Clermont, FL Real Estate News

By Richard D. Ferris, Florida State Certified (FHA) Appraiser
(AmcAppraisalsinc.com)
Coester Appraisal Group released its annual survey of appraisers - almost 1,600 of them!  These appraisers commented on their experience with AMCs - Appraisal Management Companies. You can find a copy of the survey HERE. I found one portion particularly interesting.  We all know about lower fees, higher turn time expectations, etc. One category appraisers commented on was their feelings with regards to being 'picked' for the assignments: I find this most interesting, revealing some true underlying tones of human nature.  We all like to be appreciated for the work we do.   Even in a high demand, high stress, and highly competitive field like real estate appraisal - we still like to know that our clients LIKE what we do. Having to compete against a 'broadcast appraisal assignment', where ...
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By Caroline Huising
(Huising)
Price: $499,000 FIZBER.com ID 14421455 Farm/Ranch with in 37 acres villa city road Clermont, FL, 34711 http://www.fizber.com/14421455/ 37 acres villa city road - For Sale By Owner Property Details: Type: Farm/Ranch Address: 37 acres villa city road, Clermont, FL, 34711 Sq footage: 0.0 Floors: n/a Bathrooms: 0.0 Bedrooms: 0 Year built: 0 View full property details and seller's contacts. View more Florida homes for sale. Homes for Sale by Owner. Description: 37.5 Acres, Lakefront, Clermont Florida This Lake Front property (outlined in red) is a whopping 37.5 Acres! This property has 15 years planted pines throughout it. Because of the planted pine, there is a agriculture tax reduction of 90%%!! Taxes are only $80 per year! This property is Guaranteed Buildable, well and septic required. ...
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By Caroline Huising
(Huising)
Price: $499,000 FIZBER.com ID 14167861 Acreage/Land with in Villa City Road Clermont, FL, 34711 http://www.fizber.com/14167861/ Villa City Road - For Sale By Owner Property Details: Type: Acreage/Land Address: Villa City Road, Clermont, FL, 34711 Sq footage: 0.0 Floors: n/a Bathrooms: 0.0 Bedrooms: 0 Year built: 0 View full property details and seller's contacts. View more Florida homes for sale. Homes for Sale by Owner. Description: 37.5 Acres, Lakefront, Clermont Florida This Lake Front property (outlined in red) is a whopping 37.5 Acres! This property has 15 years planted pines throughout it. Because of the planted pine, there is a agriculture tax reduction of 90%%!! Taxes are only $80 per year! This property is Guaranteed Buildable, well and septic required. This property can be su...
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By Road House Realty
(Road House Realty)
Clermont is a beautiful, historic city located in Lake County, Florida. It is situated about 20 miles outside of Orlando, and as a result, is a popular place to live for those who want to live outside of the city. The most charming part about Clermont has to be its historic downtown area, which is basically exactly the same as 50 years ago. Many retirees enjoy living in Clermont as they get to experience this bit of nostalgia every time they visit the downtown district. Clermont's proximity to Orlando make it a popular destination for vacationers, and many fine food and beverage establishments have been created to meet that need. However, the locals are the ones who get to enjoy all the restaurants and lounges year-round. For a city of only 24,000, there is a lot to do and see in Clerm...
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By Steve Lightcap Jr.
(HouseMaster Home Inspections)
HouseMaster Stresses Buyer Education as Home Sales Rise   HouseMaster, the first and one of the largest home inspection franchisors in North America, stresses the need for buyer education as U.S. home sales rise by the largest amount in ten years. Low prices coupled with the first-time home buyers $8,000 credit has encouraged many aspiring home owners to enter the market, providing a welcomed surge in the marketplace. With homes sales on the rise for the fourth month in a row, HouseMaster is pleased to offer first-time buyers some guidance on identifying “red flag” issues that might be signs of significant problems with a home. “We know that purchasing a home is one of the biggest investments that most people will make in their lifetime. We also know how increasingly stressful the proc...
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By Steve Lightcap Jr.
(HouseMaster Home Inspections)
While fires themselves may not always be foreseeable or preventable, in many cases the injuries they cause can be prevented with a family escape plan. Of course, one of the important steps in fire prevention is to install smoke detectors and check them monthly. But having these safety devices is not enough. According to fire experts, once a smoke detector sounds, you and other member of your household may have less than three minutes to escape. It’s critical to have an emergency escape plan and rehearse it regularly: Chart the Plan: Draw a floor plan of your home, one for each level of the house. Label bedrooms, staircases, hallways, and roofs that could be used as fire escapes. Survey Your Home: Check each bedroom for two possible escape routes. If you live in an apartment building, do...
