Pop [on in to the 4bd Preview Party in North Port]. Fizz. *Clink*

screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-8-27-43-pmLisa Lister Headshot_CroppedSaturday, April 29th from 10:30m – 12pm, pop on by to see this spacious 2,400sqft+ 4 bedroom beauty in desirable North Port. Get an Exclusive Preview of this beautiful home and pay attention to every quality detail that went into the creation of this home. The moment you walk up the pathway to the grand entrance you can’t help but feel an inviting feeling. Upon entering you’re greeted by your formal dining room to the left with access directly to the kitchen and your den/playroom/office/man or woman cave to your right. The massive great room is everything – so much room for seating and entertaining that it will be the hub for all future family gatherings and get-togethers. Kitchen has a breakfast bar for additional seating, a dinette, huge walk-in pantry, reverse osmosis under the sink (R/O), Corian counters and and cabinet space galore! 3 generously sized guest suites share a bath with a shower/tub combination, linen closet and an entrance to the covered back porch for a future pool bath. Master is the epitome of luxury – oversized private entrance to your lanai, soaking tub, walk-in shower and a walk-in closet almost big enough to be another bedroom! This beauty is located in a part of North Port that has convenient access to both US-41 for all the new and every expanding options for shopping, restaurants, and grocery while having quick access to I-75.  This is the ideal home you’ve been waiting for, so don’t miss out on your opportunity to visit and see this beauty in person so you can make her yours, as she is finally ready for you to move in and make memories!  Located at 2180 Zuyder Ave, North Port, FL 34286 with our open house hosts, Ashley Houseman and Lisa Lister!

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7 Year Workiversary Present = it’s HUGE!

Forget the flowers, cards, fancy dinner at The Perfect Caper or an elegantly engraved milestone paperweight from Tiffany’s this year for the 7th Workiversary (ok, maybe Tiffany’s crystal golf ball would be fun)! This year, we start off year 8 with blessings and opportunities. With a team of 40+, rich with culture and diversity communicating with our future clients in 15 different languages. With a dear friend we met at Gen Blue in New York turned amazing team leader who launched her career at a young age out of survival-mode then built an empire while having a newborn then being diagnosed and BEATING cancer.

These past 7 years were any but an itch, we’ve considered it ALL joy – but the transition into year 8 starts the next level of the legacy. It’s our pleasure to introduce to you: Houseman & Co. – a division of the Griffin Group with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate!

Mega. Open. House[s]. Weekend. (4!!)

What. A. Weekend! If you already have plans, you’ll want to break them, or at least plan to squeeze in a home – or 4 – to preview and make your move before Christmas!

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easley-davidSaturday, November 19th from 1pm – 3pm
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get an Exclusive Preview of the 5 bedroom – yes, FIVE – 3 bath pool home with granite counters, LOTS of space, split bedroom plan, volume ceilings and a fenced yard 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, David Easley!

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Saturday, November 19th from 12pm – 4pm, get an Exclusive Preview of this Custom built by the desirable Fero Construction Pool Home in Bobcat Trail with beautiful upgrades, a dreamy master closet fit for royalty, zero edge sliders that bring your patio indoors and brings the picturesque sunrise into your home every single morning!  Located at 3391 Royal Palm Dr, North Port, FL 34288 with our open house host, Ashley Houseman! (*bonus* FREE Starbucks Gift Card drawing!!)

 

 

Houseman & Co Profile PicSaturday, November 19th from 12pm – 4pm, get an Exclusive Preview of this beautifully remodeled Bobcat Trail Pool Home with tasteful finishes are evident the moment you walk over the threshold of your elegant glass front door; marbled travertine stretches as far as the eye can see, bull nose corners, new fixtures, fresh paint, recessed lighting, crown molding throughout. Located at 3377 Royal Palm Dr, North Port, FL 34288 with our open house host, John Houseman! (*bonus* FREE Starbucks Gift Card drawing!!)

 

 

heidi-m_headshotSunday, November 20th from 2pm – 4pm, get an Exclusive Preview of this cozy saltwater canal cutie that you can’t help but fall in love with!!  This 2 bed, 1 bath home is a rare waterfront find at this price point, only 10 minutes from Charlotte Harbor from your boat leaving from your backyard!  Located at 3402 Sunrise Trl, Port Charlotte, FL 33952 with our open house host, Heidi Marquardt!

 

 

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!

