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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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January 29th, 2019 11:47 AM

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Walt Disney has always been a favorite of mine, not only because of his incredible talent and success, but because of all his failures and determination.  We all know the stories of his numerous rejections and financial disasters, but he never gave up and persisted in the pursuit of his dreams.  He could never have imagined the ultimate result of his endless ambition nor the fame and fortune connected to his name today.

During these uncertain times, we seem to be surrounded by failure in some form:  failure of family solidity, failure of government programs or failed investments, not to mention personal failures such as ended marriages or loss of jobs.  People have hidden failures and suffer less from a sharp sense of loss than a chronic sense of disappointment.  But they suffer nonetheless, longing somehow to make a change.  Even in jobs we hate, we are sometimes terrified to risk change, and then despise ourselves for doing less than our best, or not using the talents we know we possess.  But to succeed from failure there must also be ambition, which is the soul mate to achievement.  Action is the matchmaker that brings these affinities together so that sparks can begin to fly to achieve the end result.

These are turbulent times and each one of us is terrified of failing in some way. We all hate change.  But whether we risk it all or play it safe, we cannot avoid failure.  All past and future success begins with a risk, but the real strength and power comes from knowing we can survive.  Failure stretches us beyond our conscious capacity so that we can experience positive growth.  In life the worst thing that can happen isn’t change or failing.  It is never having tried or embraced the change.  As quoted from Nelson Mandela, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but the rising every time we fall.”

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January 22nd, 2019 9:15 AM

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Who doesn’t love Jimmy Buffet songs, his famous restaurants, and the casual “flip flop” and “lost shaker of salt” island-state-of-mind that comes with it?  Well, being released just this week is the new Margaritaville Resort that will be sure to knock your flip flops right off!

Paradise Cay will be the newest Cottage Home Community with a collection of one- two- and three-story custom cottages, designed for the ultimate vacation experience, in an initial release of 187 new cottage homes.  Margaritaville Cottages capture the charming look and feel from the Caribbean with vibrantly colored exteriors, open entertaining floor plans and much more from the low $300s.

Beginning in the spring of 2019, the interactive 14 acre water park, Island H20 Live, will offer 20 thrill rides, a wave pool and beautiful lazy river; in addition, there will be 200,000 sq. ft. of festive shopping, dining and entertainment venues.  Some of the fabulous stops include Rock and Brews, Cold Stone Creamery, Skechers, Game Time, Ford’s Garage, It’s Sugar Candy Shop and Studio Movie Grill, all of which are conveniently located at the front of the resort, also knows as Sunset Walk at Margaritaville. They have added a stage for live entertainment and a studio where they will be broadcasting Margaritaville Radio on Sirius XM radio live from the resort daily. 

For those who don’t wish to purchase just yet, the gorgeous 184 room Margaritaville Hotel is suited up for the January 23, 2019 grand opening and margaritas are already being served poolside at the Salty Rim Bar and Grill.

So, if you would like to slip into a comfy pair of flip flops and escape into a world where chilling is the key and Jimmy Buffet plays the score . . . give me a call for ALL the DETAILS on this wonderful resort!  I have the answers to your questions OR I will get them.  This exciting opportunity is just waiting for you and your “fins.”

Give me a call at 407-491-3816 or e-mail me at:  BarbaraFlaHomes@aol.com

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January 15th, 2019 9:46 AM

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Spring is just around the corner and it usually brings thoughts of remodeling.  Whether you are prepping to sell or renovating a home, these tips can be helpful in knowing what to consider and what would bring the home more value.

Trends:

Black trim is in.  People used to go for wood or white when it came to selecting trim, especially around the windows.  The style has now shifted to deep shades of black for doors, shelves and walls.  It provides a unique contrast throughout the home.

Home libraries.  Reading on electronic devices may be all the rage, but people still love to collect and display printed books. People enjoy the addition of a home library to their office or family room, whether it is a few shelves or an entire wall. 

Open Ceilings:  An open ceiling gives a room more air, light, and a sense of spaciousness.  The open-ceiling or even 12 ft. or higher ceilings are not only appearing in two-story homes, but smaller homes too.

Tips:

Don’t over improve.  A local realtor can give advice as to what improvements will make the best sense as an investment.  This is especially important if you expect to sell in the near future.

Set a realistic budget.  Always include a cushion for unforeseen expenses.

Hire good help.  Interview several contractors for each job and look for workers with at least three years’ experience and good reviews.  Check references and get photos of previous jobs, before and after.

Insist on a detailed contract and timeline.  Communicate frequently with your contractor and conduct a careful inspection BEFORE final payment. 

Understand that most home improvements or remodeling are for the benefit of the current owner and it doesn’t necessarily mean that the money invested will be recovered when the home sells.  Many variables will determine market value at any given time, so remodel conservatively or largely, but enjoy it for yourself!

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January 9th, 2019 6:53 PM

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The holidays are over, a new year has begun, and new adventures await.  Just a short drive away is a wonderful day trip that will take you to a magnificent spring that discharges 104 million gallons of water daily into the St. Johns River.

 Blue Spring State Park is the winter home to more than 200 manatees and it overflows with diversity.  It is the habitat for at least 15 threatened or endangered plants and animals.  The park is the winter refuge for the West Indian manatee, home to the Florida scrub jay, gopher tortoise, black bear and one of only two known locations for the Okeechobee gourd.  One can also see herons, swimming turtles, migratory birds and alligators. 

