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Orlando Real Estate  Patty Redlich                      ~ Over 1,500 Homes Sold. Will Yours Be Next? ~                 Sandi Strickland                                                                                                                                            Buyers - Free MLS Search and Area InformationSellers - Free Home Value Report and Marketing ProposalPlease Visit Our WebsiteWelcomeToOrlando.net  Or call us Toll Free 866-390-9191 Are you in the market for a home for sale? Or are you looking for a real estate agent to help you sell your home? Well two agents are better than one! We have sold over 1,500 homes in Florida. Will yours be next? Central Florida - Orlando real estate and relocation is our specialty. If you're looking for homes for sale or have a property to...
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By Teri Isner, GRI, CRS, CIPS
(Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes)
This condo resort is located on the southeast corner of International Dr. and Central Florida Parkway.  Close to SeaWorld and minutes from the other parks it will feature 3 Buildings and 3 Floorplans.  This is being built in an area zoned for short term rentals.How to buy in Bella Casa, you can call us for details but here are just a few..2 resort pools24 hour business center24 hour fitness centeronsite managementreserved parkingmaid servicemediterrranean stlyesmarble and graniteGE appliancespenthouse units$10,000 deposit which is fully refundable.At contract signing 10% of purchase price is due minus the initial $10,000 deposit.Another 10% at start of construction and the balance at closing. 
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By Jeannene Edwards
(Home Staging by Interiors Defined, Inc.)
I was giving a Home Staging presentation to a group of Realtors here in Florida last week when someone brought up the question. . .   Should Home Stagers be allowed to leave their cards or put up a sign in the houses that they have staged? There were fifteen Realtors . . . and about the same amount of strong opinions, both FOR and AGAINST. Some felt that because it improved the home so much it would be an asset, sending the message to the prospective buyer that the seller cared enough to "go the extra mile" to show the home to its best advantage.On the flip side of that coin you had Realtors who felt equally as strong against any advertisement that the home had been staged.  They felt that their prospective buyer would feel that the seller was trying to hide something . . . trick them ....
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By Jeannene Edwards
(Home Staging by Interiors Defined, Inc.)
As a new member of Active Rain I began blog browsing to see who the "Top Guns" of posting were.  Not surprising to you veterans I'm sure, I came across several great articles written by, it seems, one of the blogging gurus Craig Schiller (Real Estaging).  While I found many of his blogs both entertaining and informative, (a great combination by anyones standards), the one that jumped off the page for me was his blog informing interior designers that they were not home stagers.  I loved it . . . though am sure that a lot of my fellow designers did NOT.  There is a BIG difference  though, between the two.  Craig, you're right on!I'm proud to say that I am a licensed Interior Designer, and have been since God was a boy.  I prefer to think of myself as seasoned,  or vintage . . . an expert ...
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Orlando Real Estate   Patty Redlich                      ~ Over 1,500 Homes Sold. Will Yours Be Next? ~                 Sandi Strickland                                                                                                                                            Are you in the market for an Orlando home for sale? Or are you looking for an Orlando real estate agent to sell your home?Well two agents are better than one!We are Orlando real estate specialists and have sold over 1,500 homes in Florida. Will yours be next?Buyers - Free MLS Search and Area InformationSellers - Free Home Value Report and Marketing ProposalPlease Visit Our WebsiteWelcomeToOrlando.net Or call us Toll Free 866-390-9191Orlando Fl  Home For SaleIf you have a house to sell, or need Realtors to help with ...
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By Teri Isner, GRI, CRS, CIPS
(Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes)
Orange Tree is a gated golf course community in the prestigious Dr. Phillips community.  Close to the Dr. Phillips highly rated schools this community features a private golf club.  Homes on and off the course have some incredible views.There is a clubhouse with pool and tennis courts not to mention lots of activities for families living in the Orange Tree community.Single family and townhomes as well as the St. Ives Estate section offer a variety of price ranges starting in the $300K range and up.If golfcourse living is right up your alley check out all the opportunities available in Orange Tree. 
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By Jason Price, The Mortgage Rider
(Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650))
Localism was developed for us all to share the wonderfulness of our local markets.  We are supposed to provide knowledge about the region in which we service.  Well, part of the knowledge is alerting people to some of the bad things within the area.So with that being said, I am going to post the first bad business review to warn people about doing business with a company.  That company is Massey Cadillac and SAAB of Orlando's Body Shop.  Please do not confuse this with the dealership itself or their service department.  The Body Shop is independently operated from the dealership and not really connected other than by name.I got into an accident last year where I had to have my left rear door completely replaced.  Sounds simple, right?  Wrong.  After the door was replaced, the door start...
