Topgolf Orlando will finally open next week

 

 

 

Topgolf Orlando, the driving range-arcade-restaurant-bar hybrid, will finally open its 65,000-square-foot complex next week.

The company confirmed to Orlando Weekly that they will open Friday, Oct. 20. Topgolf won’t be taking reservations for large groups until Oct. 30.
For the unfamiliar, Topgolf is basically a three-floor modern driving range that allows guests to smack microchipped golf balls at targets, while relaxing in a full-service booth area. So, in a way, it’s the best parts of golf and the best parts of staying in the clubhouse.

Topgolf is located at 9295 Universal Blvd., next to Andretti Indoor Karting & Games.

Central Florida Foodie Events For October 2017

October 2017 is an exciting month for Central Florida foodies, with special dinners and food festivals happening all month long. In addition to the extension of Visit ’s Magical Dining Month, many places are celebrating Oktoberfest and National Taco Day, as well. Here are some of the great food and drink events you might want to check out:

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot, Walt Disney World This annual event offers a literal dine around the world experience with kiosks representing different countries offer up native food and beverage samples. Samples run from $3 to $8 on average, in addition to park admission. Read our Epcot Food & Wine preview for more information.

OCTOBER 16 Bubbly & Cabernet at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Winter Park oct 16 Cost: $45 per person for Members/ $55 per person for Non-Members Hosted by Women for Winesense Central , this tasting of exceptional wines will be paired paired with some of the group’s favorite hors d’oeuvres from Ruth’s Chris chefs.

OCTOBER 17 Food For Thought Tour at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Orlando Cost: Free During this one-hour information session you will learn more about who is hungry in our community and then take a walking tour of the food bank to see how they operate. A light lunch follows, prepared by the Second Harvest kitchen. It is free to attend, and good for the soul.

Port & Chocolate Tasting at Texas de Brazil, Orlando Cost: $45 Start off the evening with the Port of Manhattan Martini and signature Texas de Brazil appetizers followed by special pairings of the Taylor Fladgate family and chocolate. This special event will be led by port and chocolate representatives, so be ready for an evening of enjoyment and education. Texas de Brazil will be donating $40 for each ticket sold to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Relief Efforts.

OCTOBER 18 Chef’s Night Series feat. Primetime Kitchen at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Orlando Cost: $100 Chef Jim Colbert will cook the main dish, accompanied by notable local chefs, Tello Luna (Harrys Poolside Bar & Grill), Bruno Fonseca (Millenia 106) & Bryan Thoman (Canvas Restaurant & Market).

OCTOBER 19 Orlandough Flight Night at Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream, Orlando Cost: $17 per ice cream/doughnut flight. Flights will include four mini ice cream sandwiches of different flavor combos.

OCTOBER 20 Crafted & Bold City Brewery Beer Dinner at CRAFTED, Orlando Cost: $34.95 Featuring 4 courses & 5 different beer selections. Bold City representatives & Crafted Chef Adam Dierks will be on-hand to help educate & inform throughout the evening.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Signature Dining at STK Orlando at Disney Springs Cost: $75 Join Master Sommelier George Miliotes of Wine Bar George for a wine party on STK’s rooftop featuring pairings, with varietals such as Saperavi from Georgia and Macvin du Jura from France. Visit disneyworld.com for more information and reservations. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Signature Dining at Tiffins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Cost: $199 Enjoy Asian cuisine while listening to the Dr. Jason Crane speak about the Siberian Crane Conservation project he supports in Asia.. Visit disneyworld.com for more information and reservations.

Harry’s Brewmaster Series feat Funky Buddha at Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill at Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando Cost: $55 Enjoy a 5-course seafood dinner plus Funky Buddha beer pairings. Complimentary valet and self-parking included. Visit the rosencentre.com for tickets and more info.

Jake’s Beer Festival at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Cost: $35 – $45 Jake’s Beer Festival happens only twice each year and features more than 50 local and regional specialty craft beers, delicious and tasty foods, live entertainment and more.

Pink Out. Dine Out. Rock Out at The Mall at Millenia, Orlando Cost: $20 donation With a donation of $20, sample food and signature drinks from your favorite Mall at Millenia restaurants. Proceeds benefit the Florida Hospital Breast Cancer Care Fund.

