orlando: Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #67 - 11/06/14 06:45 PM
Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #67

Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #67
 
Whether local folks or out-of-towners, the result is always the same when one chooses to step into the path of a car.  And in this case, there was no "strength in numbers".
 
This death was yet another falling under the watch of Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings and Orlando Police Chief John W. Mina.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-benjamin-meza-dead-pedestrian-20141101-story.html
 
FHP: New York man killed crossing John Young Parkway
 
A New York man was killed crossing John Young Parkway early Saturday, a Florida … (0 comments)

orlando: Under The Influence(s)- An Entry Into My Own Contest - 07/14/14 12:10 PM
Under The Influence(s)- An Entry Into My Own Contest
 
WARNING:  This could be a tough read for some.  From the beginning of my Under The Influence(s) contest, I've planned on writing an entry myself (understanding, of course, that I can't get any kind of prize).  I'll take no offense if folks don't read the whole thing- as part of it is a brutally honest, hard-hitting piece of writing that will make some uncomfortable.  Before I begin, I'll stress two things for folks to keep in mind: 1) I'm fine- don't worry about me, and 2) I don't intend to elicit … (10 comments)

orlando: 4th...err...3rd of July Orlando: Red, Hot and Boom! - 07/03/14 01:57 PM
4th 3rd of July Orlando: Red, Hot and Boom!
         
4th 3rd of July Orlando: Red, Hot and Boom!
 
Not much time left to post today!  I'm getting ready to head down the road just a bit to Crane's Roost Park in Altamonte Springs- home to a quaint little fireworks spectacular known as Red, Hot and Boom!
 
Start with a waterfront park that looks a like the first photo above, add in over 300,000 of your closest friends- and you've got your Red, Hot and Boom goin' on!
 
Not able to make it here in time … (0 comments)

orlando: East Orlando pool home for rent: Cypress Springs 4BR/2BA....$1,595/mo - 05/21/14 02:12 PM
East Orlando pool home for rent: 1843 Branchwater Trail, 4BR/2BA...2,253 s/f...$1,595/mo

 
East Orlando pool home for rent: 1843 Branchwater Trail, 4BR/2BA...2,253 s/f...$1,595/mo

Available: 6/9/14
Monthly rent includes pool care!

Hi, I'm Orlando Property Manager Dennis Burgess.  I'm in the area and available often- so give me a call for more information on this great East Orlando pool home for rent.
This pool home for rent in Cypress Springs has over 2,000 s/f! Home offers separate living, dining and family rooms and an eat-in kitchen.
The home's fully-equipped kitchen has all major appliances- including a stove, microwave, refrigerator and dishwasher. … (0 comments)

orlando: Livin' in Landlord No Man's Land - 05/17/14 03:30 PM
Livin' in Landlord No Man's Land

Livin' in Landlord No Man's Land
 
I had a few showings today, one of which was at a property whose great screen patio is featured in the above photo.
 
Yes, this was a trip to what I've come to refer to as Landlord No Man's Land.
 
One won't find Landlord No Man's Land on a map, mind you- for as is the case with its antithesis, Utopia, Landlord No Man's Land is more of a mindset than a geographical location.
 
Our tenants give us 60 days' notice prior to vacating.  … (8 comments)

orlando: Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #63 - 05/10/14 03:37 PM
Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #63

Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #63
 
http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/french-foreign-exchange-student-struck-killed
 
One thing we don't seem to be teaching our students is how to cross the street.  Elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and (apparently) colleges have all missed out on this opportunity to educate folks at a young age that it's best to cross in a crosswalk at an intersection.  It might not always be the coolest thing to do, but following just a few simple rules might just keep you alive.
Another death under the watch of Orange … (0 comments)

orlando: Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #62 - 05/10/14 03:18 PM
Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #62

Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #62
 
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-pedestrian-killed
 
I think I'd have to say that the one thing that continues to amaze me about the way pedestrians walk out into traffic here is the fact that more often than not, they are within 100 feet of a crosswalk.  Call it ignorance (I won't), arrogance (I might) or stupidity (I do), the end result is the same- another dead pedestrian and another family with a member that won't return home.
This is yet another death falling under the … (0 comments)

orlando: Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #58 - 03/07/14 04:53 PM
Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #58

Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #58
 
http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety
 
I hate using absolutes, but it's quite possible that this is the worst "tale" of the 58 I've written about thus far.  Pedestrians being hit by cars around here?  Seems to be a daily occurrence, with fatalities increasing.  Pedestrians hit by more than one vehicle?  Fairly rare, but it happens from time to time.
But a guy getting hit by FIVE vehicles?  This is one that might just keep you up at night...
Five vehicles strike pedestrian in fatal … (2 comments)

orlando: Do you run your business...or does it run you? - 03/06/14 05:42 PM
Do you run your business...or does it run you?

