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Market Pulse January 2020

January marked a second consecutive month of double-digit year-over-year sales increases. Sales improved by more than 16 percent compared to January 2019, while the median price experienced an 8 percent increase. However, the numbers of homes available for purchase in Orlando dropped by nearly 15 percent.

Certified Senior Housing Professional in Orlando, Florida

A little about myself and my Real Estate Business.

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Mike Flahaven
EXP Realty

I am a Certified Senior Housing Professional in Orlando, Florida area.

This includes me touring and building relationships with Independent, Assisted and CCRC communities in Orange, Osceola, Lake & Seminole Counties of Central Florida.  I also have a lengthy list of Resources that I have personally interviewed as a referral base for Seniors and their Caretakers whenever the time comes for the Senior to age in place, which is why I’m your certified senior housing professional.

My motivation is that I will be: Providing Seniors the Respect and Dignity they deserve by becoming a Trusted Resource Ally for them & their Caretakers here in the Orlando area!

As a certified senior housing professional in Orlando, my blog shares information about Senior Communities and Resources in all 4 counties. The blogs are archived on my website. I also write about current events that happen or take place during the year that I feel is pertinent content relating to Seniors and Active Adults.

Also, on my certified senior housing professional in Orlando website, I have a section that’s devoted to Active Adult Communities ( 55+ and over )  mostly in the Lake, Osceola and Seminole Counties of Central Florida. There are plenty to choose from in sunny Florida.

I am excited to serve as a certified senior housing professional in Orlando, with Helping Seniors age in place. Seniors are a vulnerable group targeted by scam artists and I want them to know what I have been building and about my trusted relationships with Professionals who have the same passion.

I look forward to answering any questions or concerns that you might have concerning Seniors, Active Adults and Referral Business. I am your TRUSTED Certified Senior Housing Professional and adviser in Central Florida!

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Police Warn on Abbreviating 2020 Dates on Signatures

Police warn that abbreviating 2020 on legal documents could lead to fraud originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

The police department of a small community in Penobscot County, Maine, on New Year’s Day provided residents with a tip to help against scammers that’s since gone viral.

The East Millinocket Police Department posted on the organization’s Facebook page that people shouldn’t abbreviate the year 2020 on legal or professional documents because it could lead to fraud.

“When signing and dating legal documents, do not use 20 as the year 2020. March 3rd, 2020 being written as 3/3/20 could be modified to 3/3/2017 or 3/3/2018. Protect yourself. Do not abbreviate 2020,” according to the police department’s Facebook post of a meme credited to George E. Moore Law Office, LLC.

Moore posted the meme about 30 minutes before the police department re-posted it. The meme had been shared almost 50,000 times as of Friday afternoon, and the police department’s re-post had been shared more than 5,000 times.

The post by police received almost 200 comments, with mixed responses.

“Gonna call BS on this one unfortunately. Should we not have used ’19’ for the entirety of last year: eg 3/3/19 because someone could alter it to ‘3/3/1991’ (92, 93, 94, through 1998)? Sorry. Sounds like fear mongering here,” wrote Evan Scott Reyne.

(MORE: What to Know About Scams on Job Search Websites)

“Changing 19 to 1999 isn’t the same as changing something from 20 to 2019 or 2021. I know there are a lot of ‘experts’ commenting here but there are also a lot of scammers waiting for an opportunity like this,” wrote Michelle Jones.

PHOTO: A person fills in the date on a document requiring a signature. (STOCK PHOTO/Getty Images)
PHOTO: A person fills in the date on a document requiring a signature. (STOCK PHOTO/Getty Images)

On Friday, the police department updated the post for clarification, writing: “Please understand that we handle scam and fraud calls on a regular basis so we try to provide our small community with tips to avoid potential problems. Of course we understand that all dates can be altered. Criminals are always looking for ways to take advantage of people. This meme provided a tip that we felt has some validity so this is why we shared it. It is not intended as legal advice or a warning, only as a cautionary tip to consider.”

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Celebrate 2020 in Orlando at These Events!

It’s hard to believe the new year is almost year. It’s even harder to believe we are going into a new decade! We certainly are the history-makers of this century so let’s celebrate! Orlando has so many events to ring in the momentous new year in style.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best we’ve found.

