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Thursday, January 23, 2020   /   by Ashley Yates

Silver Springs State Park--Ocala, FL

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.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020   /   by Ashley Yates

Developing Downtown

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 ...

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019   /   by Ashley Yates

First-Time Home-Buyer Programs You Should Know About

By: Kelly Walters


They can slash your down payment, offer lower interest rates or help with low credit scores.





You know first-time home-buyer programs are out there.
But how do you find the right one?
Start by talking to a local mortgage broker. They’ll be familiar with the programs that are most likely to benefit you -- including local home-buyers programs that might not be as well publicized.
These programs have provided an average of $11,000 in assistance to individual home buyers, according to Down Payment Resource, a nationwide database of roughly 2,500 home ownership programs that helps match buyers and properties. That assistance can vary greatly between disparate cost-of-living markets like Southern California and Iowa, according to Down Payment Resource. Some 87% of properties are eligible for some kind of assistance.
Of the programs tracked by Down Payment Resource, for example, 69% offer down payment assistance.
“Paying 20% down is, quit ...

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019   /   by Ashley Yates

How Long Does It Take to Buy a House?

By: Amy Howell Hirt

There are a lot of steps to buying a house, and that takes time: It takes 50 days on average to just close on a home.

How long does it take to buy a house? A lot depends on how much time you spend shopping for one. But once you have a contract, it takes an average of 50 days to close on a house.
There are a lot of steps to buying a house, and any of them could drag out the timeline, especially if you're not prepared. Here's the home-buying timeline, broken down step-by-step, so you can be in control:
1. Do Your Homework
Time: 1-14 days
Dreaming about owning your own home is one thing; making it happen is another. To get beyond the dream stage, you need to do some critical research to help you figure out what you do and don't want — along with how much can you afford. 
It's mighty disappointing to fall in love with a house only to find out you can't afford it. A quick chat with your bank can help ...

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019   /   by Ashley Yates

What You Need to Know About Researching Home Prices

By: HouseLogic



There are a lot of home pricing resources out there, and some are far better than others.
When it’s time to sell your house, you may be feeling a little anxious. A chapter of your life is closing. There’s a lot of money on the table. You may be thinking “Is my house priced too high?" "Too low?" "Am I leaving too much money on the table?” These are big questions.
Luckily, you have a few resources at your disposal to figure out where your house stands among the crowd: a listing agent’s expertise and guidance, plus online property sites to get insight into the market.
So take a deep breath. Then do your homework. The more you know, the more confident you’ll be when it’s time to make those big decisions. 
Turn to Local Experts — Because They Really Know Their Stuff
The good news: Local market info is freely available online, so you, the seller, can get a sense of what your house is worth.
The bad news: Lo ...

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