Lorna & Charles Leduc | Sarasota Real Estate, Bradenton Real Estate, Longboat Key Real Estate


Purchasing a residence may seem like a long, complicated journey. However, there are many ways to simplify the homebuying process, including: 1. Become an Educated Homebuyer. The real estate market constantly changes, and as such, you'll want to conduct plenty of research to ensure you fully understand this sector. Remember, an informed homebuyer is better equipped to make the best decisions. And if you study the real estate market closely, you may be able to identify trends that could help you find the right home at the right price. Homebuyers who can differentiate between a sellers' market and a buyers' market, for instance, could reap the benefits of a great deal on a residence. In fact, these homebuyers may be able to determine the ideal time to buy a home and discover the perfect house quickly. Furthermore, don't forget to consider how you'll pay for your home and dedicate the time and resources to get pre-approved for a mortgage. This will ensure you're able to budget appropriately, and eventually, can find an affordable, high-quality house. 2. Remain Flexible. The homebuying process rarely, if ever, is simple. As such, you need to understand that challenges will arise during the process and remain flexible to resolve such issues. In many cases, a flexible homebuyer is a happy homebuyer, i.e. one who remains calm, cool and collected under pressure. And if you strive to be flexible, you can negotiate properly and find the best deal on a home. It also is important to note that friends and family members can support you throughout the homebuying process. Plus, if any of your friends and family members have purchased a home recently, they may be able to provide assistance as you work toward buying a home. 3. Hire an Experienced Real Estate Agent. Have you found an experienced real estate agent to guide you along the homebuying process? If not, you might miss out on a golden opportunity to explore a vast array of top-notch residences in your area. A real estate agent is a must for those who want to streamline the homebuying process, and for good reason. This professional knows the ins and outs of the real estate sector and will be ready to respond to any of your concerns or queries. Furthermore, a real estate agent can help you handle negotiations with a home seller and ensure you're able to get the best price on a home at any time. Lastly, a real estate agent can serve as a trusted resource and will help you set realistic expectations for your next home. This professional will be happy to provide honest advice along the way too, ensuring you're able to find the right home for your needs and budget. The homebuying process represents an uphill climb for many homebuyers, and as a result, can be intimidating. But with the aforementioned tips at your disposal, you'll be better equipped to discover the idea home in a short period of time.

This immaculate, tastefully updated home should be tops on your list when previewing homes in this tropical community known as Venetia. From the moment you enter this residence you will feel the warmth and spacious flow of this home leading to the awesome, serene, private pool/spa and lounge area. The great room features volume, coffered ceilings, crown moulding and an amazing Media wall looking out to the pool. The gorgeous, roomy kitchen shows off its custom cabinetry, endless stone counter tops, SS appliances and double oven. The master bedroom offers an adjoining sitting area looking out to the pool. Master bath includes dual sinks, garden tub and two walk in closets. A split floor plan offers a private guest suite with bath. Features of this home include new double E hurricane windows, interior and poolside surround system, new pool pump, washer, dryer, refrigerator and a solar assisted hot water heater. Need that extra room for some quiet time, study or office-you got it, including beautiful custom built in's. An oversized two car garage includes a work area for the handyman of the house and cabinets in the garage for extra storage. This gated community with low HOA fees offers top of the line community amenities including a resort style pool, fitness center, tennis courts and active community clubhouse. This stunning home can be yours. Come visit soon. It is worth the trip!

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4921 BELLA TERRA DR, VENICE, FL 34293  

Residential
$399,900
Price
2
Bedrooms
2
Baths
This immaculate, tastefully updated home should be tops on your list when previewing homes in this tropical community known as Venetia. From the moment you enter this residence you will feel the warmth and spacious flow of this home leading to the awesome, serene, private pool/spa and lounge area. The great room features volume, coffered ceilings, crown moulding and an amazing Media wall looking out to the pool. The gorgeous, roomy kitchen shows off its custom cabinetry, endless stone counter tops, SS appliances and double oven. The master bedroom offers an adjoining sitting area looking out to the pool. Master bath includes dual sinks, garden tub and two walk in closets. A split floor plan offers a private guest suite with bath. Features of this home include new double E hurricane windows, interior and poolside surround system, new pool pump, washer, dryer, refrigerator and a solar assisted hot water heater. Need that extra room for some quiet time, study or office-you got it, including beautiful custom built in's. An oversized two car garage includes a work area for the handyman of the house and cabinets in the garage for extra storage. This gated community with low HOA fees offers top of the line community amenities including a resort style pool, fitness center, tennis courts and active community clubhouse. This stunning home can be yours. Come visit soon. It is worth the trip!


