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Things To Do Gainesville FL: 4th Annual Save-2-Lives event

April 28, 2017 · No Comments

4th Annual Save-2-Lives event (Blood drive and Pet Adoption event)

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9am – 4pm

Where: Alachua County Animal Services
3400 NE 53rd Avenue
Gainesville, FL  32609

Age Range: All Ages

Event Type: Community

Details: Save-2-Lives is a combined blood drive and pet adoption event with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers and Alachua County Animal Services! Come donate blood and receive a voucher to adopt your new family member for free! Not interested in bringing another furry friend into your home today? Then donate your voucher to an animal of your choice and sponsor their adoption to help them find their new home! This event is coordinated by volunteer veterinary students from the University of Florida and they want YOU to come out and Save-2-Lives!

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Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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How to Clean Your Grill

April 26, 2017 · No Comments

Spring is here and that means that summer is right around the corner!  Summertime brings with it many things but one of the awesome things about summer is that it means many meal prep times will move from inside of the kitchen to outside on the grill!  Yum!  You will have to do your part to get your grill ready for all the outdoor cooking that is about to begin!  Below are a few ideas on how best to clean your grill for the upcoming season!

  1.  The first place to start when beginning to clean your grill is to clean the grates.  These can get quite dirty during the outdoor cooking season.  If you were smart when the last season ended you cleaned them and wiped them down with cooking oil, however if you didn’t, there is still hope. One good and easy way to clean your dirty grill grates is to place them into your self-cleaning oven and let it do the work for you.  Another way to get your grill grates clean is to simply put them in the dishwasher.
  1. Clean the burner tubes by simply brushing them and wiping them clean.   Be sure not to use any metal brushes as these have been deemed unsafe if the metal pieces come off and get into your food.
  1. Clean the grease collection tray by scrubbing it with a clean damp cloth.
  1. If you happen to have a charcoal grill, your cleaning process will be a bit simpler than with a gas grill.  Scrub the grill with a nylon brush and then clean the grates and that is it!  If you have old charcoal simply throw it out and buy some new for the season.

These are just a few ideas on how to clean your grill to get it ready for the upcoming outdoor cooking season.  The best way to clean your grill is honestly just to clean as you go. If you do your part to clean up after yourself after each and every meal you will have a much easier time when it comes time to get the grill out again for the next season.  If you don’t do your part to clean as you go, at least now you have a few ideas on how to get rid of the grit and grime easily.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Things To Do Gainesville FL: 41st Annual Pioneer Days Festival in High Springs

April 21, 2017 · No Comments

When: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10am – 5pm

Where: James Paul Park
120 NW 2nd Avenue
High Springs, FL  32643

Age Range: Adults, All Ages, Children, Seniors, Students, Teens

Event Type: Community, Culture, Festival

Price: Free Admission

Details: Head to High Springs for the 41 Annual Pioneer Days Festival! Bring the whole family and enjoy historic shoot-out re-enactments, food, kids korral, pioneer days concert, costume contest, pie baking contest and much more!

Free admission and free parking!

Presented by the High Springs Chamber of Commerce.


Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Home Buying Made Easy

April 19, 2017 · No Comments

home buying made easy

If you are currently in the market for buying a house, then you are likely already aware of just how difficult it can sometimes be.  There are many stressors throughout the process that can make the home buying process seem anything but easy.  Below are a few ways that home buying can be made a bit easier if you do your part to put them into action.

  1.  The first and most important thing you need to do before looking for a home to buy is to find an agent.  The reason this part is the most important is because buying a home is a huge financial obligation and you want to choose the right person to help you with such a big decision in your life.  A good way to find an excellent Realtor is to talk with your friends and family members that you trust to see whom they have used in the past.  Once they give you a few suggestions, you can meet each one and see which one best matches your personality wishes.  You will be spending quite a bit of time with this person so you want to make sure that you get along beautifully with them.
  2. The next step in home buying made easy  is to find a lender.  Many times you can find out from your Realtor about what lenders they tend to use or who they think can be the best match for you and your particular situation.  If your Realtor doesn’t lead you to the best match, again you can talk to your friends and family for suggestions.
  3. You then need to make sure your credit is as clean as it can possibly be.  Lenders can many times give you a bit of guidance in this area so that you can get approved for a loan.
  4. It is important that you get pre approved for a loan before you go out searching for the home of your dreams.  The lender that you choose will help you to know exactly how much of a house you can comfortably afford before you get your heart set on one.
  5. Lastly, figure out exactly what you are looking for in a house.  Make a list of your wants and desires in order of their importance.  This will help to guide you in your home buying  adventure and will help avoid wasting precious time.

