Florida growth rate to hit 2.6% in 2013

Florida growth rate to hit 2.6% in 2013

Florida’s economy should outpace national growth by 0.6 points in 2013, Beata Caranci, vice president and deputy chief economist of Toronto-based TD Bank Group told a group of business executives at the Citrus Club in Orlando Sept. 27. That’s the good news.

13 Months Straight

Resale prices for Orlando-area homes ticked up yet again last month, as buyers came closer to paying sellers’ asking prices than at any time since February 2007, when the housing bubble was about to burst.

Allen acts as downtown Orlando’s high-rise matchmaker

Allen acts as downtown Orlando’s high-rise matchmaker

There’s something special about living in downtown Orlando. Whether it’s taking a midday stroll around Lake Eola or the energetic nightlife, living downtown can offer a laid back, coffee shop lifestyle or one filled with frenetic fun and fashion. Whatever the preference, Thomas Allen and his six-member crew at real estate brokerage firm Urbanista Brokers […]

Breathing new life into downtown condo towers

Breathing new life into downtown condo towers

Looking for a nice downtown Orlando apartment? You soon may be able to add the 55 West condo tower on Church Street to your list of possibilities. The condo bust in 2007 left the 32-story building shell sitting empty, with the developer scrambling to find a way to salvage it. Previous ideas included turning it […]

Realtor association’s membership falls 13 percent

Realtor association’s membership falls 13 percent

Central Florida’s still-slow residential real estate market now is taking its toll on the Realtor association membership rolls statewide. On the local front, the Orlando Regional Realtor Association’s just-released numbers show a 13.3 percent membership drop from 12,616 in 2007 to 10,940 through Feb. 26 this year — a 19 percent drop from the association’s […]

The Urban Lifestyle

The Urban Lifestyle

Thomas Allen is happy to live in a downtown Orlando condo, despite reports about the market crashing. In fact, he’s working to recruit more people to the urban lifestyle. Allen and his mother, Dorothy Williams, this month are rolling out their new concept dubbed Urbanista. The new real estate brokerage company, which is affiliated with […]