Thursday, January 23, 2020 / by Ashley Yates
Being a local of Ocala for over 25 years has certainly been a treat. As a child I toured the Silver Springs/Wild Waters attraction. Fast forward to the present Wild Waters is no longer open--nature has taken her grounds back and its almost as if a water park hadn't ever existed.
Silver Springs on the other hand is now a state park and is open to the pubic. For a small entry fee ($2 a person) you, your family, and your well mannered pup can retreat to this beautiful spring offering walking trails, kaiak launch, picnic areas, glass bottom boat rides and so much more.
Today I was reminded of the beauty in my own backyard and was humbled to be lucky enough to visit such a place right here in Ocala. The day was somewhat chilly and dotted with outdoor enthusiasts alike. A local, in front of the shops and educational rooms, can be seen playing his harmonica, children running on the beautiful grounds, and pet owners enjoying the walk of natural trails and bridges.
Upon ou ...
Thursday, January 16, 2020 / by Ashley Yates
By: Amy Howell Hirt
When to look for sales on mattresses, appliances, tools, furnishings, and materials.
Buying stuff can be stressful. Cheap out, and you could regret it. Overspend, and you'll cut into your budget. Knowing the best time of year to buy appliances and other household items can lessen the anxiety.
Here's a list of the best time of year for sales — or download the one-page calendar here.
Furniture: January and July
You could save 30% to 60% buying furniture in January and July, as stores try to clear out inventory and make way for new pieces, which manufacturers introduce in February and August.
Floor samples especially often sell for a song, so don't hesitate to ask.
Storage Essentials: January and August
In August, retailers slash prices and offer free shipping on shelving, organizing systems, baskets, and storage bins, baiting parents who are packing kids off to college or getting organiz ...
Thursday, January 9, 2020 / by Ashley Yates
When the Gaekwad family won the bid to develop a prominent section of downtown Ocala, they knew the finished product had to be spectacular.
BY KARIN FABRY-CUSHENBERY
“My brother Kunal and I were born and raised here,” says Karan Gaekwad. “My dad, Danny, has been here 30 years. We were looking to create a legacy project for Ocala – something that would inspire others to continue to invest in this community.”
What they’ve created is a downtown hub for fabulous dining and nightlife, anchored by a custom-designed Hilton Garden Hotel.
“This has been needed for so many years,” says Gaekwad. “A lot of planning went into this project. Every other week a better, new idea would come up. After much discussion, the plan was finalized.”
A project four years in the making, it’s the culmination of community input, inspiration from travels and the latest trends.
The first floor hous ...
Thursday, January 2, 2020 / by Ashley Yates
By: Amy Howell Hirt
Like what to do when a tree falls.
You know what to do if someone is having a heart attack, or you hear an intruder — call 911!
But what about those other *emergencies* — the ones where you're not sure who to call?
Here are five home- (and sometimes life-) threatening emergencies that often baffle new homeowners. (Plus, if you fill out this worksheet and post it somewhere visible — as well in your phone contacts — you'll be super prepared).
#1 Skillet Grease Catches Fire
DON'T. THROW. WATER.
It'll only feed the fire. Instead, the National Fire Protection Association recommends smothering skillet flames by carefully sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave it covered until everything's cool; removing the lid too quickly can allow the fire to spark back up.
If you reach for a fire extinguisher, make sure it's Class B or ABC — using the wrong type could spread the flames. And if you have any doubt about ...
Monday, December 16, 2019 / by Ashley Yates
By: Kelley Walters
The credit score to buy a house can be as low as 580.
A low credit score doesn't have to lock you out of home ownership. A mortgage will probably cost you more (both in dollars and angst) than someone with stellar credit, but many lenders are willing to work with you.
Here's what you need to know about low-credit score mortgages:
What Counts as "Low Credit" Anyway?
First, let's debunk the home-buying myth that you have to have a gold-plated credit score to buy a house. Lenders review your whole financial picture. If you have a steady income, a regular payment history, and some cash in hand, that will help balance your less-than-perfect credit.
Here's how FICO generally categorizes credit scores:
800+ = Excellent credit score
740-799 = Very good credit score
670-739 = Good credit score
580-669 = Fair credit score
Below 580 = Poor credit score ...