Team Zen welcomes you to our magnificent space where our intention is to connect, inspire and share our  "Mindful Approach To Your Real Estate Needs".

We will be sharing the best ZEN home tips, market updates & news, local events information and some of our best case studies. This blog is all about YOU! We believe in abundance and prosperity for all and our wish is to help and serve our community as if we are serving our own family members. Information and knowledge is power and we want to empower YOU!

 



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Nov. 16, 2022

Housing Market News For October 2022

Housing Market News in October 2022We're seeing a lot of movement in the Orlando area as fall begins. Let's look at the stats from October 2022, which showed a fall in home price as inventory rises. The median home price for August recorded at $365,000, a small decrease when compared with September.

We also saw more inventory, with 7,128 properties available in September! Homes averaged 38 days on the market in September, which is more than what we saw in August, despite more availability.

Orlando Market Report - November 2022

Orlando's MLS reports a decrease in new listings by 8.3% from September, so we'll be keeping a close watch for new homes for our buyers! Please see the report below for additional details and reach out to us to learn more about homes in your specific market!

July 2022 Orlando Market Report

Posted in Market Updates
Nov. 14, 2022

Mindful Real Estate Creates Positivity

Practicing Mindful Real Estate in OrlandoThere are many reasons to work with a mindful real estate agent but the time, relationship, and atmosphere they invest in their real estate clients may make all the difference in creating a positive real estate experience.

Mindful real estate agents stay in the here and now. They strive to find the right place at the right time. And, if the process takes a little longer, then that is just fine with them. Those mastering the art of mindfulness realize the real estate journey proceeds at its own pace. There is no rushing perfection in the search for the best fitting home for their client’s needs.

Taking time also creates better listeners. Mindful real estate agents want to take in the whole picture, striving for clarity. They focus on their ability to really understand what is desired in a home search or home sale. By honing their listening skills agents are easier able to facilitate a seamless process.

It’s not all about the money to be made for mindful real estate agents either. They view the client and agent relationship as a partnership and proceed accordingly. Streamline realtors often get sidetracked by sales and statistics, trying to match up zip codes and square footage and close that deal as soon as possible. Often they can overlook the nuances and charm of their clients by seeking a quick sale. Of course, mindful agents also want to be successful with their closings yet view their clients more as partners and not just customers.

By emphasizing partnerships, mindful real estate agents place the focus on each individual case. They desire to create a pleasant and comforting experience during the process. It may take a bit more effort to find the right space to call home and mindful real estate agents realize that.

The real estate market can be topsy turvy. It’s important to have a professional on your side to help navigate. One of the best perks of hiring a mindful agent is the calm atmosphere they manifest. Well versed in keeping a peaceful mindset, their confident yet calm energy can ease a potentially stressful time. Let’s face it, less stress is the best stress. Buying a home is a very big deal and can become overwhelming. Having a real estate professional who is skillful with meditative and relaxing techniques is definitely a plus. A zen attitude is definitely contagious and most certainly uplifting which can easily be the difference between a positive or negative real estate experience. Please reach out to us at 407-800-2717 if we can help in any way.

Posted in Zen Tips
Nov. 7, 2022

Make Plans for Thanksgiving Dinner Now

Make Plans for Thanksgiving Dinner Now Near Your Orlando HomeThanksgiving is just around the corner. Many of the amazing restaurants located around Orlando are offering holiday dinners, and that’s definitely something to be thankful about. So skip the dishes and dine in style. There are plentiful choices from elegant dinners to brilliant buffets and even pick up options.

The Venetian Chop House will be hosting a delicious Thanksgiving feast. Their five course menu is mouth watering and features either roasted turkey breast or bacon wrapped filet mignon for entrees. Sides include butter roasted sweet potato and maple glazed baby carrots. Check out their complete menu here.

Pull up a chair and indulge in dinner at the Ritz Carlton where one and all are invited to dinner. A tasty farm to table option featuring seafood or turkey is available at Primo with side dish ingredients fresh from the Primo garden. At Knife and Spoon a more traditional three course offering is found. And, those preferring to dine at home will not be disappointed with the Ritz Carlon offering a take out selection as well.

Indulge in a decadence at the Waldorf Astoria where it's all about choice this Thanksgiving. Palate pleasing options include both buffets and dinners in the elegant establishment’s restaurants. Those selecting to dine at La Luce can opt for a plate of Chef’s “fall favorites” or ala carte items. Oscars is going all out with their Thanksgiving buffet with selections ranging from turkey to salmon to pasta. Reservations are required.

