Karen Arbutine & Associates

June 2008 Blog Archive

Center For Economic Development Center At Heathrow Tue, Jun 17, 2008 Seminole Community College has opened a new Center for Economic Development at Heathrow along I-4.  This three story facility offers a wide variety of  programming and professional training opportunities for the area workforce.   Students seeking to ... Read More

Monthly Movie Night At Lake Mary Park Tue, Jun 17, 2008 Come out and enjoy a movie on the lawn at Central Park at Lake Mary Boulevard and Country Club Road.  Hundreds of locals gather on the second Thursday of the month.  Bring a blanket and enjoy the movie!  For more information Call Kristen Shaw at 407 ... Read More

Invest And Update Your Home With Redecorating Tue, Jun 17, 2008 More and more homeowners  are redecorating and renovating their homes as a solid investment.  For most homeowners, upgrades were not affordable for them when they first purchased their home.    Travertine flooring and cabinetry upgrading is popula... Read More

Recently Retired Club of Heathrow Tue, Jun 17, 2008 Are you retired or "almost retired" and looking for social events with other Heathrow residents?  Then the R and R of Heathrow group of approximately 100 memebers is for you!  Events include short trips, lunch, dinner, boat rides, the theatre and oth... Read More

Global Warming Makes a Positive Impact on Florida Hurricanes Tue, Jun 17, 2008 According to scientists, warmer oceans produce stronger crosswinds (wind shear) which seems to be a factor in haulting the development and strength of hurricanes in Florida and the United States.   Researchers have found that oceans  have been warmin... Read More

Housing Market Relies on Baby Boomers Tue, Jun 17, 2008 Many baby boomers are not retiring early which is positive news for the housing market and slow economy.  The option that many are choosing to do is living in the same home or making home improvements.  Remodeling is a major selling factor in today's... Read More

Florida Scores High in Commerce Tax Tue, Jun 17, 2008 Good news for Florida entreprenueuers and startup businesses as the state is ranked at No. 5 of the nation's best commerce tax systems.  This is a great incentive to have a start up business in Florida because the taxes are not affecting the profits ... Read More

Residence Inn Becomes and Addition to Lake Mary Hotels Tue, Jun 17, 2008 The Residence Inn by Marriott will be the latest addition of hotels to the Lake Mary area located on International Parkway.  Built on 2 acres of land south of the Lake Mary Marriott,  the $16 million hotel will consist of 119 rooms and 84,000 square ... Read More

Select a Real Estate Agent with Skills When Hiring Tue, Jun 17, 2008 In today's market, choosing the right agent for you can make the difference between a sale and no sale.   There are many factors to consider in selecting a real estate agent today. An agent that communicates and provides an aggressive broad based ... Read More

Cities with Educated Work Forces Have Brighter Economic Future Mon, Jun 16, 2008 Higher education is an important role to a city's economic strength and  Orlando is ranked at No. 47 of 100 in areas of brainpower.  This means that according to a federal report, 8.9 percent of  the Orlando area adults have advanced  graduate or pro... Read More

Unrealistic Sellers Need to Drop Prices Mon, Jun 16, 2008 Since the market has drastically slowed, many real estate agents state that it's too expensive to try to sell homes that are over priced. As a result, agents are cutting the listings or being selective of the listings accepted.  Marketing budgets hav... Read More

Heathrow Country Club Short-Term Summer Pool Membership Mon, Jun 16, 2008 Summer Memberships for Heathrow's Short-Term Pool Members runs May 1st through September 30 and includes: Swim Teams and Sports Camps in June and July Jr. Olympic Pool with Children's area Family Nights and Club Events Lifeguards on Duty ... Read More

Lake Mary Splash Pad and Playground for Kids Mon, Jun 16, 2008 A state-of-the-art playground for area children includes a  tot lot (ages 2-5), a kids play area (5-12) and a splash park.  There is also a covered picnic area and parking.  Bring the kids out and enjoy the playground! Read More

Lake Mary Events Center is Perfect for Many Functions Mon, Jun 16, 2008 The new Lake Mary Events Center  is 19,000 square feet and is perfect for your business meetings, ceremonies, weddings, receptions, parties, retreats and banquets.   Catering services are available.  The Grand Ballroom will seat up to 250 guests w... Read More

Sanford Farmer's Market On Saturday's Mon, Jun 16, 2008 Bring your family, your pets and friends to the Sanford farmer's market every Saturday 9am -2 pm.  Located in the heart of downtown Sanford on 1st St. & Magnolia Ave. Many vendors including farm fresh produce, organic produce, local honey, bak... Read More

Opportunities Exist In Midst Of Volatile Real Estate Market Mon, Jun 16, 2008 Opportunity does exist during a down real estate market!  Mortgage rates are at a historic low and families are able to purchase their first home due to the low housing prices currently on the market and a high inventory of homes available. For re... Read More

2008 Orlando Street of Dreams Show hosted in the Longwood/Lake Mary Area Mon, Jun 16, 2008 Lake Club is the host of the 2008 luxurious Street of Dreams show. This is the first time that the show has been held in the Longwood/Lake Mary area since 1992 when it was in Alaqua. Lake Club which is located off of Markham Woods Road is the ideal... Read More

Westin Hotel Construction Project in Lake Mary Mon, Jun 16, 2008 The Westin Hotel under construction in Lake Mary is located on the NW corner of 46A and International Parkway next to Grande Oaks townhomes near Heathrow.  The hotel will have up to 263 rooms and one or two commercial buildings up to a total of 25,00... Read More

Options for Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Mon, Jun 16, 2008 When the residential real estate market was hot, many buyers with low credit scores got full financing based on an adjustable-rate-mortgage (ARM), where the interest rate stays low for two to three years and then rises afterwords.  Skyrocketing prope... Read More

Helpful Tips on Moving with the Family Pets Mon, Jun 16, 2008 It is important to keep your pets safe and happy during moves.  Here are some important tips to eliminate the stress: Ensure that the pet has a tag and collar on with contact information and is secure in a crate or in a room behind closed doors du... Read More

Real Estate Auctions Growing in Popularity Thu, Jun 12, 2008 Real estate auctions are becoming popular with individual sellers, real estate agents,  and builders as a way to  sell a home.  The sellers determine how long the auction will be listed and the price.  The bidders  are invited to inspect the home pri... Read More

Temporary Tax Break Designed to Stimulate Housing Demand Thu, Jun 12, 2008 In order to stimulate the housing market,  a tax credit for first-time homebuyers was passed on May 9 by the House.   The inventory of housing is very good and  interest rates are low.  This will motivate more and more Americans to purchase a home fo... Read More

HOME MARKET DYNAMICS CHANGE AS BABY BOOMERS RETIRE Thu, Jun 12, 2008 The housing downturn looks like it's going to be a long one as millions of the aging baby boomers plan to sell their homes in the next 20 years.  There are more sellers than buyers in the following six states: Connecticut, New York (excludes Manha... Read More

Trade Show Business Is Huge In Orlando Wed, Jun 04, 2008 When it relates to the trade show industry, the Orange County Convention Center drew more big tades shows in 2007 than the previous year.  We are ranking close to our competition in Las Vegas.  Orlando was the destination of 24 of the top 200 trade s... Read More

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