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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!

Sarasota Named Best Place to Live!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

Sarasota has been named one of the best places in the country to live by U.S. News. The website ranked the 100 most populous metropolitan areas to find out which were the best of the best. Cities that were affordable, had a strong job market, and had a high quality of life made the grade. Each city was ranked based on five indexes, including desirability, quality of life, job market, value, and net migration. Each of these indexes was given a particular rate based on the importance to residents and homebuyers.  

 

 

With its stunning beaches, beautiful weather year round, and endless things to do, Sarasota was named the 21st best metropolitan area to live! Residents enjoy excellent dining and shopping opportunities. There are also many job opportunities in tourism, small businesses, and health care. This has helped lead to tremendous growth in the area. Sarasota offers a laid back life on the beach and all the amenities of larger metropolitan areas.

 

 


If you are interested in Buying a home in one of the best cities in America, give the Nick Flerlage Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/.  

What are Fall Buyers Looking at in Your Home?

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Fall is a great time to be a homebuyer for many reasons. There often is more inventory with less competition and sellers are more willing to negotiate. It also provides a good time for buyers to find potential issues with the home as the weather cools down. Although the seasons do not change dramatically in the Suncoast, there are some temperature and seasonal changes that can affect the functionality of certain items within your home. As a buyer, you want to make sure that your home will be comfortable and in prime shape all year round. Look at the little details when searching for your dream home. If you are selling your home this fall, you want to make sure to fix any issues that might keep buyers from further pursuing your property. Here are the key items to look at this fall whether you are buying or selling your home in the Suncoast.


The Windows. One of the perks of living in the Suncoast are warm days year round. Average temperatures stay in the 70s throughout the fall and winter months during the day but the nights can get cold. You do not want to discover that there are drafty windows on those colder nights. Take a look at the insulation around the windows to make sure that you will stay comfortable all year round.


The Air Conditioner. The hot summer days are over so the air conditioner becomes less of a necessity as you head into fall in Florida. This does not mean that you will not still need to use it. Make sure to have an inspector check the functionality of the air conditioner. Since the frequency of use will go down, fall is the perfect time to see if a new filter is needed or if weird noises are coming out of the condenser outside. These issues can be fixed now before it is run all the time next year.


Pesky Pests. There is potential for bugs and mosquitoes all year round in the Suncoast. However, fall is still a good time to make sure that the house is bug proof before the next hatching season starts. Look for standing water that might be the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Also inspect the house for any easy access points for these critters to enter.  


The Gutters and Drainage. September is the usually the rainiest month in southern Florida. This means that fall is the perfect time to make sure that gutters are working properly. Besides the gutters, you should also make sure that there are not any clear drainage problems. Water that has accumulated in the yard could mean that there are grading issues or leaky pipes. This could indicate larger issues that could continue throughout the fall and into the following seasons as storms can occur throughout the year in Florida.


The Neighborhood. Look into any potential developments that could be happening in the foreseeable future. Although new development helps strengthen a neighborhood, it also can lead to inconveniences such as road closures, increased traffic, and construction noise. With nice weather year round, construction never comes to an end in Florida but you do not want the added stress when you first move into your new home.


There are so many great properties available this fall in Venice and the surrounding communities. Check out our Featured Properties to find your dream home!


Interested in Buying or Selling a home in the Suncoast area this fall? Give the Nick Flerlage Team
a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/.


Resource: REALTOR® Magazine  

Fall Home Buying in the Suncoast!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Spring and Summer are seen as the peak home buying seasons…..but FALL might truly be the ultimate season to buy. With many families settled into their new homes at the end of summer, there are amazing opportunities to find your dream home in a market with less competition and stress. Looking to buy a home in the Suncoast ? Use the season to your advantage! Here are the top reasons why you should purchase your new home this fall and not wait until the weather starts to warm up again next year.


Sellers with Homes still on the Market are Anxious to Sell

After having their homes listed all spring and summer, many sellers are worn out. Their homes might still be on the market because their asking price was too high during the warmer months. Now, they are looking to make a deal and are often more willing to lower their price in order to do so. As a buyer, use this to your advantage. You will likely have more success offering a lower price on a home in the fall than you would have previously.


Sellers in the Fall are Looking to Move

Sellers that leave their homes listed in the fall are doing so for a reason….they need to move. Whether it’s for a new job or because their new home is ready, these sellers are more serious about moving on to their new homes and need to have their current homes sold as soon as possible. They will likely be more open to negotiation in order to close the deal, especially before the upcoming holiday season.


