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Rental Move-In Checklist

Rental Move-In Checklist

Rental Move-In Checklist

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Any relocation process can get a bit overwhelming at times, however, a step in your rental move-in process that shouldn’t be overlooked is filling out a checklist detailing the condition of your rental property. Not only do you need to make certain that the rental is handed to you in a habitable condition, but if there are any serious faults in the property violating health and safety codes, you are able to withhold making your rent payment until repairs are made by the landlord. While some repairs are up to the landlord to take care of, some may also be the responsibility of the tenant, thus making it important to review your lease for those details.
 
 
A rental move-in checklist will ultimately make the move-out process and security deposit return easier. Here are ten things that should be on your checklist:
 
Take photos of any noticeable damages or pests, and document the condition of the unit
 
Is the smoke detector working?
 
Are the provided appliances working?
 
▢ Do the toilets flush?
 
Do the faucets work, is the water pressure good, and do the drains properly drain?
 
Do all door and window locks work?
 
Can all windows open and close properly?
 
Do heating/air systems work?
 
Check power outlets
 
Check your internet or WIFI signal throughout the unit.
 
 
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April Existing-home sales Report

April Existing-home sales Report

April Existing-home sales Report

Market watch ReportWASHINGTON (May 21, 2021) – Existing-home sales waned in April, marking three straight months of declines, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All but one of the four major U.S. regions witnessed month-over-month drops in home sales, but each registered double-digit year-over-year gains for April.

Total existing-home sales,1 https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales, completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, slipped 2.7% from March to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 5.85 million in April. Sales overall jumped year-over-year, up 33.9% from a year ago (4.37 million in April 2020).

“Home sales were down again in April from the prior month, as housing supply continues to fall short of demand,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “We’ll see more inventory come to the market later this year as further COVID-19 vaccinations are administered and potential home sellers become more comfortable listing and showing their homes. The falling number of homeowners in mortgage forbearance will also bring about more inventory.

“Despite the decline, housing demand is still strong compared to one year ago, evidenced by home sales from this January to April, which are up 20% compared to 2020,” Yun continued. “The additional supply projected for the market should cool down the torrid pace of price appreciation later in the year.”

The median existing-home price2 for all housing types in April was $341,600, up 19.1% from April 2020 ($286,800), as every region recorded price increases. This is a record high and marks 110 straight months of year-over-year gains.

Total housing inventory3 at the end of April amounted to 1.16 million units, up 10.5% from March’s inventory and down 20.5% from one year ago (1.46 million). Unsold inventory sits at a 2.4-month supply at the current sales pace, slightly up from March’s 2.1-month supply and down from the 4.0-month supply recorded in April 2020. These numbers continue to represent near-record lows. NAR first began tracking the single-family home supply in 1982.

Properties typically remained on the market for 17 days in April, down from 18 days in March and from 27 days in April 2020. Eighty-eight percent of the homes sold in April 2021 were on the market for less than a month.

First-time buyers were responsible for 31% of sales in April, down from 32% in March and 36% in April 2020. NAR’s 2020 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers – released in late 20204 – revealed that the annual share of first-time buyers was 31%.

“First-time buyers in particular are having trouble securing that first home for a multitude of reasons, including not enough affordable properties, competition with cash buyers and properties leaving the market at such a rapid pace,” Yun said.

Individual investors or second-home buyers, who account for many cash sales, purchased 17% of homes in April, up from 15% in March and 10% in April 2020. All-cash sales accounted for 25% of transactions in April, up from both 23% in March and 15% in April 2020.

Distressed sales5 – foreclosures and short sales – represented less than 1% of sales in April, equal to March’s percentage but down from 3% in April 2020.

According to Freddie Mac, the average commitment rate(link is external) for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.06% in April, down from 3.08% in March. The average commitment rate across all of 2020 was 3.11%. Yun expects the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage to remain below 3.5% in 2021.

Single-family and Condo/Co-op Sales

Single-family home sales dropped to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 5.13 million in April, down 3.2% from 5.30 million in March, and up 28.9% from one year ago. The median existing single-family home price was $347,400 in April, up 20.3% from April 2020.

Existing condominium and co-op sales were recorded at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 720,000 units in April, up 1.4% from March and up 84.6% from one year ago. The median existing condo price was $300,400 in April, an increase of 12.6% from a year ago.

