Best Homes to See Christmas Lights in and Around Oviedo

It’s the time of year again and if you’re like us, there’s nothing like Christmas lights to get us even more excited about this time of year! Thanks to our great Oviedo group on Facebook, neighbors have compiled a great list of homes in the Oviedo and surrounding areas to check out this year. Here are some of our favorites:

Oviedo, Winter Springs and Chuluota

  1. 🎄 Bivona Christmas Light Show – 1601 North Wind Ct. Winter Springs – 6-11pm until New Year’s
  2. 🎄 1209 Wolverine Trail, Winter Springs
  3. 🎄 1212 Andes Dr, Winter Springs, beginning 11/28 hours are 7-10 PM
  4. 🎄 1018 Corbin Ct, Oviedo
  5. 🎄 Neely Street in Oviedo (Alafaya Woods)
  6. 🎄 726 & 749 S Lake Claire Cir, Oviedo
  7. 🎄 1039 Gore Drive, Oviedo – features a Santa letter box so leave your address and Santa will write back
  8. 🎄 1009 Cutoff Branch Ct., Oviedo
  9. 🎄 1650 Genova Dr. Oviedo – lots of inflatables and lasers and a snow machine!
  10. 🎄 94 E. Magnolia Street, Oviedo
  11. 🎄 5686 Magnolia Bloom Terrace, Oviedo
  12. 🎄 680 Neile Court, Oviedo
  13. 🎄 517 Oak Street, Oviedo (tune to 90.1FM for music)
  14. 🎄 1003 McKinnon Drive, Oviedo (Alafaya Woods)
  15. 🎄 2754 Running Springs Loop, Oviedo (Isles of Little Creek)
  16. 🎄 Kilowatt Christmas Lights – 536 Wax Palm Lane, Chuluota
  17. 🎄 274 Clearview Road, Chuluota (Tree Monkeys Christmas lights Spectacular. Christmas Eve – cookies and cocoa with Santa’s elves too!)
  18. 🎄 1164 Groveland Drive, Chuluota

Nearby Oviedo: Casselberry, Winter Park, Altamonte Springs

  1. 🎄 Oak Vista Lane in the Garden Lake Estate Subdivision of Winter Springs at the corner of Dodd and Dike Rd. Nearly the whole street is lit up – 6-9 PM
  2. 🎄 Fye’s Crazy Christmas House, 407 Eagle Circle, Casselberry (Times are Sunday – Thursday 5:30pm-9pm and Friday- Saturday 5:30pm-10pm – weather permitting)
  3. 🎄 Garden Grove Circle and Tangerine Avenue (off Howell Branch Road) – do not miss this one! The whole block is lit up. One of the best! Winter Park
  4. 🎄 Johanessen Lights, 7849 Georgeann Street, Winter Park – featured on Great Christmas Light Fight 2016. December 6- January 2, 6-9pm
  5. 🎄 Lemonwood Court, Altamonte Springs (whole block is decorated)
  6. 🎄 Cranes Roost Park, Crane’s Roost Park (decorations around lake and park)
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Renting vs Buying a Home

Looking to Rent or Buy in Oviedo?

If you live in the Oviedo or Winter Springs area and are thinking of buying a home, you may have some doubts as to whether buying is a good move.

It is not unusual to become comfortable with renting a home especially because you don’t have to worry about saving up a down payment or being committed to a home.

On the other side purchasing a home can be a big milestone for some and provide a sense of stability.

Renting Pro’s

  1. One payment: Renters usually do not have to worry about paying taxes or home owners insurance. Some locations even combine utilities and Internet into one easy monthly bill.
  2. Less maintenance: It’s much easier to call the landlord when something breaks. While you have to maintain your personal items as well as basic upkeep, you don’t have to sweat the big stuff.
  3. Easier Process: The renting process is usually much easier because it usually just involves and application and credit check.
  4. Less financial burden: Although first, last and deposit can be significant, it’s much less than a down payment for a new home.
  5. No risk: After you are done with you lease term you are under no obligation to stay and are free to explore your options.
  6. Renovations: No need to worry about making upgrades or renovations to keep the property updated.
  7. Mobility: For those wanderers that don’t like to plant roots in an area, renting is a great opportunity to feel out an area and see if that’s a place you’d like to settle. If not, once your lease ends, you can move wherever you’d like without having to deal with selling.
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Home Buying Pro’s

