Clermont, FL Real Estate News

Here is the market report for January 2009 for Clermont Florida. All stats are gathered by Davis Signature Realty LLC from the Mid Florida Regional MLS. ***Everything listed below happened during the month of January 2009*** Residential 1. Residential Listings: 188 2. Residential Listings Pending: 19 3. Residential Listings Sold: 5 4. Average Sales Price: $230,568.80 Commercial 1. Commercial Listings: 11 2. Commercial Listings Pending: 0 3. Commercial Listings Sold: 0 4. Average Sales Price: $0 Vacant Land 1. Vacant Listings: 19 2. Vacant Land Listings Pending: 0 3. Vacant Land Listings Sold: 0 4. Average Sales Price: $0 Until Next Time,   Johnny Davis Davis Signature Realty LLC www.iselllakecounty.com  
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Clermont Christian Academy will be holding their annual basketballathon this Friday (February 4th) at 6:00 PM. The game will be held at Calvary Christian School in Winter Garden. To get there from Clermont, take HWY 50 East to Dillard Street. Go left on Dillard. Calvary is located one mile down on your right hand side. The upper classmen will be selling hamburgers and hotdogs. Come out and support your local christian school. I look forward to seeing you!
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By Steve Lightcap Jr.
(HouseMaster Home Inspections)
To avoid unexpected mishaps that could ruin an evening around the fireplace, observe some simple precautions. Clean fireplaces annually, preferably by a certified chimney sweep. Use safety screens and doors for wood-burning fireplaces. Before lighting any fire, check to see that flue damper is open. Only burn dry, seasoned wood. Green or wet wood will not burn cleanly, increasing the rate of creosote buildup. Do not burn wrapping papers or evergreens in the fireplace. These ignite suddenly and burn intensely, increasing risk of a flash fire. Use care with "fire salts," which produce colored flames when thrown on wood fires. Keep them away from children and avoid inhaling smoke from their flames. Do not leave the fire unattended, and make sure you have at least one working smoke/fire det...
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By Steve Lightcap Jr.
(HouseMaster Home Inspections)
Maintenance costs need to be considered when purchasing a home. General estimates indicate that every home will require between 1 percent and 3 percent of the home’s value in annual maintenance costs, and this figure does not necessarily include major or emergency repairs. Prevention Saves Time and Money The ongoing maintenance of a home is a significant contributor to holding or increasing its value. Homeowners should plan a solid preventive maintenance schedule, so problems can be fixed before they become more costly and damaging. There are many other benefits for current and potential homeowners when they incorporate preventive maintenance into their annual planning. Preventive maintenance: Avoids expensive emergency repairs: Contractor fees rise in proportion to the urgency and the ...
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By Steve Lightcap Jr.
(HouseMaster Home Inspections)
Buyers and  investors often look to foreclosure sales to find real estate bargains. But newcomers to this market could find some unpleasant surprises if they go in blind. All homes should be thoroughly inspected by a professional home inspector before sealing the deal. Why inspect if you can’t negotiate? Foreclosure homes are usually “as-is” sales. This means that buyers cannot negotiate for the cost of needed repairs, as they may do in a traditional home purchase. Buyers must absorb repair costs themselves and consider this in their purchase offer at auction. So why get a professional inspection on a foreclosure property? Too many foreclosure buyers think they’re getting a deal when, in fact, they might be purchasing a property with substantial and costly defects. The repair of these m...
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By Steve Lightcap Jr.
(HouseMaster Home Inspections)
Check your know-how on various homeownership related matters. See how many questions you can answer correctly. (The answers are listed at the end.) True or False? 1. Gutters should be hung as level as possible. 2. Flat roofs are more prone to leakage than other roofs. 3. When purchasing an A/C system, a larger capacity than required is advisable. 4. Grout and caulk are pretty much interchangeable when used in a bathroom.5. A slight gap around three sides of an exterior door (without a storm door) can cause an energy loss equivalent to an opening the size of a brick. 6. A carpenter ant and a termite each have a sweet tooth. 7. Most basement water penetration problems are caused by underground springs. 8. A ton of A/C capacity generally will cool the average house. 9. Setting your heat th...
