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This one is fun for the whole family! The Spring Fiesta in the Park is in it’s 25th year at Lake Eola. The lake is already a fun weekend spot and this weekend will be no exception. The fiesta includes live entertainment, a kids area (complete with inflatable fun), and over 200 arts and crafts booths with original work from around the country. The event will also have food and drink vendors, and is pet-friendly. The fiesta is a great way to kick off spring in Central Florida, and oh yeah – it’s free to attend!

The Spring Fiesta in the Park is April 5th & 6th from 10am-6pm. Check the website for additional information.

We just read over at the Orlando Weekly that one of Orlando’s favorite taco joints is helping out local non-propfit, Zebra Coalition by donating 15% of all proceeds to them today! This is what community is all about, collaborating and supporting your neighbor.

Tako Cheena has some of the best tacos you will ever taste, who knew that Asian and Mexican food melded so well together? Apparently they did, and they do it better than anyone else. For April 2nd only, Tako Cheena will be donating 15% of all sales to the Zebra Coalition. Zebra Coalition does amazing things for the LGBT youth in the Central Florida community by providing helpful services and a safe place. Get your nom’ on and support a good cause!198206_209141909098704_5974839_n

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One of the coolest things that happens in Orlando every year is the Florida Film Festival . Now in it’s 23rd year, FFF is an Oscar-qualifying festival that spans over 10 days with 170 movie selections, fabulous parties and celebrity mingling across multiple venues. The festival kicks off April 4th and ends on the 13th. The Orlando Weekly featured some of the most anticipated films, parties and forums that will be taking place. Be sure to purchase tickets soon!

*Image take from floridafilmfestival.com

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You may or may not have seen that little “Winery Open” sign near the corner of Virginia and Mills. Tip: follow it! We visited Quantum Leap over the weekend and can say these folks know what’s up! The staff is extremely friendly and super knowledgable about the many different wine offerings. You can get a “tasting” of many wines or a full glass and enjoy it inside or on the patio outside.

Quantum Leap Winery is Florida’s only sustainable winery, meaning that they focus on reducing the carbon footprint associated with traditional wine production. Basically, they have found a way to bring us delicious wine that is also eco-friendly! Bravo.

The winery is open on Thursdays & Fridays 2-7pm as well as on Saturdays from 12-6pm. About once a month or so there is also a “Wine Down” event with live music. The very cool urban feel also makes the winery an ideal location for private events and parties.

CapturerealestateanalysisPart 2 of the Selling Your Home Series is about choosing an agent.  So, you read last week’s post Part 1 and decided that now is the right time for you to sell your Orlando home.  Great news!  Now what?

Well your first step is to hire the right agent for the job.   If you are selling a home in Downtown Orlando, College Park, or Winter Park scroll to the bottom and fill out our form.  You found the right agent!

If you’re unsure of who might be the right agent for the job, look for signs in your neighborhood.  Is there any one agent that seems to dominate the area?  If you look at recent sales online in your area, is there one agent that has a large number of them?  That could lead you to someone who is highly knowledgeable about the area.  Knowledge and sales history doesn’t necessarily make that agent the best agent for you personally.  Get to know them and their business a little better by asking the questions below.  If you’re still torn visit next week for deciding between two agents that tell you different prices for your home!

10 Questions to Ask Your Realtor about Selling a House

1.  Are you a full-time professional real estate agent? How long have you worked full time in real estate? What professional designations do you have?

    • As with any profession, the number of years a person has been in the business does not necessarily reflect the level of service you can expect, but it is a good starting point for your discussion. The same issue can apply to professional designations. 

2.  Do you have a personal assistant, team or staff to handle different parts of the purchase? How will we communicate with you/them?

    • It is not uncommon for agents who are successful to have assistants or other team members.  You may want to know who on the team will take part in your transaction, and what role each person will play. If you have a question about fees on your closing statement, who would handle that? Who will show up to your closing?

3.  Who responds to emails and how quickly?

    • Again this establishes how you will communicate with your agent and how quickly you should expect a response from them.  A good agent should be able to respond to you by the end of the business day. 

4.  How will you keep in contact with me during the selling process, and how often?

    • It is important to understand how exactly you will be notified of activities/marketing/showings/etc.  We have a communication commitment that outlines exactly how we will communicate with our sellers.

5.  What is your average market time versus other agents’ average market time?

    • The time it takes to sell homes can indicate how well an agent is marketing – however keep in mind – some sellers choose a list price higher than the agent recommended and that can add length to the sales process.

6.  Will you give me names of past clients?

7.  What is your average list to sales price ratio? 

    • This number tells you how close to asking price the agent obtained for their sellers.  Our list to sales price ratio was a little over 100% in 2012 and 2013.  The average in Orlando is about 96%.

8.  How will you get paid? What other costs might we incur?

    • In Florida the seller pays the entire sales commissions. Sometimes, brokerage offices will have other small fees, such as administrative or special service fees, that are charged to clients, regardless of whether they are buying or selling. Ask for an estimate of costs from any agent you contemplate employing.

9.  How would you develop pricing strategies for our home? 

    • Although location and condition affect the selling process, price is the primary factor in determining if a home sells quickly, or at all.  Ask your agent how they created the market analysis, and whether your agent included For Sale by Owner homes, foreclosed homes and bank-owned sales in that list.

10.  What will you do to sell my home? Who determines where and when my home is marketed/ promoted? Who pays for your advertising? 

    • Your agent should have a marketing plan.  If they do not – then they do not have a clear picture of how/who to market your home.  We have a Custom Marketing plan for each listing in which we target the most likely buyer for your property and gear the external marketing around this profile.

Get Started selling today with our team! Call 407-494-2820 or complete the form below.

front, postcard, McRae Spring 2014Don’t miss out on one of Winter Park’s hidden art gems. The McRae Studios house some of Orlando’s finest talent in the visual arts. Tucked away in a warehouse by the railroad tracks, the studio has 22 different artists working in a variety of medium.

McRae will be having an open studio tour on Saturday, March 29th from 6-9pm. This is a great chance to  check out the artists studios, and see new work as well works in progress. We went to the last open house in December and it’s truly a great time. The event is free and artists are available for questions and conversations (there’s also refreshments!)

We finally got to check out The Soda Fountain in beautiful College Park! The new shop with the old-timey feel has a lot of menu items including ice cream, milk shakes, sundaes, ice cream floats and craft sodas.  Stop in and make it a family affair by sharing “The Zoo” -  5 scoops of ice cream, whipped cream, hot fudge, caramel and peanut butter sauces, chopped peaunts, and lots of cherries.

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