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Should You Stage Your Home?

by Mark and Joni Coulter

If you’re planning on selling your home soon, then you know that there’s plenty to do in order to make sure your home is ready to present to the market.  The real question is if staging your home makes a real difference? The NAR conducted a survey of their members and found some interesting numbers regarding sellers who staged their homes.  They discovered that 50% of homes that were staged saw an increase of offers from buyers, and 77% of buyers said that it made it easier for them to visualize the home as their own.  This is critical when selling a home.

Take a look at the numbers and decide for yourself if staging your home is the best way to go to get the highest return on selling your home.

The Coulter Team Gets Rave Reviews

by Mark and Joni Coulter

Mark and Joni Coulter have been helping people find their dream homes in Florida for decades. Over the years their service has earned them recognition both from the industry as well as satisfied clients.  Here's what some of their happy clients have has to say about their great experience buying and selling their home with Mark and Joni.

"Mark and Joni are both amazing people with hearts of gold, my husband and I wouldn't change one thing about our home buying process with them! From the start Mark was helping us find properties all over for us, so that we could find the one that best suited us. Any properties that we liked and sent to him, he would check out before taking us to look (to make sure it was a good neighborhood). It was a lengthy process but Mark helped in every way he possibly could and we couldn't have asked for a better realtor!"
- Samantha Bauer, Auburndale (Buyer

"Mark and Joni are both amazing people with hearts of gold, my husband and I wouldn't change one thing about our home buying process with them! From the start Mark was helping us find properties all over for us, so that we could find the one that best suited us. Any properties that we liked and sent to him, he would check out before taking us to look (to make sure it was a good neighborhood). It was a lengthy process but Mark helped in every way he possibly could and we couldn't have asked for a better realtor!"

- Samantha Bauer, Auburndale (Buyer)

"Mark Coulter is an expert in all things real estate and Celebration. He is personable, patient, and knowledgeable. Because of his years of experience and extensive knowledge of the Celebraion real estate market, he got me the best deal possible and saw me through every step of the purchase process. He made the process stress free and gave me confidence in every step I took. I wouldn't consider using anyone because he is the best!"

- Caitlin, Celebration FL (Buyer)

"Simply put, Mark Coutler and staff is the very best in the area. He is extremely knowledgable with the area. You can have complete trust in him and staff. That is what my wife and i like about him and his team the most. I would highly recommend him to family and friends."

- Allan Druschel, Portersville PA (Buyer)

Will you be their next happy client?  Read more reviews here and give us a call to see how we can help you buy or sell your home in Celebration and the surrounding communities today!

Reunion - The Perfect Golf Course Community

by Mark and Joni Coulter

Are you looking to buy a home in the perfect golf course community?  Look no further than Reunion! Nowhere else in the world can you find a master-planned community built around 3 courses designed by golfing legends. Reunion is a destination for golfers from around the world. But why travel here when you can live here? Reunion is a community made up of over 6000 homes, along with business and retail space that creates a complete community.

In addition to world-class golf courses, you'll find outstanding restaurants. Enjoy the view and exquisite steaks at Eleven. After an invigorating round of golf, you can stop off at The Reunion Clubhouse Grille and enjoy lunch with members of the community.

Want to cool down?  The Reunion Resort has you covered - in water!  You can enjoy the huge water park that features a lazy river, and plenty of features for the kids.  The adults can unwind in the spa, or get in some exercise in the fitness center.

Reunion really is the ideal home for the avid golfer, or just anyone who appreciates beautiful surroundings and a great community.  Visit our Reunion FL Real Estate & Community Information page to learn more and search for your dream home today!

Sell Your Home Faster With These Tips

by Mark and Joni Coulter

Are you planning on selling your home this summer?  If so, you no doubt realize there’s a lot that needs to be done to get your home ready to sell.  But where do you start?  Even doing a few simple things to your home will help it sell faster.  Here’s a few tips to get you on the way to a faster sale.

Get Rid of the Clutter

Go through your home and gather all the things you don’t need immediately and put it all in storage.  You may be tempted to throw it all in the garage or closets.  But that’s not the way to go. Potential buyers will be looking at your storage as well, so you want those areas neat and tidy along with the rest of your home. Also make sure to remove personal photos and nick-nacks.  Make your home a clean slate so that buyers can picture it as their own house.

Clean, Clean, Clean!

Once you get rid of the clutter, make sure you clean everything you can, inside and out.  Clean room by room so that you can focus on things that need closer attention, like stains or scratches in paint.  Freshen up the paint if needed. Shampoo the carpets. We get used to the smell of our home and sometimes don’t realize odors that may be off-putting to buyers, especially if you have pets. And keep the litter box changed regularly if you have inside cats.

Curb Appeal

First impressions are critical.  Some buyers may just drive by to scope out your home. You may be killing a deal before you know it if you don’t make sure your home looks great on the outside.  Make sure to landscape the yard, clean the siding and windows, and paint the siding and frames if needed.

There’s certainly more involved in selling your home, but if you start with these tips, you’ll certainly sell your home faster and make more money.

Come Live in the Community That Disney Built

by Mark and Joni Coulter

Millions of people from around the world have delighted at visiting Disney World in Florida. But imagine living in a place built by Disney? About 20 years ago, such a place was built, a community that is a Celebration of life. Celebration, Florida, is master-planned community that was designed to give residents the feel of a small town, along with direct access to Disney World.  The homes of Celebration reflect styles from the early 20th century and are arranged into "villages" that surround the beautiful downtown area. Residents have a true sense of community, especially through the programs and events that bring the community together.

You'll enjoy shopping in the brick-lines streets of the Celebration Town Center.  And there's a fantastic array of dining choices with restaurants such as Celebration Town Tavern, Imperium Food and Wine, Columbia Restaurant, Le Macaron, and more.

Celebration residents have plenty to keep them active.  The Celebration Lifestyle and Parks and Recreation Departments has a wide range of programs, such as aquatic programs, ballroom and Irish dancing, and the Celebration Community Chorus to name a few.

Want to learn more about the Celebration life?  Visit our Celebration FL Real Estate and Community Information page to learn more about this amazing community and to search for your dream home today!

Should I Buy a Home Now?

by Mark and Joni Coulter

I'm often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are concerned that home prices may fall down the road, while others are convinced that home prices will go up.

Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Even though interest rates have fluctuated, they are still near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, a one point rise in interest rates could cost tens of thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage!

While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It's important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial "comfort zone." To that end, it may be more important to lock in today's relatively low interest rates while they are still available.

Please give me a call if I can be of any assistance in determining how much home you can afford in today's market.

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Mark and Joni Coulter
Better Homes and Gardens Fine Living
660 Celebration Ave., Suite 110
Celebration FL 34747
407-222-3966
407-460-5876
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