Open House? Are You For Or Against Them?

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One of the services that real estate professionals are obligated to perform are Open Houses. I have heard over the past ten years from numerous agents all the negatives; the only attendees are nosey neighbors, the buyer’s are not ready to purchase, and how dangerous they are for the homeowner. I can attest to holding open houses and being introduced to all the neighbors. I have met numerous buyer’s that are a year or two away from actually purchasing a home. And I can say that I have firsthand knowledge of checking after a crew came through the house and noticing that there were windows unlocked that were locked before the “crew” entered the home looking to supposedly purchase a half a million dollar home while driving a $200 pickup truck. So yes, there is validity to these statements. Open House homes in Kissimmee, Fl can be a lonely few hours. But, they happen every weekend.


How many sales have I gotten from an open house? One. That was the first one that I did twelve years ago. Zero since. Are they time consuming, you bet. Can they be a waste of time, they can. But what is the harm? The seller wants to be sure all avenues are used to market and sell their home. So what does it hurt? NOTHING. It’s a part of the service that our industry performs. So suck it up and market the property. This year I am redirecting my efforts and I will gladly do Open Houses. As a matter of fact I just got the opportunity for a listing that was withdrawn because the agent was fired for not doing an open house.


As an REO agent, one of my banks expect open houses and a written report for all their listing. We purchase company logo Open House directional’s in December, and Open House banner flags in January. Open the house, here I come!


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Find Homes for Sale in 34769, Saint Cloud Florida

Saint Cloud Florida is a great place to live work and play! If you’re in the market for a home in central Florida, we really recommend that you check out the 34769 zip code first. This area has close proximity to all of the major highways and you can be in Downtown Orlando in less than a half an hour—the beach on either coast in less than an hour! If you’re interested in living in a more relaxed locale, while still having access to the great nightlife that Orlando and the surrounding cities have to offer, this area is ideal. 34769 is located in close proximity to Medical City and the airport, but far enough away that you can escape the high paced, high traffic lifestyle.

As of writing, a quick search reveals over 100 properties for sale that will fit any budget. This zip code includes St. Cloud’s lakefront and historic downtown areas with construction ranging from new to old. You can find property built this year, or traditional Florida homes built at the turn of the last century. This is one of the first established zip codes in the city so if you’re dreaming of owning a classic piece of Florida real estate history, this is a great place to start your search.

The historic downtown area has a quaint, small town charm that appeals to buyers looking for a home with a sense of community. The downtown area is picturesque, and yet still in close proximity to your favorite chains for shopping and dining out.

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Homes For Sale in Kissimmee Florida

Spacious Amelia Island model. This 4 bedroom 3 bath home comes complete with separate formal living room and family room. Split bedrooms and inside utility. Master bath features a garden tub and separate shower. This property is not in an HOA, it has a CDD of $588 that is included in the taxes. Crescent Lakes is zoned for short term vacation rentals which makes this homes for sale in Kissimmee Florida ideal for residents and investors. The community has its own security, two parks, tennis court, picnic area, playgrounds, Basketball courts, and plenty of lit sidewalk trails for a great jog in all ours. Close to schools, shopping, and theme parks make this location ideal. ALL MEASUREMENTS, CCD, and HOA FEES ARE DEEMED RELIABLE BUT NOT GUARANTEED.

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Crescent Lakes Community is located on South Poinciana Boulevard in West Kissimmee. The community is surrounded by nature and conservation areas. Holiday rental zoning is permitted in this community. With close proximity to Walt Disney World Resort and area attractions. This community is great for investment short term rental as well as year round residency. Construction started in 1995 and commenced in 2005.

Crescent Lakes in Kissimmee, Florida is a short term rental community just 16 miles from Walt Disney World Resort. This community was cut out of conservation land and has wide open spaces. The 6 fishing ponds are a great place to relax and fish the afternoon away, or you can take a walk on the boarded walk-way and enjoy Florida wildlife in it’s own environment. For a little more action, this secure community has basketball courts, tennis courts, football/soccer field, and two playgrounds.

Crescent Lakes is close to HWY 192 in Kissimmee and is close to shopping, dinner theaters, and restaurants. The community is located just of the beaten path and hustle and bustle of the tourist corridor for relaxing vacation housing or year around residence.

