Sunday, August 30, 2015

Orlando FL Real Estate Market Trends – July 2015



Take a look at Orlando FL Real Estate Market Trends for July 2015.
Orange County Real Estate Sales Statistics – July 2015
Orange County saw 256 more homes sold in July 2015 than July 2014, a 13.09% increase. The average sales price increased by 6.25% and the median sales price increased by 7.88% from July 2014.  Market times rose by 3 days or 5.17%.
Orange
County
Homes
Sold
Average
Sales Price
Median
Sales Price
Average
Market Times 
July 2015
1979
$243,725
$195,000
61
July 2014
1750
 $228,816
 $180,750
58

Osceola County Real Estate Sales Statistics – July 2015
Osceola County home sales increased by 17.86%. Prices increased with the average sales price up 6.68% and the median price increased by 7.38%.  Market times increased by 5 days compared to July 2014.
Osceola
County
Homes
Sold
Average
Sales Price
Median
Sales Price
Average
Market Times 
July 2015
627
 $184,624
 $157,049
69
July 2014
532
 $173,065
 $146,250
74

Seminole County Real Estate Sales Statistics – July 2015
Seminole County residential sales increased 25.74% with 200 more homes sold in July 2015 compared to July 2014. The average sales price increased by 1.19% and the median price increased by 10%. Market times dropped by 4 days.
Seminole
County
Homes
Sold
Average
Sales Price
Median
Sales Price
Average
Market Time 
July 2015
889
 $224,296
 $198,000
51
July 2014
707
 $221,668
 $180,000
55

Lake County Real Estate Sales Statistics – July 2015
Residential sales in Lake County increased in July 2015 with 130 more homes sold, a 12.42% difference. The average sales price increased by 12.42%, and the median sales price increased by 9.27% for the month compared to July 2014.  Market times decreased by 10 days or 111.24%.
Lake
County
Homes
Sold
Average
Sales Price
Median
Sales Price
Average
Market Time 
July 2015
643
 $182,013
 $165,000
75
July 2014
513
$161,910
 $151,000
89

Polk County Real Estate Sales Statistics – July 2015
Polk County saw 143 more homes sold in July 2015 compared to July 2014, a 18.4% increase.  The average sales price increased 9.05%, and the median sales price increased by 12.05%.  Market times dropped by 12 days.
Polk
County
Homes
Sold
Average
Sales Price
Median
Sales Price
 Average
Market Time
July 2015
920
 $142,769
 $134,950
77
July 2014
777
 $130,924
 $120,474
89

Teri Isner is the team leader of Orlando Avenue Top Team and has been a Realtor for over 24 years. Teri has distinguished herself as a leader in the Orlando FL real estate market. Teri assists buyers looking for Orlando FL real estate for sale and aggressively markets Orlando FL homes for sale.
You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently. You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Free and Fun Things To Do In Orlando

It may be Orlando's theme parks that bring millions of visitors to our city every year. But there are numerous free parks, museums, gardens, events, festivals and places to visit that won't break the budget. Here is a list of all of the free things to do in Orlando.

