Zack Zonker's Blog Posts

Choosing Smart Improvements For Orlando Homes For Sale

For local homeowners whose Orlando homes will be up for sale in 2018, there’s bound to be some consternation regarding how much time, effort, and budget need be directed to the project. In

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Orlando Sellers Evaluate For Sale By Owner Websites

It’s illuminating to visit For Sale by Owner websites from time to time to see if there are any new insights to be gleaned. True, as a licensed Orlando Realtor®, I’m not likely to learn much

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A Single Underlying Factor When Applying For A Mortgage

Every mortgage lender develops their own unique guidelines for evaluating the factors contained in a home loan application. These may change from time to time so that their portfolios stay

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Orlando Home Selling Negotiations Are More Than A Game

When it comes to appraising and developing appropriate responses to offers on your Orlando home, I’m there to offer counsel and guidance. Even so, you are the ultimate decision maker. Especially

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After Halloween Buying A Home In Orlando Isnt So Scary

While we’re still in Halloween Scary Things mode, we might as well address the fear factor when it comes to buying Orlando homes. First-time Orlando home buyers aren’t the only ones who

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Keeping Halloween In Orlando The Safest Kind Of Mayhem

Halloween in Orlando is the one day in every year when the regular order of things gets a thorough shaking up. For one thing, it’s the single day of the year when we expect our doorbell to be

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Now Is The Time For Orlando Landscaping Tweaks

Orlando gardening enthusiasts already know this—but for those whose thumbs are anything but green, right now is a special time of year where landscaping is concerned. It’s Orlando’s high

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For Orlando Real Estate Halloween Marks A Turning Point

Fa la la la la, la la la la: it’s carol time again! Not quite? You can’t almost hear those sleigh bells ringing? Well, brace yourself. Halloween is next Tuesday—and nowadays, that means

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Most Homeowners Now Predict Gains In Home Values

More than half of U.S. homeowners expect their home’s value to rise in the coming year. For Orlando real estate watchers who track public sentiment as a market indicator, the news comes as a

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Amazon Invades Orlando Real Estate

Amazon has invaded the realm of real estate—but you couldn’t say it’s happening in a big way. It’s happening in a tiny way.Last week the improbable news arrived that the web’s 400

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True Orlando Refi Warriors Land The Best Deals

Back when Orlando mortgage interest rates plummeted by 46% in less than four years, it precipitated a sort of refi tsunami. The volume of Orlando refinancings was nothing short of enormous. For the

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Rx For Orlando Real Estate Inspection Jitters

As worrisome physical symptoms go, house inspection jitters should not be worrisome in the least. Neither Orlando home buyers or their counterparts (Orlando home sellers) need be troubled if they

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9 Home Hacks To Ease Daily Orlando Homeowner Hassles

You don’t have to be holding a showing or Orlando open house to appreciate time-saving maintenance and organizational tips. Nowadays, many of these are being called “home hacks”—but no

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Game Theory And Orlando Real Estate Negotiations

Game theory only sounds like it has something to do with how to win in some weekend sports outing or family board game. It’s a seriously studied logical field that mathematicians delve into.

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Business Real Estate Strategy For Orlando Entrepreneurs

 Most Orlando small businesspeople will recognize this post-startup scenario. It’s the moment when the whole idea of long-range planning first starts to make sense. Although everyone who

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Orlando Listing Photos Set The Stage For The Sale

 Some key preparations for the marketing of any Orlando home actually start well before the first showing or open house: they take place in the hours before the Orlando listing photos are.

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Orlando Mortgage Rates Echo Another 2017 Low

A couple of weeks back, the ultimate authority on Orlando mortgage rates hadn’t minced words. That was Freddie Mac, whose opinion about mortgage rates constitutes the final say in the matter.

