Kissimmee, FL Real Estate News

By Netta Blackwood, REO/BPO Expert
(La Rosa Realty)
Public Notice Osceola County Human Services is accepting applications from residents interested in serving on an Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. Applications are available within the Human Services Office located at 108 Park Place Blvd., Kissimmee, Florida 34741, at the Osceola County Administration Building, 4th Floor, within the County Manager's Office or on this site. Applications must be received by Friday, May 7th , 2008. The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee must consist of individuals in the following areas:One citizen who is actively engaged in the residential home building industry in connection with affordable housing One citizen who is actively engaged in the banking or mortgage banking industry in connection with affordable housing. One citizen who is a representa...
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By Richard Carpentieri, GRI, ABR, PRM, e-PRO
(Keller Williams Realty)
Eagle Lake is located in the southern section of the Kissimmee real estate market off of Pleasant Hill Rd.  There has been 2 single family houses sold in the 1st quarter of 2008.  They sold for prices ranging from $175,000 to $207,652 with an average of $191,326 and ranged in size from 1,802 to 1,892 square feet.  They lasted an average of 143 days before they sold. There are presently 2 houses that are pending closing with asking prices that range from $222,000 to $229,231 and an average of $225,663.  The size of these houses range from 1,886 square feet to 2,388 square feet and they have been on the market for an average of 128 days. There are a total of 34 houses on the market ranging in size from 1,401 to 4,155 square feet with asking prices ranging form $155,000 to $420,500.  Of th...
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By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty
(Antonelli Realty)
 The lack luster Feb sales reports hit the news a few days ago. That's right, here we are in the month of APRIL and the public (prospective clients) are once again hearing how bad it was in Feb. They might as well have been  reporting on how many Tickle Me Elmos or WII games sold in Dec. I just wish Newscasters would do some follow up before they report.   If I was with public relations at NAR and sent out this report to the news media or via a news release. I would make it a point to ask the news media; please do your due diligence and follow up with some local Realtors and get some stats on March sales, before putting together your Real Estate News Report. Would that be asking too much of them. I don't know how it is where you are reading this but, here in Ctrl. Florida March was fant...
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By Mark Horan, "The Resident Chef" - Resident Team Realty LLC &
(Resident Team Realty, LLC & Toni's Property Management LLC)
I listed a home 11 months ago. I stepped down the price as the market fell. Starting at $119,000 and when I hit $99,000 I got an offer. When I went over the offer with my client, she was distraught that he had to come out of pocket to sell the home. The offer was for $95,000 and the note was $113,000.We got into the conversation about possibly short selling it. Now not a payment had not been missed. But we had a cash offer. The home was vacant and the monthly mortgage payment was a financial hardship. So I put a file together and faxed it over to the lender. The file was complete, hardship letter, the financials, and comps. I faxed the packet on March 20th. The closing scheduled for April 16th. The lender: Amtrust formally know as Ohio Savings Bank. I called on the 21st to check if they...
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By Mark Horan, "The Resident Chef" - Resident Team Realty LLC &
(Resident Team Realty, LLC & Toni's Property Management LLC)
953 GEORGE ST, KISSIMMEE FLORIDA  34744 2 BEDROOMS/1 BATH813 SQUARE FEETBUILT IN 1958  $110,000  GREAT HOME IN A GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD. CLOSE TO SCHOOLS AND SHOPPING. THIS HOME HAS BEEN IN THE SELLERS FAMILY SINCE IT WAS BUILD. THIS HOME HAS A CENTRAL AIR SYSTEM THAT WAS INSTALLED IN 1998. NEW STOVE AND NEWER REFRIGERATOR. ALL WINDOWS HAVE BEEN REPLACED TILED FLOORS THROUGHOUT THE HOME. QUIET STREET IN ONE OF KISSIMMEE'S OLDEST NEIGHBORHOOD. THIS HOME IS PRICED TO SELL AND WON'T LAST LONG.                                               MLS # S4635517 FOR VIEWING APPOINTMENTS CONTACT MARK HORAN "THE RESIDENT CHEF" AT 407-301-0312 OR VISIT ME ON THE WEB @ www.ResidentTeam.com    
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By Richard Carpentieri, GRI, ABR, PRM, e-PRO
(Keller Williams Realty)
Buenaventura Lakes or BVL as it is commonly known is located in the north-eastern side of Kissimmee adjacent to the heart of the Orlando real estate market.  There have been 11 single family houses sold in the 1st quarter of 2008.  They range in price from $126,000 to $211,112 with $152,042 being the average and 2 of them having swimming pools.  The square footage ranges from 1,000 to 1,728 and the houses lasted an average of 86 days on the market before they closed.There are presently 21 houses that are pending closing with an asking price range from $119,900 to $219,000 with $163,477 being the average.  These houses range in size from 782 to 1,916 square feet with 4 of them having pools.  The average time on the market is currently 123 days.  Remember these properties have not closed ...
