Licensed & Insured!!

 

Good Day All, 

I hope everyone is having a great week!! Lately, I’ve heard of so much horror stories of homeowners hiring unlicensed “professionals” for maintenance and updates for their home. I cannot express how important it is to hire a licensed and insured professional for ALL projects around your home. 

I’ve seen some “professionals” require huge down payments for jobs and never show up to complete them. I’ve seen roofers complete a job without pulling a permit and then you run into issues when it comes time to close the sale of your home. No matter how big or small the job is, make sure you hire a professional that is licensed and insured. 

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me. I have a list of local vendors for all jobs and would be more than happy to share it with you if needed. (352) 577-9171 or Info@Search352Homes.com

 

 

New Listing! 5.89 Acres w/ Paved CR 21 Frontage!

 

Good Day All, 

Here is a new listing that may interest you!! 5+ Acres of Vacant Land with Paved CR 21 Frontage in Orange Springs! See below for more details. 

  • Asking $35,900  
  • OWNER FINANCING (Terms- 10 year term, with a 5 year balloon at 8.75%, no PPP)
  • 5.89 Acres 
  • Appx 400 Feet CR 21 Paved Frontage 
  • Lot Size Appx is 400′ x 741′ x 425′ x 704
  • Front Parcel is Zoned R-1 For Residential NO MOBILE HOMES.
  • The Rear Parcel is Zoned A-1 for Agricultural

 

 

 Located just outside of downtown Orange Springs, walking distance to beautiful flowing Orange Creek and lots of wildlife. Also short walk to Dollar General store, restaurant, gas station, post office and more. Short drive to Orange Springs boat ramp and access to Ocklawaha River and Rodman Reservoir with some of the best bass fishing world wide. Location is perfect for commute to Gainesville or Ocala area, or just relax and live the quite peaceful life in the woods. 

For More Info Please Call/Text (352) 577-9171 or Email Info@Search352Homes.com

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget

 

Good Day All, 

I hope everyone is having a great week! It’s so nice to have some cooler fall weather for a change!  The most expensive room in your home is your kitchen. We all know it’s so easy to go over budget with remodeling projects especially when you’re remodeling a kitchen. Below are a few tips that will ensure you stay within budget and finish your project with great results. 

  • Bright White – A coat of fresh, bright white paint can do wonders for your kitchen cabinets. It’s more affordable to paint your cabinets and update the hardware instead of purchasing new cabinets. Just remember that a white kitchen is always very for buyers!

 

  • Light It Up – New light fixtures and cabin underlighting is a great way to make a statement without breaking the bank. 

 

  • Leave Plumbing Where It Is – One the most expensive items when remodeling is plumbing. Make sure you leave existing plumbing lines where they’re so you don’t have to update your plumbing and location. 

 

  • Solid Surface Counter Tops – Everyone loves the look of granite and solid-surface counter tops! When shopping around ask your local counter top store for surfaces that are being discontinued. Also keep in mind solid-surfaces that may not be granite, but has the same look and quality as a granite. 

 

  • Scratch and Dent – Scratch and Dent Appliances is a great way to save money!! Finding an appliance that has a very little scratch or dent that’s not really noticeable will save you a lot of $$$. Check your local appliance store, Lowes or Home Depot and ask if they have any appliances like this available. 

 

I hope you find these tips helpful for your next remodeling project. If there is anything I can do to help please let me know. 

Duke Rountree    (352) 577-9171    Info@Search352Homes.com 

Maintaining Your Home in the Fall

Good Day All, 

I hope everyone is staying dry and safe from Hurricane Michael. Luckily, it doesn’t look like Marion County is in the path of the storm, but we’re definitely keeping everyone in the panhandle in our thoughts and prayers. I wanted to go over a few things you can do in the weeks ahead to prep your home for fall and the upcoming holidays! Most of your homes are used for entertaining this time of year and I thought these tips would be helpful. 

 

  • Fireplace – Make sure you have your fireplace inspected to ensure it is ready for use! 

 

  • HVAC Unit – Make sure your heating and cooling system is ready and good to go! In Florida you probably had this inspected in the spring for the summer season. It’s also a good idea to have it looked at going into winter season. 

 

  • Appliances – With holiday meals and baking you definitely want to make sure all of your kitchen appliances are in working order. The last thing you want to happen is have a burner or appliance go out right before the holidays. Also don’t forget about your washer and dryer! Holiday’s often bring extra house guest which means more laundry. 

 

  • Exterior – Fall leaves often bring gutters to full capacity. Clean out your gutters and while you’re outside check your roof and piping to ensure it is ready for the hard winters we have here in Florida. 

