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Sushi and Superheroes

Highlights from this episode

  • Shelley enjoys a Twizzler that is magically sugar free - (1:15)
  • Ed forgets how to hit pause and use Google to double check info - (9:02)
  • Check out Shelley's new country music hit "Corn dogs and champagne" - (12:44)
  • What to do with a bomb shelter - (14:55)
  • Why Tucker doesn't think Krystal should try paddleboarding - (23:38)
  • How not to negotiate when you see the house you love - (25:45)
  • Ed becomes quietly jealous of Krystal & Tucker - (26:47)
  • The best first-time home buyer tip EVER - (29:30)
  • Ed makes a new friend - (29:58)
  • Realtor jokes avoided - (36:18)
  • Ed demonstrates his best "Time-Life operator voice" - (40:12)
  • We're voted "Florida's Favorite Podcast" - (41:32)

The Local Flavor - (3:10)

"Sushi and Superheroes"
 
We started the evening with dinner at Hana Sushi Lounge.  Our favorites were the Origami Roll and Kiss of the Dragon Roll.  Ed enjoyed the blonde ale by Naughty Monk Brewery so much we will be visiting them very soon for an episode of The Local Flavor!
 
After dinner we walked down the street to Lakewood Ranch Cinemas to see Black Panther (directed by Ryan Coogler not Ryan "Coogan") before we heard any of the spoilers all over social media.  The movie was very good - easily one of our favorite Marvel films. Lakewood Ranch Cinemas is our favorite movie theater in town because they have a great combination of affordable prices, fun food, and friendly employees.
 

Local joints featured this episode

Hana Sushi Lounge
8126 Lakewood Main St #102
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
(941) 907-1290
 
Naughty Monk Brewery
2507 Lakewood Ranch Blvd
Bradenton, FL 34211
(941) 708-2966
 
Lakewood Ranch Cinemas
10715 Rodeo Dr
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
(941) 955-3456

Cocktails with customers - (13:27)

In our first episode of Cocktails with Customers we visit with Tucker & Krystal who are first time home buyers in Bradenton.  They share with us their reasons for settling down in Florida after years of traveling the country.  After sampling just the toasted coconut rum with pineapple juice we enjoyed frozen pina coladas and chatted about Krystal & Tucker's adventures buying their first home and what their future plans are with their underground bomb shelter. 
 

Shell & Tell - (30:25)

  • Steve in Clearwater asks "Can I ask the seller to pay for the home inspection?" - (31:39)
  • Bill in Sarasota asks "Why did the real estate agent ask me to declutter my house before listing?  My home is very clean and organized and actually decorated quite nicely." - (35:55) 
If you would like to have your questions answered on an upcoming Shell & Tell please contact us!

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The information contained in this episode has been obtained through sources deemed reliable by Shelley Panas and / or any guest on Selling Sarasota Podcast, however, we cannot warrant the complete accuracy thereof subject to errors, omissions, change of price, rental or other conditions, prior sale, lease or financing, or withdrawal without notice. We recommend to our listeners that any information, which is of special interest, should be obtained through independent verification. 
 

Interview with Gunner Davis of Century 21 Beggins and we chat about Podfest

Interview Gunner Davis Managing Partner at Century 21 Beggins Enterprises Lakewood Ranch
 
In this interview with Gunner he tells us a bit about his background as a native Floridian and how he started his real estate career with his wife Melissa. He also shares his insights to the local real estate market along with how he lives in a state with hurricanes and alligators.
 
gunner_davis_headshot.jpgGunner Davis
CENTURY 21 Beggins Enterprises
6800 Professional Parkway W.
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240
phone: 941.387.8888
 
 
 
 
Podfest wrap up
 
We just got back from Podfest Multimedia Expo on Sunday before this show airs so we are a bit more subdued than our normal recording sessions - mostly due to exhaustion.  Besides the ramp up to our world premiere of the podcast we had an amazing time at Podfest with an action packed schedule with several general sessions, break out training, and hours of networking with vendors and other podcasters.  We wrap up the show sharing our favorite sessions including Roberto Blake's YouTube training, Katie Krimitsos & Jessica Kupferman's "Boss Lady Workshop" and the Strategic Alliance networking workshop which got the conference off to a great start even though it felt a bit like speed dating for business contacts.  We wrap up this episode chatting about Dave Jackson's Roast on the last day of the conference.
 
