Who Says There’s Nothing to do in Orlando – Paddleboarding

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Summer is here and paddle boarding is definitely all the rage!  Did you know you don’t have to go all the way to the beach to paddleboard?  That’s right!  There are two locations right here in central Florida that provide paddleboard rentals and lessons for all skill levels. There is one in Winter Park, adjacent to Lake Killarney and the other at Wekiva Island in Longwood, FL, just north of Downtown.  Check it out here for information on rates and lessons.

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Go Local Wednesdays – Mills50 Local Coupons are here!

image1What a better way to support local businesses in the Downtown Orlando area than by purchasing one of the Mills50 coupon packs?!  Our local main street organization has put together a pack of 26 coupons worth hundreds of dollars in free goods and services or substantial discounts for only $25! The coupons can be used between now and Friday, July 31st and the purchase includes a residential membership to the Mills50 organization.  I purchased mine yesterday and can’t wait to make my way through the district!  And don’t forget to use the hashtag #mills50local when you use your coupons and post to social media.

Get yours today at  https://squareup.com/market/mills-50-main-street and click on:  Mills 50 2015 coupon promotion. The coupons will be mailed upon receipt of your order.

Here’s what you will receive:

ARTS & CULTURE

Mennello Museum – 2 free passes ($10 value)


DINING

Dandelion Café – free iced tea

Farm-Haus – free meal delivered to your home ($12.50 value)

Giraffas Brazilian Grill – 20% off entire order

Hawker’s Asian Street Fare – $25 gift certificate

Maxine’s on Shine – complimentary appetizer & glass of wine, sangria or draft beer (up to $20 value)

Voodoo Kitchen Food Truck – free side and beverage with entrée


HEALTH & BEAUTY:

Herschel Lasik & Cataract Institute– $700 off lasik surgery ($350 per eye) plus free consultation

Orlando Chiropractic – $40 off a first chiropractic visit

Outback Hair Salon – 25% off all services on first visit

Project 7 Yoga -30 days of yoga for $30 ($79 value)

Pure Barre Mills Park – a free class ($23 value)

Salon on Nine – complimentary Aveda treatment with any chemical or color service OR 20% off first visit.

YMCA – No joiner fee (up to $150 savings) + $20 program gift certificate


NIGHTLIFE

BART – free beer (up to $6)

Lil indies – free sangria or fernet drink

Quantum Leap Winery – 20% off any purchase

St. Matthew’s Tavern – free draft or well drink

Wally’s – free drink (up to $10 value)


SERVICES

Armstrong Locks – free key duplication or home security survey

Pauline Ho, CPA – 20% discount on new business set up; tax prep or first month accounting services

Law Office of Cynthia Conlin – Free consultation & 20% off regular legal fees for new clients


SHOPPING

Eola Eyes – $25 off complete pair of eyeglasses or comprehensive eye exam

gotkarma – free lucky bamboo plant

Shelbie Press – Buy 500 business cards for $49; get 500 free

Track Shack – $10 gift certificate
Save tons of money while enjoying the artsy and eclectic Mills50 Main Street District.  What’s your favorite Mills50 establishment?

Want to live near the Mills50 Main Street District?  Search Mill50 area homes today

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Monday Market Report – The Most Affordable Listings Near Downtown Orlando

If you are looking to buy a home near the Downtown Orlando business district, get in line.  The new amenities and walk-ability have made the entire surrounding area an extremely desirable place to live.  The best listings are snapped up in a few days and often with competing offers.  In the greater Orlando area, the median price is up 11% since last year and the number of sales is up over 25%!  The improvements in the market has made it increasingly difficult to find an affordable place near the Downtown Orlando core.

The Orlando Regional Realtor Association (ORRA) defines affordability using the median income.  According to ORRA, “buyers who earn the reported median income of $56,354 can qualify to purchase one of 5,587 homes in Orange and Seminole counties currently listed in the local multiple listing service for $315,275 or less.”  And first time home buyers have a bit of a harder time given the median income for first time buyers is $38,321 which qualifies them to purchase one of only 3,267 homes in Orange and Seminole counties listed for $190,838 or less.

