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 buy a bag ...
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 over 5 ...
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 does th ...
Friday, January 10, 2020 / by Harvey Rosenberg
Here's a quick look at some luxury properties for sale in our area. When you're ready to upgrade, be sure to reach out to us here to view these homes and negotiate on your behalf.
Carrera Drive, The Villages, Florida
This 3 bedroom, 3 bath home has over 3100 square feet. located on the 14th hole of the Tierra Del Sol Championship Golf Course in The Villages Active 55+ Community. The open and airy floor plan is spacious, includes plenty of closet and storage space, yet the feel is comfortable and relaxing. Enjoy the ability to entertain in the formal dining room or have dinner for two in the eat-in kitchen overlooking the pool. The covered back porch is accessible from 3 sets of sliding doors if you want to take in the pool and golf course views. When the sun is too strong just flip a switch and the electronic sunscreen will enclose the covered porch allowing for shade and privacy without eliminating the beautiful views. This home has so many extras such as designer California close ...
Friday, January 3, 2020 / by Harvey Rosenberg
If you're selling your home, you'll want the home inspection to go well. A poor grade and you could end up spending more on repairs at the closing table. Follow this simple checklist to prepare for a home inspection.
If the home is empty, leave utilities on. This is wise even beyond the inspection as potential buyers want to turn on lights and try out faucets.
Make sure all electrical sockets work. Either plug something in to test all sockets or hire an electrician to run voltage tests.
Test light fixtures and switches.
Check that ceiling fans work in both directions.
Check that faucets and toilets run properly. Make sure faucets aren't leaking. Check that toilets aren't running excessively.
Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Test them to ensure they work.
Clean stove and oven so they don't smoke when tested and set off smoke detectors.
Verify doors and windows open and close. Verify locks don't stick.
Clear any obstructions from water heat; ...