July 20th, 2016
An Flamand, the owner and broker at Orlando Vacation Realty, helps buyers looking for a great home in Orlando.
ORLANDO — Owning a home in Central Florida, and marketing it as a short-term rental or vacation home, has been a profitable investment for many European buyers over the years.
The Orlando area is one of the world’s top tourist destinations, with theme parks, beaches and outdoor activities that attract millions of visitors each year. It’s no surprise that as the tourism industry has grown substantially in the years since Walt Disney first opened his famous theme park here, so has the vacation home industry.
In fact, Central Florida is one of the top destinations not only for tourists, but for short-term rentals as well.
In the counties closest to the theme parks — particularly Osceola and Polk counties — there are a growing number of vacation homes available on the market for the region’s visitors to stay in. Read more »
July 11th, 2016
This memorial to the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre was set up at Orlando’s Lake Eola Park. (Photo by Michael Freeman).
ORLANDO – The Orlando United Assistance Center, designed to provide long-term assistance to people impacted by the Pulse shootings, opens today.
The center located at 507 E. Michigan St. will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s located at the corner of Osceola Avenue and East Michigan Street.
Created by the City of Orlando and the Orange County Government, the center is expected to hire numerous representatives from the Hispanic and LGBT communities to be on staff to help the survivors of the attack. To learn more, call 407-500-HOPE.
On Monday, the city of Orlando also announced that it had established a partnership with Heart of Florida United Way to manage the center. That will include managing all daily functions such as the oversight of the building and its staff.
Heart of Florida United Way will also be responsible for arranging a series of partnerships with various service providers who can help meet the needs of the people visiting the center. Those partnerships will include arrangements with the Victim Service Center, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida and Miracle of Love, Inc.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said Heart of Florida was chosen because it has a vast network of partners in the nonprofit sector whose services could prove to be vital to individuals and families impacted by the shooting massacre on June 12 that claimed the lives of 49 people and injured 53 others. Read more »
July 11th, 2016
Thales Group just announced it would expand its operations in Central Florida.
ORLANDO – Further cementing this region’s ties to European businesses, a global technology leader based in Paris just announced they will expand operations in Central Florida, creating hundreds of jobs here, while investing more than $20 million in the region.
The office of Gov. Rick Scott announced on Monday that Thales Group, a leader in the aerospace, transport, defense and security markets, has confirmed plans for the expansion.
Scott is in London attending the Farnborough Air Show. Thales has been attending the air show.
“I am proud to announce that Thales chose Florida to expand and create 500 new jobs,” Scott said. “We met with Thales at the Paris Air Show last year and it’s great to make this exciting announcement today in London. I look forward to seeing their continued success in our state.”
Florida is already home to more than 2,000 aerospace and aviation companies, with an employment base of nearly 80,000 workers.
Florida has also been a major hub for flight training and is the No. 2 state in aviation, aerospace and space establishments.
Thales’ expansion, the governor’s office noted, is expected to create 327 new jobs in Melbourne and 173 new jobs in Orlando. Read more »
July 11th, 2016
Nick Churton, the managing director of Mayfair International Realty, is predicting the Brexit vote won’t hurt foreign investment in the U.S. housing market.
ORLANDO – Despite the uncertainty created by the Brexit vote, residents of Britain are unlikely to lose interest in the value of a second home in the Orlando area, said the director of one of the top real estate associations in London.
Nick Churton, the managing director of Mayfair International Realty, said Brexit won’t alter the desire to own a home – or to invest in a second home.
“Ambition or dreams of home ownership in other countries is not dictated by political or economic events. But they are affected by them,” he said.
Across Europe, people are still trying to figure out the long-term impact of a referendum in June to have the United Kingdom leave the European Union after 43 years. The referendum was approved by 52 percent of British voters.
Since then, the value of the British pound has taken a steep nosedive.
“Clearly the weaker pound against the dollar and Euro will mean that for a while at least, Brits will want to take stock,” Churton said in an interview with Freeline Media.
Churton added that these fears are not likely to last. Read more »
July 10th, 2016
“Bloody Rabbit” follows one man’s terrifying journey from hopelessness to a new start — in a world spinning out of control.
“It was pouring out when R.T. Robeson jumped on the bus that would carry him from downtown Orlando to the building in an older, somewhat less fashionable section of the city. He had never visited the building before, but a Miss Gardenia was expecting him …”
ORLANDO — So begins author Michael W. Freeman’s disturbing novel “Bloody Rabbit,” which is now available on Amazon and as a Kindle eBook.
In his book “Horror: A Connoisseur’s Guide to Literature and Film,” author Leonard Wolf writes that “Horror literature can do more than frighten us in a safe place. At its best, it provides us with images that speak to our subconscious because they resonate with myth …. horror literature touches the nerve of paranoia that many of us cherish by confirming our suspicion that there is a ‘they’ or an ‘it’ or a ‘he’ or a ‘she’ that is out to get us.”
Welcome to the world of “Bloody Rabbit,” a novel that takes readers on a brooding, dark — and darkly comic — journey into a long nightmare for R.T. Robeson — right up to the blood-freezing ending.
It starts in a world familiar to us all: the struggle to cope during an economic downturn. The book slow builds to an even more terrifying situation: the vicious persecution of those who become an angry society’s scapegoats. Read more »