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Real Estate Property Scams & How To Avoid Them

Property scams and shady real estate schemes are not a thing of the past. They’re very real and often take advantage of unsuspecting home buyers. It’s important to familiarize yourself with common scams affecting the real estate industry today to protect you and your investments and to avoid them at all costs.

Online Rental Scams

With an increase of online real estate marketplaces, renters and buyers often start the new home search process online. Scammers take advantage of this trend and lift actual listings by reposting it as their own. You’ll often find these hijacked listings on Craigslist as rentals and scammers will go as far as meeting renters in person to take a cash deposit or wire money of an application that is unavoidably “denied.”

To avoid falling victim to these scams, we suggest only using reputable online platforms in which listing are verified and to be cautious if you’re ever asked to wire any money or place a cash deposit before signing any legal documents.

Deed For A Fee

After closing, home buyers will receive an official-looking letter in the mail offering to send them a certified copy of their deed for a fee. New home buyers often don’t know what to expect, and because it looks official, buyers often get suckered in and taken advantage. After closing, buyers already receive the deed to their home for free from the title company.

Renting Foreclosed Homes

The folks over at say “We’ve also seen a similar issue where people will rent out their foreclosed homes before it forecloses.” Unfortunately, homeowners who find themselves in a desperate situation and are facing foreclosure may list their homes on the market for rent. The homeowners collect rent as the impending eviction date draws closer, and when it finally arrives, renters are forced to relocate.

To avoid this sticky situation, do your homework. There are online resources that will show you if a home has recently been foreclosed.

Email Scams & Phishing

Another common scam that occurs quite often is when buyers receive an email notification to wire closing funds to a certain bank, when in fact, the email has actually been hijacked.

Phishing attempts against real estate agents are incredibly prevalent, and it’s important to confirm with your title company and agent of the correct amount and location before wiring any funds.

Avoid Overconfidence & Perform Due Diligence

The smartest precautions and preventative measures you can ever take is to perform due diligence and do your homework. Avoid fooling yourself into believing that it couldn’t happen to you. Because it can.

A few takeaways to remember:

  • Always avoid paying in cash or wiring money.
  • Work with a credible real estate agent.
  • Research the property and do your homework.
  • Listen to your gut.
  • Question everything.

And whenever you’re ready to enter the real estate market as a renter, buyer, or existing homeowner, be sure to keep these tips in mind and don’t let yourself be swindled or caught off-guard!

And now back to you

Have you ever found yourself in a shady situation?

Let us know in the comments.

We’re not your typical Orlando Realtor. We’re a real estate team consisting of different talents, strengths, and backgrounds. Coming together to achieve a common goal. Helping you.

Tania Matthews Team
1200 Oakley Seaver Rd. Suite 109
Clermont, FL 34711

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FAA’s Commercial UAV Rules Are Now In Effect


The day has finally come.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s initial set of operational rules for commercial UAV flight officially goes into effect today. This initial set of rules was actually finalized back in June and essentially governs any unmanned UAV under 55 pounds that’s flown for “non-hobbyist purposes.”

This includes Realtors and Real Estate aerial drone footage.

To quickly go over these rules real quick, drones that meet these qualifications for commercial UAV flights can only operate during daylight hours, unless your drone is equipped with warning light (which most are) then you’re allowed to operate until dusk. All drones must fly within the pilot’s line of sight, makes perfect sense.

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Red, White, & Booze. The Brews & Drinks of Choice.

The 4th of July has become a staple for launching fireworks, barbecuing, and sipping alcoholic beverages. It’s the American way.

Whether it’s craft beer or hard liquor, everyone has their drink of choice. And as it turns out, each state has their preference too.

Check out the info maps below to see what poison people prefer in each state.


With no surprise, Bud Light is the American King of beers, with 33 states naming it its favorite beer. While Blue Moon, Corona, Guinness, Heineken, and Pabst Blue Ribbon all receive a participation award.

Taking home the “most unique” award, Nebraska prefers Founders Brewing Curmudgeon Old Ale and Utah prefers Polygamy Nitro Porter.

And for all the craft beer enthusiasts, check out the info map below.


