July Newsletter

It is officially July and the start to a new month!

In the July issue of our newsletter you will find events this month, a featured listing, market predictions for 2022, and how to follow us on social media.

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Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any of your real estate needs.

July Newsletter

Ocklawaha River 5 acres – 2 Homes

Beautiful “Old Florida Style” 5 acres bordering the take line(Cross Florida Greenway) to the Ocklawaha River and Rodman Pool. This gorgeous property includes 2 homes. Home #1 is cabin previously sold as being built in 1991. Cabin is wood siding with galley style kitchen and includes on bedroom and 1 bathroom with 674 sq ft under heat and air(mini split unit with air and heat, plus a wood burning stove). There is attached 21’x10′ covered deck and 10’x4′ open deck overlooking majestic oak and palm trees and glistening Ocklawaha River. Home #2 is a 1997 16’x66′ manufactured home with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms includes metal roof, carpet and vinyl flooring. Large 20’x25′ metal storage building and 8’x10′ storage shed are also located on the property. Don’t miss this awesome one of a kind piece of property! Schedule your private showing today.

Located minutes to downtown Fort McCoy with grocery store, doctor office, pharmacy, hardware, gas station, pizza delivery and more. Close to Silver Springs which is great for kayaking, boating and outdoor activities. Ocala is just another 20 minutes away with Walmart, Lowes, Bealls, Outback and many more of your favorite shopping and  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(Salt Springs, Silver Glen Springs, Juniper Springs), horseback and walking trails, and off road vehicle trails awaits your explorations. One of a kind property and location! Ready for new owners! 

Asking Price $300,000

 

 

Lakefront Acreage / Saddlebag Lake

3.79 Acres Lakefront Property on Saddlebag Lake

Saddlebag Lake located in Weirsdale, Marion County, Florida, lies minutes from The Villages and Ocala.  This gently sloped acreage overlooks a large, spring-fed private lake, a countryside oasis with great Largemouth Bass, Catfish, and Bream fishing as well as a few otters to compete with. The lake is well-suited to small craft such as canoes or kayaks.

Build your own dock, fence your own horse pasture, this property is a rare find.

Only minutes from The Villages, Ocala National Forest, or downtown Ocala. Just over an hour to Orlando, Disney World, Universal, or the Florida Gulf Beaches. The Ocala National Forest draws flocks of visitors from around the world due to the natural beauty here. The crystal clear waters are inhabited by manatees, otters, and gators.  The area is rife with wildlife—bobcats, Florida black bears, deer, wild hogs, and wild turkeys—making it a hunter’s paradise, as long as they adhere to the state laws. Miles of hiking trails wind through Central Florida, and just to the North there are cave diving adventures in our underground springs. The Ocala area is also popular with thoroughbred horse aficionados.

Nearby Lady Lake and The Villages have a multitude of eateries. Those looking to spend some time on the links will be delighted to know there are courses and clubs nearby!

Solitude on your private lakefront property just minutes away from most every amenity you could ever desire. Live in Paradise. 

ASKING PRICE $189,000

 

‘Hometown Heroes’ Program

A new program called ‘Hometown Heroes’ started June 1st which allows 50-plus careers to qualify for home-buying help up to $25K – helping over 3M Floridians. Income limits start at $120K, home prices at $420K.

The Florida Hometown Heroes Housing program makes homeownership affordable for eligible frontline
community workers by providing down payment and closing cost assistance to income-qualified
homebuyers so you can purchase a primary residence in the community in which you work and serve.

Eligible borrowers can receive up to 5% of their total loan amount (maximum of $25,000) in the form of
a 0%, non-amortizing, 30-year deferred second mortgage.

The program applies to first-time homebuyers as defined by the IRS, which says “first-time” means “someone who has not owned a home in at least the past three years.” Homeowners must also actually live in a home to be disqualified. A renter who inherited a home in North Carolina, for example – one they never actually lived in – still qualifies. Renters who own an investment property also may qualify, providing they only own one.

In addition to Hometown Heroes, a program called “Salute our Soldiers” is for veterans. Rules are similar, but they don’t have to qualify as first-time buyers.

The money isn’t a gift, it’s a loan – but a loan that carries no interest and does not have to be paid back until the homeowners satisfies the mortgage, sells the house, vacates the house or refinances. Paid-off Hometown Hero loan money then gets rolled back into the program to help more potential Florida homeowners.

Only lenders approved by Florida Housing can participate – about 240 in the state. Lenders have some flexibility to remove one co-borrower from an application if it helps a couple qualify for the program. In most cases, a copy of the buyer’s license must be submitted. If an occupation does not require a license, however, they must submit a copy of the business’s license where they work. 

This is a great program for anyone eligible. Check out the attached flyer to see if this could be for you!

Hometown Heroes Program

June Newsletter

It is officially June and the start to a new month!

In the June issue of our newsletter you will find events this month, featured listings, market predictions for 2022, and how to follow us on social media.

