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Sunday, May 12, 2019   /   by Charlotte Rose

Top 6 Organization Upgrades That "Spark Joy" For Buyers

Thanks to Marie Kondo and her hit Netflix series “Tidying Up,” home organization is a hot topic right now. Marie encourages her viewers to minimize their possessions and keep only those items that “spark joy.”
With spring in full bloom, now is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning and add organizational systems to your own home. Not only will you clear out clutter, your efforts can actually increase the value of your home.
Ready to give it a try? Here are six home organization ideas that will “spark joy” for you and your property value.
Boost Bathroom Storage Capacity
When was the last time you cleaned out your bathroom cupboards? If it’s been awhile, remove everything and take a look at each item. Toss any old or expired products—keep only what you actually use.
If your vanity has drawers, add drawer organizers, so you have a dedicated space for smaller items, like makeup and jewelry. ...

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  first time home buyers, home buying, sellers, value

Friday, May 10, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

7 Questions You Should Ask Your Property Manager

Before you hire any property manager, you should ask them a few questions. Think of it as a job interview. You want to hire the right person to manage your investment. Consider the following questions to ask a potential property manager.

How many rental units do you manage?

You don't want to get lost in the shuffle of someone who has too many, yet too few and you might be getting a manager that's inexperienced. Ask a few property managers and you should be able to get a range for the area. 

How do you determine the rent amount?

Is your manager experienced in getting a market analysis of your property? Do they have the expertise to factor in any unique aspects of your home?

What are the pricing options?

Does the property management company offer a suite of services, or could you pay per service? knowing up front what the fees are is important. 

What services do you offer?

In this case, you could get what you pay for. a lower rate may also mean t ...

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Friday, May 3, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

4 Things to do with Mom in Lake County, FL

Mother's Day is almost here. Do you have plans with your mom? Here are a few ideas for the different moms we know.

Brunch Loving Moms

If mom loves brunch, she'll love the royal treatment at the Mission Inn in Howey-in-the-hills. Overlooking the plaza on the 17th green of the historic golf course, you have a wide array of breakfast, prime rib, desserts and so much more. Enjoy champagne and mimosas. 

Cheeser's Palace in downtown Clermont also offers a special Mother's Day Menu on Sunday.

Call ahead for both these locations as they do fill up. 

Active Moms

If mom likes the great outdoors, get her out on one of the many waterways in Lake County. From kayaking in the Dora canal
Kayaking in the Dora Canal to exploring nature at the Oakland Nature Preserve, your active mom will love doing any activity that involves the family. Check out some of the hidden gems in South Lake County for more ideas!

Wine & Beer Moms

If mom likes a good wine or a tasty ...

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Friday, April 26, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

Should You Sell a Home without a Realtor?

Do you know what your home is worth? Yes, you can look at Zillow, but websites such as this don't have the amount of data a real estate agent has access to. Market analysis and appraisement play factors in getting the most out of your homes asking price. Remember, Zillow isn't inside your house to know the full value, but running algorithms based on what's trending in your area.


Just because you put a for sale sign up, doesn't mean buyers will clamor to see your home. Getting the most out of selling your home means you should have an MLS (Multiple Listing Service) to show up on real estate searches. Only a real estate agent can get your home listed, or you're paying a fee to a brokerage firm (which defeats some of the purposes of doing it on your own to save money.)

Plus, a realtor not only can list the home for you, he or she is also connected to hundreds of buyers that are out there currently looking for a home. A real estate agency ofte ...

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Friday, April 19, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

5 Steps to Improving Your Credit Score

It's no secret that in order to get the best rate on a mortgage loan, you need good credit. Even if you don't have stellar credit, you may still be able to buy a home with creative financing. However, you should still try to improve your credit score prior to applying for a mortgage to be at the best you can. Here are 5 steps to improving your credit score.

Pay On Time

This one should be obvious, but late payments are a huge red flag to a company trying to give you money. These days, you should set up your payments to happen automatically, either through the credit card or loan company or through your bank. Payment history has a high impact on your credit score and takes 2 years or more to clear from your account. 

Pay Down Balances

This is a little harder especially if you've racked up a lot of credit. However, moving your overall credit card usage down from 75% or more will impact your score. Move it to under 50% for an even greater gain in FICO points.& ...

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