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Friday, October 25, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

Simple Decorations for the Holiday Season

If you are selling your home during the holidays, you may have some questions about how to decorate. Do you go all out and hope the potential buyers like your style? Or do you keep it barren and deprive yourself of holiday cheer?

There is a middle ground. You can, and should, decorate for the holidays. Potential buyers recognize that it is the season to be merry, after all. However, keeping the decorations simple will make it easier for your home to shine through without being run over by a reindeer.

When it comes to holiday lighting, ar you a Clark Griswold or a Martha Stewart? While we don't think you need to go overboard with everything perfectly placed like Martha, we do thing a color scheme is best. Stick with all white or all red color for lighting. Go for steady on or a twinkle light. Having the same color throughout the home is less distracting and doesn't pull focus away from the home's features. 

Outdoor Lighting
The same concept goes for outdoor ...

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Friday, October 11, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

How Property Managers keep Property Owners Happy

If you own a property for rental purposes, chances are you've researched why you need a property manager. But have you thought of how a property manager can keep the owner happy? We look at the following ways our property management team keeps you, the owner, happy. 

Steady Income

Likely you're renting out a property to cash in on passive income. While it's passive to a point, you are hoping to have a steady monthly income from this property rental. A property management company keeps the owners happy by assisting with that steady income in two ways.

Related: Passive income from Rental Properties

One, a property manager collects the rental income in a variety of ways. This can be electronically, or a check dropped at the office. Regardless, you the owner can choose which method you prefer, usually, a direct deposit to your bank is the favored way. Additionally, if the tenant fails to send in the rent check on time, it's up to the property management company to foll ...

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Friday, October 4, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

Fall Festival Fun in Lake County, Florida

October and November are fantastic months to celebrate fall festivities in Florida. The weather has turned cooler (slightly) and everyone is ready to get out and celebrate.

Here are our choices for some fall festivals to take part in.

It's that time of year to celebrate the way the Germans do. Oktoberfests have been a part of Bavarian culture for over 200 years. German beer and food are often involved as is music. 

Suncreek Brewery, along with Michale Ali's and Savoree will have a 2 day Oktoberfest event starting October 5. Expect german music and dancing, German food, contests and more. 

And on October 12th, the Royal Palm Railway in Mount Dora will host Oktoberfest on the Train. Get more details here. 

Events at the Winery
Lakeridge Winery is a fantastic place to get your holiday spirit going, especially in Florida. Sit outside and listen to the blues with the BBQ and Blues Festival on October 11-13th. Or visit during their Holiday Ope ...

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Friday, September 27, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

Sellers - Should You Decorate Your Home for the Holidays

With the fall season officially upon us, many homeowners like to deck out their homes the holiday seasons. Whether you like a cozy autumn theme, a sparkly Halloween decor, or an all-out fright night, should you decorate for the holidays? Even if Halloween and fall aren't your things, the winter holidays are not far behind.

However, if you're trying to sell your home, should you decorate it for the fall season?

The simple answer to decorating for the holiday season is yes, go ahead. But, keep it simple. Potential home buyers will want to see how the home fits in with the seasonal decor and into the neighborhood. However, just because you might lean towards a Halloween Horror Nights, you'll need to tone down your decor to Not-So-Scary. 

Because not everyone may celebrate Halloween, keep your October decor to the fall season instead. Pumpkins, haystacks, golden leaf arrangements are fine. Plus, your potential home buyer may have young kids and aren't looking fo ...

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Friday, September 20, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

Should You Get a Buyer's Agent?

If you're looking for a house as a first time or even a seasoned buyer, have you thought of using a Buyer's Agent. 

Do It Yourself Home Buying

Yes, these days you can do it yourself, but why? As a buyer, working with a buyer’s agent gives you years of insight and knowledge as to what’s going on in the market as well as someone to negotiate on your behalf. A Realtor is a professional that will know the market better than anyone else because they are doing it every day. 

A Buyer's agent typically does not cost the buyer any commission fees. The commissions are worked in the sale of the house and come out of the seller's profit.

A buyer's agent can also help with the following.

Create a Budget
Before you start shopping, you should know how much home you can afford. Get a general idea of what you can afford to spend monthly on the home loan, a well as any HOA fees that may factor into your monthly payment. Not sure where to start? A Buyers Agen ...

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