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Ways To Go Green Inside Your Home

October 7th, 2016 · No Comments

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Everyone these days is talking about “going green” and making the world a cleaner place for our children and grandchildren.  You may not think that you can do much towards this green movement but the truth is that you can.  There are many simple and easy ways to go green inside your home.   Below is a list of a few of the ways in which you can make your home green, and we don’t mean in color.

  1. Most homemakers don’t love doing laundry and this little tidbit is going to be music to your ears! By letting your clothes pile up a bit you are doing the environment a favor.  Running small loads of laundry through your washing machine and dryer is a waste of energy and a waste of water.  In fact one load of laundry used 25 gallons of water regardless of how full the load is.  Why not do your part in going green by only run your washing machine when you absolutely have to.
  2. Do you enjoy raking up grass cuttings after you mow? My guess is that you just answered with a loud “no”!  There is great news for you then my friend; leave the trimmings on your lawn and let them do their job of being a natural fertilizer!  This is a great way to go green that doesn’t cost you a dime!
  3. By adding a lot of live plants around your home you are doing your part towards helping the world be a cleaner place. Live plants help get rid of some of the pollutants in the air and therefore make the air cleaner for everyone to breathe.  Adding some live plants on the inside of your home is also a great way to help the air be more fresh and appealing.
  4. Microwave ovens use 50% less energy than your oven. The next time your family asks for a meal to be prepared, why not zap a meal into the microwave to help save energy.  If your family objects, tell them you are doing your part to make the world a better place for everyone by “going green” and saving as much energy as you can.
  5. Whenever you purchase sprays and soaps for the house, buy unscented. This will not only make a difference in the environment but will also be beneficial to your own health as well.

Hopefully these few easy ways of going green have got you thinking in the right mindset so that you can begin to make your own home a bit greener.

Courtesy of Gainsville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Home Ownershio · Real Estate · Seller Info

Things To Do Gainesville: The Great Halloween Costume Sale

October 4th, 2016 · No Comments


Things To Do Gainesville:  The Great Halloween Costume Sale is a great event this weekend!

Dance Alive and The Next Generation present The BEST EVER Great Halloween Costume Sale. NO PRESALE! Great adult and children’s costumes! Hip-Hop, jazz, ballet, contemporary and tap costumes for girls and boys/men and women – some never been worn that originally cost $65. You can let your imagination go wild! Benefits Dance Alive National Ballet’s educational programming.

WHEN:  Saturday, October 8, 2016 – 9am-2pm
WHERE:  Pofahl Dance Studios
COST: varies

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

Ideas For Staging Your Basement To Sell

September 30th, 2016 · No Comments

Staging your basement.

If you have your house on the market you likely already have everything arranged neatly and perfectly throughout the house.  However, the one area of your home that you may have forgotten about is the basement.  Below are a few tips for staging your basement so that those who come to tour your home may be more willing to make an offer.

  1. One tip for staging your basement to make it “show” ready is to pick up all of the clutter off the floor.  Most of the time when folks have a basement in their home they tend to use it as a catch all and therefore many items get tossed down the stairs without a second thought.  If you want the house to show the best it possibly can, be sure to put all of your basement clutter away neatly into storage bins.
  2. Another way to stage your basement for a viewing is to paint the basement floor with a sealing paint. You could use the same paint folks use to paint their garage floor with or you may want to do something fancier such as decorative concrete. Whichever you choose, cleaning up the floor of the basement is a great way to make a statement during a showing.
  3. Another good way to stage your basement in order to possibly have a better showing is by finishing the walls with sheetrock. This is not a huge project to undertake and is one that you can likely do yourself without breaking the bank.   Finishing the walls in the basement can make a really big difference in the way the basement looks.
  4. Yet another way to stage your basement is to do your part to get rid of that typical basement smell. Use air fresheners and or fans to circulate the air the basement when you know that someone is coming to look at your house.  You can also use a diffuser with your favorite essential oil to make the basement smell nice and fresh.
  5. If your basement is not well lit, you may want to add a few lamps before a showing. This is a great way to brighten up an otherwise dreary part of the house.

