Still a Good Time to Buy a Home

Amid news that employers added 204,000 new jobs in October and the U.S. economy expanded by 2.8 percent in third quarter, tempered by slowed consumer spending – a drop to 1.5%, the slowest rate in three years – it remains a good time to purchase real estate so hurry up and get the best moving companies to relocate yourself in a new house. If you’re moving in the San Francisco Bay area, moving companies denver is a great choice to move you and your family. They have the experience, the resources, and the right team to make sure your move is worry-free. As your moving specialists here at montrealmovers.com, we offer moving services for professionals. If your company is re-locating, we have the right equipment for your industrial moving needs, including moving heavy machinery. For the industrial space utilization, austintenantadvisors.com provides a simple space calculation process to measure and utilize spaces efficiently. We also handle commercial moving for businesses.

Why?

The Fed continues to purchase billions in Bonds and Treasuries each month to stimulate the economy and housing market and help keep home low cost loans for poor credit rates attractive. The Fed has said that its decision on if and when to taper off these purchases is dependent on upcoming reports on the economy. So, if economic data in the coming weeks is strong, like this Jobs Report was, the Fed could decide on tapering its purchases at a December meeting. This would put upward pressure on home loan rates heading into 2014. If you plan to move and sell your home at Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia ask what 8dayhomesale can offer for your home. You should consider the security when buying a home. Check out www.securityinfo.com/security-cameras to learn more.

So, at least for now, home loan rates remain near historical lows and it’s still a great time to come to Florida and stay in your new custom home… or to buy that vacation home… or to acquire an income-producing rental property in the Disney area! There are still lots of short sale and foreclosure opportunities, too, Residential Leasing, a Houston based property management firmtells their investors and tenants the same thing.

As always, contact FLAstay.com, your Disney Area Vacation Home Experts. E-mail me at ken@flastay.com or call me at 407-744-3225 with your real estate questions or for more information about buying real estate in the highly desirable Disney-area real estate marketplace.  

Get Your Irish On! August 30-September 2, 2013

Great Irish Hooley Festival – August 30-September 2, 2013

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant, Downtown Disney

“Hooley” is Irish slang for party or celebration.  There will be six top Irish bands playing traditional and rock tunes, structured set dancing called the Celli, Celtic face painting and authentic food and beverages.  Irish Dance Workshops for the family will be led by Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast.  Irish Music Workshops will be led by multi-instrumentalist Declan Masterson.  There will be live music both inside and outside with the best piano from this electric piano reviews.

Bands include:

  • Scythian – Celtic and world music with a touch of punk-rock

  • Lisa Canny – Irish musician-singer-songwriter who plays traditional folk music with a contemporary flair

  • Elevation – the world’s leading U2 tribute band

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween

Select Nights – September 10 – November 01, 2013

Trick-or-Treat Fun for Everyone                                                                       

Dress up in your favorite costume and collect delicious candy throughout Magic Kingdom park. You’ll soon discover all the boo-tiful ways that the spirits of the season have transformed the park into a happy haunted hallows! Many favorite Disney Characters are dressed in Halloween costumes, too. So come celebrate and scare up a good time!

The event is held on select nights from September to October. The tone of the event is “not-so-scary,” which means children of all ages can enjoy this party.

Eerie Entertainment

The night howls with excitement at this spook-tacular party for all little ghouls and boys. Unearth some of the great entertainment that awaits you at this ghastly bash:

Disney Villains Dance Mix and Mingle!

Some of your favorite baddies from Disney films rock you with this thrilling opening number in front of a ghostly Cinderella Castle. When the number is over, the villains veer into the crowds for meet and greets.

Main Street, U.S.A.
Venture onto Main Street, U.S.A. where you might even meet a barbershop quartet of dead cowboys who sing songs in the style of the Dapper Dans. They like “axing” Guests questions and answering with puns as part of their “dead pan” humor.

Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade
The grandmaster of this bone-rattling parade has truly lost his head! A hair-raising ride by the Headless Horseman himself begins the festivities, followed by a collection of frightful floats featuring Disney Characters in Halloween costumes. Get ready for the grave diggers! The Haunted Mansion stars in this delightful parade. It’s really not so scary—just fiendish fun!

