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March 22, 2018

Spring has sprung! Follow These 14 Spring Cleaning Tips to Shine Like the Sun! | Orlando Central Real Estate Blog

Spring has sprung!  After the dark, short days of winter, the warmer temperatures and sunshine are exciting.  Now is the time to de-clutter the mess that accumulated during the long, cold winter.

1. Pick one room at a time.  It is satisfying to see progress rather than doing a little bit in one room and then a little bit in another room and never really getting any one room completed.  If the room is large, divide the room into manageable areas. 
2. Work from inside to outside and from top to bottom so you aren’t getting the clean area dirty again. 
3. Clean ceiling fans:  use a pillowcase to cover a blade, wipe and pull pillowcase across blade, dust drops into pillowcase.  Easy! 
4. Clean blinds.  Dip an old (clean!) sock or microfiber cloth in cleaning solution of equal parts water and white vinegar and wring it until very slightly damp.  Use a dryer sheet to prevent the build up of dust.  Fabric blinds can be cleaned using a vacuum attachment.  Heavily stained fabric blinds may need to be professionally cleaned.  (Don’t clean blinds in the bathtub.  It will work for the slats, but there is a risk of rusting the blind mechanism.)  Wooden blinds should be treated like wood furniture.
5. Tackle the closet.  Toss or donate old clothes not worn anymore.  Find an organization system that works for you, categorize by:  color, clothing type or how you dress in the morning.  
6. Totally clean the refrigerator and freezer.  Wipe down shelves with warm water and dish washing liquid. 
7. Hire someone to steam clean carpets or rent a steam cleaner and do it yourself. 
8. Wash windows.  For a streak-free clean, wash when the sun isn’t shining directly on the window. 
9. Dust/clean baseboards and corners of ceilings.
10. Rotate and flip mattress.  Sprinkle some baking soda on the mattress and leave for at least 30 minutes, then vacuum using an upholstery attachment. 
11. Hire chimney sweep to clean out the chimney. 
12. Change batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
13. Vinegar cleans just about everything (just don’t use on marble or granite countertops or hard wood – the acidity can be damaging).  Combine equal parts of water and vinegar and add essential oils, fruit peels or herbs: 
         a. Add a few pieces of lemon rind for a fresh scent.  Also, the acidity of the lemon adds extra cleaning power for stubborn stains.
         b. Peppermint oil:  add two or three drops along with an orange rind to create an energizing scent.
         c. Eucalyptus – add a few sprigs along with a few drops of tea tree oil for odor absorbing power.
14. Call favorite restaurant for take-out delivery!  Relax - your house looks great!


Presented by Joe Bornstein, Broker, Rock Springs Realty, Apopka, FL, Cell # (407) 252-8092, Joe@rockspringsrealty.com, www.rockspringsrealty.com. If you are considering selling your home in Apopka, Orlando, or anywhere in Central Florida, feel free to call me for a no-cost consultation on how to maximize your sale price.  Are you curious to your home's value?  Follow this link to get an instant home value report: https://www.rockspringsrealty.com/cma/property-valuation/

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March 21, 2018

Why are you Ignoring Your Curb Appeal? Follow These Must-Do Tips to Improve Your Back Yard Appeal | Central Florida Real Estate Blog

Why are you Ignoring Your Curb Appeal? Follow These Must-Do Tips to Improve Your Back Yard Appeal 

When you’re getting ready to put your house on the market, the back yard is probably on the bottom of the list of things to repair or spruce up.  Without a doubt, the home interior and front yard are important, but the trend toward outdoor living spaces is shifting the home buyer’s focus toward looking at the curb appeal of the back yard, too.

Not only are outdoor living rooms on the porch or patio becoming more popular, but homeowners are also looking to create a space for gardening and play spaces for family and/or pets.

If the back yard isn’t a place where you want to spend some time, it is doubtful a buyer will either.  To get the back yard market ready doesn’t mean you will need to install the latest high tech outdoor kitchen or every piece of outdoor furniture available in the outdoor supply store, but it will be helpful for prospective buyers to see the potential available in the back yard. 

Clear clutter and put away garden tools and yard decorations that are worn.  Remove decorations that appeal to a small segment of the population.  Potential buyers may not share your enthusiasm for plastic pink flamingos.  

