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Use a Local Real Estate Agent for the Best Results

When you use a local real estate agent, you receive knowledgeable feedback and tips about the area and so much more. Local agents know the local market better than anyone, and they know what the market will bear as well as how low you can go. So, whether you are buying or selling property, it pays to use a local …

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Why an Experienced Real Estate Agent Will Save You Time and Money

Finding the right realtor is important for so many reasons. Whether you are buying or selling property, a skilled realtor can save you a great deal of time and money. Arnie Traub is your best resource when buying or selling a home in the Greater Daytona and New Smyrna Beach area. Anyone can spend a couple of minutes online and …

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How Much Home Can You Afford in New Smyrna Beach

Let me guess…you came down to New Smyrna Beach for a vacation and fell in love with this charming, little seaside gem? Now you are wondering how much real estate goes for in New Smyrna Beach. From sporty cars, to fancy clothes and even houses, it’s all about what we can afford. In New Smyrna Beach, median homes prices are …

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Is It Better to Buy a Vacant Lot and Build a Home?

Wondering if it is better to buy an existing home or buy a vacant lot and build a home? There are pros and cons to each scenario. First of all, it is a wonderful thing to be able to get exactly what you want, exactly where you want. If you buy a lot and build a home, you can pick …

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Tile or Shingled Roofs – What Is the Difference

Often times you get what you pay for, and that is definitely the case with roofing material. Take tile vs. shingles, for example. Tile is definitely a superior roofing material, but here are plusses and minuses to both – largely dependent upon your particular situation. Tile costs more than shingles, usually at least double, but it will could last 50 …

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Why Get Pre-Approved Before House Shopping

Approval…we seek it from our parents, our mentors and our peers. We need it to get loans of any kind. Pre-approval for loans can be particularly important too, especially when you are shopping for property. In real estate, pre-approval means that a lender looks at your credit, employment, income and debts to determine an estimate of how much you are …

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Why a One-Story Home Is Best for the Elderly

One-story homes are better for the elderly for a host of reasons… Health is a primary reason. As people age, many can develop knee or hip issues, arthritis and other aches and pains, making it hard or even impossible to climb stairs. Seniors who have COPD, emphysema or other breathing issues, may also have great difficulty with stairs…and, if those …

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Stay Away from Homes with Chinese Drywall

During the housing boom from 2004 to 2007, certain materials were in high demand, and there was a shortage of drywall. In an effort to alleviate this scarcity, drywall was imported from China. This importation, however, caused its own huge set of problems. You see, Chinese drywall is linked to the seepage of sulfide gasses that – aside from smelling …

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Various Architectural Home Styles

The world is full of choices…chocolate and vanilla, long or short hair, domestic or imported beer…even houses come in a wide array of style choices. In Florida, we often see large, looming luxury condos and townhouses which are typically of two-story, rowhome design in the more urban areas. Neighborhoods and single-family waterfront homes tend to be single-level ranch style here. …