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October 3rd, 2015 9:58 AM

I had the privilege yesterday to get an insider’s view of "The Next Era of Mercato Living" at the Residences at Mercato. The newly married Naples couple I was with are considering purchasing one of the coastal contemporary single family residences for their next home. While walking through the models that are nearing completion we were all very impressed with the attention to detail and the high quality of construction by the contractor Lutgert Construction. The homes and villas are accentuated by custom outdoor living areas that are designed to emphasize year round outdoor leisure. 

While the Residences at Mercato offers many options at a tremendous value compared to other new developments in Naples, what makes this development so unique is its location and close proximity to North Naples entertainment hub with the Silverspot Theater and Whole Foods supermarket, as well as eateries, home furnishings stores, offices, boutiques and salons. It has tremendous lifestyle appeal with virtually no maintenance and is close proximity to virtually everything.

The close proximity to one of my favorite beaches in Naples, Vanderbilt Beach, gives residents easy access to the ideal location for a relaxing day at the beach. Vanderbilt beach is home to the Naples Ritz Carlton and the LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort, two of Naples premier resort destinations.  If luxury and convenience is what you are looking for then look no further, the Residences at Mercato is one of your best options in Naples. 

Please contact me for further information on the Residences at Mercato. 786-414-4134. 

Posted by Greg Knezevich on October 3rd, 2015 9:58 AMLeave a Comment

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If you are thinking of buying a Vacation Property in Naples Florida, you should have a clear game plan of what are you purchasing and what are your goals. Before you start, the process below are the most important things to consider when you decide to make the vacation property purchase.

Things to consider when buying a vacation property in Naples Florida.

1. Visit the neighborhood.  Visit the city, the shops, restaurants, go on tours. Have you been to Miami Beach or just heard that buying in Miami Beach is great?
2. Calculate your monthly expenses. Although you may not be here during the year, you will still incur monthly expenses.
3. If you need help covering expenses, one option is to rent the property. However, you need to be certain the building, and the zoning allow rentals.
4. If you decide to rent, who will rent and manage the unit for you?
5. A condo or single-family home?

In the end, it’s crucial to understand all of these points when it comes to purchasing a vacation property. Let us know how we can help you today.

Buying or selling real estate is a tedious and emotional process, allowing an experienced agent to take care of you can make all of the difference in the outcome.

For more information about buying or selling real estate please call Greg at 786-414-4134.

Posted by Greg Knezevich on October 2nd, 2015 10:16 AMLeave a Comment

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Hello and welcome to my Live the Naples Dream Real lifestyle and real estate Blog. This is my first blog post and I am very excited to be posting such great information for sellers, buyers, and really anyone interested in this little piece of paradise called Naples, Florida. Please feel free to make comments as your feedback is always welcome. Stay tuned for more great posts to come and please share my blog posts with your friends.

Today I would like to discuss the importance of staging when trying to sell your home. I hope these tips will help you bring top dollar for your home or condo. If you are thinking about selling your Naples Florida home in today’s market and want to get top dollar, staging is one way to accomplish this task. The best the thing is, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Although the Naples real estate market is good for sellers today, staging the property correctly is still critical.

When it comes to finding a buyer for your home, you only get one chance to make a first impression. The vast majority of sold homes are most likely sold to buyers who fall in love with them the minute they walk in the door. If there is one thing that will drive potential buyers away faster than anything else, it is walking into a home that is dirty, cluttered, and overcrowded with the seller’s belongings.

15 Tips for Best Practices in Selling Your Naples Home & Staging

1. The first thing the prospective buyer will see is your lawn (if you have one). Fertilize if needed and always keep your lawn and landscape neatly trimmed.

2. Your front door welcomes the prospects so always make sure it is clean and even give it a fresh coat of paint if needed. A seasonal décor adds a warm touch.

3. Decorating helps assure top dollar and a quick sale. Faded walls, work, and scratched woodwork reduce appeal. Fresh paint or wallpaper adds charm and value to your property. Prospects would rather see how great your home looks now than hear how good it could look with a little work.

4. Depersonalize but Don’t Strip. There is a fine line between depersonalizing your home (removing personal belongings) and stripping your home. When buyers come into your home, they want to be able to visualize what the home will look like with their personal effects in it.

5. Clean windows show the bright side of your home. By opening draperies and curtain, you highlight your walls and ceilings. This lets prospective buyers see how cheerful your home can be. Be sure your windows are sparkling clean.

6. A clean kitchen is a MUST. Many buyers judge the housekeeping by the oven and stove. Clean the interior of your dishwasher, removing stains especially on the door. Clean out your kitchen cabinets and pack away items not needed. Counter tops should be clean a FREE of clutter.

7. Sparkling bathrooms help sell your home. Repair caulking in bathtubs and showers. Shower doors, ceramic tile, and grouting should be free and clear of soap film. For added allure, use your best towels, mats, and shower curtains.

8. Avoid cluttered appearances by removing excess furniture and other items that you seldom use. Keep newspapers, toys and other articles picked up. Clean stairways are essential. Objects on the stairs are dangerous.

9. Consider your closets. Neat well-organized closets show that there is ample space. So start by removing or packing items that can be stored elsewhere. Now is the time to box those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity.

10. Repairs are required. If closet doors are off their tracks, doorknobs are loose, or screen doors don’t close, don’t try to explain these sticky situations when you can quickly remedy them. A little effort can smooth the way towards closing. Make a to-do list and fix these items now.

11. Check faucets and bulbs. Dripping water rattles the nerves discolors the sink and suggests neglect to the potential buyers. Have them repaired, so you get top dollar for your property.

12. Make room for space. Remember potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. They are looking for the storage space too. Make sure your attic and garage are clean and free of unnecessary items.

13. Think safety. Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller skates on stairs, slippery throw rugs, low-hanging overhead lights. Store away children’s toys. Make your residence as non-perilous as possible.

14. If you think about hiring a professional home staging company and you have a budget, do it, that’s great.  They will come to your home, choose what should stay and help you find a storage unit for everything else. Professionally Staged homes sell for more..

15. Most people like pets. BUT they tend to distract attention, and some people are terrified of them. If you have a pet, we suggest you keep it out of the way, preferably out of the house.

Thinking of selling your home? Please feel free to contact me and let’s start a conversation even if it’s early. 

For more information about buying or selling real estate please call Greg Knezevich at 786-414-4134.