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Condominium For Sale in Pine Ridge at Lake Tarpon Village

Pine Ridge Entrance
Mint Conditioned Furnished End Unit

• 1,430 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. $112,800.

 -  Mint condition first floor furnished end unit at Pine Ridge at Lake Tarpon Village. Home has a spacious floor plan, is in move in condition, and a third bedroom suitable for office/den/bonus room. Condominium is in an active community and is located near recreation center, pool, tennis courts, shuffleboard, and walking trail.

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Redington Shores Yacht and Tennis Club

Breath Taking Gulf and Bay Views
Stunning Sunsets and Breath Taking Views

• 1,995 square feet, 3 bedroom, 3 bath  $645,000

 -  Stunning sunsets and breath taking views of the Gulf of Mexico and Boca Ciega Bay from the sixth floor of this luxury condo makes every day memorial. Custom kitchen remodeled in 2014 with high end appliances. If you were not so close to the beach and great restaurants, you might never leave home. Your new home features a 30 foot balcony for dolphin watching or the amazing sunsets. The other features include a dream kitchen with lots of lighting, split bedroom plan, all bedrooms have walk in closets and great views, laundry room, tile floors for kitchen and great room, and assigned under building parking. This dream home is located in the much desired community of Redington Shores Yacht and Tennis Club, known for its great amenities including five pools, tennis courts, Clubhouse with sitting area and fitness equipment, lush landscaping and deeded beach access.

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Indian Rocks Beach Home For Sale Under $300,000

Beautiful Beach Home
Beautiful Beach Home In Great Location

   - $272,900 

   -  Indian Rocks Beach Home For Sale that has many updates and is move in condition.


David P Craven
Charles Rutenberg Realty


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Triplex For Sale in Indian Rocks Beach - Has Been Sold

Indian Rocks Beach Triplex For Sale
Indian Rocks Beach Investment

  Triplex with two bedrooms and 2475 square feet for only $342,000 !

  -  Great opportunity to own this Indian Rocks Beach investment. A well maintained triplex that consist of three 2/1 units each with 825 square feet. There is a laundry room for additional income. Storm ready windows were installed in 2012 and new a/c's in 2014. Two blocks for beach access to the popular Indian Rocks Beach.

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Tampa Homes For Sale Search and Tampa Real Estate Information

The city of Tampa is located on Florida's west coast and has a population of around 350,000. The Metropolitan Statistical Area of the Tampa Bay Area is about 2.7 million people and includes Tampa, Clearwater, Largo, and St Petersburg among other nearby cities.

Home buyers looking for their dream home in Tampa will find a large variety of communities to choose from and various price ranges. Some of the larger better known Tampa area communities include Ybor, Forest Hills, Seminole Heights, Palma Ceia, Tampa Heights, Hyde Park, Davis Island, Tampa Palms,and College Hill. Neighborhoods in the city of Tampa are often refered to by the sections of the city they are in including East Tampa, North Tampa, West Tampa, New Tampa, South Tampa, and Downtown Tampa.

Residents and visitors to Tampa have a continous choice of year round activities to choose from. Some of the more popular and well known events include Guavaween in Ybor, Air Fest at Macdill Air Force Base, Florida State Fair, Outback Bowl on New Years's Day, Gasparilla International Film Festival, Gasparilla Distance Classic, Saint Yago Knight Parade, and the Gasparilla Pirate Festival.

Homes for sale in the Tampa Bay Area are currently selling for about half what they were selling for just a few years ago and offer great bargains for anyone looking to buy a home in the Tampa Bay Area. Find your Tampa dream home on DavidCraven.com. Connect with David Craven for all your Tampa Real Estate needs.

David Craven
Charles Rutenberg Realty

Tampa Bay Foreclosure Search on DavidCraven.com

Find the real estate listings of foreclosures in the Tampa Bay Area on DavidCraven.com. This premier map based real estate search is from the Mid Florida Regional MLS and includes up to 50,000 MLS listings of Florida homes for sale. DavidCraven.com offers this Tampa Bay Area distressed property search (includes short sales) for free and there is no required registration to view listings.

