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Celebration Florida Real Estate Market Report for December 2018

January 10th, 2019 by tisner

The Celebration Real Estate Market Trends Report for 34747 shows 129 homes sold in December 2018 compared to 108 in December 2017. The average sales price was $403,444 compared to $287,946 in December 2017 and homes were on the market an average of 80 days, compared to 100 days in December 2017.

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Fresh Home Designs for 2019

January 8th, 2019 by tisner

Fresh Home Designs for 2019

Are you remodeling, redecorating, flipping, building or just simply want to paint and hang new curtains? Maybe you’re remodeling to sell, and you want your house to stand out.  2018 has come to an end, and home shows and furniture markets have come and gone, and what’s hot and what’s not is just about set for the new year.   

  • Using darker colors in the kitchen, especially navy blue, is a trend this year.  Livingetc offers some inspiration to add this classic color to your kitchen. 
  • Speaking of color, warmer neutrals and earthy tones are starting to trend, and may replace gray as the popular color for walls and flooring.  
  • Granite countertops are falling behind quartz and concrete as the trendiest choices for countertop materials.  
  • Trellis and Grecian-style patterns are on their way out, and fish or mermaid scale patterns are gaining popularity. 
  • The desire for comfort in furnishings is on the rise, using plump cushions and velvet fabric for added luxury to a comfy sofa or chair. 
  • Believe it or not, floral is so in–even the chintzy look!  Whether you use it in fabrics or wallpaper, it’s the print to use this year, the bigger the better. 
  • Fringe is still everywhere–trimming furniture, bunched into tassels on draperies, and even on lighting and mirrors! 
  • You have your statement wall, but what about a statement ceiling?   Paint, wallpaper, tiles, exposed beams–some designers are calling ceilings the “fifth wall.”  Check out this article from House Beautiful, and look up for something new! 

There are so many styles for home decorating and design, and the practical thing to do is to use classic styles for the major things, and add the trendy in small ways, so you don’t have to break the bank and completely overhaul your all-gray living room just because it’s “out of style.”  Trends come and go, but classic does not.

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Choosing a Home Security System

January 2nd, 2019 by tisner

Choosing a Home Security System
The home security business is booming, and with so many different brands, subscriptions, and DIY systems, it’s hard to decide what’s right for you and your home.  Let’s take some confusion out of the process with these tips and suggestions: 

  • First, decide on whether you need round-the-clock monitoring, or if you want to keep an eye on things yourself using your smart phone. 
  • Major strides have been made over the past few years with third-party monitoring systems, and many companies offer apps for your phone so that you, as well as the company, can watch over things. 
  • Most monitoring companies offer a free trial period as well, some up to 30 days.  If you’re not happy, you don’t have to commit to their service and worry about extra fees if you cancel before the trial period is up.  Ask before you commit. 
  • If you’re a renter, and worry about the permanent installation, most companies are offering wireless sensors and cameras that can be moved as you move. 
  • For the DIYer, you or someone you know should be comfortable with setting up your system, not only the physical installation, but connecting it to your home’s internet or home management system. 
  • Safewise.com ranks their favorite 24-hour, monthly fee-based systems, and gives you all their pros and cons for each company. 
  • Find the self-monitoring system that will work best for you with safehome.org‘s top systems, as well as their highest-ranked third-party systems. 
  • Is there an elderly person in your life that lives alone?  Consider purchasing a security system for them, and Safe Home offers their favorites for ease-of-use and cost. 

There have been so many improvements to home security systems to accommodate busy families and the ease-of-use for setting and deactivating the alarm system as you come and go, you can find a system that best fits not only your home’s needs, but your family’s needs as well.  If you decide on a third-party service, make sure you budget accordingly, since there is a monthly fee, and usually a cancellation fee if you change your mind mid-contract.

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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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Keeping Up The Clean

December 26th, 2018 by tisner

keeping your house clean
Your home is on the market, the whole family has pitched in, decluttered, cleaned like never, reworked the furniture layout, and maybe even done some painting and remodeling.  You also work full-time, and the kids keep you busy after school with activities and lessons.  How do you keep the house clean and smelling fresh for showings?  Follow these tips so you won’t have to work too hard after working hard. 

