Orlando Real Estate and Community News Blog with Tina M Christensen

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You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics, how I work with you, home values to community happenings and articles. I truly care about our community and want to help you find your place in it with your home and business acquisitions. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you and discover how I can help. Phone Text message is fastest way to reach me!

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- Tina M Christensen


Sept. 4, 2023

Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Hurricane Season Upon Us - Get Prepared in Orlando, FL


Hello, friends! As we bask in the glorious Orlando sunshine and relish our beautiful city, we must also remind ourselves that hurricane season is upon us. As a seasoned realtor based right here in Orlando, I know that hurricanes are a part of life in our part of the world. With some preparation and awareness, we can weather any storm that comes our way.


As homeowners and renters in Florida, we must stay ready and protect our homes, belongings, and families. So, what can you do to ensure you're well-prepared?


Understand Your Risk

Before we even think about what to buy or how to brace our homes, it's essential to understand the risk level. Your home's location, age, and condition all play a part in determining its susceptibility to hurricane damage.



Secure an Insurance Plan

Regardless if you own or rent, insurance is vital. Homeowners should ensure their policy covers hurricane damage, and renters should secure renters' insurance to protect their personal property. Remember to review your insurance policy, understand what is covered, and make sure it's up to date.


Storm-Proof Your Home

When a hurricane warning is issued, it's time to protect your home. Here are a few key steps:

  1. Install hurricane shutters or precut plywood for your windows and glass doors.
  2. Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts for proper drainage.
  3. Trim trees and shrubs around your home to prevent potential flying debris.
  4. Secure all doors, especially the garage door, which is usually the weakest point.
  5. Bring all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans, and anything not tied inside your home or garage. They can become projectiles during the storm besides being blown away.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

Create an emergency kit that includes enough supplies for at least five days. Many people say three days. I prefer to be prepared for ten days with food and water. Your kit should consist of water (1 gallon per person per day), non-perishable food, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, a flashlight with extra batteries, a first-aid kit, moist towelettes for sanitation, a wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, can openers for food, and local maps.


Plan Communication and Evacuation

In a hurricane, you should have a clear communication and evacuation plan. Make sure every member of your household understands where to go, how to get there, and how to stay in contact if you are separated. Identify safe spaces in your home, like a small, windowless room in the center of the house on the lowest floor. Also, identify evacuation routes and shelters in your area.


Prepare Your Car

Ensure your car is ready to go if you need to evacuate. Keep the gas tank full; stock it with emergency supplies and a change of clothes ready.


Get Tech Ready

Charge all essential electronics and consider buying portable chargers. Remember to check the batteries in your flashlights, radios, and any other equipment you may need.

These are just a few ways to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season. I've seen firsthand the difference preparation can make for homeowners and renters during these storms. Remember, it's always better to be safe than sorry.



If you're considering relocating to Orlando, know that while hurricane season is a part of life here, it's one that we're well-equipped to handle. The community comes together to help each other, and systems are in place to keep everyone safe.


Our beautiful city has so much to offer, from its vibrant neighborhoods like Waterford Lakes to its dynamic food and arts scenes, not to mention its proximity to world-class attractions. And with a bit of preparation, you can enjoy all of this with peace of mind, knowing you're ready for whatever Mother Nature brings our way.


Stay safe, and remember, I'm here to help you with your real estate needs in any season!




Somme2016.org. https://somme2016.org/advice/what-should-be-in-your-hurricane-supply-kit/

Daraskevich, J. (2017, September 6). Get Ready For Irma. Florida Times Union, A.1.



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- Tina M Christensen, REALTOR®, Winter Park, Orlando, Space Coast Florida 


Connect with me on Instagram @tinamchristensenrealtor or visit my website for more information.

Posted in Community News
Aug. 14, 2023

Discover Waterford Lakes: An Orlando Neighborhood Gem



Waterford Lakes is located on the east side of Orlando, a beautiful enclave of shopping and family-oriented resources. Here, you'll find a blend of cozy homes, stunning landscapes, and easy access to Orlando's many amenities, with the bonus of a close-knit community. But that's just scratching the surface. Let's dive deeper into what makes Waterford Lakes the ideal place to call home.

Photo courtesy of ShopWaterfordLakes Facebook Page

A Neighborhood with Variety

First and foremost, Waterford Lakes offers many housing options, from townhomes and condos to single-family homes. These residences span a range of architectural styles and price points, ensuring that there's something for everyone, whether you're a young professional, a growing family, or an active retiree.


For Outdoor Lovers

Waterford Lakes in Orlando is an excellent spot if you love being outside. Have a desire for a walk, jog, or bike ride? The neighborhood's nature trails have got you covered. You'll find everything from peaceful paths by the lake to fun parks for a family day out. It's all about enjoying the simple joys of Florida's outdoors in your backyard. Whether you're out for a hike or a quick jog, Waterford Lakes makes it easy to have a good time in nature without leaving the city. Some of my favorite trails near Waterford Lakes include:


Econlockhatchee Sandhills Conservation Area

Lake Claire Recreation Area

Flagler Trail

Photo courtesy of ShopWaterfordLakes Facebook Page


Shopping and Dining

Living in Waterford Lakes, you're always close to a great shopping or dining experience. The Waterford Lakes Town Center, a large open-air shopping center, offers a diverse mix of retail stores, restaurants, and services. Whether you're looking for a quick bite, a leisurely meal, or a day of shopping, you'll find it right here in the neighborhood. Here are my favorite places to visit in Waterford Lakes:


Bonefish Grill: Favorite restaurant

Orange Theory: Favorite Gym

Clean Juice: Favorite Lunch/Healthy Snacks

Proximity to Downtown and Theme Parks

Despite its tranquility, Waterford Lakes isn't remote. It's conveniently situated with quick access to major highways, making it a breeze to get downtown or to Orlando's world-famous theme parks. You'll love having the excitement of the city so close, yet also being able to retreat to the peace and calm of your Waterford Lakes home.

