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Buying a Home?

August 15, 2017
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  I can help and here is why…I Exclusively represent ONLY the best interest of the home buyer, never the seller. I guarantee 100% loyalty, 100%confidentiality, and full disclosure only to you. Some say, that I should go for double the commission and represent both the buyer and seller. I say, I like not having a conflict of interest…I am free to be a truth teller.  I can give you the good, the bad and the ugly while keeping everything about you confidential. It is y... Read More
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Mount Dora

August 14, 2017
Mount Dora Home for Sale
Mount Dora is a little ways out there from Orlando but it comes in as one of the best neighborhoods and communities around the Orlando area. Located about 40 minutes or 34 miles northwest of downtown Orlando on the shores of Lake Dora, this small community in Lake County is home to about 13,000 residents. It still considered part of the Orlando Kissimmee Florida Metropolitan area. Founded in 1880, Mount Dora is known for small town charm and still has a plethora of antique shops, a darling li... Read More
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Loch Haven Park

July 31, 2017
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Loch Haven Park is Orlando's cultural hub for things to do, tranquil green space, and some of Orlando's best place space. Every major city should have a place like Loch Haven Park. Located north of downtown by Rowena Gardens, between Interstate 4 and N. Mills Ave., Loch Haven Park is more than Orlando's best Park, it's over 45 acres and is the premier cultural Park for the Orlando area. The park itself is nestled between three lakes, Lake Estelle on the north, Lake Rowena on the east, and Lak... Read More
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How to lose $40,000 on Orlando New Construction

November 6, 2015
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It is easy to lose money on Orlando New Construction. Here are some grand ideas: Go alone. What do you need an agent for? Rely on yourself. You don't need an expert opinion. Trust the builders sales person, they smile so nicely. Don't hire your own Buyer agent. You are smart enough. It's just that easy to lose money on Orlando New Construction when you don't have your own agent. Think I am kidding? Just watch this video about how a local Orlando Homebuyer lost $40,000 whe... Read More
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What you don’t know about “Agency Relationships”…

November 6, 2015
After reading comments that licensed agents make, it is easy to conclude that most have no clue about "Agency Relationships". Understanding agent duties and boundaries does not need to be elusive. Here are some basics: 1. Agency relationships are not created by a simple phone call. They are also not created just because you show a house or someone walks into your open hou... Read More
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Etiquette for Agents holding open house

November 6, 2015
Holding an open house should be solely for the benefit of promoting the sellers property. It should not be used for the purpose of snagging buyers so that you can show them a better deal down the street. Here are some helpful hints: 1. The consumer that comes through the door at your open house is NOT YOUR BUYER. You have "no relationship" with them so they do not belong to you. They might even have an Exclusive Agency relationship with another agent. 2. It is not... Read More
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Renting to a Service Dog…

November 6, 2015
Last month I got a call on my rental home. The caller asked what my pet policy was because she had a dog. I said "It depends..." then she added that her roommate had a "service dog". I said "That would be a "no"... Her voice got louder and she said "are you saying that you will not rent to my roommates service dog?" I said "No, I am saying I will not rent to YOUR dog." I instantly knew that I had to choose my words carefully. Let me clarify that I am not against renting to pets...... Read More
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Should the Buyers Agent challange a short appraisal?

November 6, 2015
Central Florida real estate is bouncing back faster than any other area in Florida. Many times, comparables are lagging behind, which is causing some properties to not appraise for contract price. Not long ago, one of my contracts received a short appraisal. As a registered appraiser, I already checked the comps and knew that the appraisal would be a stretch. Buyers just loved the house and all the upgrades. Yes, it was at the... Read More
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Fake Buyers Agents

November 6, 2015
There are fake buyers agents among us...you know, the agents that like to use the label of "buyers agent" without the added responsibility that goes with it. Today home buyers are the ones suing the agent; sellers not so much. Buyers find suprises after closing; sellers are glad to be rid of the problem. Buyers that hire a buyers agent look to that agent to waive all the red flags and not throw them under the bus. Recently there was a blog feature about whose responsibility it is wh... Read More
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Pocket Listings; the down and dirty

November 6, 2015
"Pocket listing" means that a home is not listed in the multiple listing service (MLS) but is instead marketed directly by the broker — it is in that person's "pocket". In many cases there is not even a written agreement, but just a loosey goosey verbal agreement. The pocket listing is like a secret FSBO. As an Exclusive Buyers Agent I never list any property, so I don't really care who has the MLS listings or the pocket un-listings. The main reason pocket listings irritate me is ... Read More
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