Central Florida Real Estate~The Good, the Bad & The Ugly by LaShawn Norden, REALTOR

Real Estate Agent - Keller Williams Heritage Realty
As a 35 year Seminole County Native, I provide Real Estate services to those in Lake Mary, Sanford, Winter Springs, Altamonte, Longwood, Casselberry and Oviedo. Experienced in marketing & selling homes ranging from $100K to over $2M and in assisting Buyers to find a home that meets their personal and financial needs. Accredited Luxury Home Specialist & a Certified Distressed Property Expert with ample experience with distressed property purchases & sales!
  If you are a Buyer planning to purchase a home, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be required to give an “escrow” deposit when you and the Seller come to a written agreement and the property is “under contract.”   In Central Florida, an “escrow” deposit is synonymous with an “earnest money” d...
  In June 2010, the Florida Association of Realtors and the Florida Bar approved and released a new “AS IS” Residential Contract For Sale and Purchase.   The new contract was expanded to ten pages and there were several changes that may surprise Buyers who are purchasing a home in Florida if not...
In today’s real estate market, it’s not unusual for many of the homes a Buyer sees to be vacant or seemingly “abandoned” by the Seller.   While a Buyer might like the idea of purchasing a home that’s not occupied, it might be worthwhile to verify the status of any required Home Owner Association...
In the past 30 days, owners of residential property in Seminole County , Florida began receiving their tax bill.    Since many of the purchases this year were made by First Time Home Buyers, I thought it might be helpful to explain how property taxes in Seminole County are calculated.   On the t...
  Ok, so maybe I’m exaggerating.    As a listing agent in Central Florida, the real estate market has forced those who are serious about their business to tackle the sale of short sales. With that task, we are faced with listing homes that have their mortgage held or serviced by Bank of America (...
  Buyers purchasing a short sale that is owned or serviced by Bank of America (BOA) should be aware that they have recently started using “interval pricing” when it comes to determining value.   Simply put, when a Seller of a property that is under contract for a short sale has their loan held by...
Many Buyers in today's real estate market are asking for the Seller to pay a portion (or all) of their allowable closing costs, pre-paid items (such as homeowner's insurance) and other loan related fees. If purchasing a property that is being sold as a short sale, the Buyer is ultimately asking t...
With the increase of the number of short sales on the market today in Central Florida, many buyers are finding these homes unoccupied with no utilities on. In most cases, the sellers have vacated the property and discontinued power and water/sewer services in an attempt to save money on a home th...
This past week, I've shown more than 50 Central Florida properties to a multitude of Buyers. While most of the Buyers I am working with are first-time purchasers, they are savvy, educated and well prepared. Thankfully, most of the properties I showed this past week were either vacant or owner-occ...
It's hard to believe that a few short years ago, I wrote a similar article...only at that time, the point of the piece was to inform sellers and my past clients that they should contact their homeowner's insurance company to make sure that their home had ENOUGH coverage. In the mid 2000's, proper...

LaShawn Norden

REALTOR, (321) 377-0157, Your Real Estate Advocate in Central FL
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Selling or purchasing a home can be exciting and scary at the same time! The goal of my blog is to educate Central Florida Buyers & Sellers about the Good, the Bad & the Ugly things that can happen in a real estate transaction! As an advocate for consumers in Orange, Seminole and Volusia County, I especially enjoy working with first-time home buyers, relocation buyers, sellers of distressed property and luxury home sellers. Native to Central Florida, I'd welcome the opportunity to be your advocate too!

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