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Equifax Hack Victims Include Orlando Homeowners

When news of the Equifax hack first broke, the credit ratings giant scrambled to minimize fallout from this massive personal information breach. After an initial embarrassing misstep (they tried to

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4 Orlando Home Buying Steps

What a simpler world it would be if Orlando home buying could be reduced to anything like a simple 4-Step process. Even better if those were four easy steps. Actually, without actually coming out

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A Good News Item Buried In Orlandos Hurricane Coverage

 Last weekend’s regular Florida news should have been promoting all the usual upbeat feature stories about the onset of football season, the start of a brand new school year, the finals of

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Why Sell Your Orlando Home Now

“Give me one good reason why selling now is better than waiting until next spring,” is a perfectly legitimate request. It’s a challenge to the traditional peak of Orlando’s selling season.

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The 5 Top Reasons For Selling Your Orlando House Now

When you have a firm timeline that governs when you’ll be selling your Orlando house, it’s one decision that’s made for you. Of course, it’s not always that easy. If a move from one home to

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Mondays Eclipse In Orlando Due For A Reboot

By the beginning of Orlando’s new week, Monday’s eclipse had been so thoroughly chronicled as having been “99 years in the making!” you could be forgiven for any anxiety that might result if

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Orlando Asking Prices Cant Beat This Weeks 10 Dollar Example

It’s true that today’s Orlando asking prices fall into a wide range—occasionally even at temptingly reduced levels. But last week came news of one that I have to admit beat them all by a mile

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Long Term Strategic Thinking For Selling Your Orlando Home

Selling your Orlando home is never something you do on a whim. There can be rare situations when the decision to sell is a sudden one that’s forced by unexpected life circumstances (favorable or

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5 Tips Maximize Summertime Orlando House Showings

When the Orlando weather turns sizzling, you might think that house showings might go better by holding off for milder weather. After all, as the mercury rises, energy levels tend to wilt, so

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Events That Trigger Buyers For Homes For Sale In Orlando

 What are the most common changes in circumstances that send buyers out looking for homes for sale? What are the events that trigger typical prospects to comb through the Orlando listings,

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Top 3 Ways Homes In Orlando Can Save On Insurance

For most area homeowners, the 110-decibel wail of nearby fire engines may not be a sought-after feature when selecting the ideal neighborhood. Nonetheless, according to The Wall Street Journal,

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Orlando Mortgage Rates Hold Steady

Mortgage rates in Orlando remained mostly steady this past month, at least partially due to the predictable July-August doldrum effect. When the summertime vacation schedules of Washington and

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Casas En Orlando Bajo Foreclosure

Estas interesado en comprar la casa de tus sueños a un gran precio? Las casas que están bajo foreclosure son una gran opción ya que muchas veces los precios están por abajo del valor de la casa,

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Orlando Foreclosed Homes For Sale

Have you always wanted a beautiful home but thought it was impossible to afford it? Check out this foreclosed homes at great prices in Orlando, it's an opportunity you can't miss. Click!

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Buying In The Sunshine State

It's no surprise that the Sunshine State made the top 10 list for buying a home. There's Jacksonville #2, Orlando #3, West Palm Beach #5 and Tampa at #7. Many Florida owners will

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Florida HOA

A homeowners association can seem like a great idea. Neighborhoods governed by an HOA are often peaceful and pristinely manicured. But buying into one of these homes comes at a cost. So, before

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The 5 Year Tesla Plan

 My 5-year Tesla Plan is fanciful, but based on what could be the situation some Orlando renters can probably relate to. The imaginary 5-year Tesla Plan participant could be any gainfully

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Buying Orlando Luxury Homes On A Tight Budget

The content the National Association of Realtors® publishes is usually staid and non-controversial. After all, what they put out there has to ring true for the real estate industry in every nook

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Selling Your Orlando House Has Two Formidable Opponents

 Selling your Orlando house is a lot easier when you have an experienced professional relieving you of the lion’s share of the work. I spend full time dealing with the ins and outs of

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The Five Best July 4th Events In Orlando

If you’re in the Orlando area on the hunt for your new home, or perhaps you’ve already settled into your comfy abode, you may have started thinking about what to do to celebrate Independence Day

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How To Keep Your Dog Calm During Fourth Of July Fireworks

With fourth of July right around the corner, you may be busy planning your family outing (Check out these free 4th of July events) in honor of this day of independence. What some homeowners may

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Orlando Home Appraisals Best Left To Humans

 In the Terminator movies, a robot from the future (Arnold Schwarzenegger) hunts down the human heroine in order to change the future by altering the past. Although that’s actually the.

