Daniel Wilson from RE/MAX 200 Realty was recently featured in a story on Channel 6 talking about safety concerns with self-driving cars.  Take a look at the video and complete article on the Click Orlando Channel 6 Website:

ORLANDO, Fla. – Do the rules of the road apply to drivers if you aren’t really driving?

Local realtor Daniel Wilson reached out to me and had some safety questions, along with some concerns about his daily driving commute.

Wilson drives to work every day, kind of.

In today’s society, it’s not just cut and dried anymore when it comes to how the rules apply, especially when some drivers are not in complete control of the vehicle. Wilson owns a Tesla and has noticed that other “self-driving” car owners negate some important safety practices.

Wilson had one important question: Is texting and driving legal in a self-driving vehicle when the car has the control?

It may be 2018 and things are starting to look like the “Jetsons,” but the traffic laws apply to all motor vehicles on the road, self-driving or not. As a driver, you are responsible for the safe operation of the car, and texting while in the driver’s seat is still considered illegal and could result in a hefty ticket.

After clearing that up, Wilson shared some things he’s come to learn while owning his new ride.

First and foremost, Wilson was adamant about wearing his seat belt. Just because the car may be able to drive itself doesn’t mean it’s going to put the seat belt on for you.

Making sure you’re aware of your surroundings is another big tip, Wilson said. Being constantly aware of your surroundings will keep you ready to for whatever hazards may present themselves and allow you to be aware when approaching stop signs and red lights.

 

Read the entire article and view all 40 Metro areas on MSN

ORLANDO – Cushman & Wakefield has released its 2018 Florida Population Reports, which detail projected population growth statewide and in nine major markets throughout Florida. The overall Florida Growth Markets report predicts that Florida’s population will increase by just over 450,000 people in 2018, as compared to 430,000 in 2017.

In the next five years, the state’s population is expected to increase from 21 million to 23.3 million.

Of the Florida Growth Markets examined, the Fort Myers MSA will see the greatest change in year-over-year population growth, while Miami is expected to see the smallest change. Tampa ranks as the largest MSA in the state, and Orlando boasts the lowest unemployment rate.

“Florida’s population grew significantly in 2017, aided by continued net migration from northern and high-tax states,” said Chris Owen, Cushman & Wakefield’s Florida Research Manager. “In addition, thousands of Puerto Rico residents also migrated to the state after Hurricane Maria. Whether the majority of them stay or ultimately go back to the island will depend on reconstruction efforts and any boost to economic activity.”

Cushman & Wakefield’s Florida Market Leader, Larry Richey, added: “As an expanding consumer market, Florida Growth Markets benefits from recent population increases that will in turn continue to support new construction and development in commercial real estate. We see overall fundamentals improving, which will be enhanced by the pace of net migration both from out-of-state and Puerto Rico. These new residents will also alleviate some of the pressure on already tight labor markets.”

An overview of the Population Report for each market Cushman & Wakefield analyzed is below (in descending order of projected growth rates):

  1. Fort Myers: Population is expected to increase by 3.6 percent, from 748,000 to 775,200, year over year. This market is projected to see the most significant change in population of those examined, fueled by favorable demographic trends and lower costs compared to South Florida.
  2. Orlando: Population is expected to increase by 3.2 percent, from 2.4 million to 2.52 million year over year. This growth is bolstered by strong job creation, as Orlando adds 1,000 new jobs a week and has an unemployment rate of 3.3 percent — the lowest in the state.
  3. Palm Beach: Population is expected to increase by 2.8 percent, from 1.4 million to 1.52 million year over year. The Palm Bach MSA has seen a growth rate of 3.1 percent annually over a 10-year period.
  4. Indian River: Population is expected to increase by 2.7 percent, from 148,000 to 159,700 year over year. Large-scale residential communities in this East Coast MSA were popular in 2017, with a significant number of homes in the planning and construction stages.
  5. Lakeland: Population is expected to increase by 2 percent, from 677,270 to 689,600 year over year. Lakeland’s central location between the high-growth markets of Tampa and Orlando puts it in the middle of 8.6 million people within in a 100-mile radius. Average home values will remain the lowest in the Lakeland market at $194,910.
  6. Jacksonville: Population is expected to increase by 1.9 percent, from 1.5 million to 1.6 million year over year. Strengthened by new tourists, military spending and infrastructure, Jacksonville is expected to outperform the state and the country in terms of growth over the next several years.
  7. Broward County: Population is expected to increase by 1.8 percent, from 1.89 million to 1.98 million year over year. Broward County’s high quality of life, marked by a broad scope of opportunities, positions it for continued expansion.
  8. Tampa: Population is expected to increase by 1.8 percent, from 3 million to 3.14 million year over year. Tampa is the largest MSA in the state and the 18th largest nationwide. With an increasingly business-friendly environment, further growth is anticipated as Tampa continues to attract companies from around the country.
  9. Miami: Population is expected to increase by 1.4 percent, from 2.7 million to nearly 2.8 million year over year. The Miami MSA is projected to see the least growth of the markets examined. Average home values will remain the highest in the state at $345,130.

