Interested in Becoming a Homeowner? Don’t Let These 4 Home-Buying Mistakes Happen to You

Finding a home is kind of like getting married. 

When you make the right choice, life can be heavenly. But if you choose the wrong person, everything in life gets a little bit harder. 

For most of us, our homes are the biggest purchases that we will ever make. 

But when you’re looking at a six or seven-figure purchase, there are a lot of seemingly unimportant details that can trip you up like a rope on a running trail.

The good news is that we’re about to help you avoid that “Oh my gosh I’ve forgotten something.” feeling with a shortlist of 4 home-buying mistakes that you should avoid at all costs.

All you have to do is keep reading. 

Mistake #1: Not Getting a Sense of How Much House You Can Afford

If you live with other people, and even if you don’t, the idea of having a mansion so big that all your guests can have their wing has a certain kind of appeal. 

But at the same time, buying the biggest house that you can afford comes with at least one major risk:

You could find yourself house-rich and cash-poor

Sure, there are a lot of people who struggle to make ends meet from paycheck to paycheck for years on end, but being one pay cut away from losing everything makes it hard to plan for your future. 

That’s why it’s important to think very seriously about how much house you can really afford before you start touring homes. 

Mistake #2: Skipping the Inspection Report

A few years back,  NBC reported that as many as 10% of homebuyers were purchasing their homes while skipping the inspection.

In a hot real estate market, it’s easy to see why things like this happen. But even if you’re not in a situation where every minute of deliberation is just giving other buyers a chance to snag the property out from under you, it’s possible to be up against time restraints that are forcing you to move quickly.

However, there’s one major problem with taking this approach: 

At the end of the day, you really, really don’t want to be the person who buys a house and then finds out later that there was a termite infestation. 

Home inspection reports make it possible for you to avoid being met with these sorts of unpleasant surprises.

Mistake #3: Picking the Wrong Neighborhood

You may be thinking “But if I like the house and I love the layout, should I even care about the neighborhood?”

But the truth is that a right house, wrong neighborhood situation can come back to haunt you in at least two ways:

First, because problems with the neighborhood that impact property values in a bad way can hurt your ability to resell later down the line. And second, because if living in your neighborhood means that you’re away from the school system or making shockingly long commutes for food or work, that can have a long-term impact on your quality of life. 

At the end of the day, understanding how the features of a neighborhood may affect your property can make it a lot easier to decide if a house makes sense for you in the long run. 

Mistake #4: Not Speaking to Multiple Lenders

Between the real estate agent, the lawyers, and the multiple listings that show up online every day, crossing “Find a mortgage provider” off of your to-do list can relieve a lot of pressure.

But while using the bank you’ve always had accounts with maybe the path of least resistance, the truth is that when you’ve got two or three decades of payments ahead of you, even an extra $50 or $60 a month in interest payments can cost you a lot of money.  

The Federal Reserve made headlines when they slashed interest rates back in 2020 and many homebuyers are shopping specifically because interest rates may not be so low in the future. If that’s you, or even if it isn’t, it’s important to make sure that you’re getting the best deal on your mortgage possible.

You may have to spend some time preparing your finances and working on your credit in order to bring those offered rates down. But in the end, you’ll be glad you did it. 

Use These Tips to Avoid Common Home-Buying Pitfalls 

Buying a home can be a long and complicated process in part because you’ve got a lot of factors that you need to weigh and consider. We’ve just laid out some of the seemingly small mistakes that can cost aspiring homeowners a lot of time and money. If you go into your home-buying process armed with this information, however, you’ll be well on your way to a smoother and more seamless home purchase.

If you’re interested in purchasing a residential home in Central Florida, please contact Mike Rance at

To see residential home listings in Central Florida, please visit Central Florida Homes.

Mike Rance
RE/MAX 200 Realty in Winter Park, Florida
P: 407-629-6330 ext. 255


Courtesy of: Jane Milburn Finance Writer & Blogger

Upgrades to increase your home’s staycation game



It’s no secret that Covid-19 has left people across the country and in Florida spending more time at home than ever before. Top agents from across the US revealed that 76% of homeowners are outfitting their new abodes to be a more enjoyable retreat in HomeLight’s Q3 Survey. The report revealed that homeowners are overwhelmingly looking to make their properties more comfortable for relaxation, getting that vacation vibe without the jet lag. Here are some ideas to help you get creative with upgrades that will up your home’s staycation game. 


Home gym

As public spaces became off-limits, many people who were used to hitting the gym every day, had to find alternative ways to get their workout in. As outdoor sports and zoom workouts became the norm, more and more people were finding it necessary to create a dedicated home gym space. And that trend is here to stay for now. You can go all out with a full workout room, or buy free weights and a yoga mat that you can tuck into a corner or cabinet. The survey found that building out a full-on home gym, averaging $11,215, also has a 51% ROI when you sell your home by recouping an average $5,681. How extreme you want to go depends on your space — an extra bedroom, area of a garage, or even a covered back patio can all be options if you want to make this upgrade. 


Spa luxury

One of the key elements of a staycation for many people is relaxation mode. For some, that might mean a spa day or lounging by a pool. If you are looking for the ultimate upgrade, like a home sauna, the survey found that it could payoff in the end, for more than your relaxation, with a 42% return on investment. Meanwhile, an inground pool could get you a 51% return. An upgrade that can add luxury without breaking the bank is giving your bathroom a DIY facelift. Start by picking a calming neutral color palette, repainting walls and removing worn rugs, and towels. Fixtures can be the next area to tackle by upgrading faucets and towel holders with contemporary designs so that everything matches. Adding lighting and greenery can also take the bathroom up a level, replacing bulbs for brighter ones, and taking plants into your space, even artificial greenery if the room doesn’t receive much natural light. Upgrade all linens so they are coordinated and replace your shower curtain if you have one. 


Home dining 

2020 could be considered the year of the home chef, as more people are taking fine dining into their kitchens, with access to restaurants restricted. If a full kitchen remodel is at the top of your list, more power to you, but you can also make some simple changes to make the kitchen more enjoyable and user-friendly. Bakers might consider adding a dedicated rolling cart for their supplies, or shelves to store flours and other ingredients. If you are dreaming of a brand new kitchen, but aren’t quite ready for the full remodel, you can consider affordable kitchen upgrades, like adding a double sink, replacing countertops, or repainting cabinets. Upgrading your dining table and chairs (or recovering the chairs that you have), can be another way to get that restaurant experience at home. 


If your vacation plans have been put on hold, making some upgrades to take your home up a notch may be a way to create the relaxation that you need, without going anywhere. 

Working with the Market

Courtesy of: Fred Thompson, MPM® RMP® Director of Property Management


As they say – all things change. The rental market swings up and down depending on the current economy, interest rates and the sales market. Different markets can lead to more or less properties on the market for rent.

Be Competitive with the Rent

An overpriced rental is just that – “overpriced.” Prospective tenants, like prospective buyers, first compare housing prices. A desirable tenant is not going to choose a property at a higher rent if they can obtain a similar one in the area for a lower price. Holding out for a higher rent simply does not make economic sense. When needed, owners need to lower the rent to be competitive in the current market and avoid losing more with a long-term vacancy. As stated before, all things change, and rents will increase again.

First Impressions

If your property is competing against several others in the neighborhood, it is critical that the first impression when they drive by is a positive one. Will they want to see the property or just keep on driving? Maintenance on the outside of the property is just as important as the inside. Generally, once they have a bad impression, they will not be calling again. The first glance with a renter is just as crucial as with a new homebuyer. Consider investing in any exterior maintenance issues when the property comes up for rent:

Outside paint and roof or gutter replacement: there is nothing worse than peeling paint or non-existent paint, a sagging gutter, or a roof that looks like it will leak. Updating any of these items can go a long way to giving a property a fresh look and making a great first impression.
Overgrown shrubs, trees, weeds, untidy lawn, and a littered property: This may turn off a tenant because it gives the impression that the neighborhood is not safe or that the owner simply does not maintain the property.
Second Impressions

If the property is successful in “inviting the tenants to look,” then it is equally important that a dismal interior does not spoil their interest. It may be time to look at updating the interior paint, carpeting, appliances, lighting, or any other item that detracts from the unit. Ask yourself, “would I want to live here?” If the answer is no, it is time to look at updating the unit.

Incentives Can Make the Difference

If you are matching the competition with the rent, the size, and the condition of the property, sometimes it just takes a “little more incentive.” This is the time to consider offering something extra such as including cable service, membership to a health club, paying for a portion of the utilities, a gift certificate to a restaurant, etc. There are dozens of items that might just push an applicant to make that final decision.

Many factors determine how quickly your property will rent in a highly competitive market. As your property management company, we will work to market your property as quickly as possible and when needed, advise you of what would help to promote your property to reduce or eliminate a vacancy. Remember, no matter what the market, a well-qualified tenant is still our primary goal to give you the best return on your investment.


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The Value of Professional Property Management

Courtesy of: Fred Thompson, MPM® RMP® Director of Property Management

unnamedMany people think that professional property managers just collect rent, put tenants into a property, coordinate maintenance, and handle the move out when the time comes. That definition is far from the truth. A Professional Property Manager brings value and expertise well beyond their management fee. Anyone that owns investment property has or should have a circle of advisors to maximize the investment and your property manager is part of that group of trusted advisors. So, what should you expect?

  • Just like your tax advisor who constantly stays on top of changes to advise you on your personal situation a property manager provides monthly and year-end statements along with a 1099 so that you can accurately report your income and expenses on your taxes.
  • Just like your financial advisor who helps you keep your emotions in check with the ups and downs of the market a property manager is the gate keeper between you and the tenant. If the property was once grandma’s house or the home you raised your family in there will be strong emotions attached to the property and the property manager can provide sound counsel about how to handle tenant situations or questions.
  • Just like your insurance agent, a professional property manager manages your risk. This includes ensuring that vendors used on the property have proper insurance, that Fair Housing laws are followed; that the property itself has the necessary insurance to protect the owner, and to screen and place qualified tenants to limit possible lawsuits. Behind the scenes, risk management includes keeping tenant and property information secure and for the legally required period. The property manager handles the return of security deposits and maintenance requests according to the law and works to ensure clean trust funds.
  • Just like a bookkeeper tracks income and expenses a professional property manager provides internal bookkeeping services which are an integral part of property management. They take the burden off you by collecting rent and other tenant charges as well as pay bills associated with the property, which might include insurance, HOA fees, utility bills, and property taxes. They will issue 1099’s to vendors on your behalf.
  • Just like having a human resource department that screens and hires employees, a professional property manager is astute at screening potential tenants. They are experts at what makes a great tenant. This alone is worth its weight in gold. Qualified tenants pay rent on time, report maintenance, and leave the property in excellent condition when the time comes to move. Property managers have seen fake tax returns, have spoken to fake landlords, and know the difference between a lab mix and a pit bull.
  • Just like an attorney professional property manager’s stay on top of the ever-changing legal landscape of owning rental property. There are federal laws, state laws, and local ordinances. There are laws about how to post notices, how to increase rent, and what is a disability and the accommodations that are required. A professional property manager also knows when it is time to consult with an attorney.
  • Just like a mediator, whose role is to find a win-win solution for everyone the professional property manager is a facilitator and advisor whose main objective is to provide solutions. The goal of professional property management is to allow the property owner to confidently step back from the day-to-day management of their investment.

Bottom line, property management is all about relationships. Solid relationships are built on trust, which is created over time by being transparent, honest, and professional. It is our mission to earn your trust daily. If you have questions about how we manage your investment, please reach out to us. We are in partnership with you.

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Protecting your Packages this Holiday Season

parcels boxes with kraft paper,

If you’re anything like me, you worry about having packages delivered to your home when you’re not there especially during the holiday season. So how can you ensure that your package will be delivered to you?

1. Install Security Cameras:

When looking at security cameras try to get one that is motion censored and Wi-Fi capable so that you can receive alerts to your smartphone when you’re not there or the police will be alerted. Important security camera features are; motion detection, field of view, night vision, movement, Wi-Fi capability, cost, sound, and resolution. security cameras can be a double task not only can they alert you when there is a trespasser but they can also get a facial reaction if the thief or intruder gets away. Security Cameras are always good to have around your home just to help keep your home secure at all times.

2.  Get to Know your Delivery People

Being friendly is always a great option. When you know your delivery people you can let them know if you will not be home or if you prefer an alternate delivery time. Also if there seems to be a suspicious activity or it does not seem safe to leave your package they can let you know that they did not leave it and an alternate way to receive your package.

3. Team up with Neighbors

Teaming up with your neighbors is another good practice, you can help them and they can help you. You could send packages to their home if you’re not going to be home but they will, or you can ask them to grab your packages for you, or just to help keep an eye on your home. Keeping your neighborhood safe and friendly should be in the best interest of all who lives there.

4. Change your Mailbox

There are package mailboxes that you could get, you just need to make sure it is USPS-approved before purchasing. This is a great idea because your packages will always be secure.

5. Require Signature or Pick up in Person

Requiring a signature is an option that can help secure you are the person receiving the package and if no one is home then the package will not be left. Picking up in person is a great idea especially if you know you will not be home for a few days or are in and out. Picking up in person is the most secure method.

6. Package Guard

Package Guard is a frisbee-sized disc that is Wi-Fi capable sending an alert to your phone when your package is placed on from the disc. This is a great way to ensure that your package is arriving.

