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Things To Do Gainesville: Paint Out

September 7th, 2016 · No Comments

Paint Out

Things To Do Gainesville:  Paint Out gathers local artists to create live paintings at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

The 3 day event is part of the 13th Worldwide Artist Paint Out, linking artists and locations all over the world and promoting art as a universal language that has no borders. The lush settings and vistas of Kanapaha Gardens will offer the artists an abundance of inspiration. The gardens have long been a muse for the local creative community, and hosted in 2002 one of the very first paint outs in Florida. Since then, these events have seen an explosion of popularity and patronage. Come join us! Witness the mysterious creative process as you stroll through the gardens from artist to artist. They will marvel you with their sleight of hand as they magically create masterpieces before your very eyes!

WHEN:  Friday, September 9, 2016
WHERE:  Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
COST:  Regular admission price

Visit the Event Website for more details.

Information courtesy of Gainesville FL Real Estate Expert Linda Luetjen

Tags: Area Info · North Central Florida Real Estate · Real Estate · Things To Do

Tips for a Successful Yard Sale

September 2nd, 2016 · No Comments

yard sale

The kids are back in school, fall is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to clean out your house and get rid of things you don’t need.  This is the time of year that yard sales abound.  Some yard sales are more profitable than others and there are many reasons why that is so.  Below are a few tips for a successful yard sale. 

  1. The first thing you should do to make sure that your yard sale is successful is to advertise it.  There are many ways you can advertise your yard sale.  One way you can advertise your yard sale is by word of mouth.  Tell everyone you know when your yard sale will be and the items you plan to have in your sale.  Another way to advertise your yard sale is with signs.  Be sure to put out a few signs in different locations so that everyone can see that there is a yard sale coming soon.  Lastly be sure to advertise your yard sale in your local paper.  This is a great way to get the word out that you have an upcoming yard sale.  This needs to be done about a week in advance.
  2. Another way to have a successful yard sale is to be sure to price your items right. By this I mean do not over price your items but also be sure not to under price them either. Many times folks make the mistake of not pricing their yard sale items at all.  This makes for a very long day telling everyone how much things are when they ask.  It also leaves them a chance to haggle the price with you and no one wants to deal with that all day.
  3. A quick way to make a bit of cash during a yard sale on a hot summer day is to offer drinks for $1.00 each. This may be something that you have your children do so that they can feel included in the day’s festivities.  You might be surprised at just how many people will pay for something cold to drink when they are hot.

These are just a few ways to help your yard sale be more successful than it might otherwise be.  There are many other great ideas you can put into practice.  Do what works for you and leave the others behind.  Happy Selling!

Courtesy of Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen!

Tags: Area Info · Home Ownershio

Things To Do Gainesville: Stage Kiss: A Romantic Comedy

August 29th, 2016 · No Comments

Stage Kiss: A Romantic Comedy

Things To Do Gainesville:  Stage Kiss: A Romantic Comedy offers you a chance to enjoy a fun evening out!

The Hippodrome Theatre and the University of Florida School of Theatre + Dance announce a co-production of STAGE KISS, a play by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Tim Altmeyer.

STAGE KISS is a wry romantic comedy about two former lovers who find themselves starring in a play together. As they’re required to share the stage, and stage kisses, they have to navigate their feelings for one another, and the line between art and reality starts to blur. Prepare yourself for a frothy farce mixing stage drama and backstage lives into an intoxicating delight!

WHEN:  Friday, September 2, 2016 @ 8pm
WHERE:  The Hippodrome Theatre
COST: $45

Visit the Event Website for more details.

Information courtesy of Gainesville FL Real Estate Expert Linda Luetjen

Tags: Area Info · North Central Florida Real Estate · Real Estate · Things To Do

Gainesville FL Market Trends Report – July 2016

August 26th, 2016 · No Comments

GAINESVILLE FL MARKET TRENDS

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Fifty-two percent of home owners say now is a good time to sell in their neighborhood. This is up from 34 percent who said so last year, according to a survey conducted by the real estate brokerage Redfin.

What’s more, 58 percent of home owners believe sellers have more power than buyers in the market right now. Redfin researchers note this is nearly the highest level of seller confidence they’ve recorded.

Take a look at how many sellers successfully sold their homes in July…

Gainesville FL Real Estate Market Trends – July 2016

The Gainesville FL area single family home sales saw the number of new listings remained the same when compared with July 2015 numbers.  Pending sales decreased by 23.10% while sold listings decreased by 13.37%. The average sales price increased by 14.92% and market times dropped by 0.41%.

Gainesville Area
Single Family
New Listings Pending Sales Sold Listings Avg. Sales Price Days on Market
July 2016 324 213 298 $235,960 111
 July 2015 324 277 344 $205,318 112

The Gainesville FL area Condo home sales saw new listings decrease by 2.70% when compared withJuly 2015 numbers.  Pending sales decreased by 6.57% while sold listings increased 12.64%. The average sales price increased by 9.71% and market times rose by 15 days or 13.04%.

Gainesville
Area Condo
New Listings Pending Sales Sold Listings Avg. Sales Price Days on Market
 
July 2016
72 71 98 $107,718 135
 
July 2015
74 76 87 $98,177 120

For the latest Gainesville FL real estate market conditions in your area, please call me at 888-424-8841 or visitMyGatorCondo.com.

Courtesy of Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Area Info · Buyer Info · Home Ownershio · home ownership · Market Trends · North Central Florida Real Estate · Real Estate · Seller Info

Things To Do Gainesville: Free Parent/Child Music Class

August 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

Free Parent/Child Music Class

Things To Do Gainesville: Free Parent/Child Music Class offers free, 45-minute introduction to the Music Together® method of early childhood music education.

