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Is a USDA Loan Right for You?

If you thought U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) loans were just for farmers, think again. Many homes in small towns and even the suburbs are eligible for USDA loans. But hey, if you are a farmer, you can probably benefit from this loan type too.

What is a USDA Loan?

A USDA Guaranteed Rural Housing Loan is a 30-year mortgage with an interest rate determined by the lender. They were long thought of as just for farmers, but the program has been expanded in recent years to help families without adequate housing finance the purchase of a home in a rural area.

A USDA Guaranteed Rural Housing Loan is 30 years, with an interest rate determined by the lender. No down payment is required (yes!), which sets these…

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Central Florida Real Estate Market Recap of June 2022

Housing inventory jumped 41% in June with an additional 1,586 more homes on the market in June

June 2022 Recap

State of the Market

  • Inventory increased by 41.2% from May 2022 to June 2022, with 1,586 more homes on the market in June compared to May. This is the second month in a row with a surge in inventory, following May’s increase of 44.2%.
  • Inventory increased by 75.5% from June 2021 to June 2022, jumping from 3,098 homes in June 2021 to 5,437 in June 2022.
  • June’s median home price was recorded at $387,000, an increase of 1.9% compared to May 2022; this sets a record high for the fifth month in a row. This is a 22.9% increase from June 2021 to June 2022,…

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'Why do I need an agent?' 7 quick answers for doubters

Real estate agents still play a valuable role in the age of algorithms and DIYers

Many people believe that if you have the right algorithm, you will find the perfect property or that a transaction is as simple as what is shown on reality TV shows.

What most don’t realize is the negotiating expertise required, what it takes to overcome transaction problems (and they can be numerous) and that you must know and coordinate the best service providers (as many as 25) to get the deal closed.

All these aspects of expertise can save homebuyers or sellers thousands of dollars, or make them thousands of dollars, while ensuring that they are legally protected in all the steps to closing.

If…

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Where Are The Best Places To Live In Florida Right Now?

When most people picture Florida, the first things that come to mind are the beautiful beaches and the seemingly endless supply of sunny days and clear skies. This is absolutely a draw - after all, it is the Sunshine State! But Florida has so much to offer, from theme parks to historic sites, and many cities meet almost any needs. 

Florida is so much more than just the bustling Miami nightlife you see on TV. In fact, some of the most popular cities for new residents are far north of well-known South Beach! 

The top ten places to live in Florida are:

  1. Sarasota
  2. Naples
  3. Melbourne 
  4. Davenport
  5. Tampa
  6. Clermont
  7. Orlando
  8. Port St. Lucie
  9. Lakeland
  10. Windermere

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Central Florida Real Estate Market Recap of May 2022

May’s median home price was recorded at $379,950, an increase of 2.7% compared to $370,000 in April 2022

May 2022 Recap

State of the Market

  • Inventory increased by 44.2% from April 2022 to May 2022, with over 1200 additional homes hitting the market in May compared to April – this is the highest monthly increase in Orlando inventory to date
  • May’s median home price was recorded at $379,950, an increase of 2.7% compared to $370,000 in April 2022; this sets a record high for the fourth month in a row.
  • Interest rates increased from 4.9% in April 2022 to 5.3% in May 2022. This is the highest interest rates in the Orlando area have been since 2009. This is also…

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Central Florida Real Estate Market Recap of April 2022

April’s median home price was recorded at $370,000. This sets a record high for the third month in a row.

April 2022 Recap

State of the Market

  • April’s median home price was recorded at $370,000, an increase of 2.5% compared to $361,000 in March 2022; this sets a new record high for the third month in a row.
  • Interest rates increased by 17.6% from 4.2% in March 2022 to 4.9% in April 2022. This is a 66% increase compared to April 2021 when interest rates were at 3%.
  • Overall sales in April decreased by 7.3%, with a total of 3,800 sales compared to 4,100 sales in March 2022. This is a 7% decrease compared to April 2021 when overall sales were recorded at 4,081.

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Central Florida Real Estate Market Recap of March 2022

March’s median home price was recorded at $361,000. This sets a record high for the second month in a row.

March 2022 Recap

State of the Market

  • March’s median home price was recorded at $361,000, an increase of 4.6% compared to $345,000 in February 2022. This sets a record high for the second month in a row.
  • Interest rates increased by 8.7% from 3.9% in February 2022 to 4.2% in March 2022.
  • Overall sales in March increased by 28.2%, with a total of 4,100 sales compared to 3,198 sales in February 2022.
  • Homes spent an average of 27 days on the market in March, down 10% from February 2022 when the average was 30.
  • Inventory increased in March by 7.1% from…

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February’s median home price was recorded at $345,000, an increase of 2.99% compared to January 2022

February 2022 Recap

State of the Market

  • Overall sales in February increased by 5.44%, with a total of 3,198 sales compared to 3,033 sales in January 2022.
  • February’s median home price was recorded at $345,000, an increase of 2.99% compared to January 2022 and setting a new record high, surpassing December 2021’s record high of $340,000. The median home price in February 2021 was $280,000.
  • Homes spent an average of 30 days on the market in February, down slightly from January 2022 when the average was 32.
  • Inventory continued to drop in February, decreasing by 2.77% from January 2022 for a total of 2,313 homes on…

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what-is-the-average-cost-to-build-a-1500-square-foot-house

Buying any home is a huge investment, and you may consider many factors when making a decision for your family. This can include whether to build a new home or buy an existing one and what your requirements, including size, are. The average-sized home in 2019 was about 2,500 square feet- but what if you need less space and prefer to build a new home in Davenport, FL? We will break down the average cost of a 1500 square foot home to help you determine if this is the right path for you.

What Can 1500 Square Feet Include?

Most of us cannot instantly visualize what 1500 square feet means, especially when it is in the shape of a house, which could include different features and stories. An average home of 1500 square feet will usually include:

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What Does Pending Mean in Real Estate

If you spend time looking at online listings of Champions Gate homes for sale, you’ve probably experienced the disappointment of seeing your dream home listed as “pending.” But does that mean all hope is lost?

A pending description means an offer has been accepted, but it is not a guarantee that the deal will go through. You can keep an eye on the listing and look for opportunities to swoop in if the listing remains available.

What “Pending” Really Means

A listing will be changed to “pending” when the homeowner has accepted an offer from a buyer. This means they may have negotiated on a price and other terms, and both parties have decided those terms are acceptable. There will be a contract executed that states the price, conditions,…

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