Liquor By States

On the liquor side of things, 42 states named a whiskey brand as their most popular. America loves its whiskey. Tying for the number one brand is cinnamon-flavored Fireball and made-in-America Jack Daniels.

Only Maryland and Virginia drink enough vodka for it to be a top choice, while other states are an even mix of rum and tequila.

Drink responsibly this 4th of July.

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Finding The Best Deal: Self Storage Finders

Relocating to a new home, no matter where it is, can be incredibly stressful. There are so many things to think about and so many things to do.

If you’ve ever needed to find a self-storage unit,  whether you’re moving a couple miles down the road to your new home, relocating across the country to a different city, or just need to temporarily store some of your things locally until you get around to spring cleaning, Self Storage Finders makes it incredibly easy for you to compare thousands of storage facilities nationwide and to rent an affordable storage unit that meets your needs.

It’s as easy as three simple steps.

Step 1. Find a storage unit near you.

It’s as easy as providing your zip code or city and voila, thousands of units to compare and find the best deal and providing you with information like the available unit sizes, the hours of operation, prices, and any current deals.

Amenities Include:

  • RV storage
  • Wine storage
  • Mobile storage
  • Mini storage
  • Climate control
  • And even more

Step 2. Reserve the unit online.

Once you’ve found the best deal for the storage unit you need, provide some basic information and you’re all set. Just relax and you’ll be contacted to confirm your rental. How stress-free is that?

Step 3. Move in.

When it’s time to move in, simply bring your confirmation and you’ll be good to go to start hauling boxes.

How easy is that?

Check out their recent blog post featuring Winter Haven, Florida and a few of the area highlights (our favorite is LegoLand).

Winter Haven, Florida

We’re not your typical Orlando Realtor. We’re a real estate team consisting of different talents, strengths, and backgrounds. Coming together to achieve a common goal. Helping you.

Tania Matthews Team
1200 Oakley Seaver Rd. Suite 109
Clermont, FL 34711


Golf Course Roundup: Clermont, FL


Real Estate Golf Homes in Clermont FL

It’s Tee Time somewhere.

Unlike most ball games, Golf, doesn’t actually require a standardized playing area. The game is played on a course with an arranged progression of either nine or 18 holes. This is exactly why golfing is so attractive to many athletes.

Not all golf courses are created equally.

The folks over at Prescott Lakes says “most avid golf enthusiasts understand that generally no two courses are the same.”  Each game can be entirely different by simply choosing a different golf course to play in – completely changing the scenery and even the difficulty of the game.

Let’s take a closer look at some of these local Golf Courses here in Clermont, FL.

Bella Collina Golf Course

Although technically located in Montverde, Bella Collina is nestled amongst orange groves, woodlands, and emerald rolling greens, Bella Collina overlooks the vineyards of Central Florida and two lakes, Lake Apopka and Lake Siena. The Nick Faldo’s luxury golf  course design measures more than 7,500 yards from its longest tees. Faldo, using the Highlands rolling terrain as his inspiration, has created a traditional valley-style golf course featuring open fairways and sweeping dunes, taking advantage of the long sweeps of the hillside and natural forest unique to Clermont, FL.

Bella Collina’s Golf Course offers several golfing packages ranging from difference price points.

  • Golfers Delight
  • Elite Group Special
  • Golf & Spa
  • Play With A Pro
  • Bella Golf Academy
  • Stay & Play

Bella Collina’s Golf Course also provides an invitational golf membership. This allows you to enjoy unlimited golf, use of their state of the art practice facilities and lifestyle amenities. You’re also allowed to participate in all Club Golf Events (Members and Guests Invitations, Club Championships, and Tournaments) that are scheduled every month.

And for children, Bella Collina offers a Junior Golf Program for all ages and skill levels, offering a variety of programs through the year to train, challenge, and motivate young golfers to not only enjoy the game but to improve as well. However, their primary goal is to provide a positive and fun learning environment where children are able to flourish under the experience and direction of highly skilled instructors while having an awesome time.

In addition to learning the fundamentals of golf, the program also builds on character development and life skills to help kids and teens as they grow.

Bella Collina also offers unique custom built luxury real estate homes in Clermont, FL.