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FREE Things To Do In Orlando This 4th Of July

Are you still trying to figure out what to do on 4th of July? Do you want to spend this holiday with your friends and family? Take a look at some of the best and FREE events going on in Orlando

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Orlando Home Loan Applicants May See Credit Boost

For a few Orlando mortgage applicants, next week may see a one-time favorable change in how they are viewed by home loan lending institutions. It’s a technical change that could amount to a

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Top 8 Ideas To Boost Orlando House Values

From time to time it can be fun to scour the latest “Top Ten” lists of cost-conscious ways to increase the value of Orlando house value. Some make more sense than others. Upgrading bathroom

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Making The Most Of Todays Crop Of Orlando Homes For Sale

Not everyone who is looking at the homes for sale in Orlando needs to come up with a winner right away. If their own house has just been listed, they may reasonably estimate that it will be some

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Top 7 Home Selling Flubs Overs And Unders Version

The reason “Top 7” lists draw such universal attention is their value as time-savers: you can skim down the bold-faced items to spot topics of interest, needing to read further only for those

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The American Dream

You’d think that the whole notion of the American Dream is vague enough that it would be immune from challenge, and for the most part, that’s still true enough. Not so for its principal emblem,

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Top 6 Obscure Tips For Coping With Orlandos Weather

Odd Tips as Orlando Summer Weather Looms  Meteorologists say that Orlando’s meteorological summer arrived last week—although, to most of us, summer won’t begin for a couple of weeks.

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Estas Pensando En Comprar Una Casa Por Primer Vez En Orlando

La compra de una casa es una de las decisiones mas importantes en nuestras vidas. No todos los días o todos los meses tenemos la oportunidad de hacer una compra de este tipo. Por lo que es muy

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Fathers Day Ideas

Hello Everyone,As the month of May comes to an end, Fathers Day draws near. If anyone is like me, I'm sure you have the issue of trying to find the perfect gift for Fathers Day. Well here are some

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Do You Want To Be A Home Owner But Dont Think You Can Because Of Your Credit

 There are many individuals in the Central Florida that want to be "Homeowners" but feel they don't qualify to buy a home because they don't meet the criteria. The problem with this way of

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Orlando Real Estate And The Love Hate Love Pet Issue

For Orlando Buyers and Sellers, a Great Pet Divide  Pets and Orlando real estate have a love/hate/love relationship—a strong one. For prospective Orlando buyers and renters who own pets,

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Avocados And Orlando Dream Home Link Unearthed

Newly Discovered: the Avocado-Dream Home Connection  I think you’ll agree that the relationship between avocados and dream homes has been elusive for a long time. In fact, any connection

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Selling Your Orlando Home With A Quality Message

Selling Orlando Homes Without Unwanted Baggage There is no denying that the words “FIRE SALE!” and “CHEAP!” and “PRICES SLASHED!” and “GOING OUT OF BUSINESS!” have long been

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The Quick SLAM Test Rates Orlando Houses For Sale

SLAM Criteria for Comparing Houses for Sale in OrlandoIt’s called SLAM: an abbreviated approach that helps Orlando house hunters to quickly sort through listed houses for sale. Orlando homes that

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Orlando Real Estate Investing In The Internet Age

Is Orlando Real Estate Investing Harder? (Hint: No!) Has technology made investing in Orlando real estate easier? Entrepreneur Magazine has supplied an answer to warm the heart of any Orlando

