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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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Many people assume that homeowners’ insurance policies are one-size-fits all, but the same care should be taken to protect a buyer’s investment as the care that went into buying just the right house.  An insurance policy should be custom tailored to fit the needs and preferences of the home owner. 

For example, a property used only by the owner as a second home could have a policy much like that of an owner who lives in his home full-time.   However, if the owner decides to rent his second home to others when he’s not using it, then a different type of policy is required.

Just a few of the basic factors that determine how the insurance fits the owner and his property include the home’s cost to rebuild, its location, the shape of the roof, its

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On behalf of Carlos German & Team we would like to thank you all for a wonderful year, this year we were fortunate enough to grow our team and help more clients acheive their real estate dreams. We would like to thank you for your trust and loyalty through 2013 and wish you a wonderful new year. Thank you for always thinking of Carlos German & Team for your real estate needs. Happy holidays and cheers to a wonderful 2014.

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Florida is an ideal place to have a vacation. It has sand, surf, warm weather and even amusement parks. There is nothing else anyone could asd for in a vacation destination. Even the rich and famous have vacation homes in Florida. This tells you that it must be a great place because the rich and famous can vacation anywhere in the world and many have chosen Florida.

Oprah Winfrey

opra_home_400Oprah Winfrey has a vacation home near Miami in Florida. Miami is a beautiful area full of pristine beaches, great restaurants and nightlife. The beach's relaxing aura has made an impression on this international talk show mogul.

Bill Gates

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Bill Gates, the chairman and co-founder of Microsoft, and his wife bought a home in Wellington, Florida to enjoy the wonderful breeze of

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After a long time spent down in the dumps, the real estate market is finally heating up again. Houses that have been sitting for ages are beginning to move, and some houses are snapped up as soon as they enter the market. Whether you are buying or selling, there are a number of things that you need to keep in mind as you move forward.

First, both buyers and sellers need to be aware that now is the time to act aggressively. When a market starts to heat up, it does not always stay that way for very long. You never know when things are going to fall out from under you, so be willing to jump in. Take good offers, do not hold out for something miraculous, and be willing to act immediately.

If you are a buyer, make sure that you do your research. Make sure

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International Tourists Gain Financing.

An international traveler can soak in the sights of sunny Orlando, Florida and shop for a vacation home for that return trip. Owning a set vacation home definitely reduces the pressure to take in every sight on every trip! Most international tourists fail to understand that they can get financing for their own place near Orlando’s attractions. They mistakenly assume that home financing in the United States is not possible for foreign nationals.

United States Residency Does Not Matter.

In the Orlando market, however, there are still banks offering loans to residents of other countries. Contrary to common misconceptions, not all mortgage lenders require local, or even, United States based residency. Qualified

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