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APRIL 26 - MAY 11 • 2014 PARADE OF HOMES

Parade of Homes™ Chairman’s Message...

Platinum Sponsor

As Co-Chairs of the 2014 MCBIA Parade of Homes™ we bid you welcome and trust you will agree that this year’s parade, with its 25 home entries, will be remembered as one of our biggest and best opportunities to see the latest in convenience and efficiency of design, as well as the spectacular

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floor plans that our local builders have assembled for your viewing. This year’s Parade of Homes will run from Saturday, April 26th to Sunday, May 11th (Mother’s Day) and the parade homes will open from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Saturdays and from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Sundays. Weekday hours to tour parade homes may vary from builder to builder, so call ahead to the builder to check on his weekday hours of operation. There is no admission fee for

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visiting the homes in the Parade. Don’t feel that you need to see all the homes in one day. Take your time and visit as many of the homes as possible throughout the course of this 16-day event. All homes being presented were built by builder members of the Marion County Building Industry Association. Each of our members is also a member of the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Through membership in these organizations, all of the builders participating in this year’s Parade of Homes have access to the latest technological and architectural developments in the housing industry. In addition, our association’s builder members are proud to be licensed building contractors with the State of Florida. Our builders association is equally pleased to present the citizens of Marion County with a Parade of Homes that features a

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choice of quality homes that are distinctively designed, architecturally and structurally sound and all built with the same care and attention to be a lasting value to you – the new home buyer. Each of the home entries in this year’s parade was made possible by the team effort of a small army of construction professionals from material suppliers and sub-contractors to land surveyors and landscaping and a whole host other related design professionals who all come together to build these homes that are now ready for you to view. We hope you enjoy this year’s offering of our 25 entries in the 2014 MCBIA Parade of Homes™ and we look forward to seeing you during the tour! To learn more about the MCBIA and our members, visit our website at www.MCBIA.org

David M. Harden, Jackie Suarez, Parade of Homes™ Co-Chairman Architectural Artworks, Inc

David M. Harden, Parade of Homes™ Co-Chairman Executive Officer

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Living Area: .....................2,326 Garage: ...............................495 Lanai: ..................................293 Entry: ....................................48 Sq. Ft. Total: ..................3,162

Directions: Highway 441 North, Turn right at entrance to Evergreen Estates (NW 45th Place). Proceed to left on NW 11th Court, to next right on NW 46th Place to home on right.

Base Price

178,900

$

Without Lot

As Shown Selling Price

229,500

$

License# CRC053151

Subdivision: EVERGREEN ESTATES 1014 NW 46TH PLACE, OCALA ~ 352-351-0444 www.triplecrownhomes.com

“The Waterford” by Triple Crown Homes

This magnificent 3 bedroom, 2 bath home offers formal dining and living rooms. The large family room off the kitchen is great for entertaining with family and friends.

With Lot

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“The Andalusian” Homes by Deltona at Heath Brook

Perfect blend of elegance and comfort, with its dramatic foyer entrance, family room with stone fireplace and spacious master suite. Includes ceramic tile, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, side loading garage and paver driveway. Directions: From SR200 turn South on SW 60th Ave. (Tartan Rd.), turn right on SW 61st Road, turn right on SW 47th Ave. - home on right.

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Directions: From Downtown Ocala/Silver Springs Rd: Head South on Pine Ave., turn right (West) onto SW 10th St. (FL-200). Continue under I-75. Left onto SW 60th Ave. Left on SW 99th St. Rd. into Meadow Glenn. Right on SW 54th Ave. Model Home is on the right. License# CGC058580

Subdivision: THE PRESERVE AT HEATH BROOK

6232 SW 47TH AVENUE, OCALA ~ 352-237-0405 www.deltonaheathbrook.com

Base Price

275,970

$

With Lot

As Shown Selling Price

320,000

With Lot

Subdivision: MEADOW GLENN 9840 SW 54TH AVENUE, OCALA ~ 352-978-2839 www.highlandhomes.org

“Remington IV” by Highland Homes

Stone accents, double-door entry, screened lanai, luxury master bath with garden tub & tiled shower, energy-efficient low-E windows, radiant barrier and foam injected block, integrated audio system, professionally designed & decorated, community park.

Living Area: .....................2,448 Sq. Ft. Total: ..................3,311

$

License# CGC059033

Living Area: .....................1,841 Garage: ...............................438 Lanai: ..................................111 Entry: ....................................50 Sq. Ft. Total: ..................2,440

Base Price

155,900

$

With Lot

As Shown Selling Price

173,479

$

With Lot

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Getting started on spring cleaning W

hen purchasing a home, buyers often look at the kitchen space and how many bedrooms there are, while largely ignoring other rooms, including the laundry room. Oftentimes, the washer and dryer are relegated to a dark corner of the basement or garage, and homeowners simply accept their laundry lot. More and more manufacturers now produce washers and dryers that are both functional and aesthetically appealing. As a result, homeowners and renters need not feel they have to hide laundry rooms like they did in the past. Having the laundry nearby the family action -- and paying attention to laundry room design -- can make the work of keeping clothes tidy that much easier. Many designers would agree that you need not sacrifice style for function in a laundry room. As with any other area of the house, impart design elements into the room and make it a room in which you want to spend time.

First and foremost, select appliances that offer the features you need and want. Also, find appliances that fit the space you have. Front-loading appliances have become the latest must-have, but some units may be too big or expensive for your space. Those with a limited area for laundry can invest in a stackable set, in which the washer and dryer are combined into one vertical unit. For those who want to add a pop of color, select among the variety of colored washers and dryers that are turning up in store showrooms. You’re no longer limited to white, black and beige. Consider cabinetry in your laundry space. Cabinets and drawers are not just for the kitchen. They can hide cleaning products, detergent, dryer sheets and so much more. Fill drawers with stain-removal sticks and items to mend clothes that may be missing a button or have a small hole that needs tending. A laundry area also can be much more than just a place to wash and fold clothes. Many people like to turn this spot into a multipurpose zone. By including some shelving and a refrigerator in the laundry room, you can create a food-storage pantry. A large countertop

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normally used to fold clothes can also double as a gift-wrapping station. Think about merging a laundry room with a craft room where sewing or scrapbooking can take place. Remember to leave room for the soiled clothing. Raising hamper bins off of the floor to be suspended from a rod above the washer frees up valuable floor space. Otherwise, keep the hamper behind a curtain or tucked into a cabinet to ensure the laundry room always looks neat, even when you haven’t yet gotten to the newest pile of dirty clothes. Don’t be afraid of adding color and artwork to the laundry space. In fact, embrace it. Here’s an out-of-the-way area of the home where you can explore your creativity and have a little fun. Try an eye-opening color, such as apple green or bright yellow to add a sunny disposition to the room. You don’t have to spend a fortune on a laundry room re-do. Shop in salvage stores or antique shops for custom pieces to add character to the space. You can probably find cabinetry or shelving for a fraction of the cost of new items, and these older items may add more character to the space.

