West Haven is a gated community and offers vacation rentals and permanent residences. It is located off Highway 54 in Davenport, and is close to Champions Gate golf club and Omni Hotel, and is near restaurants, shops and a Publix supermarket. The community is unique in that it offers both older homes and brand new homes. If you are looking to pay a more reasonable amount take a close look at West Haven. The community is great for a true 2nd home and vacation rentals as well. It is not as close to Disney but it has easier access to golfing and to Legoland over many other resort communities. West Haven is defined by its lush landscaping. It offers several amenities, including a clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis court and playground.
It’s time to do it!
But… vacation homes can’t be marketed the same way as a traditional residential home. The dynamics are very different from those selling your primary residence – it can actually take longer to sell. So, don’t stop renting your vacation property out while you wait! This not only helps to cover your running costs, but shows well with prospective buyers.
Any seller can benefit from practicing patience while waiting for the right buyer, but this is especially true when you are selling your Orlando vacation home.
The traditional marketing tactics such as open houses aren’t always the most effective here because the number of tourists (prospective buyers) are unpredictable, even in high season when they might be going to theme parks instead of house hunting.
Are you a serious and ready seller? Selling a second/vacation home is normally not urgent, and some sellers are not serious, but just testing the market; if it doesn’t sell for what they want, they just continue using it and hold it for a better time to sell.
But if you are a serious seller, first, let’s talk about your home and prepare the right strategy to maximize the potential. Are the furnishings, furniture, and existing bookings included? We will speak with your property management company to learn about the income history and future bookings, and to coordinate availability for showings, etc. If you are a foreign seller, are your tax returns up-to-date? We will help you with the process of the FIRPTA (Foreign International Real Property Tax Act) application as well.
If you are a first time seller on your Central Florida vacation home, we invite you to come and work with us; we are kindly direct and will educate you on what we need to do to get it sold!
Celebration Florida is a quaint little town in the middle of Osceola county just minutes from Walt Disney World. With a cute little main street, walking trails throughout the neighborhood, and small town feel, Celebration is a fantastic spot to invest in real estate in Orlando.
Celebration is the town that Disney built. It was designed as a town that would allow Walt Disney World employees to live and play in a beautiful small town atmosphere just minutes away from where they worked. Now Celebration is home to all types of professionals from varying fields, not just Walt Disney World cast members.
Homes in Celebration have a Classic Victorian or Colonial Revival feel to them–a departure from the modern-day stucco Florida style homes. Soft blue, muted greens, and off white hues pepper the streets of Celebration adding to the small-town Americana vibe of the neighbor. Impeccably manicured yards line the streets and highlight the subtle differences from home to home. Plus, you won’t find any cars parked in the front drive ways of these homes because the neighborhood is designed with the garage and drive way in the back of the house so the front yard is the star.
The neighborhood is very fitness friendly as there are multiple walking paths throughout the neighborhood. Residents and guests can follow sidewalks that weave in and out of small area ponds found in abundance throughout the neighborhood. One main walking path that jettison’s out from the center of town lines a canal way where walkers, joggers, and bikers can peak at the magnificent back yards of the town’s wealthiest homes.
In the center of town, there is a small main street area that is home to multiple restaurants and small businesses. In fact, Viva Orlando’s office is located right in the center of the beautiful downtown area. After you visit us to inquire about your next home purchase, you can stop by one of the many restaurants in the area for a quick bite to eat, or browse one of the many shops and boutiques that live right on Main Street. On Sundays, a trip to the farmer’s market is in order. Residents can purchase fresh produce or artisan wears from one of the dozens of vendors who attend weekly.
Holidays are celebrated with that special small town touch in Celebration too! The fourth of July has a large explosive firework show downtown. Fall brings the cooler weather, and with it a pumpkin patch so residents can get that perfect pumpkin for their front door. There is even snow in the winter time (in Florida none-the less!). Each evening during the month of December the downtown area turns into a winter wonderland with a fun “snow” fall for everyone to enjoy.
Just like anything Disney does, Celebration was designed and built with the experience of the guest in mind. Luckily, guests in Celebration don’t have to leave, and can call this beautiful small town community “home” year around. It’s the perfect place to purchase real estate in Orlando.
If you are interested in learning more about real estate in Celebration or any neighborhoods in the Orlando area, please contact Milena@vivaorlando.com. We will be happy to help you find the perfect home to meet your needs.
Are you looking to relocate to Orlando and looking for the perfect neighborhood to purchase a home in? Nestled a few miles to the west of Disney and Orlando lives two small suburban towns that help define the Central Florida area: Winter Garden and Windermere. While these small towns neighbor each other and have many similarities, they are also quite unique in what they offer both residents and visitors to the area.
Both Windermere and Winter Garden are similar in the fact that they offer a small town community oriented environment for their residents. Both communities feature good schools and attract many new families because of their family focused community. If you are looking to relocate to Central Florida, these are two communities Viva Orlando highly recommends.
