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!!!

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Wildlife in Central Florida

If you enjoyed our post about Celebration’s Trails, you’ll be sure to love this!

Some of the best places to see wildlife are right here in Central Florida! Whether you’re looking for feathery birds, exotic fish or alligators, Central Florida has plenty of opportunity.

Let’s start right here in our community with Celebration’s walking trails. The trails wind all through the town’s downtown and conservation areas, giving peeks at what furry friends might be around. In Celebration we often see deer, hogs, roosters and chickens, turkeys, alligators and handfuls of beautiful birds.

Get up close and personal with birds at Lakeland’s Circle B Bar Reserve— a 1,267-acre reserve of cypress swamp and oak hammock. It’s home to thousands of wading birds, ibises, ducks, shorebirds and even bald eagles! Circle B Bar Reserve has been recognized by USA Today Travel as one of the 51 Greatest Places to See Wildlife.

But if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, take an airboat tour and experience the real Florida that isn’t often seen. Airboats are fast, flat-bottomed boats that often tour through the swampiest areas of Florida. You can spot alligators, birds and plant life as you travel right through the heart of their home.

Information source: VisitCentralFlorida.org

Wildlife in Central Florida

If you enjoyed our post about Celebration’s Trails, you’ll be sure to love this!

Some of the best places to see wildlife are right here in Central Florida! Whether you’re looking for feathery birds, exotic fish or alligators, Central Florida has plenty of opportunity.

Let’s start right here in our community with Celebration’s walking trails. The trails wind all through the town’s downtown and conservation areas, giving peeks at what furry friends might be around. In Celebration we often see deer, hogs, roosters and chickens, turkeys, alligators and handfuls of beautiful birds.

Get up close and personal with birds at Lakeland’s Circle B Bar Reserve— a 1,267-acre reserve of cypress swamp and oak hammock. It’s home to thousands of wading birds, ibises, ducks, shorebirds and even bald eagles! Circle B Bar Reserve has been recognized by USA Today Travel as one of the 51 Greatest Places to See Wildlife.

But if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, take an airboat tour and experience the real Florida that isn’t often seen. Airboats are fast, flat-bottomed boats that often tour through the swampiest areas of Florida. You can spot alligators, birds and plant life as you travel right through the heart of their home.

Information source: VisitCentralFlorida.org

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

Who wants to run for pancakes???

IMGI can certainly think of worse things to run for than pancakes, so lace up and meet me at the Celebration Fire Station on October 25th.

The Celebration Rotary Club has been putting on their Pancake Run & Health Fair for several years now, and it’s an event that always signals Fall for me. It usually coincides with the beginning of cooler temperatures and you get to run through a town that takes holiday decorating very seriously. We have a house that is completely converted into a Pirate Ship for the whole month of October here. Need I say more…

Once you complete your 5k or 10k race, they feed you pancakes. It’s amazing! There is also a Health Fair where you can take advantage of free services and be entered to win prizes such as free memberships to the Celebration Fitness Centre.  Plus best of all, this event raises much needed funds for New Beginnings, a non-profit organization that helps the homeless here in Central Florida. They can provide them food, shelter, clothing, professional counseling, job opportunities, and best of all, hope.  Just by getting in a workout that we all need anyways and then subsequently eating a bunch of pancakes, we can help New Beginnings make the holiday season better for those in need.

For more information and to register, you can visit their site: www.CelebrationRotaryPancakeRun.com

Mirasol at Celebration Releases Phase 1

On Wednesday, December 11, the new owner/developer for Mirsaol at Celebration released 7 units for sale as part of their first phase. With a Main Village location right next to the commercial district, Mirasol is a much soughafter community. It has wonderful, private amenities such as a spa, fitness center, community pool, business center and concierge. The formal lobby offers an upscale feel and houses the onsite concierge who is happy to assist residents with everything from handling packages to making dinner reservations. Residents also enjoy exclusive events such as weekened brunches and monthly chef demonstrations. Every unit comes complete with a security system and the lobby is locked after hours. These security features make the building a perfect stress-free second home choice or primary residence. It is also important to note that all units have elevator access.