kids

Museums and Art
Gardens and Parks
  • Black Hammock Adventures on Lake Jessup offers free live alligator and bird exhibits. There is a deck party at the Lazy Gator Bar Friday and Saturday night to listen to free, live music.
  • Harry P. Leu Gardens offers free admission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first Monday of every month.
  • Kraft Azalea Gardens is a 5.22-acre public garden and is located on the shore of Lake Maitland. It is open all year from 8 a.m. until dusk. Lakefront, secluded and unique, Kraft Azalea is Winter Park’s secret garden!
  • University of Central Florida's Arboretum is home to more than 600 plant species on an 80-acre property. Visitors can walk through a self-guided tour to view an impressive number of native plant species.
  • The Winter Park Farmer's Market is held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday. Local vendors and farmers sell their homemade and homegrown specialties, including fruits, vegetables, organic produce, baked goods and more.
  • Lake Eola Park is a 43-acre recreational area in the heart of downtown Orlando. Visitors can picnic along the shore, enjoy one of the many free concerts at the amphitheater, feed the resident swans or stop by the farmer's market on Sundays.
  • Fort Christmas Historical Park is a little slice of old Florida. Visit the fort, the historical homes on site and the gift shop.
  • Big Tree Park in Sanford features 11 acres of natural vegetation and wetlands.
  • Camp out and roast marshmallows with Disney characters Chip n' Dale at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort for free. The evening sing-a-long around the campfire includes a viewing of a Disney movie. Starts at 7:30 p.m.
  • Ocala National Forest is the second-largest National Forest in Florida and the oldest National Forest East of the Mississippi River.
  • The World of Orchids is a conservatory containing natural exhibits with flowers from Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Australia, and the South and Central Americas.
Food and Wine
  • Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards which sits on 80 breathtaking acres just north of Orlando, offers free tours, tastings and many free festivals and events.
  • The Orlando Brewing Company near downtown Orlando is the only organic brewery and tap room in the Southeast and one of only 10 in the United States. Each weekend, there are free brewery tours, free Wi-Fi and free live entertainment.
Other
  • Fleaworld is the largest flea market in the United States, boasting over 1,700 vendors.
  • The Children’s Library offers a variety of events, depending on the day and time of year, including special readings, arts and crafts, family movie nights, board games, and musical events.
  • Popcorn Flicks is a series of outdoor movies starting at 8 p.m. throughout the summer in Winter Park.
Orlando Events Calendar

Information courtesy of Orlando Realtor Teri Isner.

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Teri Isner is the team leader of Orlando Avenue Top Team and has been a Realtor for over 24 years. Teri has distinguished herself as a leader in the Orlando FL real estate market. Teri assists buyers looking for Orlando FL real estate for sale and aggressively markets Orlando FL homes for sale. You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently. You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Veterans Housing News – 2015

Over the years there hasn’t been that much to talk about when it came to housing for Veterans but as the months and years go by things are beginning to look up for those who have protected our country and are still continuing to do so. Let’s take some time and look at a few ways that veterans housing is improving for the better.
    veterans housing
  • Many companies are beginning to get on the band wagon of helping out veterans in our country. One of those companies is the Arizona Fisher House. This facility will provide housing for vets and their families who are being treated in medical facilities in Tucson Arizona. This housing will be temporary while the vets are being treated but it will be provided at no charge to the veterans.
  • Homes For Heroes is an awesome program that allows veterans as well as other home town heroes a chance to own a home of their own. In order to find out more about homes for heroes you can look them up online. This program offers great discounts to veterans and their families so that their dream of owning their own home can become a reality.
  • Marmion Apartments in Los Angeles is offering housing for 24 veterans and their families as well as 24 low income families. There are almost 3,000 homeless veterans in Los Angeles alone. That number is not acceptable and this is one of the reasons why changes are finally being made.
  • In Green Bay Wisconsin Veteran’s Manor will be opening in June for Veterans who need a place in which to live. This location will offer 50 one bedroom apartments in which to house 50 veterans and their families.
  • If Tennessee is where you call home you may want to check out Patriot Place which is a 34 unit apartment complex for Vets and their families.
These are just a few ways that things are beginning to look up in the housing market for veterans. I believe as time goes on we will see programs like this in our local community. After all veterans have done and how much they and their families have sacrificed their lives for our country’s freedom, this is the least that can be done. If you see a Veteran today, be sure to offer them your sincere thanks and appreciation for your freedom!
Teri Isner is the team leader of Orlando Avenue Top Team and has been a Realtor for over 24 years. Teri has distinguished herself as a leader in the Orlando FL real estate market. Teri assists buyers looking for Orlando FL real estate for sale and aggressively markets Orlando FL homes for sale.
You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently. You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.
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Friday, August 14, 2015

