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Christmas at Gaylord Palms: November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017

The majestic Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee just outside the gates of Disney is an attraction unto itself. The hotel’s one-of-a-kind atrium is a treat to explore complete with alligators and turtles cared for by Gatorland and a variety of signature dining experiences including the top rated Villa de Flora (Orlando Sentinel’s Foodie Awards Critic’s Choice for Best Buffet), Old Hickory Steakhouse, seafood focused MOOR, and
Wreckers Sports Bar featuring a 37 ft. sports screen and over 50 HDTVs.

Now through New Year’s Day there are even more reasons to visit.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms returns November 18, 2016 through January 1, 2017.

This year's theme for ICE! is A Charlie Brown Christmas. Members of the late Charles Schulz' family were on hand to kick off the event during a special preview earlier tonight.

You’re going to love this year’s display! Click HERE to view my event and exhibit photos.

The classic Peanut’s story unfolds in ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas - a stunning walk-through holiday attraction hand-carved from 2 million pounds of ice.

Alpine Rush Snow Tubing returns. Children and adults of all ages can zoom down a super fun eight-lane snow tubing hill.

This year’s event adds Santa's Snow Throw. Test your aim by throwing real snow balls!

Also debuting in 2016 is a brand new 60 foot Christmas tree and A Christmas Wish Light Show. Catch it and a revised Cirque Dreams UnWrapped Stage Show in the Emerald Plaza within the St. Augustine Atrium. Neil Goldberg brings back his famed Cirque Dreams brand for a second year in a row with this uniquely inspiring theatrical performance. Both shows are FREE with times as follows.

A Christmas Wish Light Show (~ 6 minutes)
Sun.-Thurs. at 6:15pm, 8:15pm, 8:45pm and 9:15pm
Fri. & Sat. at 6:15pm, 8:45pm and 9:15pm

Cirque Dreams UnWrapped Stage Show (~ 25 minutes)
Sun.-Thurs. at 1:00pm and 6:30pm
Fri. at 6:30pm and 8:00pm
Sat. at 1:00pm, 6:30pm and 8:00pm
No shows Thanksgiving Day

Whether it’s your first time or a yearly tradition, a visit to Christmas at Gaylord Palms is sure to help get you into the spirit of the holidays. Check it out! View pictures of this year's event.

ICE!, Alpine Rush Snow Tubing, Santa's Snow Throw, The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt, the all new Mrs. Claus Christmas Traditions and Story Time Sing-a-long, Gingerbread Decorating Corner, Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends, and Build-A-Bear Workshop are fee based opportunities. Various entry prices, combo tickets, and passes are available. Event self-parking is $20.00 plus tax. Valet parking is $27.00 plus tax. Parking validated with minimum dining spend.

Learn more and get tickets at #CAGP16

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Posted by Brent Ferry on November 17th, 2016 10:55 PM
Multi-day tickets which include Universal's new water theme park, Volcano Bay, are now available on the official Universal Orlando Resort website valid for visits starting June 1, 2017 (a rough indication of the water park Opening Date).

3-Park 3-Day tickets and a 3-Park 4-Day ticket have begun selling.

The 3-Day ticket is priced at $244.99 (one park per day) or $294.99 (with Park-to-Park). The Park-to-Park feature allows you to visit all 3 parks any time, each day, and is required if wishing to ride the Hogwarts Express between Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida.

The 3-Park 4-Day ticket costs $304.99 and allows Park-to-Park access.

Child tickets are $10 less.

The 3 or 4 days may be used within a 7 day window which starts at first entry.

It is not yet known if, when, or how much a 1-Day Volcano Bay only ticket might be.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on November 15th, 2016 8:08 AM
November 9, 2016 Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Press Release


ORLANDO, FL. - The 2015-2016 fiscal year was very successful for Orlando International Airport. September marked another record for the airport with a rolling 12-month total of 41.5 million passengers or a 10 percent increase over last year.

“The fiscal year report of over 41 million annual travelers at Orlando International certainly confirms the demand to continue our capital improvement program to meet our current and future transportation obligations to this community, our business partners and our passengers for years to come,” says Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

“To maintain a high-level of customer service during our growth, we are incorporating new technology, clarifying signage/wayfinding and employing multi-lingual ambassadors to assist with passengers from all over the world,” says Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “These steps have helped make us the fourth best airport in the nation for overall customer service according to J.D. Power & Associates most recent survey.”

Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Statistical Data:

  • International traffic climbed 14.75 percent to 5,585,234 passengers
  • Domestic traffic was up 9.22 percent with a total of 35,980,154 passengers
  • Combined overall passenger traffic rose 9.9 percent to 41,565,388

September 2016 Statistical Data:

  • International traffic saw an increase of 8.18 percent with 418,491 total passengers
  • Domestic traffic climbed 9.72 percent with a total of 2,523,710 passengers
  • Combined overall traffic was up 9.5 percent with 2,942,201 travelers
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Posted by Brent Ferry on November 10th, 2016 10:56 AM
As Hurricane Matthew approaches Florida, following are a few key sources to help you stay updated.


