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Stress-Free Realty

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For the indecisive, deciding where to go for dinner can be a nightmare. Do you want Thai or Italian? Takeout or dine-in? What seems like a simple problem can turn into an endless cycle of “I don’t know. You pick.” And when it comes to bigger decisions — like real estate — that overwhelming feeling of indecisiveness can feel debilitating. Guarantee your Orlando realty process is stress-free with Zen Living Realty.

Be Informed
Three or four bedrooms? One or two stories? Do you need a home office? A nursery? How far are you willing to commute? Do you want to renovate? If you’re unsure of what you want in a home, all of the options can be overwhelming, and your real estate agent can’t read your mind. Before you meet with your real estate agent, take some time to reflect on what you picture in your new home. Consider things such as:

● Number of bedrooms and bathrooms
● One-level or multi-level
● Square footage
● Type of housing (condo, duplex, single-family, etc.)
● Distance to work
● Distance to shopping and expressways
● Distance to places of worship
● Walkability
● School districts
● Neighborhood
● Amount of required maintenance and renovation

Be Flexible
Unless you’re building from scratch, it will be difficult to find your dream home (as much as we all dream of a mid-range, two-story, single-family home that has brand new appliances, minimal maintenance, and just so happens to be a five-minute walk from work). Keep your mind open to new ideas, whether that’s an unconventional floor plan or a few necessary upgrades. Don’t concede on major requirements, but be open to compromise.

Be Patient
If the home buying process is anything, it’s long, and most of that time is spent waiting; waiting for the perfect home to go on the market, waiting for answers, waiting for offers, waiting for mortgages, waiting for paperwork, waiting for surveys. It’s important to remember that this is a long process!

Be One With Your Realtor
When buying a house, your Realtor is your rock. They’re the Alex Trebek to you’re Jeopardy; they simply have all the answers. Your Realtor should work with you, get to know you, and understand what you’re looking for in a house. Zen Living Realty develops a relationship with each client, getting to know your needs and ensuring a smooth and relaxing process.

Be Zen
Throughout this process, it’s important to take some time for you. Grab a coffee, go out to dinner, and relax. Check out some of our favorite spots:

● Orange County Brewing: Brewed in-house, Orange County Brewing is a great place to grab a local beer and play some board games.
● Find Your Zen: Yoga is a great way to channel your inner peace. Attend events such as rooftop yoga at The Balcony or take a Thai and Wine Partner Stretching class.
● Oudom’s Thai and Sushi: From fried rice served in a pineapple to every sushi roll imaginable, Oudom’s is a great place to treat yourself to a mouthwatering meal.

Buying a home is an exciting milestone; it shouldn’t be weighed down by stress. Discover peace in Orlando realty by working with Zen Living Realty. We believe that every person deserves top-notch, personalized service. By building a strong relationship with every client, we can help you find the home of your dreams, stress-free. Give us a call at (407) 499-3919 to speak with a Realtor or visit our website and start your VIP home search or to receive a free home valuation!


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How can I change and be more “Zen”?



What does “Zen” mean? It means to be present, to show up, to be in the moment and in tuned with our inner wisdom. This can be achieved by a daily practice of mindfulness and breath work. Change takes time, but you can start today by simply changing 1 single habit. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.

  • Start by drinking a cup of water
  • Start by paying toward 1 debt
  • Start by reading 1 page
  • Start by making 1 sale
  • Start by deleting 1 old contact
  • Start by walking 1 lap
  • Start by attending 1 event
  • Start by writing 1 paragraph


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Arts & Culture in Orlando!

dr phillipsAccording to Wikipedia “culture” is a word for the ‘way of life’ of groups of people, meaning the way they do things. On the other hand the word “Art” is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts (artworks), expressing the author’s imaginative, conceptual ideas, or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power.”

Orlando is no stranger to neither culture & arts. In fact, the City Beautiful’ s growth in population over the last decade have shaped the lifestyle of many of us living here!

Allow me to share with you just a few of the best cultural and artistic venues for you to enjoy with your love ones:

  • Dr. P. Phillips Orlando Center for the Performing Arts: A state-of-the-art center for the performing arts is a top destination for world-class arts, culture, and entertainment.
  • Harry P. Leu Gardens : These show gardens in Orlando include large camellia and rose collections, palms and bamboos, and a tropical stream garden.
  • Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra: Orlando is home to one of the top orchestras in the state.
  • Orange County Regional History Center: The Orange County Regional History Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and explores 12,000 years of the area’s rich history with interactive exhibits, artifacts, archives and special shows.
    Snap! Orlando . A contemporary art organization with two galleries and over 100 exhibited international photographers & multimedia artists.
  • Loch Haven Park: Known as the cultural corridor of Orlando, Loch Haven Park is located on Mills Avenue and Princeton Street. Loch Haven Park is home to:1. Orlando Science Center: Home to exciting, hands-on exhibits, amazing giant-screen movies, and engaging live programming, Orlando Science Center is a place where visitors can explore and discover science and technology together.
    2.  Orlando Ballet
    3. Orlando Shakespeare Theater
    4. Orlando Repertory Theater
    5. Orlando Museum of Art
    6. Mennello Museum of American Art
    7. Orlando Garden Club
  • Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens: The Polasek is on the National Register of Historic Places features over 200 works by Florida Artist Hall of Fame sculptor Albin Polasek, N.A.
  • Bach Festival Society of Winter Park: Featuring the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra – at Rollins College since 1935 the third-oldest continuously operating Bach Festival in the United States.
  • The Morse Museum: The museum is internationally known for the most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
  • Enzian Theater: Central Florida’s only full-time, non-for-profit alternative cinema & home to the Florida Film Festival & Eden Bar.
  • The Florida Film Festival: An Oscar®-qualifying festival, premiering the best in current, independent and international cinema.
  • Osceola Center for the Arts: The Center hosts five art exhibits in their gallery and produces a two-day art festival in downtown Kissimmee.

