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Why buy new construction? My Top 5 Reasons

Without much fluff, here are my Top 5 reasons why buy new construction:

1)     Green Building.  Today most builders are very conscious the consumer expects their new homes to be energy efficient.  Construction methods vary, energy efficient appliance appliances are similar, and the end result is they all achieve energy efficiency.  There is no better feeling than to call your past clients and hear how happy they are since they cut significant utility bill costs since buying a brand new home.

2)     Most up-to-date construction code.  Since several major hurricanes hit our Orlando FL area in 2004, construction codes have been updated.  Buying today means you have the home built to the most recent construction code standards and some builders go above.

3)     You get to pick your own finishing materials and colors, and granite is more abundant and more cost effective than ever.  Granite and black or stainless steel appliance will make any space look and feel like you are in a luxury property without spending fortunes.  Some builders carry inventory homes with popular upgrade choices that makes it easier for some buyers to select the home.  In any event, it is your call.

4)     Builder’s warranty!  Most large National Builders cover up to 10 years on their structure, and you can not find this in any re-sale.  Make sure you research the builder’s history and reputation.

5)     My last and favorite reason why buy new construction is:  No one has sat on that toilet seat before :)

Why buy new construction - most up to date interiors

Why buy new construction – most up to date interiors

In conclusion resale homes might be cheaper than new homes.  Re-sale homes do not come with a structural warranty.  You might want to look into getting a home warranty, and it will cover most electrical, AC, plumbing systems, and appliances.  Most re-sales might not be energy efficient or might have not be built at the most up to date construction code standards.  The transaction might be more difficult since about 50% of resales are distressed properties.  The condition of a bank owned or short sale property is no where near the condition of a new home.  The competition to get one of these homes is fierce.  This is why I include New home builders in the list of properties and communities my clients will have access to.

For more information on why buy new construction or to schedule an appointment to start your dream home search in the Orlando Area Contact:

German M Guardiola | Central Florida Real Estate Group at Keller Williams® Realty| 407-777-8883 | german@cfreonline.com | www.centralfloridarealestategroup.com

High End New Home Builders in Lake Nona – A look at Laureate Park

Just when I was convinced there were no inventory homes left in the Lake Nona medical city area I found a great group of high end new home builders in Lake Nona working on construction at the newest master planned community of Laureate Park .

High End New Construction at Laureate Park in Lake Nona Orlando FL

High End New Construction at Laureate Park in Lake Nona Orlando FL

In other words, there are plenty of high end new homes to choose from, and plenty of Inventory homes.  Among the High end new home builders in Lake Nona you will find the nationally recognized high end production home builders of:- Ashton Woods HomesDavid Weekley Homes Minto CommunitiesK Hovnanian Homes, & Taylor Morrison Homes

The home featured below is an Ashton Woods Home.  Its covered front porch, like those of similar homes in this neighborhood, was designed to facilitate interaction with your neighbors and establish that strong sense of community that reminds us of the “”good ole days.”  What I like the most about this home is that it features a detached, 3 car garage in the back separated by a courtyard.  Above the 3 car garage there is an apartment perfect for out-of town guests, in-laws, or sleep over parties.  I was informed by the builder that they allow tenants so this would be a great source of income, especially in the Lake Nona medical city area which attracts professionals. The apartment features a great room, a high end kitchen with granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances, and has a separate room with a bathroom.  The property is under contract by one of my buyers, and I can help you find another home like this.  You may just call me at 407-777-8883 or email german@cfreonline.com

High End Production Home at Laureate Park a Master Planned Community in Lake Nona Orlando, FL

High End Production Home at Laureate Park a Master Planned Community in Lake Nona Orlando, FL

If you are interested in a High End Custom Home in Lake Nona, Two of the finest Custom Home Builders in Lake Nona and all of Orlando are also building in Laureate Park.  For more information you may visit:  Arturo Barcelona Homes and Issa Homes

Laureate Park is conveniently located across the well established golf community of Eagle Creek in the Lake Nona Medical City Area of Orlando, FL  I was particularly well impressed by their open community concept where you will find plenty of recreational spaces that sets the stage for a great deal of interaction among neighbors and reinforces the creation of a strong sense of community.

