7 Reasons to List Your Home During the Holidays

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Don’t buy into the myth … that no business happens in December.

The holidays are the perfect time to set yourself apart from your competition and set yourself up for success in the new year.

Here are 7 reasons to list your home during the holidays:

1.) While there may be less buyers out there, people who look for a home during the holidays are serious … they are ready to buy!

2.) There are fewer homes for buyers to look at during the holidays which means less competition for you … less competition equals more money!

3.) After the holidays the supply of listings increases substantially which lowers the demand for your home … more competition equals less money!

4.) Your home shows better when decorated for the holidays!

5.) Many buyers have more time to look for property during the holidays as opposed to a normal work week.

6.) We will restrict the showings on your home to the times you want it shown. You remain in control.

7.) You can sell now for more money and not have to physically move until January or February … as opposed to just starting the whole process at that time.

As always, feel free to contact me whenever you are ready to buy or sell your next home!

All my best,

Kelly Foster, Licensed Realtor
RE/MAX Blue Water Realty
321-946-1004 – Direct
Kelly@OrlandoMetroRealty.com
Serving: Orange, Osceola, Lake, Polk and Seminole County

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Encore Resort Homes at Reunion

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What could be better than staying at Reunion? What about coming home to it? The Encore Club at Reunion is the last (and best) community of new vacation homes coming to Orlando’s most celebrated resort community, and just minutes from its most popular theme park attractions. As a homeowner, you can access Reunion’s ten resort pools. Six delicious restaurants. Enjoy the great outdoors with 10.5 miles of trails, bicycle rentals, two playgrounds and beach volleyball courts. Indulge in serenity at the full-service spa. And, in addition to the amenities at Reunion, The Encore Club at Reunion will offer exclusive amenities available just to its owners, it will include a 3 story clubhouse and grand lawn offering an upscale restaurant, lounge and bar. In addition, it will have its own private water park, sand volleyball, tennis, basketball courts, kids arcade, fitness center, and tiered over-sized swimming pool & deck. The clubhouse will have an onsite general manager, offering 24 hour concierge and check in for owners and guests alike.

The Encore Club at Reunion is being developed by Encore Residences & Resorts, a national recognized development company that invests in and manages residential real estate communities.

Just minutes from Disney’s front door, this vacation home community is ideal for multi-generational vacationing families, who as owners, are also looking for short term rental opportunity. 750 home sites will be available for immediate build out offering 4 – 13 bedroom vacation homes offering short term rental capabilities.

5 Bedroom Homes

Ranging from 2,500 to 3,500 square feet, the two-story, 5-bedroom residences feature a first-floor bedroom, a gourmet kitchen, dining room, spacious great room, up to 5-½ baths, covered lanai and game room. All five bedroom homes feature striking, Florida-inspired architecture with open floor plans, a private in-ground pool, a two-car garage and plenty of outdoor spaces.

6 Bedroom Homes

Ranging from 2,800 to 3,310 square feet, the two-story, 6-bedroom residences feature a first-floor bedroom, multiple master suites, a gourmet kitchen, dining room, spacious great room, 5-½ baths and covered lanai. All six bedroom homes feature striking, Florida-inspired architecture with open floor plans, a private in-ground pool, a two-car garage and plenty of outdoor spaces.

8 Bedroom Homes

Ranging from 3,437 to 4,057 square feet, the two-story, 8-bedroom residences feature multiple first-floor bedrooms, multiple master suites, a gourmet kitchen, dining room, spacious great room, up to 8 baths, covered lanai and media room. All eight bedroom homes feature striking, Florida-inspired architecture with open floor plans, a private in-ground pool, a two-car garage and plenty of outdoor spaces.

9 Bedroom Homes

With 4,669 square feet, the two-story, 9-bedroom residence features a first-floor master suite, a gourmet kitchen, dining room, spacious great room, 8 baths, loft and covered lanai. All nine bedroom homes feature striking, Florida-inspired architecture with open floor plans, a private in-ground pool, a two-car garage and plenty of outdoor spaces.

 

10 Bedroom Homes

With 4,724 square feet, the two-story, 10-bedroom residence features three master suites (two on the first level), a gourmet kitchen, dining room, spacious great room, 10 baths, media room and covered lanai. All ten bedroom homes feature striking, Florida-inspired architecture with open floor plans, a private in-ground pool, a two-car garage and plenty of outdoor spaces.

