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Creating a Restful Bedroom

October 16th, 2018 by tisner

Creating a Restful Bedroom

Ah, rest–it is probably one thing that many people will say that they don’t get enough of.  Something we may not realize that’s vital to a good night’s sleep is a calm atmosphere in the bedroom.  Let’s look at what we can do to create a restful bedroom. 

  • Keep the room free of clutter: use storage containers under the bed for clothes you may not have room for, keep jewelry neatly hanging or in a jewelry box, have a hamper tucked away for clothing that needs to be washed, and shoes should be tucked away. 
  • Some smaller homes don’t have a designated room for an office, and it’s important to keep the two separate, even in the same room.  Face the work area away from the bed and use a screen if you like.  Keep the desk tidy, so you’re not looking at work that needs to be done while you’re preparing to go to bed.  Turn off any electronics that can disturb the quiet of the room when you’re not using them. 
  • Low lighting is important, so use a low-wattage bulb in the bedside lamp and add a timer for it to come one just before bedtime so you won’t have to turn on the bright ceiling light when it’s time to get ready for sleep. 
  • Sleep experts will tell you that the bedroom is no place for a television!  If sleep is an issue for you, keep the tv in the family room, as the light and noise will keep you from truly resting.  
  • On that note, if you need some sort of noise to help you sleep, there are many white noise machines and smartphone apps, as well as playlists on many music streaming services that have a variety of relaxing background noise.  Ditch the tv and use white or “pink” noise to help you drift off. 
  • Room-darkening shades can be very helpful in blocking city lights and help those who must work at night sleep during the day.   
  • Pets are like family for most of us but allowing them to sleep in bed with you may not be such a good idea.   Have a special bed or crate for Spot to sleep in, so their nighttime movements won’t disturb your deep sleep cycles.  
  • Room temperature is very important to rest.  If it’s in the budget, have a separate heating and cooling system for the bedroom, and keep it between 60° and 67°, and if that’s not possible, use a fan to keep you cool. 
  • Choosing the color for decorating is important, as colors influence us when it comes to different activities.  Most of us know that blues, greens and grays are relaxing colors, but if you like to make a bold statement, light colors won’t work.  Royal blue, shades of teal, and browns can still make a room feel calm and add bright style to the room. 
  • Obviously, your bedding is one of the most vital parts of getting a good night’s rest.  Have a comfortable mattress with good pillows and bedding appropriate for keeping you comfortable.   

Sleeping well is so important to many aspects of life, not to mention your health, and if your bedroom isn’t helping you get a good night’s sleep, it’s time to make some changes.  The Better Sleep Foundation has some other tips and information on how your bedroom can help you get the rest you need.

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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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Windermere Florida Real Estate Market Report for September 2018

October 11th, 2018 by tisner

The Windermere Real Estate Market Trends Report shows the average sales price was $559,641 in September 2018 compared to $576,725 in September 2017. Homes were on the market for an average of 53 days, down from 77 days last year. Homes sold for 97% of the list price.

Windermere Florida Real Estate Market Report for September 2018

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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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Kissimmee Florida Real Estate Market Report for September 2018

October 11th, 2018 by tisner

The Kissimmee Real Estate Market Trends Report for 34741 shows 30 homes sold in September 2018 down from 35 in September 2017. The average sales price was $201,242 compared to $164,500 in September 2017 and homes were on the market an average of 35 days, down from 36 days in September 2017.

Kissimmee Florida Real Estate Market Report for September 2018

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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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Celebration Florida Real Estate Market Report for September 2018

October 11th, 2018 by tisner

The Celebration Real Estate Market Trends Report for 34747 shows 125 homes sold in September 2018 compared to 99 in September 2017. The average sales price was $304,919 compared to $289,860 in September 2017 and homes were on the market an average of 79 days, compared to 101 days in September 2017.

Celebration Florida Real Estate Market Report for September 2018

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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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Renters – Are You Covered?

October 9th, 2018 by tisner

renters insurance

When you purchase a home, having a mortgage requires you to keep homeowner’s insurance on your property, plus it’s just smart to protect your investment. If you haven’t gotten that far yet and are still a tenant, renters can also purchase a policy that will protect their belongings, which, on average, are valued at $20,000, according to esurance.com.   

