NEW HOMEOWNERS~ Change your locks!

Be sure to change the locks right away after moving

into your new home!

One of the first things new homeowners need do is change the locks on their new home.

You have no idea who might have a copy of your keys.

Investing a bit of money upfront can protect you from burglary down the road.

It’s also a good idea to make an extra copy of your keys, and leave them with someone you

trust, so you don’t have to shell out $100 to a locksmith, if you ever lock yourself out.

Better safe than sorry is my motto!

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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!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

The 5th Annual CHAIR-ity Event~

A couple weeks ago I had the privelige to attend the 5th Annual Chair-ity Event and Silent Auction. The event was held at Ewers Century Center at the College of Central Florida.

Auctioneer Greg Lord with his assistants, Event Chairperson Susan Smith and Committee Affiliate Linda Arvanitis had quite a bit of fun as they auctioned the items.

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It was huge this year! Approximately 400 guests were in attendance- Benefiting 5 local charities: Project SOS “Support Our Soldiers” and the Humane Society of Marion County. A portion of the proceeds was also donated to Veterans Helping Veterans, Marion Therepeutic Riding Association, and the Marion County Public Schools Homeless Children and Youth Program. Sponsored by the Ocala/Marion County Realtor Affiliate Committee.

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A Big “Thank You” for all the local artist that donated their creative chairs.

Bennett Contruction- Abbegale BennettPhoto on left- Abbegale Bennett with Bennett Construction- preparing her chair for the event.

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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!

It’s Parade Time… this Saturday, December 8th!

Join with me this Saturday, December 8th, 2012 for our 59th Annual Ocala Christmas Parade

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                  TIME:

    5:30 PM- to 8:30 PM

   THEME:

   “Light Up Christmas  Spirit”

Lawn chairs, ropes and anything else people can find to mark and reserve their spots runs along Silver Springs Blvd. This was the scene today as I passed by the down town area west of the square. Hundreds of people are getting for the annual Ocala Christmas Parade.

The Parade attracts over 60,000 spectators from Ocala/Marion County and surrounding counties. It is one of the biggest night parades in the state.  Floats, marching bands, baton twirlers, horses, motorcycles, clowns, and many other fascinating sites are all part of the fun. YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT!!!

Click here to see the parade route

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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!

The Live Oak International Driving Event

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Thank you Midge Koontz with Keller Williams for providing these awesome photos in the slide show.

I’m looking forward to attending the Live Oak International Driving Event this year…. I’ve never been to this event before, so hopefully this year I will finally have the opportunity to go. I’m not sure what all to expect, but it should be awesome.

Ocala, FL is considered the Horse Capital of the World. We have over 600 working farms throughout our county. There are so many horse related events that take place each year. So take your pick and see for yourself by attending one or all of the local events and let me know what you think. Or maybe I will just see you there!

Combined Driving Competition welcomes leading drivers, trainers, coaches and owners from Europe and North America. The event draws  thousands of people to the area each year.

The Tentative Schedule is:

Thursday, March 22, 9am FEI Driven Dressage

Friday, March 23, 8am Preliminary and Intermediate Driven Dressage

Friday, March 23, 5pm Jumping Speed Class

Friday, March 23, 6:30pm Horse Fever Auction. Tickets are required and may be purchased from Marion Cultural Alliance.

Saturday, March 24, 9am Driving Cross Country Marathon

Saturday, March 24, 2pm Jumping Grand Prix

Sunday, March 25, 9am Driving Obstacle Class, Classic Car Show, Coaching Demonstration

Concessions and a Vendor Village will be open during the entire competition. Tailgating is available for the Driving Marathon Saturday. To reserve a Tailgating space contact 352-207-3615. Admission is $10 at the gate for adults and $5 for Seniors and children under 12. It is strongly suggested that spectators bring lawn chairs as seating is very limited.

For additional information and updates, please refer to http://www.liveoakinternational.com/.

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, Buyer’s Agent

Fontana Realty

www.OcalaBuyersAgent.com

Cell: 352-208-5874

Going the extra mile with a smile!

Cattle Drive – A Tradition Returns

OCALA, FL– It will be a return to yesteryear on Feb. 18, 2012 as Ocala once again sees a herd of cattle driven down its streets.

Beginning at 10 a.m., some 35 head of cattle will be driven from the 800 block SE Osceola Avenue to the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, 2200 NE Jacksonville Road.

About 15 professional cowboys, led by Southeastern Pro Rodeo representative Ruben Lamb, will be participating.

City Councilman Daniel Owen, who has helped organize the event, said he envisions the cattle drive being an annual event to coincide with the Southeastern Youth Fair and Florida High School Rodeo.

“In the 1940s and early 1950s this was a tradition in our community and we are hoping to re-establish it,” Owen said.

The event will require rolling road closures, including East Silver Springs Boulevard, NE 14th Street and Jacksonville Road. None of the road closures will last for more than five minutes.

The best viewing locations, in addition to the livestock pavilion, will be between SE 5th Street and SR 40 on Osceola Avenue and on the Watula Avenue side of Tuscawilla Park. The drive is not expected to last for more than an hour.

Looking to purchase home… I can help!

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

www.OcalaBuyersAgent.com

Cell: 352-208-5874