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What NOT to Buy at a Yard Sale

January 18, 2017 · No Comments

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Yard sales can be a lot of fun and most folks love it when they get a good deal on something, however if you aren’t careful with your purchases at yard sales you may end up with a trunk full of stuff you don’t really want.  Below are a few ideas on what NOT to buy at the next yard sale you attend.

  1. Electronics may seem like a good thing to buy at a yard sale because you can typically get a super duper deal on them. There typically is a reason why things are so cheap at yard sales and the reason might just be that the electronic in no longer in working condition.  It is a good idea if you do decide to purchase an electronic at a yard sale that you test it out before you leave the sale.  Many times the owners of the product will be happy to allow you to plug it in to see if it works.  If the owners of the electronic at the yard sale are not quite so accommodating, it’s best to just leave the electronic there and purchase it new at the store.
  2. Another thing you may not want to purchase at a yard sale are things for your baby such as car seats and cribs.  Many times these types of items have been recalled and since there is no way of knowing which ones may or may not be on the recall list, purchasing new is always the best way to go.
  3. Yet another item you may not want to purchase at your local yard sale is make-up. While we all love to get a good deal on some make up, think about where that makeup may or may not have been.  Most times you don’t personally know the folks having the yard sale where you are purchasing your items and therefore you don’t know how clean they are.  It is best if you want to buy used make-up that you purchase it from a close relative or friend.

These are just a few ideas of some things that you may not want to purchase during your next yard sale adventure.  Some things are just better bought fresh from the store even if you have to pay three prices for them.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Things To Do In Gainesville Fl: Dudley Kids – Moo Cows

January 13, 2017 · No Comments

Dudley Kids – Moo Cows

Saturday, January 14, 2017

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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We will have a cow station where children can milk a (wooden) cow. We will have a hands-on craft area were children can make a cow mask. And an area demonstrating butter making, and different types of milk. Join us at the farm on the second Saturday of the month. Children and adults alike, ages 5 and up can join in the fun! There are hands on demonstrations, crafts, old fashioned games and even some education. Learn about history, and a farming way of life. $5 per vehicle

Dudley Farm Historic State Park
18730 W Newberry Rd
Newberry, FL  32669

 

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Tips To Get Rid Of Bad Odors in Your Home Before You Sell

January 11, 2017 · No Comments

There are many things to think about before selling your home and many times folks tend to forget small steps to make a house show its best.  One of the things that might be forgotten or looked over by you when you are trying to sell your home is the way that it smells.  Most of the time, since we live in our homes we don’t smell anything when we enter our own house.  This is not true however for folks who have never set foot in your house and may be coming to a showing.  Below are a few tips to help you get rid of bad odors in your home   before you sell.

  1. Many times a showing will take place in the evening due to folks working during the day and that means that your evening meal may still be lingering throughout the house.  The best way to keep this from happening of course is to perhaps eat out on a night that you know your house is going to show.  However if you don’t know a showing is going to take place until the last minute you may need to open your windows for a while and turn on the range fan to get the residual dinner scent out of the house.
  2. Another odor that tends to turn folks off during a house showing is pet urine. No matter how well trained your animals may be, we all know that sometimes they have accidents and those accidents can add up to a smelly situation if not dealt with properly.  A good way to get rid of the scent of pet urine is to spray an enzyme spray that is specifically made for pet urine on the soiled area.
  3. Another bad odor you should get rid of before your showing is garbage disposal gunk. This one is sometimes hard to pinpoint exactly where the odor is coming from but once you find it, it is easy to get rid of with just a few slices of lemon down the drain.  Be sure to turn the disposal on and let the lemon do its thing!
  4. Be sure to take out the trash before a showing as well because garbage can have a foulness all its own that is not good for anyone to smell.

These are just a few ways to get rid of household odors before your house shows for a potential sale.  Hopefully these will be of some help to you and you will have an awesome showing, perhaps even with an offer!

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Things To Do In Gainesville FL: Stand Up Comedy Showcase

January 6, 2017 · No Comments

Stand Up Comedy Showcase

When: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Where: The Midnight – 223 South Main Street, Gainesville

The Tuesday Comedy Showcase is one of the longest running and most entertaining comedy showcases (and open mics) in Gainesville.