Save space by installing a counter just above the dryer so you will have a place to fold and stack clothing. The bulk of dirty clothes will be generated in the bedrooms and bathroom of the house. But who wants to carry clothes down to a laundry area on a lower level? See if you can tuck a laundry room into an upstairs closet or nook to make doing laundry more practical. Although a laundry room is often an afterthought, taking time to organize and plan the space can make it both functional and inviting. ✴

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Right on SW 49th Ave., right into Marco Polo Village II on SW 114th St. Rd. - House on left. License# RG0025658

HOME #

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Base Price

162,400

Without Lot

As Shown Selling Price

214,900

$

Without Lot

“The Westminster” by On Top of the World Communities

This 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2+ car garage home includes flex space, upgraded faucets, flooring, brick paver drive, stainless steel appliances and much more!

Living Area: .....................2,420 Sq. Ft. Total: ..................3,629

As Shown Selling Price License# CGC1505760

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Living Area: .....................2,005 Garage: ...............................541 Lanai: ..................................293 Entry: ..................................119 Sq. Ft. Total: ..................2,958 $

Directions: South on Hwy 200 from I-75, left on SW 60th Ave., left on SW 95th St.,

Subdivision: MARCO POLO VILLAGE II 4950 SW 114TH STREET ROAD, OCALA ~ 352-347-1888 www.marcopolobuildersinc.com

“Pearl” by Marco Polo Builders, Inc.

Marco Polo Builders invites you to discover the open lifestyle of our Pearl model located in Marco Polo Village II, minutes from many amenities. This comfortable floorplan suits today’s family living.

286,000

$

With Lot

Subdivision: WINDSOR 9925 SW 95TH LOOP, OCALA ~ 352-854-3600 www.ontopoftheworld.com

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Cost-effective and eco-friendly home improvements

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uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water each day. Showers seem to be especially wasteful, as older shower heads might be using as much as 5 gallons per minute, or 50 gallons of water during a 10-minute shower.

omeowners take on projects to improve their homes for a variety of reasons. Some may do so to make a home more functional, while others may do so to improve their home’s resale value. Some homeowners take on a home improvement project to make their homes more eco-friendly. Such projects are often mistakenly assumed to be costly undertakings, but there are several cost-effective ways to make a home more eco-friendly.

Older fixtures that consume such massive amounts of water can be easily and affordably replaced with newer, more efficient fixtures. Today’s high-efficiency low-flow showerheads can provide a strong shower stream while reducing water consumption. Such showerheads are also less taxing on your water heater, reducing your energy consumption as a result. Homeowners can also install high-efficiency toilets that use as little as 1.3 gallons of water per flush (compared to older models that consumed as many as 5 gallons per flush). The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that installing water-efficient fixtures and appliances would save more than 3 trillion gallons of water and more than $18 billion annually.

❶ Upgrade your appliances. A home improvement project does not have to require the use of a hammer and nails or the hiring of a contractor. A simple home improvement project like upgrading older appliances, including the washer and dryer, to newer, more efficient models can give a home a fresh look while reducing energy consumption. That reduction in energy consumption is a byproduct of the stricter standards placed on manufacturers who must adhere to guidelines to produce products that are more energy-efficient. For example, the Natural Resources Defense Council notes that today’s energy-efficient refrigerators will use less than half the energy of models made as recently as 15 years ago.

❹ Install a programmable thermostat.

❷ Add more insulation. Adding more insulation or

replacing older insulation used to be an especially laborious process. However, in many instances insulation can now be added or upgraded to a home without any major reconstruction or demolition, reducing the cost of the project considerably. Adding more insulation to a home can reduce energy consumption in the winter, when the home will feel warmer and allow you to keep the thermostat at a more reasonable number.

Installing high-efficiency water fixtures, including a low-flow showerhead, is an affordable and eco-friendly home improvement project ❸ Install high-efficiency water fixtures. Few people think about how much water they consume over the course of a typical day, but the figures might be eye-opening to those who hope to adopt a more eco-friendly lifestyle. According to the United States Geological Survey’s Water Science School, it’s generally accepted that the average person

Programmable thermostats present another affordable way to improve a home and benefit the environment. Some of today’s programmable thermostats can record personal preferences and usage and determine the best course of action for heating and cooling your home. Temperatures can be adjusted room-by-room, and the programmable thermostat allows homeowners to control their heating and cooling while they’re out of the house, ensuring they’re not paying to heat or cool an empty house and wasting energy in doing so. Home improvement projects don’t have to be a grand undertaking, particularly when a homeowner’s goal is to make a home more eco-friendly. A few minor and affordable changes may be all it takes to improve a home and benefit the environment at the same time.✴

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“The Marina” by On Top of the World Communities

This 2 bedroom, 2 bath home features upgraded flooring, granite countertops in kitchen, stainless steel appliances, upper cabinets in laundry, upgraded faucets, brick paver driveway, under cabinet lighting in kitchen and brushed nickel door hardware.

Subdivision: WINDSOR 9932 SW 95TH LOOP, OCALA ~ 352-854-3600 www.ontopoftheworld.com

Living Area: .....................1,468 Sq. Ft. Total: ..................2,206

As Shown Selling Price

179,000

$

License# CGC1505760

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With Lot

“The Saxony” by On Top of the World Communities

The Saxony includes 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, along with a 2 car garage. Luxury upgrades in the home include: Listello tile in bath, flooring, upper cabinets in laundry suite and paver driveway.