These are just a few ideas on how to make the home buying process a bit easier.  Once you do your part to put all of these in motion you will be well on your way to finding the home of your dreams.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Real Estate News Round Up

April 18, 2017 · No Comments

Growing consumer interest and demand for greener, more sustainable properties is driving a dialogue between Realtors® and homebuyers and sellers. Over half of Realtors® find that consumers have interest in real estate sustainability issues and practices, according to the National Association of Realtors®’ recent REALTORS® and Sustainability report.

The report, stemming from NAR’s new Sustainability Program, surveyed Realtors® about sustainability issues facing consumers in the real estate market and ways Realtors® are setting their own goals to reduce energy usage.

“As consumers’ interest in sustainability grows, Realtors® understand the necessity of promoting sustainability in their real estate practice, such as marketing energy efficiency in property listings to homebuyers,” said NAR President William E. Brown, a Realtor® from Alamo, California and founder of Investment Properties. “The goal of the NAR Sustainability Program is to provide leadership and strategies on topics of sustainability to benefit members, consumers and communities.”

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Easter Wishes from Gator Homes Realty!

April 14, 2017 · No Comments


Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Things To Do Gainesville FL: “Music Everywhere”

April 13, 2017 · No Comments

“Music Everywhere” author Marty Jourard at Third House Books & Coffee

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017, 4 pm

Where: Third House Books & Coffee
113 North Main Street
Gainesville, FL  32601

Age Range: All ages

Event Type: Culture, Music

Price: FREE

Marty Jourard, author of “Music Everywhere: The Rock and Roll Roots of a Southern Town,” will have a talk and signing at Third House Books & Coffee in Gainesville.

 From Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to Stephen Stills and the Eagles’ Don Felder and Bernie Leadon, Gainesville cultivated some of the most celebrated musicians and songwriters of the time. Marty Jourard brings to light a key chapter in American rock and roll history.

Marty Jourard, a Gainesville native who released five albums and two top-ten singles with the 1980s band The Motels, is the author of “Start Your Own Band.” He teaches songwriting classes at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

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Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Things To Do Gainesville FL: Partake of the Past!

April 7, 2017 · No Comments

When: Sunday, April 9, 2017

Where: Dudley Farm Historic State Park
18730 W Newberry Road

Travel back in time and discover an 1885 working farm. Girl Scouts, and docents demonstrate various tasks, skills, and games of the era. This is what might have happened in an 1880’s farm during the day. Chores, and games; a part of life. Then enjoy the day with an old-fashioned picnic on the farm. An educational period immersion and crafts.

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Spring Maintenance Check List for Your Home

April 5, 2017 · No Comments

Spring cleaning has likely already become underway in your household.  What you may not have given much thought however is spring maintenance for your home.   There are several things that folks generally check around their homes before the winter months but there are also a few things you need to check in the early spring months.  Below is a spring maintenance check list for your home.

  1.  Springtime means it is time to start mowing your lawn again.  If your lawn mower has been outside all winter due to lack of storage space you may need to do a bit of maintenance on it before you get it going.  Sharpening the blade is always a good idea before a new season so that you get a nice clean cut on the grass.  It’s also a good idea to check the oil on your lawn mower before beginning to use it for the warm season.
  2. Spring is a great time to check your house for worn paint areas such as your shutters.  If you find worn or chipped paint on your house what better time to fix that than in the typically perfect weather of spring.
  3. Be sure to check your crawl space vents for any debris that may have accumulated there over the winter months.  Also you want to keep your eye out for any animals such as snakes or rodents that may have made their home in your crawl space over the last few months.  Get rid of anything that doesn’t belong and repair anything that may be broken such as the vent covers.
  4. Get your flower beds and any garden areas ready for spring by cleaning out any debris that may have accumulated and trimming back any old growth.  It is also a good time to add mulch to your flower beds and fertilizer to your garden.

The above list of spring maintenance ideas is just a start in the right direction.  There is certainly much more that you need to do in and around your house before the summer time approaches.  Once you get started with these, you will likely find and think of more things that need to be done.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Things To Do Gainesville FL: Party for the Planet

March 31, 2017 · No Comments

When: Saturday, April 1, 2017
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Where: Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
3000 NW 83rd St
Gainesville, FL 32606


Zoos all over the country are honoring Earth Day by hosting the annual Party for the Planet. The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is celebrating on April 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and you are all invited! This year, we are putting a spotlight on unique ecosystems from around the world and the animals that call them home. Enjoy educational activities and crafts focused on habitats from Florida wetlands to rainforests, and animals from all walks of life. Local conservation organizations will be here to teach fun ways we can all conserve and enjoy nature. This event is perfect for the whole family, offering unique opportunities to watch keeper talks and training demonstrations. Make sure to stop and meet some of our animal ambassadors and chat with our zookeepers. Don’t miss out on the wildest party of the year! Admission: •$6 for adults •$5 for children (ages 4-12), Seniors (60+), and UF staff and students with ID •Free for children 3 and under, and Santa Fe College students or staff members with ID

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Call 352-395-5601 for more information.


Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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