Crescent Lakes Kissimmee, Florida is a large commuinty built in 10 phases:

HEATHERSTONE AT CRESCENT LAKES  Has 103 home sites and was built between 1995-1997

LAUREL RUN AT CRESCENT LAKES  Has 93 home sites and was built between  1996-1998

JASMINE POINTE AT CRESCENT LAKES  Has 90 home sites and was built between 1997-1999

ORCHID EDGE AT CRESCENT LAKES  has 129 home sites and was built between 1997-2000

ASTER COVE AT CRESCENT LAKES has 76 home sites and was built between 1998-2001

DAHLIA RESERVE AT CRESCENT LAKES has 151 home sites and was built between 1999-2001

ALLAMANDA GRACE AT CRESCENT LAKES has 120 home sites and was built between 2000-2003

WILLOW BEND AT CRESCENT LAKES has 114 home sites and was built between 2002-2003

CALLA LILY COVE CRESCENT LAKES has 52 home sites and was built between 2004-2005

CREPE MYRTLE COVE AT CRESCENT LAKES has 54 home sites and was built between 2004-2005

Crescent Lakes in Kissimmee was constructed from 1995 to 2005. These homes were designed to be rented by the week, the month, the year, or to not rented at all. Crescent Lakes community has sparkling pools, Fishing lakes, and nature in a Florida setting. Family oriented near the worlds favorite family playground, Walt Disney World Resort. This community is a great investment, or just a great place to call home. Check out homes for sale in Kissimmee Florida.

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Osceola County has changed over the past few decades. The county was originally established as a rural area with a long history of agriculture and cattle farming. With the introduction of the Disney World parks, we became a great place to call home! People from all over the world began to look for homes for sale in Kissimmee FL and construction of new homes began to boom! To this day, because so many people have begun raising families here, Osceola County School District is the county’s largest employer followed by Walt Disney World as the second largest.

In Osceola, things may have changed but we do our best to remember how our county began and it’s that time of year again…the Osceola County Fair begins this Friday the 13th.

In 1940, long before we had quite so many homes for sale in Kissimmee FL, the Osceola County Fair & Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show informally began. It was hosted on the grounds of the Kissimmee Livestock Market. Over the next decade the livestock show grew and in 1951 it became incorporated formally the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show and Fair Association.

Today there is still the 4H livestock fair, but the event has transformed into a veritable carnival, complete with rides, food and entertainment. Every year at the same time, the Silver Spurs Rodeo takes place nextdoor.

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This year’s highlights include a Demolition Derby, a pie eating contest, a tractor pull, live music and more. The fair’s dates are from February 13-22—it opens at noon on the weekends and at 5 throughout the week. Come on down and enjoy the rides!


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Homes For Sale in Saint Cloud Florida

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Homes For Sale St Cloud Florida

Fantastic large 4 bedroom home in Lorraine Estates. Just added new Carpeting! Convenient to shopping, schools, and Florida’s Turnpike. An exceptional front door leads to the living room/dinning room with wonderful wood flooring. To the rear is the family room as with wood floors where French doors lead to a large backyard, great for family gatherings and parties. The bedrooms are split two to a side with the kitchen in the middle with oak cabinets and a breakfast area in the kitchen. This home has it all, even an inside utility room. Lorraine Estates is a wonderful community in a great location. For Homes For Sale in St Cloud Florida visit

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We help Buyers and Sellers find and purchase homes for sale in St Cloud Florida. Property ownership Central Florida has so many advantages. It’s like being on vacation year around. Pristine beaches, theme parks, and great weather are just a few of the attractions to this great lifestyle. Imagine having Walt Disney World on your back porch, or being about to enjoy the outdoors every month of the year. Property values will always be a great investment as our population is always growing.

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Central Florida has great home values. There has never been a better time to make a real estate investment. Whether you are looking for the perfect home, or looking to add real estate to your portfolio, home ownership is a great investment as prices have corrected. Maybe your looking to buy a home, or looking for a rental property, our staff uses the latest technology to send you homes to choose from. We also have bank contacts, and sell Bank Owned Foreclosure Properties. Our access to the banks lists foreclosures as they come on the market. Looking for an investment home? Central Florida has a wide variety of investment homes to suit your needs.

We also offer full service Long Term Rental Management with our sister company Toni’s Property Management LLC to increase your investment portfolio or retirement. Central Florida is home to Walt Disney World Resort which is still the worlds number one tourist destination, so property ownership is always in demand, from a short term vacation villa, to traditional long term rental properties. The absence of a state income tax makes Florida a great place to live and retire. We are centrally located and close to everything, but just far enough away from the coast to be protected from the extreme weather and storms. Our real estate market will always be vibrant.


