Maitland, FL Real Estate News

By Richard Shuman, Real Estate Broker - Orlando Area - Love Referrals
(The Only B.S. I Have is from the University of Massachusetts)
More Short Sales are on the way . . . www.SKIPtheBULL.com   it's an active week for Short Sales. Yesterday after a long relaxing weekend. I received 2 new short sale listings and a lead for another one for another agent in my office. Is this the storm after the calm? It's still a great time to buy a home in Central Florida. A lot of the Short Sales and Bank Owned homes are gone in a day or two. So if you are looking for a bargain, get pre-approved (www.LowestFloridaRates.com) and be ready to write the offer. Don't take 3 or 4 days to call your agent after they email or call you about a hot listing. Act that day!  See what's available in Central Florida www.SKIPtheBULL.com Rates are still low and there may still be time to close in time for the TAX CREDIT for First Time Buyers!    
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By AngelaKristen Taylor, Integrative Real Estate Coach
(Master Agent Life)
I recently posted about the key to lead management. This post is related but focuses more on those leads we sometimes get for buyers and sellers who aren't really ready to do anything just yet. You know the ones that say, "well... we're thinking about buying in another year or so" or, "We'd like to sell the house one day... no rush... just curious what the value is now". Most agents are completely turned off by these leads and don't follow up with them at all. That is a shame beyond belief... Think about it this way... Do you realize how easy it is to stay in touch with people today through social networks and automatic drip systems? All you have to do is add them to your facebook, put their email address in your drip program and it's all on auto-pilot. When that lead is ready to buy or...
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By AngelaKristen Taylor, Integrative Real Estate Coach
(Master Agent Life)
Over the last few years many of the big teams have dissolved in an effort to keep expenses down. Listing Managers, Transaction Coordinators, Lead Managers... many have been cut down to the single assistant on large teams across the country in an effort to reduce expenses and agents that had a single assistant have cut them as well and are now working solo... The problem is... agents are busy again but because it's the lower priced homes that are moving, the volumes have to increase to bring in the same amount of money. Agents more and more are finding the need to hire a new assistant or expand their teams once again. The problem with that is many don't need one full-time and can't afford all the expenses of hiring and maintaining an employee. Don't get caught 1099ing someone that should...
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By AngelaKristen Taylor, Integrative Real Estate Coach
(Master Agent Life)
We've all heard how important first impressions are but did you know you're making that first impression before you even open your mouth? This is the same with anyone you meet, not just buyers and sellers. Next time you're meeting someone for the first time or even just seeing someone you've never seen before, take special notice of how you start forming opinions of them (albeit unconsciously) as soon as they catch your eye. The first few things you notice are appearance, motion, and energy. You'll notice how they're dressed, how their hair is styled, how they move through the room and if that's graceful, clumsy, or just average, whether or not they talk with their hands, the expression on their face, whether they seem happy, sad, ambivalent, angry, whether they're alone or mingling, et...
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By AngelaKristen Taylor, Integrative Real Estate Coach
(Master Agent Life)
How many of you know where all your leads come from? Do you track them? Do you ask people how they heard about you? I've mentioned this before and I'll say it again now... ALWAYS know where your leads come from. That's step one in lead conversion. If you know where the leads are pouring in from, you know where to funnel your marketing efforts and dollars. Get rid of what doesn't work. Believe me... doing things just to appease your seller is a waste of money and telling them so will earn you their respect. Picture it like this: You're in the middle of a listing appointment and the seller asks you, "Will you put my home in the newspaper?". You know for a fact that putting their home in the newspaper will not generate a call and has not generated a call for you in the last 2-3 years. You ...
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By AngelaKristen Taylor, Integrative Real Estate Coach
(Master Agent Life)
Think of this as a focus group... Realtors and Brokers ask me all the time what website or what productivity product to choose. I know what things I recommend and why but I'm interested in what you people are using that you absolutely love. What is it and why do you love it? Maybe there's something you'd like to see but haven't found it yet. Does it help you market yourself? Does it help you stay organized? Is it real estate specific or have you found a way to make something more general work for your real estate business? I'm going to be putting together an e-book of the absolute best of the best and would love your feedback. Feel free to comment below or email me directly. I may contact you to use your quote in the book :) Thanks! -Angela www.REConsultingServices.com
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By Marc Grossman, GRI, Greater Orlando Real Estate Broker
(Marc It Sold!)
