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7 Things that Turn Off New Home Buyers

Selling a home isn’t as easy as it used to be. Ensuring that your home is 100% ready for viewing is one of the most important steps to making sure that your home finds a new family. However, people often look over small things that hurt their selling process in the long run. Here are 7 Things that Turn off New Home Buyers:

1. Clutter.

In an attempt to make their home feel more “homey,” people often leave too many personal items when showing their houses. This clutter actually has the opposite effect. It makes new home buyers feel as if they’re invading someone else’s space. It’s also hard for them to see themselves living there when there’s too many items that belong to someone else. They need to feel as if they are entering a home that will be theirs. The best way to show your home is to tone down the clutter to the bare minimum. This gives the home buyer the opportunity to use their imagination and create their own décor as they view the house.

2. Smells.

Sometimes, what someone else smells may be a smell that you’ve become so familiarized to that you don’t notice it anymore. A perfect example of this would be the smell of a pet. When showing a home, it is imperative that you get the smell of your pets out of your house. The best way to do this is to clean the carpets, wash any places they may have slept (blankets) and places they may have used the restroom (kitty litters). Then, ask a friend to come over and tell you if there is any hint of smell left. Even though you consider the smell of your pet to be the smell of your home, new home buyers are looking to create their own turf and want a fresh, new start.

3. An Outdated or Outmoded Kitchen.

Once again, you must consider the need of the home buyer. You may have adjusted to the microwave that you’ve had for ten years, or the oven that could be placed in the fifties, but new home buyers may not find it as charming as you think. In order to get the best possible price for your home, it is important to keep all kitchen appliances as modern and up-to-date as possible.

4. Old Air Conditioners.

The last thing a new home buyer wants to deal with is an air conditioner that is going to break as soon as they buy their home. Air conditioners, especially in Florida’s relentless summers, are of the utmost importance. A new air conditioning unit will help your potential home buyer feel safe with their purchase and will make your home more appealing.

5. A Bad Roof.

Roofs are expensive to replace and can cause potential leaks in homes. A leak can end up rotting the wood of the ceilings and the walls, essentially ruining the home. New homebuyers don’t want to deal with the insecurity of having to purchase a home with a poor roof.

6. Bad Curb Appeal.

Your lawn is the first thing a potential home buyer is going to see. It is one of the key selling points because of its visibility. A dead lawn, ratty bushes and poor landscaping are immediate turn offs. Luckily, this is an easy fix. Clean up your lawn by plugging in any holes in the grass. Add a few bushes or plants for aesthetic appeal and keep it tidy. In order to get the maximum price for your home, a clean and attractive lawn is a must.

7. No Termite Treatment.

Termite bonds are easy to get and will reassure your home owner that they have no chance of having to deal with termites down the road. Many home buyers will not even consider a home that doesn’t have a termite bond. All you have to do is call someone like Orkin, Massey, or Terminix to come inspect and treat your home, then sign up for the bond.

In order to make sure that you’re buying your perfect home, or selling your home for maximum value, call The Wemert Group today at 407-412-8488.

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Why Own a Home?

Many people decide against owning a home because they think it’s too much of a hassle to go through purchasing it. However, in the end, rather than being able to fall asleep in a bed in a home they can call their own, they’re stuck paying rent and having to move from apartment to apartment or renew leases.

There are many reasons why owning a home is the way to go. Here are some of the benefits to owning a home:

1. It’s yours. You don’t have to answer to that cranky landlord or nosy landlady. Your home is yours to paint, furnish or experiment with as you see fit.
2. Tax deductions. When you own your home you are able to deduct taxes from your mortgage and property taxes.
3. Stability. You don’t have to worry about leases, paying rent, unaccounted for damages or anything of the sort. When you own the home, it is always there for you to come back to. No early lease surprises for you!
4. Equity. You may make the argument that if you’re not paying rent, then you’re paying mortgage, but they’re two different things. When you pay rent, that is money that you will never see again. But when you pay mortgage, you are able to create equity interest, which will help you.

These four reasons are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to owning a home. With Spring here and mortgage rates remaining down, there has never been a better time to buy that house you’ve always wanted and paint it the color you’ve dreamed of! Now REALLY is the time to buy. Call The Wemert Group today! 407-412-8488

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Jelly Bean Winner + Email Coupon!

At last weekend’s Avalon event, there was a jelly bean competition where everyone got to guess how many jellybeans were in the bowl.  The prize was a $50 American Express card.  There was a whopping 1244 jellybeans packed into the bowl! Although the guesses were close, one winner was decided. With a guess of 1050, the winner is Jim Larsen!  Congratulations!

Other Fun Guesses:

Craziest Guess: 22,000 jelly beans.
Cutest Guess from a Child: 269,578!
Funniest Guess: “Lots and Lots.”

Please check your email for your coupon to win 4 Legoland tickets at the Avalon Grand Opening this Saturday, April 12th. The Wemert Group relators will be attending the opening, so print off your coupon to give to one of them. Be sure to write down your information so that The Wemert Group is able to contact you if you’re the lucky winner!

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Avalon Park Reminder + Free Legoland Tickets!

Be sure to remember that the Avalon Grand Opening is taking place on Saturday, April 12th in Founders Square from 12-3pm.

