Join Evelyn Pilchick For The Childrens Miracle Trail Ride November 11th

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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.

Amazon Plans to Create 1,500 Jobs in Orlando

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Amazon.com, Inc. will open a new fulfillment center in Orlando creating 1,500 new, full-time jobs. The 850,000 square-foot center will be a highly technological workplace featuring Amazon Robotics. The site, located in Lake Nona, will open in 2018.

“We are excited to join the Orlando community, creating more than 1,500 full-time jobs at our new fulfillment center,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations. “We very much appreciate the state and local elected leaders who have supported Amazon’s arrival in Orlando and we look forward to bringing more jobs and investment to the state in the coming months.”

Amazon employees will pick, pack and ship small items like books, electronics and consumer goods to customers.

“I am proud that Amazon has chosen the Orlando area as the best location for their new fulfillment center. Amazon is already a major job creator in Florida, and we’re proud that they are continuing to invest in our state and create new opportunities for our families,” said Governor Rick Scott. “Today’s announcement is a reminder of the important role of Enterprise Florida and local economic development agencies who have worked to market our state so we can outcompete other locations for these major jobs wins.”

Amazon has created more than 4,000 full-time jobs in Florida since building its first fulfillment center in the state in 2013. The new fulfillment center will bring Amazon’s workforce in the Sunshine State to more than 9,000.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Amazon to Central Florida, and look forward to this legendary innovator becoming a part of our community,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “We’ve worked hard to expedite permitting and other County functions in order to get this new type of fulfillment distribution center – including Amazon Robotics and a significant investment in technology – up and running. This is a huge win for Central Florida and a wonderful opportunity for our entire community, including the 1,500 employees who will join the Amazon team and all those who will benefit from Amazon’s well-known commitment to the local community.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive highly-competitive pay, health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company stock. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of maternal and parental paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families.

“Florida’s business climate continues to beat out other states, and we are proud to see Amazon choose the Orlando area for a new fulfillment center,” said Mike Grisson, interim president and CEO of Enterprise Florida. “The workforce, infrastructure and overall business friendliness in Florida lead the nation and this is apparent as our economy continues to grow.”

Amazon also offers full-time employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, over 10,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

“Amazon’s decision to select Orlando for its next major investment is a tremendous win for the Orlando region,” said Tim Giuliani, president and CEO of the Orlando Economic Partnership. “It says a lot about our status as a major employment hub in the United States when a global leader in ecommerce chooses to add more than 1,500 new jobs in our community. Amazon is a great addition to our region with programs that provide full benefits to employees while also encouraging workers to further their education and improve their skills through a tuition reimbursement incentive.”

“OUC is proud to be part of the team that brought Amazon to our community,” said Roseann Harrington, Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Community Relations, Orlando Utilities Commission. “Working together, we’re helping companies make a power move to Orlando where the payoff is greater reliability, better rates, deeper connections to our community and a greener future. We look forward to serving them and their employees.”

The project is being developed in a partnership between Seefried Industrial Properties and an affiliate of USAA Real Estate Company. Tavistock Development Company entitled and sold the property, and will develop the infrastructure for the project.

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Join Us For Winter Springs Got Talent and July 4th Celebration of Freedom

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REMAX Town & Country is again sponsoring the Winter Springs Celebration of Freedom and Winter Springs Got Talent competition!  Please join us for all of the festivities and fireworks!

 

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Orlando Ranks No. 2 Top Metro for Job Seekers

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Indeed researchers analyzed the job postings of the 50 metro areas with the most postings on Indeed.com and Orlando, not surprisingly, finds itself second on the list of top metros for job seekers. Indeed evaluated four key considerations in the job hunt: local job market favorability, average salary adjusted for cost of living, employers’ score for work-life balance and job security/advancement opportunities in Indeed’s review database.

What does Orlando have to offer on top of our blue skies and warm weather? Per Indeed’s research, Orlando offers some of the highest scores for work-life balance, job security and advancement, as well as performing 98% higher than other cities in job market favorability.

While Orlando is best known for our large leisure and hospitality industry presence, the trade and transportation industries follow closely behind. And with the recent opening of BRIDG in Osceola County, growing number of startup tech companies planting roots in Orlando and tech companies relocating and expanding here, the opportunities for job seekers are diverse.

With a thriving tech scene, supportive business community and a climate that caters to a quality work-life balance, we are sure to see Orlando continue to stay on top in years to come.

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Millennials are Searching for Orlando Real Estate

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The Orlando metropolitan area ranked No. 3 on Realtor.com’s list of top home buying hot spots for older millennials

The Orlando metropolitan area ranked No. 3 on Realtor.com’s list of top home buying hot spots for older millennials (25 to 34 years old). That age group represents the largest age demographic of prospective home purchasers, according to monthly surveys conducted by Realtor.com.

The Orlando metro area saw 1.18 times more Realtor.com listings page views from millennials than the national average. These “hot spots” attract the large group of home prospective buyers either due to a strong local economy, relative affordability, or both.

Orlando has been exploding beyond its internationally renowned theme parks, and millennials are paying attention. As the No. 2 fastest growing metro (Forbes), Orlando is increasingly on the radar for millennial home buyers considering where to put down roots.

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Orlando ranked No. 2 fastest growing metro in 2017 by Forbes

Autism Speaks: Light It Up Blue For Greater Understanding and Acceptance

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Each April 2nd, Autism Speaks celebrates the start of its signature campaign, Light It Up Blue, along with the international autism community in recognition of UN sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day and April, World Autism Month.

At RE/MAX 200 and RE/MAX Town & Country you will find blue light bulbs available for a $5 donation for Autism Speaks.  For each donation you will receive a raffle ticket drawn for prizes at the end of the month!

Thank you Amy Holobyn for leading our company during Autism Awareness Month to benefit such a worthy cause!

REMAX Town & Country Agents Make a Difference Supporting Children’s Miracle Network

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Orlando, Florida  April 4, 2017  RE/MAX Town & Country agents Kim Coburn, Tanya McDonnell and Dave Bowen are making a difference in Central Florida communities as ‘Miracle Agents’. Through the Miracle Home program, they make a donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® after each transaction. With gratitude to Kim, Tanya and Dave, we are very proud to recognize them for being announced as the Top 3 contributors to CMN in the Central Florida region at the RE/MAX Regional Awards Banquet on April 1st.

RE/MAX Miracle Agents, Offices and Teams help make a significant impact on the lives of children treated at CMN Hospitals across the U.S. and Canada. Over the years, their support of CMN Hospitals has helped provide life-saving treatments,

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

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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

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.

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