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A 40 ft. tall banner hung outside Shamu Stadium at SeaWorld Orlando today and local news stations were on hand.

SeaWorld has unveiled plans to expand the killer whale habitats at all three SeaWorld Parks.

 

SeaWorld Parks Blog Featured Story Announcement:

SeaWorld Announces First-of-its-Kind Killer Whale Environment and More Than $10 Million in New Funding for Research and Conservation Projects

by Staff

SeaWorld announces today bold vision for the future: the massive addition of a new, first-of-its-kind killer whale environment at all three SeaWorld parks. This new environment will transform how visitors experience killer whales, and provide unprecedented access for zoological professionals and scientists to study and care for these incredible animals.

The new project builds upon SeaWorld’s legacy of providing state-of-the-art, innovative living spaces for our animals, and will offer park guests unique killer whale encounters for generations to come.

As part of this future vision, we also pledge $10 million to help study and protect killer whales in the wild, as well as the ocean in which they live.

The first new realm opens in SeaWorld San Diego in 2018, with others to follow in Orlando and San Antonio parks. It will feature:

- a water volume nearly double the existing facility at approximately 10 million gallons, a planned maximum depth of 50 feet, surface area of nearly 1.5 acres, a length span of more than 350 feet and views exceeding 40 feet in height

- the world’s largest underwater viewing experience

- up-close and personal encounters that will transform how visitors experience killer whales

- even more dynamic opportunities for the whales that can challenge them both physically and mentally;

- unprecedented access for professionals and scientists that can lead to a better understanding and care of the animals both in the parks and in the wild.

Visit SeaWorld.com/BlueWorld to learn more!

Full Press Release:

SAN DIEGO (Aug. 15, 2014)
 – SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. announced today that it plans to build new, first-of-its-kind killer whale environments and that it will fund new programs to protect ocean health and killer whales in the wild. The new projects will build on SeaWorld’s legacy of providing state-of-the- art, innovative homes for its animals, and will offer park guests unique and inspiring killer whale encounters for generations to come.  As part of its vision for the future, the company also pledged $10 million in matching funds for killer whale research and is embarking on a multi-million dollar partnership focused on ocean health, the leading concern for all killer whales and marine mammals.

“For 50 years, SeaWorld has transformed how the world views marine life. The unprecedented access to marine mammals that our parks provide has increased our knowledge of the ocean and inspired generations,” said Jim Atchison, Chief Executive Officer and President of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. “Our new killer whale homes and research initiatives have just as bold a vision: to advance global understanding of these animals, to educate, and to inspire conservation efforts to protect killer whales in the wild.”

Transformational New Environments

The first of the new environments will be built at SeaWorld San Diego where the killer whale environment is planned to have a total water volume of 10 million gallons, nearly double that of the existing facility. With a planned maximum depth of 50 feet, surface area of nearly 1.5 acres and spanning more than 350 feet in length, the new environment will also have views exceeding 40 feet in height, providing guests with the world’s largest underwater viewing experience of killer whales.

Named the Blue World Project because of its size and scope, the new environment will allow for increased engagement with SeaWorld experts through new enriching experiences and other interactive programs. The environment will enhance the educational experience for guests, foster deeper knowledge of killer whales and their ocean environment and inspire them to celebrate and conserve the natural world.

“Through up-close and personal encounters, the new environment will transform how visitors experience killer whales,” said Atchison. “Our guests will be able to walk alongside the whales as if they were at the shore, watch them interact at the depths found in the ocean, or a birds-eye view from above.”

Expanding on SeaWorld’s legacy of leading-edge animal environment design, the enlarged environment will provide killer whales with even more dynamic opportunities.  It will support the whales’ broad range of behaviors and provide choices that can challenge the whales both physically and mentally.  Among other things, it is planned to include a “fast water current” that allows whales to swim against moving water, thus functionally increasing speed and diversity. Innovative features focused on husbandry and animal care will offer SeaWorld’s animal health professionals and independent scientists unique access to the whales that can lead to a better understanding and care of the animals both in the parks and in the wild.