Happy HalloWishes
The Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion invites you to “drop in” as Disney Villains tear up the night with fireworks and wicked remixes of their theme songs. Cruella de Vil, Jafar and Oogie Boogie are just some of the scoundrels who croon their spooky tunes. Feel a chill as creepy colors crawl over Cinderella Castle. The finale casts a spell you will never forget!

Buy Tickets Early and Save

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party requires a separate ticket for admission. Don’t miss your chance to receive discounts on select nights when purchasing tickets to this seasonal event in advance! Buy early and save on the cost!

 

 

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2013

The 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is right around the corner – everything starts September 27!

Taste Your Way Around the World – Savor a diverse assortment of international flavors as you set out on a culinary adventure. From tantalizing tastes and their best accompanying bubblies to celebrity chef demonstrations and a concert series packed with popular bands, hundreds of delicious surprises await—only at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

Special Experiences: Interact with celebrity chefs, join a Party for the Senses, sample international marketplaces and receive a first-class education in wine.
Sweet Events: Treat your sweet tooth to a seductive affair with a trio of tempting events, focused around the most decadent desserts and chocolate delights.
Demonstrations & Seminars: Get an education on wine, learn how to use those new instant pot steamer basket systems along with how the wonderful “whey” cheese is made, discover “3D” Disney desserts and attend a Party for the Senses.
Eat to the Beat: Soak up the rocking sounds at this outdoor concert series, featuring nightly performances from a sizzling line-up of popular musical acts.

 

STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas

September 27 to September 29, 2013
Known for the song “We Built This City”

Band members from the all-female group The Go-Go’s performing on their own individual instruments

Go-Go’s*

September 30 to October 1, 2013
Known for the song “We Got The Beat”

Band members from Air Supply standing together in a stadium hallway filled with tour equipment

Air Supply

October 2 to October 4, 2013
Known for the song “All Out of Love”

Band members from Sister Hazel standing together while a boot pans across the foreground

Sister Hazel

October 5 to October 6, 2013
Known for the song “All for You”

Mark McGrath and band members from Sugar Ray standing together against a wooden wall

Sugar Ray

October 7 to October 9, 2013
Known for the song “Fly”

Singer Edwin McCain pensively staring out the window while sitting in a booth at a diner. We also called the <a href=commercial window cleaners to clear out the view.” />

Edwin McCain*

October 10 to October 11, 2013
Known for the song “I’ll Be”

Members of the group The Manhattan Transfer singing into an old-style microphone while dressed for a night on the town

The Manhattan Transfer*

October 12 to October 13, 2013
Known for the song “Boy From New York City”

Carny Wilson and group members of the musical trio Wilson Phillips smiling together

Wilson Phillips*

October 14 to October 15, 2013
Known for the song “Hold On”

Members of the all-female group The Pointer Sisters smiling together while wearing bright dresses

The Pointer Sisters

October 16 to October 17, 2013
Known for the song “I’m So Excited”

Band members from Night Ranger standing together while wearing dark clothing

Night Ranger

October 18 to October 20, 2013
Known for the song “Sister Christian”

Members of Boyz II Men casually standing together in front of green and black-patterned wallpaper

Boyz II Men

October 21 to October 23, 2013
Known for the song “End of the Road”

Band members from Survivor standing together in the cinder block hallway of an arena

Survivor

October 24 to October 25, 2013
Known for the song “Eye of the Tiger”

Band members from 38 Special standing together while adorned in country-style wear and cowboy hats

38 Special

October 26 to October 27, 2013
Known for the song “Caught Up in You”

Band members from Smash Mouth standing in a sparkling room filled with over-sized playing cards

Smash Mouth

October 28 to October 30, 2013
Known for the song “Walkin’ on the Sun”

Band members from The Spin Doctors goofing around together in a brick hallway

Spin Doctors*

October 31 to November 1, 2013
Known for the song “Two Princes”

Musician Christopher Cross standing straight-faced with his hands in the pockets of a pin-striped suit

