Friday, June 17, 2022 / by Todd Mowry
I love how pet friendly our area is and others have taken notice….
This our dog Lu. He is a Black Lab and Bassett Hound mix. (At least we think and thats what the vet thinks as well. He is a rescue we fo
This is Hercules he is a Whippett Beagle mix. (Again we think so because that what the vet thinks.) He is also a rescue that we got at Pet Rescue By Judy.
The street.com a personal finance investing and retirement site ranks Orlando as the 3rd ranked dog friendliest major city in the U.S.
What they did was compare the 100 most populated cities across 3 key dimensions:
1. Pet budget: Which includes costs of veternary care, pet sitting and dog insurance.
2. Pet health and wellness which includes the number per capita of vets, trainers, pet sitters, animal shelters, dog friendly restaurants, and shops as well as pet friendliness of the rental market and animal protection laws.
3. Outdoor pet friendliness… which includes things ...
Thursday, March 31, 2022 / by Todd Mowry
The annual inflation rate in the United States is currently around 7.5%—the highest it has been since 1982.1 It doesn’t matter if you’re a cashier, lawyer, plumber, or retiree; if you spend U.S. dollars, inflation impacts you.
Economists expect the effects of inflation, like a higher cost of goods, to continue.2 Luckily, an investment in real estate can ease some of the financial strain.
Here’s what you need to know about inflation, how it impacts you, and how an investment in real estate can help.
WHAT IS INFLATION AND HOW DOES IT IMPACT ME?
Inflation is a decline in the value of money. When the rate of inflation rises, prices for goods and services go up. Therefore, a dollar buys you a little bit less with every passing day.
The consumer price index, or CPI, is a standard measure of inflation. Based on the latest CPI data, prices increased 7.5% from January 2021 to January 2022.1 A little bit of inflation is considel ...
Friday, February 18, 2022 / by Todd Mowry
There’s a lot to consider when selling your home, from the market and appraisals to where you’ll go next. Don’t forget, however, that design is also a key factor. It’s often one of the first things buyers notice when they walk into a home, and it’s also a detail that you, as a seller, can easily control.
According to Realtor.com’s 2022 housing market forecast, home for-sale inventory will increase from last year, as will the projected number of overall sales.1 This means, if you’re looking to sell in the near future, now is the time to consider how you can stand out.
Updating your home design is one way to do that. Changes like new security features or upgraded siding can add value to your home now and be highlighted when you market it for sale later. To get the most out of your updates, focus on these popular home design features that will wow buyers in 2022.
Keep in mind, not all of these will work well in every house. If you plan; ...
Monday, January 31, 2022 / by Todd Mowry
Things to Negotiate When Buying a Home in the Orlando Area by Todd Mowry Orlando Realtor
Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a experienced multi home buyer …negotiation and contract talks can be a little stressful. However, it is necessary to ensure you are getting the best possible deal for your money. So, what should you negotiate when buying an Orlando area house?
What to Negotiate When Buying an Orlando Area Home
Your closing costs are determined by a variety of factors, but you can expect them to be between 2% to 5% of the purchase price. In a standard market you may ask the seller to cover some or all of the closing costs upfront or request a closing credit that can be used to make specific updates and fixes to the home. In a seller’s market this may be more difficult.
Love how the seller has furnished and decorated the home? Buyers often negotiate keeping couches, landscaping items, patio furniture, appliances, and more. ; ...
Thursday, January 6, 2022 / by Todd Mowry
Last year was one for the real estate history books. The pandemic helped usher in a buying frenzy that caused home prices to soar nationwide by a record 19.9% between August 2020 and August 2021.1
However, there were signs in the fourth quarter that the red-hot housing market was beginning to simmer down. In the month of October, only 60.3% of sales involved a bidding war—down from a high of 74.5% in April.2 While this trend could be attributed to seasonality, it could also be a signal that the real estate run-up may have passed its peak.
So what’s ahead for the U.S. housing market in 2022? Here’s where industry experts predict the market is headed in the coming year.
MORTGAGE RATES WILL CREEP UP
Most economists expect to see mortgage rates gradually rise this year after hitting record lows in late 2020 and early 2021.3
Freddie Mac forecasts the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage will average 3.5% in 2022, up from around 3% in 2021.4
The Mortgage Bank ...