I just love being here in Orlando, especially downtown, Orlando. There's so much opportunity here. I believe you have the best of all worlds, and that the people that are moving here have great schools, great jobs, great entertainment. There's always something fun to do. We love meeting new people, teaching them about Orlando, and making it their home.

When you talk about working with our Executives, what sets us apart and makes us unique, is our passion. You have a passion for matching a personality of your client with the personality of a home. It's way different than just hoping one property shines above the other. That is a huge difference in our Executives. It's not just about real estate, it's much more than that, it's families, it's…

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There's so much that I love about the Dr. Phillips area. Our close proximity to the beaches, the theme parks, all the roadway systems around the state, and the wonderful activities like golf, and other sports for our children. And our world class dining on Sand Lake Road, better known as Restaurant Row.

What makes Realty Executives different? Our team has a lot of heart. And whether you're a buyer or a seller, we are passionate about working with you and making sure that your needs are met.

The perfect day for one of our executives is when they've been on the hunt with a family for the perfect home, and finally the day arrives. They find it. And the family, with big smiles, says, "This is it!"

What I want potential clients to know, our…

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Recently, we sat down with Jen Dollar, owner & broker of Realty Executives Florida. We asked her a handful of FAQs that we receive almost on a daily basis from people looking to buy homes in the Orlando area. 

What are some of the BEST neighborhoods to live in in the Orlando area?

This is a tough one. For me, in the downtown area would be College Park and Delaney Park. Then, if you go north of Orlando into Seminole County, Heathrow, Steeple Chase, Lake Markham Preserve or the gated neighborhoods down Markham Woods Road. Then in the southwest part of town, Dr. Phillips is a popular area and also, Windermere, and now Winter Garden is becoming very popular with the new home developments.

If I was a younger family moving to Orlando area for the…

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As Millennials grow up, more and more are look for homes for sale . This has driven growth in the market. Even before this development millennial made up about one third of home sales. This was reported in MyCentralJersey.com. This was announced at the November 2016 Realtors Conference & Expo. The realtors say they expect this trend through 2017.

The National Association of Realtors (NAD) released a press release about the changing landscape of the American housing market. According to that report:

Paul Taylor, executive vice president of the Pew Research Center and author of "The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown." "America in the near future will look nothing like the America of the past, Generational…

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Many long-time renters put off looking at homes for sale simply because they don't think they're ready. What many people don't realize, however, is that owning real estate can be more affordable, rewarding, and manageable in the long run than renting. Here are five key signs that it might be time to say goodbye to renting and call up your local Realtors and start house hunting.

A mortgage is more affordable than your rent.

Start by taking a look at your finances. The amount you pay in monthly rent and utilities might be more than what you'd pay on a mortgage. Not only would a house give you a space to truly call your own, but you'll be building your assets for the future with every payment.

The market is in your favor.

Timing is everything…

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You may be ready to buy a home. You know that you need a low interest rate on the home loan. You know you need a down payment. You even know what to expect when it comes to the monthly payment. But have you taken the time to consider what amortization is? Mortgage loan amortization is simply a term that discusses how much of the loan you are going to pay in principal (the amount you actually borrowed) compared to interest ( the fee for doing that borrowing.) It is important to understand what this means before you buy a home.

Your Monthly Payment

When you work with your mortgage lender, he or she will likely talk to you closely about your monthly payment. He or she will break down the amount you'll pay each month. However, you'll also want to see…

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For those people who are tired of renting a home and just want to buy, but don't have a down payment, the options often seem limited. Saving that big 20 percent or more seems impossible initially. There's little doubt that having a down payment is a good thing and it can help you to achieve a lower interest rate. However, it is not always necessary. Consider these helpful tips about down payments.

A good place to start is with the conventional loan. Each lender sets his or her terms for these loans, giving you some leeway. That is, some lenders require no more than 10 percent. Nevertheless, you may be able to piggyback two loans, one for the 10 percent and another for the remaining balance on the home. Before you make this decision, be sure to talk to…

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homes for saleMany long-time renters put off looking at homes for sale simply because they don't think they're ready. What many people don't realize, however, is that owning real estate can be more affordable, rewarding, and manageable in the long run than renting. Here are five key signs that it might be time to say goodbye to renting and call up your local Realtors and start house hunting.

  1. A mortgage is more affordable than your rent.

    Start by taking a look at your finances. The amount you pay in monthly rent and utilities might be more than what you'd pay on a mortgage. Not only would a house give you a space to truly call your own, but you'll be building your assets for the future with every payment.

  2. The market is in your favor.

    Timing is…

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A short sale is a type of property that is, potentially, being sold for less than what the current homeowner owes on it. A verified short sale is one that the lender has already agreed to. That means that the lender has agreed to allow the homeowners to sell the home for less than what is owed, and allow them out of the financial constraints of the mortgage loan. Short sales may be necessary for many reasons, such as the seller's risk of foreclosure or need to move quickly. Yet, for mortgage lenders, that means a cut in profits. This makes buying a short sale sometimes a difficult process. There are some tips that can make the process easier on you, the home buyer.

#1: Are You an Investor? Get Educated First

If you plan to buy short sales for their…

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Buying a foreclosure is an opportunity for you to purchase a home that's potentially listed for a lower level than other homes like it. In a foreclosure, the lender has taken legal action to force the sale or to take ownership of the home because the previous owners failed to meet their financial requirements. In some cases, taxing authorities take this step. For those people who are looking to buy a home, though, these properties can be a good investment, if you know what to buy and what not to.

#1: Realize That Not All Foreclosures Are Good Deals

Banks still want to make money. They may sell the home for what is owed on it, but others will sell it for its true market value. Finding a great deal is harder now than it used to be. Hire a…

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