Christopher Cross*

November 2 to November 3, 2013
Known for the song “Sailing”

Band members from Hanson standing together while wearing hip clothing

Hanson

November 4 to November 5, 2013
Known for the song “Get the Girl Back”

Musician Dennis DeYoung of the rock band Styx singing excitedly into a microphone

Dennis DeYoung (original member of STYX)

November 6 to November 8, 2013
Known for the song “Come Sail Away”

Band members from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy excitedly performing together on a nightclub stage

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

November 9 to November 11, 2013
Known for the song “Go Daddy-O”

 

Ken’s Korner

To Short Sell or Not to Short Sell: What Happens to Real Estate Short Sales if there is No Mortgage Debt Relief?

As of December 31, the Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 is set to expire. Unless Congress acts, all of the remaining debt relief to be provided in 2013 will likely be considered taxable income. A good portion of our business at FLAstay.com involves short sales. Short sales are a very viable option for many underwater homeowners. Many Realtors who do short sales are concerned about the future of short sales. So, Ken, you ask, “Is this the end of short sales?”No.First, let me explain the Mortgage Debt Relief Act: The Act contains a provision that relieves some sellers of federal income tax liability when a lender forgives the difference between the amounts owed on the mortgage vs. that recovered by the lender in the short sale. In short, when a lender waives this deficiency, the debt is forgiven and the lender issues a 1099-C. According to IRS rules, this forgiven debt is considered income and is, therefore, subject to federal tax. Currently, the Act provides protection for owners who short sell a home which qualifies as their primary residence. Thus, there is a fear in the real estate industry that if this provision were to sunset on Dec. 31, 2012, short sales would no longer be a viable option for homeowners.The concern is unwarranted.

Here’s the reality:

1. Many homeowners don’t qualify for protection under the Act now, especially in our Disney-area market where, by definition, primary residences are the exception not the                    rule.

2. There are significant benefits to a short sale with or without the Act. I find, for example, that full deficiency waivers have become relatively commonplace.

3. Lastly, I honestly wonder how much tax sellers actually end up paying with or without the Act.

 

 

 

Reasons to do a Short Sale with or without the Act

If you are an owner of an  investment property or vacation home, you enjoy the potential benefits of   a) getting a deficiency waiver,   b) avoiding foreclosure, and   c) fast-tracking the restoration of your credit to where you could qualify for another mortgage in as little as two years. Let’s face it; a waiver of the deficiency is a much bigger deal than the amount of any tax   consequence. Remember, the deficiency is what you owe the bank whereas the tax liability is what you owe the IRS on the amount of the deficiency. Recently amended       guidelines of Government Servicing Entities or ‘GSE’s,’ including behemoths Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, provide for a full waiver of the deficiency for most sellers. The ability to complete a short sale with a high degree of certainty of a full release from the debt obligation is the biggest reason I see for short sales to continue as an attractive  option for underwater owners. The advice of a good accountant or tax attorney will continue to be valuable to the short sale owner. When the seller’s lender issues a 1099  upon completion of the short sale, there are options that the seller should ask their tax professional to explore to mitigate the tax liability. If the selling price of the house is   less than the original purchase price, as is most often the case in a short sale, this loss can be used to offset reported income. Alternatively, debts forgiven in a short sale may  qualify under an IRS insolvency exclusion. See IRS Form 982 for details. We built a website posting these rules with http://www.webdesign499.com/website-maintenance/. So, if you are upside-down on your mortgage – whether it is on your primary residence, vacation   home or investment property – your opportunity for relief does not sunset on Dec. 31, 2012. I encourage you to proceed. Contact an experienced real estate short sale professional and qualified tax professional.Read more about the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act and Debt Cancellation at:http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/The-Mortgage-Forgiveness-Debt-Relief-Act-and-Debt-Cancellation-http://www.irs.gov/uac/Publication-4681,-Canceled-Debts,-Foreclosures,-Repossessions,-and-Abandonments

Mortgage Interest Deduction On the Chopping Block

Monday, November 12, 2012 — The next two years will be a period of big measures coming out of Washington, and REALTORS® have to be prepared for the possibility that the mortgage interest deduction is unlikely to escape unscathed.

