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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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

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!

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 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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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

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.”

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

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In the same year renting becomes more affordable and the homeownership rate bounces back from historical lows, the country’s housing market superstar will be — drumroll, please — Nashville!

Music City has moved beyond its country roots to become a fast-growing economy with employment by the healthcare industry and big corporate names including Nissan, Randstad and Kroger — plus the popular chain of diners, Shoney’s.

Home appreciation is expected to rocket in Nashville this year by 4.3 percent, while incomes recently grew by 1.1 percent and unemployment is a healthy 4 percent.

Nashville is followed in housing market hotness by Seattle; Provo, UT; and Orlando on Zillow’s list of hottest markets for 2017.

“These hot markets are experiencing

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs kicked off 2017 with the fifth annual Orange County Economic Summit. The Summit presents a gauge of the current economic climate and forecast.

Dr. Sean Snaith, director of the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Institute for Economic Competitiveness and chair of the Orlando EDC’s Orlando Economic Forum, presented a forecast for the local, state and national economy in 2017.

“In Central Florida, there’s growth in all sectors. The pace of growth, compared to the state-wide averages, is much stronger,” Snaith said during his presentation. “We’re growing faster than the state, than the national economy and not by a little bit, but by a great amount.”As Orlando’s economy grows, the need for a diverse and highly educated workforce becomes increasingly critical for the region. In a panel focused on workforce development, key regional leaders discussed programs and initiatives to meet the present and future demand for a qualified labor force in Central Florida. The panelists included Barbara Jenkins, Ed.D., superintendent of Orange County Public Schools, Thad Seymour, Ph.D., vice provost for UCF Downtown, Sanford “Sandy” Shugart, Ph.D., president of Valencia College and Crystal Sircy, executive vice president of the Orlando Economic Development Commission. Pam Nabors, president and CEO of CareerSource Central Florida moderated the panel.

“Workforce, hands down, is the most important factor of economic development,” Crystal Sircy said. “CEOs repeatedly tell us that workforce development and the talent pool today, and in the future, is vital to their success.” Sircy added that businesses are attracted to a diverse workforce and a ready talent pipeline.

Dr. Sugart discussed Valencia Colleges’ expansion of technical certifications to meet the need for both job seekers and employers looking for specifically technical proficiency. Dr. Jenkins shared Orange County Public Schools’ commitment to preparing students for post higher education and future careers through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.

Dr. Seymour discussed the strategic advantage that Orlando’s higher education community has over other regions nationwide. The region’s cohesive community allows organizations to strategically foster the required talent needed by growing industry sectors.

“Thanks to changing technologies and emerging industries, we really need to create a pipeline of workers who are skilled in a wide variety of specialty and high-tech areas. From under-employed workers seeking new skills to high-school-aged and entry-level workers, we are committed to helping everyone gain access to job training, in order to develop a marketable workforce skill.” Mayor Jacobs said.

Following the 2017 Economic Summit, Orange County hosted the second Florida TechMatch, an invitation-only event that gives local technology companies the chance to build relationships with national industry leaders.

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Thank You: Amanda Roche

Demolishing your seventies kitchen and upgrading to stainless steel and granite can produce all kinds of happy feelings. It can also produce piles of materials you might not be sure what to do with. Here are a few ways to remove all those building byproducts.

1. Donate

If your stuff’s in half-decent condition, there’s probably a drop-off donation center willing to take it. Habitat for Humanity has a national network of home improvement stores stocked by donations. They take everything from light fixtures and appliances to counter tops and windows.

2. Reclaim, reuse, recycle

Roll up old carpet and use the Carpet America Recovery Effort website to find a company near you that will reclaim, recycle or reuse it. Check with your municipality to find out if they recycle any other types of construction material. The Construction and Demolition Recycling Association can help you locate local companies that will take materials such as asphalt shingles, gypsum drywall and concrete.

3. Options for paint

PaintCare is an organization that works on behalf of paint manufacturers in states with paint stewardship laws to set up places to safely recycle and dispose of unwanted paint. Many municipalities have drop-off days for oil-based paint, which is considered household hazardous waste.

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