Our Top 10 Condo Blogs of 2007

We’ve posted over 250 articles on the Orlando condo scene since we went live just over a year ago, covering every conceivable condo angle from financing to home owners’ associations, to the very best deals Orlando has to offer. To celebrate the end of our first year, we’ve picked the TOP TEN posts that we thought were the funniest, most newsworthy or were the most helpful to our readers. Thanks for leaving your comments!

Thanks also to our staff, our blog writers, and most of all you - our readership and condo customers, for participating and for helping to make Condo Metropolis Florida’s best read condo blog – have a great holiday!

We’ll see you again in 2008! 

1.) Buyer’s Market? So Why Aren’t Buyers Buying?
There’s a new Disney rollercoaster called The Volatile Real Estate Market ride (you have to be at least “this desperate” to ride), but I’ve been on it – and only half the ride is working. Sellers are selling, but why aren’t buyers buying when it’s so clearly a ‘buyers’ market? …Right now you can pick up some amazing deals best deals, with some unheard of incentives (someone just offered me their first-born child, if I could close in 30 days)…

2.) What’s In A Condo Name? Not Much…
People often tell me that they’re interested in seeing this new condo place, you know, the one… can’t remember the exact name, the one with “Millenia” in the title. Ok, that’s easy enough right? I mean, how many can there be? Other than the Residences at Millenia, Millenia Cove, Millennium Palms, The Plaza at Millenia, The Fountains at Millenia, and um, I’m already bored…

3.) Soup Kitchen For Starving Real Estate Agents:
In the face of the current housing bust, Orlando City Council is setting up a soup kitchen for the town’s starving real estate agents. Several varieties of soup including Chicken Noodle and Leek and Potato, will be available all over the holiday period from December 20th until the New Year…

4.) So What Exactly Is A Condo Conversion?
A girlfriend asked me at a party this weekend: “So what exactly IS a condo conversion?”
“That’s easy,” I said, “It’s when a community that was once for sale converts back to being rental again.”
“Oh, I see,” she replied…

5.) Orlando’s Buyer Market: The Beginning Of The End?
Take a gander below at the condo projects that have gone south in the last month or so. It’s depressing. Or is it? What else does it signal? (other than an increase in the sales of Head On: Apply Directly To The Forehead)…

6.) Orlando’s Condo Hotel Scene:
Every so often, I feel blessed. Like last month, when they came out with that new pill on TV where you can “Eat as much as you like and still loose weight!” (and they couldn’t say it if it wasn’t true). Ok, so maybe I wasn’t so lucky with that one since during the great “Prove-them-wrong-eat-athon” of October ‘07, I actually gained ten pounds…

7.) Price That Condo Right!
Most days, we get frantic calls from investors asking “Please sell my condo!?” I usually have to tell them “No” without even asking what or where it is. Because unless they’re willing to price it according to what they can actually get, as opposed to what they think they deserve to get, then we’re all wasting our time. Sound harsh?…

8.) Another Condo Hotel?!
Yep, you heard it right. There’s another on condo hotel the way. Lost count yet? According to the Orlando Business Journal, the proposed 16-story, 350-room condotel is set to break ground in spring 2008 and should be ready in 2009 at a cost of some $140 million – which really means (if it gets built at all) that it will come online around 2011 at double that cost. Call me a cynic…

9.) Do Condo Buyers Need an Agent?
Most sellers use a real estate agent when they list their homes for sale – even though it costs them a commission. Most buyers do not use a real estate agent – even though the service is free to them as buyers. (Why free? Because the seller usually pays the commissions.)…

10. How To Spot A Condo Community Deal:
I saw a rather pathetic site this morning. He was supposed to be the Statue of Liberty: A middle aged man with facial hair wandering around the intersection of Kirkman and Colonial wearing a green dress and a pointy star thing on his head. He was carrying a sign for Liberty Insurance…

Top 3 Videos

1.) Canada Goes Condo Crazy!
These guys are just too much…

2.) We were at the Orlando 2007 Home Buyer’s Expo!

3.) Free Hugs!
Nothing to do with Condos. Nothing to do with Orlando. Nothing to do with real estate. Just 23 Million views worldwide.

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