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Merry Christmas from our Family to Yours!!

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Where has the time gone?  It’s that time of year when we are hustling and bustling around wondering that exact thought.  Didn’t we just celebrate New Years?  Weren’t we just at the beach?  School just ended, School just started…  and on and on and on!

It is less than a week away from Christmas Day.  Unlike most years, I typically have it all together, presents all purchased and just finishing up Stocking Stuffers.  This year, things are just a little different for us.  We are no longer in the baby, toddler, adolescent stage.  We have reached teenagers and adults in our household.  The older they get, typically the more expensive gifts they want.  However, not so at our house.

We have been reflecting over the many things that have happened throughout 2012.  For the most part, we have had a wonderful year, fully blessed and encouraged with the fact that we have each other.  Yet so many things have happened in this world around us, we have been able to reflect on what is really important so our Christmas is going to be a little different.  We are thankful to be able to spend another day, another hour, another moment, another laugh, smile, hug, kiss with the people who mean the most to us.

Our family lives 1000 miles away from us.  But they are just a phone call away, a simple push of the button and we can talk face to face through facetime or skype.  It has made things a little more easier when “big” things do sort of interupt our lives, like the fact my mom found out she had cancer and had to have surgery to remove it, only to be told it had already spread, but not too bad, the chemo should take care of it.  The opportunity I had to go spend a week with my mom when she had her surgery made us so much closer than we have ever been and the facetime conversations since her surgery is the icing on the cake! I  have got to figure out how I can record these things so I can not only hold them in my heart, but I will have the opportunity to watch them over and over if I ever need to.

Don’t make Christmas about things!  Make Christmas about Memories!!  Hold each other closer, love each other longer, talk for hours if you can!  Make plans to make memories in the year to come.  And never miss an opportunity to just be with one another.  Those times come and go so quickly and then we always end up saying, “Where did the time go?”

As you prepare yourself for the next few days leading into Christmas, think of a special way to start a new tradition, to make a special memory that will last your lifetime.  We don’t know how much time we have on this earth, so the time we do have should always be special!!

Merry Christmas to you all!!

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Tis the Season – Be Kind to Your Neighbor…

Being that it is the Holiday Season, The Fitzgerald Home Team would like to offer some ideas on becoming neighborly with your neighbor.

WhoismyNeighbor

Be kind to your neighbor today! Stop by your neighbor’s house or apartment and bring them a treat or some flowers.  You are probably already planning a baking day, why not include a few extra things to bake and share them with your neighbors?  This is a great way to meet a neighbor you might not know yet, or to check in with one you haven’t seen in a while! You could even invite them to celebrate random acts of kindness by bringing  two of whatever you give them and tell them to pass the extra on to someone else.

Doing something kind for your neighbor is easy! Bring them a treat, shovel their driveway, rake their lawn. Or just stop by and say hello! For most neighbors, that is a treat in and of itself.

Neighbors don’t have to live next door to you either, you can have neighbors at work, at school, at the next desk, cubical or office.

Start with your neighbor, even if it’s a smile or a Hello…  that small effort just made someone’s day and you won’t believe where it could go from there.  When you are at the grocery store, make eye contact with the person you passed in the produce section or baking aisle.  Spark a little conversation and spread some joy!

LovingYourNeighbor

On that note, Thank You for reading our blog!  We are very appreciative to have you check in on us every now and then.  Always remember, The Fitzgerald Home Team is here for you and would love to help you with all of your real estate needs.  Who knows, maybe 2013 will have new neighbors in store for you!  We would be glad to help you in your search!!  Call us if you would like to find a new neighborhood and make some new neighbors and  friends.  407-504-1186 ext 3

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Holiday Happenings

The Fitzgerald Home Team would like to share some Holiday Happenings for the month of December.  Our hope is that you will grab your loved one and make some memories enjoying these festivities.

 

 

Walt Disney Ampitheatre at Lake Eola Park
195 N Rosalind Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801

4:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2012

Lights and Magical Music Come Alive at the Christmas Festival and Musical,The Gift, November 30 at Lake Eola Park.

At Holiday Lights Orlando, Mayor Dyer will light the official Christmas tree at Lake Eola Park in Orlando. Thousands of lights and baubles and bows will adorn the 40-foot Norwegian Spruce.

The tree arrives at Lake Eola Park from North Carolina Friday, November 16, at 9 a.m. and will be dedicated in a live TV broadcast.

