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The following debut pricing has been released for Minto's new Festival Resort located just a few short miles from Walt Disney World.

Nestled within 200 acres of beautiful natural Florida woodlands and lakes, the private gated neighborhoods of Festival offer resort living with your choice from a variety of spacious townhome floor plans together with attraction-quality amenities at Downtown Festival including a heated resort pool, kids waterpark elements, mini golf, a general store, bar & grill, ice cream parlor, and arcade.

The resort vacation villas/townhomes at Festival include a private screened lanai and gas heated plunge pool.

Contact me at for a brochure together with floor plans and the latest availability.

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Posted by Brent Ferry on December 16th, 2014 10:06 AM
In celebration of my new Facebook page Brent Ferry, Realtor / Orlando, FL and as a ‘thank you’ to my fans, I’m giving away some official Disney Frozen merchandise straight from the Walt Disney World Resort just in time for the holidays. The lucky winner will be able to choose an authentic Sven plush, authentic Olaf plus, an Anna doll, or an Elsa doll. Photos and entry information can be found by visiting my Facebook page, Brent Ferry, Realtor / Orlando, FL. Deadline to enter is midnight Dec. 14, 2014. 
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Posted by Brent Ferry on December 10th, 2014 10:31 PM
Sonoma Resort in Kissimmee, FL is now open!

Also known at Sonoma at Tapestry, Sonoma Resort is a new community by Park Square Homes.

Sonoma Resort falls under Park Square's "Resort Communities" designation and will be marketed and sold as vacation homes with short-term rental approval. The resort is also attractive for residential buyers as part of the overall Tapestry community which is a collection of several neighborhoods by various Builders.

Sonoma at Tapestry is located at 2454-2468 West Carroll Street, Kissimmee, FL 34741 less than 2 miles to the popular "The Loop" shopping and dining area as well as the Osceola Parkway for easy access into Disney. The community is also convenient to 192 near mile marker 15. Sonoma Resort borders Shingle Creek Regional Park to the west.

The community features Park Square Homes' Pacific collection of 4 to 7 bedroom floor plans ranging from 1,835 sq.ft. to 4,110 sq.ft. on 50' or 70' homesites.

Grand Opening pricing is from $354,900.

For the best deals on a new home in Sonoma Resort, call me today at 407-506-7857. I offer Buyer rebates on all new construction in Tapestry.

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Posted by Brent Ferry on December 5th, 2014 10:47 AM
When Lennar's newest vacation home community, Storey Lake, opened for pre-sale at the end of July, demand was high and all units in the 6 buildings offered during the initial offering quickly sold out. No lots have been made available since...UNTIL NOW!

I have received advanced notice that an additional building (6 individual units) will be opened for sale on December 17th.

Call me immediately at 407-506-7857 to be placed on the priority list for your chance to buy in this next pre-construction release. Time is of the essence for those who want to get in during the earliest stages of this exciting new resort community. Don't delay. The faster you reply, the better your chances. Call me now.

For more information on Storey Lake go to You can also learn more and follow updates about the community on Facebook.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on December 4th, 2014 3:53 PM

Pulte Homes is building new vacation homes at Windsor at Westside with floor plans up to 9 bedrooms.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Dec. 01, 2014 – Gutted with foreclosures during the downturn, Orlando's vacation-home market is making a comeback with big-name homebuilders rolling out neighborhoods of six-, seven- and eight-bedroom pool homes.

The communities, which are popping up within about 5 miles of the Walt Disney World area, come with resort-style lazy rivers, water guns, water slides and Tiki bars.

The new line of vacation homes differs from those built during the pre-recession days, because cheaper land prices now allow builders to spread out the vacation hacienda with fully equipped houses and townhomes in traditional-looking neighborhoods. In years past, developers stacked up floors of two- and three-bedroom condominiums in order to sell more units and cover the higher land costs.

"Definitely at the peak, you would have had to build multi-story condos to make the economics work for what you were paying for the land," said Sean Strickler, vice president of Pulte Homes for North Florida. "Land prices are back, but they're not as high as they were."

Another factor driving the new, amped-up vacation homes is an increase in South American visitors to Central Florida, who tend to travel with extended family and who are interested in investing in income-producing rentals, developers say. Prices typically range from the low $200s for townhome-style units to the high $400s for more expansive, detached houses.

Orlando's visitor volume reached 59.2 million last year, up 27 percent from 2009. International visitor traffic increased 45 percent to 4.8 million, according to the Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau. Strickler said the Orlando area still gets its share of European tourists who travel in smaller numbers, but more tourists are coming from Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina and Colombia – and those vacationers often prefer staying at a house with plenty of room for the entire family to relax.

In addition, increasingly popular websites marketing vacation homes have popularized trips based at a house instead of a hotel., and are among the specialty sites that book houses, allowing searches by bedroom count and the number of people who can sleep in a house. Even travel-booking service recently began offering vacation homes as an option to hotels.

Buyers can still face the struggle of finding property managers who adequately vet short-term renters, keep the property in good shape and don't overcharge.

Kissimmee property manager Nigel Worrall, who has written several books on vacation rentals, cautioned buyers to steer clear if they cannot cover most of the mortgage costs themselves, or at least half of the payments.

