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8 Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Show

First impressions can be a make or break situation for many people, especially when it comes to real estate showings. It is not only important to satisfy the standards of potential buyers during the showing of the home, but also at the moment they arrive on the property. The better you are at making them feel “at home” the more likely they will consider making that their home. Here are 8 tips to help you prepare for a showing and sell your house successfully.

1. Focus on Landscaping

The outside and the landscape of a home plays a huge role in its physical appearance. It is what potential buyers see before they step out of the car to look. Plant some flowers, trim the bushes, and mow the lawn for a more pristine appearance.

2. Make the Entrance Welcoming

Repaint the door or its frame, or purchase a new door handle. You may also want to consider purchasing a welcome mat to emit an inviting setting for your buyers. Make them believe that this could be their potential, permanent home.

3. Check for Needed Repairs

Selling your house can be competitive, so make sure it is in top condition. Check for any signs of holes in the walls, chipped paint, cracked windows, broken cabinets, or leaks in the roof. Some of these may be minor, but they have the ability to discourage potential buyers.

4. Deep Clean. Everywhere.

In the real-estate business, the first impression is the last impression for buyers that visit multiple homes in a day or a week. Make your home stand out from competitors by cleaning thoroughly. Polish all appliances, ceiling fans, floors, faucets, countertops, tables, and windows, and don’t stop until they shine.

5. Clear Out Any Personal Items and Clutter

No matter how wonderful you think your child’s drawing is, it’s going to have to come off the fridge. The same thing goes for your family photos and other knickknacks. Rent a storage unit to help you remove and reorganize the extra clutter. Keep decorations simple and minimal. This enables buyers to envision their own furniture and belongings into your home.

6. Eliminate Any Lurking Odors

Try to avoid cooking anything in your home when you are close to a showing date and remove all trash or any food that could be hiding under the couch. You won’t sell your home if the foul smell from last night’s dinner is still lurking in the garbage. This can give people a negative browsing experience and drive them away.

7. Set the Scene

Add a few items to the rooms to help buyers visualize what they would be doing and how they would feel if they were living in the home. You can place a coffee mug and a book on the small table in the living room, or add a cutting board and a bowl of fresh fruit in the kitchen. Doing these small tasks helps give the house some life and purpose.

8. Bring in the Nature

If there’s an empty corner in a room, or if you want to accentuate a feature, plants can do the job for you. Adding potted greenery or a vase with flowers can give life and add a pleasant pop of color. It can also improve the overall look of the house.

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-701-2030 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/

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Buyer’s Perception and Why it Matters

Many individuals struggle to find the right real estate agent to meet their needs. With a plethora of options out there being available in this modern digital age, the convenience of finding a real estate agent can be even more difficult these days. The experience of many agents can be misleading, especially considering the fact most of their numbers are reflected by the number of sales an entire sales team makes rather than the sales of the individual member that is being advertised.

Your Home is Special

One of the most crucial elements of selling a home is being able to recognize unique features that your home possesses and that makes your home stand out to buyers. When you are in the market for a real estate agent, listen for traits that give you an idea of their experience. For example, suitable real estate agents mention aspects that make your house sound exclusive when compared to other homes in the area. Meet with multiple agents to get a feel for what works right for you and when the time comes, decide based on who fits your needs best.

Finding the Right Agent

Location, price, and cleanliness all play vital roles in how quickly your home sells. No clear-cut answer or shortcut will guarantee your home sells in a certain allotted amount of time. When it comes to selling a home, there are so many factors that come into play. Despite the complications that come with selling, the good news is that a good agent always looks for the most optimal way to have your home sold in the shortest amount of time possible.

Your Perception Isn’t the Only Perception

By the time you are ready to sell your home, you may be so used to your perception of it that you will no longer recognize the value of it. Even for those whose perceptions aren’t as heavily swayed, there is always the risk of undervaluing a home. The last thing you want is to short sell yourself, due to the perception you have of your home. A considerable advantage is having an excellent real estate agent because they provide a fresh set of eyes that may be better suited to featuring the best parts of your home.

Showcase Proudly

When you are ready to showcase your home be proud of what you are presenting, and it rubs off on your buyers. If you decide to have your home showcased with furnishings, have the furnishings clean and free of any pet hair. And although this is an old home for you, interested buyers may see something exciting and new. Keep in mind, when you are showcasing, that the amount of time you take to upkeep your home matters and has an impact on your buyers.

