Looking to purchase my first home in Avalon Park, 32828 preferably since I'm used to the area my sister and uncle have houses there

Asked by Melissa.rodriguez, Orlando, FL Wed Mar 27, 2013

and don't even know where to start. I live in NJ and am looking for a 4 bedroom for my fiance, myself, our 2 kids and 1 on the way. He has job opportunity in Orlando and after maternity leave I will be looking to transfer as well. We pay 1700 in rent right now and are looking for a home no more than 200,000. If you have any tips on first steps to get started it would be greatly appreciated. I'm not sure where our credit stands but don't want to run it yet since I know you get points off each time you run it. My guess is it should be around 680 now.

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Ben Grooten, Agent, Baldwin Park, CA
Thu Mar 28, 2013
You have the right to "shop for a mortgage" without your FICO score being penalized. All 3 credit bureaus have made it clear that applying for a mortgage will not harm your score. An abundance of great information in regards to applying for credit is available here: http://www.myfico.com/CreditEducation/CreditInquiries.aspx

I would caution you to hesitate in allowing the framework for the kind of house you want/can afford to develop in your mind before going to your local bank or to a mortgage lender and learning what it is that you qualify for. Only then should any realtor begin your home search.

Avalon Park is a beautiful community with a lot to offer. There is a good deal of new construction taking place in that area and the advantages in this would be to have the builder pay your closing costs as well as the evident enjoyment of having a brand new home. Good luck on your move to the sunshine state!
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Sylvia Paul, Agent, Apopka, FL
Wed Mar 27, 2013
Hi Melissa, congratulations on your upcoming move. Orlando is a great place to live and I am sure you will love it here! Avalon is a great place to live, as you already know but prices are very much on the incline and right now the lowest price for a 4 bedroom 2 bath single family home is $219K. Mid range is around $250 - $260K. I am not a lender but I do know numbers and $1,700 should work for you in that price range. The right place to start is by having your ducks in a row. This means meeting with you lender or mortgage broker first, who alone can determine how much they will qualify you to purchase regardless of income as there are many other factors to consider. If your buying time frame more than 4 months out, then you might want to wait a few weeks but if you need to move within the next 120 days I suggest now is a great time to start! Inventory is low and it will take some time to get a contract on a home that is right for you.

I would love to speak with you personally to learn more about your specific needs and agree how I can help you with your purchase. Feel free to call or email me directly for a no cost, private consultation.,

Sylvia Paul
Realty Center
Orlando, Florida
(407) 864-3139
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Daniel Schma…, Agent, Orlando, FL
Fri Sep 20, 2013
Hi Melissa, I am from Kearny NJ I moved here almost 20yrs ago, I work in the Avalon Park area, I just sold a 3/2 gated home in Avalon for under $ 200k gated community, if you want to give me a call at 407-770-4241 lets talk, I speak Portugues, Spanish

Keller Williams Realty
Daniel Schmaltz
Email: centralflhomes@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.danielschmaltzrealtor.com
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Chris Winn, Agent, Orlando, FL
Fri Sep 20, 2013
Hi Melissa, I just wanted to follow up with you to see how the homebuying process went for you. I'm hoping it was a positive experience. Would love to hear from you to see what your Realtor did right and how he/she could have improved your experience.

Chris Winn
Keller Williams Advantage
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Top Agent, Agent, Orlando, FL
Sat Jul 20, 2013

Please contact me. I live in Avalon Park, 2009 Avalon Park Citizen of the Year, and a Realtor. This is my specialize area. I am accepting clients, please feel free to email or call.


Eddy Solon
32828 Realtor

The Solon Group
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Please let me know how my team can help you!

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Cell: 321-800-8213

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Specializing in East Orlando!
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Daniel Schma…, Agent, Orlando, FL
Thu Mar 28, 2013
Hello Melissa, I moved here from Kearny N.J real estate agent here since 1998, Avalon Park, Waterford Lakes 32828 I know that area very well , give me a call 407-770-4241 or visit my website http://www.danielschmaltzrealtor.com
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Anabella Ter…, Agent, Lake Mary, FL
Wed Mar 27, 2013
Hola Melissa,

Espero te encuentres muy bien, me encantaria poderte ayudar en tu busqueda en Avalon Park, yo soy una experta en el area, ya que vivo en ella, me imagino que tu ya estas informada por tu hermana y tu tio acerca de los colegios que son buenisimos, y es un area sumamente linda con muchas actividades para todos, desde los mas chicos hasta los adultos, como el movie night que sea hace en Down Park una vez al mes, ademas de otros eventos como los que veras en este link que puedes copy and paste http://www.eventsatavalonpark.com/Festivals/tabid/325/Default.aspx Bueno que mas te puedo decir ... el area es SUPER.

