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Moving to Orlando in 2023: Things You Need to Know

Kathy Williams April 25, 2024

Are you thinking about moving to Orlando, Florida in 2023? If yes, here are some things you need to know before making your move. This entry can also be watched on YouTube for further information.

Theme Parks

Most people who move to Orlando are excited about the many theme parks we have like Disney, Sea World, Universal, and all the other great ones.

What else is there to do besides theme parks?

There are many other things you can do besides going to theme parks.
  • We have two professional sports teams and they’re fantastic and I love going to their games.
  • We have a vibrant art scene where there’s live music, and music venues both large and small, and we have some great art galleries too.
  • We have so many different unique restaurants. I love the local food scene!
  • We have tons of outdoor activities like golf, pickleball, hiking, or watersports such as paddle boarding, swimming, and boating.


The big elephant in the room are the hurricanes. One thing we do for our clients is that we verify if the home they’re relocating in is a flood zone or not.
The other elephant in the room is the heat. We have lots of water parks, swimming pools, and air conditioning for you to take advantage of. It can get brutally hot from May to October so be aware of that. 


The expansion of the I-4 in the Orlando area just made things a lot better. Toll roads run in the middle of the I-4 and you can pay to hop on these and avoid some of the heavy traffic. 
We also have a lot of expressways that you can take so you can avoid I-4. The other option we have is the sunrail that runs everyday from Sanford to all the stops and stops at all the hospitals. 

Cost of Living

With the increase of the cost in everything, prices have also gone up in Orlando from housing to everyday things like gas, groceries, going out to eat at restaurants. Everything has been so much more expensive than it was because of inflation and the cost of living.
Prices for houses and apartments for rent are pretty expensive but it hasn’t gone up a lot in the last year. Though it has somewhat stabilized, it has already risen so much in the past few years. A house is going to be about $2,400 to rent and apartments everywhere from $1,500 and up. You might find some less expensive, but that’s pretty much the average for the rent. Prices for homes have also gone up in the past few years.

If you’re going to make a move to the Orlando area and buy a home in the Orlando market, here’s what you’re going to need to know

Interest rates are all over the news. They’re higher than they’ve been in many years. And they don’t seem to be coming down in the foreseeable future.
What I recommend for anyone that’s buying:
  1. Get with a great lender – someone who knows different options to help you get the rate down.
  2. Get pre-qualified with a lender – it’s a good idea to connect with your lender that your real estate agent works with. 
  3. Research the area – there’s a lot of good information out there to help you research and get guidance from your agent.
  4. Location – there are plenty of online resources to check school ratings and if there are good amenities nearby.
  5. Home Inspection – when you get a home under contract, you definitely want to get a home inspection and your real estate agent should be able to help you.


Consider the cost and make sure you have enough money saved up for closing costs and down payment. If you are in any of the helping professions, there’s a program called Hometown Heroes that can help you with some of those costs.
For more information, download our free relocation guide here or watch our videos through our YouTube channel. Contact us for any questions you may have.

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