Go Local Wednesday – Orange County Animal Services

ocasI am a HUGE animal lover!  If I could live on a farm and be surrounded by nothing but animals I would be so happy.  Animals, for me, are precious.  My dogs have been my fur-babies, my best friends, and my favorite comedians.  My husband’s cat is a source of pure amusement.  She attacks from out of nowhere at your toes and loves strings, plastic bags and her chirping bird (which the dogs are always trying to steal).  Our pets are special and I love to come home to them!

If you and your family have been thinking about expanding your heart and home by adopting a pet, April is your month!  Orange County Animal Services is waiving the adoption fee for the whole month of April, making it even easier to find your furry friend!  There are over 200 pets who are waiting for you to come and rescue them.  By adopting from OCAS you can change their life and yours too.

Save a life today!  Adopt your next pet.  I promise, no one will ever greet you at the door with more love than a dog or cat, who’s been waiting just for you!

For more information about OCAS and their adoption process, click here.

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Poca’s Hottest Sauce Cook Off


Poca’s Hottest, a local hot sauce maker who’s sauces are inspired by local musicians and artists and made with locally sourced ingredients, presents the 5th Annual Sauce Cook Off this Sunday, April 3rd beginning at 1PM.  Come sample concoctions created using Poca’s Hottest sauces.  Admission includes a complimentary taco bar!  They will also have Rocketfish, Jessy Lynn Martens and FunkUs perform at the parking lot party.  They will be in the Track Shack parking lot next to Will’s Pub.  Plus you get $1 off admission for bringing non-perishable food items (limit 5) benefiting Fern Creek Elementary School’s food bank.

For more information click here.

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Go Local Wednesday – Bok Tower Gardens


I know many of you are on Spring Break this week and looking for fun activities to keep the kids entertained.  One of my favorite Central Florida attractions, isn’t one of our world famous parks.  It’s Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales.

Located about 30 minutes from Orlando, this little known attraction was actually one of Florida’s 1st attractions!  The backdrop of Florida nature is a serene place where you truly feel like you’re stepping back in time.  Named “Florida’s Best Garden,” this National Historic Landmark is acres of ferns, palms, oaks and pines.  It features a Mediterranean-style 20 room estate and a 205 foot singing tower that rings over 60 bells every 30 minutes.

The weather this week is going to be beautiful, so get the kids out there and show them some of our old Florida charm!

For more information, click here.

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Art Festivals

ArtFestivalThis weekend Central Florida will be buzzing with arts and crafts festivals!  From Winter Park to Mount Dora you can peruse hundreds of talented artisans as they present their crafts to you.

March 18-20: Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

This annual event brings 225 of the most talented artists to participate in this 3 day show along Winter Park’s fabulous Park Avenue.  There will also be live Jazz and children’s activities available.  Admission for this event is free.  For more information, visit www.wpsaf.org

March 19-20: Art and Craft Festival at Flagler Beach

Along Moody Boulevard in Flagler Beach, this traveling show offers a wide array of fine arts and crafts and food.  Plus everything looks better with the beach as the backdrop!  For more information, visit www.tnteventsinc.com

March 19-20: Spring Antiques, Collectibles and Crafts Show in Mount Dora

This show, in it’s 19th year, brings more than 200 vendors and thousands of people together to display their treasures along the streets of historic Mount Dora.  You’re sure to find exactly what you need at this show!  Wear your tennis shoes, but remember, leave your furry friends at home.  For more information,  visit www.mountdoraspringshow.com 

Enjoy this beautiful weather and support local artists at any one of these fantastic shows!

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Go Local Wednesday – Orlando Museum of Art: Women of Vision Exhibit


I am an art lover!  My parents instilled in my siblings and I that the arts are important.  Each of us participated and excelled in different outlets of art.  My outlet was music, piano and singing, my sister paints the most amazing “Pop Art” pieces, and my brother plays the trumpet.  Each has a special meaning and is personal to us, individually, as art does to so many.

