What is a Move Up Buyer? 6 Mistakes to Avoid When Moving to a Larger Home

What is a move up buyer?

Move up buyers are those that are looking to move up to a larger home either because their family has outgrown their space or for different variables. 

Now a big dilemma that buyers face when purchasing a new home when they currently own a home is the financial burden of selling that home and moving into that next home without carrying two mortgages. 

Here are 6 mistakes that most homeowners make when making that transition to move into a larger home that we want to help you avoid with different strategies. 

1. Rose-colored glasses.

Many times buyers look at their dream home and what they wanted to be and they forget to look at their bank account. Where we come in is that we actually help you assess how much equity you’ll be able to pull out of your current home, in order to put it as a down payment or even pay the entire home cash of the next home that you are going into if you have enough savings.

But with rose colored glasses, we sometimes have the illusion that we will be able to get more out of our current home and be able to buy a larger home than what we really are able to do.

2. Failing to make improvements.

The second mistake that homeowners do when trying to move up to another home is failing to make improvements. Now this is one area that we really tackle with our sellers before we put their home on the market. We want to make sure that we can walk the property and have all the necessary improvements done upfront, so the buyers don’t see the word “work” or “expense” as soon as they walk into your home.

So make sure that you are willing to spend a little bit of money upfront to make your home ready for sale in order for you to purchase and maximize your equity in the home you want to buy.

3. Not selling first.

If you find your dream home and you’ve put in an offer and are ready to move forward on it but you haven’t sold your home, you may be in a catch 22. We want to make sure we can get your home on the market, find you the home you want, and do a simultaneous closing, which we are all too familiar with. We love to make the transition for homeowners looking to move up to their next home, but we have to make sure that we can sell your home first before moving you into a new home.

4. Failing to get preapproved.

The fourth mistake that people do when moving up to a new home is failing to get a mortgage and get preapproved. Just because you own a home and have equity does not mean that you’re necessarily preapproved for the amount that you want to move up to.

We want to make sure that we get you in front of a lender that can qualify you and approve you to be able to get what we assume the equity of this property that you currently own is in order to be able to move up to the next property while you still feel comfortable with your monthly payments. That is always our key.

We want to make sure that our homeowners feel comfortable with how much they are paying monthly.

5. Owning two homes at the same time.

We like to completely remove this risk by making sure that we can set up a timeline, look at when you want to be in a new home, and what we can potentially sell the current home you live in. We do this with a timetable to make sure it is smooth. If it is new construction, it makes it a lot easier because we already have an idea of when you are going to be moving into their new home. 

But if you were looking at a resale property, we have to time it out so we can start looking at what is on the market, make sure we have your home ready for sale, and as soon as you like the home we can be ready to list your home and make sure that we can do it as a simultaneous closing.

Again we do this all the time for our buyers and sellers were looking to move up to their next home, but we want to make sure that there is a lot of communication, a time line is being done, and making sure that we are keeping you up to speed every step of the way so that the transition is a smooth one and not a hectic one.

6. Failing to coordinate closings.

You’ve got to make sure that you are closing on the home that you were selling first in order to be able to pull that equity into the next closing. We do not want you to get stuck, again, with not having sufficient down payment because (unless you are able to financially) you don’t have the money to be able to put as your down payment because you needed it from the sale of the house you currently own. 

If you want any more tips and understanding on how to move up to your next home give us a call at 407-801-9914. 

When you allow us to sell your home and help you buy a home, we give you a 1% rebate on the home that you are purchasing that you can use as cashback, or as closing cost or down payment.

1106 Superior Ct, Winter Springs – Tuskawilla Home for Sale

⬆️🏠Are you a move-up buyer? Buy one of our listings and we’ll give you a rebate 💲back on the sale of yours! Tuskawilla has a new listing!

Move up buyers are constantly looking to get rid of their homes because they need a little bit more space.

This is a great property here in the desired neighborhood of Tuskawilla in Winter Springs.

It’s on a quiet cul-de-sac. It is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home, over 2300 square feet. It has a great layout and is a custom home and ready for new homeowners to make it their own.

If you are looking to move up to this property or any other of our listings we will give you a rebate back on the sale of your home
if you use us for both transactions.

Give us a call today at 407-801-9914 and we guarantee we will get that sold.

New Communities in the Oviedo Area

New Communities Around The Oviedo Area

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It’s that time of year where new communities are popping up as families plan on moving to different cities before the school-year starts again. The Oviedo-area is no exception. It can be overwhelming to choose which community will best suit yourself and your family. 