You will have less Competition from other Home Buyers

Since fall is considered an off-season for real estate, there tends to be far less competition. The decrease in demand on the buying side does not translate to less inventory, however. There are still plenty of homes on the market! Whether it is new inventory or homes that have been on the market all summer long, buyers in the fall have a ton to choose from and are able to be more aggressive with their negotiations. Fall puts buyers in a great position of power to get exactly what you want! There are some many amazing homes currently on the market. Check out our Current Featured Properties to start the search for your home!


You have Lots of Resources at your Disposal

Since spring and summer are the peak real estate seasons, industry professionals such as agents, lenders, and movers, are incredibly busy. With many clients settled into their new homes at the start of the school season, realtors and others have more time time opening up….meaning that you can have more of their undivided attention. This is extremely beneficial when you are looking to buy a home. Take advantage of all of the resources out there. An Experienced Real Estate Team is dedicated to helping you move into your dream home this fall.


Crime Rates Go Down in the Fall

The end of summer tends to be the main months in which home related crimes, such as burglaries, occur. If you are buying your home in the fall, this allows you the opportunity to do more research prior to purchasing in order to find out about crime rates in the area and take precautions in your new home to protect yourself, if necessary.


Spruce Up Your New Home With End of Year Sales

The fall months are prime shopping season when it comes to home appliances, decor, maintenance goods, and more. Major retailers always offer these consumer goods at great discounts in the fall in order to prepare for next year’s trends and models. You can outfit your new home with amazing deals! Update your home with fresh paint and carpeting in September, when these goods are often put on sale. Keep your Florida lawn looking great all year round by purchasing your lawn mower in October. Create your dream kitchen in November with the help of new appliances and cookware at a discounted price.


Use Tax Deductions to Your Advantage

Regardless of which calendar month you purchase your home, homeowners can claim deductions on property tax and mortgage interest for your entire year’s worth of income. Payments completed prior to the loan closing will be considered tax deductible, even if they occur in November or December! You can save a considerable amount of money on the taxes you owe by purchasing your home later in the year!


Fall is the perfect time to Buy your dream home in Venice and the surrounding communities!! Call us today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com.



Resource: Forbes

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.

Florida Schools Rank in the Top 15 in the Country!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

It’s almost time to head back to school! The quality of the local school districts within a state helps strengthen the local economy, improve home values, and creates a sense of pride. We are happy to announce that our state has made the grade.......Florida was ranked as the #14 state with the best school districts in the country!!!


To determine the rankings, financial website Wallethub compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia and looked at two key dimensions, School System Quality and School System Safety. Within these dimensions, 17 metrics were used to evaluate the scores. These metrics included factors such as student to teacher ratio, standardized test scores, dropout rate, percentage of certified teachers, school safety, and disciplinary incident rates. Florida came out at the top of the class! Not only did our state rank 14th for the overall score, but the School System Safety ranking was the 8th best in the country! Florida was recognized as having the 2nd lowest bullying-incident rates, ensuring that your children can succeed academically while feeling safe and confident at school!


Our local Suncoast school districts are stand outs amongst the state’s great school districts, according to Niche.


Sarasota County Schools ranks #5 in Florida! This school district is recognized for its high grades in academics, student culture & diversity, and extracurriculars & activities. It ranked 5th overall in the state for best academics and 4th for best administration! Current Homes for Sale in Sarasota County.


Charlotte County Public Schools ranks #15 in Florida! This school district has an amazing student to teacher ratio of 12:1. It is ranked 2nd overall for the best facilities and best food of all the districts in Florida! Current Homes for Sale in Charlotte County.


Get your child on the path to academic success by enrolling them in one of these fantastic school districts today!


Congrats to Florida, Sarasota County Schools, and Charlotte County Public Schools for your recognition and for proving why there is no better place to call home!!!

Florida is the #1 State to Retire to!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Congrats…..you’ve retired!!! Now it’s time to decide where you want to lay down roots for those days of freedom ahead of you. Finding a community to retire to is a major decision that involves a lot of factors. Affordability, access to amenities, closeness of friends and family members, and weather all come into play when looking for the perfect place to retire. The best states for retirement are those where you can have a high quality of life while maintaining a lower cost of living. Florida was recently named the Top State for Retirees…..and it’s no wonder why!!


