Home Tips & Advice

Dec. 12, 2017

The Easiest Way to Buy a Florida Home When You’re Out of State

Partner with a real estate agent you trust; one who knows their market and puts your interests at the top of their list.

Finding your place to vacation, your rental property, or your new primary residence is difficult if you’re hundreds or thousands of miles away from where you want ...

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Nov. 29, 2017

Behind the Scenes with Orchid Realty Group (I)

Behind the Scenes with Orchid Realty Group (I)

Southwest, Florida's Award Winning & Top Performing Team

With a background as an accomplished marketing executive for Fortune 1000 corporations, Jennifer Springer, Team Leader with Orchid Realty Group, has incorporated her knowledge and skills in building a Real Estate Team into ...

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Aug. 19, 2015

Real Estate Myths in Southwest Florida

Top Realtor Debunks Real Estate Myths in Southwest Florida

As a top producing real estate team in the Southwest Florida market, we often encounter buyers and sellers who have a misconception about the local market or the services Realtors provide. There are three myths that we deal with most often ...

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Nov. 7, 2014

Can I trust the "zestimate"?

1408323_10263799A Realtor's perspective of Zillow's Zestimate

I get asked about Zillow, Trulia, and other home search sites a lot. Even more I get asked "can I trust the zestimate?". I'm going to answer this question but first a little history!

The internet has changed the real estate industry ...

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Feb. 21, 2014

What are Homeowner's Association Fees - HOA fees?

homeowner's associationIn Florida you will typically find gated communities and some non-gated communities have a Homeowner’s Association (HOA) and frequently a Master Homeowner’s Association too in which HOA fees are charged. They typically collect monthly, quarterly, or annual HOA fees for the upkeep of common areas, lawn care, exterior maintenance, water ...

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Feb. 17, 2014

2014 HOA fees in Miromar Lakes, a Top Rated Gated Community in SWFL

Miromar Lakes, FL 339132014 Estimated Homeowner Association Fees for Miromar Lakes, FL 33913

Miromar Lakes has several subdivisions and the homeowner’s association fees (HOA fees) vary substantially depending on where the home or condo is located.

Miromar Lakes Master Association

All residents of Miromar Lakes pay a “Master Association” membership on a quarterly ...

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Aug. 7, 2013

3 Things You Should Know About Real Estate Right Now - 8.1.13

1. Mortgage rates are NOT as high as the media is portraying.

With the exception of 2011 & 2012, interest rates are still at historic lows. The average 30 year fixed mortgage rate was 11% in the 1980s, 8% in the 90s, and 6% from 2000-2010.

Current rates are around ...

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July 17, 2013

Crazy Ants are Invading Florida

crazy ants invade floridaWhat can you do to avoid crazy ants in your home?

You may have noticed that small crazy ants are invading Florida. Called "crazy" because they move unpredictably and in swarming populations, these pesky critters are infesting homes and kitchens across the Southern states and replacing the more common fire ...

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July 15, 2013

Rental Rules for Homestead Property

homestead rental rulesExplaining the Safe Harbor Rule

If you currently reside permanently in a Florida home, you can now enjoy eased rental rules for homestead property. Previously if you rented your home for any length of time within two consecutive years, you could lose your homestead exemption. Now under the "safe harbor ...

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July 11, 2013

Affordable Paint Projects That Look Amazing

DIY Has Never Been So Easy

Do you have some shabby furniture sitting around that could look fabulous if you spruced it up. Maybe you've spotted a diamond in the rough at a flea market or garage sale and just kept walking...

I'm here to tell you that ...

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