April 9 2020

April Realtor of the month: Pam Bozkurt

by Erin

April realtor of the month Pam Bozkurt

Our April realtor of the month is Pam Bozkurt, owner and broker of Gosselin Realty. Pam Bozkurt provides the monthly real estate market updates for Apopka and Ocoee, FL. Gosselin Realty is located in Winter Garden, Florida and specializes in communities of Ocoee, Winter Garden, Windermere, Apopka, Gotha, and Oakland, as well as some areas of West Orange County Florida.

 

If you are in search of a new home in Orlando, now is a great time to buy! Gosselin Realty has over nineteen years of experience in the real estate market and will help you whether you are looking to buy, sell, or even lease residential or commercial property. Reach out to Pam and her team at Gosselin Realty for all of your real estate needs. 

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March 10 2020

March Realtor of the Month: Joe Frazzano

by Erin

March Realtor of the Month Joe Frazzano

Our March realtor of the month is Joe Frazzano, listing specialist of The Frazzano Team and our Real Estate Market Expert for Dublin, CA.

 

Joe Frazzano entered the real estate industry in 1988 and has consistently been a leader in Real Estate ever since. Joe has sold well over 1000 homes since beginning his Real Estate journey in 1988. In the year 2000, Joe joined Re/Max Accord and during that time obtained his Certified Residential Specialist designation which only 5 percent of Realtors ever actually obtain. Joe Frazzano has earned several awards over the years. He has been a top 1% nationally recognized agent and has been a Rockcliff Realtors Presidents Club Top Agent, Diamond Club Winner, and Chairman Club winner.  After selling an average of 60-100 homes per year from 1993-1998, Joe earned the N. California "Salesperson of the Year" MAME award. Joe has also worked with one of the largest homebuilders in the United States, KB Homes as their Resale Homes Director.

 

Joe Frazzano is very well versed in the real estate industry and understands the value of owning real estate and his team continues to maintain an extremely high percentage of satisfied customers. Contact Joe and The Frazzano Team as you continue on your journey to find yourself a brand new home in San Francisco

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May 17 2019

You Just Purchased your First Home. Now What?

by racheal

red door with lock

So, you’ve just gained the title of “homeowner” and the stress and anxiety of the home buying processes are finally over with. Now, what do you do? Don’t think that the work is done once you sign the dotted line. There are a few steps you should make after the home buying process that will make your life a little easier. We’ve got 10 helpful tips below to help you along the way.

 

Change the locks

 

Many people don’t think about taking this step when purchasing a home. With all of the open houses, realtors, and past homeowners trafficking through the home, you never know who may possess an extra set of keys or even the garage door opener. The cost to change the locks is minimal compared to both your peace of mind and the possibility of a break-in. When changing your locks, be sure to replace the hardware as well.

 

It’s also best to wait until the day after closing to schedule a locksmith to come out to make this change. You never know how closing can go. Sometimes it can drag on for a few more days than expected and you want to make sure that the entire deal is finalized before changing your locks.

 

Set up your utilities

 

This is probably everyone’s least favorite part about having their own living space when it’s apartment living or being a homeowner. It’s time to set up those utilities and pay deposits.

 

Say hello to your new neighbors

 

A bowl of jello or a plate of fresh-baked cookies is not required for this step. We’re not living in the ’60s, but it’s still nice to introduce yourself to your new neighbors. It’s great to form a relationship with the people you live next to. You’ll see them on a daily basis leaving and coming in and in most cases, it’s a great way to look out for one another’s homes when you’re away or form a carpool when the kids go to school.

 

Put your mortgage documents in a safe place

 

All of your documents may already be saved somewhere in the cloud or right in your email and that’s great! We may be in a new age with technology, but it’s always a good idea to make hard copies of your official mortgage documents and place them in a safe place for future reference. If for some reason, you cannot access your documents on a computer, you’ll always have a backup copy in hand.

