When selling your home, Fido shouldn’t be seen … or smelled. Here are the top recommendations Realtors® make to pet-owning clients putting their house on the market (in order of most-suggested): 1. Take animal out of home for showings (78%) 2. Replacing anything damaged by pet (72%) 3. Cleaning home to remove animal scent (70%) 4. Having home professionally cleaned (61%) 5. Removal of pet objects (47%) 6. Replacing carpet or finishing floors (33%) SOURCE: National Association of Realtors® report “Animal House: Pets in the Home Buying and Selling Process” (April 2020)
Which remodeling projects will pick up the greatest return when a home is sold? Remodeling Magazine asked real estate professionals, and here are their estimates for the South Atlantic states. For the return on investment for nine specific Florida cities, click here. 68.2% Roofing Replacement (asphalt shingles) Job cost: $22,450 Resale value: $15,303 66.7% Bathroom Remodel Job cost: $19,680 Resale value: $13,130 53.9% Bathroom Addition Job cost: $45,310 Resale value: $24,433 73.2% Window Replacement (vinyl) Job cost: $16,992 Resale value: $12,431 66.1% Window Replacement (wood) Job cost: $20,724 Resale value: $13,702 67% Entry Door Replacement (steel) Job cost: $1,798 Resale
Text Version: Take the stress out of your move with these tips from the Professional Movers Association of Florida. 1. Plan your move in advance so you have time to evaluate your options, and make a decision based on overall value (quality low stress move, insurance/valuation to protect your move). 2. Confirm that each mover considered carries commercial general liability insurance, automobile liability, cargo liability and workers’ compensation. This can be verified by a certificate of insurance. 3. Check if the moving company is licensed by Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services by visiting floridaconsumerhelp.com. 4. Get a written
Survey: 72% of consumers have used a Realtor, but the level of trust varies by generation: 80% of millennials plan to use one but only 71% of Gen Zs say the same. OAKLAND, Calif. – It’s hard to know who to trust, which keeps demand for intermediaries – Realtors®, insurance advisors, etc. – high. However, the first consumer hurdle is to find an intermediary they also trust. A new survey from Agentero, a digital insurance network, looked at public perception of individual intermediaries, including Realtors. Of those who said they’ve already used Realtor, insurance agent or financial services professional, more
After a year of the pandemic, 81% of adults say they’re okay buying things – even expensive things – online, especially with extra authentication and verification steps. NEW YORK – The COVID-19 pandemic fueled an acceleration in online transactions, including in real estate. As a result, a majority of U.S. adults are comfortable completing financial purchases digitally, finds a new survey released by Notarize, a company that offers remote online notarization. Four out of five (81%) of the 2,000 adults surveyed said they feel secure during online transactions, notably if they offer extra authentication and verification steps to make them
TEXT VERSION: Beyond the obvious elements such as location and size, here are nine factors that can affect how quickly your home sells. 1. Curb appeal. Realtors named curb appeal the #1 factor affecting the amount of time a home is on the market. 2. Local school ratings. Homes linked to good schools sell faster and at a premium. In one study, one in five buyers said they pay 6-10% above their budget for the right school. 3. Move-in condition. Homes that can be marketed as move-in condition sell 12% faster. 4. Quality photos. Homes that were marketed with professional
Text Version: Want to reduce the headache of moving into a new home? Follow these tips: Before You Pack 1. Plan your move well in advance. This will help you avoid a last-minute frenzy. 2. Back up your computers. Protect critical files and photos by storing copies on a portable hard drive you carry with you, or uploading the files to a free cloud server such as Google Drive or Dropbox. 3. Photograph your cords. Shoot images of the cords and connections on your television, sound system, modem and computer so it’s easier to reconnect everything in your new home.
Text Version: 1. Price. Homeowners who sell their homes on their own, typically generate $46,000 less than Homeowners who work with a Realtor.* 2. Access to buyers. Through the Multiple Listing Service, professional contacts and their own database of prospects, Realtors can help you reach the widest range of customers. 3. Sales skills. Realtors can evaluate your home and suggest improvements to get you maximum value, and they’re skilled at handling showings to generate a positive response. 4. Marketing expertise. Realtors know the best ways to advertise to attract buyers, plus they can use the marketing muscle of their brokerage
Update your pet’s tag with your new address. Make sure your pet’s collar is sturdy and correctly sized. The tag should also include your mobile number and e-mail address so that you can be reached during the move. Request veterinary records. Ask your current vet to send your pet’s medical history directly to the new vet. Have their contact information handy in case of emergency or if the new vet has questions. Keep a week’s worth of food and medication with you. You may want to ask for an extra prescription refill before you move. Take the same precaution with

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