9421 Candice Ct Orlando, FL 32832

Settled in the well sought after community of La Vina, in Orlando, lies this charming single family home. Conveniently located from the VA Hospital, Nemours Children’s Hospital, and UCF College of Medicine, this home is perfect for any type of family! Along with being only 10 minutes away from the International Airport, this home is also only a short drive to Orlando’s famous area attractions. If you’re a water enthusiast, this home offers a short drive to three different lakes in the area, Lake Nona, Buck Lake, and Red Lake.

The community of La Vina offers A-Rated schooling options for students in the Lake Nona area as well. Offering some of the finest schools in Central Florida, La Vina’s community provides an easy transition for parents. For those interested in golf, Lake Nona’s Golf and Country Club is just around the corner, making this home a perfect place to settle down.

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Build in 2005, this single family home is listed at $225,000 and features 4 bedrooms, along with 2 bathrooms. This home has an open floor plan, along with a relaxing Master Suite! Featuring a garden tub, stand alone shower, and double sinks, this bathroom provides an escape from everyday life. Outside, this home includes an attached covered porch and private backyard that backs up to a conservation area, providing a nice view. Along with mature landscaping, this home also features an attached 2 car garage, great for any family! La Vina’s community offers a family-friendly environment, perfect for those looking to grow into their home.

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If you’re interested in Listing or Purchasing a home in Orlando, FL or would like to see other Single-Family Homes, please contact Mike Rance at MikeRanceRealtorCFL@gmail.com

 

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480 SANDPIPER RIDGE DR, ORLANDO, FL 32835

Located within Orlando’s highly sought after community of Westmoor, rests this alluring single family home. Westmoor’s community is a convenient 20-minute drive to Orlando’s famous attractions, giving you a sense of seclusion from the fast-paced Orlando environment. Westmoor’s subdivision is conveniently located near Rose Park and Florida’s Turnpike, making it easy to access. For those who enjoy an afternoon on the lake, Lake Herrick, and Lake Sherwood is only a short drive away! Young residents within Westmoor’s community have multiple public and private schools to attend, giving parents different options to choose from. The community of Westmoor in Orlando is a great place to put down roots in Central Florida.

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Built in 1990, this charming home is listed at $184,900 and features 3 bedrooms, along with 2 bathrooms. Inside, this home has a separate dining room and formal living room, as well as an eat-in kitchen space, bonus room, and private master bathroom. Along with a den, this home also features a split bedroom plan. Outside, this home has an attached patio and private yard with mature landscaping, perfect for any family! Living in Westmoor’s community will feel like home the minute you walk through the door!

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If you’re interested in Listing or Purchasing a home in Orlando, FL or would like to see other Single Family Homes, please contact Mike Rance at MikeRanceRealtorCFL@gmail.com

 

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15803 GOLDEN CLUB ST, CLERMONT, FL 34711

Nestled within Marsh Hammock, a scenic neighborhood in Clermont, FL, lies this cozy and charming home. Located conveniently near Lake Hiawatha Recreation Area, this property offers a wide variety of local activities for those in Central Florida. Being only minutes away from Clermont’s historic downtown area, there’s plenty of shops and eateries to explore. If you’re a nature enthusiast, there are local walking and bike trails, along with local parks within Clermont as well. This quaint property is only 30 minutes away from Orlando’s famous attractions, giving you a sense of seclusion from the fast-paced city, while only being a short drive away!

Clermont is known as the “Choice of Champions”, and was named one of the Top 20 Cities in America “Leading the Way” in economic development and quality of life. Living in this welcoming neighborhood, you’ll feel right at home the minute you walk through the door.

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Marsh Hammock offers this single family home listed at $182,900. Built in 2002, this charming home features 3 bedrooms, along with 2 bathrooms. This home has a screened in patio, along with mature landscaping and a private yard to enjoy year round! Inside, this house features a laundry room, spacious master suite, as well as a walk-in pantry for all of your favorite goodies! Residing in Clermont, FL, this home offers great public and private schools for residents within Marsh Hammock’s community.

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Lakefront Living: Lake Butler

Resting in the middle of Central Florida is Windermere’s Chain of Lakes. There are eleven lakes that make up the chain those lakes are Lake Butler, Lake Tibet, Lake Down, Lake Sheen, Lake Louise, Lake Chase, Pocket Lake, Lake Blanche, Wauseon Bay, Lake Isleworth, and Little Fish Lake. The water in this chain is not only crystal clear but it also spring-fed. Unlike many lakes in Central Florida, the water in Butler Chain of Lakes remains cool even in the peak of Summer heat. You can often find many boaters hanging out on the infamous “Bird Island”. This island located in Lake Butler is a typical gathering place for many people out on the lake. Along with skiing, fishing is one of the most common activities you’ll see while out boating. There are many different types of fish in the chain, however, Lake Butler’s prized fish are the largemouth bass. Lake Butler provides excellent largemouth bass fishing and often holds a bass fishing tournament for locals.

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Windermere offers small-town charm in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Central Florida. This quaint town offers dirt roads and an Old Florida atmosphere most locals and visitors find refreshing and endearing. The community around Lake Butler is known to house celebrity residents, who enjoy the area’s gorgeous lakefront views from their backyards. Lake Butler sits on over 1,600 acres and is the third largest lake in Florida provides private boating docks for its residents.

Lakefront property in Windermere averages from $400,000 all the way up to $15 Million dollars. These homes surrounding Lake Butler offer unbelievable views you can’t put a pricetag on! For students in the area, Windermere offers top-notch public and private schools, giving parents a lot of great options to choose from. Located only 20 minutes from Orlando’s famous attractions, Lake Butler’s community provides a sense of relaxation and escape from everyday life.

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If you’re interested in a Free Listing of all Lakefront properties near Windermere’s Chain of Lakes or are interested in Listing or Purchasing a home in Lake Butler’s community, please contact Mike Rance at MikeRanceRealtorCFL@gmail.com

 

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Happy Holidays: A RE/MAX Christmas!

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Christmas was a success here at the Winter Park branch with our Christmas breakfast and white elephant gift exchange, decorating our office Christmas tree, and the annual Christmas dinner at Winter Park Farmers Market featuring office skits, music and dancing, and amazing people!

From our family to yours, REMax and the Mike Rance Team wishes you a very Merry Christmas!

Christmas in Orlando: What to Do This Weekend

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Even if our temperature doesn’t dip below 50 degrees, even if we don’t have pure white snow making our front lawns a winter wonderland, even if we put our Christmas lights on palm trees and make snowmen out of coconuts, even if Santa has to make it through the open window instead of down the chimney we don’t have… Central Florida is still a pretty impressive place for the holidays, with plenty of great things to do! This weekend (12/18-12/20) hosts several amazing events that will fulfill the Floridian heart with more than its fair share of Christmas spirit. And even if you can’t make it out this weekend, don’t fret – many of these events last through the month of December!


 

bok tower 2Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens
through Jan 03, 2016
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
$20 adult, $9 children
Your ticket admits you to the most magnificent Christmas-themed events at Bok Tower, including the Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate, poinsettia displays, carillon concerts, winter walking tours, holiday decor workshops, live choir, complimentary happy hour toast, and plenty of holiday shopping.
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Orlando Ballet: Nutcracker at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Dec 18, 2015 8:00 pm
Dec 19, 2015 2:00 pm, 8:00 pm
Dec 20, 2015 1:00 pm, 6:30 pm
$41.50 starting
Celebrate with this traditional holiday performance of The Nutcracker that is sure to bring Christmas to life. “When Clara receives a toy nutcracker from her godfather on Christmas Eve, she is transported on a magical journey complete with the Mouse King, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Mother Ginger.” The Orlando Ballet production will be accompanied by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

through Jan 02, 2016
included in regular admission
See Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure transformed into the colorful and whimsical world of Grinchmas! Enjoy special events such as a live musical performance of The Grinch, a special meet-and-greet with the Grinch in his lair, and the character breakfast with special Grinch and Seuss character appearances.
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Holidays Around the World at Epcot Disney

through Dec 30, 2015
included in regular admission
Epcot’s World Showcase comes alive with the spirit of the holidays as they are celebrated around the world. Each country shows off its special traditions, with additional park features like the celebrity Candlelight Processional, a tree-lighting ceremony, live music, and spectacular lights displays. Don’t miss Epcot’s signature IllumiNations fireworks show with a special Christmas finale featuring the song “Let There Be Peace on Earth!”
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Christmas Bricktacular at Legoland

through Dec 20, 2015
included in regular admission
See how LEGO does Christmas, “…with a 30-foot tall LEGO Christmas tree made of 270,000 LEGO bricks, life-size LEGO Santa, reindeer and sleigh, festive decorations, LEGO build activity, a LEGO Santa Scavenger Hunt and holiday entertainment.” See appearances by LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier daily at this family-friendly Christmas celebration!
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Light Up UCF: 50 Nights of Music, Lights, and Ice at the CFE Arena

through Jan 03, 2016
6:00 pm
$12 general ice skating, +individually priced attractions, or
$19.95 Unlimited Ice Skating and Rides
FREE Holiday Film Festival, Light Show, Parking
If you are looking for an affordable event for the whole family, then Light Up UCF is the place to go. Back for its eight season, Light Up UCF offers an 8,000 square-foot outdoor ice skating rink, ferris wheel, Blizzard ride, Arctic Glide Ice Slide, Santa’s Workshop, and more! Light Up UCF will also provide fluffy, falling SNOW every evening. Now that’s the true spirit of Christmas.
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Annual Johns Lake Boat Parade at Clermont/Winter Garden

Dec 20, 2015
6:00 pm
This hour-long parade will go along the northern shore of Johns Lake, showcasing the people of Central Florida’s best decorations and holiday lights. Come early to get a spot with the best view (at the public boat ramp!), and if you are a boat parade participant, come early too!
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Illuminated Holiday Boat Parade at Sanford

Dec 19, 2015
6:30 pm
Join the town of Sanford for their annual Illuminated Holiday Boat Parade! Sanford goes all out with their parades, celebrating with a street float parade downtown, a open-door stroll through Sanford’s historic homes decked in Christmas decor, and the annual holiday boat parade! This weekend, choose from a host of great boat-viewing locations, including the north side of Marina Island, the Veterans Memorial Park, from Wolfy’s Bar & Grill or St. Johns Steak & Seafood Restaurant, or anywhere along Sanford’s Riverwalk between Park Avenue and US 17-92. Official line-up time is 6:00 pm, so make sure to claim your place early to see or be the greatest boat!
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street 2Make it out to these great local events and see all that Central Florida has to offer for the holidays! Don’t forget that the best experience of all could be you driving around luxury or small, historic neighborhoods of Celebration, Windermere, Winter Park, Mount Dora, and many others with your family, viewing all of the inspiring Christmas lights and spending quality time together.

The Mike Rance Team wishes you a very Merry Christmas from the heart of Florida!

Everything Lake Dora

The area around Lake Dora could be your dream come true! Lakefront living with historic small-town charm away from the hustle and bustle of Orlando, and plenty of activities, restaurants, yearly events, shoppes, and more, detailed here by the Mike Rance Team!

THE LAKE

Overview
Located between Lake Eustis to the north and Lake Apopka to the south on the Harris Chain of Lakes, Lake Dora covers 4,475 acres perfect for fishing and boating enthusiasts alike. To the southwest of Lake Dora is pristine Florida wetland full of native wildlife. The Dora Canal, connecting Lake Dora to its northern cousin Lake Eustis, is a prime area for bird-watching. Whether visiting, new to the area, or long-time resident, Lake Dora activities like the guided pontoon boat and seaplane aerial sightseeing tours are perfect ways to capture the beautiful landscape of Lake Dora.

THE CITY OF THE SAME NAME

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Lake Dora is the gem of the Central Florida city of the same name. Mount Dora, retaining over one hundred years of history, has the comfort and feel of a charming, small town that over 13,000 residents call home. One reviewer urges us to “experience the neighborhood … where the trees hang with Spanish Moss and gardens seem to be taken from the pages of a southern magazine from years gone by” (www.tripadvisor.com). Mount Dora sits along the northeastern shorelines of Lake Dora, hosting one of the lake’s only two boat ramps for direct access, letting the public enjoy the placid lake and relax with the beautiful Florida sunset.

THE SEAPLANE CITY

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But Mount Dora is not the only city to claim a coast of the pristine Lake Dora. Tavares lines Lake Dora along the northwestern side of the lake, hosting Lake Dora’s only other public boat ramp and featuring the famous Tavares Seaplane Base & Marina in Wooton Park. Before the strategic city investment to build the Tavares Seaplane Base, no full-service seaplane base existed from Key West to Atlanta. According to an article from the Orlando Sentinel (articles.orlandosentinel.com), “When City Council members decided on a name for their seaplane base [..], they had a long list of interesting choices … Spruce Goose Lagoon, Happy Landings, Tavares Plain to See and Zero Feet on Sea, Tavares were among the options collected during a contest in which seaplane pilots across the country and local residents alike submitted entries.” But it was the most traditional name that won out and put Tavares on the map as “America’s Seaplane City.”

splash parkAttractions
In recent years, the city-owned, public-use seaplane base on Lake Dora has created a lively seaplane culture throughout the town. Local festivals, restaurants, and even a Children’s Splash Park celebrate the seaplane theme.
The Seaplane Base itself hosts several yearly Fly-In Events such as the recent Halloween Fly-In and the upcoming Spring Fly-In, Saturday May 7, 2016 beginning at 9 am and featuring competitive events like Shortest Take Off, Bomb Drop Contest, and Spot Landing Contest! Participating pilots will receive a complimentary $10 dining voucher to Tavares Downtown restaurants.

TIS THE SEASON

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The City of Mount Dora loves Christmas, from its impressive light displays all over Mount Dora neighborhoods and huge Christmas trees that light up town squares. The Christmas Lighted Boat Parade is always a spectacle at the Lake Dora Lighthouse, where local boat owners compete for originality and best-in-show titles.
If you missed this year’s parade on December 5, you can still enjoy the city of Tavares’s Cannonball Christmas Express the entire month of December. Bound for the “North Pole” from the Tavares Train Station, you can “enjoy hot chocolate & cookies on the station platform” while waiting for your train. “Santa will board the train … to visit with kids of all ages and present each child with a gift,” all in a magical 50 minute trip! Bonus visits along the train from Eugene the Elf and Mrs. Claus make this family event a one-of-a-kind Christmas experience.
http://www.orangeblossomcannonball.com/theme-rides/

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The Goblin Market

“Celebrating seventeen years in the historic downtown Mount Dora village,” the Goblin Market’s unique concept of “casual elegance” shines in this Lake Dora restaurant. This restaurant takes pride in its “intimate, book-lined dining rooms,” “alfresco” courtyard and garden patio, and “personable and attentive staff,” operating under a simple philosophy to provide a unique experience complete with high quality products. Their fresh meat, seafood, and other homemade delicacies such as the jumbo lump Crab Bisque soup will make you fall in love with this one-of-a-kind Mount Dora establishment.
http://thegoblinmarketrestaurant.com/

