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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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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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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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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Totalorlando.com looks set to be the best orlando vacation travel guide that we've seen so far, not only does it cover all of the theme parks in great detail, but includes a very powerful and simple to use search engine. For example, just enter the kids height, and the type of rides they love, and all of the theme parks show their results for you. Brilliant!

But it's the Ticket Wizard that wins our vote. Complex ticketing options for the theme parks can unnecessarily add hundreds of dollars to the vacation bill just by picking the wrong ticket options. Totalorlando.com has fixed this forever and their simple yet powerful database will shrink your bill by picking the perfect tickets for your perfect vacation.

If you don't believe us, put it to the test…

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