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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
 

Open House! Waterfront in Port Charlotte 10/30/16

easley-davidSunday, October 30th from 1pm – 3pm, get an Exclusive Preview of this cozy saltwater canal cutie that you can’t help but fall in love with!!  This 2 bed, 1 bath home is a rare waterfront find at this price point, only 10 minutes from Charlotte Harbor from your boat leaving from your backyard!  Located at 3402 Sunrise Trl, Port Charlotte, FL 33952 with our open house host, David Easley!
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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!

 

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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
 

Open Houses! Port Charlotte & Deep Creek 10/15-10/16/16

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Saturday, October 15th from 10am – 2pm
, get an Exclusive Preview of this brand-spankin’-new listing that is a 2014 custom built home with all the upgrades you could possibly dream of, including a luxurious lounging pool!!  This 3 bed, 2 bath pool home is surrounded by beautiful woods in the lovely West Port Charlotte area that is a rare find with city water!  Located at 1040 Shearer St, Port Charlotte, FL 33953 with our open house host, David Easley!

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Sunday, October 16th from 1pm – 5pm
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get an Exclusive Preview of the 5 bedroom – yes, FIVE – 3 bath pool home with granite counters, LOTS of space, split bedroom plan, volume ceilings and a fenced yard 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, David Easley!

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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
 

Market [in a] Minute – September 2016

“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?

We’re proud to 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.BuyMeFlorida.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!

“Hot Trends” on NAR’s RE Today Radio! [according to the Housemans]

How to flatter a Realtor beyond measure? Ask them to be a guest on the National Association of Realtors radio station, Real Estate Today, for their insight on selling a home to millennials in today’s market – for a third time.

Translation: my Realtor Mothership likes me enough [and apparently their listeners too?] to come back on the air to give advice to all the sellers in the world through their broadcast. It’s basically like Christmas, my birthday, winning a partial ticket in the lottery [if I ever played] and having the ability to eat Girl Scout Thin Mints year-round bundled into one, big happy emotion.

Listen to the broadcast (it’s short, I’m not boring but I do say “absolutely” a lot, sorry)


Don’t have time to listen but like to read? Here’s my synopsis (or rather the script with my scribbles):

Real Estate Today:  On today’s show – ‘Hot Trends,’ we’re looking at what’s happening in the American Home. How it looks, how it’s equipped and also – how to reel in the home buyers – if THIS is the year you plan to sell. It’s no secret that many buyers – especially younger buyers – like a home they can move right into. And one that has all the features they want. Present a house like that – and you have a much better chance of selling in the minimum time for the maximum profit!

So let’s talk about exactly what those younger buyers want in today’s market. Joining us now is Ashley Houseman, Realtor and Associate Broker with the Houseman Team, at Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty – in Port Charlotte, Florida. Ashley’s also a member of NAR’s Young Professionals Network. Ashley how are you today?
Ashley: Awesometastic! I didn’t really say that, but I thought it. It seemed silly to write this out!

RE Today:   Ashley, first of all, how’s business down on the West Coast of Florida?
Ashley: Business is busy! Probably one of our favorite times of the year, spring break through summer… we feel it’s one of our busiest times because snowbirds are ending their season and ready to buy for next season and families are gearing up to buy so they can move on summer break. We’re ready for them!

RE Today: So Ashley – as we all know, the Millennial generation is the biggest demographic group in America – what are they looking for when they buy homes, and how can a seller give it to them?
Ashley
: Millennials are looking for value and a great home for the price. We’re realistic that this demographic is searching online looking at hundreds of homes before they ever call a Realtor. They’re comparing prices. Neighborhoods. Getting a good idea of what type of home they can get for their money. Keeping this in mind when we’re listing our homes, we educate the seller on a few key things that will help them stand out among these hundreds of homes buyers are sifting through – presentation – it’s all about the pictures. We educate our sellers on how to stage their home and prepare it for photos and showings so that when we take our professional photographs, we stand out amongst the other comparable homes that we’re up against in their listing range – which in turn gets us more activity online, more showings and hopefully an offer sooner! 

RE Today:  Our Millennial friends say they like homes that are ready to go – not interested in months of repairs, and fix-ups. Sounds like a seller would do well to make their house is in really good repair before going on the market.

