Contrary to popular belief, buyers shop for #OrlandoRealEstate all year round, including the holiday season. In fact, sellers who put their homes on the market during the holiday season (roughly between November and January) may have an advantage because there are usually fewer houses on the market so there's less competition. There are several other reasons to consider putting your home on the market during the holidays:
1. Many home buyers have extra time off during the holiday season so they have more time to look for their new home.
2. Because of the limited supply of homes for sale, sellers may be able to receive a higher purchase offer than expected.
3. Buyers looking for homes during the holidays are usually highly motivated to buy before the end of the year so they can get extra itemized income-tax deductions for mortgage loan fees, interest and pro-rated property taxes.
4. Festive lights and holiday decorations can help a home "show better."
5. Because January is traditionally the month for transfers, having a home on the market at the end of the year can capture the transferees who may not be able to wait until the Spring to buy a home.by David WelchOrlando Real Estate
The tech era is upon us and the effects are showing up
everywhere — at the store, in our workplaces and now even in our homes. While
tech advancements in the home have brought welcomed convenience, they've
complicated the home search process.
To clear things up, we've got a list of facts and fiction
about smart apartments and houses. We want to keep you in the know when you're
hunting the next place you'll call home.
This one is total fiction!
In the past, smart technology was reserved for the techies
and the elites. The notion might have conjured up images of Bruce Wayne's bat
lair. The truth is, smart homes are becoming increasingly common.
It's estimated that smart home device sales in the U.S. will
billion this year. This trend indicates that smart home technology is not
reserved exclusively for affluent or tech-savvy renters.
Skeptics of smart home technology often wonder if the claims
of money saving can actually stand up to the test. The truth? Many smart
devices will save you money.
Take smart thermostats for example. Some offer programming,
meaning you can schedule your heating and cooling units to rest while you're
away and kick back on to cool or heat your place by the time you arrive home.
Other smart thermostats go as far as learning
your habits and automatically adjusting to save money and energy.
This one is not a clear cut fact or a piece of fiction — the
answer is a bit more complex.
Not too long ago, it
was revealed that consumer smart TVs were spying on their users. This
caused worry for many consumers using smart home technology, and rightfully so.
But you're ultimately in charge of the level of privacy you
choose to give up. Any device that has a camera or microphone has the potential
to record your private data, and devices without this tech are generally safe.
A light bulb or smart thermostat is not going to "spy" on you.
is one of your primary concerns, this is something you must be aware of.
Smart apartments or homes are not exclusive to those who own
their properties. If you thought this was true, you're probably thinking about
the impact on a home's infrastructure required to install smart technology. The
truth is that many consumer smart home devices today are wireless and have no
physical impact on the structure of the home.
This not only means that these devices can be installed in
rental properties, it means they can be taken from one rental to another. If
you're looking for an apartment or house with smart technology, you can
probably find one. But keep in mind, you can easily install your own smart home
system in your rental.
To get your home sold quickly in the #OrlandoRealEstate market, it’s important that other agents in the area show it to as many potential buyers as possible. The first thing a good agent will do when working with buyers is talk to the buyer and learn what kind of home they are looking for. Then the agent will search all the available homes for those most closely matching what the buyer wants. Next, the agent puts together a list of the best matches to go show to the buyer. When a busy agent is compiling a list of homes to show a buyer, the agent will naturally tend to show those houses that are easiest to gain access to first. Many homes on the market have “lock boxes” on them. The lock box is a device which holds a key to the home, that only qualified local agents can access. Homes that are listed as being “lock box, no appointment needed” will get shown more often than homes listed as “agent has key, call for appointment”. If at all possible, you should let your agent put a lock box on your home for easier showing.
If you can’t do a lock box, you need to be sure that you make it as convenient and easy as possible for other agents to show your home. If they call, do whatever you have to do to accommodate letting them show your home to buyers on their schedule. If you don’t, the agent will probably show the buyer other homes, and if that buyer makes an offer on one of them, you’ve just lost a great opportunity.
It’s best if you can leave when the agent and buyer arrive to see your home. Buyers won’t feel comfortable with you there, and it could sour an otherwise good impression.
by David WelchOrlando Real Estate