The luxury home sector which appeals to international businessmen and celebrities has always been expensive, after all that pad in Hollywood is nestled amongst some of the worlds most famous people, however there are other reasons for the increase in cost, land. The amound of land in Hollywood is scarce. However, in terms of Florida it is beach front property which goes for big bucks.
Palm beach for example is renowned worldwide for its image of gorgeous sandy shores and a thiriving cosmopolitan lifestyle. Getting 120 feet of beach front here would be lucky. How much does Donald Trump’s palatial home have? 475ft. These homes are not measured in just millions, but tens of millions of dollars.
The cheap dollar is making it even more atractive for Brits and Europeans. Years ago a Brit couldnt dream of owning an apartment on 5th Avenue in New York, now it can easily be a Reality. Similarly, Many Brits want a home in the sun, Miami has long been known as the playground for the rich and famous, here homes have always been expensive, now with the weak dollar they are affordable. The Florida Keys are in a similar situation…Key West has often been tooted as more Caribbean than Floridian – giving rise to the word ‘Floribbean’ of course, homes here are gorgeous and ooze charm, and now are affordable.
Staging a home is something which UK buyers and sellers are not accustomed to. It is the process whereby a home is staged by a staging company to make the home more saleable – it gives a run of the mill home a more designer home feel and is appealing to buyers. In the current market all manner of tricks are being used to ensure that homes are selling! It helps buyers see a homes potential and allows them to visualise the usage of space in the home. Staging also allows sellers to use the staging company to strategically position furniture to create focal points which pick up on the homes strengths and lessen the appearance of its weaknesses. Most Realtors would be able to recommend a staging company in your area if you are thinking of selling.
What is interesting is that the larger the home the more help buyers need in visualising the usage of space. This could be seen as important in the British Market where the average home is between 800-1200 sq ft and where the average home here in Florida is over 2000 square feet.
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3 new childrens rides open at SeaWorld Orlando. SeaWorld have added three more rides to Shamu’s Happy Harbor.
The park has delivered a competitive message to its rivals, Disney and Universal stating that SeaWorld has the best kids attractions! Yesterday the three new experiences for kids opened their gates. They are as follows:
The Sea Carosel, The Flying Fiddler drop ride and the Ocean Commotion rocking boat ride. Shamu’s Happy Harbor has grown since 2005 and now incorporates a kids rollercoaster and the teacups to name just two!! This is coupled with the company going back to its roots, being a family theme park not just parents and teens. Everyone can come and have fun.
At the Kennedy Space center however more gentile rides are not to be found as the new Shuttle Experience ride blasts off!!
This new ride simulates a real shuttle launch in the most authentic way yet. The "Crew" experience the sensation of 3G’s – through various trickery including the seat pressure changing as well as subtle seat movements. At the moment the fastest thrill ride in the area is Mission: Space in Epcot which has passengers experiencing 1.5G’s….
The NASA ride will surely create a following as the passengers are "blasted into space" they hear, feel and see things as if they are travelling into space. The rocket boosters jettison and the main engine cuts off where there is decelerration from 3G’s to zero gravity as the ship glides in to the black abyss. What an awe inspiring sight. The ride finished with the revealing of the Earth through "open cargo doors" above as if the Shuttle is upside down orbiting the earth which moves overhead.
What a fantastic 5 minute ride, I would love to try it!
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Buyers and builders alike are realising the benefits of building and buying green. Westmont homes was given the opportunity to demonstrate green building at the 2008 International Builders Show. Owner Jume Rahman says that they do most of those tings already!
There are builders out there and there is an increasing market for green homes. Gopal Ahluwalia, Vice President of the NAHB Reasearch Center, said that results from surveys show that buyers are willing to pay extra ($17,000 more on a $292,000 home) for a house that incorportates green technologies that will lower maintenance and utility costs.
People are becoming conscious on Global Warming and Climate Change
Green Subdivisions are springing up all over the place, Oakland Park on Lake Apopka and Blue Spring Reseve in Clermont. Oakland Park is the first subdivision to receive green certification.
The idea of a green build is a home that minimised te environmental impact of contruction and uses products which are from renewable resources. On top of this homes may use green technology such as low wattage energy saving bulbs, having wood furniture from managed forests, solar heating or electicity.
However as homeowners look to save on energy costs every little helps. Turn off that light, turn down the heating/turn ‘up’ the air con and use the economy cycle on the washing machine and dishwasher and the big one that many people do not recognise…turn those appliances off standby!! Some older appliances use nearly the same amount of energy on standby as they do switched on! All of these things add up to savings for you and for the planet.
Orlando City Council last night approved agreements for $1.1 billion in sports and arts venues. The plans are set for scrutiny by the Orange County Commission who controls the tourist revenue that would pay for much of the plan.
The Council approved agreements for a new performing arts center, a new arena and major renovations to the Citrus Bowl. This venue near downtown Orlando has often been slated as in need of improvement. However despite the celebratory mood on this vote the issue of approving funding still remains. This vote was more of a symbolic victory as the public vox pop has been in favor of approving and creating new arts and sports venues for Central Florida. The Orlando Metro area is home to 2 million people yet when a big show comes to town the area often loses out to Tampa, Jacksonville or Miami.
This will mean yet more growth for the area which is great news for everyone. Often local residents complain that the attractions are set up for tourists and not for the people who live and work in the area. These plans will hopefully change all that.
This very blog has now been viewed by people in 40 countries! This is the highest number of countries since the blogs creation back in 2006. This is very exciting news as it clearly shows that the interest in Florida property is at an all time high! With a weak dollar and a housing market just turning around now amy be the best time to buy a Florida property!
Contact us today and we will help you find your dream Florida property and we can help secure you finance for the property with as little as 20% of the purchase price down! We will also be more than happy to give you a free loan quote so you can see how affordable it really is to own your own Florida home!