The Perils of Selling a Home by Owner

Selling your home by yourself can be a costly and dangerous proposition. . Strangers in your house? A person doesn’t need much of an imagination to consider what danger awaits them on the porch when opening their front door to strangers. Do you generally just open your doors to anyone that knocks? Criminals have ways to make you do just that, willingly. Thieves and thugs know who to prey on and for-sale-by-owner (FSBO) listings offer an easy target. They make a quick phone call; it might go something like this. “Hi, my name is Dave,” the excited voice begins, “and your home is just what we’ve been looking for. Can my wife Mary and I come over and take a look at it?” You, anxious to sell, agree to meet them say, oh around 7:30. After all, you have their names and their phone number is on caller ID. But are you safe? The caller could use a prepaid phone, and prepaid phones are very hard to trace; criminals know that and use them frequently. Here’s an article from Crime Time on the subject. There are plenty more articles about prepaid phones if you search for them. Nowadays it means nothing just because you have their phone number. “Dave” may show up with a friend, or a few friends, none of which are his wife Mary. Once they’re inside your home, there’s no turning back. Your chances of being a victim of serious violent crime isn’t as great as say losing jewelry or other valuables, being tied up, beaten and robbed, but the possibility of something far more serious is obvious. Add to that exposing your family,...
South Gulf Cove, a waterfront community in Charlotte County, Florida

South Gulf Cove, a waterfront community in Charlotte County, Florida

South Gulf Cove, located in the Cape Haze Peninsula of Charlotte County, offers miles of canals with access to Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. Affordable prices for both waterfront and dry lots make it one of the best bargains, in SW Florida, and quite frankly, a best kept secret.  The truth is out, though, and the area is growing. Main roads are being expanded, commercial  development is continuing to grow, and the weather has always been perfect.  South Gulf Cove offers one of the best-priced areas of Florida for new construction and existing homes.  With hundreds of available lots, you’re sure to find something that fits your budget and taste.  Shopping, restaurants, beaches and many golf courses are all within a five to twenty minute drive.  South Gulf Cove is located near Boca Grande and Manasota Key, both with outstanding beaches, dining and that “old Florida” atmosphere that has all but disappeared in many areas. Old downtown Englewood, with its quaint shops and great dining is just fifteen minutes away plus there’s great restaurants of all types along McCall Road (SR 776), Placida Road (SR 775), Gasparilla Road (SR 771) as well as parks and the Cape Haze Pioneer Trail Park and its excellent bike path through the countryside.  In addition to access canals, South Gulf Cove also has a boat ramp and park, so a waterfront lot isn’t necessary to enjoy great boating and fishing.  For more information, contact the Warm Realty Team of Sun Realty or search the Warmrealty.com website.  Kent J. Wolfe Broker Associate Sun Realty...
Best Places to Live Rotonda West Florida

Best Places to Live Rotonda West Florida

Rotonda West, a golf course community in Charlotte County, Florida, is known as The Big Circle. With its fairways winding through the community, the five courses offer great golf no matter your skill level. Rotonda is located just south of Englewood.       Rotonda is a growing community with affordable existing homes, condos and new construction. Rotonda West has an HOA and the annual fee is very low. Many home-sites available with a golf course view or if you’d rather, choose a lot on a freshwater canal.       Rotonda is about fifteen minutes from Gulf beaches located on Manasota Key.       For more information or if you’d like us to email some homes for you to view, please Contact Us. We’re here to service all of your real estate...
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