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Thursday, August 13, 2020   /   by Charlotte Rose

Is Now a Good Time to Buy or Sell Real Estate?

Traditionally, spring is one of the busiest times of the year for real estate. However, the coronavirus outbreak—and subsequent stay-at-home orders—led many buyers and sellers to put their moving plans on hold. In April, new listings fell nearly 45%, and sales volume fell 15% compared to last year.1
 
Fortunately, as restrictions have eased, we’ve seen an uptick in market activity. And economists at Realtor.com expect a rebound in July, August, and September, as fears about the pandemic subside, and buyers return to the market with pent-up demand from a lost spring season.2
 
But given safety concerns and the current economic climate, is it prudent to jump back into the real estate market?
 
Before you decide, it’s important to consider where the housing market is headed, how it could impact your timeline and ability to buy a home, and your own individual needs and circumstances.
 
 
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR THE HOUSING MARKET?
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Friday, January 31, 2020   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

4 Unique Places to Have Coffee in the Clermont area

If you're looking to avoid the crowds at the popular and chain coffee shops, we have the places for you. These 4 unique coffee shops in the Clermont area not only serve good coffee, but are unique, and small businesses. You'll support the community by popping into one of these places for a cup of joe.


Energy Lab
While it sounds like a place to go get energized, it is and it's more than that. The Energy Lab location is in the bike shop, along the bike trail, in downtown Clermont. The fun is in watching the coffee brew in their test tubes. It's unlike any other coffee shop in this steampunk coffee brew. Additionally, they have teas, smoothies, and homemade treats. They're also a WiFi Free zone so you know you won't be crowded with users on their laptops.

Mountaineer Coffee
Mountaineer coffee opened in Brooksville in 2016. This is more than just a coffee shop, this is where the roasting happens. They roast their beans on a daily basis. You can choose to enjoy a cup or buy a bag ...

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Friday, January 24, 2020   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

Why You Might Need Flood Insurance

Home insurance can be a tricky thing. You might think it covers your entire home in case of unforeseen conditions. However, different circumstances may be outside your traditional policy. For example, if you have damage due to a hurricane, you may pay a higher deductible. And if you're home is flooded, the homeowner's insurance may not cover it at all. 
Let's talk about these reasons why you might need Flood Insurance in addition to your normal policy.

Standard homeowners insurance policies do not cover floods. 
The National Flood Insurance Program, also known as NFIP, allows property owners to purchase affordable protection against flood loss. These policies pay regardless if there is a national disaster declaration in place. 
If you live in a "Flood Zone" you may be required by your mortgage to carry flood insurance.
Even if you don't live in a flood zone, flood insurance claims outside that zone account for over 25% of insurance claims.
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Friday, January 17, 2020   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

Steps to Choosing a Property Manager

If you’ve had a property for a while, and are ready to not DIY it anymore, you need to find a good property manager. Here’s how you should select a property manager that’s right for you.

Check Accreditation
First and foremost, be sure the property manager you’re looking at has the appropriate accreditation for your state. In some states that may mean a real estate license, in others that may mean simply a certification. 

In our home state of Florida, a property manager needs a real estate broker license. 

Interview
Yes, interview the potential property manager. You need to know their experience with renting properties, with handling maintenance, dealing with renter requests, finances and more. They should also know about local market trends, what homes rent for. 
Additionally, ask how many properties he or she manages. Does he or she have any employees. Is there a 24-hour emergency hotline? What about maintenance vendors. How does th ...

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Friday, January 10, 2020   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

Luxury Properties Under 1 Million for Sale under in Lake County, Florida

Here's a quick look at some luxury properties for sale in our area. When you're ready to upgrade, be sure to reach out to us here to view these homes and negotiate on your behalf.

Carrera Drive, The Villages, Florida
This 3 bedroom, 3 bath home has over 3100 square feet. located on the 14th hole of the Tierra Del Sol Championship Golf Course in The Villages Active 55+ Community. The open and airy floor plan is spacious, includes plenty of closet and storage space, yet the feel is comfortable and relaxing. Enjoy the ability to entertain in the formal dining room or have dinner for two in the eat-in kitchen overlooking the pool. The covered back porch is accessible from 3 sets of sliding doors if you want to take in the pool and golf course views. When the sun is too strong just flip a switch and the electronic sunscreen will enclose the covered porch allowing for shade and privacy without eliminating the beautiful views. This home has so many extras such as designer California close ...

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