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YPN'S 20 UNDER 40 RISING STARS AWARDS - 2016

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Shannon Christian, a senior agent with Carlos German & Team, Inc., was recently honored by the Orlando Regional Realtor Association. Shannon was chosen as a local rising star in the first annual ORRA Young Professionals Network 20 Under 40 Rising Star Awards. We have always known Shannon was a star agent, but now she has the title to prove it!

The ORRA Young Professionals Network exists to empower young real estate professionals by offering networking and offering continuing education. The organization is also involved in community service projects benefiting the Central Florida area. This is the first year that the YPN has offered the Rising Star Awards, and this honor was only given to 20 area real

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If you've considered buying property in Orlando it might have been due largely in part to being in close proximity to Disney World and other amazing theme parks as well as our warmer climate. Orlando, the City Beautiful, is a family oriented city with an abundance of entertainment and easy access to beaches on either coast. Now, Orlando is proclaimed as the #2 housing market to invest in for 2016.

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Forbes teamed up with Local Market Monitor, a North Carolina based data company to determine the 20 best housing markets to invest in this year. The characteristics used to determine the best buy cities included healthy job growth, strong population growth, and forecasted home price appreciation.

Orlando has seen a 10% home price increase year over

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Carlos German & Team  announced today the expansion of its online real estate inventory, which will include new communities and building plans within the entire central Florida area through its website www.CarlosAndTeam.com. This website includes content sourced directly from the Builders Digital Experience (BDX) database, which assures the most up-to-date  content for new communities distributed by any competing brokers in the area.
 
Customers browsing www.CarlosAndTeam.com now have access to over 200 communities under development with over 2,000 new homes not listed in the multiple listing service (MLS). This is in addition to the over 40,000 listings currently showcased on the website, which features resales, foreclosures, and short sales.
 
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Awesome Happy Holiday The holiday season is here, and people are feeling festive. It is the time of year when our hearts our hearts are just a bit larger, our smiles are just a bit wider, and our families are just a bit closer. We here at Carlos German & Team would like to take a moment to wish you and yours a healthy and happy holiday season!

As you prepare to celebrate with your family, take a moment to reflect on this year. Tell the ones you love that you appreciate them, and be thankful for all that you have. Please remember that everyone is not as fortunate as you may be. Make an effort to thank friends and family for all they do. Smile at a stranger on the street for no reason at all. If you have a spare hour this season, use it to spread good cheer. Please pause to

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Sinkhole Coverage in FloridaMost Floridians are familiar with sinkholes – those annoying holes in the ground that open up when our water table gets too high or too low for our vulnerable limestone layer to handle.  They’re not unique to Florida, but it seems we have more than our share – and they can range from a golf-ball-size hole to one large enough to swallow a neighborhood. 
 
A decade ago, home insurance policies routinely included coverage for sinkhole losses.   These days, that coverage is harder to find.  Florida home insurance policies still include the basic “Catastrophic Ground Cover Collapse” (CGCC), but most insurance companies have stopped offering “Sinkhole Coverage” unless the home passes a rigorous inspection.  Without “Sinkhole Coverage”, the CGCC will provide…
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Carlos German '30 Under 30' HonoreeCELEBRATION, FL. – Juan Carlos German, real estate broker and founder of Carlos German & Team, Inc. in Celebration, Fla., has been recognized as one of the nation’s accomplished young professionals from throughout the United States and, for the first time, Canada, by Realtor Magazine.

“Being recognized as a ’30 Under 30’ honoree by Realtor Magazine is a dream come true,” German said (Top right on magazine cover). “Ever since I learned about the program, I have envisioned this day becoming a reality.”

“When I started out in my real estate career, nothing was given to me; I didn’t have a path paved out, and I had no knowledge of the industry. In fact, when I arrived in the U.S. in my teens, I didn’t even know the language! My struggles were plenty,

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You have done the research, you have watched interest rates and home prices drop, and you are ready to invest in a vacation home near Disney. With so many options on the market, deciding what you want in your property can be one of the most enjoyable parts of making this dream a reality.

Think about what you most enjoy doing while you are on vacation. Perhaps you are happiest lingering over breakfast in the morning with a nice balcony view. Would you like to entertain guests in the evening while watching the sun go down?

Decide how you would most often like to use your space and then think about what direction you would like your home to face. If you would like to work on your tan in the afternoons and enjoy glorious sunsets, look at homes with western

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Flood Insurance in FloridaIt is  hurricane season again and it is time to talk about flood insurance.   At this time of the year many clients want to discuss what their hazard policies cover in the event of hurricane damage.  It’s important to stress to clients that flood coverage is not included in a standard hazard policy and must be purchased separately.
 
Hazard policies do cover for water that enters a property through an opening created by wind, but not for rising ground water from heavy rain, or water that overflows from a lake or river.   Flood insurance applies to that area-wide flooding, covering multiple properties.
 
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) regulates flood insurance policies.   Insurance agents sell flood insurance policies, but regardless of the

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For several years now, condo loans have been difficult or non-existent. Condo loans were considered a risky investment as the real estate market collapsed. The good news is that loans for condos in the Orlando area are back again. This is terrific for those who wish to live here year round or have a vacation home in the beautiful Disney Area, close to golfing and fun.

Banks had stopped lending as the ratio of investor to residents was too high and the condo was considered a high risk investment. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would not purchase back those loans from the banks, and those communities were banned.

The market is slowly changing, and some banks are coming back to the lending table. By issuing loans for their own investment portfolio, without the

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Looking for ways to increase the value of your home? Here are some key renovations to consider!

Bath

Adding a full bath to your home will give you an excellent return on investment. Depending on how much new plumbing is needed, it can cost between $5,000 and $10,000. If that's too steep, updated fixtures, paint, vanity and hardware will also go a long way.

Kitchen

A modest kitchen remodel can cost upward of 15,000. It's worth it. The kitchen is the heart of any home, and if it's fresh, modern, bright and welcoming, it can also be a key selling point. New countertops, cabinetry, hardware, lighting, appliances and flooring are all important targets for replacement!

Landscaping

Curb appeal is another investment that has a high return.

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