new signCan you believe it is almost October?!  This year is going by  so quickly, but there is still time to move this year and get into a NEW home!

Here are a few things to consider if you want to sell your Orlando home before January 1st:

1.  First things first, the Fall is a good time to list your home.  Many people may decide not to list during the holidays.  And that is good news for you because that means there is less competition!  Another perk for listing during the holiday season is that most buyers that are searching are as serious as you about moving.  (Also check out the 5 Reasons to sell your home this fall)

2.  The average days on the market currently is about 70.  That means if you want to close before January 1st, you’ll want to list by very soon.  Most transactions take about 30-45 days to close once you are under contract.  To get to contract could take on average 70 days!  So it’s super important to price right from the beginning to ensure a successful sale by the end of the year.

3.  Beware of overpricing.    You may have heard that the real estate market prices are up 6% from this time last year!  That’s great news and yet the number of sales is down 16% and the prices are down month to month as well.  We are in what is considered a stable market with supply and demand being pretty equal.

The Orlando real estate market is cyclical and shifts.  In the last two years we’ve seen heavy demand as buyers have been trying to take advantage of the low prices and low interest rates.  That heavy demand and lack of listings caused the prices to rise.  That’s great news for you as you intend on selling!  But as prices rise, many other homeowners have the same idea leading to more supply.  Many New Listings have hit the market for now.  Some will sell over the next few months and other homeowners will take their homes off the market during the holiday season. Yet serious buyers will continue to search for their home!

Preparing to list?

The main issue I see as we continue into the next coming months is overpricing.  The market has improved drastically over the last few
years, but I have noticed some sellers future pricing, meaning they are pricing their homes in what they perceive the prices to be in a few months.  Yet those are the listings that are sitting on the market and not selling.  List your home fairly within the market range and you will sell before the end of the year and have a nice fresh start to 2015!

If you’re serious about selling your home before the new year, get started with a free consultation.

 

Image credit:  Land for sale by Crinity via Everystock – Creative Commons License

Winter Park Anuual presents the 3rd Annual Winter Park Wine and Dine.

An evening of sampling food, hors d’oeuvres, craft beer and wine all in one place… how lovely!  And, any excuse to spend an evening at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market, add some food and wine to the mix and we are guaranteed attendees!

This time around are two ticket options, New York Ave and Park Ave, with each you will not only have full access to samplings but new for this year there has been a full-plated prix fix meal option added.  There will be 4 plates to choose from, all from different local restaurants: The Coop, 4Rivers Smokehouse, Carmel Café and John and Shirley’s Catering.

Upgrade to the Park Ave ticket and take your evening to the next level.  This VIP Wine and Dine Experience will give you access to an exclusive area where unlimited fine wines, champagne and craft beer will be served.

 

 New York Ave Admission: $40.00

-Provides samples from over 30 participating vendors throughout the event. Includes 2 full pours of premium wine or craft beer and 1 meal card.

 Park Ave – VIP Admission: $70.00

-The Ultimate ‘Wine & Dine’ Experience.  Everything the New York Ave Admission offers plus access to the VIP mezzanine area where unlimited wine, craft beer and champagne will be served.

 

Winter Park Farmer’s Market:  200 W. New England Ave, Winter Park

Wednesday, October 15th

6 – 9pm

Purchase Tickets HERE!

                                                                                  Cheers!

 

Interested in buying or selling a home in Winter Park?  Contact us today!

 

Next weekend is for the dogs!

Each year Lambs Eat Ivy Salon hosts Shampooch, a dog washing fundraiser to help raise money for a local animal shelter or rescue. There have been a total of 10 rescues helped and over $50,000 raised, that’s pretty impressive! This year the chosen rescue is Florida Little Dog Rescue, a rescue whose focus is on the little guys!

Now, this isn’t just a dog wash, it’s a huge event with so much to do! There will be a Block and Bark Party, professional pet portraits, food trucks, music, raffle prizes (an iPad!!) and so much more!  It is such a fun event and you by no means have to have a dog to enjoy the fun.  But if you don’t have a dog, we suggest you walk on down to Lake Eola and adopt one from Barktoberfest where there will be more than 50 rescue partners promoting adoption!

 

Shampooch

Lambs Eat Ivy Salon  – 804 E Washington St

From 9am – 4pm

 

Barktoberfest

Lake Eola, Southeast Grassy Area – 195 N Rosalind

From 10am – 4pm

 

 

 

Have you thought about purchasing a home in the beautiful Thornton Park area? Visit our site and contact us today!

 

 

Pantry to Plate: A Chef’s Challenge

Three Central Florida chefs,  four local celebrity judges, one local food pantry, and one celebrity emcee…now that is a recipe for a good time!

