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Feb. 28, 2022

National Association of Realtors January 2022 Report

NAR: Jan. Pending Home Sales Drop 5.7%


By Kerry Smith

Buyers have difficulty finding a home, says NAR’s chief economist. He won’t be surprised to see demand decline given current “mortgages, home costs and inventory.”


Pending home sales slumped in January, continuing what is now a three-month decline in transactions, according to the National Association of Realtors®’ (NAR) monthly report.

Of the four major U.S. regions that make up NAR’s full report, only the West registered an increase in month-over-month contract activity, and all regions posted a year-over-year decline.


The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) – a forward-looking indicator of home sales based on contract signings – fell 5.7% to 109.5 in January. Year-over-year, transactions decreased 9.5%. An index of 100 is equal to the level of contract activity in 2001.


“With inventory at an all-time low, buyers are still having a difficult time finding a home,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist.

Alongside persistent supply constraints, Yun says house hunters are contending with a number of additional market issues, including escalating home prices and rising interest rates. Rates jumped by nearly a percentage point in January compared to December, further adding to monthly mortgage costs.


“Given the situation in the market – mortgages, home costs and inventory – it would not be surprising to see a retreat in housing demand,” Yun adds.


NAR expects economic conditions to be volatile in the coming months. The impending conclusion of the Federal Reserve’s asset purchase program in March paves the way for higher interest rates. Russia’s aggression in Ukraine is also likely to affect global oil supply, imposing further burdens on inflation and bringing about more aggressive rate hikes.


“There’s also the possibility that investors may flee toward safer U.S. Treasury bonds, which may result in temporary short-term relief to interest rates,” Yun says.


Realtor.com’s Hottest Housing Markets data in January showed that of the largest 40 metros, the most improved markets over the past year were Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla.; Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn.; and Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev.


January regional breakdown: Month-over-month, the Northeast PHSI dropped 12.1% to 84.3 in January, a 16.7% decrease from a year ago. In the Midwest, the index fell 5.9% to 104.4 last month, down 5.9% from January 2021.


Pending home sales transactions in the South slipped 6.3% to an index of 134.6 in January, down 8.7% from January 2021. The index in the West increased 1.5% in January to 95.2, down 9.7% from a year prior.

© 2022 Florida Realtors®

Posted in Real Estate News
Feb. 27, 2022

Escalation Clauses: This is my offer, but it’s really higher…

Escalation Clauses

If you want to buy a house in a very competitive market, an escalation clause might be something to consider. An escalation clause automatically raises your offer on a house if there will definitely be competing offers.

In a competitive market, an escalation clause could raise the bidders offer in increments, say $2,000, every time a higher competitive bid is received, until it reaches a maximum offer.

This can be good or bad.

On the good side, your offer is automatically raised above a competitor's authenticated offer. On the bad side, the buyer loses negotiating power. Now the seller knows exactly how much the buyer is willing to pay. The seller could just make a counter-offer at the buyer's top price.

In some situations, the seller may ask for all offers and then make a decision on a specified day. In this situation, an escalation clause can be helpful.

For the seller, it could be better to just make counteroffers rather than accept a bid with an escalation clause.

Even if a bid is the highest with an escalation clause, there is no guarantee that the seller will accept it. Other factors could well make another offer attractive.

It's important to be realistic on purchase price and what you are willing to pay. In some hot markets, it may be useful to look for homes priced under what you are able to pay. This way you can bid higher.

Also remember that if your offer exceeds the home's appraised value, the lender won't lend above this amount. You could end up winning a bidding war, but not getting the mortgage.

Jan. 31, 2022

Craft Homes Mercer Model Home Tour

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Sept. 3, 2021

Hunting for a New Home? Don’t Wait Until Saturday!

House hunting has become a contact sport over the past year. The idealized vision of a leisurely Saturday morning reviewing open houses and plotting the day’s tours over lattes and croissants is a thing of the past. While popping into the local open house might be fun for the casual looker, if you are serious about finding your next home, this climate demands strategy. 


