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Matters of the

The Villages Edition

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October 2012

Charity begins at home in The Villages

In This Issue... Villagers Mission: Supporting Our Troops Villages GAL Does Great Work For Area Children 'Tis The Season for Home Sellers!

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f you are reading this, you are holding in your hand a copy of the first printing of “Matters of the Home” magazine, The Villages Edition. We are looking forward to bringing you valuable information regarding what matters most to Villages homeowners. We are also looking for feedback and suggestions from you, our readers about what information you would most like to see in future editions. We will be regularly featuring informative articles from area specialists on topics that affect 55+ residents in the area, charities and local events, and always a few pages of homes for sale in the centerfold of the magazine. You see, the owners of “Matters of the Home” are also the owners of RE/MAX Premier Realty in The Villages, and we have so much information to share with The Villages residents, we felt we could write a book, so we decided to create this magazine to bring helpful information to you on a regular basis. Throughout the pages you will also see advertisers who help pay for the printing and mailing of this magazine. These advertisers are companies that we use personally and feel comfortable recommending to anyone. We are often asked by homeowners and homebuyers to recommend a particular service. We do business with a great variety of vendors, so if you have a specific need for a service, just give us a call and we will be happy to help you find someone reputable. Many of our vendors will also be spotlighted on our website and on our facebook page from time to time, so feel free to visit there often. For our first edition we also decided to highlight some local charities, as we soon came to realize that Villages residents are a very giving group of people. We hope you enjoy reading our magazine and we look forward to bringing you a lot more helpful information and value in future editions. If you need to sell your home and want to see it advertised in this magazine, please call me at RE/MAX Premier Realty, 352-753-2029, and I will personally recommend one of our top agents who specialize in your specific area of The Villages. You may also visit us on our facebook page, www.facebook.com/mattersofthehome, or go to our website, www.mattersofthehome.com, and email me at nancy@mattersofthehome.com. (Our current distribution is 40,000 homes in the Villages and 5000 extra copies being distributed to area businesses and buyers moving into The Villages area.)

Nancy Deichman Editor of Matters of the Home & co-owner of RE/MAX Premier Realty

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Editor & Co-Owner of RE/MAX Premier Realty: Nancy Deichman Advertising Info: Kim Ashcraft - 352-753-2029 ext 15 kim@mattersofthehome.com Cover photography credit: Pure Joy Photography, Kristie Griggs www.purejoyphotography.net Kristie@purejoyphotography.net 352-817-9469 Guest Writers: T. Faye Tonya Morris facebook.com/mattersofthehome Send feedback/suggestions to: kim@mattersofthehome.com


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Guardian ad Litem Program & Volunteer Opportunities An Interview With.... Wanda Vogler Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient for the 5th Circuit of the State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Program MOH: Tell us a little about yourself. Wanda: I am originally from Alabama, but spent most of my life in the Dayton, OH area. I graduated from the Univ. of Dayton and The Ohio State Univ. I retired in 2002 after 18 years as Director of the Student Research Program for the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (a consortium of colleges and universities). Prior to that, I was a recruiting specialist for a community college, career counselor at a technical school, an adult education coordinator and high school teacher. MOH: For people who may be unfamiliar with the Guardian ad Litem Program and its volunteers, tell us what the program does for Florida’s abused and neglected children? Wanda: The Guardian ad Litem program is a partnership of community advocates and professional staff providing a powerful voice on behalf of Florida’s abused and neglected children. When a child is thrust into the legal system because of abuse, neglect or dependency, a trained GAL volunteer researches the child's home and community situation. That volunteer acts as the child's advocate in court, giving a judge information on the child's situation and making recommendations for the child's best interests including a safe, permanent home. In the 5th Circuit (Marion/Citrus/Lake/Sumter/Hernando) as of 6/30/2012 there were 1,823 children under court supervision for allegations of abuse. The GAL Program was appointed to almost 80% of those children (1,445). Subsequently, there are around 378 children who are in need of an advocate. We have 600 volunteers available to serve as advocates in the 5 county area. MOH: What is the most rewarding part about being a volunteer for abused and neglected children? Wanda: When you see a child get placed in a permanent home, whether it is with their parents or someone else, and you know that they are going to be safe and loved.

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MOH: As we all know, being an advocate for abused and neglected children can be heartbreaking at times, how do you manage to maintain a positive outlook, amidst the negative? Wanda: I am a problem solver by nature, so when I have a complex case, I look at it as a lot of problems that need solving. I know that things aren't always going to go the way I would like, but I also know that I have done everything that I can do to influence the outcome in a positive way. The other thing I try to remember is that I am not the only one who is involved in trying to have the best outcome for the child.

