Archive for Month: April 2016

New Listing – A Top Pick

When a really nice listing comes on the market, I like to share it as a top pick. Today is the first day on the market for this adorable single family home in Oregon Trace. An agent with Central Florida Realty Partner listed this home and priced it well at $250,000. The home features 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and is 2042 sq feet. Check out the photos of the “wood-look” tile and don’t miss the Disney nursery! The custom paint job is Pinterest-worthy.

For more information on this home call 407-221-1772.

Free Copy

Book Landscape

I just ordered another case and would like to mail a free copy to anyone interested. Simply email me at SaraHayesSells@yahoo.com and I will mail it to you ASAP. Makes a great gift for those friends you would like to move to the area. Will be available for purchase on Amazon next week for $9.99.

Description – Discover the hidden gem of Orlando North, a less touristy area of Central Florida with an abundance of natural beauty and recreational opportunities. Whether cycling, canoeing, golfing, or boating, this area offers it all. Home ownership in Orlando North is a wise investment, as the area continues to increase in popularity. Take a tour through the major cities within Orlando North, and then make note of the buying and selling tips specific to this region.

Average Commission

commission pic

Today while scheduling a tour in Lake and Polk Counties for my buyer, I noticed two of the listings were advertising a 3.5% buyer’s agent payout. That means the seller chose a 7% listing commission. I haven’t seen a 7% listing in a while. In 2005 when I started my career with Coldwell Banker, that was the norm. Then is slipped to 6% and 5% and flat fees and…….whoa.

When a seller decides the commission should be 7% they are putting themselves in the front of the pack when trying to get the attention of Realtors. Is the 7% listing on it’s way back? Are Lake and Polk Counties leading this new trend?

River Crest

River Crest

I was reminded yesterday of the beauty of River Crest. Several of the homes back to the Wekiva River and one is for sale for $599,000. Call for more information. 407-221-1772

New Park Square Community


Park Square is now pre-selling their new development called Markham Square. Located near Wilson Elementary. Call for more information. 

Sara Hayes, Tolaris Realty
407-221-1772 / 407-322-5253



Today I met my new buyers from Tampa for a tour of Kissimmee/St. Cloud homes. We saw a lake home, a pool home, an abandoned home, and a few others. My favorite of the day was a house built in 1989. My current house was built in 1989 and I saw many similarities. Although our rehab is almost complete, I quickly recalled the cosmetic items we changed. I appreciated the wall speaker in the kitchen, much like the speaker we removed in our kitchen (except this one had a tape deck). I actually initially hung a picture over ours, then later had it cut out and drywall patched. 

I saw a lot of possibilities in the dated home today, and know from experience a house with good bones and floorplan can be brought back to life and modern decor.


Speaker 2 in Lake Bluff twin house in Kissimmee

Free Donuts to Go and Coffee Saturday, 4/9 from 7 am – 10 am

Free donuts and coffee
donuts2Before heading out for your Saturday fun, stop by Tolaris Realty for free donuts and coffee. We look forward to meeting Lake Forest residents and other nearby neighbors. 

690 Lake Forest Boulevard, Sanford 32771









Open House Sunday 1-4

Terracina Siracusa Sienna floor plan Siracusa sunset


Open House Sunday 1-4
Terracina at Lake Forest
Sienna model $309,000 – appraisal available
Townhome on picturesque pond within 2 miles of I-4/417. Open floor plan, downstairs master. Large laundry room with up/down cabinets, window & counter top for folding. Upstairs; 2 huge bedrooms, family bath and large loft overlooking great room & pond. 2 car garage, 2 car driveway.
Call for more information
Sara Hayes, Tolaris Realty

Building Inspection

Grande Oaks at Heathrow

Earlier today I attended a building inspection with my buyer in Grande Oaks at Heathrow. We had the nicest inspector from Home Pro of Mid-Florida, and in just under 2 hours we were given the results. Luckily, with new construction the builder will take care of the list of minor repairs prior to close. For more information about townhouse living and Grande Oaks at Heathrow, call 407-221-1772.