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Why Are So Few Homes for Sale?

September 22nd, 2017 by tisner
Why Are So Few Homes for Sale? | MyKCM

There is no doubt that the largest challenge in today’s housing market is a lack of housing inventory for sale. This challenge has been defined as an “overwhelming lack of supply,” and even a “straight up inventory crisis.”

First American just released the results of a survey which sheds light on the reasons for the current lack of supply.

The survey asked title agents and real estate professionals to identify what they believe are the top reasons for this lack of inventory in their markets. Here are the results of the survey:

  • 47% – existing homeowners are worried that they will not be able to find a home to buy
  • 5% – first-time buyer demand is absorbing a large share of available homes
  • 3% – existing homeowners’ mortgage rates are lower than the current rates
  • 6% – insufficient or negative equity in the home
  • 6% – foreign buyer demand is absorbing a large share of available homes

As the survey revealed, there is a shortage of current homeowners willing to put their homes on the market for one of three reasons (see numbers 1, 3 and 4 above).

Is this an opportunity for some homeowners?

The report on the survey explains:

“The crowd has spoken, and it seems in many markets home buyers and sellers alike are ‘imprisoned’ by the lack of housing inventory.”

That leaves a tremendous opportunity for every homeowner not facing these concerns. If you can put your home on the market today, you are subject to far less competition than at any time in recent history. That will result in your home selling quickly and for the highest possible price.

Bottom Line

While many homeowners are feeling imprisoned for multiple reasons, those who are not handcuffed by these concerns have a once in a lifetime opportunity to sell their houses at a peak selling time.

By: KCM Crew

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Windermere Real Estate Market Report for August 2017

September 21st, 2017 by tisner

The Windermere Real Estate Market Trends Report shows the average sales price was $545,417 in August 2017 compared to $507,422 in August 2016. Homes were on the market for an average of 70 days compared to 86 days last year. Homes sold for 96% of the list price.

 

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Kissimmee Real Estate Market Report for August 2017

September 21st, 2017 by tisner

The Kissimmee Real Estate Market Trends Report for 34741 shows 52 homes sold in August 2017 up from 51 in August 2016. The average sales price was $174,481 compared to $140,204 in August 2016 and homes were on the market an average of 32 days, down from 53 days in August 2016.

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Celebration Real Estate Market Report for August 2017

September 21st, 2017 by tisner

The Celebration Real Estate Market Trends Report for 34747 shows 128 homes sold in August 2017 compared to 92 in August 2016. The average sales price was $273,487 compared to $243,623 in August 2016 and homes were on the market an average of 101 days, down from 110 days in August 2016.

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How To Take Care of Your Laminate Wood Floors!

September 21st, 2017 by tisner

Choosing laminate wood flooring for a home is a really good decision for a homeowner.  Laminate flooring has come a long way since its beginning a few decades ago, with better quality, ease of installment, and varieties to choose from–you can even get laminate to look like stone! Caring for this manufactured product can be tricky, but with the right cleaning and care, it can look great for years to come.

    Protecting the Floor

  • Laminate flooring isn’t real wood–it’s an image of wood adhered to fiberboard, with a bottom that is moisture damage-resistant. It is covered with a clear protectant that is hard enough to protect it from scratching and pitting.
  • Although it is made to prevent moisture damage, it still needs to be protected from liquids. Any spills need to be cleaned up as quickly and thoroughly as possible.
  • The top layer of sealant is there to protect the floor, but if the dining room chairs are constantly pulled from the table, put some felt pads on the legs to prevent any scratching.
  • Other pieces of furniture that don’t get moved often still may need something under the legs, and felt pads or newer style plastic casters work perfectly for heavier pieces.
  • High traffic areas are best protected with area rugs and runners. Be sure to use a gripper mat or tape underneath rugs to prevent slipping.
  • Even though laminate is great for homes with pets, they can still get scratched in extreme situations. Keep pet’s toenails trimmed to prevent this. Pet accidents need to be cleaned immediately to prevent moisture damage and stains.
  • Some toys with sharp edges can dent or pit the floor, so they should be used with care, or in places protected with area rugs.
  • Sometimes an area of the floor can get damaged, and the best solution is to call the manufacturer to get their advice. Most even sell repair kits for small DIY jobs.

