Orlando keeps growing

In 2016 Orlando became the city with the fastest growing population and had the fastest growing in employment in the U.S. Orlando just keeps on growing. Growing bigger, growing more popular and simply growing up.

The international airport is being expanded to the tune of $1.1 billion, SunRail is now in operation, the Downtown area is being revamped to name just a few of the exciting developments currently going on. In total over $15 billion is being invested in the Orlando region.

Orlando has grown out of being just a vacation destination into being the number 1 family vacation destination in the world. It is also a center for all manner of manufacturing, pharma, aerospace, logistics and tech industries which keep moving here to enjoy the great climate, the great people and the lower taxes.

Just a few years ago, Orlando held the top spot for property foreclosures in the country, how things have changed. In a recent report out from Zillow, Orlando looks to be on target to become one of the city’s with the best price increases in the U.S.

Whether you are looking to move here or just buy a second home in the Sunshine State, the fact that Central Florida is booming has just got to be a great indicator that you are looking in the right location.

Check out the latest resort community vacation homes for sale in Orlando

Orlando prices on the up

Well buying season is now with us, although according to recent numbers out it has already started. Prices for Orlando Metro were up in February by 2.6% and demand for new homes seems to be far outweighing the amount of listings on the market. Pending sales for March are already up 14% on Februaries numbers.

This leads to one thing and one thing only. Orlando prices on the up and prices will continue to increase.

If you are looking at purchasing a new vacation home, now is the time. Click here to view the latest communities and models.

Orlando Resale Opportunities

As we have mentioned before people sell their vacation homes in Orlando for one of 3 main reasons.

  1. They are not getting the bookings

2. They are trading up or down

3. They have a change of personal situation and no longer want or need the property.

 

Orlando Resale Opportunities

One of our clients is in category 3 and having enjoyed their home and associated rental income for several years they are now selling their vacation home. And it really has it all!

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40 weeks a year in bookings.

5 bedroom villa with a large downstairs master and the exact master upstairs. Fantastic, 2 master suites.

It also has a loft area and a games room

We built this home for the seller and you know if its one of our homes that it is immaculate. Take a look at the pictures of this property. WOW, know you know why everyone wants to stay here. This is a great location and a great community.

Orlando vacation home for sale

Priced at $369,990 fully furnished and with lots of bookings in place this vacation home in Calabria is a great deal

For more photos and information, view this property on our rental site.

For more information about buying this home email us and mention Calabria resale opportunity in the title

The Bears Den Club

The Bears Den Club

For golf fans, the new luxury golf community at Reunion is pretty big news. Designed in conjunction with the Golden Bear himself, Jack Nicklaus, The Bears Den Club promises to be  one of the most talked about new vacation home communities in Florida.

These luxury homes surround the 17th and 18th holes of the Tradition Golf Course at Reunion and offer owners and renters the opportunity to enjoy golf front splendor at it’s finest. Jack is even having a home constructed here. Imagine being neighbors to the Golden Bear?

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Privacy lots and vacation homes

Privacy lots – Are they worth it? Privacy is something which we all try an enjoy. It is something we all would like to have and in today’s world having the money seems to be about the only way to achieve this without living in the middle of nowhere off a dirt track.

Privacy lots in very simple terms are lots which are not overlooked by the neighbors. They could be on the waterfront, facing preserves or even on a golf course.  Privacy  lots are typically the most in demand lots after waterfront lots.

Privacy lots and vacation homes continue this trend as highly sought after pieces of real estate. The owners will get to enjoy a degree of privacy when they are using the property. They will be able to advertise their rental property as being private and not overlooked, which can mean that they will be able to charge a little more per week than the neighbor who has a back to back property where you can see your neighbors splashing around in their pool and vice versa.

Is the added cost of privacy lots really worth it?

This will depend on how you intend to personally use the property. You need to acknowledge whether or not you can justify a few thousand more dollars. Should you be planning to use the property as a pure investment property, then perhaps it will make more financial sense to buy the cheaper property. As you can see, we cannot answer this question for you.

Over the last 3o something years we have realized that waterfront lots and privacy lots always seem to be sold first. The property could be brand new or it could be a resale, these lots will carry a premium of sorts. It could be a higher sales price or it could simply be that the property sells quicker.

 

As a future owner, you need to base your decision making on three primary criteria:

  • How much money are you willing or able to spend?
  • How do you intend to use the property?
  • Which property represents the best value for money, based on the other two criteria?

 

Orlando privacy lots and waterfront lots for saleBuy a waterfront or privacy lot

Currently we have access to a limited number of waterfront AND privacy lots on a brand new community very close to Disney which has been designed specifically for the rental vacation home market and comes with a huge array of excellent amenities and facilities.

These sophisticated new vacation pool homes range from $400,000 through to $550,000.

If you are ready to buy a new vacation home in Orlando and fancy a waterfront / privacy lot in a great community, you need to CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY while we still have availability.

James Mitchell

N.B/ Remember that as a buyer our services cost you nothing, as we are paid by the seller/developer

Waterfront vacation homes

Waterfront vacation homes have always been in demand and Orlando is no different. What could be better than relaxing in your pool whilst enjoying the perfect sunset over the lake?

