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I was pleased to be able to participate in a special preview of this year's ICE! featuring The Nutcracker at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center here in Kissimmee just outside of the gates of the Walt Disney World Resort last night.

This is one of my favorite hotels in the Orlando area. If you've ever been there, you know why! This grand facility never fails to impress.

Likewise, this year's Christmas Celebration at the Gaylord Palms is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Now, I'm not one to celebrate Christmas before Thanksgiving, but this week's record breaking cold temperatures (don't worry, it's warm again today!) and the fantastic displays and events experienced last night has put me in the mood.

The evening started with a special appearance by the Orlando Ballet performing excerpts from their production of The Nutcracker - this year’s ICE! theme. You can catch the Orlando Ballet in a full performance of The Nutcracker December 19-21 onstage at the brand new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

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The beautiful performance was followed by a final dress rehearsal of Luminescence - a holiday concert with some twists (literally!). This FREE musical event features a live band, singers, and aerial artistry showing twice nightly in the atrium under a sea of twinkling lights at the base of the hotel’s 54-foot Christmas tree.

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We then collected those famous blue parkas and braved the 9 degree cold of ICE! where we marveled at the bigger than life carvings, posed for pictures, ducked our heads in at the new On The Block ICE! Bar, and, of course, took several runs down the ice slides.

We finished the night by checking out the new Alpine Rush Snow Tubing. This attraction which is in its fifth year at Gaylord Texan makes a welcome Orlando debut. Grab a tube and race down a short, but exhilarating snow covered hill sure to bring out a smile in the scroogiest Scrooge - an awesome, fun ending to a great night. Riders must be 42” to go alone or 36” accompanied by an adult in a double tube.

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Check out Christmas at Gaylord Palms including ICE! featuring The Nutcracker and Alpine Rush Snow Tubing. Separate and Combo Tickets available. Make it even more memorable by delighting in a meal at the renowned Villa De Flora buffet, setting sail at Sunset Sam’s in Key West, enjoying fine dining at Old Hickory Steakhouse, or conversing over a casual pint while watching the 37’ sport screen at Wreckers Sports Bar.

Posted by Brent Ferry on November 21st, 2014 4:43 PM
Following please find a sneak peak INSIDE The Oasis Clubhouse at The Retreat at ChampionsGate.

Since the community's launch in 2013, we have been patiently awaiting the completion of this spectacular amenity center.

When it opens next month, it will become the best facility in any of our short term rental communities.

Needless to say, we are very excited!

I am pleased to have been given special access to the building and grounds to bring you this advanced look. I hope you enjoy!

The following lots are available now in The Retreat at ChampionsGate. Become an Owner in this groundbreaking community and you could be sitting poolside or floating down the lazy river at The Oasis before you know it! Call me today at (407) 506-7857 for assistance.

74 Buyer's Choice
75 Buyer's Choice
76 Buyer's Choice
77 Buyer's Choice
81 Maui
82 Cayman
85 Maui
86 Fiji
87 Cayman
88 Maui
89 Maui
94 Maui
100 Cayman
104 Maui
105 Bali
106 Cayman
107 Maui
108 Fiji
109 Maui
111 Maui
112 Bali
113 Maui
114 Maui
124 Maui
125 Maui
126 Fiji
127 Maui
128 Bali
129 Maui
130 Maui
131 Cayman
132 Maui
133 Fiji
134 Maui

In celebration of the near completion of The Oasis Clubhouse, receive a $15,000 cash rebate after closing when you buy one of the homes above with me before the end of 2014.

If you'd like to rent a 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 bed home in the Retreat at ChampionsGate for your next vacation, call our Reservations Department toll-free at 1-877-423-1017.

Posted by Brent Ferry on November 19th, 2014 7:52 AM
After 25 years in the works, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts opened in Downtown Orlando today with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

A variety of open houses will be held in the coming days including a free concert on the Seneff Arts Plaza on Saturday night starring Sheryl Crow.

The largest venue, the Walt Disney Theater, will seat approximately 2,700 in Orchestra, Mezzanine, and Balcony levels. A one-time, star-studded performance entitled Broadway & Beyond will open the Theater on November 15th.

The Center also has a smaller 300 seat theater and other rentable event spaces.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on November 6th, 2014 12:58 PM
The Global Family of Companies is proud to announce the opening of a new office in Kissimmee, FL.

The new office is located near the intersection of 192 and Formosa Gardens Blvd. at:

7996 W. Hwy. 192
Kissimmee, FL 34747


7996 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy.
Kissimmee, FL 34747

The office fronts 192 in between Fridays restaurant and Mighty Jungle Golf Adventure - part of the Formosa Gardens Village complex.

