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Easy Ways To Make Your Home More Pet Friendly

Pets play a large part in many families. While these fuzzy (and sometimes not-so-fuzzy) friends can bring a lot of fun and companionship, keeping pets happy and healthy can take a lot of work as

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Drop Ceilings Pros And Cons

Humans have long had a love/hate relationship with ceilings. On one hand, they help to hide the structure that keeps the rain out; on the other, they can be a pain to install and maintain over.

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April 2021 Housing Market Update For Osceola County Florida

- Hi everyone, Chris Loschiavo with Home Team Epic and I Think Realty, I've been doing market updates for Polk County for almost a year now. And in the last month had some requests to take a look at

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April 2021 Housing Market Update For Polk County Florida

- Hello, everyone. Chris Loschiavo with Home Team Epic and I Think Realty, here once again for our market update. This is for the month of April, 2021 for Polk County Florida. We're focusing on

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Make Spring Cleaning Easy With Built In Storage

It might be a bit on the chilly side now, but it’s not going to be long before spring cleaning season is upon us again. It’s a great way to refresh spaces and toss out that stuff that’s just

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Do You Need A Water Leak Detector

Leaks in your home can be a major problem. This is especially the case if leaks occur while you’re away from home or happen in places that you can’t easily access. While some leaks can be

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Pre Qualified Or Pre Approved Whats The Difference

There’s a lot to learn when you’re starting out on your home buying journey. From concepts like earnest money to closing costs, it’s a lot to take in during a very short period. But of all

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Watch For These Signs Of Unwelcome Visitors

Having a pest infestation is no fun, but it’s not an uncommon problem for a homeowner to experience, especially in transition times like from fall to winter or from winter into spring. Many

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Modern Materials For Modern Countertops

The countertops in your kitchen can make a big difference in how your kitchen looks overall. If you’re tired of your kitchen looking old and dated, updating your countertops is a great way to

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Whats New In Garage Door Styles

Garage doors might not seem like they make much of a difference, but imagine what your home would look like if you just had a flat door where your current garage door stands. Because they take up

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7 Mistakes Families Make In Handling The Estate Of A Deceased Love One

- Hello, I'm Chris Loschiavo with Home Team Epic and I Think Realty. For our video today we're gonna talk about "Seven mistakes people make when handling a deceased family members estates."

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Best Materials For Refinishing Stairs

Staircases tend to capture the eye because of the way they transcend from one level to the next. If your stairs have seen better days, though, you might not like the message that your staircase is

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Ready To Refinish Your Cabinets You Have Options

It’s been a long year, and it’s ok if you’re tired of staring at those kitchen cabinets you’ve frankly hated for years. 2021 is a year about promise and change, and you can start the

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Should You Spring For An Insulated Garage Door

It may seem like a small thing to replace your garage door. After all, it’s just a door, isn’t it? Well, according to Remodeling Magazine, which has kept tabs on the value common home

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Top Siding Options For 2021

Homes both old and new face a determined foe: the elements. One of the only defenses against moisture, wind, and heat is the siding your house is clad in. You can think of it a bit like house.

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March 2020 Housing Market Update For Polk County Florida

- Hello everyone it's Chris Loschiavo with Home Team Epic. And I Think Realty. Once again it is time for our monthly market report. This is our March 2021 Polk County housing market update. This

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Cha Ching Check Cash Beyond Your Down Payment

Shopping for a house can leave you exhausted and spiritually broken, especially when that dream home is proving tricky to find in your price range. Even though you’ll eventually find the right

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Is It Time To Replace Your Windows

People don’t always appreciate all the roles that windows fill in the home. They provide natural light, give you a way to open up and let in some fresh air, and even help regulate indoor

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Whats New In Water Heaters

Your water heater is an important part of your home, especially if you have a family. Between cooking, cleaning, doing dishes, washing clothes, washing hands, and all the other things you use hot

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Eyecatching Painting Tips For Homeowners

The way your home is decorated says a lot about you, your family, and your lifestyle. Not only does choosing the right colors set the mood in a place, putting those colors in the right spots can

