Celebration ~ Island Village NEW Construction Update

March 16, 2019

Date:  Thursday March 14, 2019.

Advisory good thru Fri April 12, 2019

What you need to know:

Construction Traffic on Celebration Boulevard:  Light.  During Celebration High School drop-off and pickup times, construction traffic should be Light.

Bridge construction activities:  pile driving for the bridge piers will start with activity occurring Monday – Saturday 7a – sunset, and Sunday 9a – mid-afternoon.


Mattamy Homes’ site contractor, Jr. Davis Construction (JDC), continues work on the roadway and bridge construction for the extension of Celebration Boulevard.

The “work” is the construction of the mile-long Celebration Boulevard Extension (CBE) from Celebration High School (CHS) to the front entrance of Island Village.

This includes roadway and bridge construction only.

Construction of the Island Village community is anticipated to commence later this year.

 Construction activities over the next several weeks will entail the following:

Thru existing Celebration Blvd, thru the circle at CHS/Emerson, then onsite:  dump truck traffic for bringing fill to the site

Onsite:  roadway excavation and grading

Onsite:  bridge trestle installation

Onsite:  bridge pile driving for pier foundations

Construction traffic during the morning school start and afternoon school end at Celebration High School will be kept to a minimum.

JDC’s activities will attempt to avoid construction traffic (mobilization/demobilization) on existing Celebration Boulevard both before and during those times.

Construction activities once onsite to the CBE project do not hinder any public traffic.

Public vehicular and pedestrian traffic within the CBE construction site is prohibited.

Mattamy Homes will issue these Construction Advisories periodically to inform people of general construction activity within the flow of traffic along Celebration Boulevard between World Drive and CHS.

Please stay tuned for future advisories.

Thank you!

Fla. sees more out-of-state buyers from high-tax states

February 7, 2019

NEW YORK – Feb. 5, 2019 – The massive tax reform package signed in December 2017 changed things. With a new state and local tax cap of $10,000, high-income homeowners in high-tax states such as New York found themselves facing a notably bigger tax burden than they once did.

However, that makes low-tax states, such as Florida, more attractive.

The Wall Street Journal, citing a Zillow study, says “preliminary data show a jump in Florida home purchases by buyers from high-tax states,” and that “home values in lower-tax areas have been rising faster than those in places where limiting the ability to deduct high state and local taxes eroded some of the savings from the federal tax reduction.”

Jonathan Miller, a real estate appraiser who focuses on the South Florida market, says he’s “starting to see New Yorkers as Florida’s new foreign buyer. … If they were already on the fence, I think the tax law has changed the calculus for some.”

According to July 2017-2019 Census data, Florida had the nation’s highest level of net domestic migration, while New York lost the most residents.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, Laura Kusisto, Arian Campo-Flores and Jimmy Vielkind

© 2019 Florida Realtors®

Celebration Marathon

September 20, 2018

The 6th Annual Town of Celebration Marathon and Half Marathon will be held on January 27th, 2019.

Registration is OPEN! Visit CelebrationMarathon.com to register.

Kathy started training! Take a short walk with her by clicking the link below:


Remodels that Pay

July 6, 2018

Steel Doors
You don’t want to go cheap on a standard front door. At roughly $1,000, steel doors are comparatively affordable, durable, low maintenance and burglar resistant. As an added bonus, the National Association of Realtors® reports that steel door upgrades show the highest return on investment of any home remodel, at over 100 percent of the cost.

Solar Panels
As the price of solar panels continues to drop, the energy payback on installing them is becoming greater and greater. The average rooftop solar system is now paid off in seven and a half years. After that, panels are a big money-saving asset. A study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory notes that homebuyers “consistently have been willing to pay more for a property” with solar panels—a premium of around $4 per installed watt, on average.

Related: Will Your Homeowners Insurance Cover Solar Panels?

New Siding
The exterior of your house is the first thing potential homebuyers see when they come to your home, and you want to make the best first impression. This is part of the reason redoing your siding is so profitable. New siding recoups around 80 percent of the initial cost, according to the National Association of Realtors®, thanks largely to the increased curb appeal and improved energy efficiency it provides.

Broadband Access
Access to broadband speeds is considered an essential utility for today’s connected homebuyer. Research shows that faster internet speeds increase your home value by as much as 3 percent. Homeowners can prepare their homes for higher broadband connectivity by working with area providers to install requisite equipment and wiring. Building out wall ports and cable-hiding baseboards is a good move to attract buyers, too.

Even if you’re not considering selling your home just yet, keep potential selling benefits in mind. Intrepid homeowners know that the best remodels will increase both quality of life and listing price, so take care to invest in projects that will net the biggest returns.

Thanks for the memories Orlando!

March 7, 2018

Here’s a nice article from the Orlando Sentinal:

As a Canadian who has resided the past several winters in Florida and is now selling her property, I cannot leave without thanking this country.

The United States is a great nation. The people are wonderful, very kind, very caring, very generous.

I have been continually thankful for each day here. I leave with many happy memories.

May God continue to bless this country. May it continue to prosper.

Thank you. Paula G.

Remember to “Unfreeze” Your Credit

February 1, 2018

Following last year’s Equifax data breach, many people froze their credit-score accounts to safeguard them from potential identity theft. If you will be shopping for a home soon, you may face some hassles getting approved for a mortgage if you don’t remember to unfreeze your credit first.

Lenders tend to pull reports from the three main credit bureaus – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion – when approving a buyer for a mortgage.

You may want to take a day or two to unfreeze them before you apply, but definitely make sure they are all unfrozenbecause it could potentially cause an issue if (mortgage lenders) can only get one or two out of the three.


When you freeze a report, you’re often given a PIN that allows you to freeze or unfreeze the report at your own discretion. Or, you can contact the three nationwide credit bureaus to learn about unfreezing credit:


3 Florida cities in top 10 for Increase in Millennial Residents

January 31, 2018
ORLANDO, Fla. – Jan. 30, 2018 – Millennials make up a quarter of the nation’s population and are expected to have a huge influence over real estate in the coming years. But though the millennial population increased 4.7 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to Census data, the growth has not occurred evenly across geographic areas.

Cities with the highest growth in millennial population from 2010 to 2015

  • Colorado Springs: 14.7 percent growth
  • San Antonio: 14.4 percent
  • Denver: 12.8 percent
  • Orlando, Fla.: 12.7 percent
  • Honolulu: 12.2 percent
  • Austin: 11.8 percent
  • Cape Coral, Fla.: 11.7 percent
  • Houston: 11.7 percent
  • Sarasota, Fla.: 11.1 percent
  • Seattle: 10.8 percent

Cities with the highest share of millennials as of 2015

  • Provo-Orem, Utah: 30.4 percent
  • Austin, Texas: 27.2 percent
  • San Diego: 27 percent
  • Virginia Beach, Va.: 26.9 percent
  • Madison, Wis.: 26.8 percent
  • Colorado Springs, Colo.: 26.4 percent
  • Bakersfield, Calif.: 26.3 percent
  • Honolulu: 26.3 percent
  • Salt Lake City: 26.2 percent

The U.S. cities with the lowest increases in millennial populations are Birmingham, Ala. (–0.6 percent); Chicago (0.2 percent); Toledo, Ohio (0.5 percent); and St. Louis (0.9 percent).

Source: “Here’s Where Millennials Are Moving,” Curbed.com (Jan. 26, 2018)

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