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Your home is your castle and your castle needs to be defended from disaster. Unfortunately, disaster strikes when you least expect it so you have to try to prepare for everything. Here are a few tips to help keep you safe in your home.

Detecting the Threat

The best way to handle any emergency is to respond quickly. For that, you need to make sure that your home tells you when it's in trouble. Luckily, there are a number of great detectors that you can install for this purpose.

Of course, it's extremely important to have smoke detectors installed in your home and make sure that the batteries are changed regularly. It's especially important to make sure that you have one in the kitchen, where the vast majority of house fires start.

You can

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Today’s the day!

The SunRail officially opened for business early this morning, bringing many eager Central Floridians to their jobs without ever needing to deal with I-4 traffic. At the peak times, heavy crowds filled parking lots to capacity in DeBary and Lake Mary and many trains were packed to standing room only. 

So far, the SunRail’s inaugural day has proven to be a big success though there have been a few rough spots. At Princeton street, a school bus was clipped by a lowering crossing arm that the driver wasn’t expecting, but nobody was hurt. The biggest problem is that, by midday, the service was proving to be so popular that trains were running more than a half hour behind. Conductors blamed the delay on the need to take the time to help

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More good news for the housing market across the country and here in Orlando. RealtyTrac’s March statistics are out and here’s what they have to say for our current market.

According to RealtyTrac, the median sales price in March was $164,500. That’s up 1% from February and 10% from March of last year! That makes March the 24th consecutive month in which home prices are up over the previous year. In fact, March’s 10% increase is the highest yet!

Here in Florida, the numbers are slightly different but still encouraging. In Florida, home sales rose 1% between February and March and also 1% between March of this year and March of last year. As for home prices, we actually saw a 2% decline between February and March but don’t worry because it was

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Are you ready for some roadwork? I hope so, because you’ll soon be seeing a lot of it! By this time next year, work will have begun on the I-4 Ultimate Project - an enormous construction project that aims to improve a 21 mile stretch of I-4 from Kirkman Road to State Road 434.

The project is large in scope. General use lanes along the entire 21 mile stretch will be rebuilt. More than 75 bridges will be replaced. Fifteen major interchanges will be completely reconstructed. And, most ambitious of all, four tolled Express Lanes will be built into the center of the interstate.

These four lanes - two lanes in each direction - will have variable priced tolls that are more expensive during peak times. The purpose of this is to limit the amount of

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Two months ago in Las Vegas, for the first time ever, two major trade shows - the International Builders’ Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show - combined forces to make one huge event - the first annual Design and Construction Week. The result was the industry’s top builders, manufacturers and designers all in one place and most of them were showcasing one thing - the future.

The home building industry has always been a little slow to conform to new trends. When the recession hit, home builders continued to provide the same thing they’d been doing for the last couple decades - large floor plans that were expensive to buy and furnish, high ceilings and open spaces that cost too much to heat and cool, and unnecessary “luxury” features. They

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For years, Central Florida drivers have been promised an “expressway loop” that would completely encircle the greater Orlando area and provide quick and convenient routes from from one end to the other. We have SR 417 in the east and SR 429 in the west and soon, finally, we’ll have a road in the north that connects the two.

The last leg of the expressway loop will go through Apopka and Sanford, much of it following the path of SR 46. One of the biggest hold-ups has been the design of a bridge going across the Wekiva River. Currently, the Wekiva River is one of only two U.S. Wild and Scenic rivers in Florida, so building a bridge across it is a big deal. State Road 46 already has a bridge over the river but this new project would be much larger and

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Yes, it’s more good news for our Central Florida real estate market. According to a recent study by ZipRealty, Orlando ranks number 3 on the Top 10 Most Affordable Housing Markets of 2014 list.

The company gathered data from 30 of the largest metro areas in the U.S. and calculated the median home price and estimated family income in each of those cities. “Affordability” is determined by comparing those two numbers, with an affordable home being a little more than twice the average annual household income. Here in Orlando, the average annual household income is $54,800 and the median home prices is $140,000, giving us an affordability rating of 2.6x (2.6 times annual income).

Orlando was the only Florida city that ranked in the Top 10. The only

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Home prices here in the Orlando area saw growth in the double digits in the month of February! It's yet another clear sign that our economy continues to improve.

Compared to February of 2013, home prices in Orlando, including distressed properties, rose by 14% last month. Though this was an impressive year-to-year increase, prices only went up by 0.5% compared to January.

This growth made Florida one of the top three states with the highest home price appreciation. The other states were California with an appreciation of 15.9% and Nevada with an appreciation of 14.6%. Considering Florida, California and Nevada were some of the hardest hit states when the housing bubble collapsed, these signs of growth are something to celebrate.

Nationwide,

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The Lake Nona area has been growing rapidly in recent years. With the addition of the Lake Nona Medical City, the Southeast Orlando location has attracted many jobs and numerous construction projects. Currently, the Medical City is home to Nemours Children's Hospital, the UCF College of Medicine, the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and the UF Reasearch & Academic Center. Construction is currently underway on Laureate Park, a beautiful community of single family homes and town homes that is is perfect for people who work in the medical city. Many of the homes are already completed and ready to move in. Development has also begun on the 100,000 square foot Lake Nona Gateway medical office building and will soon begin on the Florida Blue

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It's April 1st, the perfect time for a few tips about selling your home. I know it's always a tough competition out there for sellers. Your house is competing with countless others for the attention of picky buyers. That's why it's so important to make sure that your home stands out. Here are a few tips to make sure that whenever a buyer views your home, they will always find it… memorable.

Making a First Impression

A buyer starts to form an opinion of a home as soon as they pull up to the driveway. Dare to be different! Your neighbors may have perfectly manicured lawns and trimmed shrubs but you should provide an adventure for your buyer. Remember, your home is a treasure and there's nothing like having to trudge through tall grass, fight

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