New Gym Equipment For Solivita

Posted by admin March - 30 - 2013 - Saturday ADD COMMENTS

Well guys the new gym equipment for the Riviera Spa & Fitness Center has arrived. I worked out with it for the first time this week and was very impressed. The only down side was that the weights on some of the machines are not heavy enough for a big guy like me.

The treadmills and bikes have internet access so you can get your cardio and play on Facebook at the same time!!

By the way, the new equipment only works if you actually go to the gym and use it. Three days a week for an hour a day will change your life.

I’m there on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from roughly 11-1. If you see me say “Hi”. I’d be happy to give you a demonstration on the new equipment.

12 Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Orlando Florida REALTOR®

Make sure you choose an Orlando Florida  REALTOR® who will provide top-notch service and meet your unique needs.

1. How long have you been in residential real estate sales in Orlando Florida? Is it your full-time job? While experience is no guarantee of skill, real estate — like many other professions — is mostly learned on the job.

2. What designations do you hold? Designations such as GRI and CRS®, which require that agents take additional, specialized real estate training, are held only by about one-quarter of real estate practitioners.

3. How many Orlando area homes did you and your real estate brokerage sell last year? By asking this question, you’ll get a good idea of how much experience the practitioner has.

4. How many days did it take you to sell the average Orlando Florida home? How did that compare to the overall market?  The Orlando Florida REALTOR® you interview should have these facts on hand, and be able to present market statistics from the local MLS to provide a comparison.

5. How close to the initial asking prices of the Orlando homes you sold were the final sale prices? This is one indication of how skilled the REALTOR® is at pricing homes and marketing to suitable buyers. Of course, other factors also may be at play, including an exceptionally hot or cool real estate market.

6. What types of specific marketing systems and approaches will you use to sell my Orlando home? You don’t want someone who’s going to put a For Sale sign in the yard and hope for the best. Look for someone who has aggressive and innovative approaches, and knows how to market your property competitively on the Internet. Buyers today want information fast, so it’s important that your REALTOR® is responsive.

7. Will you represent me exclusively, or will you represent both the buyer and the seller in the transaction? While it’s usually legal to represent both parties in a transaction, it’s important to understand where the practitioner’s obligations lie. Your REALTOR® should explain his or her agency relationship to you and describe the rights of each party.

8. Can you recommend service providers who can help me obtain a mortgage, make home repairs, and help with other things I need done? Because REALTORS® are immersed in the industry, they’re wonderful resources as you seek lenders, home improvement companies, and other home service providers. Practitioners should generally recommend more than one provider and let you know if they have any special relationship with or receive compensation from any of the providers.

9. What type of support and supervision does your brokerage office provide to you? Having resources such as in-house support staff, access to a real estate attorney, and assistance with technology can help an agent sell your home.

10. What’s your business philosophy? While there’s no right answer to this question, the response will help you assess what’s important to the agent and determine how closely the agent’s goals and business emphasis mesh with your own.

11. How will you keep me informed about the progress of my transaction? How frequently? Again, this is not a question with a correct answer, but how you judge the response will reflect your own desires. Do you want updates twice a week or do you prefer not to be bothered unless there’s a hot prospect? Do you prefer phone, e-mail, or a personal visit?

12. Could you please give me the names and phone numbers of your three most recent clients? Ask recent clients if they would work with this Orlando Florida REALTOR® again. Find out whether they were pleased with the communication style, follow-up, and work ethic of the Orlando Florida REALTOR®.

Today’s SoliVita Gator

Posted by admin March - 21 - 2013 - Thursday ADD COMMENTS

SoliVita Happenings For March

Posted by admin March - 17 - 2013 - Sunday ADD COMMENTS

New Equipment is Arriving

The Gym area at the Riviera Spa and Fitness Center will be closed Thursday, March 21st, through Saturday, March 23rd. It will reopen Sunday, March 24th at 7am. Because of the size of our delivery we will be removing and replacing the equipment pieces using the front doors for access. During this time period, all classes and pool areas will be accessible by using the side entrance doors. Additionally, some of our old equipment will be departing as early as Wednesday, March 20th so that it can be moved to a new location. The gym will not be closed during this process, we ask for your patience as we will have equipment and workers moving about.