MOH: How would someone looking to volunteer get started with GAL? Wanda: Get in touch with our trainer, Lynn Sennett at 352-274-5231. She can get them started with the application process and enrolled in a pre-service training class.

MOH: Is there any other information that would you like people to know about the GALP? Wanda: If you are looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity that gives you more than you give, being a GAL could be for you. You will be introduced to some of the most fantastic people you will ever meet, the kids, GALP staff and fellow GALs. For me, I get to know children who need a voice that may have never had that. As rewarding as the relationship is that I have with the children, being a GAL is more than that. Because I am a GAL, I do some writing, some teaching and am constantly challenged to learn new things to be a more effective advocate. It is the most rewarding thing I have ever done in my community.

The reward to being a volunteer? Not only can you make an immediate impact....ensuring a child has a voice and receives what they need while in foster care, you can pave a positive path to a child's future of hope and emotional security. After all, making a positive difference in the life of a child is one definition of legacy. With great challenges can come great reward.


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“We’re Celebrating 30 years in 2012!” The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a long and proud history of dedicated service to its community. Over the years we have worked tirelessly leading the charge to end animal cruelty, pet overpopulation, rescuing all types of animals in need and placing them into lifelong caring homes, responding to disasters whether natural or man-made, assisting low income residents pet needs, all while operating without a shelter. Founded in 1982, our volunteer-based non- profit charitable organization since 1995, operates solely with contributions from individuals, businesses and foundations. The time has come for Sumter County, FL to have a much overdue animal shelter allowing our HS/SPCA sufficient space to provide homeless animals a temporary safe haven until placed in a loving permanent home. Our goal to construct a state-ofthe-art “green” facility will allow us to serve more animals and pet owners throughout the Central Florida area. Every animal deserves a chance at happiness. Please show your commitment to this worthy investment in our community. Celebrate our 30th anniversary by donating to this local dedicated non-profit. Where there's a WILL, there's a way! Together, we can make the next 30+ years even greater! Become a member, stay tuned for announcements via our website, newsletter & Facebook on what we're doing! To find out how you can help, visit www.hsspca.org, call 352-793-9117 or mail us at PO Box 67, Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538. Office hours are M-F, 10am-2pm.

ed v l o v n I t e “G ur o y n i t s e & Inv !” y t i n u m m Co The Humane Society / SPCA of Sumter County, Inc. A copy of the official registration and financial information of the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc. may be obtained from the FL Dept. of Consumer Services by calling toll free 1-800-435-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state. Our registration number is CH4452. Our society, founded in 1982 and receiving 501(c)3 status in 1995 is a volunteer-based organization whose funding comes only from tax-deductible donations by the public.


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Pet of the Month:

Rascal is a 3 yr. old Rat Terrier/Italian Greyhound mix full of enthusiasm for life! Rascal would be best in a home where there are no cats but he does well with dogs. He is eager to please and is ready to learn and have fun with an energetic adopter. He is neutered and current on his vaccines and is ready for his new home!

Rich LeMoyne Mortgage Financial Group, Inc Sr. Loan Originator MOBILE

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During the planning of our first “Monthly Showcase” article, the writers & staff were completely unaware of how their lives would be changed, simply by visiting Operation Shoebox. Operation Shoebox is an organization that was created as a morale booster for our troops overseas and to express our love and appreciation for their sacrifices made each day. Operation Shoebox is the origination of Mary Harper, who began her work in 2003 in Belleview, Florida.

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Upon our arrival at the Lake Miona Recreation Center, we met Mrs. Janet Oliver, the Director of Volunteer Services, who was our tour guide through the vast array of volunteers, tables, sewing machines, and various other necessities needed to pull off such an enormous feat. We watched as the 200-500 volunteers hand wrote Christmas cards and letters, sewed Christmas stockings and “ditty bags”, neatly packaged food and personal care items, along with so much more. Our staff members, Kelly Barthlow and Kim Ashcraft were in awe of what they were seeing, the love and care was evident on each face in the room.


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Operation Shoebox relies solely on donations from the community for the supplies needed to send these care packages. Last year, Operation Shoebox spent over $260,000 on postage alone. Each package contains many items, but it’s not merely the items that mean the most to our troops, it’s the connection and warmth they feel when they receive a package from someone back home, who is thinking about them and who appreciates their day-to-day sacrifices. At a time when there are so many concerns about our economy and our daily struggles, these volunteers are generous enough to give their time and talent to do whatever they can to reach out and connect with our soldiers, with whom they may never meet.

