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April 16th, 2019 8:07 AM

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An 87-acre luxury mixed-use vacation village is in the works near Walt Disney World featuring five gleaming towers, shops, restaurants and resort amenities.

Orlando-based Magic Development LLC will start work on infrastructure in July on the first phase of its massive development called Magic Place, which will involve a 25-story, 251-unit resort tower, along with 40,000 square feet of retail space and a 20,000 square-foot office building on U.S. Highway 192 east of State Road 429.

That’s the first piece of the overall development that at buildout will include 250,000 square feet of retail and a total of 1,850 units that will be a mix of residential, condo and fractional units as well as nightly rental hotel rooms.

Magic Place is the third piece of Magic Development’s new vacation village on Black Lake Road, south of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.  The first project was what is now called Magic Village 1, a 180-unit short-term rental townhome development which is nearly 60 % completed and on pace to sell out by year’s end.  Infrastructure work was started earlier this year on Magic Village 2, which is another 194 short-term rental townhome units and a 68-unit fractional condo building called The Reserve.  Both Magic Village projects are built on a resort-like property, which includes a clubhouse, pools, a restaurant and more.

All of this construction continues to change the face of the “Four Corners” area and with Margaritaville and other booming developments nearby, it will soon be a tourist’s dream and perhaps a resident’s nightmare!

But don’t forget about The Retreat at Regal Palms, located on Sand Mine Road, off U.S. Highway 27.  These 2 bedroom/2 bath fully furnished condos will beat the price of any other new developments in the works so close to Disney.  Be sure to check it out at www.theretreatatregalpalms.com and contact me for details!  I am one of the sales agents for this project and would love to assist you.

BarbaraFlaHomes@aol.com or 407-491-3816

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April 9th, 2019 9:47 AM


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There is so much construction going on in our area and a tremendous amount of choices for purchasing a second or “vacation” home.  Here are some “tips” on what to think about before deciding on a property or location:

  • Consider how you will use the home. Will it just be for family and friends, or do you plan to rent it as well? How many times will you personally use it per year?
  • Evaluate locations. Are there enough amenities and attractions to keep you (and renters) coming back year after year?
  • Talk to the locals. What do they love about the area? What is changing? What is it like during the off season?
  • Study local laws. If you plan to rent the home, local rules may restrict rental periods or cap the number of days you can rent each year.
  • Calculate costs. Along with mortgage, insurance, property taxes and association or amenities fees, plan for wear and tear. A good rule of thumb is to budget 1.5% of home’s value on repairs annually. And if you plan to rent, add the cost of a property manager.
  • Talk to an accountant. This person can advise you on such issues as the tax implications of rental income and changes in federal tax laws that could impact deductions.
  • Test before you buy. Once you have settled on a location, rent in this area every season so you can gauge busy and slow times.
  • WORK WITH AN EXPERIENCED REALTOR. Pick someone who knows the community and who can recommend the other experts you will want to consult.
  • Take your time. Don’t let the excitement of one great vacation push you into an impulse decision to buy. Many have gone through “buyer’s remorse” after doing this and sometimes it may be too late.

Ask me for details on some of the best new developments and communities that would be ideal for vacation homes and short-term rentals. 

BarbaraFlaHomes@aol.com;  Cell # 407-491-3816

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April 2nd, 2019 8:18 AM

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Dallas-based Studio Movie Grill is officially open at Sunset Walk at Margaritaville Resort Orlando!  This new theater marks the brand’s third location in Florida, and will add 12 new screens to their already 321 in operation across nine states.

Located at 3204 Margaritaville Blvd., near U.S. Hwy. 192, this 40,000 sq. ft. theater will feature 1,100 luxury lounge chairs and recliners.  The recliners will have a built-in tabletop and a “push for service’ call button for guests to order from the full-full service bar and American grill menu right from their seats.  Every Studio Movie Grill theater offers reserved seating both online and at the box office.   

Movie-goers at Studio Movie Grill can enjoy more than just the latest releases; the Sunset Walk location will also feature a modern full-service bar, lounge and outdoor patio area, where guests can take in the made-to-order menu and premium craft cocktails, including a private brand of Patron tequila made especially for the theater chain. 

In addition to this movie theater, there will be many retail stores and restaurants, all open to the public, added to the entrance into the Margaritaville Resort.  Currently, the Margaritaville Hotel is open and in operation, offering Jimmy Buffet fans fantastic and unique accommodations. 

Much is happening in the Davenport/Disney area with massive growth and changes still to come.

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March 26th, 2019 7:45 AM

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Until the 1980’s, nursing homes accounted for the lion’s share of senior housing.  But by the mid-1990’s, there was a significant shift toward a greater variety of housing options.  Senior housing today can be categorized as independent living, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living, memory care, and nursing facilities.  CCRCs offer an age-in-place combination of independent, assisted, and nursing options on one site.  They are now going through a kind of rebranding, starting to refer to themselves as “life plan communities.”  


