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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

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

Things To Do Gainesville FL: 2017 July 4th Celebration

June 30th, 2017 · No Comments

The City of Alachua will hold its annual Fourth of July Celebration on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at the Hal Brady Recreation Complex.  The event will begin at 3 p.m. and last through 10 p.m., with fireworks at 9:30.  Please check back to this website as more information will be posted as it becomes available.

The City of Alachua has dubbed its celebration “The Largest Small Town Fireworks Display in America.”  The annual event draws more than 30,000 people to Alachua and has great economic impact on businesses in our area.  There are dozens of activities for the kids, including bounce houses, rock wall climbing, bungee jumps and water slides.  This year kids can also take advantage of the spray park and skateboard park located on site.  For the adult audience there are several unique vendors, bingo contests, dancing groups and live musical entertainment to name a few.  Without a doubt the event has something for everyone and of course the hottest fireworks around.

Schedule of Events

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Just For Fun · Things To Do

How to Make Your Outdoor Space More Inviting and Fun

June 28th, 2017 · No Comments

This time of year folks begin to get outdoors to do more around their homes because it is nice and warm outside.   It’s also a good time to do a bit of work outside the house and make your outdoor space more inviting and fun for family and friends.   Below is a list of ways in which you can accomplish this.

  1.  If you already have landscape lighting, why not purchase a few fun colored lights to use in them for different holidays.  This will defiantly make your outdoor space a lot more fun.
  2. If you are getting tired of mowing your grass then you may want to replace your grass with a garden.  You might want to add a garden of flowers or a garden of vegetables or even put in a koi pond.  Any of these ideas will help to keep you from spending your summer evenings mowing the grass all the time, therefore making your outdoor space more fun.
  3. If your patio furniture is old and outdated, now is the time to go out to purchase some that allows you to show your style more effectively.  Outdoor furniture always makes outdoor spaces more inviting and fun.
  4. Adding a new doorbell to the outside of your home may seem like a small thing, however if you find a nice one that lights up the front door area it can do wonders towards making your home seem more inviting at night.
  5. If you don’t already have a swimming pool, summertime is a great time to add one.  Not much can make your outdoor space more fun than a swimming pool for all to enjoy.
  6. If you do add a swimming pool why not go out and make it really fun and cool by adding an outdoor shower to the mix.  This type of thing is pretty rare unless your home is at the beach, therefore your outdoor shower may quickly become the talk of the neighborhood.

There are so many ways in which to make your outdoor space more inviting and fun; these are just a few of them that you may want to try.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Buyer Info · home improvement · home ownership · Seller Info

Things To Do Gainesville FL: Forever Plaid at The Hippodrome

June 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

Opens June 2; previews May 31 & June 1

Join the boys of Forever Plaid on a humorous ‘heavenly’ journey through some of the greatest close-harmony songs of the 50’s. With one final chance to give the concert they never gave, The Plaids sing nostalgic hits “Rags To Riches”, “Love is a Many Splendored Thing”, “Catch A Falling Star”, “Three Coins In A Fountain” and many more – all in glorious harmony with patter that will keep any audience rolling in the aisles.

An entertaining musical mix of 1950’s and 1960’s rock n’ roll, and popular show and dance tunes, blended with witty comedy has continued to delight audiences in cities across the nation. Forever Plaid is a charming story of four young men who are killed in an automobile accident, and then through a chain of bizarre events, get one last opportunity to entertain – proving that their spirits still live on.

“Entirely enchanting, utterly entertaining, awesome! … will put a smile on your face, a hum in your throat and a tap to your feet.” – New York Post

“Letter-perfect! Sweet, funny and thoroughly amusing.”- The New York Times

“The laughter doesn’t stop!… Delightful, original and funny!” – The Associated Press

“…The four part harmonies are beautiful and the group takes the audience on a trip down memory lane to some of the best close harmony songs of the 1950s.” – Theatre and Performance 

Buy Tickets

Casting announcements will be made at a later date.

Creative team members will be announced at a later date.

