North Port OPEN HOUSE 7/16/16!

Gini Smythe_HeadshotSaturday, July 16th from 12pm – 3pm, get an Exclusive Preview and be captivated by this beautifully updated 3+ bedroom (optional 4th bedroom!) home that is beaming with custom finishes throughout the inside while being surrounded by gorgeous landscaping on the outside located in the desirable & newer area of North Port, located at 2943 Belleville Terrace, North Port, FL 34286 with our open house host, Gini Smythe-Park!

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Curious for more details on these homes or others available in the market? Feel free to fire away the questions via email/text/call/FB messages, John and I would love the opportunity to serve you!

 

Ashley B. Houseman
Associate Broker / REALTOR®
Multi-Million Dollar Producer
Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty
1951-D Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33948
C: 941.456.0020 D: 941.627.8125 F: 941.625.3653
Coldwell Banker® – National Profile
 

 

Open Houses! Deep Creek & North Port 7/9-7/10/16 [+video!]

Annette Sanders_HeadshotSaturday, July 9th from 1pm – 4pm, get an Exclusive Preview of the 5 bedroom – yes, FIVE – 3 bath pool home that’s nuzzled up in between a cul-de-sac and a greenbelt in the desirable area of Deep Creek is located at 26293 Asuncion Dr, Punta Gorda (Deep Creek!), FL 33983 with our open house host, Annette Sanders!
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Screen Shot 2016-07-08 at 10.14.00 AMSunday, July 10th from 1pm – 4pm, get an Exclusive Preview of the beautiful [& massive at 2,500+sqft!], 3 bedroom, 2 bath, privacy fenced pool home located at 2852 Orchard Cir, North Port, FL 34288 with our wonderful open house hosts, Sherry Wizieck and Pamella Lockhart!
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Curious for more details on these homes or others available in the market? Feel free to fire away the questions via email/text/call/FB messages, John and I would love the opportunity to serve you!

Don’t have time to visit Orchard Circle this weekend? Here’s an exclusive walk-thru with our Team Leader, Ashley HOUSEman!

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Ashley B. Houseman
Associate Broker / REALTOR®
Multi-Million Dollar Producer
Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty
1951-D Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33948
C: 941.456.0020 D: 941.627.8125 F: 941.625.3653
Coldwell Banker® – National Profile
 

 

 

 

History of a [not so] Boring Town

Have you or someone you know ever grown up in a super small town and said that when they “grew up” that they couldn’t WAIT to move away? Yeah, I grew up in a town like that.

One of those tiny towns where all my friends said they’d never come back. In fact, there was a song written about our little ol’ town to that effect. A song by one of my all-time fav bands growing up, a punk-ska band that originated in Florida – because everything amazing comes from Florida like Publix Subs, Lilly Pulitzer (shop local at The Palm on Park!) and Boca Grande Beaches, for instance. A band by the name of Less Than Jake (I hear they’re also big in Japan, just sayin’).

To hear its awesomeness, here’s their song direct from their album “Hello Rockview” and YouTube channel; but don’t stop there, this “boring town” gets better. So, so much better!

 

Ok, so where do things look up?

How about my birthday, for starters. For the last 31 years, I’ve had pretty much the worst birthday date in the history of birthday dates. I was born the day – one day – after Christmas, December 26. One my Canadian friends would call “Boxing Day.” Why is that so bad? How about for the last 31ish years I’ve heard… “here’s your Christmas… aaaaand birthday gift!!” *hands me combined gift*

Tis’ the season to give and not receive. Totally cool with that, but still, had I been born on Christmas in July, that’d be total awesomeness. Well, my friends, I’m happy to say the

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John (my hubby), Chris DeMakes, Me on his 1st Solo Tour at The Celtic Ray Irish Pub, 12/26/14

suckiness streak ended 2 years ago… when Chris DeMakes, lead singer of Less Than Jake, decided to do a “solo tour” and not ONLY play in my hometown at my favorite Irish Pub, The Celtic Ray, but he’s played the last 2 years in a row ON MY BIRTHDAY. Not going to lie, the holy grail of all birthday gifts came to me this past year when not only did Chris sing (& dedicate!) my favorite Less Than Jake song “History of a Boring Town” (see above), he – along with the rest of The Ray – sang “happy birthday” to me. Mind. Blown. Best. Birthday. EVER!