Now, with all the options, the baby boomer generation is choosing senior housing at a higher rate than previous generations.  Seniors with financial means are attracted by amenities such as walkability, biking and hiking paths, safe transportation options, and activities such as pickleball.  College towns are attracting older buyers too, for the recreational and educational opportunities they provide.  In fact, for boomers the term “retirement” no longer necessarily applies.  Residents of senior communities are less likely to be truly retired these days.  Even if they have adequate savings, people are looking at retirement as the second half of life or time for the encore career. 


Seniors have a diverse array of personal preferences.  Some want a house; others want nothing to do with maintenance.  The co-op apartment communities are a popular option among empty nesters looking to downsize.  But for buyers with more disposable income, there are luxury 55-plus planned communities.  It just depends on where seniors prefer to live, either in a warmer climate or close to family and friends. 


The most important factor is health.  If that remains good, then an even wider variety of choices are available!


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March 12th, 2019 10:55 AM

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There’s plenty to think about when searching for a new home and it is very important not to leave a mortgage preapproval to the last minute, unless you are paying cash.   Most sellers will not even consider an offer these days unless proof of funds or a preapproval letter is in hand.  And receiving a mortgage preapproval before beginning house hunting has many advantages, including saving buyers from a lot of stress and anguish.    Here are a few more advantages:

  • Avoids delays. As soon as you find your dream home, you can make an immediate offer and there’s less risk of another buyer jumping in ahead of you while waiting for a financing decision.
  • Avoids disappointment. With a preapproval already confirmed, there is no risk of falling in love with a home only to find out you cannot afford it.
  • Narrows your search. Once you know exactly what price range you can afford, you can narrow the search, making it quicker, easier and less confusing.
  • Avoids instant rejection. Jaded sellers who have seen sales fall through because of finance issues love to see a pre-approval. They are much more likely to accept an offer.
  • Gives you a competitive advantage. A mortgage preapproval will give you a competitive advantage over those buyers who don’t have one. Sellers will also be more likely to accept a lower offer if they know the sale is likely to close quickly.
  • Provides a chance to fix credit problems. Before granting a preapproval, a mortgage lender goes through the entire credit-scoring process. If there are any problems, you have a chance to fix them before finding a home.

Filling out mortgage forms might not be as inspiring as viewing potential homes, but getting your preapproval in place early is important.  It takes a lot of stress, delay and uncertainty out of the homebuying process. 

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March 5th, 2019 11:22 AM


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Yes, we have changed again.  Now we are licensed with Charles Rutenberg Realty Orlando and there are many reasons for the change.  We found that there were more restrictions with Keller Williams than we formerly realized, and it was just not a good fit for us.  So, now we have the same flexibility that we had for many years with Orlando Golf Realty.  Nothing has changed except the name of our company and our service will remain the same as it has for almost 20 years.

We still offer great commission discounts, have a wide range of exposure on many real estate websites, and have TWO personal websites to display our listings.  We maintain www.RidgewoodLakesResales.com and our Charles Rutenberg websites. 

With this change, we are now able to once again complete long term rental leases for our customers as we have done for many years when with Orlando Golf Realty.  We will offer competitive rates and do a final walk-through before a lease is renewed for a second or third year. 

I am also working with new construction projects and will write periodic updates on how they are progressing.  Currently, I am pre-selling new condos at The Retreat at Regal Palms, but there will also be a residential, short-term rental community near Ernie Caldwell Boulevard and a possible manufactured home community in the Four Corners area.  Much more to come later on those.

Please contact us for any additional information or if needing assistance to buy or sell. Our contact details are on the home page of our website, www.RidgewoodLakesResales.com    We look forward to working with you!

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February 25th, 2019 6:21 PM

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 As of February 8th, 2019, an Atlanta based resort operator has taken over ownership of the entire resort of Reunion, near Champions Gate in Osceola County.  For an undisclosed amount, the 2,300 acre site is now under the control of Kingwood International Resorts as they look to develop the luxury vacation golf community to include new timeshare homes, a brand new $150 million, 400 room hotel and amenity space, a large redevelopment of the existing water park along with wave pool, reconfigured water slides, new food and beverage area and putt putt golf.  They will bring a lot of upgrades to the huge community and it will remain to be seen how the new owners will interface with the hundreds of existing property owners and managers that have helped create the existing luxury community.


PRE-SELLING NOW:   Condos at “The Retreat at Regal Palms” off Hwy. 27 North, on Sand Mine Road. These 2 bedroom/2 bath units come FULLY FURNISHED with a choice of standard or luxury (double) balconies and will have 12 units in each of 4 buildings, with elevators.  Prices begin at $165,000 and construction is due to begin next week with the first building completed by fall.  You can reserve your unit with only $1,000 down which locks in the price.  Call Barbara at 407-491-3816 for details.