A back yard that looks like it takes a lot of work to maintain will probably scare away potential buyers.  Fertilize and control weeds before putting the house on the market.  If the back yard lacks plant life, you may want to consider low maintenance plants -- annuals provide a quick pop of color and are relatively inexpensive.  Trees and hedges may need a light trimming, but not so much as to compromise the privacy they provide.

The lawn and garden aren’t the only things that need upkeep in the back yard.  If you have a pool, patio or deck, those will need your attention, also.  A pool, especially in warm areas of the country, can add value to the home, but it needs to be in good shape.  Any stains and crumbling of the pool interior needs to be repaired before putting the house on the market.  Pressure clean or repair the pool deck or wood fence, if needed.  

Staging the pool area should also be considered. Accessorizing the pool to reflect the mood of your neighborhood can be part of the staging process:  if your neighborhood is kid friendly, float an inflatable toy or raft in the pool; in upscale neighborhoods, float candles or flowers.  

Because of the popularity of the indoor-outdoor living trend, depending on the size of the yard, think about creating separate distinct areas:  a dining area that would include a table and chairs, ready for an outdoor meal; a cozy area, think chairs around a fire pit; a small relaxing area with a hammock or bench; a vegetable garden; and also keep an open area to show space for play for kids or pets.  To make the area even more attractive, consider setting out a drinks dispenser with glasses near the lounge chairs.  

Getting your home ready to sell includes maintenance and repairs inside and outside.  Staging, small upgrades, and minor maintenance to your back yard can create an outdoor oasis that will set you apart from other homes on the market and appeal to potential new buyers. 


Presented by Joe Bornstein, Broker, Rock Springs Realty, Apopka, FL, Cell # (407) 252-8092, Joe@rockspringsrealty.com, www.rockspringsrealty.com. If you are considering selling your home in Apopka, Orlando, or anywhere in Central Florida, feel free to call me for a no-cost consultation on how to maximize your sale price.  Are you curious to your home's value?  Follow this link to get an instant home value report: https://www.rockspringsrealty.com/cma/property-valuation/

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March 8, 2018


This gorgeous home in Errol Estate is NOT coming onto the market for another 2 weeks. If you or someone you know is looking, call me to get a sneak preview and bypass the bidding war!

1330 Lake Francis Drive, Apopka, FL 32712 
Listing Price: $264,900.00

“TOTALLY UPDATED” 3-BED, 2-BATH HOME IN ERROL ESTATE GOLF COMMUNITY, APOPKA, FL 32712. This move-in ready home has been totally upgraded & available for a quick closing. With a split-plan design, the home offers vaulted ceilings & a spacious feel. The kitchen is gorgeous with new 36” Chestnut cabinets, granite counter-tops, pantry, Whirlpool stainless steel appliance pkg, 20"x20" ceramic tile floors, dinette w/bay window, stainless-steel sink w/goose-neck faucet, new light fixtures & brushed nickel hardware. The living & dining rooms are open with fresh paint, laminate floors, ceiling fan, blinds, light fixtures & a natural stone wood burning fireplace. Addl features: large master bdrm, walk-in closet, plush carpeting, fresh paint, ceiling fan/light kit & blinds. Master bath w/dual-vanities + make-up vanity, Chestnut cabinets, granite, new sinks/faucets, lights, walk-in shower, new floor-to-ceiling tile. Both addl bdrms have new carpeting, paint, closet doors, ceiling fans/light kits. Hall bath has a “European style” wall-mounted cabinet, custom sink, soft-close drawers, new bathtub & toilet, new floor & wall tile & fresh paint. Inside laundry room w/new paint, tile floor, wash tub, fixtures & shelving. More “new”: water-heater, ceiling fans/light kits, 6-panel doors, hardware, switches & plates, full size garage w/epoxy-coated floor, door opener, gutters/downspouts, oversized yard, fresh landscaping, irrigation system, low taxes, low HOA fee & more. Call Joe Bornstein, Broker, Rock Springs Realty, Cell# 407-252-8092 for more info or to schedule a private showing.

