Central Florida Real Estate News & Tips

Lake Nona’s Medical City will be home to the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, the Burnham Institute, the University of Florida Academic and Research Center and Nemours Children’s Hospital, along with the new Orlando VA Medical Center. The VA Medical Center will host a large multispecialty outpatient clinic, 134-inpatient beds, 120-community living center beds, a 60-bed domiciliary and administrative and support services. With such a wide variety of services, this facility and its 3,500 employees are expected to serve over 115,000 Veterans a year. The primary care team is already open to serve Veterans and other services will continue to open this year and next year.

Construction is over 95% complete and though certain components are already running, it is expected to be fully operational by the summer. This excellent access to Veteran Services in the Orlando area is definitely a draw for businesses and families alike. And the collection of other medical services in Lake Nona’s Medical City means that Central Florida will be a hub for medical innovation moving forward, which is great for everyone!
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Posted by Carolyn Canada on April 15th, 2015 8:41 AM

Daylight Saving Time was first implemented to conserve fuel by reducing the need for artificial light. With modern advances in technology, Americans' days are less ruled by sunlight. However, it's still that time of year to "spring ahead" this Sunday, March 8th at 2am.

It’s time to change your clocks, but is it time to change something else in your life? Perhaps a new home or a new location for your business?

Commercial, Homes and Land, Inc. is ready and able to help you with all of your real estate needs. Go ahead and browse their current listings or get in touch with them so they can help you find what you’re looking for.

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Posted by Carolyn Canada on March 1st, 2015 7:39 PM

Carolyn Canada wishes to announce two new members of the Commercial, Homes and Land, Inc. realty team. 

Dean Davenport has been a licensed real estate Broker since 1985. He enjoys listing and selling all types of properties throughout the Central Florida area. He continues to be active in many community and church organizations. Mr. Davenport chose to leave a national franchise real estate company to join the CHLRE team and looks forward to a successful future!

Rendy Geiger has been a resident of Seminole County since 1988 a mother of two and grandmother to 3. She has been in the Title Industry since 1994 and holds the CLC (Certified Land Closer) and LTA (Licensed Title Agent) and has decided to bring her title knowledge into the Real Estate Side.  With being very organized and detailed oriented buying or selling your home with her would be a one stop shop. Rendy is very family oriented and in her spare time she loves spending time and spoiling her 3 grandbabies.  

Please join Commercial, Homes and Land, Inc. in welcoming their new team members!
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Posted by Carolyn Canada on February 15th, 2015 5:23 PM

Commercial, Homes and Land, Inc. is always growing and changing to better serve their clients. Their most recent change is moving into a larger office space to accommodate a larger team of realtors and prepare for future development. 

The new office space is located off CR 419 in Oviedo. Feel free to visit!

Please enjoy some pictures from their Grand Opening!


Carolyn Canada, CHL and John Canada, CEMEX

Paula Billingsley, CHL, Joyce Singrossi, Coldwell Banker Residential RE and Doneva Maybee of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Realty 

CHL REALTORS® - Jan Johnson, Paula Billingsley and Dean Davenport

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Posted by Carolyn Canada on February 15th, 2015 5:05 PM

Save money during the holidays and buy that dream house in the New Year

The holidays can put a dent in your savings especially if you're planning to buy a home. But there are several ways to cut costs so your finances aren't in the red by New Year's Day. Consider the following money saving tips:

  • In lieu of buying presents for every family member, suggest a gift exchange and draw names out of a hat.
  • Agree on a spending limit for gifts for friends and family and stick to it.
  • Make your holiday meals a potluck and assign each guest an item to bring.
  • To prevent the urge to overspend when shopping, use cash and leave your credit cards at home.
  • Consider buying a joint gift rather than individual gifts for a family such as a zoo membership or movie tickets.
  • Instead of holiday wrap, buy monochromatic wrap in holiday colors such as green, red, or gold that can be used all year.
  • For young children, half the fun of holidays is often opening the gifts. Wrap small, inexpensive items separately - coloring books, crayons and picture books or novels, even stocking stuffers work well. Or recycle hand-me-down toys by wrapping them up and putting them under the tree.
  • Instead of spending a lot of money on gifts from the mall, give homemade treats like fudge, truffles, cookies or jams and jellies.
  • To cut down on postage and holiday card costs, send mail only to out-of-town friends and family you're not likely to see throughout the year. Or send e-cards, which are usually free.
  • To keep your electricity bill down, use a timer to turn outdoor lights on and off at designated hours.
  • If you know you won't be able to pay your credit card off right away, make sure you use a single low-interest card to make purchases - that way you can easily track them.
  • When traveling during the holidays, try to fly on the day of the actual holiday (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day). It's usually cheaper and there are plenty of seats.
  • Subscribe to receive e-newsletters from your favorite online merchants. They will often e-mail coupons to use for savings on purchases and shipping costs. Or subscribers may receive private sale information.
  • Sometimes buying an item online is cheaper than going to the store since many sites don't charge sales tax and offer free shipping. Use the savings to have the gift mailed directly to the recipient instead of standing in line at the post office.
  • Instead of buying an expensive gift, make a donation to a worthy cause in a friend or family member's name.
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Posted by Carolyn Canada on September 25th, 2014 9:27 AM
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BrightNest offers a wide range of tips and tutorials that are PERSONALIZED to your home and your needs. You can download it on your smartphone and link it with a companion account on www.BrightNest.com to have loads of knowledge at your fingertips.

