Working with the Market

Courtesy of: Fred Thompson, MPM® RMP® Director of Property Management


As they say – all things change. The rental market swings up and down depending on the current economy, interest rates and the sales market. Different markets can lead to more or less properties on the market for rent.

Be Competitive with the Rent

An overpriced rental is just that – “overpriced.” Prospective tenants, like prospective buyers, first compare housing prices. A desirable tenant is not going to choose a property at a higher rent if they can obtain a similar one in the area for a lower price. Holding out for a higher rent simply does not make economic sense. When needed, owners need to lower the rent to be competitive in the current market and avoid losing more with a long-term vacancy. As stated before, all things change, and rents will increase again.

First Impressions

If your property is competing against several others in the neighborhood, it is critical that the first impression when they drive by is a positive one. Will they want to see the property or just keep on driving? Maintenance on the outside of the property is just as important as the inside. Generally, once they have a bad impression, they will not be calling again. The first glance with a renter is just as crucial as with a new homebuyer. Consider investing in any exterior maintenance issues when the property comes up for rent:

Outside paint and roof or gutter replacement: there is nothing worse than peeling paint or non-existent paint, a sagging gutter, or a roof that looks like it will leak. Updating any of these items can go a long way to giving a property a fresh look and making a great first impression.
Overgrown shrubs, trees, weeds, untidy lawn, and a littered property: This may turn off a tenant because it gives the impression that the neighborhood is not safe or that the owner simply does not maintain the property.
Second Impressions

If the property is successful in “inviting the tenants to look,” then it is equally important that a dismal interior does not spoil their interest. It may be time to look at updating the interior paint, carpeting, appliances, lighting, or any other item that detracts from the unit. Ask yourself, “would I want to live here?” If the answer is no, it is time to look at updating the unit.

Incentives Can Make the Difference

If you are matching the competition with the rent, the size, and the condition of the property, sometimes it just takes a “little more incentive.” This is the time to consider offering something extra such as including cable service, membership to a health club, paying for a portion of the utilities, a gift certificate to a restaurant, etc. There are dozens of items that might just push an applicant to make that final decision.

Many factors determine how quickly your property will rent in a highly competitive market. As your property management company, we will work to market your property as quickly as possible and when needed, advise you of what would help to promote your property to reduce or eliminate a vacancy. Remember, no matter what the market, a well-qualified tenant is still our primary goal to give you the best return on your investment.


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The Value of Professional Property Management

Courtesy of: Fred Thompson, MPM® RMP® Director of Property Management

unnamedMany people think that professional property managers just collect rent, put tenants into a property, coordinate maintenance, and handle the move out when the time comes. That definition is far from the truth. A Professional Property Manager brings value and expertise well beyond their management fee. Anyone that owns investment property has or should have a circle of advisors to maximize the investment and your property manager is part of that group of trusted advisors. So, what should you expect?

  • Just like your tax advisor who constantly stays on top of changes to advise you on your personal situation a property manager provides monthly and year-end statements along with a 1099 so that you can accurately report your income and expenses on your taxes.
  • Just like your financial advisor who helps you keep your emotions in check with the ups and downs of the market a property manager is the gate keeper between you and the tenant. If the property was once grandma’s house or the home you raised your family in there will be strong emotions attached to the property and the property manager can provide sound counsel about how to handle tenant situations or questions.
  • Just like your insurance agent, a professional property manager manages your risk. This includes ensuring that vendors used on the property have proper insurance, that Fair Housing laws are followed; that the property itself has the necessary insurance to protect the owner, and to screen and place qualified tenants to limit possible lawsuits. Behind the scenes, risk management includes keeping tenant and property information secure and for the legally required period. The property manager handles the return of security deposits and maintenance requests according to the law and works to ensure clean trust funds.
  • Just like a bookkeeper tracks income and expenses a professional property manager provides internal bookkeeping services which are an integral part of property management. They take the burden off you by collecting rent and other tenant charges as well as pay bills associated with the property, which might include insurance, HOA fees, utility bills, and property taxes. They will issue 1099’s to vendors on your behalf.
  • Just like having a human resource department that screens and hires employees, a professional property manager is astute at screening potential tenants. They are experts at what makes a great tenant. This alone is worth its weight in gold. Qualified tenants pay rent on time, report maintenance, and leave the property in excellent condition when the time comes to move. Property managers have seen fake tax returns, have spoken to fake landlords, and know the difference between a lab mix and a pit bull.
  • Just like an attorney professional property manager’s stay on top of the ever-changing legal landscape of owning rental property. There are federal laws, state laws, and local ordinances. There are laws about how to post notices, how to increase rent, and what is a disability and the accommodations that are required. A professional property manager also knows when it is time to consult with an attorney.
  • Just like a mediator, whose role is to find a win-win solution for everyone the professional property manager is a facilitator and advisor whose main objective is to provide solutions. The goal of professional property management is to allow the property owner to confidently step back from the day-to-day management of their investment.

Bottom line, property management is all about relationships. Solid relationships are built on trust, which is created over time by being transparent, honest, and professional. It is our mission to earn your trust daily. If you have questions about how we manage your investment, please reach out to us. We are in partnership with you.

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Protecting your Packages this Holiday Season

parcels boxes with kraft paper,

If you’re anything like me, you worry about having packages delivered to your home when you’re not there especially during the holiday season. So how can you ensure that your package will be delivered to you?