Just this week we have closed on this lovely waterfront home which will be on the short term rental market within a matter of weeks.

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Also over the weekend another British family decided that it was time for their very own fairytale as they purchased the following model

Orlando waterfront vacation homes

which will be constructed on this lot.

Orlando waterfront vacation homes

Just imagine starting and ending your day here!

You may ask how so many of our clients manage to buy waterfront vacation homes in Orlando and the answer is easy. When you have been in the business as long as I have, the developers know who to reach out to when these lots become available.

Guess what, they come to me first because I am in the privileged position of  always having clients, many of whom are referrals or happy owners purchasing a second or third property.

If you are seriously considering the purchase of a new vacation home in Orlando, you are more than welcome to get in contact with us. We will work harder than anyone else to find you your very own fairytale castle in the sun.

James Mitchell

N.B/ Remember that as a buyer our services cost you nothing, as we are paid by the seller/developer

 

Orlando airport expansion

Well, the new Orlando airport expansion or Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) as it is being called, is now underway with a total of $3.1 billion dollars in the process of being spent.

The 7 year project includes much needed enhancements to the North Terminal Complex plus new construction of the South Airport APM (Automated People Mover ) Complex and ITF (Inter-modal Terminal Facility). Funding for the $1.8 billion South Terminal Complex  Phase 1-Terminal C project will commence in early 2017.

What to expect from the expansion. (information courtesy of https://www.orlandoairports.net)

North Terminal Complex

  • Ticket lobby expansion to incorporate new technology and provide greater capacity
  • Baggage system improvements for increased efficiency
  • North Terminal cell phone waiting lot
  • Replacing Automated People Mover (APM) trains to Gates 1-59

Airside 4

  • Expanding capacity for international arrivals processing
  • Adding international gates to accommodate the industry’s largest aircraft
  • Additional central energy plant
  • Restroom renovations
  • Rooms for nursing mothers

South Airport APM Complex & Intermodal Terminal Facility

  • North Terminal Complex capacity reliever
  • Automated People Mover (APM) System from NTC
  • Accommodations for up to 4 rail systems
  • 2,400 Car Garage
  • Ground Transportation Facility
  • Remote Check-In
  • The STC and associated apron/taxiway, will encompass approximately 300 acres
  • The total building program will comprise 2.7 million square feet
  • The airside terminal will serve both international and domestic flights
  • 16-24 gates will accommodate narrow body, jumbo and super jumbo aircraft
  • Six-story 5,000 space expanded parking garage
  • Will follow the Sustainable Management Plan (SMP) for a planned LEED v4 BD +C

 

Sanford Airport Expansion

As if the planners in Central Florida are not happy with expanding MCO, Sanford International Airport is also getting an expansion of $43 million which will add a further 20% capacity for passengers.

 

Even more Orlando visitors

All of this seems to be coming just in time as Florida visitor numbers for the first Quarter of 2016 have been released and are showing a 4.8% increase on last year.

It’s still early but 2016 holds the possibility, based on the 4.8% increase, of close to 69 million visitors to Orlando this year. All of these tourists are going to need a place to stay and we foresee our owners enjoying another bumper year on the rental market

Orlando vacation home news

Orlando vacation home news.

Season is definitely upon us, as can be seen by the amount of closings currently going on. Just this last week, we have closed on three new build vacation homes.

We also closed on a resale home which we built five years ago, as the owner is upgrading to a larger vacation home. On top of all of that we wrote a contract for another of our vacation home owners who is now buying a residential property with us in Orlando.

As you can see, things are pretty hectic for us here in Orlando which is exactly how we like it. Each year we get to assist more and more national and overseas buyers in purchasing vacation homes in the Disney area. Each new property represents a new ‘Happy ever after’ chapter for both the new owners and ourselves.

Over the last 30 years or so we have helped many hundreds of families in buying vacation homes in the Disney area and all of these years later we still get a big smile on our faces when we deliver a great property which not only meet the given criteria but also hold the potential to outperform on the rental market.

We genuinely believe that being great at what we do, does not stop at selling a property, it means being around years later for our owners, so that they always have someone to call and assist. There are very few companies which have been around as long as we have and we intend to be around for a long time into the future.

If our kind of service is what you are looking for, then get in contact with us and allow us to assist in writing your very own ‘Happy ever after’ story in Orlando.

James.

MargaritaVillage Orlando

MargaritaVillage Resort in Orlando

MargaritaVillage Orlando

Parrotheads will be coming home to roost as of next year as MargaritaVillage gets launched with the first properties expected to be completed by the beginning of 2017.

