Market Update…. New Construction Going Up All Over….

New Construction is happening all around our area…. Ocala/Marion County is back on the map!!! That is exciting news that our local economy is on the uptick. When builders start building homes again, recovery is in sight. Several new communities are springing up. Have you noticed that it’s not just new homes that are being built? Commercial Sales are up too. It seems like all the larger car dealerships are building massive new stores. As a Realtor you couldn’t ask for more.

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I recently just purchased a new home myself. In my community there are at least 20 new homes being built at the same time with a few different builders. If you are sitting on the fence in your decision making, DO NOT WAIT!!!! NOW IS THE TIME!!! We still have awesome prices and great low interest rates (although prices  and rates have inched up somewhat). Let me know how I can assist you or someone you know.

 OCALA FLORIDA HOMES

Looking to purchase or sell a home… I can sell any home in Marion County…

Call me today for more information regarding all your Real Estate needs.

Teresa Fikaris, REALTOR, Fontana Realty

Cell: 352-208-5874

CLICK ON LINKS BELOW TO CHECK OUT MY WEBSITE:

OCALABUYERSAGENT.COM or  OCALAFLORIDAHOMES.NET

Going the extra mile with a smile!

 

REFERRALS ARE GREAT!

I love getting and giving referrals. If you are pleased with the services that you have received, tell others about them. Word of mouth is the best advertisement anyone can receive. Whether it is a realtor referral, a service provider, doctor, dentist or any other person or company that has provided you with exceptional service, share your experience with others. When you are new to the area it is very important to have people you can trust. Who better to recommend someone, than a satisfied customer or patient. Here are a few medical providers that I want to rave about:

 

 Dr. Amy Cauthen- DERMATOLOGIST

Phone: 352-512-0092

I wasn’t happy with the former Dermatologist I went to at all. He had no personality and seemed very impersonal. I knew that I would not be going back to him ever again. After asking several people, someone recommended Dr. Amy Cauthen to me. When I arrived, I was greeted by a warm friendly staff (which by the way is as important to me as the doctor). Dr. Amy was fabulous! I felt she cared about me as a patient, and at the same time I felt like family. And she did not overcharge me like the former doctor did for the same kind of services (she charged me less than half of what he charged). Check out the article in the Ocala Magazine, October Issue (page 34) that was written about her: http://bluetoad.com/publication/?i=228061. I highly recommend Dr. Cauthen. She is awesome!

 

Dr. Evan Pederson- DENTIST

Phone: 352-873-2000

I worked as a dental assistant for 23 years (for the same dentist). He was a great boss, and believe it or not, I have crowns and fillings that are still in perfect condition  that he did back in 1979-1980. Now that is amazing! After relocating to Ocala and going to a couple dentists that treated me like a number, and not a person, I finally found a good one. He was a southern gentleman; however that ended too soon when he relocated out of the area. So, back to my search for a warm and caring dentist. My pause between dentists lasted longer than it should have. I think I waited a 3 years. I know that is terrible!

Then, I remembered that a neighbor recommended a dentist to me a few years back, and I called the office and made an appointment. Dr. Pederson is amazing! I had to have a tooth surgically removed, and it was a tough one to come out. He expected me to have a lot of pain afterward. I was also expecting the pain too, however, I had NO PAIN! I did not feel anything afterward. That evening, he gave me a call to check to see how I was feeling. I cannot say enough good things about him. Recently I brought my step-dad to him, and we have been ecstatic with the results of everything that has been done for him as well. * Please note- just because I did not have pain, does not mean that it could not happen as a result of dental treatment… just saying!

 

Dr. Douglas Murphy- GYNACOLOGIST

Phone: 352- 351-0060

Another great find! I loved the GYN doctor I had, but the problem was that he was also an Obstetrician (a baby doctor). Each time I went for a checkup I sat in a room full of pregnant ladies. That wasn’t that bad, but what was bad was that the waiting times were awful. After waiting sometimes up to an hour, then you would be called back and I would sit another 20-30 minutes. Two different times after waiting all that time, I was told that the doctor had to go to the hospital to deliver a baby. As much as I liked the doctor, I had to find a doctor that was not an Obstetrician. This time I used the social media network to ask local ladies for a recommendation. Dr. Murphy was perfect! He was exactly what I was looking for. He has a great staff and he’s a warm and caring doctor.

 

Melissa Lozano- FAMILY CARE MEDICAL PROVIDER- NURSE PRACTITIONER

Phone: 352-861-1667

I’ve been going to Melissa Lozano for several years now. At first, I saw the doctor, which was very nice. The next visit the receptionist asked if I would like to be seen by the nurse practitioner, since the doctor was not available. That was the last time I actually seen the doctor. Melissa is so knowledgeable and is very thorough. She takes her time to explain everything to you, so you are not wondering when you leave what she said. However, just in case you do forget, everything that was discussed is printed out (when you check out), so you don’t forget what she said. Melissa comes highly recommended.

