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Jul 02

Lakeland Life: July 4th Events

By Brittany Graham | Lakeland Life

Happy Independence Day! July 4, 2017 marks the 241st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and we hope you are celebrating as much as we are! Here are a few fun family events happening around Lakeland and Polk County to get you in the spirit of celebration!

Red, White, & Kaboom! at Lake Mirror Promenade, Lakeland, FL · Monday, July 3rd

Hosted by the City of Lakeland and sponsored by T. Mims Corp., the Red, White, & Kaboom Independence Day Celebration will feature live music, vendors, food, and fireworks. The event takes place from 6pm-9pm on Monday and City garages will be open for parking. Jah Movement will be playing reggae and cover music beginning at 6pm. There will also be a canned food drive for VISTE, supporting food banks for elderly Lakeland residents. Coolers are allowed (no glass) and you can find the full list of food trucks attending on their Facebook event page.

Rock N’ Freedom Fest at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, Winter Haven, FL · Monday, July 3rd

The City of Winter Haven is hosting Rock N’ Freedom Fest at Lake Silver on Monday from 6pm-9pm. The event will feature live classic rock/funk music from the Dan Signor Project and food trucks. The Winter Haven Hospital Bloodmobile will be on site so attendees can donate blood to support the blood bank in their community. The fireworks will take place at 9pm over Lake Silver. Complete information on their official Facebook event page.

Thunder on the Ridge at Lake Eva Park, Haines City, FL · Tuesday, July 4th

Celebrate the 4th at one of the largest events in Polk County! Featuring rides, games, live music, and, of course, fireworks, Thunder on the Ridge is a Polk County annual tradition! The festivities start at 3pm and conclude with a fireworks show at 9pm. There are multiple live bands playing all afternoon and lots of family friendly activities to keep kids entertained. Bring your A-game and sign up for the double elimination cornhole tournament (signup form on website) – the tournament check-in is at 4pm and there is a $200 cash prize! Complete schedule can be found on their Facebook event page.

LEGOLAND Knight Lights in Winter Haven, FL · Tuesday, July 4th

Celebrate Independence Day with all-day fun at LEGOLAND! There is a special July 4th holiday schedule of events for the day, including all the Knight Lights summer fun, plus a giant July 4th Flag Build to participate in. Kids of all ages can attend character meet & greets, stage shows, group builds, scavenger hunts, and dance parties. The Fireworks Spectacular will take place in Pirates’ Cove at 9pm! More information and the special July 4th events schedule download can be found on the LEGOLAND website.

Happy Independence Day from all of us at the Home Connection Group!

View Of Downtown Lakeland from Lake Mirror
Jun 24

Estate Sales 101

By Brittany Graham | Lakeland Life , Selling Your Home

Since it's the busy season for garage and estate sales, and you're probably seeing ads and flyers for them everywhere, we thought we would go over the basics of estate sales! If you are interested in setting up an estate sale, contact us! We have great community contacts that would love to discuss the process for your unique sale!

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Why have an estate sale?

Estate sales are commonly held when the entire contents of a home needs to be liquidated quickly. Typically, though not always, estate sales present a good option when someone passes away and their heirs either do not want or do not have space for an entire home’s worth of belongings. In some cases of a death in the family, the deceased’s will may mandate an estate sale or the sale is required to pay debts on behalf of an estate. Sometimes, an estate sale is the best option when you’re looking to relocate/downsize or in cases of divorce, foreclosure, or court-ordered liquidation.

What’s the difference between an estate sale and a garage sale?

The clearest difference between an estate sale and a garage sale is the amount of items for sale. Obviously, if you host a garage sale, attendees are not going to arrive expecting every single thing in your home to be on offer. With an estate sale, typically ALL the contents of a home are available for sale because that’s the whole goal - to clear out the house completely.

"I think this may be a good option for me - how do I go about having an estate sale?"

