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There is something awesome about buying a fixer upper and doing the renovations yourself. Some people fix them up a bit at a time, using cash as they have it available. If you want to make a big impact by doing small things, here are 10 things you need to include.

1. Change Out the Lighting

Nothing says outdated like an old-fashioned gold chandelier. Lighting is something that can be updated easily and won’t cost a bunch of money. It is one of the smallest things you can do that will have the biggest impact.

2. Paint

There is an old saying that states “if a barn needs to be painted, slap some paint on it.” You will be amazed at what some paint can do to your home. A new hue can cover imperfections and give the room the blast of color it needs. Forget drab, white walls that are lackluster. Give your home a color makeover.

3. New Fixtures

Just like the lighting, the fixtures in the home become outdated quickly. Startwith the kitchen faucet and then move on to the bathroom. You can update and upgrade a fixer upper by just adding these small touches.

4. Paint Cabinets/Add New Hardware

If you have new cabinets in the budget, then you should go for it. However, if your budget is limited, then you may want to try to paint them. Painting old cabinets and installing new hardware will give the kitchen a facelift. If the cabinets are old but sturdy, then you can bring them back to life. Painting is inexpensive and has a huge impact.

5. Rip Out Old Carpeting

Carpet is great when it is new; however, when it is old and dingy, it can really have a negative impact on a space. Hardwoods are the best option, followed by laminate floors. However, if you are stretched for money, you may try a bag floor or a penny style one. There are creative options online that allow you to do great things with your floors for less.

6. Add Curb Appeal

The curb appeal of the home is everything. It does not matter how great the inside looks if the outside is in shambles. Clean up any dead plants and add some new. Be sure to pick flowers and shrubs that bloom at different times. This will allow you to have color year-round. Add some shutters and a fresh coat of paint to the porch. Use decorative numbers to display the address. Finally, replace the mailbox if necessary.

7. Repaint Ceilings

Ceilings are often overlooked. They are usually white and the color is reserved for the walls. However, people do not realize how dirty these ceilings can be. A fresh coat of paint on the ceiling can really enhance the whole room. The walls are not the only thing that needs to be painted.

8. Upgrade the Exterior Façade

The biggest impact you can have on the outside of a home is to replace or paint siding. If you have it in the budget, you can add brick and stone accents. Most fixer upper homes have chipping paint and worn out siding. Splurge for some nice siding or paint a great color to update the home’s look.

9. Replace the Windows

New windows are expensive, but they are important. If you have old windows in your home, you need to spend the money to upgrade them. Windows are great for keeping the elements at bay. You will save yourself money in the long run by sealing off old-drafty openings.

10. Update the Heating and Cooling Unit

To help the process of heating and cooling a home, you need to make sure the home has an updated HVAC unit. The air filters are just as important as the unit. Filters with a rating of Merv 11, have "astro pleating" to help ensure no dirt or dust gets into your system. Extend the livelihood of your unit by selecting quality air filters.


Originally Posted on 
March 22, 2017 
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Posted by Frank Ferrell on March 29th, 2017 11:29 AM

We are pleased to announce that Lisa McIntosh has joined the Ferrell Realty Team as Realtor Associate. Lisa graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a BA Degree in Communications along with an Education Degree from Seminole
State College. Prior to accepting this position, she served as Elementary School Teacher with Seminole County Public Schools and Assistant Editor & Columnist at Social Media Marketing Magazine. Lisa brings her talents and experience in Business/Marketing, and we're confident she'll be an excellent Real Estate Agent and strong asset to our Firm! Welcome aboard, Lisa!


Posted by Frank Ferrell on March 24th, 2017 2:43 PM
At Ferrell Realty, Inc. we are always ready to assist you with the right steps necessary to sell your home. We see selling real estate as a partnership between us and you the homeowner. Let us assist you with our forty-plus years of experience and extensive marketing plan to get the best sale price possible for your home.


Posted by Frank Ferrell on March 1st, 2017 10:37 AM

If you're curious about how long you can expect various pieces and systems in your home to last, the following infographic shows the average life expectancy for mechanical items as well as interior/exterior materials.


Posted by Frank Ferrell on February 28th, 2017 12:02 PM
Orlando’s 2016 annual median price ($200,000) was 12% over 2015 ($178,500), due to 12 months of year-over-year price increases. Sales for 2016 ended at 35,780 or 1.8% over 2015's cumulative sales total of 35,151.


Posted by Frank Ferrell on January 20th, 2017 9:30 AM

The median price of Orlando area homes rose 14 percent year-over-year last month. Meanwhile, sales decreased 8 percent as inventory took its greatest year-over-year tumble in 2016 and dropped by 12 percent.