Do you run your business...or does it run you?
 
It's a simple question, I suppose.  Or is it?  Part of this whole Realtorin' business is supposed to be the freedom to set your own schedule.  You can handle the clients you want to handle- with no boss telling you which ones you have to handle.
 
But how does the theory match up with reality?  Are you setting your schedule as you'd expected you would, or does you business do it for you?  Do you have the luxury of choosing … (10 comments)

orlando: South Orlando home for rent: Southmeadows 4BR/2.5BA.2,524 s/f...$1,395 - 02/27/14 04:33 PM
South Orlando home for rent: 130 Windrose Drive, 4BR/2.5BA...2,524 s/f...$1,395/mo
 
South Orlando home for rent: 130 Windrose Drive, 4BR/2.5BA...2,524 s/f...$1,395/mo

Available: 3/9/14

Hi, I'm Orlando Property Manager Dennis Burgess.  I'm in the area and available often- so give me a call for more information on this great South Orlando home for rent.
This Southmeadows home has over 2,500 s/f! It's fully-equipped kitchen has plenty of cabinetry, a pantry and all major appliances.
Other features include walk-in closets, a fenced yard and more. Home has a mix of carpet and tiled flooring throughout.

Call Orlando Property Manager Dennis Burgess directly … (0 comments)

orlando: In memory of Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Jonathan Scott Pine - 02/11/14 12:22 PM
In memory of Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Jonathan Scott Pine
 

 
In memory of Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Jonathan Scott Pine
 
http://www.ocso.com/HOME/TheDailyBriefing/DSJonathanScottPine/tabid/220/Default.aspx
 
Almighty God, whose great power and eternal wisdom embraces the universe,
watch over all policemen and other law enforcement officers.
Protect them from harm in the performance of their duty
to stop crime, robberies, riots and violence.
Help them keep our streets and homes safe day and night, we pray.
We recommend them to your loving care because their duty is dangerous.
Grant them your unending strength and courage in their daily assignments.
Dear God, protect … (0 comments)

orlando: Orlando/Dr. Phillips townhome for rent: spacious 2BR/2.5BA...$1,500/mo - 01/30/14 01:50 PM
Orlando/Dr. Phillips townhome for rent: 6965 Cadiz Boulevard, 2BR/2.5BA...1,540 s/f...$1,500/mo

Orlando/Dr. Phillips townhome for rent: 6965 Cadiz Boulevard, 2BR/2.5BA...1,540 s/f...$1,500/mo

Available: 2/15/14

Hi, I'm Orlando Property Manager Dennis Burgess.  I'm in the area and available often- so give me a call for more information on this spacious Orlando/Dr. Phillips townhome for rent.
This spacious unit in Dr. Phillips' gated Vistas at Phillips Commons community has over 1,500 s/f and plenty of upgrades!
Fully-equipped kitchen offers all major appliances, granite counters and 42" cherry cabinets.
Home offers a mix of tiled flooring and carpet throughout.

Call Orlando Property Manager … (2 comments)

orlando: Orlando home for rent: 3745 Dunwich Avenue, 3BR/2BA...$1,195/mo - 01/28/14 02:49 PM
Orlando home for rent: 3745 Dunwich Avenue, 3BR/2BA...1,356 s/f...$1,195/mo

Orlando home for rent: 3745 Dunwich Avenue, 3BR/2BA...1,356 s/f...$1,195/mo
Available: NOW

Hi, I'm Orlando Property Manager Dennis Burgess.   I'm in the area and available often- so give me a call for more information on this great Orlando home for rent.
This spacious home in Orlando's Hunters Trace community has a mix of carpet and tiled flooring throughout.
Home's fully-equipped kitchen has all major appliances- and a garage laundry area has a washer/dryer combination for your convenience.