  1. Building Equity: When you become a homeowner, you start to build equity in your home. As you pay down your mortgage and a the value of your home appreciates, your home becomes and asset. Imagine paying $200,000 for a home and within a couple of years, the value of your home is $250,000. If the market is strong you also build equity through the appreciation of the homes value.
  2. Affordability: In this market, it is more affordable to own than rent. With a good credit score and a small down payment, you can be in a new home and paying a lower monthly payment than you would in a rental.
  3. Mortgage Interest: Currently, if you own your own home, you have the tax advantage of being able to deduct mortgage interest which lowers your income taxes.
  4. Customize: The fact that you own your home means that you can paint your living room a wild shade of pink if you choose. No more stark white walls, and pet restrictions. As long as you own it, you choose who lives with you, how you want to landscape the lawn, and more. (Check with your HOA for any external home decor limitations)
  5. Equity Line: When your home increases in value beyond the purchase price, that is money that you can use for other purposes such as adding room or paying college tuition. If you don’t take the equity out and it continues to grow, your home becomes a way to build wealth.
  6. You own your home: At the end of your 30 year mortgage you will own your home outright but until then it is still an asset.
  7. Payment: No one will be increasing your rent in a year. You’ll have a steady monthly payment and as you go through your mortgage, it will actually decrease as you pay down principal and interest.
  8. Pride in ownership: This is your home and research has shown that home ownership you have the opportunity to build ties within the community and be a proud homeowner.
  9. Save: Buying a home forces you to save for a down payment and closing costs.


If this isn’t enough and you need more to substantiate this, check out this article on 23 scientific reasons why home ownership is better than renting.

While buying a home is a big step, once home buyers make that leap, they realize that it’s more cost effective to buy instead of rent and they’ll have that equity and investment for their future.

These are just a few items to consider if you are thinking about renting or buying a home. Whether you are considering buying or selling, when you meet with us at Waypointe Realty, we take the time to go through the entire real estate process, the benefits of home ownership, and what the steps are to qualify for a loan. We value our clients and educating them is of utmost importance to make sure that our buyers feel comfortable and can take an objective look at your situation before you make a decision.

Ready to setup your COMPLIMENTARY BUYER’S CONSULTATION? Contact us today to schedule it.

December 2019 Newsletter!

Wrapping up 2019


Coming in 2020: RAVING FANS

Here’s our chance to spoil you!

We love taking care of our customers and when our customers take care of us with referrals, we want to say a BIG THANK YOU!

As a result, we’re launching our “Raving Fans” program in 2020.

When you connect us with a referral (whether or not they purchase or sell with us), you will be added to our Raving Fans program for 3 months. As long as you continue referring us and making those connections, you’ll maintain your membership in the program.

This program will mail you a special gift EVERY MONTH AND you’ll receive special additional gifts throughout the year.

When a referral you send us buys or sells with us, there’s an extra gift heading your way.

It’s the least we can do to thank our loyal friends for continuing to refer us and helping us grow our business.

Ready for 2020???

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Have You Left us A Review?

Every quarter, we’ll randomly choose a winner from those that have left us reviews.

Your reviews help us build our business and we can’t thank you enough!

Move Up Buyer’s Program

When you move up to one of our listings or to another home and use us to sell your home, we’ll give you a 1% rebate on the purchase of your new home

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LOCAL EVENTS – SPECIAL HOLIDAY EDITION

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HOLIDAY EVENTS

December 5 – Tree Lighting, Food Trucks, and Santa @ Center Lake Park, 299 Center Lake Lane, Oviedo from 5-9pm

December 5 – A Redneck Christmas! @ Old Red Barn of Geneva from 5:30pm-8:30pm

December 6 – Winter on the Avenue @ Winter Park Central Park from 5-10pm

December 6 – Light Up Baldwin Park @ Downtown Baldwin Park from 5:30-9:30pm

Decembrer 7 – Winter Wonderland @ Winter Springs Town Center from 4:30-9pm

December 14 – Christmas in the City by Hope Helps @ University Carillon United Methodist Church from 9am-12pm

December 14 – Chamber Holiday Parade @ Oviedo on the Park, 299 Center Lake Lane, Oviedo from 3:30-4:15pm

December 14 – Winter Fest at Snow Mountain @ Oviedo on the Park, 299 Center Lake Lane, Oviedo from 2-8pm

December 19 – Oviedo Winter Springs Chamber’s Jingle Mingle at the OWCC Office from 5-8pm

Oviedo’s Outdoor Movie Nights

December 20 – Movie in the Park @ Center Lake Park, 7:30pm (The Year Without a Santa Claus/ Santa Clause 2)

2nd Thursday of Every Month: ALIVE AFTER FIVE in Sanford 5-8pm

1st Friday of Every Month: First Friday Festival in Baldwin Park 5:30-9:30pm

Farmer’s Markets:

Maitland @ Lake Lily Park, every Sunday 9am-2pm

Sanford‘s Marketplace on Magnolia, every Saturday 9am

Oviedo @ Historic Lawton House, 1st Saturday of every month 8am-1pm

Orlando‘s Farmer’s Market at Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando, every Sunday 10am-4pm

Food Trucks:

Oviedo Food Truck Thursday- Third Thursday of this month @ Oviedo on the Park, in front of De La Vega’s from 5-9pm

Sanford Food Truck Fiesta – 3rd Saturday of each month at West End Trading Co. 202 S. Sanford Ave

Casselberry Food Truck Bazaar – 2nd Friday’s @ Casselberry City Hall from 6-9pm

Orlando Food Truck Bazaar @ Fashion Square Mall, 5pm-9pm


MARKET NEWS

Average home in Seminole County SOLD at $287,461  

Average home in Oviedo is selling at $321,004

Median days on the market from list to close IN OVIEDO

is 61 days 


FLORIDA MORTGAGE RATE TRENDS 

30-Year Fixed = 3.83%

15-Year Fixed = 3.19%

5/1 ARM = 3.47%

TIP OF THE MONTH

9 Tips for Buying a Vacation Home

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Thank you for a great year! We almost doubled our 2019 goals! Happy Holidays from your team of Realtors!