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$1,100 a Month

342 Puffer Ct. Poinciana, Florida

342 Puffer Ct Poinciana, FL

Unfurnished Rental Listing. Corner lot with a huge side yard. This two story 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home is a spacious in design  with high ceilings. Separate living room, family room, dining room and eat-in kitchen. All tile downstairs and new carpeting in all upstairs bedrooms. Master bath features duel sinks, garden tub and separate shower. All bedrooms are large with full size closets. Inside utility! Available immediately! There is no mortgage and will not be foreclosed on. Sorry no pets and no section 8.

Property Management Kissimmee Florida is what we do at Toni’s Property Management LLC. Try our properties for a professional rental experience.



Toni’s Property Management, LLC is a full-time, licensed, real estate brokerage specializing in management of long-term rentals. Let’s face it, you own a rental property to make money. Return on investment is what you desire. Toni’s Property Management LLC is a company that understands investing. From property preservation to occupancy we are your best choice for return on investment. We pride ourselves in finding the very best tenants for your investment property. Screening the tenant is the most important step with making your investment enjoyable and profitable. We screen potential tenants with a five step approach to ensure the very best occupant.

We have adapted to the ever-changing real estate market in the area during it’s ups and downs. Our experience and our individual client philosophy make us the best choice when it comes to the management of your Central Florida property. We are also investors and use the best contractors to get the job done right the first time at the best value.


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4 Tips For First Time Investors

useful tips for investors

from Toni’s Property Management in St Cloud FL

If you’re looking at becoming a landlord, you may be investing in real estate for the first time; there are a number of important things you need to consider before you get started.

As a rental manager and investor, I understand all of the ins and outs involved with property management in St Cloud FL. As an investor, you want to make a sound purchase and see a return on your investment. These are things I can help you with.

Here are some quick tips for investors interested in getting into property management in St Cloud FL.

1. Know your credit score

Many buyers will want to know their credit eligibility to finance investment property. Most lenders require a FICO score higher than 700 from borrowers who want to borrow money to invest in real estate. Make sure your debt-income ratio is low—in order to improve your debt ratio, pay down outstanding credit card debt or car loans.

2. Consider Real Estate Investing Your Business

Don’t treat it as a hobby! Develop a business plan and set realistic goals and timeframes. Detail all of the expenses involved with starting and running your own property management in St Cloud FL business. If you’ve never written a business plan, you can find help at the Small Business Administration’s website.

3. Educate Yourself About Investing

Spend as much time as you can spare reading up on information about investing. Avoid books advertising that you can make huge sums of money in 30 days or books that are too old. These books usually have information that is exaggerated or no longer pertinent in today’s market. A great wealth of information about investing in real estate for property management in St Cloud FL is also available online for free.

4. Ask A Professional

Of course this is not all that you need to know or the extent of the advice that I can provide you with in regard to property management in St Cloud FL, and I’m sure you have questions! I always answer questions without any obligation or cost, so you have nothing to lose. If you are interested in getting started with property management in St Cloud FL, we can help you! Send an email today.

Toni’s Property Management, LLC is a full service company specializing in property management Kissimmee FL, Saint Cloud, Davenport, Poinciana, Orlando and Celebration, Florida. We love to help people find and place great tenants into beautifully maintained rental properties with our extensive background and tenant screening process. Our specialty is helping investors interested in acquiring properties to rent and getting them the best return on investment that the market allows. If you’re looking for rental properties in Kissimmee, Saint Cloud, Davenport, Poinciana, Orlando or Celebration, our property management website has a fully automated search of all rentals available in those areas.

Contact us by phone 407-933-2357, or email

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useful tips for landlords

from Toni’s Property Management in Kissimmee FL

Using a licensed company specializing in property management in Kissimmee FL makes more sense than renting your investment property on your own. Your rental property is an expensive investment and it can lead to financial security down the road or a quick ruin. If you’ve never managed your own properties before, on paper it will seem like a piece of cake—but are you prepared to endure the headaches and pitfalls of dealing with your tenants?

