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Posted by Frank Ferrell on January 13th, 2018 9:01 PM

This week much of the Southeast is expected to experience freezing temperatures, which can cause severe damage to lawns, trees and shrubs. Below are a few tips to take when a freeze is in the forecast:

1.  Irrigate before a frost or freeze to ensure there is proper moisture in the soil root zone, however make sure irrigation is stopped early enough to allow time for leaves to dry to avoid ice forming on them.

2.  Cover cold-sensitive plants with blankets or boxes, but not plastic. Be sure to remove the covering as soon as the temperatures begin to warm up.

3.  Do not mow turf that is frozen, and keep the lawn mowed high. This can reduce cold injury in two ways. First, it will promote a deeper root system that will provide greater stress tolerance. Second, it will create a warmer micro-environment within the lawn.

4.  Avoid foot traffic and vehicular traffic on frozen turf, as it can increase damage.

For more information, visit our preferred lawn service provider Massey Services Freeze Information Page.

Posted by Frank Ferrell on January 2nd, 2018 11:52 PM

May the coming year bring more happiness to you than last year! Let your New Year's happiness begin by following the safety tips below . . .

Whether you plan to ring in 2018 with a New Year’s Eve celebration in an intimate setting or at a public event, please be mindful of these tips so you can enjoy the revelry safely and securely.

1. Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately, if you plan to attend an outdoor public event.

2. Charge your cell phone before leaving home or in the car so that you can stay in touch should you lose contact with family or friends in your travel circle.

3. Take precautions when traveling: never accept packages from strangers or leave luggage unattended.

4. Be aware of your surroundings, especially amid large crowds. Take note of emergency exits and staircases, and any fire extinguishers or safety equipment in buildings or public venues such as hotels or nightclubs. Stay close to your friends and family members.

5. If You See Something, Say Something. Report any unusual behavior to law enforcement or security personnel at public settings. Leave an area if you feel uncomfortable.

6. Be fireworks friendly by attending a professional show. If you choose to use fireworks at home, check to see that they are legal in your community and use them outdoors only with adult supervision. Keep water on hand in case of an accidental fire.

7. Consider alternate routes, if you are driving in the vicinity of a large-scale public event as streets may be blocked off for festivities.

8. Assign a designated driver or travel to and from destinations by a taxi service. If you decide to drive, be aware of DUI checkpoints and other drivers who may be under the influence of alcohol.

9. Check the schedules of public transit beforehand to ensure you are not stranded.

10. Remind guests to plan ahead to ensure they have a safe way home, if you’re the party host. Provide non-alcoholic beverages on your menu to have options for everyone.

11. Protect your pets from loud noises by keeping them confined and comfortable during the evening.

12. Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensure that they work at optimal level, especially if you plan to cook, burn candles, light your fireplace or if you live in a complex with others who also may be hosting a party.

Ferrell Realty wishes you a safe, secure and Happy New Year!
Posted in:New Year and tagged: Happy New Year 2018
Posted by Frank Ferrell on December 31st, 2017 5:01 PM

Many homes will be filled with family, friends, and loved ones tomorrow. Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings us together and makes us stop and count our blessings. As you prepare your feast and your home for the holiday keep these safety tips in mind.

T – Thawing your turkey on the counter is not a good idea. Plan ahead to allow plenty of time for it to thaw in the refrigerator below 40 degrees.

U- Under no circumstances should you fry a turkey indoors. Frying turkey has become an extremely popular trend and for good reason – it’s delicious! Just use caution when you do, outdoors for frying turkeys is the way to go.

R- Remember to clean cooking surfaces regularly. With so many ingredients crossing over your countertop it’s easy to forget to wipe them down. Have spray or wipes on hand that kill germs and clean the countertop frequently when preparing your holiday meal.

K- Keep the kids and pets away from hot surfaces. The kitchen is a busy and popular place during Thanksgiving. It’s easy for little hands or paws to get burned. Ask a family member or guest to keep them entertained and away from hot surfaces while you cook.

E- Ensure the inner temperature of your turkey reaches 165 degrees. Raw turkey is not something anyone wants on the menu. We all want to have the perfect bird even if it’s a little overcooked that’s better than undercooked!

Y- Your smoke detectors need to be in working order. If you didn’t just test them when we rolled our clocks back be sure to do it before you start cooking for the holiday.

Republished Article Original Source: By A.S. Davidsen, published on November 22, 2017.
Posted in:Thanksgiving
Posted by Frank Ferrell on November 22nd, 2017 12:17 PM

With aggressive marketing that began prior to going on the market, we sold this home for over market price! If you’re looking to sell your home for Top Dollar, choose a real estate company proven to do it.  Give us a call!