Visitors to DavidCraven.com will have access to search  foreclosure listings in Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Pasco County, Hernando County, Manatee County, Sarasota County, among many other Florida counties. This Tampa Bay Area foreclosure search can be done by MLS number, map search, zip code, and city. Your search options will include also include distressed properties for sale including foreclosure, preforeclosure and short sales. Real Estate buyers who use the search tools at DavidCraven.com also have the ability to set up a personalized custom search and have real estate listings that fit their criteria emailed automatically, or just email David Craven with your home search criteria and he will set it up for you.

When buying distressed properties, it is advisable to have an experienced REALTOR, like David Craven, to assist you because there are several differences from buying a non distressed property. Distressed properties are often sold "As Is" so buyers will need to know the market value and the cost of repairs for a prospective real estate purchase. There are  some great opportunities when making a distressed property purchase and at the same time be reminded that a distressed property does not always mean it is a good deal to buy. It is also important for buyers who will be financing their purchase to have preapproval because most sellers of bank owned properties will require this before they will consider an offer to purchase.

Some of the best deals in foreclosures often go very quickly so it is beneficial to know when these distressed properties first come on the market. David Craven has prepared three websites that will list the foreclosures that have come on the market in the last forty eight hours. Find The latest Pinellas County foreclosures here, Pasco County foreclosures here, Hillsborough County foreclosures here. Bookmark these foreclosure search websites and check daily because they will conyinue to update throughout the day. DavidCraven.com has three websites that list the newest short sale listings for the three largest counties in the Tampa area. Find the short sale listings that came on the market in the last two days in Pinellas County, Pasco County, and Hillsborough County here.

Connect with David Craven for all your Tampa Bay Area real estate needs. David has earned the SFR (Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource) designation from the National Association of REALTORS.

David Craven
Charles Rutenberg Realty

Clearwater Beach Things to Do, Watch Clearwater Beach

The northern winters results in many visitors going south to Florida as an escape from the cold weather, and Clearwater Beach continues to be a favorite place for these "Snowbirds". While visiting Clearwater Beach, listed below are some of the activities that the Clearwater Beach area has to offer. Jolley Trolley is a good means of transportation around this beach community. (727-445-1125) The main thing to do will always be the "Beach" and the "Main Event" will always be the beautiful sunsets there. Clearwater Beach has a nightly festival at sunset by Pier 60. Suncoast Cinema at Pier 60 shows FREE movies on Friday and Saturday nights at 9:00 PM.

There are many boats leaving the marina at Clearwater Beach for fishing or water tours. A couple of favorites for water tours include Sea Screamer (727-447-7200) and Captain Nemo (727-446-2587).

Need groceries or miscellaneous items, the good news there is a Publix at the eastern part of Clearwater Beach in Island Estates off SR 60.

Are you looking for a special treat then try Clearwater Beach Spa, Salon South Beach, Island Estates Hair and Nails, or the spa at Marriott Suites Clearwater Beach on Sand Key. (Sand Key also has a great beach to visit and there is plenty of parking along with a sailing center).

Clearwater Beach is in Pinellas County Florida and this county offers numerous choices for playing golf.

While visiting Clearwater Beach stop in at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (home of Winter, the star of Dolphin Tales). Still have time to spend while at Clearwater Beach then go south to Indian Shores and visit the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary.

There are many great restaurants on Clearwater Beach and one of the most popular is Frenchy's (four locations) with their famous grouper sandwich. Frenchy's Rockaway Grill is a great place to end your day at the beach and see the "Main Event" (sunset).

Clearwater Beach has many award winning designations including America's Top Family Beach, Best City Beach, One of the Best Beaches From Maine to Hawaii, one of the Top Singles Beaches in Florida, and Clearwater Beach continues to be one of the most popular places for Spring Breakers to visit.


David Craven
Charles Rutenberg Realty 

Remember there is a very good reason that Florida is known as the Sunshine State if you really need another reason to visit Clearwater Beach. 

