CategoriesLifestyle

Ten Commandments of Buying a Home

Ready to buy your first home? Great! You’re about to take a BIG step.

But, before you do there are some important things to keep in mind. Thanks to the Lighter Side of Real Estate, here’s a handy infographic of the Ten Commandments of Buying a Home that you can save, memorize and share!

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The Ten Commandments of Buying a Home

  1. Thou shalt not change jobs, become self-employed or quit your job.
  2. Thou shalt not buy a car, truck or van (or you may be living in it!).
  3. Thou shalt not use credit cards excessively or let current accounts fall behind.
  4. Thou shalt not spend money you have set aside for closing.
  5. Thou shalt not omit debts or liabilities from your loan application.
  6. Thou shalt not buy furniture on credit.
  7. Thou shalt not originate any inquiries into your credit.
  8. Thou shalt not make large deposits without checking with your loan officer.
  9. Thou shalt not change bank accounts.
  10. Thou shalt not co-sign a loan for anyone.
CategoriesLifestyle

5 Ways to Spruce Up Your Backyard for Spring

The spring weather has officially arrived in Florida, so we’re ready to spend time outdoors before the temperature peak in the 90’s!

Whether it’s getting together your family and friends for parties, after-school playdates or just to get the kids outdoors, try sprucing up the patio or backyard with these 5 simple outdoor décor ideas!

1. Upgrade your seating with different pillows and styles

If you’re gathering with a group of friends or kids, it’s important to have different types of seating styles, whether it’s couches, stools, benches or Adirondack chairs. Place them according to how you’d like people to interact while seated. If you have your seating arrangement all set up, try adding some bright, patterned throw pillows for a welcoming experience.

2. Add greenery, flowers and planters

A great and easy way to spruce up your patio is by using foliage to make it feel tropical and lush. Make sure to find ones that need either full-shade, sunlight or half and half, depending on the coverage of your patio.

Source: SF Girl By Bay
Source: SF Girl By Bay

3. String lights or tiki torches along the outskirts

When entertaining, it’s great to designate a ‘space’ for the crowd to be. If you have a large backyard with a porch, string lights are a great option to extend the porch area to the backyard without it looking too empty. String lights also look great if you have trees extending diagonally or horizontally. If you don’t have a porch area, tiki torches are also a great way to outline or stagger through the yard and they’ll help steer away bugs!

4. Add an umbrella with chaise lounge chairs

Nothing beats grabbing a good book and a beverage after a long day. A simple patterned umbrella covering lounge chairs are a welcoming spot for a couple or friends to enjoy the evening light, poolside or just in the yard.

Source: Pottery Barn
Source: Pottery Barn

5. Create table settings for outdoor dinners

Get the family or friends together outdoors for dinner one evening with the perfect table set up and pillows galore. Stores like Target and Home Goods have great disposable dinner wear if you’re looking to keep dishes to a minimum.

Do you have any other ideas for outdoor patio décor? Share in the comments below!

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Source: Table and Hearth
CategoriesLifestyle Sawgrass Bay

Family Fun Holiday Events in Clermont

The holidays are quickly approaching, which means events galore! At Home Dynamics, we strive to make you feel at home in your community, with family and neighbors that become friends.

Whether you’re just settling in, or looking for fun things to do this season, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite events near our Sawgrass Bay community in Clermont.

Turkey Trot 5K

November 21, 2015

A perfect event to exercise before Thanksgiving hits, the Toyota of Clermont Turkey Trot is a race for a great cause, benefitting the South Lake County Historical Society. Spectate the race or join in, as participant’s run/walk the trail located on Lake Minneola. If you want to participate, hurry and register before it closes on November 19th.

 

Light Up Clermont

December 3-5, 2015

Experience Clermont’s own Winter Wonderland with 3 days full of family fun events. Located downtown on Montrose Street, there will be a tree-lighting ceremony food trucks, horse-drawn carriage rides, photos with Santa and more! See further details here and on the flyer below.

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Symphony Christmas Concert

December 4, 2015 7:00-8:30pm

The Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra will be hosting a free concert December 4th featuring the Nutcracker Suite and more. Head to the Lake Pavilion early to grab a seat and enjoy the cooler weather outdoors.

 

Family Food Truck Night

December 4, 2015 5:30-9pm

First Friday downtown is still happening during Light Up Clermont! Bring the whole family for some good eats, and to hear the sounds of Jay Guess and Class Act Jazz Combo Quartet.

