Aerial view of a gated community in Tampa, Florida

Are you considering buying a Florida home in a neighborhood with a Homeowners Association? Living in a community with an HOA has its advantages and disadvantages, so it pays to do some research first to see if the neighborhood is a good fit for your lifestyle. These are some things to consider before making your decision.

What is a Homeowner’s Association?

An HOA is an organization that looks after the maintenance and management of a particular community. The community could be a condo building, gated community, resort or townhouse development.

The board of directors for an HOA sets rules and regulations for that community. Homeowners in the community pay monthly or annual fees to the HOA to facilitate the maintenance and management, and they…

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Waterfront real estate on Clearwater Beach, Florida

If you’re thinking of moving to Florida’s Gulf Coast and want to be in a thriving oceanfront community, Clearwater is a great choice! Located just west of Tampa, this seaside city has something to offer everyone, from beautiful beaches to affordable real estate, excellent schools, fabulous amenities and more. These are just a few reasons why so many people love calling Clearwater home.

Clearwater Beach

When you live in Clearwater, you’ll have easy access to Clearwater Beach, which is renowned for its sugary white sand. The beach is wide, giving you plenty of space to spread out, and the clear blue water is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and other water sports. There is plenty of parking nearby as well as restaurants lining the beachfront…

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Eco-friendly home with solar panels

There are many reasons why homeowners in Florida are choosing to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Eco-friendly homes are not only good for the environment, but they can save you a significant amount of money. If you’re wondering how you can make your Florida home more eco-friendly, these are a few easy steps you can take.

Install Solar Panels

If there’s one thing we get a lot of in Florida, it’s sunshine! Why not take advantage of this renewable energy source to power your home? Solar panels may seem expensive and cumbersome to install, but the cost and effort are well worth it, as they can save you tons of money in the long run. In addition, solar panels are great to have if you’re selling your Florida home because many new home buyers are…

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Friends at a festival on a Florida beach

The Labor Day long weekend is coming up and there’s no better place to enjoy the holiday than in Florida! Whether you’re on the Gulf Coast, Atlantic Coast or Central Florida, you’ll find plenty of ways to relax, recharge and make the most of the long weekend. If you’re looking for fun Labor Day events in Florida, these are some of our top picks that we’re looking forward to.

Labor Day Celebration at Perez Art Museum Miami 

Spend Labor Day Monday in Miami soaking up some arts, culture and spectacular scenery at the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). The Labor Day celebration includes a BBQ with beverages on the waterfront terrace with live music by Clean Cut. Afterwards you can tour the galleries and catch the last day of the Marisol and Warhol Take…

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Elementary school kids in Florida

If you’re a family considering moving to a new city in Florida, you’ll be happy to know that there are several highly rated school districts in the state. Whether you’re thinking of moving to the Gulf Coast, Atlantic Coast or Central Florida, there are plenty of schools where your children can receive an excellent education and enjoy a range of fun extracurricular activities. These are just a few of the top-rated school districts in Florida.

St. Johns County School District

Consistently coming in at number one is St. Johns County School District on Florida’s northeast coast. Niche.com rates the district as #1 for Best School Districts in Florida, #2 for Best School Districts for Athletes, and #7 for the Best Teachers in Florida. The average SAT…

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Picnic table in front of a lake at sunset in Claremont, Florida

Rolling hills and tranquil lakes await you in beautiful Clermont, which is located just 22 miles from Orlando and its major theme parks. This attractive Central Florida community has something to offer everyone, from endless outdoor adventures to stunning lakefront homes and excellent shopping and dining. If you’re thinking of buying a home in Clermont, these are just a few reasons why locals call the city the’ Choice of Champions’.

Lakefront Lifestyle

Clermont sits on a chain of picturesque lakes surrounded by rolling hills and forests. If you’ve ever wanted to own a lakefront home, Clermont has plenty to offer. Some waterfront homes in Clermont offer direct access to the water and have private docks, while others sit back from the water but…

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Waterfront vacation home in Florida

Vacation homes are more popular than ever thanks to the lifting of pandemic restrictions. People are clamoring to travel again, and many prefer short-term home rentals over hotels or resorts. This is good news for anyone selling a vacation home in Florida. If you’re considering putting your vacation home on the market, here are a few things you should know.

Now Is a Good Time to Sell a Vacation Home

The real estate market is very favorable for sellers right now, including those looking to sell vacation properties. Over the past year, homes in Florida have been selling for over asking. Inventory in most areas is low and demand is high, which means many buyers are entering bidding wars and many sellers have seen price escalations. This trend may…

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Family in front of a new home in Florida

If you’re thinking about moving your family into a new home, summer may just be the perfect time to do it. Although summer is typically a seller’s market in many parts of the world, this can also be a great time to buy a home in Florida. Plus, there are many benefits to purchasing a home before the school year begins.

More Time for the Whole Family

With the kids off from school for the summer, you won’t have to worry about driving them to and from school or extracurricular activities. This gives you more time to search for the perfect home. The longer daylight hours also give you extra leeway. Plus, you can bring the kids along to the showings, which will make them feel included and help with the transition when you do move.

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Florida beach at sunset

Part of the appeal of owning a beachfront home is having a stretch of sand all to yourself. But can you actually own part of a beach? The answer is a bit complicated. In Florida and many other states, the public has a right to use the beaches. However, homeowners do have some rights when it comes to their private property.

According to Article X, Section II of the Florida Constitution, all beaches are open to the public from the mean high water line (MHWL) down to the sea. The mean high water line is determined based on the average high tides over a 19 year period. Basically, any area that the water touches can be considered open to the public.

So what does that mean for people who own beachfront homes in Florida? Well depending on where your…

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Chairs and table on a balcony overlooking the ocean at Florida vacation home

If you’re like many people who spend a considerable amount of time in Florida and rent while you’re here, you may have considered buying your own vacation home. Purchasing a vacation home is a big decision, but the rewards can be considerable. These are just a few benefits of investing in a vacation property in Florida.

1. Your Own Florida Getaway

One of the most obvious benefits of having a vacation home is that you have a place to escape to anytime you want. You won’t have to worry about booking a vacation rental in advance or paying rental rates. You can come and go anytime you please, have as many people over as you like, and decorate your home just the way you like it. You can also store items in your home so that you don’t have to travel…

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