2015 Sales $6.537 Million

I am very honored to have helped so many families buy and sell property in Volusia County during 2015! Thank you for putting your trust in me!  I am looking forward to a great 2016!!

About Sarah Caudill, MBA

 www.SarahCaudill.com – Sarah Caudill epitomizes professionalism, commitment, and integrity in every detail of your real estate transaction.  Sarah is a Florida native who understands our unique market.  When selecting a real estate agent in New Smyrna Beach, Daytona Beach, Edgewater, Ponce Inlet, and Port Orange, strong knowledge of the community, strong negotiation skills, and a commitment to providing excellent service are all crucial elements.  Sarah helps both buyers and sellers meet their real estate objectives. Sarah will work tirelessly on your behalf to make your next home buying or home selling experience a pleasant and successful one.

How to Create the Perfect Pro-Style Kitchen

Pro-Style Kitchen | New Smyrna Beach | www.sarahcaudill.com

Pro-Style Kitchen | New Smyrna Beach | http://www.sarahcaudill.com

All homeowners who cook need a beautiful kitchen that provides them with the tools to efficiently and effectively prepare meals.  Having top level appliances, the correct layout, the right counter surfaces, deep sinks, and plenty of storage is essential.  In the real estate world we use terms like “gourmet kitchen” to describe a kitchen that has easy to maintain surfaces and an abundant amount of storage that a “chef” would incorporate in their kitchen.  These professional tools will make your kitchen a realm of “culinary magic”.

1.  Lighting – Having the right lighting in your kitchen is important.  The best kitchens have adequate lighting in the food prep areas and modern pendent lighting over the kitchen eating areas.  Recessed lighting is popular as it effectively brightens your entire kitchen.

2.  Kitchen Layout – Homeowners that enjoy cooking and being involved with friends and family prefer open kitchen layouts.  Kitchen layouts that flow into family and entertainment areas are chosen.  Having multiple food prep areas allow for multiple “chefs” in the house.  Consider a kitchen island or dual sinks.

3.  Counter Surfaces – If you plan on spending time in the kitchen, it is essential to invest in surfaces that will not scratch if cut on, not be stained easily, and not be burned if a hot pan or bowl of hot food is placed on them.  Durable surfaces such as granite and quartz that will withstand the normal wear of cooking are typically chosen for kitchen counter surfaces.

4.  Appliances – Professional level appliances provide added features that make it worth the extra money.  For example, professional-grade refrigerators often allow the owner to keep multiple temperatures for separate food storage compartments to keep food the freshest.  Stainless steel appliances and appliances that are hidden with matching cabinet doors are still popular.

To receive information about how much your kitchen contributes to the overall value of your home please contact me HERE.

How to Choose the “Right” Realtor to Sell Your Home

Finding a Realtor to sell your home is easy.  However, finding the “right” Realtor is a little more challenging.  How do you choose a good trustworthy agent to help you?  Here are 4 tips to help you select the right one:

1.  First, interview at least two potential agents for the job.  Ask them if real estate is their full-time occupation or if they have a different day job.  A full-time agent who depends on that income to live will be much more motivated to help you sell your property.  Next, ask them about their potential marketing plan for your property.  The marketing techniques to sell a home have evolved and it is vital that your realtor be up to date with technology and able to advertise your home on Zillow.com, Realtor.com, Trulia.com, their website, as well as utilize the tried and true methods of conducting open houses, and mailing out postcard advertisements of your home to the local area.  A study by the National Association of Realtors determined that 90% of home buyers searched online during their home buying process.  Online advertisement is an essential tool.

2.  Second, request a list of testimonials with contact information from previous clients of the agent you are considering.  Ask previous clients about the agent’s communication, work ethic, follow through, and negotiation skills.  An agent can spend thousands of dollars on advertisement but if they do not answer their phone or respond to emails then your home will not sell.  It is easy to make a convincing pitch to try to capture your listing but the “right” agent will have the client reviews and loyalty to back up their words.

3.  Third, it is important that the list price of the home be in line with the current market values.  Most homeowners have a preconceived notion of the value of their home and most real estate agents will list the home based at what the home owner’s opinion of the value is.  You do not want an agent that does not do their homework and come prepared to your listing appointment with a comparative market analysis of the true value of your home.  They should be able to explain to you why or why not the value you had thought was accurate is correct or not.  The correct pricing of your home is important so your time and money is not wasted.

4.  There are quite a few agents who offer “incentives” or “discounts” for listing your home with them.  This should be a red flag to you.  Consider this example, you worked last month making $25 per hour and your boss informs you that this month you will be making $15 per hour.  You will not be as motivated this month as you were last month on the job.  The agents that offer “discounts” or “incentives” are not the agents that will pay out of their own pocket up front for advertising of your home.  How hard will they really negotiate for you?  Will they require you to show your own house?  Will they require you to print your own fliers?  Will they answer their phone when prospective buyers call?

Finding a good real estate agent is not as easy as it seems.  Hopefully the tips I mentioned will help you when the time comes for you to sell your home.

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