Orlando Regional Realtor Association released the findings Nov. 17 in its October housing report.



Posted by Frank Ferrell on December 5th, 2016 3:18 PM

October 2016 NEWSLETTER


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Posted by Frank Ferrell on October 26th, 2016 2:59 PM
Posted by Frank Ferrell on October 5th, 2016 12:35 PM
Posted by Frank Ferrell on August 24th, 2016 10:51 AM
Orlando median price jumps 12 percent amid declines in both inventory and sales.



The inventory of homes available for purchase in the Orlando area dropped by 9.91 percent in July 2016, contributing to a 6.28 percent decrease in sales and a 12.04 percent increase in median price when compared to July 2015. Inventory has experienced 13 consecutive months of year-over-year declines.
Posted by Frank Ferrell on August 24th, 2016 10:32 AM
The median price of Orlando homes during the month of June increased 15 percent compared to June of last year, the result in part of yet another double-digit decline in inventory. Sales decreased by 3 percent when compared to June 2015, but increased by 5 percent when compared to last month.





Posted by Frank Ferrell on July 17th, 2016 8:23 AM


Orlando home sales rise 7 percent, median price jumps 12 percent to $203,000

The median price of Orlando homes sold during the month of May increased more than 12 percent compared to May 2015 and crossed the $200,000 mark for the first time since August 2008. In addition, sales showed a year-over-year increase of nearly 7 percent despite a continuing slide in inventory.




Source Orlando Regional Realtor Association

Posted by Frank Ferrell on July 2nd, 2016 12:42 PM

Ensure your Independence Day weekend is filled with celebration and not regret with these 10 fire safety tips, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

  1. Be sure fireworks are legal in your area before using or buying them.
  2. Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities and never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. Sparklers alone account for one quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.
  3. If you set off fireworks, keep a bucket of water handy in case of malfunction or fire.
  4. If fireworks malfunction, don’t relight them! Douse and soak them with water then throw them away.
  5. Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially one that is glass or metal.
  6. Use your grill well away from your home and deck railings, and out from under branches or overhangs.
  7. Open your gas grill before lighting.
  8. Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below your gas or propane grill so it cannot be ignited.
  9. Declare a three-foot "kid and pet-free zone" around the grill to keep them safe.
  10. Avoid loose clothing that can catch fire when cooking on the grill.

You can find more information and tips on being fire safe this Fourth of July, by visiting www.usfa.fema.gov.



Posted by Frank Ferrell on July 2nd, 2016 12:11 PM
Watch our Client's space-saving design ideas give this drab 1960's Winter Park home a clean, contemporary style.


Posted by Frank Ferrell on January 9th, 2016 11:31 PM
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$240,000.00
7325 English Moss Lane

Orlando, FL 32807



Beds: 3 Rooms: 8
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 2036
Garage: 2 Built: 1976
 

Renovated 3/2, 2,036 sf pool home, .38-acre corner lot, winter park schools, living room, family room, florida room.
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Ferrell Realty, Inc.
4076283200
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Posted by Frank Ferrell on October 31st, 2015 1:34 PM
Posted by Frank Ferrell on October 25th, 2015 8:15 AM
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$275,000.00
234 Duncan Trail

Longwood, FL 32779



Beds: 4 Rooms: 9
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 2306
Garage: 2 Built: 1979
 

Wekiva Hills 4-Bed/2.5-Bath 2,306 SqFt home with stunning Planked Wood Vaulted Ceiling and exposed Wood Beams, 2-story fireplace rock wall and many other architecturally brilliant design features.
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4076283200
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Posted by Frank Ferrell on October 25th, 2015 8:06 AM
After a record-breaking summer of home sales and schools back in session, Orlando's housing market took its traditional August-to-September breather. Nevertheless, home sales in September were over 3 percent higher than in September 2014. 

Posted by Frank Ferrell on October 25th, 2015 7:51 AM
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$290,000.00
1264 Deer Lake Circle

Apopka, FL 32712



Beds: 4 Rooms: 9
Full Baths: 3 Sq. Ft.: 2328
Garage: 2 Built: 1989
 

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4076283200
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Posted by Frank Ferrell on September 5th, 2015 7:49 PM
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$175,000.00
616 VALENCIA PLACE CIR

Orlando, FL 32825



Beds: 3 Rooms: 6
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 1316
Garage: 2 Built: 1994
 

Renovated 3-Bed/2-Bath, 2-Car Garage home in Valencia Place in East Orlando.
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Frank Ferrell
Ferrell Realty, Inc.
4076283200
www.ferrellrealtyinc.com



 
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