 

  • Your Own Audit- Walk around the interior and exterior of your home. You know your home better than anyone else. If you see something out of place or unusual, now is a good time to have it looked at. 

 

As always if you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help please contact us. Info@Search352Homes.com or (352) 577-9171

Fall Activities around Marion County!

 

Happy October Everyone! 

Who has noticed the cooler temperatures and the breeze throughout the afternoon? Fall is starting to make it’s way to Marion County which happens to be one of my favorite time of year! There are so many fall activities happening near Marion County in October and November! This is a great time to spend with friends and family! Below are a few of my favorite activities for you to also enjoy with your family! 

  • Coon Hollo Farm Fall Festival- Fall Family Fun on the Farm! Admission Includes: Interactive Corn Maze; Pasture Putt Putt; Hayride; Farm Train; Hay Fort; Corn Cribs/Buckin’ Barrels/Tire swing; Farmyard Obstacle Course; Corn-hole Board Games; Antique Farm Equipment; Agricultural Educational Displays; Fall Field Games (Saturdays only.) Also enjoy our Concessions, Farm Animal Exhibit and Old Country Store

 

  • Harvest Fest at West Marion Community Hospital- We are excited to announce Ocala Health’s first annual Harvest Fest that will be held on Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the field across from West Marion Community Hospital. This is a free, family-friendly event. Event activities include: Bouncy houses, Pumpkin patch and decorating (while supplies last), Potato sack races, Petting zoo and pony rides, Slides and train rides and Food trucks* (*food available for purchase)

 

  • Blessed Trinity Fall Carnival- The 2018 Blessed Trinity Carnival will take place October 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st. It will feature rides, prizes, games, food, a great raffle and more! There is no charge for parking. Admission is free except after 6 pm on Saturday, Family Night, when there is a $5 entry fee unless guests have a ride wristband voucher or are families with children.

 

  • The Pickin’ Patch- This is the best pumpkin patch around! Welcome to The Pickin’ Patch, Florida’s original pumpkin patch where you can cut the perfect pumpkin right off the vine! Bring your whole family and come enjoy the corn maze, hayride, kids hay fort and slides, kids hay maze and grab a wagon to go pick your pumpkins. You can also take your pick from a variety of unique pumpkins, gourds and of course pick a beautiful bouquet of sunflowers.

 

  • McIntosh 1890’s Fall Festival- On October 20, 2018. This 1 day festival with over 280 arts, crafts and antiques vendors. Live oak canopies, and all day free entertainment for the family and kids. Food vendors and family fun!

I hope you take some of these recommendations and enjoy fall around Marion County!  

 

Home on Hwy 315 for $245,000

 

Good Day All, 

Here is a new listing that just hit the market! Built in 2000 this concrete block solid construction home sits on 5.5 Acres  with over 1000′ of paved County Road 315 frontage. As you enter this well kept split floor plan home you will find tiled floors, soaring cathedral ceilings in living room and lots of natural light. Oversized sliding doors lead you to a Florida Screen Room over looking fenced back yard and few raised bed organic gardens. Home has over $7,000 worth of new tile, $3k water softner/filtration system and $1600 updated well pump. Kitchen has 2016 Samsung Appliance Package, very nice formica cabinets and countertops. Master Suite features spacious room with tray ceiling, ceiling fan, lots of windows, his and hers closets; Master Bathroom features include jetted tub marble countertops, glass & tiled shower. On back acreage don’t forget about your 800 Sq. Ft. concrete storage building with electric. Separate gated entrance of CR 315  

Located minutes to downtown Fort McCoy with grocery store, doctor office, pharmacy, hardware, gas station, pizza delivery and more. Ocala is just another 20 minutes away with Walmart, Lowes, Bealls, Outback and many more of your favorite restaurants. Gainesville(Home of Florida Gators) is only 50 minutes to downtown. If you’re a fisherman, hunter or simply love hiking, canoeing or kayaking you are in luck! Minutes to Ocklawaha River, Rodman Reservoir boat ramp, Ocala National Forest and many natural springs awaits your explorations. One of a kind home and location! Ready for new owners!

