Most homeowners take pride in their home and are emotionally invested in it. Whether it be the amount of money and energy spent in its repair or the many memories that a home holds, it's extremely difficult for any homeowner to remain objective when it comes to pricing. This is why it's important to work with a local real estate agent who understands the market. Agents will review many different aspects of a home and the market to determine pricing. Here are a few factors that affect home prices in Florida. Home Style & Size Naturally, the features of a ...
Factors that Affect Home Prices in Florida
March 22, 2018
Researching a Florida Home Using Public Records
March 15, 2018
The modern home buyer values information. Luckily, with the advancement of technology, researching a Florida home using public records is easier than ever. Here are a few online resources that you can turn to for your research efforts. County Records When researching a Florida home using public records, start with the Registry of Deeds. Paperwork related to all real estate is recorded in the county Registry of Deeds. Many counties scan their records and provide an online searching mechanism. First, determine which county a property is located in. Then, search for that county's registry of deeds website online. Next, find the link on the ...
3 Design Mistakes to Avoid if You Plan to Sell Your Florida Home
March 9, 2018
There are certain home design features that can make it more difficult for you to sell your home. Some features may deter buyers or minimize buyer appeal. Here are design mistakes to avoid if you plan to sell your Florida home. 1. Wall Paper Wall paper is back in style, but that doesn't mean it's good for home values. Wallpaper tends to be a very personalized selection, so potential buyers will either love or hate it. Most buyers look at wallpaper and think about how difficult it will be to replace. For that reason, it's often a mistake to use wallpaper instead of ...
Apopka Florida First-Time Home Buyer Tips
February 23, 2018
It's easy to make mistakes as a first-time home buyer. Quite frankly, you don't know what you don't know! Unlike repeat buyers, you don't have past experience to pull from. So, you likely get lots of advice from many difference sources, some of which may be conflicting. We thought it might be helpful to provide some Apopka Florida first time home buyer tips to help you get started. 1. Obtain a Pre-approval We encounter many buyers who want to start seeing homes but don't actually know what they can afford. This can be a big mistake. It can be heartbreaking ...
Florida Remodeling and Return on Investment
February 16, 2018
Remodeling your home can be a great way to adapt it to your current needs and avoid buying a new home. Although a remodeling project should be tailored to your specific requirements, it's also important to keep in mind how it may be perceived by future buyers. After all, your goal should be to increase your home's value. Here are a few things to keep in mind regarding Florida remodeling and return on investment. Project Scale Matters Any renovation can be completed at different scales. A kitchen, for instance, can cost from $10,000 to $100,000. Scale can be important. In some ...
4 Ways to Prepare Your Apopka Florida Home for Sale
February 12, 2018
Spring is quickly approaching, which means that more listings will be coming on the market. If you're one of the many people who intend to sell, what should you be doing now? Here are a few ways to prepare your Apopka Florida home for sale this Spring. Complete Repairs All homeowners have a list of repairs and projects that they've been procrastinating on. One of the most important ways to prepare your Apopka Florida home for sale this spring is to tackle that list. Don't wait for the last minute. Focus first on things that are actually broken. Leaking pipes, peeling ...
Strong Florida Housing Market Predicted for 2018
February 5, 2018
Realtor.com recently published a list of 10 states predicted to have strong housing markets in 2018. Florida was #3 on that list. This is encouraging news for those who weren't quite sure what to expect in Florida. For those who live and work in the state, this news is no surprise. Florida has always been a strong real estate market. Here's a look at some of the main reasons why the Florida housing market remains strong. Warm Weather With most of the country experiencing frigid temperatures this winter, there is great appeal to warmer climates. When you think of warm ...
Importance of Location in Florida Real Estate
January 25, 2018
You've long heard the saying that real estate is about location, location, location. Does this still hold true in the ever-changing market? Do buyers value location above all else? How has the importance of location in Florida real estate changed, and why? Why Location Matters So Much Why has location always been so critical in the first place? It primarily has to do with neighborhood characteristics, schools, and local resources. Neighborhoods are valued based on the types of homes within them, how well kept those homes are, the types of residents they attract, crime statistics, etc. School programs and test scores are ...
Preparing for Income Taxes – Florida Homeowner Tips
January 19, 2018
You’ve probably heard a lot about tax reform and the bill that was signed by the President. Those changes apply to the 2018 tax year, which you will file next January. For this January-April, you will be filing 2017 taxes. It’s important, when preparing for income taxes, to gather certain documents related to home ownership. Here are a few to remember. Mortgage Closing Disclosure If you purchased or refinanced a home in 2017, you should have received a closing disclosure statement. This document details your closing costs, pre-paid expenses, etc. Give this to your tax preparer as some of the ...
FHA Loan Limits for 2018
January 11, 2018
A new year means new loan limits for different types of mortgage products. FHA is a popular loan program for both first time and repeat buyers, primarily because of its low down payment requirement and somewhat lenient qualification requirements. If you are looking to buy a home this year, it's important to know about the FHA loan limits for 2018. Why Loan Limits Change Yearly Loan limits are set by county based on a combination of median home sale prices for the previous year and updated limits for conforming loans (also known as conventional loans). Each year, FHA evaluates loan ...