 

Give your home a good deep clean

 

 

The best time to give your house a deep clean is when it’s completely empty. You won’t be able to see every spot, stain, or spider web with your house fully furnished. Take the time out to steam clean the carpets, buff the floors, wash windows, and deep clean in and around your appliances before your home becomes lived in with the day to day wear and tear. If you prefer to do it yourself, that’s great and you’ll save a few dollars, but there’s also nothing wrong with hiring a professional to get the job done and save some time.

 

Purchase a home warranty

 

A home warranty is a service contract that will repair or replace things around your home like a broken dishwasher. A warranty on your home may have come with the purchase of your home, but be sure to read the fine print. If you find that you may need extra security with another warranty, take the steps to do so.

 

Set aside an emergency fund

 

It may not sound very appealing to start yet another savings fund after shelling out the last of your savings on your new home, but this is a very important part of homeownership. Now that you’re a homeowner, there is no longer a maintenance man to fix the garbage disposal and there’s no leasing office to complain to. When something goes wrong, it’s up to you to fix it, so it’s better to be safe than sorry and has a few dollars stashed away for emergency purposes only.

 

Create a maintenance plan

 

The same way you have a maintenance plan for yourself when it comes to routine salon visits, dental appointments, and doctor visits, you should also have a maintenance plan for your home. Keeping a plan in place will prevent future problems around the house like the A/C going out in the summer or a pipe bursting in the middle of the night potentially flooding your brand new floors. Keep important numbers handy for your homes maintenance repairs.  Keep track of how long your warranties are for your major appliances and schedule “checkups” routinely to ensure everything is in good shape. 

 

We hope you find these tips helpful as you get settled into your new residence. 

 

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April 19 2019

5 Useful Tips for Buying a New Home in Spring

by racheal

As the weather is beginning to warm up, so are those home sales. There’s nothing worse than attempting to purchase your first home without prior knowledge of what steps to take. Grab your wishlist and use these five tips to help you prepare to buy your new home this spring.

 

1. Get rid of your debt and clean up your credit 

 

The number one thing you need to do in preparation for purchasing your first home is to clear up your debt. You’ll find it much easier to save money toward your new home as you pay down your debt. You’ll also find that you’ll have better buying options with less debt and a better credit rating.

 

2. Make a wishlist that’s realistic

 

You probably have a list already made up of all the must-have features and amenities that you just can’t live without in your new house.  The gourmet kitchen and spa-like bathroom you’ve seen on television may not exactly come in your budget or be in the neighborhood you’ve got your eyes set on. Make sure to do your research on both what you can afford and what the areas you’d like to live in have to offer. Think about revising your wishlist and compromising in some areas. The home you select may not come with granite countertops or hardwood floors, but you can make it a DIY project and save a few dollars along the way.

 

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3. Hire a licensed real estate agent

 

Whether it’s your first time around searching for a home, or you are in need of an upgrade for your growing family, hiring a licensed real estate agent is always your best bet.  Do your research and find the best realtor for your needs. They are more equipped than you will be when it comes to tackling the hard stuff during the buying process.

 

It is also a plus to hire an agent that is a neighborhood specialist. When you have an idea of the specific area that you would like to move to, an agent that specializes there is truly beneficial when choosing the perfect home for you and your family. 

 

4. Get preapproved by a local lender

 

To ensure that you have a smooth loan process, make it a point to get preapproved by a local lender. Avoid applying for loans with online lenders or lenders outside of your local area. Offers that are received from a local lender will most likely get preference when purchasing a new home. This will also help in having a timely closing and smooth process. Local lenders have a better reputation for closing on time. They will also ensure that they give you the best service because they want you to refer their business to others within the local community.

 

5. Don’t hold off too long on making a bid

 

Making a bid on your first home can be a difficult decision. If you come across the perfect home during your search, try not to hesitate too long to make an offer. Your dream home may not be available for long. Home prices typically begin to rise during the warmer months, so there would be little chance of the home you want decreasing in price.

 

As you take the steps to prepare to buy your first home, take these tips into consideration and always do your research as well as seek professional help to ensure that you’re making the best decisions for your investment.  

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