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: Perfectly Paired at East End Market, Orlando Cost: $45 Learn how to pair wine, cheese, and chocolate together at this popular class featuring cheese from La Femme du Fromage, wine from Quantam Leap, and chocolate from Peterbrooke Chocolatier. A percentage of the proceeds will go to Hurricane Irma Relief. It’s also La Femme’s Anniversary so she is hosting a pre-class pop up in the courtyard from 5- 6:30pm with Happy Hour pricing on wine, beer, sangria and small plates.

OCTOBER 20-22 3rd Annual Crooked Can Oktoberfest at Crooked Can Brewing Company, Winter Garden Cost: Free admission and parking Enjoy three days of authentic German food and drink for purchase, live German music, arts, and crafts, and more.

OCTOBER 21 Oktoberfest at PB&G at Four Seasons Resort Orlando Cost: $75; 21+ only Enjoy Crooked Can’s Oktoberfest Brew and other classic German brews, plus housemade pretzels, sauerbraten sliders, wiener schnitzel and other German food, along with live German music, and more.

Taste of Nona 2017 at Courtyard by Marriott Lake Nona, Orlando Cost: $40 This year’s Taste will feature more than two dozen fantastic local restaurants, dessert makers, and catering services.

Third Annual TAPtoberfest at The Brass Tap – Mills Park, Orlando Cost: Free admission. Featuring German and German-inspired beers on tap, get ready for stein hoisting, boot chugging, and more.

OCTOBER 22 Orlando Weekly Oktoberfest Collaboration Tapping Party at Broken Cauldron Taproom, Orlando Cost: Free admission Treehouse Truck will be on site serving a German inspired menu and the Orlando Weekly will have special prizes and giveaways! $4 Pints of OBF Oktoberfest all night long.

Pastry in the Park at The Osprey Tavern, Orlando Cost: $65 per person; $20 additional for beverage pairing Enjoy a 7-course dessert tasting by some of Orlando’s top pastry chefs: Chef Amanda McFall (Urbain 40), Chef Esther Rodriguez (The Ravenous Pig), Chef Gloriann Rivera (1921 by Norman Van Aken), Chef Michelle Hulbert (K Restaurant), Chef Amy Gilbert (Canvas Restaurant), Chef Brian Cernell (Luma On Park/Prato/Luke’s), and Chef Kristy Carlucci (The Osprey Tavern/Seito Sushi/Reyes Mezcaleria).

OCTOBER 26 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Signature Dining at Flying Fish at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort Cost: $199 Savor an Evening of Culinary Treasures and Jewels of the Vineyard With Chef Tim Majoras and Master Sommelier George Miliotes of Wine Bar George.

]Homestead Harvest at Whisper Creek Farm at The Ritz-Carlton at Grande Lakes, Orlando Cost: $135 per person; VIP $160 The Highball & Harvest team will be joined by Bravo’s Top Chef star Kenny Gilbert from Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen and Gilbert’s Social. Local talent including Kathleen Blake of The Rusty Spoon, James Petrakis of The Ravenous Pig, Kevin Fonzo previously of K Restaurant, Austin Boyd of The Osprey Tavern, and many more, will also be cooking up bites at the event. The one-night-only food and beverage event will benefit Fleet Farming.

OCTOBER 27 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Signature Dining at Chef’s Table at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Cost: $259 The evening begins with an innovative reception and champagne toast in the Catering Kitchen before progressing through a secret entrance to the Chef’s Table. Here, you’ll enjoy 6 courses, all presented and finished on-stage and accompanied by an outstanding wine selection.

OCTOBER 27– 28 8th Annual Food and Wine Classic at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Cost: $115; add beer garden access for $25; seminars additional This delicious annual festival offers up food from the resort’s culinary team and restaurants. Add on access to the beer garden for an additional cost. You can also enlighten your knowledge of food and beverage with seminars each day including wines, cocktails, beer, pasta-making, cheese pairing or the fine art of sushi and sake for an additional charge per seminar.

OCTOBER 28 Central Florida Veg Fest 2017 at Festival Park, Orlando Cost: Free admission The event will include healthy living and eco-friendly exhibitors, speakers, and presentations; non-profits; fun and games for kids; dog and cat adoptions; restaurant booths; food preparation demonstrations, and live music and entertainment.