 

That’s the sober warning REALTORS® received from one of the country’s most widely respected political commentators, Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report.

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At the Legislative and Political Forum during the 2012 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando, Cook joined National Journal White House correspondent Major Garrett for a look at why the national elections earlier this week went the way they did—and what to expect now that President Barack Obama has been reelected and the House and Senate remain split.

 

“I don’t think MID will be targeted” for cuts by itself to help address the country’s deficit, but “it’s going to get affected, it’s going to change,” Cook told thousands of REALTORS®.

 

Cook thinks the cap on itemized deductions that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney talked about in the last stage of his campaign could very well be the template Congress looks at—likely in the next six months—to help cut the deficit. Whether it’s based on a dollar limit or a percentage limit, itemized deductions, including MID, will be affected, “no doubt about it,” Cook said. “The world is different.”

 

Garrett pointed to the response on Wall Street, where the stock market lost 400 points the day after the election, as a sign the federal government must come to grips with the deficit. Lawmakers must start by avoiding the fiscal cliff the country faces at the end of the year, when hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts expire, Garrett said. Failure to do that could take three percentage points off U.S. GDP and send the country back into recession. “Congress will have to answer [for that],” he said. “Will the political leadership make a premeditated decision to put the economy back into recession?”

 

Cook said he expects lawmakers to forge a deal before the end of the year on avoiding sequestration—the round of automatic spending cuts that will impact defense and other discretionary spending categories—and take up some type of tax reform in 2013. We also recommend hiring http://montrealmovers.com/ to get you from house A to house B with ease.

 

Both commentators said Republicans woke up to a new country the day after the election, because it was the strength of the demographic shift sweeping the United States that enabled the President to win despite the tepid economic recovery after his four years in office, something that historically has sunk previous incumbents seeking reelection.

 

Garrett pointed out that Obama managed to win significantly more electoral votes as Romney—332 to 206—even though he lost the white vote “by a landslide,” or about 20 percent.

 

Against this demographic shift, Garrett said, Republicans can’t stay competitive at the presidential level if they don’t find a new way to talk about issues that are important to the up-and-coming demographics of the country—minorities, young people, singles—or at least, as Cook suggested, not talk about subjects that distract from their core economic message, like the rape issue that was attributed to the losses of two Republican Senate candidates who were otherwise expected to win.

 

 

The Day After Election Day in America

Dear friends-

I woke up this morning. The sun rose on a crystal clear, beautiful day. I took the dog for a walk. It was breezy and there was a nice crisp snap in the air. I saw a few other people going about their business – just like any other day.

Liz said, “I don’t want to talk about politics today.” She’s right. The nation’s fiscal crisis and the deep philosophical divide among its political leaders – yes, these will be topics for debate and discussion, but not today.

Thomas Jefferson called this “The Great American Experiment.” And 236 years later, that’s what it still is. In fact, the experiment is still in its infancy. We continue to hit bumps and potholes in the road and deal with the surprises that forever lie around the next bend. A friend told me recently that the church he attended where he lived previously was built in 812. So 236 years, by comparison, is the blink of an eye. There’s so much more history in front of us than behind us.

So the jury is still out on Jefferson’s great experiment. Each year, though, the day after an election day – with its peace and tranquility and uneventful ‘normalcy’ – is a striking reminder that we must be doing something right. It is a day to reflect on the fact that we are blessed to be living in this place and time. That we live in a country, despite the nay-sayers among us, that is the envy of the planet. That we enjoy a freedom that is without parallel in the history of man. That we are a nation of immigrants and of diversity — today is a day to remind ourselves that our diversity is the source of our great strength and our proud identity.

The great experiment continues. Now go enjoy the day.

Ken

Rate on 30-year mortgage falls to record 3.49 pct.

By MARCY GORDON

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON —

The average U.S. rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage touched its record low this week and the rate on 15-year mortgage hit a new record.