The office will be used primarily by the real estate and short-term rental divisions with the branch at 8555 W. Hwy 192 in Kissimmee being retained for long-term rentals, accounting, and other operations.
Posted by Brent Ferry on November 3rd, 2014 3:50 PM

Lennar Homes is turning 60. In celebration, Lennar Orlando is offering the biggest sale of the year on select inventory in the Champions Club at ChampionsGate, the Country Club at ChampionsGate, and the Estates at ChampionsGate.


Enjoy incredible savings, up to $10,000 closing cost contribution, a promotional offer, and, when you buy through me, an EXTRA 2% cash back after closing!


Hurry, this sale only lasts from noon today, Friday, October 24, 2014 through midnight on Sunday, October 26, 2014.

Call me at (407) 506-7857 to reserve your lot and to claim your special rebate.

Champions Club at ChampionsGate


Home Site Was

2401 $211,890  $169,990

2402 $210,240  $169,990

2501 $211,840  $169,990

2502 $211,840  $169,990

2601 $214,390  $169,990

2602 $222,240  $169,990

2801 $205,440  $159,990

2802 $205,440  $159,990


Home Site Was

2703 $248,640  $194,990

2704 $249,640  $194,990

2803 $241,840  $189,990

2804 $241,840  $189,990

Country Club at ChampionsGate


Home Site Was

C144 $319,690  $278,140


Home Site Was

C146 $328,690  $277,990   

C007 $437,690  $385,990

Sand Dollar

Home Site Was

C143 $336,190  $287,990

C153 $331,990  $297,990

C164 $330,440  $297,990

C169 $324,590  $279,990


Home Site Was

C147 $333,840  $299,990      

C158 $352,840  $295,990   

C168 $333,590  $299,990


Home Site Was

C167 $365,599  $329,990

Estates at ChampionsGate


Home Site Was

D010 $364,940  $349,990

D012 $374,590  $349,990

Stockton Grande

Home Site Was

D011 $388,840  $388,840

Grande Chatham

Home Site Was

D009 $432,840  $395,990

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Posted by Brent Ferry on October 24th, 2014 9:26 AM
Following please find the Grand Opening pricing for Windsor at Westside - Pulte Homes' newest Kissimmee/Disney resort rental community featuring vacation townhomes and villas with private pools.

Call me at 407-506-7857 or email for lot availability and premiums.

Receive 1 year paid Property Management PLUS an exclusive Buyer Rebate when you buy your new construction townhome or home in Windsor at Westside with me.

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Posted by Brent Ferry on October 18th, 2014 7:22 PM
ORLANDO – October 16, 2014 – Today marked a monumental celebration for all of Central Florida as an official groundbreaking ceremony was held for Orlando City Soccer Club’s new Downtown Soccer Stadium. The state of the art venue will be home to City beginning in the 2016 season.

The ceremony kicked-off by simulating a future game day experience as a Major League Soccer (MLS) team with thousands of fans – donning purple and waving flags – participated in the City Beautiful’s first march to the new stadium’s location on Church Street.

Orlando City’s primary color, purple, was prominent throughout the event, as a ceremonial dig took place, featuring purple shovels and 24 tons of purple sand. In addition, fans were able to participate in the groundbreaking after the formal dig, receiving a commemorative jar containing a sampling of the exclusive purple sand.

Orlando City Majority Owner Flávio Augusto da Silva, President and Founder Phil Rawlins, Major League Soccer President Mark Abbott, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs addressed the attendees at the stadium site, showcasing their eagerness for the newest addition to the vibrant and expanding sports & entertainment district in Downtown Orlando.

Following the ceremony, a post groundbreaking street party took place in the heart of Downtown Orlando at Church Street Station.

“Today marks more than a mere stadium groundbreaking, it marks the beginning of a new era for the community, our fans and our team.” said Rawlins. “We are immensely proud to be a part of such a transformational project, which will bring world class soccer to the ‘Soccer Capital of the South,’ along with economic opportunity and jobs. This stadium will set the cornerstone for development in the Parramore community, and we look forward to contributing to this area’s growth well into the future.”

Both mayors have been fervent supporters of MLS in Orlando, playing an instrumental role in Central Florida landing the league’s 21st team. In 2013, the City of Orlando and Orange County approved the public-private partnership.

“An MLS club is much more than another professional sports team calling Orlando home,” said Dyer. “It’s about drawing more international tourists, and uplifting our economy, bringing jobs and opportunity to our residents and businesses; it’s about a diverse community coming together to cheer on a hometown team; and it’s about pride and love for your community.”

“Bringing Major League Soccer to Orlando is a huge win for our entire community, and will positively impact our local economy and families, as well as international visitors,” said Jacobs. “With the exploding popularity of soccer among Central Florida’s youth and adults, and with soccer ranking as the number one international sport, this new outdoor public stadium will be treasured by soccer-loving fans from home and abroad!”

