Archive for March, 2012

Region in Top 10 for International Home Buyers

You know I actually liked this article quit a bit. I am always interested in reading about the different area’s that are offering great buys, a good economy, and a foreign influx. Thanks for the article.

Immigration Sarasota

The “Sarasota Herald-Tribune” has reported that Sarasota county is No. 4 in the country for foreign home-buyers.   In fact, five of the top ten regions for foreign home buyers are in Florida.  They include, “Lakeland-Winter Haven, Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Orlando and Miami-Fort Lauderdale. Tampa-St. Petersburg came in at No. 9.”  In Sarasota County 6.5% of homes are bought by someone from overseas.

Here are some figures:

6.7 percent of buyers were foreign in Sarasota County from May 2011 to January 2012, while 6.1 percent were from another country in Manatee County.

13.1 percent of new homes sold in Sarasota were to foreign buyers while 12.3 percent of existing condominium sales in Manatee changed hands to international buyers.

Most intriguing is this:

The percentage of buyers who pay in cash is even higher than domestic buyers, who in 65 percent of transactions handled by Michael Saunders made their purchase…

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DIY – Do it Yourself – Steel Door

Whenever I sit down and watch “Flip this house” on A&E or “Yard Crashers” on the DIY network I always feel the need to do something productive to my house.  It is probably a better idea for you to improve your rental first.  Upgrading your rental means more money in your pocket every month as the additions will allow you to charge more.  And the cool thing about it is you can do some of these upgrades cheaply and easily.  One of the first things you will want to think about upgrading is actually an easy one… your rentals front door!

What you want to do is replace your front door with a steel entry door.  There are some real benefits to doing this. Firstly, you can get a steel door cheaper than any other type of door (e.g. a fiberglass door).  A new front door will allow first impressions to be ones of excitement and will improve your overall ‘curb appeal.’  Almost all steel doors come with magnetic weather stripping allowing the door to seal itself better than other doors.  And lastly, it is an energy saver for your prospective tenants as well.

Sitting down and thinking out some great DIY (do it yourself) projects can be fun, beneficial, and economical.  And it’s as easy as installing a new door.


Brandon C Varn

President Accurate Credit Bureau

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Barret McCormick

Director of Operations

Accurate Credit Bureau