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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.


October 16th, 2014 10:29 PM by Brent Ferry

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.

Introducing Windsor at Westside

October 15th, 2014 10:08 AM by Brent Ferry

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.

Canadian snowbirds encouraged to buy a Fla. home

October 14th, 2014 3:18 PM by Brent Ferry

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®
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

Builders surveyed regarding mortgage lending standards

October 10th, 2014 7:49 AM by Brent Ferry

Survey: Builders say lending standards too tight


WASHINGTON – Oct. 9. 2014 – Tight mortgage lending standards continue to affect single-family builder sales, according to a survey released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

According to "well over half of the single-family builders surveyed," lending standards were "tight" or "very tight." Only 11 percent indicated that standards were "somewhat easy," and no builders described them as "very easy."

"While housing has seen some positive growth throughout the year, there is no denying that tight credit conditions are hindering a full, healthy housing recovery," says NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. "These persistently tight mortgage credit standards continue to limit the number of creditworthy borrowers – particularly younger families and first-time home buyers – from entering the housing market."

The survey also asked builders if they had lost any sales over the past six months because potential buyers couldn't qualify for a mortgage, and 83 percent answered "yes." Of that 83 percent, the average number of lost sales was 9.7 percent.

NAHB estimates that the 9.7 percent translates into about 18,700 lost new-home sales because buyers couldn't qualify for a mortgage.

"NAHB advocates for prudent lending standards, but we've seen banks and regulators swing the pendulum too far and create an environment where lending standards are too restrictive," says NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly. "We want a return to reasonable lending standards where qualified borrowers are able to obtain a mortgage and create the American dream for themselves."

© 2014 Florida Realtors®

A variety of excellent new construction opportunities have been launched or are on the horizon in the Orlando vacation home market. Builders in our area typically offer a network of affiliated Lenders who can get the job done for qualified Buyers. If pursuing financing, Buyers should expect down payments of around 30% particularly for those residing out of the country. The Builder deposit requirement will often match the anticipated down payment for mortgaged transactions. Cash transactions will require proof of funds and as little as just 10% deposit to lock in a lot and the current price with nothing else owed until construction is completed.

Due to heavy investor owner concentrations versus residents and other underwriting criteria, mortgage loans for condo resales are very scarce in the short term rental approved communities in our area. Buyers seeking a condo in popular resort rental communities such as Windsor Hills or Vista Cay currently should expect to pay all cash.

Introducing the all new

October 3rd, 2014 9:54 AM by Brent Ferry

I'm proud to launch an all new, mobile friendly design for my website,

This new layout should adapt to fit your screen on all modern devices and browsers.,, and will continue to point to this site.

I will be updating my existing pages and adding some new ones in the weeks and months ahead to better match the new format.

In the meantime, don't hesitate to contact me for information if there is something you cannot find, if you encounter a link under construction, or if you run into something which is no longer functioning.

I also welcome your feedback.

You can contact me at or by completing the "How Can I Help You?" form located at the "About" tab above.

If you are a Real Estate Agent, Appraiser, Inspector, or Mortgage Professional and you like the way things look, let me know! I'd be happy to share the referral including $50 off your order for your own new site.

Paradise Palms Resort Inventory Specials - Close By November 2014

September 29th, 2014 3:54 PM by Brent Ferry

Paradise Palms Resort
New Construction Inventory Available!

Lennar's end of fiscal year is approaching. With inventory available, now is a great time to get a great deal on a brand new vacation home in the popular Paradise Palms Resort.

Call me now and not only will you get a well positioned, west facing, conservation homesite, but also you will enjoy the following benefits on homes closing by November 30, 2014:

  • Special pricing
  • Heated pool included
  • $10,000 in closing costs
  • 1 year free Property Management, Pool Care, and Pest Control with Global Resort Homes with new 1 year Management/Short Term Rental Contract
  • $10,000 cash rebate after closing
  • $1,000 in Disney gift cards after closing

The Alexander Palm
5 bed / 5 bath
3,014 sq. ft.
Regular price from $413,990
Homesites 08, 09, 14, 15, 16, 18, 21

The Majesty Palm
6 bed / 5 bath
3,275 sq. ft.
Regular price from $425,990
Homesite 07

Call or e-mail me today for details at (407) 506-7857 or

Universal and Loews Hotels & Resorts Announce New Hotel for Universal Orlando 

Caribbean-themed Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Will Feature 1,000 Rooms and Suites – Casual Feel Built Around a Lagoon and Towering Waterfall

ORLANDO, Fla. (September 9, 2014) When it opens in the summer of 2016, guests visiting the new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando will walk into a colorful Caribbean hideaway built around a lush, tropical lagoon and towering waterfall.

The new hotel, announced today by Universal Orlando Resort and Loews Hotels & Resorts, will be located across Adventure Way from the new Cabana Bay Beach Resort. It will become the destination’s fifth resort hotel and its 1,000 rooms, including 77 suites, will bring the number of on-site hotel rooms at Universal Orlando to 5,200. 

Inspired by the picturesque rivers and waterfalls of the Caribbean, Loews Sapphire Falls will immerse guests in a highly themed resort environment using traditional island styling with modern touches. A resort-style pool with a water slide, children’s play area, sand beach and fire pit will help form a central courtyard and will be surrounded by the hotel’s guest rooms. There will be water taxi and shuttle access to all of the entertainment and dining options throughout Universal Orlando Resort. 

“We are excited to continue our growth plans at Loews Hotels by building another hotel with our long-standing partners at Universal Orlando,” says Jonathan Tisch, Chairman of Loews Hotels & Resorts. “Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will be every bit as distinctive as the other four on-site hotels and will offer a new option to families looking for a truly special Orlando vacation.” 

“Our guests repeatedly tell us that our Universal Orlando on-site hotels provide them a completely immersive vacation experience from the moment they enter our hotels and are transported to another place,” said Tom Williams, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Universal Parks & Resorts. “We look forward to bringing them yet another incredibly themed experience with the opening of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.” 

The new hotel will be full service. Amenities will include Early Park Admission to Universal’s theme parks, a full-service restaurant with scenic views and outdoor dining, a themed lobby lounge, poolside bar and grill, quick-service marketplace, valet service and a fitness center. Booking information and pricing will be announced at a later date. 

Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens Now Open!

September 2nd, 2014 12:37 PM by Brent Ferry

First Drop Tower of its Kind in the World Solidifies Park as Florida’s Thrill Ride Leader

After weeks of thrilling lucky guests during a “soft open,” North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower, Falcon’s Fury™, officially opens today, Sept. 2, at Busch Gardens Tampa.

“We know guests from around the world have been waiting to experience this one-of-a-kind thrill ride, and we are excited to officially invite those guests to ride Falcon’s Fury,” said Park President Jim Dean.

Falcon’s Fury stands at 335 feet and takes riders soaring 60mph straight down. At the ride’s highest point Busch Gardens has added an element of surprise; like its bird of prey namesake, riders pivot 90 degrees in midair to a face-down dive position. An instant later, riders plunge with speed and power that they’ve never experienced before.

For more updates about Falcon’s Fury™ and Pantopia™, visit to Be the first to know about new events and special deals by following the park’s blog You can also like the Busch Gardens Facebook page, and follow @buschgardens on TwitterInstagram and YouTube.


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