Go Local Wednesday – Pizza Bruno

pizza-brunoPizza Bruno has become a hit since its opening three months ago. Pizza Bruno’s doughy garlic knots, crispy pizza crust, and exceptional wine selection will take you on a trip to Italy.

The cozy atmosphere and modern decor brings a unique element to other notable pizza joints in the Central Florida community. The wood burning oven is a prominent feature, and all the ingredients are fresh!  Pizza Bruno keeps their pizza lovin’, garlic eatin’, beer drinkin’ customers aware of any changes made to their restaurant and service on Facebook, so I highly recommend following up with them on their current updates! Check out all of their pizza selections on their Instagram account, and visit Pizza Bruno located on Curry Ford Road to enjoy some delicious pizza!

Image Credit: Pizza Bruno Facebook

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Who Says There’s Nothing to Do in Orlando – Historic Train Station Cleanup

historic-train-station-cleanupThe Orlando Amtrak Station has a historic feel. This landmark began its operation in 1926, and since then, a major renovation took place in 2015. On October 1st at 8am, the Orlando Amtrak Station is undergoing a clean up, and they need your help! GreenUp and Keep Orlando Beautiful have offered supplies for all of the volunteers, and we are very thankful for their assistance in making a difference!

Register for the Historic Train Station Cleanup today!

Date: October 1st, 2016

Time: 8 am – 10 am

Location: 1400 Sligh Blvd, Orlando, FL 32806

Price: FREE

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Go Local Wednesday – Valhalla Bakery

valhalla-bakeryHow are you going to celebrate World Vegetarian Day on October 1st? Located just minutes from the Lake Como neighborhood, you enjoy vegan-friendly desserts at Valhalla Bakery! According to Orlando Weekly, Valhalla Bakery won the best bakery award in Orlando!

I was advised by a friend to stop by this bakery. The donuts are huge, fluffy, and full of sweetness. Best tip I can offer: Visit the bakery as early as possible! The selections can get limited during the weekends, but once you snag a root beer float doughnut or a cookie sandwich, an early visit is understandable!

Selections of sweets vary, but other doughnut flavors include pumpkin spiced mocha, fruity pebbles, butterfinger, apple butter crisp, and orange dreamsicle. They post their selection on their Instagram account every day, so stop by Valhalla Bakery in the Market on South as soon as possible to grab your favorite doughnut or sweet treat!

Want to live near these delicious treats?  Search homes for sale in Lake Como or the Milk District and walk here every weekend!

Image Credit: Valhalla Bakery Instagram

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Monday Market Report – Need to sell your home before the end of the year? You need to read this!

There are a lot of reasons why homeowners may want or really need to sell before the end of the year.  Maybe you need to sell for tax purposes.  Maybe it’s a good time to move while the kids have some time off from school.  Maybe you just want to move when it’s actually cool outside so you don’t sweat to death!  Or maybe you see the benefit in selling while the market is hot and there is less competition, as I explained in last week’s blog post.

Whatever your reason for wanting to sell now, you need to understand that to close by December 31st you need to be listing your home NOW! 

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The average days on the market in the Orlando area is about 55 – 60 days.  That does not include the time it takes to close the transaction.  A financed transaction takes on average about 45 days.  It can be done in 30 days with some lenders, but with two major holidays between now and Dec. 31st you should expect delays.  On top of the holiday delays there is usually an increased number of closings in December with people much like yourself that really want or need to sell before the end of the year.  That rush to the finish line can cause delays or extensions.

If you want to close by the end of the year, my recommendation is to list as soon as possible.  If you go beyond November 1st and do not have your home on the market it is less likely you will be able to close as planned.  There are some scenarios where you could still close on time.  1) You get an offer quickly or 2) You get a cash offer

Both of those would be great, but since the holiday season is already a little stressful why not give yourself a little breathing room?!  If you’re interested in selling your home in the next few months call me today at 407-494-2820 or email me at kathryn@ThinkLiveBe.com to get started with your move!

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Who Says There’s Nothing to Do – Halloween Horror Nights


Halloween may be over a month away, but Halloween Horror Nights has returned for its 26th year to scare guests in Orlando and around the world! Florida residents are offered a great discount, and there are numerous upgrades you can receive if you are interested in indulging yourself in the Halloween celebration.

Some of the haunted houses include American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, and The Exorcist, while a few scare zones are Survive or Die Apocalypse, Dead Man’s Wharf, and A Chance in Hell. Be prepared for lots of spooky and unforgettable memories!

The event is from September 16th to October 31st on select nights, so stop by Universal Studios theme park to enjoy the haunted houses and the creatures roaming throughout the park!

Image Credit: Halloween Horror Nights Facebook


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Go Local Wednesday – Don Julio Mexican Grill and Tequila Bar

DonJulioTacosThinking about Don Julio Mexican Grill and Tequila Bar makes me excited dinner time is near so I can enjoy all of the delicious Mexican food this restaurant offers. Don Julio is my go-to restaurant for dates, family gatherings, and the arrival of weekends.

Don Julio Mexican Grill is one of my favorite restaurants in the East Orlando area. It can get busy during peak hours, but the wait is worth it! I have tried their nachos, quesadillas, and enchiladas, but I still want to try all of their other dishes! The Don Julio menu is a fraction of what makes this restaurant so great; the plate presentation is wonderful, chips and salsa are always provided before the entree, and the drinks hit the spot after a long work week!

They sometimes offer free drinks for all of their guests, and the DJ alternates music based on genre and decades, so I never know what to expect walking in! Nevertheless, it is always an enjoyable experience, and I highly recommend Don Julio Mexican Grill and Tequila Bar to everyone in the Central Florida community!

Image Credit: Don Julio Mexican Grill Website

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Monday Market Report – Will Selling During the Holidays Affect My Home Value?

The quick answer is yes – and in a good way!

Fall is only three days away, and this time of the year is perfect to list your home! Even though the holiday season sparks a busy schedule and family visits, these is less competition to sell your home! Most buyers who are searching for a home are just as dedicated as you are about selling, so this is another benefit to list your home during the holidays.


In the last 5 years, the median price has gone up in November and December, while the number of listings declines as the year comes to an end.  Many buyers want to move while there is time off from school and work in order to make the move stress free.  Therefore, the added demand and lack of competition causes prices to slightly peak towards the end of the year.

If you decided to wait and avoid the hassle of selling over the holidays, you may want to rethink that decision. Maybe there is something  in the air – houses just look prettier during the holidays and the weather is just perfect in Florida for house shopping!

If you decide to sell before the end of the year, you will want to have the house ready and on the market by about October 17th.

Sixty days is the average days a home is on the market. This will give you a little buffer in case there are any delays in getting an offer or at closing.  However, to give yourself a little less stress, you should list as soon as possible!

If you are serious about selling your home before the new year, get started with a free consultation.

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