 

New homes at MargaritaVillage will range from the $300,000’s through to around $2 million

 

Update: Margaritavillage is now officially called Margaritaville Resort Orlando

 

The Jimmy Buffett brand of wealthy beach bums, kicking back with a beer or a chilled margarita may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but then not everyone has been to a Jimmy Buffett concert. The Parrotheads and Parakeets which make up the crowd range from bank managers to CEO’s, Yale and Harvard graduates, dentists, lawyers, shop keepers, carpenters, plumbers, sailors and their kids (the parakeets). All have one thing in common and that is having a good time, enjoying a drink, listening to, – let me correct that, singing along to – and wearing REALLY colorful Hawaiian shirts, shorts, flip-flops and strangely, hats. Not just normal hats, but shark fins, cheeseburgers and parrot feathers.
A Jimmy Buffett concert encompasses a heartfelt yearning for a simpler life, one where everyone gets along regardless of who or what you are. Even the less ardent supporters come out of concerts wondering why they have a cheesy smile on their face and why on earth are they wearing one of those silly hats.

Not your typical introduction to a new resort community in Orlando, but as a lover of Hawaiian shirts, shorts, flip flops and laid back music …

 

Parrotheads at MargaritaVillage Resort in Orlando

 

“OK I admit it, I am a parrothead! Happy now?” –

 

Consider this

MargaritaVillage is located 5 miles from Animal Kingdom, 8 miles from Disney and Epcot. You can wear the kids out during the daytime and when they are tired you can put some Buffett in their heads and convert them into ‘keets’ by morning.
The fantasy which Jimmy Buffet brings to his concerts can be lived out on daily basis for owners and visitors at MargaritaVillage. It is this fantasy which we feel will attract a continuous stream of visitors looking to rent the MargaritaVillage lifestyle for a week or two and make this one of the resorts with the highest occupancy rates in the Disney area.

Ok, I agree that MargaritaVillage is not going to be for everyone, but give it a chance and perhaps you will be converted! Outside of the U.S. Jimmy Buffett is pretty much an unknown phenomenon, but one which is easy to enjoy appreciate for first timers.

The tropical backdrops of MargaritaVillage, the calypso vibes, island style, easy going nature and, if previous ventures are anything to go by, excellent value for money on offer will be more than enough to entice several hundred new parrothead owners to set up nest at MargaritaVillage in Orlando.

 

On a more serious note

MargaritaVillage has the potential to dominate the new vacation resort arena in Orlando, as it merges the extraordinary Jimmy Buffett brand of island escapism fantasy for grownups with the extremely well regarded and experienced developers of Encore Development.

MargaritaVillage will include a 12 acre water park on the 305 acre resort which will become home to 500-600 vacation homes plus residential condos, a 175 room hotel plus timeshare units. An arcade, a fishing school, paddle boarding and kayaking, a central 3 acre freshwater lake, a Planetarium and a Spa, a wedding pavilion plus 170,000 sq.ft of retail space are all elements which will be integrated into the MargaritaVillage concept.

Put all of this next door to a dozen or more world class theme parks, in a city which attracts over 62 million visitors each year, add the enormously dedicated fan base of parrotheads (over 75% of the U.S population is aware of the Margaritaville brand) and we believe that Margaritaville Village holds the potential to be huge.

MargaritaVillage overview so far will include:

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  • A 12 acre water park on the 305 acre resort
  • 500-600 vacation homes
  • 400 condos
  • A 175 room hotel
  • Plus timeshare units
  • An arcade
  • A fishing school
  • Paddle boarding and kayaking
  • 3 acre freshwater lake
  • A Planetarium
  • A Spa
  • A Wedding pavilion
  • 170,000 sq.ft of retail space

 

Early Bird Opportunity

If you would like to be one of the first ‘Nest Owners’ at MargaritaVillage Resort simply email me at [email protected]

A Place in the Sun

We had a great weekend at the A Place in the Sun Exhibition in Birmingham, UK this past weekend.

Many of our owners stopped by to say hello and tell us how well their vacation homes are doing on the rental market; several even bought another vacation home, as we had put together some great deals with our builders.

The A Place in the Sun show brought in around 8,000 people who were looking to buy a holiday home in the sun and even though the Florida Pavilion was by no means the largest, it seems as though many of the attendees preferred the idea of being close to Disney, as against traditional Mediterranean destinations. The sun may beat down in many locations, but the rental incomes in Orlando simply out-perform every other market place, plus you get to use the property yourself; and you don’t have to worry about whether there is going to be a government coup.

We met lots of new ‘owners to be’, some of whom are just fact finding and dipping their toes in the market, plus a host who already had a very clear idea of what they want.

We want to say a huge thank you to Joelle from Park Square Homes who worked her tush off for our clients, helping them get the best deals possible.

Also a big shout out to Sue and Alan Harding who were on hand to assist our clients with everything tax orientated. If you are looking at buying a property in Orlando and need sensible advice about taxes, this husband and wife team have over 16 years experience with owners of Orlando real estate from around the world as well as U.S owners.

Brian from MoneyCorp stood in for Kelly Cutchin and worked extremely hard for us and our clients, we just put up with the fact that he is not as pretty as Kelly, but we are sure some of the ladies didn’t mind too much.

Finally a huge thank you to all of the people who turned out to see us, especially with so much sport going on and the great weather we had.

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If you didn’t make it to the show, check out our properties on the main site and see if we can tantalize you with some of the most attractive and highest yielding vacation homes in the world.

We have a huge selection of new construction vacation homes and are currently awaiting the launch of one or two new vacation communities which will be offering new floor plans and great prices.