FEMA Has Postponed Changes to Flood Insurance Program

Florida is home to 35% of all flood insurance policies underwritten by the federal government. The National Flood Insurance Program, part of FEMA, has pushed back its planned changes to the program. The original effective date of Oct. 1, 2020, has been moved back one year to Oct. 1, 2021. Known as the Risk Rating[…]

Guide to Buying & Selling Historic Homes in Central Florida

Earlier this month we sold the house next door to ours. It was built in 1927, and designed by the first architect in Seminole County, Elton J. Moughton. A few years ago we had the experience of helping someone buy their dream home in the historic district of Sanford. Both transactions have inspired us to[…]

Market Update: July See Sales Growth & Tight Inventory

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[…]

Searching for a Brand New Abode or a Lovable Lemon?

choosing the right home - blogIn 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 search for that run the gambit from “huge time and money investment” to “brand, spanking new.” There may be some options that surprise you.


1front (2)The Lovable Lemon Dwelling

“If you can’t be handsome, be handy.” – The Red Green Show

This is one of our favorite quotes and it totally applies to searching for a home that needs some care! The first sign of a lovable lemon is in the listing description with phrases like “as-is.” When viewing this home buyers may think “I can picture a more open layout,” or “the bathroom shower is disgusting.” It is important to keep certain repairs in mind. Large projects like the roof, foundation, or framing can be expensive.

The Lovable Lemon Dwelling is right for you if:

– You love taking on a project (even Ikea furniture or assembling children’s toys).
– You’re handy, or you’re willing to learn to be handy (houzz.com has some great tutorials).
– You have an eye for design.
– You want to save money on your initial purchase of a home.
– You’ll be able to fund projects overtime.
– You have time on weekends and holidays.
– You’re patient.


1exteriorfrontThe Cosmetic Makeover Crib

“There is a kind of beauty in imperfection.” – Conrad Hall

Not quite full remodel, not quite move-in ready, these homes can be deceivingly simple to fix up without a lot of time and money. They generally have good bones, like a newer roof and appliances, pleasant layout, and attractive cabinets and vanities. What throws buyers off of these homes are visual elements like the carpets, wallpaper, or fixtures. Cosmetic fixes are easy and cost-effective to change, they just require a little imagination.

The the Cosmetic Makeover Crib is perfect if: […]