by Alexandra Vogel | Nov 15, 2018 | Latest News
Revel in a daily dose of pinks, yellows & greens as you savor each sunset dipping beyond this golf course property in Lakewood Ranch Country Club. Tucked away in Quail Creek, an intimate enclave of only 12 homes, enjoy quiet tranquility & natural splendor. A paver circular driveway welcomes with cast coral columns celebrating the entry experience. The newly painted interiors continue the stately conversation providing elegant spaces for entertaining & everyday living. Enjoy indoor/outdoor living with sliding glass doors that pocket back & diagonally placed restored tile that blends from space to space. Details include a gas fireplace with cast coral mantle, tray ceilings, large crown molding, built-ins & wet bars. Imagine the scent of freshly baked bread emerging from the kitchen, equipped with a 5-burner gas cooktop, granite surfaces, center island, SS appliances & wine cooler. Casual meals can be enjoyed at the breakfast bar & eat-in kitchen while more formal occasions are at home in the dining room. The pool terrace is a testament to Florida living where you can take a dip in the saltwater pool or spa, entertain in the outdoor kitchen or simply sit in the gentle breeze with the latest novel. Luxuriate in the master suite with hardwood floors, a reading retreat, Roman shower, soaking tub & dual sinks & vanities. The upstairs features a media & game room, wet bar, 3 ensuite bedrooms & office space. Savor the view from the second level balcony. Live, work & play in effortless style & sophistication.
by Alexandra Vogel | Nov 15, 2018 | Latest News
This hidden gem located in the coveted Quail Lake is waterfront with elongated views of the lake on a serene setting. Offering a formal living room, separate dining room and family room with a wood burning fireplace all with natural wood flooring. The Master Suite has undergone a total renovation to include all new tile flooring, his and her walk in closets , state of the art walk in shower & free standing tub. The Master offers siding glass doors to the lanai with expansive views of the lake and pool. This split floor plan offers privacy to the two additional bedrooms. The roof was replaced in 2016, HVAC 2017 and re-piped in 2016. No CDD fees here and even better a low HOA of $672 a year that allows access to the East Village Community Center to enjoy the pool, spa, tennis courts, basketball goal, fitness center, library and shuffle board courts. All of this and only 4.6 miles to the beach, less than 2 miles to I-75 and minutes to shopping and restaurants. Your paradise awaits you.
by Alexandra Vogel | Oct 19, 2018 | Latest News
4 beds . 3 baths . 3,726 sqft
So many reasons to love this West of Trail home in highly desirable San Remo Estates!
LOCATION…on the mainland beside the North Bridge to Siesta Key, 10 minutes from downtown Sarasota or Siesta Key beaches and walking distance to Southside Village, Westfield Siesta Key Mall, and numerous cafes, shops and restaurants.
STYLED FOR ELEGANCE AND FUNCTION…Allegra Homes spacious St. Joseph model combines great design and luxury features in a 2-story split plan that includes 20′ coffered ceiling in the great room, rich travertine floors, wall to wall sliding doors, chefs kitchen with gas cooktop and island seating for 4, solid wood/glass cabinetry and granite counters. Zoned home automation system controls audio visual entertainment, security and lighting. First floor master retreat has private access to the lanai and includes ensuite with garden tub and walk in shower, his/her closets and separate paneled office.
EASY LIVING… integrated great room, kitchen and dining alcove open to oversized lanai with outdoor kitchen, covered dining area, heated pool/spa, fireplace and custom privacy landscaping. Game room and large second floor bonus room expand living area.
SPECIAL NEIGHBORHOOD FEATURES…Deeded water access, ideal for launching kayaks/canoes on Roberts Bay; community of 67 unique home sites features tree-lined streets and sidewalks ideal for walking and visiting with neighbors.
by Alexandra Vogel | Aug 16, 2018 | Latest News
New homes in the United States sold at an average price of $363,300 in June 2018. While it does represent a decrease from the month before, it’s still a good deal for many sellers.
But how’s the case for existing home sellers?
The market still looks promising, with the median price in December 2017 going up to $246,800. That represents a 5.8% increase from the year before.
But aiming for this price shouldn’t be the sole priority of sellers, they should also aim to sell homes faster otherwise, they risk having their property stuck in the market, which can contribute to a further decrease in selling price.
In Real Estate, while price is king it is a home’s overall presentation that has the power to either positively – or negatively affect how quickly a property sells and at what price point it sells at.
Enter Home Staging – A beautifully staged well presented home, can, and often does, result in increased online interest, more booked viewings and significantly better offers.
Professional Home Staging has the power to change how buyers feel about awkward room layouts, a poor location or even the fact that there aren’t a lot of the buyer’s ‘must have’ items from their wish list.
So, read on to find out how staging your home can make sell it faster!
1. It Appeals to Your Target Market
Home staging is all about neutralization and de-personalization. Home stagers turn homes into a place that appeals to the widest dynamic of buyers’ wants and needs.
For instance, your space is big enough to accommodate individuals or couples, but too small for families. Then a professional Home Staging expert will portray your property for young singles or partners.
In any case, a stager would get rid of anything that’s too personal. Remember, even if you treasure your huge and pricey doll collection, not all people like them. So, expect the home stager to remove it from your property during the staging process.
2. Highlights Your Home’s Strengths
Home Stagers employ certain strategies that put the spotlight on the best architectural features of a house.
For example, your living room has large windows that look out to your well-maintained garden. In this case, an experienced stager would make this area even more inviting with the right furnishing, window treatment, and lighting.
3. It Downplays Weaknesses
One of the major weaknesses in many homes is a shortage of space. That doesn’t mean your small home won’t sell fast or for a good price anymore.
A Professional Home Stager can stage a house and make its cramped spaces appear larger. It’s all about downplaying this weakness and improving upon it, such as with strategic placement of mirrors and better lighting.
A Home Stager will also recommend removing assets that may have a negative impact on potential buyers. Aside from the doll example above, another is a taxidermy collection. Not all people are into it, so it’s best to remove it before you let prospects inside your home.
4. It Makes Buyers Envision Themselves Living in the House
Apart from collections, a professional Home Stager would also ask you to pack other personal belongings. These include your awards, certificates, and family pictures. The aim is to make buyers imagine themselves living in your house, and not feel like they’re intruding.
5. It Can Get You the Best-Selling Price Too
A study found that Staged Homes sold within an average of 22 days. That’s 5.5 times faster than how “unstaged” counterparts did, which sold only after an average of 125 days.
But that’s not all. Staging can also help you get a much better selling price than leaving your house without the proper preparation. The National Association of Realtors says that even investing only $100 for home staging can give you a return of $400.
Home Staging Sells Homes Faster and Lets You Sell without Regrets
These are only some of the ways Professional Home Staging can sell homes faster, but they should be enough to make you consider such services. Besides, you don’t want to feel like the 30% of home sellers who regretted not “preparing” their home before they sold it.
Simply put, Professional Home Staging is both a home owner’s and realtors best and most powerful marketing tool.