Central Florida Real Estate and Community News

Dec. 11, 2017

How a Credit Freeze Can Impact Home Buyers

No one will argue that cyber criminals have been working overtime to get our personal information.  With Equifax and other companies reporting massive data breaches this year, more consumers are putting a freeze on their credit reports. And while a credit freeze won’t affect a borrower’s ability to qualify for a mortgage, it does require the borrower to take additional steps during the application process.

A credit freeze blocks anyone—including lenders—from accessing your credit report. Requests for a credit freeze must be submitted by mail, online or over the phone to the three major credit bureaus individually (Equifax, TransUnion and Experian). 

Once placed, a credit freeze stays on your credit report until you lift or remove it. But remember in order to lift a credit freeze, you need to contact all three credit bureaus individually, just as you did to establish the freeze. 

For borrowers applying for a mortgage, a freeze will need to be lifted once when making initial mortgage application, and once again at the end of the underwriting process, as most lenders pull credit again just before closing. If you are concerned about timelines, be sure to work closely with your lender on when credit will be pulled to ensure that you contact the bureaus in plenty of time for the freeze to be lifted.  

It’s possible for borrowers to run into problems in a competitive situation where they need to close quickly. In those instances, it might be tricky to unfreeze the credit in time for the lender to pull credit reports and complete the underwriting and pre-closing process.

Here are a few considerations if you’re applying for a mortgage with frozen credit.

While freezing your credit protects you from the time the freeze becomes effective, it does nothing to correct existing credit issues. Get a copy of your credit report from each of the three reporting agencies, check them carefully and correct any errors before you apply for a mortgage.

While a credit freeze “locks down” your credit, a fraud alert still allows creditors to pull your credit report as long as they verify your identity first, according to the Federal Trade Commission. For example, a business may call you to verify that you are the person requesting new credit. However, while fraud alerts may make it more difficult for others to open new credit accounts in your name, they may not prevent misuse of your existing accounts. Placing a fraud alert is easier than with a freeze. You need only to contact one of the reporting agencies, which in turn is required to notify the others. A fraud alert is free.

Understand the logistics of lifting the freeze—and make sure you allow enough time for the lender to pull credit reports. Consumers who deal directly with the three credit-reporting agencies are given a personal identification number to provide, either by phone, online or mail, every time they want to lift or remove the freeze. Alternatively, consumers can lock or unlock their credit using a third-party service like TransUnion’s TrueIdentity, which is available online or in an app.

For addition information and details about freezing your credit, fraud, and identity theft issues contact the three credit bureaus.

Equifax: 888-349-9960, www.equifax.com

Experian: 888-397-3742, www.experian.com

TransUnion: 888-909-8872 www.transunion.com

When you are ready to look for a new home, give me a call or drop me an email.  I'd love to put my years of professional experience to work for you, and introduce you to some of the industries top service providers in lending, home inspections, insurance providers and more.  

Tony@TonyDavidsHomes.com | 407-922-9011

 

Posted in Buying a Home
Dec. 8, 2017

All Things Merry and Bright

 

The holiday season is here! No matter if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or all three, we’re excited to share in the holiday spirit. It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities, and while you’re busy decorating the house, safety may be one of the last things on your mind.

Here are some tips to keep in mind as you spread holiday cheer throughout your home.

Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!

Live or fake?  Either way…safety first!

Before buying a live Christmas tree, make sure you’re choosing a fresh one. A fresh tree has needles that resist being pulled off and won’t snap when bent, a trunk bottom that's sticky with resin, and strong limbs that will drop just a few needles if shaken.

A dry tree poses more of a safety hazard than a fresh one that has been watered.  Check your water level daily and make sure your tree is in a vessel that can hold an adequate amount of water.  Test your tree periodically to make sure you are keeping it sufficiently hydrated.  Do this by bending needles to see if they are soft and supple or have become brittle. If you’ve already purchased and decorated your live tree, when was the last time you watered it?  Set reminders on your phone to ensure you don’t forget.

Placement of your tree is important.  Keep it away from fireplaces and heaters, and make sure a fire extinguisher is nearby in a handy location.

If you own an artificial tree, make sure it’s labeled “fire resistant” as they are less susceptible to catching fire.

