The holidays seem to come and go so quickly. For most of us, it is the busiest time of the year. With so many great events going on, it is easy to lose track and miss out with everything else going on during the season.
The National Retail Federation says that 69% of Americans plan to do some form of Christmas shopping between Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Small Business Saturday and Sunday. The bulk of all shopping is expected to follow the trend of purchasing online. However, local shopping has a lot to offer for the person that is hard to buy for. Downtown DeLand also privets a great experience to shop with friends and family.
One of the best ways to help you and your neighborhood get into the holiday spirit is to decorate the outside of your home with holiday lights. Most don’t go to the extent of Clark Griswold and are much more casual regarding our approach to decorating. However, there are some things to keep in mind before decorating. Paramount is safety. Use a proper ladder and make sure it is secure each time before climbing. Additionally, we’ve put together 5 tips to decorate your house this holiday season.
Recently, DeLand was named as America’s best Mainstreet. That title didn’t come from happenstance, but from a community of businesses that share the same vision for their community.
As you can guess, there is no right or wrong answer. Each option has its pros and cons. For instance, a new building will give you the floor plan you want, but it will take months to construct. If you buy an existing home, you might have to compromise on the floor plan, but you’ll get to move in right after you close!
A big appeal for those who visit DeLand is the history. There are so many stories about Henry DeLand, Jon B. Stetson, and the like. Now, visitors can take a step back in time when staying over night, thanks to the vision of the property’s new owner.
Daytona Beach is looking to revitalize it's downtown area, and it looks like insurance giant Brown & Brown, Inc. plans to be the catalyst. Last month the company unveiled plans to build a 10-story, $25 million riverfront headquarters on Beach Street. The new building will be home to 600 additional employees that Brown & Brown plans to hire, which will be an economic surge to East Volusia County.
Hurricane Irma not only brought physical devastation to the state of Florida, but it also brought many surprises including one of the largest evacuations in state history. With that, we saw one of the largest gasoline shortages in decades, due to the uncertainty and the elevated use of generators.
Pancake owners can now rejoice! The owners of the Old Spanish Sugar Mill at Deleon Springs State Park were uncertain about their future as the restaurant’s current contract with the state is set to run out on September 30. But Patty Schwarze, the longtime operator of the establishment, said in a Daytona Beach News-Journal article that her concession contract with the state was renewed for five years. Schwarze normally knows months in advance that her contract will be renewed, but this year it wasn’t official until a month prior to the expiration.
Hurricane Irma brought a lot of chaos to our community due to the howling winds, loss of power and displaced residents who evacuated. However, in the midst of that chaos, our community came together. The most obvious place that was manifested was through local businesses and organizations.
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Swann Real Estate has been an established part of the local community since 1987.