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Do Solar Roof Panels add Value to a Home?

Harnessing Energy from the Sun   Did you know that the Orlando area receives 5.5-5.0 KW of natural sun light?  Instead of having a roof reflect the sunlight to keep your home cool, solar panels harness the suns energy through Photovoltaic (PV) systems.  These solar roof panels convert direct sunlight to energy for your home.…

Are you being lured by the 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…

Top 10 Commandments when buying New Construction

Real Estate Agents offer guidance to New Construction Purchase     Yesterday, I read an article published by the Florida Realtor Association stating that real estate agents should help buyers understand the complicated process of buying new construction.   I was surprised, because most Florida Realtors are predominantly focused on the resale market, rather than…

Home buying tips for home buyers

Home Buyer Story:   I just had a call from an anonymous buyer who was in hot water on a contract to buy a home and wanted out of the deal.  He wanted my advice, despite that he had an agent…or so he thought.   Of course the buyer was not sure what they signed.  A…

Can you really afford to buy that home ?

What kinds of home buyers buy that home?   In the more than 20 years that I have been representing only home buyers, I have had all kinds of home buyers.  Some rich, some poor, some paying cash and some scraping together the down payment. Not all home buyers that buy can really afford to buy that home.…

Buying an older home in Orlando

Buying an older home in Orlando needs evaluation.   It is a bit different when buying an older home in Orlando.   An older home in Orlando is considered “older” if it is at least 30+ years old.  In some of the northern states in the US, when you say older home, it means about 100…

What will the home seller take for the property?

What the home seller will take for the property is a loaded question   Home seller bottom line on the property is always a mystery. As a buyer agecy office, we often get asked what the home seller will take for the property.  I can give an educated guess but have been surprised too many times to think…

Misconceptions of buying a home alone

Some home buyers think they don’t need a Real Estate Agent…   Every so often I see a consumer ask questions on a real estate forum asking how to go about buying a home alone, without a Real Estate Agent.   Funny thing, is that they don’t want to use a real estate agent and yet…

On vacation or buying an Orlando home?

Are you buying an Orlando home or just a “looker” on vacation?      Buyer Agents that work in the sunshine states all have this dilemma of sorting out who is serious about buying an Orlando home and who is just here on vacation, wanting to look at  homes.   Most of the time it is not hard to figure out who…

Buying Orlando Property VS. Renting

Should you consider Buying Orlando Property or keep renting?   The National Association of Realtors statistics show that since 1981, 40% of home sales were first time home buyers.   In a recent 2014 survey, the rate for first time home buyers has dropped to the lowest level of 33%.  The biggest reason for less first time…

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