Sumter County, FL Real Estate News

By Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F
(Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.)
The Vilages in north Central Florida is known for its endless recreation, golf carts instead of cars, and as a paradise for senior citizens.  What it doesn't like to be known for is all the sinkholes that continue to happen there.  It is on the northern end of an area north of Tampa Bay known as "sinkhole alley" .  While the alley is mostly considered in Hillsborough, Pasco, and Hernando Counties, there are still quite a few sinkholes north up into the Villages and Ocala as well. Over the weekend 3 such sinkholes opened up near the Moyer Recreation Center in the Villages.  Here is a Villages-News article about it.  Massive sinkhole opens up in the Villages FloridaIf you are having sinkhole or foundation troubles, please call me for a free consulation.  We buy sinkhole damaged homes and ...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Veteran’s Home Loans for Wildwood FloridaIf you are reading this, you or a family member have likely served in our military.  First off, we would like to say a sincere “Thank You” for your service!  We recognize that not only do our Veterans sacrifice by serving, but their families do as well-, and we owe you all a debt of gratitude!One of the best benefits Veterans and their families receive due to their service to our great country is the VA home loan benefits.  We are going to outline just a few of these significant benefits in this article for you. Here are some of the major benefits you may receive by using your VA home loan benefits:*100% financing available- one of the very few loans available with no down payment!*Lower rates available than most loan programs- which saves you mo...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Veteran’s Home Loans for Webster FloridaIf you are reading this, you or a family member have likely served in our military.  First off, we would like to say a sincere “Thank You” for your service!  We recognize that not only do our Veterans sacrifice by serving, but their families do as well-, and we owe you all a debt of gratitude!One of the best benefits Veterans and their families receive due to their service to our great country is the VA home loan benefits.  We are going to outline just a few of these significant benefits in this article for you. Here are some of the major benefits you may receive by using your VA home loan benefits:*100% financing available- one of the very few loans available with no down payment!*Lower rates available than most loan programs- which saves you mon...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Veteran’s Home Loans for Coleman FloridaIf you are reading this, you or a family member have likely served in our military.  First off, we would like to say a sincere “Thank You” for your service!  We recognize that not only do our Veterans sacrifice by serving, but their families do as well-, and we owe you all a debt of gratitude!One of the best benefits Veterans and their families receive due to their service to our great country is the VA home loan benefits.  We are going to outline just a few of these significant benefits in this article for you. Here are some of the major benefits you may receive by using your VA home loan benefits:*100% financing available- one of the very few loans available with no down payment!*Lower rates available than most loan programs- which saves you mon...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Veteran’s Home Loans for Center Hill FloridaIf you are reading this, you or a family member have likely served in our military.  First off, we would like to say a sincere “Thank You” for your service!  We recognize that not only do our Veterans sacrifice by serving, but their families do as well-, and we owe you all a debt of gratitude!One of the best benefits Veterans and their families receive due to their service to our great country is the VA home loan benefits.  We are going to outline just a few of these significant benefits in this article for you. Here are some of the major benefits you may receive by using your VA home loan benefits:*100% financing available- one of the very few loans available with no down payment!*Lower rates available than most loan programs- which saves you...
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By John M. Acaron, CMI, MRSA, Master Mold Inspector & Chief Mold Assessor
(INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST)
The presence of mold growth indoors is not normal and may pose health and/or comfort risks to some exposed occupants. Mold growth requires spores (“seeds”), favorable temperatures, a food supply, and moisture. Like plants, mold grows by spreading, and the release of spores. Mold easily spreads outward under favorable conditions. However, if conditions are unfavorable for growth, mold will go dormant and release spores into the air so they can find a suitable environment for survival. Moisture, nutrients, and favorable temperatures can lead to mold growth in water-damaged materials in 24 to 48 hours. Affected materials should be dried promptly to prevent germination and subsequent mold growth. Relative humidity levels less than 30% yield little growth. Humidity levels greater than 70% yi...
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By TJ Harrington, I Buy and Sell Florida 55+ Retirement Homes
(55Next Real Estate)
If there’s one active adult community that offers a ton of exciting things to do, it’s The Villages in Florida. Shopping is one of the fun things to do in The Villages Florida The Villages Florida provides a laid-back atmosphere so that you can enjoy all the activities it has to offer. Yes, shopping is one of the fun things to do in The Villages Florida.   Click here to view all homes for sale in On Top of the World. You definitely have a lot of shopping options in The Villages. As a matter of fact, Shopping in The Villages Florida is one of the most popular activities. The Villages boasts three massive town squares where you can shop ‘til you drop. You can meet up with your friends in the town squares to have a good time. The best part of it all is that you don’t have to go far to do ...
