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Orlando State of the Market May 2024

June 18th, 2024 by tisner

New Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association data shows inventory surpasses 10,000 homes for first time since 2016.

State of the Market

  • Inventory for May was recorded at 10,282, up 9.7% from April when inventory was recorded at 9,376. This is the fifth month in a row inventory has risen. The last time inventory was this high was September 2016.
    • Inventory was 99.7% higher than May 2023.
  • Overall sales rose 5.4% from April to May. There were 2,909 sales in May, up from 2,759 sales in April. This is the fourth month in a row that sales have risen.
  • The median home price for May was recorded at $385,000, down from $388,500 in April. April was the highest monthly median home price on record in the Orlando area.
  • May’s interest rate was recorded at 6.6%, down from 6.9% in April.
  • Pending sales fell by 1.8%, with 4,379 in April and 4,298 in May.
  • New listings rose 6.9% from April to May, with 4,521 new homes on the market in May, compared to 4,230 in April.
  • Homes spent an average of 54 days on the market (DOM) in May – the same as in April.
  • “Although May’s inventory did show a slight increase, it’s important to remember that our market is still very active. While there may be a few more options available compared to recent months, the high sales volume means homes are still moving quickly,” said Rose Kemp, Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association President. “With inventory levels remaining below the six months of supply that is considered a balanced market, buyers should be prepared to act fast if they find a home that meets their needs. The past four months have seen consistent sales growth, and I expect that trend to continue into the summer, making inventory a key factor for buyers.”

Market Snapshot

  • Interest rates fell from 6.9% in April to 6.6% in May.
  • Pending sales fell 1.8%, with 4,379 in April and 4,298 in May.
  • 17 distressed homes (bank-owned properties and short sales) accounted for 0.6% of all home sales in May. That represents a 34.6% decrease from April when 26 distressed homes sold.

Inventory

  • Orlando area inventory increased 9.7% from April to May. Inventory in April was 9,376, and inventory in May was 10,282.
  • The supply of homes rose to 3.53 months in May, up 4.0% from 3.40 months in April. A balanced market is six months of supply.
  • The number of new listings increased from April to May by 6.9% – from 4,230 homes to 4,521 homes.

You can find ORRA’s full State of the Market Report for May here.

This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association and the Stellar Multiple Listing Service. Neither the association nor StellarMLS guarantees or is in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the association or by StellarMLS does not reflect all real estate activity in the market. Due to late closings, an adjustment is necessary to record those closings posted after our reporting date.

ORRA REALTOR® sales represent sales involving Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association members, who are primarily – but not exclusively – located in Orange and Seminole counties. Note that statistics released each month may be revised in the future as new data is received.

Orlando MSA numbers reflect sales of homes located in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and Lake counties by members of any REALTOR® association, not just members of ORRA.

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.

Summer Remedies from Your Pantry

June 18th, 2024 by tisner


A day in the sun is over, and you notice that the white straps on your bathing suit have turned an ugly light brown or orange color, stained by the sunscreen we all need.  You might have just what you need to remove those stains in your cleaning supplies, and many remedies for Summer maladies can be found in your kitchen and bathroom.  Save some money with these home remedies! 

  • Powdered cleansers that contain oxalic acid, like Bar Keeper’s Friend, are perfect for sunscreen-stained swimsuits and clothing.  Wet the stain, apply the cleanser, and let it sit for a few minutes.  The stain may take some rubbing, or reapplication, but it usually comes out and your suit isn’t ruined! 
  • Bee stings are a common ailment, especially for those who like to be barefoot.  In the case of a minor allergic reaction, such as pain, itching and swelling, apply an ice pack for several minutes.  If the symptoms return, reapply the ice.  
  • Baking soda has a long list of uses, and add “soothing heat rash” to that list.  Add one cup of baking soda to a tepid bath, and soak for at least twenty minutes.  The alkalinity of the soda will help dry the affected areas. 
  • Spending a lot of time at the beach may inevitably mean getting too close to a jellyfish.  White vinegar poured on the wound will dissolve the stingers that the jellyfish leaves on the skin, allowing the pain to subside.  Fill a small spray bottle with vinegar and add it to your beach bag, just in case. 
  • Your hair can suffer from hot wind, sun, and chlorine in swimming pools.  Rehydrate it with a coconut oil treatment!  Apply it from root to ends, wrap your hair in a warm towel, and allow to soak in for a half hour.  Wash it with your regular shampoo to remove the excess oil. 
  • Mosquitos, biting flies, and fleas are the most common insect bites in the summer.  Dab bites with peppermint oil to cool the skin and reduce the itch. Do not apply to a bite that’s been scratched red nor to broken skin–the result will not be cooling at all! 
  • Many gardeners and hikers come across poison ivy in spite of the “leaves of three, let it be” mantra.  An oatmeal bath will soothe itchy, irritated skin:  pulse one cup of oats in a blender or food processor until they’re ground, and add it directly to a warm bath. 

