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Home Safety Tips from Jenny Wemert

It’s always important to take safety precautions to ensure a safe environment for your family. It’s certainly a scary feeling to feel like your home is being burglarized, so here is a Safety First Checklist to help all of us stay prepared and cautious:

-Make your home look occupied at all times. Leave a few lights on when you go out.

-Lock your doors and windows every time you go out and before you go to bed.

-Keep your garage door closed at all times when not in use. And keep your garage door opener on your key chain.

-When moving into a new home, have all locks changed.

-Install deadbolt locks on doors.

-Have adequate exterior lighting, such as a motion sensor light for your backyard.

-Stop mail delivery when you are away for a long period of time. Arrange for the post office to hold mail or have a friend pick it up daily.

- For all windows, drill a 3/16″ hole on a slight downward slant through the inside window frame and halfway into the inside frame; place a nail in the hole to secure the window.

-Consider setting up a home alarm system. Make sure to arm you alarm system. Oftentimes, homeowners don’t alarm the system because of inconvenience. Burglars know this, so the simple signage will not deter them.

-Trim your shrubbery around your home to reduce cover for burglars.

Additional Safety Items:

-Use a Door Security Bar for all doors at night.

-Keep Streetwise Fire Master Fog Spray for protection.

-Jenny Wemert

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A Feel-Good Story from Our Listing Agent, Dave Chubb

It all started when I went to a listing appointment a couple weeks ago. The seller, a husband and father, met me outside and closed the door behind him. He said, “I have a difficult situation I need your help with…” Now, I am pretty used to this, as that’s where my expertise comes in– a seller needs to sell and they need me to make it happen. But, this “difficult situation” was not the norm, rather it was a unique touching situation that I now was very much a part of. The husband explained, “My family and I previously tried to buy a property but our mortgage was denied two days before closing. My wife was distraught!” I looked at him with understanding and care, as losing a home you love can be very sad.

He continued, “After this happened, I spoke with Lauren and Robb on your team and they referred me to RP Funding, we put in another offer, and the house closes next week!”

“Well, that’s great!” I said, “So what’s the difficult situation?” I am on the edge of my seat at this point.

“My wife is 8 months pregnant, and she doesn’t know we got the house and are closing next week! So, can you please not mention it when we go inside? This is a surprise!”

“Wow, of course!”

We walked in the house, and the husband’s wife starts dishing the whole horror story to me about how they were denied the mortgage. She was trying to gain some advice from me on if they should sell their current home before searching for another house. All-the-while, her husband is looking at me smirking and winking. This was certainly one of the most bizarre [and exciting] experiences I have come across in my tenure as a listing agent.

Fast forward two days later and there we were sitting in my office with their TWG Agent, Robb Landis, ready to sign the papers to close this man’s wife’s dream home. The wife and kids had no idea. When the news was announced, they were in shock.

What a great “feel-good” moment for mine and Robb’s career. It is moments and stories like these that make our jobs so personable, real, and rewarding.

-Dave Chubb

 

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Happy Home Buyer: Joanne Victoria

We just wanted to share with you one of our happy home buyers, Joanne Victoria. Here’s a photo of Joanne as she turns the key for the first time to her new home! Congratulations, Joanne! Keep in touch with us! #Exciting #TWGmovement

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Five Star Reviews: Thank You

Today we woke up to two more Five Star reviews. What a great feeling! We really love servicing our clients and making them happy. We strive to always accommodate, listen, and  execute. We make it our responsibility to make sure our clients are satisfied and walk away happy. We keep in touch, want to always hear feedback, and look forward to working with such great people as we have in the past. Real estate is our business, but we are not just a real estate team, we are a movement in this city, providing the best footprint in Orlando buying and selling homes. And it all starts with you, the client. We can’t wait to work with you! Thank you for the rave reviews! #MakesOurDay #TWGmovement

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YOU’RE INVITED! OPEN HOUSES THIS SATURDAY: Mingle with Our Agents!

Join us for four Open Houses this Saturday! Here is your chance to mingle with the Top Agents in Orlando. Our Agents are on Orlando’s Top 100 List, and are the best in the industry with a proven track record of making buyers happy and satisfied in their new homes. See four homes this Saturday, September 20th; all for different tastes, budgets and styles. So, pick the one that best suits you, or join us for all! Everyone is invited! Make a day of it! We can’t wait to meet you!

See times and addresses below:

The Luxury Home, 10-2 p.m.

530 Carey Way Orlando, FL 32825

Read the blog, “Thinking About Moving Up”

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Spacious Delight11-2 p.m.

932 Spring Island Way Orlando, FL 32828

Read the blog, “Thinking About Moving Up”

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The Rare Charmer, 1-4 p.m.

5594 Palm Lake Circle Orlando, FL 32819

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Exquisite Waterfront Home, 2-5 p.m.

203 Wild Pine Point Orlando, FL 32828

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#WheresWemert: Spot Us, Take a Photo, Share, Have a Starbucks on Us

Haven’t you seen us around town!? We get notes all the time about how someone spotted us. So, we want to connect with all of you! When you see our signs around town, or even if you spot Mrs. Jenny Wemert herself, take a photo and post it to our FacebookInstagram and/or Twitter Pages! Don’t forget to add “#Whereswemert”! You will get a $5 gift card for Starbucks from us! So, start connecting with us!

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Stay In-the-Know, Connect with Us

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Don’t forget to follow us to stay-in-the-know about:

Home Tips: How to up-keep your home and create the best environment for you and your family when owning a home.

