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IT author and wife purchase $1.1M home in Alaqua Lakes

An IT author and his wife recently bought this Alaqua Lakes Estates home for $1.4 million.

Eric D. Grebler, a prolific author of teaching books covering a wide spectrum of computer and software applications, recently paid $1.1 million for a home in Longwood's Alaqua Lakes Estates.

Grebler and his wife Kara made the purchase on March 17, according to a Seminole County deed recorded five days later. The sellers of the property were listed as Wilmington Savings Fund Society FSB as trustee for Stanwich Mortgage Loan, Trust Series 2012-2013.


The Greblers obtained a $880,000 mortgage on the home from First Green Bank of Mount Dora.

Kathy Stoner, an agent for Premier Realty Partners of Orlando, represented the Greblers in the purchase. Stoner said the couple moved to Longwood from nearby Heathrow.


"They really liked the school district," Stoner said. "Also, they are very social people and Alaqua Lakes Estates provides a lot of community events."

The home, built in 2008, has 5,929 square feet of living space, including four bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms, according to Seminole County Property Appraiser records. It was last sold in August 2016 for nearly $1.64 million, property appraiser records show.

Other features include Italian porcelain flooring, tray and vaulted ceilings, custom cabinetry and granite throughout the house, a theater room, wet bar and wine cellar. The garage has room for six cars and the lanai and pool area come with a summer kitchen, Argentinian grill and fire place.

Grebler has written nearly a dozen books that try to simplify software applications for IT amateurs and beginners. They include "Adobe Ignition Ignite," which explains how musicians can use the product to mix, edit and process audio; and "3D Programming for Teens [with CDROM]," a step-by-step introduction to 3D game programming for teenagers and non-programmers.

Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Grebler also gives well-attended training sessions around the world, according to his on-line biography. In addition to writing books, he has developed curriculum and resource material on technical topics including computer graphics, operating systems, digital audio and office suites.

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