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Universal Orlando Resort which includes Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure has increased their theme park ticket prices.

A 1 Day Single Park Admission Ticket which did cost $102 now costs $105.

A 1 Day Park-To-Park Admission Ticket which did cost $147 now costs $155. A Park-To-Park ticket allows visitors to visit BOTH parks in the SAME day and is required if a guest would like to ride the Hogwarts Express train between the two Wizarding World of Harry Potters sections.

Monkey see, monkey do.

Universal and Disney frequently adjust pricing within days of each other. Last February Universal raised their prices following Disney leads. This year, we'll have to see what the Mouse may do next.

As it stands, the new Universal pricing of $105 and $155 matches the cost of admission for the Magic Kingdom, the most visited theme park in the World, and a 1 Day Ticket with Park Hopper which allows same day access to all 4 Disney theme parks. 1 Day at Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, or Disney's Animal Kingdom park is currently $97.

Stay tuned!

Don't want to pay full price? For FULLY AUTHORIZED, DISCOUNT ATTRACTION TICKETS click here.

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Posted by Brent Ferry on February 11th, 2016 6:00 PM

Three Years Strong and Still Moving Along!

Today marks the 3 Year Anniversary of the Grand Opening of the prestigious ChampionsGate resort.

This much sought-after community is the flagship resort for Lennar Orlando, a division of Miami-based Lennar Corporation - Central Florida's largest homebuilder and the 2nd largest homebuilder in the U.S.

The resort features both residential and vacation home buying opportunities together with a championship golf course, ChampionsGate Country Club, and a world-class amenity center, The Oasis Clubhouse at ChampionsGate, all contained within the larger City of ChampionsGate and conveniently located in the golden triangle just off of I-4 Ext 58 near Walt Disney World.

100s of people turned out that first day. Today, 100s of homes are complete with much more development to come.

Here's a look back at some images from the Grand Opening celebration held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 starting with an amazing view of the Oasis Clubhouse site before and after demonstrating just how very far things have come along - and still going strong.

It's not too late to be a part of this amazing community. For ChampionsGate real estate information, contact me, Brent Ferry, REALTOR.

For ChampionsGate vacation home rentals, click here.

Oasis Clubhouse Site BEFORE

Oasis Clubhouse NOW / AFTER

Grand Opening Celebration / February 9, 2013

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Posted by Brent Ferry on February 9th, 2016 10:12 AM
In partnership with data company Local Market Monitor, Forbes has put out their list of 2016's Best Buy Cities - the top 20 housing markets to invest in this year.

Florida Dominates

"The clear takeaway: there are good values to be had in Florida, which placed seven cities on our list."

Healthy job growth, strong population growth, and undervalued home prices with anticipated home price appreciation are the top reasons for the rankings.

All the Florida cities on the list "have been accelerating at a rate of 9% to 14%".

Ingo Winzer, founder and president of Local Market Monitor - "Since the national economy has stabilized and is growing again, the factors that prompt people to go to Florida have recovered."

Orlando Leads The Pack

Orlando ranks #1 among the 7 Florida cities and in second place overall on Forbes' Where To Invest In Housing In 2016 list.

The report sites 3.7% annual Jobs Growth, Population Growth of 6.7% between 2011 and 2014, 4.8% Unemployment (Sept. '15), 10% annual Price Growth, -10% Under Priced, and a 28% Three-year Home Price Growth Forecast.

The Top 20 Housing Markets To Invest In This Year

2. Orlando, Florida
8. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
10. Cape Coral, Florida
12. North Port, Florida
14. Tampa, Florida
18. Jacksonville, Florida
19. West Palm Beach, Florida
Forbes' Slideshow

The #1 Most Visited Destination in the USA

Orlando welcomes over 62 million visitors each year making it the most visited destination in the United States. The area is home to the #1 theme park in the entire World with 7 of the top 10 theme parks in all of North America. Year-round sunny weather, easy access to beaches, plus dining, shopping, golf, and more - it truly is a great place to own real estate.

For investment, consider one of our vacation rental properties. Not only can you tap into the anticipated home price appreciation forecasted for the area, but also you gain a property located just minutes from Orlando's top attractions which you can enjoy whenever you want, and that is supported by a year-round rental season so that you can earn substantial offsetting rental income when you are not here.

Give me a call at 407-506-7857 or drop me a line at to learn more. I'd be happy to explore the varied investment opportunities in the area with you and help you identify the property that is right for you.

And to stay up-to-date on Orlando area news and developments, please like and follow me on Facebook.

