Sanford, FL Real Estate News

By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
Here are the single family home stats for the past 30 days for Sanford, FL:   Status: Active (293)     Beds Baths SqFt Heated List Price LP/SqFt Close Price SP/SqFt DTC DTCL ADOM CDOM SP/LP Ratio Min 2 1 652 $19,500 $16.64 - - - - 1 1 - Max 6 11 9,239 $2,999,000 $549.04 - - - - 1,823 1,978 - Avg 4 3 2,407 $330,291 $118.88 - - - - 112 125 - Median 4 3 2,215 $234,235 $104.76 - - - - 67 78 - Status: Pending (106)     Beds Baths SqFt Heated List Price LP/SqFt Close Price SP/SqFt DTC DTCL ADOM CDOM SP/LP Ratio Min 2 1 720 $11,300 $11.01 - -   -     - Max 6 5 5,529 $924,900 $211.61 - - 653 - 350 369 - Avg 3 2 1,876 $181,161 $86.01 - - 76 - 63 70 - Median 3 2 1,751 $147,500 $87.83 - - 46 - 38 38 - Status: Sold (65)     Beds Baths SqFt Heated List Price LP/SqFt Close Price SP/SqFt DTC DTCL ADOM...
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By Dennis Burgess, Orlando Property Manager and Realtor
(AmeriTeam Property Management)
Verifying rental history- and the only question you really need to ask   Verifying rental history- and the only question you really need to ask   An essential part of any application process is a reference from your prospective tenants' current (or previous) landlord.  But exactly how do you go about getting that?  What are some good questions to ask?  And is it true that everything can be summed up in one question?   Each Realtor/Property Manager is free to handle things as they see fit, of course- and as we all know, policies and procedures will vary from one office to the next.  It's critical to point out, however, that questions asked in the process of verifying one's rental history be consistent within that one office- meaning that what you ask of one prospective tenant's previous ...
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By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
Here are the single family home stats for the past 30 days in Sanford, FL.   Status: Active (292)     Beds Baths SqFt Heated List Price LP/SqFt Close Price SP/SqFt DTC DTCL ADOM CDOM SP/LP Ratio Min 2 1 608 $14,500 $16.67 - - - -     - Max 6 11 9,239 $2,999,000 $549.04 - - - - 1,806 1,961 - Avg 4 3 2,370 $321,233 $116.64 - - - - 116 129 - Median 4 3 2,213 $220,000 $102.51 - - - - 79 87 -   Status: Pending (95)     Beds Baths SqFt Heated List Price LP/SqFt Close Price SP/SqFt DTC DTCL ADOM CDOM SP/LP Ratio Min 2 1 790 $11,300 $11.01 - -   -     - Max 6 5 5,804 $960,300 $211.61 - - 342 - 256 1,294 - Avg 3 2 1,971 $191,245 $84.73 - - 74 - 64 96 - Median 3 2 1,787 $147,600 $84.82 - - 52 - 40 48 -   Status: Sold (55)     Beds Baths SqFt Heated List Price LP/SqFt Close Price SP/SqFt DTC DTCL ...
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By Torey Eisenman, Realtor Luxury Marketing Orlando Real Estate
(Benchmark Real Estate Group, Inc.)
  Sanford FL Townhouse For Sale - 1322 Travertine Ter     Home Photos Local Schools             Torey Eisenman Benchmark Real Estate Group, Inc 321-422-4729 Questions?Schedule a Showing! Licensed In:Florida License #:BK0544770       1322 Travertine Terrace Sanford, FL 32771 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms : 3 ( 2 full, 1 half ) List Price: $179,000 Living Area Approx : 1680         TAKE A LOOK! Step inside to this pristine townhome in Greystone. This 3/2.5 townhomes features an open floor plan with the owner’s suite on the main floor. Also on the main floor is a beautiful kitchen that’s complete with 42” maple cabinetry, solid quartz countertops with under mount sink, a modern decorative backsplash and stainless steel appliances; half bathroom and laundry also located on main floor. Call Torey E...