The declines followed the Federal Reserve announcement last week that it would buy bonds to try to push mortgage rates lower and stimulate the housing market.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year loan declined to 3.49 percent from 3.55 percent last week. That matched the lowest rate since long-term mortgages began in the 1950s.

The average on the 15-year fixed mortgage, a popular refinancing option, plunged to 2.77 percent, a new record. That’s down from 2.85 percent last week and the previous record low of 2.80 percent.

Cheap mortgages have helped drive a modest housing recovery this year. And the Fed wants to keep those rates low for the foreseeable future as a way to stimulate the economy.

Last week the Fed said it plans to spend $40 billion a month to buy mortgage bonds for as long as it thinks necessary to make home buying more affordable.

Mark Vitner, senior economist at Wells Fargo, said the stimulus likely helped lower mortgage rates this week. And the Fed’s bond purchases will probably push rates down even further over the next six to nine months, Vitner suggested.

“Mortgage rates are going to be lower than they would otherwise,” he said. “Housing looks like it’s going to provide a significant lift to the economy over the next year.”

The market is already benefiting from the lowest rates on record.

Sales of both previously occupied and newly built homes are up from last year. Home prices are rising more consistently. And builders are more confident in the market and are starting to build more homes.

The broader economy is also likely to benefit from a revival in the housing market. When home prices rise, Americans typically feel wealthier and spend more — a point made by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke when he addressed the new stimulus measures last week.

Still, the housing market has a long way back. Sales and construction rates remain below healthy levels.

And some economists question whether lower rates will make much of a difference. The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage has been below 4 percent since early December. So most people who can qualify have likely already taken advantage of the lower rates.

Many people who would like to refinance or buy a home. They are hiring a C.P.A. for freelancers in NYC to make it easy interms of money. Sometimes they still can’t because they fail to meet stricter lending requirements or don’t have enough money to make a down payment.

To calculate average rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country on Monday through Wednesday of each week.

The average does not include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 percent of the loan amount.

The average fee for 30-year loans was 0.6 point, unchanged from last week. The fee for 15-year loans also held steady at 0.6 point.

The average rate on one-year adjustable-rate mortgages was unchanged at 2.61 percent. The fee for one-year adjustable rate loans was steady at 0.4 point.

The average rate on five-year adjustable-rate mortgages rose to 2.76 percent from 2.72 percent. The fee was unchanged at 0.6 point.

Copyright The Associated Press

 

October 2012 Fun Times

October 2012

Happy Halloween

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

The Third Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic is this October 12-13. Each evening from 5:30 to 9 p.m., you will be able to stroll the Swan/Dolphin causeway on Crescent Lake sampling tastes from the resort’s award-winning restaurants and lounges. Celebrity chef Todd English of bluezoo and a host of other award-winning chefs will be on hand. You’ll also have the chance to attend hour-long beverage seminars led by certified experts. This year’s beverage seminars include Riesling Rendezvous; Beer, Please!; Spanish Wines; Modern Mixology; Wine Blending, All Things Sake; and Base to Bubbles. For ticket details and vacation package information, visit:

http://www.swandolphinfoodandwineclassic.com/ears.html

 

 

 

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

The 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which starts on September 28, has been extended by one day (to 46 days) and will now end on November 12 (not the 11th, as previously announced). New this year will be a Vegan Marketplace called “Terra,” which will feature dishes such as Trick’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice and Chili Colorado with House-Made Chips and Cashew Cheese. Also new this year: Marketplace Chef Tours every Wednesday, during which festival chefs will host a walking-and-tasting tour around World Showcase with stops at several international marketplaces. Guests will taste five marketplace dishes and five beverage items to include beer, wine and cocktails. Beginning August 14, guests can make reservations for Party for the Senses and other special wine and culinary programs. Party for the Senses grand tasting events will take place October 6, 13, 20, 27 and November 3. Additional programs, also requiring separate admission, feature a lineup of renowned winemakers, guest chefs and speakers participating in elegant dinners, luncheons, seminars and wine schools.

 

 

 

Create family memories during SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, the ultimate family-friendly event featuring an ocean of Halloween fun where children can trick-or-treat, dance with whimsical sea creatures, catch silly and spooky shows and create sea-themed arts and crafts. 