There are many ways to help Operation Shoebox continue their extraordinary work. Businesses and individuals can donate non-perishable foods, newspapers (and the plastic bags they are delivered in), stationary items, Christmas cards, fabric and sewing materials, and many more items. Visit their website at www.OperationShoebox.com for more information on their commitment to our troops and what you can do to help. By visiting their website you can also purchase cards hand made by our wounded warriors and a portion of the proceeds go to Operation Shoebox. “Like” them on Facebook to stay up to date on their events and community calendar. If you would like to volunteer contact Mary Harper at 352-307-6723, or stop by the Lake Miona Recreation Center at 1526 Buena Vista Boulevard, The Villages, Florida 32162, on a Monday, between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. They are there 50 weeks a year!

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GOLF FRONT 3/2 COURTYARD VILLA Bond Paid! Beautiful Bonita w/Open Kitchen, Inside Laundry, & Large East Facing 15x10 Lanai w/Acrylic Windows to enjoy Panoramic View of Nancy Lopez Golf Course. $238,000. Call Angie @ (352) 255-2849. MLS/ID:G4686944 Text T814925 to 85377.

VILLAGE OF SANTIAGO. Incredible Wisteria Designer Home, 3/2 Bond Paid, extended garage, laminate floors, volume ceilings, ceramic tile bath & kitchen, bayed window in kitchen with oak cabinets & pullouts, laundry room off master bath & garage, private rear with no home behind, just reduced $188,000 Call Joy Wilson, Associate Broker 352-552-5337 MLS/ID:G4682427 Text T814917 to 85377.

MAGNIFICENT CUSTOM PREMIER HOME in Prestigious Bridgeport of Lake Sumter. Preserve/Golf Course view, 4/3.5, 3 car garage, 4000+ sf, kitchen w/granite island & bar opens to family room w/fireplace, 2000 sf outside living area w/pool, spa & summer kitchen, lrg master suite opens to lanai, oversized bath w/Roman shower, banquet DR, large storage rm in garage, must see this beauty! $1,190,000 Call Joy Wilson, Associate Broker 352-552-5337 MLS/ID:G4682864 Text T814914 to 85377.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION, BEAUTIFUL GOLF FRONT 2/2 CONCRETE WOODLAWN COURTYARD VILLA LOCATED ON THE MALLORY CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE. JUST MINUTES TO LAKE SUMTER TOWN SQUARE & THE CANAL STREET REC CENTER. LOW MAINTENANCE STONE FRONT & BACK YARDS, CERAMIC TILE IN THE WET AREAS AND SECOND BEDROOM, 5 INCH CHERRY PLANK LAMANITE FLOORS IN DIN/LIVING & MASTER BED ROOMS. ACRYLIC ENCLOSED TILED LANAI WITH AUX AIR CONDITIONING. $244,900 CALL TOM HELLER 352-874-2167 MLS/ID:G4687149 Text T814908 to 85377.

VILLAGE OF SPRINGDALE - Immaculate inside and out. Lovely 3/2 designer house in the Villages has open floor plan, volume ceilings, inside laundry, Florida room, 1562 SF climate controlled, brick pavers, 2 car garage w/privacy screen, beautiful landscaping... Village of Springdale... must see! $186,500. Call Rose Rupe, 352751-6276. MLS/ID:G4684942 Text T814901 to 85377.

SOUGHT AFTER COURTYARD VILLA with eastern exposure lanai and inground pool. Two bedrooms with baths inside both master and guest bedroom. Second bedroom features Murphy bed system. Open floor plan with living/dining combo with slider to patio from dining area. Newer carpeting in master bedroom. Villa features a 1-car garage plus golf cart parking area. Washer/dryer hook-ups. Close to all the action! Asking $159,900. Bob Slutsky (352) 572-0551 MLS/ID:G4686215 Text T814897 to 85377.

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GARDENIA IN THE VILLAGE OF CHATHAM with many upgrades. Enclosed lanai w/summer kitchen, golf course view, CBS and so much more. Golf cart included. $329,900. Call Jean Krieger (352) 425-0865 MLS/ID:G4679841 Text T814930 to 85377.

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VILLAGE OF SANIBEL PRACTICALLY NEW, SAND CASTLE MODEL, 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH HOME WITH AN EXTENDED LANAI AND GARAGE. OPEN FLOOR PLAN, VOLUME CEILINGS. UPGRADES GALORE: TILED SHOWERS, CERAMIC TILE FLOORING, LAMINATE FLOORS IN (2) BEDROOMS, LIGHTING FIXTURES, CEILING FANS, AND MUCH MUCH MORE. DIR: S ON MORSE BLVD. (CROSS OVER 466A) TO SANIBEL GATE (PINELLAS PLACE ROAD) TO 4TH LEFT, ISLAWILD WAY TO LOOP TO HOME. 3211 ISLAWILD WAY $179,900 Lillian Gauvin (352) 552-3108 MLS/ID:G4687044 Text T814950 to 85377.

