Friday, October 30, 2009

Open House in a Foreclosure

That says it all about the current market conditions. A 4 bedroom condo, built in 2006, 1841 square feet and $85 per sq ft.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Condo fees and HOA dues

Why are they so high? Keep in mind that your property insurance(this can be high here in Florida), irrigation, cable TV, lawn maintenance and clubhouse/community pool is all figured in. Right now the associations are trying to make up for non paying members. Maybe when more homeowners are up to date the fees will be lowered.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Foreclosed Condo-4BR-1800+Sqft

We have a foreclosure listing that I just went through. It's on the Imperial River, very spacious with count them...4 bedrooms, volumn ceilings and a very nice location just off of Hwy41. It's pretty clean for a foreclosure. $157,9K and at just over $85 a square foot. I don't think this one will last long. I wonder when these screaming bargains will be over?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

How much is that?

I went and looked at a home in Naples built in the 60's, never been updated, overgrown with plants, pea gravel driveway and about 1800 square ft. How much do you think it is worth. Oh yeah! 80 ft of canal frontage, dock and no bridges on the way to the ocean.......1.9mil??

Friday, October 23, 2009

What to Price Your Home?

It should be based on market conditions, what similar properties have traded for in the past six months. That's where a REALTOR comes in. We have the latest comps and can help you list at a price that will give you showings and offers. It takes a showing for someone to fall in love with your home. Here at Help-U-Sell we list for less than many other companies, we can help you keep more of the sales price.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Distressed Property

It's always an adventure walking into one of these. What will it smell like? Is the electricity on? Are the appliances still there? Are the ceiling fans and light fixtures there or bare wires? Sinks and bathtubs? Pipes? I actually went into one "was a luxury condo" and the sink and some pipe was gone. On the plus side I've yet to go into one with the doors and windows gone, give it time.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

MLS only listing?

I was talking to a homeowner/homeflipper that was looking for a MLS only listing. Why? Since you have to pay the selling agent anyway why not take advantage of what we offer at Help_U-Sell. The sale by owner portion of our program includes signs, MLS listing, photo in Naples Home Magazine(distribution of 20,000), and all major realty websites. We will feature your open house on and Sunshine MLS. We can schedule showing or show your home, provide escrow services and even negotiate the sale of your home for the same fixed fee, payable when you close. Best of all we are local and available when you need us.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Custom Swimming Pool

My pool is done! My pool is done! Five weeks of yard destruction and dust ends up with a great finished product. Now it's on to the sprinkler repair and resodding. That will be done this week.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Weather is Perfect

How about 72 degrees, sunny with a slight breeze? We are looking at 80's and sunny the rest of the week. It's great weather for golf or strolling down the beach.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Market Conditions

Home sales in Naples are twice what the were last year at this time, a good sign, the average home price at $183K is lower due to distressed properties. Properties under $150K are selling fast, fast, fast and we are running out of the under $100K units. NABOR shows that the under $300K is the fastest moving part of the market.
The number of new listings is down, maybe supply and demand are evening out. It's a good time to list your home. Here at Help-U-Sell we list your home for less than many others and still provide full service.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Short Sales

It's a Short Sale market, at least in the lower prices. The banks are moving slowly so it's probably still headed toward a foreclosure market. It's hard to impress on short sales buyers the patience that they need, that they will go weeks without any information. I've found condo sellers taking lower offers to get cash offers. Cash is still king in the two figure market.