The units released this week range in size from 1 to 3 bedroom units and prices start at $247,000. If you would like more information or wish to schedule a tour, please feel free to contact me any time at jana@homesbynectar.com or 321-697-8230. I have floor plans and additional photographs that I can share. As a preferred Realtor for this property I will be getting inventory notices first. So if you are not ready now but want to be notified when future units come on the market, send me your email address. I will then add you to my priority list and reach out to you when new units hit the market.

Mirasol at Celebration
Mirasol at Celebration

The Celebration Exotic Car Show Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Celebration Exotic Car Festival. This four-day event showcases North America’s largest collection of exotic cars, race cars and iconic Hollywood movie cars, coming together to help children with life threatening medical conditions. There are a variety of events that take place over the 4 day event, April 11-14th, including 2 track days at Daytona, Food & Wine at the Portofino Hotel, and the Exotic Car Rally. Indulge in some great food, experience some exotics cars, and help children’s charity at the same time.

For more information on the schedule of events or how to purchase tickets, click herecar, and we’ll see you there!

Martha Stewart Comes to Central Florida

Have you ever wondered what Martha Stewart’s home looks like? Or what she could do with your home? Well now you can purchase a home with an interior designed by her, and it costs way less than her home, I’m sure.

KB Homes, a large nationwide builder, has partnered with Martha Stewart to offer an array of 4 beautifully designed home floorplans here in Central Florida. Mabel Bridge located in Orlando right next to Walt Disney World is a gorgeous community featuring a prime location near wonderful Windermere schools & only a couple of minutes from Walt Disney World, high-end finishes at reasonable prices, and a hassle free build process.

The community offers buyers 4 Martha Stewart Collection floor plans that range in size from 2294 to 3277 square feet, and those comprise 3 single story choices and and one two story. You then have so many finishes to chose from as far as flooring, counter tops, paint colors, and cabinets go, so you can get exactly what you want. These homes range in price from $279,000 to $323,000.

If you have been thinking about the Central Florida area, you NEED to give Mabel Bridge a long, hard look. For the price, location, amenities, and finishes, it’s tough to beat. We have now assisted several clients through the new home process at Mabel Bridge, so please feel free to call or email us for more information or to schedule a tour.  We can’t wait to show it you!

This is the 2517 square foot floor plan.

Celebration Alfa Romeo Car Show

In keeping with the “season of events” here, this weekend Celebration welcomes the Alfa Romeo car show.  The Mid Florida Alfa Romeo Owners Club, Inc is excited to host its 10th annual show in Celebration’s downtown on Saturday, November 3rd.

This year’s event is expected to have roughly 60 cars. Many rare Alfa Romeo’s will be on display including a 1961 Vignale, a 1959 Julietta and a ’61 Sprint. Also on display will be the official Pace Car for the Sebring Raceway. The car show takes place from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, November 3rd.

The weather is supposed to be wonderful, so come and take a stroll through downtown Celebration. Enjoy cars, food, and a family-friendly atmosphere.

Clean & Help Out

Since it’s Thursday, I am sure that you have all started to think about the weekend, myself included. As a real estate professional, I am often asked what you can do to make your home more valuable. Most people think it will be something expensive or that takes a lot of time, but that simply is not true.  Here is a project that can be in done in a weekend, and won’t cost you anything but some time and elbow grease.

The greatest and simplest thing you can do to make your home more desirable is to, wait for it…, CLEAN IT! Now I don’t mean to scrub your toilets or mop your floor. I would hope that you are already taking care of that. I mean clean it OUT. I am sure that you have lots of items that you no longer use or need. Getting rid of these unnecessary objects will not only give you more space and make your home appear larger, but it will also help you better find and use the items you do need.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, now is the best time to donate to local charities. So grab some garage bags, organizing bins, a dust rag and get started. You’ll have more space in no time, and you will be helping out some very worthy causes at the same time.