Orlando families who want to host but not be stuck in the kitchen can stop into Seasons 52 for a warm and serve option. Simply pick up your Thanksgiving feast on Wednesday, refrigerate overnight and warm when ready. A full meal includes a field greens salad and traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. The dessert menu threatens pumpkin overload with mini pumpkin pies, pumpkin cakes and pumpkin mousse. Reserve your dinner box here.

There’s plenty to be grateful for this Thanksgiving holiday. Add pampering yourself to the list and start your holiday season off right by dining out or picking up an order to go. You deserve it. You also deserve to work with the best and most zen real estate team! Please reach out to us at 407-800-2717 if we can help in any way.

Posted in Events
Oct. 19, 2022

How to Host the Perfect Halloween Party and Still Stay Zen

Staying Zen During HalloweenEven those who stress easily and find party planning more frightful than fun, it is possible to host the perfect Halloween party and still stay ZEN. With a little pre-planning it’s easy enough to do.

Pre-planning is key and list making is a must. When deciding on your guest list and budget stay in your comfort zone whether it's more the merrier or the smaller the better. Once you have an anticipated head count it’s a lot less scary.

Themes can really give your party a sense of spooky sophistication. The possibilities are endless and range from whimsical pumpkins and ghosts to spine-tingly graveyards and zombies. Once you have a theme the hard part’s done. It’s all in the details so let your theme inspire you from the invitations to the decorations to the menu and more.

Staying ZEN means staying in the spirit zone. If you are not a do-it-yourselfer and budget allows, turn over the tricks and treats to a party planner, kick up your heels and watch the magic happen. If you are a do-it-yourself enthusiast, start with some quick research. A fast online search of your selected theme will give you a seemingly unlimited amount of ideas. Do it yourself decorations are a short walk in the graveyard after a trip to the dollar store.

For those whose ZEN feels challenged at the idea of a theme embrace the basics. Use color as your guideline and utilize the season’s shades of orange, black, yellow and brown to get that autumn feel. Place some pumpkins out on the doorstep for a welcoming vibe. Set up a trick or treat bar with jars of candy, a beverage bowl with punch with dry ice and spooky music as a backdrop. Parties of all themes can include pumpkin carving and costume contests or even dancing to those classic Halloween tunes we all love to hear each year.

So if you get the itch to be chilling with your favorite villains and be the host with the most, take your time in party planning to keep that ZEN feeling going. Eat, drink and be scary!

Posted in Zen Tips
Oct. 12, 2022

Tips for Living in a Home Listed for Sale

Tips for Staying Zen when Living in a Home Listed for SaleSelling your home and moving to a new one can be a very stressful time, and even more so if you are still living in your home while it is on the market. Luckily there are three simple solutions to make life easier. By keeping it simple, keeping it clean and keeping it in mind you can keep a stronger hold on your sanity during this complicated time.

Keep It Simple

When someone is looking at your home they want to envision it as their own. When you eliminate personal touches and replace them with classic, clean styling, imaginations are engaged.

This is a good time to start packing. Begin with nonessential and personal items such as pictures and knick knacks. Less is more, so pack up excess items and leave the basics. Go through each room and evaluate what’s what. Many designate a give away box or have an impromptu garage sale, and it’s a great opportunity to do so.

This is a family affair so divide and conquer. It’s not the time to go to war with the kids because they may feel the stress of the move as well. Get them involved in choosing which things can be boxed up first and which they want close by. They can also voice their opinion in other rooms such as the kitchen and garage.

Keep It Clean

You want your home to sparkle and shine. From the bedrooms to the garage and every other room in between, it’s time for a deep clean. Roll up your sleeves and use that precious elbow grease. Once a top to bottom deep clean is accomplished it’s important to maintain.

A minute here and a minute there can be a great time saver. Make the beds in the morning and get the breakfast dishes in the dishwasher immediately. Take shoes off before entering the home to keep dust from tracking in. And, when it’s warm outside, cooking dinner on the grill makes for less cleaning up in the kitchen. Clear counters each night and keep reminder notes in one spot, or better yet in an app on your phone.

Keep it in Mind

Keep in mind what you are looking for in your next home and apply it to your existing one. If you are seeking a property with more space, think about what you could do to make your home seem more spacious. Sometimes decluttering is all you need.

Many realtors prefer the homeowner not be present when prospective buyers are taking a look. Ask for an hour or two notice so you aren’t caught off guard, but try to be flexible too. It’s easier to say yes if you have a to go bag packed for spontaneous requests.

