Author Archives: Admin

    • Drotos Ryals Group 2017 Year End Review

      (Gainesville, FL)- Another year has come and gone, and the Drotos Ryals Group was again fortunate to continue our strong transaction volumes from previous years. In fact, within Alachua County…

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    • Costly Home Seller Mistakes to Avoid

      By Chris Handy

      As a Sellers’ Representative, my customers ask me to get the most amount of money for their homes, and usually in the shortest amount of time possible. As we began to recover locally approximately 18 months ago, and the market is stabilizing, a mix of time-tested methods and modern strategies, when put in place, allow me to help them achieve the goals they demand of their trusted professional.

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    • Is a Mini Bubble in the Making?

      By: Henry Rabell
      Sr. VP with Bosshardt Realty Services, LLC

      It was a remarkable rebound year for most new home builders. A perfect storm of low interest rates, competitive labor costs, fewer short sales and foreclosures combined with the lack of desirable inventory to spawn the new construction, home sales bonanza of 2014. This mini boom was underpinned by subdivision lot prices. It appears that, in many cases, such lots were purchased by savvy builders at a fraction of their original purchased price via foreclosure sales, or by developers simply cutting their losses on their original capital investment. This mix of factors catalyzed the new home sales resurrection. Builders were able to use the money saved from discounted lot prices and apply it toward enhanced home features. In turn, these bells and whistles, along with prices that rivaled older, less efficient used homes, motivated home buyers. Think about it: The benefits of a new home which includes granite counter tops, crown molding, energy savings components, a modern kitchen and space designs, plus new, unblemished carpet versus the costs associated with updating a used home in need of an eventual roof, AC unit replacement or deferred maintenance issues (often left over by the previous home owner)—and the new home became the undisputed, relative bargain.

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    • Jan’s Favorite Things

      Most everyone is familiar with the song, “My Favorite Things” from the musical, The Sound of Music. (Of course, if you can’t recall Maria, the lyrics, or the melody you can always Google it for a most delightful reprieve). Well, some of my favorite things like entertaining and hosting an Open House for my Seller allows me to combine more of my favorite things. It’s always been a priority to bring beauty in to my daily living. Who would have known that I would have eventually become a Realtor (huh uhm at this age) and found myself in my element combining my favorite things and all things Real Estate.

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    • My Landlord’s Henchmen

      Have you ever rented a property and had a bad experience with the landlord over simple maintenance issues such as a leaky pipe or perhaps, rodents? Guest blogger, Mallory Thompson describes her 2-year ordeal as a tenant in a privately owned rental unit and how relieved she is to now be living in a unit maintained by a professional management company.

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    • Tips for a Greener Home

      Want to save money and help the environment at the same time? Follow these easy tips to help put the green in your home AND your wallet:

      • Add up to 12 of your energy bills and divide the total in half, and that’s about what it costs to heat and cool your home. That’s right, your central air conditioner and heater (called HVAC) – whether it’s in your garage, a closet or the attic – costs you and the planet more than ALL of your other appliances combined. So how we use this important appliance makes a big green difference.

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