Goodwin Realty & Associates Founder, Linda Goodwin-Nichols, named to 2020 Mid-Florida Business Hall of Fame

Goodwin Realty & Associates Founder, Linda Goodwin-Nichols, named to 2020 Mid-Florida Business Hall of Fame

Goodwin Realty & Associates is proud to announce that our very own Founder and President, Linda Goodwin-Nichols, has been named as an inductee to Junior Achievement’s Mid-Florida Business Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame honors forward-thinking entrepreneurs and accomplished community leaders for their contributions to the region’s economic development and their commitment to business excellence.

Linda founded, has been the owner of Goodwin Realty & Associates, Inc. since 1973., and is an accomplished business owner and leader in the Osceola County community. Linda Goodwin has served as the Mayor of Kissimmee and has also had 2 four-year terms as City Commissioner of the City of Kissimmee.

The 2020 Mid-Florida Business Hall of Fame has been re-imagined, amid the coronavirus pandemic, with a bold new vision. The “Almost In-Person” Hall of Fame event will take place on October 29, 2020. We’ll be sure to share more details about the Mid-Florida Business Hall of Fame as soon as they become available.

Linda, will be joined in this amazing community honor by Robert Finfrock, Laureate, and Tony Jenkins, Spirit of Achievement. A fourth honoree will be named soon.

The real estate market is buzzing, some buyers buying sight unseen

The real estate market is buzzing, some buyers buying sight unseen

Amid the current pandemic, many real estate buyers are looking to take advantage of low mortgage rates, less competition, and motivated sellers. We’re also seeing a trend for some motivated buyers looking to relocate from dense urban areas to “smaller” less populated communities and homes with more living space and room to potentially work at home if their profession allows for it.

Remote or socially distanced real estate closings are also happening now to keep everyone involved safe. If you think you could be a candidate for buying a house sight unseen, here are some things to consider that will help make your effort successful.

Choose The Correct Agent
To keep transactions moving, tech-savvy agents, like those in  Goodwin Real Estate & Associates, have been pivoting to the new norm brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The right agent is instrumental in helping you with potentially buying a house sight unseen. Look for an agent who’s not afraid of technology and prepared to take advantage of tools such as FaceTime, Facebook Live, and Zoom to communicate effectively and help you explore properties virtually.

Be Proactive in Your Virtual Search
Before asking your agent to start scheduling virtual tours, be sure to do your homework so you’re not wasting your time on listings that aren’t the right match. A little time up front can save you a lot of time later in the process.

Property Photos And Videos
Perusing listing photos and videos that may be provided with a property is extremely helpful obviously. If you see a listing you like and a video is provided, ask if there are more videos. Often times more video was recorded but it wasn’t all included in the final listing video to keep it shorter.

Instead of exploring just the property you’re considering, make sure you check out the curb appeal of the surrounding homes in the neighborhood. You want to get a sense of what the neighborhood is like and how the owners of surrounding homes are caring for their properties. You don’t want to bother exploring properties any further if the overall standards for upkeep and care aren’t aligned with what you’re seeking in your new neighborhood.

The Virtual Onsite Tour
When a property has checked all the boxes and remains a candidate, it’s time to see what your agent can do about walking you through a live virtual tour. It’s possible there may be scheduled live virtual tours which you should check out as well which will be helpful, but your agent can hopefully negotiate an onsite visit on your behalf so you can explore more thoroughly with your agent as they walk through the property.

An experienced agent should know what to look for to understand what kind of shape a property is in. This would normally include things like doors and windows, signs of flooding or roof leaks, and any visible signs of unstable foundations. It would be a good idea to create a list of anything specific you want your agent to look at closely with you while they walk through a property.

Kitchen
Kitchens can be costly to upgrade, so you want to thoroughly explore what’s in the kitchen to make sure you know what you’re getting and what might need upgrading. Ask your agent to show you the sink fixtures, cabinets and appliances closely and look for signs of wear and aging. If you’re not planning on doing a remodel, you want to walk away from the virtual tour with a good idea of what you might need to replace.

Heating & Cooling Systems
Ask your agent to find out about the age and shape of the heating and cooling system in the home. Is it new or approaching end of life? Like the kitchen, this is another area that could be costly. A thorough home inspection should be part of your process which should include an evaluation of these systems to help you understand their condition and any possible expenses they may require.

Instead of exploring just the property you’re considering, make sure you check out the curb appeal of the surrounding homes in the neighborhood. You want to get a sense of what the neighborhood is like and how the owners of surrounding homes are caring for their properties. You don’t want to bother exploring properties any further if the overall standards for upkeep and care aren’t aligned with what you’re seeking in your new neighborhood.