At Waypointe Realty, we’re committed to helping buyers and sellers navigate through the complexities of real estate and securing value on their next transaction. That’s why we’ve created this list to help you better understand what each new Oviedo community has to offer so you can make the best decision possible!

When we help you purchase your new construction home, we give you back part of our commission (UP TO $7500) towards your closing costs or upgrades. We must accompany you on your first visit to the new construction site or you must register us as your Realtor in order to get the $ back for closing.

Register below for more information about new communities in the area and to apply for our discount program!

Retreat at Lake Charm – Taylor Morrison

The Retreat at Lake Charm is a charming community with 46 single-family homes on generous sized lots. Upon entering the community, residents will be greeted by a beautiful brick entry wall and gated access. This neighborhood has a proposed tot lot and an attractive location in the ultra-desirable Oviedo location. The Retreat is nearby to excellent Seminole County schools, within 1.5 miles of a Publix grocery, and 3 miles from the Oviedo Mall, which offers a variety of 70 stores and is close-by to a large selection of restaurants.

The Retreat at Lake Charm is just off the major transportation corridor, putting the Orlando International Airport, area theme parks, and other employment centers just minutes away. Commuting couldn’t get any easier.

New Homes at the Retreat at Lake Charm in Oviedo start from the mid $400,000s.

Virtual Tour: Click Here

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Oviedo Park Terrace – Pulte Homes

The new homes at Oviedo Park Terrace can provide you with an outdoor lifestyle. With nearby outdoor recreation areas such as the Center Lake Park, you’ll be able to spend much needed quality family time in nature. This community is close to Orlando, and is near quality Seminole County Schools and other employment centers.

Oviedo Park Terrace is a new townhouse development currently under construction at Oviedo Boulevard, Oviedo.

These luxury townhomes feature spacious, open-concept home designs with large bedrooms.

Prices at Oviedo Park Terrace range from $295,990 to $301,990.

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Hideaway Cove -M/I Homes

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Hideaway Cove is located at the center of the highly sought-after Seminole County in Oviedo. This development is tucked away in a quiet, natural setting. Hideaway Cove backs to the Little Econ protected wetlands and nearly every homesite backs to woodlands for a luxurious sense of privacy. While it may seem like a little oasis, the community is near the 408, 417, and I-4 corridor. Students will love this location since they’ll be part of the award-winning Seminole County School District and nearby the University of Central Florida.

The executive-style and single-family homes at Hideaway Cove range from 2,300 to over 5,000 square feet.

Homes are priced from $443,990.

Whitetail Run – Taylor Morrison 

Whitetail Run is located in a prestigious location, with over-sized building sites, and booming floor plans. Residents have access to the quality Seminole County School District and stunning lake and preserve views. This new community is close to the major transportation corridors that allow residents to enjoy all the entertainment that Orlando has to offer. Whitetail Run is also located near the Oviedo Mall which offers a variety of stores and eateries within minutes. 

This development offers 31 homesites protected by an attractive gated entry.

Homes at Whitetail Run start at $533,876.

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Estates at Lake Pickett –

Pulte Homes

No matter if you’ve used a visual page builder before, with Brizy you’ll be a pro the The Estates at Lake Pickett offer oversized homesites (½ acre – 1 acre), lakefront views, and a community boat ramp. This gated community is located near Waterford Lakes Town Center, Oviedo on the Park, Oviedo Mall, and the 408 and 417 making commutes to Downtown, UCF, or Lake Nona’s Medical City a breeze. All home designs are pre-wired for Smart Home Technology with customizable Smart Home options available. second you start using it.

Homes at the Estates at Lake Pickett range from $399,990-$538,990.

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Brookmore Estates – Pulte Homes

Brookmore Estates offers new, estate-style homes on large homesites. This is a small, gated neighborhood of 53 homesites. Pulte Homes combines elegance with practicality for a comfortable yet luxurious lifestyle. The community is nestled between Mitchell Hammock Rd., Alafaya Trail, and FL 426. Brookmore Estates is located in Seminole County where the schools are known for being high-quality and there is an array of recreational opportunities to enjoy with your family in Oviedo.

Homes at Brookmore Estates range from $452,990-$551,990.

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Palm Valley 55+ in Oviedo

Palm Valley is a 55+ community with spacious sites and manicured landscapes. The neighborhood offers beautiful homes and extensive amenities such as a clubhouse, billiards, bocce ball, shuffleboard, miniature golf, and tennis. There are daily social events and activities to meet people and have a great time.

Palm Valley has 200 acres conserved for wildlife, so the community is peaceful, scenic, and relaxing. The homes offer a variety of upgrades and special features to meet your needs, and all homes are custom and energy-efficient.