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-701-2030 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/

 

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How to Keep Buyer’s Attention

Grabbing a buyer’s attention can be difficult. With so much competition to contend with, standing out can be challenging. Fortunately, there are several tricks that can help you gain interested buyers on a more frequent basis. Most of the approaches to help your home stand out are simple and cost-effective, giving buyers a clearer view of what your home has to offer. Family photos, for example, are extremely effective in painting a better picture of what your home provides, before the buyers even step foot inside your home. Likewise, bad photos have the potential to dissuade the buyer immediately.

A Picture Says A Thousand Words

The quality of the pictures you take of your home to post online are essential and deserve time for the best results. Individual’s attention spans are typically very short. When advertising your online listing, you’ll typically only have a matter of seconds to grab the attention of those looking to buy. Making every second count is essential to getting your listing recognized.

Take Pictures of Your Home’s Exterior

Proper lighting can make a huge impression in your pictures, especially when the pictures are of the exterior of your home. Experiment with different times of day, and make sure it provides enough natural lighting to keep your photos well lit. Taking pictures during the afternoon can make your home appear warm and inviting. If you plan on including some night shots of your home, make sure the interior lights of your home remain on.

Capturing the Essence of Your Home

When it comes to the interior photos, pictures should show off the best features and qualities that make your home unique. The most important rooms to show are the bathrooms, living room, kitchen and master bedroom. Ensure that your house is clutter free, and have your blinds open so that your home lights up. Something as simple as a picture of the entrance of your house with your front door is a very powerful persuasion tool.

Word Choice Matters

Whether posting a listing online or negotiating with a potential buyer, one should always concern themselves with the words they use to talk about their listing. Descriptive words like luxurious, impeccable and captivating are all effective in making your home seem warm and inviting to buyers. Just as there are words to give buyers good impressions, there are also words sellers should avoid when they are describing their homes. Words like fixer, investment, and potential have the effect of leaving a bad taste in buyer’s mouths.

Speak with a Real Estate Agent

Consult with a real estate agent before you make any post. Even if you are comfortable with posting listings by yourself, it can still be very useful to have a professionals advice. Real estate agents can provide a wide array of knowledge on what sells in the area and may even provide you with the information you would have not gained otherwise.

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-701-2030 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/

 

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Joseph Lewkowicz October Market Recap Report

In this month’s livestream call Joe talks about the status of October’s real estate market, the essential strategies for both new and experienced home seller’s, and the current real estate market during the Q&A section of the call.

Moreover, watch Joe as he discusses whether the holidays are an excellent time to sell, the best way to apply for home owner’s insurance, and much more in this month’s livestream recap report.

Joe begins the livestream by discussing several issues people usually run into during this time of the year. Hurricane Michael is passing the North Tampa Area, and luckily a lot of Floridians in the area have been spared from severe damages. Although the hurricane has not caused significant damage in the North Tampa Area, it still presents a few issues that tend to affect the area. For example, four-point inspections are going to be more popular with the standards of home safety. Roofing, plumbing, AC, and electric panels are all elements of home safety that plays a role in passing inspections. Roofing is taken rather seriously due to Florida’s history, and hurricane Michael is making safety that much more prevalent.

Fun fact! Did you know, homeowners who don’t replace roofing that is over 20 years old are required to have it replaced within three years or risk cancellation from insurance providers?

Another topic Joe discusses involves October’s predicted performance in the seller’s market. It’s no secret that the summer months are the peak of the seller’s market for real estate; however, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the time before the holidays does not have the potential to bring great opportunities to buyers and sellers alike. Many sellers try to sell before December 15th to receive benefits such as homestead exemption, and many buyers have affordable options do to this little rush in sales. According to Joe, if sellers have the opportunity to sell before December 15th, they should do so quickly.

As always Joe Lewkowicz opens the discussion to his audience and answers several of their real estate questions. In one question, a viewer asks about showcasing homes and how to know when showcasing is a good option. Joe states that showcasing can be a great and cost-effective way to have homes seen by potential buyers in most cases; however, there are some instances where there are better ways to get homes sold. The rule of thumb is that the more the house is worth, the more likely showcasing is a good option for home sellers. Another question asked how long homes stay in the market during October. Joe said that typically accurately priced homes sell in 30 to 45 days.

A realtor with extensive knowledge is essential to navigating the real estate market, especially in the Tampa Bay area. Joseph Lewkowicz’s 40 years of experience offers the best help for all buyers and sellers with questions on the housing market.

