Rustic Restaurants

Last month I found myself in a similar restaurant in two different states. Deja Vu. While working on a new listing in Venice, at lunch time I googled a nearby place to eat. I was directed back toward Interstate 75 and instructed to take a turn down a dirt road that did not look like … Continue reading Rustic Restaurants

Sale of the Buyer’s Property

Three times this month I have added an addendum to a purchase offer that included the “sale of the buyer’s property”. Typically agents and sellers would rather wait for an offer without this potential deal breaker, but if presented well it works. The first was an out of town buyer looking to relocation to a … Continue reading Sale of the Buyer’s Property

Credit at Closing or Closing Cost Credit

The seller is giving you a credit. Whether it is for an old water heater, or for the broken sliding doors and sticking windows that he doesn’t want to bother to fix. If the purchase is in cash, we write up an addendum with the credit amount. Both parties sign and it is given to the … Continue reading Credit at Closing or Closing Cost Credit

Why Use a Local Lender?

With the current rates, the number of financed homes are increasing. Why not use other people’s money, and what difference does it make where the Lender is? When working with a client I try to prepare them for the transaction and let them know what to expect. So when working with a buyer that will … Continue reading Why Use a Local Lender?

It Never Fails

Just when you are about to go on vacation, the people you have been showing property to, sending e-mails to and working with for months and some even years, are now ready to buy. There is never a good time to take ten days off (or even one) in real estate, but with my daughter’s … Continue reading It Never Fails

How Much Good Outweighs the Bad?

One Tuesday morning at our weekly company meeting, Michael Saunders asked the question “How many good things have to happen to outweigh one bad?” I thought about what had happened recently that was not good, and then what good was happening in my life at that moment, I knew the answer…it was THREE! Well, I … Continue reading How Much Good Outweighs the Bad?

Act Like a Tourist

West Florida has more sights to see than I will ever get around to, but my membership in the Sarasota Camera Club has given me an excuse to visit some of our local treasures. Back in High School in Kansas City, Mo. I elected to take photography, more for the fact it was at Ruskin … Continue reading Act Like a Tourist

Happy Birthday, Boomer

I love referrals and I am never too busy for you and yours. A past tenant of mine recently referred me to one of his students from Minneapolis. Chris had stayed with me a couple of seasons in a row and apparently has quite the following at Bikram Yoga Sarasota. Both husband and wife praised … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Boomer

What Kind of Offer May Sway a Seller?

After a recent offer was not accepted over another, my buyer asked, “What would a seller prefer to see in an offer?” Each and every sale is different so there is no easy answer, but some choices may not be as important to you as they are to the seller. So when making an offer put … Continue reading What Kind of Offer May Sway a Seller?

The Newlywed Game

A recent phone call in the middle of the week came from a buyer that had found a condo he was ready to buy, until he learned of the rental restrictions. There were others he was interested in and asked if I could show them to him and his fiancée in an hour.  Just so … Continue reading The Newlywed Game