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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Four Seasons Private Residences

Golden Oak at the Walt Disney World Resort is a world embraced by luxury, privacy and the Magic of Disney. For the first time, Disney is offering whole ownership of custom single-family homes on Walt Disney World property.

We recently had the privilege of getting an inside look at some of the community’s newest homes at the Four Seasons Private Residences event hosted by Golden Oak.

The new homes included Avanti by Goehring & Morgan, Bonavento by Stonebrige Homes and Capolavoro by Derrick Builders. All three of these homes feature breathtaking outdoor patios with views of conversation areas, spacious living rooms and kitchens for entertaining, extravagant master suites and uniquely designed Disney-themed bedrooms.

Take a look at our photo gallery from the event:







Four Seasons Private Residences

Golden Oak at the Walt Disney World Resort is a world embraced by luxury, privacy and the Magic of Disney. For the first time, Disney is offering whole ownership of custom single-family homes on Walt Disney World property.

We recently had the privilege of getting an inside look at some of the community’s newest homes at the Four Seasons Private Residences event hosted by Golden Oak.

The new homes included Avanti by Goehring & Morgan, Bonavento by Stonebrige Homes and Capolavoro by Derrick Builders. All three of these homes feature breathtaking outdoor patios with views of conversation areas, spacious living rooms and kitchens for entertaining, extravagant master suites and uniquely designed Disney-themed bedrooms.

Take a look at our photo gallery from the event:







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.

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

Fun Family Night – Burgers & Stories

burger2Sometimes its hard to find things to do on weeknights. Since we obviously work in real estate, weekends are not ideal for family time. I know that’s true for many other families as well since the kids often have birthday parties or sporting events on the weekends.  We tend to look for things to do during the week.

Here’s a fun Tuesday night to try out. First stop is at the West Osceola Library located right here in Celebration on Campus Street. They have a new offering on Tuesdays at 4pm, Family Story Time. You can bring kids of all ages to hear stories and do activities. It lasts for about 45 minutes to an hour.

Once you’ve enjoyed the library, you can head over to a new restaurant just a few miles away called Shula Burger. This is a great place to get gourmet food quickly. The burgers are SO good! They have so many different kinds or you can select which ever toppings you want. It is counter service, so it is fast and kid-friendly. They have Craft, Seasonal, and Regional beers on tap as well as a Sommelier’s selection of premium wines. With Signature Burgers starting at $6.49, you can’t beat the price for a family outing. They also have a veggie burger, salads, and too many great sides to name (including fried pickles). Plus you can finish it all off with a Haagen-Dazs milkshake!

Overprice or Underprice – What is better???

pricetagThere is an art to pricing a property appropriately.  You want to get the most money for the sellers as possible but not price it out of the market.  A really attractive price will certainly draw lots of attention, but you do not want the sellers to leave money on the table either.  It can really take a lot of thought to come up with the just the right number.  Some people use the argument that underpricing a property can cause a bidding war and drive the price upwards.  I usually lean in the exact opposite direction.  I tend to think that overpricing properties, just a little bit, actually brings in greater revenue for my sellers.

As it turns out, I am not the only one who has drawn this conclusion.  Florida Realtors recently put out an article that agrees.  According to data published in the May issue of the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, new research suggests that pricing a property 10-20% under market value actually netted the sellers less money.  Often times it did cause a bidding war but not enough of one to make up the substantial difference caused by underpricing it initially.  On the other end overpricing the property by around 10-20% did net the sellers a slight gain.  The study also indicated that when buyers were presented with a slightly higher purchase price they often looked for positive attributes to justify the price.   The same was true on the other end.  When the price was lower, they wondered what was wrong with the property.

Of course, there are many factors to consider when pricing a property for sale.  One of them is the timeframe in which the seller needs to sell.  You don’t want to be priced too high if you need to move your property quickly, and long market times increase the sellers’ carrying costs which eat in to their profit.  The long of the short is that you need an aggressive, knowledgeable professional to price it for you.

A Nectar Real Estate professional is always ready to help you with your real estate needs.  Feel free contact us any time!

New Construction Without the Long Wait

Who doesn’t want something shiny and brand new? Everyone, of course! Real estate is no different. People love the idea of being the first homeowner in a property, of having a home warranty to fall back on from the builder, and the ease of a move-in ready property. Often times the only drawback to new construction can be the long build times.

