What do real estate agents actually DO?

Thinking of selling your home by going the traditional route… through a real estate agent? Well, you wouldn’t be alone. Millions of people around the nation work with real estate agents every year to make real estate transactions easier and more seamless. But here’s a question that you might not have the answer to… What … Continued

Tips for selling your Bradenton house fast on the MLS

Want to sell your home faster? As it is, the average time to sell on the MLS is right around 90 days, according to Zillow. And while many people, for various reasons, need to sell faster than that — maybe they need to move because of work or family changes, for instance — doing so … Continued

How to tell if someone is serious about buying your house

Someone promising to buy your house? Well, that’s awesome. But remember, even the most well-intended promise (from a neighbor or family member, for instance) isn’t a guarantee unless they’ve signed a contract. It’s unfortunate, but at Manatee, we’ve worked with a lot of homeowners who counted on someone’s promise to buy their home. But they … Continued

Best tips to consider before remodeling your home

Want to remodel your kitchen? According to a survey by the National Association of House Buyers, kitchen remodels are the most common type of remodeling, followed by the bathroom, the entire house, and room additions. So you’re definitely not alone in wanting to remodel your kitchen. But how much is it going to cost? And … Continued

Worried about your Bradenton home’s air quality?

Have you considered improving your home’s air quality? It’s probably not something you spend a lot of time thinking about, but today’s buyers are actually pretty diligent about NOT buying homes with poor indoor air quality. One study by UL Environment of 1,000 consumers found that 70% of Americans are actively looking for “greener products” … Continued

Should you remodel or sell your Bradenton house?

Wishing your home was more modern or updated? There are a lot of cool things that can be done with homes today (kitchen islands, efficient power systems and appliances, smart devices for controlling temperature, etc.) to increase value AND make living spaces more comfortable. But here’s a question… Is it best for a homeowner to … Continued

Bradenton property values going down?

Has the value of your property taken a dive? We’ve seen it happen before. Someone buys a property and its worth steadily increases… until it doesn’t. For one reason or another — often, a reason that’s outside of the owner’s control — the property’s value tanks. And to help homeowners protect themselves, here are a … Continued

Dealing with pet problems in your Bradenton home?

Are you dealing with pet problems? Most of the time, pets are the BEST! They are good listeners, never judge, love everyone unconditionally and become part of the family. With pet health insurance, pet bakeries, and their toys & food delivered to our front door, we love them and spoil them rotten.  It’s the way … Continued

Moving in an elderly parent in Bradenton?

Are you moving an elderly parent into your house? The different stages of life are many – young adult, newly marrieds, growing families, middle age…and it’s astonishing how quickly the years fly by. Author Gretchen Rubin said, “The days are long, but the years are short.” So true! Before we know it, we find ourselves … Continued

Looking to sell your Bradenton house off season?

Want to sell your home but not sure it’s a good time of year? Well, according to research by HomeLight, the best months to sell are March, April, and May — typically, this is when homes sell quickly for top dollar. Which is great… unless you need to sell during a different time of year. … Continued

Is your HOA in Bradenton not doing it’s job?

Is your HOA not doing its job? Often buyers specifically look for houses that are part of a Homeowners’ Association so that their investment is protected, and their property values aren’t negatively impacted by the choices of their neighbors.   But sometimes an HOA isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, or their budget just … Continued


Let’s be honest. This year has had its challenges. And then some. Still, there is always always something to be thankful for. It may not seem so, if we only focus on the big things, but we need to remember all the little things. Especially this year. Things like a simple kindness, an encouraging word, … Continued

Needing to declutter your Bradenton home?

Need to declutter your house? Maybe you want to clean up so that you can sell the property, rent it out, or… well, maybe you just want to live in a cleaner environment. Fortunately, decluttering doesn’t need to be a long and arduous process. Quite a bit of progress can be made in just 10 … Continued

Designing the interior of your Bradenton home?

Designing the interior of your home? As you already know, making good home-design decisions is important not just so that YOU can enjoy a beautiful home… but so that your home is easy to sell when the time comes. Unfortunately, the expectations of home buyers are changing all the time. So what are the current … Continued
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