1. Install Security Cameras:

When looking at security cameras try to get one that is motion censored and Wi-Fi capable so that you can receive alerts to your smartphone when you’re not there or the police will be alerted. Important security camera features are; motion detection, field of view, night vision, movement, Wi-Fi capability, cost, sound, and resolution. security cameras can be a double task not only can they alert you when there is a trespasser but they can also get a facial reaction if the thief or intruder gets away. Security Cameras are always good to have around your home just to help keep your home secure at all times.

2.  Get to Know your Delivery People

Being friendly is always a great option. When you know your delivery people you can let them know if you will not be home or if you prefer an alternate delivery time. Also if there seems to be a suspicious activity or it does not seem safe to leave your package they can let you know that they did not leave it and an alternate way to receive your package.

3. Team up with Neighbors

Teaming up with your neighbors is another good practice, you can help them and they can help you. You could send packages to their home if you’re not going to be home but they will, or you can ask them to grab your packages for you, or just to help keep an eye on your home. Keeping your neighborhood safe and friendly should be in the best interest of all who lives there.

4. Change your Mailbox

There are package mailboxes that you could get, you just need to make sure it is USPS-approved before purchasing. This is a great idea because your packages will always be secure.

5. Require Signature or Pick up in Person

Requiring a signature is an option that can help secure you are the person receiving the package and if no one is home then the package will not be left. Picking up in person is a great idea especially if you know you will not be home for a few days or are in and out. Picking up in person is the most secure method.

6. Package Guard

Package Guard is a frisbee-sized disc that is Wi-Fi capable sending an alert to your phone when your package is placed on from the disc. This is a great way to ensure that your package is arriving.

7. Reroute the Delivery

If you know that you will not be home for the delivery time you could reroute it to your workplace or a family or friends home. This is a secure way to ensure safe delivery.

8. Request Vacation Hold

If you’re going away for the holidays then you can request a vacation hold until you return. Most places offer free holding of packages, you will just need to check before making the request.

Sending packages can be just as stressful as receiving. You do not want to send a package that gets lost or broken. Check out these tips to help avoid an upsetting holiday package arrival.

1. Remove Old Shipping Labels

Reusing old shipping boxes is financially smart, but if you leave those labels on the box it could make for a stressful time. If you leave the old shipping labels on the box it could go to the wrong location or at the very least make the job more difficult for the delivery person. Plus, leaving those labels on makes it looks like you do not care or did not take your time with this package.

2. Use H-Tape Method

H Taping

H Taping is the correct way to tape packages, this method secures the package from opening. When using the H taping method be sure to use packaging tape which is 2 inches thick and can withstand 60lbs. If you have an irregular shaped box just be sure to tape along all the open seams when you seal it. Do not use duct tape.

3. Box-in-a-Box


If you have a very fragile item it can be unnerving to send, especially if you’re like me and have had a bad experience of someone receiving a broken present. It’s not always the deliveries person fault, the holidays are very stressful time for them. Help make their jobs easier by doing everything you can to ensure the safety of your package, box-in-a-box is a great method, while it may cost a little more due to weight it is better than the receiver receiving a broken package. First, this is first sure your item is securely cushioned about 2 inches thick, then place your item inside your smaller box filling all open space with loosefill peanuts minimum of 2″ thick, then place the small box in the outer sturdy box filling the excess space minimum of 3″ thick with loosefill peanuts. Now you have yourself a securely packaged item.

4. Sending Baked Goods

Who doesn’t love receiving homemade cookies, especially ones that you used to make with your grandma or mom for holidays? The perfect gift for college students who won’t be going home for the holidays are their favorite baked goods. However, packaging these baked goods can be worrisome because what if they receive them and they are no longer good? Domino Sugar has a set of instructions to follow to help ensure a yummy received treat.

5. Provide an Internal Shipping Label

If your package got damaged and the delivery service needs to repackage make their jobs a little easier by providing information of where to ship to. This could include providing a business card with name, phone number, and address or just a piece of paper written on eligible with that information. It is safer to make sure you are doing everything you can to make the deliveries job easier so that you do not have to work harder if something were to happen to your package.

Do not get caught up in the stressfulness of sending packages this holiday season, just be prepared, plan ahead, and have a wonderful holiday season! Happy Holidays!

If you’re interested in purchasing a residential home in Central Florida, please contact Mike Rance at

To see residential home listings in Central Florida, please visit Central Florida Homes.

Mike Rance
RE/MAX 200 Realty in Winter Park, Florida
P: 407-629-6330 ext. 255

By: SaJorden Miller/ Mike Rance Team


Have the best Black Friday Yet


It is that time of year again when everyone is out shopping for all of his or her Christmas gifts for the best deals. It is fun but can be overwhelming especially if the store you’re heading to runs out of what you need. However, there are ways to avoid the frustration of Black Friday. You need a strategy, follow these tips and strategies for your most successful Black Friday yet!


Start early before Thanksgiving go to the stores that you know you are going to want to go to on Black Friday and check the deals. Some retailers have their best deals on Thanksgiving. Check ads, it is easy to skip over stores that you do not usually shop at but one of those stores might have a better deal. Some deals may only last until a certain time pay attention to that.


Set a budget and do not go over it. This will help with impulse buys. At the time an impulse buy may not seem to make a difference especially if it is a good price but if you make one or two impulse buys in the 5 stores you go in, that’ll add up. Stay safe carry a small purse that closes all the way that remains in front of you at all times. Cash is a great way to stay on a budget but is more likely to be stolen or lost, a debit card is ok but fraud protection is weaker, credit cards are better with fraud protection but allow you to overspend. It sounds like I just told you every method of payment has a downfall and it does, but to remain on the budget keep a checklist, prepare ahead and do the math. Add up every receipt make sure you’re not going over your budget.

