Major road and rail improvements in central Florida are on track to help boost prices of real estate in Poinciana, one of the state’s fastest-growing areas.
In the middle of 2015, the first phase of the new $150milion Poinciana Parkway toll road, which is already 30% completed and is on time and budget, is set to open. The second phase is due to be completed in November 2016.
The 9.6-mile two-lane toll road will create a direct route from Poinciana to the busy I-4 corridor, significantly reducing travel time.
In addition, the SunRail commuter system in Orlando opened in May this year and currently has 12 stations over 31 miles connecting Volusia County and Orange County through Downtown Orlando.
The Phase 2 extensions will add a northern terminus at DeLand and four more stations southward, terminating at Poinciana and almost halving travel time to Orlando from 35-20 minutes.
The new transport links are set to increase buyer interest in the Tuscany Preserve at Lake Marion luxury real estate development, close to the proposed SunRail terminus, in Poinciana, south west of Kissimmee, from leading Florida developer and agent, Feltrim Group, of which Century 21 Team Feltrim is a member.
Tuscany Preserve at Lake Marion is a gated community of 500 quality villas, townhomes, and single family homes, which offers excellent value for domestic and overseas property buyers, says top Florida developer, Feltrim Group.
Parma, 900 square feet, two-bed /two-bath single-storey villas start at $154,000, Pisa 1450 square feet three-bed, two and a half bath, town homes, start at $182,400 and Lucca four-bed, two and a half bath, 1,901 square foot townhomes begin at $212,400.
The project, which is in a conservation area with a natural forest setting and runs along the shores of the 2,990-acre freshwater Lake Marion, includes clubhouse with a gym, tennis courts, basketball courts, and a swimming pool with children’s play area.
Feltrim Group’s Chief Executive Office, Garrett Kenny says, “Poinciana is already one of Florida’s fastest-growing areas, and with the excellent new transport links, we believe its economy will also expand quickly.
“Being within 20minutes of Orlando and its major theme parks, Poinciana is an ideal location for vacation rentals, second homes or a retirement home – and Tuscany Preserve offers superb value, as well as being a great place to mingle and enjoy the Florida weather with friends and family.”
In 2010 the population of Poinciana was 53,193, a rise of 289.8% over 10 years, according to the US Census.
SunRail opened on May 1, 2014 with more than 10,000 passengers riding the trains on opening day, with an average of around 4,300 passengers a day expected to use it by the end of the first year.
For further details on the Feltrim project Tuscany Preserve, please visit the dedicated website at www.tuscanypreserve.comLearn More
International passengers at Orlando International Airport, in Florida, USA, have taken off in the summer – and are set to soar further in future thanks to a $1.1billion expansion.
Increases in seat capacity led to an overall rise in visitor numbers to an average of 4.2% in August – with international passenger increased reaching double-digit growth and outpacing domestic increases by more than seven-fold.
Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, explains, “International traffic numbers rose by double-digits each month in June, July and August which means nearly 1.2 million international passengers have travelled through Orlando International during the summer.”
There were more than 41,000 extra seats from airlines including United, Frontier, Thomas Cook, JetBlue and Virgin Atlantic.
In August, international traffic climbed 17.57% to 425,315 passengers and domestic traffic by 2.27% to 2.6million travellers. Combined overall traffic was up 4.18% in August to more than 3million passengers.
Year-to-date passenger numbers at Orlando International Airport have increased 1.57% to around 24.4million.
Garrett Kenny, Chief Executive Officer of Florida-based real estate developer and agent, Feltrim Group, says the figures prove that Florida is attracting more international visitors than ever.
“It’s no wonder that Florida is set to welcome a record 100million visitors altogether by the end of this year and once they experience Florida, many dream of buying a holiday home or even moving here permanently.
“Whether you want a luxury holiday villa, townhouse or condo, a buy-to-let investment property, or a place to retire, Florida and Feltrim offers a superb choice and great value for money.
“Florida’s unbeatable mix of year-round sunshine, world-famous theme parks, fantastic beaches, superb shopping and sports facilities, means you’re sure to find something to inspire you – and to make you want to come back again and again!”
Orlando International Airport attracts around 35million passengers a year and is the second busiest airport in Florida and 14th busiest in the United States.
And thanks to $1.1billion expansion scheme, Orlando International Airport is set to welcome up to 45 million travellers a year by 2020.
The airport expansion scheme includes $470million to upgrade the people mover system and provide a 3,500-space garage, $120million on a new south terminal and $114million to improve the flow of international traffic.