National Hurricane Center -
National Weather Service Melbourne, FL Office -

Local TV:

ABC affiliate -
CBS affiliate -
FOX affiliate -
NBC affiliate -

Theme Parks:

Disney -
Universal -
SeaWorld -

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Posted by Brent Ferry on October 6th, 2016 9:06 AM
Measuring based on four main factors - employment growth, population growth, increase in home values, and years to pay off property - evaluated 61 of the 100 most populous cities in the U.S. to determine the best and worst cities to own investment property.

Number one on the list. Orlando, FL.

Earlier this year, Forbes also ranked Orlando on their Where To Invest In Housing In 2016 list.

In addition to strong employment growth, population growth, and increase in home values which were citied in the study, consider that Orlando is the most visited destination in the U.S with over 66 million people in 2015. Not only can you buy an affordable property located just minutes from the attractions which you can use whenever you want, but also, if you purchase in a short term rental approved community, you can take advantage of our year-long rental season and let some of those 66 million visitors help you pay for it!

I have specialized in vacation home sales in the Orlando area for over a decade. Contact me today at 407.506.7857 or to learn more about investment opportunities.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on September 30th, 2016 8:54 AM
Using a statistical model based on regional unemployment rates, affordability, net migration, housing starts, the percentage of delinquent mortgages, and other factors, Arch Mortgage Insurance Company publishes their Arch MI Risk Index which estimates the probability house prices will be lower in a specific statistical area or state within two years.

Their Fall 2016 Housing and Mortgage Market Review shows the likelihood of home price declines across the United States over the next two years is at a very low 4% and on the decline.

The outlook for Florida is even better - only 2% which matches the risk ranking for the Orlando/Kissimmee/Sanford area where their analysis also shows a 12 month home price increase of 7.7%.

If you are moving to or within the Orlando area, or if you would like to explore vacation home buying opportunities, drop me a line at or give me a call at 407.506.7857.

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Posted by Brent Ferry on September 29th, 2016 8:38 AM
Take a look at the unique Chadwick model now open at Chelsea Park at West Haven.

Chelsea Park is a quiet enclave of 87 homesites within the popular West Haven community near ChampionsGate.

Avex Homes together with our company, Global Real Estate Services, Inc., brings you this brand new vacation pool home opportunity.

4, 5, or 6 bedroom floor plans are available from just $299,500 pool included. Select lots back to a preserve area with no rear neighbors.

Go to to request More Information or call me at 407.506.7857 to schedule a free tour.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on September 26th, 2016 11:53 AM

I am pleased to announce the long awaited release of The Terraces at Storey Lake Resort Condominiums.

That’s right! Contracts are now being taken for brand new resort condos in the popular Storey Lake resort near Walt Disney World.

If you are familiar with the Kissimmee short term rental market, you know that new construction condo opportunities have been few and far between for many years. Now is the chance you have been waiting for! 

Three levels of 2 bedroom / 2 bathroom and 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom units are available with 4 bedroom / 3 bathroom 4th floor Penthouse suites. Modern decor package. Get yours now at debut pricing from just $218,990. Penthouse units from $458,990.

Go to my Storey Lake page to request More Information. FREE Buyer Representation.

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Posted by Brent Ferry on September 23rd, 2016 5:08 PM
Arena soccer is coming to Lakeland!

The final schedule for the Florida Tropics who will play their home games at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, FL has been released.

Florida Tropics SC join Syracuse Silver Knights, Harrisburg Heat, and Baltimore Blast in the Eastern Division of the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL).

The team's home opener is set for Friday, November 11th.

Here's the full schedule which includes 10 home games:

Friday November 11th vs San Diego Sockers 7:35pm
Friday November 18th AT Baltimore Blast 7:35pm
Friday November 25th AT Harrisburg Heat
Saturday November 26th AT Syracuse Silver Knights
Saturday December 3rd vs Baltimore Blast 7:05pm
Friday December 9th AT St. Louis Ambush 8:35pm
Saturday December 10th AT Baltimore Blast 7:05pm
Saturday December 17th vs Kansas City Comets 7:05pm
Friday December 30th AT Kansas City Comets
Saturday December 31st AT Cedar Rapids Rampage
Friday January 6th vs Dallas Sidekicks 7:35pm
Friday January 13th vs St. Louis Ambush 7:05pm
Sunday January 15th vs St. Louis Ambush 5:35pm
Friday January 27th vs Kansas City Comets 7:05pm

Saturday February 4th vs Harrisburg Heat 7:35pm
Saturday February 11th vs Syracuse Silver Knights 7:05pm

Sunday February 12th vs Syracuse Silver Knights 5:35pm
Friday February 24th AT Harrisburg Heat
Saturday February 25th AT Harrisburg Heat
Sunday February 26th AT Syracuse Silver Knights

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Posted by Brent Ferry on September 20th, 2016 1:11 PM
U.S. home prices rose 5.6% from the 2nd quarter of 2015 to the 2nd quarter of 2016 according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency House Price Index which is calculated using pricing information from mortgages sold to or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Florida showed the forth highest annual appreciation at 10%.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on September 19th, 2016 10:10 AM


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