7. Reroute the Delivery

If you know that you will not be home for the delivery time you could reroute it to your workplace or a family or friends home. This is a secure way to ensure safe delivery.

8. Request Vacation Hold

If you’re going away for the holidays then you can request a vacation hold until you return. Most places offer free holding of packages, you will just need to check before making the request.

Sending packages can be just as stressful as receiving. You do not want to send a package that gets lost or broken. Check out these tips to help avoid an upsetting holiday package arrival.

1. Remove Old Shipping Labels

Reusing old shipping boxes is financially smart, but if you leave those labels on the box it could make for a stressful time. If you leave the old shipping labels on the box it could go to the wrong location or at the very least make the job more difficult for the delivery person. Plus, leaving those labels on makes it looks like you do not care or did not take your time with this package.

2. Use H-Tape Method

H Taping

H Taping is the correct way to tape packages, this method secures the package from opening. When using the H taping method be sure to use packaging tape which is 2 inches thick and can withstand 60lbs. If you have an irregular shaped box just be sure to tape along all the open seams when you seal it. Do not use duct tape.

3. Box-in-a-Box


If you have a very fragile item it can be unnerving to send, especially if you’re like me and have had a bad experience of someone receiving a broken present. It’s not always the deliveries person fault, the holidays are very stressful time for them. Help make their jobs easier by doing everything you can to ensure the safety of your package, box-in-a-box is a great method, while it may cost a little more due to weight it is better than the receiver receiving a broken package. First, this is first sure your item is securely cushioned about 2 inches thick, then place your item inside your smaller box filling all open space with loosefill peanuts minimum of 2″ thick, then place the small box in the outer sturdy box filling the excess space minimum of 3″ thick with loosefill peanuts. Now you have yourself a securely packaged item.

4. Sending Baked Goods

Who doesn’t love receiving homemade cookies, especially ones that you used to make with your grandma or mom for holidays? The perfect gift for college students who won’t be going home for the holidays are their favorite baked goods. However, packaging these baked goods can be worrisome because what if they receive them and they are no longer good? Domino Sugar has a set of instructions to follow to help ensure a yummy received treat.

5. Provide an Internal Shipping Label

If your package got damaged and the delivery service needs to repackage make their jobs a little easier by providing information of where to ship to. This could include providing a business card with name, phone number, and address or just a piece of paper written on eligible with that information. It is safer to make sure you are doing everything you can to make the deliveries job easier so that you do not have to work harder if something were to happen to your package.

Do not get caught up in the stressfulness of sending packages this holiday season, just be prepared, plan ahead, and have a wonderful holiday season! Happy Holidays!

If you’re interested in purchasing a residential home in Central Florida, please contact Mike Rance at

To see residential home listings in Central Florida, please visit Central Florida Homes.

Mike Rance
RE/MAX 200 Realty in Winter Park, Florida
P: 407-629-6330 ext. 255

By: SaJorden Miller/ Mike Rance Team


Have the best Black Friday Yet


It is that time of year again when everyone is out shopping for all of his or her Christmas gifts for the best deals. It is fun but can be overwhelming especially if the store you’re heading to runs out of what you need. However, there are ways to avoid the frustration of Black Friday. You need a strategy, follow these tips and strategies for your most successful Black Friday yet!


Start early before Thanksgiving go to the stores that you know you are going to want to go to on Black Friday and check the deals. Some retailers have their best deals on Thanksgiving. Check ads, it is easy to skip over stores that you do not usually shop at but one of those stores might have a better deal. Some deals may only last until a certain time pay attention to that.


Set a budget and do not go over it. This will help with impulse buys. At the time an impulse buy may not seem to make a difference especially if it is a good price but if you make one or two impulse buys in the 5 stores you go in, that’ll add up. Stay safe carry a small purse that closes all the way that remains in front of you at all times. Cash is a great way to stay on a budget but is more likely to be stolen or lost, a debit card is ok but fraud protection is weaker, credit cards are better with fraud protection but allow you to overspend. It sounds like I just told you every method of payment has a downfall and it does, but to remain on the budget keep a checklist, prepare ahead and do the math. Add up every receipt make sure you’re not going over your budget.

3.) Do your Research

Several sites will begin posting the Black Friday ads when they become available. Be sure you are getting the best for your buck, while it may look like a great deal you may be able to do better somewhere else, check these sites for price comparison and You can check these sites for the latest deals:

4.) Bouns Discounts

If you enjoy going out at the crack of dawn, then this is the deals for you. Some stores will offer early bird specials which could be gift cards for the first 500 customers to walk in the store. Stores that provided the “early bird” deal last year was H&M which gave the first 100 people in line tickets for up to $300 in-store credit. Another store Sports Authority at midnight, Sports Authority rewarded the first 80 customers to walk through its doors with cards worth up to $500. They always say “the early bird gets the worm” check out which stores are offering it this year!