Here’s a further look into each town:
A trip to Winter Garden is like visiting the best of what small town America has to offer. Winter Garden is extremely family and community focused and is the quintessential suburban area. Many families move there to find a sense of community and get away from the hustle and bustle of metro Orlando but they end up finding much, much more.
On Plant Street, in the heart of downtown Winter Garden there is a small artisanal market that residents and visitors alike love to visit. There, customers can browse the many wares and goods of the co-op space made up of handmade and local made items like soaps, clothing, breads, sweets, and small restaurants. At the far end of the market lives Crooked Can Brewery where customers can imbibe a couple of drinks and, on a beautiful Florida afternoon, sit outside on the patio while listening to local musicians entertain the crowds.
For a more active time with the family, visiting the West Orange trail is in order. This 22 mile snakes right through downtown Winter Garden and was built mostly on old railroad alignments. Made up of asphalt or concrete the trail winds through neighborhoods, wide open fields, past old churches, and even by cow pastures. Billowing oak trees shade the trail from the harsh Florida sun offering year around shade for families to enjoy a walk or bike down it’s path letting them forget there’s bustling city life just a few miles away.
Fittingly, living at the downtown Winter Garden outpost stop of the West Orange trail is the Central Florida Railroad Museum. Housed in the old Tavares and Gulf Rail Company building, this museum chronicles the history of the two main railroads that ran through Winter Garden and why this these stations were a hub of activity for so long in the Central Florida area.
In the neighboring town next door is Windermere. Nestled amongst the Butler Chain of Lakes—Windermere is a community for those who love to boat, ski, golf, and is filled with people who love their community. There is always a lot of activity in the town square with local festivals, community events, and a small shopping district.
This community is home to many of the elite in Orlando and is a popular place for celebrities, who love Central Florida, to buy homes. Beautiful gated home communities make up much of this town’s landscape. Celebrities such as Tiger Woods, Shaquille O’neal, N’Sync member Joey Fatone, golfer Paula Creamer, Alter Bridge rocker Mark Tremonti, and PGA professional Bubba Watson have all called Windermere home.
There’s no wonder why many of these famous celebrities in Windermere are golfers, some of the best golf courses in the world are practically in their back yard. Windermere is home to Golden Bear Golf Club, Disney Oak Trail Golf Club, Windermere Country Club, and Isleworth Golf Club. It’s definitely a golfer’s paradise.
If you are looking for a new place to invest in Central Florida real estate, both Winter Garden and Windermere are great communities to consider. Both have their own special charm that defines the landscape of the Central Florida community. If you need more information about either of these communities, please contact Milena@vivaorlando.com or call 407.922.4620
Did you know that the Orlando housing market is one of the hottest markets in the nation? With new communities being built all over the city, Orlando has one of the best up and coming investment real estate markets in the United States!
When you’re looking for a place to purchase a vacation home, especially for first time investors, the decision of where to purchase can be a tough choice. If you want to rent out your property when you’re not vacationing yourself, you’ll want to make sure that there’s enough interest to fill your home with guests so the home isn’t vacant when you’re not there.
That’s why Central Florida is a top choice for investors. While Orlando has been know for years as a top travel destination for families, many businesses are attracted to the area too. In fact, the numbers don’t lie. According to a “Visit Orlando” survey, area tourism has doubled in the past 20 years: from 32.4 million visitors in 1995, to 66.1 million visitors in 2015 — with a 5% growth even since 2014.
Because of the steady increase in tourism, both the government and private businesses are investing a lot of money in Orlando’s future. Recently, Orlando has gained a Major League Soccer team, started a major reconstruction project expanding Interstate 4, added new public transportation options like the SunRail, and added a whole new attraction area on International Drive.
Furthermore, even theme parks in the Orlando area have been working hard to expand their attractions. Some of Disney’s expansion efforts include revamping and expanding “Downtown Disney” (now called Disney Springs), the expansion of Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, and added attractions to Animal Kingdom. Universal is expanding too with a new “King Kong” attraction, the expansion of the Harry Potter World, and a new waterpark coming to the area in 2017.
With so much new investment on infrastructure and entertainment, there’ll always be plenty to keep tourists coming back to Orlando for more, year after year. The bottom line to you as an Investor? Clients will be flocking back to revisit your vacation home repeatedly to see everything new the area has to offer.
Luckily for you, the real estate market is ripe for the picking. According to a forbes.com report from January 2016, Orlando is the second highest city recommended for investment properties — yet the values of Orlando homes are still less expensive for the same square footage compared to homes found in other parts of the country. Plus, there’re dozens of new construction homes emerging all over the greater Central Florida area, including many minutes away from the attractions area. Many of these communities even feature homes with six bedrooms or more!
Plus, the large home rental market is prime for the taking. As more and more tourists turn to websites like AirBnB and For Rent By Owner for their accommodation needs, there is a growing demand for homes that can house fifteen or more guests all in one place.