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By Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F
(Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.)
We buy houses in Sanford 407-739-5773 www.IbuyHousesOrlando.com .  If you have a house to sell anywhere in the Sanford FL area, I can help you sell it fast.  My  name is Robert Arnold and I have been buying and selling property in the Sanford area for over 20 years. With all the market turmoil over the last decade, there are few problems I have not seen and dealt with successfully.   Some of the situations we have addressed include: Hurricane damage homes with roof shingles off, knocked trees down, left blue tarps on for months.   During the downturn in 2008-2009 all those foreclosures, short sales, and bankruptcies that devestated people's lives.   With the tightening of bank credit, we have helped lots of people either sell their home or buy a home using creative techniques that few b...
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By Dennis Burgess, Orlando Property Manager and Realtor
(AmeriTeam Property Management)
Security Deposit Claim?  Not so fast! Security Deposit Claim?  Not so fast!   Florida Statutes are pretty specific and explicit with regard to security deposits (as they should be, in my humble yet accurate opinion), requirements for the return of funds once tenants have vacated, etc.  From Florida Statutes 83.49 (3):   (a) Upon the vacating of the premises for termination of the lease, if the landlord does not intend to impose a claim on the security deposit, the landlord shall have 15 days to return the security deposit together with interest if otherwise required, or the landlord shall have 30 days to give the tenant written notice by certified mail to the tenant’s last known mailing address of his or her intention to impose a claim on the deposit and the reason for imposing the clai...
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By Dennis Burgess, Orlando Property Manager and Realtor
(AmeriTeam Property Management)
Sometimes, "Fair" Landlordin' Doesn't Seem Fair Sometimes, "Fair" Landlordin' Doesn't Seem Fair   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/12/13/sc-landlord-says-visiting-solder-cant-stay-in-wife-apartment/   Sometimes fair doesn't seem fair- but that doesn't make it any less so.  The news report here speaks a veteran whose returned home on leave and wishes to stay with his wife.  That's understandable, but a bit of a technicality exists in that he is not a party to her lease.  He'd be a visitor in the eyes of the landlord- and would fall under their policy that visitors can only stay 7 days.   Guess what?  This landlord's policy is more liberal than any I've ever had. Everywhere I've been, the policy for visitor stays has been between 48-72 hours, and with good reason.  Boyfriends/girlfrie...
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By Dennis Burgess, Orlando Property Manager and Realtor
(AmeriTeam Property Management)
A day in the Property Management life...   (photo courtesy, LLC Property Management) A day in the Property Management life...   I'd have to say a few (if not all of these) are pretty valid illustrations.  Much like the "Realtors work a few hours and get big ol' commission checks!" belief many seem to have, a number of misconceptions about Property Management-land remain as well.   So what might you add?  Whether Property Management or "sales side" Realtors, what are some of the misconceptions you encounter?   ...And perhaps more importantly, what are some of them you've held?   A day in the Property Management life...  
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By Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F
(Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.)
As the year winds down the month of November is behind us.  Here are some of the latest properties that we sold last month.  Take a look at some of these great deals.                          Timucua                                            Ottawa                                            Errol   1.  Timucua Circle, Orlando, FL 32837.  Very nice 3/2/2 home in Hunter's Creek in South Orlando.  Sold within just a few weeks for $341,000.   2.  Woodmere Blvd, Sanford, FL 32773.  Investor special 3/1 home near the Sanford airport.  Sold with seller financing for just $38,000. 3.  Ottawa Ave, Orlando, FL 32837.  3/2 pool home in Whisper Lakes near the Florida Mall.  Sold for over full price at $189,000 with multiple offers. 4.  Mexicali Ave, Kissimmee, FL 34743.  3/2 home in Buena Ventura ...