Use common sense with any side effects from bites, stings, or any other skin issue:  if the problem persists, by all means seek medical attention.  Don’t let your warm weather fun turn into a recuperating period!  Summertime ailments don’t always require a trip to the drug store, so look in your pantry for items you need in a pinch, and enjoy your time in the sun! 

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.

Packing Tips!

June 11th, 2024 by tisner


Buying a new home is exciting, but after the euphoria wears off, it’s time to start thinking about how to pack up and move everything. Unless you have the luxury of hiring a moving company, getting all of your things loaded carefully and transported from one place to another is a major DIY project. Here are some tips to take some of the anxiety out of packing.

  • Start deep cleaning and cleaning out as soon as possible. Cleaning your things as you pack them will make it easier when your bone-tired from loading and unloading.
  • Have a throwing out party. Calling it a party will get the kids involved and make it sound like a good time, right?
  • Have a garage sale for items that may not fit in your new home or you have out grown.
  • Call donation centers to pick up items you are not taking with you or donate them yourself.
  • Time to box it up. Start gathering sturdy boxes or reusable storage boxes, and lots of newspaper and/or bubble wrap.
  • Keep everything safe. For your kitchen items, ball up several sheets of newspaper and cover the bottom or the box. This provides a cushion for your breakables.
  • Wrap it up. Use blankets, sheets and towels to keep framed photos and artwork safe.
  • Clothes are best left in their dresser drawer–just remove the drawer when you’re moving the main part of the furniture, then replace them when it gets to the truck or trailer, and new room.
  • Hanging clothes can be placed in a flat sheet. Lay the clothes, with their hangers, onto the sheet. Tie up each corner diagonally to create a big hobo pouch, and the knots can be a handle. Unless you’re lucky enough to have tons of luggage, it’s an easier way to transport those clothes than trying to hold all those hangers on your hand. Not to mention less painful.
  • Luggage can be used to pack up items you consider priceless. Just pack them in the same manner as you would have in a box or container, and that way you can keep a better eye on them or move them yourself.
  • Bare necessities. Make sure each person packs their own bag of clothes and any necessities they will need for a few days. The first week in a new home can be a bit confusing, and if everyone has what they need close by, this will make things easier.
  • The big stuff. Furniture is straightforward. If you want extra protection, use an industrial roll of plastic wrap, or for tables and chairs, use a large blanket or some towels on the seats or tabletop to protect the finish. Glass table tops and mirrors need to have some crisscrossed masking tape on them to help protect them from shattering–think hurricane-style. Use hair ties to keep cabinet doors closed on hutches or entertainment center doors.
  • Get yourself together. After everything is boxed up, taped up, labeled and ready to go, leave the boxes in the rooms they belong in. Remove things from the truck by room, and make sure the containers get to the rooms they’re labeled for.

Preparing to relocate can be daunting, but if you use some common sense and think practically, you can cut down on the stress of moving. Organization is the key!

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.

Keep Cool this Summer with an Outdoor Water Feature

June 4th, 2024 by tisner


As the Summer temps get ready to bear down on us, we start thinking about ways to keep cool. Why not add a water feature to your landscape? Besides actually cooling the air around them, water features have other benefits.  Which is right for your yard? These ideas should help you decide!

  • Pre-formed pond inserts make it easy to create a small water habitat in a flower bed or empty corner of the yard. Add a solar-powered waterfall or fountain, and the running water not only helps clean the air, but it also actually cools the ambient temperature nearby.
  • A simple birdbath with a solar-operated fountain or recirculating pump is a great way to get the sight and sound of running water into your landscape without great cost or taking up a lot of space.
  • Fountains come in so many styles–tiered, wall-mount, free standing– it is easy to find the right one for your landscape. Keep in mind that if you choose an electric connection, a GFCI receptacle is needed for the electric cord, and the cord will need to be out of sight or buried if it is near walkways.
  • For a covered patio, tabletop fountains can be purchased for as little as twenty dollars, and many are battery-operated. Some styles include LED lighting with different settings to help with your mood!
  • Spillways are great ways to incorporate water to the exterior (or interior!) without having to use standing water. This slate rain wall DIY can be used indoors or out.

