Florida’s Innovation Centers

From the panhandle to the keys, Florida is buzzing with tech startups.

Smack in the middle of Central Florida’s High Tech Corridor, The GUIDEWELL in Lake Nona (Orlando) provides business leaders, the global academic community and entrepreneurs a physical location to convene to create solutions to persistent problems in their field, fostering a culture of imaginative thinking, ideation and collaboration. A few of the outstanding enterprises housed at GuideWell include PANOPTEX TECHNOLOGIES, leading the fight against cyberattacks and breaches in big data operations, the FLORIDA BLUE INNOVATION CENTER, transforming the delivery of care through new innovative care models that provide superior health outcomes to patients, and CONNECT, sales, marketing, and engagement company focused on driving results through health care consumerism. Real estate in the area is buzzing, with new home developments popping up and home values rising. Median Home Sales Price is around $375,000, with $1,950 cited as the Median Rent Per Month. Located adjacent to the Orlando International Airport and the bevy of direct flights to locations across the globe, Lake Nona has become a world-class center for research, technology and innovation.

In Tampa, SANITAS INTERNACIONAL seeks to provide affordable, convenient and culturally-relevant health care solutions. Their Greenhouse Shops will address patients’ day-to-day health care in one place with convenient hours and urgent care walk-ins that serve the needs of working families. Also in the Tampa Bay area, TEC GARAGE  features incubator and coworking programs, providing clients with access to networks, experts, international markets, industry peers, market research, service providers, university support systems and funding. The Median Sales Price for Tampa is $220,000 and $1,450 median rent per month; $195,000 for St. Petersburg and $1,375 median monthly rentals, and $430,000 in Clearwater, with $2,900 median rent per month.

Back in the Orlando area, The University of Central  Florida Business Incubation Program helps early-stage businesses develop into financially stable companies by providing the tools, training, and infrastructure that help facilitate smarter, faster startup growth.  UCF’s Venture Accelerator Lab offers workshops and advisory services to assist with market research, business planning, and more to help determine the market potential of technology-based business ideas. UCF’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership offers education, startup resources, collaboration facilities, venture acceleration, competitions and events to help students launch innovative new ventures

The TRADITION CENTER FOR INNOVATION in Port St. Lucie is a research and development park committed to the innovation life cycle, in the process cultivating a collaborative environment ideally suited for companies and organizations that want to conduct life science research and that are focused on advancing research from the laboratory to the market. TCI’s anchor institutions—including the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute Florida, Mann Research Center and Martin Memorial Health Systems—actively map out new ways to make research easier and help members advance discoveries through the pipeline to commercialization.  Real estate in this area is moving at a breakneck pace, with new developments replacing the orange groves. Current median home prices in Port St. Lucie are around the $196,000 mark, with rentals averaging $1500/month.

In South Florida’s tri-county area (Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach), the number of startups registered on AngelList, a platform for startups and investors, shot up 46 percent in the past year, to more than 1,600 companies. Experts say this is indicative of momentum in effort to develop a thriving tech hub and startup ecosystem. Here, the Knight Foundation is leading the way, funding the IDEA CENTER at Miami Dade College as an innovation lab to develop ideas, an accelerator to launch startups, tech training and other support to MDC’s 165,000 students. MAGIC, an innovation space for creative industries and gaming, is also located at MDC, and Knight invested in LAUNCH CODE, linking trained apprentices with tech companies to fill the jobs of the future.

ENDEAVOR MIAMI selects, mentors and accelerates high-potential entrepreneurs by creating an environment where entrepreneurs can thrive. The CAMBRIDGE INNOVATION CENTER (CIC) is the latest high-profile startup-centric in Miami, eventually housing more than 500 tech startup companies. Located in the University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park in Overtown, space is available for offices, co-working and events for entrepreneurs. The CIC team hopes that it will help anchor an innovation district that will serve all of Latin America. Overtown is a Miami neighborhood going through gentrification, with current median home sale prices hovering around $219,900 and $1,650 median rental prices per month. 

Elsewhere in Florida, the ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION CENTER  at the University of Florida was created to teach, coach and inspire students to be entrepreneurial in their lives. The Center provides students the tools and experiences necessary to creatively pursue new opportunities and innovations in the start-up, social, and corporate venture arenas. The INNOVATION HUB, also at UF, offers inexpensive, state-of-the-art lab and office space available for lease by resident startups, and provides a sharing environment for entrepreneurs.  Median home sales prices in Gainesville are around $170,000, with $1,400 median rental prices. 



