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Home Buying in Winter Garden : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Jul 26, 2017
Mark LeMenager answered:
Every builder contract I have seen gives them 2 years to finish and deliver your home.
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Thu Jun 1, 2017
Adriennewoods01 asked:
Sunrise Elementary (close to Waterford Lakes area), Independence Elementary (Winter Garden) and Windy Ridge K - 8 (Winter Garden). Any suggestions?
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Sat May 6, 2017
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Thu Apr 14, 2016
Mark LeMenager answered:
Try VRBO or Airbnb. They might have what you want.
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Tue May 12, 2015
Abraham Bidhendi answered:
Hi Katheen:

We have sold a lot of homes in Windermere, Winter Garden and Dr Phillips areas. In my opinion, these are pretty much best areas of Orange county.

You have A rated schools, great shopping, fantastic restaurants and easy access to everywhere.

Where you would end up, really depends on what your preference is. For example, Winter Garden & Windermere have a lot of newer communities vs. Dr. Phillips that is more established. So if you like newer homes I would concentrate on those two cities. Between Windermere & Winter Garden, Winter Garden is less expensive. So for example if having a bigger home is important to you, maybe Winter Garden would be the better choice.

In the meantime below is the link to some homes in these areas :,53303,53395,68015/minprice/300000/maxprice/500000/beds/4/minsqft/2000/propertytype/SINGLE/listingtype/Resale+New,Foreclosure+Bank+Owned/pool/1/

Also here are some of the nice communities in these areas: VIZCAYA,BELMERE,INDEPENDENCE, STONEYBROOK, SUMMERPORT, WINDERMERE LANDINGS


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Sun Dec 7, 2014
Rosalina Esquilin answered:
City of Winter Garden Welcome to Winter Garden

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Sat Apr 5, 2014
Cathy Starkweather answered:
I live in the area and love it here. It's a large city with various areas for shopping, dining, entertaining and active lifestyles. Downtown Winter Garden is renovated with a Saturday Farmers Market; live theatre; many unique, eclectic shops; dining and more. Many events occur in downtown Winter Garden, like parades; Halloween; concerts; art/craft fairs; car shows, etc.

We also have a large upscale outdoor mall - Winter Garden Village / The Grove - This plaza offers about 100 shops and some large stores as well.

You can check crime rates through Winter Garden's Police Dept's site -

Hope this helps.

Cathy Starkweather
Realtor & Investment Home Specialist
La Rosa Realty, LLC / Celebration, FL
01.407.274.8476 /
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Sat Apr 5, 2014
Cathy Starkweather answered:
Yes, you most certainly can. There are certain requirements that the home must meet or repairs be done. With a VA loan, the seller is required to make certain repairs. A part of any VA inspection is water/well/sewer. If the home has a well, it's required to be inspected by the lender. If the home is on city water, then the well/water/septic inspection is not required. Many of the same standards which apply for any other loan also apply for a VA loan. If the home has a termite issue, that would need to be repaired by the seller. Hold a home and WDO inspection as soon as you're under contract so you'll know some of the potential issues right away. If it's more than you're willing to take on or can negotiate with the seller for repairs, you can retract your offer due to inspection and your deposit is refundable. Speak with your lender before making offers to assure you know exactly what they require.

Ray Stevens makes some terrific points in his answer about VA loans. A lot rests in the VA appraisers hands as well
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Tue Mar 25, 2014
John Murphy answered:
Older question but an important one...If you are considering purchasing a new construction home it is very important to make sure you an independent agent protecting your best interests. A lot of buyers think there is no need to have their own agent when looking at new construction. in reality, THAT is when you need one the most. The sales people in the Sales Office work for the builder and have the builders best interest in mind, not yours. And, it doesn't cost you anything to have an agent with you....I posted a comment on my blog at that deals with this exact issue. ... more
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Tue Mar 11, 2014
Phillip Magin answered:
If you need further help, don't hesitate calling me. Phil 407-697-1709 Viet Nam Veteran. 1969 and 70.
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Mon Feb 24, 2014
Lisa Jones answered:
We've been fortuante enough where assessed values have traditionally been noticeably lower than actual market value --- even the "just value" on the tax assessor's site is lower than market value. As Mark mentioned, this is an elected position, and likely plays a little part in those valuations. ... more
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Mon Sep 2, 2013
Lisa Jones answered:
You can also check public records and trace the sale of the property
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Wed Jun 5, 2013
Cathy Starkweather answered:
Here's a link to check the grades for the public schools -