Want a free 2020 Calendar? Fill out this form and we’ll send it out to you!

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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT

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Know What You Can Afford!

www.RayceRobinson.com

RAYCE ROBINSON, Mortgage Broker

How does Mid Florida Mortgage Professionals and Rayce Robinson help you become a homeowner?        –

  • Every Loan program imaginable to help you get the right mortgage for you credit and needs        
  • ZERO lender fees 
  • Extremely low closing costs·        
  • Low Down Payment programs       
  • Flexible programs on credit score
  • First time borrower programs
  • FREE upfront Pre-Approval and mortgage consultation     

November 2019 Newsletter!

We are so grateful for you!


Thanksgiving love: It’s time for pie

Sign up for your pie!

Every year, we love to show our gratitude to our past, present and future clients. One way we do this is through our annual PIE DAY!

Sign up to reserve your choice of apple, pumpkin or sweet potato pie by Thursday, November 21st and then swing by our office to pick up your pie anytime between 11am-5pm on November 25th.

If you’re local to Oviedo and can’t make it during that time, we can drop it off at another time.

Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Move Up Buyer’s Program

When you move up to one of our listings or to another home and use us to sell your home, we’ll give you a 1% rebate on the purchase of your new home


LOCAL EVENTS – SPECIAL HOLIDAY EDITION

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FALL EVENTS

November 2 – Fall Craft Festival @ Downtown Avalon Park from 10am

November 2– Holiday Open House @ Old Barn Geneva, 2993 W. Osceola Rd. Geneva from 5pm

November 9– Great Day in the Country @ Center Lake Park, 299 Center Lake Lane, Oviedo from 9am-4pm

November 15– Oviedo Brewing Night Market @ Oviedo Brewing Company from 6-10pm

November 15– Santa’s Arrival/Tree Lighting Ceremony @ Oviedo Mall from 6-8pm

November 16-17 – Arts and Craft Festival @ Cranes Roost, Altamonte Springs from 9am-3pm

November 23 – 43rd annual Longwood Arts and Crafts Festival @ Longwood Historic District from 10am-5pm

December 5 – Tree Lighting, Food Trucks, and Santa @ Center Lake Park, 299 Center Lake Lane, Oviedo from 5-9pm

December 6 – Winter on the Avenue @ Winter Park Central Park from 5-10pm

December 6 – Light Up Baldwin Park @ Downtown Baldwin Park from 5:30-9:30pm

December 14 – Chamber Holiday Parade @ Oviedo on the Park, 299 Center Lake Lane, Oviedo from 3:30-4:15pm

December 14 – Winter Fest at Snow Mountain @ Oviedo on the Park, 299 Center Lake Lane, Oviedo from 2-8pm

Oviedo’s Outdoor Movie Nights

November 15 – Movie in the Park @ Center Lake Park, 7:30pm (Aladdin -2019)

December 20 – Movie in the Park @ Center Lake Park, 7:30pm (The Year Without a Santa Claus/ Santa Clause 2)

2nd Thursday of Every Month: ALIVE AFTER FIVE in Sanford 5-8pm

1st Friday of Every Month: First Friday Festival in Baldwin Park 5:30-9:30pm

Farmer’s Markets:

Maitland @ Lake Lily Park, every Sunday 9am-2pm

Sanford‘s Marketplace on Magnolia, every Saturday 9am

Oviedo @ Historic Lawton House, 1st Saturday of every month 8am-1pm

Orlando‘s Farmer’s Market at Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando, every Sunday 10am-4pm

Food Trucks:

Oviedo Food Truck Thursday- Third Thursday of this month @ Oviedo on the Park, in front of De La Vega’s from 5-9pm

Sanford Food Truck Fiesta – 3rd Saturday of each month at West End Trading Co. 202 S. Sanford Ave

Casselberry Food Truck Bazaar – 2nd Friday’s @ Casselberry City Hall from 6-9pm

Orlando Food Truck Bazaar @ Fashion Square Mall, 5pm-9pm


MARKET NEWS

Average home in Seminole County SOLD at $311,146  

Average home in Oviedo is selling at $380,630

Median days on the market from list to close IN OVIEDO

is 61 days 


FLORIDA MORTGAGE RATE TRENDS 

30-Year Fixed = 3.84%

15-Year Fixed = 3.19%

5/1 ARM = 3.51%

ATTN: Waypointe Clients

SAVE THE DATE

This month we celebrate YOU and how grateful we are for our past clients. We will also share on how your business with us has helped the community!

