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Sarasota real estate market: Inventory drops to new decade low; sales remain high

by Kijner & Sons International Realty


Kijner & Sons International Realty
 is pleased to announce that "[t]he inventory of available homes in the Sarasota market fell to only 3,114 in June 2013 - the lowest level in longer than a decade, and an 18 percent drop from last year at this time. Declining inventory generally results in greater competition for available homes and condos and subsequent price escalation." 

A total of 883 properties sold last June; 642 single family homes and 241 condos with respective median sales prices of $200,000 and $192,500.

Pending sales stood at 1,024 while only 379 properties listed for sale on the MLS are either short sales or foreclosures. 

According to SAR President, Roger Piro, "[t]he Sarasota area is blessed with incredible natural beauty, great cultural assets and tremendous amenities that families enjoy year round (...). We have a tremendous real estat market, and more and more people are finding out about this area, across the nation and around the world."

To read the full June 2013 SAR Report and get all the statistics, please click here

To learn more about real estate opportunities in the Sarasota area, contact Kijner & Sons International Realty at info@kijner.com.

Help for Homeowners: Choosing a Handyman

by Kijner & Sons International Realty


Whether it’s a big project such as a bathroom remodel, something small like putting up shelves, or repairs and routine maintenance, many homeowners turn to handymen to get the job done. It used to be that everyone knew “a guy down the street who can do everything”, but these days finding a qualified, professional, and reliable handyman can be a real challenge. Here are some tips for homeowners to ensure that they have the right person for the job:

MAKE SURE THEY ARE QUALIFIED FOR THE WORK

Certain projects require specific skills that all handymen may not have. You will of course want to know that they have the qualifications and experience to do the job. In addition, many states require persons performing certain work to be licensed; electrical and plumbing often fall into this category. Check with your state on whether such licenses are required and verify the status of the contractor’s license if it applies.

ASK FOR REFERENCES

Request at least two local references from previous customers. The handyman should be willing to do this without hesitation. Then, contact those references! Ask about the quality of the work, timeliness, professionalism, and how the handyman handled any changes that may have occurred during the course of the project. Also ask how satisfied they were with the work overall.

CHECK OUT ONLINE REVIEWS

Online review sites such as Yelp and Google Places can offer insights into what kind of experience people have had with specific handymen. These types of reviews can be helpful in getting an overall impression, but a straight “thumbs up/thumbs down” review may not provide the information you’re looking for. Membership sites such as Angie’s List are another good source of reviews.

VERIFY INSURANCE COVERAGE

Liability insurance is always a good idea. If the handyman or another worker is injured while working on your property, you may be held liable for medical costs. Ask for evidence of coverage before agreeing to any work. Uninsured handymen often charge less for their services because they lack the overhead expense of insurance, but it could cost you in the long run.

GET WRITTEN ESTIMATES AND A CONTRACT

Ideally, ask three handymen for written estimates for the work you have in mind. Be sure that each estimate contains enough detail so that you can make a comparison between them. For example, are the specified materials of the same quality? Does the cost include cleanup and hauling away any debris or old/broken items? Read all contracts carefully and be sure to ask about anything that you are unsure of.

DETERMINE THE PAYMENT SCHEDULE BEFORE YOU SIGN

Beware if you are asked to pay for the entire job up front – this is not an accepted business practice and could leave you open to fraud. Handymen will often ask for 50% when the contract is signed, which will allow them to purchase materials for the job and assure them that you are committed. Be sure to request receipts for all payments.

Questions? Comments? Looking to buy or sell a house in Miami or Sarasota, Florida? Contact Kijner & Sons International Realty at info@kijner.com

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Source: 30th Edition of CRS Consumer Article (July 16th, 2013) - CRS-Pillar To Post Partnership - Article courtesy of Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspection

Paris Fashion Week 2013

by Kijner & Sons International Realty


During Paris Fashion Week,
Kijner & Sons International Realty had the pleasure to be invited to Maison Anoufa's Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2013 Fashion Show held on July 1st, 2013 at the prestigious restaurant and bar Elysée Lounge. We have snapped some backstage and runway photos that we are glad to share with you today. Enjoy the show!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Happy 4th of July!

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

 

Kijner & Sons International Realty wishes you a star-spangled and fun Independence Day! 


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Selling Smarts: Planning Ahead

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

 

When it comes time to sell your home, planning ahead can help make the process smoother, the transaction faster, and the price better. It takes time and effort, but the results can make a big difference in the experience and the outcome even in markets that have seen a significant jump in housing demand going into the summer months.

First, enlist the help of a qualified real estate professional. He or she will be your representative in the home selling process, and is therefore beholden to work in your best interest as the listing agent. Your agent will help you price the house realistically, taking into account aspects of your local real estate market, your neighborhood, and how your home compares to similar properties that have recently sold (“comp sales”). A professional who is familiar with your local area will have valuable insight as to what may make potential buyers pay attention to your listing. He or she will also be responsible for marketing your home, including multiple listing service (MLS), advertising, promoting your property to buyers’ agents, and open house scheduling. The listing agent will also help you through the complex transaction process that comes with selling a home.

A professional pre-listing home inspection will help identify existing and potential problems with your home that can be addressed prior to putting the home on the market. The inspection should cover heating and cooling systems, the electrical system, plumbing, built-in appliances, the roof, and basement and crawlspace areas. An inspection report will then be issued with complete, objective findings. If you choose not to make needed repairs or system upgrades, this may need to be reflected in the selling price, or a credit may need to be given for the additional amount that the new owner will need to spend to have the work done. Your listing agent can recommend a qualified professional home inspector in your area. 

Before your home hits the market, it needs to be de-cluttered in order to show well. If the home is already vacant, consider having it staged to showcase its potential to prospective buyers. Staging is usually done with furniture, lamps, indoor plants, and a few accessory props, but is kept clean and spare overall to highlight the spaces. If you are still living in the home, minimize distractions by removing excess furniture, accessories, and personal belongings from each room. Understandably, you may want potential buyers to see how you live in your home, but they will want to envision themselves and their family in the home instead of focusing on the details of your life there.

Take a look around the outside of your home, too. Consider its curb appeal – what a buyer will see when they first drive up to – or by – your home. Maybe it can use a fresh coat of paint, or at the very least make sure that the trim around windows and doors is in good shape. Clean the exterior windows to brighten the overall appearance. Don’t ignore the landscaping; take some time to trim shrubs, mow the lawn, rake up leaves, and remove weeds. Seal any cracks in the driveway and walkways. Bright flowers near the street and front door are an easy and inexpensive way to welcome potential buyers.

By planning ahead and utilizing the help of your listing agent, your home may sell faster and at a better price, a winning combination.

Questions? Comments? Looking to buy or sell a house in Miami or Sarasota, Florida? Contact Kijner & Sons International Realty at info@kijner.com

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Source: 30th Edition of CRS Consumer Article (June 28th, 2013) - CRS-Pillar To Post Partnership - Article courtesy of Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspection

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