Check out our special Valentine's Day episode "We Love Podcasters" featuring short interviews with 1st year podcasters and veteran podcasters offering their best advice to new podcasters. 
 
 
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The information contained in this episode has been obtained through sources deemed reliable by Shelley Panas and / or any guest on Selling Sarasota Podcast, however, we cannot warrant the complete accuracy thereof subject to errors, omissions, change of price, rental or other conditions, prior sale, lease or financing, or withdrawal without notice. We recommend to our listeners that any information, which is of special interest, should be obtained through independent verification. 

The Final Walkthrough, The Local Flavor, and Shell and Tell

It's the Final Walk-through

 
What's the point of a final walk-through after visiting the home several times and a home inspection?
 
  1. Repairs

    Double check to ensure anything on your negotiated repair checklist is complete as specified in the contract.

    1. Address any damage that was not-visible during or may have occurred after the inspection period.
    2. The home must be relatively clean.  A higher level of cleaning can be negotiated before the walk-through, but the default is the home must be "broom swept".
  2. Condition of the Home

  3. Items That Convey

    Items that are included in the sale of the home are present and working as the were at the time of inspection. 

 
How serious is the final walk-through?  A sale isn't final until it is closed.  Although there may be reprocussions, it can be canceled for almost any reason until the sale is completed at the closing, but typically this only happens with less than 3% of transactions.  This being said, Shelley is not a lawyer, so please seek out legal advice for any specific real world issues. 
 

The Local Flavor

 
We continued our tradition of celebrating Valentine's Day the day AFTER for minigolf, tacos, and rum!
 
Minigolf and GATORS!
Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf
3815 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234
 
Best house margarita in town!
Wicked Cantina
1603 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
 
The rum is awesome, the rum cake is amazing!
Siesta Key Rum
2212 Industrial Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34234
 

We love dogs!

 
If you love dogs (or cats or other pets) check out Nate's.  They are an exceptionally well run local pet shelter and adoption service.
 
Nate's Honor Animal Rescue
NATE’S PLACE RETAIL & ADOPTION CENTER
Adoption Hours:
11-4: W Th F Su; 11-4: Sat
 
The Ranch Adoption Center
Adoption Hours:
11am to 4pm: W Th F Su; 10am to 4pm: Sat
 
 

Shell & Tell

 
This is our first Q&A segment to answer your questions about real estate.  This week's questions came to us through the contact page on our website.
 
  • Robert in Lakewood Ranch wants to know how much should I expect to put down as a down payment or deposit?
    It depends on the sale, but enough of a down payment that the seller knows you are a serious buyer.  Between 1% and 5% is common, but despited popular belief 20% is not required. Your deposit can also vary based on the type of loan you qualify for, so please see a mortgage lending professional for the best advice for your specific situation.
  • Lisa in Gulf Gate asked can I buy a new home and sell my current home at the same time?
    Yes!  This happens frequently, but the timing can be tricky.  Simultaneous closings can be very challenging so the best way to do this is to allow a day or two or so of gap time between the sale of your current home and purchase of a new home to avoid unpleasant surprises at the time of the closings.  Also having both transactions handled by the same title company can aid in the proper timing of both closings happening at the same time.  If you have further questions about this contact Shelley at (941) 960-5115 or [email protected]
 
Do you have a question for Shelley?  
Send them to "Shell & Tell" on our contact page or via our social media pages or call us at 941-677-3915.
 
The information contained in this episode has been obtained through sources deemed reliable by Shelley Panas and / or any guest on Selling Sarasota Podcast, however, we cannot warrant the complete accuracy thereof subject to errors, omissions, change of price, rental or other conditions, prior sale, lease or financing, or withdrawal without notice. We recommend to our listeners that any information, which is of special interest, should be obtained through independent verification. 

BONUS EPISODE - Because we LOVE podcasters!