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TIP OF THE MONTH

Enhancing Your Home’s Value

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What’s been going on at Waypointe?

With several upcoming closings, we’re so excited share these sellers and buyers and the purchase and sale of their homes. Congrats to these amazing families!

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Want a free 2020 Calendar? Fill out this form and we’ll send it out to you!

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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT

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Know What You Can Afford!

www.RayceRobinson.com

RAYCE ROBINSON, Mortgage Broker

How does Mid Florida Mortgage Professionals and Rayce Robinson help you become a homeowner?        –

  • Every Loan program imaginable to help you get the right mortgage for you credit and needs        
  • ZERO lender fees 
  • Extremely low closing costs·        
  • Low Down Payment programs       
  • Flexible programs on credit score
  • First time borrower programs
  • FREE upfront Pre-Approval and mortgage consultation     

October 2019 Newsletter!

Welcome Fall!


Fall in love with your home this season!

Here are some fall tips to decorate your home

We love the fall season for so many reasons. It means the holidays are among us and lots of community events are around the corner.

While it may not feel like fall outdoors, here are some tips on making your home feel like the fall season.

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Move Up Buyer’s Program

When you move up to one of our listings or to another home and use us to sell your home, we’ll give you a 1% rebate on the purchase of your new home


LOCAL EVENTS

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HALLOWEEN EVENTS

October 12 – Cranes Roost Sunset Cinema @ Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs from 8-10pm

October 19 – City of Longwood Truck or Treat @ Reiter Park, 311 West Warren Avenue, Longwood from 3-6pm

October 25-26 – Festival of Frights @ Center Lake Park, 299 Center Lake Lane, Oviedo from 4-10pm

October 26 – Lake Mary Halloween Spooktacular @ Central Park, 100 North Country Club Road from 4-8:30pm

October 26 – The Rising Run 5K @ First United Methodist Church hosted by Oviedo Run Club at 7am

October 26 – Spooky Star Party @ Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College, 100 Weldon Blvd, Sanford from 5-10pm

October 30 – SCSO Halloween Spooktacular @ 100 Eslinger Way, Sanford from 5:30-7:30pm

October 31 – Sanford Spooky Hollow @Downtown First Street and Magnolia Square. Carnival games, prizes, surprises, costume contests and more.

Oviedo’s Outdoor Movie Nights

October 18 – Movie in the Park @ Center Lake Park, 7:30pm (Monsters, Inc)

November 15 – Movie in the Park @ Center Lake Park, 7:30pm (Aladdin -2019)

December 20 – Movie in the Park @ Center Lake Park, 7:30pm (The Year Without a Santa Claus/ Santa Clause 2)

Local Events

October 4 – Orlando’s Most Authentic Oktoberfest 2019 @ German American Society of Central Florida, 381 Orange Lane, Casselberry – 5pm

October 12 – Hometown Heroes Classic Bowling Tournament @ Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center on E. Colonial at 2pm

October 19-20 – Winter Springs ARToberfest @ Winter Springs Town Center from 10am-5pmOctober 28 – Taste of Sanford @ Sanford Civic Center – 5:30pm

2nd Thursday of Every Month: ALIVE AFTER FIVE in Sanford 5-8pm

Farmer’s Markets:

Maitland @ Lake Lily Park, every Sunday 9am-2pm

Sanford‘s Marketplace on Magnolia, every Saturday 9am

Oviedo @ Historic Lawton House, 1st Saturday of every month 8am-1pm

Orlando‘s Farmer’s Market at Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando, every Sunday 10am-4pm

Food Trucks:

Oviedo Food Truck Thursday- Last Thursday of each month @ Oviedo on the Park, in front of De La Vega’s from 5-9pm

Sanford Food Truck Fiesta – 3rd Saturday of each month at West End Trading Co. 202 S. Sanford Ave

Casselberry Food Truck Bazaar – 2nd Friday’s @ Casselberry City Hall from 6-9pm

Orlando Food Truck Bazaar @ Fashion Square Mall, 5pm-9pm


MARKET NEWS

Average home in Seminole County SOLD at $290,042  

Average home in Oviedo is selling at $355,000

Median days on the market from list to close IN OVIEDO

is 74 days 


FLORIDA MORTGAGE RATE TRENDS 

30-Year Fixed = 3.87%

15-Year Fixed = 3.26%

5/1 ARM = 3.50%

ATTN: Waypointe Clients

SAVE THE DATE

For all those that have closed with Waypointe Realty, make sure to save the date for November 14th. Invitations and RSVP info has been mailed out.

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TIP OF THE MONTH

Remodeling Projects with the Greatest Return

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What’s been going on at Waypointe?

With several upcoming closings, we’re so excited share these sellers and buyers and the purchase and sale of their homes. Congrats Ortiz , Hendrix and Jenkins families!