Whether your tree is live or artificial, hang ornaments with extra care to keep children and pets safe.  Place unbreakable and non-toxic ornaments on the lowest areas of the Christmas tree.  Save the upper areas for your more delicate holiday treasures. It’s also been suggested that replacing metal hooks with ribbon or string can prevent choking injury with curious pets and toddlers.

Deck the Halls!

Interior holiday decorating safety goes beyond your Christmas tree.  Several other hazards can be lurking around your home, so take note.

When it comes to candles, placement is everything.  Keep them away from curtains, bedding, paper, walls or any other areas with the potential to combust, as candle flames can heat up to 1000 degrees!  That’s hot stuff!  Make sure to blow out candles if you are leaving a room and warn children to keep away from candles when lit.  While a natural flickering flame is truly beautiful, you may want to consider battery-powered LED candles as a safer alternative.

Some things can be left to common sense, but I’ll say it anyway. Don’t burn wrapping paper in the fireplace. Paper can catch fire very quickly and can cause flash fires. Instead, recycle that beautiful paper.

To prevent electrical cord damage avoid using nails or tacks when positioning cords. Use hooks or insulated staples instead.

Who among us doesn’t love a colorful poinsettia?  While festive, these plants are poisonous when eaten, so keep them out of reach of children and pets.

Additionally, if you have little ones in your home, use safety caps on all electrical outlets that are not in use to prevent shock. Keep sharp objects out of reach, as well as small decorative items that could be swallowed.

All Decked Out(side)

Outside decorating has been reported to be more hazardous than inside.

When decorating outside, keep ladders and decorations away from overhead power lines. When deploying a ladder extend it a minimum of three feet over the roofline or working area on level, firm ground, with leg levelers added if you're on an incline. A ladder also should be able to carry both your weight and any objects you're hauling. When stringing lights and decorations above your normal reach, think teamwork and have someone supporting the base.

Double check lights for frayed wires or cracks, and be sure there is a bulb in each socket. Discard and replace damaged strands. Lights should be approved by Underwriters Laboratory. "UL" will be clearly displayed on the tag, signifying the product has been inspected for potential safety hazards. Red UL marks indicate the lights are safe for indoor/outdoor use, and green UL marks indicate the lights are only safe for indoor use. Use ONLY red marked UL lights outdoors.

Do not hammer tacks or nails into the electrical cord when hanging lights. Instead, use clips to safely attach lights to the house.

Use heavy-duty extension cords, and only use cords outdoors if they are designated for outdoor use. Avoid overloading extension cords by using no more than three sets of standard lights per cord.

You want your lights to shine, not sparks to fly! Your source of power should come from a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet. This type of outlet will shut the circuit down if there is overcurrent. If you don't have a GFCI outlet, a qualified electrician can permanently install one outdoors for holiday seasons to come. You can also opt to buy a portable outdoor unit from your local home store for less than $20.

Use a timer or turn off lights before going to bed, or if you will be away from home.

Prevent tripping by placing cords and decorations in low-traffic areas where they won’t be walked on. Avoid twisting, kinking or crushing cords.

That cute inflatable snowman greeting neighbors from the front lawn can easily become a dangerous projectile if you don't follow the manufacturer's instructions for securing it. It's best to shut off the fan blowers when it's windy, when you're not going to be home for long periods, or at bedtime.

Post-Holiday Blues

All good things must come to an end.  Post-holiday clean-up, while not nearly as fun as the decorating, is a necessity.  Pay particular attention inside when cleaning up. After you take down the tree, give the area a thorough sweep to protect children and animals from harm. Lingering broken glass, metal hooks, electrical cords and pine needles can all cause injury.

I hope you enjoy your home for the holidays!  If you find yourself looking for some new halls to deck out in the next year, please give me a call or email me anytime.  We can hunt down just the right home with GFCI outlets in all the right locations to make your holiday decorating a breeze next year!

Tony@TonyDavidsHomes.com | 407-922-9011

 

 

 

Posted in Real Estate News
Dec. 4, 2017

How Does a Thief See Your Home

Have you ever wondered what your home looks like through the eyes of a thief? What makes your household more or less inviting to sticky fingered stealers? Taking a look at past burglaries and statistics can be a simple solution to making sure your home doesn’t become an easy target, especially during the holiday season! Today is the day to learn what you can do to better protect your family from uninvited guests.