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Are You Ready For Smarter Home Security

As smart devices become more common, it’s no surprise to find homeowners who have opted to upgrade to smart thermostats or replace some of their lights with smart LED bulbs. While gadgets like

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When It Pays To Upgrade Your Thermostat

Your thermostat plays an important role in keeping your home comfortable throughout the year. After all, the thermostat is the central hub for controlling the temperature you want to keep your

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2021 Colors Of The Year Revealed

Everything has its season, and for paint, winter is that time. Year after year, paint companies release their chosen Color(s) of the Year, which are meant to be reflections on trends that are

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A Look At Smarter Smoke Detectors

Keeping your family and your home safe is an important responsibility. There are a number of devices that you can buy to help accomplish this, with some of the most common being smoke detectors.

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What Are Smart Vents

When it comes to home automation, one of the more popular options for consumers is the smart thermostat. These devices can be a great addition to your home, giving you more control over heating

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Why Do I Need Earnest Money

When you’re shopping for a home, it can feel like you’re hemorrhaging money. You’ve got all sorts of things to pay for, from loan application fees to home inspections, so when the issue of

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Choosing Custom Windows

Custom windows can really add a lot of life and personality to your home. They can also be a great option if you struggle with getting enough natural light with your currently installed windows.

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What Is A Building Permit

Chances are, you’ve at least heard of building permits even if you haven’t applied for one yourself. Going by their name alone, you can probably guess the general gist of what these permits

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Dealing With Popcorn Ceilings

Popcorn is great with a movie or possibly for stringing around an old-fashioned Christmas tree, but it’s a little less universally loved when it’s applied to the ceiling as a texture.

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Hot Flooring Trends For Homeowners

Very few things in a home can make such a difference to both form and function as new floors. Flooring reflects not only your style and personality, but also your lifestyle. The right floor can

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Gutter Cleaning Tips And Tricks

There are some chores around the house that make you feel like you’ve really done something, giving you a sense of massive accomplishment and joy. Cleaning gutters isn’t one of them.

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Housing Market Update For Polk County Florida For January 2021

Hello everyone. It's Chris Loschiavo with Home team ePiC and I Think Realty once again, I'm here for your monthly market update. This market update is for January, 2021 which means it covers stats

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5 Reasons To Retire To Central Florida

Hello. This is Chris Loschiavo with Home Team Epic and iThink Realty. I wanna talk about the top five reasons to retire to Florida. So if you're 55 and up, Florida's always been a pretty good

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Whole Home Fans What You Need To Know

With recent years showing some of the biggest temperature extremes on record, a lot of homeowners are looking for ways to stay comfortable without breaking the bank. One option that some might

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Whats New With Google Home Assistant

There are several so-called “smart assistants” on the market now, providing users with hands-free access to information and services from their smartphone or dedicated smart devices. One of

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The Home Mortgage Refinance Process

When rates are low, it can seem like the ideal time to refinance your mortgage. After all, who doesn’t like a lower interest rate? There are lots of good reasons to refinance your mortgage, such

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Pros And Cons Of Buying Repossessed Properties

Buying a house can be incredibly exciting and terrifying at the same time, especially if it’s your first or second home. For a lot of buyers today, the idea of getting a killer deal is the

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Top Lighting Options For Your Kitchen

Good lighting is important in many places in the home. When you’re working in the kitchen, though, having sufficient lighting to see what you’re doing is vital. Poor lighting in your kitchen

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Student Loans Versus Mortgages

According to the Brookings Institute, about 42 million Americans (one in eight) have a student loan, totaling about $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. Only 30 percent of Bachelor’s degree

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Dealing With Foundation Erosion

Erosion can be a big problem for homeowners, even if you don’t live in an area that sees frequent flooding or other causes of large-scale erosion. As soil erodes from around your foundation, it

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Remodeling For High ROI

Remodeling can be serious business, especially if you’ve got several pet projects on your list and a limited budget with which to work. It can be tempting to go straight to the items that you

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Kitchens Baths And Decks Top Home Selling Points

