Winter Springs Got Talent Auditions!

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Join us for our next event on July 4th 2017…The Winter Springs Got Talent Competition!  Applications must be submitted by April 17th and Auditions will be held on Saturday April 22 and Saturday May 6 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at the RE/MAX Town & Country Office at 1315 Tuskawilla Road.  Join us for another FUN Winter Springs Community Event, sponsored exclusively by RE/MAX Town & Country!  CLICK HERE to download the application.

Winter Springs Got Talent

Orlando Among Top Cities for Millennials

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Orlando is one of the top three cities for millennials, according to a new report from Realtor.com.

The average share of the 25- to 34-year-old population in the U.S. is 13 percent, but in the top markets, the average share is 14 percent. Salt Lake City came in at No. 1 on the list, followed by Miami and Orlando. No other Florida metros made the top 10.

“High job growth in markets such as Orlando, Seattle and Miami, and the power of affordability in places like Albany and Buffalo are making these markets magnets for millennials,” said Javier Vivas, manager of economic research for Realtor.com. “But what really stands out is that all these markets already have large numbers of millennials, which translates into strong populations of millennial home buyers.”

Here’s what Realtor.com had to say about Orlando:

  • The draw: Downtown Orlando is becoming a hot area and offers easy access to public transportation, shopping and dining, as well as a proximity to many jobs.
  • Millennial hotspots: Thornton Park, located just east of downtown has also become popular among millennials who are looking to live in a unique historic neighborhood with cobbled streets and lined with bungalows.
  • The stats: Millennials account for 14.6 percent of the total population in Orlando. Homes are affordable here and only require 34 percent of income. The unemployment rate is below the national average at 4.4 percent.

To come up with its rankings, Realtor.com analyzed the 60 largest markets in the U.S. and compared the share of millennial page views in each area to the national average. Markets were ranked based on their comparison to the national average. Page view data included in this analysis covers the period from August 2016 to February 2017.

Here are the top 10 markets:

  1. Salt Lake City
  2. Miami
  3. Orlando
  4. Seattle
  5. Houston
  6. Los Angeles
  7. Buffalo, N.Y.
  8. Albany, N.Y.
  9. San Francisco
  10. San Jose

Orlando Business Journal

Orlando Leads Nation in Job Growth

The release of preliminary January payroll employment data by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity indicates that Orlando continues to lead the state and nation in job growth into 2017.

Orlando is adding more than 1,000 jobs per week across a broad-base of industries. The professional and business services industry, which includes legal, accounting, computer systems design, management and administrative services had the largest net gain with 13,200 new jobs, outpacing the region’s leisure and hospitality industry. Construction employment grew the fastest with 10.4 year-over-year percentage change. Only the information industry, which largely covers media-related industries, recorded a contraction in the previous 12 months.

Florida businesses created 262,200 new jobs in the 12 months ending January 2017 and 54,600 of those jobs were in Orlando. With only 11 percent of Florida’s population, the Orlando metro is adding more than 20 percent of the state’s new jobs.  Not surprisingly, one out of every three leisure and hospitality jobs created in Florida was in Orlando.

Orlando Job Gains

In January 2017, Orlando held the number one spot as the fastest growing job market in the country with an employment base of at least one million jobs. Orlando’s year-over-year job growth of 4.6 percent outpaced competitive southern metros including Dallas, Atlanta and Austin.

Orlando Payroll

The REMAX 200 and REMAX Town and Country Annual Winter Park Boat Tour

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Thank you to Kevin Acker and Lee Acker, Broker-Owners at RE/MAX 200 Realty and RE/MAX Town & Country Realty for hosting another awesome Boat Tour!  For nearly 20 years now our agents, staff and their families have been invited to the Acker’s annual event for an evening of socializing, refreshments, food and a boat tour of the beautiful Winter Park-Maitland Chain-of-Lakes.  Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for such an enjoyable gathering!

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Join Us at the 2017 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

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THE 58TH WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL

Where: In Central Park and along Park Avenue in Winter Park, FL

When: March 17, 18, and 19, 2017

Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday

Named America’s Best Juried Fine Art Fair (Art Fair Calendar, 2013 & 2014), The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious outdoor art festivals. It is also ranked the #1 Best Fine Art and Design Show in the southeast and #5 in the Nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine, 2014. The Festival debuted in March 1960 as a community project to bring local artists and art lovers together. The Festival is produced by an all-volunteer board and draws more than 350,000 visitors each year. This year, more than 1,100 artists from around the world applied for entry. An independent panel of three judges selected the 225 artists exhibiting their works. The Festival is also recognized as “Central Florida’s Best Festival,” Orlando Magazine, 2013 & 2014; and “Best Winter Park Event/Festival,” The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and Winter Park / Maitland Observer, 2013 & 2014.

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

2016 Snapshot: Productive Agents, Global Growth

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RE/MAX agents combine their talents with the many competitive advantages of the premier brand in real estate.

Once again, RE/MAX Sales Associates everywhere demonstrated what’s possible when experienced, productive agents use the many unique competitive advantages of the brand. RE/MAX agents worldwide averaged 15.0 transaction sides (16.5 in the U.S. and 18.3 in Canada!) and closed more than 1.6 million transaction sides in 2016.

RE/MAX 200 Realty Welcomes Francie Zangari

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Winter Park, FL March 7, 2017 – RE/MAX 200 Realty announced today that Realtor® Francie Zangari has joined the growing real estate franchise.

