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Helping Homeowners Accept the Realities of Downsizing

Helping Homeowners Accept the Realities of Downsizing

Downsizing can be difficult for clients to accept. Their memories and belongings may be unable to fit into a smaller home. Many are unsure how to proceed and need your help. As their real estate agent, you must provide support to help them accept their new reality. Read on to learn some key tactics to get clients comfortable with downsizing.

Clearly Communicate the Benefits of Downsizing

The best way to help homeowners accept the realities of downsizing is to provide excellent communication. Downsizing a home comes with plenty of benefits, but your clients may only see a challenge. Inform them of the advantages that come from a smaller house, including the opportunity to start fresh. In order to communicate a clear message to your clients, you have to think about them as individuals. For example, if your clients are proud grandparents, you may want to emphasize how the savings can be used to do new and exciting activities with the grandkids. Research the benefits of downsizing as it applies to clients.

Share Exciting Stories about Previous Clients

A little reassurance can go a long way. Think about previous clients that have downsized. If you’ve been doing marketing properly, you would have already reached out to these clients to see how they’re doing in their new space. Share this information to restore comfort and inspire. Tell them about the elderly...

12 Essential Real Estate Marketing Videos

The real estate mantra used to be location, location, location. With the introduction of social media, it should now be connection, connection, connection. Videos are an excellent way to expand your reach by engaging with those who are interested in either buying or selling. ComScore recently reported that online videos increase consumer preference by up to 25 percent. With numbers like those, it’s time to review 12 of the most popular types of video to expand your reach with every upload. Video is the wave of the future, and it’s time to climb aboard!

1 Interview Videos

Testimonials are essential to building your reputation. No need to panic when it comes to finding willing participants; clients you have already worked with are a great resource. If clients are happy with your work, they will most likely be willing to film a short testimonial video. Don’t forget that your colleagues in the real estate industry can also polish your reputation. Ask clients and colleagues for a brief interview explaining your professionalism and results. Make sure to ask sensible questions that will result in usable sound bites. Include a brief, personal introduction in the beginning so viewers can connect the testimonials with your face. Remember, this is not the time to skimp on quality. Invest in your future by selecting professionals who can help you look your best with the right equipment.

2 Informational Videos

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Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit ...

Restaurant Spotlight: Adriatico

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Where are you going to go to dinner tonight in Sarasota? None other than Adriatico, of course. This local fine-dining establishment is a local favorite for Italian cuisine. Not only is the menu outstanding but all of the food is healthy and authentic Italian. Adriatico provides a social environment for you to experience their cuisine with great wine pairings and freshly made pasta, sauces and desserts daily. If you want to try Italian made by true Italians, check out Adriatico for your next night out.

What to Expect

The restaurant is located 6606 Superior Avenue in Gulf Gate of Sarasota. They are open six days a week for dinner start at 5pm on Monday through Saturday and closing at 9:30pm Monday through Thursday and 10pm on Friday and Saturday. Make your reservation for dinner for two, for your family of four or for your group of friends.

The restaurant is run by food artist Luigi, a native of Pozzuoli, Italy where seafood is everything. He specializes in the fresh caught seafood offering guests everything from sea urchin to squid, shrimp to octopus and a variety of fish.

He also specializes in the wonderful desserts that everyone raves about...

Upcoming Events Near Sarasota for Halloween 2015

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Sarasota is gearing up for the spookiest time of year and you’re going to want to join in the fun! The city is hosting several Halloween events to celebrate this fall season with ghost tours, pumpkin festivals, and more. Whether you’re looking for something to do with the whole family or you just want to check out a haunted attraction with your friends, there are a ton of great options in the Sarasota area. Here is a look at where to go this Halloween season for a spooky and fun time.

Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat – 208 Palm Avenue, Nokomis

Head over to Venice-Nokomis United Methoddist Church in Nokomis to take part in the Fall Festival. It’s a one day event taking place the weekend before Halloween. On Sunday October 25th, bring the family out at 10am to the festival with Trunk or Treat starting at 11:45am. You’ll get hot dogs, games to play, face paintings, inflatables and so much more.

Boo fest – 5895 Post Boulevard, Lakewood Ranch

The Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch is going to be hosting a spectacular ...

Which Mistakes will Cost you the Most When Selling your Home?

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When you are ready to sell your home, you should take into consideration a few factors before putting it on the market. If you don’t watch these common mistakes, you could end up costing yourself when your house is listed. Since it’s an emotional time for you as a seller, it’s easy to slip-up and make bad decisions based on emotional attachments over good business.

Learn about these tips now to avoid making a mistake when the time comes. Along with overpricing and not understanding the market, here is a look at a few mistakes sellers tend to make due to their emotional attachment to the property.

