You’ve worked with a Realtor to scour listings, toured what feels like a million properties, and finally found it: the house you want to call home. The next step is to make your purchase offer, and if you are like most people, the prospect can be quite intimidating. When home... Read More

Nearly half a dozen construction projects are creating a downtown Orlando construction boom, according to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. The projects are mostly residential, with 900 units being built over several projects. Commercial construction is ongoing too with both a hotel and office building planned for Orange Avenue north of... Read More

Construction is kicking off this week on the Brownstones at Thornton Park, a new upscale townhome development in one of downtown Orlando’s trendy neighborhoods, which marks the first time in many years that a new for-sale product is being built in the area. F&J Developers LLC is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony... Read More

There’s a new compost program for downtown Orlando, available to families in the bungalow neighborhoods. Katie Shannon and Alex Stringfellow, two graduate students from Rollins College, have started Compost Orlando. Compost Orlando has two programs; a residential pickup program and a community drop-off program. They compost the scraps into soil and give... Read More

The fourth annual Barktoberfest, an Orange County Animal Services adoption event, will return Saturday to Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. More than 20 area pet rescue groups will attend the event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the southeast side of the lake area. In addition... Read More

Net Worth: Homeowners vs. Renters * In the past 15 years, the net worth of the typical homeowner has ranged between 31 and 46 times that of the net worth of the typical renter. * Homeowner equity is a substantial component of homeowner wealth. The Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer... Read More

The Florida Department of Transportation in partnership with the City of Orlando will be holding Orlando’s first Ciclovia! A Ciclovia is a Spanish term meaning cycleway. They are a long-standing tradition in South America where they close miles of roads every Sunday. During a Ciclovia event the roads are closed to... Read More

News that FHA will eliminate a prepayment penalty starting next year has been widely reported. It’s a move NAR has been seeking for some time because it will relieve borrowers of a financial hit that’s entirely out of their control and also bring the agency’s policies in line with other... Read More

Attention all property managers! Let your owners know about the tax-free holiday on energy efficient appliances that takes place this weekend, Sept. 19-21! The tax holiday covers qualifying Energy Star and WaterSense products, and sales tax won’t be collected on the first $1,500 of the price during the tax-free weekend. Energy... Read More