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Monday, June 21, 2021   /   by Jackie Griffin

Jackie's newest way to be creative...QUILTING

A friend of mine showed me a quilt she was making and I thought, "one day when I'm older, I would like to do that, but am not yet old enough." Well, that day came when she gave me a gift of a panel. I had to ask, "what is a panel?" This was only the beginning of my education. 
Soon after, I went to a quilt store with my friend. She told the ladies there that I was just starting to quilt. They responded with "run while you can!" We all laughed, but now I know exactly what they meant. I love it, and have fallen deep into the pit.
For those who don't know quilting lingo, each pattern has a name. One of the very first quilts I made, in the 2nd photo, was for my sister who has cancer. This pattern is called Yellow Brick Road, which is a very common pattern in quilting. 
To get started, you pick your fabrics and cut pieces out per the pattern directions. Once done, you sew them all back together per the layout of the quilt design. So in essence, you take a perfectly good fabric 6 ...

Wednesday, June 16, 2021   /   by Flr Team

People Are Still Getting More For Their Homes

In today’s housing market, prices are driven by the simple concept of supply and demand. The price of any item is determined by how many items are available compared to how many people actually want to buy them. 

As a result, the strong year-over-year home price appreciation is simple to explain. The demand for housing is up while the supply of homes for sale are still at a historic low causing home price appreciation to continue to accelerate.

May 2021 proved that even with this exhausting and competitive buyers market, there is simply no slowing down.  Thirty-nine of the fifty states saw increases in inventory over the last month. This may be evidence that homeowners who were afraid to let buyers in their homes during the pandemic are now putting their homes up for sale. 

In addition, many buyers are offering over-asking price, and adjusting their search by 50k-100k to accommodate their bidding potential. The same people are concerned by the rapid pric; ...

Wednesday, June 9, 2021   /   by Flr Team

Moving in 2021

With today’s housing market being as crazy as it is, homeowners are feeling more rushed than ever. Homes are closing much faster which in return creates an overwhelming rush to get things packed up and ready to move. We connected with Dan from Tropic Moving in Melbourne, FL about how his recent experience has been with clients lately. 

Here are a few of his most commonly asked questions:

In this current housing market, what is it like for someone to get a mover? 
A lot of clients are calling before they even list the property as they anticipate the process will move fast.

How far out do they need to schedule a mover from Tropic Moving? 
The end of the month is a more hectic time and depending on how large or small the move is can determine that. It would be best to book with them a couple days to a week in advance. But it all depends on the move.

Is there any prepping the clients should do to ensure a seamless moving experience?
Tropic Moving can c; ...

Thursday, June 3, 2021   /   by Flr Team

Closing Cost Reality

Closing costs are tallied up just as you’re finalizing your mortgage and about to take over the property title.  Most of them are paid by the buyer, but the seller may be on the hook for a few too. Although interest rates are at a historic low, closing costs can be significant so you should factor that into your home-buying budget. Here’s some things you should know to avoid any last-minute surprises. 

What exactly are mortgage closing costs?
Closing costs are the upfront fees charged to secure a loan and transfer the ownership of a property. They cover a lot of the behind-the-scenes transactions and paper pushing. The realtors, bank, title company, appraisers and document-drafting lawyers all need to get paid. The buyer typically pays most of these costs. However, this can vary among states and from deal to deal. 

What exactly do closing costs pay for?
Depending on your particular transaction and interest rates, your closing costs would incl ...

Wednesday, May 26, 2021   /   by Flr Team

Listing Your Home in 2021? Here’s What to Know

It’s a great time to be a home seller. Homes are selling fast and for a premium but that doesn’t mean you can just jump into the market without being prepared. Knowing what to expect can position you to make the most out of this seller’s market.

This current market is playing a role in how many people are deciding to list their home. In fact, 45% of those planning to sell in the next 18 months say recent changes to the housing market have spurred them to sell earlier than planned. If you are one of the homeowners getting ready to be on the side of this strong seller’s market, here is what you need to know. 

You Might Be Able to Skip Pre Sale Home Improvements
More than 4 in 5 homeowners who want to sell in the next 18 months say they plan to spend money on major repairs or renovations to make their home more appealing to potential buyers prior to selling. Home buyers are stalking real estate listings and jumping on those that even get close to ch; ...