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3/2 DESIGNER EXPANDED 1656SF JASMINE FLOORPLAN, split bedrooms, 2 car garage PLUS golf car garage with its own driveway, covered screen enclose lanai $239,900. Great central location! Call Karin Dinscu (352)817-1704 MLS/ID:G4686739 Text T814895 to 85377.

RENOVATED KITCHEN 2 BED, 2 BATH DURANGO IN RIO PONDEROSA WITH 2 CAR GARAGE, ENCLOSED LANAI, SOLAR TUBE, MURPHY BED AND DESK IN 2ND BEDROOM, KITCHEN HAS NEW COUNTERTOPS AND CABINET FRONTS, NEW BATHROOM COUNTERTOPS, BREAKFAST NOOK, CROWN MOLDINGS, SCREENED FRONT PORCH, INSIDE LAUNDRY, AND MORE, GREAT LOCATION BETWEEN BOTH TOWN SQUARES, BOND PAID. REDUCED TO $148,000. CALL JUDY PHILLIPS 352-430-5848 MLS/ID:G4685003 Text T814896 to 85377.

55+ SECTION CLOSE TO ALL THE VILLAGES SHOPPING WITHOUT THE VILLAGES PRICE! Half of duplex in gated community. 1 story, condo-style living. Spacious 3/2, 2 car garage, Concrete construction, barrel tile roof, brick paver drive & walkway, screened private lanai, private covered screened entry, many community amenities, ALL THIS FOR JUST $149,900 - WOW! CALL CELINE PETRIE 352-446-7853 MLS/ID:G4684014 Text T814892 to 85377.

BRIDGEPORT OF LAKE MIONA WATERVIEWS, POOL, FINEST LOCATION...GOT IT! Now you have to...Get it! Beautiful Expanded St Charles Model w/3000 sf, Beautifully appointed to maximize the stunning panoramic Lake Miona views. The high ceilings, wood floors, granite kitchen, expanded master, open space & the views take your breath away. NO BOND! $810,711 Call John Mello 352-205-0595

VILLAGE DE ALLENDE. Lovely premier home in premier location! This former model home in the Village De Allende nestles on a unique home site with golf course in rear and horse pastures in front. This extremely well-maintained home is perfect for both quiet evenings and also unique entertainment options. The heated and screened pool typifies the wonderful home enhancements. NO BOND! $524,711 Call Linda Sears 352-205-0713 MLS/ID:G4687282

VILLAGE OF ROYAL OAK OF SPRINGDALE. Expanded Williamsburg Premier Home with just under 3000 sq ft of living area. Inside this beautiful home is volume ceilings, tiled floors, corian kitchen, french doors, full 3 bedroom plus a beautifully appointed family room, large master with walk in closets and roman shower, golf cart garage, elevated lanai and private gardens finish this home. NO BOND $524,711 Call John Mello 352-205-0595 MLS/ID:G4684485 Text T385236 to 85377.

VILLAGE OF ROYAL OAK OF SPRINGDALE. Sanibel Pool home on a corner lot with side entry garage and circular drive sets this home apart from the rest. Large living area with corner fireplace, window seats, pocket doors, huge kitchen with center island, expansive master with roman shower, large lanai with wet bar and heated pool with waterfall. NO BOND $566,711 Call Linda Sears 352-205-0713 Text T123088 to 85377.

BEAUTIFULLY BEACHY WISTERIA IN THE VILLAGE OF BRIAR MEADOWS WITH NO BOND, 3/2 FLOOR PLAN WAS DESIGNED FOR THE EASE OF THE VILLAGE LIFESTYLE. VOLUME CEILINGS & TILED FLOORS THROUGHOUT. KITCHEN IS EQUIPPED WITH CORIAN COUNTERS, WOOD CABINETS & NEW STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES. OPEN PATIO WITH STONE FLOOR OVERLOOKS THE INCREDIBLE LANDSCAPING THAT INCLUDES SEVERAL FRUIT TREES $218,711. CALL ANGIE PURVIS TODAY @ 352-408-6683. MLS/ID:G4685917 Text T815018 to 85377.