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March 8, 2018

PUBLIC & REALTOR OPEN HOUSE | Saturday March 10, 2018 | 2524 ROXBURY RD, WINTER PARK, FL 32789

PUBLIC & REALTOR OPEN HOUSE | Saturday March 10, 2018
From 11:00am - 2:00pm

"JUST REDUCED" - EXCELLENT VALUE & LOCATION FOR THIS LARGE 4-BED, 2-1/2 BATH POOL HOME IN WINTER PARK, FL 32789. This custom, upgraded family home is over 3,300 s/f "heated" & includes a chef’s dream gourmet kitchen. You will love the setup that includes stainless steel commercial-grade appliances: gas range, double built-in ovens, Jenn-Air hood, massive side/side refrigerator & freezer, upgraded maple cabinets, granite countertops, custom marble backsplash, under-cabinet lighting and tons of counter & storage space.

The oversized master suite includes a custom tile art deco floor, multiple walk-in closets, dual vanity w/granite countertop, and a custom walk-in shower with travertine floor & wall tile. The split level floor plan offers privacy with the master suite upstairs & three bedrooms downstairs. Also enjoy formal dining, living and spacious family rooms with hardwood floors, custom paint and crown molding.

Addl features include: Low taxes, NO HOA, large 1/3rd-acre lot, 17’x25’ salt water pool with spa & Pebble Tec finish, large open paver pool and patio deck, updated 2nd & ½ baths which are both downstairs, crown molding throughout, dual HVAC systems, tankless water heater, all blinds & window treatments, high-end ceiling fans & lighting, large laundry & storage room, 25kW gas whole-house generator, irrigation well, fully fenced back yard with fountain, rose garden & landscaping, security system, excellent schools and close to shopping, restaurants, College Park, downtown Winter Park/Orlando, etc! Call Listing Agent Joe Bornstein, Broker, Rock Springs Realty, Cell# 407-252-8092 for more info. Please share & send to anyone you know who is looking for a move-in ready Winter Park home.

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March 7, 2018

JUST CLOSED | Commercial Office/Warehouse Building | 6790 Edgewater Commerce Parkway, Orlando, FL 32810 | Rock Springs Realty, Apopka, FL

JUST CLOSED! Commercial Office & Warehouse 
6790 Edgewater Commerce Parkway, Orlando, FL 32810

Congratulations to my customer's Michael & Roger Collins of Flame Boss, Inc. (www.flameboss.com) and Collins Research, Inc. on closing on their new 15,000 s/f corporate office and fulfillment warehouse in Orlando.

After months of searching for the right facility, we were finally able to identify, negotiate, clear due diligence and close on your new building. I'm very honored to have represented you both as your Buyer's Broker and to have been able to negotiate such a fantastic deal on this building. I wish you much success as you continue to expand and grow the Flame Boss product line and brand.

he property profile consists of ± 14,869 SF total,  ± 1.04 acres, Free standing office/warehouse building, Perfect for owner/user, Office and warehouse components all in one, IND-2/IND-3 allows a wide range of uses, unincorporated Orange County), Orange County water and sewer, Ample parking (approx 44 spaces), Located in well known Edgewater Commerce Industrial Park, Office: has ± 6,300 SF has exposed to the deck-tech vibe and feel, Upstairs: 2 executive offices with shared private restroom, Lobby, open work areas, conference and storage areas w/roll-up doors, Fully networked - CAT5E. Warehouse: ± 8,500 SF - 100% HVAC, 3 phase service. In place air lines. Monitored fire safety. Insulated. 14’ - 16’ height with 4 roll up grade level doors. 

If you or anyone you know is looking to purchase or lease commercial office and/or warehouse space in the Apopka, Orlando, or Central Florida market, please contact Joe Bornstein, Broker, Rock Springs Realty, Toll# 877-333-2811, Cell# 407-252-8092, joe@rockspringsrealty.com for a no-obligation consultation. I welcome the opportunity to understand more about your specific needs.

6790 Edgewater Commerce Parkway Office Building

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Feb. 17, 2018

Rock Springs Ridge, Apopka FL | Spring President's Report

Mr. Frank Hibler, the President of the Rock Springs Ridge, Apopka FL HOA (homeowners association) has just released the Springs President's Report to the community. This important information provides details of the association website (www.rockspringsridge.org), management companies contact information, security, community pride, DR Horton construction and the upcoming board of directors election. 

