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Friday, March 29, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

Should You Sell Your Home "As Is"?

Selling a home as-is may seem like a viable option to get out of repairs or other general obligations, but is it the right thing to do? It may seem like the easier choice, but there are some drawbacks to selling a home as-is.

What does Selling As-is Mean?

First, selling a home as-is means that you are selling the property in its current state. It's usually defined in the purchase agreement what the current faults and issues are. Additionally, an as-is sale usually means the owners are not responsible for any repairs or faults found in the home by a home inspection. 

However, that does not mean the owner can fail to list any known issues with the home. For example, if the roof leaks and you know about it, you must be honest when asked. 

Plus, a licensed realtor will need to disclose any defects or structural damage to the home.

Is it worth it to Sell As-Is?

There are pros to selling as-is. While it's not the most desirable way to sell a home, there a ...

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Friday, March 22, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

Where to Buy a Retirement Home in Lake County

Did you know there are over 26,000 homes in Clermont, Leesburg, Tavares, and Mount Dora that are in age-restricted active adult neighborhoods? Where do you begin? What do you look for? We'll take a look at some of the more popular communities in our area.

King's Ridge Clermont
Kings Ridge in Clermont is one of the most established 55+ communities in the Clermont area. Located on 27, the community is convenient to area shopping, even by golf cart. Golf is one of the prime attractions at the community, with two courses on site. Owners can choose a golf membership which grants exclusive access to residents three days a week.  
Trilogy Groveland
Located north on 27, Trilogy is a newer community that boasts plenty of luxurious amenities. energy efficient homes, active lifestyle, and health and wellness are just a few of the features this area offers. Trilogy has a large community center with an athletic club, pool, full restaurant, and entertainment options.

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Friday, March 15, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

Why You Need a Lease Agreement

Whether you are renting as the tenant or the owner, a lease agreement is imperative to protect both parties. It's not as simple to merely have an agreement that states what is owed and when. We'll look at why you need a lease agreement and how to make it easier to come to terms both parties agree with.

Clear Definitions

When you have a lease agreement, put everything you can think of into it so that you have a clear definition as to who is responsible for what. Even if this is a lease between friends or two people that know each other, it's important to have this in writing. 

Consider things such as the following:

How Much is Rent
When is Rent Due
What's the Late Fee 
Where are payments sent
What is the Pet Policy
What is considered Emergency Repairs
Who's responsible for lawn maintenance

This is just a few things to consider. Items will vary depending on the home, the location of the owner, and other special circumstances.  ...

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Friday, March 08, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

What's Brewing in Clermont

Have you noticed that Clermont is hopping? Or should I just say hops? With three new breweries that have opened or will open within six months of each other, let's take a look at the various breweries and pubs in Clermont.

Suncreek Brewery

Suncreek Brewery opened last fall along Minneola Avenue in downtown Clermont. The brewery features a mix of in house and Florida brews, with taps that change weekly, if not daily. The location itself is connected to Michael Ali's Coal Fired Pizza and Savoree, so you can order food and drinks and sit anywhere you'd like. A wide outdoor covered area provides more seating with some cornhole games outside. The brewery is close to the bike trail and popular with cyclists and runners.

Clermont Brewing Company

Coming soon, the Clermont Brewing Company is opening this spring along DeSoto Street, about 2 blocks from  Suncreek. The location will offer live music, beer and wine, and a backyard patio with open air seating. They'll also ser ...

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Friday, March 01, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

How to Unpack and Decorate Your New Home

Now that you're in your new home, where do you begin? A new home is like a blank canvas, a way to start fresh and anew. However, you don't want to be living out of boxes for weeks. Use these tips to get unpacked and decorate your new home in no time.

Hire a Sitter
If you've got kids or pets, hire a sitter for a day or two while you get everything sorted out. It will be easier to get unpacked when you don't have distractions. 

Unwanted Items
If you didn't get rid of the clutter before, now is the time to do it. If something doesn't work in your new home, it likely never will. Set up a pickup date for donation items.

Make Major Improvements 
If you plan to re-do the floors, do it before you move anything in. Why spend time moving furniture? The same can be said for painting, or major kitchen and bath renovations. 

Sketch it Out
You know what the home looks like before you move in. If you can get a copy of the floor plan, make several copies ...

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