Go Local Wednesday – Alfond Inn

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The Alfond Inn, a boutique hotel located in #WinterPark, established to raise money for scholarships by Rollins College, is a lovely addition to the already spectacular community. The Alfond Inn opened in August 2013, a little unsure of how it would be received but was recognized as one of the Best Hotels in Florida by Condé Nast Traveler’s 27th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, and received their AAA Diamond four diamond rating in the first eight months of being open.  They offer unique packages and one of a kind experiences.  With their success, @TheAlfondInn hopes to offer seven to ten full scholarships a year, to some very deserving students.

Hoping to be more than a place of lodging, the Alfond Inn works very hard to find innovative ways to bring people in, hosting unique events.  In March they hosted 5 Chefs 5 Courses 5 Charities fundraiser with proceeds benefiting Harbor House, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Pace Center For Girls, Edible Education Foundation and The Kevin Fonzo Foundation.  They even hosted Jazz on the lawn, once a month during the spring!  The events included live music under the stars, wine portions, award winning Smoked Pig with accompaniments, valet parking and an extended happy hour.

The Alfond Inn also boasts the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, a satellite exhibition space from the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College.  The first Wednesdays of the summer months (plus September) take a free “Happy Hour Tour.” Meet in the lobby at 5:30 p.m. for a tour of the collection, and afterward enjoy $5 sangria and $8 appetizer specials.

The packages are well thought out.  They invite patrons to indulge in all that Winter Park has to offer.  They will even pamper your pooch, with the VIP Package (Very Imporant Pup).  A new package being offered now through Dec. 15th, the Auberge in the Park, allows patrons an evening of dinner for two of the Chef’s Table menu with wine pairings in the Hamilton’s Kitchen restaurant and luxurious accommodations  for only $309 plus tax and gratuity.  Come see all everything this hotel has to offer – you won’t be disappointed!

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Monday Market Report – How to Choose the Right Agent?

As the market heats up here in Orlando, many homeowners are considering selling their homes.  As you plan to sell there are some things you will probably consider- Where will we go next?  How quickly will our house sell and for how much?  On our last market update we discussed how quickly your home might sell given the hot market here in Downtown Orlando.  The number of home sales in the Orlando area is up 10% since last year.  With more buyers and still not a huge inventory of listings, homes that are priced right and in good condition sell quickly.

apple-apples-orange-2723463-lNow you just need to find the right agent to achieve that goal.  Deciding who you will choose to list your home with can be a difficult task.  Real estate agents are independent contractors.  We each run our own business under the umbrella of our brokerage.  So you can have varying experiences with agents even within the same company.  It can be like comparing apples to oranges if you don’t know the right questions to ask.  It is sometimes difficult to distinguish a good agent from a bad one.  Asking the right questions from the beginning will help you determine what they will do for you as your representative and what kind of customer experience you will receive.   Here are a few questions to ask:

  1. Are you a full time agent?
  2. How long have you been selling real estate?
  3. Are you a full service agent?
  4. What is your average List to Sales Price Ratio? (how much of the listing price did the agent actually obtain for their sellers on average)
  5. How will you communicate with me?
  6. How will you market my home? Do you create a marketing plan?
  7. Do you have references I can contact who worked with you to sell a home?
  8. How will you recommend a price for me?  (pricing a home is not an easy task and not every agent knows how to do this well)

Of course you can avoid this tedious interview process all together and list with us.  We make it really easy for you to know what type of experience you will receive.  We’re transparent about what we will do for you at all times by providing you with a private webpage you can access 24/7 and see all of our activities to sell your home.

Our communication commitment rivals any agent!  We commit to speaking with you at a minimum of two times a week; once with a comprehensive email update and once via phone. The private website where you can view our activities 24/7 is there so you never have to ask the question, “what has my agent been doing to sell my house?”.

In the last 3 years I have consistently sold my listings for an average of 3% more than the average for the Orlando area.  How do I earn more for my sellers?  For each listing I create a custom marketing plan so we both know exactly how we are going to target the right buyers for your home.

But don’t take my word for it.  Read any one of our reviews and you’ll see that our customers feel we lived up to the promises we committed to.

Thinking of Selling?  Don’t end up with someone without experience or a plan to sell your house.  Contact us today at 407-494-2820 or Info@ThinkLiveBe.com

Image credit:  Apples & Oranges – They Don’t Compare by The Busy Brain via Creative Commons

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do in Orlando? – Mascot Games

Mascot-Games-LogoI’m not sure anything makes me happier than sports.  That is with one exception; mascots!  I can’t get enough of their enthusiasm, energy and quirkiness, so I was SUPER excited when I saw this!