How To Avoid Common Home Buyer Mistakes


A good and experienced REALTOR can often make the home buying process look simple. A major mistake made by many home buyers is to assume it is a simple process and not account for the various complexities when buying their dream home. They then learn an expensive lesson too late. This list is presented so that homebuyers can avoid some of the mistakes that others have made.

1. Looking for a home prior to talking to a lender in person. The lender should be one you can sit down with and who has been recommended by others. Do not fall for those too good to be true deals found on the internet. Your REALTOR can help you with which lenders are most likely to close the loan for qualified applicants. Understand that your credit score may raise your borrowing cost and necessitate that you buy less house. Know that your fixup cost can sometimes be included in your loan at closing. Some buyers may assume they can not afford a home because they did not seek the assistance of a good lender. Know that just because you qualify to buy a home, before spending the money find out if the home qualifies. Just knowing the difference between the two types of modular homes can make a dramatic difference in your lending cost if a modular home is your choice. (On frame will often have higher borrowing cost). Some condominiums or vacant land may not be eligible through your lender. A mistake that is often made is when a buyer makes a large purchases after the loan application and prior to close. This includes furniture and cars. They may then disqualify themselves.

2. Not using an agent that looks out for your best interest. Remember my opening statement about how a good an experienced  REALTOR can make it look simple. It is not simple and a buyer should always have good representation when around a seller's agent, open houses, for sale by owners, or new construction. Do not allow a seller's agent understand how you feel about their listing. A good seller's real estate agent not only knows the right questions to determine your motivation, they look for the nonverbal signs. It is important to be sure to let your agent know all your wants and needs so they do look out for your best interest. Do not commit to more than one agent during the buying process.

3. Not objectively analyzing your cost. Buyers often rationalize they can afford a house at the expense of not looking at the big picture. This is a partial list of some of the additional cost;
a) Appraisal
b) Credit report
c) Home Owner's Insurance
d) HOA or Maintenance fees
e) Property taxes
f)  Deferred maintenance cost and cost of updating
g) Home inspection 
h) How much are your living expenses prior to this purchase, use the appropriate numbers in your budget.
i) Potential utility cost

4. Not considering location. This home will someday need to be sold so what may not be important to you may be important to the next buyer. Are the schools good, shopping nearby, employment accessable, what will happen in the future around the house. The beautiful farm that borders, can it become something undesirable or the road that borders the property will it become more heavily traveled and consequently expanded? Does economic obsolescence or functional obsolescence apply to the property and if so has that been considered in the price?

5. Not using a professional inspector.

6. Buying the most you can afford on two incomes.

7. Compromising on the the important things. Figure out what is absolutely necessary and stick to it. Along with this do not be too picky and lack vision when you find the diamond in the rough. Do not be seduced by minor upgrades such as a clean painted house with great curb appeal if it does not meet your vital criteria otherwise you will probably regret moving there.

8. Thinking distressed property or distressed seller equates to a great buying opportunity.

9. Not understanding where you are in the real estate cycle. This is not always easy to discern and understand and even though you may be in a buyer's market, there may be certain areas or price ranges that have become a sellers market. A REALTOR can help you work through this and know what is hot and what is not. A traditional tool used by many real estate agents is months supply. How many months based on current sales trend will it take to sell a similar home with six months supply representing a stable market. If there are five months or less of housing inventory then it is considered a seller's market and prices will likely rise. If the inventory of similar houses is seven months or more then prices will possibly be coming down. Has the housing inventory been decreasing or increasing the past six months is also important factor?

10. Not doing a serious final walk through. Take pictures prior to the offer to purchase and if there is something  of value that may be changed (chandelier), then take that picture also. Never assume that just because something was in MLS or there when you preview the house that it will be there at closing. Get it in writing with your initial offer.

There are of course other mistakes that a home buyer can potentially make in the home buying process. Because the market in the Tampa Bay Area has gone from a "Buyer's Market" to a "Seller's Market" recently some common mistakes that are now occurring are; Always looking for a better deal and lowballing instead of negotionating realistically. Since the housing inventory has declined and interest rates are low and the market in most of the Tampa Bay Area has become a seller's market and there is becoming an upward pressure on prices and less housing inventory.