Call Orlando Property Manager Dennis Burgess directly at 407-278-1240 or 205-445-4755 and set a time … (2 comments)

orlando: The Singing Christmas Trees...an Orlando holiday tradition - 12/03/13 11:29 AM
The Singing Christmas Trees...an Orlando holiday tradition


(photos courtesy Honor Photography, Tim Smith)
The Singing Christmas Trees...an Orlando holiday tradition
If you're anything like me, your first thoughts upon reading this title might have been a simple "Trees don't sing".  While that's generally a good mindset to have (I mean, one doesn't stumble upon an Elm tree or a Pine tree belting out a tune every day), it's OK to engage in a bit of disbelief in this case.
Because here in Orlando, trees do sing.
Yes, we're only a few days away from this year's first performance of … (0 comments)

orlando: Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #53 - 11/27/13 04:28 PM
Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #53

Pedestrian Tales From the Middle of the Road, #53
 
Well, we couldn't roll into a hoilday weekend without a bit of a pedestrian safety wake-up call, could we?  This story, courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel, reflects yet another example of how folks around here simply can't stay out of the street...
This is another sad story of how a dead pedestrian who's left an empty seat at tomorrow's Thanksgiving dinner table.
This is yet another failure of yours, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings and Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney.  A … (10 comments)

orlando: Seminole County, FL watering restrictions - 10/30/13 12:13 PM
Seminole County, FL watering restrictions

Seminole County, FL watering restrictions
 
Hard to believe we've already arrived at the end of Daylight Savings Time this weekend.  Around here, the end of Daylight Savings Time also signals the beginning of our stricter watering rules for the year.
Information follows, but the simplest explanation is that odd-numbered homes water on Saturdays and even-numbered ones on Sundays.  Tuesdays are set aside for non-residential properties.
Water's a resource that's becoming scarcer and scarcer- and folks around here take these watering rules seriously!  Violate these at your peril, for a neighbor might very well rat you out … (0 comments)

orlando: Worth another mention...Olympic Auto, Alt. Springs, FL (407) 774-4504 - 10/28/13 03:20 PM
Worth another mention...Olympic Auto, 1161 W. State Road 436, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 (407) 774-4504

Worth another mention...Olympic Auto, 1161 W. State Road 436, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 (407) 774-4504
 
I knew I'd written about Olympic Auto a while back, but I was a bit surprised when I looked back through my old posts and discovered that it was nearly 2 and 1/2 years ago that I wrote that last post.  I'd say a new Olympic Auto post is long overdue.
Anyone that's spent some time in the property management business will tell you that finding great vendors and … (0 comments)

orlando: Rent isn't a four-letter word - 10/21/13 04:31 PM
Rent isn't a four-letter word

Rent isn't a four-letter word
 
OK, technically it is- though it shouldn't be included among the other four-letter words many have come to despise.
Both renting and renters have surely taken their hits over the years.  Who hasn't heard of the ol' "Rent versus buy" analysis?  And how often do you hear that question answered with "rent"?
Chances are it's been a rare occurrence.  More often than not, owners are advised to sell rather than rent their homes out- while prospective buyer/renters are shown the many benefits of homeownership to the detriment of both … (8 comments)

orlando: Orlando Housing Market...Up, up, up! - 10/15/13 07:37 AM
Orlando Housing Market...Up, up, up!
 

 
Orlando Housing Market...Up, up, up!
 
The newest numbers are out, and things continue to look up, up, up for our Orlando housing market.  The link to this month's report from our Orlando Regional Realtor Association (ORRA) may be found by following this link:
 
http://www.orlandorealtors.org/news/142168/Orlando-median-home-price-increases-25-percent.htm
 
Median home price is up 25%- to the current $155,475 from last year's $124,900
Aside from the headlining median price increase, a few things stick out to me from a property management perspective:
 
- Total inventory is UP!  Despite prevailing ideas that we have an … (2 comments)

orlando: I'm glad my Sprint cell phone contract is up! - 10/11/13 07:30 PM
I'm glad my Sprint cell phone contract is up!

I'm glad my Sprint cell phone contract is up!
 
Funny thing happened as I dealt with Sprint earlier this evening.  Wait- no, it didn't.  Nothing that happened was funny, and nothing got resolved by what Clark Howard would refer to as Sprint's Customer No Service agents nor their Customer No Service supervisor.
After getting a few nagging text messages from Sprint asking me to confirm an address, I went out to the MySprint site and tried my best to navigate through the thing and figure out what the problem could possibly be.  I never did- as … (2 comments)

 
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