High End Florida Living for Islamic Terrorists?

They say timing is everything.

isisIn the case of ISIS condos, downtown Winter Springs, (Orlando) the developers were ahead of the curve. Perhaps anticipating the need for terrorist accommodation, developers of the Tuskawilla Road condominium were ready to pounce on a gap in the market place, long before anyone had even heard of Jihadi John. Although there are still some listings on Condo.com it seems this condo no longer exists — at least it’s no longer called ISIS. Ah, the pressure of modern politics.

But these developers were not alone in their faux pas. How about a smoke then at the ISIS hookah lounge? We can’t confirm their type of clientele but they have an “excellent” rating on Trip Advisor.

Not to be outdone, Hotel ISIS in Reddington Beach FL is still alive and kicking. It’s unclear if the accommodation is a hotbed of home grown terrorism but they also have an “excellent” rating on T.A.

And that’s it for this edition of “Names to be Avoided When Opening a Business.” For property you’d be proud to call your own, just call us – or visit our site at www.CondoMetropolis.com

The Grove Resort and Spa Disney Vacation Homes

Looking for a classy, fully furnished place to stay while you’re in Orlando, but would like to rent it out while you’re not there? Check out The Grove Resort and Spa Disney Vacation Homes!~

The Grove features 2- and 3-bedroom villas and the community even has its own water park and restaurants.

the grove resort and spa vacation homes disney orlando

the grove resort and spa vacation homes disney orlando

the grove resort and spa vacation homes disney orlando

Get pre-opening prices today. For more information or a tour, please contact Condo Metropolis on +1 (407) 901-5161.

Orlando Townhomes: New at The Retreat

Here’s a great way to start 2016 if you’re an overseas holiday maker looking for a permanent place in the sun, or perhaps something to keep as a future investment.

The Retreat home developers describe themselves as a new, eco-friendly vacation home community made up of 88 town-homes offering water views, conservation views and standard lots:

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“Dream’s neighborhoods, Hidden Forest, Hidden Lakes, The Retreat and Serenity are nestled on 145 acres of Florida’s natural beauty. These communities have been designed with destictive features, including natural conservation areas, serene water views, mature landscaping, solar powered streetlights along winding roads and a solar powered ECO-CLUB in each neighborhood.

Located in the heart of Vacation-ville, aka Disney, in Orlando, Florida, this new community is proving popular with Brits in particular, who were able to see the community featured on “A Place in the Sun”.

For the latest pricing, click here (accurate 1/16).

For more information or to visit the community, contact us at Condo Metropolis on: 407-901-5161 or email: Homes@CondoMetropolis.com

Waterford at Bridgewater Crossing – New

Waterford at Bridgewater Crossing is the premier, “resort style” townhouse project located within the Disney Corridor in magical Greater Orlando, Central Florida. This exclusive community (currently in the development stage) consists of 27 brand new, fee simple, luxury, townhouses. It is located in Greater Orlando’s suburb of Davenport, just 10 minutes away from the gates of Disney World.

Waterford at Bridgewater Crossings includes 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms houses with spacious floor plans, open kitchens, attached garage, small private backyard, and optional splash pool in selected units. As part of the Bridgewater Crossing community, Waterford residents and guests will enjoy a swimming pool, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, fishing lake, incredible scenic views, gazebo, barbeque and picnic areas, children playground and more…

Designed by an international award winning architectural firm Adache Group of Architects named “Architect of the Year, “ 2014, by the Florida East Coast chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors.

For more information, contact Orlando’s condo specialists on 407-901-5161.

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Housing sales bounce back in September

Sales usually slow in the fall, but the housing market posted a strong September. The National Association of Realtors says existing home sales in September were up 4.7 percent from August and 8.8 percent higher than September 2014. Existing home sales have posted year-over-year gains for 12 consecutive months. “September home sales bounced back solidly after slowing in August and are now at their second highest pace since February 207,” said NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun. “While current…

Residential Real Estate News – Residential Real Estate News Headlines | Bizjournals.com

New: The Marina at Daytona Beach

We don’t usually venture this far east with our condos, but the Marina at MG on the Halifax looks like a great project for overseas investors, who are looking for a little R&R.