First and most importantly, know exactly what you need and want in a new home. Then share this vision in detail with your agent. Identify not only what you need in the property, but which communities would best fit your lifestyle. With lower inventory from which to choose, you also need to be clear about any compromises you are willing to make—if any. 


Once you know what you’re looking for, the next step is to clear some time during the week for house hunting. That’s right, mid-week. 


In fact, for those searching for open houses, here in the Lake Nona area, you'll see most new listings pop up on Thursdays. Since weekends have always been the traditional days for agent open houses, This can allow serious buyers to view and write offers on new listings before the weekend crowds.


Strategy is critical in a seller’s market. Serious buyers need to prioritize their search to position themselves ahead of their competition. Being available to see new listings as soon as possible is one way to ensure you don’t lose out on an opportunity to write an offer on the right home. 


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Posted in Homebuyers
Aug. 12, 2021

Lenders Can Now Consider Rent History for Fannie Mae Loans

First time homebuyer lake nona

Renters with thin credit histories may still qualify for a home loan under a Fannie Mae program that allows lenders to consider consistent, on-time rental payments when making lending decisions. Neither buyers nor lenders pay extra to use the new tool.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced on Tuesday that Fannie Mae will consider rental payment history in risk assessment processes. The change should help renters with thin credit scores – usually a limited credit history because they may not use credit cards or charge purchases – qualify for a home mortgage.

If future borrowers have a strong rental payment history, Fannie Mae will allow its lenders to consider that history in their underwriting decision. There is no additional burden – either for the borrower or for the lender – to use this feature.

“For many households, rent is the single largest monthly expense. There is absolutely no reason timely payment of monthly housing expenses shouldn’t be included in underwriting calculations,” says Fannie Mae Acting Director Sandra L. Thompson.

“With this update, Fannie Mae is taking another step toward understanding how rental payments can more broadly be included in a credit assessment, providing an additional opportunity for renters to achieve the dream of sustainable homeownership,” she adds.

© 2021 Florida Realtors®




Posted in Real Estate News
April 30, 2021

7 Tips for Saying Goodbye to Sentimental Belongings

Lake Nona Real Estate, Nona Home Guide, Jeff Rogers, Sophia Rogers


When we work with clients who are downsizing to a smaller home, one of the hardest chores they face is letting go of sentimental belongings they no longer have room for. Souvenirs collected during travels, family heirlooms, and your children’s keepsakes can be quite stressful to part with. It doesn’t matter whether the items have monetary value or not; in fact, often the most difficult items to let go of are worthless in terms of money, but priceless in sentimental value.


Here are some tips to help you part with belongings you are attached to but no longer want to keep.


1. Remember that our memories reside within us, not within our possessions. Psychologists say that letting go of sentimental items can be extremely therapeutic. When we keep things, the items occupy both physical and mental space in our lives. It’s healthier to focus on your memories and not the items that represent your memories.


 2. Focus on the present. Letting go also helps to bring your focus to the present. Sometimes things are continual reminders of the past and hold us back from living in the present. Dwelling in the past can make one more prone to depression and can affect our ability to deal with stressful situations in our lives. Realize that while we can always cherish our memories, we don’t need the past to be happy in the present.


3. Let go of guilt. People often hold onto an item they don’t want or need because someone special gave it to them or it represents a special person. Learn to let go of the guilt associated with getting rid of gifts you can’t use. Appreciate the thoughtfulness of the giver or the special memory it represents but pass the item on to someone else who can use it or donate it to charity.


4. Don’t save it for your grown children. Times have changed and today more young adults are able to buy their own furnishings. And they aren’t as sentimental about family heirlooms as prior generations were. Talk to your kids now and find out if you are holding onto your china, crystal, and silver tea service for nothing.


5. Compromise with your spouse. It’s not uncommon for one spouse to resent the others’ favorite belongings while holding onto their own special stuff. It’s important to recognize that, while you may not understand your husband’s need to keep a ball cap for every MLB team he’s seen play, he may feel the same way about his hats that you do about keeping every book you have read. Decide together on a reasonable number to keep.