  • Two things to be done daily:  keep the mail sorted and newspapers in the recycle bin and make the beds.  If there’s an upper bunk bed that’s a beast to keep looking show-perfect, have a large comforter that can be thrown on top and cover the not-so-perfect sheets. 
  • The bathroom can be an issue with needing constant cleaning to keep it sparkling and fresh, and disposable cleaning wipes are the best way for a quick clean.  You can also use a bit of fresh-scented cleaner for pouring down the sink and tub drains to clear the air while you’re away. 
  • Once you’ve done a major clean of the tubs and showers, keep them shiny with a DIY daily cleaner.  Bev from The Make Your Own Zone has a great guide for keeping the shower sparkling! 
  • If you have pets, but don’t have time for constantly vacuuming and sweeping stray fur, keep them brushed daily, and, if they love the sofa, have sheets on the furniture to simply remove when you know someone will be there for a walk-through. 
  • Didn’t have time to do the dishes?  Rinse them well and stash them in the oven if you have no dishwasher.  Pouring some vinegar and baking soda down the drain/disposal will help keep any food odors away. 
  • The kitchen can be a major source for oily spots, and baking soda is the key to getting those areas clean.  Sprinkle some on a damp cloth, scrub the greasy areas, and go back over them with plain water.  Wipe down those areas as soon as you’ve finished cooking to keep them from getting visibly dirty again. 
  • If you can afford to have more than one throw rug or mat by the front door, have one clean and ready in case one gets visibly dirty, or just to put a fresh one down before a showing. 
  • Choose one room to spend most of your leisure time in.  That way, when they kids are finished with homework, reading, or toys, everyone can keep an eye on things, and make sure whoever makes a mess cleans it up. 

In today’s busy world, a lot of home showings are done on the weekends.  Have your weekly cleaning jobs done by Thursday evenings so you will only have to make sure things are in order and wipe down a few areas before buyers start coming through.  Delegate an age-appropriate job to every person in the house and make a list if necessary.

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Is it okay for a buyer to move in before closing?

December 19th, 2018 by tisner

Average homeowner gained $12K in equity in 3Q
Dec. 3, 2018 – Buyers often anxiously await closing so they can enter their new home. In some cases, however, they ask if they can move a few things in early so they can hit the ground running. In other cases, the buyers may have a time gap between closing on an old home and moving into their new one.

As a result, it’s not uncommon for a buyer to ask a seller if they can move a few things in early, either possessions or themselves.

Nice sellers often try to accommodate nice buyers, but there are dangers to allowing someone to move in early. According to Cara Ameer, a broker associate with Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, who writes for Inman News, there are six good reasons for a seller to say, “No, I’m sorry you can’t,” when a buyer asks for early access to a home.

1. Who broke it?
A buyer moves in early, and the sink plumbing springs a leak. Will the buyer now fix it – should the buyer fix it? What if the buyer somehow thought the sink could support a grown adult and sat on it? Who pays?

2. Liability
If the buyer and seller have not signed any kind of pre-occupancy or lease agreement, what happens if something worse than leaky plumbing occurs, such as a major injury? The seller may be liable. In addition, what happens if wooden floors get scratched as movers drag new furniture across a room? What if a hurricane destroys everything the buyers stored in the garage?

Even with proof that the buyer caused damage, it could become a new negotiating point the buyers use to request further concessions from the seller.

3. “I didn’t notice this before …”
Most houses have a small chipped something or temperamental item. If buyers move in early, it’s like a “never-ending walkthrough,” Ameer writes. Buyers could discover minor problems and try to “renegotiate issues that were never raised as a result of inspections or repairs.”

4. Early repairs
Buyers who move into a new home often feel as if they own it, even if money has not yet switched hands, and start to think: “Why wait another week to start tearing out the kitchen cabinets?”

Ameer says the “list of what-if scenarios is endless.” Paint can spill, contractors can fall and lawn people can break sprinkler heads. Overall, there’s a great chance that the seller – or his insurance company – will be responsible for any pre-closing damages to both people and properties.

5. Buyer’s remorse
During a showing, a house can be the American Dream, but that feeling can fade once buyers realize it’s also a lot of work. Or perhaps the buyers continue to look at new homes that come onto the market, and one is a bit dreamier than the American Dream they’re preparing to buy.

