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This beautiful resort BellaVida community is set amidst 20 lakes with homes for sale starting at $288,000. The townhomes will have HOA fees of $850 per quarter, the homes will be $700 per quarter and include all amenities, cable TV, reserves for exterior painting, roof repairs, insurance for common walls and trash removal. There is also an initiation fee of $1800. The beach style of BellaVida is reflected in the community clubhouse and pool a true vacation home setting. BellaVida will have homes with barrel tile roofs, front porches and lanais. You can choose from two option packages for your townhome: a complete furniture package including patio (3 comments)
Bella Trae Gated Community of 720 condos and townhomes 10 mins. from Disney World - 02/27/07 05:21 PM
Bella Trae is just off Legends Blvd at Championsgate where there are two Greg Norman Golf courses. Residents of Bella Trae will be given discounts there. This is NOT a short term zoned community but more residential for all ages. You can rent but you must rent your property for at least 12 months. Bella Trae will have some wonderful amenities including BallroomPutting GreenPavilonTennisWalking TrailsClubhouseFitness CenterConference RoomCommunity CenterHeated poolsBocce Ball CourtWalking trailsPrices at Bella Trae start at $225 with premiums for views and the Ventura model condos. Homeowners fees will be $400 per month including HOA and condominium fees. Bella Trae is available now e-mail us (0 comments)
Bella Toscana - 02/27/07 05:08 PM
KB development with spacious floorplans Bella Toscana offers a variety activities from shopping, theme parks or either coast within driving distance. Located on Hwy. 54 (Ronald Reagan Parkway between Championsgate and Hwy. 27) Homes at Bella Toscana have prices starting in the 280k range and do not include pools or appliances. A 25% deposit is required with 10% at the time you go to contract and the balance of the 25% 60 days prior to closing. Currently some great discounting is available, with prices starting at the 228,990 range and up. If you would like floorplans or a brochure please contact us. (0 comments)
This condo resort is located on the southeast corner of International Dr. and Central Florida Parkway. Close to SeaWorld and minutes from the other parks it will feature 3 Buildings and 3 Floorplans. This is being built in an area zoned for short term rentals. How to buy in Bella Casa, you can call us for details but here are just a few.. 2 resort pools24 hour business center24 hour fitness centeronsite managementreserved parkingmaid servicemediterrranean stlyesmarble and graniteGE appliancespenthouse units$10,000 deposit which is fully refundable. At contract signing 10% of purchase price is due minus the initial $10,000 deposit. Another 10% at start of construction (0 comments)
Selling Condos? Questions you should know - 02/25/07 12:35 PM
Here are nine questions to ask the condo board. When you buy a condo, you join an association of owners that determines everything from whether to plant perennials in the courtyard to how to finance a major amenity or roof project. Before yo ubuy, contact the condo board with the following questions. In the process, you'll learn how responsive and well organized its members are. 1. What percentage of units are owner occupied? Generally the higher owner occupied percentage the more marketable the units will be at resale (unless you are in a resort community this will vary).2. What covenants, bylaws, and restrictions govern (2 comments)
So here is another way you can send a follow up card after a closing, add it to a plaque for the home or inscribe it on a gift basket. Whatever you give I thought a couple of these may come in handy. May the strength of the walls make you safe, keeping peace within and trouble without, but through its open windows and doors let nature come. All who live and visit here shall be friends. Kindliness and harmony shall be the watchwords. One for the chef Let the mealtimes be far more than the fulfillment of a necessity. In this home food shall be (2 comments)
Market trends this week that will effect real estate - 02/25/07 11:58 AM
Weaker than expected economic data and tame inflation readings last week moved rate cut expectations up and increased the odds somewhat. Currently fed funds futures traders are pricing in a 50-50 chance of a rate cut at the September meeting and have fully priced in at least one rate cut by the end of the year (1 comments)
Our list for FREE sights to advertise your listings.. - 02/23/07 09:34 PM
Here is our final list compiled from the comments and searches of our AR members. I hope you will find one or two you didn't know about before and like they say on Royal Caribbean...Get out There! www.yoocan.com www.propertyplatform.com www.adsforfree.com http://www.livedeals.com/ www.adpost.com/ www.sellstufflocal.com/ Postaroo.com google Postlets Craigs list free point2 site harmonhomes.com is FREE, they place well in the search engines too (I thought you had to post an ad in the magazine to be included free here but is good to know) Finally I thought these too might be helpful some are FREE and some have an option for paid ads but hopefully these options (7 comments)
Post for FREE - 02/20/07 11:30 AM
Yes there is that special word again FREE. I would like to ask where you post your ads online for FREE. Let's start a list .. Please add one you use to the comments below and I will post a master once it is done. I'll start with backpage.com the classified section and of course Craig's List what can you add? Craig's List Backpage.com classifieds (7 comments)