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By Kimberly Dolson
(Signature GMAC Real Estate)
Gone are the days when homes barely lasted a day in the Orlando real estate market before being bid on multiple times and closing at or above the asking price.  With the overstock of inventory available today, buyer's have more choices and less pressure in the home buying process.  Where does that leave the seller?  Ask any seller whose house has been on the market for 6 months to a year how bad the housing market is, and they'll tell you.  But, in fact, home sales for 2006 in Orlando were the second highest ever.  So why hasn't your home sold?In a buyer's market, a motivated seller has an obligation to work towards the sale of his or her home.  It would make sense, right?  Right.  With more and more options available to buyers, you can't afford to not be proactive in getting your home ...
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By Ray Acevedo
(Keller Williams Homestead Realty)
1,330 sq. ft., 2 bath, 4 bdrm single story - MLS® $229,000 - Priced to Sell Goldenrod, Orange County
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By Netta Blackwood, REO/BPO Expert
(La Rosa Realty)
Well, you might just have to ask the Orlando-base Attorney Joyce Savage Gaston, who launches her new radio show today here in Central Florida.  Gaston hopes to discuss the latest issues in real estate and taking calls from listeners.The show premier today from 11:00 A.M. to noon.  The show's first guest was one of the past president of the Orlando Regional Realtor Association, Beverly Pindling.Gaston believes that many people are interested in the facts on real estate and that they want to know if it's time to invest or just buy their own home.  She pointed that some just truly need some sound advice which she believe that her show 'Real Estate Truth, with Joyce Savage Gaston,' can offer to her listeners.Gaston feels that her show will offer an avenue for many to have many their questio...
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By Teri Isner, GRI, CRS, CIPS
(Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes)
 The Commercial Association of Realtors will hold its third annual Real Estate Outlook on Jan. 24th from 8-11 am at the ballroom on Church Street.  The cost will be $25 or $190 for a table of eight.  This will include full breakfast and features Kenneth Riggs Jr. of the Real Estate REsearch Corp. as the Keynote speaker.  Register by phone at 407-774-0207 ext. 103.     Another commericial course on the Development Fundamentals for Commerical Real Estate 101 will be offered by the National association of Industrial and Office Properties on March 13-14 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate.  Designed for entry level real estate professionals involved in commercial real estate development.  Cost $695 for non members.  You can register online at www.naiop.org.
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By Teri Isner, GRI, CRS, CIPS
(Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes)
Orlando residents will have heard that the sports center will be named the Amway Arena.  At a cost of a mere $375,000.  The arena is home to the Orlando Magic and Orlando Predators, sporting and entertainment events.  So what's in a name? The name can generate millions from rental space revenues to space for ads within the building and drops straight to the bottom line.  It has been done for ages look at Times Square or the Wrigley Field.  It appears that stadium naming rights has grown to be a 4 Billion dollar market alone.The cost depends on several factors.  Exposure to road ways, building size, city sign ordinances and just how well the building stands out.  It is now even part of the negotiating that if naming rights are not included a deal not happen.  What else makes the dollars ...
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By Teri Isner, GRI, CRS, CIPS
(Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes)
If you are moving, or need to spring clean and have items such as clothing, shoes, accessories, bedding, drapes and curtains, housewares, toys and games, tools, working tvs, radios and other small appliances in good condition you no longer need please think of for Kids sake foundation.This is a foundation that is federally and state registered as a charity that supports Big Brothers/Big Sisters agencies throughout Florida.  FKSF is non profit, will collect your items and sell them to local thrift stores to the benefit of Big Brothers and Sisters.Receits are available, and you can drop off large furniture too at the store on 8901 West Colonial Drive Ocoee, Florida 34761 or 7001 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, Fl 32809You can schedule a donation pickup online at www.fksfl.com or call...