3.) Do your Research

Several sites will begin posting the Black Friday ads when they become available. Be sure you are getting the best for your buck, while it may look like a great deal you may be able to do better somewhere else, check these sites for price comparison and You can check these sites for the latest deals:

4.) Bouns Discounts

If you enjoy going out at the crack of dawn, then this is the deals for you. Some stores will offer early bird specials which could be gift cards for the first 500 customers to walk in the store. Stores that provided the “early bird” deal last year was H&M which gave the first 100 people in line tickets for up to $300 in-store credit. Another store Sports Authority at midnight, Sports Authority rewarded the first 80 customers to walk through its doors with cards worth up to $500. They always say “the early bird gets the worm” check out which stores are offering it this year!

5.) Deepen your Discounts

Paper coupons are back, be sure to fill your purse will Black Friday coupons. Don’t let your smartphone die because you will need coupons on there. Prepare early check the coupons and save them to your wallet. Download DealNews to stay on top of all the latest deals on the go.

6.) Be a Social Media Butterfly

Follow your favorite stores on whatever social media platform you enjoy most, turn on notifications and keep an eye out for coupons, sale previews, or even Black Friday ads can appear on their social media. Don’t search for the social media deals while standing at the register do it before you arrive, screenshots are a great way to have easy access. Be sure to look at promo codes from the website, or manufactures website you can watch right here on DealNews these can net some serious savings.

7.) Read the Fine Print

While most stores keep their return policy the same for Black Friday. There are the exceptions of the shops who do not receive some even charge restocking fees as high at 15%, primarily for electronics. Check the company website you can usually find the return policy information there or signage at the customer service desk. While asking the sales clerk is an option if they give incorrect information then the written policy will trump whatever they may have said. Just be careful when asking the clerks because they are under much stress and sometimes they may not fully know the return policies especially if they changed for Black Friday.

8.) Split Up

While shopping with friends can be fun. Use your numbers to have more extensive coverage areas. Have a game plan and have people in designated stores.

You can find more great tips, strategies, deals, and not what to buy at DealNews under the Black Friday section.

With all the great deals on Black Friday, go to a toy store and pick up a few things to take to a homeless shelter, an orphanage, or Operation Chrismas Child. It is always a good time to give back you the deals to help you save while helping someone.

Remember Black Friday is usually not a place for young children, it can be dangerous and stressful. Leave them at home and enjoy a ladies day shopping.

Finally be kind to everyone, especially the sale clerks they are dealing with thousands of people in short time. Giving up their Black Friday shopping so that you can have yours, so be respectful to them, many may be sleep deprived. Just be courteous, everyone wants to have a good time.





Your Guide to having the Perfect Thanksgiving


The Holidays are fun but can be stressful especially if you are the host. But they do not need to be stressful, a host should have a good time as well. Check out all of these great ideas for you and your guest to have the best Thanksgiving.


Courtesy of Country Living

First thing first the decorations. Decorations do not need to be expensive. DIY decorations are cheap and look amazing! Also get the kids to help. For the kid’s table, a roll of kraft paper and crayons in terra-cotta pots are great to entertain the children during dinner. Are give them cute placemats with their names, so no one is fighting over seats. Get the kids to help, have them put fun thanksgiving stamps on cocktail napkins, or have them paint mason jars or wine bottles which then could be used as vases or candle holders. Go to the dollar tree, you can find cheap fall decorations that can quickly be transformed into your beautiful masterpiece. Take large felt leaves and convert them into a door greeting. Or use artificial fall leaves to frame your door. Remind people what Thanksgiving is all about with a thankful tree that your guest writes what they are grateful for. You could have a family tree perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving banners are always an excellent addition to the fireplace. Find more great decorating ideas at Country Living.



Courtesy of Country Living 


Can’t forget about the food, there would be no Thanksgiving without a Thanksgiving feast. Part of being the perfect host is to have food for everyone. With these 20 great menu ideas from Country Living you can! You can mix and match or pick your favorite. These are all simple ideas, and there’s enough to go around.


Courtesy of Country Living 

With all the delicious food, we cannot forget the drinks. Get your guest in the spirits with these 19 delightful thanksgiving cocktails from Country Living.



Courtesy of Serious Eats 


Thanksgiving should be a time for everyone to enjoy a sweet drink. Check out these 7 delicious and somewhat unusual non-acholic beverage ideas from Serious Eats.



Courtesy of Country Living 


Cannot forget about the best part dessert! Try these 45 sweet and satisfying from Country Living to make the perfect ending to your delicious feast.


thanksgiving traditons

What would Thanksgiving be without any traditions? If you do not have any yet that is ok, you can start this year!

Thanksgiving traditions:

  • After the meal lay out a white cloth tablecloth and everyone write what they are thankful for this year with a sharpie, don’t forget to put the date and their name. Then wash it on gentle cycle then put it up until next year.
  • Create a chain of things that everyone is thankful for. Everyone will get a strip of colored paper write what they are grateful for then go around reading what everyone writes down later for a paper chain.
  • Feeding the homeless this is a great way to help others and share the love of Thanksgiving.
  • Spreading some love at your local nursing home, by taking the family with leftovers and listen to the stories of the people who may not have a family.
  • Is there someone in your community without a family? Invite them over to enjoy Thanksgiving with you and your family, take a picture of your “new” new family then send that person home with leftovers and everlasting memories.
  • Thanksgiving Olympics you can do this with just your guest, or you can make it a community event. Have different activities for everyone like basketball, flag football, frisbee, scramble, hangman, or whatever you can imagine. Then there will be prizes afterward, for example, a tin of popcorn, a box of chocolate. Or get competitive and great a Thanksgiving Olympic trophy the winner takes it home then brings it with them the following year to either compete to keep their place as the champion of a new champion will be crowned.
  • Watching Thanksgiving day football.
  • Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • Living in Florida take your feast outside and turn it into a picnic.
  • Children help set the table.
  • Children serve dessert.
  • Break the wishbone.
  • If you have a large family and it would be too difficult to host everyone on Thanksgiving. Have a Thanksgiving leftover day, this would be the day after Thanksgiving eating leftovers and planning for Christmas.

