Thursday, July 28, 2022 / by Ana Baldner
e are currently in the midst of hurricane season. Some of us may be first timers and others well-seasoned Floridians. It's important to prepare early. The worst thing you can do is put off your preparations until a storm hits.
Here are 4 steps to make sure your family is ready in case of an emergency:
Make a plan
Identify how you will receive the emergency warnings and updates.
Write down important phone numbers you may need in case your cell phone is not accessible, i.e. emergency numbers, family members, out of state contacts. Have multiple copies of this list and make sure every member of your home has a copy. At least one contact should be outside of the impact area.
Pet owners! Identify a plan of action in case your area is evacuated. This could mean a pet-friendly hotel or even an out of state friend who can take your pet.
Identify your families specific needs that your plan must tailor to during an emergency. This could mean disabilities, medica ...
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 / by Ali Sarno
Florida Lifestyle Realty has been supporting Housing for Homeless since 2018 where we have agreed that for every home sold with us, we will donate a portion to the organization.
Housing for Homeless is permanent supportive housing targeted to individuals and families with chronic illnesses, disabilities, mental health issues, or substance use disorders who have experienced long-term or repeated homelessness. The goals are to help people obtain housing quickly, increase self-sufficiency, and remain housed.
They also aid homeless veterans by providing supportive housing and intense case management services for those that were referred to Housing for Homeless by Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies.
This past July, I met with Steve Kelly, the Housing for Homeless Veterans Program Director, in Titusville at their facility where he shared how much they do to support the veterans. It was great to learn about the different programs they offer based on their situation.m ...
Monday, September 14, 2020 / by Carol McNamee
Have you been considering buying or selling your home but not sure how safe it is during this time? Here at Florida Lifestyle Realty, we have made it simple, safe and easy for anyone to continue their home process from the comfort of their own home.
You may ask how? We have created a Virtual Home Buying and Selling Package for clients that include a touch-less experience where you don’t have to leave your house.
For example, with a Virtual Home Selling Package, you will get a virtual consultation over the phone or video to talk about your selling goals. In addition, we will schedule a photographer to take professional photos that highlight your home. When it comes to property showings, we take extra precautions to safeguard everyone's health, following the CDC guidelines by wearing masks and keeping a distance. Don’t worry about having to sign documents in-person, you can review and sign all contracts, forms and disclosures from your phone or computer. And when; ...
Thursday, September 10, 2020 / by Michele Barwick
Hurricane season officially kicked off on June 1st and goes through November 30th. Hurricanes can seem scary but being prepared will help keep your family and property safe. When a storm is approaching and becomes a potential threat to your area, the National Weather Service will issue watches and warnings to keep you up to date on how to prepare.
A "hurricane watch" indicates the possibility that you could experience hurricane conditions within 36 hours. This watch should trigger your family's disaster plan and protective measures should be taken, especially those actions that require extra time such as securing a boat, leaving a barrier island, etc. Many of us live on a barrier island which means we need to start preparing now, if not sooner.
A "hurricane warning" indicates that sustained winds of at least 74 mph are expected within 24 hours. Once this warning has been issued, your family should be in the process of completing protective actions and deciding the safest lo ...
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 / by Kelly Bruno
Typical ways to purchase real estate include Conventional loans, FHA loans, VA loans and cash. But not all condos are created equal; some of these are not an option with the exception of cash.
Some condos can only be bought with cash. This can happen for a number of reasons:
The condo does not carry the right insurance that a lender requires
The ratio of renters to onsite owners is too high
The condo is involved in a litigation of some sort, among other things
The majority of condos are purchased with a conventional loan. The required amount of a down payment can range from 10% up to 25% (there are even a few lenders that will accept 5% down). This amount will depend on the lender and how the Buyer intends to use the property. In addition, you must factor in whether or not the association is “warrantable”, meaning a complex must be in good shape – both physically and fiscally.
FHA loans offer low down payments and more ...