Back in October, we checked in on the state of the real estate market in Florida. A review of the market showed that, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the real estate market in Florida is booming. Home sales are up! Central Florida is attracting new residents from across the country who are taking advantage of historically low interest rates. While many think of Florida as a destination for retirees and snowbirds, an increase in job opportunities in Central Florida is allowing a younger demographic to take advantage of the enviable weather and attractions that Florida offers. If you’re dreaming of life in Central Florida but are still working, we’ve got some good news. At Showcase Properties, we’ve noticed that a number of large corporations are recruiting in the area and are excited to share these opportunities with you.

New Job Opportunities in Florida

Across the United States, the job market has been severely impacted by the Coronavirus. Businesses have slowed or shut down, leaving many people unemployed and creating a more competitive job market. Despite the national trend, Orlando, Ocala, and much of Florida have become hot spots for job opportunities. According to WUFT News,The most common age demographic moving to Marion County right now is working-age individuals and families, between the ages of 18 and 65.” Large corporations are recruiting for both permanent and seasonal jobs across Florida. Here are a few companies actively recruiting in our area.

Chewy

If you have pets, you’ve heard of Chewy. The online pet supply retailer delivers pet food, prescriptions, and supplies for your furry friends. The demand for home delivery services skyrocketed during COVID and, like many online retailers, Chewy boomed. Now a $30 billion company, Chewy employs 17,000 people nationwide and more than 3,000 of their employees are in Florida. According to Chewy CEO Sumit Singh, “Florida remains Chewy’s home base.” Currently hiring managers and fulfillment specialists in Ocala, Chewy is just one place you can look for employment when moving to Florida.

Amazon

If you’re looking to spend the winter in Florida and need seasonal work, look no further than Amazon. The Christmas delivery rush is upon us and the company is hiring 100,000 workers across the country to help deliver the gifts and packages. 5,200 of those new hires will be in Florida, according to ClickOrlando.com. Amazon has been purchasing industrial space in Orlando and throughout Central Florida, so you can expect to see more Amazon distribution jobs in the future. To see the full list of Florida-based Amazon job opportunities, check the career page on their website.

Dollar Tree

A brick and mortar retail chain, Dollar Tree has grown this year despite the effects of COVID on the US economy. The Dollar Tree brand encompasses two chains of discount variety stores, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar. The company operates more than 15,000 stores and employs over 193,000 sales associates. Dollar Tree even plans to build a new distribution center in Marion County. Currently hiring in both Ocala and the surrounding area, a job with Dollar Tree might be just what you need to transition to your new life in Florida.

FedEx

A global company, FedEx operates in the transportation, e-commerce, and business sectors. FedEx has a strong corporate culture where “People are the foundation of our success.” Their goal is to provide a safe, inclusive, and rewarding employee environment where growth and learning are priorities to help employees succeed. Since FedEx is building a new distribution center in Central Florida and currently hiring all across Florida,there’s a good chance you’ll find a position that suits your talents.

AutoZone

The leading retailer and distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories, AutoZone, Inc. operates over 5,800 stores in the United States. In order to meet the increased demand for their products, the company is planning to hire more than 20,000 new employees. Positions include delivery drivers, parts sales managers, and full and part-time sales associates. If you’re looking to relocate to Ocala, you’re in luck. Ocala is home to an AutoZone distribution center and you’ll find plenty of job openings in a variety of positions.

Remote Positions

As the threat of COVID lingers, more jobs are transitioning to work from home situations. If your job already has you working remotely, it may be time to relocate to Florida. As the popularity of Zoom, Webex, Microsoft Teams, and Slak rises, more companies are hiring for remote positions. Expand your next job search to include remote positions and you may be surprised at how easy it is to move to Marion County this winter.

Finding the Perfect Home

A booming real estate market and growing employment opportunities make this a wonderful time for first-time home buyers in Central Florida. Since we’ve solved the problem of where you’ll work in Florida, it’s time for the fun part — choosing the perfect home. The market is hot and houses are selling quickly, but Showcase Properties of Ocala has a number of properties available right now. Conveniently located near many employers in Central Florida’s flourishing economy, you’re sure to find the home of your dreams.

If you’ve ever thought of immersing yourself in the countryside on a mini-farm complete with riding trails and stable, Ocala has the home for you. This Ocala 2 bedroom home could easily convert to 3 bedrooms and has everything you need to enjoy the area.

Have you always dreamed of living in a new home? You can grab brand new construction in quickly growing NW Ocala, like this well equipped home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. NW Ocala is seeing tremendous growth offering convenience to the neighborhoods and new employment opportunities.

Why not create some revenue as you transition to Ocala? This duplex has a solid rental history and each side offers 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Low maintenance and a great location, you can live on one side and rent out the other side to help financially transition to your new town.

If you’re looking for a comfortable neighborhood and beautiful home, White Oak Estate offers an amazing location, just minutes from Ocala’s downtown shopping, dining, and event options. Featuring a home office to work from and an enclosed lanai to relax and enjoy the Central Florida sun, you’ll find everything you need in this 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home.

There are so many home styles in Marion county. Whether you want to live in town, on a farm, or somewhere in-between, Showcase Properties can help you find the perfect home. Don’t forget that Ocala is just under 80 miles from Orlando. Whether you drive to Orlando for work or entertainment, you can choose to live outside the big city in beautiful Ocala.

Get Started Today

If you’re looking to buy a home in Ocala or the surrounding area, our Showcase Properties agents are here to help. Whether you are relocating for work, retirement, or buying your first home, we have the friendly expertise to help you find the perfect home. Browse Central Florida listings or talk to a Showcase agent about finding your dream home. Contact us today. When you move to Ocala, we know you’ll fall in love with where you live.