The San Diego environment is expected to open to the public in 2018 with new killer whale homes to follow at SeaWorld Orlando and SeaWorld San Antonio.

Killer Whale Research

As part of the Blue World Project, SeaWorld has committed $10 million in matching funds focused on threats to killer whales in the wild, especially those identified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration related to the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale. That includes new projects already funded this year: one that will help to understand the hearing ranges of killer whales and the other that will provide insight into nutritional status and reproduction of the Southern Resident Killer Whale. The matching funds will be in addition to killer whale research conducted by SeaWorld’s scientists, which includes nearly 50 studies to date.

Recognizing that ocean health is a leading concern for killer whales and all marine mammals in the wild, the company also announced it will be embarking on a major multi-million dollar partnership focused on protecting the ocean. More details of the partnership will be announced in the coming weeks.

Advisory Panel

SeaWorld will also engage an Independent Advisory Panel to bring new perspectives and ideas to the project. The panel will focus on the creation of an environment that maximizes the health and wellbeing of the animals. Given the particular expertise of current panelists and those expected to join, the panel will further advise on integrated research projects that can be conducted within the new environment and foster partnerships within the science and academic communities working in the wild.

Current Advisory Panel members include:

  • Dr. Paul Boyle, Senior Vice President for Conservation and Education, Association of Zoos & Aquariums
  • Dr. Heidi Harley, Professor of Psychology, New College of Florida
  • Dr. Dorian Houser, Director of Conservation and Biological Research, National Marine Mammal Foundation
  • Dr. Linda Lowenstein, Professor Emeritus Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Shawn Noren, Associate Research Scientist, Institute of Marine Science, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Mr. Tom Otten, Chief Executive Officer, Reef Experience
  • Dr. James F. Peddie, DVM, Distinguished Faculty Chair, Exotic Animal Training and Management Program, Moorpark College
  • Dr. Paul Ponganis, Research Physiologist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Dr. Kwane Stewart, Chief Veterinary Officer and National Director, Film and Television Unit, American Humane Association
  • Dr. Pam Yochem, Senior Research Scientist and Executive Vice President, Research, Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute

“I have high expectations for SeaWorld in light of today’s announcement that major investments will improve the experience and outcomes for whales both in their parks and in the wild,” said California Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins. “SeaWorld’s decision to engage with an independent scientific advisory panel is a reassuring sign for the ongoing health and welfare of these amazing creatures. Given the San Diego region’s leadership in the life sciences, I expect orcas and other whale species to directly benefit from the research and advances that come from the academic and scientific partnerships SeaWorld is building to address whale habitat and ocean health.”

“Like so many others in science and industry, we are constantly learning more about how we can evolve our knowledge and continue to learn more about these amazing animals and stewardship of those in the wild,” Atchison said. “We look forward to working with these experts to build on these learnings and achieve our vision of increased knowledge of killer whales and global efforts to protect those in the wild.”

For more information on the Blue World Project, please visitwww.seaworld.com/blueworld.




Posted by Brent Ferry on August 15th, 2014 8:42 PMPost a Comment (0)


Storey Lake Vacation Townhomes Now Open For Presale!

I am pleased to announce the opening of Lennar's newest resort community, Storey Lake. Lennar, one of America's leading builders of quality new homes, brings an exciting new neighborhood to the attractions area.

Storey Lake is conveniently located in the Lake Buena Vista and Kissimmee area near the intersections of Osceola Parkway and 535 and 535 and 192 just moments from the Walt Disney World Resort. Dining, shopping, golf, and all of Orlando's world class attractions are at your doorstep.





Vacation townhomes are now open for presale with choice of 3 floor plans available. This initial offering matches the product line which was built in the successful Paradise Palms Resort. The units for sale are approved for short term rental.

Following please find the introductory pricing and layouts for the Storey Lake Vacation Townhomes:

The Sabal Palm
1,914 sq. ft.
4 bed 3 bath with heated pool
From $249,990



The Beach Palm
1,914 sq. ft.
4 bed 3 bath with heated pool and extended lanai
From $254,990



The Royale Palm
2,128 sq. ft.
5 bed 4 bath with heated pool
From $269,990



Six Buildings have been released in the initial offering.  A refundable $5,000 deposit is all that is needed to reserve a unit until Purchase Agreements can be prepared.