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By Richard Carpentieri, GRI, ABR, PRM, e-PRO
(Keller Williams Realty)
Brighton Lakes is located in the southern section of the Kissimmee real estate market off of Pleasant Hill Rd.  There has been 3 single family houses sold in the 1st quarter of 2008.  They sold for prices ranging from $196,000 to $340,000 with an average of $278,500 and they ranged in square footage from 2,211 to 3,381 with 1 of them having a pool.  They lasted an average of 133 days before they sold. There are presently 6 houses that are pending closing.  They range in size from 2,221 square feet to 3,387 square and have asking prices from $184,900 to $299,900 with an average of 252,283 and 3 of them have pools.  They have been on the market for an average on 104 days.There are a total of 77 houses on the market ranging in size from 1,766 to 4,205 square feet with asking prices ranging...
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By Richard Carpentieri, GRI, ABR, PRM, e-PRO
(Keller Williams Realty)
Bellalago is located in the southern section of the Kissimmee real estate market off of Pleasant Hill Rd.  There has been 4 single family houses sold in the 1st quarter of 2008.  They sold for prices ranging from $199,900 to $380,000 and square footages from 1,557 to 2,758.  They lasted an average of 72 days before they sold and 2 of them had pools.There are presently 8 houses that are pending closing.  They have from 1,687 square feet to 3,591 square feet with 2 of them having pools and have asking prices from $189,900 to $550,000.  They have an average asking price of $300,938 andthey have been on the market for an average on 65 days.There are a total of 122 houses on the market ranging in size from 1,557 to 3,906 square feet with asking prices ranging form $179,900 to $795,000.  Of t...
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By Mark Horan, "The Resident Chef" - Resident Team Realty LLC &
(Resident Team Realty, LLC & Toni's Property Management LLC)
Buyers remorse. Most buyers that sign a purchase agreement usually feel a a wave of anxiety. They question their judgment, is this the right home for my family, did I pay too much, or can I really afford the payments. Buyer's remorse is completely normal.During the current market, buyer's always ask themselves if they waited, would they have gotten a better deal? Then there is friends and family, they always know someone  who paid less for the same exact home. Instead of congratulating you on your new home ownership,  they become experts in Real Estate and your purchase was ill advised.If buyer's remorse is getting you down, ask friends that have recently purchased a home and find out if they had similar feelings. I am certain you will find that they did. But they will also tell you tha...
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By Netta Blackwood, REO/BPO Expert
(La Rosa Realty)
If golfing is your thing.....visit Solivita community golf club at Stonegate Golf Club and take a swing.  This the best golf course in the community which is located over Solivita's gated community.There is a membership fee which is well worth it for those avid golfers. It is also a wonderful opportunity to meet people who share your same interest.
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By Netta Blackwood, REO/BPO Expert
(La Rosa Realty)
Good Living:  Solivita is a 55+ retirement award-winning gated community - with 24-hour security. It's located 20 miles south of Walt Disney World! In addition, Orlando metro area is at the crossroads of I-4 and the turnpike, right in the middle of everything you love about Florida. Atlantic beaches are 70 miles east, and the Gulf coast is an easy 90-mile drive west. In the immediate metro area you'll find professional sports, museums, cultural events and eight fabulous theme parks at WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort, Universal Orlando® Resort, and Sea World Adventure Parks   This is a community worth visiting.
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By Netta Blackwood, REO/BPO Expert
(La Rosa Realty)
According to reports in the Orlando Sentinel, The Village Shopping Center at Bellalago in Kissimmee is growing.  Initially, the project was said to consist of 13 acres and cost $20 million.  Now the upscale-retail center which includes 75,000 square feet has increased to 19 acres and cost $25 million with 103,000 square feet.South Florida-based Southeast Centers LLC has started development and construction of the retail center on both sides of the south entrance to Bellalago, a 1,330-acre gated, lakeside community being developed by Avatar Properties Inc. on the east side of Pleasant Hill Road.Some of the tenants will include 46,031-square-foot Publix with drive-through pharmacy. Other tenants include a Buffalo Wings & Rings restaurant, Citrus Garden Chinese Restaurant, McDonald's, Fift...
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By Mark Horan, "The Resident Chef" - Resident Team Realty LLC &
(Resident Team Realty, LLC & Toni's Property Management LLC)
Selecting A Real Estate Agent Finding the right real estate agent to help you in your search is the important first step to take when you are ready to buy a new home. Some people feel it is better to use someone you don't know--I can't agree with this thought because someone you know will usually go above and beyond the call of duty and have you as top priority at all times.Knowledge, professionalism and experience are the important factors to consider when selecting a real estate agent. You should also look for someone who listens carefully to what you want in a new home and who knows the market well enough to find the right house for you within a reasonable period of time. Be comfortable with the person you choose. If you feel like the real estate agent is sensitive to your needs and ...
