Winter Garden, FL Real Estate News

By Jerry LaRose, ABR, GRI, e-PRO, CLHMS
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
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By Jerry LaRose, ABR, GRI, e-PRO, CLHMS
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
Readin', ritin' and rithmatic.That just about covers the learning that someone needs to know (as long as you live in the "holler"). But homeowner associations have their own version of the Three Rs called Rules, Regulations and Resolutions. These are the policies and procedures that define the standards of the community. They must comply with state and federal law. For example, the board cannot enact a rule that violates Fair Housing Act.Rarely if ever are the Three Rs clearly or fully defined in the governing documents. That is by design to allow flexibility and customization. Amending bylaws is tedious and difficult. The Three Rs can usually be modified as needed by the board. The board may use either rules and regulations or resolutions to accomplish this goal. So what's the differen...
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By Jerry LaRose, ABR, GRI, e-PRO, CLHMS
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
The Fed expects banks to reduce the interest they charge their customers.Q: Why did the Federal Reserve lower interest rates?A: The federal funds rate is the interest that banks charge one another for overnight loans. When the Fed raises its target for that rate -- the rate itself is actually set each day by the open market -- it tends to slow the economy, because everyone's money costs more to borrow. When the Fed lowers its target rate, it has the opposite effect. So by cutting the cost of the money banks borrow from each other, the Fed expects the banks to reduce the interest they charge their customers, who in turn can spend or invest the savings, which should stimulate the economy.Q: Will the rate cut lower the cost of a mortgage?The interest on fixed-rate mortgages is tied to long...
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By Hojin Chang
(Coldwell Banker)
A.B. Newton moved to the area from Mississippi with a history of poor health. It was in this area that his health improved and lived a long and healthy life. Newton gave credit to the city for his recovery, so he gave the city the name, Winter Garden. Records trace land titles of property in Winter Garden back to about 1880. Transportation during these years were by steamboat on Lake Apopka, but the steamship line went out of business when the first railroad was built in 1886. The railroad, or Orange Belt as it was called then, traveled from Sanford to St. Petersburg, Florida. The Orange Belt was later named the Atlantic Coast Line until it merged with the Seaboard Airline Cost Line. From this merger the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad was formed and provided freight service for the vast ...
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By Colleen Irwin, Creative Real Estate Solutions...
(Retired)
Vacation Time-What to do with the famliy pet?   Orlando Florida is a vacation destination.  But what if you live here and decide to head out of town for vacation?  Rest assured, there are many options for taking care of your pet while you head off for your summer vacation.   We discovered a very unique option in the Fur and Feather Pet Resort in Winter Garden.  Take a visual tour of this truely unique place for your favorite member of the family to spend their vacation.  The take Dogs, Cats and Birds and provide a full range of grooming services.Want to check on your family friend while you are away?  They have a neat service for you here.  They have webcams that you can connect and see you pet vacationing -- 24 hours a day!Careful -- your pet might not want to come home after spending ...
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By Jeffrey Funk, Broker Associate | Team Leader
(eXp Realty)
Over the course of many generations, Winter Garden garnered a reputation as being the quintessential "small town," idyllic "home town" living at its very, very best.  Since its founding in the middle part of the 1800s, Winter Garden was a Floridian citrus community like many of the other small towns that came to life in Orange and in surrounding Central Florida counties.All of this came to a seemingly shocking end in the 1980s when devastating frosts destroyed thousands of acres of citrus.  A good deal of the once vital citrus industry that provided the lifeblood for Winter Garden never recovered.  Indeed, towards the end of the decade, the Winter Garden city center - which once teamed with excitement - was all but abandoned.  But ... all was not lost.Farsighted real estate developers b...
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By Rick Belben, Orlando Real Estate - Belben Realty Group
(Belben Realty Group)
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