Prices at Palm Valley range from $28,000-$174,900.

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Northern Oaks in Oviedo

Northern Oaks is just north of 434 and adjacent to a conservation area just south of beautiful Lake Jesup. There are only 35 home sites in this intimate community. It’s perfect for families or couples looking to get away from the monotony of larger neighborhoods. The development is just 20 minutes from UCF, 45 minutes from Disney/Universal and the beaches, and commuting is made easy with the close proximity to the 417.

Homesite prices range from $499,990-$542,990.

Southern Oaks – Taylor Morrison

Southern Oaks is a community of 96 homesites. It is close to excellent Seminole County schools, 2.5 miles from a Publix Grocery, 4 miles from the Oviedo Mall, and near a number of big retail chains and restaurants. Southern Oaks is just off Oviedo’s major transportation corridor. These single-family homes are in the heart of a close-knit community surrounded by nature.

There are five distinct floor plans designed for contemporary Florida lifestyles.

New homes start from the $460,000s.

Virtual Tour: Click Here

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1480 Gladiolas Dr, Winter Park, FL

🏠 When you look at property for sale, don’t get caught up what hasn’t been updated, look at the potential and what the home can sell for in a few years when you’re ready to sell 💲.

Our listing at 1480 Gladiolas Drive in Winter Park has great bones, needs a little updating but ready to make your own! It’s a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home on the Winter Springs side of Winter Park off of Dodd and Dike Road. It has great schools and close to shops and restaurants.

This home is ready for new homeowners.

Ask us about our rebate when you purchase this home! Call 407.801.9914 for a private showing!


After doing a video yesterday about buyers looking at the potential of what a home can be instead of knit-picking where it is now, we got an amazing offer from buyers that said they could see the potential 👀 of this home and are looking to make it their retirement home. 🏠Couldn’t have asked for a better contract for our sellers!✅ We Guarantee your home SOLD! Call us to find out how: 407.801.9914.

🔥750 ROBIN LN, OVIEDO – Move-up to this home and we’ll give you 💲 back on the sale of yours! 🏠

750 Robin Ln, Oviedo, 32765

This is a custom home on the 1.25 acres just around the corner from Oviedo high school. This is in a prime central location in Oviedo. I love this home because it is a custom home. The original homeowner is the one that has lived here for the past 30 years. He is the one who designed this home, had it built exactly the specifications, raised his family here and is now ready to downsize and live a sailboat life.

This home is looking for the right buyer. I remember when I bought my home, I looked at three homes and the third one I knew was the one. You just know when you walk into a property and you feel at home.

I don’t know if you are that buyer but if you are give us a call at 407-801-9914. This is a 4 bedroom 2 1/2 bath, pool home. It is absolutely stunning in immaculate condition. It does need a little updating and renovating but you can make it your own. This is listed in prime central Oviedo. You don’t want to miss this opportunity.

If you move up to this home we will help you sell your home and give you a rebate back. All you have to do is give us a call at 407-801-9914.


Buyer’s Are Picky!

We want to talk about how buyers are incredibly picky in this market.

Blame HGTV or DIY channels that have made renovations a top priority for buyers, but it’s real. Homes are staying longer on the market when they are outdated in a buyer’s eyes, doesn’t matter how well the condition of the home has been kept

With our sellers, every time we list the property, we want to make sure that they are getting top dollar and being able to sell their home quickly because we know exactly what buyers are looking for when they walk into properties.

We are seeing with our buyers that as they walk into a property they are immediately looking at how much they need to spend in renovations, how many updates do they need to do and what are the costs necessary to make this home “move-in ready”.

Now “move-in ready” used to mean that you can move in and the home is ready to go. But this is not how buyers are actually looking at it. They are looking at it as “is it move-in ready for me? Is it the way that I want it to look, the way that I want it to be my forever home?”

Kitchen facelift

We try to prep our sellers to make sure that the staging and everything in the property looks just right from a buyer’s perspective. The more you can do on the selling side to renovate, do easy facelifts, and minor renovations, can make a big difference when buyers come and see the home.

Bathroom facelift and staging

If it doesn’t, it doesn’t matter the price range, buyers are being picky. We need to make sure the properties are not just ready for the market as far as price, but that the condition of the home is exactly what buyers are looking for.

Give us a call and we will help you get started on exactly what that looks like at 407-801-9914. 

Mid-Year Market Update 2019

We’re here to educate you on what is happening in 2019 in this market.

We are halfway through the year and it’s time for a little recap of what’s going on.

