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Thanks for stopping by Dee's Key, a source for homeowners, sellers, renters, buyers, DIY'ers, house-hunters, my friends, my customers, friends of my friends, friends of my customers . . . Did I leave anyone out? Here, you’ll find information about real estate, staging, and home design—plus tips, quotes, links, photos, and a dash of stuff that …

Buyers (and Sellers) Be Aware!

Top 10 defects found during home inspection* Foundation and drainage issues Unprofessional (un-permitted) electrical work Minor roof leaks Heat and A/C maintenance issues Homeowner repairs that are un-permitted Structural settling Plumbing problems Water and/or air intrusion Crawl space or attic problems like mold or pest damage Upgrades, remodel, or repair work in which no permit …

DIY: easy curb appeal in a weekend

What's black and white and the perfect shade of blue? This adorable and freshly painted home! It's located in quaint St. Nicholas in Jacksonville, Florida. Only a mile from San Marco's restaurants and shopping, and a six-minute drive to downtown Jacksonville. Built in 1938, this house has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, indoor laundry, original hardwood floors, and …

Mortgage first: 4 tips before you shop for your home

Don't wait until after you find a home Shopping for a home (and a mortgage) is sometimes stressful enough. You don't want to jump through too many hoops, feel out of control, or be left with buyer's remorse because you felt rushed. To ensure a positive experience versus unmet promises, you'll want to: Investigate mortgage options …

A rare find: 14510 Starbuck Springs Way

NOTE: SOLD in 39 days! Enjoy the show! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9CX56Xhauo Perfectly situated A 5 bed/4 bath, 3,359 square foot home with an upstairs bonus room, guest or teen suite. An over-sized 3-car garage with built-in storage. Yard that's large enough to build a pool, with plenty of yard to spare. Move-in-ready; painted, repaired, re-carpeted, worry-free, clean and updated; luxurious, …

Look who’s hiring!

Be Confident, Be Prepared, Be Yourself – Get the Job! Summer's almost here, so I thought this info might be helpful for those high school or college students who are hoping to get employed. Check this out: The following workshops will help prepare young adults ages 16 - 24 to enter the work force. Interviewing skills, resume …

4 simple steps to boost curb appeal

Let's start at the curb. The majority of buyers find homes on the Internet.  And then most buyers like to hop in their car and drive by those homes that looked good on paper. The goal is to impress buyers at the curb! Make them want to see more. And ultimately, get an offer above your asking price. What? It could …

Neighborhood Features That Drag Down Your Home Value

The spring home-buying season is here! But before you rush out to buy, check out this list of things you don't want to have in your neighborhood. Location, location, location! Above all else, this is key in maximizing your home's value.   Source: Realtor.com's "Neighborhood Features That Drag Down Your Home Value"

The Value of Professional Staging

Home Staging is like dressing up your house for a very special occasion: a sale. If you were giving a presentation to a crowd of people, you wouldn't show up smelling like a litter box, or have dirt and fingerprints on your face, would you? No! You'd shower, comb your hair, groom your nails, brush your teeth (maybe even …