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By Steve Lightcap Jr.
(HouseMaster Home Inspections)
Types of Windows and Doors All windows and doors deserve more attention than they are generally afforded. If not maintained over the years, operational difficulties, requiring major repair or replacement expenses can develop — especially in the case of old windows and doors. The difficulty in repairing or even replacing old windows or doors is often magnified either by the lack of repair parts or the discontinuance of the particular type unit or hardware. DOORS There are five basic door styles found in most houses: Exterior Entrance Doors — typically made of solid wood, metal, or fiberglass. Interior Doors — individual room doors can be either hollow core or solid wood. Sliding Doors — usually leading to a patio or deck, these doors are often make use of insulated glass for energy cons...
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By Road House Realty
(Road House Realty)
Clermont is a beautiful, historic city located in Lake County, Florida. It is situated about 20 miles outside of Orlando, and as a result, is a popular place to live for those who want to live outside of the city. The most charming part about Clermont has to be its historic downtown area, which is basically exactly the same as 50 years ago. Many retirees enjoy living in Clermont as they get to experience this bit of nostalgia every time they visit the downtown district. Clermont's proximity to Orlando make it a popular destination for vacationers, and many fine food and beverage establishments have been created to meet that need. However, the locals are the ones who get to enjoy all the restaurants and lounges year-round. For a city of only 24,000, there is a lot to do and see in Clerm...
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Are you looking to golf in south lake county? Want to make a tee time, but can't find the information you need? Are you looking to relocate to South Lake County and want to know how the golf is? If you are asking yourself any of these questions, I hope that this blog post will help you out. I don't know all the golf courses in South Lake County, but here are a few that will keep you occupied. Have fun!!   Clerbrook Golf Resort - 20005 US HWY 27 www.clerbrook.com Green Valley Country Club- 14601 Green Valley Blvd. www.gvcountryclub.com Kings Ridge Golf Club- 1950 Kings Ridge Blvd. www.kingsridgegc.com Legends Golf & Country Club- 1700 Legendary Blvd. www.legendsgolforlando.com Palisades Country Club- 16510 Palisades Blvd. http://www.orlandogolf.com/courses/palisades Sanctuary Ridge Golf ...
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By Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary, First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes
(LemonTree Realty)
Just listed a new investment property in Clermont on the shores of Lake Minneola. This great REO property has 7 buildings and 9 rental units ranging from 1/1 to 2/1 units. All units have fresh paint and new carpet. In the past the 2/1 units have rented for as much as $1000/mo however a more realistic average is $600. Property is also a great investment for later tear down and rebuild as most homes that sit along this shore are million dollar properties. This bank owned property is listed at $425,000 and the bank is looking for an offer. If you are looking for a 10% cap rate then this is the property for you.   Contact me for more information   Heather@HeatherTheRealtor.com  or 407 810 6304  or visit www.HeatherTheRealtor.com
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By Karina Kfuri, Leal, Florida Broker - FALO PORTUGUES!
(Leal USA Realty 561-350-3503 ( FALO PORTUGUES))
We had so much fun! We had around 100 Zmotion riders attending the even and around 2000 riders total. The horrible Hundred was perfectly organized, marked and the rest stops had delicious food/fuel to refill :)  I made an early turn into Sugarloaf and my friends followed me. We ended up getting there at around mile 36. My computer turned off by itself at 48 miles. When I turned it back on I forgot to set the counter back ...LoL Seriously! We arrived back at the finish line with the racers that completed the 100 miles route. One of my racing friends finished in 4 hours and 10 minutes. WoW!!!!  The ride back to the hotel was cool, 3 miles of some big hills. I got there at 1 PM and had lots of time to change and then wait for everyone else to come back.    Sounds like they even had massage...
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The other day I posted a link on my Facebook page letting all of my friends, family and acquaintances know that the city of Clermont had approved an Adult Entertainment District. Of course people were shocked, some were upset and some didn't comment so I am assuming they didn't care. Well, there is some good news that has been reported in the Daily Commercial. Apparently, they did pass an ordinance that designated four potential locations where adult businesses could locate. Now get this...that same night, they passed an ordinance that would almost certainly make it where adult businesses could not operate in those locations.     A little confusing? It seems as if the higher ups in Clermont are really opposed to bringing adult businesses into our great city (which I am very grateful for...
