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February 2011 Blog Archive

The House You Loved Thu, Feb 17, 2011 Songwriter Tom Douglas captures the meaning of home through a sweetly powerful tune that was named the Country Music Association's song of the year last November. Read More

Central Florida known as golf mecca Tue, Feb 08, 2011 With nearly 200 golf courses located in the Orlando area, well known golf instructors and the PGA/ LPGA Tour, it's no wonder Orlando is a golf mecca. The Golf Channel and the PGA merchandise Show is also here. Golf has also helped generate ... Read More

Luxury home sales increasing Tue, Feb 08, 2011 Luxury home sales in the Orlando area have shown an increase in the year 2010 in comparison to the same period between Jan. 1 - August 31 in the year 2009.  There were 146 homes sold for more than $1 million compared to 90 homes sold at tha... Read More

Orlando Area Foreclosure Rate Tue, Feb 08, 2011 Among the nation's largest metro areas, the Orlando area has been ranked the ninth-highest foreclsoure rate in 2010. For the year 2010, RealtyTrac has reported the Orlando metropolitan statistical area including Lake, Orange, Osceola and Semino... Read More

FHA Approval for Downtown Orlando High-Rise Wed, Feb 02, 2011 The Vue at Lake Eola, a 165 unit residential high rise condo, has earned full approval for buyers to qualify for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans.  This will make it much easier to get a mortgage in this downtown Orlando location. &nbs... Read More

Good Decision to Buy a Home Wed, Feb 02, 2011 77 percent of Americans believe that buying a home is a good financial decision. Still, current housing costs leave most Americans (68 percent) saying that now is a good time to buy a home.  Homeowners (74 percent) are much more likely to agree ... Read More

Orlando's Tourism Expects Growth in 2011 Wed, Feb 02, 2011 Tourism officials are projecting the number of visitors to Orlando is expected to grow 3.1 percent or 50.1 million people this year.  This could be the first U.S. destination to top 50 million visitors in one year.  The majority of the visi... Read More

Commercial Market Improving in Downtown Orlando Wed, Feb 02, 2011 The downtown Orlando office market is showing signs of improvement.  The submarket had a 20.1 percent vacancy rate in the fourth quarter 2009, improved to 17.4 percent in 2010's fourth quarter.  This is in comparison with a fourth quarter 2... Read More

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