Rebecca Duffy's Blog

Posted on 11/22/2020
Improve Your Florida Luxury Home Listing
Creating an "average" listing for your luxury home in Tampa Bay, Jacksonville or any other Florida city or town is insufficient. In fact, if your listing fails to engage prospective buyers, your Sunshine State luxury house may linger on the real estate market for many weeks or months. Ultimately, there are plenty of things that you can do to...
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Posted on 11/15/2020
Are Home Sellers at the Whims of Millennial Buyers?
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay The home selling trends for 2020 are predicted to skew toward the millennial generation given the most recent statistics of age demographics. While the exact definition of millennial varies, the term usually refers to anyone born between 1980 and 2000 (give or take a few years in either direction). Given the relatively...
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Posted on 11/08/2020
How To Make Flat-Pack Furniture Seem Built In
Photo by Melinda Nagy via Shutterstock Buying your first home is exciting, and your dream-book is full of magazine cutouts and interior design sketches. But many entry-level or starter homes do not come with the built-in shelving of your designer-inspired visions. What do you do on a budget? Use your imagination, a little ingenuity and flat-pack furnishings. What...
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Posted on 11/01/2020
When You Can't Find the Perfect Luxury Home
Photo by Connoman via Pixabay Sometimes you look at many homes and can’t find the perfect luxury home. When that happens, you might have to get a home that meets every requirement except the one – and then add that feature yourself. Many luxury homes have plenty of room to add additional buildings and water features. When purchasing...
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Posted on 10/25/2020
How Many Property Showings Should You Host?
The number of showings a seller needs to host varies. In some instances, a buyer may submit an offer to purchase a house following an initial showing. Or, in other cases, a seller may host dozens of showings without receiving any offers to purchase his or her house. Ultimately, there are lots of things that a seller can do...
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Posted on 10/18/2020
Foreclosures: Should I Buy One?
Photo by Alexander Stein via PixabayIf a home is in foreclosure, you can buy it for less. Great deal, right? It can be, but there are pitfalls, and you need even more caution than in a regular real estate transaction. Stages of Foreclosure Foreclosure can take months or even years depending on the regulations of the specific state,...
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Posted on 10/11/2020
Real Estate Investing 101: Asset-Backed Security
Image by Gino Crescoli from Pixabay The common understanding of an asset-based debt is a loan meant to be repaid with interest, over time, and backed by a physical asset such as a building or a car. The asset serves as collateral that can be claimed by the lender in case of borrower default. An Asset-Based Security (ABS),...
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Posted on 10/04/2020
Review Your Property Buying Options
For those who want to buy a house, it helps to consider your options closely. That way, you can make an informed home purchase. Now, let's take a look at three factors to consider as you prepare to conduct a home search: 1. The Local Housing Market Assess the local housing market before you dive headfirst into a home...
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Posted on 09/27/2020
Private Mortgage Insurance and Why It Is Required
Image by StartupStockPhotos from Pixabay In general, if you have less than 20 percent of a down payment for the house you want, you will have to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI). This insurance is a cost to you to protect the lender if you default on the loan. In most cases, it’s better to save the 20...
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Posted on 09/20/2020
Annuals That Help Keep Southern Gardens Vibrant
Photo by mschiffm via Pixabay In most parts of the country, deep summer is when residential gardens are at their best. Well-watered lawns are lush and green, vegetable plots are thriving and annuals in flower beds, hanging baskets and containers. In the American South, however, the warmest part of the summer is also the most lackluster simply because...
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Posted on 09/13/2020
Tips for Getting Started with Real Estate Investing
Photo by mentatdgt from Pexels The methods for getting started in real estate investing range from strategies that are active to others that are more passive. Many methods fall in between those extremes but all have their own level of associated risk. Here we'll touch on some of the lower risk ways to get started with property investment....
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Posted on 09/06/2020
Generate Interest in Your Florida Luxury Home
If you plan to sell your luxury residence in Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville or any other Florida city or town, it helps to know how to stir up interest in your home. Fortunately, we're here to help you generate lots of interest in your Sunshine State luxury house so you can speed up the home selling cycle. Now, let's take...
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