6. Start with the easy stuff. If you have a lot of belongings to sort through, start with the easier decisions and work from there. Often people find that once they get some momentum going it feels good to let go.


7. Write a family memoir. Hold onto your memories with words instead of things by writing your memoir or the story of your family. Writing your story can be very therapeutic and can help you release your hold on tangible items. If you need help, try a service like Storyworth.com.

Posted in Home Sellers, Home Tips
March 28, 2021

Nonahood News Archives | Behind the Scene: ‘Old’ Lake Nona – What Was Life Like?

Behind the Scene: ‘Old’ Lake Nona – What Was Life Like?

Before we share stories of “old” Nona, we should pay homage to the first settlers who called Narcoossee home. Much of what we know today as Lake Nona began in Narcoossee/St. Cloud. In the early 19th century, settlers were drawn here looking for opportunities in the warm climate of Florida. Road names such as Tyson, Tindall, Jones, Jack Brack, Runnymede, Thompkins … all are named after early English settlers.

Jack Brack Road, located 10 minutes south of Lake Nona, was named after William Jackson Brack, the first mayor of Orlando (1875-1877). After leaving office, the Bracks settled on the north shore of East Lake Toho, where they operated a general store and sawmill. Brack also commandeered a 35-foot side wheel steamboat along canals that connected to the Kissimmee River. That’s right – steamboats on Lake Toho. 

Tyson Road, at the intersection of Lake Nona High School, was named after Joel T. Tyson. Tyson, his wife and 11 children settled in Narcoossee in 1849. The Tysons were cattle ranchers, citrus growers and farmers. Generations of Tysons married into many local families. One of the Tysons married Jack Brack, another married Arthur Roland Thompkins. 

Curious to know what life was like in the more recent early days of Lake Nona, I reached out to the community to ask residents, “What was ‘old’ Nona like?”


Carolina Misle-Olivier | Lake Nona area resident since 2008

“We moved to Lake Nona from Miami in August 2008, straight to Moss Park Ridge. It was the perfect wildlife tranquility conservation area. The neighborhood had a few houses abandoned because when they were originally built, the prices were higher during the whole crisis, but it was still nice. 

“There was no traffic whatsoever on Narcoossee Road – it was still a working one-way street past 528. By Dowden, there was no Camden, Wawa, and in front of it only CVS. On Wycliff, we only had the Enclave and Moss Park Ridge, and of course the Police Range.

Moss Park was nice and quiet. We loved our neighborhood – it was secluded in the back, and we always had cute visitors [like] red foxes, bobcats, deer galore. It was perfect – back then we only had two schools fully built: Moss Park Elementary and NorthLake Park Elementary. The high and middle schools were being built. Most Lake Nona kids went to Odyssey Middle School.

“Coming from Miami, a lot of people told us that this will be too much tranquility and peace for us, but in reality, it was a perfect balance of lots of green areas and space for the children to be free, zero traffic and beautiful construction.”


Laurie Holmes | VillageWalk at Lake Nona resident since 2006

“We were originally looking in the Lake Nona area to move my grandparents over from Clearwater. When we drove through the front gates of VillageWalk, we knew it wasn’t a good fit for them – but realized it may work for us! It was time for us to downsize as we had a big home along with the backyard and pool and a lot of work to go along with it. Additionally, our neighborhood was changing and not for the better. 

“We were too busy to maintain a larger home and were looking for a community that was committed to the aesthetics of the property and was all-inclusive. We were busy with our business in 2006, and we needed a residence that we could lock up and leave for a few weeks and not worry about any maintenance. Every single home in VillageWalk is maintained by our landscaping company. 

“YES, YES, YES to the all-inclusive lifestyle in VillageWalk! My husband, Chuck, and I are socially active and even though we moved from Chicagoland and spent 10 years in our other community, it never quite felt like home. It’s hard to leave your hometown and your family and all of your friends – but it was a great opportunity for Chuck to transfer to Orlando, and here we are! 