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Want a free 2020 Calendar? Fill out this form and we’ll send it out to you!

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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT

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Know What You Can Afford!

www.RayceRobinson.com

RAYCE ROBINSON, Mortgage Broker

How does Mid Florida Mortgage Professionals and Rayce Robinson help you become a homeowner?        –

  • Every Loan program imaginable to help you get the right mortgage for you credit and needs        
  • ZERO lender fees 
  • Extremely low closing costs·        
  • Low Down Payment programs       
  • Flexible programs on credit score
  • First time borrower programs
  • FREE upfront Pre-Approval and mortgage consultation     

Millennials, Home Ownership and Orlando

Millennials Desirable Market_ Orlando

Millennials are projected to surpass Baby Boomers in population this year as their generation continues to grow to 73 million and Boomers decrease to 72 million. The largest living generation is reaching the prime homeownership years and are driving the housing market forward. More and more, Millennials are looking to relocate to cities that provide better job opportunities and lower living expenses, and Orlando is currently in their eyesight.

MILLENNIALS AS A TARGET MARKET

With Millennials becoming the largest market, it is critical as real estate agents that we understand what drives them and what are their most desirable markets. Meyers Research defines Millennials as those born between 1980 and 2000. Currently, the largest share of Millennials is just under 30 years old. The perfect age to begin considering homeownership.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau:

The homeownership rate for those under 35 was 36.5% in 4Q18, up from last year, but far below the 39.1% historical average. The homeownership rate for those 35-44 (including both Millennials and some Generation X) ticked up to 61.1% in the fourth quarter but again is off by a higher margin compared to the 64.9% historical average.

WHAT DRIVES MILLENNIALS TO MOVE

When Millennials were asked if they had ever seriously considered moving out of their current city, 60% of respondents said yes. Of those respondents, 60% of Millennial renters are open to moving compared to 40% for existing homeowners. This means that currently owning a home discourages Millennials from moving to a different city.

So, what drives Millennials to move to a different city? Meyers Research discovered that the main driving factors include:

  • Job opportunities (30% of respondents)
  • Affordability (20% of respondents)
  • Lifestyle (12% of respondents)

The top five locations that meet those requirements and have become the most desirable markets for Millennials are Dallas, Houston, Austin, Phoenix, and Orlando.

THREE FACTORS THAT DROVE ORLANDO TO TOP 5

Why are Millennials drawn to Orlando? The first factor is employment opportunities. Though concentrated in a few sectors, job opportunities are plentiful with a 4% job growth YOY.

Very low Millennial salaries cost Orlando a higher ranking in the Meyers Millennial Desirability Index (MDI), however, the cost of living mitigates some of the effects. According to Zonda, 85% of total new housing units planned had a minimum price below the local FHA loan limit of $314,827.
Finally, Millennials are known for their love of cities and ability to live, work, and play in a single urban area. Neighborhoods like Downtown Orlando and the Millennia area are hot spots for Millennials because of their easy access to public transportation, shopping, dining, and proximity to many jobs.

With the Millennial population growing and the generation reaching the prime age for homeownership, it is time we begin leveraging the desirable qualities that Orlando has to offer.

Millennials: Ready to get into your first home? We can get you started with that process by educating you on the real estate and lending parts of a transaction, getting you preapproved and ready to search! Call or text us at 407.801.9914 to get started!

Top Gyms in Oviedo and Winter Springs

Top Gyms in Oviedo and Winter Springs

Working out can feel like a burden if it’s been a while. Many people will wait to make it their new year’s resolution before they set foot in a gym for all of 3 weeks. But really, 80% of people who joined a gym in the beginning of the year quit within 5 months. Why wait for the new year? The best time to start is actually NOW

I love working out, if it’s the right workout. So I decided to test out different gyms all around Oviedo and some in Winter Springs and bring you my favorites, the pros and cons and then rate them on cleanliness, class offerings, hours open, customer service, caloric burn (intensity), and amenities.  

Before I start with my top choices for gyms in Oviedo/Winter Springs, let me begin with a few caveats to keep in mind as you hear my assessment of the gyms I’ve chosen from my experience:

Competitive

I’m competitive by nature and love aggressive, intense workouts with high intensity and training 

Bore Easily

I get bored easily and not a fan of monotony, especially in a workout. 

Disciplined

I program my schedule and discipline myself to go to the gym every workday and sometimes Saturday as well

Need Motivation

I have zero motivation in big box gyms and can do a great job staring at weights not knowing what workout to do and then when I do, just sandbag it and walk out with little satisfaction. 

Experienced

I’ve tried every workout you can imagine over the last two decades (from hot yoga, to rock climbing, contact boxing to Zumba) so finding something engaging and motivating can be a challenge for me. As a result, I have high expectations in a gym and workout. 

Looking for Change

This list is for the Oviedo/Winter Springs resident that is looking for a change, possibly has plateaued or just wants to know what’s out there that’s different from the same ol’ thing. 

