Category Archives: Selling a Home


What is a Short Sale?

Are you wondering just what a short sale is? Do you think you might be a candidate for one? Please watch my short video which explains what a short sale is. For more detailed information on short sales, bank owner properties or Englewood Florida real estate in general – please give me a call at 941-473-8326 or email me at

For Sale: 4BR/2+1BA Single Family House in Englewood, FL, $379,900

Beautiful and elegant custom built home on 2.55 acres.  Privacy yet close to all amenities (including our great beaches on Manasota Key).  This stunning home has everything you are looking for …  4 bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths, 3 car garage, heated pool and much much more.  This is a MUST SEE!

For Sale: 4BR/2+1BA Single Family House in Englewood, FL, $379,900.

Real Estate Market Going Up? Going Down? Stabilizing?

Real estate in our area of Southwest Florida (including Englewood, Cape Haze, Placida, Venice, Sarasota, North Port, etc.) and throughout the United States is a “hot topic” these days. Are values going up, going down or, finally, stabilizing?

If you look at the United States, as a whole, we’ve received some uplifting news through the updates from Certified Residential Specialist survey – check it out at

For more information about YOUR real estate market area, feel free to e-mail me: or call: 941-473-8326, or take the opportunity to visit our website at:

 Jean Pressley Whittaker, Real Estate Consultant/Broker-Associate, ABR, CIPS, CRS, GRI, SFR TRC, KELLER WILLIAMS Realty

“Staging” Your Home for More Dollars in Your Pocket – 6/17/11

When you place your home on the market, you must remember that you are changing it from your “home” to a “product on the market”.  It’s just like a tube of toothpaste – why should a consumer buy your “product” instead of someone else’s.

 What is your shelf space? (How much exposure is your Realtor providing your property on the internet? Is there a virtual tour? How many photos?)

 Also, what does your “packaging” look like? Stand outside, in the road (watch out for cars), and look at your home – through a “Buyer’s” eyes. Does the roof look newer, clean? How about the gutters? The landscaping?

 Step inside the front door – is it cluttered or does it look open, inviting, smelling fresh and clean? (Be honest with yourself!)

 Stroll through the property, looking at each room – does it look roomy, sparkling clean and open, or stuffed with too much furniture, collectibles, family photos? How about your closet? When you open it do you see lots of space for clothes and storage – or does it already look full (telling the Buyer that YOUR stuff can’t fit in the closet, so their clothes won’t either)!

Have you selected wall coverings and colors that are unique to you? That’s great while YOU are living in it, however, when it becomes a “product” on the market – you want to appeal to the most amount of buyers. Create a more neutral, fresh palate. Remember, most people can only visual ONLY what they SEE! If they feel they need to change it, they anticipate a cost MUCH GREATER and will tend to deduct that amount from their offer on YOUR property!

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For more information about buying or selling real estate in the Englewood, FL area, call or e-mail Jean Pressley Whittaker, The Pressley-Whittaker Team, Keller Williams Realty, 941-473-8326, – or check out our website at: