What to Have on Hand for the New Owners

·    Owner’s manuals and warranties for appliances left in the house.
·    Garage door opener.
·    Extra sets of house keys.
·    A list of local service providers — the best dry cleaner, yard service, plumber, etc.
·    Code to the security alarm and phone number of the monitoring service if not discontinued.
·    As a courtesy, you could provide numbers to the local utility companies.
·    If it’s a condo, leave information on how to contact the condo board

Things To Do In SoliVita When You Are Dead.

Posted by admin July - 13 - 2013 - Saturday ADD COMMENTS

Get in shape and go to

TLW and BB playing at the beach

the beach!!

Poinciana Medical Center Grand Opening Is Today!

Posted by admin July - 13 - 2013 - Saturday ADD COMMENTS

Poinciana Medical Center Grand Opening

Come and be part of the grand opening of the Poinciana Medical Center on Saturday, July 13th from 10am to 2pm. There will be free shuttle transportation running from Freedom Park beginning at 9:50am. Please plan to use the free shuttle instead of driving as parking will be very limited. Visitors will be invited to take a self-guided tour through the facility. There will be food trucks and Disney Jr. activities for the kids. You will also have the opportunity to meet the Air Care Team.

Road Resealing: San Clemente Avenue & Barcelona Drive

The West Gate (Johnson Avenue), San Clemente Avenue, and a short section of Barcelona Drive near The Palms will be resealed beginning on Tuesday, July 16th. The project is expected to take five days, weather permitting. Detailed information about the road closings will be forthcoming. Please be prepared to use alternate routes and exercise extreme caution during the resealing project.

Notes from CGM

Great specials happening at The Grille restaurant next week! Our Ladies Night bar specials on Monday have been standing room only for treats such as $3 Melon Ball, Pink Cadillac, and Cosmopolitans from 5pm to 9pm. Also, back by popular demand is our Tiki Bar Thursday where getting “lei’d” has never been easier by selecting from drink specials such as the Big Kahuna, Cocoa Bay Freeze, and Zombie. We would love to see you on Fridays for our Fresh Catch Friday, where our Executive Chef brings in freshly caught fish from the shores of Florida. And don’t forget about our Summer Uncorked all month long with Kendall Jackson chardonnay and cabernet by the bottle. Half-priced at $17.50. Ask your server for your next great value with our Summer Uncorked wine program.

Coming soon, the Marketplace Bistro will be delivering pizza, salads, sandwiches, and even a bottle or glass of wine to wash down your delightful meal at a neighborhood near you. Magnets are available at the Marketplace Bistro, so stop by and take one. (EMBED PIZZA CART PHOTO)

A friendly reminder…when you are visiting any of the restaurants, please smoke only in designated areas.

Wellness Series

Free Vein and Vascular Screening – Wednesday, July 24th, RSF2 – 9am to 11am

If you suffer from poor circulation, varicose veins, or just plain curiosity, come get a vein screening. John D. Horowitz, M.D. is the founding partner of the Central Florida Vein and Vascular Center. Dr. Horowitz has been a practicing vascular surgeon in Central Florida since 1993 and has been nationally recognized as a leader in minimally invasive vein therapy, and has pioneered techniques that have revolutionized vein care. Please contact Dr. Horowitz’s office at 407-293-5944 with questions.

Understanding Capital Gains in Orlando Florida Real Estate

When you sell a stock, you owe taxes on your gain — the difference between what you paid for the stock and what you sold it for. The same holds true when selling a home (or a second home), but there are some special considerations.

How to Calculate Gain
In real estate, capital gains are based not on what you paid for the home, but on its adjusted cost basis. To calculate, follow these steps:

1. Purchase price: _______________________

The purchase price of the home is the sale price, not the amount of money you actually contributed at closing.

2. Total adjustments: _______________________

To calculate this, add the following:
·    Cost of the purchase — including transfer fees, attorney fees, and inspections, but not points you paid on your mortgage.
·    Cost of sale — including inspections, attorney fees, real estate commission, and money you spent to fix up your home just prior to sale.
·    Cost of improvements — including room additions, deck, etc. Note here that improvements do not include repairing or replacing something already there, such as putting on a new roof or buying a new furnace.

3. Your home’s adjusted cost basis: _______________________

The total of your purchase price and adjustments is the adjusted cost basis of your home.

4. Your capital gain:  _______________________

Subtract the adjusted cost basis from the amount your home sells for to get your capital gain.

A Special Real Estate Exemption for Capital Gains
Since 1997, up to $250,000 in capital gains ($500,000 for a married couple) on the sale of a home is exempt from taxation if you meet the following criteria:

·    You have lived in the home as your principal residence for two out of the last five years.

·    You have not sold or exchanged another home during the two years preceding the sale.

·    You meet what the IRS calls “unforeseen circumstances,” such as job loss, divorce, or family medical emergency.