Living Area: .....................1,750 Sq. Ft. Total: ..................2,606

As Shown Selling Price License# CGC1505760

210,000

$

With Lot

Subdivision: WINDSOR 9938 SW 95TH LOOP, OCALA ~ 352-854-3600 www.ontopoftheworld.com

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Ave. & turn right. Go 1/2 mile & the Model will be on the right. License# CBC1252582

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164,900

Woodfield Crossing, go 2 blocks turn right on SE 20th Ave. License# CGC017001

Without Lot

As Shown Selling Price

218,700

$

Without Lot

Living Area: .....................2,066 Garage: ...............................621 Porch: ..................................248 Entry: ....................................21 Sq. Ft. Total: ..................3,156

Base Price

200,100

$

Directions: From SE 17th St., go south on SE 18th Ave., Turn left on SE 28th Pl. into

Base Price

“The Lexington” by A.L. Milton Construction, Inc.

The “Lexington”: A charming Bungalow-style home of yester-year located in Woodfield Crossing. Offering high ceilings, “chateau” style doors, crown molding, rich wood floors, maple cabinets, granite countertops, hydrospa tub, home theatre and more...

Living Area: .....................2,233 Garage: ...............................570 Lanai: ..................................266 Entry: ....................................87 Sq. Ft. Total: ..................3,156 $

Directions: From 75, go South to SW 103rd St., turn left at the light. Go to SW 49th

Subdivision: KINGSLAND COUNTRY ESTATES 11640 SW 49TH AVENUE, OCALA ~ 352-438-0334 www.DreamCustomHomes.com

“Don Calais” by Dream Custom Homes

Award-winning design, stunning Master Suite with luxurious shower, Gorgeous Family Room unlike any other seen. Great open-floor plan to fit today’s lifestyle. This home has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, & 2 1/2 car garage.

Without Lot

As Shown Selling Price

274,900

$

With Lot

Subdivision: WOODFIELD CROSSING 2808 SE 20TH AVENUE, OCALA ~ 352-368-7733 al@almilton.com

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Experience a gallery where you are the artist. Where you can see, touch, and feel your home the way you want it, right now. All the latest appliances. Gorgeous sinks and faucets. Innovative outdoor lighting. Plus, the product expertise that makes it easy to turn your vision into reality.

FERGUSON.COM

Ocala 3501 SW 13th Street, Building 100 (352) 732-3114 ©2014 Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.

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“The Dozier” by Crestwood Builders, Inc.

The “Dozier” is situated on a oversized lot, which allows for more privacy and outdoor activities. Designed by Mike Finn, this home features an Entertainment Center, Bookshelves and a Sitting Area in the Master Bedroom.

Directions: East on SE 17th Street; turn Right on SE 18th Ave; turn left on SE 28th Place; right on SE 19th Court, left on SE 29th Street. Home on right. License# RB0006253

Subdivision: WOODFIELD CROSSING 1922 SE 29TH STREET, OCALA ~ 352-804-0123

Living Area: .....................2,132 Garage: ...............................560 Lanai: ..................................256 Entry: ..................................165 Sq. Ft. Total: ..................3,113

As Shown Selling Price

285,000

$

With Lot

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Located in the heart of Ocala, the Ro-Mac Ocala Window and Door Showroom offers a unique blend of windows and doors for any style home in a functional display. For new or replacement windows and doors, Ro-Mac is your fist stop for high quality products, installation, and service. Ro-Mac Ocala also carries a complete line of building materials, which includes everything from the foundation to the roof top. We are open to the public Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm.

Call Ro-Mac Ocala Or Stop By Our Beautiful Showroom Today! Phone (352) 622-7099 1432 SW 15th Avenue in Ocala

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www.romaclumber.com

License No. CBC1252465

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“Bentley Bungalow” by T.L. Carlson Construction

Craftsman styled bugalow. Sunlight open floor plan, crown molding on 10’ ceilings, wood window sills, granite tops on custom cabinets, master shower with rainhead. Roman tub, tankless gas water heater, decorative wall & floor tile.

Living Area: .....................2,002 Garage: ...............................428 Lanai: ..................................133 Covered Porch: ..................182 Sq. Ft. Total: ..................2,745

Base Price

239,900

$

Directions: From Maricamp turn S on SE 18th Ave to left on SE 27th Rd to right on SE 19th Court to Home on left. License# CGC059606

Without Lot

As Shown Selling Price

274,900

$

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With Lot

Subdivision: WOODFIELD CROSSING 2825 SE 19TH COURT, OCALA ~ 352-867-8558 www.tlcarlson.com • bentleybungalow.com

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Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid W

hen designing their landscapes, homeowners may envision grandiose gardens and lush lawns that are the envy of the neighborhood. But such designs can be difficult to maintain, and homeowners often find they are not worth the time or money. Avoiding such costly mistakes allows homeowners to fully enjoy their lawns. The following are a few landscaping mistakes homeowners may want to avoid so they can spend more time enjoying their landscapes and less time working around the yard. Planting the wrong trees and shrubs: When planting new trees and shrubs around your property, choose varieties that won’t overwhelm the property by growing too large. Such trees and shrubs can mask other elements of a landscape, and they can also take a substantial amount of effort to maintain. Avoid spending too much time pruning trees and shrubs by opting for those that only grow to a particular size. Choosing non-native plants: It’s always best to choose plants that are native to a particular region. Native plants have already adapted to the local climate, meaning they can withstand the worst weather that climate has to offer without homeowners having to put in much effort. For example, if you live in an area where drought is common, avoid planting trees, shrubs, flowers, or grass that need ample amounts of water. Instead, opt for those varieties that can survive without

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Living Area: .....................1,512 Garage: ...............................534 Entry: ....................................21 Sq. Ft. Total: ..................2,067

Base Price

159,900

$

Directions: SR35/Baseline Rd to SE 8th St. Rd. (Entrance to Deer Path). Go till it dead ends at 65th Circle, turn left - house on your left. License# CRC058277

With Lot

As Shown Selling Price

164,900

$

Too much lawn: While a large and lush lawn appeals to many homeowners, a yard that is all grass can be difficult and expensive to maintain. Lawns without trees are susceptible to damage from the hot summer sun, and homeowners often respond to that threat by overwatering their lawns. Overwatering not only weakens root systems, but it also leads to higher water bills. Homeowners can downsize their lawns by planting more trees around the property, adding a garden in the backyard or even adding landscape features to their property. Planting without a plan: When planting new trees around a property, some homeowners plant without first considering the ideal locations for new trees. This can prove an expensive mistake. Planting too close to your house may eventually threaten your home’s foundation, as roots grow deeper and deeper into the ground. Planting too close to a home also may prove a security threat down the road, when the tree has grown to full height. Such trees may threaten the home during a storm, so consult a landscaping professional when planting new trees so the trees are located in a place that does not threaten the value of your home or the safety of its residents. •

Subdivision: DEER PATH PHASE III 1043 SE 65TH CIRCLE, OCALA ~ 352-694-4929 www.murphykaufmanbuilders.com

“#1512” by Murphy Kaufman Builders, Inc.