Whatever you do this Thanksgiving just remember it is a time to be thankful and remember all of the blessings you have in this world. Share the love and give thanks, this Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!


If you’re interested in purchasing a residential home in Central Florida, please contact Mike Rance at

To see residential home listings in Central Florida, please visit Central Florida Homes.

Mike Rance
RE/MAX 200 Realty in Winter Park, Florida
P: 407-629-6330 ext. 255


By: SaJorden Miller/ Mike Rance Team

Country Comfort with City Convenience

Have you always dreamed of living in a log home but they are always too far away from everything? Well you’re in luck I have several beautiful log homes are that gives you that country style living with the convenience of the city.

21249 COUNTY ROAD 455 Clermont, FL 34715 MLS O5505714

This beautiful two story three bedrooms and two bathrooms home are on 3 acres of land. This home lets you enjoy country living with the city convenience. Comfortably located are at least 50 schools, PK-05 is Astatula Elementary School being just 3.28 miles and 3.46 miles away would be a PK-12 Lake Hills School. Also conveniently located is Florida’s Turnpike giving an easy commute to downtown and attractions. This home comes with a cozy wood burning fireplace to make you feel right at home. There is also an eat-in kitchen, loft, and wood flooring. This home was built in 1988 with 1,138 square feet of living, renovations have been made such as a new roof which was put on in July of 2017. Fuel- electric and central heating comes equipped with the home as well as central air conditioning. Appliances of the home include; built-in oven, range, and refrigerator. The interior of the house is log with vinyl and carpet flooring. This home is priced at $254, 900

14704 OLD HWY 50 Clermont, FL 34711 MLS G4846221

Courtesy Of Watson Realty Corp

This one of kind log homes is the perfect location for country peace and tranquility but city convenience with easy access to Dowton Clermont or Winter Gardens. This property is almost 30 acres. This open floor bedroom contains a beautiful wood burning fireplace, 3 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms. Along with this home, there are 2 parcels included with the property. If you’re looking to make some money off the land the one side could be sold to investors as it is a prime location close to the turnpike and schools.  You could keep this land the beautiful agricultural land and have animals grazing the property is fully fenced as you look out to God’s beauty. This property is priced at $1,400,000.

17090 55TH PL McAlpin, FL 32062 MLS G4846230


This beautiful 1999 two-story spacious log home is the perfect place to relax and entertain guest. As we walk inside we will find a great spacious room with vaulted ceiling and a wood burning fireplace which includes a ventilation system making it easy to warm up the entire home during those chilly evenings. The open dining room is perfect for entertaining as it leads straight into an open kitchen which features stainless appliances, beautiful cabinets. The master bedroom includes a walk-in closet as you go to the master bathroom you will see a large garden tub with jest as well a sperate shower stall. Next, we will head upstairs where there are two spacious bedrooms. Now for the beautiful exterior of the home, there is a full wraparound porch which is the perfect place to enjoy the sunrise or sunset. Other areas to note of the home, the roof and floors are less than 4 years old. The Florida Breezway barn features 11 12×12 stalls and 1 that had been converted to feed and storage room with raised concrete flooring. The stalls are rear and front entry of the barn and utilize Dutch doors. The second barn has 4 12×12 stalls with front entry Dutch doors. ther amenities on the property include: 2 grooming racks, 1 full-size dressage arena clay base, 1 breeding and treatment stock, 1 large storage shed and two smaller storage sheds, full RV hookup 30 amp and sewage, and a separate interconnected well. This property is priced at $455,000.

44500 CROSS COUNTRY BLVD Altoona, FL 32702 MLS G4847008

Courtesy Of Watson Realty Corp

This beautiful contemporary southland built log home is on 3 majestic acres located on Lake Door and right behind this home is the famous Rocking Horse Ranch which is a 150-acre equestrian training facility. As you find your way down the winding driveway you’ll find yourself at one of the most beautiful 4 bed 3.5 bath log homes in the area. As you walk through the front door you are captivated by the see-through view of 193′ of lake frontage. Directly across the lake is Ocala Nation Forest so there is not another house in site, you get to enjoy all the wonders of nature. This is the entertainer’s dream with a large open floor plan and large kitchen with granite and wood cabinets. on the first floor, you can find a bedroom en-suite, family room, dining room, formal living room, eat-in kitchen and a half bath. As we make out way upstairs you with see a loft which overlooks the formal living room and out to the lake. There is the master bedroom which also overlooks Lake Door. Also upstairs there are 2 other bedrooms, one of which is being used as an office. You can also find another full bath. This luxury log home is priced at $685,000.

If you’re interested in purchasing any of these residential log homes in Central Florida, please contact Mike Rance at

To see more residential log home listings in Central Florida, please visit Central Florida Homes.