The GIFT is a musical stage production featuring massed choirs performing Christmas music arranged by conductor Derric Johnson of the Disney Candlelight Procession.

Colorful lights will surround Lake Eola.  The GIFT is presented by Trinity Downtown and Holiday Lights Orlando,  and features fun, food and a full-length movie, Elf,–all at the Lake Eola Amphitheater.

The Gifts’s Goodies shopping village includes The Food Truck Bazaar and opens at 4 p.m. along Rosalind Avenue.  It includes hand-made items from Central Africa, as well as unique jewelry, candles and other holiday items plus homemade Christmas treats.

Following the tree lighting ceremony, guests will enjoy a free performance of Trinity Lutheran School’s annual Christmas play, special musical groups, the story of Jesus’ birth and The GIFT stage celebration.

During the music presentations, the audience will be asked sing along to Stille Nacht (Silent Night) with hand-held candles for all.  The movie, Elf, follows the musical.

Donations for Project IDignity will also be collected at the event.

For more information, go to www.TheGiftOrlando.comwww.TrinityDowntown.comCityoforlando.net/holdiay or call the Trinity church office at (407)488-1919.

 

 

Central Park
251 S. Park Ave
Winter Park, FL

5:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2012

The 23rd annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by University of Central Florida will be held on Friday, November 30, beginning at 5 p.m. in Central Park.

The event features performances by local children’s choirs, including St. Margaret Mary Catholic School Choir, New Warner Chapel, Colby Center for Dance and Performing Arts, Park Maitland “Singing Eagles” Glee Club and Orlando Harmony.  Winners of the Holiday Card Competition will also be recognized and Bob Opsahl will join the crowd for the lighting of the tree live on WFTV Channel 9.

Afterwards families can enjoy refreshments provided by local businesses, plus face painting, caricatures and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

For more information, please call 407-629-0054.

The Ye Olde Hometown Chritmas Park Parade in Winter Park will also kick off on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 9:00 am

 

 

Christmas in the Square

Magnolia Square

200 South Magnolia Avenue
Sanford, FL

The City of Sanford presents…. Christmas in the Square Live Entertainment Visit with Santa Light Up Sanford Face Painters Balloon Artists Fun for the whole family!

  • 6:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2012

 

 

Join us in Downtown Orlando on the first Sunday in December for a holiday celebration that will draw thousands of Central Florida residents to Lake Eola Park called, HOLIDAY IN THE PARK.

Corporate Tent Sponsors and Pet-Related businesses will be set-up in the park near the Amphitheater to meet and greet guests throughout the day. A new addition to the Festival this year will be a line-up of gourmet food trucks located on Rosalind Avenue. Pet owners will be registering for the REED NISSAN JINGLE BELL DOG JOG scheduled to step-off in the Downtown streets before the start of the annual ORLANDO CHRISTMAS PARADE. Santa and his merry gang of high school marching bands will have thousands of parade-goers dancing in their seats from 2:00pm to 7:30pm as they circle Historic Lake Eola and Thornton Park. Thousands of new white LED lights will be added to the trees in the park to create a winter wonderland for all to enjoy. Parade Sponsors and Park Vendors are currently being sought to assure the success of all planned activities.

2pm – 2:15pm Standing Ovation Dance Group
2:15 – 2:30pm Prita Chhabra – International Canadian Recording Artist
2:30 – 3:15pm J-Groove Dance Group
3:15 – 3:30pm Grand Marshal – Actor – Comedian – Orlando Jones
3:30 – 4:30pm Reed Nissan presents Holiday Pet Costume Contest
4:30 – 4:40pm Little Miss Bethany Burnette
4:40pm Actor Johnny Martino ~ Paulie Gatto – GODFATHER MOVIE
Santa Greeting with Mrs. Santa on stage to close entertainment

 

 

Elizabeth Evans Park
125 Edgerton Court
Mount Dora, FL 32757

Every Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
until Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012

The Mount Dora Village Market is a weekly event in beautiful, lakefront Elizabeth Evans Park in historic, downtown Mount Dora.  An eclectic mix of vendors including fresh produce, raw honey, specialty cheeses, organic foods and much, much more.

Located in Elizabeth Evans Park at the south end of Donnelly St past the Lakeside Inn and the Lawn Bowling Club. Plenty of parking at the event.

The quaint little lakeside town known for outdoor activities, dining, shopping, and sweet B&B’s and Inns offers up another reason to take the 45 minute drive from Orlando: the new Mount Dora Village Market. Every Sunday visitors can shop for fresh produce along side herbs, crafts and a growing range of products.