Another form of art that I admire is photography.  My parents always had National Geographic magazines in our home as children.  .  Sometimes not understanding the context of words in the stories but truly being transported through the lens of the photographers.  I can remember flipping through the pictures and truly escaping to some of the most riveting places in the world.

The Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment exhibit, on display at the Orlando Museum of Art, highlights the stories that 11 very talented female photographers tell while on assignment around the world.  Their vivid photos and multimedia offer you an escape to some of the most amazing locations and into the lives of some fascinating people, you might not normally get to see.  As described on the OMA website, “from the savannahs of Botswana to the war torn streets of Libya and Afghanistan; the beaches of the Jersey Shore to the Mongolian steppe or the rainforests of New Guinea. Their stories explore modern realities and what it means to be human in the 21st Century.”

I hope you’ll take the time to explore this intriguing exhibit.  This would be a great one to take the kids to.  Start a conversation, or just revel in the gripping stories presented in breathtaking photography.

For more information on this exhibit, click here.

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Monday Market Report – Are We in a Buyer’s or Seller’s Market?

If you ask a home buyer in Orlando today if we’re in a buyer’s or seller’s market, they would probably tell you a seller’s market.   The inventory of homes for sale is low and that does seem to give seller’s bit of an edge if their home is priced well and in good condition relative to the competition.

If you ask someone selling a home in Orlando today, they would probably say the opposite.  Over the last few months the number of homes for sale has been teetering around 11,000-12,000 listings and only about 18-20% of these listings are actually selling each month.  That leaves many sellers sitting with no offers.


The reality is that the Orlando real estate market is pretty balanced right now.  At the end of January the months of inventory available was about 6.  That means if no new listings come on the market it would take 6 months to sell all the homes available for sale in Orlando.  A seller’s market is generally considered anything 0-4 months and a buyer’s market is over 7 months. 

Buyer’s Market Advantages/Disadvantages:

  • Lots of options to choose from for buyers
  • Less competition with other buyers
  • Because of the conditions, buyer’s may be able to get special contingencies accepted and have the upper hand in negotiations for repairs/etc.
  • Sellers will experience longer time frames to get a home sold
  • Sellers also will have to make more price reductions to get their home sold

Seller’s Market Advantages/Disadvantages:

  • Fewer home options for buyers
  • More competition with other buyers – multiple offer “bidding wars”
  • This competition may lead to paying more for a home
  • Buyers will have to forego unusual contingencies or risk having their offers rejected.  (for example:  A contingency to sell your home will not go over well in a seller’s market)
  • Homes will sell quickly for sellers and buyers will be forced to make decisions quickly
  • Prices will be on the rise for sellers

A balanced market is created when there is enough supply to meet the current demand.  In a balanced market, seller’s are accepting reasonable offers and homes are selling in a reasonable time frame.  This is about where we are at this time.  However, if the number of listings increases and the number of sales declines we will shift into a buyer’s market.  Of course we don’t have a crystal ball; but after several years in a seller’s market a shift is inevitable at some point.  

Are you thinking of selling your home?  It may be an ideal time to list before a shift occurs.  Call us to discuss your personal situation and see if now is the right time to make a move.  407-494-2820 or visit our website RealOrlandoHomeValue.com to see how much your home is worth in today’s market.  

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Pig On The Pond


The 18th Annual Pig On The Pond Festival at Waterfront Park in Clermont begins today at 5PM!  This festival includes Carnival rides, entertainment, food, games, vendors, racing pigs, music, 5K, fireworks, Chili Cook-off and Mac-N-Cheese competition.  Daily entry fee is only $5 and benefits scholarships and education in South Lake County.

Our good friends at the Lake Catherine Blueberries Farm are participating in the Chili Cook-Off with their John “Deer” Chili, made with venison, bear sausage and chipolte peppers.  Yum!  Plus you can pick up a $2 off card for u-pick blueberries from their chili table.

This family and pet-friendly event is the perfect excuse to get everyone outside enjoying this beautiful Florida Weather!

For more information, click here.

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