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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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Let's dive into a year in review. A look inside the 2019 housing market for Orange County, Florida and where the market is headed. 

The Orange County, FL Real Estate market is very hot right now. With a median home price of $260,959, a number that is higher than the national median home price of $243,225. The median listing price of homes in Orange County, FL is $319,900 which is also higher than the national price of $284,999. 

Rental prices continue to soar in Orange County, FL with a median gross rent of $1,650. Central Florida rental rates have grown about twice the national average over the past 5 years. According to an article in Orlando Weekly, Orlando is the fifth most 'rent-burdened' city in the Country. Other cities on the list include

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Although it's still 70 degrees out in Florida... It's that time of year again! The Christmas parades, baking, family, presents, and most importantly... your outdoor Christmas lights display. This year take a few additional steps to make sure your home exterior stays preserved & your lights don't cause any unnecessary safety hazards.

Prepare & Plan

Check your inventory! Double-check all your lights and cords make sure there are no damaged cords. If wires are damaged, the lights need to be disposed of properly as this is a potential fire hazard. 

Hanging your lights without a decor plan? We don't recommend this... PLAN AHEAD! Map out where you want to hang lights on your exterior. Don't forget to account for your railings, bushes, roofs,

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 Happy Veteran's Day! Today we turn our attention to the brave men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving our country. Whether they are our friends, family, coworkers, or clients, we want to show these individuals how much their service and sacrifice mean to us. Here we discuss a few ways to express gratitude this Veteran's Day. 

1. Donate!

Many non-profit organizations are working every day to support the veterans in our country. Your donations can help reintegrate service members after discharge and support their access to important benefits. Not sure which to choose? Ask a vet! 

2. Give Miles

If you have frequent-flier miles saved up, it is possible to donate them to service members and families. The Fisher House Foundation's

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October is Cyber-Security month, so we're sharing a few tips to help protect you and your personal information. At The Real Estate Collection, we handle your sensitive documents with diligence and care.

Wire Fraud Scams 

If you're buying or selling a property it's likely you will receive wiring instructions at some point during the transaction. Cybercriminals have become extremely sophisticated, and their emails may appear to come from a legitimate source. Our REALTORS will never send wiring instructions by email. Always confirm by phone or in-person before transferring funds! 

Insecure Networks

In today's world, we may use a smartphone to handle many aspects of a home sale or purchase. Accessing sensitive documents while connected to a

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How can a little yard work help you sell for top dollar? Find out how to increase your home's curb appeal without breaking the bank. 

The Basics

Don't neglect your yard when that "For Sale" sign goes in! If the exterior of your home has been cared for adequately, buyers assume that the interior has also been well maintained. On the flip side, overgrown plants and weeds can make a property look run down. Keep the lawn mowed consistently, pull unwanted weeds and prune any trees or shrubs. If walkways or other paved areas look dirty, rent a power washer to clean them. While you're at it, clean up any fencing or brick siding with a quick spray. 

Money-Saving Tip: Make your own weed killer by

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