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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

 

 

Assessing Damage After Hurricane Irma

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

Hurricane Irma caused much damage throughout the Suncoast area. Our hearts go out to all of the families in our communities and throughout Florida as life transitions back to normal in the wake of the storm. Although the storm has passed, it is important to continue to stay safe and aware of your surroundings. If you are returning to your Suncoast home in order to inspect for damage, remain cautious and follow these recommendations:

 

  • Avoid any objects or trees touching power lines.

  • Stay far away from puddles that are close to electrical sources.

  • Wait until you get word from city officials to drink tap water and make sure that the sewage system is running properly.

  • If anything in your home is wet, turn off the main fuse box before unplugging appliances.

  • Check your refrigerator for spoiled food, if your home has power.

  • Do not place any storm debris in the street or by utility meters and storm drains.

  • Be careful when handling anything that runs on electricity or gas.

  • Take photos of any damage inside or outside of your home.

  • Drive with caution throughout your neighborhood and city.

  • Continue to listen to the radio or check with local authorities for any updates on disaster relief efforts.

  • Let your family know that you are safe.



Resource: Sarasota Herald-Tribune

 

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/.

Back to School in the Suncoast!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

The first day of school is fast approaching throughout the Suncoast! School buses will be loaded, backpacks filled with supplies, and the first bell ringing through the halls. Check out the dates for the first day of school at our area school districts.

 

Charlotte County Public Schools | 1960 Landings Boulevard, Sarasota

 

First Day of School: Thursday, August 10th

2017 - 2018 District Calendar  

Sarasota County Schools | 1960 Landings Boulevard, Sarasota

First Day of School: Monday, August 14th

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

 

The Flerlage Real Estate Group hopes all the students in the Suncoast have a successful and fun 2017-2018 school year!!!

 


Both Charlotte County Public Schools and Sarasota County Schools are top rated districts in the state. They are both dedicated to academic excellence and offering a wide variety of extracurricular activities. If you are interested in Buying your dream home within one of these school districts, Search Homes for Sale. Give the Flerlage Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/!

 

 

Suncoast Has Top Ranked School Districts!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

The public school districts in Suncoast are some of the best in all of Florida!! Educational Review and Ranking website Niche recently released their list of the top public school districts in Florida! The website analyzed several key factors regarding academics, athletics, extracurriculars, resources, and more. 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!

 

 

#4 Sarasota County Schools | 1960 Landings Boulevard, Sarasota

 

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Sarasota County Schools was ranked the #2 Best Places to Teach, #4 Districts with the Best Teachers, and #14 Safest School District in Florida!


 

#15 Charlotte County Public Schools | 1445 Education Way, Port Charlotte

 

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Charlotte County Public Schools was ranked the #1 Safest School District, #6 Best District for Athletes, and #13 Best Districts to Teach in Florida!


 

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

 

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Manatee County Schools was ranked the #11 Most Diverse School District, #13 Safest School District, and #15 Largest School District in Florida!

 


 

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

 

 

Top Suggestions for an Inexpensive & Fun Labor Day Weekend in the Suncoast!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

As the weather starts to cool slightly and the children head back to school, Labor Day Weekend is considered to be the last hurrah of summer. Spend it to its fullest with family and friends in the Suncoast! There are lots of fun things that you and your family can do that won’t break the bank and will keep you occupied during the long weekend!

 

Visit A Nearby State or National Park

Labor Day Weekend is the perfect time to go camping. Enjoy time with your family in the beautiful outdoors at one of the nearby state or national parks. You can pass the time exploring nature on a hike, playing games, telling stories, and cooking over the campfire. If you don’t want to spend the night, plan a day trip to one of the parks. They all offer tons of outdoor activities for you to spend the entire day. We recommend checking out these great nearby spots for your camping or day adventure:

Oscar Scherer State Park (1843 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey)

Lake Manatee State Park (20007 State Road 64 East, Bradenton)

Myakka River State Park (13208 State Road 72, Sarasota)

Stump Pass Beach State Park (900 Gulf Boulevard, Englewood)

De Soto National Memorial (8300 Desoto Memorial Highway, Bradenton)

 

Host a Barbeque Potluck for Family and Friends

Having a good ole barbeque is a Labor Day tradition! There is no better way than to enjoy the “final” weekend of summer outdoors, playing lawn games, and eating delicious food. But, that trip to the grocery store for the feast can add up. Help keep your barbecue more affordable and manageable by hosting a potluck! Ask everyone to bring a side dish to pass or a beverage to share. This way you can have a variety of delicious dishes and make sure that everyone leaves well fed. All you need to do is provide the location and the main meat (or vegetarian) dish for your guests!  

 

Have a Staycation

When you call a city home, you often lose sight of the great attractions your community has to offer. Plan a “vacation” at home! Look up the local tourist websites for the Venice area and see what they recommend. Then pack a picnic for you and your family and go exploring. Try to focus on things outdoors in order to take advantage of the beautiful summer weather and look for places that you have never discovered. You will have a whole new appreciation for our communities and will save money by lodging at home during the staycation!  

 

Check out a Local Event or Festival

There are always great local events and festivals occurring in the summer and with Labor Day being the unofficial “end” of the season, everyone wants to get in a last minute festival! The plus side to these festivals….they often have cheap or no admission costs! Have fun doing something new, eating some delicious food, and enjoying live entertainment at one of these events occurring this weekend:


 

70th Annual Labor Day Regatta

This amazing annual event is one of the biggest in the Suncoast. The Sarasota Sailing Squadron will host the regatta Friday, September 2nd, through Sunday, September 4th. With over 300 sailors competing and five different courses, there will be plenty of exciting races to watch all weekend. Also enjoy delicious barbeque and refreshments while listening to live music.