Sample townhome photo (Paradise Palms Resort)



(Model townhomes available at Paradise Palms. Please call for an appointment.)

Call me today at 407-506-7857 to secure your lot, and, for a limited time, also receive one year paid Property Management fees through our firm (Global Resort Homes will offer professional Property Management and Short Term Rental Services in Storey Lake).

Storey Lake offers a phenomenal location, and, based on the popularity of the Paradise Palms Resort, should prove very successful. Don't delay! Take advantage of introductory pricing before it goes up and be among the first to buy in this exciting new resort. Call me today to complete your Reservation.

For a taste of what Storey Lake will offer, I invite you to view the following YouTube video showcasing the Paradise Palms Resort amenities together with the proposed Storey Lake Resort Club Schematic including a clubhouse with resort pool, lazy river, and sand beach.





(Limited lots also remain in Paradise Palms' closeout phase. Townhomes and single family pool homes from $294,490. Call me at 407-506-7857 for more information.) 

Posted by Brent Ferry on July 30th, 2014 4:12 PMPost a Comment (0)

July 29th, 2014 2:56 PM

Zillow Prese Release

Zillow Announces Acquisition of Trulia for $3.5 Billion in Stock

Combination of companies sets stage to offer more real estate tools and services that empower consumers and drive more business for real estate professionals

Jul 28, 2014

SEATTLE and SAN FRANCISCOJuly 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Trulia, Inc. (NYSE: TRLA) for $3.5 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction. The Boards of Directors of both companies have approved the transaction, which is expected to close in 2015.

The combined company will maintain both the Zillow and Trulia consumer brands, offering buyers, sellers, homeowners and renters access to vital information about homes and real estate for free, and providing advertising and software solutions that help real estate professionals grow their business.  At closing, Trulia CEOPete Flint will remain as CEO of Trulia reporting to Zillow CEO, Spencer Rascoff, and will join the Board of Directors of the combined company. In addition, at closing, a second member of Trulia's Board of Directors will join the board of the combined company. Further operational and organizational details will be announced at closing.

"Consumers love using Zillow and Trulia to find vital information about homes and connect with the best local real estate professionals," Rascoff said. "Both companies have been enormously successful in creating compelling consumer brands and deep industry partnerships, but it's still early days in the world of real estate advertising on mobile and Web. This is a tremendous opportunity to combine our resources and achieve even more impressive innovation that will benefit consumers and the real estate industry."

"Trulia and Zillow have a shared mission and vision of empowering consumers while helping real estate agents, brokerages and franchisors benefit from technological innovation," said Flint. "By working together, we will be able to create even more value for home buyers, sellers, and renters, as well as create a robust marketing platform that will help our industry partners connect with potential clients and grow their businesses even more efficiently. Our two companies share complementary employee cultures with innovative, consumer-first philosophies and a deep commitment to create the best products and services for our industry partners."

Both Zillow and Trulia are primarily media companies, generating the majority of revenue through advertising sales to real estate professionals. Despite continued growth as public companies, significant opportunities of scale remain as the majority of advertising dollars in the real estate sector have yet to migrate online or to mobile. For example, the two companies' combined revenue currently represents less than 4 percent of the estimated $12 billion[i] real estate professionals spend on marketing their services to consumers each year.

Zillow and Trulia are two rapidly growing real estate sites on mobile and the Web, enabling advertisers to reach a large and expanding consumer base.  In June, Zillow reported a record 83 million unique users across mobile and Web[ii]. For the same month, Trulia reported a record 54 million monthly unique users across its sites and mobile apps[iii]. The two brands have limited consumer overlap – approximately half of Trulia.com's monthly visitors do not visit Zillow.com, and approximately two-thirds of Zillow.com's monthly visitors across all devices do not use Trulia.com[iv]. Maintaining the two distinct consumer brands will allow the combined company to continue to offer differentiated products and user experiences, attract more users and maximize the distribution of free content across multiple platforms, apps and channels.

