When Is the Best Time for You to Sell Your Home?

Florida typically has a pretty strong real estate market throughout the year, but there is a specific time frame where homes tend to sell for more money in less time.   Our real estate market here in Florida is actually pretty good all year round. However, there is one specific time of year where you can expect to sell a little faster and for a little more money. The statistics show that if you list anywhere between February and August, that’s the prime market to maximize your home sale. If you have any questions for me, don’t hesitate to reach… Read More

A Quick Market Update for You

The Lake County real estate market is beneficial to both buyers and sellers right now. Here’s how.   Our real estate market in Lake County is super hot right now. It’s a strong market that benefits both buyers and sellers. Homes are selling quickly and for great prices, while buyers can still get a mortgage rate under 4%. Closed sales are up over 17% from this time last year, the average days on market is about 39 days, and the average list-to-sale price is 97%. Home values are also up by about 11% on average. At the same time, we… Read More

It’s Never Too Late to Start a Budget

By Lee Sherrock, Executive Admin Tax season is upon us again, and as you gather all of the necessary documents and go through receipts, it’s the perfect time to consider starting a budget if you don’t have one already. Looking back at the previous year’s expenses may be just the motivation to get started. And creating a budget doesn’t have to be intimidating or complicated. An app that crunches the math for you, like Mint, is handy and perfect if numbers aren’t your thing, but all you really need to begin is a piece of paper and a pen or… Read More

Investing Your Tax Return in a Home Purchase

I’m sharing how it could benefit you to use your tax return toward a home purchase. Today we’re discussing how you can use your tax return to buy a new home. Tax time is right around the corner. If you’ve already gotten your W-2s, you may have already filed your taxes and are awaiting your tax return. I have a recommendation for what to do with that tax return. You should consider speaking with a lender about what you could be approved for on a home purchase and using your tax return toward buying a house. It could be money… Read More

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