Orlando New Year’s Eve Festivities

The Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve 2020 @ EVE Orlando Downtown

December 31, 2019, 9:00 PM – January 1, 2020, 2:30 AM

EVE Orlando
110 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL

From Eventbrite.com: IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN TO DUST OFF YOUR DANCING SHOES FOR THE GREAT GATSBY NYE 2020 AT EVE ORLANDO! Put on your fanciest suits and your glitziest gowns for a night of cocktails, dancing and…

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Light Up I-Drive: New Years Eve Edition at ICON Park

December 31, 2019, 7 PM – January 1, 2020, 2 AM

ICON Park™
8375 International Dr, Orlando, FL

From Eventbrite.com: Orlando’s can’t-miss New Year’s Eve Party. Free park entry, live entertainment, incredible attractions, and VIP package offerings. Read more Read less About this Event The countdown to 2020 will…

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One80 Skytop Lounge NYE Party 2020 | Roaring 20’s | Downtown Orlando Firework 

December 31, 2019, 9 PM – January 1, 2020, 2 AM

One80 Skytop Lounge
400 W Church St, Orlando, FL

From Eventbrite.com: “Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald Time to trade in the City Beautiful for a night in the past! Relive the excitement and flair from the Roaring 20’s and Ring in…

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New Year’s Eve Party on the Piazza 2019 in Orlando

Tuesday, December 31, 8:30 PM

Orlando, FL

From Eventful.com: New Year’s Eve Party on the Piazza 2019 NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY ON THE PIAZZA Join us for a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration on the outdoor piazza at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal…

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Orlando New Year’s Eve Celebrations

New Year’s Eve at Old Town

More Info Directions December 31 st, 7 PM – Jan 1, 2020, 7 PM

OLD TOWN KISSIMMEE
5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL

From 407area.com: Ring in the new year at Old Town.

The day long festivities for all ages include live music, entertainment, a car show, and activities. View more


Swing in the New Year at Topgolf

Dec 31, 2019, 9 PM – Jan 1, 2020, 9 PM

Topgolf
9295 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL

From Mycentralfloridafamily.com: Topgolf is celebrating the arrival of 2020 by throwing one of our biggest parties of the year. Enjoy live entertainment, a chef-inspired menu and an unforgettable midnight celebration. Upgrade to…View moreInformation and

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New Year’s Eve Street Party at Sunset Walk

Dec 31, 2019, 7 PM – Jan 1, 2020, 7 PM

Sunset Walk at Margaritaville Resort Orlando
3251 Margaritaville Blvd, Kissimmee, FL

From Mycentralfloridafamily.com: Sunset Walk, Central Florida’s newest hotspot for dining and entertainment is celebrating New Year\’s Eve with a FREE CONCERT starring the Wailers. Bob Marley & the Wailers are an internationally…

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Lake Mary New Years Eve Block Party 2020


Dec 31, 2019, 8 PM – Jan 1, 2020, 8 PM

Liam Fitzpatrick’s Irish Restaurant
Market Promenade Ave, Lake Mary, FL

From Americanhappyhour.com: The Lake Mary New Years Eve Block Party has become the place to be in North Orlando for New Years Eve! 2020 Lake Mary New Years Eve Block party is bigger and better then ever. Including 3 venues…

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December Newsletter

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Scam Alert Targeting Veterans

Scam alert from Daniel Webster — House of Representatives–Winter Garden


SCAM ALERT! My office received word last week of a scam targeting our veterans.

Using sophisticated technology, scammers are generating calls that appear as “Department of Veterans Affairs, 1-800-827-1000” on individuals’ caller ID systems. These scammers claim to be calling from “veterans services” and say they’re calling to confirm personal information of the veteran for benefit purposes. 

They may also leave a voicemail saying something like this:

“Your VA profile was flagged for two potential benefits due to the changes in the VA program. These are time sensitive entitlements. Please call us back at your earliest convenience.”

DO NOT call these individuals back or provide ANY personal identifiable information over the phone. Instead, HANG UP immediately, contact law enforcement at a non-emergency number to report the scam, and file a complaint with the FCC at consumercomplaints.fcc.gov.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 352-241-9220.  

Daniel Webster — House of Representatives–Winter Garden


Do you know of any scams targeting seniors, veterans, or disabled folk in the Orlando Area? Please contact Michael Flahaven here.