What do criminals look for?

In an interview conducted by 9 News, Charlotte, NC, previous criminals were asked what they look for in a potential mark; the following responses were the most common.

Unattended Targets – “When I see a lot of mail in the box, I know that you’re gone” Burglars are motivated by desire for material goods, not conflict. They are looking for signs of an empty house and don’t want you home when they are there.

No Security – Intruders are looking for easy money. Homes with no sign of a security system can stand out.

Easy Access – Open windows and unlocked doors can make your house easy to enter without a struggle.  

Goods – Much like any ordinary person, burglars want to maximize their money for their time. If you leave expensive and luxurious goods in plain sight through your windows, you are letting intruders know exactly how much they can get for the work.

What’s in your trash – If you purchased expensive electronics over the holidays, your trash may tell an inviting story to a thief.  Even if you protect the viewing into your windows, you trash can reveal what’s inside your home.

How can you help?

Detective Kevin Coffey, the proclaimed, “Scholar of Thievery” has some great tips on how you can protect your home and your family.

Consider a video doorbell – There are a few great products on the market right now that allow you to receive video feed directly to your smartphone when someone approaches your home.  For a few extra dollars a month, you can have the video feed saved online as well, allowing you to go back and review the footage in the event you need to.

Look Alive – If you need to go out of town for an extended period, consider hiring a house sitter or asking a friend to check in for you. Preventing your home from becoming a likely target can be as simple as taking in the mail or changing the lights that are on/off in your home to make it looks occupied. Installing motion lights is also a simple way to deter strangers from getting too close to your home. Always tell a neighbor you trust if you are going to be away for an extended period of time so that they can report any suspicious activity.

Be Secure – Consider a home security system. If that isn’t in your budget, remember that there are other options too. Make sure all of your doors (including your side doors) are well equipped with a deadbolt lock system. Keep particularly important information in a locked safe box. Having your jewelry stolen is devastating; having your identity stolen is life changing.  

Furry Friends- Many offenders mentioned that a single bark was enough for them to turn away. Criminals can predict door locks and security systems, but a dog is something they have no control over. A word to the wise however, dogs can be great security systems, life time companions and keep you warm at night, but they are also living breathing creatures that need love, exercise and attention. If you aren’t interested in the commitments of a dog (or your just a cat person) then know that there are many other ways to protect your home…and maybe consider investing in a nice sign declaring, “I love my Pitbull.”

Take Precautions – Make sure all of your windows have locks and that you use them. Especially consider the windows you can often forget such as second story and basement windows. Burglars know you forget about these and use that information to their advantage.

Out of sight, out of mind – Keep expensive items out of the view of your windows. Keep laptops, phones and other expensive electronics tucked away in drawers at the end of the evening. If keeping the clutter away is tough for you, consider investing in heavy blinds or drapes to keep your items out of sight and out of mind. While you are at it, keep your yard clear of tools that could assist in a break in as well. Leaving a ladder out in your yard is going to make it convenient for a burglar to get to your second story window.

Conceal your trash – Break down your boxes and conceal them inside your recycling bin.  If possible, bring those items to a local dump or recycling station instead of disposing of them with your trash.

Why Do Burglar’s Steal?

Maybe you have been robbed before, maybe you haven’t.  Either way, to keep your peace of mind it is important to understand why intruders enter your home. A survey conducted amongst 400 offenders at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, by researcher Joseph Kuhns, has provided some insight into why this happens to us. When asked about motive, 88% of lawbreakers interviewed indicated that their primary reason for entering a home was to acquire drugs or money to support their drug habits. In addition to this information, only 12% of those interviewed said they planned their activities in advance, showing that many break-ins are spur of the moment. What is most important to take away from this information is that when someone comes into your home and goes through your belongings you can feel violated, and rightfully so.  But it most likely was not about you, personally. The intruders are not after you; they are after your belongings.

Sleep Tight

 

Keeping your home safe from the prying hands of a criminal only takes a little time and dedication. Take the right steps to protect yourself so that you and your family can sleep soundly through the night whether you are home or away. 

If you're looking for that perfect place to call home and secure all of your great new holiday gifts, give me a call or send me an email!  It would be my privilege to serve you!