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First Responders Special Program!

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Hello friends!

I hope you are having an amazing day!

I wanted to share an exclusive new program I am launching that helps the brave men and women known as “First Responders” get into a home of their dreams. The First Responders Appreciation Program saves them $1,000 cash at closing and gets them a free 1-year home warranty! It’s the least I can do to thank them for everything they do.

Who is eligible?

If you have a friend or relative who is looking for a home, and works for the police, is a firefighter, government law enforcement, EMT, nurse or doctor, then let them know we have a specialty program just for them.

What should they do first?

If they have questions, you know I am always here to help. They can call or text my cell at 407-620-6221 or email me directly at

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Our Community Matters

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Since 2009, I’ve had the honor to actively collaborating at several first time home buyer education seminars sponsored by the “Housing and Neighborhood Development Services of Central Florida, Inc. (HANDS)”. HANDS is a private not-for-profit housing corporation serving our local community since 1989 and whose mission is to provide and increase the supply of affordable housing opportunities for the residents of Central Florida.

Some of the services that HANDS of Central Florida offers include:

  • Household Credit and Budget Analysis for Renters or Homeowners
  • Foreclosure Prevention
  • Reverse Mortgage counseling and information
  • Tenant/Landlord counseling for renters
  • City and County Down Payment Assistance Education

And  most of these services are free of charge!

After 10 years of involvement, I have been officially appointed as a new member of the Board of Directors for HANDS of Central Florida. This is my way of giving back some of the opportunities Life (or the Universe) has giving me and for that I am very grateful! As one of my favorite spiritual teachers once said: “It is in giving that we receive” (San Francis of Assisi).

Looking forward to a great 2019! Cheers!

To learn more about HANDS or register for a seminar, visit their website at: HANDS of Central Florida Website

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Do you think you know it all about Orlando? Think twice!

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Is Disney World the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of ORLANDO? If, so then you must read this!

Orlando is a place that is growing and changing in all the best ways! Let me share with you some of coolest facts about our City Beautiful:

  • 3rd most competitive U.S. location for business (KPMG, 2014)
  • 2nd fastest growing major metro in the U.S. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2013)
  • Top 10 “American city of the future” (Foreign Direct Investment (fDi) Magazine, 2015)
  • #5 leading metro in job creation (Gallup, 2015)
  • Friendliest Florida city for small business (Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation & Thumbtack, 2014)
  • 4th happiest place to work in the nation (Forbes, 2014)
  • More than 500,000 students within a 100 mile radius
  • Top 10 state for talent pipeline (U.S. Chamber of Commerce Enterprising States, 2014)
  • Home to 35 post-secondary institutions including:
    • University of Central Florida | 2nd largest university in the U.S. | Ranked by IEEE among the top universities in the world for the number of patents awarded;
    • Full Sail University | Recipient of Apple’s “Innovators in Education” Award;
    • Rollins College | #1 MBA program in the state (Forbes, 2014);
    • Seminole State College of Florida | #1 college system in Florida – RN Graduate Licensures;
    • Valencia College | #1 community college in the nation (Aspen Institute); and
    • Lake-Sumter State College | voted national learning center of the year (National College Learning Center Association, 2012).
  • Top 10 large city in the U.S. for infrastructure (Foreign Direct Investment (fDi) Magazine, 2015)
  • Orlando International Airport: 5th best airport in America (Travel + Leisure, 2014)
  • SunRail and Interstate 4 Improvements – largest public works project in Florida’s history
  • Home to the 7th largest research park in the U.S. by number of employees (Central Florida Research Park)
  • Home to the world’s leading software developer – Electronic Arts Tiburon (EA Games) and other powerhouse companies including Oracle and Golf Channel
  • Headquarters of numerous international corporations including American Automobile Association (AAA), Tupperware Brands Corporation and Darden Restaurants, Inc.

WATCH: “Orlando. You don’t know half of it.” VIDEO HERE!

If you are considering finding your new home, buy an investment property (rentals are SUPER HOT in Orlando right now!) or sell your home, contact your favorite Realtor (ME!!!) for a free consultation!