The following are the market sales statistics for Maitland, Seminole and Orange Counties, Florida for July 2009.  Maitland is made up of the zip code 32751.  For purposes of this analysis we will be splitting the data according to single-family homes vs, condominiums, townhomes and villas.   A couple of definitions are in order. The median sales price means that 50% of the homes sold for more and 50% of the homes sold for less during a certain period of time - in other words, it's the midpoint of sale prices. So basically what this means, is that the median sales price is showing market activity in that it's specifically indicating which price range is more active.   The average sales price, as opposed to the median sales price, is the total volume of sold properties divided by the num...
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By Judy Chapman
(Referral Network of Illinois LLC)
The city of Maitland is peppered with lakes and parks in a lush setting of both modest and stately homes. Good schools and cultural opportunities abound, including its own library, Orlando’s only art-house cinema, the Maitland Art Center,  and the Florida Audubon Society. Also take advantage of the RDV Sportsplex, home of the Orlando Magic, which offers state-of -the-art facilities including two ice skating rinks and basketball and tennis courts.   Street Date Sold List Price Sale Price Beds Baths Sq Ft Pool ALEX 7/3/2009 $225,000 $153,000 3 2 1622 N BANBURY 7/6/2009 $389,900 $345,000 5 3 2629 Y THUNDERBIRD 7/10/2009 $374,900 $300,000 4 2 2088 Y WOODSIDE 7/13/2009 $294,900 $280,000 4 2 2351 Y STRATFORD 7/13/2009 $225,000 $190,000 3 2 1370 N LAKE SHORE 7/14/2009 $325,000 $250,000 4 3 259...
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By AngelaKristen Taylor, Integrative Real Estate Coach
(Master Agent Life)
Most Realtors and even Brokers ask themselves this question from time to time. Usually the response is tempered by the amount of money they're earning (whether or not they're comfortable with it) and how much time they have. If they have no time left in any day and are comfortable with what their earning, the answer is usually yes. Otherwise, it's a no. This is what I want you to consider... 1. Don't limit yourself by how much time you have and 2. Don't ask if it's enough, instead ask if it's efficient (i.e. am I doing business the right way). When I first started out in the industry, I began as an assistant, working for the top agent in Orlando, and managing about 100 transactions at any given time (about half active and half pending). We had multiple closings every week. This was one ...
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By AngelaKristen Taylor, Integrative Real Estate Coach
(Master Agent Life)
Yesterday I was contacted by a mortgage professional. He carries a real estate license as well and is now looking to go into real estate sales full-time (and for the first time) with his two partners. I asked him which brokerage firm he was going to be joining and he said he had a friend that has a broker's license so they were just going to activate under him. Can you see the red light flashing over my head?? For any agent, your choice of brokerage firm is an all-important one. The same type of firm will not work for every person. It's imperative to not only understand the different types of firms but also understand yourself, your individual situation, your working style, your strengths and weaknesses... All of those things play into choosing the right firm. So what exactly are the op...
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By AngelaKristen Taylor, Integrative Real Estate Coach
(Master Agent Life)
Okay Brokers... It's allllll about you today! Recruiting agents, especially top-producing agents, is essentially about marketing. Just like agents going after listings, the best leads are going to come via word-of-mouth so building up a great reputation with the local agents is key. So now here's the big question... Do you even know what your agents say about you? Is it good, bad, indifferent? Do they say anything at all? Here's a clue in the right direction... if agents are bringing more agents to your door, chances are you're doing something right. If they're not or if agents aren't hanging around on a permanent basis, you need to take a look at what you're doing and identify what changes you need to make so your office can truly begin to flourish. Do you know what agents want most fr...
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By AngelaKristen Taylor, Integrative Real Estate Coach
(Master Agent Life)
Yesterday I was asked a question by an agent: When do you know if you need a break or it's time for a real change? By digging a little deeper I uncovered that she had been working harder than ever before in her career as an agent but with so few results she was beginning to think it was time to bail and get a steady paycheck kind of job. Over the last few years, with the real estate nose dive and the economic conditions being what they are, we've seen many agents leaving the business and even the industry all together so this is not an uncommon issue. Yet I know other agents having their best year ever, right now, in spite of everything that's happening. So how do you, as an agent, know which decision to make when you're facing the choice of changing things up or bailing out? Here's my ...
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By AngelaKristen Taylor, Integrative Real Estate Coach
(Master Agent Life)
If you're reading this you already know that the "Real Estate Life" is literally a 24/7 operation. Agents live, sleep, eat and breathe real estate. It's a great life though overall and being in real estate allows us flexibility, unlimited income potential, and numerous other rewards. The key is balance. Somehow managing to stay focused on, and not distracted by, the multitude of daily tasks on our plates. Part of the "Real Estate Life" is incorporating all of your personal tasks with your business ones. Sometimes that means working from home, doing laundry while you input a listing or design a flyer, picking the kids up from school on the way back from a listing appointment, etc. It's just all part of the day. The thing I've noticed with a lot of agents I've coached is that things get o...
