Can you believe it is already almost April?! This year has flown by so far. In the real estate business we will start to look at the first quarter and compare the activity to last year. Are we headed in the right direction?
March 15, 2013
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As we head into the Spring, there are more and more outdoor events in the Orlando and Winter Park area. This weekend is no exception! Whether you are looking for something to spruce up your exterior or interior there is a place for you this weekend.
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, March 16th, 9 AM to 6 PM
Sunday, March 17th, 9 AM to 5 PM
February 15, 2013
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The weather outside is gorgeous for this time of year! Tomorrow the high is 70 and sunny! It is a perfect Saturday to get outside and enjoy living in Orlando. I don’t know if you have seen the street banners in Winter Park lately; but there is a website address posted on them called FindActiveFun.org. I checked out the website and it is pretty neat. You select your zip code, date, neighborhood, budget, environment, and whether or not you want to include pets. Then the site filters active events in Orlando for you based on your criteria!
There are plenty of great ways to get active and/or enjoy the outdoors in the Central Florida area. Get out and have some fun this weekend! There are plenty of local farmer’s markets in Orlando to check out.
In full disclosure, for those adverse to cold weather, it’s supposed to be pretty chilly on Sunday but a nice jacket and you’ll be just fine.
Enjoy your weekend!
Image credit: photo taken by Jessica Ruthardt in Downtown Orlando
February 13, 2013
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What are your plans for Valentines Day? I’m not a huge fan of the holiday myself. It might be the worst night of the year to make dinner plans so I think my significant other and I will order a yummy stuffed pizza TO GO.
If you aren’t a home body like me, here are a few ideas to enjoy Valentine’s Day in Orlando!
Winter Park: A movie under the stars sounds like a romantic date for v-day. Enzian’s Popcorn Flicks in the Park will start at 7 pm tomorrow at Central Park in Winter Park. The movie of the night is a classic From here to Eternity.
Downtown Orlando: Thornton Park’s 2nd Thursday wine walk is a pretty inexpensive date and sure to be enjoyable. You can stroll through the new Thornton Park Main Street district from 6:30 – 10 pm and stop at various shops, restaurants and bars. For only $10/person you complimentary wine/beer/little bites at various stops.
If you’re recently single or just hate Valentine’s Day, the Love Stinks Party at Neighborhood Rogue sounds interesting. Stop by the fire pit and burn pics of your exes. Check out more info on the Facebook event page. This is just around the corner from the wine walk so there are discounts available for wine walk participants.
Hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!
January 4, 2013
I don’t know about you but 2012 was a great year. These last few weeks have been extremely crazy and often times the blog is the first thing to slack when I get busy.
My New Year’s Resolution is to be consistent with the blog. I hate going to people’s blogs and the last post was from 2010! I have been working hard trying to provide daily content. Since I personally write all of my posts that can be a little time consuming for a busy agent like myself. My goal for 2013 is to provide three posts a week to keep you up to speed on the real estate market in Downtown Orlando and Winter Park and the other events and local businesses who drive these communities.
My most popular categories in the last year have been the Monday Market Reports, Go Local Wednesdays, and the Friday posts titled “Who Says There’s Nothing to do in Orlando?”. And so I look forward to providing you more of these types of posts 3 times a week so I can keep it consistent and relevant!
I hope you have enjoyed your holidays and I look forward to bringing you more content in the New Year!
P.S. It’s the first Friday of the month and that means Cupcake Happy Hour at Blue Bird Bake Shop in Audubon Park from 5-7 pm. What a great way to start the first weekend of the New Year?! Enjoy!
Image: Personal Image taken of the Sanctuary Condos in Downtown Orlando
November 21, 2012
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING! As many of you know Small Business Saturday is this weekend across the country. These local businesses are what make our neighborhoods and communities such a great place to live. If you’re out and about this weekend remember to shop local Orlando! Here are a few websites to find locations of small businesses in the Orlando area with plenty of places to shop or dine this Saturday.