11 Bedroom Homes

With more than 5,500 square feet of living space, the 11-bedroom Biltmore features a gourmet kitchen, dining room, spacious great room, 10 full baths and three half baths, a media room and covered lanai. All eleven bedroom homes feature striking, Florida-inspired architecture with open floor plans, a private in-ground pool, a two-car garage and plenty of outdoor spaces.

13 Bedroom Homes

With more than 6,400 square feet of living space, the 13-bedroom Essex is our largest home, and features a gourmet kitchen, dining room, spacious great room, 12 full baths and one half bath, a media room and covered lanai. All thirteen bedroom homes feature striking, Florida-inspired architecture with open floor plans, a private in-ground pool, a two-car garage and plenty of outdoor spaces.

Many home-buyers plan to open their homes to vacationing groups who will enjoy all the conveniences of staying together in one home but with the added luxury services of a great hotel.

AMENITIES

  • 24 HOUR FRONT DESK SERVICE
  • CONCIERGE SERVICES
  • COMPLIMENTARY TRANSPORTATION
    • WITHIN ENCORE CLUB
    • WITHIN REUNION
    • PARKS AND ATTRACTIONS
    • SHOPPING VENUES
  • AQUA PARK / POOLS
  • CABANAS
  • FITNESS CENTER
  • KIDS ROOM / ACTIVITIES ROOM
  • CONVENIENCE MARKETPLACE
  • CABANA BAR AND GRILL / POOLSIDE DINING
  • FULL SERVICE BAR AND LOUNGE
  • CASUAL CLUBHOUSE ALL-DAY DINING
  • BELL SERVICE
  • WIFI THROUGHOUT RESORT

CLUB SERVICES

  • FITNESS CLASSES
  • LOCAL ATTRACTION TICKETING
  • BICYCLE RENTALS
  • FULL ACTIVITIES PROGRAM FOR ALL AGES

IN-HOME SERVICES

  • SPA SERVICES
    • FACIALS
    • MANICURES
    • MASSAGE
    • PEDICURE

If buying a home at the Encore Club at Reunion is of interest to you, please let me know and I can provide you with more information and help you in selecting your next vacation / rental home!

As always, if you have questions, please let me know! Also, feel free to contact me whenever you are ready to buy or sell your next home!

All my best,

Kelly Foster, Licensed Realtor
RE/MAX Blue Water Realty
321-946-1004 – Direct
Kelly@OrlandoMetroRealty.com
Serving: Orange, Osceola, Lake, Polk and Seminole County

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Harmony, a small town, with a big town lifestyle

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Harmony, is by far one of my favorite communities in Central Florida. There’s no other community quite like Harmony in Florida. . .or just about anywhere for that matter. Harmony offers the best of small town living, in a convenient location where you can take advantage of Orlando’s big town lifestyle. Highlights of the community include:

  • A-rated Harmony High School and a K-8 Community School within walking distance of every home.
  • Two natural lakes – Buck Lake (511 acres) and Cat Lake (430 acres).
  • Harmony Golf Preserve, a Johnny Miller Signature course.
  • Homes within walking distance of parks, schools, stores and friends.
  • 12.5 miles of walking, hiking and bicycle trails through some of the 7,700 acres of conservation areas.
  • A Town Square with restaurants, grocery store, shops, and swim club.
  • Just 20 minutes from Medical City, 25 minutes to the airport, 30 minutes to Disney World and 40 minutes to the Atlantic beaches.

Lennar has a new phase with beautiful new floor plans. Harmony Flyer Kelly

If buying a home in Harmony is of interest to you, please let me know and I can provide you with more information and help you in selecting your next home!

As always, if you have questions about these statistics or trends, let me know! Also, feel free to contact me whenever you are ready to buy or sell your next home!

All my best,
Kelly Signature
Kelly Foster, Licensed Realtor
RE/MAX Blue Water Realty
321-946-1004 – Direct
Kelly@OrlandoMetroRealty.com
Serving: Orange, Osceola, Lake, Polk and Seminole County

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Orlando Housing Market Report June 2015

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June 2015 Housing Market
Released July 15, 2015

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Median Price

*The median price of all existing homes combined sold in June 2015 — $181,500 — is a 7.73 percent increase from the $168,483 median price recorded in June 2014, and a 0.28 percent increase compared to May 2015.
*The median price for “normal” existing homes sold in June is $205,250, an increase of 6.90 percent from the median price of “normal” existing homes in June 2014.