The stadium is being designed and constructed by Populous, Barton Malow, and ICON Venue Group, who are widely renowned for previous works on venues such as Wembley Stadium, 02 Arena and Yankee Stadium.

During construction of the new stadium, the Lions will play their inaugural 2015 MLS season at the Orlando Citrus Bowl, which is currently undergoing a $200 million renovation.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on October 16th, 2014 10:29 PM
New Vacation Townhomes and Villas Near Disney World For Sale 

Pulte Homes introduces an all new vacation resort in the Disney area - Windsor at Westside. Offering 4 and 5 bedroom vacation townhomes together with both 40' and 50' homesites with floor plans ranging from 6 to 9 bedrooms, Windsor at Westside continues to build on the success of its predecessors Windsor Palms, Windsor Hills, and Vista Cay.

The Builder will once again outdo themselves not only with thoughtful home designs, but also by continuing to improve upon the high level of amenities that guests and Owners in these other resorts have come to know and love.

Windsor at Westside will feature gated access together with an 8,000 sq. ft. Clubhouse, resort pool with spa, slide, and lazy river, a tiki bar, fitness center, arcade, sundry shop, sports courts, and more.

Homes will include paver driveways, barrel tile roofs, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops.

Windsor at Westside is located less than 10 miles west of Disney off of Westside Blvd. by the intersection with Florence Villa Grove Rd. just south of Hwy. 192 and near the popular Paradise Palms Resort.

Call me today at (407) 506-7857 to make an appointment or to reserve your lot. I am offering exclusive Buyer rebates on all new construction at Windsor at Westside. Property Management and Short Term Rental Services also available.

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Posted by Brent Ferry on October 15th, 2014 10:08 AM
MONTREAL, Canada – Oct. 14, 2014 – As Canadian snowbirds prepare to head south, the Annual Snowbird outlook from BMO Bank of Montreal is telling Canadians that "U.S. housing affordability remains healthy, and prices are expected to increase in Florida, Arizona and other popular areas."

The bank offers only two warnings to Canadians considering a southern move: The border crossing rules are more strict, and a strengthening U.S. dollar could make purchases in Florida and elsewhere more expensive.

"Overall, U.S. house prices have soared 20 percent in the past two years, but are only about half way back to their peak in 2006," and "Traditional destinations for Canadian Snowbirds remain affordable," the bank says. "Compared to their peaks, prices in Tampa are down 34 percent, Phoenix down 30 percent, Las Vegas off 43 percent, and Miami down a whopping 52 percent."

"Now, with the American economy and employment gaining strength, home sales should gather some momentum," advises Sal Guatieri, senior economist, BMO Capital Markets. "We expect prices to rise over time alongside growing family incomes."

Guatieri also says BMO expects "capital gains appreciation for Canadians who purchase U.S. property."

Florida a hotspot

Florida continues to be a hotspot with Canadians representing the largest foreign buyers of Florida housing, BMO says. More than 500,000 Canadians currently own real estate in Florida.

"Florida properties are a bargain compared to real estate in Canada. The median priced home in Florida is nearly half that in Canada," says Jack Ablin, chief investment officer, BMO Harris Private Bank. "Popular areas include Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, Orlando-Kissimmee, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Palm Beach, Cape Coral-Ft. Myers, Tampa-St. Petersburg and Naples-Marco Island.

"We project retirement state housing prices to outpace the national average, due to increasing numbers of retirees, and abundance of capital from abroad and lower interest rates. Foreign buyers are interested in U.S. real estate because it's relatively cheap when gauged against incomes, and it's situated in a stable/safe haven economy," added Mr. Ablin.

© 2014 Florida Realtors®
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Posted by Brent Ferry on October 14th, 2014 3:18 PM
Construction continues in the popular Retreat at ChampionsGate community. A third phase of short term rental approved vacation homes was recently released with lots available in close proximity to the highly anticipated Oasis Clubhouse. Save an additional $15,000 on the following homes when you buy with me. Furniture packages, Management, and Rental also available. Contact me today.

The Bali - 5 Bed / 4.5 Bath

G105 $447,540

G112 $479,540


The Cayman - 6 Bed / 6 Bath

G087 $505,540

G100 $500,540

G106 $500,540

G110 $499,540


The Fiji - 6 Bed / 6 Bath

G086 $531,540

G108 $509,590

G133 $518,540


The Maui - 8 Bed / 5 Bath

G088 $555,540

G089 $554,540

G104 $533,590

G107 $555,540

G109 $544,540

G111 $549,540

G113 $540,540

G132 $549,540

G134 $556,490

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Posted by Brent Ferry on October 13th, 2014 8:51 AM


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