When it comes time to sell your home, you obviously want it looking its best so that prospective buyers will fall in love with it. This may lead to you consider touching up or remodeling parts of

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Beautiful Former Model Home In Davenport

This former model home near Posner Park in Davenport is minutes to Disney.  Too many upgrades to mention but you can see them in the 3d tour below.  Owner is replacing the carpet in the

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Most Overrated Smart Home Devices

Smart homes are increasingly popular, and there are a wide range of smart home devices on the consumer market these days. These devices can give you greater control over your home, and can protect

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November 2020 Housing Market Update For Polk County Florida

- Hello, everyone. It is time for your monthly market update. This is for November, 2020 for Polk County, Florida. And basically we're gonna see a lot more of the same in terms of what we've been

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Pantry Organization For Preppers

With more people staying at home and avoiding crowds, a lot of homeowners are turning to home prepping as a way to cut back on trips to the store and avoid shortages. Unfortunately, many people

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Attic Ventilation Basics

When you think of your home, the last thing you probably imagine is that it can breathe. Well, maybe not literally breathe, but it does have a way of moving air in and out, whether you like it or

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Pet Friendly Indoor Plants

Having a pet, no matter how old, is a lot like having a toddler around. You’re constantly having to make sure it’s not going to put itself in harm’s way by doing something unexpected, like

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Is It Safe To Hire In Home Workers

As a part of maintaining good social distance, many people are limiting who they bring into their homes. But this can lead to a bit of anxiety when you need to bring in some extra help to do jobs

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Painters Masks A Primer

One of the best things about owning your own home is how much you can do to make it your own. Although big jobs like laying tile and building decks might be more than you’re ready for, a simple

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Salary Drop You Can Still Get A Mortgage

In uncertain times, it can be easy to sit back and worry your time away hoping things will work out eventually. Although worrying will absolutely give you something to do, it won’t get you

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Tour Of A HIstoric Winter Haven Home On The Chain Of Lakes

Hello everyone. Chris Loschiavo from I Think Realty and home Team Epic. My partner and I had an opportunity yesterday to tour a really, truly historic home here in Winter Haven, Florida. It's on the

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Shedding Some Light On Sheds

There are a lot of reasons that you might want a shed on your property. Maybe you just want some extra storage space. Maybe you need a place to put your mower and gardening tools to keep them out

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Choosing Interior Colors An Overview

A home is supposed to be a sanctuary, a place where you escape the chaos of everyday life. But sometimes those sacred spaces get pretty chaotic almost on their own. Maybe it’s clutter that’s

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How Does Rent To Own Housing Work

Buying a home is a big deal, especially for those who have had credit problems in the past. The most common way to buy a home is with a mortgage loan, which requires both a credit score that the

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Metal Roofing For Homeowners

There was a time when metal roofing was largely reserved for use on shop buildings or certain businesses. These days, however, you’ll see metal roofs on almost any sort of structure, including a

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Reflecting On Mirrors On Your Older Home

If you have an older home, there’s a decent chance that somewhere in the house you have at least one large, bulky wall-mounted mirror. While not all older homes will feature one of these,

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New Smart Home Devices That Will Change Your Life

Smart home devices are increasingly popular these days. With automation assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant making device control easy, many homeowners are looking for the perfect devices

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Title Insurance What Is It And Why You Need It

Buying a home is fraught with all kinds of peril, from home inspections that go terribly awry to negotiations that seem to go on forever and hinge on every little detail. But once you’re through

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Keeping Pets Safe During A Move

Moving day, just imagine it: The sun is shining, the weather is just perfect, and you’re about to close one chapter and open a brand new one. There’s so much possibility ahead! Although it may

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Stayin Cool With Ductless Mini Split Systems

There’s nothing like a glass of cool lemonade on a hot summer day, unless of course the reason it’s so hot is that your air conditioner needs to be replaced. In that case, a new air

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Choosing Energy Efficient Windows

If eyes are the windows to the soul, then surely windows are the eyes of your house, right? Something like that, anyway. When it comes time to replace those windows, it’s important to make a