For more information, visit www.whattodoinmtdora.com/farmers_market

9 Family Connection’s Santa Saturday

WFTV & WRDQ Studios

WFTV 9 Family Connection and our Partners– Central Florida Auto Dealers Association, Insight Credit Union, Stanley Steemer  and Physicians United Plan invite you to SANTA …

  • 9:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012

 

660 Celebration
Kissimmee, FL 34747

Santa Saturday Radio Disney Holiday Concert

Celebration Town Center

Join 9 Family Connection for our final Santa Saturday event on Saturday, December 8th from 5:00pm until 9:00pm on Front Street in Downtown Celebration. Join …

  • 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012

 

Celebrate the holiday season as illuminated floats light up the night. Sanford’s Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade. Fun for the whole family!

  • 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012

 

And here are a few other things that are running throughout the month of December!!  

 

Fridays : noon – 4 p.m. (ends January 11th); Saturdays : noon – 4 p.m. (ends January 12th); Sundays : noon – 4 p.m. (ends January 13th); Thursdays : noon – 4 p.m. (ends January 10th)
Sundays : noon – 8 p.m. (ends January 6th); Fridays : 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. (ends January 6th); Saturdays : 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. (ends January 6th); Mondays : 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. (ends January 6th) (With dedicated “Senior Skate Days” Dec. 3 and 11); Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays : 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. (ends January 6th)
Daily (ends January 6th)
Daily (ends January 15th)
Daily (ends December 2nd)
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays : 8 p.m. (ends December 23rd); Sundays : 2:30 p.m. (ends December 23rd)
Daily (ends January 1st) (opening with celebration 6 p.m. Nov. 24)
Daily (ends December 31st) (select dates)
Sundays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (ends January 6th) (1 p.m. and 3 p.m. )
Daily : 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (ends December 31st)
Thursdays : 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (ends December 13th); Saturdays : 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (ends December 15th)
November 30th : 5:15 p.m.
November 30th : 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
November 30th : 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
November 30th : 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
November 30th : 6 p.m.
November 30th : 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
November 30th : 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
November 30th : 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
November 30th : 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Daily : 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (November 30th through December 1st)
Sundays : 2 p.m. (November 30th through December 16th); Fridays and Saturdays : 7:30 p.m. (November 30th through December 16th); December 13th : 7:30 p.m.
Fridays : 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (November 30th through December 21st)
December 1st : 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
December 1st : 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
December 1st : 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
December 1st : 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
December 1st : 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
December 1st : 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
December 1st : 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. (parade at 7 p.m.)
December 1st : 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. …
December 1st : 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
December 1st : 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
December 1st : 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. …
December 1st : 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sundays and Saturdays : 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (December 1st through December 16th)

 

 

 

 

 

Be Thankful

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Just 3 days before Thanksgiving and the Fitzgerald Home Team would like to say

“Thank You”, not just because of Thanksgiving, but because everyday you give us reasons to get up and find another reason to be thankful!

We hope your Thanksgiving is a blessing , as you share your time with the loved ones you surround yourself with, and that you take a little extra hug, give a little extra smile and share some extra love as moments like these are precious and far between.

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!!

New Listing on 899 Claydon Way #34C

Hey Folks, Take a look at the youtube video below and check out one of the new properties we have just put back on the market.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOb6ysy4pc8

 

If you are interested at all in purchasing this great 2 bedroom 1.5 bathroom condo, contact Jonathan today at 407-504-1186 ext 3.

This property is not going to last long!!

 

Checkout our website at http://www.FitzgeraldHomeTeam.com for a free list of properties or to get instant access to MLS

 

Who do you know that needs to buy or sell real estate?

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3 Biggest Sellers Mistakes

The Fitzgerald Home Team wants to always provide you with great information when it comes to buying or selling a home.  Today, we would like to share with you 3 of the Biggest Mistakes that Sellers make when trying to sell their home…

 

  1. Listing your property with a Friend without asking your friend to provide their Market Plan and their Past Sales Results
  2. Over-pricing your property
  3. Failure to take time to make the property look the best that it can

 

So let’s go over these mistakes to help you ensure success in selling your home!