Lack of motivation

When a seller is struggling to let go of their home, they may show little motivation to sell. All they may want to do is put up a “for sale” sign and hope for a high price. This way of selling can be dangerous because people may notice the house for sale week after week and when they learn it’s priced too high, the seller will end up getting a lower deal than the house is worth.

Overpricing

Overpricing is common with sellers because they think their house is worth more than the market would actually say. A competitive...

Restaurant Spotlight: Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar

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The Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar is you stop for local and organic dining in Sarasota. Located downtown, this fine dining restaurant offers the freshest and finest organic ingredients and locally-sourced meats in town. Enjoy seasonal menu items, sustainable wild-caught fish, local meats and creative vegan options along with an extensive wine and cocktail bar. Prices are affordable and the elegance found at Pomona is hard to beat. Here is a look at why you should check out this local favorite eatery.

About Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar

The restaurant is open five days a week for dinner from 5-10pm. Stop in Tuesday through Saturday or make your reservation for date night, family gatherings or special occasions. It can be found downtown at 481 North Orange Avenue in Sarasota featuring New American Cuisine with a focus on organic and local food.

The restaurant is not only popular for being such an elegant place to enjoy dinner in downtown Sarasota, but also for its seasonal offerings, the focus on organic and locally-sourced meats and seafood and for the full bar with their extensive wine list.

It was designed by two of the...

Restaurant Spotlight: Antoine's Restaurant

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The new location of Antoine's Restaurant provides an elegant spot with a sophisticated feel. It's the place for PEI mussels as they prepare them seven different ways. Here's what you can expect when you dine at Antoine's.

The Menu

At Antoine's everything is made in house from the bread to the dressing and everything else. They pair a great wine and beer list with the menu to make your meal even better. Some of the favorite choices on the menu include:

  • Carrot Ginger Bisque
  • La More Waffle
  • Goat Cheese Salad
  • Seared Salmon
  • Black Grouper
  • Mariniere Mussels
  • Tomato Mussels
  • Provencial Mussels
  • Blue Cheese Mussels
  • Pork Tenderloin
  • New York Strip Steak
  • Steak Tartare
  • The Frenchy
  • The Albacore
  • Bolognese Pasta
  • Tomato Meatballs
  • And More!

You can enjoy a delicious dessert, such as the Belgian Chocolate Mousse or the Molten Belgian Chocolate Lava Cake.

Beverages

Antoine's provides plenty of great choices with 12 different bottled beers, such as Hoegarden, Duvel, Chimay Blue and Stella Artois. They also provide plenty...

Restaurant Spotlight: Off the Hook Seafood Co

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Off the Hook Seafood Co is an awesome choice for dining in Sarasota. It’s located on Gateway Avenue where you’ll find fresh seafood, a fully stocked wine cellar and a great selection of specialty drinks and beers. They are open for dinner all week except for Mondays from 5pm -10pm and reservations are recommended. If you’re ready for seafood that is really “Off the Hook,” check out this local favorite for fresh seafood in Sarasota.

What to Expect

The restaurant is located at 6630 Gateway Avenue in Sarasota offering dinner from 5-10pm six nights a week. The restaurant is known for their fresh seafood and cocktail bar concept in a bistro style twist on the two. You’ll love the eclectic atmosphere found here that isn’t like anything else in the area. Enjoy the lit-up glass bar, the climate controlled wine room and the amazing menu. It’s truly a place to relax and enjoy an amazing culinary experience.

The Menu

The restaurant features in-house dining, they can accommodate private parties and they cater. Bring in your group and a private function room will be set up for your birthdays, reunions, weddings and more. Call to have their delicious seafood catered to your office...

Restaurant Spotlight: Shore Diner

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Shore Diner is a must stop in Sarasota for a great meal in a beautiful location. Enjoy the open-air café in Florida featuring a mid-century design, fresh menu items and an overall great experience. The recipes are made with organic ingredients from local farms and the local coast.

Try a bite of Shrimp and Scallop Risotto while sipping on a signature cocktail overlooking the beach and feeling the ocean air. You’ll love the good times found at Shore Diner for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Here is a look at what to expect when you visit Shore Diner in Sarasota.

About Shore

This mid-century Florida café features fresh and local cuisine in a modern atmosphere with your favorite American and Seafood dishes. Enjoy outdoor dining or sit inside in the fabulous dining room for lunch or dinner seven days a week.

It’s a casual atmosphere that is perfect for the whole family. Check them out at 465 John Ringling Blvd from 11am to 4pm for lunch daily and 4pm to 10pm for dinner daily with special Happy Hour from 3-6pm daily. Brunch is available on Sundays only from 10am to 2pm and the restaurant can accommodate your reservation or walk-in party. Try take out or waiter service for those on-the-go....