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Top Home Renovations For Maximum Return On Investment

Top Home Renovations for Maximum Return on InvestmentWhether you are selling your home, just purchased your first home or are a homeowner planning to stay put for a while, there is value in

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VA Loans By The Numbers

VA Loans by the NumbersThe Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Loan is a benefit that has helped more than 22 million veterans achieve the dream of homeownership since its creation in 1944.One of the

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10 Myths Costing You Time And Money

This is a great article filled with important information published on the Houselogic website which gives homeowners great tips and advice.You Only Think It’s True: 10 Myths Costing You Time and

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Accomplishing Your New Years Resolution This Time

IT’S ALMOST THAT TIME AGAIN – NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS. WILL THIS BE THE YEAR YOU ACTUALLY COMPLETE IT?Will you make all the way to December 31, 2018 or give up before January 31, 2018

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Your House Must Sell Twice

Your House Must Sell Twice!! WHAT? Twice? In today’s housing market, where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values are increasing rapidly. Many experts are projecting that

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Dawn Of A New Day

Everyone should have a bottle of original blue Dawn dish soap in their house. This staple has been around since 1973 helping clean everyday messes to epic oil spills. It is eco-friendly and animal

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Starting Your Home Search

  So you may be trying to decide if it's time to buy a home. There is a lot of things you should consider before heading out to an open house or model home that caught your eye. With any

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Tips For Home Buyers

Here are some great tips recently featured in US News and World Report:Get your finances in order before you start looking for a house. Your offer is much less persuasive if it doesn’t

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Fun Facts About Thanksgiving

Fun Facts About Thanksgiving - Did you know . . .?The First ThanksgivingAlthough there are several claims as to where the first Thanksgiving took place, the traditional story that we associate

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Home For The Holidays

According to AAA, 103 million people will travel this year for the holidays. All hostesses want their guests to feel welcome and at home, so here are a few tips.1) Extra Phone Chargers. Stock up on

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7 DIY Tips And Tricks

 7 DIY Tips and Tricks1) Pre-painting Prep:  Use a floor duster to clean your walls prior to painting. The duster will have a long handle, which eliminates the need for a ladder and will

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Market Research Indicates No Housing Bubble

Ten years after a housing bubble burst many would-be home buyers are concerned that we are in another bubble. But market research by Arch MI indicates that for the vast majority of the country there

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Favorite Thanksgiving Memories

Thanksgiving Day Traditions/Mishaps/Funny MomentsIt’s that time of year again. The Holidays! Family get-togethers, traveling, good food, laughter, colder weather, Thanksgiving day,

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7 Tips And Tricks To Make House Cleaning Easier And Faster

Cleaning is time-consuming and not fun! According to HouseLogic, there are 7 tips and tricks to make cleaning easier and faster.#1 Use Humidity to Defy DustLow humidity levels cause static

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HALLOWEEN TREETS FROM THE PAST

HALLOWEEN TREETS FROM THE PAST(WARNING: READING THIS MAY GIVE AWAY YOUR AGE)How many of these do you remember? Which one was your favorite?What was your score?1-3 – Didn’t eat much candy as a

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Under Utilized Hidden Storage Areas In Your Home

Many people think of the common storage areas in the home such as closets, under the bed, and the attic, but there are many more areas that are under utilized. How many times have you gone to the

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Some Tax Cuts Can Actually Hurt

When Congress reforms the tax code there always seems to be winners and losers, even when all the changes are advertised as "tax cuts." A proposal currently circulating between the President and

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Which Countertop Is Best For You

Granite, Marble, Quartz, Solid-Surface, Concrete, Wood or Laminate gives you so many options when choosing a countertop for your kitchen. Your initial impulse is to choose the one that you think

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HURRICANE PARTY CHECKLIST

HURRICANE PARTY CHECKLISTThere's a Hurricane coming. Get your shopping done before it's all gone. The World

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70 Homes Have Sold In Seminole County In The First 7 Days Of This Month