These are just a few ways you can help make your home more appealing by staging your basement

Courtesy of Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Real Estate · Seller Info

Things To Do Gainesville: Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off

September 26th, 2016 · No Comments

Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off

Things To Do Gainesville:  Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off  is a charity bicycle ride to raise funds to support local research on treatment-resistant breast cancers.

Ride distances are 22, 40, or 62.5 miles and all rides begin and end at the Cancer and Genetics Research Complex at the University of Florida. Register at

WHEN:  Saturday, October 1, 2016 @ 8:30am
WHERE:  UF Cancer and Genetics Research Complex

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

Deciding Which Offer To Accept Between Multiple Offers

September 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

Choosing between multiple offers to sell your home

You must admit the housing market is booming right now and this means that many folks are getting more than one offer on their house.   Knowing which offer you should accept  can sometimes be a daunting task.  If you get multiple offers you may think that opting for the highest bidder is the route to go, but not in all cases is this true.  Below are a few tips for making sense of it all, and deciding which offer to accept between multiple offers that is best for you and your family.

  1. If you want your home to be sold to a family member but their offer is just too low as compared to someone who is going to use your house as an investment for example, try coming back with a counter offer.  Just because you get a really high offer from someone doesn’t mean you have to accept that offer.  If you don’t want to see your home be flipped for example, don’t accept the offer from that person.  If you can afford to do so, accept a little bit of a lower offer to keep the house in the family.
  2. If you have a potential buyer make an offer with contingencies it may be best to skip over that person. You don’t want to get involved in things such as waiting for a potential buyers house to sell before they can purchase yours.  In most cases it will serve you best, if you have more than one offer, to skip right over those with contingencies.
  3. If you have a buyer that makes a good offer on your house but they cannot close for a month or two, pick the one that can close more quickly if that meets your needs.
  4. Just because someone makes a really high offer on your house doesn’t mean they are the ones who need to win the bid war. Many times folks that make very high offers may back out in the end leaving you high and dry.  Be careful not to just accept the highest bid and not look at any of the rest.

Hopefully these ideas on how to decide which offer to accept  when you have multiple offers on your home will make things easier for you.   Don’t worry too much about it, after all…multiple offers is a good thing!

Courtesy of Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: home ownership · North Central Florida Real Estate · Real Estate · Seller Info

Things To Do Gainesville: Gainesville $5 Burrito Week

September 21st, 2016 · No Comments


Things To Do Gainesville:  Gainesville $5 Burrito Week is officially HERE!

Starting Monday, September 19th, GCM members will be able to enjoy delicious $5 Burrito Deals (Huge Burrito + Drink) at five different participating restaurants, including:
– Moe’s (All Gainesville Locations)
– Las Margaritas
– Blue Agave
– La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant
– Cilantro Tacos

To participate, simply download the FREE Gift Certificates and More app:
– App Store:
– Google Play Store:

Create a FREE membership, then find the $5 Burrito Deal for you. Show the deal to the waiter/waitress and hit “redeem” to save!

WHEN:  Friday, September 23, 2016
WHERE:  All Over Gainesville
COST: $5

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

Common Moving Issues To Avoid

September 16th, 2016 · No Comments

moving issues to avoid

Moving into a dream home is one of the most wonderful and exciting feelings in the world. However, there are a few issues that you should try to avoid at all costs if you can.  A few of those moving issues to avoid are listed below.  Be sure to read them and then do whatever you can do to avoid making these moving mistakes.