Depending on the market that you’re in, you’ve probably seen your home prices either stabilize, decline a little bit or go up. That is literally what it’s doing depending on the community.

We see really high-priced homes stabilizing and even in a smidge of a decline. But we want to make sure you understand that the level of appreciation has declined it’s not depreciation.

If you purchased at the right time, you already have equity in your home so it’s just about the level of appreciation increasing and the steady rate at which is doing it or it has stabilized.

Some people are concerned about the market tanking or going down again, but most properties at this point have seen some appreciation If they have purchased in the last 5 to 10 years. We are definitely seeing they have equity in their homes.

This is not a recession. We are on a 12 year high. The market has to stabilize in order for buyers to purchase.

So now let’s talk about first time homebuyer’s.

First time homebuyer’s are actually not completely back in the market. It’s very scary for them because most can’t afford what’s out there available right now. So far in 2019, first time homebuyer’s only account for 31% of the sales. That is statistically lower than the 40% that is traditional for first time homebuyers.

What is the reason that first time homebuyer’s can’t purchase?

There are actually four main reasons:

  • 1. Student debt. Student debt has tripled in the last decade. This makes it really difficult for the debt to income ratio for the first time homebuyers to actually get into a property because they owe so much. Now there are ways for lenders to be able to get around it, but it is definitely causing issues for first time homebuyers.
  • 2. Starter homes are in short supply. Most builders and developers that are building right now are looking towards higher end homes. Most of the homes start out in the high $400k’s, $500k’s $600k’s and even in the millions. First time homebuyers simply cannot afford that. Traditionally they are in the low $200,000’s, so there’s just not a big supply available for them at this point. 
  • 3. Affordable condos and townhomes normally available to first time homebuyers are not FHA approved for the most part. Unfortunately, first time homebuyers typically go to FHA route. Which leads us to point #4.
  • 4. If the credit scores are too low buyers can’t really get conventional financing so they opt for the FHA. FHA has more limitations than conventional financing. So we see that this is also a struggle. Now the credit score regulations have actually increased so it makes it a little more difficult for first time homebuyers to purchase a home.

We have to make sure that as first time homebuyers you have enough saved for a down payment and for closing cost. There are also miscellaneous fees that people don’t consider like moving fees, rehabbing a home (if that is something you want to do), getting it “move-in ready”, whatever that means to prospective buyers. 

Interestingly enough, 1/3 of all recent homebuyers actually had down payment assistance, but from family members. So if you have family that is willing to help you out with that down payment, that can be a really great opportunity to get you into your first home if that is something you’re looking to do.

We are seeing that the market has stabilized. We also see in certain areas it has gone into a decline. You have to understand that as a home owner, you may have a lot of equity in your property, but it may not go up as fast. As an entire market we don’t want to see an increase at a rapid rate considering we are at a 12-year market high. 

If you have any questions about the market, please feel free to contact us at 407-801-9914. 

Buyers are ready for moderately priced homes!

Consumers’ confidence has been on the rise and many people are saying that it’s a great time to buy. Inventory is increasing, which reduces buyer’s concern that they’ll end up in a multiple offer situation as we saw in the past years.

We see that over $300,000 there is a slowdown in the market and buyers have a better opportunity of negotiating at that level than under $250,000 mark. If the price and condition of the home are where they need to be, it doesn’t matter the price, the home will sell quicker than others.

More than 20 million net new jobs have been added and the average wage has increased 3.5% to $23.18 per hour. This increase has affected the ability for buyers to enter into the real estate market to make their home purchase.

Consumer confidence is following this trend.

According to the National Association of Realtors, “37% of consumers strongly believe now is a good time to buy. Low mortgage rates help. Buy a good economy and more inventory are also boosting consumers’ outlook.”

Buyers are relieved to hear that the Federal Reserve has planned to keep interest rates low for the remainder of the year. This gives new homeowners the opportunity to lock in to a good rate as they look to make their new home purchase.

This is all good news, but we still need moderately priced homes for buyers. There are still great opportunities out in the market so contact Waypointe Realty, your local experts, to help you find the right home.

If you’re ready to buy your home this year, give us a call or text to schedule your buyer consultation and start the process at 407.801.9914!

5 reasons Oviedo is the best place to live in Central Florida

Oviedo Best Place to Live

When most people think of Central Florida, they immediately envision the perfect vacation spot. Numerous beaches are just a short drive away, and so is the excitement of Orlando’s famous theme parks. Fewer people realize that this also can be an incredible place to live.

