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Sellers Category

Real Estate Agent vs. For Sale By Owner

February 23rd, 2016 Written By Carol Pawley

With recent advancements in technology, virtually any service is available online at the click of a finger. Websites such as Zillow and Trulia allow future homebuyers and sellers to post their homes quickly and easily. In fact, the president of said that in the first quarter of 2015, website traffic had increased by over 200% when compared with the same time period the year before. Then why do so many homebuyers continue to use a realtor and pay an additional 6% commission fee? Lets have a look.

  1.  Better Prices! Real Estate Agents have experience in negotiating competitive prices and have the necessary resources to effectively market your home to achieve the highest selling price. Realtors firmly believe they will help you find the right home at the best price possible, and in 2013, the National Association of Realtors Buyer’s and Seller’s Profile showed the average FSBO home sold for $174,900, while the average home sold with a realtor sold for $215,000. That’s a difference of $40,100!
  2. Access to Qualified Buyers! A good broker will do the background work to ensure that potential buyers are qualified and have sufficient funds to purchase your home. This expertise lowers the chances of the deal breaking down at the end stages of the process. Also, an element of trust is involved when buying a home directly, as not all potential buyers or owners are honest when dealing directly with each other.
  3. Save Time! Time spent during inspections, finding a qualified buyer, and even initially during staging or marketing of a home can be saved by using the skill set of a Real Estate Agent. The value of a home can change quickly depending on the market trend at that moment, and it is essential to list and sell your home when you can benefit the most.

Purchasing a home is often an emotional process, and an important part of the sale is creating an image of the future lifestyle of the homebuyers through photography and virtual tours. Whether FSBO or working through a realtor best suits your needs depends on the situation. But, if you are looking for an experienced Real Estate Agent to help you navigate the market, I can help!



Why 2016 Is A Good time To Buy

December 10th, 2015 Written By Carol Pawley


If you are undecided about buying a home, 2016 may be the year to take action.

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Solar Panels Increase Property Value

November 19th, 2015 Written By Carol Pawley

Solar Energy

Homes with solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems are sold at a premium compared to homes without PV systems.

A study released and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that homes with host-owned solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems are sold at a premium compared to homes without PV systems. The lead author of the study is Sandra K. Adomatis of the Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers. The project engaged a team of seven appraisers across six states—Florida being one of them—to determine the value added to homes with host-owned PV systems. Read the rest of this entry »

Just discovered these four house cleaning secrets!

April 17th, 2015 Written By Carol Pawley

house tips

Here are four housecleaning  tips I just discovered:

Banish Dust – Keep the humidity in your home well balanced. Too much humidity is ideal for dust mites, while low humidity causes static electricity that attracts dust. The goal is to keep your home’s humidity level between  40 and 50 percent.

Glass Shower Doors and walls –  After thoroughly cleaning glass shower doors and walls, coat them with a rain-repellant product made for car windshields. It forms an invisible barrier that causes water, oils and soap suds to roll off.

Upholstery and Carpet –  Apply protective furniture sprays and carpet sealant after a deep clean of upholstery and/or carpet, to guard against inevitable spills.

Stone Counter Tops – Repel stains by using a good countertop sealer twice a year. Spills on well-sealed granite and marble will bead instead of getting absorbed.

Enjoy our beautiful weather this weekend!


Use Feng Shui Basics to Sell Your Home

February 6th, 2015 Written By Carol Pawley


What is rule number one in Feng Shui?  Clear out the clutter!  Yes, if you want harmonious feng shui energy in your home you need to get rid of everything you don’t need or use. Otherwise, you may not attract the harmonious and highly desired feng shui energy…nor the perfect buyer for your property. Read the rest of this entry »

Beautiful Home For Sale 8390 SW 114 Street, Miami, FL

August 11th, 2014 Written By Carol Pawley

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Lender lowers FICO score to 550

March 26th, 2014 Written By Carol Pawley


Carrington Mortgage announced plans to further sharpen its focus on reaching and serving “underserved” borrowers (typically those in the sub-640 FICO score range) – a sizable market that has been mostly ignored by lenders.  The California firm has lowered its minimum credit requirement to a  FICO score of 550, and expanded its guidelines on a number of FHA, VA and USDA loan programs, extending eligibility to more property types and reducing overlays.

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