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Accentuate The Postives Highlight Your Homes Best Features

Your home’s a looker, so why aren’t you doing all you can to point all the attention at its best features? Maybe you’re afraid that drawing so much attention to the details will leave your

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The Fire And The Flood Home Restoration Basics

When disaster strikes, recovering from it can be a big job. Whether you experience a home fire, live in an area impacted by a flood or have some other disaster strike, restoring your home can be a

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Your Pre Listing Checklist

When it comes time to list your home, you’ll want to come up with a list of small repairs and other tweaks that you can do to try and get the most out of your property. If you don’t make a,

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Roomba And Your Smarter Home

In recent years, a number of consumer devices have offered Internet-enabled features and other forms of connectivity. Not only does this allow for updates to the core software of these devices,

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Is It Time To Build And Indoor Play Space

Play is important for kids. It’s especially important for kids to have active play as a part of their routines, since it builds imagination, physical coordination and other important

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Things To Consider When Buying A Lake Property

Buying a lake house can be a great investment, regardless of whether you intend to use it as a vacation property or a year-round residence. With that said, you shouldn’t rush into buying a

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Smart Homes And Mesh Networks

Smart homes and smart home tech are becoming increasingly popular these days. Various smart home devices, sensors and more can add new functions to a home, automating some tasks and even

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Looking For More Space Look Up

One of the biggest problems that many homeowners face is finding enough room to store all of their things. Some seek to solve this problem by adding a shed or other external storage solution, but

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Is Ring Safe To Use In My Home

When it first hit the market, the Ring doorbell system seemed like a great way to keep your home safe. Not only do the cameras on the doorbell let you see who’s at the door, they also let you

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Are You Ready For Storm Season

As spring turns to summer, more and more focus is shifting to outdoor activities and enjoying the wonderful summer weather. Unfortunately, not all of the weather is going to be so wonderful.

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Virtual Home Staging Tips

Virtual home tours and showings are increasingly popular in real estate. They allow prospective home buyers to view the property on their own time, reducing unnecessary contact and helping them to

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Lawn Mowing Best Practices

Whether you love mowing the lawn or hate it, it’s a job that needs to be done. As with most things, though, there’s a difference between doing it and doing it well. If you find yourself

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Update Latest Construction Trends

Throughout the years, the construction industry, and the trends that it follows, have changed significantly. While some key elements in construction tend to stay more or less the same, in other

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Adding On Up Things To Consider Before Adding A New Story

Even if you absolutely love your house and the area you live in, sometimes you’ll find that you just don’t have enough room for your family and all your stuff. This can be a major,

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Tips For Bringing A Pro Into Your Bubble

While everyone is home trying to stay healthy, there are a lot of people who have taken to trying to do things around the house on their own. This has helped homeowners keep busy when they have

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Considering A DIY Interior Paint Job

There are a lot of people tackling DIY projects at the moment. Some of these are necessary projects that people are doing themselves to avoid bringing strangers into their homes. Others are simply a

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Making Your DIY Shopping List

DIY projects are a great way to keep yourself busy during social distancing while also giving you a chance to hone certain skills or take care of a few things around the house. With some DIY

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DIY Raised Bed Gardening

Even though everything seems to have ground to a halt, it’s important to think about things a bit further down the line. This not only helps you to prepare for when things start back up again, but

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Spring Cleaning Tasks You May Be Overlooking

As self-isolation and social distancing stretches on, you may find yourself a bit bored just staying at home. Since there’s a big difference between choosing to stay at home and having to stay at

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Staying Connected With Modern Tech

The world we live in is significantly different than the world we knew just a year ago. Around the world, people face self-isolation and quarantine as we attempt to stop the spread of the virus that

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Get Ready To DIY

While everyone’s staying at home, a lot of people are hesitant to bring in outsiders for things like painting or smaller construction projects. This could be the perfect time to tackle some of

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Is Wallpaper Making A Comeback

Wallpaper has been around for thousands of years in one form or another, with wallpaper-like wall coverings being used in China in 200 B.C. Modern style wallpaper with repeating patterns on

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