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Orlando should be a bigger player in esports game market

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may want to take a deeper dive into competitive video game tournaments, a spectator sport that’s drawing more fans than some pro teams.

Esports already surpassed both Major League Baseball and National Hockey League viewership. And by 2022, it may be on par with the National Football League, with more than 300 million viewers worldwide, an April report by New York-based investment firm Goldman Sachs Inc. (NYSE: GS) and Amsterdam-based market research firm NewZoo LLC showed.

That growth is helping the industry boom. Last year, esports’ global revenue was $655 million. It’s projected to hit $906 million by year’s end and $1.6 million by 2021.

On the home front, Orlando last year hosted its first Call of Duty World League Championship — considered the Super Bowl of video game events — at the Amway Center. The event attracted thousands of attendees and showed off Orlando as a viable place for future esports tournaments, said Central Sports Commission CEO Jason Siegel.

Esports events also can be a springboard for Redwood City, Calif.-based video game-making giant Electronic Arts Inc. (Nasdaq: EA).

The firm saw huge engagement and growth in its Madden League — based on the franchise Madden series that’s produced at its Orlando studio, EA CEO Andrew Wilson said during the firm’s fiscal fourth-quarter 2018 earnings call in May. “We have an entire competitive gaming group pushing to grow that and really think about its ongoing evolution.”

  • 2016: 160M, 121M
  • 2017: 192M, 143M
  • 2018: 215M, 165M
  • 2021: 307M, 250M

A breakdown of 2018 enthusiasts by country

  • Asia-Pacific: 53%
  • European Union: 18%
  • North America: 15%
  • Rest of the world: 14%

By the numbers

  • $137.9B
  • 2018 total spending worldwide
  • 28%
  • Percentage of consumer spending on games from China
  • $70.3B
  • The estimated amount of mobile games will generate in 2018

Global games market forecast per segment toward 2021

(listed by year for smartphones, tablets, consoles, browser PCs, boxed/downloaded PCs)

  • 2017: 36%, 10%, 27%, 4%, 23%; $121B total
  • 2018: 41%, 10% 25%, 3%, 21%; $137B total
  • 2019: 44%, 10%, 24%, 2%, 20%; $151B total
  • 2020: 47%, 10%, 22%, 2%, 19%; $165B total
  • 2021: 49%, 10%, 22%, 1%, 18%; $180B total

Core Logic report of Homes Sales Statistics

 

 

The CoreLogic Home Price Insights report features an interactive view of our home price analysis through May 2018 with Forecasts from June 2018 including live maps.

CoreLogic HPI™ is designed to provide an early indication of home price trends. The indexes are fully revised with each release and employ techniques to signal turning points sooner.

CoreLogic HPI Forecasts™ (with a thirty-year forecast horizon), project CoreLogic HPI levels for two tiers—Single-Family Combined (both Attached and Detached) and Single-Family Combined excluding distressed sales.

The report is published monthly with coverage at the national, state and Core Based Statistical Area (CBSA)/Metro level and includes home price indices (including distressed sale); home price forecast and market condition indicators. The data incorporates more than 40 years of repeat-sales transactions for analyzing home price trends.

https://www.corelogic.com/insights-download/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx

May 2018 National Home Prices

Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased year over year by 7.1 percent in May 2018 compared with May 2017 and increased month over month by 1.1 percent in May 2018 compared with April 2018 (revisions with public records data are standard, and to ensure accuracy, CoreLogic incorporates the newly released public data to provide updated results).

 

Forecast Prices Nationally

The CoreLogic HPI Forecast indicates that home prices will increase by 5.1 percent on a year-over-year basis from May 2018 to May 2019, and on month-over-month basis home prices are expected to be up 0.3 percent from May 2018 to June 2018.

The CoreLogic HPI Forecast is a projection of home prices using the CoreLogic HPI and other economic variables. Values are derived from state-level forecasts by weighting indices according to the number of owner-occupied households for each state.

These 37 tenants want space in Lake Nona Town Center

Some of the biggest retailers in the U.S. — from Dick’s Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) to Michael Kors Inc. — are targeting the yet-to-open $780 million Town Center, one of the biggest developments underway in southeast Orlando.

About 37 major retailers are interested in opening shops inside the development, according to documents obtained by Orlando Journal. Orlando-based Tavistock Development Co. LLC is currently working on the town center’s $300 million second phase.



The town center is expected to introduce about 80 shops and restaurants, a hotel, office space and more into the fast-growing 17-square-mile community. The documents are preliminary, and it’s unknown which retailers, if any, have signed lease agreements. The town center’s general contractor is Birmingham, Alabama-based Hoar LLC.

