During this holiday season, we should take the time to be thankful for our many blessings such as a roof over our heads and food to eat.  Some of our neighbors in Seminole County are not so fortunate.  There are 30 students right now that attend Lake Mary High School that are homeless.  We are organizing a food drive so that we can collect food for these students and their families so they have something to eat over the holidays. 

If you would like to participate, please bring in some canned food/box/non-perishable items to the Realty Executives Seminole office by Thursday December 15th

There is a list of suggested items but anything is appreciated.  If you want to donate money, the office can purchase the food items for you to donate.  Please let…

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Owning a home is something that most people strive for in North America. It is both a place to live, and an investment in the future. It's also come to be known as a symbol of status or accomplishment in our society; homeownership means a certain level of success has been reached.

In these economic times it has become increasingly difficult for young people to enter the housing market, due to lower income levels, increases in debts like student loans and credit cards, and general economic instability. For young people, the dream hasn't gone away. It's just that in today's market people must be more resilient than ever, and plan their finances carefully if they want to become homeowners.

Before purchasing your first home, many factors need to be…

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For Orlando residents looking for a spooky way to pass the time in the weeks coming up to Halloween, there are some great options that have just started or will be starting shortly. Some of the spooky events that are taking place are great family-friendly attractions, while others are best for older teens and adults who can handle some serious frightening!

Magic Kingdom Park: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

  • Open Sept 13 — Nov 1
  • Dress up to Trick or Treat
  • Halloween Parade
  • Lots of familiar Disney characters in costume
  • Special holiday decorations and effects to make the park just a little spooky!

SeaWorld:

  • Weekends in October
  • Trick or treating
  • Themed shows
  • Sesame Street Halloween show
  • Great Halloween activity for families…

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Oktoberfest is a beer festival that runs in Munich, Germany and goes on for a little over two weeks, from late Sept until the first weekend in October. While you might think that to celebrate the world's most famous beer festival that you'd have to travel to Bavaria, you can in fact celebrate right here in Florida!

While the official festival is taking place this year from Sept 17 - Oct 3, Florida's communities are celebrating on a much smaller scale. Some locations are having a one day event, while many others are providing a weekend-long celebration.

Where in Central FL can you go to celebrate Oktoberfest?

Orlando Brewing - 5th Annual Oktoberfest: Sept 24th & Oct 22nd (opening & closing)

  • Food & beer
  • Commemorative beer steins
  • Games

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For anyone considering relocating to an area closer to work, the recent news that Florida will be increasing all of the tolls on state-owned roads by June 30th 2012 might just be the nudge that sends you out looking for a REALTOR® to cut down on your daily commuting costs.

Tolls will be increasing by 25¢ on most of Florida’s roads before the start of next summer.

As always, SunPass rates will remain at about 1.5¢ cheaper per mile than cash tolls, making this a great option for anyone looking to avoid paying much of an increase. SunPasses can be purchased in two forms, a mini-sticker transponder that you affix to the windshield of your vehicle or a portable transponder that you can move from one vehicle to another. Both types of transponder use a radio…

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If you're shopping for a new home in Central Florida, you've no doubt realized that many of the properties out there are "distressed", meaning they're either in foreclosure or being listed as a "short sale". These properties can offer great value, but there are some things that are specific to buying them. Here are some things you should know.

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When a property is in foreclosure, the bank will take multiple offers on the property. This means that you may be in competition for the property. It also means that you may not hear back from the bank right away once you've made an offer. In some cases, the bank will have an "offer period" at the end of which they'll respond to all offers. This can be frustrating for potential buyers, since you may…

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real_estate_news_168There's continued good news for those who want to invest in the Orlando real estate market for the purposes of owning rental property. Real estate experts Marcus and Millichap predict that rents will rise in Orlando this year.

It's expected that the vacancy rates among Orlando rental properties will drop down to 7.1% this year, which is down from 7.9% earlier this year.

This is great news for those who own investment property in Orlando and for those who plan to own Orlando investment property in the near future.

The inventory of condos for sale is still quite high, making it easy to find an Orlando property that's perfect for renting. Whether you plan to rent your property weekly for vacationers, or by the month for long-term renters, you can…

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images_239_01The idea of selling your home in today's market is not a pleasant one. With so much inventory for buyers to choose from, sellers are anxious to do everything they can to help their home stand out from the crowd.

On the other hand, prices are at near record lows and may well dip further before they bottom out. So, sellers are hesitant to spend money on upgrades to their homes when they're not sure of how much of that investment they'll be able to get back when the home sells.

The balance between attracting buyers and preparing financially for a lower sales price than you hoped is a tough one right now.

The best advice we can give people whose homes need repairs or upgrades is not to try and sell right now. Waiting until there's less inventory and…

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images_239The real estate market in central Florida is starting to turn around, though by everyone's admission, the recovery is slow. It's still a buyer's market, and there is still plenty of inventory available. Still, we know that this area of the country should prove to be one of the best areas of the country in which to invest in real estate, because it is one of the country's fastest growing areas. Today, Orlando

Though Orlando and surrounding areas offer plenty of new construction, there are also plenty of older homes available. Many of these homes have been significantly remodeled and updated, too.

Because Orlando and the surrounding areas are attracting new businesses, and employees of large corporations, many of our buyers are more interested in…

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manicured front yard Spring is the best time of year to put your home on the market. So, if it's time to upgrade or get out of town, get busy and get that house on the market. Be sure, however, that it looks great and is priced right.

It's important to remember that there's a lot of competition in the market right now, so it's critical that your home stand out among the pack, especially if you want to land the best price in a market where you'll be competing with foreclosures and short sales that are at rock bottom prices.

Your first chance to make a good impression with potential buyers is before they even get out of the car. Take care with how your home looks from the street and from every angle of the driveway and yard. Here are some tips for making sure that your…

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