Monday, May 23, 2016

Things To Do Orlando: Memorial Day Carillon Concerts

Memorial-Day
A musical salute of gratitude to our nation’s veterans and current members of America’s armed forces. Free admission is offered to active, retired and disabled veterans of all military branches with valid ID.
WHEN:  Monday, May 30, 2016 @ 1pm
WHERE:  Bok Tower Gardens
COST:  Free admission to active, retired & disabled veterans w/ valid ID
Visit the Event Website for more details.
Information courtesy of Orlando Real Estate Expert Teri Isner and the Orlando Avenue Top Team.
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In a Seller’s Market: Is it Time to Downsize?


A study by Edelman Berland reveals that 33% of homeowners who are contemplating selling their house in the near future are planning to scale down. Let’s look at a few reasons why this might make sense for many homeowners, as the majority of the country is currently experiencing a seller’s market. In a recent blog, Dave Ramsey, the financial guru, highlighted the advantages of selling your current house and downsizing into a smaller home that better serves your current needs. Ramsey explains three potential financial advantages to downsizing:
  1. A smaller home means less space, but it also means less time, stress and money spent on upkeep.
  2. Let’s assume you save $500 a month on your mortgage payment. In 30 years, you could have an additional $1–1.6 million in the bank to get you through your golden years.
  3. Use the proceeds from selling your current home to pay cash for a smaller one. Just imagine what you could do with no mortgage holding you down! If you can’t pay cash, aim for a 15-year fixed rate mortgage and put at least 10–20% down on your new home. Apply the $500 you saved from downsizing to your new monthly payment. At 3% interest, you could pay off a $200,000 mortgage in less than 10.5 years, saving almost $16,000 in the process.
Realtor.com also addressed downsizing in a recent article. They suggest that you ask yourself some questions before deciding if downsizing is right for you and your family. Here are two of their questions followed by their answers (in italics) and some additional information that could help. 

Q: What kind of lifestyle do I want after I downsize?

A: “For some folks, it’s a matter of living a simpler life focused on family. Some might want to cross off travel destinations on their bucket lists. Some might want a low-maintenance community with high-end upgrades and social events. Decide what you want to achieve from your move first, and you’ll be able to better narrow down your housing options.”
Comments: Many homeowners are taking the profit from the sale of their current home and splitting it in order to put down payments on a smaller home in their current location, as well as a vacation/retirement home where they plan to live when they retire. This allows them to lock in the home price and mortgage interest rate at today’s values. This makes sense financially as both home prices and interest rates are projected to rise.

Q: Have I built up enough equity in my current home to make a profit?

A: “For most homeowners, the answer is yes. This is if they’ve held on to their properties long enough to have positive equity that will be sizable enough to put a large down payment on their next home.”
Comments: A study by Fannie Mae revealed that only 37% of Americans believe that they have significant equity (> 20%) in their current home. In actuality, CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that 72.6% have greater than 20% equity. That equity could enable you to build the life you’ve always dreamt about. 

Bottom Line

If you are debating downsizing your home and want to evaluate the options you currently have, meet with a real estate professional in your area who can help guide you through the process.
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 forOrlando FL real estate for sale and aggressively markets Orlando FL homes for sale.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Things To Do Orlando: Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Discover an event bursting with fresh, farm-to-table flavors, brilliant blooms, interactive playgrounds and rocking entertainment.
Welcome this vibrant season by treating your senses to an assortment of captivating experiences. Blossoming from March 2 to May 30, 2016, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival boasts fun-filled exploration for every age and interest.
WHEN:  Sunday, May 22, 2016
WHERE:  Epcot®
COST:  Valid Park Admission
Visit the Event Website for more details.
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Friday, May 13, 2016

Mortgage Rates Remain at Historic Lows

The latest report from Freddie Mac shows that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.61% last week, slightly down from the week before (3.66%), and nearly 20 points lower than a year ago (3.80%). This is great news for homebuyers who are dealing with rising prices due to a low inventory of homes for sale in many areas of the country. Freddie Mac expressed their optimism for the rates to remain low throughout the spring in a recent blog post:
“We expect mortgage interest rates to stay well under 4% as we head into the heart of the spring homebuying season. We’re predicting it to be the best one in 10 years, which should provide even greater opportunities for first-time homebuyers.”
Below is a chart of the weekly average rates in 2016, according to Freddie Mac.

Rates have again fallen to historic lows yet many experts still expect them to increase in 2016. One thing we know for sure is that, according to Freddie Mac, current rates are the best they have been since last April. Sean Becketti, Chief Economist for Freddie Mac recently explained:
“Since the start of February, mortgage rates have varied within a narrow range providing an extended period for house hunters to take advantage of historically low rates.”

Bottom Line

If you are thinking of buying your first home or moving up to your ultimate dream home, now is a great time to get a sensational rate on your mortgage.
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Celebration Real Estate Market Report for April 2016

The Celebration Real Estate Market Trends Report for 34747 shows 103 homes sold in April 2016 compared to 102 in April 2015. The average sales price was $269,007 compared to $318,865 in April 2015 and homes were on the market an average of 125 days, up from 113 days in April 2015.

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Kissimmee Real Estate Market Trends for April 2016

The Kissimmee Real Estate Market Trends Report shows 53 homes sold in April 2016 compared to 50 in April 2015. The average sales price was $135,880 compared to $117,096 in April 2015 and homes were on the market for an average of 77 days compared to 69 days in April 2015.

