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The Washington Post reported that 90 percent of home searches are conducted online. Buyers searching for homes in Brevard County are faced with a number of different real estate information sites to choose from and not all of them are created equal.

Sites like Zillow have gained household name recognition, but are the results they provide accurate and regularly updated? Buyers have spent valuable time researching listings on some sites only to inquire about properties and find that they are no longer on the market. Valuable time is wasted on these endeavors and people often feel let down when they find out the home they were hoping to walk through has already been sold.

The availability of homes is not the only thing that sites like Zillow can

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Winning Tips

No matter if you’re in a buyer’s or seller’s market, there are a few critical steps you can take to make a smarter purchase. Since buying a home is likely the biggest single investment you will ever make, being prepared will help you make a better purchase. Here are our best tips to buying a home.

Know your buying power

What is your buying power? It is the combination of your credit-worthiness and how much you can realistically pay for a home.

First, you need to understand the hidden costs of buying a home. You will need to save not only for the down payment of your home -- which is typically between 10% - 20% of the offer price -- but also for any additional transaction fees, such as transfer tax, PMI, title insurance, and legal fees.

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The 4 Components of a Sale: Terms

Real estate sales are composed of four basic components. Homes are sold every day based on their locations, conditions, terms and prices. Some sales are made quickly with large profit margins, while other properties sit on the market much longer and sell for far less. Understanding each component of a real estate sale helps sellers make informed decisions on how to best position their listings in the current marketplace to attain favorable results.

The third component of a real estate sale is terms.

Negotiable terms help properties become more marketable overall. Sometimes buyers will ask for small items to be added to a closing contract, such as a washer and dryer. These are called buyer requests and can range from leaving a set of drapes

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Hurrican Preparedness Brings Peace of Mind

Tropical Storm Erika has been all over the news in recent days. Yesterday, the storm slowed down and dissolved in the Atlantic Ocean. In doing so, it allowed residents along the East Coast of Florida to take a collective sigh of relief.

From Tropical Storm Erika's outset, preparation measures were in full swing and continuous updates were provided by all the local news sources. The storm's formation reminded many in Brevard County that it’s time to check and resupply hurricane kits.  

No matter how many uneventful hurricane seasons pass, there is always the potential for truly powerful and devastating storms to come upon shore. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew caused severe devastation in south Florida. Since then, there have been some severe storms

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3 Wood Look Flooring Options for Your Home

Wood look flooring will always be a safe bet for homeowners because it is attractive and neatly blends with countless home décor styles. There are a number of options available in Brevard County, including natural wood flooring and wood look products that allow homeowners to get the look for less. There are choices for every budget and traffic level.

Here are pros and cons of 3 of the most popular wood look flooring options:

1. Natural wood pros

Natural wood is the preferred flooring for many homeowners. It’s refined so it adds an upscale feel to living spaces. In addition to this, natural wood increases a home’s value. This flooring option is available in many beautiful colors that compliment an array of décor styles. 

Natural wood cons

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6 Easy Ways to Conserve Energy, the Environment and Your Hard Earned Money

Energy costs are a large monthly expenditure for many homeowners. Increased energy usage over the summer and winter seasons often leads to serious cost spikes. Homeowners need not cringe as their power bills arrive each month because there are simple ways to reduce energy costs without expending much time or effort.

1. Take advantage of a free Home Energy Survey

Florida Power & Light (FPL) offers free Home Energy Surveys, which determine each participant’s highest energy expenditures and suggests cost saving measures. Homeowner Michelle Lewis participated in a Home Energy Survey and recalls that it provided many cost saving tips and also dispelled several “energy saving” myths. Lewis was able to use this information to increase her quality of

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The 4 Components of a Sale: Price

Real estate sales are composed of four basic components. Homes are sold every day based on their locations, conditions, terms and prices. Some sales are made quickly with large profit margins, while other properties sit on the market much longer and sell for far less. Understanding each component of a real estate sale helps sellers make informed decisions on how to best position their listings in the current marketplace to attain favorable results. 

The fourth and often most deliberated component of a real estate sale is price.

One of the biggest factors to consider when determining a sales price is how quickly the seller wants to move the property. Sellers who want to sell their properties rapidly are often more successful when they are

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3 DIY Home Staging Tips

A home can sell itself if it is given a proper chance. Making a few simple and affordable enhancements to properties can up the “wow” factor each time they are shown to potential buyers. Improvements don’t have to break the bank; in fact, sellers can stage their homes on DIY budgets.

Staging creates stylish and inviting spaces that buyers can envision as their own. The look is very close to that of hotel rooms. It’s not sterile, but at the same time it is not so distinctive that it feels lived in. The goal is to make buyers feel comfortable so that the showing doesn’t harken back to Little Red Riding Hood traipsing through the bears’ home while they were away.

This article from HGTV’s website shares several easy tips and tricks that can give

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The 4 Components of a Sale: Condition

Real estate sales are composed of four basic components. Homes are sold every day based on their locations, conditions, terms and prices. Some sales are made quickly with large profit margins, while other properties sit on the market much longer and sell for far less. Understanding each component of a real estate sale helps sellers make informed decisions on how to best position their listings in the current marketplace to attain favorable results.

The second component of a real estate sale is condition.

A home's condition weighs heavily on its ability to sell and the price it will sell for. Not all buyers are looking for move-in ready properties, but even those searching for fixer-uppers want to find homes with "good bones." Sellers that play

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The 4 Components of a Sale: Location

Real estate sales are composed of four basic components. Homes are sold every day based on their locations, conditions, terms and prices. Some sales are made quickly with large profit margins, while other properties sit on the market much longer and sell for far less. Understanding each component of a real estate sale helps sellers make informed decisions on how to best position their listings in the current marketplace to attain favorable results. 

The first and best-known component of a real estate sale is location.

Every home has the most important factor in real estate: location. Of course, some homes have more attractive locations than others, but all homes appeal to a sector of the home buying market. Some buyers are in search of secluded

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