Bill and Aby Brooks, REALTORS®'s Blog

Posted on 07/07/2020
Tips for Winning A Bidding War
Image by Amy Hirschi from Unsplash Situations arise where prospective buyers find themselves in a bidding war with another buyer over the house they desire. Circumstances like this occur in a seller’s market where the demand for property is higher than the market can provide. It’s not uncommon to see multiple buyers vying over the same property in...
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Posted on 06/28/2020
Advantages to Being a Senior Citizen Living in Florida
It's no mystery why thousands of retirement-age people choose Florida as the place they'd most like to live during their golden years. The warm weather, tropical ocean breezes, and vacation-like environment are among the many reasons there's always a steady stream of retirees moving to Florida or relocating within the state. Whether you're looking for a beachfront property or...
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Posted on 06/21/2020
A Quick Guide to Conforming Loans
Image by InspiredImages from Pixabay When you plan on getting a mortgage, you have some choices. There are conventional, FHA, VA and other options. One term you'll likely hear is a conforming or a non-conforming loan. If you aren't sure what that means, you could end up confused about the kind of loan you're actually getting for your...
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Posted on 06/14/2020
How to Choose between HOA and Non-HOA
Image by Kirk Fisher from Pixabay Buying a home in a neighborhood with a Home Owner’s Association (HOA) works well for some families, while others find the HOA to be burdensome or intrusive. Learning more about what an HOA is, how it works and what to expect can help you determine if your next home should be in...
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Posted on 06/10/2020
Video Tour - 1679 Loma Linda Street, Sarasota, FL 34239
Nestled among million dollar homes and located West of Trail in the Southside Village area, convenient to Sarasota Bay front, Marina Jack, St. Armands Circle, Lido Beach, Longboat Key, Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Downtown Sarasota. Enjoy the Florida lifestyle in a Cozy Florida Bungalow situated on a tree canopied street with picket fence. This home boasts 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open kitchen plan, a bonus reading room or Florida room, plantation shutters, solid surface flooring and counter-tops throughout, tastefully updated while maintaining original charm. Relax in the bonus reading room or entertain guests while barbecuing in the...
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Posted on 06/10/2020
1679 Loma Linda Street, Sarasota, FL 34239 is now new to the market!
Nestled among million dollar homes and located West of Trail in the Southside Village area, convenient to Sarasota Bay front, Marina Jack, St. Armands Circle, Lido Beach, Longboat Key, Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Downtown Sarasota. Enjoy the Florida lifestyle in a Cozy Florida Bungalow situated on a tree canopied street with picket fence. This home boasts 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open kitchen plan, a bonus reading room or Florida room, plantation shutters, solid surface flooring and counter-tops throughout, tastefully updated while maintaining original charm. Relax in the bonus reading room or entertain guests while barbecuing in the...
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Posted on 06/07/2020
You Inherited a House in Florida. Do You Have to Accept It?
Image by Paul Brennan from Pixabay If you have inherited a home you may be unsure about how to handle the next steps. While it's a well-meaning gift, a new home might not fit seamlessly into your life at this time. Here's what you should know. A House Left in a Will Does Not Automatically Pass to Its...
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Posted on 06/04/2020
Another Property Sold - 2010 Old Pine Way, Sarasota, FL 34232
Nestled in a lush, professionally landscaped lawn, this well-maintained home is perfect for both the quiet life and active entertaining. With an open floor plan, guests can visit with their host in the beautifully updated kitchen and still have plenty of room to mix and mingle. Large, sliding doors pocket into the wall, allowing the indoor living area to blend seamlessly with the over-sized, covered and screened lanai. Imagine your friends and family gathering for the holidays, a game-day party or birthday celebration, or perhaps an intimate dinner party. And wow, what a great play space for all ages! If you enjoy a good cookout or fire...
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Posted on 05/31/2020
Are Buyers Reluctant to View Your Home?
If you list your home and fail to stir up interest in it, there is no reason to panic. In fact, there are many quick, easy ways to ensure your house consistently garners homebuyers' attention. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you showcase your home to dozens of prospective buyers. 1. Bolster Your House's Curb...
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Posted on 05/28/2020
Another Property Sold - 4525 County Road 665, Ona, FL 33865
Room to Roam on over 10 fenced Acres! No deed restrictions or HOA and plenty of room for everyone and everything. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and a half bath built by Palm Harbor Homes. The thoughtful floor plan has split master retreat allowing privacy and quiet enjoyment from guest quarters. Master Bedroom has a walk-in huge closet, garden tub, dual vanities and shower. This home has both a living room and family room plus a bonus room or den/office, would be a great set-up for multi-generational or in-law living situation. The spacious open eat-in kitchen features a breakfast bar, center island, tons of cabinet space and pantry. Enjoy cool...
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Posted on 05/28/2020
Another Property Sold - 4525 County Road 665, Ona, FL 33865
Room to Roam on over 10 fenced Acres! No deed restrictions or HOA and plenty of room for everyone and everything. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and a half bath built by Palm Harbor Homes. The thoughtful floor plan has split master retreat allowing privacy and quiet enjoyment from guest quarters. Master Bedroom has a walk-in huge closet, garden tub, dual vanities and shower. This home has both a living room and family room plus a bonus room or den/office, would be a great set-up for multi-generational or in-law living situation. The spacious open eat-in kitchen features a breakfast bar, center island, tons of cabinet space and pantry. Enjoy cool...
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Posted on 05/24/2020
Smart Home Gadgets to Help Lower Your Utility Bills
Photo by Halfpoint via Shutterstock When it comes to conserving energy, homeowners wanting to go green often spare no expense. Here are a few ways to upgrade your home without lightening your wallet. Smart Thermostat A powerful method to control your power use while saving money on your air conditioning bills in the summer and heating bills each...
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