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  • 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.

  • admin 11:07 pm on December 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Real Estate during the Holidays 

    Now is still a really good time for Real Estate in Orlando, Windermere, Winter Garden Florida areas. Buyers can, and do, get serious during this busy time of year. Lots of sellers take their homes off the market during the holidays, assuming no one will be buying at this time. But with serious buyers still out there and a lower inventory of homes, your home has a good chance of standing out. With fewer homes for sale, competition is decreased. There are good reasons to sell your home during the holidays.

    Buyers are more serious during the holidays. Anyone shopping for a home during the holidays probably has to buy before a certain deadline. Therefore some buyers may be looking to relocate before the new year. Investors may also want to close before the end of the year for tax reasons. If you live near a university, students and staff may be looking for homes between academic sessions, and if you live near a military base, servicemen and women may be moving to the area. Work with me, Jay Myers, your agent to target these motivated buyers. Buyers have more time to house-hunt. Buyers who are looking at this time during the holidays are serious about making a purchase. Some buyers purposely wait until their families are together for holiday vacations to start looking for a home. Homes show better in the winter. Decked out in lights and garland, homes often look their best during the holiday months. Take advantage of the Holidays and spruce up your homes to make them more festive. Deck the halls, but don’t go overboard, just enough to make your prospects feel at home and your home still looking spacious.

    Home sellers can’t always take a holiday from keeping their house on the market. Instead, they should consider ways to turn the holidays to their advantage. By holding a holiday-themed open house – maybe instead of the traditional Sunday afternoon open house; your home could be open in the evening to take advantage of a festive holiday light display. Keep in mind to not block or cover up important selling features such as fireplace mantels, stairs, stained-glass windows. Tone down the size of tree. In place of a 10-foot tree, try decorating a table-top, four-foot version. Set a plate of cookies on the counter, next to festive paper napkins for guests. Giving house hunters a place to escape from the cold is another excellent way to get them inside your home.

    The holidays are stressful enough without having to think about staging and open houses, so if you’re not truly motivated to sell, it’s probably best to wait a few months. But if you absolutely have to sell, don’t be discouraged. A good agent like myself can take the burden off of your shoulders, giving you more time to enjoy the season.

    With these tips in mind, it is possible to enjoy the holidays and still successfully feature a home for sale on the real estate market. Now is still a good time as ever in the Orlando, Windermere, Winter Garden Florida areas.

  • admin 6:26 am on November 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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  • admin 3:25 pm on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Guide to Buying a Fixer-Upper in Florida 

    In the Orlando, Windermere, Winter Garden, Apopka, Kissimmee, Oviedo, Longwood, Winter Springs, Winter Park, FL  real estate market, buying a home with the intent to fix it up is one of the best investments you can make. There’s no better way to take control over your home ownership than to customize the design, floorplan, and landscaping of everything from a single story rancher to a charming Victorian – especially if you’re looking to use the current Florida real estate economic climate as a way to get the home of your dreams without breaking the bank.

    However, as any responsible real estate agent will tell you, buying a fixer-upper can be a big challenge. Excessive or hidden damage in a home can be both dangerous and costly. Before you make the plunge, make sure you follow a few important fixer-upper guidelines.

    1. Always get an inspection. Nothing will give you a better idea of what kind of repairs you’ll come across than a thorough home inspection from a trusted source. Don’t take on more damage than you, your contractor, and your budget can handle.

    2. Pay attention to the layout and structural foundation of the house. If you’ve always dreamed of a large kitchen, make sure your potential new home can be adapted in terms of wiring, plumbing, and layout. Sometimes, the skeletal structure of a house prevents certain types of cosmetic changes.

    3. Location matters. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a single family house in Orlando, Oviedo or Longwood or a condo in Windermere, Winter Park or Winter Garden; a home’s value is only as high as the neighborhood in which it’s located. A rundown building in a nice neighborhood has the greatest potential to bring an enormous resale price.

    4. Know the difference between “big fixes” and “small fixes.” Things like drywall, painting, floor refinishing, landscaping, and hardware are easy to do yourself. Things like plumbing, electrical work, windows, and roofs can be more expensive and difficult. Stick to changes you can make for certain based on your skill level and budget.

    When buying a home in Orlando or looking at Windermere real estate options, a fixer-upper can be one of the best ways to get the home of your dreams for a low overall cost. Just make sure you enter into the transaction with your eyes open, with flexibility in mind, and with Orlando Realty and Property Management at your side.

  • admin 2:33 am on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    October, a local real estate much like September in Central Florida 


    Central Florida home sales have continued to stay just over the 2000 per month mark for the fifth month in a row.  Realtors were apart of 2206 for sale transactions in Orange & Seminole Counties last month.  October of 2008, sales were nearly half of this October’s figure.  The amount of days on the market in October of 2008 was 110 days, October of 00, 98 days.  The inventory of a year ago was 24,657, now just under 15,743.  This continues to be a great time for buyers of Central Florida real estate and buying a home for sale.  Rates still in the 5% is great reason to become a home owner.  For those renting now would be a great time to buy a home with rates this low and an inventory still high.

    See our next blog for more property management and real estate sales information.

    Here at Orlando Realty & Property Management our motto is “We Treat Your Home Like it is Our Own.”  We rent, sell and manage homes, townhomes, and condos in Orlando, Oviedo, Winter Park, Winter Garden, Windermere, Kissimmee, and other areas of Central Florida

    Go to our site, http://www.407rentals.com or give us a call today at 407-641-5049.


  • admin 9:48 pm on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Homebuyer Tax Credit Extension 

    To view our rentals go to http://www.407rentals.com

    It looks to be true…..that is the Senate passing a bill by unamious vote to extend the $8000 tax credit for home buyers beyond its scheduled November 30, 2009 expiration date.   Now this credit would be available those who close by the end of April, 2010.  This credit will also apply to those buying a second home or subsequent home.  Currently only first time (unless its been more than 3 years) home buyers are eligble. 

    Click on the link below and you can read some of the changes and see if they apply to you…..  



    Need property management?  Need to buy or sell a home?  Looking for a home for rent?  Go to our site, http://www.407rentals.com or give us at Orlando Realty and Property Management a call at 407-641-5049.  We service all of Central Florida including Winter Park, Winter Garden, Windermere, Orlando, Maitland, Kissimmee, Altamonte Springs and the rest of Central Florida.   


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