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    Millennials, Stop Renting

    By Christopher Charest | July 11, 2022

    Dear Millennials, Stop Renting. Love,Sarasota Home Specialists with Keller Williams on the Water – Sarasota. Oh, my sweet, wonderful co-generationers, how are you doing? Are we holding up okay? It is tough out there for our generation. Between school debt, inflation, growing wage gaps, increased rental prices, and so much more, it can be difficult... Read More

    How to prepare for hurricane season

    By Christopher Charest | June 13, 2022

    It is no surprise that hurricanes are a common concern in Florida. The Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1st and ends on November 30th. Remember, hurricanes can and have happened outside of the season, but these months are certainly the most probable, with September being the season’s peak with more named storms than any... Read More

    5 Myths About Appraisals

    By Christopher Charest | April 18, 2022

    Buying a home is filled with new terms, layers, and a lot of paperwork. Through the mix of everything, it is easy to get confused, and it is entirely acceptable to ask questions to an experienced agent to help you understand the process and what each step looks like. One step of the process, in... Read More

    Why is now the best time to sell your home?

    By Christopher Charest | April 11, 2022

    Over the past year, we have seen some interesting and exciting things happen in our real estate market. Homeowners see the vast appreciation and equity increases in their homes like never before. We have seen homes go under contract within the hour of coming on the market. Our market is unlike anything we have seen... Read More

    5 Best Renovations for ROI

    By Christopher Charest | April 4, 2022

    If you’re thinking of making updates to your home, getting ready to sell in a few years and want to make some changes, or recently bought and are looking for changes to make the space your own, there are a few things that should be on your mind, and one of them should be return... Read More

    Common Questions about Homestead Exemption

    By Christopher Charest | March 1, 2022

    I am sure from time to time you have heard your Realtor mention the term Homestead Exemption when talking to you about the property taxes. Reviewing the tax information on the property description and letting you know that the taxes are higher or lower because the current owner has or doesn’t have a homestead exemption... Read More

    5 Mistakes I Made When Buying My First Home

    By Christopher Charest | February 14, 2022

    There are many things involved with buying your first home—getting pre-approved for a mortgage, finding the right Realtor, filtering through your wants versus your needs, and just touring what feels like 100 homes. Then, of course, making countless offers until finally getting to unpack all those moving boxes and feeling that sense of accomplishment! But... Read More

    5 Reasons You Should Buy Instead of Rent

    By Christopher Charest | February 7, 2022

    Renting can often seem like the better option. If something breaks, it’s not your problem; just call your landlord, and they will send the plumber out to fix that hot water heater or AC. If you’re like most Americans, you’re probably going to stay around the same place for a minimum of five years for... Read More

    How to choose the right real estate agent.

    By Christopher Charest | January 31, 2022

    Choosing the right real estate agent can be a challenging task. In Sarasota and Manatee Counties, over 4,500 licensed real estate agents are all working towards the same goal to help current, and future homeowners move through the real estate process. But how do you choose the right one for you and your situation? How... Read More

    Tips for Buying Your First (or Next) Home

    By Christopher Charest | January 24, 2022

    Buying a home is exciting, challenging, and at times can be very stressful, especially if it is your first time. Following these few tips and working with the right Realtor can make a huge impact on your experience. Being a first-time homebuyer doesn’t have to be scary, after all, you worked hard to get to... Read More