A summary of expected benefits of the deal, include:

  • Faster Innovation. By combining resources, the companies expect to accelerate innovation on mobile and Web to provide more valuable tools and services to consumers and professionals.
  • Greater Access to Free Real Estate Market Data.  The companies expect to share real estate market data, housing trend analysis, and forecasts to make more free data available to consumers and real estate professionals to empower people to make more informed decisions.
  • Broader Distribution.  Home sellers and their agents, brokerages, and participating MLSs will benefit from seamless free distribution of listings across even more platforms to reach an even larger audience of consumers.
  • Enhanced Value and ROI for Advertisers. The companies expect to offer shared services and marketing platforms for advertisers that enhance agent productivity and marketing and deliver greater return on their investment.
  • Corporate Cost Savings. By operating independent consumer brands through one corporation, the companies expect to realize synergies to improve overall operational efficiency over the long-term. By 2016, management expects to achieve at least $100 million in annualized cost avoidances.

Transaction Details

As part of the agreement, Trulia shareholders will receive 0.444 shares of Class A Common Stock of Zillow, Inc.[v] for each share of Trulia, and will own approximately 33% of the combined company at closing.  Current Zillow holders of Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock will receive one comparable share of the combined company at closing, and will represent approximately 67% of the combined company. The transaction assumes Trulia's convertible notes will be assumed by the combined company at closing. The value of the deal represents a premium of 25% to Trulia's closing price on July 25, 2014. 

The agreement is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including the expiration of U.S. antitrust waiting periods and shareholder approval of both companies. Zillow co-founders Rich Barton and Lloyd Frink, who control a majority of the shareholder voting power of Zillow, have agreed to vote in favor of the transaction. In addition, Trulia directors holding 7.4% of Trulia stock have entered into voting agreements with Zillow to vote in favor of the transaction.

Representation

Goldman, Sachs & Co. acted as the exclusive financial advisor, and Shearman & Sterling LLP and Perkins Coie LLP acted as legal counsel to Zillow. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acted as a financial advisor, and Goodwin Procter LLP and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati acted as legal counsel to Trulia. Qatalyst Partners LP also acted as a financial advisor to Trulia. 

Conference Call to Discuss Acquisition at 9 a.m. EDT / 6 a.m. PDT

Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff will host a conference call today with Trulia CEO Pete Flint at 9:00 a.m. EDT / 6:00 a.m. PDT.  The live webcast of the conference call will be available on the investor relations section of Zillow, Inc.'s website at http://investors.zillow.com/, or on the investor relations section of Trulia, Inc's website athttp://ir.trulia.com/. For those without access to the Internet, the call may be accessed toll-free via phone at 877-643-7152 with conference ID# 80954780. Callers outside the United States may dial 443-863-7921 with conference ID# 80954780. Following completion of the call, a recorded replay of the webcast and a copy of the prepared remarks will be available on the investor relations section of Zillow, Inc.'s and Trulia.com's websites for one year.

Company Conference Calls for Quarterly Earnings

The companies will host separate conference calls to discuss each company's second quarter results. The calls will be held on the following dates:

  • Trulia: July 31, 2014, at 5 p.m. EDT / 2 p.m. PDTThe call details will be available announced separately, and will be available on Trulia's investor relations website at ir.trulia.com.
  • Zillow: August 5, 2014 at 5 p.m. EDT / 2 p.m. PDT.  The call details will be announced separately, and will available on Zillow's investor relations website at investors.zillow.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, statements regarding Zillow's proposed acquisition of Trulia and the expected benefits of the transaction; operational and organizational details of the combined company; the way in which the transaction will impact consumers, real estate professionals, and industry partners; the ability of the combined company to innovate; our ability to realize opportunities of scale; the migration of advertising dollars in the real estate sector to online and mobile; the growth rate of Zillow and Trulia; and our ability to deliver greater return on investment to our advertisers. Statements containing words such as "may," "believe," "anticipate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "project," "will," "projections," "estimate," or similar expressions constitute forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties and actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Factors that may contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the risk that expected cost savings or other synergies from the transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; the risk that the businesses may not be combined successfully or in a timely and cost-efficient manner; the possibility that the transaction will not close, including, but not limited to, due to the failure to obtain shareholder approval or the failure to obtain governmental approval; and the risk that business disruption relating to the merger may be greater than expected. The foregoing list of risks and uncertainties is illustrative, but is not exhaustive. Additional factors that could cause results to differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements can be found under the caption "Risk Factors" in Zillow's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, Trulia's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2014, and in Zillow's and Trulia's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as may be required by law, neither Zillow nor Trulia intend, nor undertake any duty, to update this information to reflect future events or circumstances.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed transaction, Zillow and Trulia will file a joint proxy statement/prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the new holding company will file a Registration Statement on Form S-4 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  INVESTORS AND SECURITYHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) REGARDING THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION.  Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the registration statement and joint proxy statement/prospectus (when they become available) and other documents filed by Zillow and Trulia at the Securities and Exchange Commission's web site at www.sec.gov.  Copies of the registration statement and joint proxy statement/prospectus (when they become available) and the filings that will be incorporated by reference therein may also be obtained, without charge, from Zillow's website,www.zillow.com, under the heading "Investors" in the "About" tab or by contacting Zillow Investor Relations at (206) 470-7137.  These documents may also be obtained, without charge, from Trulia's website, www.trulia.com, under the tab "Investor Relations" or by contacting Trulia Investor Relations at (415) 400-7238.

Participants in Solicitation

The respective directors and executive officers of Zillow and Trulia and other persons may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transaction. Information regarding Zillow's directors and executive officers is available in its proxy statement filed with the SEC by Zillow on April 17, 2014, and information regarding Trulia's directors and executive officers is available in its proxy statement filed with the SEC by Trulia on April 22, 2014. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the joint proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC (when they become available).  These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.

About Zillow, Inc.
Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ:Z) operates the leading real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the Web, with a complementary portfolio of brands and products that help people find vital information about homes, and connect with the best local professionals. Zillow's brands serve the full lifecycle of owning and living in a home: buying, selling, renting, financing, remodeling and more. In addition, Zillow offers a suite of tools and services to help local real estate, mortgage, rental and home improvement professionals manage and market their businesses. Welcoming 83 million unique users in June 2014, the Zillow, Inc. portfolio includes Zillow.com®, Zillow Mobile, Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, Zillow Rentals, Zillow Digs®, Postlets®, Diverse Solutions®, Agentfolio®, Mortech®, HotPads™, StreetEasy® and Retsly™. The company is headquartered in Seattle.

Zillow.com, Zillow, Postlets, Mortech, Diverse Solutions, StreetEasy, Agentfolio and Digs are registered trademarks of Zillow, Inc. HotPads and Retsly are trademarks of Zillow, Inc.

About Trulia, Inc.
Trulia (NYSE: TRLA) gives home buyers, sellers, renters and real estate professionals all the tools and valuable information they need to be successful in the home search process. Through its innovative mobile and web products, Trulia provides engaged home buyers and sellers essential information about the house, the neighborhood and the process while connecting them with the right agents. For agents, Trulia, together with its MarketLeader subsidiary, provides an end-to-end technology platform that enables them to find and serve clients, create lasting relationships and build their business. Founded in 2005, Trulia is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in New YorkDenver and Seattle. Trulia and the Trulia marker logo are registered trademarks of Trulia, Inc.

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[i] Source: Borrell Associates Real Estate Advertising 2013 Outlook, reflecting combined advertising spent by real estate agents, home builders, and rental property managers.

[ii] Zillow measures unique users with Google Analytics.

[iii] Source: Omniture, Google Analytics, June 2014

[iv] Source: comScore Multiplatform Cross-Visiting, June 2014

[v] Upon closing, shares of Zillow, Inc. and Trulia, Inc. common stock will be exchanged for common stock of a newly formed holding company.

 

SOURCE Zillow, Inc.