Indoor Pool Closings

The Indoor Pool at the Riviera Fitness Center will be closed on Friday, March 22nd and on Saturday, March 23rd while we replace the hardware for the lane divider.We will reopen Sunday, March 24th at 7am. Joint Relief class will be cancelled due to this closure.

Painting at the Bella Viana Amenity Center

The exterior of the amenity center will be painted beginning on Monday, March 18th. The maintenance work will not affect the operation of the center, and the facility will remain open during this time.

Thank You!

The Lifestyles Team would like to thank all the Club Presidents and Leaders for attending the club meeting on Tuesday. We are really glad to hear everyone is reading the new Policy and Procedure packets. A few clubs have even come to us with some good questions and ideas for the packets to better communicate the policies. This being said there has also been a misunderstanding that the Lifestyles Team needs all Solivita Club to fill out the “Prospective Club/Group Information and list their members names again. We only need prospective new clubs to fill this out, if they want to form a new club. We appreciate you taking the time to make sure all your club information is up to date and correct. Please call or email us if you have any other questions or concerns. Thank you and have a wonderful Solivita Day.

Sheri Wollschlager, Director of Lifestyles/Activities

CGM News!

NEW FOOD & BEVERAGE DIRECTOR: As most of you already know Paul Bishop our Food & Beverage Director has decided to leave to take care of personal matters. Paul has been with CGM since April 2012. He will definitely be missed and we are very grateful for everything he has done for the Food & Beverage department here at Stonegate Golf Club. We wish him nothing but the best in all his future endeavors. Within this past week we were able to recruit and hire an extremely talented and qualified Food & Beverage Director; Rob Castillow. Rob comes with over 27 years experience in the Food & Beverage industry. In Addition to his experience Rob is a Certified Sommelier and Wine educator for over 10 years. We are excited about acquiring him and hope you feel the same, as he is looking forward to meeting and getting to know all of you. Please do not hesitate to introduce yourself to him when you see him on the property.

Arto Rahmani, General Manager

ST. PATRICK’S DAY SPECIALS: Hello my friends of Solivita, I would like to remind you of our St. Patrick’s Day menu that will be featured at the Grille on Sunday from 2pm to 8pm. Don’t miss your favorites with great drink specials as well. See you there and make sure your wearing green or Chef will have to pinch you!

Chef Josh Bernstein

FROM THE PRO SHOP: $250 for 3 one hour group short game lessons and 3 Adams Tom Watson wedges. $350 value!

Upcoming SoliVita Events

Posted by admin March - 14 - 2013 - Thursday ADD COMMENTS

St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday, March 17th

The Grille will be featuring corned beef and cabbage as well as Guinness specials to wash down that awesome meal

Food & Beverage Discounted Gift Cards

The end of the month will be here before you know it! Don’t miss out on the 10% off any Food & Beverage gift card of $100 or more. Ask the Host or Hostess at The Grille and they will be happy to take care of your gift card needs. Stock up now as the sale only runs through March 31st.

From the Pro Shop…!

JOIN IN THE ST. PATRICK’S DAY “CHIP & SIP” CLINIC: $20 per person includes 1 hour short game lesson and wine samples. Contact the Pro Shop for sign up times.

SHORT GAME WEDGE CLINIC: $250 per person includes three, 1 hour group lessons (4-6 people) and three Tom Watson signature wedges. Take part with a group of friends or sign up individually with other participants. Please contact the Pro Shop to reserve your spot today.

Florida Real Estate Is On Fire!!

Posted by admin March - 9 - 2013 - Saturday ADD COMMENTS

Forget ‘improving’ or ‘rebound’ – Florida real estate is ‘on fire’

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – March 8, 2013 – Lesley Deutch, senior vice president at John Burns Real Estate Consulting, said the “Florida market is on fire” in her latest update on the state’s housing market.

Deutch says she traveled the state recently and visited more than 20 communities. While recovery reports differ between Florida cities and urban areas, she reports five major trends:

1. Land prices. While the price of land continues to rise quickly statewide, Orlando feels the most pressure. Deutch says she saw some submarkets where “land and finished lot prices have now surpassed peak levels.” In Orlando, she sees developers buying raw land “just to gain a position and market share.”

