February Property of the Month 2017

BRITISH HOMES GROUP Florida ~ Specialising in Florida Real Estate

Orlando | Kissimmee | Davenport | Windermere | Bay Hill | Clermont

Residential Luxury ~ Vacation Paradise

New British Homes “Best Buy” Listing!

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This one won’t last long!

Immaculate end unit consisting of 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms overlooking the lake. The home comes fully furnished and is currently used as a short term rental home with over 35 weeks of bookings for 2016 plus approx 30 weeks of owner bookings to convey in 2017 already.

Encantada is a guard gated community with fantastic amenities including heated zero entry community pool, hot tub, tot lot, recreation club house, bar, fitness gym, cyber cafe, games arcade and private lake surrounding by a jogging/walking trail. All this within 5 miles of Walt Disney World and Florida’s world famous attractions, shopping, restaurants, golf and so much more.

Located in a gated community, zoned for short term rentals.

Built: 2014

Beds: 4

Bath: 3

Sq Ft: 1636

Location: Davenport, FL

Request More Information on this Home.

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With over 20,000 investment homes to choose from, the British Homes Group can help you find the perfect home for you. For more information please contact British Homes Group today on +1 407 396 9914 or visit www.britishhomesgroup.com

Orlando Florida, USA

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ORLANDO RECORDS FASTEST GROWING POPULATION IN THE US
AS INVESTORS LOOK TO THE SUNSHINE STATE

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Orlando is number one destination for population growth, welcoming over 60,400 new residents in 12 months (US Census Bureau)

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ITS MOST FAMOUS RESIDENT, MICKEY MOUSE, THE US CITY OF ORLANDO IS CONTINUING TO ATTRACT A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF NEW INHABITANTS.

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According to the most recent figures released by the US Census Bureau, Orlando is the number one destination for population growth, adding over 60,400 new residents in just 12 months (July 2014 to July 2015).

This substantial increase accounted for a 2.6% growth in Orlando’s total population during the 12 month period, making it the fastest growing of the US’s 30 largest regions. Orlando’s rising population ensured that it was also named in Forbes.com’s prestigious list of America’s fastest growing cities.

Compiled by ranking the 100 largest metro areas and their surrounding suburbs, they factor in population growth for 2015 and 2016, year-over-year job growth for 2015, the metro’s economic growth rate, unemployment, and median annual pay for college-educated workers in the area.

Currently ranked 7th, with a substantial projected growth rate of 2.03% for 2016, Orlando is definitely a city to watch this year. With a rising population comes growing housing demand, and savvy international investors are increasingly looking to Orlando and the Sunshine State of Florida as a safe and secure destination, with a wealth of opportunities.


In 2015 Orlando greeted over 66 million tourists,  (Florida over 100 Million!) a 5.4% growth in comparison to 2014

As well as experiencing strong population growth, Orlando has also witnessed a surge of tourism in recent years, adding to its already strong position as a hub of real estate investment.

2015 saw Florida become the first state to ever welcome more than 100 million out-of-state and international tourists, with over 105 million people visiting the Sunshine State throughout the year. Will Seccombe, President and Chief Executive Officer of Visit Florida, the state’s tourism authority, emphasised Orlando’s part in this record breaking achievement, explaining,

“Orlando is the most visited destination in the United States. It’s the most visited city, and certainly the home of the theme park capital of the world, right? No place else on earth can compare to that.”

The city itself attained a new tourism record in 2015 as ‘The City Beautiful’ welcomed over 66 million tourists. George Aguel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Visit Orlando, the region’s tourism arm, recently revealed 2015’s 5.4% growth, which comes just a year after Orlando became the first US destination to surpass 60 million visitors.

Orlando was America’s number one employment centre for job growth in 2015 (Labour Market Data)

Read the full article on our Buy To Let Homes site.

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With over 20,000 investment homes to choose from, British Homes Group can provide a fully managed leaseback agreement and bonus access to an exclusive rental partnership with Virgin Holidays. The partnership can assist and support investors in finding reliable tenants in order to make the most of the property.

For more information please contact British Homes Group today on +1 407 396 9914 or visit www.britishhomesgroup.com

Orlando Florida, USA

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Orlando area Distressed Sales

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Some numbers from the ORLANDO BUSINESS JOURNAL on distressed property sales in the Orlando area.

Distressed sales continued to decrease in February, according to a new report from CoreLogic.

Orlando, Kissimmee and Sanford had the largest year-over-year drop in its distressed sales.

