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Orlando, Florida represents the sixth largest city in the American south. The city was either named for an early settler following the third Seminole war between the U.S. Army and area tribes in the 1850s, or a character in a Shakespeare Comedy. Conflicting stories about the name's origins have yet to be reconciled. Regardless of how Orlando got its name, the city remains an excellent place to buy a home, and stands ready to help you find one.

Orlando is known for its sunny weather, its semi-official designation as the theme park capital of the world, and its status as a major destination for both conventions and trade shows. As a result of all that activity, it's also one of the most often visited cities in America, with Walt Disney World, Epcot Center, Universal Studios, Gatorland, Wet 'n Wild, and a veritable host of other major theme park attractions calling the city home. Besides the resort commerce that the city of Orlando generates, it is home to several other major employers, including the 120 hi-tech firms that call the Central Florida Research Park home: Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Darden Restaurants, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Kennedy Space Center, the cruise ship terminal Port Canaveral, and multiple area universities and colleges. With so many great economic opportunities, it's easy to see why the Orlando metro area has consistently enjoyed low unemployment rates, while attracting many to buy a home there. Add to all of that the fact that the region boasts some of the most reasonable housing prices in the country, and you can begin to see why Orlando should be a serious consideration in your hunt for a new home to purchase. Besides its thriving economy and multiple destination entertainment options, the city is also home to an eclectic and respected arts and culture scene known for producing international musical talent, a thriving local theater community, and six professional and division one sports teams, including the Orlando Magic of the NBA, The Orlando City Football Club of Major League Soccer, and the University of Central Florida's top-ranked NCAA teams.