Who Says There’s Nothing to Do in Orlando? – Orlando City Soccer

OC_Badge_PMS-2c2In case your missed it…  Orlando City Soccer is now a part of the Major Soccer League.  That means exciting games, amazing talent and lots of fun for friends and families in central Florida.  According to Wikipedia “The team hosted their first MLS game at the Citrus Bowl on March 8, 2015, against fellow expansion team New York City FC, in front of a crowd of 62,510.”  The Lions are a young, vibrant and ambitious team.  Click here to find out who is being called up and who’s new to the team!  The team front offices are currently working on building their home stadium in Downtown Orlando, bringing even more vitality to the area with up to 28,000 seats, and upgraded amenities.  The next home game is Sunday, June 14th at 7PM against D.C. United for the third time this season.  Come on out and support our Orlando City Lions! @OrlandoCitySC #DefyExpectations

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Go Local Wednesdays – No Bike, No Problem!

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Downtown Orlando offers 20 locations and over 200 bicycles available to rent by the hour, day, month or even a year!  This is great for locals to easily get from Thornton Park to Church Street,or anywhere in the downtown Orlando area, while being conscious of our carbon footprint.  For information on locations and how to get started click here.  Where will you ride to?

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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:


Mennello Museum – 2 free passes ($10 value)


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


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


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)


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


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!

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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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