In January, our share of distressed sales was at 19.8 percent, so the latest data shows a pretty good decrease for the region. In fact, Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford had the largest year-over-year drop in its distressed sales share, declining by 5.3 percentage points from 24.3 percent in February 2015 to 19.1 percent in February 2016.

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More good news for Orlando villa owners!

But remember the difference between “Price” and “Value”:

“Value” factors-in QUALITY!

Best!

Bill

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With over 20,000 investment homes to choose from, British Homes Group can provide a fully managed leaseback agreement and bonus access to an exclusive rental partnership with Virgin Holidays. The partnership can assist and support investors in finding reliable tenants in order to make the most of the property.

For more information please contact British Homes Group today on +1 407 396 9914 or visit www.britishhomesgroup.com

Orlando Florida, USA

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Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort Announces New Kingswell Neighborhood

BRITISH HOMES GROUP Florida ~ Specialising in Florida Real Estate

Orlando | Kissimmee | Davenport | Windermere | Bay Hill | Clermont | Disney

Residential Luxury ~ Vacation Paradise

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Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort Announces New Kingswell Neighborhood

Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort announced plans for its newest neighborhood, Kingswell. The new neighborhood will feature the last estate-sized home sites available for purchase within the community. Sale of select home sites just began, with prices of finished custom homes to start at $3 million.

The neighborhood is planned to include a community park with natural landscapes, which will be available to all Golden Oak residents. Near the park, a new bronze sculpture of Pinocchio will be featured adding to the unique Golden Oak sculpture series that includes sophisticated interpretations of classic Disney animation located throughout the community.

Custom single-family homes will range from approximately 5,000 to 7,000 square feet and feature design and architectural inspiration from European and Caribbean influences. The initial homesites released boast approximate half-acre lots for each the anticipated 53 homes.

Lock in now to start enjoying select Golden Oak Club benefits!

Sign a contract on your preferred home site by July 31, 2016 and you can start enjoying the following offerings of the Golden Oak Club;

  • access to amenities including Summerhouse, the private clubhouse for residents
  • the full-service Markham’s dining room and Tyler’s Lounge
  • state-of-the-art fitness facility and pool
  • the Resident Services team

Kingswell is Golden Oak’s sixth neighborhood to be released since the luxury residential community broke ground in 2010.

Golden Oak welcomed its first residents in 2012 and recently announced the addition of Four Seasons Private Residences Orlando in 2015.

For more information about Kingswell and the Golden Oak community please contact us.

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With over 20,000 investment homes to choose from, the British Homes Group can help you find the perfect home for you. For more information please contact British Homes Group today on +1 407 396 9914 or visit www.britishhomesgroup.com

Orlando Florida, USA

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FREE TICKETS TO A PLACE IN THE SUN SHOW

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FREE TICKETS THIS WEEKEND!

FREE TICKETS TO A PLACE IN THE SUN SHOW

A Place in the Sun Live is the official exhibition of the Channel 4 TV show and the largest overseas property exhibition in Europe – the perfect place to help guide you through the buying process and find your ideal property abroad.

Olympia London – 6th-8th May 2016

free-ticketsThere will be over 150 exhibitors from around the world ready to showcase their collection of beautiful overseas homes.

France, Portugal, Italy and Florida all have their own dedicated area at the show where you’ll find a mix of agents and developers and a detailed seminar programme where you can chat to industry experts and get all your questions answered.

All visitors receive a free copy of A Place in the Sun magazine and A Place in the Sun Live Show Guide and if that’s not enough, the stars of the TV show Amanda, Jasmine, Jonnie and Laura. will be appearing at The Hub to share their experiences from the TV show, offer their top tips for overseas property hunting and answering your questions.

You can even meet them face-to-face at the magazine signing sessions.

The weekend will be informative, entertaining and an essential place to visit if you’re considering moving forward with your overseas property purchase plans.

We will be on the Contempo booth in the Florida Pavillion with updated information on Rosemont Woods. Hope to see you there!

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With over 20,000 investment homes to choose from, British Homes Group can provide a fully managed leaseback agreement and bonus access to an exclusive rental partnership with Virgin Holidays. The partnership can assist and support investors in finding reliable tenants in order to make the most of the property.

For more information please contact British Homes Group today on +1 407 396 9914 or visit www.britishhomesgroup.com

Orlando Florida, USA

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May 2016 Property of the Month

BRITISH HOMES GROUP Florida ~ Specialising in Florida Real Estate

Orlando | Kissimmee | Davenport | Windermere | Bay Hill | Clermont

Residential Luxury ~ Vacation Paradise

New British Homes “Best Buy” Listing!