 

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Me, my bestie Kellee & Chris DeMakes on the 2nd Solo tour at Celtic Ray, 12/26/15

Yay, a great birthday tradition for me, so what makes this town even more awesome? How about my job, and my newest co-workers-of-a-team? My hubby, John, and I work together as a real estate team we call Houseman & Co with Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty… and as of a few months ago, we have had the opportunity to work alongside another team – THE DeMakes Team – composed of papa Doug DeMakes and the one and only, Chris DeMakes.

 

It’s ok, you can be quasi-jealous. We daily have the pleasure of brushing shoulders with a world-renowned rock star celeb who was also not only one of our favorite musicians growing up, but is one of our lifelong family friends.

 

Doug DemakesDoug Demakes started in the real estate biz in 1980 with a main concentration in new construction and residential sales.  He says his favorite thing about having his son Chris in town when he’s not on the road is “Spending time together, and working out as a family at Krav Maga with the Shumans ATA Martial Arts and “getting excited for Chris’ new addition in December 2016!”  When it comes to working together, Doug feels that Coldwell Banker is a generous and giving company. Even when Chris is on tour, we’re multi-tasking while he’s on the road and working [everywhere and] anywhere from Florida to California to England, whatever the real estate need is for our customer, we can take care of it from the bus – phone or computer. One of us is always available, whether we’re entertaining on the road or in town at the office, we’ve been in [and selling] Florida for 40 years!”

Chris is quite the busy guy, and when he’s not on the road rocking out his talents, he’s at the office, he’s spending quality time with clients, he and dad are at the closing table. When I asked him what his favorite thing about real estate is, Chris replied, “Seeing the joy on the faces of first-time home-buyers when I help them find their dream home. Such a rewarding feeling!”

So what brought all this awesomeness together into an inspiration for a blog? Simple. I’m going with my bestie, who we’ll call Nurse Kellee, to witness Less Than Jake “Make Warped Tour Great Again” and rock the faces off of thousands of fans this Friday (July 1st, 2016) in St. Petersburg, Florida at Vinoy Park.

Want to know when the Vans Warped Tour ’16 is making a stop near your house? I’ve included the schedule, the killer line-up as well as the direct link to get your tix… because if you haven’t been to Warped Tour at least once in your lifetime, your bucket list is missing an action item –  and that, my friend, would make you a victim of living in a boring town!

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Less Than Jake live at Vans Warped Tour ’16 in Dallas, Texas (photo credit: Mike Brooks)

 

