Thursday, February 28, 2013

Where can I find some of the best schools in Central Florida for special needs children?

There are several in the Orlando area that may fit your needs and interviewing with the schools is always best to ensure the development needs as well as what you expect personally from the school such as compassion and patience. 

Here are a couple to reach out to: 
Conductive Education Center of Orlando (CECO) 
3377 Forsyth Road, Winter Park, FL 
Phone: (407) 671-4687 

Providence Academy 
7605 Conroy-Windermere Road 
Orlando, FL 32819 
Phone: (407) 298-8699 

If looking for a Christian alternative: 
First Hope at The First Academy 
2667 Bruton Blvd, Orlando, FL 
Phone: (407) 206-8801 

If you'd like a list of more shcools that are specific to your childs needs and areas that may fit your criteria, please feel free to call or email -

Can a foreign national obtain a loan in the US to purchase a vacation home?

     Yes you can!  There are more lenders today working with foreign nationals than even a year ago.  With recovery of the housing market, several lenders have opened up to this market.  

      The pre-approval process is fairly simplistic.  Your pre-app is valid for 30-days, as time sensitive material a contract would need to quickly follow. The challenge begins when the lender begins asking for documents for the loan commitment. This happens once you are under contract for a home.  However, it's best to know some of the requirements before hand for a smoother transition and quicker commitment.

      Working closely with the loan officer and obtaining documents necessary prior to having a home in place is a proactive strategy.  There are requirements which vary from lender and also vary depending on what country you reside in.   The credit check in the United States is different than other countries and the US does not recognize foreign credit reports so the information has to come from the creditors themselves which you provide to the loan officer.  Some lenders require you open a checking account with the local branch, you may also be required to be physically at the closing table.  Some lenders will grant power of attorney so that you may assign some one local to handle the closing on your behalf.  For more information or if you're looking for a lender for a home in Florida, please email Cathy Starkweather.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Bahama Bay I Sand Beach

What's The Story Behind the Bahama Bay ll condos in Davenport, Florida?

There's pending litigation with Bahama Bay II.  It's in a holding pattern at this time.  Bahama Bay II would like ingress/egress via Bahama Bay I and the Bahama Bay I HOA is adamant that Bahama Bay II guests WILL NOT use the facilities of Bahama Bay I. As you can see the pictures in this blog offer some wonderful amenities with Bahama Bay I, not Bahama Bay II.

The lender sold Bahama Bay II to an investment group who is now renting some units long-term.  The units for sale seem to be those on Calypso Court, which is the street lacking access other than via Bahama Bay.  Bahama Bay II is not for the novice investor or an investor not willing to take a risk.  

For more info on Bahama Bay II and what is going on, click hereor email 
Cathy Starkweather, Realtor & Vacation Home Specialist, LaRosa Realty.

There are terrific property prices in Bahama Bay I and you'll be assured to have full use of the amenities.