realtor: 4512 Flintlock Drive, Orlando, FL 32808 - 3/2/2 house, no money down, creative financing -- lease optioned - 02/12/08 06:45 AM
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(Copyright © 2008. Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. All rights reserved.)
Rob Arnold, ABR, CPL, CRB, GRI, Managing real estate broker, Licensed mortgage broker, Notary Public
407-389-7318 www.SDRhouses.com/
Your full service and investor friendly Realtor in Orlando. Learn to invest in Central Florida real estate and Orlando real estate. Investor mentoring and counseling available. I also provide flat fee MLS listings, For Sale By Owner, and menu-based services in Florida.
We buy houses cash, sell properties, and list properties in Central Florida including Orlando, Winter Park, Maitland, College Park, Ocoee, Winter Garden, Apopka, Pine Hills, Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Longwood, Winter Springs, Oviedo, … (0 comments)

realtor: Buy only the real estate services you need - here is our menu - 01/23/08 03:21 AM
Many real estate firms offer a one-size-fits-all service to their customers.  It is a free marketplace, so that is their right.  Some customers do need all those services provided to them, and those customers will normally pay a higher price for doing so.  Our firm is different.  Of course we do offer the full service package just like the other firms do, but we also offer a menu of services for you to choose from. 
  
Many people just want the exposure from MLS, Realtor.com, and similar websites.  We can provide that for a reasonable flat fee.  In fact our flat fee MLS … (0 comments)

realtor: To get a license or not get a license, that is the question - 01/05/08 04:19 AM
I have probably had at least a hundred people ask me whether or not they should get a real estate license in order to invest in real estate.  There is no quick and easy answer to this question.  The answer really depends on what you plan to do in your investment career. 
 (Registered Trademark of NAR)
A real estate license is typically for someone who wants to work with other people to help them buy, sell, or lease their real estate.  That is what a traditional real estate licensee (the legal term in Florida is "sales associate") does.  Most investors are not … (3 comments)

realtor: The Governor comes to town. Is property tax relief in sight? - 12/17/07 08:40 AM
Last Friday, Governor Crist conducted a press conference in Orlando regarding the upcoming property tax amendment vote on January 29, 2008. I was fortunate enough to be invited and got a chance to meet briefly with the Governor.  He comes across as a very stand up guy even though in my opinion he hasn't been as tough a bulldog with things as his predecessor.  He appears to be as dis-satisfied with the Florida Senate and the local governments as most of us Realtors and property owners are.  I don't know if this amendment will be as big a spark to the real estate market as … (11 comments)

realtor: Brief market update - 12/07/07 07:36 AM
I attended the View From the Trenches luncheon this afternoon put on by the Orlando Regional Realtor Association.  The official November market numbers won't be out until next week, but we did get a few of the numbers revealed to us at the luncheon.  I am not going to post them until they become official, however the numbers were a little better than those in October.
Inventory was down just a little bit, # of solds was about the same as the previous month, and the median price stayed the same.  This is some good news.  The apparent consensus is that the … (0 comments)

realtor: Casselberry FL property for sale -- sold - 12/03/07 06:15 AM
This is the latest listing that we have for the last week.  If you are interested in showing it or seeing inside, please contact me directly. **** UPDATE: This property is Sold.  Call us for all your real estate needs. ****

2901 Amroth Place, Casselberry, FL 32707.
3 bed / 2 bath / 2-car garage, 1160sf single-family home. New Roof, new heat/AC, totally new kitchen and stainless steel appliances, new baths, new flooring, new doors, new lights. New landscaping and sprinkler system. Fireplace, screened porch, spr & fence. Renovation includes, roof, heat/ac, totally new kitchen and baths,flooring, interior and exterior doors, … (0 comments)

realtor: Atlantic hurricane statistics for 2007 - Florida spared this year - 11/28/07 11:29 AM
 
The Atlantic hurricane season officially ends on Friday 11/30/2007.  So how did the forecasters do.  It is pretty interesting to see what the supposed professional forecasters came up with versus what really happened. Below are the numbers for the last few years.  The most noted forecasters are Dr. Gray at Colorado State University (CSU) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the National Hurricane Center.  I am using the statistics that these forecasters put out in May of each year just prior to the June 1st beginning of each season.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
               # of Named Storms               # of Hurricanes                # of Major Hurricanes
CSU                   … (5 comments)

realtor: Properties for sale in Central Florida - BOTH PROPERTIES SOLD - 11/27/07 08:03 AM
These are the latest properties that we listed this last week.  If you are interested in showing or seeing the inside of any of these properties, please contact me.   

