How The Outpouring Coffee Shop Aims to Impact the World

I’m here today at a brand-new coffee shop called The Outpouring to speak with Brent Joseph about the important causes they support. I’m excited to be sitting here today with Brent Joseph at The Outpouring, a coffee shop that only just recently opened up. Brent is here to let us all know what this great local business has to offer and what causes it stands for. The Outpouring is a 501(c)(3) non-profit coffee shop here in Clermont, Florida. They are partnered with a children’s home in Malawi, a landlocked country in Southeast Africa. The proceeds from the shop go towards… Read More

The New Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

By Lee Sherrock, Executive Admin The much-anticipated new addition to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Star Wars-themed Galaxy’s Edge land, is now open! From the moment you step through, you feel like you’ve just walked onto the set of one of the movies. It is a truly immersive experience; the attention to detail on everything you see is incredible, from the landscaping to the cast members’ costumes. Replicas of various ships provide plenty of great photo opportunities. There’s a stand that serves the famous blue milk that Luke Skywalker drinks in the original A New Hope film. I didn’t try the… Read More

A Great Realtor Isn’t the Only Thing Homebuyers Need

Picking the right Realtor is important, but so is picking the right lender and the right title company. Here’s why. I was recently joined by Merideth Nagel, the owner and attorney for Concierge Title Services, to talk about the importance of a buyer choosing the right mortgage lender. The closing process is so important to every real estate transaction, but not all homebuyers understand that. Most buyers will go on the internet, find out which lender has the lowest rate, and hire them. That’s not the way to do it. If you see a rate that’s too good to be… Read More

How You Can Ensure Home Sale Success

Selling your home soon? Here are five ways to all but guarantee the success of your sale: 1. Have a professional home staging consultation. A professional home stager will take a good look at your home and offer you meaningful suggestions on how you can show it in its most favorable light. 2. Apply a fresh coat of paint throughout the home or, at the very least, touch up your baseboards to give your home a fresher look. As a bonus tip, you can try covering up little scuffs, nicks, and other imperfections on your walls and baseboards with a… Read More

Meal Prep to Get Ahead

By Lee Sherrock, Executive Admin With school starting up again, finding the time to sit down to a meal at home, let alone make it, can be a challenge. This is where meal prep can be a real time, as well as money, saver, and it doesn’t have to be a daunting task. I decided to give meal prep a go because it was all too easy to stick a frozen, packaged meal in the microwave for lunch or dinner or to just eat out. If I already had a meal waiting in the refrigerator ready to eat as is… Read More

Shining the Business Spotlight on Cricket Stitches

  When Lorelei Hancock, owner of Cricket Stitches, started creating and selling her crafts, she never expected it would be much more than a hobby. Now, though, Cricket Stitches has grown into a successful local business. Lorelei couldn’t be happier to not only have a creative outlet, but also to be paid for it. Cricket Stitches offers gifts for all ages and occasions, including monogrammed burp cloths, stainless steel wine tumblers, custom embroidery, cut vinyl, heat-press vinyl, and more, to local businesses, individuals, and schools. To see for yourself the quality products she makes, visit her website at www.CricketStitches.com or… Read More

Buyer Programs for Purchasing and Renovating Fixer-Uppers

  Affordable move-in ready homes are becoming increasingly difficult to find in our market, and it’s leaving many buyers feeling discouraged. Luckily, Kristin Jamieson from Success Mortgage joins us today to educate buyers about some programs that help buyers purchase fixer-uppers and renovate them into their dream home.  Buyers looking to go this route have two programs to choose from: an FHA 203k loan or a conventional renovation loan offered by Fannie Mae. In their most basic terms, you’ll add the home’s price and the renovation costs you work out with a contractor and possibly a HUD consultant. Then, in… Read More

The Differences Between a Real Estate Team and a Real Estate Agent

When I first got started in real estate, life was great. I was doing a lot of business, and about eight years into my career, I reached a point where I had more business than I could handle on my own. As an individual agent, you have a lot of different hats to wear. I had to be a professional marketer as well as a photographer, I had to go out and show homes; and I was responsible for listing homes, too. There was a point where I had to decide whether I should turn business away and continue working as… Read More

Get an A+ in Back to School Shopping

By Lee Sherrock, Executive Admin It’s just about that time of year again–time to gather pens, pencils, and notebooks and prepare to go back to school! With so many stores currently having sales on supplies, it’s worth taking a bit of time to compare prices and shop around, especially if you’re looking at bigger ticket tech items like computers. Also taking a few minutes to check if you have any supplies left over from the previous year may put a few dollars back in your pocket. While you may find supply lists for your school in-store, you might want to… Read More

How Escrow Deposits Work

Today mortgage expert Kristin Jamieson joins me to clarify how an escrow deposit works and why they’re critical for homebuyers to understand. Ultimately, buyers must make an escrow deposit to the title company within a certain amount of time after the house goes under contract. After the house is under contract, it becomes an exciting time for people, especially those who fought through a bidding war to get to that point. However, in their excitement, they don’t always think about the next steps they should take. Wherever the funds for the deposit come from, lenders are required to document their… Read More

What Can You Find Inside the Citrus Tower?

Today we’re visiting the Citrus Tower, one of Florida’s first tourist attractions, and speaking with its new managing operator Scott Homan about what’s been happening lately with this famous building.  Since taking over in January, things have been pretty hectic for Scott and his wife. During the first month, they looked at bringing in a coffee shop and explored some other options, but then a rush of ideal businesses they were looking for entered the fray, including Happy Troll Games, a board game store, and Tower Arcade and Lounge.  What they’re really excited for, though, is the addition of Mountaineer… Read More

Tips for the Non-Traveling World Traveler

By Brandie Mathison-Klein, CEO My husband and I recently had the opportunity to visit Rome, Italy which has been on our bucket list for many years. What an amazing experience! If you have ever been to New York City, you can kind of get a feel for the traffic and bustle of people that Rome has. We thankfully took the advice from a few friends who had traveled there, which made our experience much better. Here are the top 3 travel tips that I would have to give to you if you are planning a trip to Rome any time… Read More