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Life After Buying a Home In Kissimmee

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After buying a home in Kissimmee, you probably are thinking that you have so much to learn about the area. While this is true, don’t stress, here’s what you need to know about life after buying a home in Kissimmee.
When buying a home, it is very important to understand the C&R portion of the HOA, Covenents and Restrictions. There can be governing rules that do not fit your lifestyle. They are designed for most, but don’t fit all. Pet restrictions, house painting etc. A strong HOA with good reserves in good standing is essential. When an HOA is run well, it limits the potential for increases and assessments for common area repairs, etc.
Property Taxes
In some areas in the Central Florida area, there are CDD’s, Community Development Districts. Community development districts (CDDs) are independent special-purpose units of government established to finance basic services within a development, including infrastructure construction, services and maintenance.
Common infrastructure improvements provided by CDDs include:
• drainage
• potable water
• sewerage
• roads and parks
This CDD is incorporated in your Property tax payment. Some Districts have large bonds that can increase the taxes substanitally.
Researching the grade of your local Schools when purchasing a home are very important. Their grade rating can be found online and an experienced realtor will obtain this information for you.
Florida has been improving the transit system for years. When you depend on transit, best to search within city boundaries for best transportation options. Florida is a vast state and driving is essential. Excellent roads get you around quickly, but not all areas are serviced with good public transportation that runs beyond working hours. Living in the Tourist Capital of the world, many occupations require off hours which could be a challenge in some rural locations. An experienced local agent should know the transit options. This is one of my first interview questions when I begin working with a new client.
The locals in Central Florida have many options, with the weather so conducive to outdoor activities, the options are vast. Concerts in the park, Theatre, large venues like the Amway Arena, just to name a few. Locally we have some exceptional museums. Of course, the dining in Central Florida is superb, entertainment of all sorts is at your doorstep. Golf is still a #1 favorite, with over 1480 golf courses in Florida, Central Florida hosts 8 of the top ten best courses. Tennis is a great favorite as well.
Celebrity Neighbors
Have any celebrities recently bought or sold in the area? Since this is a golf/tennis mecca, yes, it is home to many greats…..Tiger Woods, Larry Bird, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Capriati, John Travolta, David Cassidy, JC, Sean “P Diddy” Combs, Shaquille O’Neal, and Dennis Rodman, just to name a few!

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Best Places To Experience Christmas in Kissimmee


Although the weather may not scream Christmas in Kissimmee, there is no shortage of exciting ways to celebrate this magical season. Whether you want to view amazing decorations, see a classic Christmas tale brought to life, enjoy a delicious Christmas meal, or something entirely different, you can experience all of this and more while celebrating Christmas in Kissimmee. Of course, the best part is that you do not have to freeze to death while enjoying the fun. Here are just a few of the top ways you can celebrate the holiday season.

Amazing Light Displays

What better way to celebrate Christmas in Kissimmee than by viewing mesmerizing light displays? If you only visit one place, it has to be 1642 Sunburst Way. For the past 24 years, the family has been putting up more than 60,000 lights and synchronizing them to music. (The music can be listened to on 95.1 FM.)

For more lights, stop by Gaylord Palms Resort for more than 2 million lights and acre after acre of decorations. It’s definitely a sight you will never forget.

Fun for the Entire Family

On Thursday December 18 starting at 4:00 pm, the city presents Holiday Spectacular at the Oak Street Park Community Center. This event includes plenty of treats, games, and more, including an Ugly Sweater Contest.
Located a short drive away in Harmony, the Harmony Winter Festival offers tons of fun. On December 19th, 30 tons of snow is delivered to play in. In addition, there are snow slides, craft stations, a variety of contests, face painting, and a visit from Santa Claus.
If your family is up for a short drive, Legoland® Florida presents the Christmas Bricktacular every weekend through Christmas. The entire park is festively decorated, but the 30 foot Lego Christmas tree and lifesize Lego Santa Claus are definitely the focal point.
It goes without saying that the Magic Kingdom knows how to celebrate the Christmas season. From Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade to fireworks, character appearances, and more, this is certainly an experience the entire family will love. In addition, Epcot® features the Holidays Around the World and Candlelight Processional. This amazing event uses a celebrity narrator tell the story of Christmas and includes a 50 piece orchestra and mass choir.

