Don’t mind me, but do mind me, because these are my personal thoughts taken from the brain to the keyboard to get your weekend kicked off in what I call Kareem’s random thoughts.
Rent an apartment? Get ready to shell out more!…
Once upon a time, Orlando was the most affordable city in Florida. OK, Jacksonville has long-been the most affordable, but Orlando was number two. But now, it seem like those days have gone the way of the DVD player.
According to the Orlando Sentinel on Nov. 21, a new report by Zillow, a website that tracks real-estate prices, reported that renters in the Orlando area are no shelling out 20 to 25 percent more for apartment rents.Stan Humphries told the Sentinel that rent rates in Central Florida are moving up to quickly, and that incomes are not matching the rise in rents.
Tell us something Stan that many in Central Florida doesn’t already known.
Orlando is a tourist town, and as a tourist town, most of the jobs in the area are low-paid, service industry work. You will be hard pressed to find somebody in Central Florida who is not paying out the nose for rents, and many are being forced to take cheaper rent in more undesirable areas.
So yea, we are not surprised that rents are rising in Central Florida. Were just holding out hope that rents will soften a bit. Until then, we will enjoy are Ramen Noodles.
If you can’t get housing, at least you can get a job!…..
Although rents are rising, there was some good news in the Sunshine State today. It’s easier to get employed in Florida than it was six years ago!
The state’s unemployment rate now sits at six percent, which is the lowest rate since June 2008. According to the same stats, employment in Orlando is getting rosier too. The unemployment rate in the Orlando area dropped 0.3 percent to 5.4 percent.
Of course, newly re-elected Gov. Rick Scott is taking the credit for the drop in unemployment, saying in a news release:
“[It’s] great news as we continue our work to ensure that every Flordian who wants a job, can get one.”
Since December 2010, Florida has added 679,000 jobs to the employment rolls, and this is the reason why I endorsed Scott to be re-elected. Like him or not, he has got the Florida economy revved up again.
TAKE THAT TEXAS!!
A side of law enforcement to go with your shopping….
While you’re out shopping for gift to put under the Christmas tree this year, you will noticed that there will be a large police presence at Orange County shopping malls and centers this holiday season.
Orange County sheriff Jerry Demings and Orlando Police Chief held a joint news conference at the Orlando Premium Outlets on Vineland Avenue near Walt Disney World to provide helpful tips on how to keep you and your items safe during the holiday season.
The initiative by Deming’s was started in 2008, and along with providing tips to the shopping public, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be out in full force to try to deter shoplifters and other criminals that comes out of hibernation this time of year.
So please heed the words of law enforcement and keep you and your belongings safe.