Finding the History of Your Central Florida Home

Finding the History of Your Central Florida HomeCentral 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. We gathered together some resources to help you learn more about your Central Florida home.

The best place to begin your search is with the building and property records of your home. County history centers and local courthouses maintain building permits, real estate listings, photographs, maps, neighborhood plans (Sanborn maps), artifacts, exhibits, and official public records. Also these organizations record histories capturing the lives and tales of the residents and leaders in Central Florida. Your mid-Florida Realtor can also view the transaction history of your home on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). […]

Home Buying 101 for New Graduates

Class of 2015 - blogCongratulations 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 to establish credit, you can do so right away by opening a credit card or paying your cell phone bill. To ensure the best credit score possible, make sure you always pay your bills on time, keep your balances low or at zero, and keep the cards open. The longer you maintain clean credit the better your score gets.

Learn more about credit reports & scores here: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Step Two: Collect Important Documents
When applying for a mortgage you’ll need to provide various financial and official documents from the previous two years. As you receive them, make sure to collect and save pay stubs, bank and investment statements, W-2’s, tax returns, credit card statements, student loan balances, car loans, diplomas (for applicants who attended undergraduate/graduate school in the past two years), and a list of addresses where you have lived in the last two years.

Step Three: Saving Up
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Real Estate Outlook for Spring 2015

Market Update - blogTwo 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 rates have motivated high-end buyers to jump on homes valued between $750,000 – $1 million or second vacation homes. Other advantages for buyers include loosened lending standards, and the FHA’s reduced annual insurance premium.

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15 Apps for Aspiring Home Owners

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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. Use it to check median home prices in your area as well.

Homesnap

Take a picture of a home that’s caught your eye with your smart phone and see the sale information, schools, and other data pop-up instantly. This app makes the home-buying process easy to share with friends, family, and your realtor.

Zillow Mortgages

Zillow offers 3 easy-to-use calculators to determine monthly payments, affordability, and refinancing. The home screen of the app tracks current market trends and loan programs so that you can always stay up-to-date.

Saving for Your Future

Mint

Offered by Intuit, Inc., the creators of Turbo Tax, Mint makes tracking bills and spending hassle-free. With all of your accounts and investments viewable in one place, saving for your dreams becomes a reality.

Making Your Decision

Sigalert

Find out your commute times, traffic patterns, and best routes using Sigalert. This app provides real-time traffic updates to keep you moving.

Meetup

When you’re new to an area it can be difficult to meet new people. Meetup connects users with other people in their community who share the same interests or needs.

Indeed

Indeed is an essential app for casual and serious job-seekers alike. You can search for jobs in your area or based on your expertise, as well as upload your resume for employers to see.

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