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This home will go FAST!

Westridge is a well established, popular and well managed community just south of the 192 on hgwy 27. Gated, well maintained sub-division with a club house and nice community pool.

Check out this turn-key, FOUR BEDROOM / THREE BATH W/PRIVATE POOL home in one of South Orlando’s coveted gated communities, Westridge with LOW HOA fees! Perfect location off Hwy 27 in the Davenport area, just 15 minutes from Disney and numerous golf courses in an area zoned for short term rental.

The Westridge community is gated, offers a community pool, clubhouse and fitness center and the HOA covers the homeowners lawn maintenance, exterior pest control and sprinkler maintenance.

Whether you are looking for a full-time home, a second home, a vacation home with potential for rental income, a snowbird retreat… you have found it!

Seller reports regular maintenance throughout with new A/C with remote wi-fi control & new pool pump as of 2014.

Request More Information on this Buckingham Circle Home.

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With over 20,000 investment homes to choose from, the British Homes Group can help you find the perfect home for you. For more information please contact British Homes Group today on +1 407 396 9914 or visit www.britishhomesgroup.com

Orlando Florida, USA

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Selling your Orlando Home

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4 Hidden Costs of Selling your US Home

Whether you’re looking to relocate, downsize or upgrade to a larger space, selling a home can be a stressful and surprisingly expensive process. You’re probably aware that if you use a Realtor, you’ll pay a 5% to 6% commission on your home’s sale price. But there are some other costs that might creep up on you.

Real Estate Transfer Taxes

You’d think that paying for and owning a home would give you the right to sell it with no strings attached, but alas, that’s not the case.

When you sell a home, your state, county or municipality may want a piece of the action – and what better way to generate extra revenue than to impose a real estate transfer tax? While the amount you pay will vary based on where you live, tax rates typically range from 0.01% of your home’s sale price (as in Colorado) to 4% (roughly what you’ll pay in Pittsburgh). In Florida, for example, you’ll pay about $2,100 in transfer taxes when you sell a $300,000 property.

On the bright side, it’s common for the buyer and seller to split this cost. Just make sure you know how much you’ll end up paying.

Capital Gains Taxes

Though it’s somewhat rare, depending on your circumstances, you may be subject to capital gains taxes if you sell your home for a significant profit. What helps most people avoid these taxes is the ability to exclude up to $250,000 in gains for a single filer and up to $500,000 in gains for those married filing jointly.

There’s a catch, though: To claim the exclusion in its entirety, the property in question must have been your primary home, and you must have lived in it for at least two out of the five years leading up to the sale date. Also, if you claimed another home sale exclusion in the previous two years, you generally won’t be eligible for another one. On the other hand, you can deduct selling costs, such as Realtor fees, to lower your capital gains for tax purposes.

Home Staging Costs

Though it’s not a must, home staging can help you attract buyers and move your home off the market more quickly.

The downside? Sprucing up your home costs money. Sellers these days spend $1,800 on average to stage a home, and while you may recoup some or all of that money by commanding a higher asking price, it’s a cost you should be prepared to absorb up front.

Thankfully, you can save money on staging costs by doing some of the work yourself as opposed to hiring a professional stager. The Internet is loaded with tips on how to stage homes on a budget, from adding decorative curtains and rugs to applying fresh paint as needed.

Certificate of Occupancy

In some localities, in order to sell a home, the seller must obtain a certificate of occupancy stating that the property in question is safe and suitable for residence.

While the fee for the certificate itself might be as little as $50, some cities and towns have specific criteria that must be met before a home can receive one. Generally, a municipal representative performs an on-site inspection to see if a home complies with updated building codes.

If yours doesn’t, you may need to make some last-minute adjustments or repairs to get your home up to code, and the more involved the work, the more you’re likely to pay. Updating your kitchen’s outlets, for example, could cost several hundred dollars if you need to get an electrician involved.

If you’re enlisting the help of a realtor to sell your home, ask yours to walk you through the potential costs you might encounter in the process. That way, you won’t be quite as horror-struck when those potential expenses begin to add up.

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Over 30 Years ……..!

That’s how long The British Homes Group has been helping our UK clientele sell their holiday homes in Florida – over 10,000 potential buyers read our “Florida” newsletter every issue!

Can we help you sell your villa this year?

Or invest in another sunny Orlando villa or income property (e.g. Buy-To-Let) – over 20,000 to choose from in the Disney area alone!

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For more information please contact British Homes Group today on +1 407 396 9914 or visit www.britishhomesgroup.com

Orlando Florida, USA

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