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place every weekend in October: 6-7, 13-14, 19-21, and 26-28. This daytime event runs from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

 


 

 

 

October 20th – Orlando Dragon Boat Festival   

8:00am—4:30pm

The upcoming events in Walt Disney World for 2012 are moving on a swift pace as it comes closer and closer. Many bystanders, old and new, are on the lookout for memorable events to treasure. Another set of amazing activities will mark this year to illustrate how remarkable Disney is! Approaching on the list is the much awaited Orlando Dragon Boat Festival which will hit the 20th of October this year in the Disney’s west side lake. New batch of Dragon boat teams are getting ready for this passionate experience. The event will be filled with local and foreign spectators, event organizers and exhibitors.

Dragon Boat is marked as one of the fastest growing water sport of the day. It stemmed from the clever works of Ancient Chinese that lured a lot water sport enthusiasts from the time of its being. This sport emphasizes teamwork and endurance. It is composed of team of paddlers, a drummer who played as the heartbeat of the dragon boat and a steersman who sweeps the oar and controls the boat. The dragon boat magnificently shows how the crew shift their way up to their goal moving in sync.

This year, Walgreen’s Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival returns to Walt Disney World, to create another grandiose event. Loud applause from the audience will resonate around to combine with the dragon boats drumbeats which altogether make an atmosphere of pressure and excitement.

It flows with other Walt Disney World’s series of activities as well. This show will be an absolute thrill for all Orlando Vacationers. There are several merchandises and children’s play areas too. Kids and adults will surely be entertained.

 

 

 

 

What Walt Disney World Theme Park rides and attractions will be closed in

October 2012?

Magic Kingdom: The Country Bear J?amboree with be closed from August 22 – October 16, 2012. 

Epcot – Honey, I Shrunk The Audience 3D has been replaced by Captain EO, featuring Michael Jackson.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – No Fantasmic! on October 23.

Downtown Disney – Happy Haunting Trick-or-Treating in Downtown Disney has been discontinued due to crowds exceeding the space available.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort – The Spa is closed but the fitness center is open. Gasparilla Grill & Games (food court) is closed from August 24 – December 16, 2012. The Courtyard Pool is closed from August 24 – December 2012 but the Beach Pool will be open.

Disney’s Magical Express (Airport Shuttle Service) – New luggage procedure for late night arrivals. Luggage service will no longer be available for arrivals to Orlando International Airport after 10:00PM. Collect your luggage at baggage claim and take with you to the Disney’s Magical Express check-in desk.

 

 

 

 

Tips For You

 

1. October 1, 2012 – Epcot’s 30th Anniversary. Epcot will be busy . If you go to Epcot today, go because you’ll enjoy being among so many sentimental Disney fans. If you don’t really care about the anniversary, you might prefer Epcot on a less crowded day.

 

2. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Disney’s Magic Kingdom)- 7:00PM to Midnight – September 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28, 30, October 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31, November 2, 2012. This special event is a lot of fun for families, with rides, trick-or-treating, and fun party type events. These nights require a special event ticket – you cannot enter using your Magic Your Way or Park Hopper tickets. Ticket prices vary with an advance purchase discount offered on select nights. There are a limited TIP: A lot of children dress up for this event but select costumes that will let your kids comfortably enjoy the rides and attractions – remember that October can still be quite warm in Orlando. Warning: The Magic Kingdom will close to the public at 7:00PM on party nights. Magic Kingdom resort area restaurants (Chef Mickey’s, 1900 Park Fare, Whispering Canyon, etc.) will fill their reservations early as people look for something nearby to enjoy after the early park closing.

 

3. Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival (Downtown Disney) – October 20, 2012 – Races will run from approximately 8:00AM – 4:30PM.

