Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando? -A TRIBUTE TO HARRIETT: BEST OF BROADWAY

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Ballet: an artistic dance form performed to music using precise and highly formalized set steps and gestures.  For The Orlando Ballet, which began in 1974, it has been the contributions from local philanthropists to help keep the performances going.  For Harriett Lake, this is truly her passion!  Lake contributes for over 200 different charities and hospitals throughout the Central Florida area.  She seems to have a special place in her heart for this awe inspiring art, and the Orlando Ballet will be showing their gratitude in a Tribute to Harriett: Best of Broadway show tomorrow, Saturday, February 25th.  The one act show will feature performances from Harriett’s favorite Broadway show tunes.  Harriett has assisted with picking the songs and sequence.  Instead of a red carpet, the Ballet chose a pink carpet (Harriett’s favorite color). She has even donated items from her own wardrobe to be used in the show.  This looks like it will be a really special dedication to an inspiring local philanthropist who is helping keep Ballet in Orlando!

For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.

Image Credit: Michael Cairns 2017

 

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Go Local Wednesday – 9th Annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest

downtownfbfestThe 9th Annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest returns this weekend, Sat. Feb. 25th and Sun. Feb. 26th to Lake Eola park, along Robinson St.  This annual event features foods from over 30 local restaurant’s best dishes, 50 domestic and international wines and live entertainment.  The entertainment line-up is incredible:

Saturday, Feb. 25th

  • Adam Moreno Duo
  • Matt Shenk
  • From The Voice, Orlando’s own Christian Cuevas
  • Spencer Ludwig
  • Johnnyswim
  • Gavin DeGraw

Sunday, Feb. 26th

  • Adam Moreno Duo
  • Orange Avenue
  • The Legendary JC’s
  • KC and the Sunshine Band

Tickets start at just $20 for single day admission or if you’re feeling VIP go with the Ultimate Fest Experience package for $115, which includes admission, a Wine Taster’s Club lanyard, $20 in F&B tickets, a VIP parking pass, complimentary Food & Wine Fest gift and exclusive access to the VIP tent and bathrooms.  This event is sure to sell out, so make sure to get your tickets today!

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Monday Market Report – Make More Money selling your Home

CapturerealestateanalysisI recently read an article from the financial guru himself, Dave Ramsey.  The article is titled “Make More Money Selling Your Home”.  Here is a link to the original article.  In it he explains how selling your home alone does not actually earn you more money.  It seems like a logical thing, sell by yourself and save on a commission.  However, statistics show time and time again that agents can earn far more through exposure.

The number of sellers who go it alone has declined since the article.  In fact, in 2016 ONLY 8% of homes were sold as “For Sale by Owners”.  And we are in a hot sellers market which is usually the time we see more people able to sell on their own.

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Although the dawn of home searching on the Internet has certainly made it easier to be visible, the number of home sellers who actually sell as a for sale by owner has declined.  It is an increasingly difficult climate for selling and buying; and in most situations these factors make it imperative to get expert help.  One of the main reasons sellers have a hard time selling alone is because buyers want representation.  In fact, the number of buyers using an agent is at a 14 year high.  

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If you are thinking about selling your Orlando home alone, consider this, listing with an agent could actually earn you more.  With 90% of the buyers searching for a home using an real estate agent, you are missing a HUGE pool of potential buyers!  Contact us to learn more about how listing with an agent can actually earn you more money.  Kathryn at 407-494-2820 

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Orlando Chili Cook-Off

chilicookoff_logo_2016-01Great bowls of fire!! The 8th Annual Northwestern Mutual Orlando Chili Cook-off returns to Orlando Festival Park tomorrow!  The cook-off benefiting, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, begins at noon and hosts over 100 chili booths for your tasting pleasure! There will be a large Kids Zone, live music, food trucks and a chili eating contest featuring Joey “Jaws” Chestnut and Miko Sudo.

Ticket are available and start at just $15/person.  Or be a VIP and get access to the Vip express lane. Access to Miller Lite Party Zone, 4 complimentary drinks (beer or wine), lite bites from local restaurants and premium view of stage, private restrooms and bar for $40. Help cure childhood cancer and enjoy lots of different chilis!  For more information, click here.

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Go Local Wednesday – P is for Pie Bake Shop

p_pie_013You may have had your fill of sweets yesterday from Valentine’s Day but if you didn’t you should head over to P is for Pie Bake Shop in Audubon Park.  Located on Corrine Drive, the P is for Pie Bake Shop specializes in scratch made artisan pies.  These pies are amazing!  We feature their cookies at our open houses when we host in Audubon Park and always order extra cookies for the team.  My favorite treats are the whoopie pies.  They are so delicious, you don’t even feel bad about breaking your diet.  If you haven’t tried P is for Pie Bake Shop, you have to make your way over!

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Monday Market Report – Housing Shortage and what it means for sellers

The number of homes for sale fell to the lowest level in nearly two decades in the fourth quarter of 2016. (1)

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Why should you care about this?  If you are waiting to sell your Orlando house, I have to ask, what are you waiting for?  

Selling when demand is high and inventory is low is the best time to sell anything!  There is a housing shortage in Orlando.  Lack of inventory gives you the leverage in negotiations meaning you can sell for more than any other type of market.  It is truly a seller’s market and you’re missing out.  

This month we’re asking people, do you LOVE where you live?  If you don’t, now is the time to list and maximize your home equity.  

Year-over-year increases in median price have been recorded for the past 65 consecutive months. (2) The real estate market cycles up and down.  We cannot sustain many more gains before the market shifts.  Take advantage of selling and moving up while you have the negotiating power.

Afraid of not being able to find a new home once yours is pending?  Have no fear, we will evaluate your personal scenario to be sure you can make the move you desire before we get started.

Contact us to learn more www.heartorlandohome.com or 407-494-2820

(1) Realtor.com Housing Shortage Fuels Price Gains

(2) Orlando Regional Realtor Association

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – 27th Annual Winefest

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Just a short drive from Downtown Orlando, you will find our own local winery Lakeridge Winery.  Located in Clermont, FL Lakeridge Winery first opened in 1989.  The native varieties of the red Noble, bronze Carlos and Welder Muscadines, along with Florida hybrid bunch grapes including Stover, Suwannee, and Blanc Du Bois are all grown at the 127-acre Lakeridge Winery Estate.  The Winery offers tours daily lasting about 45 minutes includes a brief audio-visual presentation, along with a guided walking tour of the facility, followed by the chance to experience a taste of Lakeridge’s unique premium wines.

The 27th Annual Winefest runs from February 10th – February 12th at the Winery.  Winefest will give you a chance to try pours from the previous year’s harvest.  There will also be local artists and crafters displaying their work.  On an outdoor stage they will have live music from artists like The Nightly Groove Band, The Ladyz & The Boys and Airtight.  The Wine & Cheese Bar located upstairs in the wine shop and will be open from 12P-5P Friday, Saturday and Sunday will also feature the wines as well as beers, more live music and lots of cheese.

Make your way to the Lakeridge Winery this weekend and enjoy the 27th Annual Winefest.

Image Credit: South Lake Chamber of Commerce  

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