Fall is here but living in the Midwest we have come to know that only means winter is right around the corner.
Having lived in this snow infested region my whole life I finally made up my mind to pack up the house and move to Orlando, Florida. Mind you I was no where near retirement, just looking for a warmer way of life.
After performing my due diligence (keep in mind it takes me months to decide on a new car that fits my personality…and budget) the one community that kept coming up was a little niche market of Southwest Orange County. Doctor Phillips.
Now only if I had access to all the Doctor Phillips homes for sale, I forgot to mention my profession the past 5 years was a Realtor working in Libertyville, Illinois and with that MLS access!
My Realtor’s license allowed me access to Illinois listings but not Florida, so what’s a person to do? Well I flew to Orlando, took the Florida real estate class and jumped right into my Brokers license.
That was in 2004, today I have been working the Doctor Phillips real estate market for the past 11 years!
Here’s the thing – buyers should be working with a Realtors and viewing homes the
same day, hour or moment they come on the market!
Of course it would be unrealistic and idiotic to promote buyers getting their real estate license before purchasing a home. What I would strongly suggest to buyers is to interview at least 3 Realtors. There’s a reason REALTOR® must disclose when partaking in a real estate transaction…we have an unfair advantage!
What you don’t know can hurt you…Let a local, experienced REALTOR help you though the mind fields of a real estate transaction.
Are you searching for homes in the Doctor Phillips Community, we would love to be one of the three local real estate companies applying for the job!
Havencrest is Taylor Morrison’s newest community nestled between Gotha and Windermere and neighboring Doctor Phillips Florida.
Located off of Apopka-Vineland Road north of Conroy this gated community will feature 85 single family home sites situated around a lush tropical pond. With floor plans to fit every life style, new homeowners will have a total of five floor plans to choose from ranging in size from 3,002 to 4,882 square feet, 4 to 5 bedrooms, den/office, downstairs master suites, gourmet kitchen with granite counters and upgraded appliances. Buyers have the optional bonus room and 3 car garage.
Enjoy the conveniences of the Doctor Phillips Marketplace, “Restaurant Row”, Downtown Orlando, theme parks, outlet stores the famed International Drive, Orlando International Airport and Dr. Phillips Hospital all within 15 miles. Combine this with Top Rated “A” Schools, Windy Ridge Elementary, Chain of Lakes Middle and Olympia High School homeowners will see that Havencrest’s community offers…location, location, location!
Prices are projected to start in the $500,000’s and with only 85 home sites being built in Havencrest, the demand for this prime location will be high.
CALL Paula Hemani at 407-694-7420 for more information on Havencrest and other neighboring communities.
Central Florida’s inventory of available homes for sale has been steadily increasing the past 12 months tipping the real estate market from a sellers market to a buyers almost over night.
Real estate value is still about supply and demand and with the increase of total inventory from 6,937 in March of 2013 to just over 12,000 in July of this year that’s close to double the amount of homes for sale in just 16 months. Today’s home buyers are taking their time sifting through listings and if you include new construction they have plenty of options and are playing that card during negotiations.
The good news for Doctor Phillips real estate and other sought after communities in Metro Orland Florida is that overall averages tend to be much higher. Real estate is local and about local cities, towns and communities. We saw this first hand when established communities like Doctor Phillips started to stabilize in 2010, a good year before outer areas hit bottom.
Today Doctor Phillips has a modest 224 single family homes for sale and out of this only 31 are distressed bank-owned and short sales, a far cry from the bottom of the market in 2009 when markets where flooded with then.
Are you in the early stages of purchasing a home, especially in the sought after real estate market like Dr Phillips? There is some thing you can do now that will save you thousands of dollars in future monthly mortgage payments. . . increase your credit score! I know many times we can’t bare to look at it, maybe we remember a missed payment or two or that once in a lifetime experience of co signing for another person on a car but take that first step and get your report.
You can now get a Free report at www.FreeCreditReport.com, a free report annually to see where your numbers are and what you can do to improve it. The first step is looking at the good, bad and any ugly of your credit report to see if there are any blatant errors. CBS News reported last year that 4 out of 5 credit reports had errors. Go through your free credit report carefully to see if you have any miss information that you can correct. It’s better to do this now than during the loan process.
How do you correct any errors? File a dispute with the credit reporting agency that provided the report and error(s). There are 3 ways to dispute error(s), in writing, over the phone or online with the later being the fastest. Include your full name and address with a statement telling the reporting agency to investigate the error(s). Include the item in question along with account number, reason why you believe it is incorrect and provide copies of supporting documentation if you have any.
Be patient and continue to pay your bills on time and please do not try the quick fix scams that don’t work. Doing this in advance will put you in a better position once you start your mortgage financing and then right into your dream Dr Phillips home!
TeamConnect Realtors enjoy writing about the local real estate market in Dr Phillips with a boots on the ground flare. We understand it’s our daily experiences working with buyers and sellers that can help consumers maneuver the ever-changing real estate market today.
This Winter we have been busy circling the wagons and opened a second office off of Migure and Old Winter Garden. With our Dr Phillips location and now our new office at 2704 Rew Suite 105, TeamConnect Realtors have a place to regroup with buyers, write offers or stop in with their clients for a fresh cup of coffee.
Another exiting change was to move our Dr Phillips Real estate blog. With systems like wordpress.org I could no longer resist staying put and moved to a cleaner faster site that will allow our buyers and sellers faster uploading of properties and new listings added throughout the day.
Aside from these two exiting changes TeamConnect Realty is staying the course, living, working and playing in the Dr Phillips, Windermere and Winter Garden communities. Contact us anytime with your real estate questions, no obligation, just friendly experienced Realtors at your service.