Information & tips to help a homeowner who may be thinking of, or is selling their home For Sale by Owner.

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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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    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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    Flat Fee MLS Podcast

    In this May 2019 edition of our real estate podcast, we discuss Flat Fee MLS. When it comes to the ways a homeowner can put their home on the market, there is now a new addition to the playing field…. Flat Fee MLS brokerage. But is this option for everyone looking to sell their home? And, if you choose to go with a Flat Fee MLS service instead of a Full Brokerage listing, what are the pros and the cons? In this episode of the Bortz Team Real Estate Podcast, we will discuss the pros and cons of a Flat Fee MLS listing. Did you know that on a Flat…

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    After 19 years a a full-time real estate agent (Realtor), this question still looms in the industry. I got into this business back when the only technology we had was beepers. And even then sellers insisted on me holding an open house. Fast forward to 2019, and the same question is still valid: Do open houses sell homes? Back then there was no other way for Realtors to attract potential buyers besides running ads in the newspaper, doing caravans, and open houses. Even with the advancement of the 21st Century, the internet, multiple global real estate portals, such as Zillow/Trulia, brokerage websites, agent website, and more, I am surprised how…