HGTV – Ormond Beach Best Realtor

New Smyrna Beach’s very own Sarah Caudill, MBA of Florida Life Real Estate was recently featured on HGTV’s “How Close Can I Beach”. You can view the show on Florida Life Real Estate’s website. HGTV producers began speaking with Sarah and Tim Caudill of Florida Life Real Estate over 2 years ago. They had followed this fast growing real estate firm and were intrigued how just how much of a positive impression their clients were left with of this team.

HGTV reached out to Sarah and Tim and started planning to shoot a show in the local market area. The producers chose Ormond Beach, Florida. Sarah and Tim had recently helped a young couple find their dream home close to the beach in Ormond for less than $300K. This dynamic team worked endlessly to find Ron and Stephanie the perfect home.

Sarah and Tim Caudill of Florida Life Real Estate are one of the Top Ranked Zillow Premier 5-Star Agencies. Florida Life Real Estate is also the Top New Smyrna Beach Real Estate Team and has a 5-Star Rating with Google as well.

Watch Sarah Caudill in action as she helps to deliver top notch service to Ron and Stephanie in the search for the perfect home. Go to http://www.FloridaLifeRealEstate.com to learn more about Sarah and Tim Caudill and Florida Life Real Estate.

 

Florida Life Real Estates, Sarah Caudill, MBA featured on HGTV

5 Things You Should Do Before You Move Into Your New House

1.  Change out the Locks – The first thing you should do after leaving the closing table at the Title Company and receiving the keys is to change the locks of your new home.  You do not know who all has had keys to the home in the past and you want to ensure that you are the sole person with access to your home.  It is very inexpensive to change out the locks yourself or call a locksmith.

2.  Have your A/C Ducts Cleaned Out – Next, you should hire a duct cleaning service to clean out the ducts of your home.  It costs about $400 and will drastically improve the air quality in your new home.

3.  Clean the Carpets – Prior to moving in your furniture and personal belongings, you should steam clean the carpeted areas within your new home.  You have two options to have this work done.  It costs about $50 per day to rent a steam cleaner and do the work yourself or you can hire a professional carpet cleaner for about $50 per room.

4.  Pest Control – Ask a local pest control company to come out and treat the home for unwanted guests including roaches, ants, and spiders.  Depending on your location you might also want the home treated for mice and termites.

5.  Familiarize Yourself with the Location of the Main Water Valve and the Circuit Breaker Box – Make sure to test and ensure all of the switches in the breaker box are labeled appropriately.  It is important to know which switches control the different areas of your new house.  Also, it is good to know where the main water valve shut off is.  You always want to be prepared with that knowledge in case of a plumbing emergency situation.

For more information on important things to do when purchasing your new home, click here 

Best Condo Community in New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach Minorca Condos | www.sarahcaudill.com

New Smyrna Beach Minorca Condos | http://www.sarahcaudill.com

Minorca is one of the best condo communities in the pristine beach town of New Smyrna Beach.  With the Atlantic Ocean on the East side of these condo buildings and the inter-coastal waterway to the West side, this community offers breath-taking sunrise and sunset views.  The Minorca community was built on 65 acres and is 15 miles south of Daytona Beach.  New Smyrna Beach is the closest beach town to Central Florida’s theme parks being only an hour from Orlando.  Adjacent to this fantastic community is the Smyrna Dunes Park that offers 220 acres of park with over four miles of boardwalk and walking trails.  The first of the 7 Minorca buildings were completed in 2002 and the last in 2006.  The property includes 310 condo homes.

Minorca offers an exclusive clubhouse complete with a full kitchen, bar, pool table, and entertainment area; a large heated pool and spa along with a fully equipped gym with a sauna; tennis courts; 24/7 staffed security gatehouse; Ponce De Leon River Pavilion; excellent on-site management staff; boat docks for rent or purchase; and fishing docks overlooking the New Smyrna Beach Coast Guard Station and Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.

Currently the lowest priced condo in this prestigious community is a second floor, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,450sq ft unit listed at $347,000 and the highest priced condo is a seventh floor, 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,620 sq ft unit listed at $1,550,000.

Call your full-time Minorca resident and realtor today to tour this one of a kind community #386-295-8664! Or view the current Minorca condos For Sale by following this link: http://sarahcaudill.idxbroker.com/idx/results/listings?idxID=a096&pt=1&lp=0&ccz=city&per=10&srt=prd&a_complexName[]=Minorca

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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