5.) Deepen your Discounts

Paper coupons are back, be sure to fill your purse will Black Friday coupons. Don’t let your smartphone die because you will need coupons on there. Prepare early check the coupons and save them to your wallet. Download DealNews to stay on top of all the latest deals on the go.

6.) Be a Social Media Butterfly

Follow your favorite stores on whatever social media platform you enjoy most, turn on notifications and keep an eye out for coupons, sale previews, or even Black Friday ads can appear on their social media. Don’t search for the social media deals while standing at the register do it before you arrive, screenshots are a great way to have easy access. Be sure to look at promo codes from the website, or manufactures website you can watch right here on DealNews these can net some serious savings.

7.) Read the Fine Print

While most stores keep their return policy the same for Black Friday. There are the exceptions of the shops who do not receive some even charge restocking fees as high at 15%, primarily for electronics. Check the company website you can usually find the return policy information there or signage at the customer service desk. While asking the sales clerk is an option if they give incorrect information then the written policy will trump whatever they may have said. Just be careful when asking the clerks because they are under much stress and sometimes they may not fully know the return policies especially if they changed for Black Friday.

8.) Split Up

While shopping with friends can be fun. Use your numbers to have more extensive coverage areas. Have a game plan and have people in designated stores.

You can find more great tips, strategies, deals, and not what to buy at DealNews under the Black Friday section.

With all the great deals on Black Friday, go to a toy store and pick up a few things to take to a homeless shelter, an orphanage, or Operation Chrismas Child. It is always a good time to give back you the deals to help you save while helping someone.

Remember Black Friday is usually not a place for young children, it can be dangerous and stressful. Leave them at home and enjoy a ladies day shopping.

Finally be kind to everyone, especially the sale clerks they are dealing with thousands of people in short time. Giving up their Black Friday shopping so that you can have yours, so be respectful to them, many may be sleep deprived. Just be courteous, everyone wants to have a good time.





Your Guide to having the Perfect Thanksgiving


The Holidays are fun but can be stressful especially if you are the host. But they do not need to be stressful, a host should have a good time as well. Check out all of these great ideas for you and your guest to have the best Thanksgiving.


Courtesy of Country Living

First thing first the decorations. Decorations do not need to be expensive. DIY decorations are cheap and look amazing! Also get the kids to help. For the kid’s table, a roll of kraft paper and crayons in terra-cotta pots are great to entertain the children during dinner. Are give them cute placemats with their names, so no one is fighting over seats. Get the kids to help, have them put fun thanksgiving stamps on cocktail napkins, or have them paint mason jars or wine bottles which then could be used as vases or candle holders. Go to the dollar tree, you can find cheap fall decorations that can quickly be transformed into your beautiful masterpiece. Take large felt leaves and convert them into a door greeting. Or use artificial fall leaves to frame your door. Remind people what Thanksgiving is all about with a thankful tree that your guest writes what they are grateful for. You could have a family tree perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving banners are always an excellent addition to the fireplace. Find more great decorating ideas at Country Living.



Courtesy of Country Living 


Can’t forget about the food, there would be no Thanksgiving without a Thanksgiving feast. Part of being the perfect host is to have food for everyone. With these 20 great menu ideas from Country Living you can! You can mix and match or pick your favorite. These are all simple ideas, and there’s enough to go around.


Courtesy of Country Living 

With all the delicious food, we cannot forget the drinks. Get your guest in the spirits with these 19 delightful thanksgiving cocktails from Country Living.



Courtesy of Serious Eats 


Thanksgiving should be a time for everyone to enjoy a sweet drink. Check out these 7 delicious and somewhat unusual non-acholic beverage ideas from Serious Eats.



Courtesy of Country Living 


Cannot forget about the best part dessert! Try these 45 sweet and satisfying from Country Living to make the perfect ending to your delicious feast.


thanksgiving traditons

What would Thanksgiving be without any traditions? If you do not have any yet that is ok, you can start this year!

