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Entries from July 2017

Things To Do Gainesville FL: Corey Brewer’s Basketball Camp

July 28th, 2017 · No Comments

When: Monday, July 31, 2017 to August 2, 2017 – 9 AM to 3 PM

Where: Buchholz High School
5510 NW 27th Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32606

Age Range: Children, Students, Teens

Price: $150

Join Corey for a fun filled three days of drill stations, 5-on-5 games, lectures, contests and education sessions!  Each camper will receive lunch, a t-shirt, pictures with Corey, awards, camp certificate and instruction from some of the top coaches in the region.  The camp is open to youth ages 9-17. All proceeds benefit the University of Florida Diabetes Institute.

Register Here

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Just For Fun · Things To Do

Tips for Buying Land to Build On

July 26th, 2017 · No Comments

If you have decided you want to buy land to build on instead of buying an already built home, there are a few things you need to consider first.  The biggest thing you need to consider before buying land is whether you want to live in the country or the city.  Do you want acreage or do you want neighbors, or perhaps both?  Below are a few tips for buying land that may be of some help to you.

  1.  If cost is important to you then you may want to purchase land  out in the country instead of the city.  The price for buying a spot of land in the city is a lot more expensive and the size of the land will be much smaller as well.  If you like to have your space then buying a lot of land out in the country may be just the thing for you.
  2. Once you have decided where you want to live, city vs. country you then will need to go to the land you are considering and look around.  Look up and see what there is to see.  Do you see a lot of cars passing by or do you see a school close by or a factory?  All of these things can become issues for you when buying a piece of land so be sure to pay attention to all of your senses when on the land, sights and smells.
  3. Find out what the zoning requirements are on the land you want to build on.  You may have plans to build a small home on your land when the zoning requirements are that you build a house that is at least 2,000 square feet.
  4. Pay attention to how close the land you want is to water.  Are there any flooding problems?  Have there been problems in the past?  These are things you need to think about.
  5. You also need to find out about the water quality on any land you are considering purchasing.  Find out if the water is pure or if you will need to purchase a water filtration system for your home once you build.  These types of things can be costly so be careful to ask as many questions as you need to get the answers you need.

Hiring a Real Estate agent to help you find land to purchase  is the best thing you can do because they already know all of these tips and can help lead you in the direction that is best for you and your family.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Buyer Info · home ownership

Things To Do Gainesville FL: Summer Shakes 2017

July 21st, 2017 · No Comments

When: Monday, July 24, 2017 – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: Hippodrome Theater
25 SE 2nd Place
Gainesville, FL

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Join us for the inaugural year of Summer Shakes theatre festival for an adapted, all-female production of Shakespeare’s Richard III. Summer Shakes will also feature art and performances from local female artists.

There will be a showing on JULY 24 and JULY 25th. Doors open at 7 pm. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE HIPPODROME BOX OFFICE!

The event will be ticketed at a $10-dollar admission price with ALL proceeds going back to The Hippodrome Theatre to support art, theatre and culture in the Gainesville community.

Summer Shakes has set out to emphasize the importance of female acting, directing and producing in theater through performances traditionally performed by men. Summer Shakes hopes to reimagine Shakespeare through messages of empowerment and femininity while featuring female actors and artists from within the Gainesville community.

If you are interested in getting involved, please do not hesitate to message us via our Facebook page Summer Shakes Gainesville.

Event Facebook Page

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Just For Fun · Things To Do

Items to Throw Out Before You Move

July 19th, 2017 · No Comments

Although moving from an old house into a new house can be an exciting time it can also be a very stressful time for those folks who don’t like to throw anything out.  Don’t worry you can keep most of your items but there are a few that should most definitely be thrown out before you move and those are listed for you below.

  1.  If you have a lot of old towels and rags lying around your house, whether you use them or not, you might want to get rid of those before you move  into another home.  These types of things can carry bacteria on them and you don’t want to start out in your new place with dirty items when you can purchase new ones once you arrive.
  2. Make-up is good to have but it does have a shelf life and once that has passed it isn’t really good to keep it around.  Avoid the compulsion to throw all of your old makeup into a box and take it with you.  Although you might perhaps use it once or twice there really is no need for it because it won’t look as nice as a new pallet of makeup.
  3. Soaps, deodorants, nail polish,  and sunscreen maybe things you use on a regular basis but you really don’t need to take up space in your moving boxes for these types of items.  These things don’t cost a lot of money and can easily be purchased anywhere.
  4. Once you start packing and you find a ton of USB cables, realize that you don’t need them all and get rid of a few of them.   You may have a friend in need of a USB cable that you can bless with one or two.
  5. Don’t pack paperwork unless it is absolutely necessary.  Of course you will have to keep important contracts and tax information but most of the paperwork you’ve collected over the years is likely now obsolete and can be thrown out before you head out.
  6. Last but not least, go ahead and let go of all of the clothes you can no longer fit into.  Donating these types of items can many times be a big blessing to others.

