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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/.

Suncoast Communities Named Best Beach Towns in America

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

Who doesn't dream of a live on the beach? There are few things better than being able to wake up every morning and be steps away from white sand and crystal blue waters. Plus, when the beach community is filled with other incredible amenities, life doesn't get much better. Personal finance website WalletHub wanted to figure out 2017’s Best Beach Towns to Live In. They wanted to find communities that were liveable and easy on the wallet. When the results came in......Suncoast communities were found to be some of the best of the best!

 

To begin their search for the best beach communities, WalletHub narrowed it down to those beach towns that have 10,000 and 150,000 residents and at least one beach listed on TripAdvisor®. This left 227 American cities to compare. The website than compared the towns based on the following 6 key dimensions: Affordability, Weather, Safety, Economy, Education & Health, and Quality of Life. Within each of these dimensions were numerous metrics that help make a community more liveable, such as access to amenities and recreational facilities, quality of schools, housing market, climate, crime rates, etc. These factors were all weighted to help determine a city's overall score.

 

 

After the data was collected, Sarasota claimed the #12 spot and Venice the #28 out of 227!

 

#12 | Sarasota

  • Total Score: 63.02

  • Affordability Rank: 40

  • Weather Rank: 134

  • Safety Rank: 174

  • Economy Rank: 89

  • Education & Health Rank: 55

  • Quality of Life Rank: 3

 

#28 | Venice

  • Total Score: 60.22

  • Affordability Rank: 52

  • Weather Rank: 54

  • Safety Rank: 120

  • Economy Rank: 67

  • Education & Health Rank: 30

  • Quality of Life Rank: 55

 

 

Want to live in one of the best beach towns in America? Check out our Sarasota Homes for Sale and Venice Homes for Sale! Let us help you find your dream home on the beach today by giving the Flerlage Real Estate Group a call or visiting our website http://www.experiencevenice.com/!

 

Venice Beach: One of the World's Most Extraordinary Beaches!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

Life’s a beach in Venice, Florida! It is easy to spend plenty of time in the surf and sun on the 14 miles of beaches in the city. And, not only is the shoreline seemingly endless, but the beach in Venice has been recognized by travel website Expedia as one of the World’s Most Extraordinary Beaches!

 

 

Venice Beach (101 The Esplanade) made this elite list of 28 due to its most unique feature…...fossilized Shark Teeth! Venice Beach is known as the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World”. Visitors to the beach can find fossilized shark teeth that is millions of years old all along the shoreline. If you are really lucky, you might find a large Megalodon tooth! Along with combing the sand to find your own bits of fossilized treasure, there is much to do at Venice Beach. Enjoy lounging on the soft sand, engaging in your favorite water sport, strolling the boardwalk, playing a game of sand volleyball, and so much more.

 

 

 

The beach isn’t the only reason why life in Venice is so great. The beautiful historic downtown area boasts a wide variety of unique retail and delicious dining options to explore. Fun community events and festivals help create a tight knit population within the city. Venice also offers excellent public schools and all the amenities and services its residents could possibly need.

 

 

Ready to call this incredible city home? Check out our Current Homes for Sale in Venice. Give Flerlage Real Estate Group a call or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/ so we can help you find your dream Venice home today!

 

Happy 90th Anniversary to the City of Venice!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

It’s time for a celebration! May 9th marks Venice’s 90th anniversary as a city! Venice Heritage Inc. is hosting the festivities this Tuesday on the grounds of the Lord-Higel House (409 Granada Avenue) from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

 

 

 

 

Enjoy tours of the first floor of the 120 year old Lord-Higel House, which is Sarasota County’s 2nd oldest home. Cool down from water splashed by Old Betsy, Venice’s historic fire engine. Dine on delicious homemade lemon bars. Buy raffle tickets for your chance to stay in an Italian villa for a week. Help bury a time capsule that will be reopened for the city’s centennial in May 2027!