For further information: ZILLOW CONTACTS: Katie Curnutte, Media relations, 206-757-2785, press@zillow.com, Raymond Jones, Investor relations, 206-470-7137, ir@zillow.com, TRULIA CONTACTS: Matt Flegal, Media relations, 415-400-7307, pr@trulia.com, Ian Lee, Investor relations, 415-400-7238, ir@trulia.com


Posted by Brent Ferry on July 29th, 2014 2:56 PMPost a Comment (0)

Thousands packed Universal Studios Florida theme park this morning for the official Grand Opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley.  The wait time for the new thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, was said to reach over 6 hours before reports of a technical problem temporarily shutting the ride down earlier this afternoon.

At The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley located inside Universal Studios, Guests can stroll through London and walk the streets of Diagon Alley as they explore shops like Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, enjoy dining experiences including the Leaky Cauldron and butterbeer ice cream, and become immersed with an all new thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.

Diagon Alley compliments The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade which opened on June 18, 2010 inside the Resort's Islands of Adventure theme park and includes the iconic Hogwarts Castle and signature Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey ride.


With a park-to-park ticket, visitors can also now board the Hogwarts Express for a journey between London/Diagon Alley/Universal Studios and Hogsmeade/Islands of Adventure.

Lines for the park and new attractions are sure to remain high following today's opening.  Don't wait in a ticket line too!  Show up with your tickets in hand.  Buy your Universal Orlando theme park tickets here and use Promo Code FER for free domestic shipping or $10 off International shipping fees.

Posted by Brent Ferry on July 8th, 2014 2:08 PMPost a Comment (0)


The Golf Villa's at ChampionsGate / The Vistas townhomes/condos located near the entrance to The ChampionsGate Golf Club featuring the Greg Norman designed National and International Golf Courses and David Leadbetter Golf Academy is now selling.  Call me today at 407-506-7857 to make your reservation and for a special rebate offer.


Choice of 8 floor plans area available.  These are 2 and 3 story units with 2 car garage ranging from 3 to 6 bedrooms.

Short term rental approved!





Call me today at 407-506-7857 to take advantage of the following debut pricing and for a special Grand Opening rebate offer.



The Golf Villa's at ChampionsGate / The Vistas are for sale now.

Posted by Brent Ferry on May 12th, 2014 7:58 AMPost a Comment (0)

April 30th, 2014 2:42 PM

The Florida Department of Transportation celebrated the Grand Opening of Central Florida's new commuter rail system, SunRail, today, April 30, 2014.  Service begins tomorrow, May 1, 2014.  Rides will be free for the first two weeks (see Press Release below).  12 stations will be in operation.

DeBary
630 South Charles R. Beall Boulevard, DeBary

Sanford
2720 West State Road 46, Sanford

Lake Mary
2200 West Lake Mary Boulevard, Lake Mary

Longwood
149 East Church Avenue, Longwood

Altamonte Springs
2741 South Ronald Reagan Boulevard, Altamonte Springs

Maitland
801 North Orlando Avenue, Maitland

Winter Park
148 West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park

Florida Hospital Health Village
500 East Rollins Street, Orlando

LYNX Central
101 West Livingston Street, Orlando

Church Street
99 West South Street, Orlando

Orlando Health/Amtrak
250 Columbia Street, Orlando

Sand Lake Road
8030 South Orange Avenue, Orlando

Sanford - SunRail, Central Florida’s new commuter rail system, will provide free rides for passengers for two weeks beginning the first day of service on May 1st.

The free service will last through May 16, with regular revenue service for paying passengers scheduled to begin on May 19. The free service is designed to allow passengers to experience the comfort and ease of commuting on SunRail, and become familiar with SunRail schedules and cost-savings prior to purchasing or activating more than 12,000 pre-sold passes on May 19.
 
During the free trial period, SunRail ambassadors will be available at each station and on board trains to answer any questions that SunRail riders might have. The Ambassadors will also be available on May 19, and for several weeks thereafter, to assist customers with pass purchases at Ticket Vending Machines located on each platform, and to remind riders to “Tap On” at ticket validators before boarding SunRail, and to “Tap Off” at their final destination. The SunRail Ambassadors will be easy to spot in black polos with the bright SunRail logo, and black pants.
 