Investment Properties Network takes a team approach to finding our clients the very best investment opportunities available in the Florida Real Estate Market. With offices in Miami and Orlando, we cover the state, thoroughly researching every opportunity we determine is a fit to meet an investor’s criteria. This approach is the key to our success in catering to international and domestic investors, ranging from the experienced investor in commercial and income-producing properties to the first-time buyers of residential properties. Each client is treated with the same care and attention benefiting from our experience in finding the right real estate investment to suit individual investment needs.
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Florida Foreclosure Crisis Update


Despite increases in home prices and a stabilizing housing market, many experts say the foreclosure crisis is far from over. There are investment opportunities throughout the state to purchase foreclosures, pre-foreclosures, short sales, sheriff’s sales and other properties awaiting the fast transactions needed to clear the books. The top 30 cities with such offerings are:

    • SOUTH FLORIDA: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Pompano Beach, West Palm Beach, Miami Beach, Hialeah, Homestead, Boca Raton, Lake Worth, Opa Locka, Boynton Beach
    • CENTRAL/SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Ocala, Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Lakeland, Clearwater, Riverview, Spring Hill, Naples, Kissimmee, Palm Bay, New Port Richey
    • NORTH FLORIDA:  Jacksonville, Pensacola, Panama City,

Buying a foreclosed home is different from buying a typical resale. The property is sold “as is” with little room for negotiation. The buyer will be responsible for repairs and remodeling to flip it, or to make it livable if the property is destined to become a rental. The seller – usually a bank – will require a pre-approval letter from a lender before accepting an offer. Buying a foreclosure is not easy, but the benefits and fantastic pricing are well worth the effort, especially with the help of an agent who knows the ropes and can advise on comparables and timeframes. Since there is usually only one real estate agent involved in these types of transactions, call us – we are experienced in the market.


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Investment Properties Network takes a team approach to finding our clients the very best investment opportunities available in the Florida Real Estate Market. With offices in Miami and Orlando, we cover the state, thoroughly researching every opportunity we determine is a fit to meet an investor’s criteria. This approach is the key to our success in catering to international and domestic investors, ranging from the experienced investor in commercial and income-producing properties to the first-time buyers of residential properties. Each client is treated with the same care and attention benefiting from our experience in finding the right real estate investment to suit individual investment needs.
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Florida – the World’s Golf Capital


Florida is green – not only the luscious landscapes and natural habitat but also the renewable energy initiatives taking hold, the dollars pouring in from tourism and, of course, the golf courses dotting the state. With perpetual sunshine and warm temperatures year-round, Florida’s greens are a golfer’s paradise, and we have some of the best golf courses in the world, both public and private.  Here are a few of Florida golfing gems, courtesy of Golf.com:

Northern Florida:

With a rich history of the earliest settlements in the U.S. where some of the first golf courses were built, along with the natural beauty of the area, and the World Golf Hall of Fame to boot, here golfers delight in finding some of the best courses in the country. Jacksonville, in particular, tops the list for this area’s golfing options. There are 488,000 yards of greens, over 1,220 holes and 70 courses in Jacksonville alone, some designed by best in the business. Visit Jacksonville and the Beaches offers suggestions of the top five courses to play:  In the Beaches area, golf at Windsor Parke, Champions Club and Queens Harbour; in Jacksonville’s Southside District tee off at 4) Deercreek Country Club; and on the Westside, visit 5) Bent Creek Country Club.

The Windsor Parke Golf Club was rated the 4th best new course in the nation for Golf Digest and Golf News rated it in the top 100 golf courses in Florida. The National Golf Course Owners Association recognized the course as being “beginner-friendly.” Voted by Golf Magazine as Florida’s top public course and also seen as the world’s most famous golf course, TPC Sawgrass was designed by Pete Dye in 1981. Every May the PGA Tour comes to this course for The Players Championship. Bent Creek with its 18 holes, the course makes it way through the natural setting of native Florida wetlands and was once voted as one of the Best Places to Play by Golf Digest. Blue Sky was just renovated to the tune of $1.5 million dollars, making it a top contender for one of the must-play courses in Jacksonville. Offering a relaxed atmosphere for the casual golfer, there is no dress code and it is a short drive from everything you love about living or visiting the area. Julington Creek was designed by PGA pros, so it is both challenging but also playable. A public course, Julington Creek Golf Club is rated as one of the top 100 best courses in Florida.