 

 

 

Florida’s legislature officially changed Venice’s designation from a town to a city on May 9th 1927. There are even more events planned to commemorate this special anniversary! The Venice City Council will be issuing a special proclamation on Tuesday morning. Then, don’t miss the Roaring '20s Costume Ball Fundraiser on June 10th. This fun event will be held at the Summit building (200 Nassau Street North) from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Tickets for the costume ball are only $10 a person. Swing by the Cashier’s Office in Venice City Hall (401 West Venice Avenue) to pick up yours.

 

 

 

Favorite Venice annual community events will be themed especially for the 90th anniversary. Venice Main Street’s Beach Party in September and the Women’s Sertoma Sun Fiesta in October will carry on the celebration. Watch our Blog for more information about these great events!

 

 

The Flerlage Real Estate Group wishes the great city of Venice a very happy 90th anniversary!!  

 

Image Credit: Venice Heritage Inc.

Ready to Retire? Venice FL is the Perfect Community for You!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

Venice is the perfect community for retirees! After decades at your career and thoughtful saving, why not move to paradise to enjoy a life of leisure and fun! Choosing where to retire to can be a difficult decision but the city of Venice makes it easy! With an unbeatable climate, access to health care, recreational facilities, and strong real estate market, Venice has it all. In fact, Venice FL is one of America's Best Cities to Retire according to destination website Escape Here!

 

 

Venice top offed the list at #2! Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Venice offers a beautiful, year round climate and stunning natural setting. Escape Here recognized the community for its thoughtfully designed layout and architecture based on the Italian Renaissance. Venice offers affordable living in a small, tight knit community. There is always something fun to do with endless recreational facilities. And for anything else that you might need, the larger city of Sarasota is only a short drive away.

 

 

 

If you are looking for the perfect community to retire, give Flerlage Real Estate Group a call today! We can help fill you in on everything there is to know about living in Venice and help you find perfect home to meet your lifestyle need. Whether you are looking for a life of retirement in the area's Condominiums, Golf Course Communities, Luxury Homes, or Waterfront Properties, we will help you find it quickly so you can start to enjoy your retired life!

 

 

 

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?  

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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.

 

Resource: RISMedia

Landscaping Tips to Attract Potential Buyers!

by BLOGGERHEAD

The old saying never judge a book by its cover does not apply to the exterior of your home when you are trying to attract potential buyers. First thing house hunters see when arriving at a listing is the exterior of the house and the landscaping. Landscaping not only helps increase a home’s value but contributes to first impression for buyers. In a survey conducted by the National Association of Landscape Professionals, 84% of Americans said that landscaping plays a determining factor in their decision to buy a house.

How to help improve your landscape and make a lasting impression? Follow these 4 simple tips:

Make it Welcoming. The landscaping should make buyers feel invited and excited to walk to walk into the property.

Maintain its Beauty. It is important to keep your lawn and landscaping well maintained. Trim bushes and trees to avoid overgrowth. Always maintain flower beds and other ornamental features. Make sure everything looks orderly, neat, and well-tended.

Follow the norms of your neighborhood. Keep up with the Joneses. Although you might want to be creative with your landscaping choices, stay within similar landscaping norms of your neighbors. Even if your yard is well maintained, if it looks out of place from the other surrounding houses, it has thepotential to look ill kept.

Promote Energy Efficiency. Homeowners want to save time and money when it comes to maintaining their home. Energy efficiency both indoors and outdoors is attractive to potential buyers. Create a beautiful landscape with low water and drought resistant grass and plants.

 

Finally, do your research before making any changes to your home’s landscaping. Contact multiple local landscaping firms to find someone that can help fulfill your vision. It is also beneficial to contact an appraiser to learn how the upgrades will affect your property value. An update in the landscaping of your home can have a positive impact on the amount of money you get for your home. For more helpful hints when selling your property, read our other Seller Tips

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