Sign-up starts at 8:30 pm, show starts at 9:30 pm

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Common Real Estate Myths

January 4, 2017 · No Comments

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If you are in the process of buying or selling a home, you may have already come across some of these common real estate myths.  Real estate myths are abundant and are quite prevalent in the real estate world.  Below you will find a few real estate myths to be wary of whether you are buying or selling a home.

  1. Some folks believe that if you don’t use a real estate agent you are likely to get a better deal. This is totally false because no matter which one of you have the agent…one of them is going to get the commission be it the buyer’s agent or the sellers agent.  The only way to get around dealing with paying a commission to a realtor is if you sell or a buy a home that is for sale by owner.  If you do decide to purchase or sell by owner, be very careful because there are a lot of things that can and perhaps will go wrong when you try to go it alone.  Real estate agents deserve all the commission they get because they do a lot of work that you don’t have to worry about doing yourself.
  2. Another common real estate myth is that you should set your asking price higher than what you expect to make.  If you price your home too much above the market value you are likely going to be doing yourself an injustice.  Folks are going to pass your home by because they know that it is not in their price range.  Setting your home at a reasonable price is a good way to get buyers to show some interest and not be scared off by sticker shock.
  3. Yet another common real estate myth is that all of the houses listed in the multiple listing systems are all available to look at online. Most of the houses on MLS are listed online but if you don’t tell your realtor that you want your home listed online he or she may not do so.
  4. Another real estate myth is that having an open house will basically guarantee that you home will sell.  While open houses are good to get folks out looking at your house, they don’t always bring the buyer to your door.  Typically those that look at your house during an open house are just browsing and likely won’t give you an offer.

Do your part not to let these real estate myths fool you by knowing them ahead of time before you buy or sell a home.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Happy New Year 2017!

December 30, 2016 · No Comments

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Things To Do In Gainesville FL: First Day Hike on Paynes Prairie

December 29, 2016 · No Comments

First Day Hike on Paynes Prairie

When: Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 9:00 am

Where: La Chua Trail at Paynes Prairie
4270 SE 15th St. Gainesville, FL 32641

Start the new year off with a hike at Paynes Prairie. Join a park ranger on a guided walk on La Chua Trail, an excellent trail for viewing wildlife and learning about the state park. Meet in the La Chua Trail parking lot, located in Gainesville at the north entrance to the park, by 9:00am. The ranger will be waiting at the trailhead by the kiosk. The hike is an out-and-back route totaling approximately 3 miles round trip, and may take between 2 and 3 hours. We will hike at an easy pace and allow time for wildlife viewing. The first portion of the trail is paved sidewalk leading to a wooden boardwalk; the rest of the trail is flat and grassy. You are advised to check current weather conditions and dress appropriately for hiking in an open environment on a natural trail with little to no shade.

Please RSVP for event at: Prairie Friends

 

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2016 · No Comments

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Things To Do In Gainesville FL: Grande Liberte’ Farm Presents Sylvia Zerbini and her Amazing Horses

December 21, 2016 · No Comments

Sylvia Zerbini and her Amazing Horses

SAT, DEC 24, 2016 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: 18552 NE 81st Street, Williston, FL 32696

Tickets: $25

An artistic blend of up to 15 horses at Liberte’. Witness the herd of stallions and geldings working together to create the ultimate equestrian ballet experience. Sylvia is the former Cavalia Star and Trainer.

Watch Sylvia demonstrate her amazing communication and partnering with her horses. You will meet them before the performance and hear about their individual personalities. And you will have the opportunity to visit with Sylvia at the end of the program when she answers questions and shares her experiences. Each program is unique, with different Guest Artists performing.

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Things To Do In Gainesville FL: Little Women The Musical

December 16, 2016 · No Comments

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Gainesville Community Play House at the Vam York Theater
4039 NW 16th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32605

December 18, 2016

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Join us as we tell the March family’s story of Little Women, based on Louisa May Alcott’s American classic. Set in Civil War times, we follow Meg, the romantic eldest sister, the spirited and tomboyish Jo, sweet and loving Beth, and playful Amy while they journey through life filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope, and everlasting love. Filled with adventures real and imagined, the struggle of these Little Women to find their own voices mirrors the growing pains of young America. Little Women is a story of love and family which stands the test of time. Great for young and old alike, it will remind you that “sometimes when you dream, your dreams come true.”

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