55 & Over Central Florida News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from buying & selling tips, design ideas, educational info, as well as market trends, senior health and community happenings. All blogs are intended to help you with the real estate transaction process or learn about the local market.  Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

March 31, 2022

What’s Happening with Mortgage Rates, and Where Will They Go from Here?

What’s Happening with Mortgage Rates, and Where Will They Go from Here? | MyKCM

Based on the Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has increased by 1.2% (3.22% to 4.42%) since January of this year. The rate jumped by more than a quarter of a point from just a week ago. Here’s a visual to show how mortgage rate movement throughout 2021 was steady compared to the rapid increase in mortgage rates this year:

What’s Happening with Mortgage Rates, and Where Will They Go from Here? | MyKCM

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Posted in Market Updates
March 31, 2022

What You Can Expect from the Spring Housing Market

What You Can Expect from the Spring Housing Market | MyKCM

As the spring housing market kicks off, you likely want to know what you can expect this season when it comes to buying or selling a house. While there are multiple factors causing some uncertainty, including the conflict overseas, rising inflation, and the first rate increase from the Federal Reserve in over three years — the housing market seems to be relatively immune. Here’s a look at what experts say you can expect this spring.

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Posted in Market Updates
March 31, 2022

How to Reduce Expenses in Retirement

Many seniors find it very difficult to manage the fixed income they have in retirement. This makes a significant impact on how they live during their golden years. If you are worried about your cost of living, during retirement, here are some ways you can reduce expenses in retirement.

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Posted in Educating
March 31, 2022

Do you have an Emergency Plan?

In light of the recent storm devastation, most of us are left wondering how we would cope in the face of a disaster, and would we be ready? Whether we live in an earthquake country or a location that hasn’t seen a natural disaster in decades, none of us are immune to emergency situations, and preparing for the unexpected is the first line of defense. From mapping an escape route to stocking up on essentials, the best time to plan for a crisis is before you actually need it, and these checklist items will give you the arsenal you’ll need to get you, and your loved ones out of harm’s way. 

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Posted in Educating
Feb. 14, 2022

5 Tips for Making Your Best Offer on a Home

As a buyer in a sellers’ market, sometimes it can feel like you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. When you’re ready to make an offer on a home, remember these five easy tips to help you rise above the competition.

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Posted in Home Buying
Feb. 14, 2022

Why Pre-Approval is Key for Homebuyers in 2022

You may have heard that it’s important to get pre-approved for a mortgage at the beginning of the homebuying process, but what does that really mean, and why is it so important?

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Posted in Home Buying
Feb. 14, 2022

The Best Hearing Aids of 2022

Hearing loss affects millions of people, and the National Institutes of Health states that 28.8 million adults could benefit from using a hearing device. But, only a fraction of those people actually use hearing devices. Many people may put off seeking treatment for their hearing loss because they believe they cannot afford a pair of hearing aids. Or, the thought of numerous visits to an audiologists’ office for fittings and follow-up care can be overwhelming, especially if there are not any clinics located nearby. Thankfully, purchasing a hearing aid online is becoming an increasingly attractive solution. 

The good folks at caring.com have produced a guide to those adults starting to research the best options.  Click here for their guide.  

An elderly woman wearing a hearing aid

Posted in Senior Health
March 23, 2021

American See Major Home Equity Gains

Americans See Major Home Equity Gains [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

Some Highlights

  • Today’s home price appreciation is driving equity higher throughout the country.
  • If your needs are changing and you’re ready for a new home, your equity may be a great asset to power your next move.
  • Now is a great time to put your equity toward a down payment on the home of your dreams.
Posted in Market Updates
March 23, 2021

42 Unique & Awesome Things to do in Central Florida (Beyond Disney)

Fun, Fun, Fun!! You Can Spend Weeks Exploring All The Things To Do In Central Florida For Families Beyond Just Universal And Walt Disney World. In Fact, There Is So Much To Do That You Might Want To Add A Few Days To Your Next Disney Trip Venturing A Bit West Into POLK COUNTY And The Heart Of Central Florida.

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However, be warned, there are so many unique things to do in Central Florida that you may just want to plan a trip without even visiting Mickey at all. 

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Posted in Local
Feb. 1, 2021

Move It, Move It: Van Lines Relocate People to Fla

JANUARY 29, 2021

By Erica Plemmons

Florida Realtors economist: The state has attracted new residents for years, and updated migration data by moving van lines show, once again, that in 2020 more people headed south in order to call Florida “home.”

ORLANDO, Fla – Sunshine, beaches, no state income tax – what’s not to love about Florida? Those assets have been attracting new residents for years. Updated migration data provided by moving van lines show 2020 is no exception (even with a pandemic) for an increase in the number of people declaring Florida “home.”

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Posted in Educating