Opening in just a week (November 1st), there are only 32 spaces available, and with a Marina slip available for each, it could be just the ticket for boating enthusiasts.

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The community also boasts:

  • 11,000 square-foot private clubhouse with banquet space and private party rooms.
  • A Residents-only theatre with club seats and 133-inch HD screen
  • Billiards room and private event bar
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Riverfront sundeck

There are 10 floor plans to choose from and pricing begins in the mid $200’s.

For more information, contact us here at Condo Metropolis on 407-901-5161 or email Info@CondoMetropolis.com

7 things to know today, plus how ‘distressed’ the Orlando housing market is

Some good news and some not so good news for you this Friday morning. First, the good: Nationwide, distressed sales, which include real estate-owned (REO) properties and short sales, accounted for 9.4 percent of total home sales in July, down 2.1 percentage points from July 2014 and down 0.4 percentage points from June 2015. And now, the not so good: Of the 25 largest core based statistical areas based on loan count, Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford had the largest share of distressed sales in…

See the Orlando Business Journal for the full post: Residential Real Estate News – Residential Real Estate News Headlines | Bizjournals.com

New website for Orlando’s Condo Specialists

We’re proud to announce that Condo Metropolis has a brand new look!

After 9 years in the business, our original condo website, which was cutting edge at the time, had begun to show its age, and so we decided it was time for a facelift.condo-metropolis-logo

The new site still features free access to the Orlando Multiple Listing System (MLS) where you can get up to-the-minute information on the entire Orlando real estate inventory. The site also allows to to conduct unlimited custom searches, save those searches, and have our system email you new matches, so that you can be the first to know when that perfect property comes onto the market.

Our “Downtown Orlando” page has also been re-imagined, with listings for each downtown condo shown on their own page, and  investors can link to our brand new Orlando Property Management site, where a host of management information awaits. (We also have another property management division in MetroWest Orlando.)

We hope you love it as much as we do, and we look forward to not having to go through this again for another 9 years.

Orlando – America’s Most Exciting City

funWell I’m not sure I’d go that far, but these guys did. Apparently, Orlando has more fun things to do that you can shake a stick at. Which means, fun aside, it’s a great place to buy property. Because as long as the sun keeps shining, and Mikey Mouse keeps smiling, there will always be hoards of people wanting to live and work here. And buy real estate. And rent it.

‘Nuff said. You can read the full blog piece here.

Hamptons Condos Board Runs Amok

Anyone who has to deal with them on a regular basis, knows that some Orlando condo associations have got out of control these days. They’ve gone from letting their communities go to ruin after the real estate crash, to implementing draconian measures to try and reverse the rot.

We get it, things need to be kept under control. And the truth is, some do-it-yourself landlords haven’t been screening properly, allowing felons and the like to gain entry. This has caused condo owners associations to start screening themselves, which means that many tenants have to go through the process twice. Once with a reputable company like ourselves, and then they have to pay again and go through the same procedure with the COA.

But some have gone too far. According to Orlando Property Management Execs blog, in the latest of draconian measures, which appear designed to put investors off from buying there altogether, The Hamptons at MetroWest is now requiring that even tenants who are renewing their leases, apply all over again – at their own expense. The Board of Directors wants to re-run criminal history etc. as if tenants hadn’t already been screened the year prior. Now sure, some tenants could have run foul of the law in the 12 months they were living there, but couldn’t we all? And if the Hamptons really cares so much about this possibility, then surely such additional checks should be done at the expense of the Board, and not the tenant’s? The current policy upsets tenants, owners and management companies alike. Sounds like a lose-lose-lose to us.

Your thoughts?