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Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorite

Nextdoor sent me a window decal to display my neighborhood status. I continue to strive for the same in 2018 and beyond. Here are just a few of the Nextdoor testimonials I have received.

Melanie C. from Lake Forest
When we found out our parents wanted to relocate to FL, we immediately contacted Sara and got the ball rolling. Sara was always responsive and patient even on weekends and late evenings. She was very patient with handling much of the process over the phone and through email as our parents were searching while out of state. She was knowledgeable, helpful and personable and made what could have been a very difficult and scary long distance home purchase smooth and stress free. Sara is clearly great at what she does and we highly recommend her.
Carrie G. from Fountain Parke At Lake Mary

We recently used Sara to buy and then sell. We were nervous about selling our existing home in time to avoid 2 mortgages. Sara assured us we would be fine AND we were! She took beautiful pictures of our home, completed a market study and helped us choose to list first on Zillow as a “coming soon.” The interest built and by the time the listing was active, we had a contract within 2 days. Working with Sara has been a pleasure! She is kind and patient, with amazing skills as a photographer and knowledge of the real estate industry. We highly recommend Sara for anyone buying and/or selling!

George P. from Lake Forest

My wife and I were very fortunate to have had Sara Hayes assist us in finding a perfect home for our needs. Sara worked diligently in locating homes to visit and everyone she took us to was within our requirements. She worked tirelessly in finding what we wanted. She certainly knows Sanford and central Florida and I teased her about “living and breathing real estate”. You can’t go wrong in asking Sara Hayes to help you find the home you’re looking for.

Don B. from Buckingham Estates

We used Sara when purchasing a town home in 2015 and found her to be very professional and attentive to our needs. I highly recommend her for real estate services in Sanford.

Melissa R. from Forest Glen/Terra Bella
Sara Hayes with Tolaris Realty in Lake Forest is phenomenal. She is NOT like the majority of real estate professionals. She is extremely caring, not pushy, understands what your and your family will need and what would be the right house for you and she has a very wonderful creative eye. She is awesome at photography, which comes in handy when it is time to take pictures of your house, and put them online for everyone to see. I would HIGHLY recommend her if you are thinking of selling your home.
Doris Y. from Terracina at Lake Forest

Sara is the most patient realtor I have ever worked with. She not only goes out of her way to find exactly what you are looking for, but also does it in a caring and patient manner.

Terry F. from Summerhaven and The Landings

What can I say about Sara???? Sara is the BEST in every sense of the word! She helped my husband and I find our forever home and then she turned around and sold our townhouse in 2 weeks. Sara knows her business and I would highly recommend her. She is pleasant, smart, funny and so easy to work with. She will return every phone call you make in a timely manner and she will keep you advised on a regular basis. Do yourself a favor and look no more for a realtor because you found the best right here! Thank you Sara Tim and Terry

What are some easy backyard projects for a staycation?

You know that yard project you’ve talked about since you first moved in but still haven’t gotten around to? Why not skip this summer’s beach trip, saving the expense of travel and lodging, and instead invest that money into a landscaping staycation?

Here are four projects to consider for your landscaping staycation.

1) Garden boxes
Raised garden boxes take container gardening to the next level. They are an attractive way to get plants out of harm’s way (be it from pets or rodents) while raising a bumper crop of produce or flowers. Yes, you could purchase pre-made boxes at a garden store, but you can save a lot of money and create a custom look by making them yourself, and it doesn’t take a lot of construction expertise. Depending on your budget, yard space, and skill level, garden boxes can be made of wood, sheet metal, and/or retaining wall materials. You can even find simple step-by-step how-to instructions online.

2) Fire pit
Fire pits have grown in popularity over the past several years and are an increasingly common landscaping upgrade. With some planning and muscle, you can create your own backyard oasis to enjoy on those cool evenings. Freestanding pits, fueled with either firewood or a propane tank, can be placed in just about any open-air location, or for the more ambitious, you can buy complete fire pit kits that you assemble yourself. Level the ground, install a paver patio, and add some comfy outdoor furniture to create a cozy-warm gathering spot.

3) Water feature
Installing a water feature takes a bit of strategic planning–you typically will need not only adequate space but also a power source, and if you are digging, be sure you first know where all underground utility lines are. For a fountain, you can buy either ready-made elements, or if you are feeling ambitious and creative, you can buy a simple pump to recycle the water and create your own design out of stone or brick. For ponds, again, prefabricated plastic tubs can be purchased at a garden store, or you can purchase liner by the roll and create your own custom design.

4) Playhouse or swing set
Your kids are going to jump for joy when they see their new play area! Again, depending on your skill level, you can either purchase pre-made sets, get a kit, or build it yourself from scratch. Whichever route you choose, you will want to first do some site prep work, clearing the area, leveling the ground, and laying weed mat. Then, the American Society for Testing and Materials suggests putting down three to six inches of mulch, which has been determined to help cushion a fall from up to 12 feet.

Have you used a staycation to complete a landscaping project? Here’s your chance to show it off…share your photos!

Sara Hayes
Tolaris Realty

407-221-1772 cell
407-328-5286 fax

Featured in the August 2017 issue of Florida Realtor Magazine

Sara Hayes Sells

At Home – Lake Mary

As a Realtor and listing agent I keep an eye out for new decor sources. Staging a home for sale is one of the most important things a seller can do to prep for the sale. Today I visited the new At Home in Lake Mary and walked down almost every aisle. At Home feels like a cross between Hobby Lobby, Homegoods, and Old Time Pottery. I love the way they color coordinate the items – rainbows everywhere. My favorite part of the store was probably the accent chairs and bar stools. Such a low-budget way to make a room pop! And who doesn’t want a blue suede couch? 


Happy to introduce my second website, SaraHayesSells.com.
I still update my blog at SaraHayes.com, however my new site has home search capabilities, including viewing pending sales on the “search” tab. The site also features a home valuation tool on the “sell” tab, or just click here: http://www.sarahayessells.com/sell/

Tolaris Homes – Kitchen Design

Free Staging Consult and Home Photo Shoot – Seminole County Florida Residents

Do you enjoy scrolling through home decor photos, before and afters, visit model homes, and binge watch Fixer Upper? 

February only Sara Hayes Sells is offering a free Staging Consultation followed up with a Home Photo Shoot. Wow your friends and neighbors with a mini-makeover or light rehab, then treasure the photos of your before and after project! Vendor lists will be available as a part of the consultation.

Book by February 28, 2018 and schedule your appointment in March, April, or May.

To redeem contact Sara Hayes at SaraHayesSells@yahoo.com or 407-221-1772.


Rental Opportunity – Terracina at Lake Forest

A rental dream in Terracina at Lake Forest. A sunny foyer leads to the spacious living areas. Cooking will be a delight in the open kitchen with stylish 42″ cabinets, granite countertops, walk in pantry, and stainless steel appliances. A half bathroom is located on the first floor for guests, and the roomy laundry room is equipped with a sink and W/D hook-ups. MAIN FLOOR MASTER suite includes a large walk in closet and a roomy master bathroom with dual sinks, mirrored vanity, garden tub and separate shower. The living room is open to the upstairs loft, and features large windows allowing lots of natural light to fill the room. Upstairs has a large bonus room with a large walk-in closet, two over-sized secondary bedrooms and a full bath. The screened patio and back yard area can be enjoyed year round. All Terracina homes have barrel tile roofs and brick paver driveways. Community is gated with a clubhouse, pool and large fishing pond with a walking path. Convenient to shopping, restaurants, I-4 and 417!



Wekiva Parkway – SR 46 Impact