Aug. 12, 2016

Marbella at Davenport pool and spa home for sale

 

        

 
Just listed another home in the gated community of Marbella at Davenport!
 
Absolutely beautiful and well maintained pool and spa home in the gated community of Marbella. The landscaping surrounding the home is perfectly manicured and shows an absolute pride of ownership!
 
This home offers 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and 2,345 square feet with a great floor plan with a spacious family room, living/dining room and a kitchen w/ separate breakfast room. The master suite is on the first floor with view of the beautiful pool and the master bath is truly a retreat with its dual sinks, garden tub and separate shower. The screened enclosed pool and spa are great for those hot Florida summers.
 
The home was freshly painted only couple of months ago and the pool pump was changed 2 years ago.
 
Great location as the home is within a quarter of a mile from Horizons Elementary school and one mile from Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center and Publix. Posner Park Shopping Center with great shopping stores, restaurants and a cinema is within 10 minutes.
 
The Ocean and the Gulf are only 90 minutes away, Disney World -15 minutes away and Legoland & Bok Tower Gardens only 30 minutes away. Community offers a playground, tennis courts & a basketball court.
 
Call me today for a private showing on this beautiful home at 407-414-9718.
Posted in Sold Properties
July 26, 2016

Providence Luxury Home for Sale

Just listed another beautiful vacation home in Davenport in the guard gated golf community of Providence.

 

 
Better than new with a true pride of ownership! Offering an unparalleled value and a magnificent attention to details, this pool and home spa with beautiful water and golf views has much to offer. This home offers 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and 2,669 square feet.
 
An elegant dining room waiting for family and friends gatherings, a chef's dream kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, an island, a kitchen nook and luxurious travertine floors, a family room with magnificent water and golf views, built-in entertainment center and a gas fireplace, a living room that is a comfortable spot for relaxation.

The floor plan is great since the luxurious master bedroom and bath are on one side of the home, the in law's en-suite is on the other side of the home and the other two bedrooms and one bath are far away from the master and in laws en-suite.

Outside you have a heated pool and spa with magnificent views of the water and golf and ample decking for relaxing. All the beautiful furniture and decor items shall convey with the sale of the home. You must see this home to appreciate!

Providence is a 24-hour manned gatehouse golf community located just southwest of Downtown Orlando and only 15 minutes from Disney World and has incredible amenities. The 18-course championship golf course was designed by renowned golf course architect, Mark Dasher. The golf clubhouse has a pro shop, lounge, and a restaurant.

Two swimming pools: a resort-style pool with slides for kids and a lap pool for exercising. Lighted tennis courts and a state of the art fitness centre. Wide sidewalks for safe bicycling, jogging, and walking.
 
Call me today for a private showing of this gorgeous home! 407-414-9718
Posted in Sold Properties
July 15, 2016

Orlando Real Estate Market May 2016

What is happening with the Orlando's Real Estate Market - May 2016 vs. May 2015



Orlando home sales rised 7 percent. During the month of May 2016, the median price of Orlando's homes sold increased more than 12 percent compared to May 2015. In addition, sales showed a year-over-year increase of nearly 7 percent despite a continuing slide in inventory.

There is a small trend of increasing sales due to the fact that buyers are responding to the current historically low interest rates and a steady rise in homes' value.
 
 
 
 
Orlando real estate market May 206

                

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Posted in Market Conditions
June 27, 2016

Just Sold in Marbella At Davenport

 

Sold 258 Granada Avenue in Marbella community in Davenport FL

I just sold another home in the beautiful community of Marbellla at Davenport in only 49 days!

This vacation home was an absolutely beautiful and well maintained pool and spa home in the gated community of Marbella. The landscaping surrounding the home was perfectly manicured and showed an absolute pride of ownership! Not mentioning the long brick paved driveway.
 
This home was move in ready and fully furnished! The home offered a great open split floor plan with a spacious family room, living room and a kitchen w/ separate breakfast room. There were two master suites: each one of them on the opposite sides of the home.
 
The screened enclosed heated pool and spa were great and the pool area was a private oasis. The pool and spa were solar heated.
 
