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Congratulations on the first step of buying a new home, condo or vacant land to build on! As a REALTOR®  with over 40 years of experience on Sanibel, Captiva and in S.W. Florida, I can assist you through the entire buying process.

When You Buy Your Home with a REALTOR® you gain peace of mind knowing you’re working with a professional who can minimize the risks in a key an significant investment.

Out-of-Country Buyers interested in the S.W. Florida can relax. Our Team has an impressive track record of helping international buyers with their pursuit and purchase and we can link you to all the contacts you’ll need to Help with your shrewd decision to invest in the area.

From this site it’s easy to Search All of the Most Popular South West Florida Real Estate including:

Check Out “Local Information” Pages
{Bonita} {Cape Coral} {Captiva} {Fort Myers} {Ft Myers Beach} {Naples} {Sanibel}

Each Area offers housing options galore, broad set of amenities
and affordability for a wide-range of buyers and important Buyers Information

Explore lifestyle options:

Whether you’re interested in purchasing a Home, Condo, or Vacant Land to build on, our advanced search tools will provide you with complete and extensive details about area listings for virtually every lifestyle choice.  Do you need Bayfront, Ocean Front, Near Beach, Canal or Bayou, Riverfront or even a Golf Course community? With very little effort on your part, you can have the most comprehensive area and property information at your fingertips with trusted professional help just a phone call or email away. Check out our “Information By Area” pages and links to get a better understanding of each location.

Complete our “MLS Alert” exclusive “San-Cap Buyer Email Update System Form”: Put us to work…..allow our team with over 40 years of experience in the S.W. Florida real estate market and armed with the parameters you provided in the Buyer’s Survey to locate and email you all the properties that meet your wants and needs. The information will include property details, pictures, videos tours if any and maps showing the location of each. All you need to do is sit back and review properties that meet your every need. Don’t let another buyer purchase your dream property! Register to receive the latest instant email alerts based on your specific criteria.

Save a search: If you prefer to search for listings using any one of our search tools except our “One Click Search”, you can also create a “Saved Search” and archive your favorite listings. It’s easy and will allow you to make changes and go back and view properties that you have saved in your personal “Listing Carts”.

What can we do for you?: We’re here to help, starting with a wealth of information that’s simply a click away with our helpful links that you can read online.  When you’re ready to move forward with a desired property, we’ll help you get all the critical details to make informed decisions. Learn more about the South West Florida using the many links provided on the “Information By Area” pages on this site. We will provide you with all the information and contacts you’ll need to make buying in S.W. Florida an almost effortless experience on your part!

Here are a few steps you may wish to review to help understand and speed up the process:

If you need a Mortgage it would help togGet Pre-approved for a Loan

In today’s market it’s very important to have a preapproval letter from a lender before you even start your home shopping.  It can make the difference between your offer being accepted, or not, over another offer.  And in this competitive time in our market, we do see multiple offer situations.  Contact several lenders, and determine which one will give you the best deal. We can help by supplying you with lends contact information.

Determine Your Price Range and Area(s) in Which You’re Interested

By now, you should have a good idea of how much home you can afford. This helps you narrow down your home search. You should also begin researching the neighborhoods in which you might want to live. I can assist you with this.

Decide Which Amenities and Features You Must Have – and Which Ones Would Be Nice but not Necessary

How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you want? Would you like to be in a Golf Course, Waterfront, or a non-gated community?  Home or Condo? Would you prefer a newer home or an older one with established landscaping? Which features would you be willing to give up if you were to find the otherwise perfect home?

Begin Testing the Market

Right here on my site, you can find listings that meet your criteria as well as neighborhood data. See what’s available in your price range and explore neighborhoods.

With Your Agent, Begin Seriously Looking at Homes

I can compile a list of homes based on your criteria, or show you any homes you might have already found with your on-line search.  Look at homes with a critical eye – does the floor plan work for you? Is the property in good condition? Would it be right for your lifestyle? In short, can you imagine yourself and your family living there?
Take notes at each home you visit. What are your likes and dislikes? Narrow down your choices; revisit homes in which you’re interested. See them at different times of the day.

Make an Offer

When you’ve identified the home you want to buy, be ready to help your agent prepare a written offer quickly. Your agent will be familiar with market values and will help you arrive at a price that gives your offer the best chance of being accepted.
At this stage, try not to become emotionally attached to a home. Your offer may not be accepted for any number of reasons. Have backup homes in mind. Be prepared to negotiate through your agent with the sellers.  Be prepared to make an earnest money deposit.  If you are financing, the preapproval letter should accompany your offer.  If you are paying cash, proof of your funds will be required, i.e. bank statement, stock portfolio statement, etc.

Once Your Offer Is Accepted

Once your offer is accepted, the lender will need a copy of the contract in order to continue processing the loan and to order an appraisal.    Have the property professionally inspected, and if necessary, request repairs. Obtain homeowner’s insurance.
Contact the local utility companies (phone, water, electricity, cable, etc.).
A few days before closing, stage a walkthrough.

At Closing

-Make sure the terms and conditions of the loan statement are correct
-Carefully read everything before you sign

Make sure fill out the “MLS Alert” exclusive “San-Cap Buyer Email Update System Form” and let us help you get started on your search!

Contact Me Direct Anytime:

George Kohlbrenner

Realtor-Partner-Broker Associate
John Naumann & Associates
11509 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, FL 33924
1149 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957

Call 239-565-8805