Holiday News Flash: Halloween to Hanukkah and Christmas.

Get ready because 2018 is flying by!

This year, Bella Verde Realty is once again proud to sponsor the ONE PLUS ONE GIVING PROGRAM FOR FOSTER CHILDREN with the Guardian ad Litem Program of Osceola County. Last year, Bella Verde Realty, with the generosity of our friends, clients, neighbors, and vendors, collected over 1,000 gifts and donated them to the children that are served and supported by the Guardian ad Litem Program. Together we brought joy to many children during the holiday season.

And this year, Bella Verde will be sponsoring the One Plus One Giving Program for Foster Children again. On Friday, November 9th, the Bella Verde Christmas Tree will be decorated and ready to start receiving all unwrapped gifts for children from the age of birth to 18. For every gift donated, Bella Verde Realty will match the gift; you give one, the children will receive two. This is a win-win program for the children, and for each of us who choose to participate during this beautiful holiday season. Please visit our office and donate to this gift giving program for children that will surely enjoy receiving a wonderful holiday gift and the knowledge that our community cares about them.

Hurricane Season Is Here

The Atlantic Hurricane Season started June 1st and hurricanes were the cause of major damage in Florida and the Carolinas during the 2016 and 2017 Seasons. Folks living in coastal areas are most at risk, but hurricanes also bring high winds and rain inland to Central Florida. Reminding us all of the old adage “Better to be Safe than Sorry”. Hurricane Irma in September of 2017 cut power to thousands of customers. Happy to say, Solivita has underground wiring and a secure power grid. SOLIVITA DID NOT lose power but, knowing you are prepared will bring peace of mind and comfort to you and those that love you.

Assemble an Emergency Kit, safeguard all important documents, keep your medication in a safe location, and sign up for emergency alerts by logging in to Polk County Emergency Management. https://polk-county.net/emergency-management.

As we know, severe weather can strike quickly, creating a variety of dangerous situations. We all have a responsibility to stay tuned to the National Weather Service, local media and emergency management for special warnings or instructions during severe weather events.

THE BEST TIME TO SELL REAL ESTATE IN FLORIDA

Are you considering selling your Florida home? If so, you are probably asking yourself what is the best time, and can I time the market to my advantage?

In my experience, the best time to sell a property is when most people are buying, and in Florida, historically most of the sales activity is generated during the first six months of the year, but there are a few other things to consider when trying to time the market. Waiting for sales activity to be the highest may not payoff, because during the height of sales activity is when competition is at its peak. Once the high sales season is over, yes there may be fewer buyers, but there are also fewer homes on the market for sale. The fact that inventory is lower gives your home a chance to stand out. I recently did a Closed Price to Original List Price Ratio Study and found that in our area, sellers got the closest to their original asking price in June. They closed the furthest from their original asking price in February. Of course, market conditions change from year to year and right now the market is steady and homes are selling. Interest rates are still low and consumer sentiment is strong. The results of this exercise lead me to believe any time is a good time to sell your property in the current market. If you are considering selling your home, please contact me. I will perform a complete Sales Analysis for you and provide you with any help you will need to get your property listed and sold.

Honey Glazed Florida Grouper for Two

1 TBSP Honey

1 TBSP Orange Marmalade

1 TBSP Orange Juice

¾ TSP Dijon Mustard

½ TSP Light Soy Sauce

1/8 Tsp Ground White Pepper

¾ Pound Grouper Fillets

 

Preheat broiler. Combine all ingredients except grouper, mixing well. Place fillets on an oiled broiler pan and brush with honey glaze to cover. Broil 5 to 6 inches from heat for 4 to 5 minutes until browned. Turn fillets, brush with honey glaze and broil additional 5 minutes or until fish flakes easily.

What’s Up in the Garden

Bell peppers, squash and snap beans are being harvested and available in our gardens and markets this month. I love to slice the peppers and squash into cubes, toss the beans in and add olive oil, a touch of salt and roast them in the oven. Easy and delicious. Not to mention a great side dish to Honey Glazed Florida Grouper.

Happy Memorial Day!

On Memorial Day, before we light the BBQ or enjoy a swim in the pool, I would like to ask all my readers to say a prayer of thanks to all the brave men and woman who died in service to America. It is through their sacrifice that we enjoy a free and wonderful America. Happy Memorial Day.

Birthday at Buca di Beppo in Celebration

We recently met with family and celebrated a birthday at Buca di Beppo in Celebration. I must say we had a really good time. This is a fun restaurant –  loud, happy, filled with locals and tourists all out for a fun experience. Not a fancy restaurant, but clean and comfortable, and a great place to celebrate. The food was generous, hot, and delicious. The service was good, and the laughter was plentiful – all the ingredients needed for a great night. Celebration is only 30 minutes from Solivita and an evening in Celebration is always a good night out. Lots of restaurants, a wine bar, a tavern, a pizza store, a lake to stroll by, a few shops to poke around in and a nice pastry shop to complete your evening.

Cranberry, Apple Chutney

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays.  A holiday that is just about being thankful for our blessings, sharing our bounty with others, and being thankful for the Beautiful Country we are lucky to reside in, and the freedom we all share.  We love to cook, we love to entertain, and we love to eat and drink.  I make this Chutney every year before Thanksgiving.  It is a great addition to a cheese board.  I spill this over the top of a wedge of cheddar, cream cheese, brie, or serve alongside creamy goat cheese.  Lee and I also add this chutney to a slice of turkey, ham, chicken, or pork.  Sometimes I slice and toast a baguette, I spread cheese on the baguette and top with Chutney.  I know if you make this Chutney you will enjoy a tasty addition to any meal or snack.  It is always a hit at our home, and made in advance, easy for you too.   When you have this in the refrigerator you are ready for cocktails at a moment’s notice.  

Cranberry, Apple, and Ginger Chutney

  • 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. minced fresh ginger root
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup Orange Juice and the zest of an orange
  • ½ cup minced onion
  • ½ cup chopped Granny Smith Apple
  • ½ cup finely chopped celery

Combine the first 8 ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, simmer low heat until berries start to pop (about 5 minutes). Add the finely chopped onion, apple, and finely chopped celery, continue to cook, stir occasionally until mixture thickens, about 7 – 10 minutes.  Remove from the heat and cool slightly.  Refrigerate overnight to allow the flavors to mature.

This recipe is tried and true, easy, yet delicious anytime, but especially delicious at the holidays.  We wish you, your family, and friends a Beautiful Thanksgiving overflowing with Love, Good Health, Laughter, and Peace.

What’s With The Solivita® Pink Flamingos?

Have you Seen Any Solivita Pink Flamingos Lately? While driving through Solivita be on the look-out for Pink Flamingos, not the ones with feathers, but rather pink painted Flamingos planted on the front lawns in Solivita. Why are you looking for Pink Flamingos? The answer is – So that you can go to a party […]

Orlando Hits #4 on Zillow’s Projected Top 10 Housing Markets of 2017

On January 6, Zillow, a leading real estate and rental database, announced its predictions for 2017’s 10 hottest housing markets. Topping the list this year, at #4 in the nation and #2 in the East, is our very own Orlando, Florida! Zillow’s predictions are based on rising home values, low unemployment rates, and