"The bottom line is that anyone thinking of buying a vacation home should not be doing so if they need rental income to make ends meet," said Worrall, co-owner of Florida Leisure Vacation Homes Inc. "They certainly should not be doing so because someone else makes a promise to them that they will not be able to keep."

When the housing market crashed starting in 2007, the vacation-rental market was hit particularly hard with investors walking away from mortgages as the amount of visitors to the region slowed. Orlando-area vacation-home rentals have been slower to emerge from the recession than hotels because many of the second homes were "less than ideal" vacation properties and ultimately fell into foreclosure, said Steve Trover, chief executive officer of All-Star Vacation Homes in Kissimmee.

During the last year, the market has shifted.

The combination of increased demand and more affordable land prices has drawn Pulte Homes, KB Home, Minto Communities, Lennar, Beazer Homes and Park Square Homes into the mega-house vacation-rental scene after years of construction standstill.

Pulte announced plans last month for its Windsor at Westside community off U.S. Highway 192 in the Kissimmee area. For $475,000, buyers can get nine bedrooms and six bathrooms in a single-family house outfitted with a private pool, granite finishes, stainless-steel appliances and tile roof.

Minto recently purchased 200 acres southwest of Celebration and is underway on the Festival community of 500 townhomes, which will have as many as five bedrooms and optional "pass-through" doors connecting two units.

"Tourism is up and the propensity for buyers to come to Orlando is greater than ever. Now you see larger numbers of guests who like to share entertainment space," Minto Communities Senior Vice President William Bullock said.

Even though the first models are not slated to open until March or April, Minto has been marketing Festival at buyer trade shows – primarily in Europe and South America.

Copyright © 2014 The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.), Mary Shanklin. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

The above article appeared yesterday in The Orlando Sentinel. Here at, I have been promoting the mentioned Builders and their newest communities since their announcements. In the case of KB Home/Compass Bay, that means for several years when the first phase of that community opened. New construction sales there resumed this spring after a long hiatus. Others like Windsor at Westside (just opened) and Festival (coming soon) truly are brand new.

For some, like Minto Communities/Festival, the article is appropriately titled "Homebuilders enter vacation-house business". For others, it would be better stated as Homebuilders re-enter vacation-house business. We have seen many of these Builders in the short-term rental area before.

Pulte Homes, in example, whose new Windsor at Westside community is featured, is no stranger to the vacation home market. Their Windsor Palms community was one of the pioneers for Disney area vacation home communities offerings condos, townhomes, and single family pool homes, and, perhaps more importantly, featuring a resort pool and community clubhouse facilities unseen at the time. Their Windsor Hills and Vista Cay Resorts are two of the most well known and popularly visited rental communities out there.

There is no doubt that Windsor at Westside which offers 4-5 bedroom vacation townhomes and 6-9 bedroom pool homes will continue the tradition of excellence including amenities which once again build upon its predecessors and are sure to wow Owners and Guests.

(You can learn more about Windsor at Westside on my website here and on my Facebook page at Windsor at Westside is NOW SELLING! Call me today at (407) 506-7857 to secure your homesite. Get in on the ground floor with special Phase 1 pricing in addition to a choice of lots closest to the planned amenity center.)

Lennar Homes, too, is a proven vacation home builder. Their Paradise Palms Resort is another top rental choice. And, while not mentioned in the article, their ChampionsGate community, and all new Storey Lake resort, are good examples of the more spread out "traditional-looking neighborhoods" mentioned. These communities mix both short-term rental and primary residences in large scale planned developments. Lennar's communities also capitalize by featuring their own groundbreaking resort-style amenities (see the Paradise Palms Clubhouse, the highly anticipated Oasis Clubhouse at The Retreat at ChampionsGate, and Storey Lake's planned Resort Club).

The Retreat at ChampionsGate is also an example of the industry trend talked about in the article toward larger more modern homes. The Retreat's 8 bedroom Maui floor plan has been the community's best seller.

I would be pleased to assist anyone with a new vacation home purchase from any of the mentioned Builders: Pulte Homes (Windsor at Westside), KB Home (Compass Bay), Minto Communities (Festival), Lennar (Paradise Palms [closeout], ChampionsGate, Storey Lake), Beazer Homes (West Haven) or Park Square Homes (Solterra [also D.R. Horton], Bella Vida, Veranda Palms, and others).

I have been assisting Buyers with new construction in the vacation home market since 2005. Contact me today at (407) 506-7857 or for more information on any Disney area rental community.

I offer exclusive incentives on all new construction purchases to help you maximize your investment as well as added services like complimentary photo updates of your home's construction and access to reputable Property Management.

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Posted by Brent Ferry on December 2nd, 2014 9:09 AM
The Atlantic hurricane season ended yesterday. The season runs from June 1st through November 30th. This year saw 8 named storms 6 of which became hurricanes with 2 of those major hurricanes. None made landfall in Florida.

The North Pacific season was the busiest since 1992 with 20 named storms. Of those, 14 became hurricanes and 8 were major hurricanes.

Those visiting Orlando soon should check in with local new stations for the most recent weather reports. Winter weather can be quite variable in Central Florida and is dependent on frontal systems from the north. A range of temperatures including overnight lows into the 30s and daytime highs into the 80s are all possible in Orlando. The average highs for the beginning of December are in the low 70s. High temperatures near 80 are expected through the coming week.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on December 1st, 2014 8:42 PM


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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


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