 

 OCALA FLORIDA HOMES

Looking to purchase or sell a home… I can sell any home in Marion County…

Call me today for more information regarding all your Real Estate needs.

Teresa Fikaris, REALTOR, Fontana Realty

Cell: 352-208-5874

CLICK ON LINKS BELOW TO CHECK OUT MY WEBSITE:

OCALABUYERSAGENT.COM or  OCALAFLORIDAHOMES.NET

Going the extra mile with a smile!

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT A PERFECT DAY…. for the Art Festival today in downtown Ocala

Believe it or not, I have never been to an Art Festival. It was my first time. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of artists there displaying their beautiful artwork and creative styles.

Check out the slideshow below with many photos taken

 

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Tony Moore~ Artist

Tony Moore~ Artist

It was my pleasure meeting one artist in particular (Tony Moore) that shared with my friend and I that he started later in life at the age of 35. He had not done much prior to that. When you see his art work you can’t image him getting started at that age. He was a real natural and his creative ideas were amazing.

As you can see below depicted in this art piece, a man and woman inside the apple. It represents creation and the fall of man when they sinned against God as they ate of the forbidden fruit.

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 Another art piece he did was of Jimmy Hendrix inside his guitar. The caption that went with this drawing says, “When you are very good at what you do, it becomes evident; It’s hard to separate you from the “Tools of The Trade”.

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  And another beautiful piece he had was a drawing of the continent of Africa, and a woman with some of the pieces of the puzzle missing. So much has  been taken out of Africa… and now some of those pieces are being put back together.

  To see more of his artwork click here to go directly to his website.

 

Ocala is a great place to live. If you are considering a wonderful place to relocate with lots of culture,

and many things to do and see, give me a call. I would be happy to assist you and your family.

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 OCALA FLORIDA HOMES

Looking to purchase or sell a home… I can sell any home in Marion County…

Call me today for more information regarding all your Real Estate needs.

Teresa Fikaris, REALTOR, Fontana Realty

Cell: 352-208-5874

CLICK ON LINKS BELOW TO CHECK OUT MY WEBSITE:

OCALABUYERSAGENT.COM or  OCALAFLORIDAHOMES.NET

Going the extra mile with a smile!

Why Realtors are Therapists too…

 I recently read an article about Realtors being Therapists, and boy did I ever agree with it. I have always been a people person. I love People! It doesn’t matter if you are two or ninety two, I can find a common ground with any age, and can relate. I love different cultures too. At times I have even (or at least tried to) communicate with people that don’t even speak my language. One thing we all have in common is the need to feel loved, and that somebody cared.

To me Real Estate is all about people. Yes, it is about buying and selling homes, but we must connect with people first before the transaction happens. It’s one of the biggest decisions that people will make in a lifetime. Yes, it can be very scary and emotional. That’s why it is important to have an agent right by your side, so you never have to go it alone.

I had a buyer in the past that wrote a contract, then completely changed their mind and canceled it the very next day. Yep, she got cold feet! She typically had such a hard time making decisions. This happened after taking them from one end of the county to the other (several hundred miles) looking for a home with land for her horses. I ACTUALLY HAD TO STAY FORCUSED ON THIS ONE! They went back up north, and then decided that they really wanted a home in Florida, and thus we searched again for the right home and property. After another full day… the perfect home (for them) was located… SHE LOVED IT!!! The contract was accepted, and half way through the process, she began to doubt that she made the right choice. Talk about emotional! When I called to follow up, she decided that she did not want to talk to me. So, I said to her partner, that is OK, but would you mind to put me on speaker phone, so I could talk where she could hear me, but she would not have to respond. I said to my customer; Let us go over your dreams and goals… Why did you want to purchase a home in Florida… her biggest reason was being in the sunshine, so I reminded her of that, and lots of it! She dreamt about this for years. Also, it was a great area for her horses, and for her to be more involved in the horse community. So, as a Real Estate Therapist (I’m not really a therapist) I just needed to share with her that these dreams and goals were hers, not mine. I just had to remind her of what brought her here in the first place. It was a struggle through it all, and I was not even sure she was going to show up for the closing, but she was there! After she closed on her home, she told me that I really should have been a Therapist. She let me know what it meant to her that I never gave up, and how I was there right by their side through the process.

Realtors do not have it easy… but good agents are up for the challenge, and will find ways to assist you through any situation making your home buying and selling experience as stress free as possible!

Thank you for the opportunity to earn your business. I look forward to hearing from you! 

 Teresa Fikaris

OCALA FLORIDA HOMES

Looking to purchase or sell a home… I can sell any home in Marion County…

Call me today for more information regarding all your Real Estate needs.

Teresa Fikaris, REALTOR, Fontana Realty

Cell: 352-208-5874

CLICK ON LINKS BELOW TO CHECK OUT MY WEBSITE:

OCALABUYERSAGENT.COM or  OCALAFLORIDAHOMES.NET

Going the extra mile with a smile!

