Mount Dora, FL Real Estate News

The Ice House Theatre located in Mount Dora, FL opened its 2008-2009 season September 12 with Crimes of The Heart by Beth Henley, winner of a 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. The play centers around the three Magrath sisters; Lenny, Meg and Babe. Lenny is almost thirty with diminishing marital prospects, Meg is back in town after a failed singing career and Babe, the youngest is out on bond after shooting her husband because she doesn't "like his face." Crimes of the Heart runs from September 12 thru October 5, 2008. See The Orlando Sentinel Article. The Ice House Theatre rounds out its 2008-2009 season with A wonderful Life (a musical adaptation of Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life.) The Underpants by Steve Martin, The Honky Tonk Angels, and On Golden ...
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By Tina Allen
(Exit Realty Tri-County)
Well, Ms. Fay lingered around a little long for me.  I believe today was the 5th day that we have had constant rain in Florida.  How dreary!  I live in Florida for the warmth, wonderful sunshine and beautiful beaches.  It definately ruins my daily activities to keep looking out the window and seeing rain, rain and more rain. Where I live did not get flooded like some of the surrounding counties but we have our fair share of puddles.  It is kind of ironic that for almost the past year everyone, including a buyer I was showing many homes on lakes to, has been complaining how dry it has been and we need some rain.  Well, here it is and now everyone is complaining we have too much!  It never ceases to amaze me that people just have to complain- constantly.  I actually live in Mt. Dora which...
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By Rick Belben, Orlando Real Estate - Belben Realty Group
(Belben Realty Group)
Buying or Selling? One Call Does it ALL!! Rick Belben Direct (407) 341-1706 Are you looking for an experienced real estate professional who knows the Orlando Real Estate market and can get the results you desire? Let me put my knowledge, experience, and dedication to work for you. Give me a call today, and I will immediately get to work for you - satisfying your real estate needs. Buying a Home? I'll take the time to listen to your needs and desires, and find your dream home. Your total satisfaction is my number one priority. Selling a Home? I will get your home sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. My online and offline marketing programs will give you the edge you need to sell your home. I don't want to just list your home, I want to sell it! Fast! Relocating to the Orlando Flor...
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By JoEllen Stranger-Thorsen, Lake County, FL
Today I want to share someone who doesn't always get the recognition he deserves. Here is to Dr. Beau (Delaporte) our family veterinarian. When I moved to Eustis about ten years ago I had three cats; Abigail                                Paisley                                                  and Lost Kitty. I had never found a vet I was completely comfortable with in Orlando so I was definitely in the market for a vet I could trust. (Abigail was 19, Paisley was 9 and Lost Kitty was of unknown age but she had been with me for 4 years.) My first encounter with a Lake County vet was not good. I came home from work one day and Abigail was obviously ill. I took her to the only vet I could find open that night. That vet was not forthcoming and honest with a prognosis. I left his office tha...
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By Rick Belben, Orlando Real Estate - Belben Realty Group
(Belben Realty Group)
Buying or Selling? One Call Does it ALL!! Rick Belben Direct (407) 341-1706 Are you looking for an experienced real estate professional who knows the Orlando Real Estate market and can get the results you desire? Let me put my knowledge, experience, and dedication to work for you. Give me a call today, and I will immediately get to work for you - satisfying your real estate needs. Buying a Home? I'll take the time to listen to your needs and desires, and find your dream home. Your total satisfaction is my number one priority. Selling a Home? I will get your home sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. My online and offline marketing programs will give you the edge you need to sell your home. I don't want to just list your home, I want to sell it! Fast! Relocating to the Orlando Flor...
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By Rick Belben, Orlando Real Estate - Belben Realty Group
(Belben Realty Group)
Looking for a Good Deal NEW HOMES is the way to go!!! If you are looking to purchase a new home in any Central Florida New Home Community NOW is a excellent time to do so. New Home builders in the Orlando, Apopka and Central Florida area have dropped the prices and are offering great incentives. Do you need a REALTOR® when buying a brand new home from a builder? ABSOLUTELY!!! When you walk into a Model home and you're greeted by the salesperson, remember they work for the Builder and have the Builders best interest in mind NOT YOURS! Thinking of Buying a NEW home in the Orlando, Apopka and Central Florida area? Don't BUY WITHOUT Representation. Call Rick Belben BEFORE YOU VISIT the sales center as I must accompany you on your 1st visit. Let me represent you and Save thousands on new hom...