Oviedo Florida, in particular, is garnering all sorts of well-deserved praise from nationally recognized publications and the people who call it home. There are many reasons for this, including the friendly neighbors, economic opportunities, natural beauty and the chance to raise kids in a place where children and teens tend to thrive.

It isn’t easy to define all of the reasons why Oviedo is the best place to live in Central Florida, but here are five that are high on the list. Any one of them might be a sufficient encouragement to call Oviedo home. When all of them are combined, it becomes difficult to think of a reason to not consider relocating to this charming spot in Central Florida.

1. Schools

Oviedo Florida is a great place to raise kids, and the secret is out. One of the main reasons why children and teens thrive in the region is the outstanding schools. They are in the well-respected Seminole County school district.

In 2018, Niche.com declared Seminole County the third best school district in the state. Only St. Johns and Sarasota County School District ranked higher in the listing of all 67 statewide districts. The Niche.com findings gave Seminole an A+ in diversity, an A in academics, an A in college readiness and an A- in administration. The district also was awarded a B+ for health and safety, a B for teachers and a B- for resources and facilities.

Newsweek also has heaped praise on the city’s schools. In 2013, the publication found that 90 percent of the district’s graduates were college ready. Back in 2003, Newsweek also stated that the district boasted five high schools that were among the top four percent in the country.

Elementary and middle school students further have the benefit of being able to choose to attend charter or magnet schools instead of the public school which they are zoned to attend. Similarly, high school students have the option of applying to specialized programs and magnet schools.

The image to the right shows the grades for each public school in Seminole County. The schools with a red outline are the ones in Oviedo, FL.




2. Parks

Some people claim that living in Florida is like being able to enjoysummertime all year long. The climate, combined with the region’s stunning natural beauty, makes the region the ideal spot to enjoy outdoor recreation.

Oviedo and Seminole County make this even easier by maintaining a wealth of parks and trails.

The city manages a variety of public facilities that are aimed at keeping residents active and making it possible to enjoy outdoor spaces. At the gym and aquatic facility, families take advantage of a fully equipped fitness room, basketball courts, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and an indoor rock climbing wall. The splash zone and playground promise hours of fun for youngsters.

Other city facilities include a sports complex with several fields and a playground. The various city parks further feature playgrounds, sports fields and courts and lakes stocked with fish.

kayaking the Econ river

Residents also make the most of the region’s many trails. Bear Creek Nature Trail may be in the midst of suburban development, but it nonetheless provides an easy escape to the wilderness. Big Tree Park is the place to go if you want to stand in awe of towering cypress trees. The Econlockhatchee Sandhills Conservation Area features a beautiful, three-mile hike while Flagler Trail South has a pathway that explores an historic railroad route.

Little Big Econ State Forest is a local treasure, including trails for hikers, cyclists and horseback riders. People who want to paddle the waters or fish in the streams are always welcome, and there are many attractive campsites.

The Black Hammock Wilderness Area is another well-loved natural preserve. It offers a wonderful trail through dense native vegetation that is a joy for the whole family. The Lake Jesup East Tract is another popular trail choice. At just two miles in length, the whole family can easily appreciate this wilderness trek.

Another favorite outdoor recreation spot in the area is managed by Seminole County. The Econ River Wilderness Area features a three-mile trail that rambles through a variety of landscapes. Visitors can expect to see all sorts of wildlife. Cycling, horseback riding and fishing also are popular here.

3. The Community

Oviedo Florida boasts an incredibly involved community of friends and neighbors. This up-and-coming city is perfect for growing families that are interested in living in a place where diversity is valued and the economy is strong.

The city currently has an approximate population of 37,545. With the median age of residents being 35, this is a relatively young community. Median household income is $82,402 across the city, and the rate of home ownership is 77.8 percent, which is quite an improvement over the national average of 63.6 percent. Oviedo also is favored by having a fabulous location. Commuters can reach downtown Orlando by car with about a 30-minute drive.

One of the things that makes Oviedo such an attractive place to live is the events that enliven the local calendar. The festivals begin in January with the Scottish Highland Games and continue in March with the street festival known as Taste of Oviedo in which the public gets to sample the best of the local restaurants. Other favorite events include Central Florida’s BBQ Blowout, the Winter Springs Festival of the Arts, a craft fair known as Great Day in the Country and a Jazz and Wine Festival. Local families also enjoy Movies in the Park and a selection of holiday events.