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BOUGAINVILLEA MODEL/3 BED/2BATH - split floor plan - guest quarters privacy PLUS Florida Room and lanai. Great price/great curb appeal Call Pam Davis @ 352-275-9588 MLS/ID:G4685606 Text T815164 to 85377.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION, EST COMPLETION 9/28. 3/2, JUST 1 BLK AWAY FROM BUENA VISTA ENTRANCE TO THE VILLAGES. DESIGN & FINISHING TOUCHES GIVE FEELING OF A MUCH LARGER HOME. MASTER SUITE FEATURES LARGE MASTER BR, 2 WALK-IN CLOSETS, RESORT-LIKE SPA BATH AREA W/2 SEPARATE VANITIES, JETTED TUB, 2 PERSON WALK-IN SHOWER W/NATURAL STONE COUNTERS, FLOORS & SHOWER WALLS. OVERSIZED KITCHEN FEATURES STAINLESS APPLIANCES, EXPANSIVE WOOD STAINED CABINETS, LARGE ISLAND, GRANITE COUNTERS & NATURAL STONE FLOORING. LARGE GREAT ROOM, INSIDE LAUNDRY, 2 CAR GARAGE. CALL LILLIAN GAUVIN (352) 552-3108 MLS/ID:G4686181 Text T815166 to 85377.

SPRUCE CREEK 2 BED 2 BATH with attached 1/1 in-law suite, great setup for extended family. Has 2 car garage & separate workshop. $145,000 Call Vic Rotz 352-207-4769 Text T815376 to 85377.

BEAUTIFULLY MAINTAINED SPACIOUS HOME on 1 acre corner lot. Enjoy the view from your front porch or rear screened porch. This 3/2 home features volume ceilings, lots of natural light, and open space perfect for entertaining or just relaxing, French doors that open to the screened porch, and an irrigation system to make yard work easier. $195,000 Valerie Williams (352) 427-7750 MLS/ID:G4686226 Text T815146 to 85377.

CONCRETE 3/2.5 DESIGNER BRIDGEPORT. Oversized lot with privacy rear, golf cart garage, enhanced landscaping, Roman walk-in shower, wood/tile floors, enclosed lanai with AC, outstanding tropical patio with brickpavers, Village of Hadley $314,900 Call Tom Heller 352-874-2167 Text T815465 to 85377.

2 BED 2 BATH WITH DEN MARATHON VILLA - End unit! This villa screams pride of ownership. It has been meticulously maintained & shows like it is brand new. Tiled kitchen & baths & newer neutral designer berber in the living & bedrooms. Large kitchen with closet pantry, wood cabinets & tiled counters with huge bar. Open living & dining room & a den that is a great get away area. $168,711 Call John Mello 352-205-0595 MLS/ID:G4685850 Text T815160 to 85377.

HARBOR HILLS. Outstanding Golf Course Frontage Home. Beautiful doesn’t even begin to describe this 3/2 home with cathedral ceilings, SOLID HARDWOOD floors, custom kitchen cabinetry, top of the line stainless appliances & so much more. This home has been recently remodeled with 5” baseboards, accent lighting, finished family room with tiled floors, a panoramic view of the golf course & sliding doors that lead to the entertaining sized lanai. $229,711 Call Linda Sears 352-205-0713 MLS/ID:G4686969

HARBOR HILLS. WOW, THIS IS PRETTY! If you are looking for a POOL HOME to IMPRESS, this is it. The curb appeal alone will make you want to see more. Inside this elegant home will take your breath away. Cathedral ceilings, OPEN FLOOR PLAN, tiled floors, corner wood burning fireplace, palladium windows, granite kitchen with maple cabinets & stainless steel appliances & built in window seats. French doors lead you to The POOL with built in cocktail table & seats. $209,711 Call Linda Sears 352-205-0713 MLS/ID:G4686776

COURTYARD VILLA, New Door Bell, Entire interior freshly painted, new carpet, home professionally cleaned, Exterior including lanai and courtyard recently pressure washed. Ken Hovis (352) 454-5736 MLS/ID:G4686390 Text T815302 to 85377.

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THIS EXPANDED 3/2 CORPUS CHRISTI HAS AN EXTRA 2 FEET ADDED ACROSS THE BACK OF ENTIRE HOME FOR A TOTAL OF 1,353 SQUARE FEET. TURNKEY AVAILABLE, THE KITCHEN FEATURES EATING BAR AND UTILITY CLOSET/PANTRY. EAST FACING 9’ X 15’ SCREENED LANAI OFF THE LR WITH PRIVACY PROVIDED BY LANDSCAPING. EXTRA CEILING INSULATION WAS EXTENDED TO THE GARAGE AND LANAI AREA, A WINDOW WAS ADDED TO THE SIDE OF THE GARAGE TO PROVIDE BETTER LIGHTING FOR THE LAUNDRY AREA, THIS OPEN FLOOR PLAN FEATURES SPLIT BEDROOM DESIGN. VILLAGE OF PIEDMONT. INCLUCES TURNKEY FURNITURE PACKAGE. $146,800. CALL TOM HELLER 352-874-2167 MLS/ID:G4686539 Text T815209 to 85377.