Keeping It Clean

  • The first defense in keeping any floor clean is a mat on both sides of a door that leads outside. A “no shoes” policy could even be put in place to keep even more dirt out, as well as preventing scuff marks.
  • Removing dirt and small particles is best done on laminate floors with a microfiber cloth or mop. Sweeping with a broom can scratch the surface over time, and usually doesn’t get all of the dirt, anyway.  Many styles of reusable and washable cloth floor cleaners are available and are perfect for laminate.
  • Electric sweepers are also excellent for vacuuming dirt and pet hair. Make sure any vacuum-type sweeper has a gentle brush motion.  Too heavy, and it can scratch.
  • Mopping can create streaks because of too much detergent in the cleaner. The best solution for mopping grime or sticky spills is using two parts warm water, one part white vinegar, a few drops of dishwashing liquid, and a drop or two of lemon essential oil. The essential oil helps keep the vinegar odor down, but that smell fades quickly.  Mix this in a spray bottle, and spray each area as you mop.  The less liquid used, the better for the floor.
  • In case of streaks, use a microfiber cloth or cloth diaper to buff the floor. These are best for a great shine on the floor. Never use dusting spray, as it can cause floors to be slippery.

Laminate flooring can be an asset to a home, without the expense and extra work a hardwood floor can bring. Without a lot of extra cost, the flooring can look new for many years, as long as attention is paid to its care and cleaning.

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Things To Do Orlando: Global Peace Film Festival

September 18th, 2017 by tisner

  • September 18, 2017 – September 24, 2017
  • Location:Various Orlando Venues
  • Address: Orlando & Winter Park, Orlando, FL 32801
  • Time: Times Vary
  • Admission: Cost varies by event
  • Phone:407-224-6625

Celebrate the power of film at The Global Peace Film Festival in Orlando. This event uses the power of the moving image to further the cause of peace on earth. The festival program is carefully curated to create a place for open dialogue, using the films as catalysts for change.

Event Website

Festival Schedule and Ticket Purchasing

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The Road to the Big Game: Where 52 Shows Up in Real Estate

September 18th, 2017 by tisner

By and photo credit: www.nar.realtor/infographics

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4 Family Yard Fall To-Dos

September 8th, 2017 by tisner

TurfMutt, the official spokes dog for the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, knows that fall is the time to get the family yard prepped for spring. He encourages homeowners to do these four tasks this fall so they can have a fabulous family yard next spring. Homeowners who plan to put their home on the market in the spring will find these fall actions will spruce up their yard for spring.

Mulch your leaves — instead of raking and bagging them is good for the family yard and the environment. As leaves decompose, they feed your lawn.

Keep cutting your grass until the first frost— mowing at about 2-3” keeps your family lawn healthy when it turns cold.

Aerate in the fall — this ensures water, oxygen and nutrients can get to the grass roots in your family yard.

Install smart controllers on irrigation systems to help conserve water – your family yard needs about an inch of water per week, even during the fall.

We hope you will consider sharing the infographic “Family Yard Fall To-Dos” with your readers and followers.

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Hurricane Preparedness

September 7th, 2017 by tisner

As Hurricane Irma bears down on the tropics and Florida, and the clean-up from Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana continues, many minds are on what they would do in case of an impending weather crisis.  Here is a hurricane preparedness checklist to make sure you’re ready for a natural disaster.

Preparing Before the Storm

  • Get cash from your ATM–in case of a power outage, our debit and credit cards will be unusable. Get enough money to last a week to ten days, depending on your forecast.
  • If possible, have necessary prescriptions refilled if they’re close to renewal.
  • Find out where the nearest evacuation shelter is, and get a list of what you need to bring for your stay. Gather these things and have them ready to go, if necessary.
  • Secure anything outside that can be blown around in a storm, or store those items in the garage.
  • Make sure your home is secure, check for loose storm doors, loose siding, and see that windows are protected either by storm shutters or strong plywood cut to fit your windows, and have a handy person attach them.
  • Fill all your vehicles’ gas tanks.
  • Batteries and flashlights are very important, as is a battery powered radio.
  • If you rely on cell phones for contact, buy and charge portable chargers ahead of time.
  • Flooding is always a possibility, so get as many things off the floor that you can. Take precious items, photos and important documents and put them in plastic containers and store them in the attic, if possible.

In Case of Evacuation

  • Pack enough clothes and necessities for a few days’ stay for each family member. If possible, allow children to pack their things in a book bag so they can help carry the load.
  • Gather your important papers, put them in a large, plastic zipper bag, and pack them with your clothing. You can also use your camera phone to take photos of important documents.
  • Pets are considered family, and many people don’t want to leave them if they decide to evacuate. Ask your vet for shot records in case you can take them with you to an emergency shelter.
  • Notify family and friends of your plans.

Staying Put

  • Unless there is a mandatory evacuation for your area, you can decide to stay at home and ride the storm out.
  • Water is an absolute necessity–fill every empty container that has a lid with clean water. Cooking pots and casserole dishes work well, too.  Clean and fill your bathtub with water for bathing and flushing.  Just keep the bathroom door closed so little ones won’t be tempted to climb in the tub for a swim.
  • Start your icemaker now, and bag ice in plastic zipper bags or plastic Tupperware-like containers. Store as much as you can.
  • Go ahead and prepare and eat any perishable foods before the storm. Stock up on read-to-eat foods. Keep your freezer as full as possible, or use some of the ice and containers filled with water to keep it packed. A full freezer keeps food cold longer during a power outage.