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By JoEllen Stranger-Thorsen, Lake County, FL
On the shores of Lake Dora sits the majestic and historic Lakeside InnIn the early 1880's Mount Dora was known as Royellou. The town consisted of no more than a post office. The postmaster Ross Tremain named the lakeside outpost after his three children; Roy, Ella and Louis. The sixteen families who lived along the shore of Lake Dora decided the town needed a hotel. It was about this time Royellou was renamed Mount Dora. "Mount" for the uncommon attribute (for Florida) of being 184 feet above sea level.Town Father John Alexander entered into a partnership with Annie MacDonald Stone Donnelly, wife of John P. Donnelly, and Colonel John A. MacDonald to open the Alexander House in 1883. The Alexander Inn still stands as Lakeside Inn's most historic building.In 1893 the Alexander Inn was sol...
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By JoEllen Stranger-Thorsen, Lake County, FL
One of the most recognizable homes in Mount Dora, Florida is the John P. Donnelly House.This home was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places on April 4, 1975.John P. Donnelly, a native of Pittsburgh, PA moved to Mount Dora in 1879. He married Annie McDonald Stone in 1881.He built the Queen Anne Style home in 1893.John P. Donnelly was one of the founders of the local yacht club and served as Mount Dora's first mayor in 1910.In 1924 he sold the land for the park named for his wife who had died in 1908.John P. Donnelly died in 1930. The home is now owned by Mount Dora Lodge no. 238 F. & A.M.
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By JoEllen Stranger-Thorsen, Lake County, FL
The Time Has Come... Dust off the clubs, find your glove and get ready!                     Faith Lutheran School Parent Teacher League 5th Annual Golf Tournament is April 19, 2008This event is held at The Country Club of Mount Dora Mount Dora, FloridaThe Parent Teacher League of Faith Lutheran School, Eustis, Florida is working hard to make this year's event a tremendous success for the participants, sponsors and school. The funds raised by this year's tournament will be used for much needed playground equipment.The tournament is a four man scramble with shotgun start. The cost per player is $60 which includes greens fees, cart, awards luncheon and beverage service. There are awards for the top three teams, closest to the pin, longest drive and a special $20,000 hole-in-one prize.Shotg...
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By Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F
(Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.)
The City of Mount Dora recently passed an ordinance requiring all owners of rental property to obtain "Rental Licenses".  This new license requires the property owner to have city inspections once every 3 years and every time a new tenant moves in.  It also requires the property owner to pay annual licensing fees. You can read more on this on the City of Mount Dora's website and in the Orlando Sentinel.         The intent of this ordinance besides to generate more revenue to the city is to keep slumlords in line.  I do not know if an ordinance like this will do that though.  The problem is not just with the slumlords, but also with the tenants that they rent to.  Even nasty people have to live somewhere.  It does not take into consideration that some landlords do a fine job of maintaini...
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It has been brought to my attention that the City of Mt. Dora (a Lake County Florida city) has a rental inspection ordinance. This ordinance is ridiculous and will just make the property owner spend more. As if the extremely high property taxes weren't enough... What is the Rental Inspection Ordinance? --requires rental properties located in the city of Mt.Dora to pay an annual license fee of $30.00---requires an inspection fee of $75.00Notice I didn't say that is was an annual inspection fee. That's because the inspection is performed every time there is a change in renter, if a renter requests an inspection, a renter has a complaint or just if an inspector decides the property needs to be inspected. This could result in a couple hundred dollars per year for rental owners.  This looks ...
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By Mike Norvell Sr, Norvell Consulting Group
(Morris Williams Realty)
  How much is your time worth...Is sitting on the phone on hold, or burning up the fax lines to some lender who cna't find your faxes worth the effort..I have my doubts some days...As we acquire more and more short sale listings, it becomes more apparent that we will have to improve on our communication skills with the lenders.We need a hot-line after the tenth call to get the same person back. We need a way to charge the lenders for dropping our calls as they transfer us to India. For those of us doin short sales, I am here to tell you that having less than 20-30 listings is very similar to having tons of overpriced listings. You have a very high percentage of working your butt off and not selling a thing.I am seeing some surprising issues though...We are tracking over a hundred good e...
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By Bill Deese, GRI, SFR
(ERA Grizzard Real Estate)
  Born in Aruba, Antilles, West Indies in the Caribbean, I grew up on a tropical island paradise until I was 10 yearsold before my family moved to Maitland, Florida (Orlando). I have been in the Central Florida area since then except for a three year stint overseas in the U. S. Air Force. I currently reside in Mount Dora, Florida, which is about 30 minutes Northwest of Orlando, FL. Mount Dora is a quaint New England style town nestled on the shore of Lake Dora part of the Harris Chain of Lakes. It is located in Lake County, so named for having over 1400 named lakes here. That means a lot of lake front property. Mount Dora is also known as the Festival City where 285,000 people visit annually each February to attend the Annual Mount Dora Art Festival with 350 artists and crafters who set...
