“Ocala Rocks” in More Ways than One

It’s been a while since I wrote a blog post… This one is pretty cute. Since my blog is about, “What’s Happening in Ocala” I thought I would share this with you.  Last week was my first experience when I stumbled upon a “Painted Rock” down by the City Hall. I was taking a photo of my grandson by a painted horse, which we have all over Ocala. The note attached to the rock said, “Face book, “Ocala Rocks” keep or rehide. When I got back home I looked up, “Ocala Rocks” on Face Book and learned of this awesome way to spread joy around town. I never heard of this before, but several city’s nationwide has their own painted rocks Face book page. It is the cutest thing. So, of course I had to paint my own to continue spreading some more joy. Once you paint your rocks, then you take them anywhere public and post hints for your face book rock friends to try and find. Some people are very vague with their clues, and make it harder for you to locate, especially since we have a pretty large county. I like giving good clues, so they are not too hard to find. Once you find a painted rock, then you can keep it, or rehide. Most people will paint several, and hide them, so keeping some now and then is perfectly ok. I’ve made about 20 so far, and I just found my first rock tonight (in the picture below- “Shine”).  I will keep this one, but I have several more coming to hide soon. I think there is a little bit of kid in every one of us. I was pretty excited about my first find. Check out this Face Book group page and join in and have some fun by clicking here “Ocala Rocks”. In pictures below are some examples, and a couple of the hide places.

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

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BUYERS BEWARE!!!!

SCAMMERS HAVE LEARNED NEW WAYS TO SCAM BUYERS IN REAL ESTATE

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If you are in the middle of a Real Estate transaction YOU NEED TO READ THIS. It can save you thousands of dollars, and a lot of heartache of being scammed out of “your” money, which could also result in you losing out in the purchase of your home.

What these scammers are doing is hacking into emails of any parties involved in the Real Estate transaction (The Consumer, Realtors, Title Agents, Lenders etc..). Once they have your contact information they learn of upcoming closings and get you to wire closing funds straight to their bank accounts.

I had a recent closing coming up, and I did not pay close attention to the exact name of the title company that sent me the email. It was close to the name of the company I was working with, and I assumed it was them. I completely did not realize it was not legit. I was actually expecting a HUD from First International Title, so looking quickly I did not realize it said, First American Title. I tried to open the HUD a few times, but my anti-virus software prevented it (thank God). I called the title company to ask them to send it to me again as an attachment, so I could open it. The title agent said, they never sent it. I thought it was strange that there was a signature line, but no contact numbers. The Title company told me of many other incidents like this with scammers that they personally have come in contact with recently. It also happened to an agent here locally where the Buyers they were working with wired $8,000 (for their closing), and unfortunately they were not able to recover their money back.

Check out this video posted on You Tube, “Voice for Real Estate” regarding Real Estate scamming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKDbQ2kwHew

This is pretty scary, that these scam artists are very sly in their attempt to get you off guard.

BEFORE YOU WIRE ANY FUNDS FOR CLOSINGS be sure to confirm information by phone with your title company. It’s a shame that there are people that learn ways to scam and cheat people. Don’t be their next target!

 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!

 

 

 

 

 

Light Up Ocala~ Saturday, November 23, 2013

It’s that time again for Ocala’s

BIG EVENT

30th ANNUAL LIGHT UP OCALA!

Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 4 – 9 p.m.

Previous Light Up Ocala Photos

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Approximately 400,000 lights hanging from the trees and around the Downtown Square is an absolute must for anyone to see. The lighting ceremony takes place at  7:30 p.m.  However the fun and festivities are from 4 – 9 p.m.

Here are some of the different activities happening:

~ Live entertainment on three stages, with dancers, singers and more.

~ On the BIG SCREEN they will be showing “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas” that premiered on television in 1966 .

~ 800 + children will be walking and participating in the Jr. Sunshine Christmas Parade at beginning at 4:30 p.m.

~ Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and The Grinch- 5 – 8:30 p.m.

~ FOR THE KIDDIES- big slide, bounce house, indoor laser tag and challenge course.

~ 41 Craft and 24 food vendors

~ 64 X 32  feet new synthetic skating rink

Come out and enjoy the starting of the

Holiday Season with us!

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!

A New Home Builder Comes to Ocala

In 2006 when I first started in Real Estate, I sold mostly all new homes. I made it a point to visit EVERY new home builder and community in and around the Ocala area. I previewed approximately 100 builders and communities in our area. When the bubble busted, just about all of them went out of business or left the area like so many other areas in the nation. So it’s with great pleasure to see New Home Builders building once again in Ocala. Click here to read more about Highland Homes.

Highland Homes

Highland Homes is coming soon to Ocala. They will have several models to chose from located in the Meadow Glenn subdivision. Offering stylish and affordable homes starting from the mid-$100,000’s. Here’s a sample of some of their other communities in Florida Click here.

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

“American Idol” finalist Jeremy Rosado sings tonight, October 19th in Ocala

Downtown Square Concert with Jeremy Rosado (25)

American Idol Finalist Jeremy Rosado and Jeannie Ortega sings tonight in Ocala

“American Idol” finalist Jeremy Rosado performed a free Christian Concert tonight on Ocala’s Downtown Square. Jeannie Ortega opened the concert with songs of Praise and Worship.

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Jeremy Rosado

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It was his lifelong dream to be a singer, yet nothing materialize for Jeremy Rosado. Friends and family even tried to discourage him to give up his dream. Then after his 5th attempt to be the next “American Idol” he made it as a contestant. “I had something inside of me, deep down I believed it was meant for me,” Rosado said. “I couldn’t agree with people telling me to give up. God gave me my dream and I will be forever grateful.” His voice was so amazing that he brought tears down the face of “Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez. She was a huge supporter of Jeremy.

Jeremy continues to lift up His Maker as he sings. He is an inspiration to all who hears him…. THIS BOY CAN SING!

 Click here to watch a video clip on You Tube of Jeremy OR Click here for another video clip.

 Jeannie Ortega

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With Top 40 success came opportunity, and Jeannie spent the summer of 2006 as the opening act for international pop star Rihanna on her nationwide tour. Immediately following that tour, Jeannie joined the “Lo Maximo de la Musica Tour” along side Latino notables. In tandem with her budding pop music career, the multi-talented Ortega also began a second career as an actress, appearing in the teen romantic drama “Step Up.” She also landed her first major acting role alongside Tristan Wilds (Beverly Hills 90210) in the indie film “Indelible,” scheduled for release next year.

She made it to the top, but felt empty… Her soul felt the tug of Jesus and thus her soul searching began as she made her way back to her Christian roots. Now she gives God all the glory, and she is not ashamed in any type of setting to give God praise.

To see more of what Jeannie Ortega is all about, Click here to check out her website.

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!

 

 

 

Ocala / Marion County, FL Featured on Today In America with Terry Bradshaw

Ocala has so much to offer: Gorgeous scenery, continuous growth, and vibrant places to live, work, and play. Everything one could possibly want is right here, from beautiful horse ranches to fine restaurants and shopping.

Click here to check out this video that was featured by Terry Bradshaw on, “Today In America” regarding our beautiful Ocala/ Marion County, FL As you view this video I think you will see why so many of us call Ocala and Marion County home!

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There are many beautiful homes and neighborhoods to choose from. Our city has something for you whether you’re looking for a “starter home” or want to upgrade to the home of your dreams! We are just about an hour north of everything the Orlando area has to offer: Disney World, Sea World, Epcot, Orlando International Airport, and a bustling downtown with exciting cultural attractions. Here in Ocala we’re close enough to enjoy it all without having to deal with the congestion of a large city.

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!