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The Orlando Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) extends over 4,012 square miles and consists of four counties: Orange County (1,004.3 sq. mi.), Seminole County (344.9 sq. mi.), Lake County (1,156.5 sq. mi) and Osceola County (1,506.5 sq. mi.). An extensive highway network weaves the four counties together. The Atlantic Ocean is approximately a one-hour drive away and the Gulf of Mexico is approximately a two-hour drive. Orlando International Airport, Orlando Sanford International Airport and Port Canaveral offer global export and import possibilities for businesses involved in international trade. Proximity to local, regional, national and global markets has helped Orlando become one of the world’s most exciting and dynamic business environments. Read

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By Abigail Golder

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You only get one chance at a first impression. When selling your home, the exterior should beckon to potential buyers and make them long to see the interior. Before putting your house on the market, consider making a few touch ups to increase your curb appeal. Initially, some of these tasks may feel inconvenient, but the benefits far outweigh the costs. That said, these six improvements will increase your curb appeal without breaking the bank.

1) Power wash your siding, driveway, and deck

Power-washing is an incredibly cost-efficient way to improve the appearance of a house’s walls, driveway, and deck. If you don’t own a power washer, you can rent one from a local hardware store or hire a power house washing service. Power

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By Clare Trapasso | Jan 9, 2018


Home buyers have heard it all before: There aren't enough homes on the market, prices are rising rapidly, and builders aren't putting up enough new abodes. Sorry, buyers. It's not likely to get better in 2018.

The new home market varies widely by location and price; contact an SKR associate to get an understanding of the local market in your price range. >>Read more.

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Each week Mansion Global tackles an interior design topic with an elite group of designers from around the world who work on luxury properties. This week we look at incorporating ultra violet, Pantone’s color of the year into home decor.

“Because it’s such a lush, deeply saturated hue, ultra violet has a large impact even in small doses,” says Houzz contributor Jennifer Ott of Jennifer Ott Design in San Francisco. Read more >>

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On behalf of all of us at SKR Real Estate I would like to wish you a happy and healthy holiday season. We are thankful to all of our clients and customers for your faith in us; this marks seven consecutive years of double digit growth for SKR.  The global support of Castle & Cooke coupled with the local knowledge of our experienced associates continues to be a winning formula. We look forward to serving your real estate needs in 2018. 

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year! 

~ Bob Hennen and the entire SKR Team

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By Lisa Johnson Mandell | Dec 6, 2017


Few homes get decked out for the Christmas season quite like the White House, and few know more about it than Laura Dowling—who, from 2009 to 2015, served as the White House's chief floral designer.

Here are some of her top holiday decor tips and hacks in case you'd like to steal a few >>Read more.

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December 4, 2017 - Abigail Golder

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Orlando is a popular place to visit at any time of the year, but it’s never as beloved by visitors as it is during the holiday season. No one knows this better than your resident Realtors at SKR and Keene’s Pointe Realty.  The Realtors at SKR and Keene's Pointe Realty are both residents and community experts of the Windermere and Greater Orlando area.

The comparatively warm weather pairs well with Orlando’s numerous attractions, sightseeing-friendly environment, and weeks of thematic events including concerts, parades, and festivals to appease even the staunchest of Grinches. Follow along with us in this guide to find out all of our favorite places you’ll need to take your out-of-town guests to amaze and

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Orlando home sales bounce back one month after Hurricane Irma

Sales of Orlando homes posted positive increases in October, just one month after Hurricane Irma hit the pause button on housing transactions. Sales increased by 7 percent in October when compared to October of last year, and increased by 14 percent when compared to last month. The median price rose in October as well, by 6 percent year-over-year. >>Read more.

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By Jennifer Riner, Trulia

It’s one of the most common questions in real estate: should I rent or should I buy? For most aspiring homeowners who plan to stay in the same city for a period, buying is the preferred route. Instead of paying off the landlord’s mortgage, homeowners’ monthly payments are funneled into their own investment that, typically, increases in value over time. The better question is – which can I afford?

You’ve probably heard – at least in recent years – homeowners save thousands compared to renters. According to Trulia, buying is a better deal in every major U.S. metro – at least for those with an average budget who plan to stay in the home for at least seven years. The calculation also assumes 20 percent down upfront on a

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