Tuesday, January 29, 2019 / by Anna Eckstein
Everybody makes mistakes with their money. The important thing is to keep them to a minimum. And one of the best ways to accomplish that is to learn from the mistakes of others. Here is our list of the top mistakes people make with their money, and what you can do to avoid these mistakes in the first place.
1. Buying items you don't need...and paying extra for them in interest. Every time you have an urge to do a little "impulse buying" and you use your credit card but you don't pay in full by the due date, you could be paying interest on that purchase for months or years to come. Spending money for something you really don't need can be a big waste of your money. But you can make the matter worse, a lot worse, by putting the purchase on a credit card and paying monthly interest charges.
Research major purchases and comparison shop before you buy. Ask yourself if you really need the item. Even better, wait a day or two, or just a few hours, to think things over rath ...
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 / by Anna Eckstein
5 Positive Trends for Buyers & 5 Positive Trends for Sellers in 2019
NABOR® Year End 2018 Market Report was Good for All!
Naples, Fla. (January 18, 2019) - The Naples area housing market ended 2018 with impressive annual activity statistics in all areas of the residential real estate market including an 11 percent increase in total closed sales and a 14 percent increase in inventory compared to 2017. Sales of homes over $1 million continued to drive the market in 2018, especially in the condominium market where closed sales of condominiums over $1 million increased 37 percent! According to the Year End 2018 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), inventory at the end of 2018 was the highest on record in six years.
"Prices held steady in 2018 with just a 3 percent increase in median clo ...
Thursday, January 17, 2019 / by Anna Eckstein
The Real Estate Market Has Changed . . .
"Buyers are far more discriminating, and a large percentage of the homes listed for sale don't sell the first time. It's more critical than ever to learn what you need to know to avoid costly seller mistakes in order to sell your home fast and for the most amount of money."
Remember not so long ago, when you could make your fortune in real estate. It was nothing then to buy a home, wait a short while, and then sell it at a tidy profit.
And then do it all over again.
Well, as you probably know, times have changed. As good as the market is right now, home prices are still below what they were at their peak. Buyers are far more discriminating, and a large percentage of the homes listed for sale never sell. It's more critical than ever to learn what you need to know to avoid costly seller mistakes in order to sell your home fast and for the most amount of money.
The 9 Step System to Get Your Home Sold Fast and For Top ...
Thursday, January 10, 2019 / by Anna Eckstein
What comes to mind when you think of a clean kitchen? Shiny waxed floors? Gleaming stainless steel sinks? Spotless counters and neatly arranged cupboards?
They can help, but a truly "clean" kitchen--that is, one that ensures safe food--relies on more than just looks. It also depends on safe food practices.
In the home, food safety concerns revolve around three main functions: food storage, food handling, and cooking. To see how well you're doing in each, take this quiz, and then read on to learn how you can make the meals and snacks from your kitchen the safest possible.
Choose the answer that best describes the practice in your household, whether or not you are the primary food handler.
1. The temperature of the refrigerator in my home is:a. 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 ° C)b. 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5 ° C)c. I don't know; I've never measured it.
2. The last time we had leftover cooked stew or other food with meat, chicken or fish, the food ...
Friday, December 21, 2018 / by Anna Eckstein
November Housing Market Report Shows Activity Heating Up
Naples, Fla. (December 21, 2018) - Home sales in November increased by double digits across every price category resulting in an overall increase of 24 percent compared to November 2017. Median closed prices decreased for homes under $1 million in November and inventory rose 12 percent to 5,971 homes, according to the November 2018 Market Report released by the Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®), which tracks home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island).
"The November report shows greater balance in the market which is propelling strong performance," said Budge Huskey, President, Premier Sotheby's International Realty, who added that the 24 percent increase in overall closed sales for November is "significant because it reflects our recovery from the hurricane last year."
The $0 to $300,000 single-family home market had the most impressive act ...