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June Newsletter

11200 NE 220 Street Fort Mc Coy, FL 32134

11200 NE 220 Street Fort Mc Coy, FL 32134

Secluded quiet country living is the best description for this beautiful 3.75 fenced acre parcel with pond. As you arrive, you will see brick column gated entrance with scenic drive through pine trees to very private setting. Concrete circle drive welcomes you to the covered front porch with built in planters. Originally built in 1983 this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 car garage home with block with stucco, brick front and wood siding. Home is 1513 living square feet under central heat and air with a 20′ x 25′ garage. Upon entering the home, you greeted by stone floor entrance, tiled floors and living room(fresh paint, new ceiling fan) with wood burning fireplace. Kitchen is galley style and located just off dining area with custom wood cabinets and granite countertops(refrigerator, range, and glass cooktop included). Main bedroom is nicely sized with lots of closet space, and custom french doors leading to additional bedroom, office/den. Renovated main bathroom with lots of custom features and wood work. 2nd bedroom is great size with carpet and lots of natural light. Guest bathroom has tiled floors and fiberglass tub/shower surround. Family room has beautiful tongue and groove ceiling with tile floors and french doors that lead to back yard. Back yard is fenced and includes a pole barn type structure, currently dog run/pen but could easily be converted. Concrete 8′ x 8′ utility building houses well/pump and 5 zone irrigation system reaching to front acreage along fence. Roof is 2007, well pump 2019.

Located minutes to downtown Fort McCoy with grocery store, doctor office, pharmacy, hardware, gas station, pizza delivery and more. Close to Silver Springs which is great for kayaking, boating and outdoor activities. Ocala is just another 20 minutes away with Walmart, Lowes, Bealls, Outback and many more of your favorite shopping and 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(Salt Springs, Silver Glen Springs, Juniper Springs), horseback and walking trails, and off road vehicle trails awaits your explorations. One of a kind property and location! Ready for new owners!

ASKING PRICE 315,000

 


 

How to Save Money Around Your Home

Soaring inflation, sky-rocketing gas prices and rising utility costs has led to stretched monthly budgets across the board, but there are still plenty of opportunities to save money at home. Whether it’s doing laundry the energy-efficient way, switching the direction of your ceiling fan based on the season or using coupons, we’ve got tips to help you ease the strain of inflation.

Don’t buy bottled water: Bottled water seems cheap, but it gets expensive fast. Settle for a water filter pitcher, and you can use tap water. It’s cheaper over time, and it’s better for the environment, too.

Make your own coffee: It seems obvious, but those daily cafe Americanos can easily take a chunk out of your bank account. Use a coffee maker or French press to get your caffeine fix instead.

Keep your freezer full: When you keep your freezer full, it works more efficiently, taking less energy to keep the contents cold.

Keep your dishwasher full, too: Running half-loads of dishes is a quick way to waste water and dish detergent.

Break out that Dutch oven: It could be a Dutch oven or a slow cooker of any kind, but cooking in bulk really helps cut down the costs associated with more individual-size meals.

Eat leftovers: This isn’t a tip so much as a choice. Keep your leftovers and don’t give yourself the excuse not to eat them. It’ll stretch your dollar way further.

Run full loads of laundry: Pack your washer to capacity, because you’re going to use the same water either way. May as well get as much use from it as you can.

Lower the temp on water heater: Check the temperature on your water heater. You generally don’t it to be above 120 degrees, and higher temps come with higher fees.

Change filters: It’s not just your water heater’s inefficiency costing you money; your HVAC system can burn a hole in your wallet if you haven’t changed its filter recently, so learn when to swap in a new filter.

Pay bills online: There are few things I hate more than late fees on bills. Setting up autopay on your electricity and water bills will help avoid those unnecessary fees, and they’ll also remove the need for postage on paper bills.

Unsubscribe from services: While you’re thinking about bills, check on your subscriptions. If you haven’t used a certain streaming service or that fitness app in a month or more, cancel it. You can always restart it in a few minutes if you change your mind.

Switch fan direction: Most ceiling fans have a small switch on them that changes the direction they spin. In the summer, run the fan counter-clockwise so it blows air down on you. This can help avoid the need for more air conditioning.

Use energy-efficient bulbs: LED bulbs cost more to buy, but in the long term, they cut down on electricity costs. As bulbs burn out in your house, make the switch.

Some of these tips may seem obvious, but when expenses keep going up, even little savings can help.