Join North Tampa Realtor Joseph Lewkowicz, who will be hosting a live stream conference call on the second Thursday of every month at 10 AM EST. Users can log in and communicate with Lewkowicz directly to gain insight into the Tampa market.

To catch all the questions in the Livestream call, click to watch on Joe’s TV Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwVCxXv6wT0S-LDFORWTwNw

For more information on the current real estate season, check out Joe’s monthly livestreams at https://josephlewkowicz.com/livestream

To watch the full October Market Recap report, visit Joe’s TV Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwVCxXv6wT0S-LDFORWTwNw

Video Link: https://youtu.be/8MFZ7yMzejI
Website: https://josephlewkowicz.com/livestream

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Selling Your Home Quickly

If you want to sell your home as quickly as possible, finding a Real Estate Agent that is right for your needs is essential. The process of finding an agent might be overwhelming, especially when the number of agents are growing every day. In order to find the perfect person for the job, you will need to do your homework by researching credible online resources. There are plenty of resources at your disposal to find the right real estate agent for you. Here’s how…

Talk to Friends or Look Online

One of the resources comes from word of mouth. A good place to start is to speak to people in your area and have them tell you about their experiences. Whether you know people who have had good or bad experiences in their search for an agent, it can still be worthwhile to ask about them. People’s experiences are a great place to start measuring a real estate agent’s success and can give you leeway on finding an agent that is willing to meet your goals. You may also find local brochures with detailed information on local real estate agents as well. The web is another excellent tool for finding real estate agents and often has the option to view insightful testimonials from the agent’s previous clients.

Meet With More Than One Real Estate Agent

When searching for the right Real Estate Agent your mindset should be to expect to meet multiple candidates from the beginning. Speaking to multiple agents gives you the advantage of ultimately deciding who is the right person to meet your needs. The more people you consider for the job the more likely it is that you will end up finding the right person for you. Aiming for at least three potential candidates are going to be your best option, this will give you a variety of personalities to consider.

Ask Questions

The best questions to ask should help you get a read on your contenders and will ultimately help you decide who the right person for the job is. Ask questions that will give you a better sense of the agent’s knowledge in the local area. One of the greatest advantages of having an agent with local knowledge is that you have information that no other realtor has. For instance, if the sales are high in your neighborhood ask your agent to explain what former agents have done to establish successful closings.

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-701-2030 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/

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The Pros and Cons to Selling Your Home As Is

Many preconceived notions come with purchasing homes as is. By selling homes in this manner, seller’s pass any and all obligations to the buyers. Homes may need a number of different touch ups that the buyers would now be primarily responsible for fixing themselves. Plumbing, the foundation, and leaky roofs are just a few repairs buyers may need to take when buying a home in its present condition. Buying homes as is may be a huge risk for the buyers and will more than likely have a negative impact on your sales. However, selling your home as is may not always be the worst option. For eager buyers, purchasing homes as is, is a quick and cheap alternative to going through the undoubtedly lengthy process of purchasing a standard home.

Is it Ethical?

The process of selling a home as is doesn’t have to be a taboo as you might assume. There are many factors you may wish to consider before you make the final decision to sell your home as is, but if you find it a healthy option to choose, after careful consideration, then there are always ways to safely and effectively communicate these types of sales. The obvious issue that comes with selling homes as is, is the immediate impact it may have on your buyers. Buyers will, of course, begin to wonder why you are selling your home as is and in some cases may even begin to wonder if there is an issue with the home itself. The way to avoid this scenario is to communicate effectively and be clear and concise on your reasoning behind selling your home this way.

Consider Your Options

One of the reasons you may wish to sell your home as is, is because you are trying to sell your home as quickly as possible. While this is an admirable and understandable approach in most occasions, it remains important to consider all your options. Be informed of the potential losses that could come with selling your home so hastily. Speak to a real estate agent to get a quick rundown of how effective selling homes as is, is in your area. Real estate agents are not experts at selling homes quickly, but they do have specific knowledge to the local area around you. They can give you precise information on what has and what hasn’t worked in the area, giving you a significant advantage over the local competition.

It can be surprising how effective selling homes as is can be. And while this tactic has its ups and downs, it remains a valuable option for buyers and home sellers alike.

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-701-2030 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/

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Fully Furnished Homes, Do They Sell?

