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10 Tips For Preparing Your Property To Sell

If you’re getting ready to sell your property, here are my tips to prepare your property for sale: Remove the clutter. This is a great time to pack up what you know you want to keep, put it in boxes and put those boxes in storage ...

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An Amazing Altamonte Springs Renovation

When my family friend asked for my advice on a property in Altamonte Springs I was happy to lend my expertise. This small block house built in 1960 belonged to her stepmother who had moved to a nursing home a year or more prior. The elderly wom...

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You Know Seller Pays Realtor Commissions, Right?

Getting to know new buyer clients can sometimes feel like going on a first date. It can feel a little uncomfortable, with everyone feeling a little self conscious. After all, buyers and sellers have over 12,000 Realtors they can choose from in ...

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To FSBO or Not To FSBO, That is the Question

People who have a property to sell sometimes decide they want to sell it themselves and save that Realtor commission. Whether or not handling a FSBO (For Sale By Owner) is a good move for you depends on several factors. Here are some points...

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Setting Intentions For 2017

As 2016 draws to a close and I review the year, I’m pleased with how my real estate business has grown. I deeply appreciate all the loyal clients and friends who put their trust in me to buy or sell this year, contributing to a nice increase ...

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The Dream of Home Ownership

I’ve recently been struck by just how meaningful it is to watch someone’s dreams come true. It was my pleasure to assist some buyers recently who had been searching with me for literally a year. Their shopping budget was a little low, so th...

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Dealing With Closing Delays

As much as everyone involved with a real estate transaction wants to bring it to a successful, on-time close—things happen. In fact, ALL KINDS of things can happen to derail well-laid plans for a smooth transition. I’m not saying this t...

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The Seller’s Roadmap

So you’ve decided to sell your property. Now what? Here is a nice little graphic Watson created to show the process: The first step is to Meet With A Real Estate Professional — like me! Call me at 407-236-6559 to request your free, n...

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We’re Under Contract On Another Property

The house my husband and I are renting has gone through foreclosure proceedings, went to auction and was essentially repossessed by the bank, which in this case was Fannie Mae. We’ve been very cooperative with the listing agent and the agent...

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Retiring & Selling Your Home

When my elderly parents had to move, it was overwhelming to them. After spending so many years in the same location, uprooting was almost traumatic. But, changes in their circumstances and changes in their health, required that they live el...

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Don’t Throw Money Away On Rent

Seriously, why are you renting? If you think you can’t buy because of serious hits to your credit like a short sale, foreclosure or bankruptcy, TALK TO ME! Been turned down for a mortgage? GREAT! Let me tell you about a lease with right t...

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The House We Rent Is Now For Sale

The house we rent officially hit the market last Friday when it was put in the MLS. If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that we’ve rented this house for over two years with hopes of purchasing it once the foreclosure was o...

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Fannie Mae Now Owns The House We Rent

If you recall, last month I talked about the situation my husband and I are going through in that the house we rent (that we really want to buy) was going to auction after foreclosure. We had no idea what would happen to us and we are still bei...

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June Sales Overview

This year’s busy season has not disappointed. Notoriously, this time heading into summer is the busiest of the year. I had three closings this month alone! First, I had the pleasure of helping a fellow artist find her "forever home." S...

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Win a Bidding War with an Escalatory Addendum

If you’re looking to buy some real estate in today’s marketplace, you know it’s very competitive. It seems everyone is in a mad rush to buy their next home before school starts up again in early August. Currently there is much more de...

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What Happens to Renters in a Foreclosed House?

I’m playing the role of guinea pig to find out the answer to that question. For over two years, my husband and I have been renting a home we knew was heading towards foreclosure. From the beginning, we told the property management company tha...

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Tips For Buyers In A Competitive Market

It’s a fact that having the highest price offer doesn’t always guarantee that the seller will choose your offer. Recently I went to visit clients I sold a home to a year ago and gave them a CMA reflecting the value of their home now. It ...

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Central Florida Changes

There is so much exciting activity going on in Central Florida right now, I can’t wait to see the end results. There is major road construction, a downtown being created and new attractions being built at local theme parks. If you’ve liv...

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On Reinventing Myself

It’s a rather unique experience when a woman gets married and takes on her husband’s last name. I’ve spent the last few months changing over every form of ID, every credit card, every sort of account I have everywhere to reflect my ne...

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1st Thursdays at Orlando Museum of Art (OMA)

Attending 1st Thursdays at Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) is one of my favorite things to do. It’s always a special event for my fiancé and me because it’s always an anniversary of our first date. So, if you’re looking for something mem...

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The Beauty of Baldwin Park

Yesterday I had the pleasure of catching up with a good friend I hadn’t seen in quite a while. We got got up-to-speed on each other’s lives by taking a leisurely stroll around Lake Baldwin in Baldwin Park, Orlando, FL. It’s a ...

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Original Art Is Your Closing Gift!

Besides being a Realtor, I enjoy painting in my spare time. When you close on property with me, you get to choose your closing gift from a collection of original 16″ x 20″ acrylic paintings. Below are a few to choose from. To see more, plea...

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The Maitland Art Center

I recently visited the Maitland Art Center, a part of Art and History Museums Maitland, and wanted to share with you some of the wonderful things you’ll find there. If you’re anything like me, you’ll enjoy the art on display i...

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Welcome To Michelle’s Central Florida

This site is for folks who are planning to move to Central Florida, to help you get to know some of my favorite areas. It’s also a great resource for people who have been living here and now are in need of real estate services. In vari...

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