We would strongly suggest contracting a professional company to manage an estate sale. The logistics of the sale can get overwhelming, from sorting/clearing, pricing, and negotiating. A professional service will typically work for a percentage of the profit from the sale, so it’s in both of your best interests to maximize the amount of revenue. They will also advertise the sale to get the best buyers there, based on their experience with selling the kinds of items in your home. On a more personal level, a professional company is also not going to experience the sentimentality you may when liquidating the home and in many cases, avoiding that emotional burden is worth their fees alone.

Obviously, your mileage may vary when contracting a professional service and there may be room for judgment. For example, if you sale includes highly-specific items, sets of antiques, etc., it may be worth contacting a professional broker for those specific items to assess the best way to liquidate. For the bulk of home goods and furniture however, an estate sale management company is likely experience enough with the market to get the best price for your inventory.

May 09

Mother’s Day: Fun things to do in Lakeland!

By Brittany Graham | Lakeland Life , Uncategorized

Spending time with this weekend with a wonderful woman? We’ve got a big list of fun things you can do can do this Mother’s Day in Lakeland with your mother, mother in law, or any other great woman in your life! One of the best things about living in Lakeland is the abundance of community activities open to the public. Treat the women in your life this weekend for Mother’s Day to say a big “thank you!”

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May 03

Summer Military & First Responder Giveback

By Brittany Graham | Lakeland Life , Real Estate News & Tools

Throughout the summer, the Home Connection Group would like to honor and recognize the commitment and sacrifice of our military servicemen and women and the first responders who protect and serve our communities. For any new listing between now and the end of August we will give 5% of our listing commision to the seller upon closing.

While this gift in no way matches the sacrifice you show everyday, we want to at least honor that sacrifice in a small way. We know these careers make your lives hectic and unpredictable at times, so we want to ease that burden in any way we can.

Summer Military and First Responder GivebackIf you are interested in selling your home and have questions about the market or the home-selling process – connect with us! We would love to walk you through the process step-by-step and answer any questions you may have. You can email Becky at [email protected] or call 863-602-8605. Let us put our connections to work for you!

Apr 11

Top 5 Tools to Make You a Neighborhood Detective

By Brittany Graham | Buying a Home , Lakeland Life , Neighborhoods , Real Estate News & Tools

We love helping new visitors and transplants to the Polk County area discover Lakeland and the surrounding cities! It can be stressful, however, to move to a new place thanks to work/family/etc. without much info. Here are several tools to give you all the data on the key factors that you may want to know when looking at a new neighborhood:

Foursquare, and it’s social media sister-site Swarm, is a great resource when you’re looking for a new location or for when you’re traveling. You can get a great overview of everything an area has to offer by searching categories like “coffee” or “breakfast”. You can also search based on businesses or locations that are trending, so you can get a feel for the up and coming things a city has to offer.

For the math geek in all of us, there is It has all the info you could ever hope to have about a city, compiled from public records and government data. One of the things we love about this site is that it not only gives you current stats, but also shows historical data (where available) so you can get a feel for how things change over time.

This site is the user-friendly version of It’s got all the same info, but it’s presented in easier to view formats with eye-catching charts and graphics. We also love their Top lists, highlighting interesting points about what makes a great city for entrepreneurs or people who are self-employed!

You’ve probably already heard of this one – it’s the gold standard for area school research based on the most current available data. You can search for specific cities, then narrow down your search for elementary/middle/high schools and other options. There is good content on the site as well, including info for college prep and planning.

It can be hard to get an accurate view of the crime in a particular neighborhood. Spot Crime does a fair job of reporting all of the official incidents in an area within a giving time frame. You can also use the map feature to see where incidents are reported most frequently and the types of crimes that occur, information that can be hard to discern from simply search police records.

Whether you’ve done all your neighborhood research or you’re just beginning your search, we can help you find a great home! Call 863-602-8605 to let the Home Connection Group put our connections to work for you!