Check it out today! For more information, visit BrightNest online.
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Posted by Carolyn Canada on August 15th, 2014 7:45 AM
Yesterday we had the extreme pleasure of being recognized as the Member of the Week for the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce. We are extremely delighted to receive the award and look forward to many more years of this great partnership!

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Posted by Carolyn Canada on August 12th, 2014 8:14 AM
Congratulations to this spectacular first-time home buyer! She worked with one of our agents, Beth Hayden, and found the perfect home for her. And what's even better, Beth was able to help her close in under 30 days!

If you're looking for excellent service and realtors who truly care, get in touch. We'd love to work with you!
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Posted by Carolyn Canada on July 30th, 2014 9:07 AM
We know that choosing the right realtor is a tough decision. It's an investment not only of your finances but also of your trust. We know that buying or selling property can greatly change your life and we want to be by your side every step of the way!

So how are we different from other realtors?
Since we are not affiliated with any sort of corporate entity, we have the ability to be more flexible in our methods and strategies for helping you buy or sell property.
International Reach
One of our agents has international designation so we can help you worldwide!
Genuine Care
As a small real estate office, we pride ourselves in taking the best care of each and every person we work with. 

Now we can't give away all of our secrets on the blog so you'll have to call our offices to find out more! 
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Posted by Carolyn Canada on July 16th, 2014 5:35 PM

Buying or selling a home?

Buying a home is intimidating for most people, but with a little up-front planning, it isn't that complicated. So you'll know exactly what to expect, I like to provide my buyers with a road map of the whole deal. These are my nine steps to purchasing a home.

When you're ready to get started, you can contact me here or send me e-mail. I'm happy to answer questions you have about this information.

Step 1 – Get ready to purchase a home
Prior to starting your home search, there are many things you need to do. It's likely that you'll want to put together a list of items you need, get a feeling for what neighborhoods you'd like to live in, and begin planning your budget. A good rule to adhere to is that your mortgage payment should be close to a third of your monthly income.

Step 2 – Get with a real estate agent in Seminole or Orange County 
This is where I can help. I can arrange a time to meet so we can talk about why you want to buy a home and get an idea of your plans for the future. We'll talk about neighborhoods, school districts in Seminole and Orange Counties, the mortgage industry, and any additional economic factors that might affect your purchase today or in the future.

I can also help you start the loan process. There are some very good mortgage professionals in Central Florida, and I partner with a lot of them, so you'll be in great hands. They will assist you in figuring out which kind of loan is best for you and help you get qualified.

Step 3 – Start looking for a house
After our first meeting, I'll start searching for homes on the market that are a good fit for you. I'll research many of the houses and eliminate the bad ones, and then we'll set up appointments to view the houses whenever it's convenient for you.

When we tour houses, I'll point out positive features, as well as negative ones. I'll even ask you to tell me about things you like and dislike. Generally, buyers update their must-have list as we tour houses and some features become far more substantial than others. If such is the case, I'll look through all the listings again and narrow it down to the house you've been waiting for.

Step 4 – Know the market
My awareness of the Seminole and Orange County market is a valuable advantage in your home search. I am conscious of all the schools and neighborhoods, and I can alert you to certain neighborhoods are "hot" and call for prompt action and the ones that are "cold" and allow for thoughtful examination.

As we tour homes, I'll make sure to communicate when the asking price has room for negotiation and when I trust the house is "priced to sell." Be mindful and be sure to ask your agent lots of questions, as every REALTOR® in the area will claim to truly understand the housing market. If it seems like they don't know everything, call me at (407)366-1333 or e-mail me at canada_c@bellsouth.net, and I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have. My knowledge of the market will help you stay a step above the rest throughout the entire deal.

Step 5 – Find the home of your dreams
I'm certain we'll find your dream house in the Central Florida area, and when that happens, I'll thoroughly create your purchase offer. The offer will be tailored with your needs in mind. Whenever necessary, I never forget to make contracts contingent upon items like acquiring financing and the results of the home inspection.

Let Commercial Homes and Land, Inc. guide you through finding your dream home in OviedoWhen we present your offer, you'll need to present "earnest money." This is a cash deposit made to a seller to secure the offer to purchase the property. The amount is often put towards the cost of closing. If the offer is accepted, we should close about 30 to 60 days afterward. This allows necessary time for your mortgage financing.

Step 6 – Negotiate
Unfortunately most deals don't close on the beginning offer, and it's really common to receive a counter offer. But don't let this intimidate you. We'll consider whether or not to consent to the counter offer, propose our own counter offer, or decline the seller's offer and move on.

How aggressively we negotiate the deal depends on market conditions. We'll also work within your financing constraints. And at the end of the day, we'll formulate a deal that's best for you.

Step 7 – Obtain your loan
After we sign the final contract, you'll begin working with your mortgage lender to close the loan. If you're pre-approved, this won't take long at all. But you'll want to keep in close contact with your mortgage lender. And I'll sort out all the property information your mortgage lender will need to close the loan.

Step 8 – Close the deal 
Your mortgage lender will supply you with a Good Faith Estimate (GFE) outlining your closing costs within three days of accepting your application. The estimate depends on the loan amount. RESPA requirements order that it has to involve all closing costs and be within a tight range of accuracy, and I'll go over the estimate and let you know if it all looks all right.

Then we'll close on your house. This should take place at a title company or escrow office and will most often be a smooth and relaxing affair.

Step 9 – Move in
Success! Now you can move into your new house. Enjoy it. And if you have any questions, just call me at (407)366-1333 or send me an e-mail.

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Posted by Carolyn Canada on June 6th, 2014 9:47 AM

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Oviedo, FL 32765