3/2 DESIGNER IN THE VILLAGE OF LARGO: Bond Paid! Open Kitchen, Volume Ceilings, Tiled Entry and Beautiful Wood Floors in Living Areas. Floor to Ceiling Windows in Sunroom $ 234,900 Angie Wilder and Susan Smith 352-255-2849 MLS/ID:G4685070 Text T815255 to 85377.

2/2 AUSTIN WITH VOLUME CEILINGS, SPACIOUS 20X12 EAST FACING ELEVATED LANAI, OPEN KITCHEN FLOOR PLAN, ENHANCED KITCHEN CABINETS, LIGHTING, & APPLIANCES, LAUNDRY AREA FEATURES BUILT IN STORAGE CABINETS AND COUNTER, LOADS OF GARAGE STORAGE, DOUBLE PANE WINDOWS, VINYL FLOORS THROUGH OUT, REPLACEMENT A/C JUNE 2012, SOME FURNITURE MAY BE PURCHASE SEPERATELY. AVAILABLE FOR QUICK CLOSING, $144,900. CALL TOM HELLER 352-874-2167 MLS/ID:G4685755 Text T815257 to 85377.

3/2 GARDENIA IN THE VILLAGE OF TALL TREES Don’t miss this Beauty in a Perfect Location, Volume Ceilings, Ceramic Tile, 4 Sliding Doors to North Facing Lanai with Landscaped Privacy on Corner Lot. $269,413 Angie Wilder and Susan Smith 352-255-2849 Text T815199 to 85377.

3/2 AMARILLO - SUNKISS WITH FLORIDA ROOM AND EAST FACING OVERSIZED ENCLOSED LANAI. BOND PAID. CORNER LOT WITH ENHANCED LANDSCAPING. SPLIT BEDROOM DESIGN. OPEN FLOOR PLAN, INSIDE LAUNDRY ROOM, New AC system 2009, A GREAT LOCATION BETWEEN BOTH TOWN SQUARES, $164,900. CALL TOM HELLER 352-874-2167 MLS/ID:G4685316 Text T815233 to 85377.

QUIET AND PEACEFUL IS THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. Enter this 3/2 home through a screened front porch into a ceramic tile foyer. The main living area has ceramic tile floors, cathedral ceilings, plant shelves and french doors that open onto a caged screened patio that is 38x12---NO rear neighbors! Bedrooms have carpet and wood laminate floors. $88,500. Call now to see. Peter Hettmann 352-250-1000 MLS/ID:G4682215 Text T815227 to 85377.

GRAND 4 BEDROOM, 3 BATH, SPLIT RANCH HOME with covered lanai, truly has it all. A must see for any family. The fourth bedroom can be converted into den or office or a room of your choice. The family room, kitchen, and breakfast area plus separate living room have vaulted ceilings while the Master affords his and hers walk in closets. With 2543 square feet, this plan offers the best of the best on an oversized lot. Resort style pool and state of the art aerobics center. Bill Price 352-638-6176 MLS/ID:G4684925 Text T815275 to 85377.

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2/2 MARATHON COURTYARD VILLA IN CALUMET GROVE in The Villages is close to shopping, town squares, the VA clinic, restaurants, recreational centers, Mulberry Grove, Lopez Legacy Country Club, & much more. This villa is being sold “as is” with right to inspect. It just needs a little “TLC”.Owners have priced it to sell. Volume ceilings, wood cabinetry with pull out drawers & closet pantry in kitchen, walk in closet in master bedroom, 6 panel doors, covered & screened lanai are just a few of the features that make this villa one you will want to see! Rose Rupe (304) 784-7312 MLS/ID:G4684639 Text T815208 to 85377.

VILLAGE OF POINCIANA SULLIVAN VILLAS. Close to Cane Garden, pools, recreation centers. Poured concrete walls w/stucco. Courtyard Villa being sold furnished. 2/2. Volume ceilings, ceramic tile floors, oversized master bedroom w/2 sinks, large walk-in closet, acrylic enclosed lanai, very nice patio & grassed yard, freshly painted, great investment property, quick close available $178,900 Call Joy Wilson, Associate Broker (352)552-5337 MLS/ID:G4683109 Text T815309 to 85377.

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Busy-Ness as Usual in a TEAMing Real Estate Office

By T. Faye

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ou know life can be a funny thing; in fact, very funny sometimes, especially within the walls of our TEAMing real estate office. And a true TEAM we have. I don’t see one “I” in it. We love it that way. I’m still tickled about this incident which happened several months ago – It was a typical weekday… I should say “atypical” weekday, which is typical for our office – I answered the phone for the bazillionth time in my best chipper voice, “Good afternoon. Thank you for calling RE/MAX Premier Realty. How may I direct your call please?”

