How the Probate Process Works for Real Estate

Today I’m joined by attorney Merideth Nagel, P.A. to break down the probate process in its simplest terms. During the probate process, documentation (e.g., a written will or the Florida statutes) is presented to a judge allocating the property and possessions of a deceased friend or relative. The judge then must authenticate this documentation saying who is allowed to own what’s included in the documentation. What happens with any real estate that needs to be probated? There’s a common misconception that the power of attorney passes onto the children after a parent passes away, but that’s not true. If the… Read More

Vida 365 Is the Perfect Place for a Healthy Dish

If you’re looking for a great, healthy meal, look no further. Today I’d like to shine the spotlight on one of my favorite Clermont spots, Vida 365. I sat down with chef/owner James Pagan and found out that, on top of great food and tasty drinks, his restaurant is built on something more. He and his wife opened Vida 365 almost three years ago with a personal goal in mind. After James’ brother passed away from cancer 16 years ago, he knew he wanted to become more responsible about what food he provides people. “ He wanted to become more… Read More

Looking for Fine Dining in Clermont? Try Root & Branch

Recently, we took a trip out to Root & Branch Restaurant to find out what the hype is all about. You can follow along in the video above for a behind-the-scenes look at our experience. From the very beginning of our visit, it was clear that we were in for quite a treat. But before digging into some of their delicious food, we sat down with chef and owner AJ Kraft to talk about how Root & Branch came to be. AJ has been working in restaurants for more than 20 years at this point. He has always wanted to… Read More

Why I Traded Snow for Sunshine

Lee Sherrock, Executive Admin Seeing all of the recent record low temperatures and snowfall across the country on the news reminded me why I moved to Florida 10 years ago. As much as I loved playing in the snow when I was a kid, digging a car out of a mountainous snowdrift as an adult wasn’t quite nearly as much fun. Making the move to Florida from New York City, where I grew up, wasn’t a decision that was made lightly. I lived on the same street for almost 30 years and had many happy memories there. After a few… Read More

Why Waiting to Buy in Our Market Will Cost You

MJ Coleman, Director of Sales & Marketing   Right now, a lot of homebuyers in our market are sitting on the fence and waiting to make their move. If you count yourself as one of these buyers, you should know that waiting to buy will cost you. You see, interest rates are incredibly low right now, but because they’ve been so low for a while, people forget what great rates are available. To know how much waiting to buy is costing you exactly, consider the following scenario: If you’re in the market to buy a $275,000 home in 2019 and… Read More

The 3 Biggest Mistakes Buyers Make

I’m joined today by Jennifer Micklos of Movement Mortgage, who has been a loan officer for 15 years and has seen a lot in the industry. For the past three years, she’s been in the top 1% of loan officers across the nation. Together, we’ll be sharing with you the three biggest mistakes buyers make when they purchase a home:   Not starting the process early enough. Buyers often begin their search when their lease is up or right before they’re ready to move. However, they sometimes find they need to save up for down payments and closing costs or… Read More

Achieve Your New Year Goals With 4 Simple Steps

By MJ Coleman, Director of Sales & Marketing   January has always been a special month for me, thanks to the tradition of making resolutions. I’m a big believer that I can achieve anything I set my mind to. So today, I’d like to teach you how to get in the mindset it takes to easily accomplish big (and small) goals each year. Before we begin, what would make 2019 a “wow” year for you? How can you reward yourself this year? Would it be a new car, a boat, or the vacation of your dreams? No matter what your… Read More

Year-End Market Recap and Projections for 2019

Brandie Mathison-Klein, CEO Mathison-Klein Group   As a new year approaches, we’re getting more and more questions about whether we’ll be seeing a market crash, going into a recession, or moving into a buyer’s market in 2019. Today we’ll be giving you our predictions, as well as a recap of what we saw in our market throughout 2018. Let’s begin with where we are now. If you were a homeowner at the end of last year, your home has likely appreciated by about 6.6% from then to now. The number of homes sold has also increased 3.6% year to year…. Read More

Fun Holiday Events for You and Your Family to Enjoy

Brandie Mathison-Klein, CEO Mathison-Klein Group   We’ve got some really fun tips today for great holiday experiences that you can have with your family this year. There are so many different stresses during the holiday season that we can forget about what this season is really about. It’s about the joy you experience with family and friends, not about the gifts and the food. Here are a few priceless experiences you can have in the local area this year: 1. Visit the life-sized gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian. This is a free attraction and is right next door to… Read More

4 Home Upgrades That Are Worth Making Before You Sell

When you’re selling your home, be careful about which upgrades you make prior to putting it on the market. Not all renovation projects are worth the hassle. So, what upgrades are worthwhile? Today, we’d like to share four upgrades that offer a strong return on investment.   1. Adding a fresh coat of paint. I know this sounds simple, but this small upgrade has a major impact. Freshly painted walls give the appearance that your home has been well taken care of. Make sure to stick with neutral colors, though, as these will appeal to a higher portion of buyers…. Read More

What Are the Signs of a Shifting Market?

Most people are aware that real estate conditions vary over time, but do you know how to identify a shifting market? Today, we’ll list seven key signs that indicate such a change. 1. Homes stay on the market longer. In other words, the average number of days listings spend on the market goes up during (and just before) a shift. 2. Inventory increases. If you don’t already know, the term “month’s supply of inventory” refers to the amount of time it would take for the market to run out of properties if no new ones were listed during that span…. Read More

The 5 Biggest Mistakes Home Sellers Can Make

Here are the five biggest mistakes you can make when putting your home on the market: 1. Overpricing the home. It’s not a good idea to price your home out of the market because then it will become a comparable home, and all of your neighbors will end up selling their homes before you sell yours. 2. Not properly preparing the home for sale. Putting your home on the market is sort of like participating in a beauty contest—you need to make sure your home is showing like a model. Make sure you go through every room in the house… Read More