Tony@TonyDavidsHomes.com | 407-922-9011

Posted in Real Estate News
Nov. 22, 2017

The Low Down on Closing Costs

When you get a mortgage, you will need to pay closing costs, which are fees – charged by lenders and third parties -- related to the purchase of the home. So, in addition to owing the lender the down payment on the home and the principal and interest related to the mortgage, you will also owe the lender and third parties closing costs, which you usually pay at the time that you close on your mortgage. Most of the time, it is the home buyer who pays the closing costs, rather than the seller, though on some loans such as VA loans, the seller pays a portion of these costs.

What charges go into your total closing costs?

Closing costs vary widely based on where you live and the property you buy. Closing costs often include things such as:

§  A fee for running your credit report.

§  A loan origination fee, which lenders charge for processing the loan paperwork for you.

§  Attorney or Title Company fees

§  Discount points, which are fees you pay in exchange for a lower interest rate.

§  Appraisal fee.

§  Survey fee, which covers the cost of verifying property lines.

§  Title insurance, which protects the lender in case the title isn’t clean.

§  Title search fees, which pay for a background check on the title to make sure there aren't things such as unpaid mortgages or tax liens on the property.

§  Recording fee, which is paid to a city or county in exchange for recording the new land records.

§  Underwriting fee, which covers the cost of evaluating a mortgage loan application.

How much will you pay in closing costs?

Typically, home buyers will pay between 2 and 5 percent of the purchase price of their home in closing costs. So, if your home cost $150,000, you might pay between $3,000 and $7,500 in closing costs. On average, buyers would pay roughly $3,700 in closing costs, according to a recent survey.

Lenders are required by law to give you a loan estimate (LE) of what the closing costs on your home will be within three days of when you apply for a loan. But these are just an estimate, and the fees listed on the LE can change some before your closing. Within three days of your closing, your lender will provide you with a Closing Disclosure (CD), to provide you with the actual closing costs. Compare this to your LE and ask the lender to explain any significant differences between the two documents.

How can home buyers avoid closing costs?

Well, technically, you can’t. But it is possible to avoid paying closing costs upfront by getting a no-closing cost mortgage, in which you don’t pay any of the closing costs when you close on the mortgage. Typically, when a lender offers a deal like this, it does end up costing you in the long run: The lender may charge you a higher interest rate on the loan for not paying closing costs, or the lender may wrap the closing costs into the total mortgage owed, in which case you end up paying interest on the closing costs.

Finally, home buyers can negotiate with sellers and ask for them to contribute to their closing costs.  Sometimes the seller will agree to assume buyer's closing costs.

Confused?

That’s okay!  Transacting real estate can be complicated with many details to consider. If you’re looking for a real estate professional to take the stress and confusion out of your next real estate transaction, give me a call!  I’m here to make your real estate experiences stress free and seamless! 

Tony@TonyDavidsHomes.com | 407-922-9011

 

Posted in Buying a Home
Nov. 20, 2017

American Pie

The holidays are upon us! It’s a time for family, fun and, an American absolute favorite… Pie! From blueberry, to apple, to pecan, there is a perfect pie for every person on this planet. I understand that it can be difficult to get everyone’s favorite on the table though, so let us take a moment to check out a little pie science and prepare you for some party pleasers.

In this article from Live Science, a trusted source because it has science in the name, we can see that according to Schwans (the makers of Mrs. Smith’s pie products) Apple seems to dominate as a sure fire taste bud pleaser. Pumpkin comes in at a reasonable second. Poor Peach takes last place at just 16%. It is worth noting that the numbers in this chart from this “trusted science source” add up to 271%. That said, don’t get too upset if you are a Pumpkin fan.

 

According to the America Pie Council, at piecouncil.org (yes that is a real website, they even sell merchandise) 19% of Americans prefer Apple Pie over 13% Pumpkin. 12% are die-hard Pecan lovers. The numbers that the APC (that’s what they call themselves) provides do indeed add up to a round 100%, so I believe these numbers can be taken slightly more seriously. Overall however, both studies show that Apple and Pecan seem like good options for guaranteed success.

Now for some interesting facts about pie, brought to you by, the American Pie Council.

·         It was once against the law to serve ice cream with pie in Kansas.

