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Things To Do Gainesville FL: Forever Plaid at The Hippodrome

June 23, 2017 · No Comments

Opens June 2; previews May 31 & June 1

Join the boys of Forever Plaid on a humorous ‘heavenly’ journey through some of the greatest close-harmony songs of the 50’s. With one final chance to give the concert they never gave, The Plaids sing nostalgic hits “Rags To Riches”, “Love is a Many Splendored Thing”, “Catch A Falling Star”, “Three Coins In A Fountain” and many more – all in glorious harmony with patter that will keep any audience rolling in the aisles.

An entertaining musical mix of 1950’s and 1960’s rock n’ roll, and popular show and dance tunes, blended with witty comedy has continued to delight audiences in cities across the nation. Forever Plaid is a charming story of four young men who are killed in an automobile accident, and then through a chain of bizarre events, get one last opportunity to entertain – proving that their spirits still live on.

“Entirely enchanting, utterly entertaining, awesome! … will put a smile on your face, a hum in your throat and a tap to your feet.” – New York Post

“Letter-perfect! Sweet, funny and thoroughly amusing.”- The New York Times

“The laughter doesn’t stop!… Delightful, original and funny!” – The Associated Press

“…The four part harmonies are beautiful and the group takes the audience on a trip down memory lane to some of the best close harmony songs of the 1950s.” – Theatre and Performance 

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Casting announcements will be made at a later date.

Creative team members will be announced at a later date.

Categories: Concerts & Tour Dates

This event repeats on various days: Jun 22Jun 23Jun 24

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Tips for Creating a Perfect Kitchen Pantry

June 21, 2017 · No Comments

The typical household kitchen pantry is full of items that are needed and some items that may have been in there way too long that are no longer needed or good for that matter.  Perhaps you have tried in the past to clean out your pantry to make it more efficient to no avail.  Below are a few tips for a perfect kitchen pantry that may help you clean and organize yours once and for all.

  1.  The best way to start organizing your pantry is to clean everything out of it and start from the beginning.  It may make a mess at first when you begin taking all of the items out of your pantry but sometimes you have to make a mess in order to get rid of a mess.   Be sure to look through all of your items throwing out anything that is outdated or spoiled.
  2.  Another tip for a creating a perfect kitchen pantry is to install shelving that makes it more efficient.  You can purchase shelving for your pantry at most local hardware stores or you can build them yourself out of wood, whichever works best for you.   You can make the shelves stationary or you can choose to make them where they will pull out so that you can get things out a bit easier.
  3. Putting all your staples such as flower and sugar into air tight containers then labeling them is a great way to organize your pantry and make it more user friendly.  Once you get all of your staple items into containers you can then more easily organize them.
  4. Another good tip for creating a perfect kitchen pantry is to use one shelf for each type of food.  For example you can put cereals together all on one shelf,  spices on one shelf and  items that you use daily on a shelf that is eye level.
  5. If your pantry is dull and dreary, you can always paint it a light color to brighten it up after you organize it all.

Once you get your kitchen pantry all organized exactly like you want it you will likely want to spend more time in the kitchen creating fantastic meals for your friends and family.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Happy Father’s Day!

June 16, 2017 · No Comments

Dad

He never looks for praises
He’s never one to boast
He just goes on quietly working
For those he loves the most
His dreams are seldom spoken
His wants are very few
And most of the time his worries
Will go unspoken too
He’s there…a firm foundation
Through all our storms of life
A sturdy hand to hold to
In times of stress and strife
A true friend we can turn to
When times are good or bad
One of our greatest blessings,
The man that we call Dad

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Things To Do Gainesville FL: Father’s Day Blues

June 15, 2017 · No Comments

Sunday, June 18, 2017
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

It’s that time of year again… time to give Dear ole Dad “The Blues” for Father’s Day. Bring him out to the best darn Blues show this side of Memphis, plus its free!

High Springs Museum
120 Nw 2nd Ave
High Springs, FL 32643

100% all original Blues featuring: Barbara Paul, Mr Aullie & Franc Robert

 

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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3 Mistakes First-Time Buyers Make (and How to Avoid Them)

June 14, 2017 · No Comments

There are a few mistakes that many first-time home buyers make. Here are three of the most common mistakes and how you can avoid them when purchasing your first home.

Mistake #1: Assuming your credit is good.

The information in your credit report determines whether you can get a loan — and how much interest you will have to pay – so it pays to be certain your credit reports are accurate.

Check your credit reports for free from all three credit reporting companies — Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — to make sure everything is correct. If you find errors, contact both the credit reporting company and the information provider (the person, company or organization that provided information about you to a credit reporting company) involved in the errors and ask them to fix the credit report errors.

Mistake #2: Getting pre-qualified, not pre-approved, for a loan.

