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Professional home inspections important when buying a home

Home inspections have become an important part of the home-buying process, as insurance companies no longer automatically insure homes constructed with outdated building codes, and financial institutions seek assurances the homes they are financing are free of defects.

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
Cherry Lake Tree Farm has new boss
Posted: August 20, 2014

A sprawling tree farm in Groveland listed by Lake County’s Economic Development office as a major employer has a new boss.

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Candidates for Clermont Council discuss economic development
Posted: August 20, 2014

In Clermont, three candidates put their name in the hat for a chance to occupy seat 5 of the City Council.

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Softball game this week to benefit the homeless
Posted: August 20, 2014

New Beginnings of Clermont is hosting a local-celebrity-studded softball game today.

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Lifelong dreams important to senior home buyers
Posted: August 20, 2014

Right now, tens of thousands of baby boomers are daydreaming about the day they can retire to Florida. Pictures of tropical weather, golf courses, beaches and the homes of their dreams have been vividly etched into their subconscious. For the first time in their adult life, it’s all about them and what they want.

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Wednesday 08/13/2014
Lake County’s 18-percent increase in property taxes will devastate seniors
Posted: August 13, 2014

I n late July, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 to increase the property tax millage rate by 18 percent to fund raises for county employees, the purchase of new vehicles, expansion of parks and more money for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

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Wednesday 08/06/2014
Home financing availability improving
Posted: August 06, 2014

For millions of Americans, the inability to obtain financing for a new home or remodel has created a sense of entrapment and hopelessness.

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Wednesday 07/30/2014
Consumers should beware of 'value engineering'
Posted: July 30, 2014

Slick wordplay has become the jewel of fast-talking marketers and politicians. For instance, when a politician talks about increasing revenues, what he really means is he wants to raise taxes. In the construction industry, the term "value engineering" doesn’t mean building to higher quality but rather taking a shortcut to meet bare minimum standards in order to save money.

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
All caulk is not the same
Posted: July 23, 2014

No item used in a home during construction or maintenance is more important than caulk. For many homeowners and builders, caulk is the least researched and most misused product in the home.

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Wednesday 07/16/2014
Homeowners should utilize the Home Builders Association of Lake-Sumter
Posted: July 16, 2014

The largest investment most people will ever make is their home, and there is no better advocate for homeowners in regard to affordability, building standards and consumer protection than the Home Builders Association of Lake-Sumter.

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Wednesday 07/09/2014
New roof coating offers real protection from leaks
Posted: July 09, 2014

With heavy rainstorms so prevalent this time of year, many owners of manufactured homes, businesses, homes with metal roofing, campers and flat roofs battle endlessly against roof leaks. Unlike roofs with conventional three-tab or architectural fiberglass asphalt shingles, in which roof penetrations are typically easier to see, these other roofs can develop leaks anywhere. Finding a leak in a manufactured home, flat roof or camper is virtually impossible in some cases.

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Saved at a movie, Cyndi Bryan hopes to return the favor
Posted: July 09, 2014

Bill and Cyndi Bryan, local business owners and members of Brookside Church in Minneola, have started a new ministry there called Reels on Wheels.

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Wednesday 07/02/2014
Roofing takes the brunt of summer weather
Posted: July 02, 2014

It’s summertime in Central Florida, and in a matter of minutes the weather can go from hot and sunny to stormy with the temperature dropping 25 degrees. Extreme weather changes are rough on your roof and, according to Mike Curry of Curry’s Roofing, most homeowner’s have no idea until it’s too late.

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Wednesday 06/25/2014
When painting, patience and preparation are necessities
Posted: June 25, 2014

Patience is a virtue, but when it comes to painting it is a necessity. A successful paint job starts long before the first tint is added or bucket is opened; it begins with thorough preparation of the surface. Slapping a coat of paint on an unprepared surface is like applying makeup to a dirty face — it just won’t look right.

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Wednesday 06/18/2014
The hidden costs of remodeling
Posted: June 18, 2014

Many homeowners who start remodeling projects, which require room additions, are stunned with sticker-shock by the hidden costs of this type of project. Most of them think, and rightly so, adding a room to a house should be really simple and not too expensive. However, that is not the case in Lake County or the state of Florida.

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Reliving history through the pages of the South Lake Press
Posted: June 18, 2014

ATTEMPTS TO SAVE

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Wednesday 06/11/2014
Advanced garage storage systems utilize wasted space
Posted: June 11, 2014

With the base price of most new homes anywhere from $80-$120 per square foot, savvy homeowners understand the necessity of utilizing every available space.

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Wednesday 06/04/2014
Make shelter plans before a hurricane strikes
Posted: June 04, 2014

Hurricane season began June 1 and lasts until November 30. For many residents who live by themselves, in a mobile home or in unstable housing, the thought of a hurricane making landfall is very frighten ing.

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Wednesday 05/28/2014
Are you ready for hurricane season?
Posted: May 28, 2014

Floridians have learned to keep a wary eye on the tropics during hurricane season, which kicks off June 1 and runs through November 30. The official 2014 hurricane forecast from Colorado State University and Dr. William Gray calls for a less-than-average year with a total of nine named tropical storm systems and three becoming hurricanes and one reaching major hurricane status of Category 3 or higher.

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Wednesday 05/21/2014
New changes in flood insurance are murky
Posted: May 21, 2014

On March 21, President Obama signed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 into law. This legislation repeals and delays certain aspects of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, which was put in place to eliminate the federal subsidizing of rates for homeowners and businesses in known flood areas.

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