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By Carrie and Dave Courtney | Agent in Orlando, FL
  • Inspecting Foreclosures Before You Buy

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Orlando, Foreclosure in Orlando, Investment Properties in Orlando  |  October 31, 2013 8:49 AM  |  764 views  |  1 comment

    Inpecting Foreclosures Before You BuyInspecting Foreclosures Before You Buy

    If you’ve been thinking about investing in one of the many Central Florida foreclosures, make sure the home you buy doesn’t have major issues. Before you spend the money on a home inspector, look at these common problem areas:


    Usually ceilings are made of plaster and plasterboard. While looking at the ceilings, keep an eye out for these issues:

    • Cracks, holes or uneven areas
    • Dampness or mold growth
    • Crumbling areas
    • Cracks or bulges


    In general, walls are made of bonding plaster or plasterboard. You can look for the same problems as you would on ceilings, with the addition of a few more:

    • Loose skirting board
    • Soft, damp or rotten
    • Discolored decorations, blisters or other faults such as peeling wallpaper
    • Dangerous materials such as asbestos or gloss-painted polystyrene tiles. Asbestos can be hard to identify; if you think you have asbestos, get professional help.


    No matter what material the floor is made of in foreclosures, the structural supports are generally made of the same types of materials as other homes. Here are a few things to look for:

    • Uneven flooring
    • Movement, cracking, lifting or dampness
    • Loose floor covering, such as raised boards or lifted tiles
    • Large gaps between floorboards
    • Cracked or missing tiles


    The kitchen and the bathroom may hold most of the plumbing, but some will go through the rest of the house as well. Look at the plumbing for:

    • Rust or leaks
    • Hammering or knocking pipes
    • Lead pipes
    • Improperly supported water tanks


    Faulty or old wiring can be a major hazard in any potential home. Although some wiring issues aren’t easy to spot, there are signs:

    • Rubber cables or single-flex wiring twisted together with exposed insulation
    • Blackened or failing power sockets
    • Brittle or bare wiring
    • Plugs that get hot when used

    No inspection should be considered finished until a licensed home inspector has come to the foreclosures that you’re interested in. However, by using this guide, you’ll only have to call an inspector once to get a clean bill of health on your new real estate.

    Want to get a great buy on foreclosed property? I specialize in this area and would be happy to guide you through the complicated process. Call me at 407-922-9767 or email me at CarrieCLPM@gmail.com for more information.

    Carrie Courtney, Accredited Buyer Representative
    Changing Latitudes Real Estate & Property Management

  • INCREDIBLE 8,205sf Estate Home w/Pool, Spa, 5 acres & Custom Barn!!

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Orlando, Foreclosure in Orlando  |  August 25, 2013 10:08 AM  |  610 views  |  No comments
    17530 Fosgate, Monteverde, FLFORECLOSURE!!!!

    INCREDIBLE 6 bedroom, 7.5 bathroom, 8,205 square foot country estate home w/pool & spa located on 5 acres with a CUSTOM barn that has an exclusive MONTVERDE address with amazing views of the rolling hillside & Lake Apopka.

    Complete with a theatre room, bonus room,OVERSIZED playroom with computer workstations. The kitchen is equipped with VIKING appliances for the chef in YOU! Theatre room has room for a 110" projection screen, stadium seating. The loft has a wrought iron railing with plenty of room for a regulation size pool table to overlook the kitchen/family room. The master bedroom is located downstairs and has a tray ceiling. The recreation is GREAT for entertaining! 

    Attached in-law suite/guest house attached by a breezeway has a full kitchen, living/dining room, bedroom and full bath. On top of the guest house is a huge media room with another full bath.

    The pool is a 35,000 gallon black pebble teck pook with a 12 person spa complete with the state of the art technology. Deck jets set streams of water into the air for a refreshing sprinkle.

    BRING the horses! The barn is a five stall horse barn complete with an air conditioned pine office, tack room & bathroom. Preasure treated 2x6 tongue & groove walls and the property offers 5 acres to roam about. 

    The county tax records list the property at 8205 heated square feet. The land is 4.81 acres.

    PRICE REDUCTION: $1,199,000

    FREE MARKET SNAPSHOT for Montverde 

    Please call Dave and Carrie Courtney with Changing Latitudes Real Estate Services for a private viewing, 407-922-9767.

    Changing Latitudes Real Estate and Property Management
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