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  • Magnolia Homestead Realty Blog

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020   /   by Ashley Yates

    Things to do when buying your first home.

    The ultimate timeline ensures the smoothest of transitions.


    Image: Iriana Shiyan/Shutterstock

    A real yard. Closets bigger than your average microwave. The freedom to decorate however you darn well please! Making the switch from renting to owning is exhilarating, but many rookie homebuyers find the process trickier to navigate than they expected.

    This is why we created our First-Time HomeBuyer Checklist. The 12-month timeline will help you sidestep common mistakes, like paying too much interest or getting stuck with the wrong house. (Yep, it happens!)
    12 Months Out
    Check your credit score. Get a copy of your credit report at annualcreditreport.com. The three credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) are each required to give you a free credit report once a year. A Federal Trade Commission study found one in four Americans identified errors on their credit report, and 5% had errors that could lead ...

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      first time home buyers, home buying, being a home owner

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020   /   by Ashley Yates

    Lakefront Getaway For Sale

    Welcome to your new forest retreat!

    Front of home

    This cozy cabin will be your favorite weekend getaway or vacation home! You will love the escape it offers, being on 0.80 private acres in the Ocala National Forest. This home offers a nice, shaded yard with an amazing waterfront view of Lake Tomahawk. The large deck will provide you with those picture-perfect views and a comfy place to relax. Are you passionate about wildlife? The deck is a great place to bird watch!


    Once inside of the home, you are greeted with lots of natural light from the sliders leading out to the deck, which illuminate the charming rustic walls and features. There is plenty of room to enjoy supper with a formal dining space and large kitchen. Enjoy the views of nature and the lake from the main living area of the home, which features a desirable open floor plan!


    Living and dining space


    Open floor plan


    The master bed ...

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      home for sale, our listings

    Thursday, May 28, 2020   /   by Ashley Yates

    Renovated Farmhouse For Sale

    If you are looking for a remodeled mini-farm (with a pool!) for sale in Ocala, look no further. This picture-perfect 4 bedroom home has everything you need and more!

    Perfect Location
    Situated in the Southwest corridor of Ocala, the property provides proximity to the best shopping, restaurants, and entertainment Ocala has to offer. Less than 10 miles away is the grand, brand-new World Equestrian Center which will be opening in January of 2021. Enjoy hassle-free travel with I-75 being less than 5 miles away. 

    New World Equestrian Center

    The location is perfect! If you are a beach lover, you will love the short two hour drive to Daytona Beach or Clearwater Beach. If those aren't your taste, central Florida has numerous springs to visit - Juniper Springs, Alexander Springs, and Silver Glen Springs are all around an hour away, and Rainbow Springs is just a 30 minute drive. For the avid outdoor lovers, there are many parks, trails, and Wildlife Management areas ...

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      ocala, home for sale, our listings

    Friday, May 22, 2020   /   by Ashley Yates

    Guide to Paint Finishes (So You Won’t Waste Your Money)

    Choosing the wrong type of paint finish could mean a do-over that costs twice as much.

    By: Pat Curry

    There’s a basic rule of thumb to follow when choosing paint sheens: The higher the sheen, the higher the shine - and the higher the shine, the more durable it will be.
    Flat paint has no shine; high-gloss is all shine. In between are eggshell, satin, and semi-gloss, each with its own practical and decorative job to do.
    Here’s how to choose the right paint sheen for your painting job.


    High Gloss
    The most durable and easiest to clean of all paint sheens, high-gloss paint is hard, ultra-shiny, and light-reflecting. Think appliance-paint tough.
    High gloss is a good choice for area that sticky fingers touch -- cabinets, trim, and doors. High-gloss, however, is too much shine for interior walls. And like a Spandex dress, high gloss shows every bump and roll, so don’t skimp on prep work.

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      home maintenance, being a home owner, save money

    Friday, May 8, 2020   /   by Ashley Yates

    How to Get Stains & Grease Off Walls

    Learn how to clean 7 tough stains off your walls — and ensure a lasting paint job.

    By: Pat Curry

    You can't wait to cover up that nasty beige on your walls, but as you take a close look at all the areas you're gonna have to prep you see a lot of grime, gunk, and stuff that looks too stubborn for your standard vinegar wash.
    Any cleaning rookie can wipe off dust and cobwebs. But it takes a cleaning pro to scour grease stains, watermarks, and kids’ crayon and ink wall art.

    Kitchen Grease on Walls

    Grease is an occupational hazard of cooking. If only it wouldn't ind it's way onto your walls and cabinets, trapping all kinds of gunk. Yuck!
    Good news. Any decent dish soap can remove grease stains on walls.

    For small stains, mix: 1/4 teaspoon of soap in a cup of warm water, and wipe. Rinse with clean water, and blot until dry. Clean stubborn grease stains with solution of 1/3 cup of white household vinegar with 2/3 cup of water.

    Dirt and Grime ...

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