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Our three-part passion is (1) to care attentively for your home or property; (2) to enhance your home’s value and appreciation; (3) to maximize your annual investment income.

Searching for a Brand New Abode or a Lovable Lemon?

choosing the right home - blogIn February of this year the Wall Street Journal reported that Orlando fell on the list of “metro areas with the most fixer uppers listed for sale.” Often purchasing a fixer upper saves money, but there are ways to tell if it’s right for you. We’ve gathered the profiles of four types of homes to search for that run the gambit from “huge time and money investment” to “brand, spanking new.” There may be some options that surprise you.


1front (2)The Lovable Lemon Dwelling

“If you can’t be handsome, be handy.” – The Red Green Show

This is one of our favorite quotes and it totally applies to searching for a home that needs some care! The first sign of a lovable lemon is in the listing description with phrases like “as-is.” When viewing this home buyers may think “I can picture a more open layout,” or “the bathroom shower is disgusting.” It is important to keep certain repairs in mind. Large projects like the roof, foundation, or framing can be expensive.

The Lovable Lemon Dwelling is right for you if:

– You love taking on a project (even Ikea furniture or assembling children’s toys).
– You’re handy, or you’re willing to learn to be handy (houzz.com has some great tutorials).
– You have an eye for design.
– You want to save money on your initial purchase of a home.
– You’ll be able to fund projects overtime.
– You have time on weekends and holidays.
– You’re patient.


1exteriorfrontThe Cosmetic Makeover Crib

“There is a kind of beauty in imperfection.” – Conrad Hall

Not quite full remodel, not quite move-in ready, these homes can be deceivingly simple to fix up without a lot of time and money. They generally have good bones, like a newer roof and appliances, pleasant layout, and attractive cabinets and vanities. What throws buyers off of these homes are visual elements like the carpets, wallpaper, or fixtures. Cosmetic fixes are easy and cost-effective to change, they just require a little imagination.

The the Cosmetic Makeover Crib is perfect if: […]

What You Should Know About Selling Your House with Pets

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We loves pets here at The Sparrow but we know having pets can be tricky if you want to protect the investment you’ve made, you’re looking to rent a pet-friendly house, or you’re trying to sell your home. We’ve collected our best advice we can give to sellers, home owners, or renters with pets to make a sale or move out run smoothly. These preventative measures can save time and hassle further down the road.

Keep It Clean!

First and foremost, the best thing you can do to improve your chances of selling a home is to keep it clean and free of pet odors. Some of these suggestions are also handy for renters who would like their deposit back, and home owners who want to keep their house ship-shape.

Carpets and Walls
– When cleaning the carpets, ask for or use a cleanser with Pet Enzyme.
– Try to clean up accidents as soon as they happen.
– Be sure to patch, or paint any scratches or chew marks on baseboards or walls.

Daily Maintenance (especially important if you’re selling and want to be show ready at all times)
– Sweep up hair, dirt and dust from the floor and baseboards.
– Remove pet waste from the yard.
– Wipe nose prints and paw marks from windows and sliding doors.

When a Showing is Scheduled
– Remove pet beds and food dishes.
– Consider leaving a pet with family or a kennel during the first few weeks of busy showings.
– Take the pet on a walk, or make sure they are in a crate and out of the way during a showing. […]