It’s Go Local Wednesday but I’m not going local today.  I’m going grateful.

This time of year we express what we are grateful for.  I can admit that I am guilty of not thinking too deeply about it and just saying something along the lines of ‘my family’ or ‘my friends’ or ‘my health’.  All of this is true, I couldn’t be more grateful for those things because I may not have made it through these past 6 months without them. But it was also a lot of the little things that helped on a day to day basis. Little things like frozen pizzas, hot showers, an excellent home insurance plan, modern medicine and coffee, lots and lots of coffee.

We tend to take the little things for granted, that isn’t a bad thing, it’s just the way it is.  But sometimes it is the little things all grouped together that can REALLY make you happy.  Something as little as being able to treat yourself to a nice dinner once a month, or how about being able to go home at the end of the day to your kids or animals or partner who always put a smile on your face.  Or even having that umbrella in your car to protect you from the torrential downpours we’ve had the past few days!  These things may seem silly but these are the things we take for granted but make us happy. Think about it, how much would you have complained if you got soaked in the rain yesterday?!  I know I would have!  So when you are asked tomorrow what you are grateful for why don’t you think about those little things for a moment, because we are all always grateful for our health, for our friends, for our family…

So tell me, what little things are you grateful for?

-Jess

28 years of Christmas trees decorated by local designers, businesses and corporations.  28 years of one of Central Florida’s best holiday traditions, Festival of Trees.

Each year the Council of 101 hosts Festival of Trees where the Orlando Museum of Art is transformed into a holiday wonderland filled with decorated Christmas trees,  gingerbread creations, wreaths, tabletop displays and so much more.  Mostly all of it is for sale and proceeds help cultural development of local visual arts and local children’s art educational programs.

This year the theme is ‘Tis the Season’ and there are only a few days left to join in on this joyous display of the holiday season!  There are so many special pieces that make up this event. Deck the Halls, where you’ll find unique custom centerpieces, wreaths, and garland for sale.  Festival Boutique, where you can find one of a kind local merchandise for sale.  Toyland Town, where there are kid’s crafts, games, children’s gifts for sale (priced perfectly for the little ones),  and what would Toyland be without a visit from Santa Claus!  Santa will be there Saturday, November 22 and 23 from 10am to 4pm.

General Admission: Now through 11/23

  • $10 per adult
  • $6 per child (ages 3-11)

Tickets can be purchased at the museum, and include admission to current OMA art exhibits.

 

Interested in buying or selling this holiday season? Visit us here or call us, 407-494-2820!

 

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Don’t you just love this time of year!  I feel like once we hit mid November it is okay to really start getting ready for the holiday season.  Except Christmas music before Thanksgiving, I’ll never get used to that!  But I do love seeing Downtown Orlando and surrounding neighborhoods put up their holiday décor and signs, it just makes it all so…official.

So, let the holiday festivities begin!  Here is one of our favorites.  The weekend prior to Thanksgiving Ivanhoe Village always celebrates their neighborhood holiday party, and this year is no different.   On November 22nd you and the family can head down to Ivanhoe Village for a night of joyous festivities to help kick of the 2014 holiday season with Jingle Eve!

The night’s events will include a Santa’s workshop, holiday specials and samples from local merchants, live music, local artists and vendors.  The Food Truck Bazaar will be there and there is also a wine stroll!  And of course the lighting of the Happy Holidays sign and the Christmas Tree lighting in Gaston Edwards Park!

Come join the party! We guarantee it will be the perfect start to your holidays!

 

Here are the details:

Saturday, November 22nd

Santa’s Workshop @ 5pm

Sign Lighting @ 6pm

Tree Lighting @ 6:30pm

Wine Stroll @ 6pm,  $20 per person (buy tickets here)

 

Interested in buying or selling a home this holiday season?  Give us a call at (407) 494-2820 or check out our website!

The holidays are right around the corner, for most that means spending time with family and friends, for some it means spending time shopping for the best deals. Believe me, we aren’t judging, because we too partake in some of the craziness that is Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and every other extra special super discount shopping day. But another thing we do is Shop Small, and you should too.

A few years ago American Express started the Shop Small campaign where it promoted shopping only at local businesses rather than big box stores on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The campaign has continued to grow and it is pretty amazing the impact that shopping local can have on your community. Check out this infographic:

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Pretty awesome!  And it isn’t just about shopping local and spending your money, it’s about becoming a part of something. There are other ways to get involved, like organizing an event to help celebrate small businesses in your neighborhood.  Getting your friends and family together to spend the day out and about getting to know your local business owners. Continually posting on social media sites promising to Shop Small on November 29th because we all know if one of your friends is shopping local then the rest will too!

American Express has made it really simple for both the consumer and the business owner.  Consumers, follow this link, put in your address and it will give a list of all local businesses in your area that are promoting Shop Small.  Business owners, follow this link to promote your business.