Rock Springs Ridge Apopka FL | Spring President's report

Rock Springs Realty, Apopka FL is based in Rock Springs Ridge Apopka FL and one of the most knowledgeable real estate brokerages regarding homes for sale in Rock Springs Ridge Apopka FL, Apopka FL, Orlando FL and the surrounding Central Florida market. Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions regarding the community or feel free to follow our links below to search any home for sale or to get an instant home value report. 
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Feb. 14, 2018

New Updates to “New Errol Estate” Developer Agreement and PUD Master Plan

As posted to Nextdoor Errol Estate and Rock Springs Ridge by Helmut Wyzisk III on Wednesday February 14, 2018.

On behalf of Signature H Property Group, I want to provide some very recent updates to our PUD Master Plan and Development Agreement. The updates listed below are some of the key inclusions that we’ve put forth to the City in an effort to encourage residents, quiet fears, and be the most mindful neighbor possible. Please be aware that both documents are actively being reviewed by the City and are NOT officially approved yet. I will continue to provide updates as they occur.

As always, if you want more information on the overall project, please visit www.signatureh.com/faq.

If you ever have any questions, we hold open informational meetings every week on Tuesdays at 11am and Thursdays at 6pm in the Errol clubhouse. You can also contact us directly at info@signatureh.com or 407-442-3720.

I also encourage everyone to please attend the Planning Commission (2/20) and City Council (2/27) meetings, both at 5:30pm located at the VFW Building (519 S. Central Ave).

Thank you,
Helmut Wyzisk III
Vice President, Signature H Property Group

---Recent Updates to Developer Agreement and PUD Master Plan---

• Clubhouse and Water Park must be complete before 50th Residential Certificate of Occupancy. Community Park complete before 90th Residential Certificate of Occupancy (CO).

Explained: Residents will see groundbreaking on the Clubhouse and Water Park at the same time as the first neighborhood. The clear language within the PUD Master Plan and Development Agreement commits the developer to completing and opening the clubhouse and water park before occupying the 50th residential home. The Project has a total of 261 residences, with 90 in the first phase, so this threshold requires the developer to complete the clubhouse and water park early in the first phase. The community park must be completed prior to the 90th residence, meaning the developer cannot proceed with the second phase of the project without the community park having been completed. The developer needs these amenities as much as anyone to make the new homes as attractive as possible to future residents.

• Golf Course must be started before any building permit is allowed. First nine holes must be complete prior to 90th Residential CO, Second nine must be complete prior to 151st Residential CO.

Explained: As it stands, the developer is not obligated to include the new golf course in any phasing schedule, as it has no zoning changes, and the City requested that it be removed from the PUD. However, as a testament to our commitment to New Errol, we have voluntarily elected to provide residents and the City assurance that the developer is required to begin the new Golf Course redevelopment first, before any other element of the project, and is also committed by defined limits of the amount of residential units that can be occupied prior to the course being completed.

The course is split into two separate nines because they are unique in the time required to renovate them, and we plan to debut the first nine holes early so our members do not miss another year of golf waiting for the next “grow in” season.

The 9 “lake” holes are unique because the basins have been impacted by the overgrowth of invasive plant material that has been left unchecked for many years. Steve Smyers and our team at Biotech Engineering will be working with the appropriate authorities to obtain proper permits and make new, more appropriate plant material selections. They have taken this approach with other projects and were met with enthusiasm for taking the development opportunity to “heal” the landscape. Let me be clear, this is a choice by our team, and is not a requirement.  But it’s just the right thing to do for long-term sustainability. That said, the 9 “highland” holes are not overgrown, so we would not need these additional permits and approval from the City. Therefore, we can begin those renovations as soon as we are confident that the PUD Rezoning will be approved by the City. Also, as mentioned above, the golf course renovation relies heavily on timing with the grow-in season for the grass (the ability to reshape and lay seed prior to the rainy summer season). If the seeds are not sprigged into the ground soon enough, the rains will wash away the seed, and we miss the season. It is our goal to begin highland 9 renovation immediately after PUD Rezoning approval, so we hit this next grow in season and have the ability to debut the first 9 holes by the end of this year. While those are being built, we plan to secure the necessary permits needed for the new 9 “lake” holes and seamlessly complete the rest of the golf course development. We anticipate the first nine can debut in Winter 2018, and the second nine can debut in Fall 2019. The renovation and reopening of the Golf Course is a very important aspect to the property values for the new residences, so we are more motivated than anyone to complete the golf course as soon as realistically possible. We have not been required by the City to place any permit or CO limits on the Golf Course, but we chose to show we stand behind our commitment to the Golf Course being the first element to start and among the first to be completed.