David Craven
Charles Rutenberg Realty

Florida Housing Market Results | Rising Prices and Sales For October 2014

The housing market sales results in Florida for October 2014 had more closed sales, higher median prices, and rising inventory in October 2014 versus October 2013, according to the Florida Association REALTORS. The median sales price for an existing home in Florida rose to $177,000 and that was up 4.6% from the previous year. The median sales price for a townhouse-condo in Florida during the month of October was $139,900 and that was up 7.7% over October 2013. October was the 35th consecutive month that there was a year over year increase for the median price of a home in Florida.

Florida had 9,377 closed Townhouse-Condo sales in October and that was an increase 7.4% over October 2013. There were 21,894 closed single family residents in October and that was an increase of 17.8% over October 2013.

The inventory of properties for sale in Florida remains healthy with a 5.4 month supply of available single family homes and a 5.9 month supply of available townhouse-condos for sale.

Freddie Mac reports that the average rate for a fixed rate 30 year mortgage in October 2014 was 4.04% and that was down from October 2013 when the rate averaged 4.19%. 

Tampa Bay Area saw an increase in real estate sales with a 21% increase in October 2014.

Pinellas County average median price is up 13% while Hillsborough County median price is up 6% in the year over year median prices. 

Are you curious about the real estate market and what are the available homes for sale? DavidCraven.com offers a free map based real estate search for buyers interested in homes for sale in the Tampa Bay Area.

Click here to search for available Tampa Bay Area homes for sale.

David Craven
Charles Rutenberg Realty




Tampa Bay's New Foreclosure Listings in Pinellas County Florida

Buyers looking for a great deal on a foreclosed property in Pinellas County now have a website that will list the most recent seven days of foreclosure listings. These listings of bank owned properties from MLS will automatically update each day with the most current (seven days) foreclosure listings. David Craven with RE/MAX Realtec Group has published this foreclosure web page that is free and there is never a registration required. So visit this Pinellas County foreclosure list here and please bookmark.

The listings of Pinellas County foreclosures will show the homes basic features, photos, and google maps so buyers can see the neighborhood with a virtual drive by. Visitors to this site can adjust the list or modify to meet their search criteria or start a new search using the advanced search feature. List of Pinellas County foreclosures can be adjusted to show just one day old listings. This foreclosure search feature will also give buyers the option to search by Pinellas County address, listing ID or MLS number, or a map based search. Buyers can also set up a free account and do saved searches. DavidCraven.com never requires registration to search real estate listings so buyers can come as often as desired and search anonymously. If you prefer then email David Craven to set up a custom search using your criteria and when a match that meets your predetermined criteria comes on the market then it will be automatically emailed to you. You can then be the first to see your perfect home.

The Pinellas County foreclosures for sale include St Petersburg, Largo, Seminole, Gulfport, Pinellas Park, and Tampa Bay beaches in the south county. The listings of foreclosures in North Pinellas County includes Clearwater, Belleair, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs, Safety Harbor, East Lake, Oldsmar, Clearwater Beach, and Belleair Beach.

Buying a foreclosure in the Tampa Bay Area is different in many ways than buying a non distressed property so it is important to utilize the assistance of experienced buyer's agent like David Craven to look out for the buyer's interest. Recent information about Tampa Bay Area foreclosures from David Craven will be found here.

David Craven
Charles Rutenberg Realty


Tampa Bay Foreclosures and Short Sales Real Estate Search

Search real estate listings from the Tampa Bay Area MLS for foreclosures and short sales at DavidCraven.com. This Tampa Bay Area distressed property search is free and there is never a registration so foreclosure and short sale buyers in the Tampa Bay Area can now search anonymously as often and whenever they want! Visitors to www.DavidCraven.com using the advanced search tool can access Hillsborough County foreclosures, Pasco County foreclosures, Hernando County foreclosures, Manatee County foreclosures, Sarasota County foreclosures, and Pinellas County foreclosures for sale HERE. Foreclosure search for the Tampa Bay Area can also be done by city, zip code, map search, or mls number. This great Tampa Bay Area search option can also filter short sales and pre foreclosures.