Mike Rance
RE/MAX 200 Realty in Winter Park, Florida
P: 407-629-6330 ext. 255

By: SaJorden Miller/ Mike Rance Realty


20th Anniversy of America Recycles Day

#AmericaRecyclesDay 11-15-17
Design By: SaJorden Miller

Today is America Recycles Day, but why? On November 15th 1997the National Recycling Coalition started this day and it is declared yearly by the Presidential Proclamation. 

This day encourages Americans to commit to recycling, this had been a program of Keep America Beautiful since 2009. To raise awareness there are thousands of events across the United States to raise awareness about the importance of recycling. As a commitment to recycling and buying products made from recycled materials, you can take a pledge.

Courtesy of America Recycles Day

There are events all the time here in Orlando that is focused on recycling. Come out meet new people and help save the world. Here are some events that are happening:

KSC’s America Recycles Day (ARD) Events– November 14-15th at Kennedy Space Center

NBC Tower Plastic Bag Collection– November 15th on Howell Branch Rd.

Electronic Waste Collection Event– November 15th at Recycle all Electronic

Any H&M– November 16th

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PRIVATE EVENT FOR WINTER PARK RESIDENTS: Electronics Recycling Event– November 18th

Orange County Recycles Day 2017– November 18th at Orange County Landfill

Courtesy of @CityBeautiful 

Downtown Orlando is keeping our city beautiful with newly installed solar-powered recycling and waste units. For more information on Keep Orlando Beautiful (KOB).  If none of these interest you there is much more all year long, just keep an eye out for events in your area.

Do you need some ideas on how you can keep America clean? Check out these awesome 10 ideas from Harmony Enterprises, INC. 

  1. “Find out if carton recycling is available in your area.  If it’s not, talk to your local recycling center about recycling cartons. The Carton Council has some great resources.
  2. Stop throwing away clothing and household textiles. Find a local clothing recycler or contact Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) to find out where to donate.
  3. Encourage your kids to recycle at school. If recycling is not widely available at your school, talk to the principal, superintendent, or PTO about it.
  4. Avoid plastic bags by bringing your own bag, or simply declining the bag when you can.  When you have excess plastic bags, dry cleaner bags, or newspaper bags, bring them to your local retailer to recycle.
  5. Take the “I Recycle” pledge, and invite your friends to do the same. Businesses can also pledge to recycle more.
  6. Talk to your kids about recycling.  Beyond the typical paper, plastic, and aluminum, how can they recycle their clothes, toys, or electronics? How can they use recycled items into art projects or gifts?
  7. Find or host a recycling event in your area and take part! There are thousands of America Recycles Day events being held around the country.
  8. Get familiar with what you CAN and CAN’T recycle.  Here is a great refrigerator list, and a few more items you probably forgot.  Recyclable items can also vary by where you live, so check with your local recycling center too.
  9. Get inspired!  Go to the America Recycles Day website to find out what other communities and companies are doing. You may also be inspired by Sweden’s 99% recycling rate or what recycling centers like Winneshiek County are doing.
  10. Buy recycled when you can! When you purchase items that are made from recycled materials, you help eliminate the need for virgin materials. Buying art made of recycled materials can be even more meaningful.

Keep Orlando beautiful, keep America beautiful, keep the world beautiful. Get out in your community find out ways you can help fight the war on waste.


Tildens Grove of Windermere

Tildens Grove is a luxury waterfront gated community in Windermere Florida. Tildens Grove is on the shores of Lake Davis, this community was established in 2001, with 140 homes. There are waterfront and interior homes available. Tildens Grove has been designed by eight of Central Florida’s top builders, having Spanish tile roofing and brick paver driveways. Some of the amenities include children’s playground, tennis courts, and waterfront. The tropical landscaping throughout the neighborhood is sure to give you that tropical feeling. Most of the homes are 3 to 7 bedroom with 3 to eight bathrooms, ranging from 3,220 to 7,130 square footage the minimum amount of land is half an acre. These homes range from $814,000 to $859,000.

Let’s take a look at some of the listings available n Tildens grove.

5245 TILDENS GROVE BLVD Windermere, FL 34786 MLS O5386884

Courtesy Of RE/MAX Properties SW Inc.

This magnificent 5 bedrooms 4.5 bathroom estate is a premier 2/3 acre waterfront located in Tildens Grove a gated community in Windermere. Throughout the home, you are welcomed with an open floor plan. Throughout the living, dining, family room and kitchen you enjoy beautiful 24×24 travertine flooring. Your dream kitchen is awaiting with 42″ antique white cabinets, granite counters, huge center island, 5 burner gas range with copper vent hood complimented by GE stainless steel appliances and walk-in pantry. Mitered glass surrounds a spacious nook which overlooks the patio. The comfortable family room offers custom built cabinetry with centerpiece flat screen television & gas fireplace perfect for entertaining the family. The three-way split floor plans provide a Jack & Jill style bath. As we go to the romantic master suite offering an extended sitting area, crown molding along with coffered ceilings, his & her walk-in closets with custom shelving. As you walk into the master bathroom, you are greeted with the centerpiece a Roman tub, walk-in shower with dual heads, double vanities, granite counters, and travertine flooring. As we move upstairs, there is a 5th bedroom which is pre-wired and ready conversion to a home theater there is also a full-size bonus room which can be used for your creativity. You can also find a wet bar with a built-in wine rack and wine cooler with granite counters in the home. The exterior is just as luxury as the interior featuring brick paver driveway with side entry three car garage and custom flagstone elevation. The back patio is the perfect place to entertain as it offers a covered area with a built-in television plus summer kitchen all overlooking the rock waterfall spa and sparkling pool.

