Real Estate Blog

By Lisa Johnson Mandell | Dec 6, 2017

 

Few homes get decked out for the Christmas season quite like the White House, and few know more about it than Laura Dowling—who, from 2009 to 2015, served as the White House's chief floral designer.

Here are some of her top holiday decor tips and hacks in case you'd like to steal a few >>Read more.

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December 4, 2017 - Abigail Golder

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Orlando is a popular place to visit at any time of the year, but it’s never as beloved by visitors as it is during the holiday season. No one knows this better than your resident Realtors at SKR and Keene’s Pointe Realty.  The Realtors at SKR and Keene's Pointe Realty are both residents and community experts of the Windermere and Greater Orlando area.

The comparatively warm weather pairs well with Orlando’s numerous attractions, sightseeing-friendly environment, and weeks of thematic events including concerts, parades, and festivals to appease even the staunchest of Grinches. Follow along with us in this guide to find out all of our favorite places you’ll need to take your out-of-town guests to amaze and

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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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