Even though we just launched our show on Feb 9th at Podfest Mulitmedia Expo in Orlando and our episodes will be posting Tuesday mornings, we couldn't wait until next week to share this one! Plus - it's VALENTINE'S DAY and we LOVE podcasters!
 
We thought it would be fun to interview other first year podcasters at Podfest to share our journeys together.  Then we thought with all of these amazing podcasting veterans around us so Ed ran around on the last day of Podfest interviewing as many people as he could between sessions.
 
Thank you to all of our newbies and veterans for your time and very insightful and entertaining answers!  We love you all!
 
Newbies
 
Veterans
 
Our guests Valentine's Day plans montage   (in this order)
  • Jimmy Murray
  • Rhett Hall
  • Lance Miller
  • Laraine Chula
  • Joe Slattery
  • Debbie Pace
  • Jennifer Longworth
  • Jemmy Legagneur
  • Glenn Hebert
  • John Dennis
  • Niel Guilarte
  • Dave Jackson
  • Elsie Escobar
  • Rob Walch
 

How to hire a mortgage lender with Jennifer Martinez of Guaranteed Rate - Mortgages

Our first interview guest is the Vice President of Lending at Guaranteed Rate Mortgage Jennifer Martinez.
Jennifer has been in the mortgage lending industry for 17 years. She got involved early in her career because of her excellent math skills and her love of helping people achieve their goal of home ownership. The favorite part of her job is helping first time home buyers and veterans.
 
Jennifer is also a physical fitness enthusiast and enjoys weekly bootcamp classes with her husband and three children. While she and Ed compare notes on their workout routines there might have been just a little smack talking.
 
In her interview Jennifer shares her best tips on how home buyers should prepare to get a mortgage loan including what questions you should ask a prospective lender. She also explains why you have a 30 day period to shop for a mortgage without it affecting your credit score. Jennifer then describes the major differences between VA, FHA, and conventional mortgage loans.  She also outlines the importance of documenting sources of down payment fund sources, especially if it is being gifted to you. We wrap up our chat with Jennifer with her tips for how to prepare for mortgage 6 months before you purchase your home including information about down payments, closing costs, and transfer taxes in Florida.
 
Jennifer Martinez
For more information regarding mortgage loans you can contact Jennifer via phone, text, or email.
 
Jennifer Martinez
Vice President of Lending
Guaranteed Rate Mortgages - Tampa
 
 
 
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The information contained in this episode has been obtained through sources deemed reliable by Shelley Panas and / or any guest on Selling Sarasota Podcast, however, we cannot warrant the complete accuracy thereof subject to errors, omissions, change of price, rental or other conditions, prior sale, lease or financing, or withdrawal without notice. We recommend to our listeners that any information, which is of special interest, should be obtained through independent verification.

How to hire a realtor - tips from Shelley

In our first full episode Shelley breaks down her best tips for hiring a realtor to help you buy or sell a home in Sarasota.  Many of the tips are applicable in other markets.
The show opens with Ed enthusiastically sharing his newest obsession with having groceries delivered from Publix via a service called Shipt.  There website describes their service as: "Through a user-friendly app and a local network of reliable shoppers, Shipt connects members to fresh groceries and everyday essentials. ShelleySaving time, fuel and headspace, next-hour, same day grocery delivery is quickly becoming an everyday necessity for people looking for an extra few hours and intentional food choices."
Once Shelley gets Ed to stop chatting about food she shares these tips for hiring a realtor in Sarasota, Florida.  She begins by describing the difference between real estate agents and realtors.  Realtors belong to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).  Realtors have a code of ethics they are required and can receive additional training and professional designations.  Also the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC), part of the Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR) oversees real estate agents behavior to ensure fair and legal practices are followed.  These organizations matter to home buyers and sellers because they help determine an agents expertise and qualifications to assist with their transaction.
 