Thanksgiving traditions:

  • After the meal lay out a white cloth tablecloth and everyone write what they are thankful for this year with a sharpie, don’t forget to put the date and their name. Then wash it on gentle cycle then put it up until next year.
  • Create a chain of things that everyone is thankful for. Everyone will get a strip of colored paper write what they are grateful for then go around reading what everyone writes down later for a paper chain.
  • Feeding the homeless this is a great way to help others and share the love of Thanksgiving.
  • Spreading some love at your local nursing home, by taking the family with leftovers and listen to the stories of the people who may not have a family.
  • Is there someone in your community without a family? Invite them over to enjoy Thanksgiving with you and your family, take a picture of your “new” new family then send that person home with leftovers and everlasting memories.
  • Thanksgiving Olympics you can do this with just your guest, or you can make it a community event. Have different activities for everyone like basketball, flag football, frisbee, scramble, hangman, or whatever you can imagine. Then there will be prizes afterward, for example, a tin of popcorn, a box of chocolate. Or get competitive and great a Thanksgiving Olympic trophy the winner takes it home then brings it with them the following year to either compete to keep their place as the champion of a new champion will be crowned.
  • Watching Thanksgiving day football.
  • Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • Living in Florida take your feast outside and turn it into a picnic.
  • Children help set the table.
  • Children serve dessert.
  • Break the wishbone.
  • If you have a large family and it would be too difficult to host everyone on Thanksgiving. Have a Thanksgiving leftover day, this would be the day after Thanksgiving eating leftovers and planning for Christmas.

Whatever you do this Thanksgiving just remember it is a time to be thankful and remember all of the blessings you have in this world. Share the love and give thanks, this Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!


If you’re interested in purchasing a residential home in Central Florida, please contact Mike Rance at

To see residential home listings in Central Florida, please visit Central Florida Homes.

Mike Rance
RE/MAX 200 Realty in Winter Park, Florida
P: 407-629-6330 ext. 255


By: SaJorden Miller/ Mike Rance Team

Country Comfort with City Convenience

Have you always dreamed of living in a log home but they are always too far away from everything? Well you’re in luck I have several beautiful log homes are that gives you that country style living with the convenience of the city.

21249 COUNTY ROAD 455 Clermont, FL 34715 MLS O5505714

This beautiful two story three bedrooms and two bathrooms home are on 3 acres of land. This home lets you enjoy country living with the city convenience. Comfortably located are at least 50 schools, PK-05 is Astatula Elementary School being just 3.28 miles and 3.46 miles away would be a PK-12 Lake Hills School. Also conveniently located is Florida’s Turnpike giving an easy commute to downtown and attractions. This home comes with a cozy wood burning fireplace to make you feel right at home. There is also an eat-in kitchen, loft, and wood flooring. This home was built in 1988 with 1,138 square feet of living, renovations have been made such as a new roof which was put on in July of 2017. Fuel- electric and central heating comes equipped with the home as well as central air conditioning. Appliances of the home include; built-in oven, range, and refrigerator. The interior of the house is log with vinyl and carpet flooring. This home is priced at $254, 900

14704 OLD HWY 50 Clermont, FL 34711 MLS G4846221

Courtesy Of Watson Realty Corp

This one of kind log homes is the perfect location for country peace and tranquility but city convenience with easy access to Dowton Clermont or Winter Gardens. This property is almost 30 acres. This open floor bedroom contains a beautiful wood burning fireplace, 3 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms. Along with this home, there are 2 parcels included with the property. If you’re looking to make some money off the land the one side could be sold to investors as it is a prime location close to the turnpike and schools.  You could keep this land the beautiful agricultural land and have animals grazing the property is fully fenced as you look out to God’s beauty. This property is priced at $1,400,000.

17090 55TH PL McAlpin, FL 32062 MLS G4846230


This beautiful 1999 two-story spacious log home is the perfect place to relax and entertain guest. As we walk inside we will find a great spacious room with vaulted ceiling and a wood burning fireplace which includes a ventilation system making it easy to warm up the entire home during those chilly evenings. The open dining room is perfect for entertaining as it leads straight into an open kitchen which features stainless appliances, beautiful cabinets. The master bedroom includes a walk-in closet as you go to the master bathroom you will see a large garden tub with jest as well a sperate shower stall. Next, we will head upstairs where there are two spacious bedrooms. Now for the beautiful exterior of the home, there is a full wraparound porch which is the perfect place to enjoy the sunrise or sunset. Other areas to note of the home, the roof and floors are less than 4 years old. The Florida Breezway barn features 11 12×12 stalls and 1 that had been converted to feed and storage room with raised concrete flooring. The stalls are rear and front entry of the barn and utilize Dutch doors. The second barn has 4 12×12 stalls with front entry Dutch doors. ther amenities on the property include: 2 grooming racks, 1 full-size dressage arena clay base, 1 breeding and treatment stock, 1 large storage shed and two smaller storage sheds, full RV hookup 30 amp and sewage, and a separate interconnected well. This property is priced at $455,000.