Elsewhere in Northern Florida, the Panhandle region – also called the Emerald Coast because of its striking water color of the Gulf of Mexico, features stunning white sand beaches and terrific golf. Raven at Sandestin hosts the Champions Tour events and sets the standard in service levels for northwest Florida-area courses. Back on the northeast coastal area, St. Augustine, home of the World Golf Hall of Fame, offers world-class golfing at World Golf Village

Central Florida

Home to many professional golfers, both active and retired, Central Florida has more golf courses per capita than any other area in the world.  It seems like half of the PGA Tour makes Orlando home. Bay Hill Club & Lodge was the winter home of the late great Arnold Palmer and is Golf Magazine’s third-best public course in Florida. Reunion Resort open to resort guests only, was designed by three golf legends. Waldorf Astoria Club  is surrounded on three sides by the Disney Resort. The Grand Cypress Resort celebrates its 25th anniversary, the Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club was designed by Steve Smyers, and the course Disney World  is Tom Fazio’s Osprey Ridge, distinguished by its mounds, wetlands and huge, very three-puttable greens.  The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes and Orange County National join Greg Norman-designed Champions Gate to round out the Orlando-area facilities for great golf.

But there is sooooo much more to Central Florida than Orlando. Head west to Tampa and you’ll find Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Golf Resort and the World Woods Golf Club. Farther south, still considered Central Florida but geographically identified as the Southwest coast around Naples and Ft. Myers, you have your choice of golf courses – Naples alone has 80!  Find some great golf at Old Corkscrew, TPC Treviso Bay and Tiburon Golf Club.

South Florida

From the Palm Beaches to Miami, you can find great golfing at both public and private courses. Must-play courses include Trump’s Doral, playing host to the PGA tour for 54 years until 2017, when they moved along and headed to Mexico. Doral is still ranked the sixth best public course in the state. Turnberry Isle is located in Aventura, just north of Miami, and the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens is host to the Ryder Cup, PGA Championship, and multiple Senior PGAs. Also in Palm Beach, the landmark Breakers provides glimpses of the beach. Head north to North Palm Beach for what has been transformed into a marvelous public-access golf course, and even further north to Port St. Lucie to find the PGA Golf Club with terrific views.

Every city in South Florida seems to have a golf course – Miami Beach has two – either associated with a country club or open to the public. Including in the list of the best courses in South Florida find Normandy Shores Golf Club on the shores of Biscayne Bay and Colony West Country Club in Tamarac, just west of Ft. Lauderdale.

Golf properties are hot investments. Contact us to help you find either country club or gated community properties anywhere in the great golf state of Florida!



17% of homebuyers are single women


In the past, women rarely made enough money on their own to afford to buy a house – but that is changing

A recent study by the National Association of Realtors found that 17% of homebuyers are single women compared to 66% being married couples and 7% single men. With women still lagging behind men in earning power, it is surprising that they are buying double the amount of homes. This could be attributed to the fact that women are commanding higher salaries and are entering high-paying industries previously a man’s domain, such as engineering and computer sciences, which could give them the financial confidence to buy a home without a partner. Another reason could be that women are better than men at paying their mortgages on time, and are better with finances in general. A new report from ATTOM Data Solutions shows that women are less likely than men to go into foreclosure. Overall, men have slightly higher foreclosure rates than women, at 73 out of every 10,000 male homeowners, versus 72 out of every 10,000 female homeowners.

Still another reason could be that the number of single mothers far outweighs the number of single fathers. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that out of about 12 million single parent families in 2016, more than 80% were headed by single mothers, giving women a reason to buy a house to create a permanent home for their children.

The National Association of Realtors’ Field Guide to Women Homebuyers reports that the average first-time female homebuyer is 32 years old and lives at home with her parents. She makes about $49,000 a year and the majority have finished college. Rather than stay at home with their parents or putting all of their money towards rent, these single women are saving for down payments and buying a home of their own.

Many single women buy condos for the myriad benefits offered –  security of living in a full-service building, the ability to make friends living in a condo community, access to community resources that single-family homes don’t offer, and the shorter commute to work than living in the suburbs.

cropped-investment_properties_network_iconInvestment Properties Network takes a team approach to finding our clients the very best investment opportunities available in the Florida Real Estate market. With offices in Miami and Orlando, we cover the state, thoroughly researching every opportunity we determine is a fit to meet an investor’s criteria. This approach is the key to our success in focusing on international investors, ranging from first-time buyers of residential properties to the experienced investor in commercial and income-producing property. Each client is treated with the same care and attention benefiting from our experience in finding the right real estate investments to suit individual investment needs. Contact us today!  Tel: (305) 306-9353, Email: info@InvestmentPropertiesNetwork.com. Visit us online at www.InvestmentPropertiesNetwork.com