Thanksgiving thoughts

As we lament the over supply of condos this Thanksgiving, we should remember one thing. The homeless population of Orlando is actually increasing. According to the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, the increase is...

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Bad Market – Silver Lining

According to the NAHB, Builder confidence in the condominium market continued to erode in the third quarter of 2006. That wasn't exactly news to the real estate industry. So why do developers continue to build condos in such large...

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Define “Bad Market”

Now here's something you probably knew: According to the Florida Association of Realtors® (FAR), Florida's housing sector continued to mirror the national trend during the third quarter 2006, showing higher levels of homes available...

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Kissimmee gets much needed face lift

Developers finally broke ground on City Centre Kissimmee on November 15. The mixed use building will feature 31 luxury condos (in the second phase) as well as 56,000 feet of office space and 12,000 feet of retail. Let's...

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Going For Broke!

With news of the Wyndham Hotel Group's $300 million, 504 unit condo hotel, central Florida is now looking at a total of approximately 17,300 presale units. That's a lot of inventory. And a lot of risk money. And at this point...

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The Art of the Deal

I'm sometimes asked about the best way to negotiate with developers....

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Florida bucks national trend

The University of Florida's Center for Real Estate Studies recently conducted a new statewide survey to gain insight into current trends in Florida's real estate industry. The result predicts that even in the event of a worsening...

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Hurricanes – Schmurricanes

According to a University of Florida study, the state's population is supposed to grow another 2 million by 2010. Now, call me cynical, but that sounds like a lot of extra alligator food to me. And by 2025, the Hurricane, I mean...

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More Condo Conversions?!

I've suggested elsewhere in this forum, that the reason there are so many condos still going up, despite the slowdown, is because they were already in the "Oh-crap-can't-stop-it -now" pipeline....

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“I got the… Condo Conversion… Blues…”

A girlfriend asked me at a party this weekend: So what exactly IS a condo conversion?...

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Some markets more equal than others

BusinessWeek.com screened data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to identify markets with the highest home-price appreciation during the second quarter....

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