As a reminder, motorists and pedestrians are urged to use caution, obey all railroad and traffic signals, and look both ways before approaching a railroad crossing and accessing SunRail platforms. The Florida Department of Transportation cares about your safety. Around railroad tracks, please be smart, and stay safe.  


Posted by Brent Ferry on April 30th, 2014 2:42 PMPost a Comment (0)


Happy Earth Day!  Get out there and enjoy, and protect, our planet.

On this day in 1998, Disney's Animal Kingdom opened.  Happy 16th Anniversary.

And today, it's LEGOLAND Florida making Earth Day history by becoming the first theme park in the United States to run entirely on renewable energy for the day.  In partnership with Tampa Electric, the Imagination Zone section of the park will be permanently powered off of renewable energy moving forward.

In my last blog post I offered my assistance to Buyers in the ChampionsGate community.  Today, I wish to highlight some of the green features in these homes.  A new home with Lennar ranks better on the HERS Residential Energy Services Network Index than a typical existing home, typical new home, and even most EPA ENERGY STAR new homes.  With EcoSmart by Lennar you get cool energy and cost saving features like block core, frame wall, and ceiling insulation, GreenGuard Max house wrap, radiant heat barrier, double-pane Low-E windows, GE ENERGY STAR hybrid water heater, 15-Seer heating and cooling system, ENERGY STAR-rated kitchen appliances, and more.  Plus, "Everything's Included".

Happy Earth Day!



Posted by Brent Ferry on April 22nd, 2014 2:03 PMPost a Comment (0)


I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy Easter!

In celebration, I would like to re-share my video, 'The Easter Bunny Buys A Vacation Home (with video Easter egg hunt)', featuring E.B. himself (and guest troublemaker Tickle Me Elmo!).

The Easter Bunny purchases a beautiful new vacation home at The Retreat at ChampionsGate. 




Sales in The Retreat at ChampionsGate continue with inventory available in Phase 2.

New homes are also available in the residential Country Club section of the community.

And a renewed focus has been placed on the more recently introduced Champions Club condos.  For a limited time, I am offering a special $5,000 rebate on all new purchases made through me at The Champions Club.  Call me today at (407) 506-7857 for availability.

The Augusta / 2 Bed / 2 Bath / 1 Car Garage / 1,409 sq. ft.
The Turnberry / 3 Bed / 2 Bath / 1 Car Garage / 1,854 sq. ft.

Prices from the $190s.  Golf Membership included in HOA.

Catch a glimpse of all 3 products in this short video.




I'd also like to take this opportunity to introduce a brand new product at ChampionsGate, The Vistas.

Register now to stay informed regarding this new ownership opportunity by e-mailing me at info@bferryhomes.com

The Vistas townhomes/condos will be located near the entrance to The ChampionsGate Golf Club featuring the Greg Norman designed National and International Golf Courses and David Leadbetter Golf Academy.

Preliminary plans include 2 and 3 story units with garage(s), 3 to 5 bed options, and sizes up to 3,000 sq. ft.  Stay tuned for more information.

HOP into EGGcellent savings at ChampionsGate when you buy with me.

Call today for assistance with The Retreat at ChampionsGate, The Country Club at ChampionsGate, The Champions Club at ChampionsGate, and The Vistas at ChampionsGate.

ChampionsGate Real Estate Sales
Brent Ferry, REALTOR (407) 506-7857

Happy Easter!


Posted by Brent Ferry on April 19th, 2014 10:38 PMPost a Comment (0)


I am excited to announce the resumption of new construction sales in the popular Compass Bay Townhome Community!

Following a several year hiatus during the market downturn, KB Home has resumed construction and new home sales in the Compass Bay community in Kissimmee.

Few communities can boast the convenience in location as Compass Bay.  Located off of Poinciana Blvd. across from the Fantasy Surf attraction seconds to Hwy. 192, Osceola Parkway, and 535, and just minutes to 417, I-4, Celebration, Lake Buena Vista, and Disney.

The community features a gated entrance, pool, playground, and pondside gazebo with a low HOA of just $365 per quarter including lawn maintenance.

Use a residence, second home, long or short term rental!

