Information for home buyers including how to get a mortgage, how to find a Realtor, downpayment, homes for sale, etc.

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    Housing Supply At All-Time Low

    If you have been searching for a home in the past year you know that housing supply is at an all-time low! Whether you are a buyer or a seller, this impacts you in a few ways. Realtor.com states that the current housing supply has dropped over 13% since January. This is the steepest year over year decline in the housing inventory in over four years; and reflects the lowest housing supply since 2012. In Florida, four cities were tracked and showed a decline in housing inventory of between 10 and 20%. The bad news for home buyers is that there appears to be no signs that the housing supply…

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    Bug Bite Home Remedies

    Bug bites are annoying and some can be dangerous. And, let’s face it, no matter how clean your home is, you will at some point get bitten by an ant, mosquito or other pest. Though most people know about using ice to numb the skin and reduce inflammation, it doesn’t seem to work for me. Essential Oils. Lavender oil relieves pain from spider bites and bee stings. Mint oil has cooling properties and may help keep insects away. Essential oils extremely useful for painful fire ant bites. You should not apply essential oils directly to the skin; instead mix them into sprays or balms. Aloe vera gel helps to sooth…

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    First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes

    Let’s face it, we all make mistakes, but first time homebuyer mistakes can be costly. Thankfully, my first home was new construction, so many of the first time homebuyer mistakes can be avoided. Buying your first home can me made easier by hiring a professional real estate agent to help you with not only your home search, but with helping avoid mis-steps. There is nothing worse for a home buyer than buyers remorse, which we discussed in our July 2019 podcast. Right now with such a shortage of good housing inventory, first-time homebuyers need to be prepared BEFORE you go out looking at homes. Remember that old saying about “putting…

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    July 2019 “Summer” Real Estate Podcast

    It’s officially summer and time for the Bortz Team July 2019 Real Estate Podcast episode! We want to remind everyone about the important change to the URL for our website. Its now BortzTeam.com. Please update your bookmark and save it. We have decided to produce the show in video format only moving forward, but you can still access our other audio shows on your favorite podcatcher. Summer time in real estate in our area after the snowbirds have gone back up north is typically slow. However, with the lack of inventory, we are seeing a very active real estate climate. In this episode of full of information that we know…

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    10 Open House Tips to Impress Buyers

    An Open House is an opportunity for you to wow buyers! But, as the old saying goes, “you only get one chance to make a first impression.” Buyers get to enter your home and give a “test drive” to see if it will work for their needs and their family. It’s your time to get someone to fall in love with your home! Tip #1 – Maximize your foot traffic by holding your open house on Saturdays and Sundays between 11 am and 5 pm. Be sure to avoid holidays, unofficial holidays (like the Superbowl), and community events. Tip #2 – If you have a Realtor, let your agent host…

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    Outdated Home Trends

    Before you put your home on the market, take an inventory to see if you have outdated home trends in your living space? With so much inventory on the market and fewer buyers, they can afford to be picky about the homes they choose to purchase. Even though many people live in homes that were built between the 1970’s and the late 1990’s, you should always update during your ownership time of the home. It does not have to cost a lot to make some changes to your home so buyers don’t see “outdated home trends” when they come to tour your home. Even though most people have long ago…