Winterizing your home

Fall is here, and while we’re lucky to enjoy mild temperatures in West Florida, the cool, crisp season can cause complications in your house or condo and rack up your utility bills. Winterizing your home can stop winter air from entering interior spaces, prevent system malfunctions, and protect you from unwanted critters. Here are some … Continue reading Winterizing your home

These are a few of my favorite things: 2021 holiday gift guide

As Andy Williams would sing, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” With the holidays quickly approaching, the pressure for finding gifts for your loved ones is on! Have you made your list and checked it twice? If you need help finding locally made goodies and cool home gadgets to buy your loved ones … Continue reading These are a few of my favorite things: 2021 holiday gift guide

Trick or treat: home edition

Picture this: you’re ready to start looking for a new home, but you aren’t so sure what to look out for. Some listings may be tricky, while some are just treats!  When you step out into the housing market, you’re greeted with a lovely pair of rose-colored glasses that might make it harder for you … Continue reading Trick or treat: home edition

Protecting your smart home from hackers

We previously discussed how making your home “smarter” has its benefits and can even increase your home’s value. Smart home devices have kept us safe from intruders, become more energy efficient and have taken convenience to another level amid our busy lives. Though it may seem like some homes today look like a scene out … Continue reading Protecting your smart home from hackers

What’s new in SRQ? Fall 2021 Edition

It may be autumn in Sarasota, but the housing market is just as hot as ever! If you’re considering stepping into the market – whether that means selling your house or buying a new home or condo in the area – these stats from Florida REALTORS® and REALTOR Association of Sarasota and Manatee should give … Continue reading What’s new in SRQ? Fall 2021 Edition

Investment properties: Airbnb hosting vs. renting

Sarasota, Florida, has a lot to offer – fine dining options, an eclectic arts and culture scene and incomparable white sand beaches. So, it’s no question that SRQ is also a top destination for domestic and international travelers. If you have an investment property, you may be tempted to capitalize on the wanderlust life and … Continue reading Investment properties: Airbnb hosting vs. renting

Weather permitted: Preparing your home for hurricane season

We’re currently in the midst of hurricane season. Whether you’re from the coast or you live inland, you’ve no doubt heard of the devastating effects of these storms. And, while long-time Floridians know how to anticipate turbulent weather, snowbirds and newbies to the area should do their due diligence to minimize damages if they find … Continue reading Weather permitted: Preparing your home for hurricane season

Features to pay extra attention to when house hunting

So, you’re looking for a new place to call home. You’ve browsed online, took a drive through the neighborhood and checked out the virtual tour. On the outside, the place you’ve found is picture perfect. But before you place an offer, you need to be sure that it is more than meets the eye. If … Continue reading Features to pay extra attention to when house hunting

Thinking of becoming a snowbird? Join the flock!

At a certain time each year, Floridians start to take notice of an increase in traffic and overall crowdedness, and think, “‘Tis the season of snowbirds!” Are you considering flying south for the winter months? Here’s why you should!  The Keys  Snowbird season typically starts around October and lasts until May – the perfect season … Continue reading Thinking of becoming a snowbird? Join the flock!

Navigating out of forbearance as COVID-19 eviction moratorium ends

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government enforced a foreclosure ban, relieving homeowners from paying mortgages if they were struggling to make ends meet. The moratorium protected more than seven million homeowners from foreclosure. As of June 2021, two million Americans were still participating in the program, many of whom are expected … Continue reading Navigating out of forbearance as COVID-19 eviction moratorium ends