This weekend you could see your favorite mascot at this one of a kind event!  June 19-20, 2015 the @AmwayCenter will be hosting the @MascotGames.  This annual event will bring together 30 mascots from around the country and from all genres of sports, including MLB, NBA, and NFL.  The mascots will go head to head in gladiator themed games.

Plus proceeds go to a great cause — New Hope For Kids, which is a non-profit organization that grants wishes for children with life threatening diseases and supports families grieving the loss of a family member.  Come out to Amway Center to cheer on your favorite mascot!  I wonder if @STUFFmagic will be there…

More information can be found here.

Image Credit: MascotGames.org

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Go Local Wednesdays – Ollie’s Public House

OlliesOllie’s Public House, which sits at the corner of Par & Edgewater in College Park, is truly an experience every Orlandoan must have!  I was first introduced to the location when it was Jax’s 5th Ave in 2010.  In 2012, ownership changed and Caitlin Van Voorhis went to work bringing the bar into the 21st century!  Caitlin, who also owns Finnhenry’s Public House, which is located in downtown Orlando, and the new Van Barry, in south Orlando, is well seasoned in bar/restaurant management.  She began work by changing the floor layout, put in a new bar and bar stools, and upgraded the TV’s.  She kept the overall atmosphere casual, for those loyal locals who have been coming in for years.  If you look hard enough you can find some of the original Jax’s stools that are labeled with the regular’s names on a small gold plate in the seat.  Today, though, you are likely to be met with a much younger crowd who fill the seats nightly for the live music, extensive beer selections and of course — the pickle back shots!  If you haven’t had the chance to try Ollie’s Public House, I highly recommend you do.  Bring your fur-baby (dog) and sit on the patio, or bring your friends and enjoy the evening.  Just make sure you’re doing it in public!

 

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Who Says There’s Nothing to Do in Orlando? – Mummies of the World: The Exhibition

mummies-9The Orlando Science Center will be hosting the Mummies of the World: The Exhibition, one of the largest exhibitions of mummies and ancient artifacts from South America, Europe & Asia, beginning Saturday, June 13th.  Travel back in time with the @OrlandoSC to discover the wonders of the ancient world as they display over 45 human and animal mummies, created by both natural and intentional methods.

According to the official Mummies of the World: The Exhibition website “through modern science, engaging interactive and multi-media exhibits, the exhibition reveals how the scientific study of mummies provides a window into the lives of ancient people from every region of the world, offering unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilizations.”

Don’t miss this limited time exhibition that is centuries in the making!

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Go Local Wednesdays – How do you do?

Hello ThinkLiveBe blog followers!  I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to you.  My name is April and I am the new Executive Administrative Assistant for the ThinkLiveBe Property Team.  A native of Texas originally, I’ve been in Central Florida for over 12 years.  My background is primarily in Hospitality, meaning customer service is my number one focus!

I was a Guest Service Manager at some of the top resorts in South Orlando, serving the high level of customer service that four star properties are renowned for. I have also supported group sales and convention service teams, at times with up to 20 managers I had to rope in.  Having worked minutes from Walt Disney World® for so many years, I have a lot of knowledge about the resorts & parks.

While I’m new to Downtown Orlando, I hope you will join me in exploring all this amazing city has to offer.  I love sports, checking out new restaurants and bars, and have a huge soft spot for pets!  I have two dogs and a cat at home.  So join me, as I discover Downtown Orlando!   And if you know of something in town that I should be sharing, please don’t hesitate to contact me!  I’d love to hear from you.

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Monday Market Report – How quickly will my home sell?

faqIf you have considered selling your home recently, you’re probably wondering how the market is doing in your area.   There are a lot of frequently asked questions when you start to think about buying or selling a home.  At the moment, the Orlando real estate industry is very steady.  And in many neighborhoods near Downtown Orlando I would even say it’s thriving.

As a home seller this is great news because this makes your home selling experience a bit smoother and easier than it has been in the past decade.

1. You probably have equity

2. Your home – if priced right – will sell very quickly

3. You may even get multiple offers

So how quick will your home sell and what should you expect the competition to look like?  It really depends on the exact location and the activity of new buyers in the area.  But here is a look at some of the popular Downtown Orlando neighborhoods.

Thornton Park
Median List price is $350,000
Median Days on the market is 59
Estimated median home values up +7.47% since last year

Colonialtown North
Median List price is $269,000
Median Days on the market is 57
Estimated median home values up +4.86% since last year

Delaney Park
Median List price is $542,000
Median Days on the market is 101
Estimated median home values up +6.59% since last year

Lake Como
Median List price is $230,000
Median Days on the market is 40
Estimated median home values up +4.14% since last year

Curious about your home value and what the market looks like in your area?  Contact us today at 407-494-2820 or info@thinklivebe.com.  Search homes for sale in Downtown Orlando

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Orlando real estate market data by RPR

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