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The Disney Castle by LEGO Now Available At Disney Parks

December 13th, 2016 by tisner

The Disney Castle by the LEGO Group is now available in select merchandise locations at Disney Parks. This highly detailed model contains over 4,000 pieces and comes with an array of exciting Disney-themed features and functions. We recently used some Disney magic to see how quickly we could build this incredible new model.

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Teri Isner is the team leader of Orlando Avenue Top Team and has been a Realtor for over 24 years. Teri has distinguished herself as a leader in the Orlando FL real estate market. Teri assists buyers looking for Orlando FL real estate for sale and aggressively markets Orlando FL homes for sale.

You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently.  You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

Access Teri’s one-stop Orlando FL home search website.

 

A Homeowner’s Net Worth is 45x Greater Than a Renter’s!

July 22nd, 2016 by tisner

A Homeowner’s Net Worth is 45x Greater Than a Renter’s! | Keeping Current Matters

Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts a Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey, which includes data from 2010-2013, reports that a homeowner’s net worth is 36 times greater than that of a renter ($194,500 vs. $5,400). In a Forbes article, the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun predicts that in 2016 the net worth gap will widen even further to 45 times greater. The graph below demonstrates the results of the last two Federal Reserve studies and Yun’s prediction:

A Homeowner’s Net Worth is 45x Greater Than a Renter’s! | Keeping Current Matters

Put Your Housing Cost to Work for You

Simply put, homeownership is a form of forced savings. Every time you pay your mortgage, you are contributing to your net worth. Every time you pay your rent, you are contributing to your landlord’s net worth. The latest National Housing Pulse Survey from NAR reveals that 85% of consumers believe that purchasing a home is a good financial decision. Yun comments:

“Though there will always be discussion about whether to buy or rent, or whether the stock market offers a bigger return than real estate, the reality is that homeowners steadily build wealth. The simplest math shouldn’t be overlooked.”

Bottom Line

If you are interested in finding out if you could put your housing cost to work for you by purchasing a home, meet with a real estate professional in your area who can guide you through the process.

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Teri Isner is the team leader of Orlando Avenue Top Team and has been a Realtor for over 24 years. Teri has distinguished herself as a leader in the Orlando FL real estate market. Teri assists buyers looking for Orlando FL real estate for sale and aggressively markets Orlando FL homes for sale.

You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently.  You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

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How To Get Your Free Credit Report

June 9th, 2016 by tisner

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Did you know that you are entitled to a free credit report once a year from all of the major credit reporting companies?  I don’t know about you but that is news to me!  If you are in the market to purchase a new home and have not had your credit report pulled lately you may be happy to find this news out!  By checking your credit report before you purchase a home or for any other reason for that matter you will be able to  see if there is anything on your credit report that is not accurate and remove it and you may also be able to find out if you have been the latest victim of identity theft.  The major credit reporting companies are Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian.  If you want to get your yearly free credit report  all you have to do is go to each of these sites and click on “Request Your Credit Reports”.  You can also send a letter to each of the three major credit reporting companies.   A few tips to follow are below.

  • Be sure that if you get on a credit report website and are asked for money that you do not respond. There are many hackers out there trying to get your information and this is just one of the many ways in which they do it.
  • Do not give out your social security number unless you are on a site that you know is secure.
  • Check your credit report every four months or so to be sure that your account hasn’t been compromised.
  • There are credit monitoring companies you can hire to keep a watchful eye on your credit report if you feel it is necessary to do so.

Again, be sure that you are not asked for any monies when trying to get your free credit report. Be assured that there are many companies out there that claim they will give you a free credit report only to ask you for your credit card information at the very last step.  Step away from those companies and continue with your search until you find one that lets you leave the page without asking for any form of payment.  Once you get your report you can then be on your way to making any changes needed to help improve your score.  When you get your credit where you want it and where it needs to be, the world will open up to you in ways you never thought possible.

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Teri Isner is the team leader of Orlando Avenue Top Team and has been a Realtor for over 24 years. Teri has distinguished herself as a leader in the Orlando FL real estate market. Teri assists buyers looking for Orlando FL real estate for sale and aggressively markets Orlando FL homes for sale.

You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently.  You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

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Buying a Home With an Unmarried Partner

July 10th, 2015 by tisner

Are you an unmarried couple hoping to buy a home together? In today’s culture, more unmarried couples are purchasing their first homes together. Mark Sheets, real estate author and blogger, offers some good advice about potential pitfalls to research before you buy.

buying homeFinancially, ownership of your home can be very advantageous. However, it can be more difficult to end a co-ownership than it is to get a divorce. So, you need to prepare in advance. You want to make sure the process gives both of you the outcome that you expect.

When making the decision to purchase a home with your significant other, you and partner must know that a property agreement is a legal contract. One of the more important aspects of purchasing a home together is determining how the investment will be split. In many cases, one partner may initially invest more money into the home than the other.  Unequal ownership can be handled, but it has its own set of problems.

Another issue to confront in the process is filing for a Joint Tenancy With Rights of Survivorship (JTWROS).  A JTWROS allows for the home and assets to be passed to the surviving partner if the other were to pass away. This lets the partner avoid inheritance taxes, as the home won’t go through an estate.  Married couples are automatically granted JTWROS whereas unmarried couples are not.

If the relationship were to end, a dividing of the assets needs to take place.  Although everyone in a relationship hopes for the best, preparing for the worst-case scenario will alleviate a lot of pain in the future. The goal is to anticipate different scenarios under which you may want to dissolve the co-ownership.

