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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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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Questions & Answers With Broker Jennifer Dollar...

Keeping your agents motivated is key to maximizing your business; in the following interview, Jen Dollar, Broker/Owner of Realty Executives Orlando in Central Florida and Seminole, lets us know what it takes to stay on top.

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Years in real estate: 10
Number of offices: 3
Number of agents: Over 100
Region served: Seminole and Orange counties
Best advice for creating work/life balance: Hire a great assistant. You can’t do it all and if you try to, you’re going to fail. Focus on what you’re good at.

Why did you choose the Realty Executives International franchise?
We interviewed pretty much all of the major franchise companies and we found that Realty Executives Intl. gave us the flexibility to run…

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Realty Executives Broker/Owner Jen Dollar announced this day the partnership with John R. Gordon and his team of real estate professionals to spearhead their downtown Orlando office.

 “No one understands the complexities of the downtown real estate market like John R. Gordon.  John's expertise, experience and skill will be an invaluable asset to our new downtown office as we expand our reach and service throughout Central Florida.”                                        

“A successful real estate transaction is built upon the strength of relationships between the realtor and his clients as well as the trust and experience on getting things done right the first time,” John R. Gordon added.

Realty Executives is one of the largest growing Real Estate…

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Decisions on offers may be trimmed to 20 days or less.sold_300

Bank of America says it's making changes to its short-sale procedures that will shorten decision times on short sale offers to 20 days, down from 45 days or longer.

The new task flow in Bank of America's short-sale management platform, Equator, will enable short-sale specialists to conduct tasks like document collection, valuations and underwriting simultaneously. When buyers walk, agents will have five days instead of 14 days to submit a backup offer.

Bank of America is requiring a new third-party authorization form for short sales initiated beginning April 14.

When the changes to Equator take effect Saturday, five documents will be required to process short sales initiated with an offer:

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Realty Executives Central Florida has once again demonstrated its unwavering commitment to Orlando real estate by providing home buyers and sellers with the highest level of service and professionalism the industry has to offer.

Two of the agency’s Realtors®, in fact, were recently awarded top honors by Realty Executives International. Jeffrey Funk and Steve Amburgey both received the coveted Diamond Award for 2011. This award is bestowed upon those executives that have grossed more than $250,000 in commissions. Both men were also recognized as being in the Top 10 percent of Realty Executives International worldwide.

“It is a great honor for an office to have one Diamond Award winner,” said Jen Dollar, owner/broker of Realty Executives Central…

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financial_facts_548Today's real estate market is saturated, and there are plenty of homes in foreclosure. These statistics make the market one of the best for buyers in a long while.

Still, it's very possible for you to find a home that's over priced and be unsure how to handle the situation. Don't write off the home that's over priced. There are a few legitimate reasons that the price might be a bit high.

  1. The homeowner (and their realtor) has not kept up with the comparable sales in the market. Home prices have fallen very rapidly very quickly in some areas. If the seller and his or her realtor haven't kept pace, they may not realize that their price is out of the ballpark.

  2. The homeowner is under water on their mortgage. If the homeowner purchased the home…

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