70 Homes have sold in Seminole County in the first 7 days of this Month. That’s an average of 10 homes sold EVERYDAY.HAS YOURS SOLD YET?Some homeowners patiently wait to get the price

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Colors Of 2018

The PantoneColor Institute revealed in mid August 2017 the 2018 color forecast. The focus in 2018 will be on iridescence, neutral metallic’s and using bright, bold colors. The Institue breaks down

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A Tale Of Two Markets

When you hear the comments, "Homes sell so fast we barely have time to see them much less put in an offer before they'll sold." and "Why is it taking so long to sell my home?" you have to

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Concerns For Another Housing Market Bubble

It's been ten years since the start of the housing bubble burst and caused the worst financial crisis and recession since the 1930's. So it's no wonder that with recent strong gains in home prices,

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Beach Decorating

Even if you don’t live near the water, beach themed decorating can evoke memories of fun days on the beach or lake. Calming and tranquil, relaxed and laid back, are words that conjure these

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Eclipse Safety

On August 21, 2017 America will get to experience a phenomenon…a total solar eclipse. The last eclipse was in 1979, and the next North American solar eclipse will not be until 2024. Safety is the

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Interesting Fall Traditions In The US

Autumn, Fall, Thanksgiving, Colors. What is your Family Fall Tradition?Here are some of Interesting Fall Traditions in the U.S. International Balloon Festival – October, Albuquerque, N.M

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Are You Committed To Real Estate Investment

 There are many questions that should be asked before embarking upon a career of real estate investment. The first and foremost question however should be whether or not you are truly

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Rent Vs Own

How many years have you been renting?  Have you talked to a mortgage lender? You may be qualified for more home than you think.ONE OF THESE COULD BE YOURS!!!!    ;

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Search By Driving Distance

When searching for a new home one big consideration is how long the daily commute will be to where you work. There are many navigation apps available to calculate the driving distance and time. But

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Be Prepared

In a seller's market as we have today, buyers and sellers alike need to be prepared. Fewer homes are on the market and there are more first-time buyers than normal. More home owners are decided to

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What Is The First Step In Home Buying

Home Buying: What is the First Step?Have you been searching through listing after listing, looking for that perfect dream home? And when you finally find it, you discover it has multiple offers

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DIY Home Inspector Tips When Looking At Houses

DIY Home Inspector Tips when looking at Houses“Oh isn’t that kitchen pretty!” That’s what most people think when they are looking at houses. Cosmetic changes to homes are easy to fix, but

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FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL SAFETY TIPS

It’s that time again! BACK TO SCHOOL Safety TipsFIRST DAY OF SCHOOLSeminole County – August 10, 2017Orange County – August 14, 2017Osceola County – August 10, 2017Volusia–

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Bug Off

Summer is here which means more bugs. Finding natural, environmentally friendly bug sprays in stores can be difficult, so why not make your own! Natural bug repellants can be made very easily by

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Changes To Credit Score Calculations

 Starting next month, changes in the way some debts and events are considered will improve the credit scores of many people. The changes about after a report by the Consumer Financial

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Qualifying For Mortgage Getting Easier

 Next month, Fannie MAE, the largest source of mortgage financing in the U.S., will be raising the total amount of debt that borrowers can have and still qualify for a mortgage. Known as the

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Orlando Summer Camps

“Mom, I’m bored!” School has only been out a few days, but you may be hearing this from your kids already. What can you do? Luckily living in or around Orlando affords some great summer camp

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Paint Sheen What Do You Mean

Paint sheen refers to the paint’s finished glossiness, or how much light is reflected off the paint. The sheens range from Flat with a matte finish to Glossy with a very reflective finish. Which

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Inexpensive Pool Care

   If you aren't considering buying a home with a private pool because you think the maintenance is too expensive, think again! Yes, it can be costly if you hire a pool

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The Advantages Of VA Loans

As a fellow Army Veteran and now as a Realtor, one of my main missions is to help fellow veterans take advantage of the great benefits that VA Loans provide.  Here are the Reasons to choose a