“In 2006, VillageWalk had the ‘A – G’ streets, as I call the original DiVosta homes, under construction with several ready to move into. Another reason for our purchase decision was living on the waterways that are connected throughout the community by walkways and bridges. Anyhow, socially we found out that we were not alone as everyone that we met was looking for the same lifestyle and a sense of community. There is something for everyone here whether it’s sports, exercise, games, social clubs and our favorite – an amazing resort pool! 

“Of course, it would be great if Lake Nona remained a sleepy little area. But honestly, in 2006, we had Publix and our go-to restaurant at the time was Sweet Mama’s at their original location down Narcoossee and Carriera’s, which is now Giovanni’s. Now it’s nice to have so many restaurant choices in the area. We don’t like the traffic, but it’s still a lot easier to navigate than the Winter Park/Altamonte area! So, yes, I am in favor of the growth in Lake Nona, and I also believe it’s advantageous for our real estate market. Today’s busy families need the convenience of close-by shopping, restaurants, entertainment, etc. Also, the housing options are abundant in Lake Nona – lots of choices!

“We knew that we were a master-planned community with Medical City moving in. However, I will say that we did not know about the Sports Corridor and had NO idea that KPMG was slated for a future site. I’m certain that happened as the economy changed and supply and demand, so to speak. 

“In 2006, Tavistock was in their makeshift home at the corner where the Chase bank is under construction. In the ‘old days,’ there were a few ladies that worked with Tavistock, and at that time they’d direct guests to look at homes here in VillageWalk, NorthLake Park and the Lake Nona Country Club. There were maps, diagrams, etc., available for anyone questioning the growth of Lake Nona. I used to write an article for VillageWalk Pathways, our community’s newsletter, with all the happenings in Lake Nona – from what restaurant was opening up to dry cleaners and doctors moving into the area. We were excited about the growth!

“Personally speaking, the recession did not visibly affect VillageWalk. The only exception is that Pulte changed their original plan for our community. Our homes were all poured concrete (no blocks/rebar), one-level homes, with the exception of the townhomes. Construction changed up from one-story, single-family homes to much larger, two-story homes. In this case, Pulte knew what they were doing! Many residents were concerned that our town center, fitness center, pools, etc., would not be finished. I knew that wouldn’t happen as Tavistock had far too many dollars invested in their master-planned community. The last thing they needed at the time was negative rumors around town!  

“Tavistock did decide to hold off construction on their Lake Nona Town Center/Mall, which was to be expected. We were originally slated for a million+ retail similar to Winter Park Village.  The mall was going to have two major anchor stores at each end. For obvious reasons, that construction was put on hold.

“There is definitely a difference in the sense of our community – Lake Nona is now a very lively, diverse, multicultural area. With our growth came professionals from around the world.” 


Rene Rogers | NorthLake Park resident since 2002

“In 2002, the only section of Narcoossee that was four lane was from Beachline to 417, which was weird since there was nothing here except the YMCA/school, Lake Nona Estates and half of the original NorthLake Park (NLP) neighborhood, the NLP apartments and the townhouses across from them, too. Off Moss Park Road, Cru and Wycliffe were here and they were just starting to build the model homes for part of North Shore.

“There was no shopping or restaurants at all in this part of Narcoossee. Sweet Mama’s was in a rundown, old building about a half mile south of 417. And there was an old dive bar just north of Beachline on the right side. For groceries, we had to go to the Publix on Semoran, near Lake Frederica. There was also a Sack-n-Save-type place on Goldenrod about a mile north of Hoffner.

“When our Publix opened, it was a TRULY momentous occasion! There was a guy there who lived out near Lake Mary Jane. He wore a sign saying he had been waiting for this store for 18 years! The Lee Vista Publix opened first, and we were soooo jealous.

“Hubby is a pilot with Southwest, so we liked the idea of being in a relatively quiet area near the airport.  

“We were ‘told’ that some specialty grocery store (like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s) would probably be going in near the entrance to NLP (near where Panera is now). Closest real shopping/theaters was Waterford Lakes. Closest restaurants were Semoran near the airport.

“We didn’t expect things to develop the way they have. We were told that our area was going to have a special small town feel like Celebration ‒ instead it’s just a bunch of sprawl with no plan.

