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December 2008 Blog Archive

Karen Arbutine's 2008 Client Cocktail Party Thu, Dec 11, 2008 I would like to extend a warm thank you to all of my clients and friends that attended the 2008 Client Cocktail Party. It was a blast! Thanks again for helping to make this a successful year. I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday and a very happ... Read More

Orlando Area, A Thriving Business Community, Job Opportunities Thu, Dec 04, 2008 More than 1 million people are employed in the metro Orlando area which includes more than 200,000 Hispanic workers.  The service industry represents 40% of all employment.   Two of the largest employers are the Walt Disney World Resort and Universal... Read More

New Tax Credit for First-Time Home Buyers Thu, Dec 04, 2008 The government has created a monetary incentive, a tax credit for first-time home buyers as a tool to stimulate the housing market.  The tax credit will be 10% of the purchase price of a home, up to a maximum of $7,500.   If the home costs more than ... Read More

Positive Notes on Purchasing a Home Now. Thu, Dec 04, 2008 It is a great time to buy now and here are a few good reasons: Large Selection of Homes.  The number of homes for sale is at a 15 year high.  There are many to choose from in every price range to suite your lifestyle. Low Interest Rates.  Mortg... Read More

Satisfaction with Your Home Owners Association Thu, Dec 04, 2008 A recent survey found that of 3,000 homes governed by Homeowners Associations (HOAs) 66% of the homeowners were dissatisfied with the HOA restrictions.  Here are a few helpful tips you can take to improve your interactions: Attend monthly HOA boar... Read More

Nursing College coming to Lake Mary Office Park Thu, Dec 04, 2008 Remington College of Nursing is coming to Rinehart Ridge IV at 660 Century Point in Lake Mary.   Rinehart Ridge IV is a 70,400 sq. ft. office building.  Remington College of Nursing has leased 19,200 sq. ft. of the space. Read More

Orlando Ranked the Nation's 14th Fastest Growing Metro Area Thu, Dec 04, 2008 Orlando is ranked No. 14 nationwide and ranked No. 2 state wide as the fastest growing metro areas. The rankings are based on population growth, private-sector employment growth, per capita income growth and gross metro product growth which measur... Read More

Florida Ranks No. 4 in Business Climate Thu, Dec 04, 2008 According to a study, Florida's business climate is the fourth-best in the nation.  The impressive ranking is due to a strong labor market, low operating costs and a pro-business climate. Florida was tied for fourth with the state of Tennessee.  T... Read More

Medical College to have a Significant Economic Impact on Central Florida Thu, Dec 04, 2008 Lake Nona Science and Technology Park is the site for University of Central Florida's Health Sciences Campus - the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences.  The college is expected to draw the best students throughout Florida and the United States.  Ev... Read More

Many Reasons to Market Your Home During the Holidays Thu, Dec 04, 2008 People in search of a home during the holidays are more serious buyers! Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the holidays and less competition  gives you more of a competitive advantage. The supply of listings will significant... Read More

Govenor Crist, Florida Banks Postpone Foreclosures Tue, Dec 02, 2008 Florida banker's and credit unions announced on Monday they would suspend foreclosing on homeowners for the next 45 days. The plan to halt foreclosures would not help the 450,000 homeowners who are in the process of being foreclosed upon. Here in ... Read More

Become a Member of Heathrow Country Club Mon, Dec 01, 2008 Celebrating 23 years of private country club traditions, the Heathrow Country Club features an 18 hole Championship Ron Carl Golf Course, year round golf and tennis programs, swimming, personal fitness, massage therapy, social events, Jr. Camps, Grou... Read More

Orlando Region Contains A Wealth of Sports Facilities Mon, Dec 01, 2008 Whether your game is golf, softball, soccer or fishing, the Orlando metro area has it all.  Including top-notch golf courses with plenty of professional golfers that live here and practice their game here as well. Metro Orlando also offers NBA bas... Read More

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