Buyers

Home Buyer Negotiations

Home buyer negotiations: Can a home buyer negotiate for themselves?   Sure, but they do a lousy job negotiating for themselves. Let me tell you the 4 main reasons why...   Home buyer has no clue what to negotiate.   Absolutely true.   Where do inexperienced home buyer negotiations start? The price, the closing costs, the home inspection re-negotiations? The home buyer has no clue what to negotiate. They don't know about local real estate, what is the ...

Date Published: May 1, 2017 | Author: Erika

Orange County New Homes Soaring

New Builds Taking Off Orange County, Florida   According to the Orlando Sentinel, new home building permits have soared to the highest level in Orange County in 10 years!   Permits for single family homes are up by 3,600 over last year.   A few theories are circulating as to why. It could be the result of pent up demand, shortages on the resales market, and lower impact fees.   Regardless of the reason, new construction real estate is booming in Ora...

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Certified International Property Specialist

Certified International Property Specialist   Certified International Property Specialist is an advanced realtor designation.   These brokers have undergone specialized training for foreign investors. Commonly called CIPS. Earning this starts with a complete 5 full day of study focusing on all aspects of working with international transactions.   These Certified International Property Specialist classes include studying regional market conditions, tax issues,...

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Strategy to Build a Quality Home

New Construction Homes can have quality issues   ABC Action News in Tampa had a recent story about home buyers feeling their home complaints have been ignored.   The majority of complaints were about large home builders with homes built during a very busy time of 2004-2008.   In a recent article, Orange County New Homes Soaring published by Buyers Broker of Florida, illustrates that building again is at an all time high. Home buyers purchasing new constructio...

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Short term rentals Orlando

[caption id="attachment_12268" align="alignright" width="285"] short term rentals[/caption] What is a short term rental?   A short term rental is a property that is rented for a few days or a week, or monthly, typically to vacation visitors. A long term rental would be a rental with a lease of one year.   Where are short term rentals Orlando located?   Currently, short term rentals are allowed in certain areas of Central Florida. More specifically, Kissimmee, Davenp...

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Is a home warranty worth it?

Home warranty...worth it? Sometimes "yes" and many times "no". Everything depends. What is a home warranty?   A home warranty is a one-year service agreement that covers the repair or replacement of many major home system components and appliances that typically breakdown over time due to normal wear and tear.   What are the two kinds of home warranty?   In a real estate transaction, there are two types of coverages. There is a sellers warranty and a buyers warranty...

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New home builders bargains

New Home Builders Bargains   New home builders are feeling the crunch of competition. It's the season for home buyers to buy a home in Orlando. Prices are going up and so are interest rates.   Time to buy one of the hundreds of new construction homes popping up.   What incentives are new home builders offering?   Everything you can imagine. New home builders want your business. Free upgrade incentives up to $30,000. A free pool worth $25,000. A whopping...

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Do not call the listing agent

Listing agents work for the seller, not the buyer The listing agent does not and cannot work for you, the buyer.   Do not call the listing agent, as they are working against your best interests. You want to pay less and save money. The listing agents job is to sell the property for the highest price and most favorable terms for the seller.   Helping you is not their job. So do not call the listing agent.   Representing the seller is what listing agents are ...

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Evaluating HOA

hDo Home Owners Associations go too far?   HOA's are interesting. 87 % of home owners have a positive or neutral experience with their Home Owners Association (HOA). But do Home Owners Associations have too much power? Some homebuyers think the system is broken.   A recent article demonstrates the power of Home Owners Associations that have gone too far with restrictions. A few HOA are too restrictive over petty issues. Like having curtains instead of blinds. Or worse, ...

Date Published: August 12, 2016 | Author: Erika

Winderemere foreclosures

Windermere foreclosures   Windermere foreclosures and all the misconceptions.   This is something that even some real estate agents don't understand, so it is good that you are reading this.   What are foreclosures?   Windermere foreclosures are properties hat has been taken back by the bank, no differently than when a car is re-possessed for non-payment.  The previous owner got behind on the mortgage and the bank took it back.   The bank now o...

Date Published: August 10, 2016 | Author: Eve