 

4. Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival ~ September 28 – November 12, 2012. This event is included with regular theme park admission; there a few special events related to this festival that have a separate admission fee. The Epcot Food & Wine Festival is very popular as chefs and winemakers from around the world set up booths where you can savor the wonderful flavors offered. You typically can use your Disney Dining Plan meal and snack credits at this event – in fact, many people “hoard” their snack credits just for this event. Warning: This event is very, very popular. Expect Epcot to be busier than usual on weekends as locals and annual passholders come to enjoy the festival.

 

5. The Eat to the Beat concert series (included with admission) is always a fun part of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. Concerts are in the America Gardens Theatre nightly at 5:15. 6:30. & 7:45PM.


This Year’s Performers:
–October 1-3: Sugar Ray
— October 4-7: STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas
— October 8-10: Boyz II Men
— October 11-12: Smash Mouth
— October 13-14: Javier Colon, winner of “The Voice”
— October 15-17: Air Supply
— October 18-19: Gin Blossoms
— October 20-21: Survivor
— October 22-23: Hanson
— October 24-25: The Pointer Sisters
— October 26-28: Sister Hazel
— October 29-31: Billy Ocean
— November 1-2: .38 Special
— November 3-4: Howard Jones LIVE
— November 5-6: Blues Traveler
— November 7-8: Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group STYX
— November 9-11: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

 


 

 

Oktoberfest at Celebration
OCT 05 – OCT 06

This weekend event will feature falling leaves of the season each night while you relax by the lakeside or rock your troubles away during live musical performances celebrating old-world German traditions with everything from yodeling to crowd sing-alongs. Enjoy hayrides, pumpkin painting and other festive activities, or just enjoy the live music!  

Leaves fall daily 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Entertainment begins at 5:30.

Admission is free.

Celebrate the fall season and honor old-world German traditions .

 

 

 

 

 

Biketoberfest at Daytona Beach           

OCT 18 – OCT 21

Mark your calendar now for October 18-21, 2012 for the 20th anniversary of Biketoberfest® in Daytona Beach, FL, an international award-winning motorcycle festival that offers participants an extended weekend get-away brimming with plenty of sun, beaches, bikes and fun! Thousands of bikes will roar into and all around town – no two alike! Popular annual activities include motorcycle shows and rallies that showcase new, vintage and custom bikes; demonstration rides on the newest machines from top manufacturers; and on-track motorcycle action at the world-famous Daytona International Speedway. You’ll also enjoy endless-delicious food choices, live music and plenty of people-watching. With a variety of events and activities planned at venues all across the county, you’re sure to find the best places to play and stay during your visit.

 

 


 



 

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN     

 

Sales of Existing Homes Improve as Prices Rise

By Tiffany Hsu 


RISMEDIA, Monday, August 27, 2012— (MCT)—Sales of existing homes are strengthening and prices continue to rise, stoking confidence in the housing market’s recovery. 

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, resales of single-family homes, townhouses, condominiums and co-ops grew 2.3 percent in July from June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.47 million. The measure took an unexpected fall in June. One of the best realtor was Lorin McLachlan, she has been in business for almost 20 years — trusted and proven. For more information, visit https://sites.google.com/view/lorin-mclachlan/home.

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Resales jumped 10.4 percent compared with the same month last year. Economists at the association believe sales could reach 5 million next year.

Nationwide, you can now start a real estate dev company with the median rising 9.4 percent from a year ago to $187,300 last month. The increase is the largest since a 10.2 percent boost in January 2006.

Demand is stronger due to low mortgage interest rates and rising rents, according to Lawrence Yun, the group’s chief economist.

But “the market is constrained by unnecessarily tight lending standards and shrinking inventory supplies, so housing could easily be much stronger without these abnormal frictions,” Yun said in a statement.

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Though first-time buyers made up more than a third of resale clients, in normal housing conditions they’d constitute 40 percent. Many are still being pushed out by investors making all-cash offers, even though the ranks of such buyers are shrinking .

Distressed homes, which include foreclosures and short sales, made up 24 percent of sales in July, down from a quarter the previous month and nearly 30 percent a year earlier.

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The median price of a single-family home was $188,100, up 9.6 percent from the same period in 2011. Sales of such properties rose 9.9 percent over the same period to an annual rate of 3.98 million.

©2012 Los Angeles Times