Benjamin Urrutia's Blog

Posted on 02/21/2021
Are You Ready to Hire a Property Appraiser?
A home appraisal is paramount for a house seller. If a seller enters the real estate market with an appraisal report in hand, he or she can use the report's property valuation to determine the optimal price for a residence. Then, this individual can set an aggressive price for his or her house from day one of the home...
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Posted on 02/20/2021
Another Property Rented - 845 Grand Regency Pointe #106, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Bright 2-bedroom 2-bathroom condo, ceramic tile throughout, all the appliances, eating area by kitchen, plus an office space next to it, well maintained unit with large storage area and walking closets. It is well located next to SR 434, Maitland Blvd., grocery stores and brand name stores within a mile, Seminole State College five minutes away. Gated community with a club house, pool, tennis court, fitness center. All you can ask for a relaxed stay. Currently...
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Posted on 02/14/2021
Conforming Loan Limit Increase and the Jumbo Market
Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay If you bought a house that was over $484,350 prior to 2020, you had to get a jumbo loan, which is a non-conforming loan. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) increased the limit on conforming loans to $510,400 in most areas. The FHFA also increased the loan limit to $765,600 in some...
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Posted on 02/07/2021
How to Upcycle an Old Painting
Image by Juraj Varga from Pixabay If you're looking to get creative but to do so on a budget, then one fun activity to look at is upcycling an old painting and making it more personal to your style. By old paintings we mean those $2 thrift store oil paintings and popular prints you nabbed for cheap at...
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Posted on 02/03/2021
Another Property Sold - 1054 Lotus Cove Court #641, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Top floor unit. This is a three bedroom, two and a half bath condo that offers an open floor plan. Easy access to Rte. 434 and Rte. 436 in Altamonte Springs, just around the corner from Seminole State College. Community offers its residents a beautiful community pool, tennis courts, a car wash station, and elevators at each building. HOA covers water, sewer and trash. Call for your private tour...
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Posted on 01/31/2021
Garden Favorites to Increase Your Curb Appeal
Photo by Helga_SM via Shutterstock When you begin to revamp your yard or garden, there comes a time to decide what exactly you’ll be growing. You’ll want plants that are hearty, beautiful and fragrant to grace your yard. Choose Hearty First, you can begin by planting ground-cover roses. These bountiful, low-growing rose varieties can provide plenty of flowers...
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Posted on 01/24/2021
FHA, VA and USDA Loans and How They Differ from Conventional Mortgages
Photo by Alexander Stein via PixabayWhen it comes to a mortgage, most of us think of the same standard product; the 15 or 30 year conventional mortgage offered by banks and lenders. This is not the only mortgage option you have, though. Depending on your personal history and circumstances you may qualify for an attractive mortgage with lower...
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Posted on 01/17/2021
Avoid Tunnel Vision When Searching For a New Home
When buying a house, especially your first home, it's all too easy to make impulsive decisions and fail to "see the forest for the trees." Although it's impossible to ignore your emotional reactions to a house for sale, it's vital to look at the big picture and make sure there are no red flags being ignored or glossed over....
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Posted on 01/10/2021
How Can You Master the Homebuying Journey?
Believe it or not, even a first-time homebuyer can become a property buying expert. If you plan ahead for the homebuying journey, you can quickly and easily navigate the path from homebuyer to homeowner. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you master the homebuying journey. 1. Create Homebuying Criteria If you know you want to...
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Posted on 01/03/2021
Surviving a Short-Notice PCS Move
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels In the military, sometimes a Permanent Change of Station or PCS move happens quickly and orders to move to a new location can leave you scrambling. When you have to make a fast move, the whirlwind of activity can leave you feeling a little dazed and wondering if you’re forgetting anything. So,...
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Posted on 12/27/2020
Rise Above the Home Selling Competition
The home selling market can be fierce, regardless of where you live. However, there are lots of things you can do to rise above the house selling competition, and these include: 1. Learn About the Local Housing Market Take a look at some of the available houses in your city or town – you will be glad you did....
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Posted on 12/20/2020
Under Cabinet Lighting Options
Image by StockSnap from Pixabay Your kitchen is the ultimate workspace, but only if it has the lighting needed to properly illuminate your work area. Without the right lighting, you could end up fumbling through your tasks, failing to complete them to the best of your ability. Thankfully, resolving that problem is as easy as installing LEDs under...
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