A lot of home for your money. Great neighborhood at a great price!

significant amounts of water. Exotic plants might add aesthetic appeal to a property, but that appeal is often short-lived or costly to maintain when a plant is not in its native climate.

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Directions: SR35/Baseline Rd to SE 8th St. Rd. (Entrance to Deer Path). To SE 63rd CT. Rd. Turn right (Entrance to Deer Path Estates). to SE 11th Street, turn right - model home on your right. License# CRC058277

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Living Area: .....................2,661 Garage: ...............................609 Lanai: ..................................234 Entry: ....................................89 Sq. Ft. Total: ..................3,584

Base Price

279,900

$

With Lot

As Shown Selling Price

299,900

$

With Lot

Subdivision: MAGNOLIA GROVE 4535 SE 34TH PLACE, OCALA ~ 352-624-0120 www.armstronghomes.net

“Willow” by Armstrong Homes

11’1” x 12’0”

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4 bedrooms & 3 full baths plus den. Large master suite with sitting area, kitchen with breakfast bar & large pantry. Jack and Jill bath, 10’ ceilings, formal dining room & large family room, spacious 1/2 acre homesite. Directions: Maricamp Rd. East to SE 38th St., turn left, to SE 47th Ave. turn left (The Magnolias Entrance), proceed through the 1st roundabout and exit at 3rd St. - Enter Magnolia Grove on right to SE 46th Ave. turn right to SE 34th Pl. turn left to home on right. License# CBC052226

Subdivision: DEER PATH ESTATES 6209 SE 11TH STREET, OCALA ~ 352-694-4929 www.murphykaufmanbuilders.com

“Tavilla II” by Murphy Kaufman Builders, Inc.

Large and upgraded kitchen plus master bath. Optional natural gas appliances and a remote control gas fireplace. Entire home is one level and handicap accessible.

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Living Area: .....................2,236 Garage: ...............................487 Lanai: ..................................194 Entry: ....................................79 Sq. Ft. Total: ..................2,996

As Shown Selling Price

263,900

$

With Lot

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Pearl

Marco Polo Village II

4950 SW 114th St. Rd.

Ocala

South West

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On Top of the World Communities

The Westminster

Windsor

9925 SW 95th Lp.

Ocala

South West

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On Top of the World Communities

The Marina

Windsor

9932 SW 95th Lp.

Ocala

South West

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On Top of the World Communities

The Saxony

Windsor

9938 SW 95th Lp.

KIngsland Country Estates

11640 SW 49th Ave.

South East

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A.L. Milton Construction, Inc.

The Lexington

Woodfield Crossing

2808 SE 20th Ave.

Ocala

South East

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Crestwood Builders, Inc.

The Dozier

Woodfield Crossing

1922 SE 29th St.

Ocala

South East

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T.L. Carlson Construction Co.

Bentley Bungalow

Woodfield Crossing

2825 SE 19th Ct.

Ocala

South East

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Ocala

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Armstrong Homes

The Vintage

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4020 SE 9th Ave.

Ocala

South East

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Center State Construction, Inc.

The Woodford

The Cedars at Bellechase

4616 SE 12th Ave.

Ocala

South East

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Irvin Homes, Inc.

The Villa Toscana

Bellechase

1024 SE 46th St.

Ocala

South East

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Armstrong Homes

The Rockwell

Bellechase - Oak Hammock

4126 SE 13th Terr.

Ocala

South East

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Arthur Rutenberg Homes, LLC

The Springdale

Legendary Trails

7869 SE 26th Ct.

Ocala

South East

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Curington Contracting, Inc.

Windemere Special Edition

Legendary Trails

7830 SE 25th Ave.

Ocala

South East

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Center State Construction, Inc.

The Princeton Crown

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3251 SE 31st St.

Ocala

South East

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KAP Design Group

The Aristocrat

Cobblestone

10125 SE 42nd Ct.

Belleview

South East

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Coral Gables, LLC

The Town Home

Coral Gables

10300 SE 52nd Ct.

Belleview

South East

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Classic Custom Homes, Inc.

The Regal

Orange Blossom Hills

16398 SE 81st Ct.

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The basics of property taxes Paying property taxes is a necessary side effect of home ownership. Across the United States and Canada, residents are required to pay property taxes based on an assessment of their homes' value. Taxes on land and the buildings on it are one of the biggest sources of revenue for local governments. In the United States, property taxes are not imposed by the states, but by the smaller governing bodies in cities, towns, townships, counties, and other jurisdictions. In Canada, property taxes, or milliage taxes, are levied by the jurisdiction in which the property is located. They may be paid to a federated state or a municipality or the national government. Sometimes multiple jurisdictions may tax the same property. Although the taxes are mandated by a higher governing power, the rate at which you pay taxes could be based on a very local assessment of the area in which your house is located and the current market conditions. An assessor will visit a home -- usually prior to purchase -- and make a determination on the percentage of tax to be paid depending on the condition of the home, the improvements that have been made and the climate of the economy in your particular town or city. Property taxes are usually calculated by taking the assessed value of your home and multiplying it by the tax rate that has been determined by your local government. While no one can "legally" escape paying property taxes, there are several ways to have them lowered. Getting your home re-assessed is one such way. Individuals who have reached a certain age may be eligible for certain discounts on property taxes. But this may require a very low income to qualify. There are also some tax credits or homestead exemptions that may qualify you for a limited assessed value on the property. According to data from the Tax Foundation and Forbes, areas of New Jersey, New York and Illinois boast some of the highest property taxes. Residents of Hunterdon County, New Jersey paid on average $8,600 a year between 2005 and 2009. Those in Lake County, Illinois pay around $6,500. People living in Westchester County, New York can plan on spending $8,400 per year. Statistics indicate that homes located

in Ontario cities in central Canada have the highest property taxes. Toronto residents, for example, pay an average of $3,900. In this tough economy, lowering property taxes (which are generally rolled into the mortgage amount for ease of payment) could substantially reduce bills. As many as 60 percent of properties across the United States are overassessed, according to the National Taxpayers Union, a nonprofit group that promotes lower taxes. If you suspect your property taxes are high, here are the steps to take. Get a copy of your property tax assessment from the local assessor's office and doublecheck all the information contained to see if it is correct.