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Executive Director Phil Brown says the expansion plan is long overdue. “Orlando International Airport, designed to handle 24 million passengers a year, witnessed a passenger count of 35 million in 2012.”Learn More
Florida is famous for its world-class theme parks, but now it is being promoted as a leading global
medical tourism destination.
The Sunshine State’s tourism marketing body, Visit Florida has announced a new $2.5million grant program to help state businesses promote themselves to potential patients around the world.
One Orlando hospital, UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health, is making news for its lymphedema treatment, amongst other breakthroughs, which is sought by both domestic and international patents.
Patient Amy Caterina came to Orlando from her home in San Diego to undergo the vascular lymph node transfer (VLNTx) procedure, which involves removing healthy lymph nodes from one part of the body and transplanting them into the diseased area.
Richard Klein, MD, Section Chief of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center at the UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health, says, “When we do that, quite often new lymphatics will grow in the surrounding tissue and restore function of the lymph system.
“It’s been a life-changer for a lot of our patients. Basically, they’re almost back to normal and don’t even realize that they’ve ever had lymphedema. It’s just amazing.
“There are very few places that are offering this type of comprehensive approach to lymphedema, so more and more people are flying into Orlando for this operation. In fact, we’ve been performing this surgery just over a year now, and in that time we’ve already consulted with patients from 22 different states about it.”
Patients are increasingly inquiring about the procedure. “From social media to the internet, they’re finding us in a variety of ways. I think we’re going to become more and more known for this type of procedure and we hope people are going to fly in from, not only around the country, but from around the world as well.”
Miami-Dade County’s Jackson Health System serves an average of 2,500 international patients a year, says Sonia Valdez, marketing manager for the public hospital network’s international department.
It averages $78.3million in gross charges each year from international payments, and the program even includes an exclusive 2,000-square-foot room at Jackson Memorial Hospital, designed to look like an upscale airport lounge.
For Florida’s growing population and visitor numbers, including many retirees, health care is an increasingly important factor, says Garrett Kenny, Chief Executive Office of agent and developer, the Feltrim Group.
“Florida hospitals have some of the best healthcare in the world and it is an important factor for many people buying holiday homes, retirement property and for those renting property.”
You can’t get much closer to medical care than one Florida development being marketed by Feltrim International. Park Lake at Parsons, Brandon, which includes one-bedroom condos from $56,995 (£35,725), is across the street from Brandon Regional Hospital.
Other developments, Eagle Creek and Water Edge, are at Lake Nona, Florida, which contains a medical university, children’s hospital and future Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities.
With such healthcare facilities, Florida is keen to tell more people around the world about its pioneering healthcare and has launched the grant scheme to help.
It consists of two matched funding grants, one for medical tourism destination promotion and a second for medical meetings and training promotion. The closing date for applications is Monday 8 December.
It is hoped the grants will boost awareness of existing medical tourism services and attract more health professionals to host conferences and training programs in Florida.
Visit Florida President and CEO, Will Seccombe, says, “The establishment of these grants is a tremendous first step in our strategic planning process to spotlight Florida’s world-class doctors and facilities.”Learn More
The ‘cool’ blockbuster movie Frozen is set to be brought to life and become a f-f-fantastic hit in Disney’s Epcot theme park, Florida.
The new Frozen World ride, which is sure to feature the favourite characters, Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and snowman Olaf, from Disney’s hit film, is coming to the Norway pavilion, Disney has announced.
Exact details of Frozen World, which is replacing Maelstrom, the Norwegian-themed boat ride that closed in October, are yet to be revealed, but industry experts predict it should be ready by early 2016.
Garrett Kenny, Chief Executive Officer of leading Florida real estate developer and agent, Feltrim Group, says, “Orlando’s world-class theme parks are always a red-hot attraction and visitors want to be close to the major attractions, which is why buy-to-let real estate in convenient locations is a top target for domestic and overseas investors.
“With Disney World, Universal, SeaWorld, Legoland and other major theme parks all in the area, it’s no wonder that Orlando is the theme park capital of the world.”
There is no doubting that Frozen, which tells the story of the fictional characters is Arendelle, is incredibly popular, as the movie has grossed more than $4billion in cinemas since it opened exactly a year ago, according to the boxofficemojo.com website.
Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, explains on the Disney Parks blog, “The new attraction, which replaces Maelstrom, will take our guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film.
The pavilion will also include a royal greeting location where Anna and Elsa can meet our guests. We think these Frozen elements are great complements to the Norway Pavilion, which showcases the country and region that inspired the film.”
Epcot attracted 11.2million guests in 2013, according to Themed Entertainment Association, which means it is Florida’s second most popular theme park after Disney’s Magic Kingdom.Learn More
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Today marked the opening of the 8th OPPLive Show. The OPPLive Show 2013 promises to be the best yet.