2. Home prices. Some communities, such as Orlando and Naples, are seeing 1- to 2-percent new-home price increases monthly, Deutch says. The hallmarks of a seller’s market have also returned, such as lotteries. She expects a 2013 price increase of at least 10 percent in many Florida markets.

3. 55-plus market. Deutch reports a 20- to 25-percent jump in potential buyers interested in active adult living, according to builders in Southwest Florida. She also notes a boost in customer traffic in second- and third-tier markets.

4. Foreign buyers. It’s more than Miami, Deutch says. While in Orlando, she visited a sales office that had three active buyers: One from Brazil, one from Germany and one from China.

5. Foreclosures. While the state has a notoriously long foreclosure process, Deutch says banks are slowly releasing foreclosures. But investors continue to buy new foreclosures shortly after they hit the market.

© 2013 Florida Realtors®

Why You Should Hire An Orlando Florida REALTOR®

Posted by admin March - 8 - 2013 - Friday ADD COMMENTS

Why You Should Work With an Orlando Florida REALTOR®

Not all real estate practitioners are REALTORS®. The term REALTOR® is a registered trademark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics. Here are five reasons why it pays to work with a REALTOR®.

1. You’ll have an expert Orlando Florida REALTOR® to guide you through the process. Buying or selling a home usually requires disclosure forms, inspection reports, mortgage documents, insurance policies, deeds, and multi-page settlement statements. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or costly mistakes.

2. Get objective information and opinions. Orlando Florida REALTOR® can provide local community information on utilities, zoning, schools, and more. They’ll also be able to provide objective information about each property. A professional will be able to help you answer these two important questions: Will the property provide the environment I want for a home or investment? Second, will the property have resale value when I am ready to sell?

3. Find the best property out there. Sometimes the property you are seeking is available but not actively advertised in the market, and it will take some investigation by your Orlando Florida REALTOR® to find all available properties.

4. Benefit from their negotiating experience. There are many negotiating factors, including but not limited to price, financing, terms, date of possession, and inclusion or exclusion of repairs, furnishings, or equipment. In addition, the purchase agreement should provide a period of time for you to complete appropriate inspections and investigations of the property before you are bound to complete the purchase. Your agent can advise you as to which investigations and inspections are recommended or required.

5.  Property marketing power. Real estate doesn’t sell due to advertising alone. In fact, a large share of real estate sales comes as the result of a practitioner’s contacts through previous clients, referrals, friends, and family. When a property is marketed with the help of a Orlando Florida REALTOR®, you do not have to allow strangers into your home. Your Orlando Florida REALTOR® will generally prescreen and accompany qualified prospects through your property.

6. Real estate has its own language. If you don’t know a CMA from a PUD, you can understand why it’s important to work with a professional who is immersed in the industry and knows the real estate language.

7. Orlando Florida REALTOR® have done it before. Most people buy and sell only a few homes in a lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each purchase. And even if you’ve done it before, laws and regulations change. REALTORS®, on the other hand, handle hundreds of real estate transactions over the course of their career. Having an expert on your side is critical.

8. Buying and selling is emotional. A home often symbolizes family, rest, and security — it’s not just four walls and a roof. Because of this, home buying and selling can be an emotional undertaking. And for most people, a home is the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on both the emotional and financial issues most important to you.

9. Ethical treatment. Every member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® makes a commitment to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. As a customer of a Orlando Florida REALTOR®, you can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction-related matters. It is mandatory for Orlando Florida REALTOR® to take the Code of Ethics orientation and they are also required to complete a refresher course every four years.

Upcoming Events In SoliVita

Posted by admin March - 2 - 2013 - Saturday ADD COMMENTS

For Sale Signs on Vehicles

For Sale signs on cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles and any other type of vehicle are not allowed. You cannot park the vehicle in the driveway with a For Sale sign on it.

Wellness Presentation

Dr. Jackson with Advanced Urogynecology will be presenting, Natural and Office Solutions to Common Problems on Wednesday, February 27th at 1pm in RSF2. No RSVP is necessary.