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By John M. Acaron, CMI, MRSA, Master Mold Inspector & Chief Mold Assessor
(INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST)
Indoor Air Quality TestingLet us give you peace of mind in knowing that you, your family or your business is safe from unhealthy living and working conditions.  Here are some more facts about indoor air quality you should know: 1. Schools have some of the worst air qualitySchools have more occupants than an office building and have the same floor space. In a closed space where children breathe more air in relation to their body weight, there can be many allergens that float around. 2. Asthma is on the riseAsthma occurrences has been on the rise. Your indoor air quality may be contributing to your allergies and asthma. Which in turn may lead to a poor quality of life. 3. Candles are more dangerous than you thinkUnknown to many, most candles contain unhealthy chemicals. Two known types ar...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
Beautifully detailed inside and out, this 3/2 Avondale model single story home is ready and waiting for you to make it your own! On a corner lot, lush landscapes surround the entire home creating a retreat like sensation while relaxing in your glass enclosed large L shaped Lanai 25’ x 15’ and 16’ x 8’ with A/C, electric window coverings and stone pattern flooring. The yard also reveals two covered pergolas, landscape lighting, stone waterfall, fire pit, wooden swing and privacy fence. Upgraded interior features include tile flooring throughout except for two bedrooms with wood laminate, wood crown moldings throughout, 3 stained glass ceiling fixtures in hallways, Nest doorbell, Plantation shutters throughout except for one window, stainless appliances including new dishwasher plus new d...
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By John M. Acaron, CMI, MRSA, Master Mold Inspector & Chief Mold Assessor
(INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST)
MOLD TESTING in The Villages, Florida   Water leaks at home or office? Got Mold? Musty smell? Getting sick?   Mold problems in your Florida home are typically from water leaks or water intrusion in some part of the home. The key is to identify the source so that the mold growth can be properly remediated. Once on site we will be able to assist in locating the source as well as identify any of the mold spores or other air-borne contaminants in your environment. Whether the conclusion of our mold inspection on your Florida residence shows signs of toxic or non-toxic mold spores, having these results will give you a better understanding of what you and your family may be up against as well as provide you peace of mind.   INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST (IMS) offers the professionally administ...
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By John M. Acaron, CMI, MRSA, Master Mold Inspector & Chief Mold Assessor
(INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST)
How To Determine Mold Health EffectsEstablishing a connection between your health and environment is not a difficult process with the correct testing and expertise. To achieve a definitive connection, you will need 3 factors. Environmental mold or bacteria testing designed to identify toxic pathogens like endotoxins or mycotoxins. Medical testing designed to detect the presence of those same environmental toxins in the human body. Collaboration with qualified environmentalists and medical professionals to identify the pathogenic connection.    We have created this toxin chart to simplify just one example of how to connect your health to mold sickness. The top row is mycotoxins produced by mold and the left column is the subspecies of mold that commonly produce unique mycotoxins. With sp...
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By John M. Acaron, CMI, MRSA, Master Mold Inspector & Chief Mold Assessor
(INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST)
The very presence of mold spores is normal in the environment. However, the presence of mold growth indoors is not normal and may pose health and/or comfort risks to some exposed occupants. Mold growth requires spores (“seeds”), favorable temperatures, a food supply, and moisture. Like plants, mold grows by spreading, and the release of spores. Mold easily spreads outward under favorable conditions. However, if conditions are unfavorable for growth, mold will go dormant and release spores into the air so they can find a suitable environment for survival. Moisture, nutrients, and favorable temperatures can lead to mold growth in water-damaged materials in 24 to 48 hours. Affected materials should be dried promptly to prevent germination and subsequent mold growth. Relative humidity level...
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By John M. Acaron, CMI, MRSA, Master Mold Inspector & Chief Mold Assessor
(INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST)
Got Mold??? Don't Just Hire Anyone!! Ask for references and credentials. Highly important.Not all Mold Assessors have the same education, training, experience, and expertise. Many companies have a great and effective website for marketing purposes. Many pay Google by the click to be in the first page on top, however, when checking the people doing the project, they lack the correct credentials. How do you select the best medical caretaker in your area? Most likely you spend time doing your research and asking questions and reference. The same applies when selecting your Mold Inspector / Assessor.  Do your due diligence so you will not be surprised when receiving your mold assessment report.  Is the selected Mold Assessor has a college degree (Engineering, Chemistry, Biology…). Is he pro...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
For years, I have helped REALTORS® with their online presence even built a few websites in my past now I have the opportunity to work on my own as a rookie agent with 20 years of experience.  I took down my Dick Betts National Speaker and replaced it with Dick Betts REALTOR® serving The Villages, FL. I’m a firm believer in using art when building your online presence, pictures help tell the story and they also attract attention.  This week a local photographer here in The Villages gave me permission to use her work on my website and online marketing.  Carol Hannon does amazing work and proud to be using her wonderful skills to share the beauty of The Villages, FL.  Go to my website to see more of her work!Dick BettsREALTOR® The Villages, FL717-860-3107 CellDick@TheVillagesFL.infoTouchst...