City Data - 02/20/07 11:27 AM
Need to find data about specific cities or communities you may want to post to localism. Check out city data's information website. Some of the material is dated but there are alot of useful information facts and figures that can help if you are writing about the areas. Of course if you are a Top Producer uses check out snapshot for updated data direct from your mls. I am not sure if this is available in all areas, but do know you need top connector to use it and the cost is $79 per month. Get details from Top Producer.com (0 comments)
Florida Counties - 02/20/07 11:22 AM
Ever ask yourself what county is that in? Rummage for the map or check onlilne? Well here is a map I found online of all the counties in Florida. Just for you save it to your my pictures folder or wherever that special place is for you so next time you wonder what county is that in you will have the map handy. Also works when someone e-mails us and asks about property that is not in our area, helps with referral mapping and whatever else you my want or need it for. (1 comments)
Follow up on Georges blog Cash back - 02/20/07 11:01 AM
Just read a blog by George Hanson about cash back and gifts. At a recent course I attended every attorney licensed in Florida and one from Alabama in the room said they wouldn't do it because of the Rico law ( I think it has to do with money laundering not sure) and the fact that the money rebated from the broker would be a 1099 issue too. Yes I know people do this in Florida but how many are 1099 the amount to the buyer or seller? Most discusting was the fact that a local broker which will remain nameless had purchased many homes in a (1 comments)
20 cities with the highest house appreciation - 02/19/07 08:01 PM
Yesterday I made a comment on a blog about 20 strongest real estate markets, by Rick and Ines from Miami Shores. Here is my list of the 20 best cities in the USA for highest house price appreciation of course our list is different than theirs and if you would like all the details go to their website for full details as I have just copied the chart here. Of course Orlando is in this list. Where is Wenatchee Washington? (2 comments)
Tiny Tiny Homes New York Times - 02/19/07 06:52 PM
Whether your customer wants hundreds of acres or a small lot here is a new twist on what is available for unique housing. A fellow cyberstar Paul Lewis shared this site with us and the New York Times artical is worth taking a look at especially the video part which was very well presented. I watched it twice as I didn't realize it until the end that at the bottom below the picture they were revealing where the homes were and the size. The interior of one is exceptionally decorated. Could you live in a tiny house let me know what you think, (2 comments)
Orange Tree in Dr. Phillips Orlando Florida 32819 - 02/19/07 06:43 PM
Orange Tree is a gated golf course community in the prestigious Dr. Phillips community. Close to the Dr. Phillips highly rated schools this community features a private golf club. Homes on and off the course have some incredible views. There is a clubhouse with pool and tennis courts not to mention lots of activities for families living in the Orange Tree community. Single family and townhomes as well as the St. Ives Estate section offer a variety of price ranges starting in the $300K range and up. If golfcourse living is right up your alley check out all the opportunities available in Orange Tree. (0 comments)
Windermere Club Golf Country Club Activities - 02/19/07 06:33 PM
Interested in Windermere Club Golf? Windermere Club Golf community in Windermere, Fl. 34786 has a beautiful country club and golf course. The is a very affordable club, with a wide variety of activities for all ages. Tennis and golf groups, not to mention childrens activities abound. Here is a link to the Country Club for all details of activities and golf opportunities at the Windermere Country Club (0 comments)
Windermere Club (Windermere, FL 34786) prices range from $700,000 - $1,500,000+ on lots from a half acre to an acre. No subdivision crush in this community. Windermere Country Club offers it's members an opportunity to join the country club.."an exceptional private club experience with a warm & friendly atmosphere". Your family can enjoy golf, tennis, swimming, and social events at the clubhouse.This sought after gated community of Windermere Club offers waterfront living and golf view lots. Set between Lake Crescent and Lake Roberts, Windermere Club is waiting to welcome you home! (0 comments)
The 2 day closing - 02/16/07 06:55 PM
Just once I would like to have a back up ready to go to closing when next I have to hear from a mortgage broker ...sorry we don't have the package ready yet...wOULDN'T IT BE GREAT TO SAY SORRY YOUR BUYER HAS LOST THE HOUSE TO BUYER NUMBER 2 WHO HAD THINGS READY ON TIME. It is an hour before closing and still no bank package in site. You think in this feast or famine period even mortgage brokers would get their act together and hire processors that can get the job done. More often than not they are waiting to give (4 comments)
Just for fun - 02/16/07 01:04 PM
I wanted to share with you all a picture from one of the Valentine greetings we received. These pictures were quite unique, and although it is after the fact thought I would still share them with you. If you recieved any unusual greetings do share with the rest of us too. We might be able to use one of those ideas too in our next years action plan. So what did you do for your database if anything for Valentines ..e-mail, roses, cards, or party? If you have a favorite marketing idea do share.. Here are the pictures.