If a situation arises where the seller can also lose a deposit, they’ve lost time and money pulling their home off the market while waiting for the buyers to change their mind.

6. A loan falls through

Perhaps a buyer, once inside “their” new home, buys furniture and dings their credit score – or maybe something else happens, including things like wire fraud that sends the buyers’ mortgage money to a criminal organization in Siberia.

Sellers want to get their home on the market quickly if a deal falls through, but this creates a whole set of other possible problems, especially if the buyer has no immediate place to go. In addition, a ready-to-show home that has been lived in for three weeks might need to be cleaned again.

While there may be a good reason to allow buyers access to a listing before closing, good-hearted sellers who say, “Sure, go ahead,” as soon as their buyer asks for early access should at least take a few minutes first to consider all the possibilities.

“In the event you have sellers willing to allow buyers in early, you should recommend, in writing, that the parties get a pre-occupancy agreement – preferably one drafted by an attorney – in place before moving forward,” recommends Meredith Caruso, Florida Realtors’ manager of member legal communications.

Source: Inman News, Cara Ameer, broker associate with Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

© 2018 Florida Realtors®

https://www.floridarealtors.org/NewsAndEvents/article.cfm?id=374444

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Childproofing for Guests

December 18th, 2018 by tisner

childproofing your home

It’s the visiting time of year, and some of your guests will likely be bringing little ones with them.  If your home is now child-free, you may not be aware of possible hazards for little ones.  Get your home ready for them with these tips: 

  • In the case that you don’t have cabinet locks and cleaning supplies are easily accessed, go ahead and place them all in a small cleaning bucket or basket so you can just grab them and put them out of reach when or before guests arrive. 
  • The kitchen is usually the hub when company comes, so keep little ones from under foot by putting some interactive magnets on the fridge door–there are some pretty nifty learning-type magnets available, as well as the traditional alphabet letters. 
  • If you have candles burning, make sure they are far from the reach of any age child, and in a prominent place so that they’re always in sight of you or another adult. 
  • Check blinds and drapes for long cords–either drape them over the tops of the blinds or purchase cord holders to keep them up and out of reach. 
  • For homes with stairs, purchase or borrow a latching safety gate to prevent little ones from wandering up the steps. 
  • Ask everyone to keep the toilet lid down, or close the bathroom door when they go in and out.  If you ask them, they’ll be more conscious of it, and oblige. 
  • In case you have a cozy fire burning, at least have a screen set up in front of the fireplace door as a barrier in case a little one stumbles while they’re walking nearby. 
  • Houseplants can be tempting to a little explorer, but some plants can make us sick if ingested.  Do a bit of research, and if yours are in that category, give them a temporary home out of the way. 
  • Keep an eye on yard sales or thrift stores for age-appropriate toys and games in good condition.  Clean them up, and place them in a basket or on a game table in the living area; kids love “new” toys. 
  • Have someone get down on all fours on the floor and look for hazardous things that could be interesting to a child, and make the temporary changes you need to so your littlest guests will be safe. 

Enjoying the holidays means enjoying your guests, and not worrying if the youngest ones are getting into something you don’t want them to, or something potentially dangerous.  Your visitors will appreciate the extra effort it took to keep their children safe and entertained, making their visit more memorable.

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Study: Fla. top state for in-migration from other states

December 17th, 2018 by tisner

Average homeowner gained $12K in equity in 3Q
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Nov. 5, 2018 – LendingTree’s latest State Migration Study discovered that 12.1 percent of homebuyers across the country plan to change states and most plan to head south – and the largest number prefer Florida. It’s the top destination for residents of 15 out of 50 U.S. states, most of which are located up and down the East Coast.

To do the study, LendingTree reviewed more than 2 million new-purchase mortgage loan requests for primary residences in all 50 states in 2018 through mid-November to find what percentage of all requests were from residents looking to move outside of their current state and where their destination would be. The results details the most popular new locations for homeowners in each state, along with the states with the highest percentage of requests to move to other parts of the country.

Of all purchase mortgage requests during the study’s period, 9.1 percent were for Florida, LendingTree reports. For out-of-state movers, 12.4 percent of requests were for Florida. The Sunshine State has a long history of bringing in visitors and new residents, particularly retirees.

