Friday, November 02, 2018 / by Harvey Rosenberg
If you have or are considering investing in a rental property, you may wonder how to keep it safe. Unlike when you're living in the home you own, you don't always know what's going on at your rental. We have four ways to improve the safety of your home rental that can help put your mind at ease.
Home security cameras have become an affordable option. Investing in outdoor cameras angled by entry doors allow you to wirelessly view for any intruders. Note, this needs to be apparent in your rental agreement with your tenants. But if you have work being done, this is another way to be sure the companies you hire are treating your property respectfully. Of course, a property management company does have vetted and licensed professionals that ensure you get quality work done as well.
A quick and simple fix is to have motion activated lighting on the garage and entry doors. This is not only convenient for your renters but provides an added sa ...
Friday, October 26, 2018 / by Harvey Rosenberg
Is it time to sell, or is it time to buy. The answer could be both as the housing market in Orlando is showing a healthy growth this year, but could dip into 2019.
The US is down, but Orlando is up
According to the National Association of Realtors, overall existing home sales (not new construction) declined throughout most of the United States by mid-year. Interestingly, however, Orlando prices continued up, just slightly slower than earlier in the year.
This is great news for sellers that want to fetch a higher price.
Even better news, the Orlando housing affordability index in August was 129.58. According to the World Property Journal,
"An affordability index of 99 percent means that buyers earning the state-reported median income are 1 percent short of the income necessary to purchase a median-priced home. Conversely, an affordability index that is over 100 means that median-income earners make more than is necessary to qualify ...
Friday, October 19, 2018 / by Harvey Rosenberg
We all want to make the most money out of listing and selling a home. Typically, however, home improvements do increase the home's value, and spending a little money, can get you a bigger return. We're not talking complete kitchen remodels here.
Here are four inexpensive improvements that can increase the likelihood of selling your home faster.
A fresh coat of neutral paint does wonders for improving your home, both inside and out. While you may love bold colors, it doesn't mean a potential buyer does. Stick with neutrals for exterior and interior. Pops of color can be added on outdoor trim, or with decorations inside the house.
Updating door handles, drawer pulls, and cabinet knobs give your home a modern look. It doesn't have to cost much and can be easy to do in just a few hours.
Give your curb appeal the best face forward by pressure washing your driveway and sidewalks. Living in a humid climate, mold and mildew build ...
Friday, October 12, 2018 / by Harvey Rosenberg
Part of selling or buying a new home is the packing and moving. Before you pack, however, decluttering should be done. Getting rid of things you don’t use or don’t need will make the packing smoother and more organized. Here are a few ways to declutter before you move.
How many kitchen gadgets do you have that serve only one purpose? And is one that you use often? If not, it could go. Things like an apple corer/peeler/slicer are only good for the apples. The same job can be done by a vegetable peeler and a knife, and take up a lot less room. There’s a gadget for everything out there (watermelon slicer, anyone?) If you’re not using it, or it doesn’t serve multiple functions, like a good kitchen knife, it’s time to go.
The same can be said for cookware. Make sure you have a good set of pots and pans. Anything with broken handles or a chipped cooking area, it’s no longer safe.
Glassware is another area that can potentia ...
Friday, October 05, 2018 / by Harvey Rosenberg
It's October, and while the leaves may not be falling in Central Florida just yet, there's still plenty of Halloween themed activities to do for some Fall Fun.
Jack's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch recently opened in the Clermont area. Located at 16813 Schofield Road, they are offering family fun on the weekends. Activities include pony rides, hay rides, a corn maze, pumpkin patch and food and drinks. Read more about them here.
A long-standing tradition, Long & Scott's farm has a corn maze open on the public on the weekends through November. Located in Zellwood, the farm is about a 25-minute drive from Clermont. The farm also has a fall market and cafe open where you can buy more than your share of corn, along with other fresh produce. Learn more here.
Each weekend at Southern Hill Farms, you'll find a fall festival and pumpkin patch. Also, Lake Catherine Farms has live music each weekend.
Our local winery, Lakeridge Winery ...