Thursday, August 13, 2020 / by Charlotte Rose
Whether you’re prepping your house to go on the market or looking for ways to maximize its long-term appreciation, these nine home improvement projects are great ways to add function, beauty, and real value to your home.
The best part is, once you’ve secured the materials, most of these renovations can be completed over the course of a weekend. And they don’t require a lot of specialized skills or experience. So grab your toolbox, then get ready to boost your home’s appeal AND investment potential!
1. Spruce Up Your Landscaping
Landscaping improvements can increase a home’s value by 10-12%.1 But which outdoor features do buyers care about most? According to a survey of Realtors, a healthy lawn is at the top of their list. If your lawn is lacking, overseeding or laying new sod can be a worthwhile investment—with an expected return of 417% and 143% respectively.1
Planting flowers is another great way to enhan ...
Thursday, August 13, 2020 / by Charlotte Rose
Traditionally, spring is one of the busiest times of the year for real estate. However, the coronavirus outbreak—and subsequent stay-at-home orders—led many buyers and sellers to put their moving plans on hold. In April, new listings fell nearly 45%, and sales volume fell 15% compared to last year.1
Fortunately, as restrictions have eased, we’ve seen an uptick in market activity. And economists at Realtor.com expect a rebound in July, August, and September, as fears about the pandemic subside, and buyers return to the market with pent-up demand from a lost spring season.2
But given safety concerns and the current economic climate, is it prudent to jump back into the real estate market?
Before you decide, it’s important to consider where the housing market is headed, how it could impact your timeline and ability to buy a home, and your own individual needs and circumstances.
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR THE HOUSING MARKET?
Friday, January 31, 2020 / by Harvey Rosenberg
If you're looking to avoid the crowds at the popular and chain coffee shops, we have the places for you. These 4 unique coffee shops in the Clermont area not only serve good coffee, but are unique, and small businesses. You'll support the community by popping into one of these places for a cup of joe.
While it sounds like a place to go get energized, it is and it's more than that. The Energy Lab location is in the bike shop, along the bike trail, in downtown Clermont. The fun is in watching the coffee brew in their test tubes. It's unlike any other coffee shop in this steampunk coffee brew. Additionally, they have teas, smoothies, and homemade treats. They're also a WiFi Free zone so you know you won't be crowded with users on their laptops.
Mountaineer coffee opened in Brooksville in 2016. This is more than just a coffee shop, this is where the roasting happens. They roast their beans on a daily basis. You can choose to enjoy a cup or ...
Friday, January 24, 2020 / by Harvey Rosenberg
Home insurance can be a tricky thing. You might think it covers your entire home in case of unforeseen conditions. However, different circumstances may be outside your traditional policy. For example, if you have damage due to a hurricane, you may pay a higher deductible. And if you're home is flooded, the homeowner's insurance may not cover it at all.
Let's talk about these reasons why you might need Flood Insurance in addition to your normal policy.
Standard homeowners insurance policies do not cover floods.
The National Flood Insurance Program, also known as NFIP, allows property owners to purchase affordable protection against flood loss. These policies pay regardless if there is a national disaster declaration in place.
If you live in a "Flood Zone" you may be required by your mortgage to carry flood insurance.
Even if you don't live in a flood zone, flood insurance claims outside that zone account for over 25% of insurance claims.
Florida averages ...
Friday, January 17, 2020 / by Harvey Rosenberg
If you’ve had a property for a while, and are ready to not DIY it anymore, you need to find a good property manager. Here’s how you should select a property manager that’s right for you.
First and foremost, be sure the property manager you’re looking at has the appropriate accreditation for your state. In some states that may mean a real estate license, in others that may mean simply a certification.
In our home state of Florida, a property manager needs a real estate broker license.
Yes, interview the potential property manager. You need to know their experience with renting properties, with handling maintenance, dealing with renter requests, finances and more. They should also know about local market trends, what homes rent for.
Additionally, ask how many properties he or she manages. Does he or she have any employees. Is there a 24-hour emergency hotline? What about maintenance vendors. How ...