*The year-to-year median price for short sales decreased by 2.96 percent in June, while the median price for bank-owned sales increased by 16.13 percent.

*The year-over-year median price for single-family homes increased by 8.11 percent, and the year-over-year median price for condos increased 8.77 percent.

Sales

*Orlando home sales (all home types and all sales types combined) in June 2015 were up 21.21 percent when compared to June of 2014 and up 10.20 percent compared to May 2015.

*Single-family sales increased 22.70 percent, while condo sales increased by 12.92 percent year to year.

*Of the 3,435 sales in June, 2,540 normal sales accounted for 73.94 percent of all sales, while 761 bank-owned and 134 short sales respectively made up 22.15 percent and 3.90 percent.

*The number of normal sales in June increased by 31.40 percent compared to June 2014, while foreclosures increased 13.75 percent and short-sales decreased 42.24 percent.

*The 6,901 pendings in June of this year is a decrease of 3.28 percent compared to the 7,135 pendings in June of last year (and a 1.64 percent decrease compared to the 7,016 pendings last month).

*Short sales made up 21.30 percent of pendings in June, a decline of 45.41 percent from June of last year. Normal properties accounted for 55.43 percent (an increase of 30.81 percent) of sales, and bank-owned properties accounted for 23.27 percent (an increase of 5.80 percent).

Sales of existing homes within the entire Orlando MSA (Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties) in June were up by 19.78 percent when compared to June of 2014. Year to date, sales are up 18.61 percent in the MSA.

Each individual county’s monthly sales comparisons are as follows:

Lake: 10.22 percent above June 2014;
Orange: 20.55 percent above June 2014;
Osceola: 16.43 percent above June 2014; and
Seminole: 28.42 percent above June 2014.

Inventory

*There are currently 12,058 homes available for purchase through the MLS. The June 2015 overall inventory level is 4.69 percent higher than it was in June 2014; inventory is up 2.20 percent compared to May 2015.

*The inventory of normal sales increased 16.76 percent compared to June 2014, while foreclosure inventory is down 20.51 percent and short sale inventory is down 38.90 percent.

*Year-to-year single-family home inventory is up 1.51 percent; condo inventory is up 18.38 percent.

*The current pace of sales translates into 3.51 months of inventory supply.

Other

*New contracts are up 13.55 percent compared to June of 2014. New listings are up 2.41 percent.

*The Orlando affordability index decreased to 168.23 percent in June. First-time homebuyer affordability in June decreased to 119.63 percent.

*Homes of all types spent an average of 67 days on the market (down from 73 days the month prior) before coming under contract in June 2015, and the average home sold for 97.02 percent of its listing price (down from 96.87 percent the month prior).

Florida Market Overview

*Sales, existing single-family: 7.70 percent increase in May 2015 compared to May 2015.

*Sales, existing condo: 0.10 percent increase in May 2015 compared to May 2014.

*Median price, existing single-family: 11.10 percent increase in May 2015 compared to May 2014.

*Median price, existing condo: 9.70 percent increase in May 2015 compared to May 2014.

National Market Overview

*Sales, existing single-family: 6.30 percent increase in May 2015 compared to May 2014.

*Sales, existing condo: 0.00 percent increase in May 2015 compared to May 2014.

*Median price, existing single-family: 10.00 percent increase in May 2015 compared to May 2014.

*Median price, existing condo: 0.40 percent increase in May 2015 compared to May 2014.

Persuasive Points Overview

*Homeownership is an investment in your well-being and future.

*Homeownership offers immediate benefits and long-term value.

*Today’s market offers great opportunities for buyers and sellers.

*Mortgage interest rates are low. Home prices are affordable.

*REALTORS® add value to the real estate transaction.

*REALTORS® are the most trusted resource for real estate information.

Economic and Social Benefits of Homeownership

*Homeowners benefit from the power of leverage. Buyers typically use their own money for just a portion of the home price, but the appreciation they realize is based on the property’s total value.

*Given the leverage in purchasing a home, the average return on a 5 percent down payment over 10 years is usually three to five times greater than stock market returns.

*The typical homeowner’s net worth ($205,200) was 49 times that of the typical renter ($4,200) in 2008, according to NAR calculations using the latest statistics from the Federal Reserve Board.

*Homeownership offers “pride of ownership” — giving you control over your surroundings.