With that in mind – have any of your clients actually had a home inspection – on their own dime – before putting their home on the market? So that when buyers come around – it’s kind of ‘perfect?’
Ashley: When discussing preparing a home to hit the market, sometimes sellers will ask our opinion on whether or not we feel that they should get their own home inspection in order to show a buyer what issues there are with the property. We always recommend against this, since many homes in our market are sold “as is” and the buyer will likely conduct their own home inspection within their inspection contingency period, which is typically 15 days in Florida unless negotiated otherwise. Instead, we recommend our sellers complete a sellers disclosure which we include in the MLS as an attachment, which is a series of questions completed by the homeowner to the best of their knowledge and serves as an overview of the home (plumbing, roof, deed restrictions, etc). We get this upfront when we list the home, as it shows the buyer transparency and that the seller is not trying to hide anything from the buyer. As a buyer, always ask your agent to as the listing agent for a copy of the sellers disclosure when they are considering making an offer on the property. 

RE Today: How about energy efficiency? Does that come up on a Millennial buyer’s shopping list?
Ashley: This year, Coldwell Banker was a co-sponsor for the Smart Home Showcase at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. Prior to the show, they conducted a survey interviewing over 4,000 adults in the United States testing their knowledge on smart homes. When they were asked what they thought would consider a home to be “smart”, the top choices were security (such as locks and alarm systems), temperature (thermostats and fans), lighting (bulbs and lighting systems) and safety (night lights, fire and carbon monoxide detectors). “smart” home technology has come a long away and have found ways to create homes more energy efficient which is becoming more and more desirable to today’s buyer

HOT NOTES* (Courtesy of Coldwell Banker’s Blue Matter Blog):
Can smart home technology help you sell your home faster?

  • More than half of homeowners (54 percent) would purchase or install smart home products if they were selling their home and knew that doing so would make it sell faster.

Most Americans think a home can be considered “smart” if it has smart security, temperature, lighting and safety.

  • When asked about what needs to be in a home for it to be considered “smart,” the top choices were security (e.g., locks and alarm systems – 63 percent), temperature (e.g., thermostats and fans – 63 percent), lighting (e.g., light bulbs and lighting systems – 58 percent) and safety (e.g., fire / carbon monoxide detectors and nightlights – 56 percent).

    *shoutout to Tori Keichinger! Great article, friend! 

RE Today: And how can a seller help attract the energy-conscious buyer? Is showing the buyer the utility bills a help – or not?
Ashley: We always try to avoid asking for bills for our buyer or providing bills for a potential buyer for this main reason – just as every home is different in its construction and how it will handle heating and cooling – every buyer is different on how much or how little they use energy or utilities. Growing up, I remember as a little kid that if my dad heard an exterior door open and wasn’t shut within a few seconds, he’d exclaim “shut the door, I’m not paying to air condition the whole neighborhood!” As a kid, that seemed so silly to me… but now as an adult and momma of 3 young boys, my dad’s words echo in my thoughts and make me chuckle, as his words were so true when you’re being conscious about your heating and cooling bills – especially in the middle of our Florida summers! Every customer is going to be very different on how they utilize and conserve their water and utilities so asking for someone else’s bills could really skew your view on considering a property if your habits are different from the current homeowners’

RE Today:  And how about internet? Most places have broadband now – but many people – not just young people – require blazing fast internet. Can that help a seller, who could use that as a marketing element?
Ashley: How do people live without internet? Under our roof we have 2 adults with phones, iPads and computers, 2 toddlers running around tablets, and an AppleTV all streaming on our home network!! I guess you could say that internet – fast internet – is very important in our house! Our market can be very limiting on the service provider and type of service that as available to you, as some providers are heavily prevalent in some neighborhoods while absent in others. When selling our first home and buying our second 20 minutes north, we were unable to transfer our internet/television/phone service provider as they had not yet reached our new neighborhood yet. Our recommendation to buyers is if there is a specific provider or type of internet service you require as part of your new home selection process, be sure to check with your preferred provider to make sure that your prospective new home is within their coverage area prior to making an offer!

RE Today: Speaking of marketing, what about social media? That’s probably the hottest of all the hot trends out there. How can a seller and their Realtor use social media to help attract buyers?
Ashley: You have to be careful how you use social media to advertise your listings, as it can either excite your audience or totally turn them off. Try and deviate away from what all the other agents are doing in your market such as simply just posting the MLS link or posts for an open house. Make it fun, interesting, create some excitement with your post. Make sure your agent is using good grammar, correct spelling and truly highlighting the selling features of your home and do it with photos – good and attractive photos – that will lure your target audience into wanting to learn more and hopefully bring you the perfect buyer.

Ashley Houseman, Realtor and Associate Broker with the Houseman Team, at Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty – in Port Charlotte, Florida. And, a member of NAR’s Young Professionals Network. Ashley – thanks for joining us today!

(thank you for having me again, Stephen Gasque and the RE Today Team!! Next time you’re in Florida, a charter should be be on the agenda!)