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!  

 

New Listing! 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 

 

Coming Soon! Home on Hwy 315 for $245,000

 

Good Day All, 

Here is a new listing that will be hitting the market next week! 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 and water + 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 & Water 

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

New Listing! Close to Lake Kerr Only $62,500

 

Good Day All, 

NEW LISTING ALERT!!! 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.

  • 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 

***Lake Forest Estate Vacant Lot***

 

Good Morning All, 

Check out this property that was just listed in Lake Forest Estate! 

  • 1.06 Acre Lot 
  • Close to Water and Other Outdoor Activities 
  • Perfect Location to Build a Weekend Getaway Home or Primary Residence 
  • Seller is Motivated and Said to Bring an Offer 
  • ONLY ASKING $12,500 

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

***July Closing Statistics***

 

Good Morning All, 

Happy August Everyone! It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over and the kids will be heading back to school in a week or so! Don’t worry,  the sunshine and warm weather will be sticking around a little longer! 

Here are some July closing statistics for certain cities in NE Marion County. 

 

As always if you have any questions or if you’re interested in finding out what your property is worth please give me a call today! (352) 577-9171 or Info@Search352Homes.com 

 

All data is deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed accurate by the Ocala MLS or Rountree Realty Corp. All material presented herein is intended for information purposes only. While this information is believed to be correct, it is represented subject to errors, omissions, changes or withdrawal without notice. All property information is deemed reliable, but should be verified by your own attorney, architect or zoning expert. We are an equal housing opportunity provider. 

Are Foreclosure a Thing of the Past?

 

Good Day All,

I hope everyone has had a great week and I’m sure you’re ready for the weekend!  I just wanted to take a moment and provide you a quick real estate update on foreclosures and housing inventory!

We are no longer in a housing recession and don’t maintain an overflow of inventory of homes on the market!  Inventory is so low right now and we need more homes for sale!  An article from Florida Realtors indicates that overall foreclosures are down 78% from the peak of the
foreclosures on the market in 2010. Also, foreclosures are down 15% from year to year.

Have you been telling yourself  “There are tons of foreclosures for sale in Marion County”  or “I want to find a foreclosure because they’re a better deal”? That is simply not the case; overall inventory is low and banks know this!  Therefore, banks want to sell their properties for the same market value of a traditional re-sale.

BUYERS! –  If you are in the market to purchase, call us today! My team checks new inventory everyday and we’re constantly getting new listings to sell!  Please call and give us an opportunity to help you!

SELLERS! – If you have given any consideration to selling your home or property, NOW is the time to do so!! I have buyers just waiting for new inventory to hit the market and I would welcome the opportunity to help you!

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