Valerie’s Blog

Why Work with an SRS?

Seller Representative Specialist - The Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designation is the premier credential in seller representation. It is designed to elevate professional standards and enhance personal performance. The designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Real Estate Business Institute (REBI) who meet specific educational and practical experience criteria.

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Venice, FL Home for Sale

VENICE, FL Home for Sale! The most popular model in Caribbean Village, this handsome 1-year-young Edison is upgraded in comfort and style, and ready for move in! Stainless appliances, LG SS front-load washer & steam dryer on pedestals, utility sink, granite counters in the kitchen, baths & laundry room, remote-controlled ceiling fans, crown moulding, and more! Elevation M features hip roofs all around for insurance discounts, a radiant barrier for low utility bills, plus gutters and a fully screened lanai for evenings watching the sunset. Caribbean Village is a friendly, gated community with a resort style pool, bocce, fitness room...

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Q & A with Valerie

What is the scariest home situation you’ve seen? My home inspector was examining a duplex home that had been improved by the owner, without relevant permits. The two halves shared an attic, with no fire barrier. There were electrical panels in the bathroom of one unit that had been enlarged. There were uncapped live wires at several of the non-working fixtures, but one of them was routed around and over the shower. What is one situation that makes you happy? I had an older couple living on Social Security who were residents of a mobile home community. They owned their...

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Avoiding Scams! Panel Discussion

Join us at The Springs of South Biscayne for a lively panel discussion on common scams impacting adults. Wednesday, October 18, from 9:30-11:00. The event is FREE but seating is limited. Call Melissa Vanderbilt-Bestor at 800-900-0594 for a reservation.

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8 Ways to Better Sell Your House

Welcome the Buyer at Entry: Simple touches of a new clean doormat, fresh coat of paint (if needed to front door), polishing door handles, potted flowers on porch , new bright light bulb in porch light, sweeping away those pesky cobwebs and leaves. Get rid of it: Eliminate the excess that has accumulated, place in storage, have a yard sale or donate. Buyers need to visualize themselves as if they were living there. Please leave some personality so it does not look like generic room as people often purchase into a lifestyle as much as property. Show them the attractive...

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When is it time to get help at home?

    If you are like most people, you take pride in caring for yourself. That could mean cleaning, shopping, bathing, maintaining your finances, remembering to order and take your medications, and getting around on your own. But sometimes as we age, we just don’t have the energy to do these things, or we become forgetful. So they pile up, or go undone, creating distress for loved ones, as well dangerous situations for ourselves.   As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist, I have the training and understanding to help homeowners and their family members sort through housing options. Maybe you...

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Why would I want to move from my single family home?

If you’re like most people, your Florida dream house is about 1,800 square feet, with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a pool. It is in a nice neighborhood with similar homes. When cutting the grass got to be too much, you hired someone for $80-100 per month to take care of it. When the pool got to be too much, you hired someone for $75-90 a month. Then the water softener system was too much trouble, so you contracted for a service to maintain the filtration and perhaps the reverse-osmosis system. After a few years, the house needed updating, and...

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