When buying distressed properties remember it is very important to have a "Buyer's Agent" and that the distressed property is often sold "AS IS". Buyers of distressed properties in the Tampa Bay Area also need to know the foreclosure buying process or the short sale buying process because there are several differences than buying a non distressed property. It is also important to know the market price and the cost of repairs for the prospective home. There are many great opportunities when buying distressed properties in the Tampa Bay Area and at the same time just because it is a distressed property does not mean it is a good deal to buy. Finally it is always advisable for a buyer of distressed property such as a bank owned foreclosures to have mortgage preapproval or be ready to show proof of funds. Foreclosures buyers often need to be ready to make a buying decision and at the same time be able to demonstrate they have the financial ability to purchase prior to bank owned property coming on the market.

David Craven is an experienced "Buyer's Agent" in assisting buyers of distressed properties such as foreclosures, or bank owned, along with short sale homes for sale. David has earned from the National Association of REALTORS the Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource designation of SFR. If you prefer he can set up a custom search for you that will automatically send you the listings from the Tampa Bay Area that meets your criteria. Email David Craven with your needs for this free foreclosure search sent to you!

David Craven
Charles Rutenberg Realty

Top Ten Things To Do | Florida Spring Break on Clearwater Beach |

Florida is a favorite destination during the spring break season. A traditional favorite area to visit are the beaches in the Tampa Bay Area and especially Clearwater Beach. Listed are my suggestions for the top ten things to do while visiting Clearwater Beach this spring. The main thing to do will always be enjoying the world famous 2.5 miles of white powdery sand beaches and the most important event to attend is the beautiful sunsets a Pier 60. Those are obvious and if visitors need more, these are my suggestions of ten more things to do;

1.Visit Sand Key with plenty of parking, a beautiful beach, nature trail, fishing, picnic, sailing, and restroom facilities, along with a beach concession.

2. Shop at one of the many unique shops on Clearwater Beach.

3. Dine at Frenchies for great food especially grouper. 
4. Water boat tours from one of the many boats leaving the marina for water tours or fishing. Two of the favorites are Captain Nemo (727-446-2587) and Sea Screamer (727-447-7200).

5. Play golf at one of Pinellas County numerous golf courses.

6. Take advantage of a free movie on Friday and Saturday nights at 9:00 PM at the Suncoast Cinema at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach.

7. Take the "Jolly Trolley" (727-445-1125)  to Indian Shores and visit the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary.

8. Visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

9. Visit Pier 60 and fish or use the playground.

10. Treat yourself! Go to Shermaines Salon and Day Spa, Clearwater Beach Spa, Island Estates Hair and Nails, or the spa on Sand Key at the Mariott Suites Clearwater Beach.


David Craven
Charles Rutenberg Realty

Contact David Craven for all your Clearwater Beach real estate needs. Search Clearwater Beach MLS listings at www.DavidCraven.com


Top Ten Reasons to Invest In Florida Real Estate

There are many reasons to invest in Florida real estate and continuing with my top ten series I am including my top ten reasons to buy now. 

10. Because you are investing in Florida and the same reasons people leave the north and move here still exist.

9.  When renting the investment the renters will be paying off your loan. The current market dynamics have rental vacancies decreasing and consequently rents increasing.

8.  Real estate investing although less liquid than the stock market has traditionally been less volatile.

7. History has demonstrated the number one way to become a millionaire is investing in real estate.  

6. Possible tax breaks (check with your accountant) with possible interest deductions, capital gains tax, and deferring taxes with a 1031 Exchange.

5. Power of leverage to increase your return. Positive leverage is when an investment returns more than the cost to finance. An example of this when an asset is returning 9% of the original purchase price and the cost of financing is 6% then there is a positive leverage of 3%. During the boom years of real estate this had become quite a challenge in Florida because of the high prices people were paying for their real estate investment and the low rate of return they were achieving (Capitalization Rate).