One of the best options for people wanting new construction but needing to be in something by a certain time is Inventory Homes. These are homes that the builder already has under construction when you visit the development. Sometimes they are homes that the original buyer has decided not to purchase but more often they are just started by the builder to keep up with demand. What is nice about these is that they are already underway, have been permitted, and will not take the typical 5-6 months to complete. You can almost always still pick the finishes and colors, and sometimes you can negotiate the price a little bit. The builder wants them sold as soon as they are finished, so they have incentive to move them.

Just a few miles from Celebration is an area called Champions Gate. It has some very nice hotels including the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate and the Reunion Grande, and multiple championship golf courses. It is a great place to live, own a vacation home, or purchase property for investment income. Lennar Homes is currently constructing a neighborhood there called Stoneybrook at Champions Gate, and they have homes ranging in price from $255,000 to $373,000 and 1880 sq feet to 4259 sq feet. They have recently reduced some of their inventory homes, and there are multiple floor plans to chose from with completion dates between August and October 2013.

Here are all of the amazing amenities at Stoneybrook at Champions Gate:

Aerobics Studio

Clubhouse
Community Center
Equestrian
Fitness Center
Fully Maintained Lawns
Gated
Golf Course
HOA
Playground
Security
Splash Park
Sport Court
Swimming Pool
Tennis Court
Tot Lot
Volleyball Court

Plaza, Spa, Restaurant, Bar, Fitness Center, Tiki Bar, Cabanas, Tennis Club, Tennis Clubhouse, Stadium Court, (6) Tennis Courts, Golf Club, Golf Clubhouse Grill, Locker Rooms, Golf Shop, The Oasis, Resort-Style Pools, Family Pool, Lazy River, Water Slides, Swim-Up Bar, Water Falls, Beach Entry, Spa, Splash Pad, Grill, Bar, Fitness Area, Theater, Game Room, Tiki Bar, Cabanas, Performance Area, Trolley.  So much to do and you’re only a fewmiles Walt Disney World!

We have assisted so many clients with new construction contracts and been their liaison throughout the process. If this is something you are interested in, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!  Also if you are looking for new construction in another area of Central Florida, email me to get a list of what is available in your area.Champions GateStoneybrook at Champions GateStoneybrook at Champions Gate

Making a Home at Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort

Construction continues at a rigorous pace on Disney’s first-ever residential community, Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort. The demand from buyers has been greater than originally anticipated and construction is moving quickly to keep up. Based on current development plans, the 980 acre community will contain 450 luxury homes starting at $1.5 million.  To the companies surprise and pleasure, the greatest demand has been in the Grand Estate sections named Carolwood and Carolwood Reserve.

The amenity-laden community center Summerhouse, is completed and open for residents. Residents and their guests can use the lap & family pools, lounge areas, game area, and state-of-the-art fitness facility. Once it is fully operational, next year, guest will able to enjoy food and beverage both inside and outside as well. They will also host resident-only culinary events and celebrations. Also available to residents and located within Summerhouse is a dedicated Resident Services team, which helps Golden Oak residents with a variety of concierge-style services, including:
Arrangement of private transportation
Disney Parks and special-event tickets
Golf tee-times
Dinner reservations
Private VIP Tours
In-home dinners and parties
Holiday home decorating
Grocery shopping
Recommendations for pre-arrival and post-departure home maintenance services

Golden Oak offers residents a unique family experience that also encompasses all of the luxury and wonderful service that Disney has to offer. With easy, and often times exclusive, access to exciting events at Disney theme parks and the work-renowned service and amenities of the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at your service, you can enjoy a destination experience all year long.

As preferred Sales Professionals at Golden Oak at Walt Disney World, we can set up a tour for you to see the 3 types of homes they have available to choose from – Village, Estate & Grand Estate. We would also handle any and all contracts and paperwork for you as well as be your liaison with the builder if you chose.  We will be with you from the initial planning to the closing table.  We have assisted many clients through the homebuilding process, and we would be happy to provide references upon request.  We would love to help you be a part of the magic.

Contact us today to get your tour scheduled and your Dream underway!