Venice, FL Real Estate News

By Kari Battaglia, PA, Love Where You Live
(Veterans Realty Inc)
I recently completed and was awarded the designation Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES®) by the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®(NAR).  The SRES® designation became an official member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® family of designations in June 2007. The designation was originally developed 10 years ago to focus on the needs of home buyers and sellers aged 50 and over. It has been reported that in five years 40% of the U.S. population will be age 55 or older.  By earning my SRES® designation I have an understanding that seniors have very specialized needs when it comes to purchasing and selling property and have received extensive education on topics such as:  tax laws, probate and estate planning.  I can also offer you releva...
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By Steve Forbes
(Exit Realty Gulf Coast)
IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN VENICE, FLORIDA! For the past few years it was not uncommon to receive an offer on your property that was more than 20% lower than the asking price. When accepting a listing in the past 3 years we have come to the realization that offers submitted were more than 20% lower than the listing price. We had to prepare our sellers that they should work with any offer than came in no matter how insulted they may have felt because another offer might not be coming. We are the bearer of bad news to home sellers. Every time I went to get a price reduction I had to put on my bullet proof vest knowing that I was going up against a firing squad. They didn't care that it was not your fault they wanted to take it out on someone. The situation especially here in Florida was incr...
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By Kari Battaglia, PA, Love Where You Live
(Veterans Realty Inc)
My goal is not simply to sell your house, but to help you realize the best price obtainable for your property in the shortest period of time. In today's buyers market, there are things you should do to prepare your home for sale.  These suggestions require a minimum amount of time and expense to complete and are designed to make your house stand out from the competition and capture the homebuyers attention. You have probably heard how important first impressions can be. But did you know that within 15 seconds a homebuyer has developed an opinion of your property? This is why establishing the right first impression is critical to achieving a successful sale. The Home Front Your property's landscape is not limited to the lawn and shrubs but encompasses everything from the street to your d...
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By Kari Battaglia, PA, Love Where You Live
(Veterans Realty Inc)
Contact Movers Get estimates from at least two movers. Choose one and set the date. Check on cargo insurance covering your personal belongings. Change of Address Pick up a change of address card at your local Post Office. Also contact life, health, auto and homeowner's insurance companies, credit card companies, magazine/newspaper subscription offices, clubs and organizations, banks, doctors' offices, friends and family. Insurance Policy Transfer Be sure your personal possessions will be covered en route and upon arrival at your new home. Utility Companies Notify local utility companies of cut-off date and where to send the final bill, if necessary. Also notify the utility companies (gas, oil, electricity, water, phone, cable) in your new community of your expected start-up date. Find o...
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By Kari Battaglia, PA, Love Where You Live
(Veterans Realty Inc)
  Here are some of the most frequently asked questions on the changes to the Homebuyer Tax Credit according to the National Association of Realtors... Question: Existing homeowner credit: Must the new house cost more than the old house?                   Answer: No. Thus, for example, individuals who move from a high cost area to a lower cost area who meet all eligibility requirements will qualify for the $6500 credit. Question: I am an existing homeowner. On October 25, 2009, I signed a contract to purchase a new home. I have lived in my current home for more than 5 consecutive years and am within the new income limits. I will go to settlement on November 20. If President Obama has signed the bill by the time I go to settlement, will I qualify for the new $6500 tax credit?            ...
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By Kari Battaglia, PA, Love Where You Live
(Veterans Realty Inc)
Claudia McNeely from Texas Tweeted this Thomas Jeffereson quote this morning.  I just love quotes from Thomas Jefferson and wanted to share with my fellow ActiveRainers.     "When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it & hang on."-Thomas Jefferson   Contact Kari A. Battaglia PA, licensed Realtor® in Venice Florida at 941-270-1851 to list your home, answer general questions or to help you search for homes for sale in Venice Florida.  I currently serve customers in Venice Florida, Englewood Florida, Nokomis Florida, South Venice, Laurel, Osprey and Casey Key and Manasota Key communities.  As a private landowner, I also have Tennessee properties available in the Chattanooga area. Call or email me to receive a list of Tennessee properties available for sale. Contact me by email a...
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By Kari Battaglia, PA, Love Where You Live
(Veterans Realty Inc)
Whether you are buying or selling a home in Venice Florida or surrounding areas of Nokomis and Englewood, the process can be stressful. Most home buyers, when buying a home, typically have a home inspection, mold inspection or termite inspection completed for peace of mind.  Home buyers want to know if there are any major defects with the home, if anything can potentially lead to a major defect or if there are any safety hazards that they should be made aware of before they purchase a home.  Not many home buyers or sellers are aware of another kind of inspection that should be ordered, a Wind Mitigation Inspection. What is a Wind Mitigation Inspection?  A Wind Mitigation Inspection can identify how to strong your home is built.  Florida homeowners may be able to receive a discount on th...
