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

How to Purchase a Home Without Credit

Recently, I had the privilege of speaking with Kristin Jamieson of Success Mortgage about ways buyers can purchase property if they don’t have a credit history. There are many people out there who choose not to utilize credit, and it’s important to realize that having no credit is not at all the same thing as having bad credit. One option Kristin outlined for those who don’t have credit but would like to buy a home is to establish a credit profile using alternative tradelines. In other words, Kristin and her team can evaluate potential buyers based on their payment history… Read More

Educating You About the Assisted Living Process for Your Loved One

Having the conversation about moving our loved ones into assisted living is never an easy one. Luckily, David Hopkins from the Benton House Senior Living is here with me today to make it a little easier by shedding light on this delicate topic.    Changes to your aging loved one’s eating habits can be indicative of their general well being. When asked what they had for dinner the night before, your loved one may describe the hearty meal they cooked up for themselves in great detail.   Subsequently, you go to the refrigerator for a drink, only to discover a half-gallon… Read More

Daytona’s Museum of Arts and Sciences

By Lee Sherrock, Executive Admin One of the great things about living in Central Florida is being able to take some fun day trips on a tank of gas. Daytona is famous of course for the speedway and its beautiful beaches, and on a recent trip, I had the opportunity to visit another gem: The Museum of Arts and Sciences (MOAS). The museum’s collection numbers over 30,000 objects and features galleries devoted to American art, Chinese art, Coca-Cola memorabilia, and prehistoric Florida, among others. There is also a visible storage room that houses objects not currently part of any exhibitions,… Read More

What You Should Know About Manufactured Home Loans

According to Kristin Jamieson of Success Mortgage, manufactured home loans can be done conventionally, under FHA financing, and under VA financing, meaning that there are a lot of options for buyers. There are, however, a few requirements that people need to meet in order to qualify: 1. The home must have been built after June 1, 1976. 2. The home must be at least a double-wide with at least 400 square feet. 3. The wheels and axles must be removed and the home has to be permanently fixed to the ground. To clarify, the home must also be attached to… Read More

A 1st Quarter Market Update for You

Today we’re going to be going over our first market update for 2019. When we look at the first quarter of this year and compare it to what we saw at this time last year, we’re seeing an almost identical picture. This is very good news for all of you. Right now, our average sale-to-list price is at 96%, compared to 97% last year. The average days on market is at 66 days as opposed to 64 days. As for the supply of inventory in our market, there is a 3.1-month supply, which is right where it was at this… Read More

Metro Diner: Serving Up Comfort Food

By Lee Sherrock, Executive Admin While on a recent trip to Gainesville, I had the chance to eat at Metro Diner, which offers a scrumptious menu of all kinds of comfort food. The original diner in Jacksonville was featured on Guy Fieri’s Food Network show, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. This was actually my second visit to the Gainesville location, and the food was so tasty the first time around that not even being stuck in stop-and-go traffic for 45 minutes on I-75 could put a damper on the experience. If anything, the unexpectedly longer drive just made me hungrier and… Read More

Part 2 of Our Probate Discussion

    What are some common probate misconceptions you shouldn’t believe? How can you yourself avoid a probate situation? Attorney Merideth Nagel, P.A. joins me once again today to answer these questions for you. The first probate misconception you shouldn’t believe relates to power of attorney. If you have power of attorney given to you by someone, that power of attorney ceases to be in effect once they pass away. This means you can’t claim it to, for example, sell a property. Another probate misconception relates to ownership of items within a will. Even if you have a notarized will… Read More

Termites: What They Are, What They Do, and How to Spot Them

Tom Kleinschnitz, our termite expert from American Home Services, tells us that there is one thing that everyone seems to know about the pests: Termites eat wood… ferociously. Anti-termite efforts constitute a billion-dollar industry in America, so if you’re having a home inspection done, be sure that a termite inspection is included. That way, you’ll know whether or not that property suffers from termite damage; you don’t want to take on an expensive repair project without warning! Second, there are two different types of termites: subterranean and dry wood termites. Subterranean termites live in the ground, then they come up… Read More