While many of Oviedo’s residents commute to Orlando for work, there are others who stay closer to home. They have good reason for doing so because the city is known as one that is on the rise economically. Relocate America named the city a Top 100 City to Live In while Family Circle called it one of the best towns for families. Business leaders like that Oviedo is located along Seminole Way, the state’s newest high-tech corridor. As such, industries such as digital media, simulation and medical sciences are thriving here. Oviedo’s leaders are committed to responsible, sustainable growth, which means that many entrepreneurs may settle here with a view to providing much-needed goods and services.

People and publications are increasingly recognizing Oviedo Florida as an excellent place to live thanks to the strength of its community. A WalletHub survey concluded that Oviedo was one of the best places to live in Central Florida based on quality of life, economics and education. The HowMoneyWalks website named Oviedo one of the best places in the nation to raise kids thanks to the quality of its schools, the favorable tax structure, the high incomes, the affordable homes and the attractive climate. Relocate America also called Oviedo one of the best places to live in America.

4. Property Value

One of the things that really makes Oviedo stand out from other similarly sized cities is its healthy housing market. Neighborhoods like Lake Charm, Alafaya Trail/Carrigan Avenue, Emerald Green Circle/E. Mitchell Hammock Road and Old Lockwood Road/Fawn Run have seen steadily rising property values since 2000.

Homes in Oviedo are overwhelmingly single-family dwellings. Nearly 86 percent of homes in the city fit this description with a further 6.6 percent of homes being apartment complexes. Most homes in the region are fairly new. Almost 70 percent of dwellings were constructed between 1970 and 1999. A further 27 percent have been built since the year 2000. Within the city, the majority of the homes have at least three bedrooms with four bedrooms being second.

In the past year, property values in Oviedo have increased about 8.5 percent. Predictions indicate a further rise of 4.3 percent in the coming year. Home ownership in the city is a sound investment over the long term.



5. Location

Another fantastic reason to live in Oviedo Florida is its unique spot on the map. The city is centrally located and well connected by Florida’s highway system. This makes it easy to get almost anywhere in the state without much difficulty.

Commuters love how easy it is to get to work in Orlando. The 417 can quickly be reached from just about anywhere in Oviedo. Taking this highway makes getting to Orlando a cinch. Oviedo’s spot on the map also is ideal for those who are employed in college education or who are seeking a degree. The University of Central Florida is just a 20-minute drive away.

If you need to get almost anywhere within the state of Florida, then you’ll appreciate the city’s proximity to I-95. From nearly any location in Oviedo, it is a less than 30-minute ride to one of I-95’s on ramps.

Oviedo also occupies an ideal location on the map because of its proximity to amazing recreation. A variety of beaches can be reached within about 30 minutes, and the excitement of Orlando’s theme parks can be discovered in less than a one-hour drive.

Living in Oviedo is like a dream come true for many families. A low crime rate, excellent city facilities and an involved community are just a few reasons why people love to call this Central Florida city home.

Oviedo proximity map


Looking to Relocate to Oviedo? Let us Help You!

Top Gyms in Oviedo and Winter Springs

Top Gyms in Oviedo and Winter Springs

Working out can feel like a burden if it’s been a while. Many people will wait to make it their new year’s resolution before they set foot in a gym for all of 3 weeks. But really, 80% of people who joined a gym in the beginning of the year quit within 5 months. Why wait for the new year? The best time to start is actually NOW

I love working out, if it’s the right workout. So I decided to test out different gyms all around Oviedo and some in Winter Springs and bring you my favorites, the pros and cons and then rate them on cleanliness, class offerings, hours open, customer service, caloric burn (intensity), and amenities.  

Before I start with my top choices for gyms in Oviedo/Winter Springs, let me begin with a few caveats to keep in mind as you hear my assessment of the gyms I’ve chosen from my experience:


I’m competitive by nature and love aggressive, intense workouts with high intensity and training 

Bore Easily

I get bored easily and not a fan of monotony, especially in a workout. 


I program my schedule and discipline myself to go to the gym every workday and sometimes Saturday as well

Need Motivation

I have zero motivation in big box gyms and can do a great job staring at weights not knowing what workout to do and then when I do, just sandbag it and walk out with little satisfaction. 


I’ve tried every workout you can imagine over the last two decades (from hot yoga, to rock climbing, contact boxing to Zumba) so finding something engaging and motivating can be a challenge for me. As a result, I have high expectations in a gym and workout. 

Looking for Change

This list is for the Oviedo/Winter Springs resident that is looking for a change, possibly has plateaued or just wants to know what’s out there that’s different from the same ol’ thing. 

