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Jan. 15, 2021

Welcome to Randal Park!


Welcome to Randal Park!


This Like New townhome is conveniently located near the 417/Dowden Road Interchange, 528, Orlando International Airport and Lake Nona's Medical City. Offering a low maintenance lifestyle! Built in 2016, this home includes Ceramic Tile downstairs and Laminate Flooring at the Stairs and Second Floor. In the kitchen you'll find 42" Espresso Cabinets, Stainless Steel Appliances, Glass Subway Tile Backsplash, and Quartz Countertops. The patio offers private outdoor living, perfect for Florida evenings or morning coffee. Upstairs you'll find all bedrooms with no carpet anywhere and Quartz Countertops in the bathrooms. The HOA includes lawn maintenance, and lots of amenities such as a Clubhouse, Resort Style Pool with Lap Lanes and Splash Pad, Fitness Center and Picnic Areas. Zones for A rated SunBlaze Elementary (on the community), Innovation Middle School and Lake Nona High School. Coming soon to the area is Orlando Health Freestanding Emergency Room and a Publix grocery store. Schedule your private showing today!


Offered at $289,900

8717 Vedder Lane, Orlando, FL 32832

Posted in Homes for Sale
Jan. 15, 2021

Fresh Year, Fresh Start: Cleaning Out Your Home for the New Year


Many of us could not wait to close the door on 2020 and usher in the new year– and all the positive karma we hope comes with it! 


As you look forward to 2021 you may have spent some time thinking about your intentions for the coming year, whether for personal or professional growth, health and fitness, or family goals. Let’s face it, 2020 was stressful, and while many people look to each new year to freshen up their lives, this year more than ever people are looking inward to reexamine what is important to them. But one thing that is just as important as setting intentions for your behaviors or habits is creating a peaceful and joyful place in which to practice your intentions.


If you, like most Americans, spent a record amount of time inside your home last year due to the pandemic, you may have accumulated more stuff than you have in previous years. Many people acquired new hobbies to pass the time at home, started – and maybe even finished – home improvement projects, or simply went a little overboard with boredom-induced online shopping. If this sounds familiar, it may be time for a decluttering session.


Living with too much stuff can cause stress, anxiety, and depression. People with too much clutter in their environment also tend to suffer from relationship issues, sleep problems, and chronic allergies or asthma. 


So, before you pack a suitcase and hop on a flight for that vacation that got cancelled last year, take some time to clean out your home for the new year. Here are a few strategies recommended by professional organizers.


1. One category at a time: This method is used by Marie Kondo, author of the bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and TV show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. She advocates for decluttering items by category: clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous items, and sentimental items, in that order. 


2. One room at a time: Another method is to focus on one area at a time. It could be a room, the garage, or the attic. If that amount of space is still overwhelming to you, break it down to one closet, one cabinet, or one drawer at a time. 


3. Arrange keep, sell, and donate spaces. As you progress through your decluttering, it will save time and energy if you have already designated areas to accumulate items that are to be kept, sold, or donated. Then you can deal with each group of items once you have everything separated.


Once you have cleaned out your home, you might adopt some of these habits for preventing clutter from piling up again:


1. Set a rule where you don’t purchase a new piece of clothing, toy, book, or gadget without getting rid of something you are no longer using.


2. Get into the habit of always putting everything back in its place. This will keep you from purchasing items you already have but can’t find or forgot about.


3. To prevent clothes from piling up, try choosing your outfits for the coming week every Sunday, and don’t let clean laundry sit unfolded.


4. Look through your refrigerator and pantry before shopping and shop with a list of needed items.


5. Live by the rule that if you haven’t used it or worn it in the past year, chances are you don’t need it.

Posted in Home Tips
Dec. 17, 2020

What is the Multiple Listing Service?

The Multiple Listing Service (or MLS) is an important tool we'll be using as we work together, but

we’ve found few people understand it. So, here’s a quick overview: The Multiple Listing Service is where detailed information on virtually every home for sale resides, as well as historical information on home sales and prices. This foundation of complete, current and reliable information will help us advise you on everything from pricing to evaluating offers.