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By Dennis Burgess, Orlando Property Manager and Realtor
(AmeriTeam Property Management)
A Race Relations Revolution?  Not quite necessary. A Race Relations Revolution?  Not quite necessary.   Recently, Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson penned a column (here: http://klou.tt/thiwom1lftxj) expressing his idea that America needs to "revolutionize" race relations (his words).  While Mr. Tyson does make a few good points, he also proffers for consideration a few points, characterizations and commentary on inevitabilities with which I must respectfully disagree.  "Revolutionize" race relations?  Whether Mr. Tyson wrote solely in response to recent events in Ferguson, New York or nearby Sanford or seizing an opportunity to write about some long-held beliefs, I feel he's off base.   Ferguson?  A competent and duly sworn grand jury saw no probable cause to indict f...
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By Dennis Burgess, Orlando Property Manager and Realtor
(AmeriTeam Property Management)
In honor of lives lost and those who remain In honor of lives lost and those who remain 73 years ago today, the relative serenity and calm of a Honolulu morning was interrupted by the sound of incoming enemy aircraft from the Empire of Japan. Soon to be followed by the sounds of one shipmate after another yelling "Incoming!" and warning each other of both the Japanese planes and their ordnances, it was undoubtedly one horrific day. U.S. Navy folks surveyed the damage once the attack was over and the cowards who'd sucker punched us had departed, and the toll was grim: 2,403 lives lost and another 1,178 were wounded and would never be the same.  The U.S.S Arizona is the most famous of the ships whose crews lost lives that day- and many of the 1,177 lives lost aboard her remain forever en...
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By Dennis Burgess, Orlando Property Manager and Realtor
(AmeriTeam Property Management)
Just a hint of inspiration... Just a hint of inspiration...     Toward the end of this Thanksgiving Day, I offer a rare 2nd post for the holiday.  That's no reflection of any sort of greatness on my part, mind you- as typing away on this thing requires no real valor or courage.     The subject in the video above is another story, however.     For those not familiar with his story, Marcus Luttrell is a true war hero.  As the recent movie Lone Survivor chronicled, he was a member of the U.S. Navy's SEAL Team 10.  Luttrell was the sole survivor of Operation Red Wing in the midst of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).  He was awarded the Navy Cross for valor during the operation (the 2nd-highest award a member of our military may receive behind only the Congressional Medal of Honor) a...
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By Dennis Burgess, Orlando Property Manager and Realtor
(AmeriTeam Property Management)
The importance of first impressions The importance of first impressions   http://www.inman.com/next/5-key-elements-of-a-brilliant-first-impression/   The author here does a great job of making the case for 5 small steps that can play a big part in making a first impression.  While this is from Inman and more/less geared toward Realtors, the premise holds true in pretty much any of our relationships.  I'd add a few things:   1) Be on time.  I hate it when don't really like it when folks are late for an appointment with me- just don't like it.  I could probably work on my tolerance in that arena a bit- but I reconcile things by throwing in the one thing I'm probably even less fond of- my being late for an appointment with someone.   2) Be genuine.  Simply put, folks can see right through ...
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By Dennis Burgess, Orlando Property Manager and Realtor
(AmeriTeam Property Management)
Pet policy considerations Pet policy considerations   http://www.certifiedps.com/cps-blog/top-things-to-consider-with-your-pet-policy   There's virtual unanimity within our industry with regard to whether a property management company should have a pet policy of some sorts (they should).  There's a slight disagreement with regard to whether pets should be allowed, but the vast majority of property managers understand both the percentages of tenants who have them (75%+/-) and the need to encourage their owner-clients to accept pets to a certain degree.   A greater degree of variation comes into play with respect to aggressive breeds, prohibited/"bad dog" lists, etc.  Each property manager should do their own research and arrive at a list of breeds they feel comfortable excluding- underst...
