The Seminole County SHIP Down Payment Assistance Program will have a Home Buyer Workshop Saturday in Altamonte Springs. The program is for low- and very low-income families who want to purchase new or existing homes in Seminole County and need assistance. As of July 31, SHIP funds have enabled 843 families to buy homes. For details or to get screened for the workshop, call 407-831-8020. Or to check on the Web, go to seminolebusiness.org and click on About The Chamber, and then scroll down to SHIP program.
Selling Your Home
When summer rolls around, real estate sales typically slow down. But using a few marketing strategies can help a home sell more quickly. Here are some tips from the American Homeowners Association that will help sellers in a slow market. Don't turn off the air conditioner; that forces potential buyers to walk into a hot house. Consider targeting out-of-town buyers because people seeking to relocate are more motivated and don't have the luxury of a lengthy house hunt. Listen to your broker and be realistic about the listing price. And remember that most home buyers are looking for a home that requires few upgrades or repairs, so take care of needed repairs, and make sure your lawn is lush and inviting.
Model: Charleston A in Parkside Landing at Avalon Park in southeast Orlando. Builder: Ryland Homes of Orlando. Features: four bedrooms, two baths, two-car garage, 1,966 square feet, tile floors, 42-inch kitchen cabinets, security system, porcelain kitchen sink, cultured marble master bath, six-panel interior doors with lever hardware and knockdown ceilings. Price: $221,063. Community: 235 lots, 60 available; living space 1,574 to 3,400 square feet; $145,490 to $231,990.
REAL ESTATE Q&A;
Question: My parents are thinking about moving to Central Florida in a few years. I would like to provide them with information about retirement golf communities. It is too premature to contact a real estate agent. Are there any lists, booklets or Web sites that would provide comprehensive information about retirement communities?
Answer: There are a number of retirement golf communities in Central Florida. You can find information or request brochures on Web sites such as retirenet.com and flori daguide.com. There you will find links to numerous community sites that will provide information on the location, prices, amenities and golf courses. Another site that might be helpful is navi-gator.com/florida/golfcommunities/, which features a partial list of golf communities in the state.