Thank you: Florida Trend

Orlando, FL  1/18/2018 – Abby Nelson’s Great Homes Group with REMAX 200 Realty has qualified for the 2017 REMAX Diamond Award, which honors successful agents who have earned at least $1 million in commissions in the past year. In 2017, the Diamond Award was presented to less than one percent of all active REMAX agents.

This is the first year Great Homes Group has received this REMAX Diamond Award high honor.

“Abby’s tireless dedication to serving her clients, consumers and community has allowed her to achieve this prestigious and elite honor,” said Kevin Acker Broker/Owner of REMAX 200 Realty “Receiving the Diamond Award is a significant accomplishment and we’re extremely proud that Abby and her team continue to raise the bar in real estate.”

Abby is an established leader in the greater Orlando real estate industry and has been serving her community as a REMAX real estate agent for 14 years. She specializes in residential real estate and holds the 5-Star Professional, GRI, e-Pro and CDPE designations. Abby is also a member of the National Association of Realtors® and Florida Association of Realtors®.

In addition, Abby and her team actively support Children’s Miracle Network along with several of their colleagues at REMAX 200.

REMAX Diamond Award

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About RE/MAX Town & Country Realty and RE/MAX 200 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

If you’re looking to find a job for a fresh start in the new year, then you’ll be interested to know that Orlando is among the best places to find a job, according to a new WalletHub analysis.

To help you with the job hunt, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 26 key indicators of job-market strength, ranging from job opportunities and employment growth to monthly average starting salary.

The top 10 best cities for jobs included:

  1. Chandler, Ariz.
  2. Scottsdale, Ariz.
  3. San Francisco
  4. Peoria, Ariz.
  5. Gilbert, Ariz.
  6. Plano, Texas
  7. Portland, Maine
  8. Irvine, Calif.
  9. Madison, Wis.
  10. Boston

Orlando, by the way, came in at No. 13, besting all other Florida metro areas. Tampa ranked next highest at No. 16, while Jacksonville came in at No. 76 and Miami at No. 85.

With 2017 behind us, it’s time to think about fresh starts again. But whether that means a small change or a complete life overhaul, find a job or better job will be a top resolution.

If that’s your mission for the new year, it’s a good time to be on the job market. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent jobs report, the national unemployment rate has fallen to a 17-year low of 4.1 percent while hiring is up.

College graduates, especially, will see a strong boost in their job prospects. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers plan to hire 4 percent more members from the Class of 2018 than from the previous graduating cohort.

But your luck to find a job depends largely on location. To help you with the job hunt, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 26 key indicators of job-market strength. They range from job opportunities to employment growth to monthly average starting salary. Read on for our findings, additional insight from our panel of experts and a full description of our methodology.

Check out the full rankings here.

Thank you: Orlando Business Journal

Orlando, Fla.  The World Property Exchange Group, Inc. (www.WPEgroup.com), a globally emerging real estate fintech company with offices in New York City, Miami and Irvine, Ca, announced that Orlando will become the company’s future global headquarters location starting in early 2018.