Palisades Country Club

Located on the North Side of Clermont, the Palisades Country Club is considered one of the most spectacular piece of golf property in Central Florida and has been named as a “4 Star Award Winner Places to Play.” Designed by Joe Lee, renowned for his work in nearly 200 championship golf courses nationwide, the Palisades requires golfers to use every club, accommodating golfers of every handicap level.

The rolling hills of South Lake County provide beautiful scenery that is unique to Central Florida and Clermont’s golf courses with spectacular views and challenging terrain for every golfer. Palisades Country Club also offers membership opportunities, player development, and tournaments.

Green Valley Country Club

Conveniently located in the hills two miles west of Clermont, the Green Valley Country Club is known for its tranquil green scenery, lovely vistas, superior year-round conditions, and boasts a full practice facility that includes a range, putting green, and practice hole with an onsite restaurant, the Green Valley Bar and Grill.

A Lloyd Clifton design, the Green Valley Country  Club is a  6,645-yard, par-72 vintage championship layout that plays longer than its yardage, offering a mix of challenges and opportunities for every player. Testing every facet of a golf players game as they play these 18 dynamic holes.

The Green Valley Country Club also offers its own membership and professional instruction to improve your game.

Swiss Fairways Country Club

Swiss Fairways golf course truly utilizes Clermont’s wide open and hilly terrain and its overabundance of lakes. Large amounts of green and welcomes low handicappers while strategic bunkering is incorporated throughout the entire layout to add several challenging holes. There are over seventy-five sand traps in total and ten water hazards on the course.

With a relaxed and casual atmosphere that is far from the typical country club environment, the Swiss Fairways golf course has affordable rates and a truly interesting layout. The lakes in Swiss Fairways golf course are man-built to serve the nearby Swiss Ski School. A training ground for aspiring and professional water skiers and wakeboarders.

Legends Golf & Country Club

One of the finest accomplishments of famous golf course designer Lloyd Clifton, this beautiful Clifton-Ezell-Clifton 18-hole course located in Clermont stretches 6,911 yards from the gold tees and is a challenge for every golfer. The Legends golf course is a par 72 with a Slope Rating of 131 and Course Rating of 73.

Carved from former citrus groves, the Legends golf course boasts a multitude of rolling fairways and dramatic elevation shifts that are bordered by perimeter mounding, leading to large, well-bunkered greens throughout. Water is found on just six holes with a number of challenging doglegs and is most memorable for its extremely challenging par three’s.

With a panoramic view of Lake Louisa in the background, the Legends Golf & Country Club has an expansive “mountain-top” driving range boasts elevation drops of 75 to 100 feet. Also located on site is Legends Grille & Tavern. Open daily offering a truly relaxed golf-themed setting with a distinctive personality and setting.

Kings Ridge Golf Club

The Kings Ridge Golf Club in Clermont, FL offers two unique golf courses.

The first, the Kings Course is an 18 hole, par 71, 6,269 yard Lloyd Clifton designed South Course and is often recognized as one of the most exceptional courses in the Central Florida area. According to Clifton, the Kings Ridge golf course is designed to challenge the golfer to think and use every club in their bag. Capitalizing on the naturally rolling hills of Clermont’s countryside, seasoned golfers will enjoy the surrounding panoramic views while encountering rolling fairways, elevated tees, and undulating greens. A true test of any golfer’s putting skills.

The second, the Ridge Course is a par 57, 3,660 yards, Ron Garl design course. Exceptionally design with pot bunkers, precise landing areas, protected multi-tiered greens, water hazards, grassy hollows, and deep Bahia grass roughs will test the skills of every golfer.

With an all-American and golf themed setting, The Snack Shop at Kings Ridge is open daily for lunch and dinner in a relaxed and comfortable setting.

Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club

Considered one of the most exceptional golf courses in the area, the Sanctuary Ridge golf course in Clermont, FL is an 18 hole, par 73 mountain course design by Terry LaGree. With significant elevation shifts and no parallel fairways, Sanctuary Ridge provides golfers a challenging and one of a kind experience.

The Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club also provides adult group golf lesson program called The Casper Golf Academy, covering the fundamentals of the full swing, chipping, putting, pitching, bunker & on course play. Their clubhouse also provides a golf shop with all the gear you need and an on site restaurant called The Grille.