#1… Listing your property with a Friend without asking your friend to provide their Market Plan and Past Sales Results…   Think of listing your house like seeing your doctor – You ALWAYS want to get a second opinion!!  How often do we actually do our homework when it comes time that we make big decisions in our lives?  When you buy a large electronic item, when you are choosing a doctor or a dentist, when you purchase a car… all of these things require research and data collected to make an educated decision.  How long have you known your friend?  Have you seen their Market Plan?  Have they showed you their Past Sales Results?  When was the last sale they had?  How often do they market their listings?  You should treat your property just like you would treat any other big ticket item in your life.  There are all kinds of questions you need to have answered before you just let your friend become your agent.  Visit http://www.ehow.com/how_2209516_interview-real-estate-agent.html to get some questions when you start your process.  Although it is just a beginning point, it will get you started.

#2…  Over-pricing your property… The Fitzgerald Home Team has done some research and would like to share the information we found at this link…  http://www.hometownone.com/agentpage/Pricing_too_high.asp  Please either click on the link or read below…

When Your Selling Price is too High, Beware!

Meeting With Realtors

So you’ve decided to sell your home and have a fairly good idea of what you think it is worth. Being a sensible home seller, you schedule appointments with three local listing agents who’ve been hanging stuff on your front doorknob for years. Each Realtor comes prepared with a “Competitive Market Analysis” on fancy paper and they each recommend a specific sales price.

Amazingly, a couple of the Realtors have come up with prices that are lower than you expected. Although they back up their recommendations with recent sales data of similar homes, you remain convinced your house is worth more. When you interview the third agent’s figures, they are much more in line with your own anticipated value, or maybe even higher. Suddenly, you are a happy and excited home seller, already counting the money.

But which Realtor do you choose?

If you’re like many people, you pick Realtor number three. This is an agent who seems willing to listen to your input and work with you. This is an agent that cares about putting the most money in your pocket. This is an agent that is willing to start out at your price and if you need to drop the price later, you can do that easily, right? After all, everyone else does it!

The truth is that you may have just met an agent engaging in a questionable sales practice called “buying a listing.” He “bought” the listing by suggesting you might be able to get a higher sales price than the other agents recommended. Most likely, he is quite doubtful that your home will actually sell at that price. The intention from the beginning is to eventually talk you into lowering the price.

Why do agents “buy” listings? There are basically two reasons. A well-meaning and hard working agent can feel pressure from a homeowner who has an inflated perception of his home’s value. On the other hand, there are some agents who engage in this sales practice routinely.

Behind the Scenes

Whichever the case, if you start out with too high a price on your home, you may have just added to your stress level, and selling a home is stressful enough. There will be a lot of “behind the scenes” action taking place that you don’t know about.

Contrary to popular opinion, the listing agent does not usually attempt to sell your home to a homebuyer. That isn’t very efficient. Listing agents market and promote your home to the hordes of other local agents who do work with homebuyers, dramatically increasing your personal sales force. During the first couple of weeks your home should be a flurry of activity with buyer’s agents coming to preview your home so they can sell it to their clients.

If the price is right.

If you and your agent have overpriced, fewer agents will preview your home. After all, they are Realtors, and it is their job to know local market conditions and home values. If your house is dramatically above market, why waste time? Their time is better spent previewing homes that are priced realistically.

Dropping Your Price…Too Late

Later, when you drop your price, your house is “old news.” You will never be able to recapture that flurry of initial activity you would have had with a realistic price. Your house could take longer to sell.

Even if you do successfully sell at an above market price, your buyer will need a mortgage. The mortgage lender requires an appraisal. If comparable sales for the last six months and current market conditions do not support your sales price, the house won’t appraise. You deal falls apart. Of course, you can always attempt to renegotiate the price, but only if the buyer is willing to listen. Your house could go “back on the market.”

Once your home has fallen out of escrow or sits on the market awhile, it is harder to get a good offer. Potential buyers will think you might be getting desperate, so they will make lower offers. By overpricing your home in the beginning, you could actually end up settling for a lower price than you would have normally received.

Realtors Talk to Each Other

Plus, remember those two conscientious agents who got aced out of the listing? If your listing agent routinely engages in “buying” listings, he has probably aced out scores of other agents in the same way. Being human, Realtors talk to each other. If they don’t like your listing agent, not as many of them will be showing your home.

In short, you may have ended up with an agent who was good at selling you, but not good at selling your house. And you’re going to pay them a commission for it.

It is human nature for you to want the highest price for your home. However, when you choose the agent who promises what you want to hear, it often leads to stress and frustration. Most of the time, it will take you longer to sell your home. Possibly, you will end up selling at a lower price instead.

Or maybe as a result of reading this article, you will choose one of the “good” Realtors in the first place. They are out there, you know.