Texas residents love the Lone Star State. Texas had the fewest percentage of residents looking to move out of state – only 6.6 percent – but Florida was also the top destination for the few considering a longer ride in a moving van. Texas was also the top move-to state for residents of six other states.

However, Florida also had fewer residents looking to move away. After Texas, only 8.6% of Michigan residents are considering such a move – but again, their top choice is Florida.

For the 8.9 percent of Florida residents considering an out-of-state move, it won’t be a long drive: 13.8 percent listed their top preferred state as Georgia.

Alaska has the most residents looking to move away – 24.8 percent. The top destination out of Alaska was Washington state.

Most people looking to move out of state don’t want to go far – more than half of them chose a state next door. But if they are looking to move cross-country, chances are it’s to Florida. Of the 20 states where the residents’ most popular new location doesn’t border their current state, 13 were Florida.

States that list Fla. as their No. 1 move-to destination

  1. New York: 21.3% want to move; 21.5% of them prefer Florida
  2. New Jersey: 17.5% want to move; 21.8% of them prefer Florida
  3. Connecticut: 17.3% want to move; 23.9% of them prefer Florida
  4. Vermont: 17.2% want to move; 19.6% of them prefer Florida
  5. Illinois: 14.2% want to move; 14.2% of them prefer Florida
  6. .Maine: 11.3% want to move; 21.0% of them prefer Florida
  7. Wisconsin: 10.6% want to move; 15.6% of them prefer Florida
  8. 8.Kentucky: 10.5% want to move; 15.4% of them prefer Florida
  9. Tennessee: 10.5% want to move; 15.8% of them prefer Florida
  10. Indiana: 10.0% want to move; 15.8% of them prefer Florida
  11. Alabama: 9.3% want to move; 22.4% of them prefer Florida
  12. Georgia: 9.2% want to move; 26.5% of them prefer Florida
  13. Ohio: 9.1% want to move; 20.7% of them prefer Florida
  14. Michigan: 8.6% want to move; 22.0% of them prefer Florida
  15. Texas: 6.6% want to move; 10.1% of them prefer Florida

© 2018 Florida Realtors®

https://www.floridarealtors.org/NewsAndEvents/article.cfm?id=374913

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Average homeowner gained $12K in equity in 3Q

December 14th, 2018 by tisner

Average homeowner gained $12K in equity in 3Q

NEW YORK – Dec. 10, 2018 – Homeowners are still finding plenty of equity in their homes, but the gains are slowing. The average homeowner gained $12,400 in home equity between the third quarter of 2017 and the third quarter of 2018, according to CoreLogic’s latest Home Equity Report. However, that’s lower than the more than $16,000 year-over-year gain in equity reported in the second quarter, CoreLogic notes. The report found that homeowners with a mortgage saw their equity rise by 9.4 percent over the past year.

The average Florida homeowner also saw a gain in 3Q 2018, but it lagged the overall U.S. average a bit at $10,000.

“On average, homeowners saw their equity increase again this quarter, but not nearly as much as in previous quarters,” says Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic’s chief economist. “The lower year-over-year gain reflects the slowing in appreciation.”

Still, nearly every state posted an increase in equity among homeowners in the third quarter. Western states saw the most significant increases in the third quarter, according to the report. For example, California homeowners recorded an average gain of about $36,500 in home equity in the third quarter; Nevada homeowners saw a $32,600 uptick.

Source: CoreLogic

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https://www.floridarealtors.org/NewsAndEvents/article.cfm?id=374968

Maurince Pierre, Realtor 

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Windermere Florida Real Estate Market Report for November 2018

December 13th, 2018 by tisner

The Windermere Real Estate Market Trends Report shows the average sales price was $615,101 in November 2018 compared to $510,748 in November 2017. Homes were on the market for an average of 63 days, down from 67 days last year. Homes sold for 96% of the list price.

Windermere Florida Real Estate Market Report for November 2018

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Kissimmee Florida Real Estate Market Report for November 2018

December 13th, 2018 by tisner

The Kissimmee Real Estate Market Trends Report for 34741 shows 42 homes sold in November 2018 up from 41 in November 2017. The average sales price was $197,920 compared to $203,963 in November 2017 and homes were on the market an average of 42 days, equal to 42 days in November 2017.

Kissimmee Florida Real Estate Market Report for November 2018

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