MODEL HOME by WestBay available June 2021!

The Key West II is a bright, airy floor plan that flows beautifully from the foyer through to the expansive open living areas and continuing out to the oversized covered lanai; designed for extensive outdoor living. HOW MUCH IS YOUR HOME WORTH • GET YOUR FREE HOME EVALUATION HERE An ideal layout for those who enjoy the Florida lifestyle! The…


SPECTACULAR WATER FRONT VIEW! • Debbie Dawson RE/MAX

As you enter you will see breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Cotee River. Imagine having a water view from your kitchen, dining area, living room and bedroom. Walk out through your sliding glass door to your screened lanai and take in the fresh air as you watch the boats go by and live the dream. This…


What Sellers Shouldn’t Display in Their Home Office

Take a lot of the “you” out of your home office space, like college memorabilia and other personal items so buyers can see themselves using it. NEW YORK – The home office has become an important space to stage, but certain memorabilia could turn off some buyers who view the property in-person or online. “For more buyers to see themselves…


Mortgage Rates Unchanged This Week, Hold at 2.73%

By Kerry Smith Rates for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages hovered near record lows again this week. Freddie Mac’s chief economist encouraged lower-income homeowners to refinance. MCLEAN, Va. – Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey for this week finds that the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) was unchanged from last week’s average 2.73%. The rate hovered near record lows through January. “Mortgage…


2 in 3 Buyers Surprised by How Much House They Can Afford

By Kerry Smith Study: 47% of first-time buyers found that their budget allowed them to afford a larger house than they thought they could afford – but 21% had to lower expectations. SANTA CLARA, Calif.  – For first-time homebuyers looking to buy in 2021, a new survey conducted by HarrisX on behalf of realtor.com indicates a critical starting point for first-time buyers…


Survey: Homeowners Want More Kitchen Storage

The pandemic-inspired desire for a bigger and better home has boosted the number of kitchen remodels that emphasize a need for more storage space. NEW YORK – Kitchen storage is a top priority among renovating homeowners, according to the 2021 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, based on a survey of more than 2,000 homeowners planning or in the midst of…


Why Aren’t Homeowners Selling? Lots of Good Reasons

In 2010, owners stayed for 8.7 years; in 2020, it was 13 years. Pandemic worries, fear of a competitive market and ultra-low loan rates convinced many to hunker down. NEW YORK – Housing market inventory remains tight as homeowners hold onto their homes longer. The typical homeowner in 2020 had remained in place for 13 years, up slightly from 12.8…