• Added clear language that states the Spine Road will first act as the exclusive construction road before being dedicated to the City for public use. Spine Road is also now divided it into two segments.

Explained: We have added new language so that it is clear the Spine Road will be the ONLY construction road for the project: “Prior to its completion and dedication, the second phase of the spine road shall serve exclusively as the access for construction vehicles and equipment into and out of the PROJECT.” The first segment of the Spine Road connects Golf Course Drive to Errol Parkway, and the language specifically required to be dedicated as ROW before any existing access along Golf Course Drive is affected by abandoning the existing portion of the road near the clubhouse.

• Prohibited Uses (i.e. “I see the clubhouse has a restaurant and retail component, are you going to build another taco bell and dollar store?”)

Explained:  The plan includes the below list as “prohibited land uses,” meaning they WILL NOT be allowed under any circumstance. In addition to these prohibited uses, we are committed to only specific allowed uses, which are only in line with the current elements that are being proposed. Also, the retail location must be “specialty,” located inside of the clubhouse/lodge, be less than 2,500 sq. feet, and complement the function of the facility (i.e. golf pro shop).

Prohibited land uses include: Drive Through Restaurant, Banks, Service Stations, Dollar Store, New or used car lots of sales rooms, Animal Clinics, Self-service Laundry, Plumbing Shops, Appliance Stores, Dog Track, Body Piercing/Tattoo Establishment, Check Cashing Service, Pawn Shop, Self Service Storage, Adult Entertainment as defined in section 10-98 of the Apopka Municipal Code, Outdoor Boat/RV Storage, and Shooting Gallery.

--- Barrier Updates ---
• Golfside Village
During the last DRC meeting on 2/7/2018, the City requested we remove any fences in our plan. However, last year the 13 residents in Golfside Village bordering Neighborhood G indicated they prefer an echelon metal fence with gates, so they have access to the recreational trail behind the homes. This week we reconnected with multiple residents as well as the HOA president and confirmed they still prefer the metal fence. We have kept the metal fence in the plan and hope the City will allow the residents to keep their buffer preference.

• Muirfield Circle
All 6 homes in Muirfield Circle that border “Neighborhood D” initially preferred an echelon metal fence on their barrier. After communicating with all 6 homes this week, they unanimously indicated they would now prefer the SimTek wall option. This was a possible change, so we updated the plan to include their barrier preference.

• Villas
Our first PUD submittals in March and June of 2017 did not include walls along our property line west of the Spine Road, near the rear of the Villas. The City informed us during all of our staff meetings that walls were absolutely required anywhere a new vehicular area abutted an existing residential unit. We showed a six-foot permabrick wall along our property line for the first time in our submittal in December 2017. The six-foot barrier wall was met with resistance by residents. In the latest meeting at DRC, the City indicated that if we demonstrated specific key areas that a variable barrier could be possible, they will consider it. Our preference, along the spine road especially, is still to buffer not with a solid six-foot wall, but with a solution that would still allow Villas residents access to the trail adjacent to that part of the Spine Road. By modifying the trail, we have gained room for a berm barrier with landscaping on our property line and a knee wall on the roadside of the berm. We hope the City will strongly consider this barrier option.

We hope Errol residents are pleased with the voluntary proposed changes that we’ve made in good faith to the “New Errol” Developer Agreement and PUD Master Plan. We will continue to post the latest DA and PUD Master Plan on www.signatureh.com/documents. Currently the new DA is uploaded, and we will be uploading the latest PUD Master Plan by tomorrow (once it is in digital format). We will continue to provide updates as they occur. Please come out to show support for the project at the upcoming Planning Commission (2/20) and City Council (2/27) Meetings.