1. 116 Cedar Road, Ocala, FL 34472.  3 bed /2 bath / 2-car garage block house.  Newly painted inside and out. New carpet and tile.  Motivated seller.  The price is right.  MLS # o4815056. -- OFF MARKET, UNDER CONTRACT
-------------------
                 
2.  210 Villa Di Este Terrace #104, Lake Mary, FL 32746. 2 bed / 2 bath / 2-car garage condominium.  Seller financing available - no money down - EZ … (0 comments)

realtor: New property listing -- seller financing in Orlando -- OFF MARKET - 11/19/07 05:06 AM
Here is the latest listing for sale.  This one is a flat fee MLS listing that we listed last week.  I have a few more coming online shortly, but they came in over the weekend and we are still working on them.  If you would like to show this property or see inside, just call me.

909 Vista Palma Way, Orlando, Florida 32825. 4 bed/2 bath/1-car garage block house. Located in Southeast Orlando. BIG 5% COMMISSION to cooperating brokerages. MLS# o4813777 .
Come see this comfortable 4 bedroom house, centrally located, and walking distance to the local college, with ceramic floor, fenced backyard, and … (0 comments)

realtor: Seminole County tax hearing - 11/15/07 12:45 PM
I had my property tax hearing on Tuesday morning for my rental property in Longwood.  It wasn't quite what I expected.  I got to sit in a conference room along with a staff member from the Seminole County property appraiser's office and a special magistrate (a retired appraiser).  I got to explain my justifications why I thought my property was worth less than what they were assessing it for.  The property appraiser got to counter my arguments.
My argument is that this rental property of mine had some deferred maintenance including needing a paint job in & out, a new roof, a … (6 comments)

realtor: One more new listing -- OFF MARKET, RENTED - 11/13/07 11:33 AM
Just listed this one on Monday. I am co-brokering this property with another broker.  If you want to show it or see inside, let me know.
1814 Grasmere Drive, Apopka, Florida 32703. 3 bed/2 bath/2-car garage block house.  Move-in condition, clean clean clean.  Great location with easy access to shopping, restaurants, 429 expressway, and major highways.  This is an estate sale, so a good deal might be possible. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac.
MLS# o4812585 .   

(0 comments)

realtor: Seminole County Florida property taxes - 11/12/07 03:14 AM
Tomorrow I have my first ever hearing before the Seminole County value adjustment board.  I am contesting the assessed value of one of my rental properties. 
I have contested values in the past in Orange County, Florida and have been successful many times.  In Orange County I have always been able to work it out with the property appraiser's office prior to a hearing.  I did contest one of my Orange County rentals this year and was able to get the value reduced by almost $21,000.  This is a follow up from a prior blog, Central Florida property taxes, when I contested the … (0 comments)

realtor: Local investment club spotlight - Lighthouse Landlords Association - 11/10/07 10:09 AM
The Lighthouse, an Association of Landlords was founded in 2005 as a non-profit trade association to assist landlords in their real estate investing activities.  The group has a monthly meeting on the 2nd Monday of every month at the RDV Sportsplex in Maitland, Florida. At the monthly meeting landlords and landlords-to-be get to meet and network with each other and discuss various ideas regarding the current real estate market, dealing with tenants and rental properties, and other real estate related topics.  Most months there is a speaker that speaks for about an hour regarding a specific area of real estate. 
I am in charge of the legislative issues and get … (0 comments)

realtor: October 2007 MLS Statistics for Orange & Seminole County Florida - 11/09/07 02:02 AM
The latest MLS statistics for Orange & Seminole County Florida are out for the month ending October 2007.  Here is a direct link to the statistics.
The inventory statistics continue to show a flattening off trend. Inventory has continued to hover around 26,000 listings now for the 5th month in a row.  This is a good sign.  Just about everybody that bought during the run-up of 2004 and 2005 that wanted to sell has either sold, rented, or made some sort of decision regarding their property by now.  Of course they also might also be in foreclosure right now :-(  .
Closed … (2 comments)

realtor: Providing community information to customers - 11/03/07 02:43 AM
Customers are always asking what school district a house is in?  What are the crime rates for this neighborhood?  Are there any sexual predators nearby?  What is the makeup of the neighborhood?  Can I add a garage on to the back of this house?
I learned many years ago in GRI class that we as Realtors should not be the source of the information, but rather the "source of the source."  Realtors should tell them where to look up the information for themselves.  That way they can do their own research and it relieves Realtors from liability and the chance of mis-information.
I took the liberty … (2 comments)

