Janice Litke's Blog

Posted on 08/11/2020
Another Property Sold - 8326 Karpeal Drive, Sarasota, FL 34238
Welcome to Palmer Oaks …… Welcome Home! A decorators dream that will delight the most discriminating buyer. (Please check out the walk thru Virtual Tour). The moment you open the front door, you step in to an interior charm that delights you with a warm and comfortable feeling. This impeccably cared for 3 bedroom / 2 bath home in a gated, maintenance-free community, has many upgrades. Crown moldings in all rooms, beautiful granite counter tops, Jacuzzi bathtub in master bathroom, 18” designer tile, and custom Bermuda blinds on all the windows. Open floor plan leads to sliding glass doors that takes you outside to an enclosed lanai and a...
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Posted on 08/09/2020
Things to Consider When Buying a Home Near the Florida Everglades
Photo by Skeeze via Pixabay The Florida Everglades encompasses a whopping two-million acres throughout central and southern Florida. A unique ecosystem, it's home to 360 species of birds, the critically endangered Florida panther, the West Indian Manatee, and surprisingly -- the bottlenose dolphin. Alligators, crocodiles and around 27 species of snakes live in and near the protected marshes...
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Posted on 08/02/2020
Condo Questions - How is the Property Managed?
Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay When inquiring about renting a home or condominium, you may not immediately be aware if the property is being self-managed by the owner or by a property manager or management firm that the owner has hired. There are some benefits and downsides to each. You should first ask who and...
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Posted on 07/26/2020
Upcycling Your Office File Cabinets
Image by TeroVesalainen from Pixabay Is your workspace feeling a little blah lately? The new year is just the right time to make a change! Make it part of your New Year's resolution to create a cheery, bright, and welcoming workspace by upcycling your old, dingy file cabinet into this blackboard-sided, pretty yet utilitarian piece of office furniture!...
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Posted on 07/19/2020
Tips on Being Prepared for the Hidden Costs of Home Ownership
Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay There’s no denying that purchasing a home requires a huge investment from buyers. Not only will you need to have a down payment in place, but you’ll need to consider closing costs, home maintenance, property taxes and more over the years. While these are all expenses that most buyers are aware of,...
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Posted on 07/12/2020
Homeowners' Insurance: What Leads to Your Cost
Photo by Designer491 via Shutterstock If you’re new to homeownership, one of your first expenses is homeowner’s insurance. Not to be confused with mortgage insurance, your homeowner policy protects you in the event of a catastrophe. Factors that Impact the Cost of Home Insurance The cost of your home is only one factor in an extensive list of...
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Posted on 07/10/2020
Another Property Sold - 6546 Tarawa Drive, Sarasota, FL 34241
This is one of the most sought after neighborhoods for families in Sarasota. A true family neighborhood environment with wonderful access to nearby shopping, parks, beaches and I-75. This home has been well kept and includes a beautiful newly renovated screened in pool and deck - great for entertaining and barbacues. The home includes a large bonus room which can be converted to a fourth bedroom, fenced rear yard for pets, ample attic storage and a two car garage. Golf Carts abound in this community driven neighborhood. Homes in this neighborhood do not last...
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Posted on 07/07/2020
First-Time Homebuyers: Common Mistakes
Photo by Avi Waxman on Unsplash Many people view purchasing property as a long-term goal, some see it as a rite of passage. Either way, buying a home for the first time can be an incredibly stressful experience. Those who are going through this process for the first time might be worried about making mistakes that may leave...
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Posted on 07/02/2020
Another Property Sold - 6115 Carlton Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34231
Nicely remodeled and updated home in desirable Gulf Gate area. A great opportunity to Own a 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home on a Double Size Lot in Popular Gulf Gate This Block Construction Home Has Been Updated Throughout (2016 – 2019) Newer Roof, Windows, Flooring, Kitchen, Stainless Steel Appliances, Backsplash, Bathrooms, Air Condition, Exterior and Interior Doors, Well, Septic Tank, Water Heater, Water Softening System with Aerator and water pipes. Split Bedroom Plan for ultimate Privacy. The Garage is Converted to an Oversized 4th Bedroom with a Separate Entrance that is Perfect for an Office or an In-Law Suite. Very Large Private Backyard...
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Posted on 06/28/2020
Negotiating a Land Contract Vs. a Mortgage
Image by Shutterbug75 from Pixabay With a mortgage, a buyer is applying for financing to purchase the property in its entirety. They're relying on their credit and assets for approval before assuming responsibility of the full property. In a land contract, you're cutting out the need for a formal lender and relying on the seller to approve or...
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Posted on 06/21/2020
Avoid Home Security Blunders When Travelling
A struggle that everyone faces is keeping priorities straight. As careers advance, families grow, and financial responsibilities increase, some priorities fall by the wayside. One example of how that can happen is with home security. When you have your mind on twenty other things that need to be taken care of this week, it's easy to forget about consistently...
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Posted on 06/14/2020
Home Improvements to Boost Your Home's Appeal
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Those considering the sale of their home will often consider the return on investment (ROI) of any such improvement. You don't, after all, want to spend $20,000 on a major improvement that will likely only see a $5,000 payback after the sale. But improvements also have other benefits. For one, they can...
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