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  • admin 10:27 pm on October 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    PROPERTY MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE MONTH 

    **Everytime you have a new tenant move into a property, insist that the tenant pay you the deposit and first month’s rent in a cashier’s check form only before you give them keys  (A money order is not a cashier’s check because they CAN be cancelled). **

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    Tip provided by: Orlando Realty and Property Management
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    http://www.407rentals.com

     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

     
  • admin 10:51 am on July 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Do-It-Yourself Real Estate Marketing in Orlando 

    Marketing a Orlando home to make it attractive to buyers isn’t just about staging the house or putting a For Sale sign up in the yard. In today’s real estate market, it’s important to reach out to a larger audience through various types of media. After all, buying and selling a home in the Windermere region means tapping into everything that people use on a daily basis: computers, newspapers, magazines, and more traditional real estate routes.

    A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

    The majority of home buyers in the FL region begin their search online. The Internet is becoming an increasingly viable way to present homes from both an interior and an exterior vantage point. Although Jay Myers will help you to understand the best angles for presenting a photographic display of your house, you can help by pointing out what it is you love best about the home. A great backyard garden, a cozy front porch swing, a spacious kitchen, the tile on your bathroom floor – no matter what it is, use it as a way to entice buyers into contacting your agent for more information.

    Virtual tours are becoming a very popular way to showcase your home online, as well. Allowing viewers to “walk through” your home gives them a stronger connection to it.

    Signs and Advertisements

    The more traditional Florida home selling options include putting up a sign or placing an ad in the newspaper, in your local real estate magazine, or even on direct mailing advertisements. These steps have long been a part of the buying and selling market, regardless of where you live.

    The truth of the matter is, there’s a reason these actions are relied upon so heavily: no one will know you’re selling your Orlando home unless you post it somewhere! While decisions related to where you place the signs and advertisements will most likely be made with the assistance of Jay Myers, you can help by finding additional ways to spread the word of your sale. Online home selling postings for Winter Garden or Windermere are fairly common, and oftentimes, simply letting your friends and family know that your Orlando home is on the market can go a long way in spreading the word.

    Rely on Jay Myers

    Of course, the most important home marketing step you can take is trusting Jay Myers to work hard to sell your home as quickly and efficiently as possible. Like any real business partnership, selling a Florida home is all about finding someone you can trust and working together to get the best possible results.

     
  • admin 1:49 pm on June 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Benefits of a Home Inspection 

    Although new tax breaks and great housing prices in Orlando, Windermere and Winter Garden make buying a home easier and more cost-effective than ever before, it can still be a daunting task to undertake the path to home ownership. In addition to the stress of moving, you’re probably worrying about things like loan processing fees, down payments, mortgage options, and closing costs. Even with a financial advisor and a realtor at your side, these can add up to quite a bit of hard work!

     

    However, almost every homeowner will tell you that these costs are definitely worth buying a FL house. Not only are you purchasing a place to call home, but you’re making a financial investment with potentially huge returns. That’s why you should always consider a home inspection before signing on that dotted line, even if the added expense isn’t one you’re looking forward to.

     

    What is a Home Inspection?

     

    Many people equate a home inspection with a home appraisal, and with good reason. At their core, the two processes are very similar: in both, a trained professional goes through the home and inspects it with the intent of informing all parties involved on making the smartest buying and selling decisions.

     

    However, the similarities stop there. Home appraisals are done to give buyers, sellers, real estate agents, and financers a better idea of what the home is worth (based on “surface” things like square footage, number of rooms, and amenities like a fireplace or granite countertops). A home inspection, on the other hand, is all about informing buyers about the potential problems that lie underneath the surface.

     

    For example, a home inspector will be able to answer the following questions:

     

    • What is the condition of the plumbing and/or electrical system, and how easy is it to access in the event of a problem?

     

    • What will be the realistic costs and challenges of heating or cooling the house?

     

    • What is the state of the foundation, the roof, and other structural components?

