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The I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project

Web Admin - Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Author: Darby Uhl

I-4, known as the backbone of Central Florida’s transportation, is getting a major upgrade. From aesthetic upgrades and a more open-air feel, to additional lanes to accommodate higher traffic volume, this project is a 21-mile undertaking. The project stretches from Kirkman Road all the way throughout downtown Orlando, continuing north to Longwood. The goal of this project is to connect communities, improve economies and enhance livability.

The future of I-4 is aimed to be broken down into 4 main areas to include the attractions, Downtown Orlando, Ivanhoe and Altamonte. Starting at Kirkman Road, a new overpass will allow pedestrians to cross from the parks to hotels allowing traffic to flow more seamlessly. The current pedestrian crosswalk will be replaced with an overpass, to allow the smoother flow of traffic as well as less interference between commuters and park-goers.

Below, see the I-4 Ultimate’s project limits and what the overhaul entails.

Continuing into Downtown, you can expect new aesthetic highlights including accent lighting, illuminated fountains, update architectural bridges and even the implementation of more plants native to our area. Continuing north to Ivanhoe, commuters will experience auxiliary lanes intended to ease the flow of traffic. These express lanes are will continue throughout the Altamonte area. Commuters can opt in or out of traveling on these lanes and the pricing will be dynamic based on demand and usage. Travelers will be able to enter and exit these lanes at multiple locations throughout the ultimate I-4 zone.


Some of the aesthetic changes commuters can expect with the project, seen above.


If you frequent the 21-mile stretch, drivers can access alternative routes to avoid construction as well as familiarize themselves with routes that are inaccessible during the construction phase. Construction is not meant to halt or ultimately hinder traffic, but it certainly can impact daily commuter’s routes. Perhaps this is a time to explore different transit options. My personal favorite, the Sun Rail, is expanding to be able to allow commuters late night service for weekday travelers. This may be an inexpensive way to avoid the I-4 hassle that is likely to continue until the project is complete in 2021.

Once the project is complete, some of the highlighted improvements we can expect include 13 widened bridges, over 70 replaced bridges (totaling 140 bridges) and two Express Lanes in each direction at the center of I-4. If you would like to stay up to date on the project, you can sign up for an e-newsletter with the link below. There is also an app which can help you stay up to date on the project as well as managing your commute. See the link below:

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7 Easy Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills

Web Admin - Friday, March 16, 2018

Author: Hannah Jordan   Read More

Property Taxes & Tangible Personal Property Taxes Explained

Justin Recca - Friday, March 02, 2018

It’s that time of year again. . . property tax time, that is! In the blog below, we will give you a brief overview of property taxes and how they are assessed, collected and paid along with an explanation of tangible personal property taxes and the difference between them and property taxes as they are often misunderstood and confusing. Hope you enjoy it and should you have any questions, please contact our office as we are happy to assist you further!  Read More

Resident Rental Criteria - Do You Qualify?

Kati Ettinger - Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Rental criteria can be a bit ambiguous, so the goal of this blog is to give you a good indication of whether or not you’ll be approved for one of our rental homes. You can use the guidelines below to give you a good idea of the application results:   Read More

Decor That Won't Risk Your Security Deposit

Web Admin - Friday, February 02, 2018

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Tips for Staying Pest Free

Web Admin - Monday, January 22, 2018
Author: Jess Philips

Living in Florida has a lot of perks: a year-long tan, flip flops for all occasions, and annual fun for all ages. Though it's home to “The Happiest Place on Earth”, it is also home to a wide variety of creepy crawlies and furry critters looking for a meal or cozy place to start a family. In eliminating access to a free meal and maintaining a clean living space, you can keep your family safe and pests out. See below for some tips and tricks to staying pest free year-round!

  • Floors first: Ants love sweet stuff, it doesn’t take long for them to find the juice spill from last week and set up shop. By cleaning your floors with soap and water at least once a week, you are removing any residue on the floor and deterring ants from making your home theirs! Ants are tough to evict, so being proactive is key. We can also track in pest eggs on our shoes or clothes; regular vacuuming of carpeted areas will prevent those eggs from hatching in your carpet.
  • Foods and storage: Fruit is most pest’s favorite food. Fruits should be kept in the refrigerator and disposed of completely. Leaving fruit out can attract ants, roaches, flies, and rodents. Storing pantry items such as bread, crackers, sugar, and cereal in sealed containers keeps your food safe and pests out.
  • Water access: Just like us, bugs and rodents need water to survive. Some can pull moisture from common items, such as a wet rag thrown in the laundry area. A leaky faucet provides a steady supply of water and if they know where to find it, they will keep coming back. In limiting access to water you're preventing pests from surviving and thriving in your home.
  • Pets: Dogs and cats are constantly in and out of our homes and are far more likely to track in pests. Regular bathing and brushing in congruence with routine flea prevention are key to keeping our pets healthy and avoiding hitch-hiking eggs. Pet food will attract furry pests and should be stored in a sealed container. Rodents are not picky either - cat, dog, fish, and bird food is all on the menu if its not stored properly.

Seeing a few bugs in your home may not be concerning, but don’t forget that there is always something bigger with those bugs on the menu. Wasps and spiders will eat roaches, and rats will eat spiders. Simple measures such as these can help keep pests at bay, but there are still areas of this beautiful state that will always be more susceptible to pest intrusions. In some cases, enrolling in routine pest control services may be the most effective way to keep them out. These easy steps help create a barrier between unwanted visitors and your family.

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Beware of Scammers!

Web Admin - Thursday, November 02, 2017

When you’re looking to find a new rental property, it’s important to know the signs of a possible scam. Recently, scam artists have been stealing rental listings, lowering the price and posting those fake ads online, especially on Craigslist, and posing as the landlord. They’ll price it attractively, remove the address and contact information, and wait for someone to message them through the site’s messaging portal.  Read More

Real Estate Property Investment Cash Flow - Understanding Net Operating Income (NOI)

Justin Recca - Monday, August 08, 2016
So you have a real estate investment and want to maximize your positive cash flow? And how exactly is that calculated? Is cash flow the difference between the monthly rental income and the mortgage payment or is it something more? If these are questions you’ve always wondered about, then this post is for you! Read on for more information and a brief explanation of Net Operating Income (NOI), what it includes, what it doesn’t include and how it is calculated.  Read More

Property Taxes 2014

Justin Recca - Tuesday, December 09, 2014

2014 Property Taxes

It’s that time of year again. . . Property tax time, that is! Each November, the tax collector’s office mails out the property tax bills to the address on file for properties located within that respective tax collector’s county. Below is an excerpt from the Orange County Tax Collector’s Website with general information regarding property taxes. Most counties in Florida will have similar procedures as Orange County, however, if your property is not located within Orange County, please consult the appropriate Counties website for more information (links at the end of this blog) or contact our office and we can assist you. Tax statements are mailed out by the County Tax Collector by November 1st of each year with the following discounts in effect for early payment:  Read More

Landscape Maintenance and Rental Properties

Web Admin - Thursday, October 30, 2014
While residents want to rent a nice looking home, they often have no interest, time, or knowledge on how to maintain the property. They may agree to landscape maintenance in the rental contract but it can be difficult for a property manager or owner to enforce. The owner can charge the tenant for maintenance or include landscape maintenance but it is not always practical to increase the rent with the full cost, particularly if the landscaping on the property is extensive.

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