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Stay in the know! Duncan Real Estate Newsletter!

Look what I just finished and sent out today – The Duncan Real Estate October 2017 newsletter!  It features a new restaurant we have on Anna Maria Island called Smoquehouse BBQ, our Reader’s Choice Award, Duncan Deals, and an upcoming event on Pine Ave.  Click here to view the newsletter and see what is happening with Duncan Real Estate and on Anna Maria Island.

 

Just so you don’t miss out on the Duncan Deal, here is what it is!  If you rent for 7 or more nights in November or December of 2017, you get one night FREE! (excludes holiday weeks) . Get out of the cold and come enjoy all that Anna Maria Island has to offer during the holidays!  PLUS, the weather is perfect this time of year.  If you are here during the week of December 8th, come to the Holiday walk on Pine Ave!  SUCH a fun event and it is free!  The locals look forward to this walk and it really gets you in the holiday spirit.  Duncan Real Estate serves grilled oysters, cookies and processco!  That should be enough reason for you to come out for the Holiday Walk on Pine!

 

Enjoy reading our short October newsletter and give our office a call to book a vacation rental or to help you with the sale or purchase of your new home!

 

Sunny regards,

Ginger

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Upcoming event on Bridge Street!

Anna Maria Island is such a great place to vacation or live!   It seems like every week there is something fun going on for visitors and residents to enjoy.  I am super excited about the Budweiser Clydesdales coming to Bridge Street on Bradenton Beach this Saturday, October 14, 2017!   The Clydesdales will be on Bridge Street from 5PM – 7PM on Saturday.  They are going to make their way from Cortez Beach to Bridge Street, down to the AMOB Pier roundabout and back to Cortez Beach.  This is a treat for Anna Maria Island as I do not know of a time when the Clydesdales were here.  My plan is to enjoy a fun island cocktail at one of our local spots on Bridge Street before the horses get there and then making a dinner reservation at Blue Marlin after the event!

My question to you is why not make a long weekend out of this event.  October is a great time to visit Anna Maria Island as it is a slower time, vacation rentals are at the lowest rates, and the weather is starting to be just perfect!  Duncan Real Estate is offering 15% off the majority of our vacation rentals during your stay in the month of October, so take advantage of this additional Duncan Deal.   We would love for you to enjoy our fabulous island and also the fun event with the Clydesdales – give our office a call to book your awesome vacation rental!

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Hope to see you this weekend!

Ginger

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Five Mistakes to Avoid When Listing Your Home

If you are ready to sell your home, or plan on selling in the near future, you may be having a hard time trying to find the right path to a successful sale. There are many potential pitfalls involved in selling a home, but with the right knowledge and expertise, you can make the sale of your home a complete pleasure. 

Five Seller Mistakes to Avoid

1. Putting your home on the market before it is ready

Selling can be an exciting step toward your future. That being said, it is easy for sellers to skip proper preparation, thus making hasty decisions. There is a lot of work to be done during the pre-sale stage, and having proper guidance will ensure your ultimate success in selling your home.  We have 12 sales agents that can guide you through the proper steps, advising what needs to be repaired, and how to make your home stand out from the competition.

2. Over-improving your home

There is a fine line between making home improvements and knowing what upgrades will bring you the highest returns. Many sellers get mixed up in home improvement projects which might look nice, but in the end do not add any value to their home. It is important to have a professional who knows your local market. Home improvements and upgrades need to be balanced with other homes in your neighborhood to capitalize on your investment return. 

3. Improper pricing of the home

Any seller can decide on an asking price, but ultimately, knowing the ins and outs of a particular market is the only way to properly determine a specific sale price. Team Diuncan has access to a wealth of information regarding the sale of your home. We utilize current and accurate sales data to pinpoint the ideal selling price for your property and can show you how to profit from current market trends.

4. Getting emotionally involved in the sale

Your home represents many things to you. It is a symbol of security and a place holding many memories. One of the toughest parts of the selling process is keeping your emotions at bay. A proper real estate agent will listen to your concerns and stand up for you through tough negotiations. You deserve an experience that is as stress-free as possible. When you are ready to sell your home,  we can provide you with the peace of mind that will make the entire transaction a pleasure.

5. Hiring the wrong agent

Selling a home on your own can be overwhelming. Hiring a real estate agent with a proven track record is an important business decision that will ensure you peace of mind and a successful sale.

Just wanted to share these few things with you and would be happy to pair you with an agent in our office that would work with you in the sale of your home!!

Sunny Regards,

Ginger

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Calm before the Storm: Hurricane Irma!

Hurricane Irma has gotten everyone in a flutter.  We are super busy on Anna Maria Island  taking down signs, moving in outdoor furniture and all around getting prepped at all vacation rentals just in case Irma decides to head our way.  It is so hard to be in this “limbo” to see exactly the path of the storm and sometimes these hurricanes can turn at the last minute.  Everyone at Duncan Real Estate tries not to watch too much about the hurricane and really only visits the National Hurricane Center website for our updated information.

The important thing is to stayed informed and to prepare you and your family.  There are so many websites and info available to you, but we find that the most helpful information comes from the National Hurricane Center website.  To help you and your family prepare, check out this link as well – it sums up how to prepare and get ready for a major storm.

A few important items if you live or work on Anna Maria Island.  If there is a mandatory evacuation, you will need a pass from one of the cities on AMI to get back on the island.  If you are a resident, you need to visit the city hall within the city that you live – either Anna Maria, Holmes Beach or Bradenton Beach.  You will need to take your ID and also a piece of mail that has your address on it.  If you work on Anna Maria Island, go to one of the city halls and show your ID and business card to receive a pass to get back on the island.