These are all very useful suggestions, but without the help of an experienced realtor, the process can be daunting. Goodwin Realty & Associates has been assisting buyers and sellers for 47 years.There is simply no substitute for experience, integrity, and knowledge of the market. Call Goodwin Realty at 407.846.2787. today. 

Open House Do’s and Don’ts

Open House Do’s and Don’ts

As a seller you must realize a few basic, but imperative facts before you host your Open House. Remember, some people prefer to spend the majority of their time in the living room, some on the patio or front porch, some in a multi-media room, but one common denominator is that we all eat. That makes the kitchen in the running as the most important room in an open house, if not the most important. You’re going to have to deep-clean, declutter, and touch up whatever you can. Luckily, we’ve put together this pathologically complete checklist to help make sure you forget nothing.

Don’t make it hard on yourself: The night before, don’t fry fish, don’t whip up a new batch of kimchi, and don’t cook bacon the morning of the open house. Go out for dinner! Order takeout! Please?

Clean out the fridge! We all know that buyers will look in your refrigerator. They’re just nosy that way. Give them something to look at—a spotless interior. Then wipe down the outside, too.

Clean those floors! Nothing says turnoff like a trail of crumbs on the kitchen floor. If you have hardwood or tile flooring, vacuum and damp mop, making sure to get in all the dark corners. If you haven’t yet replaced your linoleum, sweep, mop, and wax it.

Make it shine. If you have stainless-steel appliances, take care of them properly. Wipe them down with the proper cleaning supplies. Honestly, one spray and a little elbow grease, and they’ll look brand-new.

Clean those stovetop drip pans—or better yet, replace them! A rusty, crusty drip pan can make your stove look older than it is. If you don’t have time to scrub them clean, spend a few bucks to replace them.

Degrease that hood. Those vents are grease magnets. Clean the filter before the open house. You may need to dig out the user manual to learn how to remove it, soak it, and make it make shine.

Clean the light-switch plates. Those switch plates can get splattered with grease or, worse, show years of fingerprints and dirt. If they can’t be freshened up, replace them—all of them.

Debug your light fixtures. See those dark spots in your overhead light fixture? Those are dead bugs! Clear the carcasses and wipe the glass clean.

Granite should sparkle. Most people wipe their countertops clean with the same dish sponge they use to wash their dishes. Let’s take it a step further. Use granite polish to wipe on a shine that will make buyers think you spent thousands of dollars on new granite just for them.

Countertops should be spotless. Nothing impresses buyers more than endless stretches of pristine countertop. So it’s time to stow the toaster, the Vitamix, the burr grinder, the rice cooker—all those appliances that take up valuable real estate.

Clean the microwave. You’ve already polished the stainless steel, now clean the inside. Few buyers will open the microwave and check inside, but for those who do, let’s not greet them with years of caked-on food splatters.

Clean the cabinets, inside and out. No one really cares if your canned peas are next to your canned tomatoes, but buyers do care about space. Now’s the time to purge: Do you really need that tin of Spanish octopus? A buyer should be able to open the cabinet door and see the back of the cabinet wall. And while you’re at it, get a pail of water and Murphy Oil Soap and wash your cabinets.

Update your knobs. Cabinet knobs installed in the 1980s can make a kitchen look dated. But upgrading them is easy: Just buy new ones, then install them. Presto! Your kitchen is awesome(ish).

Don’t bake cookies! Baking cookies seems like a nice gesture for buyers, but the trend has run its course. Just have a clean kitchen—everyone appreciates that.

No need to set the table. The kitchen is all about space. If you’re lucky enough to have an eat-in kitchen, let it speak for itself. A clutter-free kitchen with clean, expansive surfaces will do way more than a set of fancy dinner plates.

Flowers are always nice. The one exception to the clutter-free countertop rule is a vase of fresh flowers. Who doesn’t love a pleasant smell ?

 

Featured Home of the Month

Featured Home of the Month

5645 NOVA RD., ST.CLOUD, FL 34771

 

 

THIS IS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY FOR THE RIGHT BUYER.

3 SEPARATE HOMES, OVER 1100 FEET NOVA ROAD FRONTAGE,  MAIN HOUSE FEATURES SCREEEND POOL, CONFERENCE ROOM.

For more information on this or to schedule an exclusive showing please contact Linda Goodwin – Nichols 407-908-8718

Spotlight Home

Spotlight Home

This is a stunning 5 bedroom/ 3.5 bathroom 2-story that sits on the conservation area. The exterior features paver driveway, faux wood garage door, upgraded landscaping and stunning stone work that gives this home great curb appeal. 

 

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