What’s truly neat about the Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club is a phenomena called Foot Golf. A new dimension to the sports universe, combining the passion, energy and fun of soccer with the distinction, elegance and precision of golf into a fantastic sport full of life.

Did we miss a golf course that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments below. Or if you’re looking for a golf front home or a golf club community, feel free to get in touch.

We’re not your typical Clermont Realtor. We’re a real estate team consisting of different talents, strengths, and backgrounds. Coming together to achieve a common goal. Helping you.

Tania Matthews Team
1200 Oakley Seaver Rd. Suite 109
Clermont, FL 34711

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Real Estate Investment Opportunity | 26 Silver Oak Circle Kissimmee, FL 34743

26 Silver Oak Circle Kissimmee FL 34743The Tania Matthews Team of Keller Williams Classic III Realty has just listed quaint townhome in Kissimmee, FL 34743. Located in the Buenaventura Lakes Silver Park Villas subdivision; 26 Silver Oak Circle is a great Buy & Hold with an approximate 10% ROI, a perfect investment opportunity for any level investor.

This beautifully maintained 2 bedroom 2 bath townhome has 954 square feet of living space. Interior features include wood laminate flooring in the entry and living area, new lighting fixtures in the hallway and living room, with a fresh coat of paint on the interior walls, along with a fully equipped kitchen with plenty of cabinet space, breakfast bar, and tiled floors. 

Floor Plan Distribution:

  • Kitchen: 11×10
  • Living Room: 13×13
  • Master Bedroom: 13×11
  • 2nd Bedroom: 12×11

Located in an established community that offers 2 community pools, this villa is only minutes away from The Loop, an outdoor mall located at the corner of John Young Parkway and Osceola Parkway with plenty of retail shopping (Kohl’s, Sports Authority, Ross, Bed Bath & Beyond, Yankee Candle, Claires, Sunglass Hut, and more) and dining opportunities (Chipotle, Jimmy Johns, Tuscan Pizza, Little Greek, Johnny Rockets, Chilis, and more), along a movie theater for family fun. The property is also strategically located near the 417, Turnpike, and Orlando Internation Airport. 

26 Silver Oak Circle Kissimmee, FL 34743 is currently listed at $82,000 and will sell fast.

Interested in investing in real estate? Or are you looking into buying a home or selling a property of your own? Please feel free to reach out.

Kissimmee, FL Real Estate

We’re not your typical Kissimmee Realtor. We’re a real estate team consisting of different talents, strengths, and backgrounds. Coming together to achieve a common goal. Helping you.

Tania Matthews Team
1200 Oakley Seaver Rd. Suite 109
Clermont, FL 34711

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Rain, Rain, Go Away. June 1st Starts Hurricane Season.

Hurricane season starts June 1st.

Being prepared is key to keeping yourself and your home safe from Mother Nature and all her might. We’ll go over essential hurricane safety tips to ensure you’re prepared if a hurricane makes landfall and know how to handle the situation.

Hurricane Safety Tips

  • Hurricane preseason preparation
  • When a hurricane watch or warning is issued
  • Before a hurricane
  • During a hurricane
  • After a hurricane

Hurricane Preseason Preparation

  • Be prepared.
  • Have a plan.
  • If you live close to the coast, know all of the evacuation routes.
  • Double check and verify your home meets the building codes for withstanding hurricanes. Having storm shutters is a good idea.
  • Make sure to keep proper tools and supplies in stock. Like a first aid kit.
  • Make sure to have plenty of batteries in stock and enough flashlights.
  • Stock up your pantry with nonperishable and canned food.

What to do when a hurricane watch or warning is issued

  • If possible, leave low-lying areas. They’re the most susceptible to flash flooding.
  • Make sure to protect your windows with storm shutters or plywood boards to protect them from any flying debris.
  • Secure outside furniture and objects by bringing them inside or tying them down.
  • Make sure to have plenty of fuel and water. It’s best to do this early before gas stations and grocers become a madhouse.
  • We can’t iterate it enough. Make sure to have enough water and food for several days.
  • If an evacuation is called for your area. It’s a good idea to do so immediately.