Posted by Frank Ferrell on November 13th, 2017 10:33 AM

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Posted by Frank Ferrell on October 24th, 2017 9:26 PM

Shared Article. Originally published by Mady Dahlstrom, on November 3, 2016. Web Reference:

Updating your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune. From a fresh coat of paint to new light fixtures and decor, there are many easy interior and exterior home upgrades you can successfully achieve on a budget. Whether you hire a professional to do the work for you or take on the task of updating your home on your own, you can give your space a mini makeover without breaking the bank.

Scroll on to see a few easy budget-friendly upgrades for every room in your home.

1. Add new color

A bold accent wall in your bathroom or a clean, white coat of paint on your kitchen walls will instantly give your home a new look. Don’t be afraid to mix in a pop of color or go for a darker shade of blue or purple, especially in the winter season.


2. Install fresh fixtures

Updating your lighting is a thrifty way to breathe new life into a room. Switch out the ceiling fixture above your dining room table or install new hanging pendant lights in your kitchen. There are many affordable light fixtures you can purchase or you can upcycle an antique for a modern vibe.

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3. Replace old hardware

Updating knobs, pulls, rods and handles is a simple upgrade that will make any room feel less dated. Make sure your home’s hardware matches or coordinates throughout each room for a cohesive look. Some hardware you can buy for cheap and easily install on your own, while others may require the help of a professional.


4. Caulk your bathroom

Discolored caulk can make your bathroom appear dirty. Give your whole bathroom a facelift by applying new caulk to the tub, shower walls or sink. This little project won’t break the bank and can have a big impact on the appearance of your bathroom.


5. Revive your deck

You can refinish your deck in just a few simple steps. Wash off leaves and dirt with a hose or pressure washer, scrub the wood and boards with a cleaning solution, rinse, dry, and stain with a new finish. Depending on the size of your deck, you can complete this project for under $100 or hire a professional to do it for you.


6. Add a new backsplash

A new kitchen or bathroom backsplash can add style and character to your home. Brighten up a space with a multicolored backsplash or choose a subway tile pattern for a classic charm. You can install the backsplash on your own, switch out your current backsplash with a mirror, purchase peel and stick tile or get it installed by a professional.


7. Install a bathroom exhaust fan

Is moisture, humidity, and bad odors filling your bathroom? Update your bathroom vent fan to limit mold and noise, while ultimately improving the function and appearance of your space.


8. Accessorize

One of the easiest ways to upgrade your home is by accessorizing with decorative touches. Candles, vases of fresh flowers, wall mirrors, picture frames, a welcome mat and throw pillows are just a few ideas that will spruce up your space for very little cash.


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Original Source: By Mady Dahlstrom, published on November 3, 2016
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Posted by Frank Ferrell on September 14th, 2017 10:32 AM

We are proud to present 2913 Harrison Avenue. Exquisitely appointed and thoughtfully designed, this 4-bed / 3.5-bath home features over 3,100 square feet of exceptionally well-planned living space that will take your breath away. Visit our Open House on Saturday, Sept. 2nd 11-3 and Sunday, Sept. 3rd 2-5.

Posted by Frank Ferrell on September 2nd, 2017 2:22 AM
2308 Oberlin Avenue featuring this magnificent 20x17 Owner's Suite w/double-door entry, trey ceiling, balcony overlooking great room, private rear patio & balcony; and Bath boasting garden jetted tub, dual vanities, separate shower w/body sprayers, private toilet, generous walk-in closet.

Posted in:Open House and tagged: 2308 oberlin avenue
Posted by Frank Ferrell on August 5th, 2017 8:50 PM

Tiles play an important role in interior design, setting the look and feel of the house. Tiles are used to create the desired ambience and can be used innovatively. Aesthetically, tiles can help create a unique look offering significant creative scope in design. Designers are now getting extravagant with mesmerizing aesthetic prints inspired by nature, fabrics and cultural cues to accent the home interiors.


Posted by Frank Ferrell on July 29th, 2017 6:34 PM
View more photos and details at 2308 Oberlin Avenue.

Posted by Frank Ferrell on July 26th, 2017 6:51 PM
Posted by Frank Ferrell on July 3rd, 2017 7:58 AM
Posted in:Infographic and tagged: Buying a condo
Posted by Frank Ferrell on May 31st, 2017 12:06 AM

1. Explain to your kids what Memorial Day is really about. First celebrated in 1868 when a Union general declared May 30 as the day to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers, after World War I Memorial Day became a holiday to honor Americans who died fighting in any war. In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared the last Monday of May as a federal holiday to honor the men and women who died while serving in any branch of the armed forces in all wars. (Veterans Day in November is when we honor all who have served in the military.) Kids can read more about the holiday on Time for Kids.

