Friday, January 20, 2006

New Site for Luxury Properties LaunchesLeading Real Estate Companies of the World, a network of 650 independent property firms, has launched a Web site that aims to give luxury brokers more exposure.
More Home Buyers and Sellers Use Internet, PractitionersTechnology is transforming how Americans buy and sell homes in unexpected ways, and sellers using real estate practitioners sold their homes for 16 percent more than unrepresented sellers, according to new research released Jan. 17 by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Commercial real estate remains scarce in southern Florida
SOUTH FLORIDA -- Jan. 19, 2006 -- Office and industrial space will remain scarce across South Florida this year, leading to higher rental rates and giving landlords even more leverage than they have now, two leading real estate brokers say.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Setting the Stage to Sell Your Small House(January 9, 2006)

-- Home stager Barbara Cooper-Corcoran believes small homes should be staged to increase the chances of a quick sale.

She estimates that staged homes command $15,000 to $20,000 more than they would have without the makeover. According to Cooper-Corcoran, homeowners should use neutral colors for carpeting and walls to make rooms look more spacious. Getting rid of clutter and keeping a small amount of furniture in the home can also be useful. Cooper-Corcoran also recommends replacing door handles, cabinet hardware, and bathroom faucets to jazz up the place without spending too much money.

Former NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS ® President Dorcas Helfant, who says small homes are in high demand among first-time buyers due to soaring prices, suggests adding a second bathroom if interior space is available. Source: Chicago Tribune (01/06/06); Martin, Ellen James

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Monday, January 09, 2006

• Need arises for more rental units in Lake City
In a rapidly growing town where rentals are in high demand, people are beginning to search for solutions. Many renters and property owners say that as Lake City develops, more apartments need to be built.“Lake City is growing so fast that we've got to (build more rental units),” said Al Milton, member of the Columbia County Builders' Association.Some local landlords and builders say there may not be many new rental units being built because the city is “at capacity” on its sewage system.

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