Before a hurricane

  • Be ready to put your preparation and plan into action if the hurricane makes landfall.
  • Pay close attention to the local weather reports on the radio, television, or online.
  • Make sure to have your house boarded up or have storm shutters in place.
  • Once again, have plenty of food and water.
  • Make sure all flashlights, lanterns, candles, matches, first aid kits, and any other supplies are readily available.
  • Have a secure room available if anything were to happen.

During a hurricane

  • Don’t go outside.
  • Stay away from the windows.
  • Stay in your secure room, safe from any falling debris.
  • Have your supplies on hand.
  • Monitor weather and civil service bulletins on the radio or tune into the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).

After a hurricane

  • Make sure that it’s definitely safe to go outside and that the hurricane has completely passed.
  • Report any downed power lines and be sure to stay away from them.
  • Use your stored food and bottled water.
  • Don’t drink from the water lines as they could have been contaminated from flooding.
  • And most of all. Be patient.

If you find yourself in a life-threatening situation, be sure to call 911 immediately.

And in the unfortunate event that your home is in need of any water damage restoration, flood damage restoration, or storm damage restoration, be sure to contact Emergency Restoration Services of Orlando. ERS is an Orlando water damage restoration company that can help you throughout the entire water damage Orlando process before any significant and permanent water damage is done to your home or property.

Emergency Restoration Services

51 E. Jefferson Street #1291
Orlando, FL 32802


Have any tips to add? Let us know in the comments.

We’re not your typical Orlando Realtor. We’re a real estate team consisting of different talents, strengths, and backgrounds. Coming together to achieve a common goal. Helping you.

Tania Matthews Team
1200 Oakley Seaver Rd. Suite 109
Clermont, FL 34711

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Row, Row, Row Your Dragon Boat

Clermont Dragon Boat FestivalBack for the third year, the annual South Lake County Dragon Boat festival is coming to Lake Minneola’s Waterfront Park in Clermont, FL on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 from 9am-4pm.

Regional and local teams will come together to compete against each other in a series of vigorous races. Spectators are encouraged to come out to the event and enjoy Florida weather, music, and food throughout the day – don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

The South Lake County Dragon Boating festival focuses on community involvement and charitable giving through fundraising and is managed by High Five Dragon Boat, LLC. All proceeds from the festival will be used to help the local homeless through New Beginnings, a 501(c)(3) not for profit that plans to build 100 affordable rental apartments to meet the growing need for the local hard working families.

A bit on history

With a history of more than 2,500 years, the sport of dragon boating originated in ancient China. The legends of warring states, radical politics, fierce loyalty and passion written poetically by one man – Qu Yuan.

However, very few elements remain about this ancient tale in modern day dragon boating. It has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport, bringing millions together across the globe annually.

Festivals with traditional Asian flare and culture are commonplace alongside a dragon boat race and has become an extremely popular vehicle for fundraising and a tool for corporate team-building, bringing life to local communities and their waterfront areas.

How does it work?

Teams are formed with 18-25 people from all walks of life, consisting of paddlers, a drummer, and a steersperson.

20 paddlers are seated in 10 rows of 2 with a drummer sitting in the bow, facing the paddlers and a steersperson (provided by the festival) stands in the stern of the boat, keeping the team and boat on a straight path with a 9-foot oar. The paddler’s job is to paddle in unison with the entire team following the beat of the drum, white the drummer’s job is to keep that steady beat going while motivating their team to the finish line.

Clermont Dragon Boat TeamInterested in registering your own team? Click here.
There are multiple registration categories and racing classes. All necessary equipment is provided for during the event to race.

Interested in participating but can’t find enough people to form a full team? No worries. You can individually register and you’ll be grouped together with other solo paddlers to form a team, or you’ll join an existing team that needs an extra paddler or two to compete.

With that being said, come out on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 from 9am-4pm for some fun in the sun.

We’re not your typical Clermont Realtor. We’re a real estate team consisting of different talents, strengths, and backgrounds. Coming together to achieve a common goal. Helping you.

Tania Matthews Team
1200 Oakley Seaver Rd. Suite 109
Clermont, FL 34711

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Townhouse Listed | 13803 Beringer St. Windermere, FL 34786

13803 Beringer St Windermere FL 34786

Real estate team, Tania Matthews Team with Keller Williams Classic III Realty has recently listed a townhouse for sale in Windermere, FL 34786.