“I’m looking for a home,” he told he or she can be connected me, after stating his name. specifically to one of our agents. If not, then I introduce the caller to I said, “You’re looking for a our on-duty Floor Agent. home? Fantastic! You’ve called the right place. Just let me get a As it was, I transferred the call little information from you, and to our Floor Agent, a former Tool I’ll get you to the right person.” and Die Engineer. I was in earshot of the conversation, only hearing bits and pieces.

“...Sometimes you’re the bug and sometimes you’re the windshield!....”

Of crucial importance in a real estate office is utmost fairness. Our Realtors work very hard on behalf of their home sellers and home buyers, and they spend a lot of advertising dollars to help “Oh, hi,” was the response from them shine. I ask enough basic the other end of the phone line. questions to quickly determine if

“What size home are you looking for? How many square feet? [pause] What?” our agent chuckled. “I’ll transfer you back to our Front Office Coordinator.” I picked up the call for the second time and burst out laughing when the caller explained that he was indeed “looking for a home.” However, the “home” he was looking for was a great real estate office he could join as an active Realtor. He did


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join our TEAM, and we both still laugh about that funny introductory conversation. Now, over fifty amazing people call our Villages office “home.” Another of our agents responded cheerfully and candidly this week to a congratulatory email I sent him for yet another great success in closing a sale. His response was, “Sometimes you’re the bug and sometimes you’re the windshield!” How true. I see it all: Triumphs and disappointments, high sailing and what may feel temporarily like a grounded airplane, happy times and frustrations, all common to every person, in every walk of life, in every business. But what I see that makes such a difference at RE/MAX Premier is the common bond of compassion, support, and caring our TEAM has for one another. We have a definite energy here. We have mourned the loss of loved ones and welcomed babies born. We have rallied to lift up the spirit of ones suffering from accidents or illness. We’ve celebrated long term marriages within our walls. We have cookouts throughout the year and celebrate holidays, where the fabulous “secret ingredient” bratwursts provided over the years by two of our Realtors are an absolute must! Many of our agents have been with RE/MAX for many years. Some have left to explore other avenues—and returned to us convinced this is the right place to be. If I were to describe our amazing folks in terms of music and color, I would say we have a vibrant, symphonic kaleidoscope—an array of fascinating, intelligent personalities—with so many interesting backgrounds, experiences, and talents weaved like thread into the tapestry we call our TEAM.

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backgrounds and all bring something unique and interesting to the fold. Many have been successful business owners, are great parents, avid golfers, fishermen, equestrians, artisans, are productive church members, professional stagers, and are active volunteers in many community affairs, such as The Children’s Miracle Network and the Humane Society. If that doesn’t beat the band, we even have singers and musicians who are excellent enough to be professional. Recently, I had the privilege of watching an amazing transaction, starting with the introduction of our on-duty Floor agent to her customers, and concluding at the closing table with the purchase of their dream home. In this particular case, the customers have special needs, as the husband and wife are deaf.

“...It seems I have developed the necessary skill to do 80 things simultaneously and succinctly. ....” Our agent, who is also an attorney, showed great patience and compassion, and gave all the extra time and care needed. Her innovative approach to communicate effectively with them, and the help she gave them to overcome many obstacles (including the need to sell their home before they bought another), resulted in a very happy ending for all at our office.

productive, with many continuous home listings and ongoing sales. Our three conference rooms are always booming, be there a closing, or an agent helping a customer’s needs, using the computer. With top notch trainings twice a week, and weekly Lunch and Learns, something innovative and productive is always taking place—a steady flow of opportunity and education. Recently, one of our Realtors sauntered up to the counter at my office and nonchalantly said in a deadpan tone, “I came into this world with nothing … and so far, I still have most of it left.” [author: Spencer Homan] We both laughed heartily, though I kept doing what I was doing on the computer without skipping a beat—a skill necessary for our fast paced environment. It seems I have developed the necessary skill to do 80 things simultaneously and succinctly. But I wonder what would happen if I had 81 things to do at the same time. Well, all I know is that if my head spun completely off my neck and rolled down the hallway, first we would all laugh about it. Then our agents would run and get it for me, help me screw it back on my neck, and be extremely loving, patient and kind—a mutual feeling I have for them. Then we might laugh about it some more. If you wonder what has nine brains, three hearts, and eight legs, I would like to say it’s me, because that would definitely be helpful here at our busy office. But hard as I try, I can’t possibly measure up to the magnificent octopus.

