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  Home Buying Trends expected for 2021


2020 has been an interesting year for most home sellers and buyers. We have had to make many adjustments to find balance in our lives and discover how to live with Covid-19. The past 5 months have given us an opportunity to think of our own shifts in lifestyles, how we entertain, where we want to live, and what we need to create our Home Sweet Home. 

  Homebuyers are pushing aside their old list of must-haves to include new priorities from additional office space, larger outdoor living spaces, and even trends that include more in-home meal prep, rec-rooms, and even in home theaters. A shift has also included more home space with an emphasis on in-home office space for remote working and for the

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1. Demand is strong among millennials. The nation's largest generation was slow to enter the home buying market. But, they now account for OVER half of new mortgage loans. At the end of July 2019, millennials made up 38% of home buyers. 


2. Mortgage rates are historically low and expected to remain low through 2021. 


3. Prices continue to appreciate. We are continuing to see a low supply of resale homes on the market. 


4. History says so... The market will slow slightly in November during a presidential election, but the pace returns quickly. 


The housing market has withstood the pandemic challenges and will continue to remain strong. Don't

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Fall Home Decor on a Budget


Fall brings with it a variety of senses. Pumpkin Spice Latte flavored coffee, cinnamon scented candles, cooler air are welcoming us into one of our favorite seasons. But, the pressures to run out to the store and start accumulating decor can take their toll. What shall I do this year? Keeping up with the trends and changing the home throughout the seasons can add stress and a real dent in your wallet. However, there are some ways to make your home feel new and bring some of the fall color into your decor. And, it doesn't have to cost you a fortune to do it. 

First, think it through. Those tempting aisles and the endless rows of decor in the

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Prepping Your Florida Home For Hurricane Season


  Floridians are no strangers to preparation for hurricane season. From June to December, hurricanes can bring storm-surges, wind, and flooding, which cause much damage to those directly in the path of the storm, and even the storms in the outer bands. Torrential rain and winds can ruin your fresh landscaping, roof, and even the pool screen! 

Aside from the fully prepped Emergency Kit (check Publix, Walgreens, CVS) you also need to make sure your trees and shrubs are trimmed. By maintaining your landscaping before storm season, you can prevent flying debris, losing limbs and even toppling trees. If a tree is too top heavy, the rains can cause the tree to uproot. A trimmed tree, with lower

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Winter Garden is calling you home... 

Rich in Florida history this quaint, lakeside community is located just west of the city of Orlando and nestled South of Lake Apopka. Residents and visitors boast its great resurgence of historical Plant St. with its tree-lined, cobblestone streets adorned with top-rated fine dining restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, boutiques, and home to one of the South's most popular Farmer's Markets, all this along the 22-mile West Orange Trail. If retail therapy is on your to-do list you can browse the boutiques and specialty shops, or sit on a bench along the tree-lined sidewalks with your favorite coffee, tea, or ice cream treat. Residents enjoy their close proximity to Plant Street, family-oriented events, and golf cart

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Despite the economic impact of the coronavirus, the housing market is remaining strong. Driven by low-interest rates, there are still buyers actively looking for homes. The Real Estate industry is continuing to pivot further into the digital world through innovative technology. Buyers are purchasing homes sight unseen, agents are hosting virtual open houses, and mobile notaries are being used for closings. We've compiled a simple guide to selling your home during a pandemic. 

Safe Showings

It's important to ask your real estate agent what guidelines they have in place for scheduling showings for your home. Will they be providing masks and gloves? Will they be limiting the number of people who can attend showings? Our team works directly with our

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Teacher Appreciation Week 

We're thanking our wonderful teachers for all the work they do. Especially in times of uncertainty, we feel blessed to have so many talented teachers on our team. Every year, we give back thousands to our educators through our Yellow Ribbon program. Nationwide our schools have transitioned to online learning for the remainder of the year. Many parents have transitioned to a "teacher" role in their home and are quickly learning just how hard it is to teach. 

Social distancing has changed the usual means of "thank you". So here are a few ways to virtually thank a teacher.  

 Send an e-gift card

Despite the current shopping restrictions, a gift card directly to a teacher's inbox will still put a smile on their face!

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Happy Mother's Day to all of the amazing Moms out there. Like many of us, we are celebrating holidays a little bit differently this year. Here are a few ways to spread the love this Mother's Day while social distancing. 


1. Deliver an at-home spa basket

Fill a basket with bath bombs, lotions, candles, and all the other items that will make your mom feel pampered for the day. We love supporting local businesses, check out the natural beauty items at Wildflower Beauty! Located in Downtown Winter Garden they sell natural bath, body, and skincare products. They also sell pre-made sets so you can easily find Mom a last-minute gift. Some of our favorite products are coffee scrub, donkey milk soap, or try their bath oils! 


2. Host a tea

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How are you finding ways to manage your mental health during the pandemic? This is often something so many of us overlook. We focus so much on the day to day and very little on how we're feeling internally. Our friends at The Marks Law Firm have created an online space, "Therapists Corner" to help engage the community. Here you find resources and quick tips on how to cope with what's currently happening in our world. Check it out today! 

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Perhaps the restaurant industry is taking the greatest hit of any business during this time. Let's help the food industry by ordering delivery or takeout from some of our favorite local restaurants. Orlando Weekly has compiled a list of ways we can support these restaurants. The best part is you can do this without having to take off your pajamas. 

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