October 2015 Edition  ♥  News We Can All Use

Breaking News!

Paul Massey with Movement Mortgage announced that he will personally match all financial contributions made by Catherine Simmons of the Blessings of Home team to the charities below supported by the Blessings of Home team at Keller Williams Winter Park, for each Blessings of Home team client who obtains a mortgage through Movement Mortgage.  This is outstanding, as it increases our impactful giving, leading to the realization of the Blessings of Home team mission. 

Thank you, Paul!  Click Here to See How Movement Mortgage Supports Ministry  Ready to begin the pre-approval process for a home loan for your new home?  Contact Paul Massey at Movement Mortgage

Remember, a significant percentage of each home purchase or sale commission earned by Blessings of Home Team members will be donated directly to those in need supported by the three organizations below. 

Compassion Corner is a place where everyone is welcome.  This ministry is located on the property of Trinity Lutheran Church at 425 N. Magnolia Avenue, and is a respite “home” for those in Orlando who have no home. Through the leadership of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, many downtown churches collaborate to provide volunteers and supplies daily to support Compassion Corner’s outreach.  A unique gathering place for the homeless community of downtown Orlando, Compassion Corner is open throughout the week, providing Bible study, counseling, limited financial assistance and social service referrals. Would you like to volunteer your time or donate supplies?  Volunteer opportunities are available.   Contact Compassion Corner 


      The Blessings of Home team volunteered in September with Conway Cares, and assisted with the sorting and bagging of over 400 bags of food!  Conway Cares, a Servant’s Heart Center hunger solution, is dedicated to filling the weekend meal gap by providing the neediest children in the Conway Area of Orlando with a bag of food. Food insecure students are given a bag of food every Friday to help them get through the weekend. For many, their next meals will be the free school breakfast and lunch that they receive the following week. Students being assisted are at Shenandoah Elementary, Conway Elementary, Lake George Elementary, and Conway Middle Schools. Would you like to donate food or volunteer your time sorting and bagging food?  Please join us at 6:30 pm on October 28 at the Servant's Heart Warehouse, 6448 Pine Castle Blvd., Suite 103, Orlando, FL  32809   Contact Conway Cares  



The Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida is a grassroots organization made up of families and individuals who believe that through creative programs and partnerships, we can facilitate opportunities and experiences so there is no mystery or myth about people with Down syndrome. Our goal is to promote inclusion, understanding and acceptance by expanding opportunities for individuals, families and communities touched by Down syndrome.  At The FOUNDATION, we believe when POTENTIAL is given OPPORTUNITY the outcome is SUCCESS. It is our hope that individuals with Down syndrome will be seen as ''More alike than different,” and we strive to instill this belief in our local communities through our outreach and programs, benefiting the community as a whole, not just the individual.  Would you like to help fund or volunteer your time with us at fun and rewarding events? Here's what's coming up!

  • The Camping Jamboree will be October 23-25 at Jetty Park in Port Canaveral. Volunteers are needed - or if anyone has any used camping and fishing equipment they would like to donate, give us a call!
  • 2016 Bowl-A-Thon Fundraiserat Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando, February 21.  We are looking for sponsors, bowling teams, volunteers and items for the Silent Auction & Raffle! 

Contact The Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida or Click Here to Learn More About The FOUNDATION

Please consider contacting me for your real estate needs, and supporting these fine organizations.  May God bless you, and I look forward to serving you.  Blessings, Catherine Simmons

"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

October 2015 Orlando Area Market Update

Interest Rates

30-year interest rates took a slight downward tick again in September as global growth concerns continue to impact markets. Currently, Freddie Mac reports the following figures: 30-year fixed rate, 3.91%; 15-year fixed rate, 3.11%; 5/1-year adjustable rate, 2.92%.
Volume of Home Sales in Central Florida

Average Home Sale Prices in Central Florida

Average Number of Days on the Market for Central Florida Homes



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