Rock Springs Realty in actively involved in the listing and sales of new and resale homes throughout the Errol Estate communities. We have experience and knowledge available to our Customers regarding the various type of home, sub communities, HOA restrictions and more throughout Errol Estate. Feel free to call (877-333-2811) or email (joe@rockspringsrealty.com) me if you would like additional information.

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Feb. 6, 2018

JUST CLOSED | Rock Springs Ridge | 633 Mt. Stirling Ave, Apopka, FL 32712 | Rock Springs Realty

JUST CLOSED | Rock Springs Ridge, Apopka, FL
633 Mt. Stirling Ave | $330,500.00

Congratulation to Rick & Wendy Amdahl on closing on their home in Rock Springs Ridge and your move to the Geogia mountains. It truly was my pleasure to assist you in the listing and sales process.

If you or anyone you know is looking to sell a home in the Apopka, Orlando or Central Florida market, please let me know how I can assist. Contact Joe Bornstein, Broker, Rock Springs Realty, Cell# 407-252-8092, Toll# 877-333-2811.

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Jan. 29, 2018

How to Avoid Probate in Florida on Real Estate With a Simple Deed | Central Florida Real Estate Blog

A Lady Bird Deed, also known as an “Enhanced Life Estate Deed,” is a form of estate planning to avoid probate when transferring real estate to your beneficiaries at your death.  A Lady Bird Deed allows the owner to maintain control of the property until his or her death.  At the property owner’s death, the property automatically transfers to the new owners without going through the very lengthy (and possibly very expensive) process of probate.  (Lady Bird Deeds are available in Florida and a handful of other states.)

How Does a Lady Bird Deed Work?

A Lady Bird Deed divides ownership of real estate into different periods of time. The owner of the property maintains ownership of the property during his/her lifetime and then at death, ownership transfers to the beneficiary(ies).  A Lady Bird Deed also allows the owner of the property to name one or more trusts, organizations or individuals to inherit the property at the owner’s death.  

Lady Bird Deeds can be used as a simple, inexpensive estate planning tool when the residence is the primary asset of an estate.  After death, the beneficiary need only record the death certificate and file the appropriate form with the local county assessor to transfer ownership of the property. 

What are the Advantages of a Lady Bird Deed?

Married couples are protected from creditors while both are living.  At the time of execution of a Lady Bird deed, it is not subject to federal gift tax, or subject to penalty for Medicaid eligibility purposes as it is not considered a gift for federal tax purposes.  Also, at the death of the owner, the property receives a “step-up in basis” which is beneficial for income tax purposes to avoid capital gain taxes. 

Lady Bird Deeds are also helpful with Medicaid planning. During the process of applying for Medicaid, any transfers made during the preceding five years are looked at by the Medicaid administration. If property was transferred during a period of five years, the property value is used to create a penalty period during which time the applicant may be disqualified for full Medicaid benefits.  A transfer to a Lady Bird Deed is not considered for the purposes of calculating the penalty period.  The original owner of a Lady Bird Deed still retains the right to use the property but it should not affect the ability for Medicaid qualification.

A Lady Bird deed helps preserve the residence as an exempt asset under Medicaid eligibility rules and avoids a Medicaid estate recovery lien.  But, if a nursing home stay is required for the owner of the Lady Bird Deed, the resident’s income must be used to pay his or her care costs, so that income is not available for upkeep and maintenance expenses of the property.  The beneficiary(ies) must find another way to cover these expenses during the nursing home stay.

What Are The Limitations of a Lady Bird Deed?

There are some situations where the use of a Lady Bird Deed is not recommended.  It is not recommended if there will be a sizable unpaid lien on the property.  Also, it may not be recommended if an owner wishes to name multiple (more than 2 or 3) beneficiaries, particularly if there is animosity among the beneficiaries. This is because the beneficiaries will have to work together to sell or dispose of the property following the death of the owner and disagreements could lead to a lawsuit. 

A Lady Bird Deed is not as flexible as a trust. If multiple beneficiaries are named in a Lady Bird Deed, one beneficiary cannot sell the property following the owner’s death unless the others give their power of attorney.