Hiring a company like Toni’s Property Management in Kissimmee FL will help you avoid some of these four landlord headaches:

1. Security Deposits

Security deposits are the tenant’s funds collected in event that the tenant causes damages to the property—these funds cannot be kept for late or unpaid rents unless you have this clause included in your lease agreement with the tenant. Did you know that the standard leases that are available for free on legal download websites generally do not allow you to keep the tenant’s deposit in the event that they stop paying? In the event that your tenant stops paying for whatever reason, our leases include this clause. The leases we use are individually written up by a law firm that specializes in property management in Kissimmee FL. We do this in order to ensure that they pertain specifically to each property and tenant. We hold tenant deposits in a federally insured escrow account until such time that they move out and we have inspected the property and assessed the damages. Damages that do not fall under the parameters for normal wear and tear are repaired and the cost is deducted from the deposit.

2. Eviction

Dealing with tenants can be especially exhausting if your relationship with them goes sour. They may move in a pet or friend that you never approved to live in your investment. They may stop paying rent. Do you know the legal steps involved in order to remove problem tenants from your property? Assuming that you do, are you ready to take these steps? If you don’t begin an eviction process correctly, you stand a chance of having to deal with bad tenants indefinitely—and in the event of an incorrectly initiated eviction, judges tend to side with the tenants and you will have to begin the process over from the beginning…this means more time that your investment is not seeing a return or tenants are damaging the property further. Additionally, eviction attorney fees cost hundreds, sometimes thousands and if you initiate the eviction yourself or botch a step in the process, they tend to charge you more to fix your errors. Avoid the errors (and hopefully an eviction all together) by hiring a company that specializes in property management in Kissimmee FL…we will be the bad guy for you if we need to be.

3. Finding Tenants

If you are looking to rent your property on your own, how do you plan to advertise that it is for rent? Most owners will put a sign in the yard and cross their fingers. But if your rental property is in a gated community or one with a 24 hour security guardhouse at the front of it, the ones who will see your sign are the neighbors! And that isn’t going to do you much good because they already live there. Our property management in Kissimmee FL puts your property front-and-center on our websites and all over the internet in the most popular places where tenants look for houses to rent.We generally begin receiving calls within 24 hours of listing your property for lease.

4. Finding Qualified Tenants

Anybody can find a tenant for their property, eventually…but how do you know if the tenant is going to keep up their end of the lease? Most background check companies will not provide the vital information required to approve or deny a tenant to individual landlords. Because they worry about their own liability in providing this information to the public, they tend to prefer to work with qualified licensed professionals. By hiring a property management in Kissimmee FL, you can ensure that the tenants placed in your property have been thoroughly screened. We perform full background checks on every person living in the house that is over the age of 18 prior to leasing the property to them. The background checks provided to us include the tenant’s credit history, rental and eviction history, employment, criminal history (including sex offender & terrorist databases), and finally we conduct a personal interview with each tenant to make sure we know who is actually moving into your property.

Toni’s Property Management, LLC is a full service company specializing in property management Kissimmee FL, Saint Cloud, Davenport, Poinciana, Orlando and Celebration, Florida. We love to help people find and place great tenants into beautifully maintained rental properties with our extensive background and tenant screening process. Our specialty is helping investors interested in acquiring properties to rent and getting them the best return on investment that the market allows. If you’re looking for rental properties in Kissimmee, Saint Cloud, Davenport, Poinciana, Orlando or Celebration, our property management website has a fully automated search of all rentals available in those areas.

Contact us by phone 407-933-2357, or email


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Today in the news, our fair city is celebrating along with thousands of its residents and visitors a rise in property values for anyone with homes for sale in Kissimmee Florida…oh wait that’s not what the big party is for, is it? Sorry, I always seem to have a case of real estate brain…

Three months ago, the city completed a multimillion dollar renovation of the Kissimmee Lakefront Park. (Saint Cloud’s park renovation is only just barely nice I guess, in comparison.) I took a walk around today so I could share with you our great, newly modernized civic areas.

 The grand opening is later today (January 30th, 2015) with a free concert by Frankie Negron, Uncle Kracker and Sugar Ray followed by a firework show! Thousands are expected to be in attendance. (View Event Info & Upcoming Events Here)

The renovation itself was done in three phases over the last 5 years and was budgeted at a cost of nearly $34 million. It was funded by the city mostly through sales tax and the grand project was finished under budget (how often do you here that) with a final cost of $30 million.