A Strong, Close-knit Community

One of the most captivating aspects of Waterford Lakes is its tight-knit community. Community events, local sports teams, and active homeowner's associations keep the community connected and foster a sense of belonging. 

Photo courtesy of ShopWaterfordLakes Facebook Page


Waterford Lakes has a lot to offer - a variety of homes, natural beauty, convenient shopping, easy access to the rest of Orlando, and a warm, welcoming community. So, why not take the next step?


Reach out to me, and let's start the journey to your new home in Waterford Lakes together. As a local realtor with years of experience in the Waterford Lakes market, I can guide you through every step, from viewing homes to signing the final documents.


Come discover why so many people love calling Waterford Lakes their home. I can't wait to welcome you to the neighborhood!


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- Tina M Christensen, REALTOR®, Winter Park, Orlando, Space Coast Florida 


Let's Begin This Exciting Journey


Are you ready to embark on this journey? Connect with me on Instagram @tinamchristensenrealtor or visit my website for more information.


Posted in Community News
July 17, 2023

Sell Your Home Faster and for More Money with Coldwell Banker Realty’s State of the Art Spotlight Marketing


Are you in the process of selling your home? If so, you're likely well aware of the intricacies and challenges that come with navigating today's competitive real estate market. But here's the good news - you don't have to go the process alone. With the help of real estate experts like myself, Tina Christensen, and the unparalleled power of Coldwell Banker Realty’s state of the art digital technology on the web and social media to make your property a true Spotlight. We can make your home-selling journey not just smoother but also significantly more rewarding. How so? Keep reading to find out!


Exceptional Representation You Deserve

If you're selling your home, you're aiming for the best possible deal, right? Well, with Coldwell Banker Realty, your home won't just be another listing in the local market; it will be the listing that every potential buyer's eye is drawn towards. Because the fact is that we make it our mission to ensure your home is differentiated, noticed, and sold faster. Here are just a few ways we do this:

Making Waves with Social Media Advertising and Online Promotion

In this fast-paced, digitized era, old-school listing methods just don't do justice to your home's unique appeal. So, we step up the game by featuring your home in a professionally produced photography & videography to broadcast your property to the world via our YouTube channel, your own property separate website, social media, and special technology targeting buyers looking in the area of your property. 

Painting a Picture with Interactive Floor Plans and Professional Photography and Videos

As the old saying goes, 'a picture is worth a thousand words.' So, when buyers can visualize your home through our interactive floor plans and professional photographs, they get to experience the magic of your property from wherever they are. This immersive experience allows them to feel a connection to your home, sparking interest and encouraging further inquiries.

Your Property's Digital Footprint

In today's connected world, your property needs its own corner on the web. That's where our professionally designed single-property website comes into play. Highlighting all the attractive features of your home, the website can be easily shared on social media, expanding its reach and making sure it captures the eyes of prospective buyers globally.

A Boost in Visibility with Facebook and Instagram Advertising

In the realm of online advertising, visibility is key. And with Coldwell Banker Realty’s internal advertising platforms, we design visually striking ads complemented by smart, engaging copy. These ads are powered by top-notch industry targeting, ensuring your home is seen by the right audience at the right time.

Walking the Walk with YouTube Video Tours

Let's face it; motionless pictures can tell a story, but a video tour brings your home to life! Our professionally produced YouTube video walkthrough offers a virtual tour to potential buyers, instilling a sense of familiarity and comfort that often triggers faster decision-making.

Spreading the Word with 'Just Listed' Flyers and Postcards

You know what they say about first impressions - they're everything. And this couldn't be more true in the world of real estate. To ensure your home makes a grand and memorable entrance into the market, we utilize "Just Listed" flyers and beautifully crafted postcards to neighborhoods and buyers as part of this same program. By sending these to an exclusive list of contacts, we keep your home at the forefront of potential buyers' minds, sparking conversations and encouraging word-of-mouth promotion.


The Personal Touch

At the end of the day, selling or buying a home is much more than a simple transaction – it's a life-changing journey that warrants personal attention, empathetic understanding, and the utmost care. As your realtor, I am here to provide all of that and more! The best part of all this specialized state of the art spotlight marketing, is that it is all paid for by our brokerage and myself. The owner never pays for this level of effort!  This technology level of effort is how sold happens as your solution partner in your journey. Statistics have proven that properties using this program sell faster and higher offers.

With my base in Orlando and knowledge extending to its surrounding areas and the Space Coast stretching from Titusville to Palm Bay, I am well-versed in the dynamics of the local real estate market. But for me, this journey isn't just about numbers and property listings. It's about building meaningful, lasting relationships with clients like you as your partner. In fact, my clients appreciate my approachable demeanor, unwavering dedication, and, yes, my love for dogs (can't deny that one!).


I won't stop there. As a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker's Realty, a globally trusted name that amplifies our ability to serve you. Our collaborative aim is to transform your home selling process into a journey that is not just stress-free but also efficient and rewarding. We're committed to making the process of selling your home successful!


Let's Begin This Exciting Journey

Are you ready to embark on this journey? Connect with me on Instagram @tinamchristensenrealtor or visit my website for more information.



Your home is special. Let's make sure the world sees it that way!



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