Pre-approval for a Home Loan Makes You a Quality Home Buyer

being pre-approved
Do you need a pre-approval to "get" the house   Remember that a pre-approval when getting a home loan makes you a quality home buyer. Most home buyers think that all they need is a pre-qualification (PQ) letter.  Not so.  PQ letters you can find online and fill them out yourself.  Most lenders freely hand out a PQ without doing a diligent check.  A pre-approval confirms that the lender did check your ability to buy and is willing to lend you the money, a strong statement when there a...

Date Published: September 19, 2018 | Author: Erika
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Are you being lured by the Builder Incentives?

are you being lured in by builder incentives?
Most buyers are being lured by builder incentives.  The Orlando new home market is highly competitive and incentives are just part of the game.  New construction building is occurring all over Central Florida.  With stiff competition for buyers, builders try to "out do" one another for your business by offering builder incentives. New home incentives can seem attractive to lure you into a purchase, but do not fool yourself.  There is no free lunch and the builders have made up for the...

Date Published: August 14, 2018 | Author: Erika
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New Construction Homes and BUYER mistakes

New Construction Homes and BUYER mistakes
New construction homes are everywhere. Orlando is exploding with new construction in every city.  All the growth and road expansion is clearing the way for more brand new homes.    New construction homes are definitely filling in the gap of the shortage of resale homes.   Do you need a Buyers agent to buy new construction?   Absolutely.  Don't kid yourself, there are too many things involved with buying new construction that you will not understand.  A good buyers agent wi...

Date Published: July 20, 2018 | Author: Erika
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What Buyers Do that Builders Hate

What buyers do that builders hate? Orlando production home builders control their business by having a strong interconnected process.  Their goal is to keep the building and buying process moving forward in order to complete home in a timely manner and make the biggest profit.   Buyers do have choices, but the builders do not always like what buyers choose.  As an Orlando Buyers Agent, we recommend home buyers to do what is in their own best interests and not necessarily what th...

Date Published: July 11, 2018 | Author: Erika
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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

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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