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

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