Wednesday with a Cherry on Top!

At The Marketplace Bistro and The Grille we will be celebrating National Cherry Pie Day on Wednesday February 20th. Stop by and enjoy a freshly baked slice of cherry pie, and with all this warm February weather a scoop of vanilla ice cream would go perfectly. Some people are giving up desserts for Lent, but since cherries have antioxidants can we call this a health food? We think so, stop by and enjoy!

Dog Park Closing

The park will be closed to all users beginning on Thursday, February 28th and will reopen on Tuesday, March 5th. During this period additional benches will be installed along with new sod and other maintenance issues.

Walk for Your Health

First Annual Healthways SilverSneakers ® Fitness Walk sponsored by the Poinciana Family YMCA. Thursday, March 14th at 10am. For complete details CLICK HERE.

Play to Give Back

Inaugural YMCA charity golf tournament will be held at Stonegate Golf Club on Saturday, April 13th. CLICK HERE for more information.

A Reminder…

The Solivita Book Circle and Friends announce tickets are available for an English Country Luncheon and Skype interview with Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. The main character, Major Pettigrew leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honor, duty, decorum, and a properly brewed cup of tea…until he becomes interested in a Pakistani shopkeeper in his village. Enjoy a delicious English country lunch, stimulating company and full screen interview with author. Friday, March 8th, 12pm in the Starlite Ballroom. Tickets are available with Connie Singelakis, 353-1041. Call today!

Preparations for Road Closings in Bella Viana-SoliVita

Posted by admin March - 2 - 2013 - Saturday ADD COMMENTS

Preparations for Road Closings in Bella Viana

Beginning this coming Thursday, March 7th and running through Saturday, March 16th the streets of Bella Viana will be resealed. This will be done in phases throughout the scheduled period. Please note that no street closings will take place on Saturday, March 9th (Community Yard Sale) or Tuesday, March 12th (Garbage Pickup).

A complete list of street closings will be delivered to every mailbox (like Reflections) no later than Monday evening, March 4th. This list will detail closings by day/date and have instructions on where to park your vehicle while your street is resealed.

Streets scheduled for resealing will be closed to all traffic beginning at 6am and will not reopen for approximately 24 hours. Residents are not to remove the barricades that will be placed by the sealing company. Please make sure that your car/cart is parked in a designated area before 6am. No vehicle or foot traffic will be permitted until street barricades have been removed by the company.

Mail delivery will be suspended on closed streets for one day. It is requested that homeowners not schedule any services/deliveries at their residence during this time as contractors will not have access to closed streets.

The safety of the workers is paramount, so please drive with caution and follow instructions from the security officers. A reminder, that more detailed information will be delivered to all of your homes. Your cooperation is appreciated.

5 Things to do Before Putting Your Orlando Home on the Market

Posted by admin February - 28 - 2013 - Thursday ADD COMMENTS

5 Things to do Before Putting Your Orlando Home on the Market

1. Have a pre-sale home inspection. Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make repairs before open houses begin.

2. Organize and clean. Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large blenders and other kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, toys, and exercise equipment. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or basement. Clean the windows, carpets, walls, lighting fixtures, and baseboards to make the house shine.

3. Get replacement estimates. Do you have big-ticket items that are worn our or will need to be replaced soon, such your roof or carpeting? Get estimates on how much it would cost to replace them, even if you don’t plan to do it yourself. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home, and will be handy when negotiations begin.

4. Find your warranties. Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, and any other items that will remain with the house.

5. Spruce up the curb appeal. Pretend you’re a buyer and stand outside of your home. As you approach the front door, what is your impression of the property? Do the lawn and bushes look neatly manicured? Is the address clearly visible? Are pretty flowers or plants framing the entrance? Is the walkway free from cracks and impediments?

About us

I am a licensed real estate Broker in the state of Florida. My opinions on real estate have been formed from my experiences and 15 years of working in the business. My opinions are in line with Florida Real Estate laws and the REALTOR(R) Code of Ethics. Your State’s laws may differ. So do your own homework before implementing any of my business practices into your business.