TWGAdventures: See what it’s like to be IN THE FIELD. Our real estate agents are out and about every day, every night, showing properties… and boy, do they have some things to share! Some of it can be funny, some can be surprising, one thing is for sure, it’s always entertaining!

TWGMovement: We make a footprint in our city, East Orlando, every day. We are always running different contests, promotions, fun events and more so that we can stay connected with you! Right now, we are running our #WHERESWEMERT campaign, where anyone who sees our signs around town can take a picture and share it on our Facebook PageTwitter Page and Instagram Page. Once we see your photo, we will send you a $5 gift card to Starbucks! Make sure to hashtag, #WHERESWEMERT.

Our Listings: Maybe you are looking for a home, want to sell your home, or know someone who is looking to buy or sell. Either way, our listings are the best way to find the best home to buy, and to see what we do for our sellers. We are always making footprint in East Orlando, making sure everyone knows about our listings.

Market Snapshots: Stay informed about your community! We provide market snapshots to share our knowledge of the market, with you. Since we are experts in the field, we’ve got the inside news to what’s really happening in the housing market in East Orlando, so stay informed by following us. We will make sure you know all you need to know. Just leave it to us.

So, FOLLOW US! Click each snippet below.

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Market Snapshot August/September

 

Median Price

*The median price of all existing homes combined sold in August 2014 — $165,000 — is a 6.45 percent increase from the $155,000 median price recorded in August 2013.

*The median price for “normal” existing homes sold in August is $190,000, an increase of 5.56 percent from the median price of “normal” existing homes in August 2013.

*The year-to-year median price for short sales increased by 25.98 percent in August, while the median price for bank-owned sales increased by 9.00 percent.

*The year-over-year median price for single-family homes increased by 6.05 percent, and the year-over-year median price for condos increased 1.30 percent.

Sales

*Orlando home sales (all home types and all sales types combined) in August 2014 were down 15.55 percent when compared to August of 2013 and down 3.66 compared to July 2014. Single-family sales decreased 13.12 percent, while condo sales decreased by 16.41 percent year to year.

*Of the 2,449 sales in August, 1,643 normal sales accounted for 67.09 percent of all sales, while 631 bank-owned and 175 short sales respectively made up 25.77 percent and 7.15 percent.

*The number of normal sales in August decreased by 14.25 percent compared to August 2013, while short-sales decreased 64.93 percent and foreclosures increased 30.10 percent.

*The 6,507 pendings in August of this year is a decrease of 13.46 percent compared to the 7,519 pendings in August of last year (and a 3.86 percent decrease compared to the 6,768 pendings last month).

*Short sales made up 34.44 percent of pendings in August, a decline of 45.93 percent from August of last year. Normal properties accounted for 41.68 percent (an increase of 17.61 percent) and bank-owned properties accounted for 23.88 percent (an increase of 45.51 percent).

*Sales of existing homes within the entire Orlando MSA (Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties) in August were down by 6.99 percent when compared to August of 2013. Throughout the MSA, 3,209 homes were sold in August 2014 compared with 3,450 in August 2013. To date, MSA sales are down 4.52 percent.

*Each individual county’s monthly sales comparisons are as follows:

• Lake: 6.12 percent above August 2013;
• Orange: 7.39 percent below August 2013;
• Osceola: 17.59 percent below August 2013; and
• Seminole: 6.72 percent below August 2013.

Inventory

*There are currently 13,084 homes available for purchase through the MLS. The August 2014 overall inventory level is 52.57 percent higher than it was in August 2013; inventory is up 8.19 percent compared to July 2014.

*The inventory of normal sales increased 56.81 percent compared to August 2013, while foreclosure inventory is up 86.39 percent and short sale inventory is up 6.65 percent.

*Year-to-year single-family home inventory is up 55.25 percent; condo inventory is up 37.23 percent.

*The current pace of sales translates into 5.34 months of inventory supply.

Other

*New contracts are down 13.83 percent compared to August of 2013. New listings are up 2.04 percent.

*The Orlando affordability index increased to 181.44 percent in August. First-time homebuyer affordability in August increased to 129.02 percent.

*Homes of all types spent an average of 68 days on the market (down from 73 days the month prior) before coming under contract in August 2014, and the average home sold for 96.82 percent of its listing price (up from 96.63 percent the month prior).

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A Magical Opportunity: Disney Rental Homes Listed

To visit the Most Magical Place on Earth, is virtually on every family’s to-do list each year. It’s no secret that Disney World is Orlando’s major attraction with about 47 million people visiting each year. Here is an opportunity to get in on Disney’s bustling income every time there is a visitor. There are two properties we have listed that are convenient stays for tourists. Keep reading to get the details.

This property (pictured below), located only 8 minutes from Disney World, would be perfect for long or short-term rentals for tourists who are visiting to enjoy Disney World. With four bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms, and a family-size pool, this property is rental-ready. See more details about this home by clicking the photo below.

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This property (pictured below), located only 14 minutes from Disney World, is a 4 bedroom, 2 bath, well-maintained, Florida pool home. With a community playground and tennis court, there is enough to-do while visiting. Rental-ready, this property is an opportunity to invest in an area that is booming with family-oriented tourists. See more details about this home by clicking the photo below.

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Thinking About Moving Up?

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Is it that time, when you’re thinking about expanding into a bigger home, with luxury-style living? We have four properties available that are move-in ready, and gorgeous! Here’s your luxury listings:

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