·         7% of Americans admit to having passed off a store made pie as their own.

·         In 2006, Key Lime Pie was voted the official state pie of Florida.

·         113 million Americans have eaten pie for breakfast (I have no idea how they asked all of us).

·         If you love Apple Pie you are thoughtful, realistic and compassionate.

·         6 million American men age 35-54 have eaten the last slice of pie and denied it.

All of this to say, whether you are on team Apple, team Pumpkin or team Pecan, TonyDavidsHomes is cheering your delicious holiday pie on, all the way to the dinner table. From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Tony@TonyDavidsHomes.com | 407-922-9011

Posted in Real Estate News
Nov. 17, 2017

The Smart House Smart Speaker

 

Was Inspector Gadget your childhood hero? If the answer to that question is yes, then you most likely enjoy a host of smart home options in your humble abode.  Among the most popular in 2017 is the voice controlled artificial intelligence (AI), better known as smart speakers.

The smart speaker market has boomed massively in the last 18 months.  Google released a smart speaker with its own voice assistant built in. Amazon has two versions of it’s Echo and recently released it’s G2 model with great exterior style options.  Sonos offers One, and Apple’s Siri-controlled HomePod will likely be a hot new item this holiday season.  Other options are available too and the competition keeps growing. It looks like this latest technology trend is fully underway!

But what exactly is a smart speaker?  What can you do with it, and should you buy one?

What are they?  Let’s keep this definition simple.  Smart speakers are wireless speakers with voice control and artificial intelligence built in. They are a type of voice controlled personal assistant capable of responding to a wide array of voice commands and questions. Oddly enough, one might be tempted to say that a bit of personality may have been built into these devices too!  More on that later.

What can you do with a smart speaker?  Lots of things!  Typical uses in our house are, “Alexa, what’s today’s weather?” “Alexa, set a timer for 20 minutes.” “Alexa, kitchen lights on.” "Alexa, order a pizza.” And, when there are little ones in the house, the most popular one is, “Alexa, tell me a joke.” Of course, there are hundreds of other options too, like book an Uber, create a shopping or to-do list, answer trivia questions, and more. The device is word triggered.  All you have to do is say the magic word (In our case it’s “Alexa” with the Amazon Echo) and your smart speaker will wait to hear the rest of your command.  The devices currently on the market vary with the AI built into it so depending on which one you purchase, they will work in slightly different ways with different apps and services. A popular use for smart speakers is streaming music via Bluetooth, AirPlay and/or wi-fi.

Often, when we can’t decide what type of music we want to listen to, we let our smart speaker choose for us.  We speak the command, “Alexa, play something good.” And, based on our past music choices, Alexa will (almost) always make a better choice than we would have if we’d done it ourselves.  But, there was this one time (and here’s where the personality mentioned above comes to play) when Alexa responded with “I can’t find any good music.” We were pretty surprised to hear that answer, and as a joke we asked her if she was in a bad mood.  She replied, “I think I am.” Okay, that was a little creepy!

Should you buy one? For the price of the device along with its many uses, the answer is a definite yes!  It doesn’t take long for your smart speaker to become engrained into your daily routine making your life more convenient and entertaining.

If you’re looking for a new home in Central Florida to fill with gadgets like smart speakers, give me a call.  All you need to say is, “Tony, find me a new home.”, and I will!

Contact me anytime: 407-922-9011 | Tony@TonyDavidsHomes.com

Posted in Real Estate News
Nov. 17, 2017

Mortgage Rate Compass

 

Buying a home can be a thrilling experience. You will have a home of your own, you will be starting a new chapter of your life and you will be ready and excited to get settled. Before you can get settled though, you need to stop and consider your mortgage interest rate. I know, not a very fun subject right? Well, I can’t promise I can make it fun, but today we are going to touch on some important factors that will help you understand what causes fluctuations in mortgages rates and what can help you determine the best time to buy.

10-Year Bond Yields

Although mortgages are generally packaged as 30-year products, the average mortgage is paid off or refinanced within ten years. Due to this trend, the movement of the 10-year Treasury bond yield is said to be one of the best indicators of whether mortgage rates will rise or fall. So what can you do to check on these trends yourself? Check out finance sites such as Yahoo Finance to get a glimpse of what is going on. If the 10-year bond rates are moving up, then mortgage rates are probably moving up as well. If the 10-year bond rates are moving down, chances are mortgage rates are too. Make sure that when you check this out you look at bond yields, not bond prices. These are two different things. Bond yields can predict interest rates.