If there is an ‘on season’ and an ‘off season’ to the year, I’m just too “You need what? How many— busy to notice a difference, as we and by when?” seem to be in ‘on season’ year round, not just the fall and winter Please excuse me. It’s time to be months when our northern an octopus again. We love it that Our Realtors have varying friends arrive. Our office is highly way.

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What’s the BUZZ about Social Media?

Twitter. YouTube.

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Pinterest.

These are all examples of social media, and I bet as soon as you hear these words, you can add at least another three sites to the list off the top of your head. But what is social media? The best definition I’ve found comes from Ron Jones, CEO of Symetri Internet Marketing: "Social media essentially is a category of online media where people are talking, participating, sharing, networking, and bookmarking online." For us, here in The Villages, it means we’re “hanging out” on-line at some of our favorite places and with our favorites groups of people. Whether you follow the entertainment schedule posted daily by The Villages Daily Sun, take a peek at the specials at Gators Dockside, or browse the photos that were taken at your big club event last weekend: Facebook is the place to be! This doesn’t even include our Google searches, Amazon purchases, or perusing YouTube for a great how-to video. Social media allows us to be connected to the world in a broad way and taking advantage of these resources, and of the opportunities for world wide communication enhances our lives beyond measure. Fifteen years ago, would we have dreamed of using Skype to interact with friends and family in other states or countries? How about learning the language of your teenaged grandchild via their Facebook page?

Believe it or not, Baby Boomers and mature adults are currently the fastest growing dynamic of social media users in the world. In-the-know Villagers are using social media as a tool in their daily lives not only for social-living but for on-going education, and researching new services and products. Business savvy Villagers know that interacting with their favorite restaurants, gift shops, and service providers via social media is like giving a personal endorsement and is invaluable promotion for those business owners.

Social media: fun, functional, and even educational. No matter how much, or little we use it we can agree that it’s added value to our lives in more ways than one. - Tonya Tallulah Morris

Are you a part of this Social Tech Revolution? Would you like to get started or delve into a new area of the web, like Pinterest or Twitter? ReMax Premier Realty of The Villages will be offering hands on learning sessions free to Villages residents throughout the Fall and Winter. Visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/mattersofthehome and join the mailing list to receive a personal invitation.


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‘Tis The Season

to be Jolly for Home Sellers In The Villages!!

ll signs are pointing to the next several included in the payment. There is a new tool for buyers who didn’t get as months becoming one of the best times for homemuch equity out of the sale of their home as they owners needing to sell that we have seen in many had hoped. It’s called a Reverse Mortgage years. With real estate markets recovering all Purchase. This allows buyers 62 and over to make across the nation, it’s freeing up homeowners who a down payment, put a reverse mortgage on the have been waiting for their homes to sell so they house they want as a purchase, and not have mortcan move to their dream location in Florida. gage payments for the entire time they live in the What’s causing the improvement? One factor home. Sound too good to be true? It’s real, and it’s is the lowest long term fixed mortgage rates on gaining popularity among buyers. Now let’s talk record. Even though of Villages’ buyers pay about the demand. Most of us know about the cash, often their cash comes from the equity famous baby boomer generthrough the sale of their homes. The buyers of “This allows buyers 62 and over to ation, (the 78 million of us that were born between those homes are usually getting financing. make a down payment, put a 1946 and 1964.) Well, now Despite what you some- reverse mortgage on the house they we are 58 to 66 years of age, and at least 20% of us are times hear on the street or from the news media, want as a purchase, and not have predicted to move as soon many buyers can get mortgage payments for the entire as we retire. And we love the sun, so we are moving to financing and lenders are Florida in larger numbers making loans. Qualified time they live in the home.” than ever. What better place buyers can get more for a fun filled retirement than The Villages? We house for their monthly payment and they can end are ready to celebrate and this place is the ultimate up paying much less in a mortgage payment than and most unique place to retire and have a great they pay in rent, even with taxes and insurance

time! Many of our friends are already there and we want to join them. This huge demand for retirees is creating a bit of a shortage even before the “season” this year, so this is good news for those who want to sell. If you are reading this and have been thinking of selling your home, it’s time to give us a call to see what your home is worth. This will be the best season in years to get your home sold, so let’s get moving!

Nancy Deichman, CRS,GRI, CDPE, Broker - RE/MAX Premier Realty 13940 N Hwy 441, Bldg 800, The Villages, Fl 32159 Cell Phone 352-427-5704 - nancydeichman@remax.net

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Keep those ceiling fans moving. Yes they use electricity, but they cool the room by an average of 5 degrees, making it easier to move that thermostat up a bit, and that’s where the most savings exist. If you have windows on the west side of the home, or a porch that faces west, shades for the windows are a big plus to keep out that afternoon sun. You will want a quality sun blocking shade for this job.

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