The park features an environmentally friendly design, with spectacular views of the lake and open spaces. Buyers looking for homes for sale in Kissimmee Florida will find that this park was built with the people of our city in mind. The road that used to bisect the lakefront park area has been removed, making the park safer for pedestrians. There are new interior sea walls designed as places someone could sit if they liked, and drainage areas leading to the lake are cleverly disguised as hidden “retention gardens” to be pleasing to residents’ eyes. The retention ponds are designed to exist as water features during our rainier months (sorry, they’re bone dry in my pictures today) as well as filter out less desirable pollutants from the water before it reaches our lake systems.

New, wider sidewalks make biking, jogging and walking your furry friend easier for pedestrians. Some sidewalks branch off into wooden trails made from recycled lumber through native plant and rock gardens featuring stones mined in Florida quarries.

Nature-minded buyers of homes for sale in Kissimmee Florida will find that everything used in the revitalization of our downtown lakefront park has a truly “Florida Feel” even the pavilions are named after native birds and wild life.

One of the most popular features of the park will surely be the kids attractions! The renovation features a splash park and two playgrounds where kids can play beneath a raised sunscreen tarp. These areas all feature depictions of Floridian nature designed to spark your children’s imaginations; animals, trees, and even a large tepee—representative of the Native American history of Osceola County, The entire area was once a Seminole stronghold.

Most of the new park facilities are booked—a year in advance at this time—and were built with history in mind. Each of the fifteen rentable pavilions were built in the early 1900’s style with tin roofs and wooden ceilings.

The Big Toho Marina with its 52 new, brick-paved floating docks is sure to be a feather-in-the-cap of any potential homeowner looking to buy homes for sale in in Kissimmee Florida. The marina was moved from its former place in the center of the park, to where it should have always been, down by the boat slips on the other end of the park.

The park is expected to draw people from outside the city and county in 2016 when the new SunRail station is extended into Downtown Kissimmee. The station will be just two blocks away, making it easier for Orlando and Winter Park natives to make a day of enjoying our new facilities and downtown areas.

If you are looking for a great place to live, work and play in Florida, this is it! Make sure that you don’t pass-up the great homes for sale in Kissimmee Florida, and come on down and enjoy our new park!

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Every homeowner thinking of putting their house on the market with the other homes for sale in St Cloud FL hopes to get top dollar for their property. Sometimes the homeowner’s idea of what their home is worth is spot on, and sometimes—a good deal of the time, actually—their idea of the value of their home is an unrealistic expectation.

The truth is that your home is only worth what someone is willing to pay you for it. Understanding the factors that sway values will help homeowners determine the true value of homes for sale in St Cloud FL.

1. Location…

Location, location, location. It’s more important than we realize. Whether or not your home has a nice view, no rear neighbors or waterfrontage can drastically affect the price that your home will command when placed on the market with other homes for sale in St Cloud FL. Additionally buyers place a great deal of importance in things like school districts and neighborhoods: Some buyers would rather live in a community with a homeowner’s association for instance, while others would rather not; homebuyers with young children will want to make sure that the schools the home is zoned for are rated highly, while this same factor will have no bearing on retirees.

2. Age and Condition…

With so many new homes being built nearby, the ages of homes for sale in St Cloud FL are going to play a factor in Saint Cloud property values as well. Improvements and construction of new neighborhoods nearby can have a lot to do with the fluctuation of property values in an area. It is also important to note that condition plays a role. Generally speaking, most buyers would rather pay $10,000 more for a well-kept move-in ready home than they will for a house that needs $5,000 worth of work.

3. Size and Layout…

Number of bedrooms and square footage are important when determining the value of homes for sale in St Cloud FL. Additionally, homes with an open layout, pools, large kitchens and large bedrooms tend to command higher prices.

4. Comparable Sales…

The most important determining factor you must address when attempting to find the value of homes for sale in St Cloud FL is recent sales of properties similar to yours. A comparable property is any property within about half a mile that has similar square footage, of the same age, and the same number of bedrooms and bathrooms. Also, in order to be comparable, the sale must be within a few months. Sales from a year and a half ago are generally invalid when used to determine the value of your home.

There are of course other factors that determine value, but these are the ones that contribute the most swa. I am an expert in determining the value of homes for sale in St Cloud and I’m ready to help sellers find their Saint Cloud Home value for free! I’ve set up a website where they are able to request a free home valuation. All that they have to do is visit to request a market analysis for their property for free.

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