  1. Typically when folks move they hire a moving company.  If you are moving from one state to another, don’t make the mistake of thinking or expecting your things to arrive before you do.  Many times your possessions will not even arrive all at one time.  It may be that it takes a couple weeks for everything to arrive at your new home.  Don’t panic.  Realize that this may be the case in the first place and you won’t freak out when it happens to you.
  2. One issue when moving into a new home that folks may have is more of just a personal mistake. To avoid this mistake do your best to let go of the past and embrace the new home and the changes it will bring to your life.  Don’t try to recreate your old home in your new home.  Allow for some growth and change to enter your life and you will be more able to enjoy all that is new.
  3. Be sure to call the school district where you would like your children to attend to make sure they have room for more students. It is not a good feeling to move into a new home with the expectation of sending your children to a wonderful school only to find out they don’t have room for them and you end up having to send them to a less desirable school system.
  4. If you have to store a few things while you move, do your best to get them out of storage as soon as possible. Most storage centers charge a monthly fee to store your stuff and there is no need to pay a bill that is not exactly necessary longer than you absolutely have to.   A good rule of thumb is, if you haven’t used something in a couple of weeks to a month you don’t need it and you should throw it out or give it away.  Don’t fall into the trap of storing all of your “stuff” for extended periods of time just because you think you might use it one day.

Hopefully this list of moving issues you should try to avoid  will be helpful to you in your next move.  Do your part to make the move an easy one by realizing what things you should avoid.

Courtesy of Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Buyer Info · home ownership · North Central Florida Real Estate · Real Estate

Things To Do Gainesville: “Something New in Orange and Blue” Fashion Show

September 13th, 2016 · No Comments

Something New in Orange and Blue" Fashion Show

Things To Do Gainesville:  “Something New in Orange and Blue” Fashion Show is a great way to contribute to your community!

ElderCare of Alachua County is hosting its sixth annual “Something New in Orange and Blue” fashion show. Proceeds will benefit the organization’s programs and services, including activities for seniors at the Alachua County Senior Recreation Center. Models will don clothes from Belk and Ilene’s For Fashion. Food and drinks will be provided.

ElderCare of Alachua County, a 100 percent grant- and donation-funded program of UF Health Shands, offers services to maximize independence and enrich the quality of life for seniors in Alachua County.

WHEN:  Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 5:30pm-9pm
WHERE:  Alachua Senior Recreation Center
COST:  $25

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 That Can Go Wrong When Closing On A House

September 9th, 2016 · No Comments

Things can go wrong at closing.

If you have ever bought a house before you already know that what can go wrong likely will go wrong at closing.   Most anyone who has bought a home before knows that some things that happen at closing are small but some things can be big obstacles if you let them.  Below are a few things that may go wrong at closing and ideas on how to handle them.

  1. Title issues may pop up on closing day and these types of things can be a bit disheartening if you let them. For example you may find out on closing day that there is an outstanding lean on the home you are trying to purchase.  If this happens to you, take a deep breath and let the Realtors do their job and try not to get too upset about it until there is reason to think you might not get to buy the house.  Basically it is important to stay calm in this type of situation.
  2. Another issue that may happen on closing day is the actual money transfer. You may come with a cashier’s check at closing thinking that is the appropriate form of payment when your lender was looking for a certified check or cash.  The best way to not have to deal with this mix-up is to ask upfront what type of payment is preferred.
  3. Yet another issue that may arise at closing is you find out that something that you thought was being sold with the house actually isn’t and it’s going with the sellers instead.  For example if there was an outdoor shed on the property when you went to view it and you find out at closing that the sellers took it with them, you might be upset.  The way to fix this issue is to decide what is more important to you, that you have a shed or that you get the house you want.
  4. Lastly there might be a problem with your credit at closing even though there was not a problem beforehand. To avoid this type of situation, don’t change jobs during the process of buying a house and certainly don’t go out and buy a car or charge stuff on your credit card.

Now that you know a few things that might go wrong at your home closing, do your part to not let any of them get the best of you.  Stay positive and be patient.  Good things come to those who wait.

Courtesy of Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Buyer Info · Home Ownershio · home ownership · Real Estate

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