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Friday, May 03, 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.


Promotion

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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Friday, April 12, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

Passive Income by Investing in Rental Properties

Recently, we came across an article about how to make a passive income in 2019. Passive income, in theory, is income you generate by doing nothing, being passive rather than active. The idea is that you set something up and sit back while the money rolls in. You can read the full article here. 

The truth is, no income is truly passive, or we'd all be doing it. From that list, having a rental property is probably the closest you can get to having a passive income. Of course, there are a few things to note before you can make it a fully passive income.



Finding the Right Rental Property

Do your research. Does the area support a lot of rental homes? Would yours be one of many, or could it stand out in the crowd? Before finding a passive revenue stream, you'll need to be active in finding the right location. 

Hiring a real estate agent that's not only versed in buying homes but deals with rental homes, either leasing or managing, will help you find the ri ...

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Friday, April 05, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

What to do in the Clermont area This Spring

Spring is here, and with it, plenty to do in the Clermont area. Here are a few popular events to check out.


Clermont Water Festival

The Clermont Water Festival is in its sixth year and happening on May 18th from 7:30 - 4 PM. Taking place at Clermont Waterfront Park, everyone is invited to attend. The all-day festival includes dragon boat races, a 5k race, canoe races, live stage entertainment, and food and craft vendors. The dragon boats are an exciting thing to see on Lake Minneola. The event is sponsored by New Beginnings, 


Blueberries

It's blueberry season and many of the area farms are open for picking. In addition to bringing home pounds of fresh Florida blueberries, the farms often have family-friendly events on the weekends. Check out the events pages at these local farms.


Southern Hill Farm
Lake Catherine Blueberries
Blueberry Hill Farm


First Friday

It's the first Friday of the month and that means First Friday in downtown Clermont ...

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