The Multiple Listing Service is a neutral place where virtually all the real estate agents in the market collaborate to make transactions happen. Moreover, we all agree to rules that ensure accuracy and efficiency in the real estate market. But, most importantly, the Multiple Listing Service is how you know your home will be seen by the largest possible number of potential buyers. When I place your home on the Multiple Listing Service, it will reach nearly every agent working with nearly every active buyer in the market. We will also place your home on all the popular home search apps and websites, but it is real estate agents working together on the Multiple Listing Service that makes most sales happen.


Our membership in the Multiple Listing Service will keep us, and you, in the know as we move forward on this real estate journey.

Posted in Home Sellers
Dec. 11, 2020

3 Out of 5 Fla. Homes Under Contract in Less Than 30 Days

Florida Realtors economist: NAR research found that homes nationally went under contract in a median of 21 days, and 72% of homes were under contract within 30 days. Fla.’s numbers are similar – but there are notable differences if you drill down into the details.

ORLANDO, Fla. – The latest existing-home sales report from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) revealed the national median days on market – or as Florida Realtors calls it, median time to contract – matched the figure for Florida’s single-family homes – 21 days. Remember, the median implies that half the homes are on the market for less time and half are on longer.

NAR further reported that 72% of homes on the market went under contract in less than 30 days. Though the Sunshine State typically outshines its peers regarding time on the market, it isn’t as hot for days on the market currently, which may be a bright spot for buyers.

Before jumping for joy or emailing your buyers that it’s their market now, how much does Florida diverge? Analyzing Florida’s single-family and condo/townhome markets, 57% and 45% went under contract in less than a month, respectively. At the county level, only Pinellas county’s single-family home market compared to NAR’s finding, with 72% on the market for 30 days or less.

The boost of luxury sales pushes Florida’s median time to contract upward since these sales necessitate a specific type of buyer and tend to spend more time on the market. The top two price tiers in the Florida market reports show a median of 44 days for homes priced between $600,000 and $1 million, and 73 days for homes sold over $1 million.

Taking away the highest price tiers, 60% of Florida single-family homes under $600,000 were on the market for less than a month. Although 60% is a difference from the nation’s 72%, many Florida homes are flying off the market, and many go under contract within two weeks.

Each property is different, but trends can help your customers make smart decisions. Median time to contract can help buyers determine how quickly they need to make an offer based on recent successful transactions. And sellers can prepare for the length of time it generally takes a home to sell, while also understanding their home is unique.

Erica Plemmons is an economist and Florida Realtors Director of Housing Statistics

© 2020 Florida Realtors®

Posted in Real Estate News
Dec. 8, 2020

Light Up Storey Park

The 1st Annual Holiday Lights Contest is here!

Don't miss out on this fun community event to celebrate the season!

Posted in Storey Park Life
Sept. 20, 2020

Orlando History

We love History! And if you're like us, you'll love this segment on Orlando - The City Beautiful.


June 25, 2020

Home Maintenance Contractors in Lake Nona

Almost daily, social media feeds show a need for the best Home Maintenance and Repair Contractors in Lake Nona.

We're compiling a list of contractors to build a database of all the great contractors in Lake Nona.

How to qualify?

  1. Send us your Company Name, Website, and Facebook/Instagram Page
  2. Provide 3 Testimonials within the last 6 months
  3. Send us a short "About You" and what makes your company unique

Please respond below or email us at Info@NonaHomeGuide.com with "Lake Nona Contractor" in the subject line.

May 2, 2020

Best Power Tools for DIYers

Now more than ever, DIY projects are everywhere you look. It seems like everyone is trying to be productive with the little extra free time on their hands, and hardware stores still have lines out the door. If you are just getting into the DIY world and are realizing some of the basic hand tools just aren’t cutting it anymore, it may be time to invest in some smaller power tools that work best for the do-it-yourself enthusiast. 


nona home guide diy1. 10” Sliding Miter Saw

With this tool, you can cut baseboards, frame out a door, and even more. Getting the saw with the slide allows you to cut more significant pieces.




diy nona home guide2. Nail Gun

While a hammer and nail approach can work for most DIY projects, you will save yourself time and energy when you invest in a nail gun and air compressor. If you are into reupholstering, you may also want to consider a staple gun.



nona home guide diy3. Rotary Sander

If you plan to strip any word surface, invest in a rotary sander. There are plenty of models available under $50 that will save you more time than you could have imagined. 