If you’re looking to give your property that extra push to get it sold, it may be worth considering adding some extra decoration or furnishings to add appeal. So how do you determine what you should or shouldn’t add to your listing? Well, before you decide the answer, first begin with considering the pros and the cons to adding extra appeal. While having more furnishing and decoration can add to your properties appeal, it can also be quite an investment in the long run. In the sections below, you will find some tips that should help you determine whether you should include adding items in your home to boost your properties appeal.

When Should You Furnish?

If you are having trouble deciding, remember to focus on the core issue that is giving you trouble.  The problem with determining for sellers always falls back to the core issue of cost versus profit. For buyers, paying for the convince of a fully furnished, decorated home may not still be an option. The correct amount of decoration may vary depending on the area you are living in because the people who are most likely to buy a decked-out home are those wealthy enough to afford the upcharge that is placed on those furnishings and decorations.

Why Your Area Matters

People who are searching for fully furnished homes are few and far between. The folks who are most likely to be specifically looking for a done-up house are, most of the time going to be retirees or buyers looking to buy a 2nd home or vacation home. If you are in an area where buyers with this description are far and few in between, doesn’t necessarily mean that you should leave your property unfurnished. If you have enough decoration to make your home, feel “lived in” it can set you apart tremendously. You don’t have to invest in an outrageous amount of furniture to finalize a sale.

How Much Should You Spend

The amount of decoration you invest is best determined by what you’re willing to invest and how buyers are in the area. Ask your real estate agent what the most common trend is, concerning what buyers typically go for. If you are purchasing your own furniture for your property, think about how much you can invest while still netting a return. Investing in decoration is pointless if you end up spending a considerable chunk of money that doesn’t benefit you in any way.

A real estate agent will be able to analyze your selling strategy and tell you if tactics such as providing furniture, will be fruitful for you in the long run. If you are still weary on if furnishing your property is a good one for your needs; a real estate agent can be helpful to staying on point and fulfilling your financial goals.

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-701-2030 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/

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Communication Between Buyer and Seller

While some areas in communication between buyer and seller is vital; there are also other topics sellers should avoid discussing. People looking into buying a new home are notoriously selective, although this doesn’t necessarily mean you have ignored your potential buyers. Instead, the safest way to communicate is to have your local real estate agent answer questions. The reason you should be wary when discussing your property with buyers is much simpler than you might think.  Sellers tend to entrap themselves without even realizing it. There are many questions buyers ask that if answered incorrectly, can lead to more diminishing returns.

Think About What You Say

A way to handle questions that you’re unsure of is to talk to your agent. Innocent questions can be directed toward you with ulterior motives. For example, if you asked a simple question like “How long have you lived in your home,” you may be surprised to find out that some of the answers you give can leave a misleading impression. If you haven’t lived in your home for a long-time buyer may think you are selling it because you were disappointed with your purchase in the first place.

Questions like “How many offers have you received so far?” can have ulterior motives as well. While the tone of the question might be innocent, your answer can have unintentional consequences. If you have received many offers, is your answer, the buyer might wonder why your home hasn’t sold yet. On the other hand, if you tell them that you haven’t received that many they might wonder what is wrong with the house.

If buyers ask questions like the ones above, most likely they mean no harm. Letting your real estate agent address these questions utilizing their expertise remain the best option for avoiding dissuading buyers.

Don’t Neglect Your Buyer

Constant communication is essential to a certain extent. It’s okay to build a relationship with a buyer if you don’t forget the buyer’s objective, as well as your own. Your goal is to make the most money you can from the sale, and the buyer is looking to get the best deal possible. The information above is not to mislead you into thinking that neglecting your potential buyers is the best option; it’s more so, to help you be aware of all possibilities. The information is here so that when looking to sell your home, you are aware of how helpful having expert advice from a real estate agent can be.

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-701-2030 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/

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Joseph Lewkowicz September Market Recap Report

In Joe Lewkowicz’s September livestream, he discusses how the real estate market is shaping up so far. In the stream, he presents a variety of topics and answers some questions provided by viewers who are looking for helpful advice on selling properties. The following sections summarize issues such as, which areas are increasing in price ranges, information on what you should do if you are a first-time buyer, this year’s sales compared to last year, and much more. As an experienced and award-winning real estate agent, Joe Lewkowicz aims to deliver the most up to date real estate news to readers and viewers like you. If you have any burning questions on how to better sell your home, contact Joe today!