     

    • How many years of use will you be able to get out of the electrical/plumbing/heating systems?

     

    • What are the potential safety hazards of the house (lead paint, radon, termites, asbestos, mold, etc.)?

     

    What a Home Inspection Does for You

     

    Although most home inspections cost the potential homebuyer hundreds of dollars up front, they typically end up saving homebuyers thousands of dollars in the end. When you get a home inspection, you can not only step away from a purchase that might not be right for you, but you can also require sellers to either “fix” the problems before you buy the home, or adjust the price in order to allow you to make the repairs.

     

    Of course, there’s also the benefit of knowing that the home for sale in Orlando that you purchased is safe and comfortable. It can be difficult to know just what a house has in store for you until you’ve lived in it for a few months. A home inspection is the best way to take the house for a “test drive” before you make the investment. And with so many choices currently on the Florida real estate market, you’re in a perfect position to make a smart, financially-sound choice for your entire family.

     
  • admin 10:13 am on May 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Buying a Historic Home in Florida 

    For many people living in or moving to FL, the best real estate purchase is one that combines the comfort of home with a piece of history. Buying a historic home in Orlando, Windermere or Winter Garden is fairly common in today’s market, thanks to an incredible real estate climate and one of the most dynamic historic districts in the state.

    However, if you’re simply looking at the intricate architecture and are thinking how great it would be to own a piece of the city’s history, you might want to take a step back and consider all the work involved in becoming a historic home owner.

    Home Quality

    The most important consideration for purchasing a historic home in Orlando is the quality of the house. Whether you’re looking at a bungalow or a mansion, you have to remember that time is rarely kind to real estate.

    In addition to outdated materials (like plaster instead of drywall or lead pipes) and difficult-to-work-with architectural styles, you have to consider the costs of restoring the house with authenticity in mind. Many materials are no longer available or can be costly if you want to maintain the historic integrity of your home. The same is true of the availability and cost of craftsman qualified to work with your particular home.

    Florida Housing Regulations

    Many historic homes are overseen by governing bodies that regulate what you can and can’t do to your own home. If you’re in the market to purchase a historic home, make sure you know who you will have to go through to get the right permits for renovation, or if you’ll need to register and pay a fee to get your home listed as an authentic historic site. You might also want to note what kind of tourist interest you will get from having a historically-listed site.

    Financial Investments

    Fortunately, not everything about owning a Orlando historic home is hard work! Historic homes, when restored with authenticity, safety, and modern comfort in mind, are an incredible financial investment. Many people are willing to pay top dollar for homes that are in perfect shape or that have a keen attention to detail.

    Many local governments also offer tax credits and tax freezes for those who maintain a certain level of quality in their registered historic homes. This means that a historic home can be a great investment, as well as a beautiful piece of architecture.

    Finding and Buying Your Historic Home

    When refurbished to contain all the modern amenities today’s families need and enjoy, a historic home can become a showpiece – both for your own visitors as well as those interested in the history of Orlando, Winter Garden and Windermere. As with all real estate purchases, however, this one should be made after much consideration and under the guidance of your trusted agent.

     
  • admin 3:30 pm on April 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Marketing Your Florida Home: What to Expect during Your Open House 

    If your FL home is for sale – whether in Orlando, Windermere, Winter Garden or surrounding areas – there’s a good chance your real estate agent will discuss the benefits of an open house with you. Open houses have long been a part of the home sale experience, since it allows prospective buyers to take a “low-key” approach while they browse the merchandise. It also gives your real estate agent the chance to network with a large number of potential buyers all at one time. In some cases, it also means you’ll finally sell that home!

    However, an open house can be an unnerving event; after all, you’re opening your home up to complete strangers, and in most cases, you won’t be there to witness the event. By knowing what to expect, you have a better chance of selling your FL home – all while keeping a handle on your peace of mind.

