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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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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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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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As you’ve probably seen, we have made some upgrades to our website. The new features had actually been in the works for about five months as nothing we do here at Carlos German And Team is taken lightly. Our online presence has really been a hit with customers and we didn’t want to take away the things you already love but we certainly wanted to make sure we stayed on the leading edge. However, in order to do that, some upgrades had to be added to our website to make your experience much easier than it has ever been.

Not only that, but there were many upgrades that needed to be done behind the scenes for performance, management of listings, management of inquiries, leads, follow up emails, property emails, etc. In the end, what we have today is a…

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Prices are rising in Florida: Florida cities have had the largest year-over-year increases in average list prices, according to the latest real estate data from Realtor.com. Florida cities make up 9 of the top 10 places for highest year-over-year list price spikes, based off of August data of 2.2 million listings in 146 markets.

Nationwide, the average list price is $320,325, up 2.36 percent year-over-year.

Here are the top 15 cities boasting the highest percentage of year-over-year increases in average list prices.

1. Miami
Average list price: $640,332
Year-over-year increase: 27.4%

2. Fort Myers-Cape Coral, Fla.
Average list price: $443,570
Year-over-year increase: 26.27%

3. Central-Fla.-RSA
Average list price: $405,809
Year-over-year increase: 19.41%

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Orlando’s economy vastly hinges on tourism. One would imagine with the recent recession that numbers are down, but here are some of the facts. Tourism accounts for nearly 380,000 jobs in the tri-county area (31% of total employment in the Orlando three-county area). 2009 had $27.6 billion in visitor spending.

2009 brought more than 46.5 million visitors to Orlando, roughly a 6% drop from 2008. That accounts for domestic and international visitors for both leisure and business. 2010 on the other hand brought 51.45 million visitors, a 10.5% increase from the previous year, as you can see on the table below.

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You can see significant increases all around except for in business and in visitors from UK.

Overnight visitors account for nearly two-thirds (64%)…

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After seeing modest attendance gains in 2010, Florida theme parks have high hopes for 2011 and going into next year. Indirectly, this is good news for real estate investors and second home owners, with better attractions and new venues in the area, resort style communities will surely be in higher demand.

Many of Central Florida’s main destinations have added new attractions this year. Disney’s Hollywood Studios revamped its Star Tours ride with a 3D Star Wars theme. Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers an add-on experience which allows guests to join a small group on a guided expedition to see the park’s wild animals on foot and by special vehicles. Sea World features a new whale show called “One Ocean.” An hour away in Tampa, Busch Gardens is touting its new…

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Foreign buyers are eyeing property in the US now more than ever with a $16 billion surge this year in international purchases. Total residential international sales in the US amounted to $82 billion in the year ending in March 2011, up from $66 billion in 2010.

“The U.S. has always been a desirable place to own property and a profitable investment,” said NAR President Ron Phipps. “In recent years we have seen more and more foreign buyers coming here to take advantage of low prices and plentiful inventory. In addition to the advantageous market conditions, REALTORS® in this country have a global perspective and experience in working with clients from different cultures and real estate practices, helping them bring value to their international clients.”

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News gets better in the housing market as foreclosure filings dropped to over a three year low in April.  This is great as fewer home owners are losing their homes. It is said that the slowdown is coming from delays in processing foreclosure paperwork but optimists believe the end of the crisis may be near as inventory level reduces and sale numbers rise in many areas of the country.

The numbers don’t lie.  Foreclosure filings (notices of default, scheduled auctions, and bank repossessions) sank 34 percent from a year ago last month, making the lowest it’s been since December of 2007.  8.6 percent less homes were repossessed in April than in March and that’s a 32 percent drop from last September’s high point.

Hope of improvement is present; with the…

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