Now, research has shown that when a gym is more than 15 minutes away, the consistency of attendance declines. Already as it is, consistency in a gym is low among members. To see good results at any of these gyms, please commit to at least 6 months. It takes time to develop strength and burn fat so be patient. That’s why it’s important to find a gym you connect with that motivates you and helps you reach your fitness goals.  

 

In this list you’ll note that I did not include big box gyms like the Zoo, LA Fitness, Planet Fitness, and 24 Hour Fitness. Everyone pretty much knows what they offer and the cost, but if you’re like me and need motivation to see results, the gyms below are worthy of your time.  

Our Top Picks… 

#1 TeamFit 45 

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Price: $50-200 (based on packages) 

Pros: Wonderfully high-energy intense workout. Heart monitor provided to track your heart rate and monitor your calories burned throughout your workout. Fun atmosphere. Feels like a team even though you can compete against yourself and others in your station. They have filtered water station and showers. The different stations keeps it fresh and a new workout is provided every day. They offer assessments and it’s definitely results driven. Personal training is offered. They have an app with your info and to register for classes. 

Cons: Communication wasn’t always easy. Distance from Oviedo residents.

Facts: High energy workout, heart monitor provided to track pulse and calories burned throughout workout. Lots of class times that work for different schedules. 

Website: teamfit45.com

#2 Orange Theory Oviedo

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Price: $159 (Unlimited classes)  

Pros: Unlimited assessments throughout the month to track your progress. High energy cardio and strength training. High energy music and coaching that is motivating and keeps you on track where ever you are physically. Showers and filtered water. They offer water bottles for $1. Follow up email with workout results, calorie burn, and tracking your progress. Class times offered. 

Cons: Cost can be a deterrent for many.

Facts: Unlimited package is $159 per month but they have different plans available. You have to buy a heart monitor but they let you use one if you don’t have it for your first class. This is the longest I have ever been on a treadmill (which I hate) but I stayed motivated and focused. Felt great at the end.

Website: oviedo.orangetheoryfitness.com

#3 My House Fitness Oviedo

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BEST PERSONAL TRAINING GYM

Price: $100+ (based on personal training packages)  

Pros: Boutique gym that’s very personalized. Small classes. Personal training focused. They customize workouts to your needs and body. They do monthly assessments to track your progress. Towels and water bottles are offered but if you bring your water bottle, they have a filtered water station. Wipes available clean down your station. 

Cons: No showers and no open gym floor time. Classes are no high energy or high impact. Plenty of strength training, but not as much cardio throughout the week. 

Facts: Focus is more on personal training than classes. 

Website: myhousefitnessoviedo.com

#4 Riverside Fitness

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Price: $34.99 (unlimited gym use and classes) 

Pros: No contracts or initiation fees. Only $35 per month for unlimited classes and open gym. Class options are Boot Camp, Amrap and yoga. Boot Camp is well organized with a timer and offers a great full body workout. The members are all really nice and welcoming. Trainer goes around to make sure you’re doing the work out correctly. The yoga class was good. Sign-up is easy online and gets you connected with their MindBody app to register for classes. 

Cons: There are not a lot of class times, but the ones that are are convenient for most people’s schedules. Drinking fountain but no filtered water station or towels. Not really easy to connect immediately with staff. Not high energy classes overall, but good workout.

Facts: The open floor gym and the classes offered are in different buildings in the same shopping center. Showers are in the main gym facility. Great prices and definitely something to consider if you’re in it you live in the east part of Oviedo. Membership includes one personal training session a week for 30 minutes where you can go over something technical, accountability, or Nutrition. No childcare but was really cool to see two young kids joining their parents through the circuit. They modified workouts but they got to do it with their parents.

Website: riversidefitness419.com

#5 Crossfit Tough As Nails

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Price: Unlimited options = $100 (Student), $125 (First responders & teachers), $145 (regular option)  

Pros: If your competitive in nature this is a great work out for you. Classes are offered several times throughout the day for the WOD (workout of the day). Trainers care about technique and form. Very encouraging environment and supportive in teamwork. Aggressive workouts but can be tailored to your strength and ability. Showers available. 

Cons: If you don’t pay attention to the trainers, you can get very injured in the workout. The goal at Crossfit is to continue lifting and beating your personal record, so if you don’t want to lift heavy, this may not be the place for you.

Facts: This CF box offers MMA and Jiu Jitsu training. They focus on competition if that’s your goal. Every year they encourage the members to sign up for the Crossfit Open which is very encouraging for new and experienced members. If you’re looking to build muscle in a competitive atmosphere this is definitely a great option. They offer teachers and first responders discounts on memberships. 