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By Dennis Burgess, Orlando Property Manager and Realtor
(AmeriTeam Property Management)
Congratulations, Clayton Kershaw - 2014 NL Cy Young Winner Congratulations, Clayton Kershaw - 2014 NL Cy Young Winner   http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/la-sp-dn-dodgers-clayton-kershaw-wins-cy-young-20141112-story.html I've never been an L.A. Dodgers fan.  Growing up in Alabama, one tends to gravitate toward the Atlanta Braves- and I did for the most part as I cheered them on through a number of poor seasons where being able to watch a true professional in Dale Murphy was each year's saving grace. That said, I've never been a Clayton Kershaw fan, either- until yesterday. Kershaw was awarded his 3rd National League Cy Young Award yesterday- alone a rare feat, and might very well add a Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award to his trophy cabinet when this year's winner is announced at so...
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By Dennis Burgess, Orlando Property Manager and Realtor
(AmeriTeam Property Management)
Realtorin' With Narcolepsy... Realtorin' With Narcolepsy...   Over the past few years, a number of folks have asked me about my narcolepsy- "What is it?", "How does it affect you?", "How does it impact your everyday life?", etc.  A few have even asked (and I presume innocently so) "You mean, narcolepsy is real?".  I figured I might as well write something about it.   Knocking out the latter (and perhaps most obvious) question first-  Yes, narcolepsy is real.  And despite the humor found in a character from Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, the "real life" version of narcolepsy is no joke.   So what is narcolepsy?  WebMD does as good of a job explaining it as they do any condition (http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/narcolepsy) for those concerned about the particulars- but the basics ...
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By Dennis Burgess, Orlando Property Manager and Realtor
(AmeriTeam Property Management)
Property Manager discusses renting to college students Property Manager discusses renting to college students   My video series continues- with one today in which I discuss the various aspects of renting to college students.   Hope folks find a bit of value here.   Remember….. Feel free to suggest a video topic!  Have a Property Management question?  Let me know, and I’ll answer it and make a video from it.  Chances are pretty good that I’ll have an answer for you- and you’ll likely be able to help others who might also find value in the question and its answer!   Property Manager discusses renting to college students
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By Dennis Burgess, Orlando Property Manager and Realtor
(AmeriTeam Property Management)
Total Realty Corp- now in Sanford! Total Realty Corp- now in Sanford!   In today's video, I discuss Total Realty Corp's new Sanford, FL office- and how the company voted Volusia County's "Best Real Estate Company" and "Best Property Management Company" can help you buy a home, sell your home or find a great tenant for your home.    As always, I hope folks find a bit of value here.   Remember- Feel free to suggest a video topic!  Have a Property Management question?  Let me know, and I’ll answer it and make a video from it.  Chances are pretty good that I’ll have an answer for you- and you’ll likely be able to help others who might also find value in the question and its answer!   Total Realty Corp- now in Sanford!
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By Dennis Burgess, Orlando Property Manager and Realtor
(AmeriTeam Property Management)
Property Management FAQ-  "What if something breaks?"   Property Management FAQ-  "What if something breaks?" My video series continues- with a new video today in which I discuss a Frequently Asked Question that comes from both owners and tenants alike: "What if something breaks?"   Hope folks find a bit of value here.   Remember….. Feel free to suggest a video topic!  Have a Property Management question?  Let me know, and I’ll answer it and make a video from it.  Chances are pretty good that I’ll have an answer for you- and you’ll likely be able to help others who might also find value in the question and its answer!   Property Management FAQ-  "What if something breaks?"
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By Dennis Burgess, Orlando Property Manager and Realtor
(AmeriTeam Property Management)
Property Manager Discusses Pool Safety and Holiday Safety     Property Manager Discusses Pool Safety and Holiday Safety   In today's video, I discuss pool safety- and why it's as important towards the end of swimming season as it is at the beginning of it.  I also discuss a bit of holiday safety- specifically as it relates to dryer lint and the fire hazard it presents.    As always, I hope folks find a bit of value here.   Remember- Feel free to suggest a video topic!  Have a Property Manage-ment question?  Let me know, and I’ll answer it and make a video from it.  Chances are pretty good that I’ll have an answer for you- and you’ll likely be able to help others who might also find value in the question and its answer!   Property Manager Discusses Pool Safety and Holiday Safety  
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