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Posted by Brent Ferry on February 4th, 2016 9:14 AM
Comcast, the owner of Universal Orlando Resort, has reported 4th Quarter and Year End 2015 Results. Of note, the earnings release acknowledges a substantial property purchase believed to be some 475 acres of land along Universal Blvd. in Orlando which transacted at the end of 2015. The combined parcels are not far from Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure, and the company's Wet 'n Wild Waterpark.

The report reads "NBCUniversal's capital expenditures increased $220 million, or 65.2%, to $557 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, primarily reflecting increased spending at Theme Parks, including a land purchase adjacent to an existing theme park of $130 million and $12 million attributable to Universal Studios Japan."

While the company did not state which Theme Park they were referring to, it would seem that the future is bright for additional Universal Parks & Resort expansion in Orlando.

The Universal Orlando Resort Theme Parks are part of Universal Parks & Resorts, a subsidiary of NBCUniversal which is a division of Comcast.

Stay tuned.

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Posted by Brent Ferry on February 3rd, 2016 12:36 PM
"There is no shadow to be cast, an early Spring is my forecast."
- Punxsutawney Phil

It's already beautiful weather here in Florida. Learn more about owning a Disney vacation home. Contact me today.

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Posted by Brent Ferry on February 2nd, 2016 11:53 AM

The Club at Windsor at Westside is officially NOW OPEN!

Owners and Guests can enjoy the clubhouse beginning today.

Just over one year since Windsor at Westside vacation home pre-sales began, this luxurious amenity center is now complete. Featuring a heated resort pool, lazy river, spa, children’s water playground, cabanas, Tu Casa Bar with indoor/outdoor Lounge, fitness center, arcade game room, El Rodeo Market and Deli, sports court, sand volleyball, and more.

Windsor at Westside is a guard gated vacation home resort located in Kissimmee, FL just minutes from the Walt Disney World Resort. Choose from 4 to 5 bedroom townhomes with pools or 4 to 9 bedroom detached pool homes. Pricing begins in the upper $200s.

I strive to provide the most up-to-date news and updates regarding the Windsor at Westside Resort with FREE Buyer Representation and access to Central Florida's top Property Management Company.

Want to learn more? Prospective Buyers can contact me at 407.506.7857 or

Looking to rent? A number of properties in the community are already complete and furnished for short term rental. Call our Reservations Department at 877-423-1017 for a free quote.

Follow Windsor at Westside Orlando on Facebook with additional information also at
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Posted by Brent Ferry on January 29th, 2016 11:30 AM
Lots of exciting news out of Windsor at Westside.

A brand new single family vacation home floor plan has been introduced.

The Lakeshore is a 2,587-2,598 sq. ft. 4 bed / 4.5 bath pool home with the option to be a 5/5.5.

Click here to check out this new floor plan offering. Or here to view all floor plans.

The clubhouse/amenity center is almost open! The Club at Windsor at Westside will be available to Owners and Guests starting January 29, 2016.

Go to for a look at the very first images available. And for the latests photos and updates, be sure to follow Windsor at Westside Orlando on Facebook.

Windsor at Westside properties are available from the upper $200s. Contact me today for the most up-to-date news, pricing, and availability. FREE Buyer Representation plus access to Central Florida's top Property Management Company.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on January 20th, 2016 11:59 AM

Champions Gate, Florida - The Florida Cup 2016 is an international soccer tournament that brings nine of the world’s top soccer clubs to Florida January 10th through the 20th. The tournament games are being played at ESPN Wide World of Sports as well as facilities in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale. The Florida Cup will be televised live to 180 countries reaching over 215 million homes (as a comparison, NFL reaches 136 Million).

Lennar Homes, the second largest homebuilder in the United States and Greater Orlando’s largest, is a key sponsor of the Florida Cup 2016. Lennar Homes is, in the homebuilding industry, the largest supporter of professional soccer in Central Florida. With the sponsorship of the Florida Cup 2016 and a multiple year commitment to Orlando City Soccer Club, Lennar Orlando has solidified their commitment to Central Florida Soccer fans by raising the bar on the promotion and development of soccer within the Greater Orlando area.

Lennar Orlando will be hosting a remarkable concentration of high profile international athletes at their luxury community ChampionsGate. They are providing lodging and a series of team-specific VIP Events at the new fourteen million dollar resort-style Oasis Club at ChampionsGate. In keeping with their motto “Live Like A Champion,” the city of ChampionsGate has opened up their eight regulation size soccer fields to make a temporary practice home for two of the nine teams participating in the tournament: Bayer 04 Leverkusen from Germany and two-time winner of FIFA Club World Cup and 2015’s Brazilian League champion, SC Corinthians Paulista. Over 60 players, owners and other officials from both teams will be enjoying the exclusive sport-oriented lifestyle of ChampionsGate; which offers a variety of activities, including an 18-hole championship golf course, volleyball courts, state-of-the-art fitness center, water park, world-class cuisine and coming soon a new tennis complex. Lennar Orlando is also hosting a lineup of super stars including FIFA World Champions Roque Júnior and Cafú, who will be staying in the Resort Collection™ vacation homes at ChampionsGate.