“This was an aspirational list that was not intended to be shared and includes retailers that are not yet confirmed,” Jessi Blakley, senior director of Development Co., said in an emailed response to a request for comment. “We continue to be excited about Lake Nona Town Center, which will serve as the defining anchor and amenity for Lake Nona, the fastest-growing community in Orlando. Ultimately, the 100-acre destination will feature more than 4 million square feet of entertainment, commercial, retail, and restaurant space at build-out. We look forward to making official announcements about confirmed tenants soon.”

Retailers and other companies have been attracted to the 17-square-mile Lake Nona, one of Central ‘s hottest communities. It notched the No. 15 spot among the nation’s top-selling master-planned communities with 523 home sales in 2017, John Burns Real Estate Consulting reported. Additionally, the community already boasts more than 11,000 residents, 5,000 employees in its 650-acre life sciences hub, plenty of new activity in the 300-acre Sports & Performance District, and more than 11,000 students at its schools.

At least three Lake Nona projects, including pop-up shops in shipping containers and a new corporate office, are expected to open by the end of the year.

UCF-HCA joint venture secure more land for Lake Nona teaching hospital

 

is putting more property into play for a new teaching hospital it’s building with Hospital Corp. of America in ‘s .

The UCF Board of Trustees on June 20 approved assigning UCF’s option to buy an 11.4-acre site on Lake Nona Boulevard — which is adjacent the 25-acre parcel already set aside for the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center teaching hospital — to Central Health Services, a joint venture between UCF and Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA (NYSE: HCA). The option, which is set to expire on June 25, would allow completion of the planned hospital campus and facilitate future growth, documents showed.

Central Florida Health Services would buy that parcel for about $6.8 million, or $600,000 per acre, from Development Co. LLC’s related Lake Nona Land Co., documents showed. The land is now appraised at about $10.4 million, according to Orange County records.

The purchase is expected to close by the end of June.

“We are thankful to the trustees for giving us this opportunity to acquire more land for the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center. The approval provides space for a growing hospital – and more equity for UCF,” UCF College of Medicine Dean Dr. Deborah German told  Journal in an emailed response. “We are eager to open this university hospital for our community, patients, physicians, researchers, and learners.”

The first phase of on the 100-bed UCF Lake Nona Medical Center is set to start on Oct. 25, and the property will open in 2020 next to the UCF Health Sciences Campus, between the UCF College of Medicine and Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute at Lake Nona. UCF plans to take over the Sanford Burnham’s assets once the institute vacates the property.

The university also is considering relocating its nursing college to Medical City.

Meanwhile, the new UCF Lake Nona Medical Center will help fulfill German’s goal of creating an environment that includes a great hospital affiliated with a top-notch medical school. The hospital will be a living/learning lab for training medical, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy and social work students in teamwork skills and communication.

“If you’re sick and have exhausted all the treatments of your local hospital, where do you go for the next level of care? Many people say Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Cleveland Clinic. All of those are teaching hospitals,” German previously said.

The UCF Lake Nona Medical Center also will address a serious statewide lack of doctors. The Teaching Hospital Council of Florida and the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida forecast that the state will have a shortage of 7,000 physician specialists by 2025. UCF started building residency programs a few years ago to address the shortage and now has 255 slots and expects to have more than 560 by 2020 through the partnership with HCA, German has said.

Orlando Health snags Lake Nona-area land for expansion

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Orlando Health — a $3.8 billion nonprofit health care organization with nine area hospitals — has grabbed more property, this time in the area.

Health closed on the purchase of 15.13 acres of vacant land today, June 18, for roughly $9.9 million at the northeast corner of Dowden Road and Randal Park Boulevard.

The property was bought from Randal Park Investors LLC, which is developing a $25 million grocery-anchored shopping center on the northwest corner of State Road 417 and Dowden Road. Randal Park Investors— a joint venture between Winter Park-based BluRock Commercial Real Estate LLC and Orlando-based Intram Investments Inc.— bought the property from Colonial Properties Services Inc. in February for $3.5 million, county records showed.

Orlando Health said the new property will allow it to expand its services in the southeast Orlando area, but didn’t specify the exact use, but it could be to create a freestanding emergency room or more outpatient services.

Its competitor, Florida Hospital’s parent company, Adventist Health System/Sunbelt, also has a major interest in the growing Lake Nona market as it has a 67.24-acre site it bought in 2016 and another 15 acres it recently bought on Narcoossee Road on the north and south sides of Lake Nona Boulevard. likely will start with physicians and outpatient services, then add emergency services and eventually a hospital as the population grows, Hospital President Daryl Tol previously told Orlando Journal.

This purchase is one of several lands grabs Orlando Health has made in the past months. The nonprofit earlier announced plans to buy property in downtown Orlando and a new medical office building in Oviedo. Orlando Health also has been rumored to be under contract to purchase 51 acres in Apopka, which would be a new market for the healthcare system.