This advice is for informational purposes only and is not intended and should not be used for the purpose of avoiding penalties under the Internal Revenue Code or recommending to any other person or party. Taxpayers should seek professional tax advice for their own tax circumstances.


Please feel free to give me a call if you have any questions regarding deeds or tenancy for a property.  Also, if you or anyone you know is looking to purchase a home in the Apopka, Orlando, or Central Florida area, please click this link to search every home in the Central Florida MLS; www.rockspringsrealty.com/search/advanced_search_/

Or feel free to contact me directly:  Joe Bornstein, Broker, Rock Springs Realty, Toll #877-333-2811, Cell #407-252-8092, joe@rockspringsrealty.com or visit my website at www.rockspringsrealty.com

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Jan. 19, 2018

Feeling the Chill? Here are some tricks & tips to save on your heating bill | Central Florida Real Estate Blog

2018 is starting off with a chill! We have seen some of the coldest weather starting off in the new year and now it is the time to think about tips and tricks to lower your home energy cost. Not only in the winter, but summer time is also a time to focus on steps that will deliver lower bills such as managing or upgrading your thermostat, checking and sealing any air leaks around windows and under doors, and changing your HVAC filter every month. These tips and more will help keep your home efficient and deliver lower energy bills throughout the year.

•Check your HVAC filter every single month and replace it with a new one as soon as it starts to get dirty.
•Check to see if you have an "ECO" or "Auto" setting as this may help you save money, too.
•Adjust your thermostat temperature so you are comfortable, but don't overdo it. Pay attention to the actual temperature number and try and lower it at least a few degrees. This minimal amount could save you 3-5 percent on your energy bill for each degree you lower your thermostat. Also, reduce your temperature setting at night when you are under your comforter and also adjust it when you are away from the home.
•For those of you running a heat pump, it's important to keep debris, leaves, grass, snow away from the unit and keep the unit free from any and all obstructions from the compressor coils.
•As a precaution, never turn a heat pump to the “emergency" heat setting at the thermostat, unless the unit is not functioning properly. This will turn off the energy-efficiency of your heat pump unit. 

Around the house
•Infiltration of leaky air can account for almost 1/2 of wasted heating costs in a home. Make sure you seal all areas around windows, doors, vents, soffits, etc. 
•Close off vent registers in rooms not being used and in uninsulated garages, porches, or attic storage rooms.
•Contact an insulation professional to verify you have proper levels of insulation in your ceilings and walls. Proper insulation can save hundreds of dollars on an annual basis. 
•Make sure doors and windows are securely closed.
•Never put heat sources or lights/lamps near your thermostat.
•Try and keep blinds, shades and draperies open on sunny days but close them on cloudy days and at night. 
•Regularly keep A/C vents cleaned using a vacuum or broom to clean so you have unobstructed air flow.

•Always check the flue to make sure it is unobstructed and keep the damper closed when not in use.
•Install doors over the fireplace opening to reduce drafts and heat loss through the chimney.

Attics and crawl spaces
•Check the levels of insulation in your attic to make sure it is sufficient. Also, if you have ductwork in the attic or garage, be sure it is covered with at least 6 inches of insulation. Check seams and seals on all ductwork for damage and air loss. 
•Check all crawl spaces that include air vents in the walls. Be sure to close the vents and seal with insulation from the inside during the winter. 
•Basement walls and crawl spaces should be well insulated. If your basement or crawl space is not heated/cooled, then make sure the floor between the cold area and the living space is also insulated.

Contact your local power provider who can also provide you with additional energy saving tips. Lastly, most energy providers offer audit and evaluation services to assist with additional strategies to conserve and reduce energy costs. 

Provided by Joe Bornstein, Broker/Owner of Rock Springs Realty. Working with Buyers and Sellers throughout the Apopka, Orlando and all of Central Florida markets. You can contact me at Ph# 407-252-8092, joe@rockspringsrealty.com or visit my website at www.rockspringsrealty.com 

Looking to purchase a home, follow this link to search all homes currently on the MLS system -  https://www.rockspringsrealty.com/search/advanced_search/ 
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