Sparrow Realty Group & Rentals is a full service real estate brokerage in Central Florida.
We have skilled Realtors for buyers and sellers...fluent in the MLS...experienced investment consultants...skilled short sale advisors...including buying real estate in your IRA/401k...vigilant property management to protect your investment...maintenance-on-call for all property needs...reliable referral base for home repairs and services...custom home-building consultation and planning..."home watch" while you fly north for the winter...
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Financing real estate deals these days can be challenging, but doable with the right people. We highly recommend our preferred mortgage broker Rayce Robinson – we’ve been working with him for 10 years! Check out his 4 minute video that covers the difference between an FHA loan and a conventional loan. If you buy and[…]
This spectacular five bedroom, three and a half bath Taylor Morrison home is listed at $619,900. It is 3,997 sq ft, with 5 bedrooms and 3 and a half bathrooms. It is one of the newest homes in the gated Sanford subdivision Lake Forest. The kitchen features lots of designer touches: 42″ ebony cabinets,[…]
We just listed this 2759 sq. ft. house in Daytona Beach for $310,000. It has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Check out the full listing here: http://www.148pleasantvalleydrive.com/
According to WMFE when the recession hit in 2008 Central Florida experienced over 60,000 foreclosures per month. Thankfully today that rate has dropped to around 20,000 per month but Florida still maintains one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country. If you had to go through a short sale, foreclosure, or bankruptcy as a[…]
Did you know Labor Day rivals Black Friday in sales, especially in Florida? Big brand stores sell “seasonal items,” like summer clothing and patio furniture, for deep discounts. Floridians utilize summer items year-round. Take some of that money you made laboring and put it to good use this Labor Day with incredible scores for an[…]
Have you seen the show Flip or Flop on HGTV? A husband and wife real estate team in California purchases homes at auctions with cash in order to renovate and resell them. We recently had a client who was interested in how real estate auctions work, and if they were a smart investment for her.[…]
Seminole County Office of Emergency Management and first responders are preparing for the potential impacts of Hurricane Danny. This weekend, you may consider preparing your home and devising a plan in the event Hurricane Danny makes landfall in Central Florida. For more information, please contact the Seminole County Office of Emergency Management at 407-665-5102. Here are a few[…]
Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association’s monthly market report is out! July closings increased over 33% compared to last year. When compared to July 2011, the July 2015 median price is 59.20% higher. Right now inventory is very tight with a pace of just under three and a half months of supply. The total inventory count is[…]
In February of this year the Wall Street Journal reported that Orlando fell on the list of “metro areas with the most fixer uppers listed for sale.” Often purchasing a fixer upper saves money, but there are ways to tell if it’s right for you. We’ve gathered the profiles of four types of homes to[…]
Real estate transactions have changed a lot over the last 5 years of rapid technological advancement. Scammers and thieves have changed with the times. The latest alert is that thieves are hacking emails of buyers, title companies and realtors to send out a false claim for closing funds from the buyer in the form of[…]
We loves pets here at The Sparrow but we know having pets can be tricky if you want to protect the investment you’ve made, you’re looking to rent a pet-friendly house, or you’re trying to sell your home. We’ve collected our best advice we can give to sellers, home owners, or renters with pets to[…]
With last week’s good news regarding the surge in Orlando real estate market, you might be considering selling your home, and you’re not alone. According to Florida Realtors, a recent Fannie Mae survey showed that, “homeowners are becoming more upbeat about potentially selling their home.” 52% of the Americans surveyed believed selling their home now[…]
The real estate market in our area has a head of steam, and keeps moving. June sales were a record 3500 homes sold in our MLS in a month, and a 21% increase over last year. Ironically, a lot of people perceive the opposite is true, because a lot of “perception” is based on emotion[…]
This Chuluota home is listed at $735,000. It is 3913 sq ft, with 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. It’s in an equestrian, upscale, quiet, gated neighborhood on secluded 5 acre lot on Lake Pickett, a 900 acre spring-fed lake with no public access and two water ski courses. Click here to see the full listing[…]
According to SunSentinel Florida properties make up 37 percent of flood insurance policies nationwide. Flood risk is a common concern among Central Florida home buyers and owners for a good reason, FEMA estimates that the average flood insurance policy costs about $700 per year. Policy rates in moderate-to-low risk areas are about half of the[…]
Did you know that 45% of all moves occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day? As the selling market and summer season ramps up in Central Florida we’ve collected our best advice to make moving easier. #1 – Start Throwing Away Today Our father-in-law gave us this advice on our wedding day 33 years ago. It is important[…]
The Orlando Housing Market report for May 2015 is promising. It states “Orlando’s housing market is riding its traditional summertime wave of home sales — fueled in part by both low interest rates and more inventory — and posted positive numbers for the month of May.” The real estate market in our area continues full[…]
Curious about the Seminole County homes sold in the last month? We rounded up 7 unique single family homes purchased in May or early June. Oviedo ends up taking most of the titles for this month, but there are a few from around Sanford and Lake Mary. Priciest Home – $1.85 Million | Mathers Cove, Oviedo[…]
The two best predictors of future real estate value and appreciation a home are (1) the quality of schools nearby, and (2) the rent that home will receive if it were a rental. Is that tried and true formula changing? How’s my cell phone coverage here? People regularly hold up their cell phone in the[…]
Central Florida started expanding at the turn of last century, and since then its growth has exploded! Even if your home was built after 1980, every neighborhood and its residents have an interesting past to uncover. You may want to contribute to some of the groups who collect stories and histories from the Orlando-Metro area.[…]
Congratulations to the new grads this year! Although buying a house may seem like a distant dream there are steps you can take now to buy your first home a few years after graduation. Step One: Get Your Credit Report You can find our your credit score right away at annualcreditreport.com. If you have yet[…]
Two articles from FloridaRealtors.org have given us insight into the market for Spring. A reduced inventory means a seller’s market is in full swing and projected to last into the Summer. Buyers have taken advantage of lower mortgage rates (right around 4%) which contributes to the contracted supply of homes on the market. The depressed[…]
What a time to be alive! Mobile apps make buying a home easier than ever before. These are 15 apps that will turn you into an unstoppable investor and wise decision maker. When on the Hunt Realtor.com When searching for a home to rent or buy we recommend Realtor.com for the most accurate market information.[…]
The Central Florida real estate market indicators from March 2015 are excellent! The median price of homes is up 10% from last March, and we had the most homes sales in one month in a long time, breaking the 3000 ceiling (3067). Our close to home real estate market in Orlando has been strong and[…]