It’s far better to be pre-approved for a loan than to be pre-qualified. Here’s why…

With pre-qualification, your lender does a preliminary evaluation of your ability to pay for a home and gives an estimate of the mortgage amount they’ll give you. The lender does not verify the information you provide.

Mistake #3: Allowing emotions to influence your decisions.

Buying a home is an investment. It needs to be treated as any other investment. You don’t buy stocks because they are pretty and you shouldn’t pick your home that way either. Make sure the home you buy fits your needs and allows you room to grow over the next few years. As with any sound investment, time is the key to a good return.

If you are a first-time home buyer, I would be happy to help you find (and get the best price for) your first home.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Things To Do Gainesville FL: Summer Bloomers

June 9, 2017 · No Comments

Saturday, June 10, 2017
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Master gardeners Barbara Georgius and Connie Bonbrest provide expert advice for growing summer flowers. Presented by the UF/IFAS Master Gardeners, UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Service.

Reddick Public Library
15150 NW Gainesville Rd.
Reddick, FL 32686

Event Website

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Selecting Plants and Flowers for Your Home Garden

June 7, 2017 · No Comments

Many of us select plants for the garden at our Gainesville FL home based on their visual effect—color, height, size of blooms, etc. And so we should, as the sight of our plantings should be pleasing to our sense of sight. As we plan our garden, however, we should also be aware of the other four senses—and include plants which appeal to each of them.

SMELL: Aromatherapy is a powerful practice. With nothing more than a simple scent, the brain can be triggered to remember long forgotten memories, emotions, and feelings. With that being said, it is important to carefully select the flowers you want in the garden of your Gainesville FL home. With a few simple choices, you can create your own “memory lane’ or relaxing oasis. In terms of fragrance, it’s hard to beat roses or lavender. Wisteria and jasmine are scented climbers which can really enhance the sensory pleasure of a garden, and amaryllis belladonna and spirea both add pleasant scents.

SOUND: Few of us associate the sense of sound with our garden, but the rustling of long grasses and the chirping of birds add a much-appreciated dimension. To attract songbirds, use fruit-bearing understory trees like dogwoods and service berries and shrubs such as viburnums and hollies and introduce low growing perennials and dwarf shrubs like creeping juniper and cotoneaster. You can also plant vines, ground covers, and sunflowers to increase chirping and tweeting.

TOUCH: Texture in garden design refers to the surface quality of the plant. Plant textures range from delicate and fine to coarse and bold. The feel of the foliage in your Gainesville FL home’s garden is not the only element of texture, however, as the texture can change with the play of light and shadow and even with viewing distance. Plants with thread-like leaves call out to be touched, so consider adding cosmos, baby’s breath, asters, and grasses. In addition, iris and lamb’s ear will each provide softer tactile experiences.

TASTE: The world of herbs is nearly without limits. Think about basil, chives, rosemary, chamomile, cilantro, mint, and parsley, to name just a few tasty garden additions. Consider, too low bush blueberries or ligonberries. Lesser known, but equally valuable as salad additions are the flowers of the hibiscus shrub, columbine, and daylilies.

Some of the plants you have selected for your garden will serve more than one purpose and will appeal to more than one sense, so be sure to sniff, feel, taste, listen to, and view each of them!

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Things To Do Gainesville FL: French Wine Tasting and Education

June 2, 2017 · No Comments

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Downtown Wine & Cheese
113 N Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32601

Hello! We are planning a series of 5 French wine classes the first week in June. They will take place every Wednesday from 7:30 to 9pm. The first class will be on the 7th. The cost for the 5 classes $100 ($20 a class) or if you just want to take one class $30.

RSVP required, we have very limited walk in space: Please contact Maude (352) 222-1348

Here are some potential themes: “Bored of Bordeaux?”: We will compare the famous “Bordelais” grape varieties. The idea is to give alternatives to the expensive Bordeaux wines. “A Rose by any other name”: The Rose Wines of France: Rose de Provence, Cote du Rhone (AOC Tavel), Loire (AOC Rose d’Anjou), Burgundy (AOC Bourgogne Rose), Bordeaux (AOC Bordeaux Rose) “Who is the KingPin”: Drinking the different Pinot Noir of France: Loire, Alsace, Languedoc, Burgundy, etc. “Where is the “White Knight”? : Comparing Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay “White Autrement”: Drinking the other whites grapes of France: Rolle, Marsanne, Roussane, Picpoul, Ugni Blanc, Grenache Blanc “Gold vs. Sunshine”: Comparing Florida whites to the most famous white wines in the world: The Burgundy’s of the Cote d’Or “Popping the bubble:” Can the Cremant’s de-throne the King of the Bubbles: Bourgogne, Loire, Alsace, Bordeaux, Limoux vs. Champagne “Sauve and Yonder” : Sauvignon Blanc from different regions in France

Again, there is limited walk in space, so if you don’t want to miss out you should RSVP, Maude @ Wine & Cheese 113 N Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601 or call (352) 222-1348.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Understanding Reasonable Requests from the Home Inspection

May 31, 2017 · No Comments

One of the questions I often get from my clients is what reasonable requests from the home inspection are?