The benefits for body and soul with a fountain or other water feature nearby are priceless; they can become the main attraction by adding lighting or plants.  Find more inspiration for features that go from formal to whimsical, and you may find yourself with a new project!

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.

Maximizing Space: Clever Layout Ideas for Small Homes

May 29th, 2024 by tisner


Living in a small home doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style or functionality. With careful planning and creative design solutions, you can make the most of every square foot and create a comfortable and inviting living space that meets your needs. Whether you’re downsizing to a smaller home or looking to maximize space in your current residence, here are some smart layout ideas to consider:

1. Embrace Open Concept Living:

2. Utilize Multi-Functional Furniture:

3. Optimize Vertical Space:

4. Create Built-In Storage Solutions:

5. Opt for Multi-Purpose Rooms:

6. Maximize Natural Light:

7. Optimize Traffic Flow:

8. Consider Scale and Proportion:

With smart layout ideas and creative design solutions, you can make the most of your small home and create a space that is functional, stylish, and inviting. Whether you’re maximizing storage, optimizing traffic flow, or embracing open concept living, there are endless possibilities for transforming your small home into a comfortable and beautiful sanctuary.

Ready to get started? Assess your space, prioritize your needs, and experiment with different layout ideas to find the perfect solution for your small home. With a little creativity and ingenuity, you can create a space that feels spacious, organized, and uniquely yours.

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.

By: Homekeepr

Pet Summertime Safety in Orlando, FL

May 28th, 2024 by tisner


When we’re enjoying the warm weather, our pets usually are, too.  When we’re spending time outdoors with family and friends, we usually include our pets.  Keeping our furry family members safe should always be a priority, and these tips may be a refresher course for some, but it never hurts to make sure all our loved ones are kept out of harm’s way. 

In the Backyard 

  • Fencing should be examined to make sure there are no gaps at the bottom, and that all materials are in place and secure.  You don’t want Fluffy taking a neighborhood excursion by himself. 
  • The garden and landscaping bring us great satisfaction, and animals like to take a bite of growing things occasionally.  Check these lists for cats and dogs from ASPCA to make sure you keep your pets from chewing on them. 
  • Keep any swimming pool chemicals and mechanical lawn tools sealed and out of your pets’ way.  Some of these products have a scent that is enticing to animals, and they wouldn’t hesitate to give them a try.   
  • It may sound sensational, but if you have an animal that is a toy breed, or weighs five pounds or less, keep an eye and ear out for any predatory birds.  Owls, hawks, and eagles have been known to attack small pets, mistaking them for a wild meal. 
  • Sometimes it’s necessary to leave your dog or cat outside while you’re gone for a while.  Make sure they have adequate shelter to keep them cool, and plenty of cool water to prevent heat stroke or dehydration. 
  • Allowing your cat to roam in the yard is great for them, as they are natural hunters, and they find great pleasure in all the sights and sounds.  Keep an eye on them in case they see a bird they’d like to get to know better, or find a snake in the flower bed.  Protecting wildlife and your feline friend go hand-in-hand. 

Out and About 

  • Does your dog go with you for exercise while you’re biking or jogging?  Some active pet owners take a water bowl with them, so they can offer a cool drink to their pet, and you can train them to drink directly from the bottle using an adaptor created especially for dogs. 
  • Going fishing or water skiing?  Make sure you have a life jacket for them, as well as an overboard plan.  If you think Fido would enjoy jumping into the water, maybe you should leave them at home or at the kennel for their safety as well as your own. 
  • vetSTREET offers some great tips for taking your dog to the beach.  Heat, waves, and hot sand can all play a role in just how much fun everyone will have–or not. 
  • It’s vacation time, and you’d like to bring your pet with you, so call ahead for information on pet-friendly lodging, and where they can stay for events where pets aren’t welcome. Make sure you have a vehicle safety harness or seat belt for them or their carrier while you’re traveling. 

Summertime brings water fun, cookouts, and don’t forget the insects!  Keep your pets safe from biting insects, and be sure they get a flea and tick repellent treatment and heartworm prevention to avoid any diseases these insects can cause down the road. Pets need to be kept as safe as small children, so take preventive measures so you can have a fun and healthy Summer with the whole family.