When the time comes to apply for a mortgage, the lender needs to run both of your credit scores.  This can backfire if one of you has a great credit score and one has a not-so-good score.  If this is the case, then you may not get the loan. Investigate ahead of time to know where you stand. You will also want to check your individual state’s laws regarding an unmarried couple purchasing a home together, as some states don’t allow it.

An option to co-ownership might be for you to form a business partnership or a limited liability company to own the property. They are both legal business entities that can take on many forms. The business would then own the property and collect rent from the individuals living in the home. This eliminates any issues with state laws that prohibit co-ownership of unmarried couples. It potentially also makes transfer of ownership easier at a later date.

In any case, you must first consult a real estate attorney in your state to determine the pros and cons and to determine the best legal form of ownership to accomplish your goals.

Information provided by Orlando Realtor Teri Isner.

Access Teri’s one-stop Orlando FL home search website.

Teri Isner is the team leader of Orlando Avenue Top Team and has been a Realtor for over 24 years. Teri has distinguished herself as a leader in the Orlando FL real estate market. Teri assists buyers looking for Orlando FL real estate for sale and aggressively markets Orlando FL homes for sale.

You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently. You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

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Things To Do Orlando: Winter Park Paint Out

April 13th, 2015 by tisner

Winter Park Paint OutArtists paint in the Polasek’s sculpture gardens and at other locations throughout Winter Park and Orlando. Works will be on display and for sale as soon as they are completed and dropped off at the Museum’s wet room. Stop by to see and purchase works produced during this year’s Winter Park Paint Out! There will be a variety of events hosted throughout the week including free painting demonstrations. A garden party will be concluding the week at the Polasek Museum.

WHEN:  Sunday, April 19, 2015
WHERE:  Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
COST:  Free- $80

Visit the Event Website for more information.

Information courtesy of Orlando Real Estate Expert Teri Isner and the Orlando Avenue Top Team.

Access Teri’s one-stop Orlando FL home search website. Teri Isner is the team leader of Orlando Avenue Top Team and has been a Realtor for over 24 years. Teri has distinguished herself as a leader in the Orlando FL real estate market. Teri assists buyers looking for Orlando FL real estate for sale and aggressively markets Orlando FL homes for sale. You deserve professional real estate service!

You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently. You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

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First-Time Homebuyer Alert: Don’t Make These 4 Mistakes

November 7th, 2014 by tisner

First-time homebuyers owe it to themselves to do a lot of research about the finances of buying a home. Here are four first-time homebuyer mistakes to avoid.

1. home buyerSpending the maximum amount on a mortgage a lender will loan.

Lenders often qualify buyers based on incomes and debt-to-income ratios without considering how much the borrowers spend on other budget items.

Financial experts recommend that consumers decide how much they want to spend each month on housing before meeting with a lender. It’s up to you to know your budget and to not just jump at a mortgage amount that a lender says you can afford.

2, Not getting pre-qualified.

This should be the first step toward homeownership. Many first-time homebuyers wait until they are ready to start house hunting before contacting a lender.

Buyers need to get pre-qualified early enough in the process so that they can make changes if they need to or correct errors on their credit report. Some first-time buyers may need to spend up to a year saving more money, increasing their incomes or cleaning up their credit before making an offer on a home.

3. Underestimating the importance your credit score.

While most consumers know it’s important to have a high credit score, not everyone understands how costly a low score can be. Mortgage lending is done with a tier of interest rates and terms based on consumer credit scores. Learn about credit scores the minute you start working. Many websites provide information about how to improve your credit score.

And remember, even after a mortgage approval, you must avoid applying for new credit or taking on new debt, because a second credit check is now often required before settlement.

4. Choosing the wrong mortgage product

Many first-time homebuyers opt for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage only because it is an industry standard. Alternatives to a 30-year-fixed sometimes make more sense. For example, buyers certain they will be relocated by their companies within five years may find a 5/1 ARM could be a much better mortgage.

Homebuyers eager to build equity in their homes or who are older and want to live mortgage-free in retirement should consider a 15-year fixed-rate loan or even a 10-year mortgage to reach their goals.

Do your homework and don’t jump at a mortgage because it will buy you a bigger home.

Information provided by Orlando Realtor Teri Isner.

Access Teri’s one-stop Orlando FL home search website.

Teri Isner is the team leader of Orlando Avenue Top Team and has been a Realtor for over 24 years. Teri has distinguished herself as a leader in the Orlando FL real estate market. Teri assists buyers looking for Orlando FL real estate for sale and aggressively markets Orlando FL homes for sale.

You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently. You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

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365 Orlando: 1. Magic Kingdom

February 25th, 2010 by tisner

This post starts the beginning of a series on 365 Things To Do Around Orlando.  We will be letting you know about  fun places for kids, young and old! Please jump in and comment on fun things you know about!

First in our series, is Orlando‘s first major attraction, the Magic Kingdom. This theme park is one of four parks in Walt Disney World Resort and the place where fantasy is reality.

disney castleCinderella’s Castle is probably one of the most recognized pieces of architecture in America and the hub of the park. What little girl hasn’t dreamed of living here?

Discover the enchantment of fairy tales and the beloved Disney characters. Enjoy the fantastical boat ride through ‘It’s a Small World‘, soar to the sky with ‘Dumbo the Flying Elephant’, cruise down the river on a safari boat, take a whirl in a giant tea cup at the ‘Mad Tea Party‘ and Oh! so much more!!

Whether you live in Orlando year round or just visiting for a few days, put the Magic Kingdom on the top of your list of things to do with the kids. They will talk about it for the rest of their lives!

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