OCTOBER 29 Sunday Bubbles Brunch with J Vineyards and Winery at Il Mulino New York Trattoria at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Cost: $88.50; three seatings This lavish brunch will feature traditional and not-so-traditional items prepared by our award-winning Chefs. One glass of champagne or specialty mimosa will be included in the menu price, along with the option to upgrade to bottomless champagne and mimosas at the time of seating. Visit swandolphinfoodandwineclassic.com

New Art Programs at Nemours Let’s Patients Feel Like Kids Again

When children are put in the hospital there is an overwhelming list of concerns, one being if the child will have a chance to play like a child again. Nemours Children’s’ Hospital of Orlando is giving their young patients more opportunities to play like a kid with their partnership with local art museums.

Since the beginning of 2013, Nemours has partnered with Orlando Museum of Art, Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens and The Mennello Museum of American Art, to bring different programs to patients, according to Josh Wilson, senior manager of public and community relations at Nemours. Each Orlando museum offers something different to the patients.

The Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) is known as a home for local storytellers and performers. Nemours partnered with this museum to bring one of the oldest forms of art to the young patients four times a year.

Not only do the storytellers perform enchanting stories, they also bring supplies to help the kids create something based on the story. The hospital staff plans to display this unique in an illustrator’s gallery. OMA provides museum tickets for patients as well.

Morse Museum comes four times a year to provide art and educational events. They also let Nemours patients tour the museums with their families at no charge.

The Albin Polasek Museum donated “Elizabeth,” a gorgeous bronze statue of a six-year-old girl created by Albin Polasek after he had a stroke and was paralyzed on one side of his body. The statue serves to inspire someone of what they can accomplish even after dealing with difficult medical issues.

The Mennello Museum of American Art provides Nemours with a rotating gallery of folk art that hangs in the hospital.

Though these partnerships are relatively new, Jill Mondry, director of volunteer services at Nemours, started the art therapy program there five years ago. The program provides patients with an art therapist that comes to the hospital twice a week and works one-on-one with the patients.

“What research has found and what we see is that this is one way for children to express themselves,” said Mondry, who has been with the hospital for seven years. “Often children can’t express what is happening to them or what is going on in their world when they have a serious illness. But they can express things in art.“

Mondry has seen the children’s paintings reflect a variety of things such as how they were feeling that day, a place they wanted to go after they were done with chemotherapy or a happier time in their life that they are remembering.

These art programs all fall under the role of the Child Life Department, a vital department in any children’s hospital, according the Mondry.

“We know when children are hospitalized that they still need play, they still need to be a kid. Child Life is responsible for making sure that they can continue that experience even if they are hospitalized,” said Mondry.

This department sets up all the different events children can participate in, but they also play a key role in explaining to the child what is going on with their health.

“The parents, doctors and nurses may be talking about something that goes way over the child’s head, said Mondry. “The child life specialist is trained to talk to the child in a way that the child can understand.“

Mondry said that the art programs are beneficial for not only the children, but the parents and hospital staff as well.

“I think that it is very healing for the entire family. For some it’s a memory of the child,” said Mondry. I think its great for the staff for the children to see that they are doing something all kids like to do. They don’t seem sick when they are doing art.”

DINER EN BLANC RETURNS TO ORLANDO ON NOVEMBER 10TH 2017

 

Can you believe it’s already been a whole year since the very first Le Dîner en Blanc – ? Get ready to toast the city for the second time! As per the tradition, this season’s spectacular culinary event will take place in a new secret location. We can’t tell you where, but we can tell you when…

Save the Date! Friday, November 10, 2017

 

 

 

 

Register at https://orlando.dinerenblanc.com/register

Last year, was a beautiful inaugural event at with over 1000 elegant guests.

Lake Nona Social has partnered with Le Dîner en Blanc Orlando again this year.

We will be giving out Invites to this year’s event. Make sure to download the Lake Nona Social App to be notified when.

MICHAEL PHELPS TO ENDORSE LAKE NONA LAGOON BUILDER

Michael Phelp has signed a deal to become an ambassador for Crystal Lagoons, the builder of the upcoming mega lagoon which will be apart of a new Lake Nona Resort.

As an ambassador, the 28-time Olympic medalist will help bring awareness to Crystal Lagoons goal. Which is to bring swimming and water sports activities to communities around the world via Crystal Lagoons’ industry-leading technology that transforms ordinary landscapes into majestic crystal clear lagoons.

Earlier this year, Crystal Lagoons signed a deal with Tavistock Development Co. LLC to build an 11-acre mega lagoon at a new resort planned near Lake Nona’s U.S. Tennis Association National Campus located in Lake Nona.