Englewood Pioneer Days

If you haven’t been able to stop by the festival all week, the last weekend of Englewood Pioneer Days cannot be missed. On Sunday, September 4th, and Monday, September 5th, your family will have lots of fun at this great festival. From vendors and giveaways, musicians and bands, and kids activities including a scavenger hunt, everyone will enjoy their Labor Day at Pioneer Days.

Sponge Docks Arts & Crafts Festival

Head over to the quaint town of Tarpon Springs for the Sponge Docks Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, September 3rd, through Monday, September 5th. There will be over 90 vendors selling their unique arts and crafts! After finding some amazing treasures while shopping, explore the city that is rich in Greek heritage and dine on some delectable Greek dishes.

 

We wish you and your family a very safe and fun Labor Day Weekend!     

Top 10 Maintenance Tips for Your Venice Home!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Home maintenance is considered a chore for a reason. Between work, taking care of the kids, and other cleaning that needs to be taken care of around the house, it often gets pushed to the side. It’s something that no one wants to spend their free time doing and can seem tedious. However, it can help cut energy costs and preserve Your Home's Value for the future. By doing regular, easy home maintenance tasks you can keep your Venice and Suncoast area home in tip top shape! Follow these Top 10 Tips for simple home maintenance.

1. Do a Deep Clean

Perform a deep clean on everything inside of your house. Remove accumulated dust, dirt, and grime buildup throughout the rooms in your house. Clean appliances. Get rid of any mold and mildew buildup in rooms where moisture accumulates. Not only will this clean help your home looking its best but it will also allow to identify any potential problems in your house that might need further attention and repair.

2. Clean Your Dryer Vent

A clogged dryer vent is one of the leading causes of house fires. Ensuring that this does not happen is incredibly easy to do! Along with cleaning out your dryer lint trap every time you use the dryer, you should regularly clear the dryer connection. The dryer connection is the tube/pipe that attaches the appliance to the outdoor vent. Pull the tube out and vacuum it clean of all the lint that has been accumulating within the pipe and the pipe connection. After cleaning it out, reattach the pipe to the dryer and make sure that it is properly connected.

3. Clear Out Your Drains

No one wants to shower while standing in water up to your ankles. Make sure to keep your drains cleared out to avoid more serious problems such as a sewer backup. For less severe drain clogs, pouring boiling water down the drain can fix the issue. If that doesn’t fully clear it up, use a snake to remove the blockage. Always keep your plumber’s phone number handy if problems persist. Purchase a hair strainer to prevent the issue in the future.

4. Replace Your Toilet Flapper

A leaky toilet tank can prematurely wear out the toilet and cause water damage to the bathroom floor. If you notice that your toilet is leaking, the flapper needs to be replaced. After turning off the water supply to the toilet using the valve in the back, empty the tank by flushing the toilet. Remove excess water left in the tank and the flush chain from the lever. You can then slide the existing flapper off and replace it with the new one. Reconnect the chain and turn the water supply back on.

5. Fill Holes and Cracks in the Wall

There are very simple and cheap fixes to cover small holes and cracks in your drywall. A cosmetic sponge can be used to fill those holes. Cut it down to size, push it into the hole, and spackle over it. For those small cracks, add a bit baking soda to strong, fast acting glue and spread the mixture over the crack. This will create a strong surface that can easily be smoothed down by sanding it.

6. Fix Your Windows

Avoid high energy bills by ensuring that your windows are keeping the cold air in your Florida home. Check the caulking around your windows. If there are any cracks or holes, remove the existing caulk with a box cutter and then apply a new line of it along the seam. To get a straight line of caulk, use painter’s tape. Remove the tape while the caulk is still wet. You can also fix a drafty window by applying an inexpensive insulating window film to the glass. Find a tiny hole in the glass? You can repair it with clear nail polish! Allowing the nail polish to dry in between applications, keep adding layers of the polish until it is flush with the glass.

7. Get Rid of the Squeak Below Your Feet

Do you hardwood floors squeak when you walk of them? There is an easy fix for that. The culprit of the creak is moisture. Identify the floorboards that are creaking and sprinkle talcum powder on them. Take a makeup brush and sweep the powder in the cracks between the boards. This will help to soak up the moisture and remove the noise.

8. Clean Your Fridge Coils

Your refrigerator is one of the items in your home that uses up the most energy. To help cut your utility costs, there is a simple fix. By vacuuming the coils underneath or in back of your fridge, you will keep it running as efficiently as possible.

9. Inspect the Safety Features in Your Home

Make sure you and your family stay safe in your home by inspecting your fire extinguishers and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. For the fire extinguisher, make sure that it is in an easily accessible spot, check for adequate pressure, and ensure that no wear and tear has occurred. For the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, dust them off, ensure that they are working properly by pushing the test buttons, and replace batteries if necessary.

10. Take Care of Your Gutters

Protect the exterior of your home and avoid more serious damage by regularly clearing your gutters of debris and buildup. With the Florida weather, you want to make sure that your gutters are always functioning properly. If your home isn’t too tall, you can safely clean the gutters yourself by using a ladder. Remove all the muck that has been accumulating in the gutters. Then, take your garden hose to flush any remaining debris out and to make sure that water flows properly through them. If you notice that your gutters are sagging or pulling away from the house, replace the fasteners and hangers.

For more Home Maintenance Tips, please visit our website

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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