Welcome Orlando's 2019 Holiday Season

Welcome Orlando’s 2019 Holiday Season with These Festive Events

Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art “Merry and Bright” Holiday Celebration

Sat, Nov 23, 10 AM – 5 PM

Orlando Museum of Art
2416 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL

From Orlandosentinel.com:  Celebrate the season of “Merry and Bright” with Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art. For the 33rd year the Festival of Trees, put on by Council of 101, will be benefiting the Orlando…View more

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Light Up UCF

Sat, Nov 23, 12:00 – 11:59 PM

TomorrowAddition Arena
12777 Gemini Blvd N, Orlando, FL

From Mycentralfloridafamily.com: Get swept up in holiday cheer at Addition Financial Arena (formerly CFE Arena) and the University of Central Florida with the annual holiday festival, Light Up UCF. Produced by UCF Convocation…View more

Information and Tickets

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Dinos in Lights Begins

Sat, Nov 23, 11 AM – 4 PM

Orlando Science Center
777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL

From Osc.org: Add some sparkle to the holiday season and see some of your favorite creatures from the Cretaceous in a whole new light with the festive Dinos In Lights show at Orlando Science Center! Join STAN…View more

Information and Tickets

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Vintage Holiday Market

Sun, Nov 24, 2 PM

100 S Eola Dr, Orlando, FL

From Abbeyorlando.com: Please save the date Vintage Holiday Market at The Abbey, a fun day of local vendors for your shopping pleasure, food trucks, and lovely libations! Vendor Application…View more

Information and Tickets

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Disney Junior Holiday Party

Sun, Nov 24, 3:00 – 11:59 PMIn

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL

From Drphillipscenter.org: A dazzling musical wonderland where children and their families can sing and dance along to their favorite Disney Junior songs plus holiday classics with their favorite Disney friends, including…View more

Information and Tickets

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Santa Photo Experience at The Mall at Millenia

Sun, Nov 24, 11 AM – 7 PMIn

The Mall at Millenia
4200 Conroy Rd, Orlando, FL

From Aarp.org: Visit with the same Santa you have known and loved for more than 10 years.For specific details call our Concierge Desk 407-363-3555.Meet Santa at HollyvilleView more

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Sensory Friendly Santa Experience

Sun, Nov 24, 9 – 11 AM

Orlando, FL

From Mommypoppins.com:  Special needs families can visit with Santa in a private setting for a more personal interaction before the mall opens to the public. There will also be special activities and entertainment…View more

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Orlando REPs Holiday Family Celebration

Sun, Nov 24, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Orlando Repertory Theatre

Sun, Nov 24, 3:30 – 5:00 PMIn

Orlando Repertory Theatre
1001 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL
From Mycentralfloridafamily.com: Orlando REP’s 7th Annual Holiday Celebration Join us for Orlando REP’s 7th Annual Holiday Celebration. Enjoy holiday treats, an exclusive multi-item chance drawing, photos with Santa, and a…View more

Information and Tickets

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2019 Veteran’s Day Events in Orlando

Nov. 8 Winter Park Vets Day

Hosted by VFW Post 2093 Community Band
Playing from 9am – 11am

This 25+ year old band is organized to support VFW Post 2093 in Orlando and is dedicated to entertaining and supporting veterans and the local community.


Nov. 9 Veterans Golf Tournament

Veteran's Golf Tournament in Orlando

Nov. 9 City of Orlando Veterans Day Parade

VETERANS DAY PARADE

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and his Veterans Advisory Council will host the 20th annual City of Orlando Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 9, 2019 to honor the courageous men and women of the armed forces who have fought for our nation’s freedoms.

This year’s theme will honor WWII veterans, with the parade’s five Grand Marshals all having served during WWII.



Nov. 9 Lake Nona Veterans Day Parade


NOV 10 ALLEY ROCK for FOOD

GET READY for the 2nd Annual ROCK for FOOD Music Festival. Big block party on the streets in front of the Alley and Fuel BBQ.

This year we are honoring Soldier’s Angels(www.soldiersangels.org) for the annual food drive. Soldier’s Angels helps local Veterans receive food items on an as needed basis. They help between 200-250 families each month.

LIVE MUSIC with Crashrocket, Sound Theory, My Generation and Rockit Fly!

The Concert is FREE, please bring non-perishable items to donate. We will be accepting donations inside the Alley beginning Nov 1, 2019

Last year we collected over 3700 lbs of food to be donated to families in need. Let’s make this year even better!

There are 10 x 10 vendor spots available for $30.00. We also have Supporter Packages to assist with the production of this event. You can contact Nicole Henry at nicoleobrienphotographer@gmail.com

Keep an eye on the event as more details and sponsors are announced. Click here to get to the site we found this on (407area.com). Thanks for sharing the great info about an awesome fundraiser!

ALLEY ROCK for FOOD Sanford Music Festival - Nov 10, 2019


Nov. 11 Veterans Day Wreath Ceremony

Mon, Nov 11, 1 – 2 PM

Orlando Science Center
777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL

From Osc.org: In honor of Veterans Day, Orlando Science Center will host a wreath laying ceremony at the Red Tails Monument made possible by Lockheed Martin an in partnership with Vision of Flight. The ceremony.

www.osc.org/veterans/

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Orlando Library Celebrates Veterans

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