2. Read kids' books about the holiday together. Beyond understanding the facts of Memorial Day, kids can better understand its meaning by reading stories. Two great kids' books about the holiday are The Wall by Eve Bunting and Memorial Day Surprise by Theresa Golding. In The Wall, a young boy and his father travel to Washington, D.C. to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to find Grandpa's name. In Memorial Day Surprise, a mom tells her son that there is a "big surprise" at the Memorial Day parade, which turns out to be his grandfather, a veteran, being applauded as a hero at the end of the procession.

3. Make patriotic crafts to decorate your home or take to local celebrations. Have your children help you deck your front door with a Stately Striped Wreath made of tulle and sparking star garland, and beckon revelers with A Star-Spangled Yard with white flour stencils. Or, turn an empty coffee can into a red, white, and blue Mini Marching Drum fit for a parade and top things off Hats Off to America caps made of red plastic cups.

4. Make an Americana-themed dessert with the kiddos' help. Add patriotism to your usual backyard barbecue by creating a special dish together. Assemble a batch of Sweet & Salty Sparklers by covering pretzel rods with white chocolate and red and blue sprinkles and M&Ms, layer red and blue gelatin with whipped cream for a Star-Spangled Parfait, or bake some Fireworks Cookies by topping your sugar cookies with white frosting, blue sugar and strawberry PopRocks.

5. Teach kids how to fly the flag. As an important symbol of our country, kids should understand the significance of flying the flag. Explain that you'll fly the flag at half-mast, a position reserved for when the country is in mourning, until noon, before raising it to full mast for the remainder of Memorial Day. Practice saying the Pledge of Allegiance with your kids and talk about what the words really mean. You can also teach older children how to fold the flag properly.

6. Attend a parade or another community event. Most cities and towns have a Memorial Day parade, which you can find out about in local news or on You can also watch the National Memorial Day Parade, which begins at 2 p.m. in Washington, D.C., on television (REELZ network) or live-streamed on Whatever parade you watch, teach your kids to stand and clap when veterans march past. Check your local news for ceremonies, runs, and other events you can attend to honor the holiday as well.

7. Visit a war memorial or veteran's cemetery in your town. Have your kids help you pick out flowers or make a wreath that you as a family can leave there in honor of the soldiers who died fighting for our country.

8. Make a trip to the veteran's hospital or a Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Though Memorial Day is about soldiers who died in war, veterans who may have lost fellow soldiers in service will appreciate being in your thoughts. Take your kids to meet and visit with military veterans at a local veteran's hospital or VFW post. Bring them cookies or donate books or movies to their library—or have your children prepare a song to sing for them like "America the Beautiful" or the "Star-Spangled Banner."

9. Participate in the VFW's Buddy Poppy program. Each year for almost 100 years, disabled, hospitalized and aging veterans make red paper flowers called the Buddy Poppy and ship them to VFW posts for community distribution to encourage donations to the organization. The VFW pays the veterans for their work making the flowers, and donation proceeds are used for veterans welfare or survivors' benefits. Contact your local VFW to find out how you and your kids can participate in the Buddy Poppy program in your area.

10. Send a care package to soldiers. Military personnel currently serving in the armed forces will also appreciate your thoughts on Memorial Day. Kids can write a letter thanking them for their service, send them a handmade craft, or ship supplies or comfort items through an organization like Operation Gratitude.

11. Invite a military family over for the day. Do you know of a family who has a mother or father (or son or daughter, brother or sister) serving overseas? Invite them over to your barbecue and and celebrate Memorial Day with those who are connected first-hand to soldiers who risk their lives in service of our country.

12. Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance. In addition to the President or Vice President laying a wreath on soldiers' graves in Arlington National Cemetery each Memorial Day, POTUS also issues a Presidential Proclamation - Prayer for Peace on the annual holiday and calls for a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time. Read the prayer for peace online with your children and come up with ideas for how you can honor the moment for fallen soldiers with the rest of the country. Light a candle, sing a song, or salute the flag? Let their imaginations be your guide!

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Posted in:National Holiday and tagged: Memorial Day
Posted by Frank Ferrell on May 27th, 2017 10:39 AM
Posted by Frank Ferrell on April 17th, 2017 9:58 AM

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.

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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


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