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By Jason Price, The Mortgage Rider
(Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650))
It is only 55 days until the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard (formerly known as the Bay Hill Invitational present by MasterCard) will tee off.  This week long event is set to begin on Monday, March 12 and carry through to the 18th.(Yes, it is the new logo for the tournament)There is a great history surrounding this event that date back to 1966, when the Florida Citrus Open was help a Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando, FL.  It was not until Palmer took up residence at Bay Hill that the tournament moved to is current course.  Over the years, the course has seen some of the greatest moments in golf history.In 1990, the course was lengthened to be an official 72 par course.  Since then, the course has been dominated by today's long game players.  The most notable of all i...
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By Taiane de Gregorio
(Sunvest Communities USA)
There is a huge difference between a house and a home:A house can be a place to eat, sleep, park your car and place all your stuff. It's a material possession and an investment.A home is where you fell comfortable, safe and protected. A home is where you live!A house is something that you buy logically.A home is an emotional purchase.When you buy real estate you have to balance your emotional wants and your logical needs, because there will certainly be a time when the two conflict.When viewing a house most people look at it emotionally and envision it as a safe, happy and comfortable home. Later when making an offer or filling out a mortgage application, your logic may begin to kick in instead. That's when buyer's remorse may come up.The trick in buying real estate is to view all decis...
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By Taiane de Gregorio
(Sunvest Communities USA)
No Major Purchase of Any KindReview the article titled, "Dont buy a car," and apply it to any major purchase that would create debt of any kind. This includes furniture, appliances, electronic equipment, jewelry, vacations and expensive weddings .Don't Move Money AroundWhen a lender reviews your loan package for approval, one of the things they are concerned about is the source of funds for your down payment and closing costs. Most likely, you will be asked to provide statements for the last two or three months on any of your liquid assets. This includes checking accounts, savings accounts, money market funds, certificates of deposit, stock statements, mutual funds, and even your company 401K and retirement accounts.If you have been moving money between accounts during that time, there ...
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By Netta Blackwood, REO/BPO Expert
(La Rosa Realty)
In an article in today Sentinel, it was reported that FLIR Systems Inc.'s of Orlando landed a share of the work related to a new $26.4 million contract to build sensor equipment for an army reconnaissance helicopter.FLIR which is based in Portland, OR received the contract from Bell Helicopter, the prime contractor on the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Program.FLIR Systems which makes imaging systems including infrared imaging cameras, aerial broadcast cameras and machine vision equipment for military, commercial, public safety and other applications.The fact that Orlando has received this $26.4 million contract will means a boost in the economy, job stability and hopefully a boom to the housing market.
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By Jason Price, The Mortgage Rider
(Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650))
Yesterday afternoon, Marc and I had a strong urge to hit the course (need to release some aggravation.)  Marc and I were to meet a referral source in Orlando, but due to unusual circumstances the meeting was cancelled.  I did some homework and found a course that bumped their twilight rates to 2PM.  ($20/person/round... not bad considering we were thinking of getting an early round in that would have cost over $50/person/round.)Well, we ended up getting to the course 1 hour late... really bad accident on I-4.  All lanes blocked, life rescue helicopter brought, that kind of bad accident.  Well, we finally got to the course and started play.  We were excited to get on a real 72 par course after our little tournament the other week on the par 3 course (Please see law #2).  Before we even g...
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By Edward Torres
(ERA Select International)
As you look at my website you may wonder why I offer services to For Sale By Owners? Basically by assisting For Sale By Owner clients I can help maintain property values in the area. I try to assist with helping determine the appropriate price for the properties to prevent clients from unknowingly price it too low. This maintains the communities values and protects my current clients comparable listings. What other services do I offer FSBO's? Here is a quick overview: Asistance with marketing, flyer's , a FREE website, a FREE report on selling privately, a discount in closing costs, pre-approval for buyer's looking at their home, disclosure forms and a helping hand. I know what the next question is! What's in it for you? The first thing is that if the FSBO decides to list their home wit...
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By Edward Torres
(ERA Select International)
Many clients are asking about the status of the Orlando market. Well, basically it depends on who you talk to, some economists would like you to believe things are Ok.  Talk to your neighbors, co-workers and friends and the snapshot of the market is clear, it is a "BUYERS" market. Talk to your local Realtors and they are feeling the squeeze of the market shift.  Don't get me wrong I don't want to create a level of despair, but clearly the facts are the facts. Currently the inventory in metro Orlando is hovering close to 20,000 active listings, with approximately 2,500 closings per month, that relates to about 10 months worth of inventory. The other factor is that home prices are relatively staying level. The median sales price isn't a true snapshot of the current market, because seller ...
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