“The demand for homeownership in America is as strong as it’s ever been, and NAR continues working with policymakers across the country to find solutions to the issues we face in our industry,” said NAR President Charlie Oppler, a Realtor® from Franklin Lakes, N.J., and the CEO of Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. “Ultimately, though, buyers still recognize that securing a home is one of the best ways to build long-term wealth, and Realtors® continue their work to make that dream a reality for families everywhere.”

Realtor.com®’s Market Hotness Index(link is external), measuring time-on-the-market data and unique viewers per property, revealed that the hottest metro areas as of May 13 were Manchester, N.H.; Concord, N.H.; Lafayette, Ind.; Janesville, Wis.; and Elkhart, Ind.

Regional Breakdown

Only the Midwest experienced higher sales from the prior month, but each of the four major U.S. regions recorded year-over-year increases.

Existing-home sales in the Northeast fell 3.9% from March, but the annual rate of 730,000 represents a 30.4% leap from a year ago. The median price in the Northeast was $381,100, up 22.0% from April 2020.

Existing-home sales in the Midwest grew 0.8% to an annual rate of 1,290,000 in April, a 13.2% increase from a year ago. The median price in the Midwest was $259,300, a 13.5% rise from April 2020.

Existing-home sales in the South decreased 3.7%, recording an annual rate of 2,600,000 in April, up 39.0% from the same time one year ago. The median price in the South was $289,600, a 15.8% jump from one year ago.

Existing-home sales in the West declined 3.1% from the month prior, posting an annual rate of 1,230,000 in April, a 53.8% surge from a year ago. The median price in the West was $501,200, up 19.9% from April 2020.

The National Association of Realtors® is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.4 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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For local information, please contact the local association of Realtors® for data from local multiple listing services (MLS). Local MLS data is the most accurate source of sales and price information in specific areas, although there may be differences in reporting methodology.

NOTE: NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index for April is scheduled for release on May 27, and Existing-Home Sales for May will be released June 22; release times are 10:00 a.m. ET.


1 Existing-home sales, which include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, are based on transaction closings from Multiple Listing Services. Changes in sales trends outside of MLSs are not captured in the monthly series. NAR rebenchmarks home sales periodically using other sources to assess overall home sales trends, including sales not reported by MLSs.

Existing-home sales, based on closings, differ from the U.S. Census Bureau’s series on new single-family home sales, which are based on contracts or the acceptance of a deposit. Because of these differences, it is not uncommon for each series to move in different directions in the same month. In addition, existing-home sales, which account for more than 90% of total home sales, are based on a much larger data sample – about 40% of multiple listing service data each month – and typically are not subject to large prior-month revisions.

The annual rate for a particular month represents what the total number of actual sales for a year would be if the relative pace for that month were maintained for 12 consecutive months. Seasonally adjusted annual rates are used in reporting monthly data to factor out seasonal variations in resale activity. For example, home sales volume is normally higher in the summer than in the winter, primarily because of differences in the weather and family buying patterns. However, seasonal factors cannot compensate for abnormal weather patterns.

Single-family data collection began monthly in 1968, while condo data collection began quarterly in 1981; the series were combined in 1999 when monthly collection of condo data began. Prior to this period, single-family homes accounted for more than nine out of 10 purchases. Historic comparisons for total home sales prior to 1999 are based on monthly single-family sales, combined with the corresponding quarterly sales rate for condos.

2 The median price is where half sold for more and half sold for less; medians are more typical of market conditions than average prices, which are skewed higher by a relatively small share of upper-end transactions. The only valid comparisons for median prices are with the same period a year earlier due to seasonality in buying patterns. Month-to-month comparisons do not compensate for seasonal changes, especially for the timing of family buying patterns. Changes in the composition of sales can distort median price data. Year-ago median and mean prices sometimes are revised in an automated process if additional data is received.

The national median condo/co-op price often is higher than the median single-family home price because condos are concentrated in higher-cost housing markets. However, in a given area, single-family homes typically sell for more than condos as seen in NAR’s quarterly metro area price reports.

3 Total inventory and month’s supply data are available back through 1999, while single-family inventory and month’s supply are available back to 1982 (prior to 1999, single-family sales accounted for more than 90% of transactions and condos were measured only on a quarterly basis).

4 Survey results represent owner-occupants and differ from separately reported monthly findings from NAR’s Realtors® Confidence Index, which include all types of buyers. Investors are under-represented in the annual study because survey questionnaires are mailed to the addresses of the property purchased and generally are not returned by absentee owners. Results include both new and existing homes.