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By Mark Horan, "The Resident Chef" - Resident Team Realty LLC &
(Resident Team Realty, LLC & Toni's Property Management LLC)
The virtue of self-reliance is as American as baseball and apple pie--except if you are trying to sell your own home. Here such a "virtue" can cost you time, effort, and possibly money.Because the overwhelming majority of homes that sell are listed with a real estate agent, you will be going against significant odds if you decide to sell your own home. The experience of a real estate professional may get you a better price and help you to avoid all the "little" things that can go wrong in a real estate transaction.The desire to "save" the commission on a property is the reason most people decide not to work with a real estate agent. Prospective buyers who look for properties that are "For Sale By Owner" (FSBOs) are also wanting to avoid the commission--and to get a less-than-market-valu...
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By Mark Horan, "The Resident Chef" - Resident Team Realty LLC &
(Resident Team Realty, LLC & Toni's Property Management LLC)
Most buyers want a home that is in tip-top condition and ready for them to occupy, but many homes sell for bargain prices because they need work. Buyers love "fixer-uppers" for the obvious reasons: the affordable price and the satisfaction of remodeling the house to accommodate your tastes and needs. Whether you are buying the property for yourself or as an investment, choose a house that is in a good location and structurally sound. It should be priced enough below market value (usually 25%) to allow plenty of room for a profitable re-sale after the work is completed.It is important to educate yourself before taking on a fixer-upper project. Inexpensive cosmetic improvements often give the greatest return on your investment-- paint will increase the value three times for every dollar i...
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By Mark Horan, "The Resident Chef" - Resident Team Realty LLC &
(Resident Team Realty, LLC & Toni's Property Management LLC)
Many homeowners wait until they are ready to put their home on the market before painting, planting flowers, and making other improvements to their homes. After completing these improvements, they may be so delighted with the results that they wish they had done the work on their home sooner in order to enjoy the changes.Whether you have recently purchased a home or have been settled in your home for several years, you should consider evaluating the condition of your house as if you planned to sell it soon. Maximize your home's "curb appeal" now, so that you will reap the benefits every time you pull into your driveway. Plant those flowers and bulbs and you will have your fresh flowers on your own dining room table. Add new window treatments to freshen the appearance of the main rooms. ...
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By Mark Horan, "The Resident Chef" - Resident Team Realty LLC &
(Resident Team Realty, LLC & Toni's Property Management LLC)
The process of selling your home is more complex than most people realize. When a qualified buyer submits an offer on your home, the seller feels that the transaction is done and the Real Estate Agent is done. This is so far from the truth. When in fact The Real Estate Agents job has just begun. If the agent sits back on auto pilot, the transaction will must likely come undone.Real Estate transactions usually have a few problems. First, getting through the home inspection can be filled with surprises. Next, the appraisal has to justify the loan the bank is willing to make. Then of course, the loan application must be monitored until it's approved.There are rarely problem free transactions and here is where your Real Estate professional earns his or her money. Getting through these obsta...
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By Mark Horan, "The Resident Chef" - Resident Team Realty LLC &
(Resident Team Realty, LLC & Toni's Property Management LLC)
Do you have a dog or cat that lives indoors with the family? A pet can pose a problem when your property is listed for sale. Even if prospective buyers have pets of their own that smell just like yours, they may be repelled by animal odors as they tour your home. If you have a pet odor problem, you should hire a professional to clean and deodorize the furniture and/or carpets that have been affected. Check the cat box frequently and keep the kitty litter fresh. Some people have allergies to pet hair or irrational fears of certain animals, so it is a good idea to put dogs or cats outside or confine them to one area when your house is being shown. It is hard for buyers to appreciate your home through puffy, watery eyes or in between sneezes! Even if the house is exactly what they want, yo...
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By Mark Horan, "The Resident Chef" - Resident Team Realty LLC &
(Resident Team Realty, LLC & Toni's Property Management LLC)
 Visit a Taste of England at The Fox and Hounds Pub, Kissimmee, Florida. Established in 1984, The Fox and Hounds Pub has been serving English cuisine since it's inception. I have enjoyed the food, beverage, and decor since 1986. Traditional European Ales, Ciders, and Lagers . Beverages to quench every pallet. With all these imported potables, I am glad that my favorite American lagers are also available. They also offer a full bar. The menu has many traditional English items. Sausage rolls, scotch eggs, mushy peas,Shepard's pie,  Cornish pasty,proper bangers and mash, steak and kidney pie, and everyones favorite, authentic Fish & Chips. Make sure you use the vinegar on your chips.  I visited The Fox and Hounds Pub on St. Patrick's Day for an Irish Feast. Corned beef, cabbage and a pint ...
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