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Windermere Real Estate Market Trends for April 2016

The Windermere Real Estate Market Trends Report shows the average sales price was $494,053 in April 2016 compared to $803,013 in April 2015 and homes were on the market for an average of 133 days compared to 94 last year. Homes sold for 95% of the list price.

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Sunday, May 08, 2016

Things To Do Orlando: Orlando Wedding Expo


Orlando Wedding Expo is produced by Orlando's #1 wedding show producers since 2004.
With over 100 wedding specialists exhibiting and showcasing their talents, services and products, wedding couples will have a myriad of eye-stealing designs and ideas to help enhance their wedding planning experience. Wedding couples can sample food, drinks, fashions, and more. They can participate in activities such as photo booths, henna tattoos, engagement photos, and so on.
On The Catwalk, wedding couples can view the latest in wedding fashion, view Wedding Wars (a fun interactive competition for wedding couples), witness the Planner Panel where Orlando's most reputable wedding planners will hold a Q&A for wedding couples to receive free advice, get information on the latest technology in weddings, find out how to look their best for their wedding day and so much more.
WHEN:  Sunday, May 15, 2015 @ noon-4pm
WHERE:  Hyatt Regency Orlando
COST:  Tickets start at $11
Visit the Event Website for more details.
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Americans Believe Real Estate Is the Best Long-Term Investment [INFOGRAPHIC]


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How To Create More Privacy in Your New Home



So you have just made one of the biggest purchases of your life by buying a home of your own and now you need to make it a bit more private.  You have come to the right place!  Let’s look at a few tips for creating more privacy in your new home.
  • If you happen to live in a big city where the houses are basically on top of each other you may want to line your floors with a lot of area rugs. While this simple step to making more privacy in your new home sounds like a silly thing, it really will help to keep the noise level down to a minimum if your neighbors tend to be loud.
  • Lined curtains are a perfect way to help your home feel like an oasis in the middle of the country even if it is not. These types of curtains also help to filter out loud noises as well.
  • If you have a spot on your windowsills to put planters they can aid you in making your home more private. All you need to do is put some tall plants in the planters and voila, you will have more privacy from your neighbors.
  • One good way to have privacy outdoors for your new home is by putting up a privacy Privacy fences can help to keep pets safe as well as make your outdoor area a nice place to “get away from it all”, which we can all use every now and again.
  • Tall scrubs and trees are a great way to shield yourself from your neighbors and make your home feel more private. Scrubs and trees will also help to make your new home more beautiful and help the environment as well.
  • If you simply cannot feel enough privacy in your new home, you can hide in a reading nook under the stairs or in a small attic space so that you can escape from time to time from those around you. If your new home doesn’t have a small space like this, you can likely make one quite easily.
Lastly if privacy is extremely important to you, it may be worth your while to look for a home in the wide open country so that you don’t have to make any previsions for more privacy.
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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Things To Do Orlando: Mother's Day Weekend at Bok Tower Gardens


Why stop at a flower bouquet when you can give Mom an entire garden? Free admission is offered to all mothers on Mother's Day! Treat Mom to a beautiful day at the Gardens with live carillon concerts at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. and special menu selections in the Blue Palmetto Café. Shop our two-day Tower & Garden Gift Shop Plant Sale on Saturday and Sunday!
Be sure to stop in the Blue Palmetto Café on May 8 and purchase our special Mother’s Day lunch.
Daily Special: Homemade Quiche with Spinach, Feta, and Wild Mushrooms
Dessert: Lemon Bars
Of course, regular menu items will still be available like our Chicken Blueberry Salad, Tropical Salad, turkey sandwiches, veggie wraps, beer, wine, ice cream, and much more.
WHEN:  Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 9am-5pm
WHERE:  Bok Tower Gardens
COST:  Moms get FREE admission
Visit the Event Website for more details.
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Friday, April 29, 2016

Orlando Real Estate Market Trends for March 2016


According to the National Association of Realtors, mortgage rates are now lower than they ended in March. That means that rates are not only near the lows for the year to date, they are also close to the lowest rates in three years. These lower rates translate into increased buying power and/or improved ability to qualify for a mortgage.
A record number of Americans are actively searching and looking at the current inventory on Realtor.com®. We currently have 2% fewer homes for sale in the U.S. relative to last year, but we’ve seen 137,000 new listings come onto the market so far in April.
Looking ahead, great weather will likely draw even more people to look at open houses and available homes over the rest of the month. According to Cleveland Research, after a cooler than normal start to April, the weather forecast for the next 10 days is expected to be “near perfect” across many of the largest housing markets in the country, especially in the central and eastern U.S.
But who cares about a national or regional weather or housing forecast? What matters most are the trends and conditions in your neighborhood.
Orlando Real Estate Sales Statistics

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Windermere Florida Real Estate Market Statistics – March 2016



Welcome to your up-to-the-minute March 2016 edition of Market Snapshot for Windermere, Florida compliments of Teri Isner. This report is personalized with charts including market activity for homes in the 34786 zip code. Take a look…
Windermere Florida Real Estate Market Statistics


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Kissimmee Florida Real Estate Market Statistics – March 2016



Welcome to your up-to-the-minute March 2016 edition of Market Snapshot for Kissimmee, Florida compliments of Teri Isner. This report is personalized with charts including market activity for homes in the 34741 zip code. Take a look…
Kissimmee Florida Real Estate Market Statistics

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