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By John M. Acaron, CMI, MRSA, Master Mold Inspector & Chief Mold Assessor
(INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST)
Chemically speaking, chlorine bleach is a water solution of sodium hypochlorite. Common household laundry bleach, used to whiten and disinfect laundry, is typically either 5.25 percent (“regular strength”). OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) was one of the first federal agencies to STOP recommending the use of liquid bleach for mold remediation. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has since edited their “A brief guide to mold and moisture and your home” to exclude their once suggested use of bleach as a means to kill mold. So what actually is mold? Let’s go over the basics to get a better understanding of how it works and how it should be properly treated. NO ONE KNOWS HOW MANY SPECIES OF FUNGI EXIST BUT ESTIMATES RANGE FROM TENS OF THOUSANDS TO THREE HUNDRED THO...
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By John M. Acaron, CMI, MRSA, Master Mold Inspector & Chief Mold Assessor
(INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST)
INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST COMPREHENSIVE MOLD ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION PROCESSThink about a Mold Assessor as a Medical Physician. A Medical Doctor physical examination goal is to be able to determine is you are healthy or not. Do you need either treatment or you require specialized medical attention such as surgery among others from a specialized Doctor? We at INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST perform pretty much a similar role when performing a Mold Assessment on a house, Condo, Medical facilities or any commercial building. Our Mold Assessment and Indoor Evaluation will specifically address the environmental issues identified inside the living space related to moisture intrusion,  levels of airborne mold spores, musty odors and fungal growth. Our Chief State License Mold Assessor Mr. John...
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By John M. Acaron, CMI, MRSA, Master Mold Inspector & Chief Mold Assessor
(INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST)
Do you have an issue with Mold, musty odor in your home? Are you getting sick at home? (The Villages, Summerfield, Wildwood, Oxford and Lady Lake, Florida?) Or do you have a client that has problems with Mold?A Mold inspection/screening is a non-invasive examination of the building to identify and report on conditions that have led to moisture intrusion, water damaged and conditions conducive to microbial growth (MOLD) or actual existence of microbial growth. If such conditions are present, sampling is recommended. Sampling may also be recommended in the absence of visible conducive conditions as a precautionary measure; such as a carpet sample, as such conditions may be concealed. A mold inspection is valid only for the date of such inspection and cannot predict future microbial growth...
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By John M. Acaron, CMI, MRSA, Master Mold Inspector & Chief Mold Assessor
(INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST)
Most lawsuits allege that mold problems could have been avoided, so commercial real estate owners need to show due diligence by investigating any suspected mold problem. We can document your due diligence in investigating mold issues and determine whether they exist at all. We also can provide expert witness testimony. Toxic molds, commonly referred to as black mold, are more dangerous than ordinary molds because their spores contain poisonous mycotoxins. In concentrated amounts, mycotoxins can cause skin blistering, nosebleeds, asthma symptoms, or chest pains, among other things. In extreme situations, they can even cause shock and death. Unfortunately, there is no cure for a mold allergy, but there are ways to reduce the symptoms. While a change in diet and simple over the counter dru...
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By John M. Acaron, CMI, MRSA, Master Mold Inspector & Chief Mold Assessor
(INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST)
Most lawsuits allege that mold problems could have been avoided, so commercial real estate owners need to show due diligence by investigating any suspected mold problem. We can document your due diligence in investigating mold issues and determine whether they exist at all. We also can provide expert witness testimony.Toxic molds, commonly referred to as black mold, are more dangerous than ordinary molds because their spores contain poisonous mycotoxins. In concentrated amounts, mycotoxins can cause skin blistering, nosebleeds, asthma symptoms, or chest pains, among other things. In extreme situations, they can even cause shock and death.Unfortunately, there is no cure for a mold allergy, but there are ways to reduce the symptoms. While a change in diet and simple over the counter drugs...
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By John M. Acaron, CMI, MRSA, Master Mold Inspector & Chief Mold Assessor
(INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST)
Thermal Imaging: INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST (Water Intrusion? Mold? Musty Odor? Getting Sick? Asthma?) INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST uses Infrared thermography commonly called infrared imaging or thermal imaging.  Infrared thermography is an advanced, non-invasive technology that allows an inspector to identify deficiencies in buildings that can’t be revealed using conventional visual inspection methods.Thermographic cameras detect radiation in the long-infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum and produce images of that radiation. The amount of radiation emitted by an object, called “Emissivity”, increases with temperature; therefore, thermography allows for variations in temperature to be identified.In conjunction with our thermal imager, we use a TRAMEX Encounter moisture meters...
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