Finance website WalletHub ranked the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on several key factors to determine which were the best states to call home in retirement. Their rankings are based on 3 areas, including affordability, quality of life, and health care. Within each of these broader categories were metrics that helped determine the overall score. When the results came in, Florida was ranked #1 in the country. With an affordability rank of 2, quality of life rank of 3, and healthcare rank of 15, the state beat out it’s competition to prove that it is the most retirement friendly!


There are so many amazing Communities to choose from in the Suncoast when you are looking for a new place to call home during your retirement. With beautiful sandy beaches and a comfortable winter average low of 54 degrees, the Venice area is an amazing spot for retirees.


Englewood: With over 50% of the population of this town 65 and older, retirees have known that Englewood is a prime community for years. Residents have access to a top notch medical facility, Englewood Community hospital, which is especially in tune with the needs of the local population. The city ranks high for access to recreation and fitness facilities, including golf courses. Englewood has also developed a thriving art scene, perfect for retirees looking for a community rich in culture and entertainment options. Englewood Homes For Sale.


Port Charlotte: Port Charlotte has been recognized as an excellent community for retirees by Forbes magazine. It is recognized for its low cost of living and low serious crime rate. There are plenty of fun activities to partake in during your retirement in Port Charlotte. It is the spring training home for the Tampa Bay Rays, allowing for unique, local access yearly to a Major League Baseball team. Golfers will love this community with its 7 golf courses! Port Charlotte Homes For Sale.


Venice: This city is filled with amenities perfect for retirees. The thriving historic downtown Venice has great dining and shopping options for its residents. Venice Regional Medical Center provides world class medical services. The location on the gulf allows for the opportunity to spend your retirement years in a beautiful waterfront property. There is over 55% of the population aged 65 and older providing for a great community. To top it all off, Venice has a very high walkability score making getting around town incredibly convenient. Venice Homes For Sale.


Osprey: Nestled between Venice and Sarasota, Osprey offers a smaller town feel while allowing access to the larger metropolitan areas in the region. Osprey offers many of its own amenties with access to amazing restaurants, golf courses, and recreational facilities. The natural environment around the city is spectacular and perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you love spending time on the beach or going fishing, there are plenty of opportunities in this beautiful communityl. Osprey Homes For Sale.

 


Let us help you retire to the Suncoast by finding your dream home today!!! Give The Nick Flerlage Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/.

You've made the big decision...you're going to put your home on the market! BRAVO! It's a fantastic time to take advantage of the incredible Venice housing market. Now you have a few key decisions to make; what do I need to fix and what do I negotiate in the sale of the home, before actually finding the BEST Real Estate Agent/Team to list my home?

First of all, it's very easy to miss the everday wear and tear that a home takes over the years, so don't think you're alone at having to do some work on the cleaning and repairs before putting your home on the market. You're going to want to walk through your home with a critical eye...room by room...with a notepad, taking down detailed notes from floor to ceiling.  We also would recommend finding that "awesome Real Estate Team" on the front end. Simply because a great Real Estate Team is extremely helpful in guiding you through this process and knowing what are the critical elements that need to be upgraded or repaired, and what may just need to be negotiated later. After all, we all have a budget we must stay within so having a trained eye as a partner is a huge plus at the START of this process!

Keep in mind, the repairs or upgrades we are going to suggest here WILL put money in your pocket at the close of the sale of your home!  Here are the Top 7 Most Important Repairs to Make Before Selling Your Suncoast Home:

A Fresh Coat of Paint- This is by far one of the cheapest and easiest ways to update, refresh and even change the look of your home or room, before you sell...and you don't even have to hire a professional! Just remember a few basics;  choose lighter, neutral tones so that your new buyer can make the home their own, it's not important to paint every room- just the ones that really need it. Lastly, if you do have wallpaper in your home- REMOVE it! You may love how it looks, but do your new homeowners a favor and give them a clean slate to create their own look.

The Kitchen- You've heard it a hundred times..."The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home". It's true in many ways. Most people are looking for the 'ideal' kitchen- spacious counter space with lots of cabinets and state-of-the-art appliances. If you don't have all of this, don't fret, most of us don't. But don't go for a major kitchen overhaul either! A few tweaks here and there can make major differences. For instance; swap out your hardware on your cabinets. Paint outdated cabinets, put in new faucets or fixtures. If you have a little money to spend, put in granite countertops. And by all means make sure you have cleared your counters completely before you ever show your home!