Lake Nona-area plaza, tenants for future

A plaza near Lake Nona, a fast-growing community in southeast Orlando, is expanding and gaining medical and retail tenants.

The Narcoossee Retail Center, developed by Reich Properties Inc. at 865 N. Narcoossee Road in St. Cloud, will have two urgent care centers as tenants for its planned 10,800-square-foot second phase. A building that size may cost roughly $1 million to build, based on industry standards.

Nemours Children’s Primary Care, an urgent care center for children, will occupy 4,200 square feet. In addition, the St. Cloud Regional Medical Center will have a 2,000-square-foot urgent care center, Reich Properties President John Reich told Orlando Journal. “St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Nemours both decided Narcoossee Road is a good place to be — it’s where St. Cloud meets .”

Medical City is a life sciences hub in that includes Nemours Children’s Hospital, the University of Central medical school, the Orlando VA Medical Center and more.

Nearly 5,000 square feet of the second phase remains available for tenants.

Reich Properties spokeswoman Coleen Taylor said the $2 million second phase is nearing constriction and will be delivered in first-quarter 2019.

Orlando-based Jordan & Associates Consulting Inc. is the engineering consultant for the project.

Plans for a third phase will bring an additional 11,000 square feet or more to the plaza. No timeline was given for that phase.

The first phase of Narcoossee Retail Center is complete and fully occupied by Building Brains Academy Language Immersion Preschool, Domino’s Pizza Bakery, All Flooring USA and The Nail Lounge & Spa.

Reich said the growing residential development in the area is driving demand for more commercial space. “Osceola County is a somewhat rural lifestyle, and you have to go to Osceola for that lifestyle. That’s why there are so many rooftops going up. There are enough rooftops now to support developing commercial,” Reich said.

He envisions the plaza’s second and third phases being fully occupied by health care providers such as dentists and orthopedics, along with restaurants.

The Impact of Supply Shortage on Luxury Housing

 

 

 

The supply shortage of is not limited to the median home only. The first quarter of 2018 saw the also feeling the heat of inventory shortage as prices for high-end homes saw the strongest appreciation in four years, according to a report on the luxury housing market by Redfin.

This quarterly report tracks home sales in more than 1000 cities across the country and defines a home as a luxury property if it is among the top 5 percent most expensive homes sold in the city during the quarter.

Prices for luxury homes rose nearly 8 percent to an average of $1.8 million during the quarter, Redfin found. However, this did nothing for sales of these homes which fell 20 percent marking four consecutive quarters of declining sales in this segment of the housing market.

“For the first time since changes to the tax code went into effect, luxury buyers could no longer deduct more than $10,000 in state and local property taxes or interest for mortgages over $750,000,” said Nela Richardson, Chief Economist at Redfin. “In a world of balanced supply and demand, these changes would have dampened price growth. Instead, this quarter saw the strongest luxury price appreciation in four years, demonstrating that the current inventory crunch is extremely broad-based and affects buyers at every price range.”

The inventory shortage is also escalating competition for luxury homes. The report indicated the average luxury home that sold last quarter went under contract after 82 days on the market, nine days faster than the same period last year. While only 1.5 percent of luxury homes were bid up over the asking price, that’s up from 1.3 percent in the first quarter of 2017.

In terms of regions, Florida and Nevada saw strong growth in prices of luxury homes with average sale prices in Vero Beach increasing 68 percent to $2.65 million over last year while those in Reno going up 51.3 percent. On the other hand, some cities known for their luxury homes actually saw a decline in prices.

Homes in Long Beach, California led this group of cities with prices falling 26.1 percent year-over-year in the first quarter. Prices in Washington, D.C. also saw a decline of 9.6 percent as did Fort Lauderdale, which saw prices falling 7.3 percent.

Developer plans new 2,558-acre community near Lake Nona

A planned 2,558-acre, mixed-use community going up near wants to change some of its plans.

The Starwood project, being developed by Beachline South Residential LLC on land south of State Road 528 and east of State Road 417, will add a high school and new signage into the mix of commercial uses and thousands of .

Applicant Dewberry Engineers Inc., which is the civil engineer and landscape architect for the project, sent a submittal to the city of Orlando to amend the future land-use map and planned-use development map. The request will be discussed at a June 19 municipal planning board meeting.

“The changes are mostly the result of an agreement reached with Orange County School Board regarding placement of a high school site within the development,” the project description reads. The changes are also a result of the road realignment on Dowden Road.

Beachline South Residential LLC, an entity of Palm Beach Gardens-based Land Innovations LLC, wants to build:

  • Office space on 1,680 acres
  • Commercial space on 81 acres
  • Public recreation and institutional areas consisting of 65 acres
  • Industrial space on 33 acres
  • Roughly 670 acres will be set aside for conservation.

