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7 Tips for Responsible Pet Parents

The American Kennel Club has designated the month of September as “Responsible Dog Ownership Month.”  In recognition of this celebration, people and organizations around the U.S. are highlighting the rewards and responsibilities of being…
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5 Trends in Florida Real Estate News

The summer is heating up around the Greater Tampa Bay Area, and the state of Florida has become a hotbed of real estate activity.  In addition to continued economic growth and a booming construction industry, there have been several news headlines…
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4 Easy Donation Items for Pet Shelters

Did you know there are items around your home to give to local pet shelters?  Most people know shelters and rescue centers are always in need of monetary donations and fresh food supplies, but there are also household items you could donate…
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Do You Know What Influences Your Mortgage Interest?

Guest Contributor Maura Klein of NFM Lending Have you ever wondered what factors affect your mortgage interest rate? There are both internal and external factors influencing how much you will pay when you borrow money to purchase your new…
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Market Trends for Summer 2017

The Greater Tampa Bay area started the year positioned for an exciting 2017 real estate market. So far, it has not disappointed. Home prices continue to trend upward, and the spring months lived up to expectations for sales partly thanks to…
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Tampa Area Market Trends

Fellow Floridians, we remain positioned for an exciting year in real estate.  It’s been a long climb, but Tampa Bay’s real estate market is back on top. According to a Zillow report from late February 2017, Tampa ranks third as the nation’s…
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How to Sell Your Home When Faced with Divorce

from Guest Contributor George Melendez of The Melendez Law Office Living through a divorce is a delicate and complicated matter for anyone, no matter how amicable the break-up of your relationship. A legal separation of your family comes…
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Tis the Season for Savvy Sellers!

Some sellers seem to think having their homes on the market during the holidays is a waste of time, but we see opportunities for home sales this time of year. If you’re ready to sell, here are five “smart move” reasons to consider listing…
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What is Home Staging and How Can it Help Sell Your Home?

Want to sell your home for the highest price in the least amount of time?  A well-staged home is the best way to make an outstanding overall impression on potential new buyers.  Many home sellers already know that they need to clean and organize…
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Is It Time To Right-Size Your Home and Your Life?

Let Us Help You Find Out With This Quick Right Sizing Checklist! Are you living in an“empty nest” and trying to figure out your next move? On the one hand, you have so many great memories in your current home but yet, is it now starting…
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Selling Your Tampa Bay Home During The Holidays?

Here's How To Do It And Why It Makes Sense! As the holiday season approaches, the real estate market is still going strong here in the Tampa Bay area. Although clients often think that listing your home at this time is a waste of time, we respectfully…
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What's the Difference Between The Personal & Market Value of Your Home?

Your Tampa Bay home has both a personal value and a market value. When you think of your home as the place where your family is raised and memories are built, then it’s like those popular MasterCard commercials on television: Your home’s…
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So What Do You Know About Escrow?

What is Escrow and Why It’s Important? Escrow is one of those frequently used terms that is important for home buyers and sellers to understand. And it’s something that we are frequently asked about. So let’s demystify it once and for…
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Top Home Staging Tips That Will Sell Your House Quickly

Want to bring more potential buyer traffic to your home? A well-appointed and carefully staged home is the best way to make an outstanding first impression. We’ve asked our go-to home organizing pro, Susan Layden of Susan’s Organizing Solutions,…
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Tampa Real Estate Market Outlook for 2015: A Preview

In general, this has been a very positive year for real estate in Tampa Bay and we expect that to continue through next year, although at a less frenzied pace. One reason for that is because investors will be exiting the market, as ‘bargain’…
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Are You Moving During the Holidays?

As we mentioned a few weeks ago, selling your home during the holidays makes sense for many reasons, but if you're also moving into your new home around the holidays, you may be anticipating a lot of stress. It's easy to see why. Moving day…
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Home Staging-What Is It?

We've talked a little bit about home staging & you may have wondered what it’s all about. There are even a few television reality shows that feature staging experts doing their magic on a particular house or condo. So what exactly is…
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Staging Your Home Starts in the Kitchen

Selling your home is about presentability: from the front yard to the laundry room, your home's features must be presented in a way that shows off the best parts of your home. This is why staging is such an important part of the selling process. Susan…
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Selling Your Home During The Holidays?

8 REASONS WHY LISTING YOUR HOME NOW MAKES SENSE! Many people assume that listing your home during the holiday season isn’t worth the effort. We disagree! Here are 8 reasons why savvy Florida sellers list their homes NOW. The number…
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What Another Happy D&K Customer Had to Say…

"Dick and Karla did a phenomenal job on the sale of my home in just two months. They were able to guide me throughout the whole process and resolved a few bumps that came along during this transaction. Dick and Karla took the initiative to find…
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Market Watch for 2014

We are not at all surprised by the National Association of Realtors home sales statistics for 2013: over 5 million existing homes were sold in 2013, the most since the real estate frenzy of 2006 when home sales reached 6.5 million. In fact,…
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Resolve To Keep Your Home Organized in 2014!

2014 is still shiny and new, but how about those resolutions? They seemed like such a great idea, didn’t they? This is just about the time in the New Year when resolve can weaken, fitness plans are abandoned and someone sneaks the Oreos back…
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Better Bedrooms – Faster Sale!

Here’s a surprising statistic. In several surveys, upwards of 60% of people surveyed listed “bedrooms” as one of the reasons they decided to purchase a particular home. So sellers should not overlook these rooms when preparing to go on…
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What One Happy D&K Customer Had to Say...

We recently worked with Kim on selling her new home, and she was kind enough to pass on her experience in working with us: "I've used the Nielsen's for several real estate transactions, and each and every time, it has been a wonderful and…
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Improve Your Home's "Curb Appeal"

"Curb appeal". You've probably heard that term used before. It refers to how valuable and enticing your house looks from the outside, typically from the perspective of a potential buyer “standing on the curb”. Many people focus on preparing…