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Orlando home sales bounce back one month after Hurricane Irma

Sales of Orlando homes posted positive increases in October, just one month after Hurricane Irma hit the pause button on housing transactions. Sales increased by 7 percent in October when compared to October of last year, and increased by 14 percent when compared to last month. The median price rose in October as well, by 6 percent year-over-year. >>Read more.

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By Jennifer Riner, Trulia

It’s one of the most common questions in real estate: should I rent or should I buy? For most aspiring homeowners who plan to stay in the same city for a period, buying is the preferred route. Instead of paying off the landlord’s mortgage, homeowners’ monthly payments are funneled into their own investment that, typically, increases in value over time. The better question is – which can I afford?

You’ve probably heard – at least in recent years – homeowners save thousands compared to renters. According to Trulia, buying is a better deal in every major U.S. metro – at least for those with an average budget who plan to stay in the home for at least seven years. The calculation also assumes 20 percent down upfront on a

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Celebrate the season with potted displays rich in color and texture.

Embrace the bold tones of autumn with containers filled with eye-catching foliage in brilliant gold, fiery orange and deep burgundy. By choosing plants based on your climate, you can create dramatic displays that will last well into the holidays. >>Read more

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By Clare Trapasso | Sep 25, 2017

 

"Over the generations, real estate has proven itself to be a pretty good, time-tested investment," says Eric Tyson, who co-authored "Real Estate Investing for Dummies." "Like investing in the stock market, people who follow some basic principles and buy and hold over long periods of time should do fairly well. >>Read more

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Orlando home sales, median price both rise in August 
Reminder: This report reflects Orlando's housing market activity during the month of August, prior to Hurricane Irma's landfall on September 10. The market report to be released in October will reflect Orlando’s housing market activity for the month of September along with the impact of Hurricane Irma. 

The median price of Orlando homes sold during the month of August increased nearly 10 percent while sales increased almost 3 percent compared to August 2016, reports the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association. Inventory continued its year-over-year slide and dropped about 16 percent. >>Read more.

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Buying a home is exciting and terrifying. After all, this is the biggest financial move most people ever make. As such, there's a lot of room for error, and even tiny mistakes can translate to tens of thousands of dollars.

The lesson here: Even the most intrepid home buyer should get some guidance not only on what to do, but also what not to do. Look no further than this list, which highlights the most common mistakes buyers make so you can avoid the same fate. Read more >>

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By Jennifer Geddes | Jul 13, 2017

 

In many households the kitchen is the center of the home—and more and more, the natural gathering place in the kitchen is around the island. Kitchen island ideas can show you that these useful features come in a variety of sizes and materials to accommodate your floor plan. >>Read more

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