Do Walkable Neighborhoods Matter?

Do Walkable Neighborhoods Matter?
Walkable Neighborhoods: Fad or Here to Stay? Walkable neighborhoods mean that you can walk or bike to restaurants and retail.   I can honestly say more buyers are asking for homes within walking distance to grocery stores, restaurants, and Orlando trails.  Studies show that a walkable neighborhood is more than just a trend.  I believe that they are becoming more popular.   A National Association of Realtors survey found that 60 percent of owners favor walkable.  They are looking...

Date Published: May 31, 2018 | Author: Erika
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Happy Home Buyer in College Park Florida

Happy Home Buyer in College Park Florida
  There's nothing we love more than helping homebuyers. Because we solely focus on buyers instead of sellers, our niche and our experience gets honed and perfected with each transaction. We've only worked with buyers for years and our experience in negotiating for our buyers is unmatched. Because we don't sell properties, our focus can remain on the buyer, and that's what happened with Barrett. Barrett recently bought a home in College Park and the first time home buying experience c...

Date Published: May 15, 2018 | Author: Erika
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First Offerpad Deal from Orlando Buyers Agent

OfferPad is now in Orlando We had our first transaction with OfferPad, a new way to sell real estate.   It may be in the Orlando market, but it seems distant.  It was like dealing with a robot.   Orlando is seeing new innovative brokerages such as OfferPad, OpenDoor, and Zillow Instant offers which are geared to sellers that want no hassle.  They will receive an online quote from a source to buy their home.  While this can give sellers less hassle, there are additional fees ...

Date Published: March 23, 2018 | Author: Erika
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Buying an Older Home and Getting Insurance

Buying an Older Home and Getting Insurance
Benefits to buying an Older Home Buying an older home in Orlando can mean touches of timeless beauty and loads of character.  Older homes usually offer larger lots,  bigger pools, and mature landscaping.  Older homes can be found in the most charming and sought-after neighborhoods in Orlando.  Many of these homes have the coveted tree-lined brick paved streets.   Home Owner Insurance Implications   For the purpose of insurance, an older home constitutes a home older th...

Date Published: January 24, 2018 | Author: Erika
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Homes Around Lake Steer

Homes Around Lake Steer
Florida, and more specifically Orlando, is known for the lakes. Where Michigan might say they are the land of 1000 lakes, I think Florida is more of the land of about 1 million lakes. Many homes feature waterfront property and a quaint little lake just off of S. Apopka Vineland Rd. is Lake Steer.   Just minutes from Highway 408 and Florida's Turnpike, this small community nestled around Lake Steer features many waterfront homes and properties ranging in price from $350,000-$550,00...

Date Published: December 27, 2017 | Author: Erika
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Homes Around Lake Marsha

Lake Marsha
Lake Marsha is located in Dr. Phillips, just south of downtown of Orlando by about 20 minutes. Lake Marsha borders Universal Studios but is primarily a residential area. Homes surround the lake offering great waterfront opportunities.   This area also has a wide range of prices. From million dollar homes to properties around $300,000, Lake Marsha offers a good selection of homes to choose from. Properties facing the water are priced higher. Although this post is about Lake Marsha...

Date Published: December 6, 2017 | Author: Erika
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Which Builder Builds a Quality Home?

 Building a Quality Home Central Florida has over 30 builders. How do you pick the best one?  Or even know who builds a quality home?  We get this question a lot and know the answers! Builders have standards by code from the municipality, segmented by regions. National builders also have their own corporate standards which they follow.  A home will be built differently if it faces earthquakes or snow vs. wind and rain, as found in Florida.  Many buyers research builders on the inte...

Date Published: December 1, 2017 | Author: Erika
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New Construction Homes in Altamonte Springs

Altamonte Springs
Altamonte Springs grew in the 70’s and all the land is filled up with loads of restaurants, shopping, and housing.   So it’s extremely rare to find brand new, energy efficient built homes in Altamonte Springs.  If you do not mind stairs, Ashton Woods is building 3 story townhomes, with gorgeous exterior facades.  Three spacious units offer 1718, 1904, and 1989 sq. ft. all with two car garages.     Low HOA  This is low maintenance community. The HOA is $250 per mont...

Date Published: November 30, 2017 | Author: Erika
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Christmas Estates

Christmas Estates
Located near Christmas Florida, about 25 minutes east of Orlando, is the Christmas Estates. Want to live on Reindeer Rd? Jingle Rd? or Sled Rd? You can have a little piece of Christmas right here in Florida.  Located just off of Fort Christmas road or Highway 420, this small community is a non-gated neighborhood with large lots of up to 5+ acres. Most of these homes are ranch-style or traditional single-family homes built between 1977 and 2005. Most offer 3 to 4 bedrooms and 3 to 4 bathrooms...

Date Published: October 31, 2017 | Author: Erika
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Buenaventura Lakes

Buenaventura Lakes
Buenaventura Lakes is a larger community just south of the main Orlando metro area. These homes are typically in the Kissimmee Florida area just outside of Orlando in the community covers from Highway 249 East Hwy. 530, north to the border of Orlando south to La Paz Dr. Also known as BVL, Buenaventura Lakes is home to about 27,000 residents and is part of the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metro area.   This market residential neighborhood is a peaceful and tranquil location surrou...

Date Published: October 24, 2017 | Author: Erika
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