Orlando Ranked No. 1 Foodie City In U.S., Survey Says

Orlando Ranked No. 1 Foodie City In U.S., Survey Says

In honor of World Food Day on Oct. 16, WalletHub crunched the numbers to determine the best and cheapest foodie scenes among the 150 largest cities. We compared the cities across 21 key metrics, ranging from “cost of groceries” to “prevalence of affordable restaurants rated at least 4.5 stars” to “number of food festivals per capita.”

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Orlando Once Again Named Fun City By WalletHub

Orlando Once Again Named Fun City By WalletHub

Everyone likes to have fun. But we all prefer our personal brand of a good time. Some of us like going to bars and clubs, trying new restaurants, watching movies or playing outdoor sports. Others enjoy riding roller coasters, gambling, or catching and training Pokémon.

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Fla.'s Housing Market: Rising Median Prices In June

Fla.'s Housing Market: Rising Median Prices In June

Florida's housing market is experiencing tight supply and pent-up demand. That's affecting the pace of sales and putting pressure on statewide median prices. Florida's economic growth, rising jobs outlook and acclaimed quality of life continue to draw new residents eager to call the Sunshine State home.

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Orlando No. 1 On 2016 Best Cities For Recreation List

Orlando No. 1 On 2016 Best Cities For Recreation List

Because July is National Park & Recreation Month — who knew? — WalletHub decided to take a look at which metro areas are doing the best as far as investment in their recreation and public spaces by comparing the 100 largest U.S. cities across 35 key metrics, ranging from park land acreage to the cost of movie tickets.

Orlando ranked No. 1 among WalletHub's 2016 Best Cities for Recreation.

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Central Florida Home Prices Above National Average

Central Florida Home Prices Above National Average

Central Florida home prices are up by 6.9 percent compared with May 2015. Orlando-area home prices also saw a month-over-month growth, increasing by 1 percent over April. Statewide, Florida ranked No. 6 in year-over-year home price increase at 7.3 percent. Oregon and Washington came in at No. 1 and 2 at 11 percent and 10.1 percent, respectively.

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Florida’s Median Prices, Sales, Listings Rise In May

Florida’s Median Prices, Sales, Listings Rise In May

Florida's housing market is growing at a more moderate pace. New listings for existing single-family homes rose 5.8 percent compared to a year ago, while new listings for townhouse-condo properties rose 4.3 percent. While a tight housing supply is having an impact in many areas, still-low mortgage rates, increased jobs and economic growth will continue to boost housing demand.

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Orlando Home Sales Rise 7% Over The Last Year

Orlando Home Sales Rise 7% Over The Last Year

Orlando’s inventory of available homes is 11 percent below where it was this time last year and continues to impact both sales and price. Regardless, we are seeing a small trend of increasing sales that illustrates buyer enthusiasm for our current historically low interest rates and steadily rising values.

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Orlando Again Named As A U.S. Property Investment Hotspot

Orlando Again Named As A U.S. Property Investment Hotspot

The new survey is the Best Markets Top Ten List for Real Estate Investing for Quarter 1, 2016, which has been published by HomeVestors and Local Market Monitor. Throw in the fact that Orlando is the top tourist center in the United States, with the world’s top theme parks, including Walt Disney World® resort, Universal Orlando Resort, Legoland Florida and SeaWorld Orlando drawing in more than 66 million people a year, then it a winning argument.

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Orlando Visitors Double In 20 Years To Hit New Record

Orlando Visitors Double In 20 Years To Hit New Record

The all-time high, announced by tourism body VisitOrlando, represents a 5.5% rise over 2014 and again means that Orlando is the number one US visitor destination. A major contributor to the increase is the fact that passenger number at Orlando International Airport rose by more than 72%, reaching 38.8million in 2015.

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Now Is The Time To Buy In Orlando

Now Is The Time To Buy In Orlando

The buoyant activity of the residential housing market, combined with a strong and vibrant local economy continues to enhance the worldwide appeal of Orlando, very evident in the continued high level of international interest and investment to secure funds in the safe-haven of Central Florida.

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Orlando Continues To Lead The State In Job Creation

Orlando Continues To Lead The State In Job Creation

Gallup has ranked the Orlando metro area No. 1 in the nation for highest rate of job creation in 2015. Orlando has been in the top five for Gallup’s ranking, but this is the first No. 1 ranking in recent years. Gallup noted that Orlando and Las Vegas, which rely heavily on tourism to support their economies, are among the stronger U.S. job markets, “perhaps reflecting higher consumer confidence and consumer spending compared with the immediate post-recession years.”

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Invest In The U.S. - Orlando Ranks #2 In Rental Growth

Invest In The U.S. - Orlando Ranks #2 In Rental Growth

Orlando is growing a staggering rate, not only in tourism but also in other industries such as aerospace, media research, medical appliances, digital media, defense and in many other areas. It really is offering great security and potential for growth.

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The New World’s Largest Entertainment McDonald’s On I-Drive

The New World’s Largest Entertainment McDonald’s On I-Drive

The new restaurant features eight kitchens to prepare traditional McDonald's meals like Big Macs and golden fries, but also new ones from a "create your taste" concept being tested in Florida McDonald's. The concept allows guests to customize their order of burgers, chicken sandwiches, pizza, pasta, waffles and omelets, and then see it be made right in front of them.

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Orlando Median Price Continues Upward Trek As Buyer Demand Increases

Orlando Median Price Continues Upward Trek As Buyer Demand Increases

The Orlando median home price has now experienced year-over-year increases for the past 55 consecutive months; as of February the median price is 60.17 percent higher than it was in July 2011. In addition, the current median price of $185,000 (also the median price in December 2015) is at its highest value since August 2008, when the median price was $200,000.

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The Grove Resort & Spa Now Selling!

The Grove Resort & Spa Now Selling!

The Grove Resort & Spa is a retreat for those who seek to escape the ordinary and are looking to experience a reality infused with magic and wonder.

The resort has released a number of limited units available at pre-sale pricing across 4 distinct floor plans, ranging in size from 2 bed / 2 bath / 1,265 Sq.Ft priced at $264,900 to the largest units, 3 bed / 3 bath / 1,544 Sq.Ft at $309,900.

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What Is The Best Family Hotel In The U.S.?

What Is The Best Family Hotel In The U.S.?

Orlando is king for family-friendly resorts. So say the readers of TripAdvisor, who made their choices for best family hotels and resorts in the website's Travelers Choice Awards this month.

The No. 1 choice was Floridays Resort Orlando, on International Drive just outside Walt Disney World. The average rate, according to the website, is $214 a night. The hotel features two- and three-bedroom suites with kitchens and living areas plus two on-site swimming pools, one with a play area adorned with fountains and spray features.

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