Laureate Park - A Master Planner Community in Lake Nona Orlando, FL

Laureate Park – A Master Planner Community in Lake Nona Orlando, FL

The community is being built around a Village Center. They have planned an Aquatic Center that makes me want to be a kid again and being raised up right here.  There will be a fitness center, lakeside restaurants, and more! The dog park is a real treat

Another aspect its is modern architecture style.  Lake Nona’s website calls it “modern transitional” architecture.  The picture shown below is a duplex, or they call it “loft.”

Modern Architecture High End Loft or Duplex at Laureate Park in Lake Nona FL

Modern Architecture High End Loft or Duplex at Laureate Park in Lake Nona FL

For more information on the Laureate Park Master Planned Community or all of Lake Nona click the following link: http://learnlakenona.com/live/laureate-park/

German M Guardiola | Central Florida Real Estate Group at Keller Williams® Realty| 407-777-8883 | german@cfreonline.com | www.centralfloridarealestategroup.com

 

 

 

 

Orlando Area Listing Agent, German M Guardiola helps Investment Company sell one of their real estate properties in 4 days!

June 13, 2013 – Winter Garden, FL – German M. Guardiola, realtor ® and managing partner at Central Florida Real Estate Group at Keller Williams ® Realty helps an Investment Company sell a property in Ocoee FL in 4 days. Guardiola is becoming an authority in helping home sellers maximize their proceeds while helping the transaction process being a smooth and efficient one.  When it comes to selecting an Orlando area listing agent to work with Guardiola must be on top of your list.

The property was sold for $160,000 cash and was under contract in 4 days.  It took 29 days to close.  The property had multiple offers and the property sold for over current comparables nearby, supporting the most recent market update news that the home prices in Orlando, and all over Central Florida are trending up.

The transaction was a traditional equity as opposed to a distressed sale.  As prices continue to increase distressed sales like short sales and foreclosures are now being replaced by traditional equity sales.

The current buyer is also an investment company and plans to rent and hold, which seems to be the current real estate investment trend while prices continue to increase and investors realize their optimum point gain on their assets.  Some investment companies will re-evaluate their portfolios in 7 years.

German M Guardiola, Realtor ® | Orlando Area Listing Agent | Central Florida Real Estate Group at Keller Williams ® Realty | 407-777-8883 | www.centralfloridarealestategroup.com | www.centralfloridarelocator.kwrealty.com

 

High End Custom Homes in Orlando – Found this gem in the Golf Master Planned Community of Eagle Creek in the Lake Nona Area

High End Custom Home in the Golf Master Planner Community of Eagle Creek in Lake Nona Orlando FL

High End Custom Home in the Golf Master Planner Community of Eagle Creek in Lake Nona Orlando FL

I was driving by showing homes in Eagle Creek.  A masterfully planned and designed golf community.  As an expert in high end custom homes in Orlando, I must say that I was very impressed with this home.  Eagle Creek is gated so no wonder I have been missing out.  Eagle Creek is located in the Lake Nona Area of Orlando, FL.  

 

I find it absolutely gorgeous.  What do you think?

If you just love design, architecture Eagle Creek in the Lake Nona Area of Orlando, FL has it all.  From luxury town homes to high end production homes,and Luxury Custom Homes in a gated, first class, golf master planned community near the Orlando International Airport.

The Lake Nona Area keeps growing and it keeps adding High End Custom homes in Orlando.  Eagle Creek is a must if you are thinking about buying or investing real estate in Orlando.

For questions call 407-777-8883 or email german@cfreonline.com

For a free Luxury Home Search in Lake Nona Click Image below: (Prices from $700K and up)

Luxury Homes in Lake Nona

Luxury Homes in Lake Nona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Central Florida Real Estate Group at Keller Williams Realty launches their Red Carpet Client Appreciation Program

German M Guardiola, Managing partner at Central Florida Real Estate Group along with his wife Sarah, Client Services Coordinator are pleased to present their best clients with their Red Carpet Client Appreciation Program.

“We have been working with our office for ways to reward our best clients; those who appreciate our hard work and dedication and in turn are sending us their referrals.” Says German M. Guardiola from Central Florida Real Estate Group at Keller Williams Realty in Orlando, FL

If a free moving truck, or free premium tool rentals, and discounted limo services sound good to you; then have a sneak peak at the first page of the letter they have just sent to their best client.  See below:

Central Florida Real Estate Group at Keller Williams Realty launches Client Appreciation Program

Central Florida Real Estate Group at Keller Williams Realty launches Client Appreciation Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Central Florida Real Estate Group at Keller Williams Realty launches their Red Carpet Client Appreciation Program.