Tips For Qualifying For Down Payment Assistance

Most folks these days are living paycheck to paycheck and are having a hard enough time trying to pay all of their bills on time. This is one of the biggest reasons many people are looking for some sort of down payment assistance when it comes time to purchase a new home. For many people owning their own home cannot become a reality because they simply cannot afford to come up with the down payment needed. Rest assured if you are one of those people who have a hard time coming up with enough money to pay bills much less enough money for a down payment on a house, there is hope for you! Below are a few ideas for down payment assistance and what you need to do to qualify for it.
down payment
  • Figure out what your adjusted gross income is so that you will know if you can or cannot qualify for down payment assistance.
  • Complete a HUD application at your local HUD (The US Department of Urban Development) office.   In order to qualify for HUD your adjusted gross income must not be more than 80 percent of the local median income.
  • The down payment assistance program from HUD has a limit of 6 percent of the home’s purchase price or $10,000 so be sure that you know what size and price range you are looking for in a home before you apply for assistance. Knowing some of these things beforehand will possibly save you a lot of hassle in the long run.
  • You may possibly qualify for a grant that you do not have to pay back such as with the American Dream Down Payment Initiative Program. This program is known as the ADDI. If you need assistance with your home down payment be sure not to let this particular program slip through your fingers.
Hopefully these few ideas for down payment assistance will get you started in the right direction when looking for a home of your own. It is important that you don’t get discouraged and give up when looking for these types of assistance programs. They are out there for the taking you just have to be diligent to look for them and see which ones may be able to assist you in your home buying experience. It is all too easy to give up and not look deep into all the different home down payment assistance programs but I promise you if you do enough research you WILL likely find one out there that is just waiting to help you.
Teri Isner is the team leader of Orlando Avenue Top Team and has been a Realtor for over 24 years. Teri has distinguished herself as a leader in the Orlando FL real estate market. Teri assists buyers looking for Orlando FL real estate for sale and aggressively markets Orlando FL homes for sale.
You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently. You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.
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Sunday, August 09, 2015

World’s 10 Most Expensive Houses—and Who Owns Them

Ever wonder where the richest of the lives? This article from Time.com/Money displays the world's most luxurious homes and who owns them...
Feast your eyes on some of the priciest homes on the planet.
The owners of the world’s most luxurious houses can be a mysterious bunch. We all know who owns Buckingham Palace, but does anyone recognize the name Tim Blixseth? Or know the Indian billionaire who built a 27-story apartment building just for himself? We’re guessing not.
Well, the mystery ends here. Using information provided by CompareCamp.com, we’ve got a rundown of the world’s 10 most expensive houses—modern castles, really—and the people lucky enough, and rich enough, to own them.

7 Upper Phillimore Gardens

Location: London
Value: $128 million
Details: This 10-bedroom prep school turned mansion has an underground swimming pool, a sauna, gym, cinema, and even a panic room. That’s all in addition to an interior covered in marble, gold, and priceless artworks.
Owner: Olena Pinchuk—daughter of Leonid Kuchma, Ukraine’s second president. She is known for being the founder of the ANTIAIDS Foundation and a friend of Elton John.
 

Kensington Palace Gardens

Location: London
Value: $140 million
Details: Located on London’s Billionaires Row, the already tricked-out pad will soon add an underground extension with a tennis court, health center, and auto museum.
Owner: Roman Abramovich—a Russian billionaire and owner of the private investment firm Millhouse LLC. He’s probably best known in the West as the owner of the English Premier League’s Chelsea Football Club.
 

Seven The Pinnacle

Yellowstone Club near Big Sky, Montana.


