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For an ordinary citizen, the practice of law, by nature, is a rather complex one. To navigate the ins and outs and the twists and turns of the legal world, we will always need a skilled and experienced attorney to guide us.

Nowhere is this truer than in the world of real estate. It doesn’t matter if you’re buying a home for the first time or fighting off a foreclosure; real estate law covering various transactions can make your head spin, and only a lawyer well-versed in the wide variety of fields it encompasses can help you protect your interests.

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned and serious investor, you can be sure that having a real estate attorney by your side can make facing zoning problems and ordinances, ironing out

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Why Homeownership Matters Now More Than Ever

Study after study shows that no matter what generation Americans belong to, the vast majority believe that homeownership is an important part of their American Dream. The benefits of homeownership can be broken into two main categories: financial and non-financial (often referred to as emotional or social reasons.)

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For Americans approaching retirement age, one of the greatest benefits to homeownership is the added net worth they have been able to achieve simply by paying their mortgage!

The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University focused on homeowners and renters over the age of 65. Their study revealed that the difference in net worth between homeowners and renters at this age group was actually

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Are you planning on Buying a Home in Davenport FL?  Here is some exciting news!

Polk County school board members got their first look at plans for a new high school in Davenport, which will be located on 60 acres next to the Davenport School of the Arts.

BARTOW — Polk County School Board members got their first look this week at plans for a new high school in Davenport, which will be located on 60 acres next to the Davenport School of the Arts and is scheduled to open in August 2021.

District Assistant Superintendent of Facilities and Operations Angela Usher said she and her team visited high schools in the state that meet the prototype of their needs, saying Weeki Wachee High School in Hernando County was closest to what they would like.

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Buying a home is often one of the most expensive endeavors one will take throughout their life, so it’s not surprising that saving for a down payment remains a major hurdle for many Floridians on their path to homeownership. But although a 20 percent down payment is considered ideal, it’s not actually as common as you might think, nor is it a necessity to buying a home.

The majority (52 percent) of buyers put down less than 20 percent on their new home.

Typically, you have to put between 3 and 20 percent of your home’s sale price down in cash to qualify for a conventional loan (30-year fixed mortgage), but there are exceptions. If you meet eligibility guidelines, you might qualify for a home loan with a  zero-down payment through Veterans Affairs

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As more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether or not to sell their homes and move will become a hot topic. In today’s housing market climate, with low available inventory in the starter and trade-up home categories, it makes sense to evaluate your home’s ability to adapt to your needs in retirement.  Should you have to relocate to Davenport or just move down the street it's a question most of us will face. 

According to the National Association of Exclusive Buyers Agents (NAEBA), there are 7 factors that you should consider when choosing your retirement home.1

1. Affordability

“It may be easy enough to afford your home today but think long-term about your monthly costs. Account for property taxes, insurance,

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Every homeowner wants to make sure that they maximize their financial reward when selling their home, but how do you guarantee that you receive the maximum value for your house?

Here are two ways to ensure that you get the highest price possible.

1. Price it a Little Low

This may seem counterintuitive, but let’s take a look at this concept for a moment. Many homeowners think that pricing their homes a little OVER market value will leave them with room for negotiation when, in actuality, it just dramatically lessens the demand for their houses (see chart below).

Instead of the seller trying to ‘win’ the negotiation with one buyer, they should price their house so that demand for the home is maximized. By doing so, the seller will not be

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According to, Davenport is one of the top 10 vacation spots in the state for off season rental homes. The list is compiled based on the number of searches on the website.  Courtesy of Mike Ferguson - The Lakeland Ledger

DAVENPORT — The growth in Davenport has been well-documented, but it’s not just new residents accounting for it.

According to, Davenport is one of the top 10 vacation spots in the state for offseason rental homes. The list is compiled based on the number of searches on the website.

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“What it means for those areas is that a rental property is a good investment because they can likely be rented 52 weeks a year, and further, businesses supporting tourism in the areas will

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A vacation home can add tremendously to your family’s quality of life. This is especially true when you make your choice carefully and thoughtfully. Here are ten tips to consider when buying a vacation home. 

1. Ease of Access

Most people only get two or three weeks of vacation time each year. If your vacation days are limited, you might like to take advantage of three-day weekends to visit your vacation home. However, you won’t be able to do that unless you can get to your vacation home fairly easily. Consider how long it takes you to get there as well as the travel expenses you’ll incur. Also bear in mind how easy or difficult it might be for your friends and extended family to travel to visit you in your vacation home. 

2. Home Owners’

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first time homeowner

A new home comes with a host of new responsibilities. Here are a few to get you started.

You’ve found the perfect home, passed inspection,&nbsp closed and hired the movers. In a few short days, you will embark on the joys (and rollercoaster) otherwise known as homeownership. From the moment you turn your key in the lock of your new dwelling, there will be a new set of points to ponder. Some are expected while others might come out of nowhere and take you by surprise. Here are some things or a new homeowner to keep in mind for the near-and short-term after closing.

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6 things to know as a first-time homeowner

1. Neighborly exchanges aren’t always the easiest, but it is always worth giving a try.

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