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Some home improvements will increase the value of your home and, in turn, your property taxes. Here are some of the most common culprits: - extra stories to the home - outhouses, like a guest house - sports courts, like tennis - installation of an inground pool - improvements to fencing - addition of a garage or another room on the home A change in the status of a neighborhood can also give rise to higher property taxes. An influx of new residents or new construction of stores and homes can have a major effect on the assessed value of your home. •

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“The Olivia-Caribbean” by Bennett Construction Services, Inc.

An Award Winning Parade Favorite! Tour this unique open floor plan that invites you in with a breathtaking view of the pool & waterfall and magnificent double tray ceiling in the great room. A 4 bed, 2 & 1/2 bath with a large open kitchen and informal dining area. Come meet the builder, Jim Bennett, to talk about your custom home ideas. Viewings by appointment year-round.

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259,700

As Shown Selling Price

359,700

$

Directions: Hwy 441 South, to SW 32nd St. Turn right, to SE 3rd Ave. (475) turn left, to SE 44th Rd. (Bellechase Entrance) turn left, to SE 8th Ave. turn left, to SE 43rd St. turn right, to SE 9th Ave. turn left - home on left. License# CBC052226

Without Lot

Subdivision: BELLECHASE - WILLOWS 4020 SE 9TH AVENUE, OCALA ~ 352-624-0120 www.armstronghomes.net

“The Vintage” by Armstrong Homes

With almost 3000 square feet of living space this home offers a split floor plan with spacious master suite, luxurious master bath, 3 additional bedrooms & 3 full baths! Large family & living rooms. Formal dining room & gourmet kitchen.

Subdivision: MAGNOLIA MANOR 3417 SE 49TH AVENUE, OCALA ~ 352-861-2300 www.LoveYourBuilder.com

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License# CBC060122

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Living Area: .....................2,728 Garage: ...............................710 Covered Entry: ...................124 Covered Porch: ..................249 Sq. Ft. Total: ..................3,811

Directions: Maricamp/ 464 East to SE 38th Ave, Turn North into Magnolias, Turn Right into gate at Magnolia Manor, Turn Left at Stop then first Right onto 36th Street, Turn Left at Stop onto SE 49th Ave - House is on the Right.

Living Area: .....................2,910 Garage: ...............................699 Covered Entry: .....................62 Lanai: ..................................318 Sq. Ft. Total: ..................3,989

As Shown Selling Price

459,900

$

With Lot

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REAL ESTATE:

But investors are often nervous as they look for their first properties. Uncertainty about housing prices aside, investing in real estate also is risky, and first-time investors need to be comfortable with such risk in order to make the most of their investments. The following are a few things potential real estate investors should consider as they decide if investing in real estate is right for them.

PERSONAL ABILITY

Real estate investors typically have tenants, and those tenants inevitably have needs. Investors who have experience as contractors may not find it difficult to renovate a property and make it more attractive to tenants, nor are they likely to be inconvenienced when minor issues on the property need to be addressed. Investors with no such experience will need to hire contractors to do the work for them, cutting into potential profits down the road. In addition, investors who don’t have the ability and/or the time to address minor issues like a clogged drain or a drafty window on their own will need to hire a property management firm to tend to such needs. Such firms are effective, but also expensive, further cutting into your profits. Even those investors with contracting experience may have

TIME

Real estate is often a time-consuming investment. Tenants pay good money to live in attractive rental properties, and those tenants will have a host of needs that must be met. Investors must be sure they have the time to address their tenants’ concerns, especially investors with no plans to hire property management firms. Potential investors who already have full plates at work and at home may not be able to devote the time necessary to make the most of their real estate investments, and therefore might be better off finding another way to invest their money. Time also must be considered when considering profits. Real estate is not the type of investment that turns a profit overnight. Even investors who are looking to invest in an up-and-coming neighborhood must be prepared to hold onto their properties for at least a few years, if not much longer, to maximize their investments. Though real estate is a sound investment, it is not a get rich quick type of investment, so investors looking to make a quick buck should consider alternatives before buying investment properties.

little or no knowledge of how the leasing process works, forcing them to rely on a real estate firm to write up leases and ensure all leases stay current. This, too, can cut into an investor’s profits. Investors who don’t bring any relevant expertise to the table can still make a profit from their real estate investments, but those profits likely won’t be as significant when outside companies must be hired to ensure the property is in good shape and all necessary documents are in order and up-to-date.

SIZE

First-time real estate investors might be wise to choose a smaller property for their initial investment. Larger properties can be overwhelming to manage, and investors often rely on property management firms to tend to these properties. Such firms charge more to manage bigger properties, which can eat into investors’ finances. Veteran investors can handle such overhead costs, but first-timers might find themselves caught off guard upon realizing the gravity of their financial commitment. A good rule of thumb for first-time investors is to stick to smaller properties, only moving on to larger buildings once they are fully comfortable with all that comes with investing in real estate.

n the heels of a recession that saw home values drop, many would-be investors have shied away from buying investment properties. But real estate has historically remained a sound investment, boasting a long-term appreciation rate that makes it a worthwhile investment for those who can withstand temporary setbacks in housing prices and hold on to their properties over the long haul.

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The cost of a real estate investment goes beyond the purchase price of the home. In addition to the mortgage on the property, investors must pay the taxes and insurance on the property, as well as any costs associated with maintaining and managing the property. Certain tax breaks are available to real estate investors depending on where they live. For example, in the United States, taxes on the profits when a property is sold may be deferred if those profits are immediately rolled into another property (such a deferment is only available to those investors who arrange this exchange prior to selling the initial property). Potential investors need to consider all of these costs, and might want to hire a real estate lawyer to help them make the most of their investments and any profits they yield. But even hiring an attorney is an additional cost investors must consider before investing. •

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“The Woodford” by Center State Construction, Inc.