The company plans to hire more than 100 people in the next three years, consisting mainly of computer coders, network engineers, data scientists, cyber security experts, economists, mathematicians and key corporate executives, as it builds and deploys the world’s first all-digital, patent-pending and government (SEC) regulated Real Estate Stock Exchange by the end of 2019. The company plans to deploy future real estate exchanges in key money center cities like London, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo in 2020 and beyond, all controlled and managed from WPE’s Orlando headquarters facility.

Company founder and CEO Michael Gerrity said, “Given Central Florida’s indigenous University of Central Florida tech, real estate, cyber security and banking software talent, coupled with the state of Florida’s zero corporate tax rates, lower cost of doing business and great quality of life, Orlando was the obvious choice to plant our company flag as the best place in the U.S. to build, grow and operate our global real estate investment platform.”

Governor Rick Scott said, “As Florida’s economy continues to grow, we are seeing more companies choose our state as the best place to grow. I welcome World Property Exchange and the 100 new jobs that they plan to create in Orlando. More than 1.4 million jobs have been created in Florida over the last seven years because of job creators like World Property Exchange and our relentless efforts to make Florida the number one place for jobs.”

“Orlando is a City where innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit are some of the most abundant and valuable assets, and what I believe to be the foundation of our continued economic growth,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “The World Property Exchange Group’s decision to invest in Orlando as the home of their global headquarters location is a testament to Orlando’s strength as a hub for technology, innovation and dynamic economic development.”

“I am excited for the future prospects of Central Florida’s emerging tech economy and what may become one of the most innovative and significant real estate fintech companies in the world in the coming decade,” said World Property Exchange’s newest Advisory Board member Rebecca York, UCF’s Director of the Dr. P. Phillips Real Estate Institute. “This is just the latest example of Central Florida’s ability to attract and grow cutting edge tech businesses to our market.”

The company has attracted other notable Central Florida business executives to its advisory board, including Al Weiss, the former President of World Wide Operations of Disney Parks and Resorts and veteran institutional real estate investor Jeff McFadden.

The company recently signed a short-term office lease in downtown Orlando and will be located at 111 North Orange Avenue, Suite 800 as it begins to grow and scale up both its staff and technology platform in Central Florida starting in 2018.

The Orlando Economic Partnership (the Partnership) assisted the company in its strategy to enter the Orlando market and provided market research as well as introductions to key business and education leaders.

“Orlando’s talent, reputation for innovation and outstanding quality of life is attracting companies like WPE to our every-growing market,” said the Partnership’s President and CEO Tim Giuliani. “We welcome the company to our region and are grateful for its contribution to our economy which will help boost our region’s prosperity.”

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About World Property Exchange 
World Property Exchange Group, Inc. (WPE) is the developer, owner and operator of a series of globally emerging, patent-pending and government-regulated Digital Real Estate Stock Exchanges. Visit WPEgroup.com and WPE.com to learn more.

About the Orlando Economic Partnership
The Orlando Economic Partnership (the Partnership) works to provide the Orlando region with quality jobs, economic growth, broad-based prosperity and a sustainable quality of life. It is a not-for-profit, public/private partnership representing Central Florida’s seven counties  – Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia – as well as the City of Orlando. The Partnership was formed from the merger of the Central Florida Partnership and the Orlando Economic Development Commission. For more information, visit orlando.org.

The Orlando Economic Partnership begins the 2017-2018 fiscal year on strong ground after seeing significant results in the area of Orlando Business Development. The Partnership recorded 27 company project wins in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2017 stimulating more than $770 million in capital investments and 4,271 projected new jobs. Company relocations and expansions created 2.4 million square feet of newly constructed space added to the region.

“The results in capital investment are the strongest in our entire history of doing economic development in the region and we saw the second strongest results in the amount of square footage occupied by the companies we worked with,” said President and CEO Tim Giuliani. “We are extremely proud of the work of our staff, our board of directors, investors and partners who all played an important role in attaining these outstanding results.”