Designed for children ages 0 to 5 years, the Music Together program is a great way to teach young children about the joy of making music — not just receiving it. Parents and children play, dance, sing, and get silly together as they explore a diverse world of rhythms and tonalities in a non-performance environment.

WHEN:  Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 @ 10am – 11am
WHERE:  Abundant Grace Community Church
COST:  FREE

Visit the Event Website for more details.

Information courtesy of Gainesville FL Real Estate Expert Linda Luetjen

Tags: Area Info · North Central Florida Real Estate · Real Estate · Things To Do

Things To Do Gainesville: Thursday Night Poetry Jam

August 14th, 2016 · No Comments

Thursday Night Poetry Jam

Things To Do Gainesville: Thursday Night Poetry Jam offers a chance to appreciate local poetry.

Gainesville’s longest-running open poetry reading, every Thursday night since 1994. All styles of poetry, acoustic music and a cappella singing, spoken word, performance art and more! Bring your friends for a night of artistic expression. Signup starts at 9pm.

WHEN:  Thursday, August 18, 2016 @ 8pm-11pm
WHERE:  Civic Media Center
COST:  $3-5 donations appreciated

Visit the Event Website for more details.

Information courtesy of Gainesville FL Real Estate Expert Linda Luetjen

Tags: Area Info · North Central Florida Real Estate · Real Estate · Things To Do

Things To Do Gainesville: Southern Seafood & Crab Festival

August 8th, 2016 · No Comments

Southern Seafood & Crab Festival

Things To Do Gainesville: Southern Seafood & Crab Festival in Lake City offers a Fun filled day to bring out the family and have a good time in sunny Florida while enjoying live old school, soft rock, reggae, and R&B music!  There will be plenty of food from all over Florida from seafood, soul food, deserts, and a assortment of other kinds of foods!!

This Is a event where if you love to eat you don’t wanna miss.

WHEN:  Saturday, August 13, 2016 @ 10am
WHERE:  Columbia County Fairgrounds
COST: $10

Visit the Event Website for more details.

Information courtesy of Gainesville FL Real Estate Expert Linda Luetjen

Tags: Area Info · North Central Florida Real Estate · Real Estate · Things To Do

Things To Do Gainesville: LifeSouth Community Blood Drive

August 2nd, 2016 · No Comments

Things To Do Gainesville: LifeSouth Community Blood Drive

Show how much you care about your community with Things To Do Gainesville:  LifeSouth Community Blood Drive!

August usually means back to school and work, but LifeSouth wants to remind you that there’s still time to enjoy the Great Outdoors. LifeSouth Community Blood Center will be hosting a blood drive from August 1st to the 7th and everyone who donates will be entered to win a Great Outdoors prize package. The prize package includes a tent, YETI cooler, kayak, folding chairs and a guided canoe trip! Give blood, save lives and be entered to win all the items you could dream of for your outdoor adventure, and remember only you can prevent blood shortages!

WHEN:  Friday, August 5, 2016 @ 9am-5pm
WHERE:  LifeSouth Community Blood Centers
COST:  FREE

Visit the Event Website for more details.

Information courtesy of Gainesville FL Real Estate Expert Linda Luetjen

Tags: Area Info · North Central Florida Real Estate · Real Estate · Things To Do

Things To Do Gainesville: Solutionary Heroes Summer Camp

July 25th, 2016 · No Comments

Solutionary Heroes Summer Camp

Looking for great activities for the kids this summer?  What To Do in Gainesville?  Solutionary Heroes Summer Camp is the most exciting nature camp in Levy county! Would you like to see your child learn to be a hero? Solutionary Heroes Summer Camp includes a different theme each day of the week to teach youth about environmental stewardship, animal care and compassion, personal health, leadership and public speaking skills, conflict resolution, and much more! This year, Solutionary Heroes Summer Camp will be taking place at a unique botanical garden in Williston, FL called Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens! Participants will experience fun outdoor games, friendly animal encounters, and fun survival challenges.

WHEN: Friday, July 31, 2016 @ 9am-1pm
WHERE:  Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens
COST:   $125-$270

Visit the Event Website for more details.

Information courtesy of Gainesville FL Real Estate Expert Linda Luetjen

Tags: Area Info · North Central Florida Real Estate · Real Estate · Things To Do

Gainesville FL Market Trends Report – June 2016

July 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

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FHA has recently relaxed many of its condo financing rules making it easier for condo buyers to secure loan when buying a condo. If you are in the market for a condo be sure to talk with your lender about how the new rules may help you.

Gainesville FL Real Estate Market Trends – June 2016

The Gainesville FL area single family home sales saw new listings decrease by 7.38% when compared with June 2015 numbers.  Pending sales decreased by 20.86% while sold listings decreased by less than 1%. The average sales price decreased by 0.80% and market times dropped by 19 days or 13.97%.

Gainesville Area
Single Family

New Listings Pending Sales Sold Listings Avg. Sales Price Days on Market
June 2016

389

220 351 $231,496 117
 June 2015 420 278 354 $233,368 136

The Gainesville FL area Condo home sales saw new listings decrease by 3.92% when compared with June 2015 numbers.  Pending sales decreased by 0.1% while sold listings increased 38.55%. The average sales price increased by 28.47% and market times rose by 9 days or 7.82%.

Gainesville
Area Condo
New Listings Pending Sales Sold Listings Avg. Sales Price Days on Market
 
June 2016

98

63 115 $116,457 124
 
June 2015
102 70 83 $90,644 115

For the latest Gainesville FL real estate market conditions in your area, please call me at 888-424-8841 or visit MyGatorCondo.com.

Tags: Area Info · Market Trends · North Central Florida Real Estate · Real Estate