  • 5.5 Acres 
  • Paved CR 315 Highway Frontage 
  • 3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms / 2 Car Garage
  • 1556 Living Sq. Ft.
  • 2,197 Total Sq. Ft. 
  • 800 Sq. Ft. Concrete Block Storage Building with Electric 

 

For More Info Please Call/Text (352) 577-9171 or Email Info@Search352Homes.com 

New Listing! 0.28 Acre Canal Lot

 

Good Day All, 

Here is another listing that just hit the market! Beautiful Canal waterfront .28 Acre lot with access to Lake Kerr. (Water is deep enough for boat access but overgrown with vegetation at this time). Lot is located in area of manufactured and site built homes. Located in the heart of the Ocala National Forests w/ beautiful Salt Springs swim area, boat launch and access to miles and miles of ATV, Horseback and hiking trails. Great fishing year round and excellent hunting too. Close to local shopping and only short drive to Ocala or Palatka for all your needs.

  • 0.28 Acres 
  • Access to Lake Ker
  • Close to ATV Trails 
  • Asking Price $24,900

 

For More Info Please Call/Text (352) 577-9171 or Email Info@Search352Homes.com 

 

Buying a Home, but Confused about Closing Cost?

 

Good Day All, 

I hope everyone is having a great week and a great start to September! Lately, I’ve heard so many home buyers say that they’re confused with how much money they will need to purchase a home. Or that they didn’t realize that they would have “closing cost” and fee’s associated with purchasing a home. 

Aside from your down payment amount, you will have other expenses or “closing cost” to cover property taxes, homeowners insurance, appraisal, survey, etc. Having a reputable lender working on your side makes all the difference! Amber Maurer with Success Mortgage Partners has created this display to help you understand your down payment amount, closing cost and fees associated with purchasing a home. 

FHA FLYER

Amber is always a huge help with assisting buyers through the mortgage process and I highly recommend her! As always, you can choose whoever you would like for financing. If you have any questions or would like to get pre-approved below is Amber’s contact info. 

Success Mortgage Partners- Amber Maurer 

(352) 877-3188

www.AmberMaurer.com

Please contact us if there is anything we can do to help with guiding you through your home purchase! (352) 577-9171 or Info@Search352Homes.com 

 

Close to Lake Kerr Only $62,500

 

Good Day All, 

Bring your 4-Wheeler, JetSki’s & Bass boat! The Ocala Nat’l Forest is a Sportsman’s paradise surrounding Lake Kerr! Deeded Lake Access and ONLY short golf cart or bike ride to dock. This 2/2 MH & oversized garage on .75 acre has room for everything! 2bed/2 full baths (split-plan for max privacy), new Addition (10X16) & Screen Enclosed Porch (10×24) to enjoy the peace & quiet that surrounds you. CENTRAL AC/HEAT with auxiliary PROPANE HEAT & Metal Roof. New 24×30 working 2-car garage w/220power & water, large over-head door at each end. 2-car concrete pad to easily convert into covered carport. Wooden out building w/ lean-to for your golf cart! . MH is clean, maintained, furnished, non-smoker. Full wall closets in bedrooms+Linen closet for add’l storage.

Located in the heart of the Ocala National Forests w/ beautiful Salt Springs swim area, boat launch and access to miles and miles of ATV, Horseback and hiking trails. Great fishing year round and excellent hunting too. Close to local shopping and only short drive to Ocala or Palatka for all your needs.

  • 3 Parcels Totaling 0.76 Acre Lot 
  • Mature Orange & Fig Trees as well as Blueberry Bushes 
  • 1997 Skyline Amber Ridge Model Mobile Home 
  • Home Being Sold Furnished and Turn-key
  • Workshop w/ Electric and Water 

For More Info Please Call/Text (352) 577-9171 or Email Info@Search352Homes.com 

Importance of a Final Walk Through!

 

Good Day All, 

I hope everyone is having a great week! I’m sure if you have kids this week has been long, challenging and exhausting when getting the kids back to school. Today, I wanted to talk to you about an important step when you’re purchasing a home. It should be the step right before you go to closing! The Final Walk Through! I cannot stress enough how important it is to do a walk through of the home right before closing. Below are some of the reasons why…

  • Property Condition- Walk the Exterior and the Interior of home.  Make sure that the interior is broom swept and make sure all debris is removed from the exterior of the home. 
  • Appliances- Make sure refrigerator, range, dishwasher, microwave, washer & dryer (if included with the sale) are all in working order. You can always reference your home inspection report too. 
  • Light Fixtures- Make sure all light fixtures are present at the time of the walk through. Test each fixture to make sure they’re working. 
  • HVAC- Test the air conditioning and heating system to make sure it’s in working order. The last thing you want to do is purchase a home in Florida without air conditioning. 
  • Plumbing- Run all sinks and check for leaks under neath the cabinets. 

These are just a few of the things to check for at the final walk through. For a complete list or if you have any questions please feel free to contact us for more details. Info@Search352Homes.com or Call/Text (352) 577-9171