These are just a few ideas of things you might want to get rid of before you move.  By doing this you will avoid having to unpack all sorts of unnecessary items and will save yourself a ton of time in the process.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: home ownership · Seller Info

Things To Do Gainesville FL: Florida Museum Unveils ‘Discovery Zone’

July 14th, 2017 · No Comments

When: Monday, July 17, 2017

Where: Florida Museum of Natural History
3215 Hull Rd.
Gainesville, FL 32611

The Florida Museum will open the “Discovery Zone”, a new, interactive permanent exhibit on July 17.  Designed for children 8 and under, the exhibition provides opportunities for families to discover and learn together.  It includes an area for infants and toddlers, as well as a vast array of touchable objects.  See a fully articulated human skeleton and a replica of a T. Rex skull. View items under microscopes and enter a forest habitat.  The exhibit is free. For more information, visit Florida Museum or call 352-846-2000.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Just For Fun · Things To Do

Fung Shui Ideas for Your New Home

July 12th, 2017 · No Comments

Decorating a new home is a fun process.  Whether or not you are an experienced decorator,  you can look and feel like a pro with the aid of some fung shui.  Below are a few ideas on how to make it work for your new home.

  1.  Many folks like to hang mirrors at their entrance way to make the space look larger and more inviting as well.  Be sure to place your mirror on a side wall as you walk in instead of directly across from the door.  This will help with the flow of things as guests enter your house.  They will be able to see themselves and feel welcomed as they arrive as opposed to feeling like they are being pushed out with their own reflection.
  2. Another way to make fung shui work for you  is to keep clutter to a minimum.  This is especially true in the bedroom because a bedroom is a place of rest.  If there is a lot of junk all around the room those who spend time there will likely feel a bit disheveled.  If you feel as if you don’t know enough about this topic to do the job right, you can always higher an expert to help get you started in the right direction.
  3. Make sure that if you want to have live plants in your home that you place them in areas where folks will be hanging out and spending quality time together.  Try not  to place live plants in areas where sleep takes place such as the bedroom because you need items that give off restfulness.
  4. Leaving the toilet lid closed is a great, easy little trick that will help to make everyone who enters your bathroom feel good about the space.
  5. Keeping the flooring all one type in the home helps the energy to flow freely.  Try not to use two different types of flooring butted up against one another if you can help it as this will weaken the energy of the home.
  6. Be sure to place your bed across from the door to the bedroom or at least at a spot where the door can be easily seen.  This will enhance the comfort level of the room as opposed to putting the bed on the same wall as the door.

Fung Shui is fun and interesting and it really does work to help the energy of the home   feel comfortable and welcoming.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Buyer Info · home improvement · home ownership

Things To Do Gainesville FL: Legally Blonde: The Musical

July 7th, 2017 · No Comments

Sunday, July 9, 2017
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Additional Times:

  • Fri, Jul 7, 2017 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Sat, Jul 8, 2017 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Sat, Jul 8, 2017 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Sun, Jul 9, 2017 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Thu, Jul 13, 2017 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Come join us for the international award-winning Legally Blonde, a fabulously fun musical based on the popular movie. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances as we follow the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming, from the sorority house to the halls of justice, this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!

Directions to Venue

Event Website

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Just For Fun · Things To Do

The Pros and Cons of Building Vs Buying a Home

July 5th, 2017 · No Comments

If you are in the market for a new home, you may have already begun to ponder whether you should build your new home or buy your new home.  There are many good reasons to go either way.  Below is a list of pros and cons of building vs. buying a home for your consideration.

  1.  One pro of building a home instead of buying is that you can customize the home to be exactly what you are looking for.  There will be no need to go in and change things once you move in because the home will already be build to your liking.  A con of building a home to get everything you wish for is that the price may be out of your comfort zone.
  2. A con to building your home instead of buying your home   is that picking every little thing out can quickly become a daunting task.  When you build your own home you will be picking out things you never thought much about such as door knobs and ceiling fans.  If you like to pick things out and you don’t mind spending time doing so then this may not be a problem for you.
  3. If you want things done quickly and you like instant gratification then buying a home may be better for you than building one.  Typically when you set out to build a home you have a time frame you plan to finish it in that doesn’t work out quite like you planned.  If you are an impatient person you may want to just buy a home and fix it to your liking or better yet just buy a home that is everything you’re looking for.
  4. A con to buying a home can sometimes be location.  If you love the home but you don’t like the neighborhood then buying may not be right for you.  When you build you will be able to build on land that you purchase and love.

These are a few pros and cons to building vs. buying a home that can get you starting thinking a little bit deeper about what you want to do.   Buying or building  a home is a big decision no matter which you choose, so be sure to think about every possibility before you begin.

 

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: North Central Florida Real Estate

July 4th Wishes!

July 4th, 2017 · No Comments

Today we celebrate freedom
thanks to those who came before.
Those brave men who fought and died
in each and every war.
Freedom always comes at a price,
And while we celebrate
We should tip our hats to the heroes
who made our country great.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Just For Fun