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IN THIS ISSUE

APRIL 2018

• 5 REASONS NOW MAY BE THE RIGHT TIME TO SELL • 4 EASY SPRING PROJECTS TO DO AROUND YOUR HOME • THE LATEST REAL ESTATE MARKET DATA


5 REASONS NOW MAY BE THE RIGHT TIME TO SELL Determining the right time to sell your home is just as important as determining the right listing price. So how do you know when to put your home on the market? We've created a list of five reasons why now may be the right time to sell. 1. The market conditions have changed. The conditions of the real estate market are ever-changing, so it’s important to pay attention to the market trends if you're thinking of selling your home. If you notice similar homes in your area are selling at a good price, it may be time to consider listing your home. Contact and work with a REALTOR® who is knowledgeable about the real estate market in your neighborhood and can help you determine if listing now will help you get the best value for your home. Their expertise will help you have a better understanding of the current real estate market conditions. 2. The value of your home has changed. With the recent improvements in the real estate market, the value of your home has probably improved. We recommend working with your REALTOR® throughout your time in your home. Remaining in touch with your REALTOR® will help you stay ahead of market trends and help determine if now is the right time for you to sell. Consistently knowing the value of your home will put you at an advantage compared to other home sellers in your area. 3. Your home has features other new listings do not. In any sort of competition, you want to make sure you stand out from the crowd. The same is true in a competitive housing market. If your home has additional features that set it apart from similar listings, now may be the right time to sell. Does your home have a pool or an outdoor patio? Have you installed smart features that you plan to leave in the house? Many potential buyers will be attracted by the additional value these extra features bring to the home and may be willing to pay more for them.

4. You’ve made major upgrades to your home. If you’ve recently upgraded or replaced major items, like flooring, cabinetry, or roofing, you should consult your REALTOR® to find out if those upgrades could affect your home value. In the current market, buyers are willing to spend more money on homes with upgraded kitchens and bathrooms, and changes in these spaces will add the most value to your home. Find out what items will increase the value of your home the most before making any additional changes. We always recommend working with your REALTOR® before making major changes prior to selling to determine if upgrading your home will increase its value. 5. Interest rates are historically low. 30-year mortgage interest rates are currently hovering around 4%, and experts agree that mortgage rates will remain relatively low for the remainder of 2018. Low interest rates typically bring more buyers into the market and with the recent high demand for houses, we're definitely starting 2018 in a seller's market. Talk with your REALTOR® about the current market conditions to find out if now is the right time to sell. In any circumstance, the best guide to successfully selling your home is to work with a knowledgeable REALTOR® who will make sure the market conditions are favorable, your home is accurately priced, and that you’ve accounted for any features that may separate it from comparable listings.

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4 EASY SPRING PROJECTS TO DO AROUND YOUR HOME It’s spring and the weather couldn’t be better here in Central Florida! Spring break is over and the kids are back to school, so it’s time to get some projects done around the house. As a homeowner, it's key to keep your home in tip-top shape for yourself and for potential buyers as well. Here are four easy spring projects to do around your home. 1. Pressure wash the outside of your home and the surrounding area. Many homeowners think about giving their siding a good washing from time to time, but doing it on the regular and adding your gutters, driveway, and/or sidewalk to the list is a good idea, too.

4. Have maintenance done on your A/C unit. Speaking of A/C, summer is coming, and right now is the perfect time to have maintenance done on your A/C unit and/or pool pump. They are going to be working overtime once summer is here, and ensuring they are properly maintained will pay off in the long run. Taking the time to spruce up and maintain your home this spring will ensure you are prepared for summer months. Keep up with maintenance throughout the year so your home is always ready for guests and potential buyers alike.

2. Clean your windows and screens. You may be able to pressure wash your windows, but be sure to pay special attention to your screens when doing so. If they are in good shape this shouldn’t be a problem, but if they are starting to wear, you may want to use just a hose instead to avoid tearing. 3. Give the inside of your home a deep clean. Wipe down baseboards, dust your blinds, and clean off your ceiling fan blades. While you’re at it, be sure to replace your A/C filter, too.