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By Marc Grossman, GRI, Greater Orlando Real Estate Broker
(Marc It Sold!)
The following are the market sales statistics for Maitland, Seminole and Orange Counties, Florida for June 2009.  Maitland is made up of the zip code 32751.  For purposes of this analysis we will be splitting the data according to single-family homes vs, condominiums, townhomes and villas.   A couple of definitions are in order. The median sales price means that 50% of the homes sold for more and 50% of the homes sold for less during a certain period of time - in other words, it's the midpoint of sale prices. So basically what this means, is that the median sales price is showing market activity in that it's specifically indicating which price range is more active.   The average sales price, as opposed to the median sales price, is the total volume of sold properties divided by the num...
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By Judy Chapman
(Referral Network of Illinois LLC)
The city of Maitland is peppered with lakes and parks in a lush setting of both modest and stately homes. Good schools and cultural opportunities abound, including its own library, Orlando’s only art-house cinema, the Maitland Art Center,  and the Florida Audubon Society. Also take advantage of the RDV Sportsplex, home of the Orlando Magic, which offers state-of -the-art facilities including two ice skating rinks and basketball and tennis courts. Street Date Sold List Price Sale Price Beds Baths Sq Ft Pool Gillis 6/15/2009 $279,000 $279,000 4 2 2286 N Castlewood 6/9/2009 $239,072 $183,750 5 2 3418 Y Lake Colony 6/5/2009 $799,900 $720,000 5 5 4441 Y Cedarwood 6/2/2009 $188,900 $183,000 3 2 2048 N Mohican 6/1/2009 $279,000 $262,000 4 2 2314 Y Carolton 6/1/2009 $265,000 $265,000 3 2 1790 Y...
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By Marc Grossman, GRI, Greater Orlando Real Estate Broker
(Marc It Sold!)
The following are the market sales statistics for Maitland, Seminole and Orange Counties, Florida for May 2009.  Maitland is made up of the zip code 32751.  For purposes of this analysis we will be splitting the data according to single-family homes vs, condominiums, townhomes and villas. A couple of definitions are in order. The median sales price means that 50% of the homes sold for more and 50% of the homes sold for less during a certain period of time - in other words, it's the midpoint of sale prices. So basically what this means, is that the median sales price is showing market activity in that it's specifically indicating which price range is more active. The average sales price, as opposed to the median sales price, is the total volume of sold properties divided by the number o...
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By Marc Grossman, GRI, Greater Orlando Real Estate Broker
(Marc It Sold!)
The following are the market sales statistics for Maitland, Seminole and Orange Counties, Florida for April 2009.  Maitland is made up of the zip code 32751.  For purposes of this analysis we will be splitting the data according to single-family homes vs, condominiums, townhomes and villas. A couple of definitions are in order. The median sales price means that 50% of the homes sold for more and 50% of the homes sold for less during a certain period of time - in other words, it's the midpoint of sale prices. So basically what this means, is that the median sales price is showing market activity in that it's specifically indicating which price range is more active. The average sales price, as opposed to the median sales price, is the total volume of sold properties divided by the number...
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(A&D Marketing Solutions, Inc.)
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By Marc Grossman, GRI, Greater Orlando Real Estate Broker
(Marc It Sold!)
The following are the market sales statistics for Maitland, Seminole and Orange Counties, Florida for March 2009.  Maitland is made up of the zip code 32751.  For purposes of this analysis we will be splitting the data according to single-family homes vs, condominiums, townhomes and villas. A couple of definitions are in order. The median sales price means that 50% of the homes sold for more and 50% of the homes sold for less during a certain period of time - in other words, it's the midpoint of sale prices. So basically what this means, is that the median sales price is showing market activity in that it's specifically indicating which price range is more active. The average sales price, as opposed to the median sales price, is the total volume of sold properties divided by the number...
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By Marc Grossman, GRI, Greater Orlando Real Estate Broker
(Marc It Sold!)
The following are the market sales statistics for Maitland, Seminole and Orange Counties, Florida for February 2009.  Maitland is made up of the zip code 32751.  For purposes of this analysis we will be splitting the data according to single-family homes vs, condominiums, townhomes and villas. A couple of definitions are in order. The median sales price means that 50% of the homes sold for more and 50% of the homes sold for less during a certain period of time - in other words, it's the midpoint of sale prices. So basically what this means, is that the median sales price is showing market activity in that it's specifically indicating which price range is more active. The average sales price, as opposed to the median sales price, is the total volume of sold properties divided by the num...
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