The Partnership’s work is focused on building broad-based prosperity in the region by not only helping companies expand but assisting them in the creation of jobs that offer a path to success for employees. This can include positions that provide compensation packages with tuition reimbursement, health insurance and career training.

Of the 27 project wins, 19 were new-to-market companies and eight were expansions of existing companies in Orlando Business Development. Here are some project highlights in the Partnership’s targeted industries:

  • Arrow Sky Media LLC, a digital technology firm, relocated its headquarters from Nashville to Orlando. The company plans to create 114 new, high-wage jobs and make a $2.9 million capital investment over the next three years. The company will become an anchor tenant in downtown Orlando’s Creative Village.
  • Constant Aviation, a company that specializes in airframe and engine maintenance, major repairs, avionics, interior refurbishment, paint, parts distribution and accessory services, is locating in Seminole County adding 75 new jobs and making a capital investment of $1.9 million in the region.
  • Holiday Retirement relocated its headquarters from Oregon to the Orlando region creating 157 new, high-wage jobs. Holiday Retirement operates more than 300 retirement home communities across the U.S.
  • KPMG LLC is building a 55-acre, 800,000-square-foot learning, development, and innovation facility in Lake Nona in the City of Orlando. KPMG expects to create 80 new, high wage jobs in Orlando and make a $430 million capital investment – the company’s largest capital investment ever.

Financial incentives were approved for 11 projects (less than half) of the companies assisted by the Partnership. The remaining companies received expedited permitting and workforce hiring assistance. Among them was Amazon.com, Inc., which will open a new fulfillment center in Orlando Business Development creating 1,500 new, full-time jobs. The 850,000 square-foot fulfillment center will feature Amazon Robotics. The site, located in Lake Nona, is under construction and will open in 2018.

Amazon offers a benefits package with the potential to improve employees’ career paths by offering 95 percent tuition reimbursement upfront for its team members to go to college and a comprehensive health plan. “This is an example of a company contributing to the region’s broad-based prosperity by offering exceptional entry-level opportunities that offer future growth for an employee,” said Sean DeMartino, the Partnership’s Co-Chair (FY ’16-’17).

The region’s diverse workforce, talent pipeline, strong infrastructure, collaborative approach to community building, and the ease and low cost of doing business were among the top factors cited by company executives who chose Orlando.

“I think we can credit the Partnership’s award-winning regional business brand, “Orlando. You don’t know the half of it.” for our results,” said Co-Chair Robert Utsey. “Our message that Orlando is a great place to do business is being heard by executives around the nation and the world.”

Thank you: Orlando Economic Development Commission

Join Evelyn Pilchick for the Childrens Miracle Trail Ride benefiting Children’s Miracle Network on November 11th. This will be Evelyn’s 5th year of participating!

The funds raised will help Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children purchase Medical Equipment, Fund Research, pay for uncompensated medical care, and provide advanced medical treatment.  Any donation to this awesome cause is very much appreciated!

The ride is on Saturday, November 11 at Lake X in Saint Cloud.

The Kenneth Kirchman Foundation is a charitable organization that owns a 10,426-acre ranch in St. Cloud, Florida, known as “Lake X,” for the purpose of educating the public (particularly children) about Florida’s ecology and wildlife and is the location for Childrens Miracle Trail Ride.  As the surrounding areas become increasingly populated and infringe on undeveloped areas in Florida, the public is losing familiarity with nature.  The Foundation seeks to address the problem of the public’s ever-increasing disengagement with nature by providing first-hand educational experiences to enhance public awareness, especially among children.

The Lake X Property is one of the most unique tracts of land in all of Florida and includes a 1,400 acre lake surrounded by pristine forests and unspoiled wetlands.  The property was originally purchased in the mid-1950’s by E.C. Kiekhaefer, founder of Mercury Marine Outboards. 

 Mr. Kiekhaefer wanted an added sense of security and anonymity to the property and as a result, named the property “Lake X.”  Ken Kirchman purchased the Lake X Property from Mr. Kiekhaefer in 1984. Having grown up in Florida on Lake Okeechobee, Mr. Kirchman knew the value and importance of preserving the natural beauty of Lake X and set a goal atypical of most landowners:  to keep Lake X the same as it was 100 years ago.