Categories: Concerts & Tour Dates

This event repeats on various days: Jun 22Jun 23Jun 24

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Just For Fun · Things To Do

Tips for Creating a Perfect Kitchen Pantry

June 21st, 2017 · No Comments

The typical household kitchen pantry is full of items that are needed and some items that may have been in there way too long that are no longer needed or good for that matter.  Perhaps you have tried in the past to clean out your pantry to make it more efficient to no avail.  Below are a few tips for a perfect kitchen pantry that may help you clean and organize yours once and for all.

  1.  The best way to start organizing your pantry is to clean everything out of it and start from the beginning.  It may make a mess at first when you begin taking all of the items out of your pantry but sometimes you have to make a mess in order to get rid of a mess.   Be sure to look through all of your items throwing out anything that is outdated or spoiled.
  2.  Another tip for a creating a perfect kitchen pantry is to install shelving that makes it more efficient.  You can purchase shelving for your pantry at most local hardware stores or you can build them yourself out of wood, whichever works best for you.   You can make the shelves stationary or you can choose to make them where they will pull out so that you can get things out a bit easier.
  3. Putting all your staples such as flower and sugar into air tight containers then labeling them is a great way to organize your pantry and make it more user friendly.  Once you get all of your staple items into containers you can then more easily organize them.
  4. Another good tip for creating a perfect kitchen pantry is to use one shelf for each type of food.  For example you can put cereals together all on one shelf,  spices on one shelf and  items that you use daily on a shelf that is eye level.
  5. If your pantry is dull and dreary, you can always paint it a light color to brighten it up after you organize it all.

Once you get your kitchen pantry all organized exactly like you want it you will likely want to spend more time in the kitchen creating fantastic meals for your friends and family.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Buyer Info · home improvement · home ownership · Seller Info

Happy Father’s Day!

June 16th, 2017 · No Comments

Dad

He never looks for praises
He’s never one to boast
He just goes on quietly working
For those he loves the most
His dreams are seldom spoken
His wants are very few
And most of the time his worries
Will go unspoken too
He’s there…a firm foundation
Through all our storms of life
A sturdy hand to hold to
In times of stress and strife
A true friend we can turn to
When times are good or bad
One of our greatest blessings,
The man that we call Dad

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Just For Fun

Things To Do Gainesville FL: Father’s Day Blues

June 15th, 2017 · No Comments

Sunday, June 18, 2017
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

It’s that time of year again… time to give Dear ole Dad “The Blues” for Father’s Day. Bring him out to the best darn Blues show this side of Memphis, plus its free!

High Springs Museum
120 Nw 2nd Ave
High Springs, FL 32643

100% all original Blues featuring: Barbara Paul, Mr Aullie & Franc Robert

 

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Just For Fun · Things To Do

3 Mistakes First-Time Buyers Make (and How to Avoid Them)

June 14th, 2017 · No Comments

There are a few mistakes that many first-time home buyers make. Here are three of the most common mistakes and how you can avoid them when purchasing your first home.

Mistake #1: Assuming your credit is good.

The information in your credit report determines whether you can get a loan — and how much interest you will have to pay – so it pays to be certain your credit reports are accurate.

Check your credit reports for free from all three credit reporting companies — Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — to make sure everything is correct. If you find errors, contact both the credit reporting company and the information provider (the person, company or organization that provided information about you to a credit reporting company) involved in the errors and ask them to fix the credit report errors.

Mistake #2: Getting pre-qualified, not pre-approved, for a loan.

It’s far better to be pre-approved for a loan than to be pre-qualified. Here’s why…

With pre-qualification, your lender does a preliminary evaluation of your ability to pay for a home and gives an estimate of the mortgage amount they’ll give you. The lender does not verify the information you provide.

Mistake #3: Allowing emotions to influence your decisions.

Buying a home is an investment. It needs to be treated as any other investment. You don’t buy stocks because they are pretty and you shouldn’t pick your home that way either. Make sure the home you buy fits your needs and allows you room to grow over the next few years. As with any sound investment, time is the key to a good return.

If you are a first-time home buyer, I would be happy to help you find (and get the best price for) your first home.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Buyer Info · home ownership