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About Gail Spada

Gail Spada’s real estate career began in 1990 and it didn’t take long for Gail to discover her love for the industry. In 2001, she began her real estate sales profession with Century 21 Alliance Realty in Spring Hill, FL. Gail has worked diligently to stay on top of her game. She is a Florida Licensed REALTOR® and has earned the following designations/certifications to include: GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute), ePRO (Internet Savvy Real Estate Specialist), AHWD (At Home With Diversity – One American) and SFR. It is that well-rounded training and experience, coupled with her intimate knowledge of the Hernando County real estate market, that enables Gail to deliver results to her customers.

Top 10 Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays

Attract homebuyers even during the holidays with these useful tips! While most people think the worst time to market their home is over the winter holidays, it can actually give you an advantage. Holiday buyers tend to be more serious and competition is less fierce with fewer homes being actively marketed.   Deck the halls, but don’t go overboard – Homes often look their best thru the holidays, but sellers should be careful not to overdo it on the decorations. Be sure they are not too large or too plentiful as that can be distracting to buyers.   Hire a full-time REALTOR – Working with a committed real estate professional means they won’t disappear during the holiday season. If you aren’t already working with an agent, ask your family and friends if they can recommend a REALTOR whom they know, like and trust. This will ease your stress and give you more … Continue reading

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I’m sorry… WHAT did you say?

With the help of their REALTOR, and member of NAR and FAR, the buyers found an REO SFR with good amount of SF, gas FP, cozy EIK, located in a PUD with an HOA on MLS. They talked to their lender about DTI, TILA, the HUD, PMI, PITI and LTV, POF and the need for a possible POA. The lender also discussed conventional ARM, FHA, VA and USDA options. At minimum, they wanted a WDO and the HVAC checked by their home inspector… I’m sorry…. WHAT did you say?? Interested in knowing and understanding some of the real estate lingo and acronyms that are used by professionals in the real estate industry? Check out our list below! ARM – Adjustable Rate Mortgage DTI – Debt to Income Ratio EIK – Eat-in Kitchen FAR – Florida Association of REALTORS FHA – Federal Housing Administration FP – Fireplace HOA – Home Owner’s … Continue reading

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Thinking GREEN is GOOD!

There are many ways you can step a little lighter on our Great Mother Earth. One of the simplest ways is to “go green” and remember to “reduce and re-use”. Reducing and Re-using Basics One of the most effective ways to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Creating a new product requires a lot of raw materials and energy. Raw materials must be mined, the product be manufactured and finally transported to market. With that in mind, the practice of reduction and re-use of products can save natural resources, protect the environment and save money. Benefits of Reducing and Reusing Prevents pollution caused by reducing the need to harvest new raw materials Saves energy Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change Helps sustain the environment for future generations Saves money Reduces the amount of waste that will need to be recycled or … Continue reading

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You had me at WELCOME

Your front door is your home’s chance to make a good first impression…Check out our simple solutions that are often overlooked by sellers when marketing a home for sale.   Give it a once-over After a while, we all stop noticing the little flaws in our homes. Therefore, it is a great idea to begin by taking a good, hard look at your front door’s condition. Try to view your doorway just as a visitor would. Make sure the paint and/or stain is in good condition. Clear away any cobwebs and sweep away any debris. Assess the condition of the lighting fixtures, the door hardware and anything else in view of the door. Replace or remove, as needed.   Play up the numbers House numbers can give a door character, but they also have a purpose. If they’re not visible from the street, visitors will have trouble finding your home. Imagine the … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Mad at Us

This past weekend, while contemplating what new series I would be embarking on for my soon-approaching BLOG post, I remembered the recent loss of a fellow REALTOR, Beverly Carter from Arkansas, and thought that this tragedy should serve as a red-flag to our industry. For those of you who don’t know the sad story about Beverly Carter, let me tell you… While showing a vacant home to a stranger, she was kidnapped, murdered and dumped in a shallow grave. Reportedly, the sole suspect, who remains in police custody, told police he targeted her because she was “a woman that worked alone”. I don’t know about you BUT I love what I do! Real Estate – the business of working with buyers and sellers is a great profession and is one that comes with risks that most people are not even remotely aware of … So, I say to all the … Continue reading

