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How can I change and be more “Zen”?

 

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What does “Zen” mean? It means to be present, to show up, to be in the moment and in tuned with our inner wisdom. This can be achieved by a daily practice of mindfulness and breath work. Change takes time, but you can start today by simply changing 1 single habit. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.

  • Start by drinking a cup of water
  • Start by paying toward 1 debt
  • Start by reading 1 page
  • Start by making 1 sale
  • Start by deleting 1 old contact
  • Start by walking 1 lap
  • Start by attending 1 event
  • Start by writing 1 paragraph
  • START TODAY

 

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¿Que es un “home warranty”?

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La mejor manera en que puedo describir lo que en realidad es un “home warranty” es como un servicio por contrato que por lo general cubre los componentes básicos de una propiedad. Entre estos componentes nos referimos a problemas de tuberías o plomería, electrodomésticos, aires acondicionados y en fin cualquier otra cosa que se deteriora en una casa por el uso y quizás falta de mantenimiento. El precio de los “home warranties” varía según la compañía y la cubertura que se escoja. El precio fluctúa entre los $400-750+ anuales y algunas compañías incluso permiten pagos mensuales. Al momento de alguna reclamación se paga lo que se conoce como un “Service call fee” (en promedio unos $25 por llamada) y si la compañía no puede reparar el problema, entonces dependiendo de lo que estipule el contrato, podrían estar obligados a reemplazar el equipo, si fuera el caso.

El “home warranty” se usa mucho en las ventas de casas para ofrecerle un incentivo a los compradores y algo de “paz mental”. Se puede negociar en el contrato de compra/ venta y solicitar que el vendedor pague por este contrato el día del cierre. En mi experiencia, he visto como esto reduce el estrés al momento de comprar una propiedad, en especial si ésta tiene una edad avanzada.

Por otro lado, un “home warranty” no es tan indispensable y sobre todo si las personas tienen sus finanzas en orden, también les recomiendo abrir una cuenta de reserva para reparaciones futuras ya que cuando nos convertimos en dueños de nuestro hogar siempre habrá algo que reparar, restaurar o remodelar.

Aquí les dejo el enlace para que estudien las mejores compañías de “ home warranty” según el portal “Top Ten Home Warranty Reviews”:

Top 10 home warranty companies

Estoy aqui para ayudar y servir a mi comunidad hispana!

Con mucho cariño…

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Around Central Florida

Arts & Culture in Orlando!

dr phillipsAccording to Wikipedia “culture” is a word for the ‘way of life’ of groups of people, meaning the way they do things. On the other hand the word “Art” is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts (artworks), expressing the author’s imaginative, conceptual ideas, or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power.”

Orlando is no stranger to neither culture & arts. In fact, the City Beautiful’ s growth in population over the last decade have shaped the lifestyle of many of us living here!

Allow me to share with you just a few of the best cultural and artistic venues for you to enjoy with your love ones:

  • Dr. P. Phillips Orlando Center for the Performing Arts: A state-of-the-art center for the performing arts is a top destination for world-class arts, culture, and entertainment.
  • Harry P. Leu Gardens : These show gardens in Orlando include large camellia and rose collections, palms and bamboos, and a tropical stream garden.
  • Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra: Orlando is home to one of the top orchestras in the state.
  • Orange County Regional History Center: The Orange County Regional History Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and explores 12,000 years of the area’s rich history with interactive exhibits, artifacts, archives and special shows.
    Snap! Orlando . A contemporary art organization with two galleries and over 100 exhibited international photographers & multimedia artists.
  • Loch Haven Park: Known as the cultural corridor of Orlando, Loch Haven Park is located on Mills Avenue and Princeton Street. Loch Haven Park is home to:1. Orlando Science Center: Home to exciting, hands-on exhibits, amazing giant-screen movies, and engaging live programming, Orlando Science Center is a place where visitors can explore and discover science and technology together.
    2.  Orlando Ballet
    3. Orlando Shakespeare Theater
    4. Orlando Repertory Theater
    5. Orlando Museum of Art
    6. Mennello Museum of American Art
    7. Orlando Garden Club
  • Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens: The Polasek is on the National Register of Historic Places features over 200 works by Florida Artist Hall of Fame sculptor Albin Polasek, N.A.
  • Bach Festival Society of Winter Park: Featuring the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra – at Rollins College since 1935 the third-oldest continuously operating Bach Festival in the United States.
  • The Morse Museum: The museum is internationally known for the most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
  • Enzian Theater: Central Florida’s only full-time, non-for-profit alternative cinema & home to the Florida Film Festival & Eden Bar.
  • The Florida Film Festival: An Oscar®-qualifying festival, premiering the best in current, independent and international cinema.
  • Osceola Center for the Arts: The Center hosts five art exhibits in their gallery and produces a two-day art festival in downtown Kissimmee.