5 Distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales), days on market, first-time buyers, all-cash transactions and investors are from a monthly survey for the NAR’s Realtors® Confidence Index, posted at nar.realtor.

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Solterra Springs Community

Solterra Springs Community

Solterra Springs Community

Brown two story home
Ariel view of Soltera pool and lazy river
clubhouse lounge area at solterra Resort
pool with volleyball net

Maronda Homes‘ Solterra Springs is a USDA approved new construction, private gated community in Davenport, FL, within the Solterra Resort. All of the amenities enjoyed by those in Solterra Resort are yours to enjoy as a homeowner in this private community. Relax at the clubhouse where you can use the gym facilities, have a nice lunch at the cafe, or enjoy a cold beverage from the bar. Enjoy the aquatic center with the large pool, the water park for the kids, or a leisurely float in the lazy river. Looking for something more active, enjoy the tennis courts, and exercise on the walking trail that winds throughout the resort.

Every day will be like a Stay-cation when you live in the beautiful resort community. Just minutes from Florida’s most popular attractions like Walt Disney World, Epcot Center, Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios, Sea World, and even Busch Gardens in Tampa, you will never run out of exciting activities to partake in! Whether you are looking to build a new home or need a move-in ready home, our sales representatives are here to help! Leverage their knowledge and experience to learn more about building the home of your dreams in Solterra Springs.

 

 

About Maronda Homes

Maronda Homes was founded in 1972 by William J Wolf. After years of working in the home building industry, Mr. Wolf ventured out on his own with the goal of building superior new homes that were cost-effective. With this philosophy, more individuals were able to afford a new construction home.

We continue to streamline our process, while using quality materials, so that we can maintain this philosophy for our current and future customers. Our goal will always be to create affordable homes without sacrificing excellence and style in our home designs.

A Family Affair

Stringing together parts of family names. Mr. Wolf formed the new name for his company “Maronda” with parts of his children’s names — Marietta, Ronald and Daniel. More than 40 years later Maronda Homes remains a private family-owned and operated business, building new homes in Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Kentucky and Georgia.

Philanthropy

Our commitment to the community extends beyond our product as Maronda Homes has long recognized the importance of giving back. The Maronda Foundation, established by our founder William Wolf, strives to provide educational opportunities, scholarship programs, civic inspiration to local communities, youth programs, and spiritual organizations. Goodwill towards all has always been, and will continue to be, a cornerstone of our culture since our founding.

Commitment to Quality

Maronda Homes has been a family-owned and operated business for over four decades, and in that time we have dedicated ourselves to building quality new homes at an affordable price, with unparalleled attention to customer service.

We are continuously striving to improve the home building process by modernizing floor plans, and evolving homes designs with affordable luxury reaching every corner of our new homes.

We Are Proud to be Recognized for Our Quality Homes

At Maronda Homes, we pride ourselves on our quality new home construction. Time and time again we have proven our craftsmanship by receiving numerous awards. Some of these include awards by People’s Choice, Warranty Companies, and Home Builder Association Excellence Awards.

Maronda Homes receives these awards because of our excellence with service, quality, and design. Our team will support you along your homebuilding journey from the pre-planning stage of a project all the way to the end result. Our highly trained project management team will guide you and help you get you the results you want. At Maronda Homes, we will make sure our resources are allocated appropriately to provide the best quality of work for your new home.

We look forward to being your new construction home builder!

 

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Cypress Lakes-Resort-Style 55+ Community

Cypress Lakes-Resort-Style 55+ Community

Cypress Lakes-Resort-Style 55+ Community

Located in the heart of Central Florida Cypress Lakes-Resort-Style 55+ Community that is designed for retirees in search of fun, active lifestyles in a securely gated neighborhood nestled among beautiful natural surroundings. The defining feature of Cypress Lakes® is our 36 holes of PGA championship golf – two challenging courses that wind their way through our 1,000-plus acres of stately cypress trees, glistening lakes, and beautiful manufactured homes.