Some opt to have their homes “staged” by a professional and it’s best to do what works for you. If you are a do it yourself kind of person, and if you keep it simple, keep it clean and keep it in mind, not only will you make your budget happy but you will be able to cross a lot of packing and organization off of your list too.

Posted in Zen Tips
Oct. 8, 2022

Housing Market News For September 2022

Housing Market News in September 2022We're seeing a lot of movement in the Orlando area as fall begins. Let's look at the stats from September 2022, which showed a fall in home price as inventory rises. The median home price for August recorded at $378,000, a small decrease when compared with August.

We also saw more inventory, with 6,762 properties available in September! Homes averaged 27 days on the market in September, which is what pretty close to what we saw in August, despite more availability.

Orlando Market Report - October 2022

Orlando's MLS reports a increase in new listings by 4% from August, so we'll be keeping a close watch for new homes for our buyers! Please see the report below for additional details and reach out to us to learn more about homes in your specific market!

July 2022 Orlando Market Report

Posted in Market Updates
Oct. 4, 2022

Enjoy October Events Around Central Florida

Celebrate October Events and Fairy Doors in Central FloridaAutumn has arrived, and there’s plenty to do all around Central Florida. It’s easy to be festive this Fall. Here are four free events to help celebrate the season.

Explore the magic of Fairy Doors starting October 3rd in the Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando. Embrace your inner whimsy and jump into the search for 20 tiny and uniquely designed doors hidden amongst the grounds. This annual event is a family favorite and loads of fun. Children of all ages will be tickled with delight as they discover each door inspired by frolicking fairies. Take advantage of October’s free daytime admission day and cruise around acres of gardens filled with unique Florida flora and fauna. Fairy Doors runs through October 31st. 

Oktoberfest arrives for two days at Avalon Park Orlando on October 7th and 8th. Toes will be tapping to lively polka music paired with traditional Schuhplattler dancing. On site vendors show authentic Oktoberfest treasures to shoppers while nearby toasts ring out in the beer garden. Little ones can get out their energy in the bounce park and everyone will be laughing out loud during the Weiner Dog Derby. Don’t miss out on this traditional celebration! 

Nearby, the second annual Boo Bash is being held at Sebastian Riverview Park on October 22nd and 23rd. Live entertainment creates an energetic vibe as folks celebrate all things spooky. Artists and vendors showcase their masterpieces with nearby food trucks offering tasty treats for those suffering the munchies. Youngsters trick or treat, get their faces painted and participate in Halloween themed crafts. Pack up the family and go!

Next, get your scare on at the Avalon Park Spooktacular. Parents and kids will both be pleased with this family friendly Halloween event held in Town Park on October 29th. Kiddos can enter into a Halloween costume contest, get their fill of trick or treating and jump up and down in bounce houses. Food trucks will satisfy hungry tummies and live performances entertain one and all. 

Central Florida is filled with free family fun in October. Mummies and daddies, ghouls and boys will find thrills and chills and many memory making opportunities around every corner. Don’t miss out!

Posted in Events
Sept. 26, 2022

What People Love Most About Living in Orlando, FL

Living in Orlando, Fl has a lot to offer and folks calling the bustling city home can’t stop raving about it. From year round sunshine to unlimited places to play, the fun just doesn’t stop. Take a look at what locals love the most about living in Orlando.

Weather

Year round sunshine means it’s always shorts and sandals season. Orlando residents love their mild winters, and when the heat turns up in the summer so does the fun! The weather is one of the main reasons Orlando has such a thriving retirement community.

Parks to Play In

With endless sunshine Floridians want to be out and about. Being outdoors is a way of life for many and an array of parks present ample opportunity to play and explore. Lake Eola Park and Bill Frederick Park are family destinations for day trips and camping. Popular wildlife viewing areas include the Greenland Urban Wetlands. And, at the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge visitors can see how injured wildlife is rehabilitated.

While there are plenty of parks to play in within Orlando’s limits, many like to kick it up a notch in the city’s numerous resorts and theme parks. Locals get in on just as much fun as the tourists do at the Walt Disney Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Island of Adventure, Gatorland and more.

Wining and Dining

Many come for the sun but stay for the food. Foodies have a fine time living in Orlando because of all of the delicious dining. As one would expect of a resort destination the food here does not disappoint. Hungry souls can indulge in a five star dining experience or seek out a diamond in the rough waiting to be discovered. Cuisine options are limitless.

Financial Opportunities

Employment opportunities are plentiful in the city and surrounding areas. With resorts drawing in tourists from around the globe, Orlando is always filled with activity. In addition to working in the resorts many find employment in technology, health care and education.