4. Buy the real estate below market and you have an instant profit. If you live in this property for two years then you may qualify for tax free profit. If your property is an investment then after a year you may qualify for capital gains tax. (Verify with your accountant) Owning real estate also gives the investor the opportunity to create a profit by making necessary improvements.

3. It still is a buyer's market so there are still a good quantity of distessed properties and distressed sellers that allow buyers a great bargaining position. Buyers do not have to just settle for foreclosures in disrepair, or short sales with their unknowns, there are many other opportunities that currently exist.  

2. Interest rates are at an all time low and by leveraging a purchase can keep the cost of a home or a real estate investment at minimal. When buyers perceive that interest rates are rising then often they buy quickly resulting in less selection of property to choose from. In a buyer's market more investors are willing to offer creative financing such as owner financing.

1. Real estate market is cyclical and currently at an all time low or near an all time low. A cyclical markets also suggests what goes down will go back up (appreciate). The economy appears to be slowly improving and excess housing inventory is decreasing. A buyer who is selective can capitalize on this. In many areas of Florida owning a home is now less than renting! Real estate has been a safe investment over the long term.

The bonus reason and possibly the most important to many people is pride of ownership along with giving people a sense of achievement and stability. Real estate is tangible and can be enjoyed unlike a stock that is intangible. When you need help with your real estate investment in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida visit www.davidcraven.com or contact a real estate agent, David Craven, with twenty years of investment experience in Pinellas County and Hillsborough County Florida.

David Craven
Charles Rutenberg Realty

Top 10 Reasons Houses Do Not Sell and What To Do

There is never a better time than now to reevauate why your house has not sold. Just as real estate buyer's have been empowered in their search for homes online, seller's can be empowered to sell their home faster through knowledge and making the necessary adjustments. David Craven, REALTOR, with RE/MAX Realtec Group has provided the 'bottom line" advice with what he has observed as the top ten reasons houses do not sell and what to do to overcome these obstacles.

10. Floor Plan - Buyers can not always visualize how their furniture will fit in the floor plan of your house. Sellers with the help of their REALTORS can rearrange their furniture to maximize its appeal to make the house more applicable for a larger number of buyers. This can help overcome the buyer's "confusion objection".

9. House Stinks - The smell of cigarettes and animals to a buyer is not the smell of money to sellers. Many buyers will just "keep on walking'. Get rid of the odors and not just fight the symptom by masking it with deodorizers. Deoderizers just create red flags that suggest a problen is being hid.

8. Curb (un)appeal(ing) - Buyers often make a decision to buy a house prior to walking in the front door. (Remember the front door is the only way a buyer should first enter a house). Sellers can make quick fixes to enhance their curb appeal through landscape, exterior paint, and at the very least paint or fix the front door.

7. Do not ignore the 'handwriting on the wall". - This is what happens when a seller ignores the real and somewhat obvious reasons why the house is not selling. Selling a home in this market requires a team effort with the seller and the listing agent along with the buyer and the buyer's agent. This team effort needs to be a win win. Symptoms of ignoring the "handwriting on the wall" disease is when the sellers blames others  individuals and conditions when the seller has been refusing to listen to the good advice given by a trusted real estate professional such as a REALTOR, appraisor, or home inspector. Some of the others symptoms of this potentially costly disease are showing appointments based solely on sellers convenience, allowing a home for sale in the over personalized or clutter state along with refusing to stage for success, and sticking to a seller's price and terms during negotiation when pride is the reason. A successful seller will often not just focus on how their house compares to their neighbor's house instead they adjust their method of selling their home (and Price) to what is relevant to their competition in the real estate market.

6. Seller is a FSBO - The majority of buyers have demonstated that they prefer to work with a real estate professional. A for sale by owner eliminates the majority of the available buyers when they choose to go it alone.

5. Location - often determines the quantity of buyers who will desire your home and who will see the benefits of living there. Marketing that makes a house stand out (exposed) along with focusing on any and all positive features in a house will help sell a house in a poor location. A good price is a positive feature for a poorly located house.