MON.
JUN 27
NEW ORLEANS, LA
MARDI GRAS WORLD
WED.
JUN 29
NASHVILLE, TN
THE FAIRGROUNDS NASHVILLE
THU.
JUN 30
ATLANTA, GA
LAKEWOOD AMPHITHEATER
FRI.
JUL 1
ST. PETERSBURG, FL
VINOY PARK
SAT.
JUL 2
ORLANDO, FL
TINKER FIELD
SUN.
JUL 3
WEST PALM BEACH, FL
PERFECT VODKA AMPHITHEATRE AT THE SOUTH FLORIDA FAIRGROUNDS
TUE.
JUL 5
CHARLOTTE, NC
PNC MUSIC PAVILION CHARLOTTE
WED.
JUL 6
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
VETERANS UNITED HOME LOANS AMPHITHEATER AT VIRGINIA BEACH
THU.
JUL 7
SYRACUSE, NY
NEW YORK STATE FAIR: GRAY LOT
FRI.
JUL 8
CAMDEN, NJ
BB&T PAVILION
SAT.
JUL 9
WANTAGH, NY
NIKON AT JONES BEACH THEATER
SUN.
JUL 10
HARTFORD, CT
THE XFINITY THEATRE
MON.
JUL 11
SCRANTON, PA
THE PAVILION AT MONTAGE MOUNTAIN
WED.
JUL 13
MANSFIELD, MA
XFINITY CENTER
THU.
JUL 14
DARIEN CENTER, NY
DARIEN LAKE PAC
FRI.
JUL 15
BURGETTSTOWN, PA
FIRST NIAGARA PAVILION
SAT.
JUL 16
COLUMBIA, MD
MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION
SUN.
JUL 17
HOLMDEL, NJ
P.N.C. BANK ARTS CENTER
TUE.
JUL 19
NOBLESVILLE, IN
KLIPSCH MUSIC CENTER
WED.
JUL 20
CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH
BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER
THU.
JUL 21
CINCINNATI, OH
RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER
FRI.
JUL 22
AUBURN HILLS, MI
THE PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS
SAT.
JUL 23
TINLEY PARK, IL
HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATER
SUN.
JUL 24
SHAKOPEE, MN
CANTERBURY PARK
TUE.
JUL 26
MILWAUKEE, WI
MARCUS AMPHITHEATRE
WED.
JUL 27
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO
HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATRE
THU.
JUL 28
BONNER SPRINGS, KS
PROVIDENCE MEDICAL CENTER AMPHITHEATER
SAT.
JUL 30
SALT LAKE CITY, UT
UTAH STATE FAIRPARK
SUN.
JUL 31
DENVER, CO
PEPSI CENTER ARENA LOT
MON.
AUG 1
ALBUQUERQUE, NM
BALLOON FIESTA PARK
TUE.
AUG 2
PHOENIX, AZ
PHOENIX EVENT COMPLEX
FRI.
AUG 5
SAN DIEGO, CA
QUALCOMM STADIUM AT JACK MURPHY FIELD
SAT.
AUG 6
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE
SUN.
AUG 7
POMONA, CA
POMONA FAIRPLEX
TUE.
AUG 9
LAS VEGAS, NV
HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO
THU.
AUG 11
NAMPA, ID
FORD IDAHO CENTER
FRI.
AUG 12
AUBURN, WA
WHITE RIVER AMPHITHEATER
SAT.
AUG 13
PORTLAND, OR
PORTLAND EXPO CENTER

Open Houses! North Port 6/25-6/26/16

Screen Shot 2016-06-25 at 8.13.51 AMSaturday, June 25th from 11am – 4pm, get an Exclusive Preview of the beautiful [& massive at 2,500+sqft!], 3 bedroom, 2 bath pool home located at 2852 Orchard Cir, North Port, FL 34288 with our wonderful open house hosts, Annette Sanders and Pamella Lockhart!

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John Pappa Jr_HeadshotSunday, June 26th from 1pm – 3pm, get an Exclusive Preview of the perfectly peaceful true 4 bedroom, 2 bath home with a spacious fenced back yard [also perfect for entertaining, little ones or your fur babies!] located at 4274 Troost St, North Port, FL 34288 with our open house host, John Pappa Jr!

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Miami #SquadGoals: Coldwell Banker’s 2016 Social Squad!

It’s officially official. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC has announced another lineup of stellar [social] peeps to represent the entire Coldwell Banker brand for the 2016 Generation Blue Experience [aka #GenBlue] for this year’s hottest location yet… Miami, Florida!

Personally, I’m beyond humbled to be asked to return to the ‘Squad for the 4th year in a row, as this socially savvy group is compiled of some of the most brilliant social media personalities in the industry.