“We were homeschoolers when we moved in, and so we didn’t think to ask about local schools. My oldest kids were middle school age. The bad side to this was that they had very few friends in middle/high school. No one wanted to move into this area with older kids because we were zoned for Oak Ridge, which was a D/F school at the time.”  


Erleen Villanueva Cooper | Eagle Creek resident since 2004

“In 2004, my husband and I were renting an apartment off of Goldenrod and Hoffner, near the other Walmart. We had moved from Destin, Fla., just before then. I went to UCF for my BS a few years prior and knew the east side of Orlando. We were actually looking at a few other places like Avalon Park and Stoneybrook in Winter Garden since the market was saturated with buyers but really liked the location and potential in Nona. I fell in love with the Morrison homes and the fact that there was a YMCA in the school so that when we decided to have children, we could walk to school and I could work out.  

“Shopping was mostly done at the Publix and the other Walmart. I also drove to Waterford Lakes. Dining was also in Waterford, or we just traveled to wherever had what we were craving that day. 

“We didn’t have our first child (daughter) until December of 2006, and at that time I had heard there were sports like soccer and T-ball at the Y. She ended up being a dancer, so we ended up going to a dance studio off of OBT from a neighbor who also had a daughter. 

“I remember loving living in the Enclave of NorthLake Park. We had so many friends in there because it had so many young families. There were about 8-10 families that would get together for holidays – Halloween, the 4th of July, New Year’s, birthday parties, baby showers … we did that for years. We would all take turns hosting. We moved to Eagle Creek when our second daughter was on the way and needed more room since our extended families would visit often. 

“Our NorthLake friends were of the same mindset and also ended up moving to other communities like Waters Edge, Laureate Park, North Shore. … The dynamics at Eagle Creek were different. Being a larger community, it wasn’t as intimate or social. The market had crashed, so there were also a lot of vacant homes. I liked my house there, but there were issues with the home builders and the HOA. My parents ended up moving in with us for a while after they sold their house near Destin, and since my dad is a social butterfly and loved being outside, he made lots of neighborhood friends. They all knew my dad – more then me, LOL! 

“Over the next several years, most of my family moved into the area, Laureate Park, St. Cloud and Beacon Park, so I was ready to downsize again and have less maintenance, so we moved into Laureate Park. I love Laureate because it’s just a hop, skip and a jump to the restaurants, pool, park, etc. I feel more active in the neighborhood because I can bike or walk most places. Ironically, my neighbor that lived right behind me in NorthLake just built in Laureate as well; we got back in touch via the Saturday morning yoga and realized our girls who are the same age would be going to the middle school together (we shared being pregnant together in NorthLake and hung out everyday when our girls were babies). The girls now bike to school in the mornings together. 

“I think the most exciting thing is just knowing that living in Nona, my daughters will know that from birth until they leave for college, they would have known the same friends, families, teachers, and familiar faces at the grocery stores, restaurants, schools and such.“


Dana Standaland Hopper | Odyssey Middle School teacher since 2001

“I have to chuckle because yes, we are the school where ‘teaching is a blast,’ LOL. We were all over the news, even countrywide news back in the day, from editorials to political cartoons. We had robots scan the property looking for “munitions.” (We are not allowed to call them bombs.) We have had our track dug up a few times looking for “junk munitions” (they found an entire unarmed tank, though). So, yes, we are ‘the’ school. 😉

“Let’s not forget Casey Anthony – we were on lock down the entire day when they found her.”


Richard Cueto | North Shore resident since 2003

“We were looking at Lee Vista because Lennar was also building there, but since North Shore had a golf course, we figured that it would have better resale value long term.

“School – there was only Moss Park, and traffic wasn’t an issue. Shopping-wise, we had to drive to Lake Fredrica Publix for a few weeks until our Publix was open. Anything in the way of food was a joke – we only had the McDonald’s at first, so that was the first ‘fine dining’ in the area until the Carrera’s next to Publix opened up.

“We never considered leaving Lake Nona. Ironically, many of neighbors during 2008 refinanced from their homes and took equity loans … for either cars or small businesses.  Most of our neighbors ended up losing their home. A lot of the homes became rental properties.