However, when you look the major neighborhoods surrounding the Downtown area there are only about 150-175 single family homes for sale that are below $315,275.  Most of the options are in the College Park area and Conway area with just a handful walking distance to the business hub.  The median home price in these areas is about $225,000 and the size of a home at this price varies between 980-2000 sq. ft. depending on how close you are to Downtown Orlando.  It may be frustrating to find the right home with so few to choose from, but given the extremely low interest rates it is still more affordable to own than it is to rent in many situations.

Click the image below to Check out these affordable options in the Downtown Orlando, College Park, and Conway area.
Affordable Downtown Orlando homes

Contact us today to get started with your home search and we’ll help you identify the best most affordable options that fit your needs.  407-494-2820 or Kathryn@ThinkDowntownHomes.com

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Monday Market Report – Do you have a Seller for our Buyer?

Listing inventory has been pretty sparse over the last few years in Orlando.  The lack of inventory is what caused the prices in the Orlando real estate market to go up by about 10% since March of last year.  The increasing values have given us some new listings.  In fact, the number of listings was on the rise last year with eight consecutive months of increases in the number of homes for sale. The improving values have helped people who have been waiting to sell finally gain the equity needed.

And, the number of home sales is extremely healthy as well.  At the end of March this year, the number of homes sales was 25% higher than last year!  This healthy market absorbs the listings at a very fast pace.

Orlando real estate market update

Our main issue is we still seem to have a lack of quality listings in the Downtown Orlando area.  What I mean by quality is – well priced and in good condition.  These listings are few and far between.

When they do come available there are multiple offers and competing buyers.   What we need for this summer in Downtown Orlando are some quality listings for our buyers.  Are you considering selling?  We probably have a buyer for your home!!

Contact us today at 407-494-2820 or Info@ThinkLiveBe.com

*Stats and infographic via Orlando Regional Realtor Association – click image to see entire market infographic

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Frozen TONIGHT!

Movieola Frozen

The City of Orlando is kicking off the 2015 MOVIEOLA sequence pretty strong with…Disney’s FROZEN!  MOVIEOLA is a free movie in Downtown Orlando at Lake Eola that takes place on the last Friday of each month from April through August and their movie selection is always awesome.   It gets crowded so get there as early as you can, bring picnic blankets or chairs and don’t forget your family because all of these movies are very family friendly.

For a complete list of this summer’s movies, visit cityoforlando.net

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Tuesday Tours – Lake Eola Heights Garden Tour

Last weekend I attended the Lake Eola Heights Historic Garden tour.  I love historic homes and gardens, so it was a perfect fit for me.  It was pretty warm out, but I guess you can’t have a garden tour in the fall!

I was able to sponsor the event so it was nice to see such a great turnout!  The brick lined streets in Lake Eola Heights were filled with people walking the tour.  We got some great shots of the event, so I thought I’d share them here.  Enjoy!

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Go Local Wednesdays – Third Thursdays

Tomorrow is Third Thursday, get out and see what Downtown Orlando has to offer!  With it being a mix of art, food, technology talk and networking you are bound to find something to pique your interest.

Gallery Hop: Hosted by the Downtown Arts District features numerous galleries and non-traditional art venues that spotlight the best of established and emerging Orlando-based artists in tandem with nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. When and Where: 6-9pm at various locations, see map

Taste of Church Street: This culinary experience offers food and beverage specials, local art and entertainment in the heart of the Church Street District. When and Where: 5-10pm at Church St. District

Tech Meetup: The Orlando Tech Meetup offers tech enthusiasts and entrepreneurs the chance to socialize and hear five different technology groups present live product demos. Where: 7-9pm at Effin Amazing

Networking: Hosted by the Downtown Orlando Partnership, these professional networking events allow attendees to experience one of downtown’s fine establishments while making great local business connections. When and Where: 5:30-7pm at Extract Juice Bar

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