There are so many great places scattered around Orlando to Shop Small.  We suggest Park Ave CDsDear Prudence  and East End Market in Audobon Park.  Cloak and Dapper in Ivanhoe Village.   Maybe Colonial Photo & Hobby or City Oasis in Mills50.  How about Paper Gallery & Gingersnap Station in College Park.  And Zou Zou Boutique in Thornton Park.  We haven’t even gotten started on places to eat yet! Just to name a few we love,   P is for Pie, brunch at The Hammered Lamb,  Hawkers, Benjamin French Bakery.  We could go on for days, but I think you get the point.  The places to Shop Small are endless, be part of the movement!

Tell us, where are you going to Shop Small?

 

We have no affiliation with American Express, we just really feel that the Shop Small movement is something everyone needs to be a part of!

If you have traveled through Downtown Orlando I’m sure you’ve noticed the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.  Maybe it was only concrete and steel when you first saw it but it is now a building of pure wonderment.  33,000 square feet, it spans two blocks and takes up almost nine acres of downtown. And now is your chance to step inside and experience it all for yourself.  Saturday November 8th starts their community open house.  Guests can meander through the Della Phillips Grand Lobby, the Walt Disney Theater, the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater and the Seneff Arts Plaza. Along the way be sure to stop for photo ops and pick up tickets to upcoming shows and events!  This is a family friendly event so bring everyone out to take in the beauty of this new building!

The community open house is from noon until 6pm but you don’t want to go too far afterwards because at 8pm there is a free concert.  The concert is celebrating the opening of the Dr. Phillips Center and the Seneff Arts Plaza and it is starring Cheryl Crow!  Can you believe it?!  A free Cheryl Crow concert right in Downtown Orlando, how cool is that?!  And if you aren’t able to make it out to Saturday’s community open house don’t worry, they’re doing it again on Sunday.  But on Sunday you’ll have the option to upgrade to a $30 ticket that will get you access to a private facility with high top tables and chairs, lunch from Bubbalou’s Bodacious BBQ and three drink tickets.  Sunday hours are noon to 4pm, exploring on your own is still free!

 

 Websites:

https://www.facebook.com/DrPhillipsCenter

http://www.drphillipscenter.org/

 

Interested in buying or selling a home in one of the Downtown Orlando area neighborhoods?  Visit our website or contact us today,  (407) 494-2820!

 

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This past weekend I, along with others volunteered to help Green Up Mills50. It was a chilly morning, and by chilly I mean COLD, 53 degrees!   But I bundled up, grabbed my bag of mulch and got to work with the other volunteers.  We spent a few hours trimming back palms, weeding and replanting planters along Mills Avenue, a little bit of work that made a lot of difference.  It is amazing how a few hours of volunteer work can really put a little pep in your step for the rest of the day!

Main Street Neighborhoods rely on volunteers, whether it be for beautifying the neighborhood,  running local events or even just getting the word out about other ways to help.   Below we’ve linked to each district website that has a volunteer section or we’ve listed their email so you can find out more about their volunteer opportunities.  Volunteering is the best way to give back to the community, it doesn’t cost you anything yet it makes a huge impact.

Have you volunteered recently?  Do you know of other ways to volunteer for the community?  Let us know!

Audubon Park Garden District : AudubonParkGardenDistrict@gmail.com

Church Street District:  info@churchstreetdistrict.com

Mills50 District:  director@mills50.org

College Park Partnership

Downtown South District

Ivanhoe Village District

Thornton Park District

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Have you been thinking about buying or selling you home in one of the Main Street Neighborhoods?  Give us a call, (407) 494-2820.

holiday sale imageMany people think the holiday season is not a good time to sell a home. That is a myth.

In fact, almost every year there is a slight up-tick in the number of homes sold in December.  Right now, many Orlando home sellers are withdrawing their listings or deciding to wait until January to list.  They are hesitating because of this Myth and the idea that it might be inconvenient to sell over the holidays.  But that opens up great opportunities for the serious sellers and serious buyers out there!

Why Is there an increase in sales in December?

Well, there are many reasons that buyers try to close by the end of the year

-  a variety of tax purposes
– being relocated from one place to another
– they want to move while kids are out of school on a holiday break
– lease expiring at the end of the year
– have some vacation time left and it’s a good time to move
– etc

So why List your Orlando Home Right NOW?

  1. Buyers who are moving in the holiday months are usually very motivated by the above reasons.  And these serious buyers are looking for homes right now.  It takes approximately 30-45 days to close a loan.  Therefore, most buyers are searching for that special home starting now.
  2. Because many sellers think it is too inconvenient or have heard that it’s a bad time to sell; some are beginning to withdraw their listings and “take a break” from selling. That means less competition during the next few months.  Less competition means a quicker sale and more negotiating power for the smart sellers!

So what are you waiting for?  Take advantage of the opportunities this holiday season.  Whether you are moving up, downsizing, or just trying to unload some investment property – this is the time!  If your are interested in selling a home in Orlando give us a call at 407-494-2820 or contact us below.

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