4. Economy - A buyer's market is not the problem, it is symtom of a broader economic problem. Realtors have often used the criteria of more than six or seven months supply of housing inventory is a buyers market and less than five or six months inventory of houses is a sellers market. (Yes, there are others variables such as buyer and sellers motivation). The number one reason for a buyer's market is weak employment outlook. If a buyer is unemployed or believes they will lose their jobs, then they will not buy. Believing housing prices will decrease will also cause a buyer to delay the purchase. Interest rates will affect what a buyer can and will buy. Traditionally when interest rates are rising buyers will get off the fence and buy because they see their housing cost start to rise. Finally too many houses on the market allow some houses to be overlooked because they did not stand out. Real estate purchases have tradionally been based on the economic principle of "law of substitution". By addressing the principles outlined in this article sellers will be better prepared to allow their house to stand out among their competition in this buyer's market.

3. Condition - Fix it and move on. Poor condition of a house can create an assumption in the buyers mind that there are more things wrong than there actually is.

2. Marketing - Passive marketing in a buyer's market is ineffective. With approximately 90% of buyers empowered to look for real estate online then houses for sale need to be all over the internet. Real estate listing
syndication has become essential, meaning the greater number of real estate web sites that a home is listed on then the greater the probability it will be found. (Period). Another way of emphasing this is "if you want to find a needle in a haystack more quickly then put more needles in the haystack".

All listings need good photographs. Since there are a large number of houses on the market, buyers and buyer's agents will choose or eliminate prospective houses based on the photos (or even the quality of the photos). If the photos do not create a desire or demonstrate a benefit to owning your house then they offer little or no value and can be a reason for a house not to be shown. Finally all houses need a marketing plan based on the individual home's needs and the sellers' needs.

1. Price - can potentially overide everything else. Pricing a home lower than what the market dictates based on the seller's time frame is obviously a waste of money. Pricing a house too high will eliminate a large number of buyers and the buyers who do see the overpriced home will compare it to the properly priced houses. This pricing strategy can actually cost a seller more money over time than an underpriced home. The over priced home is a great marketing plan if you want to help sell your neighbors home. Does your home have functional obsolescence (example four bedrooms and one bath) or economic obsolescence (example highway noise or border a railroad ) then be sure you have taken the appropriate price adjustment.

Additional information on how a seller can stand out in this market by following the link below.


David Craven
Charles Rutenberg Realty




Asheville North Carolina, A Top Place to Buy A Home Or A Second Home.

Asheville North Carolina continues to be one of the top places in the US to buy a second home. MSN Money released the list of the top ten places to buy a second home and Asheville, NC was on the list. Asheville, NC has continued to be listed on different list as a top place to own a second home or a place to live year round. The choice for this city by MSN Money at this time weighed on the fact that if you want a good second home (or main home), make the choice based on its investment potential, and more than one third of second home buyers said that they wanted to buy where others wanted to buy a home.

Asheville NC also fits the criteria used for a second home choice with its weather, scenery, and an active real estate market. Some of the important criteria MSN Money used for the choice also included proximity to a growing urban center, plenty of recreational choices, being able to get out in December, growing commercial investments in the community, a location with the "it" factor, one that is known to be a growing destination for the movers, shakers, and celebrities (where the demand for housing appears to be increasing).

Asheville North Carolina is a mountain town that boast the Biltmore Estates along with a thriving arts and crafts community. The price of homes have appreciated 35% in the past five years, according to EscapeHomes.Com, versus a national medium growth of 27.8% for the same period. Buyers of real estate in the Asheville North Carolina area can have access to the Western North Carolina Regional MLS to search listings for homes, land, or second homes for sale in that area. 


An extensive list of the numerous awards the mountain community of Asheville North Carolina has received can be found at the website listed below from Explore Asheville.        http://www.exploreasheville.com/press-room/asheville-quality-of-life-awards/index.aspx    What to do, where to stay, and where to eat while in Asheville North Carolina can also be found on that website. Come to Asheville North Carolina!

David Craven, Realtor
RE/MAX Mountain Realty