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8 OUTRAGEOUSLY BAD STAGING DECISIONS – Part 4/4

Staging a home can often be the difference between a “Buyer Bonanza” and a “Buyer Abyss”. It may be difficult for those involved but, with a little “tough love”, sellers can definitely benefit by heeding advice regarding pre-market home-staging. Explore our last 2 “biggest staging sins” that sellers can make and some common-sense advice to help avoid these pitfalls before it costs them a sale. Failing to Stage for all the Senses – #7 Outrageously Bad Home-Staging Decision A house that smells like pet pandemonium or nasty nicotine will be a tough house to sell, no matter how beautifully it is staged. According to research completed by Eric R. Spangenberg, a professor specializing in environmental psychology, his study shows that a wrong smell or wrong type/volume of music can actually distract one’s ability to make decisions. Throughout the course of the purchase of a home, buyers deal with a lot … Continue reading

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8 OUTRAGEOUSLY BAD STAGING DECISIONS – Part 3/4

For many sellers and buyers, the purchase of a home is an intensely personal experience. At its core, a home is the individual expression of a homeowner’s life enclosed within four walls. And while, initially, buyers should be more focused on the “bones of a home” – meaning those items that will stay after the seller vacates – staging a home can often be the difference between a “Buyer Bonanza” and a “Buyer Abyss”. It may be difficult for those involved but, with a little “tough love”, sellers can definitely benefit by heeding advice regarding pre-market home-staging. Explore the 5th and 6th of the “biggest staging sins” that sellers can make and some common-sense advice to help avoid these pitfalls before it costs them a sale. The Lived-In Look – #5 Outrageously Bad Home-Staging Decision When a home hits the market for sale, it must be immaculate and “show-ready” every … Continue reading

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8 OUTRAGEOUSLY BAD STAGING DECISIONS – Part 2/4

For many sellers and buyers, the purchase of a home is an intensely personal experience. At its core, a home is the individual expression of a homeowner’s life enclosed within four walls. And while, initially, buyers should be more focused on the “bones of a home” – meaning those items that will stay after the seller vacates – staging a home can often be the difference between a “Buyer Bonanza” and a “Buyer Abyss”. It may be difficult for those involved but, with a little “tough love”, sellers can definitely benefit by heeding advice regarding pre-market home-staging. Explore two more of the “biggest staging sins” that sellers can make and some common-sense advice to help avoid these pitfalls before it costs them a sale. Failure to Edit – #3 Outrageously Bad Home-Staging Decision From a New York Times article, “The job of stagers is to reverse the accumulated creep of … Continue reading

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8 OUTRAGEOUSLY BAD STAGING DECISIONS – Part 1/4

For many sellers and buyers, the purchase of a home is an intensely personal experience. At its core, a home is the individual expression of a homeowner’s entire life enclosed within four walls. And while, initially, buyers should be more focused on the “bones of a home” – meaning those items that will stay after the seller vacates – staging a home can often be the difference between a “Buyer Bonanza” and a “Buyer Abyss”. It may be difficult for those involved but, with a little “tough love”, sellers can definitely benefit by heeding advice regarding pre-market home-staging. Explore two of the “biggest staging sins” that sellers can make and some common-sense advice to help avoid these pitfalls before it costs them a sale. Collection Overload – #1 Outrageously Bad Home-Staging Decision It is almost impossible for any collection to look neutral and orderly, which are 2 of the high-priority … Continue reading

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PET-PROOFING YOUR HOME – Hazards in the Great Outdoors

If you are one of the 82.5 million households in the US that cohabitates with a “furry friend” – 68% of ALL households do – you may not be surprised to hear that pet-parent’s spending is in excess of $55 billion this year. From the kitchen to the great outdoors, and everywhere in between, your home has some expected and unexpected hazards that Fido and Tiger may encounter. Hazards in the Great Outdoors: Plants and pets aren’t always a perfect combination. A surprising number of plants, including landscape and houseplant favorites, are toxic and even lethal if your furry friend decides to take a nibble. Some of the most common plants that should be kept away from your pets include: lily of the valley, oleander, azalea, yew, foxglove, sago palms, hibiscus and hydrangea, aloe, bird of paradise, to name a few. Talk to your Vet or follow this link to … Continue reading

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