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By James Bath, REALTOR® , AHWD® , SRES® ,e-PRO®
(Gulf Shores Realty)
The Associated Press and the Herald Tribune report this morning that the House of Representatives has followed the lead of the Senate and both extended and expanded the popular Home Buyer tax Credit!  This is very good news for Venice Florida, Sarasota County and the entire US of A.  I am calling your attention to this as it is a really good effort on the part of our Government to both encourage home buying and to boost the weak economy. President Obama is expected to sign the Home-Buyer Bills TODAY!  Here are the highlight details:    FIRST-TIME-BUYER...$8000 Tax Credit, yes, $8000!   If you have not had interest in a principal residence for 3 years prior to purchase, Uncle Sam will credit you with $8000 at tax time.  You will be sent a refund for the difference between what you owe an...
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By James Bath, REALTOR® , AHWD® , SRES® ,e-PRO®
(Gulf Shores Realty)
The Associated Press and Los Angeles Times reported this AM what we have been "Toes and Fingers Crossed" over for the past month...that home buyers would be given further incentives.  Yes, by a 98-0 vote the Senate has passed their Bill to: Extend the popular $8,000 First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit to April 30, 2010 (it was due to expire at the end of this month); Provide a NEW $6,500 tax break for existing home owners who choose to move up to a new home, as long as they have lived in their current home for 5 years out of the previous eight; Increase the level of qualifying incomes somewhat; and Set a limit of $800,000 for qualifying home purchases. This is certainly good news in the real estate industry's drive to reduce the over-supply of homes currently on the market.  One economist ...
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By Kari Battaglia, PA, Love Where You Live
(Veterans Realty Inc)
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By James Bath, REALTOR® , AHWD® , SRES® ,e-PRO®
(Gulf Shores Realty)
    My creative mind said "Take advantage of the Traffic on Halloween Night  to  sell some of the plots that have been plugging our inventory in  Venice Florida years" and all   of my colleagues thought that it was  one of my most brilliant of ideas (and I have had MANY!).   So, armed with flash light and 80 full-sized candy bars, ranging from the ever-popular Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, to Almond Joys, Baby Ruths (remember them?), and Hershey's Dark Chocolates, I awaited the first customers at dark.   Knowing that I have never been referred to as "Handsome" but a lot of other inhumane things that I no longer find derogatory, I took my colleagues advice and hid behind on of the overgrown shrubs at property's edge so that the   oncoming customers would not see me head-on, be frightened an...
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By Kari Battaglia, PA, Love Where You Live
(Veterans Realty Inc)
To all my friends here on ActiveRain, Have a spooktacular Halloween!  My family here in Venice Florida has so much fun on Halloween.  We carve pumpkins, go downtown to the Venice Mainstreet Halloween Parade where children dress up and walk down mainstreet for everyone to see.  Then it is time for all the merchants pass out sweet sweet candy to everyone.  It is loads of fun. What does your family do for Halloween?   Contact Kari A. Battaglia PA, licensed Realtor® in Venice Florida at 941-270-1851 to list your home, answer general questions or to help you search for homes for sale in Venice Florida.  I currently serve customers in Venice Florida, Englewood Florida, Nokomis Florida, South Venice, Laurel, Osprey and Casey Key and Manasota Key communities.  As a private landowner, I also ha...
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By Kari Battaglia, PA, Love Where You Live
(Veterans Realty Inc)
Contact Kari A. Battaglia PA, licensed Realtor® in Venice Florida at 941-270-1851 to list your home, answer general questions or to help you search for homes for sale in Venice Florida.  I currently serve customers in Venice Florida, Englewood Florida, Nokomis Florida, South Venice, Laurel, Osprey and Casey Key and Manasota Key communities.  As a private landowner, I also have Tennessee properties available in the Chattanooga area. Call or email me to receive a list of Tennessee properties available for sale. Contact me by email at Kari@DiscoverVeniceRealEstate.com.  Need information fast, call me direct at 941-270-1851.  Copyright©2009. By Kari A. Battaglia PA.  All Rights Reserved. www.DiscoverVeniceRealEstate.com - Buyers guide, Sellers guide, Community info & links, FREE MLS Home S...
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By Kari Battaglia, PA, Love Where You Live
(Veterans Realty Inc)
  Contact Kari A. Battaglia PA, licensed Realtor® in Venice Florida at 941-270-1851 to list your home, answer general questions or to help you search for homes for sale in Venice Florida.  I currently serve customers in Venice Florida, Englewood Florida, Nokomis Florida, South Venice, Laurel, Osprey and Casey Key and Manasota Key communities.  As a private landowner, I also have Tennessee properties available in the Chattanooga area. Call or email me to receive a list of Tennessee properties available for sale. Contact me by email at Kari@DiscoverVeniceRealEstate.com.  Need information fast, call me direct at 941-270-1851.  Copyright©2009. By Kari A. Battaglia PA.  All Rights Reserved. www.DiscoverVeniceRealEstate.com - Buyers guide, Sellers guide, Community info & links, FREE MLS Home...