Hurricanes are storms to respect.  Prepare as soon as possible–it is better to be prepared early than sorry.  Whatever you and your family eventually decide is a very important decision–don’t risk your lives for something that can be replaced.  Follow your local government’s emergency management team’s advisories, and follow a reliable weather source for updates from the National Hurricane Center.

For more information on being storm ready visit AAA.com

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Wind Mitigation Inspections

September 6th, 2017 by tisner

Florida is well known for all of the damage caused during our stormy seasons.  The power of wind can burst open windows, doors, split open walls, creating and increasing uplift forces on the roof.   Once the wind breaks open any part of the home, wind and water will enter and damage to the interior escalates dramatically.

Homeowner’s insurance companies offer premium discounts based on a home’s level of wind resistance. These wind mitigation inspections are used to determine whether specific protective reinforcements are in place, therefore decreasing the amount of damage your home may receive during a hurricane or strong storm. A home with these features is less likely to incur costly repairs  during a “high wind event” which saves the insurance company money.

What is Wind Loss Mitigation? Mitigation is the act of making a condition less severe. Therefore wind loss mitigation is the act of minimizing loss that might be caused by wind damage to your home.

History Behind the Credits
After the devastating 2004 Hurricane season many Florida based insurance companies were forced to increase premiums due the substantial losses they occurred. The Florida Legislature saw the rising premiums as a problem for Floridians so they agreed that if homeowners made steps to make their homes more secure from wind loss, they should be rewarded by a reduction in insurance premium.

So How Do I Get the Credits?

In order to get credits you must have a Wind Mitigation report completed by a licensed inspector. Many people believe that their Homeowners carrier is responsible for paying for the report, but that is not the case. That being said, the mitigation report usually pays for itself within the first year, with prices ranging from $70 – $125. These prices are typically reduced if you purchase another report from the inspector, such as a 4-point inspection.

Make Sure You Request the 2012 Form!

Most carriers are now requiring that the Wind Mitigation Report to be on the 2012 form. If you have an older form, you will most likely have to get a new mitigation completed to apply for credits.

Premium Credits for Wind Mitigation Construction Features 

Roof Age: If your roof was replaced on or after March of 2002, it most likely is eligible for the Florida Building Code of 2001 credit. This code required contractors to use improved construction techniques, thus making roofs sounder.

Roof Covering: Common types include shingles, clay tiles, metal, and built-up-tar and gravel. The key factor in roof covering performance is the method of attachment of the roof covering to the roof deck.  This feature must meet or be equivalent to the Florida Building Code which has specific material and attachment specifications which are superior to building practices in the past.

Roof Deck Material & Attachments: The method used to connect the roof decking (plywood, metal panels, etc.) to the roof trusses or rafters. The performance of the roof deck is of critical importance in keeping hurricane losses to a minimum. This is usually achieved by nail fasteners. Nail size, type, spacing, and penetration depth into the truss or rafters determines the uplift resistance of the deck.  The difference in uplift capacity of 8d (2 ½”) nails at a typical nail spacing and 6d (2 ½”) nails at the same spacing is a factor of about two times stronger.

Roof-to-Wall: This is another critical connection that keeps the roof on the building and acts to transfer the uplift loads into the vertical walls.  This connection is KEY to the performance of the building due to the large negative pressures acting on the roof.

Secondary Water Resistance: Material applied to the roof covering to prevent water from intruding into the structure when the roof covering fails.  Roof coverings often begin to peel off in peak wind gusts ranging from 70 to 100 mph.

Roof Shape: Roof shape refers to the geometry of the roof.  There are many common roof shapes in residential construction, including gable, hip, and flat (and many possible combinations).  Some roof slopes and configurations perform better than others.   Moderate roof slopes don’t tend to uplift the roof and push the building sideways and hip roofs provides greater stability during high winds regardless of which direction the wind blows.  *A HIP shaped roof receives the largest insurance discount. This may help a protective home buyer consider which home to buy.

Opening Protection: Openings in the wall and roof include windows, doors, sliding glass doors, skylights, and garage doors.  Openings are vulnerable to wind-borne debris impacts in hurricanes and other windstorms. The protection of openings is perhaps the greatest single loss mitigation strategy for a building.  The reason for this is that once a window or door fails the pressure inside of the structure increases due to the breach in the building envelope.  Thus, putting all openings in an overload situation; resulting in additional failures.  The inspector is looking for glazed (glass) openings with specific ratings and or shutters protecting them.

By and photo credit: Tracy Sihle,  Sihle Insurance Group

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