Downtown Orlando neighborhoods
Downtown Orlando shopping - Central Business District
South Eola District - Area South of Lake Eola
What are your favorite local Orlando shops?
P.S. Please feel free to send me more suggestions for Orlando shopping and dining!
September 10, 2012
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For this Monday market report we have invited a guest blogger to fill you in on the mortgage industry and a buzz worthy topic in today’s market. Refinancing has always been around in the mortgage business; but in more recent years most homeowners have not been able to take advantage because they are underwater on their homes.
Recent programs such as HARP 2.0 and the Streamline FHA Refinance are designed specifically to help those underwater homeowners. Finally first-time home buyers are not the only people taking advantage of the historically low interest rates in today’s market. Often times with these new programs you are able to refinance without even ordering an appraisal!
Michelle Knight of Integrity Home Loans shares with us how refinancing your current mortgage can help you:
Sr. Loan Officer
Integrity Home Loan of Central Florida, Inc.
708 E Colonial Dr. Suite 203
Orlando, FL 32803
“There are several reasons why refinancing your existing mortgage could be beneficial. The most common reason is to lock in a lower interest rate on your loan. Others refinance in order to switch from an adjustable-rate loan to a fixed-rate loan (or vice-versa), to stop paying private mortgage insurance (PMI), or to cash out of your home’s equity.
Individuals planning to sell their home within 3-5 years can save hundreds of dollars per month by switching from a fixed-rate to an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM). ARMs average around two percentage points less than fixed-rate loans. At today’s rates that can mean BIG savings – mortgage industry experts forecast that rates will likely remain under 4 percent until mid-2013.
Be cautious though, I only suggest switching to an ARM if you have a qualified mortgage professional who can explain how the program applies to your unique situation. Specifically speaking, at what time your payment can adjust and the maximum it can increase.
To decide if refinancing is right for you research the costs; including points, transaction fees, and closing costs. Compare your new payment amount with your current payment and figure out how long it will take you to recover the costs. It may not be cost effective if you plan to stay in the home for less than 3 years.”
Thanks to Michelle for guest blogging today! For more information on refinancing your Orlando home or to discuss your unique situation please feel free to contact Michelle at 321-663-2795. Or if refinancing is not for you, contact us to learn more about selling your home in Orlando or Winter Park at 1-800-859-5714.
September 4, 2012
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Sorry I have been out of commission for a while! I took an unexpected trip to the emergency room when my significant other came down with a terrible virus. He is doing well now after a blood transfusion and some meds – thank goodness! It is nice to be back to a normal routine…well as normal as the real estate industry can be.
Recently I wrote an article for our Orlando real estate e-newsletter about 5 ways to Add Real Value. One of the top improvements is a kitchen remodel. A minor kitchen remodel can provide a great return on your investment. As I have said before, kitchens and bathrooms sell homes! So I found this great article about strategies for a smooth kitchen remodel – enjoy!
Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this.
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Contact us today about improving your home to sell quickly! Selling Downtown Orlando,
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ThinkLiveBe Property Team
Kathryn Stelljes PA – Listing Specialist
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August 8, 2012
If you haven’t already heard there is an awesome new indoor farmers market coming to Orlando soon! Not surprisingly the developers decided the trendy Audubon Park area was the perfect spot for this venture. Audubon park is an established area that has been growing in popularity among homebuyers and shop/restaurants owners. The proximity to downtown Orlando, winter park, and baldwin park make this an ideal spot for the market. Audubon Park currently holds a small outdoor market on Monday nights from 6-10 pm.
The East End Market will be located on Corrine Dr. and will feature two stories of small independent food enterprises, a farm fresh restaurant, and space upstairs for things like demonstration kitchens and/or small retail shops. Outside they will have a vegetable garden with Florida varietals.
Image Credit: East End Market Website