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The Latest Trends in Bathroom Design

The Latest Trends in Bathroom Design

Bathrooms have gone through dramatic changes over the years. Previously appreciated for little more than their functionality, today these rooms are becoming oases of peace, relaxation and comfort. This year will take that satisfying sensation to a whole different level, with great new trends. Of course, some of the tendencies we’ve seen in the previous couple of years are still going strong, according to Eaglewood Homes, but there will also be a lot of new and unexpected moments.

Here are some of the top trends to think about if you are considering a bathroom remodel in 2017.

Large-Format Tiling

When it comes to tiles, this year is all about going big or going home. This trend is first practical, and only then visual. Large tiles will make bathroom cleaning easier, since there will be less grout. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t also offer some benefits when it comes to aesthetics. Large tiles mean that the bathroom is covered with clean, almost uninterrupted surfaces, making the room feel bigger. Not only tiles, but also slabs of natural stone and marble will make a huge splash in bathrooms.

Bathroom Large Format Tiling


Although Pantone’s color of the year caught us by surprise, we’ve gotten used to it; and with the arrival of spring, it will become even more popular. Using Greenery in the bathroom makes perfect sense – it will refresh the room, induce it with nature and give a bold statement. You can go as far to use green tiles or simply paint the vanity green and use a green runner.

Rustic/Industrial Style

Bathroom Rustic Industrial Style

Both of these trends have visited other rooms in the house a while back, but only now, they are making their mark on the bathroom. This design approach encourages recycling and repurposing, which makes it an affordable style to introduce. You can introduce it with exposed brick, concrete accents, exposed pipes, worn woods, and various accessories, such as old posters, metallic soap holders, etc.

Organic Presence

In the last couple of years, bathroom renovations are becoming more organic than ever, and that includes using a lot of natural materials, such as wood and stone, and, as of recently, clay. Besides the materials, the very shapes in the bathroom have changed, the tubs are designed with more curves, while the vanity is more textured. Warm wood and smart stone make ideal marriage when it comes to bathroom elements.

Dark Replaces the Shiny

Although gold and brass will still be featured in the bathroom design, they will slowly, but definitely be outplayed by a new player – dark metal tones. Bronze, dark pewter and even matte black are there to bring a modern touch to your bathroom, unlike the shiny metals that mostly emitted the retro vibe. However, if you’re aspiring to create an eclectic look, you’ll be happy to know that dark metals mix great with shiny ones.

Bathroom Dark Tones

The Tub Comeback

Large showers with multiple showerheads have been a bathroom standard for years now, mostly for practical reasons. Since we’re living in a time when the bathroom’s purpose is finally much more than personal hygiene, it is logical to experience the comeback of the tub (especially freestanding variety) as an element for relaxing. The tub of 2017 is inviting, desirable, and elegantly shaped.

Turn It into Oasis

Besides the tub that calls for a good long soak, this year will be all about making you never want to leave your bathroom. Everything that makes you feel like you’re in a spa is welcomed. Potted plants, green walls, sitting area, and soft rug, come to mind among other things.

Bathroom remodeling in 2017 will be inspired mostly by nature, low-maintenance and relaxation. It is interior designers’ response to the hectic life pace in urban environments. People need the time to spoil themselves, de-stress and prepare for everything waiting outside – there is no better place for that than the bathroom.

Author: Mia Gunson
Mia is an interior designer with a burning passion for Art deco. She’s also a multitasking, bilingual cat lover. In her spare time she likes to paint, run, hike and make pancakes. Her motto is ”I live to decorate, and decorate for a living.

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What’s your favorite bathroom style? 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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3 Ways To Chic Up Your Home With French Furniture

What in the world is Shabby Chic?

Shabby Chic is a decor style using aged furniture and other items to create a vintage look within a home. With a gently broken-in look and weathered edges, Shabby Chic furniture is the perfect balance between luxury and lived-in.

Frills and ruffles lend to a comfortable and soft space. Distressed furniture and vintage home decor bring intimacy to luxurious spaces, cozy up a large room, and utilize the nooks and crannies in your home.

For the decor enthusiast who strives to use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without, Shabby Chic is your cup of tea. Whether you prefer a terraced house in a misty London borough or a whitewashed cottage tucked into a rural hillside, this type of decor is beloved for celebrating the beauty of aging objects that transform a house into a well-loved home. It’s all about a collection of the things you love in a space you adore.

From taupe to mint green, a Shabby Chic color palette can include white, pastels, and creams. Start with a favorite neutral and work in rose quartz tones and muted greens to get a true Shabby Chic look. Add flair with pops of teal and turquoise or bold pinks and reds.

1. French Lighting

Did you know that light — or lack thereof — in your home (or anywhere else, for that matter) can have an effect on our emotions and our moods? It’s true.

And sometimes, adding a layer of light (whether it’s ambient, task, or accent lighting) can dramatically increase your home’s quality of light.

Some French style lighting fixtures to consider:

  • Chandeliers
  • Cut Glass Chandeliers
  • Contemporary Lighting
  • Lantern Lighting
  • Floorstanding Lamps
  • Table Lamps
  • Candelabras
  • Wall Lights

2. Furniture Ranges

Providing a relaxed and romantic look through the use of distressed white headboards, bedsteads, and dressers, shabby chic furniture is one of the most popular themes and styles of bedroom furniture available in today’s market.

This style of the distressed white wooden furniture helps create a vintage look while simultaneously providing all of the required functions of bedroom furniture. Perfectly complementing pale or neutral decor or providing a calming contrast with a more vibrant color scheme.

With tons of different styles, Homes Direct 365 French Furniture Range offers vintage inspired bedroom furniture to create your perfect vintage boudoir.

3. French Mirrors

Mirrors are a decorator’s best friend, and with good reason — a well-placed mirror makes the most of a room’s natural light, enhances views, opens up a small space and adds some “oomph” to a room’s decor. The key lies in pairing the right mirror with the right location to maximize its decor-uplifting potential.

Some French style mirrors to consider:

  • Decorative Mirrors
  • Overmantle Mirrors
  • Table Mirrors
  • Venetian Mirrors
  • Floorstanding Mirrors (a personal favorite)

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Are you a fan of the Shabby Chic style?

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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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!

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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

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Tania Matthews Team
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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