Should I Stage My Orlando Home Before Selling?

Is it Worth the Hassle to Stage My Orlando Home?

Shakespeare once said that “all the world’s a stage”… this also includes the house you want to sell for top dollar.  As a Realtor in Orlando, I can’t tell you enough how much of a difference it can make to set the stage before revealing your home to the world.

Unless you’re an interior designer, staging a home is not a do-it-yourself type of task. Staging involves hiring professionals with talent and skillsets for interior design. A good stager will give your house a makeover that will make you think twice about selling. By using temporary furnishings and décor, your house will get more than its share of “oohs… and aahs…” from potential buyers doing their walk-through.

Quality staging is not like an insurance policy by any means and there’s no guarantee that your home will sell for more money because of it. However, It is a great and powerful marketing tool. Great staging should present your home in its most flattering light and will keep you at the higher end of the comps in your area. Have you ever heard of the saying “dress for the job you want, not the one you have”? When selling a house… when want it to be dressed to the 9’s to get the price you want.

Staging helps potential buyers to visualize what their life could look like living in such an elegantly decorated home.

Staging Leads to Great Listing Photos

Great photography is a must when marketing your home for sale. By having pics of a staged home instead of an empty or messy home, you’ll increase your chances of finding an online buyer 10 fold. Especially these days the majority of home buyers start their search by looking through online listings before hiring a Realtor in Orlando, FL.

Before Hiring Stagers Consider This

In addition to being Realtors, we are also Orlando real estate investors, we’ve bought and rehabbed many houses over the years. I can tell you from my own experience that staging does help. Like… a lot. There’s always one or two buyers that ask if they can also purchase the furniture and decorations.

But don’t just take our word for it. Recently, a survey from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® revealed that:

Almost 80% of buyers’ agents claimed staging makes it easy for the buyer to imagine the property as their future home. It’s kind of like helping the buyer to dream it to achieve it so your real estate agent can make the sale.

40% of Orlando listing agents say that a staged home spends a lot less time on the market compared to an empty house. For you the seller, time saved could mean more money in your pocket and being able to move out sooner. Listing agents also claimed that staged homes will fetch a higher dollar amount… between 6-10%!

Some listing agents in Orlando will offer staging services to their clients but most of the time you’ll have to hire someone and pay for the staging yourself.

Professional home stagers will usually charge according to how many rooms you want staging. We pay roughly $700 per month when we stage a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house which includes everything from the furniture to décor.

What about staging the house yourself?

If you’re on a tight budget, then hiring a professional may not be an option for you. If this is the case, check out some Youtube video tutorials on the subject to help guide you. If you have a friend or relative with really nice décor in their house, you may want to ask them for some staging ideas.

Declutter and clean at the very least

No potential buyer is going to enjoy walking through a messy or dirty house. Take the time to declutter and clean it like it’s never been cleaned before. Move some furniture into the garage if you have to, organize household items out of sight, and remove anything that makes a room look smaller. You should also change out any burnt light bulbs and have the carpets shampooed.

Keep the closets neat and organized

Make sure they can see the space, buyers always want to check out the closets. Remove some things if you need to rather than having that “stuffed full” look. Consider putting away personal items like family photos, religious pieces, and maybe some artwork to make the house look more neutral.

Only focus on rooms that count the most

You don’t have to stage your whole house to impress buyers. We find that staging rooms where people spend the most time will make the biggest impression on buyers. Staging the kitchen, Living room, Dining room, bathrooms, and Master bedroom is more than enough to make a buyer take notice.

Don’t forget to stage your yard

Curb appeal is super important for getting potential buyers through the front door. Make sure your yard looks the best it can. A freshly cut yard, manicured bushes, and some colorful plants can make a huge impact on buyers and set the stage for what the inside looks like.

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7 Reasons Why Now Is A Great Time To Buy A Home in Orlando

Why You Shouldn’t Wait To Buy A Home in Orlando

As a Realtor in Orlando, I’m constantly being asked by potential buyers whether or not they should wait to buy a home in Orlando…They ask me things like “Should I hold out for a great deal?”… “Am I better off renting?”. The truth is that no one can predict what the future holds and all we can do is see what’s happening now and see where things are going. In my opinion, people who are thinking about buying a home in Orlando, FL shouldn’t wait. Here are some reasons why…

1- Higher than normal rent prices- The rent prices in Orlando are getting higher and higher, even faster than median home prices. This is especially true with homes in Orlando and other parts of Central Florida. This means that if you’re able to buy now you’ll probably be paying less on a mortgage payment than you would in rent.