Now, research has shown that when a gym is more than 15 minutes away, the consistency of attendance declines. Already as it is, consistency in a gym is low among members. To see good results at any of these gyms, please commit to at least 6 months. It takes time to develop strength and burn fat so be patient. That’s why it’s important to find a gym you connect with that motivates you and helps you reach your fitness goals.  


In this list you’ll note that I did not include big box gyms like the Zoo, LA Fitness, Planet Fitness, and 24 Hour Fitness. Everyone pretty much knows what they offer and the cost, but if you’re like me and need motivation to see results, the gyms below are worthy of your time.  

Our Top Picks… 

#1 TeamFit 45 

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Price: $50-200 (based on packages) 

Pros: Wonderfully high-energy intense workout. Heart monitor provided to track your heart rate and monitor your calories burned throughout your workout. Fun atmosphere. Feels like a team even though you can compete against yourself and others in your station. They have filtered water station and showers. The different stations keeps it fresh and a new workout is provided every day. They offer assessments and it’s definitely results driven. Personal training is offered. They have an app with your info and to register for classes. 

Cons: Communication wasn’t always easy. Distance from Oviedo residents.

Facts: High energy workout, heart monitor provided to track pulse and calories burned throughout workout. Lots of class times that work for different schedules. 

Website: teamfit45.com

#2 Orange Theory Oviedo

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Price: $159 (Unlimited classes)  

Pros: Unlimited assessments throughout the month to track your progress. High energy cardio and strength training. High energy music and coaching that is motivating and keeps you on track where ever you are physically. Showers and filtered water. They offer water bottles for $1. Follow up email with workout results, calorie burn, and tracking your progress. Class times offered. 

Cons: Cost can be a deterrent for many.

Facts: Unlimited package is $159 per month but they have different plans available. You have to buy a heart monitor but they let you use one if you don’t have it for your first class. This is the longest I have ever been on a treadmill (which I hate) but I stayed motivated and focused. Felt great at the end.

Website: oviedo.orangetheoryfitness.com

#3 My House Fitness Oviedo

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Price: $100+ (b
ased on personal training packages)  

Pros: Boutique gym that’s very personalized. Small classes. Personal training focused. They customize workouts to your needs and body. They do monthly assessments to track your progress. Towels and water bottles are offered but if you bring your water bottle, they have a filtered water station. Wipes available clean down your station. 

Cons: No showers and no open gym floor time. Classes are no high energy or high impact. Plenty of strength training, but not as much cardio throughout the week. 

Facts: Focus is more on personal training than classes. 

Website: myhousefitnessoviedo.com

#4 Riverside Fitness

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Price: $34.99 (unlimited gym use and classes) 

Pros: No contracts or initiation fees. Only $35 per month for unlimited classes and open gym. Class options are Boot Camp, Amrap and yoga. Boot Camp is well organized with a timer and offers a great full body workout. The members are all really nice and welcoming. Trainer goes around to make sure you’re doing the work out correctly. The yoga class was good. Sign-up is easy online and gets you connected with their MindBody app to register for classes. 

Cons: There are not a lot of class times, but the ones that are are convenient for most people’s schedules. Drinking fountain but no filtered water station or towels. Not really easy to connect immediately with staff. Not high energy classes overall, but good workout.

Facts: The open floor gym and the classes offered are in different buildings in the same shopping center. Showers are in the main gym facility. Great prices and definitely something to consider if you’re in it you live in the east part of Oviedo. Membership includes one personal training session a week for 30 minutes where you can go over something technical, accountability, or Nutrition. No childcare but was really cool to see two young kids joining their parents through the circuit. They modified workouts but they got to do it with their parents.

Website: riversidefitness419.com

#5 Crossfit Tough As Nails

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Price: Unlimited options = $100 (Student), $125 (First responders & teachers), $145 (regular option)  

Pros: If your competitive in nature this is a great work out for you. Classes are offered several times throughout the day for the WOD (workout of the day). Trainers care about technique and form. Very encouraging environment and supportive in teamwork. Aggressive workouts but can be tailored to your strength and ability. Showers available. 

Cons: If you don’t pay attention to the trainers, you can get very injured in the workout. The goal at Crossfit is to continue lifting and beating your personal record, so if you don’t want to lift heavy, this may not be the place for you.

Facts: This CF box offers MMA and Jiu Jitsu training. They focus on competition if that’s your goal. Every year they encourage the members to sign up for the Crossfit Open which is very encouraging for new and experienced members. If you’re looking to build muscle in a competitive atmosphere this is definitely a great option. They offer teachers and first responders discounts on memberships. 