2 all new townhome floor plans have been introduced.  4 previous townhome  collections representing 16 distinct plans are discontinued and available via resale only.

The new designs offer spacious living and a return to an attached 1 car garage.  For the first time ever in the community, a private splash pool option will be available.  From flooring to cabinets, appliances and more, Buyers will also be able to enjoy interior customization through the KB Home Design Studio.

Both plans feature a kitchen with great room and half bath downstairs, and bedrooms plus 2nd floor laundry upstairs.

Plan 1598
2 stories / 1,598 sq. ft. / 3 bedrooms / 3.5 bathrooms



Plan 1700
2 stories / 1,700 sq. ft. / 4 bedrooms / 3.5 bathrooms



Debut pricing is from $224,900 and $234,900 respectively.  Financing is available.

To celebrate the reopening, I am offering Buyers a special incentive which you will find only right here.  When you register with and buy a new construction townhome at Compass Bay through me, receive 2 years paid HOA plus $1,500 offsetting property tax payment on your closing statement or as an after closing rebate check.  Contact me now for details and to become eligible for these rebates.

Models are currently under construction.  Sales officially begin on Monday after Easter.  A Grand Opening will be held at a later date.  But you can buy right now through me.  Contact me today to reserve your lot and get the 2 years paid HOA plus $1,500 rebates.

Compass Bay Townhome Sales
Brent Ferry, REALTOR
Global Real Estate Services, Inc.
info@bferryhomes.com
407-506-7857


Posted by Brent Ferry on April 17th, 2014 12:04 AMPost a Comment (0)

Freddie Mac: Fla. most-improved state in past year

McLEAN, Va. – March 28, 2014 – Freddie Mac released its first-ever Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi), a new tool that monitors and measures the stability of the nation’s housing market.

MiMi strives to calculate a range of equilibrium for each single-family housing market covered; it will be released monthly. Freddie Mac says the goal is for MiMi to show, at a glance, where each housing market stands relative to its own stable range – how close it is to “normal” – and how its trending.

According to the inaugural edition of MiMi, Florida showed the most improvement month-to-month in January, up 0.11 points. It’s followed by Tennessee (up 0.11), Michigan (up 0.09), Louisiana (up 0.07), Nevada (up 0.07), and Texas (up 0.07).

The Sunshine State also showed the most improvement year-to-year rising 2.12 points. It’s followed by, Nevada (up 1.84), California (up 1.26), Texas (up 1.06) and D.C. (up 1.05).

When Freddie Mac analyzed metro areas by level of improvement, Florida cities also did well with two of the top five spots month-to-month and three of the top five spots year-to-year. By month, Miami led (up 0.11), followed by Detroit (up 0.10), Orlando (up 0.09), San Antonio (up 0.09) and Chicago (+0.08).

Year-to-year, Miami improved 2.54 points, followed by Orlando (up 2.08), Riverside (up 1.87), Las Vegas (up 1.81) and Tampa (up 1.77).

Other key findings for Jan. 2014

  • The national MiMi value stands at -3.08 points indicating a weak housing market overall.
  • MiMi improved 0.03 points month-to-month in January and 0.81 points year-to-year.
  • The nation’s housing market is improving based on its 3-month trend of +0.17 points and moving closer to its stable and in range status. The nation’s all-time MiMi low of -4.49 was in November 2010 when the housing market was at its weakest.
  • Overall, 25 of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia are improving based on their 3-month trend; 35 of the 50 metros are improving.


“In many markets a better employment picture, along with some income growth, makes it possible for more people who are considering buying a home to stay within reasonable payment-to-income ratios on their monthly mortgages,” says Freddie Mac Deputy Chief Economist Len Kiefer. “But some high cost markets are already starting to feel an affordability pinch. … Out of the 50 metro areas that MiMi tracks, only four are in range in January, but 35 are improving.”

The index draws from four indicators: long-term stable ranges for home purchase applications, payment-to-income ratios, portion of on-time mortgage payments and the state of local employment.

© 2014 Florida Realtors®


Posted by Brent Ferry on March 28th, 2014 10:37 PMPost a Comment (0)

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