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Friday, July 05, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

What does the Fair Housing Act Mean for Your Rental?

What does the Fair Housing Act Mean?

The short answer is that the Fair Housing Act protects tenants from housing discrimination. This is a federal law, applied across the United States. 

This essentially means you cannot discriminate renting your home based on age, gender, race, religion, familial status, national origin, or sexual preference. 

Additionally, the equal credit opportunity acts state that a credit application may not be discriminated against because of the above as well as if the applicant's income derives from any public assistance program.

That being said, it's not discrimination if the applicant does not meet the credit score or income requirements. Everyone is allowed to apply, but may not be approved based on financial requirements. 


What about age-restricted communities?

While the FHA bans discrimination against families with children, if the property qualifies as senior housing, age restrictions are allowed.


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Friday, June 28, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

Fourth of July Fun in Lake County

It's almost that time of year to celebrate our independence. In 2019, on our 243rd American Independence anniversary, here's where you can celebrate in Lake County, Florida.


Clermont
This year the City of Clermont will have a Patriotic Pet Parade. The parade will start on the waterfront walking trail at 6:30 pm on July 4th. Additional entertainment and food will also be at the waterfront park starting at 6 pm, along with the Ultimate Journey Tribute Show playing int eh pavilion. Fireworks start at 9:15 pm.


Groveland
Lake Catherine Blueberries in Groveland will have a dueling firework show, video game truck, water tag, food trucks, music stages and more. Lake Catherine is located on 5849 Lake Catherine Road. The event is free and begins at 4 pm. 


Mount Dora
Mou Dora will celebrate with Freedom on the Waterfront, which will take place this year on July 3rd, from 5 pm on. The annual parade will take place on the 4th at 10 am. 


Tavares
Tavares will have th ...

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Friday, June 21, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

How to Sell Your Home from Afar

It may be easier to sell a home when you don't live in it. But if you live far enough that you can't get to it often, it can be challenging to sell your home. Follow these steps to sell your home when you don't live nearby. 


Make sure you have a Realtor
This is definitely not one of those times to try a for sale by owner. You need someone on the ground near the house to check on inspections, show the house, handle negotiations and price accordingly. Remember, Zillow is not always accurate.




Decide on Staging
Some areas do well with empty homes while others do better with envisioning what it looks like as occupied. Decide with your realtor if your home needs to be staged with furniture or not. 


Hire a Cleaning Team
Every week or every other week, have a cleaning service go in and clean the house. Even though no one may be living there, dust settles. Hopefully, you have potential buyers in and out of the house as well, so having it clean will keep the fresh ...

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Friday, June 14, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

How to Take Care of Your Yard in a Florida Summer

If you ever lived in the north, you'll soon see that taking care of your yard in Florida is quite different from what you may be used to. Keep your yard in top shape during these hot, humid, and rainy months with these tips.


Lawn Care
Because it's a subtropical climate, we get a lot of rain, reducing your need for water. Occasionally, however, we'll have dry patches. Turn off your automated sprinkler system and water as needed. Wait until late in the day to see if we have any rain. Additionally, watering midday will only evaporate most of the water due to the heat. 

With the amount of rain, comes a lot of growth. You'll likely see your lawn shoot up even a day after mowing. Keep your blades sharpened at least once a month. Mow early in the day to keep the heat, and rain, at bay.

Weeds may run rampant with the amount of rain as well. Weed killers during the hot months may damage the turf, so mow or dig these out as necessary. 

Tree Care
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Friday, May 31, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

Stay Cool this Summer with these Activities

Summertime in Florida means something different than the rest of the country. With temperatures already climbing into the 90s, we need ways to stay cool and still enjoy our summer. Check out these activities in the area to keep your cool.


Bowling
Bowling may feel a little retro these days, but it's inside and air-conditioned. Bonus if you have kids, Clermont Bowling offers discounts any day the kids are not in school. That's all summer long! AMF in Leesburg also offers discounts for the kids, or check out Break Point Alley in Tavares.


Boating
Heading out on the lake may mean you're outdoors, but that's not a bad thing when you can cruise through any of the thousands of lakes in Lake County. There's the Harris Chain of Lakes, Clermont's Chain of Lakes, Lake Dora, and more. If you don't have your own boat, rentals and fishing charters are available throughout the county. 


Theatre
Enjoy a live performance at one of the county's many performing arts centers. Popular ...

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