This park of 2,643 acres has 15 natural communities, a lagoon, a north-flowing river and a beautiful spring.  You can stroll along the one-third mile boardwalk that follows the flowing Blue Spring and watch the manatees, rent a canoe or kayak, enjoy a two-hour river cruise, take a tour through the historical Louis Thursby House, or enjoy the snack bar, gift shop and gazebo in front of the spring. 

Visitors staying in the Sand Pine Scrub campground (where we stayed) can bicycle or walk to the spring, or take a long hike through the woods on the four-mile, one-way Pine Island Hiking Trail.  There are 50 campsites equipped with water, electricity, a picnic table and a fire ring; in addition there are six fully equipped cabins.  All are very private and surrounded by “real Florida” foliage, plants and trees, untouched and preserved in their original habitat. 

This is truly one place to visit, especially from now until the end of March, as the manatees use Blue Spring as their winter refuge, seeking the warm spring waters as opposed to the colder ocean temperatures.  If you love nature, you will love it here!

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January 1st, 2019 7:44 AM

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Here we are, in another brand new year with 365 days to use however we choose.  Like most people, my “new year’s resolutions” rarely make it past a few weeks.  But this year I am making more of an effort to make some positive changes. 

The old saying, “if you continue to do what you have always done, you will continue to get the same results” holds true for just about everything.  No one likes change, whether it be dieting, a new job or new home; and some changes in our lives are totally beyond our control.  But as I get older, I realize that there are fewer days available to make those changes, get out of my comfort zone, create new adventures and just plain enjoy life!

This past year we have lost so many friends and neighbors and it is a cruel reminder that life is short and we must grasp every waking moment to use our talents, share our gifts and enjoy those things we always wanted to do.   So many decide to “wait until . . . . . . .  “ it is too late. 

So, on this New Year’s Day of 2019 my wish is that everyone reading this will find just one thing they have always wanted to do or change and go for it!  Not just as a “New Year’s Resolution” but with a sincere effort to make a positive impact on your life. Today begins a new year filled with new beginnings heading for new adventures.  I am excited, aren’t you?

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ALLEN AND I WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY 2019!

 

 


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December 24th, 2018 10:20 AM

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Recently, the news has reported about so many celebrities and others who have used the Christmas spirit to pay off thousands of lay-away balances for others in several stores across the country.  This caught on to a much bigger level when some news stations decided to request donations from the public to keep this generous gift going through  Christmas Eve. 

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all keep this Christmas spirit in our hearts all year long?  Do we “pay it forward” at a drive through restaurant or at a gas station by paying for the customer behind us?  Do we let someone have that parking space, or let someone in the grocery line ahead of us?  Do we see someone who needs assistance and offer it?

To have family and close friends to celebrate Christmas is the greatest gift of all and we often take that blessing for granted.  This Christmas season, let us remember those less fortunate and offer friendship, offer love, remember to put them first.  The very best part of what Christmas is about is the selfless GIVING.  Let us continue this spirit throughout the year!

MERRY CHRISTMAS from BARBARA and ALLEN.


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December 18th, 2018 7:49 AM

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A recent news article described how the Four Corners Area has had unbridled growth and development in the past few years, and offered a possible glimpse of not only this area but Florida’s future state wide.  I have condensed this into the following details:

Four Corners – where Orange, Osceola, Polk and Lake counties meet at the center of the state, is also home to Interstate 4, Florida’s busiest cross-state highway.  Fifty years ago, only scrub pines and palmettos were here.  Before Disney World and I-4 were built, aerial photographs show a patchwork of groves and farms, dotted with lakes and wetlands – then called a “swamp.”  Fast forward to today, Four Corners has become one of Florida’s traffic chokepoints – for both humans and wildlife.  The area not only sits astride the main thoroughfare between Tampa and Orlando, but also in the middle of the remaining green corridor used by wildlife migrating between the Everglades and the Kissimmee River, as well as the preserved Green Swamp to the northwest.  Additional development in Four Corners could soon choke off the remaining narrow ribbon of green space. 

Four Corners has long been an area to which local officials paid little attention.  Since the area is effectively an amalgamation of four different counties, none of the local governments has taken ownership of regulating growth.  The population centers and seats for each of the four counties are far away from the area; for example, Bartow in Polk County (the county seat) is a one-hour drive, over 40 miles!  What’s even worse, no one really even knows how many people live in Four Corners. Vacation rentals account for more than 50% of the homes here and the number of people traveling through or staying in the area to visit Disney is massive! The situation has become so problematic that civic and business leaders are now pushing for officials of these counties to coordinate services and future planning.

Now, a glimpse into the future:  By 2060, another 15 million people are expected to move to the Sunshine State.  Central Florida alone stands to more than double in population.  It may actually reduce the quality of life here because with sprawling developments, you will spend more time in cars, and have water crises in most areas.  Wildlife will continue to be squeezed through a ribbon of land less than a mile wide, with development encroaching from both sides. Protecting natural lands is essential to protecting the water supply.  The more lands you develop, the less natural lands you have to cleanse and protect our water supply going into the aquifer. 

Serious investments must be made in land conservation very soon. Disney World has already preserved much of the Reedy Creek corridor and has committed to leaving undeveloped a large swath of land south of Kissimmee.  Growth cannot be stopped, it can only be managed.  Unless it is managed in the Four Corners area, it is going to reach a tipping point where people no longer want to deal with all the congestion and sprawl; they will be looking elsewhere.

Condensed and re-written by Barbara Doeringer

 

 

 

 

 


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