If you are looking for inexpensive entertainment and lots of laughs:  Tickets are still available for the High Vista Play in Ridgewood Lakes, performed by the “Off Off Broadway Players” who are residents of the community.  Next Saturday, March 2nd is the play only for $10 pp; Sunday, March 3rd is a dinner show for $25 pp.  The opening performances were this past weekend and have been give very high reviews, so don’t miss it!  Call Barbara at 407-491-3816 for ticket information. 


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February 19th, 2019 10:51 AM

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The new Waterstar Orlando development will be positioned across from the new Margaritaville Resort on Hwy 192 near the Toll 429.  It will feature 50 acres, 6 full service restaurants, a 150 room hotel, 300 residential units in two separate towers, 162,000 sq. ft. of retail space, and 45,000 sq. ft. of entertainment.  Groundbreaking for this massive project is expected in mid-2019.   It will add to the growing traffic congestion on Hwy 192 that Margaritaville Resort has already initiated. 

Closer to Davenport in Polk County, the retail expansion at Posner Park is well underway and current plans are for a September finish for the chain of stores that parallel Ernie Caldwell Parkway.  There are also plans for a Planet Fitness to be built at the “Shoppes at Citrus Ridge”, south of the Posner development on the east side of US-27.  A grocery store, additional retail, and as many as 300 townhomes will also be built at the same location.  Groundbreaking for this huge project is to begin in the fall of 2019. 

Even the town of Celebration is expanding!  “Island Village” will be located at the southern most part of the town.  It will have up to 1,000 single family homes and 300 apartments coming in early 2020.  Housing will have 3-5 bedrooms and range from 1500 to 3200 square feet. “Island Village” will feature pocket parks, gathering spaces, trails, retail conveniences, pools and recreation centers.  Housing prices are scheduled to be released later this year. 

So much is happening in our Four Corners area and even more developments are in the works, to be announced later this year.  Be prepared for traffic snarls on Hwy. 27 as well as I-4, in the not too distant future!

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February 12th, 2019 9:31 AM

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 It has been a very unusual selling season so far this year.  Typically, January and February are brisk with resale listings and sales contracts, as snow birds and vacationers from other countries search for their perfect home in the sun, taking the grand escape from snow and cold.

 This year, new resale homes have been scarce, with some communities offering a very low inventory of available homes.  Prices and mortgage interest rates have increased slightly.  But the largest factor in less inventory is the massive new construction projects surrounding the Davenport area.  New build communities are sprouting up everywhere offering fantastic incentives, upgrades and prices, making it more difficult for resale homes to compete.

 Whatever the reason, WE are in need of resale listings and are now offering a low, competitive commission rate of only 4.5% for all homes listed in High Vista or Del Webb Orlando of Ridgewood Lakes.  For those homes in other Davenport communities, we are offering 5% commission for a limited time, still a discounted rate, and we have a diversified marketing program to give your home maximum exposure. 

 We have 20 years of real estate experience; we are residents of High Vista, and experts in the local market. We have a lot to offer for these great discount commission rates, and you have nothing to lose!

 Thinking of selling?  Call us today for great savings and more money in your pocket!

Allen:  407-421-8761 or Allendoe@aol.com

Barbara:  407-491-3816 or BarbaraFlaHomes@aol.com

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February 6th, 2019 9:28 AM

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The Retreat at Regal Palmsis Central Florida’s newest vacation resort community featuring 2 bedroom condominiums designed with light and open floor plans, upgraded features and designer furnishings, and at a beginning low price of $165,000!

The beauty of purchasing at The Retreat at Regal Palms is that all of the amenities are ready to enjoy today, and only the actual condo has to be completed.  There will be four separate buildings, with 3 units on each of four floors, a total of 12 units per building.  Each building will have elevators and buyers will have a choice of a standard or luxury balcony all overlooking a lovely pond. 

Each unit will be tastefully and completely furnished as a turn-key, rental-ready unit, which is a great incentive and saves thousands of dollars!  Each unit will have the current popular upgrades, such as granite countertops, stainless steel GE kitchen appliances, GE washer and dryer, luxury 42” raised panel wood cabinets, porcelain, wood design floor tiles, and much more!

As a bonus, two buildings will be on a guaranteed leaseback for two years!

The first building is already sold out and construction begins this week on the entire project, so don’t wait too long to inquire about this amazing condo retreat with spectacular prices!  You cannot even find a condo resale to compare!

Stop into our sales office on Sand Mine Road in Davenport (behind Publix on Hwy. 27).  OR Call Barbara at 407-491-3816; email to BarbaraFlaHomes@aol.com.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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