realtor: Expansion of Mid Florida MLS - 11/01/07 02:44 AM
I have stated before just how powerful a marketing tool the local MLS has become.  The Mid-Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service which our firm is a member of is expanding some more.  5 Realtor Associations in Southwest Florida are joining in with Mid Florida MLS in 2008. 
This is certainly good news for everyone involved and allows firms like ours to expand our MLS flat fee listing service to these other counties without the ridiculous overhead of fees to these small Realtor boards. 
Here is a link to the E-newsletter regarding this expansion.  You can note that the Realtor association leaders in Venice … (6 comments)

realtor: Central Florida properties for sale - auction property also - 10/31/07 02:18 AM
Here are more properties for sale throughout Central Florida.  Some are full service listings and some are discount flat fee MLS listings.  If you would like to see inside any of them, please contact our office.  All are easy to show.
 

1. 486 Spreading Oak Circle, Apopka, FL 32703.  2 bed / 2 bath attached villa.  The price is cheap.  This is a very unique situation.  It is in probate and the owners are quite motivated to move this property now.  It might even been possible to take over the mortgage payments because the only person liable for the … (0 comments)

realtor: What to look for with a flat fee MLS broker - 10/27/07 04:05 AM
Flat fee MLS, discount MLS, MLS-only listing, whatever you want to call it, it is the process for consumers to list their property into the local MLS and the related internet sites like Realtor.com for a few hundred dollars with the consumer doing the bulk of the work.  This sort of listing also offers the buyer's agent a commission of 2-3% or more if they procure a buyer for the property. I wrote a detailed explanation about this in a previous blog entitled A word about flat fee MLS listings .
This blog is a follow up article.  I want to describe things to look for in … (5 comments)

realtor: Latest properties for sale - 10/23/07 02:41 AM
Here are the latest properties for sale this week.  Some are full service listings and some are flat fee MLS listings. The 3rd property on the list is going up for auction this weekend. Please call us for a private showing or to make an offer.  Links to MLS#s below may take a day or 2 to become active.
-----
 
1. No Longer Available.
-----
2. No Longer Available.
----- 
3. 6335 Linnet Court, Kissimmee, FL 34759.  3 bed/2 bath/2-car garage block house in Poinciana. AUCTION THIS WEEKEND 10/28.  Open house this Saturday & Sunday from 1pm-5pm.  Sold to the highest & best offer on 10/28.  MLS# o4807944.  -- PROPERTY … (0 comments)

realtor: New properties for sale this week -- OFF MARKET - 10/17/07 03:29 AM
We have 2 new listings for sale this week.  If you have any interest in any of these, please feel free to contact me.  In addition to these we also are constantly getting wholesale properties (foreclosures, fixer-uppers, short sales, etc.), but they tend to go pretty quick so check out our website www.sdrhouses.com/properties.html or join our hot property email list.
--- BOTH PROPERTIES ARE OFF THE MARKET
Realtors and buyers, call us today and we will schedule you a private showing or write up your offer.  Sellers are motivated.
 
(0 comments)

 
Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) Rainmaker large

Rob Arnold

Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

Altamonte Springs, FL

More about me…

Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.

Address: Apopka, FL, Longwood, FL, Winter Springs, FL, Casselberry, FL, Orlando, FL, Deltona, FL, Debary, FL, , Altamonte Springs, FL, 32714

Office: (407) 389-7318

Fax: (407) 389-4418

Email Me

***Sign up for our email hot property list & newsletter*** We Buy Houses Florida.com (TM) We Buy Sinkhole .com I Buy Houses Orlando .com My thoughts on the real estate industry, real estate investing, rental properties, mortgages, listing houses in the MLS, government and legislative issues affecting real estate brokers and investors. Serving metro Orlando & most of Florida. Rob Arnold - ABR, CPL, CRB, GRI, PHP - Managing real estate broker, Notary Public Disclaimer: This blog is for educational, entertainment, and yes blatant advertising purposes. Read it at your own risk and enjoyment :-) It is not meant to be construed as legal or financial advice. These are my personal views and opinions only. Regarding any properties advertised on this blog site - all information is deemed reliable but is not warranted nor guaranteed - price, terms, and availability are subject to change without notice. Copyright © 2007-2013. Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


Listings

Links

Archives

RSS 2.0 Feed for this blog