Monday Market Report: The top 6 reasons to sell your home before the new year

There is still time to sell your home or make a move before the end of the year! And why wait, there are tons of reasons why we should all say ‘tis the season to sell. Here are the top 6 reasons why you should not wait until 2016 to make your move.

6 reasons to sell

  1. If you are a home seller, the number of listings will decline this holiday season.  There has been a consecutive decline in the number of listings for sale for the last four months . When there is limited supply you have more leverage to get the terms you want.
  2. That brings me to number 2. If you wait to list your home until the new year…like everyone else…then you will be competing with all of those sellers in the new year.
  3. Interest rates are still amazing. If you are selling your home to buy another, there is no good reason to wait. The fed is expected to raise the rates as we head into the new year. Now, they have been saying that for a long time and maybe it won’t happen; but why would you risk it!  It is inevitable that it will happen next year.
  4. The homes values have been on the rise for a while. It is unlikely we’ll see the same kind of gains in 2016 as we have in the last few years. So if you’re waiting because you think you’ll make more money in 2016; consider this, as interest rates increase, many buyers will be priced out of the market in the new year or move into a different price range. As this happens the demand for your home will decline.
  5. If you are like many of us, you may have time off of work this holiday season. If you have to pack and move, it is always easier if you are already off of work rather than having to take a vacation day to pack!
  6. And last but not least, the weather is nice this time of year! There is not a better time to be lugging boxes and furniture around than December.

Thinking of selling or want more insight into what 2016 may hold for our real estate market?  Call or email me today. 407-494-2820

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Light Up UCF


For the eighth year Light Up UCF returned last Friday.  Light Up UCF is an annual Winter Wonderland featuring an outdoor skating rink outside of the CFE Arena on the University of Central Florida campus.  This years theme is “50 Night of Music, Lights and Ice.”

This very affordable and family friendly event offering an 8,000 square foot outdoor ice skating rink, rides, and holiday attractions. Plus it will be SNOWING every evening!

In addition to the fan favorite Ice Rink Pavilion, the Hunter Vision Ferris Wheel, Blizzard ride, the Arctic Glide Ice Slide and Santa’s Workshop, there are several free opportunities for families including the Holiday Film Festival shown on a giant two-story screen and the Holiday Light Show  with thousands of lights choreographed to seasonal musical selections and falling snow!
Put this on holiday to-do list!  It’s definitely on ours!  For more information click here.

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

BeerfestI know you’ll all be joining us at the Mills50 Music on Mills, but if you’re looking for something to do in the afternoon before the event, why not go to the Orlando Beer Festival.  Presented by Orlando Weekly this 21+ event features beers from 50 of your favorite local craft beer, breweries and beer bars!  Plan on bringing your blankets and lawn chairs to watch live entertainment from the Sh-Booms, the Mellow Relics, Mike Dunn and the Getbye. There will also be food trucks, a play area for adults who never grew up and some quality whiskey sampling from Woodford, Gentleman Jack, Old Forester and more.  The festival is Saturday, November 14 from 12noon – 6PM.  For more information, click here.

Music on Mills

Then take a short trip down the road to Music on Mills for another 30 fantastic acts at 4 local venues!  This one day music festival benefits public art and safety projects in the Mills50 area.  Think Downtown will be hosting a booth and giving away a beautiful fall gift basket.  Stop by and see us!  Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.  You can get your tickets by clicking here.

The weatherman is predicting some great weather for this weekend, so there’s no reason you shouldn’t come on out to Downtown Orlando and enjoy the day!

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Go Local – Music On Mills

Music on Mills

This Saturday, November 14th from 5PM -2AM Mills Avenue will be the place to be!  The second annual Music on Mills returns to 4 Mills Avenue locations to feature 30 musicians, vendors, food trucks and so much more!

This one day music festival benefits public art and safety projects in the Mills50 area.  Think Downtown will be hosting a booth and giving away a beautiful fall gift basket.  Stop by and see us!  Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.  You can get your tickets by clicking here.