The development team also includes Donal W. McIntosh Associates Inc. as the surveyor, VHB as the traffic consultant, Bio-Tech Consulting Inc. as the environmental consultant and Devo Engineering Co. as the geotechnical engineer.

Proposed home sites will range from 20-foot townhome lots to 70-foot estate lots, Mattamy Homes said in a news release. Communities amenities will include centers of different sizes throughout the community as well as a more than 20-mile system of interconnected walking trails and bike paths.

“Orlando continues to demonstrate that it is one of the strongest markets in the state of , as evidenced by the positive demographic trends including employment and population growth,” Mattamy Homes Orlando Division President Alex Martin previously said in a prepared statement. “We consider the Starwood Property an excellent complement to our existing Randal Park community and an opportunity to maintain our strong presence in this highly desirable and rapidly growing area of Central Florida.”

Jay Thompson, Land Innovations managing partner, had said the home prices would start at about $230,000 and go up to $1 million.

Massive solar project for Central Florida

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OUC and 11 municipal utilities from across the state are teaming up to build three massive solar farms.

The groundbreaking agreement allows for 900,000 solar panels that will provide energy for as many as 45,000 . The three solar sites on 1,200 acres in rural Orange and Osceola counties will provide 223.5 megawatts. OUC will be the largest tenant, purchasing 108.5 megawatts of solar energy, or enough for more than 20,000 residential customers.

“OUC could have done this on its own, but by partnering with other municipal utilities, we can make a dramatic difference not just in Central , but really throughout the entire state,” said Clint Bullock, OUC’s general manager, and CEO. “We can leverage the economies of scale to bring the price of solar down to a point where a dozen municipal utilities can afford to sign on.”

The solar farms are expected to be completed by 2020, and exact locations in Orange and Osceola are still being finalized through a permitting process.

Luxury apartments in the pipeline for I-Drive-area project

A 64-acre mixed-use development near International Drive is gearing up to tackle its multifamily component. The whole mixed-use project will cost more than $350 million to develop and should be completed by 2019. More here.

Fun Spot debuts new Orlando ride

Fun Spot America, which opened a new Orlando ride called HeadRush 360 on May 1, now plans to spend $2 million to add a new multi-level go-kart track dubbed Samson Monster Track at its Atlanta property. More here.

Here’s how Orlando ranks for diversity

With immigration policy remaining a hot-button issue in 2018’s political landscape, WalletHub released its report on 2018’s Most Diverse Cities in America. To determine the cities with the most mixed demographics, WalletHub compared more than 500 of the largest cities across five major diversity categories: socio-economic, cultural, economic, household and religious. Orlando came in at No. 68.

Cruises from Port Canaveral to Cuba start Monday

The Norwegian Sun embarks on the first regularly scheduled cruise from Port Canaveral to Cuba on Monday, Florida Today reports. The cruises, which will depart from the port every Monday this summer, will include stops in Havana, as well as in Key West.

After weeks of jumping, mortgages rates take a modest dip

U.S. mortgage rates fell last week after rising to their highest level in four years, according to Freddie Mac. The 30-year fixed mortgage averaged 4.55% for the week ending May 3, down from 4.58% the previous week. Favorable mortgage rates have helped drive U.S. home sales, as well as the refinance market.

Now Is the Best Time to Sell … or Is it?

 

 

Rising home prices and a squeeze on inventory has more millennial homebuyers and potential sellers looking at upgrading their home admitting to being obsessed with timing the market to increase their gains, according to a recent study by ValueInsured.

The study found that among all homeowners surveyed who were interested in selling their home 69 percent said that they were concerned with trying to time the market, an increase of 13 percentage points from 56 percent during the same period last year.

Among those wishing to buy a home this season, the study found that 60 percent said they were concerned with trying to time the market, again reflecting a 13 percentage points increase over last year.

The pressure to time the market was most acute among millennials with 65 percent potential millennial homebuyers admitting that they were more market-timing conscious, up from 45 percent last year. Among millennial homeowners too, ValueInsured’s study found 73 percent millennial homeowners who wished to upgrade but were waiting for better prices admitting that timing the market was key to a better deal.

The study revealed that an eroding preference for owning over renting was one of the many factors that coincided with rising concerns over timing the market due to home prices and rising rates. “Americans, homeowners and non-owners, far prefer owning to renting if given a choice. However, that preference is sliding steadily, even among homeowners,” the ValueInsured study said.

While 68 percent non-homeowners believed that owning a home was better than renting, the data revealed that this was still a 4-point drop from 72 percent expressing the same sentiment last year. The percentage dropped among homeowners too, with 87 percent homeowners believing that it was better to own than rent, compared with 90 percent during the same period last year.

The study found that non-homeowning millennials were more confident that the housing market was moving in a direction that was more favorable to renters than owners, with nearly three in four (72 percent) millennial homeowners surveyed now believing that the housing market favored renting over buying.