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

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

IMG_7611   IMG_7597

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.

IMG_7550

 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”.

IMG_7552

  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.

IMG_7621

 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 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

 Victoria Sexton

and

CHUCK WICKS with Dancing with the Stars

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

 Chuck Wicks

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

~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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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!

Gator Joe’s~ On Lake Weir

Marion county has so many little hidden Jewels… today I took a ride to get some photos to share with you of Gator Joe’s located on Lake Weir in Ocklawaha, just outside Ocala.

It’s a little place with beautiful views to enjoy lunch or dinner…. check out the menu click here.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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!

Coming soon! Our 60th Annual Ocala Christmas Parade~

 “A Frosty White Christmas!”

IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR… I love Christmas time, and can’t wait to see our Annual Christmas Parade… IT IS SPECTACULAR!

Christmas Parade 2013 (4)

 2nd Saturday in December

  DATE: December 14th, 2013

TIME: Parade begins at 5:30 PM!

Christmas Parade 2013 (5)

PARADE MARSHALL: Daniel Owenarade

2013 Jr. PARADE MARSHALL: Dylan Williams

The Parade attracts over 60,000 spectators from Ocala/Marion County and surrounding counties who line up along more than 2 miles of East Silver Springs Blvd in Ocala, Florida. Some of these spectators arrive as early as a week before the parade to “mark their spot” with lawn chairs, trucks, flatbed trailers or motor homes.

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!