Kathleen Blake of The Rusty Spoon, Hari Pulapaka of Cress Restaurant and John Rivers of 4 Rivers Smokehouse and The COOP will be facing off to prepare four gourmet meals using only ingredients from JFS Orlando’s Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry.  And all for a good cause, as all proceeds will go to JFS Orlando!

The event will be emceed by Celebrity Chef Cat Cora and judged by Scott McKenzie from Mix 105.1,  Heather McPhearson from the Orlando Sentinel,  Mark Baratelli from The Daily City and Amanda Walker from News 13.   Judges will choose the winner but a second award will be presented to the chef who receives the most votes from the event attendees!

Held at BB Kings Blues Club in Pointe Orlando on September 18th at 7pm, tickets are $125 per person or $1,000 for a table of ten.   Ticket holders will get to:

- Make cocktails with flair bartenders!

- Vote for the most impressive appetizer and entrée!

- Decorate your own SWEET! Cupcake with 3-time Cupcake Wars winner Hollis Wilder!

Eating amazing food, sipping delicious cocktails and indulging in decadent cupcakes all while supporting our local community, count us in!

 

 

Burgers, delicious. Gardens, beautiful.  Doesn’t spending the evening sampling burgers prepared by local restaurants, eating various foods from a fry bar, and drinking complimentary beer all while listening to live music and meandering through beautiful Leu Gardens sound like the best time?  Why yes, yes it does.  And that is why Johnny’s Fillin’ Station is presenting the 1st Annual Burger Bash at Leu Gardens this Saturday, Sept 13th from 6pm-9pm.  Bring your appetite and be sure to sample each burger because participants are competing for a $3,000 prize and a people’s choice award!

General Admission tickets are $40.  VIP tickets are $100, and get you in at 5pm as well as a few other perks, more info can be found  here.

Looking for homes in the Audubon Park area?  Follow this link or contact us today!

 

Finally!  Pig Floyd’s  is opening its doors for business, tomorrow, September 11th at 4pm.  If you live in, frequent or even just drive through the Mills50 district I’m sure you noticed a while back that the old Atilla’s restaurant was being gutted.  That alone caused excitement for us, we love watching the Mills50 district grow and started wondering what would pop up there.  Would it be a new unique storefront, a craft beer bar, a locally owned restaurant…?  Our question was soon answered, a locally owned bbq restaurant, something Mills50 did not have!

Pig Floyd’s describes themselves as ‘Introducing a fresh interpretation of the barbecue experience.  Integrating cultural influences with traditional fire, smoke and pit methods to craft vibrant, delicious fare.’    There is something for everyone on their menu, from brisket and ribs to tofu and salads. And let’s not forget their sauces, from traditional sweet and hot to the more exotic Tikka Masala. From what we’ve heard Pig Floyd’s will not disappoint and we cannot wait to see that for ourselves!

There will definitely be a line forming before 4pm so get out there early and grab yourself some deliciousness from Mills50 District’s only bbq joint, Pig Floyd’s!

 

Pig Floyd’s

1326 N Mills Ave.

Orlando, FL 32803

(407)921-1696

 

Considering buying a home in the Mills50 District?  Check these out and call us today!

 

TONIGHT IS OPENING NIGHT!

Don’t go alone, don’t make a sound, pretend you’re a stone.

There are still a few open seats so hurry and get your tickets NOW!  And don’t worry, if we do sell out, and I’m sure we will, you can just come to the show another night!

And just in case you haven’t heard about it…

Local artists Patrick Fatica and Blue Star have once again put their creative minds together to bring you yet another experiment in storytelling titled  Monster.  After the success of their past collaborations, ‘Hammers and Lambs’ and ‘Shadows of the Waifs’ they decided to bring something a little different to the table.  Using paper cutouts Fatica created a stop motion film about 5 little girls that get lost in the forest and fall victim to their vices, that film was the inspiration behind Star’s stage performance.  Dark and beautiful is something these two always seem to get just right!

If you are not familiar with these two locals be sure to visit one of this month’s shows and support the exciting art that is found surrounding Downtown Orlando in the Mills50 and Ivanhoe Village Main Street districts. This is definitely a show you do not want to miss and a perfect start to the Halloween season!

Be sure to visit the interactive website for some sneak peeks and behind the scenes footage!

The Opening show is TONIGHT September 5th at The Venue in Ivanhoe Village.

Tickets are on sale now: $15 advanced or $18 at the door. Call The Venue at 407-412-6895 for tickets.

Additional Dates and Times:

September 6*, 8, 12, 13, 15

Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm

*September 6th doors at 9pm, show at 10pm

 

Click here if you’re looking to purchase a home in the Mills50 or surrounding downtown districts!

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