Ocala Strawberry and Craft Festival

Habitat for Humanity

1st Annual

Strawberry and Craft Festival

Downtown Ocala

WHAT A GORGEOUS DAY to have OCALA’S first STRAWBERRY AND CRAFT FESTIVAL.

~So much was going on all over the DOWNTOWN area.

~The event went from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.

~BANDS played throughout the day entertaining the crowds on two different stages.

~Two of the main entertainers were VICTORIA SEXTON from Ocala

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and

CHUCK WICKS with Dancing with the Stars

(To hear his famous song~ Stealing Cinderella click here).

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~THE CAR SHOW was presented by The Village Region Antique Automobile Club.

~There was no shortage of food, as FOOD VENDORS lined the streets, which included Mojo Grill.

~CRAFT VENDORS came from far and wide.

Some of the ACTIVITIES included:

LOCAL PERFORMERS, A PET PARADE, DANCE TROOPS, KARATE DEMONSTRAIONS,

FACE PAINTING, NASA SIMULATOR, AND A KID ZONE (with 9 inflatables).

The event was a huge success!

REAL ESTATE OCALA FL

Looking to purchase a home… I can sell any home in Marion County…

Call me today for more information regarding all your Real Estate needs.

Teresa Fikaris, (Realtor) Buyer’s Agent, Fontana Realty

Cell: 352-208-5874 Website: www.OcalaBuyersAgent.com

Going the extra mile with a smile!

Things you SHOULD and SHOULD NOT do when getting a mortgage.

THINGS YOU SHOULD DO:

  • BE SURE TO PAY YOUR BILLS ON TIME (this includes bills that don’t usually report on your credit like cable and power etc. If not paid for a period of time a collection can be filed)
  • PAY YOUR SCHOOL LOANS (unless they are deferred) speak with lender regarding this
  • PAY YOUR RENT ON TIME (if renting)

THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT DO:

  • DO NOT OPEN ANY NEW CREDIT (secured or unsecured)
  • DO NOT BUY NEW FURNITURE
  • DO NOT BUY NEW APPLIANCES
  • DO NOT BUY A NEW CAR (or used car)
  • DO NOT CHANGE JOBS (includes quitting or getting fired)
  • DO NOT CLOSE YOUR CREDIT CARD ACCOUNTS (lenders need to see that you are responsible with open credit)
  • DO NOT MAX OUT YOUR CREDIT CARDS (for the same reason as above)
  • DO NOT GET CASH ADVANCES OR LOANS TO PAY FOR INSPECTIONS ETC… speak with lender regarding this
  • DO NOT MAKE UNDOCUMENTED DEPOSITS OR WITHDRAWALS INTO YOUR BANK ACCOUNTS (most mortgage loans require 30 to 60 days’ worth of bank statements)

Just because you have been preapproved OR even approved for a loan does not guaranty that you will not be turned down. Keep in mind that lenders will pull your credit again a day or two prior to closing to verify that your credit has not changed. If it has changed significantly, YOU CAN POSSIBLY BE DENIED.

What you should and should NOT do when getting a mortgage

What you should and should NOT do when getting a mortgage

Getting a mortgage should be your priority if you do not have cash to purchase a home. It is the most critical time in the home buying process.

You have searched through several homes, and have located “The Home”. Your offer gets accepted, and you’ve paid for the inspections, and appraisal. You don’t want to jeopardize things now, and be turned down for your loan. IT CAN HAPPEN! If the lender thinks you are a risk at any point of the process you can be denied, especially during the underwriting process.

If you have any questions, first call your lender (or mortgage broker). They will be happy to guide you through each step, and answer any questions you may have so that you do not make mistakes along the way. Once you have closed on your new home, then you are free to use your credit once again.

REAL ESTATE OCALA FL

Looking to purchase a home… I can sell any home in Marion County…

Call me today for more information regarding all your Real Estate needs.

Teresa Fikaris, (Realtor) Buyer’s Agent, Fontana Realty

Cell: 352-208-5874 Website: www.OcalaBuyersAgent.com

Going the extra mile with a smile!

Realtor Tour of New Models in 55+ Community

It’s always wonderful for Realtors to see what is new for sale in any community. However, it is especially great if you are touring one of the nicest adult communities around the Ocala area. Today I joined two other Realtors from Fontana Realty  (Aminta Hernandez and Karen Hollon) to see what was happening in Stone Creek. Of course there were other Realtors there checking out the new models as well.

If you are interested in seeing any of these homes, please be sure to allow me to register you.  I can represent you as your Buyers Agent. As always my services are FREE to you and I can show you new homes as well as resale’s in the community.

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REAL ESTATE OCALA FL

Looking to purchase a home… I can sell any home in Marion County…
Call me today for more information regarding all your Real Estate needs.
Teresa Fikaris, (Realtor) Buyer’s Agent, Fontana Realty
Cell: 352-208-5874 Website: www.OcalaBuyersAgent.com
Going the extra mile with a smile!