For more tips on how to save money around your home go to this link: https://www.cnet.com/home/smart-home/how-to-save-money-around-your-home-simple-tips/

North Lake Canal Home

1714 SE 164 Circle Ocklawaha, FL 32179

Wow! What an awesome .73 acre location with approx. 150′ of canal waterfront leading to private and beautiful North Lake, nestled on the edge of the Ocala National Forests. North Lake is 185 acres and the perfect size for fishing, kayaking or skiing, with a club house, boat ramp, fishing dock and more for a yearly fee(voluntary) of $100. This home was originally built in 1974 and includes 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and one car garage with 1815 living square feet. Upon arriving you will see the circular drive, concrete stucco entrance wall and Spanish style design with arched columns and red roof. This home features spacious family room with decorative fireplace, built in bookshelves and open floor plan to kitchen. Kitchen is galley style with newer kitchen appliances, lots of counter top space and cabinets and filtered water system under the sink. There is a formal dining room off the kitchen with large window providing lots of natural light, 1/2 bath, custom built in cabinets and large pantry. Sunken living room is just off family room and sliders provide great views of the covered back porch and yard. Main bedroom is cozy in size with slider leading to back covered porch and bathroom has tub/shower combo and walk-in closet. Guest bedrooms are nicely sized and family and/or guest will love the fully renovated bathroom. There is a 1 car garage and utility/laundry room located detached from the home but under the same roof with breezeway in between. Home has all new windows that come with transferrable lifetime warranty, new light fixtures throughout, new well pump and pressure tank. Outside is one of the most unique and beautiful places to entertain or just relax under the shade and stars at night. Lots of privacy and room in back yard with sitting area just out the back slider includes string lights for awesome ambiance and water fountain for the soothing sounds. There is also an outdoor camp fire set up along the waters edge, the entire back yard is fenced. and includes boat slip. Seller is open to furnishings being included and washer/dryer are included as well.   

Located just a short drive from downtown Ocala, Ocklawaha gets it name for the Ocklawaha river which flows for 74 miles total. The unincorporated town of Ocklawaha is located about ⅓ of length of the river from the South. Ocklawaha is a rural area with a few stores, Winn Dixie(newly remodeled),Dollar General, Dominoes + few other restaurants and lots of trees with few people. Located close to Lake Weir with lots of great boating, fishing, swimming and playing at Carney Island Beach & Recreation area and who does not love eating and drinking waterside at Eaton’s Beach Bar & Grill. Visit the local Dam Diner and check out the active lock and dam. Take the kids to Uncle Donalds Farm and then go play a round of golf at Del Webb Spruce Creek Golf Course. Only short drive to Ocala National Forest which includes Juniper Springs(15 min), lots of lakes to fish and ski, ATV trails and more. This is great country lifestyle and close to tons of fun things to do.

Asking Price $299,000

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May Newsletter

It is officially May and the start to a new month!

In the May issue of our newsletter you will find events this month, featured listings, market predictions for 2022, and how to follow us on social media.

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May Newsletter

2216 SE Ashley Court Ocala, FL 34471

2216 SE Ashley Court Ocala, FL 34471

Stunning features in this previous builder’s pool home. This lovely home is located in the Laurel Run gated subdivision with beautiful flowing creeks and soaring majestic trees throughout this in-town SE Ocala location. The home was originally built in 1989 and includes 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2846 living square feet and oversized 3 car garage with 1036 square feet. The cul-de-sac home sits on .40 acres and provides tons of privacy with mature landscaping and fencing. The entrance to the home has a waterfall and water feature including your own Koi pond. Upon entering the home you will see beautiful double wood doors, tiled foyer and soaring ceilings. There is a formal dining room to your left and den to the right which also leads to nicely sized office. The living room and most of the home has hard wood floors (some flooring need replaced in hallway and bedrooms 2 & 3). The living room has vaulted ceilings with 3 double french doors overlooking caged pool, built in hot tub and covered patio. The kitchen is spacious with loads of wood cabinets, tons of granite countertop space, walk-in pantry.  All appliances, including JennAir cooktop and double oven, are included. Just off the kitchen is an oversized laundry room with custom built cabinets and large storage closets.  The laundry room leads to a 1/2 bath with convenient access to the pool deck and outdoor shower. The outside covered patio wraps around kitchen and makes a great place to cook, open the windows and enjoy the pool and outdoor activities from inside the home. The main bedroom is very spacious with french doors leading to the pool area too. The main bathroom includes a huge walk-in shower, privacy toilet, double sinks w/ granite tops and a large walk-in closet. The guest bedrooms are spacious in size with high ceilings and jack and jill bathroom with tile floors and tub/shower. 

Outside the home has beautiful mature landscaping and stately oak trees to 0provide shade year round and lots of privacy. The caged pool area includes custom built in hot tub w/ waterfall, ornamental tree, lots of space for entertaining, natural gas grill hook up, and a seating bar/eating area that wraps around the inside kitchen. 

Home was recently appraised for $560,000 and does need some TLC. The seller is offering the home at $550,000 for the work that needs completed. Below are all of the updates completed by the seller.

New Roof: November 2021

New Windows / French Door for Master Bedroom: February 2022

New HVAC Main Home: October 2021

New HVAC Master Suite: February 2014

Kitchen and Master Bath Renovation: 2017

Pool Re-tile and Marsite: 2017

Pool Deck Pavers: 2017

New Interior Floors and Tile: 2014

Pool Screen: 2011