Sera para mi un placer asistirte en tu proxima compra, si el credito de ustedes esta en 680 tienes un puntaje bueno, se necesita por lo menos 620 para poder calificar, no se si sabes de prestamos USDA que son $0.00 de down payment, no todas las areas califican pero Avalon park si califica, si deseas numeros de los prestamistras con quien yo trabajo con mucho gusto te los puedo compartir, si quieres un banco grande lo tengo y si prefieres un direct lender tambien lo tengo! Puedes entrar en mi pagina web y hacer tus propias busquedas alli o Yo te puedo enviar una lista de todo lo que hay disponible en el area, tambien me puedes llamar o mandar un email con cualquier pregunta que puedas tener sin ningun compromiso. Soy 100% Bilingue, disculpa si te escribo en Español pero se me imagino que hablas español :) sino lo hablas ... Perdoname. Tambien puedes visitar mi pagina de Facebook https://www.facebook.com/EastOrlandoRealEstateSearch

Anabella Tercero Okrassa
Z House Realty Group
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Karen Weathe…, Agent, Orlando, FL
Wed Mar 27, 2013
Hi Melissa,

Start out by contacting a local lender to find out how much home you both can afford. Let them know of your plans to find a job in Orlando and relocate. Some lenders will not underwrite a loan for a primary home if the buyer has not already secured a job in the area they intend to relocate. Talk to your lender, they may have different options available. Best wishes and happy delivery!:).
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Jennifer Bar…, Agent, Winter Park, FL
Wed Mar 27, 2013
Hi Melissa,

I have a great First Time Homebuyers package that will explain everything from a-z! I do not like for there to be any suprises for my buyers. I can send it to you if you like. Also I have a great video that is of the area and some great market states. If your credit is 680 then you are in great shape. Most lenders want it to be at 620. I have several lenders that would take excellent care of you. This is a huge purchase, so it is good to shop around and find the right agent & lender who will meet your needs. Take a minute to look at my profile to see if you would like to work with me. I can also provide you with testimonials from past clients. Florida is a wonderful place to live! I look forward to speaking with you soon.

In the mean time feel free to search my website, it is user friendly and full of wonderful information

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Richard Falk…, , Orlando, FL
Wed Mar 27, 2013
My True North Realty Team will help you with the entire process from getting the pre approval process going to finding the perfect house for you. Please contact us so we can start a personalized property search ASAP. My husband an I have lived in the Orlando area for most of our lives and have many great resources at our disposal to help make the process of buying a house as easy as possible.

My True North Realty Team
Keller Williams

Check out our website for the most up to date property search on the web!
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Freddy G Alv…, , Orlando, FL
Wed Mar 27, 2013
Hello Mellisa
I have some properties right now in Avalon Park around the price that you are looking for, you can call me at 4074554711 also Anabella Tercero at 4077975139, we will be more that happy to help you find the house in the area that you are looking for we both know the area and also live in Avalon Park an area with one of the best Schools.
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German M. Gu…, Agent, Orlando, FL
Wed Mar 27, 2013
We just helped relocate a family to Avalon Park last month, and it is an excellent community! My wife and I would like to be that first point of contact and guide your throughout each step of the process and beyond. Please call me at 407-777-8883
I look forward to speaking with you!
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Broker Dave, Agent, Orlando, FL
Wed Mar 27, 2013

My wife and I both realtors helping many families relocate to Orlando, Florida including the Avalon Park community and would like to extend our knowledge & experence to help your family.

I am including a link to all properties currently available in the community of Avalon with full details and pictures, click the link below.


Also I offer buyer rebates to help with your closing cost.

Call or email me at the contact information below and 'Welcome to Orlando'.

Hope this helps,

Dave Lowe, real estate broker
Orlando Home Store - 407-451-3145
Graduate Realtor Institute
Certified Distress Property Expert
ePRO, online marketing
Real Estate Property Manager
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Diana M. Per…, Agent, Kissimmee, FL
Wed Mar 27, 2013
Hi Melissa!
Congratulations on your decision to relocate and on the new addition to the family. You can check out my website for great tips on homebuying. http://(www.ProfessionalRETeam.com) And of course you can always call me to chat about any questions/concerns you have on relocating.

Also, if you like I can send you the available properties in Avalon Park (which is a beautiful area!) that match your criteria just to give you an idea of the current market. Every time a new property enters the system you'll be notified right away.

~Don't worry. I am not a pesky real estate broker. I'll only send you what you want, when you want it!

Warm Regards,
Diana M. Perez, J.D.
Broker/Owner | Professional Real Estate Team, LLC.
22 West Monument Avenue Suite 18
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Direct:(407) 729-3560 | Fax:(407) 933-0731
E-mail: Diana@ProfessionalRETeam.com
Website: http://www.ProfessionalRETeam.com
Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/professionalreteam
LinkedIn: http://www.Linkedin.com/in/pretdianaperez

Certified Distress Property Expert (CDPE), NAHREP, MWBE,
REO/BPO Certified
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dustinlauer.…, , Orlando, FL
Wed Mar 27, 2013
I own out east by UCF and work with 2 Brokers doing a lot of deals out there. We have a full service mortgage company and would be glad to help you. We always start clients with the financing, and then show properties. I think you'd be glad to speak with us especially looking for homes in Avalon.

-Dustin M. Lauer

407.900.9080 direct

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