Low-Cost Ways to Spruce Up Your SoliVita Home’s Exterior

Posted by admin June - 15 - 2013 - Saturday ADD COMMENTS

Low-Cost Ways to Spruce Up Your SoliVita  Home’s Exterior

Make your SoliVita home more appealing for yourself and potential buyers with these quick and easy tips:

1. Trim bushes so they don’t block windows or architectural details.

2. Mow your lawn, and turn on the sprinklers for 30 minutes before the showing to make the lawn sparkle.

3. Put a pot of bright flowers (or a small evergreen in winter) on your porch.

4. Install new doorknobs on your SoliVita home front door.

5. Repair any cracks in the driveway.

6. Edge the grass around walkways and trees.

7. Keep your garden tools and hoses out of sight.

8. Clear toys from the lawn.

9. Buy a new mailbox.

10. Upgrade your outside lighting.

11. Buy a new doormat for the outside of your front door.

12. Clean your windows, inside and outside.

13. Polish or replace your house numbers.

14. Place a seasonal wreath on your SoliVita home door.

12 Tips for Hiring a Remodeling Contractor For Your SoliVita  Home

1. Get at least three written estimates.

2. Check references. If possible, view earlier jobs the contractor completed.

3. Check with the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau for complaints.

4. Be sure the contract states exactly what is to be done and how change orders will be handled.

5. Make as small of a down payment as possible so you won’t lose a lot if the contractor fails to complete the job.

6. Be sure that the contractor has the necessary permits, licenses, and insurance.

7. Check that the contract states when the work will be completed and what recourse you have if it isn’t. Also, remember that in many instances you can cancel a contract within three business days of signing it.

8. Ask if the contractor’s workers will do the entire job or whether subcontractors will be involved too.

9. Get the contractor to indemnify you if work does not meet any local building codes or regulations.

10. Be sure that the contract specifies the contractor will clean up after the job and be responsible for any damage.

11. Guarantee that the materials that will be used meet your specifications.

12. Don’t make the final payment until you’re satisfied with the work.

Credit Repair Services For After The Short Sale

Posted by admin June - 8 - 2013 - Saturday ADD COMMENTS

Repair After The Short Sale.

Here’s How To Restore Credit Score

Hi folks. Today I want to talk a little bit about Credit Restoration. As many of you may know TLW and I went through a very difficult time from 2008-2010. We ended up having to do Short Sales on two of our investment properties. This teamed with some other financial difficulties caused my credit score to plunge into the toilet!! I started in the mid 700s in 2008 and ended up with a FICO score of 561.

Ain’t that sweet?

So needless to say I needed to do something about this. I did my research and found Financial Education Services (FES).

I signed up about a month ago for their Credit Repair Plan to start Restoring My Credit Score Just this week I received my first batch of Credit Dispute Letters to send out to the credit bureaus. I’m looking forward to receiving my results and my new higher credit score.

Credit Bureaus Reporting Agencies Addresses and Phone Numbers

P.O. Box 2002 Allen, TX 75013

P.O. Box 740241 Atlanta, GA 30374

P.O. Box 1000 Chester, PA 19022

I’m very satisfied with the ease of use for this Credit Restoration Program.

Then I decided if this was good enough for me then it would be a good opportunity to help my Short Sellers restore their credit score after their Short Sale. This will help them get back into the position to purchase a home again. And of course a higher score means better rates on just about everything from credit cards to insurance. I owe it to my Short Sellers to offer them this opportinity.

Credit Score Restoration Testimonials

AND…..for the folks that may be struggling financially they now have the opportunity to turn this into their own Credit Repair Business. They can start generating income while going through the Credit Repair Program themselves.

It’s a true WIN/WIN

So do yourself a favor and check it out.

Credit Restoration Services.

Financial Education Services Business Opportunity.

Let me know if you have an interest and I’ll walk you through the process. Any questions?

SoliVita News For June

Posted by admin June - 8 - 2013 - Saturday ADD COMMENTS

Riviera Spa & Fitness Center Indoor Pool

The indoor pool at RSF will remain closed until Wednesday, June 12th. All water classes will be held at The Palms through Wednesday, June 12th and resume at the Riviera on Thursday, June 13th with the normal June schedule.

Stop…Look…and Do Not Cross

Work has been completed on the extension of the sidewalk from the Main Gate to the intersection at Cypress Parkway. A strong reminder that golf carts are not permitted by law to cross the roadway, nor are they allowed in the Solivita Marketplace.

Solivita Shred Day

Have a box or two of papers that need to be shredded? Bring them to Freedom Park on Friday, June 14th from 10am to 2pm. Your papers will be shredded, free of charge, by a professional company right here on the premises.

Trash Receptacles and Recycle Bins

Please remember that your trash container and recycle bin cannot be stored outside. They must kept in your garage. The only time they can be out is on Monday after 6pm, and Tuesday. After pickup, please put them back in your garage. Violation letters will be sent to homeowners that are not complying.