A show stopper! This elegant 4 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath, 3 car garage features a chef’s kitchen, coffered ceilings, bonus room, computer center and large master bedroom with on suite. Luxurious living all in the gorgeous gated community of Bellechase.

Directions: S. on Hwy 441, right onto SE 3rd Ave. (Hwy 475) follow entrance of Bellechase SE 44th Rd. then go right onto SE 12th Ave. - house is on right.

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onto 475, Bellechase is 1/2 mile down on the right. License# CBC1257257

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Subdivision: THE CEDARS AT BELLECHASE 4616 SE 12TH AVENUE, OCALA ~ 352-694-5022 www.centerstateconstruction.com

Without Lot

As Shown Selling Price

749,900

With Lot

Subdivision: BELLECHASE 1024 SE 46TH STREET, OCALA ~ 352-694-1155 www.irvinhomesfl.com

Living Area: .....................3,837 Garage: ...............................813 Lanai: ..................................405 Entry: ....................................66 Sq. Ft. Total: ..................5,121

Base Price

485,000

$

Directions: From the 441 and 52nd St. intersection, head west to Hwy 475, Turn right

Base Price

539,900

$

“The Villa Toscana” by Irvin Homes, LLC

Beautiful custom home located in Bellechase with 12’ ceilings, crown molding, wood floors, maple cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Includes study, bonus room, great room, large master suite and exquisite craftsmanship.

Living Area: .....................3,665 Garage: ...............................700 Lanai: ..................................365 Covered Entry: .....................62 Sq. Ft. Total: ..................4,792

$

License# CGC1511237

Without Lot

As Shown Selling Price

745,000

$

With Lot

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O

nce their kids have left the nest, many men and women over 50 begin to consider downsizing their homes. Downsizing to a smaller home can be beneficial for a variety of reasons, including less home to clean and maintain, more affordable utility bills and lower property taxes. But the decision to downsize is rarely black and white, and men and women often struggle with that decision. Perhaps the most difficult part of the decision of whether or not to downsize to a smaller home concerns the sentimental attachment many homeowners, especially those with children, have to their homes. The home might be too big for your current needs, but it also was the same place where your son took his first steps and where your daughter lost her first tooth. Saying goodbye to a place that was home to so many memories isn’t easy. But there’s more than just sentimental value to consider when deciding whether or not to downsize your home after the kids have grown up and moved out.

PERSONAL FINANCES Your financial situation merits significant consideration when deciding if the time is right to downsize your home. If your retirement nest egg is not as substantial as you would like it to be, then it would seem as though downsizing to a smaller, more affordable home is a great opportunity for you to start catching up on your retirement savings. But that’s only true if your new home won’t incur

Things to consider before downsizing your home any additional expenses that are already taken care of in your current home. For example, your current home may be fully furnished, while a new, smaller home may require you to buy all new furniture because your existing items simply won’t fit. The cost of such furnishings can be considerable. If you plan to move into a condominium, you can expect to pay monthly homeowners association fees, and such fees are often substantial. So while the condo itself might be smaller, the additional expenses associated with the property may end up making the smaller home more expensive and preventyou from saving more money for retirement.

REAL ESTATE MARKET There are seller’s markets and there are buyer’s markets, and ideally you would like to sell your home in a seller’s market. But keep in mind that this might be the same market in which you hope to buy a new home. The nature of the real estate market depends on a host of factors, including geography. If the city or town where you currently live is in the midst of a seller’s market and you are planning on moving to a location where buyers have the upper hand, then now might be a great time to move. But if you currently live in a buyer’s market and hope to move to a seller’s market, then you may end up paying a steep price, even when downsizing to a smaller home. Things may even themselves out if you want to downsize to a smaller home within your current community, but do your homework nonetheless, researching the time of year

when you’re most likely to get the most for your home and find the best deal on your next place. The advantage men and women considering downsizing haveis that they are rarely in a rush to move out of their current home and into their next one. This gives them ample time to make the real estate market work for them.

SPACE How much space do you really need? Once the kids have moved out, couples may feel like all of that extra space is going to waste. But that can be a knee-jerk reaction, and upon a more thorough examination of the space and your needs you may just find that you can put all of that extra square footage to good use after all. If you have always wanted your own art studio, then now might be the perfect time to make that a reality. Always wanted a room devoted to home theater? Get to work on converting your basement from an all-purpose game room to your own private movie theater. If, after considering the space in your home, you find that the extra square footage really is just upkeep you aren’t especially interested in doing, then you would no doubt like a cozier home that’s less of a responsibility to maintain. Downsizing a home is something many men and women over 50 consider after their children have moved out. Such a decision is rarely easy, so homeowners should take as much time as they need before making a final decision to move or stay put. •

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Did you know? The thinnest house in New York City, a city known for high real estate costs and compact dwellings, is located in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. Now known as the Millay House, a name honoring its one-time resident, the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, the house was built in 1873 and is a mere 9.5 feet wide. It is sandwiched into a space that once served as a carriage alley. While Millay House certainly is compact, a home in Warsaw, Poland, is only four feet wide and, at its thinnest, is only 29.3 inches. The residence, called the Keret House, was built in a crack between two buildings. The entrance is in the rear of the home and features an entry hatch and a foldable, remote control-operated ladder. •

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Subdivision: BELLECHASE - OAK HAMMOCK 4126 SE 13TH TERRACE, OCALA ~ 352-624-0120 www.armstronghomes.net

“The Rockwell” by Armstrong Homes

Covered Porch 31’4” x 10’

Bdrm #2 17’1” x 12’0”

Spacious 2 story home that boasts a large master suite with double walk-in closets and luxurious master bath along with 3 additional bedrooms and home office. Large family and living rooms, formal dining room and gourmet kitchen. Directions: Hwy 441 South, to SW 32nd St. turn right, to SE 3rd Ave. (475) turn left, to SE 44th Rd. (Bellechase Entrance) turn left, to SE 11th Ave. turn left, to SE 13th Terrace turn left, to home on left. License# CBC052226

First Floor: .......................2,130 Second Floor: .....................904 Garage: ...............................513 Lanai: ..................................267 Entry: ..................................169 Sq. Ft. Total: ..................3,983

As Shown Selling Price

413,900

$

With Lot

Bdrm #3 12’7” x 11’1”

Bdrm #4 12’6” x 13’9”

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Business Card Directory Keep the numbers of these locally owned businesses on hand for all of your service and shopping needs.

