The easiest time you'll ever have to deep clean your entire house is right before you move in. Without any of your belonging to tidy or move out of the way, you can begin your life in your new home with a sparkling clean slate by setting aside some time for a cleaning day. There are many tasks that will become exponentially more time consuming or annoying after move in, like cleaning behind appliances, wiping out drawers, or shampooing carpets, so do yourself a favor and tackle them before the moving truck arrives.

To take one item off your mental load, we have put together a move-in cleaning checklist to help. Your future self will thank you!

SuppliesMove-in Cleaning Checklist

First things first: supplies. Because you will ideally be conducting this move-in cleaning…

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Investment Properties

Are investment properties worth it?Are Investment Properties on Marco Island Worth it?

There’s a big difference between owning your own home to live in and owning an investment property. An investment property is a real estate asset you use only for investment purposes. You must occupy a property for at least 14 days or 10% of all the days the property is rented to call it a residence. If you occupy it less, you’ll need to claim it as an investment property on your tax returns, according to the IRS.

An investment property is also not a fix and flip, which is when you buy a property, renovate it, and hope to sell it for a premium. These projects can be profitable. You hold them for a shorter time than you would an investment property. An investment property is held with the…

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Can a home seller back out of a contract to sell their property? The short answer is yes – under certain circumstances. In fact, it’s not uncommon for homeowners to get cold feet and want out of a real estate contract.When Can A Seller Back Out Of A Contract

However, the choice to back out of a purchase agreement may come with added expense and potential legal consequences. Sellers who want out of an existing real estate contract are advised to do their homework up-front and recognize that time is of the essence if they wish to save on steep legal fees.

For example, some property owners may wish to backtrack for sentimental reasons. Others may sign a real estate contract only to determine in short order that deal terms and deadlines don’t seem as attractive as they’d initially thought…

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Housing Records Set in 2021

Over the past year, the real estate market saw several housing records hit a new level. Many of these are attributed to the strange and unexpected changes that were driven by the pandemic and how it had an impact on several areas of the economy and daily life.

Here are 10 of the housing records that hit a new number in 2021 according to research conducted by Redfin.

The average home sold for almost $400,000

The national median home sale price had an all-time high. The number as of June 2021 was an astounding $386,000 which is an increase of 24.4% from the previous year. And those numbers are not currently the all-time high. 2021 hit another record towards the end of the year due to double digit percentage increases.

Home supply drops to…

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What Does Being Well Qualified for a Home Loan Mean?

If you are in the process of preparing to buy a home, at the top of your priority list is probably getting the best home loan you can. Qualifying for a mortgage can be a daunting process, but it doesn’t have to be. There is much more to being well qualified for a mortgage than just making enough money, and when you are equipped with the right information, you can be a well-informed and totally prepared applicant. Read on to learn what a mortgage lender looks for in the qualification process, and how to make sure you are well qualified.

Credit ScoreWhat Does Being Well Qualified for a Home Loan Mean

Mortgage brokers will look at your credit score as one of the descriptions of your financial responsibility. There are five credit score categories,…

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The benefits of Purchasing a Condo on Marco Island that Allows Weekly RentalsThe Benefits of Purchasing a Condo on Marco Island that Allows Weekly Rentals

Most of the condo communities on Marco Island require a minimum rental period of at least 30 days. This can be a great benefit of those who own a condo in the community as it is much quieter and brings less resident turnover. For many Marco Island condo owners this is a must, but it can be a negative attribute if you are hoping to purchase a condo on Marco Island to help generate some extra cash flow with rental income.

If you’re looking to purchase a vacation condo, or a condo to turn into a vacation rental property, no matter where you purchase you will be able to easily rent out your Marco Island condo for the minimum rental period. It is just a bit more profitable to…

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Why Fall is a Smart Time to Purchase a Vacation Home

Why Fall is a Smart Time to Purchase a Vacation Home

As the seasons change, school starts, sports get back into gear, job obligations ramp up, and the weather gets a little cooler any thoughts of vacation, for most people are the furthest from their mind. Those amazing times at a summer cottage on the beach are just memories as you step into the next phase of your busy life. But if you are planning to purchase a vacation home fall is an ideal time for vacation home shopping.

Right now, vacation properties are in high demand due to people looking for safer and more relaxed ways to vacation coupled with the most amazing mortgage interest rates in recent history. Though the real estate market is staying strong, August has shown a small bit of a…

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