New SW Fla. Home Comes with Alligator in the Bedroom

A new Babcock Ranch home came with an alligator squatter in the main bedroom. The reptile was quickly evicted. BABCOCK RANCH, Fla. – In a scene straight out of a horror movie, an 11- to 12-foot alligator was found hanging out in the master bedroom of a newly built southwest Florida home. The bizarre discovery was made this month in Babcock Ranch, where homes sell for as much as $1.5 million. The...

DeSantis: We Need to ‘Do More’ on Insurance

More needs done to fix Fla.’s property insurance market, and the governor expects the Legislature to “have another bite of the apple very, very shortly.” Gov. Ron DeSantis expects lawmakers to make changes in Florida’s troubled property-insurance system sometime this year, at the latest after the November elections. DeSantis did not include property insurance issues as part of a special...

SeaWorld Orlando: Mako roller coaster topped out

SeaWorld Orlando: Mako roller coaster topped out Mako, the upcoming shark-inspired roller coaster at SeaWorld Orlando, has reached a construction milestone. The thrill ride was topped out Wednesday. Workers moved the uppermost part of the attraction -- the peak of its 200-foot lift hill -- into place. When complete, will be the tallest roller coaster in Central Florida. Other Mako numbers: It will go...

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The First Footage from Disney’s ‘Moana’ Is Here!

The First Footage from Disney's 'Moana' Is Here! Disney's next big animated feature will take us to the Pacific Islands where we'll be introduced to Moana, an all-new princess who takes to the sea to complete a quest for her family. We've been following the movie's development for a while now, and can't wait to see what it looks like, which is why we wish the first footage for the movie lasted a little...

Windsor Island Resort

• 617 Unit Master Planned Community• Resort Amenities On Site• International Brand Recognition• 24 Hour Manned Gated Community• Minutes from World Class Attractions• Floor Plans to Maximize Rentals/Returns • Key Home Features– Shingle Roof– Private Heated Pool– 5, 6, 7 Bedrooms with 12’ x 24’...

3 Ways to Help Your Rental Guest Enjoy their Time in Your Home

Customer Service Helping your guests get the most out of their stay in your vacation home can lead to repeat visits, positive reviews online, and higher booking rates over time. When you go the extra mile to take care of your guests, they know that you have their best interests at heart.  The following are three ways homeowners can enhance the experience guests have when they choose a vacation...

EPCOT’s Harmonious to be replaced with new nighttime spectacular in 2023

EPCOT's poorly received new nighttime show Harmonious will close at the end of Walt Disney World's 50th celebration to be replaced by an all-new show. Announced by Josh D'Amaro at D23 Expo, a new show is in development to debut in 2023. No further details were offered, but expect to hear more about this soon. Selling your home fully-furnished can generate a higher selling price, which can help...

Fla. Homeowners’ Insurance Surcharges Coming

Property Insurance As insurance providers in Fla. leave the market and some companies fold, residents themselves are footing the bill from companies pulling out of the state. Florida homeowners will see their bills go up as the state’s property insurance crisis continues. Multiple insurance providers in the state have left the market, even after a special legislative session was held to address...

Disney shares first look at new store coming to Orlando International Airport

Expected to open in new Terminal C on Sept. 19 Walt Disney World has shared a first look at a new store set to open at the new state of the art Terminal C at Orlando International Airport. The $2.8 billion terminal will rely heavily on the latest technology and will add 15 gates capable of handling domestic or international operations, and accommodating up to 20 aircrafts. The airport said all gates...

Orlando Housing Market Stats for July are in!

State of the Market The median home price for July 2022 was recorded at $380,900, a decrease of 1.6% compared to June. This is the first time in six months that the median home price has fallen.Inventory jumped by 19.9% in a single month, from June to July – that's 1,081 more homes for sale. This is the third straight month of double-digit inventory increases.Looking at May-July of this year...

Property Insurance for Vacation Homes & What information do you Need to Provide when making an Insurance Claim?

Your vacation home is where you go to relax, and likely one of your most valuable assets. If you own a vacation home in Florida and it is damaged or destroyed, you need your claim settled by an insurance company that understands the complexities of a vacation home. Vacation homes can be beacons of relaxation in a chaotic world, and in order to preserve you mental peace you want to make sure that...

Could Disney Be Looking To Add An “Amazon Prime” Style Membership Program?

Image: Disney The Wall Street Journal has reported that Disney is exploring an 'Amazon Prime' style membership which could "offer discounts or special perks to encourage customers to spend more on its streaming services, theme parks, resorts and merchandise." So far, discussions are just beginning, meaning we don't currently have information regarding the potential price of this service or when or...

Currency Exchange Update

The GBP/USD rate has been on a slippery slope with soaring inflation and is approximately 100 pips away from breaking the pandemic volatility low back in March 2020. If we slip to 1.1409, we may be trekking into territory not seen since March 1985. Political uncertainty with a new Prime Minister in the UK, coupled with a strong US Dollar, is hurting the British Pound. Thinking of selling your US...

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