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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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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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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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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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Posted by Frank Ferrell on September 1st, 2015 8:41 PM
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$375,300.00
1854 GRINNELL TER

Winter Park, FL 32789



Beds: 4 Rooms: 7
Full Baths: 1 Sq. Ft.: 1556
Garage: 1 Built: 1955
 

For Sale: 4/1.5, 1556 sq.ft. home on 88 x 125 1/4-acre lot in the heart of Winter Park adjacent to Windsong.
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Posted by Frank Ferrell on August 25th, 2015 5:57 PM
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$249,000.00
333 Cambridge Boulevard

Winter Park, FL 32789



Beds: 3 Rooms: 7
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 1651
Garage: 2 Built: 1954
 

Winter Park Lake Killarney area, attractive 3/2 1,651 sg.ft. updated split-plan home on a quiet dead-end street.
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Posted by Frank Ferrell on August 18th, 2015 6:00 AM
Posted by Frank Ferrell on July 29th, 2015 6:08 AM

Renovating your kitchen can mean serious profit when selling your home. Even small, basic improvements to your kitchen can pay big dividends. For most buyers, the kitchen is the heart of the home. And that means it has the greatest profit potential. Here are a few suggestions for improving your kitchen without investing tens of thousands in remodeling costs.
In the short term, consider changing floors, cabinets, and fixtures. Consider sanding, staining, or painting dingy looking cabinets. Replacing old cabinet hardware (a low-cost improvement) can make a huge difference in appearance.

Look at your counter tops and other surface areas that draw the eye. Also, look at the kitchen sink and fixtures. If they’re old and worn, replacing them with contemporary fixtures and a new sink can make a world of difference…not just in aesthetics, but in hard dollars.

In some cases, spending $4,000 on a cosmetically outdated kitchen can add as much as $15,000 in extra value of the home. One of our Investor Clients recently purchased a single family home in East Orlando, making major improvements to the kitchen which included new cabinets, countertops, appliances, flooring and raising the ceiling. The photos below show the vast difference in the "before and after" appearance. Click here to view more photos of this outstanding kitchen makeover. 

There are a number of factors that go into determining how well your project will pay back. Payback value depends a lot on the current market conditions in your area. 
If the market is hot and homes are selling fast, you can expect a higher payback value than you would get in a slow market.

Another factor to consider is the cost of the improvements. If you can do the work yourself, you can save significantly on the cost of the project and greatly improve the chances of getting a good return on the investment.

Posted by Frank Ferrell on July 16th, 2015 5:13 PM
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$325,000.00
1101 S. Chickasaw Trail

Orlando, FL 32825



Beds: 3 Rooms: 7
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 1958
Garage: 2 Built: 1963
 

FOR SALE $325000 CUSTOM BUILT 3/2, 1,958 SF HOME ON 1.6 ACRES LOT WITH 225 FEET ON CHICKASAW TRAIL.
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Posted by Frank Ferrell on July 12th, 2015 11:28 PM

Paper house in green grass over blue sky. Concept of constructioIt’s almost summer! With the weather getting better outside, maybe it’s time to start making a list of weekend projects to complete. While you might not be able to tackle some of the hard, long-term projects -- kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, deck additions -- you can do some easy improvements that will make your house more appealing and functional. To help put the list together, here are some common weekend summer projects to consider:

#1 Repaint the interior and/or exterior

If your walls are starting to look chipped, cracked or particularly worn down, now is a good time to refresh them with a coat of paint. Look at the local home improvement store for neutral colors that will make your home easier to sell down the road. You can have one accent wall that’s brightly colored, but you run the risk of detracting from buyer appeal.

For your exterior, it’s probably best to stick with the original color -- unless it’s really unappealing. Then go with neutral colors as well. You should never have more than five major colors going on throughout your home interior and exterior.
Consult a painter if you need help deciding what best fits into your home color scheme.

#2 Remove debris from gutters

Now that it’s nice outside, you should start cleaning out your gutters. They’ve gathered a lot of debris from the fall and winter -- leaves, branches, dirt, etc. -- so get ahead of any rainfall. If they’re near a lot of tree branches, there’s a good chance they’ll gather more before summer is over. So get up on a ladder, use a rake or your hands, and start cleaning them out immediately. If you don’t, the gutters will clog up, which prevents moisture from draining through the downspouts and to the sidewalk. This could lead to potential siding and roof damage. Don’t wait!