Enjoy (1 comments)
Who do you use for Payroll? - 02/15/07 08:32 PM
Do you use payroll services? If so who do you use and how have you liked them. We have used ADP and for years no problems but this year we got a letter from the IRS. I called ADP and they asked me to fax them the letter, which I did. The IRS said I hadn't paid quarterly tax for a year and a half. HELLO....where was the money going then. Turns out when we structured a new LLC it came with a new tax id number which was filing the quarterlys for me and the old one was no longer used. The IRS checked (3 comments)
Do you BPO? - 02/15/07 08:25 PM
Have you done BPO's for relocation companies? Today an e-mail came in for a BPO for Celebration. I had never heard of this website or company and wonder if any of you have had dealings with them. Their website is ASGBPO.com doesn't matter where you live it appears anyone can sign up for this at their site. Why they e-mailed me is a mystery since I hadn't signed up at their site. They offered me $75 for a one page BPO. Anyone done a bpo for them and been paid? (7 comments)
Personal Estate Planning..Do you have a plan? - 02/15/07 03:24 PM
Personal Estate Planning is as important as helping our customers knowing how to take title especially if dealing with foreign investors. Liability issues are most important to understand when owning property and how you take title effects the consequences of these liabilities. Not only in case of accidents on the property but how you leave your estate to your family or other designees. If you have not talked with an estate planner or attorney you are leaving yourself open to pitfalls and situations that could abolish profits you have spent years building up. Don't be cheap! Step up and find a competent attorney (0 comments)
Value added benefits for your investors - 02/15/07 03:13 PM
First be sure to know a good tax and international tax attorney. Start a list, get referrals, and for those of you in Florida probably the most respected international attorney in the State is Robert R Hendry from Hendry, Stoner, Calandrino and Brown, P.A. (407-842-5830). Helping point our customers in the right direction especially when investing means using full due dilligence. This includes knowing a tax attorney familiar with potential personal liability as a witholding agent if withholdings are not made and proper tax returns are not filed as well as being aware of branch profits tax, withholding requirements, the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax with (2 comments)
For your eyes only and the office of foreign asset control - 02/15/07 03:02 PM
Heads up if you have any doubt of who you are doing business with before you sell to a stranger be sure to check out the SDN list when dealing with cross boarder transactions especially in-bound. Since the Patriots Act due dilligence has become a must so not only do we need to know who is on the Do Not Call list be sure you are not working with someone on the SDN list. The SDN list is a list of specially designated nationals being watched by the office of foreign asset control and can be found on Dept. of Treasury website. Protect yourself and your (0 comments)
Feng Shui Tip for Law of Attraction - 02/13/07 06:06 PM
Oprah featured a dvd called The Secret which was also suggested by Feng Shui expert Suzee Miller to learn the law of attraction and how to manifest health, wealth, love and good fortune. Basically like a self fufilling prophecy if you believe it will and can happen it will. What we hold in our consciousness makes a huge difference in what we accomplish. So what do you focus on and what energy do you radiate by what you are thinking is it positive or negative? (3 comments)
Do Get the Publicity Hound's Tips Newsletter? - 02/13/07 05:57 PM
Today I received my first issue of the Publicity Hound's Newsletter. Articles featured included tips, tricks and tools for FREE PUBLICITY. This issue was all inclusive writing book reviews, American Idol, a valentines quiz, research keywords, promote an automobile Association and help the hound. I have no idea when I signed up for this but here is a link to where you can start recieving the tips and tools too. If you go to the site it will pop up and ask you if you want to learn how to generate thousands of dollars using her tips and tools. (2 comments)