5027 TILDENS GROVE BLVD Windermere, FL 34786 MLS O5545033 

Courtesy Of Stockworth Realty Group

If you’re someone who enjoys your peace, quiet and privacy then this is the perfect home for you, there are no rear neighbors! This home offers a beautiful natural setting and oversize backyard with water view. Beautiful 1 story 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathroom provides an open floors plan and soaring ceiling heights. There is an office and a bonus room which can be transformed into whatever you desire. There have been several upgrades including landscaping and interior painting to compliment the already light and bright rooms that are flooded with natural light from the large picture windows. The back of the house is the perfect place to entertain your friends and family with a lanai featuring summer kitchen, oversized pool and a large fenced in grass area ideal for pets and young children.

5246 TILDENS GROVE BLVDWindermere, FL 34786 MLS O5453368

Courtesy Of Charles Rutenberg Rlty Orlando

If you’re the buyer who wants it all, I have the home for you! This luxury estate is packed with full of options with rooms that are either lofty or intimate, easy-going or elegant, it’s here and it could be all yours. To start we have high ceilings that create sense hight and space. Are you a reader, writer, blogger, or an at home entrepreneur, this home has the perfect place for you in the front den, or are you looking for a 6th bedroom, the den can be transformed leaving it up to your creativity. Occupying the side of this home is the master bedroom which provides a grand sitting room overlooking the sparkling pool and greenbelt. A large family room is inviting with a built-in gated wine storage for the connoisseur. The three-way split bedroom plan includes 2 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. There is also an attached 2 bedrooms 2 bathroom en-suite guest house with a private side door entry or direct access from the house. Almost an acre there is a large three car garage. This home is perfect for the savvy decorators.

If you’re interested in purchasing a residential home in Tildens Grove in Windemere, Florida, please contact Mike Rance at

To see more residential home listings in Windemere, Florida, please visit Central Florida Homes.

Mike Rance
RE/MAX 200 Realty in Winter Park, Florida
P: 407-629-6330 ext. 255

By: SaJorden Miller/ Mike Rance Realty Team


Butler Bay at Windermere

Butler Bay at Windermere is a gated waterfront golf community. Lake Crescent and Lake Roberts surround Butler Bay. Community features included waterfront, an 18 hole 6,558-yard champion golf course, 22,000 square foot clubhouse, restaurants, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, horseback riding, public parks, soccer field, dog park, and trail and paths for running or cycling.

2515 BUTLER BAY DR N Windermere, FL 34786 MLS O5479604

Start your morning out right with the breathtaking Florida Sunrise on Lake Crescent right from the comfort of your private dock or soaring screened lanai. This 3,101 square foot 4 bedroom three bathroom home offers is nestled on over a half acre lot offering peaceful lakeside living. The house has been recently updated with new interior and exterior paint, new carpet, newly resurfaced pool, new pool heater, kinetic water system, and new A/C unit. As you enter, you are greeted with lovely tile flooring, high ceilings, and a staircase. The home just seems to flow into an open split floor plan. The light and airy dining room adjoin the kitchen with granite counters, double oven, two closet pantries, and a wet bar. Downstairs, you will find three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The upstairs is dedicated to a private master suite which offers an adjacent room which could be used for an office, nursery, or whatever your imagination can desire. Wrap-around to the master bathroom and you will be presented with a large jacuzzi bathtub, walk-thru shower and dual access to the master closest. Sliding doors open to a private balcony which overlooks the pool and allows for spectacular panoramic lake views. As you walk outside you will discover a full-size volleyball court, a heated 9′ pool, a spacious lot large enough for another great home addition this space is left up to you for your creativity. Extra storage space in the attic of an extra-deep three-car garage with side entry access. This is a perfect home to enjoy morning coffee while watching a magnificent space coast launch, or a nice glass of wine while enjoying fireworks from Universal. This is an excellent place for a family and a great place to entertain. The estate is priced at $839,000.

12500 BUTLER BAY CT #3 Windermere, FL 34786 MLS S4846934  

Courtesy Of Invest Realty Group, LLC 

Newly renovated five bedrooms 4.5 bathroom two story home in Windermere Club Golf Course. This beautiful home welcomes you with a circular driveway leading you right to the beautifully wrought iron gate opening up into 20ft foyer. This opened floor plan is 4,573 square foot. The gourmet kitchen comes complete with GE Monogram SS appliances including; gas stove cooktop with SS hoot, wine fridge, 42″ white cabinets and granite counters. Other room features include custom built-ins with space for 60″ TV. Downstairs you have a large guest quarters with walk-in cedar closet and a custom travertine bathroom. Upstairs the expansive master bedroom comes complete with a gas fireplace, wall unit, 16×8 cedar closest. The bedroom leads into a travertine master bathroom which includes his and hers vanities, dual shower heads, and a free-standing bathtub. Throughout the home, each room is complete solid 8ft doors and 10ft ceilings. Outside we have the pool with SS and granite top summer kitchen with beautiful pond and golf course views. Many upgrades include travertine flooring throughout, central vacuum system, music/intercom system, pool child fence, wrought iron decorative features, coded front door lock. Temperature control wiring is in place; it just needs to be completed. This home is priced at $729,000.

