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Best of SW Orlando


The Best Places List makes it easy to eat, shop, and play in Southwest Orlando. These are the very best in Dr. Phillips, Windermere, Metrowest, Gotha, Ocoee, and Winter Garden.

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  • 1 akeorlando // Jul 28, 2008 at 8:29 am

    What an awesome, awesome list! I definitely agree with many of your choices; it’s great to see so many resources listed in one place.

  • 2 Foreclosures Expo // Feb 18, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Fore Immediate Release

    Dates for second Orlando Foreclosures Expo are set

    The inaugural expo, held Feb. 7-8, generated so much business for exhibitors that founder Phil Peachey is already working on an expanded event slated for June 6-7

    Orlando – Angela and Frank Schifano were excited about their presence at the inaugural Orlando Foreclosures Expo because it gave them the chance to showcase the new business, the Orlando Foreclosure Trolley, a rolling classroom that takes real estate investors on a tour of bank-owned properties in central Florida. The Schifanos sold several tickets to upcoming trolley tours, but the husband-and-wife real estate agent team also wrote five contracts for foreclosure listings they featured at the event.

    “We were confident that the Expo would be an ideal forum for creating awareness about the trolley, but we didn’t expect to sell so many homes,” Angela Schifano said. “We are a prime example of why an event like this is needed. There is no other way for so many buyers and sellers of bank-owned properties to gather at the same place at the same time.”

    Many other exhibitors at the Expo echoed Schifano’s sentiments. Phil Peachey, who is founder and organizer of the event, received such a tremendous response that he has already set the dates for the second Orlando Foreclosures Expo. It will be held on June 6-7 at a venue yet to be determined. The inaugural Expo was held at the International Plaza Resort & Spa, but Peachey says the second event will be much larger and will require more space.

    Homeowners facing foreclosure, renters looking to buy a home and first-time investors and seasoned investors searching for deals were among those who converged on the Orlando Foreclosures Expo (www.foreclosuresexpo.com ) on February 7-8. The Expo included people facing foreclosure talking to experts about their options, and buyers and sellers of bank-owned properties.

    “Now that the first Expo is completed, exhibitors who were there are already booking booths for the next event,” Peachey said. “In addition, people who thought about exhibiting but didn’t because they were unsure of how successful the first Expo would be saw the response and are now interested.

    “A lot of people didn’t grasp what we were trying to achieve until they actually experienced the Expo,” Peachey added. “Now that exhibitors understand how many people they can reach under one roof, they are excited about the next event.”

    There is no end in sight to the foreclosures crisis, and the volume of bank-owned properties continues to escalate. Economic experts agree that the real estate market will not rebound until the inventory of available properties decreases. Peachey created the Orlando Foreclosures Expo to help people facing foreclosure learn about their options and to link buyers and sellers of foreclosed properties. Most people, even real estate professionals, do not have access to foreclosure listings or to the people who regularly buy and sell them, Peachey says. The Expo was a success – and there is so much interest for more events – because it breaks down barriers, Peachey believes. Exhibitors agree, and many of them found the Expo as a perfect venue for networking and business.

    “The response we received from visitors to our booth far exceeded our expectations,” said Chris Christensen, who operates a Real Living Real Estate Solutions office under The Christensen Team name in Orlando. “We left the event with the names and phone numbers of over 70 people that are interested in buying foreclosed properties, and we are both booked for the next two weeks with appointments to show properties.”

    Laura McLoughlin of Moneycorp Inc. is another sponsor and exhibitor who has reserved space for the second Expo in June.

    “The event not only attracted a big number of attendees, but it also provided a great opportunity to network and make good connections in the industry,” McLoughlin said. “Anyone who wants to get into the foreclosures market or has a service to help clients looking for foreclosures will benefit from participating in the June event.”


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  • 3 Restaurant Row in Dr. Phillips // Aug 21, 2009 at 11:39 am

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  • 4 Rawman // Sep 14, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Thanks for the excellent list, I live around here and love many of these places, but you helped me discover even more!

  • 5 Shed Expedition // Jul 15, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Love the list specially best places to eat, so i get a list of available foods.

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