The Homestead Exemption Deadline Is Fast Approaching

Have you already filed for your homestead exemption? If not, do so ASAP! Here’s how. If you purchased a home in the last year and you haven’t yet filed for your homestead exemption, you need to do so as soon as possible—the deadline is March 1, 2020. It’s very simple, and doing so could get you two key benefits: 1. It protects your property taxes from going up according to market values. 2. It also protects you from certain legal resources. Click here to file your homestead exemption for Lake County | Orange County |  Polk County. Don’t hesitate to… Read More

How Mathison-Klein Group Gives Sellers an Edge

Here are some simple yet powerful reasons why you should consider us to represent you in our market today. If you’re considering selling your home, one of the biggest decisions is who you should hire to help handle the process and the sale. In our area, homes sell for an average of 96% of their list price. The average home sale in our area is about $300,000, so if the average seller is negotiating away 4% of their property’s list price, they’re losing upwards of $12,000. Here at the Mathison-Klein Group, however, we’re proud to say that our average sale… Read More

Getting Organized for the New Year

By Lee Sherrock, Executive Admin The start of a new year is a great time to consider decluttering and getting organized! Whether it’s just the garage or the entire house, here are some tips to get started: Make a plan. It’s all too easy to get sidetracked when you’re going through stuff. Decide which areas you’re going to tackle and in what order, and then stick to the plan. Start with one small area, e.g. a linen closet or pantry. Getting even one small space in order helps keep you motivated until you’re ready to move on to the bigger… Read More

Why Advanced Directives Are as Important as Your Will

Having advanced directives in place is just as important as having a will or a trust set up. Here’s why. Today we are honored to be joined by Merideth Nagel, P.A., to talk about advanced directives and why they should be a priority for anybody who has a will or a trust. “These are things that will be taken care of while you’re still alive.”    An advanced directive is a term that lawyers use to describe documents that someone with an estate will need to sign to answer questions about who can make healthcare decisions for them, who their… Read More

The Differences Between Being Approved By a Mortgage Lender and a Local Bank

Today I’m joined by Jennifer Micklos from Movement Mortgage to spell out the differences between being approved by a mortgage lender and a local bank.  Jennifer Micklos from Movement Mortgage often talks to Realtors who tried to urge their clients to call her about financing their next home purchase, but their clients preferred to go through their local bank because of the relationship they already had. Many people think they’ll get special treatment by working with their banks, and that’s not always the case; banks can be more restrictive about how much money one can spend and which programs they… Read More

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen

By Lee Sherrock, Executive Admin If you’re looking for a restaurant that will satisfy both your appetite and your sweet tooth, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen in Universal Orlando’s CityWalk is just the ticket! Toothsome features a steampunk theme, and you’ll also meet characters walking around the restaurant in costume. Stepping inside, you can proceed directly to dessert if you would like to—there is a HUGE assortment of delectable treats to choose from. At a separate counter, you can order milkshakes and sundaes to go or to enjoy there; there is both indoor and outdoor seating. I… Read More

Real Estate Market Update for December

Our 2019 market was fantastic, and 2020 looks like it will continue the trend. Here’s why.   Before we bring in the new year, today we’ll be going over a quick end-of-year market update. Whether you were a buyer or seller, 2019 was a great year for real estate. We’ve been in a seller’s market throughout the year, but buyers have been able to take advantage of incredibly low interest rates.   “Whether you were a buyer or seller, 2019 was a great year for real estate.”   Currently, our average sale-to-list price ratio is sitting at 97%, and homes… Read More

Know the Top 5 Questions to Ask When Listing Your Home

These are the five most important questions you should ask a real estate agent when you’re considering listing your home on the market. Here are five important questions to ask a real estate agent before you hire them so that you can be sure you have the best representation possible: 1. “Are you a full-time or part-time agent?” You want to ensure that you’re listing your home with an agent who focuses on selling real estate full-time. 2.  “What is your average days on market?” Your goal is to work with an agent who has low average days on market…. Read More

How to Purchase a Home with Zero Money Down

Today we’re joined by Jennifer Micklos from Movement Mortgage to discuss a new loan product: the Dream to own Program. Learn more here. Many homebuyers think that they need a huge down payment in order to buy a home. It’s one of the biggest obstacles that people have to overcome when they’re thinking of buying a home. So, Movement Mortgage came out with their Dream to Own Program, which allows you to buy a home with little to no money down and takes care of at least a portion of your closing costs. You don’t even have to be a… Read More

How Closing on Your Home Just Got Easier

Starting next year, a new law will be passed in the state of Florida that will allow Realtors to conduct electronic closings. What does this mean for you? I’m joined today by Meredith Nagel of Concierge Title Services to find out.  According to Meredith, this law is something those in the title world have been working on for a few years. Essentially, it’s designed to keep up with the realities of modern life. It’s difficult for someone to take three hours out of their day to drive to a closing, so the convenience of being able to do this online… Read More

Fun Fall Activities Around Central Florida

Temperatures here may not be quite fall-like yet, but there are still plenty of fun fall activities to do around Central Florida! If you’re looking for some weekend adventures, try checking out some of these events: Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire, Tavares November 1, 2, 3, 9, & 10 www.lakerenfaire.com In a medieval mood? This renaissance faire features over 100 entertainers, jousting, shops, and of course, food! Fall Fiesta in the Park, Orlando November 2 & 3www.fiestainthepark.com Head to Lake Eola Park for this pet friendly event that includes food, arts and crafts, live music, and a kid zone!… Read More

The Top 3 Reasons Why a Home Doesn’t Sell

If a home fails to sell, it’s likely due to one of three factors. Learn what they are here. Typically, if your listing fails to sell, you can pin the reason why down to one or a combination of three factors: 1. The home isn’t priced correctly. A home that is overpriced, for example, will sit on the market for a long time, causing buyers to wonder what’s wrong with it. This leads to a listing becoming stagnant. Make sure that you stay in touch with the market in terms of your pricing. If your home has been on the… Read More