2- Mortgage rates are still low– If you have a decent credit score and a steady job, you’re probably in good shape to get favorable terms on a home mortgage.

3- Cheaper to buy than rent- If you can qualify for a mortgage loan and you can get a payment that’s less than you’re paying in rent, then it’s a no-brainer. This is especially true if you’re a first-time home buyer and can qualify for down payment assistance.

4- Low mortgage rates won’t last– Unfortunately, we are arriving at the end of an era of lower than normal mortgage rates combined with moderate pricing on Orlando homes. Home prices are expected to rise soon as are the mortgage rates.

5- Personal income levels are on the rise– Florida’s economy is strong which means unemployment rates are low and people are making good steady incomes. Studies show that Floridians are staying at their jobs longer which means they understand the importance of holding on to a steady job.

6- Demand still exceeds supply- This means that Orlando home prices will continue to rise. By waiting it will be more difficult to find the ideal home at a price that’s affordable to you.

7- Millennials are arriving at their home-buying years- Millennials represent a huge group of Floridians and now that they are entering their peak home-buying age it will surely tighten the supply of  Orlando homes on the market.

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8 Factors That Increase Your Orlando Home Value


Are you looking to buy an Orlando home and make a smart investment at the same time? Be aware of these important factors as identified by by analyzing millions of home sales throughout the country.

Having Fewer Bedrooms- As an Orlando realtor, I was surprised when I first read about this. Homes with 1 bedroom experienced an increase in appreciation of over 7% since 2012. Homes with 2 bedrooms have increased by 6.6%, 3 bedroom homes 6.3%, and 4 bedrooms was down to 4.9%. This just goes to show how popular down sizing has become in our country.

Bigger is not always better- especially when it comes to Orlando real estate. past 5 years have been a strong indicator that smaller homes  are more popular than ever among baby boomers as well as first time home buyers. Statistics show that homes smaller than 1,200 square feet have gone up by an average of 7.5% each year and larger homes [ over 2,400 sq ft] have only seen a 3.8% increase.

Open floor layout- These days everyone loves an open floor plan and so the more sought after something becomes, the value it will have. Homes in Orlando with an open floor plan appreciate an average of a whopping 7.4% per year. You can sometimes change your floor plan depending on if the walls you have to remove are load bearing or not. Upgrades such as granite counter tops and stainless appliances only experienced a 2-3% appreciation.

Having a view- Homes with a nice view across the country have increased between 4.9% – 7.9% over the past several years. If your fortunate enough to buy a home with a pretty view, you can always expect to enjoy a bit more appreciation on your home than your neighbor without one.

Modern design- With the exception of a small percentage of buyers who prefer older homes, newer more modern styled homes will always be more desirable for the majority of buyers. As a matter of fact, newer homes with modern designs have been rising an average of 7.7% per year. Bungalows are 2nd at 6.5%, traditional 5.6%, ranch homes 4.5% craftsman 3.7% and victorian at 2.2%.

Homes with 2 car garages-  Orlando homes that have space for 2 vehicles have had an increase of 6.4% per year Vs homes with a one car garage at 6% increase. And believe it or not homes with 3 car garages only saw an increase of 3.8% annually.

Being in the city- This was another one that surprised me a bit, but I guess I’m a little bias. Homes that were in or close to the city near mass transportation had an increase of a whopping 8.4% in value where as homes in the suburbs in good school districts and shopping areas only increased by 7.2%.




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Att: Realtors in Orlando, New Listing in Avalon Park!

Attention Realtors in Orlando there’s a new listing in Avalon Park!

114454 Golden Tree Rain Blvd, Orlando, FL 32828

Realtors in Orlando will be clamoring to see this one! Are you looking for a Move-in ready, affordable home in the much sought-after community of Avalon park? Then look no further… your search ends here… Drop whatever you’re doing and schedule a showing before it’s gone! 14445 Golden Tree Rain Blvd is a beautifully designed and fairly priced home that’s completely ready to move in.