Website: tlpnails.wpengine.com

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#6 Elite Boxing Fitness Center 

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BEST TECHNICAL BOXING GYM 

Price: $99+ (based on different training packages)  

Pros: Great atmosphere and family feel. Amazing work out. The most authentic boxing experience you’re going to have in Oviedo hands-down. This is definitely not your boxing class experience that you would get at a big box gym. This is a contact boxing gym so make sure to buy mouthguard and headgear. They’ll teach you the right technique and great training. Offer kids classes. 

Cons: No showers. Website is hard to navigate to find any information so it’s best to give him a call to find out the class times. Not a workout for everyone. 

Facts: Definitely not for the faint of heart. Very aggressive and intense. Water fountain, but no filtered water. I got punched in the face and left with a bruise. Didn’t like it but loved the intensity. Dorian is the owner and main trainer at this gym and he loves what he does. Definitely a lot of passion and the members love training here. 

Website: eliteboxingfitnessstudio.com

#7 9Round Fitness 

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*When I walked in I was a little confused because there’s no exact class time.  

Price: $75+ (based on different packages)  

Pros: You come and go as you please and you jump in and do nine rounds of three minutes each with 30 second break in between with a corporal work out. Different workout every day which makes it fun but definitely kickboxing and boxing is a focus. No class times so it’s good to go with a friend if you’re able and definitely good on flexibility for your schedule.

Cons: If there’s no one in the gym it can be a little lonely and not quite as competitive or exciting, but the evening is packed. If it is packed, you have to wait for the end of the round and to jump in. Water is a dollar and there is no water fountain. No showers and no towels. 

Facts: Different pricing packages available based on month-to-month, one year year, six week challenge or six month challenge.

Website: 9round.com/oviedo 

#8 Title Boxing

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Price: $69+ (based on different packages)  

Pros: This place had very friendly staff, good hype-up music, showers, High-intensity cardio workout. Good central location in Oviedo off of Alafaya. They offer a section of free weights to do on your own. 

Cons: Insufficient classes in the early AM. One year contractual commitment and then month-to-month thereafter.Doing boxing and kickboxing over time may become redundant if you want more of a variety. 

Facts: This is a boxing/kickboxing gym. Need to buy gloves and wristbands. They have a water fountain but make sure to bring your own water bottle or you may be waiting in line after every round to catch a sip.

Website: titleboxingclub.com/oviedo

#9 Breakthrough Fitness

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Price: $100+ (based on different training packages)  

Pros: They offer some classes and you can take it with or without the class trainer. Really great customer service from the staff. Delicious shakes are made on the spot and sold at the gym. Staff really cares about your fitness journey. 

Cons: If you didn’t care for the workouts on the first three days, your motivation for returning to do the same workout later that week may wane. No showers or filtered water. 

Facts: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday schedule is the same as Thursday, Friday, Saturday. AMRAP (As many reps as possible) workouts and high interval intensity training is the norm. Drinking fountain is provided. Intensity was not as high in the workouts as I would have liked. 

Website: breakthroughfitnessfl.com

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Honorable Mentions 

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YMCA Oviedo 

Beautiful facility with pool, childcare area, open gym, and classes. Great for the whole family with affordable prices. But again, if you are looking for results and need guidance and motivation this probably isn’t the best fit. 

Website: YMCA Oviedo

Anytime Fitness

Good alternative to big box gyms. It’s a more intimate feel but still has all the machines and weights needed. There are not a good amount of class offerings but they do have a nightly boot camp with packages. They offer group training and personal one on one training. Competitive rates and great for those disciplined to work out on their own. They even offer Hydro massage for an additional $10 a month. They are open 24 hours. One of the biggest differences between big box gyms and this anytime fitness in Oviedo is that it is family owned and very involved in the community.

 

I personally have not seen good results and big box gyms because of my need for motivation, but if you do this could be a really good alternative. 

 

Price: $30+ (depending on package)

Website: Anytime Fitness Oviedo

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To prove my point, I had a free 7-day pass and never made it out there because the 3 classes they offered clashed with my schedule and I personally have no drive or desire to workout on my own. 

Let’s Wrap This Up…

I’ve broken up these reviews based on my assessment. Some of the things that matter to me may not necessarily matter to you which is why I want to give you all the options. Whichever gym you choose, just make sure you love the style and feel of the gym so that you maintain consistency. 

 

Remember that beyond 15 minutes from your house you are less likely to commit to a gym and I want to make sure consistency is there. Don’t try a gym for a month and give up. Whichever one you choose make a commitment to be there for at least six months to a year in order to really see a difference. I recommend changing up the gym after a year and a half or when you start plateauing.

 

I’ve chosen my way to workout and stay in shape, what’s yours? Find a way to stay in shape and feel great this year!

Holiday Events in Central Florida 2018

HOLIDAY EVENTS IN CENTRAL FLORIDA
Christmas time is our favorite time of year. It’s a great time to be able to enjoy the lights and festivities with family and friends. Here are some of the local events happening in Central Florida that you don’t want to miss. Continue reading “Holiday Events in Central Florida 2018”

City of Oviedo’s 12 Days of Christmas

Oviedo 12 Days of Christmas

Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas with the City of Oviedo through a little song with your iHeart Realty hosts, Jenelle Ferrer and Hilda Hernandez for the second year.