#3 Power wash and seal the deck

If you have a deck, there’s a good chance it was worn down by the snow, ice and wind over the winter. To revitalize it for the spring and summer, remove all of the debris with a power washer. You can use a power washer yourself or hire a professional to do it for $200 to $400. Professionals have the experience to safely handle a power washer, and they can do it quickly too. Then you can reapply the sealer. It will shine anew under the sun and be ready for anything the climate throws at it in the months ahead.


Photo courtesy of CD Lawn Care in Baraga, MI


#4 Mulch garden beds

By applying a new layer of mulch in the summer, you can prevent weed growth and give your plants -- old or new -- some new nutrients. Mulch prevents weeds by keeping out oxygen and light. At the same time, it holds in soil’s moisture so that when you water, less evaporates into the air. Be sure to apply only 1-3 inches deep and give trunks or stems 3-5 inches of space so as not to deprive them of oxygen.

You can either invest in organic or inorganic mulch. Organic mulch includes leaves, grass clippings, tree bark pieces or hay/straw. It breaks down over time and adds nutrients to the soil. Inorganic mulch options include rocks, gravel or plastic pieces.


#5 Caulk or weather strip around doors and windows

To keep your home’s indoor temperature consistent and prevent any pests from getting in, think about recaulking or weather stripping your doors and windows. There’s a chance that, over time, the caulk or original weather stripping around these areas has broken down from inclement weather or repeated use. If you don’t do it now, your A/C will turn on more often because air is escaping through leaks around the windows and doors. This is a good preventative measure that pays back in the winter with your heating system too. Recaulking your windows, in particular, also prevents rot and mildew growth.

#6 Clean out the HVAC

Now is a good time to clean out your HVAC system before you start using your central A/C a lot. You need to clean out your A/C unit, including the filter and any components that might have debris or dust buildup. If you have an A/C unit separate from your heating system, then consult your manual for how to clean out the system. This includes parts like the:

Condenser coil

Fan motor
Compressor
Blower compartments (might need a pro’s help)

For those who have an outdoor A/C unit, you need to think about any preventative measures for debris buildup. You don’t want to spend hundreds on A/C repair because you didn’t perform the proper maintenance.


These are only some of the projects you might consider pursuing on the weekends. If you have other areas of your house that need work -- the kitchen, bathroom, den, bedroom or backyard area, for example -- then tend to those areas. What you focus on depends on what’s been hit the hardest over time and how much money you want to spend.

This blog was contributed by HomeAdvisor. Posted on Jun 16 2015 by Andrea Davis.

Posted by Frank Ferrell on June 27th, 2015 7:45 AM
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$145,000.00
654 Lake Villas Drive

Altamonte Springs, FL 32701



Beds: 3 Rooms: 7
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 1894
Garage: 0 Built: 1974
 

FOR SALE $145,000 ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, 3/2.5, 1894 SF, BEAUTIFUL LAKE ACCESS/VIEW END UNIT TOWNHOME IN MOVE-IN-READY CONDITION. MAINTENANCE-FREE LIVING.
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Posted by Frank Ferrell on June 24th, 2015 6:23 AM
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$0.00
104 Northwood Drive

Longwood, FL 32779



Beds: 3 Rooms: 6
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 1497
Garage: 2 Built: 1979
 

FOR RENT $1,450: Desirable Longwood/ Lk. Brantley/ Wekiva Area!! This comfortable 3-Bed/2-Bath, 1,500 Sq.Ft. attached home offers you plenty.
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Posted by Frank Ferrell on June 20th, 2015 10:55 AM

Orlando’s housing market is riding its traditional summertime wave of home sales — fueled in part by both low interest rates and more inventory — and posted positive numbers for the month of May. Sales of existing homes increased 10 percent while the median price also increased 10 percent when compared to May of 2014, reports the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association.


Posted by Frank Ferrell on June 17th, 2015 6:57 AM
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