COASTLINE SHUTTERS A Division of A.A. Inc. License # 2161

Drafting / Design / Permitting / Consulting

Manufacturing of Bahama, Accordion, Roll Up Board & Batton Shutters. Custom Welded Shutters & Louvers

Compare & Save 10 Home Companies 507 NE 36TH AVENUE • OCALA, FL 34470 PHONE (352) 368-7090 • FAX (352) 368-7853 www.AhrensInsuranceAgency.com

CBC1258647

3721 NE 25th Street Ocala, FL 34470

Ron Gaylord, Sr.

Ron Gaylord, Jr.

Cell: (352) 572-2477

Cell: (352) 804-1121

President

Lic# CB0053671

www.nshomes.us

3250 S.E. 58th Avenue, Suite #1 Ocala, Florida 34480

Office: (352) 387-1597 Fax: (352) 369-7329

352.867.8101

DrakeConstructionServices.com A Family Building in Central Florida since 1871

Arnold Hagemann (352) 369-4004 Toll Free: (866) 286-5104

Vice President

G.P. Masonry of Ocala Specializing in Concrete & Block Commercial & Residential

Family Owned & Operated Since 1982 • Licensed & Insured Second Generation

1721 S.E. 16th Avenue Suite 104 Ocala, Florida 34471

gpmasonry@yahoo.com Office: (352) 873-3500 Fax: (352) 873-6001

GEO-TECH, INC. Insurance Agency

Laurel Ziemann Life & Annuity Specialist lziemann@aaasouth.com

TOM’S Sod Service, Inc.

GEOTECHNICAL

The Auto Club Group 1201 Northwest 13th Street Gainesville, FL 32601 352-373-7801 3033 Southwest College Road Ocala, FL 34474 352-237-6251 ext. 2229

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“The Springdale” by Arthur Rutenberg Homes

& Kinsell Cu Custom Homes, Inc.

Open & airy home brings the outdoors in. Spacious kitchen adjoins the great room. Wet bar, arrival center, pampering master bedroom & large lanai with outdoor kitchen are just a few of the exceptional features you will find here. Directions: I-75 to US-27 South/ Exit 354 toward Ocala, Turn left onto US-27 South / NW Blitchton Rd., Turn right onto N. Pine Ave., Turn right onto SE 80th St., Take 1st right onto SE 25th Ave., Take 1st right onto SE 79th St., SE 79th St. becomes 26th Ct., 7869 SE 26th Ct. is on the right. License# CRC1330708

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right to Legendary Trails (1/2 mile on right) to SE 25th Avenue.

Subdivision: LEGENDARY TRAILS 7869 SE 26TH COURT, OCALA ~ 352-351-3405 www.arthurrutenberghomes.com Email: bbanks@arhomes.com

As Shown Selling Price

643,000

$

Without Lot

Base Price

231,100

$

Without Lot

As Shown Selling Price Directions: From Ocala - South on 441 to SE 80th Street (Sheriff’s Substation), turn

Living Area: .....................3,594 Garage: ...............................719 Lanai/Cabana: ....................568 Covered Entry: .....................61 Sq. Ft. Total: ..................4,942

“Windemere Special Edition” by Curington Contracting, Inc.

Raised ceilings, crown molding, coffered ceilings, screen-enclosed in-ground pool, cambria solid surface kitchen countertops, 3/4 acre lot with underground utilities, gorgeous Legendary Trails subdivision in SE Ocala.

License# CGC014568

356,460

$

With Lot

Subdivision: LEGENDARY TRAILS 7830 SE 25TH AVE., OCALA ~ 352-401-9707 www.curington.com

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Entertain with the environment in mind L

iving an eco-friendly lifestyle is a goal for many people. Whereas little thought was given to protecting the environment in the past, nowadays men, women and children alike recognize the impact their behavior has on the immediate and long-term future of the planet. Though some eco-friendly men and women may feel as if they have exhausted the ways in which they can live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle, there are always new ways to consider to protect the environment in everything you do. For example, hosting a party for family and friends can be a great opportunity to have some ecofriendly fun. The following are a few ways party hosts can entertain with the environment in mind.

Serve organic foods and beverages.

One of the easier ways to turn a party into an ecofriendly affair is to serve organic foods and beverages. Visit your local farmer’s market for fresh and locally grown organic foods. Organic foods are healthier for the environment and may even be healthier for your guests as well, while locally produced products have a much smaller

carbon footprint than products imported from afar. When choosing beverages, opt for organic wines, teas and juices instead of more traditional and less eco-friendly options.

Don’t go disposable.

Disposable place settings and utensils might be more convenient when hosting a large gathering, but such products are unnecessarily wasteful, especially if they are not made from recycled materials. When hosting, use your own reusable dinnerware. It might not be quite as convenient as disposable products, but such dinnerware is more eco-friendly, especially if you wash the dirty dishes in the dishwasher rather than hand washing them after the party. The latter cleaning method is more laborious for you, and it even wastes more water. Opt for e-vites instead of traditional invitations. Many people, even those not consciously trying to be more eco-friendly, have embraced the convenience of e-vites when inviting friends and family to a party. But e-vites are as eco-friendly as they are convenient, saving the paper used for the invitations and the envelopes they’re sent in as well as the fuel it takes for the postal service to deliver each invitation. If you must use traditional paper

invitations, choose invitations made from recycled or sustainable materials.

Location, location, location!

Location is everything in real estate, and the same might just be true when hosting an eco-friendly party. When choosing a location for your next get-together, find one that’s convenient to everyone who plans to attend. This reduces the heavy toll that traveling can take on the environment, and your guests and you will be happy that no one had to travel far and wide to make an appearance. If you plan to have your party at a venue, look for a facility that’s certified as eco-friendly. Such facilities might have been constructed predominantly with eco-friendly materials or they may employ more efficient electronics throughout the building in an effort to reduce the venue’s carbon footprint.