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By Kari Battaglia, PA, Love Where You Live
(Veterans Realty Inc)
  Contact Kari A. Battaglia, licensed Realtor® in Venice Florida at 941-270-1851 to list your home, answer questions or to help you in your search for homes for sale in Venice Florida.  I currently serve customers in Venice Florida, Englewood Florida, Nokomis Florida, South Venice, Laurel, Osprey and North Port Florida communities.  As a private landowner, I also have Tennessee properties available in the Chattanooga area. Call or email me to receive a list of Tennessee properties available for sale. Contact me by email at Kari@DiscoverVeniceRealEstate.com.  Need information fast, call me direct at 941-270-1851.  Copyright©2009. By Kari A. Battaglia.  All Rights Reserved. Kari A. Battaglia, GRI - Realtor®, Broker Associate - Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - 331 W Venice Ave., ...
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By Kari Battaglia, PA, Love Where You Live
(Veterans Realty Inc)
The number of properties available for sale in the Venice/Englewood area real estate markets are continuing to decline, down 34% from the same month one year ago; 4647 properties for sale to 3060, sales that are pending in the area are remaining strong for September 2009, up over 53% from one year ago; 270 properties pending to 415 properties pending*:  an indicator of buyers interest in the Venice/Englewood real estate market.  Even though the number of homes available for sale in our area continues to decline, we are still in a Buyer's market.  If you are considering selling your home there are steps you can take to ensure a successful sale. Know Your Competition Knowing your competition is the key to getting your home sold. If you are not aware of what you are up against you will be ...
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By Kari Battaglia, PA, Love Where You Live
(Veterans Realty Inc)
  The newest beachfront condo on Venice Beach in Venice Florida.  The Beleza is the Venice's most prestigious Gulf front tower condominium located directly on Venice Beach.  With fabulous views of the Gulf of Mexico and City of Venice from almost all units, this condo boasts ground-level access controlled parking, professionally equipped Fitness Center, large Club Room and Bar for entertaining, heated outdoor pool and spa, spacious deck, trellis garden and outdoor grill.Walk to downtown Venice shopping, dining and entertainment, or stroll to Venice Jetties and see the dolphins playing in the Gulf of Mexico and the local fisherman catching fish.  This is also a golfers paradise with 6 golf courses in Venice, most notable is the 27 hole championship golf course, Pelican Pointe. If you ar...
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By Kari Battaglia, PA, Love Where You Live
(Veterans Realty Inc)
I just recently went on a listing presentation.  I really wanted to get this listing because it is in a community that I want to break into.  This was an expired listing that I sent my expired listing letter to and also a postcard.  I was so excited when I got the call to sit down with them and go over with them what I can do for them to get their home sold.  When I got there I found out that I am the 4th Realtor that they are interviewing for the job of selling their home.  I am glad to hear that sellers are doing there homework and making sure that they are hiring the right person. The sellers have a great home on a huge creek with a beautiful pool and lots of amenities in a gated golf course community.  Their listing expired at $435,000 and was listed previously for 6 months.  The se...
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By Kari Battaglia, PA, Love Where You Live
(Veterans Realty Inc)
Luxury waterfront condominium on the island of Venice. The Waterfront on Venice Island offers a sophisticated an active Gulf Coast lifestyle.  These newer condos in Venice are spacious with rich interiors with fantastic views of the Gulf of Mexico, Intracoastal Waterway and City of Venice.   Walk to restaurants, parks, and shops in downtown Venice, or along the 10-mile Waterway Park and Trail.  Luxurious amenities included in this Florida condominium are a gated pool, clubhouse and across the street, the elaborate Tra Ponti Resort & Spa. If you would like to see this luxury condo in Venice please give me a call.  I am happy to show it to you. Contact Kari A. Battaglia, licensed Realtor® in Venice Florida at 941-270-1851 to list your home, answer questions or to help you in your search ...
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By Kari Battaglia, PA, Love Where You Live
(Veterans Realty Inc)
For those of you in search of a new home or investment property, the Today's Show Today's Real Estate segment 10 Biggest Markets on Sale has determined Sarasota Florida the best place to buy real estate.  This is very good news for our area of the country. For those of you looking to buy a home in our area, give me a call I am happy to show you around.   http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/33191501#33191501                       Contact Kari A. Battaglia, licensed Realtor® in Venice Florida at 941-270-1851 to list your home, answer questions or to help you in your search for homes for sale in Venice Florida.  I currently serve customers in Venice Florida, Englewood Florida, Nokomis Florida, South Venice, Laurel, Osprey and North Port Florida communities.  As a private landowner, I...
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