2333 BUTLER BAY DR N Windermere, FL 34786 MLS O5545586 

Courtesy Of Realty Executives Central Fl

This 3 bedrooms 3 bathrooms 2,612 square foot home is ready for you to make it yours through updates and special touches. This home offers waterfront living on Lake Crescent. Double pane and transom windows throughout the home help bring a bright and airy feel to the home. The open floor plan opens up into the family room with a gas fireplace and expansive breakfast bar. The living room opens seamlessly into the gourmet kitchen. With beautiful French doors the formal living room open to the screened pool and lanai showcasing a waterfront vista. This home is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor gathering a screened lanai and pool and private access to the delightful Ski lake. This home is selling for $709,000

If you’re interested in purchasing a residential home in Butler Bay in Windemere, Florida, please contact Mike Rance at

To see more residential home listings in Windemere, Florida, please visit Central Florida Homes.

Mike Rance
RE/MAX 200 Realty in Winter Park, Florida
P: 407-629-6330 ext. 255

By: SaJorden Miller/ Mike Rance Realty Team


Living at Isleworth in Winderemere

Isleworth did not start out as Isleworth. Instead, it started out as the most important citrus operation, maintained by the Chase Family. However, in 1986 golf legend Arnold Palmer discovered that this citrus operation had a different future. Palmer saw a potential for a world-class golf course and country club, which is where he came up with Isleworth. A New Era took over in 1993 where one of the most beautiful communities in the world was created. The Lewis Family took over to fulfill the communities vision by planting thousands of trees and flowers, installing a collection of significant sculptures and constructing exalted estates fostering the most impeccable arcutichture. In 2006 Isleworth hosted the Tavistock Cup to help put themselves on the map as a world-class golf course. This golf tournament hosted professional members of the community, and it’s sister club Lake Nona, the field saw athletes such as Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Ernie Els, and Mark O’Meara. Following this golf tournament, there was a new standard of quality Isleworth had to uphold. In 2008 Financial Times recognized this community as “one of the most impressive line-ups of top-ranked golfer residents and athletes.” Residents were being welcomed from around the world. While this is a world-class golf course, they still care very much about their arts so in 2010 along the first and 10th tees the iconic sculpture knowns as Wall Street Charging Bull by Arturo di Modica was installed. You can find other famous pieces of artwork throughout the golf course and country club. With the history of Isleworth out of the way let’s talk about the current Isleworth.

What is there to do besides golf and stay in your multi-million dollar home? Plenty, there’s fun for the whole family!

If you are the athletic type then you came to the right place the Tennis Center features six Har-Tru clay courts, one Plexi Cushion court, and a padel court, along with private locker rooms and a multi-sport court all that overlook Lake Tibet Butler, it doesn’t matter what your skill level there is a court for you. Do you enjoy a hard workout at the gym then a nice place to relax? Well, you’re in luck because there is a fully equipped fitness center which features state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment. Or are you not one to workout alone do you prefer classes? They have that too there are a variety of classes and personal training offered. Now after you have done your hardcore workout whatever it maybe it’s time to relax in the Spa at Isleworth which provides personalized services and treatments including massages and facials. The fitness center is located conveniently inside the Clubhouse.

Living in Florida is great because you can enjoy water activities no matter the season at Isleworth there are over seven miles of shoreline. This provides the community with endless opportunities to enjoy afternoons on the water. With private members-only docks with direct access to the interconnected lakes surrounding Isleworth, you could take your boat out in the afternoon for some fishing, waterskiing, or just a nice boat ride. If you enjoy adventures you could paddle board or kayak some of the canals.

If you have young children or the grandkids are visiting bring them by the infinity-edge resort-style pool with a children’s splash pad area. The pool sits at the rear of the Clubhouse overlooking Lake Louise, with lush daybeds, and poolside bar and grill. There are also year-round activities with the youth program which whole families can enjoy. There are holiday celebrations and after-school programs. Where life’s greatest gifts can be enjoyed there is the renowned summer Camp Isleworth, which help create special moments for your children giving them the opportunity to make new friends and forever memories.

Bring your friends or family to enjoy the culturally inspired menus with seasonal ingredients and organic selections designed by professional teams of chef’s who are trained in a multitude of culinary arts in the multi dinning experience Clubhouse.

Isleworth is a 600-acre gated community of nearly 900 residents. Let’s check out some of the luxury homes Isleworth has to offer.


5536 ISLEWORTH COUNTRY CLUB DR Windermere, FL 34786 MLS O5394385


The 7 bedroom 91/2 bathroom island-inspired estate is poised on a private cul-de-sac spanning three home sites totaling in 1.89 acres overlooks Isleworth’s 14th fairway and the beautiful Lake Butler. In the home, there are elegant appurtenances throughout the 13,000 square feet of living space. The lustrous interior showcases formal living and dining rooms, both of which are accented by ornament fireplaces and chandeliers. Large windows are throughout the home providing natural light. The kitchen which is designed for two chefs, features three islands, two Jenn-Air stoves with gas cooktops and three Sub-Zero 700 Series refrigerators. There is a large office/library which has bookcases that extend the length of the room, with full-length windows looking into the backyard, there is a bar making this the perfect place to hold important meetings or a place to rest and enjoy a good book. Now as we head upstairs to the master suite is embellished with hand-tufted, leaf-patterned carpet and oculus windows. Also in the master suite features a private bath with two rain showerheads and a basin bathtub. We cannot forget the outside where we have a heated pool, grotto-style spa with a shimmering waterfall and private boat dock create a standout menagerie along the back nine. Also included with the home is an exercise room, guest house, and separate caretaker’s cottage. This home is selling for $15,000,000

