Why Become a Florida Resident

Of course, the weather is the original draw to people from other parts of the world. I mean it’s a high of 80 degrees here today in February. What’s not to love?!?! But there are also many financial benefits to living in FL that would make your decision to move to the Sunshine State even more attractive.

First and foremost Florida has NO STATE INCOME TAX!!! We are one of very few US states that can boast this. Moving to Florida from a state like New York can save someone in a high-income tax bracket many thousands of dollars in taxes. This prohibition against collecting an individual income tax is part of the Florida Constitution, so Florida won’t be imposing a state individual income tax anytime soon. A constitutional amendment would be required to change this provision. The state’s constitution also prevents counties and municipalities from imposing any sort of income tax at local levels.

As a Florida resident you also get two property tax benefits if you declare your FL property as your primary “homestead” residence. First, you’ll receive an exemption for the first $50,000 of your home’s value for property tax purposes, except for school district taxes which only receive a $25,000 exemption. There’s also the Florida “Save Our Homes” cap on annual assessments. The cap is set at 3 percent or the change in the consumer price index (CPI), whichever is less. This means that the assessed value of your homestead for property tax purposes can’t increase on annual basis by more than the change in the CPI or 3 percent if the change in the CPI is more than 3 percent. For example, the change in the CPI is 2.9 percent in 2018, so the 2018 assessed value of a homestead residence can’t increase by more than this. It’s less than the 3 percent cap. The change in the CPI was 4.1 percent in 2008, but the increase was limited to 3 percent because this was less. It you plan to own your home for several years, this can be a huge savings.

Now seems like the perfect time to explore Florida homeownership.  You know right before Snowpocalypse hits over the weekend.  Call us today at 321-697-8230 to get started!!!

Weather Map for Today, February 26, 2019  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intro Part 2

I often forget that new people join our Facebook page or blog all the time and may not know as much about us as we would like. Since I threw my picture and a little excerpt about myself out there last week, I thought that this week I would feature the other half of Nectar’s dynamic duo, my husband Keith Renner.

For those of you who do not know Keith, he has been a Realtor since 2008 (yes, the worst time to get your license). He has a BS in Landscape Architecture from WVU (Go Mountaineers!!!) and worked for a large Central FL real estate developer before going into real estate. He has an amazing eye for design & space and that makes him our resident marketing guru. Let’s face it! My degree is in Economics so my brain does not work that way, but our combination of different skill is what makes us a great team.

On Saturday of this past week, he was showing an estate home listing in Celebration. When he and the prospective buyers walked out onto the pool area, he found the little fawn in the picture stuck between the retaining wall and the pond. The mother had been trying to help her baby over the wall but she took off when they inadvertently startled her. Keith was going to leave him so the mother would return but there was an alligator making its way toward him. So Keith scooped him up and put him safely in the wooded area where his mother had gone. He continued to check the area to make sure they were reunited. Honestly, everyday in real estate is an adventure.

I can’t say enough about this guy…. Fantastic Realtor & Business Partner, Awesome Dad & Husband, and Saver of Wildlife!!!

You can follow him on instagram @keith_renner

Island Village Sold to Mattamy Homes 

We have some big news to share about Island Village at Celebration!

The Celebration Company has officially agreed to sell the fifth and final residential village of Celebration to Mattamy Homes. The newest addition to the master-planned community built by Disney is expected to see its first model homes in 2019.

Island Village (totaling 350 acres) has entitlements for 1,014 single-family homes and 296 apartments, with an additional 30,000 square feet of neighborhood commercial and five acres for park or civic use. It was reported that the first phase will likely include all of the apartment units and approximately 300 single-family homes, as well as the pad for the community’s new K-5 school.

It was also reported that the purchase will take place in three stages. The first of three closings took place on Monday.

“This is a rare opportunity, and we’re super excited,” Mattamy Homes Orlando Division president Alex Martin told GrowthSpotter. “The good news is every developer says they want to mimic what Celebration has already achieved. The beauty is we get to carry on what Disney created at Celebration, and we can work hand-in-hand with Disney and the town architects to refresh the vision of what’s already been wildly successful.”

This update is courtesy of GrowthSpotter. Stay tuned for more information.

Visit our Website in a NEW, Easy Way

With the newest Apple iOS update, visiting our website is easier than ever. Follow these quick and easy steps to save our direct web address to your iPhone’s home page.

Start by visiting NectarRealEstate.com on your device’s browser.

Click on the arrow located in the middle of the bottom menu.

After clicking, you should see this menu:

Choose ‘Add to Home Screen’.

By choosing ‘Add to Home Screen’, you will open the option to save the link. Click ‘Add’.

Once this action is complete, NectarRealEstate.com will become available as an icon on your home screen. You can now easily search our listed homes, any day, any time.

Visit our Website in a NEW, Easy Way

With the newest Apple iOS update, visiting our website is easier than ever. Follow these quick and easy steps to save our direct web address to your iPhone’s home page.

Start by visiting NectarRealEstate.com on your device’s browser.

Click on the arrow located in the middle of the bottom menu.

After clicking, you should see this menu:

Choose ‘Add to Home Screen’.

By choosing ‘Add to Home Screen’, you will open the option to save the link. Click ‘Add’.

Once this action is complete, NectarRealEstate.com will become available as an icon on your home screen. You can now easily search our listed homes, any day, any time.

Celebration’s Trails

Celebration, Florida is truly the best place to call home. From Town Center to our friendly  neighbors, there are several elements of Celebration that we love. One of our favorites is the abundant amount of walking and biking trails the town offers.

Walking or biking through Celebration’s trails is a great way to get a closer look at the town. As a realtor, I’ve noticed it’s often one of the many amenities that gets overlooked during a listing! But with many people looking for a more active lifestyle, this amenity is one of the best.

