By Daniel Bortz | Feb 19, 2018
Getting a mortgage is, by general consensus, the most treacherous part of buying a home. In a recent survey, 42% of home buyers said they found the mortgage experience “stressful,” and 32% found it “complicated.” Even lenders agree that it's often a struggle. If you're out to buy a home, you have to be vigilant. To clue you into the pitfalls, here are six of the most common ways people mess up getting a mortgage. Read more >>
The Orlando Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) extends over 4,012 square miles and consists of four counties: Orange County (1,004.3 sq. mi.), Seminole County (344.9 sq. mi.), Lake County (1,156.5 sq. mi) and Osceola County (1,506.5 sq. mi.). An extensive highway network weaves the four counties together. The Atlantic Ocean is approximately a one-hour drive away and the Gulf of Mexico is approximately a two-hour drive. Orlando International Airport, Orlando Sanford International Airport and Port Canaveral offer global export and import possibilities for businesses involved in international trade. Proximity to local, regional, national and global markets has helped Orlando become one of the world’s most exciting and dynamic business environments. Read…
Each week Mansion Global tackles an interior design topic with an elite group of designers from around the world who work on luxury properties. This week we look at incorporating ultra violet, Pantone’s color of the year into home decor.
“Because it’s such a lush, deeply saturated hue, ultra violet has a large impact even in small doses,” says Houzz contributor Jennifer Ott of Jennifer Ott Design in San Francisco. Read more >>
By Lisa Johnson Mandell | Dec 6, 2017
Few homes get decked out for the Christmas season quite like the White House, and few know more about it than Laura Dowling—who, from 2009 to 2015, served as the White House's chief floral designer.
Here are some of her top holiday decor tips and hacks in case you'd like to steal a few >>Read more.
December 4, 2017 - Abigail Golder
Orlando is a popular place to visit at any time of the year, but it’s never as beloved by visitors as it is during the holiday season. No one knows this better than your resident Realtors at SKR and Keene’s Pointe Realty. The Realtors at SKR and Keene's Pointe Realty are both residents and community experts of the Windermere and Greater Orlando area.
The comparatively warm weather pairs well with Orlando’s numerous attractions, sightseeing-friendly environment, and weeks of thematic events including concerts, parades, and festivals to appease even the staunchest of Grinches. Follow along with us in this guide to find out all of our favorite places you’ll need to take your out-of-town guests to amaze and…
Orlando home sales bounce back one month after Hurricane Irma
Sales of Orlando homes posted positive increases in October, just one month after Hurricane Irma hit the pause button on housing transactions. Sales increased by 7 percent in October when compared to October of last year, and increased by 14 percent when compared to last month. The median price rose in October as well, by 6 percent year-over-year. >>Read more.
Celebrate the season with potted displays rich in color and texture.
Embrace the bold tones of autumn with containers filled with eye-catching foliage in brilliant gold, fiery orange and deep burgundy. By choosing plants based on your climate, you can create dramatic displays that will last well into the holidays. >>Read more
By Clare Trapasso | Sep 25, 2017
"Over the generations, real estate has proven itself to be a pretty good, time-tested investment," says Eric Tyson, who co-authored "Real Estate Investing for Dummies." "Like investing in the stock market, people who follow some basic principles and buy and hold over long periods of time should do fairly well. >>Read more
Orlando home sales, median price both rise in August
Reminder: This report reflects Orlando's housing market activity during the month of August, prior to Hurricane Irma's landfall on September 10. The market report to be released in October will reflect Orlando’s housing market activity for the month of September along with the impact of Hurricane Irma.
The median price of Orlando homes sold during the month of August increased nearly 10 percent while sales increased almost 3 percent compared to August 2016, reports the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association. Inventory continued its year-over-year slide and dropped about 16 percent. >>Read more.