Go Local Wednesday – RuSteak College Park


I love eating good food!  And I love College Park in Downtown Orlando!  So I was excited to finally get to try RuSteak last week with some out of town friends.  We went later on a Thursday night.  The patio was pretty full so we sat inside.  It was quiet, tranquil and simple.  It instantly made me feel comfortable.  They had a very nice selection of beers, both domestic and imports, so my husband and our friends each got flights.  We ordered the shrimp fritters as an appetizer and we were not disappointed!  The sauce they come with is delicious!  The guys had the RuSteak Burgers and the ladies had the Cider Jam Chicken.  The burger were really delicious!  They were large and cooked to perfection, with an over easy egg on top.  It looked like an adventure on the plate.  The Cider Jam Chicken was equally wonderful!  The risotto was perfectly prepared and filled with seasonal veggies.  The Cider Jam is my new jam!  It was so delicious!  We finished our meal with the Blueberry Cheesecake.  Yummy!

Overall it was a fantastic meal and a great experience.  Our out of town friends were thoroughly impressed, which is always good in my book!  I hope you’ll go try it if you haven’t already.

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Orlando Tattoo Festival


Got Ink?  The ultimate rebellion?  The one thing you’ll never be able to show your mom?  Your personal expression?  Maybe, maybe not.  For me, it’s a form of art that is both beautiful and mystifying.  Each image I have on my body has a special meaning to me and the story of my life.

If you’ve ever thought about getting a tattoo, this event might be just what you need to help make the decision.  This weekend the Florida Hotel & Conference Center will host 100+ Industry Renowned and Celebrity Tattoo Artists, Live Tattooing & Piercing, a Fine Art Gallery, Live Music & Entertainment, Tattoo Cinema, Art Fusion, Contests & Awards, the Miss Orlando Tattoo Pageant, a Kids Area, Unique Vendors, Special Guests and much, much more!

Festival hours are from 5pm to 11pm on Friday, 12noon to 11pm on Saturday and 12noon to 6pm on Sunday. Individual tickets as well as three day weekend passes can be purchased either in advance via Eventbrite or at the Florida Hotel & Conference Center box office at any time throughout the duration of the event. Single Day Admission is $25.00 per day, per person while Weekend Passes are $50.00 per person for all three days.

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Go Local Wednesday – World of Beer Downtown Orlando


Micro-brews, local ales, or foreign flavors.  There are so many ways to enjoy beers currently!  What better way to try them all then at a World of Beer?  The World of Beer Downtown Orlando is a great place to take your stout tour.  With their large outdoor patio looking out over Lake Eola in uber cool Thornton Park and fantastic menu, I know you’ll be in for a treat.  I would highly recommend the German Pretzel with beer cheese to start!  My husband enjoyed beers from The Funky Buddha brewery and local flavors from the Crooked Can.

Great location, great food and great brews.  You can’t go wrong at World of Beer!

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Bastille Weekend

Bastille Day

This year Audubon Park will host a full weekend to celebrate Bastille Day!  With activities throughout the weekend ranging from the 5th Annual Wine & Cheese tasting on Saturday to the new Bubbles Bash on Sunday, it looks like the Audubon Park Garden District is pulling out all the stops!

Last year I gave you some history, but for those who may have forgotten, here’s a recap.  Bastille Day is a French national holiday.  Commonly know as Le quatorze juillet, it commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution on July 14, 1789, which began with the storming of the Bastille.  Each year since 1880, the French Military marches for a morning parade.  This is the oldest and largest military parade in Europe.  From the photos, it looks like quite the spectacle.  Thousands of uniformed military men and women, 300 vehicles, 240 horses marching through the streets and 80 planes and helicopters (according to Wikipedia).  They all pass the President of the French Republic, his government and foreign ambassadors in great ceremony through Champs Elysees.

For more information on this year’s events, click here.

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Go Local Wednesday – I Love the 90’s Concert


Summer is here and the Amway Arena has already hosted a number of fantastic shows!  From Demi Lovato to Justin Bieber to Selena Gomez, it’s been an exciting summer of music!  If you’re in my age group, these acts may not have sparked your interest, but not to worry!  There is a show coming just for us, I Love the 90’s!  Featuring Vanilla Ice, Salt-N-Pepa, Coolio, Tone Loc, All-4-One, Young MC, Kool Moe Dee and more, stops in Orlando December 3.  Now  I know December seems like it’s a long ways away, but it will truly be here before we know it, and tickets for this show go on sale this Friday, July 15th.  Tickets start at $36.50.  So don’t miss your chance to step back to those fun high school days with your friends!

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Monday Market Report – Is this the last Summer for a HOT Seller’s Market?

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Hello all, it’s been a while for a Monday Market report.  It’s been a busy 2 quarters for 2016.  If you’ve been paying attention to the real estate market you know the market is extremely hot.  We are experiencing a “Seller’s Market” in Orlando and it is leading to multiple offers and homes selling for over asking price.  A seller’s market occurs when there are not enough homes to support the number of buyers purchasing homes.  It is simply the law of supply and demand.  The demand is high and the inventory is low so the sellers have the upper hand. 

Just last week I had a property sell for $12,000 above asking price.  It’s times like these where we start to wonder, are we in a bubble?  We have experienced year to year gains in the Orlando median sales price for 59 months straight.  These kind of gains cannot be sustained.  Before the market crashed in 2008 we had experienced 61 months of consecutive gains. 

Now I don’t think anyone thinks we will experience the crash and great recession we had 8 years ago.  Even billionaire Warren Buffett says we’re not in a bubble.  About 2 months ago when speaking at a conference he said “I don’t see a nationwide bubble in real estate right now at all.”  We are definitely not back to bubble prices.  In fact, our median sales price right now is about 30% less than the highest median price Orlando and Central Florida in the last 20 years.  And our affordability index in Orlando is 160%, meaning that Buyers who earn the reported median income of $57,152 can qualify to purchase one of 4,423 homes in Orange or Seminole County. (1)  That is almost half of the housing inventory available.  So those numbers aren’t too shabby.

Although no one can predict the future, we know that right now is truly a great time to be a home seller in Orlando.  And I think we can all agree even with high affordability pushing demand, we cannot sustain many more gains before the market will shift to correct itself.  It is the natural law of supply and demand.  So if you are thinking of selling, this may be the last Summer season for a while to be in the driver’s seat in negotiations with buyers.  Thinking of selling your home?  Contact us today at 407-494-2820 or learn about your home value at www.RealOrlandoHomeValue.com

(1) Orlando Regional Realtor Association

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Go Local Wednesday – Cornell Fine Arts Museum


The Cornell Fine Arts Museum, located on the Rollins College campus, overlooking Lake Virginia, has more than 5,000 works and is recognized as one of the largest and most distinguished collections in Florida according to their website.  The collection began over a century ago and has been steadily growing ever since.

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum offers exhibits throughout the year that engage and intrigue visitors both old and young.  They seek to start a conversation or dialogue .  Currently, the exhibit  Displacement: Symbols and Journeys, seeks to explore borders and boundaries.  More than a political statement, it seeks to explore the US and Mexican border, by touching on immigration, alienation and cultural influences.

Admission to this lovely museum is complimentary.  This would be a great place to take the kids this summer break and start a dialogue.

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