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Hiking In Orange County

'Tis the season for hiking! Orange County has some very beautiful trails worth  visiting this spring and summer. Be sure to take plenty of water, bug repellent, and sunscreen. Not all Florida

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WANT A NEW KITCHEN WITHOUT THE HIGH COST

10 BUDGET-FRIENDLY KITCHEN MAKEOVERSA kitchen update doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, with a little time and effort, you can refresh your space for less than $1,200. Find out how. Wall

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5 Outdoor Quick Fixes For A Faster Home Sale

WOW! That house looks so nice! Isn’t that what you want people to think when they first see your house? The importance of curb appeal to buyers is estimated to be as high as 70%, so sprucing up

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Getting A Loan For A Condo

If you're thinking of buying a condo you should be aware that getting a loan for a condo is not as easy as for a single family homes. Most mortgage lenders want to be able to sell your loan on the

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Budget Friendly Home Improvements That Have Good Returns On Investment

Not all home improvement projects are created equal. Some renovations may cost a lot but not add significant value to your home. This list goes in the opposite direction: Here are some inexpensive

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Get The Facts About PMI

WHAT IS PMI?PMI is an insurance policy that protects your mortgage lender if you become unable to pay your mortgage. It is a fee that is included in your monthly mortgage payment for all

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Fun And Free Things To Do At Disney

Did you know about some of the Fun and Free things you and your family can do at the Walt Disney World Resort without even entering the parks?Let’s start with RESORTS…All-Star Resorts, Pop

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Keeping An Eye On Interest Rates

   There are many things that affect the real estate market. Some are more measurable or predictable than others. The effect of interest rate changes is very measurable to individual,

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Sell Your Home Faster With Staging

Should I Stage My Home?The answer is YES!! Staging a home is an integral part of selling your home fast. Contacting a staging professional will help you make your home, buyer ready. Fees range from

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APRIL IS GARDEN MONTH What To Plant And When

APRIL IS GARDEN MONTHSpring is upon us and it’s time to start planting (or planning) your garden if you haven’t already. There are so many reasons to grow your own fruits, vegetables, herbs or

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7 Reasons Why You Should Use A Real Estate Agent To Sell Your Home

It's time to sell your home and you're wondering what is the best way to sell your home fast and for top value??? Here are, 7 Reasons Why You Should use a Real Estate Agent to Sell your Home!Setting

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Its A Sellers Market Should I Downsize Now

It’s a Seller’s Market! Should I Downsize?

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Visit Showcase Of Citrus For A Fun Time In Orlando

Showcase of CitrusAre you looking for something fun to do around Orlando? Head to Showcase of Citrus in Clermont for the opportunity to pick your own fruit, feed a menagerie of animals, sample local

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4 REASONS TO BUY THIS SPRING

4 REASONS TO BUY A HOME THIS SPRING!HOME PRICES WILL CONTINUE TO RISE!Home prices have increased over the last 12 months and will continue to rise. The price of the dream home that you have had your

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Reduced In Hunters Creek

Here's a list for the bargain "hunters" in Hunters Creek! Click below to see a list of reduced offerings, or simply search with the tool to the right. Then call me with viewing requests or!

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For Sale By Owner Vs Agent

For Sale By Owner  vs. Real Estate ProfessionalDo you know how to prepare your home for sale?A buyer will decide if they are going to buy your home in the first 15 seconds they see your

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Moving Made Easier

Moving Made Easier:  Tips to help the move go smoother-Make a plan- First, decide if you want to move yourself or use movers.  Moving yourself will cost less and allow for a more,

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Sell Your Home FAST

Sell your home FAST! Eleven proven tips for staging your home for a quick sell.1) GET A NEW VIEWPOINT -- Look at every aspect of your home as if you are looking at a house to buy. Remember you want

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Negotiating A Real Estate Deal Some Tips For Success

Most of us don’t buy and sell real estate every day of our lives. The purchase or sale of the family home is the single largest transaction we ordinarily make and, for most of us, it’s a