With low sales tax, no income and inheritance tax, and lower costs of living overall, it's no wonder that Orlando is a desirable place to call home. And, with all that money saved there are also ample opportunities for investment in real estate in the city.

There’s plenty to love about living in Orlando, Florida. This thriving community has something to make everyone happy.

Posted in Zen Tips
Sept. 19, 2022

Enjoy the Top 5 Wellness Places In Central Florida

Taking time for yourself has never been easier. Tucked all around the Orlando, Central Florida area are amazing places catering to wellness. Check out these pampering destinations and invest some time in you.

The Orlando Spa Oasis focuses on one client at a time with an offering of various massages and other services. Favorites include hot stone, couples, prenatal and reflexology massage. Locals stop in for body scrubs, facials and anti-aging techniques. For those who are just too busy to come in, a mobile service comes to you. Care is in the details at this cute little spa with two convenient locations. .

Breathe in purified air and delve into deep relaxation in a salt chamber at The Salt Room. Benefits of salt therapy are centuries old and well documented. Those suffering from respiratory and skin conditions often reap wonderful benefits from multiple salt therapy treatments. Add in a soothing massage, facial or trip to the infrared sauna for the perfect experience.

At The Beer Spa patrons soak their troubles away in hot tubs filled with a mixture of barley, hops and other stuff good for the skin. Hot tubbers can indulge with an on tap beer satisfying both the body and the mind. Private rooms set the scene for chasing away the troubles of the day while tasty snacks satisfy the munchies. As the very first of its kind in the state of Florida, The Beer Spa is a truly iconic way to destress.

Head over to The Spa on your next day off. Indulge in a plethora of pampering from facials to body massage. Step into the nail salon for finishing touches on fingers and toes. The Spa is a great destination for friends too. Private spa parties include specialty cocktails, exclusive cabanas and jacuzzi time.

Reem’age Beauty Spa is the perfect destination for those who are serious about their skin care. Women owned and operated, licensed practitioners take their clients' concerns to heart. Areas of expertise include anti-aging treatments, microdermabrasion, acne treatments and dermaplaning. Fabulous skin awaits. 

Boost your sense of wellness with some regular self care. With so many top notch businesses close by it’s easy to switch from overworked to relaxed. Schedule some “me” time today at one of these fabulous locations.

 

Posted in Zen Tips
Sept. 12, 2022

5 Ways to Minimize Stress and Anxiety When Buying a Home

Buying a home can be a stressful process for one and all, whether first time buyer, seasoned mover or someone in the middle ground. Luckily several strategies can help keep your blood pressure low and stress levels under control.

Take your Time

First off, take a breath or two. Buying a home is huge! In many cases it is the biggest decision a person can make. Many only move a few or more times throughout their lifetime. It’s not going to happen overnight, or at least it shouldn’t. Don’t rush to put down an offer on the first house that looks good. Careful thought goes a long way to prevent buyer’s remorse. In this case, slow and steady or thoughtful and contemplative wins the race.

Make a List and Check It Twice

Create a dream list with all the bells and whistles, and then edit it to meet somewhere in the middle. Most homebuyers won’t be able to check off all their boxes so it’s important to determine what really matters. Know your bottom line for square footage, bedrooms, baths and outdoor living space. If you are a commuter, freeway proximity may be on your short list. Families may favor school districts in their search.

Be Flexible

Figure out the difference between needs and dreams and be prepared to land in between. Maybe the grass is the same shade green just a block or two over. The budget friendlier house may be further from the freeway but is next to a park and has more closet space.

Consult a Realtor

Having an expert on your side is key especially with such a monumental event. Realtors help navigate the ever changing real estate market. Pass your revised dream list over and watch what happens. Not only do realtors know the ins and outs of the home buying process, they keep you on track, within budget, and can direct you to home inspectors, explain industry formalities, legalities and more.

Get Close and Personal with Finances

The perfect property is the one you can afford. It’s invaluable to know your resources before delving in. Biting off more than you can chew is sure to cause stress levels to rise and stay high. Know your credit score and how it can affect your ability to secure a loan. Educate yourself about loan types and mortgage amounts. By creating a realistic budget in advance of house hunting, you are getting ahead and eliminating guesswork. Decide what you can spend and add in the extras like home insurance payments and surprise expenses.

Minimizing your stress allows you to enjoy the journey of home hunting. By taking time, knowing what you want and consulting the experts you will be prepared for a more enjoyable process.

Posted in Zen Tips