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North Port: 2nd Safest City in Florida!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage


White, sandy beaches, endless entertainment attractions, perfect year round weather, and stunning recreational facilities are not the only things drawing home buyers to Florida. Another is the state’s commitment to safety, especially in its larger cities.

 

Home security website SafeHome recently analyzed safety throughout the state and ranked communities based on the data. When the results came back…...NORTH PORT was named the 2nd Safest City in Florida!!

 

To find their rankings, SafeHome examined 54 cities within the state with a population of at least 50K. Each community was given a Safety Score, which was calculated based on data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program and the U.S. Census.

 

North Port received a Safety Score of 85.53! Along with being the 2nd safest city in the state, it ranked within the Top 25th Percentile of Safest Communities in the entire United States!!

 

Are you ready to call North Port home? Check out the Current Homes for Sale! Give the Flerlage Real Estate Group a call today to make your dreams a reality!

7 Ways to Add Elegance When Selling Your Home!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Help your Suncoast home stand out from the crowd by adding elegant touches throughout your home! A more expensive looking home will increase buyer interest and help you get a higher price! Here are 7 tips to make your home look more elegant and expensive when selling!

 

1. Choose an elegant paint color. Painting is your first step to prepare your home to sell. It can instantly make your home look fresh and clean. Choose neutral colors that will appeal to a wide variety of home buyers. Add some elegance by adding colors with a slight sheen to them.

2. Declutter. Clean and declutter all rooms in your house. Once they are decluttered, you can choose a single focal point for each room to highlight the space and unique architectural features.

3. Remember Small Details. Fixtures can easily date a room. Update light, plumbing, and other fixtures throughout your home to add some instant style.

4. Invest in Kitchen Appliances. The kitchen is often one of the most important rooms for homebuyers. Make it a major selling point in your home by purchasing stainless steal or brightly colored appliances that are often found in higher end homes.

5. Update Window Treatments. Replace all dated window treatments. Choose neutral or bold colors and avoid patterns. Focus on drapes, blinds, or Japanese shades for elegance. Make sure that your treatments let in the maximum amount of light.

6. Add Crown Molding. Classic details like crown molding can add elegance to your home.

7. Purchase a new Garage Door. Curb appeal is vitally important when you sell your home. Your garage door takes up a large portion of the outside of your home. Although this is a more costly upgrade, it does offer a good return on investment and adds elegance to the outside of your home. Invest in new garage doors

 

 

 

Interested in Selling your Suncoast home? Give the Flerlage Real Estate Group a call today!


Reference: inman

Transition Your Outdoor Spaces from Summer to Fall!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

With cooler temperatures, Fall is the perfect season to enjoy your home's outdoor living spaces in Florida. Spruce up your Suncoast patio, porch, loggia, or backyard this autumn and create the perfect cozy spot for you and your family to enjoy time outside. Focus on these design elements to transition your space from summer to fall.

 

 

COLOR. Use neutral colors as your overall base for the outdoor area. This allows you to easily transition between all of the seasons of the year. Switch out those beachy, bright hues of blues and greens, which are perfect for Florida summers, with oranges and reds that evoke the stunning colors of fall.

 

FURNITURE. The weather in the Suncoast allows residents to enjoy just as much time outside as inside. Your outdoor furniture should be just as comfortable as that inside your home since you can utilize the space year-round. Consider versatile, comfy pieces such as daybeds, outdoor swings, hooded chairs, and chaise lounges. Think about materials such as wicker, metal, and dark woods that are more seasonally appropriate in fall.

 

LIGHTING. The days get shorter as the year progresses so make sure you add some lighting to your outdoor living spaces. String bulbs, lanterns, and chandeliers can all add a beautiful ambiance to the space.

 

ACCENTS. Additional design elements can keep you nice and cozy outside this fall. Add hanging curtains to the space that can blow beautifully in the breeze. Put some throws on the furniture to cuddle up in on chillier nights. Keep your feet warm with an outdoor rug. Although the nights will stay relatively warm throughout the season, consider adding an outdoor fireplace to the space for some extra comfort. It will quickly become your family's favorite spot to gather at the end of the day.