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By Mike Norvell Sr, Norvell Consulting Group
(Morris Williams Realty)
 I picked this graphic to represent our market. Beautiful but slow.. The listing agreement just came off the  laser printer. Its still hot, feels good in my hands. Its an agreement to do a retail listing of a foreclosure home for 90 days and if not sold, we will agree to buy it for a set price. I cannot believe this deal is coming to us. I am bidding, according to our formula, quite a few homes a week. Today the long distance voice said the send the package, get it done today.I know this subdivision. There are no signs in here. Its all big time Attorneys and Cardiologists in this place. Even in this palisade of homes, there is trouble in Paradise. The research shows the home was sold in foreclosure in 2005 and was picked up for 150,000 under market at that time... The home was never mov...
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By Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices
(Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408)
Me and my wife have visited the Crafts Fair in 2005. On Saturday on the way to our frined in Ocala we decided to visit Mount Dora on our way. We did not check the schedule, just drove there and ... bingo, we got right at the Fair. This was a very nice and welcome surprise. We enjoy the architecture, the lake, nice quaint streets lined with mature trees, rolling hills. Dora Craft Fair took place Ocober 27-28 in downtown Mount Dora on the backdrop of a beautiful Lake Dora. The weather was on a cooler side with no sunshine, but this didn;t deter huge crowds coming to this annual event. This was te biggest event ever with 350 booths with crafts form all across the nation. I have uploaded quite a number of phots from tis year event on Localism, which can give you the idea of this must see ev...
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By Jason Price, The Mortgage Rider
(Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650))
This past weekend, I got the chance to step back in time and enjoy a pleasant day at the lakeside.  You see Mt. Dora held its 20th Annual Antique Boat Festival at Lake Dora.  With over 300 antique boats, there was plenty to see and enjoy.  This year's feature boats were the Garr Woods... enjoy the showHitching up a boat not your thing... then just drive right on in.For a couple bucks, the captains of these fine vessels will take you for a cruise on the lake.  But, if your sea legs aren't up for the affair, then you could spend some time in historic downtown Mt. Dora.  The atiques spilled over into the main street offering vintage items for antique collectors of all types.I know you will enjoy it.  Madison did!
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By Rick Belben, Orlando Real Estate - Belben Realty Group
(Belben Realty Group)
    Buying or Selling?  One Call Does it ALL!!        Rick Belben       Direct (407) 341-1706                        Are you looking for an experienced real estate professional who knows the Orlando Real Estate market and can get the results you desire? Let me put my knowledge, experience, and dedication to work for you. Give me a call today, and I will immediately get to work for you - satisfying your real estate needs.  Buying a Home? I'll take the time to listen to your needs and desires, and find your dream home. Your total satisfaction is my number one priority. Selling a Home? I will get your home sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. My online and offline marketing programs will give you the edge you need to sell your home. I don't want to just list your home, I want to sel...
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By Jason Price, The Mortgage Rider
(Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650))
Last month, I wrote a post about how to use Localism to get a free round of golf and free publicity.Well, as they say the proof is in the pudding.  Two weeks ago, I met an editor-in-chief at one of my networking groups that expressed interest in my concept.  After expressing interest about the paper she works for, she asked me to forward one of my reviews.  The paper that she works for is called the "Homesteader".  It is a direct mail newsletter that is sent out monthly to all new homeowners in the Lake County area.Perfect plug for me... especially if someone just got their home and went to the closing with a bait and switch broker/lender.  In fact, I am also the only one in the mortgage industry in the newsletter.  Just because they bought a house and have a new mortgage does not make ...
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By Jason Price, The Mortgage Rider
(Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650))
This weekend in Mt. Dora, Florida, located in Lake County not too far away from where Friday's deadly tornadoes ravaged parts of Lake County, life goes on with a couple festivities.  Turn out to these events may be at an all time low because of Friday's events, but people are still expected to turn out.In historic downtown Mt. Dora, art is the talk of the town.  The 32nd annual, nationally ranked Art Festival has yet again arrived.  This year with over 285 artists from all over the world are expected to converge into the narrow streets of old town Mt. Dora to show off their newest works of art.  People from all across the state of Florida are expected to show up in the thousands to enjoy this treasured event by the community.While you are meandering through the tents, you may hear the o...
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By Teri Isner, GRI, CRS, CIPS
(Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes)
Sullivan Ranch Estate Homes is located at Sullivan Ranch in northwest Orlando, in Mount Dora Florida.  These are single family estate homes with lots for the homes starting at $99,000 up to $200,000.  Most lots are 95' x 130' and some are a half acre. There will be stunning oak vista views, a Jr. olympic size pool, a large childrens park and interactive water fountains.If you are interested in this development details upon request.
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