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A perfect storm is forming in the trucking industry

Two rather large and emerging issues are facing housing — huge increases in trucking costs and a shortage of skilled craftsmen. Today’s column focuses on the trucking crisis facing America. Next week, we’ll discuss America’s shortage of skilled craftsmen.

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
Lake County housing market continues to struggle
Posted: September 17, 2014

According to RealtyTrac, Florida leads the nation in foreclosures, despite an overall 3.9 percent decline since last August. More troubling is the 74 percent increase in new foreclosure filings from July to August, and that number is up 24 percent from the prior year.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
The whiter the concrete foundation, the better
Posted: September 10, 2014

Most well-constructed homes in Lake and Sumter counties begin with a strong concrete foundation and slab, built with high-quality concrete by experienced craftsmen. A good concrete foundation has properly sized footers to support the load-bearing points of the home. The concrete slab should be level, with minimal cracking and a finish that is almost chalky white in appearance, and prepped for flooring.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
Internet makes do-it-yourself projects easier
Posted: September 03, 2014

Let’s face it, when it comes to home repairs there are some people who are just better and more astute with a do-it-yourself project than others. If you don’t have an inkling of how to tackle a DIY project, then don’t. Instead, hire a professional.

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
Professional home inspections important when buying a home
Posted: August 27, 2014

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important part of the home-buying process, as insurance companies no longer automatically insure homes constructed with outdated building codes, and financial institutions seek assurances the homes they are financing are free of defects.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
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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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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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 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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Wednesday 05/14/2014
Three money-saving electrical tips
Posted: May 14, 2014

New technology in residential electrical boxes and breakers has made homes safer, but these products have created some unintended problems for homeowners according to Kelly Lenhart, owner of Lenhart Electric Company in Wildwood.

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Saturday 05/03/2014
Salvation Army breaks ground on $4 million new home
Posted: May 03, 2014

Salvation Army leaders and other speakers came together on Wednesday to give God glory during the groundbreaking of the Salvation Army’s future home at 2605 West South St., in Leesburg.

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