Please contact Evelyn Pilchick for more details or click here help with a donation.

For the second year in a row, Orlando ranks No. 1 city for recreation in Wallethub’s best cities for recreation list. San Diego, Las Vegas, Tampa and Atlanta followed behind, respectively, to complete the top 5. Based on the premise that staying active is good for your health AND your wallet, Wallethub compared 100 of the largest U.S. cities to determine the cities that best enable recreational activities. Cities were evaluated across four categories – cost of living, quality of parks, accessibility of entertainment and recreational facilities and weather – using 44 key metrics, such as food festivals per capita, average fitness club fee and share of population with walkable park access.

With a bounty of performance arts centers, theatres and festivals, a rising foodie scene, a plethora of public parks as well as world-class teams and athletes, Orlando’s latest ranking as a city for recreation comes as no surprise to its many residents. In fact, in the heart of downtown Orlando resides one of the most iconic parks in the state: Lake Eola Park. Downtown residents can often be seen walking, running and biking around Lake Eola just inches from the commercial district of downtown Orlando.

“There’s so much to do here. So many places to eat, so many places to entertain. Family that never came to visit you, will when you live in Orlando. That’s what made this place so great, it’s really brought my family together. I love Orlando and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else,” says Angie Brown, Vice President of Meridian Appraisal Group and current Orlando resident.

This ranking follows a plethora of similar rankings for Orlando including most desirable place to livebest city for foodies, and most pet-friendly city.

If you’re looking for a fun place to live, learn, work and play – look no further than beautiful Orlando, Florida.

Orlando’s rising employment rates and waning commercial mortgage delinquencies during the last year made the region one of the nation’s leading markets for growth and investment, according to a new study.

The four-county area, including Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake counties, ranked fourth nationally for its business climate during the last four quarters, according to a report released Wednesday by the analytics firm Trepp LLC. Orlando ranked behind Seattle, Las Vegas and Atlanta in the measurement of economic growth and commercial real estate investment, said Sean Barrie, research analyst for Trepp.

During the last year, Orlando’s population grew 2.5 percent and unemployment was 3.9 percent, with 42,800 jobs added during the last four quarters, Trepp’s report stated

Orlando’s ranking was not surprising to Marcel Arsenault, who oversees the investment management company Real Capital Solutions, based in Colorado.

“We concur 100 percent. Orlando has wonderful in-migration from Puerto Rico and elsewhere, and it benefits from the ‘Great Drain’ of companies leaving New Jersey,” said Arsenault, who studies business cycles of property types throughout the country. Last week, he showed an audience of real estate journalists the advisory emails he sent in 2005 predicting a sharp economic slide, which materialized starting a year later as the Recession.

Underscoring his views, Real Capital Solutions earlier this month purchased Maitland Forum with more than 284,000 square feet at 2600 Lake Lucien Drive, Maitland, for $15.4 million and Park Center with more than 127,000 square feet at 2500 Maitland Center Parkway for $6.8 million, records show.

Maitland stands as one of the biggest turn-around markets in the region, said Chris Owen, who oversees research for Cushman & Wakefield in Florida. Vacancies for Maitland-area offices diminished from about a quarter of available space to a tenth during a three-year period that ended in early 2017, the real estate brokerage reported. Relatively affordable office rents, particularly when compared with downtown Orlando, have boosted activity there, he added.

Owen cited another factor considered by companies scouting cities for call-center and back-office locations: Orlando residents are often “accent-neutral” and can communicate easily with customers nationwide.

Trepp cited Orlando’s rising appeal in part to businesses relocating from expensive markets with higher taxes, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Trepp researchers referred to Orlando and other top cities in the ranking as “18-hour cities” — they may not enjoy the same round-the-clock cache as larger cities but are heading in that direction.

Trepp also cited Florida’s lack of state income tax.

Orlando businesses are not without some credit problems, although commercial mortgage delinquencies dropped about a half a percent to 2.18 percent during the year-long period. Trepp reported.

Thank you:  Orlando Sentinel