    • Remember that an open house is just one part of a larger marketing process. No one wants to sell your home more than your Orlando real estate agent, and the best approach in any sales climate is to reach as many potential homebuyers as possible. That means diversifying the way you market to include those who prefer the low-key atmosphere of an open house.
    • Don’t expect immediate results. Few people enter an open house and make a purchase right then and there. The real outcome is most likely going to be a few appointments for a private viewing or future appointment.
    • Remove your valuables, money, keys, pets, medications, and any paperwork that has personal information on it (such as bills). Although a good real estate agent will keep an eye on your property to avoid damages, anything that is of value (for either monetary or personal reasons) should be safely tucked away. This can actually help sell the house in the long run, since personal effects tend to turn buyers off.
    • Do a walk-through with your real estate agent immediately before and after the open house. This will allow you both to determine damages or thefts with an objective eye.
    • Remember that an open house can tell you a lot about your property. Your real estate agent will be able to draw conclusions based on the turnout and the overheard comments. If few people show up, it could indicate that your asking price is too high, or that your curb appeal simply isn’t up to snuff. A large turnout with few leads could mean that the problem lies with the layout or “dressing” of your home.

    Selling a home in FL can be difficult in today’s market – but it isn’t impossible. By approaching your marketing strategies with an open mind – and an open house – you can get your home effectively promoted throughout the Orlando, Windermere and Winter Garden housing market with better results than ever before.

     
  • admin 6:07 pm on March 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Buying a Home in FL: What to Look for in Neighborhoods and Communities 

    Most prospective homebuyers in the Orlando, Windermere, Winter Garden Florida areas already know that when it comes to purchasing real estate, location is key. It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking to make a profit on your new home or if you simply want a place that will help you raise your family – the neighborhood you choose to call your own is just as important as those details of square footage, number of bathrooms, and central air.

     

    Choosing a home in FL based on the quality of the neighborhood is especially important. There are so many diverse and incredible places to live here that you can change your lifestyle simply by moving closer to that hip, urban center or further out, where suburban sprawl or a few acres of your own are calling.

     

    Most people already look at neighborhoods and communities in Orlando when considering a home purchase. In fact, some of the more common considerations include:

     

    • School districts
    • Type of neighborhood (gated, urban, suburban, etc.)
    • Public transportation options
    • Access to commuting routes
    • Proximity to shopping
    • Proximity to facilities like police, fire, or medical care
    • Tax rates
    • Crime rates

     

    However, although these are all very important parts of choosing a neighborhood in the Orlando, Windermere, Winter Garden Florida areas, finding the facts might not be as easy as you hope. For example, things like tax rates can be researched, but you’ll also need to look at the future of development in the area. If there’s a big plan for condos to go up in your family neighborhood, you might find that the area is gearing for development. This might mean higher tax rates as the community draws in a higher-income crowd. (It might also mean a change in the neighborhood dynamic).

     

    It’s also important to consider the different times of day and the year in which you visit your prospective home.

     

    • How crowded are the streets during rush hour? On the weekends?
    • How safe do you feel walking around during the day? What about at night?
    • How maintained are the parks and streets in the winter? In the summer?
    • How is the noise level at night or in the morning? Does this change on the weekends?

     

    In order to make the most well-informed decision possible on your new home in Orlando, it’s best to ask a trusted real estate professional like Jay Myers or to talk with current (and past) residents. Not only will you get an insider’s view on what the FL community looks like after hours and in real life, but you might also learn that the people who will become your new neighbors are an enticing draw all on their own.

     
  • admin 10:13 am on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Get the Most Out of Your Square Footage 

    If you’re getting ready to sell your Orlando, Windermere or Winter Garden home, you know that one of the most important things you can do to increase your sale price is to spend some time staging. After all, the better your home looks, the better the chances are that someone else will love it enough to buy it, too. However, many of the homes for sale in the Florida area are smaller in size than what’s currently hot on the market. While this doesn’t mean you can’t sell your home, it does mean that it might take a little extra work before you get that figure you’re aiming for.