This home had a great location as the home is within a quarter of a mile from Horizons Elementary school and one mile from Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center and Publix. Posner Park Shopping Center with great shopping stores, restaurants and a cinema is within 10 minutes. The Ocean and the Gulf are only 90 minutes away, Disney World -15 minutes away and Legoland & Bok Tower Gardens only 30 minutes away. Community offers a playground, tennis courts & a basketball court.

If you are looking to sell your Davenport vacation property, call me today!
 
My specialty is selling homes for foreign and absentee owners.  Most real estate agents simply list homes, but I believe in doing much more.

Call me, Tina Israelson- Orlando Realtor, at 407-414-9718 to find out what makes me different from my competition!

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Posted in Sold Properties
May 24, 2016

Orlando Real Estate Market April 2016

What is happening with the Orlando's Real Estate Market - April 2016 vs. April 2015

In April compared to April 2015, the median price of Orlando homes shot up nearly 10 percent. Home sales increased about two percent.

 

                             Orlando Real Estate Market April 2016

 

 

          

Posted in Market Conditions
April 21, 2016

Home Sellers: How to Avoid the Top 5 Mistakes

Home Sellers: How to Avoid the Top 5 Mistakes

                                         Home Sellers: How to Avoid the Top 5 Mistakes

When it’s time for you to sell your current home and begin a new chapter in your life, the best thing you can do is learn what you can about the process so you know what to expect along the way. In today’s blog post I’ll talk about the top five mistakes home sellers make and how to avoid them.

1.  Choose the Right Realtor
As I mentioned in my previous blog, How Home Buyers Can Avoid the Top 5 Mistakes, it is imperative that you hire the right Realtor for the job. It is recommended that you do not hire friends or family, unless they have a proven track record that comes with experience. Make sure to do your research to hire the best listing agent for your situation.

2.  Make Sure you can Cancel Your Listing Contract
Prior to signing the listing contract, be sure to ask your real estate agent if you are able to cancel it at any time, no questions asked, without penalties.

3.  Know Your Legal Rights and Obligations
Each state could require a different set of obligations on your part, so be sure to read every last line of everything you sign. It is also a good idea to know when you should hire a real estate attorney.
 
4.  Set the Right List Price
I’ve heard my share of objections to a correct listing price, but the bottom line is that the listing price of your home is a major determining factor for how successful the process will be. Overpricing your home is one of the reasons your home will take longer to sell, costing you, the seller, time and money.

5.  Stage Your Home For Sale
Home staging is the act of creating an environment that the majority of potential home buyers will find visually appealing.  Staged homes sell quicker than non-staged ones, and according to the National Association of Realtors, over 81% of buyers find it “easier to visualize the property as their future home” when it’s staged. Learn more about the importance of home staging to understand why it is worth it!

Posted in Sellers tips
April 18, 2016

Orlando Real Estate Market March 2016

What is happening with Orlando's Real Estate Market - March 2016 vs. March 2015

 
In March 2016,  the real estate market continues with a decrease in home inventory. Median home prices went up 10 percent, restraining sales by 4 percent.

 

Orlando Real eState market in March 2016

 

               

Posted in Market Conditions
April 7, 2016

Vacation Property; Sell As-Is or Repair Wear and Tear?

Vacation property should I sell as is or repair

If you are a foreign owner looking to sell your Davenport or Kissimmee vacation or investment property, you might ask yourself if you should repair the property before selling it or just sell it as-is. 

There’s no question that sellers will be faced with years of wear and tear on a property that has seen renters come and go. Whether your property was used to provide a vacation spot or was simply an investment for you, when it’s time to sell it, how should you handle that wear and tear?

As a follow-up to a previous article, “Should I Sell My Vacation Property With or Without Furniture,”  today I’ll talk about whether or not you should make repairs to a vacation or investment property before you sell it.

While this post is geared towards foreigners who have a property to sell within the United States, the advice should be taken by anyone selling a vacation or rental property.

What Is Normal Wear and Tear?
Before we talk about whether or not you should address normal wear and tear in a vacation property, let’s first define normal. Basically things that happen over time, not something a renter has done to directly damage the property.
•    Faded paint
•    Natural wearing down of carpet, tile or hardwood flooring
•    Worn out or broken appliances
•    Broken plumbing pipes
•    Faded blinds

While these are NOT THE ONLY items that fall into the natural wear and tear category, they are the most common.
 