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The name ALS stands for Air, Land and Sea, and is your simple, American style restaurant that boasts casual waterfront dining on the northwestern corner of Lake Dora. Although ALS Landing might have closed earlier this year, ALS still stands strong with its sister dining experience – the Sand Bar Island Cantina. ALS Sand Bar sits directly on the Tavares Seaplane Base & Marina and provides live musical entertainment daily. ALS menu features fresh, hand-crafted burgers, hand-battered fish and chips, and other daily specials that are “not just good but great.”
http://www.alssandbar.com/
ALS Landing quickly re-emerged after remodeling and under a new name, “Puddle Jumpers,” a term that refers to small seaplanes. Puddle Jumpers features the same casual lakeside experience, with a few upscale menu options that highlight the “extreme care for the food and drinks” served at this spectacular restaurant.
Both locations feature a full bar and invite you to “watch the seaplanes land while enjoying life and good food” – exactly what life in America’s Seaplane City of Tavares on beautiful Lake Dora is all about.
http://puddlejumperslakeside.com/

pisces risingPisces Rising
For a smart, casual dining experience featuring a one-piece mahogany bar, comforting jazz music, and floor-to-ceiling windows letting in the picturesque Lake Dora sunset, Pisces Rising is a happy mix of Florida history and modern dining. The restaurant is “lovingly wrapped around a Florida cracker bungalow-style home built in the 1920s,” and focuses on freshness, from its meat and seafood to its seasonal vegetables and flair. Pisces Rising features live music and monthly three-course wine dinners, occurring every third weekend of the month with wine provided by family-owned Maggie’s Attic Wine and Beer Cellar.
http://www.piscesrisingdining.com/

OTHER SHOPPES/ATTRACTIONS

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Lakeside Inn

The Lakeside Inn has been a landmark for history and hospitality in Mount Dora since 1883. For more than a century, this lovely Victorian Era inn has provided a unique and classic destination for tourists and pioneers, accessible before railways by lake steamer from Jacksonville and the Harris Chain of Lakes. Beautiful cypress trees and other native subtropical vegetation are complemented by the many possible sightings of bald eagles, alligators, egrets, and turtles that can still be seen today on the Dora Canal. Since Florida’s coastal railroad boom of the Roaring 20s, the Lakeside Inn has fought the quick decline of Central Florida tourism and stood the test of time, remaining as the last Victorian Era hotel of the area and the “oldest continuously-operated hotel in the State of Florida.” The inn offers 87 guest suites, weekly entertainment, their local arts, crafts, and gift item shop The Gatehouse, and indoor and outdoor function areas alike for social and business events and beautiful weddings.
http://www.lakeside-inn.com/

malena 3Malena & Magda’s Boutique
Malena and Magda’s Boutique is your small city boutique with an elegant and exclusive twist. Malena & Magda’s takes pride to offer their customers great quality and exclusive items. The boutique carries a unique variety of designer leather and vegan purses, while always featuring a wide selection of jewelry and other items made by local artists. “None of our purses or jewelry are alike,” says Magdalena, who named the store after her and her grandmother’s nicknames. “You always will find something different at very reasonable prices.” Their products include handbags by Carbotti, Nicole Lee, Sondra Roberts, Ili New York, and Dida. If you aren’t charmed by the cotton clothing made with Pima and organic cottons from Peru, right beside you can find knitted tops made in Greece by designer John P. or a pair of handmade ElizaB. flip-flops to show off lakeside.
http://malenaspurses.com/

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Downtown Mount Dora stands as one of the best romantic getaways in all of Central Florida, streets lined with New England architecture highlighting the city’s century of history. With Victorian details, beautiful lakeside parks perfect for romantic walks, and horse-drawn carriage rides, Mount Dora transports you to a simpler time. The carriage rides are an exceptional activity during Christmas time in Mount Dora, passing through streets lined with Christmas lights on historic houses and trees draped with bulbs.

HOMES ON THE LAKE

 

20 Active Listings
9 properties with private pools
2 bed 1 bath – 6 bed 5 bath
$249,000 – 1.795mil List price

1 Active with Contract
1 property with private pool
4 bed 4 bath
$634,900 List price

2 Pending Listings
2 bed 2 bath – 4 bed 4 bath
$345,000 – 557,000 List price

10 Sold Listings (past 6 mo.)
3 properties with private pools
2 bed 1 bath – 4 bed 6 bath
$69,900 – 1.795mil List price
$54,900 – 1.725mil Sold price

Even more properties are available close to Lake Dora without direct lake frontage. Talk to the Mike Rance Team today to see what is available or schedule a showing to get your hunt started for your dream house!