*Homeownership strengthens communities. Homeowners are more likely to be involved and engaged in local issues, and they move less frequently than renters. This helps to prevent crime, improve childhood education and support neighborhood upkeep.

*Owning a home is one of the best ways to build long-term wealth, providing both equity accumulation and tax benefits over time.

Use-a-REALTOR® Discussion Topics

*It has never been more important than now to work with a REALTOR®, the local market professional, to properly gauge local neighborhood conditions.

*Distressed sales — foreclosures and short sales — account for more than a third of all transactions nationwide. This varies widely from market to market — sometimes even from neighborhood to neighborhood. Distressed homes typically are selling at a 15 percent discount, but this varies widely by market, as well.

*REALTORS® have access to the most up-to-date and comprehensive property listing and sales information, making them a buyer’s best resource in finding the home that is right for each customer.

*Many markets have two levels of pricing: distressed sales and traditional sales. Foreclosures and short-sales tend to carry prices as much as of 20 percent below traditional homes in the same area. REALTORS® can help both buyers and sellers navigate today’s tricky market conditions.

Source: NAR Surround Sound Campaign

Why Homeownership Matters…

To people

*Homeowners are happier and healthier and enjoy a greater feeling of control over their lives.

*Owning a home is one of the best ways to build long-term wealth. Historically, a homeowner’s net worth has ranged from 31 to 46 times that of a renter.

*Homeowners are free to redecorate, renovate, and modify their homes as they wish.

*Most home owners enjoy stable housing costs — a fixed-rate mortgage payment might not change for 15 to 30 years while rent typically increases 3 percent a year.

*Homeowners can typically deduct mortgage interest and property taxes on their federal individual income tax return.

To communities

*People who own homes vote more, volunteer more and contribute more to their neighborhoods.

*Homeowners do not move as frequently as renters, providing more neighborhood stability. In turn, this stability helps reduce crime and supports neighborhood upkeep.

*Children of homeowners do better in school, stay in school longer, are more likely to participate in organized activities and spend less time in front of the television.

To the United States

*Sixty-seven percent of American households are owner-occupied. America is a nation of homeowners.

*Homeowners pay 80 to 90 percent of federal individual income taxes, contributing to federal programs that benefit all Americans.

*Every home purchased pumps $60,000 into the economy for furniture, home improvements, and related items.

*Housing accounts for more than 15 percent of the national Gross Domestic Product, a key driver of our national economy.

Source: NAR Homeownership Matters Campaign

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This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association and the My Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service. Neither the association nor MFRMLS guarantees or is in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the association or MFRMLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market. Due to late closings, an adjustment is necessary to record those closings posted after our reporting date.

ORRA REALTOR® sales, referred to as the core market, represent all sales by members of the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association, not necessarily those sales strictly in Orange and Seminole counties. Note that statistics released each month may be revised in the future as new data is received.

Orlando MSA numbers reflect sales of homes located in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and Lake counties by members of any REALTOR® association, not just members of ORRA.

For detailed statistical reports and video, visit the Orlando Regional REALTOR®Association website.

As always, if you have questions about these statistics or trends, let me know! Also, feel free to contact me whenever you are ready to buy or sell your next home!

All my best,
Kelly Signature
Kelly Foster, Licensed Realtor
RE/MAX Blue Water Realty
321-946-1004 – Direct
Kelly@OrlandoMetroRealty.com
Serving: Orange, Osceola, Lake, Polk and Seminole County

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Fun for the Fourth of July

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It’s time for 4th of July fun, and there are Independence Day celebrations happening all across Central Florida. Check our list of events to find festivities happening from coast to Clermont and everywhere in between

Here are this years 4th of July Events in and around Orlando and Central Florida.