As a general rule, properties in good condition are viewed as good investments, rather than a money hole. If you are trying to sell a vacation property as-is, interested buyers will start adding up the dollar signs, making your property less desirable than one where the seller has taken the time to make these adjustments to the overall appearance of the home.

The bottom line is that you will want to take the time to properly prepare the property for sale in order to get top dollar, whether it’s a vacation property or not.

That being said, you will need to factor in the total costs of the normal wear and tear items, as well as any major problems that need to be addressed. It’s possible it would be in your best interest, based on budget, to attempt to sell as-is instead of spending the money to fix up the property.

Here is a look at other information that is especially important for foreign owner to know.
•    A Foreigner’s Guide to LISTING a Property in the U.S.
•    A Foreigner’s Guide to SELLING a Property in the U.S.
•    How FIRPTA Affects Foreigners Selling U.S. Property

March 16, 2016

Orlando Real Estate Market February 2016

What is happening with Orlando Real Estate Market – February 2016 vs February 2015


Orlando's home for sale inventory took another 7 percent tumble in February 2016. In some areas, the median price went up as buyers demand for homes exceeded inventory.

 

Orlando real estate February 2016

 

 

             

Posted in Market Conditions
March 16, 2016

Should I Sell My Vacation Property With Furniture or Without?

Should I sell my vacation home with or without furniture

 
 
If you have a vacation or investment property to sell in Davenport, FL or Kissimmee, FL  you might be asking yourself if you should sell your property with furniture or without. In this post I will cover both the advantages and disadvantages of selling a vacation property with furniture and without.

As a specialist in the area of selling vacation or investment properties in Davenport, FL and Kissimmee for foreign and absentee owners, I have been focusing my last few blog posts on highlighting information that is especially important for foreigners to know.

•    A Foreigner’s Guide to LISTING a Property in the U.S.
•    A Foreigner’s Guide to SELLING a Property in the U.S.
•    How FIRPTA Affects Foreigners Selling U.S. Property

Now that you have an idea of how the overall listing and selling process is different for foreigners, you can focus on the details, starting with whether or not you should sell with or without furniture. After all, that is an important topic to know!


Selling WITH Furniture

A furnished and well-staged property shows better than a vacant one. When rooms are furnished it gives the rooms a purpose as to how they can be used. That being said what shows better: a furnished and well-staged property or a vacant one? Put yourself in the position of the buyer at this point. As a buyer, would you rather buy a vacation home with or without furniture? Most likely yes! The majority of vacation homes do sell fully furnished, and for good reasons.
•    It is easier for buyers to see the home as a vacation home (picture themselves in an environment that already feels like a vacation home)
•    The buyer won’t have to spend additional time and money to choose furniture for the vacation property because it will already be in move-in condition.
•    If the buyer is an investor, is a plus if the property is being fully furnished. It looks like a great investment not having to buy furnishings. Again, it will be in move-in condition.
If you sell the property with the furniture, the furnishings will be included in the contract as a no value item. You could also sell the furnishings  but this transaction will be separate from the real estate transaction; it will be between you, the seller(s) and the buyers.  Also, keep in mind that the furnishings might not be appealing to a wide range of buyers so why would they want to pay for something that is not their taste, worn out furnishings or furnishings that they think should be rightfully included since it is a vacation/investment home.

 

Selling WITHOUT Furniture

 If you plan on selling without furniture, you run the risk that some buyers will not see the property as a good investment as a vacation home. Buyers typically do not want to pay extra for furnishings that are already used.
When would you want to sell your vacation home without the furniture if you already know that buyers would rather buy fully furnished?

•    If the furniture is in very poor condition it will not help with the sale of the home. Furnishings in poor condition will give the property a worn out feel and do not show well at all.  Also, ultimately it will cause the buyer to have to have dispose of it after closing. (viewed as an additional expense) This will have that buyer moving on to the next possible opportunity.

The bottom line here is that in some situations it would be in your best interest to sell your vacation or investment property with furniture to attract a higher number of potential buyers.