Viva Orlando knows that Orlando is the right place to choose for your next investment property — and we’re here to help guide you step by step through the entire buying process. With our help, you’ll find the perfect home to meet all your needs, even if you never step foot in the home until your first vacation there as a homeowner! We’re always there to answer any questions you have, and our experienced expertise will make you feel at ease throughout the entire buying process.
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Viva Orlando is the premier real estate company in Central Florida for all of your real estate needs. But as you would imagine, we can’t service all of the functions that are required in a real estate transition, let alone after you have purchased your dream vacation home. For this reason, we want to introduce you to other companies that will serve a specific function in the overall success of the purchase and management of your new home. Please note that we have strong relationships in all of the following areas and will be by your side with recommendations every step of the way.
Home Inspectors – for a thorough examination of the condition of the home
Contractors/Handyman – for any upgrades or repairs needed in the home
Title Company – to handle the closing, make sure that the title to the property is sound and conveyable and issues title insurance on the property
Insurance company – to help you with the right policy to protect/safeguard this important asset and possessions. Typical homeowners insurance policies will cover damage caused by such perils as fire, windstorms, hail, lightning, theft or vandalism
Furnishing Company/Interior Designer – in order to furnish and decorate your new vacation home. The right furnishing package could make all the difference in successfully renting your home when you are not enjoying it with your family
Property Management Company – your partners who manage every aspect of keeping your vacation rental booked and ready for guests and owners to enjoy
Homeowners Association – homeowners associations (HOA) are entities created to maintain common areas; they have the authority to enforce deed restrictions. Most condominium and townhome developments and many newer single-family subdivisions have HOAs, which are typically created when the development is built. Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&R) are issued to each homeowner, and HOAs are established to ensure that they are adhered to in order to maintain the quality and value of the properties involved
Tax/Accountant – to prepare and examine financial records of your home. They make sure that records are accurate and that taxes are paid properly, on time and in compliance with State and Federal laws
Mortgage Company – (if using financing for the purchase) is often just the originator of a mortgage loan that counsels you on how to choose the best mortgage, fill out loan applications and submit your file for approval.
Looking to buy a home? Here are five essential tips for making the process as smooth as possible.
Get your finances in order.
Start by getting a full picture of your credit. Obtain copies of your credit report. Make sure the facts are correct, and fix any problems you find. Next, find a suitable lender and get pre-approved for a loan. This will put you in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house.
Find a house you can afford.
As with engagement rings, there’s a general rule of thumb when it comes to buying a home: two-and-a-half times your annual salary. There are also a number of tools and calculators online that can help you understand how your income, debt, and expenses affect what you can afford. Don’t forget, too, that there are lots of considerations beyond the sticker price, including property taxes, energy costs, etc.
Hire a professional.
While the Internet gives buyers unprecedented access to home listings and resources, many aspects of the buying process require a level of expertise you can’t pick up from surfing the web. That’s why you’re better off using a professional agent than going it alone. If possible, recruit an exclusive buyer agent, who will have your interests at heart and can help you with strategies during the bidding process.
Do your homework.
Before making a bid, do some research to determine the state of the market at large. Is it more favorable for sellers or buyers? Next, look at sales trends of similar homes in the area or neighborhood. Look at prices for the last few months. Come up with an asking price that’s competitive, but also realistic. Otherwise, you may end up ticking off your seller.
Think long term.
Obviously, you shouldn’t buy unless you’re sure you’ll be staying put for at least a few years. Beyond that, you should buy in a neighborhood with good schools. Whether you have children or not, this will have an impact on your new home’s resale value down the line. When it comes to the house itself, you should hire your own home inspector, who can point out potential problems that could require costly repairs in the future.
Moving from a small town or suburb to a large city can be an intimidating proposition. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible.
Research before you move. It’s important to understand the culture you’re joining. Do research online and find out about school systems, neighborhoods, parking, weather, public transportation, and laws that are native to that area. If you can, visit a city before moving and connect with someone who’s lived there before.
Have a plan. There are a lot of steps to go through before you start packing the moving truck. Find housing before you leave, or at least know where you’ll stay while you look for a home. Never sign a lease on an apartment that you haven’t seen. If you can’t get there, find a friend or an employer to check for you. Have a job waiting for you, or if that’s not possible, know what you’ll do for money in the first few weeks of living there. Try to line up things like driver’s licenses, car insurance, renter’s insurance, and parking passes ahead of time as well.
Get involved. Meeting people in a big city can be daunting. Don’t expect the neighbors to knock your door down with a casserole when you arrive: city life is often too noisy and hectic. Take the initiative. If there are things you liked to do in your town, find ways to do those things in the city. Try new things. Volunteer. Big cities offer so many opportunities to engage other people, so find what you like.
Mind your wallet. City life is expensive. Everything costs more: food, insurance, clothes, rent. There are also a lot more ways to get ripped off, whether legally or criminally. Be careful how you spend, and know where your money is going.