“Conveniences – more shopping and more options like restaurants, and Walmart is nice.   Usually had to drive quite a bit to get to a Walmart or Target. Less driving [now] for the essentials.

“However, with the growth came the boom in traffic, spending more time sitting on Narcoossee. Also, not thrilled with sheer amount of apartments that have sprung up. That adds to the traffic, and, I believe, brings down home values.

“Also, I remember during 2008 when we had the recession – a lot of homes in the area became section 8, which was horrible – Eagle Creek was really affected badly.”


Tiffany Lembke | Former resident and one of the first to build in Eagle Creek

“What led us here initially was the excellent schools. Our boys were very young then. We lived in the Lee Vista area and were zoned for Three Point Elementary. We knew we needed to move to get the kids zoned in better schools. So we looked in Eagle Creek because it was the ‘up-and-coming’ community which we were told had so much to offer its residents.

“We built a beautiful home in there on Bramhall Run and stayed until 2012. We then moved (downsized) to a smaller home in The Enclave at Moss Park. My oldest son, who is now 23, graduated from LNHS in 2014. He started out at NorthLake Park. Back then, there were only two elementary schools. My youngest is 18 now and a senior at LNHS.

“We have seen a ton of changes in the community since then. Narcoossee Road was a one-lane road each way with orange trees on both sides. We had one gas station and Publix. Traffic was very light.

“The sense of community has definitely grown. Back then, there really wasn’t much of a community. I have watched the area grow and change each year. I don’t mind the change, actually. I am glad we live here. I just wish, like most everyone else, that the developers would have planned our roads better for the growth.”


Keisha Lopez | Myrtle Creek resident since 2003

“In 2003, I lived in Myrtle Creek in North Shore. Then I got married and moved to the The Reserve at the Beachline (apartments by the 528). Now I live in Stratford Point on Kirby Smith. I have moved around a little. 

“I was a junior in high school when my family and I moved down here from New York. Back then, the zoned high school was Oak Ridge. We had to be at the bus stop by 6 a.m. It was the very first stop on the driver’s route.  

“I loved how quiet it was. My husband loves the growth. He has lots of food choices now.

“My parents still live in the area, so we will be here for a long time. My kids will grow up in the surrounding schools. 

 “We love the area. On the weekends, there is always something to do.”

*Originally Published: https://nonahoodnews.com/behind-scene-old-lake-nona-life-like/


March 22, 2021

New Home Costs Skyrocket

New-Home Costs Skyrocketing – and Not Just Due to Lumber

Why are construction costs rising?

While lumber costs deserve a lot of the blame for the rising price of new homes, other things – crude oil (paint), drywall, ceramic tile – are also more expensive.

NEW YORK – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic’s producer-price index reveals record prices for granite, insulation, concrete blocks and common brick for 2021. And as the prices for raw materials used to build homes rises, so do the costs of homes and home improvement projects.

Lumber, one of the biggest costs in homebuilding after land and labor, has never been more expensive at more than twice the typical price for this time of year.

Crude oil, a starting point for paint, drain pipes, roof shingles and flooring, has shot up more than 80% since October.

Copper – used for waterpipes in many homes – costs about a third more than it did in the autumn. Drywall and ceramic tiles are short of record prices but have also climbed.

The National Association of Home Builders says rising lumber prices alone have added $24,000 to the cost of building the average single-family home and about $9,000 per apartment.

On the plus side, rock-bottom mortgage rates have made homeownership more affordable, and lower household spending during the lockdown and federal stimulus checks have helped people accumulate down payments. Many, however, went on a remodeling bender further straining the U.S. supply of building materials. Overall, Americans pocketed $152.7 billion from cash-out refinancings last year.

Due in part to the remodeling, building suppliers dealt with slowdowns during the lockdowns, but they haven’t been able to catch up, especially since building permits for residential construction are being issued at the highest rate since 2006.

Source: Wall Street Journal (03/17/21) Dezember, Ryan; Quiroz-Gutierrez, Marco

Posted in Real Estate News
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.

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