Friday, March 6, 2020 / by Ashley Yates
A little shelf here, a big shelf there. You'd be surprised where they can fit.
By: Stacey Freed
Finally, you get to take that beach vacation in the dead of winter. But where is your beach towel?!? You know it's somewhere in that linen closet, but (sigh) it's so crammed you can't find it.
One of these days, you're going to have to figure out how to get more storage space so you can find this seasonal stuff faster. But the last thing you want to do is go out and buy more stuff to put more stuff in.
There's a better way — shelves. Not the bookshelf kind (they only take up floor space), but shelves you can incorporate into your home's architecture for an interesting, personalized look that also solves nagging storage issues.
Here are five unexpected places shelves can boost your home's storage and personality:
#1 Over the Bathroom Door
Seems like your bathroom can never have enough storage, especially for that recurring avalanche of towels in your itty-bit ...
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 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 ...
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 / by Ashley Yates
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 ...
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 / by Ashley Yates
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 ...