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Boca Grande Lennar Designed home boasting an expansive water view Sold by The C & G International Realty Team.

Keller Williams Real Estate is moving!

LAKEWOOD RANCH — The major partners in Keller Williams Lakewood Ranch, Paul Cornuke and Steven Dutoit, have purchased the former Neal Communities offices at 8210 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. for more than $1.3 million as part of a new venture.Image

Keller Williams is leasing the space and will move in beginning Thursday. The business partners purchased the building as Red Vette Ventures, LLC, drawing the name from Dutoit’s prized 1967 red Chevrolet Corvette.

“I always like to pick a name that’s cute,” said Cornuke, who was dressed for work Monday, hammering along with construction workers as they completed renovations on the building. “I have the tool belt on as we speak.”

They chose to purchase the building now because “we practice what we preach,” Cornuke said. “It’s the best time to buy so we felt this was a great opportunity, what with the timing of our lease expiring.”

Red Vette Ventures is leasing the building to Keller Williams.

Neal Communities relocated to 5800 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., just south of University Parkway, said Leisa Weintraub, vice president of marketing for Neal Communities.

The majority owner observed that the real estate business seems to go in five-year cycles.

“This has been an extreme

ly long down cycle and we are having a great up cycle starting now,” Cornuke said. “Agents are getting back into the business now because we are seeing the up cycle now.”

The pair said they chose the location because of its central location and surrounding beauty.

“It has beautiful greenery and landscaping, yet you can walk across the street to Starbucks. It’s heaven on Earth,” Dutoit said.

The new location is big enough to house about 300 agents and to offer a place for companywide meetings.

“We always want to have a desirable place for people to work,” Cornuke said. “We are almost fully occupied already. The majority of agents have a home office. We can provide an office atmosphere if they want to come in and check on the computer.”

Dutoit said he was drawn to the nature surrounding the Lakewood Ranch building.

“There’s 46 oak trees on the lot and a lake on the back of the property,” Dutoit said. “The conference room looks out at this beautiful lake. There’s a picnic area under the oak trees and we’ll be setting up a barbecue grill for office events. The land is timbered and we are upgrading the landscaping. It’s the kind of an environment where you go there and you don’t feel like you’re in a commercial space at all.

The current Keller Williams office is moving from the former John Cannon building on Professional Parkway, less than a mile away.

Under Contract in Less than 24 hours!!


5228 58th E Terrace, A Spectacular spacious family home was listed and within 24 hours, was under contract just above asking price!

Let us do the same for you now! call us @ 941-556-5030 or email us at and we would be more than delighted to help you in the sale or purchase of your home



3 listings under contract this week! 2 of which went under contract in less than 24 hours of being listed! Awesome Job The C & G Team!!

5 DIY Tips for Home Staging on the Cheap



Your home’s been on the market for a while now, and you’re not getting any offers. Your real estate agent has suggested professional staging, but that’s just not in the budget. What’s a desperate home seller to do?

You might consider a staging consultation. Many home stagers will provide room-by-room assessments for homeowners, offering tips about paint colors, furniture placement, improving traffic patterns and more. Most consultations last about two hours and won’t break the bank at $150 to $250.

Or, you can use these five low-cost, do-it-yourself staging tips to create a space that sells:

No. 1: Cut the clutterhouseforsale219

Get boxes and tape, and start packing. Clothes, books, toys, extra pots and pans – pack up everything you don’t absolutely need during the next two or three months. Remember that potential buyers will be opening closets and drawers; if it looks like there’s not room for your things, buyers will assume storage will be tight for them as well.

Too much furniture can also make a space look cluttered. Your home will look bigger if it’s not jam-packed. Go through the house room by room and ask yourself what you can live without. See if your friends are willing to store your things until the house sells, or consider renting a short-term storage unit.

No. 2: Let the sunshine in

“I advise homeowners to open all their window coverings,” says Maureen Bray, owner of Portland, OR-based Rooms Solution Staging. “Don’t just open the blinds — raise them to the top to allow people to see the view and let in light. Home buyers love light, bright rooms.”

Of course, that means windows must be cleaned inside and out, and window sills need to be wiped down.

Got a view you’re not so crazy about showcasing? Consider blinds that can be angled to let in light, or hang sheer panels.

What if you have those heavy, expensive, custom drapes and valances that were popular 20 years ago? “Take them down,” says Bray. “You got your money’s worth out of them. Today’s buyers want light.”

No. 3: Clean, then clean some more

“I always tell people, ‘Clean like there’s no tomorrow.’” says Bray. “A really clean house gives buyers the impression that it has been well-maintained.”

Unfortunately, a one-time cleaning won’t do the trick. You’ll need to keep at it until your house sells. Knock down cobwebs, wipe counter tops, scrub grout, mop floors, wash light fixtures and repeat.

If cleaning bathtubs and wiping down baseboards is simply not your area of expertise, consider hiring a weekly cleaning service. Yes, it’s an investment, but if it shortens your selling time, it’s money well spent.

No. 4: Set the scene

Want buyers to fall in love with your house the moment they see it? First impressions matter. Your lawn must be mowed and edged, bushes must be trimmed, and flower beds must be weeded and topped with fresh mulch or bark. Add colorful flowers near the front door, either in flowerbeds or pots.

You’ll make your home even tougher to resist if you borrow or rent a power washer to clean grimy sidewalks, driveways, stairs and decks. Remember: You want everything to look fresh, fresh, fresh.

No. 5: Take new photos

Once you’ve decluttered, cleaned and planted flowers, take new photos of your home.

According to a 2011 survey, 88 percent of buyers say their home search relies, at least in part, on online listings. It’s important that the photos used in those listings and printed fliers reflect the improvements you’ve made to your home. Photos that showcase your decluttered, squeaky clean, curb-appeal-laden abode will appeal to a broader range of home buyers.

Homes for sale remain in low supply

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The supply of homes for sale is still unusually tight as the spring buying season opens, helping sellers by turning up the heat on already-rising prices.


The number of homes listed for sale on real estate website Zillow was down almost 17% in late February vs. a year earlier. In some California markets, they were down more than 40%, Zillow data show.

The supply crunch is likely to last all year, says IHS Global Insight economist Patrick Newport. “We’re still not building enough homes.”

While the U.S. is creating about 1.1 million new households a year, housing starts in January came in at an 890,000 annual rate, the government says.

But as prices rise, more owners will be motivated to sell, easing supply shortages, economists say.

Home prices were up 7.3% in the fourth quarter from a year before, Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller data show. That was a much faster rise than most economists expected for 2012.

Nationwide, the supply of homes for sale — based on the pace of sales — fell in January to 4.2 months, the National Association of Realtors says. That’s an almost eight-year low. A six-month to seven-month supply is considered balanced between buyers and sellers.

The availability of the most expensive homes in the markets Zillow tracks has tightened more than those at lower price levels.

Homes for sale in what Zillow defines as the top price tier in each market fell by almost 21% in February compared to a year ago. By comparison, the inventory of homes in the middle tier dropped 17% and those in the bottom tier fell 9%.

The price tiers vary by market, based on local prices.

Five California cities in Zillow’s survey are among those seeing the biggest inventory drops, ranging from a 48% decline in Sacramento to a 36% falloff in Riverside. But other cities are also seeing significantly fewer listings. New York is down almost 19%, Dallas-Fort Worth, nearly 21%, and Orlando is off 27%.

Only five of 99 metros showed an increase in listings, led by El Paso, up 19%, and Albuquerque, up 8%. Little Rock, Fort Myers, Fla., and Youngstown, Ohio, also saw increases.