An Elegant Christmas Evening

For 20 years, the Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate has captured the holiday spirit with exquisite decorations. This 20 room Mediterranean mansion features everything from authentic ornaments used by the home’s original owners to dazzling handcrafted decorations that fill every available space in this gorgeous home.

The Nutcracker

What would Christmas be without The Nutcracker? ICE™ featuring The Nutcracker at Gaylord Palms Resort is spread over 20,000 square feet and includes amazing ice sculptures, a 54 foot Christmas trees, live musical events, ice slides, a visit with Santa, and more. It is a daily event through January 4, 2015.
In addition, the Florida Dance Theatre will bring this story to life on December 20 at Florida Southern College in Branscomb Auditorium in Lakeland. If you can wait until after Christmas, the world renowned Moscow Ballet will present The Great Russian Nutcracker at The Lakeland Center Youkey Theater on December 30.

Dinner Entertainment

The Pirate’s Christmas Dinner Adventure is an exciting holiday show in Orlando that includes seasonal music, amazing sets, and more that is perfect for the entire family. In addition to their other entrée options, they’ve included turkey and ham in honor of the season.

The Perfect Place for a Christmas Meal

If you prefer to let someone else cook Christmas dinner, there are plenty of options for a delicious Christmas meal in the Kissimmee area.
In Kissimmee, Eleven at Reunion Resort offers an upscale version of Christmas dinner including Herb Roasted Prime Rib, Pecan Crusted Grouper, and Chocolate Chestnut Bombay.
In Champions Gate, Trevis located in the Omni Orlando Resort will have a delicious Christmas Day brunch and dinner buffet including ham, prime rib, pork loin, and much, much more.
In Lake Mary, Winter Park, Lake Mary, and Orlando, Ruth’s Chris Steak House will serve their full menu on Christmas Day, as well as several Christmas specials.
In Celebration, Columbia Restaurant will serve their usual Spanish cuisine, as well as several traditional Christmas dishes.
In you are planning to celebrate Christmas in Kissimmee, there is no limit to the amount of fun you can have. Be sure to experience Kissimmee and the surrounding areas this holiday season!

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Must Knows When Buying a Home

There are a few must knows when buying a home that any serious buyer should know. These things aren’t top secret industry knowledge, but they’re actually just real estate basics anyone can have access to. Realtor Lorraine Valdes shares some of these must knows in a short interview below!

How can someone identify when a home is overpriced?

A good realtor will know the local market, that is why it is so important to work with someone that is experienced. Days on the market is an indicator… most sellers feel their home is better than the rest and tend to ignore market values and overprice their home, which leads to a home sitting for months. Your realtor’s research is of utmost importance!

I research every home sold in the area before recommending offer price to my buyers.

Research tells me the price per square feet and the financing obtained by other buyers in the area. Once I have that information, I can ascertain what appraisals would have been based on the mortgage type. Current market analysis is performed for every one of my buyers.

What are three things that may usually go wrong when buying a home?

Inspection, finance, and COLD FEET.
Common issues with inspections are faulty wiring, leaking roofs, plumbing issues, heating/cooling system malfunctions. Some serious problems in Florida are traces of mold throughout the structure of the home.
Financing issues usually involve a buyer not being approved for having too low of a credit score, buyer recently lost his/her job, buyer income is not sufficient, the information provided wasn’t consistent, too much debt is being taken on, or because the home appraisal was low.
Cold feet. It just happens. The buyer or the seller just has a change of heart, and that means the deal is off. There are possible penalties to either party depending on the established contract.

What kind of “first-time homebuyer programs” are available?

Many areas in Central Florida are considered for USDA loans, which is a great program. An experienced realtor working with a good lender can place you in the perfect finance program that fits the needs.

Some parting words of advice.

When buying a home, be sure to work with an experienced realtor… A good realtor places ethics first!