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IN THIS ISSUE

MAY/JUNE 2018

• 10 FEATURES THAT WILL INCREASE BUYER INTEREST IN YOUR HOME, PART 1 • TIPS TO REMEMBER WHEN CONSIDERING NEW CONSTRUCTION • THE LATEST REAL ESTATE MARKET DATA

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10 FEATURES THAT WILL INCREASE BUYER INTEREST IN YOUR HOME, PART 1 Once you’ve put your home on the market, you’ll want it to sell quickly so you can continue your journey. While there's never a guaranteed time frame of when your home will sell, there are several features that will give your home additional appeal. We’ve compiled a list of ten features that will increase a potential buyer’s interest in your home 1. Smart Home Features As in-home technology continues to develop, more and more buyers are looking for homes that have smart home features, like smart locking systems, refrigerators, and thermostats. Not only will these features help your home sell quicker, but they will also increase the appeal of your home. 2. Outdoor Patios In the Sunshine State, most people are always looking for an opportunity to be outside enjoying the clear skies and pleasant weather. A patio provides a comfortable location for outdoor entertaining and enjoyment of the Florida sunshine. Bonus points to homes with covered patios that provide protection from those summer showers. 3. Walk-In Closets Who doesn’t want more storage space? Be sure to highlight any and all storage space in your listing, but pay special attention to feature walk-in closets. Any potential buyer will be drawn to the thought of having easy access to all their clothes without having to use multiple modes of storage. 4. Open Kitchens Open space is always attractive to a potential buyer because it can make a room appear larger and help them visualize themselves filling the space. Open kitchens are a feature that appeals to many buyers because it enables them to be present and take part in the activities that are occurring outside of the kitchen.

5. Hardwood Floors One of the first things many buyers notice in a home is the flooring. Hardwood floors add elegance and charm to your home to give it that extra something that sets it apart from comparable listings. Not only are hardwood floors beautiful, but they also last longer and are easier to clean than many other flooring options. Any combination of these features can help increase the appeal of your home. Be sure to highlight these features in your listing to pique potential buyers’ interest and ensure that you get the best value for your home. Stay tuned for our June newsletter for Part 2 of 10 Features that will Increase Buyer Interest in Your Home.

LEARN HOW TO SELL YOUR HOME! CHECK OUT OUR FREE RESOURCES FOR HOME SELLERS. VISIT DREAMBUILDERSREALTY.COM/SELLING

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TIPS TO REMEMBER WHEN CONSIDERING NEW CONSTRUCTION If you are considering purchasing a new construction home, these tips will help you navigate through the buying and negotiation process with ease. Tip 1: Builder’s representatives are hired to protect the builder’s interests, not the buyer. Working with a REALTOR® when considering a new construction home ensures that you have a knowledgeable person to act as your advocate. Tip 2: You may be surprised to learn that your REALTOR® is paid by the builder. Reputable builders know that it is important for potential buyers to have representation throughout the buying process and factor the cost of a REALTOR® into their pricing. Tip 3: Prices are negotiable. Even if the builder’s representative tells you otherwise, a REALTOR® knows there is always room for negotiation. Working with a knowledgeable REALTOR® can help you develop the appropriate strategy to help you buy the house of your dreams at the best price for you.

Buying a new construction home can be intimidating and exciting. At Dream Builders Realty, we are here to guide you and protect your interests as you go through the home-buying process and ensure that you are getting the best deal for your dream home.

Tip 4: Work with a REALTOR® that is an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR). An ABR is a real estate professional focused on all aspects of buyer representation and has the training necessary to meet the needs and desires of potential buyers in today’s new construction market.

CONSIDERING A NEW CONSTRUCTION HOME? DOWNLOAD OUR FREE NEW CONSTRUCTION TIP SHEET. VISIT DREAMBUILDERSREALTY.COM/HOMEIMPROVEMENTS

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FEATURED HOME

E L A S R O F

RESORT-STYLE LIVING

3180 SILVER FIN WAY KISSIMMEE, FL 34746

4 BED | 3 BATH 2,482 SQ FT $279,000

This four-bedroom, three-bathroom home is located in the desirable Bellalago community, with access to its many amenities and close proximity to popular shopping areas, restaurants, and schools. Located on a corner lot with maturing oak trees and plenty of space to add in a pool or start your own garden. The extra-large garage offers plenty of room for the handyman in the family or for those DIY projects you’ve been dying to try! The home itself offers plenty of room for family activities and other entertainment opportunities. The foyer and upstairs rooms feature beautiful 3/4 inch hardwood maple floors, and the master suite boasts remodeled Allan Ross custom his and hers closets. A recently upgraded kitchen, with a double oven, new dishwasher, and microwave, is sure to bring out your inner chef, and the screened-in back porch provides the perfect outdoor eating area where you can savor a delicious meal while enjoying beautiful Florida sunsets. If you’re looking for resort-style living in a gated community, look no further than this stunning home. Call Dream Builders Realty to see it in person.