Economic News

If you already read the news every morning, then this is a simple step you can take to keep yourself in the know. You know that tab, “Financial News” that most people avoid on their news homepage?  Yes, I know it to. Somedays it’s tempting to skip over it and go straight to technology, entertainment, sports or health.  Truth be told though; this tab is exceptionally useful for getting a decent prediction of mortgage rates. The guideline is simple. Negative economic news brings with it lower mortgage rates. So while the news may be disappointing, yay for mortgage rates! Contrarily, good economic news usually means higher interest rates. Check out stocks, job reports, home sales and gross domestic products. Overall, a growing economy is also a sign of growing mortgage rates.

Armed and ready with your mortgage rate compass you can get an idea how to navigate the ebb and flow of mortgage rates.

There’s no need for you to captain your mortgage ship on your own.  If you are wondering if this is a good time for you to buy a home and would like some expert advice about financing, give me a call!  I work with top mortgage advisers in Central Florida and I would be happy to make the introduction.  Contact me today to get started!  407-922-9011 | Tony@TonyDavidsHomes.com

Posted in Buying a Home
Nov. 17, 2017

"Winter" Gardening in Florida

Okay, so when I said “Winter” gardening in Florida you might have laughed out loud.  Winter is a relative term here in Central Florida. While we don’t experience a winter as intense as our Midwest friends, we do still have an ever so slight change of seasons. The best part of our mild climate is that we can continue our gardens in the winter with just a subtle change of pallet. Let’s talk about how to re-sow your garden for a great Florida Winter harvest.

Florida winter is much like the rest of the countries fall in terms of average temperatures and fall is a great season for gardening, especially edible gardens. Have you ever grown your own food? If you haven’t here is your chance. Caution, this habit can be addictive and in Florida it’s an addiction that can be fed all year round.

Prepare your plot. This is a new gardening season. Take out any old plants and compost or harvest them as appropriate. Weed your garden space completely. Add fresh soil or compost and mix your soil to aerate your garden. If you are into it, drop some earthworms into your garden to keep it fresh. In Florida earthworms can survive all year round with the warmer temperatures and moist climate.

Plan your garden. Fall veggies in most US climates qualify as winter veggies in Central Florida. Here’s a great list of options you might want to consider for planting this “winter” season.

 Beets                                             Broccoli                                     Brussels Sprouts                             

 Cabbage                                       Carrots                                       Cauliflower   

 Celery                                           Chinese Cabbage                     Collards 

 Kale                                               Kohlrabi                                    Leek  

Lettuce                                          Mustard                                    Onion

Peas                                                Potatoes                                     Radish 

Spinach                                         Turnips                                       Garlic   

Strawberry

Maintain your garden. Each plant will need different care. Make sure you read all of the directions and ask your local gardening expert if you have any questions. Make sure each plant has the right amount of room, sun, and water.

Harvest and enjoy. When your garden succeeds (which it will) you’ll get to enjoy the fruits (or vegetables) of your labor. As your seeds are growing start looking into recipes you can use with what you’ve grown. You will be amazed at the huge taste difference in what you grow yourself compared to what you buy at the store. Make sure you grow your family’s favorites to guarantee your garden is a hit!

I challenge you to give home gardening a try this winter. The results may surprise you!  And don’t forget to share your success story.  I’d love to hear all about it (and don’t forget to send pictures of your award-winning harvest.)

 If gardening isn’t top of mind for you this winter because you are thinking about selling your home and/or buying a home, I would love to have a conversation with you.  It would be my privilege to put my many years of Central Florida Real Estate experience to work for you.  Visit my website to learn about the communities I serve.  Call or email me any time if I can be of help to you.  407-922-9011 | Tony@TonyDavidsHomes.com

Posted in Real Estate News
Oct. 24, 2017

All the World's a Stage

Once you’ve decided to sell your home your life is about to get a whole lot more entertaining. You are going to have a lot of things to juggle, but before the show can start, you are going to need to set the scene. Don’t worry, TonyDavidsHomes is skilled when it comes to staging and we are here to help you through the process from initial stage design all the way to the final curtain call. 