The 12 Days of Christmas is an Oviedo tradition with great events throughout the holiday season:

  1. November 29: Food Truck Thursday at Center Lake Part from 6-9pm. Tree lighting, food trucks and Santa
  2. November 30: The Nutcracker Performance by University Performing Arts Center – 6-8pm at Center Lake Park – FREE
  3. December 2: Build a Bear with Oviedo Medical Center for Nemours Children Hospital – 1-4pm
  4. December 5: Santa Paws at Dog Park in Center Lake Park from 6-8pm. FREE event.
  5. December 6: Dueling Pianos and Ugly Sweater Party 6-10pm– First 50 tickets $5, $10 until sell out. Availble on eventbrite.com
  6. December 7: Holiday Bingo at 7pm
  7. December 8: Snow Mountain revamped! Introducing Winterfest and OWS Chamber Holiday Parade. Parade starts at 3:30pm, Winterfest: 2-4pm VIP, 4-8pm General Public at Center Lake Park. Tickets on sale now.
  8. December 11: Santa’s Calling from 6-8pm
  9. December 14: Movie in the Park at Center Lake Park at 6:30pm. FREE event.
  10. December 15: Breakfast with Santa at Cultural Arts Center Lake Park from 9am-12pm. $10 adult, $6 child.
  11. December 16: Jingle Bell Run 5k at 8am
  12. December 21: Bonkerz Comedy Productions with Mike Charette. Cocktails 6-7:30pm, Comedian 7:30-9pm. Tickets available on eventbrite.com

For more information and locations visit www.CityofOviedo.net or call 407.971.5590

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When working with real estate professionals, it’s important to choose someone who knows the area and is an expert in the market. At Waypointe Realty, we strive to stay educated about our market and understand our sellers and buyers, their needs and how we can best serve them in one of the most important decisions they’ll make.

We help clients all over Florida sell and buy their homes with ease. Our customers are the main reason that we have been successful as professional real estate agents in Central Florida. While we help clients all over Florida, we primarily work in the Orlando area with our office in Oviedo, Florida.

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Orlando Housing Market Snapshot- October 2018

orlando housing market snapshot

Orlando home prices, sales rise as inventory continues to slip in September

One year after Hurricane Irma threw a wrench into the Orlando housing market, data from the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association shows positive September-to-September comparisons for both sales and median price. Inventory, however, stayed on its year-over-year downward slide.

“The good news,” points out ORRA President Lou Nimkoff, “is that in September the actual number of homes available for purchase reached its highest point this year. The month-to-month increase in inventory, combined with the traditional autumn lull in sales, is an opportunity for those buyers who struggled with competition during the summer. In addition, fall home shoppers can also enjoy a bit more attention from REALTORS®, lenders, and other service providers who typically do not have quite as many clients to attend.”

Median Price

The overall median price of Orlando homes (all types combined) sold in September is $233,000, which is 3.6 percent above the September 2017 median price of $225,000 and 1.3 percent above the August 2018 median price of $230,000.

The median price for single-family homes that changed hands in September increased 3.8 percent over September 2017 and is now $254,250. The median price for condos increased 6.4 percent to $125,500.

Sales and Inventory

Sales of single-family homes (2,096) in September 2018 increased by 7.6 percent compared to September 2017, while condo sales (390) increased 23.4 percent year over year.

Sales of distressed homes (foreclosures and short sales) reached 124 in September and are 3.1 percent less than the 128 distressed sales in September 2017. Distressed sales made up just 4.5 percent of all Orlando-area transactions last month.

The overall inventory of homes that were available for purchase in September (8,092) represents a decrease of 6.4 percent when compared to September 2017, and a 3.6 percent increase compared to last month. There were 5.6 percent fewer single-family homes and 2.6 more condos, year over year.

Current inventory combined with the current pace of sales created a 2.9-month supply of homes in Orlando for September. There was a 2.3-month supply in August 2018 and a 3.4-month supply in September 2017.

The average interest rate paid by Orlando homebuyers in September was 4.66, up from 4.57 percent the month prior.

Homes that closed in September took an average of 48 days to move from listing to pending and took an average of 84 days from listing to closing.

Buyers

This is a great time where we see buyers coming out of hiding because inventory and pricing has stabilized. At Waypointe, you have access to properties not listed publicly as well as get properties before they come on the market. Buyers need the assistance of REALTORS® to help them compete against other buyers, for example by crafting attractive offers that take into consideration current appraisal issues and advising on contingencies, in addition to assistance through the many traditional functions that a buyers’ agent performs. Ready to start the homebuying process? We can help! Contact us today.

Sellers

Inventory and pricing has stabilized. If you’re looking to sell, we can help you get the MOST money from the sale of your home. Looking to relocate, move up to a larger home, purchase your first home or sell your rental? We can help. Contact us today!