 
Here are some questions Shelley suggests for interviewing a real estate agent before hiring them:
  1. Are they a full-time agent?  Is being an agent their primary occupation so they will be able to be actively involved in the transaction and available for responsive communication?
  2. Do they have a written marketing plan?  Selling a home involves more than just taking a few photos and posting online for sale.  If the prospective agent doesn't have a written out plan with specific steps describing how they successfully sell your home.
  3. Ask previous listings whether they are currently on the market or sold.  This will give you some idea of how they will list your home.
  4. Ask how they will represent you.  Are they a transaction agent or a single agent?  Shelley briefly describes the similarities and differences between the two types. We will be doing a full episode covering this topic in depth in an upcoming episode
  5. Ask for references.  Beyond asking for written testimonials ask if they will let you speak directly to their past customers.
  6. What do they know about your area or the local market?  They should be able to provide detailed information regarding homes that have sold in the area similar to yours.
Ed then takes a short break to share a few of the social media "bumpers" (voice over with music).  Our poor voice over artist Sean never knows what to make of the scripts we write for him.  Our theme music was purchased on Audio Jungle - a great source for sound effects and music files for sale at reasonable prices.
Shelley wraps up our show relisting her tips for hiring a real estate agent.
 
 
And as stated by Sean in his closing comments - we do give out FREE HUGS for great reviews on iTunes!
 
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The information contained in this episode has been obtained through sources deemed reliable by Shelley Panas and / or any guest on Selling Sarasota Podcast, however, we cannot warrant the complete accuracy thereof subject to errors, omissions, change of price, rental or other conditions, prior sale, lease or financing, or withdrawal without notice. We recommend to our listeners that any information, which is of special interest, should be obtained through independent verification.

Get to know us - a quick introduction to Shelley and Ed

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A quick introduction to get to know your host Shelley Panas and her producer Edward Panas and why they have created a podcast about buying and selling real estate in Sarasota, FL.
Your host is Shelley Panas; a licensed real estate agent with CENTURY 21 Beggins Enterprises in Sarasota FL.  She works anywhere from Lakewood Ranch, to Bradenton, Sarasota, and down through Venice.
This Podcast is about residential real estate. It is for anyone interested in selling their home. Even though Shelley will focus on how you can successfully sell your home, any transaction has both a buyer and seller so both will get key insights that make it all less stressful.
Joining Shelley is her producer (and husband) Edward Panas.
 
So, Why this show?  
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There's a lot of information already out there for real estate, but Shelley was looking for a new and interesting way to educate her customers.  While Ed has been in marketing for several years, he has always loved listening to podcasts, and about a year developed an interest in producing his own show. Since Shelley and Ed had already been collaborating on her real estate marketing it seemed like a natural fit.
 
Shelley's business background
"In some odd way it feels like every job I've had in my career up to this point was training to becoming a realtor. My sister and I were business partners in Michigan.  We were 4th generation furniture store owners. Owning my own business directly translated to real estate. It involved advertising & marketing, business management, working long hours, providing personalized customer service, and working with a variety of people to get a job done--- all of which takes place every time I sell a home.
I sold my share of the store to my sister, so I could accept a job offer as a Chief Operating Officer of a software company. While there I learned the art of negotiating as every contract we signed crossed my desk.  Managing critical time lines, digital marketing, and effective communication to make sure everyone understands exactly what the next steps will be-- were all part of my daily life at the software company and are skills I rely on with every transaction in real estate."
What will a typical episode for the podcast be like?
Some episodes we will tackle a topic like inspections before you sell, staging, and negotiation tips. Basically, anything that will help people looking to buy or sell a home. But it's not going to just be us. You can expect interviews with local industry experts like loan officers, real estate lawyers or CPAs, and inspection companies.
Ed will bring you "The Local Flavor". Since so many people are moving to Florida, we will talk about why the Central Gulf Coast is the ideal spot.  Not just talking cheeseburgers in paradise.  Because there is more to Sarasota than bragging rights to the best beaches. We have fabulous restaurants, the arts, museums, fishing, state parks, and the list goes on. It is just awesome living here.
Thank you for listening!
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 The information contained in this episode has been obtained through sources deemed reliable by Shelley Panas and / or any guest on Selling Sarasota Podcast, however, we cannot warrant the complete accuracy thereof subject to errors, omissions, change of price, rental or other conditions, prior sale, lease or financing, or withdrawal without notice. We recommend to our listeners that any information, which is of special interest, should be obtained through independent verification.