If you love making or updating wood furniture, a jigsaw may be a great addition to your tool bag.The jigsaw allows for cutting various shapes and detailed cutting.





The cordless drill should be one of your very first DIY tool purchases. You can use the drill for just about everything, from hanging shelves to drilling holes. 





If you need a fast and efficient way to make straight and bevel cuts, you will want to add the circular saw to your list of tools. They can be used by hand or mounted.




Is DIY not for you? We can also point you in the right direction for contractors that can do the job. 



Posted in DIY
May 1, 2020

Home Loan or a Mortgage

Sophia Rogers Lake Nona

Did you know that a home loan and mortgage aren’t the same thing? Though often used as interchangeable terms, the two actually work together to finance a home. Many first-time buyers are unaware of this before entering the process. Knowing the difference ahead of time can help you to have a better understanding of the home buying process.


A home loan is the actual money that is taken out to buy a new home. Home loans typically are only used for residential properties and can be received through a financing company. There are different types of home loans and they can have either an adjustable or fixed interest rate.


A mortgage is all about legality. It is the legal documents that you sign that indicates how you will repay that home loan. A mortgage is a legal verification of your obligation to pay back your home loan in full to your lender. Your new home is the collateral and can therefore be repossessed by your lender when payments are not made. Because of this, a mortgage will always mean the same thing. While that is the case for mortgages, there are several different types of home loans. Here are those types:



Conforming loans will either be lower than or equal to the loan limit set. These loans conform to the basic standards of Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae. 



Jumbo loans are usually only used to purchase high end real estate and exceed basic loan limits. These loans do not conform the basic standards.



Backed by the federal government, the guidelines for these loans are often quite strict. They can be harder to obtain but usually have lower interest rates.



Backed by mortgage companies, conventional loans are what most think of when they hear about home loans. These loans usually have higher interest rates to make up for the risk taken by lenders.


For more information, give us a call and we'll put you in touch with our preferred lending partners. 



Posted in Home Loan Info
March 27, 2020

Solar Powered Home near Lake Nona

This is one you don't want to miss!

Located in the EXCLUSIVE GATED section of Storey Park, this ENERGY EFFICIENT home with SOLAR PANELS comes complete with radiant barrier roof sheathing, double pane low-e windows and a hybrid water heater.


No longer offered by the builder, take advantage of this MOVE IN READY home and make it yours! This light and bright open floorplan offers 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths with a detached 2 car garage and paver COURTYARD.


As you enter the home, you are greeted with a large front porch, perfect for enjoying the outdoors. Low maintenance landscaping and mature trees offer you beautiful curb appeal. Inside just passed the foyer, you’ll find the DINING ROOM is currently used as library, making for an impressive FLEX SPACE. The Kitchen is accessible from the Dining Room making for lots of room to easily entertain. The kitchen boasts a large GRANITE island, 42” upper cabinets, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES, glass tile backsplash, pendant lighting and overlooks another dining area adjacent to the living room. The upstairs master suite offers more natural light, granite countertops, comfort height cabinets, a large walk-in shower with garden tub and double sinks. Bedrooms 2 and 3 are just down the hall past the upstairs TECH AREA.


Living in Storey Park you’ll enjoy lots of amenities such as a resort style pool with lap lanes and zero entry for the little ones, a jacuzzi, cabanas, and onsite food service. Tennis courts, a 24 hour 1400sf fitness center, clubhouse, playgrounds, dog park, and plenty of natural walking trails make for a community filled with things to do. Zoned for A-rated schools. HOA includes high speed internet and cable. Located conveniently off of Dowden and 417; connectivity to 528 makes any route to work a breeze. Lake Nona Town Center and Lake Nona’s Medical City are just minutes away. 


Call us today for a Virtual Tour! 407-676-4377


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