 How Is the Market In The Fall?

The real estate market this Fall has continued to follow a similar pattern of last year’s fall season. The price ranges typically begin to decrease during September and this year shows very similar results. However, it is common for people to overestimate just how substantial the decline is. The market’s decline is minuscule at best and according to Joe, aiming to sell your home before December may not be a bad idea.

The price range continues to be within the $400,000 to $600,000 range in the North West Tampa area: an average that is not very different when compared to the price ranges that posted around the same time last year. The trend to watch for only show’s its face around December. During December it is estimated that the prices for homes increase overall, due to past trends during previous years. Joe says that the sudden change merely occurs because many people don’t want to deal with closing a sale during the holidays.

Joe’s first answer addresses common rookie buyer mistakes. He explains a matter that a lot of first-time buyers overlook when it comes to their budgets. In other words, it’s common for people not to be aware of precisely what they can afford. Joe says that before people start looking at listings, it’s vital for them to see a mortgage broker to settle what listings are realistic, as far as pricing is concerned.

The next question touches on price negotiations. Joe states that a common mistake that almost every home seller make has to do with mispricing. It’s a natural tendency to want to list prices high in order to leave room for negotiation, but in some case, this kind of thinking can be counter-intuitive. Listing your home above 2%, its actual listing worth can have consequences. When buyers see great listings, they may automatically be dismissive if your house is too high. Avoid people walking away by having the right price, to begin with. This is where your local real estate agent comes in handy. Real estate agents can give you expert advice and give you the best listing prices based on your area and other listed prices in the area, so don’t miss out and call your local real estate agent today!

To catch all the questions in the Livestream call, click to watch on Joe’s TV Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwVCxXv6wT0S-LDFORWTwNw

A realtor with extensive knowledge is essential to navigating the real estate market, especially in the Tampa Bay area. Joseph Lewkowicz’ 40 years of experience offers the best help for all buyers and sellers with questions on the housing market.

For more information on the current real estate season, check out Joe’s monthly livestreams at https://josephlewkowicz.com/livestream

To watch the full September Market Recap report, visit Joe’s TV Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwVCxXv6wT0S-LDFORWTwNw

Video Link: https://youtu.be/mpm5tYPFdRw

Website: https://josephlewkowicz.com/livestream

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Selling Homes to a New Generation

Now that a new generation is among us, adapting to oncoming changes may be vital to creating a successful marketing strategy. People who delved into the real estate market don’t get the big picture of just how influential millennials are today. There are various techniques that successful companies use to appeal to this growing generation. In the excerpt below, are a few tips and tricks on how to get millennials to buy your listings.

Social Media is a Powerful Selling Tool

Social media is an incredible platform for all demographics, but it is particularly good at appealing to younger generations. You can use social media as a tool in many ways. It’s very common for real estate agencies to use social media platforms like Facebook, and Twitter to keep potential buyers up to date on the latest listings. If you are trying to sell your home, don’t hesitate to ask your real estate agent questions. Real estate agents often have tools at their disposal to spread local real estate news, and they may also be able to disperse information on your listings.

Traditional advertising can often be less effective for younger generations. Social Media and other online resources are used primarily by the millennial generation. If you are using the internet to advertise your listing, it may behoove you to have an in-depth description of the property you are putting up for sale. Excellent pictures and small details can make a huge difference between online and in real life.

The Showcase, Before the Showcase

Incorporating video on your platforms can be a tremendous asset in your efforts to sell your home. Even if you are planning to advertise your listing yourself on your personal Facebook page; it remains essential to help give potential buyers a better picture of what you and your home are all about. Even videos with small walkthroughs can have an impact on gaining interest, especially to the modern crowd. Currently, people seeing the house before seeing it in person is an expectation held by most; and while traditional advertising has areas where it remains effective, it still doesn’t hold a candle to the kind of word of mouth that is only possible through social platforms.

Your objective is to get your house seen as many times as possible, as often as possible. Your home’s recognition can give you an idea of the best way to determine your success in the process. If you still are contemplating what you should be doing at any given moment, contact a real estate agent. Agencies have more information on how to get millennials to see your property. Just because 2018’s real estate market has a new and complex obstacle, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be prepared to adapt. The real estate market fluctuates as time moves on and is the one constant challenge that home sellers must face. If you’re looking to succeed in selling your home quickly, take your time and use all the available resources you have at your disposal.

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-701-2030 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/