 

 

 

Resource:  House Beautiful

 

 

Suncoast Home to Top School Districts!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

The public school districts in the Suncoast are some of the best in all of Florida!! Educational Review and Ranking website Niche recently released their list 2018 Best School Districts in Florida! The website analyzed several key factors regarding academics, athletics, extracurriculars, resources, and more from data collected by the US Department of Education as well as student and parent reviews.

 

When all the results came in..........3 school districts in the area were found to be the best of the best! Find out how the Suncoast districts ranked below!

 

#6 Sarasota County Schools | 1960 Landings Boulevard, Sarasota

#14 Charlotte County Public Schools | 1445 Education Way, Port Charlott

#21 Manatee County School District | 215 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton

 


If you are interested in Buying a home within one of these top school districts, give the Flerlage Real Estate Group a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/.

Health and Happiness Found in North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton Residents!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

With strong senses of community, endless outdoor recreational amenities, a thriving local economy, and more, cities throughout the Suncoast promote the well-being of their residents. In fact, North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton has been named the 6th best metropolitan area for well-being in the entire country, according to a report released by Gallup-Healthways!

 

 

In order to determine the overall well-being of communities throughout the United States, Gallup polled 354,473 adults over the telephone in 2015 and 2016. The Well-Being index was calculated based on a 0 to 100 scale. The were 5 key elements of well-being that were examined, including Purpose (happiness with what one does in their daily lives and sense of motivation to achieve goals), Social (happiness with personal relationships), Financial (happiness and security with economic situation), Community (happiness in the city where they live and sense of safety), and Physical (ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle).

 

 

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton was ranked 6th overall for residents’ well-being. The area’s well-being index score was 65.2! The community also ranked in the top for each of the key factors: 14th for Purpose rank, 4th for Social rank, 1st for Financial rank, 12th for Community rank, and 14th for Physical rank!

 

 

If you are interested in moving to the Suncoast, give the Nick Flerlage Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/.

 

 

 

 

Suncoast Named as one of 2017's Hot Real Estate Markets!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

Looking to relocate in 2017? Real estate website Trulia released their list of 2017’s 10 hottest real estate markets. They looked at several key factors to determine which communities are the best potential markets for this new year. The factors examined included positive job growth, affordability, low vacancy rates, and other determinants that home buyers look for when finding a great spot to settle down.

 

 

Our great state of Florida was the most represented state with 5 metropolitan areas making the cut. One of those areas is found in our very own Suncoast! Making it in the top 10 hot real estate markets was Sarasota-North Port-Bradenton!

 

 

It is no wonder why Sarasota-North Port-Bradenton were recognized as an amazing community for home buyers in 2017. Residents enjoy beautiful weather all year round with warm temperatures and abundant sunshine! This allows for ample time enjoying the stunning natural landscapes in the area. From beaches to state parks, there is always lots of things to do outside in Sarasota-North Port-Bradenton. There is also a strong community feel. Instead of being an area with seasonal residents, the majority of the population in these cities reside here all year round! These communities have a thriving art scene and numerous cultural attractions. Families enjoy excellent school systems that are dedicated to strong academics and extracurricular offerings for all their students. The presence of institutions of higher education and universities also create a strong community and offer many interesting things to do. Trulia also recognized that this area is on the track for strong economic growth. There are many small and medium companies offering diverse job opportunities for potential and current residents.

 

 

If you want to live in one of 2017's hottest real estate markets, look no further than Sarasota-North Port-Bradenton! The Flerlage Team is here to help you every step of the way! Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/.

 

 

 

North Port, FL....a Lovely place to live!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

Looking for the perfect community in the Suncoast to call home? Look no further than NORTH PORT, Florida. This thriving community of 60,380 offers beautiful weather, stunning natural environments, excellent schools, and all the amenities necessary to live a great life. The community is growing and has seen a significant amount of new housing development in recent years, offering families more housing options throughout the city. Residents in North Port enjoy easy access to metropolitan areas such as Tampa and Fort Myers as well as the beautiful nearby beaches in the gulf through an excellent transportation network. There is always plenty to do in North Port. From recreational facilities and arts and culture organizations to dining, retail, and entertainment options and fun annual community events, one can never be bored when living in this great Florida community.