Take the party outdoors. Another way to entertain with the environment in mind is to take your party outdoors. Make use of a sunny day by moving the festivities outdoors, where you won’t need to turn the lights on to see your guests and where you can serve cold foods or foods prepared on a charcoal grill to further reduce your reliance on electricity and gas. Hosting a party and doing so in an environmentally conscious way is easier than many party hosts initially think. A few creative touches can enable your party to be as eco friendly as it is fun. •

When the weather permits, make use of natural sunlight by moving the party outdoors to reduce your energy consumption.

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“The Princeton Crown” by Center State Construction, Inc.

Award-winning 4 bedroom 3 bath features fabulous gourmet kitchen, granite counters in kitchen and baths, crown molding, tile floors, decorative stone exterior and loads more extras all included in the price. Also available in 5 bedroom version.

Directions: Hwy 441 South to SE 31st St. turn east (left), model is approx. 4 miles on the left.

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Subdivision: COBBLESTONE 10125 SE 42ND COURT, BELLEVIEW ~ 352-572-7454 www.kapdesigngroup.com

Living Area: .....................2,024 Garage: ...............................510 Entry: ....................................40 Sq. Ft. Total: ..................2,574

into Cobblestone subdivision - go up the hill, house is on the left.

Base Price

175,500

$

License# CGC1514540

Without Lot

“The Aristocrat” by KAP Design Group

Directions: Hwy 441 South to SE 100th St., turn right, follow to SE 42nd Ct., turn left

Subdivision: N/A 3251 SE 31ST STREET, OCALA ~ 352-694-5022 www.centerstateconstruction.com

As Shown Selling Price

234,900

Affordable housing with a touch of class, this spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bath house packs a large punch when it comes to a family with a budget. Whether your family is just starting out or downsizing your nest, the Aristocrat will not let you down.

Living Area: .....................2,500 Garage: ...............................468 Lanai: ..................................218 Entry: ....................................95 Sq. Ft. Total: ..................3,340

$

License# CGC1511237

Without Lot

As Shown Selling Price

199,500

$

With Lot

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Subdivision: CORAL GABLES 10300 SE 52ND COURT, BELLEVIEW ~ 352-454-8210 www.10300SE52CT.com

“The Town Home” by Coral Gables LLC

Belleview’s Newest Gated Community with Video Surveillance, Park with WIFI, and walking distance to Major Shopping and Movies. Low Down Payment with Owner Financing.

Living Area: .....................1,055

As Shown Selling Price

93,900

$

3,995 Down

$

Directions: Hwy 441 South to SE 102nd Place, turn left (E), in 1/2 miles turn right (S) on SE 52nd Court.

Owner Financing

License# CGC1515712 Tasha West

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Subdivision: ORANGE BLOSSOM HILLS 16398 SE 81ST COURT, SUMMERFIELD ~ 352-347-6905 www.classiccustomhomesocala.com

“The Regal” by Classic Custom Homes, Inc.

Classic meets contemporary in this well-crafted 3/2 split with oversized lanai and extended patio. Spacious rooms, finished with wood cabinets and granite tops throughout, porcelain tile, crown molding, stainless steel appliances and much more.

Directions: Hwy 441 South to 42, turn right to SE 81st Court, turn right - house on left. License# CRC1327749

With Lot

Living Area: .....................2,131 Garage: ...............................463 Lanai: ..................................255 Entry: ....................................33 Sq. Ft. Total: ..................2,882

Base Price

165,900

$

Without Lot

As Shown Selling Price

189,300

$

Without Lot

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How to get approved for a mortgage Real estate professionals say the market is rebounding, and many would-be home buyers are eagerly awaiting their opportunities to purchase their own homes. Fresh data indicates that the inventory of properties is quickly drying up and soon the market is poised to point in the sellers’ favor. According to Allen & Associates, a real estate appraisal, consultant and research firm based in Colorado, properties in the area listed for sale are below the six-month supply of inventory. Now could be the time to get a good deal on a home, provided buyers are able to secure mortgages. No matter how many affordable homes are available, if a buyer cannot get approved for a mortgage, then his or her chances of owning a home are slim. In the wake of a tumultuous economy, many lenders tightened restrictions on mortgage lending. And even though the economy has rebounded, many lenders have continued to follow strict guidelines before lending money. In order to secure a mortgage with a good interest rate, buyers must take control of their financial situations and fix problems that could lead to loan rejection. Many things can impact a mortgage application. Here are the ways to overcome liabilities and improve your standing with prospective lenders.

Know your credit rating. Your credit rating is a score that lenders rely on when deciding whether or not to approve your mortgage application. The higher the credit rating, the more attractive you look to prospective lenders. But the lower your score is, the more difficulty you will have getting a loan. Should you get a loan with a low score, you may have to pay a higher interest rate than someone with better credit. Prior to making any big financial decisions, such as applying for a mortgage, it is vital to find out your credit score. You can request a free copy of your credit report, which includes your credit score, once a year from the three major credit reporting agencies in the United States and Canada: TransUnion, Experian and Equifax. You also can pay for your credit report.

Address any issues on your report. Once you know your score, you can take steps to address any issues on the report. Pay down revolving consumer debts, such as credit card balances and auto loans. Report any errors on your credit report so they can be adjusted. Pay bills on time and address any notices of collections before they make it onto your permanent record. If you will be applying for a loan soon, avoid opening any other credit accounts for the time being. Maintain steady employment. Having a job is often vital to getting a mortgage. Lenders tend to look for long-term

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financial stability, which is best illustrated by maintaining steady employment. Jumping from job to job may be a red flag to lenders, so it’s better to make a switch after you have been approved for a loan.

Save, save, save. Having more money in the bank lowers your loan-to-value ratio, or LTV. This will make you appear less risky to lenders. Individuals who have saved for a considerable down payment on a home are also seen in a better light. Make sure you have a credit history. Some people are too cautious with their credit and think closing accounts or avoiding credit entirely will make them more attractive to lenders. But this can backfire. Lenders will want to see a strong credit history that indicates your ability to pay your debts on time. Get a cosigner. If you are uncertain about your ability to secure a loan on your own, then consider a cosigner to make you more attractive to prospective lenders. The cosigner helps guarantee the lender that your mortgage payments will be made. People looking to buy a home in the near future must make themselves attractive to mortgage lenders, many of whom are still reluctant to approve loans for candidates without strong financial backgrounds. •

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