Century 21 Agents are attending one this not to be missed event. The OPPLive happens each year and is a B2B conference and real estate trade fair that attracts business leaders from all around the world. The show will not disappoint and offers seminars and lectures on the newest business models and currently market trends.
The OPPLIve Show kicked off today and will continue until tomorrow November 28, 2013.
OPPLive is dedicated solely to those involved in the industry and is aimed at developers seeking agents, master agents seeking sub-agents and people wanting to sell residential real estate.
The OPPLive show this year has already proven to be bigger and better than previous years in the shows history. Mr Kenny and Lorcan Claffey of Century 21 Team Feltrim are very happy to be attending this iconic event.
Mr Kenny CEO of C21 Team Feltrim stated; “This is a great event and one that I encourage my own agents to go to. It’s an event where you can learn, network and more importantly where you can make money, all under one roof.”
There will be many other speakers at the show and they will be discussing what is happening in their own industry and how to do business in 2014 more effectively.Learn More
A home purchase is the largest investment most people make in their lifetime and so it is vital to do it right. So you have decided to hire a real estate agent to sell your home. Sellers must be confident in the agent as they hold they hold the key to their new life.
Why is it important to hire the right real estate agent when selling your home?
Selecting the right Realtor to market your property and negotiate the sale is the most important step in the selling process.
Ask for a reference
Ensure that you ask the agent for an up to date reference. This could be by the office it operates from or even better from a previous client of theirs. Checking references is very important and should not be over looked by the seller. By reviewing the agent’s references you get to find out how the agents customers feel about the agent. In addition to this you also learn more about their selling experience.
Don’t choose the agent with the lowest commission
This is a really bad idea to do when choosing a real estate agent to sell your home. You should not solely base your decision on who charges the least amount of commission. In today’s world, whether it is cleaners, car valeting service or a real estate agent, you get what you pay for. Some agents may have a higher rate of interest but the important question to ask the real estate agent is what additional features they will be providing to you while selling my home.
Is the agent affiliated with a real estate company?
Some sellers may have the perception that it’s better to go with a real estate agent that operates on their own; this is most certainly not the case. It can work as an advantage to you since large companies have longer office hours so you can contact them more freely. Real estate companies also have larger marketing budgets and the most up to date technologies at hand, thus enhancing the exposure your home gets. These large companies can have up to a hundred agents and more.
Simply put, the best agent for you will be the one who is willing to work their hardest to get your home sold. They will market your property, negotiate best terms and conditions and will make the process as smooth as possible for the seller. So Please Be Sure – Don’t Make Mistakes When Hiring a Realtor to Sell Your HomeLearn More
To manage the surge in C21 Team Feltrim’s property management client base, C21 has appointed Taisha Cintron as property manager in charge of long term rentals and her assistant Kelly Woods. C21 are very happy to welcome both Taisha and Kelly into their property management roles at C21.
Taisha has been extremely successful in Property Management; recently she took on a new property for management in the Dr. Philips, FL area. The property was only on the market for one week. C21 has fully leased the property and moved a new renter in. Taisha ensured that both parties were extremely satisfied with the services provided by C21.
Our Property Management division are specialist in complete refurbishments. Our process starts after an old tenant moves out, we then get the property ready for re-renting. We paint, decorate, install new carpet and provide interior decoration services. All these services are done in house by our maintenance staff.
Taisha told us that she was extremely happy and that her main goal is as property manager, to have a happy client and a happy tenant. Taisha also stated that; “My job is to ensure the clients and the renters interests are all being looked after, it can be difficult managing both parties but I do believe it is key that you do. Every property management case is different, everybody has different needs and requests. My job is to create a happy medium between both and mediate to have the best outcome for both parties. A happy tenant will stay in the property longer and the client will receive a hassle free way to earn additional income from renting the property out.”Learn More
Can you believe it! The beloved Walt Disneys Mickey Mouse turned 82 today!
Mickey Mouse celebrates his 82nd birthday today. Mickey Mouse is Walt Disney’s most famous creation to this date. The iconic cartoon first appeared on November 18, 1926. In Mickey’s first appearance he did not speak, in fact he only spoke his first words in “The Karnival Kid” in 1929.
Not only is Mickey Mouse the most famous cartoon creation, he was also the first cartoon to have a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Mickey Mouse’s Hollywood walk of fame can be found at 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
C21 Team Feltrim and all of the agents would like to wish Walt Disneys Mickey Mouse a very happy birthday!
Click here to view Mickey Mouse’s first appearanceLearn More