American homes have been growing larger for decades. This trend is partly due to personal preference for more space, and partly caused by local laws mandating minimum square-footage of all new properties.

Owning and maintaining a home is a huge expense. Especially if you’re heating and maintaining parts of your home that you don’t really need.

As a result, a growing number of people are renting out parts of their home in various ways. From Airbnb to subletting, and all the way up to renting out their basement as a separate apartment, there are a number of ways you can earn money on your home.

The appeal is obvious. However, there are a number of factors you should consider before renting out part of your home. After all, your home is the place you and your family spend your days and nights, and sometimes the idea of having a stranger in your midst can be frightening to some homeowners.

For others, however, welcoming people into their home is a fun way to meet new people, help someone find affordable housing in a place they otherwise wouldn’t, and earn some extra money.

Know your local laws

It should be noted up front that not everyone can just legally rent out a portion of their home. Whether it is due to local laws, building code requirements, or homeowners association rules, there are a number of reasons you might not be able to rent out part of your home.

Before you consider listing a room or portion of your home, read up on the landlord-tenant laws in your area to make sure you’re comfortable with your legal obligations.

Make the necessary preparations

Renting a room in your home isn’t just a matter of giving someone the key to the front door. You’ll have to plan to install deadbolts, remove doorknobs with inside locking mechanisms, make repairs to the room and any amenities the tenant will have access to and document the state of your home.

Make a clear renter’s agreement

Would it make you uncomfortable to have a dog or cat in your home? Does your home have a smoking policy?

There are a number of things you should think about and add to your renter’s agreement and any online listing you post. This will help you narrow down your renter options and give you a better chance of finding someone right for your home.

Finding a tenant

There are a number of ways you can find people to live in your home. Most homeowners list their spare room or apartment online, but it can also be a good idea to reach out to people you know and trust.

Once you have interested parties, you might want to purchase a background check and determine if you’ll require certain documents (proof of income, credit score, etc.).

Document everything

There’s a reason you have to do so much paperwork when you rent an apartment--the landlord wants to make sure they are covered in case anything goes wrong.

Before signing an agreement with your new renter, make sure it covers all of the “what-if” scenarios that could happen. There are several sample lease agreements online that you can use as a template.

Furthermore, once the tenant moves in, be sure that your discussions and agreements are documented. If the tenant denies you access to perform a check for pests, make sure you have some documentation that shows this denial.


2920 CAPTIVA DR, SARASOTA, FL 34231  

Residential
$358,800
Price
4
Bedrooms
2
Baths
This is your opportunity to live within two miles of the #1 beach in the USA-Siesta Key. This 4 bedroom, 2 bath pool home should be tops on your list to preview in this very desirable area of Gulf Gate Woods. Some of the NEW updates in 2015 include an A/C, garage door, resurfaced pool & pool deck, flat lanai roof, bathroom tile, master bath vanity, new light fixtures throughout, landscaping and new fencing in 2017. SS kitchen appliances are one year young. New tile roof in 2003. This home offers a spacious, split floor plan with plenty of privacy for guests and family members. Two of the bedrooms, kitchen and living areas open up to the large pool area and covered lanai overlooking a private back yard for those special gatherings and BBQ's. There is a voluntary homeowners association ($50 annually) and deed restrictions to keep the neighborhood neat and property values on the rise. Gulf Gate Woods is a friendly, quiet, established neighborhood with sidewalks and has it's own Gulf Gate shopping/dining village seconds away. Located in the A rated school district, bike to Siesta Key Beach or ten minutes to downtown and cultural activities. What more could you ask for? Now make an appointment with your favorite realtor and come preview this special home today!