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Residents living in North Port like to take full advantage of the gorgeous Florida weather year round at the great parks and recreation facilities located in town. The North Port Parks and Recreation Department maintains 26 facilities. This includes 10 neighborhood parks, 3 sporting facilities, 7 community parks and activity centers, and more. With all of the incredible parks in town, North Port has been named a Playful City USA for 7 consecutive years, making it a perfect place for families to spend quality time being active outdoors. There are other natural features located in North Port that make it a beautiful city to call home. North Port is the site of Warm Mineral Springs, a natural resource of 9 million gallons of fresh water that contains the highest mineral content of all the natural springs in the country. The spring has also been designated as a U.S. National Register Historic Place. Located just north of town is Myakka River State Park. This incredible state park offers plenty of opportunities to explore, whether with hiking, wildlife viewing, boating, or fishing.  

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Education is a priority for the residents in North Port. Students in the city are educated in Sarasota County Schools. This excellent school district has received an A rating every year. It is known for its high academic performance by its students and for its innovative practices in the classroom. It has also been nationally recognized for its arts education programming. Sarasota County Schools operates 5 public elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and a high school located right within the city limits of North Port.

 

Come discover why North Port is such a lovely place to live!

 

 

Check out our current Homes for Sale in North Port. If you are interested in Buying a home in this great community, give the Nick Flerlage Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/.

 

Avoid the cold winter months in the North by having a home in the Suncoast! Venice and the surrounding area is the perfect spot to have a seasonal or vacation home. Is it time for you to retire? Relocate to one of our great communities this winter.

There are so many great housing options currently available in Venice. The market is very affordable for those that are looking for their dream home this winter. For the month of August, the median home listing price in Venice is $289,950, with properties averaging a sale price below the listing price at $252,000. The median price per square feet is at $137 in August. These properties are proving to be a healthy investment though with median home value estimates at $326,634. Check out our Current Featured Properties to find the perfect home for you to spend this winter!

Besides the buyer friendly housing market, there are so many reasons to buy a home in Venice and the Suncoast. During the winter months, the temperature remains in the 70s during the day and maintains a comfortable warmth at night in the 50s. Plus, there is so much to do! Beautiful beaches and waterways allow for endless opportunities to spend time on the water. Outdoor enthusiasts will find great natural parks for recreation. Improve your golf swing this winter at one of the world class golf courses! Enjoy delicious food and great shopping options in the walkable downtown areas of our communities. AND there are great medical and educational facilities right at your fingertips. Pack away those wintery clothes, take out your flip flops, and call the Suncoast your second home today!

If you are interested in buying a vacation home or to retire in Venice, give The Nick Flerlage Team a call today or visit our website

Are You Ready to Live the Paradise Life?  

Resource: Trulia

Staging your Venice Home to Sell! Top 10 Tips!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Get top dollar for your home and help get the competitive edge by staging your Venice home to sell! Staging helps your home look its very best and stand out from the other properties currently on the market. You don’t have to spend a fortune to help increase the value and appeal of your house to prospective buyers. Here are our Top 10 Tips for Staging your Home!


Remove Clutter. After spending years in your home, you have undoubtedly accumulated a lot of stuff. Buyers need to be able to focus on the bones of the house and not on the items filling up the space. Your first step in staging your home is to remove all items that you do not immediately need. Do not have too much furniture in each room. Keep kitchen and bathroom countertops clear. Make closets appear bigger by leaving 20 to 30 percent open space and organizing the items that you still have in there. For the items that you do not want to keep in your home, pack them into boxes and store neatly in the garage or rent a temporary storage unit.


Arrange your Furniture into Groupings. You can make rooms appear larger and more open by creating furniture groupings. Instead of pushing furniture up against the walls, utilize the space in ways that create conversation areas and help make the traffic flow of the room more obvious. Symmetry and pairs can help living spaces more appealing.