44500 CROSS COUNTRY BLVD Altoona, FL 32702 MLS G4847008

Courtesy Of Watson Realty Corp

This beautiful contemporary southland built log home is on 3 majestic acres located on Lake Door and right behind this home is the famous Rocking Horse Ranch which is a 150-acre equestrian training facility. As you find your way down the winding driveway you’ll find yourself at one of the most beautiful 4 bed 3.5 bath log homes in the area. As you walk through the front door you are captivated by the see-through view of 193′ of lake frontage. Directly across the lake is Ocala Nation Forest so there is not another house in site, you get to enjoy all the wonders of nature. This is the entertainer’s dream with a large open floor plan and large kitchen with granite and wood cabinets. on the first floor, you can find a bedroom en-suite, family room, dining room, formal living room, eat-in kitchen and a half bath. As we make out way upstairs you with see a loft which overlooks the formal living room and out to the lake. There is the master bedroom which also overlooks Lake Door. Also upstairs there are 2 other bedrooms, one of which is being used as an office. You can also find another full bath. This luxury log home is priced at $685,000.

If you’re interested in purchasing any of these residential log homes in Central Florida, please contact Mike Rance at

To see more residential log home listings in Central Florida, please visit Central Florida Homes.

Mike Rance
RE/MAX 200 Realty in Winter Park, Florida
P: 407-629-6330 ext. 255

By: SaJorden Miller/ Mike Rance Realty


20th Anniversy of America Recycles Day

#AmericaRecyclesDay 11-15-17
Design By: SaJorden Miller

Today is America Recycles Day, but why? On November 15th 1997the National Recycling Coalition started this day and it is declared yearly by the Presidential Proclamation. 

This day encourages Americans to commit to recycling, this had been a program of Keep America Beautiful since 2009. To raise awareness there are thousands of events across the United States to raise awareness about the importance of recycling. As a commitment to recycling and buying products made from recycled materials, you can take a pledge.

Courtesy of America Recycles Day

There are events all the time here in Orlando that is focused on recycling. Come out meet new people and help save the world. Here are some events that are happening:

KSC’s America Recycles Day (ARD) Events– November 14-15th at Kennedy Space Center

NBC Tower Plastic Bag Collection– November 15th on Howell Branch Rd.

Electronic Waste Collection Event– November 15th at Recycle all Electronic

Any H&M– November 16th

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Courtesy of @hmusa

PRIVATE EVENT FOR WINTER PARK RESIDENTS: Electronics Recycling Event– November 18th

Orange County Recycles Day 2017– November 18th at Orange County Landfill

Courtesy of @CityBeautiful 

Downtown Orlando is keeping our city beautiful with newly installed solar-powered recycling and waste units. For more information on Keep Orlando Beautiful (KOB).  If none of these interest you there is much more all year long, just keep an eye out for events in your area.

Do you need some ideas on how you can keep America clean? Check out these awesome 10 ideas from Harmony Enterprises, INC. 

  1. “Find out if carton recycling is available in your area.  If it’s not, talk to your local recycling center about recycling cartons. The Carton Council has some great resources.
  2. Stop throwing away clothing and household textiles. Find a local clothing recycler or contact Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) to find out where to donate.
  3. Encourage your kids to recycle at school. If recycling is not widely available at your school, talk to the principal, superintendent, or PTO about it.
  4. Avoid plastic bags by bringing your own bag, or simply declining the bag when you can.  When you have excess plastic bags, dry cleaner bags, or newspaper bags, bring them to your local retailer to recycle.
  5. Take the “I Recycle” pledge, and invite your friends to do the same. Businesses can also pledge to recycle more.
  6. Talk to your kids about recycling.  Beyond the typical paper, plastic, and aluminum, how can they recycle their clothes, toys, or electronics? How can they use recycled items into art projects or gifts?
  7. Find or host a recycling event in your area and take part! There are thousands of America Recycles Day events being held around the country.
  8. Get familiar with what you CAN and CAN’T recycle.  Here is a great refrigerator list, and a few more items you probably forgot.  Recyclable items can also vary by where you live, so check with your local recycling center too.
  9. Get inspired!  Go to the America Recycles Day website to find out what other communities and companies are doing. You may also be inspired by Sweden’s 99% recycling rate or what recycling centers like Winneshiek County are doing.
  10. Buy recycled when you can! When you purchase items that are made from recycled materials, you help eliminate the need for virgin materials. Buying art made of recycled materials can be even more meaningful.