    The truth is, there’s no reason why your Orlando home has to be the size of a small country in order to appeal to homebuyers. Small spaces, while more of a challenge to decorate and stage, have quite a bit of potential for appealing to those looking for charm, coziness, and class. If you’re doing the staging for your home yourself, here are few important tips in making your small home look like it’s worth every penny.

    1. Get rid of the stuff. In any home staging effort, you want to get rid of personalized items and all the miscellaneous knickknacks that find their way into your home – including paintings and even overly unique drapes. This is never more important than when you’re trying to make a small house look bigger in FL.

    2. Go for neutral colors. Dark colors make rooms look smaller in size. By using light, airy colors, you’ll give the appearance of more light – and therefore, more space.

    3. Offer storage options. Most people need to really “see” themselves in a Orlando home before they buy it. If you find creative ways to set up storage (such as in hidden cupboards, in strategic locations behind the couch, or even in a great set of shelves), you’ll give the impression that the house is not only beautiful, but livable.

    4. Go for high-end details. Many of today’s homebuyers are willing to overlook a smaller space as long as it still retains a high value. Things like crown molding, built-ins, great appliances, and hardwood floors can go a long way in adding to the charm factor.

    5. Use bright, strategic lighting. As with choosing lighter colors for wall paint, the idea of using light to give the impression of space is a good one. This is especially true if you can use track or recessed lighting to streamline the space even more.

    Remember, there is no such thing as a typical homebuyer. By neutralizing your space and offering the little luxuries that allow people to envision themselves in your home, you’re allowing them to look beyond square footage to see how your Orlando house for sale will help them create a lifetime of memories.

     
  • admin 11:28 am on January 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Ways to Increase your Home’s Value 

    When you first purchase a house in Orlando, Windermere or Winter Garden, you’re most likely thinking of ways to build a home for you and your family. A big yard means plenty of room for the children to play. A newly renovated kitchen means you can finally throw the types of dinner parties you’ve always wanted. A master suite, well, that’s just icing on the cake. However, when it comes to sell your Florida home, it’s important to remember that all those little (and big) changes can also mean big little (and big) changes in your sale price.

    While most homeowners should make changes to their houses that suit their lifestyle rather than the eventual sale price of their home five, ten, or even twenty years down the road, there are a few things to keep in mind. After all, if you will someday be selling your Orlando house, you want to be sure you’re maximizing your profit.

    • Repair all the little things – now. Most of the time, homeowners are willing to overlook the little idiosyncrasies like a broken step on the porch or chipping paint on the kitchen cabinets while they live in their house. These small repair needs are a bit like a knee that acts up in the rain or a car that always requires you to turn the key three times to the right before starting; they just become part of the everyday backdrop of your life. However, for someone buying a home in Orlando, Windermere or considering real estate in Winter Garden, these things can become glaring problems. By fixing issues as they arise (rather than waiting until you’re ready to sell your FL home), you not only avoid making major repairs all at once, but you actually get to enjoy the repairs while you live there.
    • Know your neighborhood. If you live in one of Orlando’s family-friendly neighborhoods, chances are things like well-maintained yards, large family rooms, and spacious kitchens will be worth more in the long run. If you live in a Windermere condo, you might find that built-in bookshelves and jacuzzi bathtubs are more appropriate. While you don’t have to tailor every change to your eventual sales audience, you can choose to make the types of changes that will translate into the highest returns.
    • Don’t ignore the less visible changes. Almost all of the houses for sale in Orlando go through cosmetic changes before they hit the market. Fresh paint, new kitchen appliances, and good landscaping are fairly common. Less common are things like a new roof, updated plumbing, or even a newly-installed automatic sprinkler system. However, these things show up in a home inspection evaluation, and when you put your trust in a FL real estate agent like Jay Myers, these types of changes will always get the focus and attention they deserve.

    The most important thing you can do to your Orlando home is enjoy the time you’re going to spend there. However, by keeping its eventual sale at the back of your mind, you’ll be able to get the most out of your life – and your investment.

     
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