Repurpose that Extra Room. Show off the functionality of all the areas in the house. Turn that room that has become the storage area for items you didn’t know where else to put into an office/library or guest bedroom. For open areas on stair landings or elsewhere, create a reading nook. This allows prospective buyers to see how to utilize the spaces throughout the home.


Keep Rooms Well Lit. You want your home to be bright and inviting. Improve the lighting throughout your house. Increase the wattage of your bulbs. Make sure that there are multiple light sources in each room, including the overhead lighting as well as ambient lighting from lamps. You don’t want to forget about natural lighting, especially in the Sunshine State! Keep drapes and blinds open to let in the sunshine. Use lightweight, neutral window treatments.


Paint Your Walls. Instantly update the look of your house by adding a fresh coat of paint. Avoid bright, bold colors that might not be appealing to all. However, that doesn’t mean that all your walls need to be white either. Focus on sophisticated neutral colors. For bedrooms, use colors that are relaxing and gender neutral. You can also create the illusion of larger rooms by painting adjacent rooms the same color.


 

Accessorize. Add accents throughout the rooms of your house by accessorizing. Hang art in interesting patterns to show off the space and make it more visually appealing. Group accessories in threes based on size, texture, or color. Although you want rooms to be a neutral color overall, add fun pops of color with accent pillows. It is important though to make sure that you remove personal items though. You want home buyers to be able to visualize themselves in the space so take down family photos.

 

 

Raid your Garden. Adding plants to a space can make it more inviting. Instead of spending money on expensive plants from a florist, look no further than your yard. Use local, seasonal plants. Make a room instantly brighter by adding a vase of colorful Florida flowers, such as beach sunflowers, canna lilies, or blanket flowers.

 

Create Relaxing Spaces in the Bedroom and Bathroom. Master bedrooms and bathrooms are important areas for prospective home buyers. Help make the bedroom inviting by using soft colors and luxurious linens for bedding and drapery. You can make your bathroom feel like a spa by adding rolled up towels, candles, and decorative baskets.

Clean and Deodorize. One of the easiest and most important staging tips in cleaning. Although you want your home to look lived in, you also want it to always homey look maintained and spotless. Always pick up items after you use them during the day. Clean windows, floors, and counters. Not only do you want your home to look the best but you also want it to smell its best. Make sure to remove all pet odors. Use air fresheners throughout the home. You can make your home extra before showings by baking some cookies!


Remember Curb Appeal. Sellers always think about staging the interior of the home but you also need to remember that the first impression of your home happens outside! Make sure to maintain your landscaping, clean your gutters and driveway, power wash and paint your siding, and any other updates that might be necessary after your home has been exposed to the Florida elements. Also stage outdoor spaces! With the beautiful year round weather, homeowners spend a lot of time outside on patios so add outdoor furniture to show off how to utilize these spaces.

Mortgage Rates at the Lowest for 2016!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Mortgage rates have hit the 2016 low nationwide! Freddie Mac recently released their Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The data showed that after rising for three consecutive weeks average fixed mortgage rates declined for the week ending August 4, 2016!


5-, 15-, and 30- year mortgage rates all experienced 5 basis point declines from the previous week!


The 5 year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) had a 2.73% average the week ending August 4th. During this week in 2015, the 5 year ARM was at 2.94%.


The 15 year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) for the week averaged 2.74%. This is a marked decline from the 3.13% average at this time last year.


The 30 year FRM averaged 3.43%. At this time in 2015, the 30 year FRM was even higher at 3.91%.


With these low rates, refinance activity has increased by 55% since last year according to Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest Weekly Applications Survey.


Now is the perfect time to take advantage of these low mortgage rates by purchasing your dream home in the Venice Area!!! Current Featured Homes for Sale in the Venice Area. Mortgage rates in the Suncoast have followed the national trend and are at their year low. Here are the local mortgage rates....5 year ARM averaged at 3.04%, 15 year FRM was at a low of 2.84%, and the 30 year FRM is at 3.56%. Let us help you with all your home financing questions. Check out our Home Finance Information.


If you're interested in Buying or Investing in the Venice area, give The Nick Flerlage Team a call or visit our website at: www.experiencevenice.com.

 

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