Sports Court

Though golf is a part of daily life at Cypress Lakes®, residents are able to participate in a myriad of other resort-style activities as well. For example, our multimillion dollar, 32,000-square-foot clubhouse is a vibrant gathering spot that is buzzing with activity throughout the day. It has a full-service restaurant and tavern, spacious ballroom, cozy library, craft/ceramics room, and a state-of-the-art fitness center just next door. Nearby, there are lighted tennis courts, bocce courts, shuffleboard courts, two heated swimming pools, and hot tubs – amenities that are certainly not offered by all 55 plus communities in Central Florida. Cypress Lakes® is resort-style retirement living at its finest, a 55+ community that redefines what it means to retire.

Centrally located on the I-4 Corridor, Cypress Lakes® is also close to Disney World, Busch Gardens, dazzling white-sand beaches, international airports, cruise ship ports, professional sports stadiums, first-rate medical facilities, dining, shopping, and more.

Sports Court

Cypress Lakes Lakeland Community Features

Water Views from a Neighborhood
Swimming Pool

 

 

 

The Big Cypress Club boasts attractive amenities inside: Just steps outside the Big Cypress Club:

 

  • Two Heated Pools – one with a  beach-style entry
  • Numerous daily outdoor activities
  • Two Heated Spas
  • Lighted Tennis & Pickleball Courts
  • Bocce Ball Courts
  • Shuffleboard Courts
  • Horseshoes

Homes in Cypress Lakes’s City of Lakeland

Cypress Lakes 55+ Community has a limited offering of exclusive, affordable floorplans all of which have been fully customized.

Choose from our existing, move-in-ready Finale Series models that feature:

 

  • Various floorplans ranging in square footage from 1,344 to 1,568
  • Bright, Open Layouts
  • 3 Bedrooms & 2 Bathrooms
  • Covered Carport Parking 
  • Porches or Screened Rooms
  • Plus, Promotions Valued at up to $25,000 in addition to recent price reductions!
    • Choose 1 of 3 Upgrade Packages (see packages below)
    • Enjoy a Free Membership to the Big Cypress Golf Club
    • Receive a Complimentary Golf Cart*
    • Plus, Enjoy 3 Years of Reduced Monthly Lease Fees!!!

 

 

 

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New Construction-Aviana Resort

New Construction-Aviana Resort

New Construction-Aviana Resort

251 Hart Rd., Davenport, Florida

For Sale

$ Click for current price
3 BEDROOMS | 2 full baths BATHROOMS | 1525 SqFt

Aviana Resort sits on about 50 acres of land near Orlando’s major attractions.  There are currently 188 single-detached luxury vacation homes/villas, the majority of which are made available by the owners to visitors for vacations, holidays, group gatherings, or some other residential purposes.  There are however, a few owners who reside in their property year round, while others use it as their second home or seasonal home. New Construction-Aviana offers 7 different Floor Plans with 1500-3100 sq. ft. homes. Our community will also have Resort Style amenities.

The 24-hour manned gate helps make Aviana Resort a quiet and safe community giving its guests and residents the peace of mind they need to completely enjoy their stay.

The Clubhouse heated pool is large enough to accommodate guests with bigger families who want to enjoy a generously-sized area to swim in, or a spacious deck to bask in the sun.  Small children absolutely enjoy the zero-entry pool, while adults find the spa extremely relaxing.

 

951 Suffolk PL in Davenport FL For sale

951 Suffolk PL in Davenport FL For sale

951 Suffolk PL in Davenport FL For sale

951 Suffolk Pl, Davenport, FL

For Sale

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$ Click for current price
7 BEDROOMS | 6 full baths BATHROOMS | 3542 SqFt

Looking for a large dream home? Then, look no further and make an appointment today! Located in the master community of West Haven, The Shires at West Haven is ideally located close to Championsgate, I4 and 192. This beautiful 7 bedroomed, 6 bathroomed home is currently used as a short term. Situated behind the clubhouse backing to retention, you have no rear neighbors and a short wall to the clubhouse and amenities. Professionally decorated and furnished, this well maintained home will suit the most discerning buyer. This well designed property has master suites on both floors. Enter the front door into a tiled foyer which opens up into a spacious living area alongside the dining and kitchen area which overlook the pool and rear of the home. An additional bedroom is located on the ground floor which could be used as an office or guest room. Upstairs is an amazing recreational area which is set up with a pool table on one side and lounge area with large screen TV on the otherside. Around which are the additional bedrooms (one of which is used as a games room as you will see from the photos). The pool area offers a full length covered lanai, a must for outdoor living in Florida. Time to take the plunge and live the Florida lifestyle!