Staging your Home to SELL: 6 Ideas for the Fall Season

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As we float into the fall season, thoughts of autumn leaves, comfy sweaters, pumpkins and pumpkin-flavored everything are at the forefront of peoples’ minds. And guess what – that includes buyers! Staging your home with a few seasonal decorations makes potential buyers feel cozy while daydreaming of spending the holidays in their new home. Showing off some autumn charm will help buyers picture themselves curling up with their loved ones by a fireplace, carving faces into the perfect pumpkin, and smelling hot cider or fresh apple pie cooking in the kitchen. The care and effort you place into your décor to make a homey impression will be noticed and appreciated by a prospective buyer. Take some of these tips and suggestions to get your house sold this fall!

fall decor 21. What says “fall” to you?
Fall can mean a lot of different things to different people, but some ideas are typically universal – pumpkins, of course, lots and lots of pumpkins (don’t forget those off-color white ones!); an overflowing cornucopia (that fog-horn looking wicker basket full of fruit – tip: use fresh fruit!); anything turkey (or are you more of a holiday ham person?); and arrangements of autumn leaves (perfect in vases or a cute decorative wreath). For fall-themed decorations, sticking with the basics with reach that warm, fuzzy spot in the biggest number of buyers!

2. Use your fall color palette! This one is a given. We all love when the warm tones of fall come out so take your cues from the changing of the leaves – deep reds, burgundies, caramels, goldenrods, pumpkin oranges. Used strategically, these colors can be game changers for the feel of your home. Use more muted or lighter colors for larger features like fresh painted walls, and save the bold for accent pieces, such as wall curtains or decorative pillows. Carry the theme into other rooms with decorative hand towels in the bathroom or cozy throw blankets in the bedrooms. From dull and boring to warm and colorful with just a few easy touches!

fall decor3. “This is my haunted house.” Halloween is great occasion to change up your look, but the same shouldn’t be applied to your house. When you’re selling your home, it is not key to follow the same mantra as your Halloween costume (a tacky “This is my Halloween costume” printed shirt!) Your home is not a substitute haunted house, and buyers should not be scared when they walk in (cross your fingers for those inspections!). Don’t use fake cobwebs, especially outside, as they can be difficult to remove and may make your home or property look messy. Don’t try to scare your buyers with a skeleton that screams when it senses motion nearby or a hand that pops out of a bowl of sweets. Don’t use fake caution tape or wooden boards on doors or windows, as it could give the impression that the house isn’t up-to-snuff – say NO to anything that draws attention to possible flaws or puts buyers on edge! Instead, keep your Halloween decorations to a tasteful minimum. A vase or other arrangement of bare branches as a centerpiece or mantel accessory can give the desired spooky feel. Various antiques such as an old rake or a vintage lantern can also give that eerie appeal in a refined way that will please future buyers. Even fake blackbirds or crows can be placed strategically as classy Halloween decorations!

apple cider4. Those sweet fall smells… Pumpkin spice, apple pie, cinnamon sticks. These are just a few that when asked what smell reminds you of the fall season, most people would probably answer. A nice aroma in a home during a showing is pleasant and charming. Something as easy as a scented candle or cinnamon broom (decorative and sweet!) is inviting to buyers. Other ideas (with more effort) could be leaving fresh baked gingerbread cookies or a pitcher of apple cider with cups waiting on the counter as a refreshment (kill two birds with one stone!). Side Note: Some buyers may not appreciate a certain scent the same way you do, or they may be allergic! Take these risks into account when considering staging your house with a fall aroma, and make sure if you do choose to use a scent that it is not overwhelming (a.k.a. test it out beforehand!)

5. Focus on the fireplace. This is pretty straight forward, too. Why wouldn’t you focus on a place of warmth in the face of upcoming cold weather? (Orlando does get cold, guys!) Staging furniture around the fireplace is an easy way to create a fall story with the room. While actually lighting the fireplace may be a bad idea for safety or just convenience, some fall decorations such as a cute pile of pumpkins or a fall banner can give the right attention to a fall staple.