Monte Verde is a phenomenal private school near Winter Garden - here's their website... I live and work in this area, please let me know if you have questions. :)

Cathy Starkweather
Realtor & Real Estate Investments Specialist / 01.407.274.8476
La Rosa Realty, LLC
Celebration, FL
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Mon Apr 1, 2013
Jason Fulmer answered:
Born and raised in Winter Garden and proud of it! Winter Garden is safer than most "hometown feel" towns, and has an awareness exuded from both the occupants as well as the patrolling police department that is felt when visiting. You don't have to worry about the "big brother" factor, and the town may feel like a "sleeper", but be aware that the owners, the police, and the merchants are "WATCHING". This being said, I have confidence in noting that this is quite a safe place to live. Of course every town or city has locations that transplant and the crime within has to be followed and shut down, but Winter Garden hosts, initiates and monitors campaigns to proactively deter crime and let the general public and visitors be aware that crime isn't welcome HERE! ... more
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Sat Jun 30, 2012
Alan Martin answered:
Alan Martin, Broker, Orlando, FL
It is a Condo hotel HOA fees are high, between 500 and 600 per month depending on the sq footage. You can live there but no one does. IT is a Hotel for short vacations

let me know what it is you are looking for and I will spring into action for you !!

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Sat Jun 30, 2012
Alan Martin answered:
Summit Green in Clermont, Kngs Point in Clermont are a couple of good ones local to Disney if yoiu wnat to be popular with your Grand kids !!

I can help you with both

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Thu May 19, 2011
Ken Anderson answered:
The Community is BELLE MEADE the builders are Ryland and Meritage. You will be looking at $270k + in this area, the high school is West Orange.

Presently there are 3 resale homes on the market there.

If you are interested in new I'd suggest having an agent go with you to the builder. This will provide you someone working in your interests. Often as agents we are made aware of discounts and options to better a deal with builders. Plus I can't speak for others but I watch the construction and work to remedy issues, sadly you would be surprised at some of the mistakes builders in a hurry can make.

So that you keep your expenses and closing costs lower use companies like mine that don't charge the admin fees, otherwise you will have an additional $200-$600 in closing fees. This approach means you get the experience at no additional cost... Why not get someone in your corner?

All the best,
Ken Anderson
ApexOne Realty, Inc
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Tue May 10, 2011
Lisa Hill answered:
Hi, There is currently one property available in Lighthouse Keys Resort and it is a short sale. I have found other beautiful units that I would like to email to you. Can you provide me with an email address and I will forward these properties to you.

Lisa Hill, GRI
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Wed Apr 27, 2011
Lenee Magnuson answered:

These are actually some of the nicest condos in the Winter Garden area. To piggyback what Mark stated, these condos are all listed so low due to the distressed condo market of the area and the entire state. Most of the listings you will see are short sale or bank-owned properties as many homeowners bought these units at inflated prices. They would never regain these high values so they either walked away from them or went through the short sale process. I will tell you that condos in Southern Pines do not stay on the market long... less than two weeks and generally with multiple offers, esp. if it is bank-owned. I've shown many units in this complex and while speaking at length with the on-site management company, they have a long waiting list for renters, making these units very desirable to investors and 2nd homeowners, though there are many owner-occupied residences as well. The surrounding property itself is in pristine condition and the amenities are outstanding.... gated entry w/ on-site security, business center, fitness center, clubhouse, indoor basketball (full) court and racquetball court, tennis courts and community pool. Southern Pines is also just minutes accessing major highways like SR 429 and the Florida Turnpike making it easy to commute to and from the Orlando area. It is also just miles from Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves, an outdoor shopping center offering everything from department stores to electronics to a health club and specialty retailers, along with the wide array of restaurants. If you are interested in learning more about Southern Pines or other communities in the area, please do not hesitate to contact me! ... more
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Thu Feb 18, 2010
Mark LeMenager answered:
Tom, I wonder if he's still looking 5 months later?
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