This year’s line-up:

Taylor Corey:                  @taycorey
Andrea Geller:                @AndreaGeller 
George L. Rosario:        @BIG_George_NYC
Sunny Lake:                    @bhamsunny
Kim V. Colaprete:         @seattledivas
Chavi M. Hohm:           @chaviH
Heather M. Ostrom:    @RosevilleRockLn
Sharon Steele:               @sharonsteelenj
Sean Carpenter:           @SeanCarp
Ashley Houseman:      @brokerEXCLUSIVE
Audrey Maine:              @audrey_maine
Linda Aaron:                 @skynnard
Melissa Mummery:     @melissa_mummery

 

I guess that means it’s time to hit Elite Fitness with Trainer Carrie [most patient trainer EVER] in between tweets and it’s now socially acceptable to buy that “Squad Goals” shirt I’ve been eyeing at Target. Forget “fetch”, thanks for making “squad goals” happen, Alexandra!

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Bucket List: Realtor.com Pro “Realtor of the Day” [check!]

Hundreds. Thousands. [Hundreds of thousands?] of Realtors® all over the world share and market their listings on social media marketing daily.

Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. LinkedIn. Snapchat. Just a few of the favorite avenues that help get you and your seller’s goods in front of a seemingly limitless global audience at the click of a button.

Likes. Loves. Favs. Double-taps. Comments. Shares. Retweets. Just a few ways for people to show you some love, support and straight up help you to boost your goods to the top of the their news feeds or timelines to help you to increase your visibility among their network to get your listing in front of an even bigger audience and hopefully, a potential customer.

Receiving this kind of love and support on social media is always exciting, encouraging and more often times rewarding – I mean, who doesn’t love leads, referrals and new potential customers – right?

In the small little part of the world known as Houseman & Co, this ultimate compliment was given to us today, as we had the opportunity to be featured as the “Realtor of the Day” with Realtor.com Pro®. Not only was our b-e-a-utiful condo in the desirable Harbor Walk Condominium with stunning sunrise and sunsets views from 3 balconies featured as the listing of the day, our Realtor.com profile was also featured on the main page of their Instagram profile. Basically, in the world of social media love, likes and shares – this is the upmost compliment to us as a growing team, to our seller, to Coldwell Banker, and to me as a whole.

Thank you, Realtor Pro® for the feature. Thank you! Who knows, maybe my next step will be a co-hosting a commercial [in plain English] with Elizabeth Banks?! Yes, please!

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Post by @RealtorPro on Instagram featuring @HousemanAndCo as their #RealtorOfTheDay

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@RealtorPro’s profile on Instagram featuring Ashley Houseman’s Realtor.com Profile

 

March 2016 “Market Minute”

“Hey, John/Ashley! How’s the market?!” – The most common question consumers – future buyers and sellers alike – ask us about the local real estate market on a daily basis.

“It’s great! We’re busy! Inventory is low! Buyers are buying! Know anyone who wants to sell?” – Most common short answers we typically provide when we’re out and about, usually in line at the grocery store or in passing. Of course, when time allows, more detailed explanations, thoughts and answers are given and usually end up in great conversation.

*light bulb moment* – If everyone wants to know how the current market is doing and how it stacks up against this time last year, why don’t we put the facts together and share it?

Let us introduce… the “Market Minute”… last months hard number statistics compared to the same time last year. Facts directly from the MLS stating how our local Englewood, North Port, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda markets are doing.

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The  Minute’s “key” (see what I did there?!):

  • “Avg. List Price” is the total amount of homes that were listed last month, their listing prices added together then divided by the amount of homes listed
  • “Avg. Sale Price” is the total amount of homes that were sold last month, their sold prices added together then divided by the amount of homes sold
  • “Days on Market” this is the average amount of days a home was on the market before it fully went under contract. It’s the cumulative amount of days starting from day 1 when the home was listed to day “x” where the home’s offer was fully executed
  • “Homes Sold” you guessed it, the total amount of homes that had the opportunity to put the desirable “SOLD” status on their property!

Want more specific numbers to your home or what’s going on in your neighborhood? Just ask, it’d be our pleasure to help you!

**All statistics are from the Mid-Florida Regional MLS and include ALL of Englewood, North Port, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda, Florida**

Want to view local MLS listings for free?  Visit www.AshleyHouseman.com and feel free to ask us any questions about any homes for sale on the market or if you would like to have an exclusive preview of one in person!