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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 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.

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. 

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

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Friday, May 24, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

Setting a Home Selling Timeline

In an ideal world, you'd list your home for sale and boom, the next day you'd be moving out, cash in hand. In reality, however, selling a home takes a little more time than that. While the national average is about 68 days to sell a home, that range can vary depending on the area, time of year, and price point. Here's what you can expect when setting a timeline to sell your home.

Day 1

Get a real estate agent.

You should interview a potential real estate agent to find out if they are the right fit for you. See how to choose a listing agent here. Be sure it's someone you trust, has a proven track record, and find out their rates. Using an agent to sell your home actually saves you money and gets your home sold faster.

Once you've chosen an agent, find out what the rest of your timeline is. We'll talk estimates below, but he or she will have a better idea with the current market and location you're in.

Next, start decluttering. Clear away what you don't need by donatin ...

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Friday, May 17, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

How to Create A Home Buying Budget

Buying a home, whether it be for the first time or your third, consider setting up a budget to know not just how much home you can afford with monthly payments, but how much does buying that home cost at the start. Here are some things to consider to create a home buying budget. 

Up Front Costs

Buying a home is more than just a down payment. Set aside money for additional costs such as home inspections, title fees, moving expenses. Additionally, if you're selling a home, you may need to make some improvements before listing or after negotiating. And moving into a new home may come with additional repairs or cosmetic changes to make the home your own. 

Be sure to talk to your realtor about upfront costs. Set a reasonable budget for any changes you may need to make as well. Just like on the home improvement shows, buying a home for less may mean you get to do more improvements that are within your budget. 

Down Payment

Before you buy, save for your dow ...

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