Move-In Ready!

This gem of a house boasts an open kitchen design making it the perfect spot for the whole family to gather while dinner is being prepared. There’s plenty of space for the kids to get their homework done or if you want to plan a dinner party with friends and family. The gourmet kitchen was designed to accommodate someone who loves to cook and bake. The aspiring chef in you will enjoy lots of counter space and cabinets that you’ll know what to do with. The stainless steel appliances are perfectly placed just right so you can move about the kitchen with ease as you prepare meals in your new home.

The generous master bedroom is large enough to fit a king-sized bed and the master bathroom is fit for a king and queen…with a separate shower and large soaking whirlpool tub to relax away your troubles. There’s also lots of room to get ready on those busy workdays with dual vanities and lots of counter space.

Young families will enjoy top-rated schools nearby and Downtown Avalon Park makes this a Desirable Community for everyone. Experience a wide range of shopping and dining options just minutes away from your new home.

Call or text 407-902-7750 now to schedule your private showing before it’s too late. Or visit us at

Property Specs:

2,298 Sq Ft.

4 Bedrooms

2 Bathrooms

2 Car Garage

Community Pool

Recreational Facilities- Park, Playground, and Racquetball

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Benefits Of A Short Sale

What Are The Benefits of A Short Sale?

A short sale in Orlando is a real estate transaction where the sale price of a home is less than the full amount the homeowner still owes on the mortgage. Both the seller of the property and their mortgage company must agree to a short sale. Most lenders these days will agree to the terms of a short sale and also agree to release the lien they possess on the property.

Depending on what the lender agrees to, a short sale doesn’t guarantee that the borrower will be released from the obligation to pay the remaining balance on what’s owed on the loan AKA the “deficiency”.

This is why it’s extremely important that when you hire a Realtor to do your short sale, you don’t hire just any Realtor. Make sure you hire an Orlando Short Sale Specialist. This will ensure you have the best chance at success when doing your short sale.

By agreeing to do a short sale, lenders avoid a drawn-out and costly foreclosure and the homeowner can walk away free of their debt. Before deciding on a short sale, we recommend that you find out all the options that are available to you to see what works best for you.

Benefits of A Short Sale

Less Credit Damage Than Foreclosure
When you compare the impact of foreclosure vs. a short sale on your credit, a short sale harms your credit much less than a foreclosure will. For example, you’ll be eligible for either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac home financing after only two years following your short sale. However, after a foreclosure, it will take you at least 5 years to be eligible for the same financing.

This is because of the way the mortgage underwriting rules were changed after the financial crisis of 2008.

Cash Back To Sellers

Just about all short sales in Orlando are sold “as-is” which means you won’t have to spend a dime on fixing the place up. In addition, all lender fees, commissions, property taxes, etc. on both sides of the transaction will be paid for by the lender.

In most cases, we’re able to get our clients anywhere from $3,000 to $30,000 at the closing for relocation costs

A Fresh Start

A successful short sale gives distressed homeowners a clean break from their financial hardship. Over 50% of homeowners that opted for a loan modification instead, wound up going into default again and ultimately ended up doing a short sale. Loan modifications are usually modified to benefit the bank in the long term and most of the time you still end up paying the entire amount of what you owed in the first place.

The Sale Date Can Be Negotiated

If a homeowner is in active foreclosure, the lender together with the judge will eventually schedule a sale date of the home at the hearing. You should show up for this hearing with written proof from your Orlando Realtor that you are actively pursuing a short sale on your home. Have your Realtor go with you and provide an MLS printout of the listing, contract, as well as any communications you’ve had with your lender thus far. From my experience as a short sale realtor, they will almost always push the foreclosure sale date a maximum of 120 days giving you ample time to close the transaction.

Easier To Rent A House

Foreclosures, bankruptcies, and evictions are all red flags to landlords who will probably deny you as a renter. However, while your short sale is being negotiated, you’ll have plenty of time to find a rental to move into.
Remember, landlords are creditors also and if they see that you’ve been proactive in doing the right thing in your situation rather than just letting your home gets foreclosed on your chances are much better for them to approve you for their rental.

If you or someone you know needs short sale services in Orlando FL, Call us at 407-902-7750 or visit our site. There’s never a charge for our services and most of the time we can get cashback to sellers.

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