Keep Orlando beautiful, keep America beautiful, keep the world beautiful. Get out in your community find out ways you can help fight the war on waste.


Tildens Grove of Windermere

Tildens Grove is a luxury waterfront gated community in Windermere Florida. Tildens Grove is on the shores of Lake Davis, this community was established in 2001, with 140 homes. There are waterfront and interior homes available. Tildens Grove has been designed by eight of Central Florida’s top builders, having Spanish tile roofing and brick paver driveways. Some of the amenities include children’s playground, tennis courts, and waterfront. The tropical landscaping throughout the neighborhood is sure to give you that tropical feeling. Most of the homes are 3 to 7 bedroom with 3 to eight bathrooms, ranging from 3,220 to 7,130 square footage the minimum amount of land is half an acre. These homes range from $814,000 to $859,000.

Let’s take a look at some of the listings available n Tildens grove.

5245 TILDENS GROVE BLVD Windermere, FL 34786 MLS O5386884

Courtesy Of RE/MAX Properties SW Inc.

This magnificent 5 bedrooms 4.5 bathroom estate is a premier 2/3 acre waterfront located in Tildens Grove a gated community in Windermere. Throughout the home, you are welcomed with an open floor plan. Throughout the living, dining, family room and kitchen you enjoy beautiful 24×24 travertine flooring. Your dream kitchen is awaiting with 42″ antique white cabinets, granite counters, huge center island, 5 burner gas range with copper vent hood complimented by GE stainless steel appliances and walk-in pantry. Mitered glass surrounds a spacious nook which overlooks the patio. The comfortable family room offers custom built cabinetry with centerpiece flat screen television & gas fireplace perfect for entertaining the family. The three-way split floor plans provide a Jack & Jill style bath. As we go to the romantic master suite offering an extended sitting area, crown molding along with coffered ceilings, his & her walk-in closets with custom shelving. As you walk into the master bathroom, you are greeted with the centerpiece a Roman tub, walk-in shower with dual heads, double vanities, granite counters, and travertine flooring. As we move upstairs, there is a 5th bedroom which is pre-wired and ready conversion to a home theater there is also a full-size bonus room which can be used for your creativity. You can also find a wet bar with a built-in wine rack and wine cooler with granite counters in the home. The exterior is just as luxury as the interior featuring brick paver driveway with side entry three car garage and custom flagstone elevation. The back patio is the perfect place to entertain as it offers a covered area with a built-in television plus summer kitchen all overlooking the rock waterfall spa and sparkling pool.

5027 TILDENS GROVE BLVD Windermere, FL 34786 MLS O5545033 

Courtesy Of Stockworth Realty Group

If you’re someone who enjoys your peace, quiet and privacy then this is the perfect home for you, there are no rear neighbors! This home offers a beautiful natural setting and oversize backyard with water view. Beautiful 1 story 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathroom provides an open floors plan and soaring ceiling heights. There is an office and a bonus room which can be transformed into whatever you desire. There have been several upgrades including landscaping and interior painting to compliment the already light and bright rooms that are flooded with natural light from the large picture windows. The back of the house is the perfect place to entertain your friends and family with a lanai featuring summer kitchen, oversized pool and a large fenced in grass area ideal for pets and young children.

5246 TILDENS GROVE BLVDWindermere, FL 34786 MLS O5453368

Courtesy Of Charles Rutenberg Rlty Orlando

If you’re the buyer who wants it all, I have the home for you! This luxury estate is packed with full of options with rooms that are either lofty or intimate, easy-going or elegant, it’s here and it could be all yours. To start we have high ceilings that create sense hight and space. Are you a reader, writer, blogger, or an at home entrepreneur, this home has the perfect place for you in the front den, or are you looking for a 6th bedroom, the den can be transformed leaving it up to your creativity. Occupying the side of this home is the master bedroom which provides a grand sitting room overlooking the sparkling pool and greenbelt. A large family room is inviting with a built-in gated wine storage for the connoisseur. The three-way split bedroom plan includes 2 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. There is also an attached 2 bedrooms 2 bathroom en-suite guest house with a private side door entry or direct access from the house. Almost an acre there is a large three car garage. This home is perfect for the savvy decorators.

If you’re interested in purchasing a residential home in Tildens Grove in Windemere, Florida, please contact Mike Rance at

To see more residential home listings in Windemere, Florida, please visit Central Florida Homes.

Mike Rance
RE/MAX 200 Realty in Winter Park, Florida
P: 407-629-6330 ext. 255

By: SaJorden Miller/ Mike Rance Realty Team