Shifting priorities: The pandemic’s effect on buying a home

After nearly a year of living in the 2020-dubbed “new normal” – where work, play and everything in between blended together at home – the pandemic has shifted homebuyers’ priorities. From optimal spaces with privacy to comfortable outdoor spaces offering a nice change of scenery, homebuyers are looking for spaces to accommodate a range of … Continue reading Shifting priorities: The pandemic’s effect on buying a home

Breaking down the home closing process

The real estate market is seeing record numbers among first-time homebuyers. Last year, 700,000 single-family home purchases were made by new homeowners, a 15.7% increase from 2019. If you’re among the first-time buyers entering the real estate game, the homebuying process can seem like a daunting one. It’s important to know what to get in … Continue reading Breaking down the home closing process

It’s all fair in love and bidding wars

In a competitive housing market, buyers need to be prepared for what happens when a single property lands multiple offers: a bidding war. When demand is high and inventory is low, buyers need to be prepared to go above and beyond to make sure their offer stands out from the competition. With Florida’s appealing weather … Continue reading It’s all fair in love and bidding wars

How to hygge your home this winter

We’re in the midst of winter, and although West Florida never reaches subzero climates, the season still calls for us to cozy up in our homes. The people of Denmark embraced the concept of hygge (pronounced HOO-guh) centuries ago, which involved transforming their homes into warm and welcoming havens. Even though Florida winters are nothing … Continue reading How to hygge your home this winter

Three New Year’s resolutions for homebuyers

After the year we’ve had, we’re all but counting down minutes until we can shout, “Happy New Year,” and have 2020 in our rearview mirror. What better way to kick off a promising new year than with a new home? Whether you’re single, married or have children, if buying a home in 2021 is on … Continue reading Three New Year’s resolutions for homebuyers

What to expect in Sarasota real estate in 2021

The pandemic threw everyone for a loop and left us with more questions than answers. It pushed people to alter their life plans, such as retiring early, changing careers or relocating. These life shifts are heavily impacting the real estate market in Sarasota and West Florida. Here’s my outlook on what 2021 will bring to … Continue reading What to expect in Sarasota real estate in 2021

Top 5 festive holiday decorations for your home

‘Twas the month before Christmas, have you decked your halls yet? While this year has been a whirlwind, we’re all excited about getting to wind down for the holiday season. Whether you got a head start on decorating or plan to start after Thanksgiving, I’ve compiled the biggest items trending this season according to Etsy, … Continue reading Top 5 festive holiday decorations for your home

A guide to long-term home maintenance and replacements

We’re rapidly approaching 2021 (thankfully) – and with a new year comes a new to-do list. Whether you recently purchased a previously owned home or have been settled in for a few years, this is the time to survey your space to see what appliances need a tuneup and what areas need an uplift. I … Continue reading A guide to long-term home maintenance and replacements

Spooky real estate: Beware of these four warning signs when buying a house

It’s spooky season once again here in Sarasota, and while there are no hauntings happening on my street, there’s always something to beware of when it comes to finding the right home. Sometimes sellers get overzealous, jump the gun and opt for the quick and easy route. I’ve listed four warning signs for you to … Continue reading Spooky real estate: Beware of these four warning signs when buying a house

Four moving nightmares to avoid

You’re ready to move into your dream house! If you rush through the process, you’ll find yourself living your worst moving nightmare. Here’s what to avoid.