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Around Central Florida, Our Community, Special Programs

First Responders Special Program!

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Hello friends!

I hope you are having an amazing day!

I wanted to share an exclusive new program I am launching that helps the brave men and women known as “First Responders” get into a home of their dreams. The First Responders Appreciation Program saves them $1,000 cash at closing and gets them a free 1-year home warranty! It’s the least I can do to thank them for everything they do.

Who is eligible?

If you have a friend or relative who is looking for a home, and works for the police, is a firefighter, government law enforcement, EMT, nurse or doctor, then let them know we have a specialty program just for them.

What should they do first?

If they have questions, you know I am always here to help. They can call or text my cell at 407-620-6221 or email me directly at nydia@zenlivingrealty.com.

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Our Community Matters

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Since 2009, I’ve had the honor to actively collaborating at several first time home buyer education seminars sponsored by the “Housing and Neighborhood Development Services of Central Florida, Inc. (HANDS)”. HANDS is a private not-for-profit housing corporation serving our local community since 1989 and whose mission is to provide and increase the supply of affordable housing opportunities for the residents of Central Florida.

Some of the services that HANDS of Central Florida offers include:

  • Household Credit and Budget Analysis for Renters or Homeowners
  • Foreclosure Prevention
  • Reverse Mortgage counseling and information
  • Tenant/Landlord counseling for renters
  • City and County Down Payment Assistance Education

And  most of these services are free of charge!

After 10 years of involvement, I have been officially appointed as a new member of the Board of Directors for HANDS of Central Florida. This is my way of giving back some of the opportunities Life (or the Universe) has giving me and for that I am very grateful! As one of my favorite spiritual teachers once said: “It is in giving that we receive” (San Francis of Assisi).

Looking forward to a great 2019! Cheers!

To learn more about HANDS or register for a seminar, visit their website at: HANDS of Central Florida Website

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En Español

¿Cuál es el rol del agente de bienes raíces?

 

 

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Muchas personas me preguntan frecuentemente cuáles son las ventajas de utilizar a un agente de bienes raíces para la compra o venta de su hogar. El rol de un agente es representar tus intereses creando una comunicación efectiva y persuasiva a la hora de negociar la compra o venta de propiedad. Aquí les dejo una breve lista de algunas de las funciones y ventajas de utilizar a tu propio agente. Un profesional de bienes raíces tiene como propósito:

• Proteger y velar por tus intereses – “su abogado personal y mucho más económico”

• Coordinar citas

• Mostrar casas

• Proveer data, acceso al MLS (“Múltiple Listing Service”) ó Servicio de listados múltiples (activas, pendientes, vendidas, impuestos de propiedad y Asociaciones “HOA”)

• Investigar si la propiedad tiene algún gravámen o “lien”

• Preparar un análisis de mercado que refleje el precio justo del mercado

• Negociar el mejor precio

• Preparar el contrato

• Incluir todos los anejos o “adendas” al contrato que apliquen bajo las leyes de la Florida.

• Asegurar que se cumplan con los términos estipulados en el contrato

• Orientar durante el proceso del cierre

*** COMPRADORES: por si no lo sabían ¡¡¡La comisión proviene del vendedor!!! ***

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Why Zen Living Realty

Why Zen Living Realty?!?!

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Happy 2019!

I am very excited to share some great news with you! For the last 6 months, I have been working on rebranding my company which included a name change from Goodwill Realty to Zen Living Realty!

The word Zen means: calm, relxed, harmonious and unstressed. As for me, being “Zen” is the journey that I have consciously chosen at this inflection point of my life. This intention comes after experiencing and coming through several ‘downs’ in my life. As I reflect on my goals and what I am passionate about and what I really want, I realize that everyone, one way or the other, struggles in their own way. However, it is in every struggle or challenge that every one of us has an opportunity to grow and become a better version of ourselves. My opportunity is to help and represent the best interest of every client that comes my way with passion and integrity! I am more energized, joyful and healthier than ever before and I want to share all my knowledge and experience with you and the people you care about.

Real estate remains a great investment and I am happy to show you our newest website that has a lot of tools to help you find your new home, sell your current home or buy an investment property.

Please visit my new website: Zen Living Website!

Real Estate also can be stressful and intimidating at times for you may not know who to trust. My goal at Zen Living Realty is for you and your family to have a professional, easy, relaxed and Zen experience when either finding the perfect home or negotiating the sale of your current property.

At http://www.ZenLivingRealty.com you can search the newest listings, access market reports for areas near your home or anywhere in Florida. Just choose an address and the report will show what’s listed, what’s sold and more! Look around the site there are lots of other articles, blogs and information to help you with all your real estate needs.

2019 brings new opportunities and unlimited potential for you and your family. I wish you the most incredible year yet! If buying or selling a home (or investment property) is in your 2019 plans, I would be honored to help you find the perfect home for you.

Respectfully,

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