Located in the Vineyards of Horizons West subdivision of Windermere, FL 34786; 13803 Beringer St. is a loved, 2,091 square foot corner townhouse built in 2014. As soon as you step into the front door, you’ll be amazed by the open living area and the amount of natural light that the windows provide. 

Opening to the dining and living areas, the kitchen has plenty of cabinet space and boasts granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and provides a perfect setup for entertaining guests with a complete island. As you move upstairs, you’ll find three great sized bedrooms and an additional area perfect for a den, office, second family room, or play area. Additionally, the bathrooms have been updated with higher cabinets and cultured marble vanities. Truly gorgeous.

Outside is just as great, enjoy Florida’s weather with a screened in patio that is private and the perfect spot for outdoor activities.

The home’s interior also features a separate breakfast room and formal dining room, while the master suite includes walk-in closets, dual sinks, and a garden bathtub.

Exterior features of this lakefront home for sale includes an attached two car garage and a hot tub/spa inside of its screened in lanai. And with a total lot size of more than half an acre (about 25,000 square feet) there’s plenty of space for just about anything.

This gorgeous townhouse in Windermere, FL 34786 is currently listed at $275,000.

If you’re interested in seeing this gorgeous townhouse for sale, or if you’re interested in buying a home in Windermere or selling a property in Windermere, please feel free to get in touch.

Windermere, FL Real Estate

We’re not your typical Windermere Realtor. We’re a real estate team consisting of different talents, strengths, and backgrounds. Coming together to achieve a common goal. Helping you.

Tania Matthews Team
1200 Oakley Seaver Rd. Suite 109
Clermont, FL 34711

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TechOTG and a 24-Year-Old Entrepreneur

TechOTG iPhone Repair ClermontYour iPhone has missed your pocket and went crashing down to the concrete floor. You cringe. Pick up your phone of the ground and the screen is completely shattered. You’re not alone.

TechOTG is everything you want in a phone repair service. TechOTG currently serves the greater Orlando area with a strong focus in Clermont, Winter Garden, Windermere and other parts of West Orlando. What’s great is that this repair service comes directly to you.

Yes. That’s right. You don’t have to go anywhere, drop off your device, and come back two hours later or the next day. An experienced technician comes directly to your doorstep, office, or their techs can even meet you at a public venue if you’d prefer and performs the repair on-site in front of your eyes.

What’s great is that this repair service comes directly to you. Yes. That’s right. You don’t have to go anywhere, drop off your device, and come back two hours later or the next day. An experienced technician comes directly to your doorstep, office, or their techs can even meet you at a public venue if you’d prefer. They’ll also perform the repair on-site in front of your eyes. Incredibly convenient.

You get to get to see the technician take apart your device (we know, a little scary) and replace your screen or battery. And you can be absolutely sure that your private information will stay safe.

What do they repair?

Glad you asked.

TechOTG does it all:

Need a screen replaced because you’re about to cut your finger open? Check. Need a battery replaced because you can’t get through a song without your phone dying? Double check. Dropped your phone in the toilet and need to see if it’s salvageable? Checkity-check-check. Their prices are competitive and their techs are highly trained professionals with years of experiences. Check them out.

Who’s behind TechOTG?

AJ, a 24-year-old entrepreneurial spirit, tired of seeing subpar workmanship, he’s looking to introduce true customer service and quality in the mobile device repair industry. Originally from Miami and a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida, this young entrepreneur is making moves. AJ is currently engaged and they currently have two, furry four-legged additions to the family; Arwen, a gorgeous Siberian Husky with an attitude of a teenage girl and Remington, an old soul reincarnated into a Chihuahua – both are rescues. He and his finacé recently purchased a home in the sought after Magnolia Pointe community in Clermont, FL and love the community.

So, if you’ve cracked the screen on your iPhone and need it replaced, give AJ and the TechOTG team a call – you won’t be disappointed.

We’re not your typical Clermont Realtor. We’re a real estate team consisting of different talents, strengths, and backgrounds. Coming together to achieve a common goal. Helping you.

Tania Matthews Team
1200 Oakley Seaver Rd. Suite 109
Clermont, FL 34711