 

Leesburg Food Truck –n– Flick Night

Saturday, November 14th & Saturday, December 12, 2015

Downtown Leesburg also hosts a food truck night with live music starting at 5pm. There will be gourmet food trucks that are sure to ignite your taste buds as you walk around the town.

 

5th Annual Wine & Chocolate Festival

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Wine and chocolate – what could be better? Lakeridge Winery is hosting this great seasonal event, while all proceeds benefit Leesburg Regional Medical Center Heart Institute. There will be art exhibits and live music while guests experience complimentary wine tours & tastings all day. All ages are welcome.

 

Santa’s Twilight 5k

December 19, 2015

Light up the night with this fun holiday themed 5k at Lake Louisa State Park. Race starts at 7pm, and registration ends December 18th. Register here!

 

If we missed any of your favorites, let us know!

For more events happening in Lake County and more, head here. (http://www.mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/on-the-town/holidays/holiday-events.html#lake)

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CategoriesLakeShore Ranch New Homes

LakeShore Ranch – Guarantee Tranquility

You take pride in who you are and what you do, in your work, your family, and your life. LakeShore Ranch ensures that you take pride in your home, too, a showpiece of luxury living. The private, peaceful, and ideally located neighborhood offers all of that and more, from the meticulously landscaped gated entrance to first-class amenities to your home’s light-washed rooms with views of untouched nature.

LakeShore Ranch is simply ranch-style living with 21st-century elegance.

Set among wetland conservation areas, with ponds and a lakefront, the home sites of LakeShore Ranch guarantee tranquility. Larger-than-average home sites, the Home Dynamics lots are at least sixty-five-feet wide, enjoy gorgeous views of western Florida’s distinctive natural abundance, while still convenient to all the fun and features of major metropolitan areas.

[mk_blockquote style=”quote-style” font_family=”none” text_size=”12″ align=”left”]“When you drive through the gated, brick-paved entry, an attendant waves you into a world that’s almost impossible to imagine,” says Kelley Raunec, New Home Consultant for Home Dynamics.[/mk_blockquote]
A spacious 12,000-square-foot clubhouse looks and feels like an Old Florida ranch, while also updated for today’s lifestyles, with such modern amenities as a fire pit and yoga center, a fitness center, kitchen, and conference room.
There are three resort-style swimming pools, including a lap pool and a pool for the children. There are tennis and basketball courts. Neighbors also share a playground, a fishing dock, an amphitheater, and a picnic area. Even the family’s best friend isn’t left out here, with a fenced-in dog park.

[mk_blockquote style=”quote-style” font_family=”none” text_size=”12″ align=”left”]“While family-fun features make you feel at home, your home really is at the heart of LakeShore Ranch,” says David Schack, president of Home Dynamics.[/mk_blockquote]

A brick paver driveway, walkway, and porch welcome you into one of six available home styles. Take a look at three decorated models: Model B features warm contemporary décor, with calm gray tones; Model C showcases a relaxed California-coast theme with teal and sandy-beige colors; Model D’s roomy one-story floor plan reflects a traditional Nantucket feel, with navy and white highlights.

Spaciousness and light-filled rooms are distinctive hallmarks of Home Dynamic’s designs here, with nine-foot ceilings on the first floor and a coffer ceiling in the master bedroom. In other flourishes, the bath offers a Roman tub, granite vanity tops, dual vanities, and wood cabinetry. The kitchen also features gorgeous granite countertops and birch or maple cabinetry. And all of these stylish touches are included with excellent energy efficiency in mind featuring natural gas appliances.

In a word, LakeShore Ranch is all about balance: leaving untouched the beautiful natural surroundings, yet enhancing them with world-class designs; creating spacious and lovely homes that conserve resources; and creating a community in a peaceful setting that also enjoys an ideal, convenient location.

Just 30 minutes north of Tampa, LakeShore Ranch offers excellent proximity to the finest in shopping, dining, entertainment, and recreation. Take the family to Busch Gardens/Adventure Island, the Land O’Lakes Recreation Center, The Florida Aquarium, or Hillsborough River State Park. Brush up your swing at nearby Groves Golf and Country Club. Revel at the Gulf coast’s renowned white-sand beaches. Shop at International Plaza and Bay Street, The Shops at Wiregrass, and have a great meal and a good time at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. For business travelers, the Tampa-St. Petersburg International Airport is close by, and for children, excellent schools, including Land O’Lakes High, Pine View Middle, and Sanders Memorial Elementary schools, are convenient, too.

Impeccable balance, from peaceful privacy to comfortable convenience, makes LakeShore Ranch an extraordinary example of true artisanal living.