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.

Orlando State of the Market April 2024

May 24th, 2024 by tisner

New Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association data shows record-high median home price in Central Florida.


State of the Market

  • The median home price for April was recorded at $388,500, up from $386,500 in March. This is the highest monthly median home price on record in the Orlando area.
  • Overall sales rose 7.8% from March to April. There were 2,759 sales in April, up from 2,559 sales in March. This is the third month in a row that sales have risen.
  • April’s interest rate was recorded at 6.9%, up slightly from 6.7% in March. This is the third month in a row that interest rates have risen.
  • Inventory for April was recorded at 9,376, up 4.5% from March when inventory was recorded at 8,971. This is the fourth month in a row inventory has risen.
  • Pending sales increased by 2.9%, with 4,257 in March and 4,379 in April.
  • New listings rose 2.6% from March to April, with 4,230 new homes on the market in April, compared to 4,124 in March.
  • Homes spent an average of 54 days on the market (DOM) in April – down from 58 in March.
  • “April’s median home price was recorded at $388,500,” said Rose Kemp, Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association President. ” We saw an increase in homes for sale, providing a wider selection for potential buyers. Despite the supply remaining slightly over three months, homes are selling quickly, indicating a strong demand. This demand is a positive indicator of market stability and is expected to continue through the next few months as families look to relocate during the summer season.”

Market Snapshot

  • Interest rates rose from 6.7% in March to 6.9% in April.
  • Pending sales rose 2.9%, with 4,257 in March and 4,379 in April.
  • 26 distressed homes (bank-owned properties and short sales) accounted for 0.9% of all home sales in April. That represents a 13.0% increase from March when 23 distressed homes sold.

Inventory

  • Orlando area inventory increased 4.5% from March to April. Inventory in March was 8,971, and inventory in April was 9,376.
  • The supply of homes fell to 3.40 months in April, down 3.1% from 3.51 months in March. A balanced market is six months of supply.
  • The number of new listings increased from March to April by 2.6% – from 4,124 homes to 4,230 homes.

ORRA’s full State of the Market Report for April can be found here.

This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association and the Stellar Multiple Listing Service. Neither the association nor StellarMLS guarantees or is in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the association or by StellarMLS does not reflect all real estate activity in the market. Due to late closings, an adjustment is necessary to record those closings posted after our reporting date.

ORRA REALTOR® sales represent sales involving Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association members, who are primarily – but not exclusively – located in Orange and Seminole counties. Note that statistics released each month may be revised in the future as new data is received.

Orlando MSA numbers reflect sales of homes located in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and Lake counties by members of any REALTOR® association, not just members of ORRA.

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.

Home Projects by Season

May 21st, 2024 by tisner


Thinking about doing some home improvements?  Whether it’s a kitchen or bathroom remodel, a whole-house painting, or floor refinishing, there’s a time of year when these jobs are easier to get completed, mainly because of how the weather affects not only c
onstruction, but the quality of the finished product as well.  Find the project you’re considering, and see when it’ll be the right time to get to work:  

Additions, because of needing a new foundation, could be started in late Winter/early Spring when the ground is still cold and more compact.  It makes for better digging and concrete pouring and setup. 

Exterior door replacement would be convenient any time except Winter, just in case there are any issues and the doors aren’t a quick switch. 

Exterior painting, for many reasons, is a better idea in early to late Summer, when temperatures are above fifty degrees. 

HVAC work, in non-emergency situations, should be done in the off seasons–new heater in warm months, air conditioning before it’s sweltering outside. 

Interior remodeling like kitchen and bathroom redo’s, can be done practically any time.  The main thing to keep in mind here is warm months are busier for contractors, and that can mean a job done in a hurry, or higher prices. 

Outdoor projects, even though a popular time for construction is the warmer months, should be started in late Winter, simply because you want to be able to spend your Summer enjoying your new outdoor space! 

Refinishing hardwoods is probably best completed during the times of year when humidity is low for the best finish, and so windows can be opened to allow air circulation to help get rid of any associated odors. 

Roofing, believe it or not, may get better results in hot months of the year, as the most common materials used will need warm temps for the best performance. 

Window repair/replacement is managed well during warm months or when frequent rain isn’t a factor. 