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The Sizeable Homeowners Real Estate Tax Advantage

Thinking “Orlando Real Estate”? Think “Tax Advantage” As this season’s controversies swirl through Washington, one of them seems likely to wind up being at the top of the heap:

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Orlando Housing Affordability Heats Current Market

Orlando Housing Affordability Heats Current MarketEvery now and again Forbes magazine assembles what it calls its “top financial brain power” to comment on a topic of interest. Late last week,

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News Orlando Home Loans And Educated Guesswork

News, Orlando Home Loans, and Educated GuessworkLast week, local home loan observers were hardly surprised by the news that the Fed’s key borrowing rate—the one that’s most important where

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Really Thinking Outside The Box Shipping Container Homes

Really Thinking Outside the Box: Shipping Container HomesI don’t know about you, but when I used to hear the term “affordable housing” I’d think of value-priced Orlando condominium listings,

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Selling Your Orlando Home With Branding

Selling Your Orlando Home with BrandingSelling your Orlando home takes marketing, of course. Highlighting its features—the specific details that the Orlando MLS lists for every property—is only

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Same Ol List Not Just For Those With Homes For Sale

Same Ol’ List: Not Just for Those with Homes for Sale It’s that time of year again when those of us who write about Orlando homes for sale and related matters have a hard choice to make: do

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Orlando Mortgage Interest Rates Stage Surprise Turnabout

Orlando Mortgage Interest Rates Stage Surprise Turnabout It usually takes at least some digging to come up with relevant news for Orlando real estate watchers. Last week provided an exception.

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Orlando House Hunting Deal Killers Well Intentioned Parents

Orlando House Hunting Deal Killers: Well-Intentioned Parents You’re excited to be searching for a home in Orlando. Your parents are probably excited about your house hunt, too. They want the

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How To Organize Your Closet Spaces Without Breaking The Bank

Let's Talk Closets: How to Organize Your Closet Spaces Without Breaking the BankThere is a particular pleasure in a well-organized closet – not to mention the space and energy-saver that it!

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Searching for your dream home can be fun. For some, homes with large spaces definitely catches the eye. Here are a few in Central Florida I thought looked.

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Keeping your lawn looking great during springIt’s always a nice feeling to drive up to your home and notice your lawn is the best in the neighborhood. Not only will it get much attention, but it

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Winter Park Price Reductions

This house on Ololu Drive was reduced was $50,000.00!!! There are over 50 price reductions in Winter Park, click here to get the complete list!If you want to know of price reductions to

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Things To Consider Before Purchasing Your Florida Vacation Home

Whether you are looking to move to the Sunshine State permanently, or if you’re just looking for a vacation spot, purchasing a Florida home isn’t a bad investment. However, when considering

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Open Houses This Weekend In Winter Park

There are 68 open houses this weekend in Winter Park - Here are a few of my favorites!Get the full list

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Orlando Homes Are Climbing The Charts In 2017

There are plenty of cities throughout Florida that would make a comfortable living space for those up north who have weathered the snow for one winter too many. However, none are quite as unique as

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Orlando Luxury

Orlando’s Luxury HomesOrlando is known for its luxury benefits: the theme parks, its beach proximity, and the arts’ culture-- to name a few. And within this beautiful city, Orlando is laden with

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Minor Home Improvements That Will Drastically Improve Your Rate Of Return

You spent years and countless dollars on your first home and now, through whatever fork in the road brought you here, you’re ready to sell.It’s not easy letting go of a home that you and your

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Easy Ways To Increase Your Credit Score To Qualify For A Loan

You’re looking to buy a house, but you’re worried about your credit score. Is it good enough to qualify you for a decent loan? Start by checking your credit score (try freecreditreport.com) and

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Advice For Buying Your First Home

So you’ve decided to take the leap. It’s time. You’re done with the rent payments and have officially decided to buy your own home. It’s not a decision that comes easy, especially for first

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