Just a little reminder of what you have to look forward to:

  • There will be over 20 local community businesses contributing to a coupon book that is valued well over $50!
  • A caricature artist will be coming out, provided by First Advantage Title
  • A fantastic karate display
  • Face painting provided by Advantage Insurance
  • A DJ provided by Virtual Tech Support
  • Delicious food and drinks from East Side Bistro

Be sure to check your emails for a ticket soon.  If you print off this ticket and bring it to the Avalon Opening, you will have the chance to win FOUR Legoland tickets!  Make sure you remember to print these out to bring on Saturday.  

We hope to see you there!  As a reminder, here is the address:

3925 Peppervine Drive
Orlando, FL 32828

Help us kick off our Grand Opening with a bang!

 

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Orlando is a Best City for New Home Buyers!

Orlando is a hub of excitement and entertainment.  There is always something to do, from enjoying the arts offered in Lake Eola to attending the many festivals held throughout the year.  With theme parks like Universal, Disney World, and SeaWorld, and music centers like the UCF Arena, it’s not shocking to see that the MSN Real Estate website has listed Orlando as one of the best cities for first time home buyers: http://realestate.msn.com/10-homes-for-sale-in-the-best-cities-for-first-time-buyers#7.

With interest and mortgage rates remaining low, there has never been a better time to buy that dream house you’ve had your eye on, and your favorite East Orlando Real Estate Specialists, The Wemert Group, have you covered.   Find out what your home is REALLY worth!  Call 407-412-8488.

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It’s Time for RED Day!

This year is going to be Keller Williams’ sixth annual RED (Renew, Energize, Donate) Day.  Each year, on the second Thursday in May, associates from all over the USA and Canada come together to participate in this event, which includes projects like rebuilding homes, giving to local food shelters, hosting blood drives, and more.   Your favorite East Orlando Real Estate Specialists, The Wemert Group,  will be participating as sponsors.

The focus for this year is on Bithlo’s Transformation Village.  Bithlo is one of the poorest areas in Florida.  Lynx buses were stopped in 2009 due to budget cuts, and  the water has been rendered undrinkable due to contamination.  The Transformation Village was built in 2009 and is currently operating as a school for children with behavioral challenges. It is a place for parents to send their children, knowing that they will be well-educated and taken care of.  It also offers residents the opportunity to get their GED, use a computer lap or play in a sports area.  Although Bithlo does have a public park, most of the baseball fields are used by children from surrounding areas due to the cost of putting their child in a team sport.

United Global Outreach (UGO), co- founded by Tim McKinney, is also taking action in Bitho.  UGO is helping Bithlo create its first full-time medical clinic this year.  McKinney has also been active in trying to restore the bus system in Bithlo and in fixing their groundwater contamination.

If you’re interested in helping Bithlo, UGO (ugo2.org) needs money, volunteers and clout. You can find out more about helping by emailing Tim McKinney at tim@ugo2.orgRED Day will be taking place on May 8th, 2014.

Many thanks to Keller Williams and The Wemert Group for choosing Bithlo as their project for RED Day!

 

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Jenny Wemert is a Hot 100 Realtor!

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The Wemert Group strives to give the best service to their clients by being innovative, hands on and active in producing their dream home.  Jenny Wemert’s hard work has been recognized and she has been named one of Orlando Magazine‘s Hot 100 Realtors of 2014.

Orlando Magazine has been running for 65 years and has an audience of over 132,000 readers.  Congratulations to Jenny for this prestigious honor.  She will be featured in their June 2014 edition.

Let The Wemert Group – and Hot 100 Realtor, Jenny Wemert – find out what your home is really worth. The time to start looking for your dream house is now.  Call today!  407-412-8488

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Mortgage Rates Reach Another Low: The Time to Buy is Now

2014 has proven to be an ideal year to buy a house. With interest rates remaining low, the time to take out a loan to buy that dream house is now. However, the housing market has received even better news: Mortgage rates are at an unprecedented low for 2014. They had initially been rising over the past few weeks, but have dropped again.

Specialists are predicting that the low rates have to do with the cold weather. As the temperature climbs, so may the mortgage rates. These rates are not going to stay low forever. Spring is already upon us, and with summer just around the corner, these rates are going to begin to rise.

To find bargains in your area and to take advantage of these low rats, call your favorite East Orlando Real Estate Specialists, The Wemert Group, today: 407-412-8488.

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GRAND OPENING: Avalon Park!

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We are very excited to announce the grand opening of your favorite East Orlando Real Estate Specialists in Avalon Park on April 12th!

The Grand Opening Celebration will be held at Founder’s Square from 12-3pm. The Wemert Group team will be attending, so stop by and say hi! Enjoy some face painting and music from a live DJ, while munching on hot dogs and popcorn. Enter various raffles for the chance to win fun prizes, sit back and watch an amazing karate demonstration and discover coupons for local vendors. Come have a blast with us!

Come join us at:
3925 Peppervine Drive
Orlando, FL 32828

This is an event you don’t want to miss! We hope to see you there.

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Deadline to File Homestead Exemption is Quickly Approaching

This is a friendly reminder from your favorite East Orlando Real Estate Specialists that the deadline to file for your Homestead Exemption is March 3rd, 2014. Applicants must own and use their home as their permanent residence and be a Florida resident as of January 1, 2014. If you live in Orange County, you can go HERE to file and get more information.

If you would like to talk to some one about this tax exemption or East Orlando Real Estate,
Please call Jenny and The Wemert Group at 407-412-8488.

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