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You've found your DREAM HOME! Great!!!Now what?1. Getting pre-approved from a mortgage lender is the first step.Are your dreams bigger than your budget?  How much can you afford? How

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Your Perfect Home.  What is a WANT vs. What is a NEEDIf you’ve been thinking about buying a home of your own, you’ve probably come up with a list of things that you’d LOVE to have in

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15 Ways To Allergy Proof Your Home

As someone who has both hay fever and allergic asthma, it has become important to me to understand how to reduce allergens in my home. Assuming I’m not alone, I thought it might be nice to share

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5 Tips To Shorten The Home Buying Process

Happy New Year! If you’re in a hurry to move into your new house, it may be discouraging to know that the average time to close on a property is 50 days according to Ellie Mae, a software

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Should You Paint Or Stain Your Kitchen Cabinets

So you’ve got new kitchen cabinets. Congratulations! But now what? For those wondering how to finish their brand-spanking-new cabinets, we run down the pros and cons of painting vs. staining

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Bike Safety Tips For Riding At Night

Are you a bike enthusiast? Long work days may mean you’re hitting the pedals at night. Below are a handful of safety tips for all of you night riders.Plan your routes. For night riding, pick spots

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8 Reasons To Buy A Home In December

You want to go house shopping, but you are not sure if December is really the best time to buy. Here are 8 good reasons to consider finding your dream home right this very minute. Less

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Winter Gardening In Central Florida

Have you been considering growing your own fresh food? It is not only a current trend, but it is healthy, delicious, and very gratifying.One of the great things about living in Florida is that we

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Why Title Insurance Matters

An owner’s title insurance policy protects your property rights as a homeowner. Those purchasing a home should obtain a policy to insure against defects associated with the title of the home

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Raising Caring Kids

Most parents start by encouraging children to share—and that’s a good start, agrees Harvard psychologist Richard Weissbourd. Weissbourd’s recent study, however, found that 80 percent of

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7 Steps For Getting Your Home Ready To Show

You’ve just listed your home for sale, and you realize that your life is about to become inundated with showings – sometimes on a moment’s notice. One of the most daunting tasks is getting

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How To Get The Most Money For Your House

Homeowners want to know what they can do to get the most money for their home when putting it on the market. There’s usually two answers to that question. First, they have to decide how much work

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Simple Tips To Unclutter The Garage And Set The Stage For A Successful Sale

When selling a home, staging is an important piece of the puzzle that can’t be overlooked. From the kitchen to the bedrooms and bathrooms, staging is a great way to make sure your home appeals to

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Mortgage Terminology 101

Navigating the home-buying process can be a challenge, for first-timers and seasoned buyers alike. In addition to looking for the perfect home, prospective buyers need to be knowledgeable about the

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4 Easy Ways To Improve Your Credit Score

Improving your credit score can be one of the best things you can do for your finances. A high credit score can lead to lower interest rates on home loans and better credit card rewards.Getting an

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4 Fundamentals Of Hosting

In theory, we’re all about entertaining. That is until the dreading begins. Who wants to clean up after guests? Spend countless hours making arrangements for their arrival? Rush through the day of

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Americans Remain Concerned About Credit Card Debt

Americans Remain Concerned About Credit Card Debt Americans are growing more concerned about their credit card balances, according to a recent National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®)

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10 Tips For Living Large While Going Small

With rent rising and family sizes decreasing, millennials have started to opt for smaller alternatives when it comes to real estate. Maybe the trend came from IKEA showrooms, the micro-housing wave,

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5 Questions To Ask An Agent During A Listing Presentation

Unless you’re a seasoned real estate buyer and seller, the typical listing presentation can often leave you overwhelmed and dumbstruck. But to really make the right choice when choosing an agent

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4 Tips For Millennial Homebuyers

You grew up watching your parents and grandparents buy homes. What you saw was a whole lot of frustration and struggling to make mortgage payments as the economy plummeted. That’s probably why you

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