JOEL MISTRETTA | Clearwater Beach Real Estate, Seminole Real Estate, Clearwater Real Estate

This listing recently sold for $88,000.

1216 S MISSOURI AVE #304, CLEARWATER, FL 33756  

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Move-in Ready! Located in the fabulous Residence at Renaissance Square, this 3rd floor condo features a brand new A/C with 10-year warranty, fresh neutral interior paint, high quality wood laminate flooring and new ceiling fans. Built in 2004, the sellers barely used the kitchen leaving the appliances in like-new condition including the refrigerator, oven/range, built-in microwave and dishwasher. Inside washer/dryer included so no trips down the hall for shared laundry. Thoughtful appointments include arched walkways, ample closet space, shower/tub combo and large vanity, wine rack above refrigerator, cozy balcony overlooking tropical foliage and contemporary lighting/fixtures. Community features several amenities such as a resort-style swimming pool, fitness center, storage unit, fenced dog play area and so much more! Monthly dues cover water/sewer, trash, pest control, exterior maintenance, community pool, insurance and reserves. Pets of all sizes are welcome with approval. Just a quick drive to award-winning Clearwater Beach and easy access to thoroughfares in/out of St. Pete and Tampa. With this property being in close proximity to the hospital, you’ll want to call this lovely condo home. Call today for your private tour!

13154 PAYTON ST, ODESSA, FL 33556  

Built in 2018! Fabulous two-story 5 bedroom, 3 bath home with all the bells and whistles in the highly sought-after community of Starkey Ranch. This active family community is located off State Road 54 near Trinity where you and your family can enjoy amenities like a community pool, park, trail system, water access for kayaking and endless community events. Some of the many features include pre-wire for a pool/spa/outdoor kitchen/lanai media center, water softener, gas hot water heater, Mediterranean barrel tile roof, epoxy coated garage floor, plank style porcelain tile, plantation shutters and so much more! The chef’s kitchen wows with under-cabinet lighting, custom wood cabinetry with soft close doors and drawers, double wastebasket, subway tile backsplash, Quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, frosted glass walk-in pantry and breakfast bar with pendant lighting. Retreat to the master bath and soak up the spa-like tile, multiple showerheads, frameless shower enclosure, garden tub and extra-wide vanity with Quartz countertops and knee space. Laundry room makes chores a breeze with custom cabinetry, washer/dryer, utility sink and plenty of countertop space. Entertain in the spacious living room, great room and dining room or bring the party outside with a backyard fit for a growing family. If you’re looking for a safe, family-friendly neighborhood with excellent schools, shopping, dining and recreation – you found it in Starkey Ranch! Call today for your private viewing.

There’s a lot more to interior design than simply picking out the latest trends in home decor. Design principles are also used to make the atmosphere of your home spacious and welcoming, and to make your home livable in a practical way.

 In spite of the fact that most people will own a home someday, no one is ever really taught interior design. So, it comes as little surprise that so many people are missing out on simple techniques that can drastically improve their home.

 In today’s article, we’re going to share with you some of the best interior design and decorating secrets to help you spruce up your home and make it more practical at the same time.

Low ceiling? No problem

Having a low ceiling can make it difficult to decorate and make your home seem spacious. One great workaround is to avoid tall furniture and seek out chairs with low backs, and bookcases that are wide rather than tall.

Omit hanging lights and ceiling fans and used recessed lighting instead to maximize your space and avoid having taller guests having to dodge objects hanging from the ceiling.

Finally, paint the ceiling white and remove crown molding to give the impression of openness.

Making small rooms feel larger

If you have a small home it can feel difficult to keep things uncluttered while still making sure you have everything you need. There are a few ways to make rooms feel more spacious that don’t involve throwing out your belongings.

First, add mirrors to give the illusion (literally) of space. A single or group of mirrors can be a nice decorative touch that makes a room seem much larger than it is.

Next, paint and decorate with mainly light colors or white. Dark colors will make a room feel smaller.

Lastly, take advantage of hidden storage space, such as tables with drawers underneath, and avoid putting decorations on too many surfaces. Filling the room up with objects will make it appear smaller.

The size of decorations matter

There’s a rule in interior decorating called the “cantaloupe rule.” It states that you should avoid using decorations that are smaller than a cantaloupe.

However, that doesn’t mean this rule can’t be artfully broken. A better description would be that you should omit several small decorations in favor of just a few large ones.  

Create a color palette

When choosing the color of your furniture, walls, and decoration it can be easy to just choose whichever color you like for that object rather than what works well in your home. Try making a color palette to adhere to when shopping for these items.

Create a house-wide palette and a palette for each room. Stick to three or four colors that complement each other well for each room, and make sure they aren’t too starkly contrasted from other rooms in your home.

If you aren’t sure about how to design a color palette there are several free online tools you can use to help.

Although a home seller wants to enjoy a quick, seamless home selling experience, problems sometimes can arise along the way. And if a home seller is not careful, these issues may cause him or her to encounter one of the dreaded home selling worst-case scenarios.

Ultimately, there are many home selling worst-case scenarios that a seller should try to avoid at all costs, and these scenarios include:

1. A home is priced too high.

A home seller should establish a competitive price for his or her residence from the get-go. Because failure to do so could force a residence to linger on the housing market for weeks, months or years.

To determine a competitive price, it helps to conduct plenty of real estate market research. Looking at the prices of recently sold houses in your city or town can help you determine whether you're preparing to enter a buyer's or seller's market. Also, examining the prices of comparable houses in your area can help you narrow your price range.

Furthermore, a property appraisal is a viable option for all home sellers, at all times. During an appraisal, a home expert will assess your residence and provide a property valuation. Then, you can use the property valuation to price your home accordingly.

2. A homebuyer requests a price reduction or major repairs after an inspection.

A home inspection generally takes place a few days after a seller accepts a buyer's offer on a residence. If this inspection reveals a wide array of home problems, it could jeopardize a potential sale.

It often helps to complete a home inspection before listing a residence. This inspection allows a seller to identify any home problems and resolve these issues immediately.

In addition, a home seller should understand his or her options after an inspection that reveals myriad home problems.

If a buyer requests a price reduction or home repairs after an inspection, a seller can agree to the buyer's terms or counter a buyer's proposal. Or, if a seller feels a buyer is being unreasonable, he or she can walk away from a home sale and relist his or her residence.

3. A home seller hires a real estate agent who lacks comprehensive industry experience.

If a seller hires a real estate agent who lacks comprehensive industry experience, he or she risks a long, arduous home selling experience.

There is no need to hire an inexperienced real estate agent. In fact, dozens of top-notch real estate agents are available nationwide, and these housing market professionals can help you achieve your home selling goals in no time at all.

The ideal real estate agent will know the ins and outs of the housing market. Plus, he or she will be able to guide you along each stage of the home selling journey and do whatever it takes to promote your residence to the right groups of buyers.

Enjoy a fast, profitable and worry-free home selling experience – consider the aforementioned home selling worst-case scenarios, and you can minimize risk throughout the home selling journey.

This listing recently sold for $145,000.


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