BANDS: Tony Cook’s Trunk O’ Funk, The Bloody Jug Band, Control This,Brown Bag Brass Band, Leisure Chief, Amigo The Devil, Uncle Sam’s Pride, funkUs, Gnarley Whales, Dumberbunnies, The New Lows, Common Man, Someday River, Day Joy, Thrift House, Maximino, ARK,Hey, Angeline, The Drew Yardis Project, Jerry Waller, Another John Markham, Will Brack, The Deep Field Now, Wheeler Newman, Crenshaw,Zoya Zafar, Slumberjack, Lauren Galant, K.O.A.D., and DJ Dizzlephunk.


Mills50 Music on Mills Schedule
VENUES: Wally’s Mills Avenue Liquor, Will’s Pub, BART and St. Matthew’s Tavern at the Orlando Beer Garden.

SPONSORS: SweetWater Brewing Company, Allstate Insurance: Amy Rossi, CFE Federal Credit Union, YMCA of Central Florida, Colonial Photo & Hobby, WHOISCARRUS, Think Downtown Orlando, Jade Production Group, Rise Above Tattoo, Juice Bike Share, The Fresh Market – Orlando / Mills Park, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Track Shack, SAY IT LOUD! andEdward Johnston Group.

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando? – Winter in the Park


While the weather in Central Florida clearly didn’t get the memo that we are now in Fall, Winter Park is about to get frigid!  The annual Winter in the Park is set to return Nov. 20th through Jan. 10th at Central Park West Meadow.

The city’s Community Redevelopment Agency is encouraging all Central Florida residents to turn out on Saturday, Nov. 21st, and Sunday, Nov. 22nd for the kick-off.  Promotional giveaways will be there as well!  The price is $12 per skater, which includes the rental of a pair of skates.  Plus there are discounts for groups over 10.

Winter in the Park will also offer movie screenings, musical performances, games and so much more!  Plus the rink is available for rent for birthdays, private events, or corporate holiday events.

For more information, click here.

Interested in making this Winter Wonderland your next home town?  Here are some great properties available in Winter Park.

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Go Local – GiGi’s Cupcakes


I don’t know about you, but nothing motivates me more than sugary sweets.  Especially cupcakes!  There are no better cupcakes in downtown Orlando than GiGi’s cupcakes!

GiGi’s is located in the Colonial Plaza Marketcenter, at the corner of Bumby and Colonial.  The location is adorable, decorated in pink and dark brown.  They offer mini and standard size cupcakes in so many flavors it will make your head spin.  And with their rewards club, the more you buy the more you save!

I will be treating myself this Friday with a birthday cupcake!  You should go local too at GiGi’s Cupcakes.  Have you been before?  What’s your favorite flavor?

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Who Says There Is Nothing To Do In Orlando – Halloween Activities


Halloween is tomorrow and the City Beautiful is packed full of some trick and treat activities.  Here are our favorite:

3rd Annual Thornton Park Halloween Block Party (21+) – Thornton Park will host their 3rd Annual Halloween Block Party on Saturday Oct. 31st from 8PM-3AM.

Festivities include:
Live Music by The Sh-Booms, $500 Costume Contest, DJ Spreadsheets, Burlesque by The Venue, FREE Photobooth, Dark Art Market, VIP Upgrade… and much more and it’s all for a good cause! Proceeds for the event benefit non-profit Thornton Park District!  For more information or to pre-order tickets click here.

Midnight Market: East End Market – Celebrating the East End Market 2nd anniversary on October 30 @ 9:00 pm12:00 am, which also coincides with the Mexican holiday Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on Sunday.  East End’s merchants will feature authentic Mexican recipes throughout the evening, paying tribute to one of the world’s most colorful market-centered cultures.

For more information click here.

Plazaween at Wall Street Plaza(21+) – 3 full nights of block plazas featuring live music, drink specials and costume contests.  Plus they are giving back!  A portion of proceeds from the Plazaween block party benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

For more information click here.

Masked in Mystery – A Costume Ball Friday, Oct. 30th 7-11PM at the Citrus Club – Enjoy amazing food, drinks, costume contest, non-stop entertainment, celebrity unveil, That Jazz Band, dancing and silent auction. Benefiting New Image Youth Center, Augie’s Quest and Partners Foundation.

For more information click here.

What will you be doing for Halloween?  I’ll be handing out candy for the first time!  Everyone be safe and remember, more treats than tricks!

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