Articles Market Report for Central Florida Central Florida Market Report for the Week of May 15th to May 18th 2024 Properties sold: 926 Active listings: 1,492 Median days on market: 41 Median sold price $ 374,994         Weekly House Trends Median listing price: + 0.5% New listings: + 3.5% Active listings: + 36.55 Time on market: 2 days […]
Articles Seller Talking Points WHY OFFERS OF COMPENSATION FOR BUYER’S AGENTS ARE GOOD FOR SELLERS Whether to offer compensation to a buyer’s agent, and the amount of compensation you may decide to offer, is purely your choice. There is no legal or other obligation to offer such compensation. However, so that you can make an informed decision, and help […]
Articles Buyer Talking Points Finding and purchasing a home is a detailed process that demands time and dedication. I am passionate about my work because it leads to the ultimate reward – handing you the keys to your dream home. I am happy to talk through the several types of buyer representation I offer so we can find the […]
Articles Why Now Could Be the Golden Opportunity to Buy Your Dream Home In the ever-shifting landscape of real estate, there’s a whisper making its way through the market – now might be one of the best times to buy a home. While it seems counterintuitive, especially with 20-year high mortgage rates and steady prices, let’s unpack why jumping into the housing market now could be a surprisingly […]
Articles Hot Home Trend: Black Window Trim Especially on light-colored exteriors and interiors, a black trim creates an eye-catching contrast. By: Melissa Dittmann Tracey Black trim around windows can modernize a home’s look, providing pop of contrast in rooms with lighter color schemes. Black trim is being incorporated into a variety of homstyles, including industrial, farmhouse, bohemian, modern and even traditional.   Designers […]
Articles Hot Home Trend: Painted Ceilings by Melissa Dittmann Tracey Splashing a color on the home’s fifth wall is becoming the “it” factor. A twist on the accent wall: Paint the ceiling a contrasting color than the surrounding walls. It’ll force people to look up and take notice. Paint and texture are dressing up more ceilings. The 2023 Houzz U.S. Emerging […]
Articles Most Insta-Worthy Interior Styles May Surprise You The farmhouse style doesn’t seem to be a fading fad after all. A new survey shows what styles are gaining the most traction on Instagram. Instagram has become a common place where consumers search for ideas to spruce up their home. Hashtags like #homedesigninspo will turn up a plethora of ideas. But more specific hashtags […]
Articles Existing-Home Sales Retreated 3.3% in June Monthly Median Sales Price Reached Second-Highest Amount Ever WASHINGTON (July 20, 2023) – Existing-home sales slipped in June, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Sales varied among the four major U.S. regions, with the Northeast experiencing gains, the Midwest holding steady, and the South and West posting decreases. All four regions recorded year-over-year sales […]
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Articles Home Maintenance Checklist to Avoid Costly Repairs Many homeowners have anxiety when it comes to maintaining their home, a survey shows. Here’s a breakdown of the top projects. Seventy-eight percent of homeowners say they have buyer’s remorse over purchasing their home within the last 12 months, mostly because of unexpected repair costs, according to a survey from Hippo, a home insurance group. […]
Articles Buyer’s Needs and Desires After you’ve decided to buy a home, what sort of home it will be is your next decision point. It’s a better approach to have a rather concrete vision in mind of what type, features, and amenities you want in your home, rather than a “shotgun look” at every listing that’s out there in your […]
Articles NAR: Pending Sales Unchanged in April By Kerry Smith While the number of homes didn’t change, it varied by region. Of the four included in NAR’s report, pending sales fell only in the Northeast but rose everywhere else. WASHINGTON – Pending home sales were unchanged month-to-month in April, according to the National Association of Realtors®’ (NAR) monthly report. Pending sales rose […]
Articles Cold Interiors Get Infused With More Warmth, Texture One remodeling firm says more customers are looking to liven up predominantly white and gray rooms. Minimalist interiors may be losing favor to more memorable, texture-filled or color-drenched styles. Even all-white, spa-like bathrooms are getting more colorful and textured. Liston Design Build, a home remodeling contractor, identifies the following trends that they believe will shape many […]
Articles Owning Vs Renting – Part 2 Advantages of Buying Your Home Control over housing expenses By selecting a fixed-rate 13, 20, 25 or 30 years mortgage, the homeowner has assurance that housing costs won’t increase over the period, and, in fact, will be eliminated at the end of the term (subject to refinancing). You build equity Some of each monthly mortgage […]
Articles Orlando Real Estate Market The real estate market in Orlando, Florida is currently considered a seller’s market, with low inventory and high demand for properties. The median home price in the area has been steadily increasing in recent years, with a current median price around $280,000. The area has seen significant growth in population and job opportunities, which has […]
Articles Which 2023 Color of the Year Is Your Favorite? Check out the reddish and pinkish hues topping this year’s picks, and let us know which ones you like. From Pantone’s Viva Magenta to Sherwin-Williams’ Redend Point, the 2023 Colors of the Year—reddish and pinkish hues—may serve as inspiration for your clients’ next home improvement project. “People are ready to bring color back into the […]
Articles Owning Versus Renting Owning your own home might not be one of the defining qualities od the “American Dream”, the set of ideals that includes opportunity for prosperity and success and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work. However, home ownership is surely ingrained as one of the strongest representation of that […]
Articles 5 Home Improvement Trends to Watch According to Handyman Pros The remodeling boom continues. Here are some popular house projects that handyman professionals are increasingly being called upon to help. January 16, 2023 Remodeling, Design Trends A handyman can help with a range of home remodeling projects. Derek Christian, owner of the Handyman Connection in Blue Ash, Ohio, offers some of the […]
Articles State of the Market Report ORRA’s State of the Market contains easy-to-understand data tables and comparisons on local housing market activity. Each report includes detailed statistics for sales, median price, pendings, inventory, and much more. “The white-hot seller’s market we saw last year is over as we’re now seeing a more traditional market,” said Lisa Hill, 2023 Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association […]
Articles Who a Real Estate Agent Is In short, a real estate agent is someone licensed to list and sell real estate, including homes, multi-family properties, and commercial and industrial buildings. A REALTOR®, however, is somewhat different. A Realtor® is a member of the National Association of Realtors®. While an agent is always a real estate agent, a real estate agent isn’t […]
Articles How Real Estate Agents Help Home Buyers (Continued) More Access to the Real Estate Market A real estate agent will have better access to the market, and a special knowledge of local conditions. The agent is a full-time liaison between sellers and buyers. An agent will have ready access to other properties listed by other agents. Buyers’ and sellers’ agents know how to […]