PROscape News

Our first named storm of the season was here. We placed our hurricane plan into action…turning off all reclaimed water in Solivita, and no mowing or trimming in the community as well. We had two emergency crews on standby just in case the storm moved our way. They were available to check for downed trees and keep the roadways clear. With the passage of the storm regular scheduled work resumed this Friday morning.

Attention Residents of Mira Vista: After the last application of fertilizer we didn’t notice any major improvements. The plan is to have LawnWorx apply an additional liquid application of 21-0-0 fertilizer. This mix has a high content of nitrogen which should help develop the color of the turf. The work will begin on Monday, June 10th. In the meantime, please do not place any additional fertilizer on your property as this may damage the tur

Simple Tips for Better SoliVita Home Showings

Posted by admin May - 30 - 2013 - Thursday ADD COMMENTS

Simple Tips for Better SoliVita Home Showings

1. Remove clutter and clear off counters. Throw out stacks of newspapers and magazines and stow away most of your small decorative items. Put excess furniture in storage, and remove out-of-season clothing items that are cramping closet space. Don’t forget to clean out the garage, too.

2. Wash your windows and screens. This will help get more light into the interior of the home.

3. Keep everything extra clean. A clean house will make a strong first impression and send a message to buyers that the home has been well-cared for. Wash fingerprints from light switch plates, mop and wax floors, and clean the stove and refrigerator. Polish your doorknobs and address numbers. It’s worth hiring a cleaning service if you can afford it.

4. Get rid of smells. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Open the windows to air out the house. Potpourri or scented candles will help.

5. Brighten your rooms. Put higher wattage bulbs in light fixtures to brighten up rooms and basements. Replace any burned-out bulbs in closets. Clean the walls, or better yet, brush on a fresh coat of neutral color paint.

6. Don’t disregard minor repairs. Small problems such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression that the house isn’t well-maintained.

7. Tidy your yard. Cut the grass, rake the leaves, add new mulch, trim the bushes, edge the walkways, and clean the gutters. For added curb appeal, place a pot of bright flowers near the entryway.

8. Patch holes. Repair any holes in your driveway and reapply sealant, if applicable.

9. Add a touch of color in the living room.  A colored afghan or throw on the couch will jazz up a dull room. Buy new accent pillows for the sofa.

10. Buy a flowering plant and put it near a window you pass by frequently.

11. Make centerpieces for your tables. Use brightly colored fruit or flowers.

12. Set the scene. Set the table with fancy dishes and candles, and create other vignettes throughout the home to help buyers picture living there. For example, in the basement you might display a chess game in progress.

13. Replace heavy curtains with sheer ones that let in more light. Show off the view if you have one.

14. Accentuate the fireplace. Lay fresh logs in the fireplace or put a basket of flowers there if it’s not in use.

15. Make the bathrooms feel luxurious. Put away those old towels and toothbrushes. When buyers enter your bathroom, they should feel pampered. Add a new shower curtain, new towels, and fancy guest soaps. Make sure your personal toiletry items are out of sight.

16. Send your pets to a neighbor or take them outside. If that’s not possible, crate them or confine them to one room (ideally in the basement), and let the real estate practitioner know where they’ll be to eliminate surprises.

17. Lock up valuables, jewelry, and money. While a real estate salesperson will be on site during the showing or open house, it’s impossible to watch everyone all the time.

18. Leave the home. It’s usually best if the sellers are not at home. It’s awkward for prospective buyers to look in your closets and express their opinions of your home with you there.

SoliVita News For May

Posted by admin May - 25 - 2013 - Saturday ADD COMMENTS

All Fitness Classes Cancelled

A reminder that there will be no group exercise classes on Monday, May 27th, Memorial Day at the Riviera Spa & Fitness Center and The Palms.

Riviera Spa & Fitness Center Closing

The building will be undergoing major renovations in June. During this process, the building will be closed beginning on Monday, June 3rd through Monday, June 10th. RSF will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, June 11th. A modified class schedule (please see attachment) will be in effect at The Palms to accommodate most of the fitness classes.

New Gate Security Program

Solivita Security Manager Joe Murphy will be at a special Coffee Talk on Tuesday, May 28th at 7pm in the Starlite Ballroom. He will present a hands-on demonstration on how to sign up for the new gate security program. If you are not able to attend the Coffee Talk and have a question, or are having difficulties logging in to the site, please email Joe Murphy at joseph.murphy@abm.com or Barbara Mash (Membership) at bmash@aamfl.com.

News from CGM: (A Clarification…)

We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Michele Woods to Banquet Chef Supervisor. We are confident that Michele will be successful in her new role, as she has proven to be a great leader through her hard work and dedication. Michele will be working exclusively with Luann Arroyo the Banquet Manager to ensure the success of every event. Congratulations to Michele Woods on her promotion and we wish her the best of luck in her new position.

About us

I am a licensed real estate Broker in the state of Florida. My opinions on real estate have been formed from my experiences and 15 years of working in the business. My opinions are in line with Florida Real Estate laws and the REALTOR(R) Code of Ethics. Your State’s laws may differ. So do your own homework before implementing any of my business practices into your business.