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New Florida Disclosure

Buyers Need to Protect Themselves   A new Florida Real Estate Disclosure was just released. This time it does not have anything to do with the exact home you are buying. Instead, it has to do with process of how you pay for a home.   In a rare circumstance, the buyer may actually get money back at closing. However, most home buyers have to pay a certain amount for their down payment and closing costs to close on their new home.   Most title companies require home...

Date Published: May 1, 2017 | Author: Erika

Lazy Real Estate Agents

Lazy Real Estate Agents   Many real estate agents are very hard-working, but I do think that too many are plain lazy real estate agents.   As I read some Real Estate Forums, there are some things that lazy real estate agents say and do that make me cringe.   For example:   Lazy Real Estate Agents and "as is" property   Many lazy real estate agents think that when buying a house "as is" the buyer is locked into buying the property just the way it i...

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Are code violations “grandfathered”?

Are code violations “grandfathered”in?   First of all what are code violations?   Every city has its own rules and regulations called "building codes" that govern everything from spacing for roof trusses to the clearance in front of a toilet.   If homeowners do not comply with building codes during home projects, they become code violations. The owner may be on the hook for big fines, the cost of an expensive tear out, or be required to redo the project. &...

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Orlando’s Organic Earth Fare

Downtown Orlando’s new Organic Earth Fare Grocery   What is Earth Fare?   Earth Fare is an organic specialty market. They plan to open the first natural-foods grocery at the southern gateway to down town Orlando on South Orange Avenue.   Crescent Communities newest Central Florida project, is called Crescent Lucerne. This 6-story project will include stores along with 375 apartments on almost 5 acres.   South Orange already has a Publix, Walmart and Sup...

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Realtor Code of Ethics

Facts about the Realtor Code of Ethics The Realtor Code of Ethics is ONLY for realtors. It is not for the seller or the buyer. The buyer and seller do not have any ethical rules to follow and they can do or say whatever they want.   The Realtor Code of Ethics is the same for every realtor in every state. The guidelines come from NAR ( the National Association of Realtors) and does not vary with each realtor board or what any agents office policy is.   The Code of Et...

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Orlando Solar Power Communities

Save on your Electric Bill   Orlando is right in the middle of sunny Florida. Orlando has about 250 days of sun per year! That's why Orlando's population is booming. It's the perfect place to find Orlando solar power communities.     Solar power has been slow to take off due to the political agenda of the electric companies and the high cost of installation.     As a buyers agent, it my job to know where buyers can get solar power without b...

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Real Estate Politicians

Real Estate Politicians in real estate?   Real Estate Politicians are everywhere and they are no different than the politicians on TV.   In the past year I have gotten interested in politics and become aware of what a politician is.   They smile big, dress nice, and sell themselves by telling others just what they want to hear. They are masters at spinning the facts and making real problems seem unimportant.   Real Estate Politicians say whatever they n...

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Orlando Real Estate Predictions 2017

Orlando Real Estate is definitely not a stagnate industry! There is always something changing, trending, or being improved. Whether it is neighborhoods, financing, procedures, regulations, disclosures, property features, or home prices. Bringing in the New Year is a time to commit to new goals, especially financial goals, like investing in Orlando Real Estate. What can buyers expect in 2017. What does the future hold for Orlando Real Estate Tight Inventory   A supply of good...

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Orlando Wineries

Yes, believe or not, wine making at Orlando Wineries   Orlando wineries are scattered through Central Florida, as well as other Florida regions.  These Orlando wineries do not have wine flown in from other states to be packaged in Florida.  Grapes are actually grown with the Florida sunshine.  These wines are harvested in Florida and bottled right here in Orlando.   The most notable Orlando Wineries...   Hutchings Farm Winery, Apopka   [embed]https://yo...

Date Published: August 15, 2016 | Author: Erika

Orlando Food Festivals

Top Orlando Food and Wine Festivals   Orlando food scene includes restaurants, food trucks, and food festivals.  These food festivals are in outdoor setting with unique foods made special for the event.  It is packed with lively entertainment and foods you may not have seen before. Try it.   Its time to get out and enjoy food in Orlando's perfect fall weather!   Epcot International Food and Wine Festival   September 14 through November 14, 2016...

Date Published: August 3, 2016 | Author: Erika