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For those of you interested in visiting Clermont, Florida in the near future, I have compiled a little list of area hotels/motels that may help you out. All listed acaccommodations are either within or near the following cities: Clermont, Minneola, Groveland, Mascotte and Montverde. Good luck!     Days Inn and Suites Clermont: 20390 North US HWY 27 Clermont, Fl. 34715 Phone: 352-429-0483 2. Hampton Inn and Suites Clermont: 2200 E. Hwy 50 Clermont, Fl. 34711 Phone: 352-536-1380 3. Holiday Inn Express and Suites: 105 Summer Bay Blvd. Clermont, Fl. 34711 Phone: 877-863-4780 4. Holiday Inn Express Clermont: 1810 S. Hwy 27 Clermont, FL. 34711 Phone: 352-243-7878 5. Fairfield Inn and Suites Clermont: 1750 Hunt Trace Rd. Clermont, Fl. 34711 Phone: 352-394-6585 6. Howard Johnson Express Clermon...
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          I just got off the phone with Darren over at the Clermont, Florida YMCA. He has informed me that the next men's league in Clermont will be either the end of February 2009 or the beginning of March 2009. Instead of team fees this year, the YMCA will be charging individual fees. I played in this league last season and it is a pretty competitive league. The refs do a fairly good job of keeping things under control. If you think you might be interested in playing, be sure to contact Darren 352-394-7243 and get on his email list. Good luck, I'll see you on the court!   Until Next Time,   Johnny Davis
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Clermont Florida residents be careful!!! There is a motorcycle cop that likes to sit at the bottom of the hill at the intersection of Oakley Seaver Blvd and Citrus Tower Blvd. The speed limit coming through that area is 30 MPH. Before you say it, I know...it is hard to idle 30 MPH while going down the hill. That is the speed limit and we must abide by it. And before you ask, no, I did not get pulled over today!! I just wanted to warn you all who come through this area to be conscience of your speed. I am sure you can find a better way to spend $100. And to any Clermont Police Officers reading this, I think you are doing a fine job patrolling the streets of our GREAT community (a little brown nosing never hurts!).   Until Next Time,   Johnny Davis
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As I was reading through one of the local newspapers here in Clermont, I saw an ad that really caught my attention. It is an ad for New Beginnings. New Beginnings is a 501c3 non profit ministry.   New Beginnings was incorporated in 2007 as a non profit transition house for men in the South Lake County area. They offer a nine month work/study program that helps homeless men regain their self esteem and recover from any addictions they may have. Most of the men in the program are from the construction industry, which as we know, has taken a major hit all across the country. These men are brought in and are being retrained for jobs that actually have a demand right now. To generate a little income for these men while they are being retrained, New Beginnings has a DBA called Weeds to Go. Th...
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Grand Highway Baptist Church in Clermont, Florida will be conducting a six week, Bible based parenting class, beginning Thursday, January 22, 2009. The class will be taught by Pastor and Mrs. Shackleford. This study will help parents gain a better grasp on disciplining their children in a positive way by doing what is best for them. Meeting will be at the church on Thursday's from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm (Jan. 22 through Feb. 26). Please contact Mrs. Shackleford in the Church office to register for the class (the fee is $25/couple and includes two workbooks). The deadline for registration is Monday, January 19th. Whether you are parenting infants or teens, you are sure to receive a blessing from this important, inforamtive study.   Here is a link to let you more about the study: Making Your ...
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I have recently switched my email over to a Gmail account. For those of you who don't know what Gmail is, it is an email account through Google. During the course of just writing all of my emails, I have never wanted or needed to insert pictures, videos, etc...until now. Since it is Christmas, I just wanted to send everybody I know a little Merry Christmas picture, like the one seen below. However, Gmail doesn't have the option to insert pictures!!!         For those of you using Gmail, don't worry, I have it figured out for you! In order to insert pictures into your Gmail, go to www.iclippy.com and get the free download. Once you have the download, you will then be given an iclippy toolbar. Whenever you see a picture on the web that you would like to have included in your email, simply...
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Well, I finally made it over to the new Olive Garden Clermont has. The service was great, the food was good and was brought to our table very quickly. The only thing I don't like about this new Olive Garden is the atmosphere. If you are looking for a nice quiet dinner or a nice romantic dinner, this Olive Garden in particular is not the one you should go to. To be honest with you, the noise reminded me of an elementary cafeteria. At this Olive Garden, you are more out in the open than you are at other Olive Gardens I have been to. Despite the noise factor, it was a pretty nice evening. Let me know what you think of it!  
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By Steve Lightcap Jr.