“Our priority is client satisfaction, not only during the transaction but also afterwards.  It is a great way to strengthen our relationships and our business…We are glad to provide the same level of service whether you are a first time home buyer, a mover-upper, or in the luxury market” says Guardiola. “It also positions our team above our competition when it comes to service and we can not wait for feedback from the clients that are already starting to take advantage of this extra.  I am sure we are way on our way to being the best real estate team in Central Florida.”

If you are in the market to sell a house, buy a home, or invest in real estate in Central Florida you may reach German M. or Sarah Guardiola at 407-777-8883 or email german@cfreonline.com and sarah@cfreonline.com

You may visit their homepage at http://www.centralfloridarealestategroup.com/

 

 

Where to eat in Clermont FL

Clermont is just a short drive west of Winter Garden, and it has been growing quite rapidly so everything is brand new and beautiful.  It has great schools and its hilly landscape makes it very unique as there are not very much places like this in the whole state of Florida. Today Clermont is becoming a popular Central Florida destination to go shopping, dining,  and to live. It would only be natural to ask ourselves where to eat in Clermont FL ?

Where to eat in Clermont FL San Jose Mexican is one of the best places to eat in Clermont FL and in all of Central Florida!

Where to eat in Clermont FL San Jose Mexican is one of the best places to eat in Clermont FL and in all of Central Florida!

Yes let’s go have some great Mexican food today!  Our family has been going to this place for years.  It not only has great food and reasonable prices.  I hope you find this review useful and hope you try it!

Where to Eat in Clermont FL ! Check out the Mariachis rocking the place today, Sunday at San Jose Mexican Restaurant in Clermont:

http://youtu.be/1zBokm9ZWfg

Great Mexical place in Clermont FL

Sunday family dinner at San Jose’s Mexican Restaurant in Clermont FL

Did I mention the kids eat free on Sunday!  Yes I don’t know why some places give you this treat on a weekday, but this one sure gives it to you on Sunday.  Their food is really good, and I tried the kid’s food and can tell you is as good as it gets!  My wife had a vegetarean combination platter that featured a quesadilla, a burrito, and an enchilada with rice and beans.  I had the enchiladas in salsa verde and it was delicious.  If you like beer, my favorite is the Negra Modelo on an iced cold glass.  My wife is very picky about margaritas and she said she can tell that one is home made.

In short, this place has it all.  It has good food, great service, reasonable prices (especially on Sundays) , and great entertainment like the Mariachis.  For more information you can visit: http://www.sanjosesoriginal.com/Mexican_Food_Offers_and_Events_Clermont_FL.html

San Jose has three locations.  You can also visit the location in Orlando and Altamonte Springs, FL

By the way, I was not paid for this.  Next time you are asking the question of : Where to eat in Clermont FL ?  consider San Jose!

Best Places to live in Central Florida-Winter Garden

Our family has lived 12 years in Winter Garden.  It sure is one of the best places to live in Central Florida.

My family in Winter Garden

one of the best places to live in Central Florida

We have watched it grow and developed into a beautiful city with a small town feel.  The City has invested wisely into numerous projects and have made Downtown Winter Garden a great place where the whole family can have a good time.  

If you like architecture, you will love downtown Winter Garden with its nice architectural features like its fountain, pergolas, and buildings.  The new splash pad creates a fun environment for the kids while it is a great spot for the adults to enjoy a cup of coffee or enjoy a cold ice cream while sitting on a bench under the shadow.  There is also a newly build Public Pavilion with public restrooms and an open stage, and a good selection of reasonably priced restaurants and eateries to choose from.  You can find more information from the City of Winter Garden’s website here: http://www.cwgdn.com/

There is a Farmer’s Market ever Saturday, music on Fridays and a series of seasonal events and local festivals that are just great. This video ( Family Fun at Downtown Winter Garden, FL ) was taken in April at the Winter Garden’s Spring  Fever in the Garden Festival.  You may find more info here: http://www.springfeveringarden.com/

Best places to live in Central Florida must have GREAT SHOPPING!

South of Highway 50 you will find a well planned aesthetically beautiful newer communities along Daniels Rd and SR 535.  In the heart of it all lies the larges and newest open air shopping centers calle the Winter Garden Village at Fowler’s Grove and you can find more information here: http://www.wintergardenvillage.com/

If you are considering moving or relocating to Central Florida we would strongly recommend you taking a closer look at WIinter Garden.  Winter Garden is one of the best places to live in Central Florida.

Enjoy!