Francie has been a full time Realtor® for 19 years in Kentucky including the past 10 years with RE/MAX 100 in Louisville.  Her daughters decided to make Orlando their home following graduation from Rollins College causing Francie to spend a great deal of time traveling from Kentucky to Florida over the past few years.  Finding herself spending more time in Florida with her family, Francie decided to obtain her real estate license in Florida and relocate.  Her move to Florida brings much excitement to her family, and to Francie who is excited about Florida real estate and of course…the weather!

For more information about Francie or RE/MAX 200 Realty, please visit MetroOrlandoProperties.com or contact (407) 695-2066

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About RE/MAX 200 Realty and RE/MAX Town & Country Realty:
RE/MAX 200 is a family business in constant operation for nearly 40 years through all types of real estate markets in Winter Park, Florida.  Founded by Ron Acker in 1975 the company has grown into one of the most respected, largest, independently owned and operated real estate brokerages in the area.  RE/MAX Town & Country Realty is the Winter Springs branch office of RE/MAX 200 Realty and has been serving Seminole County from the same location on Tuskawilla Road for over 20 years.

About RE/MAX:
RE/MAX was founded in 1973 with an innovative, entrepreneurial culture affording its agents and franchisees the flexibility to operate their businesses with great independence. Over 100,000 agents provide RE/MAX a global reach of nearly 100 countries. When measured by residential transaction sides, nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX.  With a passion for the communities in which its agents live and work, RE/MAX is proud to have raised more than $150 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® and other charities.

Contact:
Peter Nadler, Marketing Director
(407) 629-6330 x518, peter.nadler@rmxmail.com

Consumers Have Never Felt Better About Housing Than They Do Right Now

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Consumers’ faith in the housing market is stronger than it’s ever been before, according to a newly released survey from Fannie Mae.

Fannie Mae’s latest Home Purchase Sentiment Index shows that consumer confidence in housing hit an all-time high in February, continuing a climb in confidence that began in January.

January’s version of the Home Purchase Sentiment Index showed that consumers’ confidence in housing improved for the first time in five months, and February’s survey saw consumers’ sentiments improve even more.

According to the Fannie Mae report, the Home Purchase Sentiment Index increased by 5.6 percentage points in February to 88.3, setting a new all-time high.

That’s also up 5.6 percentage points from the same time period last year.

Overall, five of the six components that make up the HPSI were up, with three hitting record highs.

According to the report, the net share of Americans who said that now is a good time to buy rose by 11 percentage points, and the net share of consumers who believe that now is a good time to sell also rose by 7 percentage points.

Additionally, consumers also reported increased confidence about not losing their jobs, with the net share climbing by 9 percentage points.

The survey also showed that the share of respondents reporting that their household income is significantly higher than it was 12 months ago increased by 4 percentage points.

More Americans also expect home prices to go up, with the net share rising 3 percentage points. And the net share of consumers who think mortgage rates will go down over the next 12 months held steady for the third consecutive month.

“The latest post-election surge in optimism puts the HPSI at its highest level since its starting point in 2011. Millennials showed especially strong increases in job confidence and income gains, a necessary precursor for increased housing demand from first-time homebuyers,” said Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae.

“Preliminary research results from our team find that millennials are accelerating the rate at which they move out of their parents’ homes and form new households,” Duncan continued. “However, continued slow supply growth implies continued strong price appreciation and affordability constraints facing millennials and first-time buyers in many markets.”

Broken down further, the components of the HPSI showed that:

  • The net share of Americans who say it is a good time to buy a house rose 11 percentage points to 40%, rebounding from last month’s survey low.
  • The net percentage of those who say it is a good time to sell increased by 7 percentage points to 22%, reaching a new survey high.
  • The net share of Americans who say that home prices will go up increased by 3 percentage points in February to 45%.
  • The net share of those who say mortgage rates will go down over the next 12 months remained constant for the third consecutive month at -55%.
  • The net share of Americans who say they are not concerned about losing their job rose 9 percentage points to a new survey high of 78%.
  • The net share of Americans who say their household income is significantly higher than it was 12 months ago rose 4 percentage points to 19% in February, continuing the increase from January and reaching a new survey high.

Housing Wire

Fannie Mae

RE/MAX 200 Realty Agent Mike Rance Makes a Difference in Seminole County Communities

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Busy real estate professional makes time to help others recover from Hurricane Matthew

Seminole County, Florida, February 2017  RE/MAX 200 Realty agent Mike Rance was recently recognized for making a difference in our Seminole County communities for helping with the massive clean-up efforts following Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.  Mike received awards from the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association and the Seminole County Board of Commissioners for leading ‘The Chainsaw Gang’ to work alongside emergency officials removing fallen trees following the storm.  Mike was honored with others who helped restore operations in Florida after Hurricane Matthew, including Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, during a ceremony at the Universal Hilton this February.

“Storms like this can have a large impact on residents and homeowners in local areas where we all live and work together,” said Mike. “When I saw an opportunity to jump in and use my tools to help my neighbors and communities get back to normal I was happy to get involved.”

While finding time to help others Mike also earned another award in 2016.  At the RE/MAX 200 2017 kickoff meeting this January, Mike was announced as the top producing real estate agent in the company completing 60 transactions in 2016!  “Mike is living proof that you can achieve personal success and still find time to make a positive impact on people around you,” said Kevin Acker, Broker-Owner of RE/MAX 200 Realty. “I am extremely proud to have Mike represent our company in the community.”

Mike Rance REMAX 200 Realty

For more information about Mike Rance, or RE/MAX 200 Realty, please visit MetroOrlandoProperties.com or call (407) 629-6330.

Visit Mike’s Website

Florida Emergency Preparedness Association