By Gail Pelto, Realtor Available home inventory is steadily creeping up and interest rates continue to rise, which means more properties are out there for sale competing for the same buyers. Because of this changing market, home staging is more important now than it has been over the last several...
By Gail Pelto Wheeeee! It’s been a crazy real estate ride! For some time now we’ve had a low inventory of available residential properties for sale and a whole lotta buyers wanting to purchase. Many properties were selling in one day, some sight unseen, with multiple offers and then selling above...
By Lori Leath Smith During one of the most important financial decisions of your life, you want to be informed and reassured every step of the way. You might encounter some roadblocks during your homebuying experience, but what’s worse is not even knowing about them. It can be a scary...
By Gail Pelto, Realtor Real estate investing—it’s a good thing! In fact, 90% of millionaires are invested in real estate. Surely, they see the benefit of real estate investments! Following suit, you buy a short-term rental property and now you’re looking forward to reaping the rewards—tax benefits, equity and cash...
By Gail Pelto, Realtor 2021. Done. Caput! On to a new, exciting year! So, let’s recap the Destin and Miramar Beach residential real estate market stats for 2021 compared to 2020: • In 2021 the number of SOLD Listings was up by 23.9% over prior year. • In 2021 the Median Sales...
By Gail Pelto (a twist on Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore) ‘‘Twas a few weeks before Christmas along the Emerald Coast, Home Buyers and Sellers were busy making toasts. Offers had been made, negotiated by all. Everyone happy, no closing was stalled! It’s been a great year in real estate…interest rates...
By Gail Pelto Florida case law provides that, with some exceptions, a home seller must disclose any facts or conditions about the property that have a substantial impact on its value or desirability, and that others cannot easily see for themselves. In order to assist sellers, the Florida Association of Realtors...
By Gail Pelto Home inspections are one of the privileges that a home buyer has when purchasing a home and are initiated once you have a contract in place. There are two purposes to have them done: one is to let you know what you are buying and the second...
By Gail Pelto Normally, I give you an update about the real estate market in January, a review of the prior year. However, since 2021 has been such a crazy year, I felt you might want to know how it’s been year-to-date and where the real estate market looks to...
By Gail Pelto There’s a whole lotta stuff you need to know before you jump into the home buying process—a BUNCH of “do’s and don’ts.” One of those is how to go about getting financing for a mortgage, how to choose a lender, and the best practices on communication with...