MAKING HOME IMPROVEMENTS THIS YEAR? FIND HOME IMPROVEMENT TIPS ONLINE. VISIT DREAMBUILDERSREALTY.COM/HOMEIMPROVEMENTS

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FEATURED HOME

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STUNNING CURB APPEAL

4859 ASHURST STREET KISSIMMEE, FL 34758

3 BED | 2 BATH 1,674 SQ FT $245,000

This 3-bedroom, 2-bath home is gorgeous both inside and out. Mature landscaping frames the front entrance, creating a beautiful entryway you’ll love to come home to. Gorgeous ceramic tile is featured in the living room and open kitchen, giving a touch of elegance throughout the home. You’ll never want to stop entertaining since the open kitchen features plenty of space to cook your favorite recipes and an island that can double as a breakfast bar. If you’re a gardener, you will love the spacious backyard that offers plenty of room to flex your green thumb. The view from your private, screened-in porch comes move-in ready with plenty of mature trees and shrubs planted throughout the backyard, creating the perfect space to spend a warm Florida summer night. 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 NEW DEVELOPMENT COULD BE COMING NEAR VALENCIA COLLEGE POINCIANA CAMPUS New townhomes may be coming to Poinciana. AV Homes, a nationally respected homebuilder, is planning to build 102 townhomes near the Valencia College Poinciana campus. The proposed development will convert residential lots in Bellalago to multifamily use, which would double the number of multifamily units in the community. Part of the plan includes a potential pedestrian and bike path that would give residents easy access to Valencia’s campus. The Planned Development (PD) Amendment would need to be approved by Osceola County’s Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners in July before a Site Development Plan is finalized. The development will be near College Station, which is currently slated to be developed on 400 acres of land west of Lake Tohopekaliga.

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SLICE OF PARADISE 4533 FICUS TREE ROAD KISSIMMEE, FL 34758 $265,000 4 BD / 2.5 BA 2,847 SQ FT

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SCREENED-IN POOL 3267 BUFFALO COURT KISSIMMEE, FL 34746 $211,300 4 BD / 2 BA 1,440 SQ FT

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GATED ESTATE 3540 SOUTHWOOD BLVD KISSIMMEE, FL 34746 $520,000 7 BD / 5 BA 5,516 SQ FT

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GATED COMMUNITY 3614 VALLEYVIEW DRIVE KISSIMMEE, FL 34746 $250,000 4 BD / 3 BA 2,415 SQ FT

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MATURE LANDSCAPING 565 KINGFISHER DRIVE POINCIANA, FL 34759 $160,000 3 BD / 2 BA 1,535 SQ FT

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OPEN KITCHEN 1 HADDOCK WAY POINCIANA, FL 34759 $153,000 3 BD / 2 BA 1,261 SQ FT

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COVERED PATIO 939 GASCONY COURT KISSIMMEE, FL 34759 $150,000 3 BD / 2 BA 1,876 SQ FT

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FEATURED HOME

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ENTERTAINER’S DREAM

2709 GARRETT NICHOLAS LOOP KISSIMMEE, FL 34746

4 BED | 2.5 BATH 2,380 SQ FT $235,000

If you love to entertain, you will fall in love with this two-story home. An open kitchen provides the perfect space to cook your favorite recipes while entertaining guests. Four bedrooms offer plenty of room for a growing family or for guests to spend the night. The master bedroom features a garden tub where you’ll want to end a long night and relax in style. This home sits on just over one-third of an acre, which means you can invite friends and family over for that summer barbecue you’ve been planning. Ready to see your dream home up close? 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.

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Harry Urban Branch Manager

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


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 Amy Buehler with the Stewart Title of Celebration office at 407.964.3551. 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

$215,000

up 4.9% since last month up 15.6% since last year

NEW PENDINGS

CLOSED SALES

839

539

up 0.2% since last month up 1.9% since last year

As of February 2018

up 12.5% since last month up 0.9% since last year

AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET

SOLD PRICE TO LIST PRICE RATIO

ACTIVE LISTINGS

72

95.9%

2,135

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Dream Builders Realty Real Estate Newsletter for April 2018  

Learn why now may be the right time to sell as well as the four easy spring projects you can do around your home.

Dream Builders Realty Real Estate Newsletter for April 2018  

Learn why now may be the right time to sell as well as the four easy spring projects you can do around your home.