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YPN'S 20 UNDER 40 RISING STARS AWARDS - 2016

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Shannon Christian, a senior agent with Carlos German & Team, Inc., was recently honored by the Orlando Regional Realtor Association. Shannon was chosen as a local rising star in the first annual ORRA Young Professionals Network 20 Under 40 Rising Star Awards. We have always known Shannon was a star agent, but now she has the title to prove it!

The ORRA Young Professionals Network exists to empower young real estate professionals by offering networking and offering continuing education. The organization is also involved in community service projects benefiting the Central Florida area. This is the first year that the YPN has offered the Rising Star Awards, and this honor was only given to 20 area real

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If you've considered buying property in Orlando it might have been due largely in part to being in close proximity to Disney World and other amazing theme parks as well as our warmer climate. Orlando, the City Beautiful, is a family oriented city with an abundance of entertainment and easy access to beaches on either coast. Now, Orlando is proclaimed as the #2 housing market to invest in for 2016.

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Forbes teamed up with Local Market Monitor, a North Carolina based data company to determine the 20 best housing markets to invest in this year. The characteristics used to determine the best buy cities included healthy job growth, strong population growth, and forecasted home price appreciation.

Orlando has seen a 10% home price increase year over

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Carlos German & Team  announced today the expansion of its online real estate inventory, which will include new communities and building plans within the entire central Florida area through its website www.CarlosAndTeam.com. This website includes content sourced directly from the Builders Digital Experience (BDX) database, which assures the most up-to-date  content for new communities distributed by any competing brokers in the area.
 
Customers browsing www.CarlosAndTeam.com now have access to over 200 communities under development with over 2,000 new homes not listed in the multiple listing service (MLS). This is in addition to the over 40,000 listings currently showcased on the website, which features resales, foreclosures, and short sales.
 
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Awesome Happy Holiday The holiday season is here, and people are feeling festive. It is the time of year when our hearts our hearts are just a bit larger, our smiles are just a bit wider, and our families are just a bit closer. We here at Carlos German & Team would like to take a moment to wish you and yours a healthy and happy holiday season!

As you prepare to celebrate with your family, take a moment to reflect on this year. Tell the ones you love that you appreciate them, and be thankful for all that you have. Please remember that everyone is not as fortunate as you may be. Make an effort to thank friends and family for all they do. Smile at a stranger on the street for no reason at all. If you have a spare hour this season, use it to spread good cheer. Please pause to

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Orlando’s economy vastly hinges on tourism. One would imagine with the recent recession that numbers are down, but here are some of the facts. Tourism accounts for nearly 380,000 jobs in the tri-county area (31% of total employment in the Orlando three-county area). 2009 had $27.6 billion in visitor spending.

2009 brought more than 46.5 million visitors to Orlando, roughly a 6% drop from 2008. That accounts for domestic and international visitors for both leisure and business. 2010 on the other hand brought 51.45 million visitors, a 10.5% increase from the previous year, as you can see on the table below.

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You can see significant increases all around except for in business and in visitors from UK.

Overnight visitors account for nearly two-thirds (64%)

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After seeing modest attendance gains in 2010, Florida theme parks have high hopes for 2011 and going into next year. Indirectly, this is good news for real estate investors and second home owners, with better attractions and new venues in the area, resort style communities will surely be in higher demand.

Many of Central Florida’s main destinations have added new attractions this year. Disney’s Hollywood Studios revamped its Star Tours ride with a 3D Star Wars theme. Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers an add-on experience which allows guests to join a small group on a guided expedition to see the park’s wild animals on foot and by special vehicles. Sea World features a new whale show called “One Ocean.” An hour away in Tampa, Busch Gardens is touting its new

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Foreign buyers are eyeing property in the US now more than ever with a $16 billion surge this year in international purchases. Total residential international sales in the US amounted to $82 billion in the year ending in March 2011, up from $66 billion in 2010.

“The U.S. has always been a desirable place to own property and a profitable investment,” said NAR President Ron Phipps. “In recent years we have seen more and more foreign buyers coming here to take advantage of low prices and plentiful inventory. In addition to the advantageous market conditions, REALTORS® in this country have a global perspective and experience in working with clients from different cultures and real estate practices, helping them bring value to their international clients.”

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