually paying for properties like yours.

    Have the relevant information that a potential buyer may ask about at hand when selling your home. From people who have worked on your home to various aspects of the neighborhood, make sure you know a lot about the home before you attempt to sell it. This will give the buyer a good idea about the kind of care that was put into the home during your ownership.

    A good way for new real estate agents to drum up business is by mailing out marketing plans to expired listings. These are people whose property didn't sell and for one reason or another didn't re-sign up with their previous real estate agent. So they're the ones most likely in the market for someone new to work with. With a unique marketing plan package and by targeting selected expired listings agents can increase their listings by fifteen or twenty percent.

    When trying to figure out what price to sell your home for, look more at the prices that houses similar to yours sold for rather then houses that are currently on the market. When an appraisal is made for the sale of your home, the mortgage company will only approve a mortgage for the amount of the appraisal, even if both the buyer and seller agreed on a higher amount. Appraisers use previous sales as their guide. By doing this up front, you will keep yourself from having issues during the sale process.

    Hire a home inspector when you are even considering a home. Looks can be deceiving. Just because a home appears to be structurally sound to the naked eye, doesn't mean it actually is. You need the services of a professional home inspector. He will go through the house, listing any problems that need to be addressed. Once you have this information, you have two options. You can either require that the seller make any repairs prior to you purchasing the house or you can get the cost of the repairs deducted from the sale price.

    It can be rather difficult to sell in this market, regardless of where you're located or even for what your property is available for. That's why it is very important that you check out some great information on how to move your home as a Tampa Home seller. These tips will get you started off in the right direction.

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  • Advice To Help You Sell Your Valuable Real Estate in Tampa

    Posted Under: General Area in Tampa, Home Selling in Tampa, Property Q&A in Tampa  |  August 9, 2014 5:05 AM  |  95 views  |  2 comments
    In this uncertain economy today, everyone wants to maximize profit and save money, including sellers in the real estate market. If you're one of them and you would like to learn how to make your house more valuable and sell it more easily, then you're at the right place. This article contains simple yet brilliant tips to instantly boost your house value, and help you to sell like a seasoned expert.

    Hire a real estate attorney, even if you are selling your home on your own. By hiring a legal professional to look over your contracts, you are saving yourself many potentially costly problems in the future. A lawyer can spot flaws in your documents, allowing you to rectify them before it's too late.

    When selling your home, always hire a Realtor who will take quality pictures of your property. A virtual tour is essential in today's market as well. Remember that your property will be marketed on the internet and so, top notch visual presentation is key to attracting potential buyers.

    If you are selling your home and having an open house, you should leave that event to the real estate agent and make yourself scarce. Trying to sell people on your home as they are walking through it may be a big turn off to buyers. Go shopping or run errands for the day, but just make sure you stay away the entire time.

    Be prepared to negotiate and make counteroffers when selling a home in the fall. Many buyers that are in the market during these months are likely looking for a great bargain. Do not get offended by their offer, instead counteroffer with a price that you are willing to let the home go for.

    You may want to hire a professional appraiser to get a solid number on the value of your home. This can be helpful if there has not been much real estate activity in the area recently, your home is unique in some way or if there are co-owners on the property.

    Your home must be priced in line with the market and area or lower. You may think your house is worth that extra 100 grand, but buyers will be turned off. Going a little above market rate can work out but be careful. There are a lot of homes on the market and if your price too high, you won't have any hits from prospective buyers.

    To make the carpet in your real estate last longer you should never use a steam cleaner to clean the carpet. The water starts to break down the fibers that make up the back of the rug and when they dry they become more brittle. Find a service that uses a dry cleaning process instead.

    The real estate market may be confusing and frustrating. It usually takes a long time to find a buyer, and even when you find one, the price at which they are willing to buy might be too low. But if you follow these tips, then you will be on your way to increasing your home's value, finding buyers, and finishing the deal faster and easier than you could have imagined.

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