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March 2010 Blog Archive

Taste of Lake Mary Monday is March 29, 2010 Wed, Mar 24, 2010 The 2010 Taste of Lake Mary will take place on Monday, March 29 from 5:30 PM until 8:30 PM in the courtyard area located behind the Orlando-Lake Mary Marriott and the Park Place center at the corner of 46A and International Parkway. This is a great ... Read More

Median Home Prices in Orlando Area Rising Wed, Mar 24, 2010 Orlando existing home prices increased 7.1 percent in February which is the biggest one-month gain in more than 6 1/2 years after a 14.2 percent tumble in January.  The median price of all resales in the Orlando market in February was $109,200, ... Read More

Advice on Hiring a Contractor Wed, Mar 24, 2010 Consumers are experiencing situations regarding the selection of qualifed contractors and contractors in the metro Orlando area. If a property owner hires an unscrupulous company that does not pay the bills related to construction improvements, it re... Read More

What Orlando Area Homebuyers Want Wed, Mar 17, 2010 The following is a list of what Orlando area homebuyers are wanting most: 53 percent want help finding the right home to purchase, 10 percent want help negotiating the terms of sale, 11 percent want help negotiating the price, 9 percent want help wi... Read More

Important Factors in Choosing a Real Estate Agent in Orlando, FL Wed, Mar 17, 2010   The results in ORAA's 2009 survey show that the majority of buyers and sellers used a real estate professional for assistance.  Forty-six percent of buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker.  Forty-six perce... Read More

Job Creation Top Concern for State Legislature in Florida Wed, Mar 17, 2010 Florida Legislature's 2010 session is now underway and job creation is a main concern for the state Legislature.  The unemployment rate in Florida is 11.8%.  Here are some of the ideas on getting people back to work: Build a commercial spa... Read More

Top 5 Countries of Origin Of International Buyers in Florida Wed, Mar 17, 2010 In 2008, international buyers in Florida represented approximately 30 percent of existing home purchases and 32 percent of new and existing homes.  According to Florida REALTORS, Canada had the largest amount of buyers of any country, accounting... Read More

Downtown Orlando Venue Projects Wed, Mar 17, 2010 The planned Dr. P. Phillips orlando Performing Arts Center is part of  a $1.1 billion three-venue downtown community plan by the city of Orlando and Orange County.  The primary users of the venue will include the Orlando Ballet Orlando Phil... Read More

Buyers and Sellers Rely on Real Estate Professionals Assistance Wed, Mar 17, 2010 According to ORAA's 2009 survey, 66% of buyers and 87% of sellers relied on the assistance of a real estate professional in the Orlando area. Here are some of the survey's findings: Characteristics of Homebuyers:  47% of the recent home buyers ... Read More

Spot Removal Tips for Keeping Carpets Clean Wed, Mar 17, 2010 Having clean carpets is important when your home is on the market.  Spills and accidents do happen when it comes to carpet.  Here are some tips on removing spills and spots: Food Spots:  First, pick up all of the food, if it's an olde... Read More

Orange County Commission Votes Against $1.2B Rybolt Park Plan Wed, Mar 17, 2010 On March 9 the Orange County Commission voted down a controversial plan that would have developed a 1,440 acre, 100-year old cattle ranch east of the Econlockhatchee River into a $1.2 billion mixed-use community similar to Baldwin Park located in Ora... Read More

2010 Census Facts Tue, Mar 16, 2010 Interesting facts regarding the United States Census Reports. Read More

End of 2009 Shows Florida's Existing Home and Condo Sales Rise Tue, Mar 16, 2010 The sales of existing single family homes and condos in the state of Florida were up at the end of 2009, compared to the end of 2008.  Condo sales were up by 47% and single family homes up by 31%.   The median price of Orlando's bank owned... Read More

2010: Big Election Year for Florida May Revitalize the Housing Market Wed, Mar 03, 2010 The 2010 election year is a major one for Floridians as they will be electing a new governor, chief financial officer, attorney general, agriculture commisioner, U.S.  Senator, 120 FL House members, 20 FL senators and 27 U.S. House members. ... Read More

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