Mortgage Credit Risk Increased in Q2 2017

Housing Credit Insights Trends Through Q2 2017

The CoreLogic Housing Credit Index is a robust credit index that measures mortgage credit risk using six mortgage credit attributes. The HCI spans more than 15 years, covers all loan products in both the prime and subprime lending segments and includes all 50 states and the District of Columbia, permitting peak to trough business cycle comparisons across the U.S.

The CoreLogic Housing Credit Index (HCI) measures the variation in mortgage credit risk attributes and uses loan attributes from mortgage loan servicing data that are combined in a principal component analysis (PCA) model. PCA can be used to reduce a complex data set (e.g., mortgage loan characteristics) to a lower dimension to reveal properties that underlie the data set.

 

The HCI combines six mortgage credit risk attributes, including borrower credit score, loan-to-value (LTV) ratio, debt-to-income (DTI) ratio, documentation level (full documentation of a borrower’s economic conditions or incomplete levels of documentation, including no documentation), status of investor-owned (whether property is a non-owner-occupied investment or owner-occupied primary residence and second home), and property type (whether property is a condominium or co-op). It spans more than 15 years, covers all loan products in both the prime and subprime lending segments and includes all 50 states and the District of Columbia, permitting peak-to-peak and trough-to-trough business cycle comparisons across the U.S. The CoreLogic Loan-Level Market Analytics data include loan-level information, both current and historical, from servicers on active first-lien mortgages in the U.S. and the Non-Agency Residential Mortgage Backed Securities (RMBS) data include loan-level information from the securitizers. In addition, CoreLogic public records data for the origination share by loan type (conventional conforming, government, jumbo) were used to adjust the combined servicing and securities data to assure that it reflects primary market shares. These changes across different dimensions are reflected in the HCI. A rising HCI indicates increasing credit risk and a declining HCI indicates decreasing credit risk.

Orlando Eye developer submits plans for luxury lakefront homes

A well-known developer is moving forward with plans to put 13 multimillion-dollar on the last large developable land tract off the Butler Chain of Lakes.

Unicorp National Developments Inc. on Sept. 12 filed a preliminary subdivision plan in Orange County to build a 13-lot single-family development on 16.59 acres of The Hubbard Estate.

The development would be inside Arnold Palmer‘s Bay Hill community just west of the golf course on the shores of Lake Tibet in Orange County, Orlando Business Journal previously reported.

Unicorp has selected a couple of builders, including Jones Clayton Construction Inc., which provided renderings of the first speculation home that will be built in the neighborhood at 9000 Hubbard Place. A name for the subdivision has not been finalized yet.

Unicorp President Chuck Whittall previously told Orlando Business Journal the home prices would range from $5 million-$15 million.

The owners of The Hubbard Estate — the 2012 Hubbard Family Trust — authorized on June 13 Orlando-based Bio-Tech Consulting Inc. to make a conservation area determination on behalf of Unicorp, OBJ previously reported.

Jones Clayton Construction was not immediately available for comment.

Unicorp is the developer behind the I-Drive 360, Westside Shoppes, the Starflyer under construction on International Drive, and a host of other projects.

Fall Adult Tennis Programs at the USTA National Campus

Adult Programs

Our Adult Programs offer something for all levels of play and experience. Just starting out? Try our Play Tennis Fast or Tennis 101 program. Played before? Tune up your game with our singles and doubles specific training sessions. You’ll practice the best shot selection and patterns of play in a game-based format. Our programs aim to give you a great workout too! Look for our Cardio Tennis and Live-Ball programs for non-stop action.

Generally our adult programs will be offered on our Har-Tru (clay) courts. Occasionally an event conflict will move a program to the state of the art, Plexicushion courts. Our Adult and Adult/Child programs on the Family Zone courts offer the opportunity for families to enjoy the great sport of tennis together.

To meet your busy schedule most classes are offered as a daily drop in reservation – or save by signing up for the entire session. Please note: drop-ins are accommodated if space is available in the class and are encouraged to be reserved at least 24 hours in advance.

Many programs are offered for specific levels listed as NTRP levels (3.0, etc.).  For assistance in determining your NTRP rating Click Here.  This will guide you in your registration of our programs.

Adult programs are for players ages 18 years and older. 


