7 Ways the Fed’s Decisions on Interest Rates Affect Us

Friends: home prices are up in Manatee County Florida. The median sales price is $299,000 which is 7.8% higher May 2017 over May 2016. Sarasota County Florida decreased 1.1% to a median of $260,000. The Fed raised the interest rate in March. Two more rate hikes are anticipated yet again before the end of the … Continue reading 7 Ways the Fed’s Decisions on Interest Rates Affect Us

Want to give back to the community?

Every Saturday morning 8:45-10:30am my family and I serve with a ministry called Adopt A Block here in Manatee County. We meet at Pride Park, Bradenton FL┬áthen go serve food to the community at one of three blocks. I’ve had many ask about getting involved in this ministry. Many of these kids don’t eat all … Continue reading Want to give back to the community?

Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Home Now

Becoming a homeowners should be a personal and financial goal. Try not to let fear, or hopelessness, hold you back. Perhaps you feel like you can’t save up a down payment. Or, you’ve been through a foreclosure or short sale. Perhaps your credit needs repair. You are not alone! The right real estate professional will … Continue reading Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Home Now

What will rising interest rates do to our real estate market?

The 30 year fixed rate mortgage is over 4%. Rates are still significantly lower than they have been over the last four decades. What will this do to our real estate market? First of all, “the housing market will continue to do well as long as the job market remains strong” according to Mortgage Bankers … Continue reading What will rising interest rates do to our real estate market?

3 Indirect REALTOR Safety Mistakes

Could you be making innocent, or unintentional mindless mistakes that cost you your safety? No amount of money, or therapy, or surgery can restore your health, your traumatic experience, or your LIFE! September is REALTOR Safety Month. Here are 3 mindful takeaways from a safety class I recently attended that was presented by Andrea “Andy” … Continue reading 3 Indirect REALTOR Safety Mistakes

Top 3 Reasons Homes Don’t Sell

It’s very frustrating to see homes selling quickly, then there’s that one home that isn’t getting offers, maybe not even getting showings. Analyze the top 3 reasons homes don’t sell or receive offers here: Pricing according to condition. Does the home show well? Space and light should be maximized. If your home is dated, make … Continue reading Top 3 Reasons Homes Don’t Sell

Lakewood Ranch Real Estate Market Up? Down? Neutral?

The market in Manatee and Sarasota counties is up for new home sales, down for existing home sales, and neutral in some pockets of town. Existing home sales dropped more than forecast from a 9 year high. There is definitely a shortage of existing homes on the market. “Sales of previously owned homes dropped more … Continue reading Lakewood Ranch Real Estate Market Up? Down? Neutral?