6. Don’t overdo it. The most important advice of all. The attaché “less is more” is definitely true here. You still want your home to be remembered for its features – aka “the home with stainless steel appliances and a great porch for entertaining” and not “the house with papier-mâché pumpkins in every room!” And remember, over-decorating can also get expensive. Don’t break the bank!

3 Tips for Buying Lakefront!

Lakefront all.pngA lakefront purchase sounds like a great idea… and it is! But as a home buyer and potential homeowner, lakefront properties come with extra considerations, and any prospective buyer should be familiar. Use these helpful tips to make the most out of your lakefront purchase and enjoy the amazing perks that come with a lakefront home.

1. THINK about the LAKE more than the HOUSE. You can buy a house anywhere, right? Buying a lakefront house is a special purchase because of that very reason: it is on a lake! When considering buying lakefront property, think about the factors that make your lakefront buy worthwhile – is the lake easily accessible, or is it difficult or requires a sizable walk to reach the shore or docking area? How is the view of the lake from the house’s main features and rooms, or the property overall? Where will the sun be in morning and evening? What is the water actually like – clear and pristine, or cloudy and difficult to traverse or maneuver a boat in and out? How deep is the water? What is my level of privacy, including public lake-goers, boats, and neighbors? Is my dock or shoreline a personal or community area? Are the activities I enjoy supported by the lakefront lifestyle? Determining what about the lakefront purchase is most important to you can help you make an important decision going forward. As is often said for lakefront properties, the value is in the land – or the lake!

2. What does BUYING on a LAKE mean for the HOUSE? There are plenty of pros to living on a lake, but those pros may come with baggage, such as higher list prices, insurance considerations, and agency regulations. Let’s take these one at a time.

  • List Prices: Everyone knows that buying lakefront property means a more expensive purchase price. Aside from the land being naturally valuable, lakefront property is also a scarce resource, leaving few choices for many interested buyers which causes list price to rise even more. Although worthwhile, this kind of pricey residential venture might take more planning for loans and mortgages, so it is best to apply early. This goes for other expenses too – always consider the potential increase in taxes and other bills when upgrading!
  • Insurance: Lakefront properties may take more of a beating from the elements than a regular home, and as such need to be readily protected. Florida lakefront homeowners are responsible for a few different insurance policies than a normal homeowner – typically a wind policy, flood policy, and general hazard policy, which may need to come from separate providers. As stated before, an early move on these applications will save a homeowner from trouble and help to ensure a safe lakefront household for years to come.
  • Regulations: When considering a specific lakefront property, always find out from any governing agency what can and cannot be done with the property or on the lake itself. A home buyer should take preventative measures before he or she purchases, for instance, a lakefront property intending boat use, but is not allowed to build a personal dock, or the lake does not allow watercraft or fishing. A homeowner’s association will also make apparent what is required for upkeep and maintenance of the house and the lake – useful information for a prospective buyer and future homeowner.

3. CONSIDER the lakefront COMMUNITY. Get out there and get the inside scoop. Talking to neighbors is a great way to find out valuable information on the lakefront community you are interested in as well as the property – what are the best qualities of the community? What are the worst qualities (if any)? What are the people like? If your lakefront purchase is a year-round primary residence, the answers to these crucial questions can really make the difference between a happy move and a not-so-happy one. Your realtor is another great source for insightful knowledge about the Central Florida area you are considering.

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Overall, remember that a lakefront property is a limited and beautiful resource. Buying a lakefront home is a great way to marry a passion for the outdoors with your home or family life, and as a lakefront homeowner, YOU are responsible for a little part of the Florida environment. Your awareness of pollution, weed control, and the effects of alterations on native wildlife will protect native habitats and species, prevent erosion, and increase the aesthetic beauty of your lakefront home. For the best results in buying a lakefront property, a great realtor familiar with the area can make a huge difference, and the Mike Rance Team is ready to help!