Don’t assume that your landlord’s insurance will cover your personal property.  Renters insurance generally covers: 

  • belongings lost because of bursting pipes or a leaking water heater 
  • items stolen during a burglary 
  • damage caused by the weight of ice or snow, downed trees, and fire 
  • natural entities such as lightning and windstorms 
  • personal property that’s lost or damaged while in your possession even when you’re not at home 
  • others’ belongings that you’ve borrowed and were in your home and damaged 
  • appliances that break down because of short-circuit damage 

What may not be included on a renter’s policy: 

  • liability if someone gets hurt in your home 
  • additional living expenses in case you’re unable to live in your home in case of emergencies 
  • food replacement in the event the fridge and freezer stop working 
  • a roommate’s belongings 
  • medical coverage if you are hurt inside the dwelling 

Stand-alone policies are needed for: 

  • flood damage 
  • high-value family heirlooms or other high-value possessions 
  • natural disasters like earthquakes and sinkholes 
  • a roommate’s belongings, unless they are listed on your policy or have a policy of their own 

If you’re planning to buy a home soon, protect your possessions now, so in the case you lose them, you won’t have to slow the home-buying process down to replace everything.  Remember, too, that homeowners’ policies cover more, and will be significantly more in cost.  While you’re saving for your down payment and maintaining your spending, start budgeting for your homeowner’s premium. No amount of money can cover peace of mind.

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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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Real Estate Disclosures and You

October 2nd, 2018 by tisner

Real Estate Disclosures and You

Zillow.com defines the term disclosure as “…the buyer’s opportunity to learn as much as they can about the property and the seller’s experience in it.”  In most states, this simply means that the seller must let the buyer know about problems that they are aware of.  Whether you’re selling or buying a house, disclosing issues with the house is an extremely important part of the process.  

What Disclosure Means for the Seller 

  • Your listing agent will provide a form for you to fill out, answering questions with either yes, no or I don’t know about different aspects of the house.  This form should be filled out truthfully and to the best of your knowledge. 
  • Items that most states ask you to disclose to the buyer:  lead paint or asbestos, previous repairs or additions, mold or water damage, pest issues, drainage problems, foundation cracks, problems with HVAC and other appliances, and if the roof is leaky. 
  • If you think there might be a problem, say possible mold in the crawlspace, have an inspector come and have a look.  It’s better to be safe than sorry here. 
  • While you’re going over the disclosure form, if you’re not sure if you should report something, report it anyway.  It’s best to err on the side of caution. 
  • Have the disclosure ready before you’ve accepted an offer for your own protection. 
  • Your listing agent will be aware of all government disclosure requirements–federal, state, and local–so be prepared to report all that these laws ask of you. 

Disclosure and the Buyer 

  • Once you receive the disclosure statement, go over it carefully and ask questions if you’re not sure about anything listed, because you must sign the disclosure. 
  • The extra expense of having an official inspection done on the house is vital to this part of the sale.  Have the disclosure form information with you when you meet the inspector at the house, so you can go over the problem places with a pro. 
  • In the case of any additions to the home, check the local government building permit and zoning information to make sure the addition was done the legal way by licensed people. 
  • If you have any issues with the seller’s answers on the disclosure statement, and don’t want to make the repairs, and can’t come to an agreement with the seller, it may be best to walk away and look for another house. 
  • Once you are satisfied with the disclosure and have the peace of mind that the sale should go through, sign off on the disclosure. 

A disclosure should be a seller’s protection plan, and smart sellers will be completely honest, and maybe even over-disclose.  Also, be aware that some states even ask sellers to disclose things like traffic noise, and even paranormal activity!  Your Realtor will know everything you need to provide to buyers, so the sale of your home goes smoothly.

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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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Things To Do Orlando: Getdown Downtown – A Grand Opening of Independence Lane!

October 1st, 2018 by tisner

Getdown Downtown - A Grand Opening of Independence Lane!

Friday, October 5, 2018 – 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

FREE!

Join the city of Maitland to celebrate the opening of Independence Lane!  There will be live music, great food, kids’ activities, and more!

Location: Independence Lane between Horatio and Packwood Avenues, next to Maitland City Hall.

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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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Getting Ready for Houseguest Season

October 1st, 2018 by tisner

Getting Ready for Houseguest Season Orlando FL

It may be just the beginning of Autumn, but many are already thinking ahead to the holidays and having guests over.  If it’s been a while since you’ve been in the guest room except to create a pile of things that should be stored somewhere else, it’s time to get in there and make it ready for anyone who may be coming to visit.  

