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Entries from September 2008

Does the American Public Know What’s Better for It’s Own Good?

September 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on Does the American Public Know What’s Better for It’s Own Good?

I was totally shocked that the $700 Billion bailout plan proposed by President Bush was shot down today. If history serves me right, we all learned how important the stability of financial institutions are to our economy during the Great Depression. So I really believed the bailout was a good idea, although I was ticked […]

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Map Views of Celebrity Homes in Windermere

September 27th, 2008 · Comments Off on Map Views of Celebrity Homes in Windermere

If you’ve ever wondered how the other half lives, you can check out their homes at Virtual Globetrotting. The Windermere, FL section includes aerial views of homes belonging to Tiger Woods, Vince Carter, Dwight Howard, Warren Sapp, Grant Hill, Paula Creamer, and others.

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J Alexanders Opens at the Rialto

September 26th, 2008 · Comments Off on J Alexanders Opens at the Rialto

The first business at the Rialto on Sand Lake Rd. to open is J Alexanders. It’s a fine addition to the Dr. Phillips  “Restaurant Row“. While there’s plenty of restaurants here, J Alexanders is the only restaurant with straight up American food with hardwood grilled steaks, prime rib, baby back ribs, burgers, fresh seafood and […]

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$2.5 Million Renovations Underway at Windhover Condominiums

September 26th, 2008 · Comments Off on $2.5 Million Renovations Underway at Windhover Condominiums

The Windhover Condomiums across the street from Universal Studios is in the middle of a $2.5 million dollar renovation. The association is making some nice improvements to the community which includes a new 5 foot wide walking area around the pond that’s been cleaned up, new pavers, new exterior paint, new screened in areas, repairs […]

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A Quick Update on Palazzo del Lago Condos

September 25th, 2008 · Comments Off on A Quick Update on Palazzo del Lago Condos

Today, I spoke with the reps at the Palazzo del Lago condominiums near the Orlando Convention Center and they have suspended sales of these units for the time being. I tried to find out if they plan on ever building the condos, but I did not get a response. These condos will probably never be […]

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Tags: New Construction

IceStone the New Granite?

September 25th, 2008 · 5 Comments

I don’t know about you, but I walk through a lot of houses here in Dr. Phillips and Windermere and it seems like every house has granite counter tops now. According a an AP article, 40% of new homes included granite counter tops. Personally, I’m getting tired of seeing it everywhere. What used to be […]

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Tags: Green Homes · Home Staging · Homes of the Future · Luxury Products

UCF Releases Real Estate Forecast for 2009

September 24th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Competitiveness just released their quarterly forecast and predicts a recovery in the real estate market after the first quarter of 2009, but cautions that the fourth quarter of 2008 and the first quarter of 2009 is the Bermuda Triangle. They caution that a lot things have to […]

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Berkshire Place Townhomes

September 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off on Berkshire Place Townhomes

I just took some customers to see the townhomes at Pulte’s Berkshire Place community and I’ve got to say I was impressed. They have nice floor plans and many common upgrades such as granite counter tops, ceramic tile, designer light fixtures instead of the cheapo brass, and maple cabinets are already included. We went though […]

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2008 Sales Stats in Granada Villas

September 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment

View Larger Map Granada Villas represents one of the best values in Dr. Phillips. The charming Spanish architecture with tile roofs and convenient location that’s walking distance to restaurant row makes it a great choice. The fact that the homeowner’s association takes care of the lawn with reasonable HOA fee is just an added bonus. […]

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A Matter of Home Security

September 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I just met with a locksmith at one of my properties and somehow we got to talking about the bump key. It’s a low tech device that picks locks like it’s nothing and can be purchased at Wal Mart and on the internet. An entire set of bump keys costs about $30 and it will […]

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