Archive for February, 2008

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February 25, 2008

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It’s early Monday morning and it has been a LONG and exhausting week. Why? Because buyers are coming out, homes are selling and getting them to closing takes LONG hours of tedious work and intense negotiations. Why do I whine? Because…real estate is hard but I LOVE it. So many people come to me and tell me how lucky I am to work in a job that is so EASY and so SIMPLE. They think it is just about driving buyers around in my car. YOU HAVE NO IDEA. It is NOT easy. It is not about driving people around but rather it is about keeping a level head when all the rest of the buying or selling world is falling apart. It’s tough but rewarding because when the day is done…I am still working at something I love and enjoy. I am providing a service to my customers and I go to sleep satisfied. It’s hard AND it’s all good. Now, hopefully, there is rest for the weary.

Cheers, Linda

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Spring brings good news

February 15, 2008

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No matter what anyone tells you there is change in the air and its SPRING time for sales in Central Florida. How do I know? Because I am seeing more and more buyers, my listings are being shown, contracts are being written and I have had more phone calls on my listings since January than I had in the last quarter of 2007. This is all good news. Backing up my personal statistics is the fact that home builders are significantly cutting back on new home construction and re-sale inventory has not grown dramatically as predicted. THIS IS ALL GOOD NEWS. With politics settling down, the weather is great, INTEREST RATES ARE STILL LOW,  loans are available and buyers realizing that NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY, we are seeing a change in the Orlando market. Local economic forecasts also show that Orlando and Central Florida are poised for a turn in the market. Will we reach the epic proportions of 2005? Nope. But will we start to see stabilized markets and normal home appreciation…I sure think so. I know I have already seen a change in the market and I’m thrilled. Want more information on your home value or neighborhood? Call me…I’m the voice of optimism! But I believe what I preach. Cheers! Linda (Stirling Sotheby’s International Realty) 407.898.9090

 

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Here’s to Your Health!

February 3, 2008

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Eat, drink and be merry

I know this is a luxury home blog but most luxury homes now come with wine cellars or wine coolers. It seems like wine is the “in” thing and for a good reason. It’s good for your health. According to a recent article, Roger Corder, PhD, professor of experimental therapeutics at the William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry in London, there are many benefits to “moderate” wine drinking. The healthiest wines were as follows:

Laboratory analyses of more than 400 red wines at William Harvey Research Institute show that the following have high levels of healthful procyanidins…

Argentina. Cabernet Sauvignon, from Bodegas Catena Zapata.

Australia. Cabernet Sauvignon, from Wynns.

California. Cabernet Sauvignon, from Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Reserve… and many other Napa Valley cabernets.

Chile. Cabernet sauvignons from Veramonte.

France. Large numbers of Bordeaux wines — both at the top end of the market and modestly priced — have high or better-than-average procyanidin levels.

Italy. In Tuscany, wines made from the Sangiovese grape that tested well include Il Colombaio di Cencios Chianti Classico Riserva.

In Sardinia, where wine-drinkers are particularly long-lived, a good choice is Rosso Superiore del Mandrolisai.

So drink up, but do so in moderate amounts and keep that heart healthy. I need you to be fit and ready to stock your next luxury home wine cellar!