The Guest Room 

  • Tackle the cleaning of the guest room first.  Anything that you’ve stashed on the bed, closet or dresser that should be stored elsewhere, get that done.  Use under-bed storage containers to get some things out of the way, or store on the closet shelf. 
  • Go through the closet and remove things that haven’t been worn in a year or more and donate those.  Guests will appreciate some empty hangers in the closet to keep their clothes from staying folded in a suitcase. 
  • On the same token, open the top two dresser drawers, and purge anything inside that isn’t being used, and empty at least one drawer.  Use a sachet of cedar chips for a nice fresh-smelling place for your guests to keep their belongings. 
  • Clean the room as if you were Spring-cleaning:  wash all the bedding, vacuum the whole room, including under the bed, and dust all wood surfaces well.   
  • Have extra pillows and blanket on the bed, especially if the room is on the cooler side of the house.  Once you have the big things done, getting the room ready just before they arrive will go more quickly. 

No Guest Room? 

  • If you don’t have the extra bedroom, consider investing in a futon, sofa bed or even a twin chairbed for your living area.  Even a good quality air mattress can be made into a comfortable overnight sleeping spot, and can be put wherever you want, and is easier to use for some privacy for your guests. 
  • Your couch is a bit “lumpy,” or you simply want to make it comfier in case of needing it for extra beds, and a feather bed is perfect for this.  Featherbeds are easily stored, and will certainly offer some comfort when placed on top of the sofa cushions. 
  • You will need a small table or other flat surface for guests to keep their luggage–anything that will make them feel like they have space of their own.   
  • If your guest space will be in a living area, give them a feeling of privacy with a screen to block off the sleeping area.  Deciding to use a screen can give you an excuse to make one, and apartmenttherapy.com has a great tutorial for a screen made from hollow-core doors. 

Extras 

  • Start stocking up now on trial- and travel-size toiletries, and purchase a couple of new towels to keep tucked away for guests. 
  • Make sure the lighting in the bedroom is good, and all the lightbulbs are working. 
  • Have a new house key made and hang it on a special keyring and use solely for guests. 

Getting the big things done now won’t have you scrambling during the busy holiday season to get ready for any overnight visits.  Most of the time, the whole point of having friends and family spend a few days in your home is to enjoy them!  Preparing now will mean less stress and plenty of enjoyment later!

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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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Buyer Mistakes to Avoid

September 26th, 2018 by tisner

Buyer Mistakes to Avoid in Orlando FL

In today’s instant gratification society, finding out just how much time the home-buying process can take surprises some first-time home buyers.  Patience is a virtue when it comes to buying a home, and mistakes can be made, slowing the process down.  These tips should help you avoid common errors a home buyer can make: 

  • It may sound like it should be worn out by now, but make sure your credit is in good standing. 
  • Don’t overestimate how much you can afford.  If you’re just able to scrape the rent payment together every month, don’t look at homes where your loan payment will be equal to or more than the rent. 
  • Be certain you have enough for your down payment saved, as well as other up-front costs.   
  • Get pre-approved, not pre-qualified, for a home loan.  Talk to different lenders to line up the best deal for you. 
  • Speaking of loans, there are plenty of programs to assist first-time home buyers in paying a lower than 20% down payment, as well as those with credit issues, and lower income.  Go to realtor.comⓇ for a list of the different programs. 
  • Once you’ve applied for a mortgage, don’t apply for any other credit:  applying for a loan for a new car, credit cards, or even new furniture to go in your new home can hurt your credit score in the mortgage process. 
  • Don’t underestimate open houses in the area you’re wanting to relocate to.  It can give you a good idea of what’s available, get a look at different neighborhoods, as well as the home prices.  You may even find your new home! 
  • Look at more than one house, unless it’s a family home, or other special situation.  Upon visiting each house, keep a record of the ones you like, and a list of the pros and cons of each one.   
  • Think ahead; if you have children leaving home soon, or if your parents will need to move in with you, look for a home with what room you’ll need then, not just for now. 

One of the most important things you can do is get your own buyer’s agent.  They have knowledge you don’t have about the market, and what’s available.  Ask your RealtorⓇ for a copy of the current market information, so you’ll be able to familiarize yourself with the home-buying process, and so there won’t be any surprises.

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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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Things To Do Orlando: Heartfulness Meditation

September 24th, 2018 by tisner

Things To Do Orlando: Heartfulness Meditation

Second and fourth Monday of every month – 6-8 PM
Next session – September 24, 2018

Free Admission!

Join Heartfulness Mediation class and learn simple techniques that improve wellness of being. No registration necessary.

For more information call: 407-647-7700

Maitland Public Library
501 S. Maitland Ave.
Maitland, FL

Winter Park Area

Event Website

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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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