“We are passionate about Soccer at Lennar Orlando! It is the most popular sport on the planet and with a record 62 million visitors to Orlando in 2014 we believe there is explosive synergy between the sport and the destination.” Says: Paulo Bethencourt Neto, Vice President of International Sales & Marketing for LENNAR HOMES Orlando Division. He continues: “It is our vision to collaborate with community and business leaders to create an environment in which Orlando may one day become the Soccer Capital of the United States”

The global popularity of Soccer makes it an ideal fit for international marketing efforts for many US based companies. Soccer is widely considered the most popular sport in the world and sponsors of tournaments like the Florida Cup are capitalizing on the massive media and social media exposure offered by the soccer stars and the teams. As a reference, just one popular soccer team has more social media followers than all of the NFL Teams combined.

About Lennar
Miami-based homebuilder Lennar Corp. (NYSE: LEN) was founded in 1954 and is today one of the nation's largest builders of quality homes for all generations. Today, the Fortune 500 Company builds affordable, move-up and retirement homes primarily under the Lennar brand name. Lennar Orlando, the Orlando Division of Lennar Homes, is the largest homebuilder in the Greater Orlando area, currently building in 40 active lifestyle communities in Central Florida including their flagship community, ChampionsGate.

The one billion dollar luxury and amenity filled community of Lennar Homes in ChampionsGate borders both Osceola and Polk Counties. The resort-style community attracts families, international buyers, retirees and vacation homebuyers. The convenient location, stunning home designs, 917 acres of lush landscaping and top of the line amenities will make this the most sought-after community in Central Florida. Located in the heart of the Golden Triangle, I-4, SR 192 and SR 27, and just a few miles from Walt Disney World, The Mall at Millenia, and countless casual and fine dining restaurants.

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Follow my ChampionsGate, FL Facebook Page now to stay up-to-date on the Lennar at ChampionsGate community, Oasis Clubhouse events, and more.

For ChampionsGate Real Estate Sales Call 407-506-7857 or
For ChampionsGate Rentals Call Reservations 877-423-1017
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Posted by Brent Ferry on January 13th, 2016 5:58 PM
Top 10 Best U.S. Cities for First-Time Buyers in 2016 Revealed

Orlando Tops List

According to national correspondent lender The Money Source, Orlando tops the list of the top 10 most attractive U.S. cities for first-time homebuyers in 2016.

The list is based on the company's review of over 70,000 loan applications as well as city-specific data like median home prices, unemployment rates and quality of life.

As one of the largest government lenders in the United States, The Money Source is uniquely positioned to identify trends in first-time home-buying. The correspondent lender processes tens of thousands of Federal Housing Administration, Veterans Administration and United States Department of Agriculture loan applications, the vast majority of which are first-time home purchases.

The cities on the list are:

Orlando, Florida - A low unemployment rate, a very affordable median home price and strong job growth landed this city on the list. While much of Florida is dependent on retirees and snowbirds, Orlando is the youngest non-college town in the state, according to Forbes. The presence of large tourism and entertainment companies like Universal and Disney in the city attract millions of visitors each year and strong economic growth.

Read the full report at World Property Journal
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Posted by Brent Ferry on January 9th, 2016 10:07 AM
Get your Mardi Gras on!

Catch some of the biggest names in music at Universal Orlando Resort's Mardi Gras held on select nights February 6th thru April 16th 2016.

The Mardi Gras concerts, parade and French Quarter Courtyard food & music are included with your Universal Studios Florida admission.

Concerts held on the Music Plaza Stage inside Universal Studios Florida.

Feb. 6 - Hunter Hayes
Feb. 13 - Diana Ross
Feb. 14 - Barenaked Ladies
Feb. 20 - Nate Ruess
Feb. 27 - Fall Out Boy
Mar. 5 - Kool & The Gang
Mar. 12 - The Fray
Mar. 13 - Adam Lambert
Mar. 19 - Shawn Mendes
Mar. 20 - 3 Doors Down
Mar. 26 - REO Speedwagon
Apr. 2 - T-Pain
Apr. 9 - Jessie J
Apr. 16 - Yandel

Grab your Universal tickets from my friends at Kissimmee Guest Services - LOW PRICE GUARANTEE. Promo Code FER
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Posted by Brent Ferry on January 7th, 2016 2:24 PM


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