Erik Petersen—AP Photo/Bozeman Daily Chronicle

  • Location: Big Sky, Montana
    Value: $155 million
    Details: The largest property in the Yellowstone Club, a private ski and golf community for the mega-rich, the house has heated floors, multiple pools, a gym, a wine cellar, and even its own ski lift.
    Owners: Edra and Tim Blixseth—Real estate developer and timber baron Tim Blixseth cofounded the Yellowstone Club, but the club’s bankruptcy, a divorce, and other troubles have seriously reduced his wealth in recent years.

    Hearst Castle

    Indoor Pool at Hearst Castle, designed in style of Roman baths.
    Doug Steakley—Getty Images/Lonely Planet Images
    Location: San Simeon, California
    Value: $191 million
    Details: The 27-bedroom castle, used in the movie The Godfather, has hosted John and Jackie Kennedy, Clark Gable, Winston Churchill, and other famous figures.
    Owners: William Randolph Hearst’s trustees—The castle, built by the country’s first newspaper magnate, is now a heritage and tourist site and part of the California Park System.

    Ellison Estate

    Location: Woodside, California
    Value: $200 million
    Details: Less a house than a compound, this 23-acre property is home to 10 buildings, a man-man lake, koi pond, tea house, and bath house.
    Owner: Larry Ellison—Co-founder of Oracle and the third-richest man in the world in 2013, according to Forbes.

    18-19 Kensington Palace Gardens

    Location: London
    Value: $222 million
    Details: Another property on Billionaires Row, 18-19 sits alongside the home of Prince William and Kate Middleton. This particular residence has 12 bedrooms, Turkish baths, an indoor pool, and parking for 20 cars.
    Owner: Lakshmi Mittal—The head of Arcelor Mittal, the world’s largest steel manufacturer, and, according to Forbes, one of the 100 richest men in India.

    Four Fairfield Pond

    Location: Sagaponack, New York
    Value: $248.5 million
    Details: This 29-bedroom home sits on 63 acres and has its own power plant. Inside, there are 39 bathrooms, a basketball court, bowling alley, squash courts, tennis courts, three swimming pools, and a 91-foot long dining room.
    Owner: Ira Rennert—Owner the Renco Group, a holding company with investments in auto manufacturing and smelting. He also has holdings in metals and mining.

    Villa Leopolda

    Villefranche-sur-Mer, south-eastern France, the villa of Leopolda, property of the widow of businessman Edmond Safra, Lilly Safra.
    Eric Estrade—AFP/Getty Images
    Location: Cote D’Azure, France
    Value: $750 million
    Details: This 50-acre estate includes “a commercial sized green house, a swimming pool and pool house, an outdoor kitchen, helipad, and a guest house larger than the mansions of most millionaires,” according to Variety. The house was famously used as a set in the 1955 Hitchcock classic To Catch a Thief.Owner: Lily Safra—A Brazilian philanthropist and widow of Lebanese banker William Safra. Her husband died when another one of the couple’s homes burned down, apparently due to arson.

    Antilia

    India, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Kemp's Corner, Antilia aka the Ambani building on Altamont Road.
    Alex Robinson/AWL Images Ltd.—Getty Images
    Location: Mumbai, India
    Value: $1 billion
    Details: The Antilia isn’t even really a home in the traditional sense. This 27-story, 400,000-square-foot building has six underground parking floors, three helicopter pads, and requires a 600-person staff just to maintain it.
    Owner: Mukesh Ambani—India’s richest man, with a net worth of $23.6 billion, according to Forbes. Ambani made his money running Reliance Industries, an energy and materials company.




Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace
FCL Photography—Alamy
Location: London
Value: $1.55 billion
Details: Technically still a house, but certainly not for sale, the Queen’s residence was valued at roughly $1.5 billion by the Nationwide Building Society in 2012. The property holds 775 rooms, including 19 state rooms, 52 bedrooms, 188 staff rooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms.
Owner: The British Sovereign—Currently Queen Elizabeth II, who has ruled since February 6, 1952.
Information courtesy of Orlando Realtor Teri Isner.
 
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.
 
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