Play Tennis Fast – Nemours Family Zone

Designed for the new or returning adult player to learn tennis basics in a fun environment.  On the Family Zone’s 36 ft. and 60 ft. courts, players are able to serve, rally and score as quickly as possible while developing their fitness and skills.  Red and Orange balls used to facilitate learning. Racquet size: 25-27 inches.
Fall 1 – 8/14-10/21 (10 weeks) – NOW OPEN!
Fall 2 – 10/23-12/22 (9 weeks)- Schedule coming soon!

Tennis 101

Learn the game or brush up your skills if it has been awhile since you last played. Daytime and evening classes available. Sign up by the session or drop in for individual sessions.
Fall 1 – 8/14-10/21 (10 weeks) – NOW OPEN!
Reserve a Drop In for an Individual Class
Fall 2 – 10/23-12/22 (9 weeks)- Schedule coming soon!

Cardio

Enjoy a heart-pumping workout and hit balls continuously. Improve your fitness and your tennis simultaneously. Daytime and evening classes are available. Sign up by the session or reserve a drop in for individual classes.
Fall 1 – 8/14-10/21 (10 weeks) – NOW OPEN!
Reserve a Drop In for an Individual Class
Fall 2 – 10/23-12/22 (9 weeks)- Schedule coming soon!

HITS

Similar to our popular Cardio classes, but with a play-based focus. Enjoy our “High Intensity Training Sessions” for a heart-pumping workout and hit balls continuously. Daytime, evening and early morning classes are available.
Fall 1 – 8/14-10/21 (10 weeks) – NOW OPEN!
Reserve a Drop In for an Individual Class
Fall 2 – 10/23-12/22 (9 weeks)- Schedule coming soon!​​​​​​​

HITS 90

Similar to our popular cardio classes but with a play-based focus. Enjoy our 90 minute “High Intensity Training Sessions” for a heart-pumping workout and hit balls continuously. Daytime, evening and early morning classes are available.
Reserve a Drop In for an Individual Class 

Live-Ball (3.5+)

A fun and energetic hour of pro led doubles style point play.  The serve, return and “down time” in between points have been removed and really amp up the energy and fun!  Come join us for live-ball play and continual focus on moving from defense to offense. Sign up by the session or reserve a drop in for individual classes.
Fall 1 – 8/14-10/21 (10 weeks) – NOW OPEN!
Reserve a Drop In for an Individual Class
Fall 2 – 10/23-12/22 (9 weeks)- Schedule coming soon!​​​​​​​

Doubles Training

Combine strokes and tactics in these lively game-based sessions.  Practice doubles situations with active play.  Professional/Coach will feed and review technique and shot selection.
Fall 1 – 8/14-10/21 (10 weeks) – NOW OPEN!
Reserve a Drop In for an Individual Class

Luxury Real Estate

The Battle of the Best Savings Accounts

It’s a well-known fact that interest rates on accounts are incredibly low. In fact, the average savings account is hovering around 0.06%.1 That’s such a far cry from pre-crisis times, it’s shocking.

At rates that low one might ask, “Why even have a savings account? Why don’t I just place my hard-earned under the mattress?” We can’t blame you. However, if you did that you’d be leaving money on the table (or under the mattress). There are much better options out there; savings account options that earn fifteen times the average rate of 0.06%.

We’ve scoured high and low to find the best accounts. In our search, we’ve come across a few that stand above the rest. You’d be in good shape if you had any of these accounts, but after some thorough analysis, one of them truly earns the title of best savings account. Here they are at a glance:

At a Glance: High Yield Savings Accounts & MMAs


We were just as taken aback when we first saw these numbers. 1.20% and 1.00%? Why didn’t I hear of these accounts before I put my money in [large, untrustworthy bank X]? You might be saying to yourself, “Barclays Online Savings is clearly the winner because their APY is slightly higher.”

However, you can’t jump to a conclusion as there are other important factors to consider when opening a savings account. So we’ve broken them each down, piece by piece.

Monthly Minimums

Capital One 360 Money Market and Barclays Online Savings are both “No Fee” banks, meaning neither of them charge a monthly maintence fee, nor do they require a minimum balance in the account. In fact, they don’t even require a deposit to open an account!

Tie: Capital One 360 Money Market and Barclays Online Savings

Bank Reputation

This might not have been very important to us before the financial crisis, but times have changed. We need to feel safe with where we put our hard-earned money. Each of these banks are backed by the maximum allowable FDIC guarantee of $250,000. This means if the bank defaults, the US Government would repay you every penny you had in the account, up to $250,000. Bank of America, Chase, etc. all have this same insurance.