The trails offer residents and visitors miles of beautiful scenery as they weave through and connect each neighborhood of the town. They’re a great source for quick access to the downtown area or to a neighborhood pool. Take a look at this Trail Map, created by our local Girl Scout troop:

One of my favorite trails circles the town’s lake (Lake Rianhard). This 1-mile path begins in the center of town and travels around the lake, passing Lakeside Park, a beautiful conservation area and Celebration’s Bohemian Hotel. The best part of the path is the full view of our beautiful town center.

We have several different kinds of wildlife here, including alligators, deer, turkeys, wild pigs and many types of birds. You might even see an otter or two— which can only be seen from the trails in the conservation areas.

Celebration’s trails are a great way to stay active. There’s always something to see, and the weather is always enjoyable.

Celebration’s Trails

Celebration, Florida is truly the best place to call home. From Town Center to our friendly  neighbors, there are several elements of Celebration that we love. One of our favorites is the abundant amount of walking and biking trails the town offers.

Walking or biking through Celebration’s trails is a great way to get a closer look at the town. As a realtor, I’ve noticed it’s often one of the many amenities that gets overlooked during a listing! But with many people looking for a more active lifestyle, this amenity is one of the best.

The trails offer residents and visitors miles of beautiful scenery as they weave through and connect each neighborhood of the town. They’re a great source for quick access to the downtown area or to a neighborhood pool. Take a look at this Trail Map, created by our local Girl Scout troop:

One of my favorite trails circles the town’s lake (Lake Rianhard). This 1-mile path begins in the center of town and travels around the lake, passing Lakeside Park, a beautiful conservation area and Celebration’s Bohemian Hotel. The best part of the path is the full view of our beautiful town center.

We have several different kinds of wildlife here, including alligators, deer, turkeys, wild pigs and many types of birds. You might even see an otter or two— which can only be seen from the trails in the conservation areas.

Celebration’s trails are a great way to stay active. There’s always something to see, and the weather is always enjoyable.

The Matterport Pro 3D Camera in Real Estate

The Matterport Pro 3D Camera is one of our greatest tools for listing a home online. With its innovative technology, the Matterport can offer buyers a 3-Dimensional environment with the click of a button— giving so much more depth than an average photo.

The camera should be placed in evenly spaced positions throughout the home. The Matterport Capture iPad app allows the user to have control over the camera as it automatically rotates 360 degrees on its tripod. Each scan generally takes about one minute. Once the scan is complete, you can see an instant preview on your iPad. Once all of the scans are complete, you can process your final product to create an unbelievable real estate tool.

The Matterport creates a meaningful, emotional and visual way to experience a home online. It’s a fabulous source for both realtors and buyers as they virtually ‘walk’ through a home.

By clicking the following link, you can see an example of one of our homes. This rare Beechcrest floor plan in Celebration, Florida offers a large porch, first floor master suite, screened in pool, three car garage and a one bedroom guest apartment.

https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=WHoKxg3uC9Dmatterport-3d-camera1

Finishes Make the Property

0p8a5611_resize 0p8a5642_resize 0p8a5678_resize 0p8a5395_resizeFinishes can make or break whether or not a property is desirable to buyers. They can be the what makes a property memorable to potential buyers and why they chose one property over the other.  In other words, finishes count!

Many properties that I sell are located in what are called PUD’s, planned unit developments. What does that mean??? PUD’s are communities, predominantly made up of single family homes, that are governed by a Home Owners Association and include community amenities. They are usually established by one or more homebuilders, meaning that individual properties are rarely unique. Floor plans and exterior elevations repeat throughout the community.

So how do you make one property stand apart or customize it to suit your own personal tastes??? Focus on the Finishes!!!! Change out those builder grade light fixtures and select something specific for each room. Also adding extra molding can make a huge difference. Photographs really pick up those details and make a huge impact when buyers are looking online.

Many properties that I sell are located in what are called PUD’s, planned unit developments. What does that mean??? PUD’s are communities, predominantly made up of single family homes, that are governed by a Home Owners Association and include community amenities. They are usually established by one or more homebuilders, meaning that individual properties are rarely unique. Floor plans and exterior elevations repeat throughout the community.

So how do you make one property stand apart or customize it to suit your own personal tastes??? Focus on the Finishes!!!! Change out those builder grade light fixtures and select something specific, yet neutral,  for each room. Also adding extra molding can make a huge difference. Photographs really pick up those details and make a huge impact when buyers are looking online.

Take a look at these pictures from a townhouse listing in Celebration.  The finishes in this property really made it stand out!

744 Mulberry Ave   Celebration, FL 34747

Navigate 2016

Last week, we had the distinct pleasure to attend the first ever Leverage Global Partners Retreat, Navigate 2016, in Los Angeles. I love my job and feel lucky to able to say this, but I can say without a doubt that being with all of these stellar professionals certainly revved up my drive for success.

Over the course of two days, I listened to several top performers in their distinctive markets talk about how they have reached the level of success they now enjoy. One thing that struck me as a common theme with many of them was that they admitted that had tried many tactics, marketing ideas, etc at some point in time that did NOT work. The had failed on a small scale several times before finding what worked for them. Success is rarely obtained by getting it all right the first time. Instead it is a culmination of failures and hard work accompanied by perseverance.

Being a Leverage Global PartnerNavigate 2016 Image 3 gives us access to a phenomenal network of professionals who are top in their luxury markets and represent clients looking all over the world. What does that mean for our clients? It means international exposure for your properties and a vetted team of professionals on your side. For our clients relocating, it means that I help you with your transition to your new location as well.

Nectar Real Estate boasts a global reach for its clients!