My name is Valerie Kennedy and I am the broker/owner of Colonialtown Realty. I have enjoyed working as a full time Realtor in the Central Florida Area since 1988. I founded Colonialtown Realty in 1992, and some years ago we purchased our current location at 529 N. Ferncreek Avenue. We pride ourselves in having a inviting, helpful work place and are always happy to assist when approached to help find a home to purchase, sell, lease or manage. I love how over the years past clients have stopped in just to catch up. In 20 years I have watched many families grow up and sometimes outgrow a home. I feel grateful to be apart of the lives of some many wonderful people.
My office is dedicated to my mother Rose Charest Johnson who was my broker and mentor when I first worked as a Real Estate saleswoman. Rose taught me some very important principals about being honest, working well with others, and working hard. As the broker, I have enjoyed helping others start a career in Real Estate and I enjoy helping others learn how to make a living in Real Estate. I have made some great friends and contacts through my Real Estate dealings which has afforded me and my family invitations to visit friends as far away as South Africa, New Zealand, Germany, and Turkey, to name a few.
Over the years I have seen many ups and downs in the Real Estate Market. I have experienced high interest rates, high and low inventory and the rebirth of Downtown Orlando as the city was in decline in the 1960’s and 1970’s when I first lived downtown. I always thought Real Estate could only go one way and that was UP! I was wrong. I worked in Real Estate for 15 years being introduced to the word “short sale”. But with all of the bumps we have experienced Real Estate is still the corner stone of family life and wealth building in this country.
I am happy to say that after the boom and bust we just experienced Real Estate is in an upward trend. The home prices are slowly going up and with the new guide lines that are the result of more restrictive loan programs the appreciation we are currently experiencing should be steady and sustainable. While the Federal Government has artificially kept the rates low to stimulate recovery these rates are starting to inch up with the news of a better economy. The inventory for homes for sale and for lease is low and the days on market are very short which is driving the price up as well.
It is a great time to sell! It is also a time to buy with the low interest rates and the future looks bright again for Real Estate.