What to Do When In Haines City

Located in the Atlantic coastal plains, with gently rolling hills and a subtropical climate, Haines City is one of the fastest growing cities in Florida.

Often overshadowed by nearby cities like Davenport and Orlando, Haines City has a consistently growing average house appreciation rate – making it an excellent location for those looking for homes for sale in Haines City, Florida.

Moreover, Haines City has a lower crime rate than the national average, making it a great place for families. The city also has a lot to offer in terms of attractions and amenities. Here are some exciting things to do when in Haines City, Florida.

Orange Picking at Ridge Island Groves

Orange picking at the Ridge Island Groves, especially during harvest season,…

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Haines City Relocation Guide

Moving to the warm climate and welcoming community in Haines City sounds great. However, beyond the weather, there are many factors to consider to make sure it’s the best fit for you and your family. Ask yourself: “Is relocating to Haines the best thing for my family?” To help you answer this, you should consider Haine City’s economy, schools, parks and recreation, housing prices, cost of living, and other factors. Here at Florida Realty Marketplace, we get a lot of inquiries about those considerations from our clients who are looking for homes for sale in Haines City. To help you and other families who want to relocate, we will break down each of those factors in this article. We want you to get a clear, realistic picture of Haines City and what life…

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Florida Maintenance ListThe clock ticks inexorably forward, and your responsibilities to your garden and yard are piling up. With every new season, you gain a new set of duties to keep your home’s exterior looking strong, healthy, and attractive.  As you invest your time, you maintain your home value and when it comes to asking that question, "what will my Davenport home sell for?" you'll know it's going to be a pretty good answer.

Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t know how to change their outdoor work routines with the changing weather. Even in Florida, where the sun shines year-round, it’s important to modify your yard work checklist to account for the temperature, humidity, and precipitation. This guide should help you remember when you need to address what issues in…

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Your Online Guide to Davenport

Nestled within Central Florida’s highlands, and enveloped by subtropical flora and striking lakes, Davenport, Florida offers an escape from the daily hustle bustle of busy urban life. Affordable homes and close proximity to exciting locations, such as Disneyland and Legoland, also make it an ideal place for families with children.

Whether you’re relocating due to work, in search of a place with a higher standard of living, or looking for homes for sale in Davenport, this online guide to Davenport has all the details you will need.

Soar High in Hot Air Balloon Rides

Clear blue skies, with enchanting green swamps, make Davenport a visual treat – especially from a floating hot air balloon. Relax and unwind as you watch the breathtaking sunrise…

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The housing crisis is finally in the rear-view mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen to their lowest point in years. The market will continue to strengthen in 2019.

However, there is one thing that may cause the industry to tap the brakes: a lack of housing inventory! Buyer demand naturally increases during the summer months, but supply has not kept up.

Here are the thoughts of a few industry experts on the subject:

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at National Association of Realtors

“Further increases in inventory are highly desirable to keep home prices in check, the sustained steady gains in home sales can occur when…

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Real Estate Market Update

Orlando's housing market cools in advance of summer 

April 2019 Recap

After 93 months of consecutive year-over-year increases in median price, the Orlando housing market saw its first decline in April. The decrease was only 1% but it comes at the start of our traditional summer selling season, which typically sees jumps in both median price and sales.

According to the latest monthly report from the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association, the median price (the figure at which half of the homes sold for more and half sold for less) was $235,000.

The report also shows 3,315 homes were sold in April compared to 3,371 for a 2% decrease. The decline can be…

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Two of the biggest mistakes home sellers make when choosing a listing agent are selecting an agent solely based on the two things: the highest list price for your home and the lowest commission.

At first glance, a seller might say, "What? Are you nuts?" because sellers want the highest possible price and to pay the least amount of commission. But those two criteria have very little to do with hiring a competent agent and, in many instances, are completely irrelevant. Let's look at why.

Agents can't tell you how much your home will sell for. That's a fallacy. A listing agent can show you comparable sales, pending sales, and…

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Pay close attention to the details, and you'll create a memorable first impression for every buyer

Putting a home on the market is like being on stage for all the world to see, so sellers must prepare to have their homes scrutinized six ways from Sunday, inside and out.

Although drone photography, video and 3D imaging have proven to be advantageous in many ways, allowing buyers to virtually experience the home and neighborhood like never before, they can also be very unforgiving.

So what can sellers do to make a positive and memorable first impression on buyers and their agents? What can they do to eliminate (or at least tame) the scrutiny and instead inspire buyers to visualize a future in the home?

Below are five things to consider:

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There are many reasons why a homeowner decides to sell their house and move. The latest Generational Trends Report from the National Association of Realtors asked recent home sellers to share their reason for moving.

The younger the respondents, the more likely their top response centered around needing a larger home (ages 29 to 53). Relocating for a job was the top reason for those ages 54 to 63 and the second most popular response for those under 53. The chart below shows the breakdown for these two reasons.

For homeowners over the age of 64, wanting to be closer to friends and family served as the top motivator to move. Downsizing to a smaller home or moving due to retirement came in as a close second and third.

Have you outgrown…

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