Wndermere Florida named number 1 city for families by neighborhood scout is a much sought after community in southwest Orange County Florida. A complete blog and links to all the information about this charming town set amidst the huge oaks and the Butler Chain of lakes can be found here. Originally the town was 12 blocks with dirt roads which still exist today off the main streets. Windermere prices can range from 800,000 up into the millions for lakefront estates. Currently there are 18 actives, one pending and one sold for the month. (3 comments)
DBPR update on licenses - 02/10/07 08:08 PM
It is important to remember to update your continuing ed hours in a timely mannor and note that per this notice from DBPR If your renewal time is Sept. it is not too early to get started and find out what opportunities you have to keep current and in compliance. Here is the latest notice about the change. Per section 455.2177, Florida Statutes, and as part of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation's efforts to increase Continuing/Post Education (CE/PE) compliance, the department will no longer issue a license renewal card to licensees who have not completed all continuing and post education (2 comments)
Every great dream begins with a dreamer.~ Harriet Tubman My nephew just finished his stint at Disney University Program, and is now back finishing his college program studies. He met alot of new people from around the world including a new girlfriend from Brazil. Well what does this have to do with real estate? The new connections in South America opened up an opportunity for advertising there with a local interpretor to be sure the ads are going in correctly. Widening eyes to opprortunity is amazing and fun not to mention growing markets around the world. We don't always know where our business (1 comments)
Active Rain Benefits of Blogging Allen Hainge's News and Views - 02/04/07 07:08 PM
Active Rain Benefits of Blogging Allen Hainge's News and Views This weeks news and views has a major feature on Active Rain. This newsletter is sent to over 10,000 people. You can sign up for the newsletter for free. Here is a copy of this weeks newsletter from Allen I finally found it, thanks to my CyberStars®: ActiveRain According to their FAQ, ActiveRain"is a free online community for real estate professionals run on behalf of its members. Our goal is to create a valuable resource of information and ideas for real estate professionals and their clients. We aim to help empower people by providing (3 comments)
Economy and Stock Market Close for the week - 02/04/07 07:07 PM
Economy and Stock Market Close for the week Friday, February 2nd The economy added 111,000 new jobs in January, less than an expected gain of 150,000. The softness was related to severe winter weather in some parts of the country. Weaker than expected job growth last month was offset by upward revisions in the prior two months which resulted in a net increase of 81,000 jobs. Additionally, benchmark revisions to the data series show average monthly payroll gains of 212k in 2005 and 187k in 2006 compared to 165k and 153k respectively. Stock Market Close for the Week Index Latest A (0 comments)
Interest Rates a Week in Advance - 02/04/07 07:04 PM
WEEK IN ADVANCE A light economic calendar next week yields little in the way of market moving data or events. The Treasury's $38 billion quarterly refunding will probably have the most impact. With little to go on, it looks like the financial markets will continue to enjoy the Goldilocks scenario of steady rates, moderate economic expansion and easing inflation. Key Interest Rates Latest 6 Mos Ago 1 Yr Ago Prime Rate 8.25% 8.25% 7.32% Fed Discount 6.25% 6.25% 5.32% Fed Funds 5.25% 5.27% 4.44% 11th District COF 4.396% 4.090% 3.296% 10-Year Note 4.82% 4.96% 4.55% 30-Year Treasury Bond 4.92% 5.05% 4.63% (0 comments)
One day at a time... - 02/04/07 07:02 PM
Florida Sunshine State Nothing is worth more than this day.- Anonymous After some terrible storms and loss of life it is just a reminder of how precious each day is and what we all have. Many people north of Orlando in Deltona and Lady Lake lost everything, some are still without power and some paid an ultimate price. Once again some of the worst damage was done in Mobile home parks. We enjoy our sunshine and tax free state Live today as tomorro does not yet belong to us. (0 comments)
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