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The Real Cost to Build a Pool In Your Home In FloridaAre you thinking about adding a pool to your home in Florida? You may have seen a number of homes for sale in Davenport, FL that have a pool and wonder how much it adds to the value of the home. Is it worth building a pool before you sell your home?

Unfortunately, many people who decide to add a pool to their home don’t fully understand the costs, and the bottom line is that they spend more money than they will actually make.

Let’s take a look at what a pool in Florida really costs to install.

You’re Installing More than Just the Pool

First, it’s important to realize that the cost of the pool is only one element in the overall cost, and it’s often not even the most expensive one. It can cost around $30,000 to install a 600 square foot pool, but once

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4 Negotiating Tips That Every Home Buyer Must KnowAfter spending time looking at a number of great homes for sale in Winter Haven, FL, you’ve found one you absolutely love. It’s perfect, but there may be a few minor things you’d like the seller to repair, or maybe the price isn’t quite where you’d like it to be.

When you put in your offer, you can make it contingent on the seller making different repairs or other concessions, but the seller is likely to counter. Now you’re in the negotiation phase of the transaction.

It can be stressful, but with a great agent on your side and an idea of what you can include in the negotiations, you’ll be able to lock down the house of your dreams. Here are a few tips that can help make negotiations less stressful for you.

1. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Extras

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4 Home Problems That Seem Scary but Really Aren'tIf you’ve found the perfect home for sale in Kissimmee, and the seller has accepted your bid, now all you have left to do is tick off the closing to-do list. But on this list includes the inspection.

No matter how great the home looks to you, an inspector is trained to find every possible issue. These can range from the foundation to the presence of mold!

But don’t freak out – while some of these issues can be major and require you to pull out of the deal, some of them really aren’t as scary as they seem at first. Here are four of them to think about.

Mold Can Be a Minor Issue

If your home inspector found mold, that doesn’t mean the entire house is full of dangerous black mold that will cause all sorts of health issues. It could be nothing more than

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Buying a vacation home in Florida is exciting. While you’re house hunting, you’ll quickly find many similarities to the process of buying your “full-time” home. However, there are some big differences and a few pitfalls to be aware of.

Whether you’re browsing Kissimmee homes for sale or other exciting locations around Florida, keep reading for a few tips for buying your dream vacation home.



Vacation Home Location

Where do you want to be?  In central Florida, you may have decide between being close to all the action near Disney or choosing a more serene home for sale in Clermont.   Florida isn't just all about beaches and amusement parks, many people vacation here because of the wildlife and amenities.  All of these can be great choices for

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When is the Best Time to Sell Your HomeIf you’re in the market to sell your home, it’s likely that you’ve asked yourself this question. You want your home to sell quickly and for the best possible price, but is now the best time to go down that path?

There are lots of online tools available, such as a home value estimators or seasonal data reports, that can give you an idea of the best time to sell.

The time in which your home goes on the market may not always be up to you (if you’re moving due to a job transfer, for example). However, it’s helpful to know what contributes to a home selling quickly and when buyers are most likely to act. Keep reading to find out.

What Inspires People to Move?

Here are the top four reasons homeowners sell:

1. To Upgrade To A New Or Better Home


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How To Start a Real Estate BusinessZig Ziglar said, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail,” which is especially true as you get a real estate business off the ground. You have to have a plan if you want to succeed. Let’s look at everything you need to know to start your own company.

Licensing and State Requirements

To being with, you have to get your license for the state in which you plan to work since you can’t practice real estate or get paid without one.

Requirements vary from state to state, and some licenses reciprocate from one state to another. However, take the time to do the research first to make sure you understand the requirements.

Aspiring Kissimmee real estate agents have a list of things to do to get a license. They must:
•    Complete an approved, 63-hour,

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4 Helpful Tips In Preparing Your Home For Sale During The HolidaysFrom November to December, homeowners are busy decorating their homes for the holiday season. But what should homeowners do if they’re trying to sell their home in the midst of it all?

With all of the houses for sale in Haines City, FL, how can you make yours stand out during the holidays? Here are three things to do to help make this process a little easier.

1. Set Expectations

Showing Your Home

Your agent understands the holidays are busy, as do the agents showing houses. Make sure they know you need a little time to be ready for a showing. Don’t make it too hard on them but asking for a couple of hours’ notice is a reasonable expectation.

Types of Buyers

Also, know that you’ll likely face serious buyers only during the holiday season.

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How Much Power Does a House UseYears ago, no one really gave much thought to the amount of power a house required. Most houses in a neighborhood used about the same amount of energy because they all drew power from the same places.

Today, however, many people who are considering buying one of the Davenport, FL homes for sale want to know if the house was built to be energy efficient. Some may even want a house that’s green certified or that has an array of solar panels on it.

Understanding how much power a house should use and how to reduce that power is important to many homebuyers. Let’s break it down.

Power Is Measured in Kilowatt-Hours

The first thing you need to understand is how electrical power is measured. The standard measurement unit is a kilowatt-hour, often

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Often, homebuyers select a home based on its size, location, or price. However, if you’ve found several homes for sale in Winter Garden, FL that meet all of these needs, it’s time to start looking at the amenities each one offers.

In fact, you may even find a few amenities in a home that you love so much you’re willing to go a little over budget or be just outside of your preferred neighborhood to get them. Here are some of the top amenities to look for in a new home.

High-End Finishes

Marble countertops, real hardwood flooring, and ornate tile in the bathroom are considered higher-end finishes than carpet, laminate, and vinyl. If you see these more expensive finishes used in a home that still meets your price range, you may want to put in a bid

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What Is a Spec HomeWith so many homes for sale in Winter Haven, FL, you might be wondering, who builds them all? The answer is likely a spec or custom home builder.

Put simply, a builder constructs a spec home with the intention that a buyer will eventually purchase it. The term “spec” is short for “speculative” since builders are banking on the fact that someone will buy the home they’re building. As the name (speculative) suggests, building one of these homes is a gamble and not a guaranteed profit.


How Common Are Spec Homes?

Generally, a healthy economy and a good market requires about 1 million new homes need to be built per year to keep up with the growth of new households and attrition as homes age.

Over the last few years, new construction homes for sale

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