Have you ever been on one of Greenwood Cemetery’s Moonlight Walking Tours?  It is an absolute must for any self respecting Orlandoean.

Along this 2 hour, 4 mile walk you will visit approximately 100 grave sites, all of notable individuals from Orlando’s history.  Your tour guide, Don, managed the cemetery for 28 years before retiring a few months back but he still guides the tours.  He is quite witty if you ask us, and it’s obvious he loves our wonderful city.  There is some really great history behind Orlando, most of it we had no idea about and wouldn’t have known without going on this tour.

These tours are incredibly popular, tickets usually sell out within the first hour so be sure to set a reminder for yourself, dates and times are listed below.  Also, you will be walking for 2 hours so wear comfortable shoes and clothing.  Bring a bottle of water and a flashlight if you’d like but please be courteous and only point the flashlight at the ground when walking, you don’t want to blind your neighbors! And last, if possible try to stick around for a few minutes after and talk to Don, he has so many great stories and fun little facts he loves to share, and is more than happy to chat about the town we all call home, Orlando.

10/10 at 8pm– registration opens 9/26 – SOLD OUT

11/7 at 8pm – registration opens 10/24 at 9 a.m

12/5 at 8pm – registration opens 11/21 at 9 a.m

Greenwood Cemetery
1603 Greenwood St.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They’re coming to get you, Orlando.

This year marks the 6th annual Zombietoberfest, the coolest Zombie festival around and right here in our own backyard on the streets of APGD.  Are you excited?  Are you frightened?  Are you going?!

We can all agree that zombies are a nuisance, right? So do your part to stop the outbreak by joining the Zombie Outbreak Cure Scavenger Hunt from 2 to 6pm, grab some friends, meet at Blue Bird Bake Shop at 2pm and go catch yourself some zombies!  If you prefer to befriend some zombies over stopping them then be sure to head on over to Warrior One Power Yoga where all Zombies can enjoy free yoga at 5pm.   Then at 6 the streets come alive, or dead, however you want to look at it.  Either way, bring your appetite because food trucks will be there serving…BRAINS!  Brains for dinner, brains for lunch, brains for breakfast, brains for brunch…nah, we’re just kidding!  There will be food trucks but they won’t be serving brains, just their specialties, which are probably much tastier then brains anyway.   Costume contests, live music, a zombie crawl, movies, kids activities, the list goes on!  One of the most fun, family friendly Halloween events that you will find!  So fun, in fact, that the Orlando Weekly declares it as one of their Top 100 Things to Do in Orlando Before You Die.  You can find all the gory details here, here and here (for merch and tickets, where required).

Saturday, October 4th

2-6pm:  Zombie Outbreak Scavenger Hunt

5pm: Yoga for Zombies

6-10pm:  Zombietoberfest on the streets begins!

 

 

Looking to live among the dead? Check out these homes in Audubon Park and contact us today!

 

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!

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