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This is just a reminder that the men of Grand Highway Baptist Church, will be meeting at Ay Jalisco in Clermont tomorrow night at 6:00. This men's outing is part of the Iron Man's Ministries that has been started at Grand Highway Baptist Church.   Ay Jalisco has great Mexican food and is located at 580 E. Hwy 50 Clermont, Fl. 34711. If you get lost and need to call, their number is 352-243-1360.   All men, regardless of belief or church affiliation, are invited to attend.   "Iron sharpeneth Iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend" Proverbs 27:17
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I recently had the buyer for a house on 1566 Pier St., which is located in the Lakeview Pointe Subdivison in Clermont Florida. A couple days before closing, the title company called me and asked if I could find some information on the Home Owners Association. Since the house was bank owned, the listing agent had no information on the HOA. Looking online, I found nothing. Frustrated by the lack of information online, I decided to walk the neighborhood and ask the homeowners if they knew anything about the HOA. Fortunately, I came across a very nice lady who pointed me in the right direction. So, for those people living in Lakeview Pointe or considering a move into the Lakeview Pointe Subdivison, here is where you can find all of the information on your HOA. Lakeview Pointe Subdivision Le...
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What can $200,000 get you in Clermont, Fl.? Well, let me show you the house that we found for our buyer that they closed on today!!   1566 Pier St. Clermont, Fl. 34711. Lakeview Pointe Subdivision. 2900 Sq. Ft. Pool. $162,500. This was a Bank Owned home that we found a couple weeks ago. The buyers loved it, made an aggressive offer to the bank and we closed on it today.     One of the drawbacks of buying a bank owned home, is that sometimes the previous owner has taken all appliances. Still, they got a really good deal!      
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I was talking to Carolyn McCracken over at The Angels of Mercy, which is a thrift store and food bank in Clermont, Florida. While I was there, two people came in that were in need of food. You hear on the news all the time about unemployment, homelessness, etc...but until it stares you right in the face, you have no idea.   While talking to Ms. McCracken, she said that food donations have been low this year and they haven't been able to help as many people as she would have liked. When I asked her how many The Angels of Mercy have helped in 2009, she gave me a sheet of paper...the numbers were eye popping. 3500+ individuals and 1000+ families have been helped in 2009. When I asked her what her range was, she said that she only services Clermont, Minneola, Montverde and Ferndale. I could...
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By Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty, Homes for Sale Mount Dora Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
Sending a Shout Out to Lightning Robert Lyles and Ben Griffin of Micki Blackburn Radio located in beautiful Clermont Florida. I had the very special opportunity to be a guest on their Radio show on October 10th 2009 from 10 AM to 11AM.  They broadcast on WLBE radio and are also available on the internet. We discussed several real estate subjects including the $8000 tax credit and protecting homeowners rights.  Also, we discussed some of the finest listings in the area. Thanks again to my Ben and Robert!   Ray Levy www.lakecountyhomepros.com 352-978-8551  
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The following information for the September 2009 Clermont Florida Market Report was compiled by Davis Signature Realty LLC using the stats provided by the Mid Florida Regional MLS.       After a slow August in which we only saw 87 homes sold, it was very good to see Clermont bounce back with 114 sold homes in September. This was the third best month we have had in 2009.       No surprise here, REO/Bank Owned/Lender Owned were the top sellers again this month. Regular non-distressed home owners have closed the gap a little. This is a GREAT sign for home sellers in Clermont, Florida.     The first 5 months of 2009 saw 473 homes sold in Clermont, Florida. The last 4 months have already seen 437 homes sold in Clermont, Florida. If you are sitting back waiting to buy, you may want to conside...
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       If you are driving down Hwy 27 in Clermont and notice some construction taking place in front of BJ's Wholesale, you may or may not be happy to know that that is going to be the new IHOP Restaurant.   I have asked a few people and most of them are pretty excited to be getting an IHOP here in Clermont. Personally, I was hoping for a Logan's, Texas Roadhouse or Longhorn Steak House.   If any representatives from those restaurants are reading this, MAKE IT HAPPEN!!! Those places will do very well here. And while I'm making suggestions, Border's or Barnes & Noble, we are a fast growing city...WE NEED YOU HERE TOO!!!                        
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