Good staging sells a home faster. While you may not be convinced that furniture feng shui is the perfect solution to your inner peace, trust us, it is the solution to selling your home (which could lead to inner peace).  Depending on the state of your home, you may have different types of staging to tackle. Today let’s talk about how you can make your house feel like your buyers home. 

Make space

Remove clutter on counters, shelves and furniture. While you clean up shelves take a moment to depersonalize as well. Buyers can picture themselves in your home better when they aren’t looking at pictures of your kids. 

Keep the size of each room in mind when staging. Even if you love the kitchen table, if it takes up too much space you should consider a short-term replacement. Big furniture can makes a room look smaller, and this may or may not be what you are hoping to achieve. 

Fix it up 

You know that laundry list of repairs that you've been ignoring? Now is the time to tackle it. Fix broken cabinets, brush up rough paint spots and remedy any eyesores. If you have any boldly colored walls paint them a more neutral color that appeals to a wider taste range. 

Don’t neglect your exterior. Trim the hedges, mow the grass and make sure your front walk is inviting. 

Freshen it up 

A little bit of elbow grease can work wonders.  Let’s face it, everyone wants to move into a clean home. Make sure your kitchen and bathrooms are spotless. Buyers immediately associate these two rooms with the cleanliness of the whole home. 

Put out fresh linens and consider lighting a scented candle or air freshener to make sure your home smells as clean as it looks. 

Light it up 

Well-lit homes are warm and inviting. Clean your windows thoroughly and you may be surprised how much more light flows into your space. In rooms lacking light invest in a lamp or new light fixture. 

Everything Tip Top?

Make sure everything visible is clean and in immaculate shape, including furniture and appliances that are not being sold with the house. Well cared for goods indicate that the homeowner also takes care of the house. 

Think of the potential buyers as an audience. Will they be wowed with your home or will they leave disappointed? If your audience comes back for an encore performance, chances are your staging could bring them all the way to the signing table.

Looking to sell?  Call or email me today so we can set the stage for a quick sale.

407-922-9011 | TonyDavidsHomes@gmail.com

 

Posted in Selling Your Home
Oct. 18, 2017

Celebration's Octoberfest and Fall Festival

With fall in full swing and Halloween just around the corner, the fun in Celebration is really gearing up!  While the Celebration Town Center hosts events all year long, there’s something special about the events of this coming weekend. 

On Friday, October 20th the weekend fun kicks off at 5:00 PM with Celebration’s annual Octoberfest.  This family-friendly event is celebrated in the old-world German tradition featuring the sounds of Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten.  The entertaining (and sometimes comical) live, interactive show will have you singing along and giving it your best to yodel like a pro!  Come hungry and sample some traditional Octoberfest foods and brews. Don your lederhosen, arrive early, and stay late!  But not too late, because you’ll want to get up early on Saturday as the fun in Celebration continues.

Head back over on Saturday for a full day of fun at Celebration’s Fall Festival.  Make sure you and your little ones are wearing your Halloween best to get the most out of the day. Arrive at 11:00 when the event starts to make sure you have time to enjoy all the fun!  The day is just jam packed with family fun including pony rides, bounce houses, arts and crafts, face painting, costume contests, pumpkin decorating, a petting zoo, a mechanical bull, DJ Joe Magic, Food Trucks, and two performances of high energy Celtic music by Off Kilter. 

Each day ends with Celebration’s own falling leaves on Market Street.  Leaves fall twice each evening at 7:00 PM and again at 9:00 PM. 

If all this action isn’t really your thing, there are still plenty of options in town for you to enjoy. Take advantage of the beautiful walking trails that wind throughout the community of Celebration.  Or, relax on one of the many rocking chairs with views of the sparkling lake.  Don’t forget the amazing dining and shopping options in town too!

As with all events in Celebration, parking and admission are free! 

After you’ve visited Celebration for the first time, you’ll be guaranteed to fall in love with the quintessential town.  Your mind will immediately start wondering what it would be like to live here.  Visit my website to learn more about the lovely town and view available properties.  Then, give me a call or drop me an email to discuss how we make you and your family Celebration’s newest residence! Info@TonyDavidsHomes.com | 407-922-9011

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