5318 ISLEWORTH COUNTRY CLUB DR Windermere, FL 34786 MLS O5441428



The 6 bedroom 8 1/2 bathroom home is incomparable in Isleworth. Symbolized by a captivating English garden designed to maximize its golf-front location. As you enter the property you are driving on a circular driveway with a fountain and you’re welcomed with a porte-cochere entry. As you walk through double French doors you are in awe of the grand foyer featuring a curved staircase, wine cellar and polished marble floors with an intricate medallion. The foyer will lead you appropriately into the 11,000-square-foot interior of this charming estate. Leading custom home builder Pellegrini Homes built this home. This home has a surprising and impressive feature which the master-designed floor plan draws every room towards a palatial two-story indoor swimming pool. In addition to the indoor swimming pool, the main floor features living and dining rooms, a home office, kitchen, and master suite. The upper level hosts the game room and additional en-suite bedrooms. The unique ceilings in every room were hand-selected by the homeowner creating a truly unique living experience. Clearly, this a unique home, unlike most homes in the Isle the grounds of this home showcase elaborate gardens with a custom fountain, walking paths, a butterfly garden, and remarkably maintained landscaping. Also, a private motor court flanked by a pair of two-car garages. This home is selling for $8,500,000.

5084 ISLEWORTH COUNTRY CLUB DR Windermere, FL 34786 MLS O5502452


This estate is situated in hole 6 of Isleworth Country Club Golf Course, this is a magnificent 6 bedrooms 7 1/2 bathroom 7,159 sq ft French Country Estate. With an elgant grand entrance, you are welcomed by a spiral staircase upon entering the foyer of this two-story home. It is easy to entertain family, and guests with an in-home theater, fireplace, comfortable sitting, game room, and family room which includes a bar. This is an open layout with filled with natural lighting. You feel like you’re eating in a palace with the beautiful dinning room which contains a butler’s pantry and the spacious grourmt kitchen, and there’s a breakfast room.The master suite occupies the right wing of the home and is secluded there is a study, exercise room, large walk-in cl, set and private foyer to the bath area with access to a terrace. For a relaxing spa experience, the master bathroom has been recently updated with a brand new state-of-the-art shower with multiple jets, steamer, and music of your choice. Upstairs you can find four bedroom suites, a loft study area & a second laundry room. Having guest over is comfortable with a private entrance guest home providing your visitors with all the comforts of a home. Providing the ultimate outdoor experience the outside has been newly remolded with a double deck summer kitchen, pool, spa, one-of–kind putting green and basketball court. A four-car garage, air-conditioned workroom, and gold club storage enhance this home. This home is priced at $3,495,000.

5147 ISLEWORTH COUNTRY CLUB DR Windermere, FL 34786 MLS O5522834

Courtesy Of Premier Realty Partners Inc


This stunning 4 bedrooms 5 full bathroom and 2 half bathroom European architectural style custom estate has a backdrop of the beautiful golf course of Isleworth. The fountain and circular driveway provide a nice progression to the solid woord and glass arched entry of the home. Surprises are all throughout the home from the foyer to the formal areas that are enhanced by the stone flooring, precast fireplace, and clerestory windows that provide natural light. The hardwood flooring and custom built-ins offer privacy. A casual family area features gas fireplace, marble flooring, and custom built-ins. The dream gourmet kitchen features custom cabinetry, sleek stainless appliances, a large working island with sink, huge pantry, and exotic granite countertops. Magnificent golf views and mature landscaping create an intimate relationship between the expansive covered outdoor areas and the casual living space. The totally private master suite has links to the outside, featuring an intimate sitting area and bathroom that boast walk-in shower with freestanding tub, and his and hers vanities with exotic granite countertops. Set apart the home theatre is well equipped and great for family movie nights. The perfect place for family and friend gather you have the upper-level game area. As we go outside we have a resort-style setting which includes a sparkling pool and spa, a lush lawn leading to the golf course; the perfect spot for entertaining family and friends. This home is priced at $2,995,900.

5165 ISLEWORTH COUNTRY CLUB DR Windermere, FL 34786 MLS O5498318

Courtesy Of Premier Realty Partners Inc



This 5 bedroom 6 1/2 bathroom home exudes a spirit derived from its European architectural influences. The custom arched double doors made from solid wood create a refined entry. Arched clerestory windows and doors brighten the formal living and dining rooms. With custom built-ins, hardwood flooring the library makes a nice place for a meeting or to relax. Built-in entertainment center surrounds the stone fireplace and set of French doors to the lanai makes the family gathering area comfortable. A chef’s dream the kitchen has stone flooring and a working island combine function, double ovens, exotic granite, stunning custom cabinetry, and walk-in pantry. The office has large windows allowing for natural sunlight as you work. the office it is well finished with wood ceiling detail and built-in cabinetry. A private romantic master suite has a huge master closet and master bath. Allowing for plenty of privacy the guest suite has a private entrance with a morning bar, walk-in closet, and full bath. Perfect for a fmaily night is the brand new in-home theater. In a true Florida nature entertaining outdoors is a must with a large outdoor living space which features a pool, heated spa, summer kitchen with grill and fridge. This home is selling for $2,995,000.


Athletes, CEO’s, medical professionals and entertainers call Isleworth home and you could too, call Mike Rance today!

If you’re interested in purchasing a residential home in Isleworth in Windemere, Florida, please contact Mike Rance at

To see more residential home listings in Windemere, Florida, please visit Central Florida Homes.

Mike Rance
RE/MAX 200 Realty in Winter Park, Florida
P: 407-629-6330 ext. 255

By: SaJorden Miller/ Mike Rance Realty Team