Website: tlpnails.wpengine.com

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#6 Elite Boxing Fitness Center 

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Price: $99+ (based on different training packages)  

Pros: Great atmosphere and family feel. Amazing work out. The most authentic boxing experience you’re going to have in Oviedo hands-down. This is definitely not your boxing class experience that you would get at a big box gym. This is a contact boxing gym so make sure to buy mouthguard and headgear. They’ll teach you the right technique and great training. Offer kids classes. 

Cons: No showers. Website is hard to navigate to find any information so it’s best to give him a call to find out the class times. Not a workout for everyone. 

Facts: Definitely not for the faint of heart. Very aggressive and intense. Water fountain, but no filtered water. I got punched in the face and left with a bruise. Didn’t like it but loved the intensity. Dorian is the owner and main trainer at this gym and he loves what he does. Definitely a lot of passion and the members love training here. 

Website: eliteboxingfitnessstudio.com

#7 9Round Fitness 

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*When I walked in I was a little confused because there’s no exact class time.  

Price: $75+ (based on different packages)  

Pros: You come and go as you please and you jump in and do nine rounds of three minutes each with 30 second break in between with a corporal work out. Different workout every day which makes it fun but definitely kickboxing and boxing is a focus. No class times so it’s good to go with a friend if you’re able and definitely good on flexibility for your schedule.

Cons: If there’s no one in the gym it can be a little lonely and not quite as competitive or exciting, but the evening is packed. If it is packed, you have to wait for the end of the round and to jump in. Water is a dollar and there is no water fountain. No showers and no towels. 

Facts: Different pricing packages available based on month-to-month, one year year, six week challenge or six month challenge.

Website: 9round.com/oviedo

#8 Title Boxing

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Price: $69+ (based on different packages)  

Pros: This place had very friendly staff, good hype-up music, showers, High-intensity cardio workout. Good central location in Oviedo off of Alafaya. They offer a section of free weights to do on your own. 

Cons: Insufficient classes in the early AM. One year contractual commitment and then month-to-month thereafter.Doing boxing and kickboxing over time may become redundant if you want more of a variety. 

Facts: This is a boxing/kickboxing gym. Need to buy gloves and wristbands. They have a water fountain but make sure to bring your own water bottle or you may be waiting in line after every round to catch a sip.

Website: titleboxingclub.com/oviedo

#9 Breakthrough Fitness

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Price: $100+ (based on different training packages)  

Pros: They offer some classes and you can take it with or without the class trainer. Really great customer service from the staff. Delicious shakes are made on the spot and sold at the gym. Staff really cares about your fitness journey. 

Cons: If you didn’t care for the workouts on the first three days, your motivation for returning to do the same workout later that week may wane. No showers or filtered water. 

Facts: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday schedule is the same as Thursday, Friday, Saturday. AMRAP (As many reps as possible) workouts and high interval intensity training is the norm. Drinking fountain is provided. Intensity was not as high in the workouts as I would have liked. 

Website: breakthroughfitnessfl.com

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Honorable Mentions 

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YMCA Oviedo 

Beautiful facility with pool, childcare area, open gym, and classes. Great for the whole family with affordable prices. But again, if you are looking for results and need guidance and motivation this probably isn’t the best fit. 

YMCA Oviedo

Anytime Fitness

Good alternative to big box gyms. It’s a more intimate feel but still has all the machines and weights needed. There are not a good amount of class offerings but they do have a nightly boot camp with packages. They offer group training and personal one on one training. Competitive rates and great for those disciplined to work out on their own. They even offer Hydro massage for an additional $10 a month. They are open 24 hours. One of the biggest differences between big box gyms and this anytime fitness in Oviedo is that it is family owned and very involved in the community.


I personally have not seen good results and big box gyms because of my need for motivation, but if you do this could be a really good alternative. 


Price: $30+ (depending on package)

Website: Anytime Fitness Oviedo

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To prove my point, I had a free 7-day pass and never made it out there because the 3 classes they offered clashed with my schedule and I personally have no drive or desire to workout on my own. 

Let’s Wrap This Up…

I’ve broken up these reviews based on my assessment. Some of the things that matter to me may not necessarily matter to you which is why I want to give you all the options. Whichever gym you choose, just make sure you love the style and feel of the gym so that you maintain consistency. 


Remember that beyond 15 minutes from your house you are less likely to commit to a gym and I want to make sure consistency is there. Don’t try a gym for a month and give up. Whichever one you choose make a commitment to be there for at least six months to a year in order to really see a difference. I recommend changing up the gym after a year and a half or when you start plateauing.


I’ve chosen my way to workout and stay in shape, what’s yours? Find a way to stay in shape and feel great this year!