Ringing in 2013

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to make New Year’s plans. There are many options here in the area, but Celebration offers a nice family-friendly event complete with fireworks.

Located in downtown Celebration on Market and Front Streets, Celebration’s New Year’s Eve Bash will feature live music, food, dance contests, the last snowfall for the season and a huge firework display at midnight. Entrance to this event is free, and there is much to do for adults and children alike.

So come out and get your year off to a great start!

Making a Home at Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort

Construction continues at a rigorous pace on Disney’s first-ever residential community, Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort. The demand from buyers has been greater than originally anticipated and construction is moving quickly to keep up. Based on current development plans, the 980 acre community will contain 450 luxury homes starting at $1.5 million.  To the companies surprise and pleasure, the greatest demand has been in the Grand Estate sections named Carolwood and Carolwood Reserve.

The amenity-laden community center Summerhouse, is completed and open for residents. Residents and their guests can use the lap & family pools, lounge areas, game area, and state-of-the-art fitness facility. Once it is fully operational, next year, guest will able to enjoy food and beverage both inside and outside as well. They will also host resident-only culinary events and celebrations. Also available to residents and located within Summerhouse is a dedicated Resident Services team, which helps Golden Oak residents with a variety of concierge-style services, including:
Arrangement of private transportation
Disney Parks and special-event tickets
Golf tee-times
Dinner reservations
Private VIP Tours
In-home dinners and parties
Holiday home decorating
Grocery shopping
Recommendations for pre-arrival and post-departure home maintenance services

Golden Oak offers residents a unique family experience that also encompasses all of the luxury and wonderful service that Disney has to offer. With easy, and often times exclusive, access to exciting events at Disney theme parks and the work-renowned service and amenities of the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at your service, you can enjoy a destination experience all year long.

As preferred Sales Professionals at Golden Oak at Walt Disney World, we can set up a tour for you to see the 3 types of homes they have available to choose from – Village, Estate & Grand Estate. We would also handle any and all contracts and paperwork for you as well as be your liaison with the builder if you chose.  We will be with you from the initial planning to the closing table.  We have assisted many clients through the homebuilding process, and we would be happy to provide references upon request.  We would love to help you be a part of the magic.

Contact us today to get your tour scheduled and your Dream underway!

Epcot’s Candlelight Processional

With so many fun and festive things to do during the Holiday Season here, how do you chose? Epcot has its annual Candlelight Processional going on nightly at 5pm, 6:45pm, and 8:15pm through December 30th.  I can not tell you how many people consistently tell me that this is their favorite holiday tradition.

The Candlelight Processional is located in the America Garden Theatre at Epcot. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the spirit of the season with family and friends. The event retells the moving Nativity Story by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50 piece orchestra and a mass choir.

There are many narrators throughout the course of the event , so make sure to check the schedule if you have a favorite.  Tonight is Blair Underwood.

Market News – Seeds of a Housing Shortage

The real estate market is an ever-changing entity, and the Central Florida market is no different. We do have some unique dynamics here though including our proximity to two of the largest attractions parks in the world – Walt Disney World Resort & Universal Studios Orlando, our overall affordability compared to other large metropolitan areas, and the ability for international visitors and part-time residents to get in and out of town quickly with our large international airport.

With all of that taken into account, there have been some niche areas that were not as adversely affected by the turn in the real estate market as other areas, and there is always demand here. These two factors have made it possible for our real estate market to start an upward trend earlier than most other areas did, but now that has changed. It is trending upwards everywhere.

Realtor Magazine published an article in their November/December issue written by NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun about just that. He has seen an upward trend in sales and prices due largely in part to the decrease in inventory. The age old story of Supply & Demand. Nationally we have the lowest inventory that we have had since 2005, and our new home inventory is at a 50 year low. For example in Celebration, we only have 59 single family homes on the market right now.  His concern is that we are going to have a shortage of homes available for the buyers in the market. This lack of supply has already caused a the national price of transacted homes to rise 9.5 percent in August.

What is the good news in all of this data? Housing prices will begin to rise even further giving many homeowners increased equity in their properties and offering many sellers enough to make the move they have been waiting for. If you have been thinking of putting your home on the market, now is great time to explore that option.

Contact a Nectar professional today to see how our innovative marketing system can get you top dollar!

Celebration Now Snowing Nightly

Downtown Celebration shows off it true dedication to the Holiday Season by having a festive snowfall at 6,7,8 & 9pm every night from now until January 2nd. Celebration’s “ice” rink will be open daily from 4-10pm, there will be lots of carolers, horse-drawn carriage tides, pictures with Santa, and much more. Come out and get in the holiday spirit!

Then you can drive around Celebration and see how all of the homeowners have decorated for the holidays. We got all out here!