The purpose of a home inspection is to find out if there are severe structural or mechanical defects. The issues should be large enough that they could have a significant impact on the use and enjoyment of the home now and in the future. A home inspection should not be to create a punch list that itemizes every minor defect with the home you expect the seller to fix. Remember you are not buying a new home!

When you find a home you want, it is important to pick your battles when it comes to repairs requested. While it would certainly be nice for the seller to fix every little home inspection issue before you put your money down, there are only so many repairs most sellers are willing to commit to – especially in a seller’s market.

Electrical, plumbing, roof, HVAC – these are repairs that you can reasonably expect a seller to take care of under most circumstances. But there are some repairs that sellers will push back on in many cases, repairs that you should avoid asking for if you want to make it through to closing.

Home Inspection Repair Requests To AVOID

  1. Cosmetic issues
    A deck that needs staining, paint touchups or repairing a cracked tile may catch your eye and bother you a bit, but they are not the kind of problems that need dealing with right away. Cosmetic issues are at the top of the list to avoid asking a seller to fix.
  2. Anything under $100
    Minor issues under a hundred dollars to fix are definitely home inspection repair requests a buyer shouldn’t make! Problems that arise from repair requests are not always about the financial cost, however, this is taking being nit picky to the extreme.
  3. A window with a failed seal
    Failed window seals are quite common in homes. If there are a significant number of windows that need replacement, account for that in your offer up front. Don’t ask for something to be fixed that you clearly noticed before making your offer or was disclosed up front.
  4. Renovations you are planning
    It is important to remember that the seller is not responsible for preparing your dream home. Avoid asking for repairs that relate to your planned renovations. Doing so will put the sale at risk, which is unnecessary since you are just going to renovate anyway.
  5. Loose fixtures, railings, and similar issues
    A loose doorknob, light fixture or railing on a deck or stairwell may be annoying, or even potentially unsafe, but these problems are also often fixable with basic hand tools and a little effort. If you can’t fix it yourself, you can hire a contractor to fix the problem for a reasonable price.
  6. Minor water damage
    If the water has caused significant damage, the inspector will let you know, and you can request appropriate repairs. But if the water damage is merely cosmetic, don’t stress about it. You can fix cosmetic stuff later. One of the more common water stains you will see in a home is in the ceiling over a bathroom. This condition is often caused by either a toilet that has overflowed at some point in time or a kid who left a shower curtain open. Water stains are usually easy to discern whether they are ongoing and still an issue.
  7. Non-functional light switches and sockets
    Flipping a switch that fails to turn on or off a light can be annoying, as can dead outlets, but they are not necessarily signs of the large electrical problems. Avoid requesting repairs for minor electrical issues. Your inspector will inform you if the electrical system in the home is safe to use and up to code.
  8. External buildings – sheds, garages, etc.
    Sheds are prone to rot; garages tend to get dirty. If there are serious issues, it may be reasonable to ask for a fix, but if the shed or the garage looks like every other shed or garage in the neighborhood – that is, less than perfect – it may just be something you are going to have to deal with yourself. It is also likely you were aware of the sheds general condition before submitting your offer to purchase.
  9. Cosmetic landscaping or minor yard problems
    A missing rock from the border of a flower bed, leveling a few bricks in a walkway, trimming the tree in the backyard – other buyers may not care at all about these things, buyers the seller will be happy to work with if you insist on minor landscaping repairs.

 

What Inspection Items Should Be Fixed?

As mentioned previously, the issues a buyer should focus on asking a seller to repair or replace are significant structural, mechanical, or environmental defects.

These are the substantial home inspection problems. It is reasonable to assume that any buyer would want these items fixed if discovered after a home inspection has taken place. Some of the major home inspection items worth addressing are:

  • Termites or other wood destroying insects.
  • Wildlife infestation like bats or squirrels in the attic.
  • Mold problems.
  • Elevated Radon levels above EPA suggested levels.
  • Lead paint.
  • Well water problems, such as a lack of pressure or volume of water.
  • Major structural issues such as a leaking roof or substandard building violations.

If you are a buyer and are in the midst of negotiating a home inspection above all else be reasonable, especially if you want the home. If you are a homeowner, understand how a seller should prepare for a home inspection. By taking care of most of the issues mentioned, you won’t have to worry about having a stressful home inspection negotiation with your buyer.

Focus on the repairs or improvements that really matter for you and your family!

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Memorial Day Wishes!

May 27, 2017 · No Comments

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

National Moment of Remembrance

To ensure the sacrifices of America ’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. The commission’s charter is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity” by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance.

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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