Real Estate Blog

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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Spring is around the corner and the market is HOT! Let's help you get the most value out of your home.

We often advise our home sellers to freshen up their interior paint before listing their home for sale. As we enter the Spring season and the peak home-selling period, we'll be sharing all of our home selling tips for future home sellers. 

One of the top ways to help buyers envision themselves in your home is to freshen up or change your interior paint colors.

The top interior paints of 2020 including beige, greys, whites, and creams. 

Make your house feel like a home with these neutral colors by Florida Paints

These warm tones are best used in bedrooms. 


Greys may have been overdone in 2019, but they're still remaining

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Ahh... the dreaded Tax Season. As a homeowner, the tax season can be something to look forward to! There are many tax benefits to take advantage of. We've compiled a list of the top tax benefits, both federal and state.

Mortgage Interest

For most homeowners, this is usually the biggest deduction. A portion of every mortgage payment you make goes toward interest on the loan. The interest paid can be deducted, up to a limit. The loan must be for your primary residence or second home that was used to buy, build, or substantially improve your home. If the loan is not a secured debt on your home, it is considered a personal loan and therefore is not deductible.  

How much can I deduct? It all depends on when you took out the mortgage.


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Take a look inside one of our events: The first-look exclusive Broker open at Park Place at Winter Garden. 

Our development sales and marketing team came together to host the first Broker open for the brand-new townhome development in Winter Garden. Located in the heart of Winter Garden, Park Place offers luxury living walking distance to downtown Plant Street. Located just 15 miles west of Downtown Orlando, 26 miles to Orlando International airport, and 16 miles to Disney World. Our team hosted over fifty local brokers to give them an exclusive look inside the development. Take a look inside all of the details at the event...




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For many of us, we see the New Year as a clean state to get on track, get organized, and reach our goals. There is something about the start of a New Year that motivates us to do all of those things we've been avoiding. For many of us, this includes home organization. 

Let things go...

The most important part of getting organized is the get rid of things. Over time it is so easy to collect items and before you know it this can get out of hand. 

Marie Kondo said it best, if it doesn't bring you joy... get rid of it. Make sure every team in your home has a purpose. 

Everything should have a place

Do junk drawers really need to exist? Avoid losing the tiny stuff by making sure everything has a place.

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