Stay tuned!  As we get more information and helpful tips, we will continue to pass along to you!
Stay safe!

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A Cool Partnership with a Neighbor!

I really do believe that our office is located on the best street in Anna Maria Island!  Pine Avenue is a historic street on the island and is full of fun shops, places to eat, awesome real estate companies like Duncan Real Estate, and a fun rental shop.    Pine Avenue runs from Gulf Drive  and dead ends at the Anna Maria Island City Pier.

We have a great relationship with all of the businesses on Pine Ave and love to support them as often as we can.  Duncan Real Estate and  Beach Bums have partnered for the next few months to offer our vacation rental guests a little extra something!  During the months of September-mid November, Beach Bums will give our guest a $100 gift certificate to use during our guest vacation!  Use this generous gift certificate on bikes, paddle boards, golf carts and so many more options.  What a great added touch to offer our guest!  We thank Beach Bums for partnering with us.  It really does help all of our businesses during the slower months.

Click here to check out Beach Bums website to see what they have to offer.  I look forward to renting paddle boards and enjoying Anna Maria Island from the water!

Sunny Regards,

Ginger

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Adorable Duplex on Anna Maria Island!

It is always a fun day when I get to preview one of our vacation rentals and today, I go to check out the Minnow 1 and Minnow 2 – an adorable duplex on Anna Maria Island.  This vacation rental is right in the heart of the city of Anna Maria Island and just a few steps to the Rod n Reel Pier!

Minnow 1 is a 1BD/1BA that would be the perfect spot for a couples getaway.  It has the best screened in porch were you can enjoy your morning coffee or an evening cocktail!  You can even watch the news out on the screened porch!

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Minnow 2 is a 2BD/1BA with tons of space!  A family of 4 would be perfect for this vacation rental.  Only being a block from the beaches of Anna Maria Island and just a hop, skip and jump to the Rod n Reel Pier, you really couldn’t find a better location to enjoy a family vacation!

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To be honest with you, there really isn’t anything I didn’t like about this vacation rental on Anna Maria Island!  I even gave my sister a call today to tell her about Minnow 1 and Minnow 2 and to see if we could plan a family vacation there and rent both sides!!  Fingers crossed!

 

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Sunny Regards,

Ginger

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New Sales Agent to Team Duncan – Carole Wilson

Team Duncan is super excited to welcome Carole Wilson to our sales team!  A third-generation Floridian, Carole was born and raised in Lakeland, Florida and has been a lifelong visitor to Anna Maria Island.  Her family has been living and vacationing in this little slice of paradise since the early 1940′s which has instilled in Carole a passion and love for this island she is now lucky enough to call home!

Carole comes from a long line of realtors and home builders and she herself was a realtor with Exit Realty of Lakeland for several years.  She has always had the unique ability to connect with people from all walks of life which has led to many satisfied and happy customers.  Carole is a dedicated and professional agent whose expertise has proven to lie in matching buyers with their perfect home.  The knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm she brings to all her real estate transactions makes Carole the perfect agent for your next purchase.

When Carole is not working, her passions are travelling with her husband, reading, checking out yard sales, and working on DIY projects.  However, her greatest passions are her three amazing grown sons and her two poodle babies.

Carole would love to work with you to help you sell your home or find your perfect piece of paradise on Anna Maria Island!  Carole Wilson - Team Duncan

Stop by our office on Historic Pine Ave and say hello to Carole and me too!

Ginger,

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Bradenton-Sarasota area named #1 in US for well being!

It is always so exciting to read something about the area that you live in!  Especially, when it is in another county’s paper – how wonderful is that!  Bradenton-Sarasota area was named #1 in the US for well being. Read the article and to see the Anna Maria City Pier featured as the photo for the article.  Team Duncan would love to help you and your family enjoy this area that is ranked #1 for well being.  I 100% agree with the research – I like what I do, I have supportive relationships, and I am very proud of our community.  Don’t miss out on living in the Sarasota-Bradenton area and don’t miss out on having the best real estate company help you!  Just a reminder – we were voted #1  Real Estate company on the island!!!

 

Sunny Regards!

Ginger

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“Spring Fling” Duncan Deals!

As our season comes to an end out on Anna Maria Island, April and May are a great time to vacation and enjoy all that AMI has to offer.  Great news from Duncan Real Estate, most of our vacation rentals are 15% off during the months of April and May!  Plan that Spring Fling getaway for your family or special loved one.  Any of our rental team would be happy to work with you and see what rental we have that would best fit your needs!  Click here to check out our Duncan Deal!

 

Sunny Regards,

Ginger

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Featured Vacation Rental Property of the Week – Bay Breeze!

Bay Breeze is the perfect vacation getaway for a couple or grandparents that want to take their grand babies on a beach vacation.  Bay Breeze is located in Bradenton Beach directly across from the beach.  Enjoy views of the bay from your rental!  Bay Breeze is located in a 55+ community but only one guest needs to be 55!  The community offers shuffle board, a fire pit, kayak launch, trolley stop and so much more!  But really you should take advantage of the beach being right across the street!  Click here to learn more about Bay Breeze and to check for availability!   And the extra bonus on Bay Breeze is that it is 15% off during the months of April and May 2017.  Our rental team would be happy to help you set up your vacation at Bay Breeze!

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Sunny Regards!

Ginger

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Contact us or call Duncan Real Estate today at 941-779-0304 to speak with our knowledgeable real estate specialist.