Bathrooms- The throne, that's right. It's still a major draw and will always be. So what can be done here? Deep cleaning for starters! Scrub that grout, make sure tubs, sinks and toilets look brand new! Then check for leaky faucets and replace if necessary. This is one room that lighting is critical. If lighting is dull, replace immediately. Have a little extra cash? Again, go for a good counter top- granite or even marble are a great choice for the bath!  Side Note- When staging your bathroom, try using white or light neutral colored towels. It reminds people of a spa and looks crisp and clean.

Nail Holes & Spackling- We know it sounds like common sense but it really does bear repeating...you need to go room by room and fill your nail holes, cracks, etc. Spackle, sand and paint. Every room should look like it is brand new. A potential buyer should not walk into a room and think "wow...we've got a lot of work to do in here!" If that happens, you're sales price goes down.

Adequate Lighting- When showing your home you want each room to show like a 'showroom'. However, poor lighting can often sabatoge a home's potential sale. Make sure that each room has adequate lighting so potential buyers can see what each room has to offer. This should include the natural lighting each room invites as well. Since it's summertime, make sure your window dressings are appropriate for the season. If you have a heavy drape, ditch them for a cotton one or just a blind for the season. Make sure your closets have adequate lighting too!

Hardwood Floors- So many of our homes have gorgeous hardwood floors today. These can be a blessing or a curse depending on where you live, if you have pets, children, high traffic areas and more. If you have hardwood and they are looking very distressed, it's definitely in your best interest to get those floors refinished...or at the very least buffed and polished. Nothing looks better than entering a home and seeing gleaming hardwood floors!  That is a CLOSER right then and there! 

Functional Appliances- Lastly, go through your home and make sure all your appliances are working properly and you have all your warranties pulled together for your realtor. Nothing is more embarrassing...or shows a lack of maintenance of the home to your potential buyer, as when appliances or any item around the home is NOT in working order.

For more helpful Home Selling Tips give the Nick Flerlage Team a call at 941-882-2229 or visit our website at www.experiencevenice.com.

Venice Florida Housing Market Update

by BLOGGERHEAD

Venice Florida Housing Market Update

Venice Florida's Real Estate Market continues to hold steady with Home Median Listing Prices at $320,000. and 575 Active Listings on the market. Home Buyers are still heavily looking for homes, but low inventory has continued to plague the area. Average Days on the Market has dropped from 154 to 110 days. The Average size of the Single Family Home on the market in Venice Florida is 3 Bedrooms, 2.1 Bathrooms, 1,874 Square Feet. Only 31 New Listings have come onto the market during this period and 36 Homes were absorbed.

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Venice FL Incredible Housing Market!

by BLOGGERHEAD

The Venice Florida, Sarasota County Real Estate Market has had a phenomenal start to the year that has continued right into the spring market! Now, more than ever, the mid-range market of single family homes have gone almost completely from the market...and are needed the most!

One of today's Herald Tribune's Headline's...

"If you want to buy a mid-priced single-family home in Southwest Florida, better move fast!"

Here are some SARASOTA HOUSING MARKET numbers to think about:

*Existing single-family home prices have posted double-digit gains in Sarasota-Manatee in each of the past four years.
 
*In February, for example, prices jumped 29 percent in Sarasota County.
 
*A recent home, 5 years old- priced at $269,900., Sold in 10 Days...which is very common for Homes in this price range and category!
 
*Median price; Annual increase; (Source- Florida Realtors Assn)

  • 2016; $255,000; 13.3%
  • 2015; $225,000; 12.5%
  • 2014; $200,000; 12.0%
  • 2013; $178,500; 13.3%

*MID-PRICED HOMES ARE ONE OF THE HOTTEST RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES NEEDED IN THE REAL ESTATE MARKET!

 If you're living on the Suncoast, in one of the fabulous Sarasota County communities and have contemplated selling your home...NOW is the time to do it! Home Buyers are Looking for these homes and there just isn't any mid-ranged priced homes on the market for them to look at to even consider buying!

If you'd like to see what your home is worth in this incredible housing market opportunity, give Nick or Beth Flerlage a call or visit our website for a FREE, No Obligation Home Value Report at: FREE HOME VALUE ANALYSIS.

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Resource:  HeraldTribune 04/22

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