Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emer

August 28, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in Florida

Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in Florida Friday in preparation for Tropical Storm Erika.

The state of emergency covers every county in the state.

“I declared a state of emergency this morning which allows us to make sure every resource, including the National Guard, the emergency management team, make sure everybody is getting prepared,” Scott said during a media briefing Friday.

Scott said 30 members of the National Guard are pre-positioned, with 8,000 in position to be mobilized.

Scott also addressed people who have recently moved to Florida and may have never experienced a tropical storm before.

“We know we have a lot of people who moved to Florida since the last time we had a hurricane, so make sure you’re taking the time to really understand the impact of this,” he said.

Scott urged Floridians to prepare by making sure they have at least three days of food and water for each member of their family, and to make sure they have all medicine they’ll need.

“Get ready and take your time to be prepared,” he said.

The State Emergency Response Team (SERT) says it continues to monitor Tropical Storm Erika, as it prepares for any weather-related impacts to the state.

“Too many variables still exist for us to be able to accurately predict where this storm might impact us or how strong it may be if it does,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “We are preparing the protective and responsive measures we will need if the storm continues to develop out of an abundance of caution.”

Are You Interested in New Construction i

August 27, 2015

Are You Interested in New Construction in Celebration?

Spring Lake is offering Lot Premiums for Phase 3! This is your last chance to choose your lot and specific house!!

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Ever Wonder? -General Waiting Periods Ha

August 27, 2015

Ever Wonder? -General Waiting Periods
Have you ever wondered what the waiting time is for purchasing another home after going through Bankruptcy? Foreclosure? Short Sale? Deed in Lieu?
Give us a call and we’ll provide that information to you. You may be surprised!

WASHINGTON – August 27, 2015 — Pending h

August 27, 2015

WASHINGTON – August 27, 2015 — Pending home sales were mostly unchanged in July, but rose modestly for the sixth time in seven months, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).

The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, marginally increased 0.5 percent to 110.9 in July from an upwardly revised 110.4 in June and is now 7.4 percent above July 2014 (103.3). The index has increased year-over-year for 11 consecutive months and is the third highest reading of 2015, behind April (111.6) and May (112.3).

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun says the housing market began the second half of 2015 on a positive note, with pending sales slightly rising in July. “Led by a solid gain in the Northeast, contract activity in most of the country held steady last month, which bodes well for existing-sales to maintain their recent elevated pace to close out the summer,” he said. “While demand and sales continue to be stronger than earlier this year,

Looking ahead, with inventory shortages likely to persist into the fall, Yun expects the national median existing-home price to increase 6.3 percent in 2015 to $221,400. Yun forecasts total existing-home sales this year to increase 7.1 percent to around 5.29 million, about 25 percent below the prior peak set in 2005 (7.08 million).

Adds Yun, “Uncertainty in the equity markets – even if the Fed raises short-term rates in September – could stabilize long-term mortgage rates and preserve affordability for buyers.”

© 2015 Florida Realtors®

Aug. U.S. homebuilder optimism hits 2005 levels

August 18, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) – Aug. 17, 2015 – U.S. homebuilders grew slightly more optimistic about the housing market in August, putting their confidence at levels last seen a decade ago during the debt-fueled housing boom.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday rose this month to 61, the highest level since November 2005. The reading was 60 in both June and July. Any reading above 50 indicates more builders view sales conditions as good, rather than poor.

“The fact the builder confidence has been in the low 60s for three straight months shows that single-family housing is making slow but steady progress,” said Tom Woods, a Missouri-based builder and chairman of the National Association of Home Builders.

Through the first half of 2015, the government reported that new-home purchases shot up 21.2 percent to 274,000.

This comes as employers have added 2.9 million workers over the past year and the unemployment rate has dropped to 5.3 percent from 6.2 percent. The hiring has infused the economy with new paychecks that have supported the spending on housing and autos, among other expenses.

And average mortgage rates remain under 4 percent, putting them about two percentage points below this historical average.

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.94 percent last week.

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Thank You!

August 12, 2015

Kathy and Bruce….

We got to our room tonight to a wonderful and thoughtful gift from you and Bruce….Thank You doesn’t go far enough in letting you know how much both Lorri and I appreciate your time, advice and your friendship through this whirlwind of a process…..

From the minute we stumbled in to your office Friday evening, you both took so much interest in us, our lives and our lifestyle, that it comes as no surprise why you are the top real estate producer in the area….It’s funny how some things just work out.

Lorri and I both felt in “good hands” with both you and Bruce …..In you and Bruce, Lorri and I found people that define how things should be done in the real estate industry.  Though Lorri and I are a bit “brain dead” after these last three days of decision making, you have been truly a pleasure and a blessing to work with.

We consider you as much more that real estate brokers…..We consider you as friends!

Please accept our sincere thanks for you considerate gift, but even more importantly, thank you for your information, your effort, your patience and your integrity through this process….

You define exactly what Walt Disney would have imagined for Celebration, Florida and the name Imagination Realty certainly couldn’t be more fitting …..

You are more than welcome to use both Lorri and I as a reference, not that you would ever need it….

With Our Most Sincere Respect and Appreciation,

PS…..I thought the horse for our anniversary was a good idea, but, who would have dreamed (besides Walt Disney) that a house would complete our day…..Wow!

Dan Cheresh

Raving Fan Testimonial!!

August 11, 2015

Kathy! You are truly BeYoutiful and we appreciate your above and beyond support and help as we find our new home!

You work so hard and do amazing things making people’s lives better. We hope you can kick back, relax and enjoy some Brazillian cheese bread!!

We appreciate you and are grateful for you!

May God continue to bless you like you bless so many others – including us! 🙂

Julie & Bill

Celebration Real Estate Sales Totals – July 2015

August 1, 2015
Imagination Realty is pleased to provide the Celebration Real Estate Sales Totals for July 2015.

Please click the two links below to review the SOLD/CLOSED Single Family and Multifamily (condos, townhouses, villas) properties in Celebration as reported on the MLS.

Click the link below to see details of the 12 Single Family homes reported as SOLD/CLOSED.

Click the link below to see details of the 12 Multi Family homes reported as SOLD/CLOSED.

Looking Back – MLS Closed Statistics……..

July 2014: 10 Single Family – 16 Multi Family
August 2014: 14 Single Family – 12 Multi Family
September 2014: 16 Single Family – 20 Multi Family
October 2014: 14 Single Family – 9 Multi Family
November 2014: 14 Single Family – 22 Multi Family
December 2014: 12 Single Family – 17 Multi Family
January 2015: 3 Single Family – 15 Multi Family
February 2015: 12 Single Family – 5 Multi Family
March 2015: 14 Single Family – 9 Multi Family
April 2015: 22 Single Family – 8 Multi Family
May 2015: 14 Single Family – 15 Multi Family
June 2015: 19 Single Family – 17 Multi Family
July 2015: 12 Single Family – 12 Multi Family

If you would like us to research other parameters (time periods, specific price ranges, other areas),
please call or email Kathy Carlson at:
Courtesy of Imagination Realty
617 Celebration Ave
Direct # 407-361-7653

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