Keep in mind that Spring and Summer are busiest time for contractors.  If you are hiring your job out, the process should be started long enough in advance that you don’t have to be put on a wait list.  On that same note, during slower months, a contractor may give you a deal on the work, because there aren’t other jobs to be done, and you get their full attention!  Planning is key for a smooth finish on any project, any time of year. 

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.

For Sale and Secure in Orlando, FL

May 14th, 2024 by tisner


Sometimes it’s necessary to leave your old home before it sells, and even if it’s in a safe community, there are steps that should be taken to make sure the home and its components are secure.  Criminals are pretty savvy these days, and you don’t want your home compromised, especially when potential buyers are there for a showing. 

  • First and foremost, make sure all your doors and windows are locked.  Most of those who are looking for easy access will find it.  They don’t care to draw attention to themselves by smashing windows and creating a lot of noise. 
  • Check with your insurance agent and make sure you’re covered properly for a vacant house. 
  • Talk to your RealtorⓇ about the lockbox that will be placed on your entryway.  Make certain it’s electronic, because the agent can not only get in without a key, but can keep track of who’s used the lockbox to enter, and when. 
  • If you don’t already, have motion sensor floodlights installed around the perimeter of your home.  This will help deter anyone who is creeping around after dark. 
  • Ask a relative, trusted neighbor or hire someone with good references to keep an eye on things, especially if you’ve moved more than a short drive away.   If you have a neighbor whose driveway is close by, ask if they would be willing to use your driveway to park in. 
  • The landscaping should be maintained to keep any suspicion that you’re not there, and it should be taken care of by a reputable landscaper.  Your RealtorⓇ should be able to help you find someone for this job.   
  • Secure outdoor components–your light fixtures and even the HVAC unit can be stolen, and it’s not as uncommon as you’d think. The light fixtures can be motion-detection activated, and the HVAC unit circuit box can be locked, and make it more difficult to get to with fencing or a security cage. 
  • A home security system is now more affordable than ever, and you don’t have to pay a monthly service fee to a company. Do some online research and find a system that connects wirelessly and has a coordinating smartphone app.  You can keep an eye on things yourself, and if there’s anything suspicious, call your contact and ask them to check your house for you.   

The cost of keeping your electricity and Wi-Fi connected to the vacant house can’t compare to the peace of mind and protection it can offer while selling your home.  That doesn’t count the money you would save from repairs for damage or stolen items to be replaced.  Protect your investment by protecting your vacant house while it waits for new owners. 

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.

Using Your Garage for Storage – The Right Way!

May 6th, 2024 by tisner


Americans use their garages for much more than just parking their cars, and storage use is the number one choice! While it makes sense to stash things in there, out of the way and unseen because it is more convenient to get there than it is in the attic, some items should not be kept in the garage.

  • Propane tanks should be stored outside, on a flat surface, away from anything that can spark. If you have tanks inside your garage, and the valve begins to leak, it can be deadly.
  • Any cloth or rags with oily residue should be treated with great care, as they can spontaneously combust. Check out this quick video from This Old House that shows how to treat rags used for woodwork, and soak cloths used for car repair in a bucket with dishwashing liquid and hot water, rinse, and wash in your machine or toss them in the garbage.
  • Paint is highly flammable, and can be rendered useless in a garage, where temperatures can be extreme. Look for the manufacturer’s recommended temperatures on the can, and store it accordingly.
  • Firewood is an attractant for pests, and as convenient as it may be to keep it close by in the garage, it is best to keep most of it at least twenty feet from the house. Bring in only what is needed for a day.
  • Canned food should be stored at room temperature, so if you find your pantry overflowing, donate extra to a food pantry. Keeping it in fluctuating temperatures can cause spoilage or affect the quality of the food.
  • Refrigerators not manufactured to stand extreme temperatures can fail in a garage, leaving you with a mess and ruined food. Purchase a refrigerator made for garage use, or add a garage kit to an existing unit that will maintain the temperature outside the unit in winter. Deep freezers should be kept out of direct sunlight, or at least in the coolest area of your garage.

Cleaning out the garage can be a monumental task, but if you have any of these items stored there, you need to get them out and stored properly. Keeping your home and family safe should be the highest priority, and no amount of hard work is worth the risk of losing either.

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.

Teri Isner, CIPS, CRS, GRI
Keller Williams At-The-Lakes
1170 Celebration Blvd
Suite 200
Celebration, Fl 34747

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