WANT TO SEE YOUR HOME FEATURED HERE? CALL 407.847.5428 FOR MORE INFORMATION

KEEPING YOU IN THE KNOW MAY IS THE BEST MONTH TO SELL YOUR HOME Did you know that historically, May is the best time to sell your home in Osceola County? Studies show that the first half of May is the best time to put your home on the market. Homes that are listed during this time frame tend to sell faster and for a higher value. According to a recent study, homes that were put on the market during the first half of May sold two weeks sooner and for approximately $2,400 more than homes listed during other times of the year. As the selling season is heating up, make sure you know the value of your home and have an expert on your side. Get a free estimate of your home value from Dream Builders Realty today!

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GET RESULTS FOR YOUR HOME E TIV AC

MOVE-IN READY! 4611 CYPRESS FOREST LANE SAINT CLOUD, FL 34772 $339,500 4 BD / 3 BA 3,087 SQ FT

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GATED COMMUNITY 3927 PORT SEA PLACE KISSIMMEE, FL 34746 $205,000 4 BD / 2 BA 2,034 SQ FT

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ONE-OF-A-KIND 601 SOUTH DILLINGHAM AVE KISSIMMEE, FL 34741 $325,000 2 BD / 3 BA 1,612 SQ FT

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GARDEN TUB 2709 GARRETT NICHOLAS LOOP KISSIMMEE, FL 34746 $235,000 4 BD / 2.5 BA 2,380 SQ FT

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FENCED-IN BACKYARD 4859 ASHURST STREET KISSIMMEE, FL 34758 $242,000 3 BD / 2 BA 1,674 SQ FT

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4.5 ACRE LOT 3200 HARBOR ROAD KISSIMMEE, FL 34746 $339,900 3 BD / 2 BA 1,856 SQ FT

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OPEN FLOOR PLAN 3949 PORT SEA PLACE KISSIMMEE, FL 34746 $225,000 4 BD / 2 BA 1,923 SQ FT

YOUR HOME HERE WANT TO SEE YOUR HOME FEATURED HERE? CALL 407.847.5428

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FEATURED HOME

LE A S R O F

WATERFRONT PARADISE

1211 TERRALAGO WAY KISSIMMEE, FL 34746

5 BED | 5.5 BATH 5,428 SQ FT $620,000

This amazing lakefront home is located in the gated community of Bellalago and is ready to become your waterfront paradise. The open floor plan boasts a gorgeous kitchen overlooking the screened lanai and Lake Tohopekaliga - the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. Every convenience is at your fingertips, including laundry rooms on both floors, newer appliances, and energy-efficient mechanical systems. An open kitchen provides the perfect space to cook your favorite recipes while entertaining guests. Five bedrooms offer plenty of room for a growing family or for guests to spend the night. This boaters paradise includes a private dock, so parking your favorite toy in your backyard is a piece of cake, and the home is conveniently located in close proximity to the renowned community amenities. If you are looking for all that the Florida lifestyle has to offer, schedule a showing with Dream Builders Realty today!

WANT TO SEE YOUR HOME FEATURED HERE? CALL 407.847.5428 FOR MORE INFORMATION

THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING LENDER PRE-APPROVAL Obtaining lender pre-approval prior to making an offer on a property can be a sound strategy when buying a home. You’ll have a better understanding of your preliminary financing options, as well as your price thresholds when it comes to home shopping. In competitive markets, sellers are also more likely to consider serious offers from buyers who have secured loan pre-approvals, since there is a higher likelihood that the transaction will close. Sellers may be more willing to accept a buyer’s offer when they know that a lender has already reviewed certain credit and perhaps qualifying documents essential to the transaction. Lenders will usually provide a pre-approval notification in writing, which can be presented when submitting a purchase offer.

Harry Urban Branch Manager

P: 407.931.3800 x 103 hurban@butlermortgage.com www.butlermortgage.com NMLS# 189233

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THINKING OF WIRING FUNDS? THINK TWICE. A lot of money changes hands in a real estate transaction. That makes you a target for criminals who send false wiring instructions with the hope of getting your money into their account. But don’t worry; by taking a few precautions you can avoid being scammed. x

Never trust wiring instructions sent through email, and never call the number provided by the sender. Accounts can be faked or hacked, and messages can be intercepted.

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To confirm wiring instructions, either visit Stewart Title Company in person or call your Stewart Title representative using a verified phone number.

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If wiring instructions change, confirm the change by calling your Stewart Title representative, using a verified phone number – not the number in the email.

For more information, contact Rhonda Owen with Stewart Title at 407.729.4144. The content in this flyer is intended for general information purposes. It is not intended as legal advice and is subject to change without notice.

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MARKET TRENDS IN OSCEOLA COUNTY MEDIAN HOME PRICE

NEW PENDINGS

up 4.7% since last month up 15.1% since last year

up 18.8% since last month up 2.2% since last year

$225,000

CLOSED SALES

997

As of March 2018

699

up 29.7% since last month up 7.2% since last year

AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET

SOLD PRICE TO LIST PRICE RATIO

ACTIVE LISTINGS

67

96.5%

2,028

WHAT’S MY HOME’S VALUE?

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Dream Builders Realty Real Estate Newsletter- May/June 2018  

Find out about features that may help your home sell faster as well as tips to remember when considering a new construction home.

Dream Builders Realty Real Estate Newsletter- May/June 2018  

Find out about features that may help your home sell faster as well as tips to remember when considering a new construction home.