(HouseMaster Home Inspections)
Many couples embark on the purchase of a new home soon after they are engaged or married. It’s a hectic time, but these tips should help new homebuyers be proactive and make educated real estate decisions. Location -- Proximity to employment and the quality of the schools are common factors in determining whether a location is suitable; so scan community web sites for more information about the area. Local Realtors® have access to extensive data regarding the community and its amenities, and are a wonderful resource for this information. Factor in maintenance costs -- All homes require constant care. Many homebuyers take into consideration the cost of paying the home’s mortgage, taxes, and utilities, but fail to factor in cost and time investment of home repairs and maintenance. Estimat...
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By Steve Lightcap Jr.
(HouseMaster Home Inspections)
Every house is different, but there are some common elements every homeowner can include on a regular maintenance list: Check the grading and drainage around the foundation Seal driveway and walkway cracks Check fencing and gates Check and trim trees near the house Check for deteriorating/damaged siding Check for loose, damaged, or missing roofing and flashings Clean all gutters and leaders Check weather-stripping and seals on all windows and doors Check all tile and sealant around tubs/showers and backsplashes Check for leaks at faucets and piping below fixtures Check condition of the water heater Check ventilation openings for nests, blockage While this list is not comprehensive, it’s a good start to identifying some potential trouble spots in any home. It also saves you time when you...
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By Richard Shuman, Real Estate Broker - Orlando Area - Love Referrals
(The Only B.S. I Have is from the University of Massachusetts)
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By Steve Lightcap Jr.
(HouseMaster Home Inspections)
Chances are...  Probably NOT but here's some interesting info on the matter:   GRANITE PRODUCTS AND RADON It has been known for many years that mined or quarried products such as stone can contain radioactive deposits. Granite, in particular, has been known as a potential source of radiation from naturally occurring uranium deposits and a contributing factor for elevated radon levels in homes.  Allegations that granite countertops emit dangerous levels of radiation and radon have been raised periodically over the past decade, often by manufacturers of competing countertop materials. But with the increasing use of granite for countertops, as well as in other building products, more reports of potentially hazardous countertops have circulated. Articles have been printed in various media, ...
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By Steve Lightcap Jr.
(HouseMaster Home Inspections)
Don't overlook your garage when considering the safety features in your home. The garage door is typically the largest moving object in a home; and because of its size and weight, special care should be taken to maintain safe operations. Mounting tracks and hardware: If not positioned and attached properly, the door might come off the track and fall. Corner Brackets: Usually attached to the high-tension cables that lift the door, if these brackets are loose, they could disconnect and fly off at dangerous speeds. Springs: Due to the high tension in the cables that are attached to these springs, any repairs or adjustments should only be made by a qualified service company. For safety, consider enclosing extension springs in a metal tube or installing a safety cable inside the extension s...
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By Steve Lightcap Jr.
(HouseMaster Home Inspections)
Check your know-how on various homeownership related matters. See how many questions you can answer correctly. (The answers are listed below.) 1. Which cut lumber is thicker: a 2-inch by 4-inch board or a 2-inch by 6-inch board? 2. Which is thinner: a termite’s waist or a flying ant’s waist? 3. Which is colder: 30 degrees Celsius or 30 degrees Centigrade? 4. Which is typically hotter: the air supply temperature of a warm air furnace or the air supply temperature of a heat pump? 5. Which is longer: a six penny nail or a ten penny nail? 6. Which wood is denser: oak or pine? 7. Which will freeze first: hot or cold water? 8. Which produces more light: a 20-watt compact fluorescent bulb or a 60-watt incandescent bulb? 9. Which is lighter: natural gas or propane gas? Here are the answers: 1. ...
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By Richard D. Ferris, Florida State Certified (FHA) Appraiser
(AmcAppraisalsinc.com)
I have found recently that many neighborhoods in the Central Florida housing market, show significant differences between what a seller's expectations are and what is reality from the buyer.   One example of this, is in a community south of Clermont, FL known as Westchester.   There are presently 15 active listings in the Westchester community ranging in size from 1,176 sf to 2,200+ sf.  Listing prices are from $109,900 to $249,000.   In the last 12 months, the MLS reports 7 closed sales from $150,000 to $209,000 for homes of similar size range.  There are currently many short sale and REO/Bank owned properties noted in the community.  The adjacent community, Greater Groves, is additional competition in the market.  This community has had 12 sales in the last 12 months from $110,000 to ...
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