Jim and his team feel that giving back to the community is an important part of our daily lives. Recently, Jim donated 75 Sarasota Reds baseball tickets to United Way for less privileged children to enjoy a day at the park! “There is nothing more rewarding than putting a smile on a child’s face” says Jim about his recent donation. 

For more information on how you can give back, visit the United Way web-site.

To contact the Jim Soda Group, visit their web-site or email them at info@jimsoda.com.

“If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” — Bob Hope

Palmers Crk 5 Hi ResLuxury Foreclosure listed by the Jim Soda Group in Lakewood Ranch Country Club – Custom Pruett with over 5000 square feet was only listed by Jim Soda and his team for 45 days before an offer was received, accepted and closed!

Let us help you sell your home in the Lakewood Ranch Country Club and surrounding area! Contact us at info@jimsoda.com or 941/809.7759. You can also find us at www.JimSoda.com. We look forward to working with you!!

Jim Soda and Zillow.com

April 7, 2009

Jim Soda has just returned from the International Prudential Real Estate conference in Las Vegas.   While in Vegas at the convention Jim announced a new “showcase” alliance with Zillow.com for the 34202 zip code. This working agreement will solidify both the Jim Soda Group and Zillow.com as an important starting place for buyers to search for new and resale homes in the 34202 area.  Jim is considered the key Real Estate professional and consultant for the Lakewood RanchBradenton, Florida area.  Zillow.com’s  nearly 9 million monthly visitors and low mortgage rates ( at or below 5%),  Jim believes that this working relationship with Zillow will bring two respected organizations together to assist Real Estate buyers and sellers of southwest Florida together.

More and more we are seeing buyers making offers on foreclosure properties. Typically, these properties are sold “as is”, but what does that really mean? It doesn’t have to be a take it or leave it scenario, but it’s important to have someone on your side that knows how to navigate these situations. Most importantly, you AND your Realtor need to understand the fine print!

Typically, when you come to a “verbal” agreement on a foreclosure property the bank will issue their own version of the contract with an extensive amount of legal jargon, time frames and limitations. In between all of this are some things that you need to understand:

  1. What is your time frame for completing and reporting on inspections?
  2. Is it from verbal agreement or executed contract?
  3. Is that in calendar or business days?
  4. What is the process for negotiating repairs? 

  • Note – just because it’s being sold “as is” doesn’t mean that there will be nothing that the bank will resolve. It’s not guaranteed, but sometimes worth a try if there is extensive damage or an underlying issue.

The Jim Soda Group has recently contracted and closed some foreclosure properties and in most situations found ourselves in a position where we had to order and execute inspections prior to a fully executed contract. Save yourself some anguish and decide up front if this is a risk you’re willing to take, knowing that the deal could fall through after you’ve put the money in to inspections.

If you’re currently looking at foreclosure properties and need the assistance of a Real Estate Professional, we’re here to help. You can reach us at 941-809-7759 or  info@jimsoda.com .

 

To Search Homes for Sale in Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota or Bradenton, FL visit Jim Soda’s Web-site.

 

Randy Huartson, Helen Sosso (Prudential Palms Broker) and I have recently returned from 2009 Real Estate Connect In New York City. The  7th annual event was actually our first time for the Jim Soda Group. This conference is where the leaders in finance and technology come to discuss change and innovation within the real estate industry. Timely topic-driven panels and practical workshops provided our team with some new tools and techniques we need to take The Jim Soda Group and Prudential Palms Realty to the next level. I concentrated on internet marketing while Randy spent time in the blogger workshops. Helen kept herself busy meeting her many influential contacts within the industry and staying abreast of the changing real estate landscape. Below is the “How to” we covered in NYC:

How to better Market Listings Online

How to get ahead of the competition

How to Build an Effective Website

How to Integrate New Technology into our Business

How to Leverage a Great Database to Build our Business

Please give me a call on how I can help you with your real estate needs. Thank you.

Are you are looking to buy or sell a home in Lakewood Ranch? Whether your a first timer or experienced investor, working with the Jim Soda Group can leverage area knowledge here in Lakewood Ranch. It doesn’t matter if the market favors buyers or sellers.  The right agent will help you secure the best deal.  We pride ourselves on being knowledgable real estate consultants in the Lakewood Ranch area and vicinity:  

 

  • Local Market Homes Inventory and Activity
  • Preparing and Marketing Homes Effectively
  • Partnering with Excellent Vendors and Service Providers
  • Knowing the Area (Schools, Places of Worship, Where to Shop, Transportation, etc.)
  • Proper Pricing
  • Contract Preparation and Presentation

When you’re ready to buy or sell property, I am ready to help.  Please contact me or any of the Jim Soda Group to discuss a marketing or home buying plan for you! Give Us a call.

 

It’s a good possibility and better than average bet, that your future PORTFOLIO should again include…REAL ESTATE.  Who do you trust?  Why not become your own CEO?  And why risk your financial future on un-accountable CEOs, the greed of corporate directors, and spendthrift companies or investment talking heads? Even the wealthy got taken by Maddoff, while regulators watched. 

 

Our real estate prices are at levels making economic sense to buy and hold or look for rental properties that offer positive cash flow.  Bank foreclosures, short sales or just excellent valued properties may fit your investment needs.  A combination of your IRA, personal monies and loans may be the right equation.  What ever you decide it is a good time to buy. 

 

2008 was a difficult year for our local real estate market. The year began with initial hopes of our prices nearing the bottom. Many Sellers held on to that notion, some too long.  Many aggressive Sellers did sell.  Some will continue to wait for the right buyer.  In years past we didn’t know the term Short Sale or thought we would ever need to know it.  As time went on Short Sale seminars developed, Short Sale certifications were offered. We had short sale failures, short sale success stories and long hours of unsettlement with Loss Specialists whose job description the week before was Receptionist. These departments simply didn’t exist.  Bank foreclosure numbers rose and unfortunately, keep rising. Foreclosures are happening to very hard working families and some with unfortunate circumstances.  As if we needed more salt in our wounds nearly the entire credit market collapses and more new terms emerge, such as, “Bailout and TARP.” With debts now in the trillions.

 

So here we are in 2009.  Many of the same problems facing us remain.  We will probably hear and learn new definitions and terms as we go along for the credit ride.  We are hopeful this year will be a better year with more positive terms coming our way and successful stories.  Our position remains, the time to buy is now.  Allow yourself financial freedom with smart investments offering positive cash flow.  Be your own boss and start your Real Estate Investment Portfolio.  Please call me or e-mail if you have any questions. Happy New Year.