 

#3…Failure to take time to make the property look the best that it can…Sellers who do not clean and stage their homes are throwing money down the drain. If you can’t afford to hire a professional, that’s OK – there are many things you can do on your own. Failing to do these things will not only reduce your sale price, but may also prevent you from getting a sale at all. For example, if you haven’t attended to minor issues like a broken doorknob, a potential buyer may wonder whether the house has larger, costlier issues that haven’t been addressed. Have a friend or agent with a fresh pair of eyes point out areas of your home that need work – because of your familiarity with the home, you may have become immune to its trouble spots. Decluttering, cleaning thoroughly, putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls and getting rid of any odors will also help you make a good impression on buyers.

Read more: http://www.investopedia.com/articles/mortgages-real-estate/08/home-seller-mistakes-selling-house.asp#ixzz2BMyCcDw2

Showing a messy house: Life gets hectic, and it’s easy for things like laundry, dishes and other house cleaning tasks to fall by the wayside. It’s also difficult to keep the home in which you and your 4 kids, 3 gerbils and 2 Labrador Retrievers live perfectly spotless for months at a time, while you’re waiting for an offer. But when you decide that you’re going to sell your home, it’s imperative that you make a pact and a plan with yourself and your family that the place will be in tip-top shape when buyers come knocking.

Remember: your home is competing with dozens of others, as well as with buyer’s HGTV-infused visions of what their next home should look like, so first impressions really count.    Read more: http://www.trulia.com/blog/taranelson/2012/02/6_ways_to_turn_off_your_home_s_buyer_or_seller

 

The Fitzgerald Home Team really hopes that when it comes time for you to buy or sell your home, that you will think of us and give us the opportunity to handle one of the biggest decsions you ever have to make.

Please check out our website at http://www.FitzgeraldHomeTeam.com or give us a call at 407-504-1186 ext 3 to set up a time to sit down and interview with Jonathan Fitzgerald.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Who do you know that needs to buy or sell Real Estate?  Call us today!!

 

Things that CAN go wrong in Real Estate Sales

If you are looking to sell or buy Real Estate, you must know that things can and may go wrong during the process. The Fitzgerald Home Team thought if we could provide you with a list of things to be aware of when you are beginning your journey in either selling or buying your home, the better prepared you could be.

(List found here:  http://tucsonrealestateblog.us/post/2371045/things-that-go-wrong-with-real-estate-sales)

Buyer:

Changes their mind about purchase

False information to lenders

Changes credit status during home purchase

Loses Job

Dies

Encounters major health problems

Cannot provide required paperwork

Change in employer or salary status

Can change mind on home purchase

Cannot afford closing costs

Does not lock in interest rate, it rises and buyer no longer qualifies

Cannot verify required information for lender

Job transfer

Major problems found in home to purchase

Seller:

Cannot come up with cash for liens against property

Changes mind about selling

Takes personal property that was included in sale

Does not comply with terms of sale

Inspections do not pass

Does not sign paperwork for closing

Can leave town and not have a power of attorney to close

Builder does not have home complete on closing date

Seller does not show up for closing

False information given to buyer about property

Misrepresents home defects

Does not complete repair list

House or Land

Not properly zoned

Appraisal lower than offer

Structure problems

Burns down or destroyed before closing

False information given about property

Cannot be insured

Encroachment issues

Well or septic tank not approved by county

Termite damage not repaired by seller

Third Party Issues

Home inspector is too picky and not available to do inspection.

Appraiser cannot find comparables for the property

Inspector or Appraiser does not complete report on schedule

Lender requires a second appraisal

Title company does not complete paperwork or loses it

Title company does not have all required signatures

Title company finds problems at the last minute before closing

Appraiser does not understand the home’s market

Appraiser is not on mortgage company list of approvals

Appraiser makes mistakes on the appraisal.

Home Inspector cannot make inspection within inspection time limit

Escrow company does not obtain complete list of liens or beneficiaries

Escrow company does not complete work in a timely manner.

Of course, this only a “partial list” of things that can go wrong in either the sale or purchase of a property.  The Fitzgerald Home Team wants to help you along your journey and be there for you as you reach the finish line in the Real Estate Process!

Give us a call at 407-504-1186 ext 3 or check out our website at http://www.FitzgeraldHomeTeam.com for a list of properties or to get instant access to MLS.

Wherever your journey takes you, know that the Fitzgerald Home Team is here for YOU!!

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