4th of July Events in Orlando

July 2nd – 5:30pm – Fireworks before the Fireworks – Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral
July 2nd – 7:30pm – Patriotic Concert – News-Journal Center at Daytona State College
July 3rd – 6:00-9:00pm – Red, White & Kaboom Independence Celebration – Lake Mirror Park
July 3rd – 4:00pm – Palm Bay Independence Day Celebration – Eastern Florida State College
July 3rd – 6:00pm – BBQ, Rhythm & Brews Festival – Main Street, Daytona Beach
July 3rd – 7:00pm – July 3th Independence Day Fireworks Celebration Cruise – Sunset Bar and Grill
July 3rd – 10:00am – Legoland’s Red, Brick & Boom – Legoland Florida
July 3rd – 5:00pm – Mount Dora Independence Day Celebration – Downtown Mount Dora, FL
July 3rd – 10:00am – Fourth of Jul-Eye on The New Orlando Eye – I-Drive 360
July 3rd – July 4th – Groveland’s July 4th Celebration – Lake David Park
July 3rd – 4:00pm – Red, Hot & Boom – Cranes Roost Park
July 3rd – July 4th – Walt Disney World’s Star Spangled Celebration- Hilton at Walt Disney World Resort
July 3rd – 9:00pm – Wall Street Plaza’s Red, White & Brew – Wall Street Plaza
July 3rd – 5:00pm – Palm Coast’s Fireworks in the Park – Central Town in Town Center
July 4th – 11:30am – 4th of July Shrimp Boil and Pie Show – Cocoa Riverfront Park
July 4th – 6:00pm – 4th of July Red White & Boom – Clermont Waterfront Park
July 4th – 7:30pm – Westgate River Ranch July 4th Weekend Celebration – River Ranch
July 4th – 5:00pm – Fourth of July at Avalon Park – Town Park-Downtown Avalon Park
July 4th – 10:00am – Subway Firecracker 250 – Daytona International Speedway
July 4th – 10:00am – Central Florida Zoo’s 40th Anniversary Celebration – Central Florida Zoo
July 4th – 9:00am – Geneva 4th of July Parade & Festival – Rural Heritage Center, Geneva, FL
July 4th – 4:00pm – 38th Annual Fireworks at the Fountain – Lake Eola Park
July 4th – 21st Annual Great American Celebration – Space Coast Stadium
July 4th – 6:00pm – Ormond Beach Independence Day Celebration – Rockefeller Gardens
July 4th – 5:00pm – Kissimmee’s Monumental July 4th Celebration – Kissimmee Lakefront Park
July 4th – 6:30am – Team RWB Firecracker 4 & 10 Miler – Main Street, Daytona Beach
July 4th – St. Cloud Fourth of July Lakefront Celebration – St. Cloud Lakefront
July 4th – 4:00pm – Star Spangled Sanford on the Riverwalk – Fort Mellon Park
July 4th – 10:00am – New Smyrna Beach Independence Day Celebration – Canal Street Historic District
July 4th – 5:00pm – City of Deland Firecracker Festival – Earl Brown Park
July 4th – 5:00pm – July 4th Beach Bash – Ocean Deck Restaurant & Beach Club
July 4th – 7:00pm – Fourth of July Dinner & Fireworks Cruise – Cocoa Village Marina
July 4th – 9:00am – SeaWorld’s Fourth of July Celebration – SeaWorld Orlando
July 4th – 6:00pm – Leesburg 4th of July Celebration – Venetian Gardens
July 4th – 9:00am – 20th Annual Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration – Central Park in Downtown Winter Park
July 4th – 10:00am – Mount Dora Independence Day Parade – Downtown Mount Dora, FL
July 4th – 11:00am – Fourth of July at Omni Orlando – Omni Champion’s Gate Resort
July 4th – 10:00am – New Smyrna Beach July 4th Celebration – Canal Street Historic District
July 4th – 9:00am – A Sci-Fi 4th of July – Celebration Town Center
July 4th – 10:00am – ReptiDay by Repticon – Eau Galle Civic Center
July 4th – 8:00pm – 25th Annual Symphony Under the Stars – Cocoa Riverfront Park
July 4th – All American Fourth of July at Old Town – Old Town
July 4th – 10:00am – Flagler Beach’s Stars and Stripes Forever Parade & Fireworks – Stairway to the left of the Flagler Beach Pier
July 4th – 7:00pm – The Alter Eagles – The Definitive Eagles Tribute Band & Fireworks – Daytona Beach Bandshell
July 4th – 5:00pm – Celebrating America Concert Series – American Military Spouses Choir – SeaWorld Orlando
July 5th – 1:30pm – 57th Annual Coke Zero 400 – Daytona International Speedway

For more information and event details, visit: http://bit.ly/1FVuZhQ

Hope to see you around! Have fun and stay safe!

All my best,

Kelly M Foster Realtor Orlando Saint Cloud Kissimmee
Kelly Foster, Licensed Realtor
RE/MAX Blue Water Realty
321-946-1004 – Direct
Kelly@OrlandoMetroRealty.com
Serving: Orange, Osceola, Lake, Polk and Seminole County

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