lake_mary_signProspective homebuyers in the Orlando area should definitely consider Lake Mary as a great potential option. Lake Mary is one of the best places for a family, couple, or single person to call home for many reasons. Here are 20 reasons to consider Lake Mary as you choose a Central Florida Community.

  1. CNN/Money Magazine ranked Lake Mary as the number 1 town in Florida. In 2007, it was ranked as the number 4 best place to live in America.
  2. Lake Mary offers warm weather year round.
  3. Lake Mary housing prices are near an all time low, so you can afford a great home in a great town.
  4. Lake Mary is home to many golf courses, including Timacuan Golf and Country Club, rated one of the best in Florida.
  5. Lake Mary schools are also among the best in Florida.

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commercial_real_estateMost of the news we’ve read about the real estate market in recent years has been pretty depressing. But, the news is actually quite exciting for Central Florida when it comes to commercial real estate.

Did you know recent reports have ranked Central Florida at 9th in the USA for new commercial real estate construction? It may seem surprising, but it’s a reality.  In addition, occupancy rates in the downtown area of Orlando, the largest metro area in Central Florida, increased in quarter four of 2010 as compared to 2009. So, while the vacancy rate still remains in the high teens for the central Florida, the occupancy numbers keep increasing, which means over time there be more competition for the office space that is available.

Central Florida has…

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modern_home_interiorIf you're getting ready to put your home on the market, your realtor may have mentioned hiring a stager for your home. It may seem like this is just another expense you don't need right now, but the money you spend on a stager can actually be well worth it.

Here's why you should consider home staging:

  • Today's market is very competitive – With so many homes in inventory, and so many of them at rock bottom prices, your home needs every possible edge to get it sold. Properly staging your home can be a great way to make it stand out in the buyers' mind. You're competing with foreclosures that have great prices, but that will often look pretty bad. Central Florida has a lot of homes in inventory right now that are at record low prices.
  • Most people don't…

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Foreclosures in Orange County Still High The housing market is definitely beginning to show signs of improvement, but Florida still ranks as one of the hardest hit states. And, Central Florida is one of the harder hit areas in the state, though we're seeing this area recover faster than some other areas.


Central Florida has a lot to offer real estate investors, whether they're purchasing a home for themselves or purchasing long term or vacation rental property. Because of Florida's popularity as a vacation destination, you really can't go wrong by purchasing a rental property in any one of several beautiful and popular vacation areas. You will, however, have to endure dips in the marketplace like the recent one. But, investors who can stay in their…

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Eastshore Investment, LLC would like to announce the merger of its subsidiary, Realty Executives Seminole and Dave Brewer Realty, Inc. The announcement of the merger was made the morning of February 1, 2011 and received an overwhelmingly positive response from both the sales agents of  Dave Brewer Realty and the agents of Realty Executives.

The merger is truly a win-win transaction. Both organizations have similar core values, culture, and vision but each complements the other with the types of benefits that they can provide to their agents and clients.

Dave Brewer Realty has long been the publisher of the popular real estate publication The Perfect Home Guide which features high end properties in Seminole county. Subsequent to the merger, the…

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downtown_orlando_at_night1. For a buyer, the first rule is almost always: location, location, location. For a seller, your mantra is "price to sell." If you must sell now, don't waste your time by overpricing. List your house based on what the market dictates today, not off of what you were expecting to make. Be wary of agents who will urge an excessively low price, and ask your agent for comparable sold listings. Make a sound decision to make out the best you can, and remember when doing it that you must price it right to sell it. If you don't don't price your Orlando area property right, it will never sell. Pricing right early can sometimes even cause a bidding war that nets you more than expected.

2. Consider every offer, unless of course, it's completely absurd. Holding on…

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financial_facts_548There are quite a few things addendums cover these days in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac deals. Most importantly, they have to do with the as-is nature of all of the sales. One of those things you should directly understand is how condo and home owner association documents. Most bank addendums place the burden for obtaining documents and financials on you the buyer. You need to locate these documents to make a wise investment. The problem however, is that many management companies will not release the financial information to non-owners or to a title agent. It can definitely create a problem where you can't get something you need until you're starting the closing process.

If you can't find this information, then you're accepting more risk in some cases…

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roller-coaster-one1_400The Orlando Thrill Park project which has recently been planned to draw thrill-seekers throughout the world to International Drive is starting to heat up. The park plans to have a 14-ride experience that promises an adrenaline rush like no other. With competition high in this area, already having Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Disney, MGM Studios, and Sea World as main competitors - the site will need to focus on an amazing roller coaster experience to draw attention with competition as high as it is among Central Florida theme parks already.

According to an insider, some of the ride-types include:

• Vekoma suspended looping coaster

• Chance Morgan Unicoaster

• Mack launch coaster

• Vekoma motorbike launch coaster

• Intamin inverted…

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for-sale-sign_279Fixed mortgage rates have dipped for the second week straight as Treasury bond yields fall again. The Orlando area real estate market is finding that its housing inventory low pricing is being met with great finance opportunities for those that are ready to invest in a Central Florida housing. The market is seeing some of the lowest prices in terms of inflation adjust dollars.

Freddie Mac stated the average rate on the 30-year mortgage dropped to 4.71 percent this week from 4.77 percent the previous week. It hit a 40-year low of 4.17 percent in November.

The average rate on the 15-year loan dropped to 4.08 percent from 4.13 percent. It reached 3.57 percent in November, the lowest level on records starting in 1991.

Treasury yields dropped after the…

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usl_soccer_logoMajor League Soccer is an exciting experience that many cities want in there town, but it's often a pipe dream for USL teams. With Orlando's new USL club, formerly the Aztex, that bid might have a chance with a new ownership group making that goal a priority. Orlando's new soccer club is set to start games this summer in the USL-Pro league.

The Aztex, founded and directed by Phil Rawlins, have been sold to a new UK investment group, Orlando Sports Holdings. The new owners are aggressively seeking a bid toward Major League Soccer. Within the next “three to four years” according to their press conference yesterday they believe this will become a reality.

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