More than just the FDIC insurance, we need reliability and value from our bank. So here is how the top banks fare in terms of reputation:

Despite being a big brand internationally, in America Barclays is a newcomer. That being said they are growing incredibly fast since experts have been raving about their great savings tools and quality customer service.

Capital One 360 has been donned a great bank for those looking to start building their savings. It’s not just the lack of fees, they go a couple steps further by giving you tools to track your savings progress; and for some they even offer a signup bonus (depending on how much you deposit).

This was a really close call, but because of Barclays stellar international reputation and their rapid growth, we had to give them the slight advantage here.

Winner: Barclays Online Savings

Customer Service and Ease of Use

These companies all have good customer service according to online reviews. 3 star reviews don’t sound great for a restaurant, but for an industry that’s really suffering from an image problem, 3 star ratings are some of the best ratings received. Comparatively, Bank of America had 1.6 stars, HSBC had 1.4 stars and Chase came in at 2.5 stars.

So how did we figure this one out? Members of our team personally opened an account in each and compared notes over a two-week period.

All of the banks’ websites are state of the art and incredibly intuitive; and each has an “American English” speaking support team that is very attentive and easy to deal with.

When we compared our notes, there was a slight differentiation as Capital One seemed to be the most responsive and friendly!

Winner: Capital One 360 Money Market

Interest Rate

This one’s easy. At 1.20%, Barclays Online Savings’s interest rate is slightly higher. Even though Barclays Online Savings’s rate is slightly higher, really either of these accounts are huge improvements over what Chase, Bank of America, or Wells Fargo would pay you.

Winner: Barclays Online Savings

Conclusion

When it comes down to it, Capital One 360 offers arguably the best product out there. They have one of the highest interest rates available, virtually no fees, and a great reputation to boot. So after all of the research, Capital One 360 was our winner of the best savings account!

Winner: Capital One 360 Money Market

How Irma will affect real estate market

Like it did to everything else in Northeast Florida, Hurricane Irma dealt a significant impact to the residential real estate market.

But, like much else, it will come back, according to real estate professionals who’ve weathered the storms for years.

Bill Watson, founder and chairman of Watson Realty Corp., said the local effects of the hurricane began Sept. 8 for his 1,600 employees in 43 offices in North and Central Florida and South Georgia. That was two days before the storm made landfall in the Florida Keys.

“The first phase is when the hurricane warning comes. When the schools close, that affects your workforce,” he said.

Most Realtors are independent contractors and when schools are closed by an approaching storm, they take care of their children and families, Watson said.

After Irma, it was time to assess the damage on the personal and corporate levels and return to work. For many, that began about 12 hours after the storm left the area.

“We reopened Tuesday at noon. Two agents took clients to see houses and we also closed two contracts on Wednesday,” said Sherry Davidson, co-founder of Davidson Realty, which has offices in Jacksonville Beach and St. Augustine.

Linda Sherrer, CEO and president of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty, said five of her firm’s eight offices opened Tuesday, followed by the other three on Wednesday when power was restored to those locations.

The first step was to determine if properties had been damaged.

“Our agents started calling all of their listings and all of their buyers,” Sherrer said.

The post-storm phase brings its own challenges that involve title companies and lenders.

Unless a contract was executed, lenders won’t fund the loan until the home is inspected to determine whether the property was damaged. That will probably mean adding about a week or 10 days to the process, Davidson said.

Watson said damage to a property that’s under contract doesn’t necessarily void a sale, provided repairs can be completed within a set time.

“You have 10 days to determine whether the damage is minor and if so, the seller has to notify the buyer,” he said. “If the damage is minor, the seller has 30 days to repair it.”

If the damage is more than what’s considered minor — about 3 percent of the value — the buyer has the option to continue to closing or walk away from the contract, Watson said.

After the initial disruption, the market will return to its previous level, said Sherrer, who has been selling real estate in Northeast Florida through good weather and bad since 1979.

“We’ve got low inventory and low interest rates and demand is very strong. That points to a strong rebound,” she said.

The number